Thursday, April 16, 2009

Old School Thursday: Saints and Icons

Today is a big day for the saints. It’s the Feast of St. Drogo (patron of coffee house owners and keepers) and also the official day for both St. Magnus of Orkney (patron of fishmongers) and St. Bernadette (patron of shepherds). That’s a lot of lesser-known saints. And on top of all that, it’s National Eggs Benedict Day. I don’t think that has anything to do with the Pope, but it does keep it on theme.

Beyond the Church, today’s a big day for mid-twentieth century pop culture. Today in 1941, the original Elsie the Cow died. Elsie, originally a cartoon, got famous as the brand icon for Borden Milk. The “real” Elsie, who was really originally named “You’ll do Lobelia” (wordy?) was chosen to represent the brand at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Fifteen years later, on April 16, 1956, the wine-making, grape-stomping episode of I Love Lucy aired for the first time. Footage from that episode is really, really famous – and makes me wonder if old Lucy episodes are still running on TV. If not, will classic episodes like that one and the candymaking ep be lost to future generations? That seems sad.

So that’s it. To celebrate? Milk, wine and eggs Benedict, of course.

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