When you talk Christmas classics, there are those chestnuts, the Christmas songs that have lasted decades, generations.
Christmas classics on TV usually involve animated specials like Charlie Brown, Rudolph, the Grinch, and Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.
What about TV shows that weren’t cartoons?
How about the All in the Family episode, “The Draft Dodger,” when Christmas dinner at the Bunkers finds Archie playing host to a draft dodger and a father whose son was killed in the war. A back and forth conversation between the Gold Star father and the draft dodger leaves Archie stunned and speechless.
As good as that was, I think the best Christmas TV classic that wasn’t animated or a variety special was the Happy Days episode, “Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas?”
Howard and his employees have a party at Cunningham Hardware. Howard and Richie have car problems. Fonzie fixes their car and turns down their invitation to drive him to
Howard and Chuck decorate the tree, and Richie mopes around thinking about Fonzie. Richie and Howard go over to Fonzie's apartment and try to convince him to come over to the house to fix the Santa. Fonzie is able to fix the Santa and the Christmas tree lights which were not working.
At this point, Fonzie has ‘missed his bus,’ so he stays and pops some popcorn in the fireplace and reads The Night Before Christmas. Richie takes a picture of Howard with Chuck, and Joanie and Fonzie look at a Viewmaster. The family sits down to eat, and Fonzie says grace.”
Then there’s the Dick Van Dyke Show from December of 1963, “The Alan Brady Show Presents.” From answers.com:
“This half-hour musical comedy-revue is staged as the Christmas episode of ‘The Alan Brady Show’ (though clearly played by Carl Reiner, we still don't see Alan's face, since he is hidden behind a Santa beard). The program is a showcase for Brady staffers Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), Sally Rogers (Rose Marie), and Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon) as well as Rob's wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and son Ritchie (Larry Mathews) “
This might be the best Christmas episode of classic television.
Here is the great finale...
This is a very good read.
Not only is the TSA a bunch of buffoons, they're lying buffoons.
La Crosse billboards emphasize humanity of the preborn baby Jesus
Young and old, male and female, they stormed
600,000 of them on the hunt.
600,000. That’s about the population of the city of
600,000, all carrying loaded guns.
According to the misinformed, disillusioned gun control crowd, this should have been a recipe for disaster, an invitation to massive human carnage. That many people with that many rifles in such proximity? The only people smiling should be the undertakers. People don’t kill people, we are lectured. Guns kill people. Never mind that some evil person has to actually pull the trigger. It’s those blasted guns, and there are just too damn many of them. We need to get rid of all those guns. The sheer number of available guns is the main reason we have so much crime. So we are told.
Using this extremely flawed logic, the annual
The problem for the liberal point of view that is so often incorrect is that the mass murders never transpired.
Incredibly, with all those guns concentrated in the woods, there were ZERO fatalities. ZERO.
Twelve hunters were injured. That’s 0.00002 % of all hunters.
The 2009 season had but one fatality.
How can this be? The north woods was supposed to be a war zone.
Shooting large holes in the gun control argument, 600,000 hunters exhibited the utmost in safety because:
1) They are licensed.
2) They are trained.
3) They take their gun ownership and use very seriously.
Conceal-carry that would allow law-abiding citizens that have undergone training and background checks, much like deer hunters, to arm themselves for their protection and the protection of others is not the highest priority for state policymakers, nor should it be. Appropriately topping the list are jobs, economic recovery, balancing the budget, and tax and spending relief.
Fixing the $3 billion budget deficit can be done, but the arduous process takes time, right through the end of June 2011. The tsunami of
Governor-elect Scott Walker says his legislative priorities include creating a Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission that will find and eliminate waste in state government; balancing the budget; implementing a small-business tax cut; restructuring the Department of Commerce so the Secretary of Commerce dedicates more time to economic recovery; enacting tax breaks for those with health savings accounts; and curbing malpractice lawsuits against medical professionals.
That’s all important; however, Republicans in control should sense the “what have you done for me lately?” sentiment of voters. Enter photo ID. I predict Governor Walker will sign photo ID legislation into law soon after the 2011-12 legislative session begins. Editorial writers will cringe. The majority of voters will celebrate.
There eventually will be other major policy decisions including conceal-carry. As mentioned earlier, nothing can stop the measure from becoming law.
John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime” has conducted the definitive research and study on this issue, analyzing crime and handgun data for all 3,054 counties in the
“Criminals are deterred by higher penalties. Just as higher arrest and conviction rates deter crime, so does the risk that someone committing a crime will confront someone able to defend him or herself. There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate—as more people obtain permits there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent, and robberies by over 2 percent,” says Lott. “When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent, and injuries by 82 percent.”
Lott contends that adults and children both benefit from conceal-carry laws.
“After extensively studying the number of accidental shootings, there is no evidence that increasing the number of concealed handguns increases accidental shootings. We know that the type of person who obtains a permit is extremely law-abiding and possibly they are extremely careful in how they take care of their guns. The total number of accidental gun deaths each year is about 1,300 and each year such accidents take the lives of 200 children 14 years of age and under. However, these regrettable numbers of lives lost need to be put into some perspective with the other risks children face. Despite over 200 million guns owned by between 76 to 85 million people, the children killed is much smaller than the number lost through bicycle accidents, drowning, and fires. Children are 14.5 times more likely to die from car accidents than from accidents involving guns.”
The benefit to women is even greater. Lott says, “An additional woman carrying a concealed handgun reduces the murder rate for women by about 3 to 4 times more than an additional man carrying a concealed handgun reduces the murder rate for men.”
Conceal-carry is not all that high on the Republican priority list. It may not even be in the top ten. But make no mistake, it is a priority. And it will be approved in the next legislative session. The question is simply when.
EVERY DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 24, I AM HIGHLIGHTING A CHRISTMAS SONG AND THE STORY BEHIND IT. PLEASE ENJOY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Harry Belafonte first recorded “Mary’s Boy Child” in 1956.
Belafonte’s version featured a soft, slow, melodic tone.
Every Christmas season, radio stations are flooded with requests, not for Belafonte’s recording, but for the 1978 cover by the Euro-disco group Boney M.
German producer Frank Farian had a successful single in 1975 but decided he wanted some attractive singers and dancers to present on stage and in concert. Farian was watching an Australian detective series. The main character was called Boney Maroney, and that’s how he came up with the name for the group.
From the unofficial Boney M website:
Boney M. was a studio-group and all vocals on the records were done by Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell and Boney M.'s producer and mastermind Frank Farian. When Reggie Tsiboe replaced Bobby Farrell he would also be a part of the recording-team. From around 1980 session singers would also be used for backing vocals. However it should be mentioned that no matter what is said or written then the members of Boney M. did sing live on stage at live concerts. Farian wasn’t a part of that act.
(In 1978) Boney M. broke record sales in most countries. It wasn't just another hit - it was THE Christmas record of the year.
"Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord" was released in Germany on 27th November and an instant hit. However the strange thing was that in Germany the single first went to no. 1 in early January 1979 when the Christmas period was over.
In England the single was no. 1 for four weeks and in Denmark "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord" was the first single ever to be achieving platinum status.
Today, radio stations in Milwaukee get tons of calls asking for the name of the group that does that, “Oh my Lord,” song.
It’s Boney M.
Here they are in all their late 1970’s cheesy disco-ness. (Just look at those clothes and hair styles).
I dare you to watch the entire video and not be humming or singing the tune for hours after.
Join us on Sunday, December 5th at 5pm in front of City Hall when Santa arrives on a Oak Creek Fire Truck!! After the tree lighting and singing with the community, walk up to the Oak Creek Community Center and enjoy cookies, milk, have the kids enter a coloring contest, listen to the entertainment, take your own pictures with Santa and receive a gfit bag while supplies last!! Now that is a great way to end the day! PLEASE bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Hunger does not discriminate. You still have time to stop at The Center and fill out the Flip The Switch contest, kids 12 and under, drawing is Friday, December 3rd at 4pm. Form at at The Center office and is FREE!!.
Watch how Democrats govern.
Watch how Democrats control proceedings.
Watch how Democrats regard their Republican colleagues.
Watch (and you can also hear) how the Acting Democrat Speaker, Democrat Congresswoman Laura Richardson, who just happens to be from the same state as outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is coached on how to address Republican Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer:
Soon-to-be Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald promises that the first piece of legislation introduced in the state Senate that reconvenes January will be a bill to require photo ID to vote.
That, of course, is tremendous news. It’s too bad we can’t fix another photo ID mess.
On June 7, 2005, Wisconsin Governor Doyle signed into law the “Meth Bill.” Talk about your bipartisanship. Only six of
A Wisconsin Legislative Council memo states that under Senate Bill 78, the “Meth Bill”:
“Any person purchasing the substance (cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine) must, at the time of purchase, present to the seller that person’s name and address and an identification card containing the person’s photograph. The seller must record the name and address and the name and quantity of the product sold. The purchaser and seller must sign the record of the transaction unless the product is sold by a person working under the direction of a pharmacist, in which case, the supervising pharmacist must sign the record of the transaction.
The records of transactions of sales of pseudoephedrine products may be kept in either a paper or electronic format and must be maintained by the pharmacy for at least two years. Only a pharmacist or a law enforcement officer may have access to information recorded with respect to the sale of a pseudoephedrine product.
No person, other than a physician, dentist, veterinarian, or pharmacist may purchase more than 7.5 grams of a pseudoephedrine product within a 30-day period without the authorization of a physician, dentist, or veterinarian.”
Forty-two years ago today, Elvis Presley made TV history. On December 3, 1968, NBC-TV aired a one-hour special simply entitled, “ELVIS.”
Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker envisioned the project in the vein of traditional Christmas specials done by the likes of Perry Como. Elvis would perform some safe, warm Christmas carols on some holiday-themed sets.
Thank goodness the people involved in the special’s production didn’t let the Colonel have his way.
The producers plotted a special that would let Elvis be Elvis, and break out of the Hollywood B-movie mold he had become trapped in the entire decade of the 60’s.
Elvis performed elaborately staged production numbers. He sang in the round with his old band mates. Elvis was in the round. Elvis was the first entertainer to go unplugged.
Remember, this was 40 years ago.
The special was the highest rated show of that television season and is now referred to as the Comeback Special.
Elvis did his top material, but he also sang some Christmas songs.
One of them, of course, was “Blue Christmas.”
Originally a country song recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1948, Elvis iput his rock and roll style on the song in 1957, and it became a classic.
He also sang the bluesy, “Santa Claus is Back in Town,” during filimg of the TV special, but it didn’t make the final cut.
Both songs were from his mega-selling 1957 Christmas album.
Author Peter Guralnick who has written extensively about Elvis, contributed to the liner notes of one of Elvis’ box collections about “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”
Guralnick wrote that Elvis had asked songwriting duo Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller, who wrote many hits for Elvis including, Jailhouse Rock,” to come up with a Christmas song during sessions for the 1957 Christmas album; within a few minutes, they had the song written and ready for recording. It was originally titled "Christmas Blues", and features a slightly risqué treatment and lyrics.
Elvis’ backup singers, the Jordanaires were interviewed a few years after Elvis’ death and said they warned Elvis he couldn’t do Christmas songs this way and would face heavy criticism. Elvis politely told the Jordanaires to let him worry about that.
Here’s Elvis, resplendent in famous leather outfit, from the ’68 special doing "Blue Christmas."
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, more great sounds of the season from some performers that might be new to you.
We begin in a big way.
Every year, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz puts together a list of musician friends that go on tour in December for special Christmas concerts. It’s a great show and if you haven’t seen it, there’s a CD available, “Smooth Jazz Christmas by Dave Koz & Friends” featuring vocalist Brenda Russell, pianist David Benoit, guitarist Peter White, and trumpeter Rick Braun.
The Christmas of 1938 was shaping up to be the worst holiday ever for Bob May, an advertising copywriter for Montgomery Wards in Chicago.
May’s income was paltry. Exhaustion was settling in. So was the Depression. And his wife, Evelyn was fighting an uphill battle against cancer for two years.
One night in December, after visiting her emaciated, bed-ridden mother, four-year old Barbara May jumped up into her father’s lap and sadly asked him, “Why isn’t my mommy like everybody else’s mommy?”
Put squarely on the spot, May struggled for an answer.
Inspiration for his response came from his recollection as a frail child. So thin was May that other kids made fun of him, calling him, “sissy,” and other names.
Despite being forced by the Depression to work at a job far below his skill level, and despite living in a two-room slum-like apartment, and despite his beloved wife having life-threatening cancer, May wanted to give his daughter an answer filled with hope.
There in that tiny apartment, with his inquisitive daughter in his lap, May made up the story of a reindeer with a large, bright red nose.
Barbara enjoyed her father’s story so much that she asked him to tell it every night. And so May did, each night adding more details.
Unable to afford a Christmas present for Barbara that year, May utilized his skill as an artist and made a book with drawings about his story about the reindeer he called Rudolph. He’d work on it at night, when his sickly wife and daughter were asleep.
Before Christmas arrived, Evelyn succumbed to cancer. His heart filled with grief, May somehow finished the Rudolph book before Christmas. Barbara found it on Christmas morning.
A few days later, May was expected at the company Christmas party. Called upon to read his book in front of his fellow workers, May’s book was a hit, and every employee wanted a copy.
Realizing May was in need of funds, the chairman of Montgomery Wards, Stewell Avery bought all the rights to the Rudolph book from May. Avery then had thousands of copies printed and sent to Wards stores in time for Christmas 1939. For the next six years, any child visiting Santa at a Wards store was presented a Rudolph book.
It is now 1946 and over six million of the books have been given away.
As Avery was inundated by requests to publish a new version of the book, Avery exhibited the utmost in holiday spirit.
In a phenomenal gesture, Avery gave, he didn’t sell, he GAVE all rights to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer back to May.
One year later, May was officially a wealthy man.
Re-married and very happy, May allowed his brother-in-law, Johnny Marks to adapt the story into a song.
Marks wanted Bing Crosby to sing Rudolph.
Crosby said no.
The next choice was Dinah Shore.
In fact, nobody wanted their voice associated with the song.
Then, Gene Autry was contacted.
The thought was Autry, who liked to sing kids’ songs, would do it, especially since he had recorded, “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Autry didn’t like the song.
Marks didn’t give up and begged Autry to reconsider.
Autry took the song home for his wife to hear (Remember, Walt Disney’s wife told him to change Mortimer’s name to Mickey).
Touched by the lyrics, Ina Autry insisted Gene record the song.
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is the second-largest selling Christmas song of all-time. Burl Ives immortalized Rudolph in an incredibly popular animated special that debuted in 1964.
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me. It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Snow showers. High of 31. "F"
SUNDAY: Morning snow showers, windy. High of 26. "F"
My lovely wife, Jennifer has been dealing with a teething baby angel this week.
Yours truly is stepping in to guest blog on my very own blog. That means a bit more edginess to The Barking Lot this week.
As I observed this week what was happening in
My, what a clever devil he is. I guess dogs running off leash at any dog park in
Now, think about it.
A dog park.
Anywhere in the good ol’ US of A.
What would one expect a dog to do at a dog park?
Run with reckless abandon?
Run without a leash?
The local authorities (remember this is
If it’s not nailed down, Democrats will find way to tax it.
Most of us realize that a fee is a tax.
It’s not as low as you can go (Jim Doyle's tax on nursing home beds is especially scummy), but c’mon. A tax, and that’s what the hell it is, to take your dog to a dog park and take the leash off so that the dog can run around playfully with other dogs for a few minutes?
I guess the Democrats that are just aghast by such a proposition are like the mom in the movie The Christmas Story whose son wants a BB gun. Her reaction? You’ll shoot your eyes out.
Can’t have dogs running loose in a dog park, dad gum it!
Needless to say, dog owners that possess common sense are not happy.
About 66% of those that responded to a Boston Globe survey were opposed to the fee. Why? Because they used the brains God gave them.
The newspaper’s out of touch liberal editorial board, like so many others around the country (and they wonder why circulation is plummeting) reacted huffing and puffing, writing:
Leveling a fee on dog owners that amounts to less than $1 a week is a better choice than simply ignoring one of the town’s longstanding bones of contention.”
The fact is no other group is being targeted for fees, i.e., taxes in
Dog owners in
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dog burned alive gets day in court thanks to a cellphone.
"Contact voltage" electrocutes
Amazing Caine doing well after losing three inches of his tongue.
Earless puppy finds home.
Dog saves Marine in
Dog found in tornado ravaged home.
Amy Hunt has saved over 500 dogs.
Wyoming pastors rescue stranded Wisconsin dog.
Wisconsin woman devoted to saving disabled dogs needs help.
A dog mural is the subject of a lawsuit.
A fee to unleash your dog at a dog park?
Sixth grader wants to expand beach access for dogs.
Philadelphia looking for "spokesdog" to educate about the evils of dog waste.
10 human remedies that are poison to dogs.
Mona is the perfect dental assistant.
Is it a good idea to bring a dog to work?
Show dogs stolen, then found.
Pampered stray dog leaving
It's a dog's life at the White House this Christmas.
A dog rescuer's 12 Days of Christmas.
10 reasons why you should get a dog.......instead of a facelift.
Congratulations. You may now kiss the.......dog?
That’s it for The Barking Lot.
Thanks for stopping by.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Those who treat the US war wounded
Maybe not the textbook hero, but a hero nonetheless.
The mayor of Philadelphia
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
St. Lucie County (Fla) school system
Boss in Norway
And we can't forget........the TSA.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Grandmama, they touched you on your special girl spots.”
Antonia Riggs Miernik's granddaughter on her pat down.
“Everyone knows that the reason we have to take off our shoes, have our toothpaste confiscated, and get photographed naked or groped at the airport is because Religion of Peaceniks keep trying to kill us out of sheer evil. We go through these intensely irritating rituals so that our liberal rulers can make it clear that they would rather we suffer than profile the Muslims who commit terror attacks.”
Blogger Van Helsing on Moonbattery
“We had the greatest generation -- I think this is the greediest generation.”
“Liberals don't care. Their approach is to rip out society's foundations without asking if they serve any purpose. Why do we have immigration laws? What's with these borders? Why do we have the institution of marriage, anyway? What do we need standardized tests for? Hey, I like Keith Richards -- why not make heroin legal? Let's take a sledgehammer to all these load-bearing walls and just see what happens!”
“Wikileaks’ deliberate disclosure of these diplomatic cables is nothing less than an attack on the national security of the United States, as well as that of dozens of other countries. By disseminating these materials, Wikileaks is putting at risk the lives and the freedom of countless Americans and non-Americans around the world.”
“The federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show’s catalog as ‘homoerotic.’ Please. If you want to impress me with your artistic courage, pay tribute to the American flag or Sarah Palin. Naked brothers kissing is about as avante-garde as bringing a keg of imported beer to a frat party.
How can the same political party that claims our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, children are going to bed hungry, and that more money is needed for breast cancer and AIDS research justify spending millions on this crap? Do Leftists want people crushed in bridge collapses, children to starve, and women and gays to die prematurely?
I guess so. There’s really no other way to explain their priorities.”
John Nolte at Big
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Your tax dollars at work. Christmas at the Smithsonian.
NOTE: Due to protests, the Smithsonian took down the display.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Media ignores GOP taking over Obama's Senate seat.
Report warns Obama about 'New' Dark Ages.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
LeBron James returns to Cleveland.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Shave and a haircut.......and a car crash. MORE
Passenger strips on plane.
REMEMBER: Your suggestions/nominations for any of these categories every week are welcome, especially for HEROES OF THE WEEK. If you know of anyone in the community deserving of recognition, please e-mail me.
EVERY DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 24, I AM HIGHLIGHTING A CHRISTMAS SONG AND THE STORY BEHIND IT. PLEASE ENJOY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The following is from the Kiwanis International website:
In 1934, J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie began warning children to be on their best behavior, lest their names be written on Santa Claus’ “naughty” list. Fred—the composer—wrote the music for more than 700 songs, including Precious Little Thing Called Love, Love Letters in the Sand, and the holiday classic Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. But he also was a New York City Kiwanian. His story, including memories of his fateful encounter with lyricist Gillespie, appeared in the December 1956 issue of The Kiwanis Magazine.
Following is an outtake of the article, relating Fred’s fateful encounter with lyricist Gillespie.
“One morning in June (1934), Coots was on the subway to Brooklyn when he saw a vaguely familiar face. ‘It was Lady Luck, but I didn’t know it then,’ he says. The man looked at Fred expectantly, then sauntered over and stuck out his hand.
“‘You’re Fred Coots, aren’t you?’
“‘Yeah, and you’re…’ Coots still couldn’t recall his name.
“‘Gillespie. Haven Gillespie. Lyric writer. From Covington, Kentucky.’
“‘That’s right,’ said Coots. He remembered that Gillespie had written the lyrics for several very popular songs. ‘What are you doing up here?’
“He was going over to Brooklyn to see an old friend, a composer who might be able to set some of his lyrics to music, explained Gillespie. He’d felt the pinch of the Depression and was in his old business, running a Linotype, to carry himself over. He tapped his pocket. ‘I’ve got an idea here for a Christmas song that might go over,’ he said.
“Like most song writers, Fred Coots thrives on the ideas and suggestions of lyric writers. He tingled with expectation at the thought of Gillespie’s lyrics, but he knew that the ethics of the trade demanded that he ignore them as long as they were committed to some other composer. ‘But I’m at the Albee in Brooklyn, Have,’ he said, ‘and if there’s anything I can do, just drop in and see me.’
“When he finished the matinee that afternoon, Coots found Gillespie waiting in the dressing room. ‘My friend’s gone to California,’ said Gillespie ruefully, ‘and it looks like I might be stuck with these lyrics.’ He handed them to Fred…
“‘Uh-hug,’ said Fred without enthusiasm. ‘You got a love song? A ballad?’
“Gillespie shook his head. All he really had was this little ditty—‘a kid song,’ says Coots. Fred sat down and pecked away speculatively at a piano backstage. In about 10 minutes, he had the skeleton of the tune knocked out. ‘I figured that I’d humor the guy,’ he says. ‘If I tried to do something with this kid song maybe he’d bring me his next ballad.’
“When he brought the song around to his publisher, Leo Feist Inc., Coots aroused no enthusiasm. ‘Nice tune, Fred,’ they said, ‘but it’s a kid song. Can’t really expect too much from it.’ They talked and haggled and finally the publisher agreed to put it out, with some doubts and reservations.
“Later that same summer, Coots offered the tune to Eddie Cantor, who decided to use it on his radio show in November. Suddenly the song shot from nowhere into the hearts and minds of an America that needed a lilt and a lift. ‘The morning after Eddie sang it on the radio, we had orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music,’ says Fred. By Christmas, sales had passed 400,000. ‘It picked Tin Pan Alley right off the floor and really gave it a merry Christmas,’ says Coots. Since then, the song has become one of the best-sellers in American music history. It’s sold millions of records and copies of sheet music—most of them in December. ‘You can see why I have a special affection for Christmas,’ says Fred.”
If I had to choose just one, my favorite Christmas album, it would most likely be, “ A Christmas Portrait,” by the Carpenters.
Richard Carpenter’s lush, old-fashioned arrangements backing the angelic voice of his sister, Karen, are a perfect Christmas combination. Karen did “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” like no one else.
From the Carpenters' web site:
In November 1974, Karen and Richard released a shimmering ballad version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” a holiday staple since 1934. Richard’s torchy arrangement was as unexpected as his 1969 ballad interpretation of the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride.” Karen and Richard recorded the basic track and the lead vocal in 1972, and added brass, strings, the sax solo and background vocals two years later. They sang the song on a Perry Como Christmas special that aired on Dec. 18, 1974.
Here is that performance from the Perry Como special, featuring a jazzy, sultry vocal by Karen and a great sax solo.
President Barack Obama greets troops at a rally during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Members of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., sit in the belly of a C-17 aircraft at Sather Air Base in Baghdad as they begin their journey home after a year in Iraq. More than seven years after 1st Brigade entered Baghdad as the first conventional U.S. forces in Iraq, its soldiers are coming home from a yearlong deployment that saw the end of combat operations. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
The U.S. Navy's USS Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship, slides into the Menominee River during its launch at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/The Marinette EagleHerald, Rick Gebhard)
Here are some of the key ingredients for this week’s Culinary no-no:
n. A hamburger topped with melted cheese.
The above is the Frenchie burger from the NY restaurant, DBGB.
n. The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
The above garden is located at
n. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
n. A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives.
Barack and Michelle Obama, the two leaders of the federal government’s food police, have lectured us to death.
We will show you how to eat properly.
We will tell you what to eat.
We will tell you what not to eat.
Restaurant owners, we will tell you what to serve.
Restaurant owners, we will tell you what not to serve.
We will set the rules and you will follow them or government bureaucrats will make you suffer.
The complete and utter condescension has been sickening.
The Obama’s have become the quintessential spokespeople for the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Last year, the New York Times reminded us, “As President Obama ran for office, whenever questions of his ordinary-man credentials arose, his aides were quick to say that he loves a good burger. As he worked to win over male voters, a stop at a beer joint would suddenly be on his itinerary. But when the cameras weren't rolling, he was just as likely to have a healthy plate of sea bass and steamed vegetables as a burger and fries."
The newspaper noted Obama’s cholesterol had jumped 42 points since 2007. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told White House reporters, ''You guys think he eats carrots and celery. There's more cheeseburgers, fries and pie than you previously knew.''
How could this be? After all, the First Lady took on America's girth as her persoanl crusade, going so far as to plant a veggie garden to promote all heathy items green and orange.
The British press asked the obvious question: What would Michelle say? (We also learn the Obamessiah isn't exactly a terrific tipper).
So, Barack isn’t following his wife’s advice. One could argue the president is allowed because Mrs. Obama doesn’t practice what she preaches.
On March 11, 2009, the website Listicles.com suggested five foods Michelle Obama should banish for American diets. Sure enough, burgers made the list, and that would seem to follow the First Lady’s emphasis on vegetables rather than meat. A month later, the Associated Press shockingly reported that, for shame, Michelle sneaks out for burgers.
It gets better.
Last August, Mrs. Obama visted the Good Stuff Eatery in Washington D.C. with daughters Malia and Sasha where they dined on cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes. The New York Post reported, "Fellow patrons had their cellphones temporarily confiscated to prevent pictures from being taken. This past October, while campaigning for Russ Feingold, Mrs.Obama stopped at Miss Katies Diner in
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NEWS FLASH to the food police: We just don’t want to eat it. We eat what we want to eat because we live in what is still a free country. What a concept!
No one is suggesting that the Obama's should never indulge in a greasy burger. However, if they're not going to lead by example, they need to tone down their pontificating and over-regulation.
But they won't.
A new book contains an anecdote about the all-knowing Calorie Counter-in-Chief counseling an overweight staffer that he will eat a salad and like it.
1. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.
2. An act or instance of such falseness.
It's run amok at the White House.
There couldn't possibly be more, Kev, could there?
It couldn't possibly get any better, could it?
It could and it does.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
I don't care what's in a hot dog. I'll take one anytime.
Why you ate too much on Thanksgiving.
There are limited booths left for our annual Craft and Gift Show for Saturday Feb. 26th, 2011. The show is from 9am-3pm, set up is Friday Noon-6pm or Sat 8am-9am. Email Tina@occenter.com for an application or stop at The Center for one. The booth size is 8 x 8, the cost $40!! Hope to see you soon.