Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The October, 1929 Radio Digest has an article, "Esther Ralston Broadcasts to Millions," by Herbert Moulton, about Paramount's efforts in radio.
"Every Monday night from 8 to 9 o'clock, Pacific Standard Time, KNX broadcasts the Paramount Hour, which has become one of the most popular programs on the air ... Public response to these broadcasts has been tremendous. Clara Bow's initial appearance at KNX was an event of national proportions, for it came at a time when the 'It' girl's admirers were wondering how her voice would sound in talking pictures. KNX provided these fans with a 'pre-audition,' so to speak, and convinced them that Miss Bow's voice would register on the screen in the same red-hot vivacious manner that she herself does."
Monday, April 29, 2013
A celebration Sunday included the fireboat Guardian. On 20-February-2013, I took a photo of Guardian as she nudged up to the wharf behind the Ferry Building. A fireman stood at the bow and handed out plastic fire helmets to a class of pre-schoolers. That was pretty cool.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Hatch Brothers, originally from Monticello, New York, founded the Monticello Steamship Company to operate ferries from Vallejo to San Francisco. Learn more about it on my ferryboat site: http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
New Steamship for Vallejo Trade.
The new steamer General Frisbie, built for the Vallejo trade by Hatch Bros., will have her trial trip in a day or two and will go into commission in time to take part in the launching of the battleship Ohio. The new boat is 170 feet long, 26 feet beam and 14 feet deep. She is expected to average eighteen knots an. hour. She will be licensed to carry 500 passengers, but will have accommodations for twice that number of people. The new steamer is named after the founder of Vallejo. Old General Frisbie is now in Mexico and a few months ago celebrated his golden wedding. He married a daughter of the late General Vallejo.
The General Frisbie will be commanded by Captain George Wheeler of the Monticello.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
The 12 cylinder 1933 Lincoln Convertible Sedan has a custom body by Dietrich.
Neil Hamilton, who later played Commissioner Gordon on the Batman television show, played Nick Carraway. Lois Wilson played Daisy Buchanan. Hale Hamilton played Tom Buchanan, Georgia Hale played Myrtle Wilson and William Powell played George Wilson. I find the latter hard to picture.
I need to read the book again.
Moving Picture Magazine Review of the 1927 Version
Photoplay Magazine Review of the 1927 Version
1949 Version (Alan Ladd as Gatsby)
1974 Version (Robert Redford as Gatsby)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
After, we went to the Good Shepherd School auction dinner/dance. The theme this year was Havana Nights. The food was good and the people were nice.There was an excellent band. We got a generous donation for our San Francisco History walking tour.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Today the weather was beautiful. We went downtown and walked up to Macy's. We had lunch at Boudin's.
Friday, April 19, 2013
A fertilizer plant blew up in West, Texas. We won't know for a while how many people, including volunteer firefighters, are dead. Thanks to the lack of zoning laws in Texas, there was a nursing home within a few hundred feet of the plant. There were also homes and schools nearby. If Texas allowed unions, perhaps the plant would have been safer.
There was a massive earthquake in China. Recent reports say at least 100 dead.
Corrupt Senators filibustered a plan to require more background checks for gun purchasers. The NRA and the firearms industries are hurting America.
The image is a view of a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr that was projected on the Brooklyn Academy of Music to show support for Boston after the bombing.
Tonight we had a nice dinner at the Moose Lodge.
In July, 2012 we paid a return visit to Hollywood and Grauman's Chinese Theater. Sid Grauman was a San Francisco showman who came to Los Angeles and built three major houses, the Million Dollar, the Egyptian, and the Chinese. The theater has hosted many film premieres, but is most famous for the hand and footprints (and hoofprints and nose prints and other types of prints) in the forecourt.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Someone spotted a suspicious package at Third and Market. Considering the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon, authorities decided to move the ceremony to Union Square.
Today for the first time there were no survivors at the ceremony.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
This boat was replaced in early 2011 by The Real McCoy II, built by Nicholas Brothers. The new boat had dependability problems early in her life.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In his honor, I thought I would post a photo of the square rigger Balclutha. On 12-May-1959, he was arrested by Harbor Police at Pier 43, where Balclutha was moored. The ticket seller didn't know who he was and was disturbed by his comments. Winters, who had been troubled by spending too much time on the road, wound up spending two weeks in a psychiatric hospital. He denied stories that he had climbed the ship's rigging.
I took the photo of Balclutha on 19-October-2010.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The San Francisco Arts Commission (http://www.sfartscommission.org/) has set up a series of posters by artist Christina Empedocles honoring "the City’s rich history as an iconic cinematic backdrop." This one depicts a poster for So I Married an Ax Murderer. I have never seen the entire movie.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Annette Funicello was known for being nice, onscreen and in real life. When she came down with Multiple Sclerosis, she did much to teach people about the disease. I could never sit through a Beach movie, but that wasn't her fault.
Roger Ebert was known for being generous to fellow film lovers. I remember when he and Gene Siskel started reviewing films on the PBS show Sneak Preview. He kindly supported the three For the Love of Film blogathons that I have participated in.
I have enjoyed every Les Blank film that I have seen.
Margaret Thatcher? Not generous. Not nice. I have not enjoyed her work. She destroyed unions. She hurt the needy. She beat up on Argentina. She did not oppose apartheid enough to try to do anything about it. I suppose conservatives will try to make her a saint, they way they did her friend, the mediocre actor, mediocre governor, and mediocre president Ronald Reagan.
Doctor Van Der Weyde also wrote about the use of nitrous oxide in dentistry in the 26-March-1864 New-York Times:
The image comes from the February, 1893 issue of Manufacturer and Builder.
A GOLDEN TRUTH.
ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT PAIN.
Colton Dental Association,
No. 737 WALNUT STREET.
No. 19, Cooper Institute, New York.
No. 168 BALTIMORE STREET, BALTIMORE.
There is nothing which people dread more than pain, and there is no pain more excruciating than that of having a tooth extracted.
When I first introduced the NITROUS OXIDE or LAUGHING GAS as a substitute for chloroform and ether in dental operations, I met with sneers and ridicule. But the now agent made a steady aud constant progress. The Gas has now had trial of three years, and has come out triumphantly!
Many of the leading Dentists of New York and Philadelphia, who have given up the use of chloroform and ether, send all their patients to me who require to take an anesthetic. I make a specialty in the use of the Gas and have business enough to justify me in making it fresh every day.
I now use about 300 gallons per day.
From a large number of Testimonials, I select the following extract from a letter addressed to me by Professor P. H. Vander Weyde, Professor of Chemistry in Girard College, formerly of New York Medical College --
"I am satisfied that nitrous oxide can be used in all cases where ether and chloroform cannot be safely administered. In many cases the use of the two last named anasthetics is by judicious physicians considered unsafe: notwithstanding this, there are too many cases on record where the counter indications were overlooked, and fatal results have followed the use of ether and chloroform. I know no case in which I would consider nitrous oxide gas unadvisable, except in a case of consumption so far gone that the excitement attending the extraction of a tooth would be unsafe without any anesthetic.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
I have always been fascinated by the career of actress Bessie Love. She was born in Texas. Her name was Juanita Horton. Her family moved to Los Angeles and she went to Los Angeles High School. Looking for work, she met director DW Griffith and got a small part in Intolerance. She appeared in movies with William S Hart and Douglas Fairbanks. She was a 1922 WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) Baby Star. She played many leading roles, most famously in The Lost World, but never broke through until the talkies came, when she starred in The Broadway Melody. Her career was hot for a few years, but then tailed off. She continued to appear in small parts in movies until the early 1980s.
This item, from the July, 1929 Moving Picture Magazine shows Bessie and Ukulele Ike, Cliff Edwards, "in an interval between scenes of a new revue they both appear in." The movie would be The Hollywood Revue of 1929. Jack Benny and Conrad Nagel were the emcees, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared in a skit, and Norma Shearer and John Gilbert did the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Buster Keaton and everyone else at the studio appeared in "Singing in the Rain."
The Giants won their home opener against the Saint Louis Cardinals. Barry Zito pitched well.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
It was raining lightly as we went to Half Moon Bay and parked on Main Street. We had a nice lunch at the Main Street Grill. We took a little walk and visited the Cunha Country Store, which had signs in the window proclaiming new ownership.
We went to the Strawflower Center and visited the pharmacy and the pet store. The cat has been ill and needed some supplies.
I drove north on One. The transitions off the old road and back on were very smooth going that way.
Last night the Giants beat the Dodgers, taking two of the three games at Dodger Stadium. Lincecum managed to go five innings and got the win.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Passengers are making their return home from sea as mechanical problems crippled three different Carnival Cruise liners, cutting guests' vacations short.
Two thousand passengers aboard the Carnival Honolulu are on their way back to San Pedro, California, after a technical problem with a poolside barbecue caused ventilation issues.
A Carnival spokesman said "Technical issues will occur from time to time. We take each one seriously."
The Carnival spokesman went on to insist that potential vacation goers should still choose the company, saying, "We provide enjoyable vacations to 4.5 million people each year. It is important to remember that in most instances guest and crew safety was not compromised."