Femmes Fatales Feb 27 2018
DOUBLE DOG DARE
Lockjaw and The Prince of Barkness are like my social secretaries. You wanna to talk to me, you talk to them first.


Italian actress Gianna Maria Canale, seen here in 1958, began her show business career in 1948 and soon became a stalwart in sword and sandal epics, among them Hercules, The Warrior and the Slave Girl, and The Centurion. In the foreign press she was often compared to Ava Gardner, but in Italy she was thought of by some more as a quintessential Italian woman, sort of an aristocratic standard of perfect beauty. And like any aristocrat she has a couple of aristodogs. Release the hounds!

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Femmes Fatales May 1 2015
LUXURY CARRA
Dressed for eventual success.

Raffaella Carrà is famous enough today to be known in many countries as simply la Carrà, and in Latin America as merely Raffaella. The above photo shows her pre-superstardom, when she was an up-and-coming actress and singer in her native Italy. Back then she was big in sword & sandal epics, among them 1961’s Atlas Against the Cyclops, and 1962’s Ulysses Against Hercules and Caesar the Conqueror. The photo comes from a British magazine called King and it dates from 1968 

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Intl. Notebook Dec 2 2009
JAVA SCRIPT
I heartily endorse this event or product.

In this Japanese ad from the mid-eighties, Arnold Schwarzenegger shills for Go West brand coffee. We’ve been running across quite a few old Japanese ads lately, and you’d be surprised what sort of mundane products big stars were willing pitch in exchange for a wheelbarrow of yen. Of course, Arnold had already starred in unforgettably bad films like Hercules in New York and exposed his Schwarzenugget in that infamous what-the-hell-were-you-thinking nude photo, so selling canned coffee must have seemed like endorsing Fabergé eggs. But just like old nudes, old ads come back, and we’re happy to have found this one. We feel a theme emerging.     

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
March 19
1931—Nevada Approves Gambling
In the U.S., the state of Nevada passes a resolution allowing for legalized gambling. Unregulated gambling had been commonplace in the early Nevada mining towns, but was outlawed in 1909 as part of a nationwide anti-gaming crusade. The leading proponents of re-legalization expected that gambling would be a short term fix until the state's economic base widened to include less cyclical industries. However, gaming proved over time to be one of the least cyclical industries ever conceived.
1941—Tuskegee Airmen Take Flight
During World War II, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, aka the Tuskegee Airmen, is activated. The group is the first all-black unit of the Army Air Corp, and serves with distinction in Africa, Italy, Germany and other areas. In March 2007 the surviving airmen and the widows of those who had died received Congressional Gold Medals for their service.
March 18
1906—First Airplane Flight in Europe
Romanian designer Traian Vuia flies twelve meters outside Paris in a self-propelled airplane, taking off without the aid of tractors or cables, and thus becomes the first person to fly a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Because his craft was not a glider, and did not need to be pulled, catapulted or otherwise assisted, it is considered by some historians to be the first true airplane.
1965—Leonov Walks in Space
Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov leaves his spacecraft the Voskhod 2 for twelve minutes. At the end of that time Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter Voskhod's airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off, was barely able to get back inside the capsule, and in so doing became the first person to complete a spacewalk.
March 17
1966—Missing Nuke Found
Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the deep submergence vehicle Alvin locates a missing American hydrogen bomb. The 1.45-megaton nuke had been lost by the U.S. Air Force during a midair accident over Palomares, Spain. It was found resting in nearly three-thousand feet of water and was raised intact on 7 April.
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