Friday, April 23, 2021

Vintage 1960s Television Bewitched

Bewitched was an American television sitcom fantasy series, originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC  from September 17, 1964, to March 25, 1972. It was about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man. She vows to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. The show enjoyed great popularity, finishing as the number two-rated show in America during its debut season, staying in the top ten for its first three seasons, and just missing this mark with an eleventh-place ranking for both seasons four and five. The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media. Bewitched was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Akerman.

          In 2002, Bewitched was ranked #50 on "TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Tim". In 1997, the same magazine ranked the season 2 episode "Divided He Falls" #48 on their list of the"100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". 

          The show had won three Emmy Awards. William Asher won the Primetime Emmy Award of Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 1966. Alice Pearce posthumously won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comey Series for her portrayal of Gladys Kravitz and Marion Lorne won the same award posthumously in 1968 for her portrayal of Aunt Clara.

Dick Sargent replaced an ailing York for the final three seasons (1969–1972). In 1966 Sandra Gould, took over the part of Gladys Kravitz (1966–1971) when Alice Pearce died.


Added Note:

York suffered severe back pain for years. When his back pain became debilitating,  York requested to be released in his contract and was replaced by Sargent. York died of complications from emphysema  on February 20, 1992 at age 63.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Vintage 1960s The Billie Sol Estes Scandal


Vintage 1960s


The Billie Sol Estes Scandal


Billie Sol Estes ( born January 10, 1925, in Clyde, Texas)  was a flamboyant  Texan  who became one of the most notorious men in America. He was best known for his involvement in a business fraud scandal that complicated his ties to friend and future U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. 


Estes demonstrated a natural talent for business at an early age. At 13 he received a lamb as a gift, sold its wool for $5, bought another lamb, and went into business. At 15, he sold 100 sheep for $3,000. He borrowed $3,500 more from a bank, bought government surplus grain, and sold it for a big profit. By 18, he had $38,000. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.


Billie Sol Estes married Patsy "Mimi" on July,1 946.


In the late 1950s, Estes was heavily involved in the Texas anhydrous ammonia business. He made mortgages on nonexistent ammonia tanks by convincing local farmers to purchase them on credit, sight unseen, and leasing them from the farmers for the same amount as the mortgage payments. He used the fraudulent mortgage holdings to obtain loans from banks outside Texas who were unable to easily check on the tanks.


He worked out a method to purchase large numbers of cotton allotments, by dealing with farmers who had been dispossessed of land through eminent domain. Estes had purchased the cotton allotments with the lease fees. However, because the original sale and mortgage were a pretext rather than a genuine sale, it was illegal to transfer the cotton allotments this way. Estes, a smooth talker, convinced many of his fellow members of the Church of Christ to join in.


In 1962, word got out that Estes had paid off four Agriculture officials for grain storage contracts. President Kennedy  ordered the Justice Department and FBI to open investigations into Estes' activities and determine if Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman had been "compromised" (Freeman was cleared). Congress conducted hearings on Estes' business dealings, including some that led to Vice President Johnson, a long-time associate of Estes.


In 1963 Estes was tried and convicted on charges related to the fraudulent ammonia tank mortgages on both federal and state charges and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. His state conviction was overturned in 1965. His federal appeal hinged upon the alleged impossibility of a fair trial due to the presence of television cameras and broadcast journalists in the courtroom. Estes was paroled in 1971. Eight years later, he was again convicted on other fraud charges and served four more years.


Oscar Griffin, Jr. the journalist who uncovered the storage tank scandal, later received the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for his articles for a weekly newspaper in Pecos, Texas.

New charges were brought against him in 1979, he was convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy to conceal assets from the Internal Revenue Service. He was freed a second time in 1983.

One of the stranger episodes involved the death of an Agriculture Department official who was investigating Estes just before he was accused in the fertilizer tank case. The 1961 death of Henry Marshall was initially ruled a suicide even though he had five bullet wounds. But in 1984, Estes told a grand jury that Johnson had ordered the official killed to prevent him from exposing Estes’ fraudulent business dealings and ties with the vice president. The prosecutor who conducted the grand jury investigation said there was no corroboration of Estes’ allegations.

In 2003, Estes co-wrote a book published in France that linked Johnson to Kennedy’s assassination, an allegation rejected by prominent historians, Johnson aides, and family members.

While he admitted to being a swindler, Estes also portrayed himself as a “kind of Robin Hood” and hoped to be remembered for using his money to feed and educate the poor. He was an advocate of school integration in Texas long before it was fashionable.

Estes died in his sleep at his home in DeCordova, Texas on May 14, 2013, at the age of 88. Estes’ wife Patsy died in 2000.

Friday, April 9, 2021


Chiffon Cake


1-1/8 cup sifted cake flour           3/8 cup water

   (1 cup plus 2 Tbsp)                        (1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp)

3/4 cup sugar                                  2 egg yolks

1-1/2 Tsp double-acting                 1/2 tsp each, vanilla and

   baking powder                                  lemon extract

1/2 tsp salt                                       1/4 tsp cream of tarter

1/4 cup Mazola  salad oil               1/2 cup egg white (about 4)


Mix and sift first flour ingredients. Make a well and add Mazola, water, egg yolks, and flavoring. Beat until smooth. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat until egg whites form very stiff peaks. Gently fold the first mixture into egg whites until well blended. Fold, do not stir. Turn batter to an ungreased 9 -inch tube pan. Bake in moderate oven (325F) for about 1 hour or until cake springs back when touched lightly with a finger. Immediately turn the pan upside down, placing a tube over the neck of a bottle. Let hang, free of the tube until cold. To remove from the pan, loosen with a spatula.


Strawberry Icing: To 2 cups of confectioner's sugar add 1/8 tsp salt and 3-12 Tbsp juice from crushed berries. Mix until smooth. Spread over top and sides of cake.

Orange Icing:  Substitute orange juice for berry juice in the above recipe.  Add 1 tsp grated orange rind


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Vintage 1960s Petite Fours


What is spring without Petite Fours!!!

Petite Fours


2-3/4 cups sifted Kitchen Craft Flour

1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoons soda

1 teaspoons salt

5/8 cups butter or margarine

1-7/8 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/4 cups buttermilk

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla or lemon extract



2 pounds confectioners' sugar

7/8 cups boiling water

2 teaspoons corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla


Directions for the cake

Line bottom of a shallow pan (10-1/2- by 15-1/2-inch) with waxed paper, and grease sides.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.

Cream butter and sugar.

Beat in eggs.

Mix liquid and flavor; add alternately with dry ingredients, mixing well.

Bake 30 minutes in a moderate oven (350 F).

Invert cake; remove waxed paper.


Cut triangles.

Arrange on a rack set in pan.


Directions for icing

sift 2 pounds confectioners' sugar.

Combine with 7/8 cup boiling water, corn syrup and vanilla.

Add color.

Pour icing on cakes; re-use dripped icing.

Allow to set; decorate.