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Yes, believe it or not, I like quite a few of Willie Nelson's music. I really don't like today's country music much. Then again, for some reason, I didn't really consider his music country at all. Most of it seemed closer to "easy listening" in my opinion. I'd say I stopped listening to newer country before Randy Travis came out with that song "I'm Digging Up Bones (1986)." Well, probably even before that actually. I really admired Willie Nelson, because he was one of the few musical artists, who has tirelessly help the farming communities; particularly during the 80's. During the eighties decade, it appeared that the farmers were plagued with bad Weather and spoiled Crops. He sang along side many artists, including the legendary Ray Charles. The songs I like from Willie borderlines folk music. But if your in to very slow easy listening music, check him out. My favorite songs are "You Were Always On My Mind ()".

Yes, believe it or not, I like quite a few of Willie Nelson's music. I really don't like today's country music much. Then again, for some reason, I didn't really consider his music country at all. Most of it seemed closer to "easy listening" in my opinion. I'd say I stopped listening to newer country before Randy Travis came out with that song "I'm Digging Up Bones (1986)." Well, probably even before that actually. I really admired Willie Nelson, because he was one of the few musical artists, who has tirelessly help the farming communities; particularly during the 80's. During the eighties decade, it appeared that the farmers were plagued with bad Weather and spoiled Crops. He sang along side many artists, including the legendary Ray Charles. The songs I like from Willie borderlines folk music. But if your in to very slow easy listening music, check him out. My favorite songs are "You Were Always On My Mind (1982)", "On The Road Again (1980)", and "To All The Girls I've Loved Before/featuring Julio Iglesias (1984)". By the way, now that I think about it, doesn't Julio sound just like Andrea Bocelli? © 2014 VintageNewscast

The group called "The Fifth Dimension" had a harmonic sound equivalent to "The Mama's and The Papa's." The only real difference between them was that "The Fifth Dimension" had more soul in their music (in my opinion). One reason I loved The Fifth Dimensions, was the fact that they sang a range of different types of music; including jazz. The lead singer was Marilyn McCoo. She had one of those distinct voices; when she sang, you knew immediately who it was. To my understanding, McCoo left the group in the mid 1970s. Interesting that all of my favorite hits seem to all have Marilyn McCoo in them. My number one favorite is "Aquarius (1969)," "Up Up and Away (1967)," "Wedding Bell Blues (1969)," "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All (1972)," and "Go Where You Wanna Go (1969)".

The group called "The Fifth Dimension" had a harmonic sound equivalent to "The Mama's and The Papa's." The only real difference between them was that "The Fifth Dimension" had more soul in their music (in my opinion). One reason I loved The Fifth Dimensions, was the fact that they sang a range of different types of music; including jazz. The lead singer was Marilyn McCoo. She had one of those distinct voices; when she sang, you knew immediately who it was. To my understanding, McCoo left the group in the mid 1970s. Interesting that all of my favorite hits seem to all have Marilyn McCoo in them. My favorite number one hits are the following: "Aquarius (1969)," "Up Up and Away (1967)," "Wedding Bell Blues (1969)," "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All (1972)," and "Go Where You Wanna Go (1969)".

Though Joe Simon had quite a few hits in the 70's, I only liked very few of them. His rhythm is the same for almost all his music it seemed.  I used to confuse him a lot with Percy Sledge, because both of their voices sounded so much a like. The only difference between them I think is, when Percy tries to hit those high notes, he sounds like he is singing from the back of his neck (I hated that). However, Joe Simon actually sings, and he doesn't necessarily try to over do it for his audience; and that is the kind of performance I can appreciate. My favorite songs are "Chok'n Kind (1969)," and the theme song for the movie "Cleopatra Jones (1973)." I really love Cleopatra Jones I guess it's because it came from the blaxploitation era. There also was a song called "Music In My Bones (1975)."

Though Joe Simon had quite a few hits in the 70's, I only liked very few of them. His rhythm is the same for almost all his music it seemed. I used to confuse him a lot with Percy Sledge, because both of their voices sounded so much a like. The only difference between them I think is, when Percy tries to hit those high notes, he sounds like he is singing from the back of his neck (I hated that). However, Joe Simon actually sings, and he doesn't necessarily try to over do it for his audience; and that is the kind of performance I can appreciate. My favorite songs are "Chok'n Kind (1969)," and the theme song for the movie "Cleopatra Jones (1973)." I really love Cleopatra Jones I guess it's because it came from the blaxploitation era. There also was a song called "Music In My Bones (1975)." © 2014 / Yogi

I loved Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Actually, I should say, I loved Teddy Pendergrass in HM & TBN. Having said that, I realized two things I took issue with concerning this group. First, whilst the group was officially called "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes", Teddy Pendergrass has always been the lead singer for 90% of all their hit songs.  Second, They never really acknowledged him in any of their albums (that I'm aware of); they didn't at least print the words "featured Teddy P" on any of the albums I own. I guess that's one of the reasons Teddy went solo. Not that the entire group wasn't talented, but, let's be serious here, after Teddy left the group, it was curtains for the group entirely. I shouldn't be surprised. The Commodores career died the same way after Lionel Ritchie left the group. Thank goodness they have all those royalties to  fall back on. My most favorite, and probably the their biggest hit is called "Bad Luck (1975)" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)" and "The Love I Lost (1973).

I loved Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Actually, I should say, I loved Teddy Pendergrass in HM & TBN. Having said that, I realized two things I took issue with concerning this group. First, whilst the group was officially called "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes", Teddy Pendergrass has always been the lead singer for 90% of all their hit songs. Second, They never really acknowledged him in any of their albums (that I'm aware of); they didn't at least print the words "featured Teddy P" on any of the original albums I own (not including the best of). I guess that's one of the reasons Teddy went solo. Not that the entire group wasn't talented, but, let's be serious here, after Teddy left the group, it was curtains for the group entirely. I shouldn't be surprised. The Commodores career died the same way after Lionel Ritchie left the group. Thank goodness they have all those royalties to fall back on. My most favorite, and probably the their biggest hit is called "Bad Luck (1975)" and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)" and "The Love I Lost (1973)". © 2014

To be honest, I've never really been a Nat King Cole fan, his music just wasn't my cup of tea. His style of singing was more like a Black version of Lawrence Welk. Although I was listening to one song today I forgot he sang, and it appears to be the only song from him I really like, and it's called Unforgettable (1954). This song "unforgettable is clearly nostalgic, and each time I hear it I go through childhood flash backs when my grandpa used to listen to it. The only other music I used to like from him was his xmas music. Come to think about it, that may have been the problem as to why I didn't like his music; I've always associated his voice with xmas. He could have sang a song about a bicycle  and it would still sound like xmas.

To be honest, I've never really been a Nat King Cole fan, his music just wasn't my cup of tea. His style of singing was more like a Black version of Lawrence Welk. Although I was listening to one song today I forgot he sang, and it appears to be the only song from him I really like, and it's called "Unforgettable (1954)". This song "unforgettable" is clearly nostalgic, and each time I hear the song it invokes childhood flash backs when my grandpa used to listen to it. The only other music I used to like from him was his xmas music. Come to think about it, that may have been the problem as to why I didn't like his music; I've always associated his voice with xmas. He could have sang a song about a bicycle and it would still sound like xmas. ©2014/VintageNewscast

I absolutely love James Taylor's music. His music is the kind of music you would listen to, to relax your mind from a ruff day. I consider his genre of music "easy listening/modern folk". The mood of his music and tempo is similar to Jim Croce.  James Taylor is another artist that looks nothing like himself as he got older. However, he still has that same smooth soothing voice. James has been around musically for a very long time, and continues to have a long successful  career. If you're not a member of Rhapsody or Spotify, your better off finding one of his greatest albums. My favorite hits are "Carolina In My Mind (1968)", "Fire And Rain (1970)", "You've Got A Friend (1971)" (I also like Carole Kings Version too), "Handyman (1977)", "Shower The People (1976)", and "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1975)"

I absolutely love James Taylor's music. His music is the kind of music you would listen to, to relax your mind from a ruff day. I consider his genre of music "easy listening/modern folk". The mood of his music and tempo is similar to Jim Croce. James Taylor is another artist that looks nothing like himself as he got older. However, he still has that same smooth soothing voice. James has been around musically for a very long time, and continues to have a long successful career.
If you're not a member of Rhapsody or Spotify, your better off finding one of his greatest hits albums.Please note, if you're not in to folk music, chances are you will not like James Taylor's music. My favorite hits are "Fire And Rain (1970)", "You've Got A Friend (1971)" (I also like Carole Kings Version too), "Handyman (1977)", "Shower The People (1976)", and "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1975)"

I could be wrong about this but, I'm going to be bold enough and say, anybody younger than 20 years of age probably never heard of the Osmonds. According to Wikipedia, the Osmonds started performing around 1958, and still continues to perform today. To be honest, I only like 3 songs out of their entire career, but I think these songs are great enough to mention on my blog. When they started performing, they started off with "Lawrence Welk" type of music (which I find very BORING unfortunately), but when Donny Osmond was added to the group, they obviously became the "Jackson 5 sound-a-likes". When they released a song called "One Bad Apple (1971)", every single person (even till today) mistaken them for The Jackson 5. Later on, I guys as Donny grow older and passed puberty, he no longer had that same "Jackson 5 magic", then the next thing we new, the Osmonds were singing country (and pretty much been their type of music ever since). I remember as a young kid, I used to watch their TV show called "Donny & Marie" in the late 70's. Unfortunately, thi show was boring as all hell. This show was so boring, I would not even tell you to rented on Netflix, it's that boring. I've noticed that Marie is like a male version of Dick Clark, this bitch will not grow old for nothing LOL! She still looks fabulous after all these years, and I don't remember reading about any plastic surgeries either click here. Well, after they gone country, there were only two other songs I liked from them, and they were "I'm leaving It Up To You", and "Love Me For A Reason".

I could be wrong about this but, I'm going to be bold enough and say, anybody younger than 20 years of age probably never heard of the Osmonds. According to Wikipedia, the Osmonds started performing around 1958, and still continues to perform today. To be honest, I only like 3 songs out of their entire career, but I think these songs are great enough to mention on my blog. When they started performing, they started off with "Lawrence Welk" type of music (which I find very BORING unfortunately), but when Donny Osmond was added to the group, they obviously became the "Jackson 5 sound-a-likes". Yet when we watched them perform on TV they looked more like the first Menudo. When they released a song called "One Bad Apple (1971)", every single person (even till today) mistaken them for The Jackson 5. Later on, I guys as Donny grow older and passed puberty, he no longer had that same "Jackson 5 magic", then the next thing we knew, the Osmonds transitioned to singing country (and pretty much stayed with that genre of music ever since). I remember as a young kid, I used to watch their TV show called "Donny & Marie" in the late 70's. Unfortunately, this show was boring as all hell. This show was so boring, I would not even tell you to rented on Netflix, it's that boring. I've noticed that Marie is like a male version of Dick Clark, this bitch will not grow old for nothing LOL! She still looks absolutely fabulous after all these years (better than all her brothers), and I don't remember reading about any plastic surgeries either click here, in fact she almost looks like Valerie Bertinelli (from One Day At A Time). Well, after they gone country, there were only two other songs I liked from them, and they were "I'm leaving It Up To You", and "Love Me For A Reason". Update: I couldn't find any official news on Youtube so far about any work done to her face, but I read a few articles on the net about face lifts. I'm skeptical because a lot of them came from gossip sites and "plastic surgery sites" which are notorious for making celebrities appear to endorse something. The other thing is, she had a tremendous weight loss, which can alter facial features significantly, as well as make you look younger. I did see a video that stated she had an obsession with trying to look younger, so I guess it is likely she had something done. If she did have something done, thank goodness she didn't go overboard. there are some celebs that have faces that look like plastic now. ©2014

Yes guys! Believe it or not, I like Paul Anka's music too! Like I've said I'm musically diverse. I bet my younger blog fans probably have never heard of Paul Anka (unless you've heard your grand parents play his songs). Mr. Anka was one of those teen heartthrobs that girls used to scream their heads off for. Personally, I didn't think he was all that handsome, but I did and still do like some of his music. If you see the way he looks now you would never think he was the same person. Growing up, I remembered my grandfather  jamming to a long called "Diana". This was a very catchy and infectious tone back then; and even as a small child, I remember singing this all over the place. There were two more favorites of mine, the first is called "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", which was a huge hit in 1968. The other song is "Puppy love". © 2014

Yes guys! Believe it or not, I like Paul Anka's music too! Like I've said before I'm musically diverse. But how many of my younger blog fans actually heard of Paul Anka (unless you've heard your grand parents play his songs maybe)? Mr. Anka was one of those teen heartthrobs that girls used to scream their heads off for. Personally, I didn't think he was all that handsome, but I did and still do like some of his music. If you see the way Mr. Anka looks now you would never think he was the same person. Growing up, I remembered my grandfather jamming to one of his songs called "Diana". Here is the first original version, however, I like his remake better when he was older. This was a very catchy and infectious tone back then; and even as a small child, I remember singing this all over the place. There were three more favorites of mine, the first is called "Put Your Head On My Shoulders", which was a huge hit in 1968. Also song "Puppy love" and "Lonely Boy". I liked only boy, because it was one of the few sad songs you heard that had an up beat tempo. © 2014

I really love the temp of many of Gregory Isaacs's music. R.I.P. Although his sometimes nasally voice in some of his music gets a little annoying at times. However, one of his biggest hits called "Night Nurse (1982) was the exception to the rule. I love this song so much. I also think he did a remake with Lady Saw. I don't like Lady Saw's music at all, but I loved the collaboration with this particular song. Gregory has been around musically for a long time, and has had a long healthy music career before his passing a few years back. Some of these hits were "No Speech (1991)", "Each Day (2001)", and "Willow Tree (1995)" just to name a few. Just to give you a fair warning, a lot of his very early 70's reggae albums tend to sound a lot a like. However, I think my older Caribbean blog members can appreciate his music.

I really love the temp of many of Gregory Isaacs's music. R.I.P. Although his sometimes nasally voice in some of his music gets a little annoying at times. However, one of his biggest hits called "Night Nurse (1982)" was the exception to the rule. I love this song so much. I also think he did a remake with Lady Saw. I don't like Lady Saw's music at all, but I loved the collaboration with this particular song. Gregory has been around musically for a long time, and has had a long healthy music career before his passing a few years back. Some of these hits were "No Speech (1991)", "Each Day (2001)", and "Willow Tree (1995)" just to name a few. The "Willow Tree" has been remade by so many reggae artists, but I think the original singer was Elton Ellis. Just to give you a fair warning, a lot of his very early 70's reggae albums tend to sound a lot a like. However, I think my older Caribbean blog members can appreciate his music.

Rap is one type of music I rarely listen to know-a-days, because the quality of rap has really tanked over the last 20+ or so years. We've gone from "saying no to drugs" to glorifying anything that degrades women, and total disregard for respect, and a host of other things. I will say this, I will not get in to a long winded speech as to whether or not rap is an art form or not. I think this is a separate issue in terms of the quality of rap being played to day, and the o' so willing record companies willing to promote negative rap. I digress. Now, don't get wrong, rap was always about the rappers telling their story about the streets, however, it was very different in the 80's. In terms of rap, I don't really listen to anything else past bubble gum 80's, and maybe a few 90's stuff. Lately, I have been grooving to a old 2 man group called EPMD. One of the two named Erik Sermon wasn't particularly handsome, but he had beautiful eyes. It kinda kept me watching their videos, because his facial features were so unique. I kinda forget just how long they've been around. The first rap they did that drove me crazy was a song called "It's My Thing (1988)". This song had a sick beat, and most importantly, I understood what he was saying! It had a funk/James Brown kinda beat that I absolutely loved. Other favorites are "You Gots To Chill (1988)", "The Big Payback (1991)" and Your A Customer (1991)"

Rap is one type of music I rarely listen to now-a-days, because the quality of rap has really tanked over the last 20+ or so years. We've gone from "saying no to drugs" to glorifying anything that degrades women, and total disregard for respect, and a host of other things. I will say this, I will not get in to a long winded speech as to whether or not rap is an art form or not. I think this is a separate issue in terms of the quality of rap being played to day, and the o' so willing record companies willing to promote negative rap. I digress. Now, don't get wrong, rap was always about the rappers telling their story about the streets, however, it was very different in the 80's. In terms of rap, I don't really listen to anything else past bubble gum 80's, and maybe a few 90's stuff. Lately, I have been grooving to a old 2 man group called EPMD. One of the two named Erik Sermon wasn't particularly handsome, but he had beautiful eyes. It kinda kept me watching their videos, because his facial features were so unique. I used to mistaken Parrish Smith for Coolio a lot. I kinda forget just how long they've been around. The first rap they did that drove me crazy was a song called "It's My Thing (1988)". This song had a sick beat, and most importantly, I understood what he was saying! Other favorites are "You Gots To Chill (1988)", "The Big Payback (1991)" this song had a funk/James Brown kinda beat which I loved, and everyone could dance to this rap too, and "Your A Customer (1991)".

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I know I am late with this news, but better late than never. DJ house music legend Frankie Knuckles died at 59 years old this past week. He was a well known 80′s DJ, who has remixed some of the hottest music, as well as DJ’d at some of the most hottest clubs, including the Warehouse. Some of his biggest mixes include “The Whistle Song (1991),” “Hot Stuff (Donna Summer remix),” “Work Out,” and “Move Your Body.” It was said that he was responsible for creating the foundation for trance and electronic music. Knuckles suffered a long time with uncontrolled diabetes, which resulted in the loss of his foot around 2008. On Monday March 31st 2014,  Mr. Knuckles died from the complications of his diabetes.

-Yogi

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Earlier I was watching a detective show called “The Shift”. It’s the same kind of theme as the show “The First 48″ (from A&E). One of the detectives from “The Shift” has a striking resemblance to Jodie Foster. She even acts like her A LOT. Well, like mother always said, “everybody has a twin somewhere”. I couldn’t believe it. As far as I can tell, they are not related, but boy it’s scary how much they look-a-like and act-a-like.

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Do you remember stackable turntables? Looking back, this has got to have been the worst invention that ever came out of the music industry. Although it was great at first, because if you were the only host with many guests, the music was one less thing you had to worry about. However, on the other hand, this probably was the single most reason why almost all my records were damaged. When it came time for the next record to drop, it would drop whilst the turntable was still spinning, thus causing the vinyl to scratch! It’s so weird, because I would NEVER tolerate hearing scratches and pops on any CD or digital recording. However, if it happens to be on an actual album, some how it adds to the quality on the album. All the pops and cricks actually adds to the nostalgia and almost immediately invoke memories. Today I’m sure anybody younger than 20 probably has never seen a turntable before, and if they saw anybody that had one, they’d probably laugh. Turntables only exist today for two reasons; for the DJs that still prefer to use them; and the oldies folk like me who want to convert our albums in to mp3s. They have stayed around for much longer than I thought. It would be interesting to find out when they actually stop production of turntables; or maybe they will always be around? Wow, come to think about it, VHS tapes didn’t even last as long as turntables did. I guess that goes to show you the power that music has in our society and across all cultures!

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clear+sparkles+jelly+shoesAccording to wikipedia, Jelly Bean Shoes became a fad in the 80′s. However, I seem to remember them slightly before the 80′s (like 1977-78 ish). I could not believe how popular these shoes were. To my understanding some of them actually came with a pack of Jelly Bean candy along with the shoes. At first, I thought they were cool, because they were not only unisex, they also came in different colors too. I had a pair of blue ones when I was a kid. Boy, let me tell you they hurt like bloody murder after the first couple of hours wearing them. They hurt so bad that I remember getting some sort of blisters around my ankles, because the straps were so hard and thick, they were digging in to my skin. The base of the slip flops were so hard that my bunions hurt just within a couple of hours wearing them. These shoes were supposed to protect our feet from the ground, but there was nothing really to protect our feet from the Jelly Bean. LOL. Thank goodness I had older sneakers I could wear back then.

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Today, I saw a woman with a rather large carrying bag, that had a variety of large circled colors on it. For some reason, the first thing that came to my head, was an old floor game called "Twister". Do you remember Twisler? The commercials used to be on all the time. I remembered this clearly when I as a kid. I never participated much 'cause although I was very young, I was very aware of the impact of my weight (not that I couldn't play, but I was worried if I missed a step and fall, I could injure someone, even at close range). I already had the sense that this game was mostly for very thin children. Gotta hand it to those subliminal messages, they work, even on young children. If you'd like to see a youtube on it, here it is.

Today, I saw a woman with a rather large carrying bag, that had a variety of large circled colors on it. For some reason, the first thing that came to my head, was an old floor game called “Twister”. Do you remember Twisler? The commercials used to be on all the time. I remembered this clearly when I as a kid. I never participated much ’cause although I was very young, I was very aware of the impact of my weight (not that I couldn’t play, but I was worried if I missed a step and fall, I could injure someone, even at close range). I already had the sense that this game was mostly for very thin children. Gotta hand it to those subliminal messages, they work, even on young children. If you’d like to see a youtube on it, here it is.

Hey, I don't know about you guys, but, I think Wolf Blitzer of CNN is starting to look more and more like Papa Smurf. I wish I could have found a better picture.. LOL

Hey, I don’t know about you guys, but, I think Wolf Blitzer of CNN is starting to look more and more like Papa Smurf. All he needs is some blue make-up. I wish I could have found a better picture of his side profile… LOL



I actually had to split this video because I felt it was too long. I may post the other portion as an article later on. Since technically, people are still shopping for the holidays until about Jan 1st. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to give my personal tips on shopping online safely.



This is really my response to an article I’ve read recently, were a NYC “psychic” conned this women out of a large sum of money, to bring her luck and fortune. Got to love those old beliefs. They can get you in this kind of trouble every time. If you would like to read the article I’m referring to, please click here.

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Hello everyone,

We are fast approaching the new year, and I just wanted to take the time to reflect, and to also talk about my new photography blog. Unfortunately, because most people appear to be more interested in gossiping about me all damn day long , rather than asking me personally the questions they want answered directly (then again, I guess you wouldn’t, because you’re gossipers),  my site has been an excellent tool to convey my thoughts to both all the very nosy ass busybodies, as well as those that are genuinely concerned for my welfare and well being. I’d like to say that, as I look forward to the coming  year of 2014, it will include some big changes for me emotionally and psychologically.

It was really unfortunate, and unacceptable that I had to go through the majority  of my roughest and toughest times of my life alone. Yet a slew of people really feel they’re at liberty to say “they know me”?. People use the word “friend” too loosely, and really need take a minute to evaluate what a friend means. You also should watch the behaviors of people you call your friends. Organizations that claim to help others, need to reevaluate whether you’re actually helping, or are the individuals just there to participate in office politics, gossip & drama? This includes hospitals, many of you need to practice some professionalism, especially since most of you would not like a taste of your own medicine. Many of the things I’ve talked about are basic 101 knowledge guys! What’s the problem? I digress.. This has proven to me many times over, that people are more interested telling you what they think, way before they are open to listening. I really don’t understand how so many have adopted a habit of not only immediately disagreeing with someone, but dismissing the other person’s thoughts with no solid foundation or facts for that disagreement other than your own personal belief? You got to be kidding me? is that the best you can come up with?  I don’t know what the hell is in some people’s heads, but that isn’t what being a friend/help means. Anyway, however, looking back in retrospect, my life’s trials and tribulation was the very cleansing and detoxification I needed, to free my spirit from society’s hooks of conformity, hate, prejudice, and a host of other ills. I guess this was one of those things I had to go through alone. Still sucks though….

Unfortunately, as a result of many of the traumatic experience I had in the last 4+ years, I have decided that diabeticradio is over. There are many resources you can learn about diabetes on your own (that is if you really care to know). However, I will continue to leave all of my old content available to those that are interested. My ownership expires in 2020, you better get all the information you can from there, because I probably will NOT be renewing the domain. After that, you’ll just have Youtube to find my old videos. I cannot compete with beliefs, and many people’s unwillingness to at least read and diligently investigate. VintageNewscast will of course remain active. Without getting long winded, I hope that next year will be the year that many of you start to look in the mirror, and hold yourselves accountable for your deeds, and how you treat people.

2014 will be my year to focus on me and my (long overdue) photographic art. I didn’t plan on building another website; however, I realized photography really is an entirely different subject all together, so I really needed to create an entirely new site. My new site is called ShadesOfSepia, which I think is a perfect name to represent the classic tone to my photography.  I probably will not begin to add content until shortly after the new year.

ShadesOfSepia will be a place to not only display my vintage inspired photographic creations, but show any historic trips around NYC; share my resources for Photoshop & Paintshop freebies, links to other great art, and more. Through my new photographic journey, as I cross paths with friendly and knowledgeable photographers willing to share their wisdom, I will share them on the site; as well as my own. ShadesOfSepia does not require anybody’s beliefs or validations. Either you like my art or you don’t; but hopefully most can appreciate my uniqueness, ’cause this is the essence of what art truly is…. Our uniqueness, and our ability to express our uniqueness through art. It’s not about “the one and only technique”, it’s not about only “only using one software”, and it’s not about carving out the same o’l gingerbread cookies over and over and over again.

Yogi

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Do You remember your first Vew-Master? I do. I had a lot of fun with mine, but I do remember getting a little tired of it after a few years, because we had to go back and forth between reading the text on the disc and viewing the image. I must have had discs of just about every major show that was on television. This included Star-Trek (the cartoon version as well), The Flintstones, Road Runner, Casper, Sub-Mariner, Buck Rogers, and Bazooka Joe. We would get about 3 discs for about 4-6 dollars each. Today, the older classic discs from the 60 -70′s are now collector items; and you’ll pay about $20 and up to about $60 dollars depending on what’s on the disc, the condition of the disc (mint or not), and if a View-Master comes with it. I can’t tell you how many discs I had (and how many I actually lost). But it was a mesmerizing little gadget.

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Then I got the talking View-Master. A mini record was attached tot he back of the picture disks. We would place them in to the unit like normal, and then the sound would voila! The sound would play. I kinda hated this unit because we had to always remember to position the disc in a certain way. Each scene was numbered from 1 through 8 (I think). If the number 1 wasn’t facing upward, then the audio disc would play out of sync. LOL. Each time we would crank the lever down, the Talking View-Master would play the next chapter associated with whatever scene you were looking at. In essence The view master was the first portable slide show. View-Master then moved on to wall projectors, which was pretty cool. My only problem was, when I’d visit friends our other family, by the time you found a perfect spot to watch it on, I had no interest to watch it anymore. LOL. I could be wrong, but I think the View-Master may have been responsible for inspiring the professional projectors today used in colleges and conferences.

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I have not done a look-A-Like post in quite some time. I struggled with this one a little bit, because the right-side profile of Natalie Wood’s face makes me think Beyoncè a lot; and I almost made this a  “Beyoncè & Natalie” Look-A-Like post. But then, I thought of another favorite actress of mine named Barbra Bain. I think Barbra and Natalie look so much a like they could have been sisters. I love Barbra because not only was she stunningly beautiful back-in-the-day, she had a LOT of class; I put her on the same level of Barbra Stanwyck, except Mrs. Bain knew how to harness her sex-appeal, while still being very much a lady. She was married to Martin Landau, since forever. Barbra is probably best known for the TV show “Space 1999” and the original “Mission Impossible“. Natalie Wood started her career very young with “Miracle On 34th Street“. As an adult she landed a role in “West Side Story“. Unfortunately, I think more people remembered her for her mysterious death, than her acting roles. If you would like to hear more of her tragic story, click here. She was married to Robert Wagner.

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This film is in the public domain, and could be found at archive.org. [Correction: Carman Newsome was the detective trying to prove her innocence. Wenzer (played by Robert Earl Jones (father of James Earl Jones)) was the other detective assisting in the case.. My goodness, Robert Earl Jones was FIIIIIINEEEEEEEE. LOL]



Despite the fact I expressed my dislike for Mantan Moreland as an actor; the acting in which he was typecast-ed for seemed to have worked out very well for this particular movie. Because truth of the matter is, if the directors/writers kept the movie the way it was WITHOUT Mr. Moreland, the movie would not have kept me interested, or been nearly as enjoyable in my opinion. This movie is in the public domain, you can pick it up here.



Another funny *ss commercial. Although this commercial is in another language, you can clearly understand what the commercial is saying. I think this fits-in-line with my blog, because all though we are using less paper as a result of newer technology; we also can’t get rid of paper completely, because it is still remains essential to our lives. LOL



For some reason, a lot of my straight male friends don’t get the joke of this video. I guess you have to be in touch with your inner femininity to understand it. However, in my mind, it is funny as all hell. Maybe it’s a gay thing, I don’t know…..



Boy, do I remember Slinky. Although my interest in this toy was very short. I didn’t find too much enjoyment of if after awhile. It’s funny, I never got mine to walk down a flight of stairs like the commercial.. LOL.. Well, I guess that’s why it’s called “television”.. :=)

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