Ricki Lake

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Ricki Lake (1968-)

Ricki Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake’s show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time.

20th Century Highlights

  • Hairspray (1988), “Tracy Turnblad”
  • Ricky Lake (TV, 1993-2004), host
  • Serial Mom (1994), “Misty Sutphin”
  • Mrs Winterbourne (1996), “Connie Doyle”/”Patricia Winterbourne”

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Star Trek Series 3, Episode 1 – “Spock’s Brain”

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“Spock’s Brain”, title card

An alien raids the Enterprise and steals Spock’s brain, leading Kirk and McCoy into a desperate race to retrieve it.

“Spock’s Brain” was the third season’s premiere, written by “Lee Cronin”, the pseudonym of former writer and producer Gene L. Coon.

This episode first aired in the UK on October 13, 1971.

  • Previous episode: “Assignment: Earth”
  • Next episode: “The Enterprise Incident”

Notable Cast

  • William Shatner, “Captain Kirk”
  • Leonard Nimoy, “Mr Spock”
  • DeForest Kelley, “Dr McCoy”
  • James Doohan, “Scott”
  • Walter Koenig, “Chekov”
  • George Takei, “Sulu”
  • Nichelle Nichols, “Uhura”
  • Majel Barrett, “Nurse Chapel”

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September 18, 1968: Salt & Pepper released in cinemas

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Salt & Pepper (1968)

Join the Salt & Pepper Club

Salt and Pepper is a comedy film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers and John Le Mesurier. The film was directed by Richard Donner, who later would direct the films Superman and Lethal Weapon.

It was written by the brother of Doctor Who‘s Jon Pertwee, Michael Pertwee and the music written by jazz saxophonist John Dankworth.

There was a 1970 sequel, One More Time, directed by Jerry Lewis.

Chris Pepper (Lawford) and Charlie Salt (Davis) own a nightclub in Swinging London, operating under the suspicious eye of the intrepid Inspector Crabbe (Bates).

One night, Pepper finds an Asian girl on the floor of the club. Assuming she’s drunk or high, he makes a date with her and thinks she responds. It turns out the girl is dying, and her death sets off a chain of events that puts the unlucky Salt and Pepper onto a plot to overthrow the British government, with the girl’s dying words the key.

Also starring Graham Stark, Robertson Hare and Jeremy Lloyd.

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September 17, 1968: “Hey Jude” was at No 1 in the UK for 2 weeks

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“Hey Jude” (1968)_ by the Beatles

“Hey Jude” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from “Hey Jules”, a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon‘s son, Julian, during his parents’ divorce. “Hey Jude” begins with a verse-bridge structure incorporating McCartney’s vocal performance and piano accompaniment; further instrumentation is added as the song progresses. After the fourth verse, the song shifts to a fade-out coda that lasts for more than four minutes.

“Hey Jude” was released on August 26, 1968 as the first single from the Beatles’ record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States, the longest for any Beatles single. “Hey Jude” tied the “all-time” record, at the time, for the longest run at the top of the US charts. The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics’ lists of the greatest songs of all time. In 2013, Billboard named it the 10th “biggest” song of all time.

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September 14, 1968: Ready, Set, Go! for Wacky Races

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Wacky Races (1968)

Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America, with each driver hoping to win the title of the “World’s Wackiest Racer.”

The cartoon had a large number of regular characters, with 23 people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. 17 episodes were produced, with each episode featuring two different races.

Notable Characters, Cars & Cast

  • Dick Dastardly (Peter Winchell) & Muttley (Don Messick) in The Mean Machine
  • Penelope Pitstop (Janet Waldo) in The Compact Pussycat
  • The Ant Hill Mob in the The Bulletproof Bomb
  • Peter Perfect (Daws Butler) in the Turbo Terrific

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September 14, 1968: The Doctor Who adventure The Mind Robber begins

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The Mind Robber (1968) [Doctor Who Collectors Wiki]
The Mind Robber was the second serial of season 6 of Doctor Who. It was the only televised story to feature the Land of Fiction.

Hamish Wilson played Jamie in episodes two and three when Frazer Hines contracted chicken pox.

To escape from the volcanic eruption on Dulkis, the Second Doctor uses an emergency unit. It moves the TARDIS out of normal time and space. The travellers find themselves in an endless void where they are menaced by white robots.

Having regained the safety of the TARDIS, they believe they have escaped — until the ship explodes. They find themselves in a land of fiction, where they are hunted by life-size clockwork soldiers and encounter characters like Rapunzel, the Karkus, and Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver.

This domain is presided over by a man known only as the Master — a prolific English writer from 1926 — who in turn is controlled by a Master Brain computer. The Master is desperate to escape and wants the Doctor to take his place, while the Master Brain plans to take over the Earth.

The Doctor engages the Master in a battle of wills using fictional characters. Zoe and Jamie overload the Master Brain. In the confusion, the White Robots destroy the computer, freeing the Master.

The serial was novelised as The Mind Robber, written by Peter Ling.

Notable Cast

  • Dr WhoPatrick Troughton
  • Jamie McCrimmonFrazer HinesHamish Wilson
  • Zoe HeriotWendy Padbury
  • The Master – Emrys Jones
  • A Stranger/Gulliver – Bernard Horsfall
  • Child – Sylvestra Le Touzel

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September 13, 1968: Oh, Brother! first broadcast on BBC1

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Derek Nimmo as Brother Dominic

Oh, Brother! is a British situation comedy show on BBC television, which was broadcast between 1968 and 1970.

The series was set in a monastery, about the well-meaning but inept novice Brother Dominic. It was basically a successor to All Gas and Gaiters, where Derek Nimmo had played a very similar role, the main difference being that Brother Dominic was working-class, whereas the previous character, Rev. Mervyn Noote, had been upper-class.

Oh, Brother! was not quite as successful or as affectionately remembered as the earlier programme, although it did last three series of 19 episodes. It was followed by a series called Oh, Father!, which lasted for one series in 1973.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Derek Nimmo, “Brother Dominic”
  • Felix Aylmer, “Father Anselm”, the Prior
  • Mollie Sugden, unnamed, two episodes
  • Wilfred Brambell, unnamed, one episode
  • Joan Hickson, “Mother John”, one episode

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