This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "American Patrol" by Shep Fields. Enjoy the video from YouTube.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Destination Tokyo is one of my favorite double wartime movies, being both about and released during WWII. One of the subplots involves a seaman diagnosed by the pharmacists mate with acute appendicitis, and who will certainly die without surgery. The captain (Cary Grant) convinces the pharmacists mate (William Prince) he can perform the surgery. The tension builds as the operation takes place, but the surgery is a success, and the seaman recovers. The entire film is a morale building vehicle for the folks at home, and this story was part of it.
This story, however, was based on fact. As I learned from This Day in World War II History, on September 11, 1942, a pharmacists mate on board the U.S. submarine Seadragon performed an emergency appendectomy on a fellow crewmember in circumstances essentially like those depicted in the film. More details at the U.S. Naval Institute Naval History Blog.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Commercial Appeal recently ran an interesting story about Bob and Laura Coleman, who in 1948 or thereabouts, moved into a little house that sat beneath the wooden structure of the Pippin, the Shelby County Fairgrounds roller coaster that later became famous as Elvis Presley's favorite ride. Until it was "disassembled" in 2010 and shipped to Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was the oldest surviving roller coaster in the U.S. Mr. Coleman maintained the Fairgrounds rides until 1960, including the Pippin. Dinner conversation at home may have been difficult during operating hours.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Here is a classic Bugs Bunny Cartoon. Elmer is advised he will inherit $3 million from his Uncle Louie, as long as he does not harm any animals, especially rabbits. This information curtails his rabbit hunting, and gives Bugs all the opportunity he needs. Posted on YouTube, enjoy this 1942 Warner Bros. short, The Wabbit Who Came To Supper.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
It can be a small world, both in terms of space and time. For example, as Vance Lauderdale of "Ask Vance" recently posted, sitting in Sydney, Australia is a 1931 Cadillac V-12 Sport Phaeton that was first sold by Southern Motors Cadillac here in Memphis. Vance tells the interesting story of the dealership and the car's trip from Downtown Memphis to Down Under.
Friday, September 1, 2017
It being Labor Day weekend, I thought this Walt Disney tribute to the working man would be appropriate. Donald Duck decides to take a job as a riveter on a construction site, and the expected high-impact antics ensue. From YouTube, here is the 1940 short, The Riveter.