Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Father's Day is for being thankful, and yes I am!
Tolstoy is reported to have written, "Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man."
I hope I'm not at the "old" part yet, but it is surprising to look around at all of the things and other people that have come along since I came around!
Photos of my Mom and Dad, taken in my own adulthood, don't show the strength, the humor, and the faith on the inside. Considering all the shortsighted, selfish, and antisocial elements in my emotional makeup, it's great for the world as well as for me that these wonderful folks were saddled with me.
And now, two Fatherly things. One is from our friend Nick at Grammarly. It's a Father's Day grammar quiz that's brief and fun.
The other is a tale ending in some good advice: When we first discovered that Joyce was pregnant (in fall/winter of 1982), I asked my dad if he would give me some advice on how to be a good father.
He said, "The best way to be a good father is to be a good husband."
Thank you, Dad!
Thursday, June 18, 2015
As more proof of my obsessive, nut-gathering personality, here are two more bunches of songs about outer space, the space race, and all that.
1 - (When You) See Those Flying Saucers The Buchanan Brothers 1947
2 - Rocket Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones 1957
3 - Tiny Space Man Bill Carlisle 1957
4 - The Flying Saucer Goes West Buchanan and Goodman 1958
5 - Outer Space Santa The Lennon Sisters 1958
6 - Mope-itty Mope Boss-Tones 1959
7 - Asteroid Hop Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra 1959
8 - Beep Beep Louis Prima 1959
9 - Beep, Beep Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans 1959
10 - UFOs Soul, Inc 1967
11 - Have You Seen the Saucers Jefferson Airplane 1970
12 - Supersonic Rocket Ship The Kinks 1972
13 - UFOs Undisputed Truth 1975
14 - Waiting for the UFOs Graham Parker 1979
15 - Flying Saucer Safari Suburban Lawns 1981
16 - The Alien Song (for those who listen) Milla Jovovich 1994
17 - Subterranean Homesick Alien Radiohead 1997
18 - Fell in Love With an Alien The Kelly Family 1997
19 - Space Robot Five Brave Saint Saturn 2000
20 - Outer Space Song Pinky and Perky 2002
21 - UFOs, Big Rigs and BBQ Mojo Nixon 2005
22 - Devil Woman from Outer Space Rezurex 2006
23 - Space Craze Rick McGuire 2006
24 - Pluto Clare and The Reasons 2007
25 - The Planet Mars The Corillions 2007
26 - Robot Monster Damon Alexander & the Ten Cent Rentals 2008
27 - The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space) They Might Be Giants 2009
You can find out more info about the cover art by following the links in the original post.
1 Rockin' in the Rocket Room The Larks 1954
2 Flying Saucer Rocket Ferrell Duncan and His Rockers 1955
3 Flying Saucers (unissued) The Thunderbirds 1957
4 The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor The Big Bopper 1958
5 Hello World Horace Heller 1959
6 Shooting for the Moon Carl & Norman 1960
7 The Moon's Not Meant for Lovers (Anymore) The Royal Teens 1960
8 I Go Into Orbit Johnny Acey 1962
9 Rocket Ride Johnny Greco 1963
10 Moon Race The Citations 1963
11 The Invasion Buchanan & Greenfield 1964
12 War Of The Worlds The Atlantics 1964
13 Moon Child The Ventures 1964
14 Solar Race The Ventures 1964
15 Everyone's Gone To The Moon Jonathan King 1965
16 Lunar Funk The Fabulous Counts 1969
17 Saturn Gene Page 1978
18 Destination Venus The Rezillos 1978
19 Man on the Moon MTV 1983
20 Fly Me To The Moon The Legendary Space Cowboy 1984
21 I Took A Trip (on the Space Shuttle) The Legendary Space Cowboy 1984
22 Creature from Outer Space Big Eyed Beans from Venus 1985
23 Spaceships Have Landed Frances Cannon and the Extraterrestrials 1987
24 Rocket to Nowhere Webb Wilder 1996
25 Little Green Man Godless Wicked Creeps 1997
26 Dangerous Tools Frances Baskerville 1999
27 Flying Saucer Astronaut Wife 2003
28 Spooks in Space Aural Exciters 2003
The cover art is from Frank Stranges’ book Flying Saucerama.
See you later, fellas!