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June 6, 2013
★~Today’s Quote: In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy. ~Robert Brault
★~Bonza Bottler Day:
Whenever the number of the date is the same as the number of the month – like today, which is 6-6 – we say, “Happy Bonza Bottler Day!” Gail Berger invented Bonza Bottler day as an excuse to party at least once a month. A baby born on a Bonza Bottler Day is known as a Bonza Bottler Baby, which makes those birthday celebrations doubly special. Celebrating is easy: Party!
★~National Yo-Yo Day:
So… when was the last time you went on a walk with your yo-yo? Wait! Before you answer that, let me clarify: I’m talking about the pocket toy consisting of a length of string knotted at one end to a flat spool. Are you a yo-yoer? Do you know any cool yo-yo tricks? If you do, today is your day to show off! If you are not a yo-yoer and you don’t know any impressive yo-yo tricks, it’s never to late to learn! You Tube beginner yo-yo tricks
~ Filipino Pedro Flores is credited with the introduction and initial popularity of the yo-yo in the United States. He is even responsible for naming it the “yo-yo.” But it is businessman Donald F. Duncan who gets most of the credit.
★~ National Gardening Exercise Day:
Put on those gardening gloves, grab your straw hat, and let’s get moving. Gardening for an hour burns about 300 calories (depending on your weight and how intensely you garden). Lift those bags of soil. Come on, you can do it! And one and two… Now bend, and hoe, and bend, and hoe. That’s it; you’ve got it! Just two more reps and we’re ready to move on to some digging. The best health club is your backyard, with the added benefit of not only having a toned body but a beautiful yard.
★~ Drive-In-Movie Day:
On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in movie theatre opened on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, NJ.These icons of Americana were first called “Park-In Theaters,” a name coined by their originator, Richard Hollingshead. Hollingshead, in search of a solution to make his mother more comfortable while watching movies, created the concept and secured a patent in 1933.
The United Drive-In Theatre Owner’s Association reports that as of March 13, 2013, there are still 357 operational, permanently constructed, commercially operated drive-in theatres in the US and Puerto Rico.
I took Cole and his cousin Ryan to the drive-in last summer and we had the best time. I highly recommend it!
★~ Applesauce Cake Day:
Applesauce dates back to the Middle Ages. During World War I, applesauce cakes were promoted as patriotic because they used less butter, sugar, and eggs. By the end of the century, they were touted as a more healthful alternative to traditional cake. Applesauce can also be substituted for vegetable oil. No matter how you slice it, Applesauce cake is very tasty!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1882 – The first electric flatiron, or what we call the electric iron, was patented by Henry W. Seely of New York City.
♥~ 1946 – Actor Henry Morgan became the first man to take off his shirt on television.
♥ ~ 1962 – The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, “They’re pretty awful.” He changed his mind after meeting the group, however.
♥~ 1973 – The world’s tallest totem pole, 173 feet, was raised at Alert Bay, British Columbia.
♥ ~ 1996 – Hungary’s Arpad Nick set a world record at the Budapest airport by pulling a 17-ton airplane 36 feet with his teeth.
♥~ 1892 – Donald Duncan, Sr, Founder of the Duncan Toys Company. Most commonly associated with the Yo-Yo,
♥~ 1952 – Harvey Fierstein Tony Award-winning actor: Torch Song Trilogy ; Mrs. Doubtfire, Bullets Over Broadway; and playwright: Torch Song Trilogy ; La Cage aux Folles, Tidy Endings; actor: Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day
♥~ 1955 – Sandra Bernhard comedienne, actress: Roseanne, The Richard Pryor Show, Comedy Central: The A-List, The Late Shift, Hudson Hawk, King of Comedy
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Park-In Theaters–the term “drive-in” came to be widely used only later–was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan and a sales manager at his father’s company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden.
♥~ Park-In Theaters (May of 1933), with started with initial investment of $30,000.
♥~ Richard was inspired by his mother’s struggle to sit comfortably in traditional movie theater seats and a desire to create a space where parents could casually bring their brood, freed from needing a babysitter. His pitch slogan was: “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” (His maximum admission, no matter how many heads were in the car, was a dollar.)
♥~ The first film screened at Hollingshead’s drive-in was “Wives Beware” (alternate title: “Two White Arms”), a 1932 one-hour comedy starring dapper Adolphe Menjou as a married womanizer suffering from convenient amnesia. The film co-starred the acclaimed Jane Baxter, a Winston Churchill favorite who graced stage and screen for a half-century.
♥~ Hollingshead’s theater only lasted a few years, but his idea caught on, peaking at mid-century with nearly 5,000 drive-ins, according to Drive-Ins.com.
♥~ The largest park-in was the All-Weather Drive-In in Copiague, N.Y. It held a full restaurant, play equipment and more than 2,000 parking spots on 28 acres.
♥~ Hollingshead used RCA Victor speakers, and sound quality at drive-ins was notoriously awful for years — until soundtracks could be tuned through your car radio.
♥~ The decline in drive-ins was partly due to rising real-estate prices and the fact that films (most of which were B-movies or delayed-run features) couldn’t be screened until twilight.
Cole’s class has their end of the year pot luck, tonight: Hi, I’m Katybeth and I hate Pot Lucks. This subject deserves it’s own blog post which I will share later. I’m off to take Cole to school, his car is back in the shop, according to the mechanic it needs another tweak or two. That’s what the mechanic calls them, “tweaks.” Sometimes, I think we need a new mechanic. I see a Starbucks in my future.
Wishing you a top notch Thursday!
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