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Francis (of Assisi)

Francis of Assisi is hands-down one of the greatest, most influential F’s to ever walk the earth. As the son of a wealthy merchant, he could have lived a comfortable, sumptuous life of leisure and pleasure. He could have ‘had it all’ by the world’s standards. While apparently he did indulge in his early years and ‘drank his quart of sin’ as Shane MacGowan might say, he experienced a transformation so remarkable that he is still revered, widely discussed and even lending his handle to popes to this day.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Growing up, Francis had everything a nice Italian boy could want: money, power, all the requisite food and drink. He probably had many nice tracksuits and one of those gold chains with a horn on it. But what he wanted was glory. Continue reading

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Fillmore, Millard

Keeping with our theme of supporting underdogs, losers, unpopular things and all-around forgettable folks, today we’re chatting up one of our least regarded presidents of all time: Fillmore, Millard. We felt it was high time we give this F legend his due.*

Did he enable a little bit of slavery here and there? You bet. Was he anti-Catholic, anti-Mason and did he generally loath immigrants? His Know Nothing party affiliation would suggest probably so. Is he almost always rated as one of the worst U.S. presidents of all time? Strike.**

But there is more to the man. As with all human beings, Fillmore was a flawed fellow who did good things and bad things. As a leader he achieved impressive victories and endured embarrassing failures.

Either way, it’s redemption time for one of our most obscure, forgotten leaders.

Fillmore fanatics rejoice! 

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Fisto

By: Paul Washington
Look, I’m not even going to make a joke here.  Yes, there’s a He-Man character with an over-sized metal right hand named Fisto… and he’s heard them all.

“Middle School was the most difficult time of my life.” — Fisto

For those of you in the 25-and-under age range, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” was a cartoon created in the early 1980s exclusively to sell action figures. (Think “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” without the compelling backstory.)
Most of the characters in the series were villains who spent much of their time devising schemes to destroy the series’ titular hero, He-Man.  Fisto was an outlier in that he was one of the few “good guy” characters who fought alongside He-Man.

Here’s a shot of Fisto and He-Man bro-ing out. Remember, this was back in the mid-80s, when it was perfectly acceptable for children to look up to He-Man, a shirtless man with a mom haircut.

Fisto’s gigantic right fist came in handy for smashing rocks and for general intimidation purposes; though it couldn’t have been good for his shoulder and elbow joints.  He also sported a manly reddish-brown beard that paired well with his slicked-back coiffure.  What he lacked in ability to pass through airport metal detectors, he made up for in rugged handsomeness. Continue reading

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Farley, Chris: A Remembrance

We’re thrilled to have with us today without a doubt the 3rd greatest Washington (just behind George and Denzel) the world has ever known: Mr. Paul Washington. Legendary in North Florida, beloved in South Florida, pretty obscure elsewhere in Florida; Paul is a southpaw with surprising speed, a legal expert, and a gifted writer. Please enjoy this piece he wrote to honor the memory of Chris Farley; a true mega-talent we were all sad to lose nearly 15 years ago.

By: Paul Washington

Chris Farley was my generation’s John Belushi — a prodigiously talented comedian whose appetite for hard drugs and hard living eventually snuffed out his brightly shining flame. Here at The Mighty F, we prefer to remember Farley as the man who made a career out of fidgeting, yelling, and making sharp, quick fat guy movements and not dwell on the life cut short.

Farley projected a Midwestern sweetness about him that endeared him to the audience. In one of his well known Saturday Night Live sketches, “The Chris Farley Show” he would nervously ask questions to celebrities and subsequently berate himself for coming off as stupid. Who can forget when he asked Paul McCartney, “Remember when you were in the Beatles?” and Martin Scorsese, concerning his film The Last Temptation of Christ, “Remember when Jesus goes into the temple, and the moneychangers are there, and Jesus starts punching ’em out and starts turning over the tables and He just loses it on that one guy? Was that your idea?”

When he wasn’t nervously fidgeting, he was yelling and falling through furniture and walls while playing such memorable characters as over-caffeinated motivational speaker Matt Foley…

And sometimes just falling through curtains as himself…

After leaving SNL, he attained more widespread success through starring roles in feature films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep
and Beverly Hills Ninja, just to name a few. Little known fact: Farley was also originally supposed to be the voice of Shrek, but was replaced with SNL castmate Mike Myers following his death.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 15 years since the world lost Chris Farley. Don’t bother looking it up, it was December 18, 1997; just 4 days before my 18th birthday. The fact that I quote Tommy Boy or “Jimmy” from Dirty Work no fewer than 10 times per day even now is a testament to the impact he had on my life… either that, or that I watch too much TV.

We will always remember Farley for making us laugh. You made our lives better Chris, thank you! You are missed.

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