When America Tuned In For Rhoda’s Wedding

Entertainment | August 1, 2022

When The Mary Tyler Moore Show became popular, they started releasing spin-offs, with the first being Rhoda. Starring Valerie Harper as the title character, the show aired ...

The Life And Mysterious Death Of Dian Fossey

Culture | August 1, 2022

Dian Fossey was born in San Francisco in1932. She had a challenging childhood, and because of her personal insecurity, she turned to animals, starting with her first pet, ...

How Simon & Garfunkel’s "The Sound Of Silence" Almost Didn't Happen

Music | July 27, 2022

Pop duo Simon and Garfunkel performing on ITV's 'Ready, Steady, Go!', July 8, 1966. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) “Hello Darkness, my old ...

99 Luftballoons: Nena’s Song About The Consequences Of Misunderstanding

Music | July 25, 2022

In 1983, the German group Nena released their self-titled album, which included the single “99 Luftballoons.” They then re-released it on thei...

How “Afternoon Delight” Became The Summer Hit Of '76

Music | July 22, 2022

“Afternoon Delight,” the 1976 #1 hit about a late-afternoon appetizer menu or sex while the sun’s up, splits along generational lines. To the more seasoned cro...

The Battle Over The Butter Battle Book

Editor Picks | July 20, 2022

Theodore Geisel adopted the name “Dr. Seuss” while still a student. He studied at Dartmouth College, and then at Lincoln College, Oxford. He didn’t finish his degree at Lincoln,...

The Unique Story Of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” By Blue Oyster Cult And More Cowbell

Music | July 18, 2022

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper '' by Blue Oyster Cult cheated its namesake by transcending into a pop culture legend, thanks to its g...

Frank Kameny And The Fight For LGBTQ Rights

Culture | July 15, 2022

In 1950, after Joseph McCarthy claimed 205 communists were working in the State Department and President Truman’s administration was accused of not taking the threat of hom...

Bill Wither's "Lean On Me," An All-Time Good Vibrations Song

Music | July 13, 2022

Bill Withers performs on UK TV show, London, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) In 1972, “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers gave the world its go-to so...

The Story Behind The Last Picture Show

Entertainment | July 11, 2022

Timothy Bottoms and Jeff Bridges in The Last Picture Show. Source: (Getty/IMDb). In 1971, The Last Picture Show was released. Directed and cowritten by Peter Bogdanovich, it was ...

How Eddie Murphy Made Beverly Hills Cop Into A $300 Million Movie

Entertainment | July 8, 2022

In 1984 “Beverly Hills Cop” cemented Eddie Murphy as a superstar, capable of transforming a mediocre script into a $300 million movie. Prior to “Bever...

When Pac-Man Munched His Way Into Our Hearts

Fads | July 6, 2022

On May 21, 1980, Pac-Man was released in Japan; in October of that year, it appeared in the U.S. Pac-Man fever quickly swept the nation. By 1981, there were approximately ...

How Crocodile Dundee Became A $100 Million Sensation

Entertainment | July 4, 2022

Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski in 'Crocodile Dundee.' (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images) When it comes to quirky movies that inexplicably became massive hits, 1988’s...

The Human Be-In That Inspired A Summer Of Love

Culture | July 1, 2022

Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg addresses the Human Be-In with hippie singers backing him up. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA. (Photo by Henry Diltz/Corbis via G...

The Behind The Scene Stories Of 1984's "Ghostbusters"

Entertainment | June 29, 2022

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson (background) and Bill Murray in a scene from the film 'Ghostbusters', directed by Ivan Reitman, 1984. (Photo by Columbia Pict...

The Story Behind “Nights In White Satin”

Music | June 27, 2022

English musician Justin Hayward of rock band The Moody Blues smoking a cigarette while sitting on a couch, UK, 7th November 1968. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Ge...

How John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" Made Kurt Russell A Star

Entertainment | June 24, 2022

1981’s “Escape From New York” helmed by iconic director/writer John Carpenter transformed Kurt Russell from “Jungle Boy” on Gilligan’s Island into ...

The Jerk: How Steve Martin Found His Rhythm

Entertainment | June 22, 2022

Steve Martin got his start writing comedy, before transitioning to standup comedy, and then, with The Jerk (1979) into acting. In the film, Martin’s first, he plays Navin R...

The Best Behind The Scenes Stories Of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Entertainment | June 20, 2022

The incomparable writer/director John Hughes owned the ‘80s. His 1986 “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” continues to charm generations long after its ...

Naked Came The Stranger: The Story Of A Literary Hoax

Culture | June 17, 2022

In 1964, in Grove Press v. Gerstein, the Supreme Court decided that Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer had literary merit and should not be censored. This opened the...

The Tale Of Men At Work's #1 Hit "Down Under"

Music | June 15, 2022

The Australian band, Men At Work, made waves in 1982 with their international sensation, “Down Under.” Written by lead singer Colin Hay, the rollicking hit ranked #1 for ...

Things You Didn’t Know About The NeverEnding Story

Entertainment | June 13, 2022

The NeverEnding Story tells the tale of a young boy, Bastian (Barrett Oliver), who steals a book and reads it in the scariest room in his school. As he reads, the ...

Conan The Barbarian: The Arnold Schwarzenegger Introduction

Entertainment | June 10, 2022

Austrian-born American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of Conan the Barbarian, directed by John Milius. (Photo by Dino De Laurentiis/Universal Pictures/...

Pete Rose: Beyond The Stats And The Scandals

Editor Picks | June 8, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 1980: Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the Kansas City Royals during the World Series in October 1980 at Kauffman Stadium in Kans...

Robocop And The Hellish Suit Of Armor That Led To Success

Entertainment | June 6, 2022

American actors Nancy Allen and Peter Weller on the set of RoboCop, directed by Paul Verhoeven. (Photo by Orion Pictures Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via ...

The Turbulent Marriage Of Janet Leigh And Tony Curtis

Icons | June 3, 2022

By the time Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis met in 1950 at an RKO publicity party, she had already been married twice, albeit briefly each time, and had made a name f...

Behind The Scenes Of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Entertainment | June 1, 2022

Actors Harrison Ford and Sean Connery on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) “Indiana Jones And ...

When A Teacher Became The Greatest American Hero

Entertainment | May 30, 2022

In 1981, America got a new superhero: the Greatest American Hero. Unlike so many other superheroes, his powers were not within him, but rather part of the suit he wore...

How Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito Made Movie Magic With "Twins"

Entertainment | May 27, 2022

Arnold Schwarzenegger looking back at Danny DeVito in a scene from the film 'Twins', 1988. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images) The ‘80s loved oddb...

Stories Behind The Man Who Fell To Earth

Entertainment | May 25, 2022

David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (Photo by Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty Images) David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (Photo by Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty ...

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