“I’m a Liar! I’ve Always Been a Liar!”

So actress Mary Astor cried in the very great film “The Maltese Falcon”. To which Bogie sagely advised her; “Well, don’t brag about it!” Ms. Astor’s day of birth is today in 1906. I’m a fan.

Several other birthdays caught my eye…

–          Actress Beulah Bondi was born today in 1888. Ms. Bondi is most recognized as Jimmy Stewart’s mother in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” but her career spanned eight decades. She played everybody’s mother!

–          All you late-night TV watchers rejoice. Today is the birthday of Ron Popeil. Mr. Popeil founded Ronco and invented the pocket fisherman, perhaps the greatest invention since sliced bread. “Wait! That’s not all!!”

–          Folksinger Pete Seeger (1919) and Broadway songwriter Betty Comden (1917) share this birthday.

–          Jazz piano master John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet was born today in 1920.

–          A part-time Kentuckian who won our hearts with her opening speech at the World Equestrian Games; Princess Haya bint al-Hussein was born today in 1974.

…and several interesting beginnings.

–          Today in 1952 the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time. I’m sure Kenny Rice was interviewed sometime during the broadcast.

–          “The Fantasticks” opened Off-Broadway today in 1960 and proceeded to run for 42 years. If there had been a “mother” role in the show, I’m sure Beulah Bondi would’ve played it for the whole 42 years. The original production costs included $900 for the set and $541 for the costumes. Today, you could spend that much on tickets to a show!

–          Joe DiMaggio, “The Yankee Clipper” made his major league debut today in 1936 with the New York Yankees. Sing along now; “Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you”.

–          Bollywood began today! “Raja Harishchandra”, the first full-length Indian feature film was released today in 1913, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry. I suspect Beulah Bondi played the Raja’s mom under an assumed name.

–          National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” made its debut today in 1971. I began listening to the show sometime in that year and have never stopped. It’s still my favorite source for news.

–          Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds of the world had its first game today in 1877. I had seats right behind home plate. “I’m a liar… I’ve always…”

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We’ll stick to the stage for today’s libation inspiration.

Richard D’Oyly Carte was born today in 1844. Mr. D’Oyly Carte was a talent agent, theatrical impresario, composer, and hotelier. He built and operated the Savoy Hotel and the Savoy Theatre (home to the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan).

Let’s toast his day of birth with a;

Savoy Special

2 oz. Ron Diaz Light Rum

1 oz. Benedictine Liqueur

1 oz. Grapefruit Juice

Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add ingredients.

Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sing! “I am the very model of a modern Major-General!”




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