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“I was a very shy child. I remember being in a kindergarten open house with my mother and children saying ‘Hi’ to me, and I still remember feeling this way – but I don’t know why – but I wouldn’t even say ‘Hi’ back. I was that shy.”
~Jim Parsons
Big Bang Theory


1957 – RCA Victor released Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.
The single was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks, and a UK #1 hit for three weeks. The song also spent one week at the top of the U.S. country charts, and reached the #1 position on the R&B chart.

1958 – The Platters recorded Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Released as a single off their Remember When? album, the song soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1977 – Styx released Come Sail Away as the lead single off their seventh album, The Grand Illusion.
The single peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped the album achieve multi-platinum status.

2009 – Nirvana released their Nevermind album.
Despite the initial low commercial expectations, the album became an unexpected breakout success and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.


1958 – The Donna Reed Show premiered on ABC.
The program, starring Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, and Paul Petersen, ran for eight seasons.

1964 – The Munsters premiered on CBS.
Although ratings were low during its initial two-year run, the program later found a large audience in syndication.

1968 – 60 Minutes premiered on CBS.
Initially, the program aired as a bi-weekly show hosted by Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner, alternating weeks with other CBS News productions on Tuesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The first edition was described by Reasoner in the opening as a “kind of a magazine for television.”

1968 – The Mod Squad premiered on ABC.
The series starred Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams, and Tige Andrews.
It ran for five seasons.

1977 – The Love Boat premiered on ABC. It stayed afloat for nine seasons.
Gopher Factoid: Fred Grandy, who played the role of Gopher on the series, later became a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa.

While a student at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, Grandy was the roommate of David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was later best man at Eisenhower’s wedding to Julie Nixon, the daughter of then–president-elect Richard Nixon.

1984 – Actor Neil Hamilton (best known for his role as Commissioner Gordon on the Batman television series) died after suffering an asthma attack. He was 85.

2007 – The Big Bang Theory premiered on CBS.
The series aired a total of 279 episodes over 12 seasons. Although it finished at #68 in its first season, eight of the next eleven seasons saw the show ranked in the top ten of the final television season ratings.
Jim Parsons, in his role as Sheldon Cooper, won four Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He was the only member of the ensemble cast to win a Primetime Emmy.
Mayim Bialik was nominated three times for Outstanding Supporting Actress but failed to win. Johnny Galecki (Leonard) was nominated once for Outstanding Lead Actor (losing to Parsons).
None of the other regular cast members ever received an Emmy nomination.


1934 – It was the end of an era. Babe Ruth played his final home game as a member of the New York Yankees.
Only 2,500 fans were in attendance.

1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles the next season.
Only 6,702 fans showed up to watch the Dodgers defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0.

2002 – This is long but it is damn important. Therefore, I am not going to apologize for the length… Mike Webster, a Football Hall of Fame center, died of a heart attack at the age of 50. His autopsy is considered one of the most significant moments in the history of sports.
Allegheny Medical coroner’s office pathologist Bennet Omalu confirmed a heart attack was the cause of death, but the autopsy also revealed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE; the first former NFL player diagnosed with the condition.
Since his death, he has become a symbol for head injuries in the NFL and the ongoing debate over player safety.
Webster played 17 seasons in the NFL – the first 15 with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 1991. As a Steeler, he won four Super Bowls, played in nine Pro Bowls and 245 NFL games, including 177 in a row.
The years of being butted repeatedly on the head took a brutal toll.
By the time the man known as “Iron Mike” entered the Hall of Fame in July 1997, he had become a recluse, in agony from herniated discs and hand injuries, impoverished and angry at his fate.
He was homeless, unemployed, deep in debt, beset with medical ailments, lacking health insurance, in the midst of divorce, in the care of a psychiatrist and on medication, and involved in a complex lawsuit over real estate investments.
In 1999, Webster was charged with forging 19 prescriptions to obtain Ritalin, a stimulant mainly used for children with attention deficit hyperactivity. He said he was using the drug to treat brain damage caused by repeated head injuries that had led him to behave erratically.
Webster – who was only 45 when the photo above was taken – was never officially treated for a concussion but doctors say he suffered multiple concussions (“without a doubt more than 20”) and those concussions had indeed damaged his frontal lobe, causing cognitive dysfunction, destroying his attention span and concentration.
Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney paid for almost all of the $7,600 funeral, but he refused to believe Webster’s problems were more than psychological or that he was truly entitled to an NFL disability.
“Everybody gets hurt in football,” he said, “but very few players get hurt permanently. He wasn’t eligible, to be honest.”
In 2017, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – talking about the topic of health and safety in the league said (with a straight face, no less), “The average NFL player lives five years longer than you. So their lifespan is actually longer and healthier. And I think because of all the advancements – including medical care – that number is going to even increase for them.”
Those two statements, boys and girls, say all you need to know about the NFL – the League of Denial.
On April 26, 2005, a federal judge ruled that the NFL benefits plan owed Webster’s estate $1.18 million in benefits. With the addition of interest and fees, that amount was estimated to exceed $1.60 million.
The NFL appealed the ruling. On December 13, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, affirmed the 2005 judgment.

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Comments (5)

  1. Pat Conant

    Mike Webster was royally screwed by the NFL. I know in 1991, we did not know about the long term effects of concussions, but for Goodell to make that statement in 2017, was ridiculous. Glad the estate was able to get compensation, But it is time for the NFL to do more to protect their players. I know as a NASCAR fan, they have made great strides in improving the safety of the drivers, including a strict concussion protocol.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Roger Goodell doesn’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain. That 2017 quote is beyond ridiculous.

  2. Donna

    I am not surprised that Jim Parsons was shy as a kid.
    Loved it when Elvis sang R&B! Jailhouse Rock and the dance number makes me smile.
    the Platters were awesome. The song is romantic. The album was filled with beautiful melodies.
    I don’t remember much about Styx.
    Like Styx I was not a huge Nirvana fan…
    Ah yes Donna Reed America’s Mom.
    The Munsters was a bit silly.
    60 Minutes started out as a a great idea but has, in my opinion, become as biased as all network news. But now and then there is something that is educational and interesting.
    Oh geez The Mod Squad…pretty people…silly concept.
    The Love Boat drew you in if you were a romantic…just a little hokey. Interesting Factoid!
    The Big Bang Theory is a FAVORITE of mine and I wish it was still on. I religiously watch reruns. It is a shame that all of them didn’t get an Emmy.
    Sad that so few fans were there for Bane Ruth’s last game.
    Yup the NFL only cares about ONE thing MONEY!!! Players see dollar signs and fame. The NFL. doesn’t take care of them nor are they concerned about their health especially after they have retired. I am glad they have to pay Webster’s estate but that is just a drop in the bucket.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Donna 🙂
      I’ll make this short.
      I absolutely LOVED Donna Reed 🙂
      Oh, and yeah, the NFL is pathetic.

  3. Barbara Brill

    Had never heard of Mike Webster until I read this. the picture above the write up looks like a man in his 60’s anyway …. reading the comments the NFL made made me think of similar comments the tobacco industry made early on — no link to cancer …. sad that his life was so severely impacted and ignored. Sports leagues and owners have gotten out of hand in so many ways. It’s no longer a “game” … it’s big business with no care for anyone —

    Seeing Elvis perform in his youth reminded me of how innocent he was ..just a country boy who liked to sing and play guitar …

    Loved 60 Minutes – a show that reported news without the absolute and total bias the networks have today.

    The Donna Reed show epitomized the perfect family …. She could do anything and never muss her hair or her dress — and always wore heels even when she did housework.

    It’s interesting to look back and remember a warmer friendlier time … thanks Ray … hope you’re out there enjoying this glorious weather – the color is superb! Rock this Day my friend!


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