1937-Bertie takes the Job-Almanac of Absurdities for 5.12.2011

On this date in 1937 Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor was crowned George VI of England. He had to be called “George” because “Albert” was unpopularly German-sounding to English Ears as the clouds were gathering for another European war. I’m going to spare you all the stuff you saw in “The King’s Speech,” which tells it better than I could, but there is an interesting side note about King George’s Birth Name. Bertie, as George VI was called in his childhood was born on the anniversary of the death of Prince Consort Albert, and aged Queen Victoria was continuing her lifelong mourning for her late husband. It was a discreet family suggestion to the baby’s father, the Duke of York, and eventually George the Fifth, that the baby immediately be named “Albert” to take the bad vibes off the birthday. It was politics that got him the name, and politics that took it away. Not always good to be the King, but I’m not staying up late worrying about him. On this date in 1963, Bob Dylan commits what many predict was Career Suicide by walking off the Ed Sullivan Show. He was set to perform the “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” but CBS officials would have none of that. When Sullivan suggested another song, Dylan walked. His career survived. Birthdays for Katherine Hepburn, George Carlin and actors Bruce Boxleitner, Gabriel Byrne and Guitarist Billy Squire, who were all born on this day in 1950. That means they’re all 61 today. Happy Birthday.

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Album Notes:  Grateful Acknowledgements to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8.  “Agnus Dei X” and “Porch Blues” Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod, Licensed under Creative Commons “Attriibution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks.

About denniscmichael

Voice Artist, Writer, Journalist, even sometime actor. For 18 years the writer and voice for CNN's Hollywood Minute.
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