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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:09:33 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

Artillery limbers passing through the snow-covered ruins of Ypres, 27 December 1917.

A squadron of Nieuport Scout biplanes lined up in the snow at Bailleul Aerodrome, 27 December 1917. It's possibly No. 1 Squadron RFC.

Pilot (possibly Captain Wendell W. Rogers of No. 1 Squadron RFC) in the cockpit of a Nieuport Scout biplane at Bailleul Aerodrome, 27 December 1917. Note a Lewis machine gun on upper plane.

Fuselage of a German AEG G.IV (G.105) bomber, brought down by anti-aircraft gun fire at Achiet-le-Grand on 23 December 1917, being removed by RFC tender, 27th December 1917. Near Bapaume.

Random Topics / Re: The "I'm watching/just watched *movie title* thread....
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:34:25 AM »
Thanks, Rix.  I never heard of the movie but it sounds right up my alley.  Love Liotta and Hopkins.  I'll be on the lookout.

Cool!  Hope you enjoy it.

Random Topics / Re: The "I'm watching/just watched *movie title* thread....
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:25:01 AM »
I watched 2015's Blackway starring Anthony Hopkins, on Netflix.  Pretty good movie to watch on a cold December day, especially since the movie itself looks like it was filmed during the month of December.

Blackway is the character name of a combination sadist, bully, hick town crime lord dude, who was also a menacing deputy patrol officer at one time.  He has it in for this chick named Lillian.  Which reminds me, he was also a stalker.  Anyway, he terrifies Lillian and cuts the heads off her cats, so she goes to the local sheriff to file a complaint and hopefully get some kind of restraining order but the sheriff is no help because he doesn't want to get his head stomped in by Blackway. Oh, before I forget, Blackway is not played be Anthony Hopkins, but some other spooky looking actor by the name of Ray Liotta.     

The sheriff tells Lillian to leave town.  Either that, or go to a local lumber mill and ask if any of the boys there can give her a hand.  She tries the latter, and walks into the crowded mill office just as the mill's owner (played by a very old Hal Holbrook) is describing how old time loggers used knotholes in trees for sexual satisfaction because there were no women in those logging camps for months on end.  Lillian asks for help but it seems like everyone was afraid of Blackway, so she left the office in disgust.  Just as she was getting into her car, two millworkers approach her.  Lester, played by Anthony Hopkins and a younger dude, kind of a slow witted, gentle giant named Nate, offer to help her.  So the three of them set off to find Blackway and put an end to his evil ways.

I guessed wrong on the ending.  Lester had a hobby of making wooden whirligigs, those things that look like birds and flap their wings in the wind and he had them all around his house.  I thought that he would trick Blackway to come to his house and the bad guy would step on a buried, high pressure whirligig that would shoot out of the ground and grab his entrails and pull them back into the earth.  Can you blame me for thinking so?  After all we don't know what Lester did before he became a millworker.


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 26, 2017, 06:44:59 PM »
The Slovakian miners are celebrating tonight! I think most here predicted the Rooskie would win but it sounds like an exciting match and Ajax training regimen of using altitude was a good one and was shown in the stamina in the "Masked Marvel."

The writer's description of the boxing was hilarious but sounds like a boring match.

I was glad the Slovs didn't have dates with rolling pins.  Also, was kind of amazed at the sportswriter's blow by blow boxing match descriptions without the use of any kind of video/smart phone appliance to fall back on.  I wonder if he used some type of abbreviation system like l t r j (left to right jaw.)  If so, he certainly used the letter 'c' a bunch.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 26, 2017, 03:59:55 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 26, 1917.


  William Berne, the husky Russian, proved himself not only a man of great strength, but of great cleverness, yesterday afternoon when he bested Ajax's "Masked Marvel" in their finish wrestling match at the Airdome. The first fall was won by Berne after 45 minutes and 15 seconds of struggle, starting at 2:30. The Russian was in some difficulty with his wind, the "Marvel" having an advantage there because he had trained in this high altitude, while Berne came direct from the coast just before the match.

  Ajax's man was clever enough, but no match in strength for Berne. Again and again he got Berne in a wicked scissor hold, but the Russian always broke it. After the 45 minutes of struggle in the first fall, Berne suddenly grasped his man with his hands clasped behind the back of his neck and threw him over his head and landed on him, quick as a cat and pinned his shoulders to the mat. 

  The "Marvel" several times got the Russian with a toe hold, but always lost it.

  In the second fall Berne, vividly demonstrating his superior strength, got the toe hold, and after a minute or two of pressure the "Marvel" slapped the mat with his hand and Berne was declared winner.

  The match, from first to last, was full of thrills and was well worth the price of admission, making up for the boxing flivver. In the second fall Berne pleased the big crowd by hoisting his man perpendicularly, head down, grasping him by his shins, and slapped the "Marvel's" gruesomely masked head a number of times on the floor. The "Marvel" earned some hoots by using his fists once or twice, seemingly very desirous of getting home a full swing upper cut.

  All ten rounds of the Carter Pappas go might have been done to the tune of a nice dreamy waltz. Both of the big men were slow on their feet, with their hands and their heads. When Referee Pierce raised Carter's arm at the end of the last round there was the usual hoot from two or three spectators and Pappas loudly declared it waan't fair. The decision was the only one possible, however. Carter won, but deserves no medal for It.

  In the first two rounds there was little pretense at fighting. Round by round the rest of the alleged battle went like this:

  Third- Pappas landed a left to the ribs. Both missed swings. Pappas tried an ambitious left to Carter's disgraceful embonpoint and they went into an embrace by mutual consent. Carter blocked all of Pappas' clumsy efforts except a light left to the neck.

  Fourth- Clinch clinch clinch. Carter blocked right swing. Carter landed right to head. Referee broke them. Then did it again. Carter landed left to head and one to Pappas' mouth. They were clinched at the gong.

  Fifth- Pappas landed two light ones to the black man's chicken coop. The referee broke them once again. Pappas was obviously chief culprit as to clinching. Carter shot his left to Pappas' face, then to the neck. Pappas missed a right swing by a mile. Carter swung right, left and right to head and Pappas went down to his knees and stayed there for a count of eight. Pappas got in with his left again. Clinch. Pappas was tired. Carter shot his left to the Greek's jaw and they clinched. Carter was swinging both mitts in the most exciting (?) second of the go at the gong.

  Sixth- Carter landed his right to the neck and they clinched. Carter got a left to Pappas' mouth and they clinched again. Pappas varied the monotony by landing a love tap on Carter's jaw. Carter returned the compliment with his left and missed with his right as usual. They clinched. Pappas got left to Carter's hard head and Carter landed with his right and left. Pappas reached the black boy's neck with his left.

  Seventh- Clinch. Carter's right got to Pappas' head and the black man, encouraged, swung his right and left to the same destination successfully. They clinched. Carter got a stiff right chop to Pappas' jaw. Carter missed some determined swings, then found the range and landed his right twice to the jaw. He roughed the tired Greek in a clinch. A left to his jaw sent Pappas down again. He jumped up and was trying when the gong sounded.

  Eighth- Pappas came out of his corner instructed to slam the negro where he was fattest. He tried to follow instruction, but with little success and no damage. They roughed it languidly in a clinch. Pappas got a right to Carter's jaw and they hugged each other until Carter got his left up to Pappas' jaw. The referee broke them.  Pappas was still more weary. 

  Ninth- Clinch. Pappas landed left to Carter's jaw. Clinch. Carter landed right to Pappas' jaw, one of the few clean punches of the "fight." They clinched. Pappas landed a light left to Carter's bean. 

  Tenth- They hugged each other. Carter landed with his left to jaw and then repeated. Clinch No. 863. Pappas got his left to Carter's head and did it again. Clinch. Pappas hit Carter in the mouth with his left, a punch that had hardly steam enough to keep it moving. Clinch. Carter landed on Pappas' mouth with his left. Clinch. Carter was swinging his right and left in a sad imitation of how the sixth-raters go in the four-round game on the coast, when the gong ended the agony.

  Both of the men are slow as Sunday in Manhattan. They might get by well in an esthetic dancing act. As fighters they're good piano movers.


  Chief of Police Jack Grant, whose condition was declared to be very dangerous yesterday, was this afternoon considerably improved, but not yet out of danger. His hiccoughing, a dangerous symptom, has not been stopped. Dr. McCarthy of Goldfield was yesterday called into consultation with Dr. McLeod.

  The chief's illness is the concern of all the people of Tonopah and many inquiries as to his chance for recovery were made all day yesterday and today. He was operated on for appendicitis last Friday.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 26, 2017, 02:37:02 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

Italian and British (41st Division) troops examining a destroyed DFW two-seat biplane, either German or Austro-Hungarian, one of three which fell on the British lines after a raid on Istrana aerodrome, 26 December 1917.

Destroyed DFW two-seat biplane, either German or Austro-Hungarian, one of three which fell on the British lines after a raid on Istrana aerodrome, 26 December 1917. The soldier seated on the top of the plane is probably a serviceman of the 18th Battalion (Arts and Crafts), King's Royal Rifle Corps (122nd Brigade, 41st Division).

Troops of the 41st Division examining a destroyed DFW two-seat biplane, either German or Austro-Hungarian, one of three which fell on the British lines after a raid on Istrana aerodrome, 26 December 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 25, 2017, 02:46:49 AM »
From the Europeana Collection.

Austrian soldiers celebrate Christmas in a shelter.  December 25, 1917.
(And a Merry Christmas to all readers of the 100 Years ago thread.)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 24, 2017, 11:15:42 AM »
Ha. Made a fortune in Japan and lost it all. Colorful character, it would seem.

Re: Cobweb. I was hoping some kind of underground betting criminal syndicate, maybe associated with the Black Hand or some Chinese Tong. Alas...

Actually the Cobweb was a liquor store, or a combination of the two, judging by this ad from the Dec. 24, 1917 Tonopah Bonanza.  They were involved in the betting business somewhat, so who knows?


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:54:13 AM »
I wonder if Billy, as announcers do today, had a copyright on his famous phrase: "Let 'er go!" ?" I can't wait for the match.

* this bears some more research. Who is this guy? And WHAT is the "cobweb?"

Here is a tidbit on Billy:

Pretty sure the Cobweb was a Tonopah tavern.

Technology / Re: “What the hell is a bitcoin?”
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:45:18 AM »
Not me.  I planted a dozen tulips last fall and plan on a bumper crop this year.  Early retirement, here I come!

WOTR, you forgot to post this link:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:28:39 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 24, 1917.


  William Berne, the great Russian Slavonian wrestler, arrived direct from the Los Angeles Athletic club last night, where he has been training for his match with Ajax's Masked Marvel, and states he is in the best of condition for his match tomorrow and expects to be returned the winner by Referee King Pierce in the big catch-as-catch-can match at the Airdome Christmas afternoon.

  The Masked Marvel, accompanied by his manager, Victor Ajax, and a retinue of trainers, will come over from Goldfield early tomorrow morning, and the final conference between the referee, both wrestlers and the Business Men's club will take place at noon, in order to thoroughly clear up any questions regarding the rules and to avoid any delay at the ringside.

  Both Kid Carter and George Pappas did their last gymnasium work yesterday afternoon and, with the exception of light road work today, they are now ready for the gong to start them on their way in the big 10 round boxing contest.

  Carter was so confident last night he would be returned the winner, he placed 100 of his own money in the hands of John Manion of the Cobweb to bet on himself.

  As practically all of the 300 ringside seats have been sold, the Business Men's club has arranged to place fifty reserved special chairs in the Airdome to take care of the out-of-town visitors and as many of the local fans as possible who failed to make their reservations earlier.

  Charles S. Moore and his Louvre entertainers will be on hand at 2 p.m. sharp to entertain the big crowd from the Airdome stage, while the Tonopah Military band will play a concert on the streets, commencing at 1 p.m. sharp, and also at the Airdome during the afternoon.

  Don't forget the doors open at 1 p.m. for the sale of general admission tickets and first come first served will be the motto. The first event, which will be the first fall in the big wrestling match, will be staged at 2:30 p. m. sharp and the boxing contest will follow immediately thereafter, and during the intermission between the first and second falls in the wrestling. Immediately after the fight the second and, if necessary, the third fall in the wrestling bout will take place.

  As Billy Jordan, the famous announcer, said: "Let 'er go!"

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:47:51 PM »

Diving, and submersibles is greatly restricted by depth. 1 atmosphere (ATM) is 14.7 PSI. Sea water depth adds 1 ATM of pressure for every 33’ of depth (all approximations).

Recreational diving is limited to about 130’.  Technical divers using other gas mixtures can dive deeper but have to go through lengthy decompression stops on the way back up.

Today’s US Nuclear subs operational limits are classified, but the Ohio Class are listed as having a “Test Depth” of 850’. That means their normal operating depth is significantly less than that.

Remotely piloted vehicles can dive deeper because they don’t have a contained atmosphere. Deep submersibles (eg bathyscapes) do exist which can go much deeper, but these are very expensive and typically have low loiter times with small crew (1-2) sizes.

This mad man actually holds the record for Freediving. Diving without the aid of external air. 831’!!!

He actually fell asleep on the way back up but surfaced and had to undergo decompression sickness therapy.
Well, that answered my question.  Not even that Herbert Nitsch dude will be diving down to check the sub out.  Thanks Gravity.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:34:12 PM »

December 21, 1917.

Born:  Noah Petrovitch Adamia.  Russian sniper extraordinaire during WWII.

Some interesting facts:

1. Born in a small town in Russia and while impoverished, managed to attend high school before joining the Russian Navy.

2. Noah had a gift of being a natural sharpshooter so naturally, somewhere along the line he must have thought to himself,
"Ты что-то знаешь? Думаю, я научу себя тому, как быть снайпером."  (You know what?  I think I'd make a darn good sniper.)
3. He was such a good sniper that he was made an instructor and taught others how to do it. 
4. He fought at the Battle of Sevastopol where it is thought that he killed 300 Nazis...give or take a few.
5. Noah was killed during the Battle of Sevastopol and was given a top Naval military award that wasn't as prestigious as Russian Army awards.
6. There is a street in Russia named after him.

Noah Adamia
Public DomainАдамия_Ной_Петрович.jpg

Died: German painter Wilhelm Trübner.

Some interesting facts:

1. Wilhelm was trained to be a goldsmith before becoming a painter. 

2. His best known painting was one called The Death of Pope Alexander VI. 


The Death of Pope Alexander VI
By Wilhelm Trübner - [1], Public Domain, 


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 21, 2017, 03:57:03 PM »

Australian WW1-era naval submarine HMAS AE-1 found -
Not exactly one hundred years ago, but within the scope of the thread.  The disappearance of this sub was one of the great mysteries of WWI, hopefully they will be able to determine the cause of its loss.
Thanks, Duke.  I don't know sea diving so is 984 feet a great depth?  I noticed that they kept the location of the sub a secret, and that's good.  I bet that with time, the Aussies will be able to revisit it and hopefully get a closer look.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 21, 2017, 06:10:40 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 21, 2017, 03:30:05 AM »

From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 21, 1917.

  As an added attraction and through the courtesy of Charles S. Moore, proprietor of the Louvre Cafe, the committee on arrangements for the big boxing and wrestling matches to be held in the Alrdome on the afternoon of December 25 for the benefit of the Volunteer Fire Department gymnasium, is pleased to announce the entertainers imported from San Francisco direct bv Mr. Moore have kindly donated their services for that afternoon and will appear in songs, both before the beginning of the athletic events and during the various intermissions attending the program. In addition to the Louvre girls, the Tonopah Military band will also give a concert on the streets, commencing at 1 o'clock sharp, and at the theater during the afternoon, in order to keep the big crowd in the proper frame or mind to enjoy the festivities. 
  The first event of the day will start at 2:00 p.m. sharp, and will be the first fall in the great wrestling contest between the Masked Marvel of New York, who has been imported by Victor Ajax of Goldfield. and William Berne, the famous Slovenian heavyweight wrestler. This contest promises to be the greatest struggle between famous athletes ever seen in Southern Nevada and considerable money is expected to be bet upon the outcome of the match between Ajax's Goldfield friends and the Slovenian contingent of Tonopah, who are offering to bet all kinds of money that Berne will secure the decision.
  Immediately after the first fall the heavyweight boxing contest between Kid Carter of Tonopah and George Pappas of San Francisco will be staged. This is another red letter event which is exciting much interest, as both men have trained hard for the contest and both are anxious to annex the long end of the big purse.

  All the boxing fans are invited to attend the workouts at the gymnasium and see these big fellows prepare for their grueling fight Christmas afternoon. Pappas works at 2:00 p.m. and Carter at 3:30 p.m.
  Immediately after the fight, the second, and if necessary, the third fall in the great catch-as-catch-can wrestling match will take place.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:54:47 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery firing a 6-inch 26 cwt howitzer on the Cambrai front, 21 December 1917. Note snow-covered camouflage netting.


Gordon Highlanders guarding German prisoners clearing snow from a road at Doullens, 21 December 1917.

Battle of Jaffa. Ford at the mouth of the river Auja, showing the Turkish positions captured by the 157th Brigade, 52nd Division, on 21st December  1917.

From the Europeana Collection.

August Körner - Margit Huber - Recital - Wiener Konzerthaus - Red Cross | Elbemühl.  December 21, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:14:10 PM »

Eric Campbell's death seems something out of a melodrama:
"On 9 July 1917, his wife died suddenly of a heart attack after dinner at a Santa Monica restaurant near their home. Walking to a nearby store to buy a mourning dress, his 16-year-old daughter Una was hit by a car and seriously injured. Still mourning, at a 12 September party given for Artcraft Studio publicity man Pete Schmid, Campbell met Pearl Gilman, a diminutive vaudeville comedian with a family reputation for gold-digging. She had been married to candy heir Charles W. Alisky in 1912, and a few years later divorced and married another wealthy man, Theodore Arnreiter. Her sister Mabelle was married to elderly steel magnate William E. Corey, the owner of U.S. Steel. Just five days after they met, Campbell and Gilman Alisky-Arnreiter were married at the home of Elaine Hardy at 824 5th Street in Santa Monica. His daughter Una, still recuperating at a friend's home in Santa Monica Canyon, was not told of the wedding for several weeks. Less than two months after marrying the gentle giant, Gilman Alisky-Arnreiter sued him for divorce, claiming he abused her with his heavy drinking and profanity. He moved out of their Santa Monica bungalow and into the Los Angeles Athletic Club, taking a room next to his best friend Chaplin. At a cast party, Campbell got drunk and, driving home at 4 am, crashed his car and was killed."
Yeah, kind of a rotten, five month long end to the guy's life.  Were there tabloid magazines back then?  If so, poor Eric would have been grist for the mill.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:17:19 PM »

December 20, 1917.

Enter:  Film Noir actress Audrey Totter was born on this day, one hundred years ago.

Some interesting facts:

1. There are some that believe her fist name was actually Audra.

2.  She acted in school productions before getting her start in radio.

3.  She specialized in crime films and was known as the 'tough talking dame.'


Audrey Totter
By Modern Screen Magazine -, Public Domain,

Exit:  Silent film actor Eric Campbell was killed in a car accident in the wee hours of December 20, 1917.  (He was drunk.)

Some interesting facts:

1.  Once thought to have been born in Scotland, it was later found out that Eric was born in Cheshire, England.

2.  His earliest films were dramas but due to his physique, deep voice and acting style, it became apparent that he was better suited for comedies.

3.  He came to America in 1914 at the request of Charlie Chaplin.  He would co-star with Chaplin in twelve slapstick comedies.


Eric Campbell
By Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research - detail from, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:19:11 PM »

Oh cool, Rix!  I've never heard of this guy; he seems to be a sort of Oregonian (unless I'm mistaken that's the capitol building) Philip Aaberg, whose "Christmas on the Highline" has been a favorite since I was little.  And he has a couple Christmas cds, what joy!

Good eye, K.  That is indeed the state capital building located at Salem, Oregon.  John lives due north from there at a town called West Linn, Or., just outside of Portland.  Or rather I should say 'my dear friend' John Nilsen, especially whenever I assume my Richard Hoagland persona..."My dear friend Arthur C. Clarke."  I came across John once, many years ago at the local mall, happily playing away at his piano.  I stopped to listen to a couple of his songs before he stood up and announced that it was 'break time.'  I purchased his new CD and he signed it.  So there, Mr. Hoagland...and just how many autographed items did you acquire from the late Arthur C.?

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:03:09 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

A group of soldiers warm themselves around a brazier by the roadside on the Menin road, as a horse-drawn transport column passes, 20 December 1917.

Battle of Jaffa. Jerisheh Mill on the Auja. No crossing took place at Jerisheh Mill on the night of the passage of the Aija, 20th December 1917. The Turks expected a crossing there and shelled the place during the operation, but the 156th Brigade crossed over 2500 yards to the west, and the 155th Brigade over 1200 yards to the east (52nd Division).

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:10:30 PM »

Usually played "feisty, grizzled cowboy sidekicks" haha. As I suspected he was on Perry Mason also.
I wonder what those players would think of the game today? They would like the money but Idk about the rules and safety aspects? I think forward pass was still illegal during that initial year?

Yes, I also saw that Paul was on two episodes of Perry Mason.  The first episode was The Case of the Sunbather's Diary which I've got on DVD but I honestly can't remember seeing Paul in it.  Guess I'd better watch it again.  I used to watch Rawhide back in the day but I have absolutely no recollection that Paul's character name was actually George Washington Wishbone. haha 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:34:44 PM »

December 19, 1917.

1. The first ever NHL hockey game was played on December 19, 1917 between the Montreal Wanderers and the Toronto Arenas.  Montreal won it 10 to 9.

Montreal Wanderers.
By Gibson Studios of Winnipeg - Hockey Hall of Fame, Public Domain,

The Toronto Arenas.
By Unknown - Angus Carroll's Blog, Public Domain,

2. Actor Paul Brinegar was born on December 19, 1917.  Perhaps his best known role was 'Wishbone' on the television series Rawhide.


Actor Paul Brinegar.
By CBS Television - eBay item photo front photo back, Public Domain,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 19, 2017, 03:28:35 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

Repairing and re-assembling Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 biplanes at No. 1 Aircraft Depot at St. Omer, 19 December 1917.

Repairing and re-assembling Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 biplane at No. 1 Aircraft Depot at St. Omer, 19 December 1917.

Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 (serial number B2258) and a Nieuport Scout (serial number B6821) biplanes at St. Omer Aerodrome at night, 19 December 1917.

From the Europeana Collection.

Turkish battery team b.Zielübungen 19.12.1917.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:22:48 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:27:30 AM »

Actor Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917.


Photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1951.
Public Domain,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:13:40 AM »

From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 18, 1917.


  Follow the crowd tonight to the Airdome, where the indoor basketball game between the Bankers and Brokers and the "Ruff Neks" will be played. The players have donated their services and the profits from the evening's entertainment will go to the local branch of the national surgical dressings committee and to the municipal Christmas tree. The affair is being given under the auspices of the T. A. R. 

  William De Courcy and Harry Grier, the official noise-makers for the evening, will have charge of a punch board, on which some very handsome and attractive prizes have been placed. The above named gentlemen are, as everyone knows, past masters in the art of keeping a crowd amused, and it is well worth the price of a ticket just to see and hear them in action.

  At the close of the game the audience will rise and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," after which the jitney dance will begin. Young's six-piece orchestra will furnish the music.


  The members of the Business Men's Athletic club, in conjunction with the board of directors of the Tonopah Volunteer Fire Department's gymnasium, are bending every effort to make the big wrestling and boxing carnival to be held in the Airdome on the afternoon of December 25, at 2:30 o'clock, a great success and the advance sale of tickets which, from present indications, will be the largest in the history of ring events in Tonopah, is assuming large proportions.

  Reservations are pouring in from the surrounding country for hotel accommodations and ringside seats, which insures a large crowd of out-of-town boosters and fans.

  William Berne, the Slavonic wrestler, has been conditioning himself at the Los Angeles Athletic club with the very best talent to be obtained and writes he is in the finest possible shape, while the Masked Marvel, under the close personal supervision of Victor Ajax, is fast rounding into first-class condition and reports from Goldfield are that the entire male population of the town, with plenty of cash to back their man, will be on hand Christmas afternoon.

  The fighting gloves to be used by Kid Carter and George Pappas arrived from Sol Levinson in San Francisco today and they are a specially made set for these big heavies.
  Both Carter and Pappas are in splendid shape, as they have been doing lots of road work in order to get their stamina and wind in tip top shape for the grueling ten rounds of milling. Both men will finish their training at the local gymnasium each afternoon this week by skipping the rope, bag punching, shadow boxing and sparring, in order to put them in the best of condition.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:36:40 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

The Great Italian retreat. Italian troops riding on a railway engine during the retreat.

From the Europeana Collection.

Casara del Tombal. Excellency Field Marshal Conrad v. Hötzendorf and Major General von Vidale, 18th-century division general. Date: 1917-12-18. [/quote

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:36:17 AM »

Lots of mysterious personages revolving around this match-up. I for one can't wait until Christmas, like a little kid, to see if the match happens and who is the victor!

Me too!  My $'s are on the Russian.

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