Hello, my name is Oscar

By Derek Wright

15 – Jan. 31, 1962 The first Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, OSCAR, re-entered after spending three weeks in space transmitting the Morse code message, “Hi hi,” which was heard in 28 countries, breaking new ground for creative messages.

14 – May 26, 1979 Dade County, Florida becomes the first of three places to declare”Oscar Peterson Day” after the legendary jazz pianist.

13 – Oct. 11, 1955 “Oklahoma” becomes the first widely successful collaboration between Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers, as the play is considered to have opened the door for singing, dancing cowboys world wide.

12 – April 30, 1971 Oscar Robertson leads the Milwaukee Bucks to the franchise’s only NBA title and solidified this date as the last time the team really mattered.

11 – 1898-1983 English author Beverly Nichols owns eight Siamese cats all named numerically. The only feline without a digit for a name, the last was named Oscar.

10 – Dec. 31, 1997 Ralph Fiennes starred as “Oscar Hopkins” in the film “Oscar and Lucinda,” and nobody — not even his co-stars — Seemed to notice his performance.

9 – January, 2006 Bill Clinton spends time in fashion designer Oscar de la Renta’s Dominican Republic beach house. No word if the two discussed the merits of blue dresses.

8 – March 10, 1965 Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” premieres and the character “Oscar Madison” makes being a slob Broadway chic.

7 – April 26, 1991 Sylvester Stallone stars in the film “Oscar” about a mobster trying to become a legitimate business man; Stallone stars in real life as someone trying to become a legitimate actor.

6 – Jan. 11, 1976 Actor Richard Anderson, who has already played the role of “Oscar Goldman” for two years on the TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man,” milks the role into another show simultaneously, and additionally stars as the character “The Bionic Woman” on a rival network.

5 – 1976 Oscar Mayer adds a second verse to its popular jingle which contains the spelling of the oft-secret last name of the company’s food: B-O-L-O-G-N-A. The trend to give surnames to meat products doesn’t catch on.

4 – Oct. 10, 2000 Professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya releases his first solo record, making it OK for guys who punch people in the face for a living to sing about love and tenderness.

3 – Nov. 10, 1969 Oscar the Grouch first appears on “Sesame Street.” Bums and vagrants finally have a voice on public television.

2 – June 20, 1890 Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” was first published and cane-toting playwrights in purple velvet coats have been cool ever since.

1 – Oct. 1944 Oskar Schindler employed more than 1,200 Jewish concentration camp residents to make faulty ammunition for the German army during WWII.