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Thursday 9.29.16
Morning Trivia: He's professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. He has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and two Olympic gold medals. He has also been selected to six All-NBA teams and seven All-Star teams. In the 2007 NBA draft, he was selected with the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics. Who is he?

Twelve hours after a brutal loss, the Mariners saved one of their best for the final road game of the season, scoring seven runs over the first three innings and cruising to an easy  12-4 thrashing of the Houston Astros yesterday. Seattle finished 42-and-39 on the road, the eighth time in club history to post a winning road record, but only the second time in the past 13 seasons. Seattle won two of three at Minute Maid Park. They're still two games behind Baltimore, which holds the second wild-card playoff spot. Now it's the Mariners'  final four games of the regular season. They go against the Oakland Athletics beginning at 7:10 tonight.

Thursday Night Football has the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals squaring off tonight at 5:25. Tonight's another Twitter game. I think it's also one of the Color Rush games. After that, three days of football await Northwest sports fans: tomorrow, the University of Washington Huskies host Stanford. Saturday, the Washington State Cougars host Oregon. Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are on the road in New York to face the Jets.

Birthdays: The Killer, singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 81; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is 74; the composer best-known for his TV theme songs for such shows like Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, and Hill Street Blues, Mike Post is 72; the younger brother of sports broadcaster Greg Gumbel, TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 68; Grand Funk singer-songwriter-and-guitarist Mark Farner is 68; comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 59; and Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat, actress Jill Whelan is 50.

Today is National Coffee Day. Today is National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day. Today is Quick Draw Day, always on the birthday of Quick Draw McGraw, the cartoon horse who got elected sheriff in 1959. His deputy, a Mexican burro named Baba Looey, was much smarter than Quick Draw, but never let the sheriff know it.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, Bell Laboratories introduced the first telephone answering machine. In 1960, My Three Sons debuted on ABC-TV. In 1963, Favorite Martian premiered on CBS-TV. In 1982, in Chicago, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. Some 264,000 bottles were recalled. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer and driving without a valid license in Beverly Hills, California. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 video game system debuted in America. It had been selling in Japan for three months. In 2003, President Bush signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers. In 2008, the Dow Industrial Average lost 777 points. It was the largest one-day decline to date. The drop came after the US House of Representatives had voted down a $700 billion bank bailout plan.

If money is the guage, here's more evidence that you and I landed in the wrong occupations. Forbes has released their new list of the world's highest paid TV actors. It turns out the male stars of The Big Bang Theory are rolling in the dough. The top four slots on Forbes' list are occupied by stars of the hit CBS sitcom. Leading the way is Jim Parsons, who Forbes says earned 25.5 million dollars -- before management fees and taxes -- between June 1st of 2015, and June 1st of this year. He ranked first on last year's list, too. Parsons is followed on the 2016 list by co-star Johnny Galecki, who raked in 24 million dollars during the same one-year span. Both reportedly earn one million dollars per episode of The Big Bang Theory. Two more Big Bang Theory cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are right behind them on the list, at 22.5 million dollars and 22 million dollars. Mark Harmon, star of the CBS drama NCIS, rounds out the top five, with 20 million.

KING-5 was reporting this morning that JBLM has decided end its test firing of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System early, saying they've gotten the data they need.

Trivia Answer: Kevin Durant who is 28 today. After his rookie season in Seattle, the team relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Durant helped lead Oklahoma City to the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games. He played nine seasons for the Thunder organization before joining the Warriors this year.

Wednesday 9.28.16
Morning Trivia: He's a retired football player, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a former US Congressman, having served in the US House of Representatives for Oklahoma from 1994 until 2002. He made an unsuccessful run for Governor of Oklahoma in 2002. Who is he?

Everything seemed to be going the Mariners' way last night: They held a 4-2 lead over Houston entering the bottom sixth and Toronto already defeated Baltimore, the team Seattle is chasing for the AL’s second wild card spot. Then all suddenly went awry. Helped by errors from SS Ketel Marte and 1B Adam Lind, the Astros batted around for six runs off Felix Hernandez for an 8-4 victory. So Seattle needs to make up at least two games with five to play -- the series-ender with Houston today and then the four against Oakland over the weekend at Safeco.

Three days of football await Northwest sports fans: Friday, the University of Washington Huskies host Stanford. Saturday, the Washington State Cougars host Oregon. Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are on the road in New York to face the Jets.

Birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 82; Frank Zappa's daughter, Moon Unit Zappa is 49; actress and singer Hilary Duff is 29; the Bonus Jonas, actor Frankie Jonas is 16.

It's National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. Today is Confucius' Day. Today is the 10th World Rabies Day. Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It's your opportunity to speak up, and to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask. All those questions that you thought were too stupid or dumb to ask, have been piling up all year long. Today is the day to unload them. Nobody will laugh ... we hope.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batting average of .400. He was last major leaguer to hit .400. In 1955, the World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1990, the Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Europe. In 1996, during their wedding at Spokane's First Presbyterian Church, Craig and Jill Looper's vow-sealing kiss set off the fire alarm ... or maybe it was an electrical problem. None of the 350 guests was injured, but the wedding cake was ruined. The couple signed their license on the hood of a fire truck. In 1997, the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City. The official debut of the DVD format was featured. In 2002, Chicago police officer Jessie Watts Jr. arrested two men who tried to burglarize the minivan he was occupying during an undercover surveillance. Watts said the burglars weren't any more surprised than he was. In 2004, the price of oil exceeded $50 a barrel for the first time on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Bruce Springsteen fans need to mark Saturday on their calendars. That's when The Boss is scheduled to be in Seattle on a book tour to promote his newly released autobiography. Springsteen kicked off the tour yesterday in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. Fans from all over the world lined up hours before his appearance at a Barnes & Noble store there to promote his autobiography, Born to Run. In the book, Springsteen remembers his childhood in New Jersey, his rise to superstardom and personal struggles that inspired songs such as Born to Run and Thunder Road. His book tour takes him to Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. at 1521 Tenth Avenue on Saturday. He also is scheduled to visit Portland, Oregon, next Tuesday, October 4th.

It indeed was one for the record books. It was the most-watched presidential debate ever. New estimates by Nielsen report 81.4 million of us tuned in to 11 networks to watch the Clinton-Trump showdown.

Trivia Answer:Number 80. Steve Largent who turns 62 today. Despite an All-American career at the University of Tulsa, Largent was not selected until the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. After four preseason games, he was slated to be cut, but was instead traded to the expansion Seattle Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick. Largent spent thirteen years with the Seahawks, and, while not particularly fast, was extremely sure-handed. He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl seven times, and was the first Seahawk to earn that honor. When Largent retired, he held all major NFL receiving records, including: most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100). He was also in possession of a then-record streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a reception. Largent was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. His number (80) was retired in 1992. During Jerry Rice's stint with the Seahawks in 2004, Largent's number 80 was temporarily "unretired" after a conversation between Rice and Largent .

Tuesday 9.27.16
Morning Trivia: She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. She has has been the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume since 2005. In the early 90s, she was engaged for six months to Brad Pitt, before the engagement was called off. She had an on and off three-year relationship with Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000. They first dated from November 1997 to January 1999. In October of 2002, she met Chris Martin. Who is she?

Robinson Cano blasted two home runs, including a go-ahead, second-deck shot in the 11th inning, lifting the Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros last night, enabling the Mariners to make up ground on idle Baltimore in the AL wild card race. With six games remaining, the Mariners and Tigers are two games behind Baltimore for the second wild card spot. The middle game of the three-game series is tonight at 5:10. After the Houston series ends tomorrow, the Mariners return to Safeco Thursday night for a season-ending, four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.

After expressing concern about Russell Wilson's availability earlier in the day, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed later yesterday that Wilson is expected to play Sunday against the Jets despite a sprained MCL in his left knee. When asked if Wilson will play, Carroll said, "Yes. Really early to say because we haven't seen him do anything other than convince me of that thought. He's done a very good job of that." 

Birthdays: Actor Wilford Brimley is 82; from The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive, musician Randy Bachman is 73; Michael Lee Aday, better known as actor and singer Meat Loaf is 69; singer-actor-and-director Shaun Cassidy is 58; 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold is 38; rapper Lil’ Wayne is 34; and singer Avril Lavigne is 32.

Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day. Hey, where would we be without them? Today is World Tourism Day. Today is National Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1976, poet Hondo Crouch1 died. He was the owner, police chief, and city manager of Luckenbach, Texas. In 1989, Sony shelled out $3.4 billion in cash for Columbia Pictures. In 1991, a Decatur, Alabama, auto dealership accepted a 450-pound bull as part trade-in on a Lincoln Town Car. In 1995, the US government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin. In 1998, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire's record-breaking season ended with his 69th and 70th home runs. In 2004, NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over for Jay Leno the Tonight show in 2009.

Let's face it, sometimes 'gosh darn' just doesn't cut it. A British study now claims swearing is good for us. Cursing is a harmless, creative emotional release that can make you feel stronger. Basically, they argue that profanity is often used as a coping mechanism and can help us feel more resilient.

Trivia Answer: Gwyneth Paltrow who turns 44 today. She and Chris Martin from Coldplay married on December 5th of 2003. Their first child, a daughter named Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born in May of 2004. Their second child, a boy named Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born in April of 2006. They announced their separation in March of 2014 and divorced this past July. Paltrow has been dating Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk since August 2014. Gwyneth's ex has spent a fair amount of time on the music charts but Gwyneth has been there, too. She made her professional singing debut in the 2000 film Duets. She, along with Huey Lewis, performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's Cruisin'. The song was well-received and released as a single and charted. In fact, the tune song went to number one in Australia.

Monday 9.26.16
Morning Trivia: He was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for his sharp dress sense and distinctive voice, and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and with Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US. Who was he?

The Seattle Seahawks put together a complete effort in their 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the CLink yesterday, but it might have come at a steep cost. Quarterback Russell Wilson, already playing through a sprained right ankle, went down awkwardly when brought down with an illegal horse-collar tackle in the third quarter. After briefly reentering the contest following one play off, he ceded to undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin, who finished out the blowout victory. Wilson's second injury in three weeks obviously cast a pall over the Seahawks' best effort of the young season. Now comes this report from Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback indicating that the initial belief is that Wilson suffered a sprained MCL to the left knee. Sunday, the Hawks are in New York to take on the Jets.

The Huskies had a hard time in Tucson but they pulled it off. Two missed field goals, a red-zone interception and four sacks of quarterback Jake Browning nearly wiped out months of high expectations. But due largely to an astonishing game from junior runningback Lavon Coleman, now tenth-ranked Washington prevailed 35-28 in overtime over Arizona on Saturday. The Huskies hadn't won in Tucson since 2006. The Dawgs are back in action Friday when they host Stanford.

The WSU Cougars had a bye this past weekend. They host Oregon on Saturday.

Although bothered by a sore left wrist that ultimately forced him from the game, Nelson Cruz smashed two more long home runs yesterday and Jesus Sucre added a two-run jolt to lead the Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Center in Minneapolis. The win, however, did nothing to enhance Seattle's dimming prospects of claiming the American League's second wild card. Everybody they needed to lose, won so the Ms remain 2.5-games back with seven games remaining. The Mariners are in Houston for three starting tonight at 5:10.

Birthdays: From Adam-12, actor Kent McCord is 74; singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry is 71; actress Mary Beth Hurt is 70; Sandy in Grease, Olivia Newton-John is 68; actress Linda Hamilton is 60; Mary Ingalls Kendall on Little House on the Prairie, actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 54; and tennis great Serena Williams is 35.

Before accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, Arnold Palmer shared a few laughs with President George W. Bush and gave the commander in chief a few golf tips in the East Room of the White House. Five years later, when honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, Palmer, who again offered golf tips to some of the most important politicians in the country, jokingly thanked the House and the Senate for being able to agree on something. After receiving the highest civilian awards given in the United States, Palmer went outside each day, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Capitol, and signed autographs for hundreds of people. That was Palmer, a man who connected with the masses, who related to kids, the hourly wage employee, the CEO -- and Presidents. Palmer died yesterday in Pittsburgh. He was one of the sport's best players and a successful businessman, philanthropist, trailblazing advertising spokesman, talented golf course designer and experienced aviator. He received virtually every national award in golf and was the Athlete of the Decade for the 1960s in a national Associated Press poll. Arnold once said, "I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser." Arnold Palmer was 87.

Today is Brady Bunch Day, marking the show's TV debut on this date in 1969. Stars included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen. Today is also Gilligan's Day. Gilligan's Island premiered on this date in 1964. The series starred Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Shafer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, and Tina Louise. Today is National Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in Westwood, California. It’s probably still playing somewhere. The cult classic starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. In 1981, the Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett. In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain. In 1986, Bobby Ewing returned from the dead to take a shower on Dallas in one of television's more or less memorable episodes. In 1994, jury selection began in Los Angeles for the double murder trial of OJ Simpson. One year later to the day, the prosecution began closing arguments. He was acquitted of both charges. In 2002, a 39-year-old man ordered a limousine to pick him up at a hotel in Moline, Illinois after he robbed a bank there. Unfortunately for the robber, his driver was a retired police officer, who tipped off police that a suspicious passenger had just paid $335 in cash for a ride to Chicago. State troopers arrested the suspect at a nearby truck stop. In 2006, Facebook was opened to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address.

Sully's run atop the box office came to a close this weekend as the re-imagining of 1960's The Magnificent Seven rose to the top with an opening weekend of $35 million. In second place was Storks, the new animated adventure from Warner Bros. In its third weekend, Sully scored a third place finish. Bridget Jones's Baby -- in its second weekend -- finished fourth. Oliver Stone's Snowden rounded out the top five.

After Angry Birds earned more than $300 million at the box office, it was only a matter of time before other studios decided to jump on the bandwagon to adapt mobile phone games. The next one? Fruit Ninja. The plot will “revolve around a team of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in order to save the world.”

Tonight's the first Presedential Debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet up at 6:00 tonight. Some are predicting that as many as 100 million viewers could tune in tonight. That’s almost a third of the country. The only thing that gets ratings like that is the Super Bowl.

Trivia Answer: Robert Palmer. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and he was twice nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. Palmer died in a Paris hotel room from a heart attack on this date in 2003 at the age of 54.

Friday 9.23.16
Morning Trivia: He's a musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He's widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class, and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey. He's also known for his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running over four hours in length. His recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. With that said, he has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work including 20 Grammy Awards. Who is he?

The Mariners are clinging to their playoff hopes but they're running out of time. They're starting a two-city, six-game road trip to Minnesota and Houston. After those six games, there are only four more games -- the Ms host Oakland -- in the regular season. The Mariners are at Target Field in Minneapolis tonight. The first pitch is at 5:10.

The Washington Huskies are on the road this weekend. The Dawgs are in Arizona tomorrow night. Kickoff at 7:30. The Cougars have a bye this week.

Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers, who has not won at the CLink since 2011. Kick-off at 1:05.

Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 73; former NFL player and coach, Marty Schottenheimer is also 73; actress and singer Mary Kay Place is 69; George Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jason Alexander is 57; singer-songwriter -- In the House of Stone and Light -- Martin Page is also 57; and singer Ani DiFranco is 46.

Today is Native American Day, a day set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the US. Today is National Dogs in Politics Day, a day to remember dogs who lived at the White House: Abe Lincoln's Fido, Franklin Roosevelt's Fala, Harry Truman's Mike and Feller, Dwight Eisenhower's Heidi, Lyndon's Johnson's Him and Her, Richard Nixon's Checkers, Ronald Reagan's Lucky and Rex, George Bush's Millie, Bill Clinton's Buddy, George W. Bush's Barney, and Barack Obama's Bo and Sunny.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1946, in the fastest knockout in boxing history, Al Couture landed one blow on Ralph Walton's chin in Lewiston, Maine. Total time, including the ten-count: 11 seconds. In 1962, The Jetsons premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color. In 1980, Bob Marley performed what would turn out to be his last show. It was in Pittsburgh. He died seven months later of cancer. In 1986, Congress designated the rose as America's national flower. In 1991, guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses shortly after the release of their double albums Use Your Illusion I and II. In 1997, Elton John's single Candle in the Wind 1997 was released in here in the United States. In 1992, the TV sitcom Mad About You, starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, debuted on NBC. In 2002, the first public version of the web browser Firefox was released.

Yahoo confirmed yesterday that data "associated with at least 500 million user accounts" has been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever. The company said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" was behind the data breach, meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government. The breach occurred in late 2014.

There are lots of TV premiers this weekend. The MacGyver reboot launches tonight on CBS.

From the small screen to the big screen. A couple of new movies worthy of not this weekend. The PG-13 rated The Magnificent Seven is expected to take the top spot at the weekend box office, making $30 million to $40 million. Also out is the PG-rated Storks.

This was awful nice of them. A Florida police department said it is "holding on to" 16 potted marijuana plants found on a trail until the owner comes forward. The Gainesville Police Department found the potted pot plants under a large bush near a trail. Police left a note behind at the scene, reading: "We have your weed. Call 911 to and claim it." They also posted a photo on Facebook.

Trivia Answer: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen who turns 67 today. Nicknamed The Boss, he is best known for his work with his E Street Band. His most successful studio albums are Born to Run from 1975 and Born in the U.S.A. in 1984. In addition to his 20 Grammys, he has also won two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, and was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Thursday 9.22.16
Morning Trivia: This volunteer program run by the United States Government, as well as a government agency of the same name, was established by an Executive Order issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1st of 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 22nd of 1961. Can you name the organization?

Robinson Cano ended a four-hour, 24-minute marathon in the 12th inning yesterday afternoon with a sacrifice fly as the Mariners defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 to avoid a three-game sweep and avert a 1-5 home stand. The Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak to maintain a faint pulse in the American League wild card race. Seattle moved to within 2.5 games of the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot and kept pace with the Houston Astros who are two games ahead. The Mariners take today off before starting a two-city, six-game road trip at Minnesota and Houston. First game is tomorrow night at 5:10.

Birthdays: Baseball's Tommy Lasorda is 89; former NBA commissioner David Stern is 74; singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and actress, Toni Basil is 73; the frontman for Whitesnake, singer David Coverdale is 65; Harry Belafonte’s daughter, actress Shari Belafonte is 62; the You Light Up My Life singer, Debby Boone is 60; opera singer, tenor Andrea Bocelli is 58; singer Joan Jett is also 58; actor Scott Baio is 56; actress Bonnie Hunt is 55; actress and model Catherine Oxenberg is 55; and Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films; actor Tom Felton is 29.

Today is Dear Diary Day, a day to write it down. Today is American Business Women's Day, it marks the 1949 founding date of the American Business Women's Association,. Today is Ice Cream Cone Day, marking Italo Marchiony's invention of the cone, first made of paper then pastry, for his push cart ice cream business in New York City. He filed to patent the cone mold on this date in 1903 and received the patent in December. Elephant Appreciation Day is today. Show how much you care about elephants. And today is Hobbit Day. It's the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, two of the main hobbit characters from The Lord of the Rings.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1976, Charlie's Angels debuted on ABC-TV. The crime drama starred Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. David Doyle was Bosley, and John Forsythe was the voice of Charlie Townsend. Cheryl Ladd, Shelly Hack, and Tanya Roberts replaced departing angels during the show's five-year run. In 1985, the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Illinois. Sponsors Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp helped to raise $10-million to aid the nation's farmers. In 1989, the series Baywatch debuted on NBC. In 1994, the comedy Friends premiered on NBC. In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission voted to fine CBS a record $550,000 for indecency related to the Super Bowl in which Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction. The FCC fined each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations the maximum penalty of $27,500.

It's the first day of fall. Autumn began at 7:21 this morning.

NFL on tap tonight. The Houston Texans are at New England to face the Tom Brady-less Patriots. Kick-off at 5:25. Tonight is another Twitter game. You can watch it for free on Twitter. The Seahawks are on the Twitter game of the week coming up December 15th when they host the Rams. More football this weekend, Saturday night at 7:30 the Huskies are at Arizona. The Cougars have a bye this week. Then Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers. Kick-off at 1:05.

A new survey out reports that In the average US home, a television set is turned on for more than a third of the day: eight hours, 35 minutes.

The cast of The West Wing is reuniting… and this time, they've got a real-life candidate to elect. Six stars of NBC's Emmy-winning political drama -- Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malin, and Mary McCormack -- are heading to the battleground state of Ohio this weekend to campaign for Hillary Clinton. The Clinton campaign says the actors will attend several grassroots events across the state, encouraging residents to register to vote and explaining why they think Clinton is the right person for the job.

Trivia Answer: The Peace Corps. The mission of the Peace Corps includes three goals: providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand US culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. Each program participant -- each Peace Corps Volunteer -- is an American citizen, typically with a college degree, who works abroad for a period of 24 months after three months of training. Volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and entrepreneurs in education, hunger, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment.

Wednesday 9.21.16
Morning Trivia: This film and television actor went from being a befuddled astronaut is the 60s to being a ruthless oil baron in the 80s. Who is he?

The Mariners' slim playoff hopes moved a little closer to none after Toronto rode ex-Mariners J.A. Happ and Michael Saunders to a laughably easy 10-2 win at Safeco Field last night. The Blue Jays scored eight runs in the fourth inning while moving into sole possession of first place in the American League wild-card standings. Seattle lost for the fourth time in five games -- all against wild-card contenders -- to remain three behind Baltimore for the second spot with 11 games to go. The Mariners try to salvage one game out of a lost opportunity when they host Toronto in the finale in a day game today.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist, Leonard Cohen is 82; journalist Bill Kurtis is 76; film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 73; comedian and author – she wrote the novel that was adapted to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes -- Fannie Flagg is 72; former Eagle band member Don Felder is 69; author Stephen King is also 69; actor Bill Murray is 66; Uncle Joey on Full House, actor and comedian Dave Coulier is 57; actor Rob Morrow is 54; singer Faith Hill is 49; actress and talk show host Ricki Lake is 48; from Oasis, frontman Liam Gallagher is 44; our old buddy, quarterback Jon Kitna is also 44; TV personality Nicole Richie is 35; and singer Jason Derulo is 27.

Today is World Gratitude Day. Today is International Day of Peace, sponsored by the United Nations. Also called Pause the World Day, a day to pause, calm down, be nice, and plant a seed. Today is Miniature Golf Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In 1970, Monday Night Football made its debut on ABC television as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21. In 1981, the US Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the Supreme Court. In 1989, The Bangles broke up. In 2003, the Orlando Sentinel reported a Florida man, who bought a biscuit jar on eBay, found the seller was the New Jersey brother he'd never met. The buyer, adopted as an infant, knew his parents names and knew he had a brother. When he found the seller had his father's name, the two talked, realized they were brothers, and began corresponding by email. In 2004, Yusuf Islam, once known as singer Cat Stevens, was taken off a London-to-Washington United Airlines flight because his name had appeared on a government no-fly list.

Despite missing key players, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are off to fast starts so far this season. The Patriots are 2-0 while playing without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. And the Steelers have the same record even without running back Le'Veon Bell, who is suspended for the first three games of the season. Pittsburgh and New England have something else in common: They also share the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll released yesterday. The Seahawks, which began the season at No. 1 and dropped to No. 3 after squeaking by the Dolphins in Week 1, fell to No. 12 after their 9-3 loss to the Rams on Sunday. This next Sunday, the Hawks have a home date with the San Francisco 49ers.

Sometimes you just say, wow. A mansion for sale in Boca Raton, Florida, features two huge waterslides and a lazy river -- and way more. Like eight bedrooms, 9½ bathrooms, a basketball court, and four garages. The cost? It's just under $8 million.

We are just over two months from the biggest shopping holiday of the year. Black Friday falls on November 25th this year.

Police in Australia sent out a Facebook alert that a teenage girl was missing. They received a reply from the girl. She said that she was in her room.

Trivia Answer: Larry Hagman who was born on this date in 1931. He portrayed Major Tony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Then -- in perhaps his best known role -- he was JR Ewing on the prime time soap opera Dallas. Over the course of his career, Hagman had supporting roles in numerous films, including Fail-Safe, Harry and Tonto, Nixon, and Primary Colors. His television appearances also included guest roles on dozens of shows spanning from the late 1950s up until his death, and a reprisal of his signature role on the 2012 revival of Dallas. Hagman was the son of actress Mary Martin. He underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995. He died on November 23rd of 2012 from leukemia.

Tuesday 9.20.16
Morning Trivia: She was an actress and comedian. She and Jerry Stiller were a prominent 1960s comedy team. She and Jerry are the parents of actor/comedian Ben Stiller and actress Amy Stiller. Who was she?

In one of the biggest games of their season, the Mariners couldn't get a hit until the seventh inning and ended up falling 3-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night at Safeco. The loss dropped Seattle three games behind the Blue Jays and Baltimore, the teams leading the race for the AL wild-card spots. As manager Scott Servais said, "Got to keep playing; that’s what the schedule says." They do it again tonight at 7:10.

When summing up the Seahawks' 9-3 Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, one word comes to mind: Bleh. Playing the first regular-season NFL game in the City of Angels since 1994, the teams' NFC West divisional matchup was the kind of game only fans waiting 7,940 days to see one in person could love. The contest was sloppy and disjointed, resulting in the first Seahawks game without a Seattle touchdown since October of 2012. The Seahawks at 1-and-1 now return home to lick their wounds and hopefully clean things up before a home date with the San Francisco 49ers who are also 1-and-1. They match up Sunday.

Birthdays: Actress Sophia Loren is 82; actor Gary Cole is 60; she was Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actress Kristen Johnston is 49; those Nelson boys, Ricky Nelson’s sons Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are also 49; and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is 48.

Today is Lou Grant Day, marking the debut of the TV series on this date in 1977. It was a dramatic spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show sitcom. Today is National Gibberish Day. Today marks the Birthday of the Sun, according to the Incas. The Incas aren't sure exactly how old the sun is. Today is National Punch Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, Jim Croce and five others, on their way to do a concert in Sherman, Texas, died in a Louisiana plane crash. Croce was 30 years old. In 1973, in a so-called battle of the sexes, tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets at the Houston Astrodome. In 1975, David Bowie's Fame was number one on the singles chart. Also in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run. In 1991, a fast-acting poultry judge saved a prize-winning chicken's life at the Puyallup. The hen almost drowned while being given a bath, but Judge Sherry Milligan gave it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. In 1998, ater playing in 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees, ending a 16-year run. In 2006, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards said he'd finally given up drugs... because they were not strong enough. He said, "I think the quality's gone down."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been fined $200,000, the Seahawks have been fined $400,000 and will lose a fifth-round draft choice for violating the NFL's work rules on contact in the offseason. The Hawks will forfeit the draft pick in 2017 and also lose a week of organized team activities for allowing excessive contact in an OTA on June 6th. That's prohibited by the labor agreement with the players' union. Seahawks players will be paid for the canceled sessions in 2017. The league yesterday cited Carroll as "responsible for maintaining appropriate control over practices and intervening if prohibited conduct occurs." The decision was made after the league and the NFL Players Association independently reviewed the on-field practice video for June 6th. Both sides agreed the Seahawks violated the no live contact rules. This is the second time the Seahawks have been penalized by the league for violating offseason workout protocols. Seattle had two minicamp practices taken away in June 2015 for contact rules violations during the 2014 offseason. The NFL said Monday that it warned the Seahawks that further violations will probably mean higher fines and loss of more off-season workout days and draft choices.

Sir Elton John is preparing to retire from music as he approaches his landmark 70th birthday. The Rocket Man singer headlined the Apple Music Festival in London over the weekend and appeared on breakfast show Good Morning Britain yesterday to discuss his career, and his plans for the future. While Elton thinks his voice is continually improving, he admits it's time to pass the baton to the younger musical generation after becoming resigned to the fact that his records are no longer selling like they used to because "people have enough" of his music. He said, "I love playing. My records don't sell any more because people have enough Elton John records in their collection. I love making them but it's someone else's turn now." Elton turns 70 on March 17th.

Apparently we don't want to see beautiful rich people giving each other trophies. For many years, ratings for nearly every awards show have gone down. That goes for the past Sunday night's Emmys, which reached a record low of 11.3 million viewers.

A false story sweeping the internet is also causing nervous breakdowns for astrology-lovers. The story, called 'Don’t freak out, but your star sign has probably changed', was posted late last week on a UK website. It says that NASA changed "the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years, meaning that a whopping 86% of us now have a different sign. If you want to get all technical about it, the reason for this radical change is down to the fact that the sky today is extremely different to how it was thousands of years ago, which makes sense." The story was fake.

Trivia Answer: Anne Meara who was born on this date in 1929. She and Jerry performed as the comic team Stiller and Meara. Meara married Stiller in 1954. During the 1970s, Meara and Stiller wrote and performed many radio commercials together for Blue Nun Wine. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Rhoda as airline stewardess Sally Gallagher, one of the title character's best friends. She also had a small role opposite Laurence Olivier in The Boys from Brazil. Meara costarred with Carroll O'Connor and Martin Balsam in the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place, which was a continuation of the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She played the role of Veronica Rooney, the bar’s cook, for the show's first three seasons (1979–1982). She also appeared as the grandmother in the TV series ALF in the late 1980s. Then she had recurring roles on the television shows Sex and the City (as Mary Brady) and The King of Queens (as Veronica). In the 2004-'05 season, she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Meara died on May 23rd of 2015, at her home in Manhattan, at the age of 85. No exact cause was provided but some sources cite natural causes.

Monday 9.19.16
Morning Trivia: He's a television host, comedian, actor, singer, musician and producer. He was born in Brooklyn. He's a Catholic and, as a child, wanted to eventually become a priest. He gives credit to troll dolls for his big break. He was given a "troll doll" with a graduation cap in his senior year of high school. His mother heard about an impression contest at a Comedy Club in Poughkeepsie, New York. He came up with a stand-up routine that was a commercial for troll dolls. He would impersonate various celebrities auditioning to be the spokesperson. He won the contest and after college he began to do stand-up tours. He has appeared in several films, and was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004. Who is he?

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 yesterday in a game that marked the return of pro football to the nation's second-largest market for the first time in nearly 22 years. A hobbled Russell Wilson was 22 of 35 for 254 yards, getting sacked twice. He sprained his right ankle in last week's win over Miami. Seattle racked up 10 penalties for 114 yards; the Rams had nine penalties for 78 yards. Not a touchdown was scored. The victory extended the Rams' recent dominance against their NFC West rival. They've won four of their past five against the Seahawks, including both games last season. The Hawks are back home next Sunday hosting the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile, the Mariners are keeping it just interesting enough; remaining in the thick of the congested wild-card race. The Ms are tied with Detroit in that race. They trail Toronto, which holds the second wild card spot, by two games. The Ms notched another win yesterday. Seth Smith hit a pair of home runs and drove in four to back up a solid outing by Ariel Miranda and the Mariners got past the Houston Astros, 7-3. The Mariners have won nine of their last 11 games. Up next, the Ms host the Toronto Blue Jays for three starting tonight. First pItch at the Safe is at 7:10.

Birthdays: Batman on the 1960s TV series, actor Adam West is 88; Righteous Brother Bill Medley is 76; singer and songwriter Paul Williams is also 76; singer Freda Payne is 74; baseball's Joe Morgan is 73; actor Randolph Mantooth is 71; actor John Lithgow is also 71; actor Jeremy Irons is 68; actress and model who was born Lesley Homby but we know as Twiggy is 67; TV personality Joan Lunden is 66; guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers is 64; singer Lita Ford is 58; sportscaster Ken Rosenthal is 54; and news anchor Soledad O'Brien is 50.

Today is Slimey's birthday. Slimey, of course, is Oscar the Grouch's pet worm on Sesame Street and was the first worm on the moon. Slimey's baby sister is Sloppy. Today is International Talk lIke a Pirate Day. Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day.

Calendar notes: In 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS. The series also starred Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Ted Knight. It lasted for 168 episodes through March 1977. In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a bill posthumously making George Washington a 6-star general, the highest ever US military rank. In 1981, some 400-thousand watched Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite in concert at New York City’s Central Park. They had split in 1970. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, American swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving after hitting his head on the board during prelims. In 1995, popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher died in California at age 88. With a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, he had experimented with thousands of hybrid popcorns before becoming famous in his TV commercials. In 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland, a bronze bust of Frank Zappa was dedicated outside an east Baltimore library. In 2011, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602. In 2014, the Apple iPhone 6 went on sale.

Carrying the box office on the wings of its second weekend, airplane drama Sully emerged the victor with $22 million. The Blair Witch Project sequel petered out on its debut. Initially expected to open at No. 1 to more than $23 million, it made an estimated $9.7 million to come in at second place. Bridget Jones's Baby opened in third place. The historical drama Snowden came in fourth. Don't Breathe rounded out the top five.

Another non-conference game, another blowout as the Huskies clobbered Portland State of the Big Sky Conference 41-3 on Saturday. Now the collegiate equivalent of the preseason is over. Washington now faces a team that can fight back. Coming up this next Saturday, the Huskies are at Arizona.

A big win over the weekend for WSU, as well. They clobbered Idaho 56-6. The Cougs have a bye this week and host Oregon on October 1st.

Monday Night Football: Eagles- Bears 5:30 on ESPN.

TV tonight, the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. Season 10 begins the morning after the events of last season's finale, with the group struggling through an awkward encounter after Sheldon's mother (guest star Laurie Metcalf) and Leonard's father (guest star Judd Hirsch) spend an evening together. It's tonight on CBS.

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Fallon who is 42 today. He was the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. He transitioned from that program to become the sixth permanent host of the long-running The Tonight Show in 2014.

Friday 9.16.16
Morning Trivia: He's an illusionist, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. His television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, his career of over 40 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a knighthood by the French government, and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress. Who is he?

Tonight, the Seattle Mariners go for nine in a row as they host the Houston Astros in the first of three.

Tomorrow, the Washington Huskies host Portland State and the Washington State Cougars host Idaho.

Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks are back in action. They're down in LA to face the Rams.

Birthdays: Basketball's Elgin Baylor is 82; actor Ed Begley, Jr. is 67; actor Mickey Rourke is 64; jazz guitarist Earl Klugh is 63; singer Richard Marx is 53; singer Marc Anthony is 48; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Amy Poehler is 45; and Jonas Brother Nick Jonas is 24.

Today is Cherokee Strip Day in Oklahoma, marking the great run for Oklahoma land on this date in 1893. Those who cheated and left the day before were called Sooners. Today is National Play-Dough Day, marking its invention on this date in 1956. At last report, over three billion cans had been sold. Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner debuted in movie theaters on this date in 1949. Chuck Jones created the characters as a parody of Tom & Jerry. Today is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day. Today is National Collect Rocks Day. Today is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Mayflower Day which celebrates this date in 1620 when the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America with 102 men, women, and children on board. It's also Mexican Independence Day which celebrates Mexico's Independence from Spain. Like the US Independence Day, the day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, the American Legion was granted its federal charter by Congress. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London's Ronnie Scott Club. In 1977, Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in a car crash. He was 30. Among his hits was the top-ten single Bang a Gong (Get It On). In 1991, the Avon, Colorado, Town Council voted to name the town’s new bridge. They selected one of the 84 names suggested by citizens. The name they selected was "Bob." In 1994, Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. In 2004, Green Day unveiled their new rock opera, American Idiot, in Hollywood on the first date of their national tour. Also In 2004, a coroner's report was released which revealed that Rick James had nine different drugs in his system when he died the previous month. Those drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine, and valium.

Professional football just got more social. Ten of the NFL's weeknight games are being live-streamed on Twitter. The NFL struck the deal in April and started streaming games last night with the first game to be shown on the service, the Buffalo Bills against the New York Jets. Fans can watch on their mobile devices for free with the Twitter app. The games can be watched in any country where Twitter operates except Canada, because the country has a separate TV rights contract with the NFL. The rest of the schedule:

Sept. 22: Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Oct. 6: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Oct. 13: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Oct. 20: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 17: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Dec. 1: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
Dec. 8: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Dec. 15: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

A weekend TV alert. The 68th Emmy Awards are on. Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year's Emmy Awards. HBO's Game of Thrones leads with 23 nominations, the most of any series. The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story has 22, and Fargo takes the third place spot with 18. It's Sunday night on ABC.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The announcement follows last week's Consumer Product Safety Commission warnings that users should stop using the devices and turn them off because of the threat of a battery fire. Samsung has already announced a replacement program where users can exchange their current Note 7 device for a new one, pending CPSC approval. Consumers can also exchange a current Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has retained her title as the highest paid actress on TV, according to the latest Forbes magazine rich list. Forbes said Vergara’s role as Gloria in Modern Family and some lucrative product endorsements helped her earn $43 million in the last 12 months. It marks the fifth year the Colombian-American actress has topped the chart.

Trivia Answer: David Seth Kotkin, known professionally as David Copperfield, who is 60 today. Copperfield has so far sold 33 million tickets and grossed over $4 billion, which is more than any other solo entertainer in history. In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $63 million for the previous 12 months and ranked him the 20th highest earning celebrity in the world. When not performing, he manages his chain of eleven resort islands in the Bahamas.

Thursday 9.15.16
Morning Trivia: Interestingly, he was born in San Francisco. In high school, he was a three-sport standout in football (playing quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back), basketball, and baseball, earning the school's Athlete of the Year award as a senior in 1969; forty years later he was inducted into the charter class of the Redwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2009. After high school, he attended junior college, where he played football for two years (lettering in his second year), before transferring to the University of the Pacific. At Pacific, he played free safety for two years for the Tigers, earning All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors both years and earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1973. After graduation, he tried out for the Honolulu Hawaiians of the World Football League at their training camp in Riverside but did not make the team due to shoulder problems combined with his small size for the position. To make ends meet, he found a job selling roofing materials in the Bay Area, but he found he wasn't good at it and soon moved on; it would be his only non-football-related job. He began coaching when was offered a job as a graduate assistant on the staff at Pacific. He would later be head coach of the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans. Who is he?

Two solo homers and a good outing from starter Hisashi Iwakuma kept the Mariners in full chug with a 2-1 win last night in Anaheim. The eighth triumph in a row, and 10th in the past 13, included three-game sweeps of the Angels and As, for the third perfect road trip of at least six games in club history. The eight-game winning streak has helped the Mariners this week climb over Kansas City, Houston and New York. The Mariners trail the second wild card spot by 1½ games and are a half-game back of Detroit. Toronto, the holder of that second spot, has lost 10 of its past 14 games. After an off-day today, the Mariners begin a three-game series with Houston at Safeco tomorrow night at 7:10.

Russell Wilson took to the practice fields at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday with both ankles heavily taped, but no noticeable limp after suffering that sprained right ankle in Seattle's season opener. Those that were there say that if it weren't for the black tape, it would be hard to tell Wilson was injured at all. Wilson has never missed a game due to injury in his NFL career. Seahawks-Rams, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 on Fox with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the game.

Meanwhile, the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills match up tonight on CBS.

Saturday, the Huskies host Portland State and the Cougars host Idaho.

Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry -- he was a Mariner for a little while -- is 78; actor Tommy Lee Jones is 70; movie director Oliver Stone is also 70; former Miami Dolphin quarterback, Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 55; and the son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry -- the Prince of Wales -- is 32.

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Today is Make a Hat Day. And apparently it's our choice, it can be either Make a Serious Hat Day or Make a Goofy Hat Day. Today is USA Today Day, marking the first issue of the Nation's Newspaper on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, during night filming for The Seven Year Itch in New York City, a gust of wind from a subway grating lifted Marilyn Monroe's skirt. Though husband Joe DiMaggio objected, the scene made it to the world's movie screens. In 1965, Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS TV. In 1978, Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times. It was at the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1997, the domain name google.com was registered. In 1983, the Huey Lewis and the News album Sports was released. In 1998, it was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the internet and 606,000 people read the White House defense of President Bill Clinton. In 2001, Metallica action figures went on sale.

In England, Nigel Mills was driving his blue DeLorean when he thought he’d test the boundaries of Hollywood. He allegedly took it past the magical 88 mph threshold that’s supposed to activate the flux capacitor and send it into another dimension. After being clocked at 89 mph, he was stopped and cited.

Trivia Answer: Head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll who turns 65 today -- the oldest head coach currently working in the NFL.

Wednesday 9.14.16
Morning Trivia: Melinda Lou Morse is 55 today. As a child, she was unable to pronounce the L in her name Melinda and so she became known by her nickname. The 8-year old's nickname would eventually become the namesake behind the name of her father's restaurant chain. In addition to being the namesake, her likeness was used as the company's logo in the form of a young girl with red braids. Can you name the restaurant chain?

Two games after a disastrous start, Taijuan Walker had the game of his Mariners career, a  complete-game shutout of the Angels in Anaheim that was a perfect game until a sixth-inning error allowed the first baserunner. The 8-0 victory at Angel Stadium last night extended the Seattle winning streak to seven games. The Mariners go for the sweep against the Angels -- and a 6-0 road trip -- tonight at at 7:05.

Birthdays: Actress, dancer, and singer, Joey Heatherton is 72; singer and songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 58; and former Mariner and current bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals -- David Bell -- is 44.

Today is National Cream Filled Donut Day -- a sugary, sweet day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Mork & Mindy -- with Robin Williams -- premiered on ABC-TV. In 1984, the MTV Awards were held for the first time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show. In 1994, it was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled. In 1999, Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida. In 2001, Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in Japan.

The Seahawks are back in action Sunday. They're in LA to face the Rams. The Rams last hosted the Seahawks in Southern California in Anaheim back on October 23rd of 1988. That was one month and six days before Russell Wilson was born.

Speaking of the Hawks, have you seen their new alternate Color Rush Uniforms from Nike? Action Green. We could sign the Great Gazoo from The Fintstones to back up Russell. Gazoo already has the uniform. Someone else suggested that perhaps the Hawks are trying to bring Beastmode back by giving him a chance to dress like a Skittle.

The Mayor of DuPont announced a change of heart yesterday when it came to a city-sponsored rally in honor of the Seahawks. The city had planned to hold a Seahawks rally on September 10th, but Mayor Mike Courts cancelled the rally last week, amidst concerns that some of the players would take part in a protest of the national anthem. Courts, who is a retired army colonel, said he's been offended by recent national anthem protests by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players. The mayor said he chose to cancel the rally because he didn't think it was a good idea to use city money and taxpayer dollars to pay for a rally in support of a team that may show disrespect to the American flag. But after the Seahawks' demonstration of unity in which they stood and linked arms during the pregame ceremony on September 11th, the mayor said he had a change of heart. He said, "They conducted a respectful and powerful demonstration. I will honor my promise and have asked the staff to prepare to conduct a DuPont Seahawks rally. A new date will be coordinated as soon as possible. I find myself guilty of what I accused the NFL players of: my message has been lost in my manner of protest and for this I am profoundly sorry," he said. A date for the rescheduled Seahawks rally in DuPont has not yet been set.

Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. Billboard reports that the singer and the NFL are having conversations. Officially, the NFL says, "We have had conversations with several fantastic artists. However, at this point we do not have a final decision."

Twelve toys were picked yesterday as finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame. Two or three will be inducted in November after a national committee reviews the selections. Some of the nominees are bubble wrap, Care Bears, pinball and Clue.

Trivia Answer: Melinda Lou Morse was born Melinda Lou Thomas. As a child she pronounced Melinda as Wenda. She's the daughter and fourth child ofbusinessman Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. After the death of her father Dave Thomas in 2002, Morse and her siblings bought restaurants in in the Columbus, Ohio area. As of September of 2010 Morse herself owned or co-owned more than 30 Wendy's stores. In November of 2010, she began appearing in Wendy's ads on camera for the first time. The 2010 ads aired first in Las Vegas, Nevada; Mobile, Alabama; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Test markets before being rolled out nationally.

Tuesday 9.13.16
Morning Trivia: He's a singer, songwriter, and bassist best known for being an original member of the band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. As a solo artist, he has scored six Top 40 singles, including two that reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Chicago in April this year. Who is he?

Hey, that's six in a row. Leonys Martin went 4 for 4 with three doubles and three runs, and Robinson Cano homered to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-1 last night. The win closed the gap to 2½ games for the second wild card berth as the Yankees, Orioles, Royals and Astros all lost. The Ms and Angels do it again tonight down in Anaheim.

Russell Wilson was out of a protective boot and walking around the Seattle Seahawks practice facility by yesterday afternoon. The concerns about whether he'll be able to play in Week 2 against Los Angeles seem to be at rest for now. Coach Pete Carroll saying, "He's practicing on Wednesday. He's planning on playing." Hawks and Rams in LA Sunday afternoon.

Birthdays: She was Lisa on As the World Turns, actress Eileen Fulton is 83; Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, is 78; Blood, Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas is 75; actress Jacqueline Bisset is 72; she was Charlene on Designing Women, actress Jean Smart is 65; he was the Cowboy in The Village People, singer Randy Jones is 64; record producer and musician Don Was is also 64; musician and Ringo's kid, Zak Starkey is 51; fashion designer and Paul's daughter Stella McCartney is 45; singer Fiona Apple is 39; and he was Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World, actor Ben Savage is 36.

Today is Scooby Doo Day, marking the 1969 premier of the Saturday cartoon series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Today is Muppet Day, marking the TV premier of The Muppet Show on this date in 1976. Hosted by Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street, Jim Henson puppet characters included Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. The show lasted five seasons in 100 countries. Muppet Babies, a Saturday morning cartoon show followed for eight years. Today is Law & Order Day. The TV series premiered on this date in 1990. Today is Fortune Cookie Day in San Francisco, birthplace of the fortune cookie. Today is Positive Thinking Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles won their first two Grammyss, one for Best New Artist and another for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for A Hard Day’s Night. In 1969, Elvis's Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the US, his last #1 song. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run entered the album charts. In 1983, Huey Lewis & The News released their breakthrough album Sports, which later went to number one. In 1989, a national study revealed that on an average day in the US 169 women and 56 men got nose jobs. In 1993, Conan O'Brien became the host of NBC’s Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman. In 1998, NBC's Frasier won a record fifth consecutive award as best comedy series at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards; ABC's The Practice took best drama. In 2004, Oakland posted a 7-6, 10 inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed 19 minutes in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands and hit two fans in the head at the Oakland Coliseum.

The NFL and Nike have revealed this year's color rush uniforms for all teams, including the Seahawks. According to Nike, the designs draw from both current and historic uniform schemes. The Seahawks will be wearing the bright green uniform on Thursday Night Football on December 15th against the LA Rams at Century Link Field. The uniforms feature "action green" from head to toe. Last year, just eight teams took place in the NFL's initial color rush. But this year, the campaign extends to all 32 teams. According to Nike, one hundred percent of the NFL’s proceeds from the sale of color rush jerseys will go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth around the country.

Speaking of the Hawks. Sunday could turn out to be great fun. The Hawks' opponents, the LA Rams, got their clock cleaned last night. The San Francisco 49ers who are not expected to be much this year, shut them out 28-0. Sad to say, the highlight of the evening was when a fan climbed out of the stands and ran on to the field. Even sadder, he got more rushing yards than the Ranms.

The NCAA is moving seven championships out of North Carolina in protest of the state/s controversial bathroom laws. The NCAA Board of Governors said yesterday that the state's laws “make it challenging to guarantee” that events held in North Carolina would “promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.”

Trivia Answer: Peter Cetera who is 72 today. Cetera left Chicago around July 1985. Almost immediately, Cetera hit the jackpot. His first single, Glory of Love, was used as the theme song for the movie The Karate Kid, Part II. It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, and achieved similar success throughout the world. It was also nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male Artist. Recently, Cetera formed a new band called The Bad Daddies. A seven-piece electric rock band, the group performs original material and covers of popular songs, as well as material from Chicago and Cetera's solo career and Cetera also plays bass on some songs during the shows. During interviews, Cetera has often been asked about the prospect of a reunion with Chicago. While Cetera has compared his departure from the band to the divorce of a married couple, and thus far has declined to perform with the band despite attractive financial offers, he has also said "never say never."

Monday 9.12.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1966, fifty years ago, The Monkees invaded television. There were four of them. Can you name The Monkees?

Hobbled by an ankle injury, Russell Wilson pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins yesterday. Wilson was hobbled after he was sacked for a 13-yard loss. As he was going down, Wilson's foot and ankle turned awkwardly. Wilson limped through the possession before getting examined on the sideline and having his foot and ankle taped. He finished 27 of 43 for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Seahawks players and coaches locked arm in arm for the pregame National Anthem -- that included defensive back Jeremy Lane, who sat during the national anthem in the preseason finale in Oakland in a sign of support for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Seahawks return to action next Sunday afternoon in LA to face the Rams.

On Saturday, Jake Browning's school record-tying 5 TDs led the University of Washington Huskies past Idaho 59-14. Also Saturday, Boise State held on late for 31-28 win over Washington State. This next Saturday, U-Dub hosts Portland State while the Cougars host Idaho.

Also yesterday, Ketel Marte hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 for their fifth straight win. The Mariners remained 3 ½ games behind in the AL wild-card race. Up next for the Ms, they move on to Anaheim for a three-game series against the Angels. First pitch is tonight at 7:05.

Birthdays: Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, actress Linda Gray is 76; Rush drummer Neil Peart is 64; from America, singer Gerry Beckley is also 64; actor Peter Scolari is 61; Ed on Northern Exposure, actor Darren E. Burrows is 50; singer Ben Folds is also 50; comedian Louis CK is 49; from Oasis, Liam Gallagher is 44; winner of the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard is 38; and singer Jennifer Hudson is 35.

Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband's badge to ride the streetcar for free until LA finally issued her Policewoman's Badge #1. In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years as something of a cult favorite. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters' 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the Trotters' first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Also in 2003, country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71.

Tom Hanks' Sully has taken off with a stellar $35.5 million opening weekend, marking a solid start to the fall box office season. Directed by Clint Eastwood, Sully handily outperformed expectations, which had been in the $25 million range. When the Bough Breaks opened respectably in second with $15 million. The third weekend of horror-thriller Don't Breathe finished third. The sixth weekend of Suicide Squad followed in fourth. The European animated comedy The Wild Life generated only modest interest placing fifth.

Before the Seahawks home opener against the Miami Dolphins yesterday, all eyes were on the Seahawks players. After promising a "demonstration of unity,” everyone wondered what the team would do during the national anthem. On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, there were a lot of people who were worried that the team would step on some toes if they followed the lead of the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and some of the other NFL players who are taking a knee or sitting during the national anthem. Instead, the Seahawks stood shoulder to shoulder and locked arms in a display of unity. The mayor of DuPont, Mike Courts, wasn't sure about what the team would do, and is now having second thoughts about canceling a Seahawks rally over the weekend. He tells the Seattle Times he's willing to reschedule after seeing the players' respectful demonstration. The city has been receiving a number of angry emails about the mayor's decision and some city council members said he should have checked with other city leaders first before canceling the rally.

We get a preview of the Hawks' next oppenent tonight. It's a doubleheader coming upon Monday Night Football. At 4:10, it's the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins. Then at 7:20, Seattle's next opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, face off with the San Francisco 49ers.

Trivia Answer: The musical acting quartet was Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." The Monkees had a number of international hits, including Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daydream Believer. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Their albums and singles had sold over 65 million copies worldwide. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Davey Jones went to tend his 14 horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favorite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack. The surviving Monkees have continued to tour.

Friday 9.9.16
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, he went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. Early in his career, he played Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty, on The Cosby Show. Who is he?

Yesterday afternoon, Kris Marshall said the Mariners are doing just enough to keep things interesting. They did it again last night. The Ms out-slugged the mighty Rangers offense, piling up 11 hits on the way to a 6-3 win to take three out of four in the series. It also marked the first time since August 18th and 19th that Seattle has won back-to-back games. The Mariners made up a half game in the AL wild-card standings, moving 4½ behind Baltimore. The Mariners are in Oakland tonight.

For all of the furrowed brows and hand-wringing about what the Denver Broncos would do at quarterback and if Trevor Siemian was up to the task, turns out the 24-year-old was not the Broncos’ biggest worry after all. It doesn’t mean Siemian didn’t go through some nationally televised growing pains. But in the Super Bowl rematch, the kid made mistakes, bounced back and helped the Broncos to a 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers last night.

The Seahawks get their season going this weekend when they host the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

College ball, the No. 8 Washington Huskies host the University of Idaho at Husky Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 2. The Washington State Cougars are at Boise State tomorrow night at 7:15.

Birthdays: Former quarterback turned sportscaster Joe Theismann 67; Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Tom Wopat is 65; perhaps best known as one of The Eurythmics, musician Dave Stewart is 64; actor and film producer Hugh Grant is 56: actress and model Rachel Hunter is 47; Elliott in E.T., actor Henry Thomas is 45; and singer Michael Bublé is 41.

It's Wonderful Weirdos Day, a day to thank the weirdos in your life. Today is California Day. On this day in 1850, California became the 31st US state. Today is Fat Albert Day, marking the TV debut of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids in 1972. Fat Albert's cartoon friends were Weird Harold, Mush Mouth, and Donald.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, NBC -- the National Broadcasting Company -- was formed. In 1947, the first actual case of a computer bug being found. A moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had Presley filmed from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn’t corrupt the nation’s youth. The King performed Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, and Ready Teddy. In 1971, the four-day Attica Prison riot began, which eventually resulted in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. In 1992, Van Halen took away the Video of the Year award at the 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards for their Right Now clip. In 1999, the Sega Dreamcast game system went on sale. By 1:00 in the afternoon, all Toys R Us locations in the US had sold out. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 100 million apps downloaded. In 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 1.8 billion apps downloaded.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted yesterday that the team "will honor the country and flag" in a "demonstration of unity" prior to Sunday's season opener against Miami. When approached in the locker room by reporters, Baldwin declined to elaborate further saying, "you'll see on Sunday." Former Green Beret and one-time Seahawks long-snapper Nate Boyer later tweeted that he had spoken with the Seahawks players about their plans and wrote, "what the team will do is a powerful sign of unification + respect for the Anthem + those that fight for our Freedom!" In an interview later, Boyer expanded on his tweet . He said, "I spoke with the players, and they realize that 9/11 is a very important day in our nation's history. The Seahawks, and probably every team, will be honoring those who serve in camouflage, and also those in blue who served on such a difficult day," Boyer said. "Shortly after 9/11 our country seemed more unified than I had ever experienced, and was the most unified it has been since I have been alive. Since that date, we have grown farther apart in our unity. Standing together this Sunday is key to making progress. What the team will do is a powerful sign of unification."

Marshawn Lynch may be considering a return to the NFL, according to a report yesterday from Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Here's what Florio had to say: "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch is currently 'up in the air' about returning to the NFL. The source said that Week Four or Week Five could be the hot spots for a possible unretirement." If Florio's report holds any merit, Lynch's flair for dramatic timing seems consistent. The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights, meaning he would revert to Seattle's roster if he filed the paperwork to come off the team's reserve/retired list. That would leave the Seahawks with a choice to either add him to the roster midseason or part ways via trade or release.

In theaters this weekend, Sully is expected to bring in between $20 million-$25 million to take the No. 1 spot at the box office. Sully is rated PG-13 and stars Tom Hanks. Also in theaters this weekend, The Disappointments Room (R), When the Bough Breaks (PG-13), and the animated The Wild Life (PG).

Trivia Answer: Adam Sandler who is 50 today. He is best known for his comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison, the sports comedies Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy, and the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer. He has since ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love in 2002, Spanglish in 2004, Reign Over Me in 2007, and Funny People in 2009. Sandler has released five comedy albums in his career. They're All Gonna Laugh at You! in 1993 and What the Hell Happened to Me? in 1996 are both certified double-platinum.

Thursday 9.8.16
Morning Trivia: She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group, Choice, in 1995. The label saw potential only in her and offered her a solo deal. Choice disbanded in 1998. She went on to rise as an artist with her debut solo album, Can't Take Me Home in 2000 which spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits. She took control in early 2001 insisting she wanted to work with her childhood hero, Linda Perry, and pursued a pop rock direction for her second album, Missundaztood in 2001. It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and yielded three United States top-ten singles. Her third studio album generated considerably lower sales, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth studio albums, I'm Not Dead in 2006 and Funhouse in 2008, with the latter containing her second United States number one hit. Who is she?

Adam Lind hit a pair of home runs, including a first-inning grand slam, as the Mariners jumped out to a big early lead to pound Texas 8-3 last night. Game four of the four game set, and the last time these two teams meet this year, is tonight at 7:10.

Also tonight, the NFL gets things going. We've waited 214 days but the NFL is back. It's a Super Bowl 50 rematch. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers against the now Peyton Manning-less Denver Broncos. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya bring you the action on NBC tonight at 5:30.

The Seahawks get their season going this weekend when they host the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

College ball, the No. 8 Washington Huskies are a five touchdown favorite when they host the University of Idaho at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon at 2.

The Washington State Cougars are at Boise State on Saturday.

Birthdays: Actor Dustin Hoffman is 79; the junior United States Senator from Vermont, a recent candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, Bernie Sanders is 75; from 'Til Tuesday, singer Aimee Mann is 56; Courtney Cox’s ex, actor David Arquette is 45; Randy on Home Improvement, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 35; Cameron Jibril Thomaz, the rapper, songwriter, and actor better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is 28; and Tim Bergling, also better known by his stage name, Avicii is 27.

Today is National Nose Hair Maintenance Day. Enough said. Today is Oprah Day, marking the premier of The Oprah Winfrey Show on this date in 1986. Today is Pardon Me Day, marking President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon "for all offenses" on September 8th of 1974. Today is International Literacy Day, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited. In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. In 1965, the television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad seeking "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. The final four choices became the stars in the television show The Monkees. In 1966, the first Star Trek series premiered on NBC. In 1973, Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run. In 1997, America Online acquired CompuServe. In 2006, Whitney Houston filed for a divorce from Bobby Brown. The couple had married in 1992. In 2015, British researchers announced that evidence of a larger version of Stonehenge had been located about 2 miles from the Stonehenge location. There were 90 buried stones that had been found by ground penetrating radar.

Had a friend point out that this is the first time in a long time that an NFL season is beginning without Peyton Manning and Tom Brady taking part.

Apple's latest iPhone may be more notable for what's missing from previous models than what's being added. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus unveiled yesterday won't have an analog headphone jack -- a longtime staple in just about every consumer electronics device that can play audio. In doing so, Apple is betting that its legions of loyal fans will embrace the shift to wireless headphones -- or, if they insist on sticking with their old ways, that they won't mind using earbuds that plug into the iPhone's power port, or older headsets in conjunction with a new adapter. The redesigned earbuds -- with cord -- will be included with the new iPhones. Also in the box: an adapter consisting of two plugs connected by a short length of cable, which will connect older headphones to the charging port. But Apple is trying to push consumers to cut the cord with their headphones and make the leap into what it envisions as a "wireless future." As part of the transition, Apple also is introducing wireless "AirPods" that will sell for $160. Getting rid of the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack helped Apple make its new iPhone slimmer, boost its battery lifetime and add other improvements, including stereo speakers and a sharper camera. The iPhone 7 is also water resistant, a popular feature that rivals such as Samsung Electronics already have been offering. Apple is trying to reverse its first decline in iPhone sales since the company's late founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the trendsetting device in 2007. Apple sold nearly 92 million iPhones during the first six months of this year, or about 15 percent fewer than the same period last year. Industry analysts blame the downturn on last fall's uninspiring rollout of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, neither of which included enough compelling feature to persuade consumers to replace the phones that they already owned. Now the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may be plagued by the same syndrome. Everybody's waiting for the iPhone 8. The new iPhones debut September 16th in the US, China and more than two dozen other countries. Orders start tomorrow.

Trivia Answer: Alecia Beth Hart (née Moore), better known by her stage name Pink, who turns 37 today. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits... So Far!! Her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love in 2012, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. She has sold over 135 million records worldwide. She has sold over 16 million albums in the United States alone. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and six MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, Billboard recognized Pink as the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade.

Wednesday 9.7.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened. Where -- in what city and state -- did it open?

Again, Mariners pitchers couldn't contain the Rangers as Texas pounded out 15 hits -- nine for extra bases -- on the way to a 10-7 win last night. Game three of four tonight at 7:10.

Fortunately, there's football. The NFL gets things going tomorrow night with a Super Bowl 50 rematch. The Carolina Panthers are in Denver to face the Broncos. It's on NBC tomorrow night at 5:30.

The Seahawks get their season going on Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Birthdays: Singer Gloria Gaynor -- she has survived -- she's 67; she was Valerie Harper's character's younger sister Brenda in the sitcom Rhoda but is now best known as the voice of Marge Simpson, actress Julie Kavner is 66; from The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is 65; Arnold Becker on L.A. Law, actor Corbin Bernsen is 62; and songwriter Diane Warren is 60.

Today is Buddy Holly Day. He was born Charles Harden Holley -- spelled H-O-L-L-E-Y -- in Lubbock, Texas, on this date in 1935. His name was misspelled -- dropping the E -- on his first recording contract, so he kept it that way. Today is Google Day. On this date in 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated the internet search company at Menlo Park, California. The test search engine was doing some 10,000 searches a day. A year later it was doing three million searches a day. Today is National Salami Day. Today is also Neither Rain Nor Snow Day. Here's the lowdown: Neither Rain Nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the New York Post Office building on this day in 1914. This following inscription was inscribed on the building: "Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." A lot of people assume the inscription represents the Post Office motto. This assumption is incorrect. But, this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider's motto. Which leads to another misconception. The Pony Express was not a government funded predecessor to today's Post Office. The Pony Express was a courier and message delivery service that was privately owned and funded.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, The Flying Nun took off from a convent in Puerto Rico. The popular TV series starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrillle. In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuted on cable. In 1986, in the Chicago Bears vs. the Cleveland Browns game, only three plays into the new football season, officials called for the first instant replay in NFL history. The rule was later tossed out, but returned in modified form in 1999. In 1996, all 875 residents of McGregor, Iowa, were honored guests at the 125th anniversary performance of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Des Moines. The Ringling brothers held their first circus in McGregor in 1871. In 2002, a 47-year-old robber walked into the Halmstad, Sweden, post office, told the cashier he was armed, and demanded a bag of cash -- plus $37 million be deposited into his bank account. He then gave the postal clerk his account number. Police had no trouble finding the robber.

Washington's 48-13 rout of Rutgers Saturday played favorably with voters in both major college football polls yesterday. The Huskies surged in the Associated Press rankings from 14th to No. 8, and seven spots in the coaches poll, from 18th to No. 11. The AP ranking is Washington's highest in that poll since a No. 8 placement in Week 9 of the 2001 season. The last time Washington had a better September AP ranking was September 24th of 2000, when the Huskies were No. 6 before dropping a 23-16 decision to Oregon. UW finished 11-and-1 and defeated Purdue in the Rose Bowl that year. In the coaches poll, the Huskies came in behind Iowa. Among Pac-12 schools, only No. 4 Stanford is rated higher. Oregon is at No. 23. USC and UCLA fell out after losing to Alabama and Texas A&M. Washington takes on the University of Idaho at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon at 2. Washington has not lost to Idaho since 1905, capturing 34 consecutive victories. UW is a five-touchdown favorite.

Eleven years ago today, Apple introduced the iPod Nano, a revolutionary full-featured iPod that could hold 1,000 songs yet was thinner than a standard #2 pencil. Today the company unveils the iPhone 7. Rumors say a better battery and better camera but if the rumors are true, the big news is no headphone jack as they make the transition to wireless. We'll see. The press conference is this morning.

Trivia Answer: The hall opened in Canton, Ohio, this date, September 7th of 1963, with 17 charter enshrinees. Canton was selected as the location for the Hall of Fame for three reasons: First, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920. Second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. Finally, the community of Canton successfully lobbied the NFL to have the Hall built in their city.

Tuesday 9.6.16
Morning Trivia: This actress and comedienne is sometimes referred to as the Queen of the Deadpan. She was included on a 1986 list of the Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time. It's ironic because she first came to prominence as an original Not Ready For Prime Time Player on Saturday Night Live in 1975. She went on to win back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on the 1980s sitcom Kate & Allie. She later starred in the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Who is she?

Robinson Cano homered during a five-run first inning, the Mariners knocked Texas starter Cole Hamels out early and then Seattle pulled away with a six-run sixth inning in a 14-6 win over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers yesterday. Despite being staked to a 7-0 lead, Seattle starter Felix Hernandez nearly gave it all away. Texas scored five times off Hernandez in the third inning. Hernandez threw 49 pitches in the inning, but managed to keep the lead. Hernandez made it through 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs before being lifted. Up next for the Mariners, game two of the four-game set with the Rangers. First pitch tonight at 7:10.

The Huskies started the season with a rout. UW beat Rutgers Saturday, 48-13. The Dawgs host Idaho this coming Saturday.

Meanwhile, Eastern Washington got by Washington State 45-42 Saturday. The Cougs are on the road this next weekend. They're at Boise State on Saturday.

Meanwhile, this past Sunday was the last Sunday without NFL football until after the Super Bowl. The Hawks open up their regular season this coming Sunday afternoon hosting the Miami Dolphins.

Birthdays: Comic Jo Anne Worley is 79; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is 73; actress Swoosie Kurtz is 72; actor and comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 58; actor and comedian Michael Winslow is also 58; journalist Elizabeth Vargas is 54; New Jersey governor Chris Christie is 54; actress Rosie Perez is 52; singer Macy Gray is 49; and royal relative, Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa Middleton is 33.

Happy Barbie Doll Day. Barbie debuted on this date in 1959. Today is Dragon Tales Day. The PBS show debuted on this date in 1999. Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In 1975, while in New York to compete in the US Open, Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum. In 1993, British music lover Helen Stephens was jailed for a week after neighbors complained she played Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You loudly and constantly for five weeks. In 1997. Britain's Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of her family home. The worldwide TV audience for the funeral ceremonies was estimated at over two billion. In 1989, the Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming concert. In 2003, an Australian man picked up a $2.5 million lottery prize almost a year after winning it. The mechanic in his 40s said he delayed because he didn't need the money, that his wages were enough to support his lifestyle. He said, after waiting a year, he finally decided to secure the financial future of his children, pay off his home loan, buy a new car and give some money to the Anti-Cancer Council.

The Seahawks get their regular season going Sunday but the NFL gets things going Thursday night. The Carolina Panthers are in Denver to face the Broncos Thursday night on NBC.

A study has found turning off the television, picking up a crossword puzzle, and eating more fish could be the key to a better memory. The study also found people who read fiction had better memories than those who don't, while heavy drinkers found it more difficult to recall names.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is America's top party school, according to a new report in the Princeton Review. The Badgers beat out last year's biggest drinkers, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. West Virginia University is the second best school to get sauced at, followed by University of Illinois.

Trivia Answer: Jane Curtin who is 69 today. She played Allison Allie Lowell on Kate & Allie, and was Dr. Mary Albright on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Curtin has also appeared in many movie roles. She also reprised one of her Saturday Night Live characters, Prymaat (Clorhone) Conehead, in the 1993 film The Coneheads.

Monday 9.5.16

The Mariners lost for the 10th time in 12 games, but the outcome was secondary after Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was struck by a liner. He had a small skull fracture, hematoma, and laceration. The Angels jumped out to another quick lead, holding on to beat the Mariners 4-2 yesterday when solo home runs from Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz weren't enough. The game became secondary when, in the second inning, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker took a line drive from the bat of Kyle Seager to the right side of his head. Shoemaker fell to his knees, then put his hands on the ground. A concerned Seager ran to first base, then appeared to wipe tears away as he watched trainers tend to Shoemaker near the mound. Shoemaker walked off under his own power, holding a towel to his head to stop the bleeding from a laceration. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a small skull fracture and hematoma. The plan was to keep him at least overnight. Up next Felix Hernandez gets another shot at the Texas Rangers this afternoon.

The Huskies started the season with a rout. UW beat Rutgers Saturday, 48-13. The Dawgs host Idaho this coming Saturday.

A different outcome for WSU. Eastern Washington got by Washington State 45-42 Saturday. The Cougs are on the road this next weekend. They're at Boise State on Saturday.

Meanwhile, yesterday was the last Sunday without NFL football until after the Super Bowl, The Hawks open up their regular season Sunday afternoon hosting the Miami Dolphins.

Birthdays: Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is 87; actor William Devane is 79; actress Raquel Welch is 76; singer-songwriter Al Stewart is 71; singer Loudon Wainwright III is 70; actor Michael Keaton is 65; and TV personality, musician, and Frank's son, Dweezil Zappa is 47.

In addition to being Labor Day, today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1986, Dire Straits' Money For Nothing won the MTV award for Best Video. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. In 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack. In 2003, in London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.

The second weekend of horror-thriller Don't Breathe is showing plenty of life at an otherwise quiet Labor Day box office with an estimated $19.4 million. Warner Bros. fifth weekend of Suicide Squad showed impressive staying power in second place. Disney's fourth weekend of fantasy-adventure Pete's Dragon was leading the rest of the pack, edging Focus Features' third frame of animated drama Kubo and the Two Strings. Sony's fourth weekend of Sausage Party rounds out the top five. But the holiday proved tough for two new entries into the market. Disney's The Light Between Oceans is heading for a modest sixth-place finish and Fox's sci-fi thriller Morgan is practically invisible. Today marks the final day for the summer box office. It's finishing about even with last summer's total but 5.5% behind the 2013 record.

More evidence that you need not be smart to be a criminal. Police working undercover at a music festival in Thornville, Ohio, didn’t have to work hard to find someone dealing drugs at the event: a sheriff’s deputy noticed a man "on a loud speaker advertising cocaine for sale."

Friday 9.2.16
Morning Trivia: He is a former world No. 1 tennis player, often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport. He held the top ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from July 29th of 1974 to August 22nd of 1977 and an additional eight times during his career for a total of 268 weeks. He also held a year-end top ten ranking for an Open Era record 16 years. By virtue of his long and prolific career, he still holds three prominent Open Era singles records: 109 titles (the only man to win 100), 1,535 matches played, and 1,256 match wins. He was known for his fiery competitiveness, acrimonious relationships with a number of peers, and boorish behavior that pandered to the crowd. For these reasons, he has been likened to baseball player Pete Rose, a comparison of which he is proud. Who is he?

The Seattle Seahawks end up with a 23-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in their preseason finale last night. With most of Seattle's starters only playing one series and the bulk of Oakland's first-stringers sitting out the entire game, there was little star power on the field. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane joined Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest. Lane sat on the Seattle bench while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before the game. Lane also came out of the locker room late after halftime, missing the start of the third quarter. The regular season opener coming up Sunday the 11th when Seattle hosts the Miami Dolphins.

The Washington Huskies are back in action this weekend, The Dawgs host Rutgers tomorrow afternoon at 2.

The WSU Cougars are back as well. They host Eastern Washington tomorrow night at 5:00 at Pullman.

The Mariners are back home and trying to right the ship. They host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the weekend. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Former Commissioner of Baseball and former chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Peter Ueberroth is 79; former quarterback, now a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw is 68; actor Mark Harmon is 65; football's Eric Dickerson is 56; actor Keanu Reeves is 52; boxer Lennox Lewis is 51; and actress Salma Hayek is 50.

Today is VJ Day -- Victory over Japan Day or Victory in Japan Day -- which marks the end of World War II. There is a bit of murkiness as three dates are used as VJ Day. August 14th which is the date Japan surrendered, August 15th, the date the surrender was announced to the world, and September 2nd, the date of the ceremony and formal signing of the surrender. Today is also National Blueberry Popsicle Day. Today is Hug Your Boss Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He was speaking at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1969, NBC-TV canceled Star Trek. The show had debuted on September 8th of 1966. In 1985, it was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1st by a US and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. In 1989, Cold Hearted became Paula Abdul’s third consecutive number one single. Also in 1989, The Cars’ Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova. In 1992, the US and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The opening ceremonies included performances by Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

In theaters for the weekend:
• Finding Dory (PG) – Returns to theaters for a limited time
• Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13) – Returns to theaters for a limited time
• Morgan (R) – Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti
• The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) – Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
• Hands of Stone (R) – Expands to more theaters.

Sylvester Stallone is not dead, but a viral report claims that the actor was found dead in his home. The hoax started circulating in late August but gained steam yesterday, with a link to the story about his alleged death spreading on Facebook. The story claims that Stallone was found dead near a number of prescription drugs, and points to a site made to look like CNN.

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Connors who is 64 today. His titles include eight majors (five US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open), three year-end championships, and 17 Grand Prix Super Series. Connors was the only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces: grass, clay, and hard. He was also the first male tennis player to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces. During the early part of his career, Connors frequently argued with umpires, linesmen, the players union, Davis Cup officials and other players. He was even booed at Wimbledon – a rare show of disapproval there—for snubbing the Parade of Champions. His brash behavior both on and off the court earned him a reputation as the brat of the tennis world. But Connors himself thrived on the energy of the crowd, positive or negative, and manipulated and exploited it to his advantage in many of the greatest matches of his career.

Thursday 9.1.16
Morning Trivia: He's a psychologist, a television personality, author, and host of his own television show. He fist gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. In 2015, Forbes listed his earnings at $70 million for the previous 12 months, and ranked him the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world. Who is he?

The Texas Rangers 14. The Seattle Mariners 1. Enough said. An off day for the Ms today. They are back at the Safe hosting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tomorrow night.

Thank goodness for football. The Seahawks have their final preseason game of the year coming up tonight. The Hawks are in Oakland to face the Raiders. Kick off is tonight at 7:00.

The Washington Huskies are back in action this weekend, as well. The Dawgs host Rutgers Saturday afternoon.

The WSU Cougars host Eastern Washington Saturday night at Pullman.

Birthdays: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is 78; comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 77; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 70; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 59; and the guy that won a reality contest to become the singer for INXS, J.D Fortune is 43.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

Today is is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Muammar Gaddafi to power. In 1970, the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie aired on NBC-TV. It had premiered on September 18th of 1965. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. In 1995, in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place. The museum officially opened the next day. In 1998, J.K. Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the US -- the first book in the Harry Potter series. In 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

September is National Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Children's Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, Happy Cat Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, National Honey Month, Mold Awareness Month and National Honey Month. September is Backpack Safety Month, Hug A Texas Chef Month, International People Skills Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Biscuit Month, National Chicken Month, National Coupon Month, National Honey Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Velociraptor Awareness Month, Pleasure Your Mate Month (and many more).

The Washington State Fair -- the Puyallup -- opens tomorrow and runs through the 25th.

Trivia Answer: Phillip McGraw who turns 66 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show which debuted in 2002 is also named Dr. Phil. McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. Appearing on the Today Show in January of 2008, McGraw said that he had made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. Magraw's license is currently is listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.