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1999: The Demented Year in Review

1999: Weird Al, Episode I, and Y2K
1999 was a year very unique in its own scope. It was the last year of the 1000's, which was bad for computers that relied on the last two digits of the year for most of its computations, giving a rise in a fear of the dreaded Y2K computer crash, which could have also brought down the Internet if the computers were not upgraded to distinguish the year 2000 from the year 1900 when those "00" rolled over on Jan 1, 2000.

With the Internet, the global culture of novelty and dementia was buzzing and flourishing as MP3 transfer sites became the mainstream, undercutting the ratings of many corporate-run radio stations playing a bland selection of researched music nobody cares to hear for the 27th time this year. Websites sharing free music downloads were all over the place. Free webspace was cheap and plentiful. That helped many musicians get exposure for their music that would never be played on broadcast radio, but for them, it was better than nothing.

The heartbeat of global dementia culture was throbbing quickly when two big events happened in the summer of 1999: the theatrical release of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace", the first Star Wars release in 16 years, and the first "Weird Al" album release since 1996, "Running With Scissors", came out a month after the movie, which was the subject of one of Al's songs "The Saga Begins." It was also the most successful Al release to date.

Also a popular target for parody was the mellow "Sunscreen Song", or "Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen" as the official title by Baz Luhrmann. Three parodies of it were played that year.

Many more novelty-song radio shows came online on the Internet, among the most prolific is the Crazy Jay show, hosted by Crazy Jay, who put together a few dozen Comedy Night out shows in several locales around the Los Angeles Outland since November 1998. Meanwhile, "Weird Al" was also on a publicity tour, appearring on many radio stations and syndicated shows, as well as touring around the world for another two years.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Outland lost Dr. Demento for the fourth and final time when it got a zero rating when it aired Saturday nights on that arrogant talk station on the FM dial. Seems that talk station can't get anything right. They also deleted segments of the Demento show just to air more obnoxious ads for some lame sex talk show. Stupid! They're so stu-piiiiid!

Corporate radio, unfortunately, had taken a major hold in the Southern California Outland area as suits dictated what songs their owned and operated radio stations run by people way over yonder. Homogenization had taken hold. Clones of Britney Spears and Christina Aguliera were popping up everywhere! Singing boy bands supplanted the more talented man bands. New music was aimed solely at the teenagers, while the only music for adults on the radio were either oldies or slow songs. Alternative radio also became stale with outdated grunge and other noisy music ruling their airwaves.

To add insult to injury, top 40 began a new wave of so-called Latin singers. Ricky Martin, Christina Aguliera, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, were touted as Latin singers. Duh! They sang basically rhythm and blues songs! I didn't say there was anything wrong with the songs. Think, readers! They're not singing music of the Latin genre!

While pop radio was caught in a phony Latin explosion (they sang R&B songs), novelty radio still had an abundance of folk, rock, parody, and other genres for the discriminating adult new music fan. Three parodies of Ricky Martin's "Livin La Vida Loca" aired in the next two years, as well as a parody of that Lou Bega hit "Mambo Number 5".

Internet radio, meanwhile, not only grew as more stations came online, both broadcast and web-only, but it too began to have some competetion by way of Napster, a file-swap service that allows people to share files with other users. That was the main general intention of Napster, but someone figured out a way to compress music 12 times smaller into MP3 files and make those files swappable between users as well. That may have riled up the RIAA years later, but that's another story.

Meanwhile, MP3 swapping also allowed many more novelty songs than ever to be shared on the Internet, even those produced locally for morning radio shows. It was now possible to be able to screen many songs via MP3 files before deciding whether its worth their hard-earned money in investing in an actual CD.

1999: The Demented Year in Review

D.T.'s 1999 Demented Song Poll Countdown

01 Albuquerque - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
02 Debbie - Throwing Toasters
03 It's All About The Pentiums - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
04 Pretty Fly For A Rabbi - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
05 The Saga Begins - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
06 Polka Power - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
07 Jerry Springer - ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
08 Hey Mr. Postman - Henry Phillips
09 Talking Again - Henry Phillips
10 Guitar Pill - Henry Phillips 
11 The Chainsaw Juggler - The Four Postmen
12 Germs -- ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
13 Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You) - Chef (Isaac Hayes)
14 My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder -- Weird Al Yankovic 
15 Christmas In Hell - South Park
16 Grapefruit Diet -- ''Weird Al'' Yankovic
17 Viagra In The Waters - Camille West
18 You Might Be A Trekkie - the great Luke Ski
19 Chanukah Song Part II -  Adam Sandler
20 Nobody Loves The Comedy Band -- Raymond & Scum 
21 Come Sail Away - Eric Cartman 
22 Roommate From Hell - Henry Phillips
23 We Suck Live - Hot Waffles
24 Use The Force - the great Luke Ski
25 What Would Brian Boitano Do? - from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
26 Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) - Baz Luhrmann
27 Quite A Man For An Al Fan - the great Luke Ski 
28 Time With Your Wife - Raymond and Scum
29 Y2K Took My Money Away - Hot Waffles
30 Toe to Toe with My HMO -- Camille West 
31 Three Legged Cat - Hot Waffles
32 No Sex (In the Champagne Room) - Chris Rock 
33 canzonetta, "La Hooplina" ("The Girl from Hoople") - by p d q bach
34 Hey Phantom Menace! - Whimsical Will
35 The Lonely Jew On Christmas- South Park
36 Mystery Girl -- Henry Phillips 
37 Christmas Box -- Heywood Banks
38 Internet Radio - Eric Houg & Tom Rockwell
39 Baby Got Brak - the great Luke Ski
40 Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo - South Park
41 Driedel, Driedel - South Park
42 Weiner Dog Polka - polkacide
43 Lunch - Courtney Reynolds
44 Does This Make Me Gay - Raymond and Scum.
45 David Duchovny - Bree Sharp 
46 The Phantom Medley - Mark Jonathan Davis & The X-Swing Fighters
47 The Island - 2NU
48 Soft Wars: The Microsoft Empire Strikes Back - Christoph
49 Pachelbel - Rob Paravonian 
50 Thanksgiving - Heywood Banks
51 Ritalin - Rob Paravonian
52 That's Right Arthur - Stan Freberg & Daws Butler
53 Seven Foot Man - Adam Sandler
54 Hot Lava - South Park (Chef)
55 Mountain Town - South Park
56 Dead Kennys - David Tanny
57 She's Got a Pretty Mouth Like Ned Beatty - Cole Slaw and the Baked Bean Band
58 Most Of the Town (aka Worst Of The Town) - Stan Freberg and Daws Butler 
59 The Creature From The Tub - Andrew Gold
60 Sunscreen Song #2 -- John Mamoser 
61 Jeopardy - David Tanny
62 Y2K - Loose Bruce Kerr
63 Internet Man - Meri Wilson
64 Heart Attack #5 - John Mamoser 
65 Russian Lady - Gilligan Stump 
66 Days Of Our Lives - Bob Ricci
67 Drunken Shaolin - Hot Waffles
68 Lake Pennsylvania - Cab City Combo
(writeins) A Man Has Needs - Arrogant Worms 
(writeins) Blair Witch - Raymond and Scum
(writeins) Blame Canada - from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
(writeins) Brak's Hawaiian Vacation - Space Ghost 
(writeins) Celine Dion - Arrogant Worms
(writeins) Cowboy - Kid Rock 
(writeins) Everybody's Free To Get Sunburned - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) Five Years - Tom Smith
(writeins) I Farted on Santa's Lap by The Little Stinkers
(writeins) I Kissed A Squirrel - The Great Luke Ski
(writeins) I'm Dyslexic - Camille West 
(writeins) In Another Size - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) John Wayne (Was a Thespian) - Hugh Blumenfeld
(writeins) Just The Two Of Us - Dr. Evil
(writeins) Kyle's Mom (is a stupid Bitch) - Eric Cartman
(writeins) Livin' Like John Travolta - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) Medieval People - Mark Silverman
(writeins) Mystery Science Theater Picture Show - the great Luke Ski
(writeins) Ode to a Painter (not sure of title?) - Lester McFwap
(writeins) Oh Pretty Beer - The Happy Schnapps Combo
(writeins) Pizza Delivery - WAY 
(writeins) Ricky Tidwell's Mama Is Gonna Play Football - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) Robot Hell - Futurama
(writeins) Root Canal Of The Heart - Camille West
(writeins) Salisbury Steak TV Dinner (I Love You) - Hot Waffles 
(writeins) Shania I'm Broke - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) She's Inflatable - Cledus T. Judd
(writeins) Sometimes I Wonder - Throwing Toasters
(writeins) star wars worst alien - catching blenders
(writeins) Steel Drivin' Man- Arrogant Worms 
(writeins) string quartet in f major (the moose) by p d q bach
(writeins) The Boob Fairy - Deirdre Flint
(writeins) The Bum-Bum Song (Lonely Swedish) - Tom Green 
(writeins) Tinky Winky - Hugh Blumenfeld
(writeins) Truck Drivin' Song - Weird Al Yankovic
(writeins) What's Up Spock (Deep Space 99 Re-Mix) - The Great Luke Ski
(writeins) Where the Grass Don't Grow - Cledus T. Judd

Events in 1999

01/04, Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's 37th governor.

01/06, Bob Newhart has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More than 200 fans gathered on the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk to witness unveiling of Newhart's star, the 2,127th to be dedicated in the famous walkway. Newhart, 69, launched his career in 1959 with his famous comedy routine utilizing a one-man, two-way telephone conversation, delivered with his trademark deadpan grin. He became a household name with sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart.

01/10, the TV animated series "The P.J.'s" starring the voice of Eddie Murphy as the man, the myth, the super, premiered on Fox. We haven't had such a super super since Dwayne Schneider from "One Day at a Time!"

01/11, suddenly in the middle of its run, "The Daily Show" switches its Darrins, hoping viewers won't notice. Unfortunately this new guy, Jon Stewart looks nothing like Samantha's original husband Craig Kilborn.

01/13, First they foiled weary parents desperately scouring store shelves to buy their kids "the" holiday toy. Now the five-inch gremlin-like creatures are wanted again, this time by the nation's supersecret spy agency: Furbys could pose the latest threat to national security. The National Security Agency banned the popular pets from its Fort Meade premises in Maryland. The NSA issued a warning about the toy, which is embedded with a computer chip that allows it to utters 200 words. "Personally owned photographic, video and audio recording equipment are prohibited items. This includes toys, such as 'Furbys,' with built-in recorders that repeat the audio with synthesized sound to mimic the original signal," the Furby Alert read.

01/16, "Batman Beyond" which premiered six days ago moves into the Bat-urday morning sked on the WB

01/16, Warren Zevon, America, Jonny Lang and Delbert McClinton perform at the inaugural ball for former pro wrestler turned Minnesota governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura. America performs "Ventura Highway."

01/17, Flame-haired songstress Cyndi Lauper lends her voice and likeness to "The Simpsons."

01/25, the comedy series "Tom Green" premiered on MTV

01/25, the TV animated series "Dilbert" premired on UPN

01/31, the animated TV series "Family Guy" was seen on Fox-TV for the first time as a special sneak preview. The show debuted in April as a regular series.

02/00, Popeye the Sailor Man married Olive Oyl, after 70 years of courtship. They are expected to wed next month in a special comic book, "The Wedding of Popeye and Olive." It is presumably the first marriage for both.

02/04, In a daring move, Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.

02/06, George Carlin appearred on HBO live from New York (on Satuday night no less) in his performance "You Are All Diseased"

02/09, The Rev. Jerry Falwell is trying to out Tinky Winky, suggesting that the purple, purse-toting character on TV's popular "Teletubbies" children's show is gay. A spokesman for Itsy Bitsy Entertainment, which licenses the Teletubbies in the U.S., said the purse is actually Tinky Winky's magic bag. "The fact that he carries a magic bag doesn't make him gay," Steve Rice said. "It's a children's show, folks. To think we would be putting sexual innuendo in a children's show is kind of outlandish." The February edition of the National Liberty Journal, edited and published by Falwell, contains an article warning parents that the rotund Teletubby with the triangular antenna may be a gay role model.

02/19, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman guested as oddballs on "Brother's Keeper"

02/23, "What's Your Name" album by Adam Sandler was certified Gold by the RIAA

03/07, Stanley Kubrick, the acclaimed film director of "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Dr. Strangelove," died aged 70.

03/08, Hollywood actor and comedian John Byner was the first celebrity to receive plastic surgery "Live" on the Internet

03/28, FOX has the same old story: boy freezes himself in cryogenics lab; boy meets girl with one eye in the year 3,000! Boy becomes delivery boy for his great-great-great-great (etc.) nephew, and lollygags with surly bending robot. Dick Clark and Leonard Nimoy are guest voices on the very first "Futurama," created by Matt Groening.

04/03, on the cover of TV Guide 3000: "Futurama", also, Providence, Tom Brokaw, Never Been Kissed

04/03, "Happy Hour," a variety show hosted by Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa, debuts on the USA Network. The show, a wacky cross between "Laugh In" and "The Match Game," features celebrity guests, as well as musical performances.

04/05, "Slim Shady" album by Eminem was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

04/06, "The Family Guy" animated series begins its spring tryout on Fox. It premiered as a sneak preview on Jan 31

04/16, U.S. postage stamp is dedicated in Daffy Duck's honor and "Daffy Duck Day" is declared in Hollywood

04/19, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Grapefruit Diet", "It's All About The Pentiums", "Jerry Springer", and "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

04/20, Weird Al Yankovic recorded "Polka Power!" and the Star Wars tribute "The Saga Begins" for his CD "Running With Scissors"

04/26, "The Tongiht Show with Jay Leno" aired in HDTV on NBC for the first time.

05/10, Artist/author/songwriter Shel Silverstein, 66, is found dead in Key West, Fla. He penned Johnny Cash's No. 1 country hit "A Boy Named Sue" (1969) and two 1972 top-10 hits for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of `Rolling Stone.'"

05/19, "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace" motion picture opened in movie theaters in the USA and set a record for a one-day attendance at $28.5 million on 2,970 screens. The existing one-day record was set in 1997 when "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" took in $26.1 million on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The previous record-opening for a Wednesday was $17.4 million, set by "Independence Day" in 1996. Over the Friday - Sunday weekend, it grossed $64.8 million Friday through Sunday, short of the $72.1 million for Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs over the Memorial Day weekend in 1997. It set records with a five-day gross of $105.7 million and with a $28.5 million opening day. It also became the fastest movie to break the $100 million barrier, in just five days. It also topped the $200 million mark in a record 13 days and $300 million in 20 days!

05/21, "Trekkies" opened in theaters in the USA

05/21, This is a day that will live in triumph (and we're not talking about a sock puppet dog on Conan's late night show for that matter)! A longtime losing streak finally ended, and no, David Tanny didn't get laid for the first time on this date! After 18 winless nominations, Susan Lucci, famous for her longtime character Erica Kane on All My Children, finally won that elisive Emmy award as Best Soap Actress. Experts had said this year was one of Lucci's best chances to break her soap-opera losing streak, with a stellar performance during a hospital vigil over Kane's anorexic daughter. The televised ceremony's audience jumped to its feet Friday night when Lucci's name was called, and the crowd howled in protest when producers tried to cut off her acceptance speech. Lucci says she has a place on her mantel for the trophy. She sobbed as she received a standing ovation. "Thank you very much. I truly never believed that this would happen," she said. Lucci's long-sought victory overshadowed a record-setting performance by "General Hospital," which won eight awards. Rosie O'Donnell swept the major talk show awards.

05/25, eight years of "Home Improvement" was enough for Tim "Tool Time" Taylor and the rest as the long-running series is finished on ABC.

06/01, "Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me" album by Soundtrack was released

06/02, "Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace" album by Soundtrack was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

06/10, TBS launches "The Chimp Channel," with the premise that talking chimps are running a major TV network.

06/11, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" starring Mike Meyers opened in theaters in the USA and grossed $54.7 million that weekend!

06/11, actor DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. McCoy on "Star Trek," died outside Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 79.

06/25, the movie "Big Daddy" starring Adam Sandler opened in theaters in the USA

06/29, "Running With Scissors" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released with the Star Wars parody "The Saga Begins," "It's All About The Pentiums," "Germs," "Albuquerque," and "Polka Power"

06/30, "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" opened in movie theaters in the USA

07/04, VH-1 aired "Behind The Music: Weird Al Yankovic"

07/14, the movie "Muppets in Space" opened in theaters in the USA

07/16, the movie "The Blair Witch Project" was first seen in a Hillcrest theater in San Diego, but I'm not sure if this is the earliest appearace of the movie in any theater in the USA

07/19, "Weird Al" Yankovic began his "Running With Scissors" tour for his latest album "Running With Scissors". First up: the Oneida Casino (Outdoor Grounds) at Green Bay, WI (source: Bermuda's official Weird Al website, visit it at http://www.weirdal.com for more!)

07/19, They Might Be Giants release their new album "Long Tall Weekend" exclusively in the MP3 format. Visitors to e-tailer EMusic can download the entire album for $8.99 or individual tracks for .99 each.

07/20, "Running With Scissors" album by Weird Al Yankovic was certified Gold in Canada by the RIAA

07/23, Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura declared he would not be a Reform party candidate for president in 2000.

07/24, R.C., "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Running With Scissors" peaked at #16 on the Billboard album chart

07/28, Molly Ringwald married Valery Lameignere. The Arrogant Worms say that Valery is a stupid name.

07/29, "Running With Scissors" album by "Weird Al" Yankovic was certified Gold by the RIAA

07/30, the horror flick "The Blair Witch Project" opened in theaters in the USA nationwide. It cost only $60,000 to produced, and it pulled in over $80,000,000 in about two weeks, making it the most profitable movie of all time (sinks the Titanic with those facts!)

08/02, "Running With Scissors" album by Weird Al Yankovic was certified Gold in the USA by the RIAA

08/02, "Weird Al" Yankovic's album "Running With Scissors" was certified Gold by the RIAA

08/08, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" TV Sci-Fi series concluded its run on the Sci-Fi Channel.

08/10, "FREE ENTERPRISE (CO-OP)" album was released. It's a movie about the three most important ingredients in life: friendship, love and Star Trek. What more could you want from the romantic comedy Free Enterprise? How about a killer soundtrack featuring The Cult, Weed, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, David Garza, Sumack, Manufacture and more? Throw in William Shatner rapping with Rated R, and you've got the soundtrack that boldly goes where no man has gone before.

08/24, "A Little Bit Of Mambo" album by Lou Bega was released

08/27, "Dudley Do Right" movie opened in theaters in the USA

09/05, "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, California, at age 84.

09/09, in Beloit, Wisconsin, Nicholas Stephen Wadle was born at 9:09 am on the ninth day of the ninth month of 1999. His weight? Nine pounds and nine ounces.

09/13, "The Martin Short Show" TV talker premiered in syndication.

09/14, the 1968 Beatles animated movie fantasy "Yellow Submarine" has been re-released on VH-1 with a previously-deleted sequence featuring the song "Hey Bulldog", which was heard on the forthcoming remixed version of the original soundtrack.

09/20, "Weird Al" Yankovic in cartoon form performed "Electric Shaver" in "Sabrina, the Animated Series".

09/21, Comedian Adam Sandler has set a new record for the highest first week of sales of a comedy recording with his new CD "Stan and Judy's Kid" released on this day as it sold 80,889 units and debuted on the current Billboard Top 200 chart at Number 16. Remarkably, the sales numbers were achieved without the promotional push of a radio single or video.

09/21, "Stan and Judy's Kid", album by Adam Sander was released; The new album features 11 skits with all new characters and six songs including "Chanukah Song Part 2."

09/24, "A Little Bit Of Mambo" album by Lou Bega was certified Gold by the RIAA

09/26, Movie: "Sabrina Down Under". Sabrina and her British witch friend, Gwen, take a vacation in Sydney, Australia, where Sabrina hopes to meet a world famous oceonographer. While studying the sea life for research, they come across a merman who's washed up on the beach. In an attempt to prevent an incident, Sabrina casts a spell to give the merman legs for 48 hours, so they can consult the oceanographer about polution in the area the mermaids live that's causing them to become sick. Unfortunately, the scientist becomes suspicious of their story and plans to look for himself, forcing the withces to take action to stop the mermaids from becoming tabloid fodder. Meanwhile, Salem has snuck into Sabrina's hotel, posing as a reclusive wealthy guest, and falls in love with another talking cat.

09/29, on the "Drew Carey Show", Drew's crew went to the Cleveland Browns opening game. In fact, it was the year the new Browns were born after a four-year abscence in the city when the old team moved to another city.

10/02, Jerry Seinfeld guest hosted "Saturday Night Live". On that episode, his opening monologue was a confession that his life these days consists of sutting around in his pajamas, watching endless reruns of Wings and The Equalizer. Later in the show, Jerry participated in one of the funniest skits in SNL's long history. The premise was that Jerry, who, as you may recall, was convicted of violating the Good Samatarian law in the final Seinfeld, was serving time in the maximum-brutality ward of Oz. The sketch, using the cast and set of the visceral HBO drama, recast routines from such droll Seinfeld episodes as "The Contest", and "The Postponement" in the sadistic hellhole that is Oz. The result was an absolute (prison) riot!

10/02, on the cover of TV Guide: "Melissa Joan Hart"

10/02, "Weird Al" Yankovic gave a concert in San Rafael, California, where the concert would later be released on video "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! On Nov 23.

10/12, Rob Reiner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

10/14, "A Little Bit Of Mambo" album by Lou Bega was certified Platinum by the RIAA

10/19, "The Little David Years 1971-1977 [BOX SET]" box set by George Carlin was released

10/20, "The Return Of Johnny Bravo" album by Barry Williams was released

10/27, Korn debuts its new single on the season premiere of "South Park." Korn members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and David Silveria lend their likenesses and voices - as well as the song "Falling Away From Me" - to the episode that spoofed "Scooby Doo" the cartoon series.

11/02, "A Rosie Christmas" album by Rosie O'Donnell was released

11/09, "Pokemon: The First Movie" album by Soundtrack was released

11/10, Who needs film? Who needs a script? "The Drew Carey Show" usually does, but not that night. As a challenge - and let's face it, a ratings stunt for November sweeps - the popular ABC sitcom tried winging it. Straight through. Live. Although the show did have a script, there were frequent side trips from the storyline for improvisation. At the office early on, Drew told Eugene (played by Colin Mochrie) he has sworn off women to give him a chance "to find the real me." "Good for you," Eugene replied. "I found the real me in the Navy." Then the evening's "host," Brad Sherwood, rang a bell to signal Mochrie to come up with a new line on the spot. DING! "I found the real me during a prison tour of 'Annie Get Your Gun,'" Mochrie said, not missing a beat

11/19, last all-odd day (11-11-1999) until 1-1-3111

11/23, "Mr. Hankey's South Park Christmas" album was released

11/24, "Toy Story 2" animated movie opened in theaters in the USA with a record gross of over $80 million! It smashed the previous five-day Thanksgiving opening record of $45.7 million set last year by "A Bug's Life," also made by Disney and Pixar.

11/29, Game show host Gene Rayburn died in Gloucester, Mass., at age 81.

12/03, actress Madeline Kahn died of ovarian cancer in New York. She was 57. She was also a co-star in the current CBS series "Cosby"

12/14, Good Grief, Charlie Brown It's over for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang. Charles M. Schulz, 77, creator of the comic strip "Peanuts," announced that he will retire. Schulz, who earlier this month was diagnosed with cancer, is currently undergoing treatment for the disease. "He's sad about it," his wife, Jean Schulz, told the Associated Press. Publication of the popular strip ceased on Jan. 4, 2000, after the last original strip runs. Schulz became a cartoonist following a stint in the Army. He responded to a "Do you like to draw?" ad and was soon selling cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post. The syndicated comic strip "Peanuts" debuted in 1950 and was an international hit, running in more than 2,600 newspapers and becoming the basis of numerous TV specials, including the 1965 Emmy-winning "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

12/22, "Man on the Moon" movie, a story about Andy Kaufman portrayed by Jim Carrey, opened in theaters in the USA on the same day as the Full Moon approaches the Earth in the closest orbit in 133 years. Coincidence? Get this: Kaufman and Carrey share the same birth month and day!

12/28, Clayton Moore, television's "Lone Ranger," died in West Hills, California, at age 85.

12/31, People around the world celebrated the arrival of the year 2000, mistakenly thinking that it was the end of the millennium.

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