Episode #72 -- John Huston Tuesday, August 28, 2007.

Twenty years ago today, actor and director John Huston died at the age of 81.  I talk about my first experiences with Huston's work -- both as actor and director -- and how I became a movie buff through two college courses.

Today's episode music is "Entranced," by  Blake Emrys.  I found it -- like all the music used on the podcast -- at PodSafe Audio.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

At the end of the show, there's a promo for the Truth Seekers podcast, produced by 20YearsAgo fan and supporter Dani Cutler.


Direct download: 20yearsago_72_082807.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:08am EDT
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Episode #71 -- Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary For May 24, 2007. 

Twenty years ago today marked the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  An event that day when the bridge was closed to cars and open for pedestrians drew nearly three quarters of a million people -- a much bigger crowd than had been planned on!  The picture at the right, taken by John O'Hara of the San Francisco Chronicle has become the iconic image of that day.  I talk about the 50th anniversary event, as well as my own fascination with the bridge and its life and times.

Today's episode music is from "Sunlit Harbour," by Torchomatic.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




Direct download: 20yearsago_71_082707_052407.mp3
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Episode #70 -- William Casey For May 6, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, former CIA director William Casey died.  I take a look at his life, with a particular focus on several of the conspiracies which he was reportedly a part of -- from Iran/Contra to the New World Order.

Today's episode music is from "The Edge of Illusion," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.
Direct download: 20yearsago_70_082607_050607.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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Episode #69 -- Dow Jones Industrial Average Saturday, August 25, 2007.  After an extended summer break, we're back with new episodes.  Over the next several weeks, episodes reflecting the current date will be interspersed with ones written for May through early August.  There were a number of interesting and important events that happened in the summer of 1987 that I don't want to leave out!

For our first new show back, I take a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which reached a record high twenty years ago today.  One of many stock indexes invented by Wall Street Journal cofounder Charles Dow (pictured at right), it has become the principal shorthand financial report for every major news show in the country.  I also describe the atmosphere on Wall Street in the summer of 1987.

Today's episode music is "Space Melody," by Victor Stellar.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.

Direct download: 20yearsago_69_082507.mp3
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Episode #68 -- Danielle Steel Originally written and recorded for April 22, 2007.  Twenty years ago, one of the biggest selling authors was romance novelist Danielle Steel.  I offer a min-biography of Ms Steel, and share my own experience of trying to write a romance novel, which as it happens was also almost exactly twenty years ago.

Today's episode music is from "Romantic II," by Victor Stellar.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_68_061407_042207.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:37am EDT
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Episode #67 -- Saragosa Tornado Tuesday, May 22, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the tiny community of Saragosa was destroyed by a tornado.  I talk about that tornado, a little about tornadoes in general, and my own -- thankfully very limited -- experience of natural disasters.

Today's episode music is from "Muertos," by Gringo Motel.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_67_052207.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:36am EDT
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Episode #66 -- Coventry City Wins FA Cup Wednesday, May 16, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, Coventry City won the FA Cup in a 3-2 extra time match against Tottenham Hotspur.  I talk a little about that special day, and the story of how I became a soccer fan.

My favorite football teams all have websites too:  Portland Timbers, Fulham, and Cardiff City.

Today's episode music is from "Purple Flipflops," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_66_051607.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02am EDT
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Episode #65 -- Square One TV Originally written and recorded for January 26, 2007.  Twenty years ago, "Square One TV" made its debut on PBS.  This show was intended to help grade school kids learn math, but many adults -- myself included -- found it very entertaining as well.

Among other fan sites on the Internet, one of the biggest is Square One TV.org.  There's a Livejournal community for Square One TV, also.

Today's episode music is from "6 Is Lucky," by Hayfield.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




Direct download: 20yearsago_65_051507_012607.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Episode #64 -- C-SPAN 2 Originally written and recorded for January 5, 2007.  Twenty years ago, C-SPAN 2 began broadcasting coverage of the United States Senate and other events on a 24/7 basis.  I take a look at some of the history of the C-SPAN channels, the reasons I like watching them, and a few interesting statistics about the channels and their viewers.

Today's episode music is from "The Edge of Illusion," by DJ Topshelf.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_64_051407_010507.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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Sunday, May 13, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, Connecticut ratified a measure that would become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.  I recount the fascinating history of this law, which was originally proposed over 200 years ago, and the strange turns of history around it before (and since) it became law.

Today's episode music is "Terraform," by Aged Machine.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_63_051307.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EDT
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