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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

♫ "I'll Never Forget..."♫

Depending upon the era in which your parents were born, as well as your own personal experiences from childhood to adult, music may or may not have played (or perhaps still plays) an important role in your life. Your likes and dislikes are contingent upon your exposure to music and which genes were more prevalent than others during your formative years. Then, there are also the circumstances, the events, the happiness, the sadness surrounding different songs and melodies. Did you dance to the music? Dancing here can relate to the feet tapping, foot stopping, hip swinging, hand jive or simply the rhythm of the heart. That which you were exposed to became either those which stuck with you or those you simply did not enjoy. As individuals, we each have our own kind of music...those that fit the category "I'll never forget...".

Today in Music History...May 28

If you are a Baby Boomer, the Spirit of the 60s hits home for you with possibly...

1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'What Now My Love', setting a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten. The other three were; 'South of the Border', 'Going Places' and 'Whipped Cream and Other Delights'.
1966 Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When A Man Loves A Woman'. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.

If you find yourself Stuck in the 70s, this may be one of your favs...

1973 Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).  

From the 80s Music Mania, you just might have this on your playlist...

1983 Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Flashdance...What A Feeling'. Taken from the film 'Flashdance', a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV's 'Roots' and 'The Next Generation'.

 Into the 90s just might find this group's hit songs at the top of your music memory list...

1995 Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with 'Cracked Rear View'. The album went on to sell over 15m copies.
The evolution of music into the 21st century just may have become your music niche...

2000 Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Oops!... I Did It Again'. The singer's second album also reached No.1 in thirteen other countries and has now sold over 20m copies.  

2015 Michael Jackson's former home, Neverland Ranch, was listed for sale for one hundred million dollars. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California included a train station, a six-bedroom house, a 50-seat movie theater and two lakes. 
So, what your favorite music memories? Did any hit home with you today?

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

The Beetle...the 'bug' but not an insect!

Today's History Lesson

The history lesson for today steps back in time to one of the first automobiles, not the very first but the first of its kind. While today's founding does not carry the Made in America label, it certainly had a impact on America still present in the 21st century. As styles and technology evolved, the 'classic' became the 'new' but if you want a 'fun' new Beetle, buy the 'classic'!  

This Day in History: May 28, 1937

On this day in 1937, the government of Germany forms a new state-owned automobile company then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Whew! What a mouthful. It was later renamed Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company," which certainly made communication and advertising much simpler. To America, it is the Volkswagon, the Bug, the Beetle!

W30 Prototype 1937
There is so much history connected to the Volkswagon before WWII when the economy was poor and afterward during reconstruction. The idea of a car for the people appealed to the young Adolf Hitler who himself could not drive, but was a car fanatic. Hitler even designed a brief car that could carry two adults and three children at a speed of 60mph with at least 33mpg. Apparently, he was greatly influenced by the achievements of American Henry Ford after reading Ford's biography while in prison in 1923. Hitler had also sketched his ideas of how the car should look, although the sketch bears little resemblance to the final car.

Check out the Prototype Schwimmwagen (1942)

The 'classic Beetle' is the one well remembered even though it was replaced by the 'new Beetle' in 1998. While the design was reminiscent of the classic, many differences prevailed. 

Even though this commercial is in German, you
will still get its meaning!
Which is your fav - the 'classic Beetle' or
the 'new Beetle'?

You decide!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Have it your way...burger, that is!

What is the best way to have a burger? Remember Burger King's advertising jingle of the 70s? Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us. All we ask is that you let us serve it your way! The whole idea behind this campaign was the ability to order a burger with and/or without certain condiments. In other words, have it your way!

Of course, this is not a promotion simply for Burger King nor do you have to visit a Burger King in order to have it your way. It is just a clever jingle with a terrific idea! A better alternative is not a fast-food restaurant at all. Fixing hamburgers at home is the perfect manner in which to have it your way and today is the day to do it.

May 28 is...

National Hamburger Day in National Hamburger Month


Are you in the moo-o-o-o-od for a burger? Get ready! Restaurants all over America will be serving up some beefy deals should you decide not to prepare your own. The ultimate burger is ultimately up to you. Why not even try some newfangled idea for a change. For instance, burgers aren't limited to the bovine varietyturkey, chicken, shrimp, crab and veggies all make great burgers. Experiment with different types of bread and whip up your own homemade mayonnaise

A bit of hamburger history...
A soft, toasted bun… crisp, cool lettuce… sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes… and in the middle of it all, a juicy seasoned beef patty. Widely hailed as “America’s favorite food,” the history of the hamburger is filled with mythology. Many folks have claimed they were the first to place a ground beef patty between two slices of white bread. Who wouldn’t want to be responsible for inventing such a beloved American treat? Sadly, we don’t know who the true burger originator is. However, we do know a lot about how this classic sandwich gained a foothold in America, where billions are eaten each and every year. Read MORE...
Who is the biggest burger lover ever?

 J. Wellington Wimpy AKA Wimpy The Moocher
"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!"
—Wimpy's Catch Phrase

Burger of the Day...

Remember, the whole idea is to have it your way so check out the links for a few ideas. Then, modify to make it your own...Enjoy!

 Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!


♫'That'll Be The Day' - Music & Trivia♫

So much music that shaped our nation came out of the 50s and 60s as did so much tragedy, especially The Day the Music Died. But, today the focus is not on its ending but rather a beginning, the beginning of a short-lived career during an era that changed music forever. Not only music, but also art, was undergoing a transformation being influenced by changing social attitudes and a more free independent spirit.

Today in Music History: May 27 

Welcome into the spotlight...

 If you saw the picture above left individually, you may not have a clue who is in the photo until being compared with the picture at right. Yet, the one at the right is that same person who became an icon of 50s rock 'n' roll with big black glasses as his trademark!

Buddy Holly  American singer/songwriter who produced some of the most distinctive and influential work in rock music

Buddy Holly played rock 'n' roll for only a few short years, but the wealth of material he recorded made a major and lasting impact on popular music. Born Charles Hardin Holley, with the 'e' in his last name, he became professionally known as Buddy Holly. When his name was misspelled in his first recording contract, rather than wait for the contract to be retyped and mailed back to him, Buddy decided to drop the 'e'.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1957
(top to bottom: Allison, Holly and Mauldin)
 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, 'That'll Be The Day'. A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. John Wayne (True Grit 1969) was starring in possibly one of the greatest, if not the greatest, westerns in film history, The Searchers. Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" was the inspiration behind the song. The phrase stuck in Jerry's mind. When they were hanging out at Jerry's house one night, Buddy looked at Jerry and said that it sure would be nice if they could record a hit song. Jerry replied with, "That'll be the day," mocking John Wayne in the western. The rest is history!
Tidbit of 'That'll Be The Day' Trivia...
It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen in the spring of 1958, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles. This was the first song John Lennon learned to play on the guitar. We all KNOW what became of that group!
How about this for a little extra trivia?

 1964 Mick Jagger Haircut Suspensions! Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts. Sign of the times!

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

"A Thirty-Five Million Dollar Steel Harp!"

Today's History Lesson

Bridges have been the topic of historical nature for centuries. Each carries its own poignant story of life and death. Some maintain an eerie presence of ghostly secrets never to be revealed. Just a few days ago The World's First Steel Suspension Bridge was the topic of the history lesson. From stone to wooden bridges to massive hulks of steel, engineering has carried bridge construction to newer, more modern, unbelievable levels. 

This Day in History: May 27, 1937

On January 5, 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge that is anything but golden! Check out What's 'n' a Name? Now, four years and four months later the Golden Gate Bridge opens!

"To pass through the portals of the Golden Gate is to cross the threshold of adventure." – Allan Dunn
Golden Gate Bridge History. It's hard to imagine that the Golden Gate Bridge was once the laughing stock of San Francisco. Much like the Eiffel Tower, it's had its fair share of criticism calling it costly, ugly, disruptive and an impossible engineering feat. On opening day, May 27, 1937, the San Francisco Chronicle dismissed the bridge as "a thirty-five million dollar steel harp." 

On opening day pedestrians were the only ones allowed on the bridge. It cost a nickel to cross the Bridge that first day so coin machines had been set up. However, due to the influx of people it did not take long before the coin machines jammed. The Golden Gate Bridge officials turned the event into a big  festival, wonderfully described in this article from the 50th anniversary (along with comments on its 25th, 35th, 40th, and 60th anniversaries).

Compare the photo above taken in 1987 on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge with the photo taken on opening day in 1937.
"In May 1987, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the bridge closed to automobiles. However, this celebration attracted 750,000 to 1,000,000 people, causing the center span of the bridge to flatten out under the weight." See additional photos @1987: 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge


The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge occurred during a dark time in our American history although the Depression was easing somewhat by 1937. The Bridge symbolized a bright addition in spite of the darkness of the times for many people. Notice the hats with Mariachi-style tassels that some people are wearing in the photo. These were one among many souvenirs offered to the bridge walkers. [Source: OurSausalito.com]

Nine laughing San Rafael High students run through the early morning fog
as the Golden Gate Bridge opens. May 27, 1937. Photo: Chronicle Archives

Billie Mitchell of Kelsey, who was 16 when the Golden Gate Bridge opened,
returns on the 50th anniversary in 1987. May 24, 1987. Photo: Tom Levy, The Chronicle
Today the Golden Gate Bridge looms as an iconic symbol of America even amidst dense, pesky fog!