Monday, November 27, 2006.  Twenty years ago today was Thanksgiving Day, and an article in the St. Petersburg Times was the first to characterize the next day as "Black Friday."  I take a look at that name, whether it really fits, and Christmas shopping.

Today's episode music is "See You In Seattle," by the Scottish Guitar Quartet.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Friday, November 24, 2006.  A meeting at the White House twenty years ago today set the tone for how the Reagan Administration would handle the scandal.  I look at some of the details of that meeting and the press conference that took place the next day.

Today's music is from "Warlock," by Scott Shannon.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #31 -- Doctor Demento & Weird Al Thursday, November 23, 2006 -- Happy Thanksgiving!  The new single from Weird Al Yankovic's album Polka Party made its debut on the Doctor Demento Show twenty years ago today.  I've been a fan of both Weird Al and Doctor Demento since before 1986, and I share some history about these two luminaries of the comedy music world.

Today's theme music is "Press YES to Start Demo," by Aaron Derington.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




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November 22, 2006.  Twenty years ago tody, Mike Tyson beat Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight boxing champ ever.  I talk about Tyson, and his rise and fall.

Today's episode music is "Taking You There," by Jeremiah Fleming.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Twenty years ago today, there were a lot of documents being shredded in the offices of the NSA.  I take a look at who was doing the shredding, and why ... and exactly what I think of the whole idea.

Extra special thanks to Joe Medina of Ollin Productions for his help in getting the sound effects and editing done for this episode.

Theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Sunday, November 19, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, a missile silo complex in Arkansas was demolished.  I look at how this was done and about the last big chill before the Cold War came to an end.

Today's episode music is "Bella," by Patrick Gorman.  Theme music composed and conducted by Marc Rose.


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November 18, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, a Japanese airline pilot spotted a UFO, in an incident that gained a great deal of public attention -- some six weeks after it actually happened.  Is this sighting a mystery, or something easily explained?

Today's episode music is "Confusion," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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The issue of Time Magazine dated twenty years ago today featured an article looking at what turned out to be the beginning of the end of the small, independent video rental store.  I look at how that came to pass, and how the big chains might be facing the end of the line themselves.

Today's episode music is "Butt Quake," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Some conflicting information about today's event led me to make this podcast a bit of a behind the scenes show, about the research that goes into making an episode of "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today."

Today's episode music is "October," by the Scottish Guitar Quartet.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Twenty years ago today would forever after be known as "Boesky Day" on Wall Street, when financier Ivan Boesky's spectacular career came to an even more spectacular end.

I found this account of a oral history discussion between the lawyers involved in both sides of the Boesky case (PDF document) particularly helpful in preparing this podcast.

This episode's music is "Overnighter," by Jeremiah Fleming.  I found it at PodsafeAudio.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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