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Alferd G Packer - Cannibal The only person in American history to be convicted of cannibalism was Alferd (sometimes written 'Alfred') G. Packer. Packer, a Civil War veteran, was one of 21 prospectors who intended to try their luck in the Colorado gold fields. The group got to Provo, Utah in February 1874. Against the advice of the locals, Packer and five others decided to continue their trek across the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter. They quickly got lost and ran out of provisions. Packer was the only survivor. Two months later Packer was seen by other members of the original prospectors' group who didn't believe his story that his companions never returned from a search for food. Packer eventually confessed to cannibalism, escaped custody twice, but was found in Wyoming in 1883. Packer was sentenced to 40 years in jail. He was paroled by Colorado's governor in 1901 and died six years later at age 65. In 1968, as a gag, students at the University of Colorado at Boulder voted to name their school cafeteria the Alferd G. Packer Memorial Grill. It bears the slogan, 'Have a friend for lunch!' A statue of Packer was erected on campus in 1982.
Tags: Alferd  G  Packer  cannibalism 
Added: 14th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
1883 No-Cents Nickels In 1883, the United States unveiled its new 'Liberty Head' five-cent piece. Conmen immediately sensed an opportunity: Because the reverse bore the Roman numeral 'V' without the word 'cents,' it looked very much like the widely circulated five-dollar gold piece. Crooks simply painted the nickels gold and passed them off as five-dollar coins. To combat this practise, a few months later the mint issued a revised variety of 1883 nickels--these ones bearing the word 'cents' beneath the V. (That design lasted until the Liberty Head nickel was replaced by the buffalo nickel in 1913.) According to numismatic lore, a deaf mute named Josh Tatum was among the most prolific perpetrators of fraud with gold-painted no-cents nickels. He supposedly escaped conviction because he could not ask shopkeepers for change; he merely accepted what was given to him. This is where the verb 'to josh' is said to have originated.
Tags: 1883  nickels  numismatics 
Added: 22nd October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Starsky and Hutch TV opening After its 1975 pilot film proved a ratings success ABC gave approval for a full series of STARSKY AND HUTCH, an action-packed cop show that enjoyed a four season run. Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul starred as unorthodox plain clothes police officers Dave Starsky and Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson, fighting crime with the occasional assistance of their hip street snitch Huggy Bear (played by Antonio Fargas). Bernie Hamilton co-starred as their superior, Captain Dobey, and an additional star was the tire-squealing Ford Gran Torino that was frequently in the middle of the action.
Tags: Starsky  Hutch  David  Soul  Paul  Michael  Glaser  Antonio  Fargas  Bernie  Hamilton  Ford  Gran  Torino  1970s  TV  television  cop  show  police  crime  drama  action   
Added: 29th October 2009
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Posted By: robatsea
Nature Boy Nat King Cole's 1948 recording of the song was a major hit - "Nature Boy" is a song composed by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947. The song tells a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy... who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest thing... was just to love and be loved in return". Eden Ahbez was american songwriter whose lifestyle in California was INFLUENTIAL on the hippie movement... George Alexander Aberle born in Brooklyn, New York in 1908 - recording artist from the 1940s-1960s This song was written by Eden Ahbez, one of the strangest songwriters of the pre-Hippie era. He was a poet, but more accurately a proto-Hippie, choosing to wear long hair, a full beard and long, white, flowing garments that promoted a Christ-like appearance. He lived in Griffith Park in Los Angeles and ate fruit, vegetables and nuts. THIS "NATURE BOY" (in my words)claimed to have been raised in an orphanage and to have crossed the US on foot 8 times before age 35. He moved to Los Angeles in the '40s, lived on 3 dollars a week Ahbez implored Nat King Cole's manager to look at his manuscript of "Nature Boy." Cole liked the Yiddish melody, and the lyrics and added it to his act. It was well received so Cole decided to record it. One problem: Cole and Capitol Records could not find Ahbez in order to secure the publishing rights. Finally they located Ahbez, camped beneath the first L in the "Hollywood" sign.
Tags: Nature  Boy  AHBEZ  hollowood  nate  king  cole  Nature  Boy 
Added: 22nd November 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
Our Gang - Stymie Matthew Beard played Stymie in the Our Gang films. He acquired his nickname from director Robert McGowan who was 'stymied' by his inability to control the five-year-old newcomer. Stymie, in efffect, replaced Farina as the Gang's black character. He was witty--always ready with a quip. Stymie got his trademark oversize bowler hat from Stan Laurel. Stymie's tenure on Our Gang ran from the early talkies to the Spanky/Alfalfa heyday. Stymie came from a family of 13 children; a handful of Stymie's siblings and his mother had small Our Gang roles. After leaving showbiz, Stymie descended into drug abuse, but he cleaned himself up in rehab. He spent the remainder of his days lecturing on the evils of drugs. In early 1981 Stymie suffered a stroke just after his 56th birthday. He died of pneumonia shortly thereafter.
Tags: Our  Gang  Stymie  Matthew  Beard 
Added: 1st December 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91 TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts, the evangelist who rose from humble tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university bearing his name, died Tuesday. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif., according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006. Roberts was a pioneer on two fronts — he helped bring spirit-filled charismatic Christianity into the mainstream and took his trademark revivals to television, a new frontier for religion.
Tags: Evangelist  Oral  Roberts  dies  at  age  91Christianity  television  TV  revival  spirit-filled  charismatic  pioneer 
Added: 15th December 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Merlin Olsen Passes at age 69 Merlin Olsen, the Hall of Fame tackle who anchored the Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome, the line that glamorized defensive play in the N.F.L., died early Thursday at a hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was 69. Olsen was also a longtime color commentator for NBC’s pro football and Rose Bowl telecasts, working with Dick Enberg, and he acted on television, most prominently as the very large and bearded Jonathan Garvey in NBC’s “Little House on the Prairie” and in his own series, “Father Murphy.”
Tags: Merlin  Olsen  Curt  Gowdy  NBC  Olsen  was  also  a  longtime  color  commentator  for  NBC’s  pro  football  and  Rose  Bowl  telecasts,  working  with  Dick  Enberg,  and  he  acted  on  television,  most  prominently  as  the  very  large  and  bearded  Jonathan  Garvey  in  NBC’s  “Little  House  on  the  Prairie”  and  in  his  own  series,  “Father  Murphy.”   
Added: 11th March 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart
Art Linkletter Passes at age 97 Art Linkletter, whose "People Are Funny" and "House Party" shows entertained millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and '60s with the funny side of ordinary folks and who remained active as a writer and speaker through his ninth decade, died Wednesday. He was 97. Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter. "He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him," Hershey said. Linkletter had been ill "in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him," Hershey said. Linkletter hadn't been diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, he said.
Tags: Art  Linkletter  Passes  at  age  97  kids  say  the  darndest  things  Bill  Cosby 
Added: 26th May 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart
NFL Champs Vs. College All-Stars 1934-1976 The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game was a preseason football tilt played annually (except 1974) from 1934 to 1976 between the National Football League champions and a team of star college seniors from the previous year. (There was one exception: The 1935 game involved the 1934 runner-up Chicago Bears instead of the champion New York Giants.) The game originally was a benefit for Chicago-area charities. Except for the 1943 and 1944 games which were held at Northwestern University, the game was always played at Soldier Field in Chicago. The first game, played before a crowd of 79,432 on August 31, 1934, was a scoreless tie between the all-stars and the Chicago Bears. The following year, a game that included future president Gerald Ford, the Bears won, 5-0. The first all-star win was in 1937 for a squad that featured Sammy Baugh. In the 1940s the games were competitive affairs that attracted large crowds to Soldier Field. But as the talent level of pro football improved, the all-stars had diminishing success. The last all-star win came in 1963, when a team coached by legendary quarterback Otto Graham beat the Green Bay Packers 20-17. By the 1970s, crowds for the event were dwindling. In addition, NFL coaches were reluctant to part with their new draftees (who would miss part of training camp) for a meaningless exhibition in which the players might be injured. A players' strike forced the cancellation of the 1974 game. The last game took place in a torrential downpour on July 23, 1976. Despite featuring stars such as Chuck Muncie, Mike Pruitt, Lee Roy Selmon and Jackie Slater, the collegians were hopelessly outclassed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh was leading 24-0 late in the third quarter when play was suspended due to the awful weather conditions. The game was not restarted. Chicago Tribune Charities Inc., the sponsor of the game, elected not to bring it back for 1977. A program from the 1941 game is shown here. Overall, the NFL teams won 31 of the 42 games. The all-stars won nine. Two games ended in ties.
Tags: football  all-stars  NFL 
Added: 13th December 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gentle Ben Gentle Ben is the name of a book of fiction for children by author Walt Morey, which was later made into a film and television series in the 1960s, as well as made-for-TV movies in 2002 and 2003. The book concerns the friendship between the title character, a bear, and a young boy, Mark Wedloe.
Tags: Gentle  Ben,  retro  tv,  television,  Clint  Howard,    Dennis    Weaver,  Beth    Brickell,Ellen  ,  Ivan    Tors,    American  black  bear 
Added: 23rd December 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart

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