Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 3, 2013: Happy birthday, Ian Hunter. Hello, hello, hello, hello.

June 3rd, 1939 or 1946 (actually 1939) my musical hero, Ian Hunter was born. Ian was the lead singer of Mott the Hoople, a blue collar, hard working live band who switched to glam rock for a bit to finally get the success that evaded them. Mott were one of the greatest live bands of the 1970’s and that finally translated to record sales with their release of “All The Young Dudes.” After a couple of years as the rock star leader of Mott, Ian had a extreme case of nervous and physical exhaustion and he departed to start a solo career with the help of Mick Ronson of the Spiders from Mars. Ian has had success as a songwriter as well as a performer. Barry Manilow covered “Ships,” Great White had a huge hit with “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” and The Presidents of the United States of America cover of “Cleveland Rocks,” became the theme of The Drew Carey Show. Ian still tours as a solo artist and this fall he has the second live reunion tour of Mott the Hoople in Great Britain. God bless Ian Hunter and visit the UK Pavilion at EPCOT in honor of the “All American Alien Boy.”

Today is Chimborazo Day the honors the Earth’s closest point to the Moon and the furthest point on Earth from the Earth’s Center. Chimborazo is a long dormant volcano, one degree south of the equator in Ecuador. Even though Chimborazo is not as high above sea level as Mount Everest, it gets a boost from the bulge of the Earth at the equator that makes it the closer to moon and farther from the center of the Earth than any place else on the planet. Since there is no Expedition Chimborazo at WDW, let’s go to The Animal Kingdom and ride Expedition Everest, its almost as good.


1996: Disney’s Hollywood Pictures premieres The Rock. Most of the movie takes place on Alcatraz Island. I went there when I visited San Francisco in 2007. The Disney Family Museum was not open yet or I would have gone there too. You should go there and do both and there’s an In ‘n’ Out Burger nearby. Order a double, double, animal style. You’ll be glad you did.

1888: “Casey at the Bat” was published in the San Francisco Examiner. You know what to do, go now, at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. in The Magic Kingdom. I’ll be there in three weeks.

1808: Jefferson Davis was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Davis was the only President of the Confederate States of America. Lincoln, also born in Kentucky, was the President of the United States of America. Kentucky Rules. Go to The Hall of Presidents and visit Abe, Jeff isn’t on the stage at the end.

1864: Ransom Eli Olds was born. Olds started the Oldsmobile Company and the REO Speedwagon truck used for fire engines and a 70’s rock band that morphed into an 80’s pop band. Go to the Firehouse in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom.

1927: Boots Randolph, the great saxophone player from Paducah, Kentucky was born. Hang out on Main Street until you hear the Saxophone Quartet. You’ll thank me and the mayor will thank you.

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

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