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The Great Mull Air Mystery


In 1975, a pilot in a small plane makes a mysterious unscheduled night flight, and goes missing.

Several months later, the pilot's body is found, close by the air base from which he took off.

His plane is found even later, sunk in the ocean.

Did he jump from the plane in mid-air? No injuries consistent with that.

Did he escape the downed plane and swim to shore? No traces of sea water on the corpse.

Read the details here of this still-baffling enigma.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 13, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Tragedy and Pathos, Unsolved Mysteries, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970's

G. G.‘s Barnum Room


Every hepcat knows the name of the Peppermint Lounge, famed in 1960s lore. But not as many folks recall that the same space was transformed in the 1970s into the Barnum Room, the only club with transvestite trapeze artists above the dancers.

Read a period essay about the club here.

See fantabulous fotos here.

Hodges, James & Smith

In 1973 they signed a recording contract with 20th Century Fox Records. Their first album, "Incredible" ...was not! The only thing incredible about it was the speed it reached cut-out bins at discount record stores.... Another 20th Century album "Power In Your Love," disappeared so fast that most people can't recall its release.

I suspect part of the reason for their lack of success was a constant series of chest colds from being undressed in the studio all the time.


Their story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 25, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Music, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1970's, Breasts

Andy Rolan, The Donkey Man

Read everything in two columns up till the break, then everything after the break.




Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Regionalism, 1970's

Life in America:  1971

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 08, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Customs, 1970's

The Bald-Headed Men of America

Apparently there have been several instances of the formation of clubs to serve as fraternal organizations for bald men.

The New York Times has this 1896 report.


Then comes this account in 1920, also from The New York Times.


Then comes this report from 1954.


But sometime after that, the original group must have gone under, because in 1972, John T. Capps, III founded the Bald Headed Men of America. They were profiled in a PBS documentary from 1989, as partially shown below.

Apparently, they are still going strong.

Enjoy the Experience

This 2-disc compilation of "homemade recordings" is pure caviar for all WU-vies. Listen to more at the link below, then buy your copy--which features many other "hits"--soon!

YouTube playlist here.

Know the language of drugs

From the Huron Daily Plainsman - May 28, 1971.

The Northwestern National Bank evidently thought it was important people know the correct terminology. Click the image for a larger version.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 27, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Drugs, 1970's, Slang

The Player



Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 11, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Fashion, 1970's
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