Pre-Airport Security Hi-Jinks!

–          Today in 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Security was ju-u-u-st a bit looser then.

–          Five years later to the day in 1932, Bad weather forced Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland. She thereby became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The security was very loose in the pasture, but I understand there were some other organic hazards to negotiate. Thus, Ms. Earhart was not asked to remove her shoes.

All you have to do is whistle.

It was wedding bells today in 1945 for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. Go ahead and say it – you know you’re dying to; “You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together…”

We have interesting birthdays today.

–          One of my favorite writers is Manly Wade Wellman. Mr. Wellman had about 100 books published during his lifetime and shortly thereafter. No exaggeration! He wrote histories, biographies, Appalachian supernatural tales, books for teens, and criminous tales. One of his mystery short stories won the first Ellery Queen Mystery Contest (William Faulkner came in second). Mr. Wellman wrote for Weird Tales and other pulp magazines, “Boys Life”, and Captain Marvel comic books. I visited with Mr. Wellman and his wife Frances one afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When he learned I was from Lexington, all he wanted to do was talk basketball and Dean Smith. Yes, it was a bit of a buzz kill, but a most gracious one. Mr. Wellman was born today in 1903.

–          Raymond Burr was born today in 1917. Most people will remember Mr. Burr primarily for his decades-long portrayal of Perry Mason. However, given my fondness for most things Godzilla, it should come as no shock that my favorite Raymond Burr performance is his perfectly awkward turn as the American reporter in the United States release of the original “Godzilla”. Did I mention it was perfectly awkward?

–          Gunga Din was born today in 1901. The actor’s real name was Sam Jaffe, but he’ll always be the brave, brave Gunga Din to me.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

The musical “Gypsy” starring Ethel Merman opened on Broadway today in 1959. It’s an easy call to the bartender;

Gypsy Cocktail

2 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

1 oz. Benedictine Liqueur

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir well with crushed ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Everything will soon come up roses!




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One Response to “Pre-Airport Security Hi-Jinks!”

  1. Mike Cassell Says:

    Roger! You’re back! I’m so glad to see it was a brief hiatus and not a permanent thing. At the Hurstbourne location now. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon. Take Care. Mike

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