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  • To swoon is “to be overcome by rapture,” rooted in the Old English geswogen, “unconscious,” and popularized in descriptions of teenage girls at the early performances of Frank Sinatra at New York’s Paramount Theater.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Frank Sinatra served as master of ceremonies and entertained with singer Dionne Warwick and comedians Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana and Flip Wilson, all of them big stars in 1969.

    First Man

  • Gene Kelly did one of his overblown ballets, Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett danced a tango with an Empire State Building telescope, and Ann Miller, in an even more low-cut dress, showed up, and then Vera-Ellen.

    Futures Imperfect

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