1976 Debate I
1976 Debate I
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Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford banter as the 1976 presidential election heats up. Ford is tested on his math and Carter pressed on flip flopping.
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A look back to ... Season 1. Episode 1. Sketch 1: "Wolverines." No, not the Hugh Jackman, "X-Men" kind. Think John Belushi with a thick European accent and Michael O'Donoghue as his English teacher. Belushi is asked to repeat phrases not found in your typical guidebook, such as "I would like to feed your fingertips to the wolverines." And "I'm afraid we are out of badgers. Would you accept a wolverine in its place?" The dedicated student even imitates his teacher having a heart attack and falling off his chair. It's short. It's strange. It's hilarious. It's "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Lorne Michaels later said of the sketch: "It seemed to me that, whatever else happened, there would never have been anything like this on television. No one would know what kind of show this is from seeing that."
Jan. 24 marks what would have been John Belushi's 65th birthday. To celebrate, we're featuring a vintage (and eerie) "Saturday Night Live" 1978 clip, “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” The short film takes place in the future. Belushi is an old man (if only) visiting the graves of comedians who died young, including Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase. "They all thought I'd be the first one to go," Belushi says in a prophetic statement. The "Animal House" star died in 1982 of a drug overdose. The first grave he visits in the film is that of Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42. The two were friends, first working together on "The National Lampoon Radio Hour" and then as cast mates on "SNL.” Legend has it that Radner and others had to persuade Lorne Michaels to hire Belushi for the sketch comedy show. Radner outlived her friend by seven years. But even with his career cut short, Belushi remains an icon, thanks to star turns in "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers." And the legacy lives on: Actor Emile Hirsch has reportedly been tapped to play the comedian in an upcoming biopic.
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