Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Photograph of Chicago TV show, 1949

This is a photograph from the cover of a May of 1949 issue of Chicago's TV Forecast, which was a TV Guide-type of magazine.  The picture was of a local Chicago TV show (I don't know what show it was)--either as it was being telecast, or during a rehearsal.






Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kay Kyser recording, 1950

From the website archive.org:  a January, 1950 recording, on the Columbia label, of the song "Tootsie, Darlin' Angel, Honey. Baby," by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra; my mother is the vocalist.  The recording was made during the time she was a featured singer on Kay Kyser's NBC-TV program, the College of Musical Knowledge.

For your reference:  when going to the archive.org page, at the link below, several links to the song appear; you can simply click on the first one, highlighted in blue, to hear the recording.

https://archive.org/details/78_tootsie-darlin-angel-honey-baby_kay-kyser-and-his-orchestra-sue-bennett-lewis-s_gbia0069439b

Friday, October 19, 2018

Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick

Making note--belatedly--of the death, in early October, of Geoff Emerick, the prominent recording engineer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/obituaries/geoff-emerick-72-dies-recorded-the-beatles-in-their-prime.html

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Nikki Haley just pulled a George Costanza"

As one who continues to enjoy Seinfeld repeats (twenty years after the program ended its first-run broadcasts), I'm amused by the Seinfeld comparison, in Chris Cillizza's CNN.com story, below.  Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-Large, appears regularly on the network. 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics/nikki-haley-george-costanza-timing/index.html

Friday, October 5, 2018

Juan Romero

Earlier this year, in this space (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy), I wrote of Juan Romero, the seventeen-year-old high school student working as a busboy at Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel, the night Senator Kennedy was shot there.  Romero and Kennedy had just shaken hands, in the hotel's kitchen, when the shooting occurred. The grim, haunting photographs of Romero, crouched next to Kennedy, attending to him, are certainly, for millions of people, the images most associated with the assassination.

Mr. Romero, I was saddened to learn, died on Monday in California.  He was 68.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/obituaries/juan-romero-dead.html

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

The annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, in Hunt Valley, Maryland--also known as MANC--opened this morning, and continues through Saturday. 

I've been to the convention several times in the past, and regret being unable to attend this year; it is always enjoyable.

https://www.midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention/

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September 11th

At some point--I am hopeful it will be sooner, rather than later--I would very much like to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The Memorial, of course, honors the passengers and crew members of United Flight 93, who lost their lives on September 11th.

There were many acts of great courage, of profound heroism, on September 11th--in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93.  The effort to retake Flight 93--to disrupt the plans of the terrorists who had hijacked the plane--remains one of the most moving stories in our country's history.

Here is the National Park Service's website, for the Flight 93 National Memorial:

https://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm