Sepia (1960-1963); "New York Minute"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Nov 19 13:55:08 UTC 2000


Be careful. Joe Namath was not FROM the South (although he played his
college ball at Alabama). He was from that goldmine of professional
football players known as western Pennsylvania.


>   SEPIA was a "LIFE magazine" version of JET or EBONY or ESSENCE.  It was
>published in Texas, but covered the entire U. S.
>   One of the many things that I did in my day at the Library of Congress
>last week was to look for "New York Minute."  It's not in Peter Tamony's word
>list.  DARE places "New York Minute" in Texas in the 1960s.  A recent FYI
>column in the NEW YORK TIMES addressed "New York Minute."
>   The New York Jets had many players from Texas and a flashy quarterback
>from the South named Joe Namath.  I checked 1960s football stories in the
>Houston newspapers when the New York Jets played the Houston Oilers (usually,
>twice a year).  I did NOT find "New York Minute."
>   SEPIA had a regular column titled "AROUND THE U. S. IN FIVE MINUTES."
>There seems to be a New York/Harlem story in each issue, so I'll minutely
>check about seven more years of it next week.
>February 1960, SEPIA, pg. 30, cols. 1-2 subhead--_Negroes, onced barred from
>most Tinsel City gay spots, now mean the difference between turning a profit
>and bankruptcy for many of them_.
>April 1960, SEPIA, pg. 16, col. 3, cartoon of a bartender showing a boxing
>ring in his establishment--"We installed it for our customers.  Business is
>bad enough without a lot of 'let's just step outside and say that.'"
>April 1960, SEPIA, pg. 36, col. 3:
>   In a recent "Meeting of the Little Foxes" confab held in the Ford
>Auditorium, a special "Foxey" award was handed out to high fashion queen
>Dorothea Towles.
>   It would seem that Howard barely has time these days to make hats and to
>market them, what with all the big activities of his Shutterbugs.  Indeed, he
>is now busily preparing for a 1960 tour of "The Little Foxes" (the models) to
>European countries...
>(See HDAS for "fox," and August 1961 entry below--ed.)
>May 1960, SEPIA, pg. 46, col. 1, photo shows a sign that reads:
>Andrew Battistella
>Originator of the Famous
>Miss Viola Battistella, Prop.
>June 1960, SEPIA, pg. 6, col. 3, cartoon of a boy listening to an ice cream
>truck's jingle--"Listen, Helen, they're playing our song."
>July 1960, SEPIA, Pg. 30, col. 1--By now he has grown accustomed to what he
>calls the (Col. 2--ed.) "hate stare" given Negroes by whites.
>November 1960, SEPIA, pg. 52, cols. 1-2--_WHAT HAVE THE SIT-IN DEMONSTRATIONS
>January 1961, SEPIA, pg. 3, col. 3 ad--(Doctor gives "OK" sign--ed.)
>February 1961, SEPIA, pg. 75, col. 2--_Every time he is on basketball court
>Elgin Baylor proves that he is "Mr. Everything."_
>March 1961, SEPIA, pg. 24, col. 2, headline--_He's really got "what it
>March 1961, SEPIA, pg. 26, col. 1--_COED, 17, FACING A "FEDERAL CASE."_  (See
>ADS-L archives for "federal case"--ed.)
>March 1961, SEPIA, pg. 51, col. 1--"I'm no sick comedian!"  (Redd Foxx--ed.)
>April 1961, SEPIA, pg. 42, cols. 1-2 subhead--_A group of Hollywood
>celebrities who call themselves the "rat Pack" performed before a jam-packed
>Carnegie Hall audience to boost integration in the South.
>May 1961, SEPIA, pg. 60, col. 2, headline--_Actors, announcers, editors rub
>August 1961, SEPIA, pg. 64, col. 2--LOS ANGELES was the host city this year
>for the third annual Little Foxes Fashion Fiesta, a brain-child of dimunitive
>hat designer Bill Howard.  In what has quickly become one of the most unique
>of national events for Negro models, lovely lasses representing such cities
>as Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles and Gary, Indiana,
>gathered on the sunswept West Coast for two days of elaborate events.
>January 1962, SEPIA, pg. 38, col. 1, headline--_Coach Places Emphasis On
>Building Character_.
>January 1962, SEPIA, pg. 39, col. 2--Taking the label from (Florida--ed.)
>A&M's motto, "Blood, Sweat and Tears," he applied them to his three football
>units and fanned the fire of combat and rivalry.
>February 1962, SEPIA, pg. 42--"Everyone you meet says, 'Some of my best
>friends are Negroes.'"
>February 1962, SEPIA, pg. 42, col. 2--And so it goes.
>September 1962, SEPIA, pg. 49, col. 1, headline--Why Ray Charles Sings
>Country Music.
>September 1962, SEPIA, pg. 57, col. 1, headline--_JOHNNY HARTMAN...A SINGER'S
>January 1963, SEPIA, pg. 28 photo of Redd Foxx with a towel on his
>head--"Still using that greasy kid stuff?"
>January 1963, SEPIA, pg. 76, col. 1--In this column, Dan (Burley--ed.) got
>down to the nitty-gritty of the big-city Negro life...
>February 1963, SEPIA, pg. 56, col. 1, headline--_aretha franklin: SOUL
>February 1963, SEPIA, pg. 58, col. 1--Singer digs into plates of "soul food"
>when she feels energy running low.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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