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|Morning Trivia: He's an inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Inc. He is known as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. He single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, which was the computer that launched Apple. In fact, it was on this date in 1975 that he tested his first prototype of the Apple I computer. Who is he?|
Nelson Cruz homered and drove in three runs, and the Seattle Mariners utilized two errors in the 10th inning to beat the Orioles 4-2 yesterday and complete their first four-game sweep at Baltimore in franchise history. The Mariners improved to 8-and-0 in extra innings this season. After missing two straight games with lower back pain, Cruz celebrated his return with his 21st homer, a two-run shot in the fourth inning that put Seattle up 2-0. Manny Machado and Chris Davis answered with solo drives off Mike Leake in the bottom half, and that accounted for all the scoring until the 10th. Dee Gordon beat out an infield hit and scored when center fielder Colby Rasmus bobbled Jean Segura's single. A throwing error by third baseman Steve Wilkerson and an RBI single by Cruz followed. Leake allowed two runs and hits in seven innings, his eighth straight start of at least six innings. Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager did not start after hurting his toe during a swing Wednesday night, but entered as a pinch hitter in the ninth and stayed in the game. Now the Mariners are back at Safeco for a nine-game homestand. They host Kansas City for three, the LA Angels for three, then the Colorado Rockies for three. They get things started with the Royals tonight. Marco Gonzales starts tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Actor Gary Busey is 74; comedian Richard Lewis is 71; actor/congressman/radio host and Gopher on The Love Boat, Fred Grandy 70; former offensive lineman and current sportscaster, Dan Dierdorf is 69; singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dokken, Don Dokken is 65; from Men at Work, Colin Hay is also 65; actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 61; she was Sylvia on NYPD Blue, actress Sharon Lawrence is 57; and comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie is 42.
Today is Remote Control Day, a favorite observance of couch potatoes everywhere. Today is National Almond Butter Crunch Day. Today is Camera Day, there's no better day to snap some photos during your lunch hour, on your commute to work, or whenever a moment of inspiration strikes. Today is International Mud Day. Let's get down and dirty. To celebrate, all you need is some water and some dirt. Mix them together, and you're ready to have some fun. Today is Waffle Iron Day. Waffles -- they're not just for breakfast anymore. Today is Elvis Presley Boulevard Day. The City of Memphis voted to name a 12-mile portion of Highway 51 South that passes Graceland in honor of Elvis on this date in 1971. The first signs were put up in January of 1972 ... and disappeared immediately.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast. In 1978, actor Bob Crane was murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona, motel room. A former deejay, he starred as Col. Robert Hogan on TV's Hogan's Heroes. In 1983, a guy named Prince Mongo who claimed to be from the uncharted planet of Zambodia, was accused of tampering with an electric meter in Memphis. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 days for contempt when he appeared in court wearing green body paint, a fur loincloth, gold goggles, and carrying a skull under one arm. Later that year Prince Mongo ran for mayor of Memphis and got 2,650 votes. In 2003, actress Katherine Hepburn died at age 96. She won a record four Oscars for best actress. In 2007, the first generation Apple iPhone went on sale. In 2011, the state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1st of 2012 and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the US on May 4th of 2012 in Nevada.
Toys R Us is closing its last US stores today. The company, which also owned the Babies R Us chain, was hobbled by $5 billion in debt. As the last of the U.S. stores close, more than 30,000 workers will be looking for work.
Trivia Answer: Steve Wozniak, also nicknamed The Woz. He along with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs were known as the pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 70s and 80s. Woz primarily designed the 1977 Apple II, known as one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputers, while Jobs oversaw the development of its unusual case and Rod Holt developed the unique power supply.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield met in a rematch. Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round. Why? |
The Mariners have joined the 50-wins club. Denard Span hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 11th inning after Kyle Seager delivered a two-run homer in the ninth, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 last night to move within a victory of an unprecedented four-game sweep in Baltimore. Playing without injured Nelson Cruz for a second straight game, the Mariners got a home run from Ryon Healy and collected 14 hits while improving their record in extra innings to 7-0. The Mariners arrived in Balitimore having lost six of seven. Now, after winning three straight over the lowly Orioles, they can complete the first four-game road sweep of Baltimore in franchise history, and end the road trip at .500. Seattle has never swept a two-game series in Baltimore, and its last three-game sweep of the Orioles on the road was in 2007. Edwin Diaz got his major league-leading 30th save, a club record before the All-Star break. Baltimore has lost four in a row overall and 14 of 15 at home. The Ms joined the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees as the only teams with 50 or more wins at this stage of the season. The Ms wrap up the series and the road trip with a matinee. Mike Leake gets the start this afternoon.
Birthdays: Actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and composer. Mel Brooks is 92; actor, comedian, and impressionist John Byner is 80; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is also 80; actress Kathy Bates is 70; football's John Elway is 58; actor John Cusack is 52; actress Mary Stuart Masterson is also 52; and former American Idol contestant, singer Kellie Pickler is 32.
Joseph Jackson, the strong, fearsome patriarch of the musical Jackson family, has died. The stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings took his family from poverty in Gary, Indiana, and launched a musical dynasty. Five of his boys — Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie — made the clan an instant sensation with the arrival of the Jackson 5 in 1969. Over the following decades, millions would listen to recordings by The Jacksons, and Michael would become one of the most popular entertainers in history before his death in 2009. Joseph Jackson was 89.
Today is National Try to Find A Pear Sherbet Recipe Day. It's Insurance Awareness Day. Hmm. Wonder who came up with that idea. Not sure what you should do to enjoy and appreciate this day. It's Paul Bunyan Day. Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe lived and travelled around country. He is credited with many deeds. Among his more legendary feats: He created logging in the U.S. He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his ox. He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming. He trained ants to do logging work. They were, of course, Carpenter Ants. Babe's large footprints created Minnesota's 10,000 lakes.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Neil Diamond released Sweet Caroline. In 1971, the Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali. In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman. They separated nine days later. In 1975, David Bowie released Fame, which became his first American number one song. In 1985, a survey by the US Transportation Department indicated that 42 percent of drivers polled said that they drove faster than the legal 55 miles per hour speed limit. In 1995, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police signed a 5-year contract with the Walt Disney company to produce official Mountie souvenirs. In 1996, the Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school. In 1999, 52-year-old Worth Delton shot a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 seventh hole at Tipoli Country Club in Milwaukee. He was participating in a charity outing for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Delton had been blind since 1980. In 2007, the American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list. In 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live.
Trivia Answer: Tyson bit a piece from Holyfield's ear. The fight was originally billed as Holyfield-Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury and was a follow-up rematch of the first Tyson-Holyfield fight. In the previous Tyson-Holyfield fight, seven months earlier, Holyfield, who opened as a 25-to-1 underdog (eventually pulling to 15-to-2), floored Tyson for the second time in Tyson's career in the sixth round, and scored a TKO over Tyson in round 11. Holyfield dominated Tyson throughout the fight, winning almost every round. In the rematch, the fight began with Holyfield dominating Tyson. In round two, Holyfield ducked under a wild right hand from Tyson; with Holyfield coming forward with his head, their heads clashed opening a large cut over Tyson's right eye. Tyson had repeatedly complained about head-butting in the first bout between the two. Holyfield won the first round and won the second. As the third round was about to begin, Tyson came out of his corner without his mouthpiece. The referee ordered Tyson back to his corner to insert it. Tyson inserted his mouthpiece, got back into position and the match resumed. Tyson began the third round with a furious attack. With forty seconds remaining in the round Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, and Tyson rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder and bit Holyfield on his right ear, avulsing a one-inch piece of cartilage from the top of the ear, and spitting out the piece of ear on the ring floor. Holyfield pushed Tyson away at which the ref called for a time-out. Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, and Tyson ran up to Holyfield and shoved him from behind. the referee sent Tyson to a neutral corner as an enraged Holyfield gestured for the ref to look at his bitten ear. The fight was delayed for several minutes as the ref, a gentleman named Mills Lane debated what to do. Lane's original inclination was to immediately disqualify Tyson, but after the ringside doctor determined that Holyfield was able to continue despite the bite, Lane announced he would be deducting two points from Tyson and the fight would continue. As Lane explained the decision to Tyson and his cornermen, Tyson asserted that the injury to Holyfield's ear was the result of a punch. "Bullshit," retorted Lane. The fight was resumed. During another clinch, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Holyfield threw his hands around to get out of the clinch and jumped back. Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting until time expired. The men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped. After the fight was stopped, Tyson went on rampage at Holyfield and Holyfield's trainer Brooks while they were still in their corner. Tyson took swings at the people in his way, but was taken by to his corner by security. Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears." Later, Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a bottle of water in his direction. Tyson climbed over a temporary railing and up into the stands, made obscene gestures to the crowd, and made his way up the side of a stairway. Tyson was suspended and his license withheld. As a result of biting Holyfield on both ears and other behavior, Tyson's boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he was fined $3 million plus legal costs. The revocation was not permanent; a little more than a year later on October 18th of 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's boxing license.
|Morning Trivia: She was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how her teacher broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Who is she?|
Kyle Seager homered and hit a pivotal two-run single in the eighth inning to back a fine pitching performance by James Paxton and help the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 last night. Paxton struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. It was the sixth time this season he's reached double figures in strikeouts. Alex Colome worked the eighth and Edwin Diaz got three outs for his big league-best 29th save. Seattle trailed 2-1 before rallying against the weary Baltimore bullpen. The Mariners played without slugger Nelson Cruz, a late scratch with lower back tightness. He had played in 32 straight games. The Orioles who own the worst record in the majors at 23-and-55. The Ms and Os match up again this afternoon. Wade LeBlanc starts for Seattle.
Birthdays: Businessman and former presidential candidate, Ross Perot is 88; from The Beach Boys, singer Bruce Johnston is 76; best known for playing Stephanie on Newhart from 1983–90, actress Julia Duffy is 67; writer-director J.J. Abrams is 52; he was Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Spider-Man films, actor Tobey Maguire is 43; from Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash is 42; and Khloe Kardashian is 34.
It’s Decide to Be Married Day To focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. It’s Happy Birthday To You Day in honor of Mildred J. Hill who was born on this date in 1859. She was a songwriter and musicologist, who composed the melody for Good Morning to All, later used as the melody for Happy Birthday to You. Today is National Orange Blossom Day. Today is National HIV Testing Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, an 8-pound bear cub that had been seriously burned three weeks earlier in a New Mexico forest fire left for the National Zoo in Washington where he lived to the ripe old bear age of 26. Originally named Hot Foot Teddy by the firemen who saved his life, he became better known as Smokey the Bear. In 1967, the world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28. In 1970, the English band Smile decided to change their name to Queen. In 1977, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise. In 1985, Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System. In 1988, at the age of 35, singer Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City. In 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts. They were divorced in 1995. In 2002, The Who bassist John Entwhistle died of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of a new American tour. In 2005, who is the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues? Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves hit his eighth grand slam on this date to help the Braves knock off the Florida Marlins. He was 46 years old, already the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game, and the oldest in the last 96 years to steal a base. In 2007, Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.
How young is too young for a kid to have their own tablet? Well, it’s up to each child’s parent, but age two seems really young. A survey finds 1 in 4 kids under the age of 2 has their own tablet. Their own. More than a third of 3 to 5-year-olds have their own tablet.
Trivia Answer: Helen Keller who was born on this date in 1880. Her birthday today is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth. A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame in 2015. Keller proved to the world that deaf people could all learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do. One of the most famous deaf people in history, she is an idol to many deaf people in the world.
|Morning Trivia: He's a former football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. During his six years with the Falcons, he was regarded as having transformed the quarterback position with his rushing abilities and was named to three Pro Bowls. He holds the record for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback (6,109) and the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season (1,039). His NFL career came to a halt in 2007 after he pled guilty for his involvement in a dog fighting ring and spent 21 months in federal prison. Who is he?|
Dee Gordon's slick seventh-inning bunt was the lone hit in a two-run uprising that put Seattle ahead for good, and the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 last night for just their second win in eight games. Denard Span homered for the Mariners, who benefited from 10 walks and a pivotal wild pitch to get back on track after losing successive series at Yankee Stadium and in Boston. Gordon gave the Mariners an early lead with a two-run single, then provided the key hit in a seventh inning that began with score tied at 3. Felix Hernandez allowed three runs on four hits over six innings, and Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his major league-leading 28th save. Game two of the four between the Ms and the Os is this afternoon. James Paxton gets the start for Seattle.
Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz was chosen AL Player of the Week after hitting .500 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs. Cruz said, "It was a good week. Unfortunately, we only won once in seven games."
Birthdays: From The Clash, Mick Jones is 63; singer Chris Isaak is 62; she’s married to John McEnroe, from Scandal, singer Patty Smyth is 61; from Berlin, singer Terri Nunn is 57; NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe is 50; Jack on Will and Grace, actor Sean Hayes is 48; actor Chris O’Donnell is also 48; from Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman is also 48; singer Gretchen Wilson is 45; baseball's Derek Jeter is 44; singer-songwriter and producer, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is 39; actor Jason Schwartzman is 38; and Ariana Grande is 25.
And Happy Birthday, Harry Potter. Twenty-one years ago today, June 26th of 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK with an initial print run of 500 copies. It became a smash almost overnight. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1998.
Richard Harrison, the Old Man from Pawn Stars, has passed away at the age of 77. Harrison is survived by his son, Rick Harrison, who made the announcement.
Today is Guiding Light Day, marking the show's move to television on this date in 1952, after 15 years on radio. It became the longest lasting daytime show and the longest lasting series on TV. Guiding Light finally was snuffed out on September 18th of 2009 after a 72-year run. Today is Abner Doubleday Day, marking his birth on this date in 1819. Though one study credits Doubleday as the inventor of baseball, some historians believe the game evolved from a similar one played by native Americans. Today is Bar Code Day. The first supermarket bar code was swiped on a pack of Wrigley's Doublemint Gum on June 26th of 1974, in Troy, Ohio. It’s Beautician's Day, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. Today is Forgiveness Day, Global Forgiveness Day is August 27th, International Forgiveness Day is the first Sunday of August. Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. The world will be a better place for this day. It’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. I'm thinking the world will be a better place for this day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, in a unique 6-inning exhibition game to raise money for US War Bonds, the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants zip. In 1963, President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall. In 1975, after 11 years of marriage, singers Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but the marriage lasted only nine days. In 1977, Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with Can't Help Falling In Love With You. It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later. In 1979, Muhammad Ali, at the age of 37, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. In 2007, a Washington State trooper arrested two men for speeding on I-5 in Snohomish County. The trooper said the 2005 BMW 330i and the 2007 Honda Accord sounded like an airplanes whizzing by at 141 miles an hour. He caught up to the pair when they stopped to let a passenger switch cars. Both drivers were jailed on reckless driving charges. In 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Trivia Answer: Michael Vick who turns 38 today. His arrest and subsequent conviction garnered Vick notoriety with the general public, which lasted throughout the rest of his career. He was released by the Falcons shortly before leaving prison. After serving his sentence, Vick signed with the Eagles in 2009. As a member of the Eagles for five years, he enjoyed the greatest statistical season of his career and was named to a fourth Pro Bowl in 2010, but left the team after being unable to match his prior success. In his final two seasons, Vick played for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers for one year each, primarily as a backup. He officially retired from professional football after spending the entirety of the 2016 season in free agency.
|Morning Trivia: This singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist first rose to fame as a member of a duo. He was widely known for his solo work in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time of his death, he had sold over 120 million records worldwide. He had seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, and in 2008, was ranked 40th on Billboard's list of the Greatest Hot 100 Artists of All Time. In the early hours of Christmas in 2016, he was found dead in bed at his home in England at the age of 53. A coroner's report attributed his death to natural causes. Who was he?|
Over the weekend, the Mariners provided more fodder for those that say they're pretenders and not contenders. After losing three-in-row to the New York Yankees, they dropped two out of three to the Boston Red Sox including yesterday when Chris Sale struck out 13 over seven dazzling innings. The Sox won the weekend and season series over the Mariners with a 5-0 victory on yesterday afternoon. The Mariners have lost six of seven games and fell to 1-5 on their 10-game East Coast trip. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura missed his fourth straight game with a right forearm infection. Boston won the season series, 4-games-to-3, which could come into play for homefield if the teams tied for the AL's Wild Card spot. Felix Hernandez is back on the hill for the Ms as the road trip continues. Seattle is in Baltimore for four with the Orioles starting this afternoon.
Birthdays: Maureen Robinson on the original Lost in Space, actress June Lockhart is 93; singer Carly Simon is 73; actor and comedian Jimmie Walker (Good Times) is 71; from Split Enz and Crowded House, Tim Finn is 66; Toto keyboardist David Paich is 64; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 64; and actor Ricky Gervais is 57.
Today is National Catfish Day, a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. It was June 25th of 1987 when President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words "More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy -- farm-raised catfish." Today is National Fried Okra Day. There's actually a Facebook page. Today is Please Take My Children to Work Day. Today is LEON Day (that's NOEL spelled backwards. Six months until Christmas).
Calendar notes: On ths date in 1951, in New York, the first regular commercial color TV transmissions were presented on CBS using the FCC-approved CBS Color System. The public did not own color TVs at the time. In 1969, guitarist Mick Taylor first appeared with The Rolling Stones at the Coliseum in Rome, replacing Brian Jones. Jones was found dead a week later. Also in 1969, The Hollies recorded He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother with Elton John on piano. In 1970, Hall & Oates recorded together for the first time. Also 1970, the US Federal Communications Commission handed down a ruling, making it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called. In 1981, the US Supreme Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional. In 1984, Prince's Purple Rain sold a record-setting 1.3-million copies in 24 hours, as the soundtrack released five weeks ahead of the film. In 1998, Microsoft's Windows 98 was released to the public. In 2002, a five-year-old Sicilian boy tore up $1,525 in cash, his father's monthly salary, the day after his grandfather told him money was trash and couldn't buy happiness. In 2009, Michael Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home, which authorities later declared a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his body. He was 50.
Five people have been arrested after a police raid of a home in a central Florida retirement community uncovered drugs. Drugs were in “plain sight” in the home, and investigators also uncovered golf cart parts including windshields, seat cushions, wheels and tires — signs the home may have been used as a golf cart chop-shop.
What a gorgeous weekend. Made it up to 83 here in Olympia and in Shelton yesterday.
Trivia Answer: George Michael who was born on this date in 1963. He rose to fame teamed with Andrew Ridgeley as the duo Wham! starting in 1981. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards -- he won Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
|Morning Trivia: She's a singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years. Her debut solo album in 1983 was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. It ended up earning her the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and then her second solo album. This album included another number one single. She's known for both her distinctive image featuring a variety of hair colors and eccentric clothing. She's particularly known for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. Who is she?|
Well, that certainly didn't work out like the Mariners were hoping it would. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar hit two-run homers off James Paxton in the first inning that sent the New York Yankees over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 yesterday for a three-game sweep. Seattle has now lost a season-high four straight. New York launched eight homers in the sweep and tops baseball with 122 long balls. Ms starter James Paxton had been 5-and-0 in 10 starts since April, including a no-hitter at Toronto. He went five innings and threw 107 pitches. The road trip continues for the Ms. After hosting the Boston Red Sox last weekend, they're spending this weekend at their place. The Ms and Sox matchup for three. Game one is at Fenway Park this afternoon.
Birthdays: Actor, singer, songwriter Kris Kristofferson is 82; TV journalist Brit Hume is 75; guitarist, singer, manager and record producer Peter Asher is 74; singer Todd Rundgren is 70; actress Meryl Streep is 69; actress Lindsay Wagner -- The Bionic Woman -- is also 69; in the news lately, academic and politician, Elizabeth Warren is also 69; from INXS, Garry Gary Beers is 61; legal clerk and environmental activist, Erin Brockovich is 58; basketball's Clyde Drexler is 56; actress Amy Brenneman is 54; The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is also 54; former quarterback Kurt Warner is 47; TV host Carson Daly is 45; and the current World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, golfer Dustin Johnson is 34.
Today is Stupid Guy Thing Day, a day for women to make lists of stupid guy things and pass them on. Today is National Chocolate Eclair Day. Today is Sunglasses Day. a shady day for your eyes. And today being the Friday after Father's Day, it's Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1909, the first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In 1981, after exhibiting poor sportsmanship, John McEnroe became the only man in 104 years at Wimbledon to not be made an honorary member of the All England Tennis Club. He won the tournament. In 1981, Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon. In 1984, the movie The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, opened in American theaters. In 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin. Also in 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium. In 2009, Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film. In 2017, in Los Angeles, a jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from another song and use it in the introduction of Stairway to Heaven.
In addition to launching long-form video service similar to YouTube, Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has 1 billion monthly active users.
Jerry Seinfeld has released a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 10 trailer. The new season features 12, 20-minute episodes with guest appearances.
Trivia Answer: Cyndi Lauper -- her name is really Cynthia -- who is 65 today. That debut solo album was She's So Unusual. The four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 -- Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop, and All Through the Night. Her second record was True Colors which contained the number one title track. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards. An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards -- she's won the Emmy, Grammy, and Tody. Still working on that Oscar.
|Morning Trivia: He was born in Denver. His parents were both jazz musicians. At age 16, he began studying classical music after hearing the works of composers such as Ravel, and Stravinsky in ballet class. At that time he sent a demo tape to Alan Parsons, from whom he received a personal reply. Years later, when he was chosen to be a vocalist with The Alan Parsons Project, he presented Parsons with that letter from 30 years prior. Later he formed a band based on his name. Who was he?|
Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees erased a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 last night. Gary Sanchez tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Yankees went on to complete their largest comeback victory of the season. New York is a season-high 27 games above .500 with the majors' best record at 49-and-22. The Yankees have won nine of 11 against Seattle and will try for a three-game series sweep this morning. The Mariners have lost three straight for the first time since April 17th through the 19th against the Houston Astros.
Speaking of the Astros, they knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-to-1last night to extend their lead over the Mariners in the AL West to three games.
Birthdays: Dr. Bricker on The Love Boat, actor Bernie Kopell is 85; actress Mariette Hartley is 78; comedian and actor Joe Flaherty -- best known for his work on SCTV -- is 77; from The Kinks, frontman Ray Davies is 74; he was the dad, Steven Keaton, on Family Ties, actor Michael Gross is 71; also from Family Ties, the mom, actress Meredith Baxter -- although she was credited at the time as Meredith Baxter Birney, is also 71; Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is 68; E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren is 67; singer Marcella Detroit aka Marcy Levy is 66; The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William is 36; former CIA employee Edward Snowden is 35; former American Idol Kris Allen is 33; and that Friday girl, Rebecca Black is 21.
The summer solstice heralds in the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice for us happened at 3:07 this morning. Welcome to the longest day of the year. Sunrise was at 5:16 this morning and sundown is tonight at 9:10. Tomorrow will be a second shorter and the days will continue to get shorter.
It’s Go Skateboarding Day -- a nationally recognized day for skateboarding. It’s a day to hop onto your skateboard and have some fun. It’s Baby Boomer's Recognition Day, although some sources have it on August 17th. It’s regarded a holiday that is devoted to remembering not just the accomplishments of celebrity Baby Boomers, it also celebrates those who are being successful in business, education, medicine and many other fields and the contributions they make to society. It’s National Peaches and Cream Day. Today is National Daylight Appreciation Day. Perhaps related, the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game starts in Fairbanks, Alaska tonight, and will be played without artificial lights. The 113th Midnight Sun Baseball Game has the Goldpanners hosting the Orange County Surf. Gates open at 8:00 tonight. First pitch is at 10:00. The sun is out for almost 24 hours a day, the game completes around 1:30 the next morning. Famous players who have appeared in the game include Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, an article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Kellogg had reduced the iron content of its Frosted Rice after consumers discovered they could move flakes of the cereal around with magnets. In 1982, a jury in Washington, DC, found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. In 1989, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith remarried. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the US flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fifth book in JK Rowling's blockbuster series about a young wizard, hit the book stores and sold 5 million copies the first day. In 2011, the Maroon 5 single Moves Like Jagger was released.
Trivia Answer: Kip Winger who turns 57 today. He was both a member of the band, Winger, and a solo artist. In 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper's band. After making two albums with Cooper, Winger left in March of 1987 to focus on his own band. Winger the band released five studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, and eight singles. The Winger frontman, meanwhile, says he believes he understands how he and his band came to be the butt of so many jokes and of so much abuse over the years. He has talked in the past about how he and his band arrived a few years too late. Winger's musical ability was often overshadowed by its look and by the fact that Kip's biggest musical influences weren't rock bands. He said, "I had a background in ballet and theatre and I was quite flamboyant [on stage]." Winger's easily lampoon-able stage persona and the way he cited classical masters as influences instead of Led Zeppelin or Mötörhead rubbed plenty of his contemporaries the wrong way.
|Morning Trivia: She's an Australian actress and producer. She's the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress. She began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 film Bush Christmas. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise. In fact she would marry Tom Cruise. They were married on Christmas Eve 1990. That marriage was dissolved in August of 2001, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences. She and and Keith Urban were married on June 25th of 2006. Who is she?|
A bit of a stumble for the Ms as they began an extended road trip back east. Domingo German pitched two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York's four home runs last night in the Yankees' 7-2 victory over Seattle. One of baseball's biggest surprises so far, the Mariners lost for only the eighth time in 30 games as they opened a 10-game trip to the East Coast that should serve as a stiff test. New York improved to a major league-best 27-and-11 at home. The Ms and Yankees square off again tonight. Felix Hernandez pitches the middle game of the series. Game time is this afternoon at 4:05. Some good news for the Ms. The Tampa Bay Rays ended the Houston Astros 12-game win streak downing the Stros 2-1 last night. So even with the loss, the Ms don't fall further back. They remain two games behind Houston in the AL West.
Birthdays: Actress Olympia Dukakis is 87; actor Danny Aiello is 85; NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson is 83; Beach Boy Brian Wilson is 76; singer Anne Murray is 73; former host of This Old House, Bob Vila is 72; singer Lionel Richie is 69; actor John Goodman is 66; former bassist and founding member of Van Halen, Michael Anthony is 64; and Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is 58.
Today is Jaws Day, marking release of the film on this date in 1975. It became the highest-grossing film of that time and started the trend of films known as "summer blockbusters". It’s National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Today is Woman Runs the House Day, marking this date in 1921 when Alice Robertson of Oklahoma became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. She presided for 30 minutes.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. In 1963, the so-called red telephone was established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1967, Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. Later, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping 125-thousand dollars. At the time, it was the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. In 1972, the old Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry’s 1967 blockbuster Ode to Billy Joe, collapsed in Mississippi. In 1973, American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, Three Dog Night and, of course, Dick Clark. In 1980, It's Still Rock & Roll became Billy Joel's first #1 hit. In 1993, the Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA championship, the first team to three-peat since the 1966 Boston Celtics. In 1994, a downcast OJ Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and waiter Ronald Goldman.
A shoplifter in Toronto was caught stealing clothes at Walmart. But when Constable Niran Jeyanesan arrived to arrest him, he was moved by the 18-year-old's story and decided not to press charges and buy him the clothes instead. The teen's story: he was stealing a dress shirt, tie and socks for a job interview. Constable Jeyanesan learned days later that the teen got the job.
In Illinois, a man was letting his friend test drive his new Chevy Camaro. Since I'm bringing it up, you know this won't end well. The friend wasn't able to handle the power and drove it into a river. The owner bought the Camaro just two days before the friend took it for a swim.
Trivia Answer: Nicole Kidman who turns 51 today.
|Morning Trivia: His and his partner's single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013. It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 without the support of a major record label. Then their second single also reached number one making this guy and his partner the first duo in history to have their first two singles hit the top. Who is he?|
Oregon State sent Pac-12 rival Washington home from the College World Series with a 14-5 win last night. The Beavers erased early deficits, starting their comeback just before a 4-hour, 31-minute weather delay and picking up where they left off when play resumed. Oregon State, the No. 3 national seed, was coming off a loss to North Carolina in its College World Series opener and still must win three more games to reach the best-of-three finals. Washington went two games and out in its first College World Series.
Even though they were off, the Mariners slid a little further behind the division leading Houston Astros when the 'Stros won their 12th in a row last night edging Tampa Bay, 5-4. Seattle finds itself two games out in the AL West as they are in New York for three with the Yankees -- part of a 10-game road trip back east. After the Yanks, they hook up with the Red Sox again for three and then four with Baltimore. Game one with New York is this afternoon.
Birthdays: Writer Salman Rushdie -- he of The Satanic Verses fame -- is 71; Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Phylicia Rashad is 70; from Heart, singer Ann Wilson is 68; actress Kathleen Turner is 64; singer and dancer Paula Abdul is 56; cartoon cat Garfield is 40.
Today is Juneteenth. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas. Celebrated on June 19th, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is an official annual holiday in 29 of the United States. Today is Eat an Oreo Day. It's National Kissing Day. The objective of the day is to appreciate and enjoy a kiss. So, go ahead and swap some spit today. Pucker up and give out a big, juicy kiss to anyone and everyone. It's also National Martini Day. And it's World Sauntering Day -- a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go.You can spend your life walking through life, jogging through life, or being dragged through life. But, life is far more enjoyable, if you saunter through it. Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot, or run. Sauntering is a form of strolling. Sauntering is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement from point A to Point B.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington. In 1912, the US government established the 8-hour work day. In 1941, General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the single Purple Haze. In 1973, the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in London. In 1987, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia. In 1988, some 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson perform on the other side of the Wall in West Berlin. In 1998, Sinead O'Connor opened the second Lilith Fair in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment's principle that called for the separation of church and state. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 5 billion songs sold.
We’re not above lies when it comes to extending our weekends. A survey says one in five adults admits they have planned to call in sick to extend their weekend into three days. Young adults ages 18 to 34 are more likely than older colleagues to call in sick when they’re really not, with 32 percent in that group doing so.
Trivia Answer: Ben Haggerty -- better known by his stage name Macklemore -- who turns 35 today. His partner is Ryan Lewis. Thrift Shop was the first number one and Can't Hold Us was the second. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, winning four including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Haggerty was born and raised in Seattle. He atended Garfield High School. He earned a bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009.
|Morning Trivia: She is a flute player, songwriter, occasional guitar player, and she sings. In fact, she is regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history. She was born in San Diego. Her father was in the Marines. Due to her father's military career, the family moved frequently. They lived near American military facilities in Panama and Taiwan before settling in Seattle in the early 1960s. Shy because of a stutter, she sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band. In 1974, her younger sister joined the band and they moved the band to Canada. They recorded their first album in Vancouver, BC in 1975. Can you name the singer?|
The Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 yesterday. The Ms ended up splitting the series with the Sox, 2-2. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros won their 11th in a row beating the As 7-4. The Astros sit atop the AL West -- a game-and-a-half ahead of the Ms. An off day for the Ms today as they're traveling to New York. They face the Yankees for three starting tomorrow night.
In Omaha, Mississippi State beat Washington Saturday in the College World Series. A drive to right field got past the outfieder in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing a runner to score from second base. Of the Bulldogs' seven wins in the NCAA Tournament, three have come in walk-off fashion and a fourth on their final at-bat. Washington plays Oregon State in an elimination game this morning at 11:00 on ESPN.
Birthdays: Baseball's Lou Brock is 79; Sir Paul McCartney is 76; actress Isabella Rossellini is 66; actress Carol Kane is also 66; singer Alison Moyet is 57; and singer Blake Shelton is 42.
Today is Wild Den Dancing Day, a day to play all your favorite old songs and dance wildly in the family room while your children roll their eyes. Perhaps related, today is also National Splurge Day, a day to have fun -- a day to treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. It’s National Go Fishing Day It’s International Panic Day -- not sure what is so big, and so widespread, to create an international incident of this magnitude, but here it is on the calendar. And what’s more is that it’s not the only day to be panicked. The month of March also has a Panic Day. Interesting to note that today is also International Picnic Day. Makes one wonder if we didn’t suffer a typo incident somewhere along the way. Today is International Sushi Day, celebrating one of the original "fast foods."
Calendar notes: On this date in 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York. It played at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. In 1975, Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game as Boston massacred the Detroit Tigers 15-1. Lynn would go on to become the only player in sports history to be named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. In 1980, The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the deadpan R&B team, premiered in New York. In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger. In 1985, Wimbledon made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds, the first time in the tennis tournament’s 63-year history for a co-top seeding. In 2006, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash. He was not wearing a helmet. In 2011, E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away at age 69 from complications from a stroke he suffered a few days earlier.
Incredibles 2 premiered to an estimated $180 million at the domestic box office, flying past the record for the biggest animated film opening in box office history by $45 million. That record belonged to another Pixar film, Finding Dory, which opened to roughly $135 million two summers ago.
A survey reveals the obvious: we use our office printers for personal use. The survey found 60% of us use the workplace printer to print personal emails, color photos, news articles, purchase confirmations, maps, and even resumés.
Trivia Answer: Ann Dustin Wilson who turns 68 tomorrow. That first band she joined in the early 1970s was White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, changed its name to Heart. That first album as Dreamboat Annie. It was released here in the states in 1976 with Crazy on You being the first single. Ann, by the way, Ann got married to Dean Wetter, a multi-generational community developer, in April of 2015. The pair had dated briefly in the eighties before rekindling their relationship years later.
|Morning Trivia: This singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering vocal overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, he was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. He scored international top 10 singles with Without You in 1971 and Coconut in 1972. His other top 10 hit, Everybody's Talkin' in 1968, was the theme song of the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, that year's Academy Award Best Picture. A version of his sone One, released by Three Dog Night, also reached the US top 10. Who was he?|
Felix Hernandez came out on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel with David Price. The Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. The M's loss dropped Seattle to a half-game behind Houston in the AL West after a dozen days either tied or on top of the division. The Red Sox got their major-league leading 48th win of the season and snapped Seattle's four-game winning streak. They hope to start a new one when the series with the Sox continues tonight when James Paxton starts for Seattle. He beat the Red Sox last July with seven scoreless innings. Game time tonight at 7:10.
The 2018 College World Series starts tomorrow afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska. The Washington Huskie are there and set to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the second overall game of the series. That game is at 5:00 tomorrow afternoon on ESPN. Oregon State and North Carolina get things started at noon.
Birthdays: Coach Mike Holmgren is 70; baseball's Dusty Baker is 69; from Air Supply, singer Russell Hitchcock is also 69; from Kansas, singer Steve Walsh is 67; actor Jim Belushi is 64; baseball's Wade Boggs is 60; actress, director, and screenwriter Helen Hunt is 55; actress, producer, and director Courteney Cox is 54; rapper and actor Ice Cube is 49; baseball's Andy Pettitte is 46; Doogie on Doogie Howser, MD, actor Neil Patrick Harris is 45; baseball's Tim Lincecum was born in Bellevue is 34 years ago today; and celeb toddler North West is 5.
Today is Hee Haw Day, marking the debut of the TV show on June 15th of 1969. Critics hated the show, so it lasted 20 years. Today is National Lobster Day. Today is Native American Citizenship Day. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans on June 15th of 1924. And today is Smile Power Day. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly, smile.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, John Lennon met Paul McCartney in Woolton, England, at a church party. John was 15; Paul was 13. In 1989, Nirvana's first album Bleach was released. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell potato with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee -- p-o-t-a-t-o-e. He relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher. In 1994, Disney's movie The Lion King opened in American theaters. In 2001, a Houston jury convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, the first conviction involving the collapse of Enron.
24/7 Wall Street loves to rank cities -- and its latest list is sure to rankle the residents of Detroit, which has been named the worst city in which to live. 24/7 Wall Street created an index with measures in eight categories: crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure and Detroit was named the worst city in which to live.
Trivia Answer: Harry Nilsson -- usually credited as just Nilsson -- who was born on this date in 1941. During a 1968 press conference, The Beatles were asked what their favorite American group was and answered Nilsson. He soon formed close friendships with the band's John Lennon and Ringo Starr. In response to Lennon's 1980 death by shooting, he took a hiatus from the music industry to campaign for gun control. For the rest of his life, he recorded only sporadically. Nilsson was voted No. 62 in Rolling Stone's 2015 list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time The RIAA certified his albums Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson as gold records, indicating over 500,000 units sold each. In 1994, Nilsson died of a heart attack while in the midst of recording new material for a since-unreleased comeback album.
|Morning Trivia: He was a singer and actor of stage, screen, radio, and television. He began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show, which popularized traditional folk songs. In 1942 he appeared in Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, and then became a major star of CBS radio. A popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s, his best-known roles included as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country in 1958, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is probably best often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air annually around Christmas. Who was he?|
The Safeco magic continued yesterday. Mitch Haniger hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners an 8-6 victory and a sweep of the three-game series over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nelson Cruz and Ryon Healy also homered for Seattle. Healy's upper-deck shot in the eighth inning tied the game at 6-6. The Mariners have won six of their last seven games and 11 of their last 13. Before the season started, Mariners manager Scott Servais said he would get a haircut just like Edwin Diaz if the closer reached 50 saves this season. Diaz, who has a Z-like symbol shaved into the left side of his head, already has an MLB-best 25 saves this season and is on pace to reach 55 saves. Servais said, "I'm aware. I'm already talking to barbers. I'm OK with that." Felix Hernandez is back on the mound to start a four-game home series against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Game time is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: From The Zombies and then Argent, singer Rod Argent is 73; The Donald, President Trump is 72; Carmine -- the Big Ragoo on Laverne and Shirley, actor Eddie Mekka is 66; skater Eric Heiden is 60; from Culture Club, George Alan O'Dowd, Boy George is 57; and tennis great Steffi Graf is 49.
Today is the Army’s Birthday, marking creation of the US Army, the first military service, by the Continental Congress on June 14th, 1775. Today is Flag Day, a part of Flag Week in the US, marking adoption of the Stars & Stripes on June 14th of 1777. Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Put aside your troubles and worries. Throw off the shackles of stress on every day living. Lock up your inhibitions in a safe, or a drawer. For today, is hereby declared Monkey Around Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1965, Paul McCartney recorded Yesterday, a song whose working title was Scrambled Eggs. In 1965, in New York’s Columbia studios, Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone. In 1970, Grand Funk Railroad spent 100-thousand dollars on a block-long billboard in New York to advertise their single Closer to Home. In 1971, the world’s first Hard Rock Café opened in London. In 1976, The Gong Show debuted on NBC. Host Chuck Barris introduced amateur acts, the worst of which were gonged by a panel of judges. In 1995, the Columbus, Ohio, police received 20 complaints that a Ted Nugent concert there was too loud. Nevertheless, Ted refused to turn down the volume, as he was within the legal noise limits. In 1997, a 1939 comic book that featured the debut of Batman was auctioned in New York for $68,500.
Researchers uncovered a startling statistic about mothers of twins: they seldom get the recommended full night’s sleep. Hard to believe, right? The researchers found the mothers of twins sleep an average of 5.4 hours in a 24-hour period, rather than the recommended 7-8 hours. In addition, almost half of the mothers reported mild to severe symptoms of depression.
Trivia Answer: Burl Ives who was born on this date in 1909. Ives was a pipe smoker. He also smoked cigars. In the summer of 1994, he was diagnosed with oral cancer. After several unsuccessful operations, he decided against further surgery. He fell into a coma and died from the disease on April 14th in 1995, at the age of 85, at his home up in Anacortes.
|Morning Trivia: He's best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band he founded. Raised in an ashram in Connecticut, he moved to Los Angeles at age 18, where he played in several rock bands before forming the band with which he'd become famous in 1992. Burnt out after the success of the group's self-titled debut album, he enrolled at Harvard University, but dropped out to record the group's second album, Pinkerton, in 1996. He later re-enrolled at Harvard and graduated in 2008. Though Pinkerton was later frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s, it was initially a commercial and critical failure, pushing this guy's songwriting toward pop music. However, in the years since its release, it has been certified platinum. Who is he and what is the band?|
Mitch Haniger and Ryon Healy each homered twice as the first-place Seattle Mariners shook off two homers by Mike Trout for the second consecutive night, beating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6-3 last night. Trout took sole possession of the major league lead with 23 home runs. Seattle has won three straight and 10 of 12 and remain a half-game ahead of Houston atop the AL West. The Ms and Angels wrap up their series today with an afternoon game. It's another game on Facebook.
Birthdays: The artist Christo is 83; the Siegfried half of Siegfried and Roy, Siegfried Fischbacher Uwe Ludwig Horn is 79; guitarist Howard Leese -- he spent 22 years with Heart -- is 67; actor -- he was John-Boy Walton -- Richard Thomas is also 67; Tim "The Toolman" Taylor -- actor and comedian Tim Allen is 65; actress Ally Sheedy is 56; TV journalist Hannah Storm is also 56; singer David Gray is 50; and those Tanner girls -- though not for the reboot -- Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen are 32.
Today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, honoring those who are dangerous in the kitchen, those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn’t seem to work well for them. These are the people who set out with the intentions of Paula Dean or Julia Child as they open up the cookbook. Setting out the mixing bowl and ingredients, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay. However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven and salt is mistaken for sugar. Those knife cuts become bloody and cookies and fingers are burnt. The Kitchen Klutz has struck, and visions of spilt milk are pitifully cried over. Today is National Weed Your Garden Day, And today is Sewing Machine Day -- celebrating the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the US. People who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. Look around your house. Do you have a sewing machine? Chance are, the answer is no.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the US Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post. In 1966, in a case involving 23-year-old Ernesto Miranda, the US Supreme Court granted criminal suspects the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. Miranda was retried, convicted, sent back to prison, paroled, and stabbed to death during a 1976 card game in Phoenix. In 1970, The Long and Winding Road becomes the Beatles' last US Number 1 song. In 1991, an Atlanta firm paid $2.4-million for an original copy of the US Declaration of Independence in New York. A flea market buff had found the document stuffed in the frame of a $4.00 painting. In 1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. In 1995, Alanis Morissette released the album Jagged Little Pill. In 1997, Michael Jordan scored 39 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 to win their fifth NBA championship in seven years. In 2000, in Pyongyang, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il welcomed South Korea's President Kim Dae for a three-day summit. It was the first such meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. In 2005, Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial.
If you think having your brain firing on all cylinders for 16- to 18-hours a day is a good thing, researchers say you're wrong. Getting enough sleep and taking regular breaks from working your brain are important. A researcher at the University of Rochester wants to remind us that we "sleep to clean our brains." The researchers found that during sleep the space between brain cells increased by 60% in mice. This allowed the cerebrospinal fluid in the animals' brains to flow ten times faster than when awake.
Trivia Answer: He is Rivers Cuomo and the band is Weezer. Cuomo credits The Beach Boys as a major influence on his early songwriting, saying "I remember when I was 21 or 22, right when Weezer got together. I went to the local used record shop in Santa Monica with the intention of buying a classic album that was going to be a huge influence on me and my writing for Weezer. I flipped through all the records and I narrowed it down to two records. One of them was Led Zeppelin, the other was Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. It was almost a coin toss but I ended up going with Pet Sounds, and I really came to love the melodies and the chord progression and the emotion on that record. It has to be one of the biggest influences right when Weezer was starting out." Other influences include The Beatles, Kiss, Nirvana, Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Cat Stevens, The Who, Pixies, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Sonic Youth.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 365 years in prison. What else do we know David Berkowitz as?|
Nelson Cruz homered twice and the Seattle Mariners overcame Mike Trout's two home runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 last night. The Ms won for the ninth time in 11 games. Seattle sits atop the AL West by a half-game over the Houston Astros. Their record is now 42 and 24. They're 18 games over .500 for the first time since 2007.
Mike Leake makes his 14th start of the season and second against the Angels coming up tonight as the Ms and Angeles meet up again. Game time is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Former President George H.W. Bush is 94; sports announcer Marv Albert is 77; keyboardist, and composer Chick Corea is also 77; Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is 68; singer and musician Rocky Burnette is 65; he was Elliot Weston on thirtysomething and Kevin Costner's brother-in-law Mark in Field of Dreams, actor Timothy Busfield is 61; singer Meredith Brooks is 60; and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 41.
Today is Red Rose Day, a time to enjoy and appreciate America's favorite flower, the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month. In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most popular flower in flower beds and around foundations of houses, garages and sheds. Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. And on the food theme, today is National Jerky Day. Jerky has been popular for hundreds of years. Jerky is dried, flavored meats. Many of us think of jerky as "beef jerky". But, it is made from almost any type of meat, including deer, chicken, poultry, pork, and turkey.
Calendat notes: On this date in 1839, according to the legend, Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball. A hundred years later, on this date in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored the Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals. In 1965, Sonny and Cher made their television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1982, 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance. In 1985, David Lee Roth confirmed he was leaving Van Halen. In 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found in pools of blood in Los Angeles. Miss Simpson’s ex-husband, O.J. Simpson, was charged in the stabbings, then acquitted, but held liable in a civil court action. In 1994, the Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, made its first flight. In 1997, interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series. In 2000, a construction worker at a police station in Downey, California, found a wallet in the men's room that had been stolen in 1957. The wallet, wedged between a cast-iron sink and a wall, was in good condition and contained the female owner's driver's license, Social Security card, photos of children and a check for $107. Police had moved into the building in the 1990s. In 2009, in the US, the switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.
A survey reveals what many fathers have been saying for years: Dads do, in fact, get slighted on Father's Day. The study reports that 86% of Americans shell out more money on Mother's Day than they do on Father's Day.
Trivia Answer: David Berkowitz was also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer. He was convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, the shootings continued for over a year, leaving six victims dead and seven others wounded. As the toll mounted, Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving brazen letters which promised further murders. Highly publicized in the press, the killings terrorized New York City and achieved worldwide notoriety. After his arrest by New York City police in August 1977, Berkowitz was indicted for eight shooting incidents. Berkowitz confessed to all of them and claimed that he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog. In the course of the police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in a vast number of acts of arson in the city, all previously unidentified with him. Intense coverage of the case by the media led to a kind of celebrity status to Berkowitz, and observers noted indignantly that he appeared to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as "Son of Sam laws", designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity surrounding their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter, and author. He began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in an episode of the TV series The Play of the Week in 1961. His first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde. His first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. This actor is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971, and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak in 1976, Stir Crazy in 1980, See No Evil, Hear No Evil in 1989, and Another You in 1991. His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films, the last two of which he also directed. Her 1989 death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles. Who was he?|
Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 yesterday for their 17th win in 22 games. And yes, it's another one run win. Seattle is 21-9 in one-run games, while Tampa Bay dropped to 9-17. The Mariners are now heading back home. They're still in first place in the AL West although with their loss Saturday, they are sharing the top spot with the Houston Astros. Seattle now has three with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and four with the Boston Red Sox. Game one is tonight at 7:10. Wade LeBlanc will face the Angels.
Washington scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to come from behind and defeat Cal State Fullerton 6-5 last night to win the deciding game three of the super regional and advance to the College World Series. The Huskies reach their first CWS in school history, a program that began in 1901.
Horseracing crowned its 13th Triple Crown Winner on Saturday when Justify won the Belmont Stakes. His owners say Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted.
Birthdays: Race car driver Jackie Stewart is 79; ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard is 69; from Air Supply, musician and singer/guitarist Graham Russell is 68; .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant is 66; football's Joe Montana is 62; actor Hugh Laurie is 58; and actor Shia LaBeouf is 32.
Today is American Idol Day. The show debuted on this date in 2002. Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. The first American Idol was Kelly Clarkson. Today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Today is Corn on the Cob Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes in New York City. In 1969, David Bowie released his single Space Oddity to cash in on that month's Apollo 11 lunar landing. In 1972, Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career. In 1973, after a ruling by the Justice Department of the State of Pennsylvania, women were licensed to box or wrestle. In 1976, AC/DC kicked off their first headlining tour of Britain. In 1976, Wild Cherry released Play That Funky Music. In 1979, actor John Wayne died at age 72 after a 15-year battle with cancer. In 1992, Major League Baseball approved the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a Japanese group headed by the president of Nintendo. In 1993, Steven Spielberg's movie Jurassic Park opened. In 1998, Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to compact discs as well. In 2002, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle.
IHOP claimed it was changing its name to IHOb, and we were supposed to find out why today. The 60-year-old franchise's announcement was made on Twitter last Tuesday: "For 60 pancakin' years, we've been IHOP. Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOb." Many thought the 'b' stood for breakfast, or bacon. IHOP announced this morning that it's not changing its name -- it's just a marketing campaign. The company says it wants the place to be known as a place to get lunch or dinner, not just breakfast. The 'b' stands for burgers.
Ocean's 8 opened with $41.5 million at the North American box office over the weekend. The movie cost at least $150 million to make and market worldwide.
Trivia Answer: He was born Jerome Silberman on this date in 1933 -- but he was known professionally as Gene Wilder. Following Radner's death, Wilder became active in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer that began in New York City and now has branches throughout the country. His last contribution to acting was in 2003 -- a guest role on Will & Grace for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor. Wilder died at the age of 83 on August 29, 2016, at home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He had kept knowledge of his condition private, but had been diagnosed three years prior to his death. Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said that this was so as not to sadden fans of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. According to his family, Wilder died while listening to one of his favorite songs, a rendition of Over the Rainbow sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
|Morning Trivia: This model, singer, and dancer was born in New York, the son of an African American soldier and a German mother who was an adult entertainer. He was later adopted by a German family and raised in Munich. He worked as a model and break dancer, before teaming with a friend in 1988 to form a duo. The duo was noticed by a music producer who signed them to be part of a musical act. Shortly after a trip to Turkey, where the duo was reputed to have gotten the band name from a local advertising slogan, the group was born, with this guy and his partner serving as the public faces. Their first album was a worldwide hit. The album produced five hit singles including three number ones. The group won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 21st of 1990. Despite the enormous success, the duo was a frequent target of rumours and allegations of onstage lip-synching and not having sung on the album. On April 2nd of 1998, this guy was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription pill overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room. His death was ruled accidental. Who is he?|
Mike Leake pitched into the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger homered and drove in three, and the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on last night. Leake was lifted with a 5-1 lead after allowing his eighth hit, a leadoff double in the ninth to Wilson Ramos. Johnny Field hit a three-run double off Alex Colome before the former Rays' closer got a game-ending grounder from Daniel Robertson. Haniger has 46 RBIs, one off his career high set last season. The Mariners won for the 10th time in 13 games. Jean Segura had two hits and tops the majors with 28 multi-hit games. The Houston Astros won last night, as well, beating the Texas Rangers so the Ms lead over Houston stays at one game. The Mariners-Rays series continues this afternoon. Marco Gonzales is starting for Seattle. First pitch at 4:10.
After 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals are finally sitting on top of hockey. The Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 last night.
Birthdays: Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jerry Stiller is 91; Frank's daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra is 78; one of the three in Three Dog Night, singer Chuck Negron is 76; singer and songwriter Boz Scaggs is 74; actress Kathy Baker is 68; singer Bonnie Tyler is 67; the creator of the cartoon Dilbert, Scott Adams is 61; actor and director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 60; from Simply Red, singer Mick Hucknall is 58; Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is 56; rapper and producer Kanye West is 41; guitarist Derek Trucks is 39; and singer Alex Band is 37.
Today is National Best Friends Day. Today is Snidely Whiplash Imitation Day, a day to see who can do the best impression of Dudley Do-Right’s arch enemy. Today is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. Today is also Name Your Poison Day, a day to make a choice. The term Name Your Poison is commonly used to suggest that you select among a number of options. The term has a negative connotation. The origin of the term is unknown but, at the time, it probably referred to some unhappy choice.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, Babe Ruth blasted a home run over the right-field roof of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The ball landed on Plum Street and rolled on the pavement, stopping 850 feet from home plate. No home run ball ever traveled farther. In 1965, Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay merged to form PepsiCo, Inc. In 1969, the New York Yankees retired #7 on Mickey Mantle Day. A crowd of 60,096 paid to honor Mantle. In 1988, Nippon Airways announced that bird collisions had decreased by 20% since it painted eyeballs on its jetliners. In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston as its president.
IHOP says it's changing its name to IHOb, and it will explain why on Monday. The 60-year-old franchise's announcement was made on Twitter earlier this week: "For 60 pancakin' years, we've been IHOP. Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOb. Find out what it could b on 6.11.18." Speculation is that the “B” will stand for breakfast. A few people think it's a PR stunt to promote some new bacon-related menu items.
The organization that makes all of our favorite emojis released 157 new ones this past week. We get cupcakes, superheroes, lobsters, goggles, a raccoon, hippopotamus, brick, DNA, safety Pin, roll of Toilet Paper, and more. Companies like Apple and Google tend to have their own schedule for making new emoji (emojis?) available to the public, with most likely to support these new emoji by the end of the year.
Trivia Answer: He was Rob Pilatus who was born on this date in 1965. He and Fabrice Morvan were the faces of Milli Vanilli. That first Milli Vanilli album was Girl You Know It's True. The three number one singles were Girl I'm Gonna Miss You, Baby Don't Forget My Number, and Blame It On The Rain. When Pilatus and Morvan demanded to sing on the next album, the producer revealed the truth to reporters on November 15th of 1990, The truth being that Pilatus and Morvan did not actually sing on the records and their voices were dubbed. Milli Vanilli's Grammy Award was withdrawn four days later, and Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and songs from their catalog, making Girl You Know It's True the largest-selling album to ever be taken out of print. A court ruling in the United States allowed anyone who had bought the album to get a refund. In 1993, the guys signed with a new label and released Rob & Fab, an album featuring their real voices, but the album sold an embarrassing 2,000 copies; to make matters worse, the label went bankrupt shortly thereafter. In the years following the demise of Milli Vanilli, Pilatus struggled with substance abuse and suicide attempts. After the duo's unsuccessful comeback attempt, they stopped speaking to each other. In 1996, Pilatus served three months in jail for assault, vandalism, and attempted robbery. He also spent six months in drug rehabilitation, before returning to Germany from the United States. On April 2nd of 1998, Pilatus was found dead.
|Morning Trivia: Contrary to urban legend, this actor -- following a successful run as a teenage television star on Leave it to Beaver -- did not grow up to become porn star John Holmes or rock star Alice Cooper, or die in the Vietnam War. After his child acting career, he served 18 years as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, joining in 1970. During his time on the force, he worked in vice, in narcotics, and as a motorcycle officer. He grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. He was placed on disability and eventually retired after being hit by three bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was saved by his bulletproof vest and belt buckle. He still receives a medical disability pension from the LAPD. Who is he?|
Houston put together a four-run seventh inning that lifted the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. The victory ended a three-game skid for Houston and snapped a five-game winning streak by the Mariners. Nelson Cruz, Denard Span, and Kyle Seager all homered for the Mariners, who still have a one-game lead over the Astros atop the American League West standings despite the loss. Mike Leake is scheduled to start for the Ms this afternoon when Seattle begins a four-game series at Tampa Bay. Game time is this afternoon at 4:10.
After a season of uncharacteristic inconsistency and injuries to key members of their core, the Golden State Warriors are now one win away from their third championship in four years after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 last night. With the win, the Warriors take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is tomorrow night at 6 in Cleveland.
Birthdays: Singer Tom Jones -- he just played the Paramount last week -- is 78; talk show host Jenny Jones is 72; actor Liam Neeson is 66; actor William Forsythe is 63; singer Joey Scarbury -- remember the Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not) -- is also 63; musician, songwriter, record producer, author, L.A. Reid is 62; Vice President Mike Pence is 59; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Navarro is 51; former NBA MVP Allen Iverson is 43; tennis player Anna Kournikova is 37; singer Iggy Azalea is 28; and singer and songwrite George Ezra is 25.
Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, a great day to eat America's favorite flavor of ice cream. Today is Betamax Day, marking Sony’s introduction of the first videocassette recorder on this date in 1975. It sold for $995 and eventually disappeared as consumers preferred VHS-format VCRs, introduced later. Today is Plymouth Day, the day the first Plymouth rolled off the assembly line in 1928.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1924, the ruthless criminal Joey Chill shot and killed millionaire Thomas Wayne while Wayne's wife Martha watched in horror, then died of a heart attack. The couple's son, Bruce Wayne, dedicated himself to fighting crime as the caped crusader Batman. In 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. The '50s style musical lasted through April 13th of 1980 for 3,388 performances. In 1993, Sam Phillips, Chuck Berry, Billy Joel and Pete Townshend were all on hand as the ground was broken for Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1993, the artist once upon a time known as Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in playoff game seven to win their first Stanley Cup.
Trivia Answer: Ken Osmond who turns 75 today. He's best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver television show which ran on CBS from October 4th of 1957 to 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to June 20th of 1963. In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Osmond had become Alice Cooper. According to Cooper, the rumor began when a college newspaper editor asked him what kind of kid he was, to which Cooper replied "I was obnoxious, disgusting, a real Eddie Haskell." The story ended up reporting that Cooper was the real Eddie Haskell. Cooper would later tell the New Times, "It was the biggest rumor that ever came out about me. Finally, I got a T-shirt that said 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it." Another widely reported urban legend of the 1970s was that Osmond had grown up to become adult film star John Holmes. The story apparently began when fan magazines falsely reported that Osmond had embarked on such a career. The rumor was dispelled when a Los Angeles movie theater lit up its marquee advertising Eddie Haskell of TV in Behind the Green Door - X-rated, prompting Osmond himself, then an LAPD officer, to go to the theater to request that the manager of the theater pull the plug on the marquee. Osmond is the co-author, along with Christopher J. Lynch, of the book Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy, which was published in September of 2014. The foreword was written by Jerry Mathers.
|Morning Trivia: He's a film and stage actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. Who is he?|
The first place Seattle Mariners won again last night. Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Jean Segura all homered off Dallas Keuchel early to back up another solid start by James Paxton and give the Ms won a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros. The Mariners have won five straight and are now a full two games ahead of the 'Stros in the AL West. Seattle got the bats going early last night, with Seager hitting a three-run homer in Seattle's four-run first and Zunino padding the lead to 6-0 with his two-run shot in the second. The Astros have dropped three straight. The two teams match up again tonight. Wade LeBlanc gets the start. First pitch at 5:10.
The Washington Huskies softball team fell just short in the World Series. Florida State won game two of the Women's College Series last night, 8-3. After gritting out a 1-nuttin' win in Game 1 Monday, the Seminoles shook off a 3-0 deficit to score eight unanswered and complete the best-of-three sweep against the Huskies and Florida State captured its first softball title.
It's no secret: The Cleveland Cavaliers are in trouble. They trail the Golden State Warriors, 2-games-to-none in the NBA Finals. That game tips off tonight at 6:00.
Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary US Bonds is 79; singer-songwrite Dwight Twilley is 67; actor, playwright, and voice actor Harvey Fierstein is 64; actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard is 63; a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden widely considered to be one of the greatest in tennis history, Björn Borg is 62; comedian and actor Colin Quinn is 59; guitarist Steve Vai is 58; Vinnie on Doogie Howser MD, actor Max Casella is 51; actor Paul Giamatti is also 51; and Uncle Kracker -- real name Matthew Shafer -- is 44.
Today is National Yo-Yo Day, marking the birthdate of businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the popular Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Today is the anniversary of D-Day. In 1944, before dawn, 2,727 ships of every description converged on Normandy, carrying 2-million tons of war materials, including tanks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps and half-tracks and 155,000 fighting men the first day. Today is Helicopter Day. The first helicopter was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936. Today is National Applesauce Cake Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony led a group of women to register and vote in a Rochester, New York, election. She was arrested, tried, and sentenced to pay a fine. She refused to pay and was released by a judge who was afraid she'd appeal to a higher court. In 1933, Richard Hollingshead opened the world’s first drive-in movie on 10 acres off Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. The screen was 40 by 30 feet. Admission was 25 cents per car plus another quarter for each passenger. In 1971, after 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the last musical guests. In 1978, 20/20 debuted on ABC. In 1984, Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all-time, was released. In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor's orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect uses from the federal ban on the drug.
Trivia Answer: Robert Englund who is 71 today. Interesting to note that Englund is a classically trained actor. Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars and told his close friend who was sleeping on his couch, Mark Hamill, to go audition for the role of young Luke Skywalker for which Hamill ultimately was cast. Englund has made over 100 appearances on film and television. His early film roles usually typed him as a nerd or a redneck. But after such typecasting, Englund went against type when he accepted the role of Freddy Krueger, the psychotic burn victim and child murderer in Wes Craven's hugely successful A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. This role catapulted him to fame. Although the character of Freddy Krueger is regarded as one of the most terrifying in cinema history, Englund is often described by fellow actors and film crews as being extremely friendly and appreciative of his fans, many admitting that his portrayal of Krueger legitimately frightened them as children.
|Morning Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows and films. Who was he?|
The last time the Seattle Mariners were in first place this deep into the season, the current hitting coach was the designated hitter, the current "Special Assistant to the Chairman" was hitting .352 at the top of the order, and the club won 93 games but missed the playoffs. Yes, it has been a long time since Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki had the Mariners in contention like they are right now. The Mariners started the day today at 37-and-22 and with a one-game lead in the AL West, a position they haven't held this far into a season since late August 2003. That's nearly 15 years since the club has sniffed the clear air of the division lead outside the early stages of the regular season. An entire generation of Little Leaguers in the Pacific Northwest who look up to the likes of Nelson Cruz, James Paxton and Dee Gordon have never seen the Mariners in contention like this on the cusp of summer's arrival. And it's not happening because the division is terrible -- four teams are above .500 -- but rather because Seattle is finding ways to win despite injuries and a suspension. The Mariners are 15 games over .500. They lead baseball with 18 one-run wins. They're 6-and-0 in extra-inning games. Since Robinson Cano first broke a bone in his hand, and then was suspended for 80 games two days later for violating baseball's joint drug policy, the Mariners are 14-5. But a reality check may be on the horizon. Beginning tonight, the Mariners . play 15 of the next 19 games against Houston, Boston, the Yankees, and the Angels. The Ms are in Houston for two with the Astros. Game one is tonight at 5:10.
Anna Shelnutt broke up a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning to give Florida State a 1-nuttin' win in Game 1 of the Women's College World Series. It was Washington's first loss in Oklahoma City. Game two of the best-of-three between the Huskies & Seminoles in Oklahoma City is tonight at 5:00.
Birthdays: Political commentator Bill Moyers is 84; businessman and owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft is 77; financial guru and TV personality Suze Orman is 67; saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, known simply as Kenny G is 62; singer-songwriter Brian McKnight is 49; actor and singer Mark Wahlberg is 47; and the bassist for Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz is 39.
Today is World Environment Day, a day that focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. Today is also Hot Air Balloon Day, always celebrated on June 5th. The first manned lighter than air balloon flight was on November 11th of 1783. Ever since then, tethered and untethered balloons have been used for a wide variety of purposes. Beginning in the Civil War, they were used for reconnaissance. They've been used for travel, going from point A to point B. Nowadays, they are mostly limited to air shows and festivals, and for hot air balloon rides from a hobby and entertainment perspective.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, The Rolling Stones amended their new song Sympathy for the Devil to reference the event. David Crosby was also inspired to write Long Time Gone in memory of the senator. In 1975, The Ramones released their self-titled debut. In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died. In 1977, the Apple II computer, with 4K of memory, went on sale for $1,298. In 1981, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS. In 1982, actress Sophia Loren was released from an Italian jail after serving 17 days for tax evasion. In 1989, Toronto’s Sky Dome opened, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Blue Jays 5-3. In 1993, a New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.
Trivia Answer: Ray Douglas Bradbury who died on this date in 2012 at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.
|Morning Trivia: This saxophonist was born in Seattle. It was his fourth album, Duotones, that brought him breakthrough success in 1986. He is the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time with global sales totaling more than 75 million records. Who is he?|
Don't look now but the Seattle Mariners are in first place in the AL West. Felix Hernandez was in vintage form, allowing one run in eight innings, and run-scoring singles from Denard Span and Dee Gordon gave the Seattle Mariners a comeback 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. With the win, the Mariners completed the three-game series sweep. Felix pitched into the eighth for the first time this season. He gave up five hits and one walk against seven strikeouts, tying his season high. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 21st save. With Saturday's win over the Rays, and the Houston Astros loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Ms entered first place Saturday night, albeit by mere percentage points. With yesterday's win and another loss to Boston by Houston, the Mariners are now solidly in first place. The Mariner have not been in first place this far in the season since 2003. An off day for the Ms today, they open a two-game set with the Astros in Houston tomorrow night. James Paxton gets the start for Seattle.
Oklahoma came through under pressure so often in recent years at the Women's College World Series. However, the Sooners' moment never came yesterday. Thw Washington Huskies shut out the two-time defending national champions and Washington eliminated Oklahoma from the Women's College World Series with a 3-0 victory. Oklahoma entered the World Series as the nation's highest-scoring team, but Washington shut out the Sooners twice in a four-day span. The Huskies finished fourth in the Pac-12 in the regular season, but they are undefeated outside of the conference. Washington's pitching is now set up for the championship series. Its ace, freshman Gabby Plain, hasn't pitched since Friday and is well rested. The series begins with Washington facing Florida State this afternoon at 4:00. It's on ESPN.
Meanwhile, the Washington baseball team is headed to its first-ever NCAA Tournament super regional after rallying past UConn 9-6 last night. The Huskies will face either Stanford or Cal State Fullerton next weekend for a spot in the College World Series.
The Golden State Warriors were back to their usual selves in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night, dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers on both ends of the court to win 122 to 103 and take a 2-games-to-none series lead. Steph Curry led Golden State with 33 points -- scoring an NBA finals record nine three-pointers. The series moves to Cleveland for Game three. It's Wednesday night.
Birthdays: Sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 90; Laura Dern’s father, actor Bruce Dern is 82; the last surviving member of the original group, from The Mamas and the Papas, singer Michelle Phillips is 74; Frank Hardy on The Hardy Boys Mysteries, actor Parker Stevenson is 66; actress Angelina Jolie is 43; and, he was once married to Katy Perry, actor and comedian Russell Brand is also 43.
Today is Old Maid's Day. The year was 1946 (or thereabouts). WWII was over, and millions of soldiers were returning home. There was a huge increase in marriages. Somewhere during this time, it was noted that there were plenty of maidens waiting for the returning GIs. And, the ladies weren't getting any younger. The long war had disrupted and put on hold many relationships. And, many GIs did not return home. Dances and socials were held to bring together returning soldiers and the many available, unmarried ladies. It's from this occurrence that Old Maid's Day emerged. Today is also Hug Your Cat Day. Go ahead and give your cat a big, furry hug. You don't have a cat? You can correct this today. The month of June is Adopt a Cat Month.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for their TV show, The Monkees. In 1974, when the Cleveland Indians rallied to a 5-5 tie in the 9th, Cleveland's 10-cent beer night promotion resulted in chaos at the ballpark. More than 30 fans were arrested after a naked fan ran onto the field and picked a fight with Ranger Jeff Boroughs. The Indians forfeited the game and most teams discontinued beer night promotions after that. In 1975, The Rolling Stones became the first Western rock group to actually collect royalties on albums sold in the Soviet Union. In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album Born in the USA. In 1992, the US Postal Service announced that people preferred the "younger Elvis" stamp design in a nationwide vote. In 2003, Martha Stewart was indicted on federal charges of using illegal insider stock information and obstructing an investigation. She immediately resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of her company. In 2003, Amazon.com announced it had received more than 1 million orders for the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which wouldn't even be released for two more weeks – on June 21st.
In its second weekend, Solo: A Star Wars Story won the box office. The space adventure made an estimated $29.3 million in North America, down 65 percent from the $84.7 million in claimed in its first three days. Deadpool 2 was the weekend’s No. 2 finisher at the North American box office. Of the weekend’s three new wide releases in North America, the lost-at-sea adventure Adrift registered strongest, making $11.2 million.
Trivia Answer: Kenneth Bruce Gorelick -- Kenny G. -- who is 62 tomorrow. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 10. He attended Whitworth Elementary School, Sharples Junior High School, Franklin High School, and the University of Washington, all in his home town of Seattle. When he entered high school, he failed on his first try to get into the jazz band, but tried again the following year and earned first chair. Kenny G's career started with a job as a sideman for Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973 while 17 and still in high school. In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Using circular breathing, Kenny G held an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. He played at the Washington Center this past November. He made an appearance in the music video for Katy Perry's Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) as Uncle Kenny. Kenny G lives in Malibu, California.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, television producer, Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in the film A Face in the Crowd in 1957 before becoming much better known for his television roles, playing the lead character in a situation comedy from 1960 to 1968 and playing the lead in a legal drama from 1986 to 1995. Who was he?|
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run to back another effective start by Wade LeBlanc, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 last night. Dee Gordon, back from a stay on the 10-day DL caused by a fractured right big toe, led off the game with a triple and scored on Jean Segura's sacrifice fly. Cruz then padded the Mariners' lead in the third with the homer -- a 399-foot shot. The Ms split the series with Texas going 2 and 2 in the series. Up next, the Ms host the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-game weekend series that wraps up the Mariners longest homestand of the year. Game one with the Rays is tonight at 7:10.
The Golden State Warriors pulled out a 124-114 overtime victory over Cleveland in Game 1 of the NBA Finals after a bizarre ending to regulation. The game went to OT after Cleveland's J.R. Smith failed to take the go-ahead shot after a missed free throw, apparently believing the Cavaliers led by one when it was tied. The Warriors took advantage of their second chance, opening OT with a 9-0 run to blow it open. LeBron James' highest-scoring postseason game was wasted. He finished with 51 points. Game two is Sunday.
The Seattle Storm set a WNBA record with 17 3-pointers in a 101-74 victory over the Las Vegas Aces last night.
Birthdays: Singer Pat Boone is 84; in the news here lately, actor Morgan Freeman is 81; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is 71; actress and singer Lisa Hartman-Black is 62; model, television personality, businesswoman -- Seal's ex -- Heidi Klum is 45; singer Alanis Morissette is 44; stand-up comedian, writer and actress Amy Schumer is 37; and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile -- born in Ravensdale in King County -- is also 37.
Today is a challenging day, it's Dare Day. Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. To dare someone to do something risky or challenging is one thing. Declaring the "double dog dare" heightens the challenge. The highest degree of challenge is to "triple dog dare" someone. It should not be used lightly, or frequently. Today is Flip a Coin Day. It's a day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. Today is National Go Barefoot Day. Whether you’re at work or not, find a way to rebel against shoes, be it running barefoot through the grass and pampering your feet, or kicking off your shoes under your desk at work when your boss isn’t looking. Today is Say Something Nice Day. Thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. The purpose of this holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world. Today is CNN Day. TV's first all news service debuted on this date in 1980, the Cable News Network. And today is National Doughnut Day -- always the first Friday in June. National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles. On her birthday in 1995, the US Postal Service honored the actress with a 32-cent stamp. In 1938, baseball helmets were worn for the first time. In 1954, in the Peanuts comic strip, Linus' security blanket debuted. In 1967, The Beatles released the album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Britain. It was released here in the states the next day. In 1972, at Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd began recording their album Dark Side of the Moon. In 1978, the US reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow. In 1991, some students in the Netherlands, completed the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle: 204,484 pieces. They finished the 1,036-square-foot puzzle in eight days. In 1993, Connie Chung joined Dan Rather to co-anchor The CBS Evening News. She was dropped two years later. In 2009, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest US industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.
June is Let's Get Married Month. Or, at least, it used to be back in the 1400s and 1500s when May was the month everybody took an annual bath, and everybody smelled better in June.
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Accordion Awareness Month, Bathroom Reading Month, Cancer from the Sun Month, Celibacy Awareness Month, Children's Awareness Month, Dairy Month, No-Dairy Month, Fireworks Safety Month, Great Outdoors Month, International Men's Month, National Candy Month, National Iced Tea Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, National Rose Month, National Soul Food Month, and National Turkey Lovers Month.
Trivia Answer: Andy Griffith who was born on this date in 1926. The situation comedy was The Andy Griffith Show while the legal drama was Matlock. Andy Griffith died on July 3rd of 2012 from a heart attack at the age 86 at his coastal home in North Carolina.