From Alan H – Mr. Pop – Who came out with the first “replay” recorder for TV and when was it first used?
Mr. Pop History – Instant replay for sports began during the early 1960′s with conventional “quad” video tape recorders – but the process was cumbersome.
Seeing the problem, VTR maker Ampex came to the rescue in 1967 – with a dedicated replay device and that machine was first used by ABC Sports during the U.S. skiing championships.
These were not tape machines. Instead, they used a disc (analog) – a huge advantage when you want to call-up a replay. No rewinding. They came complete with variable speed/reverse plus stop motion. By 1971, some 100 Ampex color instant replay machines were in use by networks and larger TV stations.
From Dan R – When did we know that Bluetooth was going to be big?
Mr. Pop History – Bluetooth took-off in the year 2000 when a group of hi-tech companies agreed to use the wireless technology – nearly 1,600 in all. And, that’s when it came to market.
Two Los Angeles County teenagers are suing Facebook, claiming the social network effectively sold their names and images to advertisers without parental per ission. The lawsuit challenges a Facebook feature that allows members to note that they like an advertised service or product. Facebook broadcasts those endorsements to the user’s friends. The lawsuit also claims minors unwittingly endorse Facebook when people typing their names in a search engine are steered to a Facebook sign-up page. The plaintiffs say Palo Alto-based Facebook is violating a California law that requires parental consent for children to make commercial endorsements. The teens seek unspecified damages. Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes says the lawsuit is meritless. He notes Facebook doesn’t allow users under 18 to let their profiles appear on public search engines.
More Paris – The socialite was arrested on the Las Vegas Strip late Friday after police saw a cloud of what they suspected was marijuana smoke wafting from the windows of a black Cadillac Escalade driven by her boyfriend, then found a small amount of cocaine in her possession. Lt. Wayne Holman said. The 29-year-old socialite and Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits were booked into the Clark County jail, police said. Hilton was released early Saturday morning without bail.
Remember – Earlier This Week – Socialite Paris Hilton called police on Tuesday after seeing a man wielding two large knives and banging on her windows, apparently trying to break into her Los Angeles home. “So Scary, just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knifes. Cops are here arresting him,” Hilton said in a Twitter message.
Syndicated radio host and Fox news’ Glenn Beck … and what many consider his boldest move yet: Saturday’s “Restoring Hour” rally (August 28) in Washington, D.C., which is drawing around 500,000 conservatives. Not only has Beck courted controversy by scheduling this ostensibly “non-political” rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech, he’s booked the same location: The Lincoln Memorial. Here’s a concise guide to the goings-on:
From Craig V – Mr. Pop – I heard before JFK was assassinated, a rather odd home movie was made by him – showing his death.
Mr. Pop Culture – Such a movie was made on that Labor Day weekend in 1963. According to the book, “A Hero for Our Time” by Ralph Martin – the movie shows Kennedy leaving his Honey Fitz yacht and suddenly – clutches his chest then falls to the ground. Several people including his wife Jackie, are shown walking past his body like nothing happened.
Sounds more like a Frank Zappa music video.
No such film is in the archives at the JFK library – and – it is indeed a mystery.
From Jimmy H – Mariah Carey was a true superstar during the 1990′s, but hit rock bottom shortly thereafter. When?
Mr. Pop History – Due to her bizarre public behavior and sinking album sales, I’d say it was when Virgin Records dropped her. This was in 2002. She had a little comeback in 2005 with “The Emancipation of Mimi” and today – she’s there – but not really a shining star.
From Jeneene S – Mr. Pop. Was looking at Nancy Sinatra’s greatest hits and noticed contributions by Lee Hazelwood as a producer and songwriter with Nancy on certain songs. Was that her father’s idea?
Mr. Pop History – No. Lee Hazelwood was a producer, songwriter and part-time singer, although not the best. Someone once told me he sounded like – well, what John Wayne would sounded like if he sang a song. I thought that was funny.
He was brought to Frank Sinatra’s “Reprise” label to produce Dino, Desi & Billy, then he began working with label mate Nancy Sinatra. He wrote her biggest hit, “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and continued to write and produce her songs – and even sang with her on several minor hits.
He also produced the #1 hit “Something Stupid” with Nancy and her father.
He once said of the line, “One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you” – that it came from a western movie.
The village of Cridersville, Ohio, describes itself as “small town America at its very best.” On Aug. 21, the town will honor the frontman for the 1980s heavy metal band Twisted Sister by changing its name to Snidersville after Dee Snider. Snider himself, will embark on a motorcycle ride from Lima, Ohio, to the newly-named Snidersville to raise money for the March of Dimes. The town of 1,500 residents agreed to change the name for one day after Snider jokingly requested it do so on his nationally syndicated “House of Hair” radio show.
Madonna has been hit with a lawsuit over her new “Material Girl” ” fashion line for teenagers by a California clothing company that says it has been using the name since 1997. L.A Triumph filed a lawsuit against the pop superstar in the California Central District court on Thursday, just two weeks after the Madonna line went on sale in Macy’s. The company said in its suit that it has been “continually selling similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under their Material Girl brand since at least 1997, and Madonna and her newfound company do not have the right to trade in the same space under this brand.”
‘Back to the Future’ star Michael J. Fox is heading back for TV. According to reports, Fox will be guest-starring in the show “The Good Wife” on CBS. Fox’s role will be the role of Simon Canning, a shrew and cynical lawyer. The role will allegedly use Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to gain favor for his clients in court.
Facebook rolls out its long-awaited location feature, Facebook Places, an application that lets users “check in” on their mobile phones so friends know where they’re hanging out and what they’re doing. It’s a function similar to what apps such as Foursquare and Gowalla are already doing. But Facebook’s 500 million-user base dwarfs the 2 million-plus on Foursquare, meaning the “check-in” concept is probably new to a lot of folks. The app is perfect for thieves knowing you’re not at home.
From Michelle F – The duo “Wham!” with George Michael – when did they change their name to “Wham U.K?”
Mr. Pop History – It was around this time of the year (July/August) – in 1983. There was a legal hassle with a stateside (U.S.) group with the same name, even though – they really did nothing on the charts.
From Tim P – Who was the first well-known movie director to have a go at a music video?
Mr. Pop History – The year was 1983 when movie producer Bob Rafelson (The Postman Always Rings Twice & Five Easy Pieces) did the new Lionel Richie video for “All Night Long.” Right around that time, Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) directed a Billy Idol video.
From James A – Before ABC’s 20/20, they had tried another news magazine-type show. What was it?
Mr. Pop History – NBC and ABC envied the ratings and financial success of CBS’ 60 Minutes. It took ABC a while. One was something called “Seven Days” – a sort of week-in-review program. The problem – you couldn’t rerun it – and the ratings weren’t that good.
Over at NBC? Some 10 magazine shows came and went before they hit the right formula and timing. More in another Q&A.