A few days before departing for my cross-country drive and Washington, D.C., adventure, I took part in a newsroom discussion regarding one of my favorite time designators: Midnight.
The discussion centered around whether:
– Midnight was 12 a.m. or 12 p.m. (it is a.m.; noon, which is also pretty cool, is 12 p.m.);
– Whether something that happened just after midnight should be described as happening “late Tuesday night” 0r “early Wednesday morning” (it is, of course, the latter).
Even though I’m not nearly the night owl I was as a college student, swing-shift parking lot attendant, or sportswriter, I still tend to be up after midnight a couple times a week — usually because of work or because I had a ballgame that night.
And while a momentous night for me now consists of having a couple beers and watching a rerun of “Man vs. Wild,” I still enjoy the adventurous, exciting thoughts that “midnight” bring to mind — like thinking back on how I was sitting in a tavern with a bunch of friends at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 16, 1984, my 21st birthday.
Anyway, all of that is just a runup to this week’s Top 7: Best midnight references. Here we go:
1) The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, a nod both to Longfellow and an early American hero.
2) “Midnight Cowboy,” a powerful and creepy 1969 drama about a male prostitute (Jon Voight) and his sickly friend (Dustin Hoffman) struggling to survive in New York. Theme song: “Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me.”
3) “After Midnight,” by Eric Clapton.
4) “Midnight Express,” an unsettling 1978 film about a guy thrown into a Turkish prison for drug smuggling.
5) “Midnight Rendezvous,” by the Babys.
6) “Captain Midnight,” a 1930s and 1940s radio serial.
7) “Living After Midnight,” by Judas Priest.