Mindset List of the Obscure: 74 Famously Forgotten Icons by Tom McBride, Ron Nief

By Tom McBride, Ron Nief

An unique journey via popular culture, for the "old fogeys" and "kids those days"

Today's youngsters and twentysomethings have by no means noticeable a true plane price tag. To them, point-and-shoot cameras are so final millennium and "Star Wars" is a film, now not a security technique. the realm perspectives of today's old and young have by no means been extra different.

In this pleasing romp via American tradition, the creators of the Beloit collage attitude checklist discover seventy five icons once-famous and now forgotten—from Abbott and Costello to the making a song telegram. full of exciting evidence, minutiae, and pictures, this is often the precise present for college kids, their oh-so-outdated mom and dad, and pa tradition experts nostalgic for days passed by.

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His song leader even told members of the congregation how to muffle their sneezes in order to be silent for the Lord. indd 44 7/2/14 4:05 PM The Mindset List of the Obscure This was typical of Billy Sunday’s attitude. His goal was not to prop up churches as organizations—­his goal was to save individual souls, in church and out. Sunday’s celebrity status led to friendships with presidents and movie stars. As conservative preachers go, he was considered progressive. He was indispensably influential in getting Prohibition approved, and in 1917, he supported the United States going to war against Germany—­but unlike a lot of fundamentalist Protestants, he was not prejudiced against Catholics or Unitarians.

You simply mixed alcohol (preferably grain alcohol rather than the more dangerous denatured version) and water in equal parts. Then you placed the mixture within the large bottle. indd 29 7/2/14 4:05 PM Tom McBride and Ron Nief by twice to shake the mixture with some vigor. Then pass the mixture through a strainer and, if you dare, drink, for you have gin! (That said, readers, don’t try this at home! ) Few ever said that stuff like bathtub gin was the best quality—­in fact, it was infamous for its awful taste and possible toxicity—­ but thanks to the federal government, you had to take what you could find.

Above all, the availability of radio and movies made a “night out at the tent revival” a less appealing proposition, and Sunday’s audiences dwindled. His influence continued to wane over time. He had banked a lot of his prestige on Prohibition, but it became known as a failed experiment. The nation was becoming more urban and well educated; the old rural fundamentalism was starting to die. Sunday was an ardent “rugged individual” Republican, but by 1930, that idea had become discredited by the Depression.

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