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Joe Meek's 1967 suicide was held on the eight year anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, February 3, 1959. Being infatuated with Buddy, the suicidee claimed that Buddy was communicating with him in his dreams.

December 27, 2011 at 12:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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90 minutes - a little more than twice the number of minutes in a basketball game. It took Joe Meek 90 minutes to teach his Telstar tune to the Tornadoes and record it.

December 27, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Perhaps somewhere today, in black and white outer spaces of your imagination, another Jayhawk coach like Bill has been born.

December 27, 2011 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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In 1962 you longed for a Jayhawk game to be shown on your scratchy TV. All was not lost, your little transistor radio beamed into your ear Max Falkenstien’s calm, soothing voice. Your little radio could conveniently fit tucked under your pillow, thus you were listening to the game when your parents thought you were asleep. Just like the images evoked by the instrumental “Telstar” and the outer space satellite, Max guided your imagination through the outer limits of another basketball game. Wasn’t it easier to fall asleep after a Jayhawk win?

December 27, 2011 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Actors in black-and-white shows like Perry Mason and Alfred Hitchcock appeared more stark, more emotional and desperate looking, don’t you think? You can easily see all the lines and pock marks in the actors’ faces in their 1962 TV close up shots, even in Mr. Ed’s, the talking horse. And, how did they get that horse to talk anyways, we little kids often asked. Never could figure that out.

December 27, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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More fun from Bill Self’s date of birth, December 27, 1962:

Bill Self’s birth year of 1962 was the period known as the Golden Age of Television. Fun TV the evening of Bill Self’s date of birth, Thursday, December 27, 1962: Mr. Ed, the Flintstones, Donna Reed, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchcock, and Leave it to Beaver. Take your pick, ABC, NBC, and CBS were the only networks. As with most TV of 1962, the shows were in glorious black-and-white. However, two of tonight’s shows were in color, Hazel and the Andy Williams Show. Unfortunately, color TV sets were cost prohibitive for most Americans in 1962. The few owning color TVs were considered rich. If you were watching Hazel or Andy Williams on a black-and-white TV, you saw Hazel and Andy in black-and-white.

December 27, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Henry “Hank” Iba was born near St. Joe, MO, not far from Forrest “Phog” Allen’s birthplace of Jamesport, MO. Our Kansas-Missouri area produced numerous, famous men who were coaching basketball around that time period of 1962.

December 27, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Playing Iowa State for third place was Hank Iba’s Oklahoma State team. Besides being their basketball coach, Mr. Iba was also the school’s Athletic Director. Ole Jayhawkers remember his defensive-minded teams slowing the game to a crawl - Aaarrghh!- the complete anti-thesis of Jayhawk basketball. No shot clock back then, so our Hawks might be doomed playing Iba’s rough-and-tough Cowboys. Bill Self is a protégé of this famous, long-time coach. Read Coach Iba’s bio and you will understand why: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Iba

December 27, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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The annual Big 8 Pre-Season Basketball Tournament was started in 1946. It was played after Christmas and before New Year’s Day. The tournament ended in the late ‘70s when the Big 8 post-season tournament was started. The old Big 8 holiday tournament was a basketball junkie’s dream, a total of twelve games in Municipal Auditorium. The tournament was the annual kick-off for Big 8 conference games. Downtown Kansas City was still thriving in 1962. Old Municipal was rocking.

December 27, 2011 at 10:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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The loser, K-State, had won the previous two tournaments. 1962 was the period of K-State’s basketball glory years; the following season the Wildcats went to the Final Four. Basketball was king in the state of Kansas. Both schools annually produced basketball teams that were incredible, as did Wichita State. The Wheat Shockers went to the Final Four in 1965, losing to UCLA.

December 27, 2011 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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