Olbermann gives shout-out to Bix
You probably weren't aware that today, March 10th, is the Quad Cities' world reknowned homeboy Bix Beiderbecke's birthday, but now millions of viewers around the world do.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear MSNBC's Keith Olbermann pay honor to Bix on tonight's "Countdown" program.
Olbermann does a nighly "On this date..." bit on his show where he cites people who were born on that date in history.
Tonight Olbermann opened a segment of "Countdown" with,
"On this date in 1903 Leon Bismarck Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa. Apart from being one of the greatest cornet players, Bix Beiderbecke was probably the first legend of jazz to come not only from the middle class, but from the audience made possible by records."He then noted Beiderbecke's meteoric rise to fame during the era of bathtub gin and his tragic early death at the age of 28.
So Happy Birthday Bix, and hat's off to Keith Olbermann for paying respect to our area's most widely acclaimed native son.
Countdown is rebroadcast tonight at 11:00 p.m. on MSNBC.