Demonstrating a nimble ability to find value in all human life, Josh Eisenberg joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning and he highlighted the incredible and inspiring life of Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95, and the culinary contributions of Todd Mills, an Arkansas man who imagined the possibilities of a taco with a Dorito chip shell.
One of the greatest leaders in world history and a guy who thought Doritos should be stuffed with taco meat. How very tumblr of us.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free.”—
Obit of the Day: From Mickey Mouse Club to Fenway Park
This story begins with a mugging in Boston near the Charles River. Ed Cobb, the victim, was also a music producer and his not-so-happy experience would become a song that is as iconic among the city’s sports fans as “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” and “Sweet Caroline.”
The song Ed Cobb wrote, “Dirty Water,” was recorded by The Standells in 1966. The garage band featured vocalist and keyboard player Larry Tamblyn, guitarist Tony Valentino, bass guitarist Gary Lane, and drummer and vocalist Dick Dodd. None of the band had ever been to Boston.
The song was released in April 1966 and would peak at 11 on the Billboard charts. It would be The Standells greatest hit. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio) lists it as one of the “Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”
Dick Dodd, who got his professional start as a member of the original Mickey Mouse Club, left the group in 1968 to pursue a solo career. He wouldn’t rejoin the group for 36 years.
In 1997, the Boston Red Sox began playing “Dirty Water” after every home victory. It was also adopted by the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. Mr. Dodd had no idea until hearing his voice on television at the end of a Red Sox game.
In 2004, without much preparation, The Standells reunited before Game 2 of the World Series to perform “Dirty Water” live in Fenway Park. The Red Sox would win the series, their first in 86 years.
Dick Dodd, who was driving a limousine when contacted by the Red Sox, died on November 29, 2013 at the age of 66.
Random note: Mr. Dodd bought his first snare drum for $20 from Annette Funicello, who passed away in April 2013.
"In one legendary incident Mr. Bhachu’s gearshift was stuck in reverse forcing him to drives 3 miles, backwards, to return to his mechanics" - Obit of the Day.
Historian Josh Eisenberg looks at the living history of our world through the people that have recently departed it. This week we learn about a Sikh racecar driver and the man behind a legendary whale removal process.
Hi there! We are new to tumblr and saw you are a top editor on the history tag. We just wanted to introduce you to our blog. We are the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). Our organization is an independent alliance of organizations and institutions which promote the study of the U.S. Congress. We'll be posting lots of cool content, photos, and historical docs from our member institutions. If you could give us a feature when you see something you like, it would be great! Thx
I’ll go one better and recommend people give ACSC a follow as well. I went through the tumblr (and congresscenters.org) and they are definitely for the history geek.