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Old 2020-04-06, 08:00   #1310
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Margaret Burbidge

She was 100.
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Old 2020-04-06, 11:56   #1311
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(CNN)Tom Dempsey, a journeyman NFL kicker who despite missing the toes on his right foot set a field goal record that stood for more than four decades, has died of coronavirus, according to reports.
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He was born without toes on his right foot and with no fingers on his right hand. To compensate, he wore a custom, flat-front kicking shoe that ended where his toes were supposed to begin.
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On November 8, 1970, Dempsey's basement-dwelling Saints were losing 17-16 to the playoff-bound Detroit Lions at home in Tulane Stadium. With only seconds left, safety Joe Scarpati took the snap and Dempsey booted a 63-yarder, shattering Bert Rechichar's record of 56 yards, which had stood for 17 years.
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In 1974, the NFL moved to discourage long kicks like Dempsey's by moving the goal posts 10 yards, to the back of the end zone, and giving opposing teams the ball at the spot of the kick after a missed field goal.
A few years later, the league mandated that kickers' shoes "must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe."
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Honor Blackman, aka Pussy Galore is the latest member of the 94 club..
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Old 2020-04-06, 22:31   #1313
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Honor Blackman, aka Pussy Galore is the latest member of the 94 club..
She was a dispatch rider in WW2, you know - very athletic in real life as well as onscreen. My favorite Cathy Gale bit in The Avengers came after she left the series, in a Diana Rigg episode which was apparently shot during the filming of Goldfinger -- Steed says to Emma Peel (roughly), "I've just received a holiday card from Mrs. Gale -- whatever could she be doing in Kentucky?"
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