"Macho Man" Randy Savage, a professional wrestler who became a fan favorite thanks to his outlandish outfits and trademark catchphrase, died Friday in a car wreck, according to TMZ.
The 58-year-old Savage reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler in Tampa, Fla., and careened across lanes of oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with a tree. He died later at a local hospital.
Savage's wife Lynn, who was riding in the passenger seat, escaped with only minor injuries. Both passengers were wearing seatbelts and the police do not believe alcohol was a factor.
The World Wrestling Federation favorite from Ohio burst onto the scene in 1985 and quickly drew attention with his flamboyant outfits and "ooh yeah!" catchphrase. His marriage to Elizabeth Hulette, Ms. Elizabeth to fans, was one of the first high-profile wrestler/valet relationships. They divorced in 1992. Savage remarried last year.
He won two WWF championships in his career. His match against Ricky Steamboat in 1987's Wrestlemania III is considered one of the best WWF bouts ever. Savage won the title late that year, setting the stage for memorable battles with Hulk Hogan, who would eventually dethrone him as champion.
Savage also appeared in memorable ads for Slim Jim and played a wrestler in the 2002 hit film "Spider-Man."
Added: 20th May 2011
Posted By: Cliffy
I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective...
Richard Nixon was in the White House.
America still had combat troops in Vietnam.
If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all.
Pitchers still batted in the American League.
There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock.
Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics.
The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks.
Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good.
There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either.
Archie Bunker was in his heyday.
Television sets had rabbit ears.
Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week.
Lotteries were illegal in Canada.
Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier.
Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179.
Most people had rotary telephones.
Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist.
The idea of bottled water would have been laughable.
Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards.
Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything.
People still sent telegrams.
Life Magazine was still around.
Canada still had the death penalty.
O.J. Simpson was a hero.
The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong.
A new car cost $2500.
Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar.
Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Added: 16th June 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
Ayds was a brand name of boxed candies that were used as appetite suppressants for dieters starting in 1937. They were available in several flavors. Eating an Ayds candy was supposed to eliminate one's craving for a calorie-rich dessert. Ayds hit their peak of popularity in the late 1970s and had strong sales until the early 1980s. Then, unfortunately, the candies suffered the misfortune of having a name that sounded exactly like the disease AIDS. (This coincidence made some of the advertising pitches from the 1970s sound really bad: "Why go on a diet when you can have Ayds?") By the mid-1980s, sales of Ayds had dropped by 50% from their heyday just a few years earlier. The product's name was changed to Diet Ayds in 1987, but trying to persuade the public that Ayds had no connection to AIDS proved to be an uphill battle. By the end of the 1980s, the candies were discontinued.
Added: 30th September 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
I had a chance to talk with driver Randy Brown about the 30 year history of the truck Grave Digger Monster Truck. Randy told us the owner Dennis Anderson started out as a mud bogger using a 1957 Ford Pickup body. The truck was put together with what ever parts Dennis could find, competitors would kid him about that. He told them "I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it" and that is how they came up with the name Grave Digger came about. A themed paint job has made it a fan favorite.
Added: 3rd March 2012
Posted By: Steve
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.
A press release from Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements were still being made.
Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry RFD," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character — a service station attendant — on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993.
"America has grown up with me," Lindsey said in an Associated Press interview in 1985. "Goober is every man; everyone finds something to like about ol' Goober."
Added: 6th May 2012
Posted By: Old Fart
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