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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2003 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 6, the 188th day of 2002 with 178 to follow.
By United Press International

Of Human Interest: News-lite

A fire at Buckingham Palace in London has not put a damper on the four-day Queen's Golden Jubilee, celebrating the 50-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, however officials were forced to evacuate the palace Sunday.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

NBC RACES TO THE TOP
By United Press International

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, April 1 (UPI) -- Press agents are low men on the totem pole, somewhere between gofer and personal analyst, sure to catch hell one way or another.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

BOX OFFICE The animated comedy "Ice Age" opened in first place at the nation's box office with an estimated $47.9 million at 3,316 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources said.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

MADONNA Madonna will be trodding the floorboards of a West End stage in London this May. Allstar.com reports the singer/actress will star in "Up for Grabs," a comedy by David Williamson.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

DENZEL WASHINGTON With three black actors sharing the top Oscar nominations this year, Hollywood's uncomfortable relationship with race is once again taking center stage.
By United Press International

The Vegas Guy: Resorts International

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Most casinos try to hide their past, or get rid of it altogether. Their very design is all about "Now," "Tonight," the promise of the future. They eliminate all
JOE BOB BRIGGS, 'The Vegas Guy'

Big Apple Circus goes doo-wop

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Big Apple Circus has returned to Lincoln Center for the holidays with a 1950s doo-wop version of its one-ring show that features horses, dogs, bicycles, aer
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Special Assignment New York: Broadway

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Anybody in the mood for a play?
CLAUDE SALHANI, JOHN BLOOM
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Merv Griffin
Pallbearers, including Tony Griffin (R), son of entertainer Merv Griffin, carry the casket containing the remains of Merv Griffin from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California on August 17, 2007. Griffin died August 12 of prostate cancer at the age of 82. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen).
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Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, singer, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in movies and on Broadway. During the 1960s, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, and created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords. He is considered an entertainment business magnate.

Griffin was born into an Irish-American family on July 6, 1925, in San Mateo, California, to Mervyn Griffin Sr., a stock broker and Rita Griffin (née Robinson), a homemaker. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Griffin started singing in his church choir as a boy, and by his teens was earning extra money as a church organist. This is one of the reasons he got into show business early; he was considered a piano prodigy. He attended San Mateo High School, class of 1942, and continued to aid in financing the school.

During World War II, Merv was declared 4F after failing several military physical exams due to having a slight heart murmur. Drafted for service during the Korean War, he was then deemed fit for service, but was considered too old as the draft limit was 26 and he had just turned 27.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Merv Griffin."
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