Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There is always something new, different and/or strange going on at the American Treasure Tour. Of course, the disadvantage of that is there is never enough time to talk about everything during the ninety minute or two hour tours we offer, which is part of the fun of running the blog for us. We get to explore parts of the collection in greater depth here.  

Today, Elvis is going to make an appearance.  A few months ago, a number of movie posters showed up, including one for his 1967 film Easy Come, Easy Go costarring Pat Priest.  (Priest is likely better known for being the second actress to play Marilyn Munster in the black-and-white sitcom The Munsters).  This was Elvis' twenty-third film, released less than two weeks before his next, Double Trouble.  Easy Come, Easy Go tells the story of a former U.S. Navy frogman, Ted Jackson, who is a scuba diver by day, lounge singer by night, on the trail of a sunken treasure.  We are not going to spoil the twists and turns of this film about subterfuge, adventure, and romance for you.  Watch it for yourself.  In the meantime, come to the American Treasure Tour and admire the poster!

QUESTION:  Which American President described Elvis as having "permanently changed the face of American popular culture" on news of the King's death?

A)  Richard Nixon
B)  Gerald Ford
C)  Jimmy Carter
D)  Thomas Jefferson

Answer Below

HISTORY ON WHEELS:  There can be no question that one of the most important innovators in the automotive industry was Henry Ford.  His Model T impacted virtually ever American alive between 1908 and 1927.  But his innovations continued.  During World War II, the U.S. government restricted civilian access to metals that were required for the war effort, and Henry Ford offered an alternative.  On this day in 1942, Ford received a patent for his plastic automobile, which was a full 30% lighter than traditional metal cars.  While the plastic car was unquestionably innovative, it didn't prove to be very popular, in part because one of its ingredients was hemp, which had been outlawed in 1937.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN BIRTHDAYS:  Actor Richard Moll turns 72 today.  The 6'8" tall actor from Pasadena, California endeared himself to Americans during his run on the popular situation comedy Night Court, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992.  He played bailiff Bull Shannon on the show, taking advantage of his height for mostly comic effect.  Although much less active after the cancellation of Night Court, Moll can still be seen - and heard - in different shows and videogames.  Of course, he's a tough one to miss....

QUOTE:  Death is just nature's way of telling you, "Hey, you're not alive anymore."  - Richard Moll

Answer:  Jimmy Carter, the current president at the time of Elvis' death in 1977.