Monday, January 16, 2012

I have driven too far on the internet

I've gone into the post-ironic realm - Scala & Kolacny Brothers singing an ABBA Medley

I need to hit myself in the head with an iron skillet in order to come to my senses.

This is National Nothing Day, set aside each year for people to sit around for the entire day and just hang out. No celebrating, observing or honoring anything.

It was created by newspaperman, Harold Pullman Coffin in 1972 and first celebrated in 1973. Please do continue read today's postings.

... At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love ...

Besides being a sales day at the Department Stores, it's Martin Luther King Day. To celebrate the day and the man, I'd like you to once again opine these words from his 1964 Nobel Lecture:

... Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meaning can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.

Hopefully your life will be filled with many of these moments.

January 16, 1932
Funny and definitely risque, Paramount released the Betty Boop animated short, Boop-Oop-A-Doop, on this date.

Please - don't take her boop-oop-a-doop away - Betty is supposed to be just 16.

January 16, 1959 -
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer, was born on this date.

I have said it before and I'll say it again - one of the most beautiful women in the entertainment industry with a voice to match.

January 16, 1973 -
NBC-TV presented the 440th and final episode of Bonanza (which began airing on NBC on September 12, 1959) on this date.

By 1968, Dan Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series as he was approaching forty and losing hair. He joined the ranks of his fellow co-stars Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both of whom began the series with hairpieces (Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life too, whereas Roberts preferred not wearing his, even to rehearsals/blocking). Michael Landon was the only original cast member who was wig-free throughout the series, as even Victor Sen Yung's Hop Sing wore an attached queue (pony tail).

January 16, 1976 -
Peter Frampton's platinum live album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by A&M Records.

The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year in the record racks . Peter has even more to celebrate this year, he was reunited with a guitar he used during the making a this album he thought he lost in 1980 in a plane crash years ago.

Today in History:
January 16, 1547 -
Ivan IV was crowned Tsar of Russia. . He is better known by his nickname: Ivan the Terrible. He was the first king of Russia to call himself a Caesar, probably in the hopes that Shakespeare would write a play about him.

He couldn’t pronounce Caesar, however, so he simply called himself "zar," and subsequent arguments over whether that should be spelled czar, tsar, zar, or tzar became so heated that they eventually resulted in Russian History.

January 16, 1908 -

Ethel Merman, actress, singer and the woman who learned love at the hands of Ernest Borgnine, was born on this date.

January 16, 1920 -
Please save some of your brain cells on this long weekend of binge drinking,

and remember that Prohibition went into effect in the U.S. on this date.

January 16,1939 -
The McClure Syndicate began distributing a Superman newspaper comic strip, which lasts until 1966 on this date.
The strip written by Jerry Siegel had the first use of the name Krypton and Superman's parents being originally called Jor-L and Lora.

January 16, 1942 -
Raising money for the war, actress Carole Lombard, her mother, 18 passengers and three crew, were killed when their plane crashed into Mount Potosi, 32 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

Lombard was much loved for her unpretentious personality and well known for her earthy sense of humor and blue language.

January 16, 1965 -
You finally get control back of the vertical and horizontal of your television set - ABC-TV aired the final episode of The Outer Limits on this date.

An example of a television network deliberately killing a popular series by moving it to an inappropriate slot on their schedule. This series was a big hit, especially among younger viewers. For the second season, ABC moved it from Monday nights to 7:30 Saturday. It was not only an inappropriate timeslot for younger viewers, it served as the lead-in for The Lawrence Welk Show and was scheduled opposite the highly popular Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine on CBS. The series was pulled halfway into the second season.

January 16, 1991 -
Operation Desert Storm commences as Baghdad is pummelled live on CNN. Targeted with smartbombs are "command and control facilities" and Saddam Hussein himself.

We seem to miss both, but do manage to kill about 100,000 Iraqi soldiers in the surreal bombardments that follow.

And so it goes.

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