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More of the corrective wisdom of Dunder-Mifflin’s self-appointed second-in-command at Runt of the Web’s “Dwight Schrute Knows Best.”  (So this is what became of the humor of Stephen Wright…)

[Thanks, EWW]


As we get literal, we might recall that it was on this date in 1974 that the Ramones played their first gig at CBGB… and Punk was born.  The band became a fixture at the club– with sets that averaged 17 minutes– and soon landed a recording deal.  While only one of their albums went Gold (the compilation Ramones Mania), the group was hugely influential.  As the years have passed they’ve been recognized as one of Rolling Stone‘s 50 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin (trailing only The Beatles), and this year received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Legs McNeil (who was sufficiently moved that he co-founded Punk magazine the following year) recalled that CBGB premiere: “They were all wearing these black leather jackets. And they counted off this song…and it was just this wall of noise…. They looked so striking. These guys were not hippies. This was something completely new.”


The Ramones at the scene of the crime (source)

“Judy is a Punk,” from the first CBGB appearance, 1974

Major Tom to Ground Control…

Today’s the day that enthusiast Steve Eves will launch the largest model rocket ever constructed, a 1:10 replica of NASA’a workhorse, the Saturn V (complete with Apollo capsule).  As Rocketry Planet reports:

At Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland, Steve Eves will enter the history books as the person who flew the largest model rocket in history. The rocket will weigh over 1,600 pounds, it will stand over 36 feet tall and it will be powered by a massive array of nine motors: eight 13,000ns N-Class motors and a 77,000ns P-Class motor. The  estimated altitude of this single stage effort will be between 3,000 and 4,000 feet and the project will be recovered at apogee.

As we start the countdown, we might recall that on this date thirty years ago (on April 25, 1979), Alan Arkush’s epic Rock and Roll High School premiered, replete with Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, P.J. Soles, and The Ramones…  Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

Source: IMDB

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April 25, 2009 at 1:01 am

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