Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day

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May 15, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote: ‎

“Oh – You’re a very bad man!”

Oh, no my dear. I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

★~ Peace Officers Memorial Day:

Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.

Today we honor federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. We take time, to think of those who lost their lives or have been injured while protecting our communities.  Flags will be flown at half-staff.

★~ Chocolate Chip Day:

Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate chip morsels were invented at the Toll House Inn, when Ruth Wakefield added broken up chocolate pieces to add to her sugar cookie batter, and turned her cookies into an American classic! Thank Goodness for Mrs. Wakefield, my heavens,  where would be would be without chocolate chip!s? Chipless that is where!  A few chocolate chip delights…

Original Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Chocolate Chip Bars
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Swirl Cupcake

.★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1817~ Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason was founded in Philadelphia. It was it was the first private psychiatric hospital in the U.S. It is still in existence but is now called the Friends Hospital.

♥~ 1930 – Ellen Church became the first stewardess for an airline. Flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on Boeing Air Transport (later known as United Air Lines).

♥~ 1940 – Nylon hose went on sale at stores throughout the country.

♥~ 1970 – Close to You, the Carpenter’s second album and the one that launched them to meteoric fame, was released by A&M Records. The title song, (They Long to Be) Close to You, became a pop music standard and the first of six million-sellers in a row for Karen and Richard. In all, The Carpenters would have 10 gold records for singles and a dozen top ten hits to their credit. The duo won Best New Artist honors at the Grammy Awards in 1970.

♥~ 1988 – Carrie, the musical adaption of Stephen King’s novel about a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers, closed in New York after a brief run. It was one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history, losing $8 million.

♥~ 2010 – 16-year-old Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted. Watson cruised into Sydney Harbor, Australia in her pink, 34-foot (10m) yacht to a rock-star welcome of thousands.

★~Born Today:

Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day, Utah Phillips

♥~ 1856 – Lyman Frank Baum, The house began to pitch / The kitchen took a slich / It landed on the Wicked Witch in the middle of a ditch / Which was not a happy situation for the Wicked Witch! Who can remember where they were the first time they watched the Wizard of Oz?  Baum published Oz in 1900 and dedicated it, “To my good friend and comrade, My Wife.”  He adapted the book into a musical that became the basis the bases for the MGM musical, starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, and Billy Burke among others.

♥~ 1935 – Utah Phillips, Labor organizer,  singer, songwriter, storyteller, poet and self-described “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”. He described the struggles of working people, labor unions and the power of direct action. He often promoted the Industrial Workers of the World in his music, actions, and words. His original songs include the often-covered “Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” and “Rock salt and nails.”

★~ Good to Know: 

Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day, Oz

Lyman Frank Baum, a failed businessman and actor, wrote the first of the Oz books in 1900, becoming an almost immediate success. In 1933, MGM studio head Samuel Goldwyn announced his plans to make a Technicolor, musical version of the movie, and MGM bought the rights to the books in 1937. From there, however, it was rough going: Because it would be one of MGM’s most expensive films to make to date.  In other words, producing The Wizard of Oz movie was no stroll down the Yellow Brick Road.

The costumes were killers: Margaret Hamilton, who  played the  Wicked Witch of the West, was nearly killed when her make up caught fire, while her stand-in was hospitalized after being knocked from her broom during the skywriting scene.

Judy Garland was forced to wear a painful corset to keep her chest Kansas flat.

The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow weren’t allowed to eat with the other actors in the cantina because their make-up was too frightening (no word on whether the Wicked Witch was welcome).

Buddy Ebsen, who had been cast as the Tin Man and had even recorded his songs for the soundtrack, had an allergic reaction to the aluminum powder used in his make up and had to leave the set, to be replaced by Jack Haley (Ebsen himself had replaced Ray Bolger, who convinced MGM to let him play the Scarecrow instead).

Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion, was saddled with 90-pounds of fur and hair to achieve the anthropomorphized lion effect.

A few of the Winged Monkeys were hurt when the wires holding them up broke.

There were even rumors of Munchkin sex orgies at the hotel where the little people were staying, although surviving Munchkins claim those reports were way overblown.

The film was, at first blush, only a moderate success its massive budget threatened to swamp its actual take of around $3 million, although the initial reviews of the film were largely positive (The New York Times called it a “delightful piece of wonderworking”). It was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, and ultimately took home Best Original Song and Best Music, and a special award for Judy Garland.


If you went to see the Wizard what would you ask him for? Make it something FUN. We all want world peace (well, not everyone- maybe) health, happiness and financial success…Ask for something for yourself….

It’s rainy and chilly in Chicago and I am loving it. So much better than hot and humid.

Odd Loves Company,

12 thoughts on “Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day

  1. Chocolate chips might be everybody’s favorite (they’re certainly mine!)
    Interesting facts about The Wizard of Oz. However, the elephant in the room has to be those flying monkeys that scared the dickens out of me as a kid (and still do!)
    We’ve got rain and chill, too. I’ve had it up to here with mud and “wet dog smell.” And Dallas misses his walkies!
    If I went to see the Wizard, I’d ask him for another trip to Ireland (only this time, I’d want it to last longer and run smoother!)

    • Mine too.
      The flying monkeys were very scary. Interesting they were able to achieve that level of scary with the technology of the day.
      Well the mud isn’t much fun – times 40. I’ve learned to enjoy wet dog smell, tho. It could clear up but I don’t want hot and humid this early. I can’t breath.
      Ohhh good request. And it fits with the whole Emerald city theme. I’ve known so many people that have take a tour of Ireland (even the ones who thought they would hate a tour) and absolutely loved it. They had plenty of time to sightsee on their own and they traveled care free. My Virgo girlfriend is going this summer and I know she would love a traveling companion. . .

  2. My son was terrified of those flying monkeys. He love to watch but glued himself to me during the flying monkeys showed up. My daughter just took them in stride certain that the good witch would save the day.
    Chocolate chip cookies are high on my list. I’ll pick some up at lunch. It’s been awhile since we’ve had an office snack.
    I’d ask the wizard for the continued good health to play golf until I draw my last breath.

    • I bet you were popular today! No hole in one? Or would help from a wizard take some of glory off the shot.
      Well, those monkeys were very scary….Girls know it’s all about the clothes when it comes down to the nitty gritty!

  3. I am no kid but the Wizard of Oz freaks me out..
    What would I ask the Wizard for ?? Good health and happiness for my family..
    Love chocolate chip cookies…

    • Really? Did you have a feeling about those munchkins all along???
      Me too–Chocolate chip cookies rock.

  4. I loved the Wizard of OZ. I’d ask the Wizard for good health for all my family.
    Who can resist a choc chip cookie?

    • Me too. Except for the flying monkeys. But I got over it and you know they never bothered your grandson one bit.
      I’d ask the wizard for chocolate chip cookies.

  5. I just ate a chocolate chip cookie and did not know it was chocolate chip day !!! Woo hoo. I am cutting edge.

    Okay—the Wizard of Oz freaked me out. Still does. I won’t watch it. And Munchkin orgies??? That takes it to a whole different level for me now. i still will not watch it. If I was ever captured and was being tortured for information I think all they would have to do is threaten me with having to watch The Wizard of Oz. Seriously.

    • Ok. Ok. I’m sorry. Deep breath. You don’t have to watch the Wizard of OZ! Ever. I promise!!
      Have another cookie.

  6. Thank you, peace officers, for the jobs you do that most of us wouldn’t have the guts to leave the house for.
    If I must be selfish, I’d ask the Wizard for a well funded retirement. Now.
    I have to admit the WoO creeped me out, too. Same examples as above ^. It certainly sounds like this movie should have had the plug pulled due to the myriad problems & issues (abuse!) that plagued it. Easy for the director to sit in that chair & point. Munchkins….
    I could use a chocolate chip cookie. Or two.
    It was 52* this morning! I will cry when the heat & humidity settles in soon. We’ve had a winter for the ages.

    • I hope it never gets hot or humid again.
      Sheesh, it’s not like they were forced onto the set of the WOO. What about Glinda she was nice? The directors job is to direct. I would want his job!!
      And a glass of Milk!!

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