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See It Now

  This week in 1954, one man had the courage to stand up for a nation. Luckily, it was captured on tape. Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway *** For more on the dark side of television’s Golden Age, check out Lester & Charlie’s new book: ***

Define “Inevitable”

    In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made Donald Trump. (h/t Mark Twain)      

One Voice

This week in 1954, the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 22 in favor to “condemn” paranoid, communist-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.” Because the resolution used the seemingly unenforceable term condemn rather than censure, McCarthy’s supporters on the Senate floor erupted into laughter. Within moments, … Continue reading

Lester and Charlie’s Thanksgiving Theater IV:

Shed those turkey day pounds 50s style:     *** *** *** *** While you’re here, check out our new books on Amazon. ***

Lester & Charlie’s Thanksgiving Week Theater I

Capturing holiday memories with Ozzy:     *** *** *** *** While you’re here, check out our new book on Amazon. ***

A Brief History of Voting

History 101: This week in 1957, Republican President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, designed to give all citizens the right to vote. Today’s Republicans deny it. And the protest signs from that era remain the same. ***

Have YOU Got the Guts?

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an official Civil Defense Film produced in cooperation with the Federal Civil Defense Administration and in consultation with the Safety Commission of the National Education Association. ***

Please Let Us Men Act Like Human Beings!

“Careful grooming might take 20 years off a woman’s age, but you can’t fool a flight of stairs.” ~Marlene Dietrich ***

Have it Your Way

“Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor.” ~Clare Boothe Luce, born this week in 1903 Check out Lester & Charlie’s 50 Favorite TV Test Patterns at Amazon ***

See It Now

  This week in 1954, one man had the courage to stand up for a nation. Luckily, it was captured on tape. Courage is grace under pressure. ~Ernest Hemingway *** For more on the dark side of television’s Golden Age, check out Lester & Charlie’s new book: ***

It’s the Season to Believe

  Scrambling for last-minute Christmas gifts? Just remember that this is the season to have faith in in everything you hear. Like, truth in advertising. American style!    

Christmas with the Conservatives

We looked into our Magic 8 Ball and asked what swell gifts we’re going to miss out on this Christmas — since we don’t have any conservative friends who will give us any. Here’s what we saw. ***

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