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Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' jacket to go on tour

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Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 21 July 2011 09:48
A Michael Jackson doll is dressed in a ‘Thriller’ costume that depicts the famous red jacket.  Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and McMasters Harris Auction Co.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket Michael Jackson wore in the groundbreaking Thriller music video is going on tour.

The jacket's new owner, Texas commodities broker Milton Verret, said Tuesday he plans to take the classic clothing item around the world to raise money for charities that help sick children.

Verret, who's from Austin, says he intends to line up corporate sponsors to fund the tour.

He purchased the jacket for $1.8 million last month at a Beverly Hills, Calif., auction.

The jacket is one of two Jackson wore during the filming of the 1983 video. Jackson can be seen wearing the jacket in a scene with a troupe of zombies who rise from their graves and break into a dance routine.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:01
 

New TV show 'Picker Sisters' to debut Aug. 2 on Lifetime

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:57
Tracy Hutson stars in the new Lifetime Original Reality Series 'Picker Sisters,' premiering Aug. 2 at 10PM Eastern/Pacific on Lifetime Television. Photo by Skip Bolen, copyright 2011 Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, all rights reserved.

LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, Lifetime Television will air the first episode of a new,  unscripted series titled Picker Sisters. Starring best friends and renowned interior designers Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), the program reaffirms the classic saying “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” by following the design duo as they crisscross America in search of rare relics and materials to create stunning pieces for their Los Angeles home décor pop-up shop.

Throughout the episodes, Hutson and McQueen embark on the biggest and craziest business adventure of their lives – starting their own store. With keen eyes for style and intuitive design instincts, they travel far and wide to find jaw-dropping bargains on any interesting items they discover before driving back to California and transforming them into pieces that will fetch top dollar. Whether it’s a tarnished fuel tank sitting in a junkyard, mangled barbed wire, rusty tire wheels or the weathered wood from an entire barn, Hutson and McQueen meet and negotiate with some of the country’s most interesting people willing to part with their belongings…for the right price. Once back in Los Angeles, Hutson and McQueen work with their contractor, Alan Luxmore, on realizing their design vision and create beautiful furnishings shrewd Los Angeles buyers looking to decorate their homes or offices will die for.

Picker Sisters is produced by RelativityREAL for Lifetime Television. RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman (Lifetime’s Coming Home, creator of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and Josh Bingham (Obsessed, The Two Coreys) serve as executive producers.

Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and Sandy Varo Jarrell of Lifetime Television also executive produce. RelativityREAL’s Brad Bishop (Find My Family) is co-executive producer.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:26
 

Sahara in Vegas donating sign to Neon Museum

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Written by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:41
The lights of the Sahara went out last month when the legendary hotel-casino closed after 59 years. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. LAS VEGAS (AP) – Owners of the closed Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they're donating one of the property's iconic signs to the Neon Museum, a collection of Sin City's historic markers.

SBE Entertainment officials tell The Associated Press that the donation is part of celebrating the cultural significance of the casino that closed last month after 59 years.

The sign faced Sahara Avenue at the back of the casino.

Neon Museum Chairman Bill Marion says the sign is a classic example of Las Vegas' storied past and the historic art form of neon signs.

The museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard, is often referred to as the place where neon signs go to die.

The donation comes as SBE mulls what to do with the space.

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Beatles' photo exhibit begins Friday in Memphis

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:22
Photo by Paul Beriff. Courtesy of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An exhibition of photographs of the Beatles is coming to Memphis, the home of Elvis Presley and the birthplace of the blues.

The photos will be on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum beginning Friday through Sept. 11.

According to The Memphis Daily News, the 36 photos were taken by Paul Beriff in 1963 and 1964. They chronicle the band's meteoric rise as part of "Beatlemania'' and the close friendship among the four.

The exhibit coincides with the 45th anniversary the Beatles' two shows in Memphis in 1966.

Visit the museum online at www.memphisrocknsoul.org.

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Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 11:40
 

Margaret Thatcher's famous handbag sells for over $40K

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Monday, 27 June 2011 16:02
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, now titled The Right Honourable The Baroness Thatcher. Photo provided by Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

LONDON (AFP) - Margaret Thatcher's famous handbag that struck fear in the hearts of British ministers during the 'Iron Lady's' tenure has sold at a June 27, 2011 charity auction for £25,000 ($40,350, 28,000 euros).

Thatcher frequently used the black Asprey bag on important occasions, such as summits with then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during her 1979-1990 premiership.

The former prime minister donated the bag to her Conservative Party's ex-lawmaker and author Jeffrey Archer for a charity auction held at Christie's in London.

Proceeds from the bag's sale will go to armed forces charities Combat Stress and The British Forces Foundation and to Debra, a charity helping sufferers of the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Cartoonists often portrayed Thatcher clobbering opponents with the blunt instrument while Lord Kenneth Baker, who served in Thatcher's cabinets from 1985 to 1990, called the bag her "secret weapon".

Thatcher often placed her handbag on the cabinet table as a symbol of her authority and "would usually get from it some paper with a conclusive argument," Baker recalled.

Archer's auction realized £402,100 in total, with the stopwatch which timed British runner Roger Bannister's first four-minute mile going for £97,250, the evening's top price.

Other celebrity donors included guitarist Eric Clapton, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and former England rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 16:14
 

Super Bowl II player's ring to be auctioned for payment of back taxes

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Monday, 27 June 2011 09:10
 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Championship player's ring presented to Frederick 'Fuzzy' Thurston, to be auctioned by Heritage Auctions on Aug. 4, 2011. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A former Green Bay Packers lineman whose teams won the first two Super Bowls will have at least one of his championship rings auctioned off to recover some of the $1.7 million the federal government says he owes in back taxes.

Fuzzy Thurston, 77, played for the Packers from 1959 to 1967. U.S. Marshals have seized his Super Bowl II ring, and authorities are trying to track down his other Super Bowl ring along with other sports jewelry and memorabilia.

The auction announcement resulted from a court order this month calling for the sale of Thurston's rings from Super Bowls I and II, four other NFL championship rings, other sports memorabilia and a gold watch.

Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, said the only items it has so far are Thurston's Super Bowl II ring, his 1960 Packers helmet and two 1960 footballs signed by members of the Packers and coach Vince Lombardi.

"We hope to reach out to fans who might wish to purchase the material to return it to Thurston,'' said Chris Ivy, the auction house's director of sports auctions.

The ring will be auctioned at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., on Aug. 4. The helmet and the footballs will be available in the Fall Heritage Sports auction, which closes Nov. 11.

The Super Bowl ring is expected to fetch at least $20,000, although auction officials said bidding could push the final price much higher. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale.

Other rings from the first two Super Bowls have also been sold in recent years. Running back Paul Hornung's Super Bowl I ring fetched about $40,000 in 2002, while former offensive lineman Steve Wright sold his Super Bowl I ring last month for $73,409.

And a Super Bowl II ring belonging to running back Elijah Pitts once sold for about $30,000, although the diamonds in that ring had been replaced with faux gems.

Messages left at Thurston's Waupaca home weren't immediately returned. Green Bay lawyer Owen Monfils, who represented Thurston in some of his tax cases, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette (http://bit.ly/j30bho ) he was certain Thurston didn't owe "nearly as much as the government claims.''

The tax fight stems from Thurston's post-Packers days, when he and his business partners opened a chain of restaurants. According to a federal complaint, Thurston and the others withheld federal income taxes from their employees' salaries but failed to turn all the money over to the Internal Revenue Service.

The allegation eventually led to a protracted court fight in which Thurston was ordered to pay about $190,000 in 1984. With interest, the debt now stands at just over $1.7 million, according to court documents.

Prosecutors conducted depositions of Thurston's relatives and business associates to compile a list of his assets. The depositions revealed that his personal property included the championship rings, court documents said.

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Online: Heritage Auctions: http://www.ha.com

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Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Championship player's ring presented to Frederick 'Fuzzy' Thurston, to be auctioned by Heritage Auctions on Aug. 4, 2011. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 09:54
 

Blenko design celebrates W.Va.'s 148th birthday

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Monday, 20 June 2011 11:01
Examples of Blenko Glass. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center. MILTON, W.Va. (AP) – Blenko Glass has designed a guitar-shaped piece to celebrate West Virginia's birthday this year.

This is the 31th year Blenko has designed a collectible glass piece to celebrate the state's birthday. The annual celebration was Saturday in Milton.

The Herald-Dispatch reports only 148 pieces have been produced for 2011 – one for each year West Virginia has been a state.

The cobalt-and-topaz piece also sells for $148. Each is 19 inches tall and signed by designer Arlon Bayliss and company President Walter Blenko Jr.

Sales are first-come, first-served.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and is continuing operations.

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Blenko: http://www.blenkoglass.com

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 12:11
 

Famed leaky faucet neon sign drips again in Saginaw

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:15
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A whimsical neon sign of a leaky faucet is dripping again in Saginaw for the first time in 14 years.

The Saginaw News reports the sign last was lit up in 1997 when Brenske Plumbing Heating & Supply Co. was razed to make way for a Rite Aid Pharmacy. On Monday night, the drops made of neon began dripping again at an intersection on the city's West Side.

The sign had been in storage at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. It was restored by Barrett Sign in Saginaw.

Tom Mudd, president of the Saginaw Valley Historic Preservation Society, wants the area to become a historical neon sign park, incorporating signs once adorning now-demolished buildings. Another sign that hung for 67 years on the Merrill Building is nearby.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:29
 

Late broadcaster’s baseball collection languishes at library

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Monday, 13 June 2011 10:15
Ernie Harwell broadcasting a Detroit Tigers game for WJR radio, circa 1960s. This file is from the Prelinger Archives, which released it explicitly into the public domain, using the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication. DETROIT (AP) – Friends and custodians of a massive collection of baseball memorabilia donated by the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell to the Detroit Public Library say the artifacts are typically inaccessible to the public and that pieces are at risk of theft.

The primary caretaker of the collection that's worth an estimated $4 million was laid off in the year since Harwell's death, further limiting access to the appointment-only display at the library that had only 500 visitors in 2010, The Detroit News reported Thursday.

Library spokesman A.J. Funchess said the system has tightened security and the collection is not at risk, and the most valuable items are archived and secure.

“It's still available to people,” Funchess said. “It may not be the ideal access they may like, but that is pretty much how we have to do it.

“We are doing the best we can do with what we have to work with. We are committed to these collections.”

Harwell, a baseball announcing legend, died in May 2010 at the age of 92. The collection includes thousands of baseball cards, letters and other artifacts.

Theft already has been an issue. Four years ago, a former library staffer was fired for stealing some of Harwell's baseball cards. The cards were returned, but the employee wasn't prosecuted and the newspaper reports officials can't be certain they got all the cards back.

A former librarian said many boxes of artifacts are stored – but uncatalogued – in the basement, meaning it is difficult to know if items have been removed.

“It's sad,” said Ashley Koebel, who was laid off in March. “They are understaffed under the best of circumstances.”

Harwell's friend and attorney Gary Spicer said Harwell was pleased by the library's organization of his pieces, but that the display isn't what the broadcaster envisioned. “The Lulu and Ernie Harwell Display Room,” which opened in 2004, is dark most days, visible through a window.

“He really wanted it to be open and accessible to people,” Spicer said.

The library has cut staffing for its special collections by almost a third since 2007, including the National Automotive Heritage Collection and the E. Azalia Hackley Collection, which started in 1943 as a music collection devoted to black performers.

Only about a dozen employees remain to staff special collections. Mark Bowden, the Detroit library's coordinator for special collections, is now the only person overseeing the Harwell collection. He said special collections like Harwell's help make the library unique.

“This is so important for Detroit to have collections like this,” he said.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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Future of Corporal Klinger's beloved hot dogs in doubt

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Monday, 13 June 2011 08:23
Tony Packo’s was a Toledo, Ohio, landmark long before the café gained national recognition on ‘M-A-S-H.’ This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A family feud slathered with accusations of financial misdeeds is threatening the future of an Ohio restaurant whose hot dogs were made famous by cross-dressing Cpl. Max Klinger on M-A-S-H.

The fight centers on the ownership of Tony Packo's, a corner bar and grill that grew out of the Great Depression and whose chili-topped hot dogs, stuffed cabbage and roast beef platters continued to please fans even after the iconic TV show ended its run three decades ago.

“If you're ever in Toledo, Ohio, on the Hungarian side of town, Tony Packo's got the greatest Hungarian hot dogs,” Jamie Farr's character Cpl. Max Klinger said on an episode in 1976.

The son and grandson of the restaurant's namesake have been trading accusations for nearly a year, and each is trying to buy the company. The restaurant's lender foreclosed on its loans, and a judge put a third party in charge of the restaurant while he sorts out the mess.

Both sides were in court Friday, when a Lucas County judge heard arguments on a number of pending motions.

The character played by Toledo native Jamie Farr put Packo's on the map when he portrayed a homesick U.S. soldier in the Korean War who longed for Packo's hot dogs and wore dresses in hopes of convincing the Army he was crazy and should be discharged.

Packo's was mentioned in six of the 250 episodes of M-A-S-H – notably, in the final episode in 1983, which until last year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in history.

The original Packo's – there are five outlets around Toledo – remains a destination and is decorated with M-A-S-H memorabilia, including glass-encased hot dog buns autographed by celebrities ranging from Bing Crosby to Alice Cooper.

It's still common to see out-of-state license plates in the parking lot and visitors snapping photos inside and out.

The family for years resisted offers to expand, although it does sell Packo's hot dog sauce and pickles in stores across the nation, including some Kroger stores in the Midwest.

The restaurant first opened in 1932, when Tony Packo and his wife got a $100 loan from relatives.

Trouble among the owners surfaced in 2002 when Nancy Packo Horvath, daughter of the founders, accused her brother, Tony Packo Jr., of trying to force her out of the business. They settled their differences and agreed to reorganize the company's management structure.

Packo Horvath died a year later, leaving her share of the business to her son, Robin Horvath. All seemed fine until July, when he sued Tony Packo Jr., and his son, Tony Packo III, accusing them of blocking him from looking at company financial records after he began questioning them about company spending.

Horvath claimed he found $400,000 in unauthorized payments dating to 2006. He said his cousin, Tony Packo III, used company money to repair his wife's car, pay for construction at his mother's home and buy golf balls and golf shirts without providing receipts.

The Packos have denied any wrongdoing. They countered in court documents that Horvath had not been involved in day-to-day operations for years and had little knowledge of the business.

Since then, Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp has foreclosed on almost $4 million in loans to the restaurant and seized about $100,000 Horvath had at the bank. It also foreclosed on properties that Horvath owns next to the restaurant, trying to reclaim personal guarantees he made on the business loans.

A bank attorney said in February that Packo's lost a lot of money last year – he did not say how much – and that its future was in doubt if it continued business under the court-appointed third party. An attempt to resolve the dispute with the help of a mediator failed this spring.

James Rogers, an attorney for the Packos, said they haven't closed the door on reaching a settlement. He wouldn't discuss what is at the root of the differences.

“Family business disputes can be complicated situations,” Rogers said.

The Packos have not talked publicly since the dispute arose. Messages seeking comment were left with Horvath and his attorneys. Horvath told The Blade newspaper in January that he didn't think Tony Packo Jr. misappropriated the company's funds but was trying to protect his son.

The upheaval doesn't appear to be hurting business – at least judging the number of cars filling the parking lot recently.

Customers say they can't imagine Toledo without Packo's – the hot dogs are what cheesesteaks are to Philadelphia and deep-dish pizza is to Chicago.

“It's too big of a name,” said Jim Zywocki, who lives in the suburb of Holland and stopped in for lunch because he was working nearby. He took home a map for some out-of-town co-workers who wanted to stop in, too.

“Tony Packo's is Tony Packo's,” he said. “It's a landmark.”

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2011 09:23
 

Redesigned Rock Hall opens exhibit on The Beatles

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 10:26
The I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Pratt of Pittsburgh, Pa., licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has opened the world's most comprehensive collection of items from The Beatles as part of the first redesign in the facility's 15-year history.

The exhibit announced Wednesday features nearly 70 items, including several that are being displayed for the first time, such as Paul McCartney's handwritten arrangement for the song Birthday. Visitors also can see guitars played by John Lennon and George Harrison, the logo drum head from the kit that Ringo Starr used on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, and notable clothing worn by each group member on tour or on film.

"For many years now, we have been fortunate to have a great relationship with Yoko Ono, which enabled us to have many John Lennon artifacts,'' said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions. "This time around, we were able to work with Ringo Starr and with George Harrison's estate, so they are well-represented in the exhibit. We also worked with some collectors who had other key Beatles pieces, and before we knew it, we had an absolutely incredible collection.''

The items have gone on display as part of a museum redesign that is funded by part of the Rock Hall's $35 million capital campaign and is expected to be complete by next year. It includes technology upgrades and changes aimed at presenting the history of rock and roll more chronologically. Visitors can learn more through interactive kiosks and listening stations, new exhibits and oversize images of inductees like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The Hall of Fame also got a bit of the Hollywood treatment with a 50-foot (15-meter) red carpet welcoming visitors.

The facility expects to have the final upgrades, including a new video wall, in place before the Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in 2012.

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