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Thursday 5.31.18
Morning Trivia: The first of these was produced on August 12th of 1908. On this date in 1927, after a production run of 15,007,003, the final one was completed. What are we talking about?

Robinson Chirinos' tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning capped another late-inning rally, and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6 last night. The Rangers did damage in back-to-back nights against a wild and ineffective Seattle bullpen, which surrendered five runs in the sixth and seventh innings. A night after walking eight Rangers hitters, Seattle pitchers issued seven walks last night. For the second straight night, the Mariners failed to take advantage of a Houston loss by gaining a share of the division lead. The Ms remain one back in the AL West. Game four with the Rangers is tonight at 7:10.

The NBA Finals are here. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are squaring up in the championship series for the fourth year in a row -- which ESPN notes has never before happened in NBA, NFL, NHL or MLB history. The Warriors host Game 1 tonight and Game 2 on Sunday.

Birthdays: Actor and director Clint Eastwood is 86; Peter from Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow is 80; Cagney on Cagney & Lacey, actress Sharon Gless is 75; Broadway Joe, football's Joe Namath is also 75; actor Tom Berenger is 69; actor and comedian Chris Elliot is 58; she was Caroline on Caroline in the City, actress Lea Thompson is 57; singer-songwriter Corey Hart is 56; rapper Darryl D.M.C. McDaniels, of Run-DMC is 54; actress Brooke Shields is 53; actor Colin Farrell is 42; and Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley is 38.

Today is National Meditation Day. Today is World No-Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use. Today is Survivor Day. The reality TV show premiered on this date in 2000. Today is What You Think Upon Grows Day. What you think upon grows is an Eastern truism, and it sums up the greatest and most fundamental of all the Laws of Mind. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind, you magnify in your life. Today is Save Your Hearing Day, a day that reminds us that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected. Today is National Speak In Complete Sentences Day. This day is dedicated to using proper sentence structure while speaking. In fact, you could celebrate the day while texting as well. So no LOL, OMG, or ASAP today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1884, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek, Michigan, patented "flaked cereal." In 1956, Buddy Holly was inspired to write That'll Be the Day after he saw the John Wayne movie The Searchers. In 1977, Emerson, Lake & Palmer kicked off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It cost the band 200-thousand dollars a week to keep the circus on the road. In 1990, The Seinfeld Chronicles premiered as a summer series on NBC starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The pilot had aired in the previous July. Renamed just plain Seinfeld, the show lasted nine years. In 2005, Mark Felt admitted that, while the No. 2 man in the FBI, he was Deep Throat, the shadowy contact whose help to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the 1972 Watergate break-in led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

People who deliberately set their clocks and watches five or more minutes fast are eight times more likely to be late for an appointment than those who set their clocks and watches accurately.

Trivia Answer: The Ford Model T -- an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927. The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. The Model T is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting, as well as the concept of paying the workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car, so they would provide a ready made market. The Ford Model T was named the world's most influential car of the twentieth century in an international poll. Henry Ford said of the vehicle: "I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one -- and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces." The Model T produced 20 hp with a top speed of 40-45 mph. The Model T had fuel economy on the order of 13 to 21 mpg. The engine was capable of running on gasoline, kerosene, or ethanol.

Wednesday 5.30.18
Morning Trivia: He was a voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decade-long career performing in radio commercials, he'is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoons, during the Golden age of American animation. He later worked for Hanna-Barbera's television cartoons, most notably as the voices of Barney Rubble in The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely in The Jetsons. Who was he?

Rougned Odor broke a ninth-inning tie with a three-run double and the Texas Rangers beat Seattle 9-5 last night, ending the Mariners' four-game winning streak. Odor rifled Edwin Diaz's high slider the opposite way into the left-field corner to snap a 5-all tie. Diaz was pulled after getting just one out and was charged with four earned runs. With the loss, the Ms failed to fall into a tie with Houston for the dividion lead. Houston lost, as well, so the Ms are still a game back. Game two of the four with the Rangers is tonight. James Paxton with the first pitch at 7:10.

Birthdays: NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is 75; singer Wynonna Judd is 54; Idina Menzel is 47; and Thomas DeCarlo Callaway -- better known by his stage name CeeLo Green -- is 44.

Today is Loomis Day. Loomis Day commemorates Mahlom Loomis, who patented his wireless telegraphing inventions on May 30th of 1872 (while working as a dentist in Washington DC). He had actually claimed to have succeeded in wireless telegraphy some six years earlier, though with no witnesses present to see this, May 30th is one of the earliest official recognitions of his triumph. Today is National Water a Flower Day. Be sure to keep your flowers hydrated.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1911, Indianapolis hosted its first long-distance auto race. Ray Harroun was the winner at an average speed of 74.59 miles an hour. In 1967, daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, California. In 1981, the compact disc was first introduced. In 1992, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were married on Long Island, New York. In 1996, Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage. In 2002, in New York, a ceremony was held to officially mark the end of the clean up from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11th of 2001. In 2006, the FBI said it had found no trace of missing labor leader Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm. In 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the Portion Cap Rule. The proposed amendment to the city health code would have required that food service establishments limit the size of sugary beverages to 16 ounces. On June 26th of 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City Board of Health had exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority.

One day a security screening could include analyzing the way you walk. Researchers looked at the walking patterns of over 120 people say artificial intelligence has been created that can identify you simply by watching you stroll. In theory, analyzing your walking style could replace fingerprints or retinal scans for security screening.

Trivia Answer: Melvin Jerome Blanc -- Mel Blanc -- who was born on this date in 1908. He died on July 10th of 1989 at the age of 81. Blanc is regarded as the most prolific voice actor in the history of the industry. He was the first voice actor to get credit in the ending credits. Blanc's death was considered a significant loss to the cartoon industry because of his skill, expressive range, and sheer volume of continuing characters he portrayed, which are currently taken up by several other voice talents. Movie critic Leonard Maltin once pointed out, "It is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man." Blanc's will stated his desire to have the inscription on his gravestone read, THAT'S ALL FOLKS (the phrase was a trademark of the character Porky Pig, for whom Blanc provided the voice). It does.

Tuesday 5.29.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1917, the 35th US president, John F. Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. The question today is which US president was the first to be born in a hospital?

Another one-run win for the Mariners last night. Seattle now has 16 one-run wins, best in the majors. Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run for a third consecutive start, helping the Mariners top the Texas Rangers 2-1. Seattle won for the ninth time in 10 games and reached 13 games above .500 for the first time since late in the 2014 season. The Mariners longest homestand of the year continues as they face off with the Texas Rangers again tonight. Felix Hernandez tries to have a better first inning than his last start when he gave up four runs in the first to Oakland. First pitch tonight at 7:10.

Was it ever in doubt? For the fourth straight season, we have the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors for the title in the NBA. The Warriors host Game 1 of the finals on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.

Birthdays: Former commissioner of Major League Baseball, lawyer and businessman Fay Vincent is 80; race car driver Al Unser is 79; he was the songwriter, pianist, and founder and lead singer Procol Harum, Gary Brooker is 73; he was Luke on General Hospital, actor Tony Geary is 71; he was the lead singer and songwriter for Oingo Boingo, composer Danny Elfman -- he wrote The Simpsons theme -- is 65; he attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley, Jr. is 63; singer LaToya Jackson is 62; actress Annette Bening is 60; singer-songwriter -- she's playing the Washington Center on July 17th --Melissa Etheridge is 57; Blair on The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is 55; Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is 51; and better known as Scary Spice, el B, singer Melanie Brown is 43.

It's Learn About Composting Day, a great opportunity to Go Green and help the environment. Composting is easy. It makes you feel good, knowing you are doing your part to keep our environment a little bit cleaner. You may be surprised at how easy it is to compost, and everyone can compost. As you learn about composting, you will be surprised at all the things you can compost. It is common knowledge, that you can compost garden and yard vegetation but, you can also compost many other things, including papers, untreated wood, and cardboard. Today is Presidential Flag Day. The official flag of the President of the US was adopted on this date in 1916. Today is Squoosh an Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Don't squish it, squoosh it. Today is National Lovey Dovey Day. Decide how to celebrate it with someone special.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, during a speech in Bloomington, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time." In 1971, The Rolling Stones' single Brown Sugar hit #1 in the US. In 1973, record executive Clive Davis was fired from Columbia for misappropriating around 100-thousand dollars. He later founded Arista Records. In 1980, Larry Bird edged out Magic Johnson to be named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. In 1982, Survivor released the single Eye of the Tiger. In 1987, Michael Jackson bid $50,000 for the body of John Merrick, The Elephant Man, but it wasn't enough. In 2015, the Obama adminstration removed Cuba from the US terrorism blacklist. The two countries had severed diplomatic relations in January of 1961.

The latest Star Wars installment struggled over the Memorial Day weekend, making $103 million over the four-days. It came in way under projections, opening with $84.7 million over three days, and just $148 million globally. Solo represents the lowest opening for a Star Wars film since Disney took over the franchise starting with 2015’s The Force Awakens. Solo did help land the best domestic Memorial Day weekend since 2014 when X-Men: Days of Future Past was the top film. However, it wasn’t enough to land the highest Memorial Day opening. That title still belongs to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End which debuted with $139.8 million in 2007. Solo was the only wide release over the weekend, meaning the rest of the box office consists of a series of holdovers. Deadpool 2 slid to No. 2. In third is Avengers: Infinity War. Book Club landed in fourth during its sophomore outing. Life of the Party rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: James Earl Carter -- Jimmy Carter -- our 39th president. He was born at the Wise Clinic in Plains, Georgia, on October 1st of 1924, making him the first US president to be born in a hospital.

Monday 5.28.18

What a great day yesterday turned out to be. Sunny and 78 here in Olympia

Birthdays: NBA legend Jerry West is 80; singer Gladys Knight is 74; he's back in the news a lot lately, former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani is also 74; singer Billy Vera is 74; from Creedence Clearwater Revival, singer-aongwriter John Fogerty is 73; frontman for the Fine Young Cannibals, singer Roland Gift is 57; Eddie Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, actor Brandon Cruz is 56; from The Presidents of the United States of America, Chris Ballew is 53; singer Kylie Minogue is 50; TV hostess Elisabeth Hasselbeck is 41; and singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is 33.

Today is Memorial Day -- celebrated the last Monday in May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day observance, go back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War. Memorial Day was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress changed it to the last Monday. Regardless of the date, you're encouraged to take time to honor and remember our service men and women. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. It was changed to Memorial Day in 1882. Today is Amnesty International Day, a day that recognizes the need to protect human rights around the world. The Amnesty International organization strives to accomplish this goal by providing awareness and recognition of the issues. They work to publicize local and regional problems, and to arouse citizens, governments, and politicians to action.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which relocated Native Americans. In 1937, Volkswagen, the German automobile manufacturer, was founded. In 1957, National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and the New York Giants to San Francisco. In 1976, The Allman Brothers Band broke up for the first time after Gregg Allman testified against a roadie accused of drug trafficking. In 1983, Weird Al Yankovic left his job as a mail clerk. In 1985, Gay Mullins, a retiree from Seattle, founded Old Cola Drinkers of America. It was an effort to bring back the original Coca-Cola, instead of the New Coke that the Atlanta-based company had foisted on the American cola-drinking market. By July of 1985, with arms firmly twisted behind their backs, Coca-Cola Company executives relented and returned the old formula to colaholics and with a new name: Classic Coke. In 1987, Whitney Houston released her album Whitney. In 2002, the Mars Odyssey found signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars.

Trivia returns tomorrow.

Friday 5.25.18
Morning Trivia: This filmmaker, puppeteer, and actor began his career as a puppeteer. He performed the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. Who is he?

Stephen Piscotty and the Athletics tagged Felix Hernandez early, and Oakland ended the Seattle Mariners' five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory yesterday. Oakland helped itself by turning a team record-tying five groundball double plays, and stopped a five-game home skid. The A's scored four times in the first inning, two on Piscotty's double off Hernandez. Felix settled down and retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced in going six innings but the damage was done. The Mariners now return home for one of their longer homestands. Ten games. They start off with the Minnesota Twins for the weekend. Game one is tonight at 7:10. James Paxton is pitching the series opener.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had harsh words for the comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the NFL's new national anthem policy yesterday, as players began to process the new mandate from the league's owners. Baldwin has been a leading voice from the players' perspective for why there were protests last season even though Baldwin never participated in kneeling or sitting on the sidelines during The Star-Spangled Banner. He spoke passionately after the Seahawks concluded their offseason workout and sounded offended by the president's comments to "Fox & Friends" in an interview that aired yesterday saying, maybe the players shouldn't be in the country if they don't stand for the anthem. Baldwin said, "He's an idiot. Plain and simple. I respect the man because he's a human being first and foremost, but he's just being divisive, which is not surprising. It is what it is. But for him to say anybody who doesn't follow his viewpoints or his constituents viewpoints should be kicked out of the country is not very empathetic. It's not very American like, actually, to me. It's not very patriotic. It's not what this country was founded upon. It's kind of ironic to me the President of the United States is contradicting what our country is really built on." Even normally reserved Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson agreed with the sentiment that the owners' decision was a message to players to essentially be quiet, saying "Pretty much. I think that's part of it. It seems that way." Wilson added, "But I think a policy right or wrong is not going to fix our problems."

Birthdays: Singer/songwriter Tom T.Hall is 82; Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, actor Sir Ian McKellen is 79; Waylon Jennings widow, singer/songwriter Jessi Colter is 75; actress and singer Leslie Uggams is also 75; actress Karen Valentine, best known for her work on Room 222, is 71; actress Connie Sellecca is 63; Austin Powers, actor and comedian Mike Myers is 55; actress Anne Heche is 49; Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush are 48; and actor and comedian Demetri Martin is 45.

Today is National Missing Children’s Day, a day to focus on the 2,300 children that will be reported missing in America today (and every day). National Missing Children's Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child abduction. It was May 25th in 1979, that six-year-old New Yorker Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school. Visit childfindofamerica.org. Today is National Wine Day. Today is National Tap Dance Day, marking the birth of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, on this date in 1878. Today is Star Wars Day. The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25th of 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the anniversary release date of Star Wars. A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25th is based on the Star Wars connection. The original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters on this date in 1977. May the Force be with you.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 and 714 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, his final home runs. It was a record that stood for 39 years. In 1961, President John Kennedy asked the US. to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In 1968, The Rolling Stones released Jumping Jack Flash. Also in 1968, St. Louis dedicated its trademark Gateway Arch, part of the city's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. In 1970, Boeing Computer Services was founded. In 1973, Mike Oldfield released his Tubular Bells LP. The title track would later become the theme for the movie The Exorcist. In 1974, Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a drug overdose. In 1977, the movie Star Wars opened in US movie theaters. It set a new box office record that stood until Titanic in 1999. In 1978, Keith Moon performed with The Who for the last time. In 1983, The Return of the Jedi set a new movie record for opening day box office sales by grossing $6.2 million. In 1986, approximately 7 million Americans participated in Hands Across America. In 1992, Jay Leno became the new host of The Tonight Show, replacing Johnny Carson, who had hosted the late-night talk show for 29 years.

Trivia Answer: Frank Oz who turns 74 today. He is also known for being the puppeteer and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars films. His work as a director includes Little Shop of Horrors in 1986, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 1988), What About Bob? in 1991, In & Out in 1997, Bowfinger in 1999, The Score in 2001, and Death at a Funeral in 2007. In addition to performing a variety of characters, Oz has been one of the primary collaborators responsible for the development of the Muppets over the last 30 years.

Thursday 5.24.18
Morning Trivia: Early in the 2016 season, at the age of 42, he became the oldest MLB player to hit his first career home run. At the age of 44 this season, he is the oldest active MLB player. He is the last active pitcher to have pitched in the Kingdome. He holds the distinction of being the last active Major Leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos. Who is he?

Marco Gonzales allowed two hits in seven innings in the longest start of his career, and the Seattle Mariners scored their only run on an error in a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics last night. The Mariners scored in the fourth when Guillermo Heredia doubled leading off. He was at third with one out when shortstop Marcus Semien bobbled Kyle Seager's fielder's choice grounder before he could get off a throw. Nelson Cruz went 0-for-4 after missing two games with a bruised elbow sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday against Detroit. Mitch Haniger, who was hit by a pitch on his right forearm on Tuesday, was given a day off. He also could sit out today's series finale, according to manager Scott Servais. That series finale is a day game today. Felix Hernandez gets the start.

Critics say the NFL's decision to force players on the field to stand during the national anthem prioritizes the league's mainstream appeal over its athletes. Some opponents of the new policy now vow to never watch an NFL game again. Others, including some players, applauded the league's action or took no issue with the policy. The decision fans the flames of a debate that grew far beyond athletes wanting to protest social injustice.

Birthdays: Cheech Marin's partner, actor and comedian Tommy Chong -- Cheech & Chong -- is 80; Robert Allen Zimmerman better known as Bob Dylan is 77; he was Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly in the film and television series M*A*S*H, Gary Burghoff is 75; singer Patti LaBelle is 74; actress Priscilla Presley is 73; guitarist Waddy Wachtel is 71; Johnny Cash's daughter, singer Rosanne Cash is 63; football coach Jim Mora is 57; actor John C. Reilly is 53; and from The Black Crowes, guitarist Rich Robinson is 49.

Today is International Tiara Day, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers in their own lives. Real or virtual tiara wearing is optional. Today is Thelma & Louise Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1991. It's National Escargot Day. The approved way of celebrating National Escargot Day is by eating a plate of Escargots. Considered a delicacy by some, others find the thought of feasting on snails as just too yucky. For those who can't bring themselves and their stomachs to the table, it's suggested you give Escargot gift certificates to family and friends.

Calendar noyes: On this date in 1970, Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac. In 1982, Mrs. Christina Samane gave birth to a 22-pound 8-ounce son in Transkei, South Africa, the heaviest baby ever born. According to Guinness, the child weighed 77 pounds at 16 months and 112 pounds at age 5. In 1988, snow fell on the Syrian Desert and Damascus had ten hours of snowfall for the first time in 50 years. In 1998, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed May 24th as Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. In 1999, boxer Mike Tyson was released from a Rockville, Maryland, jail after serving 3½ months behind bars for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender. In 2003, Paul McCartney had tea with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. McCartney then played a show for 20-thousand fans in Moscow's Red Square. In 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale.

Trivia Answer: Bartolo Colón who turns 45 today. He's currently a pitcher for the Texas Rangers. He pitched against the Mariners -- and won -- on the 16th of this month. Nicknamed Big Sexy, he previously played for the Cleveland Indians, the Montreal Expos, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the Minnesota Twins. Colón was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1993. Clón has made four MLB All-Star Games and h the American League Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005.

Wednesday 5.23.18
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the US Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, he eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom and serving as host of an improv comedy show. Who is he?

Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 last night. The Mariners have won four straight games and six of their last eight. Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Ben Gamel took a called third strike to end the top of the ninth. Seattle's Dee Gordon was placed on the disabled list with a broken right big toe. Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a bruised elbow sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday against Detroit. Ooutfielder Mitch Haniger was pulled in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch from Cahill on his left arm. X-rays were negative. Game two of the brief three-game road trip is tonight at 7:05.

The NHL Board of Governors meets on June 20th in Las Vegas. That's when the Oak View Group, a partner in the prospective franchise and the group renovating KeyArena, could be given conditional approval to put a professional hockey franchise in Seattle.

Birthdays: Actress Joan Collins is 85; he was Jim on Murphy Brown, actor Charles Kimbrough is 82; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is 62; model Karen Duffy is 56; he played drums for The B-52's, Chicago, and Gavin DeGraw before joining Maroon 5, which is who he drums for today, Matt Flynn is 48; singer Maxwell -- his full name is Gordon Maxwell Rivera -- is 45; singer Jewel is 44; and game show contestant and author -- he holds the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in game show history. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, Ken Jennings -- he was born in Edmonds and now lives in Seattle -- is also 44.

Today is National Taffy Day. It's World Turtle Day. The purpose of which is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Today is Moog Day, marking the birth on this date in 1934 of Robert Moog. He built the first successful music synthesizer. The first Moog album, Switched On Bach, became a best-seller in 1968. Today is Lucky Penny Day. See a penny pick it up, all day long you have good luck.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1908, part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound. The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from December 16th of 1907, to February 22nd of 1909, by order of President Theodore Roosevelt as a show of strength of the US Navy. The hulls of these ships were painted a stark white, giving the armada the nickname the Great White Fleet. In 1962, the NBA agreed to allow the Philadelphia Warriors to become the San Francisco Warriors. Later, they became the Golden State Warriors. In 1977, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco called off a Jefferson Starship concert because the park had banned electronic instruments. In 1979, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, without a record contract, filed for bankruptcy. In 1984, Tina Turner released her album Private Dancer. In 1995, the first version of the Java programming language was released. In 2013, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed up in Mount Vernon.

Calling all kids from the 1980s and 1990s. Remember those scratch-and-sniff stickers that smelled like pickles and cookies and bubblegum? Or even those crazy smelly markers? Well, we soon can peel our stamps and smell 'em, too, with the U.S. Postal Service's Release of its first scratch-and-sniff stamp collection coming up June 20th. Sadly for sweet and sour food lovers there aren't any pickles in the bunch, but customers and stamp collectors (do people still collect stamps!?) can choose from one of 10 First Class Mail Forever stamps that feature frozen treats for summer, with each priced at 50 cents. In a press release, the USPS said Americans love cool, refreshing ice pops on a hot summer day and listed several types of popular popsicles, such as those with fresh fruit and even the double-stick variety for sharing. All are included on the new stamps, with each design featuring two popsicles in a variety of colors and flavors.

Trivia Answer: Drew Carey who turns 60 today. His sitcom was The Drew Carey Show. The improv comedy show was Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Both aired on ABC. He has hosted the television game show The Price Is Right since 2007. He's a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC.

Tuesday 5.22.18
Morning Trivia: He is most widely recognized for his portrayal of Gus Portokalos, the Windex bottle-toting Greek father of Toula, in the surprise hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002. He began his career on the New York stage in the mid-1950s. He made his first film appearance in 1959. He later earned much acclaim for his extensive television work, especially as the long-suffering high school principal, Seymour Kaufman, on ABC's sitcom, Room 222. He reprised his role as Gus in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in 2016. Who is he?

Following a series win over Detroit this past weekend, then a day off yesterday, the Mariners are off to Oakland for a quick three-game set with the As. Dee Gordon has been put on the 10-day DL with a broken toe. Dan Vogelbach has been called up from Tacoma to take Dee's spot on the roster. Mike Leake starts for Seattle tonight. First pitch at 7:05.

The Seattle Seahawks began the first of three weeks of organized team activities yesterday at team headquarters in Renton. As expected, Earl Thomas was not there. The fourth week is the mandatory veteran minicamp June 12th through the 14th. We'll see if Thomas shows up then. Thomas hasn't been at any team workout since last season ended on New Year's Eve. Why? Because these practices and meetings are still voluntary, per the league's collective bargaining agreement. Coaches, of course, have a different view of "voluntary" this time of year, they call it "strongly encouraged." But the letter of the NFL contract law remains the same. Thomas has been publicly preparing for the possibility the transitioning Seahawks will decide to let him leave rather than give him a new, rich deal as he approaches 30 years old.

Birthdays: Business magnate, financier, billionaire T. Boone Pickens is 90; actor Richard Benjamin is 80; the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski is 76; former MLB pitcher -- yes, the surgery was named after him -- Tommy John is 75; the one who wrote the words for Elton John, lyricist Bernie Taupin is 68; singer Morrissey is 59; Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela is 56; she's appeared on more than five-hundred magazine covers, model Naomi Campbell is 48; and eight-time Winter Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was born in Federal Way 36 years ago today.

Today is National Maritime Day, a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It was on this date in 1819 that the steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress in 1933. Today is Buy a Musical Instrument Day, Isn't it obvious how to celebrate Buy a Musical Instrument Day? If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today could be a very good day indeed. If you have been considering taking up a musical instrument, today can be your starting point.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube. In 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a Fats Domino concert over fears of an anticipated "rock 'n' roll riot." In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis told the world he married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. In 1967, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on PBS, featuring Rev. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh. In 1980, five gold records that belonged to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios in New York. In 1986, Sylvester Stallone signed a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists for a reported $15 million per film, making him at the time the richest actor in Hollywood. In 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0. In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the final time. Announcer Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinson also retired from the show. In 1999, New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena sold out of tickets for 15 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band shows. In 2004, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing documentary about White House actions after the September 11th terrorist attacks, won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Trivia Answer: Award-winning Greek-American actor Michael Constantine who turns 91 today.

Monday 5.21.18
Morning Trivia: He's known for his roles in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. He's known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. Who is he?

It was a good weekend for the Mariners. Yesterday, Mitch Haniger hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jean Segura's RBI single in the 11th gave the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh but closer Shane Greene blew his third save of the season, giving up Haniger's 11th home run. Liriano was attempting to become the first Tigers pitcher not named Justin Verlander to throw a no-hitter since 1984, but Haniger's line drive single with one out in the seventh ended his run at history. On Saturday, James Paxton threw a three-hitter in his second complete game in three starts, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. At 27-and-19, the Mariners are in second place in the AL West, 2 games behing the Astros. An off-day for the Mariners today. They have a quick three-game set in Oakland with the As starting tomorrow before returning to Safeco for the rest of the month. Mike Leake starts for Seattle tomorrow night at 7:05.

Birthdays: Retired major league player and manager -- he holds the all-time record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158 (plus an additional three post-season ejections -- Bobby Cox is 77; frontman for The Isley Brothers, singer Ron Isley is also 77; from the group Chicago, musician and songwriter Bill Champlin is 71; singer-songwriter Leo Sayer is 70; comedian turned politician, former Senator Al Franken is 67; actor Judge Reinhold is 61; and singer Gotye is 38.

Today is Hummel Day, marking the birth in 1909 of Sister Maria Hummel, the German kindergarten art teacher whose watercolor drawings were transformed into the world’s finest figurines. Today is I Need a Patch for That Day. You may be wondering what sort of patch is referred to, and the answer is that it is every single type of patch that you can imagine: from patches in clothes to nicotine patches, from software patches to patchwork quilts. Today is National Waiters and Waitresses Day, a day that recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress. Did you get the memo? Today is National Memo Day. What is it for? Who created it? Why? These are questions awaiting an answer that may never come. Every once in a while, we discover a special day with no known history or description.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1819, the first bicycles, imported from England, appeared on the streets of New York City. Within a month, the city banned the new-fangled machines as being hazardous to public safety. In 1945, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married. Both cried during the 3-minute ceremony. In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recorded the song Ohio. In 1971, Paul McCartney released his solo album Ram. In 1980, the movie The Empire Strikes Back was released. In 1990, in a classic final episode of the Newhart TV series, Bob Newhart woke up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette, his wife on a previous series, The Bob Newhart Show. He had been dreaming since 1978. In 1999, soap opera star Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th nomination. In 2005, the tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

Deadpool 2 debuted in North America with $125 million. That wasn’t enough to match the debut of its predecessor, 2016’s Deadpool, which had the biggest opening ever for an R-rated film with $132.4 million. Although it debuted under estimates, Deadpool 2’s launch was nothing to complain about. It still secured the second-best opening for an R-rated film, as well as the third-biggest debut of the year behind blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. Its opening was enough to crush Avengers: Infinity War’s reign on the domestic box office. After securing the No. 1 spot for three weeks, it dropped to second place. it was followed by Book Club -- the romantic comedy — starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. Rounding out the top five are Life of the Party and Breaking In.

Trivia Answer: He was born Laurence Tureaud -- but we know him as Mr. T -- and he's 66 today. At one point, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police Corps. After his discharge, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers, but failed to make the team due to a knee injury. He next worked as a bouncer. It was at this time that he created the persona of Mr. T. His wearing of gold neck chains and other jewelry was the result of customers losing the items or leaving them behind at the night club after a fight. A customer, who may have been banned from the club or trying to avoid another confrontation, would not have to re-enter the club if Mr. T wore their jewelry as he stood out front. When a customer returned to claim the item, it was readily visible and available with no further confrontation required. He eventually parlayed his job as a bouncer into a career as a bodyguard that lasted almost ten years. In 1980, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in NBC's "America's Toughest Bouncer" competition. Although his role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, Mr. T was eventually cast as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist. His catchphrase "I pity the fool!" comes from the film; when asked if he hates Rocky, Lang replies, "No, I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool." He later accepted a television series role on The A-Team.

Friday 5.18.18
Morning Trivia: She's an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She's best known for her work on Saturday Night Live from 1997 to 2006 and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock. She's also known for her work in film, with her most notable appearances including starring roles in Baby Mama in 2008, Date Night in 2010, Muppets Most Wanted in 2014, Sisters in 2015, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in 2016. Who is she?

Jose Iglesias' two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Detroit the lead, and Tigers' pitchers allowed just two hits over the final six innings in a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. Detroit rallied against Seattle's bullpen to take the opener of the four-game series. Game two is tonight at 7:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start.

Birthdays: Actor Bill Macy is 96; Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, actor Dwayne Hickman is 84; baseball great, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 81; singer-songwriter -- remember It Never Rains in Southern California? -- Albert Hammond is 74; Mr. October -- he with five World Series rings -- Reggie Jackson is 72; he's known for being the keyboardist with Yes, Rick Wakeman is 69; Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is 68; singer-songwriter George Strait is 66; singer Martika is 49; and musician Jack Johnson is 43.

Today is International Museum Day, a good opportunity to visit, appreciate, and support a nearby museum. Today is National Visit Your Relatives Day. It's easy to get so caught up in today’s fast paced lifestyle that we can soon lose touch with our relatives. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and haven't seen for a while. Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, the objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. A couple of options: Use disposable plates, cups and silverware for all meals and snacks OR take the family out to eat all three meals. Then for a snack, go out for ice cream.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, The Streak by Ray Stevens became Americas top single, capitalizing on the streaking fad that year on college campuses. In 1978, the movie The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey premiered in Dallas. In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. In 1992, the National Archivist quietly certified the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting Congress from voting itself instant pay raises. The measure was written by James Madison in 1789, but the ratification process took over two centuries. In 1998, the federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft saying the software company had a choke hold on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market. In 2004, at the age of 40, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0. In 2012, Facebook held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to that time for a newly listed public company.

Then there was the guy in Australia that was lucky to escape unharmed after his attempt to recharge his mobile phone battery -- in a microwave oven. Firefighters -- when firefighters are involved in the recharging process, you know things aren't going well -- were called to the man's home after the battery exploded inside the oven, causing smoke to pour out of the appliance.

Trivia Answer: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey -- Tina Fey -- who is 48 today. Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, ter becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment and, later, for her satirical portrayal of Sarah Palin. After leaving SNL in 2006, Fey created the television series 30 Rock -- a sitcom loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In 2011, she released her memoir, Bossypants, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks and garnered her a Grammy Award nomination. In 2015, she co-created the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Fey has received nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her Sarah Palin impression on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award.

Thursday 3.17.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired professional boxer and occasional actor. He was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses. He won world titles in five weight divisions and defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Benítez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán and Marvin Hagler. He was named Boxer of the Decade for the 1980s. Who is he?

The line drive off the bat of Seattle's Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck. After Colon picked up the loose ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed as the Rangers staff rushed to check on him. Colon said through an interpreter, "The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out. He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly so I can (handle) it." Colon put together arguably his best performance of the season yesterday, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Rangers a 5-1 win over the Mariners. Kyle Seager's homer in the ninth was the extent of Seattle's offense. Seattle manager Scott Servais said there's a chance Dee Gordon could be moved to second base sometime this weekend. Gordon played center field again yesterday but did pregame work for a second straight day at his old position. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz was sore a day after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot and leaving a game early. Servais expects it will be a few days before Cruz is back in the lineup but didn't believe a DL stint was needed. Up next, the Mariners host the Detroit Tigers for four. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

The Seattle Seahawks signed first-round pick running back Rashaad Penny to his rookie contract yesterday. The Hawks have now signed six of their nine draft picks. Penny was taken with the 27th overall selection. His contract is for four years with a team option for a fifth. Penny was one of the elite running backs in college football last season as he became a full-time starter for the first time. He led the nation with 2,248 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns for San Diego State. Penny rushed for at least 200 yards in each of the final five games to close out the 2017 season and had 13 rushing TDs during the stretch.

Birthdays: Blues musician Taj Mahal is 76; singer Keith (remember the song 98.6?) is 69; Danny Tanner on Full house, actor-comedian Bob Saget is 62; sportscaster Jim Nantz ia 59; the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller is 58; singer Enya is 57; comedian, actor, and talk show host Craig Ferguson is 56; from Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is 53; from New Kids on the Block, singer Jordan Knight is 48; and soccer's Mia Hamm is 46.

Today is World Telecommunications Day celebrating the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of World Telecommunications Day is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. Today is Pack Rat Day. Admit it. You're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. We’re all a little bit materialistic, and tend to buy, own and hoard more stuff than we might really need. We’re all pack rats. Pack Rat Day encourages us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn't throw away your old belongings, clothes, or even rubbish as it may be useful or valuable in days or years to come. And I don't know if this is so or not, but I like the concept. Today is Tell An Umpire I Love Your Outfit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, with a single camera near the third-base line WXBS-TV in New York became the first station to televise a sporting event. It was a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton. At the time, there were only 400 TV sets in America. In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first record album to sell a million copies the day it was released. In 1978, Philips announced their new creation: the compact disc. In 1985, Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas. He returned the following season. It was all a dream. In 1992, bandleader Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia at the age of 89. His syndicated TV show continues in reruns. In 1999, Makah Indians here in Washington state harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70 years. In 1999, a Toronto judge dismissed a claim that the Canadian Defense Minister, Citibank, and a number of drug store chains were conspiring to kill a complainant because he was a Martian. The judge ruled that since the petitioned claimed not to be human, he had no status before the court. In 2001, the US Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. In 2002, Legoland Deutschland opened in Günzburg, Germany. In 2007, trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

According to a survey of 2,000 British women, 80% of them said there was a definite link between how a man dances and how he performs in bed. More than half admitted to trying to get a man on to the dance floor to check out his technique before “taking the plunge.”

Trivia Answer: Sugar Ray Leonard who turns 62 today. He was named Ray Charles Leonard, after his mother's favorite singer, Ray Charles. In October 1996, the 40-year-old Leonard announced that he was coming out of retirement to fight Héctor Camacho for the lightly regarded IBC Middleweight Championship. Camacho, a light-hitting southpaw who, at 34 and as a former lightweight, was also considered past his prime, had a record of 62–3–1. Leonard decided to fight Camacho after commentating on his fight with the 45-year-old Roberto Duran the previous year, in which Camacho had won a disputed decision which Leonard had called "an early Christmas gift." In January 1997, it was announced that Leonard had been voted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York. The rules state that a boxer must be retired for five years before being eligible for induction. When the vote took place, Leonard had been retired for more than five years, therefore, he was eligible, even though he had a fight scheduled. The induction ceremony was on June 15th of 1997. The fight with Camacho took place on March 1st of 1997 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camacho applied pressure from the opening bell and started to score well in the third. He continued to score well in the fourth and opened a cut above Leonard's right eye. In the fifth, Camacho dropped Leonard with a right followed by two left uppercuts. Leonard got up, but was unable to ward off Camacho. The referee stopped the fight with Camacho teeing off on a defenseless Leonard on the ropes. It was the only time in Leonard's career that he was knocked out. Afterward, Leonard retired again, saying, "For sure, my career is definitely over for me in the ring." The Camacho fight was Leonard's last. He finished his career with a record of 36–3–1 with 25 knockouts.

Wednesday 5.16.18
Morning Trivia: He was a puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He began developing puppets while attending high school. He created Sam and Friends while he was a freshman at the University of Maryland. It was a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in home economics, after which he produced coffee advertisements and developed some experimental films. He became famous in 1969 when he joined the children's educational television program Sesame Street where he helped to develop characters for the series. Who was he?

Guillermo Heredia's single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers last night. Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. It was Seattle's 10th come-from-behind victory this season. The Mariners snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak at Safeco Field. Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch on top of his right foot in the fourth inning, and limped to the dugout with the help of two staff members. Results of X-rays were negative, and it was diagnosed as a contusion. The team said he'll be re-evaluated today. The Ms and Rangers match up again in a matinee today at 12:40.

The Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano is being suspended 80 games without pay under Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement. That word from Major League Baseball yesterday. The league says Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, which is banned under baseball's drug treatment plan. Cano says he has accepted the suspension, but contends the diuretic is not a Performance Enhancing Substance, but was taken to treat a medical ailment while in his native Dominican Republic. Cano wrote, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish I had been more careful." Cano went on to point out he had never failed a drug test in his 15 year career "for the simple reason I have never taken (a Performance Enhancing Substance)" and "would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game I love." Cano's positive reportedly resulted from an offseason test. The Mainers said in a statement, "Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge." Cano can serve his suspension while on the disabled list but is now ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners get there and end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports. He will also lose his salary during the suspension, expected to be around $11.8 million. Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August.

Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan is 65; the lead singer and bassist of the band Mr. Mister, Richard Page is 65; gymnast Olga Korbut is 63; actress Debra Winger is also 63; marathon runner Joan Benoit is 61; Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 53; singer Janet Jackson is 52; Carol on Growing Pains, actress Tracey Gold is 49; actress and socialite Tori Spelling is 45; and actress Megan Fox is 32.

Today is Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day in honor of the normal springtime high pollen level. Today is Love a Tree Day. So, go out and give a tree a great big hug. Or, climb up into your favorite tree, and share some quality time with it. It's National Sea Monkey Day which celebrates an amazing pet that comes alive when placed in water. Children and adults are fascinated by these creatures, that almost instantly are born when placed in water. It's Wear Purple For Peace Day. You'd think that this day originated in protest of a particular war or conflict. Or, perhaps conceived by the UN, or another peacemaking or peace keeping group. Rather, we found this day to be a stellar event. It seems some folks fear that aliens from outer space consider earthlings to be too hostile. As a result, they have yet to visit or make contact with us. So, some decided to promote world peace by establishing Wear Purple for Peace Day. The goal of the day is to make the world a peaceful place and, of course, encourage alien species to make contact with earth.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1904, the automohorse was patented. The first autos tended to scare horses, so this ingenious invention was an automobile that looked like a horse. In 1965, The Beach Boys sang Help Me, Rhonda on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also in 1965, Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time. In 1970, Randy Bachman left The Guess Who. In 1984, Prince's When Doves Cry was released. In 1985, Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1988, the Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage. In 1990, actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer. He was 64. In 1996, residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts, voted 165-138 to end their 200-year tradition of opening the annual town meeting with a prayer. Before they voted, they prayed. In 2000, the New York Democratic Party nominated First Lady Hillary Clinton for the US Senate, making her the first First Lady to run for public office.

Trivia Answer: Jim Henson. He achieved international fame as the creator of the Muppets. He founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958, which became the Jim Henson Company. He won fame for his creations, particularly Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie. He was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years. Jim Henson died of toxic shock syndrome on this date in 1990 at the age of 53.

Tuesday 5.15.18
Morning Trivia: He's a former running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s. He's the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season. Who is he?

Former Mariner -- now the Twins's first baseman -- Logan Morrison's throwing error in the eighth inning accounted for the game's only run as Seattle downed Minnesota Twins 1-0 after a long rain delay last night. Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double. Jean Segura laid down a sacrifice bunt and Morrison threw the ball into right field, allowing Gordon to score. The game was originally scheduled for April 8th but got postponed because of inclement weather. Last night's first pitch was pushed back 1 hour, 42 minutes due to rain. The Mariners are now back home 6-games. Two with the Texas Rangers and the four with Detroit. The first game is tonight at 7:10.

BREAKING: Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano is being suspended 80 games without pay under Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement, Major League Baseball announced today. The league says Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, which is banned under baseball's drug treatment plan. Cano says he has accepted the suspension, but contends the diuretic is not a Performance Enhancing Substance, but was taken to treat a medical ailment while in his native Dominican Republic.

Birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 82; singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is also 82; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 81; singer K.T.Oslin is 76; singer, songwriter, producer Brian Eno is 70; baseball's George Brett is 65; musician Mike Oldfield is also 65; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 62; former WSU and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is 42; and Dutch singer Mr. Probz is 34.

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. A Montana funeral home says in a death notice on its website that Kidder died Sunday at her home. Her manager says Kidder died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69. The Canadian-born actress also appeared in 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper and 1978's The Amityville Horror.

The innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe has passed away. The 88-year-old Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection and died yesterday, according to his agent.

It's Police Officer's Memorial Day -- a day that honors and remembers police officers who gave their lives while on duty. Today is Nylon Stockings Day. It's Over The Rainbow Day and it's also L. Frank Baum's birthday. It's National Chocolate Chip Day which celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Today is Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. In 1970, A&M Records released Close to You, the Carpenters second album. The title song became the first of six consecutive million sellers by Karen & Richard and led to a Best New Artist Grammy for the duo. In 1970, President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals. In 1974, Mr.& Mrs. Frank Zappa announced the birth of their third child, Ahmet Rodan. He was named after a Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets. In 1978, singer Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of pop songs. The LP stayed on the music charts for 10 years and sold over 5-million copies. In 1988, the #1 selling non-fiction book on the New York Times list was Michael Jackson’s autobiography, Moonwalker. In 2010, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo. She was 16.

Trivia Answer: Emmitt Smith who turns 49 today. The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft. During his long professional career, he became the NFL's all-time rushing leader, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. Emmitt played for three Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys teams. It was in 1993 that he won a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. Smith is the only player to tell John Madden that Madden NFL rated his skills too high. Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Monday 5.14.18
Morning Trivia: He was a blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists. He was born on a cotton plantation in Berclair, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and began his performance career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis, Tennessee, and Chicago, and toured the world extensively. He was nicknamed The King of the Blues. Who was he?

Not a great weekend for the Mariners. The Detroit Tigers beat them yesterday 5-4. The Ms not only lost the game, they lost a road series for the first time all season, and they lost Robinson Cano for an extended period. Seattle now heads to Minnesota for a makeup game tonight after the teams were postponed back on April 8th. Wade LeBlanc starts for the Mariners tonight at 4:10.

Robinson Cano left Seattle's game at Detroit yesterday in the third inning with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch. Cano was struck by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy, then went to the dugout while being replaced by a pinch runner. Cano is hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season. He hit a three-run homer in Seattle's win Saturday night. Cano is one of the team's biggest stars. In the fifth season of a $240 million, 10-year contract, Cano has played in at least 150 games in each of the last 11 seasons.

A sad note: Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox has died at the age of 86. Knox's granddaughter confirmed his death in a tweet yesterday. Knox led the Seahawks to their first-ever playoffs in his first season as Seahawks head coach in 1983. He went on to coach the team through the 1991 season. He was a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor and was named NFL Coach of the Year twice with the Seahawks. He took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game.

Birthdays: Star Wars director George Lucas is 74; from The Talking Heads, frontman David Byrne is 66; director of the Back to the Future films, Robert Zemeckis is also 66; the Life is a Highway guy, singer Tom Cochrane is 65; Poison guitarist C.C. Deville is 56; from Milli Vanilli, Fabrice Morvan is 52; Goose -- former NFL player now a sideline analyst for Fox, Tony Siragusa is 51; actress Cate Blanchett is 49; daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and a director in her own right, Sofia Coppola is 47; and computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is 34.

Today is Lewis & Clark Day. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark left St. Louis on this date in 1804. Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day. Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis brought the first camels to America to test as military pack animals. The project was abandoned because the camels wouldn’t follow orders and they stunk. In 1904, the first Olympic games to be held in the US opened in St. Louis. In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the Willow Run assembly line in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1988, the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary celebration held at New York’s Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with Jason Bonham on drums. In 1998, Frank Sinatra died after a heart attack at the age of 82. Also in 1998, NBC-TV aired the final episode of Seinfeld. In 2004, Coldplay's Chris Martin and his wife at the time, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, became the proud parents of a baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

In a surprise to absolutely no one, Avengers: Infinity War handily won its third weekend in release. The big story this weekend though was the film’s international performance. Infinity War finally opened in the highly lucrative Chinese market and pulled in a hefty $200 million, exceeding the entire runs of The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War in China. Perhaps surprisingly, this $200 million represents only the second biggest three-day opening ever in LC, which is a testament to just how huge the China market can be and explains why Hollywood is all about appealing to Chinese audiences. Infinity War the #5 release of all-time worldwide, surpassing the worldwide grosses of both previous Avengers movies, Furious 7, Frozen, Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. It seems like a foregone conclusion now that Infinity War will pass Jurassic World to secure the #4 slot on the all-time chart, but from there it gets a bit trickier. In the second slot this weekend was Life of the Party. Breaking In finished at No. 3. Fourth place went to Overboard (2018) while A Quiet Place rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Riley B. King known professionally as B.B. King. Early on, he was dubbed The Beale Street Blues Boy -- that was shortened to B.B. He cut his first record in 1949. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows. King's favorite guitar is named Lucille. King died at the age of 89 on this date in 2015, from congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes.

Friday 5.11.18
Morning Trivia: One of the original MTV veejays, Martha Quinn, turns 59 today. Can you name all five of the original veejays?

The Mariners have yet to lose a series on the road. In the rubber match with the Toronto Blue Jays last night, Kyle Seager hit two home runs -- including his fourth career grand slam -- and Jean Segura had four hits as the Mariners beat the Jays 9-3. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake matched a season high by pitching seven innings. He allowed two runs and six hits. Seager hit a two-out grand slam off former Mariner, left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning and a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game. Seager's homers were his fifth and sixth of the season. Ryon Healy and Mike Zunino added solo home runs for Seattle. Seattle had 17 hits, matching its season high for a nine-inning game. The Mariners also had 17 hits against Oakland on April 14th. The Ms now move on to Detroit for three starting this afternoon at 4:10. Manager Scott Servais won't be with the team tonight and tomorrow. He's going to see his daughter get her masters degree from Ole Miss. Manny Acta will act as manager.

Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 91; minister Louis Farrakhan is 85; from The Animals, singer Eric Burdon is 77; one of the original MTV V-J’s, Martha Quinn is 59; and quarterback Cam Newton is 29.

Today is Eat What You Want Day. People spend so much time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn't eat, give yourself a break and eat what you want today. If you’ve ever had a root canal you probably appreciated how it fixed your pain … eventually. But you probably didn’t appreciate the root canal itself. Today’s a day to change that, because it’s Root Canal Appreciation Day. Yes, really. Dr. Chris Kammer, a dentist, created the day back in 2005. You’re probably not surprised that a dentist would be behind this. But Dr. Kammer isn't just any dentist. He’s the Rock and Roll Dentist. He's performed with Deep Purple, Kiss, Garbage and others. Today is Twilight Zone Day, a mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day. Research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. In researching this day, there was no logical roots for this day. The TV show first aired on October 1st of 1959. May 11th marks neither the birth nor the death of the shows's creator Rod Serling. It just is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1792, the Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray. In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. In 1947, the creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the BF Goodrich Company. In 1965, The Byrds made their TV debut with Mr. Tambourine Man on NBC's Hullabaloo. In 1981, Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital. He was 36. In 1985, Madonna's single Crazy For You hit #1. In 1990, singer Ritchie Valens received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, almost 33 years after his death. In 1995, Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26th of 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash. In 2015, Fox announced that American Idol would conclude at the end of its fifteenth season.

Americans have always loved their beer. But not every state loves the beverage equally. According to new data, New Hampshire surpasses all other states in terms of the gallons of beer consumed per capita. Each resident of New Hampshire drinks, on average, 40.6 gallons of beer per year, which is more than twice as much as the 18.7 gallons consumed by the people living in Utah, the state that drinks the least amount of beer in the country.

On television, it's the premiere of Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition. As the title implies, this spinoff sees celebs going undercover. In the premiere, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas goes undercover to discover gifted gymnasts and coaches. It's tonight on CBS.

Malaysia just elected a 92-year-old leader. Apparently they wanted someone who didn’t know how to use Twitter.

Trivia Answer: The original veejays were Martha, with her petite, girl next door personality which made her extremely popular among viewers. The others were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and J.J. Jackson.

Thursday 5.10.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1954, the song credited with being the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts was released. Can you name the song?

The Toronto Blue Jays rallied late to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 last night. Toronto started the eighth with five straight hits off Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. A night after Seattle's James Paxton tossed a no-hitter, the Blue Jays made sure the feat would not happen again when Teoscar Hernandez singled to begin the bottom of the first. Seattle has not won consecutive games since April 28th and 29th. The roof at Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season. In the series rubber match tonight, Mike Leake gets the start. Game time is this afternoon at 4:00.

Birthdays: Singer Carl Douglas -- known for the song Kung Fu Fighting -- is 76; singer Donovan is 72; singer-songwriter Dave Mason is also 72; Boomer, sportscaster Chris Berman is 63; and from U2, Bono is 58.

Today is Trust Your Intuition Day, a day to pay homage to gut feelings. Todays is Clean Up Your Room Day -- a day parents eagerly await ... and kids dread. If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". Messy is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the folks. To mom and dad's delight, and every child's chagrin, Clean Up Your Room Day arrives every May 10th. Get out the shovels. Call in an industrial sized dumpster. Its time. Note to kids: Clean Up Your Room Day also applies to your parents. You may want to inspect to assure that mom and dad practice what they preach.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US. In 1908, the first Mother's Day observance took place in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1963, Decca Records signed The Rolling Stones. The group had been recommended by Beatle George Harrison. In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded I Shot the Sheriff. Also in 1974, The Who sold out four nights at Madison Square Garden in just eight hours. In 1985, The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. In 1986, actress Heather Locklear and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee were married. In 2001, the Boeing Company announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year stay in Charlotte. In 2005, Seal married Heidi Klum on a beach in Mexico.

Trivia Answer: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets. Rock Around the Clock is a 12-bar-blues-based song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954. It was not the first rock and roll record, nor was it the first successful record of the genre but it was the first to top the Billboard chart and became an anthem for rebellious Fifties youth. It's widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Wednesday 5.9.18
Morning Trivia: His first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4, of The Wonder Years, in 1988. He has since co-starred in two successful television series: Northern Exposure and Sex and the City. He also played the leading male role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He has never been married and has said that he doesn't see himself getting married or having kids but he has been in a long-term relationship with Bo Derek since 2002. Who is he?

The Big Maple -- James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners -- became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 last night. Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter. Paxton is from British Columbia. He pointed to a tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. Paxton threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year. Paxton struck out seven, walked three, and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. This was the sixth no-hitter for the Mariners franchise, and the first since Hisashi Iwakuma did it against Baltimore in 2015. Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game in 2012, and Randy Johnson tossed Seattle's first no-hitter in 1990. The Ms and Blue Jays meet up again tonight in game two of the three-game set. Wade LeBlanc is making his second start of the season following five relief appearances. Game time is 4:00 this afternoon.

Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 82; producer and director James L. Brooks is 78; singer, songwriter, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member best known for co-forming the bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco, Richie Furay is 74; Murphy Brown, actress Candice Bergen is 72; The Piano Man, multi-Grammy Award winner Billy Joel is 69; Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 68; and retired baseball player Prince Fielder is 33.

Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. A day that recognizes your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday. Today is Hurray for Buttons Day. Today is National Butterscotch Brownie Day. Today is Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day, you are such a rebel.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, Jimmy Davis became governor of Louisiana. He wrote and recorded the hit song You Are My Sunshine, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1962, a laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time. In 1984, in Chicago the White Sox beat Milwaukee 7-6 in the 25th inning of history's longest baseball game: 8 hours 6 minutes. The game began the night before but was suspended because then there was a 1:00 am curfew. In 1985, Phil Collins released the single Sussudio. In 2000, a US federal appeals court upheld a $5.4 million jury decision that Michael Bolton had plagiarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing. The original song, of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers. Also in 2000, the owner of a small Dutch tobacco shop won $4.1 million in the lottery by mistake. Having accidentally printed up more tickets than he could sell, he was forced, by law, to buy the remainder himself. One of the extra tickets was a big winner.

A new study finds half of Americans wear jeans the a majority of the week. 50 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans wear jeans at least four days of the week.

As Mother's Day approaches, you may want to think twice before serving mom breakfast in bed. According to a survey, 70 percent of moms would rather sleep or have uninterrupted time to themselves than get breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. The survey also showed that nearly 80 percent of moms are torn equally between spending an extra hour with their children, or themselves.

Trivia Answer: John Corbett who turns 57 today. He is best-known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995.

Tuesday 5.8.18
Morning Trivia: He was a stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and author. He became well known as an insult comic. Beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the NBC television sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk and variety shows, including The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman. He voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for a 2007 documentary. Who is he?

After an off day yesterday, the Seattle Mariners are off on a 7-game road trip. They start off with 3 in Toronto. James Paxton starts game one this afternoon at 4:00.

Former Tacoma Rainier and Seattle Mariner, now a Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar has been released from a hospital, and a doctor who treated the 31-year-old right-hander expects he will pitch again but not this season. The White Sox said in a statement yesterday that Farquhar is resting at home with his family after being discharged from Rush University Medical Center. Farquhar collapsed in the dugout with a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm during a game against Houston on April 20th. He had surgery the following day.

Birthdays: From The Captain & Tennille, singer Toni Tennille is 78; singer Gary Glitter is 74; jazz and classical pianist Keith Jarrett is 73; from Earth Wind & Fire, singer Philip Bailey is 67; from Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen is 65; former NFL player and coach now a studio analyst for The NFL Today, Bill Cowher is 61; another former player turned coach -- now in the college ranks -- Lovie Smith is 60; actress and television director -- Half Pint on Little House on the Prairie -- is 54; from Savage Garden, singer Darren Hayes is 46; singer Enrique Iglesias is 43; and blues rock musician, singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa is 41.

This being Tuesday of the first full week of May, it's National Teacher's Day. Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Today is Iris Day, a day that celebrates the late spring bloomers. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day -- which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II on this date in 1945. It’s International Red Cross Day. And it's Have A Coke Day. May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day, while July 10th is The Real Thing Day (marking when Coke Classic Debuted). It’s No Socks Day, a chance to free your feets from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air. In addition to the liberating feeling of the day it has the advantage that it reduces your laundry load, which is environmentally friendly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink called Coca-Cola. In 1956, Alfred E. Neuman first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine. His slogan: "What, me worry?" In 1970, The Beatles released the album Let It Be. In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. In 1977, County Commissioners in Parker County voted Buck Naked, Texas, out of existence. They decided that Buck Naked road signs caused too many misunderstandings. Residents had chosen the name as a joke. In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles. In 1985, "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola. In 1989, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student died from injuries suffered when a soft drink machine fell on him. He had rocked the machine after it took his money but didn’t release a drink. He was the 9th American killed by overturned vending machines in a 3-year period. In 1990, Tom Waits won $2.5 million when a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads. In 1999, the first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

If you think raising a kid is expensive ... you're right. A new survey finds the average parent spends $9,470 every year on each of their kids. The Northeast spends the most on their children, with Washington DC parents shelling out on average $17,921 a year on each child.

Trivia Answer: Don Rickles who was born on this date in 1926. When he began his career in the early 1950s, he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience "hockey pucks". During an interview on Larry King Live, Rickles credited Milton Berle's comedy style for inspiring him to enter show business. That 2007 documentary was Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about Rickles directed by John Landis. It made its debut on HBO in December of 2007. Rickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, besting a number of notable comics, including David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. In May of 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV's "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles". Recorded live at New York City's Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the two-hour special, with live monologues by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Jimmy Kimmel, and Eddie Murphy. Don Rickles died of kidney failure on April 6th of 2017.

Monday 5.7.18
Morning Trivia: He's a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he continued to strive for broader success with various other bands. In 1973, he put together a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level. A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, he wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women and blue-collar themes and is an example of heartland rock. Who is he?

The Mariners could have taken over first place in the AL West with a win yesterday but alas, they lost. Shohei Ohtani returned from a sprained ankle and took a shutout into the seventh inning while outpitching Felix Hernandez, Mike Trout hit his 12th home run, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rolled over the Ms 8-2 yesterday. An off day for Seattle today. James Paxton gets the start in his native country tomorrow when the Mariners open a series in Toronto.

Birthdays: Singer Thelma Houston is 72; the son of stunt performer Evel Knievel, and a daredevil in his own right, Robbie Knievel is 56; actress Traci Lords is 50; and singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 47.

Today is National Tourism day, a day for municipalities and tourism sites around the country to promote their area or region. Today is the Fire Escape Ladder's Birthday, Joseph Richard Winters on May 7th of 1878 received US Patent number 203,517 for a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton John. In 1969, the Canadian Broadcasting Company stopped advertising tobacco products. In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces. In 1987, Shelly Long, as Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on the TV show Cheers. In 1991, a judge in Macon, Georgia dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music. Also in 1991, a bandit tried to hold up a Jacksonville, Florida, supermarket wearing a paper bag over his head with eyeholes cut so he could see. But when he moved, the bag shifted and he couldn’t see. While he adjusted the bag it tore, exposing his face … which a checker recognized as one of the store’s regular customers. In 1998, Steve Perry left Journey for a second time after the band decided to tour without him. He was suffering from back trouble. In 2000, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as president of Russia. In 2002, Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew died at age 28. It was 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby. In 2003, a man wanted for trafficking and possession of cocaine was arrested when his parole officer spotted him kissing his girlfriend in a live crowd shot displayed on the scoreboard at a Cincinnati Reds game. The suspect and his parole officer attended the same game when the smooching couple were caught by the Kiss Cam at Great American Ball Park. The parole officer and a police officer arrested the 24-year-old man in his front row seat. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine published its 1000th issue.

After having the biggest opening weekend in history, Avengers: Infinity War is continuing its trek to be the highest-earning movie of all time. Over the weekend it made another $112.5 million across North American and rocketed past the $1 billion mark worldwide in record time. And the movie hasn't even opened in China yet.

Trivia Answer: Bob Seger who turned 73 yesterday. That group of Detroit-area musicians that he put together was The Silver Bullet Band. That breakout album in 1976 was Night Moves. Seger has recorded numerous hits, including Night Moves, Turn the Page, Still the Same, We've Got Tonight, Against the Wind, You'll Accomp'ny Me, Like a Rock, and Shakedown, which was written for Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987. Seger also co-wrote the Eagles' number-one hit Heartache Tonight, and his recording of Old Time Rock and Roll was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. He was named Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live honoree.

Friday 5.4.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1979, she became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Who is she?

Dee Gordon had another big night on the bases, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 last night. Gordon went 3 for 4, stole two bases, scored twice, and set the table for the three-run third inning that proved the difference against the A's and their emerging left-handed ace, Sean Manaea. Manaea entered the game with a 1.03 ERA and the lowest opponents' batting average (.134) in the majors. He gave up four runs and six hits while striking out five in six innings. Up next, the Mariners welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in for a three-game weekend series. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

It's perhaps the end of an era. Ichiro was released yesterday by the Seattle Mariners. He's not going anywhere, though. He's shifting into a front office role with the team, although he's not completely shutting the door on playing again. The Ms announced that Ich was becoming a special assistant to the chairman effective immediately. The team said Suzuki will have an active presence with the team and assist with outfield play, base running, and hitting. Nowhere in the announcement was it mentioned that the 44-year-old is retiring. Rules, however, preclude him from returning to the active roster this year.

Birthdays: Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine Jackson is 88; Author and political commentator George F. Will is 77; Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 67; from Seattle, singer Oleta Adams is 65; singer and actress Pia Zadora is also 65; singer Randy Travis is 59; actor and comedian Will Arnett is 48; Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 46; sportscaster Erin Andrews is 40; from NSYNC, singer Lance Bass is 39.

May is International Repect for Chickens Month and today is International Respect for Chickens Day, a day to stick up for chickens. Today is Renewal Day. It's a day of new, and old, beginnings. Things get old and out of sorts. We lose touch with friends, loved ones, and relationships. For whatever reason, we let "it" go. Well, whatever "it" is, today is the day to renew it, rejuvenate it, and bring the spark back into it. It's National Candied Orange Peel Day, a day dedicated to ... you guessed it ... candied orange peels. Now, just what the heck is a candied orange peel? And, is it edible? Yes, it's edible. If you are a chef or a baker, then you know just what it is, and how to use it. For the rest of us, we likely have enjoyed it in seasonal baked goods all of our lives, without even knowing we have eaten it. Candied orange peels are a boiled, sliced, sugar added treat. You can eat them by themselves. But most often, they are used in holiday cookies, snacks, and fruitcake. Today is Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you. If you want to celebrate by watching every Star Wars flick -- including The Last Jedi and Rogue One -- it will take approximately 20 hours and 16 minutes.

Calendar note: On this date in 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood. In 1959, the winners of the very first Grammy Awards were announced. In 1964, Another World premiered on NBC-TV. In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. In 1975, Moe Howard, the last of the original Three Stooges, died of cancer at age 78. His real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe, with his brothers Curly and Shemp, created the Three Stooges as a vaudeville act. They made 190 short movies. In 1987, Playtex became the first manufacturer to air TV ads featuring live models wearing bras. In 2001, actress Bonnie Lee Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in a car waiting for her actor husband Robert Blake. In April of 2002, Blake was charged with the murder, but a jury acquitted him in 2005. In 2012, in Las Vegas, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

Two or three beers may be a better painkiller than the stuff you get in the drugstore, according to a British study. Researchers say they discovered strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. They also concluded the more beer people drank, the less pain they felt. The study compared 18 different controlled experiments that involved 404 people. They found that a blood alcohol content of .08, about three or four regular drinks, can reduce pain by up to 25 percent. It also increased pain tolerance a little.

Trivia Answer: Margaret Thatcher -- Maggie Thatcher -- who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. Not only was she the first female Prime Minister, she was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. In 2013 she died of a stroke in London at the age of 87. Always a controversial figure, she has nonetheless been lauded as one of the greatest, most influential, and widest-known politicians in British history.

Thursday 5.3.18
Morning Trivia: This singer and actor was born in Tacoma. Three years later, his family moved to Spokane. When this guy was was 10, his father built the family a house in Spokane -- a house that now sits on the campus of this singer's alma mater, Gonzaga University, and formerly housed the Alumni Association. This singer's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. Who is he?

James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings and won't get a win. The Seattle bullpen blew a late lead and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Mariners 3-2 last night. Paxton was overpowering in arguably the finest performance of his career, posting the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on August 8th of 1997. Paxton left with a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, then Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz. Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season. The Ms and As wrap up their series tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 84; inventor Ron Popeil is 83; sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 72; singer Mary Hopkin is 68; Grammy winner, singer Christopher Cross is 67; the current bass player REO Speedwagon, Bruce Hall is 65; and singer-songwriter Angela Bofill is 54.

One of the lesser-known holidays is today's Lumpy Rug Day, where we dedicate time to appreciating our rugs. No rug should ever become lumpy or ragged, and so every year people are encouraged to smooth their rugs out and revel in the beauty of a perfectly flat rug. Today is Garden Meditation Day. Today is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to take a risk and step outside your daily routine. Today is Paranormal Day. A day for all those who believe in paranormal activity to share experiences all around the world. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and watch a scary movie. Today is World Press Freedom Day. The day to recognize the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalists have made to attain this freedom.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1654, America's first toll bridge was competed over the Newbury River at Rowley, Massachusetts. The authorizing legislation set the toll at two shillings per cow, ox, or horse, and a half shilling per hog, sheep, or goat. No toll was permitted on people crossing the bridge. In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax in the US. In 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With The Wind. In 1976, Wings kicked off their Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Paul McCartney's first American live show in 10 years. In 1991, the final episode of Dallas aired on CBS. Lasting 13 seasons in prime-time, it was second in longevity only to Gunsmoke. In 1992, five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. In 2003: President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. In 2016, Billboard reported that Prince became the first act to concurrently chart five albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since the merging of their stereo and mono lists in 1963. In the first full tracking week following Prince's death, he had 19 albums on the top 200 list.

Work spouse relationships often start out innocently: Coworkers grab lunch, share inside jokes, commiserate. Sometimes, though, they go too far. How do you know if you’ve gone too far with your work spouse? You’ve crossed the line if you’re hiding any aspect of your relationship from your spouse, meeting after work for social rather than work situations, start moving your conversations from business to personal topics, and specifically if you start complaining about your real spouse.

Trivia Answer: Bing Crosby who was born on this date in 1903. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. The biggest hit of Crosby's career was his recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which he introduced through a radio broadcast during the 1942 Christmas season, and the movie Holiday Inn. The Crosby House in Tumwater was Bing Crosby's grandfather's house. Crosby's recording hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to #1 on October 31, where it stayed for 11 weeks. A holiday perennial, the song was repeatedly re-released by Decca, charting another 16 times. It topped the charts again in 1945, and for a third time in January 1947. The song remains the best-selling single of all time. According to Guinness World Records, Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has "sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles." Crosby's recording was so popular that he was obliged to re-record it in 1947 using the same musicians and backup singers; the original 1942 master had become damaged due to its frequent use in pressing additional singles. Though the two versions are very similar, it is the 1947 recording which is most familiar today.

Wednesday 5.2.18
Morning Trivia: She was a singer, songwriter, and actress. In 1963 -- at the age of 16 -- she recorded the song It's My Party with producer Quincy Jones. Who was she?

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, Dee Gordon had five hits, and Felix Hernandez pitched six solid innings to propel the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics last night. A gritty start by A's right-hander Andrew Triggs that kept his team in a 1-1 deadlock through four innings at Safeco Field unraveled in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on, Cruz hammered Triggs' first pitch over the fence in left-center to give Seattle a lead it would not relinquish. The Mariners held on for their third consecutive victory and sixth in their last seven. Seattle closer Edwin Diaz struck out two in a shutout ninth to notch his majors-leading 12th save. The Ms and As match up again tonight at 7:10 with James Paxton starting for Seattle.

These two teams get together again to start next year. The Mariners and Athletics will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20th and 21st next season. It's the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in Japan. Major League Baseball said yesterday that Oakland will be the home team for both games. Both the Athletics and Mariners will play Japanese teams in exhibitions on March 17th and 18th.

Birthdays: Engelbert Humperdinck is 82; Mick Jagger's ex, Bianca Jagger is 73; the original lead singer of Foreigner, Lou Gramm is 68; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 46; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 43; singer-songwriter Lily Allen is 33; race car driver Kyle Busch is also 33; and the only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- she's fourth in the line of succession to the British throne -- Princess Charlotte of Cambridge -- is 3.

Smiley, squishy, faces are perfect reasons to put Baby Day on the map. Today is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. Babies Day is observed on the birth date of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Today is also Brothers and Sisters Day -- a day to cherish your siblings. Sure, there are times when you love your brothers and sisters. And, there are times when you want to disown them. All in all, though, having a brother and/or a sister or two, is invaluable. The older you get, the more you learn to appreciate them.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, not hitting well, Ironman Lou Gehrig approached his manager and said, "I'm benching myself, Joe for the good of the team." That after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again. In 1974, the filming of the movie Jaws began in Martha's Vineyard. In 1975, The Beatles closed down Apple Records. In 1977, Eric Clapton recorded Wonderful Tonight. In 1988, Melissa Etheridge released her self-titled debut album. In 1997, 44-year-old Tony Blair became Britains youngest prime minister in 185 years. In 2007, Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison -- but he was not sure they didn't. The prison housed a number of violent criminals.

Trivia Answer: Lesley Sue Goldstein, known professionally as Lesley Gore, who was born on this date in 1946. She followed It's My Party with other hits including Judy's Turn to Cry, She's a Fool, You Don't Own Me, Maybe I Know and California Nights. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Out Here on My Own, written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Gore had been working on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life when she died of lung cancer on February 16th of 2015. She was 68 years old.

Tuesday 5.1.18
Morning Trivia: She's a singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records -- which has included folk music, show tunes, pop music, rock and roll and standards -- and for her social activism. Her debut album was released in 1961, but it was the lead single from her 1967 album Wildflowers, the song Both Sides Now — written by Joni Mitchell — that brought her international prominence. Who is she?

The Seattle Mariners have only lost one series this season, and that was against the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. The injury bug has nagged the Mariners again this year but in their three games with their full lineup, the Ms scored 27 runs -- nine per game. The Mariners hit four home runs on Sunday, after they hit four home runs on Saturday, as well, and two on Friday. Sunday was the sixth time the Mariners have scored eight runs or more in a game. In all, the Mariners finished their 10-game road trip with a 7-and-3 record and improved to 16-11. Closer Edwin Diaz leads the major leagues with 11 saves in 11 opportunities. He’s allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings pitched -- and he’s struck out 27. This is the Mariners’ best start to a season since they were 17-and-10 in back in 2003. The Ms try to keep things rolling as they open a 6-game homestand tonight -- they have 3 with Oakland, and then three with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Game one is tonight against the As. Felix Hernandez gets the start tonight. Game time is 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer Rita Coolidge is 73; Paul Sr. from American Chopper is 69; singer and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. is 64; Faith Hill’s husband, singer Tim McGraw is 51; and Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise, actor Jamie Dornan is 36.

Today is May Day, originally a festival in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, May Day has traditionally been a time to gather flowers and welcome warm weather. In the late 1800s, May Day also became a day to honor workers. Today is Labor day in 140 countries. The US, Canada, and Bermuda are the only countries that observe Labor Day in September. The Bahamas celebrates in June.

May birthstone: the emerald. May's flower: lily of the valley. May is National Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, Arthritis Month, Family Wellness Month, Heal the Children Month, Get Caught Reading Month, National Mental Health Month, National Hamburger Month, Egg Month, Moving Month, Motorcycle Safety Month, Womens Health Care Month, Victorious Woman Month, Older Americans Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Vinegar Month, Salad Month, Salsa Month, and Smile Month.

Today is School Principals' Day. Today is also Law Day, and New Home Owners Day. It’s Save a Rhino Day, and it’s Mother Goose Day. The day was created only recently -- in 1987 -- as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories. It's International Tuba Day -- recognizing musicians around the world who struggle with the weight and size of their big instrument.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Bayer company of Germany introduced aspirin in powdered form. In 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. In 1941, Citizen Kane, directed and starring Orson Welles, premiered in New York. In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, daughter of a US Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973. In 1972, The Eagles' Take It Easy was released. It was their first single. In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment was overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitched his seventh career no-hitter, striking out 18 and breaking his own record. In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm. King asked, "Can we all get along?" In 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks was killed by United States special forces in Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2nd.

Trivia Answer: Judie Collins who was born in Seattle 79 years ago today. The tune Both Sides Now was written by Joni Mitchell. The single hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and won Collins her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance. Collins experienced the biggest success of her career with her recording of Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns. The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and then again in 1977, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, as well as a Grammy Award for Sondheim for Song of the Year.