Posts Tagged ‘Niagara Falls’

Batman, the Pony Express, & Sleepin’ Late – All Noble Aspirations!

October 24, 2013

I’ll explain shortly, but first;

–          Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always put things in perspective for me.

–          At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–          On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her 63rd birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show herself a good time.

We have birthdays today!

–          It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–          Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–          From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today. Mr. Hart will give us our quote of the day; “So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o’clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.”

–          The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. I suppose his quote of the day would be something like; “Wham! Zap! Biff!”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it goes, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/24/13.

Score One for Preservation!

January 2, 2013

It has worked so far!

Today in 1929, the United States and Canada agreed to preserve Niagara Falls. Janie and I were there this year and we can attest to the success of this agreement.

I also noticed that today in 1839, the first photo of the moon was taken. If I might make a humble suggestion; perhaps the United States and Canada could agree to preserve the moon as well since the countries seem to be on a roll with the falls and just what would waterfalls be without a moon?

Whatta day for Kentucky sports!

Today in 1945, the Kentucky Wildcats began a streak of 130 winning home games. The streak did not end until 1955. Let’s hope they begin to top that achievement tonight.

The Cardinals of Louisville have a basketball/football doubleheader deluxe this evening.

Let’s just win’em all!

They never collaborated.

–          Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutti” premiered in Vienna today in 1790. No, I was not there.

–          Today is Roger Miller’s birthday! Mr. Miller is one clever songwriter. He’s best known for his country comedy songs (you got to love a guy who writes a song entitled; “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”), but his tunes for the musical “Big River” are my favorites. Of course, his best-known song will be the inspiration for our;

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Sing along – “No phones, no pools, no pets”

King of the Road Cocktail

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Royal James Gin

¾ oz. Dry Vermouth

1/8 oz. Crème Yvette

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

When you try this one you can be king of the road, but please don’t be on the road!

Cheers!

Roger

1/2/13.

A Big Picture & the Big Bopper!

October 24, 2011

–         Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always drench me with perspective.

–         At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–         William Lassell discovered the moons Umbriel and Ariel orbiting Uranus today in 1851. Peeping Tom.

–         On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show a girl a good time.

We haven’t had an Independence Day for a while. Today will remedy that. It’s Independence Day in Zambia.

It’s also United Nations Day.

We have birthdays today!

–         It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–         Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–         From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today.

–         The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. Wham! Zap! Biff!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it goes, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/14/11.