Friday, January 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 23 History National Pie Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 23, 2015:    Trust your Friday is proving to be a great one and you are ready for a great weekend. Tough 7 point loss for the 25th ranked Cardinal against Arizona in basketball last night. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Ernie Kovacs,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a slice of rhubarb pie, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. National Pie Day—celebrating since the 1970’s our pie heritage starting with as American as apple pie and running the gamut of fillings fruits, berries and nuts (my favorite has always been boysenberry). Today would be a great day to visit Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery.
       2. National Handwriting Day—established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers’ Association in 1977 to promote the dying art in the age of texting and computers—handwriting.
       3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1992 All for Love by Color Me Badd, a R&B band which has sold over 12 million records in the U.S. with one of its founders, Kevin Thornton, in a sacrilege to the band’s name is now a minister and instrumental in fighting human sex trafficking.                                                                                          
        4. National Rhubarb Pie Day—celebrating another great pie although why of all choices on National Pie Day it has a place of culinary honor is a mystery.
        5. Nothing in Moderation—We All Loved Him Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1919 of one of the great comedians and actors Ernie Kovacs, whose adlibbing and eclectic style influenced such latter TV shows Rowan and Martin Laugh In and Saturday Night Live.  He was killed in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in 1962; his epitaph reads “Nothing in Moderation—We All Loved Him.”    
On this day in
     a. 1656 noted French mathematician, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal published the first of his lettres provinciales.
      b. 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her M.D. degree from Geneva Medical School in Geneva, New York to become the nation’s first female doctor.
      c. 1912 the International Opium Convention, the first international drug control treaty, was signed at The Hague.  
      d. 1957 inventor William Frederick Morrison sold his rights to his “flying disc” to the Wham-O toy company which renamed it the “Frisbee.”  
      e. 1964 the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting poll taxes in federal elections was ratified.
      f. 2002 American and Israeli journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan by jihadist extremists and subsequently beheaded.
Reflections on television by one who made a great living performing on the small screen: “Television: A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.” Ernie Kovacs  
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