July 9, 2013 |
"Drunk History," which has lived on the website Funny or Die in fits and starts since 2007, graduates to television Tuesday, courtesy of Comedy Central. It is a strange business: a show in which people who have had too much to drink, for real, travel to the edge of coherence. There will be vomit. Some will find it offensive, immoral, irresponsible - a highly defensible position. It's also very funny, a thing of twisted genius and, for the next eight weeks possibly the most original comedy on television.
November 24, 1990 |
Every so often, an actor on the stage at Ford's Theatre suddenly feels a presence behind him; or looks up at the Presidential Box and sees curtains twitch, or a shadowy outline of someone who should not be there. The legendary ghosts of Abraham Lincoln and especially John Wilkes Booth may well be, if not appeased, at least pleased by the Ford's Theatre Museum that reopened recently after two years of remodeling and work on the exhibits.
February 10, 2006 |
How would you celebrate winning two Grammy awards? If you're Kelly Clarkson -- winner for best pop vocal performance and best pop vocal album -- it's simple. "With a drink in my hand!" the grinning 23-year-old said, holding up a short glass of red liquid. What kind of drink is that? "Vodka and cranberry!" And how late was she gonna go? "Until morning! I won two Grammys!" Clarkson was the lady of the night at Sony BMG's post-Grammy bash at the Hollywood Roosevelt's Tropicana pool bar.
July 30, 1988 |
Circumstantial clues strongly suggesting that John Wilkes Booth believed Confederate leaders backed his assassination of Abraham Lincoln and that a Confederate underground tried to abet his escape are detailed in a forthcoming book on the South's intelligence operations. The book is entitled "Come Retribution," which was a Confederate code phrase. It was assembled over seven years by three retired civil servants, all Civil War buffs with experience in intelligence.
July 16, 2013 |
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: Last week, the Kentucky senator hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Paul's aide and the coauthor of his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," was once the Southern Avenger. Who's that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock jock, Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about assassinating Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede.
June 3, 1991 |
Even if his name wasn't Mudd, even if he hadn't spent more than seven decades obsessed by that skeleton rattling around in the family closet, Richard Mudd would be a pretty remarkable fellow. At 91, he's updating the two-volume, 1,800-page Mudd family biography he first published 40 years ago. He's planning to lead a tour of history buffs to a remote Florida island this summer.
July 7, 1990
It is certainly refreshing to see The Times' own research validate what the insurance industry has been saying for years ("Drivers Over 65, Women Tend to Be Among State's Safest, Study Finds," June 18). Women are involved in fewer accidents than men and deserve lower rates. Teen-agers have higher accident involvement than other age group and deserve higher rates. Senior citizens should be recognized with discounts.
April 23, 1989 |
Two strangers, one with a broken leg, arrived at the Maryland farmhouse of Dr. Samuel Mudd early on April 15, 1865. Dr. Mudd set the injured man's leg and afterward invited his patient and guest to rest in a spare bedroom. The patient was John Wilkes Booth, who hours earlier had fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., about 30 miles away. For setting the leg of Lincoln's assassin, Dr. Mudd was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to murder Lincoln and sentenced to life in prison.
March 14, 2012 |
A bobblehead doll of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, complete with handgun, has been taken off the shelves of the gift shop at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The visitors center at the park, which is overseen by the National Parks Service, pulled the head-springy doll after being contacted by a reporter at the Evening Sun newspaper in Hanover, Pa., as The Times and other news outlets have reported. Still, the Booth doll is apparently a strong seller, according to the Bobblehead company, which produces the item.
March 14, 2012 |
Over at the Gettysburg National Military Park bookstore in Pennsylvania, they've decided that maybe it's not such a great idea to sell a bobblehead of John Wilkes Booth, the notorious Confederate sympathizer and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. The Associated Press reports that the dolls were on sale for about a week, then pulled from the shelf after the park superintendent and other officials determined that a bobblehead of a guy who murdered one of the nation's most revered public figures was sort of inappropriate.