May 2010

The Home Where Elvis Was Born

Elvis' parents wanted a home before Elvis was born, so Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, borrowed $180 from the man he worked for at the dairy farm. "$180?" you might ask, "Did he borrow that money to pay the closing costs? Is that what closing costs were back then?"

No, $180 was the amount he needed to build the entire house. I know, I know - that won't even buy a front door these days. Times have changed. read more...

A Woman Cooks Inside, and a Man Cooks Outside

Wally wants to know why women do all the cooking inside the kitchen, while men do all the cooking outside. You'll get a kick out of Ward's answer in the video, and don't miss what Ward says at the end about the gloves. What kind of gloves? You'll see!  read more...

Mother - Starring Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds

Mother's Day is coming up, and I thought I'd share the trailer for the film "Mother", one of the best comedies of the 90's. It's about a science fiction writer who just got divorced, so he decides to move back in with his mom as a project, hoping this will give him a better understanding of women and why he has had failed relationships. read more...

Happy 60th Birthday Stevie Wonder! 1968 - The Ed Sullivan Show

Today is Stevie Wonder's 60th birthday! To celebrate, here's Stevie Wonder performing "For Once in My Life" on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968. This is one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs. One thing I find about Stevie, is that when he performs live, each performance is different. That's because music just pours out of his soul and just goes where it needs to go. When I think of the musicians who seem to be the absolute most connected to music, Stevie is on that list.  read more...

The Farmer's Market in Los Angeles

Summer is approaching, that time of year when people particularly enjoy visiting local farm stands and farmer's markets. One of the most famous farmers markets in the U.S. is The Farmer's Market in Los Angeles, which celebrated it's 75th anniversary last year.  read more...

40 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne in 1970 - Black Sabbath Live!

This live performance of "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath was recorded in Paris forty years ago. Little did anyone know back in 1970 that the lead singer of this band, Ozzy Osbourne would one day star in something called a "reality show". I wasn't born yet when this video was recorded, but I can remember hearing this song throughout my childhood regardless because it had already become a hard rock classic. As a little girl, I thought this song sounded hard core, but catchy. Forty years later after this live performance, the song STILL rocks. read more...

Evel Knievel - One my favorite 70's toys for boys

When I was a little girl, I believed that certain toys were for boys, certain toys were or girls, and there were certain toys designed to be played with by boys and girls, such as board games, Snoopy, and plastic sand buckets.  read more...

How to apply 1940's make-up and choose a hairstyle that best suits the shape of your face

According to this video, "the ideal facial contour is supposed to be the oval." 

I am not sure who set that standard, but I can tell you that I've never read a personal ad where a man is seeking a woman with a "perfect oval face". Nor have I seen men approach women at a bar or club to compliment them on their "beautiful ovalness".  read more...

Million Dollar Mermaid - Esther Williams plays the role of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman

The scenes in this video are from a 50's movie called "Million Dollar Mermaid", which I have never seen. I found it by looking for synchronized swimming which lead to videos of a variety of water ballet and water dancing. This video had so many stunning scenes. Don't give up on watching it because you will continue to be mesmerized. At times, it feels as though you are looking into a kaleidoscope. 

If this doesn't inspire you and your friends to get cracking on swim routines to show off at the public pools this summer, I don't know what will! 

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On this night, Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy

On this night in 1962, Marilyn Monroe was singing "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Since then, many people have imitated and recreated this moment in time. Was it the way she sang it? Was it because she was Marilyn Monroe? Was it because of who she was singing it to? Maybe it had to be the combination of the three to create this sort of magical memory for people. read more...