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Ruth-Gehrig 1927 Barnstorming Tour In the days before major league ballplayers were millionaires, many earned much-needed extra cash by engaging in post-season 'barnstroming tours.' Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were no exception. Following the 1927 season, the spectacular Yankee duo embarked on a westward tour through cities and towns large and small. They competed with and against local teams in front of huge star-struck crowds. Ruth, the main attraction, got a huge percentage of the gates and pocketed about $70,000 for the tour. Gehrig got a flat $10,000--not bad considering the New York Yankees only paid him $8,000 for the 1927 season.
Tags: Babe  Ruth  Lou  Gehrig  baseball 
Added: 22nd October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Chuck Cunningham Vanishes When Happy Days debuted in 1974, there were three Cunningham children: Joanie, Richie, and Chuck. Chuck, the eldest, was supposed to be a mentoring-type, college-age big brother to middle child Richie. The jockish Chuck's roles were small--so small that few viewers noticed that two different actors (Gavan O'Herlihy, shown in the photo; and Randolph Roberts) were cast as Chuck. By 1975, when the show went to live tapings and Fonzie became Richie's mentor, Chuck was simply dropped from the show with no explanation. He was only mentioned in one episode after the first season--and that was a flashback episode where his presence had to be explained. Several times in later episodes, Howard and Marion Cunningham both refer to having just two children. Tom Bosley, who played Howard, liked to joke in interviews that Chuck had 'accepted a full scholarship at the University of Outer Mongolia.'
Tags: Happy  Days  Chuck  Cunningham 
Added: 23rd October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Conqueror 1956 There are not many bad John Wayne movies--but The Conqueror (1956) qualifies as a turkey. In it Wayne plays Temujin, a Genghis Khan-type character whose armies run amuck. He captures a Tartar woman (played by Susan Hayward) who is considered spoils of war. Says Temujin: 'I feel this Tartar woman is for me, and my blood says, take her. There are moments for wisdom and moments when I listen to my blood; my blood says, take this Tartar woman.' Of course a romance blossoms. The movie was universally panned by critics and is seldom seen on television. The Conqueror was filmed near an atomic testing site in Utah. Five notable cast members (Wayne, Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Thomas Gomez, and Pedro Armendariz) all died of cancer.
Tags: John  Wayne  the  Conqueror 
Added: 25th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Little Miss 1565 Mystery A few weeks ago I posted the story of the tragic Hartford Circus Fire of 1944. There were 168 fatalities in the blaze. Only six bodies were not identified. One case was particularly poignant. A little girl, whose corpse was unmarked by burns, was unclaimed by relatives. She was known as Little Miss 1565, from the number assigned to her at the city morgue. Her morgue photo was widely distributed--and yet no one came forward to claim her body. She was interred in a Hartford cemetery. Years later reseachers claimed she was Eleanor Emily Cook. She was re-buried in the Cook family plot. However, there are many doubters--and for good reason. Cook was a brunette; Little Miss 1565 was a blonde. From photos, the shape of Cook's face does not match those of Little Miss 1565, an neither do her dental records. Who is she? We'll likely never know. The best guess is that the girl's relatives wrongly identified another corpse, thus denying Little Miss 1565 of her true identity.
Tags: Little  Miss  1565  Hartford  Circus  Fire 
Added: 25th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Outlaw 1941 The Outlaw was Jane Russell's controversial breakthrough movie role. Producer Howard Hughes made this flick about the life of Billy The Kid in 1941, but it did not see general release until 1946. The Hays Office, responsible for censorship at the time, considered The Outlaw to be overtly sexual. (The film would likely get a G rating today.) Hughes knew what sold: He had designed a cantilevered brassiere to showcase Russell's ample assets! Hughes gladly kept the film out of circulation knowing full well its infamy would pay off in box office receipts upon its release.
Tags: Jane  Russell  The  Outlaw  Howard  Hughes 
Added: 25th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Edward R Murrow Edward R. Murrow was arguably the most important and influential journalist in American history. His first-person radio reports from hot-spot European locales in the late 1930s gave his CBS listeners a sense of how the world was moving towards war. Murrow is most renowned for his compelling radio broadcasts from London during the Blitz. They always began, 'This...is London.' Murrow's distinguished career continued into the television era with See It Now and various specials. He famously took on Senator Joseph McCarthy when a friend, Laurence Duggan, committed suicide after McCarthy accused him of being a communist spy. (An examination of decrypted Soviet archives years later proved McCarthy was correct!) One ominous episode of See It Now examined the dangers of cigarettes--while the chain-smoking Murrow puffed away on his indispensible Camels. Murrow said he couldn't possibly go more than 30 minutes without a cigarette. He died in 1965, two days after his 57th birthday, of lung cancer. He was featured on a 29-cent stamp in 1994. The original stamp design showed him with a cigarette in his hand. It was rejected.
Tags: Edward  R  Murrow  journalist 
Added: 30th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lucille Ball - Final Public Appearance The first lady of television, Lucille Ball, is photographed at her last public appearance--the 1989 Academy Awards. She died a month later.
Tags: Lucille  Ball 
Added: 7th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
College Football Hoax 1941 In the autumn of 1941 many football fans began following the exploits of Plainfield (NJ) Teachers College. Too bad the school and its football team didn't really exist. It was an elaborate hoax that fooled hundreds of newspapers--even the New York Times' sports department--and thousands of college football fans. Stockbroker Morris Newburger and radio announcer Alexander (Bink) Dannenbaum concocted the idea of a mythical college football team. Using the name 'Jerry Croyden,' Newburger telephoned the New York City newspapers while Dannenbaum phoned the Philadelphia papers with fantastic stories of Plainfield's lopsided victories over nonexistent schools. With the newspapers printing Plainfield's scores week after week without question, Newburger and Dannenbaum got bolder. They began writing creative press releases about the new football powerhouse. One release praised Plainfield's star runningback, a 'full-blooded Chinese-American' sophomore named Johnny (The Celestial Comet) Chung. Chung's amazing abilities on the gridiron were credited to the handfuls of wild rice he ate during huddles. The Teachers' offense operated out of an innovative 'W' formation in which all the linemen but the center faced backwards. Colorful Hopalong Hobelitz was named as Plainfield's coach. Six weeks of spectacular Plainfield victories raised speculation that the team might secure a bid to a coveted bowl game. Curious journalist Red Smith of the Philadelphia Record journeyed to Plainfield to find the college. Of course, there wasn't one. Their fraud exposed, Newburger and Dannenbaum confessed--but only after Jerry Croyden issued one final bogus press release. It announced Plainfield was forfeiting its remaining games because Chung and several other players were declared academically ineligible after flunking their exams.
Tags: Plainfield  Teachers  College  football  hoax 
Added: 12th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
More American Graffiti 1979 trailer Released six years after the phenomenally successful George Lucas original, "More American Graffiti" reunites most of its core cast members (Richard Dreyfuss being noticeably absent) and charts their characters as their lives unfold during the later 1960s. B.W.L. Norton directed and wrote the script for the follow-up, with George Lucas producing. Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith, Paul LeMat, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins and even Harrison Ford (in a cameo as a cop) reprised their original roles.
Tags: more  American  Graffiti  1970s  1979  1960s  Ron  Howard  Cindy  Williams  Charles  Martin  Smith  Paul  LeMat  Mackenzie  Phillips  Candy  Clark  Harrison  Ford  Bo  Hopkins  California  Vietnam  movie  trailer  theatrical   
Added: 14th November 2009
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Posted By: robatsea
HoJos-The Flavor of America Tags: Howard    Johnson 
Added: 15th November 2009
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Posted By: Laura

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