The musical Hair premiered on Broadway this day in 1968.
It was a first!
It was hippie time in America. The country was in social and cultural upheaval. Hair was a tribal love-rock musical. New!
The show gave New York theater goers a full frontal glimpse of the burgeoning 60s-counterculture aesthetic.
Hair first opened off Broadway. In Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in the East Village. Ran there for 6 weeks before moving onto Broadway.
It was at Papp’s Theater in the Village that I saw the show. A huge old movie theater. Packed. Standing room only.
Hair was different. It was the first of what was to come. However none knew it at the moment.
I became aware when the entire cast appeared on stage at the end of the first act nude. Totally. Male and female. Front and back.
Unheard of in those days.
The crowd went wild!
It was a youth performance with a youth hope. That the world was going to chose tomorrow.
I missed the hippie experience by about 10 years. When I saw Hair, I was 33. Had a wife, 4 children and a mortgage. I was into wearing suits, shirts and ties.
Today appears to be great musicals of yesteryear time for me.
“I’m on the road again…..” One of my all time favorites. Willie Nelson.
He is 87 today and still going strong!
Forrest Gump was prone to come up with brilliant statements. One of my favorites: “Stupid is as stupid does.”
The recipient of the stupid is as stupid does award today is none other than Vice President Michael Pence.
A horse’s ass in many ways.
Pence was at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this past week. He refused to wear a mask while visiting the doctors and patients. Even though Mayo personnel explained to him it was “policy.”
Woodrow Wilson must have had a suspicion that some day a Donald Trump would be President. A Wilson observation befitting Trump: “All the extraordinary men I have ever known were clearly extraordinary in their own estimation.”
My blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou last night. The main topic was Fauci, Giuliani, Wuhan Laboratory, and the $3.7 million grant.
I was loaded for bear.
Absorbed 20 minutes of the 30 minute show. Worthy of such a long exploration of the situation. I have not shared it here as yet. Saving the material for another day as I suspect the “show” is not yet over.
The Florida Keys are doing well as far as Covid-19 is involved. The Keys are part of Monroe County.
The County so far reports 79 confirmed cases, 3 of those resulting in death. Key West claims 38 of the cases, none of the deaths.
Trump is proud of his record. Especially as to “promises made, promises kept.”
The problem which Trump does not recognize is that few of his promises become reality.
Stimulus monies. Small Business loans a major screw up. Everyone is aware.
I was concerned about the $1200 stimulus payment to Social Security recipients. I am one of those, together with millions of others. Thought sure there was going to be a screw up. Business as usual.
Not this time. Trump delivered as represented. Monday the Washington word was those entitled to payment who were on direct deposit would receive their deposit by the end of the month.
The end of the month tomorrow.
I checked my bank account on the internet this morning. The $1200 was there.
On this day in 1946, movie producer David Selznick and movie star Jennifer Jones checked into La Concha Hotel.
Jones one of my all time favorites. Especially her performances in The Song of Bernadette and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.
May Johnson still sick. Her second week in bed. “Chills” a major complaint. In her diary for this day in 1896, she wrote: “In bed all day, at 10 o’clock had another dreadful chill.”
Enjoy your day!