Museums Funding Grants

Museum main hallway

George Eastman Museum main hallway

This week three Rochester Museums received funding through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). That organization is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

The Strong Museum of Play has been awarded $149,994 to produce and install “Pretend Playscape: Building Strong Minds.” The exhibit will focus on the importance of playing pretend with both children and their caregivers.

The George Eastman Museum has been awarded $148,079 to catalog, digitize, and provide free public online access to the Gabriel Cromer collection of early photography. This includes photographs, prints, albums, books, cameras, lenses and early motion picture studies.

Memorial Art Gallery will get a grant of $119,208 for a detailed conservation survey of 600 textiles in the gallery’s permanent collection. All the objects will also be upgraded to environmentally safe storage materials.


Old News – Early RV

This early add-on for an auto makes it into an early version of a recreational vehicle. The only problem is that it uses the exhaust to heat it. That could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death.


Thursday, Sept. 14, 1916




The latest improvement in the automobile deluxe is the telescope apartment. We have heard much of late of the palatial equipment of apartments on wheels, costing thousands of dollars each, and the means of a man of ordinary circumstances. The most modern hotel on wheels is so light that one man can lift it easily, can be attached or detached in 15 minutes, is but three or four inches in length when telescoped, can can be elongated to the dimensions of a very comfortable room, having as its appurtenance a very comfortable bed with springs and mattresses, and attached in such a way, that when opened they are convenience for you, and when packed together for traveling fit in a very small space. Also there are such conveniences as gasoline stove, many drawers for packing, racks for suitcases, clothing compartments, shower bath and dressing room equipment, cooking utensils, and commissary space. In short, the apartment is all that the name implies, and when equipped for travel provides all and more of the comforts that are found in the Pullman car. The attachment is heated by the exhaust from the engine, and can be lighted by electricity supplied by the motor. It cost but $100 and is attachable to any car.

New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – ABC

ABC-color-logoBeginning Sept. 12th 1966 ABC added 15 new shows. That was the largest number of new shows of any of the networks. Most of the new series were only on for a single season.

See how many of these shows from the fall 1966 schedule that you remember from that time or have seen in syndication (all times Eastern Time Zone). The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where can find more information on each show.

      • Iron Horse; Monday at 7:30. Dale Robertson starred as a gambler who wins a small railroad line that is not complete. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
      • The Rat Patrol; Monday at 8:30. ABC had a success with Combat! so why not try another show about WWII combat. This time four Allied troops battle Field Marshal Rommel’s troops in Africa. Lasted two years with 58 episodes being made. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
      • Felony Squad; A half hour police drama starring Howard Duff. Got respectable ratings for two years and then was switched to a bad time slot and only made it half way through that season. Currently running on cable channel GetTV on Saturday mornings. The opening sequence is on YouTube.
      • The Rounders; Tuesday at 8:30. A half hour comedy western set in present day Texas. One of the co-stars was John Wayne’s son, Patrick. Only made it through 17 episodes before being cancelled.
      • The Pruitts of Southampton; Tuesday at 9:00. Phyllis Diller got her own half hour comedy.  She is the matriarch of a family living in a mansion even though they owed millions to the IRS. As time went on the family had to take in boarders. The ratings were dismal. In January 1967 the title of the show changed to The Phyllis Diller Show but it didn’t help. It was cancelled after one year. The opening may have been the best part of this show.
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        Pete Deuel (upper left) & Judy Carne (upper right).

        Love on a Rooftop; Tuesday at 9:30. A half hour comedy about a newlywed couple. It starred Rochester’s own Pete Duel (real name Peter Deuel) and Judy Carne before she was in the cast of Rowen & Martin’s Laugh-In. Up against stiff competition, the series last one year. The opening is on YouTube.

      • The Monroes (titled Wild Country in the promo film below); Wednesday at 8:00. A western about five orphans trying to survive in the wild area of Wyoming. Twenty six episodes were produced.
      • The Man Who Never Was; Wednesday at 9:00. Robert Lansing plays a playboy who has to impersonate a spy that was killed and happens to be his exact double. Filmed in Europe. The opening of this show is on YouTube.
      • ABC Stage 67; Wednesday at 10:00. This was a different kind of show each week. Sometimes it was drama, sometimes a comedy and other times a documentary. That doomed to program to be on just one season.
      • The Tammy Grimes Show; Thursday at 8:30. Tammy starred in a half hour comedy about a spendthrift heiress that is restricted by her stingy uncle. Had the distinction of being cancelled after just four episodes. Amazingly, the series opening is on YouTube.
      • That Girl; Thursday at 9:30. Marlo Thomas brought a fresh face to this half hour comedy. She was portraying a young girl trying to start an acting career. This series ran for five years and then was repeated on daytime TV. Then it went into syndication. The opening always started different with someone pointing out “That Girl” and it would then go into the theme.
      • Hawk; Thursday at 10:00. This is the first starring role for Burt Reynolds. He played a full-blooded Iroquois that was a police detective in New York City. The show only lasted 18 episodes but it would be repeated a few years later as Burt’s career became greater. The opening is on YouTube.
      • The Green Hornet; Friday at 7:30. The Green Hornet was first a radio show that ran from 1936 to 1952. With the popularity of Batman, it was thought that another comic book style series would be a hit. But the series only ran one season. It did make a star out of Bruce Lee as Kato. The opening theme is played by trumpeter Al Hirt doing “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
      • The Time Tunnel; Friday at 8:00. Two scientists are traveling to random times in the past and the future. Another series created and produced by Irwin Allen. The show is on this fall’s schedule of MeTV (Rochester channel 10.2) but is on in the middle of the night on the weekend. The unique theme song is by John Williams.
      • Shane; Saturday at 7:30. a western series based on the 1953 movie of the same name. It starred David Carradine in his first starring role. There were only 17 episodes produced..

Below is a promo for the ABC fall season featuring Adam West and Burt Ward as their characters of Batman and Robin:

Sources used in this series of articles:

    1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
    2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
    3. Wikipedia

New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – CBS

CBS had good ratings for the previous year. They only had 9 new shows in their prime-time line up.

The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where you can find more information on each show.

These were the new shows that aired on CBS in fall 1966 (All times Eastern Time Zone):

  • It’s About Time; Sunday at 7:30. This comedy was about two astronauts that went way off coarse. They ended up in prehistoric times and had to live with a cave family led by Shad (Imogene Coca) and Gronk (Joe E. Ross). Ratings quickly declined and after 18 episodes the format changed with the astronauts and the cave family returning to the 1960s. There the cave family had to learn to live with modern conveyances.  The new format only lasted for another 8 episodes. This series was created by Sherwood Schwartz who at that time had a hit with Gilligan’s Island.
    This series is currently on Antenna TV (channel 31.2 in Rochester) on Sunday mornings. The opening is on YouTube.
  • The Garry Moore Show; Sunday at 9:00. Garry Moore had other variety series that had been popular before this show. He had taken off two years and tried to make a comeback. The new show followed the old format and maybe that is why it failed. The series only ran until January. It was replaced by a hipper-fresher variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. That show pushed the limits of comedy and also had rock bands as guests.
  • Run, Buddy, Run; Monday at 8:00. A half hour comedy about a man being chased by the mob. Starred Jack Sheldon, as Buddy. Jack was known as the trumpet player and comedian on shows of Merv Griffin. He was also the voice on some of the Schoolhouse Rock! segments. The opening is on YouTube.
  • Family_affair_1967Family Affair; Monday at 9:30. A wealthy bachelor takes in his brother’s three children after his and his wife’s death. To complicate things is a butler who at first is not sure he wants children in the house. It got the highest ratings of any new show on CBS that year, placing 15th. Got even better ratings the next three years. Ended up running 5 years (138 episodes). The opening credits don’t even mention the kid’s names.
  • The Jean Arthur Show; Monday at 10:00. A half hour comedy about the investigations and courtroom trials of  mother and son lawyers. This only lasted 12 episodes.Watch a whole episode on YouTube.
  • Jericho Thursday at 7:30. During WWII three allied agents infiltrate enemy lines and sabotage the German troops. Only lasted 16 episodes.
  • The CBS Friday Night Movies; CBS already had a Thursday movie and now this year they added another movie night.
  • Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats; Saturday at 8:30. A half hour western comedy. A family of women try to tame the lawless town of Wretched, Colorado. Managed to last one season. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • Mission: Impossible; A team of extraordinary agents that take on tasks to topple dictators or evil organizations. In the first year the team was led by Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) to be replaced by Jim Phelps (Peter Graves ) for the rest of the run of the series. It was notable for having long sequences with no dialog as the team was doing their set-up. The opening sequence of the tape recorder self destructing was fodder for many comedy shows. The show ran 7 seasons with 171 episodes being produced. Inspired the 5 movies (so far) starring Tom Cruise. This is the opening from the first season.

Below is the half hour CBS preview show. It was hosted by Garry Moore.

Sources used in this series of articles:

  1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
  2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
  3. Wikipedia

Top Songs of 1966 – #25

Eleanor_rigby_single_usaThe Beatles are back again with a number one song in 1966. This time it is “Yellow Submarine: that hits the top spot on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Sept. 4 – 10. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at #2 for the week of Sept. 11 – 17.  Paul McCartney wrote most of the song with a small input by John Lennon and Donovan. Paul had all along intend it as a song for Ringo Starr to sing. It turned out to be the best selling song sung by Ringo while with the Beatles. The song was released on the Revolver album and then released again on the soundtrack for the animated movie Yellow Submarine.

On the back of the 45 is “Eleanor Rigby” which on the US charts only made up to #11. It did hit #1 on the British record chart. That song was primarily written by Paul with, depending on which story you believe, some lines by the other Beatles. The song originally was about a Daisy Hawkins but later changed. None of The Beatles played on the recording. Paul sang the melody with some harmonizing by George and John. The background is all string instruments. “Eleanor Rigby” was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

New TV Shows of Fall 1966 – NBC

NBC-logoNBC had 10 new shows on their fall 1966 schedule. Most of them would only last one season. Still. NBC ended up the the number one TV show of the year with Bonanza. This was the third year in a row that Bonanza was the top rated TV show. (Linked show titles go to a Wikipedia page for the show.)

  • Hey Landlord!; Sunday at 8:30. This half hour comedy starred Will Hutchins as a landlord of an apartments building with many crazy tenants. One of the tenants was an aspiring comedian played by Sandy Baron. This was the first TV series produced by Garry Marshall and his then partner Jerry Belson. A good cast didn’t help the series. It only lasted 31 episodes. The opening credits are on YouTube.
  • The Monkees; Monday at 7:30. The series about a fictional rock group that was partial based on the early movies of The Beatles. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork all had some show business experience before the series. Micky Dolenz had starred in the TV series Circus Boy for two seasons starting in 1956. In that series he used the stage name of Mickey Braddock. Davy Jones had some success on the stage and even appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of The Beatles’ live American debut. Mike Nesmith had a solo record released in 1965 but it did not make the record charts. Peter Tork had played at Greenwich Village folk clubs before he moved to Los Angeles. The boys thought that they would be playing on the records of the group. When they got to the recording studio they found that the music had already been recorded and they were just needed to supply the lead vocals. This lead to people believing that they couldn’t play their instruments. Eventually they would travel as a group and prove that they could play.
    The series ran two seasons with the first season winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. After its original run, it ran on Saturday mornings and then went into syndication. There was a resurgence of the series in 1986 (20th anniversary) and the group toured, but without Nesmith. When they appeared at FL-PAC (now CMAC) in Canandaigua it was the largest attendance of any concert there to that date. Davy Jones died in 2012 but Micky and Peter have been on a tour that ends in December.
    The Monkees can currently be seen on Antenna TV (Rochester channel 31.2) or just view The Monkees Theme on YouTube.
  • The Roger Miller Show; Monday at 8:30. Popular country music artist Roger Miller was given a half hour variety show with musical guests. He may have been “King of the Road” but the show ended in December with only 16 episodes being made.
  • The Road West; Monday at 9:00. The story of a widower with children that marries a much younger woman. Then after the Civil War the family moved to Kansas which was just starting to be settled. Barry Sullivan starred as the patriarch. This series only last one year (29 episodes).
  • The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.; Tuesday at 7:30. A spin-off of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This starred Stephanie Powers, 13 years before Hart to Hart, and Noel Harrison. Leo G. Carroll was also featured as Alexander Waverly, the chief of U.N.C.L.E. The series only lasted one season with 29 episodes being produced. Watch the theme on YouTube.
  • Occasional Wife; Tuesday at 8:30. A half hour comedy about a bachelor that is told by his boss that he can only get ahead if he is married. So he has a hat-check girl pretend to be his wife; occasionally. Another series that only lasted one year (30 episodes). Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
  • Star Trek; ST_TOS_CastThursday at 8:30. The series premiered on Sept. 8, 1966. The ratings for the first year were slightly above average and it had fair ratings for the second year. It was going to be cancelled but a letter writing campaign got the series a third season. It was when the series went to syndication that it took off. Since the original there has been a cartoon series, 4 other series and 13 movies. Plus there is another series, Star Trek: Discovery, that will start in Jan. 2017. The original series was enhanced with new graphics about 10 years ago to make it look a little better. It currently is on MeTV (Rochester channel 10.2) on Saturday nights.
  • The Hero; Thursday at 9:30. A half hour comedy about the star of a fictional TV western series and how his home life was complicated by being on TV. Richard Mulligan starred. It only lasted until January.
  • Tarzan; Friday at 7:30. Ron Ely starred in this new version about the jungle hero. There wasn’t any Jane in the series but there was a Cheetah. Tarzan battles to protect the jungle that he loves. The series lasted two season with 57 episodes being made. Watch the open theme on YouTube.
  • T.H.E. Cat; Friday at 9;30. Robert Loggia starred as the title character, Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat, who had been both a circus aerialist and a cat burglar. Now he acts as sophisticated guard for people marked for death. Lots of long shots of stunt people in death defying locations. Mangaed to last a whole year. You can see the opening credits on YouTube.

Below is the half hour NBC fall TV preview hosted by Jack Burns and Avery Schreiber:

Sources used in this series of articles:

  1. The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
  2. The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh
  3. Wikipedia

Old News – Rules of the Road

You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the right.

The Village of Honeoye Falls in 1916 passed laws saying that autos should drive on the right side of the streets. Then to control speeders they set a speed limit in the Village at 18mph. All this was done because of accidents like the second article.


Thursday, Sept. 7, 1916

Special Ordinance No. 42

Section 1. No automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall be operated or driven on or over any street, highway or alley within the corporate limits of the Village of Honeoye Falls at a greater rate of speed than eighteen (18) miles per hour. this section shall not apply to any vehicle carrying the United States Mail or to any apparatus of the Police or Fire Departments of said Village.

Section 2. Every automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall keep to the right, and when overtaking and passing others shall keep to the left and when turning at any intersection of a street or highway shall keep to the right of said intersection.

Section 3. All automobiles, motorcycles or any other vehicle shall only stop or stand with the right hand side of the curb.

Section 4. No automobile, motorcycle or any other vehicle shall stop or stand within fifteen of any fire hydrant.

Section 5. No owner or driver of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall allow or permit the same to make any unnecessary noise on any street of said village.

Section 6. Any person or persons duly convicted of any violation of the foregoing Ordinance, or any section thereof, may be punished by a fine of not less than One Dollar and not more than One Hundred Dollars.

This Ordnance shall take effect immediately.


Local Boy Injured by Automobile

Gerald Welch, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Welch was hit by an automobile and severely injured on Saturday afternoon last.

The following is an account of the accident as prepared by Mr. Michael A. Welch.

Last Saturday afternoon Gerald Welch, aged 6 and his sister Charlotte aged 8, received permission from their mother to go across the street to see Harold Bliss feed his ferrets. After having seen the ferrets, Gerald, accompanied by Harold Bliss was recrossong the street towards home and were in the triangle formed by the intersection of Monroe St. Maplewood Ave. at west end of park, near where the village hydrant stands, when an auto driven by Leon Lord came up Maplewood Ave. going west at a good rate of speed. Arriving at west end of park, he turned his car to the left, apparently to make a short turn to Monroe St. and towards where the boys were. When he saw the boys he turned the car back to right but not in time to save the accident, little Gerald was struck, dragged along and rolled over two or three times by the fender of the car. The car ran nearly to the Lehigh Valley tracks before stopping. Dr. Benham was called and found the little fellow suffering from a slight fracture of the skull, a broken collar bone and several other smaller bruises.