Birthday

John Lennon - October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday to John Lennon! What can be said about this charismatic and controversial music legend? We can only imagine (pun intended) what more he could have accomplished had he not lost his life at the age of 40. He would have turned 74 today.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

What was the first instrument Lennon learned to play?

a) guitar

b) bass

c) harmonica

d) mandolin

Answer below!

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Elton John is the godfather of Lennon’s son Sean.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

TRIVIA ANSWER

c) harmonica

Sting - October 2, 2014

Happy 63rd Birthday to Sting! Born Gordon Sumner in Wallsend, England, he was drawn to music as a child. By the age of 25, he was working as a schoolteacher and started playing with jazz bands. Because he often wore a black and yellow striped shirt that reminded his bandmates of a bee, one of them nicknamed him “Sting.” Within a few years, Sting had started a little band called The Police. Although they were only together from 1977 to 1983, The Police earned six Grammys, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have become one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with over 75 million records sold. Sting has enjoyed a diverse and successful solo career since the early 1980s. 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Sting has acted in several films, perhaps most infamously is 1984’s sci-fi fantasy Dune. The film was directed by David Lynch, but what actor/director considered directing it at one point?

a) Robert Redford

b) Jack Nicholson

c) Woody Allen

d) Clint Eastwood

Answer below!

CLIPS OF THE DAY

Enjoy today’s earworm as The Police perform “Message in a Bottle.”

Sting’s most recent endeavor is a musical called The Last Ship, currently on Broadway. Here he is performing on this year’s Tony awards. 

DID YOU KNOW…

Sting takes in an average of $2000.00 per day in royalties for this now 20 year old song "Every Breath You Take." The song is officially the most requested radio song of all time.

DID YOU ALSO KNOW…

Sting is godfather to Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The geniuses of music, like Bach and Miles Davis, used silence beautifully; they were not about using as many notes as possible. They knew that playing almost nothing can be the most elegant and eloquent thing to do.

~Sting

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) Jack Nicholson 

Chuck Jones - September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to Chuck Jones! The famous animator was born 102 years ago today. Jones was an animator and, eventually, director of animation division, at Warner Bros. Among his most famous and beloved cartoon creations are Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog. He assisted in the creation of Bug Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd and the whole Looney Tunes gang.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Jones was close friends with two celebrated authors. Who were they?

a) Shel Silverstein and Sidney Sheldon

b) Eric Carle and George R. R. Martin

c) Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury

d) Lois Lowry and Harper Lee

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Enjoy “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from the Jones-directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

We are all Daffy Ducks, Woody Allens, Chaplins and Coyotes inside. We are all haplessly and hopelessly hopeful. We are all to some extent avaricious, mean, traitorous, envious, jealous - but most of these charming characteristics we manage to keep fairly well buried and under control.

~Chuck Jones

DID YOU KNOW…

Jones was the animator on The Electric Company from 1973-1977. He was also an animation consultant on several films in the 1980s and ‘90s including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

DID YOU ALSO KNOW...

We have about a bizillion Warner Brothers cartoon characters on the tour and in the gift shop. If you're a fan of Bugs, Daffy, and the gang, you've got to come see what we have!

TRIVIA ANSWER

c) Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury

Roald Dahl - September 13, 2014

Happy Birthday to Roald Dahl! Born on this day in 1916, Dahl was a fighter pilot in the British Royal Air Force in the 1940s and survived a crash in Libya. He spent six months recovering in an Egyptian hospital and subsequently wrote a short story about the experience, which was published in The Saturday Evening Post. Dahl wrote several adult short stories but, with the publication of James and the Giant Peach in 1961, he turned towards children’s literature. With other classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Danny, the Champion of the World, The BFG, and Matilda, Dahl became one of the best-known and most beloved writers of children’s books of the 20th century.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Dahl wrote two screenplays; one for a children’s movie and one for an adult film. What were they?

a) Dr. Dolittle and The Dirty Dozen

b) Mary Poppins and Casino Royale

c) The Jungle Book and Cool Hand Luke

d) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Watch an animated version of Dahl’s poem “The Porcupine” from his collection of poetry called Dirty Beasts

QUOTE OF THE DAY

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

~Roald Dahl

DID YOU KNOW…

Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal were married for 30 years.

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and You Only Live Twice