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1960's


  • Gunilla Hutton-Nat King Cole Romance

    Gunilla Hutton was the Swedish singer/dancer who was the second actress to play eldest sister Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction. She was also a regular on Hee Haw for many years; her character was appropriately named Nurse Goodbody. Less well known is Hutton's involvement with Nat King Cole. At age 20, she began a romantic tryst with the legendary singer, who was 47, while she toured with his show. Had the public learned about it at the time (1964), the interracial affair and their age difference would have been a major scandal. Still, Cole was prepared to divorce Maria, his wife of 21 years, but ill health entered the equation. Cole was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Knowing he had only a short time to live, Cole opted to stay with his wife instead of Hutton.

     

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  • Car Crash Kills Ernie Kovacs

    Early on the morning of January 13, 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Beverly Hills. He was 10 days away from his 43rd birthday. Kovacs had attended a party at the home of Milton Berle to celebrate the Christening of Berle's son. Kovacs and wife Edie Adams arrived in separate cars. Adams left the party not long before her husband. During a sudden rainstorm, Kovacs lost control of his vehicle on a curve. It slammed into a utility pole, partially ejecting Kovacs from the car. He died instantly from massive head and chest injuries. Police theorized Kovacs may have lost control of the car while groping for one of his trademark cigars. Kovacs was driving a Corvair, a vehicle later exposed by Ralph Nader for being unsafe in turns. Many newspapers featured a photo of Kovacs' dead body at the accident scene. Largely forgotten today, Kovacs was a brilliant comedian whose off-the-wall humor was years ahead of his time. David Letterman cites Kovacs as a huge influence. At the time of his death Kovacs was deeply in debt with the IRS. (Kovacs believed the taxation system was unfair so he steadfastly refused to pay income tax.) His widow worked for years to clear his debt. A daughter of Kovacs and Adams also died in a car crash in 1982.

     This article was originally published in YouRememberThat.com by member Lava1964 on October 30, 2009

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  • Aging Celebrities: Joey Heatherton Then and Now....Ouch !

    Joey Heatherton's claim to fame was being a Golddigger on the Dean Martin Show. Her movies never really amounted to anything and her singing career fell flat too. Both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin took a shine to her that helped her career. It must have been her personality right?

    Originally posted on YouRememberThat.com by member Cliffy on July 23, 2007

     

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  • Pledge Of Allegiance At The 1969 Super Bowl

    Even during through political strife of civil rights  the Vietnam War, Super Bowl Three started with the Pledge Of Allegiance lead by the Apollo Eight Astronauts Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders.  The game was played by the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  The Jets won the game 16-7.

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  • Halftime At The First Super Bowl

    Times sure have changed since the first Super Bowl in 1967.  Len Dawson, the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs enjoys a cigarette and Fresca sitting on a steel chair.  The Chiefs lost to Green Bay 35-10.

     

     

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