It Was the Greatest Thing Since…

…sliced bread.

You’ve probably heard that said a few times before. But you didn’t hear it before this day in 1928. That was the day that the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri began selling sliced bread. Could the electric toaster be far behind?

It’s a big day for serious music.

Composers Gustav Mahler (1860) and Gian Carlo Menotti (1911) were both born today.

And we also have a couple of interesting Kentucky birthdays.

–          Fort Knox’s favorite pitcher Len Barker was born today in 1955. Mr. Barker pitched the tenth perfect game in Major League baseball. He was pitching for the Texas Rangers at the time. It was the greatest thing since the ninth perfect game!

–          Film actor and Owensboro native Tom Powers was born today in 1890. Mr. Powers played supporting roles in a gazillion (exactly a gazillion) films including many favorites of mine; “The Blue Dahlia”, Double Indemnity”, Two Years Before the Mast”, “Destination Moon”, “Donavan’s Brain”, and the Charlie Chan vehicle “Chinatown at Midnight”, just to name a few.

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I think we’ll honor Tom Power’s day of birth by having a;

Blue Dahlia Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Grays Peak Vodka

½ oz. Maraschino Liqueur

½ oz. Lime Juice

¼ oz. Simple Syrup

1 dash Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters

¼ cup Blueberries

2 Basil Leaves

4 Mint Leaves

Ice Cubes

Muddle fruit and herbs with simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass.

Add vodka, maraschino liqueur, limes juice, and bitters.

Shake vigorously with ice.

Strain into a chilled glass.

It’s the greatest thing since…?




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