Georgia v. Vanderbilt - September 24, 1955
This is a man who is wearing his favorite, comfortable, and completely unfashionable jean shorts on a warm sunny day at his house on the Isle of Palms.
He’s about to load up the back of his car with a large batch of boiled peanuts - a secret family recipe so perfect that it even has its own custom-designed label (which you can see featured here on his t-shirt) - and head to a boiled peanut competition at a location somewhere off the SC interstate (the official marketplace of boiled peanuts is, after all, “the side of the road”).
Much to the surprise of his friends, family, and fans he won’t win the top award. But he will spend the day standing around eating warm, salty peanuts with like-minded folk, basking in the South Carolina sun. And if that weren’t enough, he’ll also sing some guest lead vocals for a country banjo band who is playing a set underneath a simple tailgating tent.
This is a man who is living his life exactly as as he wishes to live it. Full of love and sunshine and and new books and cold drinks and beach music blaring from the speakers in every room of the house.
I guess what I am saying is that when your average Saturday involves wearing your custom-label shirt and ragged old shorts to sing with a banjo band and watch people slurp up your beloved boiled peanuts, you don’t really need a birthday to remind you to live each day to the fullest. You’re already well ahead of the curve.
Thanks, Dad, for being a model of health, wealth, and happiness to all of us who love and admire you. You inspire me and many others to seek out our passions every single day - big or small - and always stop and take the time to taste the peanuts.
My sister says it so much better than I ever could. Happy B-day Dad!
Let’s play “How many times can Mike listen to this song in one day?”
Caught two cars playing soccer
Only a few more days before they start honking loudly during recess, which for some reason starts at 9am. Truly the SHINING STAR OF WILLIAMSBURG
I probably post this every year, but oh well it’s that time again.
Marc Davis explaining the “elongating stretching room” in the Haunted Mansion for the Disneyland Tenth Anniversary Show in 1965.