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The Fifties With TV still early in development, the cutting-edge newstand format was the photo-journal. Life magazine quickly developed into the Fifties household's all-purpose window onto the wider world, documenting anything and everything the editors thought would be interesting — think People mashed up with Time and run through National Geographic with a sideswipe at Popular Mechanics . Those last three also enjoyed a popularity surge in this decade, incidentally. So did 'women's magazines' like Good Housekeeping and Family Circle , besides countless breathless forerunners of People , all promising true-life backstage exclusives! and actually delivering carefully staged publicity stunts. The studio system was tottering , but still powerful enough that journos had to play nice to get access. It's not a universally acknowledged fact, but Professional Wrestling was one of the very first forms of entertainment to be shown regularly on television. It was arguably in this decade that
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Unformatted text preview: wrestling first became a source of true mass entertainment, as millions enjoyed watching regional matches on local stations. Following the example of Boston-based promoter Jack Pfeffer (who was, by the way, the man responsible for exposing the trade secret that pro wrestling was fake ), the promotions began to emphasize entertainment value more than athletic ability, and the wrestlers themselves began to wear more elaborate costumes (feathers, rhinestones, and the like) and to behave in a more hysterical, caricaturized manner . The two most famous wrestlers of this era, Buddy Rogers and Gorgeous George , arguably inspired almost every sports-entertainer who came after them, particularly Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan . Other popular performers in the world of pro wrestling in the early television era included Antonino Rocca, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Lillian Ellison (whom Vincent J. McMahon renamed "The Fabulous Moolah")....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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