Saturday, May 29, 2010

10 Amazing Transparent Animals

Transparent Sea Cucumber

(images via: Wildfilms, MBARI, WHOI and Wild Singapore)

Slow moving, soft bodied bottom dwellers for the most part, Sea Cucumbers are an ancient lineage of sea creatures who have evolved a variety of ways to survive and thrive over hundreds of millions of years of evolution. For some Sea Cucumbers, being transparent allows them to fly under the radar, as it were, of predators in search of a quick & easy kill.

(image via: Discovery)

Lightly tinted in rosy pink, Enypniastes sea cucumbers live in the pitch-black ocean depths far below the 656-ft (200m) threshold where sunlight is unable to penetrate. The species was discovered in the northern Gulf of Mexico, 1.7 miles beneath the surface – before the current sub-sea oil spill occurred. Hope the li’l guy’s OK…

Transparent Butterfly

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Butterflies of the species Greta Oto are commonly called clearwings or glasswings. It’s not that these butterflies have evolved transparent wings, more like they have dispensed with the growth of colored scales that normally cover the wings of butterflies and moths. Wash an average butterfly (well, imagine doing so) and you’ll end up with something that looks a lot like Greta Oto.

(image via: Beatriz Laynne)

Glasswing butterflies are found from Mexico through Panama and have wingspans of 2.2 to 2.4 inches (5.6 to 6.1 cm) in width. It is thought that their mostly transparent wings make these butterflies less visible when in flight.

Transparent Goldfish

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In late 2009, researchers at Mie University in Japan created a transparent goldfish by selectively breeding pale gold fish. The end result was a fish with translucent scales and skin through which many of the creature’s internal organs can be easily seen. “As this goldfish grows bigger, you can watch its whole life,” said Yutaka Tamaru, an associate professor at Mie University. That life could go on for some time as the non-gold goldfish are expected to live up to 20 years and grow to a length of 10 inches (25cm).

(image via: LikeCool)

Though the general public will undoubtedly be clamoring for transparent goldfish to stock their home aquariums, the real reason the Mie University researchers created the transparent goldfish was to reduce, even negate, the need for dissections in school biology classrooms. This should make countless queasy students very, very happy – not to mention countless fish.

Transparent-Headed Barreleye Fish

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The Pacific Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) was first described in 1939 but specimens of this unusual deep sea fish suffered damage when raised to the surface through low-pressure shallow surface waters. In 2009, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) using remote-operated cameras were able to observe barreleyes in their element – 2,000 to 2,600 feet (600 to 800 meters) below sea level off the coast of central California. What they saw astonished them: the barreleye’s eyes rotate within a transparent, fluid-filled head shield.

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Viewed head on, the barreleye’s face looks normal but what seem to be eyes are actually “nares” – the piscine equivalent of nostrils. The eyes are the vivid green structures located within the fish’s head, where they can be directed to look upwards while the fish remains horizontal.

Here is a video of the barreleye as first spied by MBARI’s seagoing ROV cameras:

\”Macropinna microstoma: A deep-sea fish with a transparent head and tubular eyes\”, via MBARIvideo

Transparent Cave Crayfish

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Caves are some of the darkest places on the planet – even sophisticated light-gathering instruments are unable to register a single photon in the deepest, darkest caves. Under these conditions, creatures including fish, spiders, insects and crayfish have evolved into “troglobites”: animals so precisely adapted to living in darkness that they cannot survive outside cave environments. Under such conditions, neither eyes nor pigmentation are necessary.

(image via: John Agnew)

There are (at the latest count) 39 species of cave crayfish species in North America, some restricted to the isolated caves in which they evolved. Cave crayfish range from whitish albinos to nearly translucent in appearance. If their chitinous exoskeletons were as thin as skin they would certainly be considered to be transparent.

Transparent Squid

(images via: The Colossal Squid, NY Books and Animal Pictures Archive)

Squid of the family Cranchiidae number around 60 species and are commonly known as Glass Squids. Indeed, these robustly built but delicate looking cephalopods outwardly resemble hand blown glass bottles with the only pigmented part being the cigar-shaped liver. Glass squids come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and include the Colossal Squid that can grow up to 9.8 feet (3m) long – not including the arms.

(image via: Scienceray)

Glass squid are near-invisible for the most part, but sometimes they want to be seen… at mating time, for instance. That’s when heretofore hidden chromophores blaze into action, bathing the squid in undulating waves of eerie bioluminescent light.

Transparent Jellyfish

(images via: National Geographic and Epedia)

Jellyfish can be found in all of the world’s oceans and, if the predictions of some scientists can be believed, are increasing in number as the oceans warm up. Jellyfish are often transparent to some degree, often appearing as thin films that serenely undulate amongst schools of fish who don’t see them… until it’s too late.

(image via: National Geographic)

Like glass squids and other deep sea marine animals, certain species of transparent jellyfish use bioluminescence to attract prey close enough for the jellyfish’s tentacles to shock them into submission. The Comb Jelly above displays pretty rainbow colors – fatal attraction indeed!

Transparent Flounder

(image via: National Geographic)

Many marine creatures employ transparent body tissues in their larval stages in order to help secrete themselves from bigger predators, and fish are no exception. The young flounder above enhances its translucence by virtue of having a flat, thin body plan.

(images via: Art.com and Moillusions)

Flat, tasty and transparent is no way to go through life, so as a young flounder grows it will turn to another way of disguising itself – camouflage. As for its pancake shape, it continues to provide an advantage by helping the flounder keep a low profile on flat, sandy seafloors (and, presumably, the floors of certain frat houses).

Transparent Salp

(images via: WHOI and Catchit)

Once dismissed as being a rather unsophisticated, primitive form of sea life, salps are now credited with being one of the most efficient carbon sequestering organisms on the planet. Scientists estimate as much as 1/3 of all human-created CO2 is being processed by salps, who constantly eat phytoplankton and expel compact fecal pellets rich in carbon that rapidly sink to the ocean floor.

(images via: Richard Herrmann and Supiri)

Salps are almost completely transparent, with only their constantly full stomachs breaking the pattern. Salps are normally solitary creatures but have been known to link together in elaborate chains as shown above.

Transparent Frog

(images via: Daily Mail UK)

In late 2007, a research team from the Institute for Amphibian Biology at Hiroshima University in Japan announced it had successfully created transparent frogs. According to Professor Masayuki Sumida of the IAB, “Transparent frogs will prove useful as laboratory animals because they make it easier and cheaper to observe the development and progress of cancer, the growth and aging of internal organs, and the effects of chemicals on organs.” All this without causing the frogs to, er, croak.

(image via: Fascinatingly)

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Why Science Needs to Step Up Its PR Game

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/st_essay_sciencepr/
 

Why Science Needs to Step Up Its PR Game

 
Illustration: Stephen Doyle

Illustration: Stephen Doyle

On the final day of last winter’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a panel convened to discuss the growing problem of climate change denial. It went poorly. Rather than brainstorming methods for changing public perception, the speakers wasted three hours trying to find someone to blame. Was it an anti-global-warming campaign by the coal industry? Journalists trying to make their stories appear “balanced”? The Climate-gate emails from the University of East Anglia?

But those are the wrong questions. What the scientists should have been asking was how they could reverse the problem. And the answer isn’t more science; it’s better PR. When celebrities like Tiger Woods or Tom Cruise lose control of their image, they don’t waste time at conferences. They hire an expert. What the climatology community needs is a crackerjack Hollywood PR team.

Climate scientists know people don’t believe them; they just haven’t responded well. “They have to do a better job than the other side,” says Kelly Bush, founder and CEO of ID, the entertainment industry’s largest independently owned PR firm. Bush’s clients include Patrick Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Page, and comeback king Pee-wee Herman.

Bush says researchers need a campaign that inundates the public with the message of science: Assemble two groups of spokespeople, one made up of scientists and the other of celebrity ambassadors. Then deploy them to reach the public wherever they are, from online social networks to The Today Show. Researchers need to tell personal stories, tug at the heartstrings of people who don’t have PhDs. And the celebrities can go on Oprah to describe how climate change is affecting them—and by extension, Oprah’s legions of viewers.

“They need to make people answer the questions, What’s in it for me? How does it affect my daily life? What can I do that will make a difference? Answering these questions is what’s going to start a conversation,” Bush says. “The messaging up to this point has been ‘Here are our findings. Read it and believe.’ The deniers are convincing people that the science is propaganda.”

In a handful of cases, nonprofits are trying to do what scientists won’t. A group started by high-profile blogger Anil Dash, Expert Labs, is helping the White House with outreach to scientists, and Dash is operating from the same playbook as Bush. “We need to make the narrative more compelling. Scientists risk their lives and fortunes to do something that is, in many cases, an act of faith. They’re heroes. It’s a beautiful thing,” Dash says. “Imagine the impact if a scientist said, ‘I’ve been working in climate science for 20 years, and it breaks my heart that people don’t believe in what I do.’”

This kind of talk unsettles scientists. “Scientists hate the word spin. They get bent out of shape by the concept that they should frame their message,” says Jennifer Ouellette, director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a National Academy of Sciences program that helps connect the entertainment industry with technical consultants. “They feel that the facts should speak for themselves. They’re not wrong; they’re just not realistic.” By and large, Dash says, “scientists have withdrawn from the sphere of public culture. They have contempt for the lighthearted fun of communication.”

It didn’t even occur to the AAAS panelists that someone might find that here’s-the-data-we’re-right attitude patronizing—and worthy of skepticism. “Until scientists realize they need us, we can’t help them,” Bush says. “They have to wake up and say: ‘I recognize it’s not working, and I’m willing to listen to you.’ It’s got to start there.” Science increasingly must make its most important cases to nonscientists—not just about climate but also evolution, health care, and vaccine safety. And in all of those fields, the science has proven to be incapable of speaking for itself. It’s time for those with true passion to get over the stigma, stand up, and start telling their stories.

Correspondent Erin Biba (twitter.com/erinbiba) interviewed filmmaker Kevin Smith for issue 18.03.

 

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    Good Bye Daddy

    (OLD JOKE)

    A father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying: "God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa."

    The father asked, 'Why did you say 'good-bye Grandpa'?'

    The little girl said, "I don't know daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do."

    The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence.

    A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this: "God bless Mommy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma." 

    The next day the grandmother died.

    "Holy smokes", thought the father, "this kid is in contact with the other side."

    Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed the dad heard her say, "God bless Mommy and good-bye Daddy." 

    He practically went into shock. He couldn't sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be okay. He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch and jumping at every sound. Finally, midnight arrived; he breathed a sigh of relief and went home.

    When he got home his wife said, "I've never seen you work so late. What's the matter?" 

    He said "I don't want to talk about it - I've just spent the worst day of my life." 

    She said, "You think you had a bad day, you'll never believe what happened to me. This morning my golf pro dropped dead in the middle of my lesson!"

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    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Another bad week for freedom

    Facebook . . . literally

    No Smoking

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Dog For Sale....Jethro !

    Whether you own a dog or not, you will  appreciate the imaginative effort of this owner to find a home for her dog.   Read the sales pitch below! 

    Dog For Sale  
    Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat.   

    Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho Lee Schitt.

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    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Remember The Legacy Of George Bush

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    A compendium of old radio & TV shows

    Video streams use the Flash Player format and require broadband connection speed of 1 mbps or higher tech support


     

    1 JACKIE GLEASON ON THE ROCKY MARCIANO SHOW THE MAIN EVENT (1960)
    Jackie recalls his early days as a night club comic in Newark, NJ (and the brawl);
    also, Jackie receives a humanitarian award from Rocky and salutes sidekick Art Carney (Du Mont)
    Bloopers from The Honeymooners on OTV ch 11 also ch. 30; Marciano v. Wolcott fight on ch. 64
    2 JAMES DEAN: HIS FINAL TV APPEARANCE (1954)
    Rebellious trait obvious, James Dean talks about car racing and safety on Gig Young's show;
    Walks off set a mention of speeding; eerily, Dean was killed days later in a tragic car collisiom. (Du Mont)
    3 ELVIS SINGS BLUE SUEDE SHOES (1956)
    The King lives here! Elvis Presley debuts on "The Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Show." (CBS)
    In the house: Elvis sings many more of his hits on our Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below!
    4 A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY, THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL (1959-62)
    Clips of The King from his early days to induction into the Army, see The King's mom, dad & Col. Tom
    Hear Elvis' first #1 1957 hit for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel. (clips from Movietone & AP News)
    5 THE EDSEL INTRODUCED ON NBC(1957)
    Ford paid the network big dollars (in those days) to run this filmed The Edsel Show promotion.
    Ford canned the car shortly after; it is today a revered automotive classic. (NBC) More 50s cars ch.63v
    6 BOBBY DARIN'S "MACK THE KNIFE" (1959)
    Bobby opened his first of hour variety shows performing his biggest number one hit.
    (and his label, Atco, didn't want him to record it!) (CBS)
    *There's more Bobby below: hosting a beauty contest & on the OldiesTeleVision Video Juke Box.
    7 WESTINGHOUSE DEBUTS HI-TECH "ADVANCED TV" (1951)
    Show the kids hi-tech video blossoming before anyone heard of cable, satellite or HDTV. They may chuckle,
    The "one knob-no antenna-black matrix pix tube" had viewers in awe..but it was a technical disaster. (TVC)
    8 THE LIFE OF RILEY (1954)
    William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'andrea, Lugene Sanders, Wesley Morgan
    Once played by Groucho Marx & Jackie Gleason, Bendix's Riley was the definitive blue collar family guy.
    2 episodes: "Riley's Testament" and "Mobsters For Babs" +Riley Gulf Oil Commercial.(CBS)
    9 ICONS I: WHAT MADE 50'S TV GOLDEN (COMPILATION, (1952-60)
    Art Carney, Rod Serling, Manicurist Madge, Ted Mack, Annette & Frankie, The Champs, Don Adams.
    It was Ted Mack's Amateur Hour that introduced Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Pat Boone. (UPI)
    10 THE PATTI PAGE SHOW (1958)
    The Singin' Rage sings the immortal Tennessee Waltz, it doesn't get anny better than this.
    Also from her show, Patti croons over that cute little Doggie In The Window. (syndicated)
    11 BLOOPERS FROM THE HONEYMOONERS (1957-58)
    On live TV: Audrey misses her entrance cue, Jackie's fly is open (watch how brilliantly he improvs).
    Jackie slips on the set (happened again at CBS, where he broke his leg) (Du Mont) see also ch.30 & 82,
    12 THE CENSORED JERRY LEE LEWIS HERE UNCENSORED! (1957-59)
    Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls Of Fire! The' "Killer" smooches his child bride cousin on a filmed news interview
    on stage, he goes wild performing (looks like today's metal rockers). The networks nixed both. (UPI)
    13 A TRUE 50's DOO WOP TV CLASSIC(1958)
    Rare Clip: The Del Vikings Perform Jitterbug Mary (taped at WOOK-TV Baltimore)
    *There's many more classic Doo Wop Originals On The Classic Oldies Video Jukebox below.
    14 the original FAMILY AFFAIR (1966)
    Brian Keith & Sebastian Cabot sin the last of the sentimental family sitcoms (despite failed 2004 remake_.
    An affluent bachelor and his butler uddenly gain custody of adorable orphaned nieces and nephew (CBS)
    15 ALAN FREED'S BIG BEAT DANCE PARTY DANCERS (1959)
    Local NYC Ch. 5 Freed show regulars dance and post-payola Alan Freed's parting statement (Metromedia);
    plus Dick Clark's rigid payola statement to an angry Senate investigator (UPI)
    16 THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW (1957)
    Steverino's classic rock and roll poetic hate reading of Be Bop A Lula, no apology to Gene Vincent.
    Steve snubbed rock, had no rock acts on his show, but then booked them on his shows to get ratings (NBC).
    17 The Inventor Of TV Sketch Comedy ERNIE KOVACS (1954)
    Long before SNL, imitated by his contemporaries (Berle, Gleason, Skelton), he was the true inventor of TV sketch satire.
    Ernie's Kovacs; vignettes could have been taped yesterday~still look contemporary, he was a TV comedy visionary
    There are more Ernie Kovacs comedy innovation in our Oldies Television Trivia Quiz, link below.
    18 THE RED SKELTON SHOW (1959)
    Red as Clem Kaddiddlehoffer going to college, with guests: Reed Haley ("Racket Squad") & Marvin Kaplan ("Meet Millie")
    We included Red's traditional, eye candy June Taylor Dancers' sketch opening and Red laughing at his own jokes (CBS)
    19 ICONS: THE DELINQUENCY RAMPAGE! (COMPILATION, 1957-60)
    Hoods, Dolls, Street Fights, Make Out Points & ...Barry Goldwater. "Cool man. Ya dig it? Like, Wow! Ya square'r sometin?"
    This, kids, was how your parent's parents perceived the next out of control, immoral generation (AIP)
    20 FATHER KNOWS BEST (1953)
    Full Episode of The definitive aspartame family sitcom: Betty & Kathy fued begin over a bathing suit
    Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin. (CBS)
    21 PETTICOAT JUNCTION (1962)
    Bea Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up three perky teenage countrypolitan girls in Hooterville,
    at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the precursor to Green Acres Toot toot! (CBS)
    22OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS (1956)
    1952 Olympic Triathalon Champ Discusses The games & movie debut with mild mannered Herb Sheldon.
    Sheldon hosted several shows ranging from talk, to teen dance, to Ricky Tick Piano. (Du Mont)
    23 : DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE HAND JIVE (1957)
    Teens perform the Hand Jive dance to Johnnie Otis' Willie & The Hand Jive adlib with Rockette precision (DuMont)
    What do Johnny Otis, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton & Grease have in common? Read how the Jive goes on today.
    24 GROUCHO MARX YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1959)
    Contestants: Then 11 year old Candice Bergen appearing with dad, Edgar; also Groucho's daughter, Melinda.
    Are the dads smarter than the 6th graders? In part 2, Dads join daughters in the quiz. Say the secret word! (NBC)
    25 the original DRAGNET(1959)
    The grandaddy of all TV cop shows and the definitive police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday,
    Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. Olan Soule as the lab tech. Just the facts, ma'am. (NBC)
    26 THE IMMORTAL MUSICAL COMEDY OF VICTOR BORGE 1951
    Victor and the symphony orchestra give a new twist to Listz and it is a classic Borge, both a musical & comedy genius.
    Victor Borge's precision piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
    27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS 1953
    Eddie croons I'm Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These Hands, Oh My Papa on his TV show.
    Like the era crooners, Fisher got 15 minutes a week to enthrall fans..and also Liz Taylor & Debbie Reynolds.. (NBC)
    28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO:L WHO'S ON FIRST? 1951
    This is the signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello comedy routine that is often imitated, never duplicated.
    The duo did hosting stints on The Colegate Comedy Hour and Hollywood Palace. (NBC)
    29 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's THE JITTERBUG 1958
    It started with Cab Calloway and ended up the most popular moves on American Bandstand, et al.
    Here, it becomes the domain of Bill Haley & The Comets' ripping off Little Richards' "Gonna Rip It Up." (AIP).
    30. THE HONEYMOONERS ...IN COLOR! 1969
    Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris, accused of counterfeiting. Ed's escape plan backfires with hilarious results.
    Gleason wanted the show taped by Wometco TV in Miami, Audrey Meadows & Joyce Randolph had NYC commitments
    Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played wives Alice & Trixie; TV audiences didn't accept the change. (CBS)
    31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON SERIAL theatres-1939; TV-1960's
    Before TJ's doo wop concerts, PBS used Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon cinema serials rattle the PBS tin cup.
    From Captain Video to Captains Kirk, Picard & Janeway, scifi and space travel was always a TV niche. (PBS)
    32 Full Episode THE LONE RANGER 1955
    Hi Ho, Silver! It's the grandaddy of weekly TV western series starring oft masked Clayton Moore.
    The Lone Ranger was the top rated #1 of the many Saturday afternoon "thataway" exciting oaters
    Here is the full version of the debut episode, Enter The Lone Ranger Hi, Ho Silver! (syndicated).
    33 THE ENDEARING GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR 1952
    Hosting The Colegate Comedy Hour, Eddie pantomines a sketch as the hapless victim of a vixen.
    A forgotten legend, Cantor's expressive face and singing style warmed the cockles of viewer's hearts. (NBC)
    34 BOBBY DARIN NERVOUSLY HOSTS A BEAUTY CONTEST 1957
    Long before having his own weekly show, Bobby's first TV emcee gig, hosting a product hyped beauty pageant
    Uh oh, , what a disaster! The contestant names are mixed up and so are the sponsor's promo lines (Du Mont)
    35 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE LINDY HOP 1959
    From American Bandstand in Phillie, to a Dick Clark special in St. Louis to The Jersey Shore,
    everybody was Lindy Hopping to Danny & The Juniors "At The Hop" You can swing it, you can do it (ABC)
    ...and there's more Danny & The Juniors, here to stay, on our Classic Oldies Video Jukebox (below)
    36 SHAKE, BABY, SHAKE! IT'S THE KILLER AGAIN! 1958
    Jerry Lee Lewis brings down the house again for his rehearsed fan club prez on Dick Clark's show.
    The fireball shooter misses the song cues and a camera catches a guy trying to jump on stage. (ABC)
    37. THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW 1958
    "Make Room For Daddy" with rare Danny Thomas, Marjoriie Lord, Rusty Hammer, Angela Cartright.
    The kids wreak havoc on daddy and mommy with a divide and concur tactic. (CBS)
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    St. Jude's Children's Hospital founded by Danny. Help save lives of children with cancer.
    38 SID CAESAR: YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS 1957
    Legendary sketch comedy with co-stars Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner & Howie Morris as "Uncle Goofy"
    doing their classic takeoff on This Is Your Life, also a glimpse of The Timepiece (CBS)
    39 HERE COMES TOBOR! 1954
    Before Captain Video got a hold of Tobor, little Robbie ran the prequel to "Tobor The Great."
    Madison Ave jumped on ship with a cardboard Tobor mask. Don't laugh, they sold. (Du Mont)
    40 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN 1954
    After the animation came TV's live Superman series starring George Reeves and Noel Neill as Lois Lane
    Lois gets is abducted by a gangster, Superman sans Clark Kent saves the damsel in distress. (CBS)
    41 THE ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER 1964
    Let's get our minds off killer whales and go back to this beloved, adorable dolphin.
    Each week this amazing mammal fascinated kids and adults by solving mysteries! (synd.)
    42 SPIKE JONES 1951
    Spike & the gang of hilarious musical whackies perform their signature "Cocktails For Two."
    As you see this wild musical circus, know Spike Jones choreographed the zany antics. (Du Mont)
    43 CAPTAIN VIDEO & HIS VIDEO RANGERS 1950
    Before Captain Kirk, there was Captain Video chasing those bad guys around the galaxy.
    The "Star Trek" of it's time, network program directors made the very same mistake. (Du Mont)
    44. THE LIBERACE SHOW 1952
    Walter Liberace brought style to candlelight piano music, with, of course, brother George on violin.
    This rare clip captures the musical heart and soul of the flamboyant pianist. (Du Mont)
    45 MEDIC 1954
    First and still best medical drama series. Richard Boone as Konrad Steiner MD.
    Still as relevant: prizeighter befelled by Diabetes. This is pioneer medical TV drama. (NBC)
    46 THE BIG VALLEY 1965
    Outstanding Western series with Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors and Linda Evans
    Full episode: "Heritage" Fanatics threaten to blow up the Bartley mine (NBC)
    47 THE ROOTS OF TV BASEBALL 1950-57
    Visual newsreel memories of baseball's great early years, featuring a tribute to Jackie Robinson
    So relevant now: Robinson broke the color line in baseball, Obama in the US presidency. (Movietone)
    48 Mc HALE'S NAVY 1962
    Before cracking up Harvey Korman, Tim Conway was sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this military sitcom
    View a full half hour episode and watch Tim fall (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse. (NBC)
    49 HOPALONG CASSIDY 1952
    The Saturday afternoon TV Western staple starring William Boyd as frontier vigilante Hoppy.
    Of the many Saturday TV matinee oaters, this ranked #2 in ratings. Giddyap! (syndicated)
    50 DARK SHADOWS 1966
    The first Weekday afternoon TV gothic soap opera, Jonathan Frid as the Vampire Barnaby Collins.
    For a brief time, this breakthrough gothic drama out-ranked established serial dramas in ratings. (ABC)
    51 FADS & FANCIES OF THE 50s & 60s
    The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Beauty Contests, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird, more
    set to the music of The Olympics' "Dance By The Light Of The Moon" (edited by CI)
    52 I LOVE LUCY 1952
    Highlights from TV episodes involving the coming of "Little Ricky" that captured viewer's hearts.
    Ricky gets the news during his club performances, he and the Mertzes go frenetic when "it's time".
    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley. (CBS)
    53 full episode THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW 1962
    You asked for it, here it is, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest Bob Crane (Hogan's Heros .
    Dick is directing a community theatre show, Mary sings & dances a vampy Calypso song Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
    54 THE BEATLES FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE 1963
    Not yet on Sullivan or in the U.S., the Fab Four debuted "She Loves You" On The Mersey Sound (BBC)
    *There's more Beatles & other British Invasion classics on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below.
    55 BAT MASTERSON 1958
    Gene Barry stars as the debonair Bat Masterson, this episode "The Stampete In Tent City
    Guest stars William Conrad as the vigilante out to avenge his brother's killer (NBC)
    56 MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW 1964
    Back in the 60's, Holiday Inn funded half hour shows for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton & Marty Robbins
    Before his own show aired, Marty sang "El Paso" on Johnny Cash's short lived TV gig (syndicated)
    57 FRANK SINATRA SPEAKS CANDIDLY 1954
    Would you believe, a humble Frank Sinatra? He speaks openly about the bad years,
    gratitude to Bob Hope & his all time favorite movie role (can you guess which one?). (CBS)
    58 PASSWORD 1962
    Allen Ludden hosted this enormously popular game show 1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks & syndication
    Allen vies celebs Carol Burnett and Gary Moore against contestants to win $250-big prize then (CBS)
    59 The Phenomenon STAR TREK TV ON DEMAND 1966-present
    Now you don;'t have to sit up and wait until 3AM when stations run Star Trek episodes. Get them here right now!.
    See Full Episodes: Star Trek, Star Trek: Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Enterprise +BLOOPERS! (CBS/Paramount)
    Also a clip of Trek's post cancellation UK placebo,
    SPACE:1999 wMartin Landau, Batbara Bain (ITV).
    60 MORE DANCES OF THE 50's: THE SWINGBACK 1958
    New York teens dance The Swingback (also called The Sway) to Duane Eddy's "Forty Miles Of Bad Road"
    The hips swayed and the preachers prayed rock & roll would go away. It didn't. (MGM)
    61 THE LIVE TV FRIDGE COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE 1954
    Poor Westinghouse. If their built in antenna TV fiasco wasn't enough, more flawed, chagrin causing infamy:
    the automatic referigerator door that jammed on this live nationally broadcast commercial. Bet heads rolled! (CBS)
    62 THE ARTHUR GODFREY SHOW 1957
    He ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on the air, fixed talent contests and made Godlike demands on execs, crew;,
    yet still got big ratings, ruled corporate airwaves and network, sort of like Oprah does now, sans chicanery (CBS)
    63 BUILDING THE 1956 DODGE 1958
    What a retrospect! A TV industrial film goes inside the Dodge automotive plant foundry to finish<.br> In 1979, Chrysler received a government bailout to make new Dodge cars. Sound familiar? (commercial).
    64 FIGHT CLASSIC: ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT 1952
    Highlights from that historic championship boxing match in Philadelphia September 12, 1952<.br> Of course you'll see that boffo KO comeback in the 13th round~this is the true Rocky, Sly. (DuMont).
    Check out Dynamite Joe Rindone's fights, too, on Oldies Television Ch 79!
    65 AND MORE GREAT ICONS OF THE 50's VOL III 1952-59
    Richard Nixon's first scandal, John Wayne's PSA, Marilyn Monroe's Motor Oil, Jimmy Durante's Schnozz,
    George Burns & Gracie Allen, Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy, Jackie & Art's "Hello, Ball!"
    66 ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS 1959
    With a "good evening," came melodramatic thrillers from the Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchccock
    The man whose big screen movies kept us on the edge of our seats brought the same to small screens (CBS).
    67 SATURDAY NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE SNL 1954-58
    All Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope Show, The Liberace Show, The Ken Murray Show,
    Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, The Steve Allen Show, The Pat Harrington Show, The Jackie Gleason Show
    Sid Cesar's Your Show Of Shows. Watch many surprises with regulars & guests. (ABC-CBS-DuMont-NBC).
    68 FELIX THE CAT 1959
    In 1928, RCA testing Vladimir Zworkyn's iconoscope , Felix The Cat was the first image ever on TV;
    Oldies Television's roster would not be complete without Otto Mesmer's historic cartoon icon.
    Here is his 1959 Saturday cartoon show with a new, hip updated opening that we can just ignore.(NBC).
    69 THE DONNA REED SHOW 1958
    Donna mugs nervously to the camera when daughter, Mary (Shelley Fabares) sings at a school dance.
    The song she sings? "Johnny Angel," of course. Dad (Dr. Stone, Carl Betz) allays Mom's fears.
    Full episode soon and check out the Donna Reed Christmas Show below on ch 79 (NBC)
    70 full episode THE GOLDBERGS 1952
    Gertrude Berg served as executive producer and co-writer as well as star
    of this beloved sitcom about the matriarch (Molly) of a middle class Jewish family.
    Frank Sutton, who would later be Gomer Pyle's Sarge, guest stars in this episode. (synd.)
    71 LUCILLE BALL & CAROL BURNETT 1965
    Two queens of comedy together with Gale Gordon as straight man on "The Lucy Show".
    Lucy wants to join Carol on a trip to Palm Springs, they scheme to fool Boss Mooney. (CBS)
    72 THE LITTLE RASCALS 1955
    The top Saturday morning TV attraction in the 50's was the re-worked MGM "Our Gang Comedies"
    This favorite classic episode has Darla wooing Alfalfa rather than vice versa on Valentine Day.
    Of course, the other guys would throw a hilarious gremlin in Alfalfa's romantic ballad crooning. (synd.)
    73 full episode HIGHWAY PATROL 1956
    Before there was "Book 'em, Dano" in Hawaii, there was "Ten.Four" in California. Brodericj Crawford starred,
    If you think dope smuggling was a thing of the 70's, wait 'til you see this narc bust in the 50's. (ZIV/MGM synd.).
    74 full episode LOST IN SPACE 1966
    Danger Will Robinson! The world's first and last outer space sitcom; today, like "Trek," has fan conventions.
    This episode guest stars Mercedes Mc Cambridge (The Exorcist), here as matriarch of alien hillbillies
    who grow a "Little Shop of Horrors" intruded upon by Dr Snith (Jonathan Harris) and Will (Bill Muny) (ABC)
    75 BEULAH 1951
    Long before The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son even before Amos & Andy on TV.
    there was the talented Ethel Waters as supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as next door Orio
    Sadly, Proctor & Gamble canceled the highly rated, popular show after only two seasons. Guess why.(CBS)
    76 BEWITCHED 1966
    Wriggle your nose, it's Elizabeth Montgomery as that saucy, sassy, beautiful, bedazzling witch
    and Dick York as her befuddled hubbie, Darren (or as Agnes Moorehead would say, "Durwood" (NBC)
    77 I DREAM OF JEANIE 1966
    Out of the bottle comes that lusciously capricious Jeanie, Barbara Eden (blink-blink).
    Larry Hagman is her adopted master, Bill Daly is the bewildered buddy (CBS).
    78 SEA HUNT 1957
    The "Dragnet" of the ocean floor, Lloyd Bridges fights underwater crime with only a snorkle.
    This syndicated show, along with "Flipper" (coming soon), got high tide ratings in it's era (ZIV)
    79 DYNAMITE JOE RINDONE 1954
    Like Rocky Marciano, Joe Rindone was the son of Italian immigrants who rose to boxing glory.
    Here is Dynamite Joe in action from the era when boxing was true sportsmanship.
    produced by Andrew Bertino. (Vimeo).
    80 THE MILTON BERLE SHOW 1957
    Featuring Arnold Stang & guest Mickey Rooney; Berle's swan song after 8 Tues. Nite Years.
    Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so he feigns a broken leg for a press conference (NBC)
    81 THE LEGEND OF DOO WOP
    That streetcorner harmony from the 50's that will never die, the music we know call Doo Wop
    Here are video specials which tribute the unforgettable part of R&R and R&B
    Plus   REMEMBERING DOO WOP RADIO
    with commentary by Don K. Reed. music by The Crests, Frankie Lymon & The Knockouts.
    82 MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R. MURROW 1952-54
    If you thought Mike Wallace was tough on "60 Minutes," wait 'til you see him on the fifties!.
    You won't believe what he said to Steve Allen (neither did Allen, most likely), but Kirk Douglas got his say)
    Legendary Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy go at calling the other "un-American"..(CBS)
    83 AMOS & ANDY 1949-53
    Clips from this enormously popular black television sitcom not seen in over 50 years.
    Spencer Williams & Tim Moore starred in the series cancelled suddenly by the network despite top ratings
    Television Historian Bob Greenberg provides a perspective and commentary as to the politics. (CBS)
    84 EVEN MORE DANCES OF THE FIFTIES: THE CHARLESTON ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' 1959
    "Rock & Roll Rebellion" (1959) was no Oscar nominee, but it did bring back the 30's Charleston craze.
    The flapper dance was put to rock and roll music. (we are in the process of uploading the clip)
    85 full episode THE FUGITIVE 1963
    David Janssen had us on the edge of our seat as Richard Kimble, escaped convict in search of that one armed
    man who could prove his innocence, with Lt. Gerard (Barry Morse) close at hand to bring him back to jail (ABC)

    85 full episode OUR MISS BROOKS 1952
    Eve Arden and Gale Gordon starred in this sitcom set in a not so typical suburban high school.
    Miss Brooks wants to fall for teacher colleague Boynton, but off the roof of the school building? (Syndicated)


    THE PIONEERS OF KIDVID: 1950's CHILDREN'S TV SHOWS
    Howdy Doody, Junior Frolics, Winky Dink, Willie Wonderful, Space Patrol more coming

    With the earliest TV production and animation techniques, these popular programs
    were the father of children's television, long before PBS and Nickelodeon. This was the "kiddievTV" 50's
    Full episodes of these Golden Age first generation shows for tots on separate submenu~click title link

    for May, 2010 IRONSIDE 1967
    starring Raymond Burr and Barbara Anderson in the classic crime fighter
    This Episode: "Eat, Drink & Be Buried" from the first season on NBC.
    Be sure to join us every month for a different Oldiestelevision.com special feature presentation.

    See and download the full gallery on posterous

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    TWO WOLVES

    One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
    He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. 

    "One is Evil -  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

    "The other is Good -  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

    The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

    The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

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