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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
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Posted By: Lava1964
McEnroe vs Connors - Wimbledon 1977 At the 1977 edition of Wimbledon, a surprise semifinalist in the men's draw was 18-year-old John McEnroe. To even get into the main draw McEnroe had to win three qualifying matches. He then won five matches in the main draw to earn a match with Jimmy Connors. It was the first of 34 career meetings between the two American stars. Here are three minutes of highlights from that 1977 Connors-McEnroe Wimbledon semifinal, won by Connors 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. McEnroe hadn't yet developed his famous and unique serving style. If you listen closely, you'll also notice that the chair umpire didn't quite get the pronunciation of McEnroe's last name correct!
Tags: tennis  Wimbledon  McEnroe  Connors 
Added: 12th September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Connors-Rosewall 1974 U.S. Open Final Twenty-two-year-old Jimmy Connors showed that experience was no match for youth in the 1974 U.S. Open final. He throttled 39-year-old Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in the last men's final ever played on the grass courts at Forest Hills. Here are some moments from the first and last games of the third set. Connors had beaten Rosewall almost as easily in the Wimbledon final two months earlier. The Grand Slam tourney remained at Forest Hills for another three years, but the surface was changed to clay. In 1978 the U.S. Open moved to its present and more spacious venue at Flushing Meadows, NY with its hard courts. Connors earned $22,500 for winning the 1974 event--pocket change by today's lofty standards.
Tags: tennis  Connors  Rosewall  US  Open  final 
Added: 14th September 2013
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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
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Posted By: Lava1964
Red Skelton Tribute When Red Skelton died on September 17, 1997, Tom Snyder showed this montage of comedy clips from Red's long-running variety show on his program later that night.
Tags: Red  Skelton  clips  tribute  Tom  Snyder 
Added: 19th September 2013
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Bobby Moore on WML A clip that will amuse Brits: Bobby Moore, one of the great English soccer stars ever, is a mere regular contestant on this 1963 episode of What's My Line. Known for his gentlemanly ways and stellar defensive play, Moore would represent his country in 108 international matches (and play every minute!) and lead England to the 1966 World Cup championship. Saldy he died far too young of colon cancer at age 51 in 1993.
Tags: Bobby  Moore  soccer  England 
Added: 11th October 2013
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Joanie Loves Chachi Joanie Loves Chachi was a sitcom spun off from Happy Days in March 1982. Happy Days was already well in decline by that point, so ABC was somewhat desperate to milk any residual life from the romance of Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola. The premise of this show was that Joanie and Chachi uproot from Milwaukee to form a rock band in Chicago. They move in with Chachi's mother, Louisa, who had recently married Al Delvecchio--the proprietor of Arnold's in Milwaukee! Joanie Loves Chachi ran for four weeks in the spring of 1982 as a "tryout sitcom" and finished in the top seven shows. (Critics point out it ran against very weak rerun opposition on the other networks.) However, when Joanie Loves Chachi returned as a full sitcom in ABC's fall lineup for 1982, it quickly dropped to a dismal 68th spot in the ratings. No further new shows were aired after December 1982, although reruns occasionally appeared on ABC until Spetember 1983. Of course, Joanie, Chachi and Al all curiously returned to Milwaukee and the cast of Happy Days to finish its final season. Here is the opening sequence of Joanie Loves Chachi--which ran for nearly two minutes!
Tags: Joanie  Loves  Chachi  ABC  sitcom  spinoff  Happy  Days 
Added: 1st February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Introducing Pizza From 1957: A Canadian cooking show hostess tells her audience how to make a new food that's all the rage in the USA: pizza! (Don't forget the nippy cheese.)
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Added: 24th October 2013
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Rudolph Valentino Funeral Riot Silent movie heartthrob Rudolph Valentino died from complications of pleuritis on August 23, 1926 at the age of 31. Such was Valentino's popularity that an estimated 100,000 disorderly people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral. The arrangements were handled by the Frank Campbell Funeral Home. The event was a combination of facrce and drama. Suicides of despondent female fans were widely reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to force their way into the funeral parlor. What can only be described as an all-day riot erupted on August 24. More than 100 mounted officers and NYPD's Police Reserve were deployed to try to restore order. A phalanx of officers lined the streets for the remainder of the viewing. Drama occurred inside the funeral home too. Polish actress Pola Negri, claiming to be Valentino's fiancée, collapsed in hysterics while standing over the actor's coffin. Four fascist Blackshirts formed an honor guard, which was purportedly dispatched by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Afterward the honor guard was revealed to have been comprised of actors. It was a publicity stunt orchestrated by the funeral home.
Tags: Rudolph  Valentino  funeral  riot 
Added: 6th November 2013
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1964 Vintage Wooden Modem A neat video of a 1964 vintage wooden modem running at 300 baud that still works, although very slow by today's standards.
Tags: 1964  Vintage  Wooden  Modem 
Added: 9th November 2013
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Posted By: dusman

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