Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.
Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.
“Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts. When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.
We went to an event last night where one of America's Master Distillers, Dave Pickerell, was talking about his rye whiskeys made at relatively new distillery he co-owns in Vermont. It's called Whistle Pig.
In giving us a bit of a history lesson, he said rye whisky in the US pre-dates bourbon (e.g., George Washington was a distiller of rye). It was once an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails, but fell into obscurity during prohibition, until about 10 years ago when young craft bartenders showed a new interest in bringing back some of the old-school cocktails.
That led my wife to look up the word "cocktail" and it's origin. She went to Wikipedia and found this bit of amusing historical insight:
"The first definition of cocktail known to be an alcoholic beverage appeared in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) May 13, 1806; editor Harry Croswell answered the question, "What is a cocktail?":
"Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else."
Don Martensen MPHS Jan 66
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The name may refer to the practice of serving drinks in tall glasses, or the dining cars of trains powered by steam locomotives; when the engine would get up to speed and the ball that showed boiler pressure was at its high level, known as "highballing". Or the name may have come from early railroad signals with raised globes meaning "clear track ahead".
There are many rivals for the fame of mixing the first highball, including the Adams House in Boston. New York barman Patrick Duffy claimed the highball was brought to the U.S. in 1894 from England by actor E. J. Ratcliffe.
Highballs are popular in Japan, often made with Japanese whisky as a haibōru (ハイボール), or mixed with shōchū as a chūhai (チューハイ). Various mixers can be specified by suffixing with -hai (〜ハイ), as in oolong highball (ウーロンハイ ūron-hai). These are consumed similarly to beer, often with food or at parties. This is from our EMPEHI Yahoo Groups. Click on the link if you would like to join our discussions;
This building was adjacent to the Chicago River at the southeast corner of Wacker Drive and Lake Street. The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln for the President in 1860. Lincoln himself did not visit the convention.
The two-story wooden structure was named Wigwam from a Native American word for "temporary shelter,". It seated 10,000 people.