Culinary no-no #515

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!

We begin this week’s installment with a visit to a Milwaukee restaurant that’s more than 70 years old:

Their website says “Five O’Clock Steakhouse specializes in serving the finest steaks and seafood paired with a notable wine list, classic cocktails, as well as outstanding, personalized service.”

Earlier this year Milwaukee’s Five O’Clock Steakhouse at 24th and State was named the #1 steakhouse in Wisconsin by renowned culinary publication “Tasting Table.”

The restaurant gets rave reviews, like this one I found on-line:

“I have been to over 40 countries and have tried every type of steak on multiple continents, and still bring new people I meet here for the best steak they will ever have.”

But here’s an extremely notable thumbs down.

My friend, the late Dennis Getto was a very popular, widely-read restaurant critic for many years at the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Getto’s columns were always interesting and highly anticipated.

I met Getto when I worked at WTMJ Radio. He was a regular guest on another friend’s program, Gordon Hinkley.

Getto died in 2007.  His Journal Sentinel obituary read:

Getto went to great lengths to keep his identity secret, wanting to have the same experience that any other diner would have. He often disguised his appearance, growing assorted beards, wearing awful wigs and even a cowboy hat.

He always made reservations under assumed names and paid in cash. Friends dining with Getto soon realized that he kept a small tape recorder in his shirt pocket, the better to discreetly dictate notes.

And Getto’s face never appeared on the newspaper page. But he did pose with a grocery bag over his head in promotional ads. Yet another classic showed only Getto’s green eyes peering through two Krispy Kreme doughnuts when the franchise hit the Milwaukee area.

Restaurateurs and readers might not have known the face, but they knew the name.

“I think that being anonymous made him really blend in with the people who live here,” Editor in Chief Martin Kaiser said. “It was like anyone else going out. He understood Wisconsin and Milwaukee and the dining experience. He was part of the fabric of the community.

“I’m not sure there was another reporter as beloved by his readers.”

To me and I’m sure many others, Getto’s word was gospel. That’s why I was stunned by a particular review.

Everyone I knew couldn’t say enough about the old Coerper’s Five O’Clock Club, now the Five O’Clock Steakhouse located at 24th and State. They drooled and still do over the perfectly exquisite slabs of beef swimming in natural juices, the size of a Brett Favre weapon.

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I will never forget Getto’s scathing April 2003 review of one of the most popular steakhouses in town. Getto wrote of Coerper’s 5 O’Clock Club:

I’ve visited and reviewed Coerper’s many times and have always been put off by the place.

I dislike its loud, smoky atmosphere (numbers for orders are called over a loudspeaker; smokers are allowed at the bar and all tables), its ban on walk-ins (exceptions made, but who knows when?) and its cookie-cutter approach to grilled meats (they’re all covered with the same dark crust and set in the same dark meat juice).

Coerper’s sticks with an old-time Wisconsin tradition by making you sit down in the bar and order from there (presumably, while you also have a drink). If you are unlucky enough not to know the system, Jimmy will set you straight, pronto. I saw him bark at one clueless group of men who were milling around the hostess stand.

You are not required to ask permission to use the restrooms. If you do, be prepared to negotiate your way around a bottle of disinfectant bleach, a toilet brush and a plunger.

Most of the customers at Coerper’s come for the red meat, and especially the steaks. With options in town like Mr. B’s, the Chop House, Eddie Martini’s, Mo’s and Butch’s Old Casino Steak House, I won’t be joining them.

As much as I liked and respected my friend, I thought Getto’s review was unfair. A plunger in the restroom? Thank goodness it wasn’t in the kitchen.

The mere presence of the plunger seemed to taint Getto’s entire review. Once he saw that cleaning device, Coerper’s had a fork in it. They were done. Their reputation, the gargantuan steaks, the popularity didn’t matter.

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Whether you agreed or not with Getto, if you were in the restaurant business it had to serve as a waker-upper.  It’s not just what’s placed on a plate in front of the customer that’s important.

Here’s the deal. If patrons walked into any restaurant restroom today and found the cleanliness to be questionable, a whopping 9 out of 10 would automatically come to the conclusion that the kitchen was also dirty.

Here’s more on that finding and others.

Note to restaurant owners.

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Get the picture?

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

Wisconsin judge hears challenge to ban on homemade baked goodsmore

The wrath of grapes

Photos of the Week (04/30/17)

1) U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis looks out over Kabul as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

2) Isabella Tolley, 8, holds a blanket with a picture of her father, New York City firefighter William Tolley, as his casket is loaded onto a truck at his funeral in Bethpage, N.Y. on April 27. Tolley, 42, died after falling five stories while battling a blaze in Queens last week. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused him to fall to his death. The FDNY Foundation has set up an educational fund for Isabella. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

3) One mother in Canada is taking the heartbreak of losing her son to a fentanyl overdose and turning it into a poignant PSA on the dangers of the synthetic opioid. In a Facebook post, Sherri Kent shared a photo of her holding her dying 22-year-old son, Michael Kent, in his hospital bed. Kent wrote on Facebook, “I just want everyone to know that my son Michael overdosed on fentanyl . My son was not an addict he made a mistake that cost him his life. I just want to make everyone aware of the epidemic that’s goin on right now that’s killing 5-7 people a day in every city in Canada. It’s out of control and there is no way to protect our children from this other than to warn them of the dangers of drug use today. I’ve lost my son to this horrible tragedy and want to make parents aware that it can happen to anyone who decides to touch anything that can be snorted up your nose. Fentanol is the number #1 killer in Canada and it’s taking our children and loved ones. Please share this with your family and friends to help prevent another tragedy.”

4) A woman is claiming a photo of her dying father was used as a warning on the back of a cigarette packet without her permission. Jodi Charles from Essex, England, said she’s sure the man in the photo is of her father, David Ross, who died in 2015. “It is horrific to see my dad who has just passed away on a fag packet. It is morally wrong and extremely distressing for the whole family,” Charles, 42, said. The photo on the pack shows an unconscious man in a hospital bed with a breathing tube down his throat. Photo: Tony Kershaw/SWNS.COM

5) President Donald Trump greets children in the Rose Garden of the White House during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Photo: Getty Images

6) Palestinian apiarists keep bees in order to collect their honey at honey filling facility in Tel al-Sultan district of Rafah, Gaza.  Photo: Getty Images

7) Aurora, a seven-year-old female polar bear, jumps into a swimming pool which was recently filled with water after the winter season, at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Photo: Reuters

8) A two-week-old pygmy hippopotamus rests in the hippopotamus enclosure in Nyiregyhaza Animal Park in Nyiregyhaza, 227 kms east of Budapest, Hungary. Photo: AP

9) Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black land crabs. Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for days from the surrounding forests to the bay on Cuba’s southern coast to spawn in the sea, wreaking havoc along the way. Crabs coming from the surrounding forests gather near the sea to spawn on April 21, 2017 in Playa Giron, Cuba. At dawn and dusk the crabs emerge, scuttling sideways toward the sea, climbing up house walls and carpeting the coastal road that curves around the bay. Photos: Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters

10) Men sit in a hot tub during freezing weather on the Stanserhorn mountain on April 27, in Nidwalden, Switzerland. Photo: Alexandra Wey / EPA

11) A street artist performs with soap bubbles at Rossio square in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Reuters

12) A 13-year-old from Cincinnati asked his mother to get him a Prince Charming costume to surprise his sister with a Disney princess photo shoot as a birthday gift. Christina Angel says that she was looking for a costume for herself. She had just given birth to her seventh child a few weeks ago and was looking for a princess gown to reward herself with if she “lost the baby weight.”  Her son Anthony was beside her and saw a Prince Charming costume and asked his mom if she would buy one for him. “Belle had just had a birthday, and he wanted to surprise her with a princess photo shoot as a birthday gift,” Angel said. Photos 1, 2, and 3. Photos: Paint the Sky Photography Facebook page.

AND FINALLY,

President Trump’s first 100 days

 

Week-ends (04/30/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Marty Schreiber

Pope Francis

Karen French

Bill Grun

Brooke Evans

Jamarion Styles

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Berkeley

Mosquitoes

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere. I like to drive. I can’t drive any more.”
President Trump

“Why aren’t the first 100 days a measuring stick for Congress and the Democrats? Can anyone name one piece of positive bipartisan legislation that Nancy Pelosi and Schumer have put forth?”
Radio host, author, and constitutional scholar Mark Levin

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
President Trump

“The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks. It means balancing the inherent value of a given view with the obligation to ensure that other members of a given community can participate in discourse as fully recognized members of that community.”
Ulrich Baer, a vice provost and professor of comparative literature at New York University

“This view (Baer’s above) is wrong and dangerous. Free speech isn’t a public good: it’s an individual right. Expressing views that attack ‘someone’s humanity’ may be wrong and legitimately hurtful, but hurtful speech shouldn’t be banned or restricted. Professors like Baer are implying censorship is justified if it is done to safeguard the feelings of others. That certainly isn’t free speech. The purpose of the First Amendment is to prevent government and authorities from re-drawing the parameters relating to speech, since they cannot be trusted to do so. Indeed, Baer’s remarks demonstrate how the people who wish to constrain or reshape speech parameters will always be tempted to do so in a manner that disadvantages their enemies.”
Robby Soave, the Orange County Register

“I am sad that I am not on television anymore.”
Bill O’Reilly, breaking his silence on a podcast on his personal website about his ouster from Fox News over multiple allegations of sexual harassment

“It is one of those rides that you hope never ends. I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions.”
Astronaut and Houston resident Peggy Whitson, who just broke the record for the most cumulative days in space, surpassing the previous figure of 534 days

“I can’t contemplate a country as great as the United States cannot figure out a way to serve its citizens in a situation like this.”
Harried traveler Cliff Levine, who now must drive to New Orleans to get a passport because his local Miami office was closed due to water damage

“He doesn’t usually bring his phone and he forgot.”
Kathy Arberg, U.S. Supreme Court spokeswoman, on Justice Stephen Breyer’s ringing cell phone during oral arguments

“An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me ‘have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous. The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now. So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it. Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Film director Ridley Scott

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Dehydration death at Milwaukee County Jail

Gun control is really working in Chicago

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

A beauty. These poll results.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump’s first 100 days

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

A neighborhood covered in poop is at war

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/29/17)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Cloudy with a 90% chance of rain developing later in the day. Windy. High of 45.  “F”

SUNDAY Rain early followed by thundershowers. A 90% chance of rain with over an inch. High of 45.   “F”

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

I’ve blogged in the past about some really great entrepreneurs (or should I say “entrePAWneurs”).  I can’t help it.  When I see a great idea started by an everyday person and it launches into something amazing that dogs and their owners can go crazy for, I need to tell everyone!

I told you about Doggles.  They’re a fabulous-sounding product, aren’t they?  Fortunately you can live anywhere and order a pair for your pooch.

Sadly though, you have to live in the Pacific Northwest if you hope to enjoy a treat from the Seattle Barkery.

Now let’s go back to a blog I wrote introducing the concept of dog cafés.  It will come as no surprise to you that I was all for something that combines canines and caffeine!

At that point, the idea of a coffee-plus-dog adoption-opportunity was more of a dream than a reality.  But through obvious hard work and dedication, The Dog Café is now a reality in Los Angeles.  I have no doubts that this will be extremely successful.

Those are some examples of new businesses that I previously spotlighted. Before I tell you about the latest here’s some important background.

According to recent research:

  • One quarter of pet owners (25 percent) worry that the pet food they buy is making their pet obese.
  • Furthermore, over half (55 percent) of all pet owners agree they worry about filler ingredients in pet food, including grains and meat byproducts.
  • Pets are increasingly considered members of the family for many Americans.
  • Pet food is a $30 billion a year market.
  • Even so, many pet owners some owners are skipping store bought food and cooking meals for their pets at home.
  • Pet food recalls the past few years are taking a toll on consumer confidence with 82% of respondents to a petMD survey saying they don’t think pet food manufacturers are “currently doing all they can to keep pet food free of salmonella and other contaminants.” Only 15% of respondents know if the manufacturer of their pet food is practicing strict, physical separation of raw ingredient from cooked product in the manufacturing process, a crucial practice for controlling food contamination.
  • More than 84% of people who took the petMD survey would prefer pet food products that are manufactured in a U.S. facility, and 98% want to see ingredients come only from the U.S. or countries with regulatory systems similar to the U.S.

All of this is why a new group formed by three entrepreneurs based in Downington, Pennsylvania, is so critical. Ollie is a start-up that includes nutritionists, tech specialists, and manufacturers. They’re backed by solid investors. Ollie uses technology to form a bond, a personal relationship with dog owners. They do it by bringing healthy dog food right to the owner’s door.

Forbes has the details. Make sure you click on the link to Ollie in the Forbes article where you can find out exactly how that healthy dog food arrives at your home.

The business owners even wrote a letter to their dogs explaining what they were up to:

Clearly we want you to be with us as long as humanly (and canine-ly) possible. And to us, that means giving you food that makes you feel as good as it tastes. We took a closer look at what was out there, searched high and low, and we couldn’t find anything we felt good about feeding you. (Have you read a dog food label? What the heck is butylated hydroxyanisole?!) So we decided to make it ourselves.Ollie raised $4.4 million last October. Since Ollie began in 2016, the company says it is on a pace to deliver 1 million meals within its first full year of business.
—Jennifer Fischer
Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. But first this note.

The most publicized “dog” story this week involved the criminal actions of an Army veteran. You won’t see it linked to here. In a blog from 2013 I wrote this about our DOGS IN THE NEWS section:

The blog has evolved in that a decision was made some time ago that certain stories would be left out. Every week there are news articles about dog abuse. Our feeling is that Barking Lot readers don’t check in to read about those grisly details. We’d include them to relate that these crimes occur and should be dealt with. However, we’ve more or less eliminated them. There will always be exceptions.

Now on to the news.

Dog food possibly contaminated with euthanasia drug is recalled.

The saddest chart in global business.

These dogs were heroes of the Korean War.

Dog doesn’t recognize owner…read why.

This Is What Happens To Your Dog When You Leave It Alone.

Versatile trusts can guarantee care for pets.

Are you fluent in DoggoLingo?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:

2017 Milk-Bone 15 Dogs Who Changed the World

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Ohio man makes bizarre call to authorities.

And one more.

We’ve written before about Ricochet from San Diego, the only SURFice dog® in the world that surfs with special needs kids, and people with disabilities. Ricochet has raised almost $500,000 for human and animal causes.

Surf Dog Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment is a collaborative, all-inclusive mentorship and comradeship program made up of military and civilian volunteers. It focuses on the human-canine bond while creating unique surfing and empowerment building activities that unite kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and military with PTSD.

Thanks to Ricochet’s owner, Julie Fridorno for the tip. Take a look.

If you are an active duty service member or veteran that would like to volunteer, or if you have a disability, PTSD or a child with special needs that would like to surf with Ricochet, please send an email to pawinspired@aol.com.

In addition to their veteran and disabled volunteers, they are always looking for water men and women, photographers, videographers, cheerleaders and friends! Just send an email if you’d like to volunteer in any capacity.  For additional information and to follow Ricochet on social media, click the links below:

SurfDogRicochet.com

https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet

https://www.instagram.com/SurfDogRicochet

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please forward this to other dog lovers you know. We’d appreciate it.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a celebratory weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

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Next Friday is Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In Mexico there’s little fanfare, but here in the States, we celebrate with parades, honking of car horns, chips and salsa and margaritas.

OK, so we’re a week early, but tonight, to get you in a celebratory mood, music with a Latin flair that would be perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party. Let’s get started.

One of the most popular performers to hail from Mexico is guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader Carlos Santana. His career skyrocketed  following his legendary performance at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. The film “Woodstock” featured Santana’s appearance and he was on his way to stardom with a style that over the years has combined Latin, salsa, blues, rock, Afro-Cuban, jazz, fusion, and world beat music. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has sold more than 90 million records, and performed to over 100 million people around the world.

Santana’s second album titled ‘Abraxas’ in 1970 reached No.1 on the album charts and went on to sell over four million copies worldwide. One of the tracks was “Oye Como Va,” written in 1963 by Latin jazz and mambo musician Tito Puente.

The lyrics, “Oye como va, Mi ritmo, Bueno pa’ gozar.” translate to “Listen to how [it] goes, My rhythm,  Good for enjoying.”

Ed Calle is a Venezuelan-born academic who’s played on albums with performers ranging from Frank Sinatra and Plácido Domingo to Rihanna. The saxophonist has won a Latin Grammy Award and in 2004 recorded an entire album devoted to Santana.

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Speaking of Santana…

In 1972, the San Francisco Latin rock band Malo released “Suavecito,” a love poem that singer and timbale player Richard Bean wrote for a girl he had a crush on in high school. The soft ballad went to #18 on the Billboard charts giving Malo national fame. The band was led by guitarist Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos Santana. Malo would never again enjoy the commercial success of “Suavecito” but continued recording and touring and developed a loyal following. From their 1973 album “Evolution,” the track “Entrance to Paradise” features an organ solo by Ron Demasi.

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Next, a track from “Mambo Fever,” one of the albums in the kitschy and cool Ultra-Lounge series. Ultra-Lounge describes its music as traveling back in time.

“Not too far back. Just a few decades or so. Back to a time when ‘revolution’ meant watering down your scotch with ice and taking out the olive and putting in an onion. This is a place clothed in leopard and sharkskin. An ear bathed in gimlets, hi-balls, straight up, on the rocks, shaken, not stirred, hi-octane elixirs dressed in garnish garni. A time viewed through the seductive haze of slow-burning lipstick-kissed cigarettes that end up ashtray dancing with cigar stubs and cherry stems. The atmosphere mambos to the soundtrack of cool. Rumbling saxophones, jazzy vibes, over-heated Hammonds, and the sexy chill of a brush across a cymbal. Bold, exotic rhythms strut to the cough and cacophony of the Atomic-Age.”

The performer of our next featured track is a fascinating story. Legendary percussionist Jack Costanzo has often been called “Mr. Bongo.”

The Chicago native heard a visiting band from Puerto Rico perform at the Merry Gardens Ballroom in the Windy City when he was 14. At one point during the show the band’s drummer switched to bongos and Costanzo was hooked.

He wanted to buy some bongos, but there was no place in Chicago that sold them. So Costanzo made his own out of butter bins and a trimmed down drum head.

“I had to learn on my own, which is good, because I developed my own style,” Costanzo said. “The way I started to play is, my mother had cold crème jars, and I’d loosen the lids, get a knife and spoon, and hit them like drums. It just came to me, and I did it. My mother wasn’t too happy; I just made noise!”

Now 97, Costanzo still occasionally performs in public.

“I never smoked, I never did drugs, and that helped me be a healthy person,” said Costanzo. “When you’re playing congas and bongos, it’s enough exercise for anybody.”

Here’s that Ultra-Lounge track, and what happens when you take the best TV theme song of all-time and Latinize it.

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A couple of years ago “Peter Gunn Mambo” was added as a bonus track on the “Latin Fever” CD. Album covers like the one above that was first issued in 1958 were rather common.

The woman pictured above is Bonnie Logan who has Wisconsin ties. Logan was the subject of a Middleton, Wisconsin newspaper article in 2014 you can read here.

When our family travels to Walt Disney World we always visit Epcot and the Mexico pavilion where we love to see Mariachi Cobre.

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Notice anything about the above picture?

It should be quite obvious.

They’re all men.

Nothing wrong with that. But we’re about to turn the tables.

From the next group’s official website:

Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Two Time Grammy Award Winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of mariachi music. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas has been the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort where they entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a year-round basis. In addition to performing regularly at the Disneyland Resort and when they are not busy recording albums, Mariachi Divas and their music can be found in films, music videos, Hallmark greeting cards, and movie soundtracks a well as touring across the United States and Mexico.

Enjoy this lively number.

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That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close by answering the musical question.

What happens when marimba rhythms start to play?

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The First Lady of Song

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100 years ago this past Tuesday the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born. Known as “The First Lady of Song,” she is beloved for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, three-octave range, and trombone-like improvisational skill, particularly while scat singing. Her rendition of the nursery rhyme “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” helped boost her to national fame.

Later she joined with Louis Armstrong (Dream a Little Dream of Me), The Ink Spots (Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall), and Duke Ellington (It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing) for some of her most memorable recordings.

In 1958, Fitzgerald made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award. The singer would go on to win 13 Grammys in total and sell more than 40 million albums.

She died in her Beverly Hills home in 1996 at the age of 79, three years after diabetes forced doctors to amputate both her legs below the knee.

This week a departure from our regular feature in that Ella Fitzgerald and her career contributions haven’t been forgotten. Let’s hope they never are.

Learn more by reading and listening to this report from earlier this week on National Public Radio.

BONUS!

From a 1980 TV special highlighting the Carpenters, a legendary duo salutes American popular music and composers.  It’s amazing.

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Today’s highly interesting read (04/27/17): Focus on bringing kids to work needs to change

Today was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  They celebrated in Washington.

House Speaker Paul Ryan hands back Maxima Desjardins, 14 months, to her mother Lisa Desjardins, PBS News Hour Correspondent, after a weekly press conference.

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Columnist Tom Purcell believes it’s time to re-think this whole observance.

I speak of the millions of 20- and 30-somethings living in Mom and Dad’s basement, eating Mom and Dad’s grub and driving Mom and Dad’s cars – cars with automatic transmissions, because manual transmissions would be too traumatic for these snowflakes.

They’re highly skilled at video games and know where the best tattoo artists are located. But working hard in the incredibly competitive private sector is not something they’re up to.

Read Purcell’s entire piece here.