1950’s

Election 1956

Election 1956 – Gimme That Old Time Aspersion – Weekend Reference Room

Election 1956 – American Forum – May 27, 1956 – NBC-Monitor – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Election 1956. Political parties battling for the hearts and minds of America – the beauty contest, the innuendo, the festival of mud tossed back and forth. Same as it ever was. There has...

President Truman

President Truman Holds A Press Conference – January 3, 1952

President Truman Press Conference – January 3, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – President Truman held a press conference, this January 3rd in 1952. True-to-form for most press conferences during his administration. Simple, direct; no frills. Just information and simple yes/no or “that’s my business” answers. During this press...

Robert Erickson

Music Of Robert Erickson With Ernst Krenek And The Hamburg Radio Symphony – 1954 – Weekend Gramophone

Robert Erickson – Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra – Hamburg Radio Symphony – Ernst Krenek, cond – 1954 – NWDR – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – The music of American composer Robert Erickson this weekend. Erickson, who was born in Michigan and later moved to the West Coast was a...

New Years Eve -Times Square 1957

New Years Eve – Times Square – December 31, 1957 – Count Basie And The Year Of The Sputnik

New Years Eve – Times Square 1957 – Birdland – Count Basie – December 31, 1957 – NBC Radio – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – New Years Eve 1957: Times Square. 1957, like every other year, a celebration and a mass of people, converging on Times Square in New York...

New York City 1955

December 30, 1955 – Cold War, Taking Stock, The Road Ahead

December 30, 1955 – News broadcasts, commentaries – various networks – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – December 30,1955 – In 1955, as in 2016, the day before New Year‘s Eve fell on a Friday – the weekend was set aside for celebrating and the ever-present singing of Auld lang Syne....

The kid Drink Vendor in Beirut.

In Search Of Time’s Man Of The Year In 1958 – Past Daily Gallimaufry

Bill Downs Commentary – CBS Radio – December 1958 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – As it always is, the end of just about every year brings a flood of reflections, what-if’s and ironies. 1958 certainly joins the ranks of the dim-distant past, and most likely very few, if any...

Congressman JFK

Congressman JFK Peers Into The Future -1951 – Past Daily Reference Room

Congressman John F. Kennedy – Meet The Press – December 2, 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Before he became Senator Kennedy and before he became President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy was Congressman Kennedy from Massachusetts. Elected in 1948 Kennedy, like many of his wartime contemporaries (i.e. Congressman Richard...

Gen. Abboud of Sudan

November 17, 1958 – A Big Freeze And A Bloodless Coup

November 17, 1958 – WJR-AM Detroit, News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – November 17, 1958 – Cold War tensions topped the news on this day. Russian planes were accused of attacking U.S. planes twice in a single day, which prompted a flurry of complaints lodged against Moscow by the...

Dissent In America

Dissent In America – 1960 – Past Daily Reference Room

Dissent In America – The Open Mind – April 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Dissent in America. What was going on, what was it up to, who was dissenting, how were they dissenting? Was dissent real, or was it a knee-jerk/feel-good exercise that lasted only a few minutes...