DoYouRemember? https://doyouremember.com The Home of Nostalgia Sat, 24 Oct 2020 18:34:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://doyouremember.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-doyouremember-32x32.png DoYouRemember? https://doyouremember.com 32 32 How To Find Out If Your Local McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Is Really Broken https://doyouremember.com/128489/mcdonalds-ice-cream-machine-broken-virtual-map Sun, 25 Oct 2020 01:00:57 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128489 It has been a very common occurrence for McDonald’s customers to be told that the ice cream machine is broken. While this is true for many of the fast food restaurants, some employees admit that the machine is very difficult to clean. Therefore, sometimes they fib and say that it is broken because they just […] More

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It has been a very common occurrence for McDonald’s customers to be told that the ice cream machine is broken. While this is true for many of the fast food restaurants, some employees admit that the machine is very difficult to clean. Therefore, sometimes they fib and say that it is broken because they just don’t want to deal with it.

A 24-year-old named Rashiq Zahid created a map that tracks which ice cream machines are not working at McDonald’s locations across the United States. As of right now, the virtual map covers about 10,000 McDonald’s restaurants.

A 24-year-old made a website to track broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

The website is aptly named McBroken.com and comes after being told many times that the machine was broken at his local McDonald’s. At first, he created it as a joke but it has become something pretty legitimate.

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The website has been shared around the country and made news headlines. This has forced many McDonald’s locations to improve their ice cream machines and either fix them or clean them. Even David Tovar, vice president of US communications and government relations for McDonald’s took notice.

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McBroken.com / Screenshot

He tweeted, “Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream! So, thanks! We know we have some opportunities to consistently satisfy even more customers with sweet treats and we will.”

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McDonald’s / Wikipedia

In conclusion, check out the website here! It finds your location and you can move around to check McDonald’s locations in your area or around the country if you like. A simple green dot will tell you if the ice cream machine is working at that location. A red dot will show that it is not. What do you think about this website?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Currently Recovering From Heart Surgery https://doyouremember.com/128495/arnold-schwarzenegger-recovering-from-heart-surgery Sat, 24 Oct 2020 23:00:30 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128495 73-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he had undergone heart surgery. He shared a photo of himself at the hospital and wrote about the experience on social media. Arnold said he had his aortic valve replaced at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic medical center. He also shared several photos of himself walking around Cleveland and said he is […] More

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73-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he had undergone heart surgery. He shared a photo of himself at the hospital and wrote about the experience on social media. Arnold said he had his aortic valve replaced at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic medical center.

He also shared several photos of himself walking around Cleveland and said he is already recovering well! He wrote, “Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery. I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!”

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he had another heart surgery

Arnold has a congenital heart defect which means he has had heart problems his whole life. The surgery comes just two years after he had open-heart surgery to replace a pulmonary valve.

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Days before his surgery, he was posting on social media urging others to vote. While an esteemed actor, Arnold has been involved in politics as well. He was the governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

We wish Arnold a speedy recovery! It is great news to see him already up and walking around.

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Breaking: Country Singer Jerry Jeff Walker Dies At Age 78 https://doyouremember.com/128487/jerry-jeff-walker-dead Sat, 24 Oct 2020 17:05:16 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128487 Jerry Jeff Walker dies at age 78. He is best-known for writing the hit song “Mr. Bojangles.” The song would go on to be covered by some big names and reach commercial success.   It has been reported that country singer Jerry Jeff Walker has died at the age of 78. He was a singer-songwriter […] More

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  • Jerry Jeff Walker dies at age 78.
  • He is best-known for writing the hit song “Mr. Bojangles.”
  • The song would go on to be covered by some big names and reach commercial success.

 

It has been reported that country singer Jerry Jeff Walker has died at the age of 78. He was a singer-songwriter best known for writing “Mr. Bojangles.” Walker’s publicist confirmed the sad news to Rolling Stone.

Walker first got his start as a teenager in local bands before joining the National Guard after he finished high school. He soon took on the life of a true traveling musician when he began busking for money throughout the country. Walker would go on to take the stage name Jerry Jeff Walker in the mid-’60s before making his way to New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene. Walker recorded two albums with a band called Circus Maximus before moving onto a solo career.

Remembering Jerry Jeff Walker

His best-known song “Mr. Bojangles” was released in 1968. It would actually reach insane commercial success when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made it into a Top 10 hit in 1971. Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., JJ Cale, John Denver, and more would go on to produce their own covers of the hit song. This soon would help the song become an American classic.

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Health issues in his later years

In 2017, Walker revealed he was diagnosed with throat cancer and also survived a “near-death experience.” He says, “At one point I had chemo, radiation and pneumonia, and a blood infection — all at the same time. That’s where I became touch and go. As we were at the bottom, [wife] Susan said somewhere in there, ‘Do you want to fight? You want to fight for this?’

Walker would go on to survive this near-death bout and go on to release a last record called It’s About Time in 2018. Despite his health issues, there is no reported cause of death as of this time. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan, daughter Jessie Jane, and son Django Walker. May he rest in peace.

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This Song Was Meant For ‘Rocky III’ But Ended Up In Another Classic Fighting Movie https://doyouremember.com/128344/youre-the-best-rocky-iii-karate-kid Sat, 24 Oct 2020 13:00:56 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128344 Rocky’s the best, around. Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down, he’s the best, around! That was the sentiment meant for Rocky Balboa in Rocky III. Instead, the movie’s song became “Eye of the Tiger.” But then what happened to “You’re the Best?” Ultimately, that song stilll ended up with a movie featuring a lot of […] More

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Rocky’s the best, around. Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down, he’s the best, around! That was the sentiment meant for Rocky Balboa in Rocky III. Instead, the movie’s song became “Eye of the Tiger.” But then what happened to “You’re the Best?”

Ultimately, that song stilll ended up with a movie featuring a lot of fighting. Except, instead of boxing, the main character mastered karate. Hints of this transition actually exist in the unchanged lyrics of the song. And this tune isn’t the only thing tying these classics together.

“You’re the Best,” just not for ‘Rocky III’

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Rocky III now inspires people to sing “Eye of the Tiger” / MGM/UA Entertainment Co. via Rotten Tomatoes

1981 saw the third installment in the Rocky franchise enter the production phase. But this endeavor required a lot of moving parts – including a rousing soundtrack to suit the theme of the movie and its actions. For this, music master Bill Conti collaborated with lyricist Allee Willis and singer Joe Esposito. They understood Sylvester Stallone wanted a theme that had a youthful flair to it. So, they composed “You’re the Best,” specifically with Rocky III in mind. Remember this for later…

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However, Stallone reached out to Jim Peterik, founder of Survivor. After seeing a montage of film footage that shows where the song would be featured, Peterik worked with Frankie Sullivan and made a song that fit the movie’s theme and action. Stallone ultimately passed on “You’re the Best” when confornted with it and instead fell in love with “Eye of the Tiger.” In fact, all it took was the song’s demo. This ended up a fortunate turnout because their schedule was tight so they just used that demo of “Eye of the Tiger” for the final cut of the movie. The song went on to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks in a row.

The ties that bind

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The Karate Kid ended up with “You’re the Best” / Columbia Pictures via Business Insider

Rocky III released on May 28, 1982. In the next two years, “You’re the Best” faced a bumpy road, having been rejected by Flashdance as well in favor of the song “Maniac.” It seemed a track without a movie, until a director by the name of John G. Avildsen came along. By this point, he’d directed the hit Rocky (1976) film and had a new fighting-themed project underway: The Karate Kid. Upon hearing “You’re the Best,” Avildsen loved the track so much, he too used its original iteration for his movie.

The bonds between The Karate Kid and Rocky III continue. First and foremost, they share a director, at least for some of the films, and essentially a song. But also, traces of this tie exist right in the lyrics. Because Esposito, Conti, and Willis composed “You’re the Best” with Rocky III in mind, the line “history repeats itself” suits Rocky’s third big installment but not Daniel LaRusso’s first All-Valley Karate Championship. In a way, the spinoff series to The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai, references this connection. The main character, original antagonist Johnny Lawrence recalls his first date occurring right when “Rocky III had just come out.” The Karate kid himself Ralph Macchio was, unsurprisingly, a major fan of the Rocky series. So imagine his delight when a song destined for Rocky III ended up playing for his character’s own big fighting montage.

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Learn About The Woman Who Had The Idea For ‘Jeopardy!’ https://doyouremember.com/128293/julann-merv-griffin-wife-idea-for-jeopardy Sat, 24 Oct 2020 11:00:37 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128293 Jeopardy! has been around for about 40 years. Even longtime fans of the game show might be surprised at who created the show. Merv Griffin is created as the creator of Jeopardy! but it turns out it wasn’t actually his idea. His ex-wife Julann Wright actually had the idea in the ’60s that eventually became […] More

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Jeopardy! has been around for about 40 years. Even longtime fans of the game show might be surprised at who created the show. Merv Griffin is created as the creator of Jeopardy! but it turns out it wasn’t actually his idea. His ex-wife Julann Wright actually had the idea in the ’60s that eventually became Jeopardy!

Of course, Merv made the show happen among many other popular hit shows. He probably wouldn’t have been able to create it without the idea from Julann! The longtime host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek once opened up about the history of the show. He has been the host since 1984.

Julann Wright had the idea for ‘Jeopardy!’

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From left: Merv Griffin, Julann Griffin at home, 1969 / Everett Collection

Alex said, “Merv was trying to come up with an idea for a new game show. Julann suggested giving the contestants the answers. Julann then gave him an example of how it would work. I have heard two different stories about what she suggested as the first ‘Jeopardy!’ clue. One version has her saying, ‘The answer is 5,280,’ and Merv asking, ‘How many feet are in a mile?’”

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He continued, “The other version has her saying, ’79 Wistful Vista,’ and him asking, ‘Where did [radio show characters] Fibber McGee and Molly live?’ Whichever one it was, it convinced Merv to pursue the idea. And that’s how ‘Jeopardy!’ came to be.”

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‘JEOPARDY,’ host Alex Trebek, (ca. 2005), 1984-. © Sony Pictures Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

In addition, Merv created the iconic jingle that plays during Final Jeopardy. It is called Think! and at first, it was a lullaby written for his son. Good thing he decided to use it for the show because Merv once said before his death that the 30-second song made him millions.

Did you know that Merv Griffin’s ex-wife had the idea for Jeopardy?

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‘The Jack Benny Program’: 70 Years of the Show That Helped Create Sitcoms: 1950 to 2020 https://doyouremember.com/128475/jack-benny-70-year-anniversary Sat, 24 Oct 2020 01:04:21 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128475 When you hear the name Jack Benny, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s his reputation as the world’s greatest cheapskate, who, when confronted by a robber demanding his money or his life, responded, “I’m thinking it over!” Or perhaps the guy who spent the last 40 years of his life proclaiming he was still 39 […] More

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When you hear the name Jack Benny, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s his reputation as the world’s greatest cheapskate, who, when confronted by a robber demanding his money or his life, responded, “I’m thinking it over!” Or perhaps the guy who spent the last 40 years of his life proclaiming he was still 39 or was master of the comic pause. Most likely, though, it would be his classic TV show The Jack Benny Program, which made its television debut 70 years ago this month — and is the subject of a major marathon and online events presented by the AntennaTV network.

Observes Ty Rohrer, Manager of Cultural Arts, Waukegan Park District and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, “Jack Benny is one of those rare entertainers. He starts out in vaudeville playing classical music. He eventually adapts to doing comedy. From there he is given the chance on the radio. Where many successful vaudeville performers failed on radio, Benny thrived and really put his stamp on that genre. His radio fame leads to starring roles in movies, some receiving good acclaim, but audiences never seemed to see him as a movie star or draw. But then television comes along. Successful radio performers failed in the transition, but, again, not Jack Benny.

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“Benny,” he continues, “takes all of his past entertainment experience and beautifully incorporates it into his television show, like breaking the fourth wall. Benny not only helps define the modern sitcom, but he also showcases entertainers through numerous genres. The Jack Benny Program also is the first television show to have a regular African American cast member in Eddie Rochester Anderson.”

Who was Jack Benny’s Sidekick?

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To get a true sense of the comic genius of Jack Benny and sidekicks Mary Livingstone (also his wife), Eddie Anderson, singer Gene McNulty as Dennis Day, announcer Don Wilson and an assortment of others who drift in and out of the show, on October 24 AntennaTV will be airing 70 back-to-back episodes of The Jack Benny Program beginning at 10a.m. and continuing through Sunday October 25 at 8:30 p.m. Watching them may provide an explanation for why it was so incredibly popular in its day.

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From left: Jack Benny, Joan Benny, Mary Livingstone, 1936

In an exclusive conversation, Jack’s daughter, Joan Benny, comments, “He was famous. There was even a magazine article, I believe in was in 1938, that said the most recognized voice in America was first Jack Benny and second FDR. Somebody else told me when I was writing my book [Sunday Nights at Seven] that in New York when it was hot, and this was before air conditioning, if you were playing on the street, with all the windows open you never missed a word of The Jack Benny Show, because everybody was playing it on their radios and the sound was coming out of the windows.

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Jack Benny, Eddie Anderson as Rochester on CBS Radio Network, 1951

“His appeal?” she adds rhetorically. “I don’t have an answer for that. He said in an interview that he had all the foibles that normal people have and they identified with him. The miser, the somewhat pompous, somewhat put upon guy — all the things that he was on that show, he said was a reflection of the population in general. People identified with that and they also knew in spite of his character, he only played being cheap. People knew that he was a nice man under whatever it was he was playing. He came across as being a really nice person.”

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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM, Jack Benny, 1950-1965

Elaborating on that, Tom Vodick, creative director at AntennaTV, emphasizes, “There is only one Jack. His timing, his delivery. I don’t think a comedian today on TV could get away with Jack’s long comedic pauses and survive in our short-attention span world. I’ve heard sitcom creator Chuck Lorre’s rule is to get a joke/laugh in about every 20 seconds. Jack’s pauses and glares at the camera almost lasted that long! But I think because of his different and original style, it still holds up. It’s refreshing. And certainly the older viewers who remember Jack from radio or the TV show, long for seeing that again.”

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Jack Benny at his childhood home.

As to the decision to air this marathon, he notes, “The Jack Benny Program has been a big part of AntennaTV’s success in its 10 years. It’s among the classic black and white nostalgia shows our viewers really like. So, it only made sense when the 70th anniversary of its television premiere came up, we recognized it. We’ve done previous marathons of Jack Benny as well that were not tied to anniversaries, like for New Year’s Eve.”

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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM, Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone and Don Wilson, 1950-1965.

Fans should note that on October 24, Antenna TV is posting a mini-documentary of sorts to Facebook, which is about Jack’s relationship with Waukegan, where he grew up.  A promo will be running on-air during the marathon with information. Then, on October 25, AntennaTV will be in Waukegan, Illinois, doing Facebook lives at various places that have to do with Jack, including his childhood home, the theater where Man About Town premiered and shots of his original trunk from his vaudeville days.

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THE JACK BENNY SHOW, George Burns, Jack Benny, 1950-65

In terms of keeping Jack relevant to the modern audience, Ty points out, “I have found that younger audiences, especially in Waukegan, know of Jack Benny but do not necessarily know what he did. Many Waukegan children are familiar with the Jack Benny statue in the downtown area or the Jack Benny name because of the school named in his honor. They see the statue where Benny is holding his violin with his classic pose that always brought a laugh from the audience. Many children seeing the violin think that Benny was a musician. Of course they are not wrong, but from the statue they do not get the complete story of who Benny was. I have found though that the young audiences, once introduced to Benny’s comedy on the radio and television, really enjoy him and his comedy still relates today.”

For anyone planning on visiting the Waukegan Historical Society, there are some interesting Jack Benny artifacts in its collections, most significantly the clothes trunk that he used in his first year out in vaudeville. Most other items are from various trips that Benny made back to Waukegan. Right now, the Waukegan History Museum is open by appointment only and free tour tickets can be reserved.

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Listen To Haunting Isolated Vocals Of John Lennon And Paul McCartney In “If I Fell” https://doyouremember.com/127871/the-beatles-if-i-fell-isolated-vocals Sat, 24 Oct 2020 01:00:51 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=127871 The final musical product listeners hear omes from a lot of parts coming together. Songwriters adjust lyrics, composers create the notes, and musicians master their rhythms. But each component has to stand on its own. Isolating certain elements shows how strong the parts are. This version of “If I Fell” with John Lennon and Paul […] More

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The final musical product listeners hear omes from a lot of parts coming together. Songwriters adjust lyrics, composers create the notes, and musicians master their rhythms. But each component has to stand on its own. Isolating certain elements shows how strong the parts are. This version of “If I Fell” with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with isolated vocals, shows all this off beautifully.

This video comes from the page The Beatles Vocal Harmony. Italian YouTuber Galeazzo Frudua created the page to promote “the music of the greatest band ever.” The page boasts instructional videos, tributes, and deconstructions.

Explore the history of “If I Fell”

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney for A Hard Day’s Night / Everett Collection

British rock band the Beatles released “If I Fell” in 1964. In the U.K., it appeared in the album A Hard Day’s Night and in the U.S. album Something New. Paul McCartney worked with John Lennon and explained, “We wrote ‘If I Fell’ together.” It’s part of the Lennon-McCartney label’s biggest ballad attempt.

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Already, the song demands attention to harmonies. Lennon took the lower pitches and McCartney took the higher ones. As the song went through the creation process, the lyrics went through several changes. The tempo received a similar treatment as the song became almost an inside joke between McCartney and Lennon. Reportedly, they even once introduced it as “If I Fell Over.”

Removing layers only reveals more

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Neither band member could sing “If I Fell” without laughing / Everett Collection

Even with the vocals isolated, “If I Fell,” sung by McCartney and Lennon, has powerful layers to observe. Some of it comes from the sheer haunting quality of this dissected track. Additionally, more emphasis falls on the lyrics and meaning behind them.

But listeners can also glean a lot in the performance unique to the duo. Comments in the video rightfully note how McCartney had trouble holding a note. With this in mind, listeners could then note it’s “clearly heard they are both smiling after Paul’s mistake.” The Paul McCartney Project actually notes the pair more often than not sang with their laughter plainly audible. Only these two could create a song that’s both chilling and heartwarming at the same time.

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Here’s Why Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell’s First Date Was Interrupted By The Police https://doyouremember.com/128145/goldie-hawn-kurt-russell-first-date Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:00:08 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128145 Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are one of the most unique famous couples around. In their relationship of over 30 years, they have brought together a beautiful blended family and raised four children. Hawn and Russell have also refused to give into preconceived ideas about what a long-term relationship should look like. A few years […] More

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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are one of the most unique famous couples around. In their relationship of over 30 years, they have brought together a beautiful blended family and raised four children. Hawn and Russell have also refused to give into preconceived ideas about what a long-term relationship should look like.

A few years ago Hawn opened up about her decision with Russell not to get married. She told Loose that she and Russell both have the freedom to make their own decisions, but “For me, I chose to stay. Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice.” With a relationship as interesting as Hawn and Russell’s, it makes sense that their first date got a little crazy.

First Date

In the ’80s Hawn and Russell were cast together in the movie Swing Shift. To prepare for their roles, the pair decided to go dancing. Hawn wanted to find a place where they could practice swing dancing for the movie. “The Playboy Club was the only place that had that,” Russell explained on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show, Harry. “So we went to the Playboy Club, and I just immediately was having a great time with this girl, Goldie.”

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After the Club, the couple wanted to spend more time together. Hawn had recently purchased a home to renovate, but she didn’t have her key. So problem-solving Hawn and Russell just broke in. “We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture,” Russell remembered, “and we were in the imaginary bedroom, now, and we are realistically having sex.”  The pair were then interrupted by police officers responding to the break-in.

A Fond Memory

Luckily the bizarre incident didn’t ruin Hawn and Russell’s first date. The pair simply took the police officer’s suggestion to leave and get a hotel room instead. Despite the interruption, Russell remembers that night fondly. “That was our first date,” he said. “It was a lot of fun, I’ll tell you what. I can’t believe it was a long time ago.” Leave it to Hawn and Russell to have such an interesting first date story.

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Take a Look at the Cast of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ — Then and Now 2020 https://doyouremember.com/128357/everybody-loves-raymond-cast-now Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:05:15 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128357 Catch a rerun or two of Everybody Loves Raymond and you’ll instantly be reminded that the show has one of the best ensembles ever put together for a TV sitcom. Starting at the top with Ray Romano, whose life initially served as the inspiration for his stand-up routine and then — with the guidance of series co-creator […] More

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Catch a rerun or two of Everybody Loves Raymond and you’ll instantly be reminded that the show has one of the best ensembles ever put together for a TV sitcom. Starting at the top with Ray Romano, whose life initially served as the inspiration for his stand-up routine and then — with the guidance of series co-creator Phil Rosenthal — this 1996 to 2005 series. But he’s far from the only one with such comic talent.

Patricia Heaton plays his wife, Debra, who loves him, but is constantly tormented by his overbearing family who have zero problems dropping by whenever they feel like (though Debra is seldom at a loss for words in response). Which leads, of course, to that family: Doris Roberts as his mother, Marie, who has an opinion on everything and strikes fear in everyone around her; Peter Boyle as her husband, Frank, whose picture should be in the dictionary next to the word cantankerous; and Brad Garrett as Raymond’s brother, Robert — extremely tall, insecure and threatened by anything Raymond has in life, and who also happens to be a cop.

Enjoy the following look back at all of them, then and now.

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Ray Romano (Ray Barone)

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Phil Rosenthal may be credited as the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, but there’s no denying that much of it starts with real-life comedian Ray Romano, whose stand-up act based on his own interactions with his family served as fodder for the series. He was born Raymond Albert Romano on December 21, 1957, in New York City. He actually studied accounting while briefly attending Queens College in Flushing, New York, but that simply didn’t add up (sorry).

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Ray’s first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman (Worldwide Pants)

Experience from his early years includes competing in the 1989 Johnnie Walker Comedy Search, which saw him shooting a short that aired on The Comedy Channel. He created a stand-up routine that he brought to different clubs, competed In the stand-up comedy category of the television series Star Search, had a recurring voice role on the animated show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, was originally cast on the sitcom NewsRadio, but was ultimately let go, and then did his routine on Late Show with David Letterman. CBS took note of the latter and it wasn’t long before the elements of Everybody Loves Raymond came together.

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This was a time when America really seemed to be embracing the idea of stand-up comedians at the center of sitcoms, like Tim Allen (Home Improvement), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) and Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld). Needless to say, Ray fit right in and would ultimately be nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, taking home the gold in 2002. In 1998, he opened the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

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During and after his years on Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray voiced the character of wooly mammoth Manny in a total of five Ice Age feature films and three video games; as well as Eulogy (2004), Rob the Mob (2014), The Big Sick (2017), Bad Education and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (both 2019).

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On television, he brought the character of Ray Barone to Cosby (1997), four episodes of The King of Queens between 1998 and 2005, The Nanny (reuniting with former classmate Fran Drescher) and Becker (1999). There were a number of guest appearances on different shows, and he was a part of Men of a Certain Age (2009 to 2011), playing opposite Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula; 44 episodes of Parenthood between 2012 and 2015; HBO’s Vinyl (2016) and, beginning in 2017 and continuing to today, Get Shorty. He will be the star of Made for Love, a dark comedy coming to the HBOMax streaming service.

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Ray has been married to wife Anna Scarpulia since 1987. Like Ray Barone, they have a daughter, Alexandra “Ally” Romano; and twin sons Gregory and Matthew, who were given the names Geoffrey and Michael on the show. Robert Barone is a composite of Ray’s two brothers, Robert (a teacher) and Richard (a member of the NYPD). Ray is 62.

Patricia Heaton (Debra Barone)

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Patricia Helen Heaton was born March 4, 1958, in Bay Village, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts in drama. Moving to New York City in 1980, she began studying with drama teacher William Esper and, seven years later, made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Don’t Get God Started. This led her and other students to create the off-Broadway acting troupe, Stage Three.

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One of the group’s productions was mounted in Los Angeles, which is where the casting director for the drama thirtysomething saw Patricia acting, resulting in her playing oncologist Dr. Silverman in six episodes of the show between 1989 and 1991. Some other guest-starring roles followed, as did a gig as series regular on Room for Two (1992 to 1993), which saw her playing opposite Linda Lavin.

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Prior to Everybody Loves Raymond, she was a regular on the short-lived Someone Like Me (1994) and co-starred with Delta Burke in Women of the House (1995). There were also the films Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).

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Over the years, Patricia has starred in a number of TV movies, the miniseries The Path to 9/11 (2006) and starred in the series Back to You (2007 to 2008) with Dr. Frasier Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer; as Frankie Heck in the long-running The Middle (2009 to 2018), the cooking show Patricia Heaton Parties (2015 to 2016) and, most recently, Carol’s Second Act (2019 to 2020).

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Winner of three Emmy Awards (two for Raymond, one for Patricia Heaton Parties), her first marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church and in 1990 she married English actor and director David Hunt, the two of them dividing their time between Los Angeles and England. She is the mother of four. Patricia is 62.

Brad Garrett (Robert Barone)

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While it’s true everybody loves Raymond, there are a lot of people who love Robert Barone, too. The man who plays him, actor Brad Garrett, was born Bradley Henry Gerstenfeld on April 4, 1960, in Woodlawn Hills, California. He only attended UCLA for two months before deciding to drop out and pursue a career in standup comedy. He began by playing comedy clubs in Hollywood and ended up being the first person to win $100,000 on Star Search. This in turn led to an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which then turned into him becoming an opening act for performers like Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and many others.

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Expanding his horizons, he turned to acting and provided the voice of Hulk Hogan for the animated show Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling before guest-starring on Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Mad About You. He starred in the short-lived 1995 series The Pursuit of Happiness and scored some notice for his role in the film Suicide Kings (1997).

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Naturally, Everybody Loves Raymond launched him to a whole new kind of stardom, and his role as Robert nabbed him two Emmy Awards. After the show ended its run, he appeared in a variety of TV movies (including playing Jackie Gleason in 2002’s Gleason) and has been a series regular on ‘Til Death (2006 to 2010), How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) (2013), The Crazy Ones (2013 to 2014), Fargo (2015), I’m Dying Up Here (2018), Single Parents (2018 to 2020) and three episodes of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020). On top of all of that, he’s voiced dozens of animated characters in feature films (including Eeyore in Christopher Robin), TV shows, and video games.

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Brad was married to Jill Diven from 1999 until their divorce in 2007; they’re parents to two children. He is reportedly engaged to girlfriend IsaBeall Quella. Brad is 60.

Doris Roberts (Marie Barone)

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Although she had enjoyed a long successful career as an actress before Everybody Loves Raymond, it was her role as Marie Barone that would ensure Doris Roberts would live on as a part of TV history. Just a perfect blending of performer and character. She was born November 4, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, and began her career on a 1951 episode of the anthology television series Studio One. This was followed by episodes of Studio One in Hollywood, Suspense, and Look Up and Live.

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CHEATERS, from left, Doris Roberts, Jack Weston, Biltmore Theater, 1978 (photo by Ken Howard)

She made her Broadway debut in 1955’s The Time of Your Life, which would be followed over the years by The Desk Set (1955 to 1956), Marathon ’33 (1963 to 1964), the closed-before-it-opened The Office (1966), Under the Weather (1966), The Natural Look (1967), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969 to 1971), The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild (1972), Bad Habits (1974) and Cheaters (1978). The big screen beckoned in 1961 with Something Wild, and she would appear in nearly 50 movies between that and 2016’s Job’s Daughter.

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But it was really through television that Doris became best known, making dozens of guest appearances and starring in a variety of TV movies. She had recurring or starring roles on a number of series, including Norman Lear’s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (three episodes in 1976), Barney Miller (four episodes between 1978 and 1980), Soap (four episodes in 1978), as Theresa Falco on Angie (1979 to 1980), Maggie (1981), as Mildred Krebs on the Pierce Brosnan series Remington Steele (1983 to 1987), The Boys (1993), six episodes of Dream On as Angie Pedalbee (1993 to 1995) and then, of course, Everybody Loves Raymond.

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In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Doris related her approach to Marie Barone: “If you play her as written, she is a control freak. She’s a pain in the neck — and I’ve raised the area of the anatomy above that — and a buttinski. I mean, she’s so many things that are annoying, but I make you laugh. The smart thing that I’ve done as the character is making her a cross between Ray Romano’s mother, who was an Italian American, and Phil Rosenthal’s, who was a German Jew. Now, from my point of view, the German Jew is cerebral and the Italian American is visceral. So I’ve combined those two and that’s why you laugh at me. If you didn’t, if you found her to be too much, you wouldn’t find her funny.”

Needless to say, we did.

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After the show came to an end in 2005, Doris continued moving from show to show and TV movie to TV movie. The point is, she continued to act, her last TV series being three episodes of Melissa & Joey (2013 to 2014) and her final TV movie 2016’s Adam Astra Casting. In between, she reunited with Patricia Heaton in three episodes of The Middle.

Doris won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild award. An animal rights advocate, she also testified before congress regarding age discrimination in Hollywood. In 2003 she co-wrote a combination memoir and cookbook, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laugh and Lasagna. She was married to Michael E. Cannata from 1956 to 1962, and William Goyen from 1963 until his death in 1983. The mother of one, Doris herself died April 17, 2016, at the age of 90 following years of struggling with pulmonary hypertension.

Peter Boyle (Frank Barone)

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While the entire main cast of Everybody Loves Raymond was stellar, the true scene-stealer was Peter Boyle who always had something funny to say in virtually every circumstance. He was born on October 18, 1935, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy in 1959 but suffered a nervous breakdown that resulted in his being discharged.

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Moving to New York City, he began to pursue acting and scored the role of Murray the Cop in the national tour of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple from 1965 to 1967. He would appear on Broadway as part of Paul Sills’ Story Theatre (1970 to 1971) and The Roast (1980). He first achieved acclaim for 1970’s Joe, in which he played Joe Curran and a violent bigot. Turned off by the way people seemed to enjoy him in the part, he actually turned down the lead in the following year’s The French Connection, believing it was too violent (the part would ultimately go to Gene Hackman). Around this time, Boyle would team up with good friend Jane Fonda for protests against the Vietnam War.

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He would go on to star in over 60 films between Joe and 2008’s All Roads Lead Home, including The Candidate (1972), Steelyard Blues (1973), playing Frankenstein’s Monster in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Outland (1986), The Dream Team (1989), Macolm X (1992), Dr. Dolittle (1998), and Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause trilogy.

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He counts among his television credits prior to Everybody Loves Raymond  Cagney & Lacey, three episodes of Midnight Caller, two episodes of Flying Blind, five episodes of NYPD Blue, and two episodes each of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and The Single Guy. He also played the character of Frank Barone on Cosby (1997) and The King of Queens (1998). His last TV credit was in an episode of Tripping the Rift (2005). He won an Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Drama Series in The X-Files and was nominated seven times for Raymond.

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Peter married Loraine Alterman in 1977 and had two children. Suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease, he died on December 12, 2006, at the age of 71.

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WATCH: Man Cleverly Mashes Up The Beach Boys With The Beastie Boys And It Sounds Incredible https://doyouremember.com/128165/mash-up-beach-boys-beastie-boys Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:00:02 +0000 https://doyouremember.com/?p=128165 A man by the name of Kevin Miller recorded, produced, and uploaded a video of himself singing a mashup of The Beach Boys and The Beastie Boys and it’s kind of amazing. You’d think that two groups from two very different music genres would not mesh well together, but it absolutely does. He specifically takes […] More

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A man by the name of Kevin Miller recorded, produced, and uploaded a video of himself singing a mashup of The Beach Boys and The Beastie Boys and it’s kind of amazing. You’d think that two groups from two very different music genres would not mesh well together, but it absolutely does. He specifically takes the songs “I Get Around” and “Fight For Your Right” to make for a gorgeously sung medley.

Miller took the lyrics of the Beastie Boys tune and sung it to the tune of the Beach Boys‘ classic hit. And it just works. What’s even more fitting is the title of the video; The Beachstie Boys.

The Beach Boys and The Beastie Boys = The Beachstie Boys

WATCH: Man Cleverly Mashes Up The Beach Boys With The Beastie Boys And It Sounds Incredible
The Beach Boys and The Beastie Boys / Wikimedia Commons

Miller sings the entire thing, complete with the same harmonies that mimick that of The Beach Boys. You can definitely tell he’s a singer with how effortless the mash-up seems to be! And people are definitely noticing. “This guy had an idea and put it to YouTube and you can tell that he loved every minute of creating it. We need more people like this in the world,” one fan writes.

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Another says, “DUUUUUDE. Excellent work! Hilarious and perfect arrangement. 10/10 would recommend.” One person shares in the comments that the video was actually shared on Brian Wilson’s Facebook page as well! Definitely a clever twist on some classic songs. Check it out below!

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