Archive for the ‘Stuff that Happened A Long Time Ago’ Category


May 14, 2016


Isn’t it great to settle back into your butterfly chair, pick up your brand new Admiral television remote control and watch a BOMARC equipped with a W-40 10Kt nuclear warhead fly off to commence nuclear Armageddon?

At least she’s not smoking those cigarettes.  They can be bad for your health.

George T. Wendlken – Our Gang Cast Member?

February 18, 2014

George T. Wendlken - Our Gang Cast Member?

He’s identified here in this July 1945 issue of Naval Aviation News as George Wendell who played “Freckles” in Hal Roach’s Our Gang movies. The problem is that it doesn’t look like there was a “Freckles” character in the Our Gang movies, and there is no listing of George Wendell in the various lists of Our Gang cast members.

As can be seen from the broadcast schedule below, George was heard literally all over the world via numerous shortwave broadcasting stations.


A 1998 obituary of George T. Wendlken appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, indicates that he was in the Our Gang movies, and was a spokesman for the Navy (As noted in Naval Aviation News) and raised $200 million dollars in war bonds.

Hard to say what is going on here, but there have been other Our Gang imposters.  See this Wikipedia page.

Atlanta Radio Station WAGA 1945 Advertisment

February 13, 2014

Atlanta Radio Station WAGA 1945 Advertisment

“Mo spice, mo pepper…”

Navy Nonsense Aboard the USS Hancock (CV-19)

December 11, 2012

Said to be made aboard the USS Hancock (CV- 19) in 1955.

It’s stupid and slapstick stuff, but couldn’t be done
in today’s uptight politically correct navy.

Get a cup of coffee, sit back and waste about 11 minutes
watching a bunch of young 1956 navy pilots goofing off.

More about the USS Hancock (CV-19)

The Edmund Fitzgerald Was Lost 37 Years Ago

November 10, 2012

Thirty-seven years ago on this day, the Great Lakes ore ship the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with all hands.

Probably nobody would remember if it were not for Gordon Lightfoot.

Here’s some more about the Edmund Fitzgerald.

1920 iPhone

October 6, 2012

Meet Rosie The Riveter

November 15, 2011

Turn up your sound and meet Rosie the Riveter.

At One Time, We Built Train Stations

June 1, 2011

Train StationUnion Station, Washington, D.C. 1910

Can You Hear Me Now IV

November 13, 2010

What movie is this from?

Can You Hear Me Now II?

May 2, 2010

Testing a 1950’s Sound Powered Phone