Top Songs of 1966 – #12

MondayMondayThe next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas and Papas. The group was formed in 1965. Both John Phillips and Denny Doherty had been in folk groups before getting together with John’s wife Michelle and Cass Elliot who had also been with Doherty in a folk group. They released “California Dreamin'” in 1965 and it made it up to #4 on the US record charts.

John Philips said that he wrote “Monday, Monday” in about 20 minutes. It is hard to believe but this was the only song by the group to reach the number one spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and cash Box record charts (May 1 -21). It is also the only song by the group to win a Grammy Award.

The group only released five albums including one of which was released a few years after the group had split up in 1968.

Only Michelle Phillips is still living. Cass died in 1974 from heart failure. John died in 2001 and Denny in 2007.

Download songs of The Mamas and Papas (for a small fee) from

College Catalog

rit-1943I uploaded a catalog for the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute for the years 1943 to 1944. In 1945 the college changed it’s name to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This was during World War II and the college described this catalog as the “Wartime Program.” They still offered most of the same curriculum as from before the War but attendance for men was probably down significantly. Tuition was from $200 to $250 per year. Housing expenses, textbooks and supplies for the year were double the tuition costs.

Most of the curriculum offered by the school were on the co-operative program. That is you went to school for a while and then worked somewhere getting on the job training. RIT still has many programs that are the same way.

Also in the catalog was an application to attend. It is only a single page. I don’t think that very many people would have been refused admittance unless your grades in high school were very poor. The cost of going to college was a much bigger consideration for a student.

I have previously scanned the college catalog from 1923 – 1924, that is also available.

Top Songs of 1966 – #11

The Rascals in 1969

The Rascals in 1969

“Good Lovin'” was the next song to go all the way up to the top of the record charts in 1966. The Young Rascals had only been together for about a year but they all had previous experience.Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish had previously been members of Joey Dee and the Starliters (“Peppermint Twist”).

“Good Lovin'” had been previously recorded in 1965 by another group who only got up to 81 on the Billboard chart. The Young Rascals heard the song and decided it would be a great song for concerts. They then recorded the song and it was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart for the week of April 24 – 30, 1966.

The group became The Rascals in 1968. Then in 1970 members started dropping out. The group occasionally has gotten back together for reunions. There was a time about 10 years ago that there were two Rascals groups touring with each only having one or two members of the original group.

More Kodak Employee Magazines

kodak-1942--09Last night I uploaded 8 more old magazines for Eastman Kodak employees in the US. The magazine was published from 1920 to about 1944. It was originally titled The Kodak Magazine but in 1932 it was shortened to just Kodak. There are entire collections of the magazine at both the libraries at the University of Rochester and the George Eastman House and Museum. Neither of those libraries has scanned any of the issues.

This ends scanning of collection of issues that I have obtained over the last few years. The newly scanned issues include:

The entire issue in the picture (Sept. 1942) deals with the presentation of an Award of Excellence from US Army and Navy for War production. The presentation was done at the baseball stadium and from the pictures it looks as every Kodak employee and their family were in attendance.

Old News – Irish Show

It looks like this Irish show was full of great entertainment. Not only is this a review but it also tells that another show would be performed so people could possibly attend. If you couldn’t make it to the show then maybe you might want to go roller skating.


Friday, May 5, 1916

Irish Minstrels Please

Performance to be Repeated at Cathedral Hall.

ad--1916-05-05The tenth annual show of the great Irish Minstrels was presented at Cathedral Hall on Monday, and Wednesday evenings before capacity houses. The minstrels were far more elaborate than the stage offerings usually attempted by amateurs, in costume, settings and scope. The show proper was preceded by an olio of eight numbers, which gave gave the school children an opportunity for some excellent folk songs and dances.

The prologue opened with a chorus and an incidental solo by Donald J. York. An Irish “lilt,” by the girls of the school followed, and Harold B. Turpin sang tenor songs pleasingly.

Considerable amusement was afforded by an Iris jig by John McMahon, Patrick O’Hara and John Howe. Miss Amy LaVigne showed skill as an elocutionist in a recital of “Drimin Donn Dihs” by Thomas Walsh, a soliloquy of the famine. then there was another “lilt” by the boys of the school. Harold Biock sang a soprano solo.

The minstrel show was different from the usual thing, for one of its characteristics was an absence of burnt cork. All costumes and make-ups were of and from the Emerald Isle. The end men, Leo Hogan, Edward Feinin, Edward Sweeney and Charles Hawken, were in green coats and white knickerbockers, stockings and hats. The chorus members wore the long cloaks, ruffles and “pot” hats of Irish gentlemen. Daniel T. Roach, interlocutor, framed his deep voice in a black silk costume and white wig.

Solos, all strictly Irish were sung by the end men and by Ray J. Golding, William Doyle, Chas. J. Sullivan, John Curran and Lawrence Weber. Miss May Frawley won a warm place in the hearts of her hearers with two contralto ballads, “The Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” The last number of the closing chorus medley was “America, I Love You.” with the singers in military formation, presumably to illustrate the idea of preparedness.

As the orchestra struck up “When First I Saw Sweet Peggy,” at one point in the performance, a genuine Irish jaunting cart, drawn by men and occupied by Miss Frawley, added to the picturesqueness of the setting. the car, one of the few in the country, was brought here about three years ago by Michael Miller, who lent it for the minstrels.

The performance will be repeated next Monday night, May 8th. Reserved seats can be had at Gibbons & Stone’s, 172 Main St. east, Saturday and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Cable TV

cable-tvLast week it was announced that Time Warner Cable (5th largest), Bright House (10th largest) and Charter Communications (7th largest) would merge creating the 3rd largest cable TV provider. People have long had a love-hate relationship with cable TV. They love to have the variety of  channels. Then again, they hate the constant price increases.

So how did we get to this crazy cable TV system? A little history (some personal) and some opinions.

Cable TV started in the late 1940s when some communities that couldn’t receive any TV stations would set up a large antenna up on a hilltop to get distant channels. Expansion was slow. Where I grew up in the Elmira, NY area we only had one local broadcast TV channel and one channel from Binghamton that came in very snowy. Then about 1963 the cable TV wire passed by our house. When we subscribed, we instantly jumped up to getting 8 channels for about $2.50 per month. It didn’t matter that we got 3 NBC stations as there were times during the day when the stations played different programs.  In those days, it was not unusual for the cable system to break down for at least an hour each week. In 1964 we started receiving WPIX from New York City on the cable. That channel would have come to the cable system via microwave relay which were also used to send long distance telephone calls.

When I moved to Jamestown, NY about 1973 everyone had to have cable TV as you couldn’t receive any broadcast channels. I think I got about 12 channels and the cost was around $7 or $8 per month.

I moved to Rochester in 1975. There were two cable systems that were vying to place wires in the towns in Monroe County. I think that they were People’s and American Cable (reply if I am wrong). The cable services had to convince each town to let them put up the wires. The odd thing is that the towns don’t own the poles that we usually call telephone poles. They are usually owned by the power company. Each towns set a monthly fee that to this day customers have to pay to the towns for having cable in their town. Not sure why this hasn’t been made illegal by this time. It isn’t much money but you don’t pay any similar fee for a telephone line to your house.

Cable TV really started expanding in the 1970s. HBO started in 1972 but it wasn’t until 1976 or 1977 before it was available in Rochester. It was the first premium service that you had to pay extra for. Ted Turner took a local station in Atlanta (WTBS) in 1976 and turn it into a superstation by sending to cable systems via satellites. Ted also started CNN in 1980. Other stations with original programming followed.

In 1992 American Cable (which had already purchased People’s Cable) merged with Warner Cable to become Time Warner Cable. By the 1990s new cable channels were being created at a rapid pace and prices were also going up rapidly. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) told cable companies that if they wanted to increase prices they would have to add new channels. No problem for Time Warner as they were creating new channels that ended up being paid for by their subscribers.

At one time the fees a cable system had to pay for channels were very low. Most local channels didn’t get paid at all by the cable system. As time has gone by, the companies that own channels have greatly increased the fees they want. They sell packages of channels to the cable system. If the cable system wants a popular cable channel, they also have to get less popular channels. Local channels also have been demanding much more money to have their stations on the cable. In the last few years there have been fights between channel owners and cable systems that resulted in channels being blocked out for a day to a few months over pricing.

The internet is cutting into the cable business. Netflix is taking a lot of the movie business. They, Amazon and others have many TV shows and movies. Many TV shows are available for download or streaming. The last hold out to streaming of TV shows has been live sports. Cable systems have long hedged their bets on cable TV by becoming internet suppliers. Time Warner bought AOL (America Online) in 2001 but paid a lot more than the company was worth at the time. Just the same, Time Warner was able to get into the internet provider business.

Number of cable subscribers keep deceasing every year. Still, they haven’t given what people have asked for for many years. People want to select and pay for only a limited number of channels. But the way the channels are sold to cable systems in packages makes that difficult. That also means that a lot of the less profitable channels would fold. That might not be a bad thing. One new channel I just started getting is nothing but repeats of programs that were on the Discovery Channel years ago. I sure don’t need that channel.

Cable systems need to make changes soon. Merging cable companies isn’t the answer.

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WDYTYA – 2 New Episodes

WDYTYA-bannerThis Sunday there will be two new episodes broadcast of Who Do You Think You Are? to close out the season. First to be profiled will be Chris Noth. He has been on Law and Order, Sex and the City and recently The Good Wife. He has German and Irish ancestry and had a father that died when Chris was young. He discovers ancestors that were broken apart by the great 1871 Chicago fire that last 3 days and destroyed most of the city. Then he follows in his 3rd great grandfather’s footsteps from Spain to Ireland, and discovers the story of a brave man who endured severe oppression.

The second hour is about the ancestors of Lea Michele from Glee. Her mother is Italian and her father is Jewish. She wants to find out more about her Jewish ancestors. She ends up going to Salonica (now Thessaloniki(, Greece. At one time that place had a large number of Sephardic Jews. Most of the Jews in Salonica were sent by the Nazis to their demise in the gas chambers during World War II.

TLC airs the episode with Chris Noth at 8 p.m. (note earlier time) and the episode with Lea Michele airs at the normal time of 9 p.m. (eastern & western times).

Then after WDYTYA is another episode of Long Lost Family. My TV guide said that last week’s episode was the season finale but it turns out there is another episode this Sunday. This week TLC is saying that this episode will be the season finale.