Monday, July 21, 2014

A documentary tribute to Hemingway

For Ernest Hemingway's birthday, pause to view this amazing documentary. It's worth the time. Then take some time to read or reread Hemingway's books.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Edgar Snow wrote on Mao and Red China

Edgar Snow with Mao Zedong in the 1930s and in the 1970s (inset).
It is the birthday of journalist Edgar Snow (1905), whose book, Red Star Over China (1937), is considered one of the most important works on China in the 1930s during the rise of the Communist Party. The book contained the most extensive interview with Mao Zedong that had been seen in the West at the time. Snow spent considerable time with the leaders of the Community Party, including Mao and Zhou Enlai. Snow’s book  Battle For Asia (1941) was based on his visit to Japanese-occupied areas of Asia before the United States entered World War II. Snow also wrote of Japanese atrocities against the Chinese in Scorched Earth (1941). He covered the war for the Saturday Evening Post. During the 1950s, he was investigated by the anti-Communist McCarthy committee. In 1970, he learned on a visit to China that President Nixon would be welcome there but Snow died before that historic trip took place in 1972.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Horler created Brit hero Tiger Standish

It is the birthday of British thriller writer Sydney Horler (1888), whose novel Tiger Standish (1932) introduces a tall, ugly-handsome, two-fisted hero cast in the Bulldog Drummond mold. Standish was a freelance British counter-espionage agent with a penchant for rescuing damsels in distress and meting out justice to dastardly criminals. He is a pipe-smoking member of the British upper class with a manservant, and a cat named Richard the Lion, to whom he confides his inner thoughts. Standish was popular in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. Horler wrote 157 novels, many of them featuring Standish. He also wrote several nonfiction books, including London’s Underworld (1934), which he spent a month researching in the city’s high crime neighborhoods.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy birthday, Art Linkletter

It is the birthday of radio and TV personality Art Linkletter (1912), who hosted the CBS radio and television show, House Party, for 25 years, and the NBC radio and television show, People Are Funny, for 19 years. One of the most popular segments on House Party was Kids Say the Darndest Things, in which he interviewed children. Early in his career, Linkletter was arrested for falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. (He was born in Canada). He was fined $500. In the 1950s, Linkletter invested heavily in the hula hoop. Here’s some vintage Art Linkletter.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy birthday, Shoeless Joe Jackson

Babe Ruth (left) and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
It is the birthday of talented baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson (1887), who was banned from the game after 1920 for his alleged involvement in the Black Sox Scandal in which several Chicago White Sox players were accused of trying to fix the 1919 World Series in exchange for payoffs from big-time gamblers. The players were acquitted in court but banned just the same. Some scholars believe Jackson was never involved in the fix. 8 Men Out (1963) by Eliot Asinof deals with the scandal and implicates Jackson. It was the basis of the 1988 film. The novel Shoeless Joe (1982) by W.P. Kinsella is a fantasy about an Iowa corn farmer who builds a baseball park in his field so Shoeless Joe and his fellow players can redeem themselves. It was the basis of the movie Field of Dreams (1989).

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