Iceman & Iceland

Today, I’m celebrating;

–         “The Iceman Cometh”, Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece of a drama “cameth” to Broadway today in 1946.

–         It’s Leif Erickson Day in Iceland, Norway and the United States. On a personal note, I also have a frighteningly smart friend named Leif Erickson so I’ll celebrate that too.

–         Today in 1701 the Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It was later renamed Yale University. I assume it was easier for the marching band to spell.

–         The Washington Monument officially opened to the general public (is there a “private” public? One of those things that make you go hmmm) this day in 1888. Let’s hope it gets to open again soon.

AND…it’s Independence Day in Uganda and Guayaquil!

Birthdays that caught my interest;

–         Composer Camille Saint-Saens was born today in 1835.

–         Singers Lee Wiley (1908), John Lennon (1940) and Jackson Browne (1948) share this birthday.

–         Today is also the birthday of baseball pitcher Rube Marquard (1886) and golf goddess Annika Sorenstam (1970). Rube Marquard…what were his parents thinking?

–         My favorite taxi driver (from “Wings”) Tony Shalhoub (1953) has a birthday today. Oh yeah, his portrayal of “Monk” is pretty nice too.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1604, the most recent supernova to be observed in the Milky Way happened. I used to drive a not-so-super-nova. To honor both we’ll have a;

Champagne Supernova

1 oz. Hancock Bourbon

3 oz. Champagne

1 oz. Port

3 cubes ice

Mix together in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

I just hope it starts.

Cheers!

Roger

10/9/11.

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