Kroger Babb was an American film and television producer. His
marketing techniques were similar to a travelling salesman's, with
roots in the medicine-show tradition. Self-described as "America's
Fearless Young Showman," he is best known for his presentation of the
1945 exploitation film Mom and Dad, which was added to the National
Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2005. Babb was involved in
the production and marketing of many films and television shows,
promoting each according to his favorite marketing motto: "You gotta
tell 'em to sell 'em." His films ranged from sex education–style
dramas to "documentaries" on foreign cultures intended to titillate
audiences rather than to educate them, maximizing profits via
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Gadsden Purchase: The United States bought 30,000 square miles of land
south of the Gila River and west of the Rio Grande from Mexico for
Paul Kruger became the President of the Transvaal Republic.
The Ginza Line, the oldest subway line in Asia, opened in Tokyo,
King Michael I was forced to abdicate as Romania became a People's
Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines.
Wikiquote of the day:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too...
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And — which is more — you'll be a Man, my son!
-- Rudyard Kipling