Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dick Clark, R.I.P.

From Fox News --

Dick Clark, the creator of "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday morning, his rep tells

He was 82.

Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, according to his family.

Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004, which forced him to significantly curtail his hosting of "New Years' Rockin' Eve," a show he created in 1972.

Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark was also a successful businessman. He created a variety of popular game shows and music specials, including the American Music Awards.

But it was "American Bandstand" for which Clark was best known. The show was one of network TV's longest-running series, airing as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987.

Over the years, "Bandstand" introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

Clark is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

What's eveyone doing for Easter this Year? We colored a dozen eggs last night using the trusty Paas kit. And today me, the wife, the son, the girlfriend and the in-laws are going to Golden Corral for the all-u-can-eat Easter buffet. Mmmmmm....buffet.....

Happy Easter!!!

Easter Island

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter Carols

I guess there really aren't any Easter Carols. But, there are a few songs that go along with the Easter season.

I originally made this compilation back in 2007 and I've re-posted it a few times since then. Every time I seem to find a few more tracks to add to it. Here's this year's version along with a new cover featuring some eggs I colored last year.

Track List

1. Another Easter Day - Veggie Tales
2. Another Easter Day (Reprise) - Veggie Tales
3. Easter Parade - Judy Garland, Fred Astaire & Chorus
4. Happy Easter - Fred Astaire & Chorus
5. Easter Parade - Bing Crosby
6. Egbert, The Easter Egg - Betty Clooney & The Sandpipers
7. Easter Parade - Frank Sinatra
8. Easter - Bob Hope
9. Easter Parade - Gene Autry
10. (Here Comes) Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry
11. Easter Parade - Guy Lombardo
12. It's Easter Time - Mouseketeer Ensemble
13. My Easter Rubber Duck - Roberts & Katz
14. Easter Parade - Andy Russell
15. Easter Monday On The White House Lawn - United States Marine Band
16. Egbert, The Easter Egg - Roy Rogers
17. Peter Cottontail - Roy Rogers
18. Easter Parade - Rosemary Clooney & The Mellowmen
19. Funny Little Bunnies - The Cricketts w/ The Peter Pan Orch.
20. Here Comes Peter Cotton Claus - Alex Houston & Elmer
21. Silly Easter Bonnet - Linda Barrie & The Peter Pan Orch.
22. My Choc'late Rabbit - Rosemary Clooney & Tony Mottola
23. Peter Cottontail - Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye
24. Eggbert, The Easter Egg - Ray Heatherton
25. Cadbury Creme Eggs Commercial
26. There's That Rabbit - Maury Laws and Jules Bass
27. Thanks, Easter Bunny - M & M's Commercial
28. Peter Cottontail - The Four Knights
29. Get Dressed Up For Easter Day - CRC (Commercial Recording Corp.)
30. Get Ready For The Easter Parade - CRC
31. Here's Where To Start Your Easter Parade - CRC
32. Step Into Easter - CRC
33. The Latest Easter Ware - CRC

Click the link below to download --

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

One of the greatest April Fool's Day pranks of all time. Read the full story at The Museum of Hoaxes.

On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil." The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show's highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool's Day hoax.