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Dionne Quintuplets The Great Depression did not produce many happy stories, but the birth of the Dionne quintuplets near remote Callander, Ontario, Canada in 1934 was at least outwardly a feel-good news item of the decade. Five identical girls were born to Elzire Dionne on May 28, 1934. They were attended to by a country doctor, Roy Allan Dafoe. Never before had quintuplets survived infancy. The story turned sour when the quints were made wards of the Ontario government because of the financial straits of the Dionne family and other concerns. The provincial government built Quintland, a tourist attraction where the girls were put on public display for the numerous visitors who travelled the Trans-Canada Highway to northern Ontario to see them. Quintland served as a home for the girls who were cared for by nurses, as well as a museum and viewing area for the tourists. Eventually some three million tourists came to Quintland--as many as 6,000 each day at its peak. (There was no admission charge to see the quints, but the region reaped millions of dollars in revenues from hotels, restaurants, etc.) At one point, the quints were Canada's top tourist attraction, surpassing Niagara Falls. The quints were isolated from the outside world and even from their parents and other siblings. The Dionne parents staged years of legal challenges to regain custody of their estranged daughters. They finally succeeded in 1943. The three surviving quints were awarded a large cash settlement in the late 1990s by the Ontario government. Only two of the girls survive today.
Tags: Dionne  quintuplets 
Added: 4th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
We Missed Allan Melvin Passing aka Sam The Butcher Some how we missed Allan Melvin's passing back in January. A character actor best known for playing Sam the Butcher on "The Brady Bunch," has died. He was 84. Melvin died of cancer Thursday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, said Amalia Melvin, his wife of 64 years. The jowly, jovial Melvin spent decades playing a series of sidekicks, second bananas and lovable lugs, including Archie Bunker's friend Barney Hefner on "All in the Family," and Sgt. Bilko's right-hand man Cpl. Henshaw on the "Phil Silvers Show." But his place in pop culture will be fixed as butcher and bowler Sam Franklin, the love interest of Brady family maid Alice Nelson, who was played by Ann B. Davis. Melvin played the role from 1970 to 1973. Born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1923, Melvin grew up in New York and attended Columbia University. He was appearing on Broadway in "Stalag 17" when he began his decades-long television career with "The Phil Silvers Show," playing a role his wife said was always his favorite. "He was proudest of that show," Amalia Melvin said. "I think the camaraderie of all those guys made it such a pleasant way to work. They were so relaxed." He saw steady employment as a voice actor from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, most famously providing the voice of "Magilla Gorilla" for the Hanna Barbera cartoon of the same name. His other credits include several guest appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show," "Gomer Pyle: USMC," and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Tags: We  Missed  Allan  Melvin  Passing  aka  Sam  The  Butcher 
Added: 27th February 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
Bobby Orr Trophy Collection This is one of my favorite posed sports photos: Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins with the hardware he had accrued by the age of 23. The trophies are the Stanley Cup (which his team would win twice) the Prince of Wales Trophy (won three times by the Bruins), the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year), the Norris Trophy (best defenseman; won eight times), the Art Ross Trophy (NHL scoring champion; twice), Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP; twice), and the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP; three times). Not bad, huh?
Tags: Bobby  Orr  trophies  hockey 
Added: 28th February 2008
Views: 1580
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ralph Kramden Learns Golf An absolutely classic TV scene from The Honeymooners: Ed Norton attempts to teach Ralph Kramden how to play golf from an instructional book.
Tags: Honeymooners  golf 
Added: 29th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Watership Down This animated film based on the book by Richard Adams will play on every emotion you have. The song 'Bright Eyes' sung by Art Garfunkel reached #1 on the UK. charts in 1979.
Tags: Rabbits  With  Attitude 
Added: 3rd April 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
California Stanford 1982 It was the wildest play in the history of college football. (Okay, it was the wildest play in the history of sports!) On November 20, 1982, on the final play of the Cal-Stanford game, the Golden Bears improvise their way to a touchdown through the Stanford defense--and the school's marching band!
Tags: California  Stanford  football 
Added: 3rd March 2008
Views: 1169
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Posted By: Lava1964
Player  Baby Come Back Late 70's smooth rock at it's best.
Tags: player,  baby  come  back 
Added: 3rd March 2008
Views: 920
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Posted By: rickfmdj
Harden My Heart By Quarterflash, Sure would like to know the singers name. anybody know?
Tags: When  MTV  played  music  Videos 
Added: 4th March 2008
Views: 1159
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Posted By: Marty6697
Paper Moon Paper Moon was a terrific 1973 movie set in the Depression era. It starred Ryan O'Neill and his daughter Tatum. Ryan played a small-time con man who unwillingly gets stuck with a sharp little girl. This was Tatum's film debut. She won an Oscar for her performance.
Tags: Paper  Moon  Ryan  Tatum  ONeill 
Added: 5th March 2008
Views: 843
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Posted By: Lava1964
Don Knotts Nervous Man Don Knotts frequently appeared in skits on The Steve Allen Show where he played "a nervous man" being interviewed. Here's an example.
Tags: Don  Knotts  nervous  man  Steve  Allen 
Added: 22nd May 2008
Views: 8963
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Posted By: Lava1964

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