Archive for July 21st, 2015

THEODORE BIKEL HAS DIED AT 91

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Theodore Meir Bikel (May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015)

Bikel was a widely recognized recorded folksinger and guitarist. In 1969
he began acting and singing on stage as Tevye in the musical Fiddler
on the Roof
, a role he performed more often than any other actor to
date. The play won nine Tony Awards and was the longest-running
musical in Broadway history. He died at UCLA Medical Center in Los
Angeles as a result of natural causes, according to publicist Harlan
Boll.

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AGENCY FORMED ON THIS DAY IN 1930

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The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when
Congress authorized President Herbert Hoover to "consolidate and
coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans".  Brigadier
General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven
years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job
he held until 1945.

Dr. Charles Griffith, the VA’s second Medical Director, came from the
Public Health Service and Veterans Bureau. Both he and Hines were
the longest serving executives in VA’s history.


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Frank T. Hines

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REVIEWING PAST NEWS HEADLINES

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Camille Bohannon

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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

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RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1961

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The Supremes from left: Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard.

The song "Buttered Popcorn" was written by Motown president Berry Gordy
and songwriter Barney Ales, and produced by Gordy, and released as a
Tamla label single by The Supremes. It was the group’s second single since
signing with Motown Records (and their third overall) as well as their second,
and last, single for the Tamla, before moving to the Motown label. This is not
only one of the rare singles to feature Florence Ballard on lead, but the only 
one with her as the sole lead.

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