The Great Anticipation!

It happened today in 1844.

The Millerites, followers of William Miller were all a’twitter today in 1844 as they eagerly anticipated the end of the world.

Hey! Isn’t that happening again this year? One of these days they’re gonna get it right and then where will the smug amongst us be?

Well, they weren’t right in 1844 and the following day became known as The Great Disappointment. I know you think I made this up and I’d be inordinately proud if I had…but I didn’t.

Another note from 1844; actress deluxe Sarah Bernhardt was born this day. It was neither the end of the world, nor a great disappointment.

A number of other actors were born this day.

–          Jeff Goldblum (1952) was one of my favorite “big bugs” in The Fly and I also admired him in The Big Chill.

–          Most Halloween films are not scary…gory, yes…but not scary. Repulsion is a genuinely scary film that is rarely included in Halloween showings. I recommend it, but not right before bedtime. It stars a young and gorgeous Catherine Deneuve who was born this day in 1943.

–          A tamer choice for Halloween viewing would be the ghostly comedy Topper. It features a winning performance by Constance Bennett (born today in 1904).

–          You could just ignore Halloween and watch beach queen Annette Funicello (she of the amazing wind-and-rain-resistant hair helmet), born today in 1942, or any of the mayhem-drenched films of the Three Stooges featuring Curly Howard (he of the amazing invisible hair helmet). Mr. Howard was born today in 1903.


On this day in 1964, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Jean-Paul Sartre, but he turned down the honor. He wasn’t sure where he’d be on that day. Actually, he wasn’t sure if he would be on that day! That’s a perfectly lame existentialist joke…or it’s not.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Honoring one our birthday actors;

Three Stooges Cocktail

2 oz. Goldschlager

2 oz. Jagermeister

2 oz. Durango Gold Tequila

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a glass.

Repeat after me; “Yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk!”




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