Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street

Postcard sent 1910

Photograph taken June 10, 2018


Suge Knight Plays Football with John Kennedy Jr.

Erstwhile music producer and executive Marion “Suge” Knight (second from the left, front row) played college football for two years. George magazine publisher John Kennedy Jr. (on the right of the first row) was a member of a family who iconified their games of touch football. At the home of Interscope Records and Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine, the men played football together. This photograph is a screenshot from the Netflix documentary series The Defiant Ones. 

6,000 Schoolchildren Screaming “No!”

“Nancy Reagan brought her anti-drug campaign to Los Angeles Wednesday, joining thousands of screaming schoolchildren in a rally to ‘Just Say No’ to drugs.

About 6,000 children from area schools, the majority wearing green ‘Just Say No’ T-shirts, waved green flags and cheered performers and speakers alike throughout the two-hour rally at Universal Amphitheatre.

The First Lady joined country and western singer Larry Gatlin, child actress Soleil Moon Frye and other young stars of television’s Punky Brewster Show, C. B. Barnes of Starman as well as Voyager pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager for the event, which was part of a national ‘Just Say No’ Week…

…’Positive peer pressure works,’ Mrs. Reagan, who is honorary chairman of The Just Say No Foundation, told the youngsters. ‘We want you to stay just like you are. You’re our hope and our promise for the future.’

‘I’m lucky I’m here,’ Gatlin told the crowd before he sang a song he wrote about a drug addict who killed himself. ‘Drugs and alcohol nearly killed me.’

Three years ago, he added, ‘I was crawling around the floor picking up lint out of the carpet, putting it in a free-base pot.’ Now, he said, he has been off drugs and alcohol for ‘882 days.’

‘We can put blockades up, we can arrest people,’ pilot Rutan said, ‘but there’s only one way you’re surely going to stop drugs, and that’s supply and demand. Stop the demand and we won’t have to worry about the supply.’

‘I’m glad I’m here because of my awareness of drugs,’ said Danielle Walsmith, 12, a student at Castlemont School in Tarzana, then added, ‘and I really want to see Soleil Moon Frye.’

‘So, we’ll practice,’  Mrs. Reagan said. ‘What will you do if somebody offers you drugs?’

‘Noooo! Just say noooo!’ the children responded, delightedly yelling it again and again when the First Lady cupped a hand to her ear, pretending that she could not hear them.”

6,000 Echo First Lady’s ‘Just Say No’ May 14, 1987, Penelope McMillan, Times Staff Writer.


Barbra Streisand versus Johnny Carson

“I was informed prior to going on the air that we’ll have a cancellation tomorrow night. Barbra Streisand will not be with us. We don’t know why. Nobody has been able to reach her. Although she doesn’t owe the show anything in particular, we thought it only fair to tell you, so when you tune in, you don’t get mad at us. I would rather you get mad at her. Streisand will not be here Wednesday night, nor will she be here in the future.”

Johnny Carson,  July 8, 1975, The Tonight Show monologue

Lenin’s Home in Kremlin is Shrine of Reds

Cooking Pans Still in Wall Cabinets

By William Moore- Moscow, June 22- “One of the sights of Moscow that few visitors see is the apartment in the Kremlin that was occupied by Nikolai Lenin. He helped to found the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and became its premier. He also became so much a symbol of communism that the doctrines, tactics and practises of the Communist party have become known as Leninism.
Everything has been left in the apartment as it was in the days when Lenin lived in it.
Lenin’s apartment and his offices are shrines to communism. He died in 1924 and his widow lived in the apartment until her death in 1939.
Oilcloth still covers the table on which the family ate in the modest kitchen.Lenin liked to cook and often prepared the meals. The cooking utensils have been preserved in the wall cabinets. In Mrs. Lenin’s room are family photographs of the Lenins and their relatives. Mrs. Lenin used a headset radio and the set and her headphones still lie upon a desk.”


Doug Ford in Quotes

Douglas Robert Ford Jr. recently won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. One-term metro councillor, president of Deco Labels and Tags, father of Lingerie Football League star Krista, and spouse of the purveyor of Instagram’s darkly compelling “Fitmamalife” account (sadly now private), Doug Ford’s dream of building a mega-mall and the world’s largest Ferris wheel on Toronto’s waterfront may have been thwarted, but he is halfway to fulfilling his late brother Rob’s 2013 prediction that “Doug will be provincial, he will be premier one day.” The Ontario general election will be held on June 7, 2018. 

“We’re gonna win areas that have never went PC before.”
On the upcoming provincial election

“They’re all interconnected here, folks. It’s the unions. It’s just a big circle. I call em’ the dirty dozen.”
On the conspiracy against his brother Rob

“I’ve had my gay friends come and visit me in Chicago. Gay men have slept in my bed.”
Defending his brother against accusations of homophobia 

“It is going to turn into a bathhouse . . . there is going to be hanky-panky. I guarantee it.”
On the City Hall bike change room

“Everyone keeps saying Rob’s a conservative. He’s a huge, massive social liberal. He loves Obama. The headlines of the papers when he won? ‘The White Obama.’ ”

“No, I wasn’t slinging any hash. Thirty-one years ago. I smoked marijuana. I didn’t deal marijuana. If you want to go calling, you know, going to your buddy and saying, ‘Here is a joint for 10 bucks.’ If that’s what you want to call [dealing], so be it.”
On reports he sold hashish

“Have you ever smoked marijuana? Have you ever smoked marijuana? Have you ever smoked marijuana? Yes or no. Have you smoked marijuana?… I guess the answer is yes.”
To Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who had questioned the mayor about his crack use

“Well good luck to Margaret Atwood. I don’t even know her. If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is.”
On Margaret Atwood

“You can be racist against people who have a drinking problem. You can be racist against people that eat little red apples.”
On racism

“Curb the drinking, not out in public, you can stay in your basement, have a few pops. That’s it.”
On drinking

“If every politician in this country … was watched twenty-four seven, recorded every move, recorded every conversation, a good chunk of politicians would be in jail right now.”
On politicians