October 12, 2010 Sally Rand page was updated to call attention to a forthcoming hardcover biography and solicit input from those who have stories to share.
April 16, 2008 Svend Asmussen page was updated primarily to include a terrific recent picture of Svend and his wife. Scroll to the end of the page and click the Ellen link.
April 16, 2008 Hazel Court page was updated to note that Miss Court has passed away and to update information regarding publication of her autobiography.
June 14, 2007 Carl Barks page was updated to include an alert to the forthcoming auction by Heritage Auction Galleries in which a remarkable "money bin" oil painting will be offered to the public. The catalog mailing and Internet bidding will begin on July 14, 2007, and the auction will be held August 1 - 4, 2007. I invite you to see details, place your bids, and follow the results of this auction at the Heritage Auction Galleries web page.
May 15, 2007 Svend Asmussen page was updated to include a bit of news about about his schedule.
February 28, 2006 Svend Asmussen page was updated to mention the arrival of (and events associated with) the gentleman's 90th birthday.
April 3, 2005 Svend Asmussen page was updated to call attention to the cover story in the Spring 2005 issue of Fiddler magazine, as well as the publication of a long-awaited biography.
August 19, 2004 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce the availability of a 1986 live club performance on DVD.
July 8, 2003 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce the full schedule of public performances by this exceptional gentleman, including the Oslo Jazz Festival, through the remainder of this year.
May 14, 2003 A donation feature was added to several areas of the site in order to facilitate those magical souls who might want to make a modest donation in support of my efforts. If you are among this group, simply click on the Pay Pal "Donate" image and fill in the pertinent information that will appear on the next screen. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
April 15, 2003 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce the dates on which fans of this exceptional gentleman may see him in public performance, including the Copenhagen and Oslo Jazz Festivals this Summer.
April 11, 2003 Pie Girl Dinner page was retired after a run of nearly six years.
January 16, 2003 Hazel Court page was given a relatively major overhaul including a new page on magazine covers, additional detail in the television episode listings, and more than a dozen new images.
January 9, 2003 Katzenjammer Kids page was updated to include two new images of the long suffering Captain being assaulted by Hans and Fritz.
December 23, 2002 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce the dates on which fans of this exceptional gentleman may see him in public performance: Glypotek Museum in Copenhagen on February 23, 2003, and at the Linköping Jazz Festival in Sweden on March 29, 2003.
July 15, 2002 A Selected Short Subjects page was added to provide capsule treatment of eight more subjects worthy of inclusion in this site but development of which is beyond the grasp of your pressed and aging webmaster.
June 25, 2002 Svend Asmussen page was subjected to a general updating which, amidst other new material, includes mention of his 2002 CD release, the must-have "Svingin' With Svend," and a recent picture of this wonderful gentleman.
June 5, 2002
As part of the 5th anniversary revision of the entire site, new "MultiMedia" pages are being added to several areas. The first two of these are now ready for your enjoyment:
May 18, 2002
On the occasion of its 5th anniversay, the entire "Popular Culture Excavation Site" was moved from the Yahoo/GeoCities community to an independent server. Every page was subjected to minor refurbishing and there were also several updates:
April 10, 2002 Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets portion of the Western Swing area was updated to include access to two mp3 format tunes not available on the recently released CD collection of this group's recordings.
March 17, 2002 Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets portion of the Western Swing area was updated to include a review of the long-awaited and just-released CD collection of that group's recordings. If you wish, you may go directly to it.
May 16, 2001 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce that the gentleman and his quartet will be performing at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 15, 2001. See the festival web page for details.
June 14, 2001 Your friendly webmaster has become an affiliate of both the eBay auction site and its subsidiary, half.com.
Most of the subjects featured in this site also exist in the form of rare collectibles. I'm often asked how to find an autographed picture of Sally Rand, a Katzenjammer Kids comic book, or a KOOL penguin salt shaker? The answer is -- the eBay auctions! Click the eBay icon and become a registered member today. Yes, it's free, but please don't bid against "Otto." Hey guys, that's me!
Similarly, if you are as cheap as I, you prefer not to pay full price for books, CDs, and videos? Well, it's time to discover "Half.com." Click that icon to become a registered member. It's free as well and, believe me, you'll find bargains galore.
February 5, 2001 WLAC page was updated to provide a link to audio of a John R. broadcast and to mention that "Swannee River Boogie" was the theme song of the Randy Record Shop program.
June 3, 2000 Adolph Hofner section of the Western Swing page was updated to sadly report that Mr. Hofner passed away in San Antonio on June 2, 2000. Details may be found in the San Antonio Express-News article.
In addition, an exceptional image of "Willie the Penguin Meets Harpo Marx" has been added to the collectibles page.
May 22, 2000 Your host's vanity page relating to his favorite films, recordings, and books, was updated to include links to Amazon.com and CDNow, thus enhancing your ability to make an impulse purchase.
February 15, 2000 Tim Moore page was updated to include a link for those who regularly ask me "Where can I buy a complete set of Amos n' Andy video tapes."
December 1, 1999 Hazel Court pages were updated to include pictures of Miss Court as she appears today, information about her upcoming autobiography, and clips from her final feature film appearance -- Omen III: The Final Conflict.
October 20, 1999 WLAC page was updated to include corrections and additional audio clips, featuring the host of the Randy's Record Shop show, Gene Nobles, and a rare air check of "After Hours" host, Herman Grizzard.
September 16, 1999 Tim Moore page was updated to include corrections and additional information about his early career, graciously supplied by the grandson of Mr. Moore's widow.
August 28, 1999 Carl Barks section was expanded to include a new page, featuring market reports of prices realized for further oil paintings and selected other original illustrations. A link to another interesting European Barks site, was also added.
June 24, 1999 European Jazz and Close Harmony Groups page was updated to include a photo of the Kordt Sisters, together with information supplied to me by the son of one of the group members.
June 9, 1999 Svend Asmussen page was updated to announce his scheduled appearance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival on July 11.
May 21, 1999 European Jazz and Close Harmony Groups page was updated to include more recent information relating to the release of The Harmonists movie and this link to an article relating to the Comedian Harmonists and the American grandson of one of its members.
May 4, 1999 The Blue Flames, a new primary section devoted to a critically obscure rock group, was added to the main menu. The 1957 group was known only in the Charleston, West Virginia, area.
April 30, 1999 Hazel Court page was updated to add 3 new portrait-type images to the gallery.
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