Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In the 1940's, The New York World-Telegram and Sun sports cartoonist Willard Mullin painted this beautiful tribute to his regular hang-out, the legendary Toot's Shor's circular bar. He featured many of the regulars including Joe E. Lewis and Joe DiMaggio, the giant saloon keeper Toots himself (in the foreground) with his tiny wife "Baby" and various newspaper journalists, columnists, sportswriters and fellow cartoonists:
Monday, January 28, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The original fun poster image was created by the great illustrator Jack Davis a year before his iconic "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" poster, but for some unknown reason, finally not used. Instead it was used for the films publicity, promotional handouts, ("slicks"), newspaper ads, and for several of the foreign posters for the film.
Here's the original, rarely seen (entire) Jack Davis Image:
|click to enlarge|
|and an ad using the entire image|
thanks to Jerry Beck & Mark Newgarden
Thursday, January 10, 2013
|David Frye in 1972, posed in |
front of his "Richard Nixon
When Nixon resigned in 1974, Frye's career inevitably took a nosedive and despite several comeback attempts including a Bill Clinton album, he never quite rebounded. He died in early 2011 in Las Vegas.
|Frye also did a perfect Nixon facial imitation|
|David Frye's first album from 1969, cover art by Edward Sorel|
|Frye's second album from 1971, cover art by the one and only Jack Davis|
|From 1972, narrated by Frye as Billy Graham, cover art by Sandy Huffaker|
|Frye's forth and final Nixon album, from 1973. Gabe Kaplan was one of the writers and performers. I'm unsure who made the Nixon puppet|
Listen to the entire album here:
|the CD reissue of "Richard Nixon: A Fantasy", with newly added material|
|"I Am the President" became Frye's popular catch phrase|
|David Frye on the Smothers Brothers show|
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In 1972, entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., a lifelong Democrat shocked the country by supporting President Richard M. Nixon who was running for reelection and giving him a famous hug on stage at a youth rally during the Republican convention in Miami. This proved to be very controversial, and Sammy received hostile reactions from his friends (aside from Frank Sinatra), democrats, blacks and southern Nixon supporters. He would later undertake a USO tour of Vietnam at the behest of the Nixon Administration.
As a thank you for helping to get him reelected, Nixon invited Sammy to the White House on several occasions, and along with his wife Altovise, to a grand reception in 1973 hosted by Bob Hope. The Davis's were invited to sleep in the White House which is believed to be the first time a black couple was invited to do so. Sammy would later write that he regretted his alliance with Nixon and felt that he was ultimately misled.
1972 in Miami:
|cover to an 8-page brochure issued in 1972 highlighting the Nixon administrations accomplishments for black Americans|
Photos from two visits Sammy Davis Jr. and his wife made to the White House in 1973:
|Cover art by Robert Grossman|