Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fire, Yer Gonna Burn






Hotel Gaylord, Miami Beach

Gone and unlamented, apparently.

Looks more like a CSI Miami Weekend.

"I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" Debuts on September 28, 1962

Broadcast on ABC.  Friday.  9:00 to 9:30 Eastern time.

Ran for one season.

The show's history.

Hey, Skinny, Charles Atlas Ain't the Only Muscle Man in Town

Meet George F. Jowett.

Father Figure of Phony: George Jowett, The ACWLA and the Milo Barbell Company, 1924-1927.

Still being peddled.

September 30, 1991

The past two Mondays have found me less enthusiastic about going to work.  I'm looking forward to a time when I'm not tied to a "real" job, when I can depend upon JoAnna's considerable earning power to the lifestyle we now find so comfortable  How big an income do we really need anyhow?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Shorecrest, Miami Beach (Postcard Series)

Miami Twice.  Two art deco hotels combine as Miami Beach's first African-American-owned resort. (12/2/2002)

Excerpt:    The new 422-room resort opened on the site of the historic Royal Palm Hotel and Shorecrest Hotel, both built in the 1930s. In their heydays, the Royal Palm and Shorecrest were two of the most successful, sophisticated hotels on the beach.

Charles Atlas can add solid inches of handsome, rippling muscles to your arms, legs, shoulders, back

Popular Mechanics, October 1952

September 29, 1991

In spite of our getting to bed late, we're still up at our usual time.  No sleeping in for Mom and Dad with two young 'uns needing attention.  We do have a lazy day, though.  I can't get into the latest book I'm reading -- Force Majeure -- a preposterously overrated first novel with a Hollywood setting.  I spend a little time outside tidying up the yard and thinking about the bigger projects that need to be done before the snow flies. Just before bedtime, JoAnna and I revise our household needs list.

Friday, September 28, 2012

"The Nurses" Debuts on September 27, 1962

Broadcast on CBS.  Thursday.  9:00 to 10:00 Eastern time.

Ran for 3 seasons.

Whatever happened to Zina Bethune?
She made occasional guest appearance on TV after "The Nurses".  

She died as the result of a hit-and-run accident in Los Angeles in February 2012.

September 28, 1991

JoAnna does housework in the morning, then objects to my plan to mow the lawn.  But I do it anyway, enjoying the fresh air and minor exercise.  I also take Andy and Eddie to the park.  More fresh air.

Dressed to the nines, JoAnna and I leave for Milwaukee at 4:30 for the Children's Hospital fundraiser at the Country Club.  Once we arrive, I find myself in a strange world where money talks, fashion stalks, and ladies squawk.  Fortunately, the bar serves gin.  The fashion show is probably the highlight of the evening.

Handsomer Hair with Lucky Tiger

Popular Mechanics, October 1952

Still 3 purpose!

Simone Hotel, 321 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fla. (Postcard Series)

Lost Miami Beach

They'll be built on the former site of the Simone Hotel, an historic art deco gem which was disastrouly "demolished by neglect" back in 2010.

Colony of kitten halts demolition of Miami Beach hotel.  (The Palm Beach Post, 8/13/2010)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Broadway, Los Angeles (Postcard Series)


September 27, 1991

Payday.  I debate with my Evil Twin how to do errands.  When to cash my check.  Where to go to lunch.  How many side trips to make.  I'm on my way to the City Station credit union office when I decide to find out where the Hill Farms branch is located.  Then I pick up my tux.

After buying a newspaper, I decide that, yeah, I will have lunch at the food court at the Mall.  I pass on a search for tunes from 1963 and then return to the library after a 2-hour absence.  My Evil Twin would have settled for nothing less than the entire afternoon off.

JoAnna is at Lake Geneva and not expected back until 8.

18 Disembodied Heads Will Get You into a High Pay Accounting Career

La Salle Extension University went out of business in 1980.

Wonder if they ever tapped into the expertise of women?

LaSalle Extension University, snail-mail generations' University of Phoenix.  (boingboing 1/2/2010

Somebody Should Call the Watermelon Man

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Polk Street in Amarillo, Texas (Postcard Series)

("Now" being 2007)

The Sargent Parallel-Action Plier Does 5 Kinds of Jobs Well!

Sargent is still in business.

A History of Sargent Quality Tools

And it looks as though the model featured here is still manufactured.  (The side-cutting pliers.)

"The Beverly Hillbillies" Debuts on September 26, 1962

Broadcast on CBS.  Wednesday. 9:00 to 9:30 Eastern time.

Ran for 9 years.  The #1 rated show for the 1962-63 and 1963-64 television seasons.  In the top 20 every year except its final one.

I missed the first episode, but a lot of my friends were buzzing over it at school the next day.  I much preferred the show that preceded the Beverly Hillbillies on CBS's Wednesday schedule.

Even better was the 9:30 offering, but with a morning paper route, Mom made sure I was in bed by 9:30.  (I was never the easiest person to wake up back then.)

September 26, 1991

I review my budget presentation to the Finance Committee three or four times, highlighting key phrases with a yellow magic marker and adding a few key words in the margins.  I take a couple of hours off during the afternoon and spend most of that time playing with Andy.  I'm scheduled for 6:45 but from previous years, I know the Police Chief will need more than his allotted time.  I feel fairly relaxed as I start my presentation, but I'm way too focused on taking care of business when a compliment from Tom Ullsvik goes right by me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Empire" Debuts on September 25, 1962

Broadcast on NBC.  Tuesday.  8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. (Brought back for a shortened second season by ABC.)

Contemporary Western set on a ranch in New Mexico.   Co-stars include Ryan O'Neal, all of 21 at the time, and Charles Bronson.

September 25, 1991

After a couple of hours on the telephone, mostly dealing with the problem of rescheduling the next LINK meeting, I go to the dentist for the first time in more than two years.  I am amazed to learn that it's been that long.  I felt a need to avoid Brad after his repeated offers to join the Optimists.

On the way home to get my hair cut, I stop at home to relieve myself.

At the library, I have a follow-up conversation with Julie Brunnette over the phone.  Now I feel better.

I pick up Andy at daycare, and once we get home, get into some chores.

Thanks to the famous Crescent School, he's got a high paying career in television

The building is still there at 500 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, New York, but I'm sure the school is long gone.

Google Street View

"The New Loretta Young Show" Debuts on September 24, 1962

Broadcast on CBS.  Monday.  10:00 to 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.

One season.   Loretta Young plays a continuing role (Christine Massey) in this short-lived series.

Juarez Avenue in Juarez Mexico (Postcard Series)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Champion Spark Plugs Ad Featuring Owner of Slo-mo-shun IV

If you insist.

The Hydroplane and Racebook Museum.

"Ensign O'Toole" Debuts on September 23, 1962

Broadcast on NBC.  Sunday.  7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Ran for 2 seasons.   The first of two military comedies -- the other being McHale's Navy -- to be introduced to TV audiences in the fall of 1962.

Quite the cast:  Dean Jones, Jay C. Flippen, Jack Albertson, Harvey Lembeck, Beau Bridges.

September 24, 1991

Andy has a doctor's appointment -- an annual check-up -- with Dr. Ellis.  He wants to leave early so he can play with the toys.  He's such an energetic and friendly guy during the entire visit, a real charmer in his own special way.  He's grown 2 1/2 inches and gained 5 pounds in the past year.  He's in the 75th percentile in both categories.

After dropping him off at daycare (and observing a puzzling mood change), I stop at Original Pancake House for a late, very late, breakfast.

Busy, busy night at the library.  Seats are at a premium.

"The Jetsons" Debuts on September 23, 1962

Broadcast on ABC.  Sunday.  7:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.  (The Nelson children watched this show on a black-and-white TV.)

Ran for a single season -- 24 episodes, which were rerun for years on Saturday morning. New episodes were produced in the mid-1980s.

The Jetsons unofficial home.

"The Virginian" Debuts on September 19, 1962

Broadcast on NBC.  Wednesday.  7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The first, and perhaps only, 90-minute Western on TV.  It ran for 8 seasons, never wavering from its Wednesday evening time slot.  Attracting a substantial audience, it finished in the top 10 -- at #10 -- during the 1966-67 season.

The Official website of James Drury The Virginian.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

America's Newest Home Business! Grow Living Ming Trees

From the October 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics

Jim Smith filled out the coupon.

Jim was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1925; in 1950 after reading about bonsai in garden magazines he ordered a book entitled "How to Grow Living Miniature Ming Trees at home" by John Kiktavi and four packets of seeds form National Nursery Supply in Inglewood, California. The seeds germinated but none of them ever became a bonsai [oops!] but it did start a "love affair" with bonsai.

September 23, 1991

All morning (and not to mention through most of the weekend) I mentally prepare myself for a meeting with Julie Brunnette.  I expect to address a need for a general library overview, but she's interested in the specifics of the Dane County reimbursement for nonresident use.  I'm less than pleased with my efforts and what is worse, Julie has to leave for another appointment before I can fully explain the cross-municipal aspect of the formula.  At least I don't get the feeling that she's out to gut the library budget.

I get home just as supper is being served and convince Andy to join us rather than watch cartoons.

"The Jack Paar Program" Debuts on September 21, 1962

Broadcast on NBC.

Friday.  10:00 to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time  Ran for 3 seasons.

Jack Paar goes from late night TV (he hosted the Tonight Show from July 29, 1957, to March 30, 1962) to prime time.

"Don't Call Me Charlie" Debuts on September 21, 1962

Broadcast on NBC.

Friday. 9:30 to 10:00 p.m.
September 1962 6o January 1963.

Showing the closing credits is appropriate for this short-lived sitcom.   As summarized in The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, the shows "centered on Judson McKay, a young veterinarian from Iowa, who was drafted by mistake and assigned to a U.S. Army veterinary station in Paris."

"Fair Exchange" Debuts on Friday, September 21, 1962

Broadcast on CBS.

Fridays, September to December 1962 from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, March to September 1963 from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Two families, one from New York City, the other from London England, decide to switch daughters for a year.  Judy Carne, who gained fame during her stint on Laugh-In, plays the British daughter.

In an unusual move, this situation comedy debuted as an hour-long program.  It was cancelled after three months.  An unexpected outburst of viewer protest resulted in its being brought back as a standard half-hour sitcom but just through the end of the 1962-63 television season.

"Wide County" Debuts on September 20, 1962

NBC.  Thursday.  7;30-8:30 Eastern time.

Forgettable drama about two brothers' adventures in contemporary rodeo life, starring Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine.  Ran for 1 season.

Apparently, every TV show ever produced in available on DVD.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Vote REO for Pulling Power

Ad from Popular Mechanics, October 1952

Absolute Michigan. Michigan Automotive History: Reo Motor Car Company.

Fremont Street, Las Vegas (Postcard Series)

More recent

September 22, 1991

I remain housebound for most of the day.  JoAnna shops for a dress for next weekend's formal dinner in Milwaukee and buys groceries.  By midafternoon, I feel a need to exercise.  I do ten counts of arm raises with my hand weights, then go back to reading my book.

After we eat and I clean the kitchen, I watch TV and read, sinking deeper into the cushion of lethargy.

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 1991

I get up early with JoAnna -- she has a meeting to attend in Milwaukee -- which gives me an early start on chores.  My body is dragging in spite of the burst of productivity; I still feel the need for an unbroken night's sleep.

And then there is the omnipresent Barb, who after eight months in Middleton does not venture out into the world.  We might as well be living in Hurley for all the advantages she's taken of her current situation.  Anyway, when JoAnna calls around one, I'm a little bit short with her.  I take Andy and Eddie to the park, and then spend the rest of the afternoon sackin' out with a book.

JoAnna and I attend a party for Rick Phelps at the renovated Leonard property.

September 20, 1991

The entrance to Crandall's

Today's a slow day at the library from opening to closing.  During my lunch break, I get measured for a tux and buy the dark-brown crewneck sweater I saw at Land's End yesterday.   JoAnna and I visit Larry and Martha at St. Mary's Hospital.  It's like walking through a maze trying to find their room.  On the way home, we pick up three fish dinners at Crandall's.  I read and watch one inning of the Braves-Dodgers game.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Plenty of Evidence of Grandchildren in This House

Mom and Dad had to settle for 2.