Archive for January 6th, 2011

DANNY THOMAS WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1912

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The career of comedian Danny Thomas began on radio in the 1940’s
playing the brother-in-law Amos on The Bickersons with stars Don
Ameche and Francis Langford. Danny is best know for the TV sitcom
The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy). It ran from 1953 to 
1957 on ABC and on CBS from 1957 to 1964. Thomas is the founder
of ST. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He died on February 6,
1991 of heart failure. 

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Danny and his daughter Marlo Thomas pose with the statue of St.Jude

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WILD KINGDOM DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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WILD KINGDOM was hosted by Zoologist and zoo curator Marlin Perkins.
The half-hour nature program aired Sundays on NBC-TV until 1971, when
it went into syndication. Perkins was host for most of the show’s history
until he was forced to retire in 1985 for health reasons. Perkins died the 
following year at the age of 81. Jim Fowler, seen below, a long-time
assistant of Marlin’s became the host.  

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                                                     Jim Fowler   

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                    Marlin Perkins with one of his many animal friends

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THE FIRST WHEEL WAS SPUN ON THIS DATE IN 1975

 

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The original network TV version of WHEEL OF FORTUNE ran from 1975 to
1991 on
 both NBC and CBS before syndication. The current version of
the show premiered on September 19, 1983 with hosts Pat Sajak and
letter turner Vanna White.

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              The  host and hostess of the first WHEEL OF FORTUNE  
             
were Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford, shown above.

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LORETTA YOUNG WAS BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1913

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loretta in the farmers daughter
Loretta Young began as a child actress, she had a long and varied
career in films from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 Best Actress
Academy Award for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer’s
Daughter
, and received an Oscar nomination for work in 
Come to the Stable, in 1950. Loretta then moved to what 
was then the relatively new medium of television, where 
she had a dramatic anthology series from 1953 to 1961
called The Loretta Young Show. The series earned
three Emmy Awards. Loretta died August 12, 2000. 

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                  Publicity photo for The Loretta Young Show

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