Beverly Hills (Oct, 1952)

Irving Stone was a prolific and successful novelist who wrote Lust for Life and The Agony and the Ecstasy.

Slim Aarons was known as the “king” of Hollywood photography and described his job as “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” He has nice spread of Marilyn Monroe on pages 8 and 9.

I don’t know much about present day Beverly Hills, but I’m guessing it makes the one described here seem downright quaint and pedestrian. Well, maybe not pedestrian, since no one in town went anywhere on foot even in 1952.

Towards the end of the piece Irving uses the term “option stomach“, which I’d never heard before. According to Google, this article is the only place it’s ever been used, so I guess that makes sense.

Beverly Hills

You’ll be fascinated by this full and intimate story of what it’s like to live in the movie stars’ home town


BEVERLY HILLS is the place where the man with the three-day beard next to you at the delicatessen counter is Robert Taylor; where the rear half of the horse on the stage of the grammar school during a Cub Scout show is Keenan Wynn; where the Cub Scout den meetings have a rule that no food may be served to the boys by butlers; where the daughter of the M-G-M attorney came home from her first day of school crying, “I’m underprivileged: the other kids in my class have four parents and I only have two.”

Radio TELEVISION Electronics (Jan, 1951)

Radio TELEVISION Electronics


A—Speed-photo transceiver aids criminal investigators. Similar to wirephoto machines used by newspapers for sending and receiving pictures, it transmits and receives fingerprints, photographs suspected checks and other investigation matter long distances over the air in a few minutes. The instrument transmits and receives the pictorial material at the rate of one cross-section inch per minute

Primitive vs. Mechanical Music (May, 1929)

Primitive vs. Mechanical Music
STONE age men produced music by tapping a stretched hide. Today we press a button, and presto—music!

The mechanical violin whose mechanism is exposed above is one of the latest advances in the development of mechanical music. Fingering of the violin is done by the M-shaped rod, while the bow is moved by the same mechanism which twists the violin around to present the proper strings to the bow. A perforated roll, shown at the right, controls the machine.

White horsehair is used in making violin bows. Above a worker is sorting horsehair for quality.

MAKING Movie Actors Disappear (Apr, 1939)

MAKING Movie Actors Disappear

AN ACTRESS passes her hand down in front of her body—and her head, shoulders, waist, and feet vanish in succession from the screen. These views show how the disappearing stunt is done, in the recent motion picture “Topper Takes a Trip.” Projecting an individual frame of the film on a screen, Roy Sea-wright, movie magician, painted out a little of Constance Bennett’s figure and rephotographed the frame on a few film. With each of thirty-three succeeding frames, he painted out a bit more. Corresponding sections of the background were printed on the final trick film in perfect register, through masks that covered all but the previously blocked-out portion of every frame.

TOMORROW’S PRODUCTS are in kit-form today-with Heathkit electronics (Aug, 1974)

EXPERTS AGREE The TV of the future is here… in the Heathkit Digital-Design GR-2000 TV

At ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS they said: “The fact is, today’s Heathkit GR-2000 is the color TV the rest of the industry will be making tomorrow .. . there is no Other TV available at any price which incorporates what Heath has built into their latest color TV.”

The FAMILY HANDYMAN reviewer put it this way: “The picture quality of the GR-2000 is flawless, natural tints, excellent definition, and pictures are steady as a rock. It’s better than any this writer has ever seen.”

NOW-GET ALL 3 with Futurized Raytheon TV (Dec, 1951)

I’m pretty sure that Microtherm thing is an external microwave. This is probably not the best medical tool.

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Duncemaster Howard – Professor of Pipe-ology (Oct, 1949)

Episodes of It Pays To Be Ignorant may be listened to or downloaded here

Duncemaster Howard – Professor of Pipe-ology

GOT any questions on your mind today?

Ask Tom Howard, the zany dunce-master on CBS’ radio and television crazy quiz. It Pays To Be Ignorant—he’ll give you any answer . . . except, of course, the right one. But ask him for a light and you may end up with all your pockets full of pipes—complete with built-in lighters.



A discarded set of toy chime wheels and an old airplane toy, if placed at opposite ends of a 3-ft. length of broomstick, will give a small boy many hours of fun playing aviator. It is best to mount the plane at such an angle to the stick that it will be approximately horizontal when the boy gets astride or “rides” the broomstick.—D. A. Butler.

Synthetic Music (Mar, 1963)

Synthetic music is being produced in a German film studio by reversing a familiar process. When artists sing and orchestras play before a microphone, their music is recorded as a wavy black line on the sound track. What would happen if an artist were to draw shapes, imprint them on sound film, and play it back? Technician Oscar Fischinger got startling results. Concentric circles drawn in a strip imitated an electric bell, eye-like spots reproduced a bassoon, and a pattern of clots sounded like a xylophone. Variations in sizes and shapes produced changes in pitch, loudness, and timbre.

Movieland Shipyard (Aug, 1951)

This was MGM’s Lot #3 which now contains condominiums (but alas, no Starbucks). The artificial lake was seen in “Show Boat” (1953) and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1960).  The colonial village mentioned in the text was called “Salem Waterfront” and was seen in “All the Brothers Were Valiant” (1953) and “Plymouth Adventure” (1953)

Movieland Shipyard

HOLLYWOOD, land of anything-can-happen, has a whole ocean full of ships smack in the middle of an MGM lot.

It’s a man-made lake, S-shape, measuring 1,200 feet from the colonial village at one end to the jungle creek at the other. Its fleet includes everything from a Maori lumber barge to an oldtime Mississippi showboat.