The Barney TImeline
Who's Your Barney?
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Barney Oldfield was the first man to drive a car at 60
miles per hour (100 kmh).
On Memorial Day in 1903 in New York, Oldfield drove a mile in a
minute flat in another match-race victory. Two months later, he
powered the car to a mile run in 0:55.8 and that was enough for
Winton to hire Oldfield, complete with salary, expenses and free cars.
His accomplishments led to the expression "Who do you think you
are?  Barney Oldfield?"
In 1910, Oldfield bought a Benz with which he broke all existing
speed records for the mile, two miles and the kilometer in special
runs at Ormond Beach, Fla. After that, he was able to charge a
whopping $4,000 for personal appearances, something he didn't
mind at all.
Once suspended by the American Automobile Association, the
sanctioning body of the day, because of his "outlaw" racing
activities, much of Oldfield's legitimate racing career was lost during
his prime. However, he competed at Indianapolis after being
reinstated and his best finishes were fifth in 1914 and 1916.
Additionally,
he ran the first 100 miles per hour lap in
Indianapolis history.
Barney Oldfield
Souvenir postcard, about 1904
"Barney Google" debuted as a bug-eyed, sports-loving loser who
would rather go to a prizefight than go on a family outing. Google loved
to gamble (usually losing) and chase showgirls (when he wasn't being
henpecked by his wife, the "sweet woman").
The strip's popularity took off in 1922, when Google was given a
sad-faced, bowlegged racehorse named Spark Plug. He entered it in a
race, and Sparky won the $50,000 purse. In 1923, songwriter Billy Rose
penned a smash hit,
"Barney Google With His Goo-Goo Googly
Eyes."
DeBeck played with political satire, running Google for president in 1928
and 1932. He had Google try the current fads, from sitting on a flagpole
to swimming the English Channel. And DeBeck created or popularized
such expressions as "sweet mama" (a good-looking woman),
"heebie-jeebies," "horsefeathers" and "hotsy totsy."
In 1995, he was honored by the U.S. Postal Service in its
"Comic Strip Classics" series of commemorative stamps.
Barney Google, shown with his beloved horse, ran for president.
Barney Fife debuted as the bumbling deputy sheriff
Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.
Fife was self-important, romantic, and nearly always wrong.  He was
allowed to carry only a single bullet, and that was kept in his shirt
pocket.  There was one incident where he loaded his gun which
should have been set on safety but it wasn't and soon went off.
Eventually, Barney moves away from Mayberry to work as a detective
in Raleigh, N.C.
Barney often put on a show of bravado to mask his insecurity and lack
of confidence.  His behavior often made him appear arrogant and
foolish, but he was at heart a kind, caring person.
Don Knotts won 5 Emmys for his role on "The Andy Griffith
Show."
Don Knotts as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show
Barney Rubble was Fred Flinstone’s next door neighbor and
best friend in the Flintstones. The Flintstones was the first animated
situation comedy shown in primetime television, and it gained high
ratings in its first season.
The Flintstones also broke new ground in that each episode contained
only one story that lasted the full half hour. Until the 1960s, cartoons
were generally only a few minutes long. Though The Flintstones got
canceled in 1966, the series continued to have a strong afterlife in
syndication.
The Flintstones premiered on September 30, 1960 on ABC,
and ran for six seasons. The final episode aired on April 1,
1966.
Barney Rubble and his wife Betty Rubble
Barney Miller grew out of a rejected comedy pilot called "The Life
and Times of Captain Barney Miller," which aired as part of an ABC
summer anthology called Just for Laughs in 1974.   Barney Miller
made it to the regular ABC schedule  January 1975, and the locale
became the Greenwich Village station house where Barney and his
motley crew spent their day.
The TV show revolved around Capt. Barney Miller and crew of
characters at the 12th Precinct stationhouse in New York City.  Also
residing at the station were aging cop Fish (Abe Vigoda), Wojo (Max
Gail), Det. Yemana (Jack Soo).   Nearly all of the action takes place
in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to
complicate the mix.
The show would last, with minor cast changes, until 1982,
when it finally ended its 8 season run.
Barney Miller and the detectives of Precinct 12
Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981.  
He is a Democrat, and has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts
since 1981.  Frank is the most prominent openly gay politician in the
United States. Frank is the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services
Committee and is also a member of the Select Committee on Homeland
Security, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and
Border Security and the Subcommittee on Intelligence and
Counterterrorism.
Previously he was a Massachusetts State Representative and an assistant
to the Mayor of Boston.
He has also taught at several Boston area universities.
Congressman Barney Frank
Seattle dentist Dr. Barney Clark was the first person
implanted with the Jarvik-7, an artificial heart intended to
last a lifetime.
William DeVries an American surgeon performed the surgery. The
Jarvik-7 artificial heart was designed by Robert Jarvik. "It has been
hard, but the heart itself has pumped right along." - Barney Clark
The patient survived 112 days.
In 1982 Barney Clark received the first artificial heart, the Jarvik-7.
Clark lived for 112 days after receiving the heart.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
1989 Barney Gumble (voiced by the multi-talented Dan
Castellaneta) made his first appearance in the first official
Simpsons show, Roasting On An Open Fire in December
1989.
Barney is a long time friend of Homer's. They went to high school
together and as they settled into their adult life, they took up drinking in
the town's main watering hole - Moe's Tavern.
When Barney first made his appearance, he actually had sandy blonde
hair.  A few episodes later, his hair magically turned a different color
and, without any explanation.
Barney is not married, has no children, and only works the occasional
odd job (like that of a Santa during the Christmas season).
His trademark reply is to burp and/or belch.
Barney Gumble from The SImpsons
Barney the Dinosaur   (give me a moment...I have to let the horror
fade from my memory again, having suffered through years of having “I
love you, you love me” drilled into my brain as Darling Daughter
begged to watch.)  
{breathes into paper sack for a moment}  OK, better now.
Barney, a six-foot purple dinosaur, stars in the children's TV show
Barney and Friends.  Barney, with his purple body complete with a
green belly and yellow toenails, was created in 1987 by Sheryl
Leach of Dallas, Texas. While stuck in one of the city's frequent
traffic jams, she was thinking about video ideas which would appeal
to her young son. She then brought together a team which created a
series of home videos, the first being (Barney and the Backyard Gang)
which also starred actress Sandy Duncan. Barney has joined in with
(Baby Bop) and (B.J.)
Although the videos were a modest regional success, Barney only
became a megahit when picked up by the Public Broadcasting
System and debuting as "Barney & Friends" in 1992.
First aired: 4/6/1992
Barney the Dinosaur
Barney No-Last-Name, played by former child star Neil Patrick Harris
(Doogie Howser M.D.)
 A character on the CBS TV show,  “How I
Met Your Mother”.
 
On one episode he declared, “I am SO putting this in my blog!”   
CBS has several blogs related to popular TV shows, which is sparking
some debate about
“fake blogs”.
Neil Patrick Harris' character, Barney,  writes blog entries like:
Lick My Bells
Earlier this week I had the good fortune to consummate yet another
legendary chapter in the Story of Barney when I tongued the rim of
the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Relevant factoid: I have now licked
every national monument in the continental United States.
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