Episode 103: Money For Nothing – Benevolent Billionaires

Picture it. You come upon a vehicle, maybe a limo, marooned alongside the highway. You offer your assistance, just because you’re a nice person. Sometime later on you receive a letter saying that you’re mortgage has been paid off; or a check with your name on it is dropped off at your house; or you learn you’ve been named in the will years later. The person you helped was incredibly wealthy, and they were incredibly grateful. Sounds like an 80s movie, doesn’t it? Join us this week as we take a look at the MTV generation and their love affair with capitalism. We’ll also learn about Reagan’s use of Hollywood to amplify his messages to America. Of course, no story of eccentric tycoons is complete without Howard Hughes. We’ll discuss the rise and fall of the un-spruced goose, who defined the darkness of power in America.

 

Ep 103

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SOURCES:

Michigan tycoon’s family to receive ‘golden egg’ after nearly 100 years

Welcome to the crazy world of John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton – Telegraph

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer By Tim Jeal

Wealthy loner picks heirs from phone book – The Guardian

Hollywood Dreams Of Wealth, Youth And Beauty – NPR

That 80’s Show! – The Politics, Film, and Television of the Reagan Years – Gable Hackett

Ben Stein: Ferris Bueller Represents the Reagan Era – Time

Investigating the 1980s Hollywood Teen Genre: Adolescence, Character, Space By Patrick O’Neill

Teenage Angst in ‘Sixteen Candles’ – Popmatter

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Volume 1 By Jan Harold Brunvand

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class – Salon

SOCIAL MOBILITY IN REAGAN-ERA TEEN FILMS: FROM INAUGURAL OPTIMISM TO THE INVENTION OF GENERATION X

Rich Got Richer in 80’s; Others Held Even – NYTs

IDEOLOGY, GENRE, AUTEUR – Robin Wood

From ‘Orphan Annie’ to Joe the Plumber – NYTs

The Great Depression in America: A Cultural Encyclopedia, Volume 2 By William H. Young, Nancy K. Young

The Surprisingly Controversial Plots That Almost Got ‘Little Orphan Annie’ Axed – Time

Melvin and Howard – Las Vegas Sun

WHAT HAPPENED TO HOWARD HUGHES’ MONEY AFTER HE DIED – Today I Found Out

Melvin and Howard: A true story after all? – The Salt Lake Tribune

Donald Trump and the Good Samaritan – ThoughtCo

The Grateful Millionaire – Snopes

Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters; The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire – Richard Hack

1947 Spruce Goose flies – History.com

The Spruce Goose – Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

(In)famous in its day: the Nixon’s chain

How a Burger Joint Almost Ruined Richard Nixon – Mental Floss

The Secret Memos of Howard Hughes – WaPo

 

 

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