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August 15, 2013

GLYNN: Eydie Gorme in spotlight for TV show at Falls

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Niagara Gazette — It turned out a huge success, viewed by an estimated 12 million people. In addition to Gorme and Lawrence, the program that night included singer Andy Williams and Skitch Henderson and his band. Chief Elton Greene made Allen an honorary Tuscarora chief and a flaming, flower-decked raft was sent over the falls to re-enact the Maid of the Mist legend.

Allen hosted the show from 1954 until 1957, when Jack Paar assumed the role. Next in line was Johnny Carson and then Jay Leno.

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A HOT LINE: So you want to know what owners are saying about problems and repair costs for particular car models? Check the website: www.carcomplaints.com. You may be surprised to learn your vehicle is known for its excessive oil consumption or a cracked panel.

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VOICE OF NIAGARA: Tom Darro, host of the popular “Viewpoint”  on radio station WJJL (1440), has an uncanny skill for remembering birthdays. I still recall walking with him once into the former Convention and Civic Center (Seneca Niagara Casino) and remarking, “Tom, that guy over there looks real familiar, You happen to know him?” Darro shot back: “The name escapes me right now, but he was born Nov. 13.” By the way, Tom, a protege of the inimitable Jimmy Thompson, turns 65 today. Happy birthday, pal! 

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TRIVIA: In what years did New York City host the World’s Fair for two six-month seasons? (Answer Sunday).

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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