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|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?|
Marco Gonzales and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mitch Haniger singled home the only run and the Seattle Mariners bounced back and edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 yesterday. At 5-and-15, the rebuilding White Sox are off to their worst start since the 1950 season. That year they opened 5-and-20 en route to a 60-and-94 finish. It's Felix day as the Mariners wrap up their stay in Chicago today. Felix Hernandez gets the start in the series finale with the Sox this morning.
Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 78; in 1995, he formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original bass player Stu Cook is 73; he does many voices of characters on The Simpsons, actor Hank Azaria is 54; actress Renee Zellweger is 49; and sportscaster Joe Buck is also 49.
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.
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 responded, "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 2015 at the age of 83. No cause of death was given.
|Morning Trivia: She was an author of detective novels. She's best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Who was she?|
This is why they play the game. On paper, the Mariners should've rolled over the Chicago White Sox last night. But they didn't. The Sox win it 10-4. The Ms and Sox meet up again this afternoon.
Former Seattle Mariner and former Tacoma Rainier-- now a White Sox reliever -- Danny Farquhar is talking to his doctors and family after surgery over the weekend to address a ruptured aneurysm that occurred during Friday night's game against Houston. Farquhar remains in critical but stable condition in intensive care. He had surgery Saturday to address the aneurysm, and the team reported his medical team felt he was "progressing well." Get well wishes to Danny.
Birthdays: Warren Beatty’s older sister, actress Shirley MacLaine is 84; she sang in her high school choir with Neil Diamond, singer and actress Barbra Streisand is 76; from Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, singer and bassist Jack Blades is 64; Cedric the Entertainer is 54; Little O, former Mariner, baseball great Omar Vizquel is 51; and she rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of American Idol, singer Kelly Clarkson is 36.
It’s Pig in a Blanket Day – a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what a Pig in a Blanket is. Somebody, somewhere decided that this was a very special treat to them. So, they created a special day to celebrate this culinary delight. Today is Ambivalence Day, time for you to deal with all the paradoxical situations. Celebrate ... or don't.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time. In 1968, The Beatles' Apple Records decided not to sign a young artist called David Bowie. In 1969, Paul McCartney announced that there was no truth to the widespread rumor he was dead. In 1981, the IBM Personal Computer was introduced. In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. In 1994, Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point game. As usual, Robinson was gracious. In 1996, it was announced that Scott Weiland was in a drug rehab and could not perform causing the cancellation of several Stone Temple Pilot shows. In 2002, singer Jewel broke her collarbone and a rib when she was thrown from a horse.
Before you apply for a job, be sure to google yourself and check your social media posts for not-so-pleasant stuff. More than 1 in 3 employers report they will automatically disqualify a candidate because of something they found online.
Authorities have charged a US Postal Service employee with detaining and delaying mail. The complaint said the employee stashed 17,000 pieces of mail because he was "overwhelmed" by how much he had to deliver. Ten thousand pieces were stuffed inside his Nissan Pathfinder. He also had about 6,000 pieces of mail in his apartment and another 1,000 in his work locker. When confronted, he said he delivered the "important" ones.
Trivia Answer: Sue Grafton who was born on this date in 1940. Before her success with the alphabet series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Sue Grafton had been fascinated by mysteries series whose titles were related, such as John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series, each of which included a color in the title. Grafton decided write a series of novels whose titles would follow the alphabet. She immediately sat down and made a list of all of the crime-related words that she knew. Grafton said that series would end with "Z" Is for Zero, but she died before writing it. Her daughter said Grafton would never allow a ghostwriter to write in her name and "as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y." Grafton died on December 28th of last year after a two-year battle with cancer.
|Morning Trivia: He wrote the 1977 best-selling book The Complete Book of Running. He's credited with helping start America's fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running, and demonstrating the alleged health benefits of regular jogging. Who was he?|
The Texas Rangers avoided a series sweep with a 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The win came after Texas lost 6-2 on Friday, and 9-7 on Saturday. Now, Seattle plays the fourth game of its 10-game trip. Mike Leake starts the series opener at Chicago against the White Sox this afternoon. The Ms have three with the Sox before moving on to Cleveland for four.
Birthdays: Colonel Steve Austin on Six Million Dollar Man, actor Lee Majors is 79; Janet from Three’s Company, actress Joyce DeWitt is 69; director Michael Moore is 64; the former Mrs. Eddie Van Halen, actress Valerie Bertinelli is 58; actor and comedian George Lopez is 57; and writer, producer, actor, and host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver is 41.
Today is Baywatch Day. The TV series debuted on this date in 1989. The last episode was produced in 2001. Syndicated in 142 countries with an audience of 1.1 billion, it was the most widely viewed TV series in the world. Today is World Book and Copyright Day. Today is Lover's Day or The Day of Lovers in Spain, a day for men and mice alike to give their true loves roses. Today is National Zucchini Bread Day. Today is World Laboratory Day, a day that celebrates the place where great discoveries, inventions, and medical cures are born. Of course, it's also where mad scientists dwell. Can you say Frankenstein? And if you're a gambler, you'll love this day. Today is Take a Chance Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run. In 1964, Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts threw the first no-hit game for a loss in baseball history. Cincinnati's Reds beat Johnson’s no hitter by a score of 1-0 by capitalizing on two costly Houston errors. In 1971, The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers was released. It was the band's first release on the band's newly-formed label, Rolling Stones Records. In 1985, Coca-Cola announced it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula Coke. Negative public reaction forced the resumption of selling the original version. In 1988, a US federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours. In 1989, with the first pick in the NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman. In 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers -- his last regular season game in the NBA. In 1997, an infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth. In 2005, the first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.
With an estimated $22 million, A Quiet Place returned to the top of the box office chart over the weekend. Made for less than $20 million, A Quiet Place has now made over $207 million worldwide. The highest-grossing new movie of the week was I Feel Pretty, which debuted in third behind Rampage.
According to an international survey, road rage has become a growing worldwide problem. The worst locations are Austria, France, the US, Russia and Belgium, where around two-thirds of drivers say they have been victims of road rage in the past year.
Trivia Answer: Jim Fixx who was born on this date in 1932. He died of a heart attack while jogging at 52 years of age. His genetic predisposition for heart problems and other previous lifestyle factors may have caused his heart attack. Fixx started running at the age of 35. He weighed 240 pounds and smoked two packs of cigarettes per day. Ten years later, when his book, The Complete Book of Running -- which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the best-seller list -- was published, he was 60 pounds lighter and smoke-free. In his books and on television talk shows, he extolled the benefits of physical exercise and how it considerably increased the average life expectancy. On July 20th of 1984, Fixx died at the age of 52 of a heart attack. His autopsy revealed that atherosclerosis had blocked one coronary artery 95%, a second 85%, and a third 70%. Still, medical opinion continued to uphold the link between exercise and longevity. In 1986. exercise physiologist Kenneth Cooper, after being granted access to Fixx's medical records and autopsy, and after interviewing his friends and family, concluded that Fixx was genetically predisposed (his father had a heart attack at 35 and died of another at 43, and Fixx himself had a congenitally enlarged heart), and had several lifestyle issues -- he was a heavy smoker prior to beginning running, he had a stressful occupation, he had undergone a second divorce. and his weight before he took up running had ballooned to 220 pounds.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete where?|
The Mariners bats took a snooze again yesterday. Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Jose Altuve hit a three-run double and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2. After losing the series opener, the Astros won their third straight behind another impressive pitching performance. Morton allowed singles to Robinson Cano, Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz, and otherwise baffled Seattle's lineup. In the four-game series, Houston's starters dominated with none of the four allowing more than two earned runs. It was the first series the Ms have lost this year. Up next for the Mariners, it's a 10-game, 3-city road trip. They start things off in Arlington, Texas against the Texas Rangers tonight at 5:00. Felix Hernandez gets the start. Catcher Mike Zunino is expected to rejoin the Mariners in Texas this weekend.
By the way, the Mariners turned a triple play yesterday that you're more likely to see in a Little League game than in the major leagues. Seattle recorded the three outs on one play in the fourth inning of that game with Houston. With runners at first and second and no outs, Evan Gattis hit a check-swing ground ball to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on third and threw to second base to force Carlos Correa. Gattis finished running to first but apparently believed it was the third out and turned to jog back to the dugout. Seager noticed what was happening, and signaled to Robbie Cano who threw to Daniel Vogelbach, who applied the tag. It was the 12th triple play turned by Seattle and first since 2015. It was the second straight season the Astros had a triple play turned against them.
Birthdays: Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei is 81; actor Ryan O'Neal is 77; Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist and current member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, Craig Frost is 70; actress Jessica Lange is 69; Ron Howard's little brother actor Clint Howard is 59; Donnie Baseball, Marlins manager Don Mattingly is 57; actor Crispin Glover is 54; actress Carmen Electra is 46; and actor Joey Lawrence is 42.
Today is Go Around Humming You Light Up My Life Until Everybody Screams Day. Today is 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. Today is the Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten What It Was Day.
Calendar notes: On thid date in 1912, the Boston Red Sox edged the New York Yankees 7-6. It was the first game for the Sox 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 Indy Car 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.
A new survey finds that 42% of Americans will retire broke. I thought about it and determined that I don’t have to wait until I'm 65. If I wanted to, I could retire broke today.
Trivia Answer: Today it is TCL Chinese Theatre on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. It was formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and Mann's Chinese Theatre. It was Grauman's Chinese Theatre when Douglas and Mary left their prints. The theater was renamed when the TCL Corporation, a Chinese electronics company, purchased the naming rights for over $5 million. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater's forecourt. Variations of the tradition are imprints of the eyeglasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigar of Groucho Marx, the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the facial profile of John Barrymore (reflecting his nickname "The Great Profile"), the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson, and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. There are many stories regarding the origins of the footprints. The theater's official account in its books and souvenir programs credit Norma Talmadge as having inspired the tradition when she accidentally stepped into the wet concrete. However, in a short interview during the September 13, 1937, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of a radio adaptation of A Star Is Born, Grauman related another version of how he got the idea to put hand and foot prints in the concrete. He said it was "pure accident. I walked right into it. While we were building the theatre, I accidentally happened to step in some soft concrete. And there it was. So, I went to Mary Pickford immediately. Mary put her foot into it." Still another account by the construction foreman at the time, Jean Klossner, recounts that Klossner autographed his work next to the right-hand poster kiosk and that he and Grauman developed the idea then and there. His autograph and handprint, dated 1927, remain today.
|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?|
It was all Astros last night. In fact, the Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh, their biggest-scoring inning of the season. The Ms lose 7-1. The Mariners wrap up the homestand with a matinee today. Ms and Astros this afternoon.
Birthdays: Actor Tim Curry is 71; rock and roll guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter -- best known as a founding member of The Turtles -- Mark Volman is also 71; two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, retired race car driver nicknamed Little Al, Al Junior, or simply Junior, Al Unser Jr. is 56; record producer and music executive Suge Knight is 53; actress Ashley Judd is 50; the motorcycle builder who founded West Coast Choppers, Jesse James is 49; actor James Franco is 40; actress Kate Hudson is 39; and tennis great Maria Sharapova is 31.
It's National Garlic Day. Today is 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 Ph.D.s 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: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168. In 2008, the first Record Store Day was held. The event was founded to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. Metallica officially kicked off the first event at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. In 2011, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
A new study finds the average American utters their first curse word of the day at 10:54 AM. I'm still trying to figure out how they wait so long. I pretty much start uttering as that alarm goes off.
Trivia Answer: Dudley Moore who was born on this date in 1935. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in Arthur. Moore died 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 game show Pyramid and the New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted from Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations. Who was he?|
The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 last night. It's just Seattle's second loss in their last seven games. The Ms are 9-and-6. The series continues with game three of the four-game set coming up tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actress Hayley Mills is 72; actor James Woods is 71; actor Rick Moranis is 65; Daphne on Frasier, actress Jane Leeves is 57; comedian and ventriliquist Jeff Dunham is 56; talk show host Conan O’Brien is 55; Will on Will & Grace, actor Eric McCormack is also 55; Melissa Joan Hart is 42; Betty on Ugly Betty, actress America Ferrera is 34; and famous daughter Suri Cruise is 12.
Todays is 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. IT's National Animal Cracker Day. Today is Paul Revere Day. Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. It happened on this date in 1775. 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.
Trivia Answer: 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. 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: This composer, pianist, and keyboardist was enlisted in the fall of 1984 to commence the rigorous weekly schedule of scoring the series Miami Vice. The popular success of his music on the series was evident after just one season when, on November 2nd of 1985, the Miami Vice Soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard Top Pop album charts. The album achieved quadruple-platinum status with US sales of more than four million copies. At the Grammy awards in February of 1986, the Miami Vice Theme earned this guy two awards; one for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and one for Best Instrumental Composition. He also earned Emmy award nominations in 1985 and 1986, for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition. In 1988, he bowed out of full-time musical chores for Miami Vice. Who is he?|
James Paxton delivered six strong innings, Nelson Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-1 last night to end a six-game skid against the defending World Series champions. Paxton allowed a leadoff homerun to George Springer in the first inning but was solid after that, striking out seven over six innings. Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save. Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel with two outs in the fourth. Houston has now scored one or fewer runs in back-to-back losses. That never happened in the Astros' run to the World Series title last season. The Ms and 'Stros meet up again tonight. First pitch at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actress Olivia Hussey is 67; musician and songwriter Michael Sembello is 64; actor Sean Bean -- from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones -- is 59; quarterback turned sportscaster Boomer Esiason is 57; singer Liz Phair is 51; actress Jennifer Garner is 46; singer Victoria Beckham -- Posh Spice -- is 44; and actress Rooney Mara is 33.
Actor Harry Anderson, best known as the star of the sitcom Night Court, has died. While no official cause of death has been released, Anderson's good friend and fellow actor Philip Proctor writes in a Facebook post that Anderson "passed away quietly in his sleep of unknown causes after contracting the flu several months ago and experiencing some mild strokes while in hospital." Anderson, who was also a talented magician, got his start on television with a number of appearances on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, as well as a recurring role as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers. However, it was his starring role as Judge Harry T. Stone on NBC's Night Court that made Anderson a household name. The series, which ran from 1984 through 1992, made up part of NBC's "Must-See TV" Thursday night lineup that also included The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Cheers. Following Night Court, Anderson starred in the sitcom Dave's World, in which he played Dave Barry, the Miami Herald columnist on whom the show was based. The series lasted four seasons on CBS. Harry Anderson was 65.
It's Blah, Blah, Blah Day – it just might be the blah-est day of the year. The intent of this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. This may include quitting a habit, losing weight, or working on home projects. It’s National Cheeseball Day. It's also Bat Appreciation Day-- counter to what horror movies lead us to believe, these night flyers won't bother you, if you don't bother them.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson got his first hit for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he beat out a bunt. In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded his first song, Boulevard of Broken Dreams. In 1964, at the New York World's Fair, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang. Base price was $2,368. Also in 1964, the FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen's recording of Louie Louie. In 1969, in Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, McCartney. It included a self-interview that confirmed the Beatles had broken up. Also in 1970, Johnny Cash performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House. Nixon wouldn't let him leave until he performed A Boy Named Sue. In 1985, the US Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent Love stamp. Showing the set of TV's The Love Boat as a backdrop, the stamp became one of the postal service's biggest sellers. In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted. In 1998, Paul McCartney’s wife, Linda McCartney, died after a fight with breast cancer. In 2002, at the National Maritime Museum in London, the exhibit Skin Deep - A History of Tattooing opened.
The National Coffee Association is hyped about their latest study, which showed that 64 percent of Americans (18 or over) had at least one cup of Joe on the previous day. That's up from last year, when 62 percent said they’d had some coffee the previous day.
Trivia Answer: Jan Hammer who turns 70 today. He was born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today the Czech Republic. When the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Hammer moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Elvin Jones among many others. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer.
|Morning Trivia: He was a Scottish singer-songwriter known for his solo hits -- including Baker Street -- as well as Stuck in the Middle with You recorded with the band Stealers Wheel. Who was he?|
The Mariners lost the game but they won the series. After winning Friday and Saturday, the Ms fell ead the Oakland Athletics yesterday 2-1. Taylor Motter homered for the Mariners, who had won four in a row. Felix Hernandez worked into the seventh inning for the first time this year, giving up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. At one point, he had retired 13 in a row. He struck out seven without issuing a walk. Mariner catcher Mike Zunino is set to start a rehab assignment today at Class A Modesto. Seattle manager Scott Servais said Zunino will likely play three rehab games there before rejoining the Mariners. Servais said outfielder Ben Gamel may rejoin the team in the next few days. James Paxton opens a four-game series against the Houston Astros tonight. First pitch is at 7:10.
Birthdays: Singer Bobby Vinton is 83; NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 71; New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 66; actress Ellen Barkin is 64; singer Jimmy Osmond is 55; from Soul Asylum, frontman David Pirner is 54; from Two and a Half Men, actor Jon Cryer is 53; comedian Martin Lawrence is also 53; he was Ralphie in The Christmas Story, actor Peter Billingsley is 47; and singer Akon is 45.
Today is National Eggs Benedict Day, National Librarian Day, and it's National Stress Awareness Day. Is work or school putting on the pressure? Are the kids on your nerves? Is there enough money to pay all of those the bills? There are literally thousands of reasons for you to get stressed out. RELAX. Today is your opportunity to recognize that there is plenty of stress in your life -- as if you didn't already know. More importantly, today is an opportunity to learn, and to do something about the stress before it drives you batty or worse. There was a method behind the madness. April 16th was designated as Stress Awareness Day because it is the day after taxes are normally due, although this year the due date is tomorrow. Every year since 1955, taxes have been due on April 15th -- except for sometimes. Like the last two years. And this year. So why is Tax Day on April 17th this year? Basically, it's due to a combination of the 15th falling on a Sunday and a holiday unique to Washington, D.C., hitting on Monday the 16th. The nation's capital celebrates Emancipation Day to mark the date that President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves there in 1862. While it's a local holiday, it affects when taxes are due.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt threw the first pitch of the new baseball season, a wild pitch, and broke the camera of Washington Post photographer Irving Schlossenberg. Also in 1940, the first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0. In 1956, on I Love Lucy, in an episode called Lucy’s Italian Movie, Lucy engages in what would become TV's classic comedy grape-stomping scene. In 1962, Walter Cronkite began anchoring The CBS Evening News. In 1966, Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman was released. In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released Dreams, which became their first number-one single. In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission sternly warned US radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves. In 1999, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey. Also in 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2003, Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87. In 2016, Axl Rose was confirmed as the replacement singer for AC/DC. Brian Jonhson had left the band due to a potentially career-ending hearing problem.
The Rock showed that once again, he is capable of getting people to the theater. Rampage squeaked by A Quiet Place in its opening weekend to win the box office with $34.5 million. A Quiet Place continued to bring in plenty of horror fans as it took in $32.6 million in ticket sales.
The online video game Fortnite is incredibly popular. One reason: It can be played on PCs, game systems and iPhones and iPads. Some teachers are confiscating phones when kids are caught playing in class. Fortnite’s maker, Epic Games, recently added a warning to the game’s loading screen asking students not to play during class.
Trivia Answer: Gerry Rafferty who was born on this date in 1947. In 1972, he helped form Stealers Wheel. The group was beset by legal wranglings, but had a huge hit with Stuck in the Middle with You. Twenty years later, the song was used prominently in the 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, although Rafferty refused to grant permission for its re-release. Legal issues after the break-up of Stealers Wheel meant that, for three years, Rafferty was unable to release any material. After the disputes were resolved in 1978, he recorded his second solo album, City to City, which included the song with which he remains most identified, Baker Street. The single reached #3 in the UK and #2 in the US. The album sold over 5.5 million copies. Gerry Rafferty died of liver failure on January 4th of January 2011.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, comedian, game show panelist, and director. He spent five decades on television. In those five decades. he was best known as Agent 86 -- Maxwell Smart. Who is he?|
The Seattle Mariners are opening up a seven-game homestand tonight. They open up with three with the Oakland A's, the first of which is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actor Paul Sorvino is 79; Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, actor Tony Dow is 73; singer, songwriter, and pastor, the reverend Al Green is 72; he was the Beast on Beauty & the Beast, actor Ron Perlman is 68; singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson is 67; E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg is 67; Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion,Garry Kasparov is 55; comedian and actress Caroline Rhea is 54; actor Ricky Schroder is 48; and mister Mambo Number Five, singer Lou Bega is 43.
It's Friday the 13th. It occurs one to three times a year. This year, we get two: today and in July. Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. If you live in fear of the number 13, you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia. Historically, and perhaps a bit oddly in today's world, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week. I find that rather hard to fathom. After all, Friday is TGIF. However, in days gone by, when you put the unlucky day of Friday, together with the unlucky #13, many people believe only bad things can happen. Today is Butch Cassidy’s Birthday. The outlaw leader of The Wild Bunch was born on this day 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 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par. 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.
Turns out mom and dad do pick favorites. While they might not admit it to their kids, half of parents prefer their youngest child. The survey found that middle children may not get as much attention as their siblings simply because they don't demand as much attention. Parents identified their middle children as least likely to be reliant on their parents financially.
Trivia Answer: Don Adams who was born on this date in 1923. Regarding Get Smart, creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry wrote the show as the comedic answer to the successful 1960s spy television dramas such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, I Spy and It Takes a Thief. They were asked to write a spoof that combined elements from two of the most popular film series at the time: the James Bond and Pink Panther movies. Get Smart had been written for Tom Poston, to be piloted on CBS; when CBS turned it down, the show was picked up by NBC, which cast Adams in the role because he was already under contract. When Get Smart debuted in 1965, it was an immediate hit. Barbara Feldon co-starred as Max's young/attractive partner, Agent 99. Adams gave the character a clipped, unique speaking style. Adams created many popular catch-phrases (some of which were in his act prior to the show), including "Sorry about that, Chief", "Would you believe...?" and "Missed it by 'that much.'" Get Smart ran from 1965 to 1970. Adams won three consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Smart. He also provided the voice for the animated series Inspector Gadget from 1983 to 1986 as the title character. Don Adams died on September 25, 2005 in Los Angeles, California from a lung infection and lymphoma. He was 82 years old.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture's teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. He later had a career in both acting and music. Who was he?|
The Mariners have yet to lose a series this season. Manager Scott Servais reclined in a chair in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium yesterday, a big smile his facce, and spoke before the first reporter could ask a question. He said, "Long road trip, happy road trip, cold road trip." Most of it. The weather finally turned yesterday and gave Seattle a warm, sun-splashed afternoon in Kansas City, and the Ms made sure to relish the spring-like temperatures. Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Mariners held on to beat the Royals 4-2 to wrap up a winning seven-game journey that covered 10 days and about 5,200 miles. Seattle went 4-and=3 on its visits to San Francisco, Minnesota and Kansas City. After a day off today, the Mariners open a seven-game homestand with three games against the Oakland Athletics starting tomorrow night at 7:10.
Birthdays: His song Rockit was the first successful track to use scratching, jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 78; the frontman of Steppenwolf, John Kay is 74; he was Al Bundy on Married…With Children, actor Ed O’Neill is 72; retired talk show host -- although he does have that new thing on Netflix -- David Letterman is 71; author Scott Turow is 69; singer and guitarist Pat Travers is 64; actor Andy Garcia is 62; singer Vince Gill is 61; from Everclear, singer and frontman Art Alexakis is 56; and actress Shannen Doherty is 47.
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 an 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, actress 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.
Trivia Answer: David Cassidy who was born on this date in 1950. By the way, Shirley Partridge was played by David Cassidy's real-life stepmother Shirley Jones. It was in 1970 that Cassidy took the role of Keith Partridge. The series creator and its producers didn't care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that his looks would guarantee success. Shortly after production began, though, Cassidy convinced the show's music producer that he was good enough, and he was promoted to lead singer for the series' recordings. Once "I Think I Love You" became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums, as well. Ten albums by The Partridge Family and five solo albums were produced during the series, with most selling more than a million copies each. On February 20th of 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia, the condition that his mother suffered from at the end of her life. He retired from performing in early 2017 when the condition became noticeable during a performance in which he forgot lyrics and otherwise struggled. On November 18, 2017, it was announced that Cassidy had been hospitalized suffering from liver and kidney failure, and was critically ill in a medically induced coma. He came out of the coma two days later, remaining in a critical but stable condition. Doctors hoped to keep Cassidy stable until a liver became available for transplant, but he died of liver failure on November 21st of 2017 at the age of 67.
|Morning Trivia: He was Emmy-nominated for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Who was he?|
Felix Hernandez pitched into the sixth inning, Guillermo Heredia homered and the Seattle Mariners bounced back from a blowout loss to Kansas City with an 8-3 drubbing of the Royals last night. Hernandez, who was shelled his last time out in San Francisco, allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. His only big mistake came in the fourth, when Mike Moustakas turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent a two-run homer screaming into the right-field fountains. Interesting to note that Royals pitchers have plunked six Seattle batters through the first two games of the series. James Paxton gets the starts for Seattle in the series finale today. It's a matinee.
Birthdays: Human-rights campaigner, philanthropist, and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy is 90; actor Joel Grey is 86; actress Louise Lasser -- she was Mary Hartman -- is 79; singer Lisa Stansfield 52; actress Jennifer Esposito is 45; and singer Joss Stone is 31.
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. Also in 1994, Nirvana's album In Utero was certified double-platinum. 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. In 2002, Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson got engaged. In 2007, Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.
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: This Emmy-winning television actor was was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan. He originally aspired to a law degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935. He made his screen debut in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. He went on to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident in 1943, High Noon in 1952, The Glenn Miller Story in 1953, How the West Was Won in 1962, Frankie and Johnny in 1966, Support Your Local Sheriff! in 1969, Support Your Local Gunfighter! in 1971. BesidesThe Glenn Miller Story and How the West Was Won, he was in a number of films with James Stewart, and with John Wayne, with whom he shared his scenes in How the West Was Won. He became even more widely recogznized when he moved to the small screen, which he did in 1967. Who is he?|
Not a good night for the Seattle Mariners. Kansas City Royal starter Jakob Junis carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, while the Royals scored more runs than they had in their last six games combined. Kansas City routed the Seattle Mariners 10-0 last night. Kansas City's offensive outburst on a cold, blustery night came out of nowhere. The club had been held to a single run in four of its previous five games, and two runs in the other. The Royals hadn't scored more than three runs in a game since a season-opening 14-7 loss to the White Sox. They had three runs in the first inning alone last night. The three-game series continues tonight. Felix Hernandez gets the start for the Ms and tries to bounce back from his last outing. First pitch tonight at 5:15.
Birthdays: Actress Liz Sheridan -- she was Jerry Seinfels's mom on Seinfeld -- is 89; former coach and NFL commentator John Madden is 82; Melvin Cornell Blount (born April 10, 1948) is aformer Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, five-time Pro Bowler and a 1989 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Mel Blount is 70; Junior's dad, Ken Griffey, Sr. is 68; actor Steven Seagal is 66; singer and producer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds is 59; from The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer is also 59; NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne is 38; and singer and actress Mandy Moore is 34.
Today is Dust the Ceiling Fan Day, a day for those who finished their spring cleaning, but forgot to dust the blades on the ceiling fan. Today is Salvation Army Founders Day, April 10, 1829, the birthday of William Booth, who in 1865 established mission stations in London to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he named the organization The Salvation Army. Today is Golfer's Day -- although some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer's Day. On this day, though, it's official. The only question is, does this day honor the golfer, the sport, or the weather? Turns out it's a little of each. There's only one proper way to enjoy this day. Out on the course. And today is National Sibling Day, a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. Siblings are truly a special blessing that we probably all too often take for granted.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. In 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar. In 1962, one of the original Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe, died of a brain tumor at age 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group's shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles. In 1972, Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song Shaft. In 1976, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! topped the album chart, where it would remain for the next 10 weeks. In 1992, outside Needles, California, comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck slammed into his car on a desert road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 1994, in Seattle, 10-thousand people gathered for a vigil for Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love thanked them for their support and tearfully read from Cobain’s suicide note. In 1999, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. In 1999, women serving in the Danish army were furious when a male supply officer purchased brassieres, all the same size, for 500 women soldiers. The officer said the manufacturer claimed 34-C would fit 90% of Danish women. The women vehemently disagreed. In 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to hit 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.
Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham after a disagreement over the band's upcoming tour, Rolling Stone has confirmed. The band announced Monday that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him.
Trivia Answer: Harry Morgan who was born on this date in 1915. He moved to television as Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet from 1967 to 1970. He, however, is perhaps best-known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H. Interesting to note that Morgan's first appearance on M*A*S*H was in the show's third season. That year he played spaced-out Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele ("That's three e's, not all in a row") in an episode entitled "The General Flipped at Dawn," which originally aired on September 10th of 1974. "Steele" is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action. Morgan's memorable performance as Steele impressed the producers of the show enough that the following season, he joined the cast of M*A*S*H as the beloved Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. The picture of Col. Potter's wife, on the right side of his desk, is actually Mrs. Harry Morgan. He asked if he could use the picture of his wife, and the producers had no objections. In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H.
|Morning Trivia: In January of 1952, he left his job as a copywriter for Esquire after he was denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother to launch a magazine that was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. Who was he?|
The series finale between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins was postponed yesterday because of wintry weather. With snow in the forecast and game-time temperatures expected to hover around freezing, the game was called off about three hours before it was supposed to begin and rescheduled for May 14th, what had been a mutual day off for both teams. The Mariners had not been scheduled to return to Minnesota this season. The two teams played through the coldest outdoor Twins' game in Minnesota history on Saturday when the first pitch was thrown in 27-degree weather. Seattle beat Minnesota 11-4. Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales is expected to start the series opener in Kansas City tonight. That game with a 5:15 start.
Birthdays: Zoologist Jim Fowler is 86; Marty Krofft -- who with his brother Sid were television producers influential in children's television and variety show programs in the 1970s and early 1980s -- is 81; actress Michael Learned is 79; sports writer Peter Gammons is 73; actor Dennis Quaid is 64; actress and model Paulina Porizkova is 53; Rudy on The Cosby Show, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 39; singer and actor Jesse McCartney is 31; Bella Swan in Twilight, actress Kristen Stewart is 28.
Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day. Today is National Cherish an Antique Day, celebrating when things were made with loving hands and not machines. Today is Name Yourself Day. It’s your chance to give yourself whatever name you'd like...for a day. Change your first, or middle, or last name. Or, change them all. Give yourself a cool and catchy nickname.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops. In 1912, the first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between the Red Sox and Harvard. In 1945, National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games. In 1965, Major League Baseball's first indoor game was played at the opening of the Houston Astrodome. President Lyndon Johnson was there, but Texas governor John Connally threw out the first ball. In an exhibition game, the Houston Colt-45s beat the New York Yankees 2-1. In 1967, the first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use. In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single, You’re So Vain. In 1974, Bruce Springsteen was introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and helped produce Born to Run. In 1992, President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister. In 1990, Billy Idol released the single Cradle of Love. In 1997, A&M Records released a statement saying that Seattle grunge hit-makers Soundgarden had disbanded. In 2004, the parents of Weird Al Yankovic were found dead in their home in suburban San Diego. Officials said Nick and Mary Yankovic died from carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2005, Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.
A Quiet Place made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year's second-best weekend after Black Panther. The thriller far exceeded expectations to land one of the top opening weekends for a horror release. It was far from the only success story on the weekend, which also saw the R-rated comedy Blockers open solidly at No.3 just behind the second-place Ready Player One. Continuing ticket sales also pushed Black Panther into the No. 4 slot and further into the record books. It now ranks third all-time domestically with $665.4 million, trailing only Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I Can Only Imagine rouonded out the Top Five.
Trivia Answer: Hugh Hefner who was born on this date in 1926. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953. Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992 for $75,000. Hefner died at his home in Los Angeles on September 27th of 2017 at the age of 91. He is in fact interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, in the crypt beside Marilyn Monroe.
|Morning Trivia: Back in the day, he sang about being an Okie from Muscogee ... and he was proud about it. Who was he?|
The Minnesota Twins powered their way past the Seattle Mariners 4-2 in their chilly home opener yesterday afternoon. James Paxton started strong for the Mariners with five scoreless innings after a first-pitch temperature of 38 degrees and a startling moment during the pregame ceremony. The bald eagle that was supposed to fly to the mound before the national anthem instead circled Paxton, a Canadian, where he was standing alone in left field on a break from his warmup throws. The confused bird wound up landing its large talons on the lefty's right shoulder, before being lured away by the handler. Game two of the three game set comes up tomorrow afternoon. The series concludes Sunday before the Ms move on to Kansas City.
Birthdays: Actor Billy Dee Williams is 81; race car driver Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, is 77; he was Cliff Claven on Cheers, actor John Ratzenberger is 71; Elaine Nardo on Taxi, actress Marilu Henner is 66; former candidate for US President Michelle Bachmann is 62; former Seattle Mariner Bret Boone is 49; and actor Paul Rudd is also 49.
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 tomb stone, 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 here a couple of years ago. In 1992, Microsoft introduced Windows version 3.1. 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 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.
Trivia Answer: Country icon Merle Haggard who was born on this date in 1937. In 1969, Haggard released "Okie From Muskogee," with lyrics ostensibly reflecting the singer's pride in being from Middle America where people are conventionally patriotic, don't smoke marijuana, don't take LSD, don't protest by burning draft cards or otherwise challenge authority. In the ensuing years, Haggard gave varying statements regarding whether he intended the song as a humorous satire or a serious political statement in support of conservative values. On the morning of April 6th of 2016, his 79th birthday, Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in California.
|Morning Trivia: He was a character actor, impressionist, and comedian -- perhaps best known as an impressionist with numerous guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. His most famous acting role was as The Riddler on the original live-action television series Batman. Who is he?|
Any of the optimism from the shortened but efficient outing by Felix Hernandez on opening day is now gone following his abysmal showing yesterday afternoon. Felix and the Ms were on the receiving end of a 10-1 pasting by the San Feancisco Giants. Felix walked five or more batters for the 15th time in his career. He was tagged for eight runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He gave up three homers for the first time since August 15th of 2015, in a 22-10 loss at Boston. Also, his eight earned runs allowed to the Giants were the most since giving up 10 that same day versus the Red Sox. Felix said, "Zero command of my fastball. I fell behind most of the time. When you're behind and have to come down the middle, it hurts. That's what happened." Another day game on tap for the Ms today. They're in Minnesota for the Twins home opener. James Paxton gets the start for Seatte this afternoon.
Birthdays: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 81; actor Michael Moriarty is 77; he was Wojo on Barney Miller, Max Gail, Jr. is 75; Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is 52; singer Paula Cole is 50; and singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams is 45.
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's 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, i 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 the Fox TV network. 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, construction 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, Aberdeen, Washington, added the phrase Come As You Are to their Welcome to Aberdeen sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
I don't trust myself enough to use snooze but it turns out that 61% of adults who wake up with an alarm say they do use the snooze button. That means 39% of people are up-and-at-em when the alarm goes off. Roughly 17% of snooze users hit the snooze only once, 15% hit it twice, and 14% hit it three times. One in 20 hits it four times, 3.8% did so five times, and roughly 3% hit it six or more times.
Foldable phones could be the newest trend among major distributors in the next two years. Apple is reportedly working on a foldable iPhone. The completely new design could be ready for release as early as 2020.
Trivia Answer: Frank John Gorshin who was born on this date in 1933. In his final years, Gorshin portrayed comedian George Burns on Broadway in the one-man show Say Goodnight, Gracie in 2002, which was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for best play He was also reunited with several of his Batman colleagues in the television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, in which he appeared as himself. Gorshin died on the day of the telefilm's DVD release -- May 17th of 2005.
|Morning Trivia: She was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. She's best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Who was she?|
Mitch Haniger hit a two-run single, Kyle Seager also singled in a run in Seattle's big first inning, and the Mariners spoiled the San Francisco Giants' home opener with a 6-4 win yesterday. The finale of the two-game series has Felix Hernandez going for his second victory in the finale of the two-game interleague set this afternoon at 4:15.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained right ankle in the season-opening series against Cleveland. Seattle made the move yesterday. It's retroactive to April 1st. The Mariners recalled utility player Taylor Motter to take Cruz's spot on the roster. Cruz is the fourth Seattle starter on the disabled list, joining catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Ben Gamel and pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.
Birthdays: Record executive Clive Davis is 86; Hayden Fox on Coach, actor Craig T. Nelson is 74; writer and producer -- he created Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, and others -- David E. Kelley is 62; former head coach of the Oakand Raiders Jack Del Rio is 55; actor Robert Downey, Jr. is 53; she was Jo on Facts of Life, actress Nancy McKeon is 52; n magician, illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine is 45; and Britney Spears' little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears is 27.
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. 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.
Trivia Answer: Maya Angelou who was born on this date in 1928. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, nightclub dancer and performer, even cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961. With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide, although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries. Angelou's most celebrated works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics consider them to be autobiographies. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family and travel. Angelou died on the morning of May 28th of 2014. She was found by her nurse. Although Angelou had reportedly been in poor health and had canceled scheduled appearances, she was working on another book, an autobiography about her experiences with national and world leaders.
|Morning Trivia: She's a former World Cup alpine ski racer. She won gold medals in super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and in downhill at the 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. She also won World Cup downhill season titles in 1995 and 1996, the first American woman to do so, along with a total of 9 World Cup downhill race wins. In the late 1990s, after her success at the 1998 Winter Olympics, she became a spokeswoman for a variety of products, including Mountain Dew and ChapStick. She was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. Who is she?|
The Seattle Mariners started their 2018 season off with a bang winning their first series of the year, beating the Cleveland Indians 2 games to 1. Now, Seattle travels to San Francisco to face the Giants in a quick 2 game series for their Home Opener. Ms and Giants this afternoon at 1:35.
Birthdays: Actress and singer Doris Day is 96; primatologist and anthropologis Jane Goodall is 84; actress Marsha Mason is 76; singer Wayne Newton is also 76; singer Tony Orlando is 74; actor, writer, producer, and comedian Alec Baldwin is 60; he was Niles on Frasier, actor David Hyde Pierce is 59; comedian and actor Eddie Murphy is 57; frontman for Skid Row, singer Sebastian Bach is 50; she was Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210, actress Jennie Garth is 46; and Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor is 30.
Today is Tweed Day, a day to consider the cost of political corruption. Always on the birth date of William March Tweed, the New York City political boss whose Tweed Ring stole millions from the city in the mid-1800s. Today is Overcome a Handicap Day, marking this date in 1981 when Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, nearly a foot under the world record at the time, but the best ever for a high jumper with one leg. Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Today is National Find a Rainbow Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1860, the first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half. In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, one of his own gang. In 1953, TV Guide was published for the first time. In 1959, in London, the BBC banned the Coasters' recording Charlie Brown because of the word 'spitball'. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'mountaintop' speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated. In 1989, Pepsi let Madonna go as a spokesperson after her Like a Prayer video was called blasphemous by the Vatican. In 1996, the FBI raided a Montana cabin and arrested former college professor Theodore Kaczynski, accusing him of being the Unabomber whose mail bombs had killed three people and injured 23 more since the 1970s. In 1996, MC Hammer filed for bankruptcy. In 2003, an Oklahoma couple finally got married after 77 years of living together. Zyness O'Haver, 95, and Sallie Warren, 94, decided to make it official in a ceremony at the Oklahoma County courthouse. When the judge asked, "Do you?" Sallie responded, "I sure do!" In 2008, Apple became the number one music seller in the United States. In 2010, the first Apple iPad was released.
Trivia Answer: Picabo Street who is 47 today. Her parents decided to let her choose her own name when she was old enough so for the first two years of her life, she was called "baby girl" or "little girl". At age 3 her mother took her to get a passport so the family could all go to Mexico and she was forced to be named for her passport. It was then her parents named her after the nearby village of Picabo, Idaho. Street is now retired and splits her time between homes in Alabama and Park City, Utah. She wrote an autobiography in 2001 titled Picabo: Nothing to Hide. In it, Street reveals the pressures placed on her by her sponsors to succeed and win, which she maintains contributed to her devastating 1998 crash. She also writes of how she was able to transform from a rebellious tomboy into a world-class athlete.
|Morning Trivia: This singer, songwriter, and musician helped shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits. He had both solo hits and a series of duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell. During the 1970s, he became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of his production company. The day before his birthday in 1984, he was shot and killed. Who was he?|
The Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 yesterday. The Ms took two out of three from the visiting Indians to win the season's opening series. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz twisted his right ankle Saturday slipping on the dugout steps after a home run. Cruz had an MRI yesterday morning. manager Scott Servais said. "If it's going to be longer than three or four days, we'll have to make a roster decision. Right now we'll keep our fingers crossed he'll bounce back." Catcher Mike Zunino has missed the opening series with a left oblique strain. He might play in a simulated game this week. An off day for Seattle today. They have a two-game series at San Francisco starting tomorrow.
And now it's down to the top two. Final four weekend saw Villanova down Kansas, 95-79, and Michigan defeat Loyola-Chicago, 69-57. That sets up the national championship game with Villanova and Michigan matching up tonight at 6:20.
Birthdays: Singer Emmylou Harris is 71; from Bananarama, singer Karen Woodward is 57; singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Smash Mouth, Greg Camp is 51; Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael is 39; and Season 9’s American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is 32,
After a lengthy battle with leukemia, legendary television writer-producer Steven Bochco passed away yesterday. Bochco created such iconic series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. Those three shows alone helped him earn 10 Emmy awards from 1981 through 1995. He also found success in comedy when he and David E. Kelly created Doogie Howser M.D., starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teen doctor. During his battle with leukemia, Bochco received a stem cell transplant from 23-year-old donor Jon Kayne in 2014. He would later meet the young man, crediting him with extending his life. Steven Bochco was 74.
April is National Car Care Month, National Kite Month, National Poetry Month, National Fresh Celery Month, National Pecan Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Florida Tomato Month, National Garlic Month, National Grilled Cheese Month.
Today is Serious Soap Opera Day, marking the debut on this date in 1956 of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night on CBS Television. The Edge of Night was canceled in 1984; As the World Turns was cancelled in 2010. Today is Great Lovers' Day, marking the birthday on April 2nd of 1725, of Italy's most famous lover-philanderer, Giovanni Giacomo Casanova. Today is International Children's Book Day, marking Hans Christian Anderson's birthday. Today is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day. Happy PB&J Day. It's also Reconciliation Day -- a special day to patch relationships and to make amends. It's intention is to re-establish relationships between family, friends, and couples. Life is too short.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, the first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC. In 1902, the first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles. The Electric Theatre charged a dime to see an hour's news reel. In 1932, a $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. The child was not returned and was found dead the next month. In 1941, in pro football’s biggest trade, Bert Bell and Art Rooney traded the Philadelphia Eagles to Alexis Thompson for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yep, they traded franchises. In 1972, Burt Reynolds appeared nude in Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1978, Dallas debuted on CBS. It starred Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie, Patrick Duffy as Bobby, Victoria Principal as Pam, Charlene Tilton as Lucy, and Jim Davis as Jock. In 1992, in New York, Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and was later sentenced to life in prison. In 1997, Joni Mitchell was reunited with Kilauren Gibb. Gibb was the daughter that Mitchell had given up for adoption 32 years before. In 1998, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli died in a hotel room in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1999, the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March 1999. In 2007, in Langley, Washington, Alden Couch went for a drive in his '81 Impala to celebrate his 101st birthday. He breezed through his driver's license test, including the dreaded parallel parking, a few days later. He limited his driving to South Whidbey Island saying, "The mainland is too wild" and drove mostly to nearby Langley, to the grocery store, the gas station, and the senior center for lunch and a game of dominos.
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy Ready Player One debuted in line with recent projections of $53 million. The film opened Thursday, getting a head start over its fellow weekend releases, Tyler Perry’s Acrimony and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony secured second place with $17 million, Meanwhile, the third installment of the God’s Not Dead placed twelfth for the weekend. Black Panther remains a powerhouse in the No. 3 slot. The blockbuster crossed the $650 million mark at the North American box office, making it the fifth-highest release in the US of all time. It looks to shortly become the fourth-highest release after it passes Jurassic World. Currently, Titanic is at No. 3. Over the Easter weekend, the Christian drama I Can Only Imagine stayed strong in fourth place. Rounding out the top five is Pacific Rim Uprising. The sci-fi action film held the top spot last weekend.
Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC last night was most fun. John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper as King Herod. Those of us that remember the original were singing along.
Toys ‘R’ Us officially shut down its website yesterday as the toy store chain proceeds to close all of its physical US stores. Upon opening the Toys ‘R’ Us or Babies ‘R’ Us websites visitors are met with a message directing them to visit the company’s brick and mortar locations for going out of business sales.
Trivia Answer: Marvin Gaye who was born on this date in 1939. His hits included How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Let's Get It On, and Got To Give It Up" (Part 1). Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit Sexual Healing and the Midnight Love album. On April 1st of 1984, Gaye's father, Marvin Gay Sr., fatally shot him at their house in Los Angeles. Since his death, many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors -- including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.