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Friday 2.28.14
Today's Trivia: Yesterday was Dr. Johnny Fever's birthday -- actor Howard Hesseman turned 74. Today it's one of the Dr.'s workmates at WKRP. In fact, this actor reprised his role in the 1991 spinofff The New WKRP in Cincinnati. From 1988 to 1990, between the original and the spinoff, this actor played the role of Father Hargis, headmaster of the fictional St. Augustine's Academy on the TV show Just the Ten of Us. That show, by the way was also spin-off coming from Growing Pains. Can you name the actor?

Robinson Cano didn't want to wait. One pitch was good enough to get his Seattle Mariners career started. Cano lined a single into center field on the first pitch he saw in a Seattle uniform, part of a two-run first inning that sent new manager Lloyd McClendon and the Mariners over the San Diego Padres 7-1 yesterday in their Cactus League opener. The same two squads matching up again this afternoon.

As expected, the Seahawks today released Sidney Rice and Red Bryant. The moves give the Super Bowl champions additional salary cap space as free agency approaches. Seattle made the moves official today. Bryant spent his entire career with the Seahawks, while Rice signed as a free agent before the 2011 season.

Birthdays: Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, actor Gavin MacLeod is 83; race car driver Mario Andretti is 74; actress Bernadette Peters is 66; actress Mercedes Ruehl is 66; comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 59; actor John Turturro is 57; B-52s singer Cindy Wilson is 57; and from Train, frontman Pat Monahan is 45;

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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at age 71. He had appeared for 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.

To say Stevens Pass ski resort got a little bit of snow this month is to say a few people showed up for the Seahawks Super Bowl Parade. The ski resort said yesterday that so far this month, they have received 160 inches of snow -- over 13 feet -- making it the second snowiest February in the last 50 years up there. It's been only upstaged by the epic winter of 1998-99 that had 226 inches at Stevens Pass in February and overall set the world record for seasonal snow at Mt. Baker.

Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema raised eyebrows when he exited this year’s NFL scouting combine early, saying that God had told him if he left without participating in any of the drills he’d be selected by the Seattle Seahawks. As if that turn of events wasn’t worrying enough, high school and college coaches -- including San Diego State head coach Rocky Long -- have been unsuccessfully trying to contact Muema since he left Indianapolis on Sunday. Muema had told reporters that he was planning to lay low after the combine, but those close to him are concerned. After leaving Indy, Muema took to Twitter to address some of the controversy surrounding his decision, but hasn’t posted on the account since Monday.

That California couple who unearthed at least $10 million worth of 19th century gold coins in their yard last year will probably owe close to half of that sum in federal and state income tax -- whether or not they sell the coins. There is no question that the discovery of the coins is a taxable event. In a famous 1969 decision, a U.S. District Court in Ohio ruled that a "treasure trove" is taxable the year it is discovered. In its 2013 tax guide, the IRS states, "If you find and keep property that does not belong to you that has been lost or abandoned (treasure-trove), it is taxable to you at its fair market value in the first year it is your undisputed possession." The couple, who have not been publicly identified, found the coins in cans buried in their backyard in February of last year. That means they will owe tax on the estimated value of the coins by April 15th to avoid a penalty and interest, according to a college law professor.

Filmmakers have shelved production on a movie about the life of Gregg Allman a week after a freight train killed one crew member and injured seven others. Filming of the movie "Midnight Rider," starring William Hurt as the Allman Brothers Band singer in his later years, was just getting started when the train crashed into the crew and its equipment February 20th on a trestle in rural Wayne County, Georgia. Sheriff's investigators said the film crew had permission to be on private property adjacent to the train tracks, but not on the tracks themselves. Sheriff's officials said the crash killed 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a camera assistant from Atlanta. The sheriff's initial incident report said Jones was on the railroad bridge spanning a river when she was struck by a passing freight train. Others were "injured either by the train or by debris from production equipment or by a bed that had been placed on the trestle by the crew," the report said.

Liquid baby names are a hot thing right now. Not names like Rain, Ocean, and Agua. Rather, It's becoming increasingly popular to have soft-sounding names, ditching hard consonants for a whole lot of vowels. Some examples: Liam, Ethan, Ava and Amelia.

Bastille never imagined their song Pompeii would become the track that led them into the American mainstream music scene but there you are..

Anchorman 2 had almost as many quotable jokes as its beloved predecessor, but the extended, R-rated cut promises 763 new ones that are darker, raunchier and more WTF than before. The R-rated version (which is over 2 hours long) hits theaters today for one week only. With the super-sized Anchorman 2 hitting theaters this weekend, writer and director Adam McKay was asked about the possibility of Ron Burgundy returning yet again. McKay says, "It was great to do [Anchorman 2] and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy. There's nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."

In theaters this weekend: Anchorman 2 (R version, limited release); Non-Stop (PG-13); Son of God (PG-13); The Wind Rises (PG-13, limited release); and Stalingrad (R, limited release)

Trivia Answer: Frank Bonner who is 72 today. He was WKRP's sales manager Herb Tarlek. Bonner appeared as a guest star in one episode of the sitcom Night Court in the 1980s. He also directed several episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, as well as other TV sitcoms, including Who's the Boss?, Head of the Class, Evening Shade, and every episode of the NBC Saturday morning sitcom City Guys.

Thursday 2.27.14
Today's Trivia: He was born in Lebanon, Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon, and was later a founding member of the San Francisco-based improvisational comedy troupe The Committee. Among the roles he's best remembered for is that of teacher Charlie Moore on the series Head of the Class from 1986 to 1990. Who is he?

The Mariners haven't finished above .500 since going 85-and-77 in 2009. They haven't made the playoffs in more than a decade. Yet, they'll finish 2014 with about as many wins as losses, according to at least on Las Vegas sportsbook. As of yesterday, had the Mariners' over/under for wins at 81.5 and their odds to win the AL West at 7-to-1. Believers in new manager Lloyd McClendon, new second baseman Robinson Cano, and the promise of the Mariners' young talent have other ways to bet little to win big. gives Seattle a 28-to-1 shot to win the 2014 World Series and a 14-to-1 chance to win the American League Pennant. The journey is underway this afternoon as the Ms are opening their Spring Training games taking on the San Diego Padres.

Birhtdays: She was married to Paul Newman until his death in 2008, actress Joanne Woodward is 84; political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney Ralph Nader is 80. Journey guitarist Neal Schon is 60; one of the Baldwin boys, actor Adam Baldwin is 52; from TLC, Chilli is 43; Bill and Hillary's daughter, Chelsea Clinton is 34; and singer Josh Groban is 33.

Jim Lange, the host of The Dating Game TV show, died Tuesday afer suffering a heart attack at his home in California. Lange was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and worked in radio as a disc jockey before joining the Dating Game. Contestants on the show, which debuted in 1965, chose a date from three candidates after asking a series of questions. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Steve Martin were among the celebrity contestants who appeared on the show. Lange also hosted other game shows including The $100,000 Name That Tune. After leaving television he returned to radio where he worked until retiring in 2005. His wife Nancy says that although her husband was best known for his television work his real love was radio. Jim Lange was 81

Today is Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day. 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 its 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 1996, Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize was awarded in Dallas: One million dollars. One slice: 460 calories. 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."

Has orange juice had its day in America? A new story out about sales figures over the years suggests as much. The big takeaway is that per-capita consumption is down 40% since the 1990s, with last year's sales the lowest in 15 years. I'm doing my part. I drink a lot of orange juice ... okay, it's mixed with vodka but still ...

On TV tonight, Countdown to the Oscars on ABC. The special looks at celebrities before they were famous, plus Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks mark the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump by honoring injured servicemen.

Another good love gone bad? A source close to Katy Perry and John Mayer claims he's broken off the relationship.

In Florida a 58-year-old woman was arrested for using 911 to lure a police officer to her home where she then begged him to have sex with her. Apparently when he slapped the handcuffs on her she said, "Well, that's a start!"

Trivia Answer: Howard Hesseman who turns 74 today. He's best known for his role as anti-disco disc jockey John "Dr. Johnny Fever" Caravella on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati from 1978 to 1982. He prepared for the role by working as a DJ in San Francisco at KMPX-FM for several months.

Wednesday 2.26.14
Today's Trivia: It's a weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, it has the largest audience of any American magazine. In 2011, it had $997 million in advertising revenue, the highest of any American magazine. It was named Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation, and advertising. It's about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first issue. What is the magazine?

Right fielder Stefen Romero, shortstop Nick Franklin, and promising outfield prospect Jabari Blash all homered yesterday in an abbreviated Mariners' intrasquad game at the team's spring training complex in Peoria, AZ. With Seattle's roster divided into two teams and many expected major league starters sitting out, the visiting Mariners beat the home Mariners 4-3. Tomorrow, they play the San Diego Padres in their Spring Season opening game. The regular season opener is on March 31st in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Their home opener is March 8th against those same Angels.

Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 86; singer Mitch Ryder is 69; Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is 64; singer Michael Bolton is 61; singer Erykah Badu is 43; and Nate Ruess of fun. is 32.

It's National Pistachio Day. Thermos Bottle Day. Tell a Fairy Tale Day, and For Pete's Sake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1907, members of the US Congress raised their own pay to $7500 each. Both House and Senate members got the same bucks. In 1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller hit #1 in the US. The album spent a total of 37 weeks at number one. The tracks: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Baby Be Mine, The Girl is Mine (w/Paul McCartney), Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), and The Lady in My Life. In 1985, it was the night for the seventh highest-rated TV music show of the 1980s. A 23.8 share of the TV audience watched The Grammy Awards. The award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male was presented to Phil Collins for his Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now); Best New Artist for the year 1984 was Cyndi Lauper and the Best Album of the year award, for Can't Slow Down, was presented to Lionel Richie. Tina Turner was a big winner at the 27th annual prize parade, copping Best Song, Best Record, and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female for What's Love Got to Do with It. In 1998, in Amarillo, Texas, a jury rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey's televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars.

A South Carolina woman, attempting to report a crime to police, was jailed for a 9-year-old crime. Kayla Michelle Finley was locked up for not having returned a VHS copy of the Jennifer Lopez movie Monster-In-Law. Finley rented but never returned it in 2005.

We've heard of not getting along with your in-laws, but one UK woman took things exceptionally far: She didn't like her brother's fiancee, so she pretended to be the woman and made some calls to cancel the wedding. She was sent to jail and was slapped with a restraining order by the brother's now-wife. Even weirder: She's reportedly the one who introduced the pair back in 2012.

Some dream of roaming the earth to hunt buried treasure. One Sierra Nevada couple didn't have to go that far. They dug it up in their backyard -- about $10 million worth, in 19th century US gold coins stuffed into rusty cans. It's believed to the biggest hoard of gold coins ever unearthed in the United States. And it's going on sale soon. The bonanza emerged last year as the man and woman were walking their dog on their property and noticed the top of a decaying canister poking out of the ground. They dug it out with a stick, took it to their house and opened it up. Inside was what looked like a batch of discs covered in dirt from holes rotted through the can. They weren't just discs. A little brushing revealed nearly perfectly preserved $20 gold coins with liberty head designs on the front, dated from the 1890s. They ran back to the same spot, and when they were done digging, they'd found a total of eight cans containing 1,427 coins -- with a face value of $27,980. A total of 1,373 were $20 coins, 50 were $10 coins and four were $5 coins. They were dated from 1847 to 1894, and after sprucing up they shone like, well, gold -- which fortunately never rots. About a third of the coins were in pristine condition, having never been circulated for spending. Most were minted in San Francisco. It's dubbed the Saddle Ridge Hoard, after the spot on the couple's property where it was found. The collection is expected to sell for at least $10 million, either as a whole or in pieces, based on the evaluated condition of the coins.

Here's your number for the day: 20 billion. That's the amount, in dollars, that we as Americans spend each year on pet food.

Trivia Answer: People. Its original name was People Weekly. It was a spin-off from the People page in Time magazine. Its first managing editor, Richard Stolley, characterized the magazine as "getting back to the people who are causing the news and who are caught up in it, or deserve to be in it. Our focus is on people, not issues." People is perhaps best known for its yearly special issues naming the World's Most Beautiful People, Best & Worst Dressed, and Sexiest Man Alive. The first issue came out March 4th of 1974. That issue featured actress Mia Farrow, then starring in the movie The Great Gatsby, on the cover. The issue also featured stories on Gloria Vanderbilt, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and the wives of US Vietnam veterans who were Missing In Action.

Tuesday 2.25.14
Today's Trivia: He was a television writer, playwright, screenwriter and author. He began as a writer at the age of 16 for Danny Thomas' radio show during the 1940s. He also wrote for Jack Paar and Bob Hope. In the 1950s, his most important work in television involved writing for Red Buttons, and for Sid Caesar on Caesar's Hour. He also wrote with Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Woody Allen. In 1972, he was one of the main forces behind the creation of the television series M*A*S*H, writing and producing many episodes until leaving after the fourth season. His best known screen work is perhaps the screenplay for 1982's Tootsie. Who is he?

Rumors persist that the Seahawks are releasing Red Bryant to free up money to sign Michael Bennett and Golden Tate.

If Adam Muema suits up for the Seattle Seahawks next season, he could be a Godsend. The former San Diego State running back left the weekend's NFL scouting combine without participating in any drills, telling reporters that God assured him that by missing workouts he'd be joining the Super Bowl-champion Hawks. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Muema ran for 2,955 yards in three seasons with the Aztecs, including 2,702 and 31 touchdowns over the last two. He is expected to be a mid-to-late-round pick, and said playing for Seattle was his dream. God was not immediately available for comment.

Birthdays: Newsman Bob Schieffer is 77; talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 79; comedian Carrot Top is 49; actress Téa Leoni is 48; singer Daniel Powter is 43; actress Rashida Jones is 38; and Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter, actors James and Oliver Phelps are 28.

Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day. Stripes. Some of the most beloved and widely quoted comedy classics of the last 30 years. They're also Harold Ramis' filmography. Ramis, the writer-director-actor who quietly and often off-screen created an unparalleled and hugely influential body of laughs, died yesterday. He suffered for several years from an autoimmune disease that caused inflammation and damage to his blood vessels, and died at his home in the Chicago suburbs, surrounded by family and friends, according to his talent agency. Admittedly lacking the dashing leading-man looks of some of his peers, Ramis was memorably nebbish: curly haired, gangly and bespectacled. He played Ghostbuster Dr. Spengler (naturally, the brainy one with all the ideas), and Bill Murray's Army recruit buddy in Stripes. But the Chicago native and early member of the improv comedy troupe Second City was a far larger force behind the camera. The intellectual Ramis was the Zen master to a wild, improvising comic storm that included Murray, John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd. He co-wrote and directed Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This, He helped pen Meatballs, Stripes and Ghostbusters. Ramis could be reasonably credited with making more people roll in the aisles from the late '70s to the early '90s than most anyone else. Harold Ramis was 69.

It's National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. Ironically, it's also Let's All Eat Right Day. Today is Pistol Patent Day. Samuel Colt invented the pistol. He received Patent # 138 for it on this day in 1836. The patent was for the Colt Revolver with a rotating chamber containing six bullets.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Oregon placed a 1 cent per gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first US state to levy a gasoline tax. In 1928, Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, DC became the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission. In 1964, Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston. Ali took the title. In 1986, President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, fled the nation after 20 years of rule. Corazon Aquino became the Philippines' first woman president. In 1991, during the Gulf War, an Iraqi scud missile hit an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 US Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

Jimmy Kimmel is going to be a new dad. This will be the first child for Kimmel and his wife Molly. Kimmel has two kids in their 20s from a previous marriage.

Robin Thicke and his actress-wife Paula Patton are calling it quits. A representative for the actress confirmed yesterday that she and the singer are ending their nine-year marriage. Robin and Paula met when Thicke was 14 (he's now 36 and Patton is 38), and have been married since 2005. They have one son, born in 2010. In a joint statement they said, "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."

Got milk? The simple question that spawned countless parodies and milk mustaches is being sidelined. Now it's time for consumers to "Milk Life." The marketing arm for milk processors is shelving the popular tagline in favor of a new ad campaign that casts milk as a key ingredient to an active lifestyle.

Want to lose a few pounds before spring gets here? Take photos of your food. When researchers at the University of Wisconsin had volunteers take pictures of everything they ate, the subjects consumed fewer snacks, went back for seconds less often, and ate a third fewer calories than people who kept a mental record of what they took in.

A sanitation worker in Medina, Ohio, spotted an envelope in some garbage he picked up. After his route was over he decided to open the envelope to make sure it wasn't something vitally important, and then set out to return it. Inside was a birthday card with $50. The worker who found the letter went with his supervisor to the woman's home to hand over the card and explain what happened.

Trivia Answer: Larry Gelbart who was born on this date in 1928. M*A*S*H earned Gelbart a Peabody Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the Tootsie script, and also was Oscar-nominated for his original screenplay for 1977's Oh, God! starring George Burns. Gelbart wrote the long-running Broadway musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 1962. The original production ran for 964 performances. Its book won a Tony Award. A film version starring Zero Mostel was released in 1966. Gelbart was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2009 and died at his Beverly Hills home three months later on September 11th of 2009.

Monday 2.24.14
Today's Trivia: He was born David Goldstein in Northwich, Cheshire, England. He has dual American and British citizenship. After a few years in Northwich the family moved to a northern New York City suburb, where he grew up. 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, 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?

Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity last night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host in South Korea. Raucous spectators chanted "Russia! Russia!" - before being surrounded by multicolored fireworks and carried through a visually stunning, sometimes surrealistic panorama of Russian history and culture. The crowd was in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks. The nation's $51 billion investment -- topping even Beijing's estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games -- transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism. But the Olympic show didn't win over critics of Russia's backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalized intolerance of gays. As dusk fell, Russians and international visitors streamed into the stadium for the ceremony featuring the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Day and night, the flame became a favorite backdrop for "Sochi selfies," a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves. Athletes were saying goodbye to rivals-turned-friends from far off places, savoring their achievements or lamenting what might have been - and, for some, looking ahead to 2018. Winners of Russia's record 13 gold medals marched into the stadium carrying the country's white, blue and red flag, which was raised alongside the Olympic flag. Athletes streamed by the hundreds into the stadium, dancing and taking photos of themselves. Earlier, giant screens flashed highlights of their Olympic exploits. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's hockey final Sunday, Canada claimed the last gold from the 98 medal events. Russia's athletes topped the Sochi medals table, both in golds and total -- 33. That represented a stunning turnaround from the 2010 Vancouver Games. There, a meagre 3 golds and 15 total for Russia seemed proof of its gradual decline as a winter sports power since Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Russia's bag of Sochi gold was the biggest-ever haul by a non-Soviet team.

Birthdays: Abe Vigoda -- yes, he's still alive -- is 93 today; former U.S. Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lieberman is 72; actor Barry Bostwick is 69; actor Edward James Olmos is 67; George Thorogood is 64; and journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn is 55;

Maria von Trapp, a member of the Austrian family whose escape from Nazi Germany and subsequent musical career inspired the famed musical The Sound of Music, has died according to newspapers quoting her brother. Von Trapp died Tuesday but the news was confirmed over the weekend by her half-brother Johannes von Trapp, according to the New York Daily News. Von Trapp died of natural causes at her home in Vermont. Maria von Trapp was 99.

It's National Tortilla Chip Day. Today is National Trading Card Day. It's Sesame Street's Gordon's Birthday. And the birthday of the nylon toothbrush. It made it debut on this date in 1938.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, the United States Olympic Hockey team completed their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal. In 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offered a $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. 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.

Make it three in a row for The Lego Movie. The animated film that depicts a world based on the colorful toy blocks, collected $31.5 million to lead the box office charts for a third consecutive weekend. The new Kevin Costner spy thriller 3 Days to Kill was a distant second. The big-budget Roman-era disaster movie Pompeii claimed the No. 3 spot. RoboCop, a remake of the 1987 science fiction film about a part-man, part-cyborg crime fighter, was fourth. Rounding out the top five was Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney and based on the true story of US soldiers who rescued art masterpieces from Nazi thieves.

Scientists have found you can lose weight doing something you're probably already doing: Playing mindless video games. Just make sure it's the right one. A study (by researchers at Plymouth University) found playing Tetris for three minutes can reduce the strength of your food cravings. And that's not all -- the study revealed the game can also dissuade you from drinking alcohol and smoking. Basically it's replacing addiction with distraction.

Rumors were flying around this morning that the Seahawks may cut Red Bryant to free up mondy to sign Michael Bennett. Meanwhile, there's a fun tradition at NFL Films. They display the Super Bowl champ's team flag at their offices for a year. They're raising the Seahawks flag this afternoon.

TNT is launching an actual Ewing Energies gas station to promote the third season of its reboot of Dallas. The location is in Manhattan, New York, and the show's marketing team planned to disclose the location's street address on Facebook this morning.

Officials in Cleveland say the suspect in a Saturday night assault attempted to ditch police by jumping from the eighth-floor window of an apartment building. The 26-year-old man is now in the hospital with severe injuries. Duh.

Trivia Answer: Rupert Holmes who turns 67 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. He also is responsible for the Tony Award winning musical Drood (originally The Mystery of Edwin Drood), as well as his more recent Broadway musical Curtains. 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.

Friday 2.21.14
Today's 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?

The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease. It was -- for at least a few more seconds -- still a one-goal game. Then Marie-Philip Poulin scored with 54.6 seconds left in regulation, completing Canada's comeback from a two-goal deficit and sending the game into overtime. Once there, she added the gold medal-winning goal to beat the United States 3-2 -- the fourth consecutive Olympic women's hockey title for the sport's birthplace. That was yesterday. Today, the US and Canadian hockey teams again battled for the chance to reach the match for gold at Sochi as the men squared off. The US made it to the gold-medal game in 2002 and 2010 and lost each time to the Canadians. And now it's the trifecta. Canada used its speed and strength today to once again defeat the United States. The final score was 1-0 in their Olympic semifinal grudge match today. Canada now plays in Sunday's game for the gold against unblemished Sweden, which defeated rival Finland 2-1 earlier today.

Birthdays: Actor Gary Lockwood is 77; record company executive David Geffen is 71; C3P0 in Star Wars, actor Anthony Daniels is 68; Detective Mary Beth Lacey on Cagney & Lacey, actress Tyne Daly is 68; Snape in Harry Potter, actor Alan Rickman is 68; singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 56; one of the Baldwins, actor William Baldwin is 51; actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 35; and an actress that's been in the headlines recently, Ellen Page is 27.

Today is Remember the Funniest Thing Your Child Ever Did Day, always on 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. 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 after emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch expected to see his driving under the influence trial in California come to an end today when he pleaded guilty a lesser charge of reckless driving. Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, told The Associated Press yesterday of the plea deal that was reached with the Alameda County District Attorney Office. The plea was being formally entered in court in Oakland today. Lynch was arrested in July of 2012 on investigation of driving under the influence after he was pulled over on a freeway in Oakland.Golde says he believes that Lynch had a strong enough case to win at trial, but said the Seattle running back did not want a public trial considering his high profile with the Seahawks coming off a Super Bowl victory. Golde said Lynch is pleading pleading guilty to a "wet reckless." Lynch reportedly will have to take six driving safety classes and pay a $1,080 fine.

In a move that's been widely expected, the Seahawks arel releasing receiver Sidney Rice. That according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cutting Rice saves the Hawks $7.3 million next season, according to Rice was one of the first big-name free agents to sign with the Seahawks after head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider set up shop in Seattle in 2010. But he had a hard time living up to the blockbuster five-year, $41 million deal that signed him away from Minnesot

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson confirmed on Twitter that he will make his guest appearance at Texas Rangers spring training March 3rd. To be clear, Wilson is not going spring training with the intention of embarking on a baseball career side-project. He'll probably play some catch, take some batting practice, and spend the rest of his time talking to the Rangers' players in an attempt to motivate and inspire the youngsters in the farm system. So even if he's not set to be the next Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, the championship quarterbacks' presence with the Rangers should generate plenty of buzz.

Some time next year Apple fans will be able to buy a collectible stamp featuring Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The Steve Jobs stamp is scheduled for 2015, joined by other icons like Johnny Carson, the Peanuts gang, Elvis Presley and James Brown.

Not everyone finds the idea appealing, but coffee shops and stands with scantily clad ladies behind the counter have become more commonplace. The problem is they aren't that interesting unless you're attracted to women. But a new coffee stand in Spokane solves that problem. Hot Cup of Joe features baristas who server up coffee shirtless. The baristas may eventually leave their jeans behind and serve up coffee in what the owner calls "cute, classy underwear." Men do have an incentive to stop by: they receive a $1 discount on their coffee.

If you struggle with staying within a set budget, maybe you should try drawing your purchases. 'Daily Drawings' is a project by Oregon-based illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt, in which she's drawn her daily purchases for the past eight years. Altogether, she has illustrated over 2,100 purchases since the start of the project. Her many purchases include CDs, gas, clothes and various types of groceries. Kate's not doing it as a tool for managing her money, but says imagine how much less you'd buy if you knew you had to draw everything once you got home.

Christina Aguilera is pregnant. The news comes less than a week after she announced her engagement to boyfriend Matt Rutler. Multiple sources confirm that the singer is expecting her second child. Aguilera and Rutler have been dating for three years. They met on the set of her movie Burlesque. The wedding and baby are coming at a great time for the couple -- Christina is taking the next season off from The Voice.

Trivia Answer: Allen Kelsey Grammer who is 59 today. The character was Dr. Frasier Crane. The programs were Cheers, Frasier, and Wings. Gremmer has been nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards. He's also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice artist. He's the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.

Thursday 2.20.14
Today's Trivia: She gained notoriety in 1974 when, following her kidnapping by a left-wing urban guerrilla group, she ultimately joined her captors in furthering their cause. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank robbery, she was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was later granted a presidential pardon by President Bill Clinton in his last act as president. Who is she?

The United States' hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 yesterday to earn a spot in the semifinals for the third time in four Olympics. The US went on to play in the gold-medal game in 2002 and 2010 and lost each time to the Canadians. After a day off today, the countries that share a long border here in North America and generally have friendly relations meet tomorrow the chance to become the male hockey champions of the Sochi Games. Meanwhile, today, the Canadian women beat the US women 3-2 in overtime. The Canadians pick up their 4th consecutive Olympic gold in women's hockey.

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 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. 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 sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring 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.

Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 87; jazz singer Nancy Wilson is 77; singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 73; actress Sandy Duncan is 68; J. Geils Band guitarist J. Geils is 68; co-founder of Steely Dan, singer and guitarist Walter Becker is 64; retired NBA player-turned-broadcaster Charles Barkley is 51; Harry on 3rd Rock From the Sun, actor French Stewart is 50; Cindy Crawford is 48; and, all the way from Barbados, singer Rihanna is 26.

I really had my heart set on waking up rich today but alas... Lottery officials say one ticket, sold in California, has matched all the winning numbers for the $425 million Powerball jackpot. The drawing followed several consecutive drawings that produced no top winner, boosting the jackpot to $425.3 million. While that's one of the largest in US history -- it's still far from the record. The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot won in March of 2012. The biggest Powerball jackpot was a $590.5 million prize won last May. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

Cee Lo Green says he's quitting as a coach on The Voice. He announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday that he won't be coming back "at all." He already was taking a break from the sixth season of the NBC talent competition, which begins airing Monday. But Green told Elllen that he plans to continue his relationship with NBC, with which he has a development deal. NBC confirmed Green's departure from the show and expressed hopes to work with him on future projects.

A Sarasota, Florida, man says he has the experience necessary to earn a seat in Congress. And so Joe Newman is launching a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives. What makes Joe unique is his age: he's 101.

Trivia Answer: Patricia Campbell Hearst -- Patty Hearst -- who turns 60 today. She's now known as Patricia Hearst Shaw. She's the granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and great-granddaughter of self-made millionaire George Hearst. After her release from prison, she married her former bodyguard, Bernard Shaw. They had two children: Gillian and Lydia Hearst-Shaw. They resided in Garrison, New York. Hearst has occasionally granted interviews to national media regarding the SLA incidents and taken minor acting parts. Bernard Shaw died of cancer this past December 18th at the age of 68. On February 4th of 1974, the 19-year-old Hearst was kidnapped from the Berkeley, California, apartment she shared with her fiancé. She was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. When the attempt to swap Hearst for jailed SLA members failed, the SLA demanded that the captive's family distribute $70 worth of food to every needy Californian -- an operation that would cost an estimated $400 million. In response, Hearst's father arranged the immediate donation of $6 million worth of food to the poor of the Bay Area. After the distribution of food, the SLA refused to release Hearst because they deemed the food to have been of poor quality. In a subsequent tape recording released to the press, Patty commented that her father could have done better). On April 3rd, 1974, Patty announced on an audiotape that she had joined the SLA and assumed the name Tania. On April 15th of 1974, she was photographed wielding an M1 Carbine while robbing a bank in San Francisco. A warrant was issued for her arrest and in September of 1975, and she was later arrested in a San Francisco apartment with other SLA members. In her trial, which commenced on January 15th of 1976, Hearst's attorney, F. Lee Bailey, claimed that Patty had been blindfolded, imprisoned in a narrow closet, and physically and sexually abused. The claim that her actions were the result of a concerted brainwashing program was central to her defense. Hearst's actions have also been attributed to Stockholm syndrome, in which hostages sympathize with the aims of their captors. Bailey also argued that she had been coerced or intimidated into taking part in the bank robbery. However she refused to give evidence against the other captured SLA members. This was seen as complicity by the prosecution team. Legal analysts and Hearst herself later said that Bailey did a poor job defending her. He gave very short and weak closing arguments. Hearst was convicted of bank robbery on in March of 1976. She was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment but was later commuted to 7 years. Her seven-year prison term was also eventually commuted by President Jimmy Carter, and Hearst was released from prison on February 1st of 1979 having served only twenty-two months. She was granted a full pardon by President Bill Clinton on January 20th of 2001.

Wednesday 2.19.14
Today's Trivia: This sportscaster was born in Princeton, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California Angels in 1969. He also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for another major league ballclub from the team's inaugural season until his death following the 2010 season. Who is he?

Here's as February a baseball story as you're ever going to find. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long said some things about Robinson Cano's effort running down to first base. Mariner skipper Lloyd McClendon subsequently issued a response. Long has since issued a response to the response. In this way, we can create the illusion of a war of words. To be fair this is a lot more interesting than learning about which player lost weight to get better, and which player gained weight to get better. If you're holding out for substance, there won't be much this month. The heart of what Long said that caused a stir. He said Cano resisted attempts by him and others in the New York organization to consistently run harder to first base. He said Cano would tell him that his legs didn't feel good or that he needed to conserve his energy to play every day. Lloyd McClendon said yesterday that Long should keep his opinions to himself, McClendon said "Last time I checked, I didn't know that Kevin Long was the spokesman for the New York Yankees. That was a little surprising. I was a little pissed off, and I'm sure Joe [Girardi] feels the same way. He's concerned with his team and what they're doing, not what the Seattle Mariners players are doing. And so it goes.

Jimmy Fallon's start as host of The Tonight Show is a ratings winner for NBC. TV ratings released yesterday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon's debut on Monday night.

Today is Double Lunch Day. The lunch break is one of the best parts of the day, so today take two -- and early lunch and a late lunch. Today is National Chocolate Mint Day – a day that celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. Today is Iwo Jima Day. Thirty thousand US troops landed there on this date in 1945. Over 21,000 Japanese troops were waiting underground in massive forts and tunnels on the 12-square-mile island. Today is Straw Wrapper Appreciation Day, a day to remember how much fun it was to blow the wrapper off a straw. It still is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, a thousand pounds of Beatles wigs arrived from England in New York City, where they sold out immediately. In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel completed the original version of Sounds of Silence using only acoustic guitars. In 1984, on the final day of the Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, American brothers Phil and Steve Mahre won the gold and silver medals in the men's slalom. By the way, they were born in Yakima. In 1996, two days before her 121st birthday, Jeanne Clement of France became the world's oldest pop star by releasing her first CD entitled Mistress of Time, on which she spoke over funk-rap, techno, and dance music. She said she made the recording to earn money for a minibus for the retirement home where she lived. In 1998, a piece of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's 60-year-old wedding cake sold for $29,900 at an auction in New York City.

Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 74; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is 66; actor Jeff Daniels is 59; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is 55; Prince Andrew is 54; singer Seal is 51; and actress Justine Bateman is 48.

Bob Casale, the guitarist and original member of Devo, died Monday from heart failure. That word yesterday from his older brother and fellow band member Gerald Casale. Devo, whose name is a contraction of "de-evolution," was formed in 1972 in Akron, Ohio, and later moved to Los Angeles. The band consisted of the Casales and brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh. The group's former drummer, Alan Myers, died of cancer last year. Devo started out as an underground band and released an influential debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo!, in 1978 that was produced by British recording pioneer Brian Eno. Bob Casale was 61.

Grammy-winner Cee Lo Green, a judge on NBC's The Voice singing competition, says he's decided to leave the show after four seasons but will continue to work with the television network. Green made the surprise announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. "I'm not coming back at all," Green told a surprised DeGeneres while singer Lionel Richie sat beside her. "I just don't want to wear out my welcome there. You know what I'm saying? I have so many other things that I want to do" Green said he has a television show in development with NBC and hinted there may be some other talk show opportunities. He also plans to tour with Richie later this year and will be working on an album.

There should be a website called Stupid People on Facebook. Oh wait, there already is -- it's called Facebook. A Florida man who disagreed with a police officer about a traffic stop is under arrest. In a Facebook post following the incident, Bruce Allen Santee II offered $100 to anyone who would kill the officer. Santee was arrested on a charge of written threats to kill or do bodily harm.

Trivia Answer: Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus -- the voice of the Mariners -- who was born on this date in 1935. In 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of the expansion Seattle Mariners, recruited Niehaus to become the franchise's radio voice. Niehaus was twice been named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. The team chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening Safeco Field, on July 15, 1999. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, Niehaus was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which recognizes career excellence in baseball broadcasting and is considered the highest baseball broadcasting honor. Niehaus had broadcast 5,284 of the 5,385 Mariners games, and he intended to broadcast the complete 2011 season. On November 10th of 2010, Niehaus suffered a heart attack at his home in Issaquah and died at age 75.

Tuesday 2.18.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She won the 1966 Miss Teenage Memphis contest at age 16, and the 1968 Model of the Year contest at age 18, making her a fashion icon of the 1960s. The wins resulted in fashion modeling work for her through high school and after. She quickly made a name for herself as a curvy 'real woman', which was a departure from the trend at the time of Twiggy-type waifs. This led to regular work as a magazine cover girl. According to her autobiography, it was a 1970 Glamour magazine cover that caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich's then-wife, however claimed, it was she who upon seeing the cover in a check-out line in a Ralphs grocery store in southern California, said "That's Jacy." Who is she?

Another year, same routine at the outset of spring training for Felix Hernandez. The Seattle Mariners ace threw his first bullpen session of the spring yesterday. As he has been in recent years, he'll be ramped up gradually in order to get him ready for opening day on March 31st. The preparation for the season opener began with him throwing fastballs, curve balls and changeups. Manager Lloyd McClendon and pitching coach Rick Waits both said Hernandez looked great.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal for ice dancing at the Sochi Olympics on Monday. They were the first Americans ever to win the event. The pair skated to Scheherazade by Rimski-Korsakov, beating out longtime rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who took the silver medal, and Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia, who won bronze.

The International Olympic Committee is now in the process of renewing sponsorships for its partners. The Olympic Partner (TOP) program comprises 10 companies that pay for exclusive rights to market in connection with the Games. The cost of a four-year sponsorship is $200 million.

Birthdays: Yoko Ono is 81; from Styx, singer Dennis DeYoung is 67; singer Juice Newton is 62; from Bachman-Turner Overdrive, drummer Robbie Bachman is 61; actor John Travolta is 60; professional letter-turner Vanna White is 58; actor Matt Dillon is 50; rapper and producer Dr. Dre is 49; actress Molly Ringwald is 46; and personal trainer Jillian Michaels is 40

Today is A Cold Day in Hell Day, marking this date in 1979 when snow fell for the first time in recorded history in the Sahara Desert. Today is National Clean Out Your Cubby Holes Day. Today is Pluto Day. The ninth planet, no longer accepted as a planet by some, was discovered on this date in 1930. It was named for the Roman god of the underworld, which of course was named for Mickey Mouse's dog.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1885, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published. In 1997, Kimberly and Joel Frisby of Okarche, Oklahoma, became proud parents of a son. A big son. Hunter Joel Samuel Frisby weighed 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Mom said her doctor told her, "Congratulations, you've just given birth to a toddler." In 1997, Christian TV network, Trinity Broadcasting, cancelled Pat Boone's weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show. In 2001, auto racer Dale Earnhardt Sr. died at age 49 from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500. In 2003, a Romanian teenager who won the $1.2 million lottery jackpot could not collect his winnings for two weeks because he couldn't afford the $32 train fare to Bucharest. The unemployed 17-year-old, had to wait for his benefit money to arrive. Neighbors refused to loan him or his father the money.

Did you tune into Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of The Tonight Show?

It's all fun and games until... After a heated US-Russia hockey match at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back -- and not just on the ice. Demonstrators gathered in Moscow yesterday to protest a referee's call disallowing a Russian goal in the match that Russia ultimately lost in a penalty shootout. The protesters, organized by the Kremlin party's youth group, donned Russian hockey jerseys and shouted, "Make soap out of the ref!" -- a common expression among Russian soccer fans. Wielding a banner with a photograph of the American referee, Brad Meier, the protesters used a cheese grater to grate soap into buckets. The goal, which would have given Russia to a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes on the clock, was disallowed after officials ruled that the net had come loose from the ice before the goal was scored. Russian fans, who had leapt to their feet in celebration, howled with rage as the call was announced. The referee supervisor for the International Ice Hockey Federation, Konstantin Komissarov, confirmed that the ruling made by the referees was correct and that video review had been properly used to make the call. But that hasn't mollified Russian spectators who, in a rare unifying moment, have come together from both ends of the political spectrum to air their grievances - and their conspiracy theories. As the call was made, commentators on state television at first seemed unable to overcome their shock, shouting "How can this be so?!" They spent much of the rest of the game muttering resignedly about Meier's nationality. One of the country's most popular newspapers, carried a photograph of the American goalie -- a red circle drawn around his hand, which appears to be pushing one goal post backward -- beneath the headline: "An American referee and the puppet international federation deprived us of a deserved victory." One state-owned channel ran an hour-long talk show dedicated to the referee's call.

The US is running low on clowns. Membership in the World Clown Association, the country's largest trade group in the business, has fallen from 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004. Leaders of the association say one big problem is that young people simply aren't interested in clowning as a career. "What's happening is attrition," said Glen Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America International, another group with dwindling numbers. "The older clowns are passing away."

It sounds strange but, yes, the Pope needs a passport. And because Pope Francis wants to travel the world as a "regular" Argentine and not a privileged citizen of the Vatican City microstate he has asked his birth country to renew his passport and identification card.

Trivia Answer: Cybill Lynne Shepherd who turns 64 today. Jacy was the role Bogdanvich was casting in the 1971 film, The Last Picture Show. Shepherd's role as the sexual ingenue would prove to be one of the most explosive and promising debuts of any film actress. Her other roles over the years have included Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, as Cybill Sheridan in Cybill, as Betsy in Taxi Driver, and as Phyllis Kroll in The L Word. 

Monday 2.17.14
Today's Trivia: This weekly news magazine was published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. It was the second largest news weekly magazine in the US -- published in four English language editions and 12 global editions written in the language of the circulation region. What is the magazine?

Happy President's Day!

Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 89; actress Rene Russo is 60; Al Borland on Home Improvement, actor Richard Karn is 58; actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 52; NBA great -- in fact, regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all-time -- Michael Jordan is 51; comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 51; Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is 42; Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 33, socialite Paris Hilton is 33.

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 Practice Your Free Throws Day. You never know, it could win the game some day. Today is Snow Ice Cream Day (A little milk, sugar, vanilla, and a lot of snow).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer 'Deep Blue, to win a six-game match in Philadelphia. 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 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 Movie, the animated film that depicts a world based on the colorful toy blocks, collected $48.8 million to top box office charts for a second week. Romantic comedy About Last Night finished second on a holiday weekend that kicked off on Valentine's Day. RoboCop, a remake of the 1987 science fiction film about a part-man, part-cyborg crime fighter, was third. Monuments Men came in fourth. The romantic drama Endless Love, a remake of a 1980s-era film was fifth. It was a big weekend, the third-best Presidents Day result of all time, with about $177 million in ticket sales.

Legos are enjoying a big resurgence thanks to that booming box office for The Lego Movie, and The Simpsons are jumping on board. The previously announced Brick Like Me episode debuts on Sunday, May 4th. Fox made that announcement yesterday. In the half hour, The Simpsons' 550th episode, Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos. He then must "put together" how he got there and figure out how to get home before he gets stuck in a world of bricks forever

Jameis Winston is following the road map Bo Jackson laid out nearly 25 years ago. The 20-year-old Florida State redshirt freshman became the sixth Heisman winner in NCAA history to play college baseball after winning the award when the Seminoles opened the season Friday. The last player to do it was Jackson in 1986, according to STATS LLC. Both are from Bessemer, Ala., and Winston grew up using the former Auburn star as an incentive to realize his two-sport dream. Jackson, 51, is the only athlete to play in a Major League Baseball all-star game and the NFL Pro Bowl. Winston also wouldn't mind following in the footsteps of another two-sport Florida State star -- Deion Sanders. The former Seminoles defensive back is the only player to play in both the Super Bowl and the World Series. Deion is also the only man to ever hit an MLB homereun nd score an NFL touchdown in the sme week. Jameis is Florida State's closer with a 95 mph fastball, a slider and Winston is adding a split-changeup to his repertoire. He'll also play in the outfield and fill in as a designated hitter at times. By the way, he got the save on Friday.

The Powerball jackpot rose to $400 million over the weekend, one of the largest prizes in the lottery's history. The jackpot soared by about $70 million after there were no winning tickets sold to claim a $330 million prize in a drawing on Saturday. The next drawing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Trivia Answer: Newsweek which was first published on this date in 1933. It's the second largest news weekly magazine in the US having trailed Time magazine in circulation and advertising revenue for most of its existence. Since 2008, Newsweek has undergone a series of internal and external contractions designed to shift the magazine's focus and audience while shoring up the title's finances. Instead, losses at the newsweekly accelerated: revenue dropped 38 percent from 2007 to 2009. The revenue freefall prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to 92-year-old audio pioneer Sidney Harman -- reportedly for a purchase price of $1.00 and an assumption of the magazine's liabilities. In November 2010, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, after negotiations between the owners of the two publications. Tina Brown, The Daily Beast's editor-in-chief served as the editor of both publications. Newsweek was jointly owned by the estate of the late Harman and the diversified American Internet company. In October 2012, Brown announced that Newsweek would cease print publication with the December 31, 2012, issue and transition to an all-digital format, to be called Newsweek Global. On August 3rd of 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek from IAC on terms that were not disclosed; the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication, but did not include The Daily Beast. IBT Media plans to relaunch a print edition of Newsweek on March 7th of this year.

Friday 2.14.14
Today's Trivia: He was the lead singer of a power pop band and he co-wrote the biggest hit song of 1979 in the USA with the band's lead guitarist. The tune spent six straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Fifteen years later the track gained renewed interest when it was featured in the film Reality Bites. It was also featured regularly in a Saturday Night Live skit parodying Janet Reno. What is the song and what is the band?

That winter storm that hammered the South this week dumped another layer of snow on the Northeast late yesterday and early today as it headed into the Atlantic Ocean. The storm has been blamed for at least 20 deaths from Texas to the mid-Atlantic. It forced the grounding of more than 11,000 flights and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses as it blanketed the South with snow and ice.

Seattle Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has informed the club he won't be reporting to spring training and won't play in 2014. Gutierrez let the team know that he is dealing with a relapse of the gastrointestinal problem he dealt with last season, and he didn't think it was fair to come to spring training if he could not fully compete for a spot on the team. Gutierrez has been placed on the restricted list and removed from the 40-man roster.

Meantime, Fernando Rodney took part in Seattle's first workout for pitchers and catchers yesterday, soon after the reliever signed a two-year contract worth $14 million. Rodney reported to spring training on Wednesday and passed his physical, clearing the way for the Mariners to add him to their 40-man roster and announce his contract.

Birthdays: Former host of The Today Show. TV personality Hugh Downs is 93; Mrs. Brady on The Brady Bunch, actress Florence Henderson is 80; journalist Carl Bernstein is 70; TV host Pat O'Brien is 66; from Penn & Teller, magician Teller is 66; Vinnie Terranova on Wiseguy, actor Ken Wahl is 60; actress Meg Tilly is 54; singer-songwriter Rob Thomas is 42; and football's Drew Bledsoe is 42.

Actor Ralph Waite, who played the iconic father figure John Walton on The Waltons, died yesterday in his home in Palm Desert, Calif. Waite was nominated for a 1978 Emmy for the role. He starred in the popular TV drama for nine years. "Ralph was a good honest actor and a good honest man," said actress Michael Learned, who portrayed Waite's wife Olivia on show. Ralph Waite was 85.

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. Love a Mensch Week begins today. Mensches are decent, responsible men or women.

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.

If Valentine's Day expectations are not too high in your house, have some fun and take your love to McDonald's. Call ahead and they might even take reservations. A McDonald's in Southport, North Carolina, is hosting its third annual Valentine's Day dinner. Customers are being serenaded by a singer named "Ron."

It's romance in the theaters this weekend as new films Winter's Tale, Endless Love, and About Last Night are all opening. Oh yeah, the last of the red hot romantics, Robocop, hits the big screen this weekend, too.

Facebook is giving users more options than just "male" and "female" to describe themselves on the social network. The company is allowing any of 50+ different gender terms to be used, including androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid, and transsexual.

Trivia Answer: The song was My Sharona by The Knack. The album it came from, Get The Knack, spent five straight weeks at No. 1 and eventually sold 3 million copies in the United States and 6 million worldwide. The guy we were talking about was Doug Fieger who died of cancer on this date in 2010. Fieger underwent brain surgery in August 2006 to have two tumors removed. He was later diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, for which he underwent extensive chemotherapy and had one half of a lung removed. After battling cancer for several years, Fieger died at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills on February 14th of 2010. He was 57 years old. Fieger wrote My Sharona for woman named Sharona Alperin, who later became his girlfriend. Fieger and Alperin eventually got married to other people, but they remained friends. Alperin says she visited him frequently in his final months. "A lot of his idols, people that meant so much to him in the music industry, came to pay their respects to him," she says. "And it was really beautiful."

Thursday 2.13.14
Today's Trivia: He was a self-taught guitar player. He rose to prominence as a bass player for Buddy Holly. He escaped death in the February 3rd, 1959 plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. The Big Bopper Richardson when he gave up his seat to The Big Bopper. By the 1970s, he had become associated with so-called "outlaws," an informal group of musicians who worked outside of the Nashville corporate scene. A series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s culminated in the 1978 crossover hit, Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. In 1979, he recorded the theme song for the hit television show The Dukes of Hazzard, and also served as the narrator for all seven seasons of the show. Who is he?

Seattle Mariner pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona, yesterday. Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma won't throw for four to six weeks because of an injury to the middle finger of his right hand. Iwakuma reported for his physical yesterday and had a splint over the finger. He's been diagnosed with a strained tendon and is being re-examined by a hand specialist in Arizona in three weeks. Catcher – or former catcher -- Jesus Montero was visibly nervous yesterday as he was joining the team for the first time since receiving a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball's Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation. Montero apologized to his Mariners teammates and their fans. His voice tinged with emotion, Montero said, "I want to apologize to the whole organization and all my teammates for what I did last year. I know I made a bad mistake last year and I don't know what I was thinking. But I'm here right now this year to be better and to help the team to win."

Another baseball note: Derek Jeter, who has helped the Yankees win five World Series, announced yesterday that he is retiring at the end of the 2014 season. He wrote on his Facebook page, "The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."

Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 81; actor George Segal is 80; actor Bo Svenson is 73; from The Monkees, Peter Tork is 72; talk show host Jerry Springer is 70; actress Stockard Channing is 70; musician Peter Gabriel is 64; and retired NFL receiver Randy Moss is 37.

Sid Caesar, the TV comedy pioneer whose rubber-faced expressions and mimicry built on the work of his dazzling team of writers that included Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, died yesterday. In his two most important shows, Your Show of Shows from 1950 to 1954, and Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1957, Caesar displayed remarkable skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect, and sketch comedy. And he gathered a stable of young writers who went on to worldwide fame in their own right -- including Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, and Larry Gelbart of "M-A-S-H' fame. Critic Joel Siegel said in a 2001 documentary, "The one great star that television created and who created television was Sid Caesar." In a 2001 interview, Caesar said, "Real life is the true comedy. Then everybody knows what you're talking about." Caesar brought observational comedy to TV before the term, or such latter-day practitioners as Jerry Seinfeld, were even born. Sid Caesar was 91.

Today is Get A Different Name Day, just for today. Today is Guys Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Valentine's Day Day. Also called Dream of Your Sweetheart Day. Today is Employee Legal Awareness 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 1937, the NFL Boston Redskins moved to Washington, DC. In 1967, The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever in the US. In 1983, singer Karen Carpenter died at 32 of anorexia. 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.

A rare, massive winter storm knocked out power to 550,000 homes and businesses yesterday and forced the cancelation of 3,000 airline flights. The harsh weather was blamed for 11 deaths. The storm paralyzed traffic across the South, from Atlanta to Raleigh. Streets and highways were essentially empty. The federal government ordered offices closed in Washington, DC, today as the storm moved up the East Coast.

Joss Christensen of Utah took the gold medal in men's slopestyle skiing at the Sochi Games today, leading an American sweep of the new Olympic event. Gus Kenworthy of Colorado won the silver, and Nick Goepper of Indiana took bronze. It was just the third time in history that US athletes had won all three medals in an event at the Winter Games.

Seattle basketball fans may have rejoiced at NBA Commissioner David Stern's retirement earlier this month, but protege Adam Silver doesn't seem to be in any hurry to bring professional basketball back to the Emerald City any time soon. In an interview with ESPN this week, Silver put the brakes on talks of the league adding an expansion team in the near future. He said, "Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there, but we're not planning on expanding right now."

Talking about their tune Pompeii, the members of Bastille say it's imagining a conversation between two ancient ashen corpses. The song, by the way, is nominated for British single of the year at the upcoming Brit Awards on the 19th.

Comcast says it has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States. If the deal is approved, the combined group would be the nation's dominant provider of TV and Internet services. The two companies expect the merger to take effect by the end of the year, but regulators are likely to take a close look at the potential impact on consumers.

You'd likely run faster if killer zombies were chasing you, right? Well, thanks to a new fitness app for Google Glass, the high-tech head display that projects this virtual reality on your surroundings, this will soon be a viable training technique. Race Yourself, which is undergoing testing and will be released this spring, lets you compete against yourself, your friends, celebrities, and yes, even zombies.

Trivia Answer: Waylon Arnold Jennings who died in his sleep of diabetic complications in Chandler, Arizona, on this date in 2002. When he was twenty-one, Jennings was tapped by Holly to play bass in Holly's new band on a tour through the Midwest in early 1959. In his 1996 autobiography, Jennings admitted that in the years afterward, he felt severe guilt and responsibility for the crash. After Jennings gave up his seat, before takeoff that morning, Holly, in jest, told Jennings "I hope your ol' bus freezes up", to which Jennings, also in jest, responded with "I hope your ol' plane crashes". Jennings said those words haunted him the rest his life.

Wednesday 2.12.14
Today's Trivia: He's a retired 6-foot 10-inch professional basketball player who played center. He's a five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star. He also won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the US national basketball team. He's widely considered one of the best defensive players in NBA history. He led the NBA in rebounds four times and tallied 21,620 total rebounds in his career. He's one of just two NBA players to have grabbed more than fifty rebounds in a game. After retiring as a player he entered coaching and was head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973 to 1977. Who is he?

Well, here we are exactly a week after the Seahawks' Super Bowl parade. Today, the Seattle Mariners are set to begin spring training when pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Arizona. The impending start of spring ball may have snuck up on Northwest fans who got caught up in the Hawks' championship run -- particularly because the December signing of Robinson Cano, the biggest free agent of the off-season, was the most excitement Mariners fans have felt since … well, Felix Hernandez's perfect game in August of 2012. New M's manager Lloyd McClendon – himself just signed in November – told, "The franchise has been knocked down. We've been on the mat quite some time. It's time for us to get up." How can fans transition from the elation of Seahawks football to the misery of Mariners baseball? It's difficult to get excited about a team that, for the past decade or so, has been supposedly "on the brink" of becoming relevant again but never has. It's hard to find enthusiasm for a ballclub that promises "this year will be different," only to watch the team flounder once more in mediocrity and wind up in the same ol' place come October. Usually, the baseball off-season is a time for fans to hit their reset buttons, follow their team's roster moves and get ready for the next year. But this time around, the Seahawks usurped everyone's attention. Now it's already time for baseball. Position players join pitchers and catchers at the Peoria Sports Complex on Monday. Besides the fact that Robinso Cano will play second base, and that Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will go one-two on the mound, that's about all we know right now about the 2014 Mariners. The rest is essentially up in the air. The Ms first Spring Training game is against the San Diego Padres on the 27th. The regular season opener is on March 31st in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Their home opener is March 8th against those same Angels.

Another baseball note. Derek Jeter, who has helped the Yankees win five World Series, announced today that he is retiring at the end of the 2014 major league baseball season. He wrote on his Facebook page, "The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball." He added: "I know they say that when you dream you eventually wake up. Well, for some reason, I've never had to wake up. Not just because of my time as a New York Yankee but also because I am living my dream every single day."

We had some wild weather overnight. Some high winds, rain, and the associated power outages throughout the Northwest. But it was nothing like what's going on down south. An unusually severe winter storm killed five people in Texas yesterday as it barreled into the Southeast. By early today the storm had reached Atlanta, which was caught by surprise in a devastating Arctic blast two weeks ago. Forecasters warned that Georgia and the Carolinas could get a "catastrophic" blow of snow and ice that could knock out power to hundreds of thousands, possibly for days, and make travel nearly impossible in the hardest hit areas.

Birthdays: Sportscaster and former player Joe Garagiola is 88; the author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume is 76; from The Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek is 75; from Genesis, guitarist Steve Hackett is 64; former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is 62; Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains, actress Joanna Kerns is 61; actor and talk-show host Arsenio Hall is 59; from Wilson-Phillips, singer Chynna Phillips is 46; and actor Josh Brolin is 46.

Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. He was born on February 12th of 1809. Today is also National Lost Penny Day. So today, we celebrate two things – although they are directly connected. According to, "The first US penny was minted in 1787 and was made of pure copper and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On February 12th of 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the first Lincoln penny was issued. It was the first regular issue US coin to honor an actual person. On Lost Penny Day, we are to gather all those pennies we've been collecting and cash them in." Today is Darwin Day. Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on the same day Lincoln was born: February 12th of 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. It's National Plum Pudding Day. Plum Pudding Day is your chance to eat some plum pudding. Doesn't this make you happy!?! You must admit, if it wasn't Plum Pudding Day, you probably wouldn't even think about plum pudding, let alone eat some. Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, in the other Washington, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place. In 1959, the first Barbie doll went on sale. In 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. In 1974, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, was exiled from the Soviet Union. In 1999, President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

The era of Shaun White's domination of the Olympic snowboard halfpipe ended yesterday. Shaun won the gold medals in the event in the last two Winter Games. He failed to complete a clean run this time around, and finished out of the medals, placing fourth. Swiss rival Iouri Podladchikov, also known as I-Pod, took the gold in Sochi, followed by two Japanese snowboarders — Ayumu Hirano, who won silver, and Taku Hiraoka, who took the bronze.

Governor Inslee yesterday declared a moratorium on executions in our state. Joining several states that have halted the death penalty recently, Inslee said the was concerned the death penalty was not being applied fairly. "Equal justice under the law is the state's primary responsibility," said the first-term Democrat. "And in death penalty cases, I'm not convinced equal justice is being served."

NBC News legend Tom Brokaw has announced that he is battling cancer. The veteran journalist, who has been with NBC News since 1966, was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma.

Whether they know it or not, most guys stick to the tried-and-true Windsor knot when tying their neckties. According to a Swedish mathematician, the tie is far more versatile than even the most fashionable male could have previously thought. He recently calculated that there are more than 177,000 different ways to tie a necktie.

People in Scotland are worried. There have been no reported sightings of the famed Loch Ness Monster in the last 18 months.

Trivia Answer: William Felton Russell -- Bill Russell -- who turns 80 today. He played for the Boston Celtics. He was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA Championships during Russell's thirteen-year career. The other NBA player to get more than 50 rebounds in a game was Russel's prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain. Russell is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He coached the Seattle Sonics to their first appearance in the NBA playoffs. After his four-year Sonics coaching career, Russell kept his home on Mercer Island, where he slowly faded from public view, and has been a Northwest resident for the past 40+ years.

Tuesday 2.11.14
Today's Trivia: She was born in Kennett, Missouri. While studying at Kennett High School, she was a majorette and an all-state track athlete. She also joined the 'pep club', the National Honor Society, and the National FFA Organization. She then enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition, performance, and education. She has stated that her musical inspirations are not restricted to one genre -- she likes anything with a drum beat. Today, her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country, and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has sold more than 17 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide. Additionally, she has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of thirty-two nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Who is she?

The 2014 Winter Olympics are heating up from Sochi, Russia, where Canada now leads the medal count with three golds and three silvers through the first three days of action. Alex Bilodeau's gold-medal run in men's ski moguls and Charles Hamelin's victory on the speedskating oval highlighted the Canadians' big day, which featured three medals in all. The Netherlands and Norway aren't far behind in the overall medal count with seven apiece. Meanwhile, the United States is fifth heading into Day 4. However, thanks to snowboarding dynamos Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson, the Americans are one of only five countries to have secured at least two gold medals thus far. Day 4 brings a handful more of podium opportunities and the complexion of the medal race is sure to change.

Birthdays: Ginger on Gilligan's Island, actress Tina Louise is 80; actor Burt Reynolds is 78; brother Jeb Bush is 61; Sarah Palin is 50; Rachel on Friends, actress Jennifer Aniston is 45; and singer and actress Brandy is 35.

Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a US diplomat has died. Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, "peacefully passed away" at her Woodside, California home from natural causes last night surrounded by her family and caregivers. As actress Shirley Temple, she was precocious, bouncy and adorable with a head of curly hair, tap-dancing through songs like On The Good Ship Lollipop. As Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, she was soft-spoken and earnest in postings in Czechoslovakia and Ghana, out to disprove concerns that her previous career made her a diplomatic lightweight. Shirley was 3 when her mother put her in dance school, where a talent scout spotted her and got her in a series of short movies with child actors spoofing adult movies. Movie studio executives took notice. In 1934 she appeared in the film Stand Up and Cheer! and her song and dance number in Baby Take a Bow stole the show. Other movies in that year included Little Miss Marker and Bright Eyes -- which featured her signature song On the Good Ship Lollipop -- and in 1935 she received a special Oscar for her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment. Shirley was a superstar before the term was invented. She said she was about 8 when adoring crowds shouting their love for her made her realize she was famous. "I wondered why," she recalled. "I asked my mother and she said, 'Because your films make them happy.'" Her child career came to an end at age 12. She tried a few roles as a teenager -- including opposite future president Ronald Reagan in That Hagen Girl -- but retired from the screen in 1949 at age 21. In 1972, Black was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She publicly discussed her surgery to educate women about the disease. Shirley Temple Black was 85.

Atlanta and other Southern cities are bracing for another winter storm today and tomorrow, just two weeks after a heavy blast of snow left thousands of Atlanta residents stranded overnight in cars, schools, and offices. Local officials dispatched snowplows early to avoid a repeat of last month's mistakes, for which Governor Nathan Deal apologized. This time the region expects heavy snow as well as ice that could cause massive power outages

Today is Pro Sports-Wives Day. Today is Satisfied Staying Single Day. Today is National Shut-In Visitation Day. Today is Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. Today is National Hospital Day. America's first hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital, opened in Philadelphia on February 11th of 1751. Today is Make a New Friend Day. Today is Be Electrific Day, the birthdate in 1847 of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the light bulb.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1905, James Blackstone of Seattle set a world record by bowling 299½. On the last roll, one pin broke in half and half of it remained standing. Really! In 1942, the Archie comic book debuted, featuring Riverdale High's Archie Andrews, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rich, conniving Reggie. In 1966, Willie Mays became the highest-paid baseball player, signing a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for about $130,000 a year. In 1990, in a stunning upset, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was knocked out in the tenth round of his fight with Buster Douglas in Tokyo. Douglas went into the fight a 35-1 underdog. In 1990, Georges de Mestral died in Switzerland at age 82. He invented Velcro and the asparagus peeler. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general. In 1994, former Arkansas state clerical worker Paula Jones accused Bill Clinton of making improper sexual advances three years earlier in a Little Rock hotel room. The President said it never happened. In 2001, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was demolished to make way for new baseball and football stadiums. In 2004, cable TV giant Comcast Corporation launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Company for more than $54 billion. Comcast later withdrew the bid.

Jimmy Fallon is premiering his new show with a bang. NBC announced yesterday that Will Smith appears on Monday's debut of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. U2 performs. Justin Timberlake closes out the week, which also includess appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Google has passed Exxon to become the second most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization. According to FactSet data, the Internet company's market capitalization surpassed that of oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. last week. As of Friday's market close, it sat at $395.42 billion compared with the oil company's $392.66 billion. Shares of Google Inc. have been on a steady climb since the beginning of 2013, gaining 66 percent. Market capitalization is the number of outstanding shares multiplied by their value.

Trivia Answer: Sheryl Suzanne Crow who turns 52 today. In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock and Sting, among others. She has also performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Ryan Adams, and Bob Dylan. As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including NBC's 30 Rock, ABC's GCB and Cougar Town , Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, as well as Warner's One Tree Hill. She has two older sisters, Kathy and Karen, and a younger brother, Steven.

Monday 2.10.14
Today's Trivia: This swimmer won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, a record at the time. He has since been surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics. Between 1968 and 1972, this swimmer won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 world records. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971 and 1972. Who is he?

We made it through two winter storms that rolled into the Pacific Northwest relatively unscathed. The third one? Not so much. A band of snow spread across the Puget Sound region Saturday evening, dropping anywhere from 2 to 6 inches across the region. The snow caused hundreds of crashes and spin outs. The state patrol troopers says they had over 200 crashes in Thurston and Pierce Counties. The heaviest snowfall totals were in Southwestern Washington, where 7 inches was reported in Raymond and 6 inches were seen in Chehalis. The steady snows are done. A push of warm air has arrived. Now it's on to a rainy/mild pattern for the next week with highs near 50. Over the weekend -- really Saturday night -- we officially got 4" here in Olympia.  Some other snow totals from the weekend: 

  • 7.0" Raymond
  • 6.0" Chehalis
  • 5.0" Grand Mound
  • 4.6" Tenino
  • 4.0" Yelm
  • 4.0" Napavine
  • 4.0" Lacey
  • 3.5" Federal Way
  • 2.8" Tacoma
  • 2.1" Bremerton
  • 1.5" Downtown Seattle

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said President Barack Obama's absence at the Winter Olympics doesn't amount to a snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I think the president chose a delegation that represents leaders from various walks of life," she said on CNN's State of the Union. The president has not attended any Olympic games since taking office in 2009, in Vancouver, London, or Sochi. The former secretary added that security within Sochi's so-called Ring of Steel seemed to be working well so far.

American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the Sochi Olympics' first gold medal Saturday, making an almost perfect run in the brand-new slopestyle event. Later in the day, Olympic veteran Bode Miller placed eighth in the downhill skiing event, as Austrian Matthias Mayer took the gold. Team USA picked up two more medals yesterday in Sochi, but they still trail Norway in the overall medal count. With all of Sunday's events wrapped up, Norway has seven medals. Four of those are bronze, two are gold and one is silver. The United States (two gold, two bronze) and the Netherlands (two gold, one silver, one bronze) are tied for second with four medals apiece. Canada and Russia also both have four medals, though they've only won gold in one competition thus far. Jamie Anderson of Team USA won the gold medal in Ladies Slopestyle Snowboarding on Sunday. Team USA also picked up a bronze in team figure skating.

The International Olympic Committee has banned athletes from uploading video or audio recordings taken at Olympic venues or the Olympic Village to social media platforms. They can, however, post photos and text.

Be kind .It's Random Acts of Kindness Week. Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Today is National Umbrella 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 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 2005, Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April.

Birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 84; singer Roberta Flack is 77; journalist George Stephanopolous 53; actress Laura Dern is 47; and Julia Roberts niece, actress Emma Roberts is 23.

  I wonder who Will Ferrell was rooting for in the Super Bowl. This LEGO Movie shot, by the way, was taken on February 1st.

The LEGO Movie, an animated film based on the colorful plastic children's blocks, snapped up $69.1 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, easily beating the George Clooney World War Two film The Monuments Men. The Monuments Men, which also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, was second with $22.7 million. The film is based on the true story of US soldiers who rescued art masterpieces from Nazi thieves. After three consecutive weeks in the top spot, the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy Ride Along took third. Rounding out the top five was Disney's long-running musical Frozen in fourth, and That Awkward Moment in fifth. The weekend's only other major new release, Vampire Academy opened in the No. 7 spot.

The X Factor, led by judge and show creator Simon Cowell, was canceled Friday after three seasons. The X Factor, which was unable to replicate the ratings success of fellow Fox singing contest American Idol, was only able to muster 6.2 million viewers for its season three finale last December, about half of its first season finale audience. Cowell said, "I've had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!)" The X Factor was seen as a way for Cowell to put his own stamp on US reality television as it was a show he created and produced, and helped lead to popularity in Britain. The US version of the show struggled to find the right mix on the judging panel, running through nine different personalities in its three seasons on the air. In 2012, Fox spent a reported $15 million to hire Britney Spears as a judge on the show in a bid to boost ratings, but she was unable to turn her star power into larger audiences for Fox. Last year, viewership fill to about 6 million per episode from 9 million in 2012. Its main rival, NBC's The Voice drew about 12 million viewers per episode. It's now the first time since Idol began in 2002 that Simon will be without a show on television here in the States.

Trivia Answer: Mark Spitz who turns 64 today.He was born in Modesto, California. When he was two years old, the family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he swam at Waikiki Beach every day. At age six, his family returned to Sacramento, California, and he began to compete at his local swim club. At age nine, he was training at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento with the swimming coach who mentored him and six other Olympic medal winners. Before he was 10, Spitz held 17 national age-group records. At 14, his family moved to Santa Clara. During his four years at Santa Clara High School, Mark held national high school records in every stroke and in every distance. It was a remarkable and unprecedented achievement. In 1966, at 16, he won the 100 meter butterfly at the National AAU Championships, the first of his 24 AAU titles. The following year, 1967 Mark set his first world record at a small California meet, in the 400 meter freestyle and emerged on the world swimming stage. In 1999, Spitz ranked #33 on ESPN SportsCentury 50 Greatest Athletes, the only aquatic athlete to make the list. Spitz has stated he no longer swims.

Friday 2.7.14
Today's Trivia: A year ago Hasbro, which makes the board game Monopoly, replaced the iron game piece with a cat token. Previous Monopoly tokens eliminated from the game include the lantern, the purse, and the rocking horse. There are now eight tokens in Monopoly. Can you name at least five of them?

Here's your silver lining with temps here in the South Sound this morning: Scientists say that shivering can help you lose weight.

Down in Portland yesterday, they saw the weather front moving in. Meteorologists and transportation officials warned drivers "Don't be Atlanta" as the winter weather moved into the region. The warning came a little more than a week after Atlanta made headlines during a storm that hit the area.

Today is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. Everyone to urged "wave hello and mean it." Today is National Fettuccini Alfredo Day. America's largest celebration of George Washington's Birthday is underway in Laredo, Texas. The event celebrates the cultures of both the US and Mexico and includes the annual Jalapeno Festival. It began last month and and runs through the 23rd of this month. 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, 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.

And to think, Shaun White chose not to ride down this course. Snowboarders kicked off competition at the Olympics yesterday by making the slopestyle layout that White deemed "intimidating" feel anything but that. Sunny skies. No wind. Decent snow. All in all, slopestyle's debut on the grand stage was a great day for riding rails and grabbing big air and an even better day for scores. Canadian Max Parrot backed up his win last month at X Games Aspen with a 97.5 -- 2½ points short of perfect -- in a qualifying run punctuated by a triple-flip jump with a dead-solid landing, the likes of which probably will be required to win the gold medal. White pulled out Wednesday, saying he wanted to focus on winning a third straight gold medal in the halfpipe next week. Although there were a few competitions -- including the snowboarding -- yesterday, the Sochi Olympics don't officially begin until the end of the opening ceremony tonight. The traditional event is a showcase of the hosting city as the Russian organizers will do their best to put on a memorable performance. Additionally, the parade of nations and lighting of the torch are two features that connect these games to every other one before it. Fans will be watching from around the world. Here in the US, it will only be shown on delay in prime time on NBC tonight starting at 7:30.

Interesting to note that at one point this morning, it was 19 degrees here in Olympia. At the same time, it was 42 degrees in Sochi.

Meanwhile in Seattle, the Mariners still exist and have reportedly agreed to terms with a new closing pitcher, Fernando Rodney. That according to multiple reports. Reports are that Rodney will get a two-year, $14 million deal plus incentives to come to Seattle. The 36-year-old would ostensibly take the job of Tom Wilhelmsen, who by the end of the 2013 season had been demoted from closer to set-up man. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the day today, Major League Baseball said that Alex Rodriguez was ending his legal efforts to overturn his suspension.

Birthdays: Alan Shore on Boston Legal, actor James Spader is 54; singer Garth Brooks is 52; Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan is 52; comedian and actor Chris Rock is 49; and actor Ashton Kutcher is 36.

Jay Leno has said goodbye to The Tonight Show before, but not like this. Jay became tearful and choked up last night as he concluded what he called the "greatest 22 years of my life." Jimmy Fallon takes over on The Tonight Show on the 17th.

60 Minutes is rebroadcasting the Philip Seymour Hoffman interview in which the actor discusses his problems with addiction that may have led to his death this week. The interview conducted by Steve Kroft in 2006 is being re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material.

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. As of last year, eight tokens are included in standard edition games, including:

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Battleship
  • Racecar
  • Thimble
  • Old-style shoe (or boot)
  • Scottie dog
  • Top hat
  • Cat
Thursday 2.6.14
Today's Trivia: Former Seattle Seahawk Walter Jones raised the 12 flag at the Super Bowl celebration at CenturyLink yesterday. Earlier this month he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He played his entire 12-year career with the Seahawks. He becomes the third lifelong Seahawk to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Who were the first two?

What an incredible day. Some 700 thousand notoriously loud Twelves cranked up the volume, cheering, chanting and going berserk during a parade and ceremony to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise. The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team. The parade was supposed to start at 11 but didn't get going until nearly … wait for it … 12. At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal fans -- the 12th Man -- capping a day of boisterous celebration. Players were introduced by the order of their jersey numbers and ended with No. 3, quarterback Russell Wilson, who walked onto the field pumping the Lombardi Trophy in the air to thunderous applause. He said, "Our plan is to win another one for you next year." Coach Pete Carroll led the crowd in a "Seahawks!" chant and said the team will be back, adding "We're just getting warmed up, if you know what I'm talking about." Thousands of students apparently skipped school to attend. Seattle Public Schools said more than 25 percent of the district's 51,000 students were absent in the morning. By comparison, about 5 percent were absent the day before. The school district also said 565 teachers were absent, far more than usual. Players enjoyed the celebration as much as the fans. Marshawn Lynch sat on the hood of a vehicle carrying the Sea Gals and tossed Skittles into the crowd. Other Seahawks players threw jerseys and T-shirts to fans while waving blue 12 flags as a sign of gratitude. Boisterous fans observed a "moment of loudness" at 12:12. Crowds also gathered here in Olympia, and in Spokane, and elsewhere across the state to celebrate the first championship in the 38-year history of the franchise.

Birthdays: Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97; actor Rip Torn is 83;Capt. B.J. Hunnicut on M*A*S*H, actor Mike Farrell is 75; former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is 74; singer Fabian is 71; Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is 69; singer Natalie Cole is 64; frontman for Guns N' Roses Axl Rose is 52; and singer Rick Astley is 48.

Today is Federal No Smoking Day. In 1987, no smoking became the rule for 6,800 federal buildings across the US. Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day. It's Pay a Compliment Day. It's Babe Ruth's Birthday, he was born on this date in 1895.

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, Alan Shepard hit three golf balls on 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, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally announced she was a candidate for the US Senate from New York.

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey declared states of emergency as the latest in a series of brutal winter storms hammered the Northeast after covering much of the nation's midsection with a foot of snow. Public transit was disrupted and roads were closed as winter-weary communities ran out of salt to pour on ice-covered streets. The storm also left one million homes and businesses without power.

Even though the Opening Ceremonies aren't until tomorrow night, Olympics coverage begins tonight on NBC from Sochi, Russia, with figure skating team events, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing.

Following Bruno Mars' Super Bowl halftime performance, his albums and songs have rocketed up Billbord's charts. Mars' second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, went from No. 18 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart with sales up 180%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, jumped from No. 82 to No. 19 with sales up 303%. It's all the more impressive when you think that there was less than one full day of impact from the Super Bowl -- as the new sales tracking week finished on the same night as the game. Mars' sales could increase further this next week, after a full seven days of sales are generated after the big game.

Clay Aiken announced he is running for Congress. Yes, that Clay Aiken The former American Idol runner-up announced yesterday that he's running for Congress in North Carolina's second district. Attorney Houston Barnes promptly bowed out of the Democratic primary to support Aiken. The singer-turned-special-ed teacher said his personal story -- his family was torn up by domestic violence -- made him want to be a voice for the powerless.

Trivia Answer: Former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. Kennedy spent his entire 11-season NFL career with the Seahawks. Before that, No. 80, wide receiver Steve Largent was selected to the Hall. Largent spent thirteen years with the Seahawks. Largent was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

Wednesday 2.5.14
Today's Trivia: He's best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of a band with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Following his departure from that band in 1997, he briefly reunited with his pre-success Seattle punk band 10 Minute Warning. He then formed the still-active band Loaded, in which he performs lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Between 2002 and 2008, he played bass in the supergroup Velvet Revolver. In addition to his musical career, he has established himself as a writer. He has written weekly columns on a wide variety of topics for,, and A high school drop-out, he attended Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics in the early 2000s, and subsequently founded the wealth management firm Meridian Rock. Who is he?

Crowded, cold, and loud. It was billed as the biggest party ever held by Seattle. And it was. Early estimates thought the crowd would be 300 thousand, then it was boosted to 500 thousand, and eventually it was estimated that 700 thousand people joined in for the Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade. The parade was supposed to start at 11 but didn't get going until almost ... wait for it ... 12. The parade featured owner Paul Allen, Coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks players, coaching staffs, the Sea Gals, Blitz and the blue Thunder drum line. Seattle Public Schools reported 13,523 students absent today. Additionally, 565 teachers were not in attendance. The festivities were continuing into the early afternoon and still had the celebration at Century Link to come. The overflow, by the way, was expected to fill up Safeco Field. Definitely a day for the ages here in the Northwest.

President Barack Obama has congratulated the Seattle Seahawks for defeating the Denver Broncos and winning Super Bowl XLVIII. The White House says Obama spoke with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll yesterday and commended Carroll and his team for a great game. Obama said he looks forward to congratulating Carroll and the team at the White House later this year.

Today is National Weatherman's Day. It's Peter Pan Day – the movie was released on this date in 1953. Today marks the sale of the first Wiffle Ball. The ball was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a whiff.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launched United Artists. In 1971, astronauts landed on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission. In 1976, the 1976 swine flu outbreak began at Fort Dix, NJ. In 1988, Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 80; from Three Dog Night, singer Cory Wells is 72; actor-comedian-director Christopher Guest is 66; actor and comedian Tim Meadows is 53; actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 52; and singer Bobby Brown is 45.

Trivia Answer: Michael Andrew McKagan -- Duff McKagan -- who turns 50 today. That band he was bassist for? Guns N' Roses. He was born in Seattle and grew up in the U District of Seattle. He has been called "Duff" since toddlerhood, to which he once referred as "an Irish thing." Following his departure from Guns N' Roses in 1997, McKagan moved back to Seattle where he still lives today.

Tuesday 2.4.14
Today's Trivia: The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl victories, winning the big game six times. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have each won five. Eighteen other NFL franchises have won at least one Super Bowl. However, there are four active NFL franchises which have not even appeared in the Super Bowl. Which teams are they?

It waited until after the big game. The new system moved in right after the game Sunday and a winter storm dumped several inches of wet, heavy snow on parts of the eastern United States yesterday, snarling commutes and Super Bowl fans' trips home, closing schools and government offices, and cutting power. Fat flakes fell in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, creating slushy sidewalks and streets and all but erasing all memory of Sunday's temperatures in the 50s. The storm began moving out of the region yesterday afternoon, making way for another system expected to sweep in from the Plains with ice and snow late tonight and early tomorrow. Meanwhile, there were reports of snow in various locales here in Western Washington this morning. Our forecast calls for snow here in the South Sound on Saturday.

The Super Bowl champion Seahawks returned home last evening to Sea-Tac Airport. Dozens of airport workers waving green pom poms greeted the team's airplane, cheering players as they exited the aircraft. An official celebration marking the Super Bowl Victory is being held tomorrow in downtown Seattle. It starts at 11 in the morning on Fourth Avenue south of Denny Way and arrives CenturyLink Field around 1:30. It would suit head coach Pete Carroll just fine if Seattle-area schools and businesses shut down tomorrow when his Super Bowl champion Seahawks are saluted during the mid-morning parade. Carroll said yesterday morning, "Heck yes, close everything. Let's create a memory. I feel so humbled by the fact that we get to bring this championship back to the 12s. There's no fan base that deserves this more." Seattle had waited 35 years for a major championship. But no one could have imagined the magnitude of the rout until it unfolded at MetLife Stadium, especially coming, as it did, at the expense of the NFL's most prolific offense since the 1950 Los Angeles Rams. But Carroll said yesterday Monday that neither he nor his players were surprised by the deluge they heaped upon Peyton Manning and the hapless Broncos. Indeed, they expected it. The game effectively ended at halftime when the Seahawks waltzed off with a 22-0 lead. And if it didn't end there, Percy Harvin placed a cork in it with the second-half kickoff, which he returned 87 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 advantage. Carroll, attempting to explain the undressing his team gave the Broncos, said "We just did what we do. We really believed we could do what we did. Over the last two weeks we came realize that we could play the way we wanted to play, and that they (the Broncos) had to play us. We stayed very simple, played fast and free and tough and we got it done. And we didn't turn the ball over in the playoffs. That's big-time ball." Seattle's 35-point margin of victory was the third largest in Super Bowl history, also the Seahawks' largest winning margin of the season. When Carroll came to the Seahawks in 2010, many questioned his coaching philosophy and style, insisting his rah-rah way of doing things were ill-suited for the NFL. But in just four years, Carroll's methods have been overwhelmingly validated as he and GM John Schneider have collaborated to build one of the most dominant young champions in NFL history.

As we now know, the tightest, most entertaining match-up of this year's NFL postseason did not occur in the decidedly lopsided Super Bowl. The most nerve-wracking postseason affair of the playoffs actually occurred two weeks earlier, when the Seahawks were taken to the wire by the San Francisco 49ers in what ultimately turned out to be a 23-17 Seattle victory. It was Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's now-iconic tipped ball that led to a Malcolm Smith interception and sealed the win for the Seahawks as the 49ers attempted to drive down the field for the go-ahead score. Sherman is now saying that the NFC title battle with San Francisco was the real marquee match-up of the NFL season. In a segment on the MMQB, Sherman said that he believes the 49ers are the second-best team in the league. "The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL." Given how thoroughly Seattle dominated Denver in the Super Bowl, it's hard to argue with Sherman's sentiment. The NFC championship game featured what many consider to be the top rivalry in the league right now and came down to the final play. The Super Bowl, on the other hand, featured a 35-point blowout where one team dominated the entire time. Luckily for NFL fans, the two top teams in the NFC West appear to be built for the long haul. Both have fantastically athletic, young quarterbacks and elite-level defenses. This should only mean more hard-fought battles and entertaining football for years to come.

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in US history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos wasn't really competitive. The ratings record is further evidence of how live events are becoming dependable and valuable properties for broadcast television at a time the audience is fragmenting and ratings for regular entertainment shows continue to fall. The game also set standards for the most-streamed sports event online and, with 24.9 million tweets, the biggest US live TV event on Twitter. The Seattle victory eclipsed the 111.3 million viewers who watched the 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, according to the Nielsen company. Until last year's game dipped slightly to 108.7 million, the Super Bowl had set ratings records for the previous three years in a row. Initial interest in the game — perhaps fueled by its New York-area setting -- was high enough to overcome the lopsided score. Ratings for the opening kickoff were 12 percent higher than they were for last year's game, Fox said. For the New York market, the Super Bowl rating was higher than it was two years ago when the hometown Giants were winning in dramatic fashion. It was a big night -- and day after -- for halftime star Bruno Mars, too. Nielsen said an estimated 115.3 million people watched Mars and his guests, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That makes it the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show ever, eclipsing Madonna's performance two years ago. Mars' album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," moved into No. 1 on the iTunes album chart yesterday, while his debut "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" is at No. 3. Mars has 11 songs in the top 100 of the iTunes singles chart.

Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a uniquely personal reason to appreciate the Seattle Seahawks' overpowering defense on the Super Bowl playing field. Alluding to a certain right-wing Cable TV channel, she tweeted: "It's much more fun watching Fox when it's someone else being blitzed and sacked."

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may be a Super Bowl champion, but that doesn't mean he's planning on taking time to relax during the offseason. According to his agent Mark Rodgers, Wilson will, in fact, report to Arizona for the start of spring training with the Texas Rangers. Wilson has a long history as a dual-sport athlete, having been taken in the 41st round of the Major Leauge Baseball amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He played for the Rockies' Single-A affiliates as a second-baseman, accumulating a .229 batting average and 5 home runs in 93 games before concentrating on football, but in December Wilson was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft. Wilson's presence at spring training seems to be a motivational tactic by the Rangers front office as much as anything, the idea being that he can use his winning pedigree and leadership skills to help influence and mentor the young minor leaguers in the Rangers' farm system.

Birthdays: Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 67; he was born Vincent Damon Furnier but we know him as Alice Cooper and he's 66; former NFL star Lawernce Taylor is 55; boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 41; the bassist for Jimmy Eat World, Rick Burch is 39; singer Natalie Imbruglia is 39; and singer Gavin DeGraw is 37.

Today is Bubble Gum Day, National Popcorn Day. Create a Vacuum Day. Today is Gumby's Birthday. And it's Thank A Mailman Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the US Electoral College. In 1941, the United Service Organization (USO) was created to entertain American troops. In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California. In 2004, Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

Trivia Answer: The Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans. The Lions are the only NFC team yet to play in a Super Bowl and is the only non-expansion team to have yet to appear in a Super Bowl. Detroit won 4 NFL championships prior to the Super Bowl era and went to the NFC Championship in 1991. The other three are AFC squads. The original Cleveland Browns won 4 of 6 NFL championship appearances, again prior to the Super Bowl era, and went to 3 AFC championships: 1986, 1987, and 1989. Then they became the Baltimore Ravens and won a Super Bowl. The new Browns team is an expansion team that began in 1999, and lost their only playoff game in 2002. The Houston Texans are an expansion team that made it to the playoffs in 2011-12 but not to the Super Bowl.  The Jacksonville Jaguars are another expansion team. They joined the NFL in 1995. They went to 2 AFC Championships, in 1996 and 1999.

Monday 2.3.14
Today's Trivia: This actor was best known for his role as Grandpa Munster on the television series The Munsters and its subsequent film versions. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, a political candidate, and a radio broadcaster. Who was he?

The Seahawks have really done it this time and the city of Seattle has got a thing or two to say about it. "Hurray!" is one of them and "Let's have a parade!" is the other. In case you're in a cocoon or in Denver … The Seahawks have won Super Bowl 49 over the Denver Broncos 43-8. This is the first championship in the city in 35 years. It was 1979 when the Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA Championship. And just look how dearly and longingly we've held on to that record. The City of Seattle is having a parade on Wednesday from 11 to 1:30 running from 4th Avenue south of Denny Way to Century Link field.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is Seattle's now. The great Pacific Northwest is getting a piece of Super Bowl history it richly deserves. But for Denver and pretty much everywhere else, Super Bowl XLVIII could go down as worst one in the series of them. Some say it's the worst Super Bowl ever. Yep, that's right. Super Bowl XLVIII was terrible from a non-Seahawk fans perspective. The final score, 43-8, doesn't even look right and it just sounds ugly. And it was. Let's face it, blowouts in Super Bowls are huge buzzkills for everybody outside of the home market of the winning team. There are two weeks of non-stop hype and often manufactured drama. The game had a five-time MVP in Peyton Manning at the controls of the highest-ranking offense in NFL history. There was no way this game couldbe a dud. Way. Manning and his offense got gobbled up by a vicious-hitting defense that set the tone of the game and turned it into a laughter. On the first snap -- yes, the very first snap of the game -- the ball sailed into the end zone for a Seahawks safety and a 2-0 lead. 2-0? We should have known this game was going to be ugly. It got worse. Denver didn't show up. They were flat and out of sync and out of sorts. The Seattle defense had a lot to do with that, but come on, it was a pathetic performance. Truly pathetic By the way, Russell Wilson is on with Letterman tonight. Of course, it's never too soon to think about the next Seahawks game. It's on Thursday, September 4th at the Clink.

The headlines in the respective papers pretty much told the story:

Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw was not on the network's Super Bowl coverage following the death of his father. Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was with his family in Louisiana. Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers before going into TV.

Birthdays today: Comedian Shelley Berman is 89; football's Fran Tarkenton is 74; Gwyneth Paltro's mom, actress Blythe Danner is 71; football's Bob Griese is 69; from The Kinks, Dave Davies is 67; and actress Morgan Fairchild is 64.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Capote and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, died yesterday. Law enforcement officials say Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm and a drug overdose is suspected as his cause of death. Philip Seymour Hoffman was 46.

It's Dump Your Significant Jerk Week. Today is National Carrot Cake Day. Today is Bubble Gum Day. Children at many schools arel donating 50 cents or more to a school charity to be allowed to chew bubble gum at school today. Today is Endangered Species Day. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law on this date in 1973.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, the music died as marked by Don McLean's classic song, The Day the Music Died. 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. 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 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.

Buddy cop comedy Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, cruised to a third straight weekend at the top of the box office charts. Ride Along collected $12.3 million in ticket sales over what was a slow Super Bowl weekend at many domestic movie theaters. Second place went to the long-running Disney hit, Frozen. New movie That Awkward Moment was third. Rounding out the top five, the animated film The Nut Job in fourth, and Lone Survivor in fifth. Labor Day, the other new release this weekend, opened in the No. 7 slot, and fell short of industry expectations.

Trivia Answer: Al Lewis who died on this date in 2006. He was born Albert Meister on April 30th of 1923. Few other facts about Lewis' early life are known with any certainty as most of the information comes from interviews he gave, and there are inconsistencies in his statements. For example, sometimes he gave his birth year as 1910, other times as 1923. As to why Lewis might have lied about his age, the most common theory is that in 1964 he might have been concerned about being a year younger than Yvonne De Carlo, who was cast to play his daughter, Lily. His acting career began in burlesque and vaudeville theaters, then on Broadway in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His first well-known television role was as Officer Leo Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You? from 1961 to 1963, although he is best remembered as Grandpa on The Munsters, which ran television from 1964 to 1966 and for years later in re-runs. Unlike some actors, such as Rob "Meathead" Reiner, Leonard "Spock" Nimoy and Ron "Horshack" Pallilo, Lewis did not mind being typecast. He enjoyed acting out his Grandpa the original costume...and got a surprising amount of mileage from such a short-lived role. "Why not?" he said. "It pays the bills."