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The Decades - 1940s

Darlington Raceway - "Too Tough to Tame"

Darlington Raceway -

Pictured above:  Harold Brasington

VAV!/June 13, 2014

Harold Brasington, a local businessman, once entertained a vision of transforming a cotton field in Darlington, South Carolina into a paved superspeedway!

In the fall of 1949, Brasington set out to turn his vision, (also known by the locals as "Harold's Folly") into a reality by carving out the shape of a 1-1/4 mile speedway on South Carolina farm land that formerly produced peanuts and cotton.

After a year's worth of hard work, Brasington and his crew had their track... but not without pitfalls and before the track's land owner, Sherman Ramsey, raised objection to the original oval track Brasington planned to construct. Ramsey declared a disturbance to his minnow pond near the oval so Brasington withdrew his original plan and went back to the drawing board to accommodate Ramsey and the minnows. His new plans called for a narrowing of the west end of the track on Turns 3 and 4 thus creating Darlington's egg-shaped design...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 June 2014 05:09 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Hat Check Girl

Hat Check Girl

Pictured above: Ginger Rogers, 'Hat Check Girl.'

VAV!/July 14, 2013

Who was the perenniel hat check girl and what did she do?

Hat check girls or coat checks, as they were of...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 February 2014 19:52 )

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The Decades - 1940s

You're Invited! Joan Crawford's July 4th House Party

You're Invited! Joan Crawford's July 4th House Party

VAV!/June 30, 2013/By Marsha Collock

Say what you want about our Joan, she knows how to throw a party.

When it comes to being a hostess, Joan leaves nothing to chance. And b...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 January 2014 13:06 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Pictured above: East elevation. Photograph by Walter Smalling, Jr., March 1980/Reproduction Number: HABS, FL, 13-MIAM, 16-1/LOC

VAV!/June 24, 2013

The southern end of Miami...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:56 )

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The Decades - 1940s

1940s Slang

1940s Slang

Pictured above: Sign outside the Stardust, one of a string of 1940s-vintage motels in downtown Redding, California/Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer/2012/LOC

VAV!/J...

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2014 12:15 )

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Giants Win 2014 World Series

VAV!/October 30, 2014 The Giants are World Series champs for the third time in the last five years. The battling Kansas City Royals yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, on Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, before a crowd of 40,535 at Kauffman Stadium. "Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced. - Dick Kaegel / MLB.com http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/99997362/royals-world-series-dream-denied-by-giants-in-thrilling-game-7

 

ARIANA GRANDE, MAROON 5, TIM MCGRAW, AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS SET TO PERFORM ON "A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS" DEC. 5 ON CBS

VAV!/October 29, 2014/Santa Monica, CA New One-Hour Special Will Feature Performances of Holiday Songs and Current Pop Hits, as well as Artists Sharing Favorite Holiday Memories and GRAMMY Moments Nominations for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Will Be Announced the Morning of Dec. 5, with Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed on the Broadcast "A Very GRAMMY® Christmas," a new one-hour entertainment special, will feature singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. The special will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

 

NASA-contracted Rocket Explodes

Pictured above: The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky VAV!/October 28, 2014/NASA/Wallops Flight Facility, VA On Tuesday October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, a catastrophic mishap ocurred.  The spacecraft had been carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.  Emergency responders were on the scene and preliminary reports indicate no reports of injury and damage was contained to the South end of Wallops.  An Orbital led team will take on an investigation of the scene.  

 

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring. "The art of living well and the art of dying well are one." - Epicurus VAV!/October 24, 2014 Within this weighty tome, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are recorded the famous last spoken words, significant transmissions, communications, or writings of notable individuals, to include some of the world's most prolific people throughout history. All of the final words below are subject to historical debate. A No comment. - Edward Abbey    Other final words noted from Abbey - I did what I could Van Halen! - Darrell Abbott

 

Famous Last Words Throughout History

Pictured above: Washington, D.C. Tombstones and monuments in the Congressional cemetery/Horne, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony)/1944 Spring. "The art of living well and the art of dying well are one." - Epicurus VAV!/October 24, 2014 Within this weighty tome, listed in alphabetical order by last name, are recorded the famous last spoken words, significant transmissions, communications, or writings of notable individuals, to include some of the world's most prolific people throughout history. All of the final words below are subject to historical debate. A No comment. - Edward Abbey    Other final words noted from Abbey - I did what I could Van Halen! - Darrell Abbott

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