Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sunday is Donald Duck Day

Donald Duck Day is celebrated on June 9 because it was on June 9, 1934, 79 years ago, that the original Donald made his big screen debut in the Walt Disney Silly Symphony, The Wise Little Hen.

Clarence Nash provided the voice of Donald Duck in that first cartoon and would continue to provide that amazing noise until 1983, just a couple of years before his death.

Donald, of course, is still very much with us -- and still not wearing pants.

Jackie Wilson was born on June 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. He's been gone a long time already, but on our iPods and MP3 players, he's still taking us higher and higher. Les Paul, who more or less invented the electric guitar, making rock'n'roll possible, was born on June 9, 1915.

Comedian Jackie Mason was born on June 9, 1931 in -- and you're not going to believe this, but we're relying on Wikipedia here -- Sheboygan, Wisconsin. You have to read through the Wikipedia bio to find that Mr. Mason was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which is a relief, because he does not sound like he has a Wisconsin accent.

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