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Alex Haley Plagiarism Scandal 1978 In 1978, Alex Haley, the renowned author of Roots, came under fire in a plagiarism lawsuit launched by a white anthropologist and fellow author Harold Courlander. Haley claimed he had spent a decade researching his heritage for his historical novel, which in 1977 was adapted as a wildly successful TV miniseries. That same year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the Spingarn Medal for the book. A year later his reputation was forever marred. Courlander went to the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York to charge that Roots was substantially plagiarized from Courlander's own book, The African. Courlander's witnesses included Michael Wood an English professor at Columbia University and an expert on plagiarism. Wood opined in a report that the evidence of plagiarism in Roots was 'clear and irrefutable' and that the copying of passages was 'significant and extensive.' After a five-week trial in federal district court, Courlander and Haley settled the case, with Haley making a financial settlement of $650,000 and a statement that 'Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from The African by Harold Courlander found their way into his book Roots.' Haley claimed the appropriation of Courlander's passages had been unintentional. Haley orginally maintained he had never heard of The African, much less read it. Shortly after the trial, however, Joseph Bruchac, an instructor of black literature at Skidmore College, came forward to swear in an affidavit that in 1970 or 1971--five or six years before the publication of Roots--he had discussed The African with Haley and had given his 'own personal copy of The African to Haley.' In a later interview with BBC Television, Judge Ward stated, 'Alex Haley perpetrated a hoax on the public.'
Tags: Roots  Alex  Haley  plagiarism  scandal 
Added: 4th February 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bay City Blues A short-lived series created by Steven Bochco after Hill Street Blues.
Tags: Steven    Bochco    MTM    Mike    Post    Sharon    Stone    Dennis    Franz    Baseball    Team     
Added: 14th February 2010
Views: 1294
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Posted By: pfc
Canadian Second World War Prisoners This is a photo of a group of Canadian prisoners of war shortly after they were liberated in 1945. They had been captured by the Japanese after the defense of Hong Kong collapsed on Christmas Day 1941. Badly mistreated, they were used as slave labor in Japanese mines. Their emaciated condition speaks volumes.
Tags: Second  World  War  prisoners  Canadians 
Added: 3rd March 2010
Views: 1997
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Posted By: Lava1964
1956 Pee Wee Reese Commercial Brooklyn Dodgers' shortstop Pee Wee Reese stars in this 1956 commercial for Gillette razors. Reese's Dodger teammates Roy Campanella and Don Zimmer appear too as special guest shavers.
Tags: Pee  Wee  Reese  commercial  Dodgers 
Added: 14th March 2014
Views: 2703
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Posted By: Lava1964
Batman and the Green Hornet Bruce Lee in this short clip. Who is the actor opposite Bruce Lee?
Tags:   Batman  series  Robin  Commissioner  Gordon  Bruce  Lee  Green  Hornet   
Added: 11th March 2010
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Posted By: Marty6697
Art Fleming - Original Jeopardy Host 'Who was Art Fleming?' That would be the correct question to the answer, 'The original host of Jeopardy!' Fleming was an actor who had no experience as a TV host. Jeopardy! creator Merv Griffin saw Fleming in commercials and thought his 'authoritarian but warm' persona would be perfect for his new quiz show. Griffin's instinct proved to be right. Fleming's stint as host of daytime Jeopardy! on NBC ran from the debut broadcast on Monday, March 30, 1964 to its conclusion on Friday, January 3, 1975 and encompassed 2,753 shows. Fleming also hosted a nighttime version of Jeopardy! during its NBC years, plus two short-lived syndicated attempts to revive the show after 1975. He never missed hosting a single episode. Sadly, NBC saw no point in keeping the tapes of old game shows, so the vast majority of the original Jeopardy! shows were destroyed and are lost forever. Fleming died of pancreatic cancer in 1995 at age 70.
Tags: Art  Fleming  Jeopardy!  host  game  show 
Added: 25th March 2010
Views: 4858
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Posted By: Lava1964
49-Star American Flag There have been 26 'official' versions of the American flag since 1776. The 48-star version lasted from 1912 until 1959 when Alaska entered the Union. President Dwight Eisenhower approved this short-lived 49-star version in which the stars appeared in seven staggered rows of seven. A year later Hawaii was added to the Union and the familiar 50-star version became official on July 4, 1960. The current run of more than 50 years without a change in the flag is the longest such stretch in American history.
Tags: American  flag  49  stars 
Added: 19th May 2010
Views: 1522
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Posted By: Lava1964
Beatrix Schuba - Figure Skater Austria's Beatrix (Trixi) Schuba was singlehandedly responsible for changing the scoring rules of figure skating--because she was so boring. Schuba won the women's world championship in both 1971 and 1972 and the gold medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. At the time 'compulsory figures' (also known as 'school figures') counted for a huge percentage of a skater's score and gave the sport its name. These consisted of skaters tracing patterns along the ice. Schuba was totally dominant at this aspect of her sport, but she was only a mediocre performer in the free skate. At the 1972 world championships in Calgary, Schuba had such a commanding lead after the compulsory figures that all she needed to do to win was show up for the free skate. That's basically what Schuba did. She came on the ice and skated only for a few seconds--but it was good enough for gold. The goings-on did not sit well with television audiences nor with the crowd in Calgary who felt Canada's Karen Magnussen, an excellent free skater, had been robbed of the gold medal. The next year FIS added a short program to the championships to reduce the importance of the compulsory figures. Schuba opted to retire. Compulsory figures were discontinued altogether in 1990.
Tags: Beatrix  Schuba  figure  skating 
Added: 6th June 2010
Views: 3502
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rebecca Schaeffer Murder 1989 Pretty Rebecca Schaeffer (pictured below) had an all-too-brief acting career. After she appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine, she landed the role of Patti Russell on the short-lived CBS sitcom My Sister Sam. (The show ran from October 1986 to November 1987). During the show's run, an obsessed fan, Robert John Bardo, began writing letters to Schaeffer which were answered by CBS employees. Bardo twice tried to see Schaffer on the set but was turned away by security. After the show was cancelled, Bardo found Schaeffer's home address with the help of a private investigator who, for a $250 fee, obtained the information from California's Department of Motor Vehicles. On July 18, 1989, Bardo knocked on Schaeffer's apartment door and had a brief conversation with the actress. She asked him not to return. A little while later Bardo did return and fatally shot Schaeffer in the chest after she opened the door. She was 21. Bardo was apprehended a short time later, quickly confessed, and was sentenced to life in prison. Schaeffer's murder led to the first anti-stalker legislation in California (which has been widely copied in many jurisdictions). Among the celebrities who have benefitted from it or similar laws have been David Letterman and Madonna. The state of California also toughened its security policies regarding residents' personal information.
Tags: Rebecca  Schaeffer  murder  stalker 
Added: 9th June 2010
Views: 1933
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Posted By: Lava1964
Tony Wilding - First Wimbledon Superstar New Zealand's Anthony (Tony) Wilding won four straight men's singles titles at Wimbledon from 1910 through 1913. (At the time, the defending champion automatically got a bye all the way to the final.) The handsome and popular Wilding was quite a hit with the ladies who adoringly packed the grandstand wherever he played. According to newspaper reports, many of the fairer sex were in tears when Wilding lost in straight sets to Australia's Norman Brookes in the 1914 Wimbledon final. Shortly afterward, Wilding joined the army when the First World War broke out. Wilding was killed in an attack on a German-held position in France on May 9, 1915. He was 31.
Tags: tennis  Tony  Wilding  New  Zealand 
Added: 23rd June 2010
Views: 1121
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Posted By: Lava1964

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