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It’s a big day for newspapers.

–          The first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published today in 1881. And…

–          The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, was published today in 1791 in Britain. I wonder how hard the crossword was that day?

Where the fog creeps on little cat feet

Today is also the birthday of Chicago (that toddlin’ town, that toddlin’ town). Today in 1674, Father Jacques Marquette founded a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek. The mission grew into the city of Chicago. Wrigley Field, I believe, was built about two years later to minister to hot dog lovers and give us all a fine reason to visit Chi-Town.

And it’s the birthday of the Burger King! The first Burger King restaurant opened today in 1954. I’m happy for them, but please keep that creepy-lookin’ king away from me.

Still lookin’

Today in 1996, NASA launched its first Mars rover from Cape Canaveral. Through yesterday it still hadn’t found a Starbucks…or Burger King…or a hot dog for that matter. Maybe they shoulda sent it to Chicago.

Anyone can have a bad day, but…

Today in 1961, the Museum of Modern Art displayed Matisse’s Le Bateau upside down. It remained so for 47 days.

The birthdays just keep on comin’.

–          We have musicians. Eddie “Cleanhead” Heywood (1915) and jazz guitarist Jim Hall (1930) were born today, as was Cassandra Wilson (1955) singing over there in the corner.

–          We have lots of actors. Marisa Tomei (1964), Lillian Russell (1861), Deanna Durbin (1921), Jeff Bridges (1949), and Max Baer, Jr. (1937). I believe Mr. Baer’s portrayal of Jethro Clampitt to be definitive.

–          Artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866) and writer Cornell Woolrich (1903) also share this birthday.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

One more birthday will serve as the inspiration for our daily libation. Rock and roller Freddy Cannon was born today in 1939. Mr. Cannon gave us sensitive, nuanced renditions of Palisades Park, Let Me Take You Where the Action Is, and Abigail Beecher (My History Teacher).  We are all uplifted by his efforts. We’ll celebrate his birthday with a;

Palisades Park Cocktail

1 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

1 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Peach Schnapps

1 oz. Banana Juice

2 oz. Sprite

Pour ingredients over the rocks and serve.

(sing it) “Oh, baby come on…!”




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