Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Henry, honey, are you upset about something?..."

Beautiful day today, but few students on the Louisiana Tech campus are aware of it. It's finals week, so everyone is walking toward class while starting at notebooks. You can always tell when someone has a test; they never look up, just keep walking and studying, right up 'til the last second.

It could be worse. It could be May 19, 1536, and you could be Anne Bolyne, pictured here, pre-beheading. She was the second wife of Henry VIII, made famous by being King of England and made even more famous later by Herman's Hermits, which is another story. Anne never knew that part about Herman's Hermits because she was somewhat executed on this date in 1536, and it was a bum rap, I'm here to tell you. She gave birth to Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I, but she couldn't hit the jackpot on birthing a male child. Royalty was a mighty risky business back in the day. Once they put that "B" necklace on you, it was all over but the shouting.