Olivia Newton-John : 1948-2022


Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta : Grease 1978

Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022) was a British-Australian singer, actress and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number one hits and another ten Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two Billboard 200 number one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2× Platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present

In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums of recorded music. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: “You’re the One That I Want” – which ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time – and “Summer Nights”. Her signature solo recordings include the Record of the Year Grammy winner “I Honestly Love You” (1974) and “Physical” (1981) – Billboard‘s Top Hot 100 Single of the 1980s. Her other major hit singles include “If Not for You” (1971), “Let Me Be There” (1973), “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” (1974), “Have You Never Been Mellow” (1975), “Sam” (1977), “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (also from Grease), “A Little More Love” (1978) and, from the 1980 film Xanadu, “Magic” and “Xanadu” (with the Electric Light Orchestra).

Newton-John was an activist for environmental and animal rights causes, and advocated for breast cancer research – Wikipedia

Al Kaline – Detroit Tigers


2.25-inch commemorative pin-back button

Al Kaline (December 19, 1934 – April 6, 2020), nicknamed “Mr. Tiger“, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers. For most of his career, Kaline played in the outfield, mainly as a right fielder where he won ten Gold Glove Awards and was known for his strong throwing arm. He was selected to 18 All-Star Games, including selections each year between 1955 and 1967. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, his first time on the ballot.

Nichelle Nichols : 1932-2022


Vintage Star Trek photo button

Nichelle Nichols (December 28, 1932 – July 30, 2022) was an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels. Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was ground-breaking for African American actresses on American televisionFrom 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA’s programs, and to recruit diverse astronauts, including women and ethnic minorities


A very nice artistic portrayal of Lt Uhura found on TeePublic

Mountain : 1969


1969 promotional pin-back button for Mountain’s Climbing album

I came across the above button while web-surfing. According to the e-bay post it came directly from Felix Pappalardi, music producer and bassist for the band Mountain. The button was produced as a promotional item for Mountain’s album “Climbing”

The price asked for the button was $125.00 – beyond my budget, but it is certainly a button I would be happy to own

The band Mountain consisted of Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Steve Knight, ND Smart – who was replaced by Corky Laing for the Climbing album. The album Climbing produced the classic hit “Mississippi Queen”

climbing-1969-windfall records

Sam Mele for President

sam mele-pres

1.25-inch pin-back button

Sam Mele (1922 – 2017) – American right fielder, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. As a manager, he led the Minnesota Twins to their first American League championship in 1965. He was the Twins’ second ever Manager, from 1961-67, and led the club to a record of 522-431 during that time – the third most wins by a Twins Manager.

I guess if he can lead the Twins to a Championship, he can certainly lead the country!

sam mele twins

I see these buttons and wonder if people think Sam was really a presidential candidate. if they are not followers of the game, how would they know?

Lew Lehr : Dribble Puss Party

Lew Lehr-1960s

1960s pin-back button

Lew Lehr (May 14, 1895 – March 6, 1950) was a comedian, writer and editor known for his humorous contributions to Fox Movietone News, his radio appearances and his popular catchphrase, “Monkeys is the cwaziest peoples.”

I came across this button during an internet search, and it intrigued me. I had seen Lew Lehr in movies, but he was always one of those actors whose name you didn’t know. Although I don’t own this button or have an interest in having it in my collection, it provided enough interest to search for some videos to watch

Croix de Candlestick



The Croix de Candlestick is an award pin that was given out to baseball fans as they exited Candlestick Park at the conclusion of a night game that went extra innings. In reference to the ballpark’s legendarily cold winds, the pin carried the motto, “Veni, Vidi, Vixi” (“I came, I saw, I survived”)

In order to receive a pin, the fans would have to redeem their ticket stub for the pin at Patrick & Co. Stationery store in San Francisco. The pin, developed by team marketing director Patrick J. Gallagher, was first issued in 1983. In 1983 the San Francisco Giants played in five extra inning night games, with a total attendance of 70,933 and in 1984 they played in five extra inning night games with a total attendance of 44,031. The pin was given out for several years. On September 28–30, 1999, tens of thousands of fans received the pin for attending the Giants’ final three-game home stand at Candlestick, against the team’s archrival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. A San Francisco Chronicle columnist later called it “the smartest marketing promotional in Bay Area history”

Candlestick Park was an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium in San Francisco’s Bayview Heights area. The stadium was originally the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park in 2000

candlestick park

My only time in San Francisco, was after completion of the season. I did drive my car through the parking lot, as I never knew if I would get back to the area

MLS : Red Bull v Montreal


1.25-inch pin-back featuring a portion of FC Montreal’s logo

It was not a great game, as Red Bull have been struggling. I did have the opportunity to previously see Montreal Impact in Montreal, 2013. In 2021 the team re-branded to FC Montreal and changed their logo to look more like a ski patch with a stylized M-snowflake design


NY Red Bull digital game day poster