A photo of Michelle Cassidy
Michelle Cassidy is a super cutie badootie at 3 years old.
Wall Street, New York City, 1918
In this photo, Douglas Fairbanks raises a vertical Charlie Chaplin in the air, at the foot of the old Sub-Treasury building (now Federal Hall National Memorial), during a rally to promote Liberty bonds. Liberty bonds were sold to help support the United States World War I effort.
A year before this in 1917, Fairbanks and Mary Pickford joined Charlie Chaplin in selling war bonds by train across the United States. At the time, Fairbanks and Chaplin were the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood.
Douglas Fairbanks, nicknamed "The King of Hollywood", was born on May 23, 1883 and died on December 12, 1939.
American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and United States Congressman Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias was born on November 17, 1930 in Tulare, California. He wasthe second of four children to parents, Dr. Charles and Lillian Mathias.
He attended Tulare Union High School. It was actually during high school that he took up the decathlon. The summer of after his high school graduation, he qualified for the United States Olympic team to participate in the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London.
While at the Olympics, he nearly fouled out of the shot put and failed the high jump. He was able to overcome his naivete and triumphed with a gold medal. He was the youngest gold medalist to win a track and field event. He won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
He attended Stanford University in 1949, where he played college football for two years. He set his first decathlon world record in 1950 and led Stanford to the Rose Bowl in 1952.
In 1952, Mathias returned to the Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won the decathlon by a startling 912 points. He was the first person to ever compete in an Olympics and a Rose Bowl in the same year.
In 1953, he was drafted by the Washington Redskins, though he never played in National Football League.
He dabbled in acting in the 1950s and 60s.
In 1954, he married his first wife, Melba. They later had three daughters, Romel, Megan, and Marissa. Mathias and his wife starred in the movie "The Bob Mathias Story."
He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman in the 18th district of California for 8 years: 1967-1975.
Mathias became the first director of the United States Olympic Training Center from 1977-1983.
In 1977, Bob and Gwendoyln Alexander married. Gwen has one daughter Alyse, from a prior marriage to Bill Alexander, former U.S. Congressman. Bob also has a son, Reiner, born outside of wedlock.
In 1983, Mathias was appointed executive director of the National Fitness Foundation.
Bob Mathias died on September 2, 2006 in Fresno, California from cancer at the age of 75.
The 1948 Summer Olympic Torch Relay Route
Greece - the Flame went direct from Olympia to the coast at Katakolon, then by Greek warship to the island of Corfu.
Adriatic -The Admiralty willingly gave their co-operation in providing warships to make the sea passages. From Corfu, H.M.S. Whitesand Bay, a frigate of the Mediterranean Fleet, carried the Flame to Bari in Italy.
Though this passage was planned to take only 22 hours, H.M.S. Whitesand Bay, had to be ready to carry the Flame for a period of up to 48 hours in case there was a last minute change of route in Greece. It was decided that she should burn a gas Flame, and a special burner for this was made by Spencers (London), Ltd. It was fed with butane gas, the same fuel as was used for the Flame at Wembley and Torquay. The burner, piping and gas cylinders were sent to the Mediterranean by the Admiralty, being shipped in H.M.S. Liverpool in April, 1948, when she also took the torches for Greece.
Italy -Bari, Foggia, Pescara, Ancona, Rimini, Bologna, Parma, Piacenza, Milan, Domodossola, the Simplon Pass.
Switzerland - Brig, Martigny, Montreux, Lausanne, Geneva, Perly.
France -St. Julien en Genevois, Belgarde, Nantua, Lons-le-Saulnier, Poligny, Besancon, Vesoul, Epinal, Nancy, Metz, Thionville, Evrange.
Luxembourg - Frisange, Esch, Luxembourg City, Ettelbruck, Wiltz.
Belgium - Bras, Bastogne, Marche, Namur, Brussels, Renaix, Tournai, Hertain.
France -Lille, Armentieres, St. Omer, Calais.
English Channel -H.M.S. Bicester, a destroyer of the Nore Command, was detailed to carry the Flame from Calais to Dover.
England -The route from Dover to Wembley passed through the following towns :- Dover, Canterbury, Charing, Maid
The 1948 London Olympic Torch Bearer John Mark.
The Olympic flame was lit in Greece and carried through countries still scarred by he second world war. It arrived in Dover upon a British destroyer. 50,000 people watched the first British leg of the relay. The route from Dover to Wembley passed through the following towns :- Dover, Canterbury, Charing, Maidstone, Westerham, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Guildford, Bagshot, Ascot, Windsor, Slough, and Uxbridge.
The weather was blazing hot that day. This was the second time London welcomed athletes and hosted the Olympics. 2012 will mark the third time.
Arrival of the King and was accompanied by ED Strum The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Lord Burghley of the organizing committee. Next commenced the march of the competing teams, which was led by Greece. They marched in alphabetical order, however Great Britain came last.
7,000 pigeons were released, signalling peace in the land.
The torch itself was brought into the stadium by John Mark. John was a British athlete chosen for his good looks.
John Mark received education at Cranleigh School where he excelled at athletics, and won a place to study at the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge he was a noted athlete and rugby forward, though missed out on achieving his Blue due to injury. He served as President of the Cambridge University Athletic Club.
In 1947 Mark finished fourth in the AAA 440 yards and was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the 400 meters in Paris. He also won two AAA silver medals in the relay.
In late 1947, Mark was on the British shortlist for selection for the 400 meters at the forthcoming London Olympics.
After the 1948 London Olympics, Mark worked as a General Practitioner in a rural practice in Liss in Hampshire until his retirement. He died of a stroke on December 8, 1991.
1948 London Olympic Torch Information
Length: 47 cm
Weight: 960 gr
Torches total: 1.688
Design by: Ralph Lavers
Date of the torch relay: 17. July - 29. July 1948
Numbers of runners: 1.416
Distance total: 3.160 km
Name of last runner: John Marks
Special torch: Last runner
United States divers Bruce Harlan, Miller Anderson and Sammy Lee placed Gold, Silver, and Bronze, respectively for the 3 meter springboard at the London Olympics in 1948. Lee won Gold for the 10 meter springboard event and Harlan received the silver medal.
Four diving events were contested at the London Olympics in 1948.
The competitions were held from Friday July 30, 1948 to Friday August 6, 1948.
Bruce I. Harlan was born on January 2, 1926 and died on June 22, 1959. He was a diver from the United States and Olympic champion.
Harlan was a high school wrestler and pole vaulter in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Harlan coached diving at the University of Michigan from 1954 to 1959. On June 21, 1959 he took part in a diving exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut. While helping to dismantle the scaffolding of the diving tower, Harlan fell 27 feet to his death.
Harlan was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973.
Miller Altman Anderson was born December 27, 1922 and died on October 29, 1965. He won his first national diving championship in 1942, in the 3-meter springboard. A flyer during World War II, he was forced to parachute from his plane on his 112th mission, and his left leg was severely injured. A silver plate was inserted into his knee, and he had to learn to dive all over again after the war.
Anderson won the NCAA 3-meter championship who represented Ohio State, the national 1-meter championship, and the national 3-meter championship in 1946, 1947, and 1948. He also won silver medals in the springboard event at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics. Anderson was the first to perform a forward one-and-a-half somersault with two twists and a backward one-and-a-half with one twist.
Dr. Samuel "Sammy" Lee was born August 1, 1920 in Fresno, California. He is the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States. He also was the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.
When Lee was 12 years old in 1932, he dreamed of becoming a diver. However, Latinos, Asians and African-Americans were only allowed to use the pool once a week. Because he needed a place to practice and could not regularly use the public pool, his coach dug a pit in his backyard and filled it with sand. Lee practiced by jumping into the pit.
Lee won a bronze medal in springboard diving in the 1948 games. His accomplishments were not limited to the athletic field. Lee was a student-athlete at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. in 1947. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea from 1953–55, where he specialized in the diseases of the ear. In 1953, while serving his tour of duty in Korea, he won the James E. Sullivan Award, which is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. He went on to coach Olympic divers including Pat McCormick, Bob Webster, and Greg Louganis. He is a member of the US Olympic Hall of Fame.
A landmark, the Sammy Lee Square, at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles' Koreatown was named after him.
Joe Strummer, co-founder, singer and guitarist of British punk band The Clash, was born John Graham Mellow on August 21, 1952 in Ankara, Turkey. His mother was Anna Mackenzie and father, Ronald Mellor. Mackenzie was raised in Bonar Bridge in the Scottish Highlands. His father, was born in Lucknow, India and served a British foreign service diplomat. Strummer’s maternal great grandfather was Armenian and great grandmother was German Jewish. His brother David was one year older than him. David died by suicide in 1970. Strummer died on December 22, 2002 from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
Strummer grew up traveling, spending childhood in Cairo, Mexico City and Bonn. In 1961 at 9 years old, he boarded at the City of London Freeman’s School in Surrey. After, he attended London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He shared a flat during the summer of 1970 with Clive Timperley and Tymon Dogg.
In 1973, he became the vocalist for Flaming Youth. The band was later renamed, The Vultures. Strummer also worked as a gravedigger. When the group disbanded, he took to street performance. He then formed another band called, The 101’ers.
In 1975, he adopted the stage name of Joe Strummer.
In 1976, Strummer left the 101’ers and joined Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Terry Chimes and Keith Levene. They became The Clash. They made their debut on July 4, 1976 opening for the Sex Pistols. Their band was a part of the original wave of British punk. They achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in 1979 and brought them popularity in the United States. The title track, “London Calling” was partially influenced by the nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in March 1979. It also discusses the problems of racial conflict, rising unemployment and drug use in Britain. Rolling Stone magazine declared it the best album of the 1980’s.
In 1986, Strummer worked on songs “Love Kills” and “Dum Dum Club” for the movie Sid and Nancy. He held a small role in the film Walker and also performed on the movie’s soundtrack. In 1989, he played a role in the movie Mystery Train. In this year, he began producing solo records with a band called the Latino Rockabilly War. In the 1990s, he worked with other bands.
In 1998, he made a guest appearance on South Park.
Strummer’s final gig was at the Liverpool Academy on November 22, 2002. His final performance was two weeks before his death in December. Shortly before, however he and U2’s Bono co-wrote the song “46664” for Nelson Mandela’s campaign against AIDS in Africa.
In 2003, he and The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Great photo of a California couple tailgating at the beach. The pickup truck and the sedan fit the time period perfectly. Of course, so do their high-waist shorts. Notice the little BBQ they have going too!
Photo taken circa 1950.
Robert Kahn was born in New York City, New York to Eastern European Jewish parents on October 24, 1915. He had a sister named Doris Atlas. He changed his name legally at 18, in 1933. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School along with fellow cartoonist, Will Eisner. He married Elizabeth Sanders Kane and had a daughter, Deborah Majeski. His grandson is Matthew Alderman.
His first published comic strips were “Peter Pupp” and “Hiram Hick” in 1936. In 1938, he drew adventure strips, “Rusty and His Pals” and “Clip Carson” for National Comics. At 18 years old, Kane and Bill Finger created a super-competitor to rival Superman; A comic-book hero that National Comics also owned. Together, they developed Batman. The first Batman comic strip came out in May 1939 in Detective Comics. (Detective Comics would later inspire the company name for DC Comics. Detective Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics since 1937. )
Kane’s inspiration for “the Bat-Man” came from Zorro, Leonardo Da Vinci’s diagram of the ornithopter and a 1930 film entitled The Bat Whispers. Kane created Batman to be a superhero vigilante while Finger created Bruce Wayne, a scientific detective. Kane also created comic characters Robin (Dick Grayson), the Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Penguin, Scarecrow, Two-Face and Vicki Vale amongst others. Additionally, he created television cartoon characters: Courageous Cat, Minute Mouse and Cool McCool.
In 1943, Kane left the Batman comic books to work on the Batman newspaper comic strip. By the 1960’s his comic-book work tapered and he focused on television. Adam West gave life to Kane’s Batman as Burt Ward did Robin, in the TV series Batman (1966-1968).
In 1989, he published an autobiography entitled, Batman and Me. In 1996, a second volume, Batman and Me, the Saga Continues was published. Throughout the years, he served a consultant on the Batman films.
Bob Kane died at 83 years old on November 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.