New this week in ’69: November 29

(Above: I spent many, many hours crossing the Pacific in these things.) November 29, 1969 Last week baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. turned 50: today, it's Mariano Rivera's turn. That same day Keith Holayoke is re-elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand. He's held that role since 1960. The next day Charles "Tex" Watson is … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 29

New this week in ’69: November 22

(Above: This ad ran 11/22/1969. Would you buy it?) November 22, 1969 It's the day after ARPANET becomes permanent. ARPANET is the computer connection between UCLA and Stanford that effectively becomes what we today call "the Internet." That same day, baseball star Ken Griffey, Jr. is born. The 22nd sees Michigan end Ohio State's winning … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 22

New this week in ’69: November 15

(Watch this band. They have potential.) November 15, 1969 It's the day after Apollo 12 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida for the second manned flight to the Moon. Astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean will land the ship on the lunar surface the following Wednesday the 18th. On the 15th, a fellow named Dave Thomas … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 15

New this week in ’69: November 8

(Above: Oscar should be orange.) November 8, 1969 It's just two days before a new television program airs on the National Education Television (NET) network: Sesame Street. Some critics have suggested that this just might be the most important show ever to air on television, given the combination of the effect that it has had … Continue reading New this week in ’69: November 8

New this week in ’69: October 25

(Above: a magazine that eludes my collection.) October 25, 1969 Earlier in the week "Beat Generation" fixture Jack Kerouac is laid to rest in Lowell, Massachusetts. Kerouac died in the early morning hours of the 21st as the result of longtime alcohol abuse. Years later the band 10,000 Maniacs will sing to him and self-aware … Continue reading New this week in ’69: October 25

Grand Rapids charts: The WZZM-FM Hot 40, October 22, 1971

(Above: It's a cool layout with a clumsy slogan.) I don't believe we've ever done an FM playlist on the blog, so let's fix that today. I just happen to have, in a pile of surveys I file under "research" in my office, the playlist from WZZM-FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan from October 22, 1971. … Continue reading Grand Rapids charts: The WZZM-FM Hot 40, October 22, 1971

New this week in ’69: October 18

October 18, 1969 It's the week that the New York Mets pulled off the miracle, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series on October 16. It's the first championship for the seven-year-old franchise. (Of course, they'll win one more in 1986 on the backs of the Boston Red Sox.) The next … Continue reading New this week in ’69: October 18

Rest in peace, Pops Chambers: The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (1968)

Word circulated this morning that George "Pops" Chambers has passed away at the age of 88. The Chambers Brothers - Lester, Joe, Willie, and George - started performing in the late 1950s. They found their niche with "psychedelic soul," putting a rock spin on soul classics like Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose" and … Continue reading Rest in peace, Pops Chambers: The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today” (1968)