Category Archives: 50s

Ava Gardner Forever

No words. Set the Time Machine for 1950. Cast me as Burt Lancaster.

The Year Of The Crow

My grandmother traveled by ship from Ireland to Boston at the age of 14. Once on a visit up to Maine someone asked what was the year of her arrival and Nana responded, “The Year of the Crow.” None of us knew what she meant by that. My mother hazarded a guess. “It refers to […]

Slingshot Dragster 1954

The other day an old nightclub owner was denigrating the influence of Islamic thought to civilization. “They really created nothing.” “What you mean nothing?” I didn’t mention that algebra succinctly meant ‘reunion of broken parts’ in Arabic. “No rockets, no telephones, no TVs.” “That’s all crap.” “Crap?” John and I liked to argue. “Yes, plus […]

Fight Scene in GIANT

James Dean fought Rock Hudson in the epic Texan film GIANT. Dean’s character Jett Rink comes out on top in the first encounter after Hudson’s Bick lowers his guard. A second fight doesn’t come off as Jett passes out in a wine cellar dead drunk. “You’re not even worth hitting. … You’re all through.” Bick […]

A HERO FOR THE OPEN ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

My father loved road trips. The Westbrook native would load our family in the station wagon and drive from the coast of Maine to distant destinations throughout New England. He bestowed his wanderlust to his second son and as a young man I took to the road on a motorcycle in emulation of biker heros […]