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Tuesday 5.31.16
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?

After three consecutive losses to the Minnesota Twins, the Mariners erupted for nine runs after the fifth inning yesterday and blasted the San Diego Padres 9-3 at the Safe. Blanked through five innings while collecting only two hits, the Mariners erupted for four runs in the sixth and five in the eighth and crushed San Diego, snapping a three-game losing streak. Nathan Karns threw 6.2 largely effective innings, and Kyle Seager with a two-run shot and and Dae-Ho Lee with a three-run blast both banged long balls as Seattle rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Alas, it wasn't enough to propel the Ms back into first place as the Texas Rangers also won, knocking off the Cleveland Indians 9-2 and preserving their spot atop the AL West, ahead of the Mariners by half a game. The Mariners are 29-and-21 at the 50-game mark. A year ago after 50, the Mariners were 24-and-26 and 6.5 games behind in the AL West race. Up next, the Ms and Padres play the second of two at Safeco Field this afternoon. After today, the clubs play two more, but this time in San Diego, tomorrow and Thursday.

Birthdays: Actor and director Clint Eastwood is 86; Peter from Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow is 78; Cagney on Cagney & Lacey, actress Sharon Gless is 73; Broadway Joe, football's Joe Namath is 73; actor Tom Berenger is 67; actor and comedian Chris Elliot is 56; Caroline on Caroline in the City, actress Lea Thompson is 55; singer-songwriter Corey Hart is 54; rapper DMC of Run-DMC is 52; actress Brooke Shields is 51; and actor Colin Farrell is 40.

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 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.

On TV tonight, the season premiere of America's Got Talent. Executive producer Simon Cowell joins the judges’ table, to replace the departed Howard Stern. Back for the new season are Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and host Nick Cannon. The season begins with the auditions tonight on NBC.

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 last night to advance to the NBA Finals. The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers play for the NBA title for the second year in a row. The series starts Thursday.

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. 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. 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.

Monday 5.30.16
Morning Trivia: He was a voice actor and comedian. Although he began his nearly six-decades-long career performing in radio commercials, he's 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?

Not a good weekend for the Mariners. Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano both homered in all three games of the set between the Minnesota Twins and the Ms, and the Twins polished off a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 5-4 victory yesterday. The losses knocked Seattle out of first place in the AL West. They now trail the Texas Rangers by half a game. Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte took batting practice in the cage yesterday. He said he feels back to normal after suffering a sprained left thumb last weekend in Cincinnati. Marte is expected to play four games with Triple-A Tacoma beginning tomorrow and be activated from the disabled list on June 6th. Up next for the Ms, more interleague play. They host the San Diego Padres in a two-games here and two-game there set starting this afternoon.

Birthdays: NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is 73; singer Wynonna Judd is 52; and rapper, singer, and Voice coach Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known as Cee Lo Green, is 42.

Today is Memorial Day. According to, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30th of 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which five-thousand participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20-thousand Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave.

Memoriaal Day Facts:

  • It is believed that the holiday was chosen to be in May because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
  • The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day to allow the decoration of graves with flowers and flags.
  • The original Memorial Day was originally set as May 30th, but was changed to the last Monday of the month in 1971.
  • In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day.
  • It was not until after World War I that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
  • New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as a legal holiday in 1873.
  • The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those who attend today's observance, about five-thousand people.
  • On Memorial Day the Third US Infantry plants flags in front of the tombstones of every soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. That's over 260,000 graves.
  • The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

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 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.

X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass squared off over Memorial Day weekend, but both blockbuster hopefuls emerged bruised from this box office clash of the titans. The latest X-Men adventure easily topped the weekend, earning an estimated $65 million. It's on pace to pull in over $76 million over the four-day spell. That's a solid start, but a significant drop off from the $110.5 million that the previous film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, racked up over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday. Things were much bleaker for Alice Through the Looking Glass. The follow-up to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, which racked up more than $1 billion during its run, stumbled out of the gate, bombing with $28.1 million and a projected $35 milllion over the four-day period. That's a disastrous start for a film with a $170 million production budget. The fantasy adventure will try to staunch the bleeding overseas, where Alice Through the Looking Glass grossed an estimated $65 million from such major territories as Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Brazil. Alice's opening is bad news for Johnny Depp, whose star has waned in recent years, its luster diminished by flops such as Mortdecai and Transcendence. The actor was in the headlines over the weekend after his wife Amber Heard filed for divorce, alleging abuse. So, X-Men at number one, Alice through the Looking Glass at number two. The Angry Birds Movie took third place. In fourth place, Captain America: Civil War. Neighbor's 2: Sorority Rising rounded out the top five.

A new era for the Indianapolis 500 arrived in the form of a most unfamiliar driver. An American, no less. Alexander Rossi outlasted his faster rivals -- and his fuel tank -- for a stunning victory Sunday in the historic 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle In Racing. The unlikely win allowed the long-suffering Andretti family to celebrate in the biggest race of their storied careers and it left the top drivers in the field fuming over Rossi's good fortune. Rossi was a 66-to-1 long shot and certainly not the driver anyone would have picked to win. But the 24-year-old Californian used fuel strategy to outsmart a handful of drivers who had the most dominant cars in the race. Rossi stretched his final tank of gas 90 miles to cycle into the lead as others had to duck into the pits for a splash of fuel in the waning laps. He was sputtering on the final lap, working his clutch and getting screamed at by team co-owner Bryan Herta to conserve fuel, and he ultimately ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag. His victory celebration came only after his Honda was towed to the party. He sat in the car for some time before climbing out to take that sweet sip of milk. He said, "I have no idea how we pulled that off. I really was focused on taking it one lap at a time. The emotional roller-coaster of this race is ridiculous. There were moments I was really stoked, really heartbroken, really stoked. I was like, `Wow, I'll need to see a psychiatrist after this.'" Rossi? Not many know much about him at all. He's an IndyCar rookie who has chased a ride in Formula One since he was 10. He left for Europe when he was 16 and never pursued a career in American open-wheel racing. But stuck without a ride this year, he made the decision to return to the United States to race and became the ninth rookie to win the 500. Rossi understood full well that it was strategy that got him this win, and he knows what an Indy 500 victory means. He said, "I have no doubt it's going to change my life." He was lured back to America this year to drive for Herta in a partnership with Andretti Autosport. Herta was the winning car owner in 2011 with Dan Wheldon. This Herta effort relied heavily on its alliance with Andretti. Michael Andretti earlier this month was voted by the 27 living winners as the best driver never to win the race, but he has now won the 500 four times as a car owner. In front of the first sellout in Indy 500 history, Rossi stunned the more than 350,000 fans in attendance.

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.

Friday 5.27.16
Morning Trivia: He's a retired basketball player. He played his entire professional career for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. It's his silhouette that's been incorporated into the NBA logo. Who is he?

The American League West-leading Mariners are looking to keep it rolling when they host a Minnesota Twins team that is running last in the AL Central. The teams meet in a three-game series that begins tonight at Safeco. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez is set to start in the series opener. It's the first meeting between the two teams this year after the Twins took four of seven against the Mariners last season. First pitch is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Former Secretary of State during Richard Nixon's administration, Henry Kissinger is 93; musician Ramsey Lewis is 81; actress Lee Meriwether is 81; actor Louis Gossett, Jr. is 80; singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn is 71; from Siouxsie and the Banshees, singer Siouxsie Sioux is 59; from Crowded House and Split Enz, singer and guitarist Neil Finn is 58; Roz on Frasier, actress Peri Gilpin is 55; Willis on Diff'rent Strokes, actor Todd Bridges is 51; and from Outkast, Andre 3000 is 41.

Jennifer Aniston's mother, Nancy Dow, has died. Aniston tells People magazine in a statement that her mom "passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends after enduring a long illness." Dow was a model who acted on television in the 1960s, including appearances on The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild Wild West. Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter last year that her relationship with her mother was strained at times, saying there were years when they didn't talk. Nancy Dow was 79.

As Baz Luhrmann once said, "If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it." Today is Sun Screen Day -- a day to educated and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun. The day is held on May 27th, just in advance of the summer and vacation season. The Pop-Up Toaster was released on this date in 1918.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Ford Motor Company ceased manufacture of the Ford Model T and began to retool plants to make the Ford Model A. In 1930, Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape. In 1933, Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs was first released. In 1937, in California, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County. In 1968, Major League Baseball's National League awarded Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States (the Montreal Expos). In 1968, after 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired. In 1969, construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida. In 1986, Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, was released in Japan. In 1987, during a U2 concert in Rome, the sound system was so loud, emergency services was flooded with calls from local residents who thought they were being hit by an earthquake. In 1995, in Culpeper, Virginia, the actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. In 1998, Charlie Sheen was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles for a drug overdose.

In its continued efforts to reinvent the taco shell, Taco Bell is now producing a chalupa wrapped in fried chicken. They call it the Naked Chicken Chalupa, which is the latest in Taco Bell's string of weird taco shells, which have included a Doritos shell and a waffle-wrapped breakfast taco. According to Buzzfeed, Taco Bell has been testing the new mash-up since September in Bakersfield, California -- then took it to Kansas City in April -- and is prepping it for its nationwide debut. It was reportedly inspired by the KFC Double Down sandwich, a bacon sandwich that replaced buns with chicken. The fried chicken shell in this so-called chalupa is stuffed with vegetables, cheese and avocado ranch. Yet somehow consumers who have tested the product find it "healthy." Okay.

Baseball icon Derek Jeter is reportedly tying the knot with model Hannah Davis in Napa Valley, California this summer. The New York Yankees star, who retired in 2014, popped the question to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit beauty last year after dating on and off since 2012. Now, according to the New York Daily News, the couple is preparing to wed in early July, with rumours suggesting the nuptials are set to take place over 4th of July.

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are officially divorced, according to a report. The actress and the Coldplay frontman announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March of 2014 and Gwyneth subsequently filed to legally end their marriage. According to, the two parties have since agreed to give up rights to spousal support and are now officially single again. Despite their split, Chris and Gwyneth have remained close and insist their focus remains on their two children, Apple and Moses. The family recently enjoyed a trip to Peru in April, when Moses marked turning 10 by joining his dad onstage, while the former couple also spent a day at Disneyland together earlier this month to celebrate Apple's 12th birthday.

If you've got a box of old photos in the closet, spend some time scanning them with a new app called Unfade that makes scanning, touchup and storage of old photographs easy. All you do is tap a button to start scanning, and then point your iPhone camera at printed photos one at a time.

Trivia Answer: Jerry West who turns 78 tomorrow. He is the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team -- that happened in 1969. West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

Thursday 5.26.16
Morning Trivia: She's a singer-songwriter. She joined the band she's a famous part of at the end of 1974. Her solo career began in 1981. The two between them, have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. After the release of her first solo album, Rolling Stone deemed her The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. Having overcome cocaine addiction and dependency on tranquilizers, she remains a popular solo performer. As a solo artist, she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and, with her band, has a further five nominations. As a member of her band, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Who is she?

First baseman Adam Lind, another low-profile, off-season pickup, was the hero last night at Safeco in a 13-3 win over the A's, giving the Mariners the ninth series win over their past 11. Lind hit two home runs and drove in six runs as Seattle maintained its 1½-game lead over the Rangers atop the AL West. At 28-and-18, the Ms are sporting the fourth-best record in MLB. Having already tied the score 1-1 with a solo homer in the second inning, Lind added his second, a three-run shot, in Seattle’s six-run third inning for a 7-1 lead. Lind was 4-for-4, but just about everyone contributed as the Mariners established season highs in hits with 17 and runs with 13. Catcher Chris Iannetta was the only starting player who didn’t get a hit. Tuesday night's hero -- he of the walkoff homer in the ninth -- Leonys Martin came out of last night's game in the third inning. He strained his hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. An off day today allows the Mariners to recharge before another struggling team comes to Safeco Field. The 12-and-34 Minnesota Twins are up next. The three-game series begins tomorrow night with Felix Hernandez scheduled to start.

Birthdays: Sportscaster Brent Musburger is 77; the drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Garry Peterson is 71; Tubbs on Miami Vice, actor Philip Michael Thomas is 67; singer Hank Williams Jr. is also 67; comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is 54; singer Lenny Kravitz is 52; South Park co-creator Matt Stone is 45; singer-songwriter Lauren Hill is 41; and the first son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Kingston Rossdale is 10.

Today is Sally Ride Day, a day that honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 1897, Dracula, a novel by the Irish author Bram Stoker, was published. In 1938, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session. In 1959, the word Frisbee became a registered trademark of Wham-O. In 1969, Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the at the time forthcoming first manned moon landing. In 1973, Deep Purple's single Smoke On The Water was released. In 1978, the first legal casino in the Eastern US opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996. In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York. In 2004, Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are heading for divorce. The actress has filed to end the couple's one-year marriage, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for spousal support. The couple wed in February of 2015, just over a year after Johnny asked Amber to be his wife. The court documents suggest Johnny and Amber separated on May 22nd, just two days after Johnny's mother died. The couple met on the set of the 2011 movie The Rum Diary. She has not been by Johnny's side as he promotes his new movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, which hits cinemas tomorrow but no one saw the split coming. Johnny was asked about the whereabouts of his wife at the premiere in Hollywood earlier this week but he simply brushed off the questions by explaining she was working. This was Amber's first marriage, while Johnny was previously wed from 1983 to 1986, and enjoyed a lengthy romance with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two children. Sources say the couple did not have a prenup. He's 52. She's 30.

On TV tonight, the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. ESPN airs the finals of the national championship tonight. The last two Bees ended in a tie, so a new format this year makes it more difficult for spellers in the final rounds.

Former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond is back in jail in Wisconsin after an official says he violated the terms of his parole. Jail records show Diamond, who was recently released after serving time for disorderly conduct and concealed-weapon convictions, was arrested yesterday. The 39-year-old Diamond was convicted in Wisconsin last year on the charges stemming from a 2014 bar room brawl. He was released in April. Diamond played Screech on the 1990s TV show.

Trivia Answer: Stephanie Lynn Nicks -- Stevie Nicks -- who turns 68 today. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac on December 31st of 1974, along with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, 1977's Rumours, produced four US Top 10 singles (including Nicks' song Dreams, which was the band's first and only US number one) and remained at #1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Nicks began her solo career in 1981 with the 8 million selling album Bella Donna. She has released a total of eight solo studio albums to date, with her most recent titled 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, was released in October of 2014. Nicks is known for her distinctive voice, mystical visual style, and symbolic lyrics. During her solo career, she has had a close working relationship with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. They would serve as a backing band for several tracks on each of her solo albums, and the two have toured and performed together frequently over the past three decades. The song Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, performed by Nicks and Petty, was one of the biggest hits for either artist.

Wednesday 5.25.16
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?

Two outs, two strikes, so what? The Mariners’ season provided its most impressive moment yet when Leonys Martin beat the Oakland A’s with a two-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning last night. Martin crushed a pitch over the right field fence for the 6-5 win. Martin’s ninth homer of the season was his most impressive as a Mariner. It was, in his words, "the best feeling I’ve had in baseball." The Ms and As match up again tonight as the Mariners go for the series win tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Author W.P. Kinsella who wrote the Book Shoeless Joe which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams is 81 today; ssinger/songwriter Tom T.Hall is 80; Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor Sir Ian McKellen is 77; Waylon Jennings widow, singer/aongwriter Jessi Colter is 73; actress and singer Leslie Uggams is also 73; actress Karen Valentine, best known for her work on Room 222, is 69; actress Connie Sellecca is 61; Austin Powers, actor and comedian Mike Myers is 53; actress Anne Heche is 47; Carrie Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, actresses Sidney and Lindsay Greenbush are 46; and actor and comedian Demetri Martin is 43.

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 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 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.

A Pennsylvania judge yesterday ruled that Bill Cosby must stand trial in the case of a woman who accused the comedian of sexually assaulting her a dozen years ago. Cosby appeared in court yesterday after an application to delay the case against him was denied Monday. This could be the first time in years that Cosby comes face-to-face with his accuser, Andrea Constand. She didn't appear in court yesterday. Constandvis a former Temple University employee. She claimed in 2005 that the year before, Cosby sexually assaulted her after giving her pills and wine, which rendered her unresponsive. Cosby was deposed in 2005, and his comments were publicly released last year. In those statements, he allegedly admitted to giving Quaaludes to one woman in the past, but described his encounter with Constand as consensual. Cosby's legal team has repeatedly denied the sexual allegations against him.

The National Football League announced the sites for Super Bowls 53, 54, and 55 yesterday during the owners' meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. Atlanta is hosting the Super Bowl for the 2019 season, South Florida will host in 2020, and Super Bowl 55 will be in Los Angeles for 2021. All three of the cities have upgraded their stadiums or will have new stadiums in time for the hosting gigs. Los Angeles will be hosting a Super Bowl for the first time since 1993 as the relocated Los Angeles Rams will be in the new Inglewood stadium scheduled to open in 2019. South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 and Atlanta last hosted the game in 2000.

The Seattle Seahawks continue to be pegged as one of the NFL's premier franchises heading into the 2016 season, with pundits lauding the overall talent of their roster and highlighting the strengths of their key players and coaching staff. The praise isn't universal, but it's become clear that the Seahawks will once again be among the favorites to take the NFC West crown -- online sports book Bovada listed them as favorites to take the division in their opening divisional odds yesterday -- and perhaps advance to their third Super Bowl in four seasons.

Trivia Answer: Frank Oz who turns 72 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.

Tuesday 5.24.16
Morning Trivia: This singer-songwriter and musician has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was at first an informal chronicler, and later an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his songs such as Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. Who is he?

Home, bittersweet home. An anemic offense and two eighth-inning errors from shortstop Chris Taylor doomed the Mariners, whose four-game winning streak came to a halt by way of a 5-0 loss to the Oakland A's last night. Taijuan Walker was cruising for most of the night and had the Mariners trailing 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. A routine ground ball to Taylor resulted in two bases when the recent call-up threw the ball into the stands. Three batters later, after the Oakland lead had swelled to 2-0, Taylor misfired to first again for a four-run eighth. They'll try again. Ms and As tonight at 7:10 at Safeco.

Birthdays: Former football coach Jim Mora is 81; Actor and comedian Tommy Chong -- the Chong of Cheech & Chong -- is 78; Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H, actor Gary Burghoff is 73; singer Patti LaBelle is 72; actress Priscilla Presley is 71; guitarist Waddy Wachtel is 69; Johnny Cash’s daughter, singer Rosanne Cash is 61; actor John C. Reilly is 51; and from The Black Crowes, guitarist Rich Robinson is 47.

Today is Brother's Day, a celebration of brotherhood for biological brothers, fraternity brothers and brothers bonded by union affiliation or lifetime experiences. 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. In Canada, today is Victoria Day, held in honor of Queen Victoria to celebrate the birthday of the popular, long reigning queen of England. It is celebrated in England, Canada, and other former British colonies and territories. Queen Victoria's 63 year reign of the huge global British Empire, was the longest of all monarchs.

Calendar notes: 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 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.

Kelly Hoggan, the Transportation Security Administration's head of security, has been removed from his post, according to an internal memo and the House Oversight Committee. Even after TSA failed to catch fake bombs and banned weapons smuggled through checkpoints by undercover investigators, Hoggan received bonuses totaling $90,000, causing widespread outrage among lawmakers. Deputy Assistant Administrator Darby LaJoye will temporarily take Hoggan’s place, according to the TSA internal memo. LaJoye will take the reins as the TSA grapples with long lines and a stagnant workforce nationwide.

A Pennsylvania judge today ordered Bill Cosby to stand trial on accusations of sexual assault, the most serious setback so far for a man who epitomized the all-American dad on the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show. A trial date has not yet been set. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge against him, aggravated indecent assault.

Counter-programming at its ugliest. A pair of season finales coming up tonight. Dancing with the Stars on ABC and The Voice on NBC. Both at 9:00.

Then there's the Florida man has been arrested after authorities say he sent a woman approximately 118 text messages over a span of eight hours. Thirty-four-year-old William Thomas Hardaway was taken in to police custody after the woman couldn’t take the alleged harassment any longer.

Trivia Answer: He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman but we know him as Bob Dylan. He turns 75 today. Since 1994, Dylan has published three books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2000, Dylan was awarded the Polar Music Prize. In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. He has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour.

Monday 5.23.16
Morning Trivia: He's a game show contestant and author. He's noted for holding the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy! and as the second highest-earning contestant in game show history. Who is he?

We're still trying to figure out who these guys are. The Mariners rallied from deficits of 3-nuttin' and 4-2 and completed a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds yesterday with a 5-4 victory. Down two runs, Seattle scored three times in the fifth, capping the surge with a Steve Clevenger RBI single, and finished its six-game road trip 5-and-1 while extending its winning streak to four. The Mariners also maintained their 1.5-game margin over Texas in the AL West. Although dinged for four early runs, Seattle starter Wade Miley regrouped and notched his fifth win in his past six decisions. The Mariners won in comeback fashion for the 10th time this season and ran their road record to 18-7, best in the American League. The Mariners yesterday recalled infielder Chris Taylor from AAA Tacoma and placed short stop Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Marte suffered the injury Saturday during a steal of second base. The Ms are now back home. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at Safeco tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10.

Birthdays: Actress Joan Collins is 83; Jim on Murphy Brown, actor Charles Kimbrough is 80; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is 60; comedian and part owner of the Seattle Sounders, Drew Carey is 58; model Karen Duffy is 54; singer Maxwell -- his full name is Gordon Maxwell Rivera -- is 43; and singer Jewel is 42.

The former drummer for Megadeth, Nick Menza, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California, according to a family spokesman yesterday. Menza's latest band OHM was three songs into a semi-regular set at a Los Angeles-area club Saturday night when the drummer collapsed. Friends and audience members rendered aid while paramedics were called. The 51-year-old died at the club of a suspected massive heart attack. Menza was Megadeth's longest-serving drummer, performing on five records over nine years, including 1990's thrash metal landmark, Rust In Peace.

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'll 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.

The Angry Birds Movie has flown to victory at the US box office with a $39 million opening weekend, handily topping Captain America: Civil War and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The launch for the animated avian tale performed in line with forecasts as did the third weekend of Captain America with $33.1 million for a second place finish. Neighbors 2 finished in third with a solid $21.8 million. Fourth place went to the opening of the action-comedy The Nice Guys, Disney's seventh weekend of its surprise blockbuster The Jungle Book finished a close fifth. The upcoming Memorial Weekend will boast two solid wide release newcomers with X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Each is expected to perform well.

Has Daniel Craig shaken his last martini as James Bond? The Daily Mail claims Craig -- the highest paid actor to play the British super-spy -- has turned down a monster payday to reprise the role. Sources claim Craig was offered about $100 million and a producer credit to star in two more films. Craig has previously said he wasn't interested in returning as Bond, citing the physical toll the role has taken. "I'd rather slit my wrists," he told an interviewer in 2015. Craig said he's had his right shoulder reconstructed and surgeries in both knees as a result of playing James Bond. Craig's four Bond films have netted about $2 billion at the box office and are considered to have reignited the iconic franchise.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards:

Top Artist: Adele
Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted): Rihanna
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele, 25
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Country Song: Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Top Hot 100 Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: One Direction<.br> Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Song Sales Artist: The Weeknd
Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Social Media Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Touring Artist: Taylor Swift
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: ?Hillsong United
Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin
Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Top Rap Album: Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Top Rock Album: Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
Top Latin Album: Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Top Dance/Electronic Album: ?Zedd, True Colors
Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Top Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Top Selling Song: Adele, “Hello”
Top Radio Song: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Streaming Song (Video): ?Silentó, “Watch Me”
Top Rap Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Rock Song: Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Latin Song: Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On”
Top Christian Song: ?Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Top Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”

Trivia Answer: Kenneth Wayne Jennings III -- Ken Jennings -- who is 42 today. In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, consisting of $2,520,700 over his 74 wins, a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a $100,000 win for second-place prize in the Jeopardy Battle of the Decades, as well as half of a $300,000 prize in the IBM Challenge, when he competed against Watson. After his success on Jeopardy!, Jennings wrote about his experience and explored American trivia history and culture in his book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs, published in 2006. He and his wife Mindy, son Dylan, and daughter Caitlin live in the Seattle area.

Friday 5.20.16
Morning Trivia: She's a singer and actress with a career spanning five decades. She's known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image which has led to her being called the Goddess of Pop. She first became prominent in 1965 as half of a folk rock husband-wife duo. Who is she?

After Wednesday's 5-2 loss, the Mariners -- the best road team in the American League -- bounced back to win the series in Baltimore with a 7-2 triumph at Camden Yards yesterday. First baseman Adam Lind homered, his third of the season, to break open the game. The Mariners are 15-and-7 in away games and 6-0-1 in seven road series. Seattle is now 4-and-0 in rubber matches this season. Seattle had its first series win in Baltimore since August of 2013. The Mariners have now traveled to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds. Game one is this afternoon at 4:10.

Birthdays: Actor Anthony Zerbe is 80; Doug of Bob & Doug MacKenie, actor and comedian Dave Thomas is 67; radio host and son of the former president, Ron Reagen is 58; from The Go-Go’s, guitarist Jane Wiedlin is 58; Balki on Perfect Strangers, actor Bronson Pinchot is 57; Natalie on The Facts of Life, actress Mindy Cohn is 50; race car driver Tony Stewart is 45; and rapper Busta Rhymes is 44.

Morley Safer, who for nearly 50 years was a TV news fixture as a correspondent on the CBS Sunday news magazine 60 Minutes, has died. Safer retired from 60 Minutes just last Sunday, a decision CBS said in their statement that Safer announced while in declining health, though no other details about his health were given. CBS paid tribute to the correspondent with a special, Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life, which aired last Sunday, and which CBS said Safer watched in his home. Morley Safer was 84.

It’s Weights and Measures Day, the anniversary of an international treaty signed on May 20th of 1875, providing for the establishment of an International Bureau of Weights and Measures. It's Be a Millionaire Day. Today is the perfect opportunity to dream big and imagine what life would be like as a millionaire. While a million dollars isn't what it used to be, seeing a seven-figure number in your bank account is still considered a major financial milestone. The term millionaire first appeared in the English language in 1816. There were only a few millionaires at the time, but thanks to the Industrial Revolution, more millionaires were created outside of the aristocracy. Today there are more than 12 million millionaires scattered around the globe. All I ask is for a chance to prove that money doesn't buy happiness. Today is National Bike to Work Day, always celebrated on the third Friday in May. It's a great opportunity to get some exercise, and to save some gas.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1873, Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. In 1899, the first traffic ticket in the US was issued. New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12-miles-an-hour on Lexington Street. In 1916, The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage). In 1927, at 7:52 in the morning, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 10:22 the next evening. In 1932, Amelia Earhart taok off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day. In 1971, Peter Cetera of the group Chicago was beaten up by four men at a Chicago Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. The men objected to the length of Cetera's hair. Cetera underwent four hours of emergency surgery. In 1982, TV's Barney Miller was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. In 1989, the Chinese authorities declared martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre. In 1993, the final episode of Cheers was aired on NBC-TV.

A heads up from the City of Olympia. Coming up Sunday, beginning at 7:00 in the morning, Traffic Operations is repairing the traffic signal at the intersection of Cooper Point Road and Harrison Avenue. The signal will be inoperable for about 8 to 10 hours and Olympia police are directing traffic during that time. Use caution when traveling in that area and expect delays. Alternate routes are advised.

The Transportation Security Administration has been taking a lot of heat lately from travelers who feel like they're spending too much time waiting in lines at TSA checkpoints. But it turns out we're also getting nickel and dimed by the agency -- quite literally. In an inadvertent form of crowdfunding, according to an agency report, the TSA collected $765,759.15 in fiscal year 2015 in unclaimed money left behind at airport security checkpoints. The report says most of the cash collected in fiscal year 2015 comes from loose change that people emptied out of their pockets before going through the metal detectors, The report was sent to Congress in March but is gaining renewed attention as lawmakers, travelers, and airlines are pressuring the TSA to up its game ahead of the summer traveling season, which is expected to be the busiest in history.

Coming soon: The end of not having to worry about the area code when dialing a local number in Western Washington. Our state is getting a new 564 area code starting in the fall of 2017. The Utilities and Transportation Commission made the decision yesterday. The area code will overlay the existing 206, 360, 425, and 253 area codes already in place in certain geographic areas as phone numbers in those area codes get exhausted. The move won't affect any current phone numbers, but anyone in Western Washington getting a new phone number, be it Seattle, Everett or Ocean Shores, may get the 564 area code when their current area code runs out. The UTC says the 509 area code in Eastern Washington will remain unchanged. The move will also require callers to dial all 10 digits of a phone number with the 1-(area code) in front, even if you're calling next door. The announcement was prompted by new projections showing the 360 area code was likely to run out of available numbers in 2018. The 564 area code will come first to those in the current 360 zone next fall, the UTC said. The commission originally approved the single area code overlay for Western Washington in 2000, but postponed it after successful state and national number conservation efforts.

Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the sun are lining will line up perfectly in the sky. This once-every-two-years event is called Mars Opposition. That’s because Mars and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth.

Weekend TV: Saturday, it's the 141st Preakness Stakes. It's on NBC at 1:30. Sunday, it's the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It's on ABC at 5:00.

New in theaters this weekend: The PG-rated Angry Birds. Many are predicting the Angry Birds will knock Captain America off his perch at the top of the box office. Also, the R-rated Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and the R-rated The Nice Guys.

Trivia Answer: She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian 70 years ago today. We know her simply as Cher. That husband-wife duo in the 60s as Sonny & Cher. She later was a successful solo artist with million-selling singles such as Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, and Half-Breed. She returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality. She became a fashion trendsetter with her daring outfits. After she divorced her first husband in 1975, she experimented with various musical styles, including disco and New Wave, before becoming a top-earning live act in Las Vegas. In the early 1980s, she made her Broadway debut and starred in the film Silkwood, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. In the following years, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988. At the same time, she established herself as a serious musician by releasing platinum albums. In the 1990s, she made her directing debut in the film If These Walls Could Talk and released the biggest-selling single of her career, Believe, which featured the pioneering use of Auto-Tune. In the 2000s, she embarked on the successful Living Proof: The Farewell Tour and signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. Cher is is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

Thursday 5.19.16
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1962 that a certain actress sang a sultry version of Happy Birthday to a certain President. Can you name the actress, and the President?

A day after romping on Baltimore 10-0, the Mariners fell victims to a pair of ex-employees, Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo. Tillman checked Seattle on four hits over 6.1 innings and Trumbo homered and scored twice as the Orioles defeated Seattle 5-2 at Camden Yards. The bright spot for Seattle yesterday was that Texas lost to Oakland 8-1, leaving the Mariners with a one-game lead in the AL West. The Mariners have a chance to win their ninth series of the season today when the series concludes. Following the Baltimore series, the Mariners travel to Cincinnati for a three-game weekend set with the Reds starting tomorrow.

UPDATE: The Ms win the series beating Baltimore 7-2 today.

Birthdays: Formerly with PBS, journalist and author Jim Lehrer is 82; he was the first host of ABC's Good Morning America and now hosts documentary programs on the History channel and on PBS, David Hartman is 81; best known for playing the Wookie Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, actor Peter Mayhew is 72; from The Who, Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend is 71; singer, actress, and model Grace Jones is 68; from ZZ Top, bassist, singer, songwriter Dusty Hill is 67; former football player and football dad Archie Manning is 67; Clint Eastwood's boy, jazz bass player Kyle Eastwood is 48; and singer and multi-Grammy award winner Sam Smith is 24.

It's Boys and Girls Club Day celebrating the invaluable clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance. Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and for our community. Today is also National Devil's Food Cake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1906, the Federated Boys Clubs, forerunner of the Boys Clubs of America, forerunner of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, were organized. In 1965, FBI agents visited Wand Records investigating the lyrics to the song Louie Louie by The Kingsmen. In 1974, Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube. In 1979, Eric Clapton and George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, were married. In 1986, Peter Gabriel released the album So. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock. In 1999, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in the US. It set a new record for opening day sales at 28.5 million. In 2005, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith brought in 50.0 million in its opening day.

No longer content with simply being your book, electronics, music, and grocery distribution center, Amazon may be looking to expand its private label products. Are you ready for Amazon branded coffee? Sources say the company is planning on introducing its own generic brands of food and household goods like coffee and diapers to compete with your favorite brands.

The sequel to last year's Kingsman: The Secret Service just landed some serious star power. A month after it was reported that Elton John was in talks to appear in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Sir Elton has confirmed on Instagram that he's joined the cast. He wrote, "It's been a long time since Tommy" referencing his involvement in The Who's 1975 musical film. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, featuring new cast members Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Channing Tatum, is scheduled to open in June of 2017.

Good news for Ford fans: One of the automaker's most popular trucks could be returning to its lineup by the end of the decade. Multiple auto blogs are reporting that the Ford Ranger is coming back. According to Car And Driver, the truck could be on dealer lots around the country by 2019. A Ford representative said that the company does not comment on future products.

In Scotland a man walked into a liquor store and shoplifted a bottle of vodka. But somewhere between the vodka aisle and the exit door he got distracted by the lovely lady behind the counter. After a few minutes of flirting, he gave her his name and phone number. She didn’t follow up ... but the cops did.

Trivia Answer: The actress was Marilyn Monroe. The President was John F. Kennedy. The performance took place at Madison Square Garden. It was in celebration of Kennedy's 45th birthday -- which was ten days away on May 29th. Afterwards, President Kennedy came on stage saying, "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way," alluding to Monroe's delivery, her racy dress, and her general image as a sex symbol. More than 15,000 people attended. Jackie Kennedy was not in attendance.

Wednesday 5.18.16
Morning Trivia: This actress, comedian, writer, and producer, is best known for her work on the NBC's Saturday Night Live. She received acclaim for her impression of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and for creating the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She's also well known for appearing in films such as Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), and Sisters (2015). Who is she?

I saw some headlines after the Mariners were swept by the Angels over the weekend. Headlines like Ms Mojo No Mo. Well, they went to Baltimore and showed that is apparently not the case. Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, and Robinson Cano collaborated for 10 RBIs and Seattle starter Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings as the Mariners put an emphatic end to their three-game losing streak by swamping the Baltimore Orioles 10-nuttin' yesterday afternoon at Camden Yards. The Orioles had won seven of their previous eight. The Mariners pounded out 12 hits and improved to 22-and-16 and won their 14th road contest against six defeats. Seattle remains a game ahead of the Texas Rangers for the AL West lead. The Mariners and Orioles play the second of three this afternoon at 4:05. The series concludes tomorrow, after which the Mariners travel to Cincinnati for a three-game set.

Birthdays: Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, actor Dwayne Hickman is 82; baseball great, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 79; Mr. October -- he with five World Series rings -- Reggie Jackson is 70; Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 67; Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is 66; singer-songwriter George Strait is 64; and musician Jack Johnson is 41.

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, a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. 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 America's 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.

A follow-up to a story we mentioned yesterday. Federal officials have cited a Canadian man who told rangers at Yellowstone National Park that he loaded a bison calf into his SUV because he thought it was cold. The calf later had to be euthanized because it couldn't be reunited with its herd. A criminal complaint filed in federal court states that the man -- from Quebec -- told rangers he put the bison calf in his SUV on May 9th. Yellowstone officials issued the man a citation alleging he disturbed wildlife. He's set to appear June 2nd at the Yellowstone Justice Center.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has renewed his deal with ABC for an additional three years. The new agreement extends the Jimmy Kimmel Live host's contract with the network through the fall of 2019. Kimmel is in his 14th season hosting ABC’s late-night comedy talk show. He is also set to host the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards September 18th. It will be his second time hosting the awards show.

Beer and pizza make for one the the best food combinations humanity has ever developed. Now, a Pizza Hut in the United Kingdom is bringing the two together. Beer-infused pizza is being given a trial run this week at a London Pizza Hut. I just hope they get it all figured out and shipped here to the states by football season.

The oldest living person in the world is Emma Morano of Verbania, Italy. She's 116 years and 172 days old as of today. She attributes her long life to eating three raw eggs a day ... and being single.

Trivia Answer: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey -- Tina Fey -- who turns 46 today. Fey has received eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book Bossypants, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL.In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award. On January 13th of 2013, Fey hosted the 70th Golden Globe Awards with her long-time friend and fellow comedian, Amy Poehler, to critical acclaim. The duo hosted again the following two years, generating the highest ratings for the annual ceremony in a decade and receiving similar acclaim.

Tuesday 5.17.16
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?

After a 3-and-3 homestand. the Ms are back out on the road where they've had better luck than at the Safe. At home, Seattle is 8-and-10. On the road, they're 13-and-6. But it ain't gonna be easy. They're in Baltimore against the AL East leading Orioles for three. By the way, Texas lost yesterday so the Ms are back on top of the AL West. Number one faces number one this afternoon at 4:05.

Birthdays: Danny Tanner on Full house, actor-comedian Bob Saget is 60; sportscaster Jim Nantz ia 57; singer Enya is 55; comedian, actor, and talk show host Craig Ferguson is 54; from Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is 51; from New Kids on the Block, singer Jordan Knight is 46; and soccer's Mia Hamm is 44.

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. 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 on CBS-TV. He returned the following season. It was all a dream. In 1992, bandleader Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia at age 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 complainant claimed not to be human, he had no status before the court.

Apparently baby names that begin with O-L-I are all the rage in these parts these days. The Social Security Administration has released the most popular baby names in Washington in 2015, and Oliver and Olivia are the top choices for boys and girls, respectively. For girls, the new Top 5 are Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Ava and Evelyn -- which is actually not all that new. It's the same top 4 as 2014; only Evelyn is new to the Top 5, knocking out Emily. But the boys list does have a shakeup: Oliver, Noah, Liam, Benjamin and Henry. Oliver raced to the top from the No. 9 spot in 2014 and Noah jumped to No. 2 from No. 5, both knocking last year's champ Liam to No. 3. Benjamin drops to No. 4 from No. 2 while Henry climbs from No. 11 to No. 5.

Wildlife officials were forced to euthanize a young bison calf that tourists pulled into an SUV last week. The calf's herd rejected it after the tourist stunt, despite rangers' repeated attempts to reunite it with its family, according to a statement released yesterday by Yellowstone National Park. "It was abandoned and causing a dangerous situation by continually approaching people and cars along the roadway," explained the park in the statement about officials' decision to euthanize the calf. Last week the bison baby was photographed inside the back of an SUV. The East Idaho News reported that tourists were concerned for the bison's welfare, stating that it was "freezing."

You may soon have more space to tweet. Source say Twitter will stop counting links and photos in the 140-character limit. Links currently take up 23 characters the change could happen in the next couple weeks.

Trivia Answer: Sugar Ray Leonard who turns 60 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.

Monday 5.16.16
Morning Trivia: She's a marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result, she was the first-ever women's Olympic marathon champion. She still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years. Who is she?

Should the Mariners' season turn south from here, the game Saturday against the Angels will be fingered as the culprit -- a 9-7 loss that squandered a five-run eighth inning, which had a near-sellout crowd animated as if it were late September, not mid-May. Yesterday? Not so much, a 3-0 loss when Felix Hernandez pitched his best game of the season. The idea that the Mariners were different this season took a hit over the weekend. The Los Angeles Angels, previously believed to be the sick man of the American League West with a six-game losing streak, smited the Mariners at Safeco Field in all three opportunities. The home sweep proved that as much as things have changed on this season’s roster and coaching staff, the Mariners were still capable of being shut out with Felix on the mound. At one point, Hernandez had eight outs in a row via strikeout. And the Angles still won. The Ms lost. In a game they needed to help keep hot air in the franchise balloon. A sweep by the woebegone Angels would seem to suggest the Mariners are back to skimming the treetops. But manager Scott Servais is unwilling to let go of his it's-a-long-season mantra. Says Servais, "When things are going well, it's fun to ride the wave. It's a long season. You’re going to have bumps in the road. We didn’t get it done. It's going to happen.” A travel day for the Mariners today. They're back in action tomorrow night when they kick off a three-game set with the Orioles in Baltimore.

Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan is 63; gymnast Olga Korbut is 61; actress Debra Winger is also 61; Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 51; singer Janet Jackson is 50; Carol on Growing Pains, actress Tracey Gold is 47; and actress and socialite Tori Spelling is 43.

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. Today is Biographers Day. 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 their hit 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.

Captain America: Civil War remained dominant at US theaters chalking up $72.6 million over the weekend -- the eighth-largest second weekend of all time. Disney’s fifth weekend of The Jungle Book continued to show remarkable staying power with $17.8 million for a second-place finish. The George Clooney-Julia Roberts thriller Money Monster opened respectably in third with $15 million. The low-budget horror-thriller The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon, scared up $5.2 million in a Friday the 13th launch aimed at horror fans. Julia Roberts' other movie in theaters, Garry Marshall's ensemble comedy Mother's Day, rounded out the top five with $3.3 million.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel a gig after lead singer Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized with reported stomach pains over the weekend. The rockers were due to play a show in Irvine, California, on Saturday night, but pulled out at the last minute. Weezer stepped in to close the show and Kiedis' bandmate Flea took to the stage to apologize to the crowd of 16,000 fans. A representative for the show told editors at Billboard that Kiedis was rushed to hospital in an ambulance from the venue due to suffering from extreme stomach pain. The reasons for his illness were not revealed. Earlier this month, it was announced that the Peppers would soon be releasing their first album in more than five years. The Getaway, their 11th studio album, is due for release on June 17th.

Russell Wilson returned to his alma mater in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday to deliver the commencement address to the University of Wisconsin's graduating class of 2016. He shared some advice from his recent past, including a nod to his engagement to pop star Ciara Harris and a reference some Seahawks fans might still find a bit too painful to laugh at. He said, "If you're dating a woman that's way out of your league, ask her to marry you. If you can throw a football 80 yards, for some reason, people think that's pretty cool. And if you're playing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and you've got 26 seconds left and you're down by four and it's second-and-goal on their 1-yard line, try not to throw an interception." I'm thinking, good advice.

In Arizona Google is paying people $20 an hour to ride in their experimental driverless cars. Apparently your job is to simply keep changing radio stations, yell at other drivers, and complain about every new building that's replaced a cherished childhood memory.

Trivia Answer: Joan Benoit Samuelson who is 59 today. In March of 1984, Benoit injured her knee severely during a 20-mile training run, forcing her to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery just 17 days before the United States Olympic Women's Marathon Trials were scheduled here in Olympia. However, she recovered from the surgery much more quickly than expected, and showed up at the trials as the woman to beat. She beat runner-up Julie Brown by 30 seconds, winning in 2:31:04. Three months later, she competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and won the first Olympic Women's Marathon in 2:24:52. By the way, Marathon Park at the southwestern corner of Capitol Lake earned its name as the start and finish site for those 1984 US trials for the first Women’s Olympic Marathon. Since her retirement from competitive running, she has written books including Running Tide and Running for Women, and has opened a running clinic. She is also a coach to women's cross-country and long-distance athletes, and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator. Benoit resides in Freeport, Maine. Benoit and husband Scott Samuelson have two children, daughter Abby and son Anders. Bythe way, the Capital City Marathon was yesterday.

Friday 5.13.16
Morning Trivia: He's a computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He's best known for creating a website. The company behind the site was co-founded as a private company in 2004 by this guy and some classmates at Harvard University. He is the chairman and chief executive of the company. In 2010, he was named Time magazine's Person of the Year. Who is he?

Something is going on with the Mariners. A 21-and-13 record is worthy of note. The Mariners are in first place in the AL West, having won 15 of the past 21 games. Wednesday was exactly the kind of game the Ms would have lost a year ago. An opponent's erratic starter provided a 4-0 opening, but when Taijuan Walker fell off the edge of earth in the sixth giving up a grand slam, which lost the lead, the 2015 Mariners would have been offensively inert. Then the bullpen would have combusted. The 2016 Mariners are inexplicably brilliant out of the pen, the AL’s most productive relief corps despite missing five guys who were scheduled to be part of the seven-man crew. On offense, the Ms are fourth in the AL in walks and second in home runs. So what is it, Nelson Cruz: Better talent, better information from coaches, or better attitude? Nelson says, "You can mention all of that. We definitely have more talent, with guys who can get on base and steal. The bullpen is better than last year. And we’re finding ways to score runs." He also mentioned what happened in spring training, when coaches devised get-acquainted sessions where individuals introduced themselves to each other and the group in ways personal as well as professional. Nelson says, "It helped to get to know your teammates. I got to know their histories, what they’ve been through. It’s like a family. You end up pulling for those guys." If all this sounds a little familiar, you’re probably also a Seahawks fan. Coach Pete Carroll is all about breaking down walls between players, coaches and each other to advance the delivery of quality information. Carroll once said his critics described his methods as airy-fairy, a phrase not easily forgotten. Mockable as it may be, no one can argue Carroll’s methods work. And apparently so do general manager Jerry Dipoto's and those of new skipper Scott Servais. So much so that the Mariners are eight games above .500. Only one AL team, the White Sox, is doing better. That never happens in the Northwest at this time of the season. After a day off at home yesterday, the Ms are hosting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three starting tonight at 7:10 at the Safe.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, and 25-time Grammy award winner, Stevie Wonder is 66; baseball's Bobby Valentine is also 66; retired NBA player Dennis Rodman is 55; host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Stephen Colbert is 52; frontman for Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker is 50; retired pitcher Barry Zito is 38; Maroon 5 bass player Mickey Madden is 37; and from the Twilight movies, actor Robert Pattinson is 30.

Today is the first Friday the 13th of the year -- really, the only one this year -- but being the first, it's the day we celebrate Blame Someone Else Day. What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you're busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you. It’s Frog Jumping Day. The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain's first short story. First published in 1865 as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog and later published as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. While we have discovered many links and references to Frog Jumping Day evolving from this Mark Twain short story, we have yet to discover the reason for this particular date. Today is also Leprechaun Day. A day dedicated to the little elves of Ireland. Saint Patrick's day is a huge day in March that celebrates Irish pride and everything about Ireland. But, tiny Leprechauns with their precious, hidden pot of gold, deserve their own day reserved just for them. According to Irish legend, or folklore, Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold. On Leprechaun Day, it's suggested you take a few minutes to admire your own "pot of gold". Or, do something to grow or increase the size of your own pot of gold. Short of those two activities, it’s suggested you go out and try to catch a Leprechaun.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, the first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. In 1958, the trade mark Velcro was registered. In 1967, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun. In 1978, Jimmy Buffett appeared on Saturday Night Live and sang Son of a Sailor. In 1985, Bruce Springsteen married actress Julianne Phillips in a secret ceremony in Oregon. They divorced in 1989. Speaking of 1989, on this date, large groups of students occupied Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike. In 1994, Johnny Carson made his last television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2003, the US government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill. It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters.

The capitol's Tivoli Fountain will be filled today and running on Monday, but soon after, the popular Capitol Campus water feature is being drained and shut down for the rest of 2016. A fountain repair consultant is visiting the fountain on Monday. The consultant is inspecting the fountain and its operating system to assess its condition, identify ways to operate it more efficiently with less water loss, and come up with a strategy for preserving the historic icon. The state Department of Enterprise Services will fill all three fountain basins on Friday, then measure water loss over a 72-hour period. The consultant will be present when the fountain’s water jets and central spout are tested from about 9 to noon Monday. Then the fountain will be drained to allow for a dry inspection. While the state has made many minor repairs to the fountain since its dedication in 1953, most of the major components, including the piping, have never been replaced. The campus fountain is a replica of a famous Roman-style fountain in Tivoli Park in Copenhagen, Denmark, which in turn replicates elements of a famous fountain in Tivoli, Italy. The fountain was donated to the state by the Olympia-Tumwater Foundation.

Ricardo Lockette arrived in the NFL with zero fanfare, just another undrafted free agent with a specific skill who was being given a chance. He stepped away from football yesterday, retiring from the Seattle Seahawks with a formal news conference in an auditorium packed with staff, former teammates, and coaches. The turnout spoke to the lasting impact Lockette had in Seattle -- a story that can't be told through statistics -- before retiring because of that severe neck injury suffered last season in a game against Dallas. Not yet 30, Lockette is leaving with three Super Bowl appearances under his belt, a Super Bowl ring, four career touchdown catches, and the infamy of being the intended receiver on Russell Wilson's pass that was intercepted to end Seattle's bid for a second straight title. Lockette is also leaving with titanium plates holding together his cervical spine. If not for the proper response from trainers and medical personnel on the field in Dallas last November, Lockette could have died. Concerns about his future health were at the root of Lockette's decision to leave. He arrived at yesterday's event without the neck brace he wore continuously following the surgery to stabilize the ligaments and vertebras in his neck. He only has 50 percent rotation in his neck, and will have to avoid roller coasters and lifting heavy objects going forward to avoid potential risk to the repaired area. Asked if it was tough to retire, Lockette said: "No, because I love my family and I'd rather walk."

A passenger who authorities say forced an Alaska Airlines flight to be diverted after he didn't get a beer has pleaded not guilty in Portland, Oregon, to a charge of interfering with a flight crew. A federal indictment unsealed this week says 32-year-old Luke Watts of Portland threatened to become violent if flight attendants didn't serve him a beer during a March flight from Sacramento to Seattle. Assistant US Attorney Benjamin Tolkoff says Watts then locked himself in the bathroom and screamed and pounded on the door. He also demanded hugs from flight attendants. Concerned about the potential for violence, the pilot decided to land in Portland. Watts remains free while awaiting trial.

Trivia Answer: Mark Zuckerberg who turns 32 tomorrow. His website is the social networking site Facebook. His personal wealth as of May 8th this year is estimated to be $52 billion. Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook. In 2007, at the age of 23, Zuckerberg became a billionaire as a result of Facebook's success. The number of Facebook users worldwide reached a total of one billion in 2012.

Thursday 5.12.16
Morning Trivia: He's a former Major League Baseball player and manager. He played almost his entire career for the New York Yankees and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times. He's one of only six managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. He's widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Who is he?

The Mariners wrapped up their second sweep in less than two weeks on catcher Chris Iannetta’s 11th-inning, walk-off home run, a 6-5 triumph yesterday afternoon at Safeco. Seattle squandered an early 4-0 lead, and a 5-4 lead in the ninth, before Iannetta ended the four-hour game with a moon shot to center field. It was Ianetta's third homer of the season. What did manager Scott Servais have to say about the game? He said, "Getting sunburned at Safeco Field in May and winning a game in extra innings is a pretty good day." The Mariners take today off before hosting the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series beginning tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 88; the singer best known for his song I Can Help, Billy Swan is 74; Rock Hall of Famer Steve Winwood is 68; actor Bruce Boxleitner is 66; singer Billy Squier is also 66; NBA coach George Karl is 65; once married to Paula Abdul, actor and director Emilio Estevez is 54; one of those Baldwin boys, actor Stephen Baldwin is 50; the first skateboarder to land a 900, Tony Hawk is 48; and Tootie on The Facts of Life, actress Kim Fields is 47.

Today is Fatigue Syndrome Day -- quite a tiring day. Today recognizes the fact that sometimes life is just too tiring. Perhaps you're tired because you are not getting enough sleep. Perhaps, you're stressed out. Some people experience chronic fatigue from worrying, or due to problems. These are all common causes of persistent fatigue. Whatever the cause, use today to identify it, and to correct it. Today is Limerick Day, it celebrates the birthday of Writer Edward Lear. It also, of course, celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense. This day is a time to enjoy and get your fill of Limericks. A Limerick is a humorous verse or poem. It is five lines longs. It's name come from the city of Limerick, Ireland. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line. The third and fourth lines rhyme. By the way, Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1932, ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Jr., was found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home. In 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) met for the first time in Akron, Ohio. In 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded Satisfaction. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced? In 1977, Hotel California earned a gold record for The Eagles. In 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women. In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution. In 2008, the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents. In 2015, it was announced that Verizon would be acquiring AOL.

The Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference this afternoon. Lockette suffered that serious neck injury. Lockette had surgery to stabilize his neck in November 2015 after suffering ligament damage, a disk injury, and a concussion in a collision with Jeff Heath of the Dallas Cowboys late in the first half of Seattle's 13-12 victory. He laid motionless for several minutes and was eventually strapped to a backboard and taken off the field. Heath was penalized for an illegal blindside block on the play, but the league ruled that it didn't warrant an additional fine. Lockette spent a week at Baylor University Medical Center following the injury. The Seahawks are holding a press conference this afternoon at Seahawks headquarters. Lockette is expected to announce his retirement then.

Morley Safer is signing off. The longest-serving 60 Minutes correspondent is formally retiring this week after 46 seasons on the newsmagazine and seven decades in the journalism business. CBS is saluting Safer this Sunday with an hour-long special Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life, which follows the regular edition of 60 Minutes. The special traces Safer's life from his birth in Toronto to his work as a war reporter in the 1950s and '60s, to his time on 60 Minutes. His first season as a regular correspondent on the program began in 1970; his 919th and final report aired in March. He says, "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air. But most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast."

On TV tonight, the season finale of The Big Bang Theory. Chaos reigns when Leonard’s recently divorced parents, and Sheldon’s mom come to town. It's on CBS tonight at 8:00. The Big Bang Theory, by the way, has been renewed for another season.

Deputies in Orange County Florida pursued a bagel truck across three counties after a woman stole it early Wednesday. The bagel truck driver left the keys in the truck and the truck running. He was taking a break inside the store when the 27-year-old thief drove away in the truck filled with $5,000 worth of bagels, croissants and other breakfast pastries.

Trivia Answer: Lawrence Peter Berra -- Yogi Berra -- who was born on this date in 1925. He picked up his famous nickname from a friend who said he resembled a Hindu holy man (yogi) they had seen in a movie, whenever Berra sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat, or while looking sad after a losing game. Years later, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yogi Bear was presumably named after Berra (the cartoon bear's creators denied it), something Berra did not appreciate after he started being periodically addressed as Yogi Bear. Berra died in his sleep of natural causes this past Septmber 22nd at the age of 90 -- 69 years to the day after his MLB debut. Berra quit school in the eighth grade and had a tendency toward malapropism and fracturing the English language in highly provocative, interesting ways. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, "I didn't really say everything I said." Some other Yogiisms:

  • Berra was excellent at hitting poor pitches. When asked about swinging at "bad pitches", Berra said, "If I can hit it, it's a good pitch."
  • As a general comment on baseball: "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."
  • On why he no longer went to a popular St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there no more; it's too crowded!"
  • "It ain't over till it's over." - After Berra's 1973 Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the next-to-last day of the season.
  • When giving directions to his New Jersey home, which was equally accessible via two different routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  • On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: "I'd like to thank all those who made this night necessary."
  • "It's like déjà vu all over again". Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back to back home runs in the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.
  • "You can observe a lot by just watching."
  • "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't come to yours."
  • Wednesday 5.11.16
    Morning Trivia: On this date in 1997, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost his first ever multi-game match. To whom did he lose?

    Franklin Gutierrez and Dae-Ho Lee each went deep as the Mariners went seven games over .500 with a 6-4 win over Tampa last nigh, clinching another series win. Seattle has won seven of nine games and is 18-7 since April 13th. The Ms and Rays wrap up their series with a day game this afternoon.

    Felix Hernandez and the Mariners’ other starting pitchers took batting practice before last night's game. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. Seattle has its first road series in a National League park next week in Cincinnati.

    Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 89; minister Louis Farrakhan is 83; from The Animals, singer Eric Burdon is 75; one of the original MTV VJ's, Martha Quinn is 57; quarterback Cam Newton is 27.

    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. It's Donate A Day's Wages To Charity Day. Many people choose to increase their charitable giving on this day, which is usually celebrated on the second Wednesday of May. Anyone can get involved, either by making a financial donation or taking part in one of the many whacky activities which are organised each year to raise money for charity on this day. 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, BB 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.

    From the jaw-dropping half-court heaves that somehow sink through the net to the dazzling drives and zippy passes from every which way, Steph Curry's desire to keep getting better while always trying to entertain at every stop has the Golden State superstar being mentioned right along with the best ever, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. And he just turned 28. There might still be so much more for the 6-foot-3, baby-faced point guard whose ability to make it on the big NBA stage was initially questioned by some. Yesterday, Curry accomplished something those former greats never did: He became the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season. Curry is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons. Curry averaged an NBA-best 30.1 points per game to go with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He also led the NBA with 2.1 steals a game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 45.4 percent from 3-point range and 90.8 percent from the foul line.

    Sharon Osbourne is opening up about her split from Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon returned to the show The Talk yesterday, where she confirmed that she and her husband of 33 years are not living together. She said she doesn't know if they will stay married. Publicists for the couple have not commented on their relationship. Osbourne told her co-hosts that she has "no idea what I'm going to do with the rest of my life" and that she wants to spend time thinking about her next step. "Because this is like getting to the last chapter of this book," she said, "and I really want to think about it very carefully about where I want to go."

    With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s box office having run its course, its domestic haul is going to be less than that of Deadpool. But Batman v Superman wins out worldwide. Batman v Superman pulled $325.1 million in North America; Deadpool made $361.8 million.

    Trivia Answer: He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player. Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov was a pair of six-game chess matches between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue. The first match was played in Philadelphia in 1996 and was won by Kasparov. The second was played in New York City in 1997 and won by Deep Blue. The 1997 match was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion to a computer under tournament conditions. The 1997 match was the subject of a documentary film, The Man vs. The Machine. Deep Blue's win was seen as very symbolically significant, a sign that artificial intelligence was catching up to human intelligence, and could defeat one of humanity's great intellectual champions. A computer had successfully defeated a human champion, in a domain in which mastery was previously seen as a pinnacle of human intelligence. While there were eventually reasonable arguments that Kasparov could have won over the primitive brute force-based Deep Blue -- Deep Blue mainly relied on brute computational force to evaluate millions of positions -- if Kasparov had played up to his level, more sophisticated chess programs soon decisively outmatched humans, and the Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov match is still cited as the symbolic turning point.

    Tuesday 5.10.16
    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?

    Felix Hernandez is the win king. Thanks in large part to a career offensive night from shortstop Ketel Marte, Hernandez broke Jamie Moyer's team record of 145 career wins by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 last night. Hernandez earned win No. 146, most by a pitcher in a Mariners uniform. Marte was already having a night, with three hits and a pair of runs scored, before he stepped to the plate with two runners on in sixth inning and slammed the first pitch he saw into the seats in right-centerfield for his first homer of the season. Headline writers have been waiting for this one. It's Miley vs. Smyly tonight. Mariner pitcher Wade Miley faces Rays pitcher Drew Smyly when the teams match up again tonight at 7:00 at Safeco.

    By the way, Mariner's second baseman Robinson Cano was named the American League player of the week yesterday after hitting .516 (16 for 31) with three doubles, four homers, and nine RBIs during the Mariners seven-game road trip through Oakland and Houston. It marked Cano's seventh player of the week honor, but first since 2012 when he was with the Yankees.

    Birthdays: Singer Donovan is 70; singer-songwriter Dave Mason is also 70; sportscaster Chris Berman is 61; and, from U2, Bono is 56.

    Today is Trust Your Intuition Day, a day to pay homage to gut feelings and still small voices. Today is Clean Up Your Room Day.

    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.

    Tens of thousands of students across the state will breathe a sigh of relief in just a few more days. Year-end testing for Advanced Placement courses is in its final week, with approximately 90,000 exams ordered for Washington state. Testing started last week. Washington continues to see a steady increase in the number of students enrolling in rigorous AP classes, likely due to increased populations in some districts, and greater access to courses in others. According to the state's annual report card, 37 percent of Washington's high school seniors took an AP test last year. Ten years ago, it was fewer than 20 percent. Nearly 63,000 Washington students took at least one AP course last year, and 50,000 students took the optional end-of-year test. The College Board, responsible for scoring the exams, says 61 percent of students in Washington state passed, and the numbers continue to increase each year. Exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. A passing score is 3 or higher. Scores of 4 and 5 can earn students college credit in the subject. And those credits add up. The College Board estimates Washington's AP test takers could save $53 million in college costs.

    A New York City pizzeria is ditching the cardboard container for a pizza box that's made of one thing and one thing only -- 100 percent pizza. Vinnie's Pizzeria in Brooklyn revealed the pizza box pizza via Twitter and it's been sending hungry pizza lovers into a tailspin.

    If you work from home, do you ever work without clothes? Roughly 10% of those who work from home wear nothing at while on the job. About 39% of respondents of both sexes said they wear sweats while working from home, but 12% of males and 7% of females sometimes wear nothing at all.

    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.

    Monday 5.9.16
    Morning Trivia: Nicknamed Mr. Padre, he was a professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons -- from 1982 to 2001 -- for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitter won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the most in National League history. He's considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He had a .338 career batting average, never hitting below .309 in any full season. Who was he?

    The Houston Astros ended Seattle’s seven-game road trip on a downer, winning 5-1 at Minute Maid Park yesterday. The defeat, coupled with Texas' 8-3 win at Detroit, sliced the Mariners’ lead in the AL West to a half game. The Astros, who stole five bases, put up three runs on Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the second and third innings and tacked on two more in the seventh, preventing the Mariners from winning their seventh consecutive series. Seattle split the four-game set. The Mariners are 13-and-6 in their past 19 games, 16-and-7 in their past 23 and 13-and-6 on the road. The Mariners return to Safeco Field tonight at 7:10 to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the first of a three-game series. Felix Hernandez throws for Seattle.

    Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 80; producer and director James L. Brooks is 76; Murphy Brown, actress Candice Bergen is 70; multi-Grammy Award winner Billy Joel is 67; Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 66; he was Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure, actor John Corbett is 55; and baseball's -- specifically the Texas Rangers' -- Prince Fielder is 32.

    Today is Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day, you are such a rebel. Today is Hurray for Buttons Day. Today is Vast Wasteland Day, the day in 1961 when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow challenged network TV executives to sit through an entire day of their own programming. Minow suggested they would observe a vast wasteland. Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. The day recognizes that each unmatched sock in your drawer represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday. Today is National Butterscotch Brownie Day.

    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. 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.

    Captain America: Civil War has opened the summer spectacularly with a dominant $181.8 million weekend. The third Captain America movie met lofty expectations with the fifth-best domestic opening weekend of all time. It has already topped the final domestic total of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger at $176.6 million and should eclipse 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier at $259 million by the end of next weekend. In the fourth weekend of The Jungle Book, it finished second to Captain America. Mother's Day came in a distant third followed by The Huntsman: Winter's War. The 10th weekend of Zootopia was edged out for fifth by Keanu.

    There's an astronomical event happening today called The Transit of Mercury. From our perspective, Mercury will travel in front of the Sun -- and most places in the world will be able to see at least some of the transit. Because Mercury is so small, you’ll need a telescope with a solar filter to be able to see it.

    Nyquist was crowned the winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby over the weekend. The colt, who was the Derby favorite, remains undefeated. Nyquist took the lead Saturday around the final bend to win the Kentucky Derby, becoming just the eighth unbeaten Derby winner in history. Nyquist is the fourth straight favorite to come in and win the race.

    Swimmer Michael Phelps has jumped into gene pool and become a first-time father. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist and fiancee Nicole Johnson welcomed Boomer Robert Phelps last Thursday night in Arizona, where Phelps has been training in preparation for the Rio Olympics. Phelps made the announcement over the weekend.

    A new all-time high score on Donkey Kong was set on Thursday. Wes Copeland played for 3 hours, 20 minutes and scored 1,218,000 points. Copeland didn’t lose a single Mario in the game. He took his first life all the way from the first level all the way to the end -- 22 levels. You just know his parents are burstinig with pride.

    Trivia Answer: Tony Gwynn who was born on this date in 1960. Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was the rare player in his era that stayed with a single team his entire career, and he played in the only two World Series appearances in San Diego's franchise history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility. In 2010 he was diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland and had lymph nodes and tumors from the gland removed. Gwynn attributed the cancer to the dipping tobacco habit that he had since playing rookie ball in Walla Walla in 1981. Doctors, however, stated that studies had not linked parotid cancer with use of chewing tobacco. After his playing career ended, Gwynn's weight peaked at 330 pounds . Later, he experienced a loss of taste for food during radiation therapy for his cancer. On June 16th of 2014, Gwynn died due to complications from his cancer. He was 54 years old.

    Friday 5.6.16
    Morning Trivia: This television series finale was broadcast on this date in 2004. It was watched by around 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fifth most watched series finale in television history. During its run, the series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season. The show ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. What is the program?

    Robinson Cano ripped a three-run double in the ninth inning that broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros last night at Minute Maid Park. Seattle won its fourth consecutive game and extended its lead in the AL West to 2.5 games over the Texas Rangers. The last time the Mariners led the AL West as late as May 5th was back in 2009. The Mariners are now 17-and-11. One year ago after 28 games, they were 11-17. The Mariners continue their four-game series with the Astros tonight at 5:05. Taijuan Walker throws for Seattle against former Mariner Doug Fister. The Mariners are back at Safeco Monday to face the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Birthdays: The Say Hey Kid, baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is 85; singer-songwriter Bob Seger is 71; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 63; best known as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos in the early 2000s and host of Dancing with the Stars starting in 2005, Tom Bergeron is 61; actor George Clooney is 55; Hootie & The Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan is 49; and the Houston Astros' second baseman José Altuve is 26.

    It's No Homework Day. Today is also International No Diet Day, a day that encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. Today is National Nurses Day, celebrated to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. Today is Beverage Day -- a chance to kick back with your favorite beverage and enjoy the day. The term "beverage" is broadly defined. So, were talking about celebrating all beverages today. It's National Tourist Appreciation Day. This being the Friday before Mother's Day, it's Military Spouses Day a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military ... the spouses of our soldiers. This day recognizes the contributions made by military spouses to the spirit and well being of soldiers and military communities. Where would military moral be without their spouses behind them?

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz. In 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox. In 1937, the Hindenburg blimp crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people. A photograph of the disaster was later used as the cover of Led Zeppelin’s first album. In 1954, British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile. In 1965, Keith Richards said he fell asleep in a Clearwater, Florida, hotel room and woke up in the middle of the night with a guitar riff in his head. Half-asleep, he recorded the riff to his tape recorder; it would become the basis for Satisfaction. In 1984, Tina Turner released her comeback single What's Love Got to Do With It? In 1994, Pearl Jam complained to the US Justice Department that Ticketmaster had a monopoly on selling concert tickets. In 1997, the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Among those inducted were Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Jackson Five, The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals, and Parliament Funkadelic. In 1999, a parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face. In 2002, Spider-Man became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

    It's finally official. Three months after Marshawn Lynch creatively announced his retirement on Twitter, the Seahawks placed the running back on the NFL's reserve/retired list yesterday. Lynch entered the NFL as the 12th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 draft out of the University of California and was traded to the Seahawks October 5th of 2010 for Seattle’s 2011 fourth-round pick and 2012 fifth-round pick. Lynch started 77 of the 82 games he played for Seattle and finished his Seahawks career ranking fourth in rushing attempts (1,457), second in rushing touchdowns (57), fourth in rushing yards (6,347) and third in total touchdowns (65). Lynch’s retirement means the Seahawks will have an additional $6.5 million in cap space in 2016. Lynch retired with two years remaining on his contract. The Seahawks used three of their 10 selections in the draft the past weekend on running backs.

    A big weekend upon us. Tomorrow is the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. It's on NBC at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon.

    Saturday Night Live is new with Oscar winner Brie Larson hosting and the musical guest is Alicia Keys.

    In theaters, it's the opening of Capt. America: Civil War this weekend. It's already made $200 million overseas and is projected to make $200 million in its North American opening weekend.

    Taylor Swift has topped Billboard's list of the highest paid musicians of 2015. She has earned $73.5 million from album sales, streaming, and publishing revenue and her 1989 world tour - almost double the fortune amassed by country star Kenny Chesney, who is a distant second with $39.8 million, while The Rolling Stones come in a close third with $39.6 million. Billy Joel and One Direction close out the top five. And now she'll be hoping to use some of her fortune to pay for a grand vacation after telling Vogue magazine she has no immediate plans to start recording a new album.

    Trivia Answer: The program was Friends, which originally aired on NBC from September 22nd of 1994 to May 6th of 2004 -- ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The show revolves around six friends living in Manhattan. Filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. All ten seasons of Friends ranked within the top ten of the final television season ratings; ultimately reaching the No. 1 spot with its eighth season. In their original contracts for the first season, cast members were paid $22,500 per episode. The cast members received different salaries in the second season, beginning from the $20,000 range to $40,000 per episode. Before their salary negotiations for the third season, the cast decided to enter collective negotiations, despite Warner Bros.' preference for individual deals. The actors were given the salary of the least-paid cast member, meaning Aniston and Schwimmer had their salaries reduced. The stars were paid $75,000 per episode in season three, $85,000 in season four, $100,000 in season five, $125,000 in season six, $750,000 in seasons seven and eight, and $1 million in seasons nine and ten, making Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow the highest paid TV actresses of all-time. The cast also received syndication royalties beginning in 2000 after renegotiations.

    Thursday 5.5.16
    Morning Trivia: This actress achieved prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy The Bob Cummings Show in the fifties, for which she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she was best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch. Who was she?

    Dae-Ho Lee ripped a pair of home runs that lifted the Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics yesterday. The AL West-leading Mariners ran their winning streak to three and also swept their first series of the season despite an uncharacteristically poor outing by Felix Hernandez. The Mariners collected a season high 16 hits. The Ms had three home runs lifting their season total to 38, tops in the American League. The Mariners haven’t been in first place in their division this late in a season since 2009. The Mariners have won six consecutive series and seven of nine this season. The last time the Mariners won six consecutive series was in 2011. Seattle begins a four-game series at Houston's Minute Maid Park tonight. First pitch is at 5:10.

    Birthdays: Sir Galahad in Monty Python & The Quest for the Holy Grail, comedian and actor Michael Palin is 73; former editor of Rolling Stone, MTV News correspondent Kurt Loder is 71; Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is 68; for ten years he was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams is 57; Jennifer on Family Ties, actress Tina Yothers is 43; singer Adele is 28; and troubled singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Chris Brown is 26.

    It's Cinco de Mayo. On May 5th of 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican Independence which is celebrated on September 16th. What Cinco de Mayo has come to be, is much more than one battle in the colonial history of Mexico. Rather, it has come to signify Hispanic and Mexican pride and a time to celebrate the rich culture. Today is National Hoagie Day -- a day created to give us a special day to enjoy and celebrate a big, tasty hoagie, sub, or hero. Today is Oyster Day -- not to be confused with National Oyster Day which is August 5th. Oyster Day is a pearl of a day. Oysters are a shellfish, or mollusks found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem. In the ocean (or freshwater for some types), oysters sift food from the water around them. In doing so, they sometimes pick up a piece of sand or grit. If that piece of sand or grit gets lodged in the oyster's system, the oyster reacts to the irritant by slowly secreting a substance called nacrearound the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. Do all oysters develop a pearl? No. Did you know Seattle is the world's largest producer of cultivated pearls? It's known as the Oyster Capital of the World.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1891, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) had its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. In 1904, pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans threw the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. In 1925, John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. In 1973, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, a still standing record. In 1978, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit. In 1984, Chrissi Hynde (Pretenders) and Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) were married. They later divorced. In 1986, it was announced that Cleveland, Ohio, had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built. In 1994, American teenager Michael P. Fay wa caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism, a punishment that many in the United States deemed to be excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. However, significant numbers of Americans were also in favor of it. In 2010, mass protests in Greece erupted in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.

    The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at his campaign events. In a statement yesterday, the band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately." A Trump campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump has featured Rolling Stones songs at his rallies for months as part of a diverse soundtrack that includes Elton John, opera and classic rock songs. The Rolling Stones' 1969 classic You Can't Always Get What You Want was a popular song choice for his events.

    A woman revealed that when she got sick at Disney World she thought that she had simply ridden too many rollercoasters, but it turned out that she was pregnant with triplets. Which explains why she's naming them Sneezy, Grumpy, and Dopey.

    In a new survey, more than half the teens questioned are saying that they feel “addicted” to their mobile devices -- and they’re not alone. Around 27 percent of parents admit to struggling to put the phone down as well.

    Trivia Answer: Ann B. (as in Bradford) Davis who was born on this date in 1926. She was on The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Davis played housekeeper Alice Nelson. She later returned to take part in various Brady Bunch television movies, including The Brady Girls Get Married in 1981 and A Very Brady Christmas in 1988. Davis never completely retired from acting; in her later years she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several Shake 'n Bake commercials, and later appeared in several disposable mop commercials for Swiffer. She also appeared in a number of Brady Bunch reunion projects, most recently TV Land's The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years. On April 22nd of 2007, The Brady Bunch was awarded the TV Land Pop Culture Award on the 5th annual TV Land Awards. Davis and other cast members accepted the award, and she received a standing ovation. Davis never married nor was she publicly known to have been romantically linked to anyone. Davis died in June of 2014, at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Earlier in the day, she had sustained a subdural hematoma from a fall in her bathroom. Sources close to her say she was in excellent health for an 88-year-old woman, and her death was a complete shock.

    Wednesday 5.4.16
    Morning Trivia: This actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death. He generally appeared in comedic parts. In the 1970s and 1980s he often co-starred with Burt Reynolds. Together they appeared in the films The Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run II, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Who is he?

    Hisashi Iwakuma earned his first victory of the season and the Mariners clinched their sixth consecutive series win with an 8-1 rout of the Athletics in Oakland last night. Their 13th win in the past 18 games bumped them to first in the AL West. After 12 hits Monday's game, they had 13 last night. The A’s swept three from the Mariners in Seattle in early April. The payback is being attempted at 12:35 today when the Ms and As wrap up the series. Felix Hernandez gets the start.

    Birthdays: Author and political commentator George F. Will is 74; Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 65; from Seattle, singer Oleta Adams is 63; singer and actress Pia Zadora is 63; singer Randy Travis is 57; actor and comedian Will Arnett is 46; Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 44; sportscaster and Dancing with the Stars celeb Erin Andrews is 38; and from NSYNC, singer Lance Bass is 37.

    May is International Respect 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 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 May the 4th, Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood. In 1959, the winners of the first annual 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 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister. 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 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.

    Beast Mode's number is off limits. That's according to Seahawk's general manager John Schneider, who said this week that no Seattle Seahawks player will wear No. 24 next season. On Saturday, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted coach Pete Carroll requesting that none of the 10 players selected during last week's NFL draft wear Lynch's jersey.

    An Ohio high school student surprised his mom by asking her to prom. Trey Potter said he wanted to show his mother how much he admires her after everything she’s been through in her life. She grew up living in 23 different foster care homes and was pregnant and homeless at 16. She never went to prom.

    And with that, we did adieu to Ted Crus. The insurgent Texan whose presidential campaign was fueled by disdain for Washington, announced he was leaving the race last night, removing the last major hurdle in Donald Trump’s quest to become to become the Republican nominee for president. Cruz’s decision came after losing overwhelmingly to Trump in the Indiana primary, all but ensuring that The Donald will claim his party’s mantle at the Republican National Convention in July.

    Kit Kat has launched the most bizarre chocolate snack ever -- Melon & Cheese flavor. It’s currently only being sold at airports in Japan.

    Trivia Answer: Dom DeLuise who died on this date in 2009. DeLuise was probably best known as a regular in Mel Brooks' films. He appeared in The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. At the time of his death, Mel Brooks told the Los Angeles Times that Dom "created so much joy and laughter on the set that you couldn’t get your work done. So every time I made a movie with Dom, I would plan another two days on the schedule just for laughter." DeLuise died at the age of 75.

    Tuesday 5.3.16
    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?

    Robinson Cano had three hits and scored twice, Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 last night. Nelson Cruz added three hits, and Chris Iannetta and Adam Lind drove in runs for the Mariners, who have won five straight at the Oakland Coliseum. Cano's double in the fourth put him in elite company. He became the fifth second baseman in major league history to have at least 2,000 hits, 450 doubles, 200 home runs and 1,000 RBIs. The other four are Rogers Hornsby, Roberto Alomar, Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio. Hisashi Iwakuma starts against Oakland tonight at 7:00 seeking his third consecutive win over the A's.

    Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 82; inventor Ron Popeil is 81; sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 70; singer Mary Hopkin is 66; Grammy winner, singer Christopher Cross is 65; and the current bass player REO Speedwagon, Bruce Hall is 63.

    One of the less well-known days celebrated 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 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. This being Tuesday of the first full week of May, it's National Teacher Appreciation Day. A day that honors those hard working, patient, and understanding people whom we entrust our children to.

    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.

    Seattle's City Council yesterday voted not vacate a stretch of road where an investor aiming to bring an NBA team to the Northwest hopes to eventually build an arena that could house it. By a 5-4 vote the council chose not to sell a small section of Occidental Avenue South in the SoDo District, throwing a wrench in Chris Hansen's arena project. The vacating of the street was viewed as the last major step toward Hansen getting a master-use permit and making the $490 million arena shovel ready to lure an NBA team before a memorandum of understanding allowing $200 million in public financing for the project with the city and King County expires in late 2017.

    Sunday was the final performance of elephants in the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. They are forever leaving the circus. Turns out Kelly Ripa is upset because no one told her.

    According to a survey , 33% of Americans have dated someone who turned out to be a 'creep,' while 35% have dated someone they ended up calling a 'jerk' — and 18% have even dated someone who turned out to be a 'witch.' Overall, according' to the survey, 21% describe being involved in a dating experience that turned out to be just plain 'toxic.'

    Trivia Answer: Bing Crosby who was born on this date in 1903. The Crosby House in Tumwater was Bing Crosby's grandfather's house. 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. 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.

    Monday 5.2.16
    Morning Trivia: He's a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He's a Detroit native. In the mid-1970s he was a sideman in Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra before creating an R&B group called Raydio in 1977. Raydio scored a series of chart hits and then broke up in 1981. This guy is primarily known for the theme song to a mid-80s motion picture. Who is he?

    The Mariners wrapped up a successful homestand with a forgettable performance, losing 4-1 to the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Seattle went 4-and-2 on the homestand, falling in the series finale as starter Taijuan Walker lost his first game of the season. Walker struggled through his first rough outing of 2015, although he pitched well enough to keep the Mariners within striking distance. He allowed just five runs over his first four starts, but gave up three runs off seven hits in his five innings of work yesterday. Seattle’s 13-and-10 mark last month marked the first time the Mariners have finished April with a record above .500 since 2009. The Mariners have won five consecutive series. The Mariners will try to follow up a successful homestand -- been a while since those words were put together -- with a seven-game road trip that begins tonight in Oakland.

    Birthdays: Engelbert Humperdinck is 80; Mick Jagger’s ex, Bianca Jagger is 71; the original lead singer for Foreigner, Lou Gramm is 66; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 44; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 41; singer-songwriter Lily Allen is 31; and race car driver Kyle Busch is also 31.

    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.

    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.

    The Jungle Book pulverized a trio of box office lightweights, racking up $42.4 million to lead ticket sales for the third consecutive weekend. Disney's live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories has made $252.1 million since opening last month. It should have no trouble becoming the fourth film this year to cross $300 million domestically, joining the likes of Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zootopia. A holdover: In its second weekend, The Huntsman: Winter's War dropped 52% to $9.4 million for a second place finish. Keanu, an action-comedy sendup from Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, nabbed third place with $9.3 million. The weak result is alleviated somewhat by the fact that the release cost a meager $15 million to produce. The film finds the stars of Comedy Central's Key & Peele trying to rescue a kidnapped kitten. Reviews were strong, which could help the picture in the coming weeks when the competition gets fiercer. Mother's Day, an ensemble romantic comedy with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out $8.3 million to finish in fourth. Barbershop: The Next Cut rounded out the top five, earning $6.1 million. Of course, the whole weekend was really just a throat clearing for Captain America: Civil War, which barrels into theaters on Friday. The superhero sequel could pull in as much as $200 million to score one of the biggest openings in history. It already made more than $200 million overseas this weekend after debuting in a select number of foreign territories.

    Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for Marshawn Lynch. After the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Schneider said the paperwork has not been filed with the league, but the Seahawks are prepared from a salary cap standpoint whether Lynch's retirement becomes official before or after June 1st. Asked if he knew when those papers would be filed, Schneider said, "Your guess is as good as mine." Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Lynch is retired and not planning to play this year. Lynch announced his intentions to retire during the second half of the Super Bowl, posting a picture on social media. He's spent some of the offseason in Egypt at a football camp and in Haiti on a relief mission.

    Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016. The city's tourism agency announced that the sewer-dwelling reptiles will star in ads to encourage families to explore New York. The agency says the turtles are the perfect guides to help families discover the vibrancy and excitement throughout the five boroughs. The crime-fighting ninja turtles Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael started out in comic books in the 1980s before branching out to TV and film. The latest movie came out in 2014 and a sequel is set for release in June. They succeed Dora the Explorer, who served as last year's ambassador.

    Trivia Answer: Ray Parker, Jr. who turned 62 yesterday. The band Raydio was spelled R-A-Y-D-I-O. The song Ray is most famous for was the theme from Ghostbusters. The song was #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder's I Just Called to Say I Love You from The Woman in Red. Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the 1984 Huey Lewis and the News song I Want a New Drug. The Ghostbusters theme was released only six months after Lewis' hit reached #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. The accusation ended with Lewis suing Parker, and the pair settled out of court in 1985. They returned to court once again in 2001, as Parker sued Lewis for breaching a confidentiality agreement forming part of their original out of court settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. Lewis had implied in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement.