Monday, August 28, 2017

Meet Al Hansen

Alfred Earl "Al" Hansen (5 October 1927 – 22 June 1995) was an American artist. He was a member of Fluxus, a movement that originated on an artists' collective around George Maciunas.
He was the father of Andy Warhol protégé Bibbe Hansen and the grandfather and artistic mentor of rock musician Beck and artist Channing Hansen. They continue his legacy by performing some of his most iconic works.
Born in New York City, Al Hansen was a friend to Yoko Ono and John Cage. While serving in Germany in World War II Hansen pushed a piano off the roof of a five-story building. This act became the foundation of one of his most recognized performance pieces, the Yoko Ono Piano Drop. Many artists have also destroyed or altered pianos including John CageJoseph BeuysNam June Paik and Raphael Montañez Ortiz.
Hansen studied with composer John Cage at the now famous 1958 Composition Class at the New School for Social Research in New York City along with fellow students, Dick HigginsGeorge Brecht, and Allan Kaprow amongst others. Hansen was a frequent visitor to The FactoryAndy Warhol's studio in New York. Hansen was perhaps best known for his performance pieces, his participation in Happenings, and for his collages in which he often used cigarette butts and candy bar wrappers as the raw materials, among them numerous variations of a sculpture referring to the Venus of Willendorf.
He wrote an important book about performance art, A Primer of Happenings and Time Space Art published by Something Else Press in 1965.
In 1966 he attended the Destruction in Art Symposium in London organized by Gustav Metzger where he met and befriended many of the Viennese Action Artists. In October 1966 Otto Muhl organized an event called "Action Concert for Al Hansen" in Vienna.
In 1977 Hansen managed Los Angeles punk bands the Controllers and the Screamers in Hollywood. In the 1980s Hansen moved to Cologne, Germany where he established an art school, the Ultimate Akademie. Inspired among others by the Final Academy of Genesis P-Orridge it became a meeting point for local and international performers of the time based arts.

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Wave Theater


 




New Wave Theatre was a television program broadcast locally in the Los Angeles area on UHF channel 18 and eventually on the USA Network as part of the late night variety show Night Flight during the early 1980s.[1][2]
The show was created and produced by David Jove, who also wrote the program with Billboard magazine editor Ed Ochs. It was noted for showcasing rising punk and new wave acts, including Bad Religion, Fear, the Dead Kennedys, 45 Grave, The Angry Samoans and The Circle Jerks.

Peter Scott Ivers (September 20, 1946 – March 3, 1983) was an American musician, songwriter and television host.[1] He is perhaps best known as the host of the experimental music television show New Wave Theatre.
 Peter Ivers, a Harvard-educated musician with a gregarious personality and a flair for the theatric, was the host for the entire run of the show. The format was extremely loose, owing partly to the desire to maintain the raw energy of the live performances and partly to the limited production budget. The program was presented in a format dubbed "live taped", in which the action was shot live and the video was then interspliced with video clips, photos, and graphics of everything from an exploding atomic bomb to a woman wringing a chicken's neck.
Ivers' primary instrument was the harmonica, and at a concert in 1968, Muddy Waters referred to him as "the greatest harp player alive."[2] Ivers was signed by Van Dyke Parks and Lenny Waronker to a $100,000 contract as a solo artist with Warner Bros. Records in the early 1970s; his albums Terminal Love and Peter Ivers were commercial flops, but would eventually come to be well-regarded by music journalists.[3] Ivers scored the 1977 David Lynch film Eraserhead, and also contributed the song "In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)" to the soundtrack.[4] He opened for Fleetwood Mac in 1976, and wrote songs that would go on to be recorded by Diana Ross and The Pointer Sisters.[
Ivers was murdered in 1983 under mysterious circumstances; the crime remains unsolved. Following the publication of a 2008 biography on Ivers, the LAPD re-opened the investigation into his death.

In 1976, Ivers was asked by David Lynch to write a song for his movie, Eraserhead. Ivers penned "In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)", which became the most well-known composition from the film. He also scored the Ron Howard film Grand Theft Auto the following year. In 1979 he scored the fifth episode of the first season of B. J. and the Bear.
In 1977, Ivers produced a Synth-Pop / Disco album for Roderick Falconer titled Victory in Rock City.
Ivers' best friend was Harvard classmate Douglas Kenney, founder of the National Lampoon. Ivers played "Beautiful Dreamer" on the harmonica at Kenney's funeral. Ivers was also close friends with John Belushi who likewise preceded him in death.
In 1981, Ivers produced the Circus Mort EP featuring Swans front man Michael Gira and avant-garde drummer Jonathan Kane. 1981 also found Ivers tapped by David Jove to host New Wave Theatre on Los Angeles TV station KSCI which was shown irregularly as part of the weekend program Night Flight on the fledgling USA Network. The program was a frantic cacophony of music, theater and comedy, lorded over by Ivers with his manic presentation. Using a method of filming known as "live taped", the show was the first opportunity for many alternative musicians to receive nationwide exposure. Notable bands who appeared on the show included The Angry Samoans, Dead Kennedys, 45 Grave, Fear, Suburban Lawns and The Plugz.
Ivers dated film executive Lucy Fisher for many years.[5] Fisher would later become a vice president at Warner Bros., supervising films like Men in Black and Jerry Maguire.[7]

On March 3, 1983, Peter Ivers was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer in his Los Angeles loft space apartment. The murderer was never identified.[5]
In the hours following his death, the LAPD officers sent to Ivers' house failed to secure the scene, allowing many of Ivers friends and acquaintances to traffic through the loft space. The scene was contaminated, and officers even allowed David Jove to leave with the blood-stained blankets from Ivers' bed.[8] Harold Ramis was briefly considered a suspect in the murder (due to Ivers' close relationship with Harold's wife Ann), but was quickly cleared after he was able to establish an alibi.
Several of Ivers friends told biographer Josh Frank that they suspected David Jove, with whom the musician had a sometimes-contentious relationship. Harold Ramis noted, "As I grew to know David a little better, it just accumulated, all the clues and evidence just made me think he was capable of anything. I couldn't say with certainty that he'd done anything, but of all the people I knew, he was the one person I couldn't rule out."[9] However, Derf Scratch (of the band Fear) and several other members of the Los Angeles punk and New Wave scene have maintained Jove's innocence.[10]
About five weeks after the murder, Lucy Fisher paid for a private investigator named David Charbonneau to focus on the crime. Charbonneau interviewed a number people who knew Ivers, but due to the botched initial investigation, lack of evidence and lack of witnesses, the case eventually stalled out. Charbonneau stated: "I do not believe it was a break-in. I do not believe it was just someone off the street that Peter brought in because he was a nice guy that night and fell asleep trusting them. I'm not buying it."



David Jove (December 14, 1942 – September 26, 2004), born David Sniderman, was a Canadian director, producer, and writer, particularly of underground and alternative music-themed films.[1] After spending the mid-1960s in London He reputedly became acquainted with the Rolling Stones' circle of friends and calling himself "Acid King Dave" allegedly participated in a government drug set-up of Jagger and Richards, resulting in the infamous 'Redlands' bust.[2] Later he moved to Los Angeles, where he would be based for the rest of his life.
He may have been best known as the creator of the early 1980s music program, New Wave Theatre, which gained notoriety in the early days of cable television. It was shown as part of USA Network's late night weekend variety show, Night Flight hosted by Peter Ivers.
"New Wave Theatre" was co-written by longtime Jove collaborator and former Billboard editor Ed Ochs, who also wrote the liner notes to Jove's two records, "Sweeter Song" and "Into the Shrine" (co-writing "Never Say Never" on "Shrine"). Ochs also co-wrote Jove's only feature film, "Stranger Than Love" (originally "I Married My Mom!"), and, with Jove, formed one half of Oxygen, a studio band which fused rock and disco and in 1979 recorded an EP of six original Jove/Ochs songs, "The Bones of Hollywood".
Jove met music video producer Paul Flattery at a 1983 New York Billboard Video conference and formed an association which resulted in the music video "Stop In The Name Of Love" for the reformed English band The Hollies, with Graham Nash and the TV show "The Top," which came about after Peter Ivers' murder.
In the immediate aftermath of Iver's killing, Jove was offered help by producer/director/writer Harold Ramis, a friend of Ivers, and together with Flattery, created and made "The Top" for KTLA.
The show was a mixture of live music, videos and humor.
Performers on the series include such artists as Cyndi Lauper, who performed "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and "True Colors," The Hollies performed "Stop In The Name Of Love" and The Romantics performed "Talking In Your Sleep" and "What I Like About You".
Guest stars included Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The host was Chevy Chase, who - dressed as a "punk" of the era—got into a physical altercation with an audience member during the opening monologue. He immediately left the taping.
The producers then got Andy Kaufman to fill in for Chase and recorded the host segments at a separate, later, session. It was to be the last professional appearance by Andy Kaufman before his death.


Monday, August 14, 2017

David Crosby on Punk: Velvet Underground, Talking Heads All Dumb Stuff


From the Article....

Today was huge for fans of David Crosby’s Twitter account: so rife with twists and turns that it was hard to pinpoint the true gem of the day (as of the time of this writing, he’s still raging, too). But at the center of his quote-tweeted discourse this afternoon was “punk rock,” a musical genre which David Crosby seems to define broadly. Today, he clearly stated his assessment of this strata of popular music once and for all, even throwing The Velvet Underground and Talking Heads under the bus along with The Damned and The Ramones....Continued at

http://www.spin.com/2017/07/david-crosby-punk-the-talking-heads-the-velvet-underground/

In other Tweets Crosby has noted that Husker Du' s cover of Eight Miles High "Didn't get Me".

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tom Tom Club's As Above So Below


Tom Tom Club is an American new waveband founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both also known for being members of Talking Heads.[1] Their best known hits include "Wordy Rappinghood," "Genius of Love," and acover of The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk," all released on their 1981 debut album Tom Tom Club.


As Above So Below

Hold the symbol to your forehead
Close your eyes
Call the spirit of the symbol
Come to me
Call the symbols of the golden age
One by one
Call the water, fire, air and earth
Come to me
As above, so below
As above, so below
As above, so below
As above, so below
Behold the door appears before you
Walk on through
Observe the doorway now behind you
Look ahead
Call the spirit of the symbol
Come to me
Allow the deity to guide you
Follow me
As above, so below
As above, so below
As above, so below
As above, so below
A web of thought; of tangled vision
Humanity
Tear away the veil before me
Set me free
Tales to picture that you give to me
Memory
Tear away the minds that bind me
Liberty

https://youtu.be/lfAK_GukXx4

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jeff Nelson Remembers "Meese is a Pig!"

From the Article....

Eventually, the authorities caught up with Nelson. While he was waiting for a court date, he decided to move from secret postering to t-shirt sales: "It ended up becoming a very successful campaign in itself. At one point, a bicycle messenger named Christopher Stalvey was denied access to the Justice Department for wearing one of these shirts, and the ACLU then threatened to sue the Justice Department for its policy regarding the shirt. Everyone was convinced we had engineered the whole thing, but we had nothing to do with it—the whole thing had a life of its own at that point. I ended up selling about 6,000 of the t-shirts, which more than paid for the thousands I’d spent on paper, ink, rollers, and wheat paste, and helped pay for some of my first proper printing equipment." 

Last year, an example of one of Nelson's posters appeared in a Corcoran museum exhibit of Washington vernacular art

Continued...

https://newrepublic.com/article/115032/meese-pig-ed-meese-now-wants-kill-obamacare

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ian Mackaye and the New White Order...

First off I will start with this statement: I am not claiming Ian Mackaye is racist.   I just like how the title rings and when we dig in we will see some  "racist" elements.  I'll be going over the band Minor Threat with a light hearted breakdown of the members.

I took the time to update wikipedia with some strange nuggets and it seems they have NOT been deleted or edited so lets take a look....footnote [5]


Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye (/məˈk/;[1] born April 16, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, record label owner and producer. Active since 1979, MacKaye is best known as the co-founder and owner of Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C.-based independent record label and the frontman of the influential hardcore punk band Minor Threat and the post-hardcore band Fugazi. MacKaye was also the frontman for the short lived bands The Teen IdlesEmbrace and Pailhead, a collaboration with the band Ministry. MacKaye is a member of The Evens, a two-piece indie rock group he formed with his wife Amy Farina in 2001.[2]
Along with his seminal band Minor Threat, he is credited with coining the term "straight edge"[2] to describe a personal ideology that promotes independence by countering the popular appeal of drug and alcohol abuse, though MacKaye has stated that he did not intend to turn it into a movement.
A key figure in the development of hardcore punk and an independent-minded, do-it-yourself punk ethic, MacKaye has produced releases by Q and Not UJohn Frusciante7 SecondsNation of UlyssesBikini KillRites of SpringDag Nasty and Rollins Band.

Ian MacKaye was born in Washington D.C. on April 16, 1962, and grew up in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington D.C. His father was a writer for the Washington Post, first as a White House reporter, then as a religion specialist; the senior MacKaye remains active with the socially progressive St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.[3] In his capacities as a journalist in the White House Press Corps, MacKaye's father was in the presidential motorcade when John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963.[4] Ian Mackaye's Grandmother on his fathers side was Dorothy Cameron Disney Mackaye. She worked with Paul Popenoe on marriage advice columns . She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. His Grandfather was Milton MacKaye, also a magazine writer, and he was an executive with the Office of War Information.[5]According to MacKaye's longtime friend, singer Henry Rollins, MacKaye's parents "raised their kids in a tolerant, super-intellectual, open-minded atmosphere."[6]
MacKaye first learned to play piano as a child. He eventually took lessons, but quit when his mother placed him in a more academic environment to continue his instrument. He first attempted guitar at around ten due to inspirations such as Jimi Hendrix, but again he quit when he was unable to understand the connection between piano and guitar.[7]
MacKaye listened to many types of music, but was especially fond of mainstream hard rock like Ted Nugent and Queen before discovering punk music in 1979[8] when he saw The Cramps perform at nearby Georgetown University.[9] He was particularly influenced by the California hardcore scene. MacKaye looked up to hardcore bands like Bad Brains[9] and Black Flag and was childhood friends with Henry Garfield, who later changed his name to Henry Rollins.

Ian grew up in the Glover Park neighborhood of D.C.   To get this conspiroball rolling full steam ahead we can see that Glover Park is the neighborhood the infamous group called the Finders hailed.   Here's a link to a story from 1996 about the Finders where they discuss a raid on the Finders duplex...
I have heard a few disturbing tales about this infamous group.   All stories point to some pretty suspect shit.   Hans Utter and Tim Kelly bring the Finders up briefly in this podcast...


For a public school it seems to have it's very fair share of "famous" alumni.
I say surprisingly because both of his parents attended the very elite Sidwell Friends School.
  • Sidwell Friends School is a highly selective Quaker school located in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C., offering pre-kindergarten through secondary school classes. Founded in 1883 by Thomas Sidwell, its motto is "Eluceat omnibus lux" (English: Let the light shine out from all), alluding to the Quaker concept of inner light. All Sidwell Friends students attend Quaker meeting for worship weekly, and middle school students begin every day with five minutes of silence.
 Ian's father even wrote a book about prestigious Sidwell Friends...
https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Sidwells-School-centennial-1883-1983/dp/B0006YAJNS

As we read in the wiki data, Ian Mackay's father was coincidentally in the...JFK MOTORCADE during the assassination.   He was on assignment from Washington and was in the press bus...
Harvard educated William is listed in the third sentence.  Nice witness list.

Mr. Bills parents are quite a couple.   To start with, Ian's grandfather (Williams father) was a gentleman named Milton Angus Mackaye...
We are going to kill two birds with one stone thanks to this Washington Poost obituary...(Ian calls it click bait so I'll call it poo.)

Sept. 27 1992
Dorothy Disney MacKaye, 88, the creator of the modern marriage advice column, died Sept. 5 of a heart attack at her summer residence in Guilford, Conn. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. MacKaye, who was known professionally as Dorothy Cameron Disney, developed her column -- "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" -- for the Ladies Home Journal in the 1950s and continued to write it for nearly 30 years.
In the first years of the column she collaborated with Paul Popenoe, founder of the American Institute of Family Relations in Hollywood, Calif., one of the first marriage counseling agencies, and she drew all of her cases from among the institute's clients. The columns were distilled from the experiences of real people, with biographical details altered to disguise their identities; in later years Mrs. MacKaye drew her couples from counseling agencies across the country.
Part of the column's distinctiveness and impact arose from Mrs. MacKaye's formula of presenting the case entirely in the voices of the participants, usually in the sequence: "She said," "He said," and, "The counselor said."
Before beginning her marriage column, she was well-known as a magazine journalist and as a mystery novelist. Perhaps her best-known novel was "Explosion," a who-done-it set in Washington that was based on a real-life incident in which a row house was leveled by a gas explosion.
Mrs. MacKaye had lived in the capital off and on over many years, starting with her college days at George Washington University and resuming during World War II, when her husband, Milton MacKaye, also a magazine writer, was an executive with the Office of War Information. She was a war correspondent in Europe for Reader's Digest and the Woman's Home Companion
She was born in Atoka, Indian Territory, an area that became part of the state of Oklahoma, and grew up in Muskogee. Her father, Loren G. Disney, was a lawyer and politician and one of the founders of the Republican Party in Oklahoma. In addition to GWU, Mrs. MacKaye attended Washburn and Barnard colleges and Cornell University.
She was a past member of the National Press Club, the Press Club of Washington, the Army & Navy Club and the Cosmopolitan Club in New York.
Lets start with the co-creator of marriage advice columns.   It had to start somewhere.   The funny thing is the character Paul Popenoe...
                                                  
Paul Bowman Popenoe (October 16, 1888 – June 19, 1979) was an American agricultural explorer, eugenicist, influential advocate of the compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and the mentally disabled, and the father of marriage counseling in the United States.

RED ALERT!!!  EUGENICIST ON THE LOOSE!!!    Was he one of the good guy eugenicists like Margaret Sanger or was he one of those bad types?   Lets see....


Born Paul Bowman Popenoe in Topeka, Kansas in 1888, he was the son of Marion Bowman Popenoe and Frederick Oliver Popenoe, a pioneer of the avocado industry. (Popenoe dropped his middle name early in life.) He moved to California as a teen. After attending Occidental College for two years and Stanford University for his Junior year (Majoring in English with coursework in biology), Popenoe left school to care for his father and worked for several years as a newspaper editor. He then worked briefly as an agricultural explorer collecting date specimens in Western Asia and Northern Africa for his father's nursery in California, along with his younger brother Wilson Popenoe, a horticulturist. These travels received considerable support and interest from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[1]Paul Popenoe published his first book Date Growing in the Old World and the New in 1913.
In the mid-1910s Popenoe became interested in human breeding, editing the Journal of Heredity from 1913 until 1917, with a special attention to eugenics and social hygiene.
By 1918, Popenoe had become well-established enough to co-author (with Roswell Hill Johnson) a popular college textbook on eugenics (Applied Eugenics), which outlined his vision of a eugenics program that primarily relied on the segregation of "waste humanity" into rural institutions where they would perform manual labour to offset the cost of their institutionalization. Eugenics contains a chapter expounding on Popenoe's belief in the racial inferiority of Negros.
During World War I Popenoe was inducted into the officer corps of the United States Army. Under the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, he was charged with rooting out liquor and prostitution in an effort to reduce the high incidence of venereal disease amongst U.S. troops.[3]
Paul Popenoe married Betty Stankowitch in New York on 23 August 1920. They remained married until her death on 26 June 1978.
In the mid-1920s, Popenoe began working with E.S. Gosney, a wealthy California financier, and the Human Betterment Foundation to promote eugenic policies in the state of California. In 1909, California had enacted its first compulsory sterilization law which allowed for sterilization of the mentally ill and mentally retarded in its state psychiatric hospitals. With Popenoe as his scientific workhorse, Gosney intended to study the sterilization work being done in California and use it to advocate sterilization in other parts of the country and in the world at large. This would culminate in a number of works, most prominently their joint-authored Sterilization for Human Betterment: A Summary of Results of 6,000 Operations in California, 1909-1929 in 1929. This work would become a popular text for the advocacy of sterilization, as it purported to be an objective study of the operations in the state and concluded, not surprisingly, that rigorous programs for the sterilization of the "unfit" were beneficial to all involved, including the sterilized patients. During the 1930s he served as a member of the American Eugenics Society's board of directors along with Charles B. DavenportHenry H. GoddardMadison GrantHarry H. Laughlin, and Gosney, among others.
In 1929 he received an honorary Sc.D. degree from Occidental College, which he previously attended. Thenceforth, he commonly referred to himself as "Dr. Popenoe".
Along with his advocacy of sterilization programs, Popenoe was also interested in using the principles of German and Austrian marriage-consultation services for eugenic purposes. Aghast at the divorce rate in US society, Popenoe came to the conclusion that "unfit" families would reproduce out of wedlock, but truly "fit" families would need to be married to reproduce. With financial help from Gosney, he opened the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles in 1930. The Institute was described in 1960 as "the world's largest and best known marriage-counseling center" with a staff of seventy.[4]
For a while, Popenoe's two major interests, eugenics and marriage counseling, ran parallel, and he published extensively on both topics. As public interest in eugenics waned, Popenoe focused more of his energies into marriage counseling, and by the time of the public rejection of eugenics at the end of World War II, with the revelation of the Nazi Holocaust atrocities, Popenoe had thoroughly redefined himself as primarily a marriage counselor (which by that time had lost most of its explicit eugenic overtones). Over time he became more prominent in the field of counseling.
Popenoe favored a popular—rather than academic—approach. In this vein, he appeared on the Art Linkletter television show for over a decade, and he regularly gave lectures and wrote mainstream articles for the general public. For many years he had a nationally syndicated newspaper column promoting marriage and family life. As presented in a 1960 biography, the focus areas of his counseling approach (and the American Institute of Family Relations) included couples' attitudes towards marriage, preparation (including sexuality education), moral values, a focus on action, and mutual understanding between the sexes.[4]
At the peak of his career, he co-founded and edited Ladies' Home Journal's most popular column of all time, "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" In 1960, he co-authored (with Dorothy Disney) the book of the same name. His introduction to the book catalogued some of the statistics of the American Institute of Family Relations over its first 30 years. Under his direction, the Institute gave intensive training to over 300 marriage counselors and shorter courses around the U.S. to over 1500 other people. The case load at that time averaged about 15,000 consultations per year. From the files of these numerous cases came the material for the "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" book and serial. The Institute published a bulletin entitled "Family Life" monthly or bimonthly for decades.[6]
Given the role of clergy in responding to crisis in families, Popenoe increased focus in training the clergy over many years. This culminated in 1978 with the American Institute of Family Relations creating the Pastoral Psychotherapy Training Program, which offered the Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychotherapy. This was the second offering of a master's degree by the Institute.[7]
As Popenoe maintained his traditional values (e.g., chastity before marriage), changes in popular culture such as feminism and sexual revolution challenged his approach. At the same time, thought leaders in the helping professions tended more and more to favor self-fulfilment over preservation of the family. This led Popenoe to ally increasingly with religious conservatives—even though he was not religious himself. For example, one of his assistants was James Dobson, who founded Focus on the Family in 1977. In contemporary US society of the third millennium, the approach Popenoe developed to marriage counseling—educational and directive rather than medical or psychological—is coming back into fashion.[3] In the end, the American Institute of Family Relations turned out to be highly dependent on Popenoe's leadership. It closed in the 1980s, not long after Paul Popenoe's death.
Popenoe died 19 June 1979 in Miami, Florida.

Gosney and Popenoe's book was specifically referenced by officials in Nazi Germany in the creation of their own sterilization legislation in 1933 as having provided them with proof that sterilization programs could be safe and effective. According to a U.S. health official at the time who had just returned from a trip to Germany, "the leaders in the German sterilization movement state repeatedly that their legislation was formulated only after careful study of the California experiment." (quoted in Kühl 1994, p. 42-43) Gosney and Popenoe believed the population of mentally ill in the United States could be reduced by half in "three or four generations." The Sacramento philanthropist/eugenicist Charles Goethe wrote to Gosney in a letter from 1934:
You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought and particularly by the work of the Human Betterment Foundation. I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people. (quoted in Black 2003)
A follow-up study, Twenty-eight Years of Sterilization in California was published by the pair in 1938 (the American Journal of Sociology reviewed it with a single sentence: "An awkward attempt to popularize the practice of sterilizing defectives"). The state of California would eventually sterilize over 20,000 patients in state-run hospitals under its eugenic laws; Nazi Germany would sterilize over 400,000.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_California

Well then, you be the judge.   I'm just showing you the pieces....

Grandma Mackaye was the "mother" of advice columns with Paul Popenoe "father".   AND The Nazi's really dug his work...    Grandma Mackaye was also entrenched in "high society".   A quick look at the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmopolitan_Club_(New_York) we see some big names and some big folks...

Cosmopolitan Club is a private social club on the Upper East Side of ManhattanNew York CityNew YorkUSA. Located at 122 East 66th Street, east of Park Avenue, it was founded as a women's club and remains a club exclusively for women to this day. Members have included Willa CatherEllen GlasgowEleanor RooseveltJean StaffordHelen HayesPearl BuckMarian AndersonMargaret Mead, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

Just to close things up on this piece of the puzzle, I would like to remind you that
 "husband, Milton MacKaye, also a magazine writer, was an executive with the Office of War Information. She was a war correspondent in Europe for Reader's Digest and the Woman's Home Companion"
 The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was a United States government agency created during World War II to consolidate existing government information services and deliver propaganda both at home and abroad. OWI operated from June 1942 until September 1945. Through radio broadcasts, newspapers, posters, photographs, films and other forms of media, the OWI was the connection between the battlefront and civilian communities. The office also established several overseas branches, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad.


More to come...