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“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

Eddie Deezen August 28, 2014 1

This is where Beatlemania begins.  Along with the then “shocking” Beatle haircuts, this song is “the” symbol, “the signature tune” of the early Beatles- the four happy, cheerful, chipper, and harmless moptops.  This is

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The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

The Only Major League Baseball Player to Openly Admit He was Gay During His Career Also May Have “Invented” the High-Five

Eddie Deezen July 15, 2014 0

“They can’t say that a gay man can’t play in the Majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it.”- Glenn BurkeMajor League Baseball has been going strong now for well over a

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John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen June 23, 2014 0

Barbara Baker’s earliest recollections of John Lennon were of little John perching up in a tree and shooting arrows at her and all the other girls passing by.  Later, she also recalled encountering Lennon’s

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The Teenage Girl Who Bawled Out John Lennon

The Teenage Girl Who Bawled Out John Lennon

Eddie Deezen February 24, 2014 0

In 1967, the Beatles filmed their only made-for-TV movie.  It was called “Magical Mystery Tour“.  The film itself is an interesting, checkered, odd little movie directed and edited by the Beatles themselves. It was,

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When the Beatles Met Muhammad Ali

When the Beatles Met Muhammad Ali

Eddie Deezen February 11, 2014 3

It was February 18, 1964. The Beatles had arrived in America just 11 days earlier and had taken the nation by storm. They already had the number one record on the charts and several

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The First U.S. Presidential Assassination Attempt

The First U.S. Presidential Assassination Attempt

Eddie Deezen December 27, 2013 2

There have been four assassinations of U.S. Presidents to date. Two are very famous and two not as well-known. The first assassination of a President is both well-known and well-documented. On April 14, 1865,

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“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Robert Osbourne David Denver was born in new Rochelle, New York, on January 9, 1935 (that is exactly one day after the birth of Elvis Presley.) Just as his “distinguished-sounding” real name seems a

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Paul McCartney’s First Steady Girlfriend

Paul McCartney’s First Steady Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Dorothy “Dot” Rhone, a quiet girl from Liverpool, England, was abused by her heavy drinker father.  She also had a very emotionally distant mother.  She grew up terribly shy, introverted and withdrawn and didn’t

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John Lennon and The Making of His Last Album

John Lennon and The Making of His Last Album

Eddie Deezen December 23, 2013 3

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono stepped into New York’s “The Hit Factory” on August 7, 1980, it was quite the occasion. John was returning to the music-making game after a five year absence.

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Babe Ruth – The Ladies’ Man

Babe Ruth – The Ladies’ Man

Eddie Deezen December 23, 2013 7

A former teammate of Babe Ruth’s once recalled the Bambino by saying, “You’ve got to remember, this guy wasn’t born. He fell out of a tree.” Ruth grabbed life by the throat (or maybe

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The Movie That Killed Elvis Presley

The Movie That Killed Elvis Presley

Eddie Deezen September 23, 2013 5

It was March of 1960.  The teenagers of the world were rejoicing.  Why?  Because Elvis was getting out of the army. Yes, Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley, Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest rebel iconoclast, was finally

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What Star of a TV Series was Written Out of the Show’s Final Episode?

What Star of a TV Series was Written Out of the Show’s Final Episode?

Eddie Deezen August 23, 2013 4

“The Brady Bunch” was a hugely successful sitcom which ran for 5 seasons (117 episodes) from 1969 to 1974.  One of the show’s stars was Robert Reed, a Shakespearean trained stage actor.  Previous to

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This Day in History: Babe Ruth Dies

This Day in History: Babe Ruth Dies

Eddie Deezen August 16, 2013 0

This Day In History: August 16, 1948 On this day in history, 1948, the Sultan of Swat died due to naso-pharyngeal cancer (often mistakenly said to have been throat cancer). While his historic years

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The Forgotten Mascot: The Frito Bandito

The Forgotten Mascot: The Frito Bandito

Eddie Deezen August 12, 2013 10

OK. Here’s your “Question of the day”: What popular product “mascot” was discontinued almost 40 years ago for being overly offensive to Mexicans? Answer:  The Frito Bandito. Everybody loves Fritos corn chips, right?  But

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This Day in History: A Hard Day’s Night Debuts in the United States

This Day in History: A Hard Day’s Night Debuts in the United States

Eddie Deezen August 11, 2013 0

This Day In History: August 11, 1964 On this day in history, 1964, what would later be called one of the 100 greatest films of all time by Time Magazine, the Beatles “mockumentary”, A

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Did Groucho Marx Really Say It- The Cigar Quip

Did Groucho Marx Really Say It- The Cigar Quip

Eddie Deezen August 7, 2013 5

It is, without question, one of the most oft-quoted anecdotes in the history of comedy. It goes, pretty much, like this: A woman with 10 (or 12 or 14 or 16 or whatever) children

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The Strangest Thing Ever Found On the Set of a TV Show

The Strangest Thing Ever Found On the Set of a TV Show

Eddie Deezen August 5, 2013 1

What is the strangest thing ever found on the set of a TV show? I’m going to go with “a human body”. Yes, a real live (or should I say “dead”?) human corpse.  And

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The First African American to Co-Star in a Dramatic TV Series

The First African American to Co-Star in a Dramatic TV Series

Eddie Deezen June 9, 2013 1

Like so many later-comedians, Bill Cosby described himself in school as “the class clown”.  Born in 1937, William Henry Cosby worked at several different jobs growing up, including selling produce, stocking shelves in a

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