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Sean Connery Sings “Pretty Irish Girl”

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Sean Connery is not be the greatest singer and that is exactly what makes his version of “Pretty Irish Girl” so entertaining. This performance is from “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” which I loved when I was a kid and still put on (along with “The Quiet Man” every March 17th). So grab something green and lets sing-a-long together….

Have you ever seen the seagulls
Ah flyin’ over heather
Or the crimson sails
On Goey Bay
The fishermen unfurl

The earth is filled with beauty
And its gathered all together
In the form and face and dainty grace
Of a pretty Irish girl

Oh she is my dear and darlin’ one
Her eyes are sparklin’ full of fun
No other, no other
Could match the likes of her

Oh she is my dear my darlin’ one
My smilin’ and beguilin’ one
I love the ground she walks upon
My darling Irish girl

Feeling Irish enough? OK, I’ll meet you all at the pub tonight and we will enjoy a pint or two. Just make sure to beware of the Banshee!!

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Lucky Charms’ Fun Facts and Commercials

Lucky Charms has been a shameless part of my St. Patrick’s Day celebrating since I was a kid. As I poured myself a heaping bowl this morning, I thought I would throw together a collection of some interesting facts about the most magically delicious cereal (along with my favorite commercials, of course).

Fun Facts

  • The spokes-leprechaun who is now known as “Lucky the Leprechaun” or sometimes as “Sir Charms” was originally called L.C. Leprechaun.
  • Lucky was created the year that the cereal was conceived, 1963.
  • Lucky Charms were invented in 1963 by Paul Bunyon. He was a new project manager who answered General Mill’s call to find out what to do with their abundance of Cheerios. Bunyon’s idea was to mix Cheerios with chopped up Kraft Circus Peanuts.
  • Lucky Charms was not originally sugar coated. At launch they got their sweetness from the marshmallows. When the cereal underperformed they just added sugar – sales quickly increased.
  • The Lucky Charms’ marshmallows are referred to as Marbits by the folks at General Mills. Marbits were invented by John Holahan in 1963
  • Actor Arthur Anderson was the voice of Lucky from 1963-1992.
  • The first Lucky Charms’ commercial was made by Mill Melendez of Peanuts fame.
  • In 1975, Lucky was replaced briefly by Waldo the Wizard. Public outcry returned Lucky to his rightful place as spokes-leprechaun.

The Marshmallow Line-Up
When Lucky Charms was launched it had 4 marshmallow (marbit) shapes. They were pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The lineup has changed often over the years, with marshmallow sizes and colors changing frequently. Here is a list of when certain marbits made their first appearances:

  • 1975 – Blue Diamonds
  • 1984 – Purple Horseshoes
  • 1986 – Whales
  • 1989 – Red Balloons
  • 1992 – Rainbows
  • 1994 – Pots of Gold
  • 1996 – Leprechaun Hats
  • 1998 – Shooting Stars
  • 1999 – Man in the Moons
  • 2005 – Hidden Key
  • 2006 – Magic Mirror
  • 2008 – Hourglasses

Theme Song
Lucky Charms has a simple theme song that I think you all know

Frosted Lucky Charms,
They’re magically delicious!

Now onto the commercials…

First Lucky Charms Commercial

Lucky Hides in the Arcade

Lucky Hides in a Giant Computer

Four Leaf Clover Charm

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Shamrock Shakes and Shenanigans

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St. Patty’s Day is tomorrow and you know what that means? Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds! The Shamrock Shake was created in that fertile time called the 1970s and it was a beverage born not of corporate greed, but to help those in need (and corporate greed). Here is an excerpt from the Ronald McDonald House website:

The Hills knew that there had to be a solution. Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to raise funds. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Evans dreamed of a comfortable temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.

Murray enlisted Don Tuckerman from the local McDonald’s advertising agency, who with the support of McDonald’s Regional Manager Ed Rensi, launched the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake (now known as the Shamrock Shake) promotion. Funds raised went toward purchasing an old house located near the hospital.

Pretty cool huh. Of course I mostly remember these shakes because of commercials starring Uncle O’Grimacey (the green Irish uncle of our favorite purple shake eating monster)

And of course this highbrow lesson in Irish Culture.

Surely he had traveled to many fine establishments before he found a beverage that was as “refreshing as a spring breeze”. Note: In a sequel to this commercial a tiny leprechaun hopped out of the shake machine and challenged all Finnegans present to fight.

The Search Is On
We have 4 McDonalds in the immediate neighborhood, so the other day I walked to the closest one and found they don’t carry them. I was sad but not surprised and moved on the next McDonalds. I hit all 4 and got nothing. Now I remembered liking these minty shakes and when the day began I was just “looking forward” to having one, but now that the universe sought to deny me that which I was rightfully entitled to consume, I NEEDED a Shamrock Shake. Which could only mean one thing…Road Trip!

Now a logical person would of course call around to various McDonalds and confirm they have them before speeding off in their Honda for parts unknown. I am not a logical person. I prefer the mystery of the quest. Their are hundreds of McDonalds in the immediate area and each one I stopped at looked at me like I was insane. “Shamrock Shakes”, they said, “What’s that?”

I thought that unlike the McRib, the smooth cool green wouldn’t be too hard to find. Wrong! It took 2 hours, 60 miles and 4 orders of large fries before I hit minty pay dirt. This simple little sign that had been hung from the menu board was a sight for sore eyes.

Note:  When you start taking multiple photos of the McDonalds Menu Board people will look at you funny

Note: When you start taking multiple photos of the McDonalds Menu Board people will look at you funny

I ordered a large, ran to the first flat surface I could find and cracked it open.

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It’s actually kind of cool looking before you stir it up. Count those rings of flavor!

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As for the tasting? It’s thick and minty with a hint of vanilla and just as good as I remember. I like to dip my fries into my vanilla milkshakes and figured I would give mint a try. I was not grossed out, but I wouldn’t call it a taste sensation either. Well I am sold! I am going to get another one tonight and another one tomorrow to celebrate the greenest of days. If they kept these shakes all year long I might have to look into a new career to get a discount.

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To find Shamrock Shakes in your area call ahead to your local McDonald’s.

The Shamrock Sundae
Back in 1980 McDonald experiments with the Shamrock Sundae. It didn’t sell as well as the Shamrock shake so they let it go the way of Crystal Pepsi. It pretty much was just vanilla ice cream with mint syrup, but oh what a syrup! The mintiest of the minty mints. Rumor has it that the syrup was actually the blood of O’Grimacey clan. Which had been killed in an attempt to take control of Ronald McDonald Land.

If you were lucky enough to taste O’Grimacey blood in that short period during 1980, odds are you have been craving it ever sense. To get a similar taste sensation may I make a suggestion.

Fight me Jimmy!

Fight me Jimmy!