Entertainment

The Hollywood Squares game show intro (1966)

Take the world’s simplest game - tic-tac-toe - toss in nine celebrities, stir in some questions that let them show off a little humor and creativity, and of course, fabulous prizes. What do you get? Hollywood Squares, of course!

Berry Gordy’s Motown Records still flying high (1971)

Berry Gordy, the man behind Motown Records, placed the first pressing of the new Diana Ross recording on the turntable in his dimly lit office here and settled back in his chair to let his musical instincts, which have been spectacularly correct over the years, work for him yet another time.

‘Blazing Saddles’ is typical Mel Brooks (1974)

Any movie that includes a gigantic pie-throwing scene featuring 40 swishing dancers, Tarzan, Cheetah and Adolf Hitler can’t really be called ordinary. Particularly when it’s a western, set in 1874.

Music legend Curtis Mayfield: 1942-1999

Influential singer/songwriter/musician/producer Curtis Mayfield died December 26, 1999 at age 57. He passed away at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, from complications arising from diabetes.

The Misfits: A finale for both Gable & Monroe (1961)

While the "finale" in the original article title refers to the fact that this was Clark Gable's last movie -- he died just 12 days after filming of The Misfits ended -- looking back, we can see that the phrasing was oddly (and sadly) prescient: Time would eventually reveal that this was Marilyn Monroe's final film role, too.

The Incredible Hulk TV show intro (1978-1982)

The show would go on to spawn three TV movies in the late 1980s, as well as several feature films all based on Stan Lee’s comic book creation - but no doubt inspired by the original Bill Bixby series, proving that fans liked Dr Banner even more when he was angry.

The Muppet Show theme song & guest stars (1976-1981)

While Jim Henson tragically passed away in 1990, and The Muppet Show hasn’t been on American television since 2001, his creations continue to live on in movies, television, and in the hearts and minds of all of us who grew up with the Muppets.

Sally Field in The Flying Nun (1967)

In one of the stranger television concepts in history, Sally Field played the title role of The Flying Nun -- 90-pound Sister Bertrille, who could use her starched cornette to take to the skies if the wind were just right.

That happy ghoullucky Addams Family clan (1965)

When The Addams Family series was in preparation, an ABC televite gleefully described the show as “happy-ghoullucky.” This brought forth an immediate response from David Levy, the creator and executive producer of the series...

Disney World: Fun, fantasy and reality (1973)

Ten million visitors flocked to Disney World in 1972 to see this latest and greatest in Walt Disney’s ever-expanding empire of imagination. That is more American tourists than visited Britain, Germany or Austria.

Thelonious Monk altered the language of jazz (1982)

“Thelonious,” a tune from his very first Blue Note session, had verses fashioned from a single ingeniously hammered note, with three horns playing shifting dissonances behind it. He developed the one-note motif in his solo and then abruptly broke into some pure, old-fashioned Harlem oompah stride.

Dick Van Dyke is coming back strong (1979)

For Dick Van Dyke, the 70's were as barren and joyless as the 60's were rich and bountiful... he's come back swinging with a double play that is likely to guarantee a golden glow over his next decade.

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