Dad Joke of the Day: I’ve decided that I’m going to learn sign language… I hear it’s pretty handy.
Quote of the Day: “It aint about having the fanciest buggy, it’s whose riding along with you that counts.”
Today in History: Saturday Night Live, made its debut on the NBC television network. In 1975, Johnny Carson asked to stop showing the Saturday night versions of the Johnny Carson show and save them to air during the weeks that he wanted to take off for vacations. So an American late-night variety show was created by Lorne Michaels to replace it. NBC’s Saturday Night, renamed Saturday Night Live after NBC bought the name from rival ABC, started its on-going 45 season run. During which, it has been nominated for 252 Prime Time Emmy Awards of which they received 65, 4 Writer’s Guild of America awards, 2 Peabody Awards, an induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Saturday Night Live or simply SNL has acted as a springboard to launch the careers of countless contemporary stars such as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Tina Fey as well as talented writers like Seth Myers and Conan O’Brien.
I don’t know what else I can say about it except maybe…”Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night”
Born on This Day: 1884 – New York City – Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat, humanitarian and First lady. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Though widely respected, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights for African-Americans. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.
Never one to ride on the coattails of her husband, Eleanor Roosevelt proved that she was more than just America’s First Lady. In her words, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”
Died on This Day: 1965 – San Francisco, California – Dorothea Lange
An American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for humanizing the consequences of the Great Depression and later, the internment of Japanese Americans.
October 11th is National…
Day of The Girl Child – was originally founded, in 1995 at the World Conference on Women, to bring awareness and solutions to the unique challenges that girls around the world face every day. In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as National Day of the Girl Child. Celebrate this day by inspiring young girls in your life by speaking about women leaders from the past and present. So here’s to my daughter and three granddaughters, “You go girls.”
Coming Out Day – is an observed civil awareness day created in 1988 designed to celebrate those individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out – regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. A day dedicated to raising awareness of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community through education and support. By sharing their stories, it is hoped they may be more able to live openly and safely.
Sausage Pizza Day – What else is there to say but, “Mmm Mmm good.”
How about a few Pizza Fact:
• The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905. However, the longest running pizza establishment is Papa’s Tomato Pies on South Clinton Ave, Trenton New Jersey. Papa’s has been in continuous operation since 1912.
• Americans eat 350 slices of pizza every second. That’s enough to cover 100 acres.
• In 2001 the Russian Space Agency was paid over a million dollars to deliver a 6” pizza to Yuri Usachov. Yuri was orbiting the earth aboard the International Space Station.
• The world’s largest pizza had a surface area of 13580.28 sq. feet.
• Although no one knows where the origin of the word pizza came from, the first documented use of the words is dated to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy.
In simplicity lies goodness. There is nothing new or fancy about this recipe, but it is quite delicious. So call up some good friends and bake up a good old fashioned Classic Sausage Pizza
1 – 14-inch pizza shell
6 – ounces all-purpose ground tomatoes
8 – ounce blend shredded mozzarella and provolone
¾ (three-fourth) pound mild or sweet Italian sausage with fennel seed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Spread the tomatoes evenly over the crust (this is less tomatoes than you are used to using, but go with it). Sprinkle on the cheese blend. Pinch pieces of the sausage and flatten between your thumb and forefinger. Place sausage over the cheese evenly, pressing the chunks into the cheese a bit. Sprinkle on the oregano. Bake.
After the pizza comes out of the oven, and just before sending it out, drizzle on the olive oil.
Or you can do like I do and head on out to my local Pizzeria and enjoy a beer or two while I wait.