Realizing What “Macro We Stand” Means

October 8, 2015


While watching some online baseball playoff video highlights, a Budweiser beer commercial popped up promoting “Macro We Stand” and “Beechwood Strong” images on screen.

Turns out, it is part of what started back in April as an advertising blitz against micro-brewed handcrafted beers.

Anheuser-Busch is countering that their macro-brewed, mass-produced beer is bigger and better than any micro-brewed ale on the market, insisting that consumption of their alcohol isn’t to be fussed over but enjoyed.

“Beechwood Strong” refers to their claimed process of beechwood aging which implies that their technique is a flavor enhancer.

The sales tactic is bold, brash and in-your-face messaging that depicts their product as being geared for manly men while subliminally suggesting that micro-brewed beverages are for wusses.

Big dollars are at stake. Anything goes when it comes to market-share.


Where Does The Expression “Holy Mackerel!” Come From?

October 7, 2015


It’s an expression of disbelief or surprise but what is the origin of the term “Holy Mackerel?”

Fish don’t normally wear halos and they don’t look like Swiss cheese either.

Funny how the words just sort of seem to roll right off the tongue.

It means the same as “Holy Cow!” or “Holy Smokes!” or even “Holy Moly!” but why fish?

One internet explanation states that it dates back at least two centuries by referring to the Catholic custom of eating fish on Fridays.

Another source suggests it’s a euphemism for Holy Mary in order not to take the Madonna’s name, Mary Magdalene, in vain.

I’m convinced that it has religious overtones. Speaking of vanity, I knew someone who always said “Cheese and crackers!” at times so Mackerel makes sense in that regard.

Jim Thorpe’s Remains Remain In Jim Thorpe, PA

October 6, 2015


After a five year battle waged by some of Jim Thorpe’s descendants to have the Olympic champion’s remains returned to sacred burial ground in Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a final appeal so the athlete’s tomb in upstate Pennsylvania shall remain unmoved.

The towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk, areas which Jim Thorpe never visited, combined their two towns
to attract tourism and struck a $250,000 deal with Thorpe’s third wife to rename themselves as Jim Thorpe, PA.

A memorial to the famous indian was created in his honor.

In 2010, Thorpe’s son Jack took legal action to move his father’s remains back to the Sac and Fox nation of Oklahoma.

Other family members were opposed to the lawsuit. The high court made its final judgment in the case. Jim Thorpe stays
where he’s been since 1953.

Red Skelton Loved To Paint Clowns

October 5, 2015

Canvas, 11x14"

Comedian Red Skelton (1913-1997) always considered himself a clown rather than a comic. He believed his life’s work was to make people laugh so he wanted to be known as a clown because he defined it as being able to do everything.

In 1943, Skelton began producing artwork but did it privately for many years. He said he was inspired to try his hand at painting after visiting a large Chicago department store that had various paintings on display.

Skelton’s artwork of clowns remained a hobby until 1964 when his second wife Georgia, a former art student, persuaded him to have his first public showing of his work at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas where he was performing.

Skelton believed painting was an asset to his comedy work as it helped him to better visualize the imaginary props he used in his pantomime routines.

When asked why his artwork focused on clowns, he first said, “I don’t know why it’s always clowns.” After thinking a moment he continued by saying. “No, that’s not true. I do know why. I just don’t feel like thinking about it.”

Telling The Truth About Kitty Carlisle

October 3, 2015


Kitty Carlisle Hart was born Catherine Conn on September 3, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her grandfather, Ben Holtzman, was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War and later became mayor of Shreveport. Kitty’s father died when she was ten-years-old.

Her mother took her to Europe hoping to marry her off to European royalty. She was schooled in Switzerland, London, Rome and Paris.

Upon her return to the United States in 1932, she performed on Broadway, sang operas and appeared in movies including “A Night At The Opera” (1935) with the Marx Brothers.

Carlisle married her husband, playwright and theatrical producer Moss Hart, in 1946, the two having met at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. They had two children together before Mr. Hart died in late 1961.

Her notoriety became most prominent as a panelist on the game show “To Tell The Truth” from 1956 to 1978. She also appeared in revivals of the syndicated show through 2002.

In its infancy, the weekly program was sponsored by Geritol, the high-potency tonic that was said to help people feel stronger fast. Sounds like an early form of the Red Bull energy drink but it was dispensed more like medicine by the teaspoon.

She also occasionally appeared on other game shows such as Password, What’s My Line and Match Game.

Ms. Hart was a New York socialite and philanthropist who became an advocate for the arts and served on many boards and cultural councils. Her dark hair, off-the-shoulder outfits and elegant necklaces gave her an air of regal bearing well-suited for high society.

Graceful and glamorous to the very end, Kitty Carlisle Hart passed away on April 17, 2007 at the age of 96.

Jayne Mansfield Almost Was Ginger On Gilligan’s Island

September 30, 2015


With her acting career on the decline, blonde bombshell movie actress Jayne Mansfield was offered the part of Ginger Grant on Gilligan’s Island but turned it down at the advice of her third husband.

She continued taking bit parts in small B-rated films with an occasional appearance in a respectable production. She also worked in nightclubs.

A couple of years later, Mansfield would be tragically killed along with two other adults in an automobile accident in Louisiana while headed for a television interview. Her three young children with her in the rear of the car survived the crash, one of which was future actress Mariska Hargitay.

Jayne Mansfield was dead at 34 years of age. Had she been a castaway member of an iconic situation comedy filmed in California, she might have lived.

What If Eleanor Roosevelt Could Fly?

September 30, 2015

I am fairly certain that that counterfactual did not mean by way of the airplane.

During a late 1970’s Saturday Night Live skit moderated by Jane Curtin, this question was raised amongst a panel of distinguished guests commenting on the ridiculousness of the former First Lady sprouting wings and leading an air raid attack of military bombers against Japan and Germany during World War II.

Gotta love comedy writers. Must have been one heckuva brainstorming session on that one.

Gutzon Borglum: Four Presidents Get Stoned

September 27, 2015


The faces of four American presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln –
are carved from a granite mountainside high above the treetops of the Black Hills.

The Mount Rushmore carving took fourteen years to complete and cost $1 million, yet this Shrine to Democracy is priceless to Americans.

Visited by nearly three million people each year, this bucket list attraction is a meaningful part of vacationing in nearby Rapid City, South Dakota.

Between 1927 and 1941, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the 60-foot busts to represent the first 150 years of American history.

Each head is as tall as the entire Great Sphinx of Egypt and majestically perched five thousand five hundred feet above sea level.

Yogi Berra Took On Yogi Bear In Court

September 24, 2015


New York Yankee legend and Hall of Fame catcher Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra recently passed away at the age of 90.

Did you know that he once brought a lawsuit for defamation of character against Hanna-Barbera Productions and their 1958 cartoon creation Yogi Bear?

The legal case was eventually withdrawn as the defense was considered implausible but sources report that Berra was indeed the inspiration for the name.

The producers claim it was all one big coincidence but animation industry insiders think differently.

As an ironic side note, in the announcing of Berra’s death, the AP wire service mistakenly announced the death of Yogi Bear instead.


Like Yogi the ballplayer said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

What A Working Word Press Might Look Like:

September 22, 2015