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SCI – FI WRITER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1917

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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (December 16, 1917- March 19, 2008)

Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for
his short stories and novels, among them “The Sentinel” (1951) which partially
inspired Stanley Kubrick’s epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Clarke
co-wrote the screenplay with Kubrick.

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NEWS EVENTS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY!

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‘’SOUND-OFF TIME’’ ON THIS DAY IN 1951

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Fred Allen

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Bob Hope 

 
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Jack Webb

"Chesterfield Sound-Off Time" was a live, half-hour variety series on
NBC-TV with Fred Allen and Bob Hope alternating at hosts, and was
not very successful. However, on December 16, 1951,the show aired
the pilot for "Dragnet” called “The Human Bomb”, adapted from the
July 1949 radio episode. The special introduced many close-ups that
would become Jack Webb’s trademark. The pilot was such a success
that a regular TV series debuted in January 1952 on NBC, replacing
the variety show.

 

 

 

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Premiere episode “The Human Bomb”

Joe Friday (Jack Webb); Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough),
and Chief of Detectives Thad Brown (Raymond Burr) try to
stop a man from blowing up city hall.

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