It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World – Then & Now

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: A fun look at the outdoor locations shot for the 1963 movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World and how they look today. It is actually surprising how little change has occurred at so many of these places.

Hat tip Wayne Devette.


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  • Kevin R.

    We saw that in a theater just a couple of years ago. It really is a fun movie.

  • MDN

    The static wind turbines in the modern Palm Springs clip are a hilarious reflection on today’s green movement.
    : )

    The loss of the big “W” palms is very sad, with just an angled stump remaining.
    : (

  • Jay

    No one calls it 29 Palms, it’s 29 Stumps.

  • born01930

    Every location was much more verdant than in the past.

  • wayne

    Good deal!
    It’s sorta the “The Longest Day,” for comedy films. (in that it has a “cast of thousands.”)

    I noticed both those things myself, excellent eye!

    Great word!
    I’m going to incorporate that (“verdant”) into my daily speech!

    This is worth a view– focuses on “Hogan’s Heroes,” but gives a good overview of the “40 acre’s back-lot,” home of Mayberry RFD, Gomer Pyle, and the Andy Griffith show. Not to mention the outside scenes from the Star Trek episode “Miri.”
    Sold in 1976 and turned into office building’s.

    Culver City; Desilu Studios “40 Acre’s back-lot”

  • janyuary

    BORN01930 … I noticed that too! I’m first-hand familiar with pretty much every place in that video and a whole lot of the state where it was filmed … I finally recognized that the reasons those places were so much more verdant (other than the mature trees) is because the later pictures were taken in the spring!

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