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The Gas House - Venice 0

The Weirdos On Your Block – When Venice Had A Beatnik Problem – 1959 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles.

News clips, various stations and broadcasts – August 1959 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – L.A. has never been a town to shy away from controversy – the city was practically built on it. Unlike former rival San Francisco, who embraced quirky and bohemian almost like a long-lost relative, L.A....

The Middle-East Peace process 0

March 11, 1979 – Searching For The World’s Oldest Dream – A Middle-East Peace Settlement.

News for this week in 1979 had much to do with fits and starts of a Middle East Peace Settlement. In what started as a grand and hopeful gesture became one of caution and unease. Egyptian Premier Anwar Sadat, hailed earlier for his historic visit to Israel in 1977 was...

Canter's 1967

It’s 1967 – You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s Monday Night, October 2, And BMR Means Better Music Radio on KFWB

Another installment of Teenage life in the 1960s and the L.A. Radio that was inseparable along with it. Tonight it’s BMR and KFWB and Monday night, October 2, 1967. The news was strange – San Francisco just had the Death of Hippy march in the Haight earlier – the new...

Egypt Protests - Arab Spring

January 25-February 11, 2011 – The Odyssey Of Tahrir – Arab Spring And The Ouster Of Mubarak –

January 25-February 11, 2011 – News Reports – interviews – eyewitness accounts – BBC -ABC (Australia) – CBC – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 25-February 11, 2011 – Ten years ago. Maybe not that far in the deep-distant past, but far enough to be able to look back and...

University of Texas Shooting 1966

America The Violent – 1969 – The Ghastly Things We Do – A Society Of Folded Hands – Past Daily Reference Room

Another School Shooting – another invasion of what once was Safe Haven – another stain on our society. Another period of mourning, of grief, of anger, of hand-wringing. Another period of vows and proclamations. Another period of fingers pointing. Another period of cries and heartbreak. Another period of eerie silence....

Sandinista rebels

January 15, 1984 – Bringing Central America To The Boil – And The Word Is Sandinista.

Thirty-seven years ago this week, the simmering stew of politics and saber-rattling hit the boiling point in Central America. With news that a U.S. Helicopter had been forced down near the border between Honduras and Nicaragua and claims that Sandinista rebels killed the pilot after he stepped out of the...

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America

December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...

Warsaw - December 1981

December 18, 1981 – Revenge Of The Warsaw Pressure Cooker – The Saga Of Solidarity.

The saga of Solidarity and the mass strikes in Poland continued and escalated, this December 18, 1981. Despite efforts at a crackdown and imposition of martial law, people hit the streets in the thousands to protest heavy-handed tactics of the police and military. Police responded by using rubber clubs and...

December 17, 1999 – Unfolding A Plot – Threats Of Carnage: Real And Disgruntled.

News on this December 17th in 1999 that, on the surface like another in a series of promised mayhem for the turn of the Century coming up. But we didn’t know at the time just how sinister this thing was going to go. The latest was the arrest of Ahmed...

December 15, 1981 – The Official Press Says Poland Is Calm –

A world of unease, this December 15th in 1981. Starting with news of a purported calm descending over Poland in wake of the latest and growing set of strikes sweeping the country. The State News agency also took steps to cut off all communications between Warsaw and the rest of...