Friday, September 30, 2022

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- September 30, 2022

COVID-19 infections are down, but some people are still being hospitalized with complications.

I had two procedures this month looking for the cause and potential solution of my shortness of breath.

I was supposed to start teaching again at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica, but first we have to fix my medical problem.

The Giants are out of it, but they have brought up some interesting players. The team might be able to make it to .500.

Ukraine launched a counter-offensive and the Russian army is in disarray. Putin has called up the reserves and may institute conscription. Some people in Russia are protesting.

Oscar Pettiford 100 -- September 30, 2022

Bassist, cellist and bebop pioneer Oscar Pettiford was born 100 years ago today, on 22-September-1922. He died in 1960 of a viral infection.

Oscar Pettiford Jazz Band 1953 ~ Blues In The Closet

Oscar Pettiford - Why Not? That's What!


Embraceable You -- Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Circus Immaculate -- September 28, 2022

Smyrna Times, 30-September-1922

I don't know much about the Sparks Circus, but I like this ad for a visit to Smyrna, Georgia. "The Circus Immaculate" is an unusual motto.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Twin Palaces of the Pacific -- September 27, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 09-September-1922

The Harvard and the Yale were fast turbine steamers brought from the east coast by the Pacific Navigation Company to operate between San Francisco and San Pedro, the port of Los Angeles. They sailed the route from 1911 until World War One and from 1921 until 1931 (by the Los Angeles-San Francisco Steamship Company), when Harvard hit rocks near Point Arguello and sank. The effects of the Great Depression and competition from autos and railroads caused LASSCO to stop service with the Yale after 1936. Both ships carried troops to Europe during World War One and Yale served the Navy during World War Two.

This would beat the heck out of driving I-5.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Ramsey Lewis, RIP -- September 26, 2022

Ramsey Lewis was a pianist, a composer and educator. He mentored Maurice White, who later found Earth, Wind and Fire. Ramsey Lewis and his trios had several popular hit records.

Ramsey Lewis Trio - Summer Breeze (1973)

Ramsey Lewis Trio The 'In' Crowd

Wade In The Water - Ramsey Lewis (1966) (HD Quality)

Sun Goddess

Sunday, September 25, 2022

New Cat #103 -- September 25, 2022

I took the photo on 06-September-2022.

William Faulkner 125 -- September 25, 2022

Author William Faulkner was born 125 years ago today, on 25-September-1897. He received the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature. I think I first read his work in high school, and have continued to read it ever since. I like to tell kids about the first sentence of The Sound and the Fury

Faulkner lived in this New Orleans house, in Pirate's Alley near Saint Louis Cathedral when he wrote his first novel, Soldiers' Pay. We visited the book store that now occupies the house in 2014. 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Byte Magazine -- Hypertext -- September 24, 2022

I used to subscribe to Byte Magazine. Here is an early cover talking about hypertext. This may have been where I first read about it in detail. I have said this elsewhere: I like the way hypertext works. My thought processes have always jumped all over the place.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Bierstadt -- Kern's River Valley -- September 23, 2022

Private Collection

We don't know what year Albert Bierstadt painted "Kern's River Valley," which is in a private collection. The area is now part of Sequoia National Park.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tales of the Jazz Age 100 -- September 22, 2022

New York Herald, 24-September-1922

F Scott Fitzgerald's second collection of short stories, Tales of the Jazz Age, made its debut 100 years ago today, on 22-September-1922. The image in the ad is from John Held, Jr's design for the dust jacket. While several stories from his first collection, Flappers and Philosophers, had been made into movies, not as many stories from this collection were adapted for film or television.

In 1963, a now-lost BBC series called Teletale presented "The Camel's Back."  

"The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," which I always thought was a little clunky, was adapted by Kraft Theater a cheesy (sorry) anthology series on NBC in 1955. I also remember a radio adaption.

In 2008 "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was made into a feature film which I have not yet seen. It was directed by David Fincher. 

I find that I can't remember some of the stories in the collection at all. 

Moving Picture World, 23-September-1922

Warner Brothers promoted their planned adaption of Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned. I need to read that again.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Stephen King 75 -- September 21, 2022

Writer Stephen King was born 75 years ago today, on 25-September-1947. I have never read any of his books and I don't think I have seen any of the movies based on them, but I have read some short fiction and articles.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

San Francisco Opera Centennial -- September 20, 2022

The San Francisco Opera is celebrating its 100th season this year. I took the photo in November, 2017. 

Kodak as You Go -- September 20, 2022

Photoplay, September, 1922

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. I remember going on vacation and having to watch how much film I was using. Digital cameras have made that part better.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Rain -- September 19, 2022

We had some significant rain Saturday night and Sunday. The hills are green again. The traffic lights at Highway One and Linda Mar Boulevard had their traditional outage. Pacifica used to have floods in that area in years ending in "2" but we have not had one since they redid the outlet of the creek.

Actress Leila Hyams appeared in Freaks and Island of Lost Souls.

Radio Puts on Miners' Benefit -- September 19, 2022

Oakland Tribune, 15-September-1922

I see that I have neglected to mention the 100th anniversary of the huge fire far underground at the Argonaut Mine in Jackson, California. A fire which started on 27-August-1922 broke out, trapping 47 miners 4,650 feet below the ground. It took more than two days to douse the fire. 

"This affair will be the first radio benefit concert ever to be broadcast and any donations received will go to the miners' families." 

At the time a group of San Francisco radio stations put on a benefit, rescuers hoped that some or all of the miners were still alive. After three weeks, rescuers reached the 4,650 foot level and found that all of the miners had died hours after the fire had started. 

All of the gold mines still operating in California shut down in 1942 because of the war.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

United States Air Force 75 -- September 18, 2022

Happy 75th birthday to the United States Air Force which separated from the US Army and became an independent branch of the military on 18-September-1947.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Grand Jury in Georgia Indicts Five Lynchers -- September 17, 2022

Norwich Bulletin, 02-September-1922

As we saw last month, the Saint Paul-based Northwestern Bulletin was an African-American owned newspaper. On September 12, the four identified lynchers were tried and found innocent. 


Five Prominent Whites Indicted
For Lynching John Glover
In Monroe county.

S1,000 TO $3,000 EACH

Mobbers Oveprowered Sheriffs to
Lynch Prisoner -- N. A. A. C. P. Starts Probe.

New York, Sept. 1 -- Five prominent white men of Macon, Ga. have been indicted for lynching John (Cocky) Glover recently by the Bibb County Grand Jury, according to an announcement made here today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Glover was lynched in Monroe County, Ga., after he had shot and killed Deputy Sheriff Walter C. Byrd who was attempting to place Glover under arrest.

The five men indicted are among the most prominent men in Macon. Herbert Block, one of them, is manager of the Hotel Demsey, the leading hotel in Macon. H. L. McSwain, another of the men indicted is president of the Southern Co-Operative Fire Insurance Co.

N. Unice is a merchant and Guy Jones is a city fireman. The fifth man indicted was unnamed as he had not been located, having fled from town. Bond was set at amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each. Other indictments are expected to follow.

The indictment charging rioting read in part:
"Block, McSwain, Unice and the other party, did unlawfully and with force and arms together with persons unknown to the grand Jury do a certain unlawful act of violence to wit: take from William Branan, a deputy sheriff, and from J. L. Mullally, a deputy sheriff, a certain prisoner lawfully in charge of these officers, John Glover alias Cocky Glover, for the purpose of mobbing and lynching Glover, and did in a violent and tumultuous manner, after taking Glover in charge transport him across the line between Monroe and Bibb counties for the purpose of lynching and killing Glover."

The N. A. A. C. P. Is carefully following these indictments to see if trials and convictions follow, or if the indictments are not to be pressed as has been the custom in the few cases where lynchers have been indicted in Southern states.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Janis Paige 100 -- September 16, 2022

Musical comedy star Janis Paige appeared in many movies and television shows but is most famous for appearing in the original production of The Pajama Game on Broadway.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Wesla Whitfield 75 -- September 15, 2022

Singer Wesla Whitfield was born 75 years ago today, on 15-September-1947. She was a fellow alum of San Francisco State University. In San Francisco in 1977 two creeps tried to rob her on the street. They shot her and left her with paralyzed legs. She was able to return to singing and had a fine career. 

For many years, her husband Mike Greensill was her accompanist and arranger. She died in 2018. 

Wesla Whitfield - Lost in the Stars

Wesla Whitfield sings "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"

Wesla Whitfield - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Girls! See and Hear the Moxie Boy -- September 14, 2022

Boston Globe, 13-September-1922

I have tried Moxie. It tasted funny, but I liked it. I found a copy of the "Moxie Song."

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Coca-Cola -- One For You -- September 13, 2022

Covington Daily Leader, 14-September-1922

One Diet Coke, please. 

Too Darn Hot -- September 13, 2022

I didn't mention last week that California had an extraordinary heat wave. Many places set high temperature records that then got broken again later in the week. It never got that bad in Pacifica, but we had trouble sleeping. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

BART 50 -- September 12, 2022

BART celebrated its 50th birthday over the weekend. I remember when the trains first started to run in the East Bay. I went to visit a friend who had moved there and saw them. We didn't walk through the transbay tube when they offered the opportunity and I have regretted it ever since. I remember when trains ran on both sides of the bay, but did not carry passengers through the tube. I remember when full service started.

I took a photo of this sign on the side of a train at Colma Station on 25-September-2012.

Busoni's Danceland Featuring the Original Dixieland Jazz Band -- September 12, 2022

New York Daily News, 05-September-1922

On 26-February-1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first known jazz record, "Livery Stable Blues" and "Dixieland Jass Band One-Step," at the Victor studios.

This is an ad for an upcoming residency at the Busoni's Danceland on Broadway at 95th Street. Sadly, the ODJB members went on to insist that jazz was invented by white people, specifically themselves.

New York Daily News, 05-September-1922

And on the same page of the same issue of the same newspaper, we find this ad for the ODJB, which was appearing nightly at Busoni's Danceland in Coney Island. I wonder if the band commuted back and forth between the two places, or if they shifted from Coney Island to Broadway.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

09/11 Twenty-One Years -- September 11, 2022

The alarm went off at 05:29. I switched the clock radio from FM to AM and tuned into KCBS. They reported that an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. Thinking of the bomber that hit the Empire State Building, I said it had to be an accident.

After I got dressed, I went downstairs and turned on the television, which I almost never do in the morning, and they said another airplane had hit the other tower. Then I thought it couldn't be an accident, but I didn't understand how hijackers could force a pilot to fly his airplane into a building. Later on, we learned that the hijackers had been flying the planes.

There weren't as many people as usual on the bus to work. I think I heard about the plane that hit the Pentagon while I was there. My manager told us that we could go home if we wanted to. My wife was at work and my daughter was in school, so I didn't see a reason to leave.

We couldn't get any news on the internet, but I plugged in my radio and we all listened to KCBS.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Summer Excursion Fares Are in Effect -- September 10, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 07-September-1922

Many people still go to Lake Tahoe for a long day. Admission Day, September 9, used to be a big deal.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Happy Admission Day, 2022 -- September 9, 2022

Oakland Tribune, 09-September-1922

We don't hear much about Admission Day anymore. Today is the 172nd anniversary of California being welcomed into the Union as the 31st state.

First Actual Case of Bug Being Found -- September 9, 2022

75 years ago today, on 09-September-1947, computer scientist and Navy Lieutenant Grace Hopper was running programs on Harvard's Mark II, an electro-mechanical computer that had come online earlier that year, when the machine stopped working. She inspected its innards and found that a moth had gotten stuck in one of the electro-magnetic relays. She taped it into the log book and noted that it was the "First Actual Case of Bug Being Found."

Grace Hopper went on to a long career in computer science and the Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 1986. She was on the team that created COBOL.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II RIP -- September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II has died. My condolences to her family and her subjects. She was the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch. I'm not a fan of monarchy, but I don't see how anyone could have done a better job than she did. She led a life of service. 

She was Queen for my entire life. I sometimes wondered what would happen when she passed. Everyone has been calling her son King Charles III, but he has not formally announced his regnal name. 

Jimmy Rodgers 125 -- September 8, 2022

Jimmy Rodgers, the Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman was born 125 years ago today, on 08-September-1897. He had a strong influence on the development of country music. He worked as a brakeman on the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad. Tuberculosis killed him when he was 35. 

Blue Yodel No. 9 by Jimmie Rodgers (1930)

In the Jailhouse Now by Jimmie Rodgers (1928)

Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No 1 (T For Texas)

In the Jailhouse Now by Jimmie Rodgers (1928)

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Comic Book -- Spy Smasher -- September 7, 2022

I like Spy Smasher. He didn't have fancy powers. He just smashed spies. He had a cool uniform, too. Here we see one of my favorite cover subjects, Axis leaders getting their comeuppance. 

When I was young, everyone was antifa. When did it become acceptable for some people to be pro-Fascist? Some people went crazy because President Biden said that the Republican party was becoming semi-fascist. They have been calling Democrats socialists and communists for years. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Pulp -- The Electric Horse -- September 6, 2022

Before the pulps, there were the dime novels. The 23-April-1887 issue of The Boys of New York/A Paper for Young Americans featured precocious inventor Frank Reade, Jr and his marvelous Electric Horse. Frank, his crew and the horse were on their way to Peru search for lost Mayan treasure. 

Monday, September 5, 2022

Labor Day, 2022 -- September 5, 2022

Happy Labor Day, everyone.

Mrs. S. Winchester Claimed by Death -- September 5, 2022

Palo Alto Times-Tribune, 05-September-1922

Sarah Winchester, builder of the famous Winchester Mystery House, died 100 years ago today, on 05-September-1922. None of the obituaries that I checked mentioned the house, except to say where it was located.

Mrs. S. Winchester 
Claimed by Death

SAN JOSE, Sept. 7 -- Mrs. Sarah Winchester, for nearly forty years a resident of this locality, passed away yesterday at her home on the Los Gatos road. Mrs. Winchester was the widow of William Wirth Winchester, son of the founder of the Winchester Arms Company of Connecticut, who succeeded the latter as the head of that institution.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Winchester devoted her time to works of charity, and was largely responsible for the maintenance of several charitable institutions and hospitals. Among these benefactions, one in which she was particularly interested was the tuberculosis section of the Connecticut state hospital.

A woman of the most retiring nature, extremely sensitive and opposed to publicity of any character, Mrs. Winchester never permitted any notice of her charitable activities to be made public. 

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Wings Across Nation -- September 4, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 06-September-1922

Aviator Jimmy Doolittle, who was born in Alameda, was a hero long before he led the Doolittle Raid against Japan. 100 years ago, in September 1922, he flew an Airco (de Havilland) DH.4 from Florida to California with only one stop and in less than 24 hours. 


Lieutenant Doolittle of Army
Sets Record in Winging Way
From Florida to San Diego

Only Pause Made at San Antonio;
Journey of 2,100 Miles Made
in 21 Hours and 20 Minutes

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 5. -- (By Universal Service.) -- Breaking all records for coast-to-coast flying, Lieutenant James H. Doolittle, U.S.A., was banqueted in San Diego this evening after having dined at Jacksonville, Fla., last night. The intrepid aviator hopped off from the Atlantic coast at 10:30 last night and arrived at Rockwell Field, San Diego, at 5:34 this evening, with but one stop en route.

The elapsed time for the 2,100-mile flight by Lieutenant Doolittle was 21 Hours and 20 minutes. The big De Havilland plane landed at Kelly Field, San Antonio, this morning for an hour of overhauling and refueling and then took the air direct to San Diego.

In addition to marking an epoch in transcontinental transportation the flight was remarkable in that it was entirely without mishap, Lieutenant Doolittle said tonight.

SAN ANTONIO (TEX.), Sept. 5. -- (By Associated Press.) -- Lieut. James H. Doolittle, Kelly Field aviator, who hopped off here at 8:23 a. m. for San Diego, in an effort to span the mileage between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts within 24 hours' time, is the third United States army flyer to attempt the flight.

The first attempt at transcontinental flying in 24 hours' time failed before it really started. Lieut. Alexander Pearson, in flying from California preparatory to staring, was lost in February, 1921, over the Big Bend country in Texas and before he found a comparatively safe place to land had crossed the border into Mexico. Several days later he rode on a mule into the little Texas town of Sanderson with a harrowing tale of his experiences in Mexico.

March 24, 1921, Lieutenant W. D. Coney left Pablo Beach, Florida, in a one-stop flight to San Diego, but early on the following morning his plane fell while over Louisiana, seriously injuring the pilot. On March 30 he died.

With a strong wind behind him, Doolittle reached Kelly Field, which is just outside of San Antonio, at 7:10 this morning, covering the 1,100 miles in less than nine hours.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Toonerville Trolley -- The Right Rear Wheel Come Off -- September 3, 2022

Perth Amboy Evening News, 05-September-1922

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

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Friday, September 2, 2022

Krazy Kat -- What the Eyes Do Not See -- Etc. -- September 2, 2022

Washington Times, 18-September-1922

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Ignatz demonstrates his "aerobrick" to Offisa Pup. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918