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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007.
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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2006 with 348 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2005 with 348 to follow.
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Children's TV lacks human stars

DETROIT, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Human characters are disappearing from children's television and kids may be suffering because of it, The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

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Today is Saturday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2004 with 349 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2003 with 348 to follow.
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Feature: Passing Lamb Chop's torch

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Four years after Shari Lewis died of cancer at 65, her daughter Mallory is continuing in the family business as the voice behind Lamb Chop, one of the most reco
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TV executive Roone Arledge dies

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Roone Arledge, who introduced the public to Howard Cosell, instant replay, Lambchop and 20/20, died Thursday in New York of complications from cancer.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2002 with 348 to follow.
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Shari Lewis (January 17, 1933 – August 2, 1998) was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children's television show host, most popular during the 1960s and 1990s. She is best known as the original puppeteer of Lamb Chop, first appearing on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WNBC in New York.

Born as Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz to Abraham Hurwitz, an education professor at Yeshiva University, and Ann Ritz, she had one sister. Her parents encouraged her to perform, and by age 13 her father taught her to perform specialized magic acts. She also received instruction in acrobatics, juggling, ice skating, baton twirling, piano and violin. She was taught ventriloquism by John W. Cooper. Lewis continued piano and violin at New York's High School of Music and Art, dance at the American School of Ballet, and acting with Sanford Meisner of the Neighborhood Playhouse. She attended Barnard College for one year, then left college to go into show business.

In 1952, Lewis and her puppetry won first prize on the TV show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. On Sunday afternoon, July 5, 1953, Lewis made her TV debut on a local children's program Facts N'Fun on WRCA-TV Channel 4 in New York City. The program was a variety show where she engaged her viewers and studio audiences in games, songs, stories, craftmaking, informational segments and interviews with guest performers and personalities. She also performed comedy skits with two vent figures: "Samson" and "Taffy Twinkle". The series remained on the air until September 26, 1953.

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