Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mayor Ed Lee, RIP -- December 12, 2017

The clock radio went off at 5:30 this morning and KCBS said that Mayor Ed Lee had died.  He wasn't perfect, but he seemed like a pleasant and honest person.  I didn't like what he did about the  homeless and housing, but he was a good administrator and always put on a smile for people. He was San Francisco's first mayor of Asian descent.  Board of Supervisors President London Breed will be acting mayor.

All transit vehicles including the cable cars stopped for one minute at noon in memory of Mayor Lee.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Two Minds With But a Single Thought -- December 11, 2017

Billboard, 22-December-1917
Julius and Agnes Zancig developed the best mentalist act in show business.  They worked together for 30 years, until Agnes died in 1916.  Julius remarried, but his second wife, Ada, didn't like appearing on stage, so Julius hired a man, called Henry in the act, who left after a short time to join the Army.  Julius hired David Bamberg, a member of the Okito family, who took the name Syko the Psychic.  Syko left in 1919 and Ada rejoined the act.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Red Sky at Night -- December 10, 2017

We were on our way to 5 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd yesterday and my wife pointed out the sunset.  I had to stop to take a photo.  Some of the red may come from the big fires in Ventura County.

Otis Redding, 50 Years -- December 10, 2017

50 years ago today, on 10-December-1967, Otis Redding, singer, songwriter and producer, died when his plane crashed in Wisconsin. In June, he had appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival.  After the festival, he stayed in a houseboat in Sausalito, where he started to compose "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."  He recorded it days before the crash.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Batman -- Robin Trims the Tree -- December 9, 2017

Former circus acrobat Robin the Boy Wonder seems to be falling down and knocking over the Christmas tree while he tries to put the star on top.  From the cover of Batman Number 33.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Magical Mystery Tour 50 -- December 8, 2017

50 years ago today, on 08-December-1967, the Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour as a double EP in the UK.  It had been released as an LP in the US the month before, on 27-November-1967.  The television film premiered on the BBC on 26-December-1967.  I think I first saw the movie around 2012, but my sister had the album and I often borrowed it and her record player.  I particularly liked "I Am the Walrus."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day, 2017 -- December 7, 2017

76 years ago a sneak attack by forces of the Japanese Empire sank or damaged much of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the territory of Hawaii. The Japanese Empire came to regret doing this.

Dreadnought USS Tennessee (BB-43) was commissioned in 1920.  During the attack on Pearl Harbor, she was hit by two bombs, but both failed to explode properly.  After being repaired and modernized at Puget Sound, she spent the rest of the war supporting the island hopping campaign and the Aleutian campaign.