The Latin root word medi means “middle.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including medieval, mediocre, and media. This Latin root word medi is easily recalled through the word medium, for a “medium” temperature is right in the “middle” of being hot and cold.

Pamona Zine Fest 2018

We tabled at Pamona Zine Fest which was held at the legendary Glass House music venue in quaint Pamona. We’ve seen the Drums here many times!

PAMONA ZINE FEST: Count Basie: 'Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings'

I took two new prints to the Pamona Zine Fest. One a poster of the Count Basie Concert 1957 Tour of England programme which I was very excited to discover online. And a print of Joe Williams and his relevant words:

Show the world, show them how to get along
Peace will enter when hate is gone
Unless man put an end to this damnable sin
Hate will put the world in a flame, what a shame

Now read this beautiful slice of NPR FM

August 1, 2001 1:47 AM ET


MURRAY HORWITZ, American Film Institute: The worst part of doing the NPR Basic Jazz Record Library is having to fade out music like that. Hi, I'm Murray Horwitz, and that's one of the greatest ensembles in all of jazz — The Count Basie Orchestra of the 1950s. It accounts for half of the title of our latest entry into the NPR Basic Jazz Record Library, Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings. Here's the other half:


HORWITZ: So, here's the famous story. As the 1950s began, Count Basie was leading a septet. Economics had forced him to give up his renowned big band. A young singer in Chicago sat in with the septet, and sang a whole lot of blues. Basie remembered, and when he got his new big band together, he gave that singer a job, and got one of his first big hit records in years, "Everyday I Have the Blues."


HORWITZ: There was a very close and wonderful relationship between Count Basie and Joe Williams — in fact, generally among all these musicians. And what musicians they were: trumpeters like Thad Jones and Joe Newman; saxophonists like Frank Wess, Marshall Royal, and Frank Foster; trombonists like Benny Powell; rhythm players like Freddie Green and Sonny Payne. It's a legitimate contender for the greatest big band of all time.

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HORWITZ: It's called Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings, and it's on the Verve label. The Basic Jazz Record Library is supported by NPR member stations and by the National Endowment for the Arts. For NPR Jazz, I'm Murray Horwitz.


Lawyers in Love

Ralph Ehrenpreis’ office and the LA Security Storage where I was looking through 1980s Hollywood Foreign Press files.

Slinky sleeps #3

California Science Center: Space Shuttle Endeavor

with Mark Wolfire

Mark Wolfire's primary research interests are in galactic and extragalactic photodissociation regions (PDRs). PDRs are molecular or atomic (neutral) gas in which far-ultraviolet radiation plays a role in the chemistry and or heating. These can be atomic/molecular interfaces near regions of star formation or diffuse interstellar clouds illuminated by the average interstellar radiation field. Most of the atomic neutral gas in the Galaxy resides in PDRs and most of the IR line and continuum emission arises in PDR gas. Wolfire calculates the thermal balance and chemical equilibrium of the warm atomic/molecular layers and predicts the various infrared and submillimeter lines which can be used as diagnostics of the gas physical conditions and incident radiation field. The models have been used extensively by KAO, ISO and Herschel observers, and will be of great value to future ground and space missions including ALMA, SOFIA, and JWST. Models and diagnostic contour plots are available through a WEB tool ( 

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Yes, we are RELATED

OUTFEST: Studio 54

Outfest opening night gala and screening of new documentary STUDIO 54! I was very happy to see Russell Brand and Aretha Franklin hanging out in the bar, and not so happy to find little, if any, Andy Warhol in the Studio 54 documentary.

Tab Hunter

I'm so sad to hear that 1950's Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter has died. Tab was one of the first to live his truth as a gay man in Hollywood... "I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be."
Tab told us about how excited he was when John Waters called him and asked him to play Todd Tomorrow in Polyester. He thought Waters was so talented and eccentric and said that Divine was one of his favorite leading ladies, up there with Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Sophia Loren!