Today in 1959

  • Our cake is a fire hazard.Blossom Dearie, Ann-Margret, Bruno Kirby, Jay Leno and Saddam Hussein celebrated birthdays.
  • Hugh Downs hosted the 181st episode of Concentration. It is not known how many clues got stuck while turning.
  • Harry Truman delivered a lecture on “The Constitution” at Columbia. Somewhere in Wyoming, 18-year-old Dick Cheney chortled.
  • Senator John F. Kennedy criticized a federal student-loan program that required loyalty oaths. “Few high school graduates today are members of the Communist Party,” he joked.

  • Nelson Rockefeller was on the cover of Look magazine, in a story asking whether he could “knock off Nixon”. Another cover headline asked, “Does every American want to be a snob?”
  • “Because of the special importance of petroleum reserves to hemisphere security,” President Eisenhower wrote to a fellow head of state, “officials of our two governments have, as you know, been discussing ways to assure, without prejudice to other oil-producing nations and without disruption of established trade patterns, the continued health and vigor of all hemisphere oil industries.” The letter was addressed to Rómulo Betancourt of Venezuela.
  • The Canadian Supreme Court, in Lord’s Day Alliance v. Attorney-General of British Columbia, let stand a law that allowed the Vancouver Mounties to play baseball on Sundays.
  • The Washington Senators beat the Kansas City Athletics, 8-3, in KC. Harmon Killebrew scored one run for the Senators.
  • KLOE-TV began broadcasting in Goodland, Kansas. The first CBS program of the day was Captain Kangaroo. Contrary to legend, Frank Zappa was not the son of Mr. Greenjeans, although Mr. Greenjeans did play bass with Fred Waring. And Fred Waring did put up the money for the Waring Blender. Fred Waring and Kevin Bacon are both from Pennsylvania.
  • God played a cruel trick on us.


8:46 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Happy birthday?

9:18 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@mellbell: Both Jessica Alba and Penelope Cruz say “yes” – and Kim Gordon, too!

9:36 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Kangaroo was promoted to Captain after single-handedly wiping out a bunker full of hand-puppets.

9:49 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Nojo!

9:58 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Serolf Divad:
He also nuked the land of Make-Believe because he didn’t want that non-profit bastard Mr Rogers steal his money.

Happy birthday Stinque Overlord.

10:13 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Happy birthday. BTW. It gets worse from here.

10:17 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Happy birthday. Killebrew was awesome.

10:33 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

A half-century? Oh boy. Thats fucking old. Older than the vast majority of humans who ever lived ever got to be. Your body has not evolved to live this long, its unnatural. Old old old.

I have 2 years to go.

10:41 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Prommie: And here I thought I had a year on Nojo. I still have 14 months for scientists to reveal their “50 is the new 25” elixir.

Anyone read Sally Forth today? Appropriate…

10:48 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Nabisco: Is it Steve Earl who titled his autobiography “If I Knew I was Going to Live This Long I Would Have Taken Better Care of Myself?”

With me it would be “if I knew that they weren’t going to find cures for all the ailments I was courting with my lifestyle before they caught up with me, I would have taken better care of myself.”

11:23 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Nojo!

11:35 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Nabisco: You get superpowers when you turn 58. Specifically, the ability to forget what people are asking you to do.

11:51 am • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Three of the five people listed in the first bullet point are dead and one was recently hospitalized. I hope you’re a redhead, nojo.

Happy birthday!

12:08 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009


12:11 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

Many happy returns of the day!

12:12 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@chicago bureau: Wow. About time.

12:23 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@chicago bureau:

Doesn’t that make 60, if Al Frankin ever gets seated? Talk about a birthday present!

Here’s to 1000 more, Nojo!

12:25 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

TJ/ first (unconfirmed) swine flu case in Pennsyltucky. Watch the wires; she’s a Canuck, returning from Cancun, arrived drunk….developing.

@chicago bureau: Unfreakin believable. He’s hated more by the Dems than the Rethugs, but we’ll take the seat, gracias.

12:28 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@chicago bureau: WOW!

Coleman is never gonna concede now.

12:30 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Nabisco: Ah ha!! See? Napolitano was right about Canuckistanian terrorists! Seal the border! Build a wall!

12:31 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@chicago bureau: I’m not that excited – you have nuts like Ben Nelsen who may or may not vote with the rest. Also, I wonder if there will be a Dem who jumps to R? It would be insane, but then so are a few Dem senators.

12:46 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Tommmcatt the Wet Sprocket: Indeed, happy b-day!

1:48 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@everyone: Thanks!

Live slow, die old, and burn the corpse.

2:09 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@nojo: We didn’t wake you, did we?

2:16 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@Nabisco: The cake set off my smoke alarm.

4:38 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

@nojo: Mmmm, cake….

9:39 pm • Tuesday • April 28, 2009

THAT explains the hamsters I saw at dawn, facing west and saluting.

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