It’s Ukelele Day!

For two bizarre reasons;

–          He was born Herbert Khaury, but we knew him in the 60’s as Tiny Tim. He didn’t cry out; “God bless us every one!” Instead he sang “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in a strange high falsetto while accompanying himself on the ukulele. It was jaw-dropping, vaguely disturbing, and served as yet another proof that we are not alone.

Today in 1969, before a television audience of 21.4 million viewers of “NBC’s The Tonight Show”, Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky. I felt like I was there, but no, I didn’t cry.

–          The first Hawaiian Cavalry was formed this day in 1852. One ponders…what did they ride? Seahorses?

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Let’s toast the wedding day of Mr. Tim and Miss Vicky with a;

Tiny Tim Cocktail

1 oz. Brandy

½ oz. Triple Sec

1 oz. Dry Vermouth

1 tsp Sugar

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a highball glass.

(sing it) “…won’t you follow me?”

Wait! There’s more to celebrate today.

–          The first episode of “The Simpsons” aired today in 1989. I think I’m the only man on the planet who hasn’t watched it. Tiny Tim – yes. The Simpsons – no. There’s no rationalizing this.

–          Today in 1865, the “Unfinished Symphony” by Franz Schubert was first performed. They didn’t finish it.

–          Ludwig van Beethoven was born today in 1770. I believe he finished all his symphonies. A tidy man.

–          It’s also Eugene Levy’s birthday. Mr. Levy was born in 1946. I suppose you could honor him by only wearing your “left” shoes.

Cheers!

Roger

12/17/12.

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