The Yesteryear Gallery

Those were the days, my friends…

Death Comes to Jonestown

It was more than 34 years ago that a crime occurred that shocked the nation to its very core. On November 18, 1978, Reverend Jim Jones commanded his followers to … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Eartha Kitt Wants to Be Evil

Known far and wide for her sultriness and distinctive voice, Eartha Kitt overcame a horrible childhood to become a superstar singer and actress. She was called “the most exciting woman … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

“I Yam What I Yam and That’s All What I Yam”

Popeye has always been a mother’s best friend. When faced with her child’s refusal to eat spinach or other green veggies, she can always resort to saying, “Don’t you want … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Great Quiz Show Scandals

Americans were shocked to discover, in the 1950’s, that their favorite TV quiz shows were fixed. Producers of highly popular shows like The 64,000 Question and Twenty-One had conspired with sponsors to rig the shows by … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Allan Sherman, the Nut

The first album I ever bought was My Son, The Nut, a 1963 song parody album by Allan Sherman. It included a song called Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, a young boy’s letter to his … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Death of a Poet

Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment on July 3, 1971. The legendary lead singer of The Doors and poet extraordinaire was only 27 years old. Incredibly, his … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chuck Barris Had a Big Gong

Chuck Barris was the successful producer of two blockbuster game shows in the 60’s, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, but it was only after he became the quirky … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 1 Comment