On This Day, August 17

Posted on 17th Aug 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

It’s Friday!

And I am reminded about the Italian chap who was an architect, town planner and lawmaker but who was only remembered for one thing – tsk, tsk, tsk… have sexual relations with one goat!  Well, on this day, US President Bill Clinton admitted in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In 2008, American swimmer, Michael Phelps, became  the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.  How many medals has he got now?  Is it 21 all up?  Legend…

To those born on this day…

In 1786, Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier – from memory he was born on a mountain top in Tennessee, greenest state in the Land of the Free, raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree, kilt him a bear when he was only three… (everybody sing!) … Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!

Crockett was born the same day as Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.  She was the mother of Queen Victoria…

Others born on August 17 – Brazilian race car driver, Nelson Piquet (1952), American singer Belinda Carlisle (1958). Actor Sean Penn (1960), NKOTB singer Donnie Wahlberg (1969) and tennis champ, Jim Courier in 1970.

In 1943, American actor, Robert De Niro was born.  I used to work with a voice artist called Keith Scott who got a gig doing the voices for the animated characters in Rocky and Bullwinkle, which starred De Niro.  He loved calling, just to say, “Not much happened on the weekend… just went over to Bobby’s for a BBQ…”  Right is the closest I can get with a photo of Bobby and Keith…

Dying on this day, in 1995, was one of the great Hollywood screenwriters, Howard E. Koch. Blacklisted as a communist, one of his best scripts was Casablanca… great characterisation, plot, story, drama, humour and ending.  He wrote the ending the day before it was shot – even he didn’t know that it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.