Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 26, 2013: Johnny Appleseed Day, Shamu the Whale Day and Olivia Newton-John.

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day. John Chapman, born on this day in 1774, travelled about the frontier of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia, planting orchards and nurseries of apple trees. This was crucial at the time because many settlers were required to plant an orchard to stake their claim to their settled land. I have travelled for many years with my wife’s family, playing drums and singing Southern Gospel music. One Church we have visited several times is the Urbana (Ohio) Free Will Baptist Church. Urbana University, in Urbana, Ohio, is the home of the world’s only Johnny Appleseed Museum with a huge collection of artifacts, papers and a tree that is believed to have been planted by Johnny. Disney produced a 19-minute short, The Legend of Johnny Appleseed that was included in the 1948 film, Melody Time, and in Disney’s American Legends compilation. Visit the outdoor market in The Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square and use a snack credit on some fruit in honor of Johnny.

Today is Shamu the Whale Day.  Shamu was the first orca to survive more than 13 months in captivity and was the star of a very popular killer whale show at SeaWorld San Diego from December 1965 until 1971. After her death there have been several orcas named Shamu in different SeaWorld parks. You can visit the Living Seas at EPCOT or you could go to SeaWorld in Orlando. C’mon, share the love.

Olivia Newton-John was born on this day in 1948 in Cambridge, England. Newton-John, probably most famous for her role as Sandy in Grease, recorded a version of “Part of Your World” on the CD Disney’s Music From The Park. Enjoy the Little Mermaid ride in The Magic Kingdom in honor of Olivia.

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

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