Rat Fink

The Art of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

Author: Ed Roth,C. R. Stecyk

Publisher: Last Gasp

ISBN: 0867195452

Category: Art

Page: 219

View: 1761


Born in Los Angeles and raised in the epicentre of the California hot rod explosion, Ed Roth created automotive forms purely from his own imagination. He transformed car design, reinvented American hot rod culture and put Detroit on notice. Each of his creations transcended function and form to turn the American automobile into rolling sculpture.


Author: Marcia Thornton Jones

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101196254

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 7665


Poor Logan. He always seems to be getting into trouble. Fifth grade will be different. That is until Grandpa moves in. Grandpa is becoming more and more forgetful and Logan doesn?t want him doing embarrassing things?especially in front of his friends. He doesn?t want his parents to send Grandpa away either. Then there is Emily Scott. She?s had it in for Logan since the first day of school. She is trying to set him up so he looks like he turned ratfink on his best friend, Malik. And when Emily produces an embarrassing photo of Logan, will he really turn ?ratfink? to preserve his reputation and save Grandpa?

The Illustrated History of the Rat Rod

The People, the Cars, and the Culture

Author: Steve Thaemert, Jr.,Rick Loxton

Publisher: i5 Publishing

ISBN: 1620082217

Category: Transportation

Page: 240

View: 8556


Defined by author and Rat Rod Magazine editor Steve Thaemert, Jr. as the “blue-collar hot rod,” a the term “rat rod” refers to a custom car built with creativity, ingenuity, and individuality. Less of a classic-car replica and more of an expression of the builder’s personality, “rat rodding” encompasses not just the vehicles but also the scene and the lifestyle ignited by this automotive hobby that’s catching on like wildfire. By the editor and senior writer of Rat Rod Magazine, the comprehensive publication for all things rat rod, The Illustrated History of Rat Rod takes you inside the culture to explore the beginnings, evolution, and rising popularity of the hobby. INSIDE THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RAT ROD: •The beginnings of the rat-rod scene and early enthusiasts. •A look at the hot rods that spawned the rat-rod hobby and how the term “rat rod” was coined. •Rat Rod Magazine and its importance in defining and documenting the hobby as well as other media exposure that helped bring rat rodding into the public eye. •How rat rodding overcame opposition by detractors while gaining acceptance and supporters. •The annual Rat Rod Tour, including event results and anecdotes from attendees. •The clothes, attitudes, music, and styles that shape the rat rod culture. •A discussion of parts, building techniques, and safety practices typical of rat rodding. •A glossary of terminology unique to the rat rod hobby.

Speaking of Animals

A Dictionary of Animal Metaphors

Author: Robert Allen Palmatier

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313294907

Category: Social Science

Page: 472

View: 8597


Entries include a definition, date of first use, source of the definition, animal on which it is based, and more

Show Rod Model Kits

A Showcase of America's Wildest Model Kits

Author: Scotty Gosson

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613251564

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 144

View: 2700


Growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s saw the development of extensive prosperity, of previously unknown luxury, and a level of frivolity that the previous generation never knew. Television, expansion into the suburbs, and the rapid growth of automobiles all led to a development boom that people had never experienced. Combine this with automotive growth, hot rodding, car shows, kids playing with toy cars and building models, and you have the elements necessary to create the show rod craze that proliferated in America during the 1960s and 1970s. A complement to author Scotty Gosson's previous title, America's Wildest Show Rods of the 1960s & 1970s, this all-new book covers what was often the inspiration for all those crazy show rods, the model kits themselves. Viewed from a collector's standpoint rather than a builder's point of view, all of the coolest and wildest kits are featured. Kits including the Red Baron, Li'l Coffin, Mysterion, Uncertain-T, Batmobile, and many more are featured from manufacturers such as Monogram, AMT, Revell, and MPC. Interviews and insights from the designers, the car builders, and the corporate suits provide a unique behind-the-scenes insight into not only what enthusiasts were demanding, but also the methods and marketing savvy that made it all happen. Author Gosson's entertaining prose, unique perspective, diligent research, and color photography throughout make this book essential for show rod enthusiasts. Whether you are interested in picking up the collecting hobby, just want a few cool kits from your childhood to display, or simply want to reminisce about building and obsessing over these crazy kits from your youth, Show Rod Model Kits: A Showcase of America's Wildest Model Kits will be a fun addition to your library.

Once Upon a Fiend

Author: Ratfink,Pete McKenna

Publisher: Noir Pub

ISBN: 9780953656417

Category: Music

Page: 104

View: 2063


The true story of how one young impressionable teenager harboured a dream to play in his favourite band Alien Sex Fiend, only for his dream to become reality as he escape the leafy Lancashire village of Lytham to tour the world with his idols in a crazy orgy of sex, drugs and goth rock n' roll. Whether surviving bloody bar room brawls on tour in Belgium, extremist death threats in Germany, becoming immersed in the Hammer Horror Theatre that was Alien Sex Fiend at their bloodcurdling best, this is the definitive story of the ultimate fantasy becoming reality.

Space Rabbits!

Author: Derek V. Everard

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490743049

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 2078


The Hill-Clan Rabbit Tribe becomes entangled in a series of intriguing space adventures with the flying-rats from Rat-Star. Among the wooded hills and creeks they discover a wilding Zack a lone stripling ill prepared for survival. In desperation he d fled the Humans and that which was known as home and launched his life into a river of no return . Zack joins the Rabbit Clan and the Star-Rats. As a result of a Space-Time experiment certain aspiring space-rabbits are drawn into the probing curiosity of the Black-Rabbits from planet Ektar. The Clan is stunned by the unexpected arrival of an Ektar space-craft, and become part of a Star-Alliance that allows them access to galactic exploration. Zack, Rudy-Rat and seven rabbits are invited on a special cosmic mission to the planet Ektar where they encounter dangerous alien life-forms. Zack the wilding wonders how a kid coming on fifteen has become part of an inter-planetary war. Eventually, as a cosmic Being, he joins up with his remaining Earth family."

Men to Boys

The Making of Modern Immaturity

Author: Gary Cross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231513119

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 3885


Adam Sandler movies, HBO's Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy-man. Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy-man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move. He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embrace the self-sacrificing demands of adulthood. When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Men have gone from idolizing Cary Grant to aping Hugh Grant, shunning marriage and responsibility well into their twenties and thirties. Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He finds that men of the "Greatest Generation" might have embraced their role as providers but were confused by the contradictions and expectations of modern fatherhood. Their uncertainty gave birth to the Beats and men who indulged in childhood hobbies and boyish sports. Rather than fashion a new manhood, baby-boomers held onto their youth and, when that was gone, embraced Viagra. Without mature role models to emulate or rebel against, Generation X turned to cynicism and sensual intensity, and the media fed on this longing, transforming a life stage into a highly desirable lifestyle. Arguing that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, Cross concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.

Rule and Ruin

The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party

Author: Geoffrey Kabaservice

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912904

Category: History

Page: 504

View: 1283


The chaotic events leading up to Mitt Romney's defeat in the 2012 election indicated how far the Republican Party had rocketed rightward away from the center of public opinion. Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the government and force a U.S. debt default. Tea Party activists mounted primary challenges against Republican officeholders who appeared to exhibit too much pragmatism or independence. Moderation and compromise were dirty words in the Republican presidential debates. The GOP, it seemed, had suddenly become a party of ideological purity. Except this development is not new at all. In Rule and Ruin, Geoffrey Kabaservice reveals that the moderate Republicans' downfall began not with the rise of the Tea Party but about the time of President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address. Even in the 1960s, when left-wing radicalism and right-wing backlash commanded headlines, Republican moderates and progressives formed a powerful movement, supporting pro-civil rights politicians like Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton, battling big-government liberals and conservative extremists alike. But the Republican civil war ended with the overthrow of the moderate ideas, heroes, and causes that had comprised the core of the GOP since its formation. In hindsight, it is today's conservatives who are "Republicans in Name Only." Writing with passionate sympathy for a bygone tradition of moderation, Kabaservice recaptures a time when fiscal restraint was matched with social engagement; when a cohort of leading Republicans opposed the Vietnam war; when George Romney--father of Mitt Romney--conducted a nationwide tour of American poverty, from Appalachia to Watts, calling on society to "listen to the voices from the ghetto." Rule and Ruin is an epic, deeply researched history that reorients our understanding of our political past and present. Today, following the Republicans' loss of the popular vote in five of the last six presidential contests, moderates remain marginalized in the GOP and progressives are all but nonexistent. In this insightful and elegantly argued book, Kabaservice contends that their decline has left Republicans less capable of governing responsibly, with dire consequences for all Americans. He has added a new afterword that considers the fallout from the 2012 elections.


Author: Nicholas Pileggi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671723227

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 7841


A longtime member of organized crime recounts his criminal career, his involvement in the six-million dollar Lufthansa robbery, and his decision to become a federal witness

Motorcycle Dream Garages

Author: Lee Klancher

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760335505

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 3559


If you can't be on your motorcycle on the open road, the next best place is the garage. Motorcycle Dream Garages opens the doors to sixteen palaces for two-wheeled work and play.

Indian Larry

Chopper Shaman

Author: Dave Nichols

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1610590473

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 3269



See You In Nairobi

How Work Became Fun-The Second Time Around Adventures in the Laugh Trade

Author: Howard Albrecht

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467854751

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 3891


One of the most important questions you’ll ever ask in this lifetime can be answered only by the person looking back at you from your mirror. The question is: “How do I find out who I am and what I want to do?” It usually doesn’t faze those who are lucky enough to have a clear picture of how they see themselves. The student heading for med. school knows what’s in store for him: the work, the respect, the honors, the money, the quickie with Nurse Florence Nightenhot under the O.R. table, the nine-iron, the sand trap and the malpractice suit. But what about the students who have been unable to latch onto specific goals? The English majors, liberal arts majors, the economics majors. What will it be for them? A career in business, a chief executive of IBM? Or will they be running a fast-food stand selling “The Whopper?” There’s no statute of limitations on deciding what you want to be. The verdict can come a year after college, or five years after or possibly longer. And even if one does make a concrete decision, the concrete can crack pretty fast because things change. With Howard Albrecht, that fellow we all know and love, it took twenty years but he finally found, “what he wanted to do in life” write comedy for the likes of Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Alan King, Bob Newhart, Dom DeLuise and many, many others. That decision has given him, for the past thirty some odd years, a great deal of pleasure, pain, excitement, stress, anger, contentment, and out and out fun. This memoir tells of those years and his adventures in the laugh trade.