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Rock the Vote

Today’s Post is guest-written by Kristi Moore, a volunteer helping to process and organize collections in the Recorded Sound Section. Eighteen years before, MTV’s “Rock the Vote” targeted potential young Americans in their campaign to increase political involvement, the record industry took the initiative to help register young voters, using the famous names and faces […]

Silent Cal, Not So Silent

It’s ironic that Calvin Coolidge—30th President of the United States and a man so famously taciturn his nickname was Silent Cal—was also the first President to make wide use of mass communication. His December 1923 State of the Union address was the first time any President had appeared on radio and his March 1925 inauguration […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 3-5, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 3 (7:30 p.m.) Highlights from The Johnny Cash Show (ABC, 1969-1971) After the great success of his two live prison albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, the ABC television network approached country music icon Johnny Cash to host […]

Photo Blog #11: The Kids Are Unknown

We look at some unidentified young people in this, the 11th, of our mystery photo series.  We welcome your suggestions/answers as to these kids’ names in the “Comments” section below.  As always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase them in size.  Also as always, as each photo is “solved,” we’ll update this […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 27-29, 2016)

 The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, October 27 (7:30 p.m.) The Bad Seed (Warner Bros., 1956) Young Patty McCormack was Oscar nominated for her portrayal of Rhoda, a seemingly perfect grade schooler until she turns vicious when things don’t go her way. Mervyn LeRoy directed this adaptation […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 21-22, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Friday, October 21 (7:30 p.m.) Pioneers of African American Cinema To commemorate the recent release of Pioneers of African-American Cinema, a 5-Disc Blu-ray and DVD set by KinoLorber and the Library of Congress, the newly-restored digital restoration of Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our […]