Marriages - The first wedding
telecast occurred on October 14, 1928 at a radio station in Des Plaines,
Illinois. Kansas City residents Cora Dennison and James Fowlkes were married
by Reverend Gustave A. Klenle at St. Luke's Evangelical Church.
The week of
December 13th, 1985 saw the birth of television's (supposedly) first on-air
proposal. NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad proposed to sweetheart Phylicia
Ayers Allen (of THE BILL COSBY SHOW) on live network sportscast.
top NFL pass receiver for the Minnesota Vikings turned TV Sportscaster was
introduced to Phylicia (who accepted) by Bill Cosby. Both being TV
personalities, the medium of television was a natural backdrop for such an
occasion. However, considering that the networks operate with the permission
of the FCC and the airwaves are public property, this may create a rush for
equal time by thousands of Americans. The result might be the creation of a
separate network "The Proposal Channel."
TRIVIA NOTE: Born Robert Earl
Moore, Ahmad Rashad renamed himself in 1973 when he converted to Islam
(People Weekly 12/16/85 p. 64-65).
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