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Walter Gewin (1908 - 1981)

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Walter Gewin
1908 - 1981
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December 9, 1908
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May 1981
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Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 35401
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Walter Gewin was born on December 9, 1908. He died in May 1981 at 72 years old. We know that Walter Gewin had been residing in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 35401.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Walter Gewin passed away in May 1981 at 72 years of age. He was born on December 9, 1908. We have no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Gewin had been residing in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 35401.
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In 1908, in the year that Walter Gewin was born, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1949, when he was 41 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1965, at the age of 57 years old, Walter was alive when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1977, he was 69 years old when on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1981, in the year of Walter Gewin's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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