Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jon Hamm is now on Instagram (JonHammLive) @JonHammLive

Jon Hamm has his Instagram on .. and his fans are loving it. He is posting pictures of places he visits in New York City, LA and across the country as he travels #OnTheRoad. He is also promoting other Mad Men Cast members and Crew that are on Instagram.  So give him a follow on Instagram if you want the inside scoop on his post MadMen life. He likes to meet and talk to the fans of #MadMen and #DonDraper,  and follows those he gets to know. Here's the link below. Move forward with Jon Hamm on Instagram. #JonHamm 

I will be listing interesting #MadMen people Jon finds on Instagram below as time goes by, so bookmark this post and check back often .... Don

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What a Year #MadMen !!

It has been a very good year! Thanks to all my supporters on @Twitter ... Jon

Monday, October 12, 2015

I have my #Instagram up and running now!

Follow me on @JonHammIG #MadMen #InstaHamm

Jon ....

UpDate ..

I have also put @DonDraperSCP  on Instagram  #MoveFoward with Jon and Don

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Everybody give Andrew @Fyfetoons a follow. This #Aussie is one of the Worlds premiere #cartoonist's, I know you will love his work ... Don

Everybody give Andrew @Fyfetoons  a follow. This #Aussie is one of the Worlds premiere #cartoonist's, I know you will love his work ... Don 

Andrew Fyfe

Australian cartoonist


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A big welcome to Father @GillReverend, The Father is tweeting his own account as a part of @MadMenDreams

I met Father @GillReverend not to long ago. He is a kind man of God with a confident spirit. Give him a follow if you are so inclined, I welcome him with open arms and he plays a mean guitar. He is a friend of @PeggyOlsonSCP as well and is the leader of the Church of the Holy Innocents,  a historic Roman Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Brooklyn located at 279 E. 17th St. in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, New York. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Glad to showcase Jon Hamm's Twitter site @JonHammLive ... the @MadMenActor who plays Don Draper

Glad to showcase Jon Hamm's Twitter site @JonHammLive  ... the @MadMenActor who plays Don Draper

Saturday, May 30, 2015

#Misirlou ..Finally, I found it! When You heard this song on #MadMen, it was a prelude to @DonDraperSCP's Lovemaking & @MadAffair's.

This article is about the song #Misirlou and was written by  @DonDraperSCP    +Don Draper (DonDraperSCP on Twitter)

"Talk about a @MadMenTag line, #MattWeiner was so affected by the song #Misirlou in his youth, that it must have come to represent the culmination of the sexual act in his mind. Every time I found myself in the throes of a lovemaking session on #MadMen, this is the song that was playing in the early seasons. Weiner subtly started playing the song as a hint to whether I was going to have sex with the next woman that appeared on the screen. One great example was when @JoyDAlsace and I were in Los Angeles, and then, @PalmSpringsCA.

I was blown away by this video I found from 1961. Martin Denny composed the version of #Misirlou that #MattWeiner was enamored by.

Debra Paget dances in this mashup from Fritz Lang's The Indian Tomb (1959) and The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959) with soundtrack added, Misirlou by Martin Denny from the same year.  Hat tip to kalakalatu.

The movie screens were on fire in 1961 ...as much .. or possibly more than today. You may want to sit down for this LOL.  Enjoy.....Don

Martin Denny (April 10, 1911 ‒ March 2, 2005) was an American piano-player and composer best known as the "father of exotica." In a long career that saw him performing well into the 1980s, he toured the world popularizing his brand of lounge music which included exotic percussion, imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrated Tiki culture.

"Egyptian girl (1931)" by Mikes Patrinos was the original version and can be heard here.

#Misirlou was covered by several performers over the years, and even made it into #PulpFiction.

Thanks for your interest. DM me or tweet me @DonDraperSCP if you liked this post...


Don Draper

extra reading if you wish, on Martin Denny.


In the mid-'50s, composer and pianist Martin Denny combined lounge jazz, Hawaiian music, Latin rhythms, bird calls, and then-exotic ethnic instruments like, koto, gamelans, and Burmese temple bells into the sound known as exotica. Although the craze was short-lived, Denny recorded several popular instrumental albums and hit number four in 1959 with "Quiet Village," one of the most unusual top ten singles of all time. Born on the mainland, Denny drew upon his worldwide experiences as a touring musician to conjure a sound that evoked the tranquility and mystery of the South Pacific. Puerto Rican bongo player Augie Colón (who also contributed the bird calls) and vibesman Arthur Lyman (who went on to a successful solo exotica career of his own) were also key elements of Denny's melange. Virtually forgotten for decades, Denny (and exotica itself) experienced a resurgence of popularity beginning in the mid-'80s, and has been cited as an inspiration by a surprising array of musicians.

Denny was born April 10, 1911 in New York City. A child prodigy, at age ten he studied piano under Lester Spitz and Isadore Gorn. For four years he toured South America with the Don Dean Orchestra, followed by a 43-month stint in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Following his December 1945 discharge, Denny settled in Los Angeles, studying piano, composition, and orchestration at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. In early 1954 he relocated to Hawaii, contracting to appear at the Honolulu club Don the Beachcomber's. The following year Denny formed his own group, originally consisting of vibist Arthur Lyman, bassist John Kramer, and percussionist Augie Colón. In 1956, while appearing at steel and shipping magnate Henry Kaiser's Shell Bar — a club inside the open-air Oahu resort Hawaiian Village, complete with a small pond adjacent to the stage — the combo realized that the croaking of nearby bullfrogs blended perfectly with their tropical musical approach. On a lark, Colón also began imitating bird calls on-stage, much to the delight of the audience. Denny soon began incorporating South Pacific and Far East instruments into his arrangements as well, and by the time he recorded his Liberty Records debut, 1957's Exotica, his singular sound was firmly in place.

The release of Exotica proved perfectly timed — as the '50s drew to a close, tiki culture was all the rage in mainland America, with Hawaiian shirts a fashion trend and tiki torches a staple of backyard parties. Moreover, the evolution from mono to stereo recording and playback had taken root, and with its bird whistles, jungle calls, and far-flung instruments, the many distinctive components of Denny's sound were ideal for channel separation. Originally composed by Les Baxter, the instrumental "Quiet Village" was a massive success, earning Denny and his group an appearance on TV's American Bandstand, and the accompanying Exotica LP topped the Billboard charts. But ironically, even as his music came to embody Hawaiian culture and its mythical allure, Denny himself was no longer a fixture of the island musical culture — after a bitter contract dispute with Kaiser, he brought his group stateside, and they made their first mainland appearance at the 1957 Pebble Beach Crosby Open golf tournament party. Soon after, Kaiser lured Lyman back to Hawaii to assume Denny's vacated spot headlining the Shell Bar; Denny replaced him with Julius Wechter. Likewise, Kramer was later replaced by Harvey Ragsdale, and a second percussionist, Harold Chang, was also added the lineup.

For many listeners, the exotica craze proved short-lived, and Denny never again matched the success of "Quiet Village," although subsequent singles including "A Taste of Honey," "The Enchanted Sea" and "Ebb Tide" did find some favor on the pop charts. For connoisseurs, however, the story certainly does not end there. Denny continued making records in his trademark style throughout the '60s, many of them housed in eye-popping sleeves featuring model Sandy Warner, who was such a ubiquitous presence that she was even dubbed "The Exotica Girl." (Warner eventually recorded her own LP, Fair and Warmer, with Denny himself authoring the liner notes.) While his interests in African and Pacific Rim musical traditions yielded concept records like Afro-Desia and Sayonara, other efforts turned towards more conventional easy listening, which Liberty dubbed his "honey" sound. For the most part, however, Denny remained a restless innovator. For Primitiva, he recorded using a number of gongs, drums, and odd brass instruments acquired from a Buddhist mountaintop temple in Burma by friend and filmmaker John Sturges, on location to shoot the Frank Sinatra vehicle None But the Brave. (According to legend, the instruments were then carried down the mountain by a procession of Buddhist monks.) For 1969's Exotic Moog, his Liberty swan song, Denny even embraced electronics, much to the chagrin of his dwindling fan base.

With his recording career largely behind him, Denny maintained a busy touring schedule throughout the '70s and into the following decade. In 1985, he announced his retirement, settling in Hawaii with his longtime wife June, but three years later he grew restless, reuniting with Lyman, Colón, Chang, and adding bassist Archie Grant to return for a series of sold-out club dates. A Japanese tour yielded the live recording Exotica: The Best of Martin Denny. As the new decade began, he was the recipient of the Hawaiian Association of Music's Hoku Award for lifetime achievement; the honor coincided with the beginnings of an exotica/space age pop revival, and virtually overnight Denny's vintage LPs began disappearing from used record stores. He was also the subject a major reissue campaign on the Scamp label. Now a music icon for a new generation, Denny again returned to the road, making live appearances even into the 2000s. His last concert was held in Hawaii on February 13, 2005 at a benefit to aid tsunami victims. Just three weeks later on March 3, 2005 Martin Denny, icon and innovator, passed away at the age of 93. ~ Richie Unterberger & Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A short History of Howard Johnson's Restaurant and Lodge, @HowardJohnsons_ by @DonDraperSCP

Present-day corporate logo of Howard Johnson's motor lodges.

Howard Johnson's is a U.S. chain of restaurants and hotels (now separate companies) which was founded in 1925 by Howard Deering Johnson when he borrowed $2,000 to buy a small corner drugstore in Wollaston, Massachusetts. It sold candy, newspapers and patent medicine.


After noticing that his soda fountain was the busiest part of his drugstore, Johnson decided to come up with a new ice cream. He eventually came up with 28 flavors and opened a beachfront ice cream stand. According to Johnson, "I thought I had every flavor in the world. The 28 flavors became my trademark."

Over the next few summers he added more beachfront stands, and decided to add hot dogs. His success was beginning to be noticed by others, and thus he was able to convince some bankers to lend him enough money to open a restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts. This first Howard Johnson's restaurant featured fried clams, baked beans, chicken pies, frankfurters, and, of course, ice cream.

In 1929 the restaurant's popularity received a huge boost from an unusual set of circumstances. Boston's Mayor Nichols prohibited the planned Boston production of Eugene O'Neill's play Strange Interlude. Rather than fight, the Theatre Guild moved the production to Quincy. The five-hour-long play was presented in two parts with a dinner break. Howard Johnson's was the best option available to hungry theatregoers, and hundreds of influential Bostonians flocked to the restaurant.

Johnson wanted to expand—but the stock market crashed in 1929.

In 1935, he persuaded an acquaintance to open another "Howard Johnson's" restaurant in Orleans on Cape Cod under one of the nation's first franchises.
Soon there were 17 Howard Johnson's restaurants and by the end of 1936 there were 39 more franchised restaurants.

By 1939 there were 107 Howard Johnson's restaurants along East Coast highways generating revenues of $10.5 million.

In less than 14 years, Howard Johnson directed a franchise network of over 10,000 employees, with 170 restaurants, many serving a million and a half people a year.

When the Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey turnpikes were built, Howard Johnson bid on and won exclusive rights to serve the hungry turnpike multitudes. There were 200 Howard Johnson's restaurants by the time of the United State's entry into World War II.

Howard Johnson's restaurant in Afton, Virginia.

Due to war rationing, by the summer of 1944 only 12 remained in business. Mr. Johnson managed to stay barely afloat by serving commissary food to war workers and army recruits.

By 1947, construction was under way or about to begin on 200 new Howard Johnson's restaurants that would stretch across the Southeast and Midwest. These were slightly smaller buildings than the prewar originals, but Howard Johnson still provided over 700 items, including fried clams, saltwater taffy and 28 flavors of ice cream. By 1951 Howard Johnson's sales totaled $115 million.

By 1954 there were 400 Howard Johnson's restaurants in 32 states. About 10% were company-owned turnpike restaurants that were extremely profitable.

Also in the 1950s, Howard Johnson's opened their first motel.

By 1961, the year the Howard Johnson Co. went public, there were 88 franchised Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges in 33 states and the Bahamas. That year there were also 605 restaurants, 265 of them company operated and 340 franchisee-operated. Johnson hired famed New York chefs Pierre Franey and Jacques Pepin to oversee food development at the company's main commissary in Queens, New York. Franey and Pepin developed recipes for Howard Johnson's signature dishes that could be flash-frozen and delivered across the country, guaranteeing a consistent product.

In 1959, the company founder, who still made his headquarters in Wollaston, Massachusetts, turned the reins over to his son, twenty-six year old Howard Brennan Johnson, who succeeded him as president.

Howard Deering Johnson died in 1972 at the age of 76.

In 1969 Howard Johnson opened the first Ground Round restaurant. Although Howard Johnson's kept expanding, reaching over 1,000 restaurants and over 500 motor lodges in 42 states and Canada by 1975, the 1970s marked the beginning of the end of the original Howard Johnson's concept. Over 85% of the company's revenues depended on automobile travel, and when the oil embargo of 1974 created nationwide gas shortages and inflated gas prices, more and more Americans kept their cars in the garage. The Howard Johnson model of serving pre-made food with high quality ingredients in traditional dining rooms was also costly compared to the innovations introduced by new fast food outlets like McDonald's, which designed its products and restaurants to appeal to families with young children in particular. Under Howard B. Johnson, the company attempted to streamline its operations and cut costs, but serving cheaper food with fewer employees eventually eroded the brand's reputation.

In September of 1979, Howard Johnson's accepted an acquisition bid from Imperial Group PLC of Britain. Imperial obtained 1,040 restaurants (75% company owned) and 520 motor lodges (75% franchised). In 1980 the restaurant chain was sold to the Marriott Corporation and all company-owned restaurants were changed to other brands. The lodging chain was sold to Prime Motor Inns.

In 1990, the Howard Johnson name and lodging system were sold to HJ Acquisition Corp., later to become known as Howard Johnson International, Inc. This new company was a subsidiary of Hospitality Franchise Systems Inc., or "HFS", which is now known as Cendant. The franchises, that were all that remained of the restaurant chain were acquired by Franchise Associates, Inc. In September of 2005, Cendant acquired the rights to Howard Johnson Restaurants from Franchise Associates. In March 2006, Cendant licensed the food and beverage rights to the Howard Johnson name to La Mancha Group, LLC.

According to HoJoland.com, only 5 Howard Johnson's restaurants remain in business as of late 2005. These restaurants are located in

Lake George, NY;

Lake Placid, NY; 

Bangor, ME; 

Asbury Park, NJ
   (operates on a limited basis) 

Waterbury, CT. 

The landmark Times Square Howard Johnson's restaurant in New York City closed its doors on July 9, 2005.

Corporate logo of Howard Johnson's circa World War II, showing "orange roof" building, characteristic typeface, and "Simple Simon and the Pieman" logo.

Icon of popular culture
Throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Howard Johnson's was an icon of popular culture. The orange-roofed buildings were as identifiable as McDonald's arches today, the slogan "28 flavors" as familiar as Baskin-Robbins' 31.
Howard Johnson's typified the best as well as the worst features of the national, uniform, standardized chain restaurant. A family on a trip looking for a place to eat in an unfamiliar area could always find a Howard Johnson's, it would always be acceptable, and if you happened to like fried clam strips you could be sure they would have them; but it represented boring uniformity as much as dependable familiarity.
Howard Johnson's lived up to its longtime slogans, "Host of the Highways" and "Landmark for Hungry Americans." In fact, its domination of turnpike locations and service plazas was so complete that people began to think of it as a place where they ate while on road trips because they had to, not a place that they went to at home because they wanted to. The nickname "HoJo," eventually officially adopted by the company, was as disparaging as it was affectionate.
The use of the Howard Johnson's name in the 1974 satirical western movie Blazing Saddles indicates the pervasiveness of the restaurant chain at the time. The movie, set in 1874 in the fictional city of "Rock Ridge", features a bogus "original" Howard Johnson's Restaurant, which offers "1 Flavor." Reference is made to "the orange roof on Howard Johnson's outhouse", and the joke is furthered as every citizen in town is surnamed "Johnson".
Howard Johnson's name also appeared in the Stanley Kubrick's classic science fiction movie '2001: Space Oddessy' and was depicted as 'Howard Johnson's Earthlight Room'.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. sends up the pervasiveness of the orange-roofed restaurants in the title story of his 1968 anthology Welcome To The Monkey House, in which he suggests "ethical suicide parlors" located next to every Howard Johnson's in an overpopulated future.
Building designs
The Howard Johnson's company had about 5 distinct building designs for its restaurants and 3 different designs for the gate lodge lobbies over the course of the company's existence. These were:

  • Colonial House design - This pre-and-post-World War II design was modeled after the company's home state of Massachusetts and the design of the state's many residential homes of the time. The only difference was the adding of the orange roof.
  • Nims design - This design was introduced in the late 1950's to modernize the company's image, and to reflect the changing times in America. It was designed by architect Rufus Nims.
  • Concept 65 - This was one of the more discreet building designs. It was only used at a handful of locations. It was also the largest of the restaurant concepts.
  • T Shaped design - It is hard to tell if this was the actual terms used for this design, but it is pretty self explanatory. They were basically smaller versions of the Concept 65 design, with a shorter pitched roof.
  • Mansard - The 1970's brought on the last of the original company's building of Howard Johnson's restaurants. By this time, the company was more focused on its motor lodges and other restaurant concepts. This was also the least popular style of HJ Restaurants, because it didn't have the same charm and familiar feeling as the older restaurants did.

Motor Lodges
  • Ranch gate lodge - This ranch style house design on the motor lodges lobbies were designed by HJ restaurant architect Rufus Nims and Karl Koch. This design was eventually dropped in favor of the A Frame design.
  • A Frame gate lodge - This was the most popular and most recognized design of the motor lodge lobbies. It was used for at least 20 some years, and came in many different forms, including drive under canopies, and other motor lodges had only one of the A frames gables sticking out of the building.
  • Mansard - This was the last of the motor lodge lobby designs for the HJ Company. This was to tie in with the mansard restaurants.

Howard Johnson's was featured in Mad Men when @DonDraperSCP took @MeganDraperLA to Plattsburgh, NY.  and Here. "Far Away Places" is the 6th episode of the 5th season of the American television drama series Mad Men and the 58th episode of the series overall. 

Shortly after they were met by Dale Vanderwort, Don tried to get Megan to eat some orange sherbet and it went straight to hell from there. Rod's Diner in Los Angeles was used as the setting for this scene.

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