Posts Tagged ‘music’
I recently noticed that actor/comedian Jackie Gleason would have turned 100 on February 26, 2016, and will have been dead 30 years come June 24, 2017.
When I was growing up in the 1960s, I used to watch his Saturday night variety show on CBS fairly regularly. Gleason played a variety of characters, including the snobbish millionaire Reginald Van Gleason III, the put-upon character known as the Poor Soul, and Joe the Bartender, who always greeted the bug-eyed “Crazy” Guggenheim Read the rest of this entry »
In the last month, I saw a photo of my old pal “Mary” on someone else’s Facebook page. Read the rest of this entry »
The illustrious bard Jaquandor gripes:
What IS it with this country’s refusal to adopt rail as a serious method of transportation?
There’s a sign, less than two blocks from my house, that commemorates the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad that ran between Albany and Schenectady, one of the first in the nation. It’s clear that the transcontinental railroad created cohesion for the United States.
I’ve made it quite clear that I find passenger rail travel to be the only really civilized form of transportation. So why doesn’t the US embrace it more? Read the rest of this entry »
The premise is that the pop period ended with the Beatles signing essentially their divorce papers from each other on 31 December 1970. Hepworth, who turned 21 in 1971, says that year saw “an unrepeatable surge of musical creativity, technological innovation, naked ambition, and outrageous good fortune that combined to produce music that still crackles today.” The era of rock was born.
Sometimes, he would make references to other cultural events of the time that seemed random, but eventually it would somehow connect. Hepworth used a few Britishisms that I did not initially pick up on, but I figured out most of them in context.
The book is arranged by month. Read the rest of this entry »
Charlotte was a TERRIBLE city to get around then if you didn’t have a car. It was what my father called a “big old country town”, growing by laps and bounds. North Carolina law allowed a core city to annex any adjacent unincorporated territory, as long as the city provided fire, police and water service. So parts of the city proper were virtually rural.
The bus system, such as it was Read the rest of this entry »