Posts in category "nostalgia"

Downton Abbey and a Milestone in the Movies

A century ago yesterday the first full-length color movie opened in England. “The World, the Flesh and the Devil”.  The title comes from the Book of Common Prayer. According to my Downton Abbey deck calendar, it was a “silent British drama, directed by F. Martin Thornton…about a rotten lawyer trying to find a way to... Read more »

Cy Young: The Hallmark of Hurlers

Today’s the birthday of Cy Young, For his pitching  a host of  hosannas are sung. He threw 3 no-hitters and is so adored That HIS  name is on the best-pitcher award. “One of the fellows called me Cyclone, but finally shortened it to ‘Cy’ and its been that ever since.” The last White Sox pitcher... Read more »

Marlin Perkins: A Man Noah Would Have Loved

Born today was Marlin Perkins Whose TV show combed wild lurkin’s. At the zoo, once, near the lake, He was  bitten  by a poisonous snake.   It happened at Lincoln Park Zoo in the early 1950s.  Years later he described what happened in an interview. “Another reptile mishap was less chilling but perhaps more embarrassing,... Read more »
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Nat King Cole: No One Sang a Love Song Like Him

Born today was Nat King Cole Whose vocals evoked a  romantic glow. Who else  has  phrased a melody As crisp and   clearly  as did  he? On a personal note, during my college days, when I commuted to De Paul’s northside campus, I’d come home, put on the above album, crash on the sofa   and... Read more »

Lawrence Welk: And A One and A Two and A Happy Birthday!

  Born today was Lawrence Welk In North Dakota land of  elk. On the road to success he did cut his Knot Gordian By leading a band and by playing accordion.

Enrico Caruso: Great Italian Tenor With the "Orchid-lined Voice"

Born today Enrico Caruso Great tenors like him there have been just few so. La Donna e Mobile was one of his staples. Once being booed he stopped singing in Naples. “It was in 1901, the year of his greatest success at La Scala, when Caruso suffered his cruelest blow.  The audience he most wanted... Read more »
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Abe Vigoda: A Fish Called Longevity

Today’s birthday is Abe Vigoda’s, Whose long life  rivals Pepsi soda’s. Now, though wrong, it’s often said, “Abe Vigoda? I thought he was dead. [As Phil Fish on "Barney Miller"] Abe turns 93 today. He just keeps swimming along! Happy birthday, honest, Abe!

Jack Benny: 39 Forever!

  This is the birthday of  Jack Benny Who reputedly  saved his very first penny. Though his violin playing was rather discordant, In the annals of humor  he’s  soundly important. “Last night Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.” [Isaac Stern]

Babe Ruth: The Sultan of Swat

Today’s the birthday of Babe Ruth. Once the idol of American youth. Our love of baseball grew to a  passion When he propelled  the home run into fashion.   “The fascination with his life and career continues. He is a bombastic, sloppy hero from our bombastic, sloppy history, origins undetermined, a folk tale of American... Read more »
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Clark Gable: Jilt a Scarlett Woman? The Butler Did It!

Today’s the birthday of Clark Gable. To be him I wish I were able. To mutter in front of a movie cam: “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” The  quotation above  was voted the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Institute in 2005.