Peter Benchley's idea
Pete got the idea
from great white shark attack off shore of Rhode Island in '64.
Jaws was the first book I ever read with a sex scene in it. I
think I was in the sixth grade...
Sure she's had some
stinkers, but Speed rocked and anybody who dances salsa and flamenco
like she does has got something going on.
Longest surviving organ
Kidney transplanted to Frenchwoman on Oct 17, 1964.
36 years and counting.
painter/artiste and proprietor of a fine web site. Although she
says, "I'd Rather Eat Glass",
I imagine she could be tempted towards other activities.
The Black Cat Pub
A nice smoky
neighborhood tavern in Sellwood, Oregon with three shuffleboard
tables, making it the official Push site of the famous Mike Lutz Putt,
Bowl, and Push in 1994. Few things smoother than a good glide to
Glenn Gould interruptus
The brilliant and troubled Canadian pianist who channeled Bach quit
live performances at the height of his career in 1964 at age 32.
In high school I got his Little Bach Book on audiocassette from
Columbia Records and listened to Goldberg Variations over and over and
Somehow this seemed the most "exotic" fast food restaurant
growing up in Longview, Washington. That great big cowboy hat
sign probably did it. Cathy worked at an Arby's in high school
and won't go near another. I, on the other hand, have no such
Dr. Fiona Hunger of
First biologist to discover evidence of
prostitution in another species beside humans. Penguins.
Only play for pay ever documented in the animal kingdom. "There
are no pimps. The women choose to do it."
Sartre's autobiography ("Words") for which he was awarded,
but declined, the Nobel Prize for Literature. You have to have
serious existentialist cojones to turn down the Nobel Prize.
Jean-Paul had 'em.
Addams Family and The Munsters
This is just too
winningest female jockey of 1996, critically injured at Portland
Meadows in 1998 ending her career.
co-founder Gordon Moore predicted in 1964 that the number of
transistors on a silicon chip would at least double every 18 months.
So far he has been eerily accurate. (Sometimes attributed to a
talk he gave in 1965. I'm not buying it. He had this idea
rattling around before that.)
John Cage of Ally
The whistling nose,
the Barry White obsession, "taking a moment", the
devastating closing arguments. Oh, yes. The Biscuit is
St. Louis Arch
Designed by Finnish
architect Eero Saarinen, the Arch represents a gateway to the West at
what was the jump off point for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Once considered the
best big man in the basketball world. The Portland Trailblazers
drafted him in 1986, just two years before he led the Soviet Olympic
team to gold over the American team which featured Danny Manning and
Mitch Richmond. The Lithuanian finally became a Blazer in
1995 after spending 6 years in the Spanish league. A truly great
center alongside Drexler, Porter, and Kersey would have been a
devastating combination against the Bulls in the 1992 NBA
Championship. Sabas was at the height of his powers.
Without him we nearly took Game 6 in Chicago. With him there
would have been a serious dent in the Bulls dynasty.
The Ford Mustang
Introduced 4 days before I was born on
April 17. Me and a co-worker were in New Orleans on business and
were seated not far from the stage of a Bourbon Street bar, when a
couple in their early 50's sat on our laps and beaded us. The
band was playing a kickass tune inspired by the car: "Mustang
Noted for her
parochial school diva spazoid Saturday Night Live character, Mary
Katherine Gallagher, Molly is set to perform the role of Betty Lou Who
in the new live action version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, due
to be released in Fall 2000.
Fistful of Dollars,
a remake of Akira Kurosowa's "Yojimbo", was the first of a
series of Western films shot in Spain in 1964 featuring an unknown
actor named Clint Eastwood.
70's sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, convicted of robbing a video store in
1991. Died of a Loritab overdose just weeks after a Spring 1999
Howard Stern interview (which I heard most of).
Orbison's classic track, not the movie, silly.
Back in my early
work days, when things were slow my old friend Dave would occasionally
break into a wistful "Chim-chiminy chim-chiminy chim-chim charoo"
from the Disney film. One of Dave's many fine qualities.
The Mothers of
Frank Zappa's band.
He's a composer dammit, not a rock star. Just ask Moon Unit or
She once had Jungle
Fever and lived in Copland. Had to settle for only half a
million for What Dreams May Come.
I hope to see some
form of lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians in my
Believe it or not,
this smarmy Dean Martin song beat out the Beatles for the number one
spot on the charts for just one week in 1964. When I was very
little, I remember his t.v. show which was very weird and playboyish.
His schtick was pretending he was drunk all the time which I found to
be very creepy and not funny at all. The books say that it was
all an act and that he didn't drink that much. Hmm...
Mississippi, 3 organizations (SNCC, CORE, NAACP) came together to form
30 Freedom Schools to teach over 3000 people about black history and
civil rights philosophy. "Freedom Schools were
often targets of white mobs. So also were the homes of local African
Americans involved in the campaign. That summer 30 black homes and 37
black churches were firebombed. Over 80 volunteers were beaten by
white mobs or racist police officers and three men, James Chaney,
Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux
Klan on 21st June, 1964. This attempt to frighten others from joining
the campaign failed and by late 1964 over 70,000 students had taken
part in Freedom
Night Live player who died of a drug overdose. I'll never forget
the first time I saw the sketch where he plays the freaky motivational
speaker that warns kids to fly right or they'll end up like him
"living in a VAN down by the RIVER!"
Rudolph the Red Nosed
This Rankin-Bass production is generally recognized (along
with the Grinch That Stole Christmas) as the show that defined the
holiday for a generation.
Drugstore Cowboy, easily one of the 10 best films shot in
Oregon. Directed by Portland's Gus Van Sant.
Recipe for a
Roger Penrose proves
that the key ingredient that must accompany an imploding star is the
formation of an event horizon. These two together will always
form a singularity: the place of infinite mass and infinite gravity
known as a black hole.
Born 4 days after
me on April 25, Hank is best known for the plethora of Simpson's
characters that he voices: Moe, Apu, Snake, Comicbook Guy, and about a
A Great Escape
Fifty-seven East Berliners
escape through a tunnel dug out under the Berlin Wall over a 2 day
period. This is the most that will escape together in the
remaining 19 years of the boundary.
MCA of the Beastie
Boys. There was just too much music going on in 1986. So
when Licensed to Ill came out, I was just not ready for the
Boys. Now I'm cranking No Sleep Till Brooklyn in the car 14
years later and doing some serious head banging. This puppy
really holds up well.
This is one of
those cartoons that you love or you just don't care. I was never
a big JQ fan, but I did dig the opening montage.
my birthday, star of the 1996 Czech short film, "Almost Mating
Somehow, all these
years later, that weird musical production of Hamlet set to the music
of Bizet's Carmen keeps rattling around in my head...
berry-berry good for Jim Backus. In addition to his inimitable
stylings as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan, he voiced this very odd,
very near sighted cartoon character.
Alex, what is a
year when a lot of really weird stuff happened? I'll take Stupid
Things Chris Has Done for 500.
The other night I
watched one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen on
television. It was a National Geographic Special that shows how
a severe drought at a small section of an African river devastates the
local wildlife. The suffering and savagery were almost too much
too watch as the creatures faded and turned on each other.
Lead singer for
Pearl Jam. Sometimes Eddie sets up a little pirate radio station
in the parking lot outside the venue they're playing. I like
New York 1964 World's
"Man in a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe."
Flushing Meadow in Queens. Most European countries and the
Communist bloc boycotted it because it wasn't actually the U.S. turn
for a World's Fair. It featured wacky stuff like the
Dupont's "The Happy Plastic Family", General Motor's
Futurama and a Saturn V rocket. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission had
rejected a Fair proposal to build and operate a mobile nuclear fission
plant at the Fair.