Friday, February 10, 2012

Jefferson Davis and the Dukes of Hazzard

On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was notified by telegraph that he had been chosen as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.  When I think of Jefferson Davis, the first thing that comes to my mind is television icon Jefferson Davis  Hogg..... that's Boss Hogg of The Dukes of Hazzard fame.  In honor of this momentous occasion I give you my top 5 favorite supporting characters from the Dukes of Hazzard.

5.  Daisy Duke - While some might consider Daisy a main character, I still had to include her here.  Why?  Because I'm a red blooded American male.  What little boy didn't want to grow up to marry Daisy Duke?  For the record, I liked the Jeep better than the yellow Road Runner too.

4.  Coy and Vance Duke - The epitome of second class characters.  There are still a lot of people who don't know that for 1982-1983 that Bo and Luke's "cousins" were the stars as John Schneider and Tom Wopat were in contract disputes with CBS.

3.  Enos Strate - Enos was a lovable deputy who had grown up with the Dukes, and always seemed to find himself in an ethical dilemma when it came time to do his job.  It was particularly hard when Daisy regularly seduced the poor fella to buy some time for Bo and Luke.  The main reason I include Enos is for his coining of one of my all time favorite expressions, "possum on a gum bush."

2.  Lulu Hogg - Take Roscoe's sister and wed her to Boss Hogg and hilarity ensues.  Like Enos, Lulu is also friendly with the Dukes, sometimes yielding an interesting relationship between here and Boss.  My favorite pet name for Lulu as given by Boss: "Sugarplum Puddin"

1.  Cooter Davenport - Honestly, he should be number 1 on name alone.  Cooter was actually a very complex character.  He was always there for the Dukes.  In his cutoff shirt and perfectly worn ball cap, Cooter could fix anything.  He was also the father of The General Lee as told in the episode "Happy Birthday General Lee."  Cooter's best trait though, was his CB radio call.  It's a phrase that many years later I still have ingrained in my head, ""Breaker one, Breaker one, I might be crazy but I ain't dumb, Craaaazy Cooter comin' atcha, any y'all Dukes out there on the Hazzard net? Come on"

Y'all take it easy,


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

State of the Union

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address.  I'll likely spend the entire time rolling my eyes and yelling at the TV, but I will watch because he is our President and the elected leader of our country.  We have a duty to pay attention whether we agree or not.  In honor of this momentous occasion, I give you my personal list of the top five most historically significant State of the Union addresses:

5.  Woodrow Wilson - 1913 - This was the first time in over 100 years that a President actually delivered a State of the Union in the form of an oratory address.  From the time of Thomas Jefferson forward it was simply a written document delivered to Congress.

4.  Harry Truman - 1947 - The first televised State of the Union address.  Watch a clip HERE.

3.  Bill Clinton - 1996 - Maybe not historically significant to some, but hey.... this is my personal list.  This is the first State of the Union address that I really remember.  I was 16 years old.  While it was remembered mostly as Clinton's attempt to move to the center after a mid-term republican takeover, the biggest thing I remember was the talk of the V-Chip.  As a young man who had good parents which monitored TV habits, I was not a fan of the v-chip.

2.  Franklin Roosevelt - 1944 - Referred to by many as the Second Bill of Rights.  It revolutionized what Americans thought of as "Rights."  It birthed Social Security, Medicare and the Department of Education.  It was a turning point in the history of our country.  A good or bad turning point?  Well...... I'm not going there today, LOL!

1.  Abraham Lincoln - 1862 - This was kind of a no-brainer really.  It was delivered two months after the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and one month before it was enacted.  He stated, "We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves."  He was right.  Fortunately they were remembered for the right reasons.

Y'all take it easy,


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wilson Pickett

Six years ago today we lost Wilson Pickett.  In honor of this momentous occasion I give you my top 5 favorite Wilson Pickett tunes.  I'm gonna give links so you can listen too!

#5 - Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - You probably remember it from The Blues Brothers, but Wicked Wilson Pickett sang it first.

#4 - Stagger Lee A popular folk song based on the murder of William "Billy" Lyons by Stagger Lee SheltonHerb Wiedoeft and his band originally recorded the song in 1924

#3 - Mustang Sally - A favorite at every band party and beach music concert I ever attended throughout college.  This may be Pickett's best known song.

#2 - Land of a Thousand Dances - Pickett's highest ranking song ever on the US Hot 100, peaking at #6.  You'll be singing the hook all day ;)

#1 - Hey Jude -  Written by Lennon and McCarthy, the Beatles are largely considered responsible for making this song famous.  I have always had an affinity for Wilson Pickett's version though.  It was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals in late 1968 and features the late great Duane Allman on guitar.  A classic song with a bluesy voice and badass guitar riffs.  Does it get any better?

Y'all take it easy,