Musiquarium Jun 6 2010
Spike Jones didn’t make serious music, but his most famous tune still made a point.

Above is a rare flyer from today in 1949 advertising an appearance by Spike Jones and his band The City Slickers at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. The art isn’t pulp so much as it is simply vintage, but we sure like it. We can’t quite say the same about Jones’s music, which is mostly intended to be comical. He performed wacky versions of current hits, which we guess makes him Weird Al Yankovich but several decades earlier. Even if Jones’s music doesn’t inspire us, we give him credit for dressing like a rodeo clown, which you can see for yourself at right. We don't think he got that suit on Saville Row. He deserves credits for boldness. He also deserves props for recording possibly the most famous musical slapdown of all time, 1942’s “Der Fuhrer’s Face”, which mocks Adolf Hitler's propaganda about racial superiority and his claims that the Third Reich would last a thousand years. Jones's unserious little ditty turned out to be his most enduring hit. You can hear it here.


Hollywoodland Dec 3 2008
Jet magazine discovers twins under the skin.

Two pages from Jet magazine, featuring Eartha Kitt, Bob Hope and others, with interesting content you can read for yourself, circa 1950s.


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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
September 15
1959—Khrushchev Visits U.S.
Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States. The two week stay includes talks with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, as well as a visit to a farm and a Hollywood movie set, and a tour of a "typical" American neighborhood, upper middle class Granada Hills, California.
September 14
1959—Soviets Send Object to Moon
The Soviet probe Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to reach the Moon when it crashes in Mare Serenitatis. The probe was designed to crash, but first it took readings in Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belt, and also confirmed the existence of solar wind.
September 13
1987—Radiation Accident in Brazil
Two squatters find a container of radioactive cesium chloride in an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil. When the shielding window is opened, the bright blue cesium becomes visible, which lures many people to handle the object. In the end forty-six people are contaminated, resulting in illnesses, amputations, and deaths, including that of a 6-year-old girl whose body is so toxic it is buried in a lead coffin sealed in concrete.
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