There is so much to celebrate today!
First – basketball in Kentucky – wow!
I grew up listening to Claude Sullivan broadcasting the University of Kentucky basketball on the radio around my family’s kitchen table. My mom would keep score. Dad would slam the table and shake his head over every turnover. We followed the basketball adventures of Scotty Baesler (later mayor of Lexington), Cotton Nash, Larry Purcel and Allen Feldhaus.
Later, I died when Rupp’s Runts fell to Texas Western. Maybe it was a political statement to the rest of the world, but to me it was five little guys falling just short of making a planetary statement for all the other little guys in the world.
Then it was the magnificent “Doctors of Dunk” led by the amazing Darrell Griffith of the University of Louisville. No one could jump higher than Mr. Griffith without oxygen.
Now we have one half of the “Final Four” coming from Kentucky…as it should be when the world is right.
And that’s just the men’s side. The University of Kentucky women are in the “Elite Eight”!
These things I know;
- I will be thrilled to see the UK/UL clash.
- I will dance with the winner.
- I will die (again) with the loser.
- I will have a tie to wear that will celebrate the finalist from Kentucky that wins the championship a week from today.
- My mom will keep score.
- My dad will slam some table somewhere in heaven.
Aside from all that, there are other remarkable things to celebrate today.
- Today in 1753, Benjamin Thompson was born. Mr. Thompson invented the percolating coffee pot. A good thing to know on a Monday morning.
- The musical “Funny Girl” starring Barbra Streisand opened on Broadway today in 1964.
- It’s Independence Day in Bangladesh.
- Today in 1934, the driving test was introduced in the United Kingdom. Parallel parking – arghhh!
There are interesting birthdays today.
- Johnny Crawford was born today in 1946. Mr. Crawford is the leader and vocalist of the finest swing orchestra currently performing. If you get the chance, go see them play!
- Today is the birthday (in 1931) of actor Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy’s portrayal of Mr. Spock in Star Trek is iconic.
- Joseph Campbell was born today in 1904. Mr. Campbell is an amazing mind applied to interpreting the world’s religions and folklore. To read or listen to him is to condemn yourself to thinking and considering and thinking and considering.
- Today in 1949, writer Patrick Suskind was born. Mr. Suskind gave us the startling criminous novel; PERFUME. I recommend it.
- In my opinion, THE American playwright is Tennessee Williams. Mr. Williams gave us “The Glass Menagerie”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Night of the Iguana”, “Summer and Smoke”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, et al. Tennessee Williams was born today in 1911.
I think I got the spelling right.
That’s the name of a forgettable and wonderful sci-fi flick starring Strother Martin in the title (?) role. As delightful as I find his performance in this masterpiece, the truth is his most memorable film performance is in “Cool Hand Luke” when he opines; “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Mr Martin was born today in 1919.
Drink 4cast 4 2day
What to choose? I’m goin’ for Mr. Spock.
Spock’s Mind Meld Mojito
2 oz. Royal James Gin
2 tsp. Sugar
5 Lime Wedges
6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
3 Slices Cucumber
Polar Club Soda
Muddle the mint, limes, cucumber, and sugar.
Stir crushed ice with the mix and leave for 20 seconds.
Strain into a tall glass.
Top with soda.
Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint leaf.
Go forth and prosper!