Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

This Day in Pop Culture July 19

Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" becomes #1 hit

Billy Joel’s First Billboard #1 Single

Although he will forever be known as “the piano man,” and has had hit songs like “Just the Way You Are” and “Honesty,” Billy Joel never felt like he was a “soft rocker.” In fact, he felt that it was a bit of an insult. That is where his inspiration came for his Glass Houses album released in 1980. He wanted the world to know that he could rock like the best of them. His song, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” became his first Billboard #1 song and held that position for two weeks beginning on this day in 1980. It stayed in the two ten spot for 11 weeks and the album produced three other hit songs, “You May Be Right,” “Don’t Ask Me Why” and “Sometimes a Fantasy.” Glass Houses won the Grammy for “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male” and also the American Music Award for “Favorite Album, Pop/Rock.” Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the U.S.

Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was murdered on July 19, 1989 by a stalker.

'My Sister Sam' Actress is Murdered

Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer was just 22 when she was shot and killed on this day in 1989 by Robert John Bardo. Schaeffer was an up-and-coming actress making her big break with the sitcom, My Sister Sam who she starred with Pam Dawber (Mork and Mindy). In 1987 Bardo traveled to twice to L. A. in hopes of meeting Schaeffer in person on the TV show set, but the security team ushered him out. In 1989, Bardo hired a detective to locate Schaeffer’s home address through the DMV and got it. He then went to Schaeffer’s home and when she didn’t give him what he wanted, he shot and killed her. Shortly after her death, Dawber and other former co-stars reunited to film a public service announcement for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence in Schaeffer's honor. Because of this event, the Driver's Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1994, which prevents the DMV from releasing private addresses.

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