July 25, 2007 Weds
July 25th, 2007
Ray &Tom Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack, clowning with Berman in the boys' Room courtesy of http://www.CarTalk.com
Our Car Talk the Animated Series writers visited today from Boston to look over the artwork for our animated series and discuss more story premises. Doug Berman and Doug Mayer not only produce the Click and Clack Show, they also create the hot radio show on NPR- Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! They thought our stuff is looking pretty cool. To accommodate their fragile East-Coast biosystems, we made LA suitably humid as well as hot. PBS, our network, will hold a contest to name the new show, so stay tuned for details!
Birthdays: Thomas Eakins, Maxfield Parrish, Walter Brennan, David Belasco, Adnan Khashoggi, Imam, Jack Gilford, Illeana Douglas, Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Louise Brown the first invetro-"test-tube" baby-1978
1788- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony #40 in G minor.
1871 An electric Carrousel was patented by Wilhelm Schneider of Davenport, Iowa
1897- Young writer Jack London went to the Klondike to look for gold. He didn’t find much but did get material for a lot of good stories like the Shooting of Dan McGoo.
1909-THE WRISTWATCH- Frenchman Charles Bleriot flew the English Channel. Bleriot had no fuel gauge in his plane since they hadn't been invented yet. He knew the rate that his plane burned fuel, so he kept a clock in his cockpit to mark the time. But a problem was the engines vibrations would rattle the clock to uselessness. So he asked his friend Charles Cartier the jeweler to make him a reliable timepiece free from vibrations. Cartier created a pocketwatch that you could strap to your wrist with the clockface showing- the Wristwatch. By World War One wristwatches supplanted pocketwatches as the standard male accessory.
1936-Orchard Beach opened in the North Bronx.
1940- In Nazi occupied Paris a Gestapo agent walks into the French offices of MGM studios and confiscates the release prints of "Gone With The Wind." They are taken to Berlin for a screening for top Nazis officials. Gone with the Wind was one of Hitler’s favorite movies.
1943- The Birth of L.A. Smog! A newspaper headline from this date mentions a 'gas-attack' of exhaust and haze that reduced visibility to three short blocks.
1951- CBS conducts the first broadcast of color television. Still NBC made color tv popular in the mid 1960's.
1953-Chuck Jone's "Duck Dodgers in the 24 and 1/2 Century".
1953- New York City Subway fares rise from 10cents to 15 cents. Subway tokens are issued for the first time.
1959-"The Kitchen Debates" Vice President Richard Nixon traded catty comments with Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev at the American kitchen of the future exhibit in a Moscow Trade Show.
1965 – Folk Music star Bob Dylan was booed off stage at the Newport Folk Festival for using an electric guitar. Alan Lomax the great Smithsonian Folk Music historian got into a fistfight over it and Pete Seeger threatened to pull the electric plugs.
1968-Pope Paul VI published the encyclical Humane Vitae, which set the Church policy against all forms of birth control other than the Rhythm Method. No,No to the Pill and other contraception. This made the Pope a real buzzkill to the Swinging Sixties.
1969 - 1st performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Fillmore East in NYC.
1975 - "A Chorus Line," longest-running Broadway show (6,137), premiered.
1984- Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became 1st woman to walk in space
1985- Movie star Rock Hudson publicly acknowledged that he had AIDS.
1990 - Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at a San Diego Padre game, joke- impersonating ball players by spitting , grabbing her crotch and screeching during her rendition. It didn’t go over well with the more patriotically minded.
2000- An Air France Concord supersonic airliner exploded on takeoff, killing everyone on board. The investigation proved a piece of metal debris that fell off the previous Continental Airliner exploded one of the Concords tires and the resultant wreckage was sucked into the planes engine. Both Britain and France suspended SST flights for over a year and in 2003 discontinued them forever as being too expensive. Recently France has considered bringing back the Concord.