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First Issue of Playboy Magazine The first issue, published in December 1953, did not carry a date, as Hefner was unsure whether there would be a second issue. It was produced in Hefner's Hyde Park kitchen. The first centerfold was Marilyn Monroe, although the picture used had originally been taken for a calendar, rather than for Playboy. The first issue was an immediate sensation; it sold out within a matter of weeks. The cover price was 50. Copies of the first issue in Mint to Near Mint condition sold for over $5,000 in 2002.
Tags: Playboy  first  issue  marilyn  munroe 
Added: 3rd July 2007
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Posted By: BKV
The Five DeMarco Sisters on Whats My Line From February 22, 1953, the Five DeMarco Sisters team up to be the mystery challenger on What's My Line. (I must admit I had never heard of them. Apparently they were big on radio--especially Fred Allen's show.)
Tags: Five  DeMarco  Sisters  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 1st February 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
We Will Miss You Brett Somers WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83. Somers died Saturday at her home in Westport of stomach and colon cancer, Adam Klugman said Monday. Hosted by Gene Rayburn, "Match Game" was the top game show during much of the 1970s. Contestants would try to match answers to nonsense questions with a panel of celebrities; much of the humor came from the racy quips and putdowns. Shows from the 1973-79 run, featuring regulars like Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, are still seen on cable TV's GSN (formerly Game Show Network.) Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced.
Tags: Brett  Somers    Match  Game 
Added: 17th September 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
  Kirk Douglas  One of the Best Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed, and ruggedly handsome, Kirk Douglas is a star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name give to his best-selling 1988 autobiography) of Russian-Jewish ancestry to become a bona fide superstar. Kirk was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. A list of his films includes The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Out of the Past (1947) Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) I Walk Alone (1948) The Walls of Jericho (1948) My Dear Secretary (1949) A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Champion (1949) Young Man with a Horn (1950) The Glass Menagerie (1950) Along the Great Divide (1951) Ace in the Hole (1951) Detective Story (1951) The Big Trees (1952) The Big Sky (1952) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) The Story of Three Loves (1953) The Juggler (1953) Act of Love (1953) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) The Racers (1955) Ulysses (1955) Man Without a Star (1955) The Indian Fighter (1955) Lust for Life (1956) Top Secret Affair (1957) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Paths of Glory (1957) The Vikings (1958) Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) The Devil's Disciple (1959) Strangers When We Meet (1960) Spartacus (1960) Town Without Pity (1961) The Last Sunset (1961) Lonely Are the Brave (1962) Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) The Hook (1963) The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) For Love or Money (1963) Seven Days in May (1964) In Harm's Way (1965) The Heroes of Telemark (1965) Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Is Paris Burning? (1966) The Way West (1967) The War Wagon (1967) Once Upon a Wheel (1968) (documentary) A Lovely Way to Die (1968) The Brotherhood (1968) The Arrangement (1969) There Was a Crooked Man... (1970) To Catch a Spy (1971) The Light at the Edge of the World (1971) A Gunfight (1971) A Man to Respect (1972) Scalawag (1973) Posse (1975) Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975) Holocaust 2000 (1977) The Fury (1978) The Villain (1979) Saturn 3 (1980) Home Movies (1980) The Final Countdown (1980) The Man from Snowy River (1982) Eddie Macon's Run (1983) Tough Guys (1986) Oscar (1991) Veraz (1991) A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary) Greedy (1994) Diamonds (1999) It Runs in the Family (2003) Illusion (2004) When I was 7 yrs old my grandmother (being a big fan) took me to see my first Kirk Douglas film, Man Without a Star, and he became my first hero. If you're also a fan, I hope this clip will bring back a lot of fond memories.
Tags: kirk  douglas  film  actors 
Added: 22nd September 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny Now this is what a movie star looks like! Marilyn Monroe made her first television appearance in 1953. It was on the Jack Benny Show. Despite the age mentioned in this clip, Marilyn was an old lady of 27 when she did this.
Tags: Marilyn  Monroe  Jack  Benny 
Added: 30th September 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jackie Wilson  Thats Why Jackie Wilson first started his career in music in his native Detroit. He joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1953, replacing Clyde McPhatter. After losing McPhatter, the group's only major recording success with Wilson came in June of 1956 with the single "St. Therese of The Roses" that reached number 13 on the Pop charts. His solo career began with 1957's "Reet Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. He had his first top 40 hit in 1958 with "To Be Loved." At the end of that year he had his first big success with "Lonely Teardrops" that went to #7 on the charts. The song, also written by Gordy, became his signature tune. That same year saw Wilson release his first LP titled She's So Fine. Wilson's brand of soul and R&B helped him cross over to the mainstream, having several pop hits. His dynamic stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr. Excitement." In another of his performances on Ed Sullivan's show, he sang "Lonely Teardrops" which was considered one of the show's classics. In the 1960s, Wilson continued to record singles, many of them operatic, such as "Danny Boy" or "Night," others were up-tempo and exciting, such as "Baby Workout" in 1963. His career began to suffer in the mid-60s, though he managed a brief revival by collaborating with Carl Davis, a legendary Chicago producer. This resulted in two hits, "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher". The revival was short-lived, though, and Wilson rarely charted in the 1970s. He suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage; he was singing "Lonely Teardrops". The blow to his head left him comatose. For the next eight years and four months he was in a vegetative state until his death at age 49.
Tags: jackie  wilson  thats  why  ed  sullivan 
Added: 5th October 2007
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Posted By: Guido
I Love Lucy At The Sixth Annual Emmy Awards I Love Lucy At The 6th Annual Emmy Awards! In these excerpts from the earliest existing Emmy Awards telecast, Vivian Vance accepts the Emmy for Best Series Supporting Actress (from none other than Lucy's former radio co-star Richard Denning) and then Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz accept the Emmy awarded to I Love Lucy as the Best Situation Comedy of 1953. ("I love Lucy" received no awards for comedy writing that evening. AT that time, the Academy had not yet decided to award Emmys for writing)
Tags: Love    Lucy    At    The    6th    Annual    Emmy    Awards    1954    Vivian  Vance  Best  Series    Lucille  Ball  Desi  Arnaz  Richard  Denning  telecast   
Added: 23rd February 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
1974 - Japanese WWII Soldier Finally Surrenders Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier, refused to believe the Second World War had ended--and continued his mission of clandestine sabotage for twenty-nine years. On December 26, 1944, Onoda was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines. His orders were to hamper enemy activity on the island, including destroying the airstrip and the pier at the harbor. Onoda's orders also stated that under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life. When he landed on the island, Onoda joined forces with other Japanese soldiers. The officers in the group all outranked Onoda, which prevented him from carrying out his assignment. United States and Filipino forces retook Luband Island when they landed on February 28, 1945. Within a short time, all but Onoda and three other soldiers had either died or surrendered. Onoda, who had been promoted to lieutenant, ordered the men to take to the hills. Onoda continued his campaign as a Japanese holdout, initially living in the mountains with three fellow soldiers (Akatsu, Shimada and Kozuka). Although hostilities ceased in August 1945, Onoda and his comrades were oblivious to Japan's unconditional surrender. Thus the foursome carried out guerrilla activities, killed some 30 Filipino citizens, and engaged in several shootouts with the police for years. As early as 1945 Onoda saw a leaflet saying the war had ended, but he and his comrades thought it was enemy propaganda. They continued their bloody raids against local farmers and police. Even leaflets from General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Fourteenth Area Army failed to convince the maverick soldiers to capitulate. One of the four, Yuichi Akatsu, walked away from the others in September 1949 and surrendered to Filipino forces in 1950 after six months on his own. In 1952 letters and family pictures were dropped from aircraft urging the remaining three to surrender, but they concluded it too was a ruse. Shimada was shot in the leg during a gun battle with local fishermen in June 1953. Onoda nursed him back to health. On May 7, 1954, Shimada was killed by a shot fired by a search party. Kozuka was killed by two shots fired by local police on October 19, 1972, leaving Onoda alone. He and Onoda were burning local farmers' rice harvest as part of their guerrilla activities. On February 20, 1974, Onoda met a young Japanese man, Norio Suzuki, who was on a personal quest to find him. Onoda described this moment in a 2010 interview: "This hippie boy Suzuki came to the island to listen to the feelings of a Japanese soldier. Suzuki asked me why I would not come out..." Onoda and Suzuki became friends, but Onoda still refused to surrender, saying that he was waiting for orders from a superior officer. Suzuki returned to Japan with photographs of himself and Onoda as proof of their encounter. The Japanese government located Onoda's commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, who had become a bookseller in civilian life. On March 9, 1974, Taniguchi met with Onoda and persuaded him to surrender. Onoda turned over his sword, his rifle (still in working order), 500 rounds of ammunition, and several hand grenades, as well as a dagger his mother had given him in 1944. Though he had killed numerous civilians since the war's end, Onoda received a pardon from Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. Upon his return to Japan, Onoda was uncomfortable with his celebrity status and the erosion of traditional Japanese values. Onoda moved to Brazil where he became a successful cattle rancher. He occasionally returned to Japan to promote conservative causes, including organizing educational camps for wayward Japanese youths. As of December 2013, Onoda was still alive at age 91.
Tags: WWII  Japanese  soldier  surrenders  1974 
Added: 28th December 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Platters Great Pretender In 1955, The Great Pretender, with lyrics written in the washroom of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, exceeded the success of the Platter's debut in 1953. It became their first national #1 hit. The Great Pretender was also the act's biggest R&B hit, with an eleven-week run atop the charts.
Tags: the  platters  the  great  pretender  50s 
Added: 20th November 2007
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Posted By: Babs64
Julius LaRosa Sings This Is Heaven Probably from early 1953, Julius LaRosa sings This Is Heaven on Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. This guy has a great voice! Sadly today he is mostly remembered for being fired by Godfrey on the air later that year in one of broadcasting's most infamous moments.
Tags: Julius  LaRosa  Arthur  Godfrey 
Added: 24th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964

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