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First, an apology. If you happen to be a regular reader of Boredwalk's emails, you may have been surprised earlier this week to receive what should have been our Weird Wednesday email on Tuesday.
A more conniving person might try to explain that this was intentional in some way in order to save face, but the truth is that Boredwalk co-founder Meredith and I have been on the east coast this week for a conference literally about how to be BETTER at what we do for a living, and between jet lag and sleep deprivation I just lost track of which day was which and made a mistake with my scheduling. How ironic! If only it was a few days later, this would have been a wonderful April Fool's Day prank. There's always next year, I suppose.
Now that that's out of the way, happy National Sourdough Bread Day! Sounds like the perfect building block for one of those aforementioned crispy melty grilled cheese sammies.
Spare me your Texas toast.
(But also, to each their own if that's your preference —
I just like my carbs to reflect my mood.)
Also, now seems as good a time as any to let you know that Meredith and I are hard at work on our next book project, and hoo-boy, it is gonna be epic! Once it's ready to properly unveil — we think that will be late spring or early this summer — our email and SMS subscribers will be getting first crack at it, so be sure to check in regularly from here on out so you don't miss it!
Now let's have some birthday cake for some April fools of yore:
• Composer and piano virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff, born this day in 1873! I don't know all that much Rachmaninoff, but what I have heard sounds like it would be very difficult to play.
• Psychologist Abraham Maslow, born this day in 1908! Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a foundational theory of modern psychology. More people should know about it!
• Actress, singer, and businesswoman Debbie Reynolds, born this day in 1932! Ms Reynolds was the star of popular films like Singin' in the Rain and How the West Was Won, but for Americans of a certain vintage she's best known as the voice of Charlotte the spider in the 1973 animated film Charlotte's Web, as well as for being the mother of actress Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia Organa of the Star Wars franchise).
• Soul and jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, born this day in 1949! Mr. Scott-Heron's 1970 poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is considered a major influence on hip-hop music, and if you haven't seen it before, you should check out his concert album and film Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, during which it was first recorded. It's pretty mesmerizing.
• Hardcore punk pioneer D. Boon, born this day in 1958! D. Boon was the guitarist and singer of the punk trio Minutemen, and their 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime was a landmark of the LA punk scene in the 1980s (even though the band's sound was heavily influenced by the country, blues, and funk of Boon's childhood). Boon's most well-known song, 'Corona,' is the theme song of the MTV show Jackass.
• Other cool stuff that happened on April 1st includes the founding of Apple Computer, Inc. (1977), The Netherlands becoming the first contemporary country to legalize same-sex marriage (2001), and the launch of Google's email service Gmail (2004).
If you plan to stock up on Boredwalk goodies this weekend, don't forget to save 10% on orders of $100 or more when you use the code YAY10 at checkout!
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Alright! We'll be back in your inbox Monday with a new Boredwalk Community Q&A, more famous birthdays, a random holiday or two, and other assorted entertainment!
Until next time...
Peace, love, and pranks,