“Way Back When” TODAY!


Paul Layendecker’s “WAY BACK WHEN” for Friday, August 25, 2023

 1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrated one of his early telescopes to Venetian lawmakers. It had a magnification of about 8 or 9.

1939 The film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz was released, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. Did you know, Buddy Ebsen was originally cast as the Tin Man, but had to quit because he had an allergic reaction to the silver makeup.

1992 In the Dutton, Alabama election for mayor and city council nobody voted. And why should they; nobody ran for office.


Music History:

1975 Bruce Springsteen released his third studio album Born to Run. The album sold six million copies in the United States and is considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums in popular music. Two singles were released from the album: ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’ and the Title Cut ‘Born to Run’; which helped Springsteen reach mainstream popularity.


Notable Birthdays today:

Model/Designer Claudia Schiffer 53

TV Host/Businesswoman Rachel Ray 55

Kiss Rocker Gene Simmons 74

Actor Tom Skerritt 90


Credit to:

Thisdayinmusic.com and Thisdaytrivia.com