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Pete Seeger and Eleanor Roosevelt at the Labor Canteen - 1944

In honor of the election tonight and of Labor...

And another:

44 years ago today: Andy Warhol is shot by Valerie Solanas


On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas shot Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio. Before the shooting, Solanas had been a marginal figure in the Factory scene. She authored the S.C.U.M. Manifesto, a separatist feminist attack on males. Solanas appears in the 1968 Warhol film I, a Man. Earlier on the day of the attack, Solanas had been turned away from the Factory after asking for the return of a script she had given to Warhol. The script had apparently been misplaced.

Amaya received only minor injuries and was released from the hospital later the same day. Warhol, however, was seriously wounded by the attack and barely survived: surgeons opened his chest and massaged his heart to help stimulate its movement again. He suffered physical effects for the rest of his life. The shooting had a profound effect on Warhol's life and art.

Solanas was arrested the day after the assault. By way of explanation, she said that Warhol "had too much control over my life." She was eventually sentenced to three years under the control of the Department of Corrections. After the shooting, the Factory scene became much more tightly controlled, and for many the "Factory 60s" ended. The shooting was mostly overshadowed in the media due to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy two days later.

Warhol had this to say about the attack: "Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television

Fascinating - I never really knew much about this until now...

Dick Beals - voice of Davey Hansen and Speedy Alka-Seltzer - dead at 85


The legendary Dick Beals a star of radio, cartoons and more commercials than just about anyone has died in a Southern California nursing home at the age of 85.

Dick stood 4'7" due to a glandular problem which also gave him his youthful voice. He was playing ten-year-old boys well into his seventies and was often called upon to loop (i.e., dub in the voice of) live-action child actors in movies or on TV programs.

He started in radio dramas in 1949 while attending Michigan State University. Several popular radio programs emanated from Detroit at the time and Dick wound up being heard on all of them but most notably The Lone Ranger, Challenge of the Yukon and The Green Hornet. His later cartoon credits include his being the first voice of Gumby and the first voice of Davey on the Davey & Goliath cartoon series. He was a loyal team member on the Roger Ramjet cartoon show and was heard throughout many Hanna-Barbera shows.

But his main line of work was commercials and he did thousands of them. His best remembered ones were probably the many he did for the Alka-Seltzer people as their mascot, Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Below, I've embedded a film of three of them, all with Buster Keaton. (And by the way: Was there ever a man who looked more like he needed an antacid than Buster Keaton?)

This old atheist loved watching Davey and Goliath as a boy. Cross gently, Dick...

Hi. I'm Cooley.

Most of the time, I'm in a good mood and helpful.

The rest of the time? Meh.

Welcome to DU!

(p.s. This thread makes me miss Roni - Newyawker99 )

Otis 'Dad' Clark, Oldest Known Tulsa Race Riot Survivor, Dies


TULSA, Oklahoma -
The oldest known survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot has died in Seattle, Washington. Otis Clark was 109 years old.

Clark was born in February 1903 in Meridian, Oklahoma, which at the time was Indian Territory.

He was known simply as Dad Clark, and he leaves a legacy that touched lives around the world.


"I don't think we should go back, in other words look back," Clark said. "Just forgive one another and try to straighten up our wrongs, whatever wrongs we have."

After the riots, Clark moved to California where he worked for movie stars like Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin. Clark and his wife lived in Joan Crawford's home. He was the butler, and she was the cook.


Cross gently Otis...

Spinal Tap Funnyman Michael McKean Hit by Car

Source: E! (yeah, I know...)

Michael McKean, star of This Is Spinal Tap and Christopher Guest troupe regular, was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, publicist Harriet Sternberg confirmed to the New York Daily News.

He remains hospitalized, but how what is the 64-year-old actor-writer's prognosis?

McKean's condition was upgraded to stable at the hospital, per his rep, but, in addition to cuts and bruises, he did suffer a broken leg.

"He'll be OK, hopefully he'll be fine," Sternberg said. "It's pretty devastating." She also said that McKean's wife, Smallville star Annette O'Toole, was flying in from Los Angeles to be with him. He also has two children from a previous marriage.

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/spinal_tap_funnyman_michael_mckean_hit/318349#ixzz1vf10IDlT

Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/spinal_tap_funnyman_michael_mckean_hit/318349

SHIT! Get well soon, Michael!!!

Trivia: What US-built warship was attacked by the Japanese but ultimately sunk by the British?

Answer: The USS Phoenix/ARA General Belgrano. Today is the 30th anniversary of its sinking.


The ARA General Belgrano was an Argentine Navy light cruiser in service from 1951 until 1982. Formerly the USS Phoenix (CL-46), she saw action in the Pacific theater of World War II before being sold to Argentina. After almost 31 years of service, she was sunk during the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas) by the Royal Navy submarine HMS Conqueror with the loss of 323 lives. Losses from the Belgrano totalled just over half of Argentine deaths in the Falklands War.

She is the only ship ever to have been sunk in anger by a nuclear-powered submarine and the second sunk in action by any type of submarine since World War II, the first being the Indian frigate INS Khukri by the Pakistani Hangor during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.

USS Phoenix passing the burning hulks of Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor during the attack on 12/7/1941

ARA General Belgrano (ex-USS Phoenix) sinking after being torpedoed by HMS Conquerer during the Falklands Islands conflict on May 2, 1982.

'Gone through a blender': No signs of distress before yacht race tragedy


ENSENADA, Mexico - Eric Lamb was doing safety patrol on a 124-mile yacht race when he spotted a boat that appeared too close to Mexico's Coronado Islands. He never got there.

As his twin-engine boat neared the uninhabited islands just south of San Diego, he stumbled on sailboat shards that were mostly no more than six inches long strewn over about two square miles. He saw a small refrigerator, a white seat cushion and empty containers of yogurt and soy milk.

Over several hours, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter directed him in his search and led him to two dead bodies floating with their backs up, badly scraped and bruised. The Coast Guard recovered a third body and the fourth member of the crew was missing early Monday in California's second deadly accident this month involving an ocean race.

Lamb, 62, said the 37-foot yacht looked like it "had gone through a blender."

"It was real obvious it had been hit just because the debris was so small," he said Sunday.


Was SS Agent Chaney involved in any way with this event (2008 SS Screening failure @ Obama Event)

Police concerned about order to stop screening
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Police were told to stop screening people for weapons before the rally began.

DALLAS -- Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.

The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security...

Several Dallas police officers said it worried them that the arena was packed with people who got in without even a cursory inspection.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because, they said, the order was made by federal officials who were in charge of security at the event...

He drives around w/ Texas secession bumper stickers, to boot??

Gotta wonder.
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