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Like a leprechaun hiding in deep clover, St. Patrick’s Day snuck up on me Monday morning. I nearly always mention the unofficial holiday where suddenly everyone is Irish, but failed to do so in my Friday fishwrap to celebrate the day of green beer and corned beef and cabbage. I will try not to let it happen next year and in the meantime, not to miss another day of celebration, today is (and I’m not chicken to say it) National Poultry Day.

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Sunday, with no deadlines to meet, I clicked the TV remote. On came the NASCAR race from Bristol (somewhere back east) with a rain delay. Without looking at the guide I switched channels. On came the movie “Blues Brothers” in the middle of the epic chase scene. At the time, a lot more exciting than the on again, off again, stock car race.

Heh, heh. I told you that to tell you this. According to Dan Aykroyd, who stars along with the late John Belushi, “the film used 13 different 1974 Dodges from the California Highway Patrol to depict the Bluesmobile.” Just think, one of them may have been previously driven by our own Ronn Dominici, a retired Highway Patrolman from that era. The film producers also purchased 60 police cars at $400 each and hired more than 40 stunt drivers.

How many cars were wrecked? I don’t know. I lost count when my gal hollered for me from the kitchen to dry some dishes (yes, she has me doing chores already). However, according to movie makers at the time of the film’s release, it held the world record for most cars destroyed in one film. That record was surpassed, fittingly, by the “Blues Brothers” sequel...


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