Some days it does not pay to sleep where you lie. Finding yourself tired and deciding to crash where to stand (or should I say lay?) could cost you some dollars. The most famous case on today’s date would be that of Jim Morrison. He fell asleep on a resident’s porch in Los Angeles. Resulting in an arrest for public drunkenness in 1970.
In 1967, a sixteen-year-old female fan that’s name never seems to be told, stows away and falls asleep on the Monkees’ plane en route to St. Louis, MO. Problem being her daddy was not happy and wanted to bring the band up to charges for transporting a minor across state lines. Full results over this event never disclosed, hmmmm.
Of course we all have a special person in our life that has left us with a special similar memory. Me, well let’s say I have more then one. The first occurs during freshman year, at a co-ed dorm at Ohio State University, after an exciting evening of trying to forget the woman that just dumped him. A gentleman (remaining nameless) fell asleep inside the suite of a woman’s quad underneath their coffee table. Roommates, friend and future fraternity brothers not wanting to miss a chance to have some fun, developed an elaborate story of a night of disaster. This included screaming co-eds, some in night attire, broken furniture, a trip to the emergency room, campus police and threat of academic punishment. All a scam that would do “The Sting” proud, later to be nothing but a great story.
And best of all, on a classic fraternity road trip to Parkersburg, W Va. to a body building and power lifting competition with a bit of a detour. The night had gone well for those in the contest and the celebration had gone a little too far. One of our group, who had consumed more then he should have, wandered off away us and decided it was time to rest. Problem being that where he choose to fall asleep was the front lawn of a West Virginia State Highway Patrol Officer who had the night off. Needless to say a couple of us had to extend our time to help our fraternity brother, so watch where you fell asleep.
Also on today’s date in 1957, The Everly Brothers would perform “Wake Up Little Susie” on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show. Today, it would not raise an eyebrow, but in 1975, it caused a stir because of the lyrics – telling the a tale of two chaste lovers who accidentally fall asleep on a date and are then assumed to have “spent the night together.” It would go on to be banned in some markets. Later, The Ed Sullivan Show would also have a similar problem with “Let’s Spend the Night Together” from The Rolling Stones in the mid 60’s.