June 9, 2001 |
They didn't march. They didn't mobilize. They seemed too caught up in the current of their times--the 1950s, when women's roles were rigidly circumscribed and sharply limited--to rock the boat. But in their own subtle ways, they were readjusting the craft's direction. Imogene Coca and Arlene Francis, major figures in the early history of television who died last week, seem at first glance to have fulfilled the female stereotypes of the era. Coca, who died at 92 at her home in Westport, Conn.
June 22, 2000 |
The birthplace of the counterculture Beat movement may soon be recognized by the very establishment that its devotees railed against. The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend landmark status for City Lights Bookstore, the quirky building where Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and a 1950s literary bunch known as beatniks drank coffee and questioned authority.
June 16, 1999 |
Forty-nine years ago this month, the Hollywood Ten--screenwriters who refused to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee--were sent to prison for contempt of Congress. So began a decade of hysteria that whipped Hollywood into a frenzy, ruining the careers and lives of many. But on Monday night, the writers and their families wore their blacklisted title like a badge of honor as a younger generation of screenwriters honored them with a lifetime achievement award.
January 26, 1999 |
The word could come from anywhere. A rumor passed along by a friend. An item in a newspaper hinting at a pending sweep. Just a whisper was enough, and they'd be off, bags quickly packed and plans strictly adhered to. The key, Muriel Goldsmith remembers, was to stay invisible. Out of sight meant out of reach, and out of reach meant, in those troubled postwar years, no subpoena to testify before government committees rooting Communists from positions of power and influence.
HOME & GARDEN
June 6, 1998 |
Kid and Linda Ramos live in an Anaheim home that looks like the set of a '50s sitcom. All that's missing from their retro surroundings is a laugh track. Not only have the Ramoses collected furnishings, kitchenware and clothes primarily from the '50s, they've created a lifestyle similar to that of their favorite TV couple, Lucy and Ricky. Like Ricky Ricardo, Kid Ramos works as an entertainer. He's a guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds rock and blues band.
April 19, 1998 |
Comedy albums were a potent, talked-about part of the hipster culture of the 1950s and '60s, a time when Lenny Bruce records were passed around like so much contraband and people could instantly recite the routines of Woody Allen, Bob Newhart and Nichols and May. It was an era when comedians could legitimately wear the tag "comedian-commentator." And a time when comedy albums could sail straight to the top of the Billboard chart.