Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 23, 2013: Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey, Number One Super Guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye. And on top of all that, he had a striped cat named spot. Hong Kong Phooey was born on this day in 1910. Actually song and dance man and actor, Scatman Crothers was born on this day in 1910. Scatman was on Chico and The Man, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Transformers and one of my all time favorites, The Shining. In 1970, he was the voice of Scat Cat in The Aristocats and you know everybody wants to be a cat. We have seen an aristocat at the France Pavilion in EPCOT. I bet you can too.

Walt incorporates the Laugh-O-Gram Company in Kansas City in 1922. Walt produced some good product but made some bad business decisions and his first foray into the movie business went belly up. In 1923, Walt set up his next movie business with his brother Roy, who was a much better businessperson, this one took. I’m a member of D23 because that 1923 venture thrives today.

I’ve heard it called the Moog, the Moog Simplifier, the Moog Synthesizer, the Mini-Moog. Whatever the name, the Moog spawned a world of electronic music. On this day in 1934, Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog was born in New York City. The Main Street Electrical Parade has a Moog Model III and a Mini-Moog at its heart pumping out that sweet synthesized sound of “Baroque Hoedown.” Stay for the parade at the end of the day at The Magic Kingdom.

“Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks.” On this date in 1958, Drew Carey was born. Carey, now the host of The Price is Right! and Whose Line Is It Anyway? became famous with his self-named show. Drew also starred in the Disney TV movie Gepetto and the Hollywood Studios attraction Sounds Dangerous. The attraction closed in May 2012 so we’ll just have to stroll by the location at Hollywood Studios and move on.


1785: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. Go to the American Adventure in EPCOT’s World Showcase where Benjamin Franklin serves as host.

1966: Helena Bonham Carter was born. She has been the Queen of Hearts and a host of other strange characters. Visit the Villain’s store at Hollywood Studio.

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

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