Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 24.01.2012

Later this evening, the President will give his annual State of the Union address. On such an important day, it would be remiss of me not to share one of the greatest State of the Union speeches of all time ... the one given, twelve presidents ago, by Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6th, 1941. If you want the full text of the speech, go here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrwv4cW53dk
Historical Events, Notable People & Places, The Best Of / 19.01.2012

File this one away in the historic candids section. On May 30th, 1922 and at the advanced age of 78, Robert Todd Lincoln is seen arriving at the dedication of the memorial to his father Abraham Lincoln. While any son would be overshadowed by the accomplishments of a father like President Lincoln, Robert was far from lacking accomplishment. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom between 1889 and 1893, the Secretary of War under Presidents James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, as well as the chairman and president of the Pullman Railroad Company. This was the last public appearance he made as Robert was living out his final years in his home at 3014 N St. NW (coincidentally, also the former home of The Washington Post's Ben Bradlee).
Notable People & Places, Old Ads & Classifieds / 19.01.2012

This is a gem that I found in the January 5th, 1952 Washington Post. Esther Williams was a big deal in the 1950s as kind of  a Jennifer Aniston. She was a former synchronized swimmer and star of the silver screen, working with contemporaries like Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford and Lucille Ball. Esther was an A-list celebrity, so having her on our local radio station, WTOP, was big. With Van Johnson, they recreated -- in audio -- their musical romantic comedy, Duchess of Idaho. The movie trailer is amusing. It's so different than the ones we see today.
Notable People & Places / 16.01.2012

This one's a good one from YouTube and it's a little more contemporary, but given the artist in the video, I find this significant and musically historical. Stevie Ray Vaughan himself, was live in the nation's capital on December 27th, 1983. The venue was a place called the Wax Museum at 4th and E St. NW. Side note ... he made his D.C. debut at the legendary Bayou on K St. in Georgetown. I'll find some good posts on that place since it witnessed some pretty big acts (before they were big). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYZxZ8N3vUk Were you at this show ... or know someone that was? Add a comment below and tell us about it.
Notable People & Places / 13.01.2012

The description below is cut straight from YouTube. This is a home movie from Lady Bird Johnson during the 1960s. The LBJ Library has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to these, so check them out. They're also on Twitter and Facebook. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drgeG39hpro The footage is outside and the film is silent. The film starts with Lady Bird Johnson and others posing in front of a house somewhere in Virginia? There are views of the house and unidentified women and a man posing and then unidentified people sitting/eating at tables.
Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 13.01.2012

I really wanted to start by skewing these posts towards more anonymous D.C. residents, but I keep coming across gold on YouTube like this. I promise to return to more posts on hidden and lost Washington, but you have to watch this. Look how defensive President Nixon is at the end as he folds his arms. Wow. I'm sure many of you reading this remember these dark days, which really redefined the American Presidency. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh163n1lJ4M
Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 11.01.2012

One of the most powerful and important inaugural addresses of all time, this is something worth watching in its entirety. The whole speech is below if you'd like to read it. This is a truly amazing and powerful speech. If you want to skip to the famous quote, start watching at 13:45. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEC1C4p0k3E The full text of the speech is below if you'd like to read along.
Notable People & Places / 08.01.2012

Wow, this one is gold. Jimi Hendrix played the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW -- the same one where Hinkley shot Reagan in 1981. That's right, the guitar god himself played to 4,000 fans in the hotel's international ballroom on March 10th, 1968, accompanied by his bandmates, Noel Redding (drums) and Mitch Mitchell (bass). This one might be cooler than the Beatles playing D.C. in 1964, but I don't want to spark a giant musical debate. They're both awesome finds. Check out the photo below of Jimi tearing up the stage.