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When rotary phones were first introduced people had a tough time figuring out how to use them. Sounds funny but imagine showing a rotary phone to a teenager today and see how long it would take them to figure it out!
While the Vietnam War was raging, the U.S. military was coaching aspiring officers on “How to Succeed with Brunettes.” Imagine a Pentagon version of “Mad Men” without the sex.
It’s part of a stash of 2,700 films and videos received from the Pentagon’s Defense Visual Information Center and opens an entertaining, at times intentionally tongue-in-cheek, look at America in the mid-1960s.
For three years, little Cameron Mott’s life was a nightmarish succession of violent seizures that consumed her days and threatened her life. Finally, doctors told her parents there was a way to stop them: All they had to do was remove half of Cameron’s brain.
It was not a diagnosis a parent wants to hear. And going through with the operation was not an easy decision. But the alternative was a steady deterioration of the right half of Cameron’s brain — and her whole life.
Filmmaker George Carey went a long way from home looking for the son of God. Siberian outpost of Minusinsk is the town where the new messiah came from. As Lenin’s dream was blown away in Berlin a new religion was starting in Siberia led by a young man who’d once been a cop. He said he was Christ reborn and people believed him.
George is heading for his remote hideaway in Siberia to find out just who this man is and why thousands of people have given up everything to follow him. It was the idea that Christ was a cop that first intrigued him. Anyway, one bright August day he found himself waiting at a railway station in Siberia for someone to show him the way.
This is National Lampoon’s 1972 parody of “The Desiderata of Happiness,” an early 20th century poem about how to live happily in the world which became a pop cultural icon in the form of a poster which hung ubiquitously throughout homes, churches and businesses during the 60s and 70s. If you ever saw the poster as a child you will love this hilarious twist on the message.
Burt Goldman – accomplished author, photographer and musician – is not your typical 84-year-old by any means. His secret? Quantum Jumping.
Otherwise known as an advanced meditation and visualization technique that allows you to tap into the power of your subconscious mind and step into a new reality… or even another Universe.
Yes, we agree, this does sound a little far-flung. But when you hear how it’s transformed his life (at such a late age), and unearthed skills of people all over the world, you can’t help but be blown away but it’s power.
Recorded in Chicago on NBC in 1971 with Carole Simpson interviewing the Becker family about their haunted home. The blown-out transfer quality only adds to the eeriness of this groundbreaking moment in television. A reverend performs an exorcism in aid of a Chicago couple plagued by voices and moving objects.