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Howard Cosell-Alvin Garrett Incident Love him or hate him, Howard Cosell was pretty much the personification of ABC's Monday Night Football from its inception in 1970 through the 1983 season. During the first Monday night game of the 1983 NFL season between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, Howard Cosell made the following comment about diminutive Washington wide receiver Alvin Garrett: "That little monkey sure gets loose, doesn't he?" Immediately Cosell came under fire from a black minister, the Reverend Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Lowery called the remark racist and demanded Cosell apologize or be fired. Cosell was stunned by the allegation. He said the term 'little monkey' was a term of endearment--which he often used to describe his own grandchildren. Indeed, anyone who fairly examined Cosell's body of work knew he had supported black athletes time and time again in truly divisive racial disputes. Jesse Jackson and Muhammad Ali both publicly supported Cosell. Garrett himself said he knew that Cosell meant no harm. Someone even found a clip from a preseason football telecast from 1972 in which Cosell referred to Mike Adamle--a small Caucasian player--as "a little monkey." Nevertheless, Cosell's tenure with Monday night football ended without much fanfare at the end of the 1983 season. He covered the boxing tournament at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and not much else afterward. When Cosell was not assigned to work ABC's coverage of the 1985 World Series, it was obvious that ABC had quietly put the aging Cosell--its iconic broadcaster--out to pasture.
Tags: Howard  Cosell  Alvin  Garrett  racism  incident 
Added: 11th July 2015
Views: 760
Posted By: Lava1964
Luke and Laura General Hospital Captain of Her Heart Tags: Luke  and  Laura  General  Hospital  Captain  of  Her  Heart  Double  Luke  Spencer  Laura  Webber  Anthony  Geary    Genie  Francis  Ice  Princess    Port  Charles 
Added: 25th June 2015
Views: 680
Posted By: Cathy
 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial June 10,1981 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits.
Tags:   Pete  Rose  ties  Stan  Musial  MLB  Major  League  Baseball   
Added: 10th June 2015
Views: 547
Posted By: Old Fart
Crispy Critter Commercial Failed relaunch of the cereal. The cereal made by Post Cereal was popular from 1963 until 1969.
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Added: 9th June 2015
Views: 567
Posted By: pfc
CNN Launches The Cable News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday June 1, 1980. After an introduction by Ted Turner, the husband and wife team of David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the first newscast.
Tags: CNN  Cable  News  Network  June  1,  1980  Ted  Turner  David  Walker  and  Lois  Hart  anchored  first  newscast 
Added: 1st June 2015
Views: 655
Posted By: Steve
Jif Peanut Butter Commercial - Judith Barsi This Jif peanut butter commercial from 1987 featured child actress Judith Barsi. About a year later she was dead--killed by her mentally disturbed father. (A few months ago I posted Barsi's tragic story on the website.)
Tags: Judith  Barsi  peanut  butter  commercial 
Added: 29th May 2015
Views: 734
Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - Phyl and Mikhy If you remember this short-lived CBS citcom you have a great memory and ought to report to the nearest trivia contest. Phyl and Mikhy was about two athletes (one American and one Soviet). The Soviet, Mikhail Orlov, was a decathlete who defected to the Unites States to marry Phyllis Wilson, a star athlete from Pacific Western University. The show starred Murphy Cross as Phyllis (Phyl) and Rick Lohman as Mikhail (Mikhy). Jack Dodson played the head of the school's alumni association. Michael Pataki played a blundering Soviet consulate official assigned to get Mikhy back to the USSR. It was a typical fish-out-of-water sitcom that played upon Cold War politics and the defector's comical adjustment to life in western society. Only six episodes of Phyl and Mikhy aired, beginning on May 26, 1980 and ending on June 30. The fact that the United States had announced its boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics probably made this show even more far-fetched than it already was.
Tags: CBS  sitcom  Phyl  and  Mikhy 
Added: 28th May 2015
Views: 683
Posted By: Lava1964
1985 NBA Draft Lottery Conspiracy Many NBA fans steadfastly claim that the league's first draft lottery, held in 1985, was rigged. Prior to 1985, the two teams that finished in last place in the NBA's two conferences used a coin toss to determine which of the bottom-feeders would pick first overall in the collegiate draft that summer. This practice led to the accusation that some teams that had little hope of being competitive were deliberately tanking games to get in on the coin toss. To make tanking a less attractive proposition, the NBA instituted a 'draft lottery' in 1985 in which the seven teams that did not qualify for the playoffs had an equal chance of getting the first overall pick. In 1985 that selection would obviously be used to choose Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University who had led the Hoyas to three berths in the NCAA final in four years. Even before the draft was held there was scuttlebutt that the NBA would rig the draw so that the New York Knicks, the team with the biggest TV market, would get the #1 pick. The lottery was held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. CBS televised the lottery between halves of a playoff game. As this clip shows, it was a very simplistic lottery. Seven sealed envelopes, each containing a team's logo, were put into a transparent sphere drum. The drum was spun. Commissioner David Stern selected the seven envelopes one at a time for the one to seven draft slots in that order. Almost immediately conspiracy theorists argued the draw had been rigged in favor of the Knicks. The fourth envelope tossed into the drum contained the Knicks' logo. It ended up with a bent corner because it was tossed into the drum more strongly than the other envelopes. Some cynics even claim the Knicks' envelope was frozen so Commissioner Stern would select the coldest envelope first! Others point out that the law firm responsible for overseeing the fairness of the lottery had a financial interest in the Knicks. Interestingly, the team that ended up with the seventh pick, Golden State, had the worst record in the NBA in 1984-85. In previous years they would have gotten no worse than the second pick. David Stern has always scoffed at the idea that the 1985 lottery was rigged. Watch for yourself and decide if anything was amiss.
Tags: 1985  NBA  draft  lottery  conspiracy 
Added: 21st May 2015
Views: 743
Posted By: Lava1964
McCoke Spoons The coffee spoons had to be pulled during the 80's due to its popularity in snorting cocaine not in stirring coffee.
Tags: spoons  McDonald's  coke  cocaine  sniffing  small  spoon  snort  snorting 
Added: 19th May 2015
Views: 642
Posted By: pfc
Caller ID Commerical Tags: 1989  Michael  Lucid  Caller  ID  Commercial  identification  telephone  phone  1989  AT&T 
Added: 18th May 2015
Views: 639
Posted By: Old Fart

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