Category:
1960s

The Wrong Williams

September 1969: 50 policemen and 100 members of the Republic of New Africa black separatist group waited at the Detroit airport for the expected arrival of the group's leader, Robert Williams. Authorities in London had tipped off the police that Williams was on the plane, and the police wanted to arrest him on a 1961 kidnapping charge.

But it turned out to be the wrong Williams on the plane — not Robert Williams, the black separatist, but instead Edward Williams, "a neatly-dressed somewhat amazed English businessman."

(Edward) Williams later commented, "When I saw the honor guards and the crowd, I thought you perhaps did this all the time for foreign visitors."

Detroit Free Press - Sep 8, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 25, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: 1960s

Do-it-yourself dress

Created by designer Betsey Johnson in 1966 and modeled below (for Life magazine) by Lauren Hutton.

"[Johnson's] do-it-yourself dress comes in three parts, a silk slip, a transparent plastic halter neck dress, and a bag of metallic paper cut-outs, all shapes and colors, that stick wherever planted. A girl can work out her own design and even change it every time she puts on her plastic dress."
Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 10, 1966

Life magazine - July 29, 1966

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 24, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

Resurrecting Peter Lorre

In 1964, police managed to thwart the dastardly scheme of the "Covenant of the 73rd Demon" (a group of teenage boys) to resurrect Peter Lorre. The actor had died on March 23, 1964, and the boys' plan was found out three months later.

Police Chief Sid Wilson said at least two of the cult members were "real serious" about witchcraft.
Wilson said an "order" signed by one of the boys and passed on to other cult members indicated the cult planned to exhume Lorre's body and restore life to it. Lorre was one of the cult's idols, the officer said.
The "order" did not explain how the boys planned to restore life, and the youths would not tell officers about it.



The Lawton Constitution - June 25, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 20, 2018 - Comments (12)
Category: Celebrities, Death, 1960s

Howie



Will Hutchins prefigures Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER.

Three subsequent parts of the episode separately on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 17, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Television, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s

Impact Therapy

Shamokin News Dispatch - Aug 31, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 13, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Health, Medicine, 1960s

A long, awkward silence

With the Trump-Kim summit all over the news, this 1969 N.Korea/U.S. meeting seems timely:

Back then, an American and North Korean general sat across a table from each other for 11 hours and 35 minutes. For the entire time, no one took a bathroom break or ate, and during the final 4½ hours, no one even spoke. They just stared at each other in silence.



Palladium-Item - Apr 11, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 12, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Politics, 1960s

Top Ten Teen Idols of 1967



I would have liked to see the sample cohort of teens that voted in this poll.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 10, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Celebrities, Music, Politics, Teenagers, 1960s

The Mad Clipper

He briefly terrorized the housewives of Charleston in the Summer of 1969:

Police files show the man frequently tells women in a door-to-door campaign that he is opening a new beauty salon. He offers the lady of the house a sampling of his work. Those who agree have wound up bald.

Beckley Post-Herald - June 24, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 07, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Crime, 1960s, Hair and Hairstyling

Homage to New York

Paul posted yesterday about the Metamatics (art machines) of Jean Tinguely. Another certifiably weird work by Tinguely was his "Homage to New York" (aka "self-destroying work of art"). It was an elaborate sculpture designed to destroy itself, which it did for the amusement of an audience on the night of March 17, 1960. As described on Moma.org:

During its brief operation, a meteorological trial balloon inflated and burst, colored smoke was discharged, paintings were made and destroyed, and bottles crashed to the ground. A player piano, metal drums, a radio broadcast, a recording of the artist explaining his work, and a competing shrill voice correcting him provided the cacophonic sound track to the machine’s self-destruction—until it was stopped short by the fire department.



Some more footage (non-embeddable) here.

Waterloo Courier - Mar 18, 1960

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 06, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, 1960s

The Pirate Queen of the Orange County Fair

Yet another in our oddball beauty contest category.



Velda Boyd, 18, Miss Santa Ana, chosen as Pirate Queen of Orange County Fair. Princesses to reign with her are: Karen Foster, 18, Miss Newport Harbor, and Garland L. Grimsley, 18, Miss La Habra.


Original foto here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 01, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Pirates, Regionalism, 1960s

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