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Boxing at Yankee Stadium - 1923 When New York's Yankee Stadium opened in 1923, it was the most spectacular sports facility of its age. Besides baseball, other events took place at The House That Ruth Built. Here's a photo of a 1923 boxing match--probably one of the preliminary fights on the undercard of the Jess Willard-Floyd Johnson heavyweight bout that attracted 63,000 spectators. (I can't imagine paying for one of those seats far away in the outfield bleachers. You'd be hard pressed to see anything!)
Tags: boxing  1923  Yankee  Stadium 
Added: 8th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Oregon Poisoned Eggs Accident - 1942 On Wednesday, November 18, 1942 a horrible mistake killed 47 patients at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem--a facility housing those afflicted with mental illnesses. An evening meal of scrambled eggs was being prepared by the two-person kitchen crew. The cooking staff had been much larger, but the manpower demands of the Second World War had reduced it to just head cook Mary O'Hare and her male assistant A.B. McKillop. Against hospital policy, McKillop designated a trusted patient, 27-year-old George A. Nosen, to go to a downstairs storage room to get a scoopful of powdered milk to add to the frozen egg yolks. Nosen entered the wrong room and brought back a six-pound scoop of roach poison from an unmarked bin. The roach poison contained huge amounts of sodium fluoride. In very tiny amounts, sodium fluoride is harmless. It is found in most toothpastes in minuscule amounts to strengthen teeth. However, even an amount as small as an aspirin can be deadly to a human. Within a short time of the eggs being served, patients became violently ill, some vomiting blood. By midnight 30 patients had died. The death toll eventually rose to 47. About 460 patients in total suffered some ill effects. McKillop quickly suspected something had gone terribly amiss because of the powdered milk. This was confirmed when Nosen showed him the bin where it had come from. Investigators were perplexed as the kitchen staff initially reported that nothing outside the norm had happened in preparing the meal. Beyond the hospital theories abounded about what may have caused the deaths. Some people blamed them on a deliberate act of malice by a homicidal patient. Others thought it was an extreme case of salmonella due to improper food storage. Still others thought it might be war-related sabotage as the frozen egg yolks were the same type that were being sent overseas to feed American troops. Eventually McKillop's conscience bothered him and he told the truth about Nosen mistaking the roach poison for powdered milk. McKillop wanted to be held solely responsible for the mishap, but he, O'Hare and Nosen were all arrested. They were never charged as a Grand Jury ruled the incident to have been merely a tragic accident--one that killed nearly four dozen innocent patients. Nosen remained an inmate at the hospital--where he was looked upon as a pariah--until his death in 1983 at age 68. He suffered a fatal heart attack while scuffling with a 75-year-old patient.
Tags: poisoned  eggs  Oregon  1942 
Added: 27th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Clair - Gilbert OSullivan Proof that today's world isn't as friendly and trusting as it once was: Gilbert O'Sullivan's 1972 hit song Clair is now considered controversial in some circles because some folks perceive the lyrics as pedophilic. Nothing could be further from the truth. The song was written by O'Sullivan for the daughter of his manager Gordon Mills. O'Sullivan often babysat Clair Mills and each grew very fond of the another. Nothing creepy. Nothing perverted. Yet that is how some people perceive this song today, despite what the now-middle-aged Clair says today. What a shame. I think it's a lovely song. That is the real Clair Mills in the video with O'Sullivan.
Tags: Gilbert  OSullivan  Clair  song 
Added: 18th May 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dr Seuss on To Tell The Truth - 1958 A very young Theodore (Ted) Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss, appears as a contestant--alongside two impostors, of course--in this episode of To Tell The Truth that aired on April 29, 1958. Can you spot the real Dr. Seuss?
Tags: Dr  Seuss  Theodore  Giesel  To  Tell  The  Truth 
Added: 8th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gary Moore In An Unusual Commercial Tags: Gary  Moore  For  Unusual  Commercial  Potsy  Plays  Good  Winston  Taste  Good  Hopscotch  I've  Got  A  Secret  Game  Show  No  Truth  in  advertising 
Added: 26th January 2016
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Posted By: Cliffy
Red Kelly on To Tell The Truth - 1962 NHL star Leonard (Red) Kelly was a contestant on an episode of To Tell The Truth in 1962 not just because of his hockey prowess, but also because he had just been elected to Canada's parliament. Can you tell who the real Red Kelly is?
Tags: Red  Kelly  To  Tell  The  Truth  game  show  hockey 
Added: 13th July 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Thom McKee - Tic Tac Dough Champ Navy officer Lt. Thom McKee became a game show superstar in 1980 when he won the staggering sum of $312,700 in cash and prizes as a contestant on Tic Tac Dough, a syndicated quiz show. McKee, age 25, appeared in 46 episodes and played 89 games. He defeated 43 opponents and tied 45 games before losing to Erik Kraepeller. In total, McKee answered 353 questions correctly. During his remarkable undefeated/winning streak, his progress was often reported by mainstream news outlets--which was basically unheard of in 1980. McKee's list of prizes included eight cars (as winners on Tic Tac Dough were awarded a new car for every fifth win), three sailboats, 16 vacations (which he was unable to take), numerous other smaller prizes, and $200,000 in cash. McKee's win was especially noteworthy because most American game shows at the time had either limits on prizes or appearances. McKee discovered the fame is fleeting, however. Shortly after his run on Tic Tac Dough ended, McKee appeared on the short-lived reincarnation of To Tell The Truth. Only one of the three panelists was able to identify him as the real Thom McKee. McKee's record-setting winnings were not surpassed until the initial run of Who Wants to be a Millionaire ushered in the era of enormous game show prizes in 1999.
Tags: Thom  McKee  game  show  winner  Tic  Tac  Dough 
Added: 12th January 2018
Views: 863
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Posted By: Lava1964

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