Sunday, November 4, 2012

He's just saying

Chris Rock had a message for White Voters the other night.

I know you lead a busy life - what, with cleaning up after the worst storm in more than 100 years.  Here's a fantastic mashup of 250 movie clips in about 2 and a half minutes.

There are actually 303 movies in all - so much more for your money.  Enjoy!

November 4, 1967 -
Motown released the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles hit, I Second That Emotion, on this date.

Robinson and Cleveland wrote a third verse for this song, which pushed the length to 3:15. Acutely aware that songs longer than 3 minutes were often denied airplay, Motown head Berry Gordy had them eliminate the verse and bring the song down to 2:38, which was much more palatable for radio programmers. Robinson was OK with altering the song, as he had tremendous respect for Gordy's judgment and wanted the song to be a hit. He felt that he could tell a story in a song in whatever time he was allotted - even under 3 minutes.

November 4, 1977 -
Martin Scorcese's film, The Last Waltz, featuring the music of The Band, premiered in New York, on this date.

Bob Dylan decided he did not want to be in the film 15 minutes before he was due on stage. His reasoning was that he did not want to have two films he was in (the other was Renaldo and Clara) competing with each other at the box office. Bill Graham, owner of the Winterland, intervened and Bob decided to play. The conditions were that only the last two songs of his performance could be filmed.

November 4, 1978 -
Children, place one hand on your monitor and the other hand upon the afflicted area. Feel the healing powers wash over you. Feel the power emanate and pulse from you loins.

I need a moment - someone fetch me a cold compress.

The Talking Heads released their version of the Al Green classic Take Me To The River, on this date.

Stop what you're doing - Once again it's time to celebrate National Chicken Lady Day. I soiled myself from excitement - thoughts of the KITH's Chicken Lady flooded my mind.

But it was not to be. The real Chicken Lady honored today is Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree.

Dr. Dupree, who was formerly the Community Relations and Training Director for a large chicken restaurant, helps people learn public speaking through her not-for-profit organization - The Professional Speakers Network.

Today in History:
November 4, 1922 -
It was on this day that a British man named Howard Carter made one of the greatest archeological discoveries of all time by discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen (Boris Karloff).

Tut has been making his tour and putting a curse on those damn limeys who disturbed his eternal rest for nearly 90 years.

November 4, 1928 -
Arnold Rothstein, mobster and the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, was having a bit of bad luck. Rothstein had just finished playing a marathon three day game of poker with some 'business associates'. Realizing that his losses totalled a staggering $320,000.00, Rothstein quit the game and refused to pay his debt. The Brain, as he was known by his associated suspected the game might not be on the up and up. His associates took umbrage at the accusation and 'arranged' to have Rothstein have an allergic reaction to some bullets at the Grand Hotel in NYC on this date.

The gangster, a man of honor, refused to identify his killers on his deathbed. Had he only thought things might not be on the up and up playing cards with man named George "Hump" McManus and Titanic Thompson, things may have gone differently for him.

November 4, 1963 -
At a Beatles command performance (present: Queen Elizabeth; the Queen Mother; Princess Margaret), John Lennon utters the remark: "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."

If you look very closely, I believe the Queen Mum gave John the finger.

November 4, 1979 -
The US Embassy in Tehran was stormed by "students", holding 52 hostages for 444 days.

The incident propels Ted Koppel and his magnificent hair onto the national scene with a long series of repetitive Nightline: America Held Hostage specials.

And so it goes

Before I let you go: here's a word from failed billionaire New York City Mayoral candidate C. Montgomery Burns -

... Bring in the next dog!

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