Business, Politics, Culture

Short Stories on the History & Power
of Popular Culture

— Stories by Jack Doyle —

Baseball History

“The M&M Boys”

Summer of 1961

Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris
in “home run race” seeking
Babe Ruth’s record.

Celebrity, Culture, Politics

“Fonda Fitness Boom”

1980s & Beyond

Hollywood’s Jane Fonda
spawns fitness empire that
helps fund her activism.

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.

Petrochem History

“The Phillips Explosion”

23 Dead, 130 Injured

Following Wall Street stock
raids, big oil company
makes costly job cuts.

Modern Chemistry

“Plastic Infernos”

A Short History

Plastic materials implicated
in spread & severity
of deadly fires.

Poignant Songs

“Harry Chapin”

Taxi & Beyond

Song about a long-lost
love brought him to
national prominence.

Business & Biography

“The Delorean Saga”

Car Guy: 1960s-1980s

He shook-up G.M.,
pushed “auto ethics,” and
invented a new car.

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.

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.

Music & Biography

“Elton John’s Decade”

1970s (w/Bernie)

Elton John’s music,
concerts & showmanship
helped define the ’70s.

Annals of Music

“100 Years to Live”


Five-For-Fighting song
points up life’s
fleeting timeline.

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.

Oil Disaster Film

“Deepwater Horizon”

Film & Spill: 2010-2016

Story on rig disaster film
also recounts history &
politics of real BP oil spill.

Annals of Music

“Goffin & King”


Famous young songwriters,
find love & success,
then their lives diverge.

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.

50th Anniversary Year

“I Guarantee It”


Joe Namath of NY Jets
predicts Super Bowl win;
helps transform pro football.

50th Anniversary Year

“Santa Barbara Oil Spill”

Union Oil: 1969

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

Pop Star Promotion

“The Jackson Statues”


Michael Jackson statues
help promote a pop star
& his music globally.

Music & Money

“Michael & McCartney”


Pop stars collaborate
on music, but feud over
Beatles song catalog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrity & The Web

“Google & Gaga”


Story includes video
with history & sketches
of Lady Gaga & Google.

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”


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

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 & 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.

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