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(Do You Remember)   Here are the six different times you were watching 'Nightline' and Ted Koppel made you crap your pants   ( ) divider line
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9317 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Mar 2014 at 8:26 AM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-26 08:46:26 AM  
3 votes:
Oldster here: 
Iran Hostages. Wasn't in Iran. Didn't crap my pants.
Wasn't on the Challanger. Didn't crap my pants.
MTV music awards? Who the fark craps their pants over that?
Berlin Wall. Pretty cool event. But I didn't crap my pants.
Madonna. Didn't crap my pants, and it didn't move.
Mandella. Didn't crap my pants when a human being went on about human rights.

Lot of people out there need some pepto.
2014-03-26 08:36:17 AM  
3 votes:
Ted Koppel was awesome. Long-form, hard talk television journalism is sorely missed in America.
2014-03-26 09:21:38 AM  
2 votes:

Psychopusher: [ image 292x432]

It's hilarious how Berke Breathed thinks he can rewrite all his old strips as if the internet isn't full of old-school fans who will notice.

/used to read Bloom County religiously
//thought socialism was the perfect system, if only someone like Berke Breathed would be put in charge of it
///then I grew up
2014-03-26 09:16:12 AM  
2 votes:
vudukungfu:There is this show out there on comedy central where they interview assholes and racists, and catch them on camera doing just that. The interviewer will actually mug the camera when they do that.

There was a time you didn't have to play this kind of thing for laughs to get people to pay attention, but you're probably not old enough to remember that.
2014-03-26 09:06:53 AM  
2 votes:
If the point of this story is to list shocking moments from Nightline, I don't see how you can leave off the Al Campanis interview, in which he says black people may "lack the capacity" to be baseball general managers.  Koppel seemed as shocked and taken aback as anyone, and kept trying to give Campanis chances to walk it back, or to clarify, and he just kept getting derpier and derpier.  You rarely see someone just totally melting down like that.
2014-03-26 08:40:59 AM  
2 votes:
Nightline was so good in the 80s.  You will never see a show that treats you this intelligently on a weekday ever again.
2014-03-26 09:45:34 AM  
1 vote:
The one episode I remember was from the 90's.  The question was could someone hijack a plane and fly it into a building (it was after an Air France hijacking where the hijackers were planning on doing something to that effect).  I think the conclusion by the "experts" was that could never happen in the US.  Good times, good times.
2014-03-26 09:44:39 AM  
1 vote:
The segment that stuck with me over the years was Koppel interviewing Al Campanis, the VP and GM of the Dodgers.  It was the 25th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in MLB and Campanis had been his roommate.   They thought he would be a great guest to discuss Robinson.

But it didn't go that way.  At all.

Koppel asked Campanis why there were no black managers in MLB, and his answers were unforgettable.  Campanis started making remarks about why blacks aren't quarterbacks in the NFL (they lack the necessities), and that blacks aren't good swimmers.  And it continued downhill at warp speed.

Koppel proceeded to rip Campanis a *new* one.

Then Campanis tried to backpedal and he said "but they're wonderful people".  (paraphrased of course)

OMG it was *classic*.  I recall sitting there watching it...completely astounded.

This segment was one for that list. s- remarks-on-nightline-25-years-ago
2014-03-26 09:01:59 AM  
1 vote:
Crapping your pants implies you're scared, the only thing on that list that's scary is Madonna. She's not scary enough to make me crap my pants though.
2014-03-26 08:58:28 AM  
1 vote:
I remember the Madonna interview, but I rememeber the Waynes World skit on SNL that weekend better.
2014-03-26 08:57:16 AM  
1 vote:
For decades a shuttle launch had been a festive occasion filled with happy excitement and cheers.


From Wikipedia:

The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. They were used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011,

I was in kindergarten when the Challenger blew up.  I remember watching live shuttle launches in school, the teachers would bring big TVs on carts into the halls and we would all go out and watch them..  I can't remember for sure if I watched the Challenger blow up live or not.  Pretty sure I did but I've remembered that memory so much who knows what really happened...

Damn you early childhood memories!
2014-03-26 08:42:22 AM  
1 vote:

cheyanne9: Oh, he's the guy that Don Trump got his hair style from.

Instead of that stuff now, john stewart rocks the news, dude.

Interesting.  7/10.
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