Sunday, January 27, 2013

Silk Spot Sexploitation Update; John Waters & Doris Wishman

Silk Spot is our You Tube station where we delve into the world of sexpolitation films. It started out as a station for a client that wanted something risque. That deal didn't work out but but the videos found an audience so we've kept working at it. This week we've made a couple of updates

First we have uploaded a film clip from a Doris Wishman film "Diary of a Nudist" and we have also uploaded the complete unedited film to our Too Hot For You Tube web page. Doris was a maverick film producer a cousin to the Hammer film family she staked out her own territory in the world of nudie films. Over an eighteen year period in the sixties and seventies she produced twenty films. Diary is one of her early efforts.

See the full length film here at the Too Hot For You Tube page.

And we have created a playlist for sexploitation giant John Waters. A man who in his older days has gained a level of acceptability but got his start making movies where men are fucking chickens. There are a lot of interviews, clips and other little tidbits here as well as three full length movies.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

African American Military History, Cavalry Regiment Training, Camp Locket, Ca.

Uploaded by MindsiMedia:

Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 -- 02/28/1964). ARC Identifier 14038 / Local Identifier 111-ADC-231, DVD Copied by Thomas Gideon.
Interesting clip at the 25th Infantry Regiment one of the last cavalry units training in the field during WW2. The film provides a rare look at massed cavalry units training in the field, parading in formation and a brief appearance by the band.  Those interested in horses and massed horse movement will find this fascinating.

Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal

Friday, January 25, 2013

Louis Sullivan's Last Design, Krause Music Store Facade

Uploaded by ChiTownView on Jan 25, 2013

The facade of the Krause Music Store, was the last commission by architect Louis Sullivan. It is a two-story building located at 4611 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. The entire facade is covered with his ornate gray terra cotta design. The resulting work is a fantasic array of detail work a plain and simple "cake" has been given thick sweet frosting that is a treat for the eyes.It is now the home of Studio V Design who have fully restored the facade of this landmark building. The rest of this history is from their web site.

“The Krause Music store was commissioned in 1921 by William P. Krause to serve the dual purpose of a residence and a music shop, at a total cost of $22,000. Krause chose his neighbor, architect William Presto to design the building. Years earlier, Presto had worked as a draftsman for Louis Sullivan. But by 1921, Sullivan’s success had faded as his designs were no longer in demand. So in a reversal of roles, Sullivan was asked by his former employee to design what would become the building’s beautiful green terra cotta façade. Sullivan, in ill health, living in a rented room and hopelessly insolvent, accepted the offer.

Showcasing his genius with terra cotta, Sullivan designed the entire façade with ornamentation richly detailed in geometric and curvilinear forms of nature. The material for the facade was furnished by the American Terra Cotta company for $3,770.

The building was completed in 1922. The store opened to sell pianos and sheet music, and was a pioneering retailer for the introduction of the radio. Tragically, with the onset of the Great Depression, William Krause committed suicide in the family’s apartment on the second floor. His widow rented and eventually sold the building to a funeral parlor. During the next 60 years, the building functioned as a funeral home, undergoing much neglect and alteration. The terra cotta façade was acid washed, which ultimately damaged and lightened its color. The basement was converted into a workspace for embalming the dead. “

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ansel Adams, A Documentary & Photos From Internment Camp

Uploaded by ChiTownView Jan 23, 2013

Here we have a fine documentary about one of the giants of 20th century photography Ansel Adams. He is of course renowned for his landscape portraits of the American west and the efforts he went through to get his iconic shots. This film lays out the creative process he went through to create his art. It also includes one Mr. Adams other passions the piano. It is he that provides the musical background. For those of you that have only shot digitally this film offers clear evidence at how much work and effort went into developing his pictures.

While researching Mr. Adams I came across a series of pictures he took of the Manzanar Relocation camp. That is where Japanese Americans were held during WW 2. There are more than two hundred photos in this collection and I thought I would share a few here with you on Flickr.

Here's a link to my photostream if you want to see the rest.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sonny Boy Williamson - Nine below zero

It's cold in the windy city this morning.

Every Picture Tells A Story

Every Picture Tells A Story is the name of the great Rod Stewart song & album. It is also the name of the gallery of post cards in Mikes Diggs our new online store. It is currently under construction but open for business or looking. The post card section is one of the more complete. Below are a couple of examples from it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King's Final Words

On April 3, 1968 the Reverend Martin Luther King gave his final public speech and shortly afterwards he was murdered. The speech was given at Mason Temple, a church in Memphis. Dr. King had come to Memphis in support of the sanitation workers who were on strike. This clip shows the highlight of the speech where Reverend King addresses his own mortality.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Trip To Old New Orleans, Carnival, Mardi Gras & More

Laissez les bon temps roulez !!

It's January here in Chicago with the temperatures hovering around zero and the sun playing hide and seek for days on end. So ones thoughts turn to happier days in warmer climes. Like the upcoming festival of good times known as carnival and Mardi Gras for which the city of New Orleans is famous for.

We here at MindsiMedia are big fans of this holiday our most popular video is a film taken of the 1941 parade. It's in glorious color and the first year women were allowed to parade. We have a few other Mardi Gras videos and have put them in a playlist which we will have a link for below.

The first clip gives us a look back that starts in the 1860's and has two parts. The first part is an edited film made by Ford Motor Co. in 1926. It gives a little history of the town showing some famous sites as well as parts of the 1923 Mardi Gras parade. The second part are a series of Mardi Gras photos form the 1860's to 1941.

We have also rounded up some vintage New Orleans jazz from the 1920's for a little flavour. The tracks used are;1.Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / ? 2. Joseph Robechaux His New Orleans Rhythm Boys / AfterMeTheSunGoesDown 3. New Orleans Wanderers / PerdidoStreetBlues

And here is the 1941 film that I mentioned above.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Early History of The Chicago Cubs, Baseballs 1st Dynasty

The National League team that plays in Chicago now known as the Cubs is one of the original Major League baseball teams. Before they were the Cubs they were the White Stockings then the Colts and finally the Orphans before finally picking up the nickname cubs because of all their young stars. That name stuck and the team started their second dynasty. Because before they became known as the "lovable losers" this team dominated the league twice. We have recently posted a couple of videos on ChiTownView that show where they played and tells some of their history.

Chicago's baseball history begins in 1870 when The Chicago White Stockings are formed. They begin play the following year in 1871 and do well. So good that with three games left they found themselves tied for first place. Then disaster strikes on Oct. 8 as the Great Chicago Fire rages for three days burning down much of the city. Including Lake Front Park and all the teams uniforms & equipment. They are able to round up the gear they need but finish the season losing two of the three games and finishing in 2nd place.

For the next two years the team didn't play as the whole city plunged into rebuilding following the fire. They came back in 1874 but floundered for the next couple of years as their league, the National Association, came under attack for fixing games. In 1876 Chicago and seven other cities began a new league, The National League, and almost 140 years later it still endures.

The opening season was one of tremendous success for the White Stockings as they won the first pennant with a winning record of 57 - 14 and percentage of  .788 no major league team has ever topped that. The team was led by player/manager Cap Anson one of the games early stars, he was the first ballplayer to get 3,000 hits. Unfortunately he was also an avowed racist who is generally given credit for keeping the Majors for whites only. Another of that championship tams stars was pitcher Albert Spaulding, yes the same Spaulding that started the sporting goods company. His record during that season was 47-12 with a 1.45 ERA!!!!

They played at Lake Front Park until 1884 winning three more pennants before the city decided to take the land back forcing the team to do what a lot of people were doing at the time, go west. Their first west side home was near Halsted and Congress on Chicago's near west side from 1885 to 1891. They continue to be led by Cap Anson who would lead the team until 1897. They were National League champs the first two years at the new park. Including 1885 where they were winners of an early version of the World Series.

The place had it's problems it only held 10,000 people and the park was shaped like a bathtub with the foul lines only 215'. It also shared the space with a bicycle racing track that encircled the already crowded field. One additional note on September 21 1888 three White Stockings players were arrested flirting with Mrs. Seth Blood, the proprietor of a "house" just beyond the wall at old West Side Park. What kind of "house" it was was never clarified but in Chicago at that time vice was king.

Then they have no real home for a couple of years, earning the name orphans, before settling back to the west side in 1893 near Ashland and Congress not far from the old park. Here is where they would develop some exciting new players including the famed combo of Tinkers, Chance & Evans. The Chicago Daily News decides to nickname this young team the Cubs. Than name sticks and in 1903 it becomes official.

By the middle of the decade they were a dynasty at one point winning 538 games out of a possible 765 games. No team has ever done something like that. They were National League champs in 1906,07,08 & 1910 and World Series Champs in 07' and '08. In 1906 they won a record 116 games but would end up being beaten by by crosstown rivals the Chicago White Sox. Known as the hitless wonders.The Cubs would continue to play here without much success  until 1915 when they moved. Perhaps they felt they were to close to their upstart rivals the White Sox who were playing not far away.

One more little nugget about the old ball park is that it is where the term "out of left field" came from. As in; the idea was from out of left field meaning it's not a normal or "traditional" idea. The saying began here because beyond the left field wall was an insane asylum and people in the park could hear the moans and babbling of the patients.

 They ended up on the north side at Weegham park  which became Wrigley field in 1925. And although there have been some World Series games played here no World Series winning team have called Wrigley home.

Al'Tarba, Music For / From Another Planet ?

I get up early. This morning I'd left may radio on overnight as on WDCB they play some pretty out there jazz overnight. This morning I woke up to a set they called "Fela at 5" an hour of music by jazz giant Fela Kuti. Not a bad way to start the day.

Naturally I was up and having my breakfast banana and checking my emails. I had a new subscriber to my MindsiMedia You Tube station named pavlkaci and I checked out his station to thank him and sub back. He had a playlist called “Funky Jazz” and it had a whole lot of interesting looking clips by people I'd never heard of. All in a language I didn't understand. So it was right up my alley.

My first choice was “Mushroom Burger” by Al'Tarba because who doesn't like burgers and mushrooms. It was a very tasty burger that was put out by this skilled chef of sound. And only the first of several musical snacks by this talented French hip hop, DJ that I found. I'll share it and another here with you.

If you want to find out more about Al'Tarba here is a link to his Facebook page

Friday, January 18, 2013

Downtown Chicago Now & Then w/ Carl Sandburg

Published by ChiTownView on Jan 18, 2013
I found some old photos taken of different spots in Chicago's loop while poking around the Library of Congress. One in particular I really liked and thought it would be neat to go to the same spot on Michigan Ave. and take a picture 73 years later. It turned out well so I did a few more and decided to put together this slide show. But a plain slideshow is a little dull and I wanted something other than a musical backing. Then I came across Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago". It was pretty cool and just the right length for the slide show so here we are.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright Riverside The Avery Coonley Playhouse

Published by ChiTownView on Jan 16, 2013
Riverside IL. Is a small community of twisting, curving lanes that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted a name given vivid life in the book The Devil & The White City. Mr. Olmsted was the landscape architect who designed the 1893 Columbia Exposition and Central Park in New York. Here he has created a small village tucked along a river and it is full of beautiful homes. If you are coming to Oak Park to see the homes of Frank Lloyd Wright you might want to spend an afternoon here. It's only about ten minutes away.

It is also home to three Frank Lloyd Wright designs and this one at 350 Fairbanks is one of two he did for the Avery Coonley family. This one was built in 1912 as a kindergarten school for the Coonley children and other neighborhood children. It has since been converted into a home also the original art glass has been replaced by copies of the iconic "balloons & confetti" design.

Just down the street is the Coonley home/complex a deceptivley subtle masterpiece that many call Wrights greatest design. Including Wright himself. We are preparing a video clip on it right now and it should be up in a couple of days.

This series is presented by ChiTownView & produced byMindsiMedia. We are assembling a complete collection of Wright designs still standing in the Chicago area here is a link to a playlist where they are collected.

MindsiMedia has several channels on YouTube and other video sharing outlets you can access all of them from our web portal at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Great Chicago Fire, Map, Ariel & Alternative. View

Here is a pair of looks of the Great Chicago Fire which took place on October 8-10 1871. The generally accepted view is that it was started by a fire that took place in a barn owned by the O'Leary family. George one of the O'Leary boys went on to become a big time gambler. There is an excellent post on this at the Chicago Crime Scene Project. In the post they discuss some alternative theories about how the fire started and they all center on the O'Leary barn.

 A map of the area covered from the Homicide In Chicago 1870-1930 site.

 And I came across this birds eye view on the Library of Congress web site.

There is one explanation for the fire that they missed on that site which also offers an explanation for the two other huge fires that all started the same night in other parts of the midwest. I came across this explanation on Wikipedia.

"An alternative theory, first suggested in 1882 by Ignatius L. Donnelly in Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel, is that the Great Chicago Fire was caused by a meteor shower. At a 2004 conference of the Aerospace Corporation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, engineer and physicist Robert Wood suggested that the fire began when Biela's Comet broke up over the Midwest. That four large fires took place, all on the same day, all on the shores of Lake Michigan (see Related Events), suggests a common root cause. Eyewitnesses reported sighting spontaneous ignitions, lack of smoke, "balls of fire" falling from the sky, and blue flames. According to Wood, these accounts suggest that the fires were caused by the methane that is commonly found in comets.[18]"

An interesting idea so I decided to take a look at these other fires. I looked around and came across this map that led me to a fairly extensive post on the fires here on Heck Of A Guy – The Other Leonard Cohen Site 
As it turns out the fire in Wisconsin killed more people than Chicago and as we can see the one in Michigan covered a lot more area. So as "great" as the Chicago fire was it was just a small part of a much larger conflagration.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Great American Bullshit Machine

And now a word for our sponsor in the form of thoughts from early on Sunday morning. That started with one thought then led to another and another and so on.

I'm tired of crippling myself just so I can believe in a lot of bullshit.

It is the story of my life

It is the story of America since 1980

In the 50's, 60's & 70's we were tired of the bullshit and weren't going to take it anymore. We were going to change things. And for awhile we did in a short amount of time radical change came to the country and centuries of legalized discrimination ended in this country. In ten years historic barriers were removed and the playing field opened up for women and minorities. Homosexuals were no longer arrested or treated as psychological defectives. An entire generation stood up and said we aren't going to fight your fucking made up war and you can't make us. Decades of investment in universal public education were paying off as people were becoming smarter.

Then came the year 1980 and a large part of America went into the stupid hole. America was tricked into electing a highly paid corporate shill. A B movie actor who had testified against his fellow actors during the red scare named Ronald Reagan. He was selling a ridiculous economic plan that consisted of taking money and power away from people and give it to the wealthiest people who since they no longer have to reinvest their profits back into the business to avoid a big tax penalty began to keep the money for themselves. His opponent George Bush hardly a card carrying liberal called the plan voodoo economics.

He was right but like too many people he ate the shit burger and said my but isn't that tasty?

How did this happen? Because that whole generation that stood up and made those changes stopped and began to follow the slogan tune in, turn on, drop out. We stepped into a giant bullshit machine full of fake wars, easy credit, economic bubbles and the gradual disintegration of American society. Which has brought us to where we are today.

And for many of us it's like that poor schmuck in the film Good Fellas that owns the nightclub the gangsters take over and then bust out. It's a brilliant piece of storytelling complete with narration as they explain how the parasites attack the healthy host and then suck all the life out of it. Then move on to the next easy mark. The people who brought us the Reagan revolution took that gangster trick and applied it to entire countries. And we have sat there watched it happen and for the most part did nothing or cheered it all on. Honestly folks as someone who has sat here and watched this happen it's all very surreal. Kind of like an episode of the Twilight Zone a show that may not been so much ahead of it's time but just very good at describing them.

But where do we go from here?

Both political parties are controlled by the very wealthy so all governmental power is in their hands and they use it to make sure that it is their interests are served and their ideas frame the debate. They are willing to concede on some social issues and allow progressives to think that they are winning the fight. But when it comes to the money there is no conceding both parties are in lock step. Just look at the economic policies of both of the Democratic presidents of the last thirty years. Take a close look at at our current president's.

For those who might be optimistic about our ability to change things only need look at what has happened over the past couple of years as people have tried to organize. You saw a global uprising of people against corporate & governmental corruption. In country after country fueled by the Internet there were protest and revolutions. In response there was governmental crackdown not against the corruption but against the protesters. In there were few successful revolutions and the ones that did success didn't seem to bring much in the way of economic change.

We'll explore this theme further in my next post where I'll offer my casual observer on the scene look at America's brief romance with the occupy movement.

Anyway back to our irregular programming, stay tuned for further updates. Because we always like to off you a video treat here we have one that kind of fits. This from Democracy Now! where we hear from former bank regulator William Black and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi join us to dissect the career of Jack Lew, President Obama’s pick to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Australia Engulfed In Red Dust Storms, Heat & Haze

The dramatic effects of climate change are on full display these days in the land down under. For the last two years the country has experienced a series of extreme weather events caused by the changes in our climate caused by the way we generate power. Last year parts of the country experienced massive floods that covered an area as big as France & Germany. Now the country is undergoing extreme heat and record drought. This has created massive red dust storms engulfing large areas of the country.

Here are some amazing photos from You Tube Station EWORLDNEWS13

And here is an in depth look at the extreme weather in Australia from Democracy Now!.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mikes Diggs, Home For Odd & Unusual Objects Returns

Mikes Diggs has been around as a store, weekend business or online entity off and on for almost 20 years. I was a collector of records and all kinds of other "neat stuff" and this was my way of at first managing and then disposing of my collections. This time around we will be focusing on images; post cards, photos, posters, all kinds of things you might hang on your wall or put on a desk. We are the retail arm of MindsiMedia and a major part of our web site and ChiTownView expansion plans for 2013. We have already begun changes to our web portal were you can access our YouTube stations, Pandora radio, photo galleries and now MikesDiggs.

Right now we have just a couple of active pages but click on an image below and check it out . There is more to come.

Unseasonably Warm Weather For January? Chicago 1967

I was thinking about all the nice weather we are getting this January here in Chicago and it made me think about another January back in 67' when I was a youngster. It seemed like that was another warm month than as well. So I wen to Wikipedia and found:

"On Tuesday, January 24 the high had been an unseasonably warm 65° F. But the temperature started falling the next day. The Chicago area started to recover from the extreme snowfall over the weekend, then it snowed four more inches on Wednesday, February 1. The following Sunday, February 5, another storm dumped ten inches.[4] The 23 inches of snow that fell on Chicago on the 26th and 27th is a record for a single storm. The 19.8 inches (50.3 cm) that fell on January 26-27 is the greatest amount of snow for a 24-hour period. The single day record of 16.4 inches (41.7 cm) for January 26[5] was later broken by the Chicago Blizzard of 1979 when 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) fell.[3] Between January 26 and February 5, 36.5 inches (92.7 cm) of snow fell, which is typical for an entire Chicago winter.[5] Gusts of up to 53 miles per hour caused large snowdrifts to accumulate.[3]"

To read more click here. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Papa Doc Duvalier, The Voodoo Dictator Of Haiti

Published on ChiTownView Jan 9, 2013
The story of Haiti is one of great promise strangled over and over again by foreign control. Principally France and the US who for centuries have controlled and drained the island. They became the first black republic in the world in 1804 as the result of a slave revolt.But as part of getting their freedom they had to pay enormous reparations to France. So poverty has been a huge part of this country since the very beginning. The 20th century has seen a succession of governments both elected or directly installed by American troops. It was one of the countries cited by former Marine Commandant and two time CMH winner Smedley Butler in his classic anti war book "War Is A Racket".

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, a medical doctor, he spent the early part of his life fighting diseases in his country. He became a political activist and served as a governmental minister before having to go into hiding for opposing a military coupe. Eventually he was elected president in 1957 as a populist and champion of the rights of the black majority.He soon turned into another paranoid, greedy criminal who ruled by fear and violence. Like most of these types he created his own security force the Tonton Macoutes and he exploited his knowledge of voodoo to maintain his power. On the other hand he was a strong anti Communist so the US  ore or less turned a blind eye at his excesses and tolerated him.

This film clip from the National Archives is shot around the time of his death. The overall tone is hostile towards him and includes an interview with Papa Doc. Following his death power passed to his son then then 19 year old Baby Doc. He turned out to be another violent thug who ruled through intimidation but was an ally of ours due to his anti Communism.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It Used To Be There, Olson Memorial Park At The Corner of Pulaski & Diversey Chicago

We continue you our exploration of odd little spots in Chicago's northwest side by visiting this corner and show you what used to be there.One of my earliest childhood memories was going somewhere in the north side of Chicago to this way cool waterfall and rock garden. It was just a vague memory until I was sorting through somepost cards in a thrift shop and came across this one for a park that used to be part of the Olson Rug Factory. I picked the card up and filed it away for twenty years or so until recently. I came across it again when digitizing my collection.

It's a cool card and a neat little memory so I went back to where it used to be at the northwest corner of Pulaski & Diversey and checked out some of the scant history of this spot. So you could call this video another case of “it used to be there”. 

Wild San Francisco Neon Nights, Emily Dickinson Music by Harmsichord

Published on MindsiMedia Jan 7, 2013
A combination of two films and three different audio clips make up this two minute video. We start with some mid 60's footage of San Francisco at night with some gorgeous neon signs and added some sound. Here are the elements of this mashup.

Arthur H. Smith - Signs of the Times
Arthur Smith was born in Silver Spring, Nevada in 1909 and passed away in 2000 after having lived in the Bay Area and Big Bear Lake, California. According to his typewritten autobiography, after high school he began working for the Pacific Telephone Company as a telephone repairman. He was asked by the company to make a sponsored film for them, and he was later promoted to first level management at Pacific Telephone. Smith produced a variety of instructional and safety films for the Bell System, including his most widely seen film "How to Prevent Backing Accidents." Smith also wrote extensively about his technical professional film work, as well as his creative amateur work, with numerous articles in "American Cinematographer," "Home Movies," and "Popular Photography."

The Arthur H. Smith collection was donated to the Center for Home Movies by Smith's son Dennis (along with other Smith family films).
Producer: Arthur H. Smith
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[Mona's Candle Light ca 1950s]

Harmsichord / Outrigger
Negotiating dangerous shores. Electric piano, electric bass, organ, drums, bongos, congas, other percussion.
This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio
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Emily Dickinson - Wild Nights - Brenda Clews.aiff

Death of a Black Panther: Fred Hampton's Murder In Chicago (1969)

Uploaded to ChiTownView 1/8/13

Following up yesterdays post about the assassination of Martin Luther King we have this story about the murder of another black leader during the 1960's. From the National Archives comes this unfortunate bit of Chicago history about the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. It presents accounts of police officers who made raid, Fred Hampton's wife Debora, who was in the bed with Hampton when he was slain, Illinois State Attorney General Edward V. Hanrahan of what occurred at raid of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton's apartment, Chicago, Illinois, on 4 December 1969. Reviews charges and counter charges made by both sides and shows apartment where raid occurred. Interviews with Doc Sachel, who was injured in raid, and Black Panther Minister of Defense Bobby Rush (a current Chicago alderman). Two Chicago area councilmen condemn raid. Black Panther attorney reads from Grand Jury, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois report which questions testimony given by officers to Grand Jury.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Afghanistan 1973 A Look At The Soviet Era & 1989 w/ John Stockwell

Uploaded by ChiTownView 1/6/13

Today the United States has had troops on the ground in Afghanistan for over a decade and the country has been a bloody battleground since shortly after this film was produced. In it we get a look at the country before forty years of civil and geopolitical war has ravaged it. The narration focuses on the overthrow of King Zahir and the institution of a Soviet backed republic. The film appears to be a bit of CIA propaganda meant to stir up alarm about the growing Russian influence.
In less than a decade Jimmy Carter would begin financing warlords in northern Afghanistan to fight the Soviet backed government. This would of course lead to the direct Soviet military intervention which was followed by the creation of the Islamic fundamentalist army that would defeat the Soviets. Elements of this army would later evolve into Al-Queda and we all know where that led to.

 We also have on Mindsi2 one of our other stations a 1989 interview with former CIA station chief John Stockwell. He gives his insight on the then decade long battle to bring down the Soviet backed government. One that in the end was successful and gave rise to the Taliban.

Martin Luther King, A Look At His Murder

January is the birth month of Elvis Presley an American cultural icon and we have posted a number of videos by him for you to enjoy. This is also the month when a really great American and world leader was born Martin Luther King. And we will start posting some information on him over the coming weeks. Today we take a look at his death. Gunned down on a motel balcony in April of 1968.

This video below, which was uploaded to ChiTownView, is from the time of the Congresses investigation into the 1960's murders of King & the Kennedy's. It offers a fascinating look at some of the evidence that James Earl Ray was not the lone assassin of Martin Luther King but part of a larger conspiracy. It includes interviews with witnesses including Jesse Jackson. It is a little known fact that......

 "According to a Memphis jury's verdict on December 8, 1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit of the King family versus Loyd Jowers "and other unknown co-conspirators," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government. Almost 32 years after King's murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, a court extended the circle of responsibility for the assassination beyond the late scapegoat James Earl Ray to the United States government. "

On MindsiMedia we recently posted a series of clips on the assassination of JFK here is one of them.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My Top 5 California Songs

I was driving around Chicago on a freezing Friday morning heading towards the south side when I heard the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Californication”. 

It's one of my favorite songs and a great California song. Which got me thinking of other musical gems about the sunshine state and what would be my top five.

Right away I mean are kidding “on such a winters day” the Mama's & Pappa's hit from 1966 California Dreaming was the automatic number one in my book. It is listed on the Rolling Stones top 500 all time songs but was never a #1 hit with it's highest position only #4. The album it was on created a controversy at the time as it was the first cover to show a toilet. It was quickly removed by the label following protests. Here's a clip that has the best sound quality that I found.

The rest are in no particular order

The Doors “LA Woman” is another classic and it is also one of the greatest driving songs of all time.

I'm not a big fan of the Eagles in general but they do have a few good songs. Hotel California is probably their best and deserves a spot on our list.

The last choice was a tough one I wanted a San Francisco song and wasn't sure to go with Tony Bennet doing “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” or Scott Mc Kenzie's “If Your Going To San Francisco” and the winner is. Tony here is a nice version from a 1982 Tonight Show appearance.

So that's the list, any suggestions? I know how could I have a top five California list with no Beach Boys ?

A Beautiful Sunrise On Earth 1/5/13

Uploaded on ChiTownView Jan 5, 2013
For those of you who missed here is a chance to stop and take just one minute to witness and enjoy this mornings sunrise because it was a true thing of beauty. It comes to you from Forest Park Il. where it is around 25 degrees f. Best wishes to all for this new day from Mike Beyer @ MindsiMedia

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vintage Neon Sign, For The Worst(?) Hotel In Chicago

The second stop on my recent journey to south Logan Square was to capture this great old neon sign still blazing away in front of the Milshire Hotel on a snowny afternoon in late December. It was a cool sign and I didn't think much of it until I did a little research. I discovered that this unassuming place might really be one of the worst hotels in the city. I'm sure there are ones so foul that nobody would review them because then they would have to admit they stayed there. But I've never read so many bad reviews about one businesses, many of them very funny. It has cockroaches, bed bugs, junkies, crack heads and more.Here's one of the more disturbing from Google plus.

"My mom stayed here and is now in the hospital, this is not a joke. Her immune system was already weak and the bed bugs, filth, and bathroom, gave her an infection that spread into her lungs, and all over her skin. she has purple pus filled legions all over her body. her lung is essentialy dead. she is in the hospital in a medicated coma while they try and stop the infection. this place comes with an in house dealer. the doctors who have to treat the people who come outa here say the dope you buy in this placed is cut with somthing that causes bad infections and makes people have false positves for lopus. there was a brown crusty, some-what slimey, substance and the door handle when i touched it. a lady died there the day before and the police drug her body down the stairs like she was a laundry bag. the people their give the owner there social secruity checks he takes out 600 dollars for one months rent, and the in house dealer gets the rest and delivers poisen laced dope write to your room for the rest of your money. this place is as close as you can get to hell on earth"

Enough said? 

I also came across on Flickr a set of "junkie chic" photos taken at the Milshire.

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The Statue of Liberty In Chicago, Liberty Savings Bank

Milwaukee Ave. is a major arterial street that begins near downtown Chicago and runs northwest for some forty miles ending up in Gurnee where it joins US Rt. 41 for the rest of the way to Milwaukee another fifty or so miles further north. Highways like the Kennedy, Edens and Tri State Tollway roughly follow the path first laid down by Milwaukee Rd. It is not home to any of the areas great buildings or has played host to any of the windy city's lurid crimes. Solid would be a good word to describe it. Anyway

I needed to visit the 7/11 at the corner of Milwaukee & Fullerton, just south of the Logan Square area.. I'm a field inspector who travels all over the city giving me the opportunity to discover and capture the odd little things that catch my eye. What I found here was this ten to fifteen foot high replica of the Statue of Liberty standing proudly atop the Liberty Bank For Savings.

As it turns out this is a little slice of "It's A Wonderful Life". Because this is a financial institution that began over a hundred years ago as a "building & loan". They are also offering some pretty attractive rates. Here is some of their history from the web site.

"In 1898, members of the Parish of All Saints Polish National Catholic Church banded together in the spirit of "neighbors helping neighbors", to form a Building and Loan Association named, "The Savings Bank of the People of All Saints".

By 1911 assets had climbed and the name was changed to Liberty Building and Loan Association. The name was changed again in 1938 to Liberty Savings and Loan Association of Chicago. The bank again changed its name in 1973 to Liberty Savings.

In 1990 the Bank changed its name one last time to Liberty Bank for Savings. Today, with five locations, Liberty Bank is still dedicated to serving the people living and working in its communities. True to the nature of our Founders' intentions, we remain a community-oriented, financial institution providing a safe place for people to invest their savings and a local source for financing their dream of home ownership."

Well this started out as a post about two neat looking signs I saw on the same street a couple of blocks apart. Now I've found that the sign in this case makes a good story on it's own. And here is the sign caught it just as we were getting a little dusting of "lake effect" snow.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our New Years Day Tribute To - Bela Lugosi

Happy New Years to everyone! This early first morning of 2013 finds me ruminating on Bela Lugosi (?) A tragic early Hollywood legend who made a huge name for himself playing Count Dracula in that classic 1931 film.It's a role he almost didn't get according to some accounts of the movies production. The directors original choice Lon Chaney Sr. died while the film was still in the planning stages.Unfortunately his thick accent limited Lugosi success and he soon found himself playing the second or third banana in a stream of Universal monster films.

By the 1950's the decline of horror films and Bela's addiction to opiates had reduced him to a shell of a person who could only get work with Ed Wood. His death occurred during the filming of "Plan 9 From Outer Space". A film rightly hailed by many as one of the worst films ever made. In it Lugosi makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the movie then his role is taken by a much taller person who holds  his cape up to cover his face. This is a story recounted in the Tim Burton / Johnny Depp film Ed Wood. Which we are presenting here in it's entirety.

What got me thinking about old Bela was coming across a video of the classic song Bela Lugosi's Dead by the pioneering punk band Bauhaus.

And here's another fun movie he was in "The Postal Inspector" was one of his few non horror roles and his only musical (his character doesn't sing).


If you want to learn more about Bela here is a link to his wikipedia page.

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