Thursday, October 6, 2022

Loretta Lynn, RIP -- October 6, 2022

I was sad to learn that singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn has died. She was a poet. As her song said, she grew up a "Coal Miner's Daughter," in the poorest of circumstances. She married at 15 and stayed married. She wrote songs about divorce, birth control, the Vietnam War and strong women. When the movie Coal Miner's Daughter came out in 1980, we went to see it. My dad liked to listen to country music on the radio. I was always happy when her songs came on.

Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter

Loretta Lynn - You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

loretta lynn "the pill"

Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'

Record Endurance Flight 35 Hours -- October 6, 2022

Great Falls Tribune, 07-October-1922

100 years ago, on October 5-6 1922, United States Army Air Service Lieutenants John A Macready and Oakley G Kelly set an endurance record, keeping their single engine Fokker T-2 monoplane in the air for 36 hours, 4 minutes, and 32 seconds. They had initially set out to fly from San Diego to New York, but turned back because of bad weather. They decided to use their load of fuel and oil to set an endurance record, by flying in great circles over San Diego. They received the Mackay Trophy in acknowledgment of their achievement. 

They were able to fly from San Diego to Indianapolis in November and San Diego to New York in 1923.

The 400 HP V-12 Liberty engine was designed by two important engineers. 

Liberty Engine Emerges King
of All Airplane Motive
Force, Says Army.

San Diego, Calif., Oct. 6. -- (By The Associated Press.) -- Lieutenants John A. Macreadv and Oakley Kelly, who had been flying over San Diego since 5:58 a. m. Thursday in the great monoplane T-2, landed at Rockwell field at 5:11:30 p. m. Friday, having broken all known records for sustained flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine. They were in the air 35 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds.

The aviators were well tired out but willing, they said, to have continued their flight except for their desire to reach the ground before darkness should make landing more difficult.

Whistles Greet Aviators

The landing of the big plane was the signal for a mighty chorus of whistles from the vessels in the harbor. When the airmen circled down to the field a small army of spectators, including the Rockwell field force and many civilians, was waiting to greet them.

Captain R. G. Erwin, commandant of Rockwell field, soon after the flight ended, gave out the time the aviators had been aloft as 35 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds. The official time of departure was set down in the Rockwell field records 5:33 a.m. instead of 5:50 a. m. as unofficially given out and the time of landing was given as 5:11:30 p. m.

The aviators were begrimed with oil and grease when they stepped from the big machine in which they had remained aloft, circling over the city for virtually two days and a night. That did not stop Mrs. Benjamin Macready, mother of one of the aviators, from rushing to greet her son. She kissed him full on his grimy cheek and when she turned around, smiling gladly, her lips were black with grease and oil.

Fliers Make Statement

Lieutenants Macready and Kelly joined in making the following statement:
"It was the wonderful Liberty motor which kept us up. There is no question that this flight proves the motor to be the best and most efficient in the world. It is due to the development of army aviation. The primary purpose of the test, it should be said, was to test the motor in the United States army transport T-2 and the result was all that could be expected.

"We are going to make the flight from San Diego to New York in November and we are confident that we shall be successful."

The first person to greet Lieutenant Kelly was Charles Dworack, chief mechanic, who came ahead of the aviators from Dayton, Ohio, to install the new motor in the monoplane. He superintended the entire job.


Washington. Oct .6. -- Army air service officials in a statement tonight on the record established by Lieutenant Macready and Kelly, declared the demonstration has furnished "convincing proof of the wonderful reliability of the best aeronautical engine the world has yet produced -- the Liberty."

Attention was called to feats which each of the pilots has to his credit, among them the establishment by Lieutenant Macready of the world altitude record, when he piloted a plane 40,200 feet above Dayton, Ohio, in September, 1920.

The air service transport T-2, on its flight weighed 10,700 pounds, of which 4,600 pounds consisted of gas and oil, according to the statement. Lieutenant Macready is a native of Los Angeles and Kelly is from Geneva, Pa.

1922 Aircraft Yearbook

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Pulp -- The Shadow -- October 5, 2022

Halloween is coming. The cover of the May, 1946 The Shadow looks pretty scary. 

When I was a kid, Gene Nelson on KSFO played old radio shows at night. He often played episodes of The Shadow. At some point, I found a copy of Jim Harmon's The Great Radio Heroes in the library and read that the Shadow was a very different character in the pulp magazines. That character sounded more interesting. The whole "clouds men's minds" didn't make a lot of sense, but wearing dark clothes and hiding in the shadows sounded cool. Later still, I got to read reprints and found that they were pretty cool.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Feast of Saint Francis, 2022 -- October 4, 2022

Today is the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  

“Lord make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
And where there is sadness, joy.

"O divine master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive-
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And its in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Francesco Ribalta created "Francis of Assisi With Angel Music" around 1620.

Sunday we took Tigerlily to Saint Peter's church in Pacifica. Father Jerry Foley was blessing the animals. She didn't get upset because of the barking dogs. No exotic animals this time. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Toonerville Trolley -- People Call Up Asking Where the Car Is -- October 3, 2022

Casper Daily Tribune, 03-October-1922

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Krazy Kat --- My, But I Feel Like Harold Lloyd -- October 2, 2022

Washington Times, 25-October-1922

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Offisa Pup gives Krazy a pair of glasses so Ignatz could not hit him with a brick. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- October 1, 2022

Examiner photo by Bob Bryant. San Francisco Examiner, 28-October-1977 All Rights Reseved.

I just put the October 2022 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "Plainclothes security men hang onto cable car and policeman blocks route as cable car whisks Prince Charles through Financial District." Official San Francisco greeter Cyril Magnin rides next to him. (Source: Examiner photo by Bob Bryant. San Francisco Examiner, 28-October-1977 All Rights Reserved.)
2. On the More Muni Pictures page: A new article about the Prince of Wales' 1977 visit to San Francisco, where he rode a California Street cable car.
3. Add News items about the passing of The Friends of the Cable Car Museum board chairman Gerry Graham and more about the pandemic.

Ten years ago this month (October, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: The first cable car to run on Manhattan's Third Avenue Railway. (Source: "Starting the Cable Cars on Third Avenue, New York", The Street Railway Journal, January, 1894).
2. Added results and videos of the 49th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
3. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the Third Avenue Railway, including selected articles from the Street Railway Journal
4. On the How Do Cable Cars Work page: An billboard that asks "How Do Cable Cars Work?" Try that query on and you'll find this site on the first page of results

Twenty years ago this month (October, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Third Avenue, New York, parlor car
2. Add the Third Avenue Railroad to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.
3. Add News and Bibliography items about an assault on a gripman and rededication of Seattle's Iron Pergola.

25 Years Ago This Month (October, 1997):
Oct 12 - A broken cable caused a runaway which killed one passenger and closed the Funiculaire du Vieux Québec

Coming in November, 2022: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: A ten- and twenty-year update about Manhattan's Third Avenue Railroad.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

New on the Park Trains and Tourist Trains Site:

Ardenwood Farm Labor Day Rail Fair, September, 2022.

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-October-2022)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2022)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)