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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Blog Bat Around: My All-Autograph Team

Torren Up Cards came up with this fun Blog Bat Around.  Mine is pretty traditional.  

Left Field

Center Field

Right Field

Third Base


Second Base

First Base

Right Handed Pitcher

Left Handed Pitcher

Right Handed Relief Pitcher

Left Handed Relief Pitcher

Designated Hitter

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Peanuts And More in 1954

Baseball is an ongoing theme in Peanuts.   This strip is the first that references particular players, in this case Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Roy Campanella.  Bach, Beethoven and Brahms all appear earlier in one manner or another.  In case you're wondering, Joe Shlabotnik does not appear until 1963.
June 24, 1954

These are the results and standings for June 24, 1954

This was the Billboard #1 song on June 24, 1954.  It also topped the charts for the year.
Honestly I've never been a fan of this style of music that was characteristic of the 1940's and 1950's.   Rock and Roll was beginning though, by 1954, and  these two songs made the top 30 for the year:
Elvis recorded "That's All Right on July 7, 1954 at Sun Studio

Monday, April 2, 2018

Why A Hackenbush?

Ever wonder why this blogger goes by the name Hackenbush? No?  Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.

Oddly enough I think I saw my first  Marx Brothers movie in school.  I have no idea why but we got to see Duck Soup in my grammar school auditorium.  It was 1973 and I was a callow lad of 14.  The brothers' work was experiencing somewhat of a revival at the time, though alas, Harpo and Chico had passed on during the previous decade.  I became hooked.  This was in the pre-Netflix, pre-DVD, pre-VHS days but the movies were often on regular old television. 

I'm not exactly sure how I found out about it but Why a Duck was the first Marx related book I ever bought.  It would have been at Kroch's & Brentano's at 29 S. Wabash in downtown Chicago.  
The price of this coffee table book was $8.50.
Since that day I've accumulated a nice shelf's worth of books by or about Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo (and Gummo.)  I can quote lines from the movies and I raise my prominent eyebrows subconsciously in a Grouchoesque manner. (I'm doing it now.)

Books about the brothers and their movies in general.
Books about Groucho
Books by Groucho
This is a First edition from 1959 (in poor condition).
I read Memoirs of a Mangy Lover a few months ago.  Much of the humor holds up but his attitude toward women does not.

Chico was too busy gambling and running from gamblers to have written a book.

Harpo was universally thought of as the nicest of the brothers.  I should read this one again.
Books by Marx children.
This is a fun series of mysteries featuring Groucho.

And there you have it.  I don't have anything else like the book collection but I'll share some other Marx stuff another time.  Do you follow me?  Well, stop following me or I'll have you arrested.
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