Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Album Cover of the Week: Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

October doesn’t start until tomorrow, but I just can’t wait to get started on my Countdown to Halloween 2013 posts so I’m kicking things off a little early. Here’s a fun little vintage album cover to set the mood for you — it’s Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra (ABC-Paramount ABC-259, 1959).

Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Shock Music in Hi-Fi by the Creed Taylor Orchestra

Now if you ask me, the woman on the front cover looks more in a state of grief than of shock or horror. But it’s a neat visual and works well with the “Shock” portion of the typeface.

Credits on this one are easy, as they’re listed right on the back cover. The front and liner photographs were taken by Tony Triolo, and Matt Schutz designed the front cover.

Here’s a clip from the album, to give you an idea of what this record sounds like. It’s “The Crank,” written by Kenyon Hopkins.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs St. Louis Blues

The 10 Worst NHL Franchises, 2013 Edition

Columbus Blue Jackets vs St. Louis Blues

I had so much fun compiling my rankings of all 32 NFL franchises, I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for the other major sports leagues. And since the 2013-14 NHL season is just around the corner — the puck drops on October 1 — it only seems right to tackle some hockey rankings.

And for a fun twist, I’m going to split the rankings into two posts, first reviewing the 10 worst NHL franchises. I’ll do the 10 best list in a few more days. But before I get to that, a quick word on the methodology.

Similar to my NFL list, I’ve ranked all 30 NHL franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence — not counting the lockout season of 2004-05 — and ordered by that.

The Criteria

The categories and point values are as follows:

  • 25 points for a Stanley Cup championship (or an NHL title prior to 1927), and 15 points for a Stanley Cup Finals loss.
  • 2 points for a playoff berth, counted only from the 1967-68 season forward.
  • 3 points for each playoff round win, counted only from the 1967-68 season forward.
  • 3 points for finishing the regular season with the most points.
  • 1 point for a winning season.
  • Consecutive winning regular seasons are worth 2 points starting with the second, 3 points for the third, 4 points for the fourth, and so on. The counter is reset after any non-winning season. So if a team has three winning seasons in a row, they get a total of 5 points.

While I may tweak the formula in future years, I think this accomplishes my two most important objectives — to reward consistently good play in the regular season, and to not give older franchises too much of an advantage just by virtue of being around for so many years. I’ve always felt that using Stanley Cups alone to measure a franchise’s greatness (or badness) is taking too narrow a view.

That’s about it! Let’s get to the rankings, good through the end of the 2012-13 season.

Columbus Blue Jackets logo

#1. Columbus Blue Jackets (0.33 avg.)

At a certain point, being an expansion franchise is no longer a valid excuse for not winning. And yet after a dozen years in the league, the Blue Jackets have very little to show for their efforts other than two winning seasons and one playoff appearance.

At this point the only real highlight for the Blue Jackets has been their 2008-09 campaign, when they squeaked into the playoffs for the first and only time so far. The joy was short-lived, however, as Columbus was swept out of the first round by the Detroit Red Wings.

#2. Winnipeg Jets (0.85 avg.)

I was one of the hockey fans thrilled to see the long-awaited return of the NHL to Winnipeg. I was even happier to see the old Jets name resurrected. And while the new Jets have put back-to-back winning seasons together, they have a decade of futility to overcome from their time as the Atlanta Thrashers.

Still, things appear to be looking up for Winnipeg in the short term.
Phoenix Coyotes logo

#3. Phoenix Coyotes (2.58 avg.)

Speaking of the Jets, coming in at the #3 spot is the franchise that was the original Winnipeg franchise. The two biggest factors contributing to the team’s low point total are a lack of consistency in the regular season — their longest streak of winning seasons since 1979 has been four — and very little playoff success.

The original Jets made the playoffs a number of times but won just two series in 17 years, an astonishingly bad average. The Coyotes have done nothing to improve on that, having won the same number of series since 1996-97. And those both came in the same year. And while the Coyotes have put together four winning seasons in a row, their tenuous financial situation over the past several years hangs over their heads and could ultimately result in another move for the franchise.

#4. Florida Panthers (2.68 avg.)

The Panthers went from bust to boom with amazing speed. In just their third season of existence (1995-96), Florida advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were swept by the Colorado Avalanche.

Since then, well, it’s pretty much been back to bust. The past 16 seasons have brought just six winning records, three playoff berths, and zero playoff series wins. The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season was particularly bad, as the Panthers finished last in the Eastern Conference and had fewer points (36) than any other team in the league. In terms of points in my system, more than half of Florida’s total of 51 was earned during that magical 95-96 campaign.

#5. Tampa Bay Lightning (3.65 avg.)

The Lightning are currently the lowest-ranked franchise on my list to have won a Stanley Cup, so that ought to please the purists among us. The fact is that despite winning the Cup in 2004, Tampa Bay has been an also-ran for most of its history. 20 years of Lightning hockey has so far resulted in seven winning seasons, six playoff appearances, and seven series wins.
Carolina Hurricanes logo

#6. Carolina Hurricanes (3.79 avg.)

The Hurricanes actually haven’t been all that bad since the 1997-98 season. The problem for them is that their previous incarnation, the Hartford Whalers, was bad. Hartford won just a single playoff series in 18 years, which is pretty pathetic. Carolina, on the other hand, has been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice, including their lone title in 2005-06. But where they do fall down is that they don’t seem to be able to put together more then one or two good years in a row.

#7. Los Angeles Kings (4.09 avg.)

If the last few years are any indication, it may not be too long before the Kings move out of the bottom ten altogether. But history can’t be ignored, and the truth is that L.A. has had a handful of very good seasons and a lot of mediocre to bad ones. Until their Stanley Cup title run of a few years ago, the franchise’s most successful period coincided with the arrival of Wayne Gretzky in 1988. Led by Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, and Jari Kurri among others the Kings won their first playoff series since the early ’80s and made it to the Cup Finals in 1993.

Since then the Kings have missed the playoffs more than they’ve qualified. Again, however, things appear to be turning around in L.A.
Nashville Predators logo

#8. Nashville Predators (4.50 avg.)

After an unsurprisingly rough start, the expansion Predators have been pretty good over the last decade. They picked up two playoff series wins recently, and ran off a nice streak of eight straight winning seasons in which they qualified for the postseason in all but one. The 2012-13 campaign was a letdown, though, as Nashville finished just two points out of the Western Conference basement and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09.

#9. Minnesota Wild (4.83)

Like the Predators, Minnesota has been a model for good regular season hockey for expansion clubs. They just haven’t yet gotten over the hump in terms of postseason success. The Wild won two playoff series in 2003, but have been blanked ever since.

#10. Washington Capitals (5.39 avg.)

Despite more than a decade as one of the most consistent teams in the old Patrick Division, not to mention their recent run of success with Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals still find themselves in the bottom 10. However, should Washington keep churning out winning seasons and learn to win more than one playoff series in a year — which they haven’t done since 1997-98 by the way — then they could very move toward the middle of the pack.

The 5 That Missed the Cut

#11. New York Rangers (6.24 avg.)

#12. Vancouver Canucks (6.33 avg.)

#13. San Jose Sharks (6.57 avg.)

#14. St. Louis Blues (6.58 avg.)

#15. Calgary Flames (6.65 avg.)

"Who Profits from Profits?"

Vintage Animation: “Who Profits from Profits?”

I came across one of the more unique sets of 35mm slides I’ve seen on eBay in some time. They purport to be from a 1960s animated business presentation film called “Who Profits from Profits?” No other information is provided, and a quick internet search for the film yielded no results.

What I can confirm is that these are in fact some of the niftiest bits of vintage animation you’ll see today. Even business films, with their admittedly short shelf life, were animated with more care than most commercial or entertainment productions today.

If anyone has any information on this film please let let me know, I’d love to see it.

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

"Who Profits from Profits?"

Vintage 1956 New York City Street Scene Photo

Let’s Examine This Vintage 1956 New York City Street Scene Photo

From the furthest reaches of the internet comes this outstanding photograph, taken in 1956 in midtown Manhattan, New York City — Times Square to be specific. Drink in the details (click for a larger version), and then let’s talk about what’s on here.

Vintage 1956 New York City Street Scene Photo

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Of course there are vintage cars and clothes aplenty, but let’s focus on some of the other details instead. Here’s what I can pick out from this picture, starting from the upper left:

  • Some kind of travel billboard, likely either for air or rail. This part is too blurry for me to tell anything else.
  • Giant ad for the Western movie Jubal, which according to IMDB was released on April 6, 1956. The ad plays up co-star Ernest Borgnine, who had just received the Academy Award for Best Actor a few weeks earlier for his starring role in Marty. The film was playing here at the historic Loews Mayfair.
  • Directly across W. 46th Street is the RKO Palace, now known as the Palace Theatre. For years the Palace was considered the premier venue for vaudeville in New York, and even at this late date you could still catch vaudeville shows there. I can’t make out the full name on the marquee, but it sure looks like it says Lloyd Bridges.
  • On the left of the theater building is a giant sign for Sylvania bulbs, and on the right is a sign for Buitoni spaghetti (lo-starch and lo-calorie!).
  • To the right of the RKO Palace is the Embassy Theater, showing both newsreels and more risque fare.
  • There’s a fantastic Planters Peanuts sign that probably looked spectacular at night. Above that is a beauty school — Banford? Branford maybe?
  • A large sign for the now-defunct Grand Union supermarket chain, and right under that a small sign for what I think is a Benhil clothing store.

If I’m off on any of this, feel free to correct me in the comments below.

Ken Stabler - Oakland Raiders, 1976

Classic NFL Game Action Slides (1960s – 1980s)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, I present a random assortment of vintage color slides depicting NFL game action. In addition to some of these shots being quite nice, it gives me yet another excuse to look at old NFL logos and uniforms. Enjoy!

Some of the dates may be off, so if you have any corrections please let me know in the comments section. Click on any image for the full-size version.

Doug Cunningham - San Francisco 49ers Credit: Lee Balterman

San Francisco 49ers RB/KR Doug Cunningham (#42) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, 1967.

Joe Ferguson - Buffalo Bills, 1981

Joe Ferguson (#12) of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Denver Broncos, 1981.

OJ Simpson - Buffalo Bills, 1969

Buffalo Bills RB O.J. Simpson (#32) runs through the middle of the field against the Denver Broncos in an AFL contest, 1969.

Marty Domres - Baltimore Colts, 1973

Baltimore Colts QB Marty Domres (#14) drops back to pass against the Houston Oilers, 1973. Oilers rookie DT John “Tooz” Matuszak (#78) is in pursuit.

Dan Fouts - San Diego Chargers, 1980

Dan Fouts (#14) of the San Diego Chargers just barely gets off a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs, 1980.

Mike Adamle - New York Jets, 1974

Mike Adamle (#1) of the New York Jets carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams, 1974, with Jim Youngblood (#53) in hot pursuit. Adamle ran for 54 yards and a TD in a 20-13 loss.

Ken Stabler - Oakland Raiders, 1975

Ken Stabler (#12) of the Oakland Raiders drops back to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 1975 AFC Divisional Playoff game.

Roman Gabriel - Los Angeles Rams, 1972

Los Angeles Rams QB Roman Gabriel (#18) hands off to Willie Ellison (#33) against the Chicago Bears, 1972.

Daryle Lamonica - Oakland Raiders, 1971

Oakland Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica (#12) hands off against the New England Patriots in a 1971 season opener.

Life in Cuba (Kodachrome, 1955)

Vintage Slides Depicting Life in Cuba, 1955

All I know about this gallery of 35mm Kodachrome slides is that they purport to depict scenes from Cuba in 1955. If true, that means these were taken during the reign of Fulgencio Batista — and about four years before Fidel Castro’s revolution ousted him from power.

If I had to guess I’d say that these slides were shot by a foreign tourist on a sightseeing trip. Most of these photographs capture buildings and other landmarks in Cuba, and very few Cubans are actually seen.

Since I know so little about the island, I can’t even make any educated guesses as to what is shown here (although I think one of these slides shows the American embassy in Havana), but if you can then please leave a comment below. What I can say is that there a ton of sweet vintage automobiles to gaze at.

For more great galleries, click here!

Wrestling Picture Book - March 1977

20 Vintage Pro Wrestling Magazine Covers

You might not guess it to know me, but I was a huge pro wrestling fan back in the day. And by “the day” I mean the mid to late 1980s, what I consider to be the Golden Age of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was fun, it was exciting, it was everything a pre-teen boy could want to watch.

Those days are long behind me now, but every once in awhile I pine for the salad days watching strong but pasty guys like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Big John Studd, Andre the Giant, and Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff compete in the squared circle. Oh yeah, not to mention less pasty guys like Hulk Hogan, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the Junkyard Dog, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

To help remember those wrestling titans of days gone by — as well as some before my time — here’s a gallery of 20 vintage pro wrestling magazine covers featuring these showtime gladiators in all their colorful glory.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated - February 1988

Pro Wrestling Illustrated – February 1988

Wrestling Picture Book - March 1977

Wrestling Picture Book – March 1977

WWF Magazine - October 1989

WWF Magazine – October 1989

Wrestling SuperStars - October 1979

Wrestling SuperStars – October 1979

World Wrestling Federation Program - 1984

World Wrestling Federation Program – 1984

Pro Wrestling Illustrated - Summer 1984

Pro Wrestling Illustrated – Summer 1984

Wrestling SuperStars - Winter 1984

Wrestling SuperStars – Winter 1984

Wrestling Revue - October 1975

Wrestling Revue – October 1975

Wrestling Revue - May 1973

Wrestling Revue – May 1973

Victory Wrestling Annual #9 - 1974

Victory Wrestling Annual #9 – 1974

Wrestling Revue - 1980s

Wrestling Revue – 1980s

Victory Wrestling Yearbook #13 - 1975

Victory Wrestling Yearbook #13 – 1975

Inside Wrestling - February 1987

Inside Wrestling – February 1987

Wrestling Magazine - October 1983

Wrestling Magazine – October 1983

Victory Sports Wrestling Magazine - Winter 1984

Victory Sports Wrestling Magazine – Winter 1984

Wrestling SuperStars - Spring 1984

Wrestling SuperStars – Spring 1984

Wrestling Magazine - November 1979

Wrestling Magazine – November 1979

Wrestling Annual 1972

Wrestling Annual 1972

WrestleMania IV - 1988

WrestleMania IV – 1988

Inside Wrestling - July 1986

Inside Wrestling – July 1986

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1968 AMX Pink with Angela Dorian-feat

Angela Dorian’s Playboy Playmate Pink 1968 AMX

According to at least one source, in 1964 Playboy magazine started giving away so-called Playmate Pink automobiles as prizes to the women selected as Playmate of the Year. For 1968, Angela Dorian — born Victoria Vetri — was given the honor and a brand-new 1968 pink AMC AMX, the first model year for the sports car.

Angela Dorian's Playboy Playmate Pink 1968 AMX

Hot pink indeed.

This AMX was powered by the base 290 V8 with automatic transmission, air conditioning, tilt wheel, AM/8-track radio and optional rear bumper guards. In addition to the paint job, this car differed from other AMXs in that its dashboard number plate contained Dorian’s measurements, making her car AMX 36-24-35.

According to my exhaustive internet sleuthing, Dorian still owns the car, which is now black. At least that’s as of 2010, when she was arrested for attempted murder of her husband. She was given a nine-year prison sentence in 2011.

(Sorry fellas, no nude pictures here — this is a family site!)