Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, June 27, 2016


The Peerless Quartet, featuring lead singer Henry Burr.  The other three members at the time of this recording were Carl Mathieu, Stanley Baughman, and James Stanley.  From 1904 to 1926, the group had an astonishing equivalent of 102 "top ten" records and were the most commercially successful group of that era.


  • Belinda Bauer. Darkside.  A Jonas Holly mystery.   Holly is a young policeman in the village of Shipcott, where an elderly woman has been murdered in her bed.  He finds himself sidelined on the case.  "It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it begun.  But when he receives a series of increasingly anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case.  Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy.  Someone thinks he's not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes.  and soon Jonas has to ask:  Who's hunting who?"  Bauer won a CWA Gold Dagger  for her first book; Darkside is her second novel and the first to feature Jonas Holly.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


In this TED talk, storyteller and former financial analyst Danny Harris explains the power of conversation and kindness.


Marion Williams.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.


The words emblazoned on the cover of this comic book tells us that it is BASED ON TELEVISION'S OUTSTANDING CRIME PROGRAM.  Huh.  Searching back through the mists of my memory (which can be both misty and musty), I could not recall any television show called MIKE BARNETT.   A few clicks on the computer later -- those intertubes are a wonderful thing -- told me that Mike Barnett was the private eye hero of Man Against Crime, a program that ran from 1949 to 1954 from first CBS, then Dumont, and finally on NBC (for a brief while, episodes were aired concurrently on both NBC and Dumont).  Ralph Bellamy starred as Mike Barnett.

In my learned opinion, the comic book Mike Barnett does not look anything like Ralph Bellemy.

Only six issues of Mike Barnett, Man against Crime were released by Fawcett Publications.

This issue starts off with "The Case of the Old Hobo."  A seedy hobo shows up at Mike's office, claiming someone is trying to kill him.  Mike shrugs it off and gives the hobo a buck, telling him to get a good meal and then sleep off the jag that's causing him to imagine things.  Minutes later a car tries to run over the hobo.  Maybe the old man wasn't imagining things after all.  Pretty soon, mike finds himself on the ledge of a building, being told by two thugs to either jump or be plugged full of holes.

This is followed by a one-page, unfunny joke strip about the definitely un-PC Dopey Danny Dee, and a list of television stations (forty-two of 'em) carrying Man Against Crime.

After that, we have an advertisement where Pud accidently start a big boat race by popping a bubble of Fleer's Double Bubble Gum.  The bottom part of the page has a quiz to test your smarts.  (Well, maybe not.  According to the quiz, The Saar is an independent European nation; at the time it was a French Protectorate.  Evidently, you don't need a knowledge of current affairs to produce a comic book.

Moving on as rapidly as we can, there's an unfortunate one-page joke strip about Tightwad Tad. The less said about this the better.  There's also an ad for both the movie and the comic book adaptation of Wylie and Balmer's When Worlds Collide.

In order to meet Post Office regulations, we have a  two-page text story, "Dead Beat," signed by Joe K. Jones.

So when are we going to get back to Mike Barnett?  Not yet, my friend.  First we have to trudge through a four-page, drawn-out joke strip about Colonel Corn and Korny Kobb.

At last our patience is rewarded with "Special Delivery," in which Mike is hired to deliver a pair of rare vases to his client's uncle in Toronto.  Naturally, the vases were not so valuable, but the smuggled diamonds in the false bottom of the case were.  Not only was Mike being played for a patsy, but the cases were switched without his knowledge, putting him on the wrong end of a pistol.  Mother of Mercy, will this be the end of Rico...uh, Mike?  Nah.  Our hero's tough.

The Mike Barnett of the comic book is a (slightly) above average private eye.  If you let your mind go blank when you come across a few fairly obvious plot holes, you'll be entertained.


Friday, June 24, 2016