Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Comic Book -- Whiz Comics -- August 11, 2020

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Captain Marvel, the Big Red Cheese, made his debut in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett. Fawcett had earlier published the humor magazine Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. The Captain was Billy Batson, a boy who worked for radio station WHIZ. An ancient wizard gave him the ability to become adult Captain Marvel by saying the word "SHAZAM." Captain Marvel, often drawn by CC Beck, was Superman's greatest competitor until National Periodicals (DC) won a lawsuit alleging that Captain Marvel infringed on Superman's copyright. At the same time, most superhero titles were dead or declining. DC revived Captain Marvel in the 1970s.

Doctor Sivana was Cap's greatest enemy.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Nagasaki 75 Years -- August 9, 2020




Three days after destroying the city of Hiroshima with the Little Boy bomb, the United States dropped the Fat Man bomb on the city of Nagasaki. The Japanese had made no response to the Hiroshima bombing, so on 09-August-1945, 75 years ago today, B-29 Bokscar, piloted by Major Charles W Sweeney delivered the atomic bomb. Visibility was poor at the primary target; Nagasaki was the secondary target. 35,000 to 40,000 people died on the ground and many more were injured. 

I have been involved in many discussions, in school and with friends, about the righteousness of the decision to drop the bomb. Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan, would have killed as many Allied troops as had been killed throughout the war up to that point. Millions of Japanese people, civilian and military, would have died from starvation, injuries or suicide. I think we had to do it. I am sorry we had to do it. 

After the bomb destroyed Nagasaki, the Japanese leaders who wanted to surrender came to prevail. 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy International Cat Day, 2020 -- August 8, 2020


Tigerlily wishes everyone a happy International Cat Day

I took the photo on 18-August-2019.


Friday, August 7, 2020

Soledad Brothers -- August 7, 2020



Fifty years ago today, on 07-August-1970. I think I heard on the radio that an armed man had entered a courtroom in the Marin County Courthouse and taken hostages. The man was Jonathan Jackson, 17-year-old brother of George Jackson. He provided guns to defendant, James McClain, and two prisoners waiting to testify. They took the judge, Harold Haley, the deputy district attorney and three jurors as hostages. I remember seeing photos of the judge with a sawed-off shotgun taped to his neck. The kidnappers demanded the release of the Soledad Brothers, a group of prisoners which included George Jackson.  As the kidnappers and hostages drove away in a van, a kidnapper shot at the police, and police fired back.  The judge was killed with the shotgun, the ADA was left paralyzed, and one of the jurors was wounded. Three of the kidnappers died. 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hiroshima 75 Years -- August 6, 2020



75 years ago today, on 06-August-1945, B-29 Enola Gay of the 509th Composite Group of the US Army Air Force, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The blast and fire storm killed 70,000-80,000 people right away. In the next few months 100,000 to 150,000 more people died from the effects. Many survivors still suffer from radiation exposure. 

I have been involved in many discussions, in school and with friends, about the righteousness of the decision to drop the bomb. Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan, would have killed as many Allied troops as had been killed throughout the war up to that point. Millions of Japanese people, civilian and military, would have died from starvation, injuries or suicide.  I think we had to do it.  I am sorry we had to do it. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

S'Only Ink Too -- August 5, 2020

Washington Times, 22-August-1919
I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Tower Subway 150 -- August 2, 2020

The Illustrated London News, 1870
150 years ago today, on 02-August-1870, London's Tower subway began operating in a tube under the Thames. The single car was pulled back and forth by a cable. The system was not reliable and the tube was converted to a pedestrian walkway by November, 1870.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August, 2020 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- August 1, 2020

Charles Smallwood Collection
I just put the August, 2020 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/


It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Not a cable car this month. Charles Smallwood hand-colored this image of Market Street Railway car 979 sitting at the outer terminal of the 31-Balboa line, at 30th Avenue and Balboa Street. I grew up down the street, but the streetcars were long gone.
2. On the San Francisco Miscellany page: Thanks to Emiliano Echeverria for letting me present a series of photos that were hand-colored by Charles Smallwood
3. Added News update about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the planned return of Muni Metro service. Updated Cliff Lift article with information about reopenings


Ten years ago this month (August, 2010):
1. Picture of the Month: The intersection of Twelfth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, where the Market Street cable line crossed a horse car line.
2. On the new Pennsylvania page: More about the Philadelphia Traction Company, including a lithograph of Twelfth and Market Streets and an 1892 newspaper article about how Philadelphia gripmen were developing asymmetrically
3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page, photos from our July, 2010 visit to Seattle
4. On the Los Angeles Area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the funicular at the Victoria Station Restaurant at Universal City. Thank you to John Heller for telling me about the funicular. Also thanks to John for permission to use the only known photo of the Playa Del Rey Incline Railway


Twenty years ago this month (August, 2000):
1. Picture of the Month: Philadelphia Traction train
2. Roll out Philadelphia Traction Company on the Other Cities page.
3. Add news item about bell ringing contest
4. Bibliography: update information about J Bucknall Smith book.

Coming in September:
On the Cable Trams in the UK page: A ten year update on London's Brixton Cable Tramway

150 years ago, on 02-August-1870, London's cable-hauled Tower Subway began service.

125 years ago, on 10-August-1895, the Market Street Railway opened the Fillmore Hill Counterbalance

75 years ago, on 15-August-1945, VJ Day: Huge riots in San Francisco greeted the Japanese surrender

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2020)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/