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Comedy

CHEERS

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On September 30th, 1982 the TV sitcom Cheers premiered. Over its 11 year run the show starred Ted Danson, Shelley Long, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth and Kirstie Alley. And just to add to the show’s legendary status, Cheers was almost cancelled during its first season – the premiere finishing dead last in the ratings.

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BILL MURRAY

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Actor, comedian, avid golfer and Cubs’ fan, William James Murray was born on September 21st, 1950 in Wilmette, Illinois. An SNL alum, Murray has starred in the movies Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Where The Buffalo Roam and Stripes. He was David Letterman’s first guest on his late night TV show – and allegedly got the crew drunk that evening. He also took four years off during the 80’s to study philosophy and history at the Sorbonne. Even though there may have been some missteps along the way, you can’t deny Mr. Murray is an original – and a favorite of ours here at The Baltimore Organ.

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NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED

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Granted we were more than a little surprised to learn that “the Material Girl” still has fans, yet one of them generously presented Madonna with a bouquet of flowers last week at the Venice Film Festival. Unfortunately Ms. Ciccone “absolutely loathes hydrangeas” – this repugnance which she shared immediately upon receiving the gift. And, at least according to the “Queen of Pop”, a preference – or lack thereof - her admirer should have known. (This last bit of narcissism is what we find particularly fascinating.) So although Madonna’s time spent “across the pond” has affected her accent – occasionally - and increased her vocabulary – minimally – etiquette and grace still appear to be buried in the Madonna “to-do” pile.

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MICHAEL KEATON

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Michael John Douglas, better known as Michael Keaton was born on September 5, 1951 in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Known for his roles in such movies as Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Batman, Beetlejuice, Clean and Sober and Live From Baghdad, Keaton has successfully worked his Hollywood career seemingly on his own terms.

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LEWIS BLACK

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Lewis Black was born on August 30, 1948 in Washington, DC and raised in Silver Spring, MD. Where do you start with a guy as endearing, loveable, huggable, non-opinionated and soft-spoken as Lewis Black? Maybe I exaggerate…. but we here at The Baltimore Organ are huge Lewis Black fans. He can tackle any subject – bottled water, religion, golf, politics, Starbucks coffee – and be poignant, thought provoking and hilarious, all at the same time - while conveying his thoughts and observations with his unique pulse raising style.

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Sports

JESSE OWENS

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On August 3rd, 1936 Jesse Owens won the 100 meter sprint in the Summer Olympics held in Berlin. This was the first of his four Gold Medals, which included the Long Jump, 200 meter sprint and as a member of the 4x 100 meter relay team. A record that wasn’t equaled until Carl Lewis did it in 1984.

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JOHNNY EVERS

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Second baseman John Joseph Evers was born on July 21st, 1883.  Known as “The Crab” for his style of play in the field, Evers is also remembered as one of the smaller players to make it in the major leagues, weighing in at 100 lbs as a rookie and never topping out at more than 130 lbs during his career.

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Classic Movies

UNFORGIVEN

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Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Jaimz Woolvett and Saul Rubinek, the film Unforgiven premiered on August 7th, 1993. So often with classic movies the plot here is a simple one, an aging and retired Old West outlaw/gunslinger takes on one more “job” to avenge the brutal beating and disfigurement of a prostitute.

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HANG ‘EM HIGH

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Directed by Ted Post and starring Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley and Pat Hingle, the film Hang ‘Em High premiered on August 3rd, 1968. Fresh from filming the Dollars Trilogy with Sergio Leone in Europe and known to the American TV viewing public from his time on Rawhide, Clint made this movie – which really wasn’t much of a stretch. Playing a man wrongfully lynched – he’s rescued by a US Marshall just in the nick of time – Eastwood goes to work for the “local” judge, (Hingle), as a Marshall with the goal of “finding” the men who strung him up. This theme of frontier revenge/justice one that Clint would “revisit” several more times in his career. In this movie we meet Alan Hale, Jr. – the skipper from Gilligan’s Island – and a young Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper. And even this early in his career Eastwood had an eye on the future; this movie was the first to be produced by Eastwood’s Malpaso Company.

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Dates In History

GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION

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On August 7, 1964 Congress passed what is now known as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon Johnson “the power to take whatever actions he deems necessary to defend Southeast Asia, including the use of armed force.”  Although not a formal declaration of war, the Resolution was used by the Johnson Administration as the legal basis for the future conduct and escalation of the war in Vietnam.

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PT-109

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On August 2nd, 1943 the Patrol Torpedo boat skippered by future President John F. Kennedy was rammed and split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The PT-109 sank within minutes taking two of its crew with it. The remaining 11 survivors grabbed what they could and began swimming the 3.5 miles to the deserted Plum Pudding Island - in the Pacific among the Solomon Islands. Two of the crew members were badly injured, Kennedy towing one to safety by taking the injured man’s life preserver strap in his teeth while swimming. The crew was rescued six days later after a coconut with the crew’s location carved into it was passed along to a Solomon local who passed it along to the US Navy. The coconut with its SOS message was preserved and adorned the JFK Oval Office as a paperweight.

 

Music

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

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One of the founders of jazz; musician, singer, entertainer, and trumpeter extraordinaire, Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Much has been written and said about “Satchmo” – genius, friend to many but close to few, comical, optimistic – whatever – to appreciate the man and his legacy listen to his music. Louis Armstrong was one of a kind.

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ADAM DURITZ

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Lead singer and founding member of The Counting Crows, Adam Duritz was born on August 1st, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland. The son of two Jewish doctors Adam admits he is “impersonating African-Jamaican”, starting with the dreadlock hair extensions. In articles I’ve read Adam described as morose, tortured, melancholy and pretentious. And maybe he is. All I know is that when he and his band mates get together and make music something happens and it’s a good thing. The Counting Crows are still one of the best bands to see live for my money.

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Political Clips

HUNTER S. THOMPSON

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Hunter S. Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism, counter-culturalist, iconoclast, and someone who seemingly took Richard Nixon’s existence on this earth personally, was born on July 18, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, it was his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that combined all that made Thompson either loved or reviled – Drugs, alcohol, guns and contempt for authority – as the protagonist and his attorney make their way through Sin City. His follow up book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign trail ‘72, tracked that year’s Presidential election and Thompson’s ever growing hatred of President Nixon.

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NOT THAT JOE WALSH …THE CRAZY ONE

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I’ve mentioned our local (Illinois) collective Congressional embarrassment before –

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Crime

WILD BILL HICKOK

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On August 2nd, 1876, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, located in the Dakota Territory. Prior to his final stop in Deadwood, he’d been a Union soldier during the Civil War, specifically as a scout and a marksman. After the war he became a stagecoach driver and then a lawman in Nebraska and Kansas. After turning in his badge Hickcok had toured the East with Buffalo Bill and after giving an interview with Harper’s magazine was now famous as a gunslinger – Wild Bill claiming that he had killed at least 100 men. If the number seems preposterous, it should be noted no one argued with Hickok’s claim.

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PUBLIC ENEMY #1

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On the very warm Chicago evening of July 22, 1934, John Dillinger exited the Biograph Theater after watching “Manhattan Melodrama”, (a gangster movie), starring Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy. With Dillinger was his new girlfriend, Polly Hamilton, and her “landlady” Anna Sage—“The Lady in Red”—who was actually clad in orange that evening.

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