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

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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 for August 18

Don Pardo passed away on August 18, 2014

Don Pardo Dies

It was on this day in 2014 that Dominick George “Don” Pardo passed away. The radio and TV announcer’s career lasted over 70 years. Pardo began his voice work for NBC in 1956 announcing The Price is Right game show. In 1964, he moved over to Jeopardy! where he stayed until 1975. He continued to be an announcer for various other TV game shows and announced for NBC’s Saturday Night Live from it’s beginning in 1975. He partially retired in 2004 but due to executive producer Lorne Michaels’ insistence, continued on with SNL under the assumption that Michaels would find a replacement. In 2006, Pardo would tape his announcements from his studio home in Arizona, but producers of the show insisted that he do the announcements live and so he would travel to and from New York every week. In 2009, Pardo was inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame and he suggested that that year would also be his last with SNL, but he continued on through 2014. While some may say that SNL was his greatest achievement, his family might think otherwise. He married Catherine Lyons in 1938 and stayed married until his death in 1995. The couple had five children together.


Robert Redford was born on August 18, 1936

Robert Redford is Born

Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born on this day in 1936. The man has done more in his lifetime than many could ever dream of. As an actor, he has starred in 40 movies with his most recent being Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  As a director, he has directed nine movies and has won two Academy Awards – one for Ordinary People in 1981 and a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002. As a businessman, he founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, created the Sundance Channel with Showtime in 1996 and Sundance Cinemas in 2006. TIME magazine has called him the “Godfather of Indie Film.”


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