"Gentlemen: I have a story that may be of interest to you. It is not widely known who invented the circuitry concept for the automatic sequential performance of musical pitches - now well known as a sequencer. I, however, do know who the inventor was - for it was I who first conceived and built the sequencer.
" This is the opening to an undated, unaddressed letter, found in Raymond Scott's personal papers (yes, the same fellow whose kooky soundtracks scored everything
from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren & Stimpy, The Simpson
, and Animaniacs
). You can read the rest of Scott's letter
, along with Bob Moog's recollections of visiting Raymond's electronics laboratory in the mid-1950s. Or you could jump ahead to the mid-1960s, when Jim Henson was in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was working on a variety of odd projects after a successful run with Sam and Friends, but before he it it big with Sesame Street. It was at this point that he teamed up with Scott on a few short, experimental films
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., in a concert
from June 20, 1965 at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis. A young Johnny Carson hosts, filling in for an ill Joey Bishop. SLYT.
posted by Area Man
on Apr 28, 2013 -
Nostalgia and skepticism collide in this short video
of Uri Geller's legendary failure on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, introduced by frequent MeFi subject James Randi. More context and nostalgia in this longer version
, which features Geller with a young Barbara Walters, and on The Mike Douglas Show, along with Randi's expose of "healing evangelist" Peter Popoff.
If you want to waste even more time, just start clicking on these YouTube search results.
posted by The Deej
on Aug 5, 2007 -
The Johnny Carson website
, where many episodes are for sale on VHS. Bad news: It will cost me about $3,000 to collect all the Albert Brooks
appearances. This week they're playing a (quicktime) monologue from 1977. Anybody else got the warm fuzzies for Johnny?
posted by luser
on Aug 19, 2002 -