Zenith color TV’s, the first color TV we ever had in our house was a Zenith color TV; I remember the exact day we got this TV, even though it was 1968 almost 50 years ago. I would say that is pretty amazing to have that recollection. The only reason I remember use getting this TV there was a very significant live TV announcement make by the President of the United States Lyndon  Johnson. The day this 25 inch color TV arrived at our apartment in Sunnyvale California was the same evening Johnson made the announcement he will not seek, or will not accept another term as president of the United States.

 

The Day was March 31, 1968; This was amazing I got a change to see the President in color, and all the shows I’ve watched in black, and white now in color it was major cool. Batman TV show, Ultraman, Speed Racer, this really cool show called Rowan & Martins Laugh-In, and lots more. I don’t remember seeing it in the store, help picking it out or nothing, it was just there in the living room one day. This picture was close to the one we had. It’s amazing how drab these TV’s looked back then.

Who owns Zenith  now, that would be LG Electronics

The world seemed real, when it was in color, even the news when it showed the worst of the worst. I don’t see Zenith TV’s out there on the market anymore, at Walmart or any retail stores, but Zenith Electronics is still a very big corporation. Zeniths parent company of LG Electronics headquartered in South Korea. The screen size was similar, and the legs were like this one. This TV traveled around a lot over the years after we moved from California. I’m not sure when it departed, but it had maybe a 10 year run in our household.

 

Zapruder Film which actually shows President John F Kennedy being assassinated. It’s no doubt one of the most remarkable films in history. What’s more amazing it was in a time where there was no iPhones, or any other technology to speak of, other than the 8mm movie camera the dress maker Abraham Zapruder used to film the event.

 

 

 

 

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The actual film camera Abraham Zapruder used to film President John F  Kennedys motorcade as it came through Dealey Plaza was called, the high-end model 414 PDN Bell & Howell Zoomatic Director Series Camera, yes that’s a lot to say, but back then the manufacture of the camera had to make it sound ultra high tech.




 

The final head shot was very gruesome indeed, and the good thing President Kennedy probably did not suffer. That last shot almost took his head clean off. If Oswald  had missed just like he missed the first shop which was much closer, Kennedy would be a 99 plus year old ex-president. The triple under pass would have shielded the limo after that last shot. Lee Harvey Oswald would have had no more opportunities to kill the President. The President would have recovered from the neck wound, and back wound, and would have went on campaigning for the ’64 election. If Oswald had gotten away, and maybe try another attempt in another city such as Denver, CO Memphis TN, or say Charleston, WV. The secret service security, and local law enforcement would be extra tight, and no more open cars, or open windows along the motorcade route.

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I watched Clint Hills agonizing,  heart felt interview with Mike Wallace on 60 Minute around the mid 1970s, it would have been 10 or 12 short years after the assassination, you can tell when he said if I was just a few seconds faster, I would have been top of the President, and First Lady. Clint Hill is still living, he was a very young agent back in 1963, and now he’s an elderly man of 84; Now to be fair Oswald may not have fired those shots, but I guarantee you if he had to keep trying it would have be come very difficult after that day.

 




What I don’t understand about the spot that was choose for the assassination. The parade was pretty much over when the first shots were fired. It was then under the triple under pass, and to the Trade Mart for a speech, and then back to Washington. I think Oswald did it personally, only because it was so easy to get a gun back then, easy to get the job he had at the Texas School Book Depository, and easy to get in position to fire the shots, and the motorcade route was published for all to see in the Dallas Morning News. Then remarkable enough that Oswald was in the local FBI office, and threatened and agent by the name of James Hosty about a week prior to the assassination, about contacting his wife Marina, which would have gotten Oswald locked up just for that. There is much more should I go on, but I think you get the picture. I think even the worst shot would have killed JFK that sunny cool Fall Friday afternoon, it was just to easy, and very close firing at an open limo going just a few miles per hour.

 

What we have learned a lot about assassination’s since November 22, 1963; although there have been several  attempts since then. Gerald Ford twice, and Ronald Reagan actually being shot, but no killings. I’m glad there have not been more U.S. Presidents assassinated, because it was so easy to. I hate to say it, but it was. Going back to Abraham Lincoln in 1865, very easy, no lesson there learned really. James A. Garfield 1881 only 16 years after Lincoln, was even easier. He gets it in the back walking throught the Baltimore & Potomac railroad station in Washington DC, even more sad his two sons were there to witness it. Then about 20 years later William McKinley, Just about six months into his second term on September 6, 1901

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The Zapruder film, will we see another assassination of a U.S. President not likely we hope, but if so with social media can you imagine the iPhone footage, and photos, even with JFK’s killing in Dallas there were a fair amount of filming, and photos at the time of the assassination. There was the Mary Ann Moorman Polaroid, and another film shot by Orville Nix. Orville Nix was using a Keystone auto-zoom model K-810 8 MM movie camera, but it was not until December 1, 1963 that the FBI found out about Nix, and his film.

What street was JFK assassinated on, Elm st in Dealy Plaza Dallas, TX

I’m from New York City, and when Bill Clinton U.S. President came to New York many times, and also when he was campaigning. I walked over from my office at 43rd and 5th Avenue to Bryant Park just a block around the corner to watch him speak when he was campaigning for office for his second term. This must have been around 1996; and I saw him come down 1st avenue to the United Nation around 1999; I remember there was an open window. The area could not be secured, and the Presidents motorcade could not pass by until the window was closed. The apartment was in a complex called Tudor City, a kind of mid evil gothic style building complex. I think the window may have stayed open, but there was an agent in the apartment, pretty amazing stuff to watch. I just lived down the street on 37th street between 1st and second avenue.

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Zapruder film is the most famous film in history, because it simply captures an American President being assassinated, and on top of that its incredibly gruesome to watch. The first time I ever saw the Zapruder film was on a very short lived late night show called Good Night America hosted by Geraldo Rivera around 1975; I remember my mother calling me in to watch this, because she knew I was fascinated by it. The film was a bootlegged copy, but it was amazing to watch. The thing that struck me was my mother could not bring herself to watch it, and I remember hearing the gasp in the TV audience at the finial head shot. This was the first time this film had ever been shown on TV.

Zapruder died on August 30,1970 of natural causes

I’m sure Abraham Zapruder had no intentions on being famous by no means. He was just a guy who walked over from his office with one of his office workers, much like a lot of people did that day, or like I did in 1996; just to get a glimpse of a sitting President John F Kennedy as his motorcade barreled through the streets of Dallas that cool fall sunny day but Zapruder was the one who had the camera with the almost perfect film of the assassination.

 




 

 

 

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MASH, was a great TV show for a lot of reasons. The actors, the writing the directors ect , but MASH was on a great successful path pretty much from the very beginning with the exception of a few time slot bumps. The show made a very radical gamble when the ’74-’75 season ended. The show lost two of it’s most popular cast member’s on the same final episode of that season. Which was McLean Stevenson’s characters finial show, and the writers, and producers had to scramble to fix the mess, when his character was killed off. Wayne Rogers there was no special goodbyes, or send offs he just abruptly quit because of a dispute regarding is role on the show, and just did not return for the 1975-1976 season.

 

So on the finial show of McLean Stevenson, it was also the last show for Wayne Rogers, and the fall 1975 season began. It shows Hawkeye returning from Tokyo, and learning that Wayne Rogers character Trapper John McIntyre got all his point and was sent home great quick fix in writing. Well written, to explain his absence. It’s the Army at war in Korea, and people go home, or die.

 

Another big roll of the dice was replacing Trapper with is crazy womanizing ways was with squeaky clean BJ Hunnicut family man, and all the above, young just out of medical school. The chemistry with Hawkeye, and Trapper was very good, and to flip the chemistry was a major gamble that worked. The show was enormously popular so the flip in the show was something they could try even if it failed.

 

Lets take it a step farther, we had to replace the Stevenson’s role with a veteran full bird Colonel with Henry Morgan veteran character actor from old Hollywood, this guy was kind of forgotten. The last major thing he did was a re hash of Dragnet in the late 60’s; which ended in 1970; he was old school acting appearing in classic movies such as The Ox Bow Incident opposite Henry Fonda, and High Noon with Gary Cooper, and a string of B movies leading up to his MASH time.

 

The key to the show, as long as they had Alan Alda as there anchor, and kept him happy they could try, and make these radical changes. They lose Alda the show is over, and out. The most wild thing about MASH the show was very stingy. It was not like the wild CBS of the   Norman Lear era, pumping out spin off after spin off. As long as MASH was on TV, from 1972 to 1983; there was not one spin off while the show was in its full run. The show Aftermash started the fall of ’83; and there was a very, very horrible one episode that never got past a pilot which was called WALTER starring Gary Burghoff. Theses shows were not technically spin offs since MASH had already ended in 1983

 

Unlike all those great CBS Normal Lear shows, like All In The Family, and Maude, Lear was all about the spin off. I think you just had some anger, with some departing cast mates of MASH, that kind of killed opportunities for Stevenson, and Rogers. Wayne Rogers did not fair well after MASH he did a show that lasted maybe 13 or 14 episodes called City Of Angels that debuted in the fall of 1976; I did see one or two episodes. Wayne Rogers started an investment company which the bulk of his wealth probably came from, but his TV career floundered badly after MASH, with a small spark in the 80’s with House Calls. The same pretty much went for McLean Stevenson he did 3 very poor TV shows that came out back to back to back.

 

We had The McLean Stevenson Show 1977; In The Beginning 1978; and the worst of all Hello Larry 1979; but it was the only of the three shows that lasted a full season, and and there were some shows into 1980’s, but by then Stevenson was sadly regulated mostly to guest spots on shows like Love Boat, and The Golden Girls. The problem with Stevenson was. He was virtually an unknown actor when MASH debuted, which did not help him when he left the show. If his character was not killed off, and a spin off was created it would have probably worked.

In the following years other original cast member would leave. We would lose Larry Linville, and Gary Burghoff, and with the addition of David Ogden Stiers another risky move, but with the show in full swing in a new direction his addition to the cast worked. The show was taking a more serious tone, the wild antics of the early years mimicking the antics of the original movie were gone.  The best overall greatest success story of the show was the addition of Jamie Farr’s character Max Klinger who was trying to get out of the Army with a section 8, dressing as a woman. His character first appeared in the first season maybe a dozen shows in one of Hawkeye’s dear dad letter shows.

Jamie Farr’s character was just suppose to last just that one episode, but proved to be so popular, the producers wrote him in as a permanent character. Jamie Farr stated in an interview, this would have been the end of his acting career. If his role was not extended. Jamie Farr’s acting career dates back to the early 1950’s; and with a role in the Movie Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, and a young Sidney Poitier, but by the 1960’s his acting had been regulated to what is called being a day player, just picking up roles here, and there in a variety of TV shows, like Gomer Pyle USMC, and The Andy Griffith Show.   

 

As the show got into the late 70’s; and it was getting kind of silly that a show about a war that only in real life lasted about 3 year, from 1950 to 1953; was dragging on about 7 seasons, and by 1982 10 seasons in. It must have been getting harder and hard to write shows; and have holidays, and keep the continuity right which was completely thrown out the window at this point. MASH became a much serious show, by the late 70’s and early 80’s, and no more laugh track. A lot of the main stars of the original show are gone now. McLean Stevens died in 1996; Wayne Rogers died 2015; and Larry Linville died in 2000; and with the recent death of William Christopher passing away December 31, 2016

I’m still a very big mega fan of MASH, I have many of the shows DVR’ed on Dish, and can watch some of my favorite, and most memorable episodes. The show sends me back in time, back to the 1970’s. MASH when it first aired it did not do well in the first season. It was bounced around to several different time slots, and days of the week. I as a 10 year old kid watched, but honestly didn’t get the show, but with Alan Alda getting the spotlight it jumped in the ratings, and the rest is history. The MASH finale Goodbye Amen and Farewell which aired February 28, 1983 with 125 million viewers, I watched of course, was the most watch TV show ever. A record that will never probably be broken.

 

 

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950; this in all likelihood was the last gasp of a gangster movie that James Cagney had appeared in. He really should have stopped at White Heat, but this film came along. Th old Cagney from the 30’s was long gone, but still entertaining with some flair of the old days of James Cagney. Also starring Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, and Barton MacLane.

 

 Who Directed Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Gordon Douglas

 

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New York Giants quarterback Charlie Conerly (#42) looks to pass as the Baltimore Colts end Gino Marchetti (#89) applies pressure during the 1959 NFL Championship game at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore, Maryland 12/27/1959 (Image # 2069 )

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NFL, the National Football league, There are still believe it, or not there is still a hand full of teams from the old NFL, pre 1970 NFL-AFL merger who have never won a super bowl, and there are some shockingly never made an appearance.  Lets have a look first at all the NFL teams who were in the NFL prior to 1970

 

Lets have a look at who was in the NFL in 1969;  these are teams who have never won a Super Bowl. The Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Theses are teams that joined the NFL, at various times through the 1940’s, and 1950’s, and 1960’s; with the Lions joining the league in 1930 being the oldest.


Now shall we take this a step further, shockingly even more, some of these teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl. We have the Cleveland Browns, and the Detroit Lions. The interesting thing about the old NFL. The Browns, Lions, and Eagles have all won NFL championships, in the 1950’s and 60’s, which were played in cold northern cities out doors in the snow, not a very pretty sight, but since the super bowl era, the Lions, and Browns never made it past the NFL championship, and only the Detroit Lions have never made it to the NFC championship in the post NFL championship era. You know very sadly no one cares about the old NFL. The Lions have actually won 4 NFL championship 1935,1952,1953,1957 if only they were called the Super Bowl back then.




The NFL championships have gone largely forgotten. The Detroit Lions with there 4 championship wins, and beating the beating Cleveland Browns in 1957 with there final appearance in an NFL title game, but nobody care or remembers outside of Detroit. The old timers can fondly remember those 1950’s wins with the flamboyant Bobby Layne years wining 3 of those championships. If they were Super Bowls we would remember them, but since pre-Super Bowl they are totally forgotten.




Its only fair to add the AFL, which was formed in 1959, and launched in 1960; These original AFL teams have never won a Super Bowl. The Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers now the Tennessee Titans, The San Diego Chargers, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Since the Titans records are part of the old Oilers, they have won two AFL championships, 1960, and 1961; with the Chargers winning a AFL championship in 1963; although all these are great accomplishments, but with the inception of the Super Bowl, again totally forgotten, as if they were never played.




This as if Major League Baseball’s National league being the senior circuit as it’s called didn’t play a world series until 1946, and both leagues had separate championships. The American league had there, National league with theirs, since they were separate leagues. Then in 1947 boom all merged up, and the world series begins, and those great Yankees championships with Ruth, DiMaggio, and Gehrig forgotten, can you imagine, but the American league was formed early enough in 1901, with the first World series in 1903; with the Boston Americans, and The Pittsburgh Pirates, with any National league championships befroe ’03 pretty much long forgotten.


Where was the first NFL Super Bowl played, the Los Angeles Coliseum

We got the picture, so with the new expansion teams. There are still newer franchises who have not won a Super Bowl. There are the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers,  and I strongly believe, as long as the Lions been in the NFL, these new teams will win the big Super Bowl for sure.




Here’s a bit of NFL trivia, there are two teams who have the longest drought since appearing and winning there perspective Super Bowls. The Jets winning Super Bowl 3; in 1968 beating the favorite Baltimore Colts, and the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl 4 in 1969 beating Joe Kapp, and his Minnesota Vikings, both these teams have not only not won another Super Bowl. The Chiefs nor the Jets haven’t even been back since. Which is amazing, this should tell you how hard it is to win. As the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the first championship in the city since the 1964 Browns. The Brown, and Indians do have hope. The championship era was very big very big fan turn out, and televised, also the AFL