Sly & The Family Stone hit No. 1 with their ode to ”Everyday People”; almost three decades later, the song will be appropriated for a series of Toyota TV ads. Among TV’s hits is the Andy Griffith Show spin-off Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors; in 1986, Nabors would reprise his role as the dim-bulb leatherneck in the telepic Return to Mayberry. Adam Smith takes readers for a financial spin with his best-seller The Money Game; in 1984, Smith (real name: George J.W. Goodman) would begin a successful TV career hosting PBS’ Adam Smith’s Money World. And in the news, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murdering the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is sentenced to 99 years in prison. Last year Ray, who has recanted his guilty plea, was denied a medical furlough he requested because of liver disease.
Posted March 6 1998 — 12:00 AM EST
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