DATELINE 1941 – After a fight between William Randolph Hearst and RKO Radio Pictures, Citizen Kane is finally released to the public. This film both created and cemented the reputation of Orson Welles, who never had final control of a movie again. Welles had been a hot commodity after his Mercury Theatre (it’s an ironicRead More
Willie Nelson turns 79 today and he’s still going strong, dropping his new CD “Heroes” next month, featuring Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Sheryl Crow, among others. Who would have predicted that back in 1961, when Willie was just an itinerant song-plugger trying to sell “Crazy” to Patsy Cline, thatRead More
There are two events of import on this day in history: President Richard Nixon released transcripts of the so-called Watergate Tapes; the Rodney King verdict was announced.and Los Angeles explodes in indignation. Video created by author from still photographs DATELINE 1972 – President Richard Nixon announced he would release transcripts of the secretly recorded conversationsRead More
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared today Duke Ellington Day, on what would have been the 110th birthday of the musical legend. Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington died in 1974 at the age of 75, but his music will never die. According to UPI: To commemorate the musician’s life, The Islands of the BahamasRead More
This is such a great video. The SMiLE Sessions is hours and hours of tape from the never-released masterpiece SMiLE by The Beach Boys, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. This is how Brian Wilson always wanted Heroes and Villains to play.
Time Magazine held its annual 100 Most Influential chicken dinner. As usual Stephen Colbert was the most influential, delivering some hard truthinesswith his bon mots. “Of course, all of us should be honored to be listed on the TIME 100 alongside the two men who will be slugging it out in the fall: President Obama,Read More
The writers at the Daily Show have a way of taking rather a complex story and boiling it down to its essence and humorous possibilities. This week I watched the hearings live on CSPAN2. I could have saved myself all those hours by just watching this: “Don’t shit on my chest and say it’s Vegemite.”Read More
DATELINE 1967 – Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Army as a Conscientious Objector. The former-Cassius Clay, Ali converted to Islam in 1964. When Uncle Sam called him up he’s quoted to have said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong” and to prove it he refused to serve. He was stripped ofRead More
This is the first in a continuing series about Detroit, Michigan, my home town. I believe Detroit is emblematic of everything wrong with ‘Merka. At one time Detroit was the 5th largest city in these here United States. Overnight in the ’40s, Motown became the Arsenal of Democracy, building the machines that saved Truth, Justice,Read More
Q: What do you call an armless, legless swimmer? A: Bob!!! Atta buoy!!!