Junebug (photo by robert Kirk, courtesy of sony Pictures)
June is the sixth month of the year, one of those 30-day jobs known for barbecues, weddings and first-of-the-season sunburns. And while some contend that the month takes its name from the same Latin word that gives us “junior,” I subscribe to the thought that it’s named for the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, daughter of Saturn and mother of Ares. Juno was the goddess of marriage and the patron goddess of Rome; in her purview fell things like fidelity, childbirth, politics, taxes and warnings. Juno had a mean streak — she totally messed with Hercules and Theseus — but was seen as a protector of women in her heyday.
June Carter Cash
Even before June Carter threw in her lot with the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, she honed her musical chops with her performing family beginning at age 10. After she became June Carter Cash in 1968 — her third and final marriage, by the way — she started winning Grammys and acting roles. She stuck with Cash until she died in Nashville in 2003 — and wrote one of his biggest hits, “Ring of Fire.”
June Allyson was born Eleanor Geisman, a little girl from the Bronx who rose to become one of Hollywood’s biggest contract stars. She got her start at the famous Copacabana nightclub and appeared in Best Foot Forward with Lucille Ball in 1943. Although originally considered a song-and-dance girl by MGM, she strayed from musicals and appeared in 1948’s The Three Musketeers and 1949’s Little Women. In 1977 she appeared on an episode of “The Love Boat.” And she died in 2006.
Everybody in New Orleans knows that June Yamagishi is the sizzling lead guitarist for the Wild Magnolias and Papa Grows Funk. Most also realize that he got his start in his native Japan playing blues and funk in the 1970s. But many don’t realize that he used to come in and drink at Igor’s when I worked the graveyard shift there, back in his denim vest and tie-dye days. Nice guy. Good tipper.
The independent, low-budget drama scored by Yo La Tengo and shot in the Triad mined the themes of Southern family life and outsider art to win scores of awards, including the 2005 Special Jury Prize at Sundance, a Critic’s Choice Award, an Independent Spirit Award and an Oscan nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams.
June bugs reside in the beetle family. They are fliers, strongly attracted to light and, according to idiom, are a favored meal for chickens.
Although Barbara Billingsley, who played the Beaver’s mother June on the Golden Age television show “Leave It to Beaver,” never actually uttered the so-called “dirtiest thing ever said on TV,” she was able to say the character’s name with a straight face for most of the 1950s. She defied the perfect suburban housewife stereotype in 1980 as a jive-speaking passenger in Airplane!
Playboy magazine has been naming Miss June since 1967— as it has done for every month of the year — accompanied by an inane list of likes and dislikes, severely airbrushed nude photographs and a centerfold that is embarrassing to view on an airplane. Notable Miss Junes over the years include Debbie Davis (1972), Azizi Johari (1975), Devin deVasquez (1985), Tawnni Cable (1989), Kimberly Spicer (1999), Shannon Stewart (2000), and Brittany Binger (2007).
Short-lived Chapel Hill band June — comprised of Kat Cook, John Price, Tricia Tuttle, Andy Magowan and John Howie Jr. — hit the scene hard in 1992, produced three singles including “Genius/All of Me” produced by Mitch Easter and then signed with Beggar’s Banquet records. They released their debut album, I Am Beautiful, which was recorded in Nashville, in 1996. They broke up a month later.
Journal of undergraduate neuroscience education
According to its website, the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, or JUNE, “is an online journal for undergraduate neuroscience faculty that publishes peer-reviewed reports of innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education. JUNE serves as a mechanism for faculty to exchange information regarding topics such as laboratory exercises, new media, curricular considerations, and teaching methods.”