RIP George Gallup, Jr. The picture above is from a clip of Gallup filsexplaining the methodology that produces the People’s Choice Awards. But Gallup also had vastly more substantial impacts on his family’s public opinion firm (especially focusing on religion), as detailed in the New York Times‘ obit.
On this day in 1967, “To Sir, With Love” was three days into its five-week run on top of the singles charts.
Lulu’s anthem was the song that defined To Sir, With Love, but the entire soundtrack is great. In the video above, you can hear the opening notes of “Off and Running” before Lulu starts singing. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders’ cover of Lesley Gore’s bubblegum hit was on the soundtrack. The B-side on Lulu’s “To Sir, With Love” single was the now Fontana-less Mindbenders’ “It’s Getting Harder All the Time.”
On 23 September 1952, Richard Nixon made his famous Checkers Speech.
I should say this—that Pat doesn’t have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat. And I always tell her that she’d look good in anything.
One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don’t they’ll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something—a gift—after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was? It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl—Tricia, the 6-year-old—named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.
I’m not sure what I think about Superman’s new get-up. Why does Superman need armor? They promise they’ll tell us, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out. The now-missing red underwear are neither here nor there, I think. I like the collar, sleeves and belt. I think they take Superman from circus strongman to a more martial, Kryptonian look. Which makes sense in a post-Flashpoint world where superheroes are maligned and distrusted. Now let’s see their explanation for the armor…
As of midnight, DC Comics is a different world. Well, 52 different worlds, to be precise. Fans will hotly debate DC’s decision to reboot its whole line at once. It certainly brings some good things (Grant Morrison’s Superman saga is at the front of the line). But it means that Dick Grayson will be going back to being Nightwing. I, for one, enjoyed him as Batman—and the cheery Batman, sociopathic Robin was a nice change of pace. But Bruce is back to being the sole Batman. So long, Dick Grayon’s Batman.
In honor of Grayson’s erstwhile Batman, enjoy this image of (now obsolete) Earth-Two Dick Grayson. Earth-Two was eliminated in DC’s initial reboot during the 1980s, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Before that, however, the former Robin replaced Bruce Wayne after the latter’s death. Unlike Earth-1 Dick Grayson, who just became a shorter, more acrobatic Batman, Earth-Two Dick Grayson combined his roles—resulting in a rather bizarre color scheme.