Archive for March 5th, 2015

FORMER TRAIL BLAZER IS 43 TODAY

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Retired NBA player Brian Wade Grant played the power forward 
and
center positions for five teams during 12 seasons. One of
those teams, the Portland Trail Blazers (1997- 2000).

Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in November of 
2008 and soon started The Brian Grant Foundation that partners
with other foundations, such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson’s Research and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson
Center, to support and fund research dedicated to finding a
cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

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TALK SHOW TEST-RUN ON THIS DAY IN 1977

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President Carter at his desk in the oval office.

The Dial-a-President radio program, featuring President Jimmy Carter and CBS
news anchorman Walter Cronkite, aired for the first time. The idea of Cronkite
and CBS, the show was a test-run to see if it could be successful. Approximately
9 million calls flooded the CBS radio studio during the two-hour broadcast. It was pronounced a success, but never aired again.

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Walter Cronkite (left) greets President Jimmy Carter

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CHARACTER ACTOR DIES AT 64

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Daniel von Bargen (June 5, 1950 – March 1, 2015)

(FoxNews) – According to Cincinnati TV station WLWT, Daniel von
Bargen
, a character actor who played George’s apathetic boss on
"Seinfeld" among numerous other roles, has died. Von Bargen died
Sunday after having experienced complications of diabetes for years.

A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, von Bargen appeared in dozens of TV
shows and movies over a decades-long career, including the
memorable role of Commandant Edwin Spangler on TV’s "Malcolm
In The Middle
," but he is perhaps best known as Mr. Kruger, George
Costanza’s lazy boss on Season 9 of "Seinfeld."

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Von Bargen as Commandant Edwin Spangler

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HISTORICAL NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

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MIKE GRACIA

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Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley)
(September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963)

 

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Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes

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In 1963, "Sweet Dreams" was released to the public and became a big
Crossover hit, making it to #5 on the Country charts and to #44 on the
pop music charts. It also peaked on the  Adult Contemporary charts at
#15.

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DEAN STOCKWELL IS 79 TODAY

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Dean Stockwell (born Robert Dean Stockwell in North Hollywood, California)

Actor Stockwell’s career spans over 65 years. He signed a contract with Metro-
Goldwyn-Mayer as a child and received attention with such films as “Anchors
Aweigh” (1945) and “The Green Years” (1946). In later years, he was known
for his role on NBC’S “Quantum Leap” (1989-1993).  

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Stockwell in “A Quality of Mercy”, a Twilight Zone episode
that originally aired on December 29, 1961.

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