Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 18, 2013: Bad Poetry, Montgomery Ward's and Mount Vesuvius.

Today is Bad Poetry Day. I am of a mind that most poetry would fit in with this day just fine. As you walk in to The Haunted Mansion, there are several prime examples on the tombstones in the cemetery. They may be entertaining but they are not highest quality rhymes.

            Here lies Lester Moore,
            Four slugs from a 44.
            No Les, No Moore.

Today is Mail Order Catalog Day. On this date in 1872, A M Ward published the first mail-order catalog for the Montgomery Ward Company. Montgomery Ward's was a mainstay in American retail, highly successful as a catalog company; Montgomery Ward's opened brick and mortar stores and operated until the company was liquidated in 2000. Through licensing agreements the Montgomery Ward's name survives to this day and, yes, you can buy a number of Disney products from their on-line marketing portal.  Or you can shop at Walt Disney World. No one will mind where you satisfy your needs.

Shelley Winters was born on this day in 1922 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Shelley was a beautiful young lady who aged to become a beautiful, brassy actress and storyteller. Shelley was always on with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas and all the great talkers because she knew how to spin a tale. In her acting career, she will forever be saddled with The Poseidon Adventure, one of the great disaster movies of the day, even though she did much higher quality roles and won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1977 she starred as Lena Gogan in Pete’s Dragon and so we will watch The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom to honor Shelley.

Denis Leary was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1957. Leary is an accomplished comedian, actor and television program developer. In 1998, Leary provided the voice of Francis in A Bug’s Life. Get over to The Animal Kingdom and enjoy It’s Tough To Be A Bug in the Tree of Life at the hub of the park.

1834: Mount Vesuvius erupts. This is not the famous eruption that buried Pompeii but it’s still a volcanic eruption. Visit EPCOT, make your way to the Mexico Pavilion and enjoy the indoor volcano that adorns the Grand Fiesta Tour and the San Angel Inn.

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

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