Ripken Breaks Records – Rock Cuts Ribbons – September 1995 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Cal Ripken - making baseball history.

Cal Ripken – making baseball history.

ABC Radio – Perspective – week ending September 10, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A lot happening in Pop and Sports history, this week ending September 10th in 1995.

Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig‘s all-time record of consecutive games by passing Gehrig’s 2130 games played. Ripken hadn’t missed a game; playing Shortstop with the Baltimore Orioles for more than 13 years and 3 months – and on Tuesday, September 5th Ripken tied a record that lasted 56 years, 4 months and 6 days. Ripken went on the break that record the next night; going for 2131. With President Clinton on hand in the announcers booth, Ripken hit a home run and the celebration began. The record set by Lou Gehrig who no one said would ever be broken, was finally history.

Theatre Quest made its debut at the Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts this week in 1995. The program, bringing professional actors together with at-risk teenagers made its national debut with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Not to worry travelers, but the FAA promised to work faster to modernize it’s aging computer tracking system, but said it would still take years to complete. Until then, flying the friendly skies was going to be risky.

The OJ Simpson Trial was wondering what to do about the testimony of rogue cop Mark Fuhrman, who invoked the 5th Amendment during his cross-examination.

And the controversy over keeping Whales and Dolphins in Marine Parks was heating up. Animals Rights activists were lobbying for an initiative in the upcoming California election ballot which would ban the display and possession of newly captured Whales and Dolphins. Previous attempts had failed, so now activists were hoping the California voters would decide.

And The Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland this week. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by a veritable galaxy of Rock Royalty including Yoko Ono and Little Richard. The Hall of Fame was expected to attract some 1 million visitors to Cleveland annually. Why Cleveland? Because radio legend Alan Freed, on a radio station in Cleveland, was the one who coined the phrase.

Cutting the ribbon on the $92 million temple of Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Cutting the ribbon on the $92 million temple of Shake, Rattle and Roll.

And that’s what this week in Pop Culture looked like, from ABC Radio’s weekly series Perspective, originally broadcast on September 10, 1995.

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