On February 19, 1945, John Staples and 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, a volcanic island in southern Japan. It was the start of what would become one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War II. It was also John's 23rd birthday. Also in this episode, Michael Sweig was a maitre d' at Chicago's Pump Room in the early 1980s when one of his favorite celebrities, Richard Pryor, came in to the restaurant. Pryor was known for his colorful humor and the colorful language that peppered his acts.