Saturday, June 27, 2015

I would love to Welcome @SeanConneryUK to @MadMenDreams Give him a #Follow #MadMen

@SeanConneryUK has agreed to follow all #MadMen & #007 Back. He is a friend of mine. Give him a follow folks. He is tweeting about the interesting History of 007 of James Bond, Sean Connery, Hollywood and British Glamour.





Sean has a troupe of 007 Bond Characters that he tweets with ..all great people. Check out and follow ...



James Bond has a picture of every different 007 Bond Star that has appeared, and rotates the Avatar with the character You want to tweet with, very innovative. 





 ....   and of course ... James Bond's Girls are with him. The following accounts are tweeted by women from all over the world that James has met and are huge fans of the Bond Movies over all the years. Meet and tweet with the #BondGirl's, and don't forget to be a gentleman, as they are quite beautiful authentic representations of the female form of days gone by.


@EveMoneyPennyUK
@XeniaOnatoppVVS


and lets not forget his good friends and hangouts in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, France

@PlaceDuCasino
@HotelDeParisMC

and special Guest 

@PrinceRainierMC

and he even has his automobile, the 

@AstonMartin_007 ... on twitter to tweet with you....and if you want a follow back just [tweet #AstonMartin to the  account below for a follow back] 





Here are a couple great video's about the classic automobile that James Bond has always driven...









and, for those who may not have seen it yet ... here is the official trailer for SPECTRE , which is scheduled for release on 6 November, 2015




Good fun on Twitter,  James will be watching for tweets with #ShakenNotStirred #Spectre #JamesBondBBS #007 #AstonMartin ect. so he can tweet, retweet and follow with you. 

Finally, a few fun facts ....

1.   @BelvedereVodka         +BelvedereVodka  

... is the Official Vodka of the James Bond Movie @007 ,  and of course they follow James.

2. The Man that tweets @SeanConneryUK,  is also tweeting @JamesBondBSS, ...as advertised  .. he is a celebrity tweeter who will reveal himself after the Bond Movie has settled, sometime next year. 

3.  +Aston Martin   is on Google+

more here soon....


Thank You, 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Which #MadMen Characters are part of @MadMenDreams??, The answer is here.

Hello,

Recently, some of my fans have asked me about which characters of mine are the original certified @MadMenDreams characters. It seems that some "other people" have begin to use my signature Blue Balls Ⓜ️Ⓜ️  brand, in an effort to copycat and or make it seem like they are part of my  #TeamDraper Group.

Although I don't personally mind other people trying to get in on the fun, historically, each cell or group of roleplaying tweeters have tried to distinguish themselves [their group] from the other groups ....  with hashtags and special characters in their bio. [ex. #1961Elite] .... As confusion occurs with so many characters.

Most people like to find a group they can connect with in a certain way and be able to identify [search] that group or character at any given time. I put the blue balls emoji's Ⓜ️Ⓜ️ and certain "other" emoji's ♓️⚡️��❤️❇️���� on my hotels, diners, skyscrapers and bars to help people know that they,  and only they,  are part of my @MadMenDreams.

I actually started a site named @RPRolodex to help me keep up with the thousands of role-players that are out there on twitter.

If anyone has any questions as to who is in my officially certified group, they can check the multiple lists on the right side of this blog  ➠➠➠➠➠➠.

There, I have listed all of the characters that I am associated with and tweet with on a regular basis.

I frequently tweet with characters of other groups. As time has passed, many characters have dropped off the map, leaving characters of one group no option but to tweet with characters of other groups.

I hope this will solve any confusion that has been created.  Feel free to DM me at @DonDraperSCP if you have a question about any character that claims to be a part my @MadMenDreams cast.

Also, if you tweet a character via roleplay and want to be listed on this blog, let me know and I will support you here. I have always been a supporter of role players since I joined twitter. It is a known fact that many celebrities and celebrity stars have turned to role play as a way of interacting with their fans on twitter i.e [@HachiSaito] of +Honda .. is @KeisukeHoashi ..one of the few Mad Men Stars who openly admit this.


I will followup on this post,  to better delineate how my sites appear for easy recognition.

Sincere and kind regards,

@DonDraperSCP


Sunday, June 14, 2015

I am glad to showcase my newest Twitter site @JonHammLive ...follow for News and Updates

I am glad to showcase my newest Twitter site @JonHammLive  ...follow for News and Updates on the @MadMenActor Jon Hamm 

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...

Regards,

Don Draper


extra reading if you wish, on Martin Denny.

Biography


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

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Why I am Quitting Coca~Cola (@CocaCola) and @McCann_WW" cc:The @NYPOST ... by @DonDraperSCP

5-25-1995

RE: An open letter posted in the @NYPost 

Recently my former advertising agency, McCann Erickson WW, ended a long relationship with Coca~Cola soft drinks, and I’m relieved.
For over 25 years we devoted ourselves to peddling a product for which good work is irrelevant, because people can’t stop themselves from buying it. A product that never improves, that causes illness, and makes people unhappy. But there was money in it. A lot of money. In fact, our entire business depended on it. We knew it wasn’t good for us, but we couldn’t stop.
And then, when Coca~Cola moved their business elsewhere, I realized, here was my chance to be someone who could sleep at night, because I know what I’m selling doesn’t kill my customers.
So as of today, Sterling Cooper & Partners will no longer take soft drink accounts. We know it’s going to be hard. If you’re interested in soft drink work, here’s a list of agencies that do it well: BBDO, Leo Burnett, and Benton & Bowles.
As for us, we welcome all other business because we’re certain that our best work is still ahead of us.
I have re-assembled our team at Sterling Cooper & Partners, with 
Roger Sterling          @RogerSterlingSCP 
Ted Chaough           @TedChaoughSCP 
Peggy Olson             @PeggyOlsonSCP
Joan Holloway          @JoanHollowaySCP
Freddy Rumsen        @FreddyRumsenSCP  of @AccutronTime 
Harry Crane              @HarryCraneSCP 
Stan Rizzo                 @StanRizzoSCP
Sal Romano               @SalRomanoSCP (agreed to return as art director)

Pete Campbell           @PeteCampbellSCP has elected to remain with @Learjet for the remainder of his contract, but will act as an an advisor from time to time
Ken Cosgrove            @KenCosgroveSCP will not be returning .. but he agrees to                                       follow all #MadMen & #MadWomen back on Twitter.

The rest of the cast and crew on the right side of my blog will remain active as long as their name stays in the roster. They will also follow all #MadMen back in due time. Thank You for Your support ... Don

Sincerely,
Donald F. Draper  @DonDraperSCP
Creative Director
Sterling Cooper & Partners @MadMenSCP

cc Jim Hobart CEO, @JimHobartNYC     McCann Erickson WW 
     Ferg Donnelly, Head of Accounts 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Looking for some Cool #Follows? These @NewYorkCityNYNY @MadMenPlaces #FollowBack #MadMen!!!

  • Follow Iconic Skyscrapers of @NewYorkCityNYNY and learn about the Grand Old @MadMenHotels of Manhattan past. Find some @MadMenDiner's and @MadMenHotel's that tell their story in a #Social Forum. 
  • I tweet these sites for the owners of the sites listed below in my new Social Media Creative Director position at @MadMenSCP. They are guaranteed to follow all #MadMen back .. a plus for those trying to break the 2000 twitter limit without worrying about an unfollow ... All the while learning about the greatest city on earth ...
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  • New York City

Kind Regards,


P.S. I am a one man band, so have a little patience till I follow You back. 

Bars of New York City





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.

History

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:

Restaurants
  • 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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