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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - 1953 I was surprised to discover no one had yet posted a clip of Queen Elizabeth's coronation--so I took the liberty of doing it. On February 6, 1952, George VI, the reigning monarch of the British Commonwealth, died from smoking-related health problems. He was just 56 years old. By the rules of succession, his eldest daughter, 25-year-old Elizabeth, became the new Queen. She was making a goodwill tour of Kenya when she learned she was the new British monarch. Her ceremonial coronation took more than a year to plan. It finally occurred on June 2, 1953. Here is a four-minute clip of her receiving the various symbols of power. Because coronations happen so rarely--and this is the most recent--few people realize how religious the ceremony is. (The monarch is supposed to be "the Defender of the Faith.") Recorded for posterity in spectacularly rich color, the film looks like it could have been shot yesterday--not in 1953. Because satellite broadcasting was not yet a reality, special arrangements were made for North American TV viewers to see the event as soon as possible. The undeveloped film of the ceremony was put aboard a Canadian fighter jet. A technician developed the film in a dark room while the plane was over the Atlantic. About five hours after the event occurred, the airplane landed in Canada. The freshly developed film was rushed to a CBC broadcast studio where it aired throughout Canada. American networks picked up the CBC's feed. Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 89th birthday. If she lives past the first week of September 2015, she will surpass Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother) as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. There's no reason to believe she won't attain that milestone. By all accounts Elizabeth II enjoys excellent health, she is still quite active, and her mother lived to be 102 years old.
Tags: coronation  Elizabeth  II  royalty 
Added: 23rd April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Keith Olbermann Tribute to Gordie Howe In late 2014, news that 86-year-old hockey great Gordie Howe was ailing prompted ESPN's Keith Olbermann to create this excellent tribute to a beloved sports figure. (By the way, despite a dire prognosis, Gordie pulled through and is still with us as of September 2015.)
Tags: hocky  Gordie  Howe  tribute  Keith  Olbermann 
Added: 5th September 2015
Views: 603
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - Jean Darling Jean Darling was one of the last Our Gang alumni to have any connection with the silent film era. Born Dorothy Jean LeVake in 1922, Darling got her big break at age four when she was accepted for a part in Hal Roach's Our Gang series. (By that time her name had been changed to Jean Darling.) Darling appeared in 35 Our Gang films. She essentially replaced Mary Kornman as the troupe's pretty blonde, a role she held through 1929. Darling's stint in the Our Gang cast ended at age seven, but she continued to appear in films, including an uncredited appearance in Laurel and Hardy's adaptation of Babes in Toyland (1934), and as the young Jane in Jane Eyre (1934). A round of stage and radio shows followed. Darling began to study singing. In 1940 she was given a scholarship by the New York Municipal Opera Association. She turned down an offer to play alongside Mickey Rooney in one of the MGM Andy Hardy movies. Instead, she went on Broadway, making her debut in the musical Count Me In in 1942. Darling's stage career hit its apex when she landed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in the original Broadway production of Carousel in 1945. She appeared in 850 consecutive performances of the play. Her role as Carrie helped her win parts for radio and TV in the 1950s. She hosted her own television show for NBC in New York City titled A Date with Jean Darling. Her daily TV show for women, The Singing Knit-Witch, aired on KHJ-TV in Hollywood. Later in life Darling began penning short mystery stories. She had more than 50 published. Darling resided in Ireland for many years, but died in Germany in 2015 at the age of 93.
Tags: Our  Gang  Jean  Darling 
Added: 7th December 2009
Views: 1841
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - Dickie Moore Dickie Moore was an Our Gang regular in 1932 and 1933, becoming one of the troupe's lead male characters. Dickie was a clean-cut, likable boy who often played the 'straight man' parts against more comical characters. In addition to his Our Gang work, Moore is often remembered for his portrayal of the title character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and as Marlene Dietrich's son in Blonde Venus (1932). He is also famous for giving Shirley Temple her first onscreen kiss, in Miss Annie Rooney (1942). With dozens of news cameras present to record the 'end-of-innocence kiss,' Moore has described the incident as the most terrifying of his life. (It was the first time in his 17 years that he had kissed any girl!) Moore was less successful as a teenage and young-adult actor, and retired from the screen in the early 1950s. Moore went on to teach and write books about acting, edit Equity magazine, perform on Broadway, in stock, and on television. He also wrote and directed for TV, produced an Oscar-nominated short film (The Boy and the Eagle), and produced industrial films. Moore, who married actress Jane Powell in 1988, passed away on September 10, 2015--just two days before his ninetieth birthday.
Tags: Our  Gang  Dickie  Moore 
Added: 8th December 2009
Views: 2866
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Posted By: Lava1964
Stump the Schwab Here's a clip from a game show that sports fans ought to recall: Stump the Schwab. ESPN featured their in-house stats guru, Howie Schwab, in a sports quiz face-off against an array of challengers. In the 80 total shows made from 2004 to 2006, "The Schwab" as Howie liked to call himself, won 64 times--an impressive 80 percent success rate. Stuart Scott, who served as the show's quizmaster, died on January 4, 2015 from cancer at the young age of 49. ESPN callously fired Schwab from his behind-the-scenes position at the network in 2013 after 26 years of service as part of its broad cost-cutting measures.
Tags: Stump  the  Schwab  ESPN  game  show  sports  quiz 
Added: 5th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ernie Banks Anecdote Beloved Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks passed away at the age of 83 on January 23, 2015. In this short clip from the early 1980s, former Cubs' broadcaster Jack Brickhouse relates an anecdote that illustrates why Banks was such a popular player with the fans.
Tags: baseball  Ernie  Banks  Jack  Brickhouse 
Added: 24th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Inventor of the Pet Rock Passes At 78 Gary Dahl, inventor of the Pet Rock passed at the age or 78 on March 23, 2015. The fad made him a millionaire almost overnight.
Tags: Inventor  of  the  Pet  Rock  Passes  At  78  fad  millionaire  70's  1970's  Christmas  Shopping 
Added: 1st April 2015
Views: 750
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Posted By: Old Fart
Awful Lucille Ball Statue has Fans in Uproar In 2012 a bronze statue of beloved comedienne Lucille Ball was unveiled in her hometown of Celeron, NY. The reaction to 'Scary Lucy' (as the locals call it) has been overwhelmingly negative. Most Lucy fans think the statue bears little resemblance to the late, great TV icon. One person described it as "looking like a drunken zombie." There has been renewed interest in Scary Lucy because recently a Facebook page was created by upset fans who want the statue taken down. In a 2015 interview, artist Dave Poulin said he too was disappointed with the final product and hopes to get a chance to create a better replacement. The statue was funded by private donations.
Tags: statue  Lucille  Ball   
Added: 8th April 2015
Views: 651
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Posted By: Lava1964
Netscape 2015 Who knew this pioneer in search engines is still around?
Tags: Netscape  2015  internet  world  wide  web  Al  Gore  www  http  http//   
Added: 30th April 2015
Views: 798
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Posted By: Old Fart
Gene Fullmer 1931-2015 One of the familiar names from the golden age of boxing, Gene Fullmer, passed away on April 27, 2015 at the age of 83. He defeated Sugar Ray Robinson for the the world middleweight title in January 1957 before losing the championship back to Robinson in May. Fullmer held at least a portion of the middleweight crown again from 1959 to 1963. Known for his rugged, brawling style, Fullmer was very much a hero in his home state of Utah. A youth center is named after him. His pro record was 55-6-3 with 24 knockouts.
Tags: obituary  Gene  Fullmer  boxing  champion 
Added: 30th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964

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