Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


It's Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Kalevala Day, Dia de Andalusia, National Science Day, Peace Memorial Day, Teachers' Day, and Bubba Smith's birthday...but for many of us, it's MARDI GRAS!

I just got back from a pre-school Mardi Gras celebrations where kids from 1 to 5 put on a parade for parents and grandparents, after which we settled down to red beans and rice and king cake.  (Traditionally, a little plastic baby Jesus is baked into the king cake and whoever gets the baby Jesus in their slice gets to be king for a day.  The lucky person -- assuming he or she does not choke to death on baby Jesus -- also gets to buy the king cake the next year.)

Since I now live one town over from Pensacola (where they celebrate Mardi Gras and am a hop, skip, and jump to the east from Mobile (which proudly claims the first Mardi Gras in America), and am only a few hours from the Big Easy (where Mardi Gras is as much an industry as Dixieland jazz), I have become acutely aware of the day before the first day of Lent.  Let me transfer some of that awareness to you in the form of this episode from April 18, 1950 of Suspense.

Here's Tom Drake, George Reeves, Mary Sinclair, and Jack Klugman in a mystery scripted by Charles Robinson (from a story by Robert Arthur and David Kogan) and produced and directed by Robert Stevens.


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