Saturday, May 28, 2011

Phil Hartman, we hardly knew ye!

May 28th
Comic genius isn't something I throw around very often, there are plenty of funny people around, but few who do what it takes to be on many different levels. On this day in 1998 one such comedian was killed by his wife. Phil Hartman was only 49, but he had an extensive resume'. He was a member of Saturday Night Live for a record 153 episodes. He specialized in being the go-to character actor of the cast, playing many different roles. He won an Emmy award for writing on the show in 1989. His work on the Simpson's was my particular favorite. He and Paul Reubens created Pee Wee's Playhouse together and went on to entertain millions of children every Saturday morning. Many people don't know that he also designed the logo for the band Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
On this day in 1957 Major League Baseball announced that its owners agreed to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to California, thus opening up the game to the entire nation. I believe baseball lost a bit of its innocence that day. It had broken hearts before with it's Black Sox scandal, but here it broke the hearts of millions. It would do it again with the strike of 1994 and the steroid scandal of the last decade, but the first cut is the deepest...ugh, Sheryl Crow quote!
On this day in 1937 Volkswagen was founded. In the midst of Nazi Germany came one of the most popular car companies of all time. I really wouldn't care too much, but now I drive an awesome Volkswagen, and my sisters first car was a VW bus. I was always good at "slug bug" too!

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