Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Animation Fun Facts for March 3, 2015

B-Dayz: George Pullman  of Pullman Railroad cars, General Matthew Ridgeway, Jean Harlow, Diana Barrymore, Akira Ifukube the composer of the music scores to movies like Godzilla, Tone Loc, Jacky Joyner-Kersee, James Doohan, Ronald Searle, Bruno Bozzetto, Will Eisner, Bobby Driscoll, Herschel Walker, George Miller, Miranda Richardson is 57

1875-Claude Bizet's opera CARMEN debuts. Parisians usually go to see comedies at the Opera Comique and most thought this would be about the adventures of a coquettish Spanish gypsy. Instead they saw one of the great dark dramas of opera, a story of sexual power and obsession. The shocking sight of a slutty smuggler getting knifed by a burnout soldier driven mad with sex was so upsetting, it was booed off the stage. Bizet never got over the fiasco, he died six months later. Carmen is now one of the world's most famous operas.

1925- The Warner Bros started up LA’s first radio station, KFWB. Their father Ben had coined the letters to mean Keep Fighting Warner Bros, because of their constant bickering. It is still on the air today.

1950-Paramount's "Quack-a-Doodle-Doo" The first Baby Huey cartoon.

1950-Don Herbert teaches millions of kids about science as televisions Mr. Wizard.

1966- William Frawley, the bald, gravel-voiced neighbor Fred Murtz on I Love Lucy, had just seen the movie Inside Daisy Clover on Hollywood Blvd. He was outside the Knickerbocker Hotel when he lit a cigar, then dropped dead of a heart attack. He was 79. When his TV partner Vivian Vance heard the news, she said “ Champagne for Everyone!” They never liked each other much. She died in 1979.

1975- First meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club in a garage in Menlo Park Ca.

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