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Dec 9th in NYC History

Posted: Dec 9, 2012 | 2:40 AM
by Jared Goldstein

1793:  NYC's first daily newspaper,
the American Minerva, founded by Noah Webster.


1934:  The New York Giants win their 2nd pro football championship, beating the Chicago Bears 30-13.  It was a cold, icy day at the Polo Grounds, so Giants' coach Steve Owen ordered the team to take off their cleats and wear sneakers to better handle the slippery field during the second half.  It worked, they
then scored 27 of their points.  The game is known as the "Sneaker Game."


1975:  President Ford approves a $2.3 billion loan for New York City, preventing defaulting on huge loan payments, and bankruptcy. 

People on my tours just don't seem to believe me what NYC was like in the 1970s.  At least the teens don't.  They were born when things started decades of improving.


Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator, D-N.Y. only 46
Jakob Dylan, Rock musician of the Wallflowers is 43;
John Malkovich is 59 (if you jump through his head, you end up on the edge of the Jersey Turnpike),

Buck Henry, nee' Henry Zuckerman, is 82!


Buck with Gilda Radner and Bill Murray, SNL

Buck as the Front Desk man checking in the dubious "Mr. Smith" for his tryst with Mrs. Robinson in the Graduate.

Must've won an Emmy for Get Smart, with Don Adams on the left.

Richard Benjamin in Buck's quirky Quark, about an interstellar garbage man. I think it was a flop in all senses of the word.  When I was 11, this was the best! Especially if the Star Wars sequel won't be released for years.

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