Author Jeffrey Toobin describes the 1974 kidnapping and its aftermath in a new book, “American Heiress.” Terry Gross interviews Toobin on the Fresh Air podcast:
Hearst was eventually captured by the FBI, convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to seven years in federal prison. She served 22 months before President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence. Later, President Bill Clinton pardoned her.
Toobin calls the presidential actions on Hearst’s behalf an example of “wealth and privilege in action.”
“The fact that she got these two presidential gestures of forgiveness is the purest example of privilege on display that frankly I have ever seen in the criminal justice system,” Toobin says.
Kid looks like I did when I was that age, but I was never that cool.
Kenner’s SSP Smash-Up Derby Set comes with everything you see rah cheer.
The dog gets billing with Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason. That there is the sign of fine cinema.
In 1979, the Ku Klux Klan murdered members of the American Communist Workers Party at a rally in a North Carolina small town. Police looked the other way.
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In 1979, a group of labor organizers protested outside a Ku Klux Klan screening of the 1915 white supremacist film, The Birth of a Nation. Nelson Johnson and Signe Waller-Foxworth remember shouting at armed Klansmen and burning a confederate flag, until eventually police forced the KKK inside and the standoff ended without violence. The labor organizers felt they’d won a small victory, and planned a much bigger anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. They advertised with the slogan: “Death to the Klan” and set the date for November 3rd, 1979.
As protestors assembled, a caravan of nine cars appeared, and a man in a pick-up truck yelled: “You asked for the Klan! Now you’ve got them!” Thirty-nine shots were fired in eighty-eight seconds, and five protestors were killed. The city of Greensboro is still grappling with the complicated legacy of that day.
Kind of sweary for kids.
Surprisingly, not “with a trowel.”
More words and photos: 1975: KISS and makeup
More photos here: 1979-80 Venice Beach skaters. I selected this photo not because it’s the best one, but because it’s the only one that isn’t R-rated. Heh.
Opening credits for the 70s kiddie show “Ark II,” about a high-tech RV that roams the Earth bringing science to the natives after an environmental apocalypse.
The crew of the vehicle includes a chimp. Because chimps are cool.
Mentioned on a recent Back To Work podcast.
Cast includes Adam West, Burt Ward, William Schallert, Charlie Callas, and Ruth Buzzi, narrated by Gary Owen. So you know that’s some good TV.
More fantastic 70s fashions and pop culture where this came from at Plaid Stallions