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2012 Scrabble Cheating Scandal When a teenager was caught cheating at the 2012 National Scrabble Championship in Orlando I made a post about it without any accompanying video. I've now remedied that oversight wit this post. News of the scandal spread quickly around the globe--no exaggeration. The next day several TV crews (including one from CNN) and various print media descended on the Royal Pacific Hotel tournament venue to cover the story. Here is how a local Orlando news team reported on the scandal. (By the way, if you look very quickly, I'm the guy in the referee's shirt with my back to the camera in the bottom left corner of the picture from about 0:47 to 0:52.)
Tags: Scrabble  cheating  scandal 
Added: 1st December 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bill Cullen Secret Disability The affable Bill Cullen is largely considered one of the greatest TV game show hosts ever. (One poll lists him as THE greatest.) Witty and charming, Cullen was a fixture as a game show host and as a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret for years. One source claims he earned $300,000 in 1958--an extraordinary sum for that era. During his impressive broadcasting career which spanned from radio sports commentary in 1942 to his umpteenth TV game show gig in 1986, Cullen hid an obvious physical disability: As a toddler in 1921 he had been stricken by polio. As a teen he was further crippled in a motorcycle mishap. The end result was that Cullen had severe mobility issues until the day he died. As was the norm at the time, the TV networks did their best to hide Cullen's disability as a kindness to him. Every game show he hosted he was never shown walking to his place; he was always already seated behind a podium and stayed that way for the show's duration. On July 9, 1961 he was a mystery guest on the original What's My Line. Usually the WML mystery guest would be shown signing in and then walking a few feet to sit beside host John Daly. When Cullen entered, the camera focused on the blindfolded panelists until he was seated--which must have puzzled millions of viewers that night. Mel Brooks related a horribly awkward story about a time he appeared on the Cullen-hosted game show Eye Guess in the late 1960s. At the end of the tapings, Brooks walked toward Cullen's desk to thank him for having him on. Cullen walked towards Brooks with his arms flailing and his feet turned over at the ankles. Brooks thought Cullen was doing a deliberately comical walk, so Brooks mimicked it! Brooks was aghast when someone shouted that Cullen was disabled. Cullen, however, laughed loudly and told Brooks he was glad someone finally had the courage to poke fun at him. Cullen said he always felt self-conscious about the special treatment he received. Cullen also suffered through pancreatic surgery in the late 1960s. He was never as robust looking afterwards. A lifelong smoker, Cullen succumbed to lung cancer in 1990 at age 70.
Tags: Bill  Cullen  polio  TV  host  disability 
Added: 18th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Edie Adams Sings Thats All Edie Adams does a terrific rendition of That's All in this clip from the final episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour ("Lucy Meets The Moustache") which I Love Lucy eventually evolved into. It aired on April 1, 1960. The show was taped in the first week of March 1960. By that time Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were no longer speaking to each other when the cameras weren't rolling. According to Adams, the tension on the set was palpable. (In fact, Lucy initiated divorce proceedings the day after this episode was completed.) Witnesses say Adams' song brought several of the cast members and crew to tears as it really was "that's all" for many of them.
Tags: Edie  Adams  Thats  All  song  Lucy-Desi  Comedy  Hour 
Added: 11th April 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
1927 Snyder-Judd Murder Case It is barely known today, but in 1927 the public was fascinated with the Snyder-Judd murder case. It was unsurpassed in media coverage until the 1936 trial of Bruno Hauptmann for the Lindbergh baby's kidnapping and murder. In 1925, Ruth Snyder, an unhappy housewife from Queens Village in New York City, began an affair with Henry Judd Gray, a married corset salesman. Stuck in a loveless marriage, Snyder began to plan the murder of her husband, Albert, enlisting the help of her new lover, though he appeared to be very reluctant. (Ruth's distaste for her husband apparently began two days after their marriage when he insisted on hanging a picture of his late fiancée, Jessie Guishard, on the wall of their first home. He also named his boat after her!) Ruth Snyder persuaded her husband to purchase an insurance policy that paid double indemnity if an unexpected act of violence killed him. According to Judd Gray, Ruth had earlier made at least seven attempts to kill her husband, all of which he survived. The culprits were not exactly criminal masterminds. On March 20, 1927, the couple garrotted Albert Snyder in his bed and stuffed his nose full of chloroform-soaked rags, then clumsily staged his death as part of a burglary. Detectives at the scene noted that the burglar left little evidence of breaking into the house. The behavior of Mrs. Snyder was wholly inconsistent with her story of a terrorized wife witnessing her husband being killed. Police quickly found the property Ruth claimed had been stolen hidden under the mattress of her own bed. A breakthrough came when a detective found a paper with the letters "J.G." on it. (It was a memento Albert Snyder had kept from former love Jessie Guishard.) They asked Ruth about it. Flustered, Ruth's mind immediately turned to her own lover, whose initials were also "J.G.," and asked the detective what "Judd Gray had to do with this." It was the first time Gray had been mentioned, and the police were instantly suspicious. Gray was located in Syracuse, NY. He claimed he had been there all night, but eventually it turned out a friend of his had created an alibi, setting up Gray's room at a hotel. Gray proved far more forthcoming than Ruth about his actions. He was arrested because his railroad ticket stub was found in his hotel wastebasket! Furthermore, Gray had escaped the murder scene by taking a taxi from Manhattan to Long Island. The cabbie easily remembered Gray because he had only tipped the driver a nickel on a $3.50 fare. He was charged with first-degree murder along with Ruth Snyder. Snyder and Gray blamed each other for plotting the murder. Both were convicted and died in Sing Sing prison's electric chair on January 12, 1928. Snyder was the first woman executed in New York state since 1899. This photo, illegally snapped by a New York Daily News photographer with a hidden camera, was taken at the moment when Snyder was jolted by the electric charge. The Snyder-Judd murder case inspired at least one play and two Hollywood movies: The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity.
Tags: murder  Snyder-Judd  case 
Added: 26th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
George H. Bush First To Pardon A Turkey Although turkeys have been presented to presidents in front cameras since the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1989 that George H. Bush used the presidential pardon and the tradition stuck.
Tags: George  H.  Bush  First  To  Pardon  A  Turkey  White  House 
Added: 27th November 2014
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Posted By: Cliffy
Postmortem Photography It seems a little bit creepy today--well, actually it seems extremely creepy by modern standards--but it was quite common in the late 19th century to photograph your loved ones in lifelike poses after they had died! Photography was generally very expensive in the 19th century. Often families had no photographs of loved ones while they were alive. Accordingly, as part of a funeral ritual, the recently deceased person would be dressed, posed in a very lifelike position--much like the gentleman in this example--and his/her image was preserved for posterity. Frequently they were posed alongside siblings and parents as part of a family portrait. Because of the slow shutter speed of cameras in those days, dead people were actually the best subjects for photographers as they were guaranteed to stay still. Postmortem photography was surprisingly commonplace in Europe and North America (especially of dead children because childhood mortality rates were very high). It remained quite common until photography became cheaper and families were more likely to have photos of their relatives taken while they were still in the land of the living.
Tags: postmortem  photography 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Alice Pearce - The First Gladys Kravitz The ABC sitcom Bewitched is certainly famous for having two different actors play Darrin Stephens. Many fans, however, forget there were two actresses who played Gladys Kravitz, the Stephens' nosy neighbor who often caught glimpses of Samantha's acts of witchcraft, but could not get her uninterested husband Abner to believe what she had seen. Alice Pearce played Gladys in the first two seasons starting in 1964. Known for her comical facial expressions, Pearce was well known to her Bewitched colleagues for being extremely funny and entertaining off camera. Pearce had achieved success on Broadway in Our Town and had a few appearances in movies and other TV shows before landing the role of Gladys Kravitz. Unbeknownst to any cast members, Pearce had a terrible secret: She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer even before the first episode was shot. Only her husband new of her condition. Pearce continued to work on the series even after it was obvious that she was quite ill. In some of the second season's episodes, Pearce is dressed in a long coat or a heavy sweater to hide the emaciating effects of her disease. At the end of her life she weighed a mere 70 pounds. Pearce worked almost until the day she died (March 3, 1966 at the age of 48) and was replaced in the cast by Sandra Gould who was reluctant to assume the role because Pearce had played Gladys Kravitz so well. Pearce posthumously won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series. Her husband accepted it for her.
Tags: Alice  Pearce  first  Gladys  Kravitz  Bewitched  sitcom 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Buster Keaton on Candid Camera In 1961 the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton was recruited to appear on Candid Camera. He appears as a disaster-prone diner customer who has mishaps galore as he tries to eat a bowl of soup. His fellow unsuspecting diners have trouble hiding their laughter.
Tags: Candid  Camera  Buster  Keaton  diner 
Added: 3rd June 2015
Views: 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
K-Mart Camera and Equipment Sale Tags: K-Mart  Camera  Sale  8mm  projector  Super  8mm  film  maxi-c  strobe  reel  to  reel  Kodak  GAF  Bell  and  Howell    movie  camera  projector  dual-8  film  advertisement  blue  light  special 
Added: 21st December 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Kodak Disc Camera Tags: Kodak  Disc  Camera  small  camera  film  disc  flash  photography  Kodak  Disc  4000 
Added: 26th December 2015
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Posted By: pfc

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