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Podcast: Play in new window | Download      In this episode, I recommend a great new health and fitness podcast. I spend the rest of the episode discussing why Gilded Age history is neglected to this day.  The mistaken perceptions about wealth have influenced Americans down to this very day.      I begin the episode […]

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     John L. Sullivan had dominated the prize ring during his career.  Possessing a record of 40 wins, no losses and two draws, “The Boston Strong Boy” was considered invincible.  Sullivan won the world championship in 1882 and dispensed all challengers culminating with the Fight of the Nineteenth Century with Jake Kilrain.      After defeating […]

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     Broadcast companies were looking for content during the early days of television.   Besides older movies and some broadcast company productions, sports were a source of programming for many television stations.  The DuMont Television Network was one of the powerhouse networks in the beginning of the Golden Age of Television.  One of their most popular […]

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     On Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 1904, 42 wrestlers in 7 weight classes met in the first Olympic Games contested in the freestyle wrestling method.  Prior Olympic Games were contested in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling.  The 1904 Summer Olympics was held in conjunction with the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, […]

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     On Tuesday, March 22, 1910, Dr. Benjamin Roller met Stanislaus Zbyszko in a legitimate wrestling match.  Professional wrestling would transition from legitimate contest to staged exhibition between 1910 and 1920.      Dr. Benjamin Roller graduated from the University of Pennsylvania by playing professional football.  Roller accepted an academic appointment in physiology where he assisted […]

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