History Gumbo

It’s “History Gumbo” on this 24th day of January,  a mix-up of past events, with some famous birthdays tossed in the pot as well.  Enjoy a taste of days gone by…

114 years ago – In 1908, the First Boy Scout Manual was published.  It was a book that inspired the entire Boy Scout movement, called “Scouting for Boys”.  It was written by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a general in the British Army.

100 years ago – In 1922, genius Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.

87 years ago – In 1935, “Kruger Cream Ale,” brewed by Kruger Brewing Company became the first beer sold in a can.

50 years ago – In 1972, farmers in Guam discovered a Japanese soldier who’d Hid in the Jungle for 28 Years and had no idea World War II was over.

47 years ago – In 1975, Larry Fine (of The Three Stoogesdied of a stroke at the age of 72.

40 years ago – In 1982, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in Super Bowl 16.  It was the 49ers’ first Super Bowl win.  Joe Montana was the MVP.

38 years ago – In 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh personal computer to a group of Apple shareholders with a dramatic presentation that shocked the crowd when the Mac “spoke” for itself.

38 years ago – In 1984, a London judge fined Linda McCartney $140 for trying to smuggle cannabis into England.

33 years ago – In 1989, Ted Bundy fried in the Florida Electric Chair.

33 years ago – In 1989, Skid Row released their self-titled debut album, with Youth Gone Wild18 and Life, and I Remember You.

21 years ago – In 2001, Halle Berry married her second husband, Eric Benet.  When their divorce was finalized in 2005, thanks to an iron-clad pre-nup, he got NOTHING.

16 years ago – In 2006, Chris Penn, brother of Sean Penn, was found dead in a condo near the beach in Santa Monica, California.  He was only 40.  His death was ruled accidental.  He suffered from an enlarged heart.

16 years ago – In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 Billion.  Pixar had already had six major hits before the buy-out, with “The Incredibles”“Finding Nemo”“Monsters Inc.”“A Bug’s Life” and the first two “Toy Story” movies.

Five years ago – In 2017, “La La Land” tied a record for the most Oscar nominations with 14.  The next month it won six of those Oscars . . . and suffered that embarrassing moment where it was WRONGLY announced as the Best Picture winner.

Three years ago – In 2019, Weezer released “The Teal Album”, a covers album featuring their version of Toto’s Africa, along with their take on songs like ParanoidNo ScrubsBillie JeanStand By Me, and Happy Together.

Birthdays on January 24, 2022

Mischa Barton is 36.  Marissa Cooper on “The O.C.”.

Justin Baldoni is 38.  Jane’s baby daddy Rafael on “Jane the Virgin”.

Stephen Barker Liles is 38.  One half of the country duo Love and Theft.

Daveed Diggs is 40.  Lafayette and Jefferson in “Hamilton” and Rainbow’s brother Johan on “Black-ish”.  He’s also Andre Layton on TNT’s “Snowpiercer” series.

Carrie Coon is 41.  Proxima Midnight in “Avengers: Infinity War”.

You’d also know her as Nora on HBO’s “The Leftovers” and as Gloria Burgle, the main character from the third season of “Fargo”.

Tatyana Ali is 43.  Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.

Kristen Schaal is 44.  Former “Daily Show” correspondent who plays Carol on the sitcom “Last Man on Earth”.  She’s also Louise on “Bob’s Burgers”.

Ed Helms is 48.  Andy on “The Office”, a former “Daily Show” correspondent, and Stu the dentist in the “Hangover” movies.  He also cashed a paycheck for playing the grown version of Chevy Chase’s son in the “Vacation” reboot.

Matthew Lillard is 52.  Shaggy in the “Scooby-Doo” movies.  And Stu, one-half of the psychotic serial killing team, in the original “Scream”.

Mary Lou Retton is 54.  Legendary gymnast.  At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won the gold medal in the individual all-around competition, two silver and two bronze.

Keech Rainwater is 59.  Lonestar drummer.

Nastassja Kinski is 61.  German goddess who starred in the 1982 erotic horror movie “Cat People”.  You may remember a poster where she posed nude with a snake in 1981.  It inspired Jennifer Lawrence to undress for “Vogue” in 2015.

Yakov Smirnoff is 71.  Russian genius.  “What a Country!”

Aaron Neville is 81.  Biggest hits:  Tell It Like It Is, the Linda Ronstadt duet Don’t Know Much, and his remake of Everybody Plays the Fool.

Neil Diamond is 81.  Sadly, Parkinson’s ended his touring career.  His biggest smashes are Sweet CarolineHolly HolyCracklin’ Rosie and his smooth duet with Barbra Streisand, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.

Ray Stevens is 83.  He had a huge hit in 1974 with The Streak.  More recently you’d remember his 2015 song Taylor Swift is Stalking Me.You might also be interested in his 2010 immigration song Come to the USA or The Global Warming Song.  And then there are his Obama-bashing songs:  Obama Budget SongMr. President, and Obama Nation.

Warren Zevon  (1947 – 2003)  Singer-songwriter best known for Werewolves of London.  Warren hadn’t gone to the doctor in over 20 years.  By the time they found his lung cancer, it was too late.  As he told David Letterman, his fear of doctors was, quote, “one of those phobias that didn’t pay off.”

John Belushi  (1949 – 1982)  Jim Belushi’s less-talented brother.  He died of a speed-ball overdose in Hollywood at the age of 33.

Ernest Borgnine  (1917 – 2012)  “McHale’s Navy”“The Poseidon Adventure”“Escape from New York”, and “Airwolf”.


Thanks for visiting!  Now go enjoy your life…