The Classic/Retro Pop Culture Thread

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by The Old Mixer, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    50th Anniversary Cinematic Special

    Little Big Man
    Directed by Arthur Penn
    Starring Dustin Hoffman, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Chief Dan George, Jeff Corey, and Faye Dunaway
    Premiered December 14, 1970
    1971 Oscar nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chief Dan George)

    The bookend scenes with extremely old Jack may be the best old-age makeup job I've seen; and Hoffman puts a little extra effort into convincingly differentiating his voice, beyond the standard "old man mannerisms" that you usually see actors put on. Altogether, I never would never have recognized the character as Hoffman.

    The comedic element here is that Caroline, who's played up as being a large tomboy, seems motivated to escape only after it becomes clear that the Cheyenne don't intend to mistreat her in the way she'd been anticipating.

    Howard looks so uncannily like Hoffman that I wonder if they did makeup tricks, like with young Clark in Superman. Miranda is not very convincing as a Native American. The Brave actually acts kind of friendly if erratic; Jack kills him out of fear, as I recall. After Jack reunites with the hunting party, they come upon a village where the women and children were wiped out by the US Cavalry. I was initially under impression that it was their village, but at least one notable character who'd been left there, Little Horse, was still around later in the film. And following this incident, the tribe goes to war with the whites...though it's depicted as being a bit one-sided, the Indians trying to count coup while they're being shot at.

    The seduction includes the bath scene that plays a prominent role in the trailer. Also notable here is that Jack is whipped by Mr. P when he's caught fooling around with a girl his age.

    The outspokenly amoral Meriweather is missing an eye and a hand when we first meet him. Caroline shows Jack how to use a gun, and he proves to be a natural, such that he gains a reputation even though he's an awkward neophyte. He's turned off the gunslinging thing when he sees how paranoid Hickok behaves of others being out to shoot him; I was under the impression that Wild Bill may have killed the man in the saloon a bit hastily.

    As one can gather from the trailer, Custer is played up as being pompous, swaggering, and larger than life.

    Little Horse's nontraditional gender role is obviously being played for audience laughs.

    Custer doesn't remember having met Jack before.

    Old Lodge Skins is now blind from a wound inflicted by white men, and several tribesmen are said to have been killed since Jack was last with the Cheyenne. They move to a treaty-granted land, where they think they'll be safe to live in peace. After Jack's anticlimactic reunion with Olga, Little Horse offers to be his wife.

    I believe Sunshine had just delivered a baby by Jack. She's gunned down while Jack watches from the other side of the river, unable to help her. When Jack tries to get in to see Custer, he's discovered to be wearing Indian paint and clothing; but with some prodding, Custer remembers him this time and he's allowed to resume his mule-skinning duties. He attempts to assassinate Custer, but doesn't go through with it; Custer doesn't bother killing Jack, who subsequently loses all self-respect.

    Jack returns to the gutter and Meriweather, now missing a leg as well, comes across him and turns him on to the money to be made in buffalo trapping.

    Jack's about to jump off a cliff when he sees Custer's army riding through the plain below.

    Note that Custer does recognize Jack this time.

    The film holds back on the reveal that the headdress-wearing brave is Younger Bear, though I saw it coming.

    The Chief's "last request" is for the Great Spirit to take care of Jack.

    I happened upon this film, going in knowing little about it and with no expectations. It turned out to be quite well made and entertaining.


    I always liked this MeTV promo that he did:

    But they're still going...for a little while anyway.

    Won't go there this time. This one has an interesting sound, but even already being in my collection, it wasn't particularly familiar to me...a complete obscuro.

    Decent but not distinguished.

    Kinda soundalike, but fun.

    A fucking good song.

    The Klein girl down the street done good.

    I think the tattoo would still be a turn-off today for a lot of women.
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  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    I wonder if this was the actual origin of the "It's a good day to die" trope.

    I guess I've probably heard the title, but this is another one I knew absolutely nothing about. It's definitely the kind of absurdist satire that was a sign of the times. Comedy is a spoonful of sugar.

    That's pretty sweet. :)

    Oh, sure, I wouldn't want to see something like that either. Nobody would. But you've got to deal with the fact that people had a life before you met them.
  3. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    70 Years Ago Last Year (Part 1)


    Wait, this is a thing now?

    I was planning to get some '50s retro going in some fashion somewhere down the line. That I have so little material in my collection for this early a point actually works in our favor for easing into it gently...with seasonal posts for the time being, though I have a bit of catching up to do to get to the actual 70th anniversary point.

    Timeline entries are quoted from Wiki pages for the year or month; while stuff like the section immediately below, falling between timeline entries, is me talking.


    Noteworthy prime-time shows on the air in the 1949-1950 television season include Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, Captain Video and His Video Rangers, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, the pre-Jackie Gleason Cavalcade of Stars, and The Lone Ranger in its debut season:

    The decade's signature morning children's program, The Howdy Doody Show, is entering its fourth year on the air, having started in 1947.

    Recently premiered movies as we enter 1950 include Sands of Iwo Jima starring John Wayne; Samson and Delilah, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature; and Twelve O'Clock High starring Gregory Peck.


    January 3, 1950 – Sun Studio opened at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

    January 5 – President Truman said in a press conference that "The United States government will not pursue a course which will lead to involvement in the civil conflict in China", and that American policy would be to not intervene to save the island of Taiwan from conquest by the Communist government of mainland China.

    January 6 – The UK recognizes the People's Republic of China; the Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with Britain in response.

    January 7 – "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry topped the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    [Note that while 12-inch 33 rpm LPs were introduced in 1948, and 7-inch 45 rpm singles in 1949, 10-inch 78s were still the dominant format at this point.]

    January 12 – U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson delivers his 'Perimeter Speech', outlining the boundary of U.S. security guarantees.

    January 13 – Three days after the UN Security Council refused to let the Communist Chinese government exercise China's veto power, Ambassador Malik left indefinitely, saying that the U.S.S.R. would not participate in the Security Council as Nationalist representative T. F. Taiang remained at the table. The Soviet protest proved to be a blunder, in that the Soviets could have exercised their veto power when the Security Council voted on June 27, 1950, to send its forces to combat the North Korean invasion of South Korea in the Korean War.

    January 14
    • The prototype MiG-17 Fresco makes its maiden flight.
    • "I Can Dream, Can't I?" by The Andrews Sisters hit #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    January 17 – A gang of 11 thieves stole more than two million dollars from the headquarters of the Brinks Armored Car Company at 165 Prince Street in Boston, Massachusetts. A group of men, wearing Halloween masks, used keys to walk through five locked doors, walked into the counting room, tied up the employees at gunpoint, filled 14 bags with money and disappeared. The haul from the job, which took a year and a half to plan and 17 minutes to carry out, was $1,218,211.29 in cash and another $1,557,183.83 in checks, money orders and securities. The gang would be indicted in 1956, only five days before the statute of limitations on the robbery would have expired.

    January 19 – Pebble in the Sky, the first novel for science fiction author Isaac Asimov, was published. Previously, all of Asimov's printed works had been short stories. One estimate places the number of fiction and non-fiction books written (or, in some cases, edited) by Asimov at 506.

    January 21
    • Former U.S. State Department official, and accused Communist spy, Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury by a federal jury in New York, based primarily on the testimony of former Communist, and TIME Magazine editor, Whittaker Chambers.
    • Died: George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), 46, English novelist who wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, died of complications from tuberculosis after an illness of more than two years. The word "Orwellian" is now used to refer to policies or conditions of an authority similar to those described in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    January 23 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 373-25 on a bill to make Alaska a state, and then approved a similar resolution on Hawaii by voice vote. The bill then moved to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

    January 25 – Minimum wage in the United States was increased from 40 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour, the largest percentage increase (87.5 percent) in the wage ever. The amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act had been signed into law by U.S. President Truman on October 26, 1949. In 2016 terms, an 87.5% increase from $7.25 per hour would be $13.59 per hour.

    January 27 – In Washington, the United States signed an individual mutual defense treaties with each of the member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The U.S. made separate agreements with Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom, where each nation pledged to come to the defense of the other in the event of a military attack.

    January 29 – The French National Assembly voted 401-193 to approve limited self-government for the State of Vietnam, with the former Emperor Bao Dai designated as "head of state" rather than as a monarch. The French state largely controlled the South, while the Soviet-supported Democratic Republic of Vietnam controlled the North.

    January 31
    • U.S. President Harry S. Truman ordered the development of the hydrogen bomb, after the Soviet Union had become the second nation to acquire the secret of the atomic bomb on August 29, 1949. "It is my responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces," Truman said in a public statement, "to see to it that our country is able defend itself against any possible aggressor. Accordingly, I have directed the Atomic Energy Commission to continue work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or super bomb." The first thermonuclear explosion would take place on November 1, 1952 (a feat which the Soviets would duplicate ten months later on August 21, 1953). On March 1, 1954, the U.S. would detonate the first "H-bomb".
    • The Soviet Union announced recognition of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, led by North Vietnamese Communist Ho Chi Minh.


    January sees the release of the first charting single of a performer who will become one of the legendary trailblazers of a musical genre that's still in the womb at this point:

    "The Fat Man," Fats Domino

    (charts Feb. 1950; #2 R&B)


    February 1
    • Chiang Kai-shek is re-elected as president of the Republic of China.
    • U.S. President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 10104, adding another level of nondisclosure to United States government information. The first three levels ("restricted", "confidential" and "secret") were kept, but an even higher classification — "top secret" — was used for the first time.

    February 2 – The game show What's My Line? began a 17-year run on the CBS television network, and would continue until September 3, 1967.

    February 7 – The United States gave diplomatic recognition to the newly established French-supported governments in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with the aim to help "the establishment of stable, non-Communist governments in areas adjacent to Communist China".

    February 8 – A payment is first made by Diners Club card, in New York (the first use of a charge card).

    February 9 – In a speech to the Ohio County Republican Women's Club at the McClure Hotel in Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy opened the era of "McCarthyism" as he told listeners that Communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department. Underscoring his point, McCarthy held up a piece of paper and said, "While I cannot take the time to name all of the men in the State Department who have been named as members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring, I have here in my hand a list of 205- a list of names that were known to the Secretary of State, and who, nevertheless, are still working and shaping the policy in the State Department." The speech had been written by Ed Nellor of the Washington Times-Herald, whom McCarthy had approached to compose a short talk. Nellor had a list, obtained from Congressional staffer Robert Lee, of 57 State Department employees who were still being investigated by the House Appropriations Committee as possible security risks.

    February 11 – "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    February 12 – Albert Einstein warns that nuclear war could lead to mutual destruction.

    February 13 – The U.S. Air Force loses a Convair B-36 bomber that carried a Mark 4 nuclear bomb off the west coast of Canada, and produces the world's first Broken Arrow [nuclear accident].

    February 14 – The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty (later terminated in 1979).

    February 15 – Walt Disney released his 12th animated film, Cinderella, with a premiere in Boston, followed on February 22 in other major cities. The very successful film marked a "profitable return to the fairy tale" for Disney after losing money on Fantasia and Bambi.

    February 18 – "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" by Red Foley topped the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    February 23 – The British thriller film Stage Fright, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding, and Richard Todd, was released.

    February 25 – NBC premiered a 90-minute comedy variety show that was telecast live every Saturday night, with a different guest host each week and a regular cast of comedians. The program, originally called Saturday Night Revue, was soon called Your Show of Shows.

    February 26 – Hungarian-American nuclear physicist Leó Szilárd appeared with other atomic scientists on the NBC Radio program University of Chicago Round Table, and first described the cobalt bomb, whose radioactive cobalt-60 fallout cloud could spread across the world and destroy all life on Earth.

    March 1 – Klaus Fuchs was convicted of passing along American and British atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. After the 90 minute trial at the Old Bailey court in London, Fuchs was sentenced by Lord Chief Justice, Baron Goddard, to 14 years in prison.

    March 8 – The first Volkswagen Type 2 (also known as the Microbus) rolls off the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany.

    March 9 – The first successful American science fiction television show, Space Patrol, began, as a 15-minute afternoon series about adventures in the 30th century, on a Los Angeles station KECA-TV (now KABC-TV). On December 30, it would be picked up nationally by the ABC Television network and run for four seasons.

    March 14 – The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program was introduced, with bank robber and murderer Thomas James Holden as the first person on the list. As of 2012, 497 persons had been listed, of which 456 had been located--154 of whom had been arrested after ordinary citizens had recognized someone from the list.

    March 18 – "Music! Music! Music!" by Teresa Brewer topped the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    March 19 – Died: Edgar Rice Burroughs, 74, American author who created the Tarzan series in 1912

    March 23 – Beat the Clock, an American television game show that required its contestants to accomplish various stunts within 60 seconds, was first telecast, appearing on the CBS network.

    March 24 – In an unprecedented honor for an American poet, the United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution honoring Robert Frost on his 75th birthday, noting, in part, that he had "given the American people a long series of stories and lyrics which are enjoyed, repeated, and thought about by people of all ages and callings".

    March 25 – Died: Frank Buck, 66, American "collector of wild animals" and author of Bring 'Em Back Alive.

    March 29
    • The first public demonstration of the RCA system for color television, the all electronic tri-color picture tube, was made at a press conference in Washington, DC. The RCA system would eventually be accepted by the Federal Communications Commission, rather than a competing system designed by CBS, and would become the standard for broadcasting.
    • Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herblock introduced the word "McCarthyism" in a cartoon showing the GOP Elephant asking "You mean I'm supposed to stand on that?".

    March 31 – The comedy-drama film Cheaper by the Dozen starring Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain and Myrna Loy premiered in New York.


    Maybe...and if it's an authentic Cheyenne saying, then it'd go back a lot further than that.

    You may wanna give it a try. Don't know if you get Movies!, but they're still showing it.
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  4. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Well, that threw me for a loop first thing in the morning. :rommie:

    You should have done 60 years ago, because someone, not mentioning any names, crossed into that undiscovered country just this past weekend.

    I've got some Captain Video on DVD, and I've got a ton of Lone Ranger-- although it's all in the custody of my Mother at the moment.

    That did them a lot of good.

    There's an interesting divergence in the time stream.

    I wish I could be half as prolific. Asimov is one of my three favorite authors, but Pebble in the Sky, and the Galactic Empire novels in general, are among his weakest work.

    Both would become States two years before I was born and we haven't had a new State since-- the longest dry spell in history.

    Who could have seen what was coming? :rommie:

    When asked why, he said....

    And so begins one of the most chilling periods in history-- of a type that recurs on a regular basis, proving that times may change, but human nature is constant.

    I can understand why Fantasia didn't score, but I'm surprised that Bambi lost money.

    "LIVE from New York-- it's Your Show of Shows!"

    Something I actually do not have on DVD-- I should rectify that.

    Also, John Carter of Mars. Burroughs may not have created the Sword & Sandal genre, but he made it part of the culture.

    Pretty much the only game show I ever watched on a regular basis.

    And it could not be more deserved. He was a rare genius and his work is pure Americana.

    Turns out there's a Wiki page which asserts that it is associated with American Indian culture and goes back a few hundred years at least. Some of the writing on the page is a bit amateurish, but the sources seem legit.

    It does sound like a fun one.
  5. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    50th Anniversary Viewing Revisited


    Hogan's Heroes
    "Klink for the Defense"
    Originally aired February 7, 1971
    Hogan's motivated to help Hauptmann because he's an intel source. They meet about getting him to England at what appears to be the same lookout cabin that will be used in the finale, and he's captured by the Gestapo right after Hogan leaves through the window. Hogan gains info from Schultz about Hauptmann being held and tried at the stalag with the help of candy bars from newly arrived Red Cross packages. Burkhalter, who's serving as the prosecutor, picks Klink as the defense consul to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, since he hates Klink. Hochstetter is pleased with this choice, thinking that Hauptmann doesn't have a chance. Hogan specifically needs to persuade Hauptmann to share the location of a map (which is hidden on the inside window shade of the cabin), so he gets Newkirk in to help Klink...persuading Klink that he needs to do his best for his own sake because Hauptmann's a German war hero. They learn from Klink that his office safe is full of evidence against Hauptmann, which he's not allowed to see. LeBeau gets into Klink's safe and the prisoners use a makeshift recording machine to tamper with recordings made by Hauptmann's secretary, Fraulein Hibbler (Lynette Mettey), who's a Gestapo agent. The prisoners have Klink accuse Hibbler of actually being a British double agent, which one of the doctored recordings supports, getting Hauptmann off.



    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 23, episode 20
    Originally aired February 7, 1971
    As represented in The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

    This is the one with the Pips in their now-infamous Merry Men outfits. Their lead number in the Best of edit is a more faithful, if not particularly inspired, cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" than Aretha's version.

    Klein's routine is about going to the dentist; the YouTube clip shows a fuller version than the Best of edit:

    Who gives a damn if it's a family show, it's about to go off the air anyway! Gladys & the Merry Pips put a little more oomph into their current hit (which we only have a short clip of):

    And that's the last bit of 50th anniversary Sullivan business that I've got.


    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
    Season 4, episode 21
    Originally aired February 8, 1971
    When Dinah is introduced at the beginning of the episode, she gracefully walks offstage and out the exit to a waiting outdoor gag involving a motorcycle sidecar.

    The cocktail party:

    The regular Swizzlers skit.

    Tyrone has Gladys over.

    Edith Ann about children going to heaven.

    Laugh-In looks at the Mod World of Working Girls, but I couldn't find a clip.

    This week's Quickies.

    The Fickle Fingle of Fate Flies to Florida.

    The Joke Wall has an easily searchable theme:


    Originally aired February 11, 1971
    The episode opens with an unusual framing sequence of the Chief calling a reporter named Shaller (Len Wayland) to invite him to a wedding reception having to do with a successful case that they were both involved in. Shaller does the wavy flashback thing without the harps to recall how he was investigating the story of a suspect named Lonnie Burnett (Scott Glenn) who was let go by Ironside after being questioned in relation to a murder in San Francisco crime. Then Flashback Shaller calls Ironside to inform him that Burnett has been arrested as a suspect in another murder case in Central America. The Chief sends Ed and Eve to check it out while he and Mark work on another angle in the case. Eve is hesitant because she developed a sympathetic rapport with Burnett, who has issues but whom she doesn't think is a killer.

    After they fly down to Santa Cruz, they find police captain Emilio Mercado (Nico Minardos) and his brother, Lt. Fernando Mercado (Cal Bellini), a little too happy and eager to assume that Burnett, a merchant seaman, is the man who murdered two women on a beach based on circumstantial evidence. His story is that he was picked up there while waiting for his girl, Teresa Delgado. Ed and Eve question her (Victoria Racimo), who's sure that he's innocent, though she didn't arrive at the beach until after he was arrested. Ed and Eve become interested in both Lonnie and Teresa remembering the presence of a late-night fisherman in a boat. Over dinner, Fernando warns them that proving Burnett innocent would be considered an embarrassment to his brother. They also run into an unscrupulous reporter with whom they're familiar, James B. Gerard (Robert Ellenstein); on the phone, the Chief warns them to steer clear of him to avoid giving him any ammo for his stories.

    In private, Fernando confronts Emilio about having talked to the press too quickly, despite not having found the money and jewels stolen from the victims. Gerard approaches Teresa claiming that he can get Lonnie out of jail if she can get Burnett to talk to him. She and Lonnie both cooperate, despite warnings from Eve not to talk to Gerard. Ed and Eve learn that the Chief has gotten a confession for the San Francisco murder. Fernando brings in a fisherman, Juan Moreno (Nate Esformes), who suddenly had the money to pay off some debts after the murder, and agrees to have his house searched. Meanwhile, Burnett escapes from jail via bribery of a guard. Ed confronts Gerard about his involvement, and Gerard warns that if Ed and Eve find Burnett, they'll be leading their own local police tails to him.

    Lonnie and Teresa hide out in the jungle--I think they used Ron Ely an episode too early. Lonnie is packing heat and has a big chip on his shoulder about getting pushed around. Gerard arranges for Lonnie and Teresa to get out on a fishing boat to a freighter headed for the States, but the police are on to them. Ed goes to Moreno's place to apologize for suspecting him and inform him that Burnett has escaped and is now considered the chief suspect. Ed and Eve then follow Moreno, enlisting the aid of Ed's tail. Believing the coast is clear, he leads them to where he stashed the loot under a dock and is arrested by the tailing officer. Emilio considers his face to have been saved, but there's still the matter of Burnett's escape. The local police nab Gerard in his fishing boat, but when Lonnie finds himself surrounded, he doesn't believe that they now consider him to be in the clear, thinking it's a trap. Eve talks Lonnie down from doing anything stupid.

    The episode wavily returns to the present, repeating the framing bit at the beginning, then cutting to Lonnie and Teresa as guests at the Cave.

    This was an odd seemed a bit more B-grade than the next episode.


    "Log 165: Once a Cop"
    Originally aired February 11, 1971
    Reed and Malloy make the unusual move of parking the car in an alley to go on foot patrol. While looking in a store window, they see a man across the street collapse. The man, a bum named Sam, has been stabbed, and a friend, Bill White (William Benedict), claims that he saw an ex-cop named Jack Donohoe do it. The officers go with Det. Sgt. Stone (Robert Patten) to pay a visit to Donohue (Leo Gordon) in his fleabag lodgings. We learn that Donohoe was a vice cop who was removed from the force after shooting an unarmed suspect. While displaying a big chip on his shoulder regarding his former colleagues, Donohoe claims that he found Sam and was trying to help him. Donohoe is arrested and taken in for questioning.

    Next the officers respond to a 451 call involving the firing of a gun in a courtyard at Union Station. There they find a girl shooting up a phone booth. She identifies herself as Ada Hays (Katie O'Pace) from Missouri, and explains that she was taking out her issues with a crooked agent who lured her to L.A. on the booth. They let her stop by her locker and she finds that a supposed good Samaritan who helped put her luggage in there has ripped her off. She tells the officers that her pet rattlesnake was in her suitcase, though it's supposed to have been recently defanged. Ada's agent, Phil Duke (Shelley Berman), shows up to bail her out, seeing the publicity from this incident as her big break. She's skeptical, and seems receptive to Malloy's alternative suggestion that she call her father, but decides to give Duke a chance rather than return home in failure.

    Donohoe is released after Sam revives and describes who stabbed him. The officers drop Donohoe off, he expresses an interest in going after the agent and/or the snake, and Malloy warns him not to play vigilante, alluding to other incidents that Donohoe has been involved in. Reed and Malloy are enjoying a code seven, having just learned that the suitcase with the snake was found, when they hear a call come in about a 459 suspect in the vicinity of Union Station. They proceed there, spot him, and pursue on foot. The suspect (Robert Bruce Lang) pulls a gun and takes some shots at them, then resumes attempting to flee but is cornered. Donohoe listens from nearby as Reed returns to the car to call for backup. Malloy convinces the suspect to slide his gun toward him and surrender, but as the suspect is coming out from behind cover with his hands up, Donohoe pops up and takes a shot at him. Reed calls out in time for the suspect to hit the pavement, and Donohoe is arrested while ranting about how they've got to kill him, kill him, KILL HIM!


    The Partridge Family
    "They Shoot Managers, Don't They?"
    Originally aired February 12, 1971
    The episode opens with Reuben going to the Partridge home to complain about how a woman made a public spectacle of throwing herself at him because Danny, as it turns out, told her that Reuben could get her into show biz...Danny being motivated by the family's perception that Reuben could use companionship.

    After the credits, we see Reuben hooking up with a more mature woman named Cathleen D'Arcy (Nancy Malone) when they're both guests at a Partridge cookout. A montage sequence of romancing ensues set to "She'd Rather Have the Rain":

    Following this, Reuben and Cathleen announce that they're planning to get married and honeymoon in Paris. Then Reuben regretfully informs the family that his married lifestyle will involve applying his business talents in the more stable environment of Cathleen's cosmetics company. In discussing not being able to stay rooted at home and travel and around the country with the Partridges, he makes a reference to Plastic Man.

    Reuben handles some last booking arrangements and says goodbye to the kids. The family then heads to Seattle, where they immediately have issues with their hotel room being too small, the sound system being inadequate, and their gig being of an unsuitable length for the children. Danny makes a call to Reuben via Cathleen's car phone while the couple are on a date in front of the Makeout Point backdrop. Reuben immediately goes into hardball manager mode, making it clear that part of him is still with the band. Then he shows up in Seattle, initially giving them a story of how Cathleen fell into an inheritance that stipulated she could never marry...but admits to Shirley that the breaking point came when Cathleen made comments about Reuben's life with the Partridges indicating that she didn't like children.

    In the coda, Reuben returns home with the family on the bus, having trouble adjusting to their on-the-road lifestyle again. Danny makes a crack about his honeymoon with them being over.

    Maybe a beat was lost in Antenna's editing, but this one seemed like its main situation was in and out way too a quarter-hour LAS segment padded out to fill a half-hour slot.


    That Girl
    "Chef's Night Out"
    Originally aired February 12, 1971
    After seeing her parents off on a flight to Miami Beach, Ann calls her father's restaurant for a routine matter and learns that the maître d’ is out sick. Ann wants to go handle things for her father, but feels that because he's a man, Donald should act as maître d'...leading to a novel "This Man" freeze frame. Frankie (Tom D'Andrea), apparently a regular waiter, has been filling in as maître d'. He thinks that Donald has ambitions to take over the restaurant, and kisses up to him accordingly. Ann and Donald go to crash at the Marie house to find that Laura (Jane Connell) has a gaudily dressed boyfriend named Marvin (Al Molinaro) over. Who's Laura? Suddenly, in the eleventh hour, the Maries have a live-in maid whom we've never seen before! There are stories in which she certainly would have come up as a plot point, like when Ann stayed there alone and got locked in the basement. Maybe she just found them after they abandoned her in Fenwick! I can only imagine that this beat was only put in to fill time, as it otherwise serves no purpose in the story.

    Back at the restaurant, Donald has to awkwardly mix a salad at a table, because it's something that the maître d' does, even though he doesn't know what he's doing. Donald discovers that Ann overbooked the reservations, not realizing that the book had more spots than the restaurant has tables; and Frankie reports that the chef, Pierre (Louis De Farra), has also fallen ill. Ann gets the idea of enlisting Lew's retired former chef, Andre (Leon Belasco). Frankie isn't crazy about this, but won't say why. Andre turns out to be more concerned with hitting the sauce than cooking, so Donald has to fire him before he even starts working; then he and Ann tend to the cooking. After some awkwardness, Donald takes charge and comes up with a new arrangement...ordering out to chicken and pizza places and having it snuck in the back door. The evening ends up going well, and for the following evening, Ann has the idea of cooking a Hungarian dish that she considers her specialty and passing it off as a theme night.

    In the coda, Donald goes to Ann's for dinner, she pretends to be serving him at a restaurant, and it turns into a bit of role-play for them.

    "Oh, Donald" count: 9
    "Oh, Laura" count: 1


    Love, American Style
    "Love and the Baker's Half Dozen / Love and the New Roommate / Love and the Rug / Love and the Second Time"
    Originally aired February 12, 1971

    In "Love and the Baker's Half Dozen," Henry (Alan Sues) is a marriage-jaded baker who's separated from his wife, Helen (Susan Oliver), and being threatened by her hardhat brother, Burt (Richard X. Slattery), to pay up on an informal alimony arrangement. To that end, Henry tries to pressure a customer, Susan Parkins (Susan Howard), to pay for the cake that she ordered, even though her wedding is off. Her fiance, John (Dick Patterson), comes in with the woman he's now seeing, Joan (Laraine Stephens), so Henry tries to persuade them to buy the cake, which leads to some friction between the couple about how soon they'll be getting married. Henry learns that Joan's former fiance, George (Joey Forman), is the ultimate cause of the Susan/John/Joan triangle--Joan having started seeing John again after George dumped her--so Henry has George brought in, and it turns out that Helen is George's current girlfriend. When it comes out that Helen broke up with Henry because he was spending too much time at the bakery, the others encourage her to work there part-time to patch up their marriage. When they agree to this, George makes up with Joan, John makes up with Susan, and Burt accidentally falls on the cake, meaning that he now has to pay for it. The punctuation of the triple reconciliation is a mixed-gender pie fight, with Henry and Helen coming out unscathed.

    "Love and the New Roommate" involves Linda (Debbie Watson) and Bob (Christopher Connelly), a college couple who haven't told their parents that they're married because they're each getting an expense allowance. When Linda's mom (Eve Arden) comes to visit, Linda's nerdy friend Doris (Kelly Jean Peters) has to pretend that she's Linda's roommate. Her unfamiliarity with the apartment, and Linda's mom finding various signs of Bob's residency, leads Doris, who laughs impulsively when she lies, to pretend that she lives in the closet, wears a man's suit, and smokes cigars. Meanwhile, Doris's mom (Elaine Shore) shows up at Doris's while Bob's staying there. Thinking she's Linda's mom, Bob confesses to his marriage, leading her to believe that he's married to Doris. Bob brings Doris's mom to Linda's and a lot of confusion ensues, which is eventually straightened out. Doris's mom is disappointed that Bob isn't Doris's husband, while Linda's mom's impression of her surprise son-in-law isn't helped by the fact that he's wearing Doris's robe. Doris's mom sits Linda's mom down for a talk to convince her that Linda being married to Bob is a good thing: "I was proud to have Bob for a son-in-law, and you should be, too!" Then Linda's nerdy brother, Armand (Todd Susman), arrives; seeing a matchmaking opportunity, Doris's mom invites everyone over to Doris's for dinner.

    In "Love and the Second Time," a young woman named Susan (Elaine Giftos) drops in on a young man named Rob (Murray MacLeod) at three in the morning because her mother and his father haven't returned from a date. Then the parents, Archie Benjamin and Edith Swope (Jack Albertson and Joan Bennett; I have to wonder about those character names, All in the Family having been a brand-spanking-new midseason replacement show at this point) come home and announce that they're getting married. The kids try to talk some sense into their parents; then Rob's grandpa (Robert Cummings, made up to look older than he was and effecting those stereotypical old man mannerisms) comes out of his room and talks some sense into the kids about the wonders of love and not letting their parents grow old lonely, which warms them up the situation.

    Once again, a segment with Bill Bixby ("Love and the Rug") is skipped in the syndicated episodes.


    DAY-UMN! :beer:

    Alas, 60 Years Ago This Week is now pretty close to where I started 55 Years Ago This Week, so we'll have to take the scenic route to 1961.

    I've never seen the likes of Captain Video or Space Patrol in my life. The Lone Ranger, OTH, goes way back.

    Hold that thought, I may put together a side-post when I get the chance of some pre-1950 examples of rockin' and rollin'...

    Yeah, I was surprised to read that as well.
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  6. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Couldn't he just guess? Stalag 13 is a freakin' convention center. :rommie:

    Will Hibbler's trial be held at Stalag 13, too? :D

    I love that. :rommie:

    "We're sending men to the Moon, computers can talk...."

    :rommie: For that final episode, he should have brought in Elvis, The Doors, the Stones, Dylan, and anybody else who got censored to go full throttle. "You want a rilly big shew? I'll give you a rilly big shew!"

    Dinah Shore was the epitome of graceful.

    I wonder what prompted that. It doesn't seem to serve the story at all.

    And why-- and how-- is it Shaller's flashback? Shaller wasn't even there for any of it. :rommie:

    Definitely a strange one.

    This is a week for format-breaking episodes.

    Makes sense....

    Bail her out? No psych eval for this one? :rommie:

    They introduce a rattlesnake subplot and then resolve it offscreen? Come on!

    Just wait until he escapes from jail and starts wearing a shirt with a skull on it. He'll show them all!

    Reuben might have made a good Woozy Winks, or whatever his name was.

    Partridge Family predicted Zoom!

    Low blow, Danny.


    The restaurant must be doing well.

    Like a lost pet who shows up years later. :rommie:

    As they get it on, a news item plays on the radio in the background, announcing that all the customers that ate at Lew's restaurant have fallen ill and died-- and risen from the dead, now hungry for human flesh.



    All's well that ends in a pie fight. :)

    Seems like confusion had already been pre-suing at this point. :rommie:

    And, hopefully, a pie fight.

    Odd choice. There were plenty of elderly character actors around who they could have used.

    Nice ending, anyway.

    Beware, Syndication-- you don't want to make him mad.

    Thank you. I have now entered a new phase of life, and all that bullshit. Sadly, my plan to cut back to three days a week has not come to fruition, since HR is inexplicably resistant to me working a reduced schedule. I am now recalculating my retirement plans.

    I've always loved that retro stuff. :rommie:

    It's really a great little adventure show, and very ahead of its time in terms of dealing with racial prejudice.
  7. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    Pre-1950 Music Spotlight

    All of these numbers are listed as examples on the "Origins of rock and roll" Wiki page, and all except "Rock Awhile" are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

    "Caldonia," Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

    (Released Apr. 1945; charted May 26, 1945; #6 US; #1 R&B; Genre: Jump Blues)

    "Good Rockin' Tonight," Wynonie Harris

    (Released Apr. 1948; #1 R&B; Jump Blues)

    "Boogie Chillen'," John Lee Hooker

    (Released Nov. 1948; #1 R&B; Blues)

    "Rock Awhile," Goree Carter

    (Released May 1949; Blues)

    "Saturday Night Fish Fry," Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

    (Released Sept. 1949; charted Oct. 22, 1949; #21 US; #1 R&B; Jump Blues)


    That caught my attention, too.

    That's not a bad idea.

    Yep, yep, and yep.

    Yeah, that was kind of underwhelmingly random.

    Now that you mention it...

    I miss my title card screencaps. Ann tells Donald that being maître d' is a man's job; Donald says, "Not this man"; and the joke logo flips and turns into the normal one.

    I just went back and checked "That Metermaid," as it was in the season that I bought to watch. There's a reason that I associated the maid with that episode beyond being another conspicuous bit of Marie family business that they pulled out of their nether regions: the Maries actually had a maid in Fenwick, though it was a different one. I was under the impression at the time that she was just there to fill in for Mrs. Marie, who wasn't in the episode. I can't recall that we've ever seen them with a maid in Brewster...never mind that they acted like we were supposed to recognize this one. At first I assumed that she was a neighbor watching the house. Insert sci-fi/horror gag explaining what's up with the Maries' occasionally appearing maids.

    Note that Susan Howard was also a Trek guest...Mara the Klingon.

    I thought you'd enjoy that.

    I wonder if there was some last-minute part-switching involved. Jack Albertson, who played Archie, was a little bit older, and looked like he'd have been more convincing playing the Grandpa character. (And Burt Mustin was otherwise engaged on the following week's Adam-12.)

    Hope you get that worked out to your satisfaction.
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  8. gblews

    gblews Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 13, 2004
    So. Cal.
    Really good to see these nearly forgotten and records and artists get some recognition, no matter how small. These records, especially Louis Jordan, bring back memories for me because this was the music my mother and her friends loved. Well, they also loved straight ahead blues and jazz, but his was the music that got them partying.

    These were some of the artists who helped pull rock and roll lfrom the belly of the blues. These artists took the music from blues, to jump blues, to what became rock and roll. Although you can still call guys like Chuck Berry and Little Richard “architects,” they began their series of influential hits some years later. I can only imagine what it might have felt like to one day be playing blues but then you speed it up, add boogie wooogie elements and create one of the biggest American cultural exports in American history.
  9. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    It's hard not to hear the Little Richard in "Caldonia," or the Chuck Berry in "Rock Awhile". "Saturday Night Fish Fry" is a particular favorite from this just has so much character.
  10. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    That's cute. It sounds like Little Rock'n'Roll photobombing Big Band or something. :rommie:

    Did he mention Caldonia?

    That sounds about twenty years ahead of its time.

    Yeah, that's the stuff. Sounds like the 50s. :rommie:

    To me this sounds like the 40s, but it's the lyrics that predict the Rock genre.

    Hmm. The Stepford Maids? Dr Caligari?

    Ohh, I should have recognized that name.

    Yeah, probably scheduling issues.

    Thanks. The main thing is that I'm too chicken to retire in the midst of the pandemic. :rommie: But hopefully by the end of the year I will have graduated to the world of full-time writing.
  11. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    70 Years Ago Last Year (Part 2)


    Timeline entries are quoted from Wiki pages for the month or year. Sections separated from timeline entries are mine.


    April 1, 1950 – The 1950 United States Census was taken. After seven months of tabulation, the population on that day was announced to have been 150,697,361. The population sixty years later (April 1, 2010) would be more than doubled, at 308,745,538.

    April 3 – The standard ratio for the dimensions of television receivers was set at 4:3 (with the length of the screen being 4/3 of the height) after originally having been 5:4, and would remain the standard for nearly half a century. With the advent of digital television, the ratio would be changed to the wider 16:9 dimensions.

    April 15 – "If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked a Cake)" by Eileen Barton hit #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart.

    April 27 – Britain formally recognises Israel.

    April 29 – "The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas topped the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of eleven consecutive weeks.

    May 1 – The town of Mosinee, Wisconsin, was the site of a mock Communist takeover, staged by the local American Legion outpost to illustrate what life under Soviet conquest might be like. Benjamin Gitlow, who had twice been the vice-presidential candidate for the Communist Party USA (in 1924 and 1928), before renouncing Communism, played the role of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the "United Soviet States of America", while another former Communist, Joseph Zack Kornfeder, assisted as the new Commissar of the town, renamed "Moskva" in the exercise. A Soviet flag flew in front of the American Legion outpost. Mayor Ralph E. Kronenwetter, who had participated in the mock coup by allowing himself to be "arrested", suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that evening, and died six days later at the age of 49, while another participant, Reverend William L. Bennett, died the day after Kronenwetter.

    May 4 – The science fiction short story fixup The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury was published.

    May 6 – Elizabeth Taylor, 18-year-old movie starlet, went through the first of eight weddings, with a ceremony at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California. The groom was 23-year-old Conrad Hilton Jr., heir to the $125,000,000 hotel empire.

    May 9 – L. Ron Hubbard first published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

    May 11 – The McMinnville UFO photographs, among the most famous photos purported of an unidentified flying object were taken by Paul Trent, a farmer near McMinnville, Oregon, after his wife spotted a flying disc. Trent developed the pictures, showed them to a local banker who placed them on display, and a reporter for the McMinnville Telephone Register ran the story after inquiring, and the photos would appear later in LIFE Magazine. "Skeptics found nothing to disparage the Trents' integrity," it would be written 48 years later, "and no financial motive for having faked UFO pictures."

    May 14 – The Huntsville Times runs the headline "Dr. von Braun Says Rocket Flights Possible to Moon."

    May 17 – The musical comedy film Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and based on the 1946 stage musical of the same name, premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City.

    May 18 – The comedy film Father of the Bride starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    May 25 – The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel is formally opened to traffic in New York City.

    May 27
    • The Journal of the American Medical Association published its first articles showing a link between cigarette smoking and an increased risk of lung cancer.
    • Gasoline rationing came to an end in the United Kingdom after nearly eleven years, one day after British Fuel Minister Philip Noel-Baker declared that the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (now Exxon) would supply more fuel if rationing ceased. The limitations on sales had begun after September 3, 1939, the day of Britain's entry into World War II.

    May 29 – St. Roch, the first ship to make a circumnavigation of North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from where it had started on July 15, 1944. The ship traversed the Northwest Passage and the Panama Canal in a voyage of more than 15,000 miles. Although the actual sailing time was only 137 days, the ship, owned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, had layovers throughout the Arctic portion of the trip to bring supplies to remote RCMP outposts.

    June 1 – Guam was given the status of a United States Territory, and all of its residents were granted U.S. citizenship.

    June 3 – Annapurna, at 26,545 feet (8,091 m) feet the tenth highest mountain in the world, was first ascended by the French Annapurna expedition to become the highest peak climbed (and the first 8,000-metre peak climbed) up to that time. The flag of France was planted on the summit by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Both Herzog and Lachenal, who made the climb without bottled oxygen and refused to turn back in spite of the onset of frostbite, lost all of their toes, and Herzog lost all of his fingers as well.

    June 14 – U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in Chief Far East, submitted his "Memorandum on Formosa" to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in order to persuade the Truman Administration not to abandon the Republic of China on the island of Taiwan. MacArthur wrote that "Formosa in the hands of the Communists can be compared to an unsinkable aircraft carrier and submarine tender ideally located to accomplish Soviet offensive strategy and at the same time checkmate counteroffensive operations by the United States Forces based on Okinawa and the Philippines."

    June 17 – The first human organ transplant in history was performed at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, in the Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park, Illinois. The surgery was performed by a team led by Dr. Richard M. Lawler. Ruth Tucker, of Jasper, Indiana, received a kidney from an unidentified woman who had died an hour earlier from cirrhosis of the liver, and would survive for five more years after the operation.

    June 20 – The fastest electronic computer up to that time, SEAC (Standards Electronic Automatic Computer), went into operation for the U.S. National Bureau of Standards.

    June 22
    • David Greenglass, a technician with the Oak Ridge and Los Alamos facilities in the American nuclear program, was arrested and charged with spying for the Soviet Union. He implicated his sister and her husband (Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg), as the persons who recruited him to the espionage. He agreed to testify against both of them, and would draw a reduced prison sentence. His wife, Ruth Greenglass, was never charged despite being identified as a Soviet agent. Greenglass would be released in 1960, and live until 2014. His sister and brother-in-law would be executed in 1953.
    • The Walt Disney live-action adventure film Treasure Island starring Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton had its world premiere in London.

    June 25 – The Korean War began at 4:00 in the morning KST (June 24 – 7pm UTC), South Korean army bases near the border with North Korea, at Yeoncheon, came under fire without warning. After 45 minutes of shelling, North Korean troops invaded with six infantry divisions, an armored brigade and three border brigades coming across the 38th parallel. With many of their personnel on weekend leave, the four South Korean divisions in the area were quickly overwhelmed, and the invaders proceeded toward the South Korean capital of Seoul, 40 miles to the south.

    June 27 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman ordered warships of the United States Seventh Fleet to assist South Korean forces in their resistance of the North Korean invasion. At the same time, President Truman ordered the Seventh Fleet to the coast of Communist China in order to prevent an attack upon the Nationalist Chinese outpost on the island of Taiwan, reversing his previous decision not to intervene in the Chinese Civil War.

    June 28
    • The bombing of the Hangang Bridge was carried out by the South Korean Army as hundreds of refugees were still fleeing across it, in an effort to prevent invading North Korean troops from advancing any further. As the North Korean Army approached the Han River, engineers of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army of South Korea had rigged explosives. In the meantime, South Korean civilians and soldiers were fleeing across to avoid being trapped behind enemy lines. Detonation of the bombs at the main bridge, at Hangang, had been set for 1:30 a.m. General Kim Pak Il, the ROK Deputy Chief of Staff, delayed the blast for 45 minutes, but at 2:15 a.m., the blast order was given, destroying two spans of the Hangang Bridge and dropping thousands of persons in a 75-foot plunge to the river, killing at least 500 people; a railroad bridge across the river remained standing, however. The ROK Chief Engineer, Choi Chang-sik, would be blamed for the mistake and executed. North Korean forces captured Seoul at noon, three days and eight hours after the invasion began.
    • Seoul National University Hospital massacre: North Korean troops kill around 800 medical staff and patients.
    • Bodo League massacre begins: South Korean armed forces and police summarily execute at least 100,000 suspected North Korean sympathizers.


    June also brings us the release of the second-oldest song on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (#459), which is also listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll:

    "Rollin' Stone," Muddy Waters



    Electric blues of this era is the stuff that inspired a lot of major '60s musicians...your god among them.

    For once, that's the idea!

    Fair enough.

    How so?
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  12. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    The world population growth has been even worse.

    A strange sort of classic.

    "A cautionary note... from The Twilight Zone."

    Now there's a classic.

    A classic of irony, I suppose. :rommie:

    Next month we'll finally know the shocking truth about flying saucers: That the evidence is inconclusive!

    A remarkable example of how the world has changed so much in such a short time.

    One of those wars with no good guys.

    He certainly coined a phrase. :rommie:

    I can hear that.


    Because the market affects my retirement savings, because I'm helping out some friends who have been hit hard, and because I'm a big sissy. :rommie:
  13. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    55 Years Ago This Week

    May 12
    • African members of the UN Security Council say that the British army should blockade Rhodesia.
    • The Busch Memorial Stadium opens in St Louis, Missouri.
    • Radio Peking claims that U.S. planes have shot down a Chinese plane over Yunnan (the U.S. denies the story the next day).
    May 14
    • Across the United States, more than 400,000 college students took the draft deferment examination, given at 1,200 colleges and universities, in order to be exempted from being drafted into the United States military during the Vietnam War, while anti-war demonstrations took place outside many of the testing centers. Students were allowed three hours to answer 150 questions in order to see whether they could retain their 2-S draft classification; out of 1.8 million students who were 2-S, one million had registered for the test, which would be repeated on May 21, June 3 and June 24, and the test score and class rank would be evaluated by local draft boards.
    • Turkey and Greece intend to start negotiations about the situation in Cyprus.

    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Caroline, No," Brian Wilson (7 weeks)
    • "Frankie and Johnny," Elvis Presley (8 weeks)
    • "Somewhere," Len Barry (8 weeks)
    • "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," The Isley Brothers (12 weeks)
    • "What Now My Love," Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (8 weeks)

    Re-entering the chart:

    "Louie Louie," The Kingsmen
    (originally charted Nov. 9, 1963, reaching #2 US, #1 R&B, #26 UK; reaches #97 this run; #55 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)

    Recent and new on the chart:

    "Come On Let's Go," The McCoys

    (Apr. 23; #22 US)

    "Mama," B. J. Thomas

    (#22 US)

    "Girl in Love," The Outsiders

    (#21 US)

    "Green Grass," Gary Lewis & The Playboys

    (#8 US)

    "Paint It Black," The Rolling Stones

    (#1 US the weeks of June 11 and 18, 1966; #1 UK; #174 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time)


    Timeline entries are quoted from the Wiki pages for the month or year.


    The US is relatively stable in comparison.

    What was topping the chart at this point certainly does provide a vivid contrast to what was brewing in what I've read was then referred to as "race music".

    Yeah, I was wondering what was up with that.

    I'm not much of a blues man...I like the more upbeat stuff myself.

    My ex retired last year, but she was overdue. She's unable to do the sorts of things she'd pictured herself doing because of the pandemic, but is still outspokenly happy to be not working.
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