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Bernard Goetz Subway Vigilante Bernard (Bernhard) Goetz was riding a New York City subway train on December 22, 1984. Four black youths, aged 18 and 19, menacingly surrounded him and demanded money. Goetz, who had previously been mugged twice, opened fire with a small-calibre handgun. One shot severed the spinal cord of one of the assailants, permanently paralyzing him. The other three were less seriously wounded. Goetz fled the subway car but eventually turned himself into police nine days later. Dubbed the Subway Vigilante by New York's newspapers, Goetz was hailed as a hero by crime-weary New Yorkers after it was discovered the four youths all had long criminal records and admitted to being on their way to steal money from machines at a video arcade. (At the time, an average of 38 crimes were committed in the New York subway system each day!) Goetz was only convicted of a third-degree gun possession felony and served eight months in jail. The three able-bodied felons all committed serious crimes afterwards. One was sentenced to 25 years for raping and sodomizing a pregnant woman.
Tags: Bernard  Goetz  Subway  vigilante 
Added: 29th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Eddie Haskell Today Ken Osmond aka Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver fame. Ken and his brother founded a charter helicopter company, and he later spent 18 years as a Los Angeles police officer. After sustaining multiple gunshot wounds during an attempted arrest, Osmond had to retire. In 1983, he returned to acting and Eddie Haskell, in The New Leave It to Beaver. The show ran until 1989 and featured his real sons, Eric and Christian Osmond, playing Eddie's sons Freddie and Boomer. In 1997, Osmond again showed up as Eddie in a cameo role in the feature-film version of Leave It to Beaver. Thanks for inspiring me to post this Teresa!
Tags: Eddie  Haskell  Ken  Osmond  Leave  It  To  Beaver  1960s  60s  TV  Show 
Added: 9th July 2008
Views: 3055
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
End of Benito Mussolini One day before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker, Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini met a more public end. Mussolini and Clara Petacci, his mistress, were caught by communist partisans while trying to flee into Switzerland. On April 29, 1945, the two were shot to death in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra. Their corpses were then taken to the Piazzale Loreto in Milan and strung up on meat hooks above a gas station. Crowds threw stones at the bodies for several days.
Tags: Benito  Mussolini 
Added: 21st July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Press Sisters Gender Controversy Tamara and Irina Press, two sisters from the old Soviet Union, were dominant in women's athletics during the early 1960s. Tamara (pictured here) was virtually unbeatable in shot put. Irina was an excellent pentathlete and a world-record holder in the 80-metre hurdles. The trouble was they didn't look too feminine. Speculation about the sisters' true gender was always present. Some western sports journalists began secretly referring to the Press sisters as the 'Press brothers.' When the governing body of European athletics began instituting gender testing in 1966, instead of complying, the Press sisters vanished from international competition--never to return. Soviet newspapers reported that they had retired from sports to tend to their ailing mother. When Irina died in 2004, several months went by before her death was officially announced.
Tags: Press  sisters  gender 
Added: 23rd August 2008
Views: 5259
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Posted By: Lava1964
Really Feel Good T Mobile Ad This commercial was shot at the Liverpool Street Subway Station in London 5 weeks ago Jan 15, 2009. Only the dancers knew what was happening; the general public didn't have a clue what was about to unfold.
Tags: t  mobile  advertising  liverpool  dancers 
Added: 28th February 2009
Views: 1016
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Posted By: Naomi
The Conqueror- Nuked Many Actors Filmed near the site of contemporaneous nuclear testing grounds, the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout. After location shooting, much dirt from the location was transported back to Hollywood in order to match interior shooting done there. Scores of cast and crew members developed forms of cancer over the next two decades, many more than the normal percentage of a random group of this size. Quite a few died from cancer or cancer-related problems, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz (who shot himself to death soon after learning he had terminal cancer), Agnes Moorehead, 'Thomas Gomez' , John Hoyt and director Dick Powell. People magazine researched the subsequent health of the cast and crew, which it published in November 1980. By the time of the article's publication, 91 of the 220 members of the film's cast and crew had contracted cancer, and half of these had died from the disease. The figures did not include several hundred local American Indians who served as extras on the set. Nor did it include relatives who had visited cast and crew members on the set, such as the Duke's son Michael Wayne. The People article quoted the reaction of a scientist from the Pentagon's Defense Nuclear Agency to the news: "Please, God, don't let us have killed John Wayne".
Tags: John    Wayne    Susan    Hayward  The  Conqueror  Gagnes  Kahn 
Added: 16th September 2008
Views: 1738
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Posted By: pfc
The Epidemic That Never Was-Swine Flu Shot Ads Never based on fact but fear, this reminds me of global warming being caused by man fears of today.
Tags: The  Epidemic  That  Never  Was-Swine  Flu  Shot  Ads  American    History    President    Gerald    Ford    Health    Pig    Political    Commercial     
Added: 12th October 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
Osceola Flies Again This is Osceola and John Stokes. Osceola was shot in the 1980s and because of that had to have his wing amputated. He would have never been able to fly again if it wasn't for John. I met John & Osce at the American Eagle Foundation in Tenn. where my cousin works. John wanted to give Osce a chance to fly again. It's a beautiful story. The bird on my arm in my avatar is an eagle from the AEF. The AEF is on the grounds of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.
Tags: eagle  osceola  john  stokes 
Added: 18th October 2008
Views: 1105
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Posted By: LPROUD
The Pruitts Of Southampton starred Phyllis Diller A 1966 "zany" sitcom, "The Pruitts Of Southampton" starred the mad cap Phyllis Diller! Unfortunately low ratings forced ABC to retool the show and in January 1967 the show was re-titled "The Phyllis Diller Show" and moved it from Tuesday's at 9pm to Friday's at 9:30pm! I guess the damage was done because by the end of the season the "Pruitts" were cancelled:-( Silly sitcom yes, but no sillier than The Lucy Show over on CBS! BTW the exterior shot of the Pruitts home is actually the Biltmore Estate in NC!
Tags: pruitts  of  southampton  phyllis  diller  biltmore  estate  zany  short-lived  sitcom 
Added: 10th November 2008
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Posted By: frank
Magic Bullet Theory Debunked In its investigation of John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, the Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. However, if you believe the Commission's findings, you have to believe Oswald, by himself, fired three shots from the Texas Schoolbook Depository in less than six seconds. The first shot missed, hitting a curbstone. The final shot was the fatal shot to Kennedy's head. The second shot must be a 'magic bullet' that caused multiple wounds to both JFK and Texas Governor John Connally. This report, from the A and E series Time Machine, debunks the ridiculous 'magic bullet' theory.
Tags: JFK  assassination  magic  bullet 
Added: 22nd November 2008
Views: 1733
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Posted By: Lava1964

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