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Jackie Gleason backs Richard Nixon The great Jackie Gleason leads off a televised fund-raiser for Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign.
Tags: Jackie  Gleason  Richard  Nixon 
Added: 3rd October 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas 'I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas', was sung by an 11-year-old girl, Gayla Peevey, who according to legend, was a regional child star of the Oklahoma City area. This 1953 hit was recorded as a fund-raiser to bring the city zoo a hippo. When released nationally by Columbia Records the song shot to the top of the charts, and the city zoo got a baby hippo named Matilda! This is the first Christmas song I remember hearing on a little plastic record player I had as a kid, I was 7.
Tags: i  want  a  hippopotamus  for  christmas  gayla  peevey 
Added: 23rd December 2007
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Posted By: Guido
Oral Roberts Fund-Raising Controversy 1987 Popular evangelist Oral Roberts made headlines during a televised fund-raiser in January 1987. Roberts announced that if his current fund-raising campaign failed to reach its $8-million goal by March that 'God would call him home.' It was unclear whether the 69-year-old preacher meant that he would commit suicide or if God would take his life. Roberts (shown here in a photo taken seven months before his death in 2009) was widely mocked for his tactics. An atheist group encouraged people to withhold donations 'to see what happens.' Despite the adverse publicity, Roberts' 1987 fund-raiser netted $9.1 million in donations.
Tags: Oral  Roberts  fund-raiser  controversy 
Added: 16th December 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Olympic Sprinter Wilma Rudolph Twenty-year-old American sprinter Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Her championships came in the women's 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4 x 100 relay. Rudolph had also been a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic team in Melbourne as a 16-year-old. Remarkably, Rudolph was a sickly child who had to walk with the assistance of leg braces. Another member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team was admittedly smitten by Rudolph: an 18-year-old boxer from Louisville named Cassius Clay. Clay/Ali and Rudolph became friends and often appeared at charity fund-raisers together for many years afterwards. Rudolph only lived to be 54, dying of brain cancer in 1994.
Tags: Wilma  Rudolph  sprinter  Olympics 
Added: 18th January 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chubby Gets a Headstone - 2012 Norman (Chubby) Chaney was the first member of the Our Gang troupe to die. He passed away in May 1936 at age 21 from myocarditis and a glandular condition. His family could not afford to buy a headstone for Norman's grave in the Baltimore cemetery where he is interred, so his final resting place was unmarked for 76 years. However, in 2012, an online fund-raiser solicited more than $4,000 in donations to have this attractive black granite marker erected on the gravesite. About a dozen Our Gang fans attended the official unveiling on November 10, 2012.
Tags: gravestone  Chubby  Chaney  Our  Gang 
Added: 5th March 2013
Views: 1009
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Posted By: Lava1964

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