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Hula Hoop  - Frisbee Inventor Passes today at age 82 ARCADIA, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Richard Knerr, co-founder of Wham-O, which gave the world the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee, has died at an Arcadia, Calif., hospital at 82. Knerr died Monday at Methodist Hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the day at his home, his wife, Dorothy, told the Los Angeles Times. Knerr and his boyhood buddy Arthur "Spud" Melin started the company in 1948 in Pasadena. They named the enterprise Wham-O for the sound that their first product, a slingshot, made when it hit its target. Dozens of toys followed that often bore playful names like Superball, Slip 'N Slide and the Water Wiggle. But, they hit it big with a redesigned bamboo ring used for exercise in Australia that became one of the most popular fads of all time -- the Hula Hoop. Knerr and Melin figure they sold 25 million hoops in four months in the late 1950s. It had one major fault: it never wore out. In 1958, while the hoop was going great guns, the team came up with the Frisbee, another wildly popular fad that sold an estimated 100 million over the next 30 years. In addition to his wife, Knerr, who was born June 30, 1925, in San Gabriel,Calif., was survived by three children, two stepchildren and eight grandchildren. Melin died in 2002.
Tags: Hula  Hoop    -  Frisbee  Inventor  Passes  today  at  age  82 
Added: 18th January 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released in 1937. It was the first animated feature film produced by Walt Disney. It was the first full-length animated feature to become widely successful within the English-speaking world, and the first to be filmed in Technicolor. It made its premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937, and was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 4, 1938. Walt Disney had to literally fight to get the film produced. Both his brother Roy, and his wife, Lillian, attempted to talk him out of it, and the Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film as 'Disney's Folly' while it was in production. He even had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total cost of just over $1.5 million, a whopping sum for a feature film in 1937. It has been well documented that Adolf Hitler watched this film with a room full of children, and was delighted by Disney's adaptation of the German fairy tale. In fact, Hitler offered Disney anything he wanted in exchange for Disney's creation of feature-length animated features in Germany. Though this is the basis for the 'Walt Disney is a Nazi' rumors, Disney's biographer Bob Thomas proved that Disney declined Hitler's invitation, and in fact soon entered production on such anti-German projects as 'Der Fuhrer's Face' and 'Victory Through Air Power'.
Tags: snow  white  and  the  seven  dwarfs  walt  disney  animated  films  30 
Added: 21st January 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Bobby Vinton Long Lonely Nights Of course Bobby was another singer who had Ed Sullivan to thank for his rise to stardom, but with singing like this, it was easy. Millions of fans adored him, and still do.
Tags: bobby  vinton  long  lonely  nights  ed  sullivan  show 
Added: 23rd January 2008
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Posted By: Sophia
Take The Train To The Plane If you lived in the NYC viewing area in the 70s, you definitely heard this tune a couple million times!
Tags: Take  The  Train  To  The  Plane    JFK  Express 
Added: 30th January 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Ripleys Believe It Or Not Ripley's Believe It Or Not was a regular feature in newspapers for many decades. Its creator, Robert Ripley, hoped to be a professional baseball player but an arm injury ended that dream. Instead, Ripley decided to write about sports. He compiled some odd sports facts and presented them in cartoon form. Ripley intended to call it Champs & Chumps, but settled on Believe It Or Not so he could go beyond sports. His first cartoon panel premiered in the New York Globe on December 19, 1918. At one point, there were 80 million loyal readers of Believe It Or Not in daily newspapers. Much of Ripley's research was done by Norbert Pearlroth. For 52 years, Pearlroth spent 10 hours per day, six days a week in the New York Public Library searching for obscure facts and trivia for Ripley's cartoons!
Tags: Ripleys  Believe  It  Or  Not 
Added: 29th April 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Everyones Gone To The Moon - Jonathan King 'Everyone's Gone To The Moon' is a song that was written and recorded as the debut single of the British singer-songwriter, producer and impresario Jonathan King. The song, which was released in 1965 while King was still an undergraduate at Cambridge University, immediately shot him to international fame. It was a top-ten hit in the UK and also reached #17 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It went on to sell more than 4.5 million copies world-wide and so established King in the music industry. It has since been performed by hundreds of other artists, including Marlene Dietrich, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Percy Faith. Source: Wikipedia
Tags: Jonathan  King  Everyone 
Added: 14th August 2010
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Posted By: jedwgrn
Last Passenger Pigeon 1914 The decline and extinction of the passenger pigeon is one of the saddest chapters in natural history. When Europeans first arrived in North America passenger pigeons thrived in the billions. In 1800 they were so plentiful that a pair could be bought for just two cents. They lived in enormous flocks that sometimes overspread 300 square miles. However, by the mid-1800s, loss of habitat and the demand for a cheap source of meat doomed the passenger pigeon to extinction. The last accepted wild passenger pigeon was spotted in 1900. The last passenger pigeon in captivity, a female named Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.
Tags: passenger  pigeon  extinction 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Paul and Linda 1978, When Paul was happy enjoying life! After Linda passed away, it's hard to think what goes through someone's mind, when a loved one dies. His second wife, been married 4 years wouldn't settle 50 Million Dollars. That tells me she's greedy wants more 4 years time isn't enough to really know somebody. Now 42 Years! You gotta know something! Lol Love Ya Naomi Larry!
Tags: Yup! 
Added: 12th February 2008
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Posted By: Marty6697
The Zombies Time Of The Season This was the 1960's theme for the fresh air fund in N.Y.C.For kids during the summer to get into the country and breathe.Alot came to the Pocono's of PA.And they also had them in N.J.They still have camps here in the pocono's for the low income city kids.Since 1877 1.7 million children have gone to 13 states and Canada.And have benefitted from this mostly private donation program.
Tags: the  zombies  time  of  the  season 
Added: 20th February 2008
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Posted By: tommy7
Lionel Richie and Helium Gas Recorded on the German show Wetten Dass. Lionel sings his classic song Hello, after breathing in Helium. I prefer the original oxygen version! According to Wiki, Wetten Dass is the most popular TV show in Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetten,_dass..%3F
Tags: lionel  richie  helium  gas  german  show 
Added: 21st February 2008
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Posted By: Tony

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