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HONORING THE AMERICAN WORKER
September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day! Since 1882, America has been taking this day off to celebrate and honor the American worker. The idea was born of a time when workers had few rights and barely a day off. The day has really evolved into a day with family, barbecues and the last real day of Summer. We are thinking today of the American craftsmen and people who make things here in our country...

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE- CHARLIE PARKER
August 29, 2014

"I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born." That pretty much sums up how Charlie Parker invented Bebop.   Charlie Parker was born today, nearly a century ago. His music is so timeless, it's hard to believe it was created in the 1940s and 50s, but that's part of his genius...

WHISKEY WEDNESDAY- ELMER LEE
August 27, 2014

Elmer T. Lee was a young World War 2 veteran who applied for a job at the George Stagg Distillery in 1949. Turned away by the the head honcho Colonel Blanton with the words "Son we're not hiring any hands today", Elmer showed up anyway and got to work. He rose to become the Master Distiller, the most skilled and coveted position in the Whiskey World...

BOND, JAMES BOND
August 25, 2014

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the Best in a Man". Today is International Sean Connery Day. What, you didn't know about it? Every year, August 25th is Sir Sean Connery's birthday and fans around the world launch into movie marathons honoring the living legend.  The male heroes like McQueen, James Dean, John Wayne- these get more attention. For us, there's no single living actor tougher and cooler than Sean Connery.