Shirely Jones is a lovely woman who had a pretty good singing and acting career. She is best known as the mother on the Partridge Family. Now, at age 75, Jones wants to be known as the oldest woman in history to pose nude for Playboy. (NYPost) The current record holder is Nancy Sinatra who bared all at age 54. She was pretty hot. I didn’t ever see the pair of 50 year old beauties, Joan Collins and Farrah Fawcett get naked for Hef’s cameras. Would you want to see a 75 year old naked woman? Apparently, Jones’ husband thinks you do because he is the one pushing the project. Stay tuned.
On This Date in History: Frances Hiller was what we might call eccentric. The 18th century woman was married to a doctor who had made a fortune from a patented medicine that he had invented. Frances bought hundreds of hats and wore costly jewelry, even when gardening. Her odd ways may have dervied from the fact that she had 23 children! She was rather economical in that department as well as the 23 kids includes 7 sets of twins. That is amazing but its also quite sad because not a single child lived beyond infancy. So, she had attended a lot of funerals, which may explain her strange story.
While she lived, she planned her own funeral which included a very ornate casket. Dr. Henry Hiller hired a famous wood carver to fashion a pair of exquisite caskets. But, Hank went and died in 1888 before the caskets were finished. So, she kept her husband’s body in a vault until the work was completed. It had hand carved vines, cupids, bats, dragons and angels, which seems like a display of contrast. Perhaps the angel was slaying the dragon. If the angel was doing battle with the large reptile, it would have to watch out for the skull that featured lizards crawling out of the eye socket. When the finally got around to burying Henry, he was taken in his fabulous casket in a procession that marched to the sounds of a military band and was escorted by a procession of 2000 people.
In 1893, she married her chauffer…..a boy toy perhaps? I dunno but part of the deal was the guy had to change his name to Henry Hiller. I suppose thats not a bad trade from being a chauffer to being married to a rich widow. Anyway, she was married but kept her casket handy…even on display in her parlour. She would climb into it and show visitors how she would look when she was dead. She even had a life-sized wax replica of herself made to place in the casket so she could see what she’d look like six feet under. Finally she died in 1900 and I bet the chauffer didn’t sign a pre-nuptual agreement so he made out pretty well.
So, she finally got her wish and made it to the casket on this date in 1900. It was a duplicate of the one Henry had used. The wood was of the finest quality which means it was quite heavy. It took 10 men to carry it. The funeral car was drawn by 4 black horses with black netting. The funeral car sagged terribly from the weight and almost fell apart. A journalist who was on hand said that the excitement and hoopla was only matched by the local cattle fair. Frances was placed in an enormous masoleum that were quite a site…but in 1935, they were condemned as an eyesore. The cemetery tore it down and buried the couple in their ostentatious coffins. Today, all that remains are an urn and bronze plates that mark the location. This brings to mind the old adage…you can’t take it with you.
Weather Bottom Line: A couple of items. First, if you recall I told you several days about about that area of low pressure coming into Florida and how it may get a little hype. The National Hurricane Center scheduled and then cancelled several hurricane hunter flights. They put a medium risk of the low (Invest 90) going tropical but..alas it did not. I’ doubt if the water temperatures in the Gulf are warm enough in any consistency to support a tropical system. Now it’s moved ashore near the Alabama/Mississippi border. Now, if you were paying attention this week you would have noticed an evolution of our conditions. Wednesday not a cloud in the sky. Thursday a few friendly white puffies. Friday, in the afternoon you began to see some vertical development. What this all tells you is that we have gradually been getting more moisture at all levels and the atmosphere is losing some of its stability. So, on Saturday there was even more vertical development as the afternoon temperatures had to be hitting the convective temperature because all of a sudden a bunch of showers popped up at once.
I suspect that this will continue for several day. We start off nice, heat to the mid to upper 80’s. That provides the lift to make the clouds tall and fat and then we get scattered showers. Again, if you paid attention, then you know that the showers didn’t move too much. So, for the next several days expect even less stability so the afternoon pop ups will probably be more intense with lightning and heavier rainfall. The biggest problem with this won’t be severe weather but heavy rain as the clouds might be so big and fat that they rain themselves out over one area. Enjoy the holiday weekend and just dodge those pesky afternoon t’sorms or showers.