Posts Tagged ‘Ed Wood’

It’s Ed Wood Day!

October 10, 2013

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.

Cheers!

Roger

10/10/13.

Smile!

June 10, 2013

Charles Graham patented false teeth today in 1822.

The hits just keep on comin’

–          The number one hit on the pop charts today in 1958 was Sheb Wooley’s  otherworldly rendition of “Purple People Eater”. Sing it! “It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater…”

–          Today in 1901, the New York Giants pounded the Cincinnati Reds for a record 31 hits, defeating them 25-13. No, I was not pitching that day.

My favorite duck’s career began today.

That would be Donald, of course, though his Uncle Scrooge McDuck would be a close second. But today is Donald’s day: he made his debut today in 1934 in “The Wise Little Hen”. Inexplicably, this piece never seems to make any of the “Best 100” lists.

Closer to home;

Kentucky’s own Johnny Depp was born today in 1963. I’m a big fan of Mr. Depp’s performances in the films “Sweeny Todd”, “Chocolat”, “Ed Wood”, and “Edward Scissorhands”.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Master songwriter Cole Porter was born today in 1891. Mr. Porter protested in one of his most famous songs; “I get no kick from champagne”. Well, that seems a shame.

Champagne Cocktail

1 cube Sugar

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Champagne

Soak sugar cube in the bitters and place in bottom of a large champagne flute.

Slowly fill with champagne.

Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Sing! “I get a kick out of you!”

Cheers!

Roger

6/9/2013.

Edward Scissorhands & Donald Duck!

June 9, 2012

My favorite duck’s career began today.

That would be Donald, of course, though his Uncle Scrooge McDuck would be a close second. But today is Donald’s day: he made his debut today in 1934 in “The Wise Little Hen”. Inexplicably, this piece never seems to make any of the “Best 100” lists.

Closer to home;

Kentucky’s own Johnny Depp was born today in 1963. I’m a big fan of Mr. Depp’s performances in the films “Sweeny Todd”, “Chocolat”, “Ed Wood”, and “Edward Scissorhands”.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Master songwriter Cole Porter was born today in 1891. Mr. Porter protested in one of his most famous songs; “I get no kick from champagne”. Well, I don’t believe him.

Champagne Cocktail

1 cube Sugar

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Champagne

Soak sugar cube in the bitters and place in bottom of a large champagne flute.

Slowly fill with champagne.

Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Sing! “I get a kick out of you!”

Cheers!

Roger

6/9/2012.