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  1. I'm currently watching the terrific NetFlix series, "Narcos," which details, as its main subject, the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar. Escobar merits his own thread in the History forum, but you can get a very good, mostly accurate (but not entirely accurate) history of him through "Narcos" - this is a wonderful series that people will enjoy watching, as well as learning a great deal about Escobar and the Medellí­n Cartel. I recommend it highly, and hope to see your comments both here and there. (Obviously, this thread in our History forum is factual, and is about Escobar as a historical figure; in "Narcos," it's about the show, as well as about the character in that setting whether the material is true or not. I do hope you watch the series - it's really special.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UohQDYZcqE
  2. You really need to know the Samuel Barber Piano Sonata, written for Vladimir Horowitz- who debuted it in 1949. if you're an American who loves music. Ideally you'll listen to all four movements, but this link is to the final movement: an atonal fugue. I'm going with "Greatest American Piano Work of the 20th Century" here. Spend five minutes of your life and listen to this.
  3. This reminds me of the tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, who without Vietnam would be unquestionably one of our greatest presidents, in the same class with Lincoln and FDR. It just makes me weep when I think of it. Of course I hated him at the time, but that was all about Vietnam, which overshadowed everything. You younger people probably can't even imagine how Vietnam distorted and disfigured everything about our civic life as it crept into the crannies of our souls. You couldn't even fuck without Vietnam obtruding into the crevices of your pleasures. I look back on LBJ's presidency now and can only see what midgets his successors have been compared to him.
  4. "Suspense" is one of the very first television anthology series, debuting in 1949, and running 6 seasons and 260 episodes until 1954. It was adapted from a radio program of the same name which ran from 1942-1962, and was broadcast *live*. Many of the scripts were adapted from literary classics by big-name authors, and also featured big-name stars as actors. Although the show was broadcast live, most episodes were recorded on kinescope, and about 90 out of the 260 episodes survive as of this writing. I continue to be amazed that so much early television is just plain *gone*, considering how important the medium is - they taped *over* productions in order to save money! The series has several Producers (one of whom being billed as an "Executive Producer"), and I'm not sure what the difference is between the two positions. Robert Stevens directed 105 episodes, and produced 102 episodes. Season One (Jan 6, 1949 - Jun 28, 1949) 1.1 - "Goodbye, New York" - Story by Cornell Woolrich ("It Had To Be Murder" (source for "Rear Window"), "The Big Switch" on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents")), Sets by Samuel Leve Featuring Meg Mundy (Grandmother in "Ordinary People")
  5. Andy Kaufman is someone I describe as a "Performance Artist," and is one of the most polarizing personas in all of show business. Nevertheless, to anyone who insists he didn't have aspects of comedic genius (and I'm the first to admit his acts could turn out to be failed mind fucks), I present to you, "Mighty Mouse":
  6. I think you claim too much for Bonnie and Clyde, although the violence in that film, enabled by newer technology, possibly outdid anything that came before in sheer graphic immediacy. But have you seen White Heat (1949)? Hard to say it isn't a violent gangster film, and also hard (for me) to say it isn't one of the best movies ever made. Directed by Raoul Walsh, starring James Cagney. I highly recommend it. Oh, and I loved Goodfellas and detested Pulp Fiction, so we're on the same page there.
  7. Many people consider 1948 to be a seminal year in broadcast television - the first Emmy Awards took place in 1949. Back then, there was a Los Angeles contingent, and a New York contingent, and the first Emmy Awards only applied to the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), i.e., only west-coast programs were considered. Note also that these awards were retroactively named the First Primetime Emmy Awards 23 years later with the advent of the First Daytime Emmy Awards in 1972 (back in 1949, everything was in primetime). The awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, and were hosted by Walter O'Keefe when Rudy Valee had to leave town at the last minute. There were only three categories: Most Popular Television Program (Pantomime Quiz), Best Film Made For Television (The Necklace), and Most Outstanding Television Personality (Shirley Dinsdale). Shirley Dinsdale (and her puppet, Judy Splinters) is the reason I'm writing this post. I have spent days searching for any video of her and her puppet to no avail - there are plenty of photographs, but no video that I can find. If anyone could find some video, and post it here, I would greatly appreciate it.
  8. I wouldn't have known about the New York Renaissance if it hadn't been for this multimedia article: "Fadeaway: The Team That Time Forgot" by Dan Good on abcnews.go.com The Renaissance are also the subject of the 2011 Documentary Film, "On The Shoulders Of Giants," directed by Deborah Morales, and written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who is quite the "Renaissance Man" himself, and who is publishing his first novel, "Mycroft Holmes," starring Sherlock Holmes' older brother) and Anna Waterhouse (who is publishing the novel with Abdul-Jabbar).
  9. Another baseball icon departed us -- RIP Minnie Minoso. We're not entirely clear about his age....he is considered the only ballplayer to have played in five different decades. He was Mr. White Sox like Ernie Banks, who died six weeks ago, was Mr. Cub. Please Lord, let's not allow this streak to continue....Yogi Berra is on the clock.
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