Posts Tagged ‘Al Michaels’

Dick the Bruiser and the Loch Ness Monster!

November 12, 2013

Nessie got her picture taken!

Today in 1933, Hugh Gray took the first known photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. However, it seems Nessie ordered no prints. This is important. It means Nessie had no parents, cousins, aunts, nor uncles to send pictures to. She is alone in those waters. It’s a sad thought, but I’ll sleep better.

Two titanic sports stories!

–          Dick the Bruiser beat Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha to become the champion of the NWA. I’m guessin’ these were not their given names at birth. Their parents must have been so proud.

–          William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first professional football player on record. Today in 1892, Mr. Heffelfinger (no, his name was not on his jersey) played in his first paid game ($500!) for the Allegheny Athletic Association (and you thought your AAA membership had something to do with cars!). It proved to be a good move for the AAA. They went on that day to defeat the Pitts Athletic Club 4-0 (two safeties?).

We have many birthdays of interest.

–          Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born today in 1840. Mr. Rodin gave us “The Thinker”.

–          We have actors! Ryan Gosling (1980), Kim Hunter (1922), and radiance-personified Grace Kelly (1929) share this birthday.

–          Jazzman Buck Clayton (1911) and my favorite play-by-play guy Al Michaels (1944) were both born today.

–          We have a quartet of birthday singers. Ruby Nash Curtis was born today in 1939. Ms. Curtis was the “Ruby” in Ruby and the Romantics. Booker T. Jones likewise in 1944. Mr. Jones was the “Booker T” in Booker T and the MG’s – duh. Neil Young was born today in 1945. Mr. Young was the “Young” in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And Jo Stafford was born in 1917. Ms. Stafford was the “Jo” in Jo Stafford – whatever.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another birthday will inspire our daily cocktail recipe. Composer Alexander Borodin was born today in 1833. Mr. Borodin is, perhaps, best known for his opera Prince Igor. Besides being flat-out beautiful, it serves as the basis for the Broadway musical Kismet. Many of the melodies in Kismet are lifted totally from Prince Igor and why shouldn’t they be – “Stranger in Paradise” is beautiful in whatever language you choose, as is “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”. Let’s toast Mr. Borodin with a;

Prince Igor’s Nightcap

1 oz. Stolichnaya Coffee Vodka

1 oz. Royal James Gin

1 oz. Light Cream

Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker and serve in a chilled, stemmed glass.

Sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Sing big! “…be a stranger no more!”

Cheers!

Roger

11/12/13.

We Survived the Earthquake!

November 12, 2012

Just in case you were wondering…

Nessie got her picture taken!

Today in 1933, Hugh Gray took the first known photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. However, it seems Nessie ordered no prints. This is important. It means Nessie had no parents, cousins, aunts, nor uncles to send pictures to. She is alone in those waters. It’s a sad thought, but I’ll sleep better.

Two titanic sports stories!

–          Dick the Bruiser beat Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha to become the champion of the NWA. I’m guessin’ these were not their given names at birth. Their parents must have been so proud.

–          William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first professional football player on record. Today in 1892, Mr. Heffelfinger (no, his name was not on his jersey) played in his first paid game ($500!) for the Allegheny Athletic Association (and you thought your AAA membership had something to do with cars!). It proved to be a good move for the AAA. They went on that day to defeat the Pitts Athletic Club 4-0 (two safeties?).

We have many birthdays of interest.

–          Sculptor Auguste Rodin was born today in 1840. Mr. Rodin gave us The Thinker.

–          We have actors! Ryan Gosling (1980), Kim Hunter (1922), and radiance-personified Grace Kelly (1929) share this birthday.

–          Jazzman Buck Clayton (1911) and my favorite play-by-play guy Al Michaels (1944) were both born today.

–          We have a quartet of birthday singers. Ruby Nash Curtis was born today in 1939. Ms. Curtis was the “Ruby” in Ruby and the Romantics. Booker T. Jones likewise in 1944. Mr. Jones was the “Booker T” in Booker T and the MG’s – duh. Neil Young was born today in 1945. Mr. Young was the “Young” in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And Jo Stafford was born in 1917. Ms. Stafford was the “Jo” in Jo Stafford – whatever.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another birthday will inspire our daily cocktail recipe. Composer Alexander Borodin was born today in 1833. Mr. Borodin is, perhaps, best known for his opera Prince Igor. Besides being flat-out beautiful, it serves as the basis for the Broadway musical Kismet. Many of the melodies in Kismet are lifted totally from Prince Igor and why shouldn’t they be – “Stranger in Paradise” is beautiful in whatever language you choose, as is “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”. Let’s toast Mr. Borodin with a;

Prince Igor’s Nightcap

1 oz. Stolichnaya Coffee Vodka

1 oz. Royal James Gin

1 oz. Light Cream

Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker and serve in a chilled, stemmed glass.

Sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Sing big! “…be a stranger no more!”

Cheers!

Roger

11/12/12.

“Do You Believe in Miracles?”

February 22, 2012

Then today’s your day.

Today in 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union hockey team; 4-3.

I know so little about hockey (I can’t even follow the puck on television), but it was the second most exciting televised sporting event I ever watched (the first having something to do with Christian Laetner). A big part of the excitement was due to the thrilling description of the action by Al Michaels.

And that’s not all…

–          Frank Woolworth opened his first “five and dime” store today in 1879 in Utica, New York. I’m sure this is important for a number of reasons, but my celebration of his store opening is because it made possible (100 years later) Nanci Griffith’s wonderful song; “Love at the Five and Dime”. Sing along now; “Miss Rita had sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair. She made the Woolworth counter shine.”

–          It’s Independence Day in Saint Lucia. It’s rumored they’ve had about as much winter this year as we have. Not complainin’, just explainin’.

And there are birthdays of strangeness…

–          Writer/illustrator Edward Gorey was born today in 1925. Mr. Gorey’s take on the world is proof that we are not alone. I recommend a journey through his work.

–          Subtlety and finesse are surely not the way to describe the frenetic performance by Dwight Frye (1899) of the role of Renfield in the film “Dracula” starring Bela Lugosi. There was no wallpaper left on the movie set – Mr. Frye chewed it all. I stand mute in admiration.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Another birthday inspires our cocktail recipe for today.

Sparky Anderson was born today in 1934. Mr. Anderson was the manager of the greatest baseball team to ever play the game; the Cincinnati Reds when they were simply referred to as The Big Red Machine. You may disagree with my assessment – you would be wrong. Let’s hoist a;

Sparky Pepper Champagne Cocktail

1 oz. Absolut Pepper

Champagne

Mix together in a champagne flute.

A-a-a-a-nd this one belongs to the Reds!

Cheers!

Roger

2/22/12.