Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 16, 2013: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

Today is Joe Miller’s Joke Day. Joe Miller was an English actor, famous in the 1700’s. After his death, capitalizing on the popularity of Miller, a joke book was released titled “Joe Miller’s Jests.” Eventually any old, tried and tested joke came to be referred to as a “Joe Miller.” The reference appears in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and James Joyce’s Ulysses and the following is an example of a “Joe Miller”: A Lady's Age happening to be questioned, she affirmed she was but Forty, and called upon a Gentleman that was in Company for his Opinion; Cousin, said she, do you believe I am in the Right, when I say I am but Forty? I ought not to dispute it, Madam, replied he, for I have heard you say so these ten Years. Brush up on your old jokes to entertain your companions while driving to Walt Disney World. Next time, they’ll agree to fly…

Fess Parker was born on this day in 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas. Of course, Fess is famous in our world for being Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Parker is a Disney Legend, winery operator and hotel owner. In 1992 he left his handprints in concrete in front of the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater as what is now Hollywood Studios. Go watch Beauty and the Beast and look for Fess’ prints in the entrance.

On this date in 1965, the AFL awarded its first expansion franchise and created the team that is so dear to my heart, the Miami Dolphins. If you are at Walt Disney World, visit the Boardwalk area, and go to the Swan and Dolphin. That’s where you will find Shula’s Steak House, owned by the great coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula.

Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan on this date in 1958. She was Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy. At one point there was to be a Dick Tracy’s Crimestoppers attraction at Hollywood Studios but, even though the movie won several Academy Awards and made money, legal issues and less than expected monetary return put the skids to the attraction and a proposed Chicagoland. Visit the Streets of America area and imagine what Chicagoland might have been like.

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

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