Business, Politics, Culture

Short Stories on the History & Power
of Popular Culture

— Stories by Jack Doyle —

Road to the White House

“JFK’s 1960 Campaign”

Primaries & Fall Election

The historic campaign,
with city-by-city itinerary
— and lots of photos.

Civil Rights History

“Buses Are A’ Comin’”

Freedom Riders: 1961

In 1961, extraordinary
courage stepped up
to racial bigotry.

Music & Pop Culture

“Beatles in America”


New rock ‘n roll group
brings “pop explosion” in
music, business, culture.

Beatles Under Siege

“Burn The Beatles”

Bigger Than Jesus?

Lennon’s 1966 remarks
spawn U.S. protests;
threaten concert tour.

Annals of Music

“Dylan’s Hard Rain”


Genesis & history of
Dylan’s song, “A Hard
Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”

1950s R&B Rocker

“Fats Domino”


“Boogie-woogie” pianist
helps invent rock `n roll;
becomes nat’l sensation.

Strip Mining History

“Giant Shovel on I-70″

Ohio Fight: 1973

Shovel’s highway crossing
spurs activist organizing
& Congressional action.

Kentucky Activist

“Mountain Warrior”


Harry Caudill, author,
lawyer and legislator,
fought for Appalachia.

Coal & Politics

“Coal & The Kennedys”


JFK, RFK, Ted, Caroline
& RFK, Jr — all gave voice to
plight of coal communities.

Politics & Publishing

“The Pentagon Papers”


A ‘freedom-of-the-press’
story & the beginning of
Richard Nixon’s downfall.

Music & Politics

“White Rabbit”

Grace Slick: 1960s

Jefferson Airplane song
propelled group; lyrics
drew political fire.

Oil Spill History

“Santa Barbara Oil Spill”

Union Oil: 1969

Offshore blowout pollutes
beaches, kills wildlife;
ignites environmental cause.

Oil Industry History

“Texas City Disaster”

BP Refinery: 2005

Poorly-maintained oil
refinery explodes,
killing 15, injuring 180.

Sculpture & History

“Point of View”

George & Guyasuta

Engaging historic figures
spur perspective on
land use & modernity.

Publishing & Politics

“Nader’s Raiders”


Ralph Nader’s student
“study groups” turned
Washington inside-out.

Book, Film, Music



The James Bond film
that really sent the
franchise soaring.

Topics Page

“Beatles History”


Multiple Beatles stories:
bios, song histories,
touring, and more.

Politics & Celebrity

“Barack & Bruce”


Bruce Springsteen & other
celebrities helped President Obama win re-election.

Topics Page

“Environmental History”


Stories on oil spills,
pesticides, river pollution,
strip mining & more…

Annals of Music

“Joni’s Music”


Joni Mitchell’s
amazing career.

Beatles Music

“In My Life”


Lennon & the Beatles
plumb the memory banks to
craft an all-time favorite.

Sci-Fi Film Classic

“Soylent Green”


Dystopian film raises
enviro, survival, and
population issues.

Topics Page

“Magazine History”

18 Stories

The power & influence
of magazines in
politics & culture.

Annals of Music

“Summer Wind”


Profile of, and
MP3 file for, a Frank
Sinatra classic.

Politics & Baseball

“Jack & Stan”

JFK-Musial: 1960

Politician & ballplayer
form a campaign alliance
— and a friendship.

Politics & Publishing

“Mailer on Kennedy”

Taschen Book: 2014

“Superman” in the 1960
presidential campaign,
by Mailer & Taschen.

Sport, Politics, Culture

“Ali, Frazier, Sinatra…”

Boxing & Culture

1971’s Ali-Frazier fight
became a surrogate for
larger social issues.

Music, Celebrity, Business

“They Go To Graceland”

600,000 Visits/Yr

Presidents & prime ministers
go there, too; Graceland
is now Big Business.

Media & The Web

“Google & Gaga”


Google’s Lady Gaga TV ad
illustrates larger media
reach & powers to come.

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”


Apple’s iPod ads spread
cultural imagery globally
& boosted bottom line.

Publishing & Wall Street

“Flash Boy Lewis”


A Michael Lewis book on
high-frequency computer
trading rattles Wall Street.

Annals of Music

“The Saddest Song”


Samuel Barber’s “Adagio
for Strings” has a powerful
and moving sadness.

Beach Boys History

“Love & Mercy”

Brian Wilson Film

New film on famous
Beach Boy captures
his genius & his demons.

Rocky Film Music

“Philadelphia Morning”


Underrated & poignant
songs in “Rocky” film
played key role.

Topics Page: Women

“Noteworthy Ladies”

40 Stories

Profiles of famous women
— from Rachel Carson
to Tina Turner.

Topics Page: Civil Rights

“Civil Rights Topics”


14 stories with
Civil Rights-related
content & history.

Music, Politics, Big Biz


John Prine-1971

A country song about
strip mining, coal power,
& demise of Paradise, KY

Politics, Celebrity, Music

“Linda & Jerry”


The lives of Jerry Brown
and Linda Ronstadt
during the 1970s.

Publishing, Politics, Ecology

“Power in the Pen”


Rachel Carson’s book, Silent
Spring, takes on pesticides;
spurs environmental cause.

Politics & Television

“Brian’s Song”


Brian Lamb’s C-SPAN
opens up Congress;
provides public affairs TV.

Baseball Standout

“Pitcher Perfect”


Brooklyn’s Sandy Koufax
becomes baseball standout;
wins three Triple Crowns.

World Series Drama

“The Mazeroski Moment”

October 1960

In a dramatic Game 7,
the Pittsburgh Pirates
beat the NY Yankees.

Commemorating JFK

“JFK’s Texas Statue”

Ft. Worth: 2012

A Texas tribute site
honors slain President
for memorable 1963 visit.

Road to the White House

“JFK’s Early Campaign”


After a brush with 1956
V.P. slot, JFK begins
1960 presidential bid.

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