Monday, March 28, 2011

BOOM 1968 Movie Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton Tennessee Williams Play Originally Titled The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

 I can't find the whole movie but I can post the trailer and other clips from it. Double click on each of these to go to full screen viewing.  The link below gives full information on the movie.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bob Dylan Photos With Other Celebrities And Notables

Bob Dylan and Big Joe Williams who wrote and sang "Baby Please Don't Go".
Bob Dylan and Elizabeth Taylor
Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali
Bob Dylan and Lauren Bacall

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol.

Bob Dylan and Pope John Paul II.

Bob Dylan and President Obama.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor Gallery Of Pictures

The above picture is from the movie Suddenly Last Summer
Above is the movie poster for the movie Boom! based on the play by Tennessee Williams titled The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.
The link below is to the New York Times review of the movie.

James M. Cain Of Hyattsville, Maryland Covers Of His Hardback And Paperback Books And Biographical Information

That is James M. Cain in the photo above.
Click on the above link for good information from the University Of Maryland about James M. Cain.
Below is a link to the wikipedia page on James M. Cain.
   And the link below is to the Paris Review Interview with James M. Cain. The Art of Fiction #69.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Security Officers Ejecting Unwanted Person From The Shoreham Hotel In Washington D.C.

When I worked at the Shoreham Hotel back in 1976 and 1977 I was told to put certain people out of the Hotel. One was working as a assistant executive steward. He was passing out leaflets for the Socialists Workers Party. Since the hotel workers were already in a union I don't know exactly what he was up to except you can't pass out leaflets in the hotel. I went down in the sub sub basement to check him out. I told him he could not pass out leaflets in the hotel but that he was free to pass them out on the sidewalk outside the hotel.

He looked a little bit like Lee Harvery Oswald I thought. He had the same attitude of defiance. He started shouting look how these security are abusing me. I had not touched him or abused him in any way.
  I told him to leave and eventually he did.

  Another time I was hired by the American Bankers Association to work extra security for their convention. I was told there was an old lady who like to come and make trouble and it was our job to keep her out. I think this was a meeting of the ban Hanover's Trust. And she maybe was a small stockholder who wanted to make trouble for the powers that be. As far as I can remember she never showed up.

Now with almost everyone carrying a cell phone or camera that takes video and audio it raises the question of what expectation of privacy does someone have in a public place like a hotel lobby.
I don't think security officers can tell someone not to take a picture or video in a public area of the hotel. They can tell them not to but enforcing it would be difficult without banning the person from the hotel as is done in the video shown above.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Hill Country Barbecue Market Arrives In D.C.

That is the NYC Hill Country Barbecue in the photo above. Below is a picture of the Washington D.C. Hill Country Barbecue exterior.

Can't wait to go  to this place. We have been to the one in New York City. Real Texas style Barbecue in D.C.
   And click on the link below to read a Washington Post article about this place.
And below is a review of D.C.'s Hill Country Barbecue by the same guy who wrote the article above.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Key Chain EC Comics Crime Suspenstories #25 November 1954

Click and double click on the  pages to enlarge them.

 A guy ends up trying  to find one key in a pile of hundreds or thousands of  keys on the floor.
This story made a big impression on me in 1954. And years later when I went to work as a Security Officer at  the Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. I really got the full meaning of Key Chain.
Back in 1976 hotels still used keys for their rooms. Most hotels and motels now have long since replaced metal keys with plastic cards that are computerized. The guest checks in and the computer assigns a code which is immediately changed when the guest checks out.

But back in the days of metal keys it was a different thing altogether.
The Security Office had a key closet. It was filled with thousands of keys. One or more for each door in the hotel. And the Shoreham Hotel had over 1000 rooms not to mention all the offices and meeting rooms.
On my first day on the job I reported for work at 3pm to work to 3pm to 11pm shift.. The Chief of Security was sitting behind his desk. No one else was around. He looked anxious to leave and head to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

I had had no training but this was obviously going to be on the job training. The Chief got up and handed me a big ring of keys. These were what the Security Officers carried.  He got up and started for the door.  I said "Wait. What are all the keys for?"
He turned and said, "They are all self evident". Or something to that effect. And with that he was gone.
I was left with a handfull of about 150 keys(not counting what was in the key closet)with no idea what they went to.

Finally the guy who I was to work with showed up. He wasn't much help. Finally I found someone to explain at least the most important ones to me.
We never knocked all the keys in the key closet on the floor but every time I entered that key closet I remembered this comic book story from 1954 called KEY CHAIN.

Desk Clerks and Security Officers today no longer have  metal key problems. I hope that key closet at the Shoreham no longer exists. But I have an idea it is still there with all the keys to the offices and meeting rooms.

My memory of the story Key Chain was that the story ended with the guy sitting on the floor babbling to himself surrounded by thousands of keys when the cops found him there in the morning picking up the keys and looking at them one by one.

Below is a synopsis of the story KEY CHAIN.

Synopsis for "Key Chain"A man suffers a nervous breakdown after plotting a diamond heist and being unable to find the correct key to a locksmith's front door after making a key to the intending victim's lodging and then knocking several trays of keys onto the floor. What he doesn't know is that the locksmith's front door has a broken lock and he could have left at any time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Joe Boyd And His Book White Bicycles Making Music In The 1960's And Something About Bud Powell And Buttercup Powell

Click to enlarge the photo. That is Joe Boyd in the photo above wearing the hat. Really good book about the folk,pop,jazz, music scene of the 1960s. Joe Boyd was on the scene both  here in the USA and also in the UK and Europe and desbribes it well.
And the link below is to Joe Boyd's website.
    We happened in late June 2007 to be in Paris and were walking by the bookstore Shakespeare and Company and saw and heard Joe Boyd reading from this book which had first come out in 2006.
   It was a subject that interested me so we stopped to listen. Turned out he was in Paris as a young man in the summer of 1964 just I had been.
It started to rain so he had to move inside the bookstore. I followed the crowd in and spoke with him briefly as they were getting set up inside. I told him I had met Buttercup Powell and her little boy. The little boy appears in the photograph of Bud Powell album THE SCENE CHANGES on Blue Note. The child is standing by Bud at the piano.
Read more about Buttercup Powell and Bud Powell and the little boy and the summer of 1964 in Paris here:
  Joe Boyd asked me if I had been to Buttercup Powell's soul food restaurant in Paris in 1964 and I told him I had not. I found out from reading the article from Feb.1965 EBONY magazine that Buttercup did not start her restaurant until September 1964 and I was back in the USA by that time.
 She was cooking fried chicken for the American Jazz musicians living in Paris in 1964. Here is an article about Buttercup Powell in a Feb. 1965 EBONY magazine. Amazing to see this article from that time period. And wonderful pictures of her and her son and Rue de Seine and The Hotel La Louisiane.
   Joe was in town last night to appear at The Birchmere. Here is an article from The Washington Post about him and what he is doing now.
   Joe Boyd's book about music in the 1960's is another good memoir of that era. Two other books that bring that era back to life are Robert Stone's memoir PRIME GREEN and Bob Dylan's memoir CHRONICLES.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Mardi Gras Fountain And The Theme Song Of Mardi Gras IF EVER I CEASE TO LOVE

  This song is the theme song of Mardi Gras and is played at the King Rex Ball on Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans.

Professor Longhair Go To The Mardi Gras Music For Fat Tuesday In New Orleans

Below is a nice version showing the original 45 rpm record.

Monday, March 7, 2011

All About New Orleans And My Mardi Gras Memories Of New Orleans
Click on the link above to read my Mardi Gras Memories. My first Mardi Gras in New Orleans was in 1955. Then I went again in 1959,1960,1961,1963,1964,1966,and one final time in 1980. By then I was Mardi Gras'd out.  So now instead of going to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans I like to remember and write about the ones I can remember from the past.
And click on the label Mardi Gras in the box below to see and read all my other posts about New Orleans and Mardi Gras.

Time For Mardi Gras In New Orleans Here Is Some Music From

Zulu Parade Mardi Gras In New Orleans Louisiana
Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Click on the above link to hear all the music online. And you can see a full playlist of hour one and hour two there also.

March 2nd, 2011 ~ Come stir the pot with American Routes as we bring you a sampling of great live music from our home state: Louisiana. First we'll stop by the soon to be legendary BlackPot Festival in Lafayette for some new flavors of Cajun and Creole tunes, as well as some old favorites by special guests. Then we'll walk through the streets of New Orleans with the Prince of Wales Social Aid and Pleasure Club during their annual second line parade.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pictures Of The Old Weidmann's Restaurant In Meridian Mississippi Taken In March Of 1996

Click to enlarge these pictures. This is the old Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi. These pictures were taken in March 1996. We sat at the counter and had breakfast.
Below is a link to the history of this famous restaurant.
  Below is a link to the new Weidmann's.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone 1961 Original Version Tennessee Williams

Double click on the above to view full screen. It  is the original 1961 trailer for  the movie.

And here is the complete movie from 1961 in 11 parts. Below is part one. Double click to go to Youtube to find the other 10 parts.

The Spanish Steps In Rome
Read all about the Spanish Steps in Rome  in the link above.