Today is July 18.
Serious and silly things… historic things have happened on this day.
Just like every day.
Yet today, for me, has been one of those important days one never forgets.
July 18, 1925
If I had been around in 1925 I imagine I would have been an avid reader, as I am today. A new book was released under the title “Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice.” Now that sounds interesting. Weird, but interesting.
I might have bought it.
Many people did.
Many people still do.
The name was changed soon after the book was finished.
The new name was “Mein Kampf.” Adolph said he liked that simple title better.
July 18, 1960
On this day a new song was released that was very catchy, but it didn’t sell. The band that recorded the song was called, “Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.” That’s probably the reason nobody bought the record. The band name sounds like some bar band appearing nightly at the Holiday Inn near you.
The song sounded like a possible hit to Ernie Evans. He was a nineteen year old singer in Spring Gully, South Carolina. Six months after Hank Ballard’s band failed to sell many records, Ernie Evans re-recorded the song, sounding almost identical to the Hank Ballard and the Midnighters recording. You can take a listen for yourself.
Ernie’s identical version of the song became one of the biggest selling songs of all time. Remarkably it was also the first teen-age rock and roll song that got adults onto the dance floor alongside teenagers. Almost forgot to mention, Ernie also changed his name before the record came out. He started calling himself….Chubby Checker.
July 18, 1963
July 18, 1967
Mark Sinclair Vincent was born in New York City. Nothing much happened until he was 29. He was a night club bouncer and saw an ad for extras in a movie being filmed. He signed up to be an extra in the movie and while on the set he met Steven Spielberg. Spielberg gave him an important role in the film, “Saving Private Ryan.” The rest of Mark Sinclair Vincent’s career you know as well as I do.
He also changed his name.
He became Vin Diesel.
I know this is a special day for you. You are reading this. You are alive and kicking.
Keep it up.
Life is beautiful.
Don’t waste today.
Don’t waste a minute of today