Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible.
They’ll believe anything they see in print.

Hearts of Age

Orson Welles uses black face in a 1935 student film. What is the world coming to?

Hoax with a Smile

Alan Abel was an accomplished drummer, but he marched to his own beat. I met him in the 90s while playing in the Westport Community Band. What a long, strange trip it has been.

Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce

In the world of Mad Men, the day that Sonny Liston fought Muhammad Ali was a day for putting ideas on the canvas and taking punches. Peggy Olson proved she was a hard case as she sparred with her boss over a Samsonite campaign on her birthday.

A Modest Proposal

There are more children born in Roman Catholick countries about nine months after Lent, than at any other season; therefore, reckoning a year after Lent, the markets will be more glutted than usual, because the number of Popish infants, is at least three to one in this kingdom, and therefore it will have one other collateral advantage, by lessening the number of Papists among us.

A Fine Messier Mess

On April 10, 2019, scientists unveiled an image of Messier 87, a supergiant elliptical galaxy in the constellation Virgo.