Sunday, June 21, 2015

According to our mother,

you're our father, and that's good enough for us!

I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes and I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids love me. Go figure. - Louis C.K.

I hope all of you fathers, stepfathers, fathers to be, mothers who are the fathers to their kids and fathers (but you don't know it) have a great Father's Day today.

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun. - Brian Wilson

Today is the first day of Summer, also known as the Summer Solstice. It's the longest day of the year (and the shortest night).

The actual moment of the solstice will occur at about 12:38 P.M. EDT, while the sun sits directly above the Pacific Ocean to the west of Hawaii.  Don't complain about the rain today, remember that it's the beginning of Winter in Australia.  (The naked run is optional - please.)

June 21,1955 -
The David Lean movie, Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi premiered in New York on this date.

Director David Lean said filming on location in Italy was expensive because he had to pay local merchants whose customers were scared off by the camera equipment and crew.

June 21, 1977 -
Martin Scorsese's
homage to movie musicals - New York, New York, premiered on this date.

Although Robert De Niro did learn the basic technique of how to play the saxophone, the sax music on the soundtrack was dubbed in by cast member Georgie Auld.

June 21, 1988 -
Robert Zemeckis'
incredible advance in animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, opened in NYC on this date.

Since the movie was being made by Disney, Warner Brothers would only allow the use of their biggest toon stars, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, if they got an equal amount of screen time as Disney's biggest stars, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Because of this, both sets of characters are always together in frame when on the screen.

Alright, I will now make it a habit of watching the Late, Late Show more religiously

Where else will I see a chubby guy sing with Iggy Azalea while tooling around in a car, wearing a wedding dress?  Ah TV, sometimes you don't let me down.

Today in History:
June 21, 1877
The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants who were labor activists, are hanged at Carbon County Prison in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Author and Judge John P. Lavelle of Carbon County said of this, "The Molly Maguire trials were a surrender of state sovereignty...A private corporation initiated the investigation through a private detective agency. A private police force arrested the alleged defenders, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them. The state provided only the courtroom and the gallows."

June 21, 1893 -
The first Ferris wheel debuted at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, on this date. The Ferris wheel was designed by George W. Ferris, a bridge-builder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The exposition commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's landing in America. The Chicago Fair's organizers wanted something that would rival the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel had built the tower for the Paris World's Fair of 1889, which honored the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

June 21, 1905 -
It would have been the 110th birthday of Jean-Paul Sartre today.

But what the hell does he care; he's dead and it doesn't mean anything anyway.

June 21, 1982 -
Using an innovative Jodie Foster defense, John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, on this date.

Nobody was impressed by this verdict.

June 21, 1989 -
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning is indeed protected speech under the Constitution, prompting Congress to put forth an endless series of amendments to ban the activity.

And so it goes.

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