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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
 Es WILD ON   on Star Trek The Experience from 2000 From early 2000, here is a short clip from E!'s "Wild On" Show, on the opening of Star Trek The Experience in the Las Vegas Hilton!!
Tags: E  Wild  On  Star  Trek  Experience  2000  Ray  Glasser 
Added: 26th December 2009
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Posted By: videoholic
Alex Haley Plagiarism Scandal 1978 In 1978, Alex Haley, the renowned author of Roots, came under fire in a plagiarism lawsuit launched by a white anthropologist and fellow author Harold Courlander. Haley claimed he had spent a decade researching his heritage for his historical novel, which in 1977 was adapted as a wildly successful TV miniseries. That same year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the Spingarn Medal for the book. A year later his reputation was forever marred. Courlander went to the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York to charge that Roots was substantially plagiarized from Courlander's own book, The African. Courlander's witnesses included Michael Wood an English professor at Columbia University and an expert on plagiarism. Wood opined in a report that the evidence of plagiarism in Roots was 'clear and irrefutable' and that the copying of passages was 'significant and extensive.' After a five-week trial in federal district court, Courlander and Haley settled the case, with Haley making a financial settlement of $650,000 and a statement that 'Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from The African by Harold Courlander found their way into his book Roots.' Haley claimed the appropriation of Courlander's passages had been unintentional. Haley orginally maintained he had never heard of The African, much less read it. Shortly after the trial, however, Joseph Bruchac, an instructor of black literature at Skidmore College, came forward to swear in an affidavit that in 1970 or 1971--five or six years before the publication of Roots--he had discussed The African with Haley and had given his 'own personal copy of The African to Haley.' In a later interview with BBC Television, Judge Ward stated, 'Alex Haley perpetrated a hoax on the public.'
Tags: Roots  Alex  Haley  plagiarism  scandal 
Added: 4th February 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Alka Seltzer Commercial The blahs! Gene Wilder voice over in this vintage commercial.
Tags: Plop  Plop  Fizz  Fizz 
Added: 1st March 2010
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Posted By: Marty6697
No Good To Cry- Wildsweed It only reached 87 on Billboard's singles chart in 1967 it was the start for Al Anderson's 22-year run with the well-loved and prolific NRBQ- "NRBQ" stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet.
Tags: Al  Anderson  NRBQ  New  Rhythm  and  Blues  Quartet  No  Good  To  Cry-  Wildsweed   
Added: 6th April 2010
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered Doris Day what a beautiful voice!
Tags: Gooden! 
Added: 14th June 2010
Views: 2503
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Posted By: Marty6697
Tony Wilding - First Wimbledon Superstar New Zealand's Anthony (Tony) Wilding won four straight men's singles titles at Wimbledon from 1910 through 1913. (At the time, the defending champion automatically got a bye all the way to the final.) The handsome and popular Wilding was quite a hit with the ladies who adoringly packed the grandstand wherever he played. According to newspaper reports, many of the fairer sex were in tears when Wilding lost in straight sets to Australia's Norman Brookes in the 1914 Wimbledon final. Shortly afterward, Wilding joined the army when the First World War broke out. Wilding was killed in an attack on a German-held position in France on May 9, 1915. He was 31.
Tags: tennis  Tony  Wilding  New  Zealand 
Added: 23rd June 2010
Views: 1176
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Posted By: Lava1964
I Am My Own Grandpa Guy Lombardo Trio Now many many years ago when I was twenty-three I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be. This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red. My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed. Oh, I'm my own grandpa I'm my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so Oh, I'm my own grandpa. This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life. My daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife. To complicate the matter even though it brought me joy, I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy. My little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad, And so became my uncle though it was very sad. For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother Of the widow's grown-up daughter who of course was my step-mother. Father's wife then had a son who kept him on the run, And he became my grandchild for he was my daughter's son. My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue, Because although she is my wife she's my grandmother, too. Now if my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild, And every time I think of it it nearly drives me wild, For now I have become the strangest case I ever saw. As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa.
Tags: Guy  Lombardo  I  Am  My  Own  Grandpa 
Added: 20th October 2010
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Posted By: Carl1957
Baby Face Nelson Gunned Down 1934 On November 27, 1934, Lester Joseph Gillis (a.k.a. Baby Face Nelson), the FBI's Public Enemy #1, was gunned down by law enforcement agents in a wild shootout in Barrington, Illinois. He was nine days shy of his 26th birthday. Nelson had been in trouble with the law since age 12. He killed three FBI agents--two of them in the Barrington shootout--a total unmatched by any other criminal in history. Nelson managed to escape the Barrington shootout scene alive, but he died at a safe house in the company of his wife from the seven bullet wounds he had sustained in the gun battle.
Tags: Baby  Face  Nelson  gangster 
Added: 27th November 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
1999 Tennessee Roadkill Bill In March 1999 Tennessee's state legislature became the butt of jokes for debating a so-called 'Roadkill Bill.' The intent of the bill was to make animals killed on the state's highways the property of anyone who wanted the mangled carcasses, presumably for a meal. The bill stated, 'Wild animals accidentally killed by a motor vehicle may be possessed by any person for personal use and consumption.' Wrote one aghast New York Times columnist, 'In other words, it would be legal to eat roadkill. Legal to eat the thousands of squirrels, opossums, raccoons and rabbits that meet a painfully horizontal death every year beneath rubber tires. As if a state law were preventing anyone from scraping a happy meal off the asphalt. As if anyone would even dream of it.' In one of his Tonight Show monologues, Jay Leno comically suggested Tennessee's state motto ought to be changed to 'Fender-Licking Good.'
Tags: Tennessee  Roadkill  Bill  legislation 
Added: 2nd February 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964

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