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Meadowlark Lemon, Iconic Harlem Globetrotter, Passes Away at 83

Anyone who grew up in the 70s watching Saturday morning TV or the sports programming that followed will surely remember the iconic court jester George 'Meadowlark' Lemon. The basketball star has entertained millions of fans around the world as one of the most iconic members of the Harlem Globetrotters. He died this past Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. The man was 83 years-old at the time of his passing. No cause of death is known.

Meadowlark Lemon played with the Harlem Globetrotters for 24 seasons. By his own estimation, he played in 16,000 games. The touring exhibition team, which is still active today, is known for its practical jokes, slick basketball handling and incredible on-court stunts. And they have always been easily recognizable by their iconic red, white and blue uniforms and multiyear winning streaks against unmatched opponents. Meadowlark Lemon is perhaps the most widely recognized Harlem Globetrotter that has ever played for the team.
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Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotters Star, Dead at 83

  • The Wrap
Meadowlark Lemon, the charismatic star of the Harlem Globetrotters for more than two decades, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, of undisclosed causes. He was 83. Dubbed “the Clown Prince of Basketball” for his on-court prowess and humor, North Carolina native Lemon joined the team in 1954 shortly after a stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He soon became one of the barnstorming team’s most dynamic players, performing around the world and on TV. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Lemon left the Globetrotters in 1978 due to a contract dispute. He later formed his own basketball teams,
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‘Scooby Doo’ To Return to His Animated Roots In New Movie

According to Variety, Warners is ready to answer the age-old question, “Scooby Doo, where are you?” The studio is prepping an animated feature for the world’s most famous sandwich-eating dog with the same producers that worked to bring the 2002 live-action/CGI hybrid to life. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will be producing from a script from Matt Lieberman who recently wrote the Short Circuit reboot. The studio isn’t revealing the concept, but they won’t get away with it if the meddling internet has anything to say. The character has been through a ton of incarnations (the best, of course, involving the Harlem Globetrotters), but anytime someone plans new Scooby Doo, there’s a potential for goofy greatness. Naturally it’s difficult to see new stuff without Don Messick voicing Scoobs, but maybe there’s a great vocal talent that can do the character justice. Neil Fanning was passable in the live-action movies, and
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[DVD Review] Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Volume 1

Ever forget to turn off your Monday-Friday alarm on the weekend’s eve? Beep beep…Beep Beep…Beep Beep…“Oh man. Work.” You exhale a long sigh and as you start to sit up, a suspicious feeling comes over you. Your brow furrows as your sleepy fog cloaks clear thinking—ahh yes. It’s Saturday. Two choices: either go back to sleep or get your day started off any way you want. When you’re a kid, the choice here is easy: flip on the morning’s cartoons. As an adult, the decision becomes tougher. Unless of course you were a child of the 1970s and have recently acquired the new box set, Saturday Morning Cartoons:1970s Volume 1. If so, the nostalgia will beckon you from catching a few more Z's and you’ll probably end up in the kitchen pouring a bowl of cereal to eat in front of the television.
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Review: 'Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s Volume One' on DVD

  • Comicmix
As the 1970s dawned, I was 12 and no longer as interested in Saturday morning fare. There was Little League which was either in the morning or afternoon and I found myself drifting more towards the Bowery Boys shorts that ran on channel 5 after the cartoons wore themselves out. My younger siblings watched, but not with the same passion I had shown just a few years earlier.

For me, the Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 , coming tomorrow from Warner Home Video, was more introductory than revisiting my childhood. Having just finished the 1960s volume, it was startling to see how rapidly things had changed. Spies and super-heroes were rapidly supplanted by large gaggles of people either playing music or solving mysteries or both. The disc opens with a cheat, an episode of The Jetsons, which may have run in the 1970s for the umpteenth time, but was emblematic of an earlier era,
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