Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

Pretty obvious what’s going on in this vintage clip from the 68 Democratic convention wouldn’t you say? Well if you’re Michael Gerson of Pravda, you WOULDN’T.

“During live television coverage of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, novelist Gore Vidal famously called William F. Buckley a “crypto-Nazi.” To which Buckley famously replied (in addition to other choice words), “Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”

It was of course Buckley who first said “Nazi,” not Vidal. As Gerson links this clip in his column it’s clear that anyone with half a brian would know this immediately. But villagers like Gerson expect their word to be law. It takes a real journalist to properly contextualize Buckley vs. Vidal, particularly the reference to “Sharon.” That’ Sharon Connecticut where a syanagoigue was desecrated by members of the Buckley family.

As for “Queer!” the word that Gerson is too tasteful to repeat, well that’s pure projection of the part of gentleman who used to pour vials of blood on the rent boys he’d hire for a matinee.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Modern Mendacity. . .

Big Dog is of course full of shit. There is no difference whatsoever between “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the “previous policy.” The fact what he claims to have wanted wasn’t “implimented” speaks to his manifest failure as Commander in Chief. If he was sincere about those orders then Court Martials should have been uundertaken.

But of course that tehy weren’t because in the the world of “real politcs” we are expendable.

Props to Lane Hudson for speaking out, and —

— to anyone who compares him to the Astroturfed Zombies at the Town Halls.

And now for some Genuinely Good News.

Burr

Before “Blue’s Clues,” before “Barney” and even before the 40-year-old “Sesame Street,” Chicago’s “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” was a must-see in early children’s TV programming.
Now, shows like “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” and 19 others are getting their own U.S. postage stamps. “I Love Lucy,” “Lassie,” “The Honeymooners” and “The Ed Sullivan Show” are also getting their own stamps.
“We’re very excited to offer these stamps because we know that television has played a part in all of our lives and these shows,” said Chicago-based U.S. Postal Service spokesman Mark Reynolds. “Not only did our parents and some of us grow up on them – but, our kids and grandkids are watching them and enjoying them as well.”
The stamps are called “Early TV Memories” commemorative stamps. They’re only available for a limited time.
The creation of puppeteer Burr Tillstrom, “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” debuted in 1947. It featured actress Fran Allison, and Tillstrom voicing the high-strung puppet named Kukla and a one-toothed dragon named Ollie.
The program aired on NBC until 1957, but the characters continued to make appearances in one form or another until the 1980s.
In the late 1960s, Kukla, Fran and Ollie were hosts of the “CBS Children’s Film Festival,” which was taped at CBS 2, and helped launch the careers of future “Sesame Street” producers Jon Stone and Tom Whedon, according to the book Street Gang.”

Kukla Fran and Ollie was the creation of an extremely brilliant gay man named Burr Tillstrom. Begun in the year of my birth the show was a constant TV presence during my early childhood, offering me enactments of what it would be like to be a “grown-up.”

Wish I could find a link to someone singing “The Two of You” — the great song Sondheim wrote in tribute to Tillstrom. But here’s Bernie with another Sondheim ballad that expresses my feelings about Burr Tillstrom and a whole lot of others now gone from my life.