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Ninety Six (96) Birthday Wishes Doris Day
3 years ago

Ninety Six (96) Birthday Wishes Doris Day

Ninety Six (96) birthday wishes Doris Day -- Hollywood's girl next door. The legendary American actress, singer and animal welfare activist is celebrating her big day with friends and singing to her pets. Here's how to celebrate with Doris Day. Doris Day has one birthday wish this year. The founder of the Doris Day Animal [...]
On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week
3 years ago

On Harmony by Norman Granz: Quote of the Week

On Harmony by jazz impresario Norman Granz (1918 - 2001) is this week's Socially Sparked Quote of the Week. Known as one of the most influential producers of the 20th century jazz scene, Granz is equally recognized for his activism for civil rights and equality within the industry and beyond. "Jazz is America's own. It [...]
Long Live Mom and Pop Business Owners
4 years ago

Long Live Mom and Pop Business Owners

Long live mom and pop business owners, especially today on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. While at first glance the large retail chains and online giant merchants may seem to be a death sentence to the small business owner, perception is deceiving. Here's why. The mom and pop stores of yore and those [...]
Farewell Bozo The Clown’s Frank Avruch (1928-2018)
4 years ago

Farewell Bozo The Clown’s Frank Avruch (1928-2018)

Farewell to Bozo The Clown’s portrayer Frank Avruch (May 21, 1928 – March 20, 2018). The Boston-based television personality entertained and Socially Sparked® millions of children of the 1960s as television’s Beloved Bozo The Clown (1959-1970). Avruch died at the age of 89 after a long battle with heart disease. He is survived by his [...]
Music’s Power by Hans Christian Andersen: Quote of the Week
4 years ago

Music’s Power by Hans Christian Andersen: Quote of the Week

Music's power by renowned master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is the Socially Sparked® Quote of the Week. The Danish author is best known for fairy tales that have stood the test of time as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes and Princess and the Pea. In honor of Music in Our Schools Month we [...]
Adieu Toys ‘R Us: Iconic 80s Store Closing
4 years ago

Adieu Toys ‘R Us: Iconic 80s Store Closing

Adieu Toys R Us: the ‘80s iconic store is closing its toy box to the world forever -- at least for now. The retail chain and its beloved mascot – Geoffrey Giraffe have Socially Sparked® the lives of millions of children of the '80s and '90s. While this news is bittersweet for every child that [...]
ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK BEGINS CELEBRATING 90 YEARS
4 years ago

ACADEMY’S OSCAR® WEEK BEGINS CELEBRATING 90 YEARS

The Academy's Oscar® Week begins celebrating 90 years of the Academy Awards in grand fashion. From Tuesday, February 27th through Sunday, March 4th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in several categories. The series of Academy-presented public programs celebrating this year’s Oscar [...]
Literal Reality About Eating Disorders for Awareness Week
4 years ago

Literal Reality About Eating Disorders for Awareness Week

The literal reality about eating disorders is that they affect everyone--regardless of age, gender, race, size or socioeconomic status. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week kicks-off today Feb. 26th thru Mar. 4th with the theme Let’s Get Real: Get Screened…Get Real…Get Help…Get Healthy! Start the conversations. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is brought to you by [...]
Courage by Helen Keller: Socially Sparked Quote of the Week
4 years ago

Courage by Helen Keller: Socially Sparked Quote of the Week

Courage by Helen Keller is the Socially Sparked® Quote of the Week. Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. She has Socially Sparked our lives as an educator, author and human rights activist who devoted her life to helping others. Keller's [...]
In Memoriam: Billy Graham Dies at 99 (1918 – 2018)
4 years ago

In Memoriam: Billy Graham Dies at 99 (1918 – 2018)

In Memoriam: Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99 (1918 - 2018). William Franklin Graham,Jr., known as Reverend Billy Graham was the most renowned influential preacher of the 20th Century. He Socially Sparked® our lives in countless ways -- politically, spiritually, culturally and more. "My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world." -- [...]
It’s a Dog’s World for Chinese Lunar New Year
4 years ago

It’s a Dog’s World for Chinese Lunar New Year

It's a dog's world for the Chinese Lunar New Year 2018. Officially the Year of the Dog -- which follows the Chinese calendar. Public celebrations begin today, February 16th around the globe and run generally for seven days. PERSONALITY & CHARACTERISTICS - YEAR OF THE DOG It is said that dogs are man's best friend. [...]
All Hearts Matter – Happy Valentine’s Day
4 years ago

All Hearts Matter – Happy Valentine’s Day

All hearts matter - Happy Valentine's Day to all our valued readers. You have Socially Sparked our lives.
Andy Warhol: Socially Sparked Quote of the Week
4 years ago

Andy Warhol: Socially Sparked Quote of the Week

The Socially Sparked Quote of the Week is by American pop artist icon Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987). Warhol had his pulse and his eye on pop culture and became a leader in the visionary arts movement. Andy Warhol by Erik Cleves Kristensen “The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that [...]
February Sparks Colorful Love in Awareness Observances
4 years ago

February Sparks Colorful Love in Awareness Observances

February sparks colorful love in awareness observances for many fabulous health and social justice causes. It's the month of love; the awareness month for Black History, Heart Disease, Stroke, Teenage Dating Violence and more -- guaranteed to get you Socially Sparked®. Awareness Weeks in February spotlight Burn Awareness (2/4-10); Random Acts of Kindness (2/11-17) and [...]
Will Cosmic Lunar Trifecta Shine Bright?
4 years ago

Will Cosmic Lunar Trifecta Shine Bright?

Will the cosmic Lunar Trifecta shine bright in your part of the world? Early Wednesday morning, we will have a Lunar Trifecta -- a supermoon, a blue moon, and a blood moon -- which hasn’t been seen anywhere on Earth since December 1982, and in the Americas in over 150 years! RARE SUPER BLUE BLOOD [...]
Razzies Reveal 2018 Nominees: Hollywood’s Worst List
4 years ago

Razzies Reveal 2018 Nominees: Hollywood’s Worst List

The Razzies® reveal 2018 nominees for Hollywood’s worst of the worst offerings. The announcement comes one day before nominees for Hollywood’s best of the best are revealed. Transformers: The Last Knight leads the leader board with nine total nominations, including worst picture and worst actor for Mark Wahlberg. The 38th annual Razzies (a/k/a The Golden [...]
Women’s Movement Re-Energizes with New 2018 Focus
4 years ago

Women’s Movement Re-Energizes with New 2018 Focus

The Women's Movement re-energizes with new 2018 focus - The Polls. More specifically, mobilizing people to register and vote aiming at the mid-term elections and beyond. It's evident that yesterday's Women's Marches around the country are not a one-hit wonder, but rather a full-blown movement --one that will Socially Spark our lives for years to [...]
Chef of the Century Paul Bocuse Dies at 91
4 years ago

Chef of the Century Paul Bocuse Dies at 91

The chef of the century Paul Bocuse -- as French paper Le Monde refers to him -- is dead at 91. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron announced Chef Bocuse’s death last night citing that he passed away in his sleep. Chef Bocuse socially sparked® Lyon, his country and the world. Credited for spearheading the [...]
Popcorn Trivia – It’s National Popcorn Day!
4 years ago

Popcorn Trivia – It’s National Popcorn Day!

Popcorn trivia in honor of National Popcorn Day! Popcorn has Socially Sparked® our lives for centuries. Over the years, it has become a favorite snack for people of all ages and a pop culture subject for pop artists like Andy Warhol. Here's the top eight corny facts about the snack favorite. POPCORN TRIVIA: 8 CORNY [...]
We Interrupt Our Digital News Site Temporarily…
4 years ago

We Interrupt Our Digital News Site Temporarily…

We interrupt our digital news site temporarily as we are moving for the New Year! Please accept our apologies for the lack of Real News while we make the transition to bigger and better quarters. Socially Sparked News should be back up to speed by end of next week -- assuming the forecasted NYC snowstorm [...]