Doors cover songs seem to vary quite a lot… most musicians I’ve heard covering the Doors are trying too hard to imitate Jim Morrison in some way and miss the mark. But in 1970, Shirley Bassey did this classic her own damn way and nailed it. More or less.
December 4, 1974: Donald Sherman, who lives with the neurological disorder Moebius Syndrome that results in impaired speech among other challenges, used a computer to order a pizza over the telephone. The system was developed by computer scientists Jerome (J.J.) Jackson and John Eulenberg, director of Michigan State University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Domino’s hung up on Sherman and the computer. Several tries later, Mr. Mike’s Pizza patiently took the order for a 16” pie with mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, and sausage, and this “high-tech sociolinguistic experiment,” as Eulenberg described it, was deemed a success.
R2 worries about coming down with childhood diseases like ‘whooping cough’ (or Pertussis for you eggheads out there). Threepio, of all characters, calms him down then tells the ‘parents of Earth’ to make sure their kids are fully immunized.
This is one of the first photos ever of an Apple computer
Back in 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were putting together the first Apple I computer, this is one of the first pictures ever taken. Quite a ways away from the super polished, super gorgeous Apple products of today, but you’ve gotta start somewhere.
"Red Sonja and the Wizard": Lost footage from Comic Con, 1978
In the seventies, Red Sonja writer Frank Thorne and Wendy Pini used to perform a show, “Red Sonja and the Wizard,” at comic conferences. No record of these legendary shows were thought to have survived, however—until this film, shot by an audience member at 1978’s San Diego Comic Con, surfaced on YouTube.
A treasure trove of animation from the early days of computer animation
From the 1970s into the 1980s, the YouTube channel VintageCG has over 100 videos showcasing the quick progress through the early days of computer animation, when just having a vector shape show up on screen and a shiny metal ball on a flat plane was a mind-blowing achievement.