CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

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AND NOW WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
Coronavirus cases reported as of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST:

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST

THIS IS NOT “BUSINESS AS USUAL”
and THIS IS NOT “THE NEW NORMAL”
The “media frenzy” is driving public panic and panic buying. 24/7 Coronavirus!
The amount of stupid sh*t coming from celebrities on TV/Twitter is unbelievable!
The morning “news” is having “haha” fun with this disaster and shilling for Trump.
He lies. He lies all the time. They broadcast soundbites that make him look good.
Fox News is trying to put a positive spin on the pandemic, comparing it to the flu,
(like it’s no big deal) and ALWAYS shilling for Trump….

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:15pm PST

THE STOCK MARKET (Dow Jones) DROPPED 3000 POINTS MONDAY (that’s 13%)!
The Stock Market dropped 2200 points at the open and trading was immediately suspended! It was another really bad day on Wall Street,
the biggest one day loss in history…. you might even call it “HISTORIC”
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And then there was another Press Conference…..
(remember how he praised the stock market on Friday, Saturday & Sunday?)

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“WHITE WASHING”

The longer Trump talked, the more the stock market dropped on Monday!
And why do all the doctors behind him look really scared?
But, someone must have slapped him awake, because he didn’t mumble today.
3000 points! Hannity and his Money Men must have called.
He said “maybe a recession” and BOOM. (Someone must have spanked him!)
“It’s not under control” and BOOM. And then more incoherent rambling.
MORE LIES, MORE PATTING HIMSELF ON THE BACK, MORE THANK YOUS,
and “We’re going to have a big celebration.” BOOM!

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They’re talking economic relief for the airlines, hotel and cruise companies,
even the casinos are asking for a government bailout today!
Bars, clubs, restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses are closing.
Some won’t be back. Some will be bankrupt. Employees won’t get paid.
There weren’t any retail executives or corporate shills at the conference today.

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And California is closed, Washington is closed,
Oregon is closed, New York is closed, and more states are closed.
Curfews, Executive Orders, State and Local Regulations for the Public Good!
San Francisco is on LOCKDOWN for 3 weeks! People can’t even go outside.
MGM and other hotel/casinos in Las Vegas have closed, but some are still open!
(Open: Caesars Resorts, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian/Palazzo and the Strat)
Walt Disney World had a big closing night party with a huge crowd! BOOOOOO!
Ohio Health Dept cancelled the Tuesday Primary Election – postponed until June!
Canada and Europe instituted TRAVEL BANS (but not on US Citizens of course).
The Royal Shakespeare Company cancelled all shows! (London, Stratford & touring)
The 146th Kentucky Derby postponed from May 2nd to September 5th, 2020!
Most everyone else cancelled or postponed events today, if they hadn’t already yet.
Trump ordered “health screenings” at the major airports without a plan!
Huge Crowds! People were lined up for hours at the airports in close proximity! 

AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS CRISIS!

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Norway Throwing Shade at the United States Health System!

*Mitt Romney thinks each adult American should receive a one-time payment of $1000 for economic relief and stability during the Coronavirus emergency.*

CHARTS and GRAPHS! (because a picture speaks a thousand words)

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THIS IS VERY SCARY! STAY THE F*CK HOME!

How many people should be allowed to gather together?
1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, and now 10. The number should be ZERO!
Anyone you contact might already be infected!
The Coronavirus is contagious before the host shows symptoms!
Nobody has been tested…. unless they’re already really sick!
You might just get a mild case, but you might infect someone who might die.
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!

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STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!

There are more than 4500 reported cases of Coronavirus and 87 people have died in the United States of America. 48 of the deceased are from the state of Washington. 

 

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MONDAY NIGHT AT THE HOME OFFICE!
Rainy day in Los Angeles and everything is closed. F*ck, we don’t want to go out.
Tuesday is actually DAY SIX of our self-isolation!
We had a general appointment at the hospital last Wednesday and there were a lot of sick people there, and that was a week ago. We decided to social distance ourself after that experience, and have only been out twice since to pick up food and run an errand.
Monday night we cooked dinner.
On The Menu: Big pot of chili, served with cheese, chopped onion, tortilla chips and a raw veggie plate, with cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink – stay home, stay healthy!

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Big Pot of Chili with Beans on Monday Night

Social Distancing
Trapped in my peoplebox
I am so alone

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p.s. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th!
(get drunk at home with your friends on the interweb)

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“I’m a Leprecaun!”

March 18 – World Sleep Day
March 19First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox)
“Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
and National Corn Dog Day!
March 20 – International Day of Happiness
and National Alien Abductions Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day (READ OUR HAIKU BLOGS!)
Happy Birthday Benito Juarez!
March 22 – World Water Day
March 23 – National Puppy Day!
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“The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” – The Doors

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STAY THE FUCK HOME!

It’s not the Zombie Apocalypse!
PLEASE STOP HOARDING. PLEASE STOP PANIC BUYING!

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WHO BOUGHT ALL THE TOILET PAPER? AND WHY?

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“Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”

“Oscar, Oscar!”
The 92nd Academy Awards 2020

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“It’s a wonderful night for Oscar,
Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”

 

 

 

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Live on ABC TELEVISION at 8pm EST
from the Hollywood&Highland Entertainment Complex
and the KODAK DOLBY Theatre in Hollywood!

NO HOST! (again)
Why? Billy Crystal wasn’t available?

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Oscar’s full name is “the Academy Award of Merit”

The first Academy Awards was held in May, 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and on ABC television in 1953.

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WINTER STORM WARNING!
Yes, it does rain in Southern California.
And it’s raining on the Red Carpet at the Oscars today!
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WHO WILL WIN BEST DIRECTOR? – winner: Bong Joon-Ho “Parasite”
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon-Ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”

 

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WHICH FILM WILL WIN BEST PICTURE? – winner: “Parasite”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
“Marriage Story”
“Parasite”
“1917”

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Angelina Jolie on the Red Carpet

“It’s your big night Oscar,
What a sight Oscar,
Tomorrow’s stars and stars from way back when,
So, keep your speeches tight fellas,
We’d like to finish by tonight fellas,
On behalf of the Academy,
A billion people tuning in to see,
Little Oscar’s turning ninety-two tonight.”

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Louis B. Mayer July 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957

Louis B. Mayer co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios in 1924, and for 30 years, he was the most powerful producer and studio executive in Hollywood.

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#MeToo

Accused rapist Harvey Weinstein is one of the most award-winning producers in history. Films he was involved in at Miramax and The Weinstein Co. won 81 Academy Awards and (in 2015) he was second only to Steven Spielberg in the number of times thanked in Oscar acceptance speeches. Weinstein was expelled from the Academy, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry following numerous sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations going public last year. The Academy’s Board of Governors voted in an emergency meeting to remove Weinstein and said in a statement:
“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

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“It’s time for Oscar to take center stage,
This guy’s had work done, he never shows his age,
He’s ninety-two now, but still all the rage,
That’s why the Oscar, that is why the Oscar,
That’s why Oscar is a champ!

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The Streaker at the Oscars!

Robert Opel a conceptual artist, photographer, gallery owner, teacher, and gay rights activist “streaked” the Academy Awards on live television. He ran onstage nude flashing a peace sign at the 46th award ceremony in 1974.

David Niven, the Host of the show (interrupted while introducing Elizabeth Taylor):
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen…. Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”

After running offstage, Opel put on a jumpsuit and blended in with the reporters. When he was caught, he wasn’t arrested, he was taken backstage and gave a press conference.

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We like Sally Field!

“And I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.”
– Sally Field accepting the Best Actress Academy Award in 1985 for “Places in the Heart”
(She also won a Best Actress Oscar for “Norma Rae” in 1980)

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Francis Ford Coppola

“Who knows who will win the Oscar,
Only Price-Waterhouse can say,
So, if you want the answers…
…May I have the envelope please!”

Accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers count all the ballots, oversee Academy elections (as well as the Oscars) and they also do the Academy’s taxes.
The Academy has used sealed envelopes to protect the names of the winners since 1941.

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Julia Phillips, Producer & Author April 7, 1944 – January 1, 2002

Julia Phillips was the first female producer to win an Academy Award for Best Picture for “The Sting” in 1974. And at age twenty-nine, at the time, she was also the youngest person to win an Oscar for Best Picture. She also produced “Taxi Driver” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” with her husband Michael Phillips. In 1991, she wrote the book “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again” a revealing tell-all memoir about her experiences in Hollywood.

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The Red Carpet coverage on ABC SUCKED!
Who thought Billy Porter would be a good host/interviewer?

LIVE BLOGGING THE OSCARS 2020! (and we’ll finish editing later)
“Oscar, Oscar! Who will win?”

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Popcorn Time!

Big commercial for Marvel’s “Black Widow”
Sunday 5pm PST

The Opening Number –  Janell Monae PLEASE GET BACK ON THE STAGE.
And more Billy Porter…. and celebrity audience participation too.
Singing. Dancing. Pyro effects. Hip Hop dancers in funky costumes.
They’re so excited. It was actually kinda lame.

Steve Martin and Chris Rock (ex-Oscar Hosts) do the opening mono dialogue.
Chris Rock “Jeff Bezos is so rich” jokes. Chris and Steve joke about the nominees.
Chris Rock: “Cynthia Erivo did such a good job hiding Black people in Harriet, The Academy got her to hide all the Black nominees.”OSCAR SO WHITE DIG
Steve Martin (to under the stage): “Eddie, I loved you in Dolemite!”

The Best Supporting Actor montage
Brad Pitt wins as expected for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”.
And Brad starts by calling out the GOP Senate!
(He gets more time than John Bolton did last week!)
Shoutout to Quentin Tarantino. Shoutout to Stunt Coordinators and Stunt People!

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Brad Pitt – Best Supporting Actor!

cut to: commercials
Cadillac w/Regina King, Rolex, M&Ms, Samsung folding phone,
Postmates, Verizon, ABC promo “For Life”

Beanie Feldstein intros
Mindy Kaling presenting Best Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 4” wins. Cut to Robert Iger smiling.
And Best Animated Short Film too.
“Hair Love” wins. Did you see it?
Hooray for positive representation of African Americans!
Normalize Black Hair! Political mention of the Crown Act.

Josh Gad introduces Idina Menzel “Into The Unknown” Best Song performance
with foreign language singers/performers (but no subtitles)

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cut to: commercials
Disney+, TurboTax (do not attempt), M&Ms, Hulu promo, …… dogs were barking,
Mercedes Benz, Park MGM Las Vegas, Spectrum Mobile

Kelly Marie Tran and Questlove intros
Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves (“the power of a good script”)
Best Original Screenplay – clips with subtitles! and a translator for “Parasite”
“Parasite” wins.  “Great honor” and speeches in Japanese (with a translator)

Natalie Portman and some kid? (Timothy Chalamet) present Best Adapted Screenplay
WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT HITLER? and then “Jojo Rabbit” wins.
NOTE: He says that the Shoah foundation and families of Holocaust survivors
approved of the film and that Mel Brooks liked it.

Shia Lebeof and Zach, a special needs individual disabled guy from the film “Peanut Butter”, present Best Live Action Short Film
“The Neighbor’s Window” wins. Guy nobody knows makes a speech about his mom.
Marshall Curry Productions: watch it now for FREE at http://www.theneighborswindow.com

cut to: commercials
Verizon (gay son accepted by family!), McDonald’s, Cadillac,
unfunnt ABC promo for “The Conners” Live

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig “ACTING!” (funny pissed off – “That was an act.”)
Best Production Design – and the clips didn’t really show any serious production design
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” wins.
A tribute to the Sweeney Sisters! They sing a funny little Best Costume Design duet.
“Little Women” wins. Jacqueline Durran’s speech was short and sweet and British.

Another Best Song performance.
Musical Number (but that’s not Lizzo) without introduction….

NOTE: There were a lot of weird pauses and dead moments during the live broadcast mostly before the transitions and commercial breaks, so was it caused by technical stuff or just by the technical director?

cut to: commercials
Quibi (black woman President), Natalie Portman for Miss Dior, Verizon/Apple iPhone11, Google (film locations), ABC promo The Bachelor (funny Ghost tribute with Whoopee!)

Best Documentary Feature Film presentation (looked like another ABC promo)
Mark Ruffalo presents the clips without any description of the films
“American Factory” wins. Bald woman and man from Ohio. “Go Buckeyes!”
(Cancer survivor) Shout out to the other Documentary nominees!
The Obamas’ company Higher Ground wins an Oscar for their first production!
Best Documentary Short Film
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re A Girl)” wins.
Lesbian name dropping Frank Capra! “Four decades in this business”
Shoutout to girls! Shoutout to Girl Crew! Hooray Lesbians!

Mahershala Ali presents Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern wins for “Marriage Story”! BIG CONGRATULATIONS!
We worked with her on HBO’s “Afterburn” in 1991-92
Shoutout to her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.
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cut to commercials:
Cadillac (with Regina King), M&Ms, Indeed (hooray for the janitor), Hulu promo “Little Fires Everywhere”, FX on Hulu promo Mrs America (with Cate Blanchett). Disneyland/Walt Disney World Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, Mercedes Benz GLC

Anthony Ramos who? Oh, from “Hamilton” (no wonder we don’t know hime) intros
Lin Manuel Miranda intros the Song Montage: clips from Risky Business, Rocky, Breakfast Club, Say Anything, Purple Rain, Titanic, The Bodyguard, Ghost, La Bamba, Almost Famous, Waynes World, Slumdog Millionaire, Footloose, The Graduate, Moulin Rouge, Do The Right Thing, Back To The Future, Reservoir Dogs, Deliverance, and 8 Mile.

Eminem rises to the stage!
“Lose Yourself In The Music The Moment” Rap performance time. (censored)
And the Hollywood crowd goes wild. But WTF is he doing here?

cut to: commercials
McDonald’s, “NO.” Discover, Quibi, Biktarvy (HIV medicine with gay kiss), “YES. Discover, ABC promo Modern Family, ABC promo For Life

Oscar Issac and Selma Hayek-(married name) present
Best Sound Editing – SPOILER ALERT for all the films!
“Ford v Ferrari” Donald Sylvester wins.
“probably the last film made by 20th Century Fox”
Shout out to James Mangold the director – “should have been nominated”
Best Sound Mixing – “1917” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson win.
Thank yous and a shout out to Sam Mendes.

“Toy Story 4” Best Song performance
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” by Randy Newman on a Steinway & Sons piano.
Robert Iger approves. Randy Newman is really old.

cut to: commercials
Kinder Bueno chocolate bar, Microsoft Surface, Quibi, BMW Grand Coup 2, Hulu promo Motherland, Honda, ABC promo After The Awards

Questlove, Rap (freestyle) performance recap of the show so far by Indian Guy (you don’t know….

Will Ferrell and Julia Louie-Dreyfus present Best Cinematography – HAHAHAHAHA!
“1917” (of course) Roger Deakins thanks everyone and a shout out to Sam Mendes.
and Best Film Editing “Ford v Ferrari” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Thank yous (some in Spanish) and shout out to James Mangold
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Academy President David Rubin – The Academy Museum is almost open!
Intro Tom Hanks! Tom introduces the Academy Museum at Fairfax and Wilshire.
Opens December 2020 Tom Hanks: “I am Spartacus”

cut to: commercials
Rolex, M&Ms, Capital One Eno, The 1619 Project (slavery), Cadillac, ABC promo For Life

Sessy Bates intros The Oscars music director
Cynthia Erivo “Stand Up” Best Song Performance from “Harriet” big musical number

cut to: commercials
Apple iPhone 11 Verizon, Quibi, Facebook (groups with Chris Rock and Sylvester Stallone), NatGeo promo Aretha Franklin, Lexus, Delta AMEX (Cadillac Ranch daughter), ABC promo News and Jimmy Kimmel

Rebel Wilson and James Corden in their bad “Cats” costumes and makeup! HAHAHAHAHA! Presenting Best Visual Effects! Playing with the microphone stand!
“1917” wins. Thank you Sam Mendes. Thank you.
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Ray Romano and Sandra Oh present Best Makeup and Hair
Ray Romano: “And I’m Charlize Theron” Best Joke! HAHAHAHAHA
“Bombshell” wins.“Thank you, it’s a great honor.” Shout out to Charlize!
(and they play off/cut the other two winners without letting them speech)

cut to: commercials
Cadillac (parkour stunts and driving), Colgate, NCL – Norwegian Cruise Line, Kellogg’s Special K, Verizon (immigrant family connecting), ABC promo GMA – Good Morning America

Penelope Cruz v.o. (shoutouts Pedro Almodovar and Fellini) with montage
Penelope presents Best International Feature Film to “Parasite” of course. Thank you great honor, Japanese translator shoutout to the new name of the category and all the actors and crew members from the film in the audience.
“I’m ready to drink tonight…until the next morning.”

Elton John! Best Song performance from “Rocketman” on a red Yamaha piano

cut to: commercials
M&Ms, FX Network (give you a headache) promo, ABC promo American Idol “Tiny Dancer” “Almost Famous” ripoff Ryan Seacrest driving the bus, Mercedes Benz GLS SUV, Spectrum, Disneyland/Walt Disney World Rise of the Resistance (again)

Taika Waititi – Shoutout to  the Native American Tribes of Los Angeles
Lunch awards last week you didn’t see. Wes Studi and Geena Davis

Gal Gadot, Sigourney Weaver, and Brie Larson “Superhero Women”
Start female fight club and “no shirts for men, with sushi and tequila”
intro Female Conductor –
First time in Oscar history! She conducts the Best Original Score music medley.
“The Joker” Holder Gunhadottir wins. Her dress is very sparkly under the lights!
Best Original Song – Elton John and Bernie Taupin win for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again”!
Bernie makes the speech and Elton finishes the thank yous (a brief long winded ramble).

cut to: commercials
(restroom break) Rolex

Spike Lee presents Best Directing – Bong Joon Ho “Parasite” wins again!
And the crowd goes wild…. Japanese translator
Then he quotes Martin Scorcese and gets a standing ovation!
Shoutout to Quentin Tarentino! “Thank you I will drink until next morning!”

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Bong Joon-Ho will drink until next morning!

NOTE: And apparently they did drink until next morning, starting at the Governor’s Ball, then the Vanity Fair party and after that at Sabon restaurant in Koreatown until 5am!

Steven Spielberg introduces the In Memoriam Death Montage
with Billie Eilish and Phinneas performing “Yesterday” live onstage.

cut to: commercials
Verizon, Adobe (Gene Wilder singing Willie Wonka), ABC promo For Life, ABC promo The Connors Live

George McKai in the balcony introduces
Olivia Coleman onstage to presents Best Actor
“Last year was the best night of my husband life.” – HAHAHAHAHA
And Joaquin Phoenix wins for “The Joker” as expected
and now time for his big political speech…..
(yeah, it’s been way longer than 45 seconds, c’mon please play him off)
Then he quotes a River Phoenix lyric and says thank you.

Rami Malek presents Best Actress
Renee Zellweger wins for “Judy” as expected
Lots of thank yous. Thanks her agents and long time manager John Carrabino.
And then she rambles and goes way overtime… gracious but not memorable.

cut to: commercials
Google, M&Ms, Samsung, Quibi, Corona Premier lite beer, Verizon

Jane Fonda presents Best Picture
“Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”
“Parasite” wins! And the crowd goes wild! Standing ovation!
First Foreign Language Film to Win Best Picture!
The cast and crew take the stage!
Japanese translator producer Kwak Se
The audience won’t let them play them off!
Speech in English by one of the actresses thanking the director,
all their supporters, and their Korean film audience.
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Jane Fonda closes the show: “Goodnight and Thank You for Watching.”
Sunday 8:33pm PST

cut to: commercials
ABC promo For Life, ABC promo The Connors Live, ABC promo Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow, Oscars legal statement, ABC promo American Idol, ABC promo The Connors Live, Rolex, Jaguar, MikeBloomberg2020 political ad (with Barack Obama), ABC promo ABC News, ABC promo Jimmy Kimmel , Mazda, The Good Feet Store, Disney+ Timmy Failure, ABC promo ABC News

“After The Oscars”
The Governors Ball at Hollywood&Highland with George Pennachio on ABC.

And we say GOODNIGHT and THANK YOU for reading this Blog Post!

PARTY TIME HOLLYWOOD STYLE! WHERE’S MY DAMN LIMO?

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Route 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!

ROUTE 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!
It’s the First Tuesday in February!
January is now in the history books.
Football Season is over.
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Where do you want to go this year?
Destination Unknown?
Domestic or International?
First Class or Coach?
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or Boats?
Flying, riding, driving, or cruising?
Do you travel with a group, a spouse, a friend, or go it alone?
Would you like fries with that?

TAKE A ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP! – “Hit the road Jack!”

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START!
Route 66 originally began on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (1926)
In 1933, the beginning (and ending) was moved east onto reclaimed land for the Chicago World Fair to Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.
In 1955, Jackson Boulevard became a one way street west of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street became westbound US-66. However, the start of US-66 remained on Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan.

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Flag of the City of Chicago

Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is currently marked as the starting point (but Route 66 never started there) and the intersection of Jackson Blvd and Michigan Avenue is marked as the end in Chicago.

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FINISH!
Route 66 originally ended at 7th and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles (1926). Now, Route 66 ends at Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

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Flag of the State of California

The “TOURIST ENDING” is the Will Rogers Plaque in the Palisades Park at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and the official  “End of the Trail” sign (placed in 2009) at the Santa Monica Pier (opened in 1909).

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US Route 66 – established 1926

Route 66
written by Bobby Troup
“If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

Route 66 (United States Highway 66)
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aka the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or “the Mother Road”
‎30 hours of driving, 2448 miles, three time zones and 8 (or 9) states,
from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California:

Illinois: Chicago, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield (the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln)
Missouri: Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis, The Gateway Arch, Sullivan, the Meramec Caverns, Cuba, Rolla, Springfield
(Kansas): Baxter Springs
Oklahoma:
 Claremont, Catoosa, the Blue Whale, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Clinton, the Route 66 Museum, Elk City, the Pony Bridge
Texas: Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch, Vega
New Mexico: Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo (the oldest inhabited community in North America since 1150), Gallup
Arizona: Lupton, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, the Lowell Observatory, William, Seligman, Kingman, Grand Canyon National Park, Oatman
(Nevada): Las Vegas
California: Needles, Joshua Tree National Park, Barstow, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean

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Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California!

“Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we’re going to the roadhouse
Gonna have a real good-time”
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
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“The Grapes of Wrath” 1939 Film


In 1984, the final stretch of US Highway 66 in Arizona was decommissioned after the completion of I-40 north of Williams.  The highway was decertified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation the following year in 1985 and US-66 was officially removed from the map.

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GO WEST!

Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66”, created and promoted the highway during his lifetime

The Iconic Volkswagen Microbus!

The VW bus is the brainchild of Ben Pon, a Dutch importer of Beetles to the Netherlands, who saw the market for a small bus and in 1947 sketched out a concept that VW liked.

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March 8, 1950 – The Volkswagen Type 2 (or the Transporter) goes into production!
aka VW Bus, Bus, Microbus, “Combi”, “Splittie”, “Bulli”, and Hippie Wagon,

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The VW Bus was only the second product made by Volkswagen (the first was the Beetle). In 1972, the VW Beetle passed the Ford Model T and became the world’s best-selling car, with over 15 million automobiles produced.

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“Hippie Bus”

Volkswagen, or “People’s Car” (from the German language)

In 1933, Hitler became Chancellor of Nazi Germany. He wanted new roads (the Autobahn) and an inexpensive, fuel-efficient, mass-produced automobile for the people. Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer, was commissioned to design an affordable small car. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany, but full-scale production didn’t begin until after World War II.

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Before World War II, it wasn’t called a Volkswagen Beetle but instead was named the KDF Wagen, a reference to the Hitler Youth motto “Kraft durch Freude” or “Strength through Joy.”

Josef Ganz, a German-Jewish engineer developed and patented many concepts for the VW Beetle and his name was removed on purpose by the Nazis. Ganz faced lawsuits over his patents, and a halt to his benefits from his previous employers Mercedes-Benz, Adler and BMW. He lost his position as editor-in-chief of “Motor-Kritik” and the Gestapo arrested him for alleged blackmail of the industry. He was threatened with assassination, forced into exile and forgotten. He died from a heart attack, unmarried and childless, at age 59 in Australia in 1967. 

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Porsche’s Concept: “A lightweight, inexpensive, streamlined car with independent suspension and swing axles in the rear of the car” – helping navigate “rough roads,”

Allied bombing destroyed most of the VW plant, which produced military vehicles for the Nazis during WWII. After their defeat, the British Government decided the plant would be a benefit for West Germany if it resumed manufacturing the Beetle.

Historic Route 66 – the oldest Route 66 website!
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“The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.
Let it roll, baby, roll
 – Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll – Let it roll, all night long.”
– Roadhouse Blues 
by The Doors

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“Ramming Speed!”

 



UPDATE: February 8, 2020 – TRAVEL ALERT! NOVEL CORONAVIRUS!

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Friends, the Coronavirus World Health Crisis is at Epidemic/Pandemic level and still hasn’t peaked. Please rethink (cancel) any and all travel plans you may have until the emergency is over.

Updated WHO advice about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV>
www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic/en/ (Jan 27, 2020)

 



 

Rancho Los Encinos in Encino, California

Rancho Los Encinos in Encino, California

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Los Encinos State Historic Park 2017

“Los Encinos State Historic Park, just northeast of the intersection of Balboa and Ventura Boulevards in Encino, California, was the hub of Rancho El Encino. Located in the San Fernando Valley, this California rancho includes the original eight-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.”

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Rancho Los Encinos 1949

“The natural spring provided a year-round source of water for the ancient, autonomous, village of Siutcanga.  The village was home to Chumash, Tongva, and Tataviam people, who later were called “Fernandeños” by the Spanish due to the enslavement of these three groups to the San Fernando Mission.  An excellent description of this village was recorded as part of the 1769 Portola Expedition. This Spanish expedition reached the San Fernando Valley and named it “El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos” (The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks).”

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Rancho El Encino 1880s

September 4th, 1781 – El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles is founded!

“Located along a significant travel route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the property passed through many hands between the 1840s and the early 20th century. Today, the park contains exhibits related to the agricultural enterprises of Rancho El Encino’s various owners, including Mission Indian, Mexican Californio, French, and French Basque families.”

National Register of Historic Places: NPS-71000142
and California Historical Landmark Number 689

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Dogs are allowed (on leash)

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California Department of Parks & Recreation – Los Encinos State Historical Park
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=619

Los Encinos Docent Association http://los-encinos.org

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Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St., Encino CA 91436-1068 (No Parking Lot – Street Parking Only!)
The Park is Open Wed – Sun 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Admission is FREE!
The Visitors’ Center in the Garnier Building is open during regular park hours.

 



 

Vintage Disneyland Posters

Vintage Disneyland Posters

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And here are some vintage Disneyland Posters to remind you this is still a TRAVEL BLOG when it wants to be. Thanks for visiting!

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Vintage Disneyland 1955 Souvenir Guidebook and Postcards

Vintage Disneyland 1955 Souvenir Guidebook and Postcards

Monday morning! Here is a vintage Disneyland souvenir to start the week and remind you that this is a TRAVEL BLOG when it wants to be. Thanks for visiting!

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When Disneyland first opened in 1955, there was a guidebook and postcards for sale to the public. Because there weren’t any photos, they used the artist’s illustrations and the pre-construction design renderings. And you could mail the envelope they came in.

The Guidebook

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Disneyland sold them at a loss for $1.00 (they cost $1.10 to print) in the mailing envelope so that Guests would share their experience with family and friends back home.

The Postcards:

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DISNEY BONUS!

Walt Disney presents ‘Song of the South’ 1946
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Here’s a restored and 1080p version on the Internet Archive!>
(“with Uncle Remus and his tales of Brer Rabbit”)
Photographed in TECHNICOLOR
https://archive.org/embed/SongoftheSouth1080pRestoration

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Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Screenplay by Dalton Reymond, Morton Grant and Maurice Rapf
Original story by Dalton Reymond
Based on the Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
kindly Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br’er Rabbit

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A Very Cool Thrift Store Find! San Francisco History!

Very Cool Thrift Store Find!

San Francisco History!
The Condor and Big Al’s on Broadway
Original photograph signed by Bob Kreisel and rescued for $2

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Original photograph signed by Bob Kreisel

The Condor   Where It All Began
The birthplace of the world’s first topless & bottomless entertainment
Topless – June 19, 1964   Bottomless – September 3, 1969
Starring Ms. Carol Doda   San Francisco, California

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The Condor Club and Big Al’s are located at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue in the North Beach district of San Francisco. The Condor Club opened in 1964. The large marquee sign featured a cartoon image of Carol Doda with red flashing lights on her breasts. Carol Doda’s 44DD breasts were dubbed “the New Twin Peaks of San Francisco” and were insured for $1.5 million with Lloyd’s of London.

NOTE: The other famous clubs on the block are Roaring 20’s and the Hungry 1 Club.

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Carol Doda (August 29, 1937 – November 9, 2015) was the first known topless entertainer and a cultural icon of the 1960’s. She made history on June 19, 1964, when she bared her breasts and performed in a topless “monokini”. The club went “bottomless” on September 3, 1969, and remained full nude until 1972 when it became illegal to serve alcohol in full nude clubs.

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Carol Doda danced at the Condor Club until 1985 and died in 2015. Her only arrest happened in 1965, when police raided the club on April 22. She was arrested along with Pete Mattioli and Gino del Prete, the owners of the club on indecency charges. They were all found not guilty. She retired as a stripper in the 1980s but continued performing, and she also owned Carol Doda’s Champagne and Lace Lingerie Boutique in San Francisco until her death from kidney failure in 2015.

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Broadway and Columbus in North Beach, San Francisco (at night)

The original Condor Club closed in 2000. For a time it was a sports bar (and still is), and then a restaurant and a performance venue. The current Condor Club reopened in 2007 as “San Francisco’s Original Gentlemen’s Club” with a new neon sign.

“You know what’s funny about The Condor? 1) It’s not really a strip club until 6 pm, and 2) it has two entrances: one for the strip club, and one for a pretty unremarkable sports bar with big-picture windows facing Columbus St, a decent-enough draft beer selection, and live music. The two are separated by a small door frame with a velvet curtain drawn, so if you’re new and you make your way in through the Columbus entrance, you might not even put two and two together that you’re in a strip club. And, since we’re in the middle of North Beach, it’s exactly the kind of place a hapless tourist could wander into.” – Lauren Sloss in 2014

Big Al’s (the adult book store) closed in 2009. It is now a sandwich shop and cigar store. They kept the name and the neon sign.

Both clubs are San Francisco landmarks and an important part of the history of the city. The strip clubs of North Beach have been seen in many films and TV shows, featured on postcards and in travel and tourist brochures for over fifty years.

Bob Kreisel

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This bio was on the back of the photograph

The Condor Club560 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 415-968-8678 http://www.condorsf.com

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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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2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

The JoshWillTravel Blog – Established February 2013

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(and then continue to see what we have written about it)

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Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today!

The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today.

First album to be certified Platinum!

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Gold Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Dad was the Iron Butterfly’s manager and attorney.
I played at the band’s ranch in Topanga Canyon when I was little.
I also played piano at the age of five with Herbie Hancock when he stayed at our house.
I was backstage and under the bleachers when Black Oak Arkansas played Circus Circus in Las Vegas in the early 70’s.

Dad managed all of them and other famous artists while we were growing up in Los Angeles. It was not your ordinary childhood.

“IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by the Iron Butterfly 1968

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The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, with more than 30 million copies sold. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA Platinum Award. It went to #4 on the U.S. charts.

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The Iron Butterfly in 1968

Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)

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In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?

Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya now.
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?

In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?
Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya.

Two, three, four!
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Written by Douglas Ingle • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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In early 1968, the band’s debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the album in late 1967. Faced with the possibility of the record not being released, they quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring.

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I almost went to Woodstock! This was a smash hit record in the Summer of Love 1968. Here’s the story from Wikipedia that I heard when I was growing up:

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would “immediately” take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, the demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band’s career may have gone further had they played the festival. According to drummer Bushy, “We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.

But I always heard that Dad had refused to let the band get on the helicopters unless they were paid first and that’s why we never got to Woodstock….

Here’s the truth. The band’s equipment and lightshow got stuck in the famous New York Throughway traffic jam and never made it to the location. The band was stuck in NYC (and needed a helicopter to get to the festival) and the staff at Woodstock had too many problems to deal with and said “f*ck you”, the helicopter never came and the band did not go to Woodstock.

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Iron Butterfly “Ball” 1969

The gold record for this album is on the wall too. It went to #3 on the U.S. charts.

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Gold Record for “Ball” by the Iron Butterfly

The next album, Ball, reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly’s Vida tour) and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt.

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“Metamorphosis” – the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released August 13 , 1970.

The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Captain Beyond – “Captain Beyond” (self-titled) 1972

Captain Beyond was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up was singer Rod Evans, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Evans was the original lead singer for Deep Purple best known for his vocals on their 1968 debut chart-breaker “Hush”. Reinhardt and Dorman had played in Iron Butterfly; Dorman, in particular, played on most of Butterfly’s early albums, including their 1968 breakthrough In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Caldwell had come to prominence playing with Johnny Winter.

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A recent “Jeopardy” Answer!

 

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A fine Pizza Tribute in Las Vegas

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Platinum Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

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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