How did you go from acting to running Crystal Head Vodka? “The reason I got into the whole business was because I just wanted a better Margarita at my dockside in the summer in Canada. I had two brands to work with, I won’t name them but they were lesser tequila brands, and I thought ‘god, wouldn’t it be great to have a luxury tequila up here, like Patrón.’ So I talked to JP [DeJoria, the founder of Patrón] about it. I said ‘I’d like to bring it into just my government liquor store in the little rural town that I live in Ontario. I’d love to just have it there in the summer. And he said ‘Well, Dan, you’re going to have to bring it to the whole country, because we don’t have it in Canada.’ So JP and I brought it to Canada together and it’s now the number one selling luxury tequila in Canada. And that led me into researching vodka and I really didn’t like what additives are commonly put into … [Read more...] about Why Dan Aykroyd’s Wine Cellar Is Empty
“Bob was going to take a shot at the lyrics. But he came back two days later and said, ‘I’m sorry but there’s just too much stuff in this 45-year-old brain. I can’t write anything nearly as stupid as what we need.’ Bob said, ‘All is not lost. I’ve got a 15-year-old kid who’s a total idiot.’ So Michael Altman, at age 15, wrote the lyrics, and then I wrote the music to them.” … [Read more...] about Johnny Mandel, the Oscar- and Grammy- winning composer, dies
At a recent event in Lower Manhattan, family members of more than a dozen victims of police shootings shared their stories, their voices bouncing off the limestone walls of City Hall. Hundreds of protesters stood listening in the 87-degree heat for two hours before beginning to march. … [Read more...] about New Yorkers survived the coronavirus. But will they stay for what comes next?