An Enchanted Evening Happened 66 years ago today. Coincidentally speaking.



I played pinochle earlier today. Wound up winning  $8. In one of the games I caught all the kings. All 8 of ’em! That gave me 80 points toward the 100 needed to win a game. Which I did the very next hand.

Now that’s a lot of luck with a little skill mixed in.

But I don’t want to write about how lucky I was at pinochle.  But about something very much like luck. Coincidence.

I can’t speak for the rest of mankind,  but Coincidence (with a capital C out of respect) seems to perpetually impinge on my existence.

While I was driving from Oak Lawn to Chicago this morning, unbeknownst what my fortunes would be at cards, I tuned into WFMT.  Something I don’t do as often as I used to.  Carl Grapentine,  struggling  with a bit of a cold, was telling his  listeners who won the call-in contest.  He had asked what musical debuted in the evening  exactly 66 years ago on Broadway  on this very day.  He gave this clue.  It starred a retired opera singer and a star of the Broadway stage.

It was Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.  Grapentine then went on to play two excerpts: the double soliloqueys and the haunting “Some Enchanted Evening”.  The next mile or so I was lustily belting out a la Ezio Pinza that beautiful love song.

Later at  home I took one of the New York Times crossword puzzles I had saved from  a backlog of two years of desk calendars.  Purely at random.

Across 14: “South Pacific” song that asks “If you don’t have a dream,/ How you gonna have a dream come true?”

It wasn’t  “Some Enchanted Evening”.

But “Happy Talk” is close enough to make it a wonderful coincidence. For this guy at least.

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