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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for September 21

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Perry Mason Enters the Courtroom for the First Time
Based on the character from the books of Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Burr starred in the legal drama series known as Perry Mason which premiered on CBS on this day in 1957. The show was the first weekly hour-long drama series and featured the fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer. Lasting nine seasons, the original show was nominated nine times for an Emmy and won five including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Burr, 1959 and 1960) and Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Hale, 1959). The show has been shown in syndication ever since it went off the air on May 22, 1966. In 1973, CBS attempted a revival of the series with a new cast (Monte Markham and Sharon Acker) but it wasn’t received well and it only ran for half a season. Then, magic struck a second time in 1985 when NBC created a made-for-TV movie starring Burr and Hale once again. It did so well that the network created 29 other Perry Mason movies. Burr starred in 26 of them before his death in 1993. The last four were filmed after his death but Mason absence was explained that he was on vacation. In August 2016, HBO announced a potential new series could star Robert Downey Jr.


'Touched by an Angel' Debuts
On this day TV show Touched by an Angel debuted and aired its last show on April 27, 2003. Created by John Masius and produced by Martha Williamson, the series followed Monica, an angel, (Roma Downey) as she brought hope to the hopeless. She was assisted by Tess (Della Reese) and Andrew (John Dye), the angel of death. When Williamson signed on to the project, the show was much different than it actually turned out. She described the series as portraying angels as “recycled dead people with power over life and death." She told CBS that she was a Christian and could only portray the angels in a way that she felt was true and respectful.


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