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BOB HOPE BACKSTAGE: Kennedy Center Gala Lucille Ball “Hey, Look Him Over!” 1983

In 1983, Bob Hope was honored at a black-tie gala in Washington, DC to honor his 81st birthday. Guests who would perform on the stage of the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts included Ronald Reagan, then president, Lucille Ball, Dudley Moore, Tom Selleck, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, Phyllis Diller, Howard Cosell, George C. Scott, Kermit the Frog, Sheena Easton, Flip Wilson, Brooke Shields, Twiggy, Tommy Tune, and Dolores Hope. You can read all about the how Hope worked with his guests and his writers and what happened behind-the-scenes of these classic Bob Hope video clips by reading my book “THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers.” Says “laugh-In’s” Gary Owens: “The Laugh Makers is the book we’ve all been waiting for. It’s jam-packed with stories, anecdotes and un-retouched photos from a fondly remembered past, recalling often hilarious, sometimes heartwarming, and always touching tales of legendary stars, near-legendary stars and one or two complete failures — which happens in show business. You can look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls.” To get your copy, just click on this Amazon link: Or this Barnes & Noble link: Or, if you’d prefer the KINDLE e-version for .99, click here:
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The Kennedy Center Honors Lucille Ball (Pt 1 of 3)

From December 7, 1986. Walter Cronkite is host. Honoring Lucille Ball are Walter Matthau, Robert Stack, Bea Arthur, Valerie Harper, Pam Dawber, President Ronald Reagain, and a statement from Desi Arnaz, who had died of cancer only five days earlier. In Part 1, Walter Cronkite introduces the honorees and shows a recap of their evening at the White House being hosted by Ronald Reagan. The links to parts 2 and 3 are as follows: PART 2: PART 3: “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had this thing to keep me occupied. Desi died and my show got canceled. If I hadn’t had this, if I hadn’t this reassurance that I was still wanted, I don’t think that I could have gone on.” — Lucille Ball, speaking about the Kennedy Center Honors.
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The Young and the Restless 35th Anniversary: Cast & Creators Live at the Paley Center

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Television Cultural Center (TVCC) aka Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Television Cultural Center (TVCC) aka Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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Beijing Television Cultural Center (aka Mandarin Oriental Hotel), Beijing China.

Built 2004-2009,
Height 159m (521 ft),
Floors 34.

(Via wikipedia :)
At 8:27 pm on 9 February 2009, the entire building caught fire on the last day of the festivities of Chinese new year and was put out six hours later. A nearby unauthorised fireworks display caused the fire.

The incident, and its coverage by Chinese state media, caused a furore in China. CCTV officials had authorised the powerful pyrotechnics, carried it out without the required permit from local government, and ignored repeated police warnings not to hold them. The authorities’ attempts to limit damaging direct coverage of the blaze was criticised by citizens and the international press.

When this picture was taken, this building and its companion the CCTV building were both locked up behind 8ft razor wire topped fences. There was construction going on in the fenced area, but it was not quite clear what it in involved, although it appeared to be not related to the refurbishing of this building.

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NYC – Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza – Television

NYC – Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza – Television

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A companion piece to Radio, on the 50th street entrance, Leo Friedlander’s Television has adorned the pylon flanking the 49th Street entrance of 30 Rockefeller Plaza since its installation in 1934. The heroic-scale Art Deco sculptures are associated thematically with the building’s main tenant, NBC, but they are anything but easy to interpret. In both, the most important concept is transmission.

The figures on the west pylon are dancing with their left legs lifted. That image is being transmitted by the larger figure who looks down at her hands, which frame the invisibule picture. That transmission is sent to the east pylon, where the standing figure of reception presenting a small image of the dancing figures to the seated figures, representing an audience.

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