From Moses to Mean Joe Greene

Our Changing Cultural Vocabulary by Marc Jampole IT SEEMS as if it were only yesterday that America first saw the heart-rendering TV commercial in which Mean Joe Greene, a professional football player from the 1970s, throws a jersey to a young boy who offered him a Coke. The commercial, first introduced in 1979, makes all […]

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December 21: Paul Winchell

Ventriloquist Paul Winchell was born on this date in 1922. With his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff, Winchell hosted one of the most popular children’s television shows of the mid-1960s and (along with Shari Lewis) introduced the MAD magazine generation to the magic of ventriloquism. Winchell was also an inventor, the first person to […]

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