Gordon Waller (right) with partner Peter Asher in the 1960s.
Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon, one of the top bands of the 1960s British rock groups, died from cardiovascular disease over the weekend. He was 64 years old. In the 1960s, he and Peter Asher were among the most prominent of the British Invasion groups to take America by storm. With their gentle style of warbling love songs, the duo made an immediate hit. Several of their top songs, including their signature tune A World Without Love, had been written for them by Paul McCartney. The duo broke up in 1968 but the parting was amicable and Peter and Gordon were in the midst of their latest reunion concert tour when Waller passed away. For vintage video click here
The erasure of NASA's original videos of the moon landing reinforces what conspiracy nuts already knew: there WAS no moon landing, and the entire hoax was the brainchild of Hal Holbrook!
By Lee Pfeiffer
If you find it shameful that most of the kinescopes of early TV classics were taped over to save money, you'll really be outraged by the news that NASA has admitted that some brainiac at the space agency deliberately erased all of the original videos of the first landing on the moon - in order to save a few bucks. NASA discovered the scandal in 2006, but has not identified who came up with the great idea or when it occurred. Fortunately, saner heads turned over the broadcast tapes (which were substantially lower in quality) to Lowry Digital, the company that specializes in restoring Hollywood classics. The results are significantly better and bring out details the average person has never seen. The downside of this is that NASA admits that those conspiracy nuts who think Capricorn One is a documentary, are now citing this as further proof that man didn't land on the moon. They should hold a convention with fellow tin-foil hat-wearers who ardently believe that President Obama isn't an American citizen. For more click here
Call it Death of a Salesman - Not! Despite having passed away several weeks ago, iconic American household pitchman Billy Mays will still be part of the cable TV world with a new ad ready to premiere. The company he worked for gives the cliched reason ("This is what he would have wanted") to justify running the new commercial. Maybe that's true, but the real reason is that Mays was unsurpassed in his ability to get consumers to buy a wide range of household cleansers and other home products an dhe still remains a major profit center. Additionally, Mays employers are still running his previous ads, though they won't say for how long. For my part, it seems a bit ghoulish and exploitive to keep the promotions running. What's next? The ghost of Ed McMahon showing up at your door to tell you that you won the latest Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes? Pretty soon, they're going to have to employ George Romero to direct these ads. For more click here