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James Scott - Prisoner Boxer One of the most controversial professional athletes in history was James Scott--a light heavyweight boxer who was permitted to pursue a professional ring career from within the confines of a New Jersey state prison. By the time Scott was 28 years old he had spent about half his life in reformatories or prisons. After serving time in Rahway State Prison for robbery, Scott began boxing professionally in Miami under the tutelage of Angelo and Chris Dundee in the mid-1970s. He compiled a record of 11-0-1 before trouble found him again. A car he owned was linked to a robbery and murder. Scott maintained he had merely loaned the car to friends and was utterly unaware of their plans. Law enforcement didn't buy his story and Scott was returned to Rahway prison to serve a 30-year term for parole violation. While there Scott persuaded correctional officials that a prison boxing program would benefit everyone: Prisoners would be able to release their frustrations in an acceptable manner, they could pursue professional careers upon their releases, and the overall camaraderie among all prisoners would be improved. The state thought Scott's idea had merit. Remarkably, they also allowed Scott to resume his pro boxing career--as long as his opponents were willing to fight inside the prison. Scott--whose fitness regimen reputedly included 1,500 push-ups per day--became a force to be reckoned with. He earned a top-10 ranking from the World Boxing Association in an era when the light heavyweight division was very deep. NBC and CBS each aired Scott's bouts. ABC, however, kept its distance from Scott due to his criminal convictions. Scott's biggest win came over Eddie Gregory in 1977. Gregory was the number-one-ranked contender at the time and would eventually win the WBA championship. Whenever a Scott bout was shown on TV there were numerous complaints forwarded to the network from people who did not think an incarcerated person should be allowed to pursue a pro sports career in prison. The rival World Boxing Council agreed and never did rank Scott. Eventually the WBA dropped Scott from its rankings too, largely because he would most likely have to leave Rahway to fight for a championship. With no hope of ever fighting for a title, Scott's career waned. Scott lost two of his last three fights to end his career with a record of 19-2-1. Scott's final bout, a 1981 defeat, came at the hands of Dwight Braxton who would later win world titles in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Ironically, Braxton had been a former Rahway inmate himself. Scott was finally released from prison in 2005 when he was in his mid-sixties.
Tags: boxing  James  Scott  prisoner 
Added: 6th July 2015
Views: 1004
Posted By: Lava1964
Paper MLB All-Star Ballots Billed as 'the largest non-political election in the world,' from 1970 to 2014, Major League Baseball allowed fans to determine the starters for the annual All-Star Game using punch-out ballots. (The wisdom of such a system is certainly debatable.) Shown here is the 1977 All-Star ballot. During those 45 seasons paper ballots and ballot boxes were available at all MLB and minor league ballparks, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and often at stores that carried official MLB-endorsed products. There was also a mail-in provision. In March 2015, however, MLB announced the discontinuation of paper ballots. This did not mean that fans could no longer vote; they just had to do it online. In 2015 MLB cited stats that showed far more fans were voting online than by paper ballot since the internet option became available.
Tags: MLB  All-Star  ballot  paper 
Added: 23rd June 2015
Views: 464
Posted By: Lava1964
Bill Cullen Secret Disability The affable Bill Cullen is largely considered one of the greatest TV game show hosts ever. (One poll lists him as THE greatest.) Witty and charming, Cullen was a fixture as a game show host and as a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret for years. One source claims he earned $300,000 in 1958--an extraordinary sum for that era. During his impressive broadcasting career which spanned from radio sports commentary in 1942 to his umpteenth TV game show gig in 1986, Cullen hid an obvious physical disability: As a toddler in 1921 he had been stricken by polio. As a teen he was further crippled in a motorcycle mishap. The end result was that Cullen had severe mobility issues until the day he died. As was the norm at the time, the TV networks did their best to hide Cullen's disability as a kindness to him. Every game show he hosted he was never shown walking to his place; he was always already seated behind a podium and stayed that way for the show's duration. On July 9, 1961 he was a mystery guest on the original What's My Line. Usually the WML mystery guest would be shown signing in and then walking a few feet to sit beside host John Daly. When Cullen entered, the camera focused on the blindfolded panelists until he was seated--which must have puzzled millions of viewers that night. Mel Brooks related a horribly awkward story about a time he appeared on the Cullen-hosted game show Eye Guess in the late 1960s. At the end of the tapings, Brooks walked toward Cullen's desk to thank him for having him on. Cullen walked towards Brooks with his arms flailing and his feet turned over at the ankles. Brooks thought Cullen was doing a deliberately comical walk, so Brooks mimicked it! Brooks was aghast when someone shouted that Cullen was disabled. Cullen, however, laughed loudly and told Brooks he was glad someone finally had the courage to poke fun at him. Cullen said he always felt self-conscious about the special treatment he received. Cullen also suffered through pancreatic surgery in the late 1960s. He was never as robust looking afterwards. A lifelong smoker, Cullen succumbed to lung cancer in 1990 at age 70.
Tags: Bill  Cullen  polio  TV  host  disability 
Added: 18th June 2015
Views: 4155
Posted By: Lava1964
Filmstrip Projectors Filmstrip projectors were an easy and inexpensive alternative to 16mm projector educational films, requiring very little storage space and being very quick to rewind for the next useeasy and inexpensive alternative to 16mm projector educational films, requiring very little storage space and being very quick to rewind for the next use
Tags: Filmstrip  Projectors  inexpensive  slide  alternative  16mm  film  storage 
Added: 13th June 2015
Views: 548
Posted By: Cliffy
President Tyler Has Living Grandsons The tenth President of the United States was John Tyler. Elected as vice-president in 1840, Tyler assumed the presidency when President William Henry Harrison suddenly died in office in April 1841. Tyler thus became the first VP to replace a sitting president. Not a great chief-executive by any stretch of the imagination, Tyler's political opponents mockingly referred to him as "His Accidency." Tyler completed Harrison's term and did not run for re-election in 1844. Incredibly, Tyler, who was born in 1790, has two living grandsons as of March 2015! This genealogical chart shows that Tyler's 15th child (Lyon, who was born when his father was 63) fathered two sons when he was a septuagenarian in the 1920s. The magazine Mental Floss learned about Tyler's octogenarian grandsons in 2012 and published a tidbit about them. This led to the 'boys' being interviewed for an article in New York magazine. Shortly thereafter news agencies around the world relayed the remarkable and curious story that a U.S. president born in the 18th century had two living grandchildren in the second decade of the 21st century.
Tags: John  Tyler  living  grandsons 
Added: 3rd June 2015
Views: 485
Posted By: Lava1964
Beethoven vs. Bieber Sheet Music Beethoven vs. Bieber: Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes two pages of sheet music are worth just as many words too.
Tags: Beethoven  vs  Bieber 
Added: 21st May 2015
Views: 464
Posted By: Lava1964
Kool and The Gang Full Concert Their 40th Anniversary Concert last year.
Tags: Kool  and  The  Gang  Full  Concert  Robert  "Kool"  Bell  (Muhammad  Bayyan)  Ronald  Bell  (Khalis  Bayyan)  George  Brown  Dennis  Thomas  Larry  Gittens  Shawn  McQuiller  Lavell  Evans  Curtis  "Fitz"  Williams  Michael  Ray  Timothy  Horton  Amir  Bayyan  Louis  Taylor 
Added: 20th May 2015
Views: 571
Posted By: Steve
Matchbox Cars Tags: Matchbox  Cars    Lesney  Products  Mattel,  Incorporated  die-cast  model  cars   
Added: 15th May 2015
Views: 431
Posted By: pfc
Pin The Tail On The Donkey Do kids still play this?
Tags: Pin  The  Tail  On  The  Donkey  children  kids  game  toy   
Added: 14th May 2015
Views: 414
Posted By: Old Fart
TV Moms Which was your favorite?
Tags: TV  Moms  television  mothers  mothers  day  Roseann  Barbara  Billingsly 
Added: 10th May 2015
Views: 410
Posted By: Freckles

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