Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Mason Williams & others had a big hit on the radio this week in August 1968:
1. People Got to Be Free - The Rascals (Atlantic) 2. Classical Gas - Mason Williams (Warner Brothers) 3. Turn Around, Look at Me - The Vogues (Reprise) 4. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano (RCA) 5. Hello, I Love You - The Doors (Elektra) 6. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream (Atco) 7. Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension (Soul City) 8. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan (Epic) 9. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf (Dunhill) 10. Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mama Cass (Dunhill) 11. Pictures of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo (Cadet Concept) 12. Love Makes a Woman - Barbara Acklin (Brunswick) 13. Soul-Limbo - Booker T. & the MG's (Stax) 14. You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Tamla) 15. Journey to the Center of the Mind - The Amboy Dukes (Mainstream) 16. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell & the Drells (Atlantic) 17. Stay In My Corner - The Dells (Cadet) 18. The House that Jack Built - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic) 19. Mr. Businessman - Ray Stevens (Monument) 20. The Fool On the Hill - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (A&M)
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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius began on this day in 79 AD. Pompeii was destroyed within the next 25 hours.
Pompeii, about 90 miles south of Rome, was established in 600 BC and n the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. According to historians, no one was aware that Vesuvius was an active volcano and could destroy the city.Over the years, many books have been written and movies made about the events of this day almost 2,000 years ago.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
"The lost city" is the best movie about Cuba circa 1960. It tells the story of a family caught up in the events shaking up the island during that time:
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
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It was the first week of August 1974 when the unthinkable happened: President Richard M. Nixon announced that he had resigned the presidency. We say unthinkable because it was the first and only time that a US president had resigned. He made his announcement on TV the night before and formally resigned at noon on this day in 1974.
As I recall, I rushed home to watch President Nixon’s departure from the White House and President Gerald Ford’s inauguration. I kept telling myself that I was a witness to history — a resignation and a new president who was never directly elected by voters.
Later my dad came home with a business friend visiting from Venezuela. We sat down for dinner and the friend commented that it was impressive to watch a transfer of power without tanks or shots.
After the speech and his departure from Washington, President Nixon went into political exile but made a comeback in the 1980's with some great books, one of them his memoirs, RN. He became one of the premier foreign-policy statesmen in the world.
This is a great book:
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