December 7, 1941, is a historical
too few people remember these days.
Maven would like to honor the veterans and
civilians who contributed to the defense of our country on "the day which will live in infamy" and before and since .
. . and their families. So please check it out and
pass the links on to others who have also served--at home and abroad--and their families.
Charlie Lagostie, Editor
And here is a version
of The Marine Hymn with a translation from the Navaho Code Talkers. Just click on the link.
Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet
|World War II Era Posters
This is part of a run-up to
the Seventieth Anniversary of December 7, 1941. It's not just about
the one day. It's about those we lost, the survivers, their families . . . not to mention our military since and their
Here are just some of our heroes from then and now to enjoy:
Television in the fifties had a lot of different
types of shows. One of most popular was WHAT'S MY LINE? and they had such heroes from Audie Murphy to Chuck Yeager.
It's nice to see them "in person"!
How much history about The Day that Shall Live
in Imfamy do we really know?
|Pearl Harbor History Map
We are adding an excerpt from Jackie Cooper's
autobiogrphy, Please Don't Shoot My Dog, in memory of his recent death as well as his military duty in the Navy during
World War II and then Reserve Officer . . . . Plus in honor of our more recent vets.--Charlie
Please Don't Shoot My Dog by Jackie Cooper (An Excerpt from His Autobiography)
DECEMBER 7, 1941: Then and the Years Since
DECEMBER 7, 1941: The Old Movie Maven Issue
Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet
German Saboterus Invade American 1942
FDR amd World War II Espionage
Maven has also added a first-hand
a United States Army Air Corps' wife . . .
PEARL HARBOR: You Are There
Here are reviews and such by
movies that dealt with the war:
Tora! Tora! Tora!
represents Hollywood's take on
December 7th, the day that embroiled the
United States into World War II:
TORA! TORA! TORA!!
TORA! TORA! TORA! - One Reviewer's Opinion
TORA! TORA! TORA! Bloopers
The Man Who Came to
Dinner was released in January of 1942,
less than two months after
the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor and was a
remedy for the home front:
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
|With Her Peek-a-Boo Bang
Even hair had it's part in the war
Hair Style for Safety WWII:
Hollywood did its part too for our
military to safely enjoy food, drink, entertainment and the company of nice girls - supervised of course!
The Original Stage Door Canteen
Cochran, at the request
of Army General Henry "Hap" Arnold, organized the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) to train civilian women
pilots in anticipation of a shortage of military pilots during the war. The WFTD was merged with Nancy Love’s Women’s
Auxiliary Ferry Squadron (WAFS) to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) with Cochran as director. From 1943 to 1944,
1,074 women trained and flew over 60 million miles, ferrying aircraft, towing targets, and performing other administrative
flying duties. The WASPS were disbanded in 1944, but were given retroactive military status in 1977. Following the war, Cochran
continued to establish speed records into the 1960's. She was the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in 1953
in an F-86 Sabre jet. She was a fourteen-time winner of the Harmon Trophy, awarded to the best female pilot of the year. Cochran
flew the Beech Staggerwing and Lockheed F-104, examples of which are displayed, respectively, in the Golden Age of Flight
and outside the Planetarium. Cochran authored two autobiographies - The Stars at Noon and, with Mary Ann Bucknam Brinley,
|THE MASCOT FOR THE WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS
Jacquelind Cochran and the U.S. Air Force
Jacqueline Cochran and Newspapers
|World War II's WASPS
|Or, Women's Auxilary Service Pilots
LAND ON THE HISTORIC SPOT WHERE THE WASP FLEW
VISIT AVENGER AIR, SWEETWATER AIRPORT!
the runway from the National WASP WWII Museum is AVENGER AIR, a working FBO with a friendly airport manager named JOHN HOWARD.
John is a great guy--with great WASP stories and a knack for fixing broken airplanes. Stop by for a visit--and ask him
to show you the UC-78. Better yet, FLY IN and he'll be glad to show you around.
Avenger Air is right
on the spot where AVENGER FIELD was during WWII. Although the runways have been upgraded, the wind still blows in the same
direction -- and the view hasn't changed a bit.
Effects of World War II
Maven did double duty on one review with two movies:
Above and Beyond (1952) starred
Robert Taylor as Paul Tibbets,
who lead the mission towards victory
bombing of Hiroshima.
Since You Went Away (1944)
was based on Since You Went Away:
Letters to a Soldier from His Wife
by Margaret Buell Wilder.
Wilder also did the adaptation . .
. but then
one has to take the producer David
Selznick into accout:
"One of David O. Selznick's staff members told the producer
about Margaret Buell WIlder's novel; he was
immediately taken with it. However,
Selznick really wanted to make an
epic-sized movie, so he had to do a complete
overhaul of the book to suit those ends. He was
particularly interested in the character of the
daughter, Jane, knowing that it would make a
ABOVE AND BEYOND and SINCE YOU WENT AWAY
|The Son of Frankenstein (1939) with
|Boris Karloff as the Monster and Donnie Duagan as Peter von Frankenstein
Maven was doing some checking and checked
www.imdb.com for Donnie Dunagan, who played Basil Rathbone's son,
Peter, in The Son of Frankenstein (1939).
It has a note about what he's doing
Where Are They Now
(March 2011) San Angelo, TX USA: Retired Maj, USMC,
but Dunagan has kept up a hectic schedule by doing interviews on the ABC morning show "The View," in addition to the British
Broadcasting Corp. in London, Disney Studios, NBC-TV in Chicago and CBS-TV in Houston, among others due to the recent Blu-Ray
release of Bambi. (http://www.imdb.com).
And you can catch an interview with him at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d-yQhRlB-Y
Good going, guy!
Dame Vera Lynn, whose "We'll Meet
Again" meant so much to so
many of her countrymen who fought
in World War II,
is interviewed seventy years aftwards