There is a rock and roll band you may have heard of called the Beatles. They had a few hit recorders in the 1960s. I think they may have had a few numbers ones. In my youth I was obsessed with the band and have resisted doing an episode about John, Paul George and Ringo for years, until today. Today I tell the story of the making of the 1968 album titled, The Beatles.
Imaging being on a wooden ship for over a year – a wooden ship with limited resources in sub freezing temperatures. You survive, only to do it a second time, and finding yourself trapped in the ice for even longer – over two years. That is the tale of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane.
Imaging driving home after unsuccessfully looking for a bingo game, only to be stopped by a alien ship in the road. Imagine trading water for a space pancake with a visitor from another world! Or imagine being taken aboard a spaceship when all you wanted to do was fish. We have three tales of alien encounters with no judgement from me! We have the Cash-Landrum incident, Joe Simonton’s Space Pancakes and the Pascagoula Abduction!
Once upon a time, ships of war were made out of wood. Lumber was no match for cannonballs and explosive devices. Lumber broke easy, burned, and sent deadly splinters in all directions. During the American Civil War, two ships covered with iron, called ironclads, were built. They would meet and battled it out. Today we have the story of the Battle of Hampton Roads
These days, everyone is having their sex changed. Bruce becoming Caitlyn wasn’t that big of a deal, but back in the early 1950:s, things were different. So different, in fact, that it would require a trip to Denmark for a man to become a woman.
Christine Jorgensen was a person who was born a man and was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Today I have her story!
Imagine an old man who does a podcast. He decides to travel down memory lane and talk about the toys of his youth. Will the younger listeners roll their eyes and listen to something else?
On today’s show I am going to talk about three toys that were incredibly popular in my day; Ouija Boards, Lego and Mr. Potato Head. I am sure that anyone over the age of 40 has played with some or all of these at one time or another.
So, I wish happy holidays and happy New Year to all. I hope all your dreams come true.
Once upon a time, an elderly woman with one leg was minding her own business when a group of people bust into the shack she called a home and accused her of being a witch!
She is stripped of her clothes and forced to go without sleep for days. This is the first horrible action of Matthew Hopkins, the man known as the Witchfinder General, on the 140th episode of Sunday Morning Coffee with Jeff.
A struggling family business came up with a new product, a brushless shaving cream, hoping to turn things around. Still they were on the verge of failure. Then a new marketing gimmick turns things around and gave millions of drivers something to read. Today I have the story of Bruma Shave!
And, as a added bonus, the story of the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO)
An insurance salesman goes out on a call from a mysterious man to a location that doesn’t exist. When get gets home, he finds his wife brutally murdered. After a police investigation, he is charged with the crime, found guilty and sentenced to death. Today we have the story of the gruesome murder of Julia Wallace.
She was only 14. Her mother was one of the biggest stars on Hollywood. One night she grabbed a sharp knife from the kitchen, ran upstairs, coming face to face with mom’s abusive boyfriend. Today we have the story a Lana Turner, her daughter, a gangster, and a future James Bond!