Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August 1, 2013: Girlfriend's Day, Spiderman Day, Dom DeLuise and Joe Elliot.

Today is Girlfriend’s Day. If you are young and in love, you should celebrate your girlfriend but if you are old and married, your girlfriend had better be your wife. Just saying. Minnie Mouse is a loyal girlfriend for our mouse in charge, so go to Chef Mickey’s or one of the other WDW locations where you can meet her.

Today is Spiderman Day. In August of 1962, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced the eternal teenage superhero that had as many or more problems than the readers. Spiderman originated one of, if not the greatest and most quoted lines in the history of comic, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That other park in Orlando has the rights to Marvel Superheroes in an amusement park east of the Mississippi but there are still ways to honor Spiderman at WDW. T-shirts, products, some really cools ones at Downtown Disney, are widely available and someday, who knows, there may even be Marvel Superhero attractions at Walt Disney World.

Dom DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York on this date in 1933. I first discovered Dom DeLuise in Mel Brooks’ completely insane comedies: Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part 1, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. DeLuise has starred in Oliver & Company and made a cameo appearance in the original The Muppets Movie. In Addition, DeLuise’s youngest son, David, starred as Jerry Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place.

1959: Joe Elliot was born on this date in 1959. I remember when Def Leppard, for whom Elliot is the lead singer, started as a new wave of British heavy metal band. The average age of the members of the band was under 20. MTV made Leppard monsters of rock. I saw Def Leppard in the round in Charleston, West Virginia in 1988. This was after the drummer had lost his arm and it was fascinating to watch his operate on his custom built drum kit. Joe Elliot is a huge fan of my favorite group and singer, Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter and has sung on stage with Hunter a number of times. Any time we have a British rocker in our blog I refer you to the English Pavilion and The British Revolution. Rock on!

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

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