I found a quote today that I thought would make Sharon laugh:
If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.
I was thinking of little things Sharon used to do like overwatering her plants and having the water come out of the bottoms all over. On the contrary though, I do not thing this shows Sharon as being dumb. I think we all do silly things sometimes. At least Sharon could laugh at herself. But that doesn't mean she was not intelligent. I think she was... I recall Deborah saying somewhere that Sharon was kind of like Goldie Hawn. And even though Goldie could do silly and funny things too, that does not mean she was not a very savvy career woman. I think Sharon would have become more known this way if she had lived. After all, she was still relatively young when she died and we all know that we change in our thirties in the way we think of things.
Yuba exhibit puts face on victims of violence
Twenty-five photographs tell a story of lives ended — but never forgotten.
The Yuba County residents who were victims of homicides are displayed at the courthouse and county Government Center for National Crime Victims Rights Week.
Jason Roper, Victim Witness Program manager for the Yuba County Probation Department, said the photos put faces to people whom some may know only as names in a newspaper story.
"It's definitely created a huge emotional reaction," Roper said. "It's caused a lot of discussion."
Michelle Porter — stepmother to Crystal Porter, 19, who died with her 1-year-old daughter Katelynn in a suspicious Sept. 17, 2006, fire in Marysville — said her family members and all those shown in the photos shared a similar fate.
"They were all taken from us way too soon," Michelle Porter said.
The photographic project by Victim Witness, she said, follows extraordinary help from the county agency since the 2006 deaths. "Victim Witness has always been there for myself and my family," Porter said.
Such help had not always been available here or elsewhere.
Dan Levey, national president of Parents of Murdered Children, said a presidential task force started in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan was a key part of efforts to assist crime victims. Levey praised the Yuba County photo project.
"It gives meaning and honor to who they were," he said.
Bilenda Harris-Ritter, a Folsom attorney who is on the board of the national parents group, said that before the early 1980s, the criminal justice system often overlooked crime victims.
"People don't see the victims in a murder case," Harris-Ritter said. "They do see the defendant every day."
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, in a letter about the Crime Victims Week, noted the event evokes powerful memories of a time when victim support services were not available to those harmed by crime.
"In the not so distant past, victims were being routinely excluded from courtrooms," Holder wrote.
Sandy Fonley, who worked for Yuba County in victim assistance for more than two decades, said the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles by the Manson Family helped spur attention to crime victims.
Doris Tate, Sharon's mother, had said her daughter's celebrity status shouldn't have made her death more significant than others, recounted Fonley, who met Doris Tate.
Fonley recalled Tate saying, "My daughter happened to be beautiful," as she crusaded for the rights of all victims.
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And I bet a lot of men would love to have Sharon as a gift. ;) Here is a look back at one of the bits from the Beverly Hillbillies episodes. Be sure and watch the whole thing to see what I am talking about. :)