Sept 25, 1930. Cartoonist and children’s author, best remembered for his poetry that included A Light in the Attic and The Giving Tree. Silverstein won the Michigan Young Readers Award for Where the Sidewalk Ends. Also a songwriter, he wrote The Unicorn Song and A Boy Named Sue. Born at Chicago, IL, he died at Key West, FL, May 9, 1999.
Sept 26, 1964. Seven people set sail aboard the Minnow for a three-hour tour and became stranded on an island. They used the resources on the island for food, shelter and entertainment. The cast included Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale, Jr (the Skipper), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell, III), Natalie Schafer (Mrs Lovey Howell), Russell Johnson (the Professor), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) and Tina Louise (Ginger Grant, the movie star). The last telecast aired on Sept 4, 1967.
Sept 26, 1969. This popular sitcom starred Robert Reed as widower Mike Brady, who has three sons and is married to Carol (played by Florence Henderson), who has three daughters. Housekeeper Alice was played by Ann B. Davis. Sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen) experienced the typical crises of youth. The program steered clear of social issues and portrayed childhood as a time of innocence. The last episode was telecast on Aug 30, 1974. The program continues to be popular in reruns, and there were also many spin-offs: a cartoon, a variety series, a sitcom, a short-lived dramatic series and films.
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Sept 26, 1914. The son of French immigrants, born at San Francisco, CA, was to become Americas fitness guru through his eponymous TV show and wacky stunts. The Jack LaLanne Show went national in 1959, and by the end of its run in the 1980s had 3,000 episodes. LaLanne, who kept a 30-inch waist, popularized the benefits of healthy living with amazing stunts, such as swimming handcuffed from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf while also towing a 1,000-pound boat (at age 60). LaLanne died Jan 23, 2011, at Morro Bay, CA, at age 96.
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Sept 26, 1957. Composer Leonard Bernsteins updated Romeo and Juliet musical premiered on Broadway and ran until 1960. Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics, Arthur Laurents wrote the book and Jerome Robbins created the choreography. Read more at http://www.westsidestory.com/.
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