The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Welcome to Show Business! #4


Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- George Jessel, 63 year old Toastmaster General of the United States, was named July 3rd in a paternity suit by an actress claiming he was the father of her unborn child. Jessel, shown here with the plaintiff, Joan Tyler, 27, of Los Angeles, was ordered to appear for a hearing before Superior Judge Roger Alton Pfaff on July 27th. He was first handed notice of the suit when he appeared as master of ceremonies in the swearing in of Los Angeles Mayor Samuel Yorty on June 30th (1961)