Friday, June 14, 2013

June 15, 2013: Hey, Vern. Know what I mean?

On this day in 1949, Jim Varney was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Varney became famous for his character, Ernest P. Worrell, who continually talked to Vern in a host of commercials. The character became so popular that it spawned a series of movies released by Touchstone. Varney also did work in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and, my favorite, the slinky dog in Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Visit Toy Story Midway Mania in honor of Jim Varney, “Know what I mean?”

There is a theory of relativity. It pays to have a relative in the business. Tom Hanks has a younger brother, Jim, and he was born on this date in 1961. Jim sounds so much like his brother Tom that he has provided the voice of Woody for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Toy Story Midway Mania and The Buzz Lightyear rides. Hey, my brother, Bob, and I can laugh alike. We’re already visiting Midway Mania, get a Fast Pass and ride it again.


Today is Nature Photography Day. Take some pictures, take a lot of pictures.

Today is the National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers. You don’t have to be at Walt Disney World to get involved with this one. Pray for our cops.

Today is the Worldwide Day of Giving. Give. You’ll feel good.

1836: Arkansas becomes the 25th state. Go to Dinoland, U.S.A. and look for Arkansas license plates. You’ll understand when you go there.

1869: John Wesley Hyatt patents celluloid. Celluloid was literally the stuff that the movies were made of. It was also flammable to the point of being explosive. Projection booths were once fireproof vaults for that very reason. Go to One Man’s Dream and get a little history.

1956: The Quarrymen perform at a church dinner. While performing, the lead singer of the Quarrymen meets the son of one of the attendees. Fifteen-year-old John becomes fast friends with thirteen-year-old Paul and the partnership of Lennon and McCartney soon follows. Everything has a beginning. Do One Man’s Dream again.

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

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