It’s The Birthday Of The Most Famous Mouse Of All – Mickey Mouse! Happy Birthday Mickey!

Nov 18th

Oh my – it’s Monday again!  And we are closing in on Thanksgiving at breakneck speed!  This weekend was NOT as productive with the house as I wanted, but I did get other things done.  I tried out a French bread recipe that turned out better than I expected, and I got a few other things done around here.  I really need to get my head together though, make my lists and prioritize!  Who am I kidding? It’s ALL a priority!  I guess stressing out over it won’t help a single thing . . . and perhaps the little celebrations are EXACTLY what we need today!

Mickey Mouse Day –  Wow! There was a LOT of information to sort through for this one!  And that is NOT an understatement!  Apparently Mickey Mouse isn’t only the most famous rodent of all time, he has influenced MANY people and their careers in the 85 years since he first appeared on the scene, November 18, 1928, when he was in “Steamboat Willy”, though apparently that wasn’t his very first appearance.  No, that was in “Plane Crazy”.  He was also the first cartoon character to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!   I found a long list of things that can be traced, either directly or indirectly, to this very famous mouse.

* When Walt Disney came up with the idea for Mickey Mouse, he was low on funds, but full of ideas.  Mickey’s birth launched Disney’s career.
* People loved Mickey so much, that they would go to the theater, and if they weren’t playing a Mickey Mouse film, they would leave to find another theater.
*  “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – In 1937 this Disney movie was a breakthrough for animated film, and for the time, the ultimate byproduct of Mickey’s success.
*  The name Mickey Mouse has been written down more than a few times by fed-up citizens who don’t like anyone on the voting ballot.

*  In the 1940’s Disney hit a rough spot.  Fortunately they had lots of Mickey Mouse merchandise sales to fall back on until “Cinderella” hit it big in 1950.
*  Walt Disney invented the American Theme Park with the original Disneyland.

*  The Mickey Mouse Club premiered in 1955, helping to shape the idea of the American teenager, giving them a new natural habitat . . . the rug in front of the TV.
*  Annette Funicello was the breakout star of the original “Mickey Mouse Club” and was Disney’s first teen queen.  Her success brought about “Beach Party”, a 1963 musical teen-vacation movie.
*  Princess mania started with Disney – how? Well, with constant and prolonged exposure to Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and any others from the 1990s forward, leading to an explosion of pink.

The list goes on and on, but there wasn’t any way I was going to give yet another plug to misbehaving EX-Mickey Mouse Club members.  We see enough of those folks as it is.


Push-button Phone Day – Remember the days of rotary phones?  If so, then you are AT LEAST in your mid-40s.  I remember them, and how awed we all were with the push button phones.  Just about as awed as we were with having a private line and not a party line!  For anyone who doesn’t remember what a party line is, or even know what one is – well, I’m sticking my tongue out at you.   Sometimes I overhear teens, or even young adults, complaining over how long it takes for their parents to return text messages, and know that they would have “suffered” greatly in the rotary phone dialing days.  Hahaha and for those of you who are scratching your heads wondering what it was?  To use a rotary phone you had to put your finger into a numbered circular hole and physically turn the dial in order to get each number of the phone number to go through.  Western Electric Manufacturing and supply Unit of the Bell System introduced the Touch Tone telephone with 10 push buttons on November 18,1963.  The service was available for an extra fee and was first used by businesses in Carnegie and Greensburg, PA.  I remember using rotary phones, so it must have been awhile before regular people started using the touch tone, and they were affordable for budgets that were tight.



Food Celebration of the Day

National Vichyssoise Day – Pronounced “vee-shay-swah,” this silky potato and leek soup is traditionally served chilled, but it is equally delicious when hot.

Well, I need to get on with this day.  It’s not just Monday, but there are a few things I have to do today that may end up being unpleasant – a byproduct of being in Human Resources.  I hope and pray that things turn out better than I expect they will.   Maybe if I keep thinking about how I’ll celebrate some of these things today, it’ll cheer me up as I go about my day.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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