1947 – The Roswell Incident

Will we ever know the truth of what happened that day?

For more than sixty years now, the Roswell Incident has been a mystery, one only obscured further by the mass of claim and counterclaim that it has inspired. Even leaving aside fictional treatments (of which there are over a hundred), the ‘true’ accounts given by various people disagree in nearly every possible particular, from what happened to where it happened. But all speculation and rumour leads back to the few incontrovertible facts: the Air Force issued a statement on July 8, 1947, attempting to stem a tide of rumours regarding what it might or might not have picked up the day before. Unfortunately, later that same day, a second press statement that contradicted the first in some details was also released.

Wacky hijinks ensued, and fifty years later we were all watching The X Files. Strange but true. The rest of it, while definitely strange, is less clear as to truth…

Referenced in:

Hangar 18 – Megadeth
Roswell 47 – Hypocrisy
Aliens Exist – Blink 182
Hangar 84 – Pitchshifter
Motorway to Roswell – the Pixies
Remember 47 – The Skitzophones
Roswell that Ends Well – Far-Less

1967 – America as a whole becomes aware of Haight-Ashbury

Rightly or wrongly, the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood of San Francisco (i.e. the neighbourhood surrounding the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets, in central S.F.) was seen as the centre of the hippie movement of the 1960s. It was an older neighbourhood, a little run down – just the sort of place where bohemian communities have always taken root. But it was a July 7, 1967 cover story on Time magazine: “The Hippies: Philosophy of a Subculture” that took it mainstream for all American to see.

The Man. Always late to the party: by the mid-Sixties, Haight-Ashbury boasted free love, cheap and plentiful drugs, and a thriving live music and theatre scene, albeit much of it so experimental and inept (but deeply, deeply felt) that it could never have been commercially successful – which was at least half the point for a number of artists. But during 1967, the year of the “Summer of Love”, it really took off. The media couldn’t get enough of it, and Haight-Ashbury became the destination of pilgrimages and migrations of disaffected youths all over America.

Referenced in:

Sick Man of Europe – Cheap Trick

1974 – Malcolm Greenridge, a.k.a. E.D.I. Mean, is born

A member of hip hop ensemble Outlawz, E.D.I. Mean (his name is intended to sound like that of Idi Amin – although why anyone thought that was a good idea is a matter of considerable speculation) is best known for his work with Tupac. Mean met Tupac through his third grade classmate, Katari “Kastro” Cox, a cousin of Tupac.

His first recording was a guest appearance on Tupac’s 1993 single, “Holler If Ya Hear Me”. Mean would frequently record with Tupac between 1995 and Tupac’s death in 1996. E.D.I. Mean remains an active recording artist, although his recent work has largely consisted of guest appearances on other artist’s recordings.

Referenced in:
Introbomb First (My Second Reply) — Makaveli

1984 — First publication of “The Ballad of Halo Jones”

Originally published in five page installments in “2000AD”, beginning with the July 7, 1984 issue, “The Ballad of Halo Jones” was a serialised story written by Alan Moore and drawn by Ian Gibson. It detailed the life and times of Halo Jones, introduced as an 18 year old living in the 50th century. Across three major arcs (“books”), Jones matured and took on various careers, including stewardess on a space-liner and guerrilla fighter.

But disputes over the ownership of the series saw it discontinued, although Moore and Gibson had planned six more books of the story (telling the complete history of Halo). And because they have been unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the copyrights, Gibson and Moore have been unable to complete the Ballad of Halo Jones, and are likely to remain so.

Referenced in:
Hanging Out With Halo Jones — Transvision Vamp