Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 19, 2013: Happy Birthday to the Church and Hey, Ho, Let's Go to Disney World (pt. 2)

Today is Pentecost, the day that we, as Christians, celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Twelve Apostles and other followers of Jesus in the second chapter of Acts. Everything changed after the day of Pentecost with the comforter that Jesus promised on his departure arriving in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Christians operated in a whole new degree of boldness and began to spread the Gospel throughout the whole world as they were commanded in the Great Commission. This is also the day that the Apostles preached and each person in attendance heard their sermon in their native tongue. Happy Birthday to the Church.

James Macdonald was born on this date in 1906 in Dundee, Scotland. James grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, while playing drums and percussion with a band for the Dollar Steamship Lines in 1934, James was requested by the Disney Studios to lay down music for a Mickey Mouse Cartoon. Macdonald’s talent landed him a permanent position with Disney where he went on to form the sound department. In 1946, Walt personally picked Macdonald to assume duties as the voice of Mickey Mouse. Macdonald’s Disney credits include: Mickey and the Beanstalk, House of Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Alice in Wonderland. Let’s honor James by visiting Mickey’s Philharmagic and enjoying a great musical adventure.

When I was about 14, I bought the Ramones first album. It was everything that a teen-aged Eastern Kentucky boy wanted in a record. It was rude, loud, fast and funny. Over the years I bought a lot more Ramones albums and I even got to see them live at The Newport in Columbus, Ohio. Today is Joey Ramones’ birthday. Joey died 12 years ago from cancer that took him way too soon. I like to think of Joey, the same way that I think of Walt, as a person who chose a very select audience and did everything he could to make them happy. I have no such quote from Joey but I do know that Johnny, the Ramones guitar player, was quoted saying that Walt Disney World was his favorite place on Earth; pretty high praise from a guy who had travelled all over the world. Rock out at WDW. How about the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster? I know it features Aerosmith but I don’t think Joey would mind, maybe you could slip in your ear buds and play “Rockaway Beach” at least one time through. Hey, Ho, Let’s Go.


1884: Ringling Brothers Circus premieres. Go to New Fantasyland and enjoy the circus atmosphere around Dumbo.

1945: Pete Townshend was born. I always loved the Who and I saw them at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Check out the British Invasion band at EPCOT in the English Pavilion.

Today is Mike, The Headless Chicken Day. Our story begins as Mike is minding his own business when someone decides to dispatch him from this mortal coil to facilitate a chicken dinner. Although Mike’s head was removed, his brain stem was not and Mike ran around for 18 months like “a chicken with its head cut off.” He became famous and was insured for $10,000. The chicken nuggets at Disney World are good but are they worth $10,000? That’s up to you to decide.

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

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