The Octopus of Paris – A Sequel!

Yesterday’s blog mentioned a novel by Gaston Leroux; THE OCTOPUS OF PARIS. Far be it from me to suggest that reading this novel would have an uplifting effect on anyone’s life, but the mere mention of the title did elicit this response from one faithful reader.

“I’m pretty sure I remember my date for my high school prom was the Octopus of Lexington!”

I think it’s time to discreetly close the cover on that book.

It’s a big day for quarterbacks from the Bluegrass State.

University of Louisville’s Johnny Unitas (1933) and University of Kentucky’s Babe Parilli (1929) were both born today.

And a big day for the movies;

–          Gary Cooper (1901) shares this birth date with the ultimate sidekick, Gabby Hayes (1885). Mr. Hayes “consarned” and “gol-durned” his way through a gazillion cowboy flicks as the crusty and trusty sidekick to Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Wild Bill Elliott, Randolph Scott, and John Wayne. You just know that had to be a fun career.

–          Also born on this date in 1911 was director Ishiro Honda. Mr. Honda directed the Japanese Godzilla and Mothra films that inexplicably entertain me so.

And a big day for serious music;

–          Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony had its world premiere today in Vienna in the year 1824.

–          Both Johannes Brahms (1833) and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840) were born today.

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Two disturbing and fascinating women were born on this date.

British writer Angela Carter (1940) has given us THE MAGIC TOYSHOP, HONEYBUZZARD, and THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. Her writing and ideas are provocative and I could not put her books down.

Argentina’s amazing Eva Peron was also born today in 1919. We know her better as Evita. We won’t cry for her. Instead, we’ll toast her day of birth with an;

Eva Peron Cocktail

1 oz. Fernet Branca

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

1 oz. Ginger Liqueur

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Ginger Beer

Ice Cubes

Combine the Fernet Branca, vermouth, ginger liqueur and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker.

Shake well and strain into a Collins glass.

Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

Sing! “I kept my promise. Don’t keep your distance.”




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