Monday, September 16, 2013

September 17, 2013: Citizenship Day, Constitution Day, Roddy McDowall and John Ritter.

Today is Citizenship Day and Constitution Day: a day to recognize the framing of the Constitution in 1787 and recognize all residents of the United States who have acquired citizenship by birth or naturalization. Celebrate being a citizen of a country of laws, an exceptional nation among the nations of the world because we recognize that all citizens have God given rights not controlled or granted by the government. You could celebrate all the way through December 15th when we celebrate the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments established in 1791. Go to EPCOT, enjoy The American Adventure and understand the struggles and battles for your freedom.

Roddy McDowall was born on this day in 1928 in London, England. I loved the “Planet of the Apes” movies and Roddy McDowall will always be the ape, Cornelius. Tim Burton made his version but there’s nothing like the original. Roddy did some work for Disney as well: That Darn Cat, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin and as the voice of V.I.N. CENT in The Black Hole. Let’s go to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and visit the apes in honor Roddy by visiting with the apes.

John Ritter was born on this day in 1948 in Burbank, California. Ritter first became famous as Jack Tripper on Three’s Company but he has a Disney pedigree that spans two generations. Ritter was in The Barefoot Executive as well as various Disney specials and eventually the Disney sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Ritter’s father, Tex Ritter, the legendary country singer is the voice of Big Al in the Country Bear Jamboree at The Magic Kingdom. I’ve thrown this one out there several times lately but let’s visit the Bears in honor of John and Tex.

One of my favorite pictures from June, 2013.

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

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