Warhol Wednesday!

Warhol Wednesday!

“Art is what you can get away with.”

“Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

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Andy Warhol
August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987
American artist, director and producer
a leading figure in the “Pop Art” movement

 

 

 

“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

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Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat, or in film’s case ‘run on’,
manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”

“I want to die with my blue jeans on.”

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“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

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“Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties” is a book about the avant-garde group that came together as Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory from 1964 to 1968.

 

“Andy Warhol’s FACTORY PEOPLE, tells the story of the 60’s Silver Factory that Andy founded in 1964 in an abandoned hat factory on East 47th Street in New York City. The Silver Factory lasted until 1968 when Andy gave up the lease and moved to the White Factory on Union Square. Shortly after moving in the Spring of ’68 Andy was shot by Valerie Solanas and this event bookends the period of time covered in “Factory People”. The idea of the film is to tell the real story of the culture, who was there with Andy, who participated in the work with Andy, and what really happened during this period…all without passing judgement on Andy, his work, his friends, and the people who were there at the time. The film takes and in-depth look at the lives and times of the people who hung out with Andy and “worked” at the Silver Factory during the Sixties, making it all click as a new counter-culture arose and began to exert its influence throughout the arts.

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“Andy Warhol’s FACTORY PEOPLE

NOTE: This is another new Blog Post we started last year, and then it sat dormant for a long time, so we’re posting it in March 2019! Hope you enjoy it.

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“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

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“I think having land and not ruining it
is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

 

 

 

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TESLA TUESDAY!

TESLA TUESDAY!

Nikola Tesla
(July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943)

“Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution,
but it contains certain known factors.”
– Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla RIP (July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943)

Nikola Tesla was a genius Serbian-American inventor, scientist, electrical and mechanical engineer, and futurist from Smiljan, Croatia.  There is a lot of information and history available online and in your local library, so we aren’t going to review his many accomplishments and inventions here. He did predict smart phones in 1926:

“We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.” – Nikola Tesla, 1926

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HE WAS A GENIUS! The recently released Tesla documents>
http://ewao.com/2016/09/30/fbi-releases-long-held-tesla-documents-revealing-fascinating-details/

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Tesla taking a break with the NY Times in his labratory.

“Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” – Nikola Tesla

“The New Art of Projecting Concentrated Non-dispersive Energy through the Natural Media” described an open-ended vacuum tube with a gas jet seal that allows particles to exit, a method of charging slugs of tungsten or mercury to millions of volts, and directing them in streams (through electrostatic repulsion) = DEATH RAY!

No, it’s a “Peace Ray”>
http://www.teslaradio.com/pages/teleforce.htm

“You may live to see man-made horrors
beyond your comprehension.”
– Nikola Tesla

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“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

Why don’t they teach about Nikola Tesla in science and history class?

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Nikola Tesla in his East Houston Street Laboratory in New York City

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This is a new Blog Post we started last year, and then it sat dormant for a long time, so we worked on it a little more and now we’re posting it in March 2019! Hope you enjoy it.

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Tesla’s Tower at Wardenclyffe, New York circa 1904

“Be alone, that is the secret of invention;
be alone, that is when ideas are born.”
– Nikola Tesla



 

THE JOSHWILLTRAVEL BLOG ARCHIVES!

THE JOSHWILLTRAVEL BLOG ARCHIVES!

Here are “The JoshWillTravel Blog Archives”
our previous Blog Posts links organized by year and month:

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The JoshWillTravel Blog – Established February 2013

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Super Bowl Sunday 2019!

Super Bowl Sunday 2019!

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Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, Georgia

February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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CURRENT ODDS: The Patriots are favored by 2-1/2 points, with an Over-Under of 56.5

The Patriots have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter in 8 previous Super Bowl appearances! New England has only scored 3 first-quarter points in the 8 previous Super Bowl games! They have been shut out in the first-quarter every Super Bowl except for last year against the Philadelphia Eagles, when they kicked a field goal.

C.J. Anderson, the Rams star Runningback, has an old tendency to fumble under pressure. Jared Goff is the youngest Quarterback to play in the big game. Will “Super Bowl Nerves” be a major factor in the Rams’ game play?

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NOTE: This game is billed as a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, played in 2002.
First-year quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams quarterbacked by Kurt Warner 20-17 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Colin Kaepernick Takes A Knee!

1) Take A Knee protest = Cops please stop killing unarmed African Americans,
2) Racist NFL owners won’t hire Colin Kaepernick as QB for starting the protest,
3) Racist propaganda targeting Colin Kaepernick hits the internet,
4) Nike hires Colin Kaepernick and angry racists burn Nike merchandise
Trump condemned Colin Kaepernick and other players joining the protest, incorrectly claiming they are protesting the national anthem and the American flag…
the discussion is over. The persecution is RACIST. The belittling of an African-American sports figure for political gain based in hatred is what this is about. Dividing the country is what this is about. Hate for a person of color is what this is about. That’s all.
FU LYIN’ DONNY!

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“THE FIX IS IN!” Rams-Saints Pass Interference “No-Call”
“whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post-game, it’s never a good outcome for us.” ~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

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Rams – Saints Pass Interference “No-Call” on January 20, 2019

The NFL’s Senior VP of Officiating Al Riveron spoke to New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton after the game and said that pass interference should have been called against Rams’ defenseman Nickell Robey-Coleman for the early hit on Saints’ receiver Tommylee Lewis. Robey-Coleman was fined for an illegal hit, but Commissioner Roger Goodell did not overturn the result of the game or order all or part of the game to be replayed.

“Listen, we understand the frustration of the fans. I’ve talked to coach Payton. The team, the players, we understand the frustration they feel right now, and we certainly want to address that” ~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

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Tom Brady is 41 years old. Jared Goff is 24 years old. If the Patriots win, Brady will become the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, a record currently held by Peyton Manning (he was 39 in 2016 when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers).

 

“He became a man the day of the greatest game he ever played. Everything he ever knew about common decency and morality he learned that day in December from Alan “The Horse” Ameche; and today in the Superbowl he would earn his wings. The crowd had assembled; a crowd of America’s elite. Toyata salesmen from all around the country—orientals and even those suspected of being orientals—stacked on the thirty yard line watching him sweat and wipe caked blood from his face. The Gallow brothers—Ernest and Julio—party guys who had skinned a few Mexicans and forced them to carry them on their shoulders down to the pre-game tailgate parties at the colosseum. The Pepsi and Coca Cola bottlers of America—Coke adds life; It’s the real thing—bombarded by missiles; flying flaming matchbook covers. The waterheads from General Motors up in the top seats where they belong; getting the worst of the pollution. All sorts of weird motherf*ckers were at the game.”

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Gladys Knight performed the national anthem beautifully at Super Bowl 53. The seven-time Grammy Award winner and Atlanta native is best known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends are For”. There were rumors that she might be joined by The Pips, but that didn’t happen.

2019 Halftime Show: Maroon 5 w/guests Travis Scott and Big Boi (TOTALLY SUCKED!) MORE CONTROVERSY! The Colin Kaepernick Scandal causes big name artists to say NO. Maroon 5 is targeted for saying yes. Just remember, it’s all about the MONEY.

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GO RAMS!

COIN TOSS: Heads or Tails?
The Patriots call “Heads”, the Rev. King flips the coin, and it lands “TAILS”.
The Rams win the coin toss. They choose to defer and kick off to the Patriots.

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The Super Bowl PARTY is the real thing!
The game may suck, and it did this year, but the party can still be reallyfun!

ON THE MENU: Chili w/cheese and chopped onions, Crudité: celery, carrots, and cucumber w/ranch dressing; Fruit: watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries w/whipped cream; Tortilla chips and fresh made guacamole, BBQ potato chips, lightly salted peanuts, M&Ms (peanut and pretzel), Cream Soda, and Iced Espresso.

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We made a pot of chili in the morning and had some for breakfast. Then we went to the market and bought our party supplies. We came home and prepped the food and then enjoyed the pre-game telecast and Super Bowl Sunday pre-party food and fun.

 

The game was really boring. The Patriots led 3-0 at halftime. The halftime show was terrible. The commercials were pretty bad, with only a couple of exceptions.
Not much to say about the commentary or pre-show. (F*ck Trump and his soft interview)
CBS’s visual coverage of the game was good. They had lots of cameras, effects, and no technical difficulties to speak of, but again the game was really boring.

The Rams were out-coached and out-played, but managed to stay in the game until the 4th quarter, when the Patriots finally scored a touchdown and then sealed the win with a an interception and field goal. FINAL SCORE: Patriots 13, Rams 3 (B-O-R-I-N-G)

Sad ending for a sad football season, marred by racial and political issues, and too many BAD F*CKING CALLS AND “NO CALLS” by the officials. The recent rule changes have hurt the game and the judgement calls by the referees have raised a lot of questions…..

Would it have been a better game if the Patriots beat the New Orleans Saints?

“Super Sunday. Dawn. My recollections of the last twelve hours are very dim. All that I know for certain is that shortly after I checked in, two third-world drug abusers disguised as hotel employees forced their way into my room; ransacked it, drank all my liquor, did all my drugs, stole my dinner. If the security precautions aren’t beefed up at this hotel; I’m looking for safer accommodations. It’s a sad state of affairs when this reporter has to go heavily armed to breakfast.”

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“We also know our officials are human, we also know that they’re officiating a game that moves very quickly and have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances,” he said. “And they’re not going to get it every time. As I say, they’re human.”
~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (10 days after the game)

THE FIX IS IN! (again)
Penalties called against the Rams: 12
Penalties called against the Patriots: 3
TOO MANY “NO CALLS!” Holding much? The Patriots 4th quarter Touchdown drive:

 

 

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FLASHBACK! The Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl 50! GO BRONCOS!

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Los Angeles Rams players Aqib Talib, C.J. Anderson, and Coach Wade Phillips are ex-Denver Broncos.

THIS JUST IN: In his first year of eligibility, cornerback Champ Bailey became the first Denver Broncos defensive player in history to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played the final 10 seasons of his 15-year career with the Broncos and was a four-time first-team All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was also elected to the Hall’s Class of 2019. He is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos . The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984.
CONGRATULATIONS CHAMP, PAT AND THE BOWLEN FAMILY!

 

Time to watch “Where The Buffalo Roam” again.

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Happy Year of the Pig!
Happy Lunar New Year!

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Happy Year of the Pig 2019!

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

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Chinese New Year 2019 is February 5th in the USA!
Happy Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig!

“Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life.
They have a lot of support in both work and life.
They have fortunate lives and can find happiness.
They are successful later in life.
However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.”

Most compatible with a Pig: Tiger, Rabbit and Goat
Least compatible with a Pig: Snake and Monkey

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HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL 2019!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL!
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Preparations for the new year begin on January 28th and last until New Years Eve.
Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th and ends on February 19th.
Lantern Festival preparations begin on the February 16th, and it is held on the 19th.

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Red pockets, hóng bāo, are red envelopes filled with lucky money!

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

“Worldwide peace” (天下太平—tiān xià tài píng)
“Longevity and fortune” (千秋万岁—qiān qiū wàn suì)
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Scare the Demons away! Do you have your red underwear ready?

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats!

The name of the kumquat fruit comes from its Cantonese pronunciation gam kwat, which translates literally to “golden tangerine.”
The sweet fruit represents wealth and good fortune.

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The Pig is the twelfth of the Chinese zodiac animals. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided the zodiac by the order in which each animal arrived to a party. The Pig was late because he overslept, arrived last and ended up number twelve.

The Pig is yin. The Pig is associated with the Earth element and the hours 9–11 at night.
Pigs are a symbol of wealth. Fat faces and big ears are also signs of good fortune.

 

Recent past years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007
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UNSOLICITED HITS!

 

Yes, we just passed 95000 Hits!

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Every year we build a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post.
Please check out our past Blog Posts:

2018 – Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year-2018/
2017 – Year of the Red Fire Rooster
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/happy-chinese-new-year-2017/
2016 – Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/happy-chinese-new-year-2016/
2015 – Year of the Green Wood Goat/Ram/Sheep
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year/
2014 – Year of the Green Wood Horse 
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year/

People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during a Chinese New Year eve celebration at Chinatown in Manila

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Good Fortune is Here!

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Getting ready for the Super Bowl!
Don’t worry, the Government shutdown will resume after the super commercial.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is February 3rd. GO RAMS!

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“It’s A Small World After All”

“It’s A Small World After All”

Robert B. Sherman RIP December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012
Richard M. Sherman Born June 12, 1928 –

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The Sherman Brothers were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history!

The Sherman Brothers began writing songs together on a challenge from their songwriter father, Al Sherman. In 1958, Al Sherman founded the music publishing company, Music World Corporation, and later worked with Disney’s BMI publishing arm, Wonderland Music Company. Also in 1958, the Sherman Brothers had their first Top Ten hit with “Tall Paul”, sung by Annette Funicello. And then Walt Disney hired the Sherman Brothers as Staff Songwriters for Walt Disney Studios. They worked directly for Walt Disney until his death in 1966.

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In the 60’s, while working for Walt Disney, the Sherman Brothers wrote two songs for the Disney Pavilions at the 1964 New York World’s Fair: “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” for the GE’s “Carousel of Progress” and “It’s a Small World” for Bank of America.

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“It’s A Small World” at Disneyland USA

NOTE: The Sherman Brothers also wrote songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Slipper and the Rose, The Parent Trap, Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte’s Web, and many others. In 1965, they won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins – the Best Original Score, which included “Feed The Birds”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the Best Original Song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”

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“It’s A Small World” Original Concept Art by Mary Blair

Walt Disney’s Private Office in Burbank, California (thanks for the great pics Craig!):

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FROM A POST BY JEFFREY SHERMAN (Robert Sherman’s son):

As I’ve posted before, Dad and Dick wrote Small World while the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on. If you listen to the lyrics, it’s the Sherman Brothers reminding us all that…

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,
It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears,
There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all.
There is just one moon and one golden sun and a smile means friendship to everyone…
You know the rest.

Part of Dad’s great inspiration for this song was Martin Luther King. Dad thought he was magnificent and was surely influenced by MLK’s speeches and wisdom.
Because of his closeness with the Sherman Brothers and to thank them for writing these iconic songs, Walt flew my mom and dad and Dick and his wife out to New York on his private plane.
While they were there, Dad and Mom were driven on a golf cart through the yet-to-be opened fairgrounds. Dad spotted Martin Luther walking through the park and tapped his driver to abruptly stop.
To mom’s horror, Dad leapt out of the golf cart, limped with his cane (he was shot in the knee while a US GI in Germany WWII) as fast as he could to go over and shake the hand of the great man he so admired. Dad was like that.
As he approached Dr. King, out of nowhere, according to my mom, a team of huge bodyguards merged on this apparently crazy man with a stick who looked to be assaulting the great civil rights leader. Mom jumped off the golf cart and shouted, “It’s okay! He’s a songwriter!”
Dad was restrained a moment, till the truth came out. Shaking Dr. King’s hand was one of Dad’s most cherished memories.
At 19, my father, you see, had been the first US GI in to liberate Dachau prison camp. He was also the only Jew in this squad. Dad saw firsthand what prejudice and bigotry wielded and for the rest of his life devoted himself to righting that wrong, and other darkness through his uplifting creativity. “To bring happiness to people.”
This weekend, as we honor and remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King, I feel his message, and the Sherman Brothers words are more pertinent than ever before in this country.

“I have a dream…”

“There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone…”
We should build bridges, not walls. We should welcome not repel. We are all humans who can help each other and coexist on this planet. There’s no reason for hate.
Smile at a stranger this weekend. Lend a hand where you can. Be kind. Forgive.
And then we will heal. Then we find peace.
Have a lovely weekend.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

Jeffrey Sherman

 

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The “It’s A Small World” original vinyl LP album with cover art by Mary Blair, was recorded near the site of the Watts riots. The Disneyland Boys Choir was actually the St Charles Borromeo Church Boy’s Choir from North Hollywood, California, conducted by Grammy-nominated Paul Salamunovich KCSG (RIP June 7, 1927 – April 3, 2014). They also performed on television in the Dinah Shore Chevy Special, The Lucy Show, and in films and on the soundtrack of The Godfather.

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“It’s A Small World” Inside at Disneyland USA

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More Art by Mary Blair

The Sherman Brothers received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd) on November 17, 1976.

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They also wrote “You’re Sixteen” for Ringo Starr

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It’s the most performed song of all time!

And this too:
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Stan Lee RIP

Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber) 1922-2018 RIP
Comic book writer, editor, and publisher.
Editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later the publisher and chairman.

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EXCELSIOR!
Stan Lee (the Man) has died at age 95.
Thanks for the imagination and entertainment!
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
“Nuff said.”

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Sold my entire collection in the late 1990s. Mostly Marvel runs of X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Defenders, Daredevil, Conan, Amazing Spiderman, and many more titles. Stan Lee was a childhood hero, long before there were any big budget movies. Still have a couple boxes here at the home office, some random books, a few collectors issues and 3 “Giant-Size” issues.

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Still have a few books in the office….

Stan Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx (New York) in the 1930s.
3rd row from bottom, 3rd from the left:

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1930s: DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx

He began his comic book career as an office assistant and inkwell filler, at Timely Comics in New York in 1939 before it was renamed Marvel Comics. He served in World War II and returned to his job after the war.

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1940s: Stan Lee in World War II – Assignment: “Playwright”

Beginning in the 1960s, Stan “The Man” Lee wrote a monthly column “Stan’s Soapbox” in Marvel’s Bullpen Bulletins. He ended each column with the catchphrase “Excelsior!” and it became his trademark motto. Written in 1968:

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“He’s a comics legend, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When Marvel sold to Disney in 2010 for $4 billion, he personally pocketed a cool $10 million, and tours the world as its ambassador emeritus.” – Mark Ebner, Daily Beast

It was well known that Stan Lee has made a cameo appearance in every Marvel production (film, television, animation, etc.):

Stan Lee’s favorite appearance was as himself in Kevin Smith’s film “Mallrats”:

[Upon meeting Stan Lee]
Brodie : The Thing! Is his dork made out of orange rock like the rest of his body?
Stan Lee : I don’t know. It’s a superhero secret.

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“Mallrats” starring Stan Lee!

Stan Lee’s final published essay appeared as the introduction to the book We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust, by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe (IDW / Yoe Books, 2018). We Spoke Out features Holocaust-related comic book stories, with superheroes from Marvel: Captain America, the X-Men and Captain Marvel.

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Introduction and Afterword by Stan Lee

Stan Lee died with an estimated worth (in dollars) of $50 – $70 million!
He is survived by his daughter JC Lee and a “questions of elder abuse” and mismanagement of his finances and other business affairs…..

November 16th – Statement from Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment:
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“With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

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“The Grateful Dead enjoyed a relationship with Marvel over the years thanks in part to Jerry Garcia’s love of comic books.” – Mickey Hart
In 1995 they used the characters for some of their backstage passes:

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

HAPPY 4th OF JULY! 70000 Hits!

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CELEBRATE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!
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The Book Find Club (1946)

The Book Find Club (1946)

Found this mailer card in an old book.

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The Book Find Club (1946):

In The Cultural Front, Michael Denning identifies the Book Find Club as a Popular Front institution. Its eclectic selection of books in 1946 covered the left side of the political spectrum from New Deal liberal to Stalinist. It also included books by writers not considered particularly political and was heavy on political exposes.
Its founder, George Braziller, fits the profile of the “proletarian intellectual.” He was a decade younger than most of the cohort and forced to drop out of high school in the tenth grade during the Depression. When he started the book club in 1940, he was 24 and working as a shipping clerk. According to an article on book clubs by John K, Hutchens that ran on the front page of the New York Times Book Review on March 31, Braziller’s initial capitalization was $25 and an inventory of remaindered books. By 1946 his club had 70,000 members and his eye for books allowed him to guarantee publishers a sale of 60,000 for the titles he chose, according to Hutchens. He would rent the plates and then manufacture his own editions, keeping costs very low. The article noted that he was offering his May selection, Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Jackson to members at $1.35, less than half the price of the Little, Brown trade edition.
The April selection was Theodore Dreiser’s novel The Bulwark about the deleterious effects of material success on a Philadelphia Quaker family. It had been published posthumously. Dreiser was definitely to the left politically and John Howard Lawson, cultural commissar of the Hollywood wing of the Party, claimed to have won his deathbed return to the Communist Party, which he had left some years earlier. This week The Bulwark was on the Times best seller list although most critics agreed it was not the equal of the author’s best works.
Braziller had served in the Army in Europe. According to his later recollections his first postwar choice for the club was Arthur Miller’s novel Focus, the club’s February selection. This story about anti-Semitism was a first novel from Miller, who would soon become a famous playwright. At this time Miller was very active in left-wing cultural groups like Stage For Action. Charles Poore in the above linked New York Times review found the novel more a lecture on Antisemitism than a satisfying work of fiction. The display ad that ran in the Times for the club edition offered new members the additional free choice of one of the other recent club selections. They included:
Cross Section 1945, an anthology edited by Edwin Seaver of previously unpublished novelettes, stories and poems by 35 American authors. Cross Section came out annually between 1943 and 1948. Seaver was also an editor at Direction, a member of the literary left, a writer and advocate of the proletarian novel.
These Are the Russians a sympathetic but balanced profile of the Russian people by Michael Lauterbach, who had been the Time magazine Moscow correspondent in 1943 to 1944 after the Soviet defeat of the German Army. Here is the Time review.
A dual selection of The Folded Leaf, a critically hailed novel by New Yorker editor William Maxwell, identified in the ad as a coming of age story of a “sensitive boy” and Dark Legend, a true story by psychiatrist Frederick Wortham of a 17 year old who murdered his mother. The Folded Leaf is still in print. Wortham was famous for his later attacks on comic books as a cause of violent behavior in impressionable children.
The Plot Against the Peace was a piece of left wing political paranoia by Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn that warned that Nazis with friends in high places in the US were setting plans in motion for a third world war that would return them to power in Europe. This scenario was promulgated as fact at many meetings of the Far Left in 1946. This was the Stalinist conspiracy theory to counter the Right Wing conspiracy theory that saw the Communists running the State Department. Essentially it suspected anyone who criticized Stalin or the Soviet Union ‘s foreign policy of being in on the Fascist plot.
An ad that ran in May noted that among the books that had been Book Find selections in the past were:
Strange Fruit, Southern writer Lillian Smith’s controversial 1944 novel about an interracial affair. Jose Ferrer had directed a stage adaptation of the novel that had closed in January after a brief run on Broadway.
Undercover by John Roy Carlson (the pen name of Avedia Derounian) was an expose of anti-Semitism in the isolationist movement. Selections had appeared in several magazines before it was published as a book. Carlson’s investigation had been sponsored by the Friends of Democracy, a church group that sought to expose extremism on both sides of the political spectrum, and the Anti-Defamation League. Carlson had posed as a pro-fascist, anti-Semitic Italian-American and infiltrated a number of America First groups. His book linked the anti-Semites to several isolationist Senators and congressmen who retaliated by demanding that Derounian and the sponsoring groups be investigated as un-American. It was the top non-fiction best seller of 1944. In 1946 writing again as John Roy Carlson, Derounian published The Plotters. His brother Steven Derounian was a conservative Republican congressman from Long Island during the Nixon era and ardent supporter of Barry Goldwater.
George Washington Carver, a biography by Rackham Holt, was an uncritical hagiography that was published in 1943, the year the educator died, and helped enshrine his image in the postwar world.
Argentine Diary: The Inside Story of the Coming of Fascism was by Ray Josephs who had been a gossip columnist and news magazine stringer in Buenos Aires, While living in Argentina, he befriended a young actress, Eva Duarte, who became better known as Evita Peron. He used his inside connections to report on the political turmoil inside this ostensibly neutral country. He later became a prominent PR exec.
The Cross and the Arrow was a 1944 novel by screenwriter Albert Maltz about a Gestapo investigation of a minor act of sabotage in a small German village. In 1946 Maltz would become an unintentional center of controversy among his fellow Communists. In the February issue of New Masses he had written an article meant to be a refutation of the cultural policies of the recently deposed party leader Earl Browder. However, the article seemed to imply that Communist writers should have greater artistic freedom than they had under Browder. This greatly infuriated the rigidly Stalinist Party leadership. Maltz was subjected to a reeducation session conducted by John Howard Lawson and the rest of his Hollywood cell for daring to even suggest such a thing. Fully chastened, he recanted in an article published in both New Masses and the Daily Worker that April. Lawson’s group, including Maltz, became known as the Hollywood Ten when they were dragged before HUAC and then imprisoned for failing to cooperate with the committee.

The Book Find Club was one of many niche book clubs in the Forties that sought to emulate, on a smaller scale. the success of Book-of-the-Month Club and the Literary Guild. Book clubs accounted for much of book sales in 1946, particularly outside the major cities. Their influence extended well beyond their membership since club promotions usually turned their selections into top sellers in bookstores and department stores as well. The Book Find Club was among the more financially successful alternative clubs. In 1948 it had a big hit with Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead.

In 1955 Braziller, having sold the club to Time-Life, went on to found George Braziller Inc., a highly prestigious publishing firm known particularly for its books on art and architecture and for the acclaimed international writers in its stable.

(Taken from the interweb> In Progress New York City April 1946)

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Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!
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Friday, February 16 is the Beginning of the Lunar New Year & Spring Festival

2018 is the Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog!
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The Lantern Festival is on March 2nd and is the climax of the new year celebration.

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances, lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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2018 is time to overcome obstacles and will be a challenge year for many people.
Take extra effort to reach your destination and use your wisdom to find a better way.
Consider necessity before spending money.
2018 will be a good year to save and increase your wealth.

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Happy Year of the Brown Male Yang Earth Dog!
He’s such a good boy!

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