49 Years Ago Today:
January 21, 1959
In 1935 Carl Swizer (Alfalfa) was added to the already successful Our Gang comedies when he was only seven years old. Although he appeared in nearly 75 of the comedy shorts over the next five years he didn't receive a single dime from the show. At the time Our Gang was filmed, television was still in its infancy, and many considered it to be a temporary novelty. No one even considered the concept of royalties and syndication. As a result, everyone knew Switzer, but he never profited from his fame.
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