Archive | August 2015

Van Morrison

August 31st Celebrates Van Morrison

On August 31st 1945, Van Morrison was born, also known as, Sir George Ivan Morrison.

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Besides the fan fair of what he’s accomplished in his life. He’s always been one of my favorite musicians from such songs as, “Moondance,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Crazy Love,” “Someone Like You,” and my favorite, “The Philosophers Stone.”

Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, jeeprzkreepz, plays the song called, “The Philosophers’ Stone,” which is one of my favorite songs from Van Morrison.

Van Morrison is an enigma shrouded in Celtic garb. An often cranky introvert who rarely gives interviews, he’s also an incredibly passionate and distinct vocalist whose concerts can generate serious heat.

However his brilliance can be undercut by whim or temper, and he has upon occasion alienated audiences by rushing through songs and remaining aloof between them.

Born in Belfast in 1945, in Northern Ireland, Morrison grew up in a musical home. His mother sang at social gatherings, and his father collected classic blues and jazz records. He learned guitar, saxophone, and harmonica while in school, and was playing with blues, jazz, and rock bands by his mid-teens.

At 15, he quit school, joined an R&B outfit called the Monarchs, and toured Europe with them as saxophonist. While in Germany, a film director offered Morrison a role in a movie as a jazz saxophonist. The project was dropped, and Morrison returned to Belfast and opened an R&B club in the Maritime Hotel. He recruited some friends to form a band called, “Them,” which became an immediate local sensation as the club’s house band.

After gaining worldwide success he was invited to sing at President George W. Bush’s inauguration, but declined.

He moved briefly to Woodstock, New York in the late 1960s, not because it was a hotbed of the hippie/counterculture movement, but to live near his idol, Bob Dylan, who had lived in that area for 3 years before the famous music festival was held there.

However, the Irish songsmith was reportedly too shy to actually approach Dylan at that time. The two classic rock idols later co-headlined a tour together.

One my favorite quotes from Van Morrison career is when he said, “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”

As we remember his birthday today, I encourage you to find one, of your favorite songs from Van Morrison and play it loud, as we celebrate today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
J.D Mitchell Design Studio


The Eiffel Tower

August 30th Celebrates The Eiffel Tower

Well if you haven’t already guess it, the Eiffel Tower the most iconic building in the world, was named after the engineer who built it.

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

On August 30th 1993, the Eiffel Tower marked its 150,000,000 millionth visitor to its infamous tourist spot.

Who was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel?

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the prestigious École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures of France, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

Gustave Eiffel was born in France; his family adopted the name Eiffel as a reference to the Eifel Mountains in the region from which they had come. Although the family always used the name Eiffel, Gustave’s name was registered at birth as Bönickhausen, and was not formally changed to Eiffel until 1880.

So in a sense if he didn’t formally change his name to Eiffel, this known icon would have known as the Bönickhausen Tower.

Haven’t been to Eiffel Tower yet? No problem, today’s YouTube presentation gives you a bird’s eye of view of what you’re missing, shared by user name Mocomikids;

The design of the Eiffel Tower was originated by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, who had discussed ideas for a centerpiece for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.

In May 1884 Koechlin, working at his home, made an outline drawing of their scheme, described by him as “a great pylon, consisting of four lattice girders standing apart at the base and coming together at the top, joined together by metal trusses at regular intervals”.

As we celebrate how on August 30th 1993, 150,000,000 millionth visitor, historical out come today, on today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

Chop Suey

August 29th Celebrates Chop Suey

Do you like Chinese food? Well today on August 29th we celebrate Chop Suey Day.

Legend has it that, while visiting New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung Chang’s cooks invented the dish for his American guests at a dinner on August 29, 1896.

Composed of celery, bean sprouts, and meat in a tasty sauce, the dish was supposedly created to satisfy both Chinese and American tastes.

The Chinese diplomat was trying to create good relations with the U.S. And you know the old saying, “The way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach!”

But is this legend true?

Whether or not the tale is entirely true, Li Hung Chang definitely influenced the creation of chop suey.

When Li visited the U.S. in August 1896, cheering Americans lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of this important visitor and his famous yellow jacket.

Children decorated their bicycles with yellow streamers to catch the ambassador’s attention.

As the guest of honor at grand feasts and elegant banquets, Li declined the fancy food and champagne that was offered to him and ate only meals specially prepared by his personal chefs.

In reality, chop suey was probably not invented by Li Hung Chang’s chefs, but America’s fascination with this royal visitor from Asia and his team of personal chefs gave rise to new interest in Chinese cooking.

After 1896, Americans began to visit Chinese restaurants in large numbers for the first time.

A chop suey fad swept big cities such as New York and San Francisco. Questioning the origins of the chop suey story, scholars suspect restaurant owners used the popular ambassador’s name to inspire interest in a Chinese dish adapted for Americans.

Newspaper owners used the same strategy to sell more papers. The New York Journal took advantage of Li Hung Chang’s popularity to claim in an advertising poster, “Li Hung Chang Never Misses the Sunday Journal.” What do you think is the real story behind chop suey?

As we celebrate the birth of Chop Suey today, its more enjoyable to order out and bring it home as ponder the idea or where Chop Suey came from, as we today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

Charles Boyer

August 28th Celebrates Charles Boyer

Who remembers the actor named Charles Boyer?

One of my favorite movies from him was the 1944 movie called, “Gas light.”

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe.

In the beginning of his career his beautiful voice was hidden by the silent movies but in Hollywood he became famous for his whispered declarations of love (like in movies with Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich or Ingrid Bergman).

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Movie Legends, gives you a peek into the career of this extraordinary actor, simply known as Boyer.

In 1934 Boyer married Pat Paterson, his first and (unusual for a star) his only wife. He was so faithful to her that he decided to commit suicide two days after her death in 1978, because he couldn’t imagine his life living without her.

The fatal dose of barbiturates two days after his wife’s death, which was also two days before his own seventy-ninth birthday, he had one son by the name of Michael Charles Boy born on December 9th 1943, and who also committed suicide on September 21st 1965, playing Russian roulette with a 38-caliber revolver after quarreling with a girlfriend.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

Half bald by his twenties, he only wore a toupee for his movie roles. Out in public, he never wore it, and became an American citizen of the United States in 1942.

As we remember how on August 28th 1899, in Figeac, France Charles Boyer was born today, on today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

Martha Raye

August 27th Celebrates Martha Raye

Martha Raye, known as the BIG mouth of show business, was born on August 27th 1916, and has starred in numerous television shows.

She was born Margy Reed in Butte, Montana, to Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., vaudeville performers. She had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Raye made her acting debut before the age of 10 as she toured the nation with her parent’s variety show “Reed and Hopper”.

In her late teens she was hired by band-leader Paul Ash as his lead vocalist and was spotted by a Hollywood talent scout during a New York City concert in 1934. She soon relocated to Hollywood were she began making a name for herself appearing in a string of successful screwball comedies alongside the likes of Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, W.C. Fields, and Joe E. Brown.

With the outbreak of World War II she took a break from film making to focus on entertaining servicemen and women traveling with the USO on many tour stops. She soon became even more famous for her dedication to America, its values, and its soldiers who helped earn her the beloved nickname “Colonel Maggie”.

She continued acting into the late 1980s dividing her time between movies, TV guest spots, and occasional stage appearances. She passed away on October 19, 1994 after a long battle from pneumonia and was buried with full military honors at the Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Martha “Colonel Maggie” Raye was 78 years old.

She also suffered from Alzheimer’s, cataracts and liver disease, and had lost both legs the year before her death due to circulatory problems.

If you still can’t remember who Martha Raye was? She was a spokesperson for Polident denture cleanser in the 1970s and 1980s.
Today’s YouTube presentation clip brought to you by user name, Wisawaporn Jakkoljan;

Now that I got the wheels of your memory turning in your head, I’m sure you remember other things she’s done in her career.

She was a television star very early in its history, and even had her own program for a while, The Martha Raye Show (1954–1956), some of the guest stars on the show were Zsa Zsa Gabor, Cesar Romero, and Broadway dancer Wayne Lamb. She also appeared on other TV shows in the 1950s, such as What’s My Line?

In 1970, she portrayed Boss Witch, the “Queen of all Witchdom”, in the feature film Pufnstuf for Sid and Marty Krofft.

She often appeared as a guest on other programs; particularly ones that often had older performers as guest stars such as ABC’s The Love Boat, she made guest appearances or did cameo roles in such series as Murder, She Wrote on CBS and The Andy Williams Show and McMillan & Wife, both on NBC.

She appeared again as Agatha for the six-episode run of the retooled McMillan, taking over for Nancy Walker, who had left the series. Her last film appearance was as an incontinent airline passenger in the disaster film The Concorde … Airport ’79 (1979).

As we remember Martha Rayes birthday today on today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
J.D Mitchell Design Studio

Women’s Equality Day

August 26th Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

What is Women’s Equality Day?

Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law.

Women’s Equality Day is also known as Susan B. Anthony Day, because in 2014 president Obama commemorates the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

It’s hard to believe that less, than 100 years ago; women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure those women’s voices could be heard.

As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took another step toward a more perfect union.

I share this to remind you to myself that in the era of tweets and texting, the fierce urgency of now must also be tempered with patience, grit, determination, persistence, resilience and courage. So change often takes time.

Whether through the Women’s Suffrage Movement, or the Civil Rights Movement, we are reminded of those women, and men who have worked so hard to make our country more equal. We look back at our history to inspire our future.

As we stand up and voice our opinions please be mindful to the people around you, because change can’t happen with drama and chaos, as we celebrate the voice of women today, on today’s day to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

Banana Split Day

August 25th Celebrates Banana Split Day

Who wants ice cream?

This decadent dessert has been around since the early 1900s and is the perfect treat to enjoy on a warm summer night, but who invented the banana split?

David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, located at 805 Ligonier Street in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904.

The sundae originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.

News of a new variety of sundae quickly spread by word-of-mouth and through correspondence and soon progressed far beyond Latrobe.

A popular recipe published in 1907 called for a lengthwise split banana, two cones of ice cream at each end and a spoon of whipped cream in between with maraschino cherry on a top, with one end covered with chopped mixed nuts and another with chopped mixed fruits.

Today’s YouTube presentation gives you quick tip how the pump up the volume in making your own banana split, brought to you by user name Zagat.

Strickler went on to buy the pharmacy, naming it Strickler’s Pharmacy, while keeping his office on a top floor.

The city of Latrobe celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of the banana split in 2004 and, in the same year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) certified the city as its birthplace.

Not into making a complete Banana Split, Blue Bunny Ice Cream has flavor called, ‘Banana Split,” Walmart sells it, and what a better way of celebrating today’s day to remember.

As we celebrate the birthday of the banana split today, on today’s days to remember.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio