Friday, July 25, 2014

Caped Crusader Turns the Big 75

From the July 24, 2014, Goldsboro (NC) News-Argus "Caped c=Crusader hits big 7-5" by Steve Herring.

"The bat that crashed through the window at stately Wayne Manor 75 years ago did more than provide a brooding Bruce Wayne with his Dark Knight alter-ego-- it inspired generations of children to don towel capes in pursuit of villains.

That Dark Knight was, of course, Batman.

And, they celebrated the 75th anniversary Wednesday at the Heroes Are Here on Berkeley Boulevard in Goldsboro, NC.  They had free refreshments and showed Batman movies and cartoons.  Store owner Bradley Sasser said he had a steady stream of customers all day.

I never read Batman in the comics, but did enjoy that campy, silly 60s TV program and definitely those movies.

Happy Bat-Day Caped Crusader.  --Cooter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wright Brothers Mechanic Honored-- Part 2

Charles Taylor was a self-taught mechanic who hand-built the first airplane engine after many automakers rejected the Wright Brothers' requests to build one for them.

The San Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust made and displayed at the museum.Founder of the association, Ken MacTiernan, said, "Charlie was a very humble person, never sought the limelight and over history, history kind of forgot the men and women behind the scenes who maintained the aircraft.

Besides the engine on that famous plane, Charles Taylor was also the first airport manager, beginning at Dayton's Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected controlled flight.  He also was the first mechanic of a cross-country flight and the 49-day flight from New York to Los Angeles in 1911.

Someone I Had Never Heard of before.  --Cooter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wright Brothers Mechanic Honored-- Part 1

From the July 22, 2014, Goldsboro  (NC) News-Argus.  AP.

CHARLES TAYLOR created the engine that made historic flight.

And, a guy most, including myself, have never heard of before.  Without him, no amount of Wright designing would have resulted in that historic flight.

DAYTON, OHIO.  "The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered flight has finally gotten his due."

Charles Taylor, a mechanic in the Wright brothers' bicycle shop in Dayton, built the engine that took them on the flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 1903.

On Monday, a bronze bust of Mr. Taylor  was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.  I went right by the place yesterday in my trip to North Carolina.

Something Else to See at the Museum.  --Cooter

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Presidential Movies-- Part 2

As Real Presidents


Nixon (1995) Anthony Hopkins
Frost/Nixon (2008) Frank Langella


Night at the Museum (2006) Robin Williams
The Wind and the Lion (1975) Brian Keith


Hyde Park on the Hudson (2012)  Bill Murray
Sunrise at Campobello (1960) Ralph Bellamy


PT 109 (1963) Cliff Robertson
Thirteen Days (2000) Bruce Greenwood


W (2008) Josh Brolin


Friday, July 18, 2014

Presidential Movies-- Part 1

From the July 4, 2014, Chicago Tribune "All the Presidents Movies (Or At Least Many of Them).

AS REAL PRESIDENTS (Though sometimes in a fictional setting)

THOMAS JEFFERSON:  Jefferson in Paris (1995) Nick Nolte

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Henry Fonda
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Raymond Massey
Lincoln (2012) Daniel Day Lewis

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
The Lego Movie (2014)


The President's Lady (1953) Charlton Heston
The Buccaneer (1958) Charlton Heston


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Warriors of Mass Digestion-- Part 2

Continuing with the Eating records:

52 extra-hot chicken wings in 5 minutes
49 glazed doughnuts in 8 minutes
70 bratwurst in 10 minutes
69 hot dogs in 10 minutes
46 ears of sweet corn in 12 minutes (eating length wise or circular?)

7 one quarter pound sticks of butter in 5 minutes (YUCK-O!!!)
8.5 pounds of Kimchi in 6 minutes  (Kimchi?)
2.1 gallons of chili in 6 minutes.  (Drinking your chili?)
47 dozen oysters in 8 minutes  (In case you're wondering, 564 oysters.)  Girls, stay away from this guy.

15 burritos in 8 minutes
6.9 pounds of cabbage in 9 minutes
47 slices of pizza in 10 minutes
11 quarter pound hamburgers in 10 minutes

Can't Help But Wonder What Their Stool Looks Like the Next Day?  --DaSickenedCoot

Warriors of Mass Digestion-- Part 1

From the July 4, 2014, Chicago Tribune.

Here is a look at some other world eating records:

141 hard-boiled eggs in 8 minutes ("What we have here is a failure to communicate.")
141 Nigirl sushi in 6 minutes
128 ounces of Mayonnaise in 8 minutes  (Hope it was Hellman's.)
121 Twinkies in 121 minutes

103 Krystal's hamburgers (sliders) in 8 minutes
102 Tamales in 12 minutes (with or without husks?)
80 chicken nuggets in 5 minutes
72 cupcakes in 6 minutes.

6.6 pounds of linguini in 10 minutes(Luigi would be so proud.)
44 lobsters in in 12 minutes  (I can't even crack one open in that time.)
1.9 pounds of vanilla ice cream in 12 minutes  (Talk about your brain freeze!)
7.5 slices of extra-large pizza in 15 minutes
13.2 pounds of watermelon in 15 minutes  (What about the seeds?)

And, remember, records are made to be broken.

Mayonnaise?   Gag Me!!  --Cooter

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to Nathan's: Them Famous Hot Dogs

The number of Nathan's hot dogs eaten in ten minutes has climbed dramatically since the initial contest was held in 1972 and won by Jason Schecter who ate 14.  Frank Dellarosa broke the twenty hot dog mark in 1991 with 21.5.

In 1997, Hirofumi Nakajima of Japan downed 24.5 for a new record, but no one broke the 30 dog barrier until 2001, when Takeru Kobayashi of Japan not only broke the 30 mark, the 40 marl, but consumed 50 hot dogs.  He won the contest six straight years until reigning champ Joey Chestnut bested him and broke the 60 hot dog mark. at 64.  In 2012, Chestnut downed (and kept them down)  an incredible 69 hot dogs.

The women's competition began in 2003 and the reigning ( until this year when Miki Sudo won)champ, USA's Sonya Thomas has eaten 45.

The Perfect Eater?  --Cooter

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anatomy of a Front Page-- Part 4; The Chicago Bears

THE BEARS:  Editors of the Nov. 25, 1963, Chicago Tribune did find space on the front page to report the Bears-Steelers 17-17 tie, which left  Chicago with a half game lead over the Green Bay Packers.  It was the only non-Kennedy news to make the front page from Saturday (the day after the assassination) to Tuesday.

The fact the game was played was controversial.  The rival AFL postponed its games, but NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle stood by his decision to let the league's games go on, saying, "I cannot feel that playing the games was disrespectful, nor can I feel that i have made a mistake."

The Bears went on to win their eighth NFL title that season.


Anatomy of a Front Page, Nov. 25, 1963 Chicago Tribune-- Part 3: Chicago Connection

This was the front page featuring Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby.  Continued from July 3rd, 2014 blog.

CHICAGO CONNECTIONS:  Jack Ruby, or Rubenstein, was a former Chicagoan, the Tribune noted on page 1, fleshing out his connections in another story inside.

Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, was one of weight children raised in his family on Chicago's Maxwell Street area.  "He grew up to be a tough street fighter who struggled throughout his life to support himself and members of his family.  Some of the means he used were extra-legal," the Tribune reported.

The next day, the Tribune continued that he was linked by federal agents to "a number of Chicago hoodlums.

Ruby  was the second Chicago connection to the president's assassination.    The Sunday Tribune, Nov. 24 Tribune reported that the gun used to kill Kennedy was a "mail order rifle purchased in Chicago for $12.78" from Klein Sporting Goods on West Madison Street.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champions

The event was broadcast live on ESPN at noon, July 4th and rebroadcast (when we watched it) at 2 PM on ESPN2.  Joey "Jaws" Chestnut of San Jose, California won his 8th championship in a row after proposing to his long-time girlfriend before he went into chowaction.

He ate 65 hot dogs and didn't break his record he set last year at 69.    In the women's group, Miki Sudo, of Las Vegas, ate 34.  Sadly, he wasn't up against seven-time winner Takeru Kobayashi who refused to sign an exclusive contract with MLE (Major League Eating, and is presently banned from its functions.

The winner gets the mustard yellow big belt.

Still, I'd rather Savor the Dogs.  --Cooter

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Competitive Eating at Nathan's Last Friday: Competitive Eating's Biggest Weekend

From the July 4, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Warriors of mass digestion".

I have to admit that the headline was one clever one.  None of that "Weapons of Mass Destruction" for us.

And, this stuff has gotten very organized.  People vying to get into the record books for eating huge amounts of stuff have the organizations called Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating to oversee them and make sure every things is on the down swallow.

These groups oversee some 80 professional contests every year, the most famous being the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog eating one held every July 4th in front of the place at Coney Island in New York City.

We watched it Friday at Antonio's in Spring Grove after the parade and almost got sick doing so.  Yuck!! and what a waste of good Nathan's hot dogs.  Plus, I am amazed that no one puked eating stuff like that.  I would prefer to savor mine if I ever get the chance to eat one at that historic place.  I have had some Nathan's Hot Dogs, but not there.


Who Was Tiananmen's "Tank Man"?

From the June 5, 2014, Chicago Tribune "'Tank man' identity remains a mystery" by Julie Makinen.

Foreign reporters have tried to identify this man, made famous for standing in front of a line of tanks holding just a shopping bag to prevent them from moving.  Along with pictures of the crowds and the "Goddess of Democracy" these photos are ingrained in peoples' minds.

Shortly after noon on June 5, 1989, the day after troops stormed through Beijing to crush the student-led uprising that had paralyzed the Chinese capital for weeks, the lone man stopped that column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace.

The lead tank halted and then tried moving right and left, but each time the man adjusted his position to remain in the tank's path.  Finally, he shifted the bags to one hand, hopped onto the tank and appeared to talk with its commander.

No one knows for sure what the man's identity is or even whether he is still alive.

Time Magazine has named him one of the century's top 20 revolutionaries.  But, it is unclear whether the "Tank Man" is even aware of the impact he made as the image remains barred and censors are very careful to suppress it.

That Was One Striking Photo.

25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

From the June 5, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Tainanmen anniversary: 2 different scenes" by Barbara Demick and Julie Makinen.

At the scene of the student takeover and massacre on June 5, 1989, it was very quiet on the 25th anniversary.  Two large video screens flashed Communist Party slogans and there were plenty troops and police in the area.

Very few foreign tourists were there as well.  State-run media did not mention it and even the number "25" was blocked on social networking sites.

The scene was far different in Hong Kong where more than 180,000 people converged on Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil.  A wreath was laid beside  a replica of the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square and the "Goddess of Democracy Statue" that was seen so often during the stand-off.

It took me a long time to figure out how to spell Tananmen as we followed it in my classes at Magee middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.

Besides the opening of the Berlin Wall, I consider this a major victory for freedom and democracy over Communist dictatorships.

Deaths: Actor Bob Hastings, Lt. Elroy Carpenter on "McHale's Navy"


Best-known for his role as Lt. Elroy Carpenter, bumbling "yes man" and toadie for Captain Bimington in his perpetual war with Quentin McHale and his zany PT crew in the sitcom "McHale's Navy" which ran from 1962-1966.  I always wondered how you could find humor in a war like that.  Much the same with "Hogan's Heroes."

Died June 30, 2014.

In the 1950s, he had a recurring role on another military sitcom, "The Phil Silvers Show," appearing in eight episodes.  It was set in the Army in Kansas.

Some other shows he was in:  "The Munsters" (voice of the Raven), "I Dream of Jeannie,"  several different roles in "Green Acres," and played Tommy Kelsey (owners of Kelsey's Bar) in "All in the Family."

Born 1925 in Brooklyn, New York and served in the Army Air Corps as a navigator on a B-29 during World War II.

He got into TV in its infancy, appearing in 1949 in "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" as Hal.  I always remember that "Honeymooners" episode where Ed and Ralph share a TV and there was Norton in front of it with his space helmet and spacing snacks within easy reach to watch this show.    He was also in an episode of "Hogan's heroes" as Igor Pictkin.

He was married for 66 years.

No More Lt. carpenter to Kick Around.