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Henry Blake Killed On MASH Thirty-nine years ago today (March 18, 1975) one of the most memorable--and shocking--moments in American television was broadcast: In the final episode of the third season of MASH, Lt. Colonel Henry Blake, the commanding officer of the 4077th MASH in Korea, was killed while on his way home. McLean Stevenson had wanted to leave MASH after three seasons, so the show's writers used Stevenson's departure to make a powerful statement: some people go off to war and don't come back. Never before had a sitcom's character's death been so dramatically part of the script. Colonel Blake's death had always been part of the episode's script, but the final page had been hidden from the cast members in order to keep their reactions throughout the rest of the show true to the happy storyline of Blake returning home to his family in Bloomington, IN. Only when all the other scenes had been filmed did director Larry Gelbart inform the cast about the missing scene. This clip shows company clerk Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) interrupting an OR session to deliver the tragic news. After the show aired, CBS was inundated with hundreds of letters from viewers who were outraged that a situation comedy had become a situation tragedy. Every person who wrote a letter got a hand-written reply explaining that MASH wanted to show the cruel realities of war.
Tags: MASH  Colonel  Blake  death 
Added: 18th March 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
PALISADES PARK  NJ - Cyclone roller coaster and other rides If you lived anywhere near driving distance to New Jersey this played on your TV!
Tags: Palisades    Park    Cliffside    Fort    Lee    NJ    New    Jersey    roller    coaster    amusement    defunct     
Added: 21st August 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
Sputnik - A simple sound that scared America When the U.S.S.R. launched the first satellite in 1957, Sputnik, this lone sound of its telemetry was frightening to the many Americans. What have the Russians done? I can remember be unnerved listening to it, at age four. As I lay in bed I tried to picture it and guess where it was at that moment. This simple sound acted as a catalyst for our fledgling space program.
Tags: sputnik    50 
Added: 2nd September 2009
Views: 1758
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Posted By: Watersnake
Quark - Failed 1978 Sci-Fi Sitcom In 1978, as a mid-season replacement series, NBC presented Quark. It was a science-fiction comedy that was supposed to be a parody of Star Trek. Set in the year 2226, Richard Benjamin starred in the lead role as Adam Quark, the commander of an interplanetary garbage scow for the United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol. (Really!) Other cast members included comely blonde twins Tricia and Cyb Barnstable who played Betty I and Betty II (the latter was a clone of the former), and Richard Kelton as Ficus--a talkative but boring human-like plant. How could this show possibly fail? A pilot episode plus eight others aired before the show was yanked after the April 14, 1978 broadcast. Here's the opening montage. Believe it or not, the complete series is available on DVD.
Tags: Quark  Sci-Fi  Sitcom  Richard  Benjamin  parody 
Added: 4th June 2014
Views: 1895
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Posted By: Lava1964
Marty (1955) - Final Scene This is the final scene from Marty, a beautifully simple film that won the Best Picture Oscar for 1955. Ernest Borgnine plays the title role of a "fat and ugly" thirty-something butcher who is seeking love to cure his loneliness. One night he meets a nondescript girl named Clara at a dance. They both like each other's company, but Marty's possessive mother dislikes her because she fears her son will marry Clara and leave her household. Marty's friends dismiss Clara as "a dog" because of her plainness. The final scene is uplifting: Marty learns to follow his heart regardless of what others think of him.
Tags: Marty  Ernest  Borgnine 
Added: 24th June 2014
Views: 3132
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Posted By: Lava1964
Iroquois Theater Fire 1903 The deadliest fire in American history occurred on December 30, 1903 at Chicago's sparkling new Iroquois Theater. The death toll was staggering: 602. The theater had only been open for 37 days and was ironically advertised as fireproof. A huge crowd of mostly women and children were present for a Wednesday matinee performance of a gala show starring Eddie Foy and featuring a cast of more than 500 extras. The fire began when a spotlight shorted out and ignited the ceiling decorations. Most of the cast managed to escape through a large rear door. However, when that door opened, the new cold oxygen source created a fireball that ripped through the rest of the theater. Many people died because they were unfamiliar with the newfangled lock mechanisms on the theater's doors. Other escape routes were blocked to prevent patrons from sneaking down to more expensive seats. An investigation later showed that fire officials had been bribed to overlook safety concerns so the theater could open for business in time for the lucrative winter holidays. The only person convicted of a crime was a lone man who was found guilty of stealing posessions from the dead.
Tags: Iroquois  Theater  fire  Chicago 
Added: 29th September 2009
Views: 1688
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Posted By: Lava1964
Willard Hershberger - Baseball Suicide The only active major league baseball player to commit suicide during a season was Cincinnati Reds' catcher Willard Hershberger. The 30-year-old Hershberger was in his third season as a backup catcher for the Reds. Often moody, Hershberger was a loner who was extremely critical of his own play. When regular Reds' catcher Ernie Lombardi was injured during the 1940 season, Hershberger took over, batting a very respectable .309 and playing well defensively. On July 31, though, the Reds blew a late lead against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Hershberger blamed himself for the loss and became sullen. The Reds then travelled to Boston where they lost both games of a doubleheader to a weak Boston Bees team on August 2. Afterwards, Hershberger met with Reds' manager Bill McKechnie to discuss personal problems. The next day, when Hershberger failed to appear at the ballpark, a search of his Boston hotel room found Hershberger dead in a pool of his own blood. He had slit his wrists with a razor. (There was a history of suicide in the family: Hershberger's father had killed himself in 1926.) Manager McKechnie never elaborated on the personal issues he had discussed with his troubled catcher.
Tags: Willard  Hershberger  baseball  suicide 
Added: 1st October 2009
Views: 3357
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bugs Bunny Controversy The last line of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon Bewitched Bunny upset the politically correct crowd in the 1980s. In the final scene Bugs' nemesis, Witch Hazel, is transformed into a beautiful female rabbit through magic but retains her witchy cackle. As Bugs walks off with her he comments, 'Sure, I know, but aren't they all witches inside?' In Canada, censors declared the offhand remark to be misogynistic. In some DVD releases the last line has been changed to, 'Sure, I know, but who wants to be alone on Halloween?'
Tags: Bugs  Bunny  censored  cartoon 
Added: 8th February 2010
Views: 2927
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Muppet Show Featuring Julie Andrews Julie Andrews singing, The lonelygoatherd. So sad she lost her voice in a botched operation, a lovely singing voice never to be heard live again.
Tags: From  the  second  season  of  the  great  show  The  Muppets  1977=1978 
Added: 12th March 2010
Views: 1743
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Posted By: Marty6697
Southern Bread commercial The southern colonel would do anything to get some Southern bread! 1966 Early use of Muppet character!
Tags: Muppets  Southern  Bread  colonel  commercial 
Added: 16th April 2010
Views: 1481
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Posted By: tbullock

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