Plan 9 From Saturday Night Fever!

Diplomacy, disco, and…uh…don’t look too closely

–          The first discotheque opened today in 1959. John Travolta became instantly possible. Sing! “Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!”

–          Today in 1873, the Universities of Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers drafted the first code of American football rules. I understand the Southeastern Conference broke five of those rules about fifteen minutes later.

–          Today in 1866, at Hotel Europa, Austria handed Veneto over to France, which handed it immediately over to Italy (plus, probably, a player to be named later). What would the closing costs be on a transaction like this?

Some birthdays not to be missed;

–          Today is the birthday in 1945 of actor John Lithgow.

–          Halloween’s a comin’! I highly recommend the ghost stories of Russell Kirk who was born today in 1918.

–          Kentucky’s own Cassius Clay (not the boxer, the politician) was born today in 1810.

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Today is also the birthday (in 1903) of professional wrestler and actor Tor Johnson. Who can forget Mr. Johnson’s sensitive portrayal of the scientist in The Beast of Yucca Flats or his deathless and breathless performance (his character rose from the grave and thus, didn’t breathe) in the classic Plan 9 From Outer Space? Had I been in charge of the Oscars in the 1950’s, I would have suggested updating the shape of the award to reflect Mr. Johnson’s physique. Put THAT on your mantle as you sip your;

Tor’s Hammer Cocktail

3 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Hancock’s Bourbon

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 Maraschino Cherry

Fill a shaker with ice cubes

Add all ingredients

Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Garnish with maraschino cherry.





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