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Happy Birthday Disneyland! Here’s a Look at Some of the Events of Opening Day

Disneyland opened its gates on July 17, 1955, on a plot of land in Anaheim, California that previously consisted of orange groves. It cost $17 million to open the park, and its opening day was referred to as “Black Sunday” by Disney employees for years afterward because it had a bumpy start. Several rides were …

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Compay Segundo, the Exceptional “Second Compadre” in Buena Vista Social Club

Cuban singer and songwriter Compay Segundo got his name (meaning “second compadre”) for his excellent second singing voice in duets. In “Saludo Compay,” you can hear the perfect complementary balance between the singing of Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa on the Buena Vista Social Club album. Saludo Compay was born Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz Telles …

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“Endgame” from Chess

Best known for his role as Anatoly in the musical Chess, singer, musician, and actor Tommy Körberg was born on this day July 4, 1948 in Norsjö, Sweden. Chess, released in 1984, is a magnificent musical loaded with talent. The most popular song from the musical is the epic “One Night in Bangkok,” which became an …

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Yaz – “Only You”

Happy birthday to Vince Clarke, synth player and songwriter for Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo (aka Yaz), and the Assembly. Clarke was born on this day July 3, 1960 in South Woodford, England.

Remembering “Mayor of Macdougal Street” Dave Van Ronk

Folk singer & songwriter Dave Van Ronk was born on June 30, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY.  As a young boy enamored with the local jazz and folk music of his day, he learned to play the guitar, and when he was a little older, he played banjo in a group.  He also played piano, possibly inspired …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: A Rainy Story

Inspired after seeing this at Soviet Visuals and Folklore Film Fest‘s #SovietFilmWednesday, this was the first Soviet film I shared a little over two years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. What can I say, I love rain and cats, and the illustrations are beautiful. A Rainy Story is about a cat who wanders …

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

The first image that comes to mind when anyone mentions Tiki to me, is the famous Walt Disney Enchanted Tiki Room. There are three such rooms. One is located in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and the other is located at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, and the third is located in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo …

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Joseph Eichler Brought Sunny, Stylish Housing to the Public

Joseph Eichler was born on this day, June 25, 1900, in New York City.  He lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Hillsborough, California for a while, and was so inspired by Wright’s new naturalist designs, that he founded a company that eventually created modern, innovative housing for the Greater San Francisco Bay and Greater Los Angeles areas, …

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Soviet Film Wednesday: The Scarlet Flower

The Scarlet Flower (Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy tsvetochek) is a popular Russian folktale based on Sergey Aksakov’s rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Similar to the traditional tale, it begins when a merchant father, Stepan Yemelyanovich, asks his three daughters what gifts they would like from his travels. The oldest daughter, Gordeya, wishes for …

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture: Homes in Harmony with Nature

Speaking of great architects with June 8 birthdays, in addition to Bruce Goff, Frank Lloyd Wright also has a birthday today. Wright is one of America’s most influential architects, defining the Organic Architecture movement which incorporated natural designs into homes. He was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867. Wright’s best known work …

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