The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is an American animated television program produced by Filmation for MGM Television in 1980, on CBS for Saturday mornings. The show lasted two seasons and the individual episodes were added to syndicated Tom and Jerry packages in 1983; this was the second made-for-television Jerry production. The series was notable in being the first attempt since the closing of the MGM studio in the 1950s to restore the original format of the cat and mouse team. After the original 114 theatrical shorts run of the William Hanna-Joseph Barbera directed series, the characters were leased to other animation studios who changed the designs, eliminated all of the supporting characters; the previous made-for-TV Tom and Jerry Show for the ABC network in 1975 was produced by Hanna and Barbera under their own studio, but had made the cat and mouse friends in most of the episodes, due to the reaction against violence in cartoons. The version by Filmation was able to restore the familiar slapstick chase format, reintroduced not only Tyke and Nibbles, but some of the other MGM stars.
Half hour shows would consist of two seven-minute Tom and Jerry episodes, plus one Droopy cartoon in the middle, featuring some other characters such as Barney Bear. Spike from Tom and Jerry was used in many of these Droopy episodes as well, filling in for the other "Spike" bulldog created by Tex Avery for the old Droopy films, not used as a separate character here; the villainous wolf from the classic series was included, named "Slick Wolf". Still missing was the "Red Hot Riding Hood" character, who would not reappear until the following made for TV series, Tom & Jerry Kids, in 1990. Characters not seen in this series of Tom and Jerry shorts are Mammy Two Shoes, Quacker, Topsy and Toodles Galore; the show's opening begins with Tom chasing Jerry through a blank yellow screen. They continue chasing, as all of the other stars build a giant "Jerry" sign; the familiar rotating executive producer credit of Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott runs as Tom chases Jerry past the screen, knocking things over and running over others along the way.
After the opening sequence, the wraparound segments, hosted by Droopy, would begin. He would start by painting the whole background with a single large brush stroke, he and the other speaking characters would engage in brief comedic sketches. In addition to the animation, the show was characterized by limited music score; this did match the chase scenes, but gave the episodes a monotonous soundtrack, making these episodes "stand out" to many Tom & Jerry viewers when they aired. Where the original series and the third series by Chuck Jones would have favorable endings for Tom this series followed the second series by Gene Deitch in never having definite "wins" for Tom. Similar to the Deitch films is the character design, in them being drawn similar to the original, but still different; the Droopy episodes would feature Slick and sometimes Spike being antagonists to Droopy. Barney had miscellaneous roles, such as being the boss of movie studio guard Droopy in "Star Crossed Wolf", a frightful companion to Droopy in a haunted house in "Scared Bear".
Frank Welker provided all the voices in the Tom and Jerry and Droopy segments for the first six episodes, therefore voicing most of the female characters, which proves that he cannot do female voices well. Despite that, there were some female characters voiced by Jay Scheimer, Erika Scheimer and Linda Gary. Filmation head Lou Scheimer provided Filmation head Lou Scheimer provided Jerry's laugh, provided the voices of Tuffy, Droopy in the show’s opening, the wraparound segments, "The Incredible Droop", "Scared Bear" and "Disco Droopy", Tom in "Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers", one of Miss Kitty’s henchmen, in "Most Wanted Cat", Barney in the wraparound segments before "Pest in the West", "The Incredible Droop", "The Plaid Baron Strikes Again", "Incredible Shrinking Cat", "When the Rooster Crows", "School for Cats", "Disco Droopy" and "Pied Piper Puss" and "The Incredible Droop", Slick in the wraparound segments before "Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers", "The Incredible Droop", "Incredible Shrinking Cat", "When the Rooster Crows" and "School for Cats", Spike in the wraparound segments before "Invasion of the Mouse Snatchers", "Scared Bear" and "School for Cats", the ringmaster in "When the Rooster Crows".
Oil Can Harry's scream from the The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle episode "Cattenstein" was used for Tom in "The Plaid Baron Strikes Again" and Slick in "The Great Train Rubbery". Theodore H. Bear's yawn from the The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle episode "Monster Mash" was used for Tom in "When the Rooster Crows" and Tuffy in the wraparound segment before "Kitty Hawk Kitty"; when the 1980 Screen Ac
Thomas Cat is a fictional character and one of the title characters in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical animated short films. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom is a grey and white anthropomorphic domestic short haired Tuxedo cat who first appeared in the 1940 MGM animated short Puss Gets the Boot. Tom was known as "Jasper" during his debut in the short, his name, "Tom Cat", is based on a phrase which refers to male cats. He is rarely heard speaking with the exception of a few cartoons, his only notable vocal sounds outside of this are his various screams whenever he is subjected to panic or, more pain. He is continuously after Jerry Mouse, for whom he sets traps, many of which backfire and cause damage to him rather than Jerry, his trademark scream was provided by creator William Hanna. Tom has changed over the years upon his evolution after the first episodes. For example, in his debut, he was quadrupedal. However, over the years, he has become completely bipedal and has human intelligence and he is similar to his previous appearance, in 1945 shorts he had twisted whiskers and his appearance kept changing.
In the 1940s and early 1950s, he had white fur between his eyes. In newer cartoons, the white fur is gone; as a slapstick cartoon character, Tom has a superhuman level of elasticity. Tom is defeated in the end, although there are some stories where he outwits and defeats Jerry. Tom has variously been portrayed as a malicious tormentor and a victim of Jerry's blackmail attempts, sometimes within the same episode Tom and Jerry appeared together in the 1945 Technicolor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical Anchors Aweigh where Tom appears as a butler for King Jerry, the latter who has a dance sequence with Gene Kelly, in another musical with the same studio Dangerous When Wet, where, in a dream sequence, main character Katie Higgins does an underwater ballet with Tom and Jerry, as well as animated depictions of the different people in her life. Clarence Nash: Vocal effects in the Hanna-Barbera era shorts and Mouse in Manhattan as the alley cats Harry E. Lang: Vocal effects in the Hanna-Barbera era shorts, The Tom and Jerry Show William Hanna: Vocal effects in the Hanna-Barbera era shorts, The Tom and Jerry Show and speaking in the shorts: The Lonesome Mouse, The Zoot Cat and The Mouse Comes to Dinner Billy Bletcher: speaking in the 1944 short: The Bodyguard Mel Blanc: Vocal effects in the Chuck Jones era shorts, The Tom and Jerry Show Stepin Fetchit: speaking in the 1948 short: Mouse Cleaning Daws Butler: speaking in the 1950 short: The Framed Cat, speaking in the 1957 short: Mucho Mouse Allen Swift: vocal effects in the Gene Deitch era shorts Terence Monk: The Cat Above and the Mouse Below, singing in the 1967 short Cat and Dupli-cat June Foray: Duel Personality vocal effects John Stephenson: The Tom and Jerry Show Frank Welker: The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Tom & Jerry Kids Lou Scheimer: The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show Richard Kind: speaking and singing in Tom and Jerry: The Movie Jeff Glen Bennett: Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Bill Kopp: Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars and Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry Spike Brandt: The Karate Guard Don Brown: Tom and Jerry Tales Alan Marriott: Tom and Jerry in Fists of Furry Marc Silk: Tom and Jerry in War of the WhiskersTom has a had a number of different voice actors over the years.
When the character debuted in Puss Gets the Boot, Clarence Nash provided the screeches and meows for Tom. He would continue to do so until Sufferin Cats. Beginning with the short The Night Before Christmas, co-creator William Hanna provided the vocal effects for the character until the last Hanna-Barbera short Tot Watchers. During this time period, voice actor Harry E. Lang did some vocal noises for Tom between 1941–1953. Billy Bletcher voiced him in a few shorts between 1944–1947. Stepin Fetchit voiced him in a sequence in the short Mouse Cleaning. In 1961–1962, when Gene Deitch took over as director after the MGM cartoon studio shut down in 1957, Allen Swift did vocal effects for Tom throughout that time period; when Chuck Jones took over during 1963–1967, Mel Blanc voiced Tom. In The Tom and Jerry Show, Tom was voiced by John Stephenson. Frank Welker voiced him in The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show in 1980–1982. Welker voiced him in Tom and Jerry Kids in 1990–1994. Other voice actors include Lou Scheimer in The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Richard Kind, Jeff Bennett, Bill Kopp, Spike Brandt, Don Brown, Alan Marriott, Marc Silk.
In The Tom and Jerry Show his vocal effects are provided by archival recordings of William Hanna, Harry E. Lang, Mel Blanc from the
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division; the team plays its home games at the Rogers Centre. The "Blue Jays" name originates from the bird of the same name, blue is the traditional colour of two of Toronto's other professional sports teams: the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts. In addition, the team was owned by the Labatt Brewing Company, makers of the popular beer Labatt's Blue. Colloquially nicknamed the "Jays", the team's official colours are royal blue, navy blue and white. An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto in 1977. Based at Exhibition Stadium, the team began playing its home games at the SkyDome upon its opening in 1989. Since 2000, the Blue Jays have been owned by Rogers Communications and in 2004, the SkyDome was purchased by that company, which renamed it Rogers Centre, they are the second MLB franchise to be based outside the United States, the only team based outside the U.
S. after the first Canadian franchise, the Montreal Expos, became the Washington Nationals in 2005. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Blue Jays went through struggles typical of an expansion team finishing in last place in its division. In 1983, the team had its first winning season and two years they became division champions. From 1985 to 1993, they were an AL East powerhouse, winning five division championships in nine seasons, including three consecutive from 1991 to 1993. During that run, the team became back-to-back World Series champions in 1992 and 1993, led by a core group of award-winning All-Star players, including Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, John Olerud, Devon White; the Blue Jays became the first team outside the US to appear in and win a World Series, the fastest AL expansion team to do so, winning in its 16th year. After 1993, the Blue Jays failed to qualify for the playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons, until clinching a playoff berth and division championship in 2015.
The team clinched a second consecutive playoff berth in 2016, after securing an AL wild card position. Both years, the Jays lost the AL Championship Series; the Blue Jays are one of two MLB teams under corporate ownership, with the other being the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977 against the Chicago White Sox before a home crowd of 44,649; the game is now best remembered for the minor snowstorm which began just before the game started. Toronto won the snowy affair 9–5, led by Doug Ault's two home runs; that win would be one of only 54 of the 1977 season, as the Blue Jays finished last in the AL East, with a record of 54–107. After the season, assistant general manager Pat Gillick succeeded Peter Bavasi as general manager of the team, a position he would hold until 1994. In 1978, the team improved their record by five games, but remained last, with a record of 59–102. In 1979, after a 53–109 last place finish, shortstop Alfredo Griffin was named American League co-Rookie of the Year.
In addition, the Blue Jays' first mascot, BJ Birdy, made its debut in 1979. In 1980, Bobby Mattick became manager, succeeding the Blue Jays' original manager. In Mattick's first season as manager, although they remained at the bottom, Toronto reached the 70-win mark, finishing with a record of 67–95, a 14-win improvement on 1979. Jim Clancy led with 13 wins and John Mayberry became the first Jay to hit 30 home runs in a season. In the strike-divided season of 1981, the Blue Jays finished in last place in the AL East in both halves of the season, they were a dismal 16–42 in the first half, but improved finishing the 48-game second half at 21–27, for a combined record of 37–69. Under new manager Bobby Cox, Toronto's first solid season came in 1982 as they finished 78–84, their pitching staff was led by starters Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy, Luis Leal, the outfield featured a young Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield. 1982 was the Blue Jays' first season outside the bottom, as they finished sixth in the East out of seven teams.
In 1983, the Blue Jays compiled their first winning record, 89–73, finishing in fourth place, nine games behind the eventual World Series champions, the Baltimore Orioles. First baseman Willie Upshaw became the first Blue Jay to have at least 100 RBIs in a season; the Blue Jays' progress continued in 1984, finishing with the same 89–73 record, but this time in a distant second place behind another World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers. After 1984, Alfredo Griffin went to the Oakland Athletics, thus giving a permanent spot to young Dominican shortstop Tony Fernández, who would become a fan favourite for many years. In 1985, Toronto won its first championship of any sort: the first of their six American League East division titles; the Blue Jays featured a balanced offence. Tony Fernández excelled in his first full season, veteran pitcher Doyle Alexander led the team with 17 wins, including a division-clinching complete game win, their mid-season call up of relief pitcher Tom Henke proved to be important.
They finished two games in front of the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays faced the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, took a three games to one lead. However, Kansas City won three consecutive games to win the series 4–3, on the way to their first World Series championship. After the playoffs, AL Manager of the Year, Bobby Cox left the Blue Jays to become general manager of the Atlanta Braves, the team
4hero are an electronic music group from Dollis Hill, comprising producers Mark "Marc Mac" Clair & Denis "Dego" McFarlane. While the band is cited as 4 Hero or 4-Hero, the name is stylised as 4hero on their albums and website. 4hero are known for being pioneers of Breakbeat hardcore, Jungle/Drum and Bass, Broken Beat and Nu Jazz music. 4hero's style was uptempo breakbeat and techno, has progressed to breakbeat hardcore, oldschool jungle, drum and bass. Comparisons have been drawn between them and East London band Shut Up and Dance, with both bands evolving in the early 1990s as a reapproachment between the breakbeat-driven African-diasporic musical structures of hip-hop and reggae, the dark, European reconstruction of the techno sound popularised by the likes of Joey Beltram, CJ Bolland and Mundo Muzique. 4hero both embraced the dynamics of populist rave culture, maintained an avant-garde status as innovative and experimental producers. They trailblazed genre-crossing studio techniques such as pitch-shifting.
The main players in 4hero first met and came to prominence in the late 1980s when they were involved in the Strong Island FM pirate radio station. Marc Mac and Gus Lawrence set up Reinforced Records in 1989 to release their own productions as 4hero, with the group being completed by Dego and Ian Bardouille, their first release was the 1990 single "All B 3 / Rising Son". The follow-up EP, "Combat Dancin'", underpinned the sub-bass pressure of the bleep'n' bass artists associated with Sheffield's Warp Records, such as LFO and Nightmares on Wax, with mid-tempo hip-hop-style breakbeats, it brought the group to the attention of the rave community due to the track "Mr Kirk's Nightmare", which pivoted around the "Get Into Something" break and a morbid vocal sample taken from the Bobby Susser, anti-drug hit "Once You Understand" by Think. 4hero were among the first proponents of what would become known as "drum and bass", which began to grow in profile via a series of releases on Reinforced. Another drum and bass figurehead, met 4hero at a performance in London's Astoria.
Marc and Dego went on to teach and collaborate with Goldie which brought the sounds Goldie envisioned to life, forming the Rufige Cru and Metalheadz monikers. The band's debut album, "In Rough Territory" was released in 1991 on Reinforced; this would be the only one of the group's albums to feature Ian as full members. Marc Mac and Dego would record together under the alias Tom & Jerry, whilst Marc Mac as Manix and Dego as Tek 9. According to music journalist Simon Reynolds, "If anyone can claim to have invented dark-core, it's 4 Hero", referencing their 1993 release "Journey From The Light". In 1995 NME voted 4hero's second album "Parallel Universe" the album of the year in its dance category. In 1997 one of their tracks, a remix of Nuyorican Soul's "Black Gold of the Sun", was released to critical acclaim with Louie Vega himself describing it as "...one of the best remixes ever...". The next year, 4hero rose again to mainstream visibility with their third studio album as 4hero, Two Pages. Released on Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud record label, the double CD blended jazzy double bass, flowing breakbeats and a brew of mysticism, astrology, U.
F. O.s, environmentalism. Luke Parkhouse provided the drums while Ursula Rucker, Carol Crosby and Face V. Walsh provided vocals alongside veteran singer Terry Callier and a few other special guests; the album gained critical acclaim and a place on the shortlist for 1998's Mercury Music Prize as well as picking up a MOBO award in the same year. Both this album and artists recording on 4hero's Reinforced label were influential in the development of the Broken Beat scene. Between 1998 and 2001, they hosted a Sunday night show with Kirk Degiorgio on Kiss 100 FM under the R Solution moniker. 4hero's fourth album "Creating Patterns" featured another Ursula Rucker collaboration, an appearance from Jill Scott, a cover of Minnie Riperton's classic 1970s song "Les Fleurs" with Carina Andersson as the lead vocalist. The latter was featured in series 4 of Top Gear. In 2004 the group released a compilation album consisting of two discs; the first disc contained 4hero Remixes, while the tracks on disc 2 are remixes of 4hero tracks by other artists.
This was released on their new label Raw Canvas. In 2006, 4hero was featured on the track, "Bed of Roses" on her album, The Makeover. Six years after the release of Creating Patterns, "Play with the Changes" was released in February 2007 to critical acclaim. Mixmag described it as "their finest album to date" and awarded it the title of Album of the Month in its January 2007 issue. In 2012, the album Hipology was released as The Visioneers. "In Rough Territory" "Parallel Universe" "Two Pages" "Two Pages Remixed" "Two Pages Reinterpretations" "Creating Patterns "The Remix Album "4 Hero Present Brazilika" "Play with the Changes" "Extensions" "Hipology" "All B 3 / Rising Son" "Combat Dancin' / Mr Kirks Nightmare" "The Scorcher / Kirk's Back" "No Sleep Raver/Marimba" "The Head Hunter" "Cookin Up Ya Brain / Where's the Boy?" "Journey from the Light" "Golden Age" "Internal Affairs E
Tom & Gerri
"Tom & Gerri" is the third episode of British dark comedy anthology series Inside No. 9. It premiered on BBC2 on 19 February 2014; the episode was based on a play that Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith had written while living together prior to the development of their series The League of Gentlemen. While the play had been around two hours in length, the episode was only half an hour. "Tom & Gerri" follows a difficult period in the life of Tom, a primary school teacher and aspiring writer, his girlfriend Gerri, a struggling actress, after Tom invites the homeless Migg into his home. Conleth Hill stars as a man worried about the mental health of his friend Tom; the entire episode takes place inside Tom's flat. Reviewers agreed that "Tom & Gerri" was darker but less funny than previous episodes of Inside No. 9. Nonetheless, the response to the episode as a whole was positive. Critics disagreed about the presentation of Tom's mental illness in the episode, with one journalist suggesting that the episode's ending "set back public awareness of mental health at least half an hour", but another saying that the story presented "a fine – if cartoonish – take on mental illness".
Writers Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who had worked together on The League of Gentlemen and Psychoville, took inspiration for Inside No. 9 from "David and Maureen", episode 4 of the first series of Psychoville. This episode, in turn, was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. "David and Maureen" took place in a single room, was filmed in only two shots. At the same time, the concept of Inside No. 9 was a "reaction" to Psychoville, with Shearsmith saying that "We'd been so involved with labyrinthine over-arcing, we thought it would be nice to do six different stories with a complete new house of people each week. That's appealing, because as a viewer you might not like this story, but you've got a different one next week." As an anthology series with horror themes, Inside No. 9 pays homage to Tales of the Unexpected, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The "loose story" of "Tom and Gerri" was written as a two-hour play while Shearsmith and Pemberton were on the dole and sharing a flat, prior to the production of League of Gentlemen.
The story was inspired by their experiences in this environment. The character of Tom has his "life energy" drained in the same way that, the writers suggest, is experienced by jobhunters; the "sinister" atmosphere of the episode is meant to evoke the feeling that a person has when they "can't quite manage to leave the flat" and they "can't be bothered to tidy up". "Tom & Gerri" ended up "quite different" from the play, which featured a character much like Pauline from The League of Gentlemen. Pemberton described the feel of the episode as Pinteresque, comparing it to Harold Pinter's A Slight Ache; this sentiment was echoed by critic Gareth Lightfoot. As the format of Inside No. 9 requires new characters each week, the writers were able to attract actors who may have been unwilling to commit to an entire series. In addition to the writers, "Tom & Gerri" starred Conleth Hill; the flat in which the episode was filmed, with its boardgames and "misery", for Shearsmith, similar to the flat once shared by the writers.
The episode was filmed in winter, Pemberton described a "grim" atmosphere during filming. He said that he hated the wig and beard he wore to play Migg, which irritated his skin. David Chater, writing in The Times, said that the hair meant Migg "has an eerie resemblance to the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz - only not nearly as benign". Considering the title of "Tom & Gerri", critic Bruce Dessau suggested that it was not a reference to the Tom and Jerry of 1970s sitcom The Good Life, as the life of Tom and Gerri is "anything but good". Instead, he suggested, the reference was more to cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, saying that there "is a hint of cat and mouse" in the plot. Metro critics Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Carol Carter concurred, saying that the plot consisted of "a game of cat and mouse"; the episode begins with Tom, a primary school teacher, apathetically marking work while chatting to his girlfriend Gerri, going to audition for a part in a play. Tom complains about a tramp begging outside their house.
In the evening, Tom is home alone and Migg, knocks at his door to return Tom's wallet. He introduces himself, Tom rewards him with £40 from his wallet. Migg comes back with a bottle of whiskey for Tom. Reluctantly, Tom invites Migg inside for a drink. Migg says he knew Charles Bukowski, whose literary work Tom idolises, Tom warms to Migg as they drink. Tom awakes the next morning on his sofa. Gerri is alarmed to see him there, as he should be at work, gets angry that Migg was invited in. Migg emerges from the bathroom as Gerri leaves the house, encourages Tom to phone in sick, it is revealed that Tom had promised Migg some of his clothes, Migg makes breakfast. Migg and Tom play Risk and drink wine. Tom is concerned; when Tom heads out to buy cigarettes and wine, Migg hides Tom's mobile phone and deletes an answerphone message left by Tom's work colleague Stevie. A week Tom lies in bed and writing. Gerri enters the room, it is revealed that Tom has quit his job as a teacher, she has been rehearsing in Portsmouth and says she left him dozens of messages, but Tom thinks he's lost his phone.
The pair fight over Migg, still living with Tom. Still, the flat is a mess, Tom is unkempt and drinking heavily, he has no messages on no post. He sits down to play Scrabble wit
Tom and Jerry (drink)
A Tom and Jerry is a traditional Christmastime cocktail in the United States, devised by British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s. It is a variant of eggnog with brandy and rum added and served hot in a mug or a bowl. Another method uses egg whites, beaten stiff, with the yolks and sugar folded back in, optionally vanilla extract added. A few spoonfuls are added to a mug hot milk and rum are added, it is topped with nutmeg. Pre-made Tom and Jerry batter produced by Wisconsin and the Dakotas manufacturers, is sold in regional supermarkets during the Christmas season; the drink's name is a reference to Egan's book, Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, the subsequent stage play Tom and Jerry, or Life in London. To publicize the book and the play, Egan introduced a variation of eggnog by adding 1⁄2 US fluid ounce of brandy, calling it a "Tom and Jerry"; the additional fortification helped popularize the drink. Two much cartoon duos, a short-lived Tom and Jerry from Van Beuren Studios in the 1930s, the famous cat and mouse rivalry from the 1940s through the 1960s bore the name as a play on words with the drink.
Tom and Jerry was a favorite of President Warren G. Harding, who served it at an annual Christmas party for his closest friends; the drink features prominently in Damon Runyon's 1932 short story "Dancing Dan's Christmas", beginning with the passage This hot Tom and Jerry is an old time drink, once used by one and all in this country to celebrate Christmas with, in fact it is once so popular that many people think Christmas is invented only to furnish an excuse for hot Tom and Jerry, although of course this is by no means true. In the 1940 film Beyond Tomorrow, the characters drink Tom and Jerrys on Christmas Eve in the beginning of the film; when James Houston arrives to return Michael O'Brien's wallet, O'Brien insists that Houston "stay and have a bit of cheer with us." When O'Brien asks Houston what he'd like to drink, Houston replies, "Whatever you're having, sir." O'Brien says, "I'm having Tom and Jerry, myself" and ladles out the drink for himself and Alan Chadwick. The central character in An American Romance is introduced to Tom and Jerrys on his first Christmas in the steel mill town, which makes him realize how lonely he is, he sends for his fiancée to join him there.
The Tom and Jerry serves as a central plot device in Yogi Yorgesson's 1949 song and monologue "I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas". The narrator sneaks off to the local bar to have a glass of beer before his family's Christmas celebration but instead ends up consuming a dozen Tom and Jerrys, which leaves him hung over as the chaos of Christmas Day surrounds him. In the 1941 film The Great Mr. Nobody, a pair of characters are enjoying mugs of Tom and Jerrys in a bar on Christmas Eve and offer one to the protagonist, "Dreamy" Smith, when he arrives. A big sign by the door advertises the drink as a special Yuletide treat. Toward the end of the 1945 film "The Cheaters", the brother-in-law Willie Crawford asks for some nutmeg to make Tom and Jerrys for the family on Christmas Eve. In Never Say Goodbye Mrs. Hamilton prepares a large batch of Tom and Jerrys for the Christmas Eve midnight party with her daughter Ellen Gayley, interrupted by her former son-in-law Phil Gayley; the drink is mentioned in the 1960 film The Apartment, with C.
C. Baxter, preparing to loan out his apartment to his boss for a Christmas Eve sexual tryst, informing him that "the Tom and Jerry mix is in the refrigerator." List of cocktails
Thomas F. Cheek was an American sportscaster, best remembered today as the original "Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays", Cheek announced Major League Baseball games for the Toronto Blue Jays on radio, as the play-by-play announcer, from the team's establishment in 1977 until his retirement in 2004, in which he had a 27-year streak of 4,306 consecutive games plus 41 post-season games called, which lasted from the first Blue Jays game on April 7, 1977 to June 3, 2004. Cheek was inducted to the Blue Jays Level of Excellence in 2004. Cheek's best-known call was his description of Joe Carter's dramatic title-clinching home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, when he said, "Touch'em all, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" He is author of the book Road to Glory, which chronicled the first 16 years of Blue Jays baseball. Cheek was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award after being nominated as a finalist for the award every year since 2005. Born and raised in the west side of Pensacola, Cheek, an avid sports fan, was introduced to his first tape recorder at the age of 14, which would lay the foundations for his future in broadcasting.
From 1957 to 1960, he served in the United States Air Force where he was introduced to the Yankees broadcaster Red Barber. Following his discharge from the armed forces in 1960, Cheek attended the Cambridge School of Broadcasting in Boston for two years, his father named Tom Cheek, was a well known United States Navy flyer in World War II and a recipient of the Navy Cross at the Battle of Midway. Cheek began his radio broadcasting career in Plattsburgh, New York as a Disc jockey on WEAV in 1962, he moved to Burlington, Vermont where he worked for WDOT and was promoted to corporate sales manager and sports director. He moved from music to sports broadcasting when he moved to WJOY where his on-air sports work included baseball, basketball and hockey for the University of Vermont. During this time, in 1968, he was hired to be the first broadcaster for the newly formed Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, only to lose out to Skip Caray. At the same time, the newly formed Montreal Expos were looking for a second announcer to complement their primary play-by-play man, Dave Van Horne.
Burlington, being only 99 miles from Montreal, although traditionally a Boston Red Sox town, was warming up to the new expansion team. It was decided that the Expos would go with a guest announcer format, this is where Cheek would get his first broadcast experience of Major League Baseball, where he filled in from 1974 to 1976. Beginning in 1977, Cheek became the first full-time announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays alongside his first broadcast partner, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn who remained with him through the end of 1980. Wynn was replaced by Jerry Howarth in 1981. For the next 23 years, this combination of "Tom and Jerry" would be the radio voices of the Blue Jays, their partnership covered the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s, culminating with back to back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. The team was joined by color commentator Gary Matthews in 2000 and 2001. Cheek, along with Howarth, were the most respected Toronto sports broadcasters of the era. Cheek's Blue Jays broadcasts originated from Toronto's CKFH "The Fan" 1430, a station, founded by another legendary Toronto sports broadcaster, Hockey Hall of Fame member Foster Hewitt.
For a brief period, his broadcast was heard on 1050 CHUM, but following the purchase of the Blue Jays by Rogers Communications, reverted to "The Fan", which had changed its callsign and frequency to CJCL 590 AM known as the FAN 590. Cheek called many memorable moments including many firsts. Cheek announced every Blue Jays game from their inaugural game at Exhibition Stadium, in Toronto, on April 7, 1977 until June 3, 2004, when he took two games off following the death of his father – a streak of 4,306 consecutive regular season games and 41 postseason games. During the 2004 season, the Jays raised a banner to SkyDome's "Level of Excellence" bearing his name and, in place of a jersey number, 4,306 – his streak of straight regular-season broadcasts. Outside of his Blue Jays broadcasts, Cheek was a member of the broadcast team for ABC Sports at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Cheek was forced to take further time off to undergo surgery on June 12, 2004 to remove a brain tumor.
Following the surgery, Cheek was able to call some Blue Jays home games while undergoing chemotherapy, but he was replaced on the road by various guest announcers. For a time, it seemed Cheek had recovered and would be able to resume calling Blue Jays games in 2005. However, the cancer returned and he required further treatment at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. Cheek did sit in with the new commentator, Canadian-born former minor league baseball infielder/outfielder Warren Sawkiw and Howarth to call an inning of the Blue Jays' 2005 opening game, played in Tampa Bay. Cheek died at age 66 in Oldsmar and was interred in the Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida. Cheek married his wife, Shirley, of Hemmingford, Quebec in 1959, they had three children together, Jeff and Tom and seven grandchildren at the time of his death. His older son, was a pitcher in the Blue Jays organization f