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Benny Hill Sports Report Benny Hill presents a sports anthology show.
Tags: comedy  Benny  Hill  sports  anthology 
Added: 29th October 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sad Decline of Benny Hill In 1990 The Benny Hill Show was airing in reruns in 97 countries around the world--but not in Great Britain where it had originated. The scourge of political correctness had forced Thames Television to end its association with Hill in 1989 after 20 successful years. Thames defended the move by saying Hill's periodic specials were becoming too costly, viewership was down, and the 65-year-old Hill was looking tired. However, by the late 1980s it was becoming unfashionable for Hill's sexually charged farcical comedy skits to be shown on British TV. (One anti-Hill crusader wildly blamed The Benny Hill Show for all the sexual assaults in the UK!) Hill did not need the money, but he did miss being on TV. He had open offers to appear in Las Vegas and name his price, but Hill did not want to make the journey overseas. Hill was a true loner who never married and was not known to have had a long-term relationship with anyone. The few friends he had said his dismissal by Thames was akin to handing Hill a death sentence. With assets worth more than 7.5 million British pounds, Hill was a bit of a miser. He never owned a car, he did his own shopping, and he lived in a very modest flat. He was also a slob. His flat was usually filled with dirty dishes, papers strewn everywhere, and dirty clothes on the floor. A friend once asked him why he threw his clothes on the floor. "Because they won't stick to the ceiling!" was his pithy answer. In February 1992, the 68-year-old Hill suffered mild heart attack. He was ordered to go on a diet. Two months later he died of another heart attack while sitting in a favorite chair in front of his television. His body was not discovered for three days. Hill's will had not been updated since 1961. The will's beneficiaries (his parents and his sister) had already died. The comedian's vast fortune was eventually split among nieces and nephews whom Hill had barely known. Among those who considered Benny Hill a comic genius were people as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite!
Tags: Benny  Hill  death  decline  comedy  UK 
Added: 29th October 2014
Views: 336
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Posted By: Lava1964
Marcia Strassman Dies at 66 Marcia Strassman, 66, who played Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at her Sherman Oaks, CA home after battling breast cancer for seven years. Strassman had numerous roles on television and in film during her five-decade career. She played nurse Margie Cutler on the first season of M*A*S*H before her breakout role in Welcome Back, Kotter. The show was about a teacher returning to the tough high school of his youth to teach a classroom full of misfits dubbed the Sweathogs. She also played Rick Moranis' wife in the Disney hit movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids and its sequel, Honey I Blew Up the Kid.
Tags: Marcia  Strassman  obituary  Kotter  TV 
Added: 30th October 2014
Views: 180
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Grinch Finally Gets Christmas Here's the climactic scene from the 1966 seasonal classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The title character finally gets it through his green skull that Christmas doesn't come from a store--Christmas means a little bit more!
Tags: climax  How  the  Grinch  Stole  Christmas 
Added: 24th December 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Happy Days - Joanie Falls For Potsie Fans of Happy Days typically rate a 1975 episode titled They Call It Potsie Love as one of the best of the entire series. (It's my personal favorite!) Here's the premise: When Richie's band is rehearsing, lead singer Potsie Webber declares he can only perform a romantic song passionately if he's singing it to a girl. With no other female present, Potsie reluctantly sings "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" to 14-year-old Joanie Cunningham. As this clip shows, Joanie becomes smitten with her older brother's friend. She sends Potsie anonymous love notes in which she playfully calls him "Dren." (Dren is "nerd" spelled backwards.) Joanie arranges to reveal her identity to Potsie at a given time at Arnold's Drive-In. When Potsie arrives as scheduled to meet his mystery girl and instead sees Joanie, he thinks he's been pranked and reacts angrily. But when Potsie quickly realizes that Joanie has true affection for him, he rejects her sweetly and gently. Two other touching scenes follow shortly thereafter: Richie lovingly comforting his sister and Marion Cunningham consoling her daughter.
Tags: Happy  Days  They  Call  it  Potsie  Love 
Added: 5th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Watchmen Debuts In 1986, Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Gibbons, made its debut. Set in an alternate reality where superheroes actually exist, Watchmen was one of the first major graphic novels. The main plot revolved around the violent vigilante Rorshach as he investigated the death of The Comedian, an amoral war hero. along the way, he uncovers a conspiracy that changes the course of history.
Tags: Comics 
Added: 5th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Dorothy Arnold - Missing Socialite One of the most intriguing missing persons cases in American history centers around a 24-year-old New York socialite, Dorothy Arnold, who seemingly vanished into thin air one afternoon in New York City in 1910. Arnold was from a wealthy family, the daughter of the 73-year-old head of a prosperous import company and the niece of a Supreme Court justice. Educated at Bryn Mawr, Dorothy was an aspiring writer. On Monday, December 12, 1910, Dorothy left her New York City home at about 11 a.m. telling her mother she would be shopping for an evening gown for an upcoming event. Dorothy left the house with only the clothes on her back and about $30. Arnold went to a candy store and a bookstore where she bought items using the Arnold family credit. When she left the bookstore, Dorothy encountered Gladys King, a friend. King was the last known person to have seen Dorothy. No one who saw Dorothy on December 12 noticed anything odd about her behavior. She apparently never purchased the dress, so she had either lied to her mother or had been interrupted before she could buy it. On the day of her disappearance, Dorothy was fashionably dressed and was a familiar face in New York City. Therefore, it is unlikely that Dorothy could have ventured far without being noticed. That evening, when Dorothy strangely had not returned home for dinner, the Arnold family began making inquiries among her friends. They were unable to turn up any news of their daughter. Fearing some sort of scandal, Dorothy's family did not call the police right away--which was typical of the era. Anyone calling the Arnold home inquiring about Dorothy was told she was in bed with a headache. Dorothy's parents hired a lawyer who privately tried to find Dorothy for six weeks. His investigation got nowhere, so the police were finally contacted in late January of 1911. By that time, Dorothy's trail had gone hopelessly cold. Newspapers played up the story--especially in New York City. It led to several hoaxes, including two phony ransom notes being sent to the Arnold home and a postcard purportedly sent overseas by Dorothy. These were quickly dismissed as inauthentic. After 75 days, the police closed the case under the assumption that Dorothy was dead. However as late as 1935 the New York City police were still receiving tips about alleged sightings of Dorothy. So what happened to Dorothy? She had been unofficially engaged to a 42-year-old man named George (Junior) Griscom--a situation which displeased her family who considered him to be a loafer. There was absolutely no evidence that she and Junior had a falling out or had run away together. In fact, Junior put out several ads imploring Dorothy to contact him, but to no avail. He eventually moved on with his life. Another theory was that Dorothy was upset that her parents had cruelly mocked her for wanting to become a writer and because two of her stories had recently been rejected by magazines. Thus some people speculate Dorothy committed suicide believing that she was a failure. Still no one had evidence that she was anything but happy on the day she disappeared. Yet another theory is that Dorothy died at an illegal abortion clinic and her body was swiftly incinerated in the building's furnace--which was known to happen in 1910. In 1921, John H. Ayers, who headed New York City's Missing Persons Bureau, curiously told an auditorium filled with high school students that Dorothy's fate had always been known to the police and her family but he did not elaborate any further. When journalists pressed him for more details, he quickly claimed he had been misquoted.
Tags: missing  persons  case  Dorothy  Arnold 
Added: 16th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Hull scores in 1963 NHL ASG They may sound unbelievable, but a long time ago NHL players took pride in the the league's annual All-Star Game. They actually played defense and cared about the outcome of the game. Here's a clip of Bobby Hull scoring in the 1963 game. At that time the ASG featured the defending Stanley Cup champions versus a team of all-stars from the other NHL clubs. This game ended in a 3-3 tie between the All-Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs. (Yeah, the Toronto Maple Leafs were once the defending Stanley Cup champions. Imagine that!)
Tags: 1963  NHL  All-Star  Game  Bobby  Hull  goal 
Added: 26th January 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Life With Lucy - Opening Credits After being away from sitcoms for 12 years, Lucille Ball returned to TV in the fall of 1986 with great fanfare at age 75 as the star of the ABC comedy Life With Lucy. (Here is the opening montage. The theme song was performed by Eydie Gorme.) Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, who had written scripts for I Love Lucy, were the show's producers. The premise of the show was that the recently widowed Lucy Barker decides to help out at the hardware store her husband ran. The only problem was she had had nothing to do with the store while her husband was alive, so she was clueless about everything. Eighty-year-old Gale Gordon also came out of retirement to play Lucy's husband's business partner Curtis McGibbon. Lucy had just moved in with her daughter Margo's family. Margo was married to Curtis's son, a law student. At the end of the first episode Curtis moves into the same house too. Got it? After a decent showing in the ratings for the first episode, Life With Lucy steadily plummeted downward. Even guest appearances by John Ritter and Audrey Meadows failed to halt the show's decline. After eight weeks it was dismally ranked 73rd out of 76 shows. Even though ABC had committed to 22 episodes, the scripts for 14 shows had been written, and 13 had been filmed, ABC pulled the plug after the eighth episode aired. Lucy was said to have been heartbroken that the public no longer wanted to see her on TV. She died about 30 months later.
Tags: Life  With  Lucy  sitcom  Lucille  Ball 
Added: 5th February 2015
Views: 200
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dymo Label Makers Anyone remember this gadget? The Dymo Label Maker was quite popular for a while in the 1970s. A version of it had actually been around for years, but only for industrial use. Once the product became easily accessible and small enough to be held in one's hand did it become well known. Apparently you can still buy the colorful label rolls if you look hard enough for them.
Tags: Dymo  label  maker 
Added: 9th February 2015
Views: 120
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Posted By: Lava1964

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