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Canadian Tradition Since 1845

May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Call it, “Empire Day”, “Commonwealth Day” or “National Patriots’ Day”, this holiday weekend that most call “Victoria Day” is distinctly Canadian.  We have recognized the birthday of Queen Victoria since well before Confederation. Following her death in 1901, it was made law in Canada to recognize May 24 to remember the late queen who was...

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Don’t be a “Hockey Puck”

May 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don Rickles turned to stand up comedy to make some money between acting jobs.  Many of the “joints” he worked in were rough.  The audiences would heckle him, and he would come back with insults of his own.  Soon, this became trademark humor for Don Rickles, and the “insult comic” was born.  Rickles has been...

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Luxury Air Travel

May 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Looks like fine dining, and it was.  That’s not an ocean liner or a fancy restaurant, that’s the dining room on the airship Hindenburg.  The ship was designed to fly with helium gas, but a shortage of helium forced the operators of Hindenburg to use hydrogen as a lifting gas.  Hindenburg had flown throughout 1936 and...

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Talent for Country

May 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

He has moved from a successful popular music career to a solid Country Music performer.  Darius Rucker was founding member and leader of “Hootie and the Blowfish”.  He also released two solo albums, “Back to Then” and, “Learn to Live”.  Rucker scored number one with, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”,  launching his country...

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Variety Vertuoso

April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the hall marks of the golden age of television is the “variety show”.  Shows aimed at family entertainment, with something for everybody.  One of the last true variety shows on the small screen was, “The Carol Burnett Show”.  There was always a laugh from Tim Conway or Harvey Korman.  Carol herself showed not...

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Tall Tales and a Smash Hit

April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jim Jordan and Marian Driscoll were real-life husband and wife, and they can be credited with helping to create one of the first, “situation comedies”.  Together, they formed, “Fibber McGee and Molly”.  The show was a huge hit on NBC Radio from 1935 to 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form...

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Miracle in Space

April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was 45 years ago this month that Apollo 13 suffered an exploded oxygen tank in space.  This was the seventh manned mission to the moon and was anything but routine.  The explosion resulted in a loss of power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of water and compromised the carbon dioxide removal system.  The crew...

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Miranda’s New Home Away from Home

April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Miranda Lambert is heading out on the road! And she got herself one of dem fancy new fangled trailers…...

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Singing Cowboy

April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

He is the only person to be awarded stars in all 5 categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Gene Autry’s stars can be seen for film, television, music, radio and live performance.  From 1934 to 1953 he appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of “The Gene Autry Show” on TV.  He is still...

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Birth of Rock and Roll

March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Haley was a country singer when he started in the music business, until he recorded his version of “Rocket 88”, when he changed the beat.  The rhythm was new, and it caught on like a brush fire.  Bill Haley and the Comets was born, landing 9 records in the the top twenty including his signature,...

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