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NFL Champs Vs. College All-Stars 1934-1976 The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game was a preseason football tilt played annually (except 1974) from 1934 to 1976 between the National Football League champions and a team of star college seniors from the previous year. (There was one exception: The 1935 game involved the 1934 runner-up Chicago Bears instead of the champion New York Giants.) The game originally was a benefit for Chicago-area charities. Except for the 1943 and 1944 games which were held at Northwestern University, the game was always played at Soldier Field in Chicago. The first game, played before a crowd of 79,432 on August 31, 1934, was a scoreless tie between the all-stars and the Chicago Bears. The following year, a game that included future president Gerald Ford, the Bears won, 5-0. The first all-star win was in 1937 for a squad that featured Sammy Baugh. In the 1940s the games were competitive affairs that attracted large crowds to Soldier Field. But as the talent level of pro football improved, the all-stars had diminishing success. The last all-star win came in 1963, when a team coached by legendary quarterback Otto Graham beat the Green Bay Packers 20-17. By the 1970s, crowds for the event were dwindling. In addition, NFL coaches were reluctant to part with their new draftees (who would miss part of training camp) for a meaningless exhibition in which the players might be injured. A players' strike forced the cancellation of the 1974 game. The last game took place in a torrential downpour on July 23, 1976. Despite featuring stars such as Chuck Muncie, Mike Pruitt, Lee Roy Selmon and Jackie Slater, the collegians were hopelessly outclassed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh was leading 24-0 late in the third quarter when play was suspended due to the awful weather conditions. The game was not restarted. Chicago Tribune Charities Inc., the sponsor of the game, elected not to bring it back for 1977. A program from the 1941 game is shown here. Overall, the NFL teams won 31 of the 42 games. The all-stars won nine. Two games ended in ties.
Tags: football  all-stars  NFL 
Added: 13th December 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jackie Wright Jackie Wright is famous to fans of the ribald Benny Hill Show. The diminutive Jackie (all 4-foot-11-inches of him) frequently played the foil in comedy sketches in which Benny rapidly patted his bald head--enhanced with special-effects smacking sounds. Wright, an Irishman, was originally an auto worker and didn't begin acting until he was nearly 60. He was an extra in the screen adaptation of My Fair Lady. (Look for him in the scene where Eliza Doolittle sings Wouldn't It Be Loverly.) Hill thought Wright's stature and face were perfect for comedy. Wright was a regular on the Benny Hill Show for 15 years. Ill health forced him to leave the program in 1983. Wright died five years later in Belfast at age 84.
Tags: Jackie  Wright  Benny  Hill  comedian 
Added: 20th January 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
CBS Rural Purge From 1969 through 1972, a 'rural purge' of American television networks (in particular, CBS) dramatically changed the prime time television landscape. The majority of cancellations occurred at the end of the 1970-71 television season. While cancellations have always been part of the television business, the fact that many of the cancelled shows were still quite popular made the move very controversial. Basically, the rural-themed shows lacked the young, urban-demographic audiences that CBS desired. Pat Buttram, who played Mr. Haney on Green Acres, famously noted, '[It was] the year CBS killed everything with a tree in it.' The first rural-themed show cancelled by CBS was Petticoat Junction. (This came as no real surprise as Petticoat Junction had lagged in the ratings since Bea Benaderet's death in 1968.) In September 1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on CBS. All in the Family premiered in January 1971 as a mid-season replacement. Both series provided the urban demographic and ratings that CBS sought. These successes prompted the network to cancel Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Hee-Haw, Lassie, and The Jim Nabors Hour at the end of the 1970-71 season. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour lasted until the end of the 1971-72 season. Non-rural themed shows cancelled included sitcoms Family Affair and Hogan's Heroes in 1971, with the long running My Three Sons ending in 1972. Variety shows that had been around since the late 1940s and early 1950s, The Jackie Gleason Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, were cancelled in 1970 and 1971 respectively. The Red Skelton Show was cancelled by CBS at the end the 1969-70 season. Skelton never forgave CBS.
Tags: CBS  rural  purge  television 
Added: 22nd January 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Donald Haines - Our Gang War Casualty Donald Haines was a supporting character in the Our Gang comedies just after the transition from silent movies to sound. Haines's tenure began during the early talkies up through the "Miss Crabtree episodes," when he would leave for feature films at Paramount only to return a few months later. His tenure continued through 1933. Haines's first short was Shivering Shakespeare, which featured the youngster giggling his way through his lines. On the next short The First Seven Years, he was a main character, playing opposite Jackie Cooper. After that, he was a recurring character with a few small speaking roles until 1931. At that time he was offered a contract with Paramount, which would begin with a role in a feature called Skippy. Jackie Cooper also was offered a role on that feature and a contract. Cooper would remain at Paramount. Haines, on the other hand, would quickly leave Paramount to return to Hal Roach Studios just in time for the 1931-1932 season. At that point, several major characters had left the series because they were perceived as too old. This left a depleted Our Gang of only three regulars and a few recurring characters. Haines would resume his role as a recurring character with an occasional speaking role for the next two seasons. Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, Haines joined the Army Air Force and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He was listed as missing in action in February 1943. His body was never found.
Tags: Donald  Haines  Our  Gang  MIA 
Added: 10th September 2011
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My Daddy is President --JFK A hit before JFK was assassinated. Here are the lyrics: My daddy is president, What does your daddy do? I live in a big white house On Pennsylvania Avenue. I always hide behind The desk in daddy's den When I play hide-and-seek With secret service men. My daddy is president, We had a busy day. I'm learning the alphabet: A-B-C-D-J-F-K. [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/little+jo+ann/my+daddy+is+president_20845419.html ] I don't play house, I play the game of government. 'Cause my daddy is the president. At daddy's first press conference, I made news, Wearing mommy's high heeled shoes. And every time I'm able I'm under the conference table. My daddy is president, We make a happy pair. I go for my pony ride, He rides in his rocking chair. No matter what I do It makes a news event 'Cause my daddy is the president.
Tags:         JFK          novelty  record          President  Kennedy          vintage  vinyl          Caroline          White  House          Little  Jo  Ann          vinyl45s4ever          golden  oldies  John  F.  Kennedy,  Little  Jo,  Jackie  O 
Added: 29th September 2011
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Posted By: Freckles
Jackies White House Tour On February 14th, 1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave an exclusive tour of the White House, hosted by CBS's Charles Collingwood and broadcasted on all three networks.
Tags: Jackie 
Added: 29th September 2011
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Posted By: Freckles
Steve Martin--The New Phone Books Are Here Tags: Steve  Martin--The  New  Phone  Books  Are  Here,  The  Jerk,  Steve  Martin,  Bernadette  Peters  M.  Emmet  Walsh  Jackie  Mason  Dick  O 
Added: 14th November 2011
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Posted By: Old Fart
Honeymooners Tags: Honeymooners,  Jackie  Gleason,  Jackie  Gleason  Show,  Jane  Meadows,    Art  Carney,  Joyce  Randolph,  To  The  Moon  Alice 
Added: 5th March 2012
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Posted By: Cathy
Our Gang Publicity Photo - 1926 This is a group shot of the main players from the Our Gang comedies, circa 1926. From left to right are Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels, Jackie Condon, Mary Kornman, Johnny Downs, and Jay R. Smith. The photograph was taken to promote the Western Weld Patch Repair, represented by the ball on which Mary Kornman is sitting. The man standing behind the Our Gang kids is Clarence E. Dunlop, president of Western States Manufacturing Company of Sioux City, IA. The ball was made to demostrate the company's patching process. You can see the strips of patch rubber running up and down the ball, which is eight feet in circumference. The ball was made from nine old tubes and Western Weld patches. The photograph was issued to dealers of Western States' products. The ball was first publicly shown at the Orange County Fair, with the Our Gang kids making a public appearance to promote the product. The photograph was taken on the lawn directly behind the Hal Roach Studios administration building, which you can see on the left. The big brick building in the back is one of the two stages that were at the studio at that time.
Tags: Our  Gang  comedies  photo  publicity 
Added: 19th May 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jackie Evancho - Age 10 It's hard to believe that 10-year-old classical singer Jackie Evancho was merely the runner-up in America's Got Talent in 2010. Here she is at the end of that year performing in Washington, D.C. She sings O Mio Babbino Caro and Pie Jesu magnificently.
Tags: Jackie  Evancho  classical  singer  age  10 
Added: 25th March 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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