Jan. 23: Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962): noted comedy pioneer (watch him make a car disappear in this video). Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic William Henry III called him “television’s first significant video artist.”

bd-ernie-kovacsOther Jan. 23 birthdays:

Anita Pointer, 67: singer with the Pointer Sisters, whose smash “Neutron Dance” hit No. 1 on the subatomic particle charts in 1985.

Rutger Hauer, 71: actor, played a black market hair smuggler in the futuristic “Braid Runner.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked the nation by announcing he would run for president naked under a plan he called “The Nude Deal.”

On this day in 1989, Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali died at age 84. Time of death could not be established though, because all of Dali’s clocks and watches had mysteriously melted.

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