JANUARY 17: Karim Ainouz, Muhammad Ali, Naveen Andrews, Aram Avakian, Blowfly, Al Capone, Jim Carrey, D.J. Caruso, John Crawford (Berlin), Richard Crenna, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Earle, Bobby Fischer, Benjamin Franklin, Hugo Fregonese, Bart Freundlich, Gary Gilmore, Francoise Hardy, Steve Harvey, Brian Helgeland, Susanna Hoffs (Bangles), Tom Jenkinson (SquarePusher), James Earl Jones, Sebastian Junger, Andy Kaufman, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Kid Rock, Junior Kimbrough, Lil’ Jon, Virginia Mayo, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), Lukas Moodysson, Denis O’Hare, Michelle Obama, Shabba Ranks, Kevin Reynolds, Jeremy Roenick, Andy Rourke (Smiths), Ryuichi Sakamoto, Erich Segal, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Dwyane Wade, Doodles Weaver, Peter Werner, Betty White, Noble Willingham, Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs), Paul Young…
ALBUMS OF THE DAY: The Bangles “Different Light” (1987), Berlin “Pleasure Victim” (1982), The Black Keys “Chulahoma” (2005), Blowfly “The Weird World of Blowfly” (1971), Steve Earle “El Corazon” (1997), “Exit 0” (1987), Kaiser Chiefs “Yours Truly, Angry Mob” (2007), The Magnetic Fields “Love at the Bottom of the Sea (2012), The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” (1972), The Smiths “Strangeways, Here We Come” (1987)
BOOKS OF THE DAY: Sebastian Junger “The Perfect Storm” (1997), Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “The Riverkeepers” (1999), Michelle Obama “American Grown” (2012)
CRITERIONS OF THE DAY: The Last Emperor (1987)
DOC’S OF THE DAY: Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011), Finders Keepers (2015), Just an American Boy (2003), Korengal (2014), The Last Mountain (2011), The Last Patrol (2014), Restrepo (2010), Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010), The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013), When We Were Kings (1996), Why We Fight (2005)
FILMS OF THE DAY: Ali (2001), The Executioner’s Song (1982), The Greatest (1977), In the Region of Ice (1977), Lilya-4-Ever (2002), Man on the Moon (1999), Matewan (1987), The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), Pawn Sacrifice (2015), Popeye (1980), The Salton Sea (2002), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Shot in the Heart (2001), Southside with You (2016), The Untouchables (1987), We Are the Best! (2013)
FOODIE: Hot Buttered Rum
GUN CRAZY!: 1989 - Patrick Purdy, 26, an alcoholic with a police record, launched an assault at Cleveland Elementary School in California, where many young Southeast Asian immigrants were enrolled. Purdy killed himself with a shot to the head. 6 people were killed and 29 injured.
HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: 2007 – The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing. 1961 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military–industrial complex” as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending. 1950 – The Great Brink’s Robbery: Eleven thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car company’s offices in Boston.
HOLIDAY: Michelle Obama Day
“When you’re right, nobody remembers. When you’re wrong, nobody forgets.” Ali
“The best things in life aren’t things.” Buchwald
“Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.” Capone
“I have spent most of my life (like most people) avoiding transcendence at all costs, mainly because the shit hurts.” Earle
“We must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.” Eisenhower
“I like the moment when I break a man’s ego.” Fischer
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Franklin
“Let’s do it!” Gilmore
“The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital. Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen. These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations, on taxation, of trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.” Hayes
“The only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends.” Kaufman
“There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” Kennedy, Jr.
“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.” Obama
Filming the wedding sequence at the Raymond Moore house during Star!, Richard Crenna, Julie Andrews and Robert Wise, 1968; below, the Raymond Moore house in Dennis, MA circa 2011. The Raymond Moore house located mere minutes from the Cape Cod Playhouse was the house where the real Richard Aldrich and Gertrude Lawrence were married shortly after Midnight on July 4th, 1940