Radio and TV legend Joe Franklin, whose New York-based program ran for 43 years, has died at the age of 88.
Joe Franklin said he interviewed 300,000 guests in 21,445 shows from 1950 to 1993.
He is credited by some as having invented the talk show format. His guests over the years included Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna.
Joe Franklin played himself in films like Manhattan and Ghostbusters but said he only became a star when Billy Crystal parodied him on Saturday Night Live.
His program began in 1950 on WJZ, which later became WABC, before it moved to WOR-TV, later WWOR-TV.
Joe Franklin was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s longest-running talk show and he claimed not to have missed an episode in 43 years.
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Romania broke the world record for the biggest national flag making a triumphal entry in the famous Guinness Book.
A Romanian village unfurled what is the largest flag ever made, Guinness World Records said.
World’s largest flag came into display on Monday, 27 May 2013, following an initiative of the Romanian TV broadcaster Antena 3. Works on the huge flag were conducted in partnership with the Flags Factory.
It took about 200 people several hours Monday to roll out the flag, which measured about 349 meters (1,145 feet) by 227 meters (744.5 feet), about three times the size of a football field, according to Jack Brockbank, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records who measured the flag before pronouncing it the biggest flag in the world.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize a new Guinness World Record title,” he said after measuring the flag.
Romania broke the world record for the largest national flag making a triumphal entry in the famous Guinness World Records
He said Romania’s blue, yellow and red flag covers an area of about 79,290 square meters (853,478 square feet), downing Lebanon which had held the previous record.
The five-ton flag was displayed in Clinceni, 35 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of capital Bucharest. Workers struggled to keep it firmly planted on the ground because of windy conditions and had to use small sandbags.
Adrian Dragomir, manager of the Flags Factory which created the flag, says it took weeks to sew and 70 kilometers (44 miles) of thread was needed.
A military brass band played as Romanian PM Victor Ponta and other ministers arrived in the village to view the flag.
The ceremony was marked by spectacular aerial demonstrations performed by the “AeroClub Romania” paratroopers and “Hawks of Romania” aviators. Furthermore, a military orchestra was scheduled for a musical performance of the national anthem.
Paratroopers from Aeroclub Romania joined the campaign and made an aerial jump that was set to end with a remarkable landing across the flag.
Also a team of pilots dubbed as the “Hawks of Romania” unveiled their training skills on board of Extra 300 planes.