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Friday 5.26.17
Morning Trivia: She was a physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. Who was she?

Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 yestersday to stop a five-game losing streak. Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, when Jean Segura singled leading off and Guillermo Heredia took a called third strike. That prompted Seattle manager Scott Servais to complain from the dugout, which led to his ejection by the plate umpire. Ariel Miranda allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in five innings. Edwin Diaz, Seattle's sixth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth that completed a six-hitter. Diaz got his first save since May 9th and has eight in 10 chances overall. Up next for the Ms, they're in Boston for three games, the first of which is this afternoon.

Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 78; the drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Garry Peterson is 72; singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks is 69; he was Tubbs on Miami Vice, actor Philip Michael Thomas is 68; singer Hank Williams Jr. is also 68; comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 55; singer Lenny Kravitz is 53; South Park co-creator Matt Stone is 46; singer-songwriter Lauren Hill is 42; and the first son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Kingston Rossdale is 11.

This being the Friday before Memorial Day, it's Don't Fry Friday. It's a very important day for you and your skin. It occurs just as the Memorial holiday begins, and at the start of summer. At this time, sunshine is the most intense. People are seeking the sunshine and the great outdoors after a long winter. The purpose of today, is to educate people, and to make them aware of the dangers of overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. These UV rays come from the sun, and from popular tanning booths. They are the primary cause of skin cancer. Keep in mind, a little sunshine is good for you. It provides important vitamin D, and sunshine brightens your mood. It's over exposure that damages your skin, and can result in skin cancer.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 1897, Dracula, a novel by the Irish author Bram Stoker, was published. In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session. In 1959, the word Frisbee became a registered trademark of Wham-O. In 1969, Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the at-the-time forthcoming first manned moon landing. In 1973, Deep Purple's single Smoke On The Water was released. In 1978, the first legal casino in the Eastern US opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996. In 1998, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York. In 2004, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

I've been amazed. All week the weather folks have maintained that it's going to be a gorgeous weekend. We've made it all the way to Friday and they're sticking to their guns. They're talking 85 tomorrow, 87 on Sunday, and 84 on Monday. It's Memorial Day Weekend. It's supposed to rain. Not that I'm complaining.

Trivia Answer: Sally Kristen Ride who was born on this date in 1951. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both. Ride still holds the record for the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. Ride died on July 23rd of 2012 at the age of 61. Her death came seventeen months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Thursday 5.25.17
Morning Trivia: He's a comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. He's best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show, and his Comedy Central show. Who is he?

Once again, the Mariners fell behind early and were unable to make it up which extends their losing skid to five. Anthony Rendon’s three-run homer capped Washington's four-run first inning against rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio. Washington then rolled to a 5-1 victory at Nationals Park. The Mariners have now lost 10 of their last 13 in falling to a season-worst seven games under .500 at 20-and-27. The Mariners have scored five runs in their last five games -- one run in each of their five losses. The Ms joined the 1887 Washington team, and the 1969 San Diego Padres as the only teams to score no more than one run in five consecutive games and whose opponents scored at least 40 total runs. The Mariners and Nationals conclude their three-game series today.

Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Tom T.Hall is 81; Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor Sir Ian McKellen is 78; Waylon Jennings widow, singer/songwriter Jessi Colter is 74; actress and singer Leslie Uggams is also 74; puppeteer Frank Oz is 73; actress Karen Valentine, best known for her work on Room 222, is 70; actress Connie Sellecca is 62; Austin Powers, actor and comedian Mike Myers is 54; actress Anne Heche is 48; and -- this will make you feel ole -- Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie was played by twin actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush. They are 47 today.

Today is National Missing Children's Day, a day to focus on the 2,300 children that will be reported missing in America today (and every day). National Missing Children's Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child abduction. It was May 25th in 1979, that six-year-old New Yorker Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school. Visit childfindofamerica.org. Today is National Wine Day. Today is National Tap Dance Day, marking the birth of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, on this date in 1878. Today is Star Wars Day. The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25th of 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the anniversary release date of Star Wars. A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25th is based on the Star Wars connection. The original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters on this date in 1977. May the Force be with you.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 and 714 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, his final home runs. It was a record that stood for 39 years. In 1961, President John Kennedy asked the US to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In 1968, The Rolling Stones released Jumping Jack Flash. Also in 1968, St. Louis dedicated its trademark Gateway Arch, part of the city's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. In 1970, Boeing Computer Services was founded. In 1973, Mike Oldfield released his Tubular Bells LP. The title track would later become the theme for the movie The Exorcist. In 1974, Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a drug overdose. In 1977, the movie Star Wars opened in US movie theaters. It set a new box office record that stood until Titanic in 1999. In 1978, Keith Moon performed with The Who for the last time. In 1983, The Return of the Jedi set a new movie record for opening day box office sales by grossing $6.2 million. In 1986, approximately 7 million Americans participated in Hands Across America. In 1992, Jay Leno became the new host of The Tonight Show, replacing Johnny Carson, who had hosted the late-night talk show for 29 years.

If you could live a tax-free life, would you get a big tattoo with the letters IRS on it on your body? Somewhat surprisingly, in a survey, 20 percent of us would. One in five Americans said they would.

Trivia Answer: Demetri Martin who turns 44 today. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995. Despite objections from his family, he dropped out a year before graduating NYU School of Law to pursue a career in comedy. In 2009 and 2010, he hosted and starred in his own television show called Important Things With Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. There was no third season of Important Things. Martin is known for being an unconventional stand-up comic. He uses extensive wordplay, one-liners, drawings on a "large pad", as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, or tambourine -- sometimes all at once. He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence.

A couple of my favorite Demetri Martin lines:

•I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I’m good at everything.

•‘Sort of’ is such a harmless thing to say. Sort of. It’s just a filler. Sort of -- it doesn’t really mean anything. But after certain things, sort of means everything. Like after ‘I love you’ or ‘You’re going to live’ or ‘It’s a boy.’

Wednesday 5.24.17
Morning Trivia: This actor is known for playing Charlie Brown in the 1967 Off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and for playing Radar O'Reilly both in the movie and the TV series M*A*S*H. Who is he?

The nice weather continues. Made it up to 78 in both Olympia and Shelton yesterday. Cooler today then it warms up again for the holiday weekend.

Anthony Rendon homered twice and drove in five runs, Joe Ross returned from the minors to allow one run over a career high-tying eight innings, and the Washington Nationals routed the Seattle Mariners 10-1 last night. Bryce Harper added his 14th homer and Jayson Werth hit his seventh off Chris Bergman, who allowed all of the Nationals' runs and 14 of their 15 hits. Mike Zunino homered in his return from his own minor league stint. Robinson Cano was hitless in his first game back from the disabled list following a thigh injury as Seattle dropped its fourth straight. Ms and Nats again tonight.Cortez Kennedy, one of the best defensive linemen of his generation and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee despite rarely finding himself in the spotlight as a player, has died. Police in Orlando, Florida, say the former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead yesterday morning. A public information officer said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown but that there is nothing suspicious. An investigation is being conducted. A star who spent his entire 11-year NFL career in relative obscurity playing in Seattle, Kennedy became the second Seahawks player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight. Cortez Kennedy was 48.

Today is International Tiara Day, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers in their own lives. Real or virtual tiara wearing is optional. Today is Thelma & Louise Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1991. It's National Escargot Day. The approved way of celebrating National Escargot Day is by eating a plate of Escargots. Considered a delicacy by some, others find the thought of feasting on snails as just too yucky. For those who can't bring themselves and their stomachs to the table, it’s suggested you give Escargot gift certificates to family and friends.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac. In 1982, Mrs. Christina Samane gave birth to a 22-pound 8-ounce son in Transkei, South Africa, the heaviest baby ever born. According to Guinness, the child weighed 77 pounds at 16 months and 112 pounds at age 5. In 1988, snow fell on the Syrian Desert and Damascus had ten hours of snowfall for the first time in 50 years. In 1998, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. In 1999, boxer Mike Tyson was released from a Rockville, Maryland, jail after serving 3½ months behind bars for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender. In 2003, Paul McCartney had tea with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. McCartney then played a show for 20-thousand fans in Moscow's Red Square. In 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale.

The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. Tom says the long-discussed sequel to Top Gun is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement yesterday in response to questions from anchors on an Australian morning news show. Tom said filming will likely begin within the next year. He then added, "It's definitely happening." Cruise has said in similar interviews that the film was in development and a strong possibility, but has not offered such clear confirmation.

Trivia Answer: Gary Burghoff who is 74 today. Burghoff made his feature film debut in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H in 1970. Although several actors from the original film made guest appearances in the television series, Burghoff was the only actor cast as a regular, continuing in the role of Radar O'Reilly. Burghoff was nominated for six Emmy Awards for M*A*S*H in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and, of those nominations, he won an Emmy in 1977. Burghoff left M*A*S*H after the seventh season because of burnout and a desire to spend more time with his family, though he returned the following year to film a special two-part farewell episode, Goodbye Radar. Burghoff is a self-taught amateur wildlife painter who is also qualified to handle injured wildlife in California. Burghoff is also the inventor of (and holds a patent on) the "Chum Magic", a fishing tackle invention that attracts fish toward the user's boat. Other Burghoff inventions include a toilet seat lifting handle and a new type of fishing pole.

Tuesday 5.23.17
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the US Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, he eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom and serving as host of an improv comedy show. Who is he?

Saw 85 here in Olympia yesterday; 87 in Shelton. I'm checking my GPS to be sure I'm in the right place. It ALWAYS rains Labor Day Weekend around here but this year, they're saying sunny and gorgeous for the weekend.

The Seattle Mariners recalled catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Tacoma, and optioned three players to help clear a spot for the return of second baseman Robinson Cano. The Mariners made the roster moves yesterday. The Mariners optioned pitcher Chris Heston, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, and infielder Daniel Vogelbach. Zunino started the season with the Mariners but was sent down earlier this month after batting .167 in the first 24 games of the season. Zunino hit .293 and had five home runs in 41 at-bats with Tacoma. The first of an 8-game three-city road trip is tonight in Washington against the Nationals.

An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England last night killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Greater Manchester Police said 22 people were confirmed dead and roughly 59 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena. Police say the man who set off an improvised explosive device died in the attack.

Birthdays: Actress Joan Collins is 84; Jim on Murphy Brown, actor Charles Kimbrough is 81; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is 61; model Karen Duffy is 54; he played drums for The B-52's, Chicago, and Gavin DeGraw before joining Maroon 5, which is who he drums for today, Matt Flynn is 42; singer Maxwell -- his full name is Gordon Maxwell Rivera -- is 44; singer Jewel is 43; game show contestant and author -- he holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in game show history. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, Ken Jennings -- he was born in Edmonds and now lives in Seattle -- he's 43.

Today is National Taffy Day. It’s World Turtle Day. The purpose of which is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Today is Moog Day, marking the birth on this date in 1934 of Robert Moog. He built the first successful music synthesizer. The first Moog album, Switched On Bach, became a best-seller in 1968. Today is Lucky Penny Day. See a penny pick it up, all day long you have good luck.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1908, part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound. The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from December 16th of 1907, to February 22nd of 1909, by order of President Theodore Roosevelt as a show of strength of the US Navy. The hulls of these ships were painted a stark white, giving the armada the nickname the Great White Fleet. In 1962, the NBA agreed to allow the Philadelphia Warriors to become the San Francisco Warriors. Later, they became the Golden State Warriors. In 1977, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco called off a Jefferson Starship concert because the park had banned electronic instruments. In 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, without a record contract, filed for bankruptcy. In 1984, Tina Turner released her album Private Dancer. In 1995, the first version of the Java programming language was released. In 2013, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed up in Mount Vernon.

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died according to his family. He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me. Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after a short but brave battle with cancer. They wrote, "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated." Roger Moore was 89.

Trivia Answer: Drew Carey who turns 59 today. His sitcom was The Drew Carey Show. The improv comedy show was Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Both aired on ABC. He has hosted the television game show The Price Is Right since 2007. He's a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC.

Monday 5.22.17
Morning Trivia: In 1967, this guy answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams. Thus began a famous and well-loved songwriting team. The pair have collaborated on more than 30 albums. The film documentary Two Rooms described the duo's writing style, which involved this guy writing the lyrics on his own and his partner then putting them to music, with no further interaction between the two. Who is the guy?

Not a good weekend for the Mariners. The Chicago White Sox had a five-run first inning, Derek Holland pitched eight strong innings, and the Sox beat Seattle 8-1 yesterday -- that on the heels of their 16-1 win Saturday. Seattle starter Chris Heston was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to make his first major league start since October 2nd of 2015. He was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in three innings. He walked the bases loaded in the first before giving up four straight hits. Heston became the 11th pitcher to start for the Mariners this season, the most in the major leagues. Seattle has a day off today. Christian Bergman starts tomorrow against the Nationals at Washington.

Made it up to 79 in Olympia yesterday; 83 in Shelton. It's supposed to be about 10 degrees warmer today before the cool down begins tomorrow.

Birthdays: Business magnate, financier, billionaire T. Boone Pickens is 89; actor Michael Constantine is also also 89; actor Richard Benjamin is 79; former MLB pitcher -- yes, the surgery was named after him -- Tommy John is 74; singer Morrissey is 58; Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela is 56; she's appeared on more than five-hundred magazine covers, model Naomi Campbell is 47; and eight-time Winter Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was born in Federal Way 35 years ago today.

Today is National Maritime Day, a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It was on this date in 1819 that the steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress in 1933. Today is Buy a Musical Instrument Day, Isn't it obvious how to celebrate Buy a Musical Instrument Day? If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today could be a very good day indeed. If you have been considering taking up a musical instrument, today can be your starting point.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. In 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a Fats Domino concert over fears of an anticipated "rock 'n' roll riot." In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis told the world he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. In 1967, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on PBS, featuring Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh. In 1980, five gold records that belonged to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios in New York. In 1986, Sylvester Stallone signed a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists for a reported $15 million per film, making him at the time the richest actor in Hollywood. In 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0. In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the final time. Announcer Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinson also retired from the show. In 1999, New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena sold out of tickets for 15 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band shows. In 2004, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing documentary about White House actions after the September 11th terrorist attacks, won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Going into the weekend, the question was whether Alien: Covenant would be able to unseat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from the top spot at the domestic box office. Now, we have an answer, yes. Covenant looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of $36 million. That's just above Guardians sequel with $35.3 million. The only other major release of the weekend was Everything, Everything and it landed in the third spot. Snatched came in at number four, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounded out the top five. With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, the overall domestic summer box office is ten percentage points lower than it was at this time last year. That means all eyes are fixed on a duo of splashy summer releases -- Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's Baywatch -- to hopefully make up some ground.

Trivia Answer: Bernie Taupin who turns 67 today. At the same time Taupin answered the ad Elton John answered the same ad. Neither one passed the audition for Liberty Records. Ray Williams, however, recognized their talents and put them in touch with each other. In 1973, he collected all his lyrics up through the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album into a book entitled The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John. Taupin's lyrics include such memorable tunes as Rocket Man, Levon, Tiny Dancer, Crocodile Rock, Honky Cat, Candle in the Wind, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Daniel, and 1970's Your Song, his and Elton's first hit. Perhaps the most important influence of Taupin's childhood was his intense interest in the American Old West. Taupin dubbed himself The Brown Dirt Cowboy in contrast to Elton's Captain Fantastic. Taupin has lived his dream of being a Brown Dirt Cowboy. He moved to Southern California from England in the mid-1970s. Since the 1980s, he has been living on a ranch north of Los Angeles. He co-owned a PBR bucking bull named Little Yellow Jacket, which was retired as an unprecedented three-time world champion. Little Yellow Jacket died in 2011.

Friday 5.19.17
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1962 that a certain actress sang a sultry version of Happy Birthday to a certain President. Can you name the actress, and the President?

Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Jarrod Dyson from second base to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox last night. Batting for Ben Gamel, Heredia looped a breaking ball into shallow right-center field and allowed the speedy Dyson to race home from second with the winning run after Seattle's bullpen blew a 4-0 lead. Seattle's Jean Segura matched the longest hitting streak in baseball this season -- he extended his streak to 17 games -- with a three-run home run early in the game. Chicago's late rally ruined the chance for Sam Gaviglio to get a victory in his first major league start. Gaviglio threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits in becoming the 10th pitcher to start a game for Seattle this season. Game two of the series with Chicago is tonight. Ariel Miranda makes his ninth start of the season for the Ms.

Birthdays: Formerly with PBS, journalist and author Jim Lehrer is 83; he was the first host of ABC's Good Morning America and now hosts documentary programs on the History channel and on PBS, David Hartman is 82; best known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, actor Peter Mayhew is 73; from The Who, Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend is 72; singer, actress, and model Grace Jones is 69; from ZZ Top, bassist, singer, songwriter Dusty Hill is 68; former football player and football dad Archie Manning is also 68; Clint Eastwood's boy, jazz bass player Kyle Eastwood is 49; and singer & multi-Grammy award winner Sam Smith is 25.

It's Boys and Girls Club Day celebrating the invaluble clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance. Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and for our community. Around here, Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00, it's the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Foundation for the Future Breakfast at St. Martin’s University's Marcus Pavilion. Check b-g-c-t-c- dot org to find out more. Today is also National Devil's Food Cake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1906, the Federated Boys Clubs, forerunner of the Boys Clubs of America, forerunner of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, were organized. In 1965, FBI agents visited Wand Records investigating the lyrics to the song Louie Louie by The Kingsmen. In 1974, Erno Rubik invented the puzzle that would later become known as the Rubik's Cube. In 1979, Eric Clapton and George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, were married. In 1986, Peter Gabriel released the album So. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock. In 1999, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in the US. It set a new record for opening day sales at 28.5 million. In 2005, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith brought in 50.0 million in its opening day.

Trivia Answer: The actress was Marilyn Monroe. The President was John F. Kennedy. The performance took place at Madison Square Garden. It was in celebration of Kennedy's 45th birthday -- which was ten days away on May 29th. Afterwards, President Kennedy came on stage saying, "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way," alluding to Monroe's delivery, her racy dress, and her general image as a sex symbol. More than 15,000 people attended. Jackie Kennedy was not in attendance. The song and Monroe's performance have been remembered for numerous reasons. First, it was one of her last major public appearances (Monroe died August 5, 1962). In addition, there are persistent rumors that President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had had an affair, giving Monroe's performance another layer of meaning.

Thursday 5.18.17
Morning Trivia: He was the owner of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. The lodge was located at the foot of the mountain, and was in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. He came to fame in the months preceding in the 1980 eruption after stubbornly refusing to leave. Who was he?

Christian Bergman pitched into the eighth inning for the best start of his career, Jean Segura extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a two-run single, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 last night. Bergman joined the Mariners when he was selected from Triple-A Tacoma on the 7th this month. He allowed two hits after holding Oakland hitless until the fifth inning. He had a career-high nine strikeouts and tied James Paxton for the most in a game by a Mariners pitcher this year. The Mariners took two of three in the series against Oakland. Up next for Seattle, Sam Gaviglio makes his first career start to open Seattle's 4-game home series against the White Sox. Gaviglio's only major league appearance was a week ago, on the 11th, when he gave up one run and two hits in two innings at Toronto.

Birthdays: Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, actor Dwayne Hickman is 83; baseball great, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 80; singer-songwriter -- remember It Never Rains in Southern California? -- Albert Hammond is 73; Mr. October -- he with five World Series rings -- Reggie Jackson is 71; Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 68; Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is 67; singer-songwriter George Strait is 65; actress, comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey is 47; and musician Jack Johnson is 42.

Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died last night in Detroit. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden. His representative called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle's emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Chris Cornell was 52.

UPDATE: Cornell's death has been ruled a suicide. He apparently killed himself yesterday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to that city's medical examiner. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said today that it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that "a full autopsy report has not yet been completed." A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck.

We also got word this morning that former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July, amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was 77.

Today is International Museum Day, a good opportunity to visit, appreciate, and support a nearby museum. Today is National Visit Your Relatives Day. It's easy to get so caught up in today’s fast paced lifestyle that we can soon lose touch with our relatives. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and haven't seen for a while. Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, the objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. A couple of options: Use disposable plates, cups and silverware for all meals and snacks OR take the family out to eat all three meals. Then for a snack, go out for ice cream.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, The Streak by Ray Stevens became Americas top single, capitalizing on the streaking fad that year on college campuses. In 1978, the movie The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey premiered in Dallas. In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. In 1992, the National Archivist quietly certified the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting Congress from voting itself instant pay raises. The measure was written by James Madison in 1789, but the ratification process took over two centuries. In 1998, the federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft saying the software company had a choke hold on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market. In 2004, at the age of 40, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel returns to helm the 2018 Academy Awards. The program is on March 4th of 2018.

Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast has made over $1.2 billion -- and it's still in theaters. But not for long as Disney has announced the live-action blockbuster will be out on Blu-ray in June.

Trivia Answer: Harry Randall Truman. He was born in West Virginia. A few years later, his family settled in Chehalis. Truman enlisted in the United States Army in 1917. He was honorably discharged two years later. He then lived in Riffe -- between Mossyrock and Morton -- until around 1926, when he became caretaker of the Mount St. Helens Lodge. He operated the lodge for 52 years. He became a minor celebrity during the two months of volcanic activity preceding the eruption, giving interviews to reporters and expressing his opinion that the danger from the volcano was "overexaggerated". Truman discarded all of his concerns about the volcano and his situation, at one point stating, "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." Truman is presumed to have died (along with 56 other people) in the eruption on May 18th of 1980. A pyroclastic flow engulfed the Spirit Lake area, destroying the lake, and burying the site of his lodge under 150 feet of volcanic landslide debris. He was the subject of the book Truman of St. Helens: The Man & His Mountain written by Shirley Rosen and was portrayed by Art Carney in the 1981 docu-drama film St. Helens. The modern day Truman Trail and Harry's Ridge in the Mount St. Helens region are named after him. He was also famous for owning 16 cats whom he referred to in almost all statements he made and regarded them as family.

Wednesday 5.17.17
Morning Trivia: He was born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg but that's not what we know him as. He began performing on stage, was later a radio announcer and actor, a movie actor, and is perhaps best known for his work on television. His breakthrough role was as history teacher Harvey Weskit in Mr. Peepers in the early 1950s. He took a hiatus from TV and returned in 1970 to star alongside Jack Klugman in a series that lasted five years. Who is he?

A two-run homer and a three-run shot in a five-run ninth inning rallied the Oakland Athletics to a 9-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Oakland squandered a 4-1 lead thanks to a key two-run error in the seventh and Kyle Seager's solo home run in the eighth that gave Seattle a 5-4 lead. But with a struggling Edwin Diaz removed from the closer role earlier in the day, Steve Cishek was asked to get the final three outs for the Mariners in just his second appearance of the season. Cishek was unable to finish the job, giving up a leadoff single to Rajai Davis and watching Matt Jo ce hit his fifth homer of the year to give Oakland the lead. Mark Rzepczynski took over and allowed Mark Canha's first homer on a 3-2 pitch. The rubbber match of the three-game set with the As is tonight.

Robinson Cano, meanwhile, has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a quadriceps strain. Cano is the ninth Seattle player to land on the disabled list since the start of the regular season and sixth since April 26th.

Birthdays: Blues musician Taj Mahal is 75; boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard is 61; Danny Tanner on Full house, actor-comedian Bob Saget is also 61; sportscaster Jim Nantz ia 58; the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller is 57; singer Enya is 56; comedian, actor, and talk show host Craig Ferguson is 55; from Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is 52; from New Kids on the Block, singer Jordan Knight is 47; and soccer's Mia Hamm is 45.

Today is World Telecommunications Day celebrating the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of World Telecommunications Day is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. Today is Pack Rat Day. Admit it. You're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. We’re all a little bit materialistic, and tend to buy, own and hoard more stuff than we might really need. We’re all pack rats. Pack Rat Day encourages us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn't throw away your old belongings, clothes, or even rubbish as it may be useful or valuable in days or years to come. And I don't know if this is so or not, but I like the concept. Today is Tell An Umpire I Love Your Outfit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, with a single camera near the third-base line, WXBS-TV in New York became the first station to televise a sporting event. It was a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton. At the time, there were only 400 TV sets in America. In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first record album to sell a million copies the day it was released. In 1978, Philips announced their new creation, the compact disc. In 1985, Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas on CBS-TV. He returned the following season. It was all a dream. In 1992, bandleader Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia at age 89. His syndicated TV show continues in reruns. In 1999, Makah Indians here in Washington state harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70 years. Also in 1999, a Toronto judge dismissed a claim that the Canadian Defense Minister, Citibank, and a number of drug store chains were conspiring to kill a complainant because he was a Martian. The judge ruled that since the petitioned claimed not to be human, he had no status before the court.

Roseanne, one of TV's rare working-class comedies, is set to return to ABC two decades after it wrapped its hit run and with star Roseanne Barr and the rest of the cast intact. That word from the network yesterday in announcing its 2017-18 season plans. Besides Barr as the Conner family matriarch, the eight-episode reboot airing in 2018 will feature John Goodman as her husband, Dan, along with former co-stars Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played Goranson's character, Becky, in later seasons, will appear but in another role.

General Mills is giving away 10,000 boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms. The only way to get them is to win them. Specially-marked rainbow boxes will be on store shelves soon. Inside some of them will be a special code to enter on a website to receive a box full of marshmallows.

Pop-Tarts are the grab-and-go breakfast of our childhood — but they've now apparently departed from breakfast with three newly announced flavors. Hitting stores later this month are Jolly Rancher-flavored Pop-Tarts in three varieties: green apple, cherry, and watermelon.

Trivia Answer: Tony Randall who passed away on this date in 2004. Many of us, of course, know him as Felix Unger who starred opposite Jack Klugman's Oscar Madison on TV's The Odd Couple. Randall was married to Florence Gibbs from 1942 until her death from cancer in 1992. He remarried in November of 1995 to Heather Harlan, an intern in one of his theatrical programs. At the time, Tony was 75, Heather 25. The couple subsequently had two children, and they remained married until Tony's death. Randall died in his sleep on May 17th of 2004 of complications from pneumonia he contracted following bypass surgery in December 2003.

Tuesday 5.16.17
Morning Trivia: He was a Major League Baseball second baseman and manager. He's best known as the manager of the New York Yankees, a position he held five different times. As a manager, he was known for turning losing teams into winners, and for arguing animatedly with umpires, including a widely parodied routine in which he kicked dust on their feet. However, he was criticized for not getting along with veteran players and owners, burning out young pitchers, and for having an addiction to alcohol. Who was he?

Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit a two-run homer, and Yovani Gallardo pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Seattle Mariners made the most of four hits to hold off the Oakland Athletics 6-5 last night. Oakland scored twice in the ninth, when Mariners closer Edwin Diaz walked four of the five batters he faced to force in a run. Tony Zych relieved and picked up his first major league save. Robinson Cano sat out again. He originally was in the lineup, but was scratched. The Ms and As do it again tonight.

Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan is 64; gymnast Olga Korbut is 62; actress Debra Winger is also 62; marathon runner Joan Benoit is 60; Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 52; singer Janet Jackson is 51; Carol on Growing Pains, actress Tracey Gold is 48; actress and socialite Tori Spelling is 44; and actress Megan Fox is 31.

Today is Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day in honor of the normal springtime high pollen level. Today is Love a Tree Day. So, go out and give a tree a great big hug. Or, climb up into your favorite tree, and share some quality time with it. It's National Sea Monkey Day which celebrates an amazing pet that comes alive when placed in water. Children and adults are fascinated by these creatures, that almost instantly are born when placed in water. It's Wear Purple For Peace Day. You'd think that this day originated in protest of a particular war or conflict. Or, perhaps conceived by the UN, or another peacemaking or peace keeping group. Rather, we found this day to be a stellar event. It seems some folks fear that aliens from outer space consider earthlings to be too hostile. As a result, they have yet to visit or make contact with us. So, some decided to promote world peace by establishing Wear Purple for Peace Day. The goal of the day is to make the world a peaceful place and, of course, encourage alien species to make contact with earth.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1904, the automohorse was patented. The first autos tended to scare horses, so this ingenious invention was an automobile that looked like a horse. In 1965, The Beach Boys sang their hit Help Me, Rhonda on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also in 1965, Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time. In 1970, Randy Bachman left The Guess Who. In 1984, Prince's When Doves Cry was released. In 1985, Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1988, the Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage. In 1990, actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer. He was 64. In 1996, residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts, voted 165-138 to end their 200-year tradition of opening the annual town meeting with a prayer. Before they voted, they prayed. In 2000, the New York Democratic Party nominated First Lady Hillary Clinton for the US Senate, making her the first First Lady to run for public office.

ABC's new American Idol judging panel is shaping up. Former contestant Chris Daughtry has reportedly joined the revived series, according to Us Weekly. Daughtry competed on the fifth season of American Idol, where he came in fourth place. Afterwards, he landed a record deal and formed the band Daughtry. He's now the third most successful Idol alum in terms of record sales, following Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Katy Perry is rumored to be joining the series as a judge, and there are reports that Ryan Seacrest will return to host. If you're wondering if Simon Cowell might return to the American Idol fold for ABC's reboot of the show, sorry -- you won't be going to Hollywood. Speaking on Extra, Simon said, "I was asked to do it, and the answer is no.” Simon, who left the show in 2010 but returned briefly for last year's finale, added, "I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that." Simon also felt that the last time he watched it, "It was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that." ABC's American Idol revival is expected to premiere in 2018.

Trivia Answer: Billy Martin who was born on this date in 1928. Martin was killed in a low speed, single vehicle collision during an ice storm at the end of the driveway to his farm north of Binghamton, New York, on Christmas Day of 1989. At the time of his death, Martin was preparing to manage the Yankees a sixth time for the 1990 season, to the point of having assembled a coaching staff. Billy Martin's number 1 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1986. With Derek Jeter's No. 2 being retired over the weekend, there won't be any more Yankees wearing single digits. Retired numbers include Billy Martin's 1, Derek Jeter's 2, Babe Ruth's 3, Lou Gehrig's 4, Joe DiMaggio's 5, Joe Torre's 6, Mickey Mantle's 7, Yogi Berra's 8, and Roger Maris's 9.

Monday 5.15.17
Morning Trivia: He's a former running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s. He's the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season. Who is he?

Yesterday completed a miserable four-game weekend for the Mariners at the Rogers Centre when they suffered a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The end came when Kevin Pillar crushed a two-out homer in the ninth inning against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz. It was a no-doubter; a 412-foot drive over the left-field wall. With the win, the Blue Jays completed the four-game sweep having already beaten Seattle on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Mariners have lost four in a row for the first time this season. Second baseman Robinson Cano missed a fourth straight game because of a strained right quadriceps muscle. Club officials optimistic that he’ll play tonight when the Ms return to Safeco and host the Oakland Athletics.

Birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 81; singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is also 81; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 80; singer K.T.Oslin is 75; singer, songwriter, producer Brian Eno is 69; musician Mike Oldfield is 64; baseball's George Brett is also 64; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 61; former WSU and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is 41; and Dutch singer Mr. Probz is 33.

It's Police Officer's Memorial Day -- a day that honors and remembers police officers who gave their lives while on duty. Today is Nylon Stockings Day. It's Over The Rainbow Day and it's also L. Frank Baum's birthday. It's National Chocolate Chip Day which celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Today is Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. In 1970, A&M Records released Close to You, the Carpenters second album. The title song became the first of six consecutive million sellers by Karen & Richard and led to a Best New Artist Grammy for the duo. In 1970, President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals. In 1974, Mr.& Mrs. Frank Zappa announced the birth of their third child, Ahmet Rodan. He was named after a Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets. In 1978, Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of pop songs. The LP stayed on the music charts for 10 years and sold over 5-million copies. In 1988, the #1 selling non-fiction book on the New York Times list was Michael Jackson's autobiography, Moonwalker. In 2010, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continued its box office reign this weekend, while King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the summer season's first major flop. Disney and Marvel's super hero sequel followed up its $145 million opening weekend domestically with an additional $66 million. King Arthur, meanwhile, may just want to put that sword back where he found it and pretend this never happened. It made only $14.7 million -- a paltry sum considering its $175 million production budget. This weekend's other major release is neither a box office heavyweight like Guardians nor a bust like Arthur. Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother and daughter grabbed $17.5 million, landing it in second overall. King Arthur did manage a third place finish. The Fate of the Furious and Boss Baby round out the top five.

A big thank you is called for. I got a note from the Letter Carriers this morning following up on Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Postal patrons in Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater (numbers not yet available for Shelton) contributed 91,400 pounds of food to the Thurston County Food Bank. That's an increase of 10,000 pounds over last year's FINAL total from these areas so THANK YOU!

Trivia Answer: Emmitt Smith who turns 48 today. The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft. During his long professional career, he became the NFL's all-time rushing leader, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. Emmitt played for three Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys teams. It was in 1993 that he won a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. Smith is the only player to tell John Madden that Madden NFL rated his skills too high. Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Friday 5.12.17
Morning Trivia: He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Who is he?

Nelson Cruz returned with a bang last night and, for two tours through the Toronto lineup, Mariners rookie Chase De Jong held his former club in check. The third time was no charm. The Blue Jays rocked De Jong for five two-out runs in the fifth inning and rolled to a 7-2 victory in the opener to a four-game weekend series at the Rogers Centre. The loss stopped the Mariners’ four-game winning streak and dropped them back below .500 at 17-18. Cruz returned to the lineup after spending two games on pinch-hitting duty while the Mariners played with no designated hitter in Philadelphia. Game two of the four-game set is this afternoon.

Birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 89; the singer best known for his song I Can Help, Billy Swan is 75; Rock Hall of Famer Steve Winwood is 69; actor Bruce Boxleitner is 67; singer Billy Squier is also 67; former NBA coach George Karl is 66; actor and director Emilio Estevez is 55; one of those Baldwin boys, actor Stephen Baldwin is 51; the first skateboarder to land a 900, Tony Hawk is 49; and Tootie on The Facts of Life, actress Kim Fields is 48.

Today is Fatigue Syndrome Day -- quite a tiring day. Today recognizes the fact that sometimes life is just too tiring. Perhaps you're tired because you are not getting enough sleep. Perhaps, you're stressed out. Some people experience chronic fatigue from worrying, or due to problems. These are all common causes of persistent fatigue. Whatever the cause, use today to identify it, and to correct it. Today is Limerick Day, it celebrates the birthday of Writer Edward Lear. It also, of course, celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense. This day is a time to enjoy and get your fill of Limericks. A Limerick is a humorous verse or poem. It is five lines longs. It's name come from the city of Limerick, Ireland. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line. The third and fourth lines rhyme. By the way, Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland. It's Military Spouses Day, held on the Friday before Mother's Day. Military Spouses Day is a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military..... the spouses of our soldiers. This day recognizes the contributions made by military spouses to the spirit and well being of soldiers and military communities.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1932, 10 weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Jr., was found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home. In 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) met for the first time in Akron, Ohio. In 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded Satisfaction. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced? In 1977, Hotel California earned a gold record for The Eagles. In 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women. In 2002, former president Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution. In 2008, the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents. In 2015, it was announced that Verizon would be acquiring AOL.

Sorry, American Idol reboot. Another alum is joining Team Voice. NBC has announced Kelly Clarkson is joining The Voice as a coach in Season 14. The news comes just after NBC announced Jennifer Hudson, also an Idol alum, will be a coach on the upcoming Season 13, joining Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The move is a blow to ABC, who earlier this week confirmed plans to revive American Idol. Clarkson was at one point rumored to have been courted to become a judge on the new Idol.

Trivia Answer: George Carlin who was born on this date in 1937. One newspaper called Carlin "the dean of counterculture comedians." From the late 1980s, Carlin's routines focused on sociocultural criticism of American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. Carlin and his "seven dirty words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case FCC v Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. This year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him second (behind Richard Pryor) on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. Carlin died on June 22nd of 2008 in Santa Monica, California, of heart failure at the age of 71.

Thursday 5.11.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1997, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost his first ever multi-game match. Who did he lose to?

Look at that, the Mariners are at .500. Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run double against his old team, Robinson Cano and Danny Valencia homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 yesterday to move their record to 17-and-17. Ruiz earned another standing ovation a day after he returned and was honored with a video tribute that highlighted his career with the Phillies. The former All-Star catcher was 3 for 30 this season before clearing the bases with a liner off the left-field wall in the seventh inning. Seattle swept the two-game interleague series after rallying from a pair of four-run deficits in a 10-9 win Tuesday. Seattle has won four straight and six of seven. It wasn't all good news though. Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. He's now the fourth starter to be sidelined by injury. Up next for the Ms, Chase De Jong gets the start today at Toronto in the opener of a four-game series.

Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 90; minister Louis Farrakhan is 84; from The Animals, singer Eric Burdon is 76; one of the original MTV V-J’s, Martha Quinn is 58; and quarterback Cam Newton is 28.

Today is Eat What You Want Day. People spend so much time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn't eat, give yourself a break and eat what you want today. If you've ever had a root canal you probably appreciated how it fixed your pain … eventually. But you probably didn't appreciate the root canal itself. Today's a day to change that, because it’s Root Canal Appreciation Day. Yes, really. Dr. Chris Kammer, a dentist, created the day back in 2005. You're probably not surprised that a dentist would be behind this. But Dr. Kammer isn't just any dentist. He’s the Rock and Roll Dentist. He's performed with Deep Purple, Kiss, Garbage and others. Today is Twilight Zone Day, a mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day. Research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. In researching this day, there was no logical roots for this day. The TV show first aired on October 1st of 1959. May 11th marks neither the birth nor the death of the shows's creator Rod Serling. It just is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1792, the Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray. In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. In 1947, the creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the BF Goodrich Company. In 1965, The Byrds made their TV debut with Mr. Tambourine Man on NBC's Hullabaloo. In 1981, Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital. He was 36. In 1985, Madonna's single Crazy For You hit #1. In 1990, singer Ritchie Valens received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, almost 33 years after his death. In 1995 - Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26th of 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash. In 2015, Fox announced that American Idol would conclude at the end of its fifteenth season.

Amazon unveiled the $230 Echo Show earlier this week. Like the original Echo, the Echo Show has a voice-controlled assistant named Alexa that will answer your questions, play music, etc.. It also has a 7-inch screen that can play videos, show recipe steps, display song lyrics, act as a digital picture frame, and more. The biggest change is the addition of Alexa Calling, which will allow users to make web-based phone calls -- with video -- from their Echo. The Echo Show starts shipping June 28th.

Donald Trump's tweets aren’t having the impact they once did. According to a new report from digital agency Huge, the number of engagements -- that's replies, retweets, and likes -- per tweet has dropped 66 percent in the three months since he took office. The number of likes per tweet has seen a 72 percent drop.

When legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died he left behind a big legacy of entertainment for fans to remember him by. A 2015 Simon Pegg comedy called Absolutely Anything is Williams' last film. He provides the voice of a dog. Absolutely Anything is finally coming to US theaters later this month.

Trivia Answer: He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player. Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov was a pair of six-game chess matches between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue. The first match was played in Philadelphia in 1996 and was won by Kasparov. The second was played in New York City in 1997 and won by Deep Blue. The 1997 match was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion to a computer under tournament conditions. The 1997 match was the subject of a documentary film, The Man vs. The Machine. Deep Blue's win was seen as very symbolically significant, a sign that artificial intelligence was catching up to human intelligence, and could defeat one of humanity's great intellectual champions. A computer had successfully defeated a human champion, in a domain in which mastery was previously seen as a pinnacle of human intelligence. While there were eventually reasonable arguments that Kasparov could have won over the primitive brute force-based Deep Blue -- Deep Blue mainly relied on brute computational force to evaluate millions of positions -- if Kasparov had played up to his level, more sophisticated chess programs soon decisively outmatched humans, and the Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov match is still cited as the symbolic turning point.

Wednesday 5.10.17
Morning Trivia: He was a football player and television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, Fox, and ESPN. In addition to football, he also announced major golf and tennis events. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television (more than any other announcer), 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens. He also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst. He played in the National Football League from 1952 through 1961. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions. The best playing time in his career was with the New York Giants as a kicker. After retiring as a player, he joined CBS as a color commentator the next year. He worked with Tom Brookshier and then John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox. He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994. Who was he?

Beware the hair. Taylor Motter had the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning, Ben Gamel had four hits and the Seattle Mariners overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Phillies 10-9 on last night in Carlos Ruiz's return to Philadelphia. Gamel went 4 for 5 with a three-run home run, two singles, a double and scored three runs. The right fielder threw out the potential go-ahead run at home in the eighth. Robinson Cano, who left the game with a quadriceps injury, also homered for the Mariners. The teams combined for 27 hits and four errors in a game that spanned 3 hours, 48 minutes. Ruiz, one of the key players in Philadelphia's run to consecutive World Series appearances in 2008-09, got a standing ovation when he pinch hit in the eighth and flied out. Ruiz, a Phillies All-Star, flied out in his first game in Philadelphia since he was traded last season to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed with Seatt le during the offseason. Ruiz was signed by the Phillies as a 16-year-old amateur out of Panama in 1998 and spent 18 years in the organization. Up next, RHP Yovani Gallardo gets the start in finale of the two-game series today.

Birthdays: Singer Donovan is 71; singer-songwriter Dave Mason is also 71; Boomer, sportscaster Chris Berman is 62; from U2, Bono is 57.

And a sad note. On Chris Berman's birthday, we got word this morning that his wife of 33 years, Kathy Berman, was killed in a two-car accident yesterday.

Today is National Bike To School Day. It's Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day. It's Receptionists Day. Today is Trust Your Intuition Day, a day to pay homage to gut feelings and still small voices. Today is Clean Up Your Room Day.

Calendaar notes: On this date in 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US. In 1908, the first Mother's Day observance took place in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1963, Decca Records signed The Rolling Stones. The group had been recommended by Beatle George Harrison. In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded I Shot the Sheriff. Also in 1974, The Who sold out four nights at Madison Square Garden in just eight hours. In 1985, The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. In 1986, actress Heather Locklear and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee were married. In 2001, the Boeing Company announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year stay in Charlotte. In 2005, Seal married model Heidi Klum on a beach in Mexico.

The return of American Idol was confirmed yesterday, and it's coming back on ABC, not Fox. No announcement of a host or judges but since ABC is owned by Disney it should come as no surprise that the location of the first auditions will be Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Trivia Answer: Pat Summerall who was born on this date in 1930. Summerall died on April 16th of 2013 of cardiac arrest at the age of 82.

Tuesday 5.9.17
Morning Trivia: His first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4, of The Wonder Years, in 1988. He has since co-starred in two successful television series: Northern Exposure and Sex and the City. He also played the leading male role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002. He has never been married and has said that he doesn't see himself getting married or having kids but he has been in a long-term relationship with Bo Derek since 2002. Who is he?

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma's left knee is still bruised and full of discomfort -- enough that he'll be bumped from his scheduled start today in Philadelphia. Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Ariel Miranda and Yovani Gallardo are moving up on normal rest to start the two games against the Phillies, today and tomorrow. Iwakuma is now tentatively slated to start Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against the Blue Jays.

Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 81; producer and director James L. Brooks is 77; Murphy Brown, actress Candice Bergen is 71; The Piano Man, multi-Grammy Award winner Billy Joel is 68; Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 67; he's not retired but he's not playing, baseball's -- specifically the Texas Rangers' -- Prince Fielder is 32.

Today is National Teacher's Day -- here on Tuesday of the first full week of May. Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. A day that recognizes your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday. Today is Hurray for Buttons Day. Today is Vast Wasteland Day, the day in 1961 when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow challenged network TV executives to sit through an entire day of their own programming. Minow suggested they would observe a vast wasteland. Today is National Butterscotch Brownie Day. Today is Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day, you are such a rebel.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1944, Jimmy Davis became governor of Louisiana. He wrote and recorded the hit song You Are My Sunshine, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1962, a laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time. In 1984, in Chicago the White Sox beat Milwaukee 7-6 in the 25th inning of history's longest baseball game: 8 hours 6 minutes. The game began the night before but was suspended because then there was a 1:00 am curfew. In 1985, Phil Collins released the single Sussudio. In 2000, a federal appeals court upheld a $5.4 million jury decision that Michael Bolton had plagiarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing. The original song, of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers. In 2000, the owner of a small Dutch tobacco shop won $4.1 million in the lottery by mistake. Having accidentally printed up more tickets than he could sell, he was forced, by law, to buy the remainder himself. One of the extra tickets was a big winner.

A Southwest Airlines pilot surprising his millionth passenger by refunding her ticket. Ever since he started at Southwest Airlines 22 years ago, the pilot has been keeping track of all the passengers he has flown.

Trivia Answer: John Corbett who turns 56 today. He is best-known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995 and Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend, on Sex and the City in 2001 and 2002.

Monday 5.8.17
Morning Trivia: She began her career as a child actress in the late 1960s appearing in numerous commercials and guest starring roles on television. From 1974 to 1984, she starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. As an adult, she continued her career mainly in television films. She also served two terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild -- from 2001 to 2005. Who is she?

Off to a slow start in the power department, Kyle Seager found a perfect time for his first homer of the season at Safeco Field. Seager hit a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied late to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 yesterday. With the win, the Ms clinched the series -- their second consecutive series win at home. An off day for the Ms today. They are in Philadelphia for two starting tomorrow and then move on to Toronto.

Birthdays: From The Captain & Tennille, singer Toni Tennille is 77; singer Gary Glitter is 73; jazz and classical pianist Keith Jarrett is 72; from Earth Wind & Fire, singer Philip Bailey is 66; from Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen is 64; former NFL player and coach now a studio analyst for The NFL Today, Bill Cowher is 60; another former player turned coach, Lovie Smith is 59; from Savage Garden, singer Darren Hayes is 45; singer Enrique Iglesias is 42; and blues rock musician, singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa is 40.

Today is Iris Day, a day that celebrates the late spring bloomers. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day -- which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II on this date in 1945. It's International Red Cross Day. And it's Have A Coke Day. May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day, while July 10th is The Real Thing Day (marking when Coke Classic Debuted). It's No Socks Day, a chance to free your feets from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air. In addition to the liberating feeling of the day it has the advantage that it reduces your laundry load, which is environmentally friendly.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink called Coca-Cola. In 1956, Alfred E. Neuman first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine. His slogan: "What, me worry?" In 1970, The Beatles released the album Let It Be. In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. In 1977, County Commissioners in Parker County voted Buck Naked, Texas, out of existence. They decided that Buck Naked road signs caused too many misunderstandings. Residents had chosen the name as a joke. In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles. In 1985, New Coke was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola. In 1989, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student died from injuries suffered when a soft drink machine fell on him. He had rocked the machine after it took his money but didn’t release a drink. He was the 9th American killed by overturned vending machines in a 3-year period. In 1990, Tom Waits won $2.5 million when a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads.

And just like that, Star-Lord and his band of super buddies are back on top of the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasted into domestic theaters this weekend to kick off the summer box office to the tune of $145 million. There isn't much of note at the box office this weekend apart from Guardians. Fate of the Furious cruised into second with $8.5 million. The Boss Baby took third with $6.2 million. How to be a Latin Lover slid into fourth with $5.3 million. And Disney's other box office animal Beauty and the Beast, rounds out the top five with $5 million. Get used to seeing Guardians 2 on top. The big-budget superhero flick should coast past Warner Bros.' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword next weekend, and possibly the following week as well when it will face the long-awaited reboot Alien: Covenant.

Trivia Answer: Melissa Gilbert who turns 53 today -- half-pint is all growed up. Gilbert has continued with guest starring roles on television and has done voice work for animation such as Batman: The Animated Series. From 2009 to 2010, she appeared as Caroline "Ma" Ingalls in the touring production of Little House on the Prairie, the Musical. In 2012, she was a contestant on season fourteen of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Last year, Gilbert ran for US Congress as a Democrat in Michigan's 8th congressional district. She won the Democratic primary but later dropped out because of health issues. She was married to Bruce Boxleitner from 1995 to 2011. In April of 2013, she married fellow actor Timothy Busfield -- he was Eliot Weston on thirtysomething.

Friday 5.5.17
Morning Trivia: He's a film critic, author, columnist, and television personality. He served in the 1980s as editor at Rolling Stone. He has also made cameos on several films and television series. Prior to Rolling Stone, he had worked for Circus magazine and had been drafted into the United States Army. He is best known for his role at MTV News since the 1980s and for appearing in other MTV-related television specials. Who is he?

Wow! Thunderstorms rocked much of Western Washington yesterday afternoon, sending torrential rains, frequent lightning, hail and in some areas, damaging winds. The hardest hit area appears to be here in Thurston County. Lacey was hammered. In fact, North Thurston cancelled school today. Hundreds of trees were downed around the county. Glad it's over.

The Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels convincingly 11-3 last night. Apparently the force was with them on May the 4th. Up next, a three-game series at Safeco with the Texas Rangers.

Birthdays: Sir Galahad in Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy Grail, comedian and actor Michael Palin is 74; the original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 69; for ten years he was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams is 58; Jennifer on Family Ties, actress Tina Yothers is 44; singer Adele is 29; and troubled singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Chris Brown is 28.

It's Cinco de Mayo. On May 5th of 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican Independence which is celebrated on September 16th. What Cinco de Mayo has come to be, is much more than one battle in the colonial history of Mexico. Rather, it has come to signify Hispanic and Mexican pride and a time to celebrate the rich culture. Today is National Hoagie Day -- a day created to give us a special day to enjoy and celebrate a big, tasty hoagie, sub or hero. Today is Oyster Day -- not to be confused with National Oyster Day which is August 5th. Oyster Day is a pearl of a day. Oysters are a shellfish, or mollusks found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem. In the ocean (or freshwater for some types), oysters sift food from the water around them. In doing so, they sometimes pick up a piece of sand or grit. If that piece of sand or grit gets lodged in the oyster's system, the oyster reacts to the irritant by slowly secreting a substance called nacrearound the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. Do all oysters develop a pearl? No. Did you know Seattle is the world's largest producer of cultivated pearls? It's known as the Oyster Capital of the World.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1891, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. In 1904, pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. In 1925, John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. In 1973, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still standing record. In 1978, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit. In 1984, Chrissi Hynde (Pretenders) and Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) were married. They later divorced. In 1986, it was announced that Cleveland, Ohio, had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built. In 1994, American teenager Michael P. Fay wa caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it. In 2010, mass protests in Greece erupted in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out. It's expected to take the box office this weekend. It's expected to make over $130 million this weekend in North America.

Trivia Answer: Kurt Loder who turns 72 today.

Thursday 5.4.17
Morning Trivia: This actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death. He generally appeared in comedic parts. In the 1970s and 1980s he often co-starred with Burt Reynolds. Together they appeared in the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Who is he?

Jarrod Dyson's two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning pulled Seattle even, Jean Segura followed with a two-run single to take the lead and the Mariners rallied late for an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels last night. Seattle watched an early 4-0 lead evaporate because of shaky relief pitching. But the Mariners came through in the eighth inning scoring all four runs with two outs to snap a three-game losing streak. Game three of the three-game set with the Ms and the Angels is tonight.

Birthdays: Author and political commentator George F. Will is 76; Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 66; from Seattle, singer Oleta Adams is 64; singer and actress Pia Zadora is also 64; singer Randy Travis is 58; actor and comedian Will Arnett is 47; Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 45; sportscaster Erin Andrews is 39; and from NSYNC, singer Lance Bass is 38.

May is International Repect for Chickens Month and today is International Respect for Chickens Day, a day to stick up for chickens. Today is Renewal Day. It's a day of new, and old, beginnings. Things get old and out of sorts. We lose touch with friends, loved ones, and relationships. For whatever reason, we let "it" go. Well, whatever "it" is, today is the day to renew it, rejuvenate it, and bring the spark back into it. It's National Candied Orange Peel Day, a day dedicated to...you guessed it.... candied orange peels. Now, just what the heck is a candied orange peel? And, is it edible? Yes, it's edible. If you are a chef or a baker, then you know just what it is, and how to use it. For the rest of us, we likely have enjoyed it in seasonal baked goods all of our lives, without even knowing we have eaten it. Candied orange peels are a boiled, sliced, sugar added treat. You can eat them by themselves. But most often, they are used in holiday cookies, snacks, and fruitcake. Today is May the 4th, Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you.

Calendar notes: On this date 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood. In 1959, the winners of the first annual Grammy Awards were announced. In 1964, Another World premiered on NBC-TV. In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. In 1975, Moe Howard, the last of the original Three Stooges, died of cancer at age 78. His real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe, with his brothers Curly and Shemp, created the Three Stooges as a vaudeville act. They made 190 short movies. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister. In 1987, Playtex became the first manufacturer to air TV ads featuring live models wearing bras. In 2001, actress Bonnie Lee Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in a car waiting for her actor husband Robert Blake. In April 2002, Blake was charged with the murder, but a jury acquitted him in 2005. In 2012, in Las Vegas, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

Johnny Depp doesn't want the hassle of memorizing his lines. According to his former managers at The Management Group, the actor hires a full-time sound engineer to feed him his lines on the set. He reportedly spent "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to keep the engineer on yearly retainer. The revelation came amid Deep's legal battle against his former managers.

Trivia Answer:Dom DeLuise who died on this date in 2009. DeLuise was probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks' films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Mel Brooks made a statement at the time of his deatth, telling the Los Angeles Times that Dom "created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn’t get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter." DeLuise died at age 75.

Wednesday 5.3.17
Morning Trivia: He was a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and bandleader. The creator of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. He is often referred to as the Godfather of Soul. Who is he?

Albert Pujols' RBI double in the top of the 11th inning scored Mike Trout from first base and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. The Ms and Angels match up again tonight at Safeco.

Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 83; inventor Ron Popeil is 82; sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 71; singer Mary Hopkin is 67; Grammy winner, singer Christopher Cross is 66; and the current bass player REO Speedwagon, Bruce Hall is 64.

One of the less well-known days celebrated is today's Lumpy Rug Day, where we dedicate time to appreciating our rugs. No rug should ever become lumpy or ragged, and so every year people are encouraged to smooth their rugs out and revel in the beauty of a perfectly flat rug. Today is Garden Meditation Day. Today is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to take a risk and step outside your daily routine. Today is Paranormal Day. A day for all those who believe in paranormal activity to share experiences all around the world. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and watch a scary movie. Today is World Press Freedom Day. The day to recognize the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalists have made to attain this freedom.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1654, America's first toll bridge was competed over the Newbury River at Rowley, Massachusetts. The authorizing legislation set the toll at two shillings per cow, ox, or horse, and a half shilling per hog, sheep, or goat. No toll was permitted on people crossing the bridge. In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax in the US. In 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With The Wind. In 1976, Wings kicked off their Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Paul McCartney's first American live show in 10 years. In 1991, the final episode of Dallas aired on CBS. Lasting 13 seasons in prime-time, it was second in longevity only to Gunsmoke. In 1992, five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. In 2003, President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.

Trivia Answer: James Brown who was born on this date in 1933. His career spanned six decades. Brown recorded 16 singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts. He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one. Brown has received honors from many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Joel Whitburn's analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists. He is ranked seventh on the Rolling Stone list of its 100 greatest artists of all time. Rolling Stone has also cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time.

Tuesday 5.2.17
Morning Trivia: This rock vocalist and songwriter is best known for his role as the lead vocalist and co-writer of many of the songs for a particular rock band. He's also had a successful solo career. He the lead vocalist for many top-40 hits including Cold as Ice, Waiting for a Girl Like You, and I Want to Know What Love Is. What's the band and who is the singer?

Even after all the struggles the Seattle Mariners have endured during the first month of the season, general manager Jerry Dipoto is preaching patience. He says, "We are 11-15. It is what it is, but the American League hasn't left us behind. There are a lot of good teams, on paper good teams, that have not played well through the first month of the season." Dipoto's comments came yesterday after the Mariners wrapped up a 4-and-5 road trip that left the club at 11-and-15 as they return home. The Ms start a 6-game homestand tonight as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are at Safeco.

Birthdays: Engelbert Humperdinck is 81; Mick Jagger's ex, Bianca Jagger is 72; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 45; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 42; singer-songwriter Lily Allen is 32; race car driver Kyle Busch is also 32; and the younger child and only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge -- is 2.

Smiley, squishy, faces are perfect reasons to put Baby Day on the map. Today is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. Babies Day is observed on the birth date of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Today is also Brothers and Sisters Day -- a day to cherish your siblings. Sure, there are times when you love your brothers and sisters. And, there are times when you want to disown them. All in all, though, having a brother and/or a sister or two, is invaluable. The older you get, the more you learn to appreciate them.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, not hitting well, Ironman Lou Gehrig approached his manager and said, "I'm benching myself, Joe for the good of the team." That after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again. In 1974, the filming of the movie Jaws began in Martha's Vineyard. In 1975, The Beatles closed down Apple Records. In 1977, Eric Clapton recorded Wonderful Tonight. In 1988, Melissa Etheridge released her self-titled debut album. In 1997, 44-year-old Tony Blair became Britains youngest prime minister in 185 years. In 2007, Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison -- but he was not sure they didn't. The prison housed a number of violent criminals.

Thinking about getting a pet? Did you know that the most expensive household pet to keep isn’t a dog or cat but actually a tortoise? The animals can live for more than 75 years and during that time they could set you back around $36,000.

Trivia Answer: The band is Foreigner and the singer is Lou Gramm who turns 67 today. Gramm began his musical career in his mid-teens, playing in local Rochester bands. Gramm went on to sing and play drums, and to eventually become front man for the band Black Sheep. Black Sheep had the distinction of being the first American band signed to the Chrysalis label. They were the opening act for KISS when an icy accident with their equipment truck on the New York State Thruway suddenly ended the band's tour on Christmas Eve of 1975. Unable to support its albums with live performances, Black Sheep came prematurely to a screeching halt. A year earlier, Lou Gramm had the opportunity to meet his future bandmate Mick Jones. Jones was in Rochester performing with the band Spooky Tooth, and Gramm had given Jones a copy of Black Sheep's first album. It was early in 1976, not long after Black Sheep's truck accident, when Jones, in search of a lead vocalist for a new band he was assembling, expressed his interest in Gramm and invited him in a phone call to audition for the job of lead singer. With the blessings of his Black Sheep bandmates, Gramm flew down to New York to audition for the still-unnamed band. With his powerful vocals, he easily got the job. The band was initially known as Trigger, and was later renamed Foreigner. Gramm became one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s and 1980s.

Monday 5.1.17
Morning Trivia: This animated television series was created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. The series chronicles the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series' popularity has made it the highest rated series to ever air on Nickelodeon, and the most distributed property of MTV Networks. As of 2015, the media franchise has generated $12 billion in merchandising revenue for Nickelodeon. What is the series?

The Cleveland Indians scored eight times in the third inning and went on to 12-4 victory over the weary Seattle Mariners yesterday. Seattle was playing the final game of an 11-day road trip. An off day for Seattle today. Tomorrow, James Paxton faces the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Safe.

Marshawn Lynch may be leaving the Northwest, but not before thanking Seahawks fans and owner Paul Allen with a full page ad in the Seattle Times. Lynch joined the Oakland Raiders earlier this week after retiring from the Seahawks in 2016.

Birthdays: Singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle 78 years ago today; singer Rita Coolidge is 72; Paul Sr. from American Chopper is 68; songwriter, lyricist, and record producer best known for his work on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, Glen Ballard is 64; singer and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. is 63; Faith Hill's husband, singer Tim McGraw is 50; and Christian Grey in the film Fifty Shades of Grey, actor Jamie Dornan is 35.

Today is May Day, originally a festival in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, May Day has traditionally been a time to gather flowers and welcome warm weather. In the late 1800s, May Day also became a day to honor workers. Today is Labor day in 140 countries. The US, Canada, and Bermuda are the only countries that observe Labor Day in September. The Bahamas celebrates in June. Today is School Principals' Day. Today is also Law Day, and New Home Owners Day. It's Save a Rhino Day, and it’s also Mother Goose Day. The day was created only recently -- in 1987 -- as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories. It's International Tuba Day -- recognizing musicians around the world who struggle with the weight and size of their big instrument.

May birthstone: the emerald. May's flower: lily of the valley. May is National Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, Arthritis Month, Family Wellness Month, Heal the Children Month, Get Caught Reading Month, National Mental Health Month, National Hamburger Month, Egg Month, Moving Month, Motorcycle Safety Month, Womens Health Care Month, Victorious Woman Month, Older Americans Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Vinegar Month, Salad Month, Salsa Month, and Smile Month.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Bayer company of Germany introduced aspirin in powdered form. In 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. In 1941, Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles, premiered in New York. In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, daughter of a US Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973. In 1972, The Eagles' Take It Easy was released. It was their first single. In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitched his seventh career no-hitter, striking out 18 and breaking his own record. In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm. King asked, "Can we all get along?" In 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks was killed by United States special forces in Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2nd.

It's become a familiar story -- The Fate of the Furious is, once again, the box office champ. The massively popular eighth episode in the Fast and Furious franchise earned another $19.4 million this weekend placing it securely in first place. After winning the domestic box office for three straight weeks, the movie's US total stands at $192.7 million. Not only that, Fate's global total officially crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the 21st highest grossing movie of all time. But while Fate's victory seemed inevitable, the rest of the weekend's top five reaped intrigue. How to be a Latin Lover slid into second over Tom Hanks and Emma Watson's not-so-distant future tech-thriller The Circle which placed fourth. Despite screening in only 420 locations, the South Indian epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion landed in third for the weekend. In its fifth weekend, Boss Baby held onto the fifth position. Next weekend marks the first summer frame, and should see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post huge numbers.

Trivia Answer: SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob SquarePants which premiered on Nickelodeon on this date after the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards.