Thursday, June 20, 2013
Why did the traffic light turn red?
You’d turn red, too, if you had to change in the middle of the street.
What three products were promoted in the original Starbucks logo—used from 1971 until 1987?
Coffee, tea, and spices. When the logo was redesigned in 1987, coffee was the only product promoted. By 2011, no words remained on the logo, not even the company’s name.
THIS DAY IN TV
The Ed Sullivan Show (originally called Talk of the Town) debuted on this day in 1948.
* Prior to hosting his show, Sullivan wrote a Broadway gossip column for the New York Daily News, the most widely read newspaper in the US at the time. He parlayed that into a gig as emcee for the Daily News’s annual Harvest Moon Ball, which CBS aired. The network picked him to host a variety show in 1948.
* Guests on the first episode: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, plus Broadway producers Rodgers and Hammerstein with a preview of South Pacific.
* The act that appeared most: comedy duo Wayne and Shuster, who performed Shakespeare-based sketches on the show 67 times.
Q: Who painted the family portrait in the credits of Family Ties?
A: The show’s star, Michael Gross.