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Gott Nytt År!

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God Jul till alla läsare!

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Ovan önskar skådespelerskan Ann Miller oss alla en riktigt God Jul ända från 40-talet.

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Kennedy Omega

Omega citerar John F. Kennedys ”We choose to go to the moon” i sin reklam för deras Speedmaster (”The first and only watch worn on the moon”).

På bloggen The Pop History Dig har man skrivit om marknadsföringen kring klockan:

The image and words of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, were used in a 2009 advertising campaign to sell Omega Speedmaster watches.  JFK’s image is there, big as life, as seen in the sample magazine ad copy at right that ran in the August and September 2009 editions of Wired magazine, among others. […] The magazine and TV spots were created around the 40th anniversary of the American landing on the Moon and the Apollo space program that Kennedy initiated.

Still, in the Omega ads, Kennedy is the all-important center of attention. No, he doesn’t endorse the product; doesn’t say anything remotely connected to a watch, although a watch is clearly shown. Kennedy’s presence in the ad, however, is quite enough. It’s an endorsement by association, which is obviously what Omega intended. In fact, the company says as much in an April 2009 press release: “Omega is basing a worldwide campaign for its iconic Speedmaster chronograph watches around a photograph of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.”

Längst ner i vänstra hörnet av annonsen står ”Learn more by visiting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at http://www.jfklibrary.org”

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1964 | Efter mordet på John F. Kennedy publicerade DC Comics ett avsnitt där hjälten sprider kunskap om presidentens ”physical fitness program”.

Superman och JFK

Avsnittet var tänkt för nummer 168 men drogs in på grund av mordet på Kennedy i november 1963.

Superman och JFK 2

Det var först 1964 på president Lyndon B. Johnsons uppmaning som avsnittet publicerades i Superman nummer 170.

Läs mer: På The Comics Round Table, modernmythmuseum.com, Silver Age Comics och ken-canedo.blogspot.se kan man läsa mer om Superman och hans polare JFK.

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Scarfes bar London

Även Jeremy Corbyn är välkommen till Scarfes Bar i London.

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VETENSKAP | Alla har en liten ”nerd” inom sig. President Barack Obama samlar t.ex. serietidningar med Spindelmannen och Conan.

Popular Science mars-april 2016

Detta åtminstone enligt en lista som Jon Swaine på The Telegraph samanställde 2008 över mindre kända fakta och kuriositeter kring Obama.

I en stor intervju i Popular Science om Obama-administrationens politik kring vetenskaps- och forskningsfrågor under dessa två mandatperioder kunde Cliff Ransom inte låta bli att också ställa en fråga om presidentens nördighet.

PS: Do you consider yourself a nerd and, if so, what’s your nerdiest pastime?

BO: Well, my administration did write a pretty detailed response to a petition, explaining why we wouldn’t build a real-life Death Star, so I’d like to think I have at least a little nerd credibility built up.

What’s remarkable is the way ”nerd” is such a badge of honor now. Growing up, I’m sure I wasn’t the only kid who read Spider-Man comics and learned how to do the Vulcan salute, but it wasn’t like it is today. I get the sense that today’s young people are proud to be smart and curious, to design new things, and tackle big problems in unexpected ways. I think America’s a nerdier country than it was when I was a kid—and that’s a good thing!

Tidskriftsomslag: Popular Science, mars-april 2016.

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När Barack Obamas skulle ta med sin blivande fru Michelle på deras första ”official date” blev det ett biobesök där de såg Spike Lees Do the Right Thing.

När Will Leitch 2012 intervjuade regissören för tidskriften New York avlöpte samtalet på följande sätt:

Are you more careful about what you say now than when you were younger?
I think I am smarter—I feel I am confrontational when I have to be, but it is not something that I live, breathe, sleep, and eat. There are just some things since I have been a filmmaker that I have made a comment on, and when you stick your neck out there, you got to let the chips fall where they may, and every time is not going to be perceived the right way. You are going to be misquoted, misjudged, or whatever, but this started early. Joe Klein said Do the Right Thing was going to incite riots.

In New York Magazine, actually.

Your man did me, you know. Like, this is going to hurt David Dinkins’s bid to be the first African-American mayor. I remember this one line: Opening this weekend, “in not too many theaters near you, one hopes.” So it is not new.

And now the president says it’s the film he took his wife to on their first date.

Yeah, I’d say Joe Klein maybe had that wrong.

It must be pretty amazing that Obama took Michelle to Do the Right Thing.

When he was sizing Michelle up, this fine woman, he said, “How am I going to impress her?” I always kid him, good thing he didn’t choose motherfucking Driving Miss Daisy or she would have dumped his ass right there.

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