It’s New Year’s Day!


Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York
photo via Reuters

The first ball drop in Times Square, New York, took place on December 31, 1907, and has been held annually since (except in 1942 and 1943 in observance of wartime blackouts). The ball’s design has also been updated over the years to reflect new advances in technologies—its original design utilized 100 incandescent light bulbs, iron, and wood in its construction, while its current incarnation features a computerized LED lighting system and an outer surface consisting of triangle-shaped crystal panels. As of 2009, the ball is also displayed atop One Times Square year-round and is removed only for general maintenance. [Wiki]

Times Square Ball 1907
Times Square Ball 1907, via the gothamist

CBS won’t allow embedding of their New Year’s celebrations throughout the world, but Russia Today will so the following video is from RT.

New Year’s is one day we remember to love everyone.


I will really miss Dick Clark:

Before there was Dick Clark, there was Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians.

Forming “The Royal Canadians” in 1924 with his brothers Carmen, Lebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown, Lombardo led the group to international success, billing themselves as creating “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven.” The Lombardos are believed to have sold between 100 and 300 million phonograph records during their lifetimes.

[Robert Trout appears at 4:51. Robert Trout was the New Year’s Eve radio announcer from decades before]

Ben Grauer
Ben Grauer

Before Guy Lombardo, Ben Grauer reported by radio. He came back in 1976-1977:

Before Ben Grauer, there was Bob Trout, the Trouster, the Iron Man of Radio who was given that name for his ability to ad lib. He appears in the Guy Lombardo interview above at 4:51]

This is an interview with Bob Trout but it has nothing to do with New Year’s Eve:

Happy New Year!

Check out the New Year’s Eve Tribute from yesterday if you haven’t yet.