Posts in category "nostalgia"
We stood on the platform of the train station. The four of us, waiting for the Metra train to take us Downtown. The station doors were locked. So we huddled outside in the chill under its roof. We had just come from the Bohemian restaurant on Burlington Road in Riverside. Express trains whizzed by while... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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!
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]
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 »