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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'The Flinstones' Debuts

"The Flintstones" premiered on September 30, 1960.
September 30, 1960In 2013, TV Guide ranked a number of animated cartoons. The Simpsons made the top spot but a much older cartoon series, The Flintstones, created by Hanna-Barbera was ranked #2. The show was one of the first animated prime-time cartoons to air on TV and debuted on this day in 1960. The show was created after the success of The Huckleberry Hound Show and the Quick Draw McGraw Show, but those shows attracted kids only. William Hanna said that the show imitated the popular sitcom The Honeymooners, but Joseph Barbera said that if the Jackie Gleason show was used an inspiration, he didn’t remember it. At first, Hanna-Barbera tried out the formula with hillbillies, Romans, pilgrims and Indians before settling on the now famous stone age characters. (All of those themes have been used in other franchises.) Originally called The Flagstones, the family unit included Fred, Wilma and Fred Jr. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Video of the Day: Opening of the First "Donny & Marie Show"

Donny and Marie Osmond introduce their new series, "The Donny & Marie Show." The opening act... on ice!

Love American Style Airs for the First Time

Love American Style TV show premiered September 29, 1969
September 29, 1969
While never a huge rating hit, Love American Style was a unique and different type of sitcom. The show premiered on this day in 1969 and featured different stories of romance and marriage, most in the form of 15 to 30 minutes in length. While each episode featured guest stars, there was a main cast as well that played different characters in different scenarios each week. It is said that the show paved the way of the “mini comedic soap opera” that was used in later TV shows like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Most stories were light and fluffy and jokes were accentuated by a laugh track. In 1985 ABC tried a daytime revival of the show, New Love, American Style, but it didn’t last long. Another attempt was created in 1998, but the show never made it past the pilot stage.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Video of the Day: British People Taste American Snacks

I can't believe that they never heard of Hot Tamales before.

Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is Displayed

Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is probably Whaam!
September 28, 1963
You may appreciate pop art, but did you know that Whaam!, a 1963 pop art piece painted by Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the best-known works of the art form? The painting was first exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New Your City on this day in 1963. It was purchased by the Tate Gallery in London three years later and has been on permanent display at Tate Modern since 2006. It is said the Lichtenstein was inspired by several comic book panels. Lichtenstein studied art before and after serving in the United States Army during World War II. His themes of art focused on romance and war.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

First Man to Exceed Mach 3

Captain Milburn G. Apt became the first human to reach Mach 3.
September 27, 1956
Flying an X-2 rocket-powered plane on this day in 1956, a bizarre set of events happened to Captain Milburn G. Apt. After being launched from a B-50 bomber over the Mojave Desert in California, Apt set a record speed of 3,377 km/h or Mach 3. Unfortunately, due to a loss of control from inertia, the aircraft broke up and caused his death as well. His death was recorded by a stop-frame camera that was mounted behind him in the cockpit. While he did not survive, his video did.