Culinary Nostalgia: 1970s Fast-Food Chain “Naugles Tacos” Looks To Expand After Relaunching in 2015

From Los Angeles Times article by Gustavo Arellano:

Naugles TacosIt was a rival to Taco Bell and Del Taco in the fast-food Cal-Mex wars of the 1970s, until Del Taco acquired the company in 1995 and unceremoniously shut it down. The erasure was so complete that when food writer Christian Ziebarth petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 to take control of Naugles’ trademark, arguing that Del Taco had done nothing with it for decades and he was therefore legally allowed to revive the chain, the feds sided with him (Del Taco is still fighting the ruling).

Ziebarth knew what Del Taco didn’t: Culinary nostalgia is a powerful, lucrative force. And Naugles is Cal-Mex gold.

The opening weeks of Naugles’ Fountain Valley location in 2015 were so hectic that fans fainted in line because of the hours-long wait and excitement. As recently as May, a pop-up at Euryale Brewing Company in Riverside drew more than 700 people — far more than the 200 who reserved online.

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https://www.latimes.com/food/naugles-tacos-fountain-valley-story.html

“Live Below Your Means”: VW Beetle Ceases Production 70 Years After Coming To America

From NPR.org article by Laurel Wamsley

Volkswagen Beetle ceases production - NPRAn emblem of the hippie era in America, the car was marketed in the U.S. as adorably uncool. Volkswagen promoted the Beetle with cheeky advertising campaigns using slogans like “Live below your means” and “It’s ugly, but it gets you there.” In 1969, one of the vehicles cost $1,799.

It’s the end of an era — an era that has stretched on for a very long time, albeit with slightly different silhouettes.

The last Volkswagen Beetle, a third-generation Denim Blue coupe, will be produced in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.

“It’s impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished.”

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https://www.npr.org/2019/07/09/739865991/the-last-vw-beetle-rolls-off-the-assembly-line-in-mexico-tomorrow

Led Zeppelin Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Episode 4 Of Video Series

As part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, Led Zeppelin has launched a new video series on its official YouTube channel looking at key highlights of the legendary band’s history.

The first episode of the Led Zeppelin History series begins in September 1968, when the band began recording its self-titled debut album at London’s Olympic Studios, starting with “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” and “You Shook Me.”

Using archival footage of the group in concert as a backdrop, and soundtracked by “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” the video goes on to note that the album was self-financed, was recorded in just 30 hours, and cost 1,782 pounds — equivalent of around $2,300 in today’s money.

The clip also offers the following quotes from the band members about the making of Led Zeppelin I:

Jimmy Page: “The group had only been together for two-and-a-half weeks when we recorded it.”

Robert Plant: “We weren’t in a position at that time to be able to block whole studio time.”

John Paul Jones: “We did it in about 15 hours, with another 15 hours for mixing, so it was 30 hours in all.”

Page: “We deliberately aimed at putting down what we could reproduce live on stage.”

Check the Led Zeppelin YouTube channel soon for the second episode of the series.

“The Mueller Report”: An Adaptation By Mark Bowden, Illustrated By Chad Hurd On Insider.com

From Insider.com (via Business Insider):

The Mueller Report Adaptation at Business InsiderIt feels as if nobody read the Mueller report. That’s a shame, because it’s an important document, depicting possible crimes by a sitting US president.

But not reading it makes sense. As a narrative, the document is a disaster. And at 448 pages, it’s too long to grind through. For long stretches, it reads less like a story and more like a terms-of-service agreement. The instinct to click “next” is strong.

And yet, buried within the Mueller report, there is a narrative that reads in parts like a thriller, like a comedy, like a tragedy — and, most important — like an indictment. The facts are compelling, all the more so because they come not from President Donald Trump’s critics or “fake news” reports, but from Trump’s own handpicked colleagues and associates. The story just needed to be rearranged in a better form.

So we hired Mark Bowden, a journalist and author known for his brilliant works of narrative nonfiction like “Black Hawk Down,” “Killing Pablo,” and “Hue 1968.”

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https://www.insider.com/mueller-report-rewritten-trump-russia-mark-bowden-archer-2019-7?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Mueller%20Report%20Alert%20Send%20-%2007102019&utm_term=Mueller%20Campaign%20-%20Alert%20Send%2007102019

Exhibitions: “Andy Warhol: Portraits” At McNay Art Museum In San Antonio, TX

From McNay Art Museum website:

McNay Warhol Exhibit San AntonioAndy Warhol: Portraits features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, and films that depict the artist’s favorite genre: the portrait. This exhibition presents a snapshot of New York’s art and social scene from the 1960s through the 1980s through portraits of Warhol’s friends and patrons, movie stars and musicians, and celebrities of the day that range in style from the pristinely-idealized to the heartbreakingly-raw. Personalities who populated Warhol’s inner circle are represented; some widely recognized names include Joan Collins, Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jagger, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol himself. The presentation takes a multi-dimensional approach to the work, exploring the formal, conceptual, social, and political implications of portraiture, identity, and fame. Andy Warhol: Portraits invites the viewer into Warhol’s world, by examining the artist’s personal life, studio process, and use of a variety of mediums.

https://www.mcnayart.org/exhibitions/current/andy-warhol-portraits

Top New Travel Videos: “USA – Ground Effect” By Michael Fletcher Celebrates Yosemite, Western National Parks

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Michael Fletcher

“USA – Ground Effect” is a title I gave to this little edit I created from my last trip to the United States. I was hoping I could revisit my origins to create a somewhat pleasing landscape film which didn’t involve the use of a drone. Hence the name “Ground Effect”. I must admit I came close to chucking in a few beauties I captured with my drone but it would of meant not being faithful to what I was trying to achieve.

USA - Ground Effect Michael Fletcher

Drones have revolutionised the process of landscape videography and it has made it too easy to create stunning results even if you are new to shooting landscapes. As much as it’s an important tool to get the big wow! factor from the masses I reckon you cant beat a carefully composed shot from your actual stand point using a camera like the C300. In actual fact the way restrictions are going with drones there won’t be too many places left for you to shoot with a drone so my advice is to not forget the basics.

Music: “A Hand Carved In Stone” by Dario Forzato

https://vimeo.com/user655337

Top Retirement Cities: Flagstaff, AZ Enjoys Mix Of Students, Professionals & Retirees, Outdoor And Seasonal Activities

From Kiplinger’s online article by Brendan Pedersen:

Flagstaff AZ Smart Places to RetireResidents can enjoy four beautiful seasons in Flagstaff, says Meg Roederer, of the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau. She graduated from Northern Arizona University (located at the heart of Flagstaff) 30 years ago and never looked back. “Between the student, professional and retirement populations, the city has a real vibrancy,” she says. Don’t be fooled by downtown Flagstaff’s sleepy western vibe. “It’s really a mountain-foodie town,” Roederer says. It has more than 200 restaurants and award-winning craft beers in abundance along a “brewery trail.”

At an elevation of 7,000 feet, this mountain town swaddled by sweet-smelling Ponderosa pine trees has plenty to offer retirees by way of outdoor activities, top-tier dining, volunteer opportunities and seasonable weather. Snowbirds, take heed: This is not the sun-bleached Arizona you may be thinking of. Despite its crisp lack of humidity, it regularly receives about 100 inches of snow every winter.

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https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T047-C000-S002-flagstaff-arizona-a-smart-place-to-retire.html