Ever since I stumbled upon Daily Kos in the Fall of 2008, I have wanted to be a regular contributor. Someone who readers could visit with on a frequent basis, slipping my diary on like a comfy old glove. The problem was, I couldn't find my niche. I needed to find a topic that would interest me for the long haul, and of course, all of you as well. Finally, I believe I have discovered the former. The latter will have to be decided later.
With that, I humbly present to you, Decades. A weekly look at events surrounding each of the last five decades of the twentieth century. This week, the focus is on the 1950s. I hope you enjoy.
This week in 1950s History: On December 16th, 1953, the first White House press conference ever took place, between Dwight Eisenhower and 161(!) reporters. Since Fox News hadn't been invented yet, there was no one there to ask him why he was such a RINO.
Sometimes a cover is better than the original. Not in this case.
1950s Movie of the Week: THEM! Released, June 19th, 1954. Imdb Description: The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.
1950s Progressive Champion of the Week: Charlotta Bass. Charlotta was the first African American woman nominated for national public office as the vice-presidential candidate for the Progressive party, in 1952. They came in a distant third, but then again, she did come in ahead of Douglas MacArthur's Constitution party.
1950s Conservative Bum of the Week: Joe McCarthy The quintessential bully senator, even if you are not a fan of Communism, the tactics this monster used to intimidate, coerce and destroy people's lives and careers was utterly reprehensible. What's worse, even though his "red scare" tactics get all the publicity, his 'lavender scare' scourge against the homosexual population probably did more damage. Never will a more worthy person be crowned the 1950's CBOW.
1950s Reincarnation Watch of the Week: On December 12th, 1957, Composer Robert Frank Kruka dies. Later that day, American Singer/Percussionist/Bassist Sheila E. is born. Coincidence???
1950s Quote of the Week:
"Win or lose, we win by raising the issues" - Charlotta Bass