Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Song of the Day

Hippy Hippy Shakes - The Swinging Blue Jeans - YouTube:

The Real Zorro?

The Real Zorro? - Neatorama: Every cultural legend has to start someplace, even if it’s from just a kernel of truth, expanded and embellished until it bears no resemblance to the original. Here’s the possible origin of Zorro, the “bold renegade” who “carved a Z with his blade.”

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I Miss the Old Days

Remembering What a Buck Could Buy in the 1950s and 1960s: A dollar really went far in the 1950s and 1960s — much farther than it does today. Before you get too nostalgic, remember that the average home was worth $7,354, a new Volkswagen Beetle could be yours for $1,280, and tuition at the University of Pennsylvania was $600.

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Jan de Hartog, The Distant Shore Book Two: The Sea, Pocket Books, 1953

Coin washer keeps Westin St. Francis' change shiny

SFGate: "There was a time," Holsen said, "when a cabdriver could look at a person after they paid their fare and ask, 'So, how was your stay at the St. Francis?' "

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

For the Love of God, Stop Putting Two Spaces After a Period

Overlooked Movies: Beau Brummell

Beau Brummell is another of those movies that impressed me a lot when I was a kid.  It's one of those big, lavish MGM Technicolor productions that's (very) loosely based on a true story.  If you want history, you'll have to watch something else, though.  The movie's not historically accurate at all and doesn't care to be.  It's entertainment.

Peter Ustinov is the weakling Prince of Wales.  Stewart Granger is the unbending Beau Brummell, who becomes the prince regent's unlikely friend and tries to make him into a man worthy of the crown.  Elizabeth Taylor is the beautiful love interest who has to choose between the excitement and danger of Brummell and the security that someone more stable can offer.   Brummell is something of a con man and rascal, but his affection for the Prince is real.  The story of Brummell's rise and fall is carried off with wit and style, and the ending is [SPOILER] a real tear-jerker.  

I've heard that Beau Brummell was a flop on its original release.  I don't know why, but maybe the fact that it was bit of a downer had something to do with it.  I liked it then, when I liked downers, and I like it now when I usually don't like them.  Check it out and see what you think.

Beau Brummell

Beau Brummell Original Trailer - YouTube:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig, R. I. P.

The Millions: Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals, died today at the age of 88, according to a statement released by his publisher. Pirsig’s work explored a system of thought called the “Metaphysics of Quality,” which has been defined as “a thesis that quality is the basis of reality, and that this understanding unifies most East Asian and Western thought.”

The COPS Story

Neatorama: COPS has been a Saturday night TV staple for so long -28 years now- that it’s easy to forget what a groundbreaking show it was when it debuted in 1989.

Song of the Day

Electric Light Orchestra - Calling America - YouTube:

What 2000 Was Supposed To Look Like (in 1958)

It’s a Wonderful World – Tomorrow! What 2000 Was Supposed To Look Like (in 1958)

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What Every Writer Could Learn from Coaching Little League

Literary Hub: Unlikely as it might appear, there are lessons here for the burgeoning novelist. In fact, if we proceed genre by genre, you will find Little League fields surfeit with dark secrets, unspeakable tragedies, lacerating comedy, budding romance, and even a profound lesson or two about humanity.

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Basil Heatter, Sailor's Luck, Lion, 1953

11 Twisted Facts About ‘The Far Side’

11 Twisted Facts About ‘The Far Side’ 

I Miss the Old Days

10 Popular Names You Just Don’t Hear Anymore

Forgotten Hits: April 24th

Forgotten Hits: April 24th: The Monkees top both the album chart AND the singles chart this week with "More Of The Monkees", their second LP and their latest single "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".  "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra falls to #2 while "Happy Together" by The Turtles holds at #3.  Tommy James and the Shondells are up a notch from #5 to #4 and The Supremes reach #5 with their latest, "The Happening".

10 Oldest Known Objects Made by Man (and his Ancestors)

10 Oldest Known Objects Made by Man (and his Ancestors)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No One is Innocent: The Ronnie Biggs Story

No One is Innocent: The Ronnie Biggs Story - Neatorama: From small-time crook to family man to the world’s most famous punk-rocking, beach-basking fugitive, this brash Brit captured the heart of a nation...and drew the ire of Scotland Yard.

Song of the Day

Gerry & The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone - YouTube:

10 Lethal American Highwaymen History Forgot About

10 Lethal American Highwaymen History Forgot About

Today's Vintage Ad


Warning: Math Is Involved

Redshirts Aren't Likeliest to Die

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Ray Bradbury, A Medicine for Melancholy, Bantam

Top 10 International Murder Mysteries From A Century Ago

Top 10 International Murder Mysteries From A Century Ago

The Old Days Live!

The Lexington Candy Shop – New York, New York: The oldest family-run luncheonette in New York still serves food and drinks the old fashioned way, last renovated in 1948.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Enraged by xylophone, woman dumps pan of grease on man's head 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Dick Contino, R. I. P.

The Fresno Bee: On the list of famous Fresnans, Dick Contino ranks as a superstar. In the 1950s, Mr. Contino was a high-profile musician and actor who married starlet Leigh Snowden and appeared multiple times on “The Ed Sullivan Show;” more than 40 over his whole career. Author James Ellroy used parts of Mr. Contino’s life and name for his 1994 novella, “Dick Contino’s Blues” and in 1991 the actor was featured heavily in an episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” In 2011, The Showbiz Society honored Mr. Contino at an event in Las Vegas that included the reading of a letter from President Barack Obama.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Co-workers fight about lunch break at 99 Cents Only store