Archive | September 2015

Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum

September 30th Celebrates Wrigley’s Gum

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley Junior was born on September 30th 1861.

Before Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum became a sensation. The company was founded on April 1, 1891, originally selling products such as soap and baking powder.

In 1892, William Wrigley, Jr., the company’s founder, began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder.

The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder and Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the gum.

Today, the Company is a global organization with operations in more than 40 nations, distributing products to more than 180 countries.

Its heritage is filled with stories of leadership, innovation, and integrity, but its origins begin over a century ago when a Chicago businessman decided to offer his customers a little “something for nothing.”

A born entrepreneur with a knack for identifying opportunities where others only saw risk, Wrigley Jr. quickly directed his prodigious energies toward producing his own line of gums.

One of his first aims was to combat the lingering stereotype that only women should chew gum.

During the Great Depression, the company went one step further, boldly setting minimum wage levels so its workers could have financial security during one of the nation’s darkest hours.

Between 1915 and 1917, Wrigley sent free samples of gum to everyone with a telephone book, a total of more than 8.5 million, and in another campaign, every child received two sticks of gum when they turned two, reaching 750,000 children.

A brand-recognition study in the 1920s found that 65% of people listed Wrigley as their “top-of-mind” choice for chewing gum, while the nearest competitor scored only 10%.

Wrigley’s advertising campaigns were what truly made gum popular throughout the country and a billion dollar industry.

As we remember today’s day to remember how on, September 30th 1861 the chewing gum tycoon named William Wrigley was born today.

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My Favorite Martin

September 29th Celebrates My Favorite Martin

Who remembers the television show called, “My Favorite Martin?”

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on September 29th 1963, “My Favorite Martian” premiered on CBS-TV.

My Favorite Martian was American sitcom created by; John L. Greene created the central characters and developed the core format of this series, which was produced by Jack Chertok.

The story starts off, of Martian crash landing on earth, in all places in the city of Los Angeles, and is taken in by young newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara played by Bill Bixby, and takes his new Martian friend back home to help him repair his space ship.

The only way Tom O’Hara can keep his Martian friend a secret, was introducing his Martian friend as Uncle Martin, which complicates things, as Uncle Martin has tendency to use his Martian powers at the wrong time.

Actor Ray Walston plays the character of Uncle Martin.

Tim and Uncle Martin live in a garage apartment owned by a congenial but scatterbrained landlady, Mrs. Lorelei Brown, who often shows up when not wanted. She and Martin have an awkward romance from time to time but Martin never gets serious for fear of going home to Mars.

She later dates a vain, cold-hearted, plain-clothes police officer, Detective Bill Brennan, who dislikes Uncle Martin and is highly suspicious of him.

Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name, (Retro Alexander) is the theme song from the television, in color called, “My Favorite Martian,” which premiered on CBS-TV on September 29th 1963.

The first two seasons were filmed in black-and-white (at Desilu), but the final season was shot in color (at MGM), resulting in minor changes in the set and the format of the show. In addition to the extraterrestrial powers indicated in the first two seasons, Martin was able to do much more in the final season, such as stimulating facial hair to provide him and Tim with a quick disguise, and levitating with his nose (a humorous allusion to another popular television series at the time, Bewitched).
Brennan’s boss, the police chief, was involved in many episodes in the third season, generally as a device to humiliate the overzealous detective.

“Martin O’Hara’s” real name is Exigius 12½. Revealed in “We Love You, Mrs. Pringle,” it was heard again when his real nephew, Andromeda, crash-landed on Earth in the show’s third season.

Andromeda, originally devised to bring younger viewers to the aging show, disappeared without explanation after this single episode and was never referred to again.

Andromeda was, however, a regular on the later animated series My Favorite Martians. Andromeda had a single antenna, which Martin explained was because his baby antennae had fallen out and only one adult antenna had come in so far.

My Favorite Martian was produced at the same time as other situation comedies that featured characters that could do extraordinary things, as a parody of the standard family situation comedy.

The show was an example of science fiction comedy, differing from Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie in that the central character was a man, and in that he relied on science and advanced technology rather than magic.

As we remember today’s day to remember how on September 29th 1963, “My Favorite Martian” premiered on CBS-TV.

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Ed Sullivan

September 28th Celebrates – Ed Sullivan

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate Ed Sullivan’s birthday which was on September 28th 1902.

Who was Ed Sullivan?

Edward Vincent “Ed” Sullivan was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and longtime syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News.

He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly and, eventually, officially renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

Sullivan was born in Harlem, New York City, a former boxer; Sullivan began his media work as a newspaper sportswriter for the New York Evening Graphic.

In the early years of Sullivan career when Walter Winchell, one of the original gossip columnists and the most powerful entertainment reporter of his day, left the newspaper for the Hearst syndicate, Sullivan took over as theatre columnist.

In 1948, Marlo Lewis, a producer, got the CBS network to hire Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, Toast of the Town, which later became The Ed Sullivan Show.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Sullivan was a respected star maker because of the number of performers who became household names after appearing on the show. He had a knack for identifying and promoting top talent and paid a great deal of money to secure that talent for his show.

Sullivan appreciated African American talent. According to biographer Gerald Nachman, “Most TV variety shows welcomed ‘acceptable’ black superstars like Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey and Sammy Davis, Jr, but in the early 1950s, long before it was fashionable, Sullivan was presenting the much more obscure black entertainers he had enjoyed growing up in Harlem. He was the first television host to make a breakthrough for black entertainers to be shown on television.

In the fall of 1965, CBS began televising its weekly programs in color. Although the Sullivan show was seen live in the Central and Eastern Time zones, it was taped for airing in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.

By 1971, the show’s ratings had plummeted. In an effort to refresh its lineup, CBS canceled the program along with some of its other longtime shows. Sullivan was angered, and refused to do a final show, although he remained with the network in various other capacities and hosted a 25th anniversary special in June 1973.

In early September 1974, X-rays revealed that Sullivan had advanced esophageal cancer. Doctors gave him very little time, and the family chose to keep the diagnosis from him. Sullivan, still believing his ailment to be yet another complication from a long-standing battle with gastric ulcers, died five weeks later on October 13, 1974, at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.

His funeral was attended by 3,000 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York on a cold, rainy day. Sullivan is interred in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Sullivan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd.

As we remember Ed Sullivan birthday today, he was a favorite television show host for many years.

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Thanks for the Memory

September 27th Celebrates – Thanks for the Memory

Today on “Days to Remember,” on September 27th 1938, the song called, “Thanks for the Memory” was heard for the first time on the 1938 film called, The Big Broadcast.

Who wrote the words to this infamous song?

“Thanks for the Memory,” is a popular song, that was composed by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin.

Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, (scitt9445) is from the 1938 movie called, The Big Broadcast, sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross.

Bob Hope’s real name was Leslie Townes Hope. A British-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author, in 1929, Hope informally changed his first name to “Bob”.

The Big Broadcast of 1938 is a Paramount Pictures film featuring W.C. Fields and Bob Hope.

Directed by Mitchell Leisen, the film is the last in a series of Big Broadcast movies that were variety show anthologies. This film featured the debut of Hope’s signature song, “Thanks for the Memory” by Ralph Rainger.

The plot of the story starring Bob Hope, as a character called Buzz, who has just been released from “alimony jail” and is broadcasting live from the Gigantic, is trying to juggle his three ex-wives Cleo (Shirley Ross), Grace (Grace Bradley), and Joan (Lorna Gray); his lukewarm girlfriend Dorothy Wyndham (Dorothy Lamour); and his inept microphone assistant Mike (Ben Blue).

Buzz does his best throughout the voyage to announce the progress of the race and introduce a series of musical acts for the pleasure of the passengers and OBC’s radio audience.

The film was Hope’s first feature film, and was the final film under Fields’ long-running Paramount contract, before he moved to Universal Studios to make his final series of films.

The Bob Hope Show hosted by Bob Hope, debuted on April 9, 1950, at the end of each show Bob Hope sang the song called, “Thanks for Memories,” which became his signature tune for ending the show.

As we remember today’s day to remember, on September 27th 1938, the song called, “Thanks for the Memory” was heard for the first time on the 1938 film called, The Big Broadcast.

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The Beverly Hillbillies

September 26th Celebrates – The Beverly Hillbillies

“Who remembers the television show called, The Beverly Hillbillies?

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

The series is about a poor backwoods family transplanted to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.

A Filmways production created by writer Paul Henning, it is the first in a genre of “fish out of water” television shows, and was followed by other Henning-inspired country-cousin series on CBS.

In 1963, Henning introduced Petticoat Junction, and in 1965 he reversed the rags-to-riches model for Green Acres.

The Beverly Hillbillies series starts as Jed Clampett, an impoverished mountaineer, is living alongside an oil-contaminated swamp with his daughter and mother-in-law.

A surveyor for the OK Oil Company realizes the size of the oil field, and the company pays him a fortune for the right to drill on his land.

The Hillbillies are played by Buddy Ebsen, the widowed patriarch J. D. “Jed” Clampett; Irene Ryan, his ornery mother-in-law, Daisy May (“Granny”) Moses; Donna Douglas, Jed’s curvaceous and beautiful, yet tomboyish, daughter Elly May Clampett; and Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro Bodine, the brawny, half-witted son of Jed’s cousin Pearl Bodine.

The show’s theme song, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, was written by producer and writer Paul Henning and originally performed by bluegrass artists Flatt and Scruggs.

The show’s opening theme song, was sung by Jerry Scoggins, and was number 44 on the charts in 1962. Jerry’s first name appears as Jethro Scoggins during the closing credits.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (“It’s a blast from the past), is the theme song for the television show called The Beverly Hillbillies in its colored version as well celebrate its premiere on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

John Wayne made a cameo appearance on The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (1967), Wednesday, February 1st, 1967, to be exact. When asked how he wanted to be paid, he is best remembered answering back with: “Give me a fifth of bourbon, that’ll square it.”

Series creator Paul Henning got the idea for the show while on a trip through the South in 1959, visiting Civil War sites with his mother-in-law. He wondered what it would be like to take someone from the rural South in the Civil War era and put them down in the middle of a modern, sophisticated community. Originally it was to have been set in New York, but because of cost considerations the setting was changed to Beverly Hills.

Did you know the Clampett’s truck was a 1921 Oldsmobile?

At the end of the opening credits you can see Jed start to point out something to the others towards camera left. In the network broadcasts, the camera changes to show that Jed is pointing to a billboard for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the sponsor of the show. As the car drives past it, the theme song continues, changing to the then current slogan “K-E-Double L-O-Double Good. Kellogg’s best to you”.

When the show debuted on Wednesday, September 26th, 1962, Jed Clampett’s fortune was given as $25,000,000. After adjusting for inflation, this amount would be equivalent to $195,000,000 in 2014.

At the end of the show’s run the fortune had climbed another $100,000,000, which would now be equivalent to $583,000,000.

After Donna Douglas aka “Elly May Clampett” life loss on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, Max Baer Jr. with two character roles of “Jethro Bodine” (and twin sister, “Jethrene Bodine”, in season one only) is the last surviving star (of the family members)’ extremely popular and humorous series.

As we remember the quirky show called, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” on today’s day to remember as it premiered on CBS TV on September 26th 1962.

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Ethan Allen

September 25th Celebrates – Ethan Allen

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate Ethan Allen, who was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War on September 25th 1775.

Did you know the Ethan Allen Furniture store, which started as a house wares manufacturer in 1932, in Beecher Falls, Vermont adopted the name “Ethan Allen” after the Vermont Revolutionary leader?

Talk about a small world, the revolutionary leader was a farmer; businessman; land speculator; philosopher; writer; and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, and politician.

He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont, and for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War along with Benedict Arnold.

At the time settlement of Vermont began around 1750, the governors of both New Hampshire and New York began making grants of land in what is now Vermont, often involving the same land.

Ethan Allen organized his Green Mountain Boys to defend the claims of New Hampshire grantees against those of New York grantees, organizing his group in a meeting at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington in 1770.

The controversy was finally resolved in 1790 when Vermont paid New York $30,000 for the disputed land, clearing the way for Vermont’s admission into the union as the fourteenth state the following year.

Today’s YouTube video presentation gives you a little idea what was going on so long ago, brought to you by user name, (Bobble Head George), gives you a little demonstrations on, who Ethan Allen was?

After seizing Ticonderoga, a small detachment captured the nearby Fort Crown Point on May 11. Seven days later, Arnold and 50 men boldly raided Fort Saint-Jean on the Richelieu River in southern Quebec, seizing military supplies, cannons, and the largest military vessel on Lake Champlain.

Beginning on the day of the fort’s capture, Allen and Arnold began a war of words, each attempting to garner for himself as much credit for the operation as possible. Arnold, unable to exert any authority over Allen and his men, began to keep a diary of events and actions, which was highly critical and dismissive of Allen.

Allen, in the days immediately after the action, also began to work on a memoir.

After aborting a poorly planned and ill-timed attack on the British-controlled city of Montreal, Continental Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured by the British on this day in 1775. After being identified as an officer of the Continental Amy, Allen was taken prisoner and sent to England to be executed.

He was imprisoned in England for more than two years until being returned to the United States on May 6, 1778, as part of a prisoner exchange. Allen then returned to Vermont and was given the rank of major general in the Vermont militia.

Ethan Allen died on his farm along the Winooski River in the still independent Republic of Vermont on February 12, 1789, at the age of 51. Two years after his death, Vermont was officially admitted into the Union and declared the 14th state of the United States.

As we remember one of our founding fathers Ethan Allen, who was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War on September 25th 1775.

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The Bullwinkle Show

September 24th Celebrates The Bullwinkle Show

“Who remember, “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in prime time on NBC-TV on September 24th 1961, the show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”

The story line, involved Rocky and Bullwinkle in conflict with spies Boris and Natasha. Other segments included “Fractured Fairy Tales”, “Peabody’s Improbable History” (smart dog Peabody and his boy Sherman get in the way-back machine), the “Adventures of Dudley Doright” (Canadian Mountie vs. evil Snidley Whip Lash) and “Aesop and Son” (odd telling of the famous fables).

During a brief, experimental run in prime time, “The Bullwinkle Show” incurred the wrath of no less a Hollywood heavyweight than Walt Disney. Each prime time episode was “introduced” by Bullwinkle himself (as a hand puppet, voiced by Bill Scott), and social commentary was often sprinkled in with the gags.

Probably one of the most famous cartoon shows in history, it stars a dim-witted six foot tall moose and his common-sense flying squirrel friend Rocky. These two get into all sorts of trouble!

It started with Jay Ward. Born in 1920, he was destine to become one of the most comical and satirical writers of animation to date. Teamed with funny man, Bill Scott, the duo crafted the earliest version of an animated television series.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Retro Heroes) is theme song from The Bullwinkle Show, which premiered on NBC TV on September 24th 1961.

Where did the name Bullwinkle come from?

Jay Ward and Alex Anderson knew a man with the last name of Bullwinkel. A Berkeley landlord and owner of an Oakland Chevrolet dealership, the man had a big nose and a funny personality. After Ward and Anderson talked for a while, they thought ‘Bullwinkle’ would be the perfect name for their dimwitted moose.

The first story of the season was an epic multi-part adventure about the moose and squirrel’s search for the elusive Kirwood Derby.

In November 1961, Durward Kirby threatened to file suit. Jay Ward reportedly responded to the threat, in his usual style, by offering to let Kirby use any name of his choosing for any character from his show.

The Bullwinkle show premiered on the same night that Walt Disney’s television show moved to NBC and became “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”.

Jay Ward was a real estate agent with an MBA from Harvard when he began work on the show.

Rocky and Bullwinkle live in the town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota.

Bullwinkle is originally from the state is Moosylvania, a small island in the Lake of the Woods, and is actually its governor. The ownership of the state is the subject of dispute between the United States and Canada, with each country claiming it belongs to the other.

As a publicity stunt, Ward and Bill Scott, the show’s head writer and voice of Bullwinkle, bought a small island on a Minnesota lake, named it Moosylvania and started a national tour and petition drive to campaign for Moosylvania’s statehood.

After visiting 50 cities and collecting signatures, they went to Washington to present President Kennedy with their petition. At the White House gate they declared, “We’re here to see President Kennedy. We want statehood for Moosylvania.”

They were escorted from the property at gunpoint and didn’t learn until days later that they had shown up during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On the show, Rocky and Bullwinkle had much better luck getting their petition delivered.

As we remember today’s day to remember how The Bullwinkle show made its debut on September 24th 1961, it brings back to a nostalgic time of our childhood.

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