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May 23, 2022 3:00 am
On this episode of Our American Stories, history geek Christopher Klein to tells the story of how Johnny Carson saved Twister. Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, tells the story of whisky, bourbon, absinthe, and pink elephants... done Cajun style. Tina Ramirez shares her passion for religion and how she took it around the world.
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00:00 - How Johnny Carson Saved Twister
12:30 - Drinking Done New Orleans Style
25:00 - Humans are Hardwired for Freedom
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As you know next story by author Christopher Klein is the author of four books is also written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, National Geographic with Sony and in American heritage.
Cheers, Chris tell the story of how Johnny Carson saved twister's 1965 and Ryan Geyer is working first families Minnesota ad agency designing point-of-purchase displays for products such as Pillsbury cake mix 3M tape and one day he to brainstorming ideas for mail and give way to back-to-school sales of shoe polish made by Johnson's wax any thinking of something or tie shoes and get this idea for new board game to be played not on a tabletop on the floor envisions a large mat checker with squares on which players are the pieces Geyer found a large card worksheet drew 24 colorful squares in a 4 x 6 arrangement and calling coworkers to play game in which they moved around like chess pieces game was ahead and Geyer knew he had an idea too good to waste on shoe polish.
He feared this could be a mass-market game, but the problem was he had no experience in the toy industry so he enlisted the help of industry veteran Charles Foley and artist Neil ravens to help them refine the concept ravens came up with the idea of having players placed her hands as well as her feet on the game board. While Foley thought of putting six circles of the same color in four rows so that players would become entangled events even came up with a catchy retail name for the pretzel because of its ability to twist people unique shapes the game simple to play the spinner told the player to put either hand or foot on a particular color.and the winner was the one who stayed up the longest without elbows or knees hitting the ground pretzel require coordination, flexibility absolutely no hangups about personal space.
When Geyer seen pitch pretzel to game maker Milton Bradley companies had a research and development Mel Taft was immediately sold other Milton Bradley executive Howard.the board game to provocative that the idea being that close to someone, especially some of the opposite sex was socially unacceptable. One company salesman even called it sex in a box. Taft pressed ahead, and Milton Bradley agreed to produce the board game with a new name since a toy dog called pretzel was already on the market. Milton Bradley change the game's name to twister and marketed as a game that ties you up. Having grown up in the Midwest.
So Geyer disliked a new moniker because it reminded him of deadly tornadoes, blue and red. We rarely found a company that manufactured shower curtains to produce twisters vinyl mass. Please cartoon characters on the packaging to make the game more innocuous.
First, however, that the naysayers concerned about the game. Sexual overtones were correct major retailers who gathered at the annual Toy fair in New York.with to risqué as well. Sears Roebuck even included in the company's Christmas cattle and with demand flagging Milton Bradley considered point twister from the market before could cancel production no toy company's public relations firm scored two by getting the game onto the premier late-night television program in the United States. NBC's Tonight Show with Johnny Carson program you with an average 12 noon. Americans tuning in every night Tonight Show with them on television showcase now and United May 3, 1966 Johnny Carson played a game of twister with clamorous actors, start televisions, Green Acres psychic Ed McMahon worked the spinner thought from his couches, Carson and DeBoer got down on all fours and contorted and strange position.
The stars were not. The audience was stitches impacted a hilarious segment on twister sales with immediate the next day customers daily twister such as FAO Schwartz promotional spots in Linkletter's house party Mike Douglas show also raise the game profile and Milton Bradley's newspaper advertisement began to boast of the sensational new party game seen by millions on TV about kids and adults alike were swept up in a twister craze teenagers.
Communicating sweet spot during the 1960s twister became as much a staple of teenage basement parties as shy, carpeting and folk would buy December bill Bradley's factory for turning out 40,000 boxes of twister day and still wasn't enough to keep up with holiday sales. The toy company even scrapped a plan advertising campaign tied New Year's Eve to allow his production line to catch up with demand by the end of 1967, 3 million twister games have been sold and became one of the decade's most popular games when twisters and try the national toy Hall of Fame in 2015. Actors re-create the moment when Carson divorces again from history.since his release. An estimated 65 million people of play twister proving that it unlike shy carpeting fake paneling with no fad of the swinging 60s and a special thanks to Greg Engler for producing the police and special thanks to Christopher Klein telling the story of the night. Johnny Carson saved twister.
By the way, what a coup for that PR firm twister was dead on arrival.
By the way, it's hard to imagine for people born let's say after 1980. Understand the power of the Sears catalog and that the Sears catalog said no really equivalent today have Amazon saying no. Was that powerful, and my goodness what a fun game.
I know it was one of the great games at parties when I was kid, and what a great way to just laugh and stupid.
By the way that it's enshrined in the national toy Hall of Fame in Rochester New York is no surprise 65 million people playing the game a great piece of storytelling by Christopher Klein. The story of twister and how they late-night talkshow host saved it and made it game it is today. Here on our Americans view of the great American stories we tell and love America like we do, or asking you to become a part of the all American stories family. If you agree that America is a good and great country. Please make a donation monthly gift of $17.76 is fast becoming a favorite option for supporters to allow American stories.com now and go to the donate button and help us keep the great American stories coming but thou, American stories.com Tory Johnny went to 1 GB. We have such a special episode brought to you by near attack ODT we recorded at radius type and windows came down near attack ODT were not dependent 75 mg can help migraine sufferers still such an exciting event like window tango.
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My mate and not to do Scotch Irish were making Scotch and they came here to America and the grain was so that they may different and you suggest drinking and aging process chart and the American not just us leaders in Washington and lifestyle and make my armor on his president relation example on all the presidents consider whiskey drink and Jackson, Zachary Taylor appears Johnson Van Buren and William McKinley had a drink named after him called McHenry's delight, which contains one – very potent spirit that has unique foreign roots and was thinking one well after we were staying over 15 years. The painter came to an even have to bother to learn connection with so that you put it on a number on the saucer. Sometimes there were also read whatever you like to see patient drifting off ration changes imaginary instrument have like thing which we call in absence. Here's said that water usually on sugar sugar caves are made up granulated sugar cubes were just that he already granulated and drip drip 10 or 15 minutes.
One time I came as high as you want water on key dissolve and use the spoon to break up any and all drink came like it was really high proof.
People always talking about pink elephant because when you have a lot to drink and they say they'll masquerade alcohol is green and special thanks to Monty for his work in a special thanks to Liz Williams. The story of our favorite beverages here on our Americans. Tory Johnny went to one we have such a special brought to you by near attack ODT we recorded at radius type and windows came down near attack ODT were magic pants 75 mg can help migraine sufferers still such an exciting event like window tango. I had when I took minor tech PT. I was present amazing time of our conversation with some of our closest friends & was brought to you by near attack ODT were magic pants 75 mg life with migraine attacks can mean missing out on big moments with friends and family, but thankfully near attack ODT were magic pants 75 mg is only medication that is proven to treat a migraine attack and prevent episodic migraines else sound lively Van Slyke window tango town have to be next to millions will make Medicare coverage decisions for next year and United healthcare can help you feel confident about your choices for those eligible Medicare annual enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7.
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They have strongly said their passion or they try to convince you there threat you are not a threat. It's okay if you if you believe in college. Another one of these experiences that would propel her down the path right religious freedom I studied at international human rights instructor 20 so I just college law school class actually, so I wasn't even for me and I just remember being really lost in by how you can use this body of water really right people and people from all over the world hundred course every summer for one month and I just freedom through these courses, you realize she could bring that knowledge to others in three years in college in three years can be often perceived as a bubble very well. I wanted perspective of the world and how we can be more globally because that came out that classroom 2000 2001 little boy. He was refugee before the war. So at the time the history start is culture that the putting women in the public with their little boy from the little a lot of testing both pre-and post on their differences and behaviors before and after the course to see if it had an impact. This little boy used to go around being at the end of the course that I wrote different projects that he project where I need to look into what happened. He wrote a letter present, but she said President Bush I want to help these women, like birds in a cage.
They don't have a voice. Help them please see she was transformed person anymore and I just what I saw there was that this is powerful. There's something here that were one another really transforms prove that my research is national education. This really is the first thing I saw life forms.
I was really encouraged by something powerful here would eventually start a nonprofit on the idea that no matter where a person is hardwired for freedom before she would do that. She spent some time in Washington DC hardwired a work help build a bipartisan caucus around the world. People just lost the time to complete part of one faith issue in a long time for years built rebuilding basically in Congress. You're just dealing with conflict, especially think that likes to solve problems, some way. Working in Congress. I realize that the people on the ground in these countries are suffering needed something more.
They needed people that were on the ground is often the suffering that they experience lasted much longer than it needed to because they're always having help people inside the defendant, Berkeley with our founding fathers across the street just doesn't happen so I realized that the greatest frustration was something different in sight so right hardwired for freedom.
She is focused on the most essential of all the freedoms freedom to worship as you choose, or not even my own family. The vergence of our way of observing God or not is so well it is just so divergent and is beautiful. That's all we do, we do here in this country when we come back this remarkable young lady is because beautiful one. Tina Ramirez's story continues on our American story, this is Tori Jenny with the 90210 MG podcasts we have such a special episode brought to you by near attack ODT we recorded at iHeartRadio's tent and Windows handout. Did you know that near attack ODT were magic pant 75 mg can help migraine sufferers still such an exciting event like window tango. I had when I took minor attack ODT and I was present amazing time. A little glimpse of our conversation with some of our closest friends. This episode was brought to you by near attack ODT were magic pants 75 mg life with migraine attacks can mean missing out on big moments with friends and family, but thankfully no attack ODT were magic pant 75 mg is the only medication that is proven to treat a migraine attack and prevent episodic migraines and adults sell lively events like window tango don't have to be next Medicare coverage decisions for next year and UnitedHealth care can help you feel confident about your choices for those eligible Medicare annual enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7. If you're working past age 65. You might be able to delay Medicare enrollment. Depending on your employer coverage.
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We enjoy here in the states, which is why she started her company hardwired to promote what she sees as an essential human right of Christian church all suffered so much for 4000 so were all targeted attack. That really need Congress to start hardwired which pushes local leadership, religious freedom really about helping local leadership understands situations where people kill each other over religion or disregard the minority population. There every person learn how to work together and a lot of the complex judge is now in charge of the court that is responsible for but she was a part of her training overrun proposal and his family actually all left behind that he was able to leave in charge of the court handling something terrorists and so they knew that targeted back that she was training the next day going to defend your right. A few months later training several times in the course next song is doing. He showed us his cell phone picture of a 17-year-old brother and I and their journalists and people that shock the conscience.
When I work with people who are living, risking their lives to defend others.
I understand gravity of it differently.
I guess because I know that their lives are at risk with teaching and sending it back in these dangerous situations which he said that if I don't go out right people. I don't defend this one. This is the reality person now become judge in charge and sentencing.
All of these numbers I say this because he didn't give up and I think it showed me I was so encouraged by what we wanted to do it hardwired. We wanted people like defenders of freedom that would risk their own lives to defend the right. They saw they were on the same team religion would be the obstacle to working together together. What we contribute to the people can be discouraged by the situation in Iraq when encourage is what happened there right now that outside help. There is still hope. When local readers wrong the world. It really teach others and help them come out of years of dictatorship, just after Christmas there was Jewish rabbis and Christian church shot the person across the country where people how holy place of worship for people is not off-limits anymore and regardless of who they are, what they believe. I find that very troubling because American ideal of freedom for people to believe differently and that is something that every country in the world looks to champion right now are struggling so hardwired we are looking at taking the education program that we do around the world. Here in American schools so we also train teachers so right now hardwired work with government Rocco rock though several countries around the world to teach content in their so hardwired to leasing a huge study on documentary resources that these teachers that work with around created showing the impact on children's really difficult places and stories to school where where communities are struggling with intolerance and violence and we believe that it really is very important conversation that I am a member, teacher, there was nothing out there on the last 20 years I've been developing how we can promote education and education we have right now and I would love for teachers anywhere that one. The apartment we have an opportunity now to really take what's happening here in our country and respond without my college years I was on the Internet and social media.
During my formative years I talked people face to face, and even with my dad. You look back at it. This agreement will work through it face to face so I was able to learn how to conversations with others that disagree with from a very early age and unfortunately not something that's really missing with. I think really the use of social media and the lack of personal interaction because it's very easy to like or dislike somebody to unfriend someone change our ability to interact with people socially vehicle for social change and for and for helping people don't have a voice have a voice at the same time huge placements ability and for intolerance in the schools of education and action. Teachers and parents have children so important valuable really. There's nothing else that can generally replace that dialogue and respect for differences and you know how to dialogue somebody and respect so that you don't have to lash out with intolerance and violence.
We as individuals parents as teachers to be vigilant to safeguard that next generation that they will secure for the future and a special thanks to Tina Ramirez hardwired for freedom hardwired global.org to learn more and by the way, religious tolerance and freedom is the most distinctive feature of this great country.
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