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UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, May 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Tommy Chong has prostate cancer

Tommy Chong has prostate cancer

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Canada-born Tommy Chong, half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, announced he has prostate cancer.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 24, 2012.
By United Press International
Cheech and Chong concert film planned

Cheech and Chong concert film planned

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Weinstein Co. says it has partnered with comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong and their managers to produce a concert movie.
Cheech and Chong plan reunion tour

Cheech and Chong plan reunion tour

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong plan to formally announce this week their first U.S. comedy tour in more than 25 years, their representatives said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2008.
By United Press International

Pot lobby holds Aspen legal seminar

ASPEN, Colo., June 9 (UPI) -- The lobbying group for marijuana legalization is meeting in Colorado this weekend for a legal-issues seminar and a keynote from comic Tommy Chong.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, May 24, 2007.
By United Press International

New book reflects prison's effect on Chong

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Actor/comedian Tommy Chong says his nine months in a California prison for selling drug paraphernalia changed his life.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2006 with 221 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2005 with 221 to follow.
By United Press International

Tommy Chong cancels tour

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Tommy Chong has canceled the national tour of "The Marijuana-Logues" on orders from his parole officer, the Los Angeles Times said Friday.

Cheech and Chong plan new movie

ASPEN, Colo., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Cheech and Chong, who gained fame for their drug comedy in the 1970s, are planning to return to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 24, the 145th day of 2004 with 221 to follow.
By United Press International
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Tommy Chong signs a copy of his new book "The I Chong, Meditations from the Joint" for a fan at an autograph session at Chapter's book store in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 28, 2006. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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Tommy Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor and musician who is well-known for his stereotypical portrayals of hippie-era stoners. He is most widely known for his involvement in the marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show.

Chong was born as Thomas B. Kin Chong in Edmonton, Alberta, the son of Lorna Jean Gilchrist, a waitress of Scots-Irish ancestry, and Stanley Chong, a truck driver of Chinese descent. While he was still young, his family moved to Calgary, Alberta, to a neighborhood Chong refers to as the Dog Patch. He says that his father had "been wounded in World War II, and there was a veterans' hospital in Calgary. He bought a five-hundred dollar house in Dog Patch, and raised his family on fifty dollars a week". He later dropped out of Crescent Heights High school in Calgary, Alberta.“I dropped out of Crescent Heights High School when I was 16 but probably just before they were going to throw me out anyway,” Chong laughs as he reminisces about his early years. “I played guitar to make money. I was about 16 when I discovered that music could get you laid, even if you were a scrawny, long-haired, geeky-looking guy like me.”

By the early 1960s, Chong was playing guitar for a Calgary soul group called The Shades. The Shades moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where the band's name changed to "Little Daddy & The Bachelors". They recorded a single, "Too Much Monkey Business" / "Junior's Jerk". Together with bandmember Bobby Taylor, Chong opened a Vancouver nightclub in 1963 called the Blue Balls, formerly the Alma Theatre. They brought in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which had never been to Vancouver before. Although Little Daddy & The Bachelors built up a small following, things soured when they went with Chong's suggestion and had themselves billed as "Four Niggers and a Chink". (or, bowing to pressure, "Four N's and a C") before taking on the moniker Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers.

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