As you can see, my nifty free National Wildlife Federation calendar on the wall lists no "official Holiday" on December 20. But, some awful interesting things happened on this date.
In 1944, Dwight Eisenhower was promoted to General of The Army. (Thanks to BR for catching my error).
In 1879, Thomas Edison first demonstrated the incandescent bulb. YOU GO TOMMY!
And, in 1860, SouCahlina seceded from The Nyunited States! (I will NOT go there, even though I'm tempted).
And, a whole lot of interesting folks croaked on this day, too.
In 2001, the "lovable lush," Foster Brooks passed. Hey, a great Foster Brooks quote:
"I never drew a sober breath from Friday night to Monday. Eight years ago, I quit. Fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn't quit, and I haven't had a drink since. At the time I needed the $10."Nyuk...
In 1976, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley died.
In 1973 Bobby Darin died on this date.
And, in 1968, John Steinbeck turned toes up, too.
(He was a writer).
But, if I had to pick an event that ought to be celebrated (especially in the Holiday Season), I'd say it is this one.
On December 20, 1962, The Osmond Brothers made their debut on The Andy Williams Show singing the American classic, "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas." (now, what is more holidayish than the Andy Williams show? Answer me that!)
Anybody that knows anything about pop culture knows that the careers of the Osmond Brothers/Family/whatever were launched by Mr. Andy Williams, and his personal popularity. America would have been a different place had the Osmond phenomenon not got started somewhere.
The Osmonds are a piece of Americana...a slice of American Pie...a patch in the quilt of whatsoever junk that we remember!
Thanks, Mr. Andy Williams!
Now, before we get to the video, we need to discuss the controversy about the song, "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas." And, controversy there is!
Trust me, there is.
It seems that the writer of the song, one Phil Baxter, once lived in the town of Dumas, Texas, so Texans claim that this song was writ about someone being "from" their West Texas town. On the flipside, Dumas stinkin' Arkansas (which I traveled through regularly for four miserable years) also claims from time to time (with no documentation) that the classic should be attributed to their fair hamlet.
And, the lyrics do seem to favor the Dumas, stinkin' Arkansas argument...somewhat. When they talk about Whampus Kitties...well, that's an Arkansas thing which we have discussed before on this here Titanic of a glob.
Nyuk...if you visit the Dumas, stinkin' Arkansas Wickedpedia page you'll see the photo that they sport. It is captioned, "The Fred's store after it was hit by the tornado." I kid you not...
As a side note, my older brother and I were pulled over by a Texas State Trooper in August of 1977 en route to Colorado for going 105 in a 65. My brother was driving (I do NOT speed) my beloved Granddaddy's Pontiac Grand Safari Station Wagon that we camped out in on our big adventure. That bigass State Trooper hauled us down to the courthouse, where a female judge charged us roughly ONE HUNDRED BUCKS to let us get the hell out of Dumas, TX.
That was a lot of money in 1977. Just sayin'...
So, I have been to both Dumas, Texas, and Dumas stinkin' Arkansas, and I can tell you that I have not one fond memory of either.
But, ya' gotta love The Osmond Brothers on The Andy Williams Show.
Now that I have a The YOU TUBE account, I could download this, trim it off, and put just the performance part in it, and download it back up to the YouTube, but that is WAY too much trouble. So, just fast forward to 1:25 to see the slice of American Pie/piece of Americana/whatever.
So, from here on out, at Andy's Place we shall celebrate December 20th as "Osmond Day!"