“From Dream To Reality!”

April 9, 2020

This is a 9-minute ad created in 1960 is a glorious spoof of the advertising industry and its mad men.


Image: Leaves and Tree

April 9, 2020

Grandview 9th April 1920

April 9, 2020

“Vancouver World” 19200409, p.7


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The Day The Beatles Died

April 9, 2020


Fifty years ago today, in a Q&A section of a press release announcing his first solo album, Paul McCartney made the first public — though still unofficial — declaration that the Beatles — the most successful musical group in history — would not ever get back together as a band.

“Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles?” “No.” “Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?” “No.”

The headline in the Daily Mirror next morning was:  “Paul – I Quit!”

I remember it well.  My own life was in some upheaval at the time. My first career in the movie industry had come to a crashing end as the American studios withdrew their financing from the UK, I had just started work as a London bus driver to make ends meet, and my first marriage, a year old at that point, was already on the rocks. But still I took the time to read about the end of the Beatles. They were a phenomenon beyond reason.