The Monkees. Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones. If you heard of the Monkees, it's very likely you know who are in the band. Four performers brought together during the height of Beatlemania as the American answer to the British band, the Monkees reached the heights of popularity between the years 1966 and 1970. Brought together by television producer Don Kirshner, the program lasted only two seasons, but it served as a springboard that launched the four previously-unknown musicians to international stardom and musical success that managed to outsell the Beatles.
More of the Monkees, displayed prominently on the music wall of the American Treasure Tour's Music Room, was their most successful. In fact, it is considered the third biggest-selling album of the entire decade of the 1960s, including such songs as "I'm a Believer" and "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone." Rather than ride the wave graciously, the members of the band were displeased after the release of the album for the simple reason that it in no way reflected their own artistic sentiments. They were not permitted by Kirshner to write or record the music, only to sing the lyrics of other musicians. For their next album, Headquarters, the band was granted permission to record their own music and, while it may not have reached the popularity of More of the Monkees, the result inspired much greater satisfaction for the boys.
After the Monkees' television series was cancelled, the band filmed one movie, Head. What future mega-star was involved in writing the script for the film?
a) Macauley Culkin
b) Robert Redford
c) Meryl Streep
d) Steve Martin
e) Jack Nicholson
Today in History:
The 263rd day of 2013, today is the astronomical start of Autumn (unless you live south of the equator, in which case today starts Spring).
One day after the untimely death of James Garfield in 1881, Chester Arthur was inaugurated the 21st president of the United States.
Arthur was a New York Republican considered by many to be a member of the political machine that ran the government of the state. The members of the machine compelled him into the vice presidency out of a desire to have a loyal servant in Washington, but they were taken by surprise when his new position of power inspired Arthur to strive for civil service reform. My question is this: who ran the government after Garfield's death at 10:20p.m. on the 19th and prior to Arthur's taking office at 2:15a.m. on the 20th? For almost four hours, the country had no president.
On a much happier note, the great tennis battle of the sexes was fought on this date in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas. The contenders were the feminist Billie Jean King and the misogynist Bobby Riggs. King resolutely defeated Riggs in three matches, although some critics of King declaimed her skills because she was 26 years younger than Riggs. Regardless, there is no question of the results of the day...
Two days ago, we celebrated the birthday of June Foray, the voice actor who gave Rocky the Flying Squirrel his voice in the 1960s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. Today, the creator of that cartoon gets his due. Jay Ward was born on this date in 1920. During his 69 years, he created memorable characters that
entertained the young and old alike, with humor that reached many levels. Characters such as Boris and Natasha, Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle and, of course, Super Chicken all came from the creative mind of Ward.
Character actor Gary Cole turns 57 today. Although rarely a leading actor, Cole has complemented many films and television shows with his performances, ranging from comedy to drama and horror. Some of his most memorable roles include that of Bill Lumbergh in the cult favorite Office Space and Mike Brady in the Brady Bunch movies of the 1990s. His voice talents have also been used for many modern animated programs, including Family Guy and The Penguins of Madagascar.
I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business. -- Chester Arthur