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Dan Rather Analyzes Reagan 1980 Landslide Victory Here's one for the archives! As part of CBS' 1980 election night coverage, Dan Rather (whose political views are usually blatantly skewed to the left) has to admit the obvious: Ronald Reagan ran a better campaign than Jimmy Carter and America overwhelmingly voted to reverse "liberal orthodoxy". Wow! (Note that Republican states were colored blue in 1980.)
Tags: Dan  Rather  CBS  election  coverage  1980 
Added: 10th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
San Diego Tank Rampage - 1995 On May 17, 1995, residents of San Diego, CA had their lives and property imperiled by an M-60 Patton tank! The armored vehicle had been stolen from a military base by Shawn Timothy Nelson, a 35-year-old former veteran who was known to have mental stability issues. As this Discovery Network feature shows, for a while law enforcement had absolutely no way to stop the devastating rampage--until Nelson inadvertently disabled the tank himself on a concrete highway median. Police theorize Nelson was on his way to create havoc at a local hospital that he had recently unsuccessfully sued for malpractice.
Tags: tank  theft  rampage  San  Diego  Shawn  Nelson 
Added: 16th March 2015
Views: 778
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Posted By: Lava1964
Esso- Put A Tiger In Your Tank Tags: Esso  Tiger  Commerical  Catch  That  Tiger  gasoline  commercial  1960's  60's  automotive  car  petroleum  Put  a  Tiger  In  Your  Tank 
Added: 18th March 2015
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Posted By: pfc
Jimmy Stewart Accepts Oscar for Gary Cooper At the 1961 Academy Awards ceremony, Gary Cooper was given a special lifetime achievement Oscar. At the time, only a few of his closest friends knew that Cooper was terribly ill with incurable cancer. Jimmy Stewart accepted the award on behalf of his ailing buddy. Stewart's emotional acceptance speech gave the secret away. Cooper died about a month later, just a week after his 60th birthday.
Tags: Oscar  Gary  Cooper  Jimmy  Stewart 
Added: 22nd March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Threes A Crowd - Failed Spinoff After Three's Company left the airwaves in the spring of 1984, ABC cast John Ritter in his Jack Tripper role once again that autumn in Three's A Crowd. The premise of this spinoff was that Jack was now living with his stewardess girlfriend Vicky Bradford in an apartment above his restaurant (Jack's Bistro). Complicating matters was that Vicky's meddlesome father James owned the building. Like many spinoffs, Three's a Crowd lacked the magic of its parent show. It was cancelled after just one season. Here is the opening montage.
Tags: spinoff  Threes  A  Crowd  John  Ritter 
Added: 24th March 2015
Views: 676
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Posted By: Lava1964
1980s Canadian Telemarketing Commercial This was one of a series of Canadian commercials, sponsored by a telephone company (of course) that introduced the new idea of 'telemarketing' as a way for businesses to expand their markets. I honestly think the original idea for telemarketing was for a legitimate business to keep in contact with its regular customers. It didn't yet have the negative connotations it has today (i.e. to call complete strangers at dinnertime from a phone bank in India to ask them if they want their ducts cleaned.)
Tags: telemarketing  commercial  Canada 
Added: 31st March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Failed Spinoff - The Tortellis In the early seasons of Cheers, some of the funniest episodes centered around the antics of Nick Tortelli, the sleazy ex-husband of Cheers barmaid Carla. Played by Dan Hedaya, Nick was a TV repairman who eventually married ex-showgirl Loretta (played by Jean Kasem and described by Total Television as "statuesque but dippy"). NBC figured the duo of Nick and Loretta had the potential to be comedy gold, so in January 1987 they were given their own sitcom titled The Tortellis. The show's premise was that Nick and his trophy wife had already split up and Loretta had returned to Las Vegas. They reconcile in the pilot episode and remain in Nevada in a crowded household. The couple lived with Nick's oldest son and his teenage wife--and Nick's pragmatic sister and her young son. The show never caught on, despite occasional special appearances by Cheers cast members. The Tortellis was dropped by NBC after the 13th episode aired on May 12, 1987 less than four months after its debut. Nick and Loretta made one more appearance on Cheers in which it was explained that Nick's TV repair business had failed.
Tags: NBC  failed  sitcom  The  Tortellis  Cheers  spinoff 
Added: 1st April 2015
Views: 717
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Posted By: Lava1964
Senator Dirksen - Gallant Men Now for something a little bit different: One of the most recognizable senators of the 1950s and 1960s was Everett Dirksen of Illinois. His disheveled appearance belied a quick mind and masterful debating skills. Dirksen was so well known that he was a mystery guest on What's My Line? in 1967 and a special guest on Red Skelton's variety show. Although he was staunchly conservative, Dirksen was one of the senators most responsible for drafting civil rights legislation. In 1966 Dirksen recorded Gallant Men which cracked the Billboard top 40.
Tags: Senator  Everett  Dirksen  Gallant  Men  record 
Added: 2nd April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Boys Novel - Scouts in Bondage I'm going to assume when this novel was published in 1930 that the very literal meaning of 'bondage' (being under the supervision or control of another person) was intended here.
Tags: Scouts  in  Bondage  novel  title 
Added: 6th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Curious Book Title - Fellow Fags Proving that words often dramatically change meaning over time, here's another curiously titled book: Fellow Fags. This 1933 British youth novel--aimed to reinforce Christian principles!--is about underclassmen in a school who were required to perform menial tasks for older students as part of a hazing ritual. (That's what fag meant at the time in Great Britain. Really!)
Tags: Fellow  Fags  British  youth  novel 
Added: 10th April 2015
Views: 1011
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Posted By: Lava1964

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