Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1894, Dmitri Tiomkin was born. Tiomkin was a prolific composer of film scores; he scored nine films in 1952 alone, and was almost as productive throughout the 1950s. His theme song from High Noon ("Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling") is often credited with saving the movie; the studio was reluctant to release it until Tiomkin arranged for the song to be released as a single. It was a hit, forcing the studio to release the film, which was also a hit. Highlights from Tiomkin's film scores are gathered in The Essential Film Music Collection, available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1922, Nancy Walker was born. Walker is best remembered today for her television work in the 1970s, which included supporting roles in Macmillan & Wife and Rhoda, and a long-running series of TV commericals for paper towels in which she played Rosie the waitress. She had been working in television and theater for thirty years before those roles, though, appearing in the original Broadway casts of On The Town and Do Re Mi. Walker's typical character was the sarcastically quipping sidekick. She had a rare starring role in the 1948 musical Look Ma, I'm Dancin!; the original cast recording is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation, which would change its name in 1935 to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover would lead the FBI until his death in 1972, and would leave behind a mixed legacy. He brought many modern crime-fighting techniques to the agency, and was largely responsible for the heroic "G-Man" image in film and television of the 1950s and 1960s. But by the end of his career, and after his death, it became clear that Hoover had also greatly abused the agency's power to harass dissidents and political activists, and to gather data about his enemies in a variety of illegal ways. Curt Gentry's biography, J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, explores Hoover's half-century reign over the FBI; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|