Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 20

O. J. Simpson is Granted Parole

After serving nine years of a nine to 33-year sentence, former football player and actor, O. J. Simpson was granted parole today in Nevada. Simpson was doing time for his role in his 2007 confrontation over sport memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel. During his trial, Simpson was found guilty of 12 charges in the incident where he and five other men were said to have stormed a hotel room to retrieve his personal items, but left with a lot more. He told the parole board, "I've spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime … I've done my time, I'd just like to get back to my family and friends – and believe it or not I do have some real friends!" He also reiterated about how good of a person he was and how he wants to live out the rest of his life as a better Christian. While some are doubtful of his remarks that he is not a violent person, his prison record has been spotless. He could be released as soon as October 1, 2017.

Jan and Dean's "Surf City" becomes #1

'Surf City' Becomes First Surf Song to Reach #1

The story goes like this: Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, better known together as Jan and Dean, were at a party with fellow surfer, Brian Wilson where Wilson played for them his new song, "Surfin' U.S.A." The duo suggested that they all record the song, but Wilson said no, since he had intended it to for The Beach Boys. However, he also shared with them Surf City and suggested that Jan and Dean record that instead since he himself had lost interest in the song. Berry and Torrence added to the lyrics, recorded the song, released it in May of '63 and on this day, it became the first "surf" song to make it to #1 on national record charts. While Wilson's father, who was the manager of The Beach Boys, was upset that Brian "wasted" a song that should have been The Beach Boys, Wilson said that he was happy that another group had a hit song and that he was a part of it.

July 20, 2014 is National Ice Cream Day.

National Ice Cream Day

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as the National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July was dubbed National Ice Cream Day. As you can imagine, ice cream manufacturers are more than ready to participate. This year the “holiday” lands next to the National Junk Food Day which will be “celebrated” on Monday, July 21. Americans are the number one consumer of ice cream  enjoying 48 pints of the stuff per person every year. The top five flavors? Vanilla at 27.8%, followed by chocolate (14.3%), strawberry (3.3%), chocolate chip (3.3%) and butter pecan (2.8%).