Archive for December, 2010

Hey Dad! Episode #2

December 22, 2010

Enjoy this second episode of Hey Dad! entitled “O Christmas Tree”.

Merry Christmas, everybody!


Hey, Dad! Episode #1

December 15, 2010

I guess I needed something else to whittle away my time.  I produced a little “radio show” with my 4 kids last weekend.  We had so much fun doing it I’m now writing a new script to do another 10-minute short comedy-adventure with the whole family on board.

I don’t know how many of these we’ll do, but I’ll be optimistic and say there will be several more in the near future.

Check it out by clicking here…

Silver Bells

December 10, 2010

Here’s another gem from Bob Hope. The Lemon Drop Kid is one of my favorite Christmas movies. A lot of folks don’t know the song Silver Bells first appeared in this film. Here is a clip from the movie with the great William Frawley (aka Fred Mertz from I Love Lucy), Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell singing Silver Bells

Bob Hope Christmas Seals Message

December 9, 2010

I miss Bob Hope. He was always a Christmas staple. Here’s a little gem from the 40’s with Bob touting Christmas Seals.

Day of Infamy

December 8, 2010

It happened twenty-nine years before I was born, but it’s burned into my consciousness.   My visit to Pearl Harbor in 1988 was one of the highlights of my life.  December 7, 1941 is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph.

The malaise of the American military leading up to December 7 (even up to the very hour of the attack) is astounding – the ignored political warning signs, the blunders in our analysis of intelligence, even discounted radar readings of the approaching armada of Japanese Zeros.

The fortuitous (or providential) is also astounding.  Take, for example the absence of our air craft carriers at the hour of the attack.   All of them were spared while out on maneuvers and later made the Doolittle Raid possible as well as the great battle of Midway.  Consider also that the Japanese failed to damage the U.S. navy yard or the 190 million gallons of stored fuel oil – both of which enabled the US to make repairs and continue naval operations at Hawaii and avoid total domination of the Pacific by the Japanese.

The terror experienced by the sailors stationed of Pearl Harbor is unfathomable.

Imagine the crew of the USS Oklahoma, which capsized (see 4th  photo below) rushing from room to room following the ever-decreasing number of air-pockets as they waited for rescue crews to cut through the bottom of the hull to release them.  Survivors from the Oklahoma say at one point they had only 6-inches of air left above their heads to breathe and could hear the voices of rescuers standing above them.

Other survivors recall seeing men swimming up from below the surface only to have their faces literally melt off as they emerged into the oil burning on the surface of the water.

It was a major turning point in military history, as the day of the great battleships came to an end and the day of the aircraft carrier arrived.   It was a turning point in American history, as the people of the U.S. rallied together like never before and firmly established the U.S. as a military and industrial superpower.  It changed world history, as the balance of world power changed in radical ways through the decades to follow.

I’ll never forget it and neither should any American.  Here are few images in honor of the day and the generation of people who experienced it.

Football Facts and Fun by Hod Ray

December 6, 2010

My wife’s 88-year-old grandmother recently passed away.  She was a dear lady and will be missed greatly.  With her passing, a lot of things were left behind for the family to sort through.  She lived in the same house since the mid-1960’s, and the accumulated years of “stuff” was pretty amazing.

One of the items my wife brought home was a book the family picked up somewhere along the way when her dad and uncle were playing football.  Even though I am not much of a sports fanatic, she knew this book was right up my alley.  I am sharing it here on Lost Transmission because it’s a classic piece of mid-century American culture and art, which I know readers of this blog will appreciate.

This book is entitled “Football Facts and Fun”.  It was published in 1949 by a football coach in Palo Alto, CA named Hod Ray.  Hod Ray.  Is that a cool name or what?

Anyhow, this thing is everything you need to know about the game of football filled with humorous 1940’s-styled illustrations by Madilyn and Marilyn Wood.  I have only found a few scant references to this book in a quick Google search, but it did get an awesome write-up in Life Magazine September 19, 1949.  You can check it out here.  Now, let me share some gems from this great piece of Americana.  I think you’ll love this.  I do.

Front Cover

The Block

Penalty: Meeting with the Knee

Penalty: Piling Up

Sensible Fan Attire

In addition to the humor, this book has lots of serious facts, rules and diagrams I’m sure are useful to those who care about football.  As for me, I thoroughly enjoying just looking at the cool illustrations!

Stay tuned.  I made another great find today I plan to share soon for all you vintage Disney nuts out there.  You know who you are.