Friday, November 28, 2008

The Legend of the Christmas Frog

An article from the Xenia Gazette/Greene County Dailies told me about "The Legend of the Christmas Frog" by Nancy Mellon, an artist from Yellow Springs. It seems quite a charming tale (which is saying a lot after my Pixar infused Thanksgiving) and I'll be keeping my eyes open for it. In fact, Nancy's story would likely make an excellent big-screen cousin to "Ratatouille". Nancy, get a lawyer, an agent, and give Pixar a call!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We'll be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will be back to our normal schedule on Friday. [Mon-Sat, Noon-8:00 pm]

We've got a great selection of used books for gift giving and holiday planning (dinners, decorating, entertaining). Our cooking section has older books that probably can't be found elsewhere around town, holding the secrets to fondly remembered holiday treats that no one seems to make anymore. Come take a look this weekend.

I recently found some Spanish language funny comics including this unusual item. Fortunately, the only turkey monster we'll be dealing with is the urge to take a nap after dinner.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

This weekend there's a lot of Holiday and Seasonal goings-on in Downtown Dayton:

  • 4:00 pm - The Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off on Courthouse Square with choirs, crafts, and games leading up to...
  • 8:00 pm - The Grande Illumination! The lighting of Dayton's 60' tree and other decorations at Courthouse Square, when...
  • 8:0? pm - The Dayton Children's Parade will make the rounds right after the lighting of the tree! That's right, a night-time parade with lighted floats and the arrival of Santa Claus himself!
  • 11:00 am-6:30 pm - Skate the 'Scape! Ice skating returns to RiverScape. $5.00 rink admission includes skate rental. Hot cocoa and other food and refreshments available at the "Flying Dog" food pavillion. And if you don't skate it costs nothing to sit, watch, and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • 6:55 pm & 8:30 pm - Music & Laser shows!
  • 7:00 pm-10:00 pm - Starlight Skate for romantics and night owls.
Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


BonK!: "Name the Holiday Characters Quiz"

There's a little fun to be had over on my personal blog. Test your wits (or your Google & Wikipedia skills).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive Now Hosted by Google

We've always enjoyed LIFE magazines. Unfortunately, the issues people always seem to want (WWII era, Kennedy, Monroe, NASA) are not readily available. With that said, I'm pleased to announce that LIFE's vast and amazing photo archive is now just a few clicks away and easily searchable, thanks to Google. LIFE stopped publishing monthly issues in April, 2007.

Search for Dayton, OH to find plenty of images from Wright Patterson AFB and more. My favorites, from 1969 featuring "Blood Strip", are of an intersection that was once home to a traffic light, said to be the only one in a 180-mile stretch of highway between Louisville and Detroit. I don't know exactly where "Blood Strip" was located, but I remember a traffic light at I-75 and Little York Road when I was little. I also remember that our mother strongly disliked that intersection. These photos do not appear, to me, to be that intersection.

This site is going to be my favorite time-waster for some time to come. I'd love to hear about the images you find interesting. Please comment and send links! :-)

The color shot is my photo from Courthouse Square (7/8/07) of artist J. Seward Johnson's depiction of Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous kiss on VJ Day (8/14/45) in Times Square.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Buddha Den: WWSU Puts Out Call for Locals

WWSU 106.9 FM, Wright State University's radio station is looking for submissions from local musicians.

We're big fans of 2WSU from way back in the early 80's. They played great stuff that couldn't be heard on the air anywhere else in Dayton at that time. Ahh, the good old days.*

Back to the point...

If you're a local musician who would like a little airtime and exposure (aside from MySpace, or whatever), check out the link below, or just drop your stuff off at Gem City Records.

The Buddha Den: WWSU Puts Out Call for Locals:
"Would you like more people to know how awesome your band is? Here's a start..."

*My Geezer alarm just told me I've reached my 'fogey' quotient for the day.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008

A look at 1988 from November 1938

I was going through some of my old-magazine scans and this caught my eye... It's the back cover of the Nov. 1938 issue of Amazing Stories. After a bit, I realized that it is now November, 2008. "Amazing Stories" was looking ahead 50 years, and here we are 20 years beyond their prediction. Seventy years ago the future of flight looked like this:

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It just so happens that 2009 will be the 70th Anniversary of Bonnett's Book Store. A lot has changed since 1939, a lot has stayed the same, while some things have gone around and come back again. All that history is too much to cover here and now but I'm sure bits and pieces will find their way into the blog eventually. Stay tuned! :-)