Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dance like no one is watching

I saw this great mashup, My Motherfunky Musical Mashup by Joseph Catté about six months ago and kept meaning to post it but never seem to find the right time.

But given a little more than half the nation is having a nervous breakdown, I thought this was as good a time as any to hear the Godfather of Soul, even if he is being sampled..

January 18, 1904 -
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

Archibald Leach, noted actor, acrobat and over the top orgy participant, was born on this date.

January 18, 1913 (or 1911) -
Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.

David Daniel Kaminsky
, UNICEF ambassador, comedian, actor, was born in Brooklyn on this date.

January 18, 1973 -
The third season finale of Monty Python, Grandstand, aired on this date

This is one of the only episode of the series that does not feature the opening credits. It is also the last episode John Cleese appeared in.

January 18, 1974 -
The sci-fi series, The Six Million Dollar Man, starring Lee Majors, premiered on the ABC-TV on this date.

When the show was broadcast in Israel, it was called "The Man Who Is worth Millions". This was due to the fact that, in Israel, the number six million is associated with the Holocaust

January 18, 1975 -
The Jeffersons, a spin-off of All In The Family premiered on CBS-TV on this date.

When the show first started George constantly referred to Tom as a honky. After a few seasons Sherman Hemsley asked the writers to stop having George call him that, as he felt that the characters were friends and he felt George would not use a racist term on a friend. When the writers refused to stop Hemsley simply mumbled the the word every time he said it, forcing re-shoots. Eventually the writers stopped using the word.

January 18, 1977 -
The last wet dream of the Nietzchian Uberman came to fruition when Arnold Schwarzenegger was introduced to America when George Butler’s bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron hit the theaters on this date. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he had made up several stories in the movie for attention because the producers told him that without drama it would be boring. One of the stories made up was the fact that he did not attend his father's funeral because of a body building competition that was going to happen in a couple of months. Arnold did actually attend his father's funeral and spoke to him shortly before he passed.

Today in History:
January 18, 1836

Knife aficionado Jim Bowie arrived at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders on this date.

On January 18, 1871, while Prussian guns blasted all hell out of Paris, William I was proclaimed Emperor of a united Germany in nearby Versailles.

For this reason, the Germans have always had a soft spot for France, and have returned often.

January 18, 1882 -
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Alan Alexander Milne was born on this date.

January 18, 1892 -
That's another fine mess you've gotten me into.

Oliver Hardy, American comedian, actor and the other half the the world's greatest comedy duo, was born on this date.

January 18, 1903 -
President Theodore Roosevelt sent a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

Unfortunately, once again, the ill-chosen "Prince Albert in the can" joke is used - and 'Bertie', the King had already heard the joke ad nauseum (Prince Albert was his father and penis ring wearing enthusiast) and was not amused.

January 18, 1911 -
The first landing of an aircraft onto a ship took place on this date. Pilot Eugene Ely was the first person to land a plane onto a ship, the USS Pennsylvania (less than ten years after the airplane was invented.)

The technique would later become commonplace as aircraft carriers became major wartime assets.

January 18, 1912 -
Explorer Robert F. Scott reached the South Pole - only to discover that Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by almost a month.

The Norwegian Amundsen's expedition beat that of the British Scott's by a little more than a month, which Scott discovered upon reading a letter that Amundsen had left at the site.

As my girls would say (and I'm paraphrasing - it must have sucked to be him.)

January 18, 1990 -
Rusty Hamer, the actor who played Danny Thomas' son on Make Room For Daddy, shot himself in the head with a .357 Magnum in DeRidder, Louisiana on this date. Rusty was 42 years old.

Uncle Tonoose made him do it.

January 18, 1990 -
Washington DC mayor Marion Barry was arrested on cocaine possession charges at the Vista International Hotel, as he tokes on a glass crack pipe while being videotaped with his mistress Rasheeda on this date.

Kids remember, say NO to drugs, especially while being videotaped, .

And so it goes

Before you go - while I was looking for the Motherfunky video I posted - I saw this fantastic celebratory ode to movie watching (commemorating the The Lumière Brothers first paid public screening in December of 1895)

Find the time (it's about 15 minutes,) pull up a chair and get the popcorn

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