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Career Academy Reel to Reel Tape Machine This is a small, portable reel to reel tape recorder that was made in Japan for the "Career Academy School of Famous Broadcasters." I attended that Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back in 1969. These tape recorders were offered to students so that we had something on which to practice our "announcer voice" while we were not in class. It could handle 5" or smaller reels. It still works. At the time I attended the school two rather famous people were sponsors of it. Broadcaster, author and lecturer Robert St. John, and NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar, (of course, back then in 1969 he was known as Lew Alcindor, and played for the Milwaukee Bucks.) I got to meet both of these gentlemen. Mr. St. John was actually the author of the textbook we used. I became a radio broadcaster… but never a famous one. :-( This was back in the days when you could lose your broadcasting license and even your job for saying ‘hell’ or ‘damn’ over the air. Somewhere along the way the FCC has curled up and died!
Tags: reel  tape  career  academy  radio 
Added: 22nd August 2007
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Posted By: jimmyjet
I Remember Elie Weisel  Dedicated to another famous Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Elie Wiesel was born at Sighet, Maramures county, Romania On September 30, 1928. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity. On November 30, 2006 Wiesel received an honorary knighthood in London, England in recognition of his work toward raising Holocaust education in the United Kingdom. Music "Hatikvah", (Israeli National Anthem) performed by Barbra Streisand. I'm thankful to be able to share this with you.
Tags: elie  weisel  holocaust  writers  nobel  peace  prize 
Added: 30th September 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Featured Member- wikiriwhi I'm 49. I'm studying a Bacholoer of Media Arts degree at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, NZ. I am a published author and have run a small business which enabled me to get employment to many of my tribal people of Ngati Haua. I am politically motivated, a history buff and have held leadership positions in the pentecostal churches. I am currently dwelling on accepting another position. Also running for president of the student union. This site is where I come to between all of the above.
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Added: 17th March 2009
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Posted By: Steve
Mark Twain at Home Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (Redding)(CT) at Mark Twain's estate. Twain is shown walking around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.
Tags: Mark    Twain    Thomas    Edison    Stormfield    Rare    footage   
Added: 19th April 2008
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Posted By: Cliffy
Sidd Finch Hoax 1985 On April 1, 1985, Sports Illustrated perpetrated a classic journalistic hoax as an April Fools joke. George Plimpton authored a feature story titled 'The Curious Case of Sidd Finch.' It was about a mysterious rookie pitcher who was the talk of the New York Mets' spring training camp. The story said Finch was a French horn player and part mystic, who, through studying yoga, could throw a baseball 168 miles per hour. He pitched wearing a heavy work boot on his right foot while he wore nothing on his left foot. SI got more than 2,000 letters, many from baseball fans who fell for Plimpton's tale. The teaser for the story was the giveaway: 'He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd's deciding about yoga...' If you write the first letter from each of the words you get 'HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY.'
Tags: Sports  Illustrated  Sidd  Finch  Hoax 
Added: 14th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hair     LA Cast on Smothers Brothers This is the LA cast of Hair doing their thing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on December 8, 1969. The show's authors and original Broadway cast stars, Gerome Ragni and James Rado reprise their role here but were not part of the LA production during it's entire run. The very beautiful blonde girl "Sheila" who is doing the solo at the beginning of the third number is Jennifer Warnes.
Tags: Hair,Musical,Rado,Ragni,Warnes,LA,Smothers,Brothers 
Added: 17th June 2008
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Posted By: BadWX
The Making of an Icon Trivia: Notice the sign for Henry Steig's workshop behind Ewell. Steig was a New York artist best known as a silversmith. His modernist pieces have been exhibited at MoMA and are highly sought by collectors. Paintings by Henry Steig are in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Steig's brother was the sculptor, cartoonist and children's book author, William Steig . . .
Tags: Tom  Ewell      Marilyn  Monroe      The  Seven  Year  Itch      Henry  Steig      1955       
Added: 1st July 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Is This Woman Amelia Earhart In 1970 a sensational book, Amelia Earhart Lives, was published by McGraw-Hill. Its author, Joe Klaas, claimed the woman in this photograph, Irene Bolan, was actually missing aviator Amelia Earhart! Klaas claimed that Earhart's attempted round-the-world flight and disappearance was part of an elaborate pre-Second World War spy mission orchestrated by the U.S. government. Klaas' tale was based on information received by Major Joseph Gervais. Gervais had a chance encounter with Bolan at a 1965 air show and was surprised by the resemblance between Bolan and Earhart (who had vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937). Klass further asserted that modern photographic analysis techniques proved that Bolan and Earhart had identical facial features--right down to the tear ducts. Bolan was a pilot too, but skeptics doubted Klass' claim. An outraged Bolan sued McGraw-Hill for $1.5 million. The book was pulled and the parties settled out of court. Still, there are some people who think Klaas was right...
Tags: Amelia  Earhart  Irene  Bolan 
Added: 9th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ron Luciano Remember flamboyant American League baseball umpire Ron Luciano? During the 1970s he was the sport's most colorful arbiter. To relieve the tedium during dull games, Luciano would call runners out by pumping his fist numerous times. He would chat and joke with players, pat them on the back when they did well, and engage in bits of mischief. He had a long-running feud with Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver, whom he once ejected from both ends of a doubleheader. When Luciano quit umpiring to become a baseball broadcaster for NBC in 1980, Weaver said, 'I hope he takes this job more seriously than he took his last one.' Luciano authored five books of baseball anecdotes that were well received. So it came as a shock to the baseball community when the good-natured and well-liked Luciano inexplicably took hs own life in January 1995 at his home in Endicott, NY. He was 57. He left a suicide note containing detailed funeral instructions, but gave no reason for why he had decided to kill himself.
Tags: Ron  Luciano 
Added: 21st July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Invaders This show aired from 67-68 and was cancelled after one and a half seasons. A pre-Internet urban legend (of the missing show kind) has circulated about a hypothetical final episode of the original series. According to that, David Vincent finally manages to convince the authorities and the mainstream of the Invaders' plans, and a massive invasion attempt is successfully thwarted. However, the final scene shows Vincent speaking through a transmitter to a different species of space invaders, to tell them that the coast was now clear. I like this idea of Vincent's fight having taken place in his position as a mercenary of the second alien race. Sounds like an idea Rod Serling would have come up with!
Tags: the  invaders  roy  thinnes  david  vincent  sci-fi  abc  television  series 
Added: 29th July 2008
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Posted By: Naomi

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