december 1986

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He wanted to be here tonight. I’d like to read something that he wrote:

‘I Love Lucy’ had just one mission: to make people laugh. Lucy gave it a rare quality. She can perform the wildest, even the messiest physical comedy without losing her feminine appeal. The ‘New York Times’ asked me to divide the credit for its success between the writers, directors and the cast. I told them, ‘Give Lucy 90% of the credit. Divide the other 10% among the rest of us.’ Desi concluded: Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred, and I were just props. Damn good props. But props nevertheless. PS- ‘I Love Lucy’ was never just a title.

-Desi Arnaz’s tribute to his ex-wife Lucille Ball, read by Robert Stack at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 1986, five days after Desi had passed away from lung cancer.

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I’ve been waiting for this for so long.  December is the month when the very first Kid Icarus game came out on December 19, 1986.  Despite being one of the oldest series, Kid Icarus only had three games: the original, Of Myths and Monsters, and the recent Uprising.  The series follows Pit, a young angel who serves as the captain of Palutena’s Guard to protect humanity.

For nearly two decades the series never continued until the redesigned Pit appeared almost two decades later in Super Smash Bros Brawl as a playable character.  Ever since then, it became known as the series’ revival and popularity spiked, especially when Uprising came.  It’s been nearly four years since Uprising and Masahiro Sakurai, director of the beloved SSB series and Uprising, states there is no sequel planned.

However, with KI’s 30th anniversary, this is something I as a beloved fan cannot simply ignore!!! I truly hope Nintendo takes notice of this spectacular month!

Happy 30th Birthday, Kid Icarus! To celebrate, a KI drawing will be shown EVERY DAY til the end of December! Everyone should come in and celebrate as well! Let’s give out our love for the series and characters during this month! Make sure to tag your art as #kidicarus30thanniversary so that I can see all the awesome work you all did (or just tag me if that’s better!).  I wanna see and fave all of ‘em! I eagerly look forward to celebrating!

Here are the first three days: Pit, Dark Pit, and Palutena!

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On this day in music history: January 10, 1987 - “Control” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, topping the Club Play chart for 3 weeks on December 20, 1986, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on January 24, 1987. Written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson, it is the third R&B chart topper for the R&B/Pop superstar from Gary, IN. In the process of preparing to work with Janet Jackson on her third album, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis talk to the singer about her life and where she wants to go in her career. Being the youngest child in a family of nine children, and growing up in the shadow of her older brothers immense fame, Janet is looking to establish an identity and independence apart from her famous family. The inspiration for what becomes the title track of the album is born out of these conversations. Jimmy, Terry and Janet write “Control” together, with Jam and Lewis composing the music, with Janet contributing lyrics. While playing the drum machine manually, Jam unintentionally switches to a different sequence, causing the machine to go random and creating a breakdown. The producers like the “mistake” so much that is left in and repeated two more times during the song. After recording her lead vocal, Janet along with friend Melanie Andrews, Lewis and Marquis “Hami Wave” Dair perform the background vocals. “Control” is released as the fourth single on October 21, 1986, becoming another huge hit. It is supported by highly memorable video directed by Mary Lambert and choreographed by Paula Abdul, both of whom had previously worked with Jackson on the clip for “Nasty”. The video also features actress Ja'net DuBois playing Janet’s mother, having previously played her adopted mother on the hit sitcom “Good Times”. It also features Jam & Lewis, Jerome Benton and former Time and Family drummer Jellybean Johnson performing with the singer during the staged live performance sequence. Filmed at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, the clip features an alternate version of “Control” re-recorded and re-sung in places to give the song a more live feel (also released as a 12" single) than the LP and single versions. With fans recruited to be the audience believing that they would be treated to a “Janet Jackson concert” are somewhat disappointed to find out that is a video shoot and not an actual show. Sitting through the multiple takes necessary to get proper segments filmed and correct camera angles, the crowd grow restless and agitated. A representative from Jackson’s label A&M explains to the crowd what is going on, they calm down and the filming is completed without incident. “Control” becomes the fourth consecutive single to reach the top five on both the R&B and pop singles charts. Three weeks after it tops the R&B chart, Jackson performs the song on the 14th Annual American Music Awards. “Control” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Happy 60th Birthday to Frank Miller!

Comic book auteur Frank Miller was born on January 27, 1957, in Olney, Maryland.  HIs first confirmed comics credit appeared in Weird Ward Tales #64 (June 1978).  He worked as a fill-in and cover artist before he landed the penciling duties on Daredevil, beginning with issue #158 (May 1979).  Starting with Daredevil #168, Miller began writing the title as well.  He was the penciler and co-plotter, along with Chris Claremont of Wolverine v.1 #1-4 (September-December 1982).  In 1986, he wrote and penciled the seminal Batman: The Dark Knight Returns four-issue limited series.

His first creator owned series was Ronin, a six-issue miniseries that DC Comics published in 1983-84.  He began writing and penciling Sin City for Dark Horse comics in 1991.  He also wrote and drew the limited series 300 in 1998.

Frank Miller is currently co-writing with Brian Azarello The Dark Knight III: The Master Race for DC Comics.

These comics are from my personal collection:

Daredevil v.1 #176 (November 1981), cover by Frank Miller

Daredevil v.1 #181 (April 1982), cover by Frank Miller

Daredevil v.1 #183 (June 1982), cover by Frank Miller

Wolverine v.1 #2 (October 1982), cover by Frank Miller

Ronin (1984), cover by Frank Miller

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Tenth Anniversary Edition (1996), cover by Frank Miller

300 (1999), cover by Frank Miller

Sin City: Just Another Saturday Night (October 1998), cover by Frank Miller

All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder #2 (October 2005), cover by Frank Miller

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On this day music history: December 20, 1986 - “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Liam Sternberg, it is the first chart topping single for the power pop/rock band from Los Angeles, CA. Songwriter Liam Sternberg (“21 Jumpstreet Theme”) is inspired to write the song after watching people trying walk while off balance on a ferry boat. Their movements remind him of movements of ancient Egyptians sculpted and painted on the walls of burial tombs. “Walk Like An Egyptian” is originally written for singer and choreographer Toni Basil who passes on recording it. While working on The Bangles’ second album in 1985, producer David Kahne finds the song through Sternberg’s publisher, presenting it to the band who record it for their second album “Different Light”. However, it creates tension in the band when drummer Debbi Peterson is regulated to a secondary role on the track, singing only background vocals and having her drum parts played by a drum machine. In spite of this the track is completed and included on the album. Released as the third single from “Different Light” in September of 1986, it becomes The Bangles biggest hit to date. The song is accompanied by a music video featuring the band performing live, inter cut with footage of various people on the street doing the signature “walk like an egyptian” dance and hand gestures. Entering the Hot 100 at #82 on September 27, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. Following the 9/11 Attacks in September 2001, corporate broadcasting behemoth Clear Channel Media places “Walk” on its list of songs deemed “inappropriate” for broadcast radio play, due to the fact that some of the terrorist perpetrators were Egyptian nationals. The restriction on radio play for the song has since been lifted, and the record is a popular recurrent today. “Walk Like An Egyptian” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Brothers Conflict Birthdays
  • Masaomi Asahina: April 24th (1979)
  • Ukyou Asahina: December 3rd (1981)
  • Kaname Asahina: May 28th (1983)
  • Hikaru Asahina: August 1st (1984)
  • Tsubaki Asahina: December 31st (1986)
  • Azusa Asahina: December 31st (1986)
  • Natsume Asahina: December 31st (1986)
  • Louis Asahina: February 22nd (1988)
  • Subaru Asahina: September 21st (1990)
  • Iori Asahina: April 17th (1992)
  • Yuusuke Asahina: March 31st (1994)
  • Fuuto Asahina: July 7th (1995)
  • Wataru Asahina: January 3rd (2000)
  • Ema Hinata and Juli's birthdays are unknown ): !