Sanford And Son

What a fine series .. Fred Sanford and Lamont… I loved this show.

sanford-son truck-courtesy of sitcomsonline

 Sanford & Son: 1951 Ford F-1

We all know that familiar funky intro theme song that plays over the opening credits of “Sanford & Son” as well as the faded, red 1951 Ford F-1 truck … but did you know the music was composed by Quincy Jones and called “The Streetbeater?” Nice little trivia, and quite possibly the name of the truck!

What looks like rescue itself, the perfectly weathered pickup is completely in step with the crusty character of Fred Sanford (played perfectly by Redd Foxx) – it’s been around the block a more than a few times, has seen its share of hard knocks, and still manages to get the job done picking up heavy loads.

Sanford & Son premiered as a sitcom in 1972 and ran for five seasons through 1977 on NBC and featured Sanford and his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) as second-hand junk dealers operating a salvage yard in south central Los Angeles.


Perhaps it also was best known for its snide remarks and sarcastic quips about the government and hard-working folks trying to make a living. The show was also known for its bigotry and controversial topics (think along the lines of Archie Bunker which aired on CBS at the same time), but also was made popular for its catchphrases that caught on in mainstream culture. You know the one, dummy!

Some people never go crazy …


Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books

Charles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (1994), Screams from the Balcony (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992).

He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994


The Virus Diaries: New Orleans

I was made aware of this fine website and podcast by a friend from long ago that is now doctoring in New Orleans.  His nom de guerre, The Good Doctor ~ Dispatches from the Swamp” occasionally fills the front page of the rŌbert répor.  But the creator of the Virus Diaries is the Good Doctor’s wife, Carolyne Heldman formerly of Aspen, Colorado where she was Program Director and President of Aspen Public Radio.  Check it out and enjoy .. It’s very good …





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