Remember actor Ted Bessell? He had hoped to be a pianist; as a youth he performed at Carnegie Hall. However, he drifted towards an acting career. He was best known for portraying Donald Hollinger, the steady romantic interest of Marlo Thomas' character Ann Marie on That Girl. The two became engaged in the 1970 season. That Girl ran from 1966 to 1971. Following that series, Bessell starred in the truly awful sitcom Me and the Chimp, which ran for 13 dreadful episodes in 1972. In 1976, he played Joe, Mary Richard's love interest, in two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It appeared that Bessell was going to be added as a permanent MTM cast member (and perhaps become Mary's husband), but it never panned out. Bessell was about to direct the big screen version of Bewitched when he died suddenly of an aneurysm in 1996. He was just 61.
Added: 7th July 2012
Posted By: Lava1964
On September 22, 1975, 33-year-old Oliver Sipple (the man with the sideburns in the left of the photo) was walking past the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco where President Gerald Ford was scheduled to speak. As Sipple moved forward to better hear Ford's speech, he noticed a woman standing next to him (later identified as Sara Jane Moore) reach into her raincoat and pull out a revolver. Sipple yelled, "Gun!" and instinctively grabbed for her arm and deflected it as she pulled the trigger. The bullet, intended for the president who was just 40 feet away, ricocheted off a wall and slightly wounded another bystander. Sipple, a decorated Vietnam vet, tackled Moore, prevented her from shooting again, and handed her over to the Secret Service.
Oliver Sipple now became a reluctant celebrity. He was immediately hailed in the national press and received thousands of letters praising his heroics. However, President Ford only sent him a short note and avoided a personal meeting. News organizations wondered why the White House was avoiding Sipple. Although he was openly gay, Sipple’s sexual orientation was a secret from his family and employers. Accordingly, he asked the press to keep his sexuality off the record. However, news organizations refused to comply. The gay community saw the situation as a great opportunity. While discussing whether or not Sipple’s sexuality ought to be disclosed, prominent gay San Francisco's councilman Harvey Milk noted: “For once we can show that gays do heroic things, not just all that caca about molesting children and hanging out in bathrooms.” Milk further suggested that Sipple’s sexual orientation was the reason he received only a note from Ford rather than a formal invitation to the White House.
Herb Caen, a columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle, outed Sipple as gay. The Chicago Sun-Times called him a ‘Homosexual Hero’; The Denver Post used the more pithy term ‘Gay Vet’. In Detroit, Sipple’s staunch Baptist family became the subject of ridicule and abuse by friends and neighbors. His mother refused to talk to him. When she died in 1979, his father told him not to attend the funeral. Sipple filed a $15-million invasion of privacy suit against seven newspapers and various publishers, but after a long and bitter process, the courts held that Sipple himself had become news, and that his sexual orientation was part of the story. Oliver Sipple sank into a downward spiral of depression, alcoholism, obesity and drug abuse. By the time he was found dead with an empty bottle of bourbon in 1989, Oliver Sipple was already a forgotten footnote to ethics and freedom of press. His apartment was littered with press clippings about that fateful day in 1975 when he saved a man’s life and subsequently ruined his own.
Added: 9th July 2012
Posted By: Lava1964
This is the newsletter sent to our members:
What a crazy couple of weeks it has been. Very historical for us! That Send In The Clowns video has racked up over three quarters of a million views! With that amount of traffic our server could not keep up with demand so we had to upgrade to a private server and faster server. We also had to optimize the software because even with the new server we continue to get lag times, but I think we have it pretty much under control.
For the first time in five years our investment is paying off and we are turning a profit. A great thanks to all of you who click on the ads on the site because that is the only way we get paid! So if you visit our sponsors you are actually helping us and you’ll probably get a great deal too!
We also added some great new features to YRT as well. You can like and share clips on Facebook, Twitter and a bunch of other social media sites with the click of a button. Even better you can now comment using your Facebook log-in!
So here is some of the memories we shared:
I want to thank everyone for helping us make this site become the fun place it is. You might see our ads pop up soon as we begin an ad campaign for the site within the next day or two!
Have a groovy week and share us on Facebook and Twitter, now even easier!
Added: 27th July 2012
Posted By: Steve
A bunch of commercials that aired on NBC on March 25th, 1987.
1. Mounds and Almond Joy (The bars are bigger!)
2. Diet 7up (With John Goodman!)
3. McDonald's (With Happy Meal Stencils! "'Scuse me Daddy!")
4. Promo for "Stone Fox" (Starring Buddy Ebsen)
5. Pampers (Baby Racing: America's greatest sport!)
6. Promo for the "Build A Perfect Cheeseburger" contest (Sponsored by the California Beef and Dairy boards naturally)
7. Diet 7up (Guy reminds me of Larry from "Perfect Strangers")
8. Kraft Rancher's Choice Creamy Salad Dressing
9. Promo for "Roomies" (With Corey Haim!) and "Amazing Stories" (Daddy?)
10. Pepsi (This is probably my favorite commercial ever)
11. 7-Eleven (These low prices make me sad)
12. Teddy Ruxpin (And his pal Grubby)
13. Luvs (What's with all of the diaper advertising?)
14. Pizza Hut Flintstones Kids Glasses (Watch out for the Ginger Kid!)
15. New Coke (With Max Headroom!)
16. Sure Deodorant
17. Pepto Bismol
18. TV Spot for "Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol" (Another 80's comedy classic from Steve Gutenberg)
19. Promo for "Night Court", "The Tortelli's" and "The Bronx Zoo" ("The days of the little red brick schoolhouse are over!" You tell 'em Asner!)
Added: 11th August 2012
Posted By: dusman