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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

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

Ear Makeup

Apparently Candice Bergen got her start modeling "Dear Ear" — the first ever (and last ever?) line of ear makeup. She would have been 18 when she did these ads.

Called "Dear Ear," the makeup comes in two shades, pink and silver. It is painted onto the lobe or ear perimeter with a special styling brush.
For those who have little experience in painting ears, and that includes most of us, Maradel also includes a styling booklet which offers four ear-styling techniques.
-Miami News - Aug 16, 1964


Jackson Clarion-Ledger - Aug 4, 1964



Miami News - Aug 16, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Celebrities, Fashion, 1960s

John Lennon Slept Here

In 1984, Jeff Walker paid $36,490 for an 80-year lease on Room 1111 in Miami's Deauville Hotel. The reason was that back in February 1964 John Lennon had spent a few nights in that room. So Walker's plan was to rent the room out to Beatles' fans at a premium price and make a nice profit.

But one year later, only one person had rented the room from him, for a single night. Walker noted that he could have had the hotel rent the room for him, as just a regular room, but he didnt want "a bunch of weirdos" (i.e. non-Beatles fans) renting the room.

The Deauville hotel is still around, though its website indicates that it's currently closed for renovations.

I wonder if Walker still has the lease on room 1111? I can't find any indication that he does.

Hartford Courant - Feb 22, 1985
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Miami News - May 3, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Music, 1980s

Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, and Jayne Mansfield

In 1964, Jayne Mansfield recorded an album for MGM that featured her reading selections from the poetry of Shakespeare, Byron, Shelley, Yeats, and others, as Tchaikovsky's music played in the background. Apparently she hoped the record would show off the asset she was most proud of, her 164 IQ.

The album isn't available on CD or MP3, but you can pick up a copy of the original vinyl on eBay for around $30 or $40.

More info: wikipedia





Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 21, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Celebrities, Poetry, 1960s

The Gandhi Diet




I'm surprised no one has yet cashed in on this and written a bestseller called THE GANDHI DIET.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Reformers, Do-gooders, Agitators and SJWs, Nutrition, Historical Figure, 1930s, India

Mystery Illustration 54



Who was this eminent personage?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 16, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Celebrities, Couples, 1930s

Milton Metz, RIP



I never heard his radio show, but Milton Metz seems as if he were an amiably weird guy.

Obit here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 14, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Celebrities, Communications, Radio, Regionalism

Cuckoo Girl



Justin Bieber fangirl phenomenon, 1959 version.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Dec 28, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Celebrities, Delusions, Fantasies and Other Tricks of the Imagination, Music, Teenagers, 1950s

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