Monday, December 28, 1970

2011: We lost a very famous chimp!




As far as I can recall, we have never written a post about a chimp before.  

At the same time, there have not been too many chimps like the one and only "Cheetah":

"A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80.  The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure."

Cheetah was Tarzan's only jungle friend until he met Jane and the rest is history.   Tarzan & Jane had a son in the story.   The chimp was always in the middle of every episode.

Some of us are old enough to remember these movies, specially when we were kids and fascinated with stuff like that.

Of course, my dad's generation actually watched these movies at the theatres and enjoyed Cheetah's comic relief. 

Johnny Weissmuller, or Tarzan, died in the 1980's.   He won swimming gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and became Tarzan in the 1930's.  He made movies until the 1950's.

Jane was primarily played by Maureen O'Sullivan who died in the late 1990s.    In retrospect, Jane always looked so nice and feminine.  Wonder if they had a beauty parlor near Tarzan's home in the jungle? 

So long Cheetah and thanks for those laughs.

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Saturday, December 26, 1970

December 1970: "My sweet Lord" by George Harrison is # 1

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On this day in 1970, George Harrison"s "My Sweet Lord" became # 1 song on Billboard.      A year before, George's "Something" from "Abbey Road" was the A-side and also # 1.    George became the first Beatle with a solo # 1.

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Tuesday, December 22, 1970

1968: Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower

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Richard Nixon was elected president in November 1968 but Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower did not wait for a White House garden wedding.       They had a private ceremony instead.    (Her sister Tricia did have a White House wedding in 1971)

Julie and David met at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, California, in 1956 while his grandfather was campaigning for re-election.    They were 8 back then but most have clicked quickly.   

So we congratulate them on their wedding anniversary.

David wrote a few books later about his grandfather. 

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Friday, December 18, 1970

Christmas 1970: The Carpenters & "Merry Christmas darling"


Christmas music is great.  I love the traditional favorites based on the birth of Christ, such as "Holy Night" or "Silent Night".  

There are some good pop songs.   "Merry Christmas Darling" was recorded by The Carpenters just in time for Christmas 1970.  It became a classic immediately.  It is one of my favorites.


Here is the song:

 "Greeting cards have all been sent The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make A special one for you
Merry Christmas, darling We're apart, that's true
But I can dream And in my dreams
I'm Christmasing with you
Holidays are joyful There's always something new
But every day's a holiday When I'm near to you
The lights on my tree I wish you could see
I wish it every day The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too
I've just one wish  On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
The lights on my tree I wish you could see
I wish it every day The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas Happy New Year too I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you I wish I were with you
Merry Christmas, darling?

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Thursday, November 26, 1970

A word about Huber Matos (1918-2014)



We remember Huber Matos who was born on this day in 1918.  He died in 2014.   

Back in 1990, I spoke with Matos by phone.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I concluded that he was first and foremost committed to a free Cuba.    

As you remember from all of those news images, Matos marched into Havana with Castro in January 1959. 

Later, he was arrested for criticizing the regime and spent over 20 years in a political prison. 

After his release, Matos spent the rest of his life working with other anti-Castro Cubans.

He will always be remembered as the man who spoke out against Castro in 1959.  Also, he was perhaps one of the last men to speak to Camilo Cienfuegos before his small plane disappeared.
 
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Thursday, October 15, 1970

Mike Cuellar and Orioles won game 5 and the 1970 World Series

On this in 1970, Mike Cuellar pitched a complete game and the Orioles took the World Series in 5 games.
During his brilliant career, he won 185 games, a 3.14 ERA and completed 172 starts! Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever.
Mike died in 2010.    He was voted # 27 in the Top 40 Orioles of all time.
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Wednesday, September 23, 1970

Remembering Sophia Loren who turned 87

Sophia Loren turned a year older and that is hard to believe.  Her movies with Marcello Mastrionni were absolute classics.  I guess that they'd be PG-13 today.  They had great chemistry on screen!  

Overall, one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century!

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Monday, September 21, 1970

1970: Monday Night Football debut on US TV



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On this day in 1970, the NFL came to Monday night TV.    

It quickly became one of the most popular events on TV.  The Browns (now in Baltimore) beat the Jets, 31-21.  

In late 2005, Monday Night Football said goodbye to ABC and moved to ESPN.

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Happy # 71 Bill Murray


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We met Bill Murray in the mid-1970's on Saturday Night Live.   He was very funny and moved to movies, from "Ghostobusters" to "Groundhog day" to even a small part in Andy Garcia's "The lost city".

He was born on this day in 1950 in Evaston, Illinois.      We hope that he enjoys his birthday.

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Sunday, September 20, 1970

1918, World War I and a young officer named George S Patton

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We all know General Patton for his exploits in World War II.   I'm sure that you've seen that great movie "Patton".  As a young soldier, Patton served in World War I under General McArthur.
“Dear Papa,” Patton began his letter, “we have all been in one fine fight and it was not half so exciting as I had hoped, not as exciting as affairs in Mexico, because there was so much company. When the shelling first started I had some doubts about the advisability of sticking my head over the parapet, but it is just like taking a cold bath, once you get in, it is all right.”
In the rest of the letter, Patton chronicles his experience in battle alongside a brigade commanded by General Douglas MacArthur (later the commander of all Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II) and his movement on foot across the battlefield, evading German shells and surveying the damage inflicted by the battle.
As Patton finally concluded, “This is a very egotistical letter but intersting [sic] as it shows that vanity is stronger than fear and that in war as now waged there is little of the element of fear, it is too well organized and too stupendous.”
Patton came home and served in World War II.   Recently, Bill O'Reilly wrote a book about General Patton.

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We remember Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)


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We remember Mickey Rooney who was born in Brooklyn, NY on this day in 1920.  He died at age 93 in 2014.   From an early age, Rooney made a ton of movies.  My favorite is "Boys' Town" with Spencer Tracy and released in 1938.

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Friday, September 18, 1970

We remember Greta Garbo (1905-1990)

Image result for greta garbo imagesGreta Gustafsson was born in Stockholm on this day in 1905.   She died in 1990.  We know her as Greta Garbo, the outstanding actress of so many great movies.       P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).  If you like our posts, please look for ”Donate” on the right column.











Sunday, September 13, 1970

We remember Milton S. Hershey (1857-1945) and his town in Cuba


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We remember Milton S. Hershey who was born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania on this day in 1857. Over time, he built the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing plant.  Hershey died in 1945. 

In 1916, Hershey built a large sugar refinery in Cuba as well an adjoining village to house his workers and their families. 
He named the place Hershey and it included about 160 homes, a public school, a medical clinic, shops, a movie theater, a golf course, social clubs and a baseball stadium where a Hershey-sponsored team played its home games.
The factory became one of the most productive sugar refineries in the country, if not in all of Latin America. Furthermore, the village was the envy of surrounding towns for its quality of life.
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Thursday, September 10, 1970

The story of Adele Astaire, or Fred's older sister!

Sunday, September 06, 1970

Happy # 74 Jane "very funny woman" Curtin


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Jane Curtin was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1947.

We met Jane Curtin on Saturday Night Live in 1975.    We saw her every Saturday night in a long list of comedy roles, from housewife to anchor lady on the weekly roundup.  Later, she and Dan Aykroyd made the movie “The Coneheads”.    A very funny lady with a little politically incorrect humor.

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Tuesday, September 01, 1970

1970: Happy anniversary Barry & Linda Gibb

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Today, we say happy birthday to Barry Gibb, one of our very favorite songwriters and performers of the pop/rock era.    Barry was born in 1946.

We add that Barry and Linda were also married on this day in 1970.   Happy anniversary to them!

Barry, and his younger brothers (Robin & Maurice), composed and recorded some of the greatest songs of the last 40 years! The Bee Gees sold over 200 million records during their remarkable musical career.

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Tuesday, August 25, 1970

1939: "The Wizard of Oz" makes its debut

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On this day in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" opened in theaters around the US.  The movie was based on the 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919).   It turned into one of the most popular movies of the century.  

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Monday, August 24, 1970

We remember Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013)

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The very talented Oscar Hijuelos was born in New York City on this day in 1951 and died of a heart attack in 2013.  

He wrote "The mambo Kings", one of the most entertaining books I've read and movies I've watched.  

What could be better than a story about two "hungry" Cubans who come here without a penny and a bag full of songs?   Didn't we all land here penniless and full of "making it in America" dreams?

As far as I'm concerned, Oscar Hijuelos added a nice story to our Cuban American library. We will always be grateful for that.

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Wednesday, August 19, 1970

We remember Fred Thompson (1942-2015)

We remember Senator Fred Thompson who was born in Indiana on this day in 1942 and died in 2015.  He was 73.  

My first memory of Mr Thompson was the Watergate hearings, then movies, a US Senator and candidate for president in 2008.  

I always had a good opinion of him.   He was a great man!

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Saturday, August 15, 1970

We remember Mike Connors (1925-2017)

The great Mike Connors was born on this day in 1925.  He died in 2017.

Connors was "Mannix" for so many of us who followed his very successful TV show.     I remember watching him on "Tightrope", a short lived TV show that was pretty good.

By the way, the complete "Mannix" series is now available for sale.

We remember Mike Connors.
 
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Wednesday, July 29, 1970

We remember Peter Jennings (1938-2005)

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Time flies and we remember that Peter Jennings was born on this day in 1938 and died in 2005.  

Jennings looked like a guy who could play James Bond in a movie.   He was handsome, sharp and great with words.   

Back in the 1980's, ABC had the best news lineup on TV. There was David Brinkley, George Will, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson.   They were good and my favorites for election night coverage. 


Add Ted Koppel's "Nightline"  and they were good.

Time took its toll on ABC News.   Brinkley died. Donaldson and Roberts moved on and replaced by Stephanelous on Sunday.  "This Week" is not the same without Brinkley, Donaldson, Roberts or Will.


I still miss Peter Jennings at 5:30 pm in my little office TV.  

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1970: “Close to you" was # 1 this week


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Richard Carpenter was 24, and younger sister Karen was only 20, when they recorded "Close to you" many summers ago.   It was another great song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who also wrote songs for Dionne Warwick!

"Close to you" was their first # 1 song and became one of the biggest hits of the 1970's.  

Have you listened to the radio lately? It is still one of the most requested pop songs on the radio.

According to songfacts, "Close to you" was recorded by a couple of artists before The Carpenters.   It became a hit when the song met Karen's beautiful voice and Richard's awesome arrangement!

'Close to you"  turned out to be one of the most popular songs of 1970 and the entire decade.   It's still a popular selection in various radio formats, from oldies to Top 40 to soft-rock.  
This is one of those pop songs that you need to download!

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Sunday, July 26, 1970

We remember Marjorie Lord (1918-2015)

We remember Marjorie Lord who was born on this day in 1918.  She died in 2015.
It was a great era of American TV.   

The 1950s TV shows were a lot of fun, as we can now see in these reruns.   It was a time of wholesome families and hilarious comedy.   

Marjorie Lord was Danny Thomas' wife on "Make room for daddy".     

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Tuesday, July 21, 1970

We remember Don Knotts (1924-2006)

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We remember Don Knotts who passed away in 2006 at age 81.

Over the years, I've had my share of laughs over Barney in Mayberry and the funny landlord in "Three's company".   As I remember, he was a pretty funny character in Disney movies, too.

Overall, a very good acting career. We will miss Don Knotts!

Friday, July 17, 1970

1956: Grace Kelly and "High Society", her last film


On this day in 1956, "High society" was released.    It was Grace Kelly's last movie before marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco.    She was one of the most popular ladies of Hollywood in the 1950s.

She died in 1982 after an automobile accident.   It was quite a shock.  I remember hearing about the car crash and the death the next day.    

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Thursday, April 16, 1970

"Gentleman's Agreement": A very nice movie from 1947

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We remember Gregory Peck who was born in California on this day in 1916 and died in 2003.

God for the retro movie channels.   It has connected people like me with the movies made before I was born or too young to watch.    

Let's add "Gentleman's Agreement" to that list of movies.   It was released in 1947.   

The plot goes like this:  
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on Antisemitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
The  cast was Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and John Garfield.     Peck played the journalist and McGuire the pre-school teacher.     

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Tuesday, March 24, 1970

We remember Steve McQueen (1930-1980)

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We remember Steve McQueen who was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, on this day in 1930.    

We remember him for many films, such as the World War II P.O.W. film "The Great Escape" (1963), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968) and "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965).

McQueen died in 1980.

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Tuesday, March 10, 1970

We remember Sara Montiel (1928-2013)



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We remember the great Sara Montiel!   She was born in Spain on this day in 1928 and died in 2013.

As a kid, I recall my grandmother humming "La Violetera", a song made very popular by Sara Montiel.  She would look at me and sing this song!

Sara's career included movies and recordings.

She was clearly one of the most consequential female stars of the Spanish speaking world.

Let me dedicate this one to my late "Abuela Senda".  I think that she would loved my salute to Sarita Montiel.  

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Sunday, March 08, 1970

1974: "The sting" sweept Oscars and nobody was talking politics!

Image result for the sting imagesOnce upon a time, I cared about the Oscars.   I guess that was before every movie star decided to give a political speech that no one cared to hear.

"The sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford swept the Oscars in 1974.   It also introduced Scott Joplin's music to a lot of us.   Joplin died in 1917.    

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen.

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Friday, February 20, 1970

We remember Sidney Poitier (1927-2022)

We say happy birthday to Sidney Poitier, a great actor of the 20th century.   He was born in Miami on this day in 1927 and died the first week of 2022 at age 94.

Portier was in some of the greatest movies of the last 50 years, as we see in this biography:   
By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). 
Poitier's performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. 
Nevertheless, the roles were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors routinely obtained. 
But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of starring leading man. 
One of the films, The Defiant Ones (1958), gave Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. 
His roles in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and To Sir, with Love (1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between African Americans and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. 
He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas. Although he has reduced the frequency of his roles in recent years, he remains one of the most respected and beloved figures in American cinema of the twentieth century.
He was a great actor.

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Monday, February 02, 1970

We remember Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)


We remember Mary Ferrah Leni Fawcett.   She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on this day in 1947.  She died of cancer in 2009.

In the 1970's, she became a TV superstar as Jill Monroe in "Charlie's Angels".   It was a show about 3 beautiful girls battling crime and bad people.    She left the series and enjoyed a lot of success in other movies.

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Friday, January 30, 1970

1968: The Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War

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Back in January 1968, the presidential candidates lined up for the primaries and upcoming election.  Everyone was talking about the Vietnam War and then we heard about something called The Tet Offensive.    

Within days, The Viet Cong attacked South Vietnamese forces and US military installations.     In fact, the effort was a huge Viet Cong defeat.  The US forces fought back and defeated the incoming forces.  

On the ground, US troops won but the media coverage was totally negative and useless.   On the political front, the biggest loser was President Johnson who chose not to run for reelection in 1968.

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Thursday, January 29, 1970

We remember Thomas Paine

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We remember  Thomas Paine who was born in the UK on this day in 1737.

In 1774, Paine arrived in Philadelphia and soon came to support American independence.  

"Common sense" should be required reading in high school.   Every American kid should be introduced to Paine's ideas.

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Wednesday, January 28, 1970

1959: The Packers hired Lombardi

We remember today that the Green Bay Packers hired Vince Lombardi as GM and coach:
"On January 28, 1959, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) sign Vince Lombardi to a five-year contract as the team's coach and general manager."
Lombardi inherited a 1-10-1 team but he turned the organization around quickly.   

Green Bay won 3 NFL titles and the first 2 Super Bowls.   Without question, the Packers were the most successful team of the 1960's.  

As a result, the Super Bowl Trophy is named after Coach Lombardi.

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Saturday, January 24, 1970

We remember Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

We remember Winston Churchill who passed away on this day in 1965.    He was 90.

Churchill was one of the great leaders of the 20th century and UK Prime Minister 1940-1945 and 1951-55.    

Churchill was also a great author and won The Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume books of World War II and for political speeches.

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Tuesday, January 20, 1970

“The Black Scorpion” is not a bad movie at all



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On a scale of 1  to 10, I’d rank "The Black Scorpion" about a 3.    In other words, I  have seen a lot worst movies.   

The story is about a giant scorpion freed after volcanic activity in Mexico.   Everything gets interesting when the giant scorpion threatens the countryside and then heads to Mexico City.     The Mexican Army goes on offense and you see tanks and soldiers with machine guns shooting at the scorpion.
The lead actor was Richard Denning, who apparently made a bunch of these science fictions movies about monsters.   The leading lady was Mara Corday, a very pretty woman indeed.    
I love the trailer.
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