Sandler & Young - February 24, 2014

The American Treasure Tour blog hopes you enjoyed last week's exploration of the Wurlitzer family.  We are back in our old form now, though, and ready to talk about the record albums in the Music Room.  

Today, we discuss the musical duo Sandler & Young.  Tony Sandler was born in Belgium in 1933, and held onto his accent ever since.  After serving with the Belgian air force during the Korean War, he made his way to Las Vegas, Nevada to perform on-stage at the Dunes Casino where he met Ralph Young, a New Yorker fifteen years his senior.  They struck off on their own and did well for themselves on the international concert circuit, as well as appearing in numerous television series.  During a career spanning over twenty years, the team recorded sixteen albums, including On The Move, which was released in 1967 with such popular songs as "Sunrise, Sunset," "Put On A Happy Face," "C'Est Ci Bon," and the less well-known but memorable "Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu, Paloma."  Young passed away in 2008 at the age of 90.


Sandler & Young became the foils of what two members of the popular Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV?

a)  John Candy & Joe Flaherty

b)  Catherine O'Hara & Andrea Martin

c)  John Belushi & Chevy Chase

d)  Martin Short & Eugene Levy

e)  None of the Above

Answer Below


Andrew Johnson was not a popular president by almost any standard. Picking up the reins of government after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, it would have been a thankless job for any man, but Johnson had some passionate enemies.  One of them was his own Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, who he inherited from Lincoln's administration.  The two men fought constantly, and yet Stanton refused to resign his position while Johnson was prohibited from firing him after passage of the Tenure of Office Act, which required the approval of the Senate for the president to fire high-level employees.  When Johnson could bear it no more and fired Stanton anyway, proceedings began for the first presidential impeachment in American history.  The impeachment proceedings began on this day in 1868.  Three months later, Johnson narrowly avoided removal from office by only one Senatorial vote.  Stanton resigned that May.

Lake Placid is a beautiful little ski town in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  It was transformed into an international community early in 1980, when the Olympic Winter Games were held there.  And it was on this day that the American hockey team completed what is known as the "miracle on ice."  After a surprising victory over the dominating Soviet hockey team, the Americans came home with the gold after defeating the reigning champions, FInland.  


A New Englander by birth, Winslow Homer was born in Boston today, in 1836, to an ambitious father always pursuing get-rich-quick schemes that never got him rich and a mother who loved to paint watercolors.  When his father apprenticed him to a lithographer, Homer became a professional, but it wasn't until he was on his own that he became an artist.  He illustrated for prominent magazines including Harpers Weekly while exploring landscapes and marine themes in his paintings and wood engravings.  Homer evolved into an extremely accomplished painter and is regarded to this day as one of the best to come out of 19th-century America.

Chester Nimitz, another great lover of the sea, was also born on this day in 1885.  Nimitz's career was in the military, though, and his contribution to American history is substantial in a much different way to Homer's.  He was Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet during World War II.  He took control of the fleet only ten days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and proved extremely capable at reviving the American Navy despite the challenges he faced.  In three years' time, he received a rank created just for him - that of Fleet Admiral - and he guided the charge against the Japanese, both on land and sea, with attacks against Okinawa and Iwo Jima.  He accepted their surrender on September 2, 1945, effectively ending the most destructive war in world history.


God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.  - Chester Nimitz.

Answer:  d)  Martin Short & Eugene Levy