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We say goodbye to fun-loving ‘Dandy Don’ Meredith

Don Meredith, one of the most fun-loving athletes of all time as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, died earlier in the week at age 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Joseph Don Meredith born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas,  loved country music and was a pal of singer and fellow Texan, Willie Nelson, used words from Willie’s songs such as “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Don Meredith (photo used by permission as a courtesy from the College Football Hall of Fame)

Meredith, who was a star at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At SMU, he became an All-American quarterback in 1958 and 1959. Don had a chance to stay in town and play for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968, helping lead “America’s Team” from a winless expansion team. In 1960, they were 0-11-1 to a championship caliber team which lost twice to the Green Bay Packers twice for the Super Bowl berth. Don was just 31 years old when he retired before training camp in 1969. A year later, he wound up in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football.

He was with Monday Night football from 1970 through 1984. He also turned to acting, playing a detective on Police Story on the NBC network. He also was a very successful commercial pitchman for Lipton tea.

compiled from staff, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Cowboys & College Football Hall of Fame news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010: Alamanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday August 16, the 228th day of 2010. There are 137 days left before 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

* In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

American forces won the Revolutionary war on this date in 1777 (file photo)

* In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

* In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

* In 1894, George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, was born in New York.

* In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

* In 1960, Britain dropped control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

* In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. told a Capitol Hill hearing that he did not commit the crime, saying he was set up by a man named “Raoul.”

* Ten years ago, August 16, 2000, Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

82 Ann Blyth, actress.

80 Frank Gifford, sportscaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Husband of Kathie Lee Gifford.

79 Eydie Gorme, singer and wife of entertainer Steve Lawrence.

57 Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality, singer and wife of Frank Gifford.

52 Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone in the Detroit area, singer and dancer.

52 Angela Bassett, actress.

47 Steve Carell, actress.

38 Emily Robison, country singer of the Dixie Chicks.