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#triviatuesday - Today we celebrate the 80s -- not the decade -- but three American entertainment icons who share an 80-plus birthday/anniversary today, April 30. Who are they?

On today’s TriviaTuesday blog we celebrate the 80s -- not the decade -- but three American entertainment icons who share an 80-plus birthday/anniversary today, April 30. Who are they?

Here are clues :

  1. “Ovaltine”

  2. A carrot

  3. “Crazy” (the song)

Give yourself a round of applause if you answered:



1. “Ovaltine” -- A flavored drink offered by “Frau Blucher” to the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein in the Mel Brooks mega-hit comedy, “Young Frankenstein.” * The stern, yet gracious “Frau” was portrayed by the inimitable Cloris Leachman, who turns 89 years old today. **

2. “A carrot” -- The favorite veggie of that “wascally wabbit,” cartoon/comics icon Bugs Bunny, who made his screen debut in “Porky’s Hare Hunt” 81 years ago today. To this day the cheeky character still delivers his signature line, “What’s up, Doc?,” while gnawing on a carrot. Reportedly, the carrot crunch was “based on Clark Gable’s carrot- chewing in the 1934 film, ‘It Happened One Night.’” **

3. “Crazy,” the heart-rending ballad performed by the late, great Patsy Cline, was written by another musical legend, Willie Nelson, who turns 86 years old today. ** On his Twitter account the mega-star invites fans to check out one of the best birthday gifts an entertainer can receive -- his photo on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine.

https://twitter.com/WillieNelson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


May these 80-plus stars continue to shine for more years to come!

The six images above are from Google Images.

Sources:
* “Young Frankenstein : the Story of the Making of the Film” by Mel Brooks with Rebecca Keegan. Published in 2016 by Black Dog & Leventhal. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.

** The 2019 edition of “Chase’s Calendar of Events.” Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.

With thousands of entertainment items available on our shelves and online, MidPointe Library is your source for all-things Mel Brooks, Bugs Bunny and Willie Nelson! For example...



“Young Frankenstein” movie fans can get a look behind-the-scenes in “Young Frankenstein -- The Story of the Making of the Film,” written by Mel Brooks with Rebecca Keegan. Published in 2016 by Black Dog & Leventhal. The title is also available in other media:

http://encore.middletownlibrary.org/iii/encore/search/C__Syoung%20frankenstein__Orightresult__U?lang=eng&suite=gold


The DVD of the movie is also available at MidPointe.

You’ll find a lot of “Bugs” at MidPointe, thanks to the “Looney Tunes Greatest Hits” Volume 3 from DC Comics and so many other titles featuring the ageless bunny.

http://encore.middletownlibrary.org/iii/encore/search/C__SBugs%20Bunny__Orightresult__U?lang=eng&suite=gold

Then there’s “It’s A Long Story -- My Life,” Willie Nelson’s autobiography written with David Ritz. Published in 2015 by Little Brown and Company.

http://encore.middletownlibrary.org/iii/encore/search/C__Swillie%20nelson__Orightresult__U?lang=eng&suite=gold

These and thousands of other items are available to MidPointe Library cardholders.

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Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor, Liberty Center) and onboard our “Library On Wheels” formerly known as the Bookmobile.

Cardholders can also access material from  other libraries thanks to our “Search Ohio” and “Ohio Links” found in the upper right corner of MidPointe’s online catalog.