· Mar 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm
DJ QBert, born Richard Quitevis, is widely regarded as the most highly skilled skratching dj that has walked this planet. His long-standing career of innovating the DJ culture has set off a worldwide generation of DJs who are now regarded as musicians and not just DJs that play records, from A-Trak to Craze to C2C to Z-Trip; they would testify to DJ QBert’s influence in their sound and successful careers.
Real spinning, real scratching, not just “playing records.”
· Mar 9, 2015 at 9:53 am
R.J. Reynolds eventually ended the Joe Camel campaign in 1997, but not without a fight. They challenged the accusations of insidious marketing in a legal battle before the pressure got too strong and forced them to settle out of court and pull the plug. The reason the company risked bad press for such a long time was simple: Joe was incredibly popular. Sadly, even some people of legal smoking age wanted this cartoon camel to be their friend.
Take these letters addressed to Joe Camel, for example. They are part of the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, which was established to “house and maintain tobacco industry internal corporate documents produced during litigation between 46 U.S. States and the seven major tobacco industry organizations.” Many of the people writing to Joe were members of his V.I.P. club, a program where you could earn “C-notes” or “Camel Cash” that could go towards Camel merchandise. V.I.P. members often received letters back from the cartoon camel, usually signed “Stay Smooth, Joe.”
Joe Camel was a huge part of my life after my parents divorced. My dad’s house was full of his merchandise, catalogs, c-notes, etc. We fell hook, line, and sinker for the marketing. It was something we bonded over.
· Mar 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm
AMC’s Freakshow follows Todd Ray’s quirky family business, the Venice Beach Freakshow. Spectators gather to see truly unique people, specimens and creatures. Normal is relative.
M. and I just watched 6 episodes. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.