Last Friday marked the 85th anniversary of Popeye the Sailor Man's first appearance, in the popular E. C. Segar comic strip "Thimble Theater." We here at p3strikes up the band for him. Hat-tip to artist, historian, and FB contact Bobby London
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On this date in 1975, "Mandy" became Barry Manilow's first #1 hit. Both "Mandy" and "Could It Be Magic" went on to land Manilow in the Billboard Top 100 for 1975 (#36 and #38, respectively).Here's Grand Funk Railroad.
The president's big speech on the NSA today was an extended exercise in running in place. The one thing it was not was an ability to strike a "balance
Yes, Chris Christie's inner jerk has been rediscovered by people who somehow missed it the first time around. So let's just get it out of our system. By the way: To all of those non-Republicans who imagine this will end Christie's presiden
I saw Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Roseland Theater in Portland in March of 1998. They were wonderful. Delightful. Precision, articulation, joy.
I imagine that many of my friends in the Northeast and Midwest are formulating a resolution for 2014: Spending next winter in the Southwest. Stay warm, and . . . well, just stay warm.Today's toons were found buried under seven feet of snow on an even-day street somewhere in
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll died yesterday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74. An apocrophal apocry
Thanks so much to Batocchio for (1) carrying on the generous Jon Swift tradition of taking a moment (well, clearly a lot more than a "moment") at the end of the year to give a shout-out to blogs who are working on the dark side of
If you’re not your own best editor, someone else will come along with a dull blade. - Author Mike Sagar, promoting his latest b
(Update: Happy 91st birthday to Marvel Comics impresario Stan "The Man" Lee! Excelsior!)What's been happening this week? Well, Vladimir Putin is putting on the most tra
Here's how it was written up in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat 118 years ago yesterday: Under the headline "Shot in Curtis's Place," the story that ran in the next day's edition of the St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat began,
Via Charlie Pierce, We are Two Nations: A Christmas Serial.Part One.Part Two
Even if you've never seen this classic episode of Dragnet from Christmas Eve 1953, in which Sgt. Friday and his partner have to search for the statue of the baby Jesus from a church nativity scene, or the remake of the same story in the 1970s, or the radio version of the same story from the late 1940s, you've probably heard
So this happened:
Except for the whole pay and the job insecurity thing, it wasn't a bad week to be a political cartoonist. I mean, as far as I know none of them were hanged this week, so that's something right there. And you've got the whole Duck Dynasty fooforaw, the Do-Nothing Congress declaring itself to be on vacat
On this date in 1974, Harry Chapin had his first -- and last -- number one hit. "Cat's In The Cradle" was Chapin's last big hit, and though he retained a loyal fan base through the remaind
There it is: The winter equinox hits this morning at 9:11 Pacific Standard Time. Tomorrow, we'll get an extra three seconds of sunlight, and I'll be able to tell each one.
Over for now, anyway. I was standing in line at a cash register, getting ready to pay for something I didn't really need but thought might save a trip later, when this strange, cold feeling came over me. I was like the movie hero who survives the climactic gun-battle, but realizes a few moments late
I got rid of cable TV some years ago. It was partly because I was getting more of my programming online. Partly because AMC (which used to stand for American Movie Cl
And other ironies, including:Andrew Snowden wasn't the Timeperson of the year. The Republicans have a way to make their candidates look like they don't hold women in utter contempt. And a presidential selfie infuriated the most narcissistic politicials and pundits in America.
Forty-three years ago today, Smokey Robinson finally charted at #1 with Tears of a Clown (it should have happened five years earlier with Tracks of my Tears, but what are you gonna do?).
No sir. He's back in his comfort zone: On Wednesday, Florida sta
Turns out the city I'm visiting has a special little place in history I never knew about: On this day in 1958, Robert H. W. Welch Jr. founded the John B
Okay, so p3's SMT review going to be pretty slim pickin's this week.It lost out to a concatenation of factors:Time-zone shift and the increasing inability of my body to reset quickly.A to-do list that's been 12 months in the making (and as of this afternoon I've only completed thre
Feeling good about Il Papa's outburst against unrestrained capitalism, but he found time yesterday to remind us that gay marriage is bad, so no cartoons for him today.And sorry to see that Thanksgiving has become for Americans what most of them also consider Boxing Day – t
(Original post: 5/31/10 Updated below.)After last winter's visit with the family back at the farm (what I sometimes like to call "Walton's Mountain without the mountain"), I came home with four of my dad's WWII Army service ribbons. (No idea where the medals are, though they may have been donated with the rest
What's new this week other than great deals on mattresses? Well, Oklahoma got trashed and its congressional reps can't decide if it should get no federal help or none at all. And Apple, the ultra-cool corporation that has its iPads built in Chinese industrial hell-holes, also moves its profits offshore to make s
Happy 72nd birthday (yesterday) to Hibbard MN's favorite son: Bob Dylan Lay Lady Lay by FISHNCHIX2If your browser wo
As an U.N.C.L.E.-phile of long standing (see the banner above – no, farther to the right – yup, there it is), there are no words with which I can adequately express what a relief this is: It’s b
Okay, this feels a little like quibbling, but I'm having a hard time seeing how Dimon being told he can be either CEO or chairman of the largest bank in America -- but not both -- really qualifies as