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Provided by Pox News. Still waiting for Abe Vigoda’s death to be a hoax.
CNN is doing the honors this year. Mickey Rooney was a particularly short person who died this year.
Now only Ginger and Mary Ann are left on the island! I always suspected they were lesbians – otherwise why were the Professor, the Skipper, and Gilligan in such a hurry to escape?
We’re just going to let CNN do the honors this year. Highlights include porn star Harry Reems and racecar driver Dick Trickle.
Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas passed away Saturday at age 92. Thomas served in the White House press corps from 1961 until her retirement in 2010. Thomas was considered a tough reporter who kept 10 presidents on their toes during a career that spanned almost 50 years. Always controversial, Thomas retired after video of her making what some considered anti-semitic remarks appeared on the Internet.
Below is a picture of Thomas on her first day on the job.
After serving in the army in World War II Jack Klugman played roles in the Summer stock circuit before debuting on Broadway in a revival of “The Golden Boy”. Klugman also quickly established himself in the new medium of television starting with his 1950 appearance in “The Timid Guy” on Actors’ Studio. Numerous television roles followed including 3 episodes of Inner Sanctum in 1954, Appointment With Adventure in 1955 (his first appearance with Tony Randall). In 1957 he appeared in the film “12 Angry Men” with Henry Fonda. Klugman appeared in 4 episodes of The Twilight Zone between 1960 and 1963, starting with the memorable “A Passage For A Trumpet”.
Klugman continued to work regularly in television through the 1960s, with occasional film roles, until he was cast as slob Oscar Madison for The Odd Couple in 1970, where he appeared with lifelong friend Tony Randall for 114 episodes until 1975. Immediately after the end of that series he began Quincy M.E. about a Los Angeles medical examiner based loosely on Dr. Thomas Noguchi. The show ran through 1983.
During the 1980s Klugman suffered from throat cancer and lost his voice, but re-learned to speak in a raspy tone and continued working until shortly before his death.
In 1972 the Vietnam War was in high-gear and the nation was divided in a way it hadn’t been since perhaps the days before the Civil War. Anti-war protests turned to riots as police battled protesters in the streets. And Richard Nixon, the polarizing figure at the center of it all was running for a second term as President of The United States.
The man who ran against him on the Democratic ticket was George McGovern. There were high hopes among those who actively sought an end to the War. But McGovern was essentially trounced by Nixon in one of the dirtiest campaigns ever fought. Mis-steps by McGovern compounded the loss. He garnered only 17 electoral votes, and Nixon went on to a second, truncated term that ended when he resigned the office in disgrace.
McGovern served as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II. After that war he returned to his native South Dakota and became a professor of history and political science. In 1956 he ran for the U.S. Congress, where he served two terms. In 1962, after a stint as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, McGovern was elected to the Senate, and won reelection in 1968 and in 1974. McGovern returned to teaching in the 1980s and also served in various capacities in government and the United Nations through the first decade of the 21st century.
Arlen Specter served 5 terms in the U.S. Senate. He started his political career as a Democrat, then became a Republican, and then a Democrat again. So you never know: first he was alive, now he’s dead….
If you were a child in the 1960s some things were inescapable, no matter how much you wanted to escape from them. In my home one of those things was the television show “Gunsmoke”, which my father watched as if it were a religious ritual. One did not speak or be otherwise noticeable during “Gunsmoke”. The other religious TV experience was “The Andy Williams Show”, at which altar my mother worshiped.
Looking back on it now, “The Andy Williams Show” (along with my mom’s other musical gods Glen Campbell and Tom Jones) probably had more influence on me than I realized. I was always a sort-of musical child: I sang the theme songs to TV shows acapella, and did a fair “Moon River” in the bathtub. And I got exposure to some different kinds of music through shows like Andy Williams’ – the photo above of him performing with Peter, Paul, and Mary brought back a clear memory of seeing them on TV and thinking that was a different kind of music I hadn’t really heard before.
Media influences were sparse where I grew up. We lived in a very rural area in a small valley surrounded by mountains, and when I was very young we didn’t get very clear TV or radio signals. My dad built a telescoping antenna mast that he could crank up about 60 feet in the air if there was no wind, and we could get ghost-like images of the San Francisco CBS, NBC, and ABC affiliates on a good clear night. I do recall the funeral of President Kennedy in grainy, ghosty black-and-white. The images of the horse with the reversed boots in the stirrups is particularly present in my earliest memory.
Then, in the mid-1960s, we got The Translator. The Translator was a big relay antenna up on the highest mountain around that would saturate our little valley with TV and radio waves. Now we got fairly good reception of CBS, NBC, ABC, an independent called KTVU, and on a good clear night some ghost-like PBS that my father disapproved of because they were “liberals”.
But most of all, for me, we got AM radio! And then I literally submerged into music. My dad would give me the car keys and I would sit in the car and run the battery down listening to the radio. Eventually he gave me a transistor radio of my own so he didn’t have to constantly charge the car battery.
Now, of course, we are inundated with media via cable, satellite, the Internet. DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, streaming audio and video, etc. But in a way that earlier time when resources were limited was more interesting, because not only was every scrap of music and video a sort of treasure, but when there wasn’t any content to be had we made our own in imitation of what we saw and heard.