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Saturday
Dec242011

The aliens are coming back today!

In 1975 a movie (narrated by Rod Serling) called The Outer Space Connection, based on the book, was released. The book claimed that the aliens would return to earth on December 24, 2011. Oh look, that's today! A July 29, 1975 Redlands Daily Facts (Redlands, CA) article about the release of the movie appears below.

[UPDATE: I obviously read the story wrong initially. It's just The Outer Space Connection, not Chariot of the Gods? that cites that date.]

Monday
Dec192011

Space Age Santa

From the December 24, 1968 Delaware County Daily Times (Chester, PA):

SPACE AGE SANTA -- Art students at Indian Lane Junior High School, Middletown, man a computer to help Santa Claus decide who's been band and who's been good. The eighth and ninth grade students and their instructor, Ronald Beasom, built the computer as part of the school's annual Christmas lobby decorations. The students are Tony James, 13, of Media (left) and Pete Byar, 14, of Middletown.

Wednesday
Dec142011

Romney's "Keep America American" as anti-union tradition

Mitt Romney is getting some flak for his use of the phrase, "Keep America American." Out of curiosity, I did a little search to find the earliest use of the phrase. The excerpt below, quoting Jack Kirby Jr., is from the May 20, 1909 New York Times. Some blogs point to the fact that the KKK used the phrase in the 1920s, but Kirby Jr.'s anti-union message in 1909 appears to be more in line with Romney's intent.

The article was titled "Kirby Challenges Unionism" and is quoting John Kirby, Jr. of the Dayton Manufacturing Company in Dayton, Ohio after he had just been elected President of the National Association of Manufacturers.

"The Labor question involves a great principle, which should not be fooled with if we are going to keep America American. The life of the American Federation of Labor is hanging by a thread, but by a well-devised plan they are seeking the aid of the women's clubs and every philanthropic and religious organization they can stick their wicked heads into to sow the seeds of socialism and anarchy."

 

Monday
Dec122011

Take two beers and call me in the morning...

This Schlitz beer ad from the August 3, 1908 Galveston Daily News (Galveston, TX) shows an American doctor and a German doctor talking about the health benefits of beer. The American doctor even prescribes Schlitz beer to his patients!

Doctors of Two Nations Agree as to the Benefits of Beer

 

American Doctor: To what, Doctor, do you attribute the success of the German people?

German Doctor: To one thing, my dear Doctor, just to their temperance.

American: But Doctore, we think of your people as heavy drinkers.

German: Ah, but the drink is beer. While other nationalities have their wines, whiskies, and vodkas containing large percentages of alcohol and very little food value, we stick to our beer with its nourshing barley and tonical hops and only 3 1/2% alcohol.

American: You say only 3 1/2% alcohol as though that ingredient were not beneficial.

German: I do not mean it in that sense. We find alcohol has a food and stimulating value when the proportion is not too great. The danger is in overstimulation, impossible when the percentage is so small as in beer.

American: Perhaps the superiority of your people may be due to the superiority of your beers.

German: Don't mistake there. We are strong admirers of your Schlitz Beer. It evidences the care used in its brewing. Its full rich flavor bring to you the taste of the barley and the hops, so often lost in the different processes. It has the sparkle and life, too, due to a perfect yeast. The freedom from germs shows careful sterilization. The fact that it does not cause biliousness proves its perfect lagering, or aging as you say.

American: This is splendid, Doctor. I have been using Schlitz Beer in my practice, prescribing it where my patients needed an easily digested food which has some tonic value. Especially beneficial, I have found it, after surgical operations where the stomach refused to retain other food. Also in cases where the patient was not inclined to drink enough to flush the system of its waste.

German: When you Americans generally appreaciate these benefits of beer, then may the Fatherland take heed of your country will outsrip us as we have our neighbors; but good progress to you and the temperance work of Schlitz, The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous.

Friday
Dec092011

The Rolodex of 1918

This ad for a Rand Card Record Machine comes from the May 18, 1918 issue of Literary Digest.

Every Card Record At a Glance -- Not Buried!

Let's assume you need instant information on a customer at Lincoln, Neb. A touch -- the L's swing into view -- and immediately the eye sights Lincoln. To read or make entry, simply shift card upward -- unnecessary to handle or remove. It's a quick, one-hand operation with the RAND Card Record Machine.