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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
Views: 1655
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Posted By: Lava1964
Brittanie Cecil - Hockey Fan Fatality At any high-quality hockey game, pucks flying into the crowd at great speeds are a common occurrence. Injuries to fans occasionally happen. Only once in the long history of the NHL has a spectator been killed as a result of being struck by a puck. The victim was Brittanie Cecil, who ironically had been given her ticket to the game as an early 14th birthday present. Brittanie, an athletic girl from West Alexandria, OH, was watching the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Calgary Flames at Columbus' Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2002. A slapshot by the Blue Jackets' Espen Knutsen was deflected by the Flames' Derek Morris. It went over the glass behind the net, striking Brittanie in the left temple. Play carried on as the players were unaware of having inadvertently caused any serious injury. Although Brittanie had suffered a skull fracture, she walked on her own power to a first-aid station before being taken to Columbus Children's Hospital in an ambulance. Her only visible injury was a gash on her forehead. At the hospital, she suffered an initial seizure and was admitted, but the next day she appeared to be recovering. Brittanie was both communicative and ambulatory, and had no complaints of pain or dizziness. A CT-scan, however, had failed to catch a torn vertebral artery, resulting in severe clotting and swelling of the brain. On March 18, she developed a high fever and lost consciousness. She died nearly 48 hours after being struck, at 5:15 p.m. on March 18, 2002, two days before her 14th birthday. Brittanie's funeral cortege drew a procession of more than 150 cars. Attending the service was Blue Jackets' general manager Doug MacLean who spoke on behalf of the team. Knutsen and Morris, the two players who combined for the fatal slapshot, expressed remorse following Brittanie's death. Morris, who deflected the puck, explained, "You try to say, 'It happens all the time,' but you can't. I don't know how many times pucks get deflected over the glass, but it doesn't make it any better. You can always say, 'It's not my fault,' but you always feel like it is, a little." Knutsen was given the option of sitting out the next game by Blue Jackets coach Dave King. He chose to play, telling reporters, "I think about it all the time. It was a terrible accident, and I cannot get it off my mind." Knutsen was so shaken by what had happened that he could not handle meeting Brittanie's family until 2010--eight years after the accident. The following season, the NHL mandated that safety netting be installed in every arena to protect spectators seated behind the goal nets. This move was initially greeted with hostility by longtime hockey fans who didn't want their view of games obstructed and who further perceived the netting as an overreaction to a freak accident.
Tags: accident  hockey  fan  puck  Brittanie  Cecil 
Added: 6th April 2012
Views: 1553
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Posted By: Lava1964
Nickelodeon Commercials December 11 1993 Nickelodeon Commercials December 11, 1993 1. "Looney Tunes" End Credits 2. Up Next... 3. Dimension Cable 4. Promo for "Rugrats: The Santa Experience" 5. Shark Attack (OMG I totally forgot about this) 6. Kirby's Pinball Land 7. Happy Chanukah Bumper 8. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper 9. Lickin' Lizards (With Michelle Trachtenberg) 10. Baby Get Well (Yep, the cheeks of babies glow neon pink when they're feverish) 11. Huffy Dr. Shock (Dr. Shock is still recovering from his mental breakdown and is prohibited from working with bicycles per a court order) 12. Chuck E. Cheese's 13. Alpha-Bits 14. Barbie Golden Dreams Motorhome 15. Barbie Fountain Pool 16. Promo for "Muppet Babies" 17. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers 18. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week" 19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Am I watching a video game commercial or some weird music video for an alternative band?) 20. Kirby's Dreamland (As the owner of a Game Gear, I sort of missed out on the whole Kirby thing) 21. Apple Jacks (With Devin Ratray aka Buzz from the "Home Alone" movies) 22. Station ID (Awesome) 23. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper 24. Aladdin Gift Set 25. Sally Secrets (So she hides stickers in her prosthetic feet? Neat) 26. X-Men Video Pack at Pizza Hut (That poster is amazing) 27. Stack-a-saurus Nex (I forgot so many of these cheesy electronic board games) 28. Eat At Ralph's (Vomitastic!) 29. Power Wheels Barbie Lamborghini (While watching her spoiled, delusional child drive around the block, little Cindy's mother thought to herself, "What sort of monster have I created?") 30. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week" 31. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers
Tags: Nickelodeon  Commercials  December  11  1993 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 3143
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Posted By: masonx31
Howard Hessman Comedy Skit on Billy Jack Before there was Johnny Fever!
Tags: Howard  Hessman  Comedy  Skit  on  Billy  Jack  Johnny  Fever  70s  1970s  movies   
Added: 3rd September 2012
Views: 2022
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Posted By: Freckles
Buckner and Garcia Pacman Fever Tags: Buckner  and  Garcia  Pacman  Fever  Dick  Clark  American  Band  Stand  Video  Games  Arcade  Games 
Added: 15th February 2013
Views: 1066
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Posted By: Steve
George Jones passes at age 81 Country superstar George Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and a long string of other hits, has died. He was 81. According to Webster & Associates, the Nashville public relations firm that represented Jones, he died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was hospitalized there on April 18 for treatment of a fever and irregular blood pressure, the p.r. firm adds.
Tags: George  Jones  He  Stopped  Loving  Her  Today    fever  and  irregular  blood  pressure  country  wester  music  honky  tonk 
Added: 26th April 2013
Views: 887
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Posted By: Cliffy
Saturday Night Fever Opening Scene The opening scene of Saturday Night Fever (1977) has Tony Menero (John Travolta) walking--maybe "strutting" is a better verb--down a New York City street with a can of paint.
Tags: John  Travolta  Saturday  Night  Fever  opening  scene 
Added: 30th November 2013
Views: 1612
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jean Harlow 1911-1937 Jean Harlow was one of Hollywood's most popular actresses when she died of renal failure at the age of 26. Plagued with ailments throughout her short life, Harlow was in the midst of shooting scenes with co-star Clark Gable for the film Saratoga on May 29, 1937 when she was taken ill. (Ironically she was playing a scene in which she was supposed to be ill with a fever.) Between scenes she told Gable that she was not feeling well and asked to be taken to her dressing room. It was thought she just had the flu, and the shooting schedule would be delayed only a day or two, but when Harlow's condition worsened, doctors knew Harlow was in far worse shape than initially thought. Kidney failure was a death sentence in 1937. When Harlow succumbed on June 7 filmgoers were shocked. MGM shut down for the day of Harlow's funeral. She was interred in her crypt wearing a dress she had worn in the film Libeled Lady. Saratoga was finished using long-range and short-range doubles for Harlow's scenes and was a surprising box office hit. Even today scholarly audiences watch Saratoga to see if they can tell which scenes are truly Harlow's and which are the doubles'.
Tags: Jean  Harlow  death  renal  failure  Hollywood 
Added: 19th September 2013
Views: 1197
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - California Fever In 1979 CBS presented a new, hour-long sitcom/adventure show about four free-spirited teenagers called California Fever. Here's a teaser plus the opening credits. (During its production, the show had been tentatively titled "We're Cruisin'.") It debuted on September 25, 1979--and was gone by December 11, 1979 after just 10 episodes. Its time slot was not an enviable one: It aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays--directly opposite the ABC juggernaut duo of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. California Fever centered on the activities of a group of west coast youths who were often found at Rick's Place--a Sunset Beach hangout. The emphasis was typically on cars, music, and the opposite sex. Cast members included Jimmy McNichol, Marc McClure, Michele Tobin, and Lorenzo Lamas. Alan O'Day (who had a #1 song in 1977 with Undercover Angel) performed the theme.
Tags: California  Fever  CBS  sitcom 
Added: 23rd March 2015
Views: 1094
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Posted By: Lava1964

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