Showing posts with label 1968. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1968. Show all posts

Monday, September 25, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 25

'The Partridge Family' Rolls Into Town

The Partridges boarded their multi-colored school bus for the first time on this day in 1970. Airing on ABC (also home to The Brady Bunch) the show’s premise was loosely based on The Cowsills, a traveling family band. For the show, Shirley Jones played a widowed bank teller whose kids convince her to become part of their garage band. The kids were played by David Cassidy (Jones’ real-life stepson), Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough and Jereymy Gelbwaks who was replaced after the first year with Brian Foster. Dave Madden played the band’s manager, Reuben Kincaid. During the show’s run, the Partridge kids appeared in guest spots on the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series, Goober and the Ghost Chasers. Though the original show aired its last episode on March 23, 1974, CBS began airing the Hanna-Barbera show, Partridge Family 2200 A.D. during the fall. The cartoon presented the family living in space much like The Jetsons. Some of the characters were voiced by the actors who portrayed them on the original show. In 2004, VHI produced a pilot for The New Partridge Family which starred Suzanne Sole as Shirley, Leland Grant, Emma Stone and Spencer Tuskowski. The show was not picked up.

Friday, May 12, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 12

Skateboarder Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968.

Tony Hawk is Born

Though seen as a confident sports icon, skateboarder Tony Hawk, now 46, wasn’t always as cocky. When he was really young and playing a little league game, he struck out. He became so embarrassed that he went hiding until his father found him. He turned his attention to skateboarding and by the time he was 14, he became a professional receiving nicknames like “The Birdman” for his aerial stunts. Hawk was the first skater to successfully land a 900 degree spin out of a half pipe. Years later, he is known worldwide. Hawk has three children. Riley has also become a professional skater.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for April 4

Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965.

Robert Downey, Jr. is Born

It was on this day that Robert John Downey Jr. was born to a pair of actors in Manhattan, New York. His first film roles were for his father’s films. Next to playing Iron-Man, Downey Jr. is probably best known for his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Knowing a little about his family life, it is easy to understand why. His father was a drug addict who allowed Downey to use Marijuana when he was just six years old. In 1982, Robert dropped out of high school to pursue acting full time. He and Kiefer Sutherland were roommates for three years. In 1992 he starred in the film Chaplin which earned him an Oscar nomination. He earned his first Golden Globe while appearing on the TV series Ally McBeal. However, he was let go after he had two drug arrests. Downey has been sober in 2001. In 2008 he rose to the top once again starring in Iron-Man and Sherlock Holmes in 2009. He will appear as Iron-Man’s alter ego, Tony Stark, in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 14

The first national Pi Day was held on March 14.

March 14, 1879

Today is National Pi Day. Celebrated on 14th day of the third month (recognizing the numbers of pi: 3:14), the first National Pi Day (or at least the largest event held on the day up to that point) was celebrated on this day in 1988. The event was held at the San Francisco Exploratorium and was organized by Larry Shaw. Today the event is celebrated by math enthusiasts and pie lovers and oftentimes, both. Years later in 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day.