Monthly Archive: June 2012

June 29, 1940 – The Uncomfortable Closeness

With a comparative dearth of news for this June 29th in 1940, the subject of speculation over the situation in the Far East became the main topic of conversation for NBC Commentator/newscaster H.V. Kaltenborn. Since the Japanese were spreading out over all areas of the region; China, Hong-Kong, Indo-China, and...

Harry S. Truman Has A Word Or Two About Healthcare In America In 1952.

With the news today almost exclusively about the SCOTUS decision on the Healthcare, it’s good to be reminded every now and then that the subject of affordable Healthcare for all Americans isn’t something that appeared on the Obama agenda in 2010. It’s been around, and around for a long time....

June 27, 1950 – A Place Called Korea.

This June 27th in 1950 was a nervous one. With the words World War Three peppering most newscasts and newspapers, the notion that America got itself knee-deep in a shooting war in Korea felt ominous, to say the least. On June 25th, North Korea declared a state of war with...

Nights At The Roundtable – Pale Saints – 1991

Taking a detour through Madchester tonight with an appearance by Pale Saints and a track off their 1991 ep Flesh Balloon. Kinky Love (tonight’s track) may sound slightly familiar because it began life as a Nancy Sinatra song many years earlier. But in the eminently capable Shoegaze hands of Pale...

A Word From Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

It was with a great sense of sadness that I heard the news late this afternoon of the passing of Nora Ephron. Truly, one of the legendary Writer/Directors in the film world, but more than that, one of the great Journalists, whose numerous essays appearing in Esquire Magazine in the...

Past Daily Reference Room – Saving The WPA In 1939

The WPA (Works Progress Administration) and The NRA (National Recovery Act) were programs put in motion during the first years of the Roosevelt “New Deal” program, in an effort to get America back on its feet from the crippling depression of the late 1920’s. The WPA was a wide-ranging and...