Betty White is celebrating her 91st birthday today. Eight decades ago as a little (Golden) girl, she made her radio debut. Later, a collaboration with a radio disc jockey would help launch her into television stardom. Here's a look back at the highlights of her radio career, with some clips provided to us by the Old Time Radio Catalog.Early Radio DebutBetty White's earliest radio work found online is from an early 1930s drama called Empire Builders, sponsored by the Great Northern Railway Company.... READ ON
With the Oprah Winfrey Show ending today, here are some earlier clips of the media icon from before her epic television program took off.
Teenage Oprah got her start in media as a part-time news reporter on WVOL radio in Nashville, TN. While still at college, she became the first African-American TV correspondent and youngest news co-anchor on WTVF in Nashville. In 1976, she moved to Baltimore to become a news reporter and anchor at WJZ-TV.
Here are a couple of news promos with Oprah,... READ ON
During National Peanut Month, glamour shots of the popular foodstuff are on display at a gallery in New York City. Lee Zalben, founder of Peanut Butter & Co., was challenged to concoct 365 sandwich recipes. He loved the way they tasted and wanted to share the way they looked. Teaming up with photographer Theresa Raffetto and food stylist Patty White, he created the portraits to show off his nutty... READ ON
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Last week, during their meeting about the South Stream gas transit pipeline and other large-scale energy projects, Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a Karakachan puppy, which he nuzzled in front of the cameras.
Throughout history, many other world leaders have exchanged animals. From showing might to making alliances, celebrating milestones to spurring conservation efforts, pets have been the diplomatic present of choice... READ ON
One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, loved by tourists, locals and giant gorillas alike, the Empire State Building decorates the New York City skyline with regular displays of colored lights. A recent controversy over the Empire State Building's rejection of the Catholic League's proposal to honor of Mother Teresa's centennial with blue and white lights has put a spotlight on the buildings lighting policy. Among the protestors, City Council members are speaking out against the decision.... READ ON
The secret lives of librarians took center stage at the American Library Association's annual conference earlier this month. There was dancing, there were costumes, there was music, and, of course, there were book carts. They practice their routines in hallways and parking lots, ready to compete in the 5th annual Library Book Cart Drill Team Championship, sponsored by library supply company DEMCO.
"I thought, my God, what have we done here," said DEMCO's John Ison of the first competition. Teams... READ ON
On the day before St. Patrick's Day, celebrate St. Urho's Day to honor the Patron Saint of the Finnish vineyard workers.
Before the ice age, Finland's grape crops were under attack from a pest. A man named Urho (pronounced "oorho") fortified by sour milk and fish soup came to the hill and yelled "Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiteen!" which translates to "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!" With a few words, Urho saved the vineyards and became a hero.
Though Urho lived in ancient times, his... READ ON
Mothers in Taiwan can now give birth in a Hello Kitty-themed hospital. Patients enjoy the iconic feline theme on everything from baby blankets, nurse uniforms, and a statue of the cat dressed like a doctor. Tsai Tsung-chi designed Hau Sheng Hospital with his mother, wife and daughter's adorable cartoon cat in mind. [Image courtesy of Reuters.]
Meanwhile, other entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry have taken the hospital theme to different kinds of ventures. Just don't expect your health insurance... READ ON
When electoral maps overwhelm and statistical margins of error confound, pollsters and political commentators struggle to measure the outcome of the presidential race. Here are a few alternatives for predicting the election.
1. Check the CafePress... READ ON
With campaign attire in the spotlight, what apparel choices are candidates and their spouses making? Whether they buy the with their own money or campaign funds, here are some of the fashion trends among the political elite.
1. Kawasaki, the Japanese company that makes Sarah Palin's iconic eyeglasses, received as many orders in 10 days for the frame as it does in a year.
2. Minnesota's Pacificier baby boutique is also cashing in on the publicity about Trig Palin's romper.
3. Sarah Palin debuted... READ ON
Last month, China conducted its first space walk. This week, India launched its first spaceship to the moon. Space seems to be the place for nations to advance science and nationalism, but it's a place for music too.
Outer space muses struck terrestrial musicians long before any rockets left the earth. In addition to creating intergalactic song lyrics and spacey sound effects, a few artists pay tribute to space travelers and share their own extraterrestrial adventures through music. They may... READ ON
Dark Knight recently became the fastest movie to earn $400 million. Opening weekend, the flick filled seats for 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. screenings and fans on Craigslist were paying two, four and ten times more than face value for tickets.Â At just over two and a half hours, the movie even tops other Batman movies in length! Despite all this success, though the Dark Knight cannot win it all. Here are a few records it won't be breaking:
1) Summer revenue abroad
The Mummy is burying Dark Knight in weekly... READ ON
As Barack Obama and John McCain mull over their vice-presidential picks, they might consider things like experience and issues, when maybe they should focus on names.
Taking a lesson from the New York State senate and congressional campaigns, here are a few names of actual candidates and how the elections turned out for them.
10 (OK... 15) Politicians With "Interesting" Names
1. James A. Tranquill
2. Burton G. Trick
3. Francisco Spies
4. Reginald Callus
5. Ryan J. Confusione
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Vacations aren't for everyone. Do you miss the tapping of keyboards, or the cozy comfort of your cubicle? Do you long for a bit of break room chatter? Lucky for you, a few websites offer the perfect virtual fixes. Here are a few staples every office junkie should bookmark right now.
1. Authentic desk... READ ON
In New York City, celebrity sightings happen on street corners and even on street signs.Â You can play a tune on Duke Ellington Boulevard or read the headlines on Peter Jennings Way. In Champaign Illinois, you can rock out on REO Speedwagon Way, and in Augusta, Georgia, you can find your soul on James Brown Boulevard.
Historians Benardo and Weiss write in their book Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges and More Got Their Names that, "Street names function as a... READ ON
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We're not huge deal spotters here at the 'floss, but we just couldn't resist telling you about this penny-saving quick pick: You have LESS THAN 7 HOURS* to bid for your own automated public... READ ON
A third person climbed up the New York Times building last week, forcing the Times to make adjustments to the structure. This trend is similar to the common backyard problem of squirrels scaling birdfeeders. Maybe the NYT can learn from some of these tips to keep critters from climbing up and pillaging the seed:
10 Ways To Stop People from Climbing the New York Times... READ ON
Political battles can dictate what we call our food and friends, and even what games we play. During WWI, sauerkraut was popularly rebranded Liberty Cabbage. When anti-French sentiments began to build a few years ago, "French Fries" were rechristened "Freedom Fries." (Nevermind that Thomas Jefferson may have been the one to first rave about the delicious side item in the U.S.). And while most patriotic terms fade, places like Berlin, Iowa, and Germantown, Nebraska, have ended up... READ ON
Last year, I started using the AP Stylebook for proper news writing. First published in 1953, the volume contains rules and explanations for grammar, capitalizations, abbreviations, official titles, and much more.
According to the Elements of Journalism, Thomas Cahill said that one could tell "the worldview of a people... the invisible fears and desires... in a culture's stories." You can tell something about a culture from its grammar and style rules too, though there is no entry for "love,"... READ ON
With the credit crisis continuing and tuition prices increasing, students scramble for more financial aid. A number of unconventional scholarships are available... maybe one is right for you.
10 Unconventional Scholarships
1. $1,000 from Tall Clubs International for an essay about what being tall means.
2. $250 to $1,000 from the Little People of America Foundation for a student with dwarfism.
3. $1,000 from the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship for being left-handed.
4. $500 Klingon... READ ON
Tomorrow, Christie's will be selling used clothing, an old stapler and a cookie recipe. The renowned auction house hasn't turned into your neighborhood garage sale, though—unless your neighbor is selling Tony Sopranos' clothing, Jack Kerouac's stapler, and a NASA cookie recipe. Here's what else your money can buy at Christie's Pop Culture auction.
Celebrity... READ ON
With the end of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, the campaign swag and the items she inspired have become memorabilia. You can bid on any number of unique political relics on... READ ON
Winston Churchill's mother was born in Brooklyn.