Valerie Bertinelli - January 24, 2014

We at the American Treasure Tour blog simply cannot get enough of our "Faces of the Tour" series - what better excuse to talk about accomplished actors, musicians and athletes?  Yes, we realize we have been concentrating on the fairer sex to date, but we will expand our horizons soon.  But not today.  Today, we are going to discuss Valerie Bertinelli, who appears in the Toy Box in a collection of celebrity images that also includes Vanna White, Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg and, of course, Hillary Clinton.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1960, the high school dropout opted to pursue a career in television as a teenager rather than get her degree.  She was cast as the young daughter of a single mom in the sitcom One Day At A Time at the age of fifteen, and she remained with the show for its entire run of nine years.  During this time, Bertinelli famously married rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen.  They remained together for over a quarter century, during which time Bertinelli continued acting on television.  Although her marriage did not last, her career has, and she is currently starring in the TV Land show Hot In Cleveland alongside the legendary nonagenarian Betty White!


Valerie Bertinelli's sitcom sister on One Day At A Time was Mackenzie Phillips, the daughter of famous musicians from what band that was extremely popular in the 1960s?

a)  Friend and Lover 

b)  The Association

c)  The Cowsills

d)  Captain & Tennille

e)  The Mamas & The Papas

Answer Below.


Gold!  On this day in 1848, a discovery was made at a lumber mill in central California that almost single-handedly created the state.  When James Marshall found golden flakes in the water near John Sutter's mill, a fever infected the whole of the United States - and many parts of the world - that inspired a massive migration west.  Men, women and children traveled over land and sea, ambitious to make their fortunes in gold country.  Few people actually struck it rich - and those who became wealthy did so from a different sort of gold strike:  they often took advantage of the ambitious miners, becoming rich by providing the gold seekers with the needs and luxuries they demanded.  Unfortunately for both Marshall and Sutter, neither of them became wealthy men despite their connection to the initial discovery.

The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified today in 1933.  The amendment changed the date when elected officials take office, reducing the lame duck period by months in some cases.  For example, prior to this date, elected presidents took office on March 4th.  Now, they take the reigns of government on January 20th.  This seemingly short alteration effectively keeps the wheels of the nation moving smoothly, so yay us!.


Henry King was born on this day in 1886.  You may not have heard of Mr. King, but if you enjoy movies from the dawn of the talkie era into the 1960's, there's a good chance you've seen something he directed.  King's involvement in the entertainment industry can be traced almost to the invention of the motion picture.  He performed in front of the camera as early as 1912 before taking a seat behind it,.  He has the honor of winning the first Golden Globe awarded for directing, for The Song of Bernadette in 1944, and continued making quality movies, including Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (1955), and his last film, 1962's Tender Is The Night.

]Another birthday celebrant today is the late John Belushi.  Born in 1949, the comedian was a member of the first cast of NBC's live sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live.  During his brief career and short life, Belushi's raunchy comedy inspired laughter and cringes in many popular films, most notably The Blues Brothers  and  Animal House.  He died at 33 years due to complications from a drug overdose.  


Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not. - Valerie Bertinelli

Answer:  e)  The Mamas & The Papas.  Her parents are Michelle and John Phillips