Posts Tagged ‘Muhammad Ali’

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.

Yodel Yer Cares Away!

October 30, 2012

The World Series came and went in a flash. The hurricane came and went in a splash.  Now, when do the pitchers and catchers report?

Is it March yet?

Anxious things happened today.

–          Today in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States. When reassured it was only a play, that audience immediately re-attached its anxiety to professional wrestling where it properly belongs.

–          The “Rumble in the Jungle” (which is even catchier than “War of the Worlds”) boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire today in 1974, causing big-time anxiety in Mr. Foreman.

–          On this day in 2003, LeBron James made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers causing anxiety in everyone who had to guard him.

There are many birthdays that caught my eye today.

–          Two singers who have nothing else in common were born today; psychedelic queen Grace Slick in 1939 and cowboy yodeling queen Patsy Montana in 1908. What a duet that would’ve been!

–          Writers Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821) and Ezra Pound (1885) share this birthday…page-turners both. Neither, so far I know, could yodel.

–          Actors Ruth Gordon (1896) and Henry Winkler (1945) were both born today. “Maud and the Fonz”, what a film that could’ve been!

–          Jazz trumpet legend Clifford Brown was born today in 1930.

–          The human path to success for all 97-pound weaklings and nemesis of all sand-kickers, Charles Atlas was born this day in 1893.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I mentioned Patsy Montana before. It’s a big day for her namesake state (it was named after her…yes?). Today in 1864, Helena, Montana (the town, not Patsy’s sister) was founded after four prospectors discover gold at “Last Chance Gulch”. As a young man, I think I found myself in Last Chance Gulch several times on particularly bad days…sometimes after particularly good nights. How can I let this slip by?

Last Chance Cocktail

1 ¾ oz. Durango Gold Tequila

¼ oz. Apricot Brandy

1 oz. Lime Juice

1 tsp. Honey

Shake with a glassful of crushed ice and pour unstrained into an old-fashioned glass.

Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.

Forget anxiety…yodel instead!

Cheers!

Roger

10/30/12.

“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.

That Was One Great World Series!

October 30, 2011

Congratulations to both teams and thanks for the show. Now, when do the pitchers and catchers report?

While we’re waiting for spring training, we must take note that today in 1945, Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier.

Is it March yet?

Anxious things happened today.

–         Today in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States. When reassured it was only a play, that audience re-attached their anxiety to professional wrestling where it properly belongs.

–         The “Rumble in the Jungle” (which is even catchier than “War of the Worlds”) boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire today in 1974, causing anxiety in Mr. Foreman.

–         On this day in 2003, LeBron James made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers causing anxiety in everyone who had to guard Mr. James.

There are many birthdays that caught my eye today.

–         Two singers who have nothing else in common were born today; psychedelic queen Grace Slick in 1939 and cowboy yodeler Patsy Montana in 1908.

–         Writers Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821) and Ezra Pound (1885) share this birthday…page-turners both.

–         Actors Ruth Gordon (1896) and Henry Winkler (1945) were both born today.

–         Jazz trumpet legend Clifford Brown was born today in 1930.

–         The human path to success for all 97-pound weaklings, Charles Atlas was born this day in 1893.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

I mentioned Patsy Montana before. It’s a big day for her namesake state (it was named after her…yes?). Today in 1864, Helena, Montana (the town, not Patsy’s sister) was founded after four prospectors discover gold at “Last Chance Gulch”. As a young man, I think I found myself in Last Chance Gulch several times on particularly bad days…sometimes after particularly good nights. How can I let this slip by?

Last Chance Cocktail

1 ¾ oz. Durango Gold Tequila

¼ oz. Apricot Brandy

1 oz. Lime Juice

1 tsp. Honey

Shake with a glassful of crushed ice and pour unstrained into an old-fashioned glass.

Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.

Forget anxiety.

Cheers!

Roger

10/30/11.

It’s Geezer Day!

October 1, 2011

Watch me do a little dance (or at least totter) and sing out  (or croak) with pride (or mild amusement). I’ll kick up my heels (vertical leap = 2.5 inches)! It’s Geezer Day and I didn’t make that up (or if I did, I forgot). Let’s celebrate (or at least smile real big)!

I guess I should start by calling it by its official name; International Day of Older Persons.

Those who know me understand that I embrace my geezerdom with gusto. It’s good now to know things that I didn’t know when I was younger, especially to have a full understanding how little I know now. I sure didn’t know THAT in my youth, but, of course, I knew everything else! (I defy anyone to diagram that last sentence.) When I was a young person, I was a sponge, soaking up everything I could see or hear or taste or feel or smell. Well…I still am. My senses may not process the information as quickly as they formerly did, but when the information is received, it has an amazing wealth of context waiting for it. It may not be a new sensation to me, but it’s a sensation that means something because of the sensations that came before. Bob Dylan said it quite nicely; “I was so much older then – I’m younger than that now.” Happy Geezer Day to me and all my “Older Persons” friends.

There’s much else to celebrate today.

It’s a big day for transportation.

–         Ford put the Model T car on the market at price of $825 today in 1908. I’ll take a black one please.

–         Today in 1940, the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to traffic for the first time.

–         And before we had cars…Today in 1811, the first steamboat to travel the Mississippi River arrived in New Orleans. I was there waving.

And sports;

–         “The Thrilla in Manila”: heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place today in 1975. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!”

–         On this day in 1903, the Boston Americans played the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.

And some other odds and ends;

–         Today in 1880, John Philip Sousa became the leader of the United States Marine Band. Stars and Stripes Forever!

–         Austria issued the world’s first postcards today in 1869.

–         You could use those postcards on this day in 1971 when Walt Disney World opened.

And you’ll need all your firecrackers since it’s Independence Day in Cyprus, Nigeria, Palau and Tuvalu. Raise your hands if you’ve been to Tuvalu…or send a postcard.

Birthdays? Yes, we have birthdays.

–         What a show we could put on today. Actors Laurence Harvey (1928), James Whitmore (1921), Richard Harris (1930), Walter Matthau (1920) and Julie Andrews (1935) were all born today.

–         Clyde Barrow’s main squeeze, Bonnie Parker was born today in 1910.

–         Concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903) shares this birthday as well.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Only one way to go here;

Bacardi Geezer Cocktail

1 oz. Peach Schnapps

1 bottle Bacardi Breezer Lime

1oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur

1 oz. Royal James Gin

1 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

Stir ingredients together in a pint glass and serve.

Hip! Hip! Hoor…oops, hip’s out!

Cheers,

Roger

10/1/11.

 

Wine Spodie Odie & a Tax on Beards!

September 5, 2011

What an interesting day.

–         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. What a concept!

–         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 bitter about this one: my money was squarely on Carroll College.

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

There’s a bunch of interesting birthdays;

–         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).

–         American composer John Cage (1912), 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).

Plus, it’s Teachers’ Day in India!

Double plus!! It’s Labor Day! (and here I am laboring…just not right)

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 I suspect not even Jimmy Buffett wants to grow up to be the old Jimmy Buffett anymore. Drink responsibly, folks!

Wine Spodie Odie

Ingredients

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

2 liters 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. Stay with me on this…
  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. (That would be drinking glasses – I know we’re getting older…)
  5. As guests arrive, have them add their chosen wine, chop or slice and add their favorite fruit. (It just keeps getting better – yes?)
  6. Add a ladle, spread blankets on the lawn, turn on the tunes, and invite your neighbors so you don’t keep them up! (I might just skip straight to this step)

Crazy, man…crazy!

Doesn’t it sound awful?

Cheers,

Roger

9/5/11.