Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Edison’

Louie Louie Versus Diction!

August 8, 2013

Louie won.

Loowee looowi!

“Oh no, bay wiggaah go!”

Today in 1963, the Kingsmen released “Louie Louie”.

It was banned by many radio stations for its supposedly obscene lyrics. How could they tell? The singer’s crystal clear diction (not) revealed little nastiness. Finding filth in this recording is like listening to an ink blot.

I, however, actually sang this song for several years with a local rock group. Electricity had just been invented – before that, our guitars were of the air variety.

I know the real lyrics and will be happy to share that knowledge with you, but then of course I’d have to kill you.

Sing!

“Afaa lill girl aquoizesee

Withahttuh I’ll nevva leeagginn”

Wait! That’s not all!

–          Today was a big day for another song with far more decipherable lyrics – though I’m not sure they’re any more comprehensible. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” hit number one on the pop charts today in 1960. You’ll be hummin’ that one all day. You can thank me later.

–          Today in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph machine. Oh, that piquant bouquet!

–          It’s also the day of birth in 1922 of actor Rory Calhoun. Will we ever forget his delicious performance as the proprietor of MOTEL HELL?

Our Quote of the Day

…comes from actor Dustin Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman was born today in 1937. He confides; “I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and needed the credits.”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Keep singin’!

“Aye-yi-yi-yi!

Reenaats ndazeye sail th’see

Hingah girl cossint’lee”

Absolute poetry! Let’s have a;

Louie Louie Cocktail

3 oz. Southern Comfort

1 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

1 oz. Durango Coffee Liqueur

Stir and serve in a cocktail glass.

Just crank it up to eleven and forget the words!

Cheers!

Roger

8/8/2013.

Whirlybirds & the Write Stuff!

May 20, 2013

Today is mostly about inventors and inventions.

–          Today in 1926 Thomas Edison said Americans preferred silent movies over talkies. Immediately after making that statement, Mr. Edison got in his horse and buggy and drove home, where the light bulbs were shining bright. You hit some and you miss some.

–          Igor Sikorsky unveiled his newest invention today in 1940; a helicopter. Thomas Edison stated later in the day that Americans preferred zeppelins.

–          The fountain pen was patented today in 1830 by D. Hyde. Mr. Edison was heard muttering in the background; “Americans prefer quills.”

–          Today in 1892 George Sampson patented his clothes dryer. We can only imagine what Thomas Edison was thinking as he hung his laundry out to dry in the backyard.

Less useful but nonetheless interesting

–          Today in 1992 a rap singer rapped 597 syllables in under 60 seconds. He went on to have a stellar career reading disclaimer notices on television commercials.

–          Wrestler Jerry Lawler sued the WWF and Harley Race today in 1987 for the trademark name “King”. It reminds me that Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers once threatened to sue Warner Bros. Studios for encroaching on their use of the word “brothers”. Groucho was kidding. One can only hope Mr. Lawler was as well. I’m not getting close enough to find out.

–          Today in 1920 policemen raided the Cubs’ bleachers and arrested 24 fans for gambling. I’m hearing Capt. Renaud from Casablanca; “I’m shocked! Shocked to learn that gambling is going on here!!”

–          The US Communist Party dissolved today in 1944. I guess they got wet.

“Hey, hey Paula… I wanna marry you.”

That’s how the completely sappy rock love duet went in the early 60’s. It was recorded by Paul and Paula only that wasn’t Paula’s real moniker. Her real name was Jill Jackson and she was born today in 1942. “Hey hey Jill” doesn’t carry quite the same poetic gravitas: it distracts from the profound social message of the ditty.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today is also the day of birth for actor James Stewart (1908).

Where do you begin to detail the amazing film work of Mr. Stewart? A few favorites of mine are; “Rear Window”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Anatomy of a Murder”, “Harvey”, “Rope”, “The Philadelphia Story”, “Destry Rides Again”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, and on and on.

Another of my favorite Jimmy Stewart films will inspire today’s refreshment. “Vertigo” rivals “Rear Window” as perhaps Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films. What a coincidence! Mr. Stewart stars in both.

Vertigo Cocktail

1 oz. Limoncelllo

1 oz. Cognac

1 oz. Crème de Menthe White

½ oz. Triple Sec

Shake all ingredients in a shaker.

Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

Stay away from heights!

Cheers!

Roger

5/20/2013.

Say Wha?

August 8, 2012

Loowee looowi!

“Oh no, bay wiggah go!”

Today in 1963, the Kingsmen released “Louie Louie”.

It was banned by many radio stations for its supposedly obscene lyrics. How could they tell? The singer’s crystal clear diction (not) revealed little nastiness. Finding filth in this recording is like listening to an ink blot.

I, however, actually sang this song for several years with a local rock group. Electricity had just been invented – our guitars were novel.

I know the real lyrics and will be happy to share that knowledge with you.

Sing!

“Afaa lill girl aquoizesee

Withahttuh I’ll nevva leeagginn”

Wait! That’s not all!

–          Today in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph machine. Oh, that piquant bouquet!

–          It’s also the day of birth in 1922 of actor Rory Calhoun. Will we ever forget his delicious performance as the proprieter of “Motel Hell”?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Keep singin’!

“Aye-yi-yi-yi!

Reenaats ndazeye sail th’see

Hingah girl cossint’lee”

Absolute poetry! Let’s have a;

Louie Louie Cocktail

3 oz. Southern Comfort

1 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

1 oz. Durango Coffee Liqueur

Stir and serve in a cocktail glass.

Just crank it up to eleven and forget the words!

Cheers!

Roger

12/08/08.

Big Books, Big States & Little Trains

August 24, 2011

Happy birthday to the movies!

Today in 1891, Thomas Edison received a patent for the motion picture camera. YouTube loomed on the horizon.

This was a very good invention for birthday boy Earl Derr Biggers (1884). Mr. Biggers’ greatest literary character was detective Charlie Chan who was chronicled in B-movies galore by a variety of actors. These films were certainly far from good and I love them all.

There’s more to celebrate today;

–         The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed this day in 1456. No, I was not there.

–         Today in 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.

Birthdays! We have birthdays!

–         It’s a big day for writers. Argentina’s Jorge Luis Borges shares this birthday with Kentucky’s own Chris Offutt (1958).

–         Baseball’s iron man Cal Ripken Jr. was born today in 1960.

–         Today’s also the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen (1880). Mr. Cowen has a warm spot in my heart for creating Lionel Trains. I loved mine…when my Dad let ME play with them!

Alaska has a big day today as well.

Today in 1912 Alaska became a United States Territory, thus inspiring our “Drink 4cast 4 2day”.

Alaska Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Greenall’s Gin

¾ oz. Yellow Chartreuse

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 twist lemon peel

Ice

Stir ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Drop in a twist of lemon and serve.

Brrrrrrr!

Cheers!

Roger

8/24/11.