Happiness is a third vodka martini on an empty stomach – a frequently used phrase in the sixties. There were transparent plastic furniture, white walls slashed with bright stripes and bumper strips reading, “I like Elvis.” There was trouble on the oiled waters, three graceful men fell to the assassins, hair grew longer,skirts shorter of which Cecil Beaton commented, “Never in the history of fashion has too little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.” We went on trying to save Vietnam while destroying it; we discovered we were destroying ourselves and the graffito of the decade may well have been “Pragmatism doesn’t work. In the 1960s, we had: Kresge’s; Southtown Famous-Barr; Jules Blattner & The Teenagers; Prom magazine, “Hello, Dolly!” at The Muny; Ronnie’s Drive-In; Phil, the gorilla at the Zoo; Wrestling at the Chase; Sportsman’s Park; Avalon Theater; Velvet Freeze; F.W. Woolworth; Nettie’s Flowers; Teen Town; Red Bird Lanes; Luigi’s; Coral Court Motel and the wonderful Casa Loma, that continues to operate. In fact,on Dec. 20, Casa Loma will feature amateur boxing in six bouts. An era all lost except for memories
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney McCulloch has been portrayed in a video posted on The New York Times site. Here’s the link:
His only sponsorship deal so far is with Visa. However, SocialScience’s tool, Networked Insights & Affinity Ranks and chose Adidas topping the list of brands that would benefit most from pursuing the openly-gay Rams player. Among them: Coach; Nike and Netflix.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan to host an interfaith gathering of city leaders in the wake of Eric Garner’s July 10 death during a Staten Island arrest. Cardinal Dolan’s message: “Religion and faith are powerful agents to what is good and unifying in the spirit.”
The long fight for sanity is nowhere near victory. All we can do is hope. The City of Ferguson is in despair following the shooting death of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Wandering lost in the electronic maze – radios crackling, TV sets ghost-lighting riots through the long night, incoherent eye-witnesses, the strained voices of broadcasters. As always the case in times of paramount tragedy, the electronic forces were magnificent – especially the team at KMOX. The words of eye-witnesses, “I’m not sure how many shots there were. The echoes, the ricochets – ” It was like the shot that rang out in Memphis, when amid the gloom, lone newsboys who stood on downtown corners and shouted a cry not heard for years, “Extra. . .Extra. . .read all about it. . .” The good citizens of Dallas in November, 1963, “It could have happened anywhere.” They were right.