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Tuesday, 31 October 2006

DVDs on 10.31.06

Acapulco H.E.A.T. (Season 2), C.S.I.: Miami  (The Complete 4th Season), Ghost Whisperer (Season 1), The Hitchhiker (Volume 3), The Kids in the Hall (Season 5 - The Complete Series), Party @ the Palms (Season 1), Speed Racer (Collector's Edition Vol 5), SpongeBob SquarePants (Whale Of A Birthday), The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (Volume 2), Tales from the Crypt (The Complete 5th Season), A Touch of Frost (Seasons 11 & 12).

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Today in History

In 1953, NBC televised Carmen on Opera Theatre -- in living color. It was the first major opera televised in anything other than black and white.

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NATPE Birthday To

Deidre Hall, Sally Kirkland, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dermot Mulroney, Jane Pauley, Piper Perabo, Dan Rather, Ron Rifkin, Rob Schneider, David Ogden Stiers and Eddie Kaye Thomas.

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Monday, 30 October 2006

NATPE Birthday To

Gael Garcia Bernal, Dick Gautier, Harry Hamlin, Kevin Pollak, Tequan Richmond and Henry Winkler.

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Analysis: A Dem Win Could Stifle Ownership Reforms

A victory in the November 7 elections could give Democrats power to block Republican-led attempts to relax media ownership regulations. Democrats also might seek legislation requiring cable operators to carry multiple digital channels from each local broadcaster, and could seek increased subsidies for consumers switching to digital TV. Read more on MediaWeek.com.

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Today in History

In 1925, if you put everything into it except the kitchen sink, you’d have the TV transmitter that beamed TV to London for the first time. To build the transmitter, John Baird used a tea chest, a biscuit box, darning needles, piano wire, motorcycle lamp lenses, old electric motors, cardboard scanning discs and glue, string and sealing wax.

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Friday, 27 October 2006

Today in History

In 1954, the show that ultimately altered TV for kids premiered on ABC-TV. Disneyland will be historically noted as ABC’s first smash. Many NBC and CBS affiliates in those days took ABC as a second network just to have the Disneyland show. Over the years, Disneyland changed names a few times. It was also titled, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, Disney’s Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie and The Magical World of Disney.

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NATPE Birthday To

John Cleese, Ruby Dee, Marla Maples and Lara Parker.

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Thursday, 26 October 2006

Today in History

In 1986, Donald Duck was shown for the first time in the People’s Republic of  China. Chinese television launched a weekly half-hour of old Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse cartoons.

In 1935, a talented twelve-year-old sang on Wallace Beery’s NBC radio show on NBC. Judy Garland delighted the appreciative audience. The young girl would soon be in pictures and at the top of stardom. It would be only four years before Ms. Garland (George Jessel gave her the name, thinking it would be better than her own, Frances Gumm) captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere with her performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

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NATPE Birthday To

Tom Cavanagh, Cary Elwes, Jon Heder, Bob Hoskins, Dylan McDermott, D. W. Moffett, Shelley Morrison, Pat Sajak and Rita Wilson.

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