Archive for August 22nd, 2011

THE DEAN OF SCI-FI WRITERS IS 91 TODAY

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Ray Douglas Bradbury is a well known writer of fantasy, horror, science fiction,
and mystery. One of his best works is the novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for
the science fiction stories known as The Martian Chronicles (1950). Many of
Bradbury’s writings have been adapted into TV shows or films. Ray Bradbury
is one of the most celebrated among 20th and 21st century American writers
of science fiction.

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The Ray Bradbury Theater is an anthology series that ran for two seasons on
HBO from 1985 to 1986, and four additional seasons on USA Network from
1988 to 1992. It was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel. Many of
the episodes were based on short stories or novels written by Bradbury.  

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GROUP’S ONLY #1 WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1970

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"Make It with You" was initially included on Bread’s 1970 album
On the Waters. It was released as a single in June 1970 and
became their only number-one song on the Billboard Hot
100 chart.

 
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FIRST VICTROLA SOLD ON THIS DATE IN 1906

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The Victor Talking Machine Company was founded by Eldridge R. Johnson and
was headquarter in Camden, New Jersey. It was one of the leading phonograph companies in the world at the time. In September of 1906, Johnson and a team
of engineers designed a new line of phonographs with the turntable and amplifying
horn tucked away inside a wooden cabinet. This was not done for reasons of audio fidelity, but for visual effect. They wanted it to look less like a piece of machinery
and more like a piece of furniture. These internal horn machines, trademarked
with the name Victrola, were first marketed to the public beginning on August 22,
1906 and were an immediate hit.

Soon an extensive line of Victrolas was marketed, ranging from small tabletop
models selling for $15, through many sizes and designs of cabinets intended to
go with the decor of middle-class homes in the $100 to $250 range, up to $600 Chippendale and Queen Anne-style cabinets of fine wood with gold trim designed
to look at home in elegant mansions.Victrolas became by far the most popular
brand of home phonograph, and sold in great numbers until the end of the
1920s. RCA Victor continued to market phonographs with the “Victrola”
name until the early 1970s.

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Eldridge R. Johnson of the Victor Talking Machine Company

 

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CLASSIC TUNE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1938

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VALERIE HARPER IS 72 TODAY

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Valerie Harper, a performer at 10 years old

Valerie Harper - 9 March 2009 - New York, NY - Opening Night of 33 VARIATIONS Theatre Arrivals held at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, NYC. Photo Credit: Jonathon Ziegler / PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa Press/0903101443 (Newscom TagID: sipaphotostwo317224)     [Photo via Newscom]

Actress Valerie Harper is known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the
CBS-TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), and for her starring
roles on the spin-off sitcoms Rhoda, (CBS 1974-1978) and Valerie, (NBC
1986-1990/CBS 1990-1091). Harper won four Emmy Awards and a Golden
Globe Award for her character in these shows.

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