Bless the Fools and the Drunkards

Today is Mother’s Day in Singapore – tomorrow for you Americans on the wrong side of the international date line – but it is also the birthday of several folks of renown. Irving Berlin was born on this day as was Doug McClure and Louis Farrakhan. Mort Sahl and Salvadore Dali share this birthday as does the legendary Phil Silvers.

Another May 11th guy was the great Foster Brooks, although he was usually too drunk to remember. Here, Brooks happens to run into Dean Martin, another lush of some celebrity.

Brooks had struggled with alchohol in his early days but gave it up in 1964. He says a guy bet him $10 he couldn’t quit, and he really needed the money. He drew upon his past to create a most unique and successful character. He died in 2001.

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