Thursday, October 30, 2008


Are you ready for goblins and ghosts?
In case you don't get any in your neighborhood,
Harriett and Rom Sidoli have sent a card 
that will liven up your Halloween.
Also, there's a new video in the Music channel
for you Judy and Mickey fans.
From Girl Crazy (1943)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Videos

Check out the new flicks at Music and Video in the '58 site
Thanks to Lee Lochbaum for the Perry Como. 
And see the great films of Springfield in the 1930s and 1940s.
Please send in links and suggestions!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Save SHS

The Vinegar Hill Association in Springfield is organizing a drive to rebuild/expand SHS at its present site, the corner of Lewis and Adams streets.

The Association has a website where residents of District 186 may download a form, fill it in, and send it to members of the School Board. (Too bad school alumni can't respond!)

The Board is considering a proposal to relocate SHS west to Koke Mill Road. The old building would become a fine arts or technical academy and also administrative headquarters.

Vinegar Hill is the area directly west of downtown. The VHA is devoted to preserving and protecting its historic character. If you grew up in that area, you might like to join the Association for a mere $10 in dues.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New '58 Site


Our web site has a new look and contents.
You'll find it at the regular address.
You may read this news blog at the site.
Check out the music and video pages.
Also a contact form for writing us.
More new stuff soon to come!
Thanks to Jerry Johnson '58
for the image of his Senators pin.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Western films

Saturday at the Esquire (South Town, Pantheon) on a winter afternoon. Kids with popcorn and candy, settled in for a newsreel, cartoon, and a double feature. Like as not, one of the films is a Western.

In Hollywood they are oaters, shot in a few days on a back lot dressed with fake boulders and aging stars. They tell a skewed version of the Western past, favoring settlers and trashing natives, but no matter to the kids; for them it's all about good and bad guys, lots of shooting and chases on horseback, and riding off into the sunset.

Bob Wicks, long a big fan, sent a link to a site devoted to Those Old Westerns. It's a slide show of scenes and stars, with music. You'll see names and faces you may have forgotten. My personal favorite in this genre are the films of John Ford, which feature beautiful shots and good acting. Oh, and a big galoot named John Wayne.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Computer Tips

Ever wanted to take that computer and just . . . ?
Well, relax. One of the brightest guys in the tech-writing business
Has just compiled a set of tips that is worth printing and saving
Next to that expensive little toy that you hate to love
But can't do without on a day to day basis.
Enjoy. And stop asking me for the bookmark to this site!
Just kidding.