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Out The Email Chain That Is Sweeping The
Internet...And It All Started At Rip The Music!
So my buddy
Mitch Semel and I have been playing this little game for
the past few years called "Time-spans".
Whenever we get together, we like to remind ourselves
how old we're getting (I know, we sound like a couple
of really fun guys). The game is real easy to play. All
you have to do calculate the time-span between an event
in your lifetime to the present
day and then take that time-span and backtrack it from
the original event to a similarly themed event. The
results are always shocking because what we often think
are "recent" events end up being further away that we
realize and events that we consider "history" are closer
than we think. Ok, now, I'm confusing myself. I will let
this list of "Time-spans" speak for itself. The list was
compiled by the charter members of the Time-spans
committee via an email chain over the last 48 hours. They are a small group of intelligent, very
funny and in some cases extremely sensitive people.
Please hold your applause till all names have been
We will be
adding to this list of Time-spans on a weekly basis.
If you would like to contribute, please send us an
we use it, we'll email you a t-shirt! Tell your friends!
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has passed since Pat Sajak took over
from Chuck Woolery (everyone know that?)
on Wheel of Fortune (2005-1981=24) than
the time between Sajak joining Wheel of
Fortune and the premiere of the game
show Concentration (1981-1958=23).
has passed since Right Turn on Red came
to the U.S. as a response to the oil
crisis (2005-1973=32) than between Right
on Red and gas rationing during World
War 2 (1973-1942=31).
time has passed since the first night
game at Wrigley Field (2005-1988=17)
than between the first night game at
Wrigley and the first ever World Series
game played at night (1988-1971=17).
More time has
passed between Bruce Springsteen's acoustic
albums ("Devils & Dust" 2005 - "Nebraska"
1982 = 23 years) than between "Nebraska" and
the Beatles' first album ("Nebraska" 1982 -
"Please Please Me" 1963 = 19 years).
has passed since Michael Jackson debuted his
“moonwalk” on TV (2005-1983 = 22yrs) than
between that and Neil Armstrong’s actual
moon walk (1983-1969 = 14 yrs)
More time has passed since “Black Monday”
(2005-1987 = 18yrs) than between that day
and the release of Black Sabbath’s first
album (1987-1970 = 17yrs)
as many years since news broke of Woody
Allen and Soon-Yi’s affair (2005-1992 =
13yrs) than between the affair and the
premiere of Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”
(1992-1979 = 13yrs)
has passed since Nancy Kerrigan was attacked
at the 1992 Winter Olympics (2005-1992 =
13yrs) than between that attack and Soviets’
boycott of the 1984 Olympics (1992-1984 =
has passed since the Yom Kippur War
(2005-1973 = 32yrs) than between that and
Israel’s independence (1973-1948 = 25yrs)
More time has passed since the bicentennial
celebration of America’s independence
(2005-1976 = 29yrs) than between the
bicentennial and Hawaii’s admittance into
the union as the USA’s 50th state
(1976-1959 = 17yrs)
has passed since the first "Back to the Future"
movie (2005 - 1985 = 20 years) than since BTTF
and the premiere of Irwin Allen's TV series "The
Time Tunnel" (1985 - 1966 = 19 years).
We're further from Farrah
Fawcett's bathing suit poster (2005 - 1976 = 29
years) than that was from Marilyn Monroe's early
11th-billed appearance in "The Asphalt Jungle"
(1976 - 1950 = 26 years).
More time has passed since
John Travolta played
Anthony aka "Tony" Manero (2005-1977 = 28yrs),
than between that and
Richard Burton's role as Marc Anthony
opposite Elizabeth Taylor in
"Cleopatra" (1977-1963 =
14 yrs) which in turn equals the amount of time
that passed since child
star Elizabeth Taylor played the
part of Amy March in "Little
Women" to the release of
Cleopatra (1963-1949 = 14 yrs) which combined
equals 28 years (1977-1949
= 28 yrs)
It's been longer since Courtney
Cox appeared in the debut episode of Friends
(2005-1994=11) than it's been from the debut of
Friends to Courtney Cox's debut in Bruce
Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video
(1994-1984=10), which in turn is longer than the
time between the debut of "Dancing in the Dark"
and the debut of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to
Run" album (1984-1975=9).
We're further from the execution
of Gary Gilmore (2005 - 1977 = 28 years) than
that was from the murders that inspired Truman
Capote's "In Cold Blood" (1977 - 1959 = 18
We're further from the release of
"Jaws" (2005 - 1975 = 30 years) than "Jaws" was
from "It's a Wonderful Life" (1975 - 1946 = 29
We're as far from "Talking Heads:
77" (2005 - 1977 = 28 years) as that was from
when Benny Goodman disbanded his big band (1977
- 1949 = 28 years).
More time has
Carol Burnett spoofed “Gone With the
Wind” (2005-1976 = 29yrs), then the amount of
time between the premiere of “Gone with the
Wind” and Carol Burnett’s first broadcast
(1967-1939 = 28yrs)
More time has
passed since Walter Cronkite retired as anchor
of CBS Evening News (2005-1981 = 24yrs), than
the amount of time since CBS News debuted
to the premiere of CBS Evening News with Walter
Cronkite (1948-1962 = 14yrs)
More time has
passed since the last episode of the
Mary Tyler Moore show
(2005-1977 = 28yrs) than between the final
episode of the
Mary Tyler Moore show
and the first episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1977-1961 = 16yrs)
More time has
passed since Geraldo Rivera uncovered Al
Capone’s vaults (2005-1986 = 19yrs), than
between Al Capone’s vaults being uncovered and
Rivera’s investigation of Willowbrook (1986-1971
More time has passed since Mel
Brooks premiered “Blazing Saddles” (2005-1974 =
31yrs), than between “Blazing Saddles’” premiere
and Mel Brooks’ stint as a writer on “Your Show
It's been longer since Greg Louganis
won his first Olympic gold medal (2005-1984=21) than it
was between Greg Louganis and Bob Hayes winning the
Olympic gold medal in Tokyo (1984-1964=20).
It's been longer since Janet Evans won
three gold medals at the Seoul Olympics (2005-1988=17)
than it was between Janet Evans and the massacre at the
Munich Olympics (1988-1972=16).
It's been longer since the Simpsons
went on the air (2005-1989=16) than between when the
Simpsons went on the air and Wait Til Your Father Gets
Home went off the air (1989-1974=15).
It's been longer since the
introduction of the Chicken McNugget (2005-1983=22) than
between the McNugget and Kellogg's Pop-Tarts
(1983-1964=19). (Or if you prefer better symmetry, the
Big Mac (1983-1968=15)).
We're as far away from the
Godfather (1972) as the Godfather was from Gone With
the Wind (1939)
We're as far away from the Miracle on
Ice (1980) as the Miracle on Ice was from the Brooklyn
Dodgers lone World Series win (1955).
We're further away from the FINAL
episode of MASH (1983) than the final episode of MASH
was from the US officially getting into Vietnam (1964).
We're further away from the first
episode of MASH (1972) than the first episode of MASH
was from Pearl Harbor (1941)
We're further away from the first
Space Shuttle Disaster (1986) than the Shuttle was from
Apollo 13 (1970).
We're as far away from the debut of
Nightline (2005-1980=25) as Nightline was from the debut
of Gunsmoke (1980-1955=25).
We're further away from the debut of
Late Night with David Letterman (2005-1982=23) than the
debut of David Letterman was from the debut of Johnny
Carson on the Tonight Show (1982-1962=20).
We're further away from Andy
Messersmith and Dave McNally, the first free agents in
baseball history (2005-1975=30) than the first free
agents in baseball history were from Jackie Robinson,
the first player to break the color barrier in baseball
We're further from Bill Murray and
Harold Ramis teaming up in Stripes (2005 - 1981 = 24)
than Stripes was from Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis
teaming up in Some Like it Hot (1981-1959=22).
It's been longer since Doc Gooden
first pitched for the Mets (2005-1984=21) than the time
between Gooden and when Tom Seaver first pitched for the
It's been longer since an earthquake
interrupted the World Series (2005-1989=16) than the
time between the earthquake and when Charlton Heston
starred in Earthquake (1989-1974=15).
Truly scary: it's been more years
since the first episode of what we now know as Seinfeld
(2005-1990=15) than it was between Seinfeld and the
first episode of Laverne and Shirley (1990-1976=14).
We're further from Desert Storm (2005
- 1991 = 14 years) than that was from the invasion of
Grenada (1991 - 1983 = 8 years).
We're further from Hitler's rise to power
(2005 - 1933 = 72 years) than that was from the end of
the US Civil War (1933 - 1865 = 68 years).
We're further from John Paul II's
election as pope (2005 - 1978 = 27 years) than that was
from Queen Elizabeth II's coronation (1978 - 1953 = 25
We're as far from the fall of Saigon
(2005 - 1975 = 30 years) as was the fall of Saigon from
the end of World War II (1975 - 1945 = 30 years).
We're now further from the Mets' 1986
World Series victory (2005 - 1986 = 19 years) than the
'86 win was from the Mets' '69 World Series win (1986 -
1969 = 17 years).
More time has elapsed since "Where's the Beef!?"
(2005-1984 = 21 yrs) than between that and "Have it
Your Way" (1984-1973 = 11yrs)
More time has elapsed since the introduction of the
compact disc (Phillps & Sony in 1979: 2005 - 1979
= 26 years) than from that to the introduction of the
eight-track tape (1979-1965 = 16 years)...
More time has elapsed since "I did not have sexual
intercourse with that woman.." (2005 - 1998 = 7 years),
than between that statement and "I didn't inhale..."
(1998 - 1 992 = 6 years)
It's been more years since the introduction of Ford's
(2005 - 1955 = 50 yrs) than the time between the
introduction of the Model T and the Thunderbird (1955
- 1908 = 47 yrs)
More time has passed since the launch of the World Wide
Web (2005 - 1991 = 14) than between that and the debut
of the Apple Macintosh (1991-1984 = 7)
We're farther away from when President Reagan was shot
(2005 - 1981 = 24 years) than that was from President
Kennedy's assassination (1981 - 1963 = 18 years).
It's been longer since Ed
Harris played John Glenn in "The Right Stuff" (2005 -
1983 = 22 years) than between that and John Glenn's
Mercury spaceflight (1983 - 1962 = 21 years).
We're now further from the
moon landing (2005 - 1969 = 36 years)
than the moon landing was from the invention of the
helicopter (1969 - 1936 = 33 years).
We're now further from
John Lennon's death (2005 - 1980 = 25 years) than John's
death was from the birth of the Beatles (1980 - 1956= 24
We're now further from ET
(2005 - 1982 = 23 years) than ET was from
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1982 - 1959 = 23 years).
It's been longer from the
beginning of the reign of Pope John Paul II, the
third-longest reigning Pope, to that of Pope Boniface VI,
the second shortest-reigning Pope (2005 - 896 = 1109 years)
than it was from there to the beginning of the reign of St.
Peter, the longest-reigning Pope (896 - 30 = 866 years).
We’re now further from when Dan Rather started as
anchor of the CBS Evening News (2005 - 1981 = 24
years) than from when Walter Cronkite started as
Evening News anchor (1981 - 1962 = 19 years).
It’s been more years since Live Aid (2005 - 1985 =
20) than Live Aid was from Woodstock (1985 - 1969 =
time has elapsed since Baby Jessica fell down a
well (2005 -1987 = 18 years) than between Baby
Jessica and the first test tube baby (1987 -
1978 = 9 years)
time has passed since the student uprising at
Tiananmen Square (2005 - 1989 = 16 years) than
from that to Mao's death (1989-1976 = 13 years).
time has passed since Mike Tyson turned pro
(2005-1985 = 20 years) than Mohammed Ali's
entire professional boxing career (1964-1979 =
It's been more
years since the release of Thriller (2005-1982)
than Thriller's release was from Michael
Jackson's debut with the Jackson Five