Today’s entry again involves one of my favorite cable TV channels, Turner Classic Movies.
Before there was Rick Steves or Rudy Maxa, there was James A. Fitzpatrick. His “Travel Talks” were a short subject staple in movie theaters from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s. Each was approximately 8 to 10 minutes in length and you got quite a tour of the city or country the film was focusing on in such a short time. The films focused not just on the United States, but all over the world.
Most of Fitzpatrick’s films were shot in color. Although color film technology would be considered primitive compared to today’s, the footage shot is stunning and especially beautiful when a film was dealing with a less urban area.
I’ve seen the ones focusing on Chicago, New Orleans and New York City along with many others and another postive aspect of these films is you get a sense of what a city or place looked like so long ago especially in regards to architecture.
“Travel Talks” are regularly shown on TCM between movies. They are included in the program schedule at TCM.com. I’m not sure if all, but at least some of the films, are also available on YouTube.

Every day I read “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” in the comics section of my newspaper and there hasn’t been a day I haven’t laughed. It’s about the adventures of Brewster Rockit, who is captain of the space station R.U. Sirius. He and some of the other dimwitted crew aren’t exactly “rocket scientists.” The humor is so bad, it’s funny. I don’t know if there would be enough material to sustain a TV series, but I think a movie is in order.