A Toast to the Guy Behind You

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In England yesterday, the jokesters were up to no good when the headlines splashed the following:

Anthony Edwards, 54, has been dubbed “the Sexiest Actor Alive” by Glamour's magazine in its October 2016 issue out this week.

The story was proved to be false and quite silly. But it made us think about the sexy actor through the years and his breakout role in Top Gun.

The guy behind the man in charge, does he ever get the credit he deserves?


Is Top Gun the greatest gay love story of all time?

The film’s homoeroticism and suggestive undertones have long been noted by conspiracy theorists, critics and film studies majors, most notably Quentin Tarantino. And for those looking to find a gay subtext, there are plenty of ripe examples for the picking. Exhibit one: The infamous “Playing with the Boys” beach volleyball scene. Case closed, right?

Or how about the pilots’ call names: Maverick, Iceman, Slider and, of course, Maverick’s “rear” and BFF, Goose.

Or consider the multiple locker room encounters between Maverick and his nemesis, Iceman (played by a sultry Val Kilmer), in which you can cut the sexual tension with a knife.

As Tarantino once laid out, this ambiguously gay duo’s relationship arguably forms the core of the film: It is only after he is tempted by the heterosexual life, embodied by Kelly McGillis, says Tarantino, that the “dangerous” Maverick can come to terms with his sexuality and announce that Iceman is his “wingman” in the film’s climactic scene.

And, of course, there is the dialogue: “Get your butts above the hard deck,” “I want somebody’s butt, I want it now” and numerous other gems come to mind all too easily.

Another unsung hero, Nearis Green, is more relevant to the news of today…

Here's the story: When Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was a young boy living in Lynchburg, Tenn., in the 1850s, he went to work for Dan Call, a preacher and distiller. Call taught Daniel how to run the whiskey still, and Jack Daniel’s—now the world’s best-selling whiskey—was born.

This year the whiskey brand celebrates its 150th anniversary and a surprising truth about the whiskey’s origin has come to light:

Daniel actually learned the ins and outs of distilling from a slave, a master distiller named Nearis Green.

“It’s taken something like the anniversary for us to start to talk about ourselves,”  Nelson Eddy, Jack Daniel’s in-house historian, told The New York Times.

The company has been releasing the new origin story quietly, through a social media and marketing campaign this summer. During distillery tours, it’s up to the guide’s discretion whether or not to include the story about Green.

It’s no surprise it has taken so long for Green to gain recognition. Slavery and whiskey were both large parts of the American South’s culture, but like so many other issues, the history of distilling was whitewashed, giving no credit to the black slaves that made up a large portion of the industry.

Join us and drink a toast to the wingmen and unsung heroes! You'll be glad you did!