Business, Politics, Culture

Short Stories on the History & Power
of Popular Culture

— Stories by Jack Doyle —

Magazine Art

“John Clymer’s America”

Saturday Evening Post

His stunning landscapes
helped us “see”
America the Beautiful.

Environmental History

“The Brent Spar Fight”


A classic environmental
battle over offshore oil
junk in the North Sea.

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.

James Bond Music

“You Only Live Twice”

Film & Music:1967

Sinatra theme song
& Japanese music make
Bond film a winner.

Celebrity, Culture, Politics

“Fonda Fitness Boom”

1980s & Beyond

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

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.

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.


“McCartney: Amazed”

The Paul & Linda Story

The love story, Paul’s
famous song, Wings, and
life after the Beatles.

Stirring Film Music

“The Ecstasy of Gold”


Famous “gold fever” song
from “Good, Bad & Ugly”
film w/ Clint Eastwood.

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
& Elvis are 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.

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.

Music, Politics, Big Biz


John Prine-1971

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

Music, Politics, Celebrity

“Linda & Jerry”


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Basketball & Baseball

“Two-Sport Man”

Pittsburgh’s Dick Groat

An All-American hoop star
at Duke & a 1960 MVP for
the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Western Pennsylvania

“Petrochem Peril”

Bill Peduto: 2019

Pittsburgh’s mayor opposes
further fossil fuels/plastics
build-out in region.

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.

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