Shipwrecked With Rodolpho & Mimi!

Indulge my geekiness for a moment, please.

Today in 1884, the first volume (A through ANT) of THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY was published. For a book-hound like me, this would constitute a legitimately holy moment.

Two fine Kentuckians were born today.

–          Basketball star and pretty nice singer Walter McCarty in 1974 and

–          One-half of the Everly Brothers; Don Everly in 1937. Sing! “The movie wasn’t so hot. It didn’t have much of a plot! We fell asleep – it’s half past three – our reputation is shot!” Oh, the innocence!

Grab your OED and look up “mononymous”.

It would be a person known by only one name. I’m sure the examples that leap to mind would include Madonna, Pocahontas, Moliere, Saki, Sting, and Liberace. But my favorite mononymous singer is Hildegarde. Hildegarde was a cabaret singer throughout most of the 20th century. She was billed variously as “The Queen of the Supper Clubs” and as “The Incomparable Hildegarde”. To hear her speak can be irritating as she can become quite twee (look that one up!), but her singing is totally delightful. Her rendition of “Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup” is definitive. I’m a big fan.

Hildegarde was born today in 1906.

Another big musical moment…

Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered today in 1896 in Turin.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1709 Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island. His tale of woe inspired the book; ROBINSON CRUSOE by Daniel Defoe. We can toast his rescue in comfort with a;

Robinson Crusoe Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Ron Diaz Light Rum

1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice

Fill shaker with ice cubes.

Add ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Start lookin’ for Friday.

Cheers!

Roger

2/1/12.

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