BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 6 January, 2015


6 January, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Presidents and the Economy (NY Times)
The Fed, not the White House, typically holds the reins. But is this time different?

Molly Haskell: "Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight" (Criterion)
Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole almost requires an honorary expansion of the term film noir. There are no private eyes in seedy offices or femmes fatales lurking in the shadows of neon-lit doorways, no forces of evil arrayed against a relatively honorable hero. This emotional snake pit, the darkest of Wilder's dark meditations on American folkways, takes place under the relentless sun of the flat New Mexican desert. The noir is interior-inside a mountain tunnel where a man is trapped and suffocating, and inside the mind of a reporter rotting from accumulated layers of self-induced moral grime.

Howard Hampton: "A Hard Day's Night: The Whole World Is Watching" (Criterion)
If you are seeing A Hard Day's Night (1964) for the second, fifth, or fortieth time, you're bound to catch some perfect detail-a brazen incongruity, sneaky delight, or intangible grace note-you missed on the first, fourth, or thirty-ninth go-round.

Catherine Russell: "The Hidden Fortress: Three Good Men and a Princess" (Criterion)
The Hidden Fortress was Akira Kurosawa's first hit after 1954's Seven Samurai, four years and four films earlier.

Lou Lumenick: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess" (Criterion)
The enormous success of Around the World in 80 Days, which featured half a hundred recognizable actors-most in what producer Mike Todd dubbed "cameo" roles-and won the Oscar for best picture of 1956, instantly created a Hollywood vogue for extra-length, big-budget, star-filled movies.

Jason Iannone: 5 Surprising Realities of Working In a Drug Rehab Program (Cracked)
The first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. But then you actually have to do something about it. That's theoretically what detoxification programs are for -- they're safe, clean, welcoming environments where people can escape whatever bullshit caused them to hit rock bottom, sober up, and start up a long-term recovery plan that works for them.

Jason Iannone: "4 Valuable Life Lessons (That We Never Follow)" (Cracked)
Whenever we hear some tired old platitude designed to teach us how to be responsible adults who can be left alone for 10 minutes without selling half our hair for rent money while eating the other half for sustenance, we tend to roll our eyes. After all, how much truth and power can some silly one-liner, useful only for those too lazy to come up with an original idea, actually have?

David Bruce: Wise Up! Language (Athens News)
Sometimes servers get in a hurry and speak in shorthand. One harried waitress served food to Merce Cunningham dancers Carolyn Brown and Viola Farber. The waiter said to Ms. Brown, "You're the fried chicken," and to Ms. Farber, "You're the stuffed shrimp."

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Trivia Question of the Day

Hard-to-please Pearl Slaghoople is the mother of what TV character?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What fictional rock band was composed of Fleegle, Snorky, Drooper, and Bingo?

      The Banana Splits                                                      Source

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour is an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects). The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970. The series costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft and the series' sponsor was Kellogg's Cereals. The series featured both live action and animated segments and is Hanna-Barbera's first foray into mixing live action with animation.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   The Banana Splits

Baron Dave ( "YOU CAN'T WORSHIP A BANANA!" -- Peter O'Toole, "Man Friday" ) wrote:
   The Banana Splits. Even at the time, I knew it was dumb. But some of it worked well. And it led me to The Wombles. Which were also terrible but had great music.
  This is fun
  This is dumb
  If The Banana Splits were a four year old's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In", then the Wombles were the four year old's Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night")

Charlie said:
   The Banana Splits. I don't think I actually ever watched it.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Banana Splits

Adam answered:
   The Banana Splits

Marian replied:
   The Banana Splits

Deborah said:
   Taking another WAG on this one - Fraggle Rock band members.
  I don't know that I've ever heard their names mentioned - my kids weren't their biggest fans. For some reason those names just seem to fit what little I know of FR.
  I'm way behind on my orange harvest. Anyone want to come pick a bag for themselves? Organic Washington navel oranges, as sweet as you can imagine. Come and get 'em.

MAM   wrote:
   The Banana Splits ~ Fictional rock band composed of Fleegle (a beagle), Bingo (a gorilla), Drooper (a lion), and Snorky (an elephant). 1968 to 1970

DJ Useo replied:
   I know this one. It's the Banana Splits.
  I thought they were was funny as a wee lad, but I saw a full episode recently, & It made me unhappy. Go figure!
  Here's a cool mashup video using their theme song.
  GHP Goes Bananas

Joe S    
   The Banana Splits. I know this because I looked it up.

  Otherwise I would have no idea.

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A return to sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Ethan Hawke, Allison Williams, and Parquet Courts.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged white guy guest host, Drew Carey, are Alyssa Milano, Joel Stein, and Ryan Hamilton.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'Parks & Recreation', followed by another RERUN 'Parks & Recreation', then a FRESH 'Marry Me', followed by a FRESH 'About A Boy', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Nicole Kidman, Patton Oswalt, and the War on Drugs.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jessica Lange, Molly Sims, Maya Rudolph, and Men in Blazers.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/10/14) are Thomas Sadoski, Weezer, and Orenda Fink.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter', followed by a FRESH 'Forever'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Matt LeBlanc, Hayley Atwell, and Jamie Oliver.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Wild Transport', then another FRESH 'Wild Transport'.

AMC offers the movie 'Coach Carter', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 13 - Homeward
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 14 - Sub Rosa
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Tooth and Claw
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 3 - School Reunion
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Finn McCool's
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Hannah & Mason's
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 3
 [3:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 4
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 24 - The Next Phase
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 24 - The Next Phase
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', then 3½ hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Cass Sunstein.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Tom Lennon, and Paget Brewster.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Taken', then the movie 'Death Race'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [10:15AM]    VALKYRIE
 [3:45PM]    PAYBACK
 [6:00PM]    THE MATRIX
 [9:00PM]    CRASH

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-WorstPeopleEver
 [6:45AM]    The Red Violin
 [9:30AM]    It's Kind of a Funny Story
 [11:30AM]    Smashed
 [1:15PM]    Bull Durham
 [3:30PM]    The Final Cut
 [5:30PM]    The Graduate
 [7:45PM]    The Graduate
 [10:00PM]    American Psycho
 [12:15AM]    American Psycho
 [2:30AM]    Bull Durham
 [4:45AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Don't Come Back in a Body Bag
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Holiday Feasts    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Star Trek: Nemesis', followed by the movie 'Robin Hood'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Joe Lo Truglio, and Borns.

TCM salutes Loretta Young, who was born on this day in 1913, during the daylight hours, then spends the night with Robert Redford
 [6:15 AM]      The Devil To Pay (1930)
 [7:30 AM]      Big Business Girl (1931)
 [8:45 AM]      Platinum Blonde (1931)
 [10:15 AM]      The Ruling Voice (1931)
 [11:45 AM]      Taxi! (1932)
 [1:00 PM]      They Call It Sin (1932)
 [2:15 PM]      Week-End Marriage (1932)
 [3:30 PM]      Employees' Entrance (1933)
 [5:00 PM]      Heroes For Sale (1933)
 [6:30 PM]      The Unguarded Hour (1936)

 [8:00 PM]      The Sting (1973)
 [10:15 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [12:15 AM]      Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
 [2:30 AM]      War Hunt (1961)

 [4:00 AM]      The McConnell Story (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/07/15

 [6:00 AM]      Lights Of New York (1928)
 [7:00 AM]      Sidewalks Of New York (1931)
 [8:30 AM]      Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)
 [10:00 AM]      The Saint In New York (1938)
 [11:15 AM]      I Take This Woman (1940)
 [1:00 PM]      Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      On the Town (1949)
 [4:00 PM]      A King in New York (1957)
 [6:00 PM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
 [10:45 PM]      Crime and Punishment (1935)
 [12:30 AM]      The Great Sinner (1949)
 [2:30 AM]      Hakuchi (1951)
 [5:30 AM]      Jailhouse Rock (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Chris Rock arrives at Variety's 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards presented by Mercedes-Benz at the Parker Palm Springs on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Palm Springs, Calif.
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The Winners and Losers

Cable 2014

The book is essentially closed on 2014, and plenty of cable networks are probably just fine with that. The year saw big slides for many networks (A&E, TruTV, MSNBC) as ESPN inched its way up to No. 1 primetime status in all key measures.

This is a first for the sports network, though not much of a surprise given its seemingly fatigue-proof programming. With all but a few stray hours of the year now taken into account, ESPN nabs the top seat in average viewership, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. (That data comes from Nielsen Media's most current 2014 stats, which combine live-plus-seven and same-day ratings through the final Friday of the year.)

So whose thunder did ESPN steal? In overall audience and older adults, USA surrendered top dog status. The network, which has seen its lineup of originals shed some ratings power from the heyday of series like Burn Notice, lost a significant 21 percent of total viewers from 2013. Among adults 18-49, TBS ceded the crown to ESPN in its own 14 percent drop.

It has to be said that ESPN achieved its coveted status by essentially staying the course. The most the network grew was in total viewership, by a modest lift of 100,000 more viewers per night. Other heavy hitters saw their profile rise by managing to hold onto the status quo as neighbors dropped double digits. FX, a top 5 network with adults under 50 for the first time, hopped past TNT with another strong year for series like American Horror Story and the swan song of Sons of Anarchy. Thanks to TV's highest-rated show in The Walking Dead, AMC also improved its ranking in spite of minor dips.

And if FX leapfrogged TNT, it blew past A&E. The cable network, one of the biggest ratings champs of 2013, plummeted 30 percent in total viewers and adults 18-49 alongside Duck Dynasty's fall from grace. If there's a silver lining, at least this is probably the last time the network will have to endure comparisons to the lingering reality show's astronomical highs.

Cable 2014


Richard Linklater, left and Chaz Ebert, right arrive at Variety's 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards at the Parker Palm Springs on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Palm Springs, Calif.
Photo by Rob Latour


Misogynist Doubles Down On Racism


Rush Limbaugh took to his radio show on Monday to once again address the controversy surrounding his statement that actor Idris Elba would not be the best pick for the new James Bond.

"Is it racist to suggest that James Bond is a white character created by Ian Fleming?" said Limbaugh on The Rush Limbaugh Show. "It's not racist."

Earlier this month, Limbaugh commented on a leaked Sony email where Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal reportedly wrote that it would be great for Elba to inherit the role after Daniel Craig. Limbaugh went on to state that Pascal was considering Elba only to make peace with Al Sharpton after previously leaked emails revealed Pascal and director Scott Rudin joking about African-American films that Obama may like.

"There's no racism intended here," added Limbaugh. "I have no bias whatsoever against Idris Elba. I think he's a great actor. It isn't even about him. This is about this girl Amy Pascal who thinks he would be a great James Bond and we know why she says. She's trying to buy off Al Sharpton. She's trying to buy off any of the other hustlers because she's in trouble."



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Good Samaritans


Some Good Samaritans are helping warm the homeless (and scarf-less) this winter by leaving scarves and hats wrapped around poles, fire hydrants and lamp posts in chilly cities across North America.

A Redditor spotted a scarf wrapped around a fire hydrant in Wilmington, North Carolina with the following note attached:

"I AM NOT LOST! If you need this to stay warm, then please take it. It is yours. Be warm, and do something to help someone else today if you can."

In early December, a teenage soccer team in Spokane, Washington, made about 300 scarves for the homeless and draped them over the iconic Bloomsday runner statues in Riverfront Park with notes that read: "I'm not lost. If you are cold, I'm yours. I was made for you to take."



Zosia Mamet, from left, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke attend the premiere of HBO's "Girls" fourth season at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Plaque Stolen

Mark Twain

Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from a monument at Mark Twain's gravesite in upstate New York.

The superintendent of Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira said Monday the 12-by-12-inch likeness of the American writer was likely stolen between Christmas and New Year's Day.

The plaque showing Twain's image was one of two on a 12-foot-tall, 78-year-old granite monument commissioned by Twain's daughter Clara. The other plaque, of Clara's husband, was untouched.

The author of such classics as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" married Olivia Langdon of Elmira and had a summer home in the upstate city. He died in 1910 and was buried in the Langdon family plot at Woodlawn.

Mark Twain


Wake-up Call


Sues For Alleged Hacking

Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson, who resigned from CBS News last year over claims the network stifled critical reporting against President Obama, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration alleging it oversaw illegal surveillance and hacked her computer.

In a series of court documents, Attkisson cites three different computer forensic exams she initiated that found hackers monitoring her work between 2011 and 2013, while she was still at CBS News. She is suing for $35 million.

During that time period, Attkisson reported on stories critical of the Obama administration, including the Benghazi consulate attack on September 11th, 2012, and the "Fast and Furious" drugs- and firearms-trafficking story.

In the lawsuit, Attkisson claims Obama administration hackers installed and refreshed software on her computer system to steal data and monitor her activity. Attkisson also claims her Skype account was hacked.

Attkisson has become a right-wing media lighting rod since her resignation from CBS News last year, alleging mainstream media outlets - like her former employer - no longer allow investigative reporters to undertake stories critical of Democratic administrations like Obama's.

Sharyl Attkisson


Participants of "Gloecklerlauf" (bell ringers' run) wear illuminated caps made of paper and wood as they ring bells on their belts during the traditional parade in Gmunden January 5, 2015. During "Gloecklerlauf", men carry "Lichterkappens", a giant paper wrapped candle lit wooden frame decorated with Christian or traditional themes on their heads, running from house to house to banish evil ghosts.
Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader


To Stand Trial

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech on the 1990s television series "Saved by the Bell," was ordered to stand trial Monday in the stabbing of a man at a Wisconsin bar on Christmas Day.

Diamond, 37, is charged with felony reckless endangerment and two misdemeanours stemming from the incident in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee. His defence attorney noted that none of witnesses reported seeing Diamond stab the man, who wasn't seriously hurt, but an Ozaukee County judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Diamond's fiancee, Amanda Schutz, told police she shoved a woman who was making rude remarks and antagonizing her and Diamond at The Grand Avenue Saloon, according to a criminal complaint. The women then got into a physical altercation, and two men held Schutz by her hair, Diamond told investigators.

During Monday's hearing, Port Washington police officer Ryan Hurda testified that a man confronted and shoved Diamond as the actor moved toward the fight. The man's brother "intervened when he heard the snap of a knife," Hurda said.

The officer said the brother never saw Diamond stab anyone, and that there was nothing in the bar's video surveillance that shows Diamond stabbing the man.

Dustin Diamond


A window mannequin wrapped into clotheslines and cable ties sits on a tree in Hannover, Germany, Monday Jan. 5, 2015. The sculpture is part of an art project.
Photo by Julian Stratenschulte


Sees Rise In Marijuana Cases


An increasing number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park are being prosecuted for possessing small amounts of medical and recreational pot, which remains illegal on federal land.

Park rangers attribute the trend both to ignorance of federal law and the growing prevalence of legal pot in other states, including neighboring Colorado, which has legal medical and recreational marijuana.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne reports it prosecuted 21 marijuana cases from Yellowstone in 2010 and 52 in 2013. As of Dec. 17, the office had handled 80 cases in 2014.

Those convicted of misdemeanor possession commonly receive a $1,000 fine.



An actress performs during the traditional Epiphany parade in Madrid January 5, 2015. Traditionally, children in Spain receive their presents on the morning of January 6 delivered by the Three Wise Men.
Photo by Juan Medina


Fracking Led to Earthquakes


A hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, well in Ohio triggered scores of small earthquakes in March 2014, including one large enough to be felt in nearby towns, a new study confirms. The biggest quake, a magnitude 3, was one of the largest ever caused by fracking. State officials shut down the well two days after the earthquake hit.

Fracking involves the high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals into rock to break it up and release trapped oil and gas. In Ohio, fracking triggered earthquakes on a hidden fault in ancient crystalline rock beneath a natural gas well in the Utica Shale, according to the study, published today (Jan. 5) in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

No earthquakes were ever recorded in this region of Ohio before fracking started, and the shaking stopped after the well was shut down, said lead study author Robert Skoumal, a graduate student in seismology at Miami University in Ohio. Skoumal and other Miami University researchers identified 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1 to 3 that occurred from March 4 to 12.

Skoumal connected fracking to Ohio's March 2014 earthquakes by comparing seismic records to publicly available drilling reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). It turned out the culprit was the two northeasternmost "legs" of a horizontal natural gas well drilled by Hilcorp Energy Co. in Poland Township, at the abandoned Carbon Limestone Landfill, according to the study results.



Villagers dressed as devils dance amongst other revelers during the parade of La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The town of Pillaro kicks off the feast of La Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as possible dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast.
Photo by Dolores Ochoa


Rapid Desert Formation May Have Destroyed

China's 1st Kingdom

The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.

This new finding suggests that the kingdom may have been more important to Chinese civilization than experts had thought, researchers say.

Prior research suggests the earliest Chinese kingdom might have been Hongshan, established about 6,500 years ago. This was about 2,400 years before the supposed rise of the Xia Dynasty, the first dynasty in China described in ancient historical chronicles. The kingdom's name, which means "Red Mountain," comes from the name of a site in the Inner Mongolia region of China.

Past excavations have uncovered Hongshan sites across northern China, including the Goddess Temple, an underground complex in the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning known for murals painted on its walls and a clay female head with jade inlaid eyes.

China's 1st Kingdom



In Memory

Bess Myerson

Bess Myerson, 90, the first Jewish Miss America and a frequent companion of the late New York Mayor Ed Koch who later fell from grace in a city scandal, has died after a long battle with dementia.

The Bronx-born Myerson, who served as Koch's commissioner of cultural affairs and often appeared with him holding his hand, died on Dec. 14 at her Santa Monica, California, residence, Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said on Monday.

In 1945 Myerson became the first Miss New York to win the title of Miss America. She also was the first - and so far only - Jewish Miss America.

The following year she married Allan Wayne, a Navy captain, and gave birth to her only child, Barbara, before the marriage broke up a decade later.

Her varied career included such jobs as a panelist for the television game show "I've Got a Secret," commercial pitch woman and New York City's first consumer affairs commissioner, appointed by Mayor John Lindsay.

Her political career included advising three presidents. She served on Lyndon Johnson's White House conference on crime and violence, Gerald Ford's board focusing on workplace issues and Jimmy Carter's commissions on mental health and world hunger.

Myerson made an unsuccessful bid for a New York U.S. Senate seat in 1980 but lost the Democratic nomination to U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman.

Bess Myerson



Geese with Christmas decorations are paraded through the streets in Madrid, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The traditional parade marks the eve of the Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrating the story of the three wise men believed to have followed a bright star to offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki



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