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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by LizzieMaine, Sep 25, 2019.
Oh Lord, the drama. It's every bit as much as Betty Lou's beauty parlor.
The Norwegian capital of Oslo is under Nazi control today after Germany invaded Norway and Denmark by land, sea, and air. An official statement from the Hitler Government announced that Germany has "extended armed protection" to the Scandanavian states to "counteract British aggression against their neutrality."
As of this afternoon Germany has also occupied the Danish capital of Copenhagen, which fell without resistance. The attacks came less than twenty-four hours after British warshops laid mines on the west Norwegian coast as further enforcement of its naval blockade. In a blistering statement delivered in a shortwave broadcast, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop charged the Western powers with plotting to extend the war to the north, and declared that the Reich has "assumed responsibility" for protecting their neutrality. At the same time, a German broadcast directed to Norway and Denmark assured those nations that Germany "has no designs on their independence," and urged the Norwegian and Danish populations to "accept as friends" the German troops already pouring across their frontiers.
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced today that Britain and France are already rushing "full aid" to Norway and Denmark, and that "powerful Allied naval units" are now at sea. Chamberlain in a broadcast denied that the Allies were planning their own occupation of the Scandinavian states, calling such reports "pure invention with no foundation in fact." He also stated that he has heard no word on the fate of the Danish royal family.
Brooklyn's Norwegian colony, the third-largest in the nation, reacted with restrained anger today at the news of the Nazi invasion of their homeland. The borough's Norwegian-Americans, clustered in their Bay Ridge neighborhoods around their radios as news reports rushed in on the attack, assuming the tight-lipped stoicism typical of the Norse people. There has been no direct word from Norway since yesterday concerning the status of specific persons, and Brooklyn Norwegians are reported to be very worried about their relatives in the old country.
One of the seventeen defendants in the Christian Front case in Brooklyn Federal Court became a father today, but was denied permission by the judge to visit his newborn child during the lunch break. Counsel for George Kelly, a 24-year-old swimming instructor, had also moved to be dropped from the case on the grounds of a mistrial on the basis of a "false report in a New York newspaper" stating that Kelly had built a bomb and brought it with him to a Christian Front meeting. That motion was denied.
The Fulton Street L, long a hulking eyesore to downtown Brooklyn, will run for the final time on May 31st after fifty years of continous operation. The shutdown is an immediate consequence of transit unification, which will bring the BMT under municipal ownership as of June 1st. The 5th Avenue L, and the Broadway L spur from the Williamsburg Bridge to the East River will also be terminated at that time. Formal condemnation proceedings for the L structures will begin immediately after the termination of service, with demolition expected to follow this summer.
A "Stop Dewey" drive in the Republican Party is expected to begin if the Manhattan District Attorney wins today's Nebraska primary. Thomas E. Dewey is opposed in that state by a leading member of the Republican conservative wing, Senator Arthur Vandenburg. Dewey is unopposed in the Illinois primary, also to be held today. On the Democratic side, President Roosevelt is unopposed in Nebraska, but he faces a challenge in Illinois from Vice President John Garner. 58 delegates are at stake in Illinois for each party, with 14 to be decided -- in a non-binding vote -- in Nebraska.
(Namm's is to Loeser's and A&S as Hearns is to Macys and Gimbels. Joe and Sally always look forward to Brooklyn Day with eager anticipation.)
("Hmph!" says Sally. "The coicus will not exhibit in Brooklyn this year! I ask ya!" "They can't take the competition," snorts Joe. "You ride the 86th Street trolley inna mornin', you'll get all th' coicus you can handle.")
A hearing on a retirement petition filed by police lieutenant Cuthbert J. Behan will be held Monday at Manhattan police headquarters. Lieut. Behan was acquitted in the theft of 7,200 bail records from the Bergen Street police station, and subsequently underwent a departmental trial on the same charges. A decision in that trial remains pending. Behan has been suspended from the department since October 21, 1938.
"E. R." writes to Helen Worth for advice on what to do about his brother, who is 27 years old and trying to get ahead, but insists on going with "A.," a 25-year-old "lady of leisure" who constantly keeps him out on dates until 3 or 4 in the morning. Helen points out "no man ever does anything he doesn't really want to do," and Brother is old enough to make up his own mind. "I am sorry," she says, "to be unable to cast my ballot for your side, but I cannot."
(What, no handcuff jokes?)
Washington columnist Ray Tucker predicts Jim Farley will quit national politics soon to give both public and behind-the-scenes support to President Roosevelt in his quest for a third term. The decision was made following a "heart to heart talk" by Farley with several highly-placed friends.
(An honest jeweler is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.)
("A little on the buggsy side...")
Yankee manager Joe McCarthy thinks Dodger rookie sensation Peewee Reese is the real thing. The Dodgers beat the Yanks in Owensboro, Kentucky yesterday, 10 to 6, and the pride of Louisville put on quite a show, scoring two runs, including one on his own homer, and made a rash of brilliant fielding plays. Marse Joe says of Reese "that boy's got it!" The Dodgers and Yanks will clash again today in Peewee's own hometown of Louisville.
Tonight will see the key game in the Stanley Cup finals, with the Rangers hoping to take a firm lead in the best-of-seven series when they meet the Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Rangers are up 2 games to 1 over the Leafs and a win tonight will put them in a commanding position to take the tureen. Hear the game tonight at 8:45 over WHN.
(Tootsie will troll, but Tootsie will not *be* trolled.)
(Witness Protection? Join us tomorrow for 'Marie Wirth's Family.'")
(Again with the basements. What is with you and the basements, Mr. Marsh? What do you have hidden in your own?)
And in the Daily News...
(What, no pictures?)
(We seem to be getting into a theme here. Nice manicure, Izzy.)
(The public certainly appreciates sausages with no sawdust in them.)
As soon as Katerina notices the shadows on Annie, she'll track them back to Nick -- and then we'll see some action.
Of course Skeezix is too nice a kid to do it, but I'd really like to see someone punch Wilmer in the face.
Gus went to see an Edward Hopper exhibition over the weekend, and returned to his drawing board with new vigor.
Ok, smart guys, what now?
From the size of that thing, Rudy must play the bass clarinet.
The real-life town of Covina, California has always been proud to share its name with Harold Teen's hometown. Until today.
If Emmy is the Ego of "Moon Mullins," and Lord Plushbottom is the Superego, then Kayo must inevitably be the Id.
A double for so perfectly capturing the pronunciation of "coicus."
Yup, by 27, you have to be adulting.
Well, there's still time for the handcuffs as she's not actually in bed yet.
Not quite a flow chart, but we're stumbling our way there.
And you know, you just know, there's a secret tunnel involved as well.
And maybe the posture challenge you noted yesterday is, in part, to help them hide behind fences when stealthily approaching houses.
In pre-code days, this would have been turned into a movie ASAP - Hepburn would have been a natural in the role. And if they wanted to go a more realistic - less "star -" route, Una Merkel would have done a good job too.
"That old she-ogre," well now, Nick fired that one out casually but effectively. He keeps stumbling on the candy, but hasn't connected the dot yet.
God yes, his kind - and every school, workplace, etc. always has one or more - makes everyday a bit more exhausting.
I've been wondering where Prince Cheese thought he was going to take this - it looks like the jig is about up.
Not to be overlooked is fat Blaze, in panel one, huffing and puffing, trying to keep up with Pat while worrying about his next meal...umm, I mean, he's really doing it "all for the kids."
Reports from a neutral source state that British marines have landed at Narvik following an unsuccessful raid by a naval flotilla, with ships having forced an entry to the fjord to bring the troops ashore. Reports also state that British vessels have penetrated into the strategic Skagerrak, entry to the Baltic Sea, and have also sunk two German troop transports and a German destroyer just outside of Swedish territorial waters.
A high Swedish authority states that the Allies have re-taken the Norwegian ports of Bergen and Trondheim, previously reported to be under German control.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian government is reported to have fled to the town of Elverum, 75 miles north of Oslo near the Swedish border, where Norwegian regular-army troops, augmented by local volunteers, are said to be engaging German forces. The Norwegian royal family and the government led by Premier Johan Nygaardsvold arrived in Elversum today from Hamar, to which it had fled yesterday just ahead of German invasion forces bound for Oslo.
Testimony in the trial of seventeen members of the so-called "Christian Front" on seditious conspiracy charges came to a sudden halt today in Brooklyn Federal Court when the prosecution's key witness collapsed during a break in his testimony. Denis A. Healy, an informer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who had infiltrated the Front, fainted as a result of what police are calling "a nervous collapse" during a brief recess shortly after 11 this morning. Healy was taken to Cumberland Hospital by ambulance, where authorities are releasing no information concerning his condition. A motion calling for an extended recess was made by Assistant Attorney General Harold Kennedy, and this was granted by Judge Marcus B. Campbell, who ordered that the trial resume Friday morning.
Bertrand Russell has been denied the right to appeal the court ruling that barred him from a professorship at City College. Justice John F. McGeehan, who handed down that ruling last month following a petition filed by Mrs. Jean Kay of Flatbush, ruled that Russell is not entitled to appeal the case because he does not challenge the views expressed in his writings that were called into question by Mrs. Kay's petition, nor did he file his appeal in keeping with Section 1291 of the Civil Practices Law, requring that any such appeal must be preceded by a verified answer from the Board of Higher Education, and that such an answer has not been submitted.
A Manhattan woman says she wants no part of a cigar box full of cash she received in the mail yesterday from someone in Chicago she doesn't even know. Mrs. Jack Klein of 250 W 94th Street says she was handed the paper-wrapped parcel, bearing a return address of a "Mrs. J. Reed, 5846 West Lake Avenue, Chicago," from the doorman of her apartment building, and when she opened it she found a total of $1251 in one, five, and ten dollar bills. At first she thought her husband, a fur merchant whose dealings sometimes take him to Chicago, might know something about it, but he was as baffled as she was. The Kleins have turned the parcel over to the police, and say they want nothing further to do with it. "We are horribly puzzled and embarrassed," says Mrs. Klein. "Receiving an envelope like that is disquieting." Police say that if no one comes forward to claim the money within six months, Mrs. Klein will be entitled to keep it, but she says she has no interest in doing so.
("Howcum we don't get nothin' like that in the mail?" wonders Joe. "I even enter all them contests on the radio, and we never get no box fulla dough." "I wouldn't be too embarrassed if we got one," says Sally. "'Course, I also wouldn't put nothin' in the paper about it...")
Two Brooklyn school principals have wired Governor Herbert H. Lehman to protest a bill recently signed by the Governor that allows students to leave school during the school day in order to receive religious instruction. Dr. Gabriel R. Mason of Abraham Lincoln High School and Dr. Isaac Bildersee of Seth Low Junior High School warned the Governor that the measure will cause confusion and heighten "social differences" among pupils, and will serve as "an opening wedge" toward violation of the principle of separation of church and state.
A 36-year-old Cypress Hills man landed in Brooklyn-Queens Night Court for the second consecutive evening, after celebrating a bit too enthusiastically his suspended sentence from the previous night. James Tighe of 3099 Atlantic Avenue told Magistrate Charles E. Hirsimaki that he was so pleased to be released after being brought in on a public intoxication charge that he went out for some drinks to celebrate. "How about ten days this time?" offered the Magistrate. "That's fine, your honor," said Tighe as he was led away, and wished the court good-night.
Two policemen received bite wounds in a brawl at a fortune-telling parlor in Park Slope. Captain Frank Concannon of the 5th Avenue station and Patrolman Joseph Jove raided the fortune-teller's studio at 681 4th Avenue and attempted to arrest two women on the premises, when four men appeared and charged them. The two police officers were quickly supplemented by a group of four radio patrolmen summoned to the scene by a passerby, and the battle turned, but not before Captain Concannon was bitten on the nose and Patrolman Jove on the hand. The two women will face grand larceny and fortune-telling charges, while the four men were booked for felonious assault.
(In case you forgot...)
("Hahahahahaha!" says the Headline Writer. "Made ya look!")
("Men Going Their Own Way," 1940 Edition.)
Judge Franklin Taylor believes too much homework for schoolchildren leads to crime. Speaking before the Brooklyn Kiwanis Club, the Judge says there's too much emphasis on book-learning and too little emphasis on building character in today's schools, and he advocates shortening the school day in order to give children more time to learn how to get along with each other.
Now at the Patio, it's Raymond Massey in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," and Shirley Temple in Technicolor in "The Blue Bird."
(I bet Mr. Steinbeck really really hates this ad.)
(Mr. Mungo, is that you?)
Paced by a fine compete-game effort from Whit Wyatt, the Dodgers slapped down the Yankees in Louisville yesterday, 5 to 1. Peewee Reese, performing before his hometown crowd, offered some stunning defensive work in the field and slammed a long double to deep left field. The Dodgers and Yanks meet again today in Ashland, Kentucky.
This is the year Pete Coscarart breaks out as a major star in the National League. There was no better second baseman in the circuit over the last half of the 1939 campaign, and his fine performance this spring indicates that the Bouncing Basque will pick up right where he left off when the bell rings for 1940. Pete has everything an outstanding infielder needs -- monkey fingers, a strong arm, and a sure instinct, along with uncommon speed and a strong supple physique....
("Hey, open a winda, willya?" says Sally, fanning herself with the paper. "It's gettin' hot in here.")
The Rangers won't run away with the Stanley Cup after all, with the Toronto Maple Leafs picking up the fight again in a 3-0 shutout last night at the Garden. The series stands even now 2 games to 2, with the two clubs taking it up again tomorrow night in Toronto.
Fred Allen shows you how they run the circus at Madison Square Garden, when he's joined tonight by Garden Stage Manager Richard Donopto. And the Mighty Allen Art Players offer a drama of zoo life, entitled "The Parrot Had Yellow Jaundice, So He Wasn't A Big Canary After All." Tune in at 9 pm on WEAF.
Television owners can see intercollegiate baseball today, as Columbia takes on Fordham at Baker Field over W2XBS at 3:30 pm.
("Amnesia! Quick -- to a machine shop!")
(As little Sunny scampers off saying "BOY AM I GLAD TO BE OUT OF THAT DUMP!")
("DO YOU THINK THEY CAN HEAR US?" "I DON'T KNOW, BETTER YELL LOUDER!")
And in the Daily News...
And so we bid farewell to the era of the "Phony War" and the "Sitzkrieg."
Schrafft's might be for old ladies, but the old ladies eat pretty well...
A lot of people don't realize this, but 1940 was the Golden Age of Lima Beans.
Prediction: Nick is going to come to Axel's attention sooner than later as a threat. And Axel will use John to go after him.
Oh, Mama, it's always about you.
Two hints, kid -- forget all about Tula, and DON'T LOAN ANY OF IT TO WILMER.
This better work, or Raven's gonna clean up on the whole lot of you.
Oh I dunno, it could just as easily be Artie Shaw. Maybe Mason asked him for an autograph.
Aw, come on, stop at the Sugar Bowl at least. See if anybody there even remembers who you are.
You've got to hand it to Elmo. Even in the most dismal of situations, he tries to dress well.
Right out of a TV-show script.
My radar says there's more to this story as the husband and wife seem too aggressively anxious and determined to distance themselves from this money (which, FYI, is worth about $22,000 today). Chicago plus cigar-box full of money makes methink, perhaps, the mob. Maybe DA O'Dwyer should take a look-see into this.
And, thankfully, that Age has passed.
That's the right advice; now, let's see if he takes it.
Peewee Reese. Little League issued a tips book and Peewee's first base running advice became staple dictum.
Always looked to improve my play and Peewee was always there when I needed him.
And we see him now as a young kid, full of promise, on his way to Brooklyn for the first time in his life, with no possible idea of what lies ahead.
Try not to think of him eighteen years later, tired and broken, reluctantly heading not North to open the season, but West -- he is the first man on the Dodger roster who will one day play in Los Angeles.
After his active baseball career he was part of the (in my opinion) best baseball announcing duo ever: PeeWee and Ole Diz broadcasting weekend games. I'm not really a baseball fan, but I'd watch just to see what they would say and do.
I remember one game in which the shortstop was coming up to bat and Diz was giving PeeWee grief about how shortstops couldn't hit.
The shortstop in question proceeded to hit a grand slam homer.
Says PeeWee to Diz, "That'll learn ya, dern ya!".
(And what was that song Diz tended to sing when the game got into a lull?)
"The Wabash Cannonball!" Diz was a Roy Acuff disciple.
Reese used to look at Dean and just smirk. "Dizzy Dean. High, hard fastball. How I wish I coulda hit against that s**t."
The ultimate Dean story happened when he was doing the Browns games in 1947. He spent the entire season slagging on the team's pitchers, and finally, toward the end of the season, he said on the air that these guys were so bad he could go down there right now, fat and 37 years old, and pitch better than any man on the staff. They got sore, and challenged him to do it. So he did -- he started the last game of the season against the White Sox, pitched four scoreless innings, and got a base hit to boot. He pulled a muscle running the bases, had to come out, and the relief pitcher proceeded to blow the game.
Britain's First Lord of the Admiralty says that the sea war in the Skagerrak is still raging, and vows that Germany will be "driven from the sea" as the Allies move to take control of Norway. Meanwhile, reports from Paris state that eighteen German ships have been sunk so far in the naval battles off the Norwegian cost, compared to only four Allied vessels destroyed by Nazi ships.
Reports from Stockholm state that Norwegian forces have retaken the port of Bergen from German invaders, and are now massing for an attempt to wrest Trondheim, further up the coast, from enemy occupation. Reports pouring into Sweden reports Norwegians are blasting bridges in order to slow the German advance across their territory.
Sources in Berlin state that when German troops arrived in Oslo, they found 50 new US-manufactured Curtiss airplanes waiting for them in a state of partial assembly. US military experts say the planes carry no singificant advances in design nor any valuable military intelligence, but the Germans say that they intend to study the planes carefully for any new construction details. A spokesman for the Curtiss-Wright Company states that the only type of Curtiss aircraft approved for export is the Curtiss Hawk pursuit plane, which has been widely used by the French air force on the wester front, and has "knocked hell out of the German Messerschmits every time they met," but further states that there is nothing secret about the design of these planes.
Following allegations in a Brooklyn Eagle article this week that a "prominent politician" had offered a bribe to a police captain in connection with Murder For Hire gang informant Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen has moved to present the matter to a special grand jury. The Amen Office issued a summons today to Police Captain Nicholas A. Pissara of the Liberty Avenue precinct to appear before the panel and reveal the name of the man who is alleged to have offered Captain Pissara $500 to have two detectives who had "annoyed" Reles transferred out of the Brownsville-East New York district. District Attorney William O'Dwyer denies that such a bribe was offered, stating that he has investigated the allegation himself and has found it to be "completely untrue."
A Brooklyn veteran of the Spanish Civil War was arrested today in Washington, D. C., following a brawl in a Capitol corridor. Milton Wolff, one of four Loyalist veterans to be summoned to appear this week before the Dies Committee, was taken into custody along with the other three, after an "unidentified spectator" began shouting at them. A "heated argument" followed, and "a fist was raised" before Capitol police could intervene. A large crowd was attracted by the noise as guards broke up the fight. Wolff was subsequently released into the custody of his attorney.
In Camden, New Jersey a 14-year-old girl has been suspended from school for refusing to salute the American flag. Angela Dea Sanchetti was ordered out of the classroom after she declined to participate in the flag ceremony, citing her religious beliefs. The girl belongs to a sect which considers flag-saluting to be a form of idolatry. A similar case involving two children from the town of Minersville, Pennsylvania is now pending before the Supreme Court.
(How do you manage to lose a "custom-built amplifying system??")
("Hey," says Joe. "Maybe we oughta have a kid after all." And Sally replies "What for, we ain't got a car." And Joe replies, "Foist things foist.")
In Lakehurst, New Jersey a man plunged 1500 feet while trying to fix a malfunctioning parachute before landing safely. E. W. Smith was one of ten Navy enlisted men who jumped from a blimp at an altitude of 2000 feet as part of a traning course, and was the only one of the group whose chute failed to properly deploy. The canopy finally unfurled a scant 500 feet from the ground, and Smith landed in a pine tree, narrowly missing a group of spectators gathered to watch the test.
Latest fashion trend on campus -- "little girl" length flannel skirts hemmed two inches above the knee, worn with long cable-knit elastic-topped socks pulled up to just below the knee, revealing a bare flash of kneecap. Wear them with a long-sleeved crepe blouse, a lumberjack cardigan, a pullover sweater, or a square-cut boy's jacket.
(I guarantee that this will be the best quarter you will ever spend.)
The Eagle Editorialist tips his hat to the Civilian Conservation Corps, which among its many other worthwhile accomplishments has taught over 80,000 illiterate young Americans how to read and write.
(It's always good to see a craftsman who is thorough in his work.)
Walter F. O'Malley, attorney, is the chairman of the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Dinner, to be held on April 20th celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Club. The dinner will feature a 40-foot-long table laden with comestibles, to be washed down by jeroboams of champagne. (Note to the Club president: recommend you count the silverware.)
The Dodgers and Yankees have one more stop to make before they arrive for their traditional three-game pre-season series at Ebbets Field, with a game scheduled for today in Lynchburg, Virginia. In Ashland, Kentucky yesterday manager Durocher was impressed by the pitching performance of sidearmer Max Macon, a tall skinny lefthander plucked from the Cardinals system on waivers over the winter. Macon gave up one hit against the Yankees over the course of five innings, although his performance was marred by seven bases on balls. The Yankees won, 7 to 6.
The Rangers and Maple Leafs meet tonight in Toronto in Game Five of the Stanley Cup finals with the series knotted at two games each. Hear the contest at 8:45 pm over WHN.
Lucille Ball, James Lynn, and the piano duo of Fields and Fingerle join Bing and company on the Kraft Music Hall, tonight at 10 pm on WEAF.
("Toot toot Tootsie, Good-bye.....")
(So now we have *two* couples living together in *one* house, without benefit of clergy. I bet "Mary Worth's Family" is Bertrand Russell's favorite comic strip.)
(I don't think that Mr. Marsh has ever seen the inside of an airport control tower in his life.)
Can O'Dwyer and Amen even be in the same room together.
And how would you know if you found one?
Even though I know who ultimately wins, there's so little sports left in our lives, that I'm sadly somewhat engaged in this series.
And since I doubt our young, intrepid assistant DA bought that house with his public-servant salary, I'm guessing Leona is marrying back into her old world.
And this, "I go," really?
And in the Daily News...
Hahahahahahahahaha! Hope ya got ya money's worth, "Charming Channing."
Musicians. Watch out, he'll be moving in.
Awwwww, I could never eat those turkeys. They're much cuter than real turkeys.
Events move swiftly.
Better sharpen those arrow points. Somehow I think those bandits won't be as unarmed as you think they are.
Not so fast, that's the calmest she's been all night.
That's the most light they've had in this office in twenty years.
Mr. Russell no doubt also appreciates Mamie's stand on polyamory.
I don't know, my guess is, based on the norms of the time, this was more embarrassing for Julia than Channing - his friends will "nod and a wink" chuckle while hers will show (get ready for it) schadenfreude.
I'm more anxious about this than the Ranger-Maple Leafs series.
I finally speak "Blaze," I no longer have to slow down on his comments.
On the radio show, they do Blaze with a rich Cockney accent. I didn't realize Cockney pirate captains were a thing in wartime China, but if Mr. Caniff says they were, I am willing to take his word for it.
Yeesh, that makes me feel like a has-been. But I could never pitch. Career right fielder, here, unless there were strong left-handed batters on the other team...
The idea of P-36's knocking the hell out of Bf-109's is cute, but maybe he meant the Bf-110. Or maybe the French units flying them simply never encountered any Messerschmitts?
In 1940, he's never seen one outside of a newsreel.