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"This Is Your Life" BBC TV 1950s Russ Conway (Terry Stanford)
Image by brizzle born and bred This Is Your Life is a British biographical television documentary, based on the 1952 American show of the same name. It was hosted by Eamonn Andrews from 1955 until 1964, and then from 1969 until his death in 1987 aged 64. Michael Aspel then took up the role of host until the show ended in 2003. In the show the host surprises a special guest, before taking them through their life with the assistance of the 'big red book'. Both celebrities and non-celebrities have been 'victim' of the show. The show was originally broadcast live, and over its run it has alternated between being broadcast on the BBC and on ITV. In 2007, Trevor McDonald interviewed Simon Cowell in a one off special. Eamonn Andrews, CBE (19 December 1922 â" 5 November 1987) was an Irish television presenter based in the United Kingdom. Andrews was born in Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland, the same street as playwright George Bernard Shaw. He was educated at the local school, Synge Street CBS. He began his career as an amateur boxer and went on to be a sports commentator on Radio Ãireann. In 1950, he began presenting programmes for the BBC, being particularly well-known for boxing commentaries, and soon became one of television's most popular presenters. In 1955 Andrews made a brief appearance on celluloid, appearing on camera as the narrator who introduces the unrelated segments that comprise the 'portmanteau' film Three Cases of Murder. In 1965, he left the BBC to join Associated British Corporation where he pioneered the talk show format in Britain. Series with which he was associated included: What's My Line? (1951â"63 and 1984â"87) This Is Your Life (1955â"64 and 1969â"87) World of Sport (1965â"68) Crackerjack and Playbox (children's series) Whose Baby? (a panel game he created and owned) Top Of The World (TV series) (1982) He chaired the Radio Ãireann Authority between 1960 and 1964, overseeing the introduction of television to the Republic of Ireland and establishing the Irish State Broadcaster as an independent semi-state body. On 20 January 1956 he reached position 18 in the British Charts with a "spoken narrative" recording named "The Shifting Whispering Sands", which had musical backing by the Ron Goodwin Orchestra. He was famous for coming up with off-the-cuff linkings which did not workâ"such as 'speaking of cheese sandwiches, have you come far?'. This was parodied by the character Seamus Android in the BBC radio programme Round the Horne in the 1960s, performed by Bill Pertwee. At the time Andrews hosted a chat show on ITV. He was also famous for sweating while on screen, as parodied by another BBC radio programme The Burkiss Way. Andrews' contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame. In the late 1960s, at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam, he showed his serious side when at his own expense he interviewed many notables to ask them their current opinions, and what they thought the world would be like twenty years into the future. He planned to invite them back, to screen what they had said, and to chat about how accurate they had been. He never lived to record the second part; the tapes exist in the family's archives, and have never been viewed. He is perhaps best known as the presenter of the UK's version of "This Is Your Life", between its inception in 1955 and his death in 1987, when he was succeeded by Michael Aspel (who had also succeeded Andrews as host of Crackerjack 22 years earlier). He also created a long-running panel game called "Whose Baby?" which originally ran on BBC and later ITV. He was a regular presenter of the early Miss World pageants. After months of illness, he died suddenly from heart failure in November 1987, aged 64, in the private Cromwell Hospital, London. His widow Grainne Bourke, whom he married in 1951, died eighteen months later. They had three adopted children. Image reproduced with kind permission of Peter Ashford @ Collection.
Sgt Maj Kasal
Image by Judge Rock (May 4, 2006) -- Sgt. Maj. Bradley A. Kasal feels he did what any good Marine wouldâve done. That includes taking enemy rifle fire on Nov. 14, 2004, absorbing a grenade blast and refusing medical attention inside Fallujahâs âHouse of Hellâ during Operation Al Fajr (New Dawn). For his extraordinary heroism and leadership in Fallujah, Iraq, as the Weapons Company first sergeant for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross during a ceremony here Monday. âThe word hero is tossed around pretty loosely these days,â said Maj. Gen. Michael R. Lehnert, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations West, after awarding Kasal with the Naval serviceâs second-highest decoration, in front of an audience that included the 1st Marine Divisionâs past and present commanding generals, Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis and Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, respectively. âSome may call a basketball player a hero for scoring the winning goal or a celebrity for donating a small portion of their earnings to a good cause, but Kasal is a true American hero.â When then-1st Sgt. Kasal assisted one of his platoons with an over watch inside Fallujah that day, intense gunfire broke out in an Iraqi home to his immediate front. Seconds later, Marines were rapidly exiting the building, known as the âHouse of Hell.â âThat house was a death trap,â said Maj. Gen. Lehnert. âIt was set up for one purpose: to kill United States Marines.â Kasal could have easily stayed out of the house.â When he found out that there were Marines still pinned down inside the infamous house, nothing the insurgents could put on the table would stop him from rescuing his Marines. âGoing in for them was the right thing to do,â said Kasal, 39, who hails from Afton, Iowa. âTheyâre Marines, and Iâm a Marine. We look out for each other.â Upon entry of the house, Kasal found himself face-to-face with an insurgent who he neutralized at extreme close range. Shortly afterwards, AK-47 gunfire was coming from all directions, and Kasal was hit from behind. âWhile I was in that house, I made three life or death decisions,â Kasal said. âI never thought I would live through any of them, but I did what I did to help the other Marines.â The first decision Kasal made was to expose himself to enemy fire in order to pull another wounded Marine out of the line of fire. Kasal took more enemy fire doing this. While both Marines were under cover, they assessed their wounds. Both had multiple injuries, but there were only enough bandages for one of them to live. Kasal made his second decision to forfeit his medical supplies to the other Marine. âIt made more sense to use all of the bandages on one of us then to split the supplies and have us both bleed to death,â Kasal said. The insurgents deployed a hand grenade to get the Marines out of cover, and it landed within a few feet of the two bleeding Marines. Kasal then decided to use his own severely wounded body to protect the Marine from shrapnel. By the time he was carried out of the house by Lance Cpl. Chris Marquez and Lance Cpl. Dan Shaffer as Lucian M. Reed, an Associated Press photographer snapped the iconic photo displayed at Marine Corps installations all over the globe, Kasal had lost approximately 60 percent of his blood from more than 40 shrapnel wounds and seven 7.62 mm AK-47 gunshots. One day prior to being awarded the Navy Cross Kasalâs father passed away. However, a live video teleconference feed to Kasalâs hometown provided his mother, family members and friends an opportunity to watch him receive the Navy Cross, be promoted to the rank of sergeant major and reenlist for three years. âItâs been a very emotional week,â Kasal said. âI am blessed to recover from my injuries, which the doctors thought would never happen, and regain my place in the Marine Corps. I would take the pain of surgeries any day over the pain of being away from my Marines.â US Marine Corps Home