Monday, April 15, 2013

April 16, 2013: God bless Boston.

Our prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. No place on Earth is immune from terror but no place on Earth should be safe for the perpetrators. God bless Boston.

Today, in 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born. Charlie and Walt were mutual admirers. Charlie was featured in the Disney short, Mickey’s Polo Team, which played in front of Chaplin’s Modern Times, the last movie to feature the beloved Little Tramp. Chaplin’s company, United Artists, distributed Disney’s shorts in the early 1930’s. To honor Charlie, let’s go on The Great Movie Ride, which features scenes from The Gold Rush.

The great Peter Ustinov was born on this day in 1921. A filmmaker, stage director, designer and humorist, Ustinov supplied the voice of Prince John in Robin Hood and played Captain “Blackbeard” Teach in Blackbeard’s Ghost. If you spy around The Magic Kingdom you can find characters from Robin Hood and that would be a fitting tribute for Peter.

Da-dum, da-dum…da-dum, da-dum… Henry Mancini, author of the theme song for The Pink Panther, was born in 1924. Mancini has a huge number of songs on his resume including the music for The Great Mouse Detective. Let’s ride The Great Movie Ride again.

On last quickie: 1965: Jon Cryer. To me Cryer will always be Duckie from Pretty in Pink but for most people he is probably Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men. Cryer also appeared twice on Hannah Montana. (Hey, Miley Cyrus is my kids’ cousin give me a break.)

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

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