Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a Bing Crosby...

When I think of Bing Crosby I think of 5 things.
1) White Christmas 
2) Bob Hope
3) Golf 
4) Minute Maid Orange Juice 
5) His duet with David Bowie
But I've recently come across two more things which I will now forever associate Bing Crosby with...
6) Friendship Trees! The grand tradition of taping Christmas Cards to your tree using cellophane tape–as Bing Crosby, star of Paramount's MR. MUSIC highly recommended. His co-star Nancy Olson agreed that it's a "wonderful idea". But how does one transform a boring old Christmas tree into one of friendship? Luckily we had this color advertisement to show us exactly how to how apply tape to greeting cards and then how to tape them to the tree. Wow - thanks Bing!!! Now, if there was only a frozen dessert I could eat after I exhaust myself from taping Christmas cards to my tree...
7) Bing Crosby Ice Cream. Long before Ben & Jerry's, Bing's giant head adorned the packaging of Valley Farm's vanilla frozen dessert. You may ask "why"? I could reply, "why not?". Let's just say, Bing was to ice cream like Paul Newman was to salad dressing and leave it at that. I once heard a story which I think can tie this all together. Someone once asked an elderly Bob Hope what Bing Crosby was really like. His response "you know, he really likes his marijuana."  Wow - Crosby a pot head? Who knew? Bob Hope knew - that's who! Bing Cherry Garcia might have been the flavor that never was. Well, now I have 8 things to associate Bing Crosby with.

4 comments:

laura linger said...

I think the world might be surprised at the people who toke The Sweet Leaf.

Funny, no one seems to be that surprised when they find out that I do.

I love the idea of the friendship tree. This year, we are doing a much less traditional tree and I really dig the idea of adorning it with cards from friends and family.

Madeline said...

Yeah and they had those big hot bulbs back in the day. Then add in the paper cards with cellophane - it's a fire starter! He was totally high!

J said...

You forgot the horrible physical abuse of his children.

J said...

Oh, also Bing in chicken form:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49wQCzpIKOI