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|Morning Trivia: One year ago today, a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox set the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. What was the record and why?
There's a bit of swagger these days about the Mariners, who have won four straight series as they prepare to open a three-game weekend set tonoight against Kansas City at Safeco Field. Second baseman Robinson Cano, through Wednesday, led the American League with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. No other AL player had more than 19 RBIs. By the way, it was 30 years ago today -- April 29th of 1986 -- that Boston right-hander Roger Clemens set a major-league record for a nine-inning game by striking out 20 Mariners in a 3-1 victory at Fenway Park. Twenty strikeouts remains a record for a nine-inning game, although it has now been done four times. The Mariners open a three-game weekend series against World Series-champion Kansas City tonight at 7:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start.
Birthdays: The Red-Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson is 83; bass player Klaus Voormann is 78; singer Tommy James is 69; actress and comedian, from Saturday Night Live, Nora Dunn is 64; former Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington -- now the third base coach for Oakland -- is 64; comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is 62; actress Kate Mulgrew is 61; actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 59; actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 58; Jan on The Brady Bunch, actress Eve Plumb is also 58; from Wilson Phillips and the daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, singer Carnie Wilson is 48; actress Uma Thurman is 46; and retired tennis star Andre Agassi is also 46.
Today is Arbor Day, always the last Friday in April. National Arbor Day is the Tree Planter's holiday, and has been celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska, a largely treeless plain back in the 1800's. It's a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help nature and the environment. Millions of trees are planted on this day. Did you know? The Latin word for Tree is Arbor? Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. The zipper was patented on this date in 1913.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1945, in a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. In 1952, IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company's stockholders that IBM was building "the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world." The computer was unveiled April 7th of 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. In 1953, the first US experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV. In 1961, ABC's Wide World of Sports premiered. In 1967, Aretha Franklin released her interpretation of the Otis Redding song Respect. In 1968, the controversial musical Hair opened on Broadway. In 1970, as he announced the upcoming release of his first solo album All Things Must Pass, George Harrison said he expected The Beatles would one day re-form. They never did. In 1976, Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home. In 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote Layla and Wonderful Tonight, filed for divorce. In 1990, the destruction of the Berlin Wall began. In 1992, Paula Abdul married Emilio Estevez in Santa Monica, California. They divorced in 1995. In 1992, rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. Fifty-four people were killed in three days. In 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge married Kate Middleton.
Year-round flights to Mexico from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport start in July. Port of Seattle officials said in a news release yesterday that Volaris Airlines will fly between Guadalajara and Sea-Tac nonstop three times a week. The flights begin July 7th. The airline also offers connections through Guadalajara to other cities in Mexico. Sea-Tac has been the fastest growing large hub airport in the country for the past two years. Passenger traffic set a record in 2015 for the fifth straight year with more than 42.3 million travelers.
Trivia Answer: Zero fans were in attendance for the game, as the stadium was officially closed to the public due to the 2015 Baltimore protests. The White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 at Camden Yards. The game was played without a crowd present due to the ongoing riots and protests in Baltimore. This was the first time a Major League Baseball game was played in front of an empty house. The background on those protests: On April 12th of last year, Baltimore Police Department officers arrested Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American resident of Baltimore. Gray sustained injuries to his neck and spine while in transport in a police vehicle. On April 18th after Gray's subsequent coma, the residents of Baltimore protested in front of the Western district police station. Gray died the following day, April 19th, a week after the arrest. Further protests were organized after Gray's death became public knowledge. Spontaneous protests started after the funeral service, although several included violent elements. Civil unrest continued with at least twenty police officers injured, at least 250 people arrested, 285 to 350 businesses damaged, 150 vehicle fires, 60 structure fires, 27 drugstores looted, thousands of police and Maryland Army National Guard troops deployed, and with a state of emergency declared in the city limits of Baltimore. On May 1st last year, Gray's death was ruled to be a homicide and legal charges were issued against the six officers involved in the incident, including that of second-degree murder. The state of emergency was lifted on May 6th.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 2001, millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first what?
The Mariners couldn't quite pull off the series sweep, falling 7-4 to the Houston Astros last night but they won the series. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Seattle. Since opening the season with a 3-and-6 record, the Mariners have four consecutive series wins. They're still over .500 at 11-and-10. The Mariners are off today before firing up the King’s Court tomorrow night against the world champion Kansass City Royals who are at the Safe for a weekend set.
Birthdays: Actress and singer Ann-Margret is 75; Jay Leno is 66; actress Penelope Cruz is 42; and actress Jessica Alba is 35.
Today is Take Your Daughter to Work Day, also called Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day, also called Take Your Child to Work Day. It's Great Poetry Reading Day. There's lots of poetry out there. Some is good, and some is not so good. Today is intended to read the world's greatest poetry. Today is Kiss Your Mate Day -- a perfect chance to smooch with your partner, as if you need an opportunity to share a kiss or two with the one you love. With spring in the air, April is an appropriate time for Kiss Your Mate Day. Researchers tell us that kissing, an important part of romance and intimacy, is the first thing to go in a relationship. If you don't currently kiss your mate everyday, use today to re-establish kissing in your life. It's International Astronomy Day, a day to look up to the stars. It was established to promote astronomy to the general public.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, Mutiny on the Bounty occured. Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift and the rebel crew returned to Tahiti briefly and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. In 1930, the first night game in organized baseball history took place in Independence, Kansas. In 1967, Muhammad Ali refused induction into the US Army and was stripped of boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal. In 1969, Charles de Gaulle resigned as President of France. In 1987, on a plane that was returning to Boston from Miami, Ozzy Osbourne bought three rounds of drinks for everybody and sang Crazy Train over the PA system.
Nintendo of America plans to sell its controlling stake in the Seattle Mariners to a group of minority owners led by John Stanton, who would become the team's chairman and chief executive officer. Current Chairman Howard Lincoln announced the intended transaction yesterday along with his plan to retire from day-to-day oversight of the franchise. Nintendo, which took control of the team from Jeff Smulyan in 1992, is selling all but 10 percent of its stake in the franchise and the regional sports network ROOT Sports. Stanton's group, First Avenue Entertainment, will own 90 percent of the franchise and a majority interest in ROOT Sports, holdings the team said are valued at $1.4 billion. Stanton has been a minority owner and will take over daily operation of the franchise as Major League Baseball's designated control person. He was a minority owner of the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the Basketball Club of Seattle. Stanton said the minority ownership group includes 17 investors, and there will be no majority owner among the group. The ownership change is subject to MLB approval, which the club hopes to get during the August owners' meetings. Lincoln was part of the investment group that helped save baseball in the Pacific Northwest and led to the building of Safeco Field after the Mariners memorable playoff run during the 1995 season. Lincoln took over full-time as CEO and chairman of the baseball team in 2000, moving over from his previous position as chairman of Nintendo of America. But he has been criticized by fans as Seattle's product on the field has struggled. The Mariners have never been to a World Series and have the longest current playoff drought in the big leagues, last reaching the postseason in 2001. Lincoln said it was the wish of Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died three years ago, that local owners regain control of the Mariners.
A Minnesota judge appointed a bank yesterday to safeguard the estate of Prince and scheduled a probate hearing for next week after the performer's sister said he left no known will, court records showed. Full results from an autopsy could take weeks. Acting on a request from the Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, a judge named Bremer Trust, National Association as special administrator to handle Prince's estate, which is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. Prince's sister asked for the bank to be appointed, saying it dealt with the singer's affairs for years. A probate hearing in the case was scheduled for May 2nd, according to state court documents and a court spokesman. The Bremer Trust now has the authority to manage and supervise the late music legend's assets and determine the identity of his heirs, according to court documents. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was married and divorced twice. On Tuesday, his sister listed herself and five half siblings as his heirs.
A high school student from Long Island, New York, has got some celebrating to do and one monumental decision to make. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools in the United States.
Trivia Answer: He became the the world's first space tourist to pay for his own ticket. Dennis Tito is an American engineer and multimillionaire, most widely known as the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. In a project first arranged by MirCorp, Tito was accepted by the Russian Federal Space Agency as a candidate. Tito met criticism from NASA before the launch, primarily from Daniel Goldin, at that time the Administrator of NASA, who considered it inappropriate for a tourist to take a ride into space. When Tito arrived at the Johnson Space Center for additional training, Robert D. Cabana, NASA manager, sent Tito and his two fellow cosmonauts home, stating "...We will not be able to begin training, because we are not willing to train with Dennis Tito." Later, through an arrangement with space tourism company Space Adventures, Ltd., Tito joined Soyuz TM-32 on April 28, 2001, spending 7 days, 22 hours, 4 minutes in space and orbiting Earth 128 times. Tito paid a reported $20 million for his trip.
|Morning Trivia: He was a disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, and for providing the voice of Shaggy Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Who was he?
Robinson Cano showed up with his big boy bat, chalking up six RBIs, while the Mariners had a strong performance from starter Nathan Karns as he out-dueled Houston ace Dallas Keuchel in the first-place Mariners’ 11-1 win over the Astros last night. Cano had a two-run single in the fifth and a grand slam – 10th of his career -- in the seventh and the Mariners were on their way to a fourth consecutive series win. The Ms wrap up their series with Houston tonight at 7:10. An off day tomorrow then the Kansas City Royals are at the Safe for the weekend starting Friday night.
Birthdays: Former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox is 84; Cuba Gooding, Sr. is 72; from the B-52s, singer Kate Pierson is 68; one of the founders of Kiss, guitarist Ace Frehley is 65; and singer Sheena Easton is 57.
Today is Administrative Professionals Day -- the holiday formerly known as Secretary's Day. In fact, Administrative Professional's Week runs through Saturday. National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretary's Day were created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam. Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the position to a company or business. His goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job of secretaries. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries. The name of this day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. But, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals remains. The two new terms in use today are: Administrative Professionals and Executive Admins. The two names sometimes mean different roles and responsibilities in different companies and organizations. Both are broader terms, that encompass more positions than the original Secretary role. Today is also National Prime Rib Day. Celebrate as you see fit. On this date in 1947, it was Babe Ruth Day in every ballpark in the US and Japan. Mortally ill with throat cancer, Ruth appeared at Yankee Stadium to thank fans for the honor.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, at the age of 32, heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired undefeated, the only heavyweight champ with a perfect record. Unbeaten in 49 pro fights. In 1965, RC Duncan patented a revolutionary disposable diaper he called Pampers. In 1989, Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley were married. They had been high school sweethearts. In 1993, California revoked Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s license to practice medicine.
The Seahawks fell short of making a third straight Super Bowl appearance last season, but they continued to lead the league in star power. Six Seahawks are among the top 50 earners in player merchandise sales for the 2015-16 season -- the most for any one team according to a release from the NFL Players Association. The list is based on total sales of all officially licensed merchandise from March 1st of 2015 through February 29th of 2016 and includes data from merchandisers like Nike, Fathead and New Era, among many others. We mentioned yesterday that Russell Wilson lost out to Tom Brady on the overall list, but Russell was the highest-ranked Seattle player. On top of setting franchise marks in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and quarterback rating during a breakout 2015 season, the 27-year-old came in third in the overall rankings, behind only New England's Brady and Denver's Peyton Manning. Richard Sherman was number 14. Marshawn Lynch was 15. Jimmy Graham was 22. Kam Chancellor was 40. Earl Thomas was number 50.
A Texas nurse is mad after he made a late-night Domino’s Pizza order and received a hand-written message on the box. The note said, “We would appreciate it very much if you didn’t wait until 5 minutes before we close.” The nurse admits he placed the order to the Domino’s five minutes before the store closed at midnight.
Trivia Answer: Casey Kasem who was born on this date in 1932. Amongst the several countdown programs he hosted was most notably American Top 40, which he hosted from 1970 until his retirement in 2009. He was the voice of Shaggy from 1969 to 1995, and again from 2002 until 2009. Kasem co-founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970. Kasem was a devout vegan, supported animal rights and environmental causes, and was a critic of factory farming. He quit the Scooby-Doo show in 1995 when asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, returning in 2002 after negotiating to have Shaggy become a vegetarian. In October of 2013, Kerri Kasem said her father was suffering from Parkinson's disease, which a doctor had diagnosed in 2007. Due to his condition, he was no longer able to speak during his final months. As his health worsened in 2013, Jean Kasem prevented any contact with her husband, particularly from his children by his first marriage. Casey was removed from a Santa Monica, California nursing home by his wife on May 7th of 2014. On May 12th, Kerri was granted temporary conservatorship over her father, despite her stepmother's objection. The court also ordered an investigation into Casey Kasem's whereabouts, after his wife's attorney told the court Casey was no longer in the United States. He was found soon afterward here in Washington state. In June of 2014, Kasem was reported to be in critical but stable condition at a Gig Harbor hospital, receiving antibiotics for bedsores and treatment for high blood pressure. It was revealed that he had been bedridden for some time. Eventually, Kasem's body stopped responding to the artificial nutrition, allowing the family to place Kasem on end-of-life measures over the objections of Jean Kasem. On June 15th of 2014, Kasem died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor at the age of 82.
|Morning Trivia: In both the Broadway musical and the film, Grease, the high school was named after him. Who is he?
Starter Taijuan Walker pitched his way out of trouble early and finished strong, throwing seven good innings before the Mariners held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros last night. Seattle's fifth win in six games put the Mariners over .500 and in first place in AL West for the first time since the opening night win over Texas. Seattle hasn't been two games over .500 since the conclusion of the 2014 season. The Mariners are 2-5 at home and 8-4 on the road. Taijuan struck out 11 including the last 6 batters that he faced. Ms and Astros again tonight at 7:10 at the Safe.
By the way, Mariners setup man Joaquin Benoit has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. To fill the spot on the 25-man roster, the Mariners recalled right-hander Mayckol Guaipe from Triple-A Tacoma.
Birthdays: He designed The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, architect I.M. Pei is 99; actress and comedian Carol Burnett is 83; guitarist and songwriter Duane Eddy is 78; singer Gary Wright is 73; Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is 56; actor Jet Li is 53; Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford is 52; actor and comedian Kevin James is 51; and actor Channing Tatum is 36.
Today is Hug An Australian Day. Today is Richter Scale Day, marking the birth of seismologist Charles F. Richter, who developed the earthquake magnitude scale. Today is Remember Your First Kiss Day. Today is National Pretzel Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, The Beatles attended the 28th birthday party for singer Roy Orbison. In 1975, BJ Thomas scored with the longest song title to hit #1 on Billboard's pop music chart: (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. It stayed #1 for one week. In 1977, Studio 54 opened in New York. In 1986, the number one album in America was Van Halen’s 5150, their first with new vocalist Sammy Hagar. In 1989, at New York City's Four Seasons restaurant, wine merchant William Sokolin accidentally bumped a table with a bottle of wine and broke it. It was a bottle of 1787 Chateau Margaux which once belonged to Thomas Jefferson. It was valued at $519,750. In 1990, the 24-carat diamond that Marilyn Monroe wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sold for $297,000 at a Christie's auction in New York City.
Scandal over deflated footballs put Patriots quarterback Tom Brady under a microscope last season. It didn't stop him from being the NFL's top merchandise seller. The NFL Players Association said yesterday that merchandise featuring the Patriots quarterback ranked No. 1 on its list of sales for licensed products sold online and in traditional retail outlets. Brady regained the top spot from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the best-selling player for two straight sales quarters. Rounding out the season-ending top five are recently-retired Peyton Manning, Wilson, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.
Speaking of Brady, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in New York that Brady must serve thaat four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The split decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league's top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January of 2015. The Patriots won the contest over the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, and then beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Eddie Vedder has been cast in the new chapter of the TV show that ingrained North Bend scenery in the '90s cultural tapestry. The cast of the Twin Peaks 2017 reboot was announced yesterday, revealing that Eddie Vedder is one of several musicians to appear in the David Lynch cult classic. The continuation of the Twin Peaks story was disputed for a time amid a money disagreement between Lynch and Showtime, the network set to broadcast the show. But the show is back on and scheduled to run nine episodes next year. Vedder was cast along with a host of other musicians. The 200-plus cast also includes Jim Belushi, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, and Ashley Judd. Several original castmembers are also set to return.
Sportscaster Tony Ventrella is challenging Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, taking on an undefeated foe who has come from behind in close contests and won going away. The 72-year-old Ventrella, a Democrat, entered the race by renouncing a chore that consumes hours of most politicians' time. He promised on his website: I will not spend a single minute on the phone asking for money.
Trivia Answer: Bobby Rydell -- born Robert Louis Ridarelli -- who turns 74 today. The high school was Rydell High. In the 1960s, Rydell was considered a so-called teen idol. He had numerous hit records on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart. His recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era. In 2000 in the book, The Beatles Anthology (pg. 96), Paul McCartney stated: John (Lennon) and I wrote 'She Loves You' together. There was a Bobby Rydell song out at the time (Forget Him) and, as often happens, you think of one song when you write another. We’d planned an 'answering song' where a couple of us would sing 'she loves you' and the other ones would answer 'yeah yeah'. We decided that was a crummy idea but at least we then had the idea of a song called 'She Loves You'. So we sat in the hotel bedroom for a few hours and wrote it -- John and I, sitting on twin beds with guitars.
|Morning Trivia: For 22 years, he was known as the Clown Prince of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and was a 2003 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Who is he?
Pitcher Wade Miley made only one major mistake in seven otherwise solid innings, Kyle Seager, Leonys Martin, and Seth Smith homered, and the Mariners cruised past the LA Angels 9-4 yesterday down in Anaheim to win the three-game series 2-games-to-1 and complete their nine-game road trip at 6-and-3. Seattle also won its fourth consecutive road series, the club’s longest such streak to start a season since the 116-win 2001 Mariners took seven in a row. The Mariners have won nine games this season and nine different pitchers have recorded wins. This marks only the fifth time since 1912 that nine different pitchers have been responsible for a team’s first nine wins. Time to see if they can turn things around at home. The Mariners are back at Safeco tonight to begin a three-game series with AL West rival Houston. First pitch is at 7:10.
Meanwhile, congrats to Felix Hernandez. He is now the franchise leader for strikeouts for the Mariners. He passed Randy Johnson on Saturday.
Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 76; in 1995, he formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original bass player Stu Cook is 71; he does many voices of characters on The Simpsons, actor Hank Azaria is 52; actress Renee Zellweger is 47; sportscaster Joe Buck is 47.
Today is Malaria Awareness Day and World Malaria Day. Today is Old-Time Baseball Day. Acccording to some old newspaper articles, baseball was being played as early as this date in 1823 in what is now the Greenwich Village area of New York City. Today is Hair Stylist Appreciation Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, New York became the first US state to require auto license plates. They were inscribed with the owner’s initials. The fee was $1.00. In 1954, the prototype manufacture of the first solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City. In 1968, The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Their explanation: We don't do benefits. In 1974, Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. In 1981, Wings broke up after Denny Laine left the band. Paul McCartney said he planned to carry on as a solo artist. In 1990, drummer Mitch Mitchell sold the late Jimi Hendricks’ Fender Stratocaster guitar to an undisclosed buyer in London for $338,580. It's the guitar Jimi used to play the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. In 2003, Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for inappropriate conduct after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The US Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.
Disney's The Jungle Book showed serious traction at the North American box office, dominating moviegoing for a second straight weekend with $60.8 million. The family-friendly film left the launch of The Huntsman: Winter's War in the dust with $20 million. The Jungle Book posted the best second weekend of 2016, topping the $56.5 million second frame for Deadpool, and will wind up the weekend with $191.5 million after ten days. Barbershop: The Next Cut came in at number three, followed by Zootopia at number four, and The Boss rounded out the top five.
Prince's remains have been cremated and his family and friends attended a private ceremony on Saturday to pay their respects at the studio complex where he died in a suburb of Minneapolis, according to a spokeswoman. Among those seen entering the Paisley Park Studios complex, where Prince lived in Minnesota, were his sister, Tyka Nelson, musician and former collaborator Sheila E., his former bass player Larry Graham and model Damaris Lewis. The service came two days after Prince was found dead in an elevator at the complex at age 57. His death shocked millions of fans around the world and prompted glowing tributes from fellow musicians and public figures, including President Barack Obama. An autopsy on Prince was conducted on Friday and authorities are investigating his death. Police said on Friday no signs of suicide or obvious trauma were found in Prince's death. The local medical examiner's office said it could take weeks before autopsy and toxicology results reveal how the groundbreaking performer died.
Trivia Answer: Meadowlark Lemon who was born on this date in 1932. When basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain was asked his opinion on the best player of all time, he said, "For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon." Michael Jordan called Lemon a "true national treasure" and a personal inspiration in Jordan's youth. A born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. In his last years, he took up residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. is located. Lemon died in Scottsdale in December of last year at the age of 83. No cause has been given.
|Morning Trivia: This producer's successes include the TV programs Charlie's Angels (from 1976 through 1981), The Love Boat (from 1977 to 1986), Dynasty (from 1981 through 1989), and Beverly Hills, 90210 (from 1990 through 2000). Who is he?
The Mariners escaped the embarrassment of blowing a 5-0 lead when Robinson Cano’s 10th-inning homer saved a 10-7 triumph that won the series in Cleveland. The Mariners did, in fact, squander leads of 5-0 and 7-3 and were forced into extra innings yesterday before Robinson Cano broke a 7-7 tie with a three-run, 400-foot home run that gave Seattle a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners won their third consecutive road series. Seattle is 1-and-5 at home and 6-and-3 on the road. They continue on the road. The Mariners open a three-game series in Anaheim tonight. Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle. Felix needs one strikeout to tie Randy Johnson’s club record of 2,162. UPDATE: Felix was a late scratch because of illness. Hisashi Iwakuma is the starter tonight against the Angels.
Birthdays: Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, actress Charlotte Rae is 90; singer Glen Campbell is 80; actor Jack Nicholson is 79; author Janet Evanovich is 73; director John Waters is 70; Peter Frampton came alive 66 years ago today; he sang with the bands Ace, Squeeze, and Mike + The Mechhanics, singer Paul Carrack is 65; we just saw him during the Mariners most recent series, the current manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona is 57; comedian Byron Allen is 55; and Beastmode -- former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch -- is 30.
Life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last. Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, died yesterday in Minnesota. His influential, genre-defying music blended jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock, winning seven Grammy Awards and an Oscar. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home. Emergency workers tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. The sheriff's office said it was investigating the circumstances. The local medical examiner's office said in a tweet that an autopsy had been scheduled for today. Prince, whose songs also included Let's Go Crazy, I Would Die 4 U, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, 1999, and Kiss, was on a tour as recently as last week. Last Friday, he was briefly hospitalized with the flu after his plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. A representative said Prince had performed in Atlanta despite not feeling well and felt worse after boarding the plane back to Minnesota. But over the weekend, he hosted a party at Paisley Park. Prince was 57.
Earth Day -- an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The April 22nd date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 193 countries every year. It's Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day. National Jelly Bean Day, a time to enjoy gobs and gobs of jelly beans. Anyone who loves jelly beans, knows they are not just for Easter. Jelly beans date back to at least the 1860's. Advertisements promoted sending jelly beans to Union troops fighting in the Civil War.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1864, the US Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription In God We Trust to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins. In 1914, Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1915, the New York Yankees wore pinstripes for the first time. In 1966, The Troggs released Wild Thing. In 1970, the first Earth Day was observed by millions of Americans. In 1976, Barbara Walters became the first female nightly network news anchor. In 1977, optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic. In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd debuted their characters The Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live. In 1981, Eric Clapton was hospitalized after he suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated chin in a car accident in Seattle. In 1983, the German magazine Der Stern claimed that the Hitler Diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries were later revealed to be forgeries. In 1989, Guns N' Roses released Patience. In 1990, Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico. In 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. In 2003, American Idol-winner Kelly Clarkson topped the charts with her debut album Thankful.
Thanks to droves of tourists in Cuba, the island nation has a beer shortage. Cafes, restaurants and even gas stations are running out of the island’s favorite brands.
Tattoos are a profound form of personal expression. They're also very permanent. Ink Hunter is a new app that lets you try out different tats without the need for imagination or multiple removal procedures. It has a large gallery of premade sketches to try out. You can also load your own artwork in. Just take a photo of your body part and start laying tattoos on it.
Trivia Answer: Aaron Spelling, who was born on this date in 1923. He is Tori Spelling's father. As of 2009, Spelling, through his production company Spelling Television, holds the record as the most prolific television writer and producer in US television history, with 218 producer and executive producer credits. On June 18th of 2006, Spelling suffered a severe stroke. He died at his estate in Los Angeles on June 23rd of 2006 from complications of the stroke, at the age of 83.
|Morning Trivia: This quarterback is currently a free agent. He played his college football at Arkansas and Alabama State. The Minnesota Vikings selected him in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2010. A reserve quarterback for much of his time with the Vikings, he was the starting quarterback for the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season. In 2011, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks and was starting quarterback for the season. He was then traded to the Buffalo Bills before the 2012 NFL season but never played a game. He returned to the Seahawks in 2013. Who is he?
Another record day here in Olympia yesterday. Made it up to 82 degrees which broke the old record of 78.
Nori Aoki’s two-run triple in the second, Taijuan Walker’s six splendid innings, and a strong effort by the Seattle bullpen keyed the Mariners’ 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians yesterday. The Mariners managed only three hits over the final seven innings, but still snapped a two-game losing losing streak. The win marked only the 28th time in the franchise’s 40-year history that Seattle won while collecting three or fewer hits. Walker, who won his first game of the season, pitched one of the best games of his career, allowing three hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. The Mariners and Indians wrapped up their three-game series this morning with the Ms winning 10-7 in 10 innings. The Mariners now begin a three-game, weekend series at Anaheim tomorrow against the Angels.
Birthdays: She ascended to throne in February of 1952 following her father’s death, Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom is 90; actor and comedian Charles Grodin is 81; singer and musician Iggy Pop is 69; actor Tony Danza is 65; actress Andie MacDowell is 58; from The Cure, singer Robert Smith is 57; actor James McAvoy is 37; and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo is 36.
Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era with hits including Little Red Corvette, Let's Go Crazy, 1999, and When Doves Cry, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis today. His publicist telling the Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.
It's Kindergarten Day, celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel. He was born on this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany. It became popular quickly. Kindergartens were originally a 1/2 day to get children acclimated to learning, social interaction, and school, in a fun, yet educational manner. Kindergarten has evolved in most areas into a full time program. This is partly the result of increasing pressures on education.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) was first celebrated. In 1960, Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months. In 1962, the Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened. It was the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. In 1970, Elton John made his solo concert debut when he opened for T. Rex in London. In 1977, Annie opened on Broadway. In 1986, Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside. In 1989, around 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square. In 2000, the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.
People Magazine has named Jennifer Aniston its World's Most Beautiful Woman of 2016. The 47-year-old actress graces the cover of People's 27th annual World's Most Beautiful double issue. Aniston tells People in this week's cover story upon hearing the news she thought, 'Oh my God.' There was this sort of very excited, teenage-y kind of moment. The actress also tells the magazine that she's learned to embrace her appearance over the years, and feels her best when she's healthy and strong. She says she became motivated to take care of herself early in her career, when her agent told her she didn't get a part because she was too chubby.
A judge has finalized Gwen Stefani's divorce from Gavin Rossdale. A Los Angeles judge finalized the couple's divorce on April 8th after reviewing a detailed judgment that splits their property and business interests. Stefani will retain her interest in her band, No Doubt, while Rossdale will keep his interests in his group, Bush. Stefani filed for divorce in August after nearly 13 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Stefani and Rossdale will share joint custody of their three sons, who range in ages from 2 to 9. The couple agreed that neither of them need to receive spousal or child support payments.
The smallest room in the house is turning into the reading room for people in the upper income bracket. According to a survey, people whose household income is more than $50,000 a year are more likely to read a book in the toilet than lower income earners — 58 percent compared to 39 percent.
Trivia Answer: Tarvaris Jackson who turns 33 today. Jackson officially signed a two-year contract with Seattle Seahawks on July 29th of 2011 and was announced as the starting quarterback shortly after. In Seattle he had been reunited with Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell and Wide Receiver Sidney Rice both members of the Vikings during his time there. During the off-season, the Seahawks acquired former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn and drafted Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson to compete with Jackson for the 2012 starting quarterback position. On August 26th of 2012, Jackson was traded to the Buffalo Bills. The third-string quarterback for the season, Jackson did not see any game action in 2012. He was released by the Bills on June 10th of 2013. On June 13th of 2013, Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson competed with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback spot behind starter Russell Wilson. The Seahawks released Quinn and made Jackson the official backup quarterback to Wilson. During the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, Jackson came in in relief of Russell Wilson during the 4th quarter, marking the first time in 13 years any backup quarterback has played in a Super Bowl.
|Morning Trivia: He is best known for his role in Love Story, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He is also known for starring in Paper Moon along with his real-life daughter. Who is he?
We hit 88 Monday at the Olympia Airport and set a record for the warmest April day since records have been kept. That was followed by 86 yesterday, another record breaker, breaking the previous mark of 78 set in 1950. Today could turn out to be another record breaker.
Seattle starter Wade Miley worked his way out of jams via double plays in the second and third innings but imploded horrendously in the fourth, walking in two runs with the bases loaded to grease a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday. The Mariners have lost two in a row after starting the current nine-game road trip with a pair of wins in New York. The Ms are 18-for-94 this season with runners in scoring position, the worst mark in the majors. The Mariners and Indians play Game 2 of the three-game series this afternoon.
Birthdays: Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei is 79; Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist and current member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, Craig Frost is 68; actress Jessica Lange is 67; Ron Howard's little brother actor Clint Howard is 57; baseball’s Don Mattingly is 55; actor Crispin Glover is 52; actress Carmen Electra is 44; and actor Joey Lawrence is 40.
Today is Go Around Humming You Light Up My Life Until Everybody Screams Day. It's National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day. Today is Look Alike Day -- a day to find someone you really look up to, and try to look like them. Today is Volunteer Recognition Day -- a day that honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Celebrate this Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work, getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity, and donating to a volunteer group. And today is the Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten What It Was Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Boston Red Sox edged the New York Yankees 7-6. It was the first Sox game in their elegant new stadium, Fenway Park. In 1961, FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC. In 1988, the US Air Forces' Stealth -- the B-2 bomber -- was officially unveiled. In 1989, scientists announced the successful testing of high-definition TV. In 1992, in London, a memorial concert was held for Freedie Mercury. Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, George Michael, Def Leppard, and Spinal Tap performed. In 1993, President Clinton accepted responsibility for the decision to try and end the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas, but he said David Koresh bore ultimate responsibility for the deaths that resulted. In 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start. In 2010, the Deep Water Horizon oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others. The resulting oil spill was the largest offshore spill in US history.
Late yesterday, got a note from the Port of Olympia. It reads: It is with regret that the Port of Olympia announces the cancellation of the previously anticipated 2016 BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge. The BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge had become a popular community event, but due to a lack of interest from restaurants this year to enter the chowder challenge, it is necessary to cancel the event. We very much regret this cancelation. Unfortunately, without participation by the restaurants themselves, it is not feasible to offer a successful event of this nature. We very much appreciate the on-going support and understanding of our sponsors, vendors, restaurants, and the public and will continue to evaluate the event model for next year. So, no Boatswap & Chowder Challenge this year. Registrants who have already registered for the event will be refunded their registration fees.
In case you missed it, a new name has been approved for the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Henceforth, it shall be known as the Thurston County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Officials hope the name change will help drum up more rental business. Fairgrounds buildings are available for rent 330 days a year.
Former football star Michael Strahan is being shifted from the daily talk show he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa to work full-time on ABC's Good Morning America. Strahan has worked a couple of days a week at GMA for the past two years, but he always has to leave midway through to head to the Live with Kelly and Michael studio on Manhattan's upper West Side. Starting in September, he'll be there five days a week for the full two-hour show.
Now we know exactly how addictive iPhones are: the average iPhone user unlocks their phone 80 times per day. At that rate, given a 12-hour day of usage, iPhone users check their phones between 6 or 7 times an hour, or about once every 10 minutes… A previous study with Android users found they unlock their phone 110 times per day. Speaking of cell phones, a new survey of cell phone users found that almost nine in 10 say they encounter others using those phones in an annoying way. Only 8 percent thought their own use of cell phones is sometimes rude.
Trivia Answer: Ryan O'Neal -- born Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal, Jr. -- who turns 75. HIs daughter is Tatum O'Neal. Ryan was also known for his decades long on and off again relationship with Farrah Fawcett until her death. In June of 2009, O'Neal said he asked Fawcett again to marry him. O'Neal reported that this time she said yes, and stated that the wedding would happen "as soon as she can say yes". No ceremony took place before Fawcett's death on June 25th of 2009.
|Morning Trivia: This actor, comedian, musician, and composer first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe in 1960. He and another member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the television series Not Only... But Also. The double act worked on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time this guy had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his film acting. His solo career as a comedy film actor was heightened by the success of hit Hollywood films, particularly Foul Play, 10, and Arthur. Who was he?
Forget a spring heat wave. We were dealing with hot weather by even summer standards. In fact, it was never as hot in April as it was yesterday. Much of Western Washington shattered heat records as an intense ridge of high pressure built in and brought in a very hot, east wind for an added temperature boost. Hit 88 here in Olympia yesterday which broke the old record of 87 set back in 1987, and the record was for the hottest day in April ever recorded. We're on tap for another very warm-to-hot day today with temperatures reaching the mid-to-upper 80s again before some cooling returns for tomorrow and we head back to the more familiar 60s by the end of the week.
The Mariners are off on a nine-game road trip. They're a third of the way through it, having taken two of three from the New York Yankees over the weekend. Yesterday was a day off and travel day. The Ms have moved on to Cleveland where they face the Indians for three. The first game is this afternoon.
Birthdays: Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show, actor Tim Curry is 70; two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, retired race car driver nicknamed Little Al, Al Junior, or simply Junior, Al Unser Jr. is 54; actress Ashley Judd is 48; the motorcycle builder who founded West Coast Choppers, Jesse James is 47; actor James Franco is 38; actress Kate Hudson is 37; and tennis great Maria Sharapova is 29.
Doris Roberts, who played Raymond's mother in the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond has died. Reports are that she passed away at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday. Roberts was 90. It was not reported what led to her death.
Today is National Garlic Day. It's National Hanging Out Day -- celebrating the humble clothesline. Today is Horseless Carriage Day, marking this day in 1892 when Charles Duryea (and his brother Frank) turned the final screw in the first automobile in America. He then took it out for a drive around Springfield, Massachusetts. Duryea called his vehicle a buggyaut.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, actress Mae West was convicted of 'indecent behavior' in her Broadway production of Sex. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500. In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur gave his Old Soldiers speech before Congress after being relieved by President Truman. In the address General MacArthur said that 'Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.' In 1978, Patti Smith released her biggest hit Because the Night. Its co-writer was Bruce Springsteen. In 1979, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion during a Van Halen show in Spokane. In 1987, The Simpsons premiered as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show. In 1988, Sonny Bono was sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1990, fearing his staff of eight lawyers and seven PhDs was too brainy, Vice President Dan Quayle told them to start reading People magazine to get in touch with the real world. In 1993, the Branch-Davidian's compound in Waco, Texas, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and US federal agents. Eighty-six people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire. In 1994, a California court ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay Rodney King $3.8-million in damages for a 1991 beating by police. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing occured, The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168. In 2011, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
State shellfish managers have approved a nine-day razor clam dig. The clam dig on ocean beaches begins tomorrow on Long Beach. The beach at Mocrocks is added Saturday and Copalis is being added Monday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. State officials recommend that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. Digging is not allowed on any beach after noon. Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they find. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Trivia Answer: Dudley Moore who was born on this date in 1935. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in Arthur. Moore died on March 27th of 2002 as a result of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by palsy.
|Morning Trivia: He was a radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the New Year's Rockin' Eve from Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations. Who was he?
We hit 80 degrees at the Olympia airport yesterday breaking the record of 78 set in 1983.
They ended on a down note ... but they won the series. New York’s Alex Rodriguez cracked a two-run homer and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma unleashed a tie-breaking -- and fatal -- wild pitch as the Mariners dropped the third and final game of their three-game series with the Yankees yesterday, 4-3 in the Bronx. The loss snapped Seattle’s three-game winning streak and prevented the Mariners from reaching .500 for the first time since April 8th. The Mariners are off today and begin a three-game series in Cleveland tomorrow.
Birthdays: Actress Hayley Mills is 70; actor James Woods is 69; actor Rick Moranis is 63; Daphne on Frasier, actress Jane Leeves is 55; comedian and ventriliquist Jeff Dunham is 54; talk show host Conan O’Brien is 53; Will on Will & Grace, actor Eric McCormack is 53; Melissa Joan Hart who turns 40; reality star Kourtney Kardashian is 37; Betty on Ugly Betty, actress America Ferrera is 32; and famous daughter Suri Cruise is 10.
Today is Tax Day. It's normally April 15th but Friday was a holiday in Washington DC and the IRS staff was off so Tax Day was moved to today. It's International Juggler's Day. The day celebrates the skill of juggling and talented jugglers. It can also apply to multi tasking office workers. It’s Newspaper Columnists Day. National Animal Cracker Day. Paul Revere Day. Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. It happened on this date in 1775. It's Patriot's Day. Some people know little or nothing about Patriot's Day. To New Englander's, though, it's a big day. In the states in New England, it's a holiday with a day off of work. Banks, schools, post offices, and businesses have the day off. Patriot's Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Today is Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1923, Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, New York. It was baseball’s first three-tiered stadium. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem. In 1934, the first Laundromat opened. It was in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1938, Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. In 1966, Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, the first African-American coach in the NBA. In 1984, Michael Jackson had surgery performed on his scalp to repair damage caused after his hair caught fire during a shoot for a Pepsi television commercial. In 2002, actor Robert Blake was arrested in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake, who played Little Beaver as a child in 20 movies and later was TV's Baretta, was acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case.
Fair to say, we did see this one coming. The Jungle Book dominated the weekend box office, grossing a massive $103.6 million, and extending the Walt Disney Company's success in making live action versions of its classic animated features. It ranks as the second biggest April opening in history, behind only Furious 7's $147.2 million launch. With Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and now The Jungle Book, this strategy of revitalizing fairy tales has become a virtual brand onto itself. The studio will continue to mine its library; Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson hits theaters on March 17th of 2017, and new versions of Cruella De Ville and Peter Pan are in the works. Despite the shadow cast by The Jungle Book, Barbershop: The Next Cut finished second The Boss fell to number three. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice placed fourth. Zootopia rounded out the top five. The weekend's other new entry, Criminal, debuted at number six.
Four veteran KING 5 employees, including anchor Dennis Bounds and longtime anchor Jean Enersen, are retiring Friday. They and a number of other staffers have accepted voluntary retirement offers. Jeff Renner and Linda Byron also are among those leaving the station Friday. The early retirement offer went out to KING 5 staffers six weeks ago. Bounds joined the station in 1991 and has served as an anchor since 1994. Enersen, one of the first female anchors in the country, has been with KING 5 for 48 years. Renner, the station’s chief meteorologist for the weeknight broadcasts, joined KING in 1977 as the station’s science reporter. Byron is an investigative reporter with 26 years of experience at the station.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has a new gig lined up: he'll be singing with AC/DC. The Australian rockers announced over the weekend that Rose is stepping in for Brian Johnson, who had to bow out from touring due to hearing issues. Axl is stepping in for AC/DC's European Tour in May and June in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Denmark.
Trivia Answer: Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr. -- Dick Clark. As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads and Simon & Garfunkel. During an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in 1990, it was noted that over two-thirds of the people who've been initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had their television debuts on American Bandstand. Due to his perennial youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as America's oldest teenager. Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. Following his stroke, Clark ceded the majority of hosting duties on his New Year's Rockin' Eve to Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest has remained host and an executive producer of the special ever since. Clark died on this date in 2012 of a heart attack at the age of 82.
|Morning Trivia: He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. He was and is renowned primarily as a painter. He is revered for his technological ingenuity. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime. Who is he?
An off day for the Mariners yesterday. They're off on a 9-game road trip. They start things off in New York against the Yankees this afternoon at 4:05. They meet the Yanks again tomorrow and Sunday. Monday's a day off. Tuesday, they're in Cleveland.
The NFL has released the 2016 schedule for the Seattle Seahawks, which features an opening game against Miami and five games in prime time. The schedule also features an early bye in Week 5, and what at this point looks like a particularly tough 11-day stretch with a home game against defending NFC champion Carolina, followed by a December road game at Lambeau Field against the Packers, followed four days later by a home game against the Los Angeles Rams, who now have the No. 1 pick in this year's draft and could be sporting a new quarterback. During the 2016 regular season, Seattle plays opponents from the NFC South and AFC East in addition to their NFC West rivals.
Birthdays: Actor and musician Roy Clark is 83; singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds is 72; actress Amy Wright is 66; actress Emma Thompson is 57; the voice of Yoda, voice actor Tom Kane is 54; singer-songwriter, and record producer Linda Perry is 51; singer Samantha Fox is 50; Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien is 48; actor Seth Rogen is 34; and Hermione in the Harry Potter series, actress Emma Watson is 26.
Today is normally Tax Day. Since 1955, April 15th has been the deadline to file your income taxes, unless it falls on a weekend, then it's on the next business day. This year, even though April 15th is a Friday, Tax Day is Monday. Why? Because today is Emancipation Day -- set aside to commemorate the signing of the Emancipation Act by President Abraham Lincoln. It's celebrated in Washington, DC. It's observed on April 16th, which just so happens to fall on Saturday this year. Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in DC with federal employees, including those at the IRS, off the job. Since this year's holiday is on a Saturday, it's being observed on the closest weekday, which falls on April 15th, moving the tax deadline to the next Monday on April 18th. Perhaps related to Tax Day, today is Rubber Eraser Day. Also perhaps related, it's Take a Wild Guess Day. The aim here is to turn the spotlight on hunches, brilliant leaps of deduction, and outright guesswork. Today is Titanic Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, and the over 1500 people who died. On this day in 1912, the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the north Atlantic ocean. The Titanic was called 'unsinkable' and the 'safest ship afloat' by her builder and designer. However, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City, the ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. This occurred at 11:40 the evening of April 14th, 1912. Two hours later, with a gaping gash in her side, the ship quickly sank in icy waters and 1522 passengers and crew died.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. In 1871, Wild Bill Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas. In 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games. In 1955, McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1971, The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for Let It Be. In 1982, Billy Joel was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He went to the hospital and stayed for over a month undergoing therapy on his injured hand. In 1996, in San Francisco, Jerry Garcia's remaining ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small portion of his ashes had been scattered in the Ganges River in India on April 4th. In 2004, Courtney Love was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession. In 2015, The Who began its 50th anniversary tour.
A fortuitous Facebook post from the Washington State Lottery made a Marysville man $200,000 richer, but just barely. The man was on a business trip in Arizona when he saw a note on Facebook that a winning Hit 5 ticket that had been bought in October was just a few days from expiring. He said when he saw the note on Facebook, he thought 'Oh I better check all these!' because, he says, he's awful at remembering to check his Lottery tickets. Sure enough, his was the winner. He had to call his boss to let him know he was cutting the trip short and raced back home to get the claim in on Wednesday. The ticket would have expired yesterday. The man is set to get married and he and his fiancé say they'll use the lottery funds to help pay for the wedding, perhaps in Hawaii.
Tomorrow is Record Store Day. Record Store Day is an annual event, founded in 2007, held on the third Saturday of April each year to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event.
Leonard Nimoy passed away a little more than a year ago. Shortly after his death, his son Adam Nimoy launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a movie paying tribute to his father. The campaign raised a total of $662,640 and now, a year later, the first trailer for the project is online. For the Love of Spock will be first presented at the Tribeca film festival tomorrow and is being made available online at a later date this year.
Speaking of movies, new in theaters this weekend is the long-awaited PG-rated The Jungle Book. Also out this weekend, the PG-rated Barbershop: The Next Cut, and the R-rated Criminal.
Trivia Answer: Leonardo da Vinci who was born on this date in 1452. As a painter, his works include the Mona Lisa -- the most famous and most parodied portrait -- and The Last Supper -- the most reproduced religious painting of all time. Regarding technology, he conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull. The interest in Leonardo's genius has continued unabated; experts study and translate his writings, analyse his paintings using scientific techniques, argue over attributions and search for works which have been recorded but never found. It's been written that because of the multiplicity of interests that spurred him to pursue every field of knowledge ... Leonardo can be considered, quite rightly, to have been the universal genius par excellence, centuries have passed, yet we still view Leonardo with awe.
|Morning Trivia: This singer is best known for the song When a Man Loves a Woman from 50 years ago. Who is he?
Inserted as a pinch hitter for Adam Lind in the bottom of the 10th, Dae-Ho Lee finally gave the Mariners a reason to celebrate, blasting a two-out, walk-off home run to give the Mariners a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday. Seattle’s win snapped a five-game losing streak, the longest skid in franchise history to commence a home season. At 3-and-6 and a nine-game road trip looming, the Mariners avoided their first 2-7 start since 2011. The Mariners are off today. They begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 4:05.
The Golden State Warriors broke the NBA record with their 73rd win of the season, 125-104 over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors finish the regular season 73-and-9, topping by one game the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-and-10 in the 1995-96 season.
Kobe Bryant scored 60 incredible points. He carried a miserable Los Angeles Lakers team to an improbable comeback victory in his final game. And with sweat and confetti all over his gold uniform for the final time, he expressed humble thanks to his fans and family for their loving support over two decades.
Birthdays: Country singer -- the Coal Miner's Daughter -- Loretta Lynn turns 84; retired policeman Frank Serpico -- Al Pacino played him in the movie -- is 80; former baseball player/coach Pete Rose is 75; Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 71; Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, actor Brad Garrett is 56; Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club, actor Anthony Michael Hall is 48; and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 39.
Today is Ex Spouse Day -- in recognition of your Ex. Someone must have been kidding when they created this day, right? Could anyone actually want to recognize their Ex? Ex Spouse Day has indeed arrived. Once again, a reminder that we don't create these days, we merely report them. Today is International Moment of Laughter Day. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, laughter is the best medicine. It's Look Up at the Sky Day. You never know what might be going on up there. Take a few minutes out from your busy day to look up at the sky today. If nothing else, the break from the routine will be relaxing. Perhaps related. Maybe not. It's Reach as High as You Can Day. Expand your horizons. It will truly be an uplifting experience.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives. More than 700 survived. In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath was first published. In 1984, the Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state's public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as theory rather than fact. In 1980, a New Jersey state assemblyman introduced a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run the official state song. In 1980, Gary Numan released The Touring Principle, a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette. In 1989 - Tom Petty released his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. In 2002, President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.
Put down your fork. The Spaghetti Bowl is not happening this year. And probably not next year, either. For the first time in 39 seasons, Capital and Olympia won't meet on the gridiron this fall. Both Capital and Olympia are joining new leagues for the 2016-17 school year, as part of a four-year reclassification cycle implemented by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association in January. Capital, which will remain in the 3A classification, joins the newly created South Sound Conference and Olympia joins the 4A South Puget Sound League. Because of scheduling conflicts between the two leagues, the Spaghetti Bowl has been shelved indefinitely.
A judge yesterday voided the sale of a former Catholic convent to a Los Angeles businesswoman, clearing the way for Katy Perry to purchase it. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that attempts to sell the property to the businesswoman by members of an order of nuns were improper. Perry has sought to buy the hilltop property in the Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. Her bid would have to be approved by the Vatican. Her efforts were stymied when some members of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opted to sell the convent to entrepreneur Dana Hollister. Hollister recorded a deed on the property, but Bowick's ruling rescinds it.
Trivia Answer: Percy Sledge who hit No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in 1966 with When a Man Loves a Woman. It was awarded a million-selling, Gold-certified disc from the RIAA. Having previously worked as a hospital orderly in the early 1960s, Sledge achieved his strongest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of emotional soul songs. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Sledge's career enjoyed a renaissance in the 1980s when When a Man Loves a Woman re-entered the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 2 behind the reissued Ben E. King classic Stand by Me, after being used in a Levi's commercial. In the early 1990s, Michael Bolton brought When a Man Loves a Woman back into the limelight again on his album Time, Love, & Tenderness. For the week of November 17th of 1991, Bolton's version also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge on April 14th of last year at the age of 74.
|Morning Trivia: What looked like a sturdy padlock turned out to be as fleeting as a soap bubble. When Jordan Spieth birdied the ninth hole Sunday afternoon, extending his final-round lead in the Masters to five strokes, he was in superb position to win his second consecutive Green Jacket. Then he collapsed on the back nine and lost the Tournament by three strokes to Englishman Danny Willett. Our question this morning deals with the Masters. Specifically: At the age of 21, he became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament. Who is he?
The Mariners continued to make life difficult at Safeco Field Tuesday, when they extended their winless streak at home to five games with an 8-0 loss to the Texas Rangers. The Mariners wrap up their homestand with an afternoon game game against Texas today. They take tomorrow off before opening up an East Coast road trip at the Yankees Friday.
Birthdays: Actor Paul Sorvino is 77; Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, actor Tony Dow is 71; singer, songwriter, and pastor, the reverend Al Green is 70; actor Ron Perlman is 66; singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson is 65; E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg is 65; Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov is 53; comedian and actress Caroline Rhea is 52; actor Ricky Schroder is 46; and mister Mambo Number Five, singer Lou Bega is 41.
Today is Butch Cassidy’s birthday. The outlaw leader of The Wild Bunch was born on this date in 1866. Today is International Plant Appreciation Day. Today is National Peach Cobbler Day. And today is Scrabble Day -- a day that celebrates the popular board game. It's sold by Hasbro. It's very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Alfred Butts was born. While unemployed during the Depression, he invented a crossword-puzzle game called Scrabble. Twenty years later, in 1952, Macy’s became interested and a manufacturer offered Butts three cents a game for the rights to mass produce Scrabble. He took it. In 1963, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues. In 1965, King of the Road Roger Miller won five Grammies, a record that stood until 1984 when Michael Jackson took eight. In 1980, the Broadway musical Grease closed after 3,883 performances. In 1985, the single We Are the World hit #1 here in the States. In 1994, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced that they were separating. In 2001, a woman in Stalybridge, England, decided she'd had enough. After the 5th repairman in 15 months could not repair her dishwasher, she locked the doors and refused to let him leave her house. The repairman phoned his boss and the company agreed to give her a new machine.
No film sequel has been confirmed and re-confirmed more than Top Gun 2. It’s gotta be part of their marketing plan. Once again producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that Tom Cruise is returning in the follow up to the 1986 hit Top Gun. Back in January he confirmed the movie and Cruise’s return in a tweet. Last year he stated in an interview that plans were in motion and that Cruise was likely on board.
For a film that reportedly took over a decade to make, Deadpool has certainly paid off. It's now the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever. The critically acclaimed superhero action-comedy has now earned more than 745 million dollars worldwide, snapping the old mark of 742.1 million raised by 2003's The Matrix Reloaded. Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as the wisecracking mercenary of the same name, opened nationally February 12th. Reynolds has said it took 11 years to convince a studio to take a chance on the film, and even then, it was given the relatively small production budget of $58 million. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice boasts a production budget nearly five times that. Deadpool is coming to DVD, digital HD download, and Blu-ray May 10th.
Trivia Answer: Eldrick Tont -- although we call him Tiger -- Woods. It was on this date in 1997 that Tiger become the youngest golfer ever to win the Masters. It was the first major that he won -- and he did it with a score of 18 under par -- and won by a record margin of 12 strokes. He won another three PGA Tour events that year, and on June 15th of 1997, in only his 42nd week as a professional, rose to number one in the Official World Golf Rankings, the fastest-ever ascent to world No. 1. In 2009 and 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to focus on personal problems -- he and his wife Elin Nordegren eventually divorced. This was followed by a loss of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011. He ended a career-high winless streak of 107 weeks when he captured the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 ranking once again, holding the top spot until May 2014. Woods had back surgery in April 2014 and September 2015 and has struggled since to regain his dominant form. By March 29th of last year, Woods had fallen to #104, outside of the top 100 for the first time since the week prior to his first Tour title win in 1996.
|Morning Trivia: This author was best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000. Who is he?
The Mariners’ hitting woes continued in a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers last night. Ms and Rangers again tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: His song Rockit was the first successful track to use scratching, jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 78; Al Bundy on Married…With Children, actor Ed O'Neill is 70; retired talk show host David Letterman is 69; author Scott Turow is 67; singer and actor David Cassidy is 66; singer and guitarist Pat Travers is 62; actor Andy Garcia is 60; singer Vince Gill is 59; from Everclear, singer and frontman Art Alexakis is 54; and actress Shannen Doherty is 45.
Today is Big Wind Day. On April 12th of 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour. Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Today is Walk on Your Wild Side Day, a day to do something unpredictable -- a chance to do something no one would ever expect you to do. Today is Spam the Internet Day. On this day in 1994, the Internet became commercial when two authors spammed 6,000 Usenet newsgroups with a commercial ad. Today is National Licorice Day. Today is National D.E.A.R. Day, National Drop Everything and Read Day, a special celebration to remind families to make reading together a daily priority.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s live album Four Way Street was certified gold before it even appeared on the LP chart. In 1979, Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship, replacing founding member Marty Balin. In 1985, federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns. They were goats with horns that had been surgically implanted. In 1993, Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz. In 1995, on Late Night with David Letterman, actress Drew Barrymore jumped on Dave's desk, did a bump and grind, opened her blouse, and flashed the host. In 1998, a federal appeals court in San Francisco awarded the rights to the record Louie Louie to The Kingsmen, the group that recorded it in 1963. The court agreed that the group had missed out on decades of royalties on the top-selling record. In 1999, a 75-year-old German war veteran apologized to an 87-year-old French woman for stealing her ham during the war in 1944. Hans Kupperfahrenberg said he was retreating in Normandy and was starving, but he never felt right about stealing Louise Marie’s ham. So 55 years later, he returned to Normandy, found her, and bought her a ham. In 2004, Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career homer list.
The widow of the man driving the Porsche that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker cannot prove the carmaker is responsible for the accident, according to a federal judge. US District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that there was not enough evidence in Kristine Rodas' claims that her husband died because the Porsche Carrera GT he was driving lacked several key safety features. He said there was no evidence the Porsche's suspension failed before the crash, as the lawsuit claimed. She also had alleged the rare sports car lacked a crash cage and fuel cell. The judge wrote that the plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas' death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of defendant. Walker was riding in the Carrera GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas when the car spun out of control, struck three trees and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita in November 2013. Walker was on a break from filming the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise when he died. The ruling has no bearing on two other cases against Porsche filed by Walker's daughter and father, which are both pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The two websites that make you angriest have teamed up for a collaboration. Ticketmaster announced yesterday that by the end of April, the company will be selling event tickets directly through Facebook.
Trivia Answer: Tom Clancy who was born on this date in 1947. His works, The Hunt for Red October in 1984, Patriot Games in 1987, Clear and Present Danger in 1989, and The Sum of All Fears in 1991, were all turned into commercially successful films. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan. Clancy died on October 1st of 2013, of an undisclosed illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital, near his Baltimore home. By the way, he was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
|Morning Trivia: He was Emmy-nominated for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Who was he?
Not a good weekend for the Ms as they were swept in their home opening series by the Oakland Athletics. Yesterday, Coco Crisp hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to help the As overcome a dominant outing from Felix Hernandez and beat the Mariners 2-1 to complete the sweep. Felix struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. Hernandez has allowed one run or fewer 90 times since 2009, the most in baseball. He has 26 no decisions in those games, and the Mariners have lost 19 of them. The Mariners homestand continues with a three-game series against the Texas Rangers starting tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma is in search of his first win of the season.
Going into Sunday's round at The Masters, there had only been 15 holes-in-one in the history of the golf major. Yesterday that jumped to 18 when three golfers got a hole in one on number 16.
Birthdays: Actor Joel Grey is 84; actress Louise Lasser -- Mary Hartman -- is 77; singer Lisa Stansfield is 50; actress Jennifer Esposito is 43; and singer Joss Stone is 29.
Today is Barbershop Quartet Day. It was on April 11th of 1938 that the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today is International Louie Louie Day, celebrating what some call the greatest party song of all time. Composer Richard Berry was born on this date in 1935. Today is M&Ms Crisis Day, marking the day in 1996 when American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from the Russian space station Mir she was absolutely, totally out of M&Ms. Lucid spent 188 days aboard the Mir and asked only for regular re-supplies of M&Ms. Today is National Cheese Fondue Day. Today is 8-Track Tape Day. Originally called the Stereo 8, it was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in New York City's Greenwich Village. He sang Blowin' in the Wind. In 1981, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married in Los Angeles. In 1986, Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Michigan, stopped an 80-year tradition of tours of its breakfast-food plant, believing that spies from other companies were taking the tours to steal company secrets. In 1990, astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Arizona named four asteroids after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In 1994, a Seattle coroner ruled that Kurt Cobain's death was a suicide. In 2002, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic filed a motion for Courtney Love to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The two parties were locked in a legal battle over the rights to the Nirvana back catalog.
Melissa McCarthy's star power lifted The Boss to an estimated $23.5 million opening weekend despite bad reviews and rough word-of-mouth for the R-rated comedy. It was enough to narrowly topple Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from first place at the weekend box office. The superhero match-up fell just short of retaining the top slot, earning $23.4 million and bringing its total after three weeks to $296.7 million. Given that this is essentially a statistical dead heat, it is possible that those positions could shift once final numbers roll in this morning. Disney’s Zootopia scored a third place finish. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 nabbed fourth place. Newcomer Hardcore Henry, an R-rated first-person action film, rounded out the top five. Whatever the final outcome, neither The Boss nor Batman v Superman is likely to extend their rule into next weekend. That's when Disney releases a live-action version of The Jungle Book.
Trivia Answer: Meshach Taylor who was born on this date in 1947. He was on Designing Women from 1986 to 1993. He had countless other roles in theater, television, and film. Suffering from colorectal cancer, Taylor died on June 28th of 2014.
|Morning Trivia: He is the only child of his famous father and his father's first wife. The manager of his father's group was his godfather. He was the direct inspiration for three Beatles' songs: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Hey Jude, and Good Night. Who is he?
We set a record here in Olympia yesterday. The National Weather Service says the record high temperature of 80 was set at the Olympia Airport yesterday. They say it broke the old record of 77 which was set in 1996.
For the second straight season, young Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker is making his season debut against Oakland. Almost any result will be better than Walker's first start against the A's to begin last year. He gave up nine earned runs, nine hits, and didn't make it through the fourth inning. The Mariners return to the Northwest and kick off their home slate tonight -- the first of three against the A's. Tonight includes all pomp and circumstance of a traditional opening day including new Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. throwing out the first pitch plus some curiosity about this year's Mariners. Can the power surge Seattle displayed in Texas, led by four home runs by Robinson Cano, continue at home? The Mariners hit nine home runs in the three-game series in Texas, where Seattle won two of three games and likely should have swept. Cano was the instigator of the power surge, becoming just the 29th player in major league history to homer in each of the first three games of the season. New Seattle manager Scott Servais said the key for Walker tonight and throughout the season is going to be his secondary pitches and not always relying on his fastball. Tonight is also the home debut for Servais as manager. He won over many of his players and fans with a fiery display in Tuesday's win when he yelled and pointed at the Texas bench after Chris Iannetta was hit by a pitch. Game time is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 90; basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek is 76; from the songwriting team of Gamble and Huff, Leon Huff is 74; the guitarist for Yes and Asia, Steve Howe is 69; actor and stuntman Kane Hodder is 61; Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, singer and actor John Schneider is 56; the first Survivor winner Richard Hatch is 55; ex-Guns N Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 54; John and Cynthia's son, Julian Lennon is 53; rapper Biz Markie is 52; actress Robin Wright is 50; actress Patricia Arquette is 48; and King Felix, Felix Hernandez, is 30.
Today is All is Ours Day. The creator of this day was brilliant. Let's dissect the meaning and intent of this day by examining the title word for word. It begins with the word 'all'. For such a little word, it's all-inclusive. From a possessive standpoint, therefore, we are talking about anything and everything we want. The verb 'is' is short, sweet and definite. It leaves no room for doubt or question. Finally, the 'ours' rather than the word 'mine'. This is a vital decision allowing us to completely enjoy today. Today is also Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. The origin of the day: On April 8th of 1943, 7-year-old Dorie Cooper visited her uncle in the hospital. He had been injured in WWII, having lost his leg to a land mine. She asked him to draw a picture of a bird. He did, and she teased him saying it wasn't a very good picture, but she would hang it in her room. That lifted his spirits. Three years later, Dorie was struck and killed by a car. At her funeral there were many bird pictures and drawings, prompting the creation of this day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, the first recorded college basketball game occured at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. In 1969, Neil Diamond set a record at the Los Angeles Forum when he sold out nine shows in a row. In 1974, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record. In 1975, Aerosmith released Toys in the Attic. In 1979, Van Halen began their first world tour. In 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California. In 1992, retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. In 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead at the age of 27. He had committed suicide three days before. In 2005, over four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
American Idol ended its run last night with a win that left even the judges surprised. Mississippi farm boy Trent Harmon beat out fellow Mississippi resident La'Porsha Renae to become the winner of Idol's 15th and final season. La'Porsha had been heavily favored to win, having spent almost the entire season being lauded by the judges and fans for her strong vocals. But Harmon, another fan favorite, gave her more than a run for her money during Wednesday night's competitive show. After host Ryan Seacrest announced 25-year-old Harmon as the winner, judge Harry Connick Jr. could be seen mouthing the word Wow. It was a big end for an equally big night, with many of the reality competition's alumni returning to take to the stage. Big names like former contestant and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson were joined by some of the characters, like rejected contestant William Hung, who diehard fans remember from over the years. The show's creator, Simon Fuller, is already plotting a comeback, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the next version will feel more interactive and have a youthful glow. He said, 'Idol will certainly be coming back, for sure.' Seacrest seemed to confirm that last night when he ended the show by saying 'Goodnight America ... for now.'
If you didn't catch The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story when it aired on FX and you're just not into watching it on-demand, this weekend is your chance to catch up on what all the fuss has been about. Cable's FX network is re-airing all ten episodes tomorrow beginning at 11 in the morning our time. The acclaimed, Ryan Murphy-produced series concluded Tuesday. Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the series tells the story of former NFL great and actor O.J. Simpson's 1995 double-murder trial. It stars Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson. Other cast members include John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Selma Blair, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Are you ready for some sort of football? Well, you've got about four more months to wait. The NFL announced the league's preseason schedule yesterday, and for the first time since 2010 the Seahawks won't play at least three of their former AFC West rivals. Seattle will still see two of their traditional exhibition opponents, with road matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders book-ending their four-game exhibition slate. In between those contests the Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. All of the games will be televised by Q13 FOX.
The growing number of passwords computer users need to remember to conduct their lives is leading to password rage. A third of people admit to becoming angry after struggling to remember login details. Password Rage has become a thing.
Trivia Answer: Julian Lennon who is 53 today. He was born in Liverpool. He's the only child of John Lennon and John's first wife Cynthia Powell. It was Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, who was his godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon. Julian was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon. ulian inspired one of his father's most famous songs, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, whose lyrics describe a picture the boy had drawn, a watercolor painting of his friend Lucy O'Donnell from nursery school surrounded by stars. Another composition of his father's inspired by him was the lullaby Good Night, the closing song of the White Album. Julian's parents divorced when he was five. Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude to console him over the breakup. It was originally called Hey Jules but McCartney changed the name because he thought that Jude was an easier name to sing.
|Morning Trivia: He was a film and television actor, best-known for playing the role of Trapper John in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H. Who was he?
Robinson Cano homered twice and drove in five runs, including a two-run homer that capped Seattle's five-run ninth, as the Mariners rallied for a 9-5 victory at the Texas Rangers yesterday in the finale of a three-game opening series. Cano has homered in all three games for Seattle and is the first Mariners player ever with four homers in the first three games of the season. Seattle gets a day off today before the home opener tomorrow night at Safeco against Oakland. Taijuan Walker is the scheduled starter. Ken Griffey, Jr. is throwing out the cermonial first pitch tomorrow night.
Birthdays: California governor Jerry Brown is 78; director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola is 77; the Oates portion of Hall and ____, John Oates is 68; she’s not at 17 anymore, Janis Ian is 65; actor and martial artist, Jackie Chan is 62; boxer and actor Buster Douglas is 56; and actor Russell Crowe is 52.
Country music icon Merle Haggard, who emerged from prison to become the poetic voice of the American working man died on yesterday. Haggard died of pneumonia at his home in California. The country legend had canceled all his concerts for the month of April due to illness. His son Ben, who played lead guitar in Haggard's band, said his father had predicted the day of his death. He said, 'A week ago, Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong.' Yesterday was Merle's 79th birthday. Haggard's fame skyrocketed in 1970 with Okie From Muskogee, an anti-hippie song (we don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee, we don't take our trips on LSD) that came to be embraced by conservatives. Haggard said in interviews the song started out as a joke and a character study and that it did not necessarily reflect his views. Haggard often told interviewers he was not political but his songs showed he was certainly opinionated and a libertarian thinker. In 2003 he defended the Dixie Chicks from fans' backlash after they criticized President George W. Bush and he wrote a song in tribute to Hillary Clinton when she was seeking the presidency in 2007.
Today is No Housework Day, a day to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. It's World Health Day sponsored by the United Nation's World Health Organization. World Health Day focuses on a different health theme each year. It's an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate. The topic for this year is Diabetes. It's National Beer Day. In March of 1933, President Franklin D. roosevelt, signed into law, the Cullen-Harrision Act. This act, repealed prohibition for beer. Effective April 7th, 1933, people cold once more buy, sell and consume beer.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer. In 1967, film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1970, John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit. He had been in over 200 films. In 1985, Wham! became the first Western act to play in China. In 1998, George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct. He was sentenced to community service for the incident. In 2003, US troops captured Baghdad. Saddam Hussein's regime fell two days later.
Today is expected to bring summer heat, likely breaking the 80-degree mark. The National Weather Service says today's temps will run 20 to 25 degrees above normal, thanks to a high pressure ridge building in the Northwest and some offshore flow. Forecasts say the skies should be clear all day today and that coastal areas will likely break temperature records. Tomorrow will bring some clouds and cooling, but will likely stay quite warm for April in the upper 60s to mid-70s.
The final Idol is tonight. It's the series finale of American Idol. The finale is full of performances, including superstar winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, as well as former Idols and winners including Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Scotty McCreery, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, and many more. One report says original co-host Brian Dunkleman will appear at the beginning of the show, and viral sensation William Hung will be singing at some point. In the end, the final winner will be revealed. It's tonight at 8:00 on FOX.
A surge in the number of people buying adult coloring books has threatened pencil stocks world-wide as manufacturers struggle to cope with an increased demand for colored pencils. The world’s biggest wooden pencil manufacturer, Faber-Castell, say they are experiencing double-digit growth in the sale of artists' pencils and have been forced to run more shifts in their German factory to keep up.
Trivia Answer: William Wayne McMillan Rogers III -- better known simply as Wayne Rogers -- who would have been 84 today. Rogers appeared on television in both dramas and sitcoms such as The F.B.I., Gunsmoke, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Fugitive, and he had a small supporting role in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke. When Rogers was approached for M*A*S*H, he planned to audition as Hawkeye Pierce. However, he found the character too cynical and asked to screen test as Trapper John, whose outlook was brighter. Rogers was told that Trapper and Hawkeye would have equal importance as characters. This changed after Alan Alda, whose acting career and résumé up to that point had outshone that of Rogers, was cast as Hawkeye , and proved to be more popular with the audience. Rogers succeeded Elliott Gould, who had played the character in the Robert Altman movie M*A*S*H, and was himself succeeded by Pernell Roberts on the M*A*S*H spin-off Trapper John, M.D.. After three seasons, Rogers left the show. Later, Rogers was a regular panel member on the Fox News Channel stock investment television program Cashin' In, as a result of having built a career as an investor, investment strategist and advisor, and money manager. Rogers died on December 31st last year from complications from pneumonia at the age of 82.
|Morning Trivia: He's a drag racer. In 1962, he was a partner in a team which earned the best win record in NHRA history, before switching to Funny Car. He won the NHRA Funny Car championship four times in his thirty-five-year career. He was the first Funny Car driver to exceed 250 mph. Who is he?
Nelson Cruz hit one of four Seattle homers, fellow former Texas player Leonys Martin had a tiebreaking double and the Mariners bounced back from an opening day loss to beat the Rangers 10-2 last night. Scott Servais, who spent six years in player development with Texas, got his first win as a manager while having a shouting match with reigning AL Manager of the Year Jeff Banister. The pair exchanged words after former Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch. Wilhelmsen, who was ejected, had just given up the second of two homers along with two doubles without getting an out in a six-run Seattle eighth. Robinson Cano homered for the second straight game and on the first pitch as a Ranger from Wilhelmsen, who spent his first five big league seasons with the Mariners. Cruz, who reached base four times and scored three runs, and Kyle Seager doubled. After Seth Smith homered - again on the first pitch - Wilhelmsen's next pitch hit Iannetta on the left thigh. The Seattle catcher, who was with the Los Angeles Angels last season, yelled at the right-hander as he walked up the line. The managers emerged from the dugouts, eventually pointing at each other and shouting. The umpires cleared the field without any major trouble, and Luis Sardinas, another former Texas player, hit his first major league homer to cap six straight Seattle batters reaching to start the inning. Pitcher Wade Miley makes his Seattle debut after coming over in an offseason trade with Boston when the Ms meet the Rangers today.
Birthdays: Country legend Merle Haggard is 79; actor Billy Dee Williams is also 79; Cliff Claven on Cheers, actor John Ratzenberger is 69; Elaine Nardo on Taxi, actress Marilu Henner is 64; former candidate for US President Michelle Bachmann is 60; former Seattle Mariner Bret Boone is 47; actor Paul Rudd is also 47; Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years, actor Jason Hervey is 44; and DJ Tanner on Full House, actress Candace Cameron Bure is 40.
Today is Sorry Charlie Day. Have you ever been rejected? For anything? Sure you have! We all have. Sorry Charlie Day is for all of us who have been spurned, and yet somehow survived it. Today is Plan Your Epitaph Day -- a little morbid for my liking but I have one. On my tombstone, it should say I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. Today is Barney Day. Barney & Friends, Baby Bop, and B.J. premiered on PBS on this date in 1992.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. In 1916, Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old. In 1924, four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around the world. In 1931, a little cream-filled sponge cake called the Hostess Twinkie went on sale in the US. They were created in order to use shortcake baking pans when strawberries were not in season. In 1954, Swanson & Sons introduced a revolutionary American food product -- the TV dinner. In 1956, Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. In 1959, Hal Holbrook opened in the off-Broadway presentation of Mark Twain Tonight. He did his Mark Twain show at the Washington Center last year. In 1982, on New York City’s Wall Street, 44-year-old Jim Priceman found an envelope containing $37-million in negotiable bearer bonds. He immediately returned them to the corporate owner and received a reward of $250. In 1983, Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall. He said rock 'n' roll bands attract the wrong element. In 1987, Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler. In 1992, Microsoft introduced Windows version 3.1. In 2003, the IRS notified a homeless man in Salem, Oregon, that his $6 million tax bill was a mistake. The 30-year-old, known as the 'six million dollar man' by his buddies at the Union Gospel Mission, was told he owed nothing. The IRS refused to comment further on the case.
The UConn Huskies' win over the Syracuse Orange last night in Indianapolis was nothing short of historic. The Huskies powered through to an overwhelming 27 point win, 82-51 -- it was their 151st win in the last four seasons. This marks UConn's fourth NCAA title in a row, a feat that's never been done before in division 1 women's basketball.
Republican Donald Trump emerged from Wisconsin as a damaged front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz, deepening questions about the billionaire businessman's presidential qualifications and pushing the GOP toward a rare contested convention fight. Democrat Bernie Sanders also scored a sweeping victory in Wisconsin's primary that gives him a fresh incentive to keep challenging Hillary Clinton. But Sanders still lags Clinton significantly in the delegate count. Both parties are turning their sights toward New York, which offers a massive delegate prize in its April 19th contests.
Trivia Answer: Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme who turns 75 today. He earned the nickname 'The Snake' in high school. He retired in 1994 to manage his own racing team. At the end of the 2009 racing season, sponsorship went away and Prudhomme retired from active racing. Prudhomme was known for his yellow 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in which he raced rival driver Tom McEwen in his red 1970 Plymouth Duster, named Mongoose. Both drivers gained wider public attention from Mattel's Hot Wheels toy versions of the cars that were released in 1970. Hot Wheels celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2005 with a two-day event.
|Morning Trivia: He played heroic roles: Moses in The Ten Commandments, Taylor in Planet of the Apes, twice as Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady and The Buccaneer; the characters of El Cid and Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was also known for his political activism. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republican policies and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. Who is he?
Cole Hamels handed Felix Hernandez his first opening day loss and the Texas Rangers managed to win with just one hit, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-2 yesterday. The Rangers become the first team since 1900 to win a season opener despite getting one hit or fewer. Seattle had a chance to join the Boston Beaneaters (1887-96) as the only major league clubs to win 10 straight openers. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager homered early for the Mariners, but the midgame mistakes cost them the lead in the debut of manager Scott Servais. Hernandez fell to 6-and-1 in nine opening day starts. Cano and Seager matched the number of lefty hitters to homer off the left-handed Hamels all last season in the first two innings. Tonight, the Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma makes the first start of his fifth season with Seattle a week shy of his 35th birthday. Game time tonight is 5:05.
Birthdays: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 79; actor Michael Moriarty is 75; Wojo on Barney Miller, Max Gail, Jr. is 73; Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is 50; singer Paula Cole is 48; and singer, songwriter, Voice panelist Pharrell Williams is 43.
Today is Make Your Children Laugh Day. Do something really goofy they'll still remember next year. Today is Go for Broke Day. Are you a gambler? Today, is your day. Today is a day to put it all on the line, and take a chance. It might be money. Or, it can be a love relationship. Perhaps, it's time to initiate a risky project, or to take a new job. Many of us go about our daily lives playing it safe, not taking big chances. If you are of a conservative ilk, you may have never gone out on a limb, or taken big risks. If this sounds like you, maybe today is a day to really let loose and Go for Broke.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, in the final first-run episode of Hawaii Five-0, McGarrett captured his arch-enemy Wo-Fat. The series, starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, lasted 12 years. In 1984, Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar skyhooked his 31,420th point to pass Wilt Chamberlain at the top of the NBA's all-time scoring list. In 1985, 5,000 radio stations around the world played We Are the World all at once. In 1987, Married ... With Children debuted on FOX. In 1993, Sherry Davis became the first female public-address-system announcer at a major league baseball park. She won the San Francisco Giant's job over 499 others who auditioned. In 1993, cnstruction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself in the garage apartment of his Seattle home. He was 27. In 2005, Aerdeen added the phrase Come As You Are to their Welcome to Aberdeen sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
Kris Jenkins delivered Villanova's second national championship on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, just seconds after UNC's Marcus Paige had tied the game with a 3 of his own. The final: NOVA 77, UNC 74. On the women's side, Syracuse and Connecticut face each other tonight the NCAA basketball final. Syracuse is the team that ended the Huskies' run. Many pundits now say they are the sacrificial lamb going against UConn tonight.
The three night series finale for American Idol begins tonight with a 90-minute retrospective featuring host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges (including the original three: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson), contestants and the behind-the-scenes team sharing their memories. It's tonight at 8:00 on FOX.
Ken Griffey Jr. is set to become the first player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Mariner later this summer, but first the former center fielder is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday night's home opener against the Athletics. Griffey played 13 of his 23 seasons in Seattle, where he became a national icon for his tape-measure home runs and acrobatic catches. An American League MVP in 1997, Griffey was elected to the All-Star Game 13 times, won 10 Gold Gloves and hit 630 home runs. The Mariners are retiring his 24 jersey in early August during what they're dubbing Griffey Weekend at Safeco Field.
Trivia Answer: Charlton Heston -- although throughout Heston's life he was known by friends as Chuck and his wife always called him Charlie. He was born John Charles Carter. His stage name Charlton Heston is drawn from his mother's maiden surname (Charlton) and his stepfather's surname (Heston). Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, Heston and actors Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas and James Stewart issued a statement calling for support of President Johnson's Gun Control Act of 1968. He opposed the Vietnam War and in 1969 was approached by the Democratic Party to run for the U.S. Senate. He agonized over the decision and ultimately determined he could never give up acting. He reportedly voted for Richard Nixon in 1972, though Nixon is unmentioned in his autobiography. By the 1980s, Heston opposed affirmative action, supported gun rights and changed his political affiliation from Democratic to Republican. When asked why he changed political alliances, Heston replied 'I didn't change. The Democratic party changed.' He campaigned for Republicans and Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Charlton Heston died of natural causes on this date in 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, his wife of 64 years Lydia by his side.
|Today's Trivia: He's a magician, illusionist, and endurance artist. He's best known
for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. His first television special, Street Magic, has
been called the best TV magic special ever done and the biggest breakthrough in our lifetime. Who is he?|
Robinson Cano hit an RBI double in his last at-bat of spring training and Nathan Karns was sharp over six innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Saturday. Cano ended up with a .368 average in exhibition play. The Mariners held a workout in Arlington, Texas, yesterday. Felix Hernandez starts the season opener for the eighth straight year coming up this afternoon against the Rangers.
The Washington women's basketball team in Indianapolis last night making ther first appearanc in the NCAA Final Four. It didn't turn out like we were hoping, Washington fell to Syracuse, 80-59. The Huskies run ends but they finish the best season in the program's history with a 26-and-11 record. Syracuse now faces UConn for the national championship tomorrow night.
Birthdays: Record executive Clive Davis is 84; Hayden Fox on Coach, actor Craig T. Nelson is 72; writer and producer – he created Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, and others -- David E. Kelley is 60; actor Robert Downey, Jr. is 51; and Jo on Facts of Life, actress Nancy McKeon is 50.
Today is Vitamin-C Day, marking this date in 1932 when C.C. King first isolated the vitamin at the University of Pittsburgh. Hate Week begins today, according to George Orwell's once futuristic novel 1984. Today is Hug a Newsman Day. This one's for Miles McKnight. Today is Walk Around Things Day, a day to avoid problems and risks, by simply walking around the potential problem. It's School Librarian Day. Today is Tell a Lie Day. If you ever need to tell a lie, apparently today is the day to do so. I don't create these days, I only report them. Why someone would create a day to encourage a person to lie is hard to comprehend. If you find today a bit discomforting, you can look forward to National Honesty Day later in the month.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, 12 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs were by the Beatles, " including the top five in order: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me. Billboard magazine wrote: Just about everyone is tired of The Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of The Beatles -- except the listening and buying public. In 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. James Brown appeared on TV and made an appeal for calm and peace. In New York, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy played an all-night tribute to the slain leader. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer in Cincinnati. In 1975, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1996, Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s, he wrote The Hokey Pokey, still played, danced, and skated by children throughout the world. In 1999, the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice appeared to be losing steam as it ended its second weekend in theaters. The critically loathed superhero movie topped the box office, picking up $52.4 million. However, that represented a steep 68% fall from its $166 million debut. There wasn't much in the way of competition. Most studios steered clear of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel's on screen scuffle, preferring to hold their fire. The next big-budget studio release to hit theaters is Disney's The Jungle Book on April 15th. In the interim, holdovers, Zootopia took second place. Third place went to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. New release God's Not Dead 2, which centers on a school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart, of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch fame) who gets embroiled in a legal controversy after bringing up Jesus in class, finished fourth. And Miracles from Heaven rounded out the top five.
On TV tonight, North Carolina and Villanova battle for the NCAA National Championship. UNC and Villanova face off for the seventh time in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are 5-1 against the Wildcats in those games and 3-0 under Roy Williams. UNC’s single loss came in the 1985 Elite Eight. Tip-off at 6 on TBS.
Trivia Answer: David Blaine who is 43 today. Blaine revolutionized the way magic is shown on television, by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. The New York Times noted that he's taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it. According to the New York Daily News, Blaine can lay claim to his own brand of wizardry. The magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level.
|Today's Trivia: This
Scottish singer came to international attention when she appeared as a
contestant on the TV program Britain's Got Talent on April 11th of 2009
singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables. Who is she?
Through all the various remodels over the course of too many lost seasons there have been two constants for Seattle baseball for the past decade: Felix Hernandez and missing the playoffs. So as a new season arrives in the Northwest, with yet another massive offseason overhaul having taken place, Felix is still here waiting for the chance to pitch in the postseason, the only accomplishment missing on his career resume. After an offseason that featured one significant change after another, the Mariners open the season Monday at Texas as one of the biggest unknowns, not just in the AL West, but in baseball. From the chair of new general manager Jerry Dipoto, to first-time manager Scott Servais and down to the 25th man on the bench, Seattle is essentially an entirely new team. That brings excitement ... and uncertainty. It also does little to instill belief that the longest playoff drought in baseball will come to an end in 2016. Felix remains the center of Seattle's core, along with Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, and Nelson Cruz. Nelson coming off one of the finest seasons ever by a Seattle hitter since the opening of Safeco Field. But it's the construction around those four that has changed drastically. Seattle begins the year with nearly half its 25-man roster having played elsewhere in 2015. Leonys Martin and Nori Aoki are now mainstays in the outfield. Adam Lind is at first base with Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee spelling him against left-handed pitchers. Chris Iannetta is at catcher with a pitching rotation that includes newcomers Wade Miley and Nathan Karns. And there is Seattle's bullpen that was completely overhauled and could determine how successful rookie manager Scott Servais is in his first season. A couple of Spring Training games remain. The Mariners meet the Colorado Rockies tonight at 7:10 and again tomorrow afternoon at 12:10. Sunday is a day off then the Ms open the regular season Monday afternoon at 1:05 in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers.
The University of Washington women's basketball team makes its first Final Four appearance in program history Sunday following a dominant NCAA Tournament run this month. On Sunday, the Huskies take on fourth-seeded Syracuse in Indianapolis with a chance to advance to the national championship game.
Happy Birthday: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 84; actress Ali MacGraw is 77; Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro is also 77; singer Jimmy Cliff is 68; Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 66; director Barry Sonnenfeld is 63; and from Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin is 39.
Today is April Fool's Day. It's Sorry Charlie Day, in honor of Charlie the Tuna who is always rejected for the tuna fish can but keeps on trying. It’s the Dollar Sign's Birthday. It first appeared on this date in 1778. It’s International Fun at Work Day -- not to be confused with Fun at Work day which is in January. Today is a day to have fun at work for once. Ideally, work should be fun. But normally, work is not intended to have fun. It's intended to get work done.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the first dishwashing machine was marketed. It was in Chicago. In 1891, the Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago. In 1938, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1st of 1971. In 1976, Jimmy Buffett’s career got a boost when he released a little ditty called Margaritaville. Also in 1976, Apple Inc. was formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. In 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father in Los Angeles a day before his 45th birthday. Gaye's father later received probation after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. In 1985, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to pursue his solo career. In 1998, a federal judge dismissed the Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton saying that the claims fell "far short" of being worthy of a trial. In 2001, same-sex marriage became legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it. In 2003, Vans Warped Tour organizers denied Avril Lavigne was headlining that year's punk festival after a fake press release was circulated on the Internet by April Fool's Day pranksters.
It's April: National Humor Month, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, Records and Information Management Month, Stress Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Trivia Answer:Susan Boyle who is 55 today. Boyle's initial appearance on the talent show fired public imagination when her modest stage introduction left audience, viewers, and judges alike unprepared for the power and expression of her mezzo-soprano voice. Before she had finished the song's opening phrase, a standing ovation for Boyle had erupted. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle—from the show, various interviews and her 1999 rendition of Cry Me a River—had been watched over 100 million times. She eventually finished in second place on the show behind dance troupe Diversity. Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream in 2009, became the UK's best-selling debut album of all time. Topping the Billboard 200 for six weeks, it was the second best-selling album of 2009 in the US. Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom council house in Blackburn which she purchased from her earnings in 2010. Her father died in the 1990s, and her siblings had left home. Boyle has never married, and she dedicated herself to care for her ageing mother until her death in 2007 at the age of 91. Boyle has purchased a $260,000 house but also plans to keep the council house where she grew up. In 2012, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. She made her diagnosis public in a BBC interview in 2013. As of November 2014, Susan Boyle was dating her first boyfriend who was 'around the same age' as she.