Mad Men, the AMC show centered around a 1960s New York advertising firm, began its much-anticipated second season last night. The show's depiction of early-‘60s life has made some viewers nostalgic for that time-period; they wish they could live in an era where hard drinking, worry-free smoking and casual sex were the norm in the workplace. I'm not one of those viewers.
I'm nostalgic for a different time in the 20th century, namely the first 20 years. It was a dizzying time to be alive, with airplanes, automobiles and handle-bar mustaches coming into vogue. Had I lived back then I could have hob-nobbed with Albert Einstein or tickled the ivories with Irving Berlin, all whilst canoodling a radiant Lillian Gish. I would have looked resplendently foppish in a three button frock coat and tweed knickers, topped off with the sharpest homburg this side of 5th Avenue. But most importantly, I could have watched tug of war at the Olympics.
Yeah, that's right: Tug of war. From 1900 to 1920, tugRead More »from Great Olympic Events of Yore: Tug of war