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Friday 7.21.17
Morning Trivia: She was the first woman to serve as Attorney General in US history. Who was she?

Felix Hernandez pitched like a king but it wasn't enough. He made one mistake and Brett Gardner hit it out of the yard. For the Yankees, Luis Severino pitched around trouble to throw seven shutout innings. New York beat Seattle 4-1 last night. Severino was overpowering when he needed to be, striking out six and getting his fastball to flash triple-digits on the stadium scoreboard even in the seventh inning. The Ms and Yankees meet again tonight at Safeco.

Birthdays: The man that submitted the Starr Report to Congress with the intention of having President Bill Clinton impeached, lawyer Ken Starr is 71; the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam is 69; Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is also 69; the guy that put Puttin' on the Ritz on the Top 40, Taco is 62; comedian Jon Lovitz is 60; the frontman for Tonic, singer Emerson Hart is 48; and baseball's C.C. Sabathia -- the starter for New York in tonight's Mariners' game-- is 37.

The lead singer for Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, was found dead yesterday of apparent suicide a week before his band was due to embark on a US tour. The 41-year-old Bennington was known for his powerful, belting vocals. He died at his home near Los Angeles. A spokesman said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide, and celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung himself while alone at the house when his family was out of town. Bennington had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. He spoke openly in the past about his struggles to overcome his demons when Linkin Park first found fame in 2000.

Today is National Junk Food Day, an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1873, at Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West. In 1925, in the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100. In 1979, Robert Palmer's Bad Case Of Loving You was released. In 1983, the world's lowest temperature in an inhabited location was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -128.6 °F. In 1987, Guns 'n Roses released their debut album Appetite For Destruction. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the fastest-selling novel ever, was published. It sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release. In 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the last flight of NASA's space shuttle program.

Ryan Seacrest confirmed yesterday that he is returning as host of American Idol, the most popular music reality show in US television history, when it comes back to the screen on ABC TV in 2018. After much anticipation and speculation, Seacrest, who served as host of the talent competition show during its initial 15-season run that ended in April of 2016, confirmed the news on Live with Kelly and Ryan yesterday morning. The show, which was canceled by Fox Television last year, was once a ratings powerhouse, watched by more than 30 million viewers at its peak in 2005-2007. The glitzy talent show that launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and others -- spiced with celebrity judges who alternately feuded and fawned -- eventually fell victim to declining ratings.

The great thing about having no friends is the money you save in a year. A new survey reports that 19% of us say we'll spend $500 or more on gifts for their friends throughout the year.

Trivia Answer: Janet Reno who was born on this date in 1938. She served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in February of 1993. Reno never married and had no children. Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1995, from which she died on November 7th last year.

Thursday 7.20.17
Morning Trivia: In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title early. In fact, it was on this date in 1984 that officials of the Miss America pageant asked her to quit. Who is she?

James Paxton had another strong start against the Houston Astros and Ben Gamel powered the offense with a two-run homer to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-1 win over the Astros yesterday. Paxton allowed six hits and one run in seven innings, after not allowing a run in his previous two starts against Houston this season. It's the fourth straight win for Paxton, who struck out seven. Houston starter Charlie Morton retired the first nine batters and the Astros led 1-0 before Jean Segura led off the fourth with a single. Gamel's first homer since June 23rd came next to put Seattle up 2-1. Robinson Cano and Mike Zunino each drove in a run for the Mariners, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Up next, Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Yankees tonight at 7:10. It's an extended homestand for the Mariners, after the four with the Yankees, there are three with the Boston Red Sox, and then three with the New York Mets.

Birthdays: Emma Peel on The Avengers, actress Diana Rigg is 79; she of Bette Davis Eyes fame, singer Kim Carnes is 72; Moody Blues bassist John Lodge is also 72; 10-time Grammy winner, Carlos Santana is 70; Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is 51; basketball's Ray Allen is 42; Gisele Bündchen -- Mrs. Tom Brady -- is 37.

Today is Moon Day, marking man’s first landing on the moon on this date in 1969. Apollo 11 successfully made the first human-crewed landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. The first moonwalk followed almost 7 hours later. Apollo 11 was crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. Today is Special Olympics Day, the anniversary of the first Special Olympics, held in Chicago at Soldier Field in 1968. Today is Lollipop Day -- our chance to celebrate and enjoy the creation of Lollipops. Today is Ugly Truck Day -- beyond a doubt, a "guy thing". Every guy can appreciate the importance of this day. Not to be left out, a fair number of the ladies appreciate their ugly trucks, too. Ugly trucks are loved and cherished by their owners.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1974, a Dallas narcotics suspect surrendered after police had served a warrant at his "incredibly filthy" apartment two days earlier while he wasn’t home. Officers made his bed, washed his dishes, vacuumed, tossed out all the beer cans and trash, and left fresh flowers on his coffee table with a note saying they'd taken his drugs. In 1975, Steve Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. In 1994, OJ Simpson offered a $500,000 reward for the capture of his wife's "real" killer. In 2003, a prison guard in Betim, Brazil. went to a bar close to his jail and bumped into three inmates who had sneaked out for a drink. The owner said they were regulars who often popped in. The men said they weren't running away, they were only having a beer. The prisoners were returned to jail and an investigation was launched into security.

Good news people with broken hearts: stalking of your ex on Facebook is totally normal. A study reveals that 88 percent of spurned lovers track their exes on Facebook, and 31 percent of respondents have changed their profile picture in an attempt to make their exes jealous. other results:

  • 74 percent of respondents said they had looked up an ex’s new partner
  • 70 percent said they used their friends’ Facebook accounts to lookup their exes
  • 52 percent of people unfriended their exes following the break-up
  • Trivia Answer: Vanessa Williams. A mentioned, she initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America. However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. Amid growing media controversy and scrutiny, Williams resigned as Miss America under pressure from the Miss America Organization, and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. She rebounded quite nicely by launching a career as an entertainer, and earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. Today she's a model, singer, songwriter and actress.

    Wednesday 7.19.17
    Morning Trivia: This was originally invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as a textured wallpaper. When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation. What do we know the product as?

    Evan Gattis homered twice to back up a solid start by Brad Peacock and help the Houston Astros to a 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Gattis hit solo shots in the second and sixth innings off Sam Gaviglio for the eighth multi-homer game of his career. Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for the AL West-leading Astros, and Marwin Gonzalez added a hit in his first game at shortstop since All-Star Carlos Correa was placed on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament on Tuesday. Gaviglio allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma yesterday. Up next, James Paxton starts the series finale for Seattle today -- a day game.

    Birthdays: Singer Vikki Carr is 76; Commander Cody -- as in Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen -- is 73; a former world No. 1 professional tennis player, Ilie Nastase is 71; he was with The Eagles, guitarist Bernie Leadon is 70; and Queen guitarist Brian May is also 70.

    Today is Deadly Mist Day, the day the deadly mist began rolling across the lake in Stephen King’s novel, The Mist. Today is Lord of the Rings Day. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in 1954. It's the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. The weather is hot and sultry.  It's time for a cold and refreshing drink. Enjoying a daiquiri on National Daiquiri Day today is the perfect solution.  Today is Stick Your Tongue Out Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1982, the US Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level during the previous year. In 1985, Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members died when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. Also in 1985, George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall. In 1993, the Department of Defense announced its "Don't ask, Don't tell, Don't pursue" policy toward homosexuals in the military. In 2005, US Appeals Court Judge John Roberts was nominated by President George Bush to the Supreme Court, replacing the resigned Sandra Day O'Connor.

    This is kinda scarry. The latest research shows that lying becomes easier with each lie because the brain physically adapts to lying.

    Trivia Answer: Bubble Wrap -- originally known as Air Cap. Bubble Wrap is a trademarked brand of Sealed Air Corporation that includes numerous cushioning products made from bubble wrap. Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered. As a packaging material, Bubble Wrap's first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment. Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993. There are over 250 Facebook pages dedicated to Bubble Wrap.

    Tuesday 7.18.17
    Morning Trivia: He was a Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. However, he's probably best known as the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. Who was he?

    Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 9-7 win over the Houston Astros last night. The wild back and forth game was tied at 7-7 entering the 10th. Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz also homered for the Mariners as they tied a season high with four homers to win their fifth straight game. Yovani Gallardo allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a scoreless 10th for his 17th save. The Mariners and Astros match up again tonight in Houston.

    Birthdays: Former figure skater and skating television analyst, Dick Button is 88; singer Dion DiMucci is 78; Barbra Streisand's husband, actor James Brolin is 77; MLB executive and former player and manager, Joe Torre is also 77; from Martha & The Vandellas, singer Martha Reeves is 76; businessman Richard Branson is 67; actress Elizabeth McGovern is 56; actor Vin Diesel is 50; retired baseball player Torii Hunter is 42; former NFL receiver Deion Branch is 38; and actress Kristen Bell is 37.

    The National Baby Food Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through the weekend in Fremont, Michigan (population 4,400) the hometown of Gerber Products. Adults face off in the baby food eating contest, and tots crawl in races. Today is Wienermobile Day, honoring the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on its birthday. Oscar’s nephew Carl Mayer invented the Wienermobile in Chicago in 1936. And something fishy is going on here. It's National Caviar Day. Caviar is salted fish eggs. It is considered a delicacy.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo "no stress whatsoever," they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine. In 1992, Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown in New Jersey. in 1997, the owner of the mayor of Guffey, Colorado, said the mayor was totally unaffected by her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Bruce Buffington said Guffey elected his golden retriever Shanda after Whiffey the cat left town. Two other cats, Smidge and Paisley, also had been mayor. Guffey’s 35 residents prefer pets to politicians. In 2001, near Toronto, a teenage girl crashed into six cars and injured one person as she attempted to park after almost successfully completing her driver's test. The girl panicked while trying to park and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car first struck four other cars, then spun around and hit two more cars, injuring the leg of a woman standing between two of the cars.

    Lots of talk the past few years about driverless or self-driving cars. In fact, I saw a meme the other day that said it keeps up, there'll soon be a country song about how "my track left me, too." Meanwhile, Boeing is now looking ahead to a time where jetliners fly without pilots. The company says it will test some of the technology next year.

    Trivia Answer: John Glenn who was born on this date in 1921. He passed away this past December. Before joining NASA, Glenn was a distinguished fighter pilot in World War II and Korea with six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen Air Medals. He was one of the Mercury Seven, military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA as the United States' first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission; the first American to orbit the Earth, he was the fifth person in space. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990, and was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven. A member of the Democratic Party, Glenn first won election to the Senate in 1974 and served for 24 years until January of 1999. In 1998, still a sitting senator, Glenn was the oldest person to fly in space as a crew member of the Discovery space shuttle and the only person to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Glenn died on December 8th of 2016. He was 95 years old. No cause of death was disclosed.

    Monday 7.17.17
    Morning Trivia: He's an actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles in the popular 1980s US series Knight Rider and as a lifeguard in the series Baywatch. Who is he?

    Nelson Cruz homered in the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 yesterday to conclude a three-game sweep. Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager also homered for the Mariners, who are one game below .500 and trying to stay in the AL wild-card race. Seattle overcame an early 5-0 deficit and won its fourth in a row. Cruz connected off Chris Beck for his 19th home run of the season. On Saturday night, he hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning. Up next, Seattle heads to Houston for three games with the AL West-leading Astros. Game one is tonight.

    Capital Lakefair wrapped up this weekend. The STP Bicycle Classic was Saturday and Sunday. And there was a lot more going on. It was another one of those weekends that make you look forward to Monday back at work so you can finally catch your breath.

    Birthdays: Actor Donald Sutherland is 82; actress and singer Diahann Carroll is also 82; guitarist from The Spencer Davis Group, the man himself, Spencer Davis is 78; the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles is 70; Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is 68; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 63.

    Martin Landau, a star of the 1960s television series Mission: Impossible who made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood, died on Saturday. Interesting note: Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn't play -- the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down. Saying in a 2001 interview, "A character without emotions would have driven me crazy; I would have had to be lobotomized," Instead, he chose Mission: Impossible, and Leonard Nimoy went on to everlasting fame as Spock. Ironically, Nimoy replaced Landau on Mission: Impossible. Martin Landau was 89.

    Today is Disneyland Day. America's first theme park, The Happiest Place on Earth, opened on this date in 1955 at Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park's first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan. Today is Wrong Way Corrigan Day, marking that embarrassing day in 1938, when Doug Corrigan left Brooklyn on a flight to Los Angeles and landed 28 hours later in Dublin, Ireland. The inexperienced pilot claimed he had a compass but mistakenly followed the wrong end of the needle. Today is Wear Crazy Socks to Work Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Yankee Joe DiMaggio went 0-3 in Cleveland, ending his record 56-game hitting streak. In 1968, The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine had its premiere at the London Pavilion. In 1982, 52-year-old Don Bennett of Seattle became the first one-legged mountain climber to hop to the top of 14,408-foot Mount Rainier on crutches. Before losing a leg in a boating accident, he had climbed the mountain 12 years earlier with two legs. In 1986, Run DMC released their single Walk This Way. In 1995, Forbes magazine listed Microsoft CEO Bill Gates as the world's richest person. Net worth: $12.9 billion. In 1997, Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain lasted 117 years. In 1999, a suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so bad he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.

    War for the Planet of the Apes is officially the box office champ, during a weekend that demands a close look. The latest Apes movie is coming in on the low end of expectations with $56.5 million. It was pegged at $60 million-$65 million earlier in the week, but is ending up about the same as 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. One way War for the Planet of the Apes stands out from other big-budget studio films is its rave reviews -- it currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Spider Man: Homecoming, meanwhile, is landing in the second slot for the weekend. Despicable Me 3 is showing in third place for the weekend. Baby Driver stays in the conversation with a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five is the indie darling The Big Sick. The movie expanded to wide release during its fourth weekend in theaters, and should earn $7.6 million. The weekend's other major release apart from Apes is the horror flick Wish Upon. The movie is entering the box office with a whisper, at about $5.6 million.

    Trivia Answer: David Michael Hasselhoff who is 65 today. He set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV. He first gained recognition on The Young and The Restless, playing Dr. Snapper Foster. His career continued with his leading role as Michael Knight on Knight Rider and as LA County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Hasselhoff produced Baywatch from the 1990s until 2001 when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. On screen, he appeared in films including Click, Dodgeball, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and Hop. In 2000, he made his Broadway debut in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Following his debut, he starred in other musicals including Chicago and The Producers.

    Friday 7.14.17
    Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 2003 that the United States Government admitted to the existence of Area 51. What and where is Area 51?

    Trying to define who the Seattle Mariners are heading into the second half of the season is going to be a challenge that leaves the club in a difficult spot. The team only has a short time in July to decide how to move forward for the final two months. Are they in position to be wild card contenders in the American League? Or would they be better served by punting on an injury-filled season and building for the future prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline? With the Mariners four games back in the wild card standings following the All-Star break, general manager Jerry Dipoto says, "We are playing in a league of 15 teams, I believe 12 are within five-ish games of a playoff spot. We're one of them and we have as much talent as anybody else on that board." Seattle's schedule makes the first two weeks after the All-Star break critical in determining where the Mariners go. After a six-game road trip -- three in Chicago with the White Sox starting tonight and then three in Houston with the Astros -- the Mariners return home for 10 games against both New York teams and Boston. If facing the top two teams in the AL East isn't difficult enough, it's just the precursor to an awful August where Seattle plays just seven games at home and has road trips of nine and 12 games.

    Birthdays: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 91; former football player Rosie Grier is 85; the former husband of Mariah Carey, record executive Tommy Mottola is 68; actress Jane Lynch is 57; he was Jack on Lost, actor Matthew Fox is 51; the lead singer for the group Bastille, Dan Smith is 31; the lead singer for the group Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds is 30; and Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor is 29.

    Today is Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates modern France and French democracy. Bastille Day is a French holiday. But, you can celebrate it, too. Today is Pandemonium Day is a day of sheer bedlam, and utter chaos. If ever there was a wild and whacky, unorganized day, today it that day. Everyone has a day like this once in while. Its a day when all sort of unexpected things occur. Its a time when everything is happening at the same time, and at a very fast pace. Celebrate and embrace Pandemonium Day. Don't let today, or any other day shake you up. If Pandemonium prevails, just go with the flow in a calm, cool manner. Sanity will return soon enough ... we hope. Today is National Nude Day, a way to keep cool on a hot , sticky summer day. So, take it off ... take it all off. National Nude Day is a serious event. There are a sizable number of nudist groups around the world. Nudists believe that the body is a beautiful thing, and meant to be displayed. Nudist colonies, nude beaches, and other venues exist to cater to the preferences of individuals who seek to walk around "au natural".

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1853, it was opening of the first major US world's fair, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York City. In 1881, Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner. In 1946, Dr Benjamin Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was first published. In 1967, The Who began their first full-scale US tour. They were the opening act for Herman's Hermits. In 1969, the United States' $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were officially withdrawn from circulation. In 2003, in an effort to discredit US Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 10 million apps downloaded. A year later, on this date in 2009, the iTunes Store reached 1.5 billion apps downloaded. In 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became the first space mission to explore Pluto.

    On TV, it's the season premiere of Game of Thrones. The seventh season finally begins, with winter descending on Westeros. While those in power struggle for control of the Iron Throne, a dark force is building beyond The Wall. It's on HBO Sunday night.

    New in theaters this weekend, War for the Planet of the Apes rated PG-13. Also this weekend, the R-rated The Big Sick, and the PG-13 rated Wish Upon.

    Trivia Answer: Area 51 is a name used in official CIA documents (at least since 1967) for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada, 83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake -- which isn't really a lake but rather a dry salt flat -- is a large secretive military airfield. The base does not appear on public US government maps; the USGS topographic map for the area only shows the long-disused Groom Mine. A civil aviation chart published by the Nevada Department of Transportation shows a large restricted area. The official aeronautical navigation charts for the area show Groom Lake but omit the airport facilities. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object folklore. UFOers are sure it is used to hide aliens from us. The state of Nevada recently designated a barren 98-mile stretch of Route 375, which runs near Area 51, as the Extraterrestrial Highway. The base's primary stated purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. Skeptics don't doubt that something secret is going on in Area 51. And what is going on may be more sinister than building secret aircraft or developing new weapons. "Sixty Minutes" did a segment where Leslie Stahl suggested that Area 51 might be an illegal dumping ground for toxic substances. If so, Area 51 might turn out to be hazardous to your health in more ways than one. Several former workers at Area 51 and widows of former workers have filed lawsuits against the government for injuries or death resulting from illegal hazardous waste practices. So far the government has been protected from such suits because of "national security." The area is still off-limits both to civilians and normal military air traffic.

    Thursday 7.13.17
    Morning Trivia: The first MLB All-Star Game was held on July 6th of 1933 as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, at Comiskey Park. Initially intended to be a one-time event, its great success resulted in making the game an annual one. It was on this date in 1982 that the MLB All-Star Game was played outside of the United States for the first time. Where was it played?

    The final from Cheney Stadium last night, the Pacific Coast League 6 and the International League 4. The PCL takes the victory in 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game. The International League's four-game winning streak is snapped.

    The Mariners kick off the second half of their season on the road. They're in Chicago to meet the White Sox tomorrow night through Sunday, then they move on to Texas to take on the Houston Astros.

    Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 77; Han Solo and Indiana Jones, actor Harrison Ford, is 75; frontman for the Byrds, Roger McGuinn is also 75; cube creator Erno Rubik is 73; the Cheech of Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is 71; Frenchy in Grease, actress Didi Conn is 66; director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, author, and actor, Cameron Crowe is 60; the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Tom Kenny is 55; retired basketball player Spud Webb, one of the shortest players in NBA history -- NBA.com lists him at 5 feet 7 inches -- is 54; and one of the best in the game, he took the picture for Nelson Cruz at the All Star game, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 35.

    Today is Bottled Beer Day. On this date in 1568, the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London perfected a way to bottle beer. Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, In an age of social media, mobile technology, and gaming consoles, it's impossible to avoid being just a little bit geeky. Don't fight it; jump head first into Embrace Your Geekness Day and show the world how intelligent, technically savvy, and clever you really are. Today is National French Fries Day. Despite being called french fries, no one is really sure if the fry is, in fact, from France. Some food historians say World War I soldiers discovered them in Belgium, but because the Belgians were speaking French, assumed the fried potato was a french fry. Other food historians claim that french fries should really be called Spanish fries or South American fries because the side dish had been seen in those regions as well. Today is Gruntled Workers Day, a day to appreciate workers who are happy in their jobs.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II. In 1990, the movie Ghost premiered in the US. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. In 1991, Timothy Badyana set a Guinness World Record by running 10 kilometers in 45 minutes 37 seconds in Dayton, Ohio. He ran backwards. In 1993, to keep witnesses from describing his clothing, a 19-year-old man stripped naked to rob a Los Angeles bank and ran out with two shopping bags filled with cash. Nearby sheriff’s deputies, noticing a naked man running down the street with two bags full of money, arrested him immediately.

    The head of sports marketing for PepsiCo cleared up a rumor that Britney Spears, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, might be returning to football's biggest stage in 2018. Pepsi sponsors the halftime show and executive Justin Toman said, "I can tell you it's not Britney [Spears]. We'll reveal in due time," adding that performer "rumors always start around this time."

    Then there's the 53-year-old Florida man called 911 six times. He allegedly asked police to harass him so he could sue them for harassment. Instead the officers who responded arrested him for abuse of 911.

    Trivia Answer: It was at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Expos were the host team. The National League won 4-1. In 1991, MLB did it again. This time the game was at Skydome in Toronto. The American League won 4-2.

    Wednesday 7.12.17
    Morning Trivia: Today is Family Feud Day, marking the debut of the TV game show on this day in 1976. Who was the original host?

    Now that the All-Star Game doesn't matter, the trendy thing will be what fun things players will do during the contest. Seattle Mariner slugger Nelson Cruz wins honors this year for walking to the plate, pulling a cell phone out of his back pocket, handing the phone to National League catcher Yadier Molina and posing for a photo with plate umpire Joe West. Cruz's picture with West didn't help him in the at-bat, as the American League All-Star flew out to center field. But after taking a turn as a paparazzo, Molina popped a ball over the fence during his own at-bat, delivering a solo home run in the bottom half of the sixth to even the game at 1-1. Ultimately though, it was Cruz's AL squad that won last night's All-Star Game 2-1 in 10 innings. Cruz's Mariner teammate and future Hall of Fame second baseman Robinson Cano came through. The Mariners star rocketed a lead-off home run in the 10th giving the AL that 2-1 lead, and earning the MVP award for Robbie.

    The Triple-A All-Star game is coming up tonight at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Gates open at 4 this afternoon. First pitch is at 6:08.

    Birthdays: Bill Cosby -- he of the legal woes -- is 80; former Major League Baseball player and former Seattle Mariner broadcaster Ron Fairly is 79; from Fleetwood Mac, singer Christine McVie is 74; former Seattle SuperSonic Paul Silas is 74; fitness guru Richard Simmons is 69; singer Walter Egan is also 69; actor Jay Thomas is also 69; Kris Munroe on Charlie’s Angels, actress Cheryl Ladd is 66; Hope on thirtysomething, actress Mel Harris is 61; Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy is 55; Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson is 52; and Olympic gold medalist, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 46.

    Today is Different Colored Eyes Day, a day that has two reasons to celebrate. First of all, it celebrates diversity of eye color. Wouldn't the world be boring, if everyone had the same color of eyes? Secondly, it recognizes an eye condition called Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. One eye may be brown, while the other is blue. Famous people who had or have Heterochromia include David Bowie, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken. Today is National Pecan Pie Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the US. In 1942, the owner of the Green Parrot bar in New York City, Max Geller, was murdered. The crime was solved because the victim's pet parrot kept repeating the killer's name. The parrot even testified in court. In 1960, manufacturing began for the Etch-A-Sketch. In 1979, a near-riot erupted between games of a doubleheader at Chicago’s Comisky Park when deejay Steve Dahl proceeded to burn records brought by fans for a disco bonfire. Unfortunately, some fans started building their own fires. The White Socks had to forfeit the second game. In 1982, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening. In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose US Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. In 1996, Minnesota favorite Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball because a retina problem was causing him to lose his eyesight. In 2004, Apple Computers announced it had sold 100-million songs via its iTunes Music Store, just 15 months after opening.

    The 25th ESPYS are on TV tonight. Outstanding athletes are honored at this awards ceremony. NFL great Peyton Manning hosts, and Jon Stewart presents US Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for Service. It's on ABC tonight.

    There's a new survey out and you know I loves me some surveys. This one asked workers what frustrates them most about co-workers. It turns out that it's not stuff like personal hygiene, loud talking, or dumb jokes. Over half of us are frustrated by coworkers who don't pull their weight, leaving others to pick up the slack.

    Trivia Answer: The ABC and first syndicated versions of Family Feud were hosted by Richard Dawson. As writer David Marc put it, Dawson's on-air personality "fell somewhere between the brainless sincerity of Wink Martindale and the raunchy cynicism of Chuck Barris". Much of Family Feud's popularity was due to Dawson's "glib familiarity" (he had previously played Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes) and "ready wit". When Feud returned to syndication in 1999, it was initially hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn was selected to take over for Anderson when season four premiered in 2002, and when season eight premiered in 2006, Karn was replaced by John O'Hurley. In 2010, comedian Steve Harvey was named the new host for season twelve and is still hosting today. Richard Dawson died from complications of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles in June of 2012 at the age of 79.

    Tuesday 7.11.17
    Morning Trivia: He was a writer. He was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide, The Elements of Style. He also wrote books for children, including Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. Charlotte's Web, in fact, was voted the top children's novel in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, and not for the first time. Who is he?

    It's MLB All-Star Game time. The game is at Marlins Park in Miami tonight at 5:00. Fox has the coverage. For the diehard baseball fan, the sheer amount of talent collected on the field is impressive, and the players do tend to take the game somewhat seriously -- unlike the players in some other sports. The risk of injury is relatively low, and no ball player wants to be shown up on a national stage. Oh, and there's $20,000 to play for. That's the prize that goes to members of the winning team. The losers get nothing.

    Meannwhile, tomorrow night, it's the Triple-A All-Star game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Gates open at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon for fans who want to get to Cheney well in advance of the first pitch at 6:08.

    Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 86; designer Giorgio Armani is 83; ventriloquist Jay Johnson is 68; Pointer Sister Bonnie Pointer is 67; oxer Leon Spinks is 64; actress Sela Ward is 61; former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is 58; singer Suzanne Vega is also 58; singer and rapper Lil' Kim is 43; the Octomom, Nadya Suleman is 42 (she has a total of 14 children); and singer/songwriter Alessia Cara is 21.

    Today is Cheer Up the Lonely Day -- an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you've done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself. Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Today is Advice-to-the-Lovelorn Day. In 1896, the first advice-to-the-lovelorn column was published in New Orleans. Known as the Mother Confessor to Millions, Dorothy Dix's column ran in 300 newspapers for 55 years. Her real name was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Today is International Town Criers Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox at an annual rookie salary of $2,900. Six years later he signed with the Yankees for $125,000. In 1969, The Rolling Stones released Honky Tonk Women and David Bowie released his album Space Oddity. In 1971, the US Department of Agriculture was allocated $19,520 to determine if a woman's place was in the home. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac released Fleetwood Mac, their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters, fanning Danny Heep of the New York Mets. In 1987, Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the LA Raiders for 5 years. He also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. In 1994, Shawn Eckardt was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to 18 months in prison for his role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. In 2004, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, The Corrs and Lionel Richie all played the Prince's Trust concert held in London’s Hyde Park. In 2005, Victor Edward Willis, better known as the original cop with The Village People, was arrested in California after police allegedly found a gun and drugs in his car. In 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G.

    7-Eleven is celebrating 7-Eleven Day today -- 7/11. You can join in the celebration by enjoying your free small Slurpee until 7:00 tonight. Over a dozen flavors include watermelon lime, Pepsi fire, and cotton candy. The Slurpee, then called an Icee, was launched in 1965.

    Trivia Answer: Elwyn Brooks White -- E. B. White -- who was born on this date in 1899. It was in the late 1930s that White turned his hand to children's fiction on behalf of a niece, Janice Hart White. His first children's book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web appeared in 1952. White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians in 1970, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature." In 1978, White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his work as a whole. White died on October 1st of 1985 with Alzheimer's disease at his farm home in North Brooklin, Maine.

    Monday 7.10.17
    Morning Trivia: He was an actor. known for his roles as literary Detective Ron Harris in the sitcom Barney Miller from 1975 through 1982, and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the 2002 science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity. Who was he?

    The Mariners closed their pre-break schedule yesterday by getting six vintage innings from Felix Hernandez in a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and became the seventh different player in Mariners history to reach 70 RBIs prior to the All-Star break. The Mariners salvaged a split in their four-game series against last-place Oakland and won for just the fourth time in 14 games. The victory sent the Mariners into the break at 43-47 with 70 games remaining. The Mariners have a four-game break for the All-Star Game before resuming their season Friday with the start of a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano departed after the victory to join the American League team for the All-Star Game tomorrow.

    We have indeed reached Major League Baseball's All-Star week. The days filled with exhibitions and celebrations of the game's greatest players and, of course, the All-Star Game itself. It's at Marlins Park in Miami tomorrow night at 5:00 Fox has the coverage. For the diehard baseball fan, the All-Star Game is typically the biggest attraction of the week. The sheer amount of talent collected on the field is impressive, and the players do tend to take the game somewhat seriously -- unlike the players in some other sports. The risk of injury is relatively low, and no ball player wants to be shown up on a national stage. Oh, and there's $20,000 to play for. That's the prize that goes to members of the winning team. The losers get nothing.

    Meanwhile, if you're a baseball fan who wants to get a glimpse of the future of the sport, Tacoma is the place to be. It's Triple-A All-Star game week. In between the home run derby today and the All-Star game Wednesday, the Pacific Coast and International League squads work out at Cheney Stadium tomorrow afternoon. For the All-Star game itself, gates open at 4 Wednesday afternoon for fans who want to get to Cheney well in advance of the 6:00 first pitch.

    Birthdays: He was Portrayed by Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull, boxer Jake LaMotta is 96; from The Staple Singers, singer Mavis Staples is 78; Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller was born in Tacoma and he’s 74; singer Arlo Guthrie is 70; singer-songwriter Greg Kihn is 68; from The Pet Shop Boys, singer Neil Tennant is 63; actress and model Sofia Vergara is 45; Elijah Blue Allman -- Greg Allman and Cher's son -- is 41; and singer Jessica Simpson is 37.

    Today is Don't Step On A Bee Day, pretty much a good idea any day. Today is Disney Animation Appreciation Day, a time to remember all your favorite Disney movies, like possibly The Fox and The Hound, released on this date in 1981. Four years in the making, this Disney production required 360,000 drawings. And, it's Teddy Bear Picnic Day. It's suggested you spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded in the US was recorded. It was 134 degrees in Death Valley, California. In 1964, the album A Hard Day's Night by the Beatles was released. In 1965, The Rolling Stones had their first number one single with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. In 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman, a mere ten days after they were married. A year to the day later, she gave birth to Allman’s child, Elijah. In 1984, Huey Lewis & the News sang the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco. In that game, Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden of the New York Mets, became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. He was 19 years, 7 months, and 24 days old. In 1985, Coca-Cola resumed selling the old formula of Coke, it was renamed Coca-Cola Classic. It was also announced that they would continue to sell New Coke. In 1989, The Monkees received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, Millie Bush, America's First Dog, became a millionaire as royalties from her book about a dog's life in the White House reached $1.1-million. Millie gave the money to First Lady Barbara Bush's family literacy foundation. Millie died in May of 1997. In 1998, the US military delivered the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Blassie to his family in St. Louis. He had been placed in Arlington Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. His identity had been confirmed with DNA tests.

    Spider-Man is officially a box office overachiever. The latest cinematic depiction of the webbed-hero, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is looking at a $117 million opening. The anticipated opening weekend is higher than industry estimates, which were in the $90 million to $110 million range. Homecoming was the only major release this weekend, so the rest of the top five are made up of familiar faces. Starting with Despicable Me 3 which took second for the weekend. Third place went to Baby Driver. Wonder Woman is hanging tough nabbing fourth place, and Transformers: The Last Knight rounded out the weekend's top five.

    On TV tonight, the series premiere of Will. This new period drama follows William Shakespeare’s early years in London. While a set in the time frame of Shakespeare, the story is told in a contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack. Another new episode follows the premiere. It's tonight on TNT.

    Trivia Answer: Ron Glass who was born on this date in 1945. His earliest TV appearances include episodes of Sanford and Son in 1972, an episode of Hawaii Five-O in 1973, an episode of All in the Family in 1973, an episode of The Bob Newhart Show, and episodes of Good Times in 1974. In 1975, he landed the role of Detectve Ron Harris in Barney Miller, which ran until 1982. The following season, Glass co-starred with Demond Wilson on television in a remake of The Odd Couple, called The New Odd Couple. In December of 1985, he played a soul-collecting devil opposite Sherman Hemsley's mathematics professor in an episode of the revived Twilight Zone series. Glass died of respiratory failure on November 25th of 2016, at the age of 71.

    Friday 7.7.17
    Morning Trivia: Janis Joplin, Jim Morrrison, and Jimi Hendrix all died at the same age. How old were they at the time of their deaths?

    As the Mariners step heavily into a growing crisis of their own making, their season having reached a "critical" juncture -- their manager's word -- here's an important factor to keep in mind. For better or worse -- and lately, the emphasis has been heavily on the worse -- these are the Mariners. What you see is what you get. And therein lies the problem, one that continued to mount last night with a 7-4 loss to the As. After their eighth straight loss at home knocked the Mariners five games under .500. manager Scott Servais said, "We're better than this."’ But are they? Servais also said, "Your record is what you are." And right now the Mariners are a feeble, mistake-ridden unit. James Paxton climbs the hill to see if he can stop the slide when the Ms and As match up again tonight at Safeco.

    Birthdays: From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, bandleader Doc Severinsen is 90; Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr is 77; David Hodo of The Village People -- he was the construction worker -- is 70; actress Shelley Duvall is 68; singer-songwriter-actress Vonda Shepard is 54; and figure skater Michelle Kwan is 37.

    Today is Chocolate Day. There are a number of dates throughout the year promoting variations of Chocolate Day. Any Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat youR favorite chocolates in ample portions. Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. It's the flavor of choice in candies, ice cream, cakes, breakfast cereal, toppings, and a whole host of desserts. Unequaled in popularity, it certainly deserves a day in its honor, or any number of days. Today is also National Strawberry Sundae Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1863, the United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $300. In 1947, the Roswell incident happened. The (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico. In 1967, The Monkees opened a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. In 1985, Boris Becker became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon. He was 17. In 2000, Amazon announced that they had sold almost 400,000 copies of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.

    Trivia Answer: They were all 27 -- The 27 Club. Other famed musicians who died at age 27 include Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, country singer Hank Williams, and Blues pioneer Robert Johnson. Their deaths were often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide. The number of musicians who have died at this age and the circumstances of many of those deaths have given rise to the idea that premature deaths at this age are unusually common. The club has been repeatedly cited. Several exhibitions have been devoted to the idea; as well as novels, films and stage plays. There have been many different theories and speculations about the causes of such early deaths and their possible connections. Curt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross writes "The number of musicians who died at 27 is truly remarkable by any standard. Although humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at 27." However, a study published in the British Medical Journal in December of 2011 concluded that there was no increase in the risk of death for musicians at the age of 27. Although the sampled musicians faced an increased risk of death in their 20s and 30s, this was not limited to the age of 27.

    Thursday 7.6.17
    Morning Trivia: He was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He's credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group and their hit song Rock Around the Clock. Who is he?

    The offense came back, well, for three innings, which was a mild positive. But in the end, the result was still the same: The Mariners watching the opposing team -- this time the Kansas City Royals -- line up for a postgame victory handshake for the seventh straight game at Safeco Field following a 9-6 loss in 10 innings. With the score tied at 6 in the top of the 10th, Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer to right field off James Pazos to put the Royals up for good and complete a three-game sweep. It was a disappointing end to a night where the Mariners looked in line to win at home for the first time since June 23rd. Instead, they lost their seventh straight game at home and for the eighth time in their last 10 games. The Ms host the Oakland As tonight through Sunday -- a series that takes them to the All Star break.

    Birthdays: Actress and singer Della Reese is 86; the 14th Dalai Lama is 82; actor Ned Beatty is 80; Dick Grayson, Robin on the Batman television series, actor Burt Ward is 72; former President George W. Bush is 71; actor and former football player Fred Dryer is also 71; and actor Sylvester Stallone is also 71; actress Shelley Hack is 70; actor Grant Goodeve is 65; Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting, actress Allyce Beasley is 63; rapper 50 Cent is 42; and actor & comedian Kevin Hart is 38.

    Today is Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day. Give it to a poor child. Today is International Kissing Day -- not to be confused with National Kissing Day which is on June 19th. Did you know -- okay, you may not want to know -- but kissing can transmit 80 million microbes of bacteria. Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Today is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. If your webmaster feels really loved, he or she might fix all the typos on your site. The famous Fiesta de San Fermin annual festival of San Fermin, which includes the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, officially begins at midday today.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, Major League Baseball played its first All-Star Game. It was at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The American League won 4-2. Babe Ruth hit a home run. In 1964, The Beatles first film A Hard Days Night had its royal premier at the London Pavilion. In 1965, The Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco. In 1978, Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money. In 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1989, a study released in Washington, DC, showed that one-third of American adults had dangerously high cholesterol levels. In 1994, Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle under the name Cadabra. In 1994, the movie Forrest Gump opened in theaters throughout the US. In 2002, Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus to win her first Wimbledon title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.

    Trivia Answer: Bill Haley who was born on this date in 1925. His group was Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1953, a song called Rock Around the Clock was written for Haley. He was unable to record it until April 12th of 1954. Initially, it was relatively unsuccessful, staying on the charts for only one week, but Haley soon scored a major worldwide hit with a cover version of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle and Roll. Then when Rock Around the Clock appeared behind the opening credits of the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, it soared to the top of the American Billboard chart for eight weeks. The single is commonly used as a convenient line of demarcation between the rock era and the music industry that preceded it; Billboard separated its statistical tabulations into 1890-1954 and 1955–present. After the record rose to number one, Haley was quickly given the title Father of Rock and Roll, by the media, and by teenagers that had come to embrace the new style of music. Haley died on February 9th of 1981. His death certificate listed natural causes, most likely heart attack as the immediate cause of death. Haley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

    Wednesday 7.5.17
    Morning Trivia: She's a film, theater, and television actress. She played Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as such characters as Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Who is she?

    Whit Merrifield hit the very first pitch of the game from Felix Hernandez for his seventh home run, Mike Moustakas added his 24th homer of the season, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 on yesterday for their fifth win in six games. It was Seattle's sixth consecutive loss at home. Kansas City knocked around Hernandez for five earned runs in six innings. Hernandez did strike out out five, becoming the 50th pitcher in Major League history to reach 2,300 strikeouts. Howeverm it was the worst of his three starts since coming off the disabled list. Hernandez allowed six hits and walked four. The Ms-Royals series finale is coming up tonight.

    Birthdays: From The Band, Robbie Robertson is 74; singer Huey Lewis is 67; singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 58; from Lifehouse, frontman Jason Wade is 37; Adam Young best known for his Owl City work is 31; And happy 80th birthday to Spam. Introduced on July 5th of 1937, the name “Spam” was chosen in the 1930s when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest.

    Today is Leftover Burping Day, a day for those who ate too much barbecue and potato salad on the 4th to try to regain some semblance of belly control. Today is International Bikini Day. The skimpy two-piece swim suit, created by Louis Reard, debuted on this date in 1946 at a Paris fashion show. It was named for a Pacific atoll where the atomic bomb was first tested.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1978, EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images. In 1985, the New York Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning to beat the Braves 16-13 in Atlanta. Game totals: 46 hits, 29 runs, and two rain delays in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Fourth of July fireworks followed the game at 4:00 a.m. In 1989, the pilot episode of Seinfeld premiered. NBC originally called the show The Seinfeld Chronicles. In 1993, Dave Lampson of Centreville, Virginia, received a tax statement from the IRS claiming he owed $68-billion. He was instructed to pay $500 a month for 11-million years. An IRS official said it was a computer error. In 1994, Hootie & The Blowfish released Cracked Rear View. In 1995, the Justice Department announced that it would not be investigating anti-trust charges against Ticketmaster. In 2002, Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.

    Trivia Answer: Katherine Helmond who turns 89 today. She gained fame as Jessica Tate, the ditzy matriarch on Soap. She was a lead player on the controversial ABC series from 1977 until it was canceled in 1981. In 1984 she took the role of Mona Robinson on the ABC sitcom Who's the Boss?. The show was a ratings success, running for eight seasons and finishing in the Nielsen Top 10 four straight years. From 1995 to 1997 she starred in the ABC sitcom Coach as Doris Sherman, eccentric owner of the fictional Orlando Breakers professional football team. From 1996 to 2004 Helmond had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan (Ray's mother-in-law). She has continued working, mainly on stage.

    Tuesday 7.4.17
    Hope you're enjoying your July 4th holiday. Certainly great weather for it here in the South Sound.

    Ian Kennedy allowed one run pitching into the seventh inning, Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon both hit solo home runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on last night. It was Seattle's fifth consecutive loss at home. Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz was expected to miss his second straight game with a sore knee, but came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and struck out. The Ms and Royals match up again this afternoon. Felix Hernandez makes his third start since coming off the disabled list. He got a no decision in his last outing against Philadelphia after allowing three runs over six innings.

    You can tell the Ms lost last night when the high point for me was coming across a note from sportswriter Christian Caple quoting Scott Servais, and noting Scott's amazing display of "there/their/they're" usage. Scott said, "They get up there, they're looking for their pitch."

    Birthdays: Actress Eva Marie Saint is 93; actress Gina Lollobrigida is 90; playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is also 90; singer Bill Withers is 79; talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 74; the lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, John Waite is 65; and former first daughter Malia Obama is 18.

    Today is Koko Day, marking the 46th birthday of Koko the Gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. Koko speaks sign language, knows some 1,000 signs. Her full name is Hanabi-Ko, Japanese for Fireworks Child.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary, "Nothing of importance happened today." In 1802, the US Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York. In 1970, Casey Kasem first hosted radio's American Top 40. It was first broadcast on seven AM stations. In 1972, Willie Nelson inaugurated his first 4th of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas. In 1982, in a year which saw him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash, metal madman Ozzy Osbourne married his manager Sharon Arden. In 1995, at Lollapalooza in the Gorge at George, Courtney Love hit Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. Love received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management. In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began. In 1997, the 400-millionth person visited Disneyland. In 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001.

    INDEPENDENCE DAY FACTS

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
  • Ironically, the majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia are produced in China. Nearly 349-million dollars are used each year to import in the flags and other decorations
  • The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801; however, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941
  • The National Anthem is actually set to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, an old English drinking song
  • Why were the stars on the original American flag arranged in a circle? To ensure that all colonies were equal
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later
  • When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5-million people living in the country. Today, the population is just under 319-million
  • Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest, continuously celebrated Independence Day festivities in the US, dating back to 1777
  • Monday 7.3.17
    Morning Trivia: She was a singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single Gloria, stayed on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at number two. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the US number four hit Self Control. Who was she?

    The last time the Mariners visited Angel Stadium on a sunny Sunday, Edwin Diaz and the Seattle bullpen turned a six-run lead in the ninth inning into an agonizing defeat. Nearly three months and many innings later, the Mariners teetered on the edge of another late-inning belly flop in Anaheim before Diaz confidently pulled them back. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the eighth and James Paxton retired the first 16 Angels he faced in the Mariners' 5-3 victory over Los Angeles. Said manager Scott Servais when reminded of their last Sunday in Anaheim, "I don't know what you're talking about, I've forgot it. We move ahead. We won two out of three." Mariners Designated Hitter Nelson Cruz sat out after injuring his knee while sliding into second base Saturday. Up next for the Mariners, Andrew Moore makes his second big league start as the Mariners return home to open a series with Kansas City tonight.

    Birthdays: Attorney and activist Gloria Allred is 76; columnist and author Dave Barry is 70; actress Betty Buckley is also 70; Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Jan Smithers is 68; talk show host Montel Williams is 61; actor Tom Cruise is 55; Greg on Dharma and Greg and Daniel Nyland on Chicago Hope, actor Thomas Gibson is also 55; the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, actress Yeardley Smith is 53; the keyboardist for the Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn is 48; and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 46.

    Dog Days begin today. Traditionally, the hottest 40 days of the year, blamed by our ancient ancestors on Sirius, the Dog Star. The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient sunrise rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Not surprisingly, Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin today and continue through August 15th. Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Today is Compliment Your Mirror Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1965, singing cowboy Roy Rogers mourned the death of his horse Trigger. The animal was stuffed and put in the Roy Rogers Museum. In 1967, The Doors released the song Light My Fire in the US. In 1970, some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play The Star Spangled Banner as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia. In 1971, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in his Paris hotel room. He was in the bath at the time. Fans wouldn’t learn of his passing until six days after it happened, by which time he had been quietly buried. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan re-lit the Statue of Liberty's torch in New York Harbor. A $66 million restoration of the statue was completed 100 years after its dedication. In 1989, actor Jim Backus died at age 76. He was the voice of Mr. Magoo and played the millionaire Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island. In 1992, three performing dolphins escaped from their pen in Key Largo, Florida and showed up several days later in a golf course lagoon in Key Biscayne. They performed for golfers voluntarily at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., apparently hoping to be fed.

    The tiny, yellow, animated blobs have done it again. Despicable Me 3 is cruising to an easy box office win during a busy holiday weekend. The latest in the franchise is opening to $75.4. That total is lower than earlier estimates, but nevertheless it remains the weekend's big winner. Despite Despicable's rule, perhaps the more interesting stories for the industry reside further down the box office chart. Starting with Baby Driver. It's cruising to $30 million and should land in second place. Transformers: The Last Knight should finish the weekend land in third. Wonder Woman continues to be a force and is on its way to fourth place during its fifth weekend. And Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3" should take the five slot during its third week with $9.5 million domestically. Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell's The House, meanwhile, is having trouble attracting visitors. The R-rated comedy fis opening to $9 million.

    Trivia Answer: Laura Branigan who was born on this date in 1952. She died in her sleep at her lodge in New York in 2004. The cause was attributed to a previously-undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death, but did not seek medical attention.