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Original Howdy Doody Puppet The Howdy Doody Show was one of the most iconic, popular, and enduring kids' programs ever. When it first aired in 1947, however, star marionette Howdy Doody looked far different than he did for most of the show's run. In this NBC publicity photo, Howdy is the puppet on the far right. Why the change? By 1948 the show had become so popular that merchandisers were clamoring to sell Howdy Doody paraphernalia. Macy's Department Store was especially eager to carry any and all Howdy Doody merchandise. This presented a major ownership problem: Buffalo Bob Smith had used the unmistakable Howdy Doody voice for years (beginning on the radio) and owned the rights to the character, but the puppet was created for TV by Frank Paris. No agreement could be worked out between Smith and Paris, so one day, about four hours before a live broadcast, Paris walked out of the NBC studio and took his puppet with him. The producers came up with a quick and brilliant gimmick to explain Howdy Doody's absence. Howdy had gone on a nation-wide road trip to campaign in the 1948 election! A large map of the USA showed viewers where Howdy had travelled during his absence from the show. Furthermore, it was announced that Howdy was undergoing plastic surgery to look better in his public appearances. This gave NBC's Velma Dawson plenty of time to create a totally different--but more familiar--Howdy Doody marionette that was used until the show ended in 1960. The new, more appealing Howdy Doody was an immediate hit. Apparently nobody missed Paris' original marionette too much. Smith himself declared it to be "the ugliest puppet imaginable."
Tags: puppet  original  Howdy  Doody 
Added: 24th February 2014
Views: 2966
Posted By: Lava1964
RCAF Flyers - 1948 Olympic Hockey Champions The Winter Olympics certainly have grown in prestige over the years. Compare today's preparations to what they were in the 1940s. Here is the story of the ragtag 1948 Olympic hockey gold medallists from Canada. Canada had originally planned not to send a team to the Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, but the Herculean efforts of one man and his connections to the Royal Canadian Air Force got things done. In the end, the RCAF squad surprised their many critics. They went undefeated in the eight-game round-robin tourney and outscored their opponents 69-5. This mini feature was created 40 years later by CBC sports. It aired during the network's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Tags: Olympic  hockey  Canada  1948  gold  medallists 
Added: 1st February 2014
Views: 858
Posted By: Lava1964
University of Kentucky Cheerleaders - 1949 Some things definitely weren't better in the good old days: Check out the outfits worn by these cheerleaders at the University of Kentucky in 1949.
Tags: 1949  cheerleaders  Kentucky 
Added: 27th December 2013
Views: 1916
Posted By: Lava1964
Winston Churchill - Finest Hour Speech On June 18, 1940 Allied resistance to the German invasion of France ended with the surrender of the French forces. Great Britain, the last remaining unoccupied country in western Europe, would be next to face the brunt of a German offensive. At its most imperiled hour, Great Brtiain is inspired to resist by new Prime Minister Winston Churchill in this famous speech.
Tags: Winston  Churchill  Finest  Hour  speech 
Added: 25th October 2013
Views: 1668
Posted By: Lava1964
Nothing says Trick or Treat Better Tags: Dorothy  Lamar  Cigarette  Ads  Halloween  smoking  actress   
Added: 18th October 2013
Views: 1163
Posted By: Cathy
Citizen Kane - Final Scene This is the final scene of what many film critics consider the greatest movie ever made: Citizen Kane (1941). The movie begins with the lonely death of Charles Foster Kane (based on the life of William Randolph Hearst) in his vast gated mansion. Kane's dying word was "Rosebud!" A reporter wants to know the significance of the word so he tracks down and interviews colleagues of the deceased great man. Kane's life is shown in retrospect from childhood until his death. Kane's mother had run a boarding house in Colorado. She acquired the deed to a mine in lieu of payment from a boarder. The mine provided enormous wealth for young Kane who lived a life of privilege and became famous as a mud-raking newspaper baron and a scandal-plagued failed political candidate. So what's the significance of Rosebud? It was the name of his sled he had when he was an ordinary child. It means everything...or nothing at all. It's up to the viewer to decide.
Tags: Citizen  Kane  final  scene  Rosebud 
Added: 27th June 2013
Views: 1644
Posted By: Lava1964
Ben Hogan - 1949 Car Crash Ben Hogan had been on the PGA tour since 1938 and was an established star when his life nearly came to a premature end in 1949. Hogan and his wife, Valerie, survived a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a fog-shrouded bridge, early in the morning, east of Van Horn, Texas on February 2, 1949. Hogan threw himself across Valerie in order to protect her, and would have been killed had he not done so, as the steering column punctured the driver's seat. This accident left Hogan, age 36, with a double-fracture of the pelvis, a fractured collar bone, a left ankle fracture, a chipped rib, and near-fatal blood clots: he would suffer lifelong circulation problems and other physical limitations. His doctors said he might never walk again, let alone play golf competitively. While in hospital, Hogan's life was endangered by a blood clot problem, leading doctors to tie off the vena cava. Hogan left the hospital on April 1, 59 days after the accident. After regaining his strength by extensive walking, he resumed golf activities in November 1949. He returned to the PGA Tour to start the 1950 season, at the Los Angeles Open, where he tied with Sam Snead over 72 holes, but lost the 18-hole playoff.
Tags: golf  Ben  Hogan  car  crash 
Added: 27th June 2013
Views: 1596
Posted By: Lava1964
Lucille Ball Hula Dance - 1940 From the movie aptly titled Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) 29-year-old Lucille ball dances the hula--or something vaguely resembling it.
Tags: Lucille  Ball  hula  dance 
Added: 3rd June 2013
Views: 2824
Posted By: Lava1964
Time Cover - Japan Surrenders Sometimes words are not necessary to convey a message. This Time Magazine cover from August 20, 1945, heralding the end of the Second World War in the Pacific Theater, gets the point across without any caption whatsoever.
Tags: Time  cover  1945  Second  World  War  Japan 
Added: 25th May 2013
Views: 1140
Posted By: Lava1964
1945 Anti-Japanese Propaganda Film This snippet from a 1945 propaganda film was designed to educate Americans about the dangerous powers of the Emperor of Japan and the ruthless army he commanded.
Tags: Second  World  War  propaganda  film  anti-Japanese 
Added: 28th March 2013
Views: 2079
Posted By: Lava1964

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