Paul Harvey R.I.P.

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Paul Harvey, a familiar radio voice for six decades who used long pauses to punctuate his delivery of news and observations, died today in Phoenix. He was 90.
Harvey’s death was announced in a statement by ABC Radio Networks where his “News and Comment” was a fixture aired from coast to coast since 1951. He had impressed network executives with high ratings in Chicago, where he’d been a newscaster at ABC affiliate WENR-AM since 1944.
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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

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One of the best of the worst. I used to watch this on television as a child, and even then it wasn’t scary as much as campy. Through combing the internet I’ve found that there are lots of articles written about this 1962 film, the best one being from a site called 1000misspent hours.com It has also been posted on YouTube, split into seven short installations. Just Click Here!

E. Simms Campbell

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E. Simms Campbell was the first African American artist hired by a national publication, Esquire magazine, and the first black syndicated cartoonist. While he is perhaps best known for his voluptuous enchantresses and “Esky”–the white-mustachioed, bulging-eyed connoisseur of feminine pulchritude–featured in Esquire, Campbell produced award-winning artwork for numerous periodicals throughout his career. He was a master cartoonist of urbane humor, caricaturist, and artist.
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1951 Buick XP-300

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Envisioned by Charles Chayne, head of GM Engineering at the time, the Buick XP 300 was conceived as an experiment in styling and engineering. The lightweight aluminum body and skirted rear wheel openings make the XP 300 appear as if it is floating. Coupled with a high horsepower engine, Charles Chayne himself tested the XP 300’s performance by reaching more than 140 miles per hour during an engineering test run.
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Choros Que Marcaram Epoca

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When I discovered Choro music some years ago it seemed to give me a whole new lease on life. For those not familiar, the Choro is Brazilian Salon Music that spanned several decades, reaching its peak in the 30’s & 40’s. It’s considered to be the precursor of the Bossa Nova that came to worldwide popularity in the late 50’s/early 60’s. This compilation has some great early examples and a nice variety of rarities from the 40’s-50’s. There is an extraordinary track in particular that sounds like Les Paul-definitely worth checking out.
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