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Kevin Patrick Law: Representing the Undead Since 2017 CHECK OUT THESE BONE-RATTLING JOKES FROM HALLOWEENS PAST!
Our team always ends up laughin’ until they start coffin’, and I can’t resist sharing an annual photo and Halloween pun on the firm’s social media. These skeleton pranks might be as corny as candy corn, but they’re always humerus to me! 2020 has been pretty grim, so I hope you got a cackle out of my Halloween puns. Keep an eye on our
“THESE SKELETON PRANKS MIGHT BE AS CORNY AS CANDY CORN, BUT THEY’RE ALWAYS HUMERUS TO ME!”
When I was a kid, Halloween ranked among my favorite holidays. I enjoyed the trick-or-treating and other spooky fun, but most of all, I loved the lightheartedness of the whole thing. Today, that’s still what I enjoy about Halloween. It’s an opportunity to let loose, have a laugh, and unleash the skeletons in my closet — literally! Make no bones about it, sometimes attorneys can take themselves a bit too seriously. We get sucked into the grave side of the job and end up buried under trials, depositions, and paperwork. But the way I see it, it never hurts to crack a joke, particularly one at my own expense! So, every Halloween for the last few years, I’ve hauled my plastic skeletons out of storage and brought them to the office for a bone-chilling photo op.
firm’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages this month so you don’t miss the appearance of the skeleton crew. If you catch the post, comment with your favorite Halloween pun — the cornier the better. Wishing you a fangtastic, spooktacular season,
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THE SPOOKY ‘STAR WARS’ SHORTAGE OF 1977
A Look at Atlanta’s Most Famous Graveyard Have you ever paid a visit to Oakland Cemetery? Located on the southeast side of the city, this historic spot has been Atlanta’s first choice for prominent burials since 1850. Not only is the 48-acre plot a cemetery home to 70,000 souls, it’s also a wedding venue, a gorgeous garden, and an art gallery. Most importantly, it’s the resting place of many of Atlanta’s most famous (and infamous) historical figures. As you know, Kevin is a bit of a history buff, so in honor of Halloween, we’ve decided to give you a cemetery tour. These are a few of Oakland Cemetery’s most well-known permanent residents. • IVAN ALLEN JR. — Allen was born in 1911 and served as mayor of Atlanta from 1962–1970. He battled segregation, testified before Congress in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and wooed both the Braves and the Falcons to the city. • JULIA COLLIER HARRIS — Born in 1885, Julia co-owned and edited the Columbus Enquirer-Sun, the first Georgia newspaper to win a Pulitzer Prize. The Enquirer-Sun won for its coverage of the Ku Klux Klan and the Scopes Monkey Trial. • BOBBY JONES — Jones, born in 1902, is considered “the greatest amateur golfer of all time.” During his lifetime, he won golf’s Grand Slam and co-designed Augusta National Golf Club, where the Masters Tournament is held. • CARRIE STEELE LOGAN — Logan was born a slave in 1829 and lost both of her parents during childhood. After emancipation, she established the city’s first African American orphanage, the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, which is still operating today. • MARGARET MITCHELL — Mitchell, born in 1900, is famous for writing “Gone With the Wind,” one of the most popular books and films of all time. Other famous figures include Maynard Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; Selena Sloan Butler, co-founder of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, a drugstore owner whose shop sold the first glass of Coca-Cola in 1886. Do you have a relative buried in Oakland Cemetery or know of another famous grave we left off of our list? Let us know next time you call in to chat about a case. Kevin is always excited to learn more about Atlanta’s history! You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404.409.3160.) Meet Oakland Cemetery’s Permanent Residents
A long time ago … in October of 1977 to be exact, Halloween was fast approaching and many parents faced a major dilemma. That year, kids didn’t want to go trick-or-treating dressed as vampires, witches, or ghosts. The classic costumes simply wouldn’t do. That Halloween, almost every child in the United States wanted to dress as their favorite character from the new hit movie, “Star Wars.”
Today, you can walk into a Halloween City on Oct. 30 and easily pick up a costume for Rey, Darth Vader, or Princess Leia. But in 1977, less than five months after the release of the first movie in the popular franchise, getting your hands on “Star Wars” merchandise was a bit more difficult. Ben Cooper, a costume company in Brooklyn, had the foresight to license “Star Wars” for costumes right after the movie came out. Unfortunately, they didn’t foresee how great the demand for these costumes would be. Retailers across the country were selling out of “Star Wars” costumes as fast as they came in. Some stores reported selling more “Star Wars” costumes than pumpkins. Kids who got their hands on an authentic Han Solo or C-3PO costume were considered lucky. But kids who arrived at the store to find the costume shelves empty didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, they went and found some brown towels to make their own Chewbacca costumes. In the current age of cosplay, homemade costumes based on movie characters are commonplace, but in 1977, this was uncharted territory. Kids searched for white dresses to be Princess Leia and bathrobes they could cut short to mimic Luke Skywalker. Moms everywhere broke out their sewing machines and created costumes using only action figures for reference. It was grueling work, but it showed how much kids wanted to spend Halloween in a galaxy far, far away. The “Star Wars” costume shortage marked a new era for Halloween — one where making your own costume was just as cool, if not better, than buying it.
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Looking for a Family Halloween Movie? Try ‘Mr. Boogedy’!
Long before “Goosebumps,” “Monster House,” “Hocus Pocus,” or even “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” there was another Halloween film that gave kids everywhere the shivers: “Mr. Boogedy”! Actually, saying it reached “kids everywhere” might be a bit of an overstatement. “Mr. Boogedy” was a made-for-TV movie that flopped as a TV show. Even so, it was and still is Kevin’s all- time favorite Halloween film. The Disney movie has a simple plot. A novelty salesman named Carleton Davis and his family move into a new house that turns out to be haunted. This is no surprise to viewers, as they’ve picked a New England town called Lucifer Falls as their new home! At first, the kids — Jennifer, Corwin, and R.E. — think all the crazy things happening are the product of their dad’s wacky sense of humor and love of practical jokes. There are funny glasses, rubber eggs, strange lights, and creepy noises, among other things. Eventually, the siblings realize that 300-year-old ghosts are behind it all. The
movie’s namesake ghost is a man who once sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a magic cloak, and it’s up to the kids to get him out. “Mr. Boogedy” is a cheesy, scary, and all-around great Halloween movie. Kevin used to watch it on VHS at his grandmother’s house in Arizona, but you don’t need to get that old school if you want to check it out this Halloween. “Mr. Boogedy” is available on Disney+ for free, and Amazon Prime for $2.99. On Rotten Tomatoes, one reviewer writes that the film is “spooky but silly,” while another says, “I think you'll have a really good time with your family watching ‘Mr. Boogedy’” — a statement we can definitely get behind. If you just can’t get enough, check out the 1987 sequel, “Bride of Boogedy”! It’s not quite as compelling as the original, but it’s fun for the whole family and will still send a shiver down your spine.
Classic Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkins aren’t just for pie — they make delicious soup, too! This fall, try your hand at this healthy soup recipe and warm up with a bowl.
Ingredients • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 shallots, diced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 1/4 cups pumpkin purée (homemade or canned) • 2 cups vegetable broth
• 1 cup canned light coconut milk • 2 tbsp honey
• 1/4 tsp sea salt • 1/4 tsp pepper • 1/4 tsp cinnamon • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Directions 1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté olive oil, shallots, and garlic for 2–3 minutes. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer the soup to a blender and purée. Pour the blended soup back into the pan. 4. Cook over medium-low heat for 5–10 minutes. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired, then serve!
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Inside This Issue 1 A Halloween Prank You Won’t Want to Miss 2 When ‘Star Wars’ Invaded Halloween Meet Oakland Cemetery’s Permanent Residents 3 Kevin’s All-Time Favorite Halloween Movie Classic Pumpkin Soup 4 Tips for Buying New Outdoor Gear!
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Fall and Winter Sports Are on the Horizon Tips for Buying New Outdoor Gear! When was the last time you bought new ski pants or hiking boots? Now that you’re thinking about it, you might be realizing it’s been many years since you updated your most used athletic gear, which might explain why you’ve been colder than usual on the ski hill or why your feet ache after a short hike. If this sounds familiar, it might be time to consider investing in new gear. It can be very expensive, but you’re in luck — the holidays are just around the corner, which means so are the sales! Before you drop cash on new gear, sort through your current inventory and decide what to keep, sell, and toss. This might be hard and you may be tempted to skip it, but making these decisions can help you save money. If you have equipment or athletic wear that’s still in good condition but you no longer need, find a consignment shop where you can sell or trade it. After all, your gear might be perfect for someone else and still give you some money to get a great upgrade for yourself. As you sort through your gear, see if any equipment is damaged and requires repair or replacement. Test flashlights and headlamps to make sure they work and inspect gear that’s been stored and forgotten, like backpacks and tents, that you might not notice the
wear and tear on while out in the wild. You don’t want any equipment to malfunction when you’re in the middle of an excursion.
Now that you know what gear you want to replace, it is time for the fun part.
Decide what outdoor activities you want to do in the upcoming months and in the next year. Adjust your inventory to your new needs and research which brands have the best ratings and reviews. Then, find which retailers tend to have the best prices. Shopping smart takes a little bit of preparation, but it can save you hundreds of dollars and lots of stress during those busy holiday weeks. So, dig through your closet or garage, take note of your current gear, and prepare to find some awesome deals for the whole family on new gear for the coming year.
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