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T-shirt of the Day Award for Benny Goodman’s Birthday!

30 May

Big band, swing dance, clarinets, and Benny Goodman. Here’s a few tees that do mean a thing, because they’ve got that swing!

Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986), also known as the “King of Swing,” was a clarinetist and bandleader during the era when jazz was coming into the height of its popularity. “It is clear in retrospect that the Swing Era had been waiting to happen, but it was Goodman and his band that touched it off,” said Donald Clarke, author of the The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Goodman was the first jazz bandleader to perform in Carnegie Hall, an event described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history.” In a time of strict segregation, Goodman also led one of the first racially integrated bands.

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The Essential Benny Goodman Two-Disc Audio CD

Benny Goodman – The King of Swing Biography (Paperback)


T-shirt of the Day Award for Ian Fleming’s Birthday

29 May

Who is Ian Fleming? Only the man who brought the world Bond … James Bond. In addition, he wrote – you’ll never guess it! – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now there is an interesting literary pairing.

Ian Fleming chronicled the adventures of James Bond in twelve novels and nine short stories. The quintessential spy first appeared in the pages of Casino Royale in 1953. After Fleming’s death in 1964, subsequent James Bond novels were written by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Sebastian Faulks. To date James Bond has starred in twenty-two films, portrayed by six different actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and, most recently, Daniel Craig.

T-shirts of Honorable Mention for Ian Fleming’s Birthday:
SP.E.C.T.R.E. Circle Logo 2 T-Shirt shirt
SP.E.C.T.R.E. Circle Logo 2 T-Shirt by chris0924

Eat Sleep Spy shirt
Eat Sleep Spy by 1000suns

… And since the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a Mercedes,
here is a classic Mercedes touring car from about that era.
Mercedes Daimler Vintage Touring Car Art Poster shirt
Mercedes Daimler Vintage Touring Car Art Poster by caferetro

See you in a funny tee!

See Ian Fleming’s work on the screen:

James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set

Chitty Chitty Bang Band Special Edition DVD

T-Shirt of the Day Award for Sally Ride Day!

26 May

Here are some fabulous funny t-shirts commemorating astronauts, female astronauts, and … mooncakes?

Sally Ride Day was created in honor of the birthday of Sally Ride, the first woman in space. On the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger,” Dr. Ride flew as the mission specialist. “Challenger” was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. She went into space a second time, on the 13th flight of “Challenger,” in October 1984. Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California.

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More about Sally Ride and Space Shuttle “Challenger”:
My Hero, Sally Ride
NASA Quest: Female Frontiers

Watch The Sally Ride Story: A Woman Space Pioneer on DVD.

Watch The Dream Is Alive (IMAX) on DVD with Walter Cronkite and Sally Ride.