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Makin It - Failed Disco Sitcom In 1979 ABC figured the time was ripe for a disco-themed sitcom. Actually, the timing was bad. The disco fad was already on the decline, but that didn't stop ABC from giving the public nine episodes of Makin' It. The series was set in Passiac, NJ. David Naughton starred as college student Billy Manucci. Billy worked part time at Tasty Treats (an ice cream store) and spent his evenings at Inferno, Passiac's hottest disco. Ellen Travolta played the mother of Billy, an older son named Tony (who was the best dancer at Inferno), and daughter Tina. Some people have said Makin' It attempted to be a hybrid of Happy Days and Saturday Night Fever. (I think that's a fair comment. The first episode was titled Stayin' Alive. The opening credits are certainly Happy Days-like.) Here's the opening montage. Makin' It debuted on February 1, 1979 and last aired on March 23. Interestingly, the show's catchy theme song, performed by lead actor Naughton, became a hit after Makin' It had been cancelled by the network. It reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40.
Tags: Makin  It  ABC  sitcom  disco 
Added: 5th June 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Dempsey Restaurant A Broadway eatery owned by former heavyweight champion was a New York City hot spot for many decades. Visitors could often find the ex-champ on the premises greeting his fans and customers. (My grandparents met Mr. Dempsey that way!) Menus from the restaurant made excellent souvenirs.
Tags: Jack  Dempsey  Broadway  restaurant 
Added: 29th September 2009
Views: 1302
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Posted By: Lava1964
First Female President - Edith Wilson There hasn't been a female president of the United States, you say? Technically that's correct. However, many historians consider the second Mrs. Woodrow Wilson to have been a de facto president. Woodrow Wilson was first elected president in 1912. His wife Ellen died of Bright's Disease in 1914. In March 1915, Wilson met a widow 15 years his junior, Edith Bolling Galt. A whirlwind romance occurred. The two were married in December 1915. In August 1919, while on a cross-country tour to garner support for his proposed League of Nations, president Wilson suffered a stroke. The seriousness of the president's affliction was not widely known. Throughout the remaining 19 months of Wilson's presidency, Edith greatly assisted her husband. According to her memoirs, she made numerous decisions regarding which tasks and paperwork would and would not occupy the president's time. Some historians claim she went beyond her wifely duties and actually made presidential decisions on her husband's behalf. Wilson died in 1924. After Edith's death in 1961, the stories of her excessive influence on the ailing president helped spur the passage of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which, under special circumstances, gives presidential powers to the vice-president when a president is alive but greatly incapacitated.
Tags: Edith  Bolling  Galt  Wilson  first  lady 
Added: 15th November 2009
Views: 1690
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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: 947
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Posted By: Lava1964
Beatrix Schuba - Figure Skater Austria's Beatrix (Trixi) Schuba was singlehandedly responsible for changing the scoring rules of figure skating--because she was so boring. Schuba won the women's world championship in both 1971 and 1972 and the gold medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. At the time 'compulsory figures' (also known as 'school figures') counted for a huge percentage of a skater's score and gave the sport its name. These consisted of skaters tracing patterns along the ice. Schuba was totally dominant at this aspect of her sport, but she was only a mediocre performer in the free skate. At the 1972 world championships in Calgary, Schuba had such a commanding lead after the compulsory figures that all she needed to do to win was show up for the free skate. That's basically what Schuba did. She came on the ice and skated only for a few seconds--but it was good enough for gold. The goings-on did not sit well with television audiences nor with the crowd in Calgary who felt Canada's Karen Magnussen, an excellent free skater, had been robbed of the gold medal. The next year FIS added a short program to the championships to reduce the importance of the compulsory figures. Schuba opted to retire. Compulsory figures were discontinued altogether in 1990.
Tags: Beatrix  Schuba  figure  skating 
Added: 6th June 2010
Views: 3307
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rush  Tom Sawyer Excellent song from one of the best 3 piece bands ever.
Tags: Gooden! 
Added: 2nd July 2010
Views: 1401
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Posted By: Marty6697
1903 World Series Participants This is a rare, excellent quality photo of both the Boston Pilgrims and Pittsburgh Pirates taken before a game during the first modern World Series in 1903. The Pirates are standing at the back. Honus Wagner is standing at the far right. Cy Young is seated sixth from the left. Young struck out Wagner to record the final out of the last game. Boston beat Pittsburgh five games to three in the best-of-nine series.
Tags: baseball  World  Series  Boston  Pittsburgh 
Added: 9th January 2011
Views: 1035
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gentle Ben Gentle Ben is the name of a book of fiction for children by author Walt Morey, which was later made into a film and television series in the 1960s, as well as made-for-TV movies in 2002 and 2003. The book concerns the friendship between the title character, a bear, and a young boy, Mark Wedloe.
Tags: Gentle  Ben,  retro  tv,  television,  Clint  Howard,    Dennis    Weaver,  Beth    Brickell,Ellen  ,  Ivan    Tors,    American  black  bear 
Added: 23rd December 2010
Views: 1806
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Posted By: Old Fart
Making of Bat Out Of Hell-Meatloaf Tags:         Meatloaf          bat          out          of          hell          classic          ablum          eagle          rock          entertainment          Jim          Steinman          Todd          Rundgren          Ellen          Foley          Karla          De          Vito          Paradise          By          The          Dashboard          Light          You          Took          Words          Right          Out          Of          My          Mouth 
Added: 16th May 2011
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Posted By: Cathy
KO Magazine KO Magazine ('The Knockout Boxing Magazine,' as it was billed) was a boxing publication that at one time rivalled The Ring, the longtime stately 'Bible of Boxing,' for readership. It first appeared in 1980 as a monthly publication when pro boxing was experiencing a renaissance. KO quickly captured the attention of boxing fans with its well written stories, lengthy interviews--and especially its color centerfolds of prominent fighters. Its annual award issue was often filled with laugh-provoking absurdities. (One such kudo targetting TV's irritating boxing announcers was the Howard Cosell Talks A Lot But Says Nothing Award. The shortest TV fight of the year was given the Don't Get Up To Get A Beer Award.) Steve Farhood, who now writes excellent boxing pieces for Sports Illustrated, got his start at KO. KO eventually became a victim of boxing's declining popularity. It was eventually acquired by The Ring and absorbed into the latter. The last distinct issue of KO was published in 2006. Heavyweight champion Larry Holmes is shown on the cover of this issue from 1982.
Tags: boxing  magazine  KO 
Added: 12th July 2011
Views: 2419
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Posted By: Lava1964

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