Sophie Tucker – Last of the Red Hot Mommas

By | Jan 13, 2017

Sophie Tucker, billed later in her career as the Last of the Red Hot Mommas, was born Sophie Kalish in Russia as her parents were immigrating to the United States on January 13, 1884. When the family arrived in America her father decided to adopt the name Abuza. One could say she was destined to […]

Phases of Elvis

By | Jan 8, 2017

When looking back on the career of Elvis Presley, it’s not hard to break it down into six stages. The Beginning. (1954-1955) Elvis was first discovered by Sam Phillips of Sun Records and for the first months of his career he performed throughout the south. The Hits. (1956-1958) Once Elvis was under the management of […]

The Voice of Christmas

By | Nov 20, 2016

When one thinks about Christmas and all of the songs and the artists who have recorded them, the one person who nearly everyone thinks about is Bing Crosby and “White Christmas”. He has even been called the Voice of Christmas. And it’s hard not to agree with this fact. Although nearly every generation has a […]

United Artists

By | Feb 5, 2016

Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith incorporated United Artists on February 5, 1919. Each of them own 20% of the corporation with the remaining 20% by lawyer William Gibbs McAdoo serving as general counsel for the founders. The first agreement allowed the principles to release four pictures a year. A number […]

I Don’t Like Mondays

By | Jan 29, 2016

On Monday January 29, 1979 the day was starting as usual for Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Then all of a sudden shots rang out. They were coming from the house across the street. During the 6 hour shooting spree and standoff Principal Burton Wragg and head custodian Mike Suchar were killed. Eight […]

American Idol Money Makers

By | Jan 7, 2016

The last season of American Idol debuted last night. I didn’t watch it and I probably won’t until they get down to the actual competition rounds. I have found in the past that the Judges rounds are often funny, but also often don’t show much of the competition finalist.

Chicago is Finally In

By | Jan 4, 2016

Recently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductee for 2016. For the first time Chicago was nominated. They won the fan vote and will be inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Missing Spirit

By | Oct 31, 2015

The magician Harry Houdini became interested in the ‘spirit world’ after the death of his mother in 1913. He became involved in making contact with those who had died. He became more skeptical as he uncovered hoaxs and frauds by proclaimed mediums. During the early 1920’s he spend time debunking these hoaxs and frauds. He […]

Great Science Fiction Authors

By | Oct 24, 2015

Issac Asimov’s – Foundation It has been said that Issac Asimov was the greatest of the authors during the Golden Age of Science Fiction – From the end of the 2nd World War to the 1970’s. Who am I to disagree? While I personally like his Robot series better, The Foundation trilogy (three first books) […]

Abbott and Costello – Comedy Team from Vaudeville to Television

By | Oct 16, 2015

William (Bud) Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1895 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Lou Costello (Louis Francis Cristillo) was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. They first began to work together in 1935 at the Eltinge […]

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