Worked with most of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's stable of artists including the O'Jays, Lou Rawls and Billy Paul. As a recording artist, he appeared on the pop charts six times between 1967 and 1978: "Let the Good Times Roll and Feels So Good" (#22-1967) and "Let me Party With You" (#43-1978).
The one aspect of the proceedings that I always like the most is the presentation of the birthday cake with the USMC emblem, provided every year by Lovin' Oven Cakery in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.
The oldest Marine present and the youngest are ushered to the front of the room. This year it was Bobbi Briggs, a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, who turns 94 later this month. The youngest was one of the active duty Marines who was born in 1994.
Four extremely squared away Marines in splendid dress blues escort the cake up to the front and then the Commandant of the Marine Corps Lake County Detachment 801 takes the ceremonial sword and cuts off a piece. He then gives it to the oldest Marine who takes a bite and then passes the piece to the youngest who takes a bite.
This symbolizing the passing of knowledge and tradition from one generation to another.
41. CARS 3-- July 13-- Fox Lake, $6-- Battling the new hot-shot, faster rookies and Lightning gives his all for the Hudson.
42. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES-- July 20-- Round Lake Beach, free-- Capn' Jack gets the Pearl back, a crew and a monkey. Goodbye Barbossa.
43. DUNKIRK-- July 28-- Fox Lake, $6-- The lines, the ships and boats, the planes, the horrors. Simply surviving an ordeal. This should get an Academy award nomination for Best Picture. Definitely a movie that needs to be seen twice on the big screen.
44. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES-- August 3-- Fox Lake, $6-- Caesar's quest to get the Colonel and save the Apes.
Expensive, Expensive Popcorn. --RoadDog
MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
What with the USMC birthday yesterday and Veterans Day today, I have been busy.
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
I attended the USMC birthday/Toys for Tots breakfast at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion (See the Tom Grosvenor posts in this blog). Later, in the afternoon, Liz and went to the Legion to see a band.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1O
Since this was the Marine Corps' 242nd birthday, I posted about the Marines to all seven blogs.
I went to the flag-raising for Lance Corporal Matthew S. Medlicott at Waukegan, Illinois, High School. He was killed in Iraq in 2007.
I also saw the movie "Thank You for Your Service" at Fox Lake Theater. This was a hard movie about problems soldiers faced with PTSD on their return to civilian life after posting to the Middle East. Later, we met the Usual Suspects at the Legion for the 50-59.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Since this is Veterans Day, I posted about veterans on all seven blogs. (Yesterday, I posted about the Marines on all seven blogs.
I went to the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Fox Lake train station honoring veterans, complete with speeches and a 21 gun salute. Later tonight we will go to the Legion for the Lakes Area Swing band show with all that great World War II Big Band/Swing music.
Tables were set up for World War II veterans and we had six in attendance as well as eight for the Korean War and quite a few Vietnam veterans.
We had the presentation of colors, the U.S. and Marine Corps flags, by the Lake County Marine Corps League and then the National Anthem. Unlike so many of the NFL players, everybody stood except one man sitting at the Vietnam veterans table. But he sure had an excuse. He was in a wheelchair and missing a leg.
We then had the message of General Lejeune read and listened to the Commandant's message.
This past Saturday, Nov. 4, the Fox Lake American Legion was the site of the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps runs the Toys for Tots.
It cost $7 for breakfast consisting of really black and strong coffee, SOS and scrambled eggs. You either made a donation or brought along a toy.
I sat with Ben Floyd, one of the original thirteen Marines who met on Saturday, November 10, 1983 at Hoff's Kitchen in Grayslake, Illinois, as a way to get together with other Marines, talk over old times, help Toys for Tots and enjoy the camaraderie. This annual tradition continues on to today.
Seventy-five years ago, Nov. 4, Marines took the airfield on the island of Guadalcanal and though fighting would continue for another three months, this was a big turning point in the hard-fought battle.
Caught by surprise in the midst of the horror that took place in Las Vegas, on Monday, we were at Blueberry Hill on Nippersink Lake after boating over to it and someone's "Idge" phone had word that Tom Petty had died.
I'll never forget when my friend Kip had seen him at the Super Bowl half time show and, since he is somewhat older, had never heard him before. All he could say was, "Who was that guy." To say the least, he was not impressed at all.
Let's face it, he had probably one of the worst voices ever in rock and roll, but it sounded right in his songs. But, he could sure jangle those guitars.
This was movie day. I saw "American Made" starring Tom Cruise as a man who got involved in the Central American drug, guns and Contra business back in the late 70s early 80s. I then saw "Geostorm" about our space station and satellites controlling the weather going wrong.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
We went to the American Legion and met friends for the 50-50. As usual,we didn't win.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
In the morning I went to the USMC 242nd birthday breakfast and Toys for Tots at the Fox Lake American Legion. Always good to get together with kindred spirits and support the Corps. Lots of "Ooh-Rahing."
In the afternoon, Liz and I met Kora and others at the Legion and enjoyed the 50s-70s music of the 3 Aces band from 3 to 6. We then went over to Sunnyside for a couple, two, three.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
We went to the Squaw Bar at 3 and had a chili cookoff, listened to the Little Joe band play and enjoyed the $6 pitchers. Later went to Sunnyside again.
1. OUR TEAMS OUT-- Saturday was not only a rainy and cool day, but a real bad one for the teams Liz and I were backing in the Illinois State High School Football Playoffs. All three of the teams we were backing: Palatine, Johnsburg and Richmond-Burton were beaten and are out of it. At least now, I don't have to think about sitting outside in miserable weather.
2. A PERFECT AFTERNOON-- Yesterday we drove over to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, where they were having a chili cookoff. Not only that, but they had a band playing in the afternoon, cheap beer ($6 a pitcher domestic) and the Squaw is a perfect dive bar. Those four things come together to make for a real fun afternoon.
3. NFL SAYING SORRY? With the commercials the NFL was running yesterday during the games and the coaching garb on the sidelines, I'd say the NFL was making peace with the great dishonor they did to our veterans with all that sideline kneeling during the National Anthem.
Liz and I were ready to boycott the NFL next Sunday as our little way of saying here's what we think of you. Now, we can watch the Bears-Packers game, something which we were sadly not going to watch because of all of this. Now, we'll watch some of it, but if those players kneel during the anthem before the game, the boycott is on again.
Today, when all those NFL players take a knee and indicate to our veterans what they think of them, let's think of the real heroes.
Yesterday I attended the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Breakfast for Toys for Tots at the Fox Lake, Illinois, American Legion. This coming Friday, November 10 is the 242nd birthday of our Corps.
Everyone stood during the presentation of the colors and National Anthem except one man.
He was at the Vietnam War veterans table...and he was in a wheel chair, He was missing a leg.
Certainly a reason not to stand, but I know he would have if he could have.
Something to think about today when you see that offensive show of disrespect out on the sidelines before the game.
I wonder who paid the price so those football players could make their millions of dollars?