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Archie Bunker for Prez T-Shirts During the 1972 presidential campaign "Archie Bunker For President" t-shirts got a few laughs. America's favorite bigot didn't win the election, of course, but his man "Richard E. Nixon" (that's what Archie called him) did!
Tags: Archie  Bunker  t-shirts 
Added: 4th February 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tom Laughlin Passes at age 82 Tom Laughlin, the actor who wrote and starred in the "Billy Jack" films of the 1970s, died Thursday, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 82.
Tags: Tom  Laughlin  Billy  Jack  Actor,  film  director,  film  producer,  screenwriter,  political  activist,  educator 
Added: 15th December 2013
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Posted By: Old Fart
Bill Cullen Secret Disability The affable Bill Cullen is largely considered one of the greatest TV game show hosts ever. (One poll lists him as THE greatest.) Witty and charming, Cullen was a fixture as a game show host and as a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret for years. One source claims he earned $300,000 in 1958--an extraordinary sum for that era. During his impressive broadcasting career which spanned from radio sports commentary in 1942 to his umpteenth TV game show gig in 1986, Cullen hid an obvious physical disability: As a toddler in 1921 he had been stricken by polio. As a teen he was further crippled in a motorcycle mishap. The end result was that Cullen had severe mobility issues until the day he died. As was the norm at the time, the TV networks did their best to hide Cullen's disability as a kindness to him. Every game show he hosted he was never shown walking to his place; he was always already seated behind a podium and stayed that way for the show's duration. On July 9, 1961 he was a mystery guest on the original What's My Line. Usually the WML mystery guest would be shown signing in and then walking a few feet to sit beside host John Daly. When Cullen entered, the camera focused on the blindfolded panelists until he was seated--which must have puzzled millions of viewers that night. Mel Brooks related a horribly awkward story about a time he appeared on the Cullen-hosted game show Eye Guess in the late 1960s. At the end of the tapings, Brooks walked toward Cullen's desk to thank him for having him on. Cullen walked towards Brooks with his arms flailing and his feet turned over at the ankles. Brooks thought Cullen was doing a deliberately comical walk, so Brooks mimicked it! Brooks was aghast when someone shouted that Cullen was disabled. Cullen, however, laughed loudly and told Brooks he was glad someone finally had the courage to poke fun at him. Cullen said he always felt self-conscious about the special treatment he received. Cullen also suffered through pancreatic surgery in the late 1960s. He was never as robust looking afterwards. A lifelong smoker, Cullen succumbed to lung cancer in 1990 at age 70.
Tags: Bill  Cullen  polio  TV  host  disability 
Added: 18th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Senator Bobby Sings Wild Thing Comedian Bill Minkin had a hit with his impression of Bobby Kennedy in 1967. Sadly, as happened with Vaughn Meador's hugely successful impression of JFK, the laughter would come to an abrupt halt within the next year.
Tags: Senator  Bobby  Kennedy  Wild  Thing 
Added: 20th February 2013
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Posted By: kinkman
All Quiet on the Western Front - Battle Scene One of the most powerful scenes ever filmed: The battle scene from All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) that shows the vast slaughter that was the trademark of nearly every First World War battle. Presumably because it humanized the German soldiers, this film was banned in France until 1963! After more than 80 years, the images have lost none of their impact.
Tags: All  Quiet  on  the  Western  Front  WWI 
Added: 17th March 2013
Views: 1586
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Posted By: Lava1964
Buster Keaton on Candid Camera In 1961 the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton was recruited to appear on Candid Camera. He appears as a disaster-prone diner customer who has mishaps galore as he tries to eat a bowl of soup. His fellow unsuspecting diners have trouble hiding their laughter.
Tags: Candid  Camera  Buster  Keaton  diner 
Added: 3rd June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Patterson-Rademacher fight 1957 The 1950s are often described as the golden age of boxing--when depth and talent were supposedly at their finest in the sweet science. People tend to forget that the heavyweight division was rather weak for much of the decade. Contenders for the world heavyweight title were so scarce that Pete Rademacher, the 1956 Olympic gold medalist, got a coveted shot at world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson's title in his pro debut! Having won the heavyweight laurels in Melbourne in 1956 by scoring three knockouts in his only three bouts, Rademacher, a Washingtonian, somehow persuaded the powers that be that it would be a great idea if he could fight Patterson in Seattle' Sick Stadium in a unique amateur-versus-pro matchup. Patterson agreed if the promoters could guarantee him $250,000. They did--so the fight was set for August 22, 1957. Surprisingly, Rademacher did well in the first two rounds, pressing the action and even scoring a knockdown with a hard right hand. By the fourth round, however, Patterson's class began to show. He scored one of what would be seven knockdowns of the game challenger. Eventually Rademacher was knocked out in the fifth round. The promotion barely generated financial enough interest to meet Patterson's guaranteed payday. Depending on which source you believe, Rademacher got either absolutely nothing or a laughable $1.75 for his losing effort. Undaunted, Rademacher fought hard-hitting Zora Folley in his next bout--and was knocked out again. Rademacher ended his pro boxing career with a 15-7-1 record. All seven of his defeats came at the hands of world-class fighters. As of August 2015, Pete was still alive and kicking at age 86.
Tags: Pete  Rademacher  boxing  amateur  Floyd  Patterson 
Added: 17th August 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lawn Jockeys Signified An Underground Railroad Home A lot of people don't know the real meaning behind these statues, so they vandalize them, bitch about them being racist, etc. When the image of a black 'footman' with a lantern signified the home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. These are largely a northern thing, and weren't commonly found in the South until after WWII when northerners moved there and brought this custom with them. The clothing of the statue was also coded. A striped jockey's shirt meant that this was a place to swap horses, while a footman in a tailed coat meant overnight lodgings/food, and a blue sailor's waistcoat meant the homeowner could take you to a port and get you on a ship to Canada. I always laugh when I hear black folks talk about how racist these are, because honestly, the cats who had them were likely the LEAST racist. Later, these came back into popularity after WWII, and they were again coded to show the white homeowners supported early civil rights efforts, weren't Klan, etc.
Tags: Lawn  Jockeys  Signified  An  Underground  Railroad  Home  black  African  American  slavery    Civil  Rights  KKK  Klan  civil  rights 
Added: 28th January 2016
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Posted By: Cathy
Tim Conway - Dentist Sketch From a 1969 episode of The Carol Burnett Show, Tim Conway hilariously plays an inept, novice dentist in this memorable sketch. Harvey Korman, who plays Conway's first patient, was so overcome by laughter that he literally wet his pants during the routine.
Tags: Tim  Conway  dentist  Carol  Burnett  Harvey  Kormann 
Added: 14th April 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Who remembers this Cold War-era movie? Four members of the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes (Bob Crane, John Banner, Leon Askin, and Werner Klemperer) starred alongside the comely Elke Sommer in The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz. The plot has Sommer playing the title character. She's an East German athlete who, while training for the 1968 Olympics, decides to pole vault over the Berlin Wall to freedom in the West. Crane plays an amoral American businessman with black market connections in East Germany who is willing to sell Schultz to either East or West Germany. Banner, Askin and Klemperer all play bumbling East German agents who come to the obvious conclusion that retrieving the sexy pole vaulter would be good for communist propaganda. The film was both a box office and critical disaster. Movie critic Leonard Maltin describes it as 'a laughless dud.'
Tags: Wicked  Dreams  of  Paula  Schultz  Hogans  Heroes  cast 
Added: 14th May 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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