Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 29, 2013: John Tyler, Pearl Bailey, Eric Idle: Always look on the bright side of life.

Today is our last school day before spring break and I have some friends leaving by the end of the day for Walt Disney World. I love them; they are my friends. I am jealous. We have been to WDW at the same time as them before and we have a particularly pleasant memory of watching Fantasmic together at Hollywood Studios. It okay though, I am just about ready to make plans for summer and, if everything works out, we will be taking another person to WDW for the first time. I really need to be on the payroll, stay tuned for further details.

On this date in 1790, John Tyler was born. Tyler was the tenth President of the United States of America. When William Henry Harrison died just a few weeks into his term as President, Tyler became the first person to become President upon the death of the incumbent. Tyler’s biggest issue was probably his commitment to the annexation of Texas, accomplished under his successor, James K. Polk. As always, visit the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom and celebrate all of our Chief Executive Officers.

It’s Pearl Bailey’s birthday. What a voice! Born in 1918, Bailey won at the Tonys and the Emmys, and is fondly remembered for her turn as Maria in Porgy and Bess. In our little corner of the world, Pearl was Big Mama in Disney’s The Fox and the Hound in which she sang, “Best of Friends,” “Lack of Education,” and “Appreciate The Lady.” In honor of Pearl Bailey and our old buddy Copper from The Fox and the Hound, let’s go around WDW and press some copper pennies to collect. The machines are everywhere and you can even get a book to save your pressed pennies in. Woo Hoo, defacing currency.

Always look on the bright side of life… today is Eric Idle’s birthday. Born in 1943, Idle has had an awesome and diverse career. Monty Python’s Flying Circus made Idle a star but he has moved on to movies, stage and WDW attractions. We don’t even have to ponder what to do to honor Eric at WDW; he is the featured scientist, with Figment, in the Imagination pavilion and the Journey into Imagination with Figment attraction. To quote the Sherman Brother, “One little spark, of inspiration. Is at the heart, of all creation.”

Some quick bits:

Today is Knights of Columbus Founders Day. Ride Spaceship Earth and enjoy its depiction of the Sistine Chapel.

Today is the National Day of Unplugging. We went to WDW one trip and locked up all the electronics. When our trip was over and I checked my messages I was so glad we did.

National Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day: Main Street, USA is set up to represent a turn of the 20th century town. Enjoy.

1918: Sam Walton: all God’s children go to Wal-Mart. When we stay at Pop Century we go to the one in Kissimmee.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

No comments:

Post a Comment