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NBC Jeopardy - 2000th Episode The original version of the quiz show Jeopardy!--some fans maintain it was the best--aired on NBC from March 1964 to January 1975. It was hosted by the great Art Fleming. Not many full episodes of the Fleming-era Jeopardy! were preserved. Here is the complete 2000th episode from February 1972 featuring the three all-time leading money winners at the time. The abridged game was played for charity under special rules, so it's not a true look at a typical Jeopardy! game. Nevertheless, it's an Art Fleming-hosted Jeopardy! so enjoy!
Tags: Jeopardy  Art  Fleming  NBC  2000th  episode 
Added: 7th December 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Controversial SI Cover - 1955 The cover photo on the April 11, 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated seems utterly innocuous today, but it created a great deal of controversy in its day. Hollywood actress Laraine Day is flanked by 1954 National League MVP Willie Mays on the left and her husband, New York Giants' manager Leo Durocher, on the right. The photo set a precedent: It was the first time any American magazine cover featured a white woman with her arm around a black man. SI, which was less than a year old, was amazed by the hate mail it received from its readers in the south. One correspondent said the cover photo was an affront to decent white women everywhere. Another said it was an example of northern liberals constantly reminding the south who the victors were in 1865. The furor died down quickly. More than 50 years later Mays told his biographer that he had no knowledge of any controversy about the SI cover photo.
Tags: SI  cover  baseball  Willie  Mays  Laraine  Day 
Added: 10th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Buddy Holly Plane Crash This is a photo montage of the plane wreck that killed singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) early on February 3, 1959. Pilot Roger Peterson also was killed. The three musicians had performed at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA the night before and were headed to Fargo, ND, the closest airport to their next stop on their tour--Moorhead, MN. They decided to leave ahead of the rest of their group because of their dislike of the cold touring bus and to get their laundry done. The ages of the deceased foursome make this tragedy truly sad: Holly was 22, Richardson was 28, Valens was 17, Peterson was 21. Investigators attributed the crash to pilot error (specifically inexperience with the Bonanza aircraft's altitude gauge) combined with bad winter weather. The crash was neither seen nor heard by anyone on the ground. Investigators calculated it occurred about four minutes after takeoff from Mason City's small airport. The charter plane's owner became concerned when Peterson did not report his flight plan after takeoff which he said he would do. The wreckage of the plane was found in a farmer's corn field about nine hours after the crash. All three singers had been thrown from the plane while Peterson's body was trapped in the twisted metal. In a strange and morbid twist, nearly half a century later in 2007 Richardson's body was exhumed to satisfy the curiosity of his son (who hadn't been born at the time of the crash). He had heard wild rumors that his father may have actually survived the crash and had been shot to death! The well preserved corpse of Richardson--with its perfectly cropped flat-top hairstyle--showed that death was instaneous due to countless fractures consistent with an airplane crash victim. Richardson's son spent several minutes "visiting" his father whom he had never known.
Tags: Buddy  Holly  plane  crash  Ritchie  Valens  Big  Bopper 
Added: 27th August 2013
Views: 3032
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Posted By: Lava1964
Number One Male Tennis Players - 1973 to 2013 A special tennis event was held in New York City before the 2013 U.S. Open. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the computerized tennis rankings, all 25 men to have been ranked number one by the ATP were invited to be present. Nineteen attended the gala. Fourteen are shown in this photo. Can you name them all?
Tags: tennis  number  one  ATP 
Added: 27th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
ESPN Reveals 1973 King-Riggs Match was Fixed Confirming many people's suspicions that have lingered for 40 years, an expose on ESPN.com this week showed strong evidence that Bobby Riggs deliberately lost his famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match to Billie Jean King as a way to erase his gambling debts with organized crime. The 55-year-old Riggs had throttled Margaret Court, the world's top female tennis player, in a televised match on Mother's Day 1973 6-2, 6-1. Four months later King, the defending Wimbledon champion, beat Riggs in surprisingly easy fashion 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 before a big TV audience and more than 30,000 fans at the Houston Astrodome--despite being a 5-2 underdog at Las Vegas sports books. When one views the Riggs-King match with a critical eye, Riggs played passively and listlessly--not remotely the same way he played against Court in May. Riggs' shots were soft and usually placed directly at King. Riggs, the 1939 men's Wimbledon champion, whose serve was impeccably accurate, also double-faulted at four critical points in the match--including set point in the first set. Several all-time male tennis legends, including Don Budge who achieved the Grand Slam in 1938, expressed doubts about the honesty of the match, but their doubts were dismissed as wounded male pride at the time. According to the ESPN story, Riggs was anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 in debt to the mob. A witness, now 79, who was close to the mob, told ESPN he had overheard the discussions regarding the fix. Riggs came up with a two-part plan: In exchange for having his gambling debts expunged, Riggs would goad Court into a TV match with sexist comments knowing full well he could beat her soundly. He would then purposely lose to King as a way for the mob to make a killing in wagers on King at long odds. Riggs died in 1995 at age 77. King was among the last people to speak to him.
Tags: tennis  Bobby  Riggs  Billie  Jean  King  fix 
Added: 28th August 2013
Views: 828
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Posted By: Lava1964
Short Life of Patrick Kennedy For two days in August 1963, the attention and concern of many Americans was focused on the newborn son of president John F. Kennedy, Patrick. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born by emergency caesarean section five-and-a-half weeks early at the Otis Air Force Base Hospital in Bourne, Massachusetts. His birth weight of 4 pounds 10-1/2 ounces medically classified him as premature. Immediately after Patrick's birth, he was transferred to Boston Children's Hospital where he died two days later of hyaline membrane disease, following treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. His obituary in The New York Times stated that, at that time, all that could be done for a victim of hyaline membrane disease "is to monitor the infant's blood chemistry and to try to keep it near normal levels." Hyaline membrane disease, now more commonly called respiratory distress syndrome, helped spark new public awareness of the disease and further research. In 2004, the disease had an overall mortality of less than 15%ólower among mildly to moderately premature infants, such as with the Kennedys' infant son. Had he been born 50 years later in August 2013, his odds of survival would have been 95%. Treatment modalities are now widely available in developed countries, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), pulmonary surfactant replacement, and improved respirator technology, that either did not exist or were unavailable in 1963.
Tags: Kennedy  baby  death   
Added: 1st September 2013
Views: 726
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - The Champeen 1923 Here is an eight-minute excerpt from the silent era of the Our Gang comedies. This clip is from the 1923 film The Champeen. It was just the seventh Our Gang film ever made. Here's the plot: A policeman catches Sammy Morrison stealing $1 worth of apples. The cop threatens to send Sammy to jail unless he can come up with $1. Sammy comes up with the idea of exploiting the rivalry between Mickey Daniels and Jackie Davis (who are both smitten with pretty Mary Kornman) by staging a boxing match between the two amorous boys and charging admission. Though the film is dated, it has its funny moments! Boxing matches were featured in at least two other Our Gang comedies in the series' later years.
Tags: Our  Gang  silent  film  The  Champeen 
Added: 3rd September 2013
Views: 1084
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mad Cartoonist Don Martin Don Martin was a feature cartoonist for Mad Magazine from 1956 to 1988. Martin's immediately recognizable drawing style (which featured characters with bulbous noses, enormous chins, and hinged feet) was loose, rounded and filled with broad slapstick. His inspirations, plots and themes were often bizarre and bordered on the berserk. In his earliest years with Mad, Martin used a more jagged, scratchy line. His style evolved, settling into its familiar form by 1964. It was typified by a sameness in the appearance of the characters. (A strip's punchline often was emphasized by a character's deadpan take with eyes half open and the mouth absent or in a tight, small circle of steadfast perplexity.) Martin punctuated his work with his own unique onomatopoetic sound effects, such as "BREEDEET BREEDEET" for a croaking frog, "PLORTCH" for a knight being stabbed by a sword, or "FAGROON klubble klubble" for a collapsing building. (Martin's dedication to onomatopoeia was such that he owned a vanity license plate which read "SHTOINK," patterned after the style of his famed sound effects.) Martin left Mad in 1988 after a dispute over royalties from reprints of his older cartoons. He worked for rival magazine Cracked for six years. A typical Don Martin comic strip featured far-fetched humor. One example featured a man who was run over by a steamroller being saved by a concerned passerby who folds the victim into a paper airplane and throws him in the direction of the nearest hospital. Martin died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 68.
Tags: Don  Martin  cartoonist  Mad  magazine 
Added: 9th September 2013
Views: 2684
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Posted By: Lava1964
Happy Wednesday Tags: Happy  Wednesday  Addams  Family  David  Levy  Carolyn  Jones  John  Astin  Jackie  Coogan  Ted  Cassidy 
Added: 9th October 2013
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Posted By: Cathy
Bob Hope Introduces 1984 All-Americans Bob Hope introduces the 1984 NCAA All-American football team as chosen by the Associated Press. Many of them went on to have noteworthy NFL careers. (Look for Bruce Smith and Doug Flutie!)
Tags: Bob  Hope  NCAA  football  All-Americans 
Added: 15th September 2013
Views: 699
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Posted By: Lava1964

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