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SuperBall Invented - 1964 The SuperBall (originally Super Ball) was invented in 1964 by chemist Norman Stingley. It was created by compressing a synthetic rubber material under high pressure. It is an extremely elastic ball made of Zectron, which contains the synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene, as well as hydrated silica, zinc oxide, stearic acid, and other ingredients vulcanized with sulfur at a temperature of 165 degrees Celsius and at a pressure of 3,500 pounds per square inch. Dropped from shoulder level, a SuperBall will typically bounce to 92% of its release height. Thrown down with force by an average adult onto a hard surface, it can bounce over a three-story building. During its first year, more than 170,000 SuperBalls were produced each day by Wham-O. "It took us nearly two years to iron the kinks out of SuperBall before we produced it." according to Richard Knerr, president of Wham-O. "It always had that marvelous springiness but it had a tendency to fly apart. We've licked that with a very high-pressure technique for forming it. Now we're selling millions." By December 1965, more than six million SuperBalls had been sold at 98 cents apiece. The toy also indirectly gave its name to one of America's great sporting spectacles: The Super Bowl. American Football League president Lamar Hunt coined the phrase for the new NFL-AFL championship game after seeing his children play with a SuperBall. (He didn't think the name was especially good, though.)
Tags: Super  Ball  toy  fad  bounce 
Added: 1st June 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Whats My Line - Syndicated Years After a prime time run on CBS of more than 17 years (1950 to 1967), the popular panel show What's My Line? was resurrected by its creators as a syndicated program from 1968 to 1975. Beloved host John Daly was not interested in the hectic schedule of five shows per week (all done in one day), so Washington political reporter Wally Bruner was brought in as the new moderator. Classy Arlene Francis returned as a regular panelist. Bennett Cerf apppeared occasionally until his death in 1971. Soupy Sales became the regular male panelist. He proved to be an amusing and excellent game player who seemed to know every mystery guest no matter what field he/she happened to be in. The syndicated version was less refined than the CBS version. Games were deliberately shortened to allow the contestants to display their unusual occupations--something that almost never happened on the old version. Therefore if a contestant was a fire eater or a wine taster, there was invariably a demonstration of his/her talent. Bruner hosted WML for four years but admittedly was not fond of New York City nor the showbiz scene and was happy to bow out gracefully. Larry Blyden, best known as a Broadway actor, took over as moderator in 1972 for the show's last three seasons, and was much more comfortable hobnobbing with celebrities than Bruner was. Providing halfway decent mystery guests five shows per week proved to be a huge challenge. Executive producer Gil Fates charitably referred to some of the so-called celebrities as "owls" because often the studio audience and some of the panelists would quietly say "who?" when the mystery guest was not particularly famous. The final shows were taped just before Christmas in 1974 and aired throughout the spring of 1975. Towards the end, declining ratings and aging audience demographics made WML a tough sell to local TV stations. Blyden was slated to host Showoffs, another game show, when he was tragically killed in an auto accident while vacationing in Morocco in June 1975--which absolutely sealed the finish of WML. The syndicated WML simply faded away with none of the sentimental fanfare the CBS version had in its 1967 finale. In his book on the history of WML, Fates ruefully admits the last episode of the syndicated show was "a bomb." There have been no serious attempts to revive WML since 1975, although a retrospective program was made later that year--co-hosted by John Daly and Arlene Francis--to mark WML's 25 years on the air.
Tags: TV  syndicated  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 14th June 2012
Views: 2141
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - The Partners In 1971 NBC had high hopes for a new sitcom titled The Partners. It starred Don Adams as Detective Sergeant Lenny Crooke and Rupert Crosse as his partner Detective Sergeant George Robinson. Both cops were prone to acts of comic carelessness but Crooke was the more bumbling of the two. Rare for its time, The Partners had no opening montage or theme song. Its title and credits were simply interspersed among the opening scene. (Music did accompany the closing credits, however, and the same tune was occasionally heard leading into some scenes.) Adams had hoped the series would address serious social issues, but NBC preferred to recast Adams in a purely comedic role similar to his Maxwell Smart character from Get Smart which had ended in 1970. The Partners scored very well with test audiences, so NBC slotted it at 8 p.m. on Saturday night beginning on September 18, 1971. In a stroke of bad luck, in the fall of 1971 CBS decided to move its surprise hit All in the Family to the same time slot to replace the fading My Three Sons. The Partners was crushed in the ratings. It was pulled from NBC's lineup in January 1972 although a few unaired episodes were shown in the summer.
Tags: The  Partners  NBC  sitcom  Don  Adams 
Added: 24th February 2015
Views: 1346
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Posted By: Lava1964
Fads of the 1990s Fads of the 1990's
Tags: Fads  of  the  1990s 
Added: 17th August 2012
Views: 1947
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Posted By: masonx31
Swatch Watch Commercial Who remembers the big 80's fad with the Swatch Watch!?
Tags: Swatch  Watch  Commercial  1980s  Fad  Remember  That 
Added: 2nd December 2013
Views: 1994
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Posted By: dusman
Harlem Shake Tags: Harlem  Shake  Peanuts  Charles  Schultz  Rage  Trends  Fads 
Added: 22nd March 2013
Views: 1924
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Posted By: Freckles
Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon A first-round men's singles match at the 2010 Wimbledon tourney between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut was, in many respects, the greatest tennis match ever contested. It is the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. The extraordinary match, contested over three days, lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes with Isner eventually prevailing 64, 36, 67(79), 76(73), 7068 for a total of 183 games. The match began at 6:13 pm on Tuesday, June 22. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended at two sets all. After resuming on Wednesday, at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:10 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games all. Play resumed at 3:43 pm on Thursday. Isner won at 4:48 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as "the endless match." Twice the score of the final set exceeded the scoreboard's ability to record it. (A computer technician was called in to address the problem both times.) Of course such a lengthy match is only possible at events such as Wimbledon where no tiebreaker is played in the final set.
Tags: tennis  Isner  Mahut  Wimbledon 
Added: 31st August 2013
Views: 1119
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Posted By: Lava1964
1960 US Olympic Boxing Trials - Clay vs Hudson Few people realize how close Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) was to not qualifying for the 1960 Rome Olympics. In the light heavyweight championship bout of the Olympic boxing trials in San Francisco, Clay faced hard-hitting Allen Hudson of the US Army. In the final round shown in this clip, Hudson floored Clay. Clay immediately rose and connected with a solid right hand that sent Hudson to the canvas. Hudson got up too but he was in no condition to continue. Clay got the Olympic team berth, the gold medal, and became the most famous man on the planet. Hudson, on the other hand, faded into obscurity. He died in 1996 at the age of 60.
Tags: boxing  US  Olympic  trials  1960  Clay  Hudson 
Added: 21st December 2014
Views: 1710
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Posted By: Lava1964
Cabbage Patch Craze Tags: Cabbage  Patch  Craze  2008  Today  Show  TV  Dolls  fad  collection 
Added: 19th September 2014
Views: 996
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Posted By: Cathy
Inventor of the Pet Rock Passes At 78 Gary Dahl, inventor of the Pet Rock passed at the age or 78 on March 23, 2015. The fad made him a millionaire almost overnight.
Tags: Inventor  of  the  Pet  Rock  Passes  At  78  fad  millionaire  70's  1970's  Christmas  Shopping 
Added: 1st April 2015
Views: 1580
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Posted By: Old Fart

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