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Van Cliburn - Moscow 1958 A truly historic classical music performance: In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union hosted an international Tchaikovsky compeition for pianists. It was supposed to showcase the superiority of Soviet culture. To the surprise of the hosts, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn emerged as the superstar of the event. Cliburn mesmerized the crowds, the television audience, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with his technical and artistic brilliance. Here is the last four minutes of Cliburn's final performance of the event--Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto. Look at the reaction from the audience and the orchestra members. The applause lasted for about eight minutes. Everyone knew who the outstanding pianist of the competition was! This created quite a dilemma for the organizers: a Soviet citizen was expected to win--not an American. Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev was hastily telephoned to make the final decision. To his credit Khruschev settled the matter quickly and fairly: "Was he the best? Yes? Then give him the prize!" Cliburn became a beloved figure in Russia until his death in 2013.
Tags: Van  Cliburn  pianist  1958  Tchaikovsky  competition  Moscow 
Added: 21st January 2014
Views: 1669
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vintage Bell Telephone Ad It may have been a desirable job but it was not an easy one. Telephone companies had strict rules for all aspects of operators' behavior on the job. Merely to get the job, a woman had to pass height, weight, and arm length tests to ensure that she could work in the tight quarters afforded switchboard operators. Operators had to sit with perfect posture for long hours in straight-backed chairs. They were not permitted to communicate with each other. They were to respond quickly, efficiently, and patiently even when dealing with the most irascible customers...
Tags: ad  bell  telephone  operators 
Added: 20th August 2007
Views: 6154
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Posted By: Teresa
  Rin Tin Tin Opening From 1954 to 1959, the Rin Tin Tin show casted one of television's earliest canine heroes, who left big paw prints for his descendants to follow. Rin Tin Tin was the only dog in Los Angeles to be listed in the telephone directory. Lee Duncan, his owner and trainer, said, "Rinty was very close to his great grandfather," the original Rin Tin Tin, who appeared in many popular motion pictures of the 30's and 40's, and was, for a time, the highest paid performer (actor?) in films.
Tags: rin  tin  tin  german  shepherd  television 
Added: 2nd September 2007
Views: 1931
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Posted By: Naomi
John Carpenter Wins a Million Dollars Remember when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was a huge ratings hit (before the producers ruined it with all those inane celebrity editions)? Well, if you do, you'll remember this famous final question when contestant John Carpenter calmly used his telephone lifeline to inform his dad he was about to win the jackpot. How cool was that?
Tags: John  Carpenter  Millionaire 
Added: 29th September 2007
Views: 4311
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Posted By: Lava1964
Answer your telephone Apparently George from Seinfeld is dead wrong: You should rush like a madman to answer all your telephone calls. It's the Golden Rule! (At least it was when this notice ran in 1931.) It doesn't say who sponsored it. The telephone company, I suppose.
Tags: telephone  etiquette 
Added: 17th November 2007
Views: 1242
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Posted By: Lava1964
OJ Simpson Mother Commercial O.J. Simpson's mother, Eunice, was featured in this commercial for a telephone service. I don't know when this ad was made, but obviously it was before a certain Sunday in 1994.
Tags: OJ  Simpson  mother  commercial 
Added: 16th December 2007
Views: 984
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Posted By: Lava1964
ELO - Telephone Line Teresa's phone pic reminded me of this song. Hard to believe this is over 30 years ago!
Tags: ELO  -  Telephone  Line    Electric  Light  Orchestra 
Added: 18th January 2008
Views: 1853
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Posted By: Cliffy
New Edition - Mr. Telephone Man Forgotten song from a one hit wonder!
Tags: New  Edition  -  Mr.  Telephone  Man 
Added: 18th January 2008
Views: 2534
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Posted By: Cliffy
How to Dial a Rotary Telephone No date was given, but this was a film shown in theaters on how to use rotary dial.
Tags: How  to  Dial  a  Rotary  Telephone  telephone    history   
Added: 6th May 2008
Views: 5455
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Posted By: Cathy
Walter Cronkite Announces LBJ Death Here's something you've probably never seen before: the clip of Walter Cronkite announcing the death of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson on January 22, 1973. Cronkite, the consummate professional, gets the bulletin via telephone and seamlessly incorporates it into his live news broadcast.
Tags: Walter  Cronkite  Lyndon  Johnson  death 
Added: 14th February 2008
Views: 1397
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Posted By: Lava1964

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