We here at the American Treasure Tour blog want nothing more than to make our readers happy, and the amount of requests we have received to return to our focus on the movie posters on the Tour has been positively overwhelming (which is to say it seemed like it might be nice to talk about a few more of them). So today, we are going to celebrate the 1948 musical extravaganza Words and Music, loosely based on the lives of composer Richard Rogers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. It turned out to be the last pairing of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in a movie, but of little lasting import otherwise and a modest success.
The cast of Words and Music included many prominent names in film, including the 23 year-old crooner Mel Torme. In what long-running sitcom of the 1980s and 1990s was Judge Harry Stone obsessed with the performer?
B) The Simpsons
D) Full House
E) Night Court
Today in History:
The question of which railroad was the first in the United States will likely never be resolved to the satisfaction of the people who care about such things, but one contender is known as the Granite Railroad of Massachusetts. Construction began on this date in 1826, it was built to transfer granite from a quarry from the town of Quincy to a dock on the Neposet River in Milton, Massachusetts, from where boats would then take them to Charlestown for the end result of the Bunker Hill Monument that continues today to dominate that community. The Granite Railroad claims to be the first commercial railroad in the United States.
Today celebrates the establishment of the Fox News Channel, a basic channel on American cable created by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Often a target of critics who accuse their commentators, news anchors, and reporters as having a conservative bent, Fox News representatives claim to offer unbiased news reporting.
The American Treasure Tour blog is equally intent on showing how unbiased we are in our retrospectives, we would like now to celecrate the birthday of Joe Hill. Born in Sweden in the year 1879, Hill migrated to the United States at the age of 23 and became an activist and member of the highly controversial Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), more familiarly known as the Wobblies. He became a notorious poet/songwriter for the Wobblies who constantly aroused hostility by business owners, until his arrest and execution for involvement in a crime for which his guilt has remained in question.
1911 was a very big year in the Monroe house, when young son Vaughan was born. A bandleader and singer, later a talent scout, Monroe had a number of signature songs for which he became well-known in the 1940s, most notably "Racing With the Moon." He also had a minor stint in movies, starring in such films as Singing Guns (1950) and The Toughest Man in Arizona (1952). He was a major stockholder in the Camden, New Jersey-based RCA-Victor company, and posters of Mr. Monroe adorn the walls of the Music Room here at the American Treasure Tour.
It now costs more to entertain a child than it once did to educate his father. -- Vaughan Monroe.