Posts Tagged ‘Neil Young’

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.

I’m Still Doin’ the Rhumba, Baby!

July 17, 2013

I can’t seem to quit!

That was Nicolette Larson’s complaint in her rendition of “Rhumba Girl”. Earworm alert! I’ll be hummin’ that song all day.

I believe it was Mary Kay Place who counted as one of Ms. Larson’s accomplishments the fact that “she can sit on her very own hair”. Well, Ms. Larson had a lot more going for her than that. Her recordings of “Lotta Love”, “Give a Little”, and “Dancin’ Jones” never fail to make me smile. Her duet with Neil Young on “Four Strong Winds” is killer as well. Ms. Larson was born this day in 1952. It’s OK to sing now; “Give a little, care a lot. Try to use the love you’ve got.”

Three more birthdays caught my eye.

–          Country growler Red Sovine was born today in 1917. Mr. Sovine gave us the trucker ghost saga of “Phantom 309”. “’Did I say sumthin’ wrong?’ I said with sort of a halfway grin.”

–          The always interesting and often creepy Donald Sutherland was born today in 1935. My favorite of his film efforts? That would “M.A.S.H.” (the film).

–          Writer Erle Stanley Gardner was born today in 1889. Mr. Gardner created Perry Mason. I’ll be hearing that opening music for the rest of the day as well.

Quotes of the day

We’ll have one serious and one not so much – you figure out which is which.

One from Donald Sutherland; “What the nation’s built on is discussion, contradiction, and growth – and at the moment you can’t discuss anything.”

And one from birthday girl Phyllis Diller (1917); “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”

I just don’t know what to say about this

Today in 1914, Giants outfielder Red Murray was knocked unconscious by lightning after catching a fly ball, ending a 21 inning game. The Giants won 3 to 1. Talk about your fireworks after the game!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

This one’s for Nicolette Larson.

Rhumba Cocktail

2 oz. Jamaica Dark Rum

1 oz. Royal James Gin

1 dash Grenadine

Fill a shaker with ice cubes.

Add ingredients.

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sing! “My mama catches us doin’ the rhumba, my mama’s gonna pitch a fit!”

Cheers!

Roger

7/17/2013.

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.

I’m Still Doin’ the Rhumba, Baby!

July 17, 2012

I can’t seem to quit!

That was Nicolette Larson’s complaint in her rendition of “Rhumba Girl”. Talk about an earworm…I’ll be hummin’ that song all day.

I believe it was Mary Kay Place who counted as Ms. Larson’s accomplishments the fact that “she can sit on her very own hair”. Well, Ms. Larson had a lot more going for her than that. Her recordings of “Lotta Love”, “Give a Little”, and “Dancin’ Jones” never fail to make me smile. Her duet with Neil Young on “Four Strong Winds” is killer as well. Ms. Larson was born this day in 1952. It’s OK to sing now; “Give a little, care a lot. Try to use the love you’ve got.”

Three more birthdays caught my eye.

–          Country growler Red Sovine was born today in 1917. Mr. Sovine gave us the trucker ghost saga of “Phantom 309”. “’Did I say sumthin’ wrong?’ I said with sort of a halfway grin.”

–          The always interesting and often creepy Donald Sutherland was born today in 1935. My favorite of his film efforts? That would “M.A.S.H.” (the film).

–          Writer Erle Stanley Gardner was born today in 1889. Mr. Gardner created Perry Mason. I’ll be hearing that opening music for the rest of the day as well.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

This one’s for Nicolette Larson.

Rhumba Cocktail

2 oz. Jamaica Dark Rum

1 oz. Royal James Gin

1 dash Grenadine

Fill a shaker with ice cubes.

Add ingredients.

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sing! “My mama catches us doin’ the rhumba, my mama’s gonna pitch a fit!”

Cheers!

Roger

7/17/2012.