We pause for a moment in remembrance of Tiny Tim (Herbert Buchingham Khaury) marrying Miss Vickie (Victoria Budinger) this night in 1969 on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. This is the Tiny Tim of the falsetto version of Tiptoe Through the Tulips fame.
The NBC-TV program earned the second-highest, all-time audience rating; second only to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the the moon. No, Armstrong did not sing Tiptoe Through the Tulips on the lunar surface.
Mr. Tiny Tim and Miss Vickie had a daughter, Tulip. Then in 1977 they stopped tiptoeing together.
Tiny Tim died Saturday, November 30, 1996. He died as he lived, performing Tiptoe Through the Tulips to an audience at a benefit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He cut the song short, commenting to his wife, Miss Sue (they were married in 1995), that he felt ill. As he was making his way with Sue to her table -- amidst the applause of his loyal fans -- he collapsed, was taken to a Minneapolis hospital and died without regaining consciousness.
Today In History~
December 17 1843 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published in London and immediately sold out. He wrote the story in just two months, beginning in October, 1843 and finishing at the end of November. It was the first of five Christmas books by Dickens. Its successors were The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848).
1895 - George L. Brownell of Worcester, MA made history by getting a patent for his paper-twine machine.
1903 - The first successful powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. First Orville, then Wilbur Wright kept their invention flying ... each flight lasted just under one minute.
1926 - Benny Goodman played a clarinet solo. This was not unusual for Benny except that it was his first time playing solo within a group recording session. Goodman was featured with Ben Pollack and His Californians on He’s the Last Word.
1936 - Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen kidded around with his pal, Charlie McCarthy (who was a bit wooden, we remember...), for the first time on radio. The two debuted on The Rudy Vallee Show on NBC. Soon, Bergen became one of radio’s hottest properties, and was called Vallee’s greatest talent discovery.
1953 - Following an earlier decision that favored CBS-TV, the wise minds at the Federal Communications Commission changed opinions and decided to approve RCA’s color television specifications. Guess who benefited most? That’s right, NBC, parent company (then) of RCA. NBC stations soon took the lead in displaying programs "...presented in living color."
1955 - Carl Perkins wrote Blue Suede Shoes. Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it at the Sun Studios in Memphis. The tune became one of the first records to be popular simultaneously on rock, country and rhythm & blues charts.
1959 - On the Beach premiered this day at the Astor Theatre in New York City -- and in 17 other cities. It was the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world.
1969 - Chicago Transit Authority became a gold record for the group of the same name (they later changed their name to Chicago). When the album was released by Columbia Records, it marked the first time an artist’s debut LP was a double record.
1970 - The Beach Boys played to royalty at Royal Albert Hall in London. Princess Margaret was in attendance and shook the royal jewelry to such classics as Good Vibrations, I Get Around and Help Me, Rhonda.
1976 - WTCG-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, owned by Ted Turner, changed call letters to WTBS, and was uplinked via satellite, to become the first commercial TV station to cover the entire U.S. WTBS started on four cable systems, available in 24,000 homes.
1977 - Elvis Costello, making a rare TV appearance, agreed to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live when Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols failed to show up for the gig.
1984 - John McEnroe and Peter Fleming lost a doubles tennis match in the Davis Cup competition for the first time in 14 matches. Anders Jarryd and Stefan Edberg lead the Swedish team to the title. It marked the worst defeat for the United States team since 1973.
1994 - Ini Kamoze’s Here Comes the Hotstepper was the #1. It was the biggest single in the U.S. for two weeks: “Hit it. Nah, na na na nah, na na na nah, Na na nah, na na nah, na na na nah...”
1996 - Kofi Atta Annan was named seventh secretary-general of the United Nations by acclamation during ceremony in the General Assembly Hall, attended by representatives of the world organization’s 185 members.
1999 - These flicks flickered on U.S. screens for the first time: Anna and the King (yes, this is the same story as the Broadway musical, The King and I, and the same story as the original novel, Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon), starring Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling and Tom Felton; Bicentennial Man (“One robot’s 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.”), with Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz and Oliver Platt; and Stuart Little (“The Little Family Just Got Bigger”), combining live action with digital character creation, starring the voice of Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Julia Sweeney and and many other famous voices.
Music For The Day~
Quote For The Day~
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
Chuckle For The Day~
Pictures For The Day~
The island of Crete-Greece
Have a great day, Ranters!
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Save your breath-You may need it to blow up your date.
I have to admit that I once owned a Tiny Tim album (perhaps his only or his first, I don't know). It actually had some pretty funny and prescient songs -- I remember one called "The Ice Caps are Melting" and there was another one about the devil lecturing his son not to go to earth.
"I believe very deeply that compassion is the route not only for the evolution of the full human being, but for the very survival of the human race." —The Dalai Lama
Loc: West Hollywood, CA
Must be age related omission here:
Jennifer Jones, the actress who won an Academy Award for her luminous performance in the 1943 film "The Song of Bernadette" and who was married to two legendary men -- producer David O. Selznick and industrialist and art collector Norton Simon -- died today. She was 90.
"kinda-looks-like" MOST "Members" of "Our Congress"...know?["No"?].
------------------------------ You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time,but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.[A. Lincoln]