It’s Ed Wood Day!

Some of my favorite things happened today.

George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway today in 1935. “One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’. You’re gonna spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.” I’ll celebrate that.

And if we’re going to the opera, we could wear a tux! The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York today in 1886. I love to wear a tuxedo. If creation had taken just one more day, I believe we’d all be born in tuxes.

Two of my favorite songwriters were born today; Johnny Green (1908) and John Prine (1946). Mr. Green gave us “Body and Soul”, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Mr. Prine gave us “Muhlenberg County” and a gazillion (I counted) other songs that resonate perfectly with my generation and its geography.

Should an angel happen to drift to Earth and happen to decide to play the piano, I suspect the angel would play like Thelonius Monk. Mr. Monk was born today in 1917. We’ll ask Mr. Monk for our quote of the day; “I don’t know what other people are doing – I just know about me.”

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born today in 1924. Screen director/writer/actor par execrable, Mr. Wood gave us such timeless classics as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA?, and DEVIL’S NIGHT ORGY. Inexplicably, none of these have yet been made into Broadway musicals. Go figure. He also launched the film careers of the Tor Johnson and the Amazing Keskin. Thanks, Mr. Wood…I think.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation.

Tuxedo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

¼ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

¼ tsp. Anisette

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherry.

Straighten your tie.




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One Response to “It’s Ed Wood Day!”

  1. Lauralyn Seamans Hungerford Says:

    AAH! I knew I felt happy today for some reason! Thanks for the info! I loved the movie Ed Wood! And who doesn’t love Mr. Peabody and John Prine?

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