Pop Culture History/Trivia – The Real Fred Flintstone

mrpopculture fred flintstone alan reed It’s really no mystery – the voice of the original Fred Flintstone – and the one that set the character forever is that of the late actor –  Alan Reed.

He’s probably known for the most memorable single cartoon voice of all time.

But – It’s really hard to get a hold of Reed. You’d see him in a movie – and – flash, he was gone. You wanted to hear his voice – because – really – Fred Flintstone is much more prominent than Alan Reed ever was. Don’t get me wrong, Reed did lots of movies and television – but, let’s face it – more people know his voice because of “The Flintstones.” He also looks a bit like the cartoon character.

Reed died in 1977 – and newer Flintstone cartoons used an imitation of Reed. The original is always the best.





History Timeline Pop Culture – Interesting-Fascinating Facts – Madonna News 1985

Interesting Fun Facts From Popular Culture History – Madonna News From 1985


From The Mr. Pop Timeline Of History.

Madonna Date History – April 1, 1985

Madonna Songs

Madonna is hot. She has two singles in the top-5 this week – “Material Girl,” and “Crazy for You” each from separate albums. And, she has another single due out in several weeks – “Angel.” If as if that weren’t enough, Madonna has a new song “In The Groove” from her movie “desperately Seeking Susan” whose video is getting played on MTV. To be sure, her record label, Warner Brothers, fearing over video exposure, has killed plans for a video of her next single (Angel) because MTV is crowded with a pair of her clips, already.

 Madonna Date History – April 12, 1985

One of the bigger hits so far this year – “Like a Virgin” by Madonna – written by Billy Steinberg and Tom
Kelly. Lyricist Steinberg says the song “came from personal experience. I wasn’t just trying to somehow get that racy worked virgin in a lyric. I was saying, from personal experience, that I may not really be a virgin. I’ve been battered romantically and emotionally like many people, but I’m starting a new relationship and it just feels so good, it’s healing all the wounds and making me feel like I’ve never done this before, because it’s so much deeper and more profound than anything I’ve ever felt.”

Madonna Date History – July 19, 1985

Hollywood news – Actor Sean Penn and his pop-singer-fiancée  Madonna are targets of a $1 million
damage suite filed by Laurence  Cottrell – a free-lance photographer.  He says Penn attacked with a rock and his own camera in a Nashville,  Tenn. hotel car park last month.


Madonna Date History – July 28, 1985…

Madonna has filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the release of a 5-year-old pornographic movie in which she is the star performer. The film, titled “A Certain Sacrifice” features her in an orgy scene. She is also shown in a
rape sequence in a coffee-shop restroom. At the time, she signed a release permitting her voice and body to be featured in the film, but not her name. She was paid $100 for her performance.
Everyone is talking about the Aug. 16 marriage of  Madonna to actor Sean Penn. How will it be covered
by the media?

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madonna-pictures-fun-facts-www.mrpophistory.comApparently Madonna is responsible for increased sales of the “Merry Widow” bra, which she frequently wears onstage and in publicity photos. More and more girls are going for the innerwear-outerwear effect that Madonna likes. They’re wearing the Merry Widow with opened shirts and blouses – as though they’re T-shirts so that satin and lace can be seen.

Madonna Date History – August 15, 1985

Married – Pop singer Madonna to actor Sean Penn – at Malibu Beach at the home of Penn family friend Kurt Unger. Seen attending – Rosanna Arquette, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Judd Nelson, Martin Sheen, Chris Penn, David Letterman. Also seen Diane Keaton, Cher, Andy Warhol, David Geffen, Carol Kane, and Christopher Walken. There were 200 guests all together.

Madonna Date History – October 12, 1985

madonna-sean-penn-picture-1985-pop-culture.comActor Sean Penn is fined $100 and given a 90-day suspended sentence after pleading no contest to attacking two British journalists. He and wife Madonna were coming out of a Nashville hotel, when the pair approached for an interview.


Mr. Pop Notes: I thought 1985 was a terrific year for Madonna news – the first full year she was in our pop culture lexicon. Thanks Madonna and congrats on this year’s Golden Globe Awards.  All the above information was from the Mr. Pop week-by-week history archives. The dates indicate the week events occurred.

Pop Culture You Tube Music – Songs Of The Week Comparison 2011/2010/2009

The Best Youtube Music Songs

Looks At Now And Same Time 2010 and 2009

The Best Songs Of The Week


Top Youtube Song This Week:

“Someone Like You” – Adele

Top Youtube Music… Last Year At This Time:

“Firework” – Katy Perry

Top Youtube Music Song – This week in 2009:

“Empire Of The State” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Top News of the Week From 2009:

Two down, one to go. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul easily cleared its second 60-vote test in the Senate early Tuesday morning. Senate Democrats remained united in their goal of passing historic legislation by Christmas, and Republicans were steadfast in opposition.
The motion to shut off debate on a package put together by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid passed 60-39.
Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near- universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, meaningful health insurance reform that will bring additional security and stability to the American people,” Obama said shortly after the Senate acted.
Terrorist attack fizzles on plane over U.S . – The U.S. system for checking suspicious travelers and airport security came under new scrutiny after an alleged terrorist bent on destroying a jetliner was thwarted only by a malfunctioning detonator and some quick-thinking passengers. An apparent malfunction in a device designed to detonate the high explosive PETN may have been all that saved the 278 passengers and the crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day. No undercover air marshal was on board and passengers subdued the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab , 23, of Nigeria. Abdulmutallab was hospitalized with burns from the attack and was read
an indictment filed Saturday in federal court in Detroit charging him with attempting to destroy or wreck an aircraft and placing a destructive device in a plane. He was released from the hospital Sunday to the custody of federal
marshals, who would not reveal where he was being held. But his lawyer said he was being held at a federal prison in Milan, Mich.

Compiled By Gary West  @ www.mrpophistory.com and mrpopculture.com. The World’s Largest This Week In Pop & News History archive.

Pop Culture Music Top-40 History. 1960′s. Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone?

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Authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March of done it again. Authors of “Echoes of the Sixties” – they’ve got a new book out, “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone” vol. 1.

Find out where members of such top-pop groups as the Association, The Spiral Starecase, the Zombies, Chris Montez and others, have been up to. Yes, some of passed on, but others, well – life sometimes throws surprising things out. Sometimes – not. The book will hold you captive.

We find out, they’re just like us! Lots of nice surprises and, lest we forget, the book generously lists of all those songs we remember. Remember all the hits of the Association?

Gary West

Pop Culture Music History – Four Of Jackson 5 Sue Motown.

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Back in April of 1976, four members of the Jackson 5 sued Motown records, seeking a Superior Court judgment granting termination of any contractual responsibilities to the label and an accounting on alleged royalties due them.

The four were Tariano, Sigmund, Esco, Marlon and Michael Jackson. The suit asked the court to order Motown to allow their accountants to audit Motown books covering royalty statements from 1972 to the present (1976).

Pop Culture TV History. First Fishing Show – Gadabout Gaddis.

Mr. Pop History – Back in the 1960′s, there was a simple weekend show starring somebody called “Gadabout Gaddis.”

Each week, easygoing Gaddis would board his Cherokee plane – off to another special fishing spot. The show was unique. It was of course, shot on location, but all the audio was added later with Gaddis doing the narration. It was the first-ever fishing show – and lasted for years. Gadabout was seen in most of the United States via syndication.

Lots of people, especially kids of the 1960′s remember this show fondly. Gadabout left us in 1986, but his catchy name and show are not easily forgotten.

Pop Culture Radio Music And History – 1960′s Music. A Station Playing The Hits and The Not-So-Hits Of That Era. Labor Day Weekend.

Jackie Kennedy/mrpopculture.comThere’s nothing like an iPod or radio station playing music from the 1960′s. Not just the hits. The 1960′s was full of great pop music. Even the stuff that didn’t make the charts, or was low on the charts – was terrific. A great example of that – is Allan Sniffen’s Rewound Radio. Listen this Labor Day weekend – and you’ll hear the hits mixed with the songs that didn’t quite make it. Let’s face it, radio stations couldn’t play it all. Only one in nine single releases made it to the top-40 charts. Imagine, all that great stuff – the stuff that was supposed to be played. Check out Rewind Radio  now – I recommend it…

Pop Culture Movie History. Did Disney Studios Ever Work On Movies Other Than His Own?

Mr. Pop History – Let’s face it. Disney is known for – Disney. But, did you know that the Disney studios did work on at least one (outside) movie production?

That’s correct. It was the 1956 color sci-fi movie “The Forbidden Planet” where the Disney studios contributed some of the special effects. But – this was not a Disney film. Not by any means. So, just so you know – it did happen, once – back in 1956.

Week Of August 15, 2011 In Pop Culture History With Videos. In News, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Tech News & More.

Week In Review – August 15, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people — most of them in the southern city of Kut — in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan. The violence struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to the capital of Baghdad to the southern Shiite cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala, and emphasized the persistent ability of insurgents to wreak havoc at a time when Iraqi officials are weighing whether they are able to protect the country without the assistance of American troops.

The leaders of France and Germany meet for high-pressure talks on Tuesday to discuss what further measures they can take to shore up investor confidence in the euro zone following a dramatic market sell-off last week. President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing more to shore up the embattled currency union — or risk watching the euro zone unravel. The two leaders could discuss obliging all euro zone countries to pass national laws on deficit limits and the idea of a permanent euro zone spokesperson or coordinator, a source close to the talks told Reuters.

Barack Obama hit the road Monday for his three-day Midwestern bus tour toting an array of political baggage: a downgraded national credit rating, a faltering economy, a stretch of wild market vicissitudes, an approval rating that by one measure has slumped to a historical low of 39%.

A parasite known as the “brain-eating amoeba” has claimed its second young American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5. This week, health department officials confirmed that the deadly amoeba–officially known as “Naegleria fowleri”–was to blame. “Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer,” Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told the press. “It’s important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages.” Earlier this month, Courtney Nash died to the brain-eating amoeba after diving off a dock into the St. John’s River at her grandmother’s house in Florida.

Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday.  Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano (), 17, had threatened to plant a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and discharge it on the first day of school Tuesday. He was arrested Tuesday night after someone tipped off police about the plot.

Gunmen killed seven people in southern Israel on Thursday in attacks along the Egyptian border and Israel responded with an air strike in the Gaza Strip that killed six Palestinians, including the leaders of a group it blamed for the violence. The series of assaults on a desert road north of Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat drew Israeli accusations that Egypt’s new rulers were losing their grip on the porous frontier.

More signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off in stocks Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 400 points in a return to the wild swings in the market last week. In the United States, there were reports that more people joined the unemployment line last week than a week earlier, gasoline prices contributed to higher inflation and manufacturing slowed in the mid-Atlantic.

Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by U.S. and European calls for him to step down.

A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others in the deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks. The attack came during the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, sharing and heightened community spirit for Muslims.

() Burger King Corp. on Friday said it is retiring “The King” mascot, a man with an oversized plastic head and creepy smile who in recent years has been shown in ads peeping into people’s windows and popping up next to them in bed. The move is an effort by the struggling fast food chain to boost slumping sales by focusing its marketing on the freshness of its food rather than the funny-factor of its ads. It’s rolling out a new campaign on Saturday sans The King to tout its fresh ingredients and new products like its California Whopper, which has guacamole.

A chartered Boeing 737 plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people, police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane went down near the hamlet of Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. The First Air charter flight was traveling from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to Resolute Bay, and was scheduled to continue on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.

People freed in Tripoli – Muammar Gaddafi was a hunted man  as loyal remnants of his forces made a last-ditch stand in the capital and world leaders embraced the fractious Libyan rebels as new masters of the oil-rich North African state.

Nearly 48 hours after a pincer thrust on Tripoli by the irregular rebel armies, launched in tandem with an uprising in the city, Gaddafi’s tanks and sharpshooters appeared to hold only small areas, including his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters. Civilians, who mobbed the streets late on Sunday to cheer the end of dictatorship, stayed indoors as gunfire crackled. Gaddafi’s prime minister showed up in Tunisia. State television went off the air and rebels said they had seized its transmitters. More Libyan embassies abroad hoisted the rebel flag.

A wingwalker at an air show near Detroit fell to his death on Sunday, after he tried to transfer from an aircraft to a helicopter and plunged about 200 feet to the ground, officials said. The death of wingwalker Todd Green comes one day after an aerobatic flyer crashed and died at a Kansas City, Missouri, air show and a British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” pilot crashed and died at an air festival on the coast of England.

Tech news –

Google Inc will buy phone hardware maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc. In its biggest deal to date, Google said it would pay $40 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility’s Friday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange. “What it says is that Google wants to provide a total experience that’s hardware and software (like Apple),” said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.

Hewlett-Packard is taking a hatchet to its business and doing some radical restructuring. The company said Thursday that it is looking to spin off its industry-leading but struggling personal computer business. HP also killed off the TouchPad tablet it launched last month, as well as its webOS smartphone line.

Prince Harry, 27, will be spending time in the Golden State plus Arizona for a series of Apache helicopter training courses. The exact locations and dates of the “spare heir’s” visit have yet to be disclosed. Called “Exercise Crimson Eagle,” the California and Arizona training features “environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” the rep explains.

Despite a promising start last year, Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show has steadily lost viewers — and TBS is investing heavily to stop the slide. TBS’s great red hope is tanking. A new Wall Street Journal report on the network’s late-night talk show, Conan, details just how big an investment its hiring of host Conan O’Brien has been — and just how poorly that investment has paid off this past year. And TBS’s “Conan O’Brien experiment” is about to get even more expensive.

( Kim Kardashian Marries – Kim Kardashian finally took her walk down the aisle on Saturday and married Kris Humphries with a reported 440 guests in attendance. Escorted by stepfather Bruce Jenner, the bride proceeded down the aisle in a strapless Vera Wang wedding dress, witnessed by her expansive reality show family, including Kris Jenner, bridesmaids Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kim’s matron and maid of honor, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, with their men.

Lil Wayne said  he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park. The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center’s emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell said she could not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne wrote about it on his Twitter account. “The Lou was good but I busted my … head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people,” he wrote.

Hot hits this week in 2011:

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

( Moves Like A Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Lighters – Bad meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The Peole

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

How To Love – Lil Wayne

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Headlines – Drake

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce

Remind Me – Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffett

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Top TV –

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
3. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
4. 60 Minutes CBS
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
7. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
9. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
10. CMA Music Festival ABC
11. Bachelor Pad ABC
12. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday) FOX
13. Dateline NBC” NBC
14. The Big Bang Theory CBS
15. Hell’s Kitchen” (Tuesday) FOX
16. The Mentalist” (Tuesday) CBS
17. Wipeout” (Tuesday) ABC
18. Flashpoint” CBS CBS
19. So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday) FOX
20. Master Chef” (Tuesday) FOX

At the movies –

The Help

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Spy Kids: All the Time In The World (1st week $12 million)

Conan the Barbarian (1st week $10 million)

Fright Night

The Smurfs

Final Destination 5

30 Minutes or Less

One Day

Crazy, Stupid Love

Pop Culture Movie/Actor History. Original Santa Clause “Miracle On 34th Street” The Most Famous Santa Clause In Movie History

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So many ask – when did the original Santa Clause, Edmund Gwenn pass? He died suddenly on September 6, 1959 after answering a question about… ironically, dying. “Yes, it’s tough but not as tough as doing farce.”

Best known for the “Miracle” movie in 1947, he appeared in one of the earliest 1950′s sci-fi classics, “Them.”