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When I was younger, so much, much, much younger than today, there was a television show. Then, when I was a little older, they added a second channel and we got a second show. Eventually that led to four channels and lots more shows. One of those shows was Peter Gunn.
Peter Gunn was a private eye show that aired on NBC then ABC from September 22, 1958 until September 18, 1961. It starred Craig Stevens as the eponymous P.I. and is probably best remembered for its jazz sound track and the theme song written by Henry Mancini. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of the show, I’ll bet you’ve heard the theme song.
I’ll also bet you don’t think I’m here to write about a TV theme song. There, you’d be correct. I’m here to write about the show. Specifically, Season 1, Episode 28, the April 6, 1959 episode, »
- Bob Ingersoll
The Grammys! They’re this coming Sunday and I almost forgot! To celebrate, here are all 55 winners of the Record of the Year Grammy ranked for your consideration. Now beat it.
55. “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Finger-snapping never sounded so un-snappy.
54. “Rosanna,” Toto
53. “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin
You know, a Grammy windfall was bound to happen to one of those exactly 1998 female singer-songwriters (Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, Paula Cole, etc.), and Shawn Colvin was the big winner. “Sunny Came Home” is contemplative, but Grammy-worthy?
52. “Change the World,” Eric Clapton
Sort of annoying when a legendary artist wins for his most palatable and forgettable material. “Change the World” is merely radio-friendly, not an artistic breakthrough.
51. “We are the World, »
- Louis Virtel
Joseph Ruskin, an actor known for roles on film and television, died on Saturday (Dec. 28). He was 89, according to the Screen Actors' Guild.
Ruskin's almost 60-year career began with TV roles -- mostly in westerns -- in the 1950s. Over the years, the character actor appeared in a wide variety of roles, some of them even in the same show. Ruskin appeared on such programs as "Peter Gunn," "The Twilight Zone," "The Untouchables," "Mister Ed," "Get Smart," "Charlie's Angels" and more.
One of Ruskin's earliest notable roles was as Galt in the original "Star Trek" series -- the actor later had the notable distinction of appearing in a "Star Trek" movie as well as two of the show's later spinoffs, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Ruskin played the role of Alain Christophe in three episodes of "Alias" in 2002, a departure from earlier roles in which he »
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