It seems inconceivable now, but until about the mid-1960s it was quite common to see celebrities hawking cigarettes like it was no big deal. In fact, many radio, TV, and movie stars literally owed their livelihood to sponsorship from tobacco companies. Imagine seeing someone like George Clooney or Angelina Jolie smiling widely in cigarette ads exhorting you to pick up a carton of Marlboro. Weird, isn't it? Anyway, here's a gallery of 20 such ads from the 1930s through the early 1960s featuring movie and TV stars, as well as famous athletes, using their star power to get you to buy cigarettes and cigars. Most of these ads are courtesy the Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising site.
The date is burned in the brain of legions of Back to the Future fans -- November 5, 1955. It's the day Marty McFly arrived in Hill Valley of the past in Doc Brown's DeLorean from October 26, 1985. But aside from the events shown in the film, what actually happened on that autumn day when Michael J. Fox went back to the future? Let's look at the day that was Saturday, November 5, 1955. Entertainment The #1-selling song in the U.S. was "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams. The #1 album in the U.S. was Love Me Or Leave Me (soundtrack) by Doris Day. The #1 best-selling books in the U.S. were Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (fiction) and Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (non-fiction). #3 on the fiction list? The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, baby! The Honeymooners e
Ring-a-ding-ding, Sinatra fans! It's time for yet another exciting CD giveaway, and this time it's the latest greatest hits compilation from Ol' Blue Eyes himself. I know what you're thinking -- do we really need another Frank Sinatra compilation? Well listen here pally, Sinatra: Best of the Best ain't just any Frank CD. This is the deluxe 2-disc version featuring a rare Seattle concert from the Chairman of the Board. So get ready to swing my friends, because I'm giving away one deluxe, 2-CD version of Sinatra: Best of the Best. To win your very own copy, simply Over the next two weeks you can enter to win a copy by simply liking the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Facebook page and then posting your favorite Frank song. That's it. So don't be a Harvey, and enter today! From the offi
There's a lot to love about Frank Sinatra's classic 1958 LP, Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. With its introspective, melancholy arrangements -- credit famed music director and frequent Sinatra collaborator Nelson Riddle -- and typically excellent vocals from Ol' Blue Eyes, the album packs a real emotional punch. That's probably no coincidence. Sinatra's divorce from actress Ava Gardner was finalized during the sessions, and Riddle had recently lost both his mother and daughter. So is it any wonder that the cover for this album looks like this? This rendering of Sinatra as a sad, Pagliacci-esque clown was painted by Nicholas Volpe. At the first-ever Grammy Awards (held May 4, 1959), he won the award for Best Album Cover. Related articles Suave font Riddle puts some s...
For those new to this series, the premise of this is simple. I just use the Random Article link on Wikipedia (happy 10th anniversary!) and see if anything good comes up. More often than not, nothing does. Here we go! American actress Louan Gideon, whose most notable work was on the Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack, has had a host of other memorable roles such as Woman, Grieving Woman, Saleswoman, and Hostess. But I remember her best from the Seinfeld episode "The Millennium", when she played the speed-dial obsessed stepmother Mrs Hamilton. The Stock Exchange Luncheon Club was a members-only dining club situated on the seventh floor of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan. It opened in 1898 and closed in 2006. They admitted their first African-American membe
Radio stations across America started playing Christmas (sorry, holiday) music at least a few weeks ago, but I refuse to acknowledge any of it until Thanksgiving dessert is done. So now that it's officially safe to enjoy some holiday tuneage, I thought I'd pass along some of my personal favorites to you. Because not all Christmas music is crap. #1 A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi Trio Let's just get this one out of the way now. I defy anyone to hear any part of "Skating" or "My Little Drum" and not be instantly transported back to their childhood. I can't say anything that hasn't been said a million times about A Charlie Brown Christmas, so I'll just implore you to add this to your collection even if you hate Christmas music. Just be careful what version you purcha