The Doobie Brothers - Monday, February 2, 2015

The American Treasure Tour is always looking for new - and old - subjects to talk about in our blog.  The challenge is keeping it brief, since there's so much information out there.  Imagine trying to keep a discussion of  the Doobie Brothers down to just a few sentences!  They were active from 1970 to 1982, during which time they made a number of incredibly popular albums and went on highly successful world tours.  

In 1980, they released the album One Step Closer, which we proudly display on our Music Room wall.  It was not their biggest-selling record, and had only one hit on it:  "Real Love."  But, by the early-80s, the band had started falling apart.  Michael McDonald, their lead vocalist at the time, had another career as a popular solo artist, and the Doobie's sound was successfully being imitated by a number of other bands.  The tensions got so bad that they disbanded, never to reunite.  At least, not until 1987.  And they are still together today, in one form or another.  They do a lot of concerts, and occasionally put out new albums.  Keep an eye out for them!  They may play near you any time now....

QUESTION:  Michael McDonald formed his own record label, Ramp, with Chris Pelonis and what Oscar-winning actor?
A)  Cary Grant
B)  Jeff Bridges
C)  Paul Newman
D)  Christian Bale

Of course, February 2nd is forever associated with one of the most important cultural events in the United States, especially if you're a groundhog.  Yes, it's Groundhog Day today, when we find out if winter is going to last especially long, or if it will be cut short, based solely on the prognostications of a large rodent.  The celebration dates back hundreds of years, to European lore revolving around badgers and bears.  In the States, the earliest reference is in 1841, when a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer commented on the unusual event in his diary.  The days before television....

Ayn Rand was born on this day in 1905.  The Russian-born intellectual grew up during their Revolution, before she moved to the United States in 1925.  Here, she developed a philosophy that she expressed in such controversial books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.  We invite you to explore Rand's philosophy more, but please be forewarned: People tend to regard her as either certifiable or brilliant (understanding there is a fine line between the two).  There are few people who know her work who don't have strong opinions.  However you take her, just remember, 110 years ago today, she was still a bouncing baby girl full of potential.

QUOTE:  Money is only a tool.  It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. - Ayn Rand

ANSWER:  B)  Jeff Bridges