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Our Gang - Farina Allen Hoskins became part of Hal Roach's Our Gang troupe in 1922 before he was two years old. At first Hoskins' Farina character was androgynous; in some films he's a male, in others he's a female. Farina soon evolved into a fully male character--and one of the most popular of the late silent and early talkies period. Often dressed in a bizarre array of mismatched gaudy clothes, Farina's character was the stereotypical 'pickaninny.' By the time his tenure as Farina on Our Gang ended in 1931, Hoskins was the top-salaried performer, earning $250 per week. Hoskins briefly had a vaudeville act with his sister, but gradually drifted away from show business. 'I prefer jobs where I eat regularly,' he quipped. Hoskins served in WWII, rising to the rank of sergeant. Late in Hoskins' life he worked tirelessly with the disabled and mentally ill. Like his fellow black Our Gang performers, Hoskins was annoyed at the political correctness that caused the series to be heavily edited for TV in the early 1970s. While acknowledging that blacks were steroetyped in the Our Gang comedies, he pointed out that whites were too: There were the stereotypical fat kids, bullies, nerds, freckle-faced kids, and pretty blondes. He was also quick to point out that in an era when much of America was segregated, the racially mixed Our Gang kids played, socialized, and went to school together. Hoskins died of cancer a month before his 60th birthday in 1980.
Tags: Our  Gang  Farina  Allen  Hoskins 
Added: 29th November 2009
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Our Gang - Buckwheat One of the most recognizable characters in the Our Gang comedies was William (Buckwheat) Thomas who was a troupe member from 1934 until the series concluded in 1944. Thomas recalled his mother taking him to a tryout at age three--where he was quickly added as a minor character. He was being groomed to replace Stymie as the Gang's black character. Like Farina before him, Buckwheat's gender was a bit of a mystery at first, but he eventually grew into a male role. His trademark 'Otay!' was part of his garbled-English shtick. His wardrobe usually consisted of a striped shirt, a floppy hat, and pants held up by just one suspender. Thomas made an easy transition out of showbiz. He worked as a film laboratory technician for years and also served in the Korean War. (His gravestone wrongly lists him as a WWII veteran.) In August 1980 he was moved to tears after he was given a standing ovation by fans at an Our Gang reunion. Two months later Thomas died suddenly of a heart attack at age 49. Remarkably, Buckwheat got plenty of posthumous fame. Comedian Eddie Murphy had an ongoing Buckwheat-impersonation routine on Saturday Night Live. In 1990, the ABC news program 20/20 aired a segment about a man working in a Tempe, Arizona grocery store who claimed to be Buckwheat. The network was flooded with calls from knowledgeable Our Gang fans who pointed out that the real Buckwheat had died a decade earlier. An angry Spanky McFarland appeared on television to denounce the fraudster, a man named Billie English who had been masquerading as Buckwheat for 30 years. The producer of the 20/20 segment was summarily fired for his shoddy research. Buckwheat's son sued ABC for negligence.
Tags: Our  Gang  Buckwheat  Thomas 
Added: 2nd December 2009
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PEARL HARBOR ATTACK SCENE Original pearl harbor attack scene from 2001 movie YOUR WELCOME!
Tags: pearl    harbor    bombing    japan    attack    wwii    boats    bombs  special  effects 
Added: 7th December 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Easter Eggs for Hitler A propaganda photo used during WWII
Tags: Easter  Eggs  for  Hitler  bombs  air  raid  WWII  World  War  II  Germany 
Added: 1st April 2010
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Last American WWI Veteran Dies A chapter in American history concluded on February 27, 2011 when Frank Woodruff Buckles passed away in Virginia. The 110-year-old Buckles was the last accepted American First World War veteran. He enlisted at the age of 16 in 1917 and served until 1920. During the Great War, Buckles was stationed in England and France where he drove ambulances. In 1941, when the United States entered the Second World War, Buckles was a civilian employee of a shipping company in the Philippines. When the Japanese seized control of the islands, he was held prisoner for three years.
Tags: First  World  War  veteran  dies 
Added: 7th March 2011
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Last WWI Veteran Dies Claude Stanley Choules, the last accepted combat veteran from the Frst World War, died in Australia on May 5, 2011 at the age of 110 years and 63 days. Choules was also the last military witness to the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. He was also the last veteran to have served in both world wars, and the last seaman from the First World War. At the time of his death, he was also the third oldest verified military veteran in the world and the oldest known living man in Australia. He was the seventh-oldest living man in the world.
Tags: Claude  Choules  WWI  veteran 
Added: 20th May 2011
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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's          50's          Classic          TV          Television 
Added: 3rd June 2011
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Posted By: Old Fart
D-Day German Footage Tags: D-Day,  German  Footage,  Normandy  Invasion,  Normandy,  WWII,  World  War  Two 
Added: 6th June 2011
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Get Smart TV Guide Cover 1967 Barbara Feldon and Don Adams of Get Smart grace this TV Guide cover from 1967. Get Smart was an extremely popular spy spoof that ran on NBC from 1965 to 1970 that pitted the counter-espionage activities of CONTROL versus the nefarious deeds of KAOS. The show introduced the phrase "would you believe..." into popular culture. The youthful looking Adams was ten years Feldon's senior. Adams won three consecutive Emmys playing Maxwell Smart (CONTROL agent 86). Feldon was nominated for two Emmys for her role as CONTROL agent 99. Adams was a WWII veteran who was the only survivor from a platoon that saw action on Guadalcanal. Feldon first gained fame by winning the jackpot on The $64,000 Question. Her subject was Shakespeare.
Tags: Get  Smart  Don  Adams  Barbara  Feldon 
Added: 22nd November 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Frank Buckles - The Last Doughboy Frank Buckles was the last surviving American verteran of the First World War. This photo show him with President George W. Bush in 2007. He had volunteered at age 16 and drove ambulances and motorcycles in France. He died just after his 110th birthday in 2011. Because Buckles was not a combat soldier, he did not qualify for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. It took a special act of Congress for Buckles to be interred there. Buckles died a few months before Claude Choules, a British sailor living in Australia. Choules was the last accepted WWI combatant from any country.
Tags: Frank  Buckles  First  World  War  doughboy 
Added: 22nd November 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964

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