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Darla Hood on Jack Benny Program On October 30, 1962 the Jack Benny Program featured 31-year-old Darla Hood, who had been the prominent female character in the Our Gang comedy shorts from 1936 through 1943. When this show aired, Hood had a few minor hit records to her credit, was a nightclub singer, and was a mother of three. She performed one of her songs in the first half of the show--but this second half featured a wonderful parody of Our Gang titled 'My Gang' in which Jack played Alfalfa. Of course Darla Hood played...Darla Hood! Enjoy the fun!
Tags: Jack  Benny  Show  Darla  Hood  Our  Gang  parody 
Added: 7th September 2015
Views: 1735
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jenny Jones Talk Show Guest Driven to Murder On March 6, 1995, Jenny Jones, the hostess of a TV talk show that bore her name, attempted to shock one her guests. The talk show had debuted in 1991 but had failed to deliver significant ratings until its subject matter became more sleazy starting in 1993. Jones' plan that day was to have a homosexual Michigan man named Scott Amedure admit to having a crush on his neighbor Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz, a heterosexual, agreed to appear on the program because he had been led to believe that his secret admirer was a female. Unbeknownst to the show's staff, Schmitz had a history of mental illness, so Amedure's revelation weighed negatively on his mind. The media at the time gave a woefully incomplete account of what happened. It portrayed Schmitz as someone who became violent almost immediately. However this clip from the show--which never aired--shows that Schmitz accepted the news as gracefully as could be expected given the circumstances. Only after he received a sexually charged letter from Amedure after taping the show did Schmitz snap. He took some money from his savings account, purchased a shotgun, and fatally wounded Amedure in the latter's mobile home. Schmitz called police shortly thereafter to report what he had done. Schmitz was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to between 25 and 50 years in prison. A successful appeal resulted in a retrial--where Schmitz was again found guilty and the prison term was reinstated. Amedure's family won a $25 million lawsuit against The Jenny Jones Show. That decision was later overturned on appeal. The Jenny Jones Show ended in 2003.
Tags: talk  show  Jenny  Jones  murder  gay  crush  Scott  Amedure 
Added: 5th November 2015
Views: 1070
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Posted By: Lava1964
Archie Bunker Eulogizes Stretch Cunningham This ten-minute clip, condensed from scenes from a January 1977 episode titled "Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye," proves what a great TV program All in the Family was. Here's the plot: Archie's beloved work buddy Stretch Cunningham passes away suddenly from a heart attack. Archie is cajoled into delivering a eulogy at the funeral. He enlists the help of son-in-law Mike (Meathead) Stivic to write a eulogy containing biblical references--only to discover at the last possible moment that Stretch was secretly Jewish! The clip mixes great humor and heartfelt love.
Tags: Archie  Bunker  eulogy  Stretch  Cunningham  All  in  the  Family 
Added: 11th November 2015
Views: 1416
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jimmy Dean Reacts to His Show Being Canceled Here's something a little bit different: Country singer Jimmy Dean had his own variety program on CBS. His daytime show ran six days a week from 1957 to 1959. He also hosted a nighttime version for a few months in 1957. In April 1959 CBS decided to cancel the show at the end of June. Upon learning the news, Dean decided to announce the cancellation himself and urged his loyal viewers to protest.
Tags: Jimmy  Dean  country  singer  TV  variety  show  cancellation 
Added: 18th December 2015
Views: 1793
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Posted By: Lava1964
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Radio Debut The 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis introduced the melancholy song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. During the Christmas season of 1944 Judy Garland performed it on Paul Whiteman's radio program. Note that Judy sings the original lyrics that are true to the movie. Most cover versions don't use the "muddle through somehow" line.
Tags: Judy  Garland  radio  Have  Yourself  a  Merry  Little  Christmas 
Added: 25th December 2015
Views: 2041
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Posted By: Lava1964
Pickles the Pooch Finds Stolen World Cup The Jules Rimet Trophy--more commonly known as soccer's World Cup--was stolen on March 20, 1966. It was snatched from a glass display case at Methodist Central Hall in the Westminster section of London, England when the security guard assigned to keep an eye on it was temporarily absent from his post. England was going to host the quadrennial soccer tourney in three months--and the theft was a huge embarrassment for the country's Football Association. Shortly thereafter Joe Mears, the president of the F.A., received a parcel containing part of the World Cup. It was accompanied by a ransom note from a man calling himself Jackson. It demanded 15,000 British pounds in small denominations or else he would melt down the golden symbol of soccer supremacy. Mears contacted the police who arranged for a detective named Len Buggy to act on behalf of the ailing Mears who suffered from heart trouble. Buggy agreed to meet Jackson at London's Battersea Park at a specified time. Buggy brought a briefcase containing only about 500 pounds but Jackson did not bother to count it. Instead he got into Buggy's car and instructed him to drive aimlessly around London for 10 minutes. Jackson noticed a police van tailing the car. He panicked and attempted to escape on foot. He was quickly apprehended and identified as Edward Betchley, a 46-year-old army veteran. He claimed to be acting as a middle-man for a mysterious fellow he called The Pole. Betchley was the only man who was ever arrested in connection with the crime. He served two years in prison and died shortly thereafter of emphysema in 1969. The World Cup was missing for a week until David Corbett took Pickles--his mongrel dog--for a walk in the Norwich section of London on March 27. Pickles was drawn to a bundle tightly wrapped in newspaper lying near a parked car. Corbett removed the newspaper and there was the World Cup! Corbett immediately contacted police--who promptly interrogated him as a possible suspect. They finally let him go at 2:30 a.m. for lack of evidence. Pickles became a celebrity pooch. He was named Dog of the Year, was awarded a year's supply of dog food, appeared on several British TV shows, and had a feature role in a movie. Pickles was also invited to appear on TV programs in Chile, Yugoslavia and Brazil, but Corbett declined the offers as they would have required Pickles to go through strict quarantine measures and get several vaccinations to travel abroad. Corbett estimates that Pickles earned him 3000 pounds--money he put toward the purchase of a new house. When England won the World Cup on July 30, Pickles was invited to attend the team's private post-match victory party--a gathering so exclusive that even the players' wives were barred by the F.A.! Sadly Pickles accidentally suffocated in 1967 when his choke leash became entangled in a tree.
Tags: Pickles  dog  stolen  World  Cup  soccer 
Added: 19th February 2016
Views: 2337
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Benny - Gisele Mackenzie From the era when comedy was clean and creative, Jack Benny and Gisele MacKenzie play a memorable violin duet of Getting to Know You. (This clip was part of a CBS tribute program to Jack Benny shortly after he died.)
Tags: Jack  Benny  Gisele  MacKenzie  violin  duet 
Added: 22nd August 2016
Views: 1779
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jose Feliciano on Chico and the Man Jose Feliciano made a memorable appearance on the second season of the NBC sitcom Chico and the Man in an episode that aired in February 1976. (The episode was titled "Chico's Cousin Pepe;" Feliciano played Pepe, a blind womanizing guitarist.) The show's writers cleverly ended the episode with a chance for Pepe to play the program's theme song--which, of course, had been recorded by Jose Feliciano!
Tags: Jose  Feliciano  Chico  and  the  Man  sitcom  cameo 
Added: 22nd August 2016
Views: 1183
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ara Parseghian Passes at age 94 Here's a very good tribute to one of college football's great coaches, Ara Parseghian, who died on August 2, 2017 at the age of 94. Parseghian was the head coach of the football programs at Miami of Ohio, Northwestern, and most famously, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In fact, Notre Dame, whose team was in the doldrums from 1956 to 1963, hired Parseghian, a non-Catholic of Armenian descent, in 1964 largely because his Northwestern team had beaten Notre Dame four times in a row. Parseghian coached Notre Dame from 1964 to 1974 and compiled a terrific record of 95-17-4. During Parseghian's tenure, Notre Dame was twice voted national champions in the post-season polls.
Tags: Ara  Parseghian  NCAA  football  Notre  Dame 
Added: 8th August 2017
Views: 885
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Posted By: Lava1964
1987 Little League World Series Blowout Entering the final of the 1987 Little League World Series, the American champions from Irvine, CA had won 18 games in a row. Two of the wins were in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the single-elimination tourney by scores of 13-0 over Dover, NH and 8-1 versus Chesterfield, IN. Their opponents in the final would be the team from Hualien, Taiwan--a country that had dominated the tournament for years, crushing all opposition. Jim Palmer, doing commentary for ABC, opined that the Irvine team might have what it takes to beat the seemingly invincible Taiwanese team. It didn't work out that way. Irvine lost 21-1 in the most lopsided LLWS championship game ever. The game was so one-sided and was taking so long to complete that ABC terminated the broadcast so its affiliates could go to their scheduled local news programming. The relentless rout also persuaded the LLWS poobahs to adopt a mercy rule to prevent similar beatdowns in the future. Therefore Taiwan's record 20-run margin of victory is likely to stand forever.
Tags: 1987  LLWS  baseball  Irvine  Taiwan 
Added: 9th September 2017
Views: 907
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Posted By: Lava1964

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