Steve Backley (1969-)

Steve Backley, OBE (born February 12, 1969) is a retired British track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He formerly held the world record, and his 91.46 m throw from 1992 is the British record. During his career, he was a firm fixture in the British national athletics team. Currently, he is an occasional commentator for athletics competitions, especially the field events.

20th Century Highlights

  • 1990 Commonwealth Games, Auckland – Gold (England)
  • 1990 European Championships, Split – Gold (Great Britain)
  • 1992 Olympic Games, New Zealand – Bronze, and a British Record of 91.46m, then a World Record (still standing)
  • 1994 European Championships, Helsinki – Gold
    (Great Britain)
  • 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria – Gold (England)
  • 1995 World Championships, Gothenburg – Silver
    (Great Britain)
  • 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta – Silver
    (Great Britain)
  • 1997 World Championships, Athens – Silver
    (Great Britain)
  • 1998 European Championships, Budapest – Gold
    (Great Britain)
  • 1998 Commonwealth Games, Kualar Lumpur – Silver (England)


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Eva Gabor (1919-1995)

Eva Gabor (February 11, 1919 – July 4, 1995) was a Hungarian-American actress, singer, and socialite. Gabor was successful as an actress in film, on Broadway and on television. She was also a successful businessperson, marketing wigs, clothing and beauty products. Her elder sisters, Zsa Zsa and Magda Gabor, were also actresses and socialites.

20th Century Highlights

  • Forced Landing (1941), in UK cinemas January 1942 – “Johanna Van Deuren”
  • The Truth About Women (1957), broadcast on BBC 1 in February 1966 – “Louise”
  • A New Kind of Love (1963), in UK cinemas October 1963 – “Felicienne Courbeau”
  • Green Acres (1965-1971), broadcast on BBC 1 in 1966-1967 – “Liza”
  • The Aristocats (1970), in UK cinemas December 1970 – “Duchess”
  • The Rescuers (1977), in UK cinemas October 1977 – “Miss Bianca”
  • The Rescuers Down Under (1990), in UK cinemas October 1991 – “Miss Bianca”


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Jock Mahoney (1919-1989)

Jock Mahoney in The Range Rider

Jock Mahoney (born Jacques Joseph O’Mahoney, February 7, 1919 – December 14, 1989) was an American actor and stuntman. He was sometimes credited as Jack O’Mahoney or Jock O’Mahoney.

After his discharge from the Marine Corps he moved to Los Angeles, California, and for a time was a horse breeder. However, he soon became a movie stuntman doubling for Gregory Peck, Errol Flynn and John Wayne.

Mahoney was married three times. His second wife was actress Margaret Field. They had a daughter together but Field had two children from her first marriage, one of which is the actress Sally Field.

In 1973, he suffered a stroke at age 54 while filming an episode of Kung Fu, but recovered. However, he died of a second stroke in 1989 at the age of 70, two days after being involved in an automobile accident.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Range Rider (1951-1953), broadcast on BBC Television in 1954 – “The Range Rider”
  • A Day of Fury (1956), in UK cinemas December 1956, and broadcast on BBC 2 in 1972 – “Burnett”
  • Away All Boats (1956), broadcast on BBC 2 in 1969 – “Alvick”
  • Showdown at Abilene (1956), in UK cinemas December 1956 – “Jim Trask”
  • Battle Hymn (1957), in UK cinemas July 1957, and broadcast on BBC 2 in 1990 – “Major Frank Moore”
  • The Land Unknown (1957), in UK cinemas December 1957 – “Commander Harold ‘Hal’ Roberts”
  • Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), broadcast on BBC 2 in 1983 – “Coy Banton”
  • Tarzan Goes To India (1962), in UK cinemas December 1962, and
    broadcast on BBC 2 in 1983 – “Tarzan”
  • Tarzan’s Three Challenges (1963), broadcast on BBC 2 in 1985 -“Tarzan”
  • The Walls of Hell (aka Intramuros) (1964), in UK cinemas November 1965 – “Lt Jim Sorenson”
  • The Glory Stompers (1967), in UK cinemas July 1974 – “Smiley”


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Alan Lancaster (1949-)

Alan Lancaster, performing with Status Quo in 2013

Alan Lancaster (born February 7, 1949) is an English bassist, best known as a founding member of the English rock band Status Quo from 1967 to 1985, with brief reunions in 2013 & 2014. As well as contributing to songwriting, he was also one of the lead vocalists on albums and live concerts taking the lead on tracks such as “Backwater”, “Bye Bye Johnny”, “High Flyer” and “Roadhouse Blues”, etc.

Lancaster formed the group in 1962 with his then schoolmate Francis Rossi (then called The Scorpions). The band was renamed The Spectres when future Quo drummer John Coghlan joined. In 1965, while playing at a Butlins holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset, England, they met future Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. In 1966, the Spectres recorded three singles that failed to chart. Embracing psychedelia, the band changed their name to Traffic Jam. In 1967, they became Status Quo.

Lancaster’s final performance as a full-time member of Status Quo was at Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985 for the opening of Live Aid. In March 2013 he collaborated with his old bandmates for a series of “Frantic Four” concerts in the UK.

Lancaster lives in Australia and, in 1987, he joined The Party Boys with whom he co-produced a platinum hit album. In 1988, he formed The Bombers, with John Coghlan. They would support the likes of Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Skid Row on Australian tours. When they disbanded, Lancaster formed the Lancaster Brewster Band, which included Angry Anderson as a guest vocalist.

20th Century Highlights


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Ennio Morricone (1928-)


Ennio Morricone (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player, writing in a wide range of musical styles. Since 1946 Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.

Find out more at Wikipedia* and his Official Website*.

Ennio Morricone (1928-)


Steve Jones (1945-)

Steve Jones, on The Pyramid Game

David “Steve” Jones (born June 7, 1945) is an English disc jockey, television presenter, voiceover artist and former musician. He was notable for his large collection of brightly coloured spectacles.

In the 1960s, he played as a bassist for Lonnie Donegan, and formed the band Hunt, Lunt & Cunningham.

In 1972, he briefly worked as a disc jockey on BBC Radio 1, before moving to the BBC Radio 2 early show. In 1974, he joined Radio Clyde. Later he was a stand-in presenter on Radio 2, for the likes of David Hamilton.

In the mid-1980s he made several appearances in Dictionary Corner on the gameshow Countdown.

In 1992, Jones provided commentary on the opening ceremony of Disneyland Paris for ITV. He later worked for LBC radio.

Nowadays he mainly works as a voiceover artist, commentating on such events as the Royal Variety Performance and the British Comedy Awards. He also presents a weekly show on Scotland 69am (

20th Century Highlights

  • BBC Radio 1, presenter (1972-1973), including “Radio 1 Club” (1972-1973)
  • BBC Radio 2, presenter (1979-1985), including “Steve Jones’ Open House” (1981)
  • The Steve Jones Game Show (ITV; 1979), presenter
  • Search for a Star (ITV; 1979-1982), presenter
  • The Pyramid Game (ITV; 1981-1990), presenter
  • Jeopardy! (Channel 4; 1983-1984, ITV; 1990, 1991-1993, 1995-1996), presenter (ITV; 1991-1993)