Monday, July 27, 2009
RICHARD NIXON & BUGS BUNNY AND A NOD OF HOPE
"Always Exit With A Smile"-- it fools creditors and history all at the same time"
Time does pass quickly. On this day in 2003, six years ago today, we lost an absolute legend-- the one and only Bob Hope. Bob was declared by Congress in 1996 to be "the one and only" honorary veteran. And he truly was. He gave up every Christmas for decades to go and entertain our troops in battles and skirmishes all over the weary world. So today, let us pause and think of him in some way. How many times did he make us laugh? I remember and I actually had a copy of the classic old show that he appeared on once. It was a Jack Benny hour long special episode that featured a very special guest star-- none other than Walt Disney. himself. Now as funny as it was to see Jack trying to hustle from Walt, himself one hundred and five free tickets to Disneyland, it was also hysterical seeing Bob Hope appear with Anita Eckberg in a spoof of Mary Poppins called "Maria Poppanini" --too funny for words. Today is also the birthday of that rascally rabbit, himself "Bugs Bunny". Yes, dear old Bugs very first cartoon was released. Bugs was "born" in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, created by Tex Avery According to Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs Bunny has a Flatbush accent, an equal blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects. His catchphrase is a casual "What's up, Doc?", usually said while chewing a carrot. His other popular phrases include "Of course you realize...this means war" and "Ain't I a stinker?"-- And speaking of "stinkers" dear old "Tricky Dick" was nominated to be president today in 1968. Boy was that a mistake. Oh well, dear Nixon was an excellent foreign ambassador so I will give credit where credit is due. The news for me is a bit bad-- my new job has been delayed until they get more phones in. I sure hope that happens within a couple of days. I am however going to a Career Fair on Wednesday, July 29th in Anaheim. I'm going to go visit dear old Disneyland for a possible job. I've already submitted my application to them on line. And I read where Rupert Holmes who handled the book on Kander & Ebbs "Curtains" is writing the book for the new musical "Robin & The Seven Hoods" featuring the songs of the late great Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain. He's also supplying the lyrics to Marvin Hamilish's new musical to be directed by Jerry Lewis based on the movie "The Nutty Professor"-- boy has this movie had legs or what? He's quite a busy man. And Barbra Streisand has got anew album coming. Johnny Mandel is doing all the arrangements. Well, that's it for now!