Friday, July 26, 2013

July 27, 2013: Barbie in a blender day; Keenan Wynn and Insulin.

I’m not kidding; it’s Barbie-in-a-blender Day. It seems that an artist was posing naked Barbies with kitchen appliances and selling photographs of the illicit poses. Mattel sued him and the result was Mattel had to pay him $1.8 million because the judge ruled that it was a violation of his free speech. Every July 27, in celebration of our right to satirize things, as we like, people put Barbie in a blender and share the pictures. I don’t have any Barbie in a blender pictures but I can suggest that you visit Toy Story Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios where Barbie comes to life in Andy’s room.

Today is the National Day of the Cowboy. While we are at Midway Mania, look for our own cowboy, Woody, and celebrate the heroes of the Wild West.

On this date in 1916, Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn was born in New York City. Keenan Wynn came from a show-business family that included his father, Ed Wynn, grandfather, Frank Keenan and his mother Hilda Keenan. Keenan worked in scores of movies and television programs. He is perhaps best known as the Winter Warlock in Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town. Wynn’s Disney Resume’ includes The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Snowball Express, Herbie Rides Again and The Shaggy D. A. Kennan’s father, Ed, was the Mad Hatter so let’s ride the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at The Magic Kingdom.

1953: The first insulin was isolated by Banting and Best in Toronto, Canada. You can visit the site today where they first isolated the hormone in dogs and eventually determined exactly what it was in the pancreas that controlled blood sugar. I am a diabetic although I am not yet insulin dependent. Let me take this opportunity to remind you that the chefs at Disney can meet any dietary need. Between my peanut allergy and my diabetes I have met a chef at every restaurant I have eaten at in Walt Disney World. Don’t be shy, you’ll be surprised in how they can help you and the special measures they will take to assure your pleasure and needs are met.

Jerry Van Dyke, the brother of Dick Van Dyke, was born on this day in 1931 in Danville, Illinois. Jerry has had a long career in television and stand up comedy. His career peaked with his role as Luther on Coach. Jerry is also an avid poker player and has announced championship poker tournaments for ESPN. Let’s honor Jerry by visiting the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.

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

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