“Baseball been berry, berry good to me!” – the famous SNL catchphrase of Garrett Morris as Chico Escuela…

If you’re old enough to have been watching Saturday Night Live in the late Seventies you might have been watching Episode 5 of Season 4 when it first aired on November 11, 1978. (I am and I was.) Buck Henry was the host. The Grateful Dead were the musical guests. And, there were several classic … Read more

“Coffee, Tea or Me?” – the catchphrase popularized by a hoax based on a joke…

Back in the 1960s, when air travel was more pleasant and our culture was less politically correct, airline stewardesses were hot – at least in terms of their popular image. Most stewardesses were young and single. In the media, they were often portrayed as both desirable and attainable – as women who liked to fool … Read more

“To crush your enemies…”

For readers of this website who may not know about my other quotation site, QuoteCounterquote.com, here’s a post that will give you an idea of what you’ll find there. Basically, each post on QuoteCounterquote.com features background information on a famous quotation followed by a set of quotes that are interesting or humorous uses, variations and … Read more

The Timothy Leary political campaign slogan that became a famous Beatles song…

The best-known slogan coined by Sixties counterculture celebrity Timothy Leary is the one he created to promote the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” He first began popularizing this saying in his public lectures and comments around 1966 and used it as the title of a spoken word … Read more

The story, the man – and the dog – behind the phrase “man’s best friend”

September 23rd is the anniversary of what is said to be the origin of a dog-related saying that’s as or more famous than “Love me, love my dog.” The saying is generally heard in the form “A dog is a man’s best friend.” Sometimes it’s given as “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Either … Read more

“Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,” the song that made a pioneering Black songwriter famous — and infamous…

  How will Rap and Hip Hop songs by Black musicians that use the N-word and seemingly glorify the “thug life” be viewed 140 years from now? I don’t know for sure, of course. But I’m willing to guess there will be various conflicting views among people who are both Black and White. That’s certainly … Read more

“Don’t Bogart that joint, my friend…”

[Reposted by popular demand…] On June 24, 1968, ABC Records released the self-titled first album by The Fraternity of Man, a California-based rock band whose members included former Mothers of Invention guitarist Elliot Ingber and a young, 17-year-old singer and songwriter named Larry Wagner. The album wasn’t a big hit. But it was popular with … Read more

Reports of Mark Twain’s quip about his death are greatly misquoted…

In May 1897, the great American humorist, novelist and social critic Samuel Clemens — best known by his pen name, Mark Twain — was in London. It was one of the stops on a round-the-world speaking tour he’d embarked on in 1895. He hoped to use the fees from speaking engagements to pay off the … Read more

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall…”

When Columbia Records released the first, self-titled album by Bob Dylan in 1962 it went largely unnoticed by the general public. Only about 5,000 copies were sold at the time. But Columbia music producer John Hammond, who signed Dylan to the label, had faith in the young folk singer. He ignored the jibes of other … Read more

“From my cold, dead hands” – Charlton Heston’s most famous and infamous non-movie quote

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, not long after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, reminded me of the context of Charlton Heston’s first notable use of his famous/infamous quote “From my cold, dead hands.” It was in a speech at an NRA meeting held a few months after … Read more