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Fargo In 1987, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), a car salesman from Minneapolis, Minnesota with financial troubles, hatches a plan to end his financial difficulties. Through his mechanic, a former criminal named Shep Proudfoot, he enlists the service of two hit men, Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) and Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi), at a bar in Fargo, North Dakota to kidnap his wife, Jean, who will be returned unharmed for a payment of $80,000. Jerry's secret plan is to tell his wealthy but antagonistic father-in-law, Wade, that the ransom is $1,000,000 intending to use the large difference to settle unspecified debts he has accrued and to invest in a business venture involving a parking lot...another black comedy that i thought was terrific! I also got a kick out of how much and how often the local police chief, heavily pregnant Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand)and her sweet husband, Norm, ate!!
Tags: film  fargo  black  comedy  joel  and  ethan  coen  william  h  macy  frances  mcdormand  steve  buscemi    marge  and  norm  gunderson  best  screenplay  best  actress  north  dakota  minnesota 
Added: 15th July 2007
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Posted By: Roxie
Henrys dime hamburgers Remember when a dime was worth something? You could get a hamburger at Henry's for a mere 10 cents in 1961. Henry's was a chain of drive-in restuarants in the Minneapolis area. Ah, the good old days!
Tags: Henrys  hamburgers 
Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Legal ID for WTCN TV Minneapolis St. Paul Nothing screams 1970s like this legal ID for WTCN-TV, Channel 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Channel 11 is still around, but they changed their call letters to WUSA in 1985 and then to KARE in 1986. This ID ran from about 1971 to 1978.
Tags: WTCN  Minneapolis  St.  Paul  Channel  11 
Added: 18th June 2008
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Posted By: BadWX
Horror Incorporated 1970s Open This aired on KSTP-TV, Channel 5 in Minneapolis/St. Paul in the early 1970s. Every Saturday night at around midnight, they would run all those great horror flicks from the 1930s and 1940s. I loved watching this. Even if the movies stunk, the open and close were great!
Tags: Horror  Incorporated  KSTP  1970s  Open 
Added: 27th June 2008
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Posted By: BadWX
Horror Incorporated 1970s Close The closing of KSTP-TV's (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Horror Incorporated. Early 1970s.
Tags: Horror  Incorporated  KSTP  1970s  Close 
Added: 27th June 2008
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Posted By: BadWX
NBA Shot Clock Invented 1954 It was the innovation that saved professional basketball: The 24-second shot clock. Coach Howard Hobson came up with with the idea of a shot clock, but it was first used in 1954 in Syracuse, New York. There Danny Biasone, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Syracuse Nationals, experimented with a 24-second version during a scrimmage game. He then convinced the NBA to adopt it. In the pre-shot clock days, the NBA had problems attracting fans and television coverage. This was largely due to the stalling tactics used by teams once they took the lead. Without the shot clock, teams could pass the ball in the front court endlessly without penalty. If the team in the lead chose to stall, the trailing team was forced to commit fouls to get the ball back following the free throw. Low-scoring, boring games with many fouls were common. The most extreme case occurred on November 22, 1950, when the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18. A few weeks later, the Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Olympians played a soporific six-overtime game with only one shot in each overtime. The NBA tried several rule changes in the early 1950s to speed up the game and reduce fouls before eventually adopting Biasone's idea. How did Biasone arrive at the strange figure of 24 seconds? According to Biasone, 'I looked at the box scores from games I enjoyed, games where they didn't screw around and stall. I noticed each team took about 60 shots. That meant 120 shots per game. So I took 48 minutes--2,880 seconds--and divided that by 120 shots. The result was 24 seconds per shot.' When the shot clock first came into vogue, it made players so nervous that it hardly came into play; players were generally taking fewer than 20 seconds to shoot. According to Syracuse player Dolph Schayes, 'We thought we had to take quick shots. But as time went on, we saw the inherent genius in Danny's 24 seconds. You could work the ball around for a good shot.'
Tags: NBA  shot  clock 
Added: 15th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
ZIP Codes Invented 1963 American postal addresses used to be the essence of simplicity: street address, city, and state. In 1946 numbers were added to the addresses of large cities to designate delivery zones. For example, an address might include 'Minneapolis 16, Minnesota'--meaning the mail was going to delivery zone #16 in that city. By the early 1960s a more general system was needed. On July 1, 1963 non-mandatory five-digit ZIP codes were announced for the whole country. ZIP is an acronym for 'Zone Improvement Plan.' The numerals in the ZIP codes progressively got larger as the addresses moved westward. ZIP codes became mandatory for second-class and third-class mail in 1967. Robert Moon, an employee of the post office, is considered the father of the ZIP code. He submitted his proposal in 1944 while working as a postal inspector. In 1983, large delivery centres had an additional four digits preceded by a hyphen added to their ZIP codes.
Tags: ZIP  codes 
Added: 15th March 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mary Tyler Moore Statue In May 2002, actress Mary Tyler Moore was present as cable TV network TV Land dedicated a statue in downtown Minneapolis to the television character she made famous in the sitcom that bears her name. The bronze statue is located in front of the Macy's department store, near the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall. (It was a Dayton's Department Store at the time of the dedication.) The statue depicts the iconic moment in the show's opening credits where Mary gleefully tosses her tam o'shanter into the air in a freeze-frame at the end of the montage. The message on the statue asks, 'Who can turn the world on with her smile?' Mary, of course!
Tags: Mary  Tyler  Moore  statue  Minneapolis     
Added: 3rd March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
James Arness passes today at age 88 JAMES ARNESS was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 26, 1923 passed away on June 3, 2011 at the age of 88 from natural causes. He served his country in the army during WWII at Anzio He was wounded in his right leg and received the Purple Heart. He is best known for his role of Marshal Matt Dillon in the TV series Gunsmoke. Gunsmoke ran from 1955-1975 and is still on the air today being discovered by many old and new fans alike. Over the 20 years of Gunsmoke he worked with 100ís of actors, some of them just starting out like Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, and Betty Davis.
Tags:         Gunsmoke          James          Arness          CBS          1950 
Added: 3rd June 2011
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Posted By: Old Fart
LHOP - The Pride of Walnut Grove The concluding six minutes of The Pride of Walnut Grove--a terrific episode of Little House on the Prairie. Here's the plot: Mary does so well on a math exam that she qualifies to enter the state mathematics contest in Minneapolis. The Ingalls family has just $2 to their name, so it looks like Mary's trip to the big city is off. However, the school board votes to foot the bill for Mary and Caroline to make the trip. Since the town is paying her expenses, Mary feels especially pressured to win. This scene opens with another girl named Mary finishing first and Mary Ingalls placing a very respectable second--but the latter feels she's let Walnut Grove down by being runner-up.
Tags: LHOP  Pride  of  Walnut  Grove 
Added: 21st December 2012
Views: 1233
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Posted By: Lava1964

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