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September 25 in Nerd History
Here are five things that happened on September 25th for those of us who know that word does not mean what you think it means.
Birthdays of honor: Mark Hamill (1951), Will Smith (1968), Donald Glover (1983), Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969), Michael Douglas (1944), Christopher Reeve (1952), Scottie Pippen (1965), Shel Silverstein (1930), Heather Locklear (1961), Barbara Walters (1929), William Faulkner (1897), Bill Simmons (1969).
In 1987 saying "As you wish" became almost as cool as saying, "You killed my father, prepare to die." The Princess Bride hit theaters and became an instant classic — even if it started with moderate success at the box office. Over the years Princess Bride gained a cult-like yet broad following, and today is classified by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Just watch out for those R.O.U.S.
Now let's roll the clock back to 1975 when one of the most unlikely hit movies came out in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In fact, the initial response to this movie was overwhelmingly negative, but late-night showings where the audience was encouraged to participate started to catch on in 1976, and persist to this day.
The movie is still considered to be in "limited release," meaning after 48 years it's the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
Today in 1965 Beatlemania was in full swing when The Beatles, an animated series broadcast on Saturday mornings, premiered for the first time.
Every episode was named after one of the band's songs and the plot would be inspired by that song's lyrics. Unsurprisingly, it was an instant ratings hit, even though the band themselves thought it was pretty silly and quite bad, at least initially.
It went into syndication and an entire new generation of fans was exposed to the Beatles cartoon when MTV and the Disney Channel began airing episodes in the late '80s.
In 1970, just nine days before she passed away at the young age of 27, Janis Joplin laid down one of the most iconic recordings of all time, "Me And Bobby McGee", at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood.
Written by Kris Kristofferson and having already seen decent success when performed by Roger Miller (the dude who sang "King of the Road"), it became one of only a handful of singles that have hit no. 1 posthumously and was Joplin's only number one song.
In 1980 John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, died at the age of 32. He suffered asphyxiation from vomiting after a night of partying and heavy drinking.
Widely considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history, Led Zeppelin disbanded after his death, feeling they'd never be the same — even if they likely could have continued their immense commercial success.
While the surviving members have collaborated in many ways over the years, they've never taken the Zeppelin moniker back, although they did release one new piece of music in 2018, a 7" single titled "Rock and Roll (Sunset Sound Mix)/Friends".
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