Posts Tagged ‘Cassius Clay’

It’s a Very Cool Day!

September 5, 2013

Way, way cool;

–          Today in 1698, in an effort to “Westernize” his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposed a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and the peasantry. I gotta ask; what about the bearded ladies?

–          Kentucky’s own Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was awarded the gold medal for his first place finish in the Light Heavyweight division of the boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome today in 1960.

–          Also in sports, today in 1906, the first legal forward pass in American football was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin). Actually, I’m a little conflicted about this one: my money was squarely on Carroll College, but I had Bradbury Robinson on my fantasy team.

–          The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon (“Trolley Troubles”) was released by Universal Pictures today in 1927. That just sounds like something worth celebrating. Besides, I may put Oswald on my fantasy team as well – a lucky rabbit couldn’t hurt.

There’s a bunch of cool birthdays too;

–          Former Kentucky Wildcat, Nazr Mohammed was born today in 1977, as was World Series hero Bill Mazeroski in 1936.

–          Outlaw Jesse James (1847) shares this birthday with outlaw songwriter Louden Wainwright III (1946). Sing! “…stinkin’ to high heaven.”

–          American composer John Cage (1912) (we won’t be singing any of his tunes), actor Raquel Welch (1940) and comedian Bob Newhart (1929) were all born today, as were

–          Film director Werner Herzog (1942) and Scottish songster Al Stewart (1945).

Drink 4cast 4 2day & Quote of the Day

Today was the day in 1957 Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD was published. Kerouac’s novel depicted a new America, connected physically by cars and highways, and separated philosophically by age and culture. Mr. Kerouac inquires of us; “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

One of the mainstay party beverages of this penniless “beat” generation is the inspiration for today’s drink recipe. Before you go on, please keep in mind that we’ve all matured a bit (for better or for worse) and that not even Jimmy Buffett wants to grow up to be the old Jimmy Buffett anymore. Drink responsibly, folks…and don’t drink on the road.

Wine Spodie Odie

Ingredients

1 (5 lb.) package of ice (preferably 1 large block)

2 liters Polar Club Soda

For each guest;

1 favorite fruit

750ml of their favorite wine

Directions

  1. Go out and buy a brand new plastic garbage receptacle.
  2. Bring it home and wash it well.
  3. On the day of your “Spodie Odie” as your guests arrive, put in the block of ice and add club soda.
  4. Have glasses ready.
  5. As guests arrive, have them add their chosen wine, chop or slice and add their favorite fruit.
  6. Add a ladle, spread blankets on the lawn, turn on the tunes, and invite your neighbors so you don’t keep them up!

Cool!

Doesn’t it sound awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/13.

Plan 9 From Saturday Night Fever!

October 19, 2012

Diplomacy, disco, and…uh…don’t look too closely

–          The first discotheque opened today in 1959. John Travolta became instantly possible. Sing! “Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!”

–          Today in 1873, the Universities of Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers drafted the first code of American football rules. I understand the Southeastern Conference broke five of those rules about fifteen minutes later.

–          Today in 1866, at Hotel Europa, Austria handed Veneto over to France, which handed it immediately over to Italy (plus, probably, a player to be named later). What would the closing costs be on a transaction like this?

Some birthdays not to be missed;

–          Today is the birthday in 1945 of actor John Lithgow.

–          Halloween’s a comin’! I highly recommend the ghost stories of Russell Kirk who was born today in 1918.

–          Kentucky’s own Cassius Clay (not the boxer, the politician) was born today in 1810.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today is also the birthday (in 1903) of professional wrestler and actor Tor Johnson. Who can forget Mr. Johnson’s sensitive portrayal of the scientist in The Beast of Yucca Flats or his deathless and breathless performance (his character rose from the grave and thus, didn’t breathe) in the classic Plan 9 From Outer Space? Had I been in charge of the Oscars in the 1950’s, I would have suggested updating the shape of the award to reflect Mr. Johnson’s physique. Put THAT on your mantle as you sip your;

Tor’s Hammer Cocktail

3 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Hancock’s Bourbon

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 Maraschino Cherry

Fill a shaker with ice cubes

Add all ingredients

Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Arrggghhhh!

Cheers!

Roger

10/19/12.

Today is Cool!

September 5, 2012

Way, way cool;

–          Today in 1698, in an effort to “Westernize” his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposed a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and the peasantry. I gotta ask; what about the bearded ladies?

–          Kentucky’s own Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) was awarded the gold medal for his first place finish in the Light Heavyweight division of the boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome today in 1960.

–          Also in sports, today in 1906, the first legal forward pass in American football was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin). Actually, I’m a little conflicted about this one: my money was squarely on Carroll College, but I had Bradbury Robinson on my fantasy team.

–          The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon (“Trolley Troubles”) was released by Universal Pictures today in 1927. That just sounds like something worth celebrating.

There’s a bunch of cool birthdays too;

–          Former Kentucky Wildcat, Nazr Mohammed was born today in 1977, as was World Series hero Bill Mazeroski in 1936.

–          Outlaw Jesse James (1847) shares this birthday with outlaw songwriter Louden Wainwright III (1946). Sing! “…stinkin’ to high heaven.”

–          American composer John Cage (1912) (we won’t be singing any of his tunes), actor Raquel Welch (1940) and comedian Bob Newhart (1929) were all born today, as were

–          Film director Werner Herzog (1942) and Scottish songster Al Stewart (1945).

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today was the day in 1957 Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD was published. Kerouac’s novel depicted a new America, connected physically by cars and highways, and separated philosophically by age and culture. One of the mainstay party beverages of this penniless “beat” generation is the inspiration for today’s drink recipe. Before you go on, please keep in mind that we’ve all matured a bit (for better or for worse) and that not even Jimmy Buffett wants to grow up to be the old Jimmy Buffett anymore. Drink responsibly, folks…and don’t drink on the road.

Wine Spodie Odie

Ingredients

1 (5 lb.) package of ice (preferably 1 large block)

2 liters Polar Club Soda

For each guest;

1 favorite fruit

750ml of their favorite wine

Directions

  1. Go out and buy a brand new plastic garbage receptacle.
  2. Bring it home and wash it well.
  3. On the day of your “Spodie Odie” as your guests arrive, put in the block of ice and add club soda.
  4. Have glasses ready.
  5. As guests arrive, have them add their chosen wine, chop or slice and add their favorite fruit.
  6. Add a ladle, spread blankets on the lawn, turn on the tunes, and invite your neighbors so you don’t keep them up!

Cool!

Doesn’t it sound just awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/12.

“His Heart is Cold!”

February 25, 2012

“He loves only gold!”

That would, of course be Mr. Auric Goldfinger of the James Bond classic film; “Goldfinger”. Mr. Goldfinger is probably my favorite villain in the 007 flicks. He had great toys; a car with a chassis made of gold, the most threatening laser weapon that man has ever imagined, and a deadly super-cool pool table (I got to get me one of those!). His robust delivery of the line; “No, Mr. Bond…I expect you to DIE!” pretty well sealed the deal. Except…of course…it didn’t.

Mr. Goldfinger was played by actor Gert Frobe who was born today in 1913.

No need for me!

That’s about how Zeppo Marx felt about his contribution to the Marx Brothers madness. He was the Marx Brother everybody forgets about. He wasn’t funny. After appearing in several films with his brothers, Zeppo left the film business. I believe his quote was; “I got tired of playing the straight man in films that didn’t have any straight men.” I dunno…that sounds pretty funny to me. Maybe he should have stuck it out.

Mr. Marx was born today in 1901.

A big day for a mighty Kentuckian

Today in 1964, Cassius Clay (later to become Muhammad Ali) became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. “Float like a butterfly…”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I’m giving it all to Gert Frobe and Mr. Goldfinger today.

Goldfinger Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Grays Peak Vodka

¾ oz. Galliano

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

“…sting like a bee!”

Cheers!

Roger

2/25/12.

Don’t Rain on My Parade!

October 29, 2011

Unless it’s confetti!

Today in 1886, the first ticker-tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously threw ticker-tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. Don’cha wonder about that first “spontaneous office worker” who thought that was a good idea?

“The Huntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast today in 1956. I know – it’s a geezer note – indulge me.

This is sweet. Centre College defeated Harvard University today in 1921. This ended Harvard’s 25-game winning streak. How come we never see this game on the classic sports channels?

It’s obviously a big day in Kentucky’s sports history. On this day in 1960, in Louisville, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) won his first professional fight. He went on to win a few more.

Big music firsts today;

Today in 1962, the Beach Boys debut album (remember those?) “Surfin’ Safari” was released. It sold well in Louisville, but baffled young Louisvillians listened to it, gathered at the river, gazed out and said; “Wha…?” Young Lexingtonians gathered downtown where the Town Branch used to be and said; “Where?”

Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” received its first performance in Prague today in 1787. Young Prague-ians said; “Whoa!”

The musical “Hair” opened off-Broadway today in 1967. Young New York-ians said; “Oh, wow!”

Let make that our Drink 4cast 4 2day.

Angel Hair Cocktail

¾ oz Ron Diaz Gold Rum

¼ oz. Peach Schnapps

Make sure both ingredients have been in the freezer for several hours.

In a shot glass, add the rum and then the peach schnapps.

Hold shot glass to the light and small tendrils, almost like hair can be seen.

Shoot.

There are birthdays of interest today.

–         Singers Melba Moore (1945) and tenor Jon Vickers (1926) were both born today.

–         Actors Richard Dreyfuss (1947) and Winona Ryder (1971) share this birthday.

–         The real “funny girl” Fanny Brice was born today in 1891.

I love a parade!

Cheers!

Roger

10/29/11.

The Newest Bourbon on the Planet!

October 19, 2011

Town Branch Bourbon is being released today!

I guess that qualifies as the newest bourbon on the planet! We’ve been looking forward to this for a while. It looks spectacular and I’m told the taste profile is impressive. I’ll be trying it tonight and I’ll let you know.

It’s a big day for athletes and dancers.

–         The first discotheque opened today in 1959. John Travolta became instantly possible.

–         Today in 1873, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Rutgers universities drafted the first code of American football rules. The Southeastern Conference broke five of those rules about fifteen minutes later.

–         Today is the birthday of boxing champion Evander Holyfield in 1962.

–         It’s also the birthday (in 1903) of professional wrestler and actor Tor Johnson. Who can forget Mr. Johnson’s sensitive portrayal of the scientist in “The Beast of Yucca Flats” or his deathless and breathless performance (his character rose from the grave and thus, didn’t have to breath) in the classic “Plan 9 From Outer Space”? This must be our Drink 4cast 4 2day!

Tor’s Hammer Cocktail

3 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Hancock’s Bourbon

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

1 Maraschino Cherry

Fill a shaker with ice cubes

Add all ingredients

Shake well and strain into a
chilled cocktail glass

Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Arrggghhhh!

Other interesting happenings today;

–         Today in 1866, at Hotel Europa, Austria hands over Veneto to France, which hands it immediately over to Italy (plus a player to be named later). What would the closing costs be on a transaction like this?

–         It’s Constitution Day in Niue. Okay, raise your hands if you’ve been to Niue…or can pronounce it.

And some other birthdays not to be missed;

–         Today is the birthday in 1945 of actor John Lithgow.

–         I highly recommend the ghost stories of Russell Kirk who was born today in 1918.

–         Kentucky’s own Cassius Clay (not the boxer, the politician) was born today in 1810.

Feelin’ alive! Feelin’ alive!

Cheers!

Roger

10/19/11.