Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Classic Movie Ice Cream Social Blogathon -- May 20, 2016

Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, Including Trick Photography, edited by Albert Allis Hopkins.

Fritzi at Movies Silently is hosting the Classic Movie Ice Cream Social Blogathon   (  Fritzi wants to focus "on classic movie-themed cheer. I’m supplying the ice cream (in digital form) and you’ll bring the cheer."

I wrote about my long-time interest in pre-cinema and my attempts to reproduce some of the early moving picture devices:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Erik Satie 150 --- May 17, 2016
Erik Satie, gymnopedist and phonometrician, was born 150 years ago, on 17-May-1869.  He influenced many trends in 20th Century music.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Joe DiMaggio Hitting Streak 75 Years -- May 15, 2016

Seventy-five years ago today, New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio had a hit against the White Sox to begin his 56 game hit streak, a Major League record which may never be broken.  In 1933, while playing for the San Francisco Seals, he hit in 61 straight games. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sholem Aleichem 100 Years -- May 13, 2016

Sholem Aleichem, one of the great Yiddish writers, died 100 years ago today, on 13-May-1916.  I didn't know much about him until I was introduced to Isaac Bashevis Singer's work in college.  Then I worked backwards to Aleichem.

When he was introduced to Mark Twain as the Jewish Mark Twain, Twain said "Please tell him that I am the American Sholem Aleichem."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day, 2016 -- May 8, 2016

I'm grateful for my mother and my wife and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. All excellent mothers.

I took the photo at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica on 05-October-2008, during the school's 40th anniversary celebration.

Friday, May 6, 2016

News of the Week May 6, 1916 -- May 6, 2016

The 06-May-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.  I am sad to report that this is the last "News of the Week as Shown in Films" that I have been able to find.  I wonder by the editors of Motography decided to drop the feature.  I'm going to miss it. 

"Here is a fully equipped camera reporter in Mexico -- a daring Mutual sharpshooter and his Yaqui bodyguard."  The Yaqui resisted the central government and tried to remain independent.

"Pearl White, the Pathe star, dons painter's gard to help on the Motion Picture Exposition sign.  Pathe News."  Pearl White was the first serial queen.  As a stunt, she climbed the scaffolding to put up signs for the exposition at Madison Square Garden. 

"Australia believes in preparedness.  The launching of her new fighter, the Brisbane, at Sidney.  Pathe News."  HMAS Brisbane was a light cruiser which was lauunched on 30-September-1915.  She served in the Pacific and the Mediterranean during World War One.  She was scrapped in 1936.

"Women police n the making.  School girl cops who help keep order in New York City.  Universal Weekly."  The Home Defense League was formed to train auxiliary officers to support the New York Police Department.  Perhaps this had something to do with that. 

"The wood in 'Home Run' Baker's bat is the most dependable of any whiffed by the N.Y. Yankees.  Selig-Tribune News."  Frank Baker was the third baseman in the "$100,000 Infield" of the Philadelphia Athletics.  He received the nickname "Home Run" by hitting two key home runs against the New York Giants, against Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson, in the 1911 World Series.  After one of the fire sales that are still traditional with the Oakland Athletics, he went to the New York Yankees.  I guess "whiffed" didn't mean "struck out" then. 

"Home again! U.S. Dreadnaught 'New York' returning from five month's practice in Cuban waters -- Mutual News."  USS New York (BB-34) had been commissioned on 15-May-1914.  She patrolled with the British Grand Fleet during World War One.  She served in the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War Two.  After the war, she was one of the ships used in the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.