Saturday, March 30, 2013

Marvel Super-Heroes Cartoons

We didn't get these in my area until 1969 or '70 but here's Jerry Beck's nice piece on the terrible but nostalgic as all get out MARVEL SUPER-HEROES cartoons of '66.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Gertrude Berg Passes

The world lost the great Gertrude Berg in '66. She had been one of the most famous and beloved women in the world as radio and later television's Molly Goldberg throughout the previous decade. A documentary on Ms. Berg was made a couple of years ago and can be found in its entirety currently on HULU.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Statler Brothers-Flowers On the Wall

I didn't really listen to the radio in '66 but my parents and friends did so it was always on somewhere and I remember this as one of my favorite songs that year!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Camp Runamuck

Possibly inspired by "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," Allen Sherman's hit novelty song about Camp Granada, this one season sitcom inspired a one issue comic as well.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Man Called Adam

One of the most recognizable black men in entertainment during the peak years of the civil rights struggles, the multi-talented Sammy Davis Jr here gives an earnest performance as a troubled jazz trumpeter, supported by friends like Peter Lawford, Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra, Jr as well as a who's who of African-American stars and future stars that includes Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson, Louis Armstrong, Ja'net DuBois, George Kirby and even a walk-on by Morgan Freeman in what was only his second film.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Topps Koufax Card-'66

I couldn't tell you the name of one single baseball player in 2013 but in '66, even if you weren't into the game at all, there were legends. Here's one. Sandy Koufax.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Kurt Russell as Zero-M

Young but already a veteran of his own TV series, '66 saw Kurt Russell as Agent Zero-M in this commercial for the Sonic Blaster narrated by William Conrad.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Sonny Side of Chér

THE SONNY SIDE OF CHÉR was recorded and released in early '66 even as Sonny and Cher, as a duo, maintained a chart presence. Mostly cover tunes, one song, released a s a single, was a Bono original that would become Cher's biggest solo hit of the decade. In retrospect, a creepy one it is, though! "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)."

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Belmondo's Life

French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo was popular enough worldwide in '66 to merit a LIFE cover in the US. He is today considered one of THE all-time great international film stars.