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April 8th, 2008

Linkage [Apr. 8th, 2008|07:57 pm]
Drat! I missed the 75th anniversary of New Beer's Eve! The first New Beer's Eve, for those who don't know, was when beer with up to 3.2% alcohol by weight became legally available in the United States for the first time since 1919. Though the 18th Amendment to the Constitution did not take effect until January 17th, 1920, alcoholic beverages had already been banned nationally by the Volstead Act several months earlier. The 18th Amendment was officially repealed on December 5th, 1933, but a modification of the Volstead Act signed by President Roosevelt made 3.2 beer legally available on April 7th of that year. I was going to mention the anniversary yesterday but totally forgot. And no, I didn't forget because I was drunk. I even forgot to drink! Sorry, Franklin. Well, I'll try to remember December 5th.

For those who miss prohibition and all the fun of the speakeasy, watch this MGM musical short from 1930, with Penny Singleton (later to play Blondie opposite Arthur Lake's Dagwood in a series of 28 movies) singing (with that voice she could have been perfectly cast as Olive Oyl) and dancing, and and Al "Rubber Legs" Norman dancing, to "Good News", with Abe Lyman and his orchestra. There are some pre-Hayes Code dance moves (I see England, I see France!) by Singleton. An interesting bit of trivia about Singleton is recounted on this page, where she is credited with creating the concept of actors' residuals.

Potentially better than beer (WHAT?!?): candy that fights cavities!

There was weather as well, but it's gone now.

Edit: And, yes, I did forget to include the link to the Penny Singleton video. Fixed now. And no, I'm still not drunk. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.
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