GREAT GRAPHICS: ICONIC OPENING, ABC’s Wide World of Sports

The iconic opening to ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Ironically, the famous skier from March of 1970, Vinko Bogataj, was completely unaware that he had become an American icon and labeled the “agony of defeat” man. When ABC tracked him down to attend the 20th Anniversary of “Wide World of Sports,” ten years later, he […]

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ICON RESTORATION: Gorgeous George, TV’s First Superstar!

By his first TV appearance on a local, live broadcast out of Los Angeles in 1947, Gorgeous George (Wagner) was already a national superstar. Filling arenas across the country, often to SRO crowds of over 15,000 people, the “Gorgeous One” commanded 50% of the box office at every venue. Papers across the country announced his […]

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1947 WORLD SERIES, The First Televised World Series, September 30-October 6, 1947

The 1947 World Series is still revered by sports aficionados and fans. Countless sports shows and documentaries have featured and referred to this classic sports event. Good fortune for television that it was also the first World Series broadcast.   The series pitted the New York Yankees against bitter rival the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yankees Joe […]

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Super Bowl XXXVIII, Nipplegate, February 1, 2004

An important element of television history is its measure of the pulse of American culture. Never was this more true than February 1, 2004. If nothing else, Super Bowl XXXVIII defines America ensconced in a controversial war when… America turned her full attention to . . . nipples. It is almost too ridiculous to write […]

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