Notes jotted down during an increasingly hot, humid, uncomfortable week …
Apparently the metaverse is the future of the internet. Which means that one day you’ll be able to join me inside my world and sit next to me as I write these columns in my sweatpants. If you could bring some snacks with you that’d be great.
I didn’t win the Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday. Can I return these tickets to the store? They’re defective, so can I get my money back for them, or at least get credit toward new tickets?
Audible has a new podcast called Hollywood Death Trip, about unsolved Tinseltown murders, and it’s hosted by writer James Ellroy. Doesn’t sound like something the whole family can gather around the computer to listen to, but I bet it’s fascinating.
For some reason I found myself up at midnight the other night looking at pictures of Helen Reddy’s old house. The ’70s were a really bad decade for interior design.
I just realized there’s a bee in my apartment and it’s the size of a golf ball (the bee, not the apartment). Another reason to hate summer.
There’s a Mustard Shortage in France!
In related news, there’s now a Grey Poupon ice cream.
Update: Jim Thorpe’s Gold Medals
Thorpe’s two gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, for the pentathlon and decathlon, were taken away from him when officials found out he had played some professional minor league baseball and therefore wasn’t an “amateur” athlete. Thorpe has now been declared the sole winner of those medals and the official record has been corrected.
An interesting footnote: The man who got the gold medal for the decathlon when Thorpe was disqualified, Hugo Wieslander, never accepted the honor and always considered Thorpe the real winner.
Thorpe died in 1953.
Toys ’R’ Us ’R’ Back
Did you know that products from Toys ’R’ Us, which went out of business a few years ago, have been available in some Macy’s stores and their website? The store chain made a deal with the company to sell their toys and games, and now they’re taking it one step further. Macy’s is opening Toys ’R’ Us departments in all of their stores, starting at the end of July.
Most stores will have around 1000 square feet of Toys ’R’ Us products, but the larger stores will have 10,000 square feet. This news could make us all Toys ’R’ Us kids again.
Post Writers You Should Read
The new movie Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (reviewed here by Bill Newcott) is based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico. He wrote several stories for the Post. In fact, he won the O. Henry Award in 1941 for “The Snow Goose,” published in the November 9, 1940, issue.
Fun facts: Gallico started out as a sportswriter, drove 10,000 miles on a 1955 trip sponsored by Reader’s Digest, and wrote the novel that the film The Poseidon Adventure is based on. How’s that for a varied career?
J.K. Rowling has said that Gallico was a big influence on her Harry Potter books.
RIP William Hart, Bobby East, Sean Kelly, Kathy Marlowe, Penelope Windust, Mickey Rooney Jr., and Pat John
Bobby East was a former NASCAR driver. He died last week at the age of 37.
Sean Kelly was an editor and writer for the National Lampoon. He also wrote several books, stage comedies, and musicals, and was a writer on such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, Shining Time Station, and Between the Lions. He died last week at the age of 81.
Kathy Marlowe Thompson had a recurring role on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; appeared on Mr. Lucky, Surfside 6, and Bachelor Father, and in several movies; and had a highly successful career as an advertising model. She died earlier this month at the age of 87.
Penelope Windust was an actress who appeared in such shows as ER, Mannix, Dallas, Boston Legal, and Murder, She Wrote. She also did a lot of theater. She died in February at the age of 76.
Mickey Rooney Jr. was the son of actor Mickey Rooney and an actor and musician himself. He appeared in movies like Honeysuckle Rose and Songwriter, was one of the original Mouseketeers (before getting fired for shenanigans in the Disney paint room), and played in bands with Willie Nelson. He died Saturday at the age of 77.
Pat John played Jesse on the popular, long-running Canadian show The Beachcombers. He died last week at the age of 69.
This Week in History
First Parking Meter (July 16, 1935)
It was installed on the corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City.
Where I live they’ve replaced the parking meters with those kiosks that use either a smartphone app or a credit card. I’m not a big fan, because I don’t have a smartphone and I don’t want to see coins/cash go away.
Now, I don’t own a car, but still, it’s the principle of the thing.
Erle Stanley Gardner Born (July 17, 1889)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Making Camp (July 19, 1958)
I’ve been camping only once in my life, and this is just one of the many reasons why.
Hot Dogs and Baked Beans
Hot dogs and beans are a camping staple, right? So it’s a good time for some recipes (also, it happens to be both National Hot Dog Month and National Baked Bean Month).
Taste of Home has recipes for Corn Dog Twists, Cincinnati Chili Dogs, and Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs. And Eat This, Not That has 16 hot dog toppings you may not have thought of, including avocado and bacon and gravy and fries.
And here are 7 recipes for beans from a 1912 issue of our sister publication, The Country Gentleman, including Boston Baked Beans, which has always been one of my favorites.
Hot dogs and beans both go great with mustard, by the way, whether it’s French or French’s.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
National Parents’ Day (July 24)
And this isn’t just some casual holiday someone decided to make recently to get clicks to their site; the resolution creating the day was unanimously passed by Congress in 1994.
Tell an Old Joke Day (July 24)
“Waiter, I’d like a bottle of wine.”
“What year, sir?”
“Well, I’d like it right now.”
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