St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida
May 24, 2013


We adopted Luee from the Humane Society in 1996. He was 2 years old, but still a pup. He has slowed down a bit; his age is catching up to him. He is the best dog anyone could ever have. Luee had to be put to sleep on April 15, 2009. Rest in Peace Pup.

Christmas Eve 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

NINA HULA 7/28/2012

NINA HULA 7/28/2012

Jeff, Sam, Nina and Ian

Jeff, Sam, Nina and Ian
Ian's Graduation from Kindergarten

Luck Be A Lady

Luck Be A Lady

Little GQ 12/12

Little GQ 12/12

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Joey and Elizabeth

Joey and Elizabeth

Nina June 2013

Nina June 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekend wishes

Just stopping by to wish everyone a safe and happy weekend. Enjoy and I'll be back Monday with a recap of my weekend.

    Son of Zippy

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blah Blah Blah

Hello Speakies!! I hope everyone is doing ok and hanging in there. The work week is almost over for most of us. I know since my schedule changed I have been making the most of my weekends spending as much time out of the house and doing things with Wifey. Right now we are trying to plan our anniversary trip for Oct. We are both on the same page, we would like to spend a few days in Vegas and then maybe a few days in various parts of California. The planning process is always the most pain in the @ss part of any vacation in my opinion. Hopefully we will come up with some kind of plan soon as Oct will be here before you know it!!

                                                                                     Son of Zippy

Today in History...................

1939 "Wizard of Oz" premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood
1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Good day Speakies. It's my favorite day of the week....hump day!!! So i find it's only fitting to express how i feel in one of my few favorite commercials. Enjoy!!

                                                 Son of Zippy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Just the Facts

I'm back Speakies!!! It's a new record, two post in a row!! Now with all the joking aside, i hope everyone is hanging in there so far. Two down and a couple more to go. So today I am going to return to to my more informative post and maybe I'll switch it up for Wednesday. I guess you'll have to return to see if I did.....

                                                   Son of Zippy

Week long and daily observations.....

Vinyl Record Day- Spin them old records!!
Baseball Fans Day- Dad loved his Phillies!!
Truck Driver Day- 10-4 Rubber Duckie!!
National Apple Week- Washington Apple's are my favorite
National Bargain Hunting Week- Flee Markets anyone??
National Filet Mignon Day- Best I've ever had on a NCL cruise!!
International Left Handers Day- This day is for you Jeff and Ian!!

On this Day.....

1935 Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum)
1961 Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)


1860 Annie Oakley Drake Ohio, frontierswoman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West)
1899 Alfred Hitchcock London, director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window)
1927 Fidel Castro Ruz Cuban political leader (1959- )
1930 Don Ho Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)
1959 Danny Bonaduce actor (Danny-Partridge Family)

Monday, August 12, 2013


Hey Speakies. I know there were not that many post last week and for that i apologize. It was a busy week, so I hope to make up for it this week. Now most of my post are informative, sharing crazy facts and just overall trivial stuff. Well today's post is going to be out a new restaurant Wifey and I had visited this past weekend. I guess you can call it a review, but take what you want out of it.

Well this past Friday night we went out for dinner like we always do for the most part to start off our weekend. We like trying new and interesting places, and low and behold that's exactly what we did. Our Friday night adventure took us to a new place called Hash House A Go Go located at 5350 International Drive. Now we have passed this place several times, but never really looked twice. A local magazine did an article on this restaurant, and we decided to check it out. From the outside the places looks like some old farm silo building you would find in the midwest. Funny because the origin of the place is in San Diego. Their motto is "Twisted Farm Food" and they are not joking!! At a glance of the menu the prices are a little steep, but the size and portion make up for it ten fold. They serve you to two big biscuits to start you off and they are a regular size biscuit on steroids. As for the main course Wifey ordered their Famous Meatloaf and I ordered their Sage Fried Chicken & Bacon Waffle Tower. When the food arrived I believe both of our jaws dropped in the sheer shock of the size. Now just because the portion is big does not always mean it is going to taste good.......well in this case the food was delicious. Wifey enjoyed her meal and what can you say about a chicken and waffle dinner. All in all it's definitely a place to go and enjoy yourself with friends from out of town or in town. If your in the area check it out, you won't be disappointed.

                                                            Son of Zippy


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Short and Sweet

Welcome to Tuesday Speakies!! I don't know about you, but I am glad Monday is behind us and that we are that much closer to the weekend again!!! Let's see what's going on in the weird and interesting news department for today shall we......

                                                                      Son of Zippy

Today's Celebrations..............

National Gossip Day- Let the B.S. flow!!!
National Kid's Day- Like my Dad use to say " Everyday should be kids day"!!!
National Fresh Breath Day- It goes a long way!!
National Root Beer Float Day-  Yummy!!!


1911 Lucille Ball Jamestown NY, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy, Mame)
1927 Andy Warhol pop artist
1973 Vera Farmiga actress ( Bates Motel)
1976 Soleil Moon Frye actress (Punky Brewster)

Today in History..............

1890 1st use of electric chair in US, John Hart, in NY for murder
1962 Jamaica gains independence from Britain
1965 Beatles release "Help" album in UK

Monday, August 5, 2013

Yea, it's Monday

Welcome to Monday Speakies!!! I hope everyone has a great weekend. Wifey and I enjoyed our time down in Sarasota visiting my brother and his family. I did a little work on his car and we all went to the beach on Sunday. It was a great weekend. Now that August has begun, let's see what happening for week long celebrations and daily stuff!!

                                                              Son of Zippy

Week Long Observations...........

Video Game Week- I still love playing them after all these years!!!
Mosquito Awareness Weekend - Should be a year long awareness here in Florida
Simplify your life week- I think everyone would like that!!

Today in History.......

1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
1914 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave. & E. 105th St, Cleveland)
1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, debuts
1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1« hrs
1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
1957 "American Bandstand," goes on network TV (ABC)
1964 Actress Anne Bancroft & comedian Mel Brooks wed
1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam
1966 Martin Luther King Jr stoned during Chicago march

Blow out your Candles....................

1930 Neil Armstrong Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11)
1935 John Saxon Bkln, actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman)
1944 Loni Anderson St Paul Minn, actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati)
1961 Tawny Kitaen (Coverdale) actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)

Dearly Departed.......

1962 Marilyn Monroe found dead of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose

Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Just stopping by to wish all you Speakies a happy and safe weekend. Wifey and I are going to visit my brother and his family this weekend. Looking forward to a good time and seeing my niece and nephew. I will tell you all about it on Monday. Take care and see you guys/gals soon!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Welcome to August

Hi Speakies, welcome to August!! When I was younger August meant it was time to go back to school( well here in Florida at least) and I knew my summer vacation was over. Now as an adult August is just another month that seems to blend in with the rest of the year that goes by so fast. Hopefully through out the month of August I will be able to entertain all you Speakies and share some stories as well as some interesting facts to say the least. So, let's get started.

                                                                              Son of Zippy

Month Long Food Observations......

National Sandwich Month- Cheesesteak for me please!!!
National Peach Month- Peach cobbler sounds good!!
National Catfish Month- Cajun Catfish from Publix is pretty good. Try it!!

Who's celebrating a birthday.....

1779 Francis Scott Key Composer of U.S. anthem The Star Spangled Banner
1819 Herman Melville Author( Moby Dick)
1933 Dom DeLuise Bkln NY, comedian, actor (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso)
1942 Jerry Garcia SF, rocker (Grateful Dead-Uncle Joe's Band)
1959 Joe Elliot rocker (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)

On this day.......

1794 Whiskey Rebellion begins
1831 London Bridge opens
1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
1964 Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
1981 MTV premiers at 12:01 AM
1987 Mike Tyson beats Tony Tucker to become undisputed boxing champ

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's all over!!!

I told you Speakies the end was near and today July has come full circle. I wish there was interesting stuff to share with you guys on this last day of July, but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing entertaining worth sharing. So today's post is just going to be short and sweet with the hope that August will give us some great entertainment and just crazy stuff. So, please stop back tomorrow and let's kick off August the right way with entertaining info. Take care.

                                                         Son of Zippy

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The end is near

Speakies, welcome to Tuesday!!! Well July is winding down and there isn't much left to celebrate, but luck has it that there are a couple of events that's worth noting. So let's dive head first into today's list of events and off beat celebrations!!
                                                                    Son of Zippy

Let's Celebrate..........

Comedy Day- My second favorite genre of movies!!!
National Cheesecake Day- Wish I had a piece right now!!!


1863 Henry Ford (auto manufacturer)
1947 Arnold Schwarzenegger Austria, body builder (Commando, Terminator)
1956 Delta Burke Orlando Fla, actress (Suzanne-Designing Women)
1961 Laurence Fishburne (actor)
1963 Lisa Kudrow (actress)
1982 Yvonne Strahovski, actress (Chuck)- Loved that show!!!

Today in History........

1870 Staten Island ferry "Westfield" burns, killing 100
1889 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Naval Treaty" (BG)
1916 German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, NJ
1948 Professional wrestling premiers on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
1956 US motto "In God We Trust" authorized
1975 Teamsters Pres Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit

Monday, July 29, 2013

Don't say the M word!!!

How's it going Speakies. I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed themselves. Yours truly had a great weekend. Saturday, wifey and I took a day trip over to Tarpon Springs. We enjoyed our time down there and had a great lunch. Later that night we met up with some of our friends for dinner and enjoyed every one's company the entire night. I am very happy I have weekends off as of now and get to spend them with Wifey. Hopefully it will continue into the next year. My normal post will continue tomorrow with July almost over and August right around the corner we'll see what's still left to celebrate. Until next time, take care.

                                                                  Son of Zippy

Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Friday!!!!

Hello Speakies. Just wanna wish everyone a happy Friday. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and be safe. Wifey and I are going out with some friends for dinner on Saturday night, so looking forward to that. As for the rest of my weekend not sure just yet, I'll fill you Speakies in on Monday. Until then take care.

                           Son of Zippy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Combo Post

How's it going Speakies!!!  Hopefully everyone is excited that we are much closer to the weekend. I was having computer problems yesterday which prevented me from posting a new and exciting blog for you speakies, but like in the past I will include some highlights from Wednesday and today. So, let's get this party started!!!

                                                                            Son of Zippy

Wed/Thur in History........

1870 1st trans-US rail service begins
1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show
1947 US Air Force, Navy & War Dept form US Dept of Defense
1964 Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 14 weeks
1969 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1972 US health officials concede blacks were used as guinea pigs in
40 year syphilis experiment
1975 Apollo 18 returns to Earth


1898 Amelia Earhart, U.S. aviator, 1st woman to solo Atlantic
1924 Estelle Getty NYC, actress (Sophia Petrillo-Golden Girls)
1942 Chris Sarandon US, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
1947 Robert Hays Bethesda Md, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous)
1951 Lynda Carter Phoenix Az, Miss USA/actress (Wonder Woman, Billie Jo)
1969 Jennifer Lopez, Actress/Singer
1982 Anna Paquin, oscar winning actress, Piano

Passed Away......

1862 Martin Van Buren 8th pres, dies in Kinderhook NY
1979 Archie Duncan actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
1980 Peter Sellers dies at 54

Odd Holiday to Celebrate.......

National Tequila Day
Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Candles on a Cake Day
Merry-Go-Round Day
Instant Coffee Day

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's Tuesday!!!

Good day Speakies!!! So, hopefully we all made it to Tuesday together. I know that first day back can be a bit rough, but it's all behind us now and we can move forward with the week. I know my post as of late have been more informative than funny stories or personal stuff, but I enjoy doing the history stuff because i learn something new everyday and you never know when the useless knowledge you read on my post may be an answer to a trivia question!!! So, get out your paper and pen!!!

                                  Son of Zippy

Celebrate the following with me..........

Parent's Day- Can't thank them enough for everything they ever done for me. Hopefully I myself will be a great parent as they were to me one day!!!

Mosquito Day- I hate them!!!!

National Hot Dog Day- Yummy!!

Vanilla Ice Cream Day- A little hot fudge makes a great topping.

History Lesson........

1798 Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt
1877 1st telephone & telegraph line in Hawaii completed
1904 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
1966 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"
1968 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
1984 Vanessa Williams, 1st black Miss America, resigns due to posing nude

Blow out your candles........

1961 Woody Harrelson (actor)
1965 Slash (guitarist)
1970 Charisma Carpenter (actress)
1972 Marlon Wayans (actor)
1973 Monica Lewinsky (former white house intern)
1989 Danieal Radcliffe (actor)


1885 Ulysses S Grant 18th US pres, dies in Mount McGregor, NY, at 63
1982 Vic Morrow killed during filming of "Twilight Zone" at 53

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, Monday

Hello Speakies!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know i enjoyed mine. Wifey and I went out to a couple of places to eat for both lunch and dinner over the weekend, really enjoyed the time together. I have six months with this new schedule and i hope to take full advantage with it and try do as much as I can with Wifey. Now since July is winding down and August is right around the corner, let's see what's left to celebrate shall we.......

                                                                           Son of Zippy

On this day in History............

1933 Wiley Post completes 1st round-the-world solo flight
1942 Gasoline rationing begins in US during WW II
1969 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite
1991 Jeffrey Dahmer confesses to killing 17 males in 1978

It's Your Birthday......

1940 Alex Trebek Sudbury Ontario, TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy)
1941 George Clinton rocker (Testify, Funkadelics)
1947 Don Henley drummer (Eagles-Desparado)
1955 Willem Dafoe actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)

6 Ft. Down.......

1934 John Dillinger shot dead at Biograph Theater in Chicago

Odd Holiday's to Celebrate........

Pied Piper of Hamelin Day
Rat-catchers Day
Maple Syrup Day

Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Just stopping by to wish everyone a great and wonderful weekend. This will be my first full weekend on my new schedule and I plan on taking full advantage of it with the wifey. Take care Speakies and i will be back on Monday with a new post!!!

                                                                           Son of Zippy

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Short but Sweet

Speakies listen up!!! Now i know you are probably saying " That Zippy missed another day of posting". Well, yes I did but i promise not to make a habit of this. When my dad use to write this post he would do a whole weeks worth of post and just schedule them on their corresponding day. I try to do them on a daily basis, but sometimes i can't get to it. So, just like Tuesday's post this will include a little of both Wednesday and Thursday highlights. Enjoy!!!

                                                                                                        Son of Zippy

On these days in history......

1861 Congress authorizes paper money
1867 1st permanent university dental school in US, Harvard
1879 1st railroad opens in Hawaii
1954 Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
1955 . . . Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County
1967 Monkees perform at Forest Hills NY, Jimi Hendrix is opening act
1988  Shooting begins on "License to Kill"


1900 James Cagney actor, A yankee doodle dandy, hold that grapefruit
1910 Red Skelton comedian (Clem Kadiddlehopper, Freddie the Freeloader)
1917 Phyllis Diller Lima Ohio, comedienne (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number)
1929 "Screamin Jay" Hawkins Cleveland, rocker (I Put a Spell on You)
1934 Donald Sutherland Canada, actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
1939 Dion DiMucci Bronx, rocker (Dion & the Belmonts-Teenager in Love)
1939 Hunter S Thompson writer (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas)
1949 Terry "Geezer" Butler bassist (Black Sabbath)
1952 Tony the Tiger

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2 for Tuesday

What's happening Speakies!! I hope everyone made the most of their weekends. I know I enjoyed mine. As you can tell there was no post for Monday due to my busy schedule, but fear not I am writing today which I will include some of the more exciting stuff from yesterday and today. So, let's not waste any time and get this show on the road.

                                                                                               Son of Zippy

Celebrate Today with the following Holiday's......

Gummi Worm Day- Great childhood candy!!!
Be a Dork Day- Wifey always calls me one!!
International Juggling Day- Tried with no success
National Ice Cream Day- Chocolate Peanut Butter my favorite!!!


1606 Rembrandt van Rijn Leiden, Netherlands, painter (Night Watch)
1779 Clement Clarke Moore US, author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas)
1887 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson black sox player (Say it aint so, Joe)
1907 Orville Redenbacher popcorn king (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet)
1946 Linda Ronstadt Tucson Az, singer (Different Drum)
1961 Forest Whitaker actor (Bloodsport, Platoon, Stakeout)
1962 Brigitte Nielsen Eisinore Denmark, actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV)
1963 Phoebe Cates Manhattan NY, actress (Fast Times at Ridgemount High)
1971 Corey Feldman Encino Calif, actor (License to Drive, Stand by Me

Pushing Up Daisies......

1881 William "Billy the Kid" Bonney killed by Pat Garrett

Today in History......

1439 Kissing is banned in England
1935 1st automatic parking meter in US installed, Oklahoma City, Ok
1945 1st atomic bomb detonated, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1951 Novel "Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger published
1955 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
1956 Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent
1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on the Moon, launched
1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for Pres by Republicans in Detroit


Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Just wanna wish my Mom a very Happy Birthday. I hope you have a great day and I love you so much. Thank you for everything you have done for me in the past and in the future. Your the best!!!

Weekend Time!!!

Hey Speakies, it's the weekend!!!  Give yourself a high five you made it. Well I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend. I hope everyone makes the best of it and I will look forward to your return on Monday. So until then let's see what we are celebrating over the weekend shall we.

                                                                                                  Son of Zippy

Weekend Celebrations......

National Pecan Pie Day
National French Fry Day- Wifey loves her fries!!!
Eat Your Jello Day
Swimming Pool Day- Sounds like a great day especially in Florida!!!
Gruntled Workers Day- We've all been there I'm sure.
Pick Blueberries Day- Like I said before, love blueberries


100 -BC- Julius C‘sar Roman Emperor
1854 George Eastman Waterville NY, invented Kodak camera
1864 George Washington Carver studied the peanut
1908 Milton Berle Harlem NYC, comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television)
1937 Bill Cosby Phila, actor/comedian (I Spy, Cosby, Leonard Part 6)
1948 Richard Simmons exercise guru (Deal-a-Meal)
1951 Cheryl Ladd Huron SD, actress (Charlie's Angels, Purple Hearts)
1940 Patrick Stewart actor (Capt Picard-Star Trek Next Generation)
1942 Harrison Ford actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic)
1946 Richard "Cheech" Marin comedian (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Countdown begins

Hello Speakies!! We are one day closer to the weekend and that's a good thing in my book. I am sure if you are a frequent visitor to my blog you may have noticed there was no entry for Wednesday. Well it was a bust day, plus i slept really late, so hope no one was disappointed. Looking at what to celebrate today was really bland, but none the less i will hopefully give you speakies some info that you may have not known. So let's get the ball rolling.

                                                                                                  Son of Zippy

Today in history.......

1798 US Marine Corps created by an act of Congress
1934 FDR became 1st pres to travel through Panama Canal
1936 Triborough Bridge linking Manhattan, Bronx & Queens opens
1955 Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust"
1969 David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
1969 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
1985 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
1989 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts the All Star Game

Happy Birthday......

1767 John Quincy Adams Braintree, Mass, 6th Pres (D) (1825-1829)
1899 E.B. White writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style)
1920 Yul Brynner actor (King & I, 10 Commandments)
1943 Susan Seaforth Hayes SF, actress (Days of our Life, Young & Restless)
1945 Deborah Harry singer (Blondie) actress (Videodrome, Hairspray)
1950 Bonnie Pointer singer (Pointer Sisters)
1959 Richie Sambora guitarist (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)


1989 Sir Laurence Olivier acting great, dies at 82

Celebrate the following Holiday's......

National Blueberry Muffin Day- I love blueberry anything!!!
Vegetarian Food Day- I've tried a few vegetarian dishes, not bad.
Convenience Store Day- (7-11 opened in 1927)


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gimme a Beat

Hey Speakies!!! Hope everyone is having a good week so far. This week we celebrate something that is near and dear to my heart....Music!!!! That's right it is  Music for Life week. You can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you music is my life. I love going to concerts and i have a Cd collection that is insane to say the least. At one time I even played in a local band with my brother and a mutual friend of ours. Even though we never reached mega band status, it was one of the best times in my life. Music can do a lot for people. It can make you feel better when your having a bad day or just set the mode as you drive. Now many people may not agree on what's music now at days and I myself do like certain styles of music, but to each their own. So, this week to celebrate music week i purpose that to all speakies is go out and enjoy a concert or better yet maybe discover a new artist. Whatever you do just crank the volume 11 and enjoy!!!!

                                                                                                               Son of Zippy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Let's do it again!!!

Good day speakies. I hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July weekend. Unfortunately reality has set in and most of us are returning back to work. On the other hand I am working ten straight days because of a schedule change. Until the end of the year yours truly is now going to be off Fri/Sat!!! Wifey and I are extremely excited because now we can feel like a normal couple and actually have weekends together. Looking forward to the weekends with her. Now, lets see what going on this week and day in history....

                                                        Son of Zippy

On this date......

1835 Liberty Bell cracks (again)
1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing
1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
1988 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992
1990 12:34:56 on 7/8/90 (1234567890)

Happy Birthday......

1918 Nelson Mandela Transkei South Africa, jailed political activist
1933 Marty Feldman London England, comedian (Young Frankenstein)
1951 Anjelica Huston actress (Prizzi's Honor, Ice Pirates)
1958 Kevin Bacon Phila Pa, actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby)

6 Ft. Under.....

1957 William Cadbury chocolate maker, dies at 89- He made some good chocolate!!!!
1959 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
1985 Phil Foster comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72

Party Hat's and Streamers, we're celebrating the following today........

Video Game Day- Still playing!!!
Be a Kid Again Day- Definitely a simpler time
National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day- Hershey Bar anyone!!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Snakes and Sparklers!!!!!!

Happy 4th of July Speakies!!! I hope everyone has a great day. Enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities and great food. Also, remember if you are using fireworks tonight don't become one of those people you will hear about on the news or dumbest stuff people do. Take precaution with your fireworks, be safe!!! I'll try to make a post for Friday, but if not enjoy the weekend and come back Monday for craziness!!!
                                                     Son of Zippy

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fireworks are almost here!!!

Hello Speakies!!! Hope everyone is hanging in there so far. It's the middle of the week and hopefully it will be a long weekend for the majority of you because of the holiday that is upon us. I remember going to watch fireworks as a kid at various places. Mostly just parks, but one of my uncle's loved buying fireworks and I remember going to my grandmother's house and it would be a festive kind of day with your normal cookout food and watermelon!!! Lots of great memories. Let's see what July 3rd is celebrating today......

                                           Son of Zippy

Air Conditioning Appreciation Day- In Florida it's a must!!!!
PacMan Game Day- Dropped a few quarters back in the day on this old school gem!!
Stay Out of the Sun Day- Especially if you go by the name Count!!!!

Today in History.........

1754 George Washington surrenders to French, Ft Necessity (7 Years' War)
1778 British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa
1863 Battle of Gettysburg Pa ends, major victory for North
1958 "The Andy Williams Show" premiers on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
1978 Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio
station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"-Booo
1986 Pres Reagan presided over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
1989 The movie "Batman," set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)

Birthday's today........

1925 Tony Curtis [Bernard Schwartz] Bronx NY, actor (Some Like it Hot)
1943 Geraldo Rivera aka Gerry Rivers, nosey newsman (Geraldo)
1962 Tom Cruise Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Color of Money, Rainman)

No longer with us.........

1971 Jim Morrison rocker (Doors), dies of heart failure in Paris
1981 Ross Martin actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
1989 Jim Backus actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tueday's Gone with the wind

Wazzup Speakies!!! Like I said in yesterday's post July is going to be a crazy month. There are a lot of events to celebrate this month besides July 4. Here are just some of the things we are going to celebrate this week alone. Lets see what's behind the curtain shall we.....

                                                                                                                  Son of Zippy
Celebrate all this wonderful food this week.....

July 3 - National Chocolate Wafer Day / Eat Beans Day- Dangerous combination!!!
July 4 - National Barbecued Spareribs Day- Love me some Ribs!!!!
July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day- I'll pass for obvious reasons.
July 5 - National Apple Turnover DayJuly 6 - National Fried Chicken Day- I enjoy Popeye's spicy chicken.
July 7 - National Chocolate Day- I have a major sweet tooth!!!
July 7 - Macaroni day- As a Italian, I enjoy various pasta dishes.

A stork dropped off the following today....

1922 Dan Rowan Beggs Okla, comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in)
1937 Richard Petty auto race driver (Daytona 500-1979,81)
1957 Bret Hart Wrestler
1986 Lindsy Lohan Actress

Had a date with an Angel or Devil......

1566 Nostradamus French astrologer/physician/prophet, dies in Salon
1882 James Garfield assassinated
1961 Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death in Ketchum Idaho
1969 Brian Jones founder of the Rolling Stones, drowns



Monday, July 1, 2013

Welcome to July

Good Day Speakies. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine is just beginning, but I had a wonderful Sunday with wifey. We went to go see the movie World War Z. A lot better than i thought it would. I ordered the book and I will start to read that as soon as I get it. Also we had dinner with some friends of ours at Manny's Orginal Chophouse. It was a great day. July is going to be a crazy month. so lets see what we are celebrating today!!!

                                                                                           Son of Zippy

On this day......

1776 1st vote on the Declaration of Independence
1847 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 Franklin & 10 Washington, NYC
1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pa; Lee's northward advance halted
1904 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
1910 Chicago's Comiskey Park opens

1932 NY Gov FDR nominated for president at the Dem Convention in Chicago
1943 1st withholding tax from paychecks
1967 Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," goes #1 for 15 weeks
1989 Hugh Hefner (Playboy editor) weds playmate Kimberly Conrad

Born today.......

1932 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd), Fort Worth Tx, rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin)
1934 Sydney Pollack director (Tootsie, Presumed Innocent)
1942 Karen Black Park Ridge Ill, (5 Easy Pieces, Trilogy of Horror, Pyx)
1945 Deborah Harry rocker (Blondie-Heart of Glass)
1952 Dan Aykroyd Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
1961 Lady Diane Spencer (Princess Di) consort of England
1967 Pamela Anderson Ladysmith BC, playmate (Feb, 1990) (Home Improvement)

No Longer with us.......

1991 Michael Landon actor (Bonanza), dies at 54 from cancer

Events to celebrate today......

Canada Day
American Zoo Day
Hersey Incorporated Day- I love me some Hersey Candy!!!!
T.V. Commercial Day- There are fuuny and stuipid ones for sure!!!



Friday, June 28, 2013

June is Over!!

Good day speakies!!!  The weekend is now upon us, so let's not waste any time indoors and go out and enjoy ourselves this week. Even though I work on the weekends I am going to try and take my own advice and enjoy the time I have. So, have a great weekend and stay safe. Don't forget to stop on by Monday and our history lesson will continue and maybe some humor to follow.

                                                                                                            Son of Zippy

Happy Birthday to you......

1926 Mel Brooks comedian/actor/director (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs)- Funniest man alive!!!!
1946 Gilda Radner Detroit, comedienne (SNL-Baba Wawa)- This is  Roseanne Roseannadanna
1960 John Elway NFL QB (Denver Broncos)
1966 John Cusack actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead)
1966 Mary Stuart Masterson Houston Tx, actress (Some Kind of Wonderful)
1971 Aileen Quinn actress (Annie

Up or Down you decide......

1776 Thomas Hickey American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
1836 James Madison 4th US pres, dies in Montpelier, Va
1909 Israel Durham Phillies president dies- Dad was a huge Phillies fan!!!
1914 Archduke Ferdinand & wife Sofia of Austria assassinated (starts WW I)
1971 Joseph Colombo mobster, shot dead at 48
1975 Rod Serling writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), dies at 60- A great show!!!!

Celebrate and stuff your face over the weekend as we acknowledge......

June 28th- National Tapioca Day
June 29th- National Almond Butter Crunch Day
June 30th- National Ice Cream Soda Day

Today in History..........

1820 Tomato is proven nonpoisonous- Thank God, I love Pizza!!!!
1894 Labor Day established as a federal employees holiday- Show me the $$$$
1919 Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed
1951 "Amos 'n' Andy" premiers on CBS TV
1965 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by Pres Johnson
1971 Supreme Court overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brain Food!!!

Good Morning, Afternoon, or Evening depending on the time you are reading this post. Well we are one day closer to the weekend, that's if you work a normal Mon-Fri kind of job. As for me, I work third shift and have odd days off. I make the most of my schedule. No funny stories or interesting stuff to report on my end today. Still trying to get the swing of this Blog I took over for my dad. I promise to include all the crazy stuff he use to entertain you with, but for now here is some more useful facts for the day.
                                                        Son of Zippy

Celebrating the following.....

Sunglasses Day- In florida you need a good pair!!!
National Orange Blossom Day

National Columnists Day- What can i say.......Thanks!!!

Decide to Be Married Day- Took the plunge 3yrs ago

Happy Birthday.......

1880 Helen Keller blind-deaf author/lecturer had more sense than many
1927 Bob Keeshan aka Capt Kangaroo/Clarabelle (Good Morning Captain)
1930 H Ross Periot Texas billionaire

On this day......

1847 NY & Boston linked by telegraph wires
1929 1st color TV demo (NYC)
1942 FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY's Long Island
1950 Pres Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
1955 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)
1966 1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premiers-Wifey loves the show!!

1988 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Just the Facts

Hello Speakies!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed themselves. The Z family is hanging in there and getting by with the help of family and friends in this time of need. We appreciate everyone(that includes you speakies) for your support. I wish there were a lot of interesting and fun events that took place today in history, but it seems as if it was a boring day. So, with that in mind here is some interesting knowledge and just useful information to hold you over until next time.

                                                                                                     Sincerely, Son of Zippy

This week we celebrate the following.........

National Roller Coaster Week- Love them!!!

National Little League Baseball Week- My brother played when we we're younger
Men's Health Week- After the past week, can't express how important that is today!!!

This day in History.........

1630 Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop
1876 Custer & 7th Cavalry wiped out by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn
1950 Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea
1977 Roy C Sullivan of Va is struck by lightening for 7th time!
Born on this day........
1903 George Orwell England, satirist/author (Animal Farm, 1984)
1925 June Lockhart NYC, actr (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction)
1945 Carly Simon NYC, singer (Anticipation, You're So Vain)
1949 Jimmie Walker Bronx NY, comedian (JJ-Good Times, At Ease)
1963 George Michael England, rocker (Wham-I Want Your Sex)
1963 Mike Myers Canada, comedian (SNL-Wayne's World)


Saturday, June 22, 2013

It's Here!!!!

The weekend is finally here!!! Hope everyone had a great week. There may be a delay in postings for the next couple of days, but fear not they will return. Enjoy the weeked and come back soon!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

R.I.P. Joey Z

Hi guys and dolls!!!

My name is Joey. My father had this wonderful blog which on a daily basis entertained everyone and hopefully put a smile on your face. It is with heavy heart to inform all of you fellow readers and followers of Joey Z's speak easy that the wonderful man who entertained us all with his endless knowledge of off the wall trivia and just flat out crazy, interesting facts has passed away. Joey Z was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to family that loved him with all their hearts.  Having this blog gave my father a outlet to express himself however he wanted and not care what people thought. Most of all this was just an entertaining experience for him as it is for all you readers out there. I will try to continue his blog in the same manor as he did. I may not be able to keep it update as he did but I promise to making as fun and informative as he did for all you readers out there. So, please stayed tuned for more crazy and interesting facts from Joey Z's blog. Thank you all for your continued support through out the years. I hope to do my father justice and keep this blog going for years to come!!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013



Taking over today from the "Big Boss" of the blog and we know who he is.  I thought a history lesson of June 20 would be nice so lets see what the day has brought.


First of all to all the Guys and Dolls celebrating theirs today Joey Z and I wish you a great day and many more years to come.

1909 - Actor Errol Flynn, one of my all time favorites.  Star of Robin Hood, Captain Blood and They Died with Their Boots On.  He was a good looking guy and quite the ladies man in Hollywood, read his bio.

1920 - DeForest Kelley, Dr. McCoy from the original Star Trek series.  Better known as "Bones."

1924 - Audie Murphy, the highest medal winner in World War II.  The movie "To Hell and Back", was a true story of his life.  He later became an actor and starred in many western films.  Died at an early age due to a plane crash.

1928 - Martin Landau, actor from the original series "Mission Impossible."

1942 - Brian Wilson, singer and leader of the Beach Boys.

1953 - My gal Cyndi Lauper, singer, "Girls Just Want to have Fun."


1947 - Gangster Bugsy Siegel, shot to death in Beverly Hills, CA.  The mob finds all Bugsy.


1791 - King Louis XVI was caught trying to escape from the French Revolution.  Off with his head.

1793 - Eli Whitney, applies for a cotton gin patent.  He got it.

1893 - Lizzie Borden, found innocent of murder, she had a great attorney back in those days I guess.

1948 - The show "Toast of the Town", is hosted by Ed Sullivan.  I wonder if he used that phrase, "We have a really big show for you tonight."

Hope you all have a great day and I sure Joey Z will bring you up to some food holidays and other happening events in June tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



Speaking of Hump Day, has anyone seen that commercial with the camel coming through an office and asking what day it is?  One of the best ones.  Lets see what is happening today:

June 19:

EAT AN OREO COOKIE DAY - The only way to eat an Oreo is dunking it in milk, hot tea or coffee.  I did all three and enjoyed everyone of those cookies.  Originally called the "Oreo Biscuit", it was developed and produced in 1912.  This cookie has been a favorite of many for years.

MARTINI DAY - Make mine shaken not stirred with 2 olives.  The first martini I ever had was at my son Jeff's house.  He made something called a Dirty Martini.  On our last cruise during the "Meet the Captain Night", I had about 2 martinis.  A picture is posted on my main blog page, along with that beautiful woman.

I forgot some food holidays for a few days, so lets pay homage today to:

NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY - I love apple strudel.  I remember as a youngster, I always went to Paramount Bakery in South Trenton for granny to buy some, always delicious.  Near my parents house on Brunswick Avenue, we had Eagle Bakery that made a great strudel along with another bakery called Servus Bakery. 

CHERRY TARTS - They are okay, not one of my favorites.

As far as birthdays go today, I honor one of my favorite comedians, "MOE HOWARD, THE LEADER OF THE THREE STOOGES."  I still watch them today if I catch it on TV.  Have a great day and remember what the camel said.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Good Morning Speakies,

Today, I will make up a little fictional war between parts of our bodies.  War has lived on the face of earth since mankind began.  Prehistoric man fought other tribes for territories and food.  Later in history came such classic wars like the Peloponnesian War, The Trojan War, Macedonian War, Cimbric War and of course the conquests of the Roman Empire.  Did mankind learn?  No! in our own country came the American Revolution, The Civil War, World War I and II, The Korean War and Vietnam and a few more to name and who knows what time will bring once again.

At Epcot in Walt Disney World they had a ride called "Body Wars."  The basis of this ride was to learn how our bodies fought off various germs and viruses that threatened our bodies.  It was a very interesting ride and story.  This is even true today our body organs and immune system are working to protect us.

Now just like those Star Trek, Star Wars and other science fiction movies that feature the good versus the evil aliens.  What about a fictional war between our body parts that we will never know about?  This is strictly a thought of Joey Z, you make like or dislike it but  now lets choose the parts for my battle.










I think I have named enough wars for today, hope you enjoyed and have a great day and evening.

Monday, June 17, 2013



As the Florida weather changes in summer, I hope you all had a great weekend.  First of all let's check out the holidays for today.

MUD PACK DAY - A great holiday for women to celebrate, along with some other spa treatments, enjoy the day Dolls.  If any watched the TV show Frasier and remembers the episode when he and Niles went to the spa and finally were able to get into the Gold Room for treatment.  I still see their search for the platinum door.  If you have never seen this episode it please watch it.  Frasier was one of the greatest comedy shows on TV.

FUDGE DAY - The only fudge I like is on vanilla ice cream.  I remember it being sold on the boardwalks of Seaside and Atlantic City, NJ.  Too sweet for me, but if you like fudge today is yours.

DISNEYLAND OPENS TODAY - Back in 1955 Disneyland opened its doors to the public and has grown since then into a giant corporation making billions.  If Walt was alive you would see a great difference in service and employee relations.  Please pay your employees more money and better benefits.  OH! I forgot, the stock holders come first.  Employees just bend over and Mickey will take care of you.  (Personal Opinion of Joey Z).

NATIONAL FORGIVENESS WEEK - I really don't know how to comment on this holiday.  Some Guys and Dolls will not forgive and some will.  Look into your hearts and decide, only you can choose.

Enough for today, have a great one and I will be back.

Sunday, June 16, 2013






Friday, June 14, 2013



My usual Friday stop-bye to wish you all a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.  Next week is going to be a busy week, the grand kids are coming down to visit, Roe and I are looking forward to spend the much needed time.  Lets see what is happening today:

PIG CALLERS DAY - Here is all I know, "SO WEE."  Since I don't own pigs, you can them anyway you like.

FLAG DAY - Mine are out, so get them out for your house.

BLOOD TYPE AWARENESS DAY - Most people don't know their blood type.  I found out about my type in 1966 entering the service.  So next time you have blood work, find out your type.

POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY - The only one I remember is that clown in a box with the turn handle.


1909 - Burl Ives - Great actor, "Cat on the Hot Tin Roof."  He also sang a great Christmas song and I do not know if it was Frosty the Snowman or not.

1921 - Gene Barry - Actor "Bat Masterson."  He also starred in the original "War of the World"s and many more.

1928 - Ernesto "Che" Guevara - A  Latin American Revolutionary.  I saw the movie "Motor Cycle Diary."  This movie showed his early life and his fight for the freedom for the South American people in poverty.  He was a doctor like his father and tried to help all the sick he could.  Great movie but it is in English sub-titles.

1946 - Donald Trump - Butt hole to me. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013



For those Guys and Dolls celebrating their birthdays or wedding anniversaries or any other anniversary on this day, my best wishes go out to you.

Lets see what is popping as far as holidays today:

WEED YOUR GARDEN DAY - I have a small flower garden and the rest of my flowers and plants are in pots.  Now for my lawn, it gets so hot that the grass dries out and various bugs attack the my lawn.   My lawn has weeds, as long as they blend in and are green that is fine with me.  Getting to old to bend over and pick weed.  That was my summer job for my parent's flower beds and garden.

LOBSTER DAY - I love lobster especially when it is served on our cruises and free,  If I purchased lobster tails from a seafood store to cook at home, there would be trouble, I know that for sure.  I'll save my cravings for another day or when I am invited for a lobster feast.

For us droppers of the world, today we celebrate "KITCHEN KLUTZES OF AMERICA DAY."  I'm a klutz in any room of our house, especially with potato chips on the floor or ice from the refrigerator going all over the place.  Have no fear for today we are allowed to be klutzes in general with no reprimand from the little lady of the house.  Some of you heard various names to this holiday such as butterfingers, dub, lummox and spaz.  Ignore those words on this day and if you break a dish, grab the glue or make it a mosaic piece of art.

TURKEY LOVER'S MONTH - I love turkey on Thanksgiving but with only two of us in the house we prepare a few Cornish Game Hens with all the fixings.  Another favorite of mine is a roasted hot turkey sandwich with tons of gravy, mashed potatoes and peas.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Good Morning Guys and Dolls,

My son and daughter-law and my grandchildren are coming over to visit.  I will be spending time with them, so no more posts until sometimes this later this month.  Have a great week and I will be back soon, to post again.  Local Bass fishing sounds good.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013




Joe G

Catch of the day-Jeff's hat from his head




Good Morning Guys and Dolls,

Let's get a little information about the month of June.  It is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, containing 30 days.  June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter who is equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera.  Those Romans and Greeks sure worshiped a number of gods and goddess.

Here is one for you in June we celebrate "Global Orgasm Day."  It was an action originally scheduled for December 2006, to coincide with the end of solstice.   The idea was that participants around the world should have an orgasm during this day, thinking of peace to emit positive energy to our planet.  I don't think I had one that day, blame me for the negative energy.

"National Hug Day" is celebrated this day.  Give the ones you love a big hug and maybe a kiss or two.  Every time I see my good old working buddy, Johnny A., I always get a big man hug.  Thanks John.

"National Auto Services Professional Day".  If they are honest, I wish them the best.  For you bad boys out there you get crap.  My son Joe was a Ford, Lincoln and Mercury mechanic for 9 years until another owner bought the dealership and let them all go.  It's a tough job but I was always proud on him and the job he did.  To this day, he still works on my car when needed.

As far as food goes today, it is "National German Chocolate Cake Day."  I'm not a big fan of cakes, but I'll take a moist plain chocolate cake any day.

Have a great day Speakies, talk to you soon.

Monday, June 10, 2013



Hope all is well and everyone enjoyed the weekend.  Today, is a little history lesson, so let's get started.


1836 - Yamaoka Tesshu - Great Japanese swordsman and master of Kendo.

1922 - Judy Garland - Actress/Singer starred in many movies, most famous, "The Wizard of Oz."  Toto we're not in Kansas anymore.

1932 - Gardner McKay - To me a good actor, he starred in a TV series in the late 50's called "Adventures in Paradise."  He wore a Tiki God around his neck and that became a craze to wear one at that time.  I bought mine on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, NJ.  Look up his name on the net and maybe you will recognize his face and the TV Show.

1933 - F. Lee Bailey, attorney in the Sam Shepard murder case.  The one-armed man.


1946 - Jack Johnson, 1'st Black Heavyweight Champion, dies in car crash.

1971 - Michael Rennie, actor, remember the movie, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."  He played the spaceman Klaatu.  Who can't remember that famous line told to the robot Gort?  "KLAATU BARADA NIKTO.


1610 - 1'st Dutch settlers arrive from New Jersey to colonize Manhattan Island.  I could still hear those first words spoken, "This place ain't got no Tomato Pies."

1752 - Ben Franklin's kite struck by lightening, sends Dr. Emmett Brown, to the future to await the arrival of Marty McFly.

1985 - Coca Cola announces they are bringing back their 99-year-old formula.  Goes better with rum.

Get back to work Guys and Dolls, have a nice day and stay safe.