On October 6, 1944, this group of Servel employees was photographed to celebrate the completion of the 15,000th wing panel for the P-47 Thunderbolts manufactured at the Republic Aviation plant in Evansville during World War II. The first wings rolled off the assembly line in July 1942, requiring over 12,000 hours to build, but within two years, the process was reduced to only 2,334 hours. Servel also manufactured wings for Republic’s plant in Farmingdale, New York, and shipped some to war zones to replace those damaged in combat.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
On Friday night, Gov’t Mule kicked off their New Year’s Eve run at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA before heading to the Beacon Theatre for the next two nights in New York City, NY. Warren Haynes and company were joined by Oteil & Friends, who kicked off their own NYE run at The Capitol Theatre on the previous night.The ever-evolving lineup that backs bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band) this time around features legendary keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) and John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), drummer Jay Lane (Furthur Primus), vocalist Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, The Nth Power). With so many friends in one place, collaborations were bound to take place–and, indeed, they did.Oteil & Friends used the title track of his 2017 album, Water In The Desert, to kick off their eight-song set, which was carried through with covers of Janis Joplin‘s “Piece Of My Heart”, Jerry Garcia Band‘s “Tough Mama”, “Tore Up Over You”, and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias” and “So Many Roads”, and “Unconditional Love”. Warren Haynes, who toured extensively with Burbridge during their years together in the Allman Brothers Band, joined the band for a beautiful version of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”.“Tough Mama”“Scarlet Begonias”“Tore Up Over You”“That’s What Love Will Make You Do”[Videos: Sean Roche]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: vwmule]For the headlining performance, the collaborations continued with Melvin Seals, Jennifer Hartswick, Weedie Braimah, and saxophonist Ron Holloway joining Mule during the first set for a cover of Little Feat‘s “Spanish Moon”. During the second set opener, Holloway returned for a “Mule” sandwich, which featured a section of Van Morrison’s “I’ve Been Working”. Pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier surprised the audience for a special sit-in with Ron Holloway during the encore for a cover of Tom Waits‘ “Going Out West”.“Spanish Moon” w/ Ron Holloway, Melvin Seals, Jennifer Hartswick, and Weedie Braimah“Goin’ Out West” w/ Ron Holloway & Roosevelt Collier[Videos: Sean Roche]Oteil & Friends will return to The Capitol Theatre tonight, December 29th, before throwing it down at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st with special guests Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) on trumpet, trombone, and vocals. For the band’s forthcoming New York dates to ring in 2019, Oteil & Friends will also be supported by visual artist Johnathan Singer, who will lend his legendary visuals to the mix. Pay-Per-View webcasts of Saturday, December 29th’s performance at The Cap, as well as Oteil & Friends’ pair of Brooklyn Bowl shows on December 30th and 31st, can be purchased here.Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual celebration on December 29th, followed by their three-set extravaganza on December 31st, where the band will be joined by guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Shawn Pelton. Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming New Year’s run are still available here for all three performances.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA | 12/28/18Water In The Desert, Piece Of My Heart, Tough Mama, Scarlet Begonias, Tore Up Over You, So Many Roads, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, Unconditional LoveSetlist: Gov’t Mule | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA | 12/28/18Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, Game Face, Time To Confess, Spanish Moon, (with Melvin Seals, Jen Hartswick, Weedie Braimah, Ron Holloway), Revolution Come, Revolution Go, I’m A RamII: Mule (with Ron Holloway), Thelonius Beck, Beautifully Broken, The Man I Want To Be, I Think You Know What I Mean, When The Levee Breaks, 30 Days In The Howl, SoulshineE: Going Out West (with Roosevelt Collier, Ron Holloway)
The older readers might remember this name from golf–Jimmy Demaret! He was on the pro-tour in the 40’s and 50’s. What possessed me to write about Jimmy Demaret at this time? While getting ready for the day, we had a rerun of I Love Lucy on the TV, and Jimmy Demaret was their guest. Jimmy died in 1983 in Houston, Texas. During his brilliant career, he was a member of both the Ryder and Canada Cups for the United States. He had 3 major golf wins, and they were all at the Masters (1940, -47, and -50). You can bet that the modern golfer probably wins more money in one tournament than Jimmy won in his career. Even though he had 31 PGA wins and 36 golf titles in all, it was soon after Jimmy retired that the Big Four in golf took over. Included in that group were Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. It was Arnie Palmer who brought the crowds to the PGA events, and thus, brought the prize money up rapidly. Today with TV coverage and corporate sponsorship, most tournaments pay one million dollars minimum for a win. Too bad Jimmy Demaret retired before the big money hit, because his game was one of the best along with Sammy Snead.