What Happens after Wilfred?
As we learned in last week’s exciting episode, fall arrived at 9:31 a.m. EDT on Tuesday. The air almost immediately turned more crisp, so I put away my big fan, I got out my comforter to sleep under, and I’ve started to stock up on loose tea and tea bags again. Sure, it’s supposed to be in the mid-70s and humid this weekend, but let’s forget about that, shall we? It’s fall — fall I tell you! — and I’m not going back.
I really do complain too much about the weather here, but everyone needs a hobby.
Hurricanes still think it’s summer. Actually, hurricane season officially runs until November 30, so we have a while to go. We’ve had so many named storms this year that we’ve used up all of the names on the list (the last was Wilfred — there’s no Xylophone, Yoda, or Ziggy). What do they do if that happens? They go to the Greek alphabet. This week we saw Hurricanes Alpha and Beta and I’m sure Gamma and Delta aren’t too far behind.
I guess those names are better than Hurricane 46502237811A.
Maybe we’re not quite done with the previous names though. There’s now such a thing as zombie hurricanes, because, hey, 2020.
Will We Have Trick-or-Treating This Year?
In some ways, sure, but depending on your town, you may be in for some big changes.
The CDC is discouraging kids and parents from going door-to-door, wearing masks (the costume kind, anyway), and having indoor parties. With the pandemic still upon us and many states seeing an increase in cases, they don’t want families to take any chances. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a small party with your family and a movie night or picking up candy that households have already put outside, but you might want to put off your usual Halloween traditions for this year.
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that many families will still go door-to-door.
I’m going to buy a few bags of candy anyway. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey’s Almond. Just in case I do have a few visitors. Of course, I haven’t had any trick-or-treaters in over 20 years, and I’ll have to eat all of the candy myself like I always do, but I’ll manage somehow.
The Time 100
I only casually went through this list of the 100 most influential people in the world, but I still found a dozen people I’ve never even heard of before. Maybe I’m not as up-to-date with things as I thought I was, but I bet a lot of the picks will confuse you too.
The 500 Best (Ahem) Albums of All-Time
Lists like this always set my teeth on edge. Sure, everyone loves lists, but there are 200 lists for every single topic now, and no one is an expert on anything anymore because we’re all experts.
This Rolling Stone list is maddening because it lists 500 albums. 500! Not only is that too many (is number 397 really that much different in quality than number 409?), they somehow still manage to leave out some great albums, and I’m sure several picks will confuse you. Kanye West at number 17? The only Sinatra album is at number 282? Gah. Also, they have the wrong Beatles album in the top 10.
Norman Rockwell makes an appearance at number 321. Well, sort of.
Headline of the Week
RIP Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gale Sayers, Winston Groom, Terry Goodkind, Robert Gore, Al Kasha, Roy Charles Hammond, Michael Lonsdale, and Ernie Orsatti
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Supreme Court Justice who was appointed in 1993, becoming the second woman after Sandra Day O’Connor to have a seat on the Court’s bench. She later became a pop culture icon and the subject of a documentary, The Notorious RBG. She died last week at the age of 87.
Here’s a nice CNN feature on Ginsburg’s close friendship with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Gale Sayers was a Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears who was just as famous off the field as he was on. He became great friends with teammate Brian Piccolo, who battled cancer, and the friendship was made into a popular TV movie, Brian’s Song. He died this week at the age of 77.
Winston Groom wrote the novel that became the basis for the movie Forrest Gump. He later wrote a sequel, Gump & Co. He died last week at the age of 77.
Terry Goodkind was a writer of several fantasy and science fiction novels, including the long-running Sword of Truth series. He died last week at the age of 72.
Robert W. Gore was the inventor of Gore-Tex. He died last week at the age of 83.
Al Kasha co-wrote two classic songs that appeared in disaster movies. He won an Oscar for “The Morning After,” which was sung in The Poseidon Adventure, and wrote “We May Never Love Like This Again” for The Towering Inferno. He also received Tony nominations and wrote several books. He died last week at the age of 83.
Roy Charles Hammond was a singer in the doo-wop group The Genies, famous for the 1959 song “Who’s That Knocking?” He also had his own hit in 1965 with “Shotgun Wedding.” He died last week at the age of 81.
Michael Lonsdale played villain Hugo Drax in the James Bond movie Moonraker. He also appeared in Munich, Ronin, The Name of the Rose, Jefferson in Paris, and The Day of the Jackal. He died Monday at the age of 89.
Ernie Orsatti was a veteran stuntman and actor who performed one of the most famous stunts in movie history, falling from a table into a large window on the upside-down ship in the aforementioned The Poseidon Adventure. He died last week at the age of 80.
This Week in History
The Flintstones Premieres (September 20, 1960)
The working title for the classic cartoon was The Flagstones, and Fred and Wilma were originally going to have a son, Fred Jr., but that was dropped.
One of my favorite things about the show is that they actually did commercials and promos for Winston cigarettes.
Nixon’s “Checkers” Speech (September 23, 1952)
Richard Nixon was a California senator at the time and the vice presidential nominee on the Republican ticket with Eisenhower. He was accused of inappropriate use of funds and gifts he had received, including a black-and-white dog. Nixon went on TV to defend himself, and it’s a fascinating broadcast.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Maxwell House Coffee (September 19, 1953)
Yes, there was a time when instant coffee was “amazing.”
International Coffee Day
The official day is next Tuesday the 29th, but if you’re a coffee drinker you celebrate it every day anyway.
We’re in the fall now, so I’m going to forget all about the iced coffee drinks of summer and give you some hot coffee recipes, like this Nutella Hot Coffee from Seasoned Sprinkles and this Snickerdoodle Latte from House of Yumm. The Spruce Eats has a recipe for Cuban Coffee, and Martha Stewart shows you how to make Maple Irish Coffee.
By the way, it’s easy to make a great cup of coffee by following these simple tips. Step one: don’t use tea bags. I accidentally did that once.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
French Open Starts (September 27)
Unlike the U.S. Open, the later-than-usual red clay tournament will have fans in the stands. Tennis Channel has coverage starting at 5 a.m. EDT.
First Presidential Debate (September 29)
It begins at 9 p.m. and will air on all of the major networks, the cable news channels, C-SPAN, and probably Animal Planet and Food Network.
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