Pop Culture Category

Dorothy McHugh

Born August 14, 1907, McHugh was a Ziegfield Follies dancer, but she is probably best known for her line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”. The line was originally spoken in a television commercial for a med...Read More


National attention focused on Los Angeles Children’s Hospitalin Nov 1970 following the discovery of a tiny, mute, 13-year-old girl who’d been kept in isolation by her elderly, abusive father for over 11 years. Tied to ...Read More


Paul Zaloom played the irreverent, wacky, brilliant Beakman on the science-oriented kids show Beakman’s World in the 90s. Zaloom’s bizarre appearance and brilliant comic timing turned each episode into an amazing learning expe...Read More

Clara Peller

Clara Peller was a retired manicurist in 1984 when American viewers watched her demand Where’s the Beef?! in Wendy’s fast-food commercials. Born on August 4, 1902, the firey octogenarian was an overnight success, inspiring mil...Read More

the voice of the Jolly Green Giant

Dresslar was an entertainer and singer for nearly six decades. But his voice rang through millions of households when he sang the simple refrain, Ho, Ho, Ho in an ad jingle for Green Giant Foods....Read More


First male supermodel for Calvin Klein and played JD on Baywatch. Huge success as a male model for many designers in the 1990’s. Famed photographer, John Falocco, was the first to photograph Michael, and those images are now...Read More

Miss Cleo

Spokeswoman for the now-defunct Psychic Readers Network. Appeared as Miss Cleo in late-night TV infomercials, claiming to be a Jamaican born-and-raised shaman priestess and psychic. Her catchphrase, “Call me now for your fre...Read More

Afghan Girl

She was the unknown, unnamed subject of one of the most riveting National Geographic photos ever. Taken in 1986, this teenage refugee was photographed at a refugee camp in Pakistan and known only as the “Afghan girl”....Read More


Remember Fabio, the male model, who used to grace the cover of millions of romance novels? In the early 1990’s, Fabio rose to great popularity as a male model and was well known for his long blonde locks and large physique. ...Read More

Morton Downey, Jr.

One of the protypical “shock jocks” of talk radio and front running right-wing loon, Morton Downey, Jr. made the transition to television with The Morton Downey Jr. Show in 1987. After an incident allegedly involving &...Read More