Category Archive: history

Jan 01

Let Despair Be the First Celebrity Death of 2017

Be like Isidorus of Seville and cut it out.

Aug 28

50 Years Ago Tonight: A Killer Lineup, Plus the Beatles, at Dodger Stadium

A half century ago today, the other bands on the Beatles’ Dodger Stadium bill were just as interesting.

Jul 30

What’s A Few Sharks Between Bombs?

Great shipwrecks of the 20th century:
1. The U.S.S. Indianapolis
2. The Edmund Fitzgerald
3. Watership Down/The Ark of the Covenant

Nov 10

When the Edmund Fitzgerald Weighed Empty

I am of a generation of men who spent their childhoods thinking Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” was the most badass song ever (the ladies in-waiting included C.W. McCall’s “Convoy,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band and, of course, Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”). It was only later that …

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Jun 29

June 29: Ichthyology Numerology

A lot of things happened on both Tinian and Amity Islands on June 29. Let us help you make some sense of it. Listen to “Show Me the Way to Indianapolis” by Fogelfoot If history is written by the victor, then we do not know whom to trust in the various official and unofficial written …

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Jan 08

“Space Oddity,” “Major Tom,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Hallo Spaceboy” — David Bowie, Peter Schilling

“I’ve never done good things. I’ve never done bad things. I never did anything out of the blue.”

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