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Arlene Francis on WML After Tragic Accident This is the introduction of the What's My Line panelists for June 26, 1960. It was the night after a freak accident, originating from Arlene Francis' Manhattan home, in which an unfortunate passerby was killed. Arlene lived in an eighth-floor apartment at the Ritz Tower at the corner of Park Avenue and 57th Street. Eight-pound weightlifting dumbbells were used to prop open a screen window of the apartment where an air conditioning unit had been removed. On the night before this show aired, while Arlene was in Connecticut peforming in a play, a maid accidentally knocked a dumbbell out the window. It struck a luckless pedestrian on the street below and killed him! The victim, Alvin M. Rodecker, a financier from Detroit, was visiting New York City with his wife to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Rodecker's wife noted the last thing her husband said was what a wonderful time he was having.) In 1962 Francis paid Rodecker's estate $175,000 in an out-of-court settlement. The Ritz Tower paid $10,000. John Daly congratulates Arlene on appearing so soon on WML after the awful incident.
Tags: Whats  My  Line    Arlene  Francis  tragedy 
Added: 8th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gary Cooper Funeral 1961 Here's a British Pathe newsreel showing variuos celebrity mourners arriving for the funeral rites of beloved actor Gary Cooper. Cooper died in 1961, six days after his 60th birthday.
Tags: Gary  Cooper  funeral 
Added: 16th March 2009
Views: 2373
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lava Quiz 1927 It's back...by popular demand...the next Lava Quiz! This one deals with the year 1927. Turn back the clock 81 years and give it a try. 1. Who was president of the United States? 2. Who was on the British throne? 3. Gene Tunney defended his world heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey. Who won the fight and why is it so famous? 4. This infamous resident of Fall River, Massachusetts died. Her gravestone simply says 'Lizbeth.' Who was she? 5. The Academy Awards were created. What film won the Oscar for best picture? 6. These two anarchists were executed for a 1921 crime that many people believed they did not commit. Name them. 7. Babe Ruth broke his own record of 59 home runs for a season by swatting 60. Who was the pitcher who surrendered Ruth's historic 60th home run? 8. Charles Lindbergh made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. He did so to win a prize. What was the name of the prize and how much money did Lindbergh win? 9. Gutzon Borglum began work on this project on October 4, 1927. What was the project? 10. She was arrested for violating morals laws by appearing in a show called 'Sex' and making suggestive comments. Name her.
Tags: Lava  Quiz  1927 
Added: 14th February 2008
Views: 1554
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Posted By: Lava1964
Happy 60th Birthday Jame Taylor - Long Ago and Far Away Tags: James  Taylor  -  Long  Ago  and  Far  Away 
Added: 12th March 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
60th Anniversary Liberation of Holland Want to have a good time in the Netherlands? Wear something that identifies you as Canadian! In April 1945 the Dutch people were liberated from five years of Nazi occupation by forces largely comprised of Canadian troops. The Dutch have never forgotten the sacrifices made by the Canadians and are extremely grateful to this day. Here is a 2005 clip from the 60th anniversary celebrations of the liberation. The old gent shown for a few moments at the 4:05 mark is Smokey Smith, Canada's last Victoria Cross winner. He died a few months later.
Tags: Liberation  of  Holland  60th  anniversary 
Added: 1st July 2008
Views: 1327
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - Farina Allen Hoskins became part of Hal Roach's Our Gang troupe in 1922 before he was two years old. At first Hoskins' Farina character was androgynous; in some films he's a male, in others he's a female. Farina soon evolved into a fully male character--and one of the most popular of the late silent and early talkies period. Often dressed in a bizarre array of mismatched gaudy clothes, Farina's character was the stereotypical 'pickaninny.' By the time his tenure as Farina on Our Gang ended in 1931, Hoskins was the top-salaried performer, earning $250 per week. Hoskins briefly had a vaudeville act with his sister, but gradually drifted away from show business. 'I prefer jobs where I eat regularly,' he quipped. Hoskins served in WWII, rising to the rank of sergeant. Late in Hoskins' life he worked tirelessly with the disabled and mentally ill. Like his fellow black Our Gang performers, Hoskins was annoyed at the political correctness that caused the series to be heavily edited for TV in the early 1970s. While acknowledging that blacks were steroetyped in the Our Gang comedies, he pointed out that whites were too: There were the stereotypical fat kids, bullies, nerds, freckle-faced kids, and pretty blondes. He was also quick to point out that in an era when much of America was segregated, the racially mixed Our Gang kids played, socialized, and went to school together. Hoskins died of cancer a month before his 60th birthday in 1980.
Tags: Our  Gang  Farina  Allen  Hoskins 
Added: 29th November 2009
Views: 2730
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Posted By: Lava1964
Frank Sinata Tribute to Sammy Davis Tags: 60th  Anniversary  of  Sammy  Davis  in  Show  Biz  The  Great  Frank  Sinatra  pays  tribute  to  Sammy 
Added: 19th October 2010
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Posted By: pfc
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Added: 1st October 2011
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Posted By: largo
Hulk Hogan is 60 Today Born on August 11, 1953, pro wrestling icon Hulk Hogan celebrates his 60th birthday today. Here's a Hogan bout versus Tiger Chung Lee from 1984 (when Hogan was 31). It was taped at the Brantford (Ontario) Civic Centre. I'm in the crowd somewhere.
Tags: WWF  Wrestling  Hulk  Hogan 
Added: 11th August 2013
Views: 1087
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Posted By: Lava1964
Babe Ruths 60th Home Run Tags: Babe  Ruth's  60th  Home  Run 
Added: 30th September 2014
Views: 1045
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Posted By: pfc

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