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David McNew, Getty Images

Swanson Sold Their First TV Dinner 60 Years Ago Today


On this day in 1953, 60 years ago, Swanson sold their first TV dinner. I very seldom buy or eat them because I can't figure out how to microwave them so they are edible. For the three or four dollars I'd rather have Hot Pockets or few items off the dollar menu at the drive thru in a pinch.

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Still Groovy After All These Years: Happy 50th Birthday Lava Lamp

Ya, baby! The iconic 60’s home decoration, the lava lamp is 50 years old. They were created by an English company in 1963.  Since then gazillions of the lava lamps have been sold, but the originals, Mathmos lava lamps are still being made to this day.  

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It Was 16 Years Ago That Princess Diana Died

Do you remember where you were on this day back in 1997? Today is one of those days you remember where you were when you heard the news.

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Sounds We Don’t Hear Anymore

For me, it is the dialing of a rotary phone. I used to love that sound. Remember? My cell phone has a retro feel because it rings like that old rotary phones. However, there are many more sounds we may never hear again.

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St. Louis Church in Auburn Will Have Its Last Mass on August 29th

I know there are three topics you’re not supposed to discuss. And they are, sex, politics and religion. I’m not going into a deep discussion about religion but I will say I was brought up Catholic with first communion, confirmation and was married in a Catholic church.

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My Bangor Apt. $240 a Month, 1996
My Bangor Apt. $240 a Month, 1996

On July 9, 1996 – Minimum Wage Earners Got a 90 Cent Raise

It was on this date July 9, 1996, the U.S. Senate approved a 90 cent raise in the minimum wage from $4.25 an hour through a two-step increase to $5.15 an hour. 

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Happy Canada Day to All Canadians

Today the year is half over. July 1, 2013. It is also Canada Day. I’m not a Canadian, nor will I pretend to get inside the psyche of a Canadian, but I will rattle off a few facts and dispel a few stereotypes.

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Koffee With Katz: Great Story of Honoring a Veteran and Survivor of the Bataan Death March [AUDIO]

This is an AMAZING story of Don Lucero who survived the Bataan Death March during World War II. He now lives in Augsta. Thank you Senator Katz for talking about this! See photos HERE

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Memorial Celebration and Dedication of B-52 Crash Site Saturday in Greenville [VIDEO]

On January 24th, 1963, nine members of the U.S. Air Force left from a base in Massachusetts aboard a B-52 Stratofortress-C. The mission was to practice low-level navigation in order to avoid the latest soviet radar technology. They left the base just after noon and were due back at 5:30 that afternoon.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Greg Michaels: Some Of My Favorite Crazy Moments on TV

My how time flies by, it was 19 years ago today Bobcat Goldthwait set fire to Jay Leno’s chair on the ‘Tonight Show’. That was one of many crazy stunts pulled on TV. Thought through inspiration, I’d run down some of my favorite crazy moments from TV and maybe get a few of yours.

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