It’s Not Easy Being “Greene”

It is, however, pretty easy being in Kentucky on the first Saturday in autumn. You know, about all that keeps this from being paradise is big water and a major league baseball team. Let’s just celebrate that! Whaddaya say?

But, I know there are those of you who need a little bit more. For you…

–         It’s Independence Day in Guinea-Bissau.

–         Today in 1957 the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game in Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles for the next season. They could’ve saved on the moving expenses if they had just come to Kentucky instead…but then I would’ve had to root for Tommy Lasorda. There’s always a price to pay.

–         United States President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devil’s Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first national monument today in 1906. According to Richard Dreyfus and Melinda Dillon in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, he could just well have named it an interplanetary monument.

–         The television news digest, “60 Minutes” debuted today in 1968 on CBS. Ticking watches…remember those?

Birthdays that caught my eye;

–         Pittsburgh Steeler great “Mean” Joe Greene was born today in 1946, as was Kermit the Frog’s best friend, Jim Henson in 1936.

–         Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer, was born today in 1725. A moment of rowdy respect would be in order here.

–         Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896) and singer/actor/songwriter Anthony Newley (1931) share this birthday. “Come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination.”

–         Sportscaster Jim McKay was born today in 1921. “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!”

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Another birthday from my geezer rock and roll past will be our inspiration today. Gerry Marsden was born today in 1942. Mr. Marsden was the “Gerry” in Gerry and the Pacemakers. They provided us with the deathless; “Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey” back in the British invasion days of the 60’s. “We don’t care what your name is, boy. We’ll never turn you away.” Ah, never fails to put tears in my Guinness. We’ll toast him with a

Pacemaker Cocktail

1 oz. Royal James Gin

½ oz Triple Sec

½ oz. lemon juice

1 dash blue vegetable coloring

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

And ponder, “Why are there so many songs about rainbows?”

Cheers,

Roger

9/24/11.

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