Comedy – 1980 – HBO Blockheads Special With Mariette Hartley Showcasing Ventrilloquist Professor Al Kantee

DOG ASIDE: Actress Mariette Hartley hosts this 1980 HBO Blockheads Special …..which featured some of the best ventriloquists in the world…..and Professor Al Kanzie….who is featured in this video clip seen herewith…. is one of Europe’s top mime ventriloquists…..as his performance is quite different than the typical ventriloquists….but provides a much more surprising dummy than usual.  For…

Boxing – 1988 – HBO Larry Merchant Studio Review Of Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks Heavywt Title Fight

DOG ASIDE: Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988…..when both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion. At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations of the WBC (World Boxing Council)…the WBA (World Boxing Association)….and IBF (International…

Boxing – 1989 – HBOs Larry Merchant PostFight Interview With Carl Williams After Loss To Mike Tyson

DOG ASIDE: Carl Williams (November 11, 1959 – April 7, 2013), nicknamed “The Truth” was an American boxer….who was the USBA United States Heavyweight Boxing champion….while having fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1980’s and 1990’s…..and is perhaps best known for having fought and lost to Mike Tyson in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight championship. The first round knockout…

Special – 1979 – HBO Daredevils – 45 Ft Swan Dive With Noose Around The Neck Of The Great Alexander

DOG ASIDE: A stunt performer is often referred to as a stuntman, stunt woman or daredevil, is a trained professional who performs stunts as a career. From its inception as a professional skill in the early 1900’s to the 1960’s….daredevil stunts were most often performed by professionals who had trained in that discipline prior to performing the stunts publicly.  Current film and television stunt performer…

Special – 1954 To 1979 – James Caan Hosts Sports Illustrated 25 Yr Anniversary – Hilites Of 1970s

DOG ASIDE: Sports Illustrated is an American sports magazine owned by Meredith Corporation….which was first published in August 1954….and today in 2018 has over 3 million subscribers….and is read by 23 million people each week….including over 18 million men.  It was the first magazine with circulation over one million to win the National Magazine Award for General Excellence twice. It is…

Boxing – 1990 – HBO Jim Lampley + Larry Merchant Review Buster Douglas 10th Rnd KO Of Mike Tyson

DOG ASIDE: Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas was billed as Tyson Is Back!….was a professional boxing match that occurred at the Tokyo Dome on February 11, 1990….which was a historically significant event….as the then-undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost by knockout to the 42–1 underdog James Buster Douglas….as even today, the fight is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history. In the tenth round Tyson…

Special – 1981 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of Year Sugar Ray Leonard + Years Highlights In Sports

DOG ASIDE: Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956) is best known as “Sugar“ Ray Leonard….is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, motivational speaker, and occasional actor….who is  often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time….as he competed from 1977 to 1997….while winning world titles in five weight divisions including the lineal championship in three weight divisions as…

Baseball – 1983 – Jonathan Winters Comedy Special – Salute To Baseball

DOG COMMENTARY: Jonathon Winters is truly one of the funniest men to ever walk this Earth….as he could make comedy out of anything…..and all someone ever had to do to generate a good ole belly laugh is to hand Winters some innate object….as a spontaneous as the moment he receives the object….he can provide a…

Comedy – 1985 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News – Part 3

DOG ASIDE:  Not Necessarily the News is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990…as it was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily Show, The…