Saturday, January 24, 2015

I remember Soulville

I remember hearing ''Dust My Blues'' -- on the grey Kent 45 thanks to Norman Wilde, who would select my free 45 to accompany an LP I'd buy at Soulville Records next to the Veneitan theatre on Main Street in Racine in 1967. I saw George Wallace getting a haircut at a barbershop nextdoor. I told Jack, the propieter - he would not walk three-feet to see George Wallace get a haircut downtown on Main St. in Racine when he was running in 1968 (primary or gnl election).I've put a lot of miles on, and seen many ramifications and enhancements and extrapolations. But I've come back to that chord of Elmore only. Jack and Norman (shown here) were hipster gurus of life and blues and jazz. They made Soulville, a narrow dark store full of record covers, a truly extraordinary place.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Analog Issue 252

What's been lost: Most modern digital televisions automatically change to a blue screen or turn to standby after some time if static is present. The days of good old analog TV were far different, as many pensioners can attest. Static was the nemesis then. Sometimes we did battle with tin foil, trying to damper the dumb rabbit ears. Static you see is obtained by antennas when no transmission signal is available. Also called snow, static is the result of electronic noise and radiated electromagnetic noise accidentally picked up by the antenna. Sources of electromagnetic noise include nearby electronic or mechanical devices, as well as cosmic microwave background radiation, polka dots and moonbeams. When you look into the cosmic background dots, you look into the Big Bang. Your mortality call collect. Thanks to Wikipedia.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


They tried to rename it. Of course everything was an mnemonic acronym in those days. But Lunar Excursion Model, someone thought, sounded like a vacation excursion, and this was serious stuff. Yet ever and a day it remains the LEM. For more see Armstrong draft under construction as of Jan 2014. - Jack Vaughan

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review: Poe Statue

They have a new Poe statue in Boston.
He is not up on a pedestal. We'll it's modern times isn't it?
He looks like a muppet. It's come to this. Welcome back to frog ponderous.
At street level he can fulfill final purpose.
To have his picture taken with people just off a tourist trolley people who have heard of him.
And Edward Everett Hale, in peace, on his pedestal, in the Public Garden, chuckles to Poe's everlasting dread ....

Read the rest of the Poem  Poe's Heartfelt Lunge toward Ulame

Sunday, December 07, 2014

First Sunday Poetry Reading Dec 7 1941 - You took my watch

You took my watch

You took my watch
You took my phone
&  rent check first dear

You took a walk
& dint come back
you put me
under the bus here.

In the dream
upon a roof
shattered the hopes
to safely get down.
                          - Jack Vaughan, 2014