Archive for October 12th, 2011

DETECTIVE SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1937

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Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio’s longest running shows,
airing for 15-minutes on Tuesday October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955. It was
first heard on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to the CBS
radio network becoming a weekly half-hour show. Bennett Kilpack (above)
was the original detective Mr. Keen and Phil Clarke took over the role late
in the series run.

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Ann Thomas and Bennett Kilpack (1947, CBS)

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ONE OF TV’S BEST SHOWS BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1950

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When The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, aka The Burns and
Allen Show
, began on CBS television Thursday October 12, 1950, it
was an immediate success. The show was originally live before a studio
audience.  Burns realized it would be more efficient to do the series on
film (beginning in the fall of 1952); the half-hour episodes could then
be syndicated. With 291 episodes, the show had a long network run
to September 22, 1958 and continued in syndicated reruns for years.

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Show announcer Bill Goodwin

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THIS WAS NUMBER ONE 48 YEARS AGO TODAY

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Sugar Shack" was recorded at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, 
New Mexico, the same studio where Buddy Holly originally made
his early hits. The song spent five weeks on the Billboard
chart.

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Jimmy Gilmer (center) and The Fireballs in 2006

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‘’THE BIG BLOW’’ WAS 49 YEARS AGO TODAY

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The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 began as Typhoon Freda that formed 500 miles
from Wake Island in the central Pacific ocean and became an extratropical cyclone
as it headed towards the west coast of the United States. It was one of the most
intense storms to every strike the Pacific Northwest since 1948. Wind gusts reached
116 mph at Portland’s Morrison Street Bridge. In Salem a wind gust of 90 mph was observed. In less than 12 hours, over 11 billion board feet of timber was blown
down in northern California, Oregon and Washington combined.

The estimated dollar damage was around $280 million for California, Oregon and Washington combined, with nearly $200 million occurring in the state of Oregon
alone.  At least 46 fatalities were attributed to The Columbus Day Storm, more
than for any other wind storm in the Pacific Northwest, and injuries were in the
hundreds. A well-known insurance company called the Columbus Day Storm the
nation’s worst natural disaster of 1962.

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SUSAN ANTON ~ BIRTHDAY 61 TODAY

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Susan Anton – Miss California 1969


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Susan Ellen Anton  is a actress and singer who first experienced fame by
winning the Miss Redlands and Miss California contests in 1969 and tied
as second runner-up in the 1970 Miss America Scholarship Pageant held
in September of that year. In the mid-1970’s, Anton became known for her
Muriel Cigar commercials. In 1978 she joined country singer Mel Tillis on
a summertime TV variety series, Mel and Susan Together on ABC. Anton
appeared approximately 30 times on The Merv Griffin Show on NBC. She
was also in such films as Goldengirl (1979) and Cannonball Run ll (1984).

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