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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

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

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

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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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

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 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

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

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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Out of this World

March 21, 2015

Its hard to imagine William Shatner turns 84 on March 22.  His acting career has been active for more than 7 decades, moving from writing, directing and stage performances.  Shatner reached stardom, literally and figuratively, as Captain James Tiberius Kirk from the starship USS Enterprise.  When “Star Trek” first went to air in 1966, the show’s future...

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