Dino Crocetti emerged from the hardscrabble existence in Steubenville, Ohio to become one of the biggest stars in the second half of the 20th century. With a new moniker of Dean Martin, a legendary partnership with Jerry Lewis, and a fixture status in the famed Rat Pack, the kid from Steubenville became a show business icon.
Archive for October, 2015
This post first appeared on my blog on October 10, 2010.
Time is relentless, punishing, and unforgiving.
But this weekend, I had the opportunity to defeat time, albeit just for a few bright, shining moments.
On the day before Christmas in 2006, Frank Stanton passed away at the age of 98. A broadcasting pioneer, Stanton served as CBS chief William Paley’s lieutenant for decades, helping mold the television industry into a media force. Unquestionably, CBS earned its prestige under the watchful eye of Stanton, leading to the Tiffany Network moniker.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Beverly Hills, 90210. During its freshman season, 90210 added value to the nascent FOX network, which targeted a younger demographic with its programming, much like ABC did in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Mod Squad and Room 222, among other offerings.
When Apollo 13—based on the book Lost Moon—premiered in 1994, it reminded America of NASA’s glory days. Apollo 13, the third mission planned to land astronauts on the Moon and return them safely to Earth, did not accomplish its goal as a result of a malfunction on the spacecraft.
Saturday Night Live has been a gateway to movie stardom for several cast members. Animal House, Caddyshack, Beverly Hills Cop, Wayne’s World, Stripes, Meatballs, Foul Play, Mean Girls, Tommy Boy, Anchorman, Ghostbusters, Scrooged, and the Austin Powers trilogy, among several others, source their success in the talents of those inhabiting Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Center, NBC’s headquarters.