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Friday 3.30.18
Morning Trivia: Rapper MC Hammer is 56 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?

Felix Hernandez delivered the type of opening day performance the Seattle Mariners have come to expect -- even after missing some time during spring training. It's just a new version of Hernandez that got the job done. Felix pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the first and the Mariners opened the season with a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Hernandez became just the seventh pitcher to start at least 10 straight opening days, and he got off to a strong start against one of the best teams in the American League. Hernandez allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings, only being pulled due to a limited pitch count. His spring training was truncated after being hit by a line drive and missing some time. Ichiro Suzuki played left field and went 0 for 2 in his first game with Seattle since being traded to the New York Yankees in 2012. An off day today. The series continues tomorrow afternoon at 1:10.

As the end of March approaches, so does the end of March Madness. It's final four weekend. All four teams see action tomorrow starting with Villanova and Kansas. Tip off is at at 3:09 tomorrow afternoon. That's followed by Michigan and Loyola-Chicago. They tip off at 5:49. The winners face off in the national championship game Monday night at 6:20.

Birthdays: The original host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall is 92; Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, actor John Astin is 88; actor Warren Beatty is 81; a pretty good guitar picker, Eric Clapton is 73; he was Hagrid in Harry Potter, actor Robbie Coltrane is 68; actor Paul Reiser is 61; MC Hammer is 56; singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman is 54; TV host Piers Morgan is 53; singer Celine Dion is 50; singer Norah Jones is 39; singer-songwriter Anna Nalick is 34; and former Seattle Seahawk -- now a San Francisco 49er -- Richard Sherman is 30.

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 -- 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 Peanuts, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

Here's your number for the day: 18.3 billion. That's how many dollars are spent in the U.S. on Easter-related stuff, like candy, flowers, clothing and greeting cards.

Trivia Answer: A. He was a batboy for the Oakland A's.

Thursday 3.29.18
Morning Trivia: She was an actress, appearing on stage, film, and television. She first became known as a teen star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker in 1962, a role which she had originated on Broadway. The following year she was given her own show in which she portrayed "identical cousins." Over the course of her career, she received ten Emmy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982, after which she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues. Who was she?

The lingering question of whether Ichiro Suzuki would be ready for opening day has been solved. Yes, he'll be on the Seattle Mariners 25-man roster, despite a lingering calf injury. And, yes, he'll be in left field tonight when the Mariners open the season hosting the Cleveland Indians. Felix Harnandez -- for the 10th consecutive year -- gets the nod for the opener tonight. Game time is 7:10.

Birthdays: From Monty Python, Eric Idle is 75; remember Chariots of Fire? Composer Vangelis is also 75; remember Seasons in the Sun, singer Terry Jacks is 74; from Toto, singer Bobby Kimball is 71; former Olympics gymnast Kurt Thomas is 62; actor Christopher Lambert is 61; singer Perry Farrell is 59; model Elle Macpherson is 54; the frontman for Blues Traveler, John Popper is 51; she was Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess, actress Lucy Lawless is 50; and tennis pro Jennifer Capriati 42.

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, officials in the city of 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.

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

Trivia Answer: Patty Duke, who died on this date two years ago. Duke gradually reduced her work schedule in the 2000s, but took occasional TV roles, including guest appearances on shows such as Glee and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0. Duke died on the morning of March 29, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at the age of 69.

Wednesday 3.28.18
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 reelected in 2015. Who was he?

The Seattle Mariners are monitoring Ichiro Suzuki's strained right calf to determine whether he'll be on the opening day roster or the disabled list. Ichiro went 0 for 3 with a walk and played seven innings in left field yesterday in the 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Suzuki is hitless in 10 at-bats with two walks and five strikeouts since signing on March 7th. Manager Scott Servais said they would further evaluate Suzuki in a workout today, ahead of the opener tomorrow night against Cleveland.

Birthdays: Singer and actress Reba McEntire is 63; former gymnast, Olympic gold medal winner -- he's married to Nadia Comaneci -- Bart Conner is 60; sportscaster Chris Myers is 59; actor Vince Vaughn is 48; reality TV personality Kate Gosselin is 43; and Lady Gaga is 32.

Today is National Eat 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, merica'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 awarded Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1995, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts announced that they were legally separating. Their marriage had lasted 21 months. In 1996, Phil Collins announced that he was leaving Genesis to concentrate on his solo career.

So, do bunnies lay eggs? Apparently a surprising number of peopledon't know. According to Google AdWords, the phrases “do bunnies lay eggs” and “do rabbits lay eggs” each receive up to 10,000 average monthly searches. That’s a pretty big number, which leads us to believe that people really do not know.

Trivia Answer: Ken Howard who was born on this date in 1944. Howard died on March 23rd of 2016 at the age of 71. No cause of death has been released.

Tuesday 3.27.18
Morning Trivia: He's a film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, and a glorification of violence. He grew up an avid film fan and worked in a video rental store while training to act. His career began in the late 1980s, when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs, regarded as a classic and cult hit. It was called the Greatest Independent Film of All Time by Empire magazine. Who is he?

Former Seahawk Michael Bennett surrendered to authorities yesterday after he was accused of pushing a disabled security worker out of the way to get on the field at the end of the 2017 Super Bowl. His lawyer, Houston defense attorney Rusty Hardin, said Bennett is innocent. Hardin said police and prosecutors do not have the full story in the case and that once they do, he expects that the charge will be dropped. Bennett was indicted Friday on a charge of injury to the elderly. He's accused of pushing the 66-year-old security worker, who is a paraplegic and was in a motorized wheelchair, out of the way to get on the field after the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots won in a comeback, and Bennett's brother was a tight end on the team.

Birthdays: Race car driver and businessman Cale Yarborough is 79; actor Michael York is 76; from Genesis, keyboardist Tony Banks is 68; INXS keyborardist Andrew Farriss is 59; retired quarterback Randall Cunningham is 55; singer Mariah Carey is 48 or 49 (depending on which source you believe); fom the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie is 43; singer Jessie J. is 30; and singer Kimbra is 28.

Today is National Joe Day, honoring anyone named Joe. Today is Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, a day to remember your favorite titles, like I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home; or Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalpost Of Life; or You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly; and I Used to Kiss Her Sweet Lips but it’s All Over Now. Of course, you can create some of your own. Today, March 27th, is a big day for inventions. The shoelace was invented today in 1790. In 1860 M.L. Byrn patented the "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle," better known as the corkscrew. And Andrew Rankin received a patent for the urinal today in 1866.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan. In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win hockey's Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens. In 1971, UCLA became the first team ever to win five consecutive NCAA basketball titles. In 1979, after a much-publicized love tussle with his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton finally married Harrison's ex-wife Patti Boyd in Arizona. Two of Clapton's biggest hits -- Layla and Wonderful Tonight -- were written about her. In 1981, AC/DC released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in the US. It had been released in Australia in 1976. In 1986, Sammy Hagar played his first show as lead singer of Van Halen. In 1995, Elton John and Tim Rice took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King. In 1998, construction began on Alice Cooper's new Coopers'town Restaurant in Phoenix. In 2001, 12 days before his 88th birthday, Berry Thomas became the oldest bowler in America to roll a perfect 300 game. Thomas said he wasn't nervous, that he probably couldn't have done if he'd let himself get nervous. In 2007, NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.

Trivia Answer: Quentin Tarantino who is 55 today. The popularity of Reservoir Dogs was boosted by the release of his second film, 1994's Pulp Fiction. Judged the greatest film from 1983–2008 by Entertainment Weekly, many critics and scholars have named it one of the most significant works of modern cinema. His other films include Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2; Inglourious Basterds; Django Unchained; and The Hateful Eight. Tarantino has said that he plans to retire from filmmaking when he is 60, in order to focus on writing novels and film literature. He is skeptical of the film industry going digital, saying, "If it actually gets to the place where you can't show 35 mm film in theatres anymore and everything is digital projection, I won't even make it to 60." Tarantino's films have garnered both critical and commercial success. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation". In December 2015, Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.

Monday 3.26.18
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, film director, photographer, author, singer and songwriter. He was best known for his role as a character he portrayed on television and in film starting with the series' pilot episode shot in late 1964 to his final film performance in 2013. Who was he?

Now, on to the Final Four on Saturday. All four teams play that day. Villanova and Kansas tip off at 3:09 Saturday afternoon. Michigan and Loyola-Chicago tip off at 5:49. The national championship game is two days later, next Monday, April 2nd, beginning at 6:20.

The Mariners wrapped up their pre-season play in Peoria yesterday. They have one more tune-up game, tomorrow at Scottdale, Arizona, against the Colorado Rockies, before they head home to Seattle for their regular season opener Thursday night as they host the Cleveland Indians. Manager Scott Servais made it official yesterday, Felix Hernandez enters rarified air as he was named the opening day starter. It's his 10th consecutive opening day start for the Mariners.

Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 88; actor Alan Arkin is 84; actor James Caan is 78; politician Nancy Pelosi is also 78; journalist and author Bob Woodward is 75; singer Diana Ross is 74; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 70; singer-actress-comedian Vicki Lawrence is 69; actor and comedian Martin Short is 68; TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 61; actress Jennifer Grey is 58; and Keira Knightley is 33.

Today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, a chance to throw away the rule book and celebrate however you like. Today is National Nougat Day. It's National Spinach Day. Popeye the Sailor touted the value of spinach. Nutritionists agree that Popeye is 100% correct. Today is also National Legal Assistants Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1937, spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, unveiled a statue of their hero, Popeye the Sailor, on the town square. In 1951, during an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and the USC Trojans, 19-year-old rookie Mickey Mantle hit a 660-foot home run out of USC’s Bovard Stadium. In 1973, women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time. In 1975, The Who’s film Tommy opened in London. In 1982, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC. In 1986, Geffen signed a Los Angeles band by the name of Guns N’ Roses. In 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for giving a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease a lethal injection, an action videotaped and broadcast on television. In 2000: The Kingdome was imploded to make way for a new football arena. In 2007, the design for the Forever Stamp was unveiled by the US Postal Service. In 2013, the single Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams was released.

After weeks of speculating which film could slow Black Panther’s impressive roll, we now have the answer. Pacific Rim Uprising took the top spot at the domestic box office and dethroned Black Panther in the film/s sixth weekend. Still, in its sixth weekend Black Panther continued to be a powerhouse, nabbing the No. 2. To date, the film has taken in $631 million, making it the fifth-highest all-time domestic grosser, just ahead of The Avengers. Meanwhile, the faith-based I Can Only Imagine remains a force in its second weekend landing at No. 3. Also opening this weekend was the animated comedy Sherlock Gnomes, which placed 4th. The second weekend Tomb Raider rounded out the Top Five.

Trivia Answer: Leonard Nimoy who was born on this date in 1931. That role that he's best-known for was as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan character of the Star Trek franchise. His public profile as Spock was so strong that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock in 1975 and I Am Spock in 1995, were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character. In 2015 an asteroid was named 4864 Nimoy in his honor. Nimoy has said that the character of Spock, which he played twelve to fourteen hours a day, five days a week, influenced his personality in private life. Each weekend during the original run of the series, he would be in character throughout Saturday and into Sunday, behaving more like Spock than himself—more logical, more rational, more thoughtful, less emotional and finding a calm in every situation. It was only on Sunday in the early afternoon that Spock's influence on his behavior would fade off and he would feel more himself again—only to start the cycle over again on Monday morning. In February of 2014, Nimoy revealed publicly that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition he attributed to a smoking addiction he had given up about 30 years earlier. On February 25th of 2015, Nimoy fell into a coma, and died of complications from COPD on February 27th.

Friday 3.23.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League. He's also highly visible as a pitchman selling everything from Papa John's pizza to Nationwide Insurance. Who is he?

Florida State's upset run in the NCAA Tournament has stretched all the way to the brink of the Final Four, and tagged the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The ninth-seeded Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight for just the third time in school history with a 75-60 victory over fourth-seeded Gonzaga on last night in the West Region semifinal. Florida State ended Gonzaga's 16-game winning streak and halted the pursuit of a second straight Final Four berth for last year's tournament finalist. After a season of running away from West Coast Conference opponents, Gonzaga played from behind for much of the night at Staples Center, even trailing at halftime for only the sixth time all season.

Birthdays: From The Cars, Ric Ocasek is 69 or 74 (depending on which source you believe); former quarterback now an ESPN NFL analyst on ESPN, Ron Jaworski is 67; departing Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is 66; singer Chaka Khan is 65; and blogger Perez Hilton is 40.

Today is National Chip and Dip Day. Kind of a food theme developing. Today is also Melba Toast 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 movie opened at theaters throughout the US. Five sequels followed. In 1985, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were married in New York. They were divorced in 1994. 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 won took home 11 Oscars.

CBS confirms that the 60 Minutes' interview with adult-film star and alleged Donald Trump mistress Stormy Daniels will air this Sunday. The interview -- conducted by CNN anchor and 60 Minutes contributor Anderson Cooper -- had been rumored for weeks, but wasn't confirmed until a couple of days ago.

Trivia Answer: Peyton Manning who turns 42 tomorrow. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time due to his numerous career achievements, he spent 14 seasons with the Colts and was a member of the Denver Broncos in his last four seasons. Manning is the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. In 2016, at the age of 39, Manning was the oldest quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl, a feat that was matched the following year by Tom Brady.

Thursday 3.22.18
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?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are in the Sweet 16 tonight. It's the No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles tonight at 7:00 in Los Angeles.

Birthdays: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 88; minister Pat Robertson is also 88; Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner is 87; singer and guitarist George Benson is 75; from CNN, Wolf Blitzer is 70; composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is also 70; sportscaster Bob Costas is 66; singer Stephanie Mills is 61; actress Reese Witherspoon is 42; and football's Houston Texan JJ Watt is 29.

Today is Regional Shopping Mall Day. On this day in 1954, the first regional shopping mall in the US opened in Southfield, Michigan. 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 on Goof Off Day.

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 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 -- he also sang Free Ride by the Edgar Winter Group -- 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 2002, the US Postal Rate Commission approved a request for a postal rate increase of first-class stamps from 34 cents to 37 cents by June 30th. It was the first time a postal rate case was resolved through a settlement between various groups. The groups included the US Postal Service, postal employees, mailer groups, and competitors. In 2002, a collection of letters and cards sent by Princess Diana of Wales sold for $33,000. The letters and cards were written to a former housekeeper at Diana's teenage home. 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 show.

The big -- and final -- sale begins today at Toys R Us stores. According to USA Today, all remaining Toys R Us locations in the US will start clearing their inventory with massive price cuts on basically everything in the store, with most locations beginning their sales today and running through June.

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

Wednesday 3.21.18
Morning Trivia: Only two men in National Football League history have won a Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach. Who are they?

Tight end Luke Willson appears to be moving on from the Seattle Seahawks after five seasons with the team that selected him in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson posted a goodbye to Seattle on his Twitter account last night. His Seattle career ends with 89 catches for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns, four of which came in 2017. In five seasons he averaged 12.7 yards per reception. Word this morning is that Willson has signed with Detroit. A one-year deal for $2.5 million plud incentive bonuses. He's the 12th former starter to leave Seahawks in the last two weeks.

Birthdays: Musician David Lindley is 74; actor Timothy Dalton is 72; singer Eddie Money is 69; from Supertramp, singer and guitarist Roger Hodgson is 68; actor, comedian, director,writer, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' husband, Brad Hall is 60; Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, actor Gary Oldman is also 60; actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 56; actor Matthew Broderick is also 56; he was formerly married to Britney Spears, reality star Kevin Federline is 40; and Clint Eastwood's youngest son, actor and model Scott Eastwood is 32.

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 1989, Sports Illustrated reported allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling. Also 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. In 1998, the FDA approved Viagra.

Over 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals were asked about things that went wrong during interviews. A couple of my faves:
• There was the candidate who asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
• Then one candidate answered his phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.

Trivia Answer: Tom Flores -- who turns 81 today. He won Super Bowl IV as a player for the Chiefs, Super Bowl XI as an assistant coach of the Raiders, and Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl 18 XVIII as head coach of the Raiders. The other was Mike Ditka. He was a player for the Cowboys who won Super Bowl VI, he was an assistant coach for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, and the head coach for the Bears in Super Bowl 20 XX.

Tuesday 3.20.18
Morning Trivia: He was a television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for an educational preschool television series which featured his kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, and directness with his audience. Initially educated to be a minister, he was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. Who was he?

Spring has sprung! Spring began at 9:15 this morning.

Birthdays: Rob Reiner's dad, actor and comedian Carl Reiner is 96; he was Barney Miller, actor Hal Linden is 87; coach Pat Riley 73; hockey Great Bobby Orr is 70; actor William Hurt is 68; the Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, percussionist Carl Palmer is 68; from The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray's brother guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 67; film director Spike Lee is 61; actress Holly Hunter is 60; and model Kathy Ireland is 55.

Today is International Earth Day -- always on the Vernal Equinox. International Earth Day was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. Today is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. Keep one eye on the sky. And, be ready to duck, dodge, and to hide. Today is Kiss Your Fiancée Day -- but then, what day isn't? Perhaps related, today is Proposal Day. For those in love, this could very well be the big day that will change your lives. Do note that it's Proposal Day -- not necessarily Wedding Proposal Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published. In 1899, at Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers. In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. in 1984, the US Senate rejected an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools. In 1989, it was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation. In 1990, the Colorado legislature made it legal to tear the "Do Not Remove" tags off mattresses. In 1990, singer Gloria Estefan suffered a broken back when a speeding truck plowed into the back of her tour bus on a snowy Pennsylvania highway. In 1991, Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history: a $1 billion contract with Sony. Also in 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor died after falling out of an apartment window. Clapton later paid tribute to his child with the song Tears in Heaven. In 1996, in Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents. In 2003, US and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.

Trivia Answer: Mr. Rogers -- Fred Rogers -- who was born on this date in 1928. That program that he became famous for was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood which ran from 1968 through 2001. Over the course of three decades on television, Fred Rogers became an icon of American children's entertainment and education. Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some forty honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was ranked No. 35 among TV Guide's Fifty Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Rogers was diagnosed with stomach cancer in December 2002. Rogers died on the morning of February 27th of 2003, at his home with his wife by his side, less than a month before he would have turned 75. Fred Rogers is set to appear on a US postage stamp -- a 50-cent forever stamp which is available starting Friday. It shows him as Mister Rogers alongside King Friday XIII.

Monday 3.19.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1979, the United States House of Representatives began broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN. What does C-SPAN stand for?

Gonzaga is headed back into the Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in the West Region on Saturday night. The Zags make it to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season — two wins from a return trip to the Final Four. Gonzaga faces Florida State at the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles Thursday night at 7:00.

Birthdays: Actress Ursula Andress is 82; Sirhan Sirhan convicted of the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy is 74. He's currently serving a life sentence in San Diego County, California; Pointer Sister Ruth Pointer is is 72; actress Glenn Close is 71; film producer Harvey Weinstein is 66; and actor Bruce Willis is 63.

Today is Swallows Day at San Juan Capistrano, California. Traditionally, the swallows return each year on St. Joseph's Day. Today is Pet Passport Day. On this day in 2000, a Shetland sheepdog named Lucy became the first dog to fly into Great Britain under a new pet passport law. The dog flew from Amsterdam to Heathrow Airport outside London. The new passport law allowed cats and dogs from selected European countries to enter into Britain without having to spend six months in quarantine provided they meet certain criteria. Today is Let's Laugh Day, celebrated annually, around the world on March 19th. We've all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” so today's the day to take your medicine.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, the US Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time. In 1931, Nevada legalized gambling, Perhaps related, also in 1931, Alka-Seltzer went on sale for the first time. In 1957, Elvis Presley bought Graceland. In 1974, Jefferson Airplane renamed themselves Jefferson Starship. In 1977, the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired. In 1988, Michael Jackson bought a ranch in California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. He named it Neverland. In 1994, the largest omelet in history was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan. In 2004, the US Army dropped all charges against Captain James Yee, a military chaplain at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, who had been accused of mishandling classified information.

Black Panther did it again, winning its fifth consecutive weekend at the box office. Tomb Raider finished second in its opening weekend. The faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine landed in third place. Time-travel adventure A Wrinkle in Time followed in fourth. Love, Simon rounded out the top five. Black Panther has become only the seventh title to pass the $600 million milestone at the North American box office, and is the second-fastest film to do so. It’s the first time a film has held the top spot for five weekends in a row since 2009's Avatar.

Trivia Answer: C-SPAN is an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. It's a private, non-profit cable television network, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that offers television broadcasting of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming by its three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station and a group of websites that provide "streaming media" and archives of C-SPAN programs. C-SPAN's television channels are available to more than 100 million cable and satellite households within the United States.

Friday 3.16.18
Morning Trivia: He was a comedian, actor, singer, humanitarian, film director, film producer and screenwriter. He was known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage, and radio. He was half of a popular comedy duo from 1946 to 1956. After the team split, he became a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, musicals, and recordings. He served as spokesman and national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and host and emcee of the live Labor Day weekend TV broadcast of The MDA Labor Day Telethon for 44 years. Who was he?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs long ago shed the label of being a small-time program. That will happen when a team reaches the NCAA tournament 20 consecutive times and when it holds the nation's longest streak for advancing past the tournament’s opening round. Yesterday, the fourth-seeded Bulldogs kept their decade-long streak of advancing intact with a 68-64 victory over the No. 13 seed North Carolina Greensboro Spartans. Ohio State’s win over South Dakota State means the Buckeyes meet the Zags in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament tomorrow.

Birthdays: Game show host Chuck Woolery is 77; New Age teacher and author J.Z. Knight is 72; Ponch on CHIPs, actor Erik Estrada is 69; from Heart, Nancy Wilson is 64; Eddie and Valerie’s boy, Wolfgang Van Halen is 27; and from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, (forget about PEDs, how about genetics?) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 19.

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. Also in 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) presented the first Diamond Awards. The awards are given in recognition of albums and singles that have sold 10 million copies or more. It was first awarded to The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

More men than women take teddy bears to bed as a partner substitute when sleeping alone, according to a survey by Travelodge. While 15 percent of women resorted to cuddling a teddy, as many as 20 percent of men admitted to being big softies by opting for teddies. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 63 percent said they needed a bedtime cuddle to sleep, with many of them saying they resort to hugging a pillow.

Trivia Answer: He was born Joseph Levitch, but we know him as Jerry Lewis and he was born on this date in 1926. That comedy duo was Martin & Lewis. It was him and singer Dean Martin. Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 20th of last year at the age of 91. In his will, Lewis left his estate to his second wife of 34 years, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter, and intentionally excluded all six of his children from his first marriage as well as their descendants.

Thursday 3.15.18
Morning Trivia: He's 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?

Birthdays: The Notorious R.B.G. -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85; actor Judd Hirsch is 83; pastor Jimmy Swaggart is also 83; Beach Boy Mike Love is 77; singer and keyboardist Sly Stone is 75; singer-songwriter and guitarist Ry Cooder is 71; Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is 63; singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 56; from Poison, singer-songwriter Bret Michaels is 55; Kennedy William Gordy, better known by his stage name Rockwell, is 54; from Sugar Ray, frontman Mark McGrath is 50; Pittsburgh Steeler coach Mike Tomlin is 46; actress Eva Longoria is 43; and the Black Eyed Peas' is also 43.

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 aired on ABC-TV. 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.

Easter is two weeks from Sunday, which is why you’re seeing Peeps at nearly every store you visit. Some 4.2 million peeps are made each day and it takes 6 seconds to make one.

Trivia Answer: Fabio Lanzoni -- widely known simply as Fabio -- who is 59 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.

Wednesday 3.14.18
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?

The exodus continues. The Seahawks saw their tight end Jimmy Graham reportedly sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Then receiver Paul Richardson reportedly agreed to a five-year, $40 million contract with the Washington Redskins. With Graham and Richardson leaving, Seattle has to replace 16 touchdowns and more than 100 receptions from 2017. Seattle's only tight end under contract for 2018 is Nick Vannett. Luke Willson becomes a free agent today.

Birthdays: The other Phil Phillips -- not the American Idol guy but the guy that wrote Sea of Love -- is 92; astronaut Frank Borman -- he was the Commander of Apollo 8 -- is 90; musician and producer Quincy Jones is 85; actor Michael Caine is also 85; from the band Chicago, saxophone player Walt Parazaider is 73; actor and comedian Billy Crystal is 70; co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, businessman Jerry Greenfield is 67; from Hanson, singer Taylor Hanson is 35; and basketball's Steph Curry is 30.

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 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 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. 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.

If you're not eating three apples a day, you’re not dieting right. That’s according to fans of the 3-apples-a-day plan. They say apples fill you up so you eat less. That part is obvious. What you might not know is apple fiber decreases the transit time of food in your digestive system. Apples help to keep you hydrated. And, the enzymes naturally found in apples may help your body to more efficiently digest foods that you eat. Plus, the sugar in apples satisfies your sweet cravings, so you’ll likely eat better, but that same sugar does not spike your blood glucose level up and down like other sweet snack foods.

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.

Tuesday 3.13.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1991, the United States Department of Justice announced that Exxon had agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In what body of water was the spill?

Birthdays: Singer Neil Sedaka is 79; actor William H. Macy is 68; actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist, Charo is 67; actress Dana Delany is 62; and U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 58.

Everybody knows that opening an umbrella indoors is supposed to be bad luck. But is there any truth behind this age-old superstition? Fortunately for those spending sleepless nights pondering this question, today is actually a wacky holiday dedicated to finding out the truth. It's Open An Umbrella Indoors Day, a day invented in 2003 hoping to defy silly superstitions by encouraging people to open their umbrellas indoors and then observe the (non-existent) consequences. Today is Good Samaritan Involvement Day, a time to be unselfish and get involved to help others. Today is Uncle Sam Day. On March 13th of 1852, the New York Lantern first featured the Uncle Sam character. Uncle Sam came to be a symbol of American patriotism. The nickname of Uncle Sam was first used in the September 7th of 1813, issue of New York's Troy Post. Today is Ear Muff Day, a day to celebrate a warm invention: the ear muff. Big-eared Chester Greenwood is the father of the Earmuff. Greenwood patented the Champion Ear Protector on March 13th of 1877. It later became known as "ear mufflers", and was eventually shortened to "earmuffs".

Calendar notes: On this date in 1983, the Larry King Live show premiered on CNN. In 1987, Bryan Adams' Heat of the Night became the first commercially released cassette single in the US. In 1991, Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill. In 2002, on Fox's Celebrity Boxing. Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Banaduce whipped Barry Williams and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice. In 2006, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, after 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

March Madness opens up today. The odds of picking a perfect bracket are 9.2 quintillion to 1, assuming each team has a 50% chance of winning every game. Odds of winning Powerball: about 175 million to 1.

Trivia Answer: The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24th of 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in terms of volume released. However, Prince William Sound's remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, and boat, made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, eventually covered 1,300 miles of coastline, and 11,000 square miles of ocean. In the aftermath of the spill, then-Alaska governor Steve Cowper issued an executive order requiring two tugboats to escort every loaded tanker from Valdez out through Prince William Sound to Hinchinbrook Entrance. As the plan evolved in the 1990s, one of the two routine tugboats was replaced with a 210-foot Escort Response Vehicle (ERV). The majority of tankers at Valdez are no longer single-hulled, Congress has enacted legislation requiring all tankers to be double-hulled by 2015.

Monday 3.12.18
Morning Trivia: He was a singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. He is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of a late-1980s television series, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song We Are the World. Who was he?

It didn't take long for Richard Sherman to find a new team. The Seahawks released him on Friday, and he agreed over the weekend to a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal is reportedly worth $39 million, with a $5 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. In addition to the signing bonus, Sherman's deal includes a $2 million base salary, $2 million in roster bonuses, a $1 million playing-time incentives and a $3 million Pro Bowl incentive. Essentially, Sherman's base salary dropped from what he would have received in Seattle, though he has the possibility, with a healthy, productive season, to make more total money in 2018 than he would have with the Seahawks.

Birthdays: Agent 99 on Get Smart, actress Barbara Feldon is 85; Judy Garland’s daughter, friend of Ellen Degeneres, singer and actress Liza Minnelli is 72; former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is 71; Sweet Baby James, singer James Taylor is 70; he was Timmy on Lassie, actor Jon Provost is 68; journalist, columnist, and novelist Carl Hiaasen is 65; and baseball's Daryl Strawberry is 56.

Today is Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in Savannah, Georgia, on this date in 1912. At first, the groups were called Girl Guides. Today is the Hell's Angels' Birthday. The motorcycle group was created on this date in 1948. Today once was National Donkey Appreciation Day. But, apparently, donkey appreciation is waning. Today is Plant a Flower Day, a day to get a little dirt under your fingernails. Today is Napping Day. Fitting, since it's the day after Daylight Saving Time started.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, the US Post Office was established. In 1894, Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. In 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in London. In 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias. In 1974, Wonder Woman premiered on television, starring Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman’s secret identity was Diana Prince. The original comic book character was created by Charles Moulton, the same guy that invented the lie detector. In 1992, Tammy Faye Bakker announced she would divorce her evangelist husband, Jim, who was in prison for swindling. The couple had been married 31 years. In 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the nation's first female attorney general. In 2002, US homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings. In 2003, China ordered the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their planned performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Beast of Burden, and Let's Spend the Night Together. In 2009, financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history. In 2010, in the US, Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad.

Black Panther remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which came in second. What had been pegged as a close contest for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for Black Panther. The opening of The Strangers: Prey at Night finished third. The spy thriller Red Sparrow followed in fourth. The R-rated comedy Game Night rounded out the top five.

Will it be Duke? Michigan State? Villanova? Virginia? We won’t know till April 2nd, but it’ll be fun getting there. March Madness begins tomorrow. The Bracket

Trivia Answer: Al Jarreau who born on this date in 1940. That TV theme song was for Moonlighting. On February 12th of 2017, Jarreau died of respiratory failure, at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement.

Friday 3.9.18
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 2015. Who was his wife at the time of his death?

The Seahawks hosted former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart yesterday, according to the NFL Network. Stewart, who starred at Timberline High School before playing at the University of Oregon, was released by the Carolina Panthers in February. In 10 seasons, the 30-year-old Stewart has rushed for 7,318 yards and 51 touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. But he averaged fewer than 3.8 yards per carry the past two seasons and he turns 31 on March 21st prompting Carolina to part ways and proceed with second-year tailback Christian McCaffery. Carolina saved $3,7 million in salary cap space by cutting Stewart. Stewart's days as the leading, early-down bruiser are perhaps behind him. In Seattle he'd likely be a rotational player, best used in short-yardage situations. But like many of Seattle's current rushers, injury history is a concern -- he's missed significant time due to ankle, knee and hamstring injuries over the years. But perhaps the Seahawks see potential for Stewart to provide a veteran presence and a fairly low cost. The Hawks got just one rushing touchdown out of its carousel of running backs last year.

Birthdays: Country singer Mickey Gilley is 82; best known as the lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mark Lindsay is 76; journalist Charles Gibson is 75; guitarist Robin Trower is 73; singer Jeffrey Osborne is 70; WSU Football Coach Mike Leach is 57; The Boz, Brian Bosworth, is 53; and Webster on Webster, actor Emmanuel Lewis is 47.

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. More than 900-million 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 in1897, 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 a program 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.

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."

Thursday 3.8.18
Morning Trivia: He was a record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician. He produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Bernard Cribbins, among others. Later, he was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", including by Paul McCartney, in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. He produced 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States. His career spanned more than six decades of work in music, film, television and live performance. Who was he?

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their formidable pass rush with another top-level defensive lineman. The Eagles reportedly acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. The deal won't be officially announced until the NFL's league year opens next Wednesday. Word is that Seattle gets wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick. Bennett said goodbye to the Seahawks and the fans in an Instagram post.

Meanwhile, social media was abuzz yesterday about Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman and whether or not he'll be back next season. Tweets and Facebook posts had him gone or going or staying. Then again, there is no official word from the team, and Sherman himself has told reporters that nothing is official. He reportedly met with team officials, but apparently no decision was made. At the end of all the speculation, his status with the team appears to be the same -- for now.

Birthdays: Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 82; from The Monkees, Micky Dolenz is 73; one of the founding members of Poco and The Eagles, bassist Randy Meisner is 72; singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 71; singer Gary Numan is 60; actor Aidan Quinn is 59; singer Shawn Mullins is 50; and actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 42.

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 1999, the US Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. 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 source says Apple will launch the biggest iPhone ever this year with a 6½-inch screen. The tech giant is also planning to release two other models -- a mid-range device that is the same size as the current iPhone X, as well as a cheaper iPhone that has Face ID and augmented reality features. The three devices are expected to become available by later this year.

Trivia Answer: Sir George Martin who passed away two years ago today. The Beatles auditioned for Martin in June of 1962, in studio three at the Abbey Road studios. The Beatles recorded four songs, which Martin (who was not present during the recording) listened to at the end of the session. The verdict was not promising, however, as Martin thought their original songs were simply not good enough. Martin asked the individual Beatles if there was anything they personally did not like, to which George Harrison replied, "Well, there's your tie, for a start." That was the turning point, according as John Lennon and Paul McCartney joined in with jokes and comic wordplay, that made Martin think that he should sign them to a contract for their wit alone. Martin died in his sleep on the night of March 8th of 2016 at his home in Wiltshire, England, at the age of 90. His death was announced by Ringo Starr on his Twitter account.

Wednesday 3.7.18
Morning Trivia: Only two quarterbacks have defeated all 32 NFL teams in the league. Which two are they?

Ichiro Suzuki didn't arrive at Mariners camp before last night's 3-2 loss to Colorado, much to the disappointment of about 50 Japanese journalists stationed at the gate of the team's parking lot outside the Peoria Sports Complex. Nor did the Mariners have any official word on the imminent re-signing of their former star after he took a physical in Seattle on Monday. But Ichiro's familiar No. 51 jersey was hanging in a locker in the Mariners clubhouse early in the afternoon, the Mariners CEO and the team president arrived in camp after flying down from Seattle and even longtime Ichiro interpreter Allen Turner was spotted at the complex. Things were finally made official this morning. Seattle finalized a $750,000, one-year deal with 44-year-old Japanese star. He can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. Ich spent the first 11 major league season with the Mariners, earning 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP, winning a pair of batting titles and becoming a 10-time All-Star. He was traded to the New York Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with the Yankees, then spent three seasons with Miami.

Birthdays: TV weather guy Willard Scott is 84; actor Daniel J. Travanti is 78; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner is 76; from The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf is 72; football's Franco Harris -- he was a Seahawk for that long: he played 8 games in 1984 -- is 68; one of the Isley Brothers, Ernie Isley, is 66; former football star Lynn Swann is also 66; he was Hal on Malcolm in the Middle and Walter White on Breaking Bad, actor Bryan Cranston is 62; singer Taylor Dayne is 56; comedian Wanda Sykes is 54; and actress Jenna Fischer is 44.

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 2003, scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, California, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles. 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!" In 2016, AC/DC announced they would be rescheduling the last 10 shows of their US "Rock or Bust" tour. Doctors had advised Brian Johnson to stop touring immediately to avoid the risk of total hearing loss.

Everybody's prepping for tax season, gathering receipts and files to make sure everything is in order for Tax Day in April. Nobody really loves tax season, that’s a given. But what may surprise you is what consumers are willing to do to get out of paying their taxes. surveyed over 1,000 consumers to find the top tax season trends for 2018.

Over 22% of Washington consumers say they would rather shave their head than pay taxes this year, 22% also answered they'd rather have the same song stuck in their head for a year, and almost 20% would rather show their Significant Other their browser history to get out of paying taxes. While most Washington consumers are unsure, 24% believe the new tax bill will have no impact on their refund, while 14% believe it will decrease their refund. The biggest concern for tax season: 12% of Washington citizens worry that they will owe more they can afford. Washingtonians will use their tax refund to pay off debt (39%), put towards a savings fund (34%), for everyday expenses (19%) and to invest in the stockmarket (12%). Most consumers in Washington (45%) file their taxes in February, followed by March (25%) and April (9%). And 10% wait until the day before or on Tax Day to file. As for how Washington consumers file, 42% use a tax software service like TurboTax or H&RBlock, while 25% opt for an accountant or firm to file their taxes.

Dumpster fire has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The book of words describes dumpster fire as “an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence: disaster.” The phrase is one of 850 new additions the online dictionary announced this week.

A study reveals the vast majority of men say they wouldn't mind if their wives brought home the bigger paycheck. Researchers were surprised to discover that just 12 percent of men surveyed said they’d mind if their wife earned more than they do, and in general, men seemed happy to share the breadwinner role. Also revealed: The vast majority of both men and women surveyed said they didn’t think the spouse who makes more money should have more say in financial decisions.

Trivia Answer: Brett Favre and Payton Manning. There are five who have beaten 31 of the teams, some coming up short for obvious reasons. Tom Brady who has never beaten the New England Patriots. Aaron Rodgers who has not beaten the Green Bay Packers. Ben Roethlisberger who has never beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then there's Drew Brees who was never beaten the Baltimore Ravens, and Kerry Collins who never beat the Miami Dolphins.

Tuesday 3.6.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired high jumper. He's considered one of the most influential and inspirational athletes in the history of track and field. Besides winning a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, he revolutionized the high jump event, with a unique "back-first" technique adopted by almost all high jumpers today. Who is he?

It looks like Ichiro will be a Mariner again. Ichiro, who left the Mariners in 2012, seems likely to be coming back. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported yesterday that the 44-year-old Ich is close to signing a one-year deal with the team. Reports from The Seattle Times and Greg Johns at followed that Ichiro would sign with the team if he passed a physical. He played for the Mariners from 2001 until the middle of the 2012 season, when he was traded to the Yankees. He later played for the Miami Marlins. The report comes after the Mariners said outfielder Ben Gamel will miss four to six weeks with an oblique injury. That could offer a spot to Ichiro. From Greg Johns Twitter account (@GregJohnsMLB) this afternoon: Still no official word on Ichiro signing, but there is a locker with his jersey in it Mariners clubhouse.

Birthdays: He's an economist -- he served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006 -- Alan Greenspan is 92; from The Supremes, singer Mary Wilson is 74; Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour is 72; actor and director Rob Reiner is 71; her most famous song is a duet with Elton John called Don't Go Breaking My Heart, singer Kiki Dee is also 71; Roseanne Barr's ex-, actor Tom Arnold is 59; actor and comedian DL Hughley is 55; and Shaq -- basketball's Shaquille O'Neal -- is 46.

Today is Headache Relief Day, marking the patenting of aspirin on this date in 1899. On the same day, the Bayer Company trademarked the name aspirin for the medicine developed by German chemist Friedrich Hoffman. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Today is Dentist's Day, a day to display a big, toothy smile. Today is National Frozen Food Day to celebrate all those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, a new comedienne made her San Francisco debut at the Purple Onion club. Phyllis Diller was 37 years old. In 1960, the US announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. In 1981, after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time. In 1982, the most points scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired after eight seasons. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site:

Sometimes -- even when you're all by yourself -- you ask, "Really?" You can now watch Netflix, play games or listen to your favorite radio station on your tablet or phone while in the shower. Someone has invented a shower curtain that holds your devices and keeps them safe from water. The see-through shower curtain has various pockets on the outside to hold your devices -- at different height levels for everyone from tall adults to children. You face the screen of your gadget into the shower so you can touch and swipe while you soap down and wipe.

Trivia Answer: Dick Fosbury, who is 71 today. His technique is now known as the Fosbury Flop. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar, which gave him a much lower center of mass in flight than traditional techniques. He continues to be involved in athletics and serves on the executive board of the World Olympians Association.

Monday 3.5.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired football player, an actor, and a sports commentator. He played his college ball at the University of Miami. In the pros, he played for the Dallas Cowboys for his entire career -- from 1988 through 1999. It was a careet which ended due to a spinal cord injury. He was nicknamed The Playmaker due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers. Who is he?

A group looking to bring an expansion NHL team to Seattle for the 2020 season says it has received 33,000 deposits for season tickets and won't accept any more. Oak View Group on Saturday started a waitlist for those who missed out. The season-ticket drive is one of the steps required by the NHL as part of the expansion process and is meant to gauge interest in the market. Fans were required to put down a deposit of $500 per ticket or $1,000 for club tickets. Oak View Group sold 25,000 ticket commitments in two hours on Thursday and reached 33,000 late Friday afternoon.

Birthdays: Actor Dean Stockwell is 82; football player turned actor Fred Williamson is 80; best known for his international hit songs Superstar from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and One Night in Bangkok from the musical Chess, actor and singer Murray Head is 72; singer-songwriter Eddy Grant is 70; he was the keyboardist for Dire Straits, Alan Clark is 66; Roz on Night Court, actress and comedian Marsha Warfield is 64; the Penn half of Penn & Teller, comedian and magician Penn Jillette is 63; Charlie and Craig Reid – twins that are The Proclaimers -- are 56; and model Niki Taylor is 43.

Best remembered for his role as the egocentric surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the hit show M.A.S.H., actor David Ogden Stiers has passed away. His agent said he had been battling bladder cancer. He was twice nominated for an Emmy for his role on M.A.S.H. Born in Peoria, Illinois, Stiers relocated with his family to Eugene, Oregon. Stiers died at his Newport, Oregon, home on Saturday. He was 75.

Also, Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. Bannister's family said in a statement that he died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford, the English city where the runner cracked the feat many had thought humanly impossible on a windy afternoon in 1954. Roger Bannister 88.

Today is National Cheese Doodle Day. Today is Temperance Day. On March 5th of 1623, America's first temperance law was passed. In a proclamation signed by Governor Sir Francis Wyatt and thirty-two members of the Virginia colonial legislature, Virginia prohibited public intoxication under penalty of a fine. Virginia was later joined by other colonies in taking measures to prohibit the use of alcohol. Today is Multiple Personality Day. It's an opportunity to get in touch with yourselves. When you wish someone Happy Multiple Personalty Day, you may need to do so multiple times.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1845, the US Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western states. In 1912, the Oreo cookie was born at the National Biscuit Company in New York. Since then, we have eaten over 62 billion of them -- enough to stack and reach the moon and back five times. In 1977, Jimmy Carter became the first president to host a radio talk show when he took questions from 42 listeners in 26 states on Ask President Carter. Walter Cronkite co-hosted the program. In 1982, John Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33. In 1994, Grace Slick was arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her home. In 2002, MTV began airing The Osbournes. The reality television show followed the daily activities of rock musician Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In 2005, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted. She served a five-month prison sentence.

Black Panther continued its box office dominance over the weekend. The film now has a worldwide total of over $897.7 million. In less than three weeks, Black Panther has become 47th highest grosser worldwide and the 10th highest domestic grosser of all time with $501.1 million. It topped the domestic box office again over the weekend. Jennifer Lawrence's spy thriller Red Sparrow landed in second place for its opening weekend. Rounding out the top five was Death Wish at No. 3, Game Night at No. 4, and Peter Rabbit at No. 5.

Trivia Answer: Michael Irvin who turns 52 today. He is one of three key Cowboys offensive players who helped the team attain three Super Bowl wins: he is known as one of The Triplets along with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He is currently an analyst for NFL Network. In 2007, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He competed in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars in 2009. Irvin was the ninth contestant to be eliminated.

Friday 3.2.18
Morning Trivia: He was a writer and cartoonist, most widely known for his children's books. He published over 60 of them. They were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including eleven television specials, three feature films, and a Broadway musical. In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, this author's publisher made up a list of 348 words he felt were important and asked this author to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine months later, using 236 of the words given to him, he completed one of his most memorable and successful books. Who was he?

If there was any question whether the Northwest would be eager to have an NHL team, it was answered yesterday. In just seconds. 720 of them, to be exact. Season ticket deposits went on sale yesterday morning at 10:00 and the group trying to bring a team to Seattle said they reached their 10,000 ticket goal in 12 minutes. Some 45 minutes later, the tally had reached 25,000 and was still counting. Of those 25,000, about 5,000 had signed up for the more expensive club seats that required a $1,000 per ticket deposit. The rest put down a $500 deposit on general seats. The deposit is refundable if the buyer changes their mind or if the NHL decides against expanding to Seattle. The full cost of season tickets was expected to be released sometime in 2019. A spokesman for the NHL said the league is not putting out a news release on the season ticket deposits, but is "obviously aware of the impressive fan response." By comparison, a similar season-ticket drive to gauge the interest in Las Vegas took two days to reach 5,000 deposits and a month to reach 9,000.

For the first time in a decade, former Timberline High School superstar Jonathan Stewart needs an NFL home. For the first time in a decade, former Timberline High School superstar Jonathan Stewart needs an NFL home. Stewart’s 10 years with the Carolina Panthers ended Wednesday. The only NFL team he’s played for released its career rushing leader and the Panthers’ 13th-overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Oregon, to save money. The Panthers saved $3.7 million against their 2018 salary cap by cutting Stewart. Stewart’s 7,755 yards rushing in 39 games for Timberline from 2001-04 remain a Washington high school record.

Birthdays: He was Holling on Northern Exposure for six seasons, actor John Cullum is 88; author Tom Wolfe is 87; the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev is also 87; author John Irving is 76; guitarist Larry Carlton is 70; original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman is 66; one of those Osmond kids, singer and drummer Jay Osmond is 63; singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, Jon Bon Jovi is 56; Bond, James Bond, well actually actor Daniel Craig is 50; Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is 41; actress Rebel Wilson is 38; Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 36; football's Reggie Bush 33; and singer-songwriter James Arthur is 30.

Today -- the first Friday in March -- is Employee Appreciation Day. If the boss can get a Bosses Day, then it's only fair and appropriate that the employee, gets a day of honor. Employee Appreciation Day honors employees everywhere. Researching this day, wondered if it was a coincidence that Employee's Day and Bosses Day are six months apart ... hmmmmmm. Today is Texas Independence Day. Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence on Sam Houston's 43rd birthday. Houston, a member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, was commander of the Texas Army. He later served as Texas governor, but was deposed when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. Today is Old Stuff Day. When asking someone "What's new?" or "What's happening?", how often do you hear "Same old stuff". Well, today, is Old Stuff Day, in recognition of this all too common response.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Mount Rainier National Park was established by the US Congress. In 1923, Time magazine published its first issue. In 1933, the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City. In 1962, the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. The Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain hit 36 field goals and 28 free throws for an NBA record 100 points. In 1975, Linda McCartney was arrested for personal possession of marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not charged. In 1977, a young comedian named Jay Leno first appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show. In 1987, the US government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time. In 2011, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's iPad 2.

Trivia Answer: Theodor Seuss Geisel who wrote under the pen name, Dr. Seuss. Today is Dr. Seuss Day. He was born on March 2nd in 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." The National Education Agency sponsors Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Every child should read a book today. Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991. The story he wrote using the list of 236 words was The Cat in the Hat. Other notable titles from Dr. Seuss include One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham. Green Eggs and Ham was written in response to another challenge from Geisel's publisher. The challenge? Write a story using a list of only 50 words.

Thursday 3.1.18
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He's best known for his role as the patriarch on an ABC sitcom from 1985 to 1992. He hosted a number of game shows and even had his own late-night talk show. Who is he ?

Pizza Hut is replacing Papa John's as a sponsor of the National Football League. CNBC reported that the Yum! Brands subsidiary was announced as the official pizza sponsor of the NFL yesterday. The news comes a day after Papa John’s and the NFL mutually decided to end their relationship. Papa John’s was the official pizza of the league since 2010. Pizza Hut now has a multiyear agreement with the league, starting with the 2018 season.

Birthdays: Corporal LeBeau on Hogan’s Heroes, actor Robert Clary is 92; singer Harry Belafonte is 91; actor Robert Conrad is 83; from The Who, Roger Daltrey is 74; from Opie to big time Hollywood mogul, actor and director Ron Howard is 64; Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actress Catherine Bach is also 64; he was Joe on Wings, actor Tim Daly is 62; singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Nik Kershaw is 60; the bassist for the Gin Blossoms, Bill Leen is 56; from Nickelback, guitarist Ryan Peake is 45; singer Kesha is 31; and Justin Bieber is 24.

To the Romans, March was Martius, named for Mars, the god of war. On the ancient calendar, March was the first month of the year until 46 BC. In England it was the first month until 1752. March's birthstone: bloodstone or aquamarine. March's flower is the daffodil.

March is Women's History Month, American Red Cross Month, Caffeine Awareness Month, Eye Donor Month, Craft Month, Ethics Awareness Month, National Peanut Month, National Noodle Month, Employee Spirit Month, National Eye Donor Month, Honor Society Awareness Month, Social Work Month, Ideas Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Listening Awareness Month, International Mirth Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Optimism Month, Humorists Are Artists Month (HAAM), National "On Hold" Month, Sing with Your Child Month, Spiritual Wellness Month, and National Youth Art Month.

Today is Peanut Butter Lover's Day. It's Be Positive, Do Something Positive Day, a great way to begin Optimism Month. Today is National Pig Day and National Horse Protection Day. Today is Beer Day in Iceland. Today is National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps, marking the corps's founding on this date in 1961. Today is World Compliment Day and Plan a Solo Vacation Day. Today is Refired, Not Retired, Day, a time for retirees to decide this is the beginning of "Life, Part II," and commit to making it an adventure.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, Bank of America decided to change the name of its credit cards from Bankamericard to VISA. In 1991, Victoria defeated Duncanville 38-36 in the Texas girls basketball 5A state semifinals. It was tough. None of the girls on the Duncanville team had ever lost a high school basketball game. Their win streak ended at 134 games and three state titles. In 1994, at the annual Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston won best female pop vocalist and record of the year for Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. In 1997, the state of Arizona approved a proposal to install divorce vending machines to cope with the high demand for divorces. In 1998, Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

Trivia Answer: Alan Thicke who was born on this date in 1837. He was Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. With all of his other accomplishments, Thicke also had a successful career as a TV theme song composer. He often collaborated with his then-wife Gloria Loring on the projects, which included the themes to the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. He also wrote a number of TV game show themes, including The Wizard of Odds (for which he also sang the vocal introduction), The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Blank Check, Stumpers!, Whew! and the original theme to Wheel of Fortune. On December 13th of 2016, Thicke collapsed while playing ice-hockey with his son Carter in Burbank, California. The manager of the rink said Thicke was talking and even joked to his son to take a photo as he was being wheeled out on a stretcher. Thicke died of type-A aortic dissection at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, at the age of 69.