Sunday, December 24, 2017

December 24th

The Cowsills perform a Christmas medley and their next hit record "We Can Fly" on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Also on hand this evening is Bobbie Gentry, who sings "Niki Hokey" and "I Wonder As I Wonder". 

What a year 1967 was for movies.  Several of the films released that year remain among my all-time favorites some fifty years later … "The Dirty Dozen", "In The Heat Of The Night", "Bonnie And Clyde", "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and now this week's brand new #1 Hit, "The Graduate", which opens to the single biggest box office of the year … just under $5 million!  The Dustin Hoffman / Anne Bancroft classic is just as popular today (and has just as large a following … if not more so) 50 years later.  A TRUE classic! 

Burt Baskin, co-founder of the Baskin - Robbins ice cream chain, died. He and his brother-in-law, Irvine Robbins became partners in 1948 (although the joined Baskin - Robbins name did come into play until 1953, when they first offered 31 flavors.)  Prior to that, each ran separate businesses (Irv opened Snowbird Ice Cream in Glendale, California, in 1945 and featured 21 flavors of high-quality ice cream.  The following year Burt opened Burton's Ice Cream Shop in Pasadena, California.)  By 1948, they had six stores between them.  A year later they had over 40 stores in Southern California alone … and they purchased their first dairy to insure the control and quality of the product they were producing.  Today they have over 2800 locations in the United States and over 5800 locations worldwide.  Since 1945, they have introduced over a THOUSAND new flavors into the marketplace.

Joe Namath of The New York Jets became the NFL's first quarterback to pass for 4000 yards in a single season.  (He finished with 4007).