My Future Problem Solving Team and Written Composition students participated in Regional competition Tuesday. We’ll know how they did Saturday after written tests and Quick Recall. My son had his District Academic Team competition and he paced 4th in Arts & Humanities and 2nd in Quick Recall so he advances to Region at the High School level. This is a great time of the year when the students see if their work has been enough to earn them a slot at State Governor’s Cup in Louisville.
On this date in 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd President, was born. Roosevelt took over the reins shortly after the beginning of the Great Depression and steered the country almost to the end of World War II. I know we just talked about this yesterday but The Hall of Presidents is the perfect memorial for any Presidential moment.
Dick Martin entered stage left on this date in 1922. Dick Martin, along with Dan Rowan, hosted Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in. I remember thinking that Laugh-in was the craziest show on television. The wildest guests, the catchiest catch phrases and the most biting satire roared on a show that pushed the envelope just a little bit farther. I remember running around the house going, “Here comes the judge, here comes the judge, order in the court because here comes the judge.” Let’s honor Dick by going to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. Corny never bothered anyone on Laugh-in and it should not bother you either.
In 1951, an extra in the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night was born. You can see this young man running down the street in on of the mob scenes in the movie where the fans are in hot pursuit of the Beatles. This young extra’s name… Phil Collins. The Drummer for Genesis, and eventual lead singer, Phil had a couple of direct ties to Disney. Phil did the music for Brother Bear and Tarzan. “You’ll be in My Heart” was a huge number one hit for Phil from the Tarzan soundtrack. I have a friend that even claims to have seen Phil perform at the former Tarzan Rocks show at the Animal Kingdom. So let’s go to the Animal Kingdom and search out Turk, Tarzan’s buddy from the movie.
In 1986, Steve Jobs buys the computer graphics division of George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic for $10 million and incorporates it as Pixar. There are a host of Pixar attractions at Walt Disney World, go forth and enjoy them all.
1988: EPCOT debuts IllumiNations. Go watch it, especially if you’ve never seen it. When we watched it last June, it seemed even more explosive, more pyrotechnic and just generally more awesome. It is a blast.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.