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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 05, 2018, 03:08:28 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, June 5, 1918.

Troops of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the King's Own Scottish Borderers receiving instruction in the operating of a cinema projecting machines before going back to the frontline as operators. Boulogne, 5 June 1918. IWM (Q 8883)

Soldiers of the Army Service Corps preparing films for use in behind-the-lines cinemas for the troops. Boulogne, 5 June 1918. IWM (Q 8885)

A 75 mm anti-aircraft gun of "B" Battery, 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment (American 2nd Division) on a camouflaged motor lorry mounting in action near Montreuil, 5 June 1918. IWM (Q 70236)


Private Hubert Edward Grimes 27678. Unit: 7th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Death: 5 June 1918, Western Front. Son of Cornelius Edward and Annie Elizabeth Grimes, of 29, Blenheim Rd., St. John's Wood, London. IWM (HU 115494)

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:51:56 AM »

Oh, Scott. You sweet, summer child.

In answer to the lawyer's question about Art being less Art.. Yes Art was less Art when he started MITD.  He was still great to listen to but he was, well, less Art.

Happy Birthday George.  We are the same age, for the next three months anyway.   

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:44:34 PM »
I got to the next page without entering an email at all. Just entered that I wasn't a bot and the next screen came up. However, not sure if my vote took (yes, for George ;))

I tried that but was blocked by a 'this is a required field' notation in regards to the e-mail request.   So I tried Gravity's suggestion and got through to the poll.  George has a tough fight on his hands, going up against Mark Levin. 

I remember when Art was up for the award.  He was requesting votes over the air and he even mentioned his competitors.  "Michael Savage," he said, and added, "Whoever that is."   

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:14:36 PM »
I took part in Lightfoot's weekly postcard auction yesterday.  As usual I won some bids and lost some.  I didn't bother to bid on the one shown below because I knew it would be a hot item.  The winning bid was thirty plus dollars so as it turns out I could have bid on it after all, but then I wouldn't have been able to afford the other postcards that I did win, so it was a trade off.  It is a pretty cool postcard, all in all.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:58:16 PM »
Insipid hack GNoory is on the nominees list for Radio Hall of Fame Induction.

Anyone showing George the love today and casting their vote?

I won't be voting due to the required e-mail request - that's a big no-no with me.  Otherwise, I would have voted for him, for sure.  I like George.  Always have.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:28:32 AM »
Johnny Klein was born on June 4, 1918.  He was a drummer for Lawrence Welk and was also Welk's second cousin.

Bio of Johnny Klein:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:07:17 AM »
from the Library of Congress, June 4, 1918.

The Rogue River Courier. (Grants Pass, Oregon.)

The Tonopah Daily Bonanza.


  Carl Mueller, formerly employed at Tybo, is in town looking around for a lawyer to take his case against somebody. Mueller thinks he has been grievously wronged by his late associates among the employees of the Louisiana Consolidated Mining company and would like to have the advice of a lawyer to help him out of the dilemma of vying to recover damages or else have the satisfaction of charging the bunch with assault and battery. Whatever may happen it is safe to venture that Mr. Mueller will not find any attorney willing to assume his case, which is alleged to be one of open and notorious sedition, according to the statements of men from Tybo.

  Mueller is an Austrian who does not hesitate to conceal his profound contempt for everything American and that is how he got in bad at Tybo. The other boys all subscribed one shift's pay to the Red Cross and when it came to Mueller's turn to put down his name he refused point blank, accompanying the refusal with remarks that so incensed the mine force that they went over the top in great shape, landing on Mueller in a dozen places with such rapidity that he was given a good and forcible illustration of a dose of shrapnel. When he emerged from the melee he presented a pair of optics beautifully discolored and also had several other bruises that gave him some physical pain. He did not have much time to deliberate for a committee of the men notified him to make himself scarce by getting out of Tybo as quickly as his legs would permit.

  Mueller landed here last evening and instantly proceeded to the office of a leading attorney, where he failed to find any satisfaction.


  A few minutes before noon this morning the jury in the Kruger case was accepted after the attorneys for either side had used only four of their peremptory challenges, although they were entitled to eight. Only two women were called and one of these was accepted, the other, Mrs. Ruby Dewar, being excused on the ground that she is about to leave the city and had all arrangements made. The second taleswoman, Mrs. Blanche Mitchell, proved acceptable.

  The district attorney presented his side, setting forth that the case would depend entirely on circumstantial evidence.

  After lunch, G. M. Cahill and Clarence E. Waldner, for the state, gave testimony.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:24:04 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, June 4, 1918.

A large industrial building beside the railway at Sailly-Labourse set on fire by a German incendiary shell. French civilians are trying to put it out, 4 June 1918. #1 IWM (Q 11063)

#2 IWM (Q 11062)

#3 IWM (Q 11059)

Waitresses of the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps serving American and British officers at the Officers Rest Club. Abbeville, 4 June 1918. IWM (Q 11064)


Second Lieutenant Francis Emery Burford. Unit: 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Death: 04 June 1918 Western Front. Son of Samuel Francis and Clara D'Este Burford, of Leicester. IWM (HU 114666)

Random Topics / Re: The Bellgab Live Concert Thread
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:07:58 AM »
My regret was not seeing Ministry sooner. I would have liked to have caught them somewhere between 1992 and 1996 for maximum experience. I saw them on the tour for Houses of the Mole and they played a typical anthology of hits plus some new ones of the time like No W and Warp City. I have since unsubscribed to Al. He literally writes songs praising Antifa now. It literally is a song title and he thinks masked George Soros commies throwing rocks in the streets is a good idea. Even the Revolting Cocks went on tour without him last year, they probably think he has flipped his fucking lid.

The first time I saw Ozzy was in a night club, less than 1000 person capacity, Geezer played bass. It was a pre-tour warm-up show. I think it cost about $40 to be against the barrier in the front row between Ozzy and Geezer.  Money well spent.

Concerts today are fucking expensive. I was gonna go see Elton John for shits and giggles but the cheapest ticket is $350 plus taxes and service charges and it is way up on level 200 or something maybe higher.

It's very difficult to get tickets for arena shit these days. Me and 2 friends bought Nine Inch Nails tickets off a scalper 2 years ago for $200/each and the guy even knocked $100 off each ticket since we got 3. He wanted $300 per piece but we kind of knew him so he cut us a deal for the three. Anyways, $200 is not a lot for floor tickets in an arena these days. I lost my friends but I wormed right in there and got within 3-5 heads back of the center of the barrier by the middle point of the set.

Check out the cost of Ozzy tickets for this tour. Or GNR tickets the past 2 years. Greedy stuff. Then resellers will E-purchase all the good tickets and relist them on ticketmasters site at twice the original absurd price.

Best to see bands in small venues and halls these days, and buy pre-printed GA tickets from blocks held at local independent record stores. The days of lining up at TM at 10am and being first come first served is long over.

I enjoy reading about your concert experiences.  Also cool info regarding the purchasing of concert tickets.

Random Topics / Re: The Bellgab Live Concert Thread
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:04:43 AM »
Here is an incomplete list of some bands I have seen. 

Awesome list. The Ramones - Ozzy Osbourne - Iggy & The Stooges - Iron Maiden - Ministry.  I envy ya!

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:24:15 AM »
Magnificent!  Dr. Phibes would have loved it.  Thank you for posting it, K.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:00:03 AM »
Her audience is comprised of older folk, who came up during the Ward and June generation. She has, it appears, a large number of silver haired couples who adore her. The wife, either barren, or suffering from empty nest syndrome, who needs to mother her, or live vicariously through her. The males of the group have other motives. They thinly disguise their lust with messages of support in a male libido sort of way, sneaking off to the bathroom, while the wife whimpers and fawns in front of their C.Crane radio, and yanks one off while drooling over the picture on his smartphone. The rest of the herd are merely there due to a lack of a life. That about sum it up?

I think not.  Those brought up during the Ward and June generation are in their late sixties.  Gray haired, yes, but I think that it is safe to say that they aren't all that interested in second generation podcasters that have come along after Art.  I know a lot of 'older' people and while only a few know of Art and George Noorey, I have yet to come across any (other than myself and several other BellGabbers) who have ever heard of Heather Wade.  I'd venture to say that Heather's core audience age hovers around late thirties to early forties.  I have nothing to back this theory up with of course, but I would like to give one example that deals with a certain YouTube star named Adam the Woo.  He goes around filming himself visiting places like Disneyland and film locations for movies like Back In Time.  Over the years he has accumulated thousands of subscribers and every once in awhile he plans a 'meet and greet' event.  Interesting to note, that when he holds the event, a good ninty percent of the attendies are around his age, 'fortyish.' 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 03, 2018, 03:45:42 AM »
From the Library of Congress, June 3, 1918.

The Ashland (Oregon) Tidings.


  A German giving his name as Julius Pankaw was arrested at the S. P. depot in Roseburg by Sheriff George Quine last week on arrival of the northbound train and was later placed in charge of a detective aboard the train and sent on through to Portland, where he was turned over to the United States marshal there.

  The man arrested is about 40 years of age, and his suspicious actions attracted the attention of a detective on the train. Shortly after leaving Dole station the fellow  surreptiously threw a handful of torn bits of paper out of the car window, and when accused of endeavoring to dispose of incriminating evidence denied the truth of the statement.

  As he appeared to be pro-German in his tendencies, as well as of German origin, his action looked suspicious, and a wire was sent to Sheriff Quine who met the train and placed the fellow under arrest. Going down the line the sheriff hunted along the tracks until he found the torn bits of paper, and gathered them all up. When examined they appeared to be parts of two letters, one of which was typewritten and references was frequently made to military affairs, "service in the army," "lieutenant" and other words and sentences of a nature that shows the letters were discussing those matters.

  Pankaw was reticent concerning his movements, but it was learned by the sheriff that the fellow has visited Germany since the war broke out in 1914, but has probably been in the United States all of the time since this country entered the struggle.

  The pieces of letters were mailed to the United States marshal at Portland, and after they have been arranged into a readable page the identity of the alleged spy may be ascertained.

  Sheriff Quine later received word that more papers containing plans drawn by the German spy had been found near Round Prairie near where the others were picked up. He said that the papers found this time contain plans of factories for the making of harness and saddles to be used in the army. When searched by the officers at Portland the spy is reported to have had $40,000 on his person.

The Tonopah Daily Bonanza.


  At three o'clock this afternoon the jury box was filled for the third time in the case of the State vs. Kruger, indicted for the murder of a prospector named McWilliams at Round Mountain. Neither side has exercised its peremptoriness, but it was believed that by this evening the twelve men would be secured. No objection was advanced to the acceptance of women jurors, but none had been reached, so it is not known if the fair sex is acceptable in a case where the life of a man be at stake.

  The chief question fired at talesmen was whether they would bring in a true verdict in a case where the evidence was purely circumstantial.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 03, 2018, 02:55:21 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, June 3, 1918.

American and French troops examining a wrecked German AEG G.IV heavy bomber (serial number G572) near Catillon, 3 June 1918. IWM (Q 65566)

Curious result of a German air raid at Abbeville, 3 June 1918. The roof of a house brought down, almost intact to ground level. IWM (Q 8881)

French and British soldiers by an overturned lorry on a road near Doullens, 3 June 1918. IWM (Q 8882)


Sergeant Ernest Dean 307879. Unit: 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Death: 03 June 1918 Killed in action Western Front. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dean. IWM (HU 121103)

Radio and Podcasts / Re: "famous people I have met" thread
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:55:17 PM »
Leonard Nimoy.  I was with a group of high school science students and we got to meet him at a local television studio.  I was shaking his hand and a lady taking pictures said, "We've been calling him Mr. Spock because he resembles you so much."  So Leonard cupped my chin with some fingers and looked at my face.  "Hmmmm," was all he said.  We got to ask some questions and all I could think to ask was, "Do you believe in flying saucers?"  "No." he stated flatly.  He expounded on his answer, though, by explaining that space was extremely vast and that he thought it was quite possible that other forms of life could exist out there.  It was lots of fun meeting the guy.     

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:08:59 PM »

We should all converge on the Schraders and eat at this cool looking place called the Hotel East Bay in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Oh wait, they are out of town.  Dave mentioned that he would be appearing at a convention in Iowa.  Oh well, we'll take a raincheck...or perhaps not.  I couldn't find any info on the Hotel East Bay.  Lots of inns, resorts and lodges, but no Hotel East Bay.  Too bad, it would have been a cool place to eat.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:47:09 AM »
Here's a hit film by DeMille from 1918.  Not the usual entertaining hokum one would expect from him. A very downbeat film.

I'll certainly give it a look see.  Thanks, 21st.  :)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:45:43 AM »
Cool, Rix!!!  ;D I've got a number of Lloyd's shorts and features but not sure I have that one.

Glad you liked it.  I was looking for a 1918 video and came across it.  Very good quality for such an old film.  Primitive Lloyd for sure but there are some smart, comedic moves here and there in it.  It comes to a rather quick ending and I wonder if they ran out of money or something?  I couldn't find much information on the short.  Like you, I like a lot of his later stuff. 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:21:46 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:01:01 AM »
On June 2, 1918, the German submarine SM U-151 sank six ships off the coast of New Jersey.  Nearly all crew and passengers survived the six sinkings except for one lifeboat from the SS Carolina.  It had capsized, causing eight male passengers and five crewmen to drown.

History of the SM U-151:

By Internet Archive Book Images - book page:, No restrictions,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:27:50 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, June 2, 1918.

Nurses assessing damage done during air raid on No. 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Etaples on 31 May 1918. Photograph taken on 2 June 1918. IWM (Q 11572)

An Italian Obice da 305/17 modello 16 self-propelled heavy howitzer on the road at Sandrigo, 2 June 1918.[/b IWM (Q 69606)

Horse-drawn mobile lofts for carrier pigeons at the pigeon pens at Sorrus, 2 June 1918. IWM (Q 8875)

Carrier pigeon, which lost a leg, at the pens at Sorrus, 2 June 1918. IWM (Q 8867)

Motorcyclists of the Royal Engineers (Signals) setting out with baskets on their backs, in which are four pigeons to be taken from the lofts at Sorrus to the frontline, 2 June 1918. Note the four compartments in each basket. IWM (Q 8879)

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:39:04 PM »

Here is a view of The, ooops, pardon me, Ye Old Time Mill located in New London Connecticut.  The mill is still there and tourists can still look the place over.

I found another card online similer to mine.  The pic was taken from the same camera angle but I like mine better because it has water flowing over the water wheel.

By Tichnor Brothers, Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Radio and Podcasts / Re: "famous people I have met" thread
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:43:38 PM »
John F. Kennedy.  He wasn't president though, just a senator.  He was running for president and appeared in a local parade.  After the parade his people were setting up a speaker's platform in the local park.  Kennedy was standing under a tree, stretching his back.  My mom approached him and said, "Senator Kennedy, would you sign my son's cast?"  John whipped out a pen and said, "Sure."  So he signed my brother's broken arm cast as I looked on.  I was too young to realize how important he was politically.  In fact, when I heard that 'Senator Kennedy' would be appearing in the parade, I said, "Who's that?"  Mom took a cool pic that is floating around somewhere in the family archives.  Nice closeup of Kennedy signing the cast.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:30:55 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, June 1, 1918.

Air mechanics with a large bomb to be carried by a Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber of No. 14 Squadron RNAS. Dunkirk Aerodrome, 1 June 1918. IWM (Q 12195)

Air mechanics of No. 14 Squadron RNAS attaching a 230 lb bomb to a Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber at Dunkirk Aerodrome, 1 June 1918. Note smaller bombs above to the right. IWM (Q 11551)

The nose of a Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber of No. 14 Squadron RNAS showing Forward Observer's and Pilot's cockpits. Note a Lewis machine gun on the nose Scarff ring. Dunkirk Aerodrome, 1 June 1918. IWM (Q 12181)

Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber of No. 14 Squadron RNAS preparing to leave Dunkirk Aerodrome, 1 June 1918. The Pilot and Observer making the final tests. IWM (Q 11547)

Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber of No. 14 Squadron RNAS in flight over Dunkirk, 1 June 1918. Photograph taken from another bomber flying above it. IWM (Q 12192)

Handley Page Type 0/400 bomber of No. 14 Squadron RNAS in flight, taken from the rear gunner cockpit, looking back. Part of the biplane tail can be seen. Flying from from Dunkirk Aerodrome, 1 June 1918. IWM (Q 12190)


Matron Martha S Farley, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. Died of illness contracted on duty 01 June 1918. IWM (WWC H21-49)

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:55:16 PM »
Try this to be free from it:

Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana. Sunt mala quae libas, ipse venena bibas!

Used to work for me.

If you say it backwards you get bonus points.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:32:47 PM »

This is the publishing house for the monthly magazine Successful Farming.  Edwin T. Meredith was the owner of the publishing house.  Meredith took over publishing from his dad, who ran a newspaper called Farmer's Tribune and he stayed with the subject of farming/gardening throughout his career.  He served as United States Secretary of Agriculture under the Wilson administration before returning to the publishing trade.  One of the last magazines he created was Better Homes and Gardens.

Bio of Edwin Meredith: 

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Midnight In The Desert
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:06:17 AM »

Earnest is looking earnestly wrinkled.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:40:47 AM »
The American  troopship USS President Lincoln was hit with 4 torpedoes from U-boat U-90 on May 31, 1918.  The ship would sink twenty minutes later.  Out of 715 people aboard, 26 men were lost, and one man, Lieutenant Edouard Izac was captured and taken aboard the U-boat.

Info on the USS President Lincoln:

Interestingly, one of the books in my WWI library is about Edouard Izac and his efforts to escape from German prison camps.  It is titled appropriately enough, 'Escape.'  I remember reading that he was put on a train and while his guards weren't looking, he kicked a window out and jumped out.  He was caught though, and was severely beaten.  But he didn't give up and he did manage to escape toward the end of October.  He was able to convey some enemy intelligence to his superiors but it wasn't of any value because the war ended a couple weeks later.

Info on Edouard Izac:


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