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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright

Dateline June 8, 1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright is born in Wisconsin. By the time he died at the age of 92, he would be considered the greatest architect that ever lived.

By 1956 Wright was so famous that the What's My Line panel had to be blindfolded when he Wright appeared before them. And, as usual, Dorothy Kilgallen was the smartest person in the room.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

John and Yoko and Frank and Flo and Eddie

John Lennon and Yoko One perform with Frank Zappa and The Mothers
Dateline June 6, 1971 - Frank Zappa and his newly formed Mothers play a notorious gig at the Fillmore East. This was the second night of a two night stand. As he had done previously, Zappa had a surprise for the audience: an encore set backing up John Lennon and Yoko Ono, just beginning their sojourn in NYC that ended so tragically.

The inner-sleeve from Lennon's release
The minimalist cover as released by Zappa
Zappa had arranged for the night to be recorded, as he increasingly did for all live performances. He came to release the night's performance by The Mothers as "Fillmore East - June 1971." It was the latest chapter in the band's "Touring can make you crazy" phase, which culminated in the movie 200 Motels. During the evening's entertainment Flo and Eddie, alternatively playing both groupies and Pop Stars, document Vanilla Fudge having sex with a mudshark at the Edgewater Motel, meet Bwana Dik, reprise a few classic Zappa tunes, and eventually agree to sing their big hit song -- WITH A  BULLET!!! -- "Happy Together."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Elvis Scandalizes 'Merka ► Another Magical Tee Vee Moment

Dateline June 5, 1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show. Coming during his first brush with national fame, his pelvic gyrations were so suggestive that it became a national scandal. No, really!

In March of '56 Elvis had released his eponymous debut LP on RCA. The label bought out his contract from Sun Studios the previous year. This LP would go on to become the first #1 Rock and Roll album, topping the Billboard charts for 10 weeks. Some 50 years later it ranked #56 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. However, Elvis was barely known at this point in his career. All that would change within the next six months.

Monday, June 3, 2013

When the picture is sideways

The phone needs to be in landscape.

Preparing for the Road Trip

I will be posting to Not Now Silly while on the road. This is how updates from my phone will look.

Happy Birthday Chuck Barris

Today all of 'Merka is celebrating the 84th birthday of game show producer, Gong Show Host, and paid CIA assassin Chuck Barris. 

Barris is often called the Father of Reality Television, a smear he has tried to live down. However, few people realize that long before he launched The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, he wrote Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon's greatest hit, "Palisades Park."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Unpacking The Writer ► Hits and Misses

Something happened overnight. I don't know what it was, but I'm delighted.

When I woke up early this morning Not Now Silly already had 230 hits since 8PM last night. Normally there is only some 30-50 hits overnight, with an average of 350-400 hits for an entire day. That's why this morning's number was such a surprise.

Nearly half of those hits (97) were for what I consider to be a very important post. "Did Roger Ailes Dupe James Rosen, Or Did Rosen Dupe 'Merka?" actually breaks new news about Watergate, some 40 years after the fact. In this post I accuse Fox "News" Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen of using his revisionist John Mitchell biography "The Strong Man" to cover up Richard Nixon's treason. This treason is one of the lesser-known crimes of Tricky Dicky's, which actually took place before he became president. While I only posted it in March, it's become so popular with my readers that it already appears on my All Time Top Ten list at Number 6, leapfrogging my previous post that made fun of James Rosen -- Aunty Em Ericann's Bun Fight With James Rosen of Fox "News" -- during the night.