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Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moses’s great boondoggle: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part I].

Forty-nine years ago today, on April 21, 1965, the New York World’s Fair opened for its second season. (Tomorrow, April 22, is the anniversary of the opening of its first … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mashup Storypitch: “Tiffany’s Apartment: Breakfast of Madness.”

This is the first in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): the original Benihana, 47 West 56th Street.

This is my second Mad Men Geography post (I think I’m going to create a tag for that!). The first is here. Above you see the facade of a Benihana Japanese … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Forgotten flight: the lonely voyage of Apollo 6, and the terrible day it happened.

Forty-six years ago today a rocket blasted off from Cape Kennedy in Florida, orbited the Earth three times, and splashed down 10 hours later in the Pacific Ocean north of … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location: the Draper residence, 783 Park Avenue.

I love Mad Men, the AMC television series about ad execs in the 1960s. I love it. It may be the greatest show I’ve ever watched in my life, possibly even … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Someone else’s childhood: the false mirror of 80s teen movies.

Were you a teenager in America in the 80s? If so, chances are pretty good that you have a soft spot in your heart for certain movies that depicted your … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

The myth of the 38 idle witnesses: The murder of Kitty Genovese.

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most infamous murders in recent American history. On March 13, 1964, at about 3:15 in the morning, Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Disappeared: Anita Kay Drake, missing 51 years.

By Peter J. Henderson, Jr. This is the second part of a 2-part series. The prologue to this article is here. Anita Kay Drake Case Type: Endangered Missing – Foul … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment
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