Ed Woods + Verdi = Good Vibrations!

Some of my favorite things happened today.

George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway today in 1935. “One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’. You’re gonna spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.” I’ll celebrate that.

And if we’re going to the opera, we could wear a tux! The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York today in 1886. I love to wear a tuxedo. I’m convinced if creation had taken just one more day, we’d all be born in tuxes.

Two of my favorite songwriters were born today; Johnny Green (1908) and John Prine (1946). Mr. Green gave us “Body and Soul”, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Mr. Prine gave us “Muhlenberg County” and a gazillion (I counted) other songs that resonate perfectly with my generation and its geography.

Should an angel happen to drift to Earth and decide to play the piano, I suspect the angel would play like Thelonius Monk. Mr. Monk was born today in 1917.

Other things happened today.

–         The Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opened today in 1845.

–         The Beach Boys released “Good Vibrations” in 1966. Releasing good vibrations is always worth celebrating.

–         After being sold, dismantled and shipped to the United States, London Bridge reopened today (1971) in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Can you imagine the Fedex charge on that?

–         The Great One, Wayne Gretzke made his National Hockey League debut today in 1979.

–         Liz Taylor and Richard Burton remarried today in 1975 after a 16-month divorce. Easy come, easy go indeed.

And there are other birthdays of interest.

–         Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born today in 1924. Screen director/writer/actor par execrable, Mr. Wood gave us such timeless classics as “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, Glen or Glenda?” & “Devil’s Night Orgy.” Thanks…I think.

–         Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813) shares this birthday with French painter Antoine Watteau (1684).

–         Legendary quarterback and several times retiree Brett Favre was born today in 1969.

–         Queen of the American stage Helen Hayes (1900) shares this birthday with British playwright Harold Pinter (1930).

It never stops –  there’s a little bit more.

–         It’s Arbor Day in Poland (I’m not touchin’ it).

–         It’s Independence Day in Fiji.

–         It’s World Mental Health Day (we may need it after all this celebration).

Finally…there’s our Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation. I always want to be well-dressed for World Mental Health Day.

Tuxedo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

¼ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

¼ tsp. Anisette

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherry.

Straighten your tie.




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