Wednesday weirdness

May 13, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), a parody of “When a Felon’s Not Engaged in His Employment” from The Pirates of Penzance.


Happy birthday, Irving

May 11, 2020

Israel Isidore Baline was born in Russia on May 11, 1888, and moved with his family to New York City in 1893 — part of a mass exodus of Jewish families fleeing anti-Jewish violence in Russia. “Israel” became “Irving” sometime after his arrival in the United States, and “Baline” became “Berlin” as the result of a printer’s error when he published his first song in 1907. In 1911 he had his first big hit with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and he went on to write hundreds more — including “White Christmas,” “Easter Parade,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” He composed the scores for nineteen Broadway shows and eighteen Hollywood movies.

In 1968, a few days before his 80th birthday, Irving Berlin appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show to sing one of his greatest hits.


Happy V-E Day

May 8, 2020


Friday happy dance

May 8, 2020


Advertisements from long, long ago — femme fatale edition

May 1, 2020


Friday happy dance

April 17, 2020


Happy April 1st

April 1, 2020

This BBC report first aired on April 1, 1957.


Friday happy dance

March 27, 2020


Friday happy dance

March 13, 2020


Wednesday weirdness

March 11, 2020


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