Summer anticipation, sex symbol is born, rock ‘n roll royalty, maiden voyage of the “Grey Ghost”

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The passage was calm as a lake this morning.
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Drayton’s Passage was a veritable Grand Central Station early this morning as fishing boats jockeyed for position. “Something is biting,” said my lovely bride.

Good morning Longbranch.

Today feels as if I had woken up to summer. It is 52 degrees and sunny. Drayton’s Passage is a calm lake and fishermen have been powering up and down our bank all morning. The weather geeks are saying the high today will certainly top 72 degrees — a start to a four-day stretch of sunny and warm days.

On that bright note, I give you the day in history:

In 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson, a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, was born in Los Angeles Calif. According to “Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old”

On June 1, 1936, the RMS Queen Mary, a.k.a. the “Grey Ghost”, completes her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, according to the Leominster (Mass.) Daily Enterprise.

The ship was “built in the United Kingdom in the 1930s, the Queen Mary’s rich history includes the Great Depression, World War II, the heyday of transatlantic travel during the late 40’s and 50’s and the eventual decline of ocean liners in the 60’s,” according to the website “Relocated to Long Beach, California in 1967, the Queen Mary is a historic reminder of a bygone era. Reborn as a hotel and attraction, the Queen Mary has become a Southern California historic landmark, offering people an opportunity to step back in time and experience the grand days of ocean liner travel.”

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“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, 1967

In 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most important rock & roll album ever made according to Rolling Stones magazine, was issued.

The magazine says the album was “an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. From the title song’s regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the orchestral seizure and long, dying piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life,” the 13 tracks on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are the pinnacle of the Beatles’ eight years as recording artists. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were never more fearless and unified in their pursuit of magic and transcendence. Issued in Britain on June 1st, 1967, and a day later in America, Sgt. Pepper is also rock’s ultimate declaration of change. For the Beatles, it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. ‘We were fed up with being Beatles,’ McCartney said decades later, in Many Years From Now, Barry Miles’ McCartney biography. ‘We were not boys, we were men… artists rather than performers.'”

And finally in 1980, Cable News Network, a.k.a. CNN, hits the airwaves for the first time.

Good day, all.

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