Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 29, 2014
August 29, 2014
50 years ago the Disney flick "Mary Poppins" premiered.
Labor Day Weekend:
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on Sept 05, 1882, in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the federal marshals and military troops during the Pullman Strike.
President GROVER CLEVELAND made reconciliation with the labor movement a top political priority and as a gesture of good faith, pushed legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday. The legislation was unanimously approved by Congress (a tradition of bipartisanship that continues even today!)
Bad weekend to drive:
We reviewed stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the worst days to drive a couple of months ago, but just a reminder --this holiday weekend is the second worst weekend of the year to drive if you'd like to avoid an accident (the July Fourth weekend being the first).
It's probably because the warm weather, trips to the beach, and that last, beer-filled BBQ party of the summer all correlate with automobile collisions. So, remember to drive carefully. And never, ever, get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
The annual MDA Telethon:
As you remember, the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon is no longer a 21 and a half hour show with JERRY LEWIS as the host; instead it's now called the "MDA Show of Strength" and no longer a telethon, only running for two hours Sunday night on ABC, beginning at 9 pm (Eastern and Pacific), 8 pm (Central).
ALOE BLACC, ALYSSA MILANO, BRAD PAISLEY, BRET MICHAELS, FALL OUT BOY, JASON DERULO, JOSH GROBAN, LeANN RIMES, SARA EVANS and RASCAL FLATTS are among those scheduled to appear on the broadcast.
Celebrity presenters on the telethon include ALYSSA MILANO, BRAD PAISLEY, JORDIN SPARKS, JOSH GROBAN, KESHA, KEVIN FRAZIER, LAILA ALI, LUDACRIS, NANCY O'DELL, PETE WENTZ, SUSAN LUCCI, TERRY FATOR, TOM BERGERON and VICTOR ORTIZ.
Filling a need:
Worried about a potential hazelnut shortage? A restaurant in Brooklyn certainly isn't--especially when it's entire menu will be based on Nutella.
The restaurant, called Nutelleria, is set to open in the Park Slope neighborhood, though it's unclear when exactly this will happen: window signage in their potential location has only been put up this week. We're also going into a hazelnut shortage, as seventy percent of Turkey's hazelnut crop was damaged this year. There's also the matter of if/when Nutella's manufacturer, Ferraro, is going to sue for rights that the restaurant owners most likely don't have.
But on the positive side, foodie website Grubstreet theorizes that we can expect the likes of "choco-nut-spread breakfast pizzas and bacon-banana-Nutella waffle sandwiches."
Nutelleria's website is HERE.
Editor's note: Guess who's hopping on the next bus to Brooklyn? (AB)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
If you get to see BRADLEY COOPER in the upcoming Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man," the theater itself will become part of the action. The New York Daily News says it was Bradley's idea to transform the Booth Theater into a Victorian-era circus sideshow. There will even be period lamp posts on the sidewalk in front of the theater and vintage light bulbs on the marquee. Performances begin November 7th and opening night will be December 7th. (Marino)
The Ross Brittain Report has been perfected by Ross and his award winning writers to provide customizable show prep every weekday morning. To see why it's one of the most important show prep services in the US, or for a free two week trial, please contact us using the contact info below in the "About The Author" section.