Olympics – 1980 Road To Moscow – Canoeist Angus Morrison & Kayaker Ann Turner

DOG ASIDE: Angus Gault Morrison (born March 11, 1952) is an American retired slalom and sprint canoeist….who competed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He finished tenth in the C-1 slalom event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich….and four years later at the 1976 Montreal Games….Morrison was eliminated in the repechages of the C-1 500m…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Special – Road To Moscow – USA Pentathlete Jane Fredericks

DOG ASIDE: Jane Wardell Frederick (born April 7, 1952) is a former heptathlete from the United States….who set the first official world record in the women’s heptathlon….by gaining a total number of 6104 points on April 24, 1981 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.  Frederick had been one of the many 1980 USS…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Special – Road To Moscow – Australia Swimmer Tracy Wickham

DOG ASIDE: ABC did some wonderful profiles of many athletes who competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….as this video piece provides proof in the pudding….for it gives the viewer what it is like to compete on a world stage….and what it is like to be a big fish in a small pond….a world class…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Highlights With Jim McKay

DOG ASIDE: This video gives highlights of Tom Petronoff, Edwin Moses, Carl Lewis in track and field…..with women’s platform diving starting with the 8th dive of the competition….then highlights of the USA women’s volleyball…..and boxing brought to you by Howard Cosell with US boxers Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker….followed by women’s gymnastics with Jack Whitaker…

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…