Saturday, September 12, 2009


*This past week saw President Barack Obama address Congress about the Health Care Reform Act to set the record straight about what should and should not be in it, complete with heckler who is currently being criticized even by his own political party. Meanwhile, yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. Both events were covered in more detail elsewhere within your Free Choice e-zine.
*The record for highest score in the arcade version of the classic video game Pac-Man has been tied for only the sixth time in recorded history. If a player successfully completes all 256 levels, eating every dot and bonus fruit while getting every ghost when they are vulnerable after consuming a power pellet, the ultimate score is 3,333,360; for a glitch in the original programming shuts the program down at that point.
*Michael Jordan was inducted into the National Basketball Association's Hall of Fame Friday night, while Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's established hitting streak as a New York Yankee.
Next week, the new fall television season begins. So here is a brief look at television programs of the past that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this month.
The CGI-animated series Reboot is 15 years old, while the TV adaptation of the movie Alien Nation turns 20.
The TV version of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month and The Brady Bunch first aired 40 years ago this month while the following programs all celebrate their 45th anniversary this year: Daniel Boone, The Addams' Family, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Gilligan's Island (hence the question about actress Natalie Schafer answered in this week's Puzzle Corner), Johnny Quest, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; and The Munsters.
And believe it or not: Rocky and His Friends, including Bullwinkle J. Moose first appeared in 1959, as they celebrate their 55th anniversary this month.

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