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Thursday 3.31.16
Morning Trivia: This actor has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, The Dogs of War, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Sleepy Hollow, Catch Me If You Can, Kill the Irishman, Hairspray and Seven Psychopaths. He has also appeared in numerous music videos. He has received a number of awards and nominations during his career, including winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1978 for his portrayal of Nick in The Deer Hunter. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez finished up another quiet spring training yesterday, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk over three innings in the Mariners' 7-5 loss to the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Plans called for The King to throw two innings in his final Cactus League start of 2016, but he opted to pitch the third after the coaching staff approached him. Hernandez worked a 1-2-3 frame, capped when he struck out catcher Derek Norris. It was a welcome sign for the Mariners' contingent after Hernandez was battered around a bit in the first inning. Felix dropped to 0-and-2 with a 4.11 ERA over four starts spanning 15⅓ innings this spring. It's no secret he views this time of year with little regard. His career ERA during Cactus League play is 4.51, with a 12-and-12 record. He pitched better this spring than in 2015, when he allowed 14 runs in 12⅓ innings. The high ERA meant nothing, as Hernandez went on to go 18-and-9 with a 3.53 ERA in 31 starts during the regular season. You also get some leeway when you've thrown at least 200 innings in eight consecutive seasons. Hernandez is in line to start the regular season opener Monday against the Rangers in Texas. In eight career opening day starts, he is 6-and-0 with a 1.49 ERA. The Mariners have won nine consecutive openers, which trails only the Boston Beaneaters -- yes, that was a team -- who won 10 consecutive games on opening day from 1887-1896, according to ESPN Stats and Info. An off day for the Ms today. They meet the Colorado Rockies tomorrow and Saturday, take Sunday off, then open the regular campaign Monday afternoon.

The University of Washington women's basketball team makes its first Final Four appearance in program history Sunday following a dominant NCAA Tournament run this month. On Sunday, the Huskies take on fourth-seeded Syracuse in Indianapolis with a chance to advance to the national championship game.

Birthdays: The mom on The Partridge Family, actress Shirley Jones is 82; actor Richard Chamberlain is also 82; musician Herb Alpert is 81; politician Barney Frank is 76; actor Christopher Walken is 73; Mr. Kotter, actor and comedian Gabe Kaplan is 71; Carla on Cheers, actress Rhea Perlman is 68; former Vice President Al Gore is also 68; AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is 61; actor Ewan McGregor is 45; and Paul Pfeiffer on The Wonder Years, actor Josh Saviano is 40.

It's Bunsen Burner Day celebrating the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31st of 1811. Today is Clam on the Half Shell Day. Hope you like clams. Today is World Backup Day. Don't be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.

Calendar noite: On this date in 1889, in Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened. In 1906, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association -- the NCAA -- in 1910. In 1918, for the first time in the US, Daylight Saving Time went into effect. In 1931, TWA Flight 599 crashed near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne. In 1932, the Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix began his first British tour. He was on the road with Cat Stevens. In 1985, the first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF) took place in Madison Square Garden. Also in 1985, ABC-TV aired the 200th episode of The Love Boat. In 1989, Guns N' Roses released their single Patience. In 1992, the USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, was decommissioned in Long Beach, California. In 1999, Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. He got a one-inch cut across his nose. In 2004, Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail. In 2015, Steven Tyler announced that he was working on his first solo country album. A week later, on April 6th, it was announced that he had signed a record deal.

The final day of March has arrived. A reminder that studded tires must be removed by the end of today or it's a possible $124 ticket.

After trying to steal a TV from a Walmart an Ohio judge gave Greg Davenport two options: go to jail for 30 days, or wear a sign saying, "I am a thief. I stole from Walmart." Davenport chose the sign. he has to wear it in front of the store eight hours a day for 10 days of his choosing.

Trivia Answer: Ronald Walken -- known professionally as Christopher Walken -- who is 73 today. Walken's films have grossed more than $1 billion in the United States. He is a popular guest-host of Saturday Night Live, one of his most notable roles on the show is as record producer Bruce Dickinson in the More Cowbell sketch.

Wednesday 3.30.16
Morning Trivia: Rapper MC Hammer is 54 today. What was Hammer’s first claim to fame? As a child, was he: (a) a commercial spokesman for Oscar Mayer wieners; (b) a Little League baseball star; or (c) a major league batboy?

Down in Goodyear, Arizona, last night, the Mariners dropped one to the Cleveland Indians, 4-1. The Ms face the Pares today. Felix is up. An off day tomorrow, then the Ms face the Colorado Rockies Friday and Saturday, take Sunday off, and then open the regular season on Monday in Arlington Texas against the Rangers.

Birthdays: The original host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall is 90; Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, actor John Astin is 86; actor Warren Beatty is 79; a pretty good guitar picker, Eric Clapton is 71; Hagrid in Harry Potter, actor Robbie Coltrane is 66; actor Paul Reiser is 59; Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer is 54; singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman is 52; TV host Piers Morgan is 51; singer Celine Dion is 48; singer Norah Jones is 37; singer-songwriter Anna Nalick is 32; and No. 25, Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman is 28.

Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, died yesterday. She actress died early yesterday morning of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to her agent. She died in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, where she had lived for the past quarter-century. Duke astonished audiences as the young deaf-and-blind Keller first on Broadway, then in the acclaimed 1962 film version, appearing in both alongside Anne Bancroft as Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan (who won an Oscar of her own). Then in 1963, Duke burst on the TV scene starring in her own sitcom, The Patty Duke Show, which aired for three seasons. She played dual roles as identical cousins Cathy, "who's lived most everywhere, from Zanzibar to Barclay Square" while (according to the theme song) "Patty's only seen the sights a girl can see from Brooklyn Heights. What a crazy pair!" Last year, she would play twin roles again: as a pair of grandmas on the Disney Channel. Born Anna Marie Duke in the New York borough of Queens on December 14th of 1946, she had a difficult childhood with abusive parents. By 8-years-old she was largely under the control of husband-and-wife talent managers who kept her busy on soap operas and advertising displays. In the meantime, they supplied her with alcohol and prescription drugs, which accentuated the effects of her undiagnosed bipolar disorder. In her 1988 memoir, "Call Me Anna," Duke wrote of her condition and the diagnosis she had gotten only six years earlier, and of the subsequent treatment that helped stabilize her life. The book became a 1990 TV film in which she starred, and she became an activist for mental health causes, helping to de-stigmatize bipolar disorder. Patty Duke was 69.

Today is Check For Change in Every Coin Return You Pass Day. Today is Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day, a time to honor those who didn’t jump ship, didn’t quit, didn’t leave because things appeared to look better somewhere else. It's National Doctor's Day, a day created to show appreciation to your doctors. Today is Jeopardy Day. The "thinking person's game show" premiered on this date in 1964. Art Fleming hosted 2,500 consecutive daytime shows. The later syndicated version has been hosted since 1984 by Alex Trebeck. Today is Take A Walk in the Park Day. And today is I Am In Control Day. On March 30th of 1981, President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken a little out of context when he said "I am in control here". Instead of focusing upon the entire statement, people and the press focused upon these few words. Political uproar eventually led to his resignation. On that infamous day, I Am In Control Day was born. History sometimes fades with time. Alexander Haig's statement was all but forgotten. Meanwhile, this special day continued on, and evolved. People came to think about this day in a different context. They personalized it into a day to get their life in control. In that sense, today is definitely a call to action. I Am In Control Day is your chance to get things in order and under control.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1858, Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil. In 1867, US Secretary of State William Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal widely ridiculed as Seward's Folly. In 1909, the Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge. In 1939, the comic book Detective Comics #27 appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, DC, hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. White House press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of Columbia police officer also were wounded. In 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in movie theaters throughout the US. In 1993, in the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

Bellevue Boys and Girls Club partnered with to conduct a survey of 100 kids from King County aged 6 to 16 and discovered that only 35% of them knew how to read an analog clock ... and only one out seven participants scored with full marks. Crazy, right? Although to be honest it's not entirely surprising, pretty much everything is digital these days. I suppose you could set your iPhone to show analog, but really -- who's going to do that?

The star of 24, Kiefer Sutherland, is venturing into new territory -- as a country singer. The 49-year-old actor just debuted his first single, Not Enough Whiskey, from the album Down in a Hole. Sutherland's not blind to how fans may take this new career move. "If I hear about an actor doing a music project, my eyes are the first to roll," he told Rolling Stone of his album, set to come out later this year. "It's been done before and, on some levels, not very well," Sutherland continues. "A lot of actors make records but won't tour to support them or make videos, and it ends up not being serious. I felt strongly that this was something I wanted to do." In fact, Rolling Stone adds Sutherland financed the video himself, and will also present at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards April 3rd. He says the album is very personal to him. He says, "I've certainly been there, where something will happen in life, and one, two, three bottles of whiskey are not going to fix it." Sutherland is supporting Down in a Hole with his first tour, which begins mid-April and ends in May.

Trivia Answer: He was (c) a batboy for the Oakland A’s.

Tuesday 3.29.16
Morning Trivia: This lawyer was best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the alleged murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. However, he also represented Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, rapper Tupac Shakur, actor Todd Bridges, football player Jim Brown, rapper Snoop Dogg, and former heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe. One of his most famous quotes: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Who is he?

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano launched his fourth home run in two days with a monster blast over to center field at Peoria Stadium yesterday, helping Seattle to a 6-4 win over the Royals. Cano hit three homers with seven RBIs on Sunday against the Cubs in Mesa, then stayed hot with another big fly -- his seventh of the spring -- in the fifth inning off Royals right-hander Kris Medlen. The seven home runs shatters Cano's previous spring best of four, set in 2009 while with the Yankees, and he totaled just one home run over the past two springs for Seattle. Cano underwent double hernia surgery after the end of last season and said he's feeling much better this spring, a fact driven home again by a 2-for-3 day that lifted his Cactus League average to .388 (18-for-49) with 16 RBIs in 16 games. Teammate Nelson Cruz hit his fourth homer of the spring, as the Mariners continued warming up for their regular-season opener next Monday at Texas. Cactus League play continues tonight as the Ms meet the Cleveland Indians at 6:05.

Birthdays: From Monty Python, Eric Idle is 73; remember Chariots of Fire? Composer Vangelis is 73; remember Seasons in the Sun, singer Terry Jacks is 72; from Toto, singer Bobby Kimball is 69; actor Christopher Lambert is 59; singer Perry Farrell is 57; model Elle Macpherson is 52; the frontman for Blues Traveler, John Popper is 49; she was Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess, actress Lucy Lawless is 48; and retired tennis pro Jennifer Capriati 40.

Late this morning, word that Patty Duke has died. Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from the agency that represented her. Duke won an Academy Award in 1963 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, a role she also played to acclaim on Broadway. She was also known for roles in Valley of the Dolls, My Sweet Charlie, and Me, Natalie, as well as for the The Patty Duke Show, which aired from 1963 to 1966. Patty Duke was 69.

Today is Coca-Cola Day. Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton concocted Coca-Cola on March 29th and introduced it to the public on May 8th, 1886. According to calendar legend, March originally had only 28 days, while April had 33. Today is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day. Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4th of 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted. In 1983, Erno Rubik was granted a patent for his Magic Cube. In 1985, Madonna made her movie debut in Desperately Seeking Susan. In 1991, city officials in Encinitas, California, warned that children had begun a dangerous activity by venturing into sewers searching for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 1992, Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said "I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again" in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana. In 1994, Dallas Cowboy head coach Jimmy Johnson resigned after leading the team to two consecutive Super Bowls. In 1995, M&M's announced that voters had chosen blue as the new color to be added to their candy. Over 10-million voters chose blue over pink and purple during the two-month campaign.

A study published by the American Journal of Applied Sciences is drawing a lot of attention for putting forth a theory that unicorns might have been real, and they may have shared the earth with humans. A skull fossil recently discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan is the cause of all the fuss. Previously, scientists believed that anything resembling the mythical unicorn died out 350,000 years ago. The Siberian unicorn fossils found in Kazakhstan are 29,000 years old; scientists believe the first Homo sapiens evolved nearly 200,000 years ago. But before you fill your mind with visions of Genghis Khan riding a unicorn into battle, keep in mind that the Siberian unicorn wasn't pure white with a braided glitter mane. It was a terrifying beast, 6-feet-6 inches tall, 15 feet long and weighing four tons. Basically, it was an enormous rhino with a death stick on its forehead. Researchers believe these unicorns survived the longest because Western Siberia provided refuge from as-yet unknown environmental factors that led to the decline of unicorns in other parts of the world.

The Justice Department is vacating legal action asking Apple to help unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, according to federal officials yesterday. A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said in a statement that "it remains a priority for the government to ensure that law enforcement can obtain crucial digital information to protect national security and public safety. As the government noted in its filing Monday, the FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple required by this Court Order. The FBI is currently reviewing the information on the phone, consistent with standard investigatory procedures." The move comes one week after federal officials revealed a third party had come forward and demonstrated a possible method to cracking into a locked iPhone, prompting the U.S. government to postpone a court hearing scheduled for last Tuesday. Apple has been fighting a government order compelling Apple to help create a way for officials to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. Law enforcement officials did not detail the method used by the third party or discuss whether it was an individual computer scientist or company that came forward to offer assistance.

Trivia Answer: Johnnie Cochran who died on this date in 2005. Johnnie Cochran's well-honed rhetoric and flamboyance in the courtroom has been described as theatrical. His practice as a lawyer earned him great wealth. He was said to have earned $40 million trying cases. With his earnings, he bought and drove cars such as a Jaguar and a Rolls-Royce, and he wore expensive suits. Cochran owned homes in Los Angeles, two apartments in West Hollywood, and a condo in Manhattan. Cochran often liked to say that he worked "not only for the OJs, but also the No Js". Johnnie Cochran died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 29th of 2005 from a brain tumor.

Monday 3.28.16
Morning Trivia: This actor was best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow. He won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in Grey Gardens. He was elected president of the actors' union, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), in 2009 and was re-elected to a second term, in 2011. He was the last president of the Screen Actors Guild and the first president of the newly formed union, SAG-AFTRA, after the Screen Actors Guild and another union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), voted to merge in 2012. He was then re-elected in 2015. Who was he?

Robinson Cano had three home runs and seven RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners outlast the Chicago Cubs 12-9 yesterday in a game that was delayed for several minutes by a swarm of bees in center field. Cano had a two-run and a three-run homer off Cubs starter Jason Hammel, who allowed nine runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cano added a two-run shot off Trevor Cahill in the eighth and finished 4 for 4. The Cubs hit three homers against Mariners' starter James Paxton. Just a handful of games left in Spring Training. The Ms meet the Kansas City Royals this afternoon, the Cleveland Indians tomorrow, the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, take Thursday off, and meet the Colorado Rockies Friday and Saturday. They open the regular season one week from today in Texas against the Rangers.

Speaking of the Mariners. the competition for the Mariners' fifth starter job wasn't so much won by Nathan Karns as it was lost by James Paxton. At least, that's how it looks after Paxton was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma this morning after allowing seven runs, all earned, on nine hits and three walks over four innings in yesterday's win. It marked the left-hander's fifth Cactus League start, a stretch in which he went 2-1 with a 10.80 ERA with eight walks, a hit batter, six strikeouts and five home runs allowed over 15 innings.

And the Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Jesus Montero off waivers, bringing an end to the Mariner career of a player who never reached the heights the team expected after acquiring him in a trade in 2012.

Congrats to the Ladie Huskies. Yesterday, Washington defeated Stanford 85-76 in the NCAA Lexington Regional final to earn its first women's basketball Final Four appearance. The seventh-seeded Huskies scored the game's first 12 points and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Washington plays Syracuse in an NCAA semifinal April 3rd in Indianapolis.

Birthdays: Singer and actress Reba McEntire is 61; former gymnast, Olympic gold medal winner Bart Conner is 58; sportscaster Chris Myers is 57; actor Vince Vaughn is 46; reality TV personality Kate Gosselin is 41; and Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta , better known as Lady Gaga, is 30.

Today is Dyngus Day, a fun Polish Holiday. It's very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter. Today is National Something on a Stick Day. We are to celebrate by eating a food -- anything -- on a stick. Today is Hair Day. The controversial rock musical moved to Broadway on this date in 1968. Many felt the songs Aquarius, Hair, and Let the Sunshine In defined those who opposed the Establishment and the Vietnam War. Today is Weed Appreciation Day. Find a weed you think you could like. Think of it as a wildflower and see if that helps.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1881, P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth. In 1964, Madame Tussaud’s Museum unveiled their wax versions of The Beatles. The dummies later appeared on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In 1973, Pink Floyd went to number one on the album chart with Dark Side of the Moon. In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania. In 1984, in the middle of the night Robert Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts football team to Indianapolis. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1995, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts announced that they were legally separating. Their marriage lasted 21 months. In 1996, Phil Collins announced that he was leaving Genesis to concentrate on his solo career.

We knew it would be huge but Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice steamrolled past records, debuting to a gargantuan $170.1 million over Easter weekend despite being pilloried by critics. That ranks as the top opening weekend for a DC Comics film, the best March launch ever, and the sixth biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time. It’s a shot in the arm for Warner Bros., which has been reeling from a series of costly bombs and is looking to the Dark Knight and Man of Steel throw down to kick off a series of inter-connected comic book franchises. Warner Bros. has already announced release dates for sequels and spin-offs for the next five years, with the first of these superhero adventures, Suicide Squad, coming out in August. Last weekend’s champ, Zootopia, slid to second place. In third place, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Miracles from Heaven tied for fourth. It tied with The Divergent Series: Allegiant.

A big weekend for Bernie. Bernie Sanders won Washington's Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday after tens of thousands of people cast their votes at schools, libraries and community centers across the state. Washington has 118 delegates at stake, with 101 to ultimately be awarded proportionally based on the results of the neighborhood gatherings. The remaining 17 are technically unpledged party and elected leaders, though a majority of them -- including Gov. Jay Inslee and the state's congressional delegation -- support front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders won with nearly three quarters of the vote. Bernie also won in Alaska, and Hawaii.

Trivia Answer: Ken Howard who was born on this date in 1944. Howard died in Valencia, California last Wednesday at the age of 71. No cause of death has been released.

Friday 3.25.16
Morning Trivia: He's a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge. He's known as the Demon of Screamin' due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He's also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, he usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. Who is he?

Seth Smith doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Mariners defeated the Rockies, 10-8, yesterday in a Cactus League game filled with hits from both sides and early-inning errors from Colorado. Nelson Cruz and Steve Clevenger also contributed two hits for the Mariners. The game became disjointed in the top of the second, when Colorado starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood fumbled, then threw wildly on a Stefen Romero grounder to begin a streak of errors on three straight batters. Mariners starter Taijuan Walker yielded six runs on nine Rockies hits in 3 2/3 innings. Up next for the Mariners, Felix Hernandez makes his third Cactus League start and is expected to throw about five innings this afternoon against the White Sox at Peoria Stadium.

Birthdays: Movie critic Gene Shalit is 90; former astronaut James Lovell (Apollo 13 mission, played by Tom Hanks in the movie) is 88; feminist, journalist, and social and political activist, Gloria Steinem is 82; the Queen of Soul, singer Aretha Franklin is 74; David Starsky on Starsky & Hutch, actor Paul Michael Glaser is 73; he was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight but we know him as Elton John and he's 69; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Mary Gross is 63; actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 51; former WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes (first player to be signed in the WNBA) is 45; race car driver Danica Patrick is 34; and Ryan Lewis of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is 28.

Comedian Garry Shandling died yesterday. The Larry Sanders Show star fell ill yesterday and was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital, where he died unexpectedly. A source close to Shandling insists he appeared to be in the best of health hours before his death. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Shandling studied to become an electrical engineer at the University of Arizona, but changed his focus to comedy writing after selling a script for TV show Sanford and Son. He also booked a gig as a writer on Welcome Back, Kotter. He became a household name when he guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and was briefly considered as the TV icon's replacement. He created his own sitcom, It's Garry Shandling's Show, for Showtime, and then found cult success with The Larry Sanders Show, in which he played a fictional late-night talk show host. The program ran from 1992 to 1998 and scored 18 Emmy nominations. Gary Shandling was 66.

Today is Good Friday. It's a Christian Holy Day. It's International Waffle Day, a holiday that originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day. Today is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day -- not to be confused with Toilet Paper Day which is August 26th. Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily. It's Pecan Day, a day commemorating the plating of a pecan tree by George Washington at the Mount Vernon estate March 25th of 1775. The pecan tree sapling was gifted to him by Thomas Jefferson. Name the only nut tree native to North America. You guessed it, Pecan trees.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began commercial production of TV sets that were equipped to receive programs in living color. To buy one of those huge sets, television buyers spent $1,000 -- and more. In 1968, the 58th and final episode of The Monkees TV show was aired. In 1969, during their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. In 1970, the Concorde made its first supersonic flight. In 1971, the Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots. In 1985, Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Score for the soundtrack for the movie Purple Rain. In 1996, the US issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation. In 1998, a cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law. In 2006, the Capitol Hill massacre happened in Seattle. A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was the worst mass killing in Seattle since the 1983 Wah Mee massacre in which 13 died.

Chris Martin has finally signed his divorce papers from his ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, according to a new report. The Coldplay frontman married the actress in 2003. The pair announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March of 2014. While Gwyneth filed for divorce at that time, Chris apparently, had declined to sign the papers for the 10 months following. However, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Chris has now signed on the dotted line.

The #ManInTree was booked into King County Jail Wednesday afternoon shortly after he descended from his perch. He was booked for investigation of malicious mischief and was due to appear in court yesterday afternoon, but he refused to appear. A judge found probable cause to keep him detained. His bail hearing was postponed to today. The man drew national attention during his vigil in the sequoia near Westlake Center from late Tuesday morning to about midday Wednesday. His motivations for climbing the tree and refusing to come down remain unclear, but he threw an apple and pine cones at police and medics and stripped branches from the top of the 80-foot and chucked those away, too. He finally returned to the ground just before noon Wednesday, ate a pear, and was taken away on a gurney. Police say he was taken to Harborview Medical Center. After authorities reviewed his condition and his history, he was taken to King County Jail to undergo a mental health evaluation. Authorities determined that jail was a safer place for the man to be housed. Authorities continue to investigate the case and will determine whether he is eligible for mental health court, which offers mental health care to criminal defendants. The sequoia is Seattle Department of Transportation property and is listed as "protected" by SDOT Urban Forestry. An SDOT Urban Forestry official and a certified arborist estimated the value of the tree's damage to be $7,800. The man has not yet been charged. According to state law, damage exceeding $5,000 warrants a first-degree malicious mischief charge, which is a class B felony. By the way, there was a tweet yesterday afternoon that read: Sorry to disappoint all the haters out there, but #ManInTree is not and was never an Evergreen student. -- it was from The Evergreen State College.

The weekend has arrived. In theaters this weekend, despite the mixed reviews, Batman v Superman will surely win the box office. Updated predictions say the movie will make about $160 million in North America. Also in theaters this weekend My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been out on the road celebrating the 35th anniversary of The River with a US tour featuring full performances of the album. In addition to cuts off that classic LP, Springsteen has gifted audiences with a number of surprise treats, including a cover of the Eagles’ Take It Easy in honor of the late Glenn Frey, and a cover of Rebel Rebel as a tribute to David Bowie. In Seattle last night, Springsteen stunned the crowd by bringing out special guest and local hero Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Together, the two rock titans -- who were literally glowing while in each other's presence -- teamed up to perform Born in the USA track Bobby Jean.

When men seek out a woman for a long-term mate, the No. 1 quality they desire is physical attractiveness, while women are willing to trade a man’s looks for his status and resources. That’s the word from University of Missouri-Columbia researchers. The findings show that the most preferred characteristic by women in a long-term mate is commitment, followed by kindness, intelligence and looks. For short-term mates, the most preferred characteristic is looks, followed by money and kindness.

Trivia Answer: Steven Victor Tallarico -- known professionally as Steven Tyler -- who turns 68 tomorrow. He's best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, occasional piano and percussion. Since the late 1980s, he has embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists' music (working with artists as diverse as Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Santana, Pink, and Keith Anderson), film and TV roles (including as a judge on American Idol and several cameo and guest appearances in other programs and films), authoring a bestselling book, and solo work (including the Top 40 hit single "(It) Feels So Good" in 2011). While tension with his Aerosmith bandmates boiled in 2009 and 2010 after he fell off the stage at a concert, had a relapse with prescription drugs (which he successfully received treatment for in 2009),[2] and signed on to American Idol without telling his bandmates, Tyler has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 45 years in the band. In May of last year, Tyler released the country single Love Is Your Name, followed by the second single Red, White & You in January of this year. He's said that he hopes his debut solo album is released sometime this year.

Thursday 3.24.16
Morning Trivia: She was born in Adrian, Michigan, but was raised up in Auburn, graduating from Auburn Senior High School. She then attended the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduating from U-Dub, she attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane. After graduating from there, she went to work in state government working as a Law Clerk in the Spokane branch of the Attorney General’s office. She went on to work as assistant attorney general under Republican Slade Gordon and then deputy attorney general under Republican Ken Eikenberry. Who is she?

The headline reads: Mariners lose the worst game of baseball ever played by two able teams. Then the subheading: Seriously, check the books. The Seattle Mariners lost 13-12 to the Oakland A's. The wind was blowing straight out to right field. This was maybe the worst game of baseball played by professionals, yet here we are. For what it's worth, the Mariner offense really showed up and put a hurt on the A's staff, aided by the winds. Chris Ianetta and Luis Sardinas had four RBIs apiece, and Nori Aoki and Seth Smith also chipped in with two hits each. The M's took four walks. However, the pitching staff did not follow suit. M's pitchers walked in two runs, and allowed eight walks. The Ms meet the Colorado Rockies this afternoon in Scottsdale.

Birthdays: Fashion designer Bob Mackie is 76; football coach -- he coached at Washington State University in the late eighties and coached the Seattle Seahawks in the mid-nineties, he's currently the assistant head coach and running backs coach at the University of Utah -- Dennis Erickson is 69; singer Nick Lowe is 67; fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 65; the bassist with Supertamp, Dougie Thomson is also 65; comedian Louie Anderson is 63; the former chief executive officer of Microsoft, now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer is 60; singer Nena (99 Luftballons) is 56; TV personality Star Jones is 54; actor Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory is 43; and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 40.

Actor Ken Howard, who starred in the 1970s series The White Shadow and served as president of SAG-AFTRA, has died at age 71. The union announced Howard's death yesterday. No cause of death was given.

And former big league catcher and popular broadcaster Joe Garagiola has died. The Arizona Diamondbacks say Garagiola died yesterday. He had been in ill health in recent years. Garagiola thrived in his post-retirement career as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the Today show. He played eight seasons in the majors, but generations of fans knew him for his 57-year career in broadcasting, including a 30-year association with NBC. He was 90.

Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day -- a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Are you watching your waistline? National Chocolate Raisin Day will not help you here. You're on your own. Chocolate is made from cocoa beans (a vegetable) and raisins are from grapes (a fruit). And we all know that vegetables and fruit are good for you. Therefore, chocolate covered raisins must be good for you. Right?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, a US appeals court ruled that the novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail. In 1981, Nightline with Ted Koppel premiered. In 1991, The Black Crowes were dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer. Miller Beer was sponsoring the tour. In 1992, a Chicago judge ruled in the Milli Vanilli class-action suit that $3.00 cash rebates would be given to anyone that could prove that they bought the group's music before November 27th of 1990 -- the date the lip synching scandal broke. In 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two young boys opened fire at students from woods near a school. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 others were injured. The two boys were 11- and 13-year-old cousins. Also in 1998, a former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray's car supported a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. And also in 1998, Amway Corp. announced that it had agreed to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit over the company's use of songs by top artists in videotaped sales pitches.

That man who spent about 25 hours perched atop an 80-foot tree in Downtown Seattle came down safely. The man climbed down just after 11:40 yesterday morning, just over a day later than when he began his ascent that became a worldwide internet event. As onlookers cheered and chanted "Man In Tree" -- in deference to the Twitter hashtag by which he became known -- he sat down near the base of the tree and appeared to be chomping on a piece of fruit. Officers initially kept their distance, but soon approached the man, got him on a gurney, and took him for a medical evaluation at Harborview Medical Center. Now that the man is down, authorities said the man's well-being is the primary focus and he doesn't face any criminal charges ... at this time.

Police, by the way, have finally released the man's name. He is Cody Lee Miller but little else was known about him -- except that he was evaluated at Harborview Medical Center, then booked into jail for investigation of malicious mischief. He is making a court appearance this afternoon. Officials have not said if the man is a member of Seattle's ballooning homeless population. But there were reports saying he has an Oregon arrest record for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and that he may be the same man involved in an incident Saturday outside a Starbucks store on East Pike Street in Seattle. In that incident, the man was taken into custody after refusing to move from the sidewalk in front of the store, shouting about his constitutional rights and falsely identifying himself as Edward Cullen, the vampire from the Twilight series, according to the police report.

The Seattle Mariners are worth an estimated $1.2 billion, per Forbes' annual franchise valuation rankings released Wednesday. Among 30 Major League Baseball teams, the figure ranked 12th, two spots higher than 2015, when Forbes reported the club was worth $1.1 billion. Last year's value marked a 55 percent increase over the 2014 fiscal year -- thanks, presumably, to the club purchasing a majority stake in a regional sports network, ROOT, a deal the magazine estimated would pay out $2.5 billion over 18 years. In 2015, the Mariners brought in $271 million in revenue despite fielding the most expensive payroll in franchise history (almost $130 million) and posting a 76-86 record. But with preseason expectations high, they still produced their best home attendance numbers since 2008, helping them earn $7.2 million in profits. Forbes has released annual franchise estimations since 1998. Clubs regularly dispute the findings. The New York Yankees, valued at more than $3.4 billion, have held the top spot every year. Per Forbes, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the second-most valuable team at $2.5 billion, the Boston Red Sox are third at $2.3 billion and the Tampa Bay Rays last at $650 million.

If it weren't for his gap-toothed grin and the twinkle in his eye, David Letterman would be utterly unrecognizable. Rocking a bald head and scruffy beard, Dave looked like a mountain man on a run while vacationing on St. Barts. The paparazzi snapped some picks and those are shocking fans across social media. After retiring from Late Night last May, Letterman stopped shaving regularly and more recently he has been letting the beard grow. The media has been quick to share his unkept look in retirement and many have criticized his beard. But Letterman said in an interview in December that he doesn't care about what others think. He said, "You know what? I used to say, every day, 'I am so sick and tired of shaving. I had to shave every day, every day, for 33 years. And even before that when I was working on local TV. And I just thought, the first thing I will do when I am not on TV is stop shaving. And everybody hates it. My wife hates it. My son hates it. But it's interesting. I've kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I'm sort of enjoying."

Trivia Answer: The 22nd governor of the great state of Washington, Christine Gregoire who turns 69 today. She would serve as the first female attorney general in state history from 1992 until 2004. She assumed the office of governor in January 2005. After she left the governorship, some sources reported that she was being considered for a position in Barack Obama's cabinet in his second term, possibly in the State Department, or as United States Secretary of the Interior. Neither happened. After leaving office, Gregoire became a public speaker. served a term as a board member for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and spent five months as a Fall Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School in Harvard Square, where she spent time engaging with students at the School about leadership in various positions of government, and she currently serves on the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC.

Wednesday 3.23.16
Morning Trivia: He is best known as the first man in history to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Who is he?

An off day for the Ms yesterday. It's what comes next that matters most. Manager Scott Servais says, "For our competitions in camp, it is crunch time. The fifth starter spot, where we're at at first base, backup catcher." And, of course, the bullpen. Don't forget the bullpen. The Mariners resume their Cactus League schedule against Oakland at Peoria Stadium tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: From The Cars, Ric Ocasek is 67; former quarterback now an ESPN NFL analyst on ESPN, Ron Jaworski is 65; singer Chaka Khan is 63; actress Amanda Plummer is 59; and blogger Perez Hilton is 38.

Today is National Chip and Dip Day. Today is National Puppy Day. In one day, sponsors hope to save 10,000 homeless puppies across the nation ( Today is Near Miss Day, marking this date in 1989 when a mountain-sized asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of earth, a close-call, according to NASA.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1775, American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1806, explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east. In 1912, the Dixie Cup was invented. In 1972, Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars. In 1973, Yoko Ono was granted permission to live in the US permanently. In 1984, the first Police Academy opened at movie theaters throughout the US. Five sequels followed. In 1985, Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley. The marriage lasted ten years. In 1998, the movie Titanic won 11 Oscars, tying Ben Hur for most Academy Awards won by a single film. In 2004, Lord Of The Rings, The Return Of The King also took home 11 Oscars.

#ManinTree. He's still up there. It was about 11 yesterday morning that an agitated gentleman climbed the tree in front of Macy's in Seattle. Police, firefighters, and others have tried to talk him down. As of this posting, the episode is over 23 hours old and the guy is still eight stories up and remains defiant.

GM John Schneider says strong safety Kam Chancellor will return to the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. Speaking with reporters at the NFL annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, yesterday, Schneider "shot down any speculation that (Chancellor) might be moved," according to an ESPN report. That echoes sentiments Chancellor shared via social media last Wednesday, when he called Seattle his second home and said he didn't "plan on going anywhere unless some higher power places me elsewhere."

In a strange twist, reports this week claim to know where the ex-boyfriend of Olivia Newton-John is, after he went missing more than 10 years ago. US Magazine, Australia's Woman's Day, Fox News and other outlets reported on Monday that cameraman Patrick McDermott is alive and well, in Mexico with a woman. Woman's Day says McDermott, who vanished during a California fishing trip in 2005, is in the isolated Mexican village of Sayulita with what appears to be a German girlfriend. It's a far cry from the life McDermott spent with Newton-John, who was touring in Australia when McDermott, then 48, vanished. Sympathy from fans around the globe flowed in after news broke the former Grease star's boyfriend went missing. But it appears McDermott had a lot to run from. reports say that at the time of his disappearance, he filed for bankruptcy and had unpaid debts totaling more than $30,000. McDermott was also accused in reports of faking his death. Olivia -- now 67 -- has moved on with her life. She's still performing and US Magazine says she secretly wed natural remedy company founder John Easterling in 2008. There's been no response from her on this latest development.

Trying to decide between oatmeal and a bowl of corn flakes? Researchers say go with the oatmeal. Study participants ate less at lunch when they had oatmeal for breakfast.

Trivia Answer: Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, who turns 87 today. History was made on May 6th of 1954 during a meet between the British Amateur Athletic Association and Oxford University in Oxford. It was watched by about 3,000 spectators. With winds up to 25 miles per hour prior to the event, Bannister had said twice that he favored not running, To conserve his energy and efforts to break the 4-minute barrier; he would try again at another meet. However, the winds dropped just before the race was scheduled to begin, and Bannister did run. The race was broadcast live by BBC Radio and commented on by Harold Abrahams, of Chariots of Fire fame. At the conclusion of the race, the announcer said, "Ladies and gentlemen, here is the result of event 9, the one mile: 1st, No. 41, R.G. Bannister, Amateur Athletic Association and formerly of Exeter and Merton Colleges, Oxford, with a time which is a new meeting and track record, and which -- subject to ratification will be a new English Native, British National, All-Comers, European, British Empire and World Record. The time was 3..." The roar of the crowd drowned out the rest of the announcement. Bannister's time was 3 min 59.4 sec. Sir Roger was the inaugural recipient of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award in January 1955 (1954 Sportsman of the Year). Bannister became a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, before retiring in 2001. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds. Running a mile in four minutes translates to a speed of 15 miles per hour. The number of high-quality races over the distance is few in recent years as most major international meets concentrate on the "metric mile" distance of 1,500 meters.

Tuesday 3.22.16
Morning Trivia: Today is Laser Day, marking the first laser patent issued to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes on this day in 1960. What does LASER stand for?

It figured to be quite an interesting matchup, with a pair of Japanese aces on the mound -- Hisashi Iwakuma and Kenta Maeda -- facing off for the first time in their careers. But the story yesterday instead came after each starter was pulled, as back-to-back dingers from Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind in the sixth inning gave the Mariners a 6-3 lead they never relinquished. Robbie Cano had a nice two-RBI single in the first inning following a double from Ketel Marte and a single from Luis Sardinas. An off day today for the Mariners. They're back to Cactus League play tomorrow night when they meet the Oakland As in Peoria.

Birthdays: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 86; minister Pat Robertson is also 86; Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner is 85; singer and guitarist George Benson is 73; from CNN, Wolf Blitzer is 68; composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is also 68; sportscaster Bob Costas is 64; singer Stephanie Mills is 59; actress Reese Witherspoon is 40; and football's Houston Texan JJ Watt is 27.

The pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, Rob Ford died Tuesday after fighting cancer. Ford rode into office on a backlash against urban elites. He cast an image sharply at odds with Canada's reputation for sedate, unpretentious politics. His tenure as mayor of the country's largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. He was repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public. Nevertheless, he was later elected by a landslide to a city council seat, a job he held until his death. Rob Ford was 46.

Today is Goof-Off Day. A chance to step back from the rigours and pressures of every-day life, Goof Off Day encourages you to take some time to be silly, waste an hour or two, and to do something a bit different. Today is As Young As You Feel Day, a day for losing your inhibitions. If you're in good health, but feel restricted by how you are expected to behave, then As Young As You Feel Day is the time to rebel. Fortunately it falls in Goof Off Day. Today is Regional Shopping Mall Day. On this day in 1954, the first regional shopping mall in the US opened in Southfield, Michigan.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1894, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1 to win the first Stanley Cup. The cup was named for Lord Stanley of Preston because he paid for it: all $44.67. In 1972, the US Congress sent a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. Only 35 states ratified it; three short of the number needed for approval. In 1974, Frank Zappa released his album Apostrophe. In 1978, The Police signed to A&M Records. In 1986, Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with These Dreams. In 1990, George Bush shocked the world when he announced, "I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a kid and my mother made me eat it, and I'm the President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." In 1994, Dan Hartman of Instant Replay fame died at the age of 42. In 1997, Tara Lipinski became the youngest women's world figure skating champion at age 14 years 10 months. In 2005, American Idol was forced to have a re-vote when they displayed the incorrect phone numbers for each of the 11 contestants during the voting stage of the FOX TV talent show.

Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations today, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

You'd think there was an election going on or something, The politicians are out and about even up here in Southern Alaska. Bernie Sanders was in the Northwest Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden was here yesterday. And today, the whole Clinton clan -- Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea are here in Washington.

The courtroom showdown between the Department of Justice and Apple that was scheduled for today has been postponed. The judge agreed to delay the meeting shortly after the DOJ filed a document requesting a postponement, according to officials. The DOJ said it may have found an alternative way into the iPhone the gunman in the San Bernardino shooting, was using. The DOJ has been pressuring Apple for help in gaining access to the iPhone. But in a court filing yesterday, the DOJ said it may no longer need assistance from Apple. A senior US law enforcement official said in a conference call with reporters yesterday, "On Sunday, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking the iPhone...If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc." Federal investigators want to see what data is available on the iPhone, but it is permanently locked. They can't try to guess the passcode, because if its self- destruct feature is turned on, it will erase its key after 10 incorrect passcode attempts. The FBI wants Apple to create special software that will let it bypass the phone's security protocols so it can try endless password combinations. Apple has been fighting that order. Its central argument: Removing the security protection in this case would create a backdoor that could potentially allow the government or hackers to break into similar iPhones. A judge in February ruled Apple must comply with the government's request, and the DOJ and Apple were due back before that judge today after a month of legal briefings.

The US Supreme Court yesterday rejected Electronic Arts bid to revive its free speech defense in a lawsuit filed by former NFL players who accused the videogame maker of using their likenesses in the popular Madden NFL series without permission or proper compensation. The high court left in place a January 2015 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the company's free speech claims and said the lawsuit could move forward. The Madden NFL videogame, first launched in 1993 and regularly updated, allows players to simulate National Football League games by controlling the teams. The videogame includes realistic depictions of the football players. Lawyers for the former NFL players noted in court papers that EA pays a license fee to use the likenesses of players currently in the league but offered no equivalent fee to the former players depicted in versions of the game made between 2001 and 2009 that allowed the user to play using popular teams from the past.

Not sure why they felt compelled to know but researchers at the University of Leicester have figured out that a vampire would need a little less than six and a half minutes to guzzle 15% of your blood.

Trivia Answer: A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The term laser originated as an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

Monday 3.21.16
Morning Trivia: This guy, Mike Ditka, and Tony Dungee are the only people in National Football League history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Who is he?

Spring has sprung! Welcome to it.

Backup Cleveland infielder Jose Ramirez hit two home runs and the Indians topped the Seattle Mariners 3-1 yesterday. Ramirez hit a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third against Wade Miley. Miley, who will open the season as Seattle's third or fourth starter, pitched well against Cleveland's other eight batters. In five innings, he allowed four hits overall. Today, a pair of Japanese right-handers square off when Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma faces Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers. That game is this afternoon.

Birthdays: Actor Timothy Dalton is 72; singer Eddie Money is 67; from Supertramp, singer and guitarist Roger Hodgson is 66; Sirius Black in Harry Potter, actor Gary Oldman is 58; he's married to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedian Brad Hall is also 58; actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 54; actor Matthew Broderick is also 54; he was formerly married to Britney Spears, reality star Kevin Federline is 38; and Clint Eastwood's youngest son, actor and model Scott Eastwood is 30.

Today is Credit Card Reduction Day. Credit card debt can have a crushing and devastating affect on our lives. So, increase your personal wealth, and improve your quality of life. Today is the day to begin doing something about reducing your credit card debt. You don't need to pay off the balance today. Rather, today is a great day to begin whittling away at the balance. Today is Fragrance Day. It's World Poetry Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closed. In 1970, The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album First Step. Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced to the US Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. In 1998, the FDA approved Viagra. In 1989, Sports Illustrated reported allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling. In 1989, Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host American Bandstand. In 1994, Steven Spielberg won his first Oscars. They were for best picture and best director for Schindler's List.

It's a three-peat for Disney's Zootopia which captured the top spot at the box office over the weekend again. Three weeks into its domestic run, Zootopia has crossed the $200 million mark domestically with a weekend estimated to bring in just over $38 million. Allegiant, the third film in The Divergent Series fell well short of the $50 million mark that the previous entries were able to surpass. It placed second with just over $29 million. Miracles from Heaven debuted in third place. In fourth place, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Rounding out the top five was Deadpool, Marvel's anti-hero. After six weeks the film has managed a staggering $340 million in domestic receipts.

This college gal from Bellingham was flying to Hawaii late last week when her iPhone burst into flames midair. She says she was watching a movie on the way to spring break when flames started shooting out of her iPhone 6. She said, "When it started I thought we were going down, and I was like, 'oh my god, there's a fire on the plane.' All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone. I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone's seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up." Alaska Air says its crews are trained for this type of situation and the fire was quickly put out. No word yet from Apple or the FAA.

Richard Sherman is at it again. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell found himself on the receiving end of a hit from the Seahawks All-Pro. In an interview with ESPN that aired yesterday, Seattle's loquacious cornerback weighed in with his opinion of Goodell's proposed rule change that would disqualify any player flagged for more than one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the course of a game. Sherman, as is his style, didn't mince words. He said, "I think it's foolish. It sounds like something somebody who's never played the game would say -- something that they would suggest --because (Goodell) doesn't understand. He's just a face. He's just a suit. He's never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul." Sherman was recently elected to the NFL Players' Association executive committee after serving as the Seahawks' union representative for the 2015-16 season. He blamed league executives when asked why he thought the NFL has not come up with a solution for the controversial catch rule, saying former players would do a better job of legislating on-field action. He said, "You've got a bunch of suits doing it. Let (former NFL wide receivers) Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20, 30 minutes -- maybe Cris Carter, Randy Moss -- let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule. I guarantee you it'd be more effective than the rule they have now because those are the pass-catchers. Those are some of the best pass-catchers we've had. I think it'd be more straightforward and to the point. But you've got a bunch of guys who have never played. They've probably touched a football to hold it out or to shake somebody's hand, to take a picture, but they've never played the game."

Here's a job for you. And it's not even really a job, it's an internship. World of Beer, a Florida-based chain of craft beer taverns, is looking for three interns who will spend almost four months this summer visiting breweries across the country and abroad, tasting all sorts of beers, attending beer festivals, and posting about the boozy adventure via a blog and social media. World of Beer will pay you $12,000 for your work and cover all your travel expenses, including food and lodging. And there will be lots of free beer.

Trivia Answer: Tom Flores who turns 79 today. He was a player for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. An assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders for Super Bowl XI. And he was head coach for the Raiders for Super Bowls XV and XVIII. He was the Seahawks head coach and general manager from 1992 to 1994. Flores is currently a radio announcer for the Raiders Radio Network.

Friday 3.18.16
Morning Trivia: He is a media personality best known as the host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He can also be heard as narrator on a variety of series and has appeared in recurring commercials for Ford Motor Company. Who is he?

The Seahawks lost unrestricted free agent tackle Russell Okung yesterday. He signed with the Denver Broncos. After traveling to Denver on Wednesday, ESPN reported Okung agreed to a five-year contract with the Broncos that will pay him $10.6 million per year. CBS Sports then reported the details of the deal. They said Denver will pay Okung $5 million guaranteed in 2016 with incentives that could add as much as $8 million. Then, the Broncos have an option to sign Okung for four more years at $12 million per season, with $20.5 million guaranteed. So the deal breaks down into a one-year "prove-it" deal for Okung with the potential for long-term security. He was the last of eight Seahawks "starters" to sign after entering last week's free agent period as unrestricted free agents. In addition to Okung, the Seahawks lost linebacker Bruce Irvin, guard J.R. Sweezy and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, while Seattle was able to retain defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, cornerback Jeremy Lane, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, and punter Jon Ryan.

A's third baseman Danny Valencia connected for a two-run home run and finished with three RBIs as part of Oakland's early burst, but Seattle broke through with eight runs in the ninth inning in an 11-11 Cactus League contest yesterday afternoon. Seattle's fifth-starter competition continues to heat up as today as Nathan Karns makes his fourth start of the spring in a 1:10 game against the Rangers at Peoria Stadium.

Birthdays: Country singer Charley Pride is 78; Mack on Knots Landing, actor Kevin Dobson is 73; the Ben of Ben & Jerry's, Ben Cohen is 65; singer and actress Irene Cara is 57; singer, actress, former fashion model Vanessa Williams is 53; retired Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair is 52; from Alice in Chains, Jerry Cantrell is 50; rapper and actress Queen Latifah is 46; former Seattle Mariner closer, Fernando Rodney is 39; and rom Maroon 5, singer Adam Levine is 37.

Today is Goddess of Fertility Day, a day that celebrates Aphrodite and other gods and goddesses of fertility. Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Goddess of Fertility Day is a chance to celebrate life, fertility, and rebirth. It's Forgive Mom & Dad Day. Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others, none are perfect. Forgive Mom & Dad Day presents a perfect opportunity to let go of past hurts and frustrations, to let well-meaning but disappointing parents off the hook. Today is National Supreme Sacrifice Day – which recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by some for the good of others. Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice. For anyone who’s ever wished the ground would open up and swallow them, today is Awkward Moments Day. It's a celebration of all awkward moments. It's National Biodiesel Day. Celebrate the birth of Rudolph Diesel and his vision of using vegetable oil as fuel. And today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1850 , American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. In 1931, Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver. In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law allowing for Hawaiian statehood, which would become official on August 21st. In 1963, the US Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal council for defendants. In 1972, Neil Young topped the charts with Heart of Gold. It was his only solo single to break the top 30. In 1986, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson. In 1990, in the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1994, Courtney Love phoned Seattle police to tell them she was worried Kurt Cobain was going to commit suicide. The cops confiscated four guns and 25 boxes of ammunition. Kurt killed himself the next month.

You may not think much of it when you toss in a few bucks to join your office's NCAA brackets pool, but all those bets add up fast. Americans will wager $9.2 billion on NCAA brackets this year, according to the American Gaming Association. That's a lot more than we spend on a lot of other forms of entertainment. It's more than double the $4.2 billion people spent on sports gambling last year in Nevada, where it's legal. Likewise, it's more than the $6.6 billion that Americans spent less last year on Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets. Even if binge watching is your thing instead of basketball, it still doesn't add up to March Madness numbers. All told, Americans will spend an estimated $7.4 billion this year to watch everything from House of Cards to Broad City on streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu. or Amazon Prime this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. The $9 billion we'll spend on NCAA brackets is double the $4.5 billion we spent on movie tickets during last summer's blockbuster season, according to Box Office Mojo. All told about 40 million Americans filled out about 70 million brackets for the 2016 tournament, according to the association. That's more than the 35 million people that have voted so far this year in presidential primaries and caucuses.

Arkansas Little Rock had an an out-of-nowhere comeback that led to an 85-83 double-overtime victory over Purdue yesterday in Denver. Following that upset -- and the previous games -- one organization reported only 1.1 percent of brackets remained perfect. ESPN, meanwhile, reported after day one only 14,225 out of 13 million brackets -- 0.1 percent -- remained 16-for-16.

If you could bring your dog or cat to work, would you take a pay cut? According to a survey of dog owners, 32% would if they could.

Adele's three-year-old son Angelo has seen his mother perform on stage for the first time. The singer was more emotional than usual during her sold-out performance at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, after she paused her performance to reveal her little boy was in the audience. Adele told fans her first child had never had the chance to see his mum on stage before. She beamed, "This is the first show he has seen me do."

Trivia Answer: Michael Gregory Rowe -- Mike Rowe -- who turns 54 today. He’s originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He has said in commercials for his current show that the inspiration for doing it was as a tribute to his father, and grandfather. In the early 1990s he hosted a time slot for QVC selling various items. He says about getting the jog: "I was in the opera at the time. I walked across the street with a buddy of mine (during a performance) -- we're dressed as Vikings and we have a drink. The TV is turned to QVC. ... My buddy bets me $100 I can't get a call back. So ... I crashed the audition and got a job on the spot. I basically turned the whole thing into my own stupid David Letterman show - I made fun of the callers and made fun of the products." He claims that QVC fired him three times. From 2001 to 2005 Rowe hosted Evening Magazine in San Francisco. During this time, he appeared in a news segment called Somebody's Gotta Do It, profiling a number of unpleasant professions; this concept later grew into Dirty Jobs. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Thursday 3.17.16
Morning Trivia: She's a retired soccer player. She played for many years as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. At one point she had scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer. Who is she?

Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas homered in Seattle's 6-run third inning against San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija, and the Mariners rallied for a 9-6 win over the Giants yesterday. Samardzija entered the bottom of the third with a 5-0 lead but saw 10 Mariners come up to bat against him. He gave up a spring-high seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs. He also struck out three and walked one in four innings. He gave up Shawn O'Malley's solo shot to lead off the fourth. Robinson Cano tripled, doubled and scored and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Today the Mariners face the Oakland Athletics in Mesa, Arizona.

Birthdays: Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian is 72; she was the inspiration for George Harrison's Something and Eric Clapton's Layla and Wonderful Tonight, Pattie Boyd is also 72; actor Patrick Duffy is 67; actor Kurt Russell is 65; actor Gary Sinise is 61; actor Rob Lowe is 52; from the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is 49; and singer Hozier is 26.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. They celebrate nicely in Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; and in Shamrock, Texas. Then there’s the old Irish saying, "There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish and those who wish they were." Saint Patrick's day is in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs. Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1756, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern. In 1780, during the American Revolution, George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence. In 1967, Snoopy and Charlie Brown of Peanuts were on the cover of LIFE magazine. In 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. In 1970, the US Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case. In 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%. In 1997, the RIAA announced that the Eagles' Greatest Hits album had tied Michael Jackson's Thriller as the all-time best-selling album in the US. In 1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS. In 2004, NASA's Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury. The probe took more than 270,000 pictures before it crashed into the surface of Mercury on April 30th of 2015.

Nike announced the release of their first self-lacing sneakers yesterday at the Nike Innovation Summit in New York. When you step into the Hyperadapt 1.0, your heel hits a sensor, which then automatically tightens the "laces" on the shoes. Two buttons on the sides can tighten and loosen the fit, according to Nike. Nike designers are hoping the shoe will soon make loose laces a thing of the past. The price of the shoes remains unknown, but Nike hopes they're available this coming holiday season.

NASA would like to light a "large scale fire" in space -- recreating a disaster in an expendable spacecraft to see what happens. And so, after the next resupply vehicle undocks from the International Space Station and moves to a safe distance, a team back here on Earth will execute a command to begin Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-1).

Trivia Answer: Mariel Margaret Hamm, best known as Mia Hamm, who turns 44 today. She was was named the women's (fee-fah) FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given, in 2001 and 2002, and is listed as one of FIFA's 125 best living players as chosen by Pelé. Mia and former teammate Michelle Akers were the only two women -- and the only two Americans -- on that list. She held that scoring title until 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal to break the record. Mia retired from the sport in 2004. She played her last game in the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour to commemorate the U.S. women's national team's victory in the 2004 Olympics. In 2004, when she announced her retirement, she expressed an interest in starting a family with her husband, Nomar Garciaparra. She had married the then-Boston Red Sox shortstop in November of 2003, in a private ceremony, attended by three hundred guests. On March 27th of 2007, Hamm gave birth to twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. Though born five weeks early, each girl weighed over 5 pounds at birth. Twins run in both Hamm's and Garciaparra's families. The couple had a son, named Garrett Anthony, in January 2012. In 2007, her first year of eligibility, she was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame by having 137 votes of the 141 ballots cast.

Wednesday 3.16.16
Morning Trivia: She was born in San Francisco. She and her older sister grew up in Southern California and Taiwan before their Marine Corps father retired to the Seattle suburbs. After graduating high school, her older sister moved Vancouver, B.C. Meanwhile, she finished high school then went to college majoring in art and German literature. She played solo gigs around the Northwest until 1974 when she quit college and moved to Canada to join her sister. The group that was formed in Vancouver first recorded a demo tape, the the same team then recorded their debut album. Upon release in Canada, the album sold an impressive 30,000 copies. Here in the states, it was released first in Seattle where it quickly sold another 25,000 copies. With two hit singles, the album eventually sold over 1 million copies. Who is the younger sister?

Daniel Nava turned an embarrassing moment into a double play, had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-4 tie yesterday with the Seattle Mariners. Nava, who split time last season between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, lost track of the outs in the top of the fifth inning, catching Kyle Seager's fly ball for the second out and then throwing the ball into the stands. But Stefen Romero was near second base during the play and was awarded third base. He neglected to return to first, though, and was called out on an appeal play. The Ms meet the San Francisco Giants in Peoria this afternoon.

Birthdays: Comedian Jerry Lewis is 90; game show host Chuck Woolery is 75; Ponch on CHIPs, actor Erik Estrada is 67; from Heart, Nancy Wilson is 62; and Eddie and Valerie’s boy, Wolfgang Van Halen is 25.

The Internet will have no new selfies uploaded today because it's No Selfies Day. Yeah, right. Today is Lips Appreciation Day. Where would all those lovely teeth we paid a bundle for be without a lovely frame? Do something nice for your lips today. Today is Freedom of Information Day, when the nation's libraries celebrate the people's right to know (on President James Madison's birthday). Today is Everything You Do is Right Day. It just might be a perfect day. Life is filled with ups and downs. Some days are good days. Some days are bad days. Most often, there's both good and bad in any given day. Every once in a while, a day comes along where everything you do goes well, the perfect day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, Peter, Paul, & Mary released Puff, the Magic Dragon. The song reached #2 even though some radio stations banned it, fearing it was about smoking marijuana. Composer Peter Yarrow always contended it was about a magic dragon named Puff. In 1979, Twisted Sister became the first band to sell out New York City's Palladium without ever releasing a record. The band did not sign a record deal until 3 years later. In 1988, indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. In 1988, Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the Speed King, set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty down in Portland to conspiracy for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. In 1999, the Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.

Acknowledging his defeat in his home state of Florida last night, Sen. Marco Rubio congratulated Republican front-runner Donald Trump on his "big victory" in the Florida primary and announced that he is suspending his campaign. Rubio, trying to calm the crowd that was booing Trump's win, said , "We live in a republic and our voters make these decisions." Later in his speech he said, "While we are on the right side this year, we will not be on the winning side." Math and momentum seem to indicate it'll be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

With a little extra cash, you can get Washington license plates showing your support for your favorite college, sports team, or environmental cause, but a new crowdfunding movement wants to add another plate to the roster: A J.P. Patches plate. J.P. Patches was, of course, the legendary clown played by Chris Wedes, who enchanted children on KIRO-TV from 1958 to 1981. Now, the Patches Pals behind the J.P. Patches tribute website seek petition signatures and money to create a license plate to benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation. The state Department of Licensing requires at least 3,500 signatures from the public to start the application process of designing and producing a new plate, as a sort of pledge showing that at least that many people will buy the new plate. The agency also requires Patches Pals to find a legislator to sponsor a bill and to draft legislation. Furthermore, the group is trying to raise $8,000 to help cover the $7,427 in startup fees.

Now that he's starred in the latest installment of one of his legendary movie franchises, Harrison Ford is about to do the same for his other one. Ford, who turns 74 this coming July, is re-teaming with Steven Spielberg for a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series, set to hit theaters July 19th of 2019. Ford is returning as Dr. Indiana Jones, while Spielberg is again directing, having been behind the camera for the previous four films.

Lawmakers debated the safety and regulatory future of self-driving cars yesterday and vowed that the US would lead the world in automated vehicle technology. Executives at General Motors and Google X testified that safety is a top priority as the technology for self-driving cars advances. Chris Urmson is the director of Google X's self-driving car project. He argues that these cars are important, serving in-need communities, such as drivers with disabilities. He urged Congress to give Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx authority to approve new technologies that may improve road safety when it comes to distracted driving. I don't know about you but self-driving cars scare me to death. I've encountered too many blue screens over the years, knowhatamean?

Trivia Answer: Nancy Lamoureux Wilson who turns 62 today. The band, of course, is Heart. That debut album was Dreamboat Annie, and the two hit singles were Crazy on You and Magic Man. In addition to their own recording careers, the Wilson sisters have played a key role on the Seattle music scene. Among the groups that have recorded at their Bad Animals studio are R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Candlebox (all of whom have cited Heart as an influence).

Tuesday 3.15.16
Morning Trivia: He is an Italian fashion model, spokesperson, author, actor, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. One of his most memorable advertising campaigns was for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!. Who is he?

Felix Hernandez allowed three runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings in his spring training debut yesterday, but the Seattle Mariners' split squad fell to the Colorado Rockies 6-4. The Mariners' ace was scheduled to go three innings or throw 45 to 50 pitches. He was lifted after Ryan Raburn's two-run single in the top of the third, having struck out five and walked one. The other half of the split squad day fared no better. The Ms lost that one to Arizona 8-3. Up next for the Mariners, Cody Martin, with two appearances in relief this spring, makes his first start today in Tempe against the Los Angeles Angels.

Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83; actor Judd Hirsch is 81; pastor Jimmy Swaggart is also 81; Beach Boy Mike Love is 75; singer and keyboardist Sly Stone is 73; singer-songwriter and guitarist Ry Cooder is 69; Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is 61; singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 54; from Poison, singer Bret Michaels is 53; Kennedy William Gordy, better known by his stage name Rockwell, is 52; from Sugar Ray, frontman Mark McGrath is 48; actress Eva Longoria is 41; and from Black Eyed Peas, is 41.

Today is Dumbstruck Day a day to be totally dumbstruck over the things you see, hear and read. Some people -- like me -- are dumbstruck on a regular basis, day in and day out. Today is True Confessions Day, a day to confess to everyone. Or, at least, to your mirror. Today is Camp Fire Day. Camp Fire USA was founded on this date in 1910. Today is International Boss's Day Off Day. On the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, all leaders should stay home today. Beware of assassins. And, of course, if the boss takes the day off, so can you. Also called The Ides of March. The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year.It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-pro baseball team. In 1968, Life magazine proclaimed Jimi Hendrix the most "spectacular" guitarist in the world. In 1971, CBS television announced it was going to drop The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1977, the first episode of Eight is Enough was aired on ABC. In 1985, the first Internet domain name was registered ( In 1990, 13.7-million households signed up to see a pay-per-view special by New Kids on the Block, breaking previous pay-per-view records. In 2004, Whitney Houston entered a drug rehab facility. Also in 2004, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia after being convicted in a stock scandal. In 2006: After a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he sued the city of Lodi, California, for $3,600. The city denied the claim since Gokey, a city employee, was himself driving the dump truck, bumping his own car. So Gokey's wife sued the city. But a judge ruled she could not sue her own husband as a city employee.

NCAA tournament tonight. The play-in round begins with two games. The first game is Florida Gulf Coast vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, followed by Vanderbilt vs. Wichita St. Tip-off at 3:30 our time.

The next time your significant other hides out in front of the TV instead of helping with chores, you might want to share this with him or her. Researchers (University of Missouri, Brigham Young University, Utah State University) found that married couples are happier if they share household responsibilities. The researchers surveyed 160 couples married for an average of five years with at least one child under age five.

Kinda sorts related, Russell Wilson and singer Ciara are celebrating after he popped the question. In a video, the Russell tells the camera, "She said 'Yes!' The two have been dating since April 2015.

From flames shooting out of the blow dryer to a highway slickened by Vaseline, the latest list of most bizarre excuses for being late to work contains some gems. CareerBuilder, a website devoted to jobs and career information, has released its list of a dozen "most bizarre" excuses for missing the workplace tardy bell. The list was culled from responses of 2,595 hiring and human resource managers and 3,252 workers aged 18 and older across industries. The nationwide online survey was conducted by Harris Poll between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1, according to CareerBuilder. The vast majority of reasons for being late fall into mundane, predictable categories, which are not mutually exclusive: traffic, 53 percent; oversleeping, 33 percent; bad weather, 28 percent; lack of sleep, 23 percent; and taking kids to daycare or school, 15 percent. But the dozen most bizarre reasons seem to be categories unto themselves. It's perhaps fortunate that survey responses aren't graded for originality because it might be hard to pick a winner among such entries as , "I had to chase my cows back into the field," I had to finish watching My Name Is Earl" and "All my clothes were stolen." As strange as these most bizarre excuses are, none, curiously, is a repeat entry from last year's list, including, "I had to wait for the judge to set my bail," and "Someone robbed the gas station I was at, and I didn't have enough gas to get to another station." Despite movement toward more flexible work schedules, 51 percent of employers still expect employees to be on time every day, and 41 percent have fired someone for being late, according to the survey summary.

Four-piece Lukas Graham set a new record in Britain on Friday by achieving the longest-reigning Number 1 single from a Danish act in UK pop chart history. On the UK album chart, Adele returned to the top with 25.

Trivia Answer: Fabio Lanzoni -- widely known simply as Fabio -- who is 57 today. In 1994, Fabio released an album titled Fabio After Dark, which included soliloquies on his philosophy of love. In July of 2011, Old Spice launched a new campaign on YouTube in which Fabio challenges Isaiah Mustafa to try to replace him as the New Old Spice Guy. The online challenge was entitled Mano a Mano in el Baño (hand-to-hand in the bathroom). Mustafa emerged as the winner, though Fabio's Old Spice YouTube Channel received more than 9 million views in the week after its debut, rising to Number 4 on YouTube for the week. On March 27th of 1999, Fabio was involved in an accident in Busch Gardens Williamsburg, located in James City County, Virginia. Fabio rode in the first car of Apollo's Chariot, a roller coaster, during its maiden ride. During the rapid descent on the 210-foot drop after the lift hill, a goose collided with Fabio, leaving his nose covered in blood. He received a one-inch cut on his nose but no one else on the roller coaster was hurt. The goose was later found dead on the ground under the roller coaster with a broken neck.

Monday 3.14.16
Morning Trivia: He was a film and television actor -- best known for his role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973. His older brother was actor James Arness. Who was he?

It was windy, yes, but it appears those of us in Olympia missed the brunt of the storm. The Olympia airport topped out with a gust of 45 just before noon yesterday. Meanwhile, officials said a man died when a tree fell onto his car in Seward Park yesterday afternoon. In addition, over 250,000 people were in the dark as that powerful windstorm slammed Western Washington. Strong winds forced WSDOT crews to close the 520 Bridge and Hood Canal Bridge and winds gusting to 55 toppled a semi truck on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Peak gusts include 63 in Hoquiam, 62 at Seattle's West Point Lighthouse, 58 at JBLM, 56 at Sea-Tac Airport, 54 at Boeing Field, 46 at Shelton: and 45 each at Olympia and Renton.

Zack Cozart and Jake Cave hit back-to-back home runs, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 spring win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The homers came off Nathan Karns who's competing for that fifth spot in the Mariner rotation. Seattle's Nelson Cruz went 0 for 3 and is hitless in 13 Cactus League at-bats. Cruz was second in the American League last season with 44 home runs. Seattle is playing a pair of split-squad games today. In Peoria, Felix Hernandez makes his first Cactus League start, facing the Colorado Rockies. On the road, Taijuan Walker goes up against the Arizona Daimondbacks.

Birthdays: The other Phil Phillips – not the American Idol guy but the guy that wrote Sea of Love –is 90; musician and producer Quincy Jones is 83; actor Michael Caine is also 83; Chicago saxophone player Walt Parazaider is 71; actor and comedian Billy Crystal is 68; o-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, businessman Jerry Greenfield is 65; Chris Klein from the American Pie movies is 37; from Hanson, singer Taylor Hanson is 33; and basketball's Steph Curry is 28.

Today is National Potato Chip Day. Today is Bare Burt Day, marking publication on this date in 1972 of the April issue of Cosmopolitan revealing Burt Reynolds as the magazine’s first nude centerfold. Today is Pi Day, a day to celebrate pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's diameter. Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi. Today is Ten Most Wanted Day. On this day in 1950 the FBI began its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List as a way to get the public's help in finding the nation's most dangerous criminals.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin. In 1964, Billboard magazine reported that Beatles recordings were claiming 60% of the singles sales in the US. Also in 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John Kennedy. In 1972, California governor Ronald Reagan pardoned convicted burglar Merle Haggard as fully rehabilitated. Haggard had served two-and-a-half years at San Quentin. In 1977, the Heart album Little Queen containing the song Barracuda was released. In 2003, actor Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail, 11 months after he was arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was later acquitted at trial. In 2005, U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Disney’s Zootopia cruised to another box office victory this weekend, picking up $50 million and barreling across the $100 million mark domestically. After two weeks of release, Zootopia, the critically acclaimed story of a plucky rabbit policewoman, has earned $142.6 million stateside. Despite the continued strength of Zootopia, 10 Cloverfield Lane was able to connect with audiences, earning $25.2 million and placing second. That’s a strong return given that the film about a woman who finds herself trapped in a doomsday bunker, waiting out the apocalypse with the neighborhood survivalists, cost $13 million to produce. Dadpool was third for the weekend. London Has Fallen come in fourth. And Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five. All was not well with The Brothers Grimsby. The spy comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen opened to a terminal $3.2 million raising questions about the continued bankability of the comic mind behind Borat.

March Madness is officially underway with yesterday's unveiling of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket. The Gonzaga Bulldogs were the only team from the state of Washington to qualify for this year's tournament, and the Zags had to win the West Coast Conference tournament just to ensure their place in the field of 68. They did just that on Wednesday with an 85-75 victory over St. Mary's. Head coach Mark Few and the Bulldogs (26-7) enter the 2016 tourney as the Midwest Region's No. 11 seed, their lowest seed since 2011. They open with a tough matchup in Denver versus No. 6 seed Seton Hall, who won the Big East tournament championship with a 69-67 win over Villanova on Saturday. Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oregon are this year's No. 1 seeds. Tournament play starts tomorrow with two "First Four" games from Dayton, Ohio.

We loves us some coffee. A new survey finds 84% percent of all American adults drink coffee either daily or weekly. That’s up from 80% ten years ago.

Trivia Answer: Peter Arness, known professionally as Peter Graves, who passed away on this date in 2010, four days shy of his 84th birthday. Peter used the name Graves to honor his mother's family, and also so as to not be confused with his older brother, James Arness, who was a famous actor in his own right, as the star of the television series Gunsmoke. In 1967, Graves was recruited by Desilu Studios to replace Steven Hill as the lead actor on Mission: Impossible. Graves played Jim Phelps, the sometimes gruff leader of the Impossible Missions Force or IMF, for the remaining six seasons of the series. Graves was cast as Palmer Kirby in the 1983 ABC miniseries, The Winds of War. He played opposite Robert Mitchum, Jan Michael Vincent, Deborah Winters and Ali McGraw in what became in 1983, the second most watched miniseries of all time (after Roots). After playing mainly serious roles in the 1970s, he acted as Captain Clarence Oveur in the early 80s comedies Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel. In the 1996 film update of Mission: Impossible, the character of Phelps (played by Jon Voight) was re-imagined as a traitor who murders three fellow IMF agents only to be killed himself at the end of the film, a decision that disappointed Graves. After returning from a brunch on March 14th of 2010, Graves collapsed and died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

Friday 3.10.16
Morning Trivia: He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death less than a month ago. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, he was described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court's conservative wing. Who was he?

According to multiple reports, the Seattle Seahawks have reached a three-year contract agreement with unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. His re-signing with Seattle comes as a bit of a surprise after a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter last week that Kearse anticipated playing elsewhere in 2016.

Jon Lester gave up six runs in two innings during his first outing of 2016, and the Seattle Mariners beat Chicago 10-8 yesterday to extend the Cubs' losing streak to seven. Beginning his second season in Chicago, Lester gave up hits to four of his first five batters and needed 50 pitches to get six outs. He allowed three earned runs and seven hits and also committed one of the Cubs' three errors. Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to pitch against San Francisco this afternoon at Scottsdale.

Birthdays: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 85; news correspondent Sam Donaldson is 82; television producer, writer, and director -- he was behind Perry Mason, Matlock, Jake and the Fatman, amongst others-- Joel Steiger is 74; singer Bobby McFerrin is 66; movie director Jerry Zucker is also 66; Susan Bradford on Eight Is Enough, actress Susan Richardson is 64; entrepreneur, record producer, film producer Jimmy Iovine is 63; voice actor – he was Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Rob Paulsen is 60; Joey Buttafuoco -- you know the story -- is also 60; Barbie's main man, Ken is 53; singer Lisa Loeb is 48; stunt performer, comedian, actor, screenwriter and film producer Johnny Knoxville is 45; and from Good Charlotte, Benji and Joel Madden are 37.

Today is Middle Name Pride Day, a day that honors the seldom used middle name that often sets you apart from others. It was selected with care, so you should be proud of it, says Robert Allen Hart. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11th or September 26th. The September date is Appleseed's acknowledged birth date. whereas the March date is sometimes preferred because it's during planting season. Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way. It's Worship of Tools Day, a chance to celebrate tools by working with them or buying one. It's Genealogy Day, It's Camp Fire Girls Day and Frankenstein's Birthday, Frank making his debut on this date in 1818.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1302, the characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. In 1927, in New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the Roxy Theatre. In 1930, Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000. In 1968, Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay. In 1969, Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans. In 1992, Eric Clapton recorded an episode of MTV Unplugged. The subsequent record became one of his best-selling albums. In 1997, Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney after he was knighted by the Queen of England. In 2002, two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th of 2001. In 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 81 miles east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. In 2015, the Texas state legislature named Phil Collins an honorary Texan as a thank you for donating his expansive collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution-related artifacts to the Alamo.

Chewable coffee is a thing. If a warm cup of coffee is not what you need -- but the flavor and caffeine are -- Go Cubes could be for you. They're chewable cubes made with cold-brew coffee. Two cubes equals the caffeine content of a regular cup of coffee.

Every year we hear how March Madness costs employers over $1 billion in lost productivity. Not true according to most time management experts. Most agree the average worker wastes roughly the same time every day on non-work activities. So if March Madness games weren't going on, we'd be wasting that time on Facebook, or watching cat videos, or taking longer lunches.

The weekend has arrived. New in theaters: 10 Cloverfield Lane (PG-13), The Brothers Grimsby (R), The Perfect Match (R), and The Young Messiah (PG-13).

Trivia Answer: Antonin Scalia who was born on this date in 1936. Scalia served on the Supreme Court for nearly thirty years, during which time he espoused a conservative jurisprudence and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation. He was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas. He opposed affirmative action and other policies that treated minorities as special groups. He filed separate opinions in many cases and often castigated the Court's majority in his minority opinions using scathing language. Scalia's death – the second death of a serving justice in the past sixty years – left eight justices remaining on the Supreme Court, split 4–4 between being fairly conservative and fairly liberal, during a presidential election year. President Barack Obama said that he will nominate his successor in "due time".

Thursday 3.10.16
Morning Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter widely known for the 1988 album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. And she's married to Paul Simon. Who is she?

The Seahawks lost three starters in the first two hours of the official free-agency period yesterday. Bruce Irvin signed with the Oakland Raiders. Brandon Mebane is now a San Diego Charger, and JR Sweezy is off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meanwhile, the Hawks have reportedly re-signed their homegrown guy. Sources say the Seahawks and cornerback Jeremy Lane have agreed to terms on a 4-year deal.

Taijuan Walker struck out five in three innings, allowing a run on three hits in the Mariners' 7-5 win over a Kansas City Royals' split squad yesterday. Today, the Ms are taking on the Chicago Cubs in Peoria.

Birthdays: The Dean half of Jan & Dean, singer Dean Torrence is 76; Walker Texas Ranger, actor Chuck Norris is also 76; the guitarist for Boston, Tom Scholz is 69; Gene Simmons' wife, actress Shannon Tweed is 59; actress Sharon Stone is 58; sportscaster Pam Oliver is 55; called "the most important producer of the last 20 years" by MTV, producer Rick Rubin is 53; Paul Simon's wife, singer Edie Brickell is 50; rapper and producer Timbaland is 44; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is also 44; Robin Thicke is 39; singer Carrie Underwood is 33; and singer Emeli Sandé, whose first name is actually Adele, is 29.

Today is National Pack Your Lunch Day. Today is also Popcorn Lover's Day, celebrated on the second Thursday in March. This day is intended to enjoy popcorn and share it with others.

Calendar notes: On this date in1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." In 1893, New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony. The only graduate was robbed and killed the night before. In 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season. In 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998. In 1979, James Brown played at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1986, the Wrigley Company, of Chicago, raised the price of its seven-stick pack of Wrigley's chewing gum from a quarter to 30 cents. In 2000, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and two other people were arrested in New York City after slashing leather goods at a Gap store as part of a protest organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Officials last night were warning that high tides in Budd Inlet could have resulted in water on downtown Olympia streets between 5 and 8 this morning. Officials were warning that areas affected by the flooding could include:

  • Fourth, Fifth and State avenues between Columbia Street and the Fourth Avenue bridge.
  • Columbia Street between B and Corky avenues.
  • Thurston Avenue between Jefferson and Franklin streets.

Portions of those roads could be closed. You can report flooding to Public Works Dispatch at 360-753-8333.

The Most Interesting Man in the World is taking a one-way trip to Mars -- and he isn't coming back. Ad Age reported yesterday morning that Dos Equis is replacing Jonathan Goldsmith, the 77-year-old actor who's played the iconic character since the wildly successful ad campaign debuted ten years ago. Goldsmith is certainly getting a proper send-off in his final commercial, debuting Thursday night on TNT, during the Los Angeles Lakers-Cleveland Cavaliers game. The spot shows him walking down a long red carpet, brass band in tow, surrounded by a sea of admirers as jets in formation fly overhead in salute. Our hero takes a few moments to say farewell to a few people in the crowd, sharing a laugh with a Buddhist monk as he gives him his car keys, and giving his beloved wooden golf putter to another admirer, who in return gives the Most Interesting Man in the World a farewell photo of Earth. We last see him boarding a rocket to Mars, as the announcer declares, "His only regret is not knowing what regret feels like." As the rocket blazes skyward, the Most Interesting Man in the World delivers his signature line via radio: "Stay thirsty, my friends." Goldsmith was a veteran TV actor when he answered what he described as a "cattle call" interview for the part in 2006. He modeled the character, he says, after the late actor Fernando Lamas, an old sailing buddy. That, and the decision to cast Goldsmith, were wise choices: from the campaign's 2006 debut through 2011, sales of Dos Equis more than doubled.

Trivia Answer: Edie Brickell who was born on this date in 1966. The album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, was the debut album by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, which went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced the single What I Am which made it to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. She and Paul Simon were married in 1992. Edie tells the story of how she was performing on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Saturday, November 5th of 1988, when she noticed Simon standing in front of the cameraman. She says, "Even though I'd performed the song hundreds of times in clubs, he made me forget how the song went when I looked at him. We can show the kids the tape and say, 'Look, that's when we first laid eyes on each other.'" Edie and Paul have three children.

Wednesday 3.9.16
Morning Trivia: His real name was Martin Ingerman but he was known professionally as Marty Ingels, and he was born on this date in 1936. He was an actor, comedian, theatrical agent, and the voice of many cartoon characters and commercials. Ingels died on October 21st of last year. Who was his wife at the time of his death?

According to numerous reports yesterday, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin is signing with the Oakland Raiders at the onset of the NFL's free agency period today. The Raiders hadn't been among the teams mentioned as possible destinations for Irvin, whose reported suitors included the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals. But a move to Oakland will reunite him with Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who served as Seattle's linebackers coach during Irvin's first three NFL seasons. After the Seahawks' season-ending loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional playoffs in January, Irvin said he would consider a hometown discount to stay in Seattle. But after reports last week that he could command close to $10 million per season on the open market, it was all but a foregone conclusion Irvin would play elsewhere in 2016.

Mariners right-hander Nathan Karns allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in three innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 in spring training yesterday. Karns was acquired in a November trade with Tampa Bay and is competing for a spot in Seattle's rotation. Up next, Mariner right-hander Taijuan Walker pitches as the Mariners host the Royals at noon today.

Birthdays: Country singer Mickey Gilley is 80; news anchor, journalist Charles Gibson is 73; guitarist Robin Trower is 71; singer Jeffrey Osborne is 68; Washington State Cougars football coach Mike Leach is 55; The Boz, Brian Bosworth, is 51; Webster on Webster, actor Emmanuel Lewis is 45; and Seattle Sounder Clint Dempsey is 33.

George Martin, the "Fifth Beatle" and British treasure who signed the Fab Four to a label contract when no one else would, produced virtually all their songs and introduced lavish arrangements into Yesterday and A Day in the Life, has died. The producer, executive, arranger, musician and British knight was behind a whopping 23 No. 1 singles in the US and 30 in the UK. As head of EMI's Parlophone Records, which then concentrated on jazz and comedy, Martin was on the lookout for a rock act when he met Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1962. Every other British label had passed on signing the foursome -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best. Martin called their demo made for Decca Records a month earlier rather unpromising, but there was something about those Lennon-McCartney harmonies, so he scheduled The Beatles for a recording session at EMI's Abbey Road studios in June. He liked what he heard and signed them up. Martin chose not to promote one of them as the frontman, suggested they replace Best (studio drummer Ringo Starr came on board) and allowed them to record their own material. George Martin was 90.

Today is Barbie Day, marking this date in 1959 when the doll went on sale in the US. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. It's estimated that more than a billion Barbies have been sold. Today is Panic Day, sponsored by the Wellness Permission League of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a group that encourages you to run around today in a panic and tell everyone you can't take it anymore. Today is False Teeth Day. On March 9th, 1822, Charles Graham, a New York dentist, received a patent for false teeth.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, a patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins for cue chalk. In 1964, the first Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line. In 1969, CBS cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, indicating that though the show's irreverent comedy had high ratings, it was more trouble than it was worth. The replacement was called Hee Haw. In 1985, Gone With The Wind went on sale in video stores across the US for the first time. In 1987, Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Also in 1987, U2 released the album The Joshua Tree. In 1988, singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the Bee Gees, died at the age of 30. Official cause of death was heart failure. In 2005, Dan Rather signed off for the last time as principal anchor of The CBS Evening News.

In a survey by the American Medical Association, 83 percent of college women and graduates surveyed said spring break involves heavy drinking. #OBVIOUS

It's official: After 18 seasons, Matt Hasselbeck is retiring from the NFL. He'll become an analyst for ESPN.

Facebook users could potentially live-stream NFL games on the social media website sometime in the near future. A Facebook VP confirmed the site is bidding for the league's Thursday Night Football package.

Then there was a man wearing a ski mask that walked into a German bank and demanded money. He then told the tellers, "Just kidding!" Police still arrested him.

Trivia Answer: Shirley Jones. Following her divorce from singer and actor Jack Cassidy in 1974, in 1977, she and Marty Ingels were married. Despite drastically different personalities and several separations, they remained married until Ingels's death in 2015. Jones and Ingels wrote an autobiography based on their quirky relationship/marriage, Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story. Jones said: "He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won't miss him and love him to my core."

Tuesday 3.8.16
Morning Trivia: This movie and television actor was best known for his role as Jonas Grumby on a popular sitcom. Who is he?

Kyle Seager homered and slugging first baseman Dae-Ho Lee, who starred in Korea and Japan before signing with Seattle this off season, hit his first home run of the spring but alas, it wasn't enough as the Ms fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-8 yesterday. The second spring training start for lefty James Paxton didn't go as well as the first. After getting the first two outs of the first inning, Paxton gave up four straight hits and two runs. Paxton pitched two scoreless innings on March 2nd. Mariner right-hander Nathan Karns looks to build off his first spring training start, in which he allowed a hit in two scoreless innings, as he goes against Cleveland at noon today in Goodyear, Arizona.

Birthdays: Actress Sue Ann Langdon is 80; from The Monkees, Micky Dolenz is 71; one of the founding members of The Eagles, bassist Randy Meisner is 70; singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 69; singer Gary Numan is 58; actor Aidan Quinn is 57; model and actress Kathy Ireland is 53; singer Shawn Mullins is 48; and he's married to Sarah Michelle Gellar, actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. is 40.

The wife of former Eagles bassist Randy Meisner was killed on Sunday evening when a gun she was removing from a case went off accidentally at their Los Angeles home after a domestic violence call earlier in the day. The 63-year-old Lana Meisner was pronounced dead at 7:10 Sunday night from a single gunshot wound, according to police and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner. About 90 minutes earlier, police officers had gone to the Meisner's home in response to a woman's call for help because of a drunken man. The police wrote up a domestic violence incident report and left the home but later were called back there. A police statement said, "It was determined that Mrs. Meisner's death was accidental." Lana Meisner was moving a rifle stored inside a case in a closet. As she lifted the weapon, another item in the case shifted, hitting the trigger of the gun, which fired and killed her, according to police. Randy Meisner was one of the original members of The Eagles and played bass for the band from 1971-1977. He was the lead singer on the band's hit song Take It to the Limit.

Today is International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day. It's celebrated on March 8th every year. Today is the Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Da Nang Day. On this date in 1965, more than 3,500 Marines landed at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first US combat troops in Vietnam. Today is Be Nasty Day. There are naughty days, and nice days, and all sorts of goodie gumdrop days. So, it stands to reason that there will be a few negative type of days. This is one of them.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1971, a new undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion was crowned, as Smokin' Joe Frazier of Philadelphia won a decision over Muhammad Ali, who was previously undefeated. In 1985, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before. In 1993, Beavis and Butthead made their series debut on MTV. Earlier they had appeared on the MTV program Liquid Television. In 2003, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven reported receiving three calls the first week on his new secure emergency phone installed at the request of the federal Department of Homeland Security -- one a wrong number and two from telemarketers. Hoeven said he was trying to figure out what type of disaster had occurred and it was some guy trying to sell him two pizzas for the price of one. The phone was quickly reprogrammed to block non-emergency calls.

A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million yesterday in her lawsuit against a stalker who rented a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video which he then posted online. The jury found that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame. After a full day of deliberations, the panel said the stalker was responsible for 51 percent of the verdict and the two hotel companies should share the rest, which is nearly $27 million. The jury heard directly from Andrews, who testified that she was humiliated, shamed, and suffers from depression as a result of the video, which has been viewed by millions of people online. She had asked for $75 million.

AC/DC is postponing the remaining dates of their US tour because of lead singer Brian Johnson's possible hearing loss. The band says in a statement that doctors have advised the singer to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. The group's shows beginning Thursday in Atlanta through April 4th in New York are being rescheduled for later in the year likely with a guest vocalist. AC/DC opened the most recent US leg of its Rock or Bust tour February 2nd in Tacoma.

A Louisiana girl who's turning 8 this week -- her birthday is tomorrow -- has decided to celebrate in a very special way to honor her grandmother. Nicoline Perrin's grandmother, Tricia Gisclair, passed away recently. In memory of her grandmother, Nicoline is sending all of her birthday gifts to a children's cancer hospital in Houston.

Trivia Answer: Alan Hale, Jr. who was the Skipper on Gilligarn's Island. The Skipper's name was Jonas Grumby. Alan Hale was born on this date in 1921. The Skipper on Gilligan's Island from 1964 to 1967 proved to be the most prominent role for Hale, as the show continued to be popular for later generations of viewers due to syndicated re-runs. The popularity of the show typecast its actors, making it difficult for them to successfully pursue diversified acting opportunities. They received no substantial residual payments for their roles, and the difficulty in finding roles often created financial hardship and resentment. However, Hale often said he did not mind being so closely identified with the Skipper. He co-owned a restaurant in the West Hollywood area (Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel) and would often greet customers in his Skipper hat. Hale died of thyroid cancer in 1990 at the age of 68. Hale was the second cast member of Gilligan's Island to die: Jim Backus -- Thurston Howell III -- had died less than a year earlier, and Natalie Schafer -- Lovey -- followed shortly after Hale's death. Bob Denver -- Gilligan -- died in 2005. Russell Johnson -- the Professor -- died from kidney failure at his home on Bainbridge Island in 2014 at the age of 89. The only two surviving cast members are Tina Louise and Dawn Wells -- Ginger and Mary Ann.

Monday 3.7.16
Morning Trivia: Peyton Manning announced his plans to retire over the weekend. He is one of only two quarterbacks to beat every team in the NFL. Who is the other?

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched two spotless innings in his first spring outing as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers yesterday 7-3. Kuma logged four groundball outs. Mariners' left-hander James Paxton starts against the Diamondbacks at noon today in Peoria.

The big sports news over the weekend, however, is that Peyton Manning is calling it a career. The Denver Broncos announced yesterday that the quarterback is retiring. The five-time MVP is the only quarterback to win Super Bowls with two teams.

Birthdays: TV weather guy Willard Scott is 82; from The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf is 70; NFL great Franco Harris is 66; Hal on Malcolm in the Middle and Walter White on Breaking Bad , actor Bryan Cranston is 60; singer Taylor Dayne is 54; comedian Wanda Sykes is 52; and actress Jenna Fischer is 42.

Nancy Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died yesterday. Nancy became one of the most influential first ladies in US history during her husband's presidency from 1981 to 1989. As Nancy Davis, she was a Hollywood actress during the 1940s and 1950s and married Reagan, a prominent film actor, in 1952. She then served as first lady of California during her husband's stint as California governor from 1967 to 1975 before moving into the White House after his decisive victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980. Nancy Reagan was 94.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. He envisioned it as a device that could make it possible to communicate with deaf people. In 1897, the world's first corn flakes were served to Dr. John Kellogg's patients at a Battle Creek, Michigan, mental hospital. In 1911, Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker. In 1933, the board game Monopoly was invented. In 1973, a new group, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, performed at Max's Kansas City club in New York City. Columbia talent scout John Hammond was in the audience. In 1994, the US Supreme Court ruled that parodies poking fun at an original work can be considered fair use and do not require permission from the copyright holder. In 2007, a British movie theater allowed a man to propose to his girlfriend with a three-minute home film inserted among the trailers before the main feature. Tina Kilford of Weymouth, England, was sitting there with two friends and a tub of ice cream, watching the trailers, when she suddenly saw Tom Lane on the screen, holding a card saying, "Hi Tina!" As a finale, Lane appeared, kneeling by Kilford's seat with a ring. The audience cheered when she yelled "Yes!"

Disney's Zootopia scored the fourth biggest March opening ever, debuting to $73.7 million over the weekend. The animated story about a rabbit who joins the police force ranks as the biggest Disney Animation launch (though not the best Pixar debut), outstripping Frozen in 2012. With no major family film opening until The Jungle Book lands on April 15th, Zootopia is well positioned to be the de facto choice for moviegoers with children for the next month. Beyond the bunnies, Gerard Butler managed to wash out some of the sour taste in his mouth after Gods of Egypt flopped spectacularly. London Has Fallen, the Scottish actor's followup opened solidly with $21.5 million for a second place finish. After four weeks in theaters, Deadpool barreled past the $300 million mark. The comic book movie finished in third place with $16.4 million. Tina Fey's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stumbled with a $7.6 million launch and placed fourth. Gods of Egypt rounded out the top five, picking up $5 million. The $140 million action epic has earned a meager $22.8 million domestically after two weeks -- a terrible result for a picture that was intended to usher in a new franchise.

Ray Tomlinson is widely credited as the creator of email. He died over the weekend. Tomlinson invented direct email messages in 1971. Before his invention, electronic messages could be shared only on a very limited network. Tomlinson had seen a mailbox protocol he'd thought was too complex. In its place, he hacked together a simpler plan that included such now-commonplace concepts as the "@" sign -- to denote the location of the correspondents -- and the naming of the fields. The reason for the "@" sign was mundane, he told NPR: Not only was it a little-used symbol, but "it's the only preposition on the keyboard." In the age of texting, social media, and smartphones, email has become somewhat less important to everyday communication, but it's still pervasive: there were 3.9 billion email accounts in 2013, according to a study by the Radicati Group, and the number continues to grow. Business alone accounts for 100 billion emails sent and received per day, as of 2013. How much is actually read is another question. Tomlinson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. Ray Tomlinson was 74.

A quick pit stop for some ice and lottery tickets while driving home from vacation has made a judge and his two friends $291.4 million richer. James Stocklas is a longtime judge in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He and some friends were driving back north Wednesday after fishing in the Florida Keys while on vacation. On the way home, they bought Powerball tickets a mimi-mart. Back home in Pennsylvania, the judge was at his favorite diner when he said he saw a headline about the Powerball after pulling up the news on his phone. The winning numbers from Wednesday's drawing were 12-13-44-52-62 and the Powerball was 6. The judge took out a ticket from his wallet and checked the numbers. He then realized he had the winner. He said, "I often said, 'Boy, I wonder what it would feel like to hit a big lottery winning' because I never win nothing. Well, I found out." Opting for the lump sum payment, the three will each get about $40 million after taxes. The judge's brother also claimed Powerball winnings that day, taking home a whopping $7.

Trivia Answer: Brett Favre.

Friday 3.4.16
Morning Trivia: He was a Norwegian-American football player and coach at the University of Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame identifies him as "without question, American football's most-renowned coach." He helped to popularize the forward pass and made the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a major factor in college football. Who was he?

Make it two in a row for the Mariners. After opening Cactus League play with a 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, the Ms held off San Diego yesterday and notched a 6-5 win. Pre-season action continues today as the Mariners meet up with the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix at noon. By the way, Nelson Cruz makes his 2016 Cactus League debut tomorrow when the club faces the Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Stadium.

Back in January, Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse told ESPN's Adam Schefter he wouldn't accept a "hometown discount" to remain with Seattle. Now, just days ahead of the start of NFL free agency, the unrestricted free agent told Schefter he didn't plan on staying with the Seahawks in 2016. Schefter tweeted yesterday that the 26-year-old Kearse "does not plan to return to Seattle and is looking forward to finding a new home." Kearse signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after starring at Lakes High School and the University of Washington. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder eventually developed into a starting wideout whose penchant for the occasional drop was offset by an ability to make contested catches in the clutch. If Kearse signed elsewhere, it leaves the Seahawks with just two proven NFL receivers in Doug Baldwin and 2015 rookie Tyler Lockett.

Birthdays: Comedy writer Robert Orben is 88; actress Paula Prentiss is 76; former Texas governor Rick Perry is 66; singer Chris Rea is 65; percussionist Emilio Estefan is 63; actress Catherine O'Hara is 62; from the TV show Wings, actor Steven Weber is 55; former NBA plyer, now the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson is 50; and Chaz Bono is 47.

If the boss can get a Bosses Day, then it's only fair and appropriate that employees get a day in their honor. It's the first Friday in March and it's Employee Appreciation Day. The first Friday of March is also National Salesperson Day, a day established to recognize the value of the truly professional salesperson. A note to our friends at JBLM, today is National Hug a GI Day. It's National Pound Cake Day. It's National Dance the Waltz Day. It's International Scrapbooking Industry Day. and it's Cadbury's Chocolates Birthday (debut 1824).

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago. In 1908, the New York board of education banned the act of whipping students in school. In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." In 1950, Walt Disney's Cinderella was released across the US. In 1957, the S&P 500 stock market index was introduced, replacing the S&P 90. In 1970, Janis Joplin was fined $200 for using obscene language onstage in Tampa, Florida. In 1974, People magazine was published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly. In 1976, Hall & Oates recorded Rich Girl. In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States. In 2012, Vladimir Putin won re-election in Russia's presidential election.

How weird has Anchorage's weather been this winter? Weird enough that seven rail cars loaded with snow were hauled to Alaska's largest city Thursday in time for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ceremonial start tomorrow.

After 248 episodes, 2,950 experiments and 900 explosions, it's time to say goodbye to MythBusters with a 2-hour special -- an hour long episode followed by a reunion special featuring former cast members. It's tonight on the Discovery Channel.

New in theaters this weekend: London Has Fallen (R), Whiskey Tango (R), and Zootopia (PG).

The first trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie was released yesterday and it's already generating mixed reactions online. The reboots the 1980s comedy franchise with female lead characters. It's scheduled for release on July 15th. The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The trailer contains numerous references and allusions to the original films, including an appearance by Slimer and the use of the Ecto-1 hearse. Several stars of the original Ghostbusters are expected to appear in the film, including Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. The trailer depicts New York City overrun by ghosts, and the Ghostbusters are apparently the only ones who can save it.

Fuller House has been renewed for a second season on Netflix. So does that mean we're a step closer in seeing the Olsen twins on the show as Michelle Tanner?

Trivia Answer: Knute Rockne who was born on this date in 1888. During 13 years as head coach, Rockne led his Fighting Irish to 105 victories, 12 losses, five ties and three national championships. Rockne died in the crash of an airplane in Kansas on March 31st of 1931, while en route to participate in the production of the film The Spirit of Notre Dame (released October 13, 1931). He had stopped in Kansas City, to visit his two sons, Bill and Knute Jr., who were in boarding school there. A little over an hour after taking off from Kansas City, one of the plane's wings separated in flight. The plane crashed into a wheat field near Bazaar, Kansas, killing Rockne and seven others.