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Cyndi Lauper wrote both the score and the libretto for Broadway's 2013 musical Kinky Boots. She won the Tony for Best Original Score, making her the first (and so far only) woman to win the award alone, all by herself.
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The Marines' Hymn is the oldest official song in the United States military. Some of the lyrics were popular phrases before the song was written (From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli). The author of the lyrics is unknown. Legend has it that it was penned by a Marine on duty in Mexico. The music is from the Gendarmes' Duet from an 1867 revision of the 1859 opera Geneviève de Brabant by Jacques Offenbach, which debuted in Paris in 1859.
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Every US President since Harry Truman who has completed their term has posed with Mickey Mouse, with one exception: Lyndon Johnson.
Lyndon Johnson is also the only US President since Truman not to have met with Queen Elizabeth II. Coincidence...?

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Canadian actress Geneviève Bujold was originally cast as Capt. Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, but after two days' filming the show's producers released her from her contract - reportedly due to her stiffness in the role, and discomfort with the "technobabble" dialogue - and cast Kate Mulgrew instead.

Footage of Bujold as Janeway was later released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIZcDWKyw0
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Lyndon Johnson is also the only US President since Truman not to have met with Queen Elizabeth II. Coincidence...?
Perhaps, but I think not.
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I don’t see how that would have worked. Geneviève Bujold is over ten years older than Kate Mulgrew. Besides, like Captain James T. Kirk, Kate Mulgrew was born in Iowa. Only about 100 miles NE from Kirk’s birthplace. gMap here — https://tinyurl.com/y584wttu.

Mulgrew auditioned in person for the Janeway role on the exact same day that Bujold had been selected for it. From EH’s post, we know what happened.

Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role.


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Geneviève, the fifth century saint who is the patroness of Paris, was persecuted during her life and after death. She encountered opposition and criticism for her charitable activities, and her frequent visions of heavenly saints and angels. When she reported her visions and prophecies, some considered her an impostor or hypocrite, and conspired to drown her in a lake. Her relics were publicly burnt at the Place de Grève in 1793 during the French Revolution.
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Trading Spaces is a long-running reality series, airing on the cable network TLC. In each episode, two sets of neighbors are given two or three days to remodel a room in each others' homes; each team is assigned an interior designer, who creates the remodeling design and oversees the work.

The show originally ran from 2000 to 2008, and a revival of the show began airing in 2018. Paige Davis has acted as host since the show's second season; many designers have appeared on the show, including Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santos-Tomas, Doug Wilson, and Vern Yip. Ty Pennington was the show's carpenter in its early seasons, before leaving the show to host Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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Trading Places (1983) was a comedy film starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Ralph Bellamy, and Don Ameche. The storyline is often called a modern take on Mark Twain's classic 19th-century novel The Prince and the Pauper. Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards.

In Italy Trading Places has become a Christmas eve classic, being broadcast by Italian television every year, from December 24, 1997.
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The Yule Log is a television show originating in the United States, which is broadcast traditionally on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. It originally aired from 1966 to 1989 on New York City television station WPIX (channel 11), which revived the broadcast in 2001; the show has since spread to other television properties owned by WPIX parent Tribune Media, including WGN America and (since 2011) Antenna TV. A radio simulcast of the musical portion was broadcast by WPIX(-TV)'s former sister station, WPIX-FM (101.9 FM, now WFAN-FM), until 1988.

The show, which has run between two and four hours in duration, is a film loop of a yule log burning in a fireplace, with a traditional soundtrack of classic Christmas music playing in the background; it is broadcast without commercial interruption.
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In 1976, Ted Turner began broadcasting the signal for the independent Atlanta UHF television station which he owned, WTCG, over satellties, enabling cable systems to carry the station. WTCG (which changed its callsign to WTBS a few years later) was thus the U.S.'s first "superstation" -- by the late 1970s, several other stations (such as Chicago's WGN and New York's WOR) began to do the same.

Originally, the superstation signals and programming were identical to what the stations were carrying over-the-air in their local markets, but, over time, the superstations diverged from what their over-the-air versions offered (in part due to issues over carriage of syndicated programming infringing on local broadcasts of those shows). Today, while TBS and WGN America continue as cable channels, their programming is now completely separate from that of any local over-the-air station.
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Ted Turner and WTCG surprisingly acquired the rights to broadcast the games of the Atlanta Braves after the 1972 season. Then, in 1976, Turner also bought the Braves, and those baseball broadcasts became a staple of WTCG (later WTBS) when that channel became a regular on cable networks across the country. As a result, the station referred to the franchise as "America's team" in a promotional campaign.
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Shortly after Ted Turner bought the Atlanta Braves, the team signed free agent pitcher Andy Messersmith. Turner convinced Messersmith to wear uniform number 17, and the word "Channel" in place of his name on the back of his uniform, as a marketing gimmick for Turner's TV station, WTCG. The move was quickly vetoed by Major League Baseball.
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The Confederate ironclad ram CSS Atlanta was forced to surrender after the US Navy ironclad USS Weehawken fired just five shots at her in battle on June 17, 1863 (two weeks before the Battle of Gettysburg). Repaired and placed into Federal service as USS Atlanta, she was decommissioned, sold to Haiti, and lost at sea with all hands in December 1869.

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The USS Atlanta (SSN-712) was a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, or SSN hull classification for Attack Submarine, Nuclear-powered. She was built in 1978, commissioned in 1982, and served until 1999 when she was decommissioned. Atlanta was the first submarine certified to employ the Mark 48 torpedo and both Harpoon missiles and Tomahawk missiles.
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In the Beatles' animated 1968 film Yellow Submarine, the animated versions of the Fab Four were not voiced by the actual Beatles, but rather, by voice actors.

Partway through production of the film, Peter Batten, who was providing the voice for the animated George Harrison, was discovered to have deserted from the British Army of the Rhine, and was arrested before he had completed his voice work for the film. Paul Angelis, who had been providing Ringo's voice, wound up recording the remaining portions of George's lines, as well.

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John Paul Jones was born in Scotland as John Paul, but added the last name Jones to avoid arrest after killing a mutinous seaman aboard his merchant ship, the Betsy. He later became an officer in the infant Continental Navy, rising to command of the USS Providence, Ranger and most famously the Bonhomme Richard, aboard the latter of which he defeated the British frigate HMS Serapis.
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The USS Bonhomme Richard of 1765 was a French ship launched in 1766 and acquired by the US in 1779. She sank about 8 months later. Later, in the early years of World War II, the aircraft carrier named Bonhomme Richard was renamed Yorktown (CV-10) while still under construction to commemorate the loss of USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.
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The Midway Plaisance was a part of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. It was intended to be educational as well as providing entertainment. Groups of people from around the world (including opium smokers from China) were brought to Chicago to be put on display in buildings designed to recreate their “native” villages. At the same time, the Midway became a prototype for the amusement park and included the first Ferris wheel as well as numerous shows and cafes.
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In "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" by Stephen Leacock, set in a late 19th century small town in Ontario, one of the local businessmen goes off to the big city and comes back determined to open a "caffe" which is his pronunciation of a fancy small cafe which he saw.
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The song Sunshine Superman was the first product from the highly successful three-year collaboration between composer and musician Donovan Leitch and producer Mickie Most and is generally considered to be one of the first examples of the musical genre that came to be known as psychedelia. The song features styles of psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop and folk rock.
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An image of Superman appeared in the background at least once in every episode of Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld has long been a fan of the character, and even played him once in a 1992 Saturday Night Live sketch.

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In a well-known 1979 Saturday Night Live sketch, featuring guest host Margot Kidder, Superman (played by Bill Murray) and Lois Lane (Kidder) host a cocktail party for Superman's superhero friends. The guests include Flash (Dan Aykroyd), Hulk (John Belushi), and an unappreciated Ant-Man (Garrett Morris).

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"Come Saturday Morning", a song with music by Fred Karlin and lyrics by Dory Previn, was first performed by The Sandpipers on the soundtrack of the 1969 film The Sterile Cuckoo starring Liza Minnelli. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
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A dory is a flat bottomed rowing boat, once extremely common in the fishing and coastal communities of New England, the Maritimes, and Newfoundland.
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Sir Humphrey Gilbert, a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh, was a pioneer of the English colonial empire in North America. In 1583 he claimed Newfoundland as England's first overseas colony. Thus, Newfoundland is considered Britain's oldest colony.
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The province of Newfoundland, which did not join Canada until 1949, officially changed its name to "Newfoundland and Labrador" in 2001.

The origin of the name "Newfoundland" is obvious, I suppose; Labrador is named after Portuguese explorer Joao Fernandes Lavrador, whose name means "farmer."
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The province of Newfoundland, which did not join Canada until 1949,
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Journalist and author George Plimpton wrote a number of books in which he chronicled his attempts to compete in professional sports. He was best known for the book Paper Lion, in which he documented his experience as a backup quarterback in training camp with the Detroit Lions in 1963.

While the Lions' coaches and management knew that Plimpton was a journalist, and was not seriously trying out for the team, the Lions players were not initially let in on this information. Plimpton claimed to them that he had been playing quarterback for a semi-pro team, the Newfoundland Newfs. However, when practices actually started, it became evident to the other players that Plimpton was not much of an athlete, and had no idea how to play quarterback.

The book was later adapted into a 1968 film, with Alan Alda playing Plimpton.
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Actor Alex Karras played such characters as the villain Booker Llewellyn in Hardcase (1972), a US Marine saved by Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, James Garner's closeted gay bodyguard in Victor Victoria (1982), a villain in Against All Odds (1984), the husband George Zaharias of legendary athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias in Babe (1975), and the western cowboy thug goon Mongo in Blazing Saddles (1974).

Karras had a career prior to acting, as an NFL football lineman for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970. His interest in acting developed from his working with author George Plimpton when Plimpton was doing research with the Lions for his book. When the book became a movie in 1968, Karras acted as himself.
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Actor Alex Karras played such characters as the...western cowboy thug goon Mongo in Blazing Saddles (1974).
Mongo knocks out a horse. A great scene from a movie full of great scenes:

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But, in 2006, Blazing Saddles was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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"Blazing a tree" means to make a mark on the tree by slashing the bark. It is a technique used to mark trails in wilderness areas.

In 1865, a British Columbia surveyor, Walter Moberly, discovered Eagle Pass through the Gold Range. He found it by shooting his rifle near an eagle nest. The eagles flew away and up a valley. He followed them, on the theory that eagles wouldn't fly towards a deadend. His intuition was correct and he found the pass.

He later recalled that he blazed a tree and wrote on the bare wood: "This is the Pass of the Overland Railway."

He was proved right. The CPR went through Eagle Pass some 20 years later, and the last spike was driven near the spot where he blazed the tree.
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The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers began play in 1970 and won the league championship once, in 1977 with Finals MVP Bill Walton over the Philadelphia 76ers with Dr. J and George McGinnis. The Trail Blazers are the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 and the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
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As a young man, basketball player Bill Walton suffered from stuttering, which exacerbated his self-consciousness and shyness. When he was in his late 20s, Walton worked with sports announcer Marty Glickman on his speech patterns, and was able to overcome his stuttering. After his playing career, Walton was thus able to become a sports broadcaster, himself.
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The Waltons was a TV series that aired on CBS from 1972 through 1981. It was based on a book and movie called Spencer's Mountain, and it was about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II.

The show and its cast won 10 Emmy awards over the course of its run, and, in 2013, TV Guide ranked it No. 34 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time.
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American author Robert B. Parker never gave a first name to his wiseass but well-read Boston private eye Spenser, the protagonist of his novels, an Eighties TV series and later several TV movies.
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Spenser's name was a tribute to Edmund Spenser, an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I.
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Actor Robert Urich, who played Spenser in TV's Spenser: For Hire, died at the young age of 55 from synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks soft tissue. He and his wife, Heather Menzies-Urich, founded the Urich Fund for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center to raise funds for cancer research.
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Sir Robert Menzies was Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. He was in office in two separate terms, 1939-1941, and 1949-1966, for a total of 18 years.
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Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was previously the world record holder for the fastest drinking of a yard of beer, when he downed a sconce pot in eleven seconds as part of a traditional Oxford college penalty.
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Harry Robbins "Bob" Haldeman was Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff, but ended up spending 18 months at Lompoc Federal Prison.

Haldeman's conversations with President Nixon were recorded but one from June 20, 1972 was accidentally erased. Here's a transcript of their conversation 3 days after the erased conversation. The "Bay of Pigs thing" was supposedly code for the JFK assassination.

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Lompoc, California ("LOM-POKE") has a Federal Correctional Institution. FCI Lompoc is a low-security federal prison for male inmates.

Lompoc also has a US Penitentiary. USP Lompoc is a medium-security federal prison for male inmates.

Bob Haldeman was a guest at USP Lompoc. So were Ivan Boesky, and former NFL running back Chuck Muncie.
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Johnny Carson once joked that, if Dan Quayle's Indiana National Guard service during the Vietnam War were ever turned into a movie, it might be called Thirty Seconds Over Muncie, a joke title recalling the World War II Doolittle Raid drama Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.
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Johnny Carson attended the launch of Apollo 11.

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That's my play, but I first noticed it the other day when watching a documentary showing rare or not previously released footage of that mission. I said to my wife, "Hey, theeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"

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Although Johnny is an English (especially American) name, popular songs about a man named 'Johnny' include the Thai song 'Johnny Johnny Johnny Johnny -- Johnny Thi Rak' sung by Bussaba Athitan, and 'Johnny, Tu n'es pas un ange' sung by Edith Piaf.
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The folk song "Johnny's So Long at the Fair", also known as "Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?", was popular in England since the 1770s. Supposedly, it refers to young men at the fair not coming home because they were enticed by recruiting officers to enlist in the Army, or because they were "pressed", meaning forced into service in the Royal Navy by press gangs.
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Johnnie, Nevada is a ghost town some 80 miles NW of Las Vegas and 380 miles SE of Reno (gMap, https://tinyurl.com/yxzr4so4). It was established by prospectors in 1890 and named after an acquaintance they called Indian Johnnie. By 1891, 100 people lived there, but by 1907 there were only 300, and by 1935 its post office was discontinued.
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Johnny von Neumann was one of the greatest mathematical prodigies and geniuses of the 20th century. He revolutionized game theory, economics, bomb design, several branches of mathematics. He was somewhat absent-minded, once calling his wife to ask why he had just driven to New York.
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President Donald Trump dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday in a single sentence.

“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,”

Buttigied did not get the reference and had to google it.
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South Bend, the city of which Pete Buttigieg is mayor, is so named because it sits at the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River. The St. Joseph flows into Indiana from Michigan, then flows back into Michigan and empties into Lake Michigan. Both Michigan and Indiana have counties called "St. Joseph" along the river.
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Even though it was a major hit, Dionne Warwick hated the song "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" (Spanish for St. Joseph), written for her by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The singer hates Los Angeles ("LA is a great big freeway") but Warwick, the future psychic hotline spokesperson, did not.
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Author E.L. Doctorow referenced the Dionne quintuplets in his novel 'World's Fair' (1985) in a chapter 2 passage "I don't trust that doctor," she said of the physician attending the Dionne quintuplets. "He likes the limelight too much."
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