96 Year Old Beat Poet Ferlinghetti Looks Back At Old San Francisco, Beat Era

96 Year Old Beat Poet Ferlinghetti Looks Back At Old San Francisco, Beat Era

  96 Year Old Beat Poet Ferlinghetti Looks Back At Old San Francisco, Beat Era Famed author and San Francisco bookstore owner to this day,96 year young Lawrence Ferlinghetti is fesity as ever as he rails against what some may call  the ‘new totalitariansim’  ( or, at least the dot-com boom) which he claims has changed San Francisco from the true  ‘ flower power melting pot’ of the 1960s to the most expensive and stratified city in America where the growing upper class has pushed out many of those poor but creative bohemians, of which  he was one.  Below interview comes on the occasion of Ferlinghetti’s latest book, about his old compatriot, Allen Ginsberg     Below recounted from San Francisco Chronicle Datebook by Jonah Raskin The heart and the soul of bohemian San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has altered the cultural landscape of readers and writers both locally and globally from his perch at City Lights, at 261 Columbus Ave. in North Beach. “I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career,” a new collection of letters between him and Allen Ginsberg, tracks their friendship and explores the fellowship of poets born at City Lights Bookstore and its publishing arm, City Lights Books.   Another new book, the 60th anniversary edition of City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, brings together poets from each of the series’ 60 volumes, including Jack Kerouac and Pablo Neruda, as well as Ferlinghetti himself, who edited the volume and wrote the introduction. “As long as there is poetry, there will be an unknown,” he writes. “As long as there is an unknown there will...
12  Hilarious Catskill Comedians

12 Hilarious Catskill Comedians

Click here to subscribe to mailing list * Doctor:”You’ll live to be 60!” Patient:”I am 60!” Doctor: “See! What did I tell you?” * Patient:”I have a ringing in my ears.” Doctor:”Don’t answer!” 12  Hilarious Catskill Comedians Posted by Kim Phillips   When she (and we) were little – when there was still this kind of classic humor on TV – we used to beg  mom to stay up for Johnny Carson because he had all the funniest comedians. Most of them were Jewish, and you could bet that they had worked the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains, aka the Jewish Alps. Here are some of their best lines. 1. Don Rickles Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed. 2. Groucho Marx I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks. 3. Rodney Dangerfield It’s been a rough day. I got up this morning, put a shirt on and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase and the handle came off. I’m afraid to go to the bathroom. 4. George Burns I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch. 5. Joan Rivers I hate housework. You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. 6. Sid Caesar The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius. 7. Henny Youngman Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, “Send one of my...
CLASSIC WOODIES COME OUT FOR BIGGEST ANNUAL AT WORLD’S TOP SEASIDE PARK

CLASSIC WOODIES COME OUT FOR BIGGEST ANNUAL AT WORLD’S TOP SEASIDE PARK

Click here to subscribe to mailing list WOODIES ON THE WHARF 21ST ANNUAL, SANTA CRUZ, CA – WORLD’S TOP CLASSIC WOODIES CAR FESTIVAL & PARADE 6-27-15 WOODIES WERE ONCE MADE WITH REAL WOOD, but by the late 1960s, like chrome and class, the real stuff was replaced with simulated prouduct.  Today, woodies simulated or not have all but disappeared from auto assembly lines…. SCROLL DOWN FOR HISTORY Not far from the World’s largest Woodie Gathering is the Worldes Oldest Wooden Roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk   Mid-Fairway see the famous Boardwalk sign, Carousel and edge of another roller coaster   Black Woodies on parade   Nice selection of woodies at the end of Wharf – That’s the Pacific Ocean just behind the Dolphin Restaurant   Nice cream color Ford Woodie in parade Nice  Whitewhalls!   White Beauty – you don’t see many pure white ones   Bridge that woodies are crossing over looks out at beach and boardwalk   Old  Del Mar Theatre downtown Santa Cruz Just entering the wharf before the parade WOODIES WERE ONCE MADE WITH REAL WOOD, but by the late 1960s, like chrome and class, the real stuff was replaced with simulated prouduct.  Today, woodies simulated or not have all but disappeared from auto asembly lines…. Here’s a little history of the WOODIE: Woodie (car body style) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1940 Pontiac Special Series 25 Woodie A Woodie is a car body style with rear bodywork constructed of wood framework with infill wood panels. Originally, wood framework augmented the car’s structure, where later models featured applied wood and...
DAVID LETTERMAN Best Days Were Behind Him – Depended on Guests,Gimmicks

DAVID LETTERMAN Best Days Were Behind Him – Depended on Guests,Gimmicks

  DAVID LETTERMAN Best Days Were Behind Him – Depended on Guests,Gimmicks David Letterman was never really that funny. It was his guests, from Bud Melman to Rupert at the Deli to Chris (son of Bob of Bob and Ray) to the Pets of Pet Tricks that gave the show what life it once had. But it’s been a long time since those characters appeared on the show, for whatever reasons.  Maybe Letterman was ok as a straight man, but that was not his billing. Whereas Johnny Carson had various bits and famous characters , Letterman had no signature characterizations, unless you call his ‘Top 10 list’ a characterization  and some one-time classics like the ‘velcro’ bit that stuck. Throwing TVs and other appliances off roofs may have been funny to some but it got old and was canned  – and much of what he DID DO didn’t originate from Letterman. In fact, Letterman will admit attempting to borrow  from many REAL COMICS – Carson, Jack Benny, Steve Allen, etc. And, it still didn’t help.   He was turned down, to his dismay , as the replacement for Johnny Carson over a decade ago because he wasn’t that good. Jay Leno was quicker, better joke teller and did a better opening monologue, as reflected in Leno’s higher ratings.  Yet, Letterman remained on the air at CBS largely for his political correctness, beloved by   his media mogul Les Moonvez (and much of Hollywood) for  his leftist slant, which began to wear thin as he continually deprecated anyone right of center .  But, In recent years even the gimmicks were...
RECORD STORE DAY Shows Vinyl’s Resurgence, Why We Love Records

RECORD STORE DAY Shows Vinyl’s Resurgence, Why We Love Records

  A look at Hollywoods Amoeba Records and why folks are lining around the block on Record Store Day…. Yes, vinyl has made an amazing comeback , with many old and new artists releasing their music on vinyl gain. Record Store Day Brings Back the Good Times in Vinyl Again Pretty exciting to have vinyl still with us today with the old and even new artists recording on it again.  For us, going to the record store for the first time in a long time and seeing little changed….plus all the new artist vinyl PLUS record players! Being able to visit the old LPs and 45s, again – the warm sounds, the art and liner notes- was like visiting an old friend. VINYL LPs or albums, as they are still known, include wonderful art, large pictures and extensive cover art and liner notes, unlike most CDs (compact discs) that later followed but have come on hard times. Today, LPs again have their own place on , yes, RECORD STORE and music store shelves and displays, like the Walter Brennan album above.     VINYL 45 rpm records ushered in the Rock and Roll era in the mid-50s as 78s were phased out. 45s were the listening media of choice and many included jacket art. There were even EPs (extended plays) or mini-albums.   It’s a modern, homeade CD but a tribute to the ERA. Until everyone gets their record players back again, items like this will help made for a transition. THE OLD IS NEW AGAIN! More classic LP art. More to follow…. RECORD STORE DAY Shows Vinyl’s Resurgence,...