Monday, October 8, 2012

Columbus, Tura Satana, Chavez, and the Upper Crust

•In honor of Columbus Day, a clip ending with a line about Columbus that is my favorite moment from the infamous Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

•Curvy star Tura Satana passed away last year, and though in real life, she was everything from b-movie actress and exotic dancer to rape victim and martial artist, perhaps the most amazing thing – even more amazing than her reported refusal of Elvis Presley’s proposal of marriage – is that she was briefly a Los Angeles police dispatcher.

•And the Spanish-influenced bits of the New World got just a bit more socialistic yesterday after Venezuela, alas, voted the authoritarian Hugo Chavez another six-year term and no doubt six more years of consolidating power and shutting down rivals and independent media.  

•But on a somewhat brighter presidential note, here in the U.S. there is a book about JFK on the NYT bestsellers list right now edited by a Brown historian who was once the Upper Crust guitar player/back-up vocalist known as Lord Rockingham: Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.

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