Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Interview – Frank Gifford & Robert Conrad

DOG ASIDE: Robert Conrad is an American film and television actor….best known for his role in the 1965–69 television series The Wild Wild West….where he played the sophisticated Secret Service agent James T. West….and later portrayed World War II ace Pappy Boyington in the television series Black Sheep Squadron. He was a recording artist of…

ESPN – 1985 Sportscenter With Bob Ley & NFL Yearbook – 1984 San Francisco 49ers

DOG ASIDE: Bob Ley (born March 16, 1955) is a sports anchor and reporter for ESPN….who has won multiple Emmy Awards….is the longest tenured on-air employee of the network….having joined ESPN just three days after the network’s 1979 launch….for Bob Ley and Chris Berman have been the mainstays at ESPN…..when so many other sportscasters have come…

Comedy – Richard Pryor – Staying In Shape & Drowning & Kids & Mexicans & Stuttering Chineese

DOG ASIDE: In 1983, Pryor signed a five-year contract with Columbia Pictures for $40,000,000….and he started his own production company, Indigo Productions.  This resulted in the mainstreaming of Pryor’s onscreen persona and softer, more formulaic films like Superman III (1983)….which earned Pryor $4,000,000…. and Brewster’s Millions (1985), Moving (1988) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).…

Comedy – Richard Pryor – Peeing In The Woods & Muhammad Ali VS Leon Spinks

DOG ASIDE: In 1969, Pryor moved to Berkeley, California….where he immersed himself in the counterculture and rubbed elbows with the likes of Huey P. Newton and Ishmael Reed.  He signed with the comedy-oriented independent record label Laff Records in 1970….and in 1971 recorded his second album Craps (After Hours). Two years later, the relatively unknown comedian…

Comedy – Richard Pryor – Funerals & Cocaine & Whippings By Grandma & Hunting

DOG ASIDE: In 1963, Pryor moved to New York City and began performing regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen….where on one of his first nights….he opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone at New York’s Village Gate. Simone recalls Pryor’s bout of performance anxiety as follows….”He shook like he had…

Comedy – Richard Pryor – Pet Monkeys & Heart Attacks & Pissing In A Bottle & Dying

DOG ASIDE: Born on December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois….Pryor grew up in his grandmother’s brothel….where his mother, Gertrude L. (Thomas), practiced prostitution.  His father, LeRoy “Buck Carter” Pryor (June 7, 1915 – September 27, 1968) was a former boxer and hustler.  After his alcoholic mother abandoned him when he was 10….Pryor was raised primarily by his grandmother…

Comedy – Richard Pryor – On White People & The Brothers & Police After Shooting His Car

DOG ASIDE: Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and actor….who is currently listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central’s list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.  Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues….which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity….as well as…

NCAAM – NBC Special – Al McGuire Remembers Evansville & Previews 1985 Finals

DOG ASIDE: This video is dedicated to the 19 members of the Evansville Purple Aces team and coaching staff….who lost their lives on that dreadful day on December 13, 1977….when the Air Indiana Flight 216 Douglas DC-3 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team….crashed on takeoff at the Evansville Regional Airport in Evansville, Indiana. The aircraft…

NCAAM – NBC Special – Al McGuire On Coach Norm Ellenberger & Alburquerque

DOG ASIDE: In this video clip….NBC’s Al McGuire interviews prior University of New Mexico Lobos Coach Norm Ellenberger….then provides a thumb-nail sketch of Alburquerque, New Mexico…..the sight of the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four…..which was eventually won on a last second shot by Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State Wolfpack team over the high flying…