Sunday, July 12, 2020

Buckminster Fuller 125, Paul Gonsalves 100 -- July 12, 2020

Independent thinker Buckminster Fuller was born 125 years ago today, on 12-July-1895. He served in the US Navy during World War One.  He built geodesic domes, the Dymaxion car, the Dymaxion house and the Dymaxion map.  He invented lots of words. He had a great smile.

Tenor saxophone player Paul Gonsalves was born 100 years ago today, on 12-July-1920. He is best remembered today for his performance with Duke Ellington at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. As the band played Ellington's "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," Gonsalves stood up to take a solo. Ellington encouraged him to keep playing through 27 choruses. The crowd went mad and the album helped to revitalize Ellington's career.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pulp -- Black Book Detective -- July 11, 2020
Black Book Detective featured the second pulp character called The Black Bat.  I like his wings.

He bore no relation to the first Black Bat, who was featured in Black Bat Detective Mysteries. The second Black Bat resembled the comic book character Batman. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Comic Book -- Superman -- July 9, 2020
After debuting in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman shared his time with another book, under his own name. He went on to appear in many other books. I liked Batman better.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Poor Unkil Tom Ket -- July 7, 2020

Washington Times, 04-July-1919
I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Skipper is On the Watch for Cannon Crackers -- July 5, 2020

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 06-July-1920
I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day 2020-- July 4, 2020

Mad Magazine, June, 1963
Happy Fourth of July to all. 244 years ago, we declared our independence. Alfred E Newman celebrates with a firecracker.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Red Devils Return to Pacifica #14 -- July 3, 2019

Pacifica is one of the two cities on the San Francisco peninsula that allow the sale of fireworks. The booths arrived last week. This is the stand at the Pedro Point shopping center. I took the photo on 29-June-2019.

Many Pacificans agree that selling fireworks is a bad idea: We have steep, brush-covered hillsides that pose a fire danger. People use the "safe and sane" fireworks to mask the unsafe and insane variety. Not to mention my cat hates the Fourth of July.

Unfortunately, our charities claim that fireworks are the only thing they can sell that will generate enough money. That can't be true. What about drugs? Weapons? They're not thinking outside of the box.

Because of sheltering in place, I have not had an opportunity to take a photo this year.