June 26, 2001 – Publishers Clearing House, the company responsible for offering the tantalizing promise of “being a winner”, settled a case and agreed to pay $34 million to 26 states who had held out on a lawsuit that had been settled by 24 other states alleging the company was making false promises and misleading statements. The agreed to make more clear to entrants that they didn’t have to buy anything in order to win. Publishers Clearing House could also no longer use the phrase “guaranteed winner” in their mailings.
College sports came in for some harsh criticism from the Knight Foundation Commission on Inter-collegiate Athletics which called for sweeping reforms in College Athletes getting an education. The report stated only 48% of College Football players got their diplomas. The numbers were even worse for College Basketball with 34% and some didn’t graduate at all. The Commission declared the Colleges must retain control over their sports programs; banning teams that didn’t graduate at least half their players from Conference Championships and National Playoffs, fairer sharing of huge TV revenues, barring Athletes from wearing Corporate logos and creating a coalition of College Presidents to implement reforms.
The Patient’s Bill Of Rights was starting to take shape on Capitol Hill this day. Supporters of the bill beat back a key amendment that would have given employers total immunity from lawsuits which would scare employers from offering total health insurance at all. Bill authors Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. John McCain said employers had nothing to worry about, so long as the employer does not become involved in individual cases, the immunized from suit. A compromise bill was being put together by Republican Senators, but it gave very limited rights to sue an HMO. And on and on it went.
And Carroll O’Connor, best known for his role as Archie Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s TV series All In The Family was laid to rest this day. O’Connor, who was 76, died of a heart attack on the 21st. The actor was known mainly for his stage work and a few small movie roles before playing Bunker on the influential TV series that began in 1971 and lasted for eight seasons. From 1979-83, the show was called Archie Bunker’s Place, and was based in a bar Bunker owned.
O’Connor was credited with showing the vulnerable side of the cranky, blue-collar tyrant by playing him as an outdated, uneducated man threatened by the sexual, political and racial changes he saw sweeping America.
His later years were steeped in tragedy after his only child, Hugh — his co-star on the TV crime series In The Heat of The Night — shot himself in a drug-related suicide in 1995.
O’Connor began traveling the United States promoting state laws that would allow families of drug abuse victims to sue dealers for monetary damages. Thirteen states have passed such laws, including New York, California and Illinois.
Nancy O’Connor, the actor’s wife of nearly 50 years, asked that instead of flowers, fans support the Actors’ Fund of America, the John Wayne Cancer Institute or the National Museum of the American Indian.
And that’s just a small slice of what happened, this June 26th 2001, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.