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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for June 7

The $64,000 Question debuted on June 7, 1955.

First Broadcast of ‘The $64,000 Question’

Now known as the iconic game show that it was, The $64,000 Question had trouble getting sponsors when the show was pitched to CBS. The creator of the program, Louis G. Cowan (who created the radio show Quiz Kids and TV game show, Stop the Music) found that some advertisers that the show sounded too glamourous for their company. However, it was on this day in 1955 that the show first appeared with Revlon as its sponsor. It was filmed in CBS’ Studio 52 in New York (which ironically became Studio 54 during the disco era) and was hosted by actor Hal March. The first contestant didn’t make it to the top prize but she did win a Cadillac convertible. The show ran through November 2, 1958. It was later revived as The $128,000 Question and aired in syndication from September 1976 to September 1978. Another revival of the show was pitched to ABC in 1999 but was abandoned for a new American version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire instead. After Millionaire’s success, another version was pitched to CBS to be called The $1,064,000 Question and would be hosted by Greg Gumbel but it never materialized.


"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" became #1 song on June 7, 1975.

‘Thank God I’m a County Boy’ Becomes #1 Song

Country singer John Denver recorded and released about 300 songs of which he composed about two thirds of them, but on this day in 1975, one of his biggest songs, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” became a #1 hit. It was part of a string of other #1 hits including “Sunshine on My Shoulders." "Annie's Song," and "I'm Sorry” from three No.1 albums: John Denver's Greatest Hits, Back Home Again, and Windsong.


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