Sunday, November 22, 2015

... all kinds of folks on their bikes

Today apparently is Go For A Ride Day.  The day is supposed to encourages you to get out into the world – hop on your bike, into your car, or simply get your walking boots out of storage and go on a trip.  Don’t worry too much about where you’re going, just enjoy the journey.

If you're planning to have Thanksgiving dinner at your home this week, you should be planning to take a trip to your local supermarket.

November 22, 1940 -
The Letter, starring Bette Davis (at her best) premiered in NYC on this date.

In filming the opening murder scene, actor David Newell had to roll down the stairs eight times after being shot, before director William Wyler was satisfied with the scene.

November 22, 1968 -
The Beatles released their long-awaited double album, simply called The Beatles, but better known as The White Album.

The album was the first the Beatles undertook following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, and the first released by their own record label, Apple.

November 22, 1991 -
Barry Sonnenfeld take on Charles Addams New Yorker Cartoons, The Addams Family, starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci, premiered on this date.

The splash of tar from the opening gag is visible on the front of the Addams house through the rest of the movie.

November 22, 1995 -
Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

The animation team perfected the movement of the toy soldiers by gluing some sneakers to a sheet of wood and trying to walk around with them on.

(We're running around today getting ready for Thanksgiving, we're hosting, so today will be an abbreviated version.)
Today in History:
November 22, 1888 -
According to the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel,

Tarzan of the Apes (Lord Greystoke) was born on this date.

November 22, 1928 -
Maurice Ravel composition Boléro has it's first public performance in Paris on this date.

Boléro became Ravel's most famous composition, much to the surprise of the composer, who had predicted that most orchestras would refuse to play it

November 22, 1963 -
We, in this country, in this generation, are - by destiny rather than choice - the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. - from the address that President John F. Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas on this date.

A covert CIA operation privately funded by a plutocratic cabal of multinational industrial interests acting in conjunction with extraterrestrial forces and the Knights Templar succeeded in making it appear that Lee Harvey Oswald had assassinated President Kennedy, on this date.

Or if this is too much for you, you can always believe in the MAGIC BULLET.

November 22, 1968 -
Many a KKK member and Daughter of the Civil War were given the vapors on this date in history.

Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) share the first interracial kiss in TV history on Star Trek on this date.

November 22, 1975 -
Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias was proclaimed King of Spain after he confirms with advisers that Francisco Franco planned to be dead for a while.

Juan Carlos is related to both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (and as you know they are related to each other.) To confuse matters even more, his wife Queen Sofia, is related to all three of them. King Juan Carlos had to abdicate in favor of his son, Felipe VI (who is so related to Prince Charles though all four of the above mentioned people that they are practically first cousins,) proving once again, sometimes it's not good to be the king who spends too much money.

Oh, love among the royals.

Before you go - In case you run out of conversational topics this Thanksgiving, tune into this:

I believe we'll be dipping a toe into this every now and then all day Thursday!

And so it goes

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