Arts & Pop Culture

The $179.3 Million Picasso

11/19/2017

Updated on 10/08/2018

History was made on November 13, 2017, when a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, sold for $450.3 million at auction to an unknown buyer, making it the most expensive painting ever sold at auction1. Dating from around 1500, the oil on walnut panel painting depicts Jesus Christ against a dark background holding a very unrealistic glass orb. Despite…read more

Ms. Pac-Man — Sequel to Pac-Man

11/14/2017

Updated on 10/26/2018

When Pac-Man came out in 1980, it was big. I mean really big. Like “stand in a 10-person line to play for just a few minutes” big. For the price of 25¢, you could guide Pac-Man — a little, binge-eating, yellow, three-quarter circle — through a maze loaded with tasty little white pellets, while being chased by four colorful little ghosts named Inky,…read more

Free Fallin’

10/03/2017

Updated on 10/08/2018

With the passing of the great American rock musician Tom Petty, SilverMedals.net would like to highlight his second-best-selling track, “Free Fallin”, which was included on the excellent album Full Moon Fever. The album was Petty’s first solo album (without the Heartbreakers, although Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell appeared frequently on the album) and included many great tracks in addition to “Free Fallin” such as…read more

Kim Shattuck — The Second Person to Play Bass for the Pixies

09/28/2017

Updated on 01/06/2019

When the Pixies1 reunited in 2004, it was a huge prayer answered for many devoted fans. Having previously been disbanded in 1992 by frontman Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black—real name Charles Thompson (which is what we’ll call him for the rest of this piece)—the odds of the post-punk band ever playing again seemed slim at best. There were stories of…read more

Second Day of School for the Little Rock Nine

09/26/2017

Updated on 02/12/2019

Editor’s Note: SilverMedals.net defines the second day of school for the Little Rock Nine as the second day they were able to actually enter the school. Their first day was supposed to be 9/4/57, but they were turned away by soldiers from the Arkansas National Guard. The first day they were actually able to enter Little Rock Central High School,…read more

Geri Reischl — the “Fake” Jan Brady

09/12/2017

Updated on 10/26/2018

Geri Reischl may not be a household name but she occupies a rather unique place in American pop-cultural history. Some may know her for her singing. Some may know her for her toy ads in the late 60s and early 70s. There are many French Canadians who may remember Reischl from when she toured with singer René Simard. But the…read more