Thursday, January 09, 2020

1968 Reviews of the White Album

 Time mag had the above to say about The Beatles, aka "the White Album," on December 6, 1968.  It's "a sprawling, motley assemblage," among other things.
"Caveat emptor," Newsweek said on December 9, 1968.  Shouldn't they have said, "caveat lector" -- "let the listener beware"?  It's all a blank … or is it bubblegum?

Time has proven both of the reviews a little petulant.  yes, the White Album is overblown.  It's underproduced and overproduced, by turn.  But it's still a wonderful capture of not only the fractured times of 1968, but the fractured creative and personal lives of the Beatles, who belonged to themselves and not to our expectations.

Goodnight, everybody, everywhere.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Foreman Scotty Gets Scratchy

           Steve Powell created the character of Foreman Scotty for Channel 4, then WKY-TV, 1957-1971.  His show was called The Circle 4 Ranch.
            Here he is with similar OKC legends Ho-Ho the Clown and Miss Fran.

Official Foreman Scotty Facebook page:

            Though all of this was before my time in OKC—that commenced in Fall of 1974—I still somehow absorbed the name osmotically.  So in later years when I came across a teeny little scratch pad, I nabbed it.
            The real thing is about three inches square.

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