Bruce Springsteen - January 27, 2014

For going on two weeks now, the American Treasure Tour blog has been running at full speed with our "Faces of the Tour" series, highlighting the exceptional women whose photographs hang prominently on the walls in the Toy Box.  After literally thousands* of questions from blog fans inquiring into the men on the tour, we have decided to branch out a little.  (*The phrase "literally thousands" is used quite liberally.  The words "literally" and "thousands" may be a slight exaggeration.  And the word "slight" may also be an exaggeration.  Thank you.)

Today, we are going to look at someone a man with a plaque, hanging off a column in the Toy Box (look for it the next time you take the tour!).  Bruce Springsteen is a songwriter, singer and guitarist out of the mean streets of working-class New Jersey.  He has nurtured a passionate and devoted fan base over the past four decades writing songs about life in the heartland of the country.  Inspired by watching the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1962, the young Springsteen got his first guitar as a teenager and has been playing ever since.  The first album he recorded, 1973's Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., received critical acclaim despite slow sales.  Since then, he his blend of blues, folk and rock music has helped him to become one of the most successful musicians the country has ever had.  He has won twenty Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and continues to record and perform!

QUESTION:

What was the name of the movie for which Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Original Song in 1994?

a)  Pulp Fiction

b)  Philadelphia

c)  True Lies

d)  Stargate

e)  Four Weddings And A Funeral

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

This day in 1888, a group of Washington, D.C.'s elite social leaders organized "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge," eventually known as the National Geographic Society.  The interests of the society include geography, archaeology, natural and social sciences, history, and the study of world cultures.  It has since become one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, with excellent periodicals, documentaries, and photographic essays to its credit.

The march of progress has affected virtually every person and company in the world, both positively and negatively (hopefully, we hope, mostly positively).  On this day in 2006, Western Union discontinued its telegram service, a now-obsolete form of communication.  When it was begun in 1851, it was a revelation for passing along information.  The main reason telegraph service ended:  the development of the internet and e-mail.

BIRTHDAYS:

On January 27th, 1919, there entered into the world a baby named Rostom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian.  A singer-songwriter, Bagdasarian was also an aspiring actor.  In one of his 'bigger' roles, he was cast in Alfred Hitchcock's film Rear Window.  He was the pianist across the courtyard from the apartment lived in by Jimmy Stewart's Jeff Jeffries.  He also wrote the song "Come On-A My House," which became something of a hit for Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) in 1951.  But he made his biggest impact in the entertainment world as the creator of novelty music under the moniker Dave Seville.  First he sang the popular song "Witch Doctor," then he created the singing trio, The Chipmunks - Simon, Theodore, and of course Alvin.  Bagdasarian made a number of popular songs with the Chipmunks, most notably an album of Christmas music that kids played over and over again often to their parents' chagrin.  After his unexpected death from a heart attack at the age of 53, his son took over for him and continues to reach children of all ages with the wacky critters through records, television, and popular movies.

QUOTE:

Adult life is dealing with an enormous amount of questions that don't have answers.  So I let the mystery settle into my music.  I don't deny anything.  I don't advocate anything.  I just live with it.  - Bruce Springsteen

Answer:  b)  Philadelphia - the song was "Streets of Philadelphia."