Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thursday is Sunglasses Day

You can wear sunglasses at night if you wish -- and we certainly hope that your future is so bright you have to wear shades -- but, frankly, the news that June 27 is Sunglasses Day struck us as merely seasonal, not particularly sensational.

You might need sunglasses if you drive the Mother Road, or what's left of it. As of June 27, 1985 you could no longer officially get your kicks on Route 66, because that was the date on which the route was officially removed from the United States Highway System.

This post has developed a musical theme, and it is therefore particularly appropriate to note the birthdays of two famous songwriters on June 27. Mildred J. Hill was born on June 27, 1859. You may not remember her -- but you've sung her most famous song, "Happy Birthday to You." And Doc Pomus was born on June 27, 1925. You may not recognize the name, but kids of a certain age wondered "(Why Must I Be) A Teenager In Love?" Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman wrote that. Other songs from their catalog include "This Magic Moment", "Sweets For My Sweet" (a hit for the Drifters and then the Searchers), "Little Sister", and "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame."

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