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Jill Kinmont 1936-2012 Jill Kinmont Boothe (February 16, 1936 February 9, 2012) was a former alpine ski racer who competed in the mid-1950s. Jill Kinmont grew up in Bishop, California, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain. In early 1955, she was the reigning U.S. national champion in the slalom, and a top prospect for a medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy. While competing in the downhill at the Snow Cup in Alta, Utah on January 30, 1955, she suffered a near-fatal accident which resulted in paralysis from the neck down. It ironically occurred the same week that Kinmont, about two weeks shy of her 19th birthday, was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated dated January 31, 1955. After her rehabilitation, she went on to graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in German and earned a teaching credentials from the University of Washington. She had a long career as an educator first in Washington and then in Beverly Hills, California. She taught special education at Bishop Union Elementary School from 1975 to 1996 in her hometown of Bishop. She was an accomplished painter who had many exhibitions of her artwork. Kinmont was the subject of two movies: The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975, and The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 in 1978. Both films starred Marilyn Hassett as Kinmont. Jill married trucker John Boothe in November 1976, and they made their home in Bishop until her death.
Tags: SI  jinx  Jill  Kinmont  skier 
Added: 13th February 2012
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Stella Walsh and Helen Stephens About four years ago I made a post about the gender controversy surrounding Stella Walsh, a Polish-born sprinter who competed at both the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics. Only after 'her' 1980 death was it discovered that Walsh was actually a male. Walsh's great rival at the 1936 Berlin Games was American Helen Stephens (shown on the left in this photo). Stephens passed her gender test and won the gold medal in the women's 100 meters.
Tags: gender  controversy  Helen  Stephens  Stella  Walsh 
Added: 15th May 2012
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Death of Tyrone Power - 1958 Tyrone Power was one of Hollywood's most popular actors from his debut in 1936 until the time of his untimely death in 1958. In 1957, the twice-divorced Power met Deborah Ann Montgomery Minardos. They were married on May 7, 1958, just after Power's 44th birthday. She became pregnant soon afterward. In September 1958, Power and his wife travelled to Madrid and Valdespartera, Spain to film Solomon and Sheba under the direction of King Vidor. Deborah Ann was worried about Tyrone's health and asked him to slow down, but he pushed ahead with the movie. He had filmed about 75 percent of his scenes when he was stricken with a massive heart attack while he was filming a strenuous dueling scene with his frequent co-star and friend, George Sanders. He died en route to the hospital. Yul Brynner was hastily brought in to take over Power's role of Solomon. The filmmakers used some of the long shots that Power had filmed, and an observant fan can see him in some of the scenes, particularly in the middle of the duel. Power's last role was a familiar one, with sword in hand. He is perhaps best remembered as a swashbuckler, and, indeed, he was reportedly one of the finest swordsmen in Hollywood. Director Henry King said, "People always seem to remember Ty with sword in hand, although he once told me he wanted to be a character actor. He actually was quite good among the best swordsmen in films." Power was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at noon on November 21, 1958, in a military service. (This is a photo of his grave marker.) His son, Tyrone Power Jr., was born on January 22, 1959.
Tags: death  Tyrone  Power  actor 
Added: 26th May 2012
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Cynthia Lynn Following the recent passing of Richard Dawson, I was asked on another post how many of the Hogan's Heroes cast are still alive. Here's one: Cynthia Lynn, who played the very lovely Fraulein Helga, the first of Colonel Klink's two secretaries, in the first season of the sitcom. Born in Latvia in 1936, she is still with us today at age 75.
Tags: Cynthia  Lynn  Hogans  Heroes  sitcom  CBS 
Added: 5th June 2012
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Our Gang 1936 - Old Meets New In this newsreel the original Our Gang kids meet their 1936 successors.
Tags: Our  Gang  reunion 
Added: 16th October 2012
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Dagwood Sandwiches Dagwood sandwiches are enormous creations comprised of numerous leftover meats and vegetables, often with extra slices of bread in the middle. The name originated from the Dagwood Bumstead character in the popular newspaper comic strip Blondie, who frequently snacked on this type of oversized sandwich. The first such sandwich is believed to have appeared in the Blondie comic strip in 1936. A small chain of Dagwood Sandwich shops exists today. One item on the menu is an enormous Dagwood that weighs 1.5 pounds!
Tags: Dagwood  sanwiches  Blondie  comics 
Added: 24th January 2013
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Avery Brundage Avery Brundage was the only American ever to become president of the International Olympic Committee--a position he held from 1952 to 1972. He was also the most controversial IOC head. Brundage had competed at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in the decathlon and pentathlon. He later acquired significant wealth from his contruction company combined with some shrewd investments. His vast fortune skewed his views of amateurism. Since he was independently wealthy, he could not see why every other amateur athlete could not be self-sufficient too. As a result, Brundage believed the only true athletes were amateurs. He denounced pro athletes as entertainers. Brundage rose to become head of the United States Olympic Committee by 1936. That year he controversially allowed the American team to compete in the Berlin Olympics despite heavy public pressure to boycott the Nazi-themed Games. He personally disqualified one notable female American athlete, swimmer Eleanor Holm, for allegedly engaging in immoral behavior on the team's ocean voyage to Hamburg. (Years later Holm claimed she had rebuffed the married Brundage's advances and he suspended her out of spite.) After the 1936 Games, Brundage openly praised Nazi Germany's economic resurgence and newfound national pride. By 1952 he became head of the IOC and a staunch defender of pure amateur sports, saying that the ideal Olympian should be a Renaissance person with many interests--not just the financial benefits of being a pro athlete. Critics labelled him "Slavery Avery." Despite being anti-communist, Brundage was impressed by the Soviet Union's national physical fitness programs and was instrumental in getting the USSR into the Olympic movement. Brundage was still at the helm of the IOC at age 85 in 1972 when a terrorist attack killed 11 Israeli team members. Brundage called for a day of mourning and then insisted the Games continue-- a decision still controversial today. In one of his final public speeches as IOC head, Brundage favored abolishing the Winter Olympics because of their growing commercialization. He died in 1975.
Tags: Avery  Brundage  IOC 
Added: 5th February 2013
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Rosina Lawrence Pretty Rosina Lawrence was a Canadian-born actress who briefly enjoyed success on the silver screen in the late 1930s. She appeared as the school teacher in five Our Gang shorts (where she was known as either Miss Jones or Miss Lawrence) and was the female lead in the 1936 Laurel and Hardy comedy Way Out West. By 1939 Lawrence was married and had retired from show business. She died in 1997 at the age of 84. Widowed once, her second husband was Laurel and Hardy's biographer.
Tags: Rosina  Lawrence  actress 
Added: 5th March 2013
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Chubby Gets a Headstone - 2012 Norman (Chubby) Chaney was the first member of the Our Gang troupe to die. He passed away in May 1936 at age 21 from myocarditis and a glandular condition. His family could not afford to buy a headstone for Norman's grave in the Baltimore cemetery where he is interred, so his final resting place was unmarked for 76 years. However, in 2012, an online fund-raiser solicited more than $4,000 in donations to have this attractive black granite marker erected on the gravesite. About a dozen Our Gang fans attended the official unveiling on November 10, 2012.
Tags: gravestone  Chubby  Chaney  Our  Gang 
Added: 5th March 2013
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Astaire-Rogers Swing Time Dance Number Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers light up the screen with this lively dance number from the 1936 film Swing Time. Sadly, I suspect this type of entertainment may be gone forever.
Tags: Swing  Time  Fred  Astaire  Ginger  Rogers 
Added: 10th April 2013
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