Lightning Strikes & Miracles!

It’s a big day for film actors.

–          Craggy Lee Marvin, born today in 1924, gave us his delightful performance in “Cat Ballou”.

–          An actor of Broadway and the screen, Louis Calhern was born today in 1895. My personal favorite of Mr. Calhern’s roles is his portrayal of Ambassador Trentino in the Marx Brothers classic; “Duck Soup”. He was also effective in Hitchcock’s “Notorious”.

–          The mysterious Merle Oberon was born today in 1911…or so she said. Ms. Oberon is perhaps best known for her performance in “Wuthering Heights”, but I remember her best opposite Charles Laughton in “The Private Lives of Henry VIII”.

–          Sir Cedric Hardwicke was born today in 1893. Sir Hardwicke had a long career in film and on the stage. He probably had many performances that were more important to him, but my favorites were his performances in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (another Charles Laughton vehicle) and “The Ghost of Frankenstein”. What can I say…my film tastes are the result, I’m sure, of a misspent youth.

Another of my favorite writers was born today in 1917.

Carson McCullers gave us THE BALLAD OF SAD CAFÉ, A MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (my favorite), and REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE. Wow! If you have not read Ms. McCullers work, you have that to look forward to.

The original miracle?

Smokey Robinson was born today in 1940. For a long time I thought his last name was “and the Miracles”.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

It’s also the birthday of Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco. You probably know him better as the singer Lou Christie. Mr. Christie prided himself on his three-octave range and used it to good effect on his big hit “Lightning Strikes”. Let’s celebrate his day of birth with a;

Lightning Bolt Cocktail

1 oz. Ron Diaz 151 Rum

1 oz. Rumplemintz

Pour and shoot.

Sing out! “Lightning striking again and again and again and again.”

Cheers!

Roger

2/19/12.

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