Remember Encyclopedias?

If you do, then today’s your day.

The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published today in 1768. I never could look myself up in the encyclopedia…that makes Google and Wikipedia better. Right? …right??

Today in 2006, NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars. Thus far, there have been no photographs showing bourbon, but I hold out hope.

United States Federal Judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce’s ULYSSES is not obscene. Folks, it’s only art…nothing to fear.

The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated today in 1947. Would this be an appropriate place to say “Go Gators!”…is there ever an appropriate place?

Two interesting things happened today in 1877. Thomas Edison, using his new phonograph made one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Also, the first edition of the Washington Post was published. It featured a review of Mr. Edison’s new recording…not so good.

It’s Independence Day in Finland!

There are birthdays of interest.

–          Actresses Agnes Moorehead (1900), Lynn Fontanne (1887), and Jobeth Williams (1948) were all born today.

–          I learned much about serious music by listening to Karl Haas on WUKY (then WBKY). Mr. Haas was born today in 1913.

–          Poet Joyce Kilmer (1886) and mystic Dion Fortune (1890) share this birthday.

–          Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck (1920), lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896), and Hugo E. Peretti (1916) were all born today. Mr. Peretti gave us the English lyrics for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Confederate officer John S. Mosby was born today in 1833. His nickname was “The Gray Ghost.” The nickname alone deserves a toast.

Gray Ghost Cocktail

2 oz. Abolut Kurant Vodka

2 oz. Blackberry Liqueur

16 oz. 7-Up

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

Take five.

Cheers!

Roger

12/6/11.

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