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(MSNBC)   39 years ago today, Richard Nixon stepped down and Gerald Ford stepped up, kicked the podium out from under him, took out a row of microphones and got tangled on some Christmas lights   (tv.msnbc.com) divider line 59
    More: Interesting, Richard Nixon, Christmas lights, Gerald Ford, resignation speech, Lawrence O'Donnell  
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2013-08-09 09:37:24 AM  
GERALD FORD WAS AN ATHLETE!
 
2013-08-09 09:41:24 AM  
Headline gave me a giggle.
 
2013-08-09 09:42:31 AM  
LOL  Subby! Good one :)
 
2013-08-09 09:42:59 AM  
Senseless.
 
2013-08-09 09:47:54 AM  
He was delicious!
 
2013-08-09 09:58:41 AM  

what_now: GERALD FORD WAS AN ATHLETE!


He also liked football and nachos.
 
2013-08-09 10:04:13 AM  
...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.
 
2013-08-09 10:07:46 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
www.celebritytypes.com
 
2013-08-09 10:56:02 AM  

BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.


All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.
 
2013-08-09 11:39:47 AM  

kronicfeld: BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.

All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.


Spies Like Us, SNL's Weekend Update, his talk show. Damn, should have quit while I was ahead.
 
2013-08-09 11:56:33 AM  
Queue Obama doing a mike drop.
 
2013-08-09 12:02:11 PM  

lockers: Queue Obama doing a mike drop.


Well, I suppose that's correct... "line up Obama doing a mic drop"...
 
2013-08-09 12:33:30 PM  

kronicfeld: BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.

All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.


Just rehashing exactly what he did in the Gerald Ford skit.  His entire repertoire is simply fumbling around with exaggerated motions.  (wow, what a schtick)
 
2013-08-09 01:07:23 PM  

BunkyBrewman: kronicfeld: BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.

All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.

Just rehashing exactly what he did in the Gerald Ford skit.  His entire repertoire is simply fumbling around with exaggerated motions.  (wow, what a schtick)


Just say "I've never seen Fletch." It'll make you sound less like an idiot.
 
2013-08-09 01:07:43 PM  
FORE!!!!!

/lookout!!!
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-08-09 01:09:42 PM  
According to the book "Steichen At War" the blonde fellow going up for the ball in this photo:

research.archives.gov

is Gerald Ford on board the USS Monterey (CVL-26). Photo taken by one of Steichen's crew, Victor Jorgensen.
 
2013-08-09 01:09:58 PM  
And a few weeks after that I was born.

/old
 
2013-08-09 01:10:15 PM  
i.imgur.com
Hot like D'oh!
 
2013-08-09 01:12:12 PM  

kronicfeld: BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.

All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.


Chase seems to have come to his senses with Community - he's a second banana. A really good second banana, but still someone who needs an ensemble to really carry the joke.

/getting a little nippley in here
 
2013-08-09 01:16:00 PM  

groppet: And a few weeks after that I was born.

/old


Meh. Get off my lawn.
 
2013-08-09 01:16:21 PM  
Golden Days
I remember the entire country hearing the news and saying:

"Who did what now?"
 
2013-08-09 01:17:16 PM  
He brought back Rumsfeld and Cheney.  Yay!
 
2013-08-09 01:17:26 PM  
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!
 
2013-08-09 01:18:33 PM  
A little known fact about his post presidency life: he would help Detroit cops visiting Beverly Hills solve homicides and robberies
 
2013-08-09 01:21:56 PM  

Demetrius: He was delicious!


i232.photobucket.com
 
151
2013-08-09 01:21:59 PM  
One year ago yesterday, to be fair, but who's counting?

// Old article is old
 
151
2013-08-09 01:22:37 PM  
Goddammitsomuch, 39 years ago yesterday!

Hit preview and everything...
 
2013-08-09 01:27:01 PM  

BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.


You shut your whore mouth.
 
2013-08-09 01:33:57 PM  
CASEY KASEM'S AMERICAN TOP 40 - 8/10/74

40: FISH AIN'T BITIN' - LAMONT DOZIER
39: CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE, BABE - BARRY WHITE
38: MACHINE GUN - THE COMMODORES
37: HAPPINESS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND - THE MAIN INGREDIENT
36: CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN - THE GUESS WHO
35: ONE HELL OF A WOMAN - MAC DAVIS
34: IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP / HELP ME - ELVIS PRESLEY
33: RIVER'S RISIN' - THE EDGAR WINTER GROUP
32: MY THANG - JAMES BROWN
31: NOTHING FROM NOTHING - BILLY PRESTON
30: ON AND ON - GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
29: THEN CAME YOU - DIONNE WARWICK & THE SPINNERS
28: WILD THING - FANCY
27: ROCK THE BOAT - THE HUES CORPORATION
26: ROCK YOUR BABY - GEORGE McCRAE
25: RUB IT IN - BILLY "CRASH" CRADDOCK
24: HANG ON IN THERE BABY - JOHNNY BRISTOL
23: I SHOT THE SHERIFF - ERIC CLAPTON
22: RADAR LOVE - GOLDEN EARRING
21: YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD - HELEN REDDY
20: ROCK ME GENTLY - ANDY KIM
19: I'M LEAVING IT ALL UP TO YOU - DONNY & MARIE OSMOND
18: SHININ' ON - GRAND FUNK
17: THE AIR THAT I BREATHE - THE HOLLIES
16: SURE AS I'M SITTIN' HERE - THREE DOG NIGHT
15: RIKKI, DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER - STEELY DAN
14: ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN - THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
13: (YOU'RE) HAVING MY BABY - PAUL ANKA (WITH ODIA COATES)
12: TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS - BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
11: KEEP ON SMILIN' - WET WILLIE
10: TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD - RUFUS
9: WILDWOOD WEED - JIM STAFFORD
8: SIDESHOW - BLUE MAGIC

7: WATERLOO - ABBA
6: CALL ON ME - CHICAGO
5: PLEASE COME TO BOSTON - DAVE LOGGINS
4: DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME - ELTON JOHN
3: ANNIE'S SONG - JOHN DENVER
2: THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED - PAPER LACE
1: FEEL LIKE MAKIN' LOVE - ROBERTA FLACK
 
2013-08-09 01:34:59 PM  
I could never really understand the level of hatred that America's left had for Nixon.  On social issues Nixon would be considered a liberal by today's standards.
 
2013-08-09 01:42:44 PM  

Fissile: I could never really understand the level of hatred that America's left had for Nixon.  On social issues Nixon would be considered a liberal by today's standards.


Dude, WTF are you talking about? Nobody liked Nixon after he admitted he had covered up the White House Plumbers breaking into the Watergate Democratic HQ. Nixon subverted the 1972 election with his team by breaking the law multiple times. Then the tapes led to the rest of the story of how crooked the SOB was.

Oh, he wasn't too popular to keeping us engaged in the Vietnam War either. Don't remember too many Young Republicans signing up for that.

/You sound like one of those history revisionists.
//Trying to blame the left for getting Nixon out of office before he dicked us all.
 
2013-08-09 01:44:55 PM  
Remember when SNL was really funny?

static.tvgcdn.net
 
2013-08-09 01:48:46 PM  

AirForceVet: Fissile: I could never really understand the level of hatred that America's left had for Nixon.  On social issues Nixon would be considered a liberal by today's standards.

Dude, WTF are you talking about? Nobody liked Nixon after he admitted he had covered up the White House Plumbers breaking into the Watergate Democratic HQ. Nixon subverted the 1972 election with his team by breaking the law multiple times. Then the tapes led to the rest of the story of how crooked the SOB was.

Oh, he wasn't too popular to keeping us engaged in the Vietnam War either. Don't remember too many Young Republicans signing up for that.

/You sound like one of those history revisionists.
//Trying to blame the left for getting Nixon out of office before he dicked us all.


===========

Revisionist?  Nixon proposed universal health care....thwarted by T. Kennedy no less.   Nixon wanted a global ban on private handgun ownership.   Nixon was the first prez to start diplomacy with Red China.  Nixon took the US off the gold standard.  All of the above are considered hardcore lefty today.

On the other hand, he started the "war on drugs".  He tried to get the US out of Vietnam without it coming off like a total defeat and turned it into a total defeat.

Nixon was more complex than most people care to admit today.
 
2013-08-09 01:51:20 PM  

Fissile: On social issues Nixon would be considered a liberal by today's standards.


Well he did finally get us out of Viet Nam, not something a modern republican would have done. So he had some guys burglar a place for something. Almost seems quaint nowadays.
 
2013-08-09 01:53:13 PM  

tinyarena: Golden Days
I remember the entire country hearing the news and saying:

"Who did what now?"


........Yes I'm ok with this.
 
2013-08-09 01:55:24 PM  

AirForceVet: Remember when SNL was really funny?

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Yup, Lorne Michaels has turned into a shameless, money grubbing,  geezer.

BTW, I was in grade school when I happened to blunder on the very first episode of SNL in 1975....George Carlin was the host.   I was up late looking for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
 
2013-08-09 02:05:18 PM  

Fissile: I could never really understand the level of hatred that America's left had for Nixon.  On social issues Nixon would be considered a liberal by today's standards.


Well, there was that whole using-his-office-to-subvert-the-democracy-that-put-him-there thing.
And firing anyone who might have done something about it.
 
2013-08-09 02:05:53 PM  

Fissile: AirForceVet: Remember when SNL was really funny?

BTW, I was in grade school when I happened to blunder on the very first episode of SNL in 1975....George Carlin was the host.   I was up late looking for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.


This might be blasphemy because I love the movie work Belushi, Ackroyd and Chase have done and The Blues Brothers shaped my childhood and brief guitar career but was that first season really funny?

The Land Shark, the Sushi Samurai, and WTF was the point of the Coneheads? Were those sketches actually funny or is nostalgia involved? Anyway, like I said, the movies they did were great and certainly better than anything people like Adam Sandler ever did but I just think there were a lot of drugs involved in that first season on the part of both the players and the audience.
 
2013-08-09 02:06:43 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: 2: THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED - PAPER LACE


Oh, damn you, I'd forgotten that horror.
 
2013-08-09 02:09:36 PM  

BunkyBrewman: kronicfeld: BunkyBrewman: ...and thus became the inspiration for Chevy Chase's one and only funny moment in his life.

All of Fletch? All of Caddyshack? All of Vacation and Christmas Vacation? All of Community? That's one long moment.

Just rehashing exactly what he did in the Gerald Ford skit.  His entire repertoire is simply fumbling around with exaggerated motions.  (wow, what a schtick)


I agree that Chevy Chase was one of the lesser talents from that era of SNL. That said, he was a comic genius compared to Dennis Miller, who, even to this day, I sometimes get the urge to punch in the face.
 
2013-08-09 02:21:01 PM  

Mugato: Fissile: AirForceVet: Remember when SNL was really funny?

BTW, I was in grade school when I happened to blunder on the very first episode of SNL in 1975....George Carlin was the host.   I was up late looking for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.

This might be blasphemy because I love the movie work Belushi, Ackroyd and Chase have done and The Blues Brothers shaped my childhood and brief guitar career but was that first season really funny?

The Land Shark, the Sushi Samurai, and WTF was the point of the Coneheads? Were those sketches actually funny or is nostalgia involved? Anyway, like I said, the movies they did were great and certainly better than anything people like Adam Sandler ever did but I just think there were a lot of drugs involved in that first season on the part of both the players and the audience.


===============

It was so unlike anything I'd seen on TV up to that point that it blew my little 7th grade mind.  Looking back on it now, it seems dull and dumb, but only because the world had turned out to be even more farked up than anyone living back in 1975 could have imagined.
 
2013-08-09 02:24:03 PM  

Fissile: Looking back on it now, it seems dull and dumb, but only because the world had turned out to be even more farked up than anyone living back in 1975 could have imagined.


Fair enough, I didn't look at it from that perspective. I still think SNL hit its peak in the early 90s with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, the Great Phil Hartman and Dennis Miller before he went batshiat insane after 9/11.
 
2013-08-09 02:24:26 PM  
Bastard.
 
2013-08-09 02:31:51 PM  
Well he did get China to open up more, thanks dick!
 
2013-08-09 02:34:32 PM  

Mugato: Fissile: Looking back on it now, it seems dull and dumb, but only because the world had turned out to be even more farked up than anyone living back in 1975 could have imagined.

Fair enough, I didn't look at it from that perspective. I still think SNL hit its peak in the early 90s with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, the Great Phil Hartman and Dennis Miller before he went batshiat insane after 9/11.


==============

I stopped watching SNL when I was in high school after the original cast left.  I saw the first broadcast of MTV that summer after high school graduation.  I watched MTV for the first couple of years until MTV became very unfashionable at my college.  After college graduation I had a cable TV hook-up for a couple of years, and then I dropped that as well.....haven't had cable since.  With a few exceptions, like the Simpsons, I really couldn't tell you much about TV shows after 1989 or so.
 
2013-08-09 02:37:11 PM  
Oh funny side note. After Nixon started the diplomatic trip to China and they sent the pandas to DC it was teh same year the Washington Capitals started and they were trying to figure out a name for them. There was a big push to name them the Washington Pandas. Saw it on a PBS doc about DC in the 70's. Glad  that never happend.
 
2013-08-09 02:42:41 PM  

Mugato: Fissile: AirForceVet: Remember when SNL was really funny?

BTW, I was in grade school when I happened to blunder on the very first episode of SNL in 1975....George Carlin was the host.   I was up late looking for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.

This might be blasphemy because I love the movie work Belushi, Ackroyd and Chase have done and The Blues Brothers shaped my childhood and brief guitar career but was that first season really funny?

The Land Shark, the Sushi Samurai, and WTF was the point of the Coneheads? Were those sketches actually funny or is nostalgia involved? Anyway, like I said, the movies they did were great and certainly better than anything people like Adam Sandler ever did but I just think there were a lot of drugs involved in that first season on the part of both the players and the audience.




Jason Patric?

Fissile:
It was so unlike anything I'd seen on TV up to that point that it blew my little 7th grade mind.  Looking back on it now, it seems dull and dumb, but only because the world had turned out to be even more farked up than anyone living back in 1975 could have imagined.

This.
Between SNL and Monty Python, the possibilities in comedy seemed wide open compared to middle-aged guys in tuxedos telling more jokes about women drivers and their mothers-in-law.
 
2013-08-09 02:46:42 PM  
Nixon, You Dolt!!!
 
2013-08-09 02:54:19 PM  
Christmas lights?

t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-09 03:18:56 PM  
t2.gstatic.com
Well Betty and I ...whoops!
 
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