All this talk of Rick Perry being the front runner for the Republicans is really weird to me. It’s like de ja vu all over again. First of all I can’t say Republican and Texas in the same sentence without visions of an occupying army, Phil Sheridan, and the Reconstruction. When I was a kid, Texas was a one-party state and yeah, yeah I know that’s bad. But after two Bush regimes, I can’t imagine another Republican Texan in the White House without visions of Hell.
So, if anyone is looking for a Texan for the White House, my suggestion is that you consider finding a daughter (not a son) of Texas, such as these two fine role models: Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards.
Barbara Jordan – DNC Keynote – 1976
Ann Richards – DNC Keynote – 1988
For over 40 years we been trying to figure out how to spell this maniac’s name . Let’s hope we have to wonder no more. Here is a transcript from an SNL news break in 1980…
Announcer: And now, "SNL Newsbreak", with anchor Brian Doyle-Murray.
Brian Doyle-Murray: Good evening, I’m Brian Doyle-Murray.
Our top story tonight: This man, Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Kadaffi, has been the study of intense news coverage this week by every major news origanization in America. However, every time his name appears in print, it has a different spelling. The Chicago Tribune spells it K-H-A-D-A-F-Y; The Los Angeles Times spells it K-A-D-A-F-I; Newsweek Magazine, K-A-D-D-A-F-I; Time Magazine, G-A-D-D-A-F-I; The Wall Street Journal, Q-A-D-H-A-F-I; The Washington Post, Q-A-D-D-A-F-I; The New York Times, el-Qaddafi. My personal favorite is from the comic book publishers – Kadaffy Duck.
Brian Doyle-Murray: How do you spell Kadaffi? Let us know. [ news screen scroll many weird spellings of Kadaffi ] Our news research department has determined that no two people spell it alike. Send us your spelling of Kadaffi, and remember, it can’t be the same as any of these spellings you’re seeing on the screen right now. The most original spelling of the Libyan leader’s name will be awarded a one-way ticket to Tripoli – that is, if your passport allows you to go there. so, send that in, let us know how you spell Kadaffi!
A video clip from Australia…
The Hollywood Palace was a variety show in the sixties that, back in the day, I wouldn’t dare admit to watching a show that my parents liked. Yet, it was great show. It came on Saturday nights and for a few weeks or so a different celeb would host the show. That way it never got old. My favorite HolPal host was Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched. She had me under her spell as I just starting to notice girls and I have been entranced by her ever since.
Sitting on my mantle at home, not in a frame of any sort, is photo of my Dad taken in late Sixties. He is dressed in a tuxedo, drink in hand, and with him are Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. The picture was taken sometime around 1967-1968 at one of the annual charity events for St Joseph Hospital in Houston that were always hosted by Bob Hope. I see this photo every day and although I am fond of it, I think no more it of than a glance once a day, yet today I realize there is more there subconsciously than just a passing glance at a photo taken over 40 years ago… Here is Eydie Gorme singing my Dad’s favorite song on the Johnny Carson show in 1966…