Category: nostalgia

Carolyn Leigh: Gifted Lyricist

Today’s birthday is Carolyn Leigh’s, Who wrote the words to melodies. The best example of her art? Sinatra sang it—“Young at Heart”. “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you If you’re young at heart. For it’s hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind If you’re young at heart. You can... Read more »

Ken Burns: Award-Winning Documentarian and Chronicler of the American Experience

Today is the birthday of Ken Burns. In documentaries, he discerns The nature of what came before, Like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Civil War.* His masterpiece: “I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America, you have to... Read more »

P.T. Barnum: Entrepreneur, Showman, Astute Marketeer

Born today was P.T. Barnum. His Circus gave him fame and stardom. With Jenny Lind and Tom Thumb in it, ‘Twas fun for the sucker born every minute.* *There is a sucker born every minute Each time the second hand sweeps to the top Like dandelions up they pop, Their ears so big, their eyes... Read more »

Les Paul: Innovative, Electrifying Guitarist

  Born on this date was guitarist Les Paul. There’s one of his big hits I dearly recall: “Vaya con Dios” sang wife Mary Ford. My intro to Spanish ’twas.  Go with the Lord.   <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>              

Cher: Offbeat Chanteuse, Engaging Actor

Born today was Pop Star Cher With Sonny made a singing pair. When they would wail before a mike, They sounded very much alike.

Perry Como: Troubadour of Television's Golden Age

Born today was Perry Como, Once pop music’s majordomo. Romantic ballad, novelty tune, In laid-back style with charm he’d croon.*   *Remember these songs from the 50s? 1.Round and Round 2. Hot Diggity(Dog Ziggity Boom) 3. Catch a Falling Star 4. Papa Loves Mambo 5. No Other Love 6. Magic Moments 7. Juke Box Baby... Read more »

Studs Terkel: Radio Host(WFMT), Raconteur and Oral Historian

Born today was the great Studs Terkel* Legend in WFMT’s circle. The champion of the Blue-collar, Who could talk Bluegrass  or Gustav Mahler. *In his own words: 1. “I hope for peace and sanity—it’s the same thing.” 2. “But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you... Read more »

L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Rainbow

Born today was L. Frank Baum, Invented Dorothy, la jolie petite  femme, Who millions and millions of memories sowed As she wandered with friends down the Yellow Brick Road.* My favorite quotes from the book: 1. “There is no place like home.” 2. “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by... Read more »

Salvador Dali: The "Father of Surreal Art" Persists in Our Memories

Today’s birthday is Salvador Dali’s, Whose paintings dealt in Freudian follies. His images seem often  hellbound. He did the dreams in Hitchcock’s Spellbound*. *In an 1962 interview with Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock explained why he chose Dali to design the dream sequence in Spellbound: “I wanted to convey the dream with great visual sharpness and... Read more »

George "Gabby" Hayes: Sancho Panza in Buckskin

Born today was Gabby Hayes* Sidekick of Roy Rogers. His beard was streaked with several grays. He was the best of Western codgers. *In his own words: 1. “Durn persnickety female.” 2. “Yer durn tootin’.” 3. “Young whippersnapper.”