Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 13, 2013: The golden age of rock and roll or the day the music died.

Quick one tonight:

On this date in 1888, DeWolf Hooper first recited the poem “Casey at Bat.” The famous poem tells how a local sports hero let down the home team and sucked the joy right out of Mudville. You can get filled right back up with joy by having a couple of hot dogs from Casey’s on Main Street, USA in The Magic Kingdom. By now you should know that I would use any excuse to eat at Casey’s.

1914: Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing champion was born. Sadly, Joe was one of those athletes who was crooked out of most of the money that he earned and in later life he served as a host / greeter taking advantage of his fame and reputation to survive. Visit the All-Star Sports Resort, which memorializes American sports.

1941: Ritchie Valens was born. Valens was riding the build of a wave that was becoming a very successful music career when he died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.  Don McLean memorializes the day the music died, in the classic song, “American Pie.” Visit the All-Star Music Resort to relive great music.

Walt Disney is not my only hero, in fact, Mott The Hoople have been my favorite band since the early ‘70’s. The bassist for Mott is Pete Overend Watts and today is his birthday (1947). If you know nothing else of Mott, you probably know their breakthrough hit, “All The Young Dudes,” written by David Bowie. Mott is doing a tour this fall in Great Britain and you should visit the British pavilion at EPCOT and enjoy the music and musical souvenirs that you can find there.

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

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