Friday, November 26, 2010

If your reading this, you probably don't need this

As most of you know, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year in the US. Hopefully you are still well into your cups from yesterday.

Today is the third annual National Day of Listening. StoryCorps has designated the Friday after Thanksgiving to being 'a day of listening' .

This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives: it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year. (It's a good lie to tell yourself when you are listening to your drunk old uncle tell you for the umpteenth time how much he could by with a nickel in his day.)

Even though Hallmark has not yet put out a card totally devaluing the holiday, it still remains to be seen whether or not the event will catch on.

November 26, 1942 -
"Round up the usual suspects."

One of Bogart’s classic films, Casablanca, premiered in NYC on this date.

Director Michael Curtiz’ accent often caused confusion on the set. He asked a prop man for a "poodle" to appear in one scene. The prop man searched high and low for a poodle while the entire crew waited. He found one and presented it to Curtiz, who screamed "A poodle! A poodle of water!"

November 26, 1952 -

The first modern 3-D movie Bwana Devil, viewed with special glasses, premiered in Hollywood.

(sorry about the quality of the trailer)

November 26, 1952 -

MGM released the first musical in 3-D, Kiss Me Kate on this date.

The original stage show was based upon the backstage bickering of the illustrious married stage couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne during their 1935 Broadway production of Taming of the Shrew.

This is a travel day for us, so this is an abbreviated - Today in History:
November 26, 1789 -
The first national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

Thanks George.

November 26, 1865 -

Oxford Don and nude child photographer Charles Dodgson, sends the manuscript for the psychedelic novel "Alice in Wonderland" to his 12 year old special friend Alice Liddell.

For some reason her parents did not notify the authorities.

November 26, 1965

Arlo Guthrie was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant run by Alice Brock.

He wrote a song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into a movie in 1969.

Yes kids, it really happened.

November 26, 1976 -
Anarchy in the UK, (as a single) by the Sex Pistols is released.

The song later appeared on Never Mind the Bollocks.

And so it goes

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