World’s most wanted Nazi finally found and arrested at age 97


The worlds most wanted Nazi who sent thousands of Jews to torture camps during World War II has been finally arrested in Hungary’s capital Budapest about seven decades after he committed the crime. He is 97. According to The Sun, the hunt for the Nazi war criminal led police at dawn Wednesday to the flat of Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, who deported 15,700 Jews to Nazi death camps. The man was quizzed before being placed under house arrest facing war crime and torture charges.

On Sunday, the daily had reported how Csatary was living alone in a flat in the Hungarian capital Budapest, among families unaware of his vile past.

Top Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said: “When you look at a person like this, you should not see an old, frail person but think of a man who, at the height of his physical powers, devoted all his energy to persecuting and murdering innocent men, women and children.

“This is the debt owed to his many victims who were tortured and sent to be murdered at Auschwitz. The passage of time does not diminish the guilt of the killers and old age should not afford protection to the perpetrators of Holocaust crimes.”

Csatary was the chief of an internment camp, in the Slovakian town of Kassa, now Kosice, from where Jews were deported to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps.

He as a “commander” in the Royal Hungarian Police, was present in 1944 when the trains were loaded and sent on their way, say prosecutors. He declined a request by one of the 80 Jews crammed into a wagon to cut holes in the walls to let air in.

Csatary “regularly” used a dog whip against the Jewish detainees “without any special reasons and irrespective of the assaulted peoples sex, age or health condition”.

He fled Europe after the war and was sentenced to death in his absence for the atrocities he carried out.

Csatary resurfaced in Canada where he was living as an art dealer, fleeing 15 years ago before he could be deported after officials twigged his true identity.

Isn’t it crazy that 67 years after the end of WWII we still are finding war criminals? A lot of the Nazi’s fled to south America and other countries and changed their names. Back then they had no way to track birth records and passports and the customs border security was very weak back then. This made it very simple for these people to disappear. I am so glad that the search for these horrible war time criminals has not stopped or lost speed through out the years. Thanks to those who stayed hot on the trail and those who are finding the war time criminals all of which who highly deserve to be punished for their inhumane crimes no matter how old or what physical condition they may be in. It is the only justice that we as the generations that were not affected by the Holocaust can give those who didn’t get the chance to live their lives and raise their families because their lives were taken by those who thought they were larger than life and superior than others. We owe it to the victims to search and seek out these criminals. Otherwise they have died in vein.

Here is the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin Germany. I hope to visit this someday. It looks like itwould be breath taking. I also hope to visit Dachau, another death camp, my grandfather was in the 9th Army Division which liberated it from the Germans in 1945.

“As the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel warned years ago, to forget a holocaust is to kill twice.”
― Iris Chang, Author of  “The Rape of Nanking”

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Retro, Vintage, Passe, Nostalgic, items living new lives

We have all seen the shows on TV such as American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Cash and Cari, and Antique Roadshow. All show Retro, Vintage, Passe, Nostalgic, items being bought and sold which I find very interesting.  I record all of these shows with my DVR. We all watch these shows and we find ourselves interested in the history of the items and enjoy learning about the life of the items. What we don’t think about is where it goes after the sale. In shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars we can often spot items that they have purchased in previous shows in the background on their shelves and display cases. But that doesn’t mean that these items stay on those shelves and collect dust. At some point they will sell and be on their way to a new home. That is what I find interesting. I can spend hours and hours and hours in antique shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales looking for items that I wish to rescue. I really have a problem haha. I never have collected items to make money. Otherwise it would not be as fun. Most if the items I have were either from my family, or things that I purchased to use or display. Rarely to I buy an Item that I do not plan to use. For example I own a ton of old vinyl records and even though they are really old and fragile, I still play them as they were originally intended to be. I take care of each of my items and I would never compromise the condition, but I do use my items. I have old cameras and I do use them from time to time. I used most of them during my time in my photography class in High School. On these shows each one has a different items that they buy and sell, but they have one thing in common, they all save Retro, Vintage, Passe, Nostalgic items and allow them to live another life, instead of being thrown away after not being noticed at an estate sale, or someone not knowing the value of that item. Everything has a value to someone. I have seen collections that range from simple common PEZ Dispensers to Maytag washing machines. So before you throw out anything, please check ebay to see if they have the item listed so you can see the demand, and also the cost of the item. Although even though there is only one listed on ebay this may not mean that there is a demand for it. As well as if there is a few of the item listed and one is selling for $1000 and the others are selling for $20 this does not reflect a true value. Just like auto auctions that are televised their prices are inflated. For example, I have seen a 1976 Ford Pinto sell on the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction on the Speed Channel for a jaw dropping $12,650. Which is outrageous. Especially for a car that sold new for just under $2000 and was meant to be a fix to the gas crisis, just like Toyota Prius’s are today. You can view the Pinto here “The 12,000 Pinto”

If you don’t have cable or have not see either of these shows, I will explain what each show is about.

Pawn Stars: (synopsis from Wikipedia) An American reality television series on the History Channel, produced in Manhattan by Leftfield Pictures. The series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by patriarch Richard Harrison, his son Rick Harrison (who opened the shop with his father in 1988), and Rick’s son Corey, who has worked there since childhood, and who is being groomed to one day take over the shop. The show debuted on July 26, 2009, and it usually airs on Mondays at 10pm Eastern Time. Two new episodes usually premiere in an hour block on Mondays. Reruns can be seen on History as well as Lifetime, which added the show in December 2010.

The series depicts the staff’s interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn and who are shown haggling over the price and discussing its historical background, with narration provided by Rick, Corey, and Richard, who is known as “The Old Man”. The series also follows the interpersonal conflicts between Richard, Rick, Corey, and Corey’s friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell, another employee of the shop. One reviewer referencing these conflicts described the show as a version of Antiques Roadshow “hijacked by American Chopper’s” Teutul family. TV Guide has offered a similar description, calling the show “one part Antiques Roadshow, a pinch of LA Ink and a dash of COPS“.

Numerous local experts in a variety of areas also regularly appear to appraise the items being sold or pawned, one of whom, Rick Dale of Rick’s Restorations, is the star of the series’ first spin-off, American Restoration, which premiered in October 2010

American Pickers: (synopsis from Wikipedia) The show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who have known each other since junior high school as they travel around the greater Midwestern United States as well as the eastern and southern U.S. in a Mercedes Sprinter, buying antiques and collectibles. They work with Danielle Colby-Cushman, who runs the office of their business, Antique Archaeology, from their home base in Le Claire, Iowa and attempts to track down potential sellers.

Wolfe and Fritz explore people’s homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings, and other places where they have collected antiques and collectibles. They call upon casual collectors, hoarders and, occasionally, people who have inherited overwhelming collections of apparent junk. Wolfe, who has been “picking” since age four,  has a particular interest in antique motorcycles, old bicycles and penny-farthings, while Fritz has a fondness for antique toys, antique oil cans, and old Hondas. They have purchased old advertisements and commercial signage, film posters, a rare 15-gallon visible gasoline pump, and a Piaggio Ape (similar to a Vespa Motor Scooter) that one of their friends told them is probably the only one of its kind in North America.

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Cash and Cari: A new reality series Cash & Cari, featuring antiques and collectibles enthusiast Cari Cucksey. For those of you who love potentially valuable old things, Cash & Cari is probably the show for you. The series, which premiered on January 2nd on HGTV, follows Cari Cucksey as she digs through her client’s basements and attics in the hopes of finding items of value. The episodes will follow her search for treasure and her attempts to sell the things she does come across at estate sales.

There is so many shows that I really get into but these are the main shows that I watch regularly. Some of the items that drop into their hands are amazing. Items that range from a book from Sir Isaac newton’s personal library, rare toys, antique firearms, and vintage collectibles. I am very happy that they have shows like this that help engage the younger generations into items that are Retro, Vintage, Passe, and Nostalgic. Older items are now considered “cool” to the younger crowds to where typically these items would be considered old junk. Although on the flip side of that, just like the auto auctions, it drives the prices up as people think that because they have an item that is similar to an item shown on either one of these shows that its worth a million dollars. So it does make things a little harder to afford, although again on the flip side of that, it does make my items worth more too. So if you get the chance to see these shows you can catch these shows at the following times and channels:

(Click on a show below to view their website for more info)

American Pickers: History Channel – On Mondays @ 6:00 PM

Pawn Stars: History Channel – On Mondays @ 7:00 PM & 7:30PM

Cash andCari: HGTV (Home and Garden TV) – On Monday’s (check HGTV for times)

I hope you all enjoy these shows while they are on. As we all know that the interest with Retro, Vintage, Passe, and Nostalgic items does come and go just as these shows will eventually be out of the spotlight of the public’s interest.

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Random Photos from Yesterday #5

I have been collecting a bunch of photos from a forum that I frequent called H.A.M.B. (Hokey Ass Message Board) on a site called They have a thread of which members have submitted vintage photos. I have collected so many different photos that I am going to do a series of photos once a week until I run out of photos. There will be a set of 21 photos each post. I chose the odd number of 21 as there are 3 columns of photos so I wanted to make the photos stacked evenly. These photos will not be in chronological order.  All photos were taken during the early 1900′s to 1963.

This is the fifth submission of photos in the series so far.

click here to view the other entries of this series

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Special thanks and credit to lowkat, Dog427435, jalopy junkie, GuyW, Fool Injection, and Abomination for submitting photos on

WWII Themed New Years Party upon the USS Hornet

Last year we went to a new years party upon the USS Hornet aircraft carrier located at the former Alameda Naval/Air base in Alameda, California.  You can view my recap of what happened that night here: New Years 2010 Recap. Here are a few photos from last year’s event:

If you are looking for a safe, fun, unique, jumpin thing to do on new years, this is the place to be. We will be there. Hope to see you there as well!!

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Random Photos from Yesterday #4


I have been collecting a bunch of photos from a forum that I frequent called H.A.M.B. (Hokey Ass Message Board) on a site called They have a thread of which members have submitted vintage photos. I have collected so many different photos that I am going to do a series of photos once a week until I run out of photos. There will be a set of 21 photos each post. I chose the odd number of 21 as there are 3 columns of photos so I wanted to make the photos stacked evenly. These photos will not be in chronological order.  All photos can be from  early 1900′s to 1963.

This is the fourth submission of photos in the series so far.

click here to view the other entries of this series

(click on a picture to enlarge):


Thanks for reading,

Special thanks and credit to lowkat, Dog427435, jalopy junkie, GuyW, Fool Injection, and Abomination for submitting photos on

Random Photos from Yesterday #3

I have been collecting a bunch of photos from a forum that I frequent called H.A.M.B. (Hokey Ass Message Board) on a site called They have a thread of which members have submitted vintage photos. I have collected so many different photos that I am going to do a series of photos once a week until I run out of photos. There will be a set of 21 photos each post. I chose the odd number of 21 as there are 3 columns of photos so I wanted to make the photos stacked evenly. These photos will not be in chronological order.  All photos can be from  early 1900′s to 1963.

This is the second submission of photos in the series so far.

click here to view the other entries of this series

(click on a picture to enlarge):

Thanks for reading,

Special thanks and credit to lowkat, Dog427435, jalopy junkie, GuyW, Fool Injection, and Abomination for submitting photos on

Detroit’s abandoned mansions

We all know that Detroit is known for auto makers, and industry shapers. When Detroit was in its prime many wealthy business owners and high ranking employees of those business’s carved homes out of the community in nearby neighborhoods. Since the ups and downs of the auto industry, many automakers closed their doors in Detroit which left many families with a decision to make. Either stay in Detroit and find work in other business’s in the surrounding areas, or leave Detroit. Many people made the decision to cut their losses and move on and away from the Muscle car capitol of the world leaving their multi-million dollar mansions to be reclaimed back to the earth. Many are still just slowly falling apart. Here are some photos of the mansions you can see in Detroit that have been left behind.

To view more of these photos please visit Detroitderek’s Flickr site

Many of these mansions are for sale and in vacant neighborhoods. So if your looking for a mansion in a quiet area this is the place for you. I hope that someone restores some of these wonderful architectural marvels. When your in the motor city, take a trip to go see some of these monster houses and marvel at what they once looked like and what they could look like after restoration. I have always believed that if you and your family put some work into your house that is what makes it a home.

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LA Noire (New 1930’s style Grand Theft Auto video game)

L.A. Noire is an upcoming video game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. Initially announced as only for the PlayStation 3, the game was later reported to also be scheduled for release on the Xbox 360. L.A. Noire is set in “a perfectly re-created Los Angeles” of the late 1940s, with players being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murders.

As the title suggests, the game draws heavily from both plot and aesthetic elements of film noir – stylistic films from the 1940s and 1950s that shared similar visual styles and themes including, but not limited to, crime, sex and moral ambiguity and were often shot in black and white with harsh, low-key lighting.

The game uses a distinctive colouring-style in homage to the visual style of film noir. The postwar setting is the backdrop for plot elements that reference the detective films of the ’40s, such as corruption and drugs, with a classical jazz soundtrack.

Though little information has been disclosed so far about L.A. Noire, Rockstar gives an impression of the game in the first trailer. L.A. Noire is also notable for using Darksprint’s real-time global illumination technology.

In February 2004, Brendan McNamara, Team Bondi’s president, responded to an interview with Kristen Reed that “the project is wholly funded by Sony Computer Entertainment America. We have a long-term exclusive arrangement with SCEA.” On 11 June 2007, Take-Two Interactive, the sole publisher of Rockstar Games, re-confirmed the release of the PlayStation 3 version by listing it amongst its “announced to date” titles for “fiscal 2008” in a press release regarding the company’s second quarter financial results. However, during the shareholders conference-call, a spokesperson for Take Two implied that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases were likely and that “L.A. Noire is being developed for next-generation systems.” L.A. Noire had, however, only been officially announced for the PlayStation 3.

On 10 September 2007, as part of their Q3 2007 financial disclosure, Take Two announced the game had been delayed until their 2009 fiscal year. On 21 January 2010, in a Question and Answer section on their blog, Rockstar said “There will be something great to see soon – a proper in-depth look at the game and why it is so ground-breaking and innovative, both in terms of the game’s design and the amazing new technology to support it.

Expect to see a long-awaited reveal via a big cover story next month.”. On 4 February it was announced that L.A. Noire would be on the cover of the March 2010 issue of Game Informer and confirmed the game would also be available on Xbox 360.

L.A. Noire is expected to have a large amount of audio. Game Informer reported L.A. Noire to have over 20 hours of voice acting.

Here are a few videos of LA Noire, which looks awesome.

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Craigslist Find: Playland ticket book

Hey everyone! I am always looking for things to spend the money I don’t have. I love gadgets, disneyana, old cameras, ford pinto related items, wwii items, and much more. Well the other day when I was looking on craigslist, I decided to search for playland. This was my first time searching for anything playland related on craigslist. I have done a few searches on ebay but never on craigslist. Anyways I noticed a listing that said “VINTAGE 1967/68 – Playland At-The-Beach * Ticket Book (MINT) * Unused – $25 (novato)

So I took a look. The ad read:

VINTAGE 1967/68 – Playland At-The-Beach * Ticket Book (MINT) * Unused

I have a full unused ticket book for Whitneys – Playland At-The-Beach, in San Francisco.
It is a MINT CONDITION, complete with all 20 tickets – each for a 10 cent ride.

This is an “original” not a reproduction.
Tickets expire at the end of 1968 so figure these were issued somewhere around 1967/68.

Ticket booklet measures 2” tall x 5 ½” wide (approx)

There are (5) tickets per page – 4 pages = total of 20 tickets.

The ticket booklet is complete, very clean and MINT.
Slight discoloration on back cover (It looks like this might be the way it was printed – see pic)

$25 * Shipping is possible

He had similar photos like this of the ticket book


So I asked him if he would take $20 and he said “that’s a fair price” so we made the arrangements for me to go to Navato to pick them up (about and hour drive from my house)  When I got there and he showed me the tickets I was stunned on how nice condition they were. Not one bend in them! He even was nice enough to put them in a clear plastic cover then into a hard plastic protective sleeve! So I gave him the $20 and took them home. These are really a great piece of playland memorabilia. I am glad I was able to get them. Here are some photos of the actual tickets:

The only visual damage was this price marking that must of came from the garage sale he bought it from

$20 might be steep for a ticket book that originally cost $2.00 but where can you find these? So I really think that I found something fairly rare. When was the last time you seen tickets for playland? Most likely when you last went to playland. These will be in my collection of local americana for a long time. I have NO intention of selling these.  I can now say that I own a piece of Whitney’s Playland at the beach 🙂

For those of you who do not know what playland is please check out my blog entry about playland. Playland was a beach side amusement park located across from Ocean beach in San Francisco. Here are a few photos of Playland.  Playland unfortenatly closed in 1972 and was replaced by condos..

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Get In The Mood!

The World Famous


onboard the


July 17, 2010

8:00pm – midnight
Doors open at 7:00pm

The Bay Area’s best place to dance!

Three Dance Floors on the Enclosed, Heated Hangar Deck!
Period Attire Welcome!

Cash Bars & Food Concessions Available!


Free Dance Lessons by
Jim Truesdale, former Fred Astaire dance instructor
7:30pm – 7:55pm

8:00pm – midnight
Dancers and spectators alike can enjoy the many hits that made it to the Billboard chart including:
“American Patrol”
“In The Mood”
“Sing Sing Sing”
“Under The Apple Tree”

Singing Blue Stars of the USS HORNET
perform a “Tribute to the Andrews Sisters” during intermission

Admirals’ Premium Reserved Seating – $98
Best View of Stage; Great Access to the Dance Floors

Captains’ Reserved Seating – $68
Limited View of Stage

General Admission – $45
($50 at the Door if Event is not sold out)
First-Come Seating Behind All Reserved Seating

View our Seating Chart

Group Rates Available
Museum Members receive $5 OFF Each Reserved or Cabaret Seat (limit 4)
Your ticket stub is good for free museum admission through September 30, 2009.

To Purchase Tickets Call:

510-521-8448 x282 (weekdays, 9am-4pm)
510-521-8448 x245 (weekends, 11am-3pm)

Or Online:

Proceeds to benefit USS Hornet Museum, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization

Food Concessions
Englund’s Café & Catering will have their famous
“Hot Sandwich Plates” available for purchase on the night of the dance.
Choice of: Barbecue Tri-Tip or Smoked Turkey, includes two side salads

Keepsake Photos
Doorstep Photography will be offering keepsake photos from your memorable night on the USS Hornet.
Photos are printed during the event so that you can take the photo home with you.


Monster Bash featuring The Cocktail Monkeys — Saturday, October 30, 2010
New Years’ Eve Ball — Friday, December 31, 2010

See our Events Calendar for upcoming entertainment aboard the Hornet

Information and Reservations: (510) 521-8448 x 282.


We had a blast at the new years party they held. It was a top notch event. The only gripe that I had was the food. But they have hired a new caterer. We had so much fun, and it was an amazing feeling being dressed in period attire and dancing the night away on a ship that survived during the period these styles of clothing and music were at their peak.

I really got to thinking that if a ghost was to materialize no one would ever know..  lol.  If you enjoy old music, great dancing, and a great atmosphere you have to make it to this event! I am going for sure!!! I will dress in my grandfather’s WWII Army uniform again. I often wonder how many times he danced in his uniform. I have a photo of him from when he was at  a club near by Fort Bragg in North Carolina wearing the uniform.

My Grampa Johnson

Unfortunately I didn’t get the honor to meet him before he passed. When I wear his uniform I feel so proud. It is an honor to wear his uniform. Its the only thing that I really have from him. So this is my way of paying tribute to him and remembering him. I never met him but I am damn proud to be his grandson.

If you are interested in going to the event you must purchase tickets via their website: USS Hornet Big Band Dance

Hope to see you there!

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