What happiness is, for the record

HappinessIsDeanMartinOnce Schulz had established that “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”, many other folks decided to put down their own descriptors. The Beatles famously indicated that “Happiness is a Warm Gun”, and as we’ve covered here before, Johnny Carson opined that “Happiness is a Dry Martini”. But it wasn’t until just the other day that I learned that Dean Martin had staked his own claim in this discussion in 1967, by releasing an album that declared via its very title that Happiness is Dean Martin. And who could argue with that?

Does this mean that Dean Martin is, mathematically speaking, a warm puppy? Well, the Beagle Freedom Project made sure that was the case when they named a former research beagle after the singer.

This album was re-released on CD in 2009, and is still available.



The Untouchable Charlie Brown

If you look at this ad, you may be wondering (as I did when I stumbled across it) why Charlie Brown is advertising a television show in 1963… and why, of all shows, he’s advertising The Untouchables. (Or you may be one of the many people now populating the earth too …

Peanuts First Edition guide

As proud as I am of my Peanuts Book Collectors Guide, it is not the be-all and end-all guide…. and as much as I have visions of making it so, the real life of being a father of two, the runner of a business, a make of dinners, and a …

Peanuts and the public domain

As you may have seen discussed elsewhere, as of today, the first couple Mickey Mouse cartoons are in the public domain in the United States. That means that people are free to make not just copies of the cartoons, but derivative works based on those cartoons. It doesn’t mean that …