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Tuesday 2.28.17
Morning Trivia: Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two people who've won an Oscar for playing the same character. Can you name the character?

Well, that was fun while it lasted. After blowing out the San Diego Padres twice over the weekend, the Mariners learned what it's like to be on the receiving end yesterday. The Ms fell to the Kansas City Royals 14-3. The fun continues today as the Mariners face off with the Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Arizona. Felix gets the start for Seattle.

Birthdays: Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, actor Gavin MacLeod is 86; race car driver Mario Andretti is 77; musician Donnie Iris is 74; actress Kelly Bishop is 73; actress Bernadette Peters is 69; actress Mercedes Ruehl is also 69; comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 62; actor John Turturro is 60; B-52s singer Cindy Wilson is also 60; and from Train, frontman Pat Monahan is 48.

It's Tuesday but it's no ordinary Tuesday. It's Fat Tuesday. It's time to party it up, and eat. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It's a day for people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, Christians also give up something special that they enjoy. Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Did you know? On Bourbon street in New Orleans, store owners coat poles and columns with vaseline to keep  wild and rowdy revelers from climbing them (and perhaps falling). Today is Goodbye M*A*S*H Day, marking the final episode of the series on this date in 1983, when 77% of the North American television audience tuned in. Today is National Tooth Fairy Day. Today is National Chocolate Souffle Day. Today is World Spay Day. Just don't tell your puppy. Today is Floral Design Day, commemorating floral art. And today is Public Sleeping Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at age 71. He had appeared almost 20 years on radio and 15 years on television as Jack Benny's personal valet, Rochester. In 1984, Michael Jackson won eight Grammy Awards and his first Pepsi commercial premiered. In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when ATF agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians. Four federal agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. In 1996, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to a divorce from Prince Charles, ending a marriage that began in 1981. She said it was the saddest day of her life. In 2001, the Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit the Nisqually Valley and the Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle areas.

YouTube has reached an remarkable milestone. People around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube’s content every single day. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion. For years, it was not a major contributor to Google revenue. That's changed. YouTube’s revenue last year was pegged at over $10 billion.

It could be an interesting evening in that other Washington tonight. President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress at 6:00 (our time).

Trivia Answer: That character was Vito Corleone who was portrayed by Brando in The Godfather and by De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

Monday 2.27.17
Morning Trivia: He is a political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to him include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government. He came to prominence in 1965 with the publication of his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a critique of the safety record of American automobile manufacturers in general, and most famously the Chevrolet Corvair. He's been a candidate for President several times. Who is he?

The Seattle Mariners got their Spring season going over the weekned. Things started well as Nelson Cruz hit a 3-run homerun in the first inning Saturday and the Ms went on to down the San Diego Padres 13-3 in Peoria. The same two squads hooked up yesterday. Again. Nelson Cruz went long. This time waiting until the second innning. THe Ms went on to win 13-2. Spring play continues today with the Mariners meeting the Kansas City Royals.

Ouch! No. 1 Gonzaga was upset by BYU 79-71 for the Bulldogs' first loss of the year.

Birthdays: She was married to Paul Newman until his death in 2008, actress Joanne Woodward is 87; Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnatti, actor Howard Hesseman is 77; Journey guitarist Neal Schon is 63; the current lead vocalist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant is 58; one of the Baldwin boys, actor Adam Baldwin is 55; from TLC, Rozonda Thomas better known a Chilli is 44; Bill and Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton is 37; and singer Josh Groban is 36.

Actor Bill Paxton, who rose to stardom with roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Aliens and Titanic has died. Paxton appeared in dozens of films over some four decades. He had recently starred in the HBO series Big Love. For his role in Apollo 13 Paxton won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996. Paxton died yesterday after complications from surgery. He was 61.

Joseph Wapner, the real-life retired judge who presided over the syndicated court show The People's Court for more than a decade, died yesterday. According to TMZ, Wapner was suffering from breathing problems and was admitted to a hospital last week. He returned home Friday with hospice care. Wapner was a retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge when The People’s Court debuted in September of 1981. A 1989 poll conducted by the Washington Post showed that while only 9 percent of people could name the chief justice of the US, 54 percent knew that Wapner was the judge on The People’s Court. Joseph Wapner was 97.

Today is International Polar Bear Day. It's No Brainer Day -- this day is for me. By definition, a "No brainer" is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Therefore, today is the day for you to do all those "no brainer" tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then it's not the chore to do today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1879, the artificial sweetener Saccharin was discovered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1963, Mickey Mantle agreed to play another year for the New York Yankees for $100,000, making him the highest-paid player in baseball history to that time. In 1949 he played for $1,100. In 1970, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity during a concert in Oklahoma City. In 1973, the American Indian Movement occupied Wouned Knee in South Dakota. In 1996, Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize awarded in Dallas: One million dollars. One slice: 460 calories. In 1997, in Ireland, divorce became legal. Also in 1997, God received an American Family Publisher's Sweepstakes entry mailed to Florida's Bushnell Assembly of God Church which began, "God, you may already be a winner."

Get Out, a horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend's top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend's liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, who is best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series Key & Peele. With Get Out galvanizing multiplexes, two other new releases, Collide and Rock Dog, collapsed. As the newcomers stumbled, The Lego Batman Movie continued to show strength finishing the weekend in second place. The rest of the top five: at No. 3, John Wick: Chapter Two; at No. 4, The Great Wall; and at No. 5, Fifty Shades Darker.

Accountants and Oscar officials were investigating how a meticulous procedure for announcing Academy Awards winners went disastrously awry, snatching a best picture victory from musical La La Land and handing it instead to Moonlight. In a gaffe last night that stunned the Dolby Theatre crowd in Hollywood and a television audience worldwide, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope for the movie industry's top award. The mistake was not rectified until the La La Land cast and producers were on stage giving their acceptance speeches. It was left to the musical's producer, Jordan Horowitz, to put things right. It took PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been overseeing Academy Awards balloting for 83 years, three hours to issue a statement confirming that Beatty and Dunaway "had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope." In a statement today, the accountants said, "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred." An embarrassed Beatty carried the envelope in his hand to the glitzy Governor's Ball after the show, with the writing clearly saying "actress in a leading role." La La Land star Emma Stone had been awarded that Oscar moments before.

The twitterverse was hopping. Steve Harvey tweeted that he "went to sleep early last night. So ... what I miss?" and he also tweeted to Warren Beatty, "I can help you get through this." There were also various tweets along the lines of LaLa Land won the popular vote and allustions to thousands of Academy members voting illegally.

Meanwhile, ABC's Sunday night broadcast of the Academy Awards drew 32.9 million US viewers, the smallest audience for the Oscars since 2008, according to Nielsen data released by the Walt Disney Co unit today.

Trivia Answer: Ralph Nader who turns 83 today. In 1988, Nader appeared on Sesame Street as "a person in your neighborhood." The verse of the song began "A consumer advocate is a person in your neighborhood." Nader's appearance on the show was memorable because it was the only time that the grammar of the last line of the song -- "A person who you meet each day" -- was questioned and changed in the show. Nader refused to sing a line which he deemed grammatically improper, so a compromise was reached such that Nader sang the last line solo, with the modified words: "A person whom you meet each day."

Friday 2.24.17
Morning Trivia: He was born David Goldstein in England. After a few years in England, the family moved to a northern New York City suburb where he grew up. He has dual American and British citizenship. When he was in his 20s, he was a session musician. He played the piano for both The Cuff Links and The Buoys, with whom he had his first international hit, Timothy, in 1971, which was possibly the only top-40 song about cannibalism. He also wrote jingles and pop tunes. As a recording artist, he broke through with 1974's Widescreen album. Barbra Streisand discovered the album and asked to record songs from it. She used some of his songs in the movie A Star Is Born. He also arranged, conducted and wrote songs on six of her other albums. A song from his fifth album reached number one on Billboard's Hot 100. The song hit #1 late in December 1979, becoming the last song to top the pop chart in the 1970s. The song fell to #2 for the first week of January of 1980 and then rebounded to #1 the next week, making this guy the only artist to ascend to the #1 spot with the same song in different decades. Who is he?

Reports of some snow showers (aren't those flurries?) across Western Washington this morning. Hood Canal Schools were delayed a couple of hours and Mary M. Knight ran an hour behind. The good news (at least I think so) is that we didn't get the inch accumulation they were forecasting a couple of days ago.

Cactus League play set to begin this weekend for the Seattle Mariners. They face the San Diego Padres in Peoria tomorrow at noon. Lo and behold, there is no television available (don't the Ms own the majority of Root Sports?). The Ms regular season opener is on the road this year. They're in Houston against the Astros on April 3rd.

It's National Tortilla Chip Day. Today is Sesame Street's Gordon's Birthday. And the birthday of the nylon toothbrush. It made its debut on this date in 1938. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.

Birthdays: Nike founder Phil Knight is 79; former US Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman is 75; actor Barry Bostwick is 72; actor Edward James Olmos is 70; George Thorogood is 67; the mom on That ’70s Show, actress Debra Jo Rupp is 66; journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn is 61; and singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked is 55.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, the city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian. In 1976, The Eagles' Greatest Hits album became the first album in the US to be certified platinum by the RIAA. In 1980, the United States Olympic Hockey team completed their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal. In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. In 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. In 1992, Wayne's World opened in theaters across the country. In 1993, Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards for the song Tears In Heaven. In 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years. In 2011, it was the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Trivia Answer: Rupert Holmes who turns 70 today. He is a composer, singer-songwriter, musician, and author of plays, novels, and stories. He is best known for his number one pop hit Escape (subtitled The Piña Colada Song) in 1979. Rumor is that back in the day, he set out to write a song that would be banned. That song ended up being 1971's Timothy by The Buoys.

Thursday 2.23.17
Morning Trivia: She's an actress and model. Her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at the age of eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history. As a child actress, she went on to appear in high-profile films such as Man on Fire in 2004, War of the Worlds in 2005, and Charlotte's Web in 2006. She then began the transition to more adult roles with Hounddog in 2007 and The Secret Life of Bees in 2008. Her recent film roles have included Cherie Currie in The Runaways in 2010, Annie James in The Motel Life in 2013, and Jane in The Twilight Saga from 2009 to 2012. Who is she?

Soon enough, Jarrod Dyson will be a vocal and emotional presence in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse. He's just working on getting to know his new teammates first. Dyson has the credentials and experience to back up his history of good-natured ribbing, jokes, and holding teammates accountable. He spent the past seven seasons carving out a speed and outfield versatility role for himself on the Kansas City Royals. Dyson is a career .260 hitter with 176 stolen bases. He'll have the green light to take off when he likes, at least in spring training, and also brings 11 outfield assists and only two errors in 95 games from last season. Dyson also has a World Series championship ring from his KC days, something not lost on the Mariners, who traded for the him in the offseason. Ms and Padres get things rolling Saturday afternoon down in Peoria.

Birthdays: The son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda, actor and director Peter Fonda is 77; football great and Hall of Famer, Oakland Raider Fred Biletnikoff is 74; Jill Taylor on Home Improvement, actress Patricia Richardson is 66; football's Ed "Too Tall" Jones is also 66; Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is 65; singer Howard Jones is 62; he'll leave the light on for ya, author/voice actor/spokesman Tom Bodett is also 62; the Dell in Dell computers, Michael Dell is 52; from Sex and the City, actress Kristin Davis is also 52; Skippy on Family Ties, actor Marc Price is 49; and actress Emily Blunt is 34.

It's International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits. Today is Curling is Cool Day, a day not dedicated to those with naturally or otherwise endowed with glistening spiralling locks of hair. Oh, no. This is the day George Clooney and Bruce Springsteen get to play their all-time favorite sport and call it cool. Curling is a Scottish game developed in the 1500s. Today is Pebbles’ Day, marking the birth of a cartoon daughter to Fred and Wilma Flintstone on this date in 10-thousand BC.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1822, Boston was incorporated as a city. In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield. In 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation, and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1st of 1934, the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 1939, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Walt Disney received eight Academy Awards for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: one regular-size Oscar and seven miniature ones. In 1940, Walt Disney's animated movie Pinocchio was released. In 1965, comedian Stan Laurel died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th. In 2000, Carlos Santana won eight Grammy awards for his album Supernatural, tying the record set in 1983 by Michael Jackson. In 2005, the New York, NY, city medical examiner's office annouced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th of 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.

The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades. The capsule, named Columbia, went on a tour of US capitals following its historic role in the mission to the moon. But it has since made its home at the Smithsonian in Washington. Yesterday, officials announced a four-city road tour ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019. The capsule is visiting museums in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and here in the Northwest in Seattle as part of a new exhibit: Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Visitors who go to see the capsule on tour also get to see other objects that were used on the lunar mission, including gloves and a visor Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon and a rock box used to bring back the first samples of the moon. Visitors are also able to explore an interactive, 3D tour of the inside and outside of the capsule. The capsule is at The Museum of Flight in Seattle from March 16th to September 2nd of 2019.

Trivia Answer: Dakota Fanning who is 23 today. Although the focus of Fanning's career is acting, she also has fashion-related jobs. Her debut in modeling came in 2009 when she made the cover of various magazines like Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan, among others.

Wednesday 2.22.17
Morning Trivia: She is an actress, author, director, model and producer. She's a member of a theatric family. She began acting on television, and soon transitioned to film with roles in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982 and Irreconcilable Differences in 1984. Who is she?

Most Mariners have been in camp all this week but Leonys Martin was permitted to report late because he was testifying in a human trafficing trial in Miami. Martin told a Miami jury yesterday he crossed the US-Mexico border without any valid papers because he feared being kidnapped or worse after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group linked to a sports agent and a baseball trainer. Martin's testimony came in the federal trial of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, who are charged with conspiracy and alien smuggling. Martin told jurors he crossed at Laredo, Texas, in April 2011 after agreeing to a five-year, $15.5 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Martin testified, "My life was in danger in Mexico. My safety was at risk." Like other Cuban players who have testified in the case, Martin said he was whisked away from Cuba in 2010 by speedboat to Cancun, Mexico. Cuban players must establish residency in a third country in order to sign lucrative free agent contracts with Major League Baseball in the US. While in Cancun, Martin said eight or nine men who said they were armed broke into his apartment with a crowbar and pressured him to leave with them. Martin refused and the men eventually left, but he said the alleged smuggling ring decided after that to relocate a group of players to Monterrey, Mexico. While in Monterrey, a kidnapping attempt was made against one of the smugglers but he managed to escape out the back of his house, Martin said. Meanwhile, Martin had signed contracts obligating him to pay Hernandez 5 percent of his MLB deal and the alleged smuggling ring 35 percent. He was also given Mexican residency papers claiming he had a job as an auto mechanic and painter that Martin said was false. With the Rangers agreement done and while awaiting a visa to come to the US, Martin said the group decided he should simply walk across the border. At the time, Cubans who reached US soil were generally allowed to remain, a policy since revoked by former President Barack Obama. Martin acknowledged giving false information in an interview with a Customs and Border Protection officer, such as a claim that he was seeking political asylum, but he was released into the US without incident. Martin also decided not to pay the full amount to the alleged smugglers or to Hernandez, leading to a lawsuit and other legal action. He paid them about $1.5 million combined, according to court documents. The trial is expected to last a few more weeks. Hernandez and Estrada's lawyers insist the men were not operating a ballplayer smuggling ring but running legitimate baseball businesses aimed at getting Cubans to the big leagues. Two of the smugglers involved closely with Martin, Eliezer Lazo and Joel Martinez, previously pleaded guilty in a separate U.S. case and are serving prison time. Both are listed as prosecution witnesses in this trial. Martin arrived in Peoria to join his Mariner teammates today. The Ms have their first spring game on Saturday when they meet the San Diego Padres.

Birthdays: Basketball legend Dr. J, Julius Erving is 67; Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter, actress Julie Walters is also 67; actor Kyle MacLachlan is 58; and singer James Blunt is 43.

Today is actually George Washington's birthday. The Father of His Country, George was born on February 22nd of 1732. He became commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and  fought a long and arduous war for freedom from British rule. The war was finally over in 1781, when the Continental Army with the help of the French, forced British General Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. In 1787, Washington was unanimously elected president by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He took the oath of office in 1789. He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797. After the presidency, Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virgina where he died on December 14th of 1799 of a throat infection.

Today is Be Humble Day. Today is World Thinking Day. It's a day to ponder and contemplate. International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world  to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it's been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women. You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Today is Walking the Dog Day, a special day that your dog looks forward to all year long. But, wait a minute. Don't you walk your dog just about every day? Sure you do. And, weather permitting, it's enjoyable for you and your pooch. Don't have a dog? Join a friend while they walk theirs. Speaking of pets, so you can plan ahead, Tuesday is World Spay Day, highlighting the importance of spaying or neutering. And then at the end of the day today, you can celebrate the fact that today is Margarita Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened the nation's first 5-and-dime store in Utica, New York. In 1980, The Miracle on Ice: in Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history. In 1989, Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album. In 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married. In 1997, in Roslin, Scotland, scientists announced that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned. In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the US presidential race as an independent. In 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at auction for $1 million. The comic featured the introduction of Superman.

Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters -- he owns over 100 of them -- to good use. He has a collection of short stories that's being published in October. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories, features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out October 24th. Among the stories written by Hanks is one about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and another about an eccentric billionaire. Hanks said that he began work on the stories in 2015. He said, "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office."

Trivia Answer: Drew Barrymore who is 42 today. She's part of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and is the granddaughter of actor John Barrymore. Following a turbulent childhood that was marked by drug and alcohol abuse with two stints in rehab, she wrote her autobiography, Little Girl Lost in 1991. She then appeared in a string of hit films, including Poison Ivy in 1992, Boys on the Side in 1995, Scream in 1996 and Ever After in 1998. She has also co-starred with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer in 1998, 50 First Dates in 2004, and Blended in 2014. Kurt Cobain would have been 50 a couple of days ago. Barrymore is the godmother of Kurt and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

Tuesday 2.21.17
Morning Trivia: He's an actor and comedian. He's most widely known for his two-decade portrayal the same character. In fact, he was the first American actor ever to be nominated for multiple Emmy awards for portraying the same character on three different television shows. Who is he?

Nelson Cruz was no different from the rest of us trying to keep track of the Mariners' many off-season deals under general manager Jerry Dipoto. Cruz admitted, "It was hard to keep up but I think, overall, great deals. We (got) what he was looking for and what we need. After last year, he went and did his moves. Something you have to know about him is he’s not afraid to make a move. Whatever he thinks we need as a team, he’ll go and get it. Now, after all the moves, we have to do the job. Hopefully, we stay healthy, and we should be in good shape." Another move involving the Mariners yesterday. The LA Dodgers announced that they've signed Franklin Gutiérrez to a one-year contract so he's outta here. Spring training is underway. The Mariners meet the San Diego Padres in Peoria on Saturday at 12:10.

Birthdays: Record company executive David Geffen is 74; C3P0 in Star Wars, actor Anthony Daniels is 71; Detective Mary Beth Lacey on Cagney & Lacey, actress Tyne Daly is also 71; singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 59; one of the Baldwins, actor William Baldwin is 54; actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 38; and former Seattle Mariner -- he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday -- Franklin Gutiérrez is 34.

Today is Remember the Funniest Thing Your Child Ever Did Day, always on the late Erma Bombeck's birthday. Today is Single Tasking Day, a day to do only one thing at a time without feeling guilty. Multi-tasking is ineffective -- and may cause brain damage -- or worse when driving. I don't believe there really is multi-tasking. There's task switching. Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Today is Giving Day, a day to give someone something, even if it's merely encouragement.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. In 1970, The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on American Bandstand. In 1988, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed tearfully to his Baton Rouge congregation that he had sinned. Media reports linked Swaggart to a prostitute. In 2000, David Letterman returned to his Late Show five weeks hafter emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.

Snow again in the forecast and here we are 27 days til spring. The days are getting longer. But I like to see snow out of the forecast.

Trivia Answer: Kelsey Grammer who is 62 today. The character was Dr. Frasier Crane. The programs were Cheers, Frasier, and Wings. Kelsey has been nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards. He's also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice artist on The Simpsons as the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons for which he received a fifth Primetime Emmy.

Monday 2.20.17
Morning Trivia: She is the granddaughter of a publishing magnate. She became nationally known for events following her 1974 kidnapping while she was a 19-year-old student living in Berkeley. She was abducted by a left-wing terrorist group. After being isolated and threatened with death, she became supportive of their cause, making propaganda announcements for them and taking part in illegal activities. Who is she?

Doesn't this seem to happen every year? The Mariners head off to the desert Southwest -- and get rained on. The Ms were greeted with rain on the day their first full workout was scheduled yesterday in Peoria, Arizona. Good weather forecast for today. The Ms meet the San Diego Padres in Peoria Saturday afternoon at 12:10.

Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 89; retired racer Bobby Unser is 83; jazz singer Nancy Wilson is 80; singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 76; the senior United States Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell is 75; actress Sandy Duncan is 71; J. Geils Band guitarist J. -- as in John -- Geils is also 71; The Donald's first wife, businesswoman, author, socialite, and former fashion model, Ivana Trump is 68; co-founder of Steely Dan, singer and guitarist Walter Becker is 67; retired NBA player-turned-broadcaster Charles Barkley is 54; he was Harry on 3rd Rock From the Sun, actor French Stewart is 53; model and actress Cindy Crawford is 51; and all the way from Barbados, singer Rihanna is 29.

It's President's Day. Since 1968, it is observed on the third Monday in February. President's Day is a day set aside to honor all of the US presidents. We often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we celebrate this holiday, as it falls by design between their birthdays (Lincoln on February12th and Washington on February 22nd). It's a national holiday. While Federal employees, the post office, and banks have the day off, most businesses and industry do not recognize it as a paid holiday. It's Cherry Pie Day. Cherry pie is America's second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity. However, in the month of February, it's Number 1. As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote "I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree." We celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. Appropriately, its traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion. Today is Call An Old Friend Day, a day to phone someone you haven’t talked to in a very long time. Today is Toothpick Day. The toothpick was patented on this date in 1872. Today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day. At high noon (local time) we’re asked to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase winter and make ready for spring, one month from now.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the US Post Office. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. In 1974, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. She filed for divorce not long afterwards. They had been married for 10 years. In 1982, Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Giraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's second marriage. In 1997, the Trinity Broadcasting network announced it had dropped singer Pat Boone’s Gospel America show after he recorded a heavy metal album and appeared on the American Music Awards in black leather and a studded dog collar. In 1998, American Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan. Tara was 15. In 2003, during a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display set the Station nightclub ablaze, killed 100 and injured over 200 others. In 2006, the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed and triggered widespread, angry and often deadly protests, ran a full-page apology in Saudi papers.

The Lego Batman Movie is dominating the North American box office with an estimated $44 million this President's Day weekend -- nearly matching the combined haul of Fifty Shades Darker and The Great Wall. The second weekend of Fifty Shades is heading for $24 million and the action-fantasy The Great Wall is projected to wind up with $21 million for the Friday-Monday period. The second weekend of John Wick: Chapter 2 is finishing in a solid fourth place. The high school comedy Fist Fight showed only a modest punch in fifth place.

Trivia Answer: Patty Hearst -- now known as Patricia Hearst Shaw -- who is 63 today. She's the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst. The terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army. Patty was found 19 months after her kidnapping, by which time she was a fugitive wanted for serious crimes. She was held in custody, despite speculation that her family's resources would prevent her spending time in jail. At her trial, the prosecution suggested that she had joined the Symbionese Liberation Army of her own volition, and sexual activities between her and SLA members had not amounted to rape. She was found guilty of bank robbery. Hearst's sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter, and she was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

Friday 2.17.17
Morning Trivia: On February 10th of 1996, it became the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion when it defeated Garry Kasparov under regular time controls. However, Kasparov won three and drew two of the following five games, beating the machine by a score of 4–to-2 (wins count 1 point, draws count ½ point). The match concluded on this date -- February 17th -- 1996. Can you name the machine?

This headline made me grin: Revamped Mariners Head Into Spring Training with Optimism. Don't they always head into spring with optism? The Mariners' pitchers and catchers repored to Peoria for Spring Training earlier this week. Position players report tomorrow. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres next weekend -- on Saturday the 25th.

Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 92; football legend Jim Brown is 81; actress Rene Russo is 63; Al Borland on Home Improvement, he was born in Seattle, actor Richard Karn is 61; actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 55; comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 54; NBA great – in fact, regarded by many as the best basketball player of all-time -- Michael Jordan is also 54; Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, and so much more, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 36; socialite Paris Hilton is also 36; and singer, songwriter, & Grammy winner, Ed Sheeran is 26.

Today is My Way Day, a day to determine our own identities all by ourselves. Today is World Human Spirit Day. Today is National PTA Founders Day. Phoebe Hearst and Alice Birney founded the PTA on this date in 1897. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. and, you know what to do ... perform a few random acts of kindness. Almost any kind deed will do. Perform kind acts on as many people as you can.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the I Love Lucy TV show through 1955. In 1992, Vince Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue. After 11 years with the group he said he wanted to spend more time on his career as a race car driver. The band reunited on the American Music Awards five years later. In 1999, a cleaning products survey proclaimed Britons had the smelliest homes in Europe. Britain won because more homes had pets and smokers, 98% had carpeted floors to retain odor, and only 46% ever did a spring cleaning. In 2001, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race. In 2008, police in Midland, Michigan arrested a 32-year-old man for stealing 217 cases of Pepperidge Farm stuffing: street value $8,749. Police said the suspect worked for a distributor and had access to a trailer where the stuffing was stored. Police recovered 157 cases of stuffing at the man's home.

The Lego Batman Movie has a good shot of staying on top this weekend. New in theaters, the R-rated A Cure for Wellness, the R-rated Fist Fight (R), and the PG-13 The Great Wall.

Some Facebook users may enjoy collecting hundreds of virtual friends, but it turns out that those online relationships can cause a lot of stress. That's what researchers at Edinburgh Napier University discovered after conducting a survey of 200 students who regularly use Facebook. Among the students who were surveyed, 12 percent said they actually dislike receiving friend requests, while 63 percent said they often delay responding to requests. More than one out of every 10 users said that the site made them anxious, and about three out of ten claimed to feel guilty about rejecting friend requests. Others said they felt pressure to come up with inventive status updates, and didn't enjoy having to apply different rules of online etiquette to different friends.

Trivia Answer: Deep Blue. It was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. As mentioned, Kasparov had beaten a previous version of Deep Blue in 1996. A little over a year later -- on May 11th of 1997 -- the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Kasparov. Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch, but IBM refused and dismantled Deep Blue. After the loss, Kasparov said that he sometimes saw deep intelligence and creativity in the machine's moves, suggesting that during the second game, human chess players had intervened on behalf of the machine, which would be a violation of the rules. IBM denied that it cheated, saying the only human intervention occurred between games. The rules provided for the developers to modify the program between games, an opportunity they said they used to shore up weaknesses in the computer's play that were revealed during the course of the match. This allowed the computer to avoid a trap in the final game that it had fallen for twice before. Kasparov requested printouts of the machine's log files but IBM refused, although the company later published the logs on the Internet. In 2003, a documentary film was made that explored these claims. Entitled Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, the film implied that Deep Blue's heavily promoted victory was a plot by IBM to boost its stock value.

Thursday 2.16.17
Morning Trivia: He is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player, often rated among the greatest players of all time in the sport, especially for his touch on the volley. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He also won a record eight year-end championships, and 19 Grand Prix Super Series titles. He is known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills and for his confrontational on-court behavior, which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities. He has been married since 1997 to former Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth. Who is he?

While veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma made three starts for Japan in its gold-medal run through the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he chose this season to skip the tournament for a second straight time. He said yesterday, "It's always an honor to pitch for your country and I've done that before. But this year, my priority was to pitch here and get ready to pitch here for a long season. Make 33 (starts) for the entire season. That's what I chose." The WBC is a 16-nation tournament that begins next month at four first-round sites. It was last held in 2013, prior to Iwakuma’s second season with the Mariners. Kuma turns 36 in April. He's entering his sixth big-league season and is coming off a year in which he won a career-high 16 games and matched a career-high with 33 starts. But he also wore down late in the season. Manager Scott Servais said plans are already in place to ease Iwakuma through spring training in hopes of aiding his durability. Position players are reporting this week. Sunday is the team's first full workout. The Ms meet the San Diego Padres on the 25th.

Birthdays: Singer James Ingram is 65; actor Lavar Burton is 60; rapper and actor Ice-T is 59; former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor is 56; retired NFL running back -- he's sixth on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders -- The Bus, Jerome Bettis is 45; and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye -- known professionally as The Weeknd -- is 27.

Today is National Do A Grouch A Favor Day. Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches but, they still need cheering up. Today is Coming Out Day, marking this date in 1923, when the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system in the US was operational in Haleyville, Alabama. In 1972, Los Angeles Lakers great Wilt Chamberlain topped the 30,000-point mark in his career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. In 1980, at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, American speed skater Eric Heiden captured the second of five gold medals, while the US hockey team defeated Norway 5-1. In 1994, reporter Dianne Sawyer signed a contract with ABC News that would pay her $7-million a year. In 2005, the NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute. In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head.

Kid Rock is reportedly being considered as a potential candidate for Senate. The 46-year-old musician whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was apparently discussed during a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend. According to website reports the rocker was thrown into the mix as one of the Republican contenders for Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow's Senate seat next year, but no official decisions have been made as yet. While Rock's name is likely to come as a surprise to a lot of folks, he has always been very vocal about his political beliefs. Despite considering himself as Republican, there are some issues he disagrees with the party on, as he has previously explained. He says, "I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it's not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don't look forward to marrying gay people, but I'm not opposed to it." The singer has been a massive supporter of several Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney during his bid for the presidency back in 2012. He is also a supporter of divisive new President Donald Trump.

According to research, of the thousands of people who just got engaged across the US on Valentine's Day, only 54% will actually make it to the altar.

Trivia Answer: John McEnroe, who is 58 today. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. After his tennis career he became a television commentator, a game show host, and a chat show host. Additionally, he has appeared in several films and television shows as himself and has played music live. He was married to Academy Award-winning actress and daughter of Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, from 1986 to 1994 and the two had three children. After their divorce, they were originally awarded joint custody of the children, but in 1998 McEnroe was awarded sole custody due to O'Neal's drug problems. After the divorce, McEnroe married Patty Smyth in 1997, with whom he has two daughters.

Wednesday 2.15.17
Morning Trivia: He's a rock musician and occasional actor. He's best known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and guitarist for an American punk rock band, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. Raised in Rodeo, California, he developed an interest in music at a young age, and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were 15 years old. The band later changed its name to the name we know. Who is the guy and what is the band?

Felix Hernandez arrived for Seattle Mariners spring training yesterday already ahead in his offseason preparation from previous years. It's the result of the World Baseball Classic and his determination to prove last year's struggles were an anomaly. After taking his physical with the Mariners, Felix said, "I've got to prove people wrong, I feel fine. I'm healthy. That's the main thing." How Hernandez approached the offseason was one of Seattle's big questions after watching its ace have a rocky 2016 season that included a lengthy stint on the disabled list due to a leg injury. Hernandez had 25 starts last season -- the fewest starts in a full season in his career and his ERA was its highest since 2007. He walked more batters, struck out fewer, and was prone to giving up the long ball. It was unlike the Felix most have come to expect, which made how he would respond one of the big topics that could ultimately determine how good Seattle is in 2017. Hernandez said, "The offseason has been good to me." He spent most of his time in Miami working out with the same trainer who has worked out teammates Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in previous seasons. Hernandez also had a brief two-game stint in the Venezuelan Winter League to start getting ready for the World Baseball Classic. Hernandez said he still needed to finalize his pitching schedule with the Mariners staff but is likely to throw in two spring training games before joining Venezuela. Hernandez expects to pitch the pool play opener for his country on March 10th against Puerto Rico. Hernandez did not pitch for Venezuela during the 2013 WBC. Mariner position players are reporting this week and have to be in camp by Saturday.

Birthdays: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, actress Jane Seymour is 66; singer Melissa Manchester is also 66; Simpsons creator and former Evergreen student, Matt Groening is 63; former frontman for UB40, singer Ali Campbell is 58; and the lead vocalist of Incubus, Brandon Boyd is 41.

Today is Thanks for a Great Valentine's Day Day. Today is Singles Awareness Day. It's for those who are unattached, and without a significant other. It is celebrated the day after Valentine's Day. Today is Maple Leaf Day, marking adoption of the new Canadian flag on this date in 1965. Today is National Gumdrop Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1764, in Missouri, the city of St. Louis was established. In 1946, the Philadelphia Phillies signed 33-year-old Edith Houghton to a baseball scouting contract, the first female scout in the major leagues. In 1951, the movie Bedtime for Bonzo premiered in Indianapolis. It starred Ronald Reagan as a monkey's father. In 1969, Vickie Jones was arrested in Florida for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a paid concert. She was so convincing, however, that no one asked for a refund. In 1999, Governor Jesse Ventura proclaimed Rolling Stones Day in Minnesota, and congratulated 55-year-old Keith Richards for being "still alive." Ventura once worked as a Rolling Stones bodyguard. In 2001, a drummer in Kagel, Germany, was practicing so loudly in his bedroom that he did not notice burglars smash a downstairs window, empty the house of valuables, and drive off in his car.

A new bill here in Olympia seeks to designate Sasquatch as the "official cryptid" of Washington state. A cryptid is defined by Oxford dictionary as an "animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated." The bill was introduced this week. The measure says that Sasquatch -- also known as Bigfoot -- has "made immeasurable contributions to Washington state's cultural heritage and ecosystem."

Trivia Answer: Billie Joe Armstrong is the guy. He's 45 today. The band is Green Day.

Tuesday 2.14.17
Morning Trivia: This was launched by a group of college students on this date in 2005. It would eventually become the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos. What is it?

Not much longer now. Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Peoria today. Position players report Saturday. Sunday the Ms have their first full workout. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on the 25th. The regular season opens on April 3rd.

Birthdays: The former host of The Today Show, TV personality Hugh Downs is 96; former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 75; investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein is 73; TV host Pat O’Brien is 69; from Penn & Teller, magician Teller is also 69; from Heart, guitarist Roger Fisher is 67; actress Meg Tilly is 57; frontman for matchbox twenty, Rob Thomas is 45; and football's Drew Bledsoe is also 45.

Today is Valentine's Day and National Have A Heart Day. One promotes romance, the other promotes eating your vegetables. Today once was the Feast Day of St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. Father Valentine was beheaded in Rome on this date in 269. The church dropped the feast from its liturgical calendar in 1969. The first valentine card was probably sent by the Duke of Orleans while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. Today is National Call In Single Day. Valentine's Day is great for those in a romantic relationship, however, if you're single, do you really want to be in the office watching the constant flow of incoming flowers, candy, teddy bears and the accompanying "oohs", "ahhhs" and "how sweet!"? That's why we have National Call in Single Day, as being single should be a legitimate reason for not going into the office on Valentine's Day. Today is Ferris Wheel Day. Today is National Cream Filled Chocolates Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred in Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down. In 1980, CBS announced that reporter Dan Rather had been chosen to succeed retiring CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. In 1988, Connecticut teacher Catherine Pollard received official permission from the all-male Boy Scouts to become a troop scoutmaster. She had unofficially led her son's Boy Scout troop from 1970 to 1974. In 1990, Friends of Beer was founded in Czechoslovakia as a political party with a platform of improving the quality of Czech beer while forcing down the price. In 1991, for Valentine's Day, President George Bush gave First Lady Barbara a small electronic thesaurus and dictionary. In 1999, Theresa Mueller of Philadelphia announced that her $8.95 chocolate heart, life-size and shaped like a human heart, was her chocolate shop's best-selling Valentine novelty ever. It even beat out the top-selling body-part novelty from 1998, a dozen chocolate noses. In 1999, Elton John guest-starred as his-animated-self on the Valentine’s Day episode of The Simpsons.

Heads up if you're a Nirvana fan. One of Kurt Cobain's guitars is going up on eBay for auction starting Thursday. To celebrate what would have been Cobain’s 50th birthday -- next Monday, February 20th of 2017 -- his Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe guitar is going up for auction on eBay for Charity. Ten percent of the auction sales benefit Portland, Oregon-based Transition Projects, which helps people move from homelessness to housing. The auction runs from 8:00 Thursday morning until 8:00 the morning of Sunday the 26th. Those times are Pacific.

The most expensive home for sale in the United States just hit the market for $250 million -- and it includes a helicopter, complete car and art collection, seven full-time staff -- and candy. The 38,000-square-foot Bel-Air, Los Angeles mansion stands four stories tall and includes 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a four-lane bowling alley, and a movie theater with 40 seats and a 30-foot TV.

The Ms are stirring, so here's your number for the day: 120. That's how many baseballs are used in a typical world series.

Trivia Answer: YouTube. It's a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February of 2005. In November of 2006, it was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. In December of 2016, the website was ranked as the second most popular site by Alexa Internet, a web traffic analysis company. Google was number one. Facebook was number three.

Monday 2.13.17
Morning Trivia: Stephen Stills had auditioned for a new television series about four pop-rock musicians but was turned down because the show's producers felt his hair and teeth would not photograph well on camera. They asked Stills if he knew of someone with a similar open, Nordic look, and Stills suggested this guy. He got the job and became one of the four members of a fictitious pop band created for a television comedy sitcom. This guy was the oldest member of the group. Who is he?

When the Mariners report for spring training in Arizona, they will have just eight players who were on the 40-man roster when Jerry Dipoto took over in September 2015. He has made 39 trades in those 17 months, including 12 this offseason in an attempt to overhaul the roster without dipping much into free agency and increasing an already healthy payroll. Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow. Position players report Saturday. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on the 25th. The Mariners are in Houston against the Astros for the season opener on April 3rd.

Birthdays: The first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound, Chuck Yeager is 94; actress Kim Novak is 84; actor George Segal is 83; actor Bo Svenson is 76; actress Stockard Channing is 73; talk show host Jerry Springer is also 73; musician Peter Gabriel is 67; musician, actor, writer, television & radio host, Henry Rollins is 56; singer-songwriter Robbie Williams is 43; and retired NFL receiver Randy Moss is 40.

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau has died. His passing comes just days after an announcement was made on his website that he was retiring from touring due to exhaustion. Jarreau had been in a hospital in Los Angeles and was "slowly recovering," according to a statement posted on Thursday. Jarreau died yesterday morning. He was 76.

This being the second Monday of February, it's Clean Out Your Computer Day, a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs. Most of us add programs and files to our computer with reckless abandon. Many of these files and programs are forgotten over time. Eventually, they clog memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. So, get into the spirit of the day, and clean out the old computer. Today is Employee Legal Awareness Day, a day established by an Australian lawyer whose main aim was to emphasise the importance of legal education for employees and small businesses and reduce their risk of legal problems. Today is Get A Different Name Day. Whether you're having a bit of an identity crisis, or simply fancy confusing your friends, Get A Different name today -- but just for today. Today is Guys Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Valentine's Day Day. Also called Dream of Your Sweetheart Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students. Hinton James was the only student on campus the first two weeks. In 1935, in Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes. In 1937, the NFL's Boston Redskins moved to Washington, DC. In 1967, The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever in the US. In 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled first LP was released. In 2000, Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before. In 2002, a man in New Jersey who allegedly stole dozens of lottery tickets was arrested trying to cash a winning $12.50 ticket. Stolen ticket serial numbers had been circulated, and a store's alert cashier had the suspect fill out a claim form with his name and address. Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect at his home. In 2005, Ray Charles' final album, Genius Loves Company, won eight Grammy awards.

Costumed avengers, a billionaire with a kinky side, and a brutally efficient hit man proved to be just the tonic for an ailing domestic box office. The Lego Batman Movie bested Fifty Shades Darker at the multiplexes over the weekend, earning a robust $55.6 million to capture first place. Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey, couldn't quite match its predecessor's $85.2 million launch. It had to settle for a still sizable $46.8 million debut and second place on the box office chart. Not to be outdone, John Wick: Chapter 2, a followup to 2015's John Wick, picked up a smashing $30 million. That's more than double what the first film racked up during its debut. Split surrendered the first place it had occupied for three consecutive weekends to the barrage of newcomers. The hit thriller took in $9.3 million to capture fourth place on the chart. Hidden Figures rounded out the top five.

A good night for Adele at the Grammys last night. She picked up five of those little statues including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Hello, and Album of the Year for 25.

The Windsor, Ontario, public school board is cancelling all student field trips to the United States because the current American political climate is considered too "unsafe" and unpredictable to permit cross-border travel.

Trivia Answer: Peter Tork who is 75 today. The group was The Monkees. The other members were the late Davey Jones, Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz.

Friday 2.10.17
Morning Trivia: He's a television journalist and a former political advisor. He is currently the Chief Anchor and the Chief Political Correspondent for ABC News, a co-anchor of Good Morning America, and the host of ABC's Sunday morning This Week. He is also a regular substitute anchor for ABC World News Tonight. Who is he?

What a weather week it has been. As we started the day today, the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 were back open over Snoqualmie Pass, but westbound I-90, Stevens Pass and White Pass remained closed. Wind -- serious wind -- was in our forecast today but we apparently dodged a bullet. The good news is that sunshine is on its way. Sunshine is scheduled for us for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Now that we've wrapped up the football season and put it in the closet until next year, it's time for the boys of summer. The Mariners' pitchers and catchers report to Peoria for Spring Training on Tuesday. Position players report the 18th. Spring play with other teams begins when the Ms meet the San Diego Padres on the 25th. The Mariners will travel to Texas to play the Houston Astros in their home opener on April 3rd.

Birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 87; singer Roberta Flack is 78; drummer Nigel Olsson best known for his long-time affiliation with Elton John, is 68; multi-gold medal winning swimmer Mark Spitz is 67; golfer Greg Norman is 62; conservative political commentator Glenn Beck is 53; actress Laura Dern is 50; and Julia Roberts' niece, actress Emma Roberts is 26.

Today is Umbrella Day, a day to honor one of the world's most invaluable inventions. Celebrate Umbrella Day in a couple of ways. First, make sure your umbrella is handy. Second, use it, or walk around with it. If you don't have an umbrella, isn't it time to get one? Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Today is Try to Invent A New Jell-O Flavor Day. Go ahead; it could make you rich.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1870, the YWCA was founded in New York City. In 1897, the phrase "All the news that's fit to print" first appeared on the front page of the New York Times. It had first appeared on the editorial page on October 25th of 1896. In 1933, the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City delivered history's first singing telegram. In 1957, the Styrofoam cooler was invented. In 1971, Carole King's Tapestry album was released. In 1978, Van Halen's debut album was released. In 2005, Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. In 2009, Amazon announced the Kindle 2.

The weekend has arrived. In theaters this weekend, the PG-rated The Lego Batman Movie is expected to debut at No. 1 with a box office haul of around $60 million. The R-rated Fifty Shades Darker is expected to make around $40 million. Also new this weekend, the R-rated John Wick: Chapter Two.

Alec Baldwin is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow night.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It's on at 5:00 on CBS.

Trivia Answer: George Stephanopoulos who turns 56 today. Prior to joining ABC News, he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and later became the White House Communications Director for two years. He picked up the nickname Boy George during that time.

Thursday 2.9.17
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1997 that The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated TV series. It broke the previous record of six seasons which was held by what program?

We made it through the snow and ice, now we get to deal with the rain and meltage. A Flood Watch remains in effect through tomorrow evening for Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, and King Counties. It's been upgrade to a Flood Warning now for the Skokomish River in Mason County.

The Mariners are doing their part to supply star power next month to the World Baseball Classic, a 16-nation tournament that returns for the first time since 2013 at sites across the globe. Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz headline a Dominican Republic team that is seeking to repeat as champions after an unbeaten run four years ago. Cano was the most valuable player in the 2013 tournament. Felix Hernandez is making his first appearance for Venezuela after not participating in three previous tournaments. Puerto Rico has closer Edwin Diaz in its bid to erase the disappointment of its 2013 loss in the title game. The tournament, which begins March 6th, holds first-round games in Seoul, South Korea, Miami, Tokyo and Jalisco, Mexico. Two of the four teams from each round-robin tournament advance to the second round. The second round consists of four-team, round-robin tournaments in Tokyo and San Diego. The top two teams from each site advance to single-elimination semifinals in Los Angeles. The championship game is March 22nd at Dodger Stadium. The final rosters for the 16 nations were announced yesterday and included 10 Mariners on first-round rosters plus Drew Smyly, who is eligible to join the United States if it advances past the first round.

By the way, Mariner pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona, on Tuesday.

Birthdays: Journalist Roger Mudd is 89; singer/songwriter Carole King is 75; actor Joe Pesci is 74; actress Mia Farrow is 72; actress Judith Light is 68; singer Travis Tritt is 54; and baseball's Vladimir Guerrero is 42.

Today is National Toothache Day and St. Apollonia's Day, honoring the patron saint of dentists and people with toothaches. Today is Read in the Bathtub Day, I’m thinking we may re-think this one with the advent of e-books. Today is Fish Protection Day. The US Fish Protection Office, the forerunner of the Fish & Wildlife Service, was established on February 9th of 1871. Today is National Bagels and Lox Day. Just a reminder, Tuesday is Valentine’s Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1825, the US House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate won a majority of electoral votes. In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service. In 1964, in their first live American TV appearance, The Beatles drew 73.7-million viewers to The Ed Sullivan Show. They were paid $2,400 to sing All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. In 1969, the Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight. In 1987, twenty years after the first woman was admitted to the New York Stock Exchange, the Exchange Luncheon Club decided to install a ladies rest room. For 20 years the ladies had to walk downstairs to find a ladies room. In 1989, witnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake.

Bob Costas, the face of NBC Sports for decades, is stepping away from hosting the Olympics. Mike Tirico is taking over. Costas made the surprise revelation on this morning's Today show. Costas, who turns 65 next month, said he would remain with NBC Sports and appear when circumstances call for it, as Tom Brokaw does for NBC News. He said, "They've been kind enough -- and it's an honor to even have your name in the same sentence -- they've been kind enough to call it the Brokaw phase of my career. So I will be to sports what Tom has been for the last several years to news." Costas added, "I will not have to be escorted out. I’ll leave before they have to drop hints."

The current political climate may have divided the country, but it's spelled huge ratings for Saturday Night Live. According to NBC, the show so far this season has scored its highest ratings in 22 years, since the 1994-1995 season.  Last Saturday’s edition, with host Kristin Stewart and a surprise appearance from Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, was the second-highest rated program of the week behind CBS' The Big Bang Theory. The appearance by McCarthy, along with Alec Baldwin's recurring impersonation of President Donald Trump, seem to be a big factor in SNL's ratings boost.

Trivia Answer: The Flintstones. It was an animated, prime-time television sitcom that aired from September 30th of 1960 to April 1st of 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera and fancifully depicted the lives of a working-class Stone Age man, his family, and his next-door neighbor and best friend. Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles. The Flintstones was the most financially successful network animated franchise for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time -- second to The Simpsons.

Wednesday 2.8.17
Morning Trivia: This actor is a cultural icon. His most celebrated film was 1955's Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. Who is he?

Well, the school change list was much shorter this morning. That's a good thing. We should be done with the snow/ice for a while now. Temps should be on the rise, however, and now flooding is a porential concern.

The Atlanta Falcons yesterday agreed to terms with Steve Sarkisian to become their offensive coordinator, replacing Kyle Shanahan, who took the head coaching job for the San Francisco 49ers Monday. Sarkisian, head coach at the University of Washington from 2009-13, served as Alabama's offensive coordinator in the national championship game against Clemson after replacing Lane Kiffin. Hired by Nick Saban to serve as a special offensive analyst last year, Sarkisian became Alabama's OC just before the Tide's 35-31 loss in the national title game. Sarkisian was expected to stay with Alabama, but Shanahan's move to San Francisco created an opportunity for Sarkisian to coach the NFL's top-rated offense. Sarkisian has a personal relationship with Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn. According to ESPN and the Washington Post, Sarkisian visited with Quinn at the Falcons' training camp in August and spent time with Quinn during his hiatus from football. Quinn and Sarkisian are former assistants under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Sarkisian was on Carroll's staff from 2001-03, then 2005-08, while Quinn was Seahawks defensive coordinator in 2013-14.

Birthdays: He wrote the music for Star Wars amongst other things, composer John Williams is 85; former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 77; actor Nick Nolte is 76; comedian Robert Klein is 75; actress Mary Steenburgen is 64; author John Grisham is 62; from Motley Crue, singer Vince Neil is 56; and actor Seth Green is 43.

Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica film and TV series, has died. Hatch died yesterday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Santa Monica, California, in 1945, Hatch started his career in off-Broadway theater. After an early role on All My Children in 1970, he worked steadily in television, appearing in such series as The Streets of San Francisco, Dynasty, 'The Love Boat, and Santa Barbara. RIchard Hatch was 71.

Dennis Gard was the founder and owner of Brewery City Pizza. He recently died at his Olympia home. His sister Irene French said yesterday that Gard died on January 24th. She called his death shocking and sudden and said he died peacefully in his sleep. Brewery City Pizza opened in 1982, eventually growing to as many as five locations. The business today has restaurants in Lacey, West Olympia, and Tumwater. Dennis Gard was 68. A celebration of his life is set for noon Monday at the Lacey Community Center at 6729 Pacific Avenue.

Today is Boy Scout Day. On February 8th of 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America. Today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, a day to recognize laughter's power to help workers be more effective, remember things better, and not change jobs as often. It's National Potato Lover's Day. It’s National Kite Flying Day – still trying to figure out how it landed in the middle of winter.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, President Warren Harding had the first radio installed in the White House. In 1960, Congress opened an investigation into widespread charges of payola -- that disc jockeys were being paid to play certain records. The accused included deejays Alan Freed and Dick Clark. Clark came through the scandal unscathed, but Freed never worked in radio again. In 1968, the film Planet of the Apes, starring Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter, opened throughout the US. In 1985, the Dukes of Hazzard ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television. In 2000, a man allegedly tricked Little Rock police into immediately searching for his stolen car by telling them that his daughter was asleep in the back seat. Police found the car in less than two hours. But the 30-year-old man was charged with a felony for filing a false police report. Police said he had no daughter. In 2006, Kelly Clarkson won two Grammys. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Since U Been Gone and Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway. She was the first American Idol participant to win a grammy. In 2010, MTV dropped the Music Television moniker from its logo.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are Northwest-bound. They're in Seattle at Safeco Field on August 19th. The show features special guests The Lumineers. Tickets for the Seattle show go on sale Monday morning at 10. Tom Petty is being honored Friday as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in celebration of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work.

Trivia Answer: James Byron Dean who was born on this date in 1931. In addition to his role in Rebel, the other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden in 1955, and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant in 1956. Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash at the age of 24 cemented his legendary status.Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations.

Tuesday 2.7.17
Morning Trivia: Yesterday was the anniversary of the date in 1935 that the board game Monopoly first went on sale. Previous Monopoly tokens eliminated from the game include the lantern, the purse, the rocking horse, and the iron. There are now eight tokens in the Standard Monopoly game. Can you name at least five of them?

What was already an extended weekend for most students in the South Sound became an even more extended weekend today as most schools in Thurston and Mason Counties chose to err on the side of caution and cancelled classes today because of the icy conditions.

Fox drew an audience of 111.3 million viewers for the first Super Bowl to go into overtime, a smaller audience than the game has had in the last two years but still ranking among the biggest for a television program in the United States. The top Super Bowl audience — and the biggest for any American TV show — was the 114.4 million viewers who saw the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, according to the Nielsen company. Viewership for the Patriots' come-from-behind 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday had a relatively modest start, perhaps because the Falcons don't have much of a national profile. The game also looked like a rout in the third quarter, and some 4 million viewers slipped away around the time the Falcons took at 28-3 lead, Nielsen said. People returned as the Patriots came alive. During overtime, the game had its biggest audience of 117.7 million, Nielsen said yesterday. The overall audience figure of 111.3 million is an average of how many people were watching during a typical minute, taking into account the game's peaks and valleys. The audience was 117.5 million for Lady Gaga's halftime performance.

Birthdays: Alan Shore on Boston Legal, actor James Spader is 57; singer Garth Brooks is 55; Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan is is also 55; comedian and actor Chris Rock is 52; and actor Ashton Kutcher is 39.

Today is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. Everyone to urged "wave hello and mean it." Today is National Fettuccini Alfredo Day. Today is Fruitcake Toss Day. It’s Organize Your Home Day -- clean out those closets. And, it’s Old Rock Day. I was excited until I was told it’s an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils and not rock-n-roll.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, Walt Disney's cartoon movie Pinocchio premiered at the Center Theatre in New York City. In 1959, over a thousand mourners attended 22-year-old Buddy Holly's funeral at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Holly's pregnant wife Maria Elena, who miscarried shortly after her husband's death, did not attend. In 1964, Pan Am Flight 101 arrived in New York City bringing The Beatles for their first American tour. Some 10,000 fans were waiting at Kennedy airport. Baskin-Robbins introduced a new ice cream flavor called Beatle-Nut. In 1985, New York, New York became the official anthem of New York City. Also in 1985: Sports Illustrated published the largest edition in the magazine's history at 218 pages -- its annual swimsuit edition. In 1994, retired Chicago Bull star Michael Jordan signed a baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show performance scored huge sales gains for the diva, according to Nielsen Music. Based on initial sales reports collected for Sunday, she sold about 150,000 digital albums and songs in the US on Feb. 5 -- an increase of a little more than 1,000 percent compared to the previous day, when she sold around 15,000 digital albums and songs. Also impressive: On Super Bowl Sunday alone, Gaga sold more songs and albums digitally than she did in the entire week ending February 2nd. Also following the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga announced her Joanne World Tour. It's kicking off in North America on August 1st and then Europe on September 22nd. She's appearing in Tacoma at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, August 5th. Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 13th at 10 in the morning.

State and federal lawyers will argue before a panel of federal appellate court judges tonight in the pitched fight over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban that could reach the Supreme Court.

Trivia Answer: The number of Monopoly tokens and the tokens themselves have changed over the history of the game, with many appearing in special editions only, and some available with non-game purchases.

There are currently eight tokens in the Standard Edition. They are:

Scottish Terrier
Battleship
Automobile
Top Hat
Thimble
Shoe (or Boot)
Wheelbarrow
Cat - In August of 2013, the cat playing piece replaced the iron.

Monday 2.6.17
Morning Trivia: Kenny Easley was the hard-hitting Seattle safety who played only seven seasons but made them all count. He was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1981, Defensive Player of the Year in 1984, a four-time All-Pro selection and helped Seattle to its first AFC title game in 1983. He finished with 32 interceptions. Kenny Easley earned election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Easley becomes the fourth player who spent his entire career with the Seahawks to be voted into the Hall. Who are the others?

They kept warning us that it was going to snow but if I recall, they kept insisting it would start late yesterday afternoon. It started much earlier than that. And it kept going and going and going, eh?

There was enough that school in Thurston County and in Mason County was pretty much called off for today. We still have that Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4:00 this afternoon. They say we could see another inch or so.

Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots' fifth NFL championship in the game's first overtime finish last night. The Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White's 2-yard touchdown run in overtime beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 Sunday night. Brady becomes the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings. Coach Bill Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl crowns.

Birthdays: Actor Rip Torn is 86; Capt. B.J. Hunnicut on M*A*S*H, actor Mike Farrell is 78; former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is 77; singer Fabian is 74; best-known as Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is 72; frontman for Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose is 55; and Rick Astley is 51.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, Great Britain granted women 30 or older the right to vote. In 1935, the board game Monopoly went on sale. In 1971, NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. In 1996, floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, caused over $500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1998, President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In 2000, US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally announced she was a candidate for the US Senate from New York.

Today is Federal No Smoking Day. In 1987, no smoking became the rule for 6,800 federal buildings across the US. Today is National Chopsticks Day. For about 1/4 of the world's population, chopsticks are the eating utensils of choice for every meal. Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day. It’s Babe Ruth's Birthday, he was born on this date in 1895.

It was a squeaker, but Split edged past Rings to narrowly claim victory at the weekend domestic box office. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend. So far, Split, the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. It was a quiet weekend for Hollywood. After all, most of America's attention has shifted away from the multiplexes to the battle between the Patriots and the Falcons. Rings, an attempt to revive a long-dormant horror franchise, earned $13 million. A Dog's Purpose Nabbed third place. Hidden Figures took fourth place. La La Land, the musical expected to dominate this year's Academy Awards, rounded out the top five.

One could say the real Super Bowl winner was stretchy pants. Many Americans are wearing theirs today after collectively we pounded 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat on Super Bowl Sunday.

Not that I'm counting or anything but pitchers and catchers report in seven days.

Trivia Answer: Easley joins Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, and Walter Jones.

Friday 2.3.17
Morning Trivia: On June 15th of 1992, he altered 12-year-old student William Figueroa's correct spelling of "potato" to "potatoe" at the Muñoz Rivera Elementary School spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey. Who is he?

No team scored more points in 2016 than the Atlanta Falcons and no team allowed fewer than the New England Patriots. But Super Bowl 51 won't be the first time the NFL's top defense faces the top offense for all the marbles. It's happened seven times before and unfortunately for the Falcons, the defensive-minded team has typically come out on top. They do expect a high scoring game this weeknd. Super Bowl 51. The New England Patriots. The Atlanta Falcons. Sunday afternoon at 3:30 on Fox.

This being the first Friday in February makes today Bubble Gum Day. Today's the day the music died -- this date in 1959, as marked by Don McLean’s classic song American Pie. On February 3rd of 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Big Bopper Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly was 22, Valens 17; and Richardson 28.

Birthdays: Comedian Shelley Berman is 92; football's Fran Tarkenton 77; Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, actress Blythe Danner is 74; football's Bob Griese 72; from The Kinks, Dave Davies is 70; and actress Morgan Fairchild is 67.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was Crocodile Rock, by Elton John. The single was the Elton's first No. 1 song in the United States. In 1987, fearing possible violence, the University of California at San Diego cancelled a planned Beastie Boys concert. In 1991, Sinead O'Connor announced that she wouldn't accept any Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show reflects what she called "false and destructive materialistic values." In 1995, Air Force Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the space shuttle Discovery. In 2008, the New York Giants beat the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18-and-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17–14, in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

CBS This Morning ran an online poll on Twitter this morning. The question asked was "Who do you want to win the 2017 Super Bowl?" Of those responding, 70% selected the Atlanta Falcons. Apparently the Pats fan base shrinks when you get away from New England.

A quick shout out and thank you to the folks that treated the streets in Tumwater and Olympia. With freezing rain in the forecast for this morning, I was full of apprehension as I headed off to bed last night. But the freezing rain never materialized here in the South Sound -- and even if it had, thanks to the road crews, we were ready.

Trivia Answer: The 44th Vice President of the United States, Dan Quayle, who turns 70 tomorrow. Regarding the potato incident, Quayle was widely lambasted for his error. According to The New York Times and Quayle's memoirs, he was relying on cards provided by the school, which Quayle says included the misspelling. Quayle said he was uncomfortable with the version he gave, but did so because he decided to trust the school's incorrect written materials instead of his own judgment.

Thursday 2.2.17
Morning Trivia: She's a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. She began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Her first studio albums failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut in 1996, and her fourth album in 1998. She entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service. Its lead single, Whenever, Wherever, became the best-selling single of 2002. Who is she?

As Houston, Texas, gears up to play host to its third Super Bowl this Sunday, officials are taking no chances when it comes to the major security preparations for the annual sporting event. While the NFL's security detail says there are no real, credible threats against Super Bowl 51, local, federal, state and private agents have worked around the clock to ensure that security is tight as NRG Stadium gears up for some 73,000 fans for football's biggest night. Following terrorist attacks in Nice and Berlin last year, authorities have remained on high alert, preparing for any crisis possibility including similar vehicle style attacks. According to officials, more than 5,000 officers will be patrolling the area, aided by SWAT teams, cyber squads, intelligence analysts, and surveillance specialists. Verizon has teamed up with authorities to provide smart cameras that will monitor any abnormal behaviors. The New England Patriots. The Atlanta Falcons. Super Bowl 51. Sunday afternoon at 3:30 on Fox.

Today is Groundhog Day. Legend says, if the groundhog comes out today and sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. The most famous groundhog is Punxutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. Today is also Hedgehog Day, the ancient Roman tradition that inspired groundhog Day in the US and Canada. If the Roman hedgehog came out at night and saw his shadow in the moonlight, it meant six more weeks of winter. Punxutawney Phil did see his shadow this morning so with the authority vested in this particular rodent, we are expecting six more weeks of winter.

Birthdays: Smothers Brother, Tom Smothers is 80; the Nash from Crosby, Stills and, Graham Nash is 76; and model/actress Christie Brinkley is 63.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford. In 1936, the five charter members of the new Baseball Hall of Fame were announced at Cooperstown, New York. Of 226 ballots cast, Ty Cobb received 222 votes, Babe Ruth 215, Honus Wagner 215, Christy Matthewson 205, and Walter Johnson 189. At least 170 votes were required for induction. In 1959, Buddy Holly performed for the last time. At the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, he played drums for Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Dion. In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda after a coup. In 1973, NBC-TV debuted Midnight Special. In 1993, then-First lady Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House. Also in 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS settled their longstanding tax feud. The US government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance. In 1998, President Bill Clinton introduced the first US balanced budget in 30 years.

The National Football League Players Assosiciation released their list of the top 50 in merch sales today. Russell Wilson finished 6th, Richard Sherman was 21st, Tyler Lockett placed 39th, Kam Chancellor was 47th, and Jimmy Graham rounded out the top 50 at number 50.

Trivia Answer: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known here simply as Shakira, who turns 40 today. Shakira has won many awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has sold between 70 and 125 million records worldwide (depending on the source), making her one of the best selling Latin artists of all time.

Wednesday 2.1.17
Morning Trivia: He was influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the Navy to avoid being drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the rock and R&B band, The Mynah Birds. His tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon his release, he moved to California to resume his duties with The Mynah Birds, although the group eventually split. This guy began a series of rock bands in California and worked with Motown under the assumed name Ricky Matthews as a songwriter. In 1977, he signed a contract as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April of 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981's Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to a couple of hit singles. Who was he?

It's that time of the year again. Time to warn you that going to the bathroom at half time during the Super Bowl could be dangerous to the health of your plumbing -- and your city's waste system. It's called the "Halftime Flush" and, according to legend, some 100 million of us will be flushing during the Super Bowl halftime show -- and it means big problems for our pipes. Only the story isn't really true. While millions will indeed take a break and head for the bathroom at halftime, not all of us will be doing our business at the exact same time. The New England Patriots. The Atlanta Falcons. Super Bowl 51. Sunday afternoon at 3:30 on Fox.

Birthdays: The Don from Phil & Don, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers is 60; former Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris is also 80; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is 67; Will Robinson on Lost in Space, actor Billy Mumy is 63; Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie Presley is 49; actor, comedian, director, writer, and producer Pauly Shore is also 49; he's a member of OutKast, rapper Big Boi is 42; mixed martial artist and actress Ronda Rousey is 30; and from One Direction, Harry Styles is 23.

February is National Weddings Month. Most engagements take place between Christmas and Valentine's Day, and most future brides start serious planning in February for summer weddings. February birthstone: amethyst. February flower: violet or primrose. February is American Heart Month, National Black History Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Bird Feeding Month, Care About Your Indoor Air Month, Children's Dental Health Month, Grapefruit Month, Humpback Whale Awareness Month, Creative Romance Month, National Laugh Friendly Month, Library Lovers Month, Mend a Broken Heart Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, Spooky Old Broads Month, Youth Leadership Month, Women's Heart Month, and in Illinois, it's Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.

Today is Tupperware Sculpting Day, a day to heat up at least one old Tupperware bowl or glass and sculpt it into something new and exciting. Today is Spunky Old Broads Day, a day for celebration for spunky ladies over 50. Today is Working Naked Day, dedicated to those who work at home. Today is National Freedom Day honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. Today is Robinson Crusoe Day, a day to be adventurous and self-reliant. The holiday memorializes the rescue of a real life Scottish sailor who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's classic novel. This is Solo Diners Eat Out Week. It runs through the 7th.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, Canada's Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- the Mounties were created. The organization was commissioned in 1873. In 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45, a smaller record with a larger hole than the long-play 33-and-a-third disc introduced earlier by Columbia Records. In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the Kingsmen's hit Louie Louie was pornographic. He asked the state's radio stations not to play it. In 1982, Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC-TV. In 1985, Glenn Frey appeared on an episode of Miami Vice on NBC. In 1994, Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, Oregon. for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding. In 2004, during the Super Bowl halftime show, in what was termed a "wardrobe malfunction," singer Janet Jackson's breast was exposed, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS' parent company, Viacom.

Trivia Answer: Rick James who was born on this date in 1948 as James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. Those hit singles? Give It to Me Baby and Super Freak. Super Freak becoming his signature song for the rest of his life, and the basis of MC Hammer's biggest hit, U Can't Touch This. Due to his success, James was often called the king of punk funk, for his mix of funk, soul and underground-inspired rock music. James died in August of 2004 from heart failure, at the age of 56.