Harry Houdini Born March 24, 1874

Harry Houdini AKA Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest Hungary.  His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss a rabbinical lawyer and Cecilia Sterner.  Erik was the fourth of seven children.  The family moved to the United States in 1878 and settled in Appleton Wisconsin where his father got work as a Rabbi.… Read More

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Everything Is About Family for “Council of Dads” Michael O’Neill

From the moment you meet Michael O’Neill you know two things for sure: you have seen him before in a number of television shows and movies, and you are certain that chatting with this devoted family man is going to make you feel both rich and inspired. The native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he lives […]

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Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685.  Both his mother and father died in less than a year of each other when Bach was ten.  From this point on Bach was raised by his brother Johann Christoph. At the age of 15 Bach was sent to join a  church choir in Luneburg Germany… Read More

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What In The World Happened To Alice Brady’s Oscar?

(PCM) Each and every year the Academy Awards is held to celebrate the best and the brightest talent in Hollywood. Actors, actresses, directors, producers and films are honored as being the greatest and standing up to the test of time. Actors and actresses dream about winning an Academy Award and gripping that golden statuette on… Read More

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The Way Back’s Director Gavin O’Connor on Why We All Need Second Chances

The Way Back’s director Gavin O’Connor is using the game of basketball to tell an important story about overcoming insurmountable odds and coming out the other side to find redemption. The new movie from Warner Bros. is about Jack Cunningham, (Ben Affleck), a former high school basketball star whose life has unraveled and is filled […]

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Is Cartoon Cat Garfield A Boy Or A Girl? We May Never Know!

(PCM) There has been a strong debate brewing online as to whether famous cartoon cat “Garfield” is a boy or a girl. We have always just assumed that Garfield was a boy cat given the voice from the cartoon series and the way in which the character came across on the big screen, but it… Read More

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The Phantom Of The Opera On Broadway January 26, 1988

(PCM) The Phantom of the Opera did not get its start on Broadway.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened On The West End London, at Her Majesty’s Theatre on October 9, 1986.  The West End is London’s equivalent to New York City’s Broadway. The Phantom however has a much longer history than that.  The Phantom… Read More

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Edgar Allen Poe Born January 19, 1809. Quoth The Raven Nevermore.

Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to a married couple of traveling actors in Boston.  Soon after his birth both of his parents passed away. Before reading this we must cast away our preconceived notions of the life of Poe.  For many years it was taught that Poe was an alcoholic, a… Read More

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General Tom Thumb born January 4, 1837

P.T. Barnum had already made a name for himself as a showman before he discovered Tom Thumb.  Barnum had toured the country with a woman who claimed to be George Washington’s nurse and was well over 100 years old.  On that tour he was able to take in about $1500.00 a week, and with that… Read More

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Surrealist Salvador Dali Once Collaborated With Walt Disney

In 1944, surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Disney studio artist John Hench of Walt Disney came together to collaborate on an animated short film titled “Destino”. The film was only seven minutes in length and was not officially completed and released until 2003.  It took nearly 60 years for “Destino” to make it’s debut and… Read More

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December 8, 1980: The World Mourns The Death Of John Lennon

(PCM) The date of December 8, 1980 is one that is tragically etched in the minds of Beatles fans, as it is the night that musician John Lennon was shot to death in front of his New York City apartment building. Back in October, we celebrated what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday and on… Read More

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The Christmas Classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Almost Didn’t Happen!

(PCM) Back in 1943, author Philip Van Doren Stern was unable to find a publisher for his short story “The Greatest Gift” and was about to give up hope of ever getting his work out to readers. In a last ditch effort he ended up printing 200 copies of the story and gave them out as… Read More

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