Rod McKuen was one of the best selling poets of the late twentieth century and recorded hundreds of albums both singing and reading poetry. His also introduced Belgian singer Jacques Brel to a wider audience by translating many of his lyrics into English.
Lynn Throckmorton was known for his research comparing the evolutionary speed
of fruit flies, but from 1986 until his death in 2009, his academic career
appears to be lost.
The word “Man”, was used as a form of greeting back in the 16th century,
but in the contemporary U.S. it most likely comes from African American
jazz musicians. Willie Mays inspired a song by The Treniers and a generation
to say “Hey” instead of “Hi”.
The term Fanzine was coined in 1940 to distinguish fan created publications from professionally produced Hollywood fan mags. Later, the shortened term zine became associated with a punk rock DIY aesthetic and often featured interviews with iconoclastic musicians like Weasel Walter.
As part of an effort to integrate Milwaukee schools, in 1976 Rufus King High
School became a magnet school focused on college prep and welcomed students
from far away suburbs, including Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes.