|"Cap'n Slappy" and "Ol' Chumbucket"|
On June 6, 1995, John Baur and Mark Summers from Albany, Oregaon were in the middle of a racquetball game when one of the duo’s smooth mooves caused an injury and one them uttered “Aaarrr!” in response to the pain of the injury that was inflicted. The two continued to play speaking to each other like pirates and thought what a great idea it would be if everyone in the world talk like pirates, even if just one day a year. The idea caught on and the guys decided that September 19 would make for a better day of the unofficial holiday. (September 19 was Summer’s ex-wife’s birthday and so he thought the date would be easy to remember.) The day was only an inside joke between the two who now call themselves Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy, until the pair sent a letter to humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted it. Today, Baur and Summers point out that the day isn’t “Act Like a Pirate Day” or “Dress Up Like a Pirate Day” it’s just a day to say “Ahoy, maties” or “Ahoy, me hearties” to one another. You can learn more by visiting their website.
Adam West is Born
William West Anderson, better known as Adam West, was born on this day in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. Best known for playing Batman in the 1960’s TV show, he never fully broke away from the role. He has been involved in numerous versions of the superhero, mostly in animated form over the years. He has also made a lucrative career doing voiceover work for other animated projects including The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats and others including the role of Mayor Adam West on Family Guy. He re-voiced the character of the 1960's version of Batman for the video game, LEGO Batman 3 and joined up with his old chums, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar for the animated Warner Bros. DVDs, Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017) coming out next month. West died at the age of 88 on June 2, 2017 after a short battle losing to leukemia.
Mary Richards Shows Up for Work for the First Time
Though Mary Tyler Moore was the name of the show, it was much more of a ensemble comedy when it aired for the first time in 1970 on CBS. Mostly an office comedy, the show focused on the friendships between co-workers at WJM TV studio in Minneapolis. Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, the show starred Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Betty White. During the show’s seven-year run, it won numerous Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series (1975, 1976 and 1977), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Moore: 1973, 1974 and 1976) and Actress of the Year (1974) as well as three Golden Globes. TV Guide ranked the episode, “Chuckles Bites the Dust” as the #1 Greatest Episode of all Time. Three spin-off series were created from the show: Rhoda (1974-1978), Phyllis (1975-1977) and Lou Grant (1977-1982) which was an hour-long drama series. In 2000, Moore and Harper reunited and reprised their roles for a Made-for-TV movie, Mary and Rhoda.