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Tuesday 7.31.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1961, at Fenway Park in Boston, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history happened. Why?

James Paxton excelled in his return from the disabled list, Nelson Cruz had a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-0 last night. Astros starter Gerrit Cole carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but Jean Segura ended it with a two-out infield single. Two batters later, Cruz lined his double down the left-field line. Paxton was brilliant for Seattle, scattering three hits -- two of them infield singles -- over seven innings. He struck out eight, did not walk a batter, and threw 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went on paternity leave yesterday, creating the roster spot for Paxton's return. Seager's absence could last another day or two. Kyle and his wife are having their third child. Game two of the three with the Stros is tonight at 7:10. Mike Leake starts for Seattle.

Birthdays: The singer Lobo is 75; frontman of Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gary Lewis is 73; a former World No. 1 tennis player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 67; former R.E.M drummer -- now a farmer -- Bill Berry is 60; businessman, investor, author, television personality, philanthropist and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban is also 60; actor Wesley Snipes is 56; author J. K. Rowling -- she of Harry Potter fame -- is 53; actor Dean Cain is 52; Coldplay drummer Will Champion is 40; Manny on Modern Family, actor Rico Rodriguez is 20.

Today is Patent Day, marking the opening of the US Patent Office on this date in 1790. The first patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont, inventor of a method for making potash. Today is Jump for Jelly Beans Day. Today is National Mutt Day, honoring all dogs that are not just one breed.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1930, the radio mystery program The Shadow aired for the first time. In 1969, Moscow police reported that thieves had stolen telephone parts from thousands of phone booths to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. In 1976, the Blue Öyster Cult song (Don't Fear) The Reaper was released. In 1989, the Game Boy handheld video game device was released in the US. In 1996, Ottawa-born Alanis Morissette kicked off her first Canadian tour before 15,000 fans at GM Place in Vancouver. In 1997, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago announced that the Teddy Bear Lady, a $15-thousand-a-year secretary who passed out teddy bears to children in the hospital, had left $18-million for research into children’s diseases. Gladys Holm, who never married and had no heirs, apparently had invested wisely in the stock market. In 2006, Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother Raúl Castro. In 2012, Michael Phelps broke the record set in 1964 for the greatest number of medals won at the Olympics.

Trivia Answer: The game was called at 1–1 after nine innings because of rain. The only other rain-shortened game -- called at 5 innings -- was in 1952, but the National League defeated the American League, 3–2. The 2002 All-Star Game, held in Milwaukee, ended in controversy in the 11th inning when both teams ran out of substitute players available to pitch in relief. At that point, Commissioner Bud Selig (a Milwaukee native and former owner of the Brewers) declared that the game would end after 11 innings, and it ended in a 7–7 tie. The crowd booed and threw beer bottles onto the field, and the media were highly critical of this unsatisfactory conclusion.

Monday 7.30.18
Morning Trivia: He was a captain of industry and a business magnate, the founder of the company that bears his name, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although he did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford. In doing so, he converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical item that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th century. Who was he?

After squandering opportunities to create some movement in the standings by losing on Friday and Saturday, the Mariners were finally able to sieze the moment yesterday. The division leading Astros lost their fourth in a row while the Oakland A's -- nipping at the Ms heals for the second AL wild card slot -- lost their third consecutive game. The Ms lost Friday and Saturday, as well, so nothing really changed. Yesterday, however, was a different story. The Ms were finally able to shrink the gap with Houston and expand it with Oakland. Mike Zunino had a two-run double in a seven-run first inning and Marco Gonzales went six strong innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 yesterday. Zunino drove in three runs, also delivering an RBI double in the third inning, as the Mariners salvaged the final game of the three-game series. Their seven-run top of the first inning took 25 minutes. The Ms are now back home hosting the Houston Astros for three. The first game is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Remember Sid and Marty Kroft? Puppeteer Sid Kroft is 89; former baseball commissioner Bud Selig is 84; guitarist Buddy Guy is 82; film director Peter Bogdanovich is 79; singer-songwriter Paul Anka is 77; actor-politician-and now actor again, Arnold Schwarzenegger is 71; Sylvester Stallone's younger brother, ainger-songwriter Frank Stallone is 68; he was Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething, actor Ken Olin is 64; Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women, actress Delta Burke is 62; she became a national figure when she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, attorney Anita Hill is also 62; singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 60; Phoebe on Friends, actress Lisa Kudrow is 55; director Christopher Nolan is 48; actress Hilary Swank is 41; born in Richland, soccer player Hope Solo is 37.

Today is National Cheesecake Day. Today is Paperback Day, marking the start of the paperback book revolution with publication of Penguin #1, Ariel, A Life of Shelley by Andre Maurois in London on this date in 1935. Books had been published with soft covers in Leipzig, Germany, as early as 1841, but never really caught on. It's Father-in-Law Day, a day dedicated to your spouse's dad. Important note: If you gave your Father-In-Law recognition on Father's Day, it's okay to give him a little recognition and a show of appreciation today, too.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating a health-care program for the elderly called Medicare. It became effective the following year. In 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 in the afternoon. He was never seen or heard from again, and was declared legally dead on this date in 1982. In 1987, NBC's LA Law received 20 Emmy nominations, just shy of the Hill Street Blues record 21 received in 1982. In 2000, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married. In 2002, WNBA player Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a pro basketball game, jamming on a breakaway in the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to Miami. In 2003, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins, and Charlie Rich, died in Memphis, Tennessee, at age of 80. Also in 2003, in Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.

Well, no surprise here. Tom Cruise’s latest, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, debuts at No. 1 debut at the North American box office pulling in an estimated $59 million. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is heading for a second place finish. The Equalizer 2 snagged third place. The animated threequel Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation gets the fourth slot. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies debuts at No. 5 for the weekend.

The Big Mac rolled out to McDonald’s customers nationwide 50 years ago this summer, although the sandwich made up of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles on a sesame seed bun was actually introduced by a Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchisee in 1967 -- 51 years ago.

Trivia Answer: Henry Ford who was born on this date in 1863. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. Ford wanted to improve the lot of his workers and especially to reduce the heavy turnover that had many departments hiring 300 men per year to fill 100 slots. Efficiency meant hiring and keeping the best workers. Ford astonished the world in 1914 by offering a $5 per day wage, which more than doubled the rate of most of his workers. The move proved extremely profitable; instead of constant turnover of employees, the best mechanics in Detroit flocked to Ford, raising productivity, and lowering training costs. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

Friday 7.27.18
Morning Trivia: In the 80s and 90s, he played Luther Van Dam on Craig T. Nelson's ABC sitcom Coach. He has a famous older brother -- in fact he made his TV acting debut with several guest appearances on his brother's show. Who is he?

When the Seattle Mariners surged in June and suddenly became a legitimate playoff contender in the American League, it was largely on the strength of an offense that was scoring plenty of runs with jolts of power at the plate. Just as quickly, that offense has disappeared and become a major concern for a team that has seen its lead for the second AL wild card shrink to one game. Whether the Mariners can rediscover their offensive punch is a major concern with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching and Oakland suddenly nipping at Seattle's heels in the wild-card race. Seattle's June surge saw the Mariners go 19-and-9 while averaging 4.5 runs per game, hitting 40 home runs, and batting .261. Everything changed in July. In 18 games this month, the Mariners are averaging 3.2 runs per game, their batting average has dropped to .232. In 11 of the past 14 games, the Mariners have scored three runs or less, putting even more pressure on a pitching staff that so far has thrived in high-pressure situations this season. The Mariners are in Anaheim to face the Angels for a three-game set starting tonight. Wade LeBlanc has the start tonight. First pitch at 7:07.

Seahawks training camp got underway yesterday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton -- with some big names no longer there and a much different roster. Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas did not report. He has vowed to stay away until his contract is addressed -- and has even suggested a trade if no deal emerges. The Seahawks defense is vastly different now, with the departures of Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Richard Sherman. Plus a coaching staff shakeup brought in new coordinators for both the defense and offense. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has made it clear that one of his top priorities for the team is re-establishing a run game. And of the various position battles set to take place at training camp, the running back competition will be as competitive as any. Meanwhile, some familiar faces were around for day one of training camp, including star quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin. The Hawks host the Indianapolis Colts in the first pre-season game of the year coming up Thursday, August 9th.

Made it up to 92 here in Olympia yesterday -- the 4th day in a row with a high of 90 or better. Probably won't extend the streak today. But one never knows.

Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 96; Ode to Billie Joe singer Bobbie Gentry is 74; she was Sgt. Lucy Bates on Hill Street Blues, actress Betty Thomas is 71; figure skater Peggy Fleming is 70; singer Maureen McGovern is 69; comedian and actress Carol Leifer is 62; comedian Bill Engvall is 61; singer Pete Yorn is 44; and A-Rod -- Alex Rodriguez is 43.

Today is Form A Company Quartet Day, a day to find co-workers who like to sing. Today is Walk on Stilts Day, a chance to enjoy a challenge of childhood, no matter your age. Today is Take Your Houseplants for A Walk Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon A Wild Hare. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation requiring cigarette packages and ads to display a health warning from the US Surgeon General. In 1974, a House Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. In 1974, Eric Clapton's first solo single entered the British music charts, I Shot the Sheriff. In 1976, Tina Turner filed for a divorce from Ike. In 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh was kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and was found murdered two weeks later. Also in 1981, Stevie Nicks' first solo album, Bella Donna, was released. In 1994, when Cindy Hartman's phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away. In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at the age of 100. Also in 2003, it was reported by the BBC that there was no monster in Loch Ness. The investigation used 600 separate sonar beams and satellite navigation technology to trawl the loch. Reports of sightings of the Loch Ness Monster began in the 6th century.

Governments of the world know just how dangerous a thumb drive can be. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test in which staffers dropped flash drives in the parking lot of government and contractor buildings. Sixty percent of folks who picked them up simply plugged them into networked computers. That percentage jumped to 90 percent if the drive had an official logo.

Trivia Answer: Jerry Van Dyke who was born on this date in 1931. He was the the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. He made his TV acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey. On January 5th this year, Van Dyke died at his Arkansas ranch, of heart failure at the age of 86. He had been in declining health since being involved in a car accident two years earlier.

Thursday 7.26.18
Morning Trivia: This singer/songwriter's musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His biggest hit was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay. The song became a hit again in 2003, when it was covered bu Uncle Kracker and featured this guy a a guest vocalist. Who is the singer/songwriter and what was the song?

Don't know that it was something we were necessarily striving for, but we did it. Three consecutive days of temps of 90 or better. Monday we made it to 92 here in Olympia. Tuesday we reached 91. And then yesterday, the National Weather Service reported a high at the Olympia Airport of 93. Now they're saying we could add another today.

Oh, look. It's another one run win for the Mariners, Jean Segura chopped the first pitch from Sam Dyson into center field to score Guillermo Heredia with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 yesterday. Seattle came up with just enough offense to split the two-game interleague series. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his league-best 38th save in 41 chances. Seattle improved to 27-12 in one-run games this season. The Mariners open a three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim tomorrow. Wade LeBlanc is on the mound. After the weekend set with the Angels, the Ms are back home hosting the division leading Houston Astros Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

The University of Washington is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 in the annual preseason poll of media members. The Huskies and Southern California were picked to win their respective league divisions in the poll released yesterday before Pac-12 media day in Hollywood. Washington received 37 of 43 votes as the media's choice to win the Pac-12 for the second time in three years. Two seasons after their run to the College Football Playoff, the Huskies are led again by veteran quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin. Stanford was picked second behind Washington in the Pac-12 North, followed by Oregon. Defending league champion USC edged Utah as the Pac-12 South favorite. Arizona was picked third.

Birthdays: Singer Darlene Love is 77; Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is 75; Queen drummer Roger Taylor is 69; actress Susan George is 68; figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 62; disgraced actor Kevin Spacey is 59; from Extreme – and briefly with Van Halen – singer Gary Cherone is 57; actress Sandra Bullock is 54; and actress Kate Beckinsale is 45.

Today is the birthday of the US Post Office. On July 26th of 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress established the first formal postal system for the US. Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General. Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day. Today is All or Nothing Day. How will your day go? Will you have it all ... or nothing. How would one describe All or Nothing Day. It is certainly a day of extremes. If you're a gambler, it's a day to go for broke. We just celebrated Cousins' Day on Monday, today is their parents' day. It's Aunts and Uncles Day, to honor your mom and dad's brothers and sisters.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1948, Babe Ruth was seen by the public for the last time, when he attended the New York City premiere of the motion picture, The Babe Ruth Story. In 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed composing the song Hey Jude. In 1975, Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony hit #1 for their first and only time on the Billboard Hot 100 with the disco hit The Hustle. In 1976, Time magazine profiled actor John Travolta of TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter in an article entitled Sweathog Heartthrob. In 1984, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson became the first network television program to be telecast in stereo. In 1997, actress Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron were married. In 2000, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America. The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28th of 2000. In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to top a majority party ticket for President of the United States.

Trivia Answer: The singer/songwriter was Dobie Gray who was born on this date in 1940. The song was Drift Away. The remake was featured on Uncle Kracker's No Stranger to Shame album. The re-recording peaked at #9 one week to the day after Gray's 63rd birthday and placed at #19 in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003 as well as logging a record-setting 28 weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart in 2003-2004. Dobie Gray died on December 6th of 2011 from complications of cancer surgery at the age of 71.

Wednesday 7.25.18
Morning Trivia: He was born in Princeton, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California Angels in 1969. He also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, and UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period. In 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of an expansion baseball team, recruited him to become the franchise's radio voice. Heart problems forced him to undergo two angioplasties in 1996, causing him to give up smoking and change his diet. He was twice named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. Who is he?

Steven Duggar scored from second base on a throwing error by Dee Gordon with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 last night. Seattle expected to have its ace James Paxton returning from the disabled list for the series opener. But Paxton's sore back flared up after throwing a bullpen last weekend, and he remained on the disabled list, leaving the Mariners to scramble for a starter. The job ended up with Roenis Elias. The lefty pitched well but lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and throwing a season-high 75 pitches. The conclusion to the two game series comes this afternoon. It's another Facebook game.

We're going for our third day in a row with a temperature of 90 or above. Didn't quite make it Sunday when we peaked at 88. However, on Monday we made it to 92 and then topped out at 91 yesterday.

Birthdays: David Bowie’s widow, supermodel Iman is 63; Joey on Friends, actor Matt LeBlanc is 51; and the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization, Louise Brown is 40.

If you keep track of such things, it's five months until Christmas.

Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. It Culinarians Day -- a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don't have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to cook, and to enjoy the results. It's Threading the Needle Day – certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term "thread the needle" is a saying meaning to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, The Beatles went to number one in the UK with A Hard Day’s Night. In 1965, Bob Dylan went electric as he plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident one week after an auto accident at Chappaquiddick had taken the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. In 1970, Chicago released their single 25 or 6 to 4. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter absolved Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who had treated John Wilkes Booth's broken leg, of any responsibility in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In 1980, AC/DC released their iconic album Back in Black. It was their first album without late singer Bon Scott. In 1990, Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance. In 2002, Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. In 2006, Metallica put up four albums for sale on iTunes. The albums included previously unreleased tracks recorded in Seattle in 1989. Metallica had led the charge against the original Napster online file-sharing service.

Trivia Answer: Dave Niehaus -- the lead play-by-play announcer for the Seattle Mariners from their inaugural season through his death in 2010. The Ms chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of Safeco Field, on July 15th of 1999. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Niehaus the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for American baseball broadcasters. Niehaus' signature call was "my oh my!," an unabashed and admitted adaption of his former broadcast partner Dick Enberg's "Oh my!."

Tuesday 7.24.18
Morning Trivia: She was an aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross for the effort. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day. Who is she?

We made it up to 92 here in Olympia yesterday. Shelton made it to 91. More of the same expected allm week.

After seeing James Paxton's recent bullpen session, manager Scott Servais said he has no hesitation about bringing his ace back from what turns out to be a 12-day stint on the disabled list to face the San Francisco Giants in the series opener tonight. The Ms are hosting the Giants in a two-game interleague series -- tonight and tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Especially known for her performances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Ruth Buzzi is 82; the watermelon comedian, Gallagher is 72; actor Robert Hays is 71; Kramer on Seinfeld, actor Michael Richards is 69; TV's Wonder Woman, actress Lynda Carter is 67; basketball's Karl Malone is 55; baseball's Barry Bonds is 54; J-Lo, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is 49; and the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, TV personality Bindi Irwin is 20.

Today is Cousins Day, a day to honor your Aunt's and Uncle's kids. Instant Coffee was introduced on this date in 1938. Today is National Drive-Through Day, marking the founding of America's first drive-through hamburger chain, Jack-in-the-Box, in 1951. Today is Sweet Polly Purebread Day, honoring Underdog's girlfriend. You remember Underdog, the super canine who talked in rhyme, the secret identity of Shoeshine Boy. The TV cartoon character was voiced by Wally Cox. And today is Tell an Old Joke Day -- not to be confused with National Tell a Joke Day which is in August. To fully participate and enjoy this day, just tell some jokes. You can do it in person, or pass along a few humorous emails. That's easy enough to do. The more jokes you tell, the more fun this day will be.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released Like A Rolling Stone. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. In 1978, Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team. Also in 1978, the movie Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, opened in New York City. In 1979, evangelist Little Richard Penniman warned at a San Francisco revival about the dangers of rock 'n' roll. In 1983, George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the Pine Tar Incident. In 1993, 82-year-old Dick McDonald married 81-year-old Grace Sims in Pacific Palisades, California. It was their second marriage -- to each other. They had been divorced for 61 years.

Trivia Answer: Amelia Earhart who was born on this date in 1897. She disappeared on July 2nd of 1937. After numerous theories, we're no closer to knowing the actual fate of Earhart and Noonan, and as the years tick by, we become less and less likely to solve the mystery.  In addition to setting numerous flight records, she wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Monday 7.23.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired professional basketball player. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He won an NBA championship with the Heat. Who is he?

Knowing Robinson Cano will be back soon, Ryon Healy wants to show he deserves to keep Seattle's first base job. Healy hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs, lifting the Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 8-2 yesterday. Cano is eligible to return in mid-August from an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test. Seattle has Dee Gordon filling in at second in Cano's absence, and Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said last week that Cano will play every day when he returns, mostly at first. He isn't going back to second right away because he is ineligible for post-season. An off day for Seattle today. They host the San Francisco Giants tomorrow night and Wednesday afternoon.

Salute to Sue Bird who set a new mark playing in her 500th career game. It's a new record for most games played in WNBA history.

Birthdays: Singer David Essex is 71; perhaps best known as Katherine Howser on Doogie Howser, MD, actress Belinda Montgomery is 68; actor Woody Harrelson is 57; guitarist Slash, born Saul Hudson, is 53; singer Alison Krauss is 47; baseball's Nomar Garciaparra is 45; former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is also 45; and Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe is 29.

Today is Hot Enough for Ya Day. Today it's okay to ask it if you can't think of anything else to say. It's National Hot Dog Day. It's only fitting that this dog gets its day. What's in a hot dog? Don't ask, and we won't tell. Sometimes, its best if you don't know. Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day, a time to empower women to age with style.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first car. In 1904, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. In 1955, Chess Records released Maybellene, the first single by a guitarist named Chuck Berry. The song went to number one and the rest is rock n roll history. In 1963, Neil Young participated in his first recording session in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1977, Foreigner released Cold As Ice. In 1979, after he became the leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini banned rock and roll music, in fact he banned all non-religious music. In 1982, the Coca-Cola company introduced Diet Coke. In 1984, Miss America Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown to first runnerup Suzette Charles. Pageant officials had asked Vanessa to give up the title after nude photos of her were published. In 1985, Commodore unveiled the personal computer Amiga 1000. In 1986, Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey. The marriage folded in 1992. Also in 1986, The Bangles released their number one single Walk Like an Egyptian. In 2000, Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France.

Going into the weekend, it looked like Mamma Mia! 2 would easily debut at No. 1. Final numbers come out later today, but weekend estimates show The Equalizer sequel opened above estimates to capture the top spot. Mamma Mia! finished second. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation nabbed third place. In fourth was Ant-Man and the Wasp. Incredibles 2 rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Gary Payton who turns 50 today. He was nicknamed The Glove for his excellent defensive abilities. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Payton is widely considered one of the best point guards of all time and is the only point guard that has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times, an NBA record he shares with Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. He was also a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA Team member. Due to the Seattle SuperSonics moving to Oklahoma City, Payton has openly expressed his desire not to have his retired jersey number in Oklahoma City as part of that team's history. He wishes instead for it to remain in Seattle, where he enjoyed the majority of his career's success and popularity. This seems likely as the SuperSonics' team name, colors, uniforms and trophies are remaining in Seattle for a possible future team to adopt upon arrival. Despite no official acknowledgement from the Thunder, they have not issued the number 20 to any player since their relocation. Payton is currently working on bringing the NBA back to Seattle. He also stated when the NBA comes back to Seattle he wants to be part of the team so it won't be relocated again.

Friday 7.20.18
Morning Trivia: He was a Canadian actor and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. His characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise. He also made contributions behind the scenes, such as the initial development of the Klingon and Vulcan languages. Who was he?

The Mariners are home to open up the second half tonight as they host the Chicago White Sox. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for Seattle. First pitch is tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: She was Emma Peel on The Avengers, actress Diana Rigg is 80; she of Bette Davis Eyes fame, singer Kim Carnes is 73; Moody Blues bassist John Lodge is also 73; 10-time Grammy winner, Carlos Santana is 71; Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is 52; former Super Sonic, Ray Allen is 43; and Gisele Bündchen -- Mrs. Tom Brady -- is 38.

Today is Moon Day, marking man's first landing on the moon on this date in 1969. Apollo 11 successfully made the first human-crewed landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. The first moonwalk followed almost 7 hours later. Apollo 11 was crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. Today is Special Olympics Day, the anniversary of the first Special Olympics, held in Chicago at Soldier Field in 1968. Today is Lollipop Day -- our chance to celebrate and enjoy the creation of Lollipops. Today is Ugly Truck Day. Ugly trucks are loved and cherished by their owners.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, US President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1974, a Dallas narcotics suspect surrendered after police had served a warrant at his "incredibly filthy" apartment two days earlier while he wasn't home. Officers made his bed, washed his dishes, vacuumed, tossed out all the beer cans and trash, and left fresh flowers on his coffee table with a note saying they'd taken his drugs. In 1975, Steve Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) performed for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. In 1994, OJ Simpson offered a $500,000 reward for the capture of his wife's "real" killer. In 2003, a prison guard in Betim, Brazil. went to a bar close to his jail and bumped into three inmates who had sneaked out for a drink. The owner said they were regulars who often popped in. The men said they weren't running away, they were only having a beer. The prisoners were returned to jail and an investigation was launched into security.

Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $422 million. Tomorrow's Powerball jackpot has reached $130 million.

In a survey, 75% of adults would rather read a book in traditional than in an ebook format.

Trivia Answer: James Doohan who died on this date in 2005. Doohan developed a talent for accents as a child. Auditioning for the role of chief engineer of the USS Enterprise, Doohan did several different accents. Producer Gene Roddenberry asked which he preferred, and Doohan replied, "If you want an engineer, in my experience the best engineers are Scotsmen." He chose the name "Montgomery Scott" after his grandfather. Doohan was quoted as saying, "Scotty is ninety-nine percent James Doohan and one percent accent." The character was originally conceived as semi-regular; but was elevated to be a regular supporting character. At 5:30 in the morning on July 20th of 2005, Doohan died at his home in up in Redmond due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis, which was believed to be from exposure to noxious substances during World War II. A portion of his ashes, ¼ ounce, was scheduled the following fall for a memorial flight to space. The rest of Doohan's ashes were scattered over the Puget Sound.

Thursday 7.19.18
Morning Trivia: This was originally invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as a textured wallpaper. When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation. What do we know the product as?

The Mariners open up the second half with 12 of 15 at Safeco Field. It all gets started tomorrow night with Pearl Jam Fireworks Night as the Ms host the Chicago White Sox. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for Seattle. First pitch is tomorrow night at 7:10.

Out goes Papa John's, in comes Pizza Hut. After cutting ties with Papa John's late last week, the Seattle Seahawks announced yesterday a multi-year partnership with Pizza Hut -- effectively making the company the official pizza sponsor of the franchise.

Birthdays: Singer Vikki Carr is 77; Commander Cody -- as in Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen -- is 74; a former world No. 1 professional tennis player, Ilie Nastase is 72; he was with The Eagles, guitarist Bernie Leadon is 71; and Queen guitarist Brian May is also 71.

Today is Deadly Mist Day, the day the deadly mist began rolling across the lake in Stephen King’s novel, The Mist. Today is Lord of the Rings Day. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in 1954. It's the middle of the Dog Days of Summer. The weather is hot and sultry.  It's time for a cold and refreshing drink. Enjoying a daiquiri on National Daiquiri Day today is the perfect solution.  Today is Stick Your Tongue Out Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1982, the US Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level during the previous year. In 1985, Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members died when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. Also in 1985, George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall. In 1993, the Department of Defense announced its "Don't ask, Don't tell, Don't pursue" policy toward homosexuals in the military. In 2005, US Appeals Court Judge John Roberts was nominated by President George Bush to the Supreme Court, replacing the resigned Sandra Day O'Connor.

A study has found millions of kids want to learn more traditional outdoor skills but have parents who lack the knowledge to teach them. Six in ten parents wish they were better equipped to teach their kids things like cooking on a campfire, reading a map, roasting a marshmallow, building a raft, or putting up a tent.

No more 9:00 sunsets. Tonight's sunset here in Olympia is at 8:58 ... and the days are getting shorter again.

Trivia Answer: Bubble Wrap -- originally known as Air Cap. Bubble Wrap is a trademarked brand of Sealed Air Corporation that includes numerous cushioning products made from bubble wrap. Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered. As a packaging material, Bubble Wrap's first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment. Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993. There are over 250 Facebook pages dedicated to Bubble Wrap.

Wednesday 7.18.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1976 at the Olympic Games in Montreal, she became the first person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics event. Who is she?

The American League won the MLB All Star Game last night downing the National League, 8-6, in 10-innings. There were 10 home runs -- five a side -- and a slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become. It was the American League's sixth straight win. Seattle's Jean Segura hit a three-run homer in the eighth which broke a 2-all tie. Segura then connected off Milwaukee's Josh Hader, one of baseball's most dominant relievers. The Mariners' Edwin Diaz wound up with the win.

After a couple more days off, the Mariners open up the second half with 12 of 15 at SafecoField. It all gets started Friday with Pearl Jam Fireworks Night as the Ms host the Chicago White Sox.

Birthdays: Former figure skater and skating television analyst, Dick Button is 89; singer Dion DiMucci is 79; Barbra Streisand's husband, actor James Brolin is 78; MLB executive and former player and manager, Joe Torre is also 78; from Martha & The Vandellas, singer Martha Reeves is 77; businessman Richard Branson is 68; actress Elizabeth McGovern is 57; actor Vin Diesel is 51; retired baseball player Torii Hunter is 43; former NFL receiver Deion Branch is 39; and actress Kristen Bell is 38.

The National Baby Food Festival runs today through Saturday in Fremont, Michigan (population just over 4,000) the hometown of Gerber Products. Adults face off in the baby food eating contest, and tots crawl in races. Today is Wienermobile Day, honoring the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on its birthday. Oscar's nephew Carl Mayer invented the Wienermobile in Chicago in 1936. And something fishy is going on here. It's National Caviar Day. Caviar is salted fish eggs. It is considered a delicacy.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo "no stress whatsoever," they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine. In 1992, Whitney Houston married Bobby Brown in New Jersey. In 1997, the owner of the mayor of Guffey, Colorado, said the mayor was totally unaffected by her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Bruce Buffington said Guffey elected his golden retriever Shanda after Whiffey the cat left town. Two other cats, Smidge and Paisley, also had been mayor. Guffey’s 35 residents prefer pets to politicians. In 2001, near Toronto, a teenage girl crashed into six cars and injured one person as she attempted to park after almost successfully completing her driver's test. The girl panicked while trying to park and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Her car first struck four other cars, then spun around and hit two more cars, injuring the leg of a woman standing between two of the cars. In 2005, the iTunes Music Store reached 500 million songs sold. In 2015, the Ebay spin-off of PayPal into a separate publicly traded company was completed.

Ladies, if you wonder why all the women at work hate you, it's because you constantly talk about how 'fat' you are. Notre Dame researchers found that women who constantly criticize themselves about their eating or exercise habits are less liked than overweight women that are comfortable with their bodies. The study found many women think 'fat talk' is a way to relate to other women, but it turns out to be a big turn-off.

Want an instant mood boost? Just draw a picture of your favorite fatty snack food. Researchers discovered that people who sketched pictures of pizza, cupcakes, and strawberries saw their mood boost by 28%. Veggies, as you would suspect, had no effect.

Trivia Answer: Nadia Comaneci. At the age of 14, she became one of the stars at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. During the team portion of the competition, her routine on the uneven bars was scored at a 10.0. It was the first time in modern Olympic gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display scores of 10.0 -- so Nadia's perfect marks were reported on the boards as 1.00 instead. Over the course of the Olympics, Comaneci would earn six additional 10s, en route to capturing the all-around, beam, and bars titles and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition. Nadia won three Olympic golds at those games. In November of 1989, Nadia defected from Romania. She initially settled in Montreal. While she was living in Montreal, Bart Conner, whom she had met for the first time in 1976 at the American Cup, contacted her and invited her to live in Oklahoma. They became engaged in 1994. Together with Conner, she returned to Romania for the first time since her defection (and since the fall of Communism), and the couple was married in Bucharest on April 27th of 1996. On June 29th of 2001, Comaneci became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She has also retained her Romanian passport, making her a dual citizen. Comaneci and Conner welcomed their first child, a son named Dylan Paul Conner, in 2006 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Tuesday 7.17.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired freestyle motocross, motorcycle racer, and current off-road truck racer. He's known for the first attempted back flip on a 250cc motorcycle in competition. He and Pink have been married since 2006. Who is he?

The hometown boy Bryce Harper won the All Star Home Run Derby last night in Washington, DC. Now it's on to the All Star Game. The boys of summer square off tonight. The Mariners have four representatives on the American League squad: Edwin Diaz, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, and Jean Segura. Fox has the coverage tonight starting at 4:30.

Made it up to 95 in Olympia yesterday. Shelton topped out at 93.

Birthdays: Actor Donald Sutherland is 83; actress and singer Diahann Carroll is also 83; guitarist from The Spencer Davis Group, the man himself, Spencer Davis is 79; football great Daryle Lamonica is 77; the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles is 71; Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is 69; The Hoff, actor and singer David Hasselhoff is 66; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 64.

Today is Disneyland Day. America's first theme park, The Happiest Place on Earth, opened on this date in 1955 at Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park's first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan. Today is Wrong Way Corrigan Day, marking that embarrassing day in 1938, when Doug Corrigan left Brooklyn on a flight to Los Angeles and landed 28 hours later in Dublin, Ireland. The inexperienced pilot claimed he had a compass but mistakenly followed the wrong end of the needle. Today is Wear Crazy Socks to Work Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Yankee Joe DiMaggio went 0-3 in Cleveland, ending his record 56-game hitting streak. In 1968, The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine had its premiere at the London Pavilion. In 1982, 52-year-old Don Bennett of Seattle became the first one-legged mountain climber to hop to the top of 14,408-foot Mount Rainier on crutches. Before losing a leg in a boating accident, he had climbed the mountain 12 years earlier with two legs. In 1986, Run DMC released their single Walk This Way. In 1997, Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain lasted 117 years. In 1999, a suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so bad he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing has reached $375 million. If I'm not in tomorrow, I hope you'll understand.

Trivia Answer: Carey Hart who turns 43 today. Carey began dating Pink after meeting her in Philadelphia at the 2001 X Games. After four years of dating, Pink proposed to Carey in June 2005 via a pit board during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California. She was holding a sign initially asking "Will you marry me?" At first he ignored her and completed another lap of the race; it was only when she changed the sign and held it up again with it now saying, "I'm serious!", that Carey pulled out of the race to pick Pink up. They married on January 7th of 2006. On June 2nd of 2011 their daughter Willow Sage Hart was born. Carey and Willow appeared in the video of Pink's Just Like Fire in 2016. It was in December of 2016 that they had their second child, a son named Jameson Moon.

Monday 7.16.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1941, he hit safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record. Who is he?

The Mariners ended the first half with a thud when All-Star Trevor Story led off the ninth inning with his 20th homer, and the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep of the Ms with a 4-3 victory yesterday. Colorado heads into the All-Star break on a roll, winners of five in a row and 10 of 12. Seattle has dropped four straight and seven of nine. The Mariners are now off until Friday when they open a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox.

But now it's All Star time. This year's contest is being played in Washington, DC. The last time the All-Star Game was held in the nation's capital was 1969. First up is the Home Run Derby. That's tonight at 5:00 on ESPN. Then tomorrow night at 5:00, it's the All-Star Game on Fox.

The World Cup wrapped up over the weekend. Yesterday, in the championship match, France claimed the title when they beat Croatia, 4-2. Earlier on Saturday, Belgium placed third -- the highest they have ever finished -- when they dispatched England, 2-0.

Made it to 93 here in Olympia yesterday. It was up to 97 in Shelton.

Birthdays: Football coach and broadcaster Jimmy Johnson is 75; actor and singer Ruben Blades is 70; he was the drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland is 66; the Lord of the Dance, dancer Michael Flatley is 60; actress Phoebe Cates is 55; actor and comedian Will Ferrell is 51; football great Barry Sanders is 50; actress Rain Pryor is 49; actor Corey Feldman is 47; and from the band Live, founding member Ed Kowalczyk is 47.

Today is Orville Redenbacher Day, marking the popcorn king’s birth in Brazil, Indiana, on July 16th of 1907. He died in 1995 at the age of 88. Today is Fresh Spinach Day. Today is Atomic Bomb Day, marking the first test of an experimental nuclear bomb in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo. The mushroom cloud rose to 41,000 feet. All plant and animal life within one mile of ground zero ceased to exist.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Oklahoma City became the first city in the US to install parking meters. In 1951, J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye was first published. In 1966, The Lovin’ Spoonful released their number one single Summer in the City. In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy and began the first manned mission to land on the moon. In 1973, Grand Funk's We're An American Band was released. In 1976, The Allman Brothers Band announced they were splitting shortly after singer Gregg Allman testified against a drug-dealing roadie. Also In 1976, Loggins & Messina announced they were going their separate ways. In 1981, Harry Chapin was killed when his car and a tractor-trailer collided on New York's Long Island Expressway. Also in 1981, after 23 years with the name Datsun, executives changed the name of their cars to Nissan. In 1985, the MLB All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a television network. In 2003, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde blocked traffic with fellow PETA protesters in front of a Paris Kentucky Fried Chicken. They also covered the restaurant’s windows in red blood. Hynde was taken into police custody and released about an hour later. In 2005, J.K. Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released. It was the sixth in the Harry Potter series. The book sold 6.9 million copies on its first day of release. In 2009, in Chicago, Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation exceeded expectations to finish the weekend with $44 million and top the box office. In its second weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp finished second. Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper struggled domestically as it managed only $25 million but premiered in third. Incredibles 2 finished fourth. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rounded out the top five.

On TV, it's Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. This new documentary examines the life, career, and creative process of Robin Williams, much of it told in interviews with Williams himself. The film also includes onstage performance footage and clips from home movies, as well as interviews and commentary from friends and co-stars including Billy Crystal, Pam Dawber, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Eric Idle, David Letterman and Williams’ son, Zak Williams. It's on HBO tonight.

Amazon's Prime Day begins at noon our time today and ends tomorrow night.

Trivia Answer: Joe DiMaggio. On June 29th of 1941, DiMaggio doubled in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium to tie George Sisler's modern era record, and then singled in the nightcap to extend his streak to 42. DiMaggio continued hitting after breaking the record, reaching 50 straight games on July 11th against the St. Louis Browns. On July 17th at Cleveland Stadium, DiMaggio's streak was finally snapped at 56 games. DiMaggio's streak is considered by some to be a uniquely outstanding and unbreakable record, and a statistical near-impossibility. The closest anyone has ever come to equaling DiMaggio since 1941 was Pete Rose, who hit in 44 straight games in 1978.

Friday 7.13.18
Morning Trivia: The first MLB All-Star Game was held on July 6th of 1933 as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, at Comiskey Park. Initially intended to be a one-time event, its great success resulted in making the game an annual one. It was on this date in 1982 that the MLB All-Star Game was played outside of the United States for the first time. Where was it played?

A short night for James Paxton turned into a long night for the Mariners. Paxton gave up three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning, throwing just 17 pitches in his final start of the first half. He left the game with lower back stiffness. Albert Pujols hit two home runs to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the career list with 630, and the Los Angeles Angels rolled to an 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Angels took two of three from Seattle and have won three of their past four series. Mariners infielder Andrew Romine entered as a pitcher in the eighth to face his former team and the right-hander retired Trout (fly ball) and Pujols (grounder) before giving up a two-run single to Ian Kinsler. The Mariners now move on to Denver to face the Colorado Rockies for three. The first is tonight at 5:40.

The World Cup wraps up this weekend. Belgium and England meet to decide third place tomorrow morning at 7:00. France and Croatia meet Sunday morning at 8:00 in the final.

Birthdays: Game show announcer Johnny Gilbert -- He's still working. He's on Jeopardy! -- he's 94; actor Patrick Stewart is 78; Han Solo and Indiana Jones, actor Harrison Ford, is 76; frontman for the Byrds, Roger McGuinn is also 76; cube creator Erno Rubik is 74; the Cheech of Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is 72; she was Frenchy in Grease, actress Didi Conn is 67; director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, author, and actor, Cameron Crowe is 61; the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Tom Kenny is 56; retired basketball player Spud Webb, one of the shortest players in NBA history -- NBA.com lists him at 5 feet 7 inches -- is 55; and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 36.

Today is Bottled Beer Day. On this date in 1568, the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London perfected a way to bottle beer. Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, In an age of social media, mobile technology, and gaming consoles, it's impossible to avoid being just a little bit geeky. Don't fight it; jump head first into Embrace Your Geekness Day and show the world how intelligent, technically savvy, and clever you really are. Today is National French Fries Day. Despite being called french fries, no one is really sure if the fry is, in fact, from France. Some food historians say World War I soldiers discovered them in Belgium, but because the Belgians were speaking French, assumed the fried potato was a french fry. Other food historians claim that french fries should really be called Spanish fries or South American fries because the side dish had been seen in those regions as well. Today is Gruntled Workers Day, a day to appreciate workers who are happy in their jobs. And it's Friday the 13th. We get one to three a year. This year there are two. The first was in April ... and then there's today. Historically, and perhaps a bit oddly in today's world, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week. In days gone by, when you put the unlucky day of Friday, together with the unlucky #13, many people believed only bad things can happen.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II. In 1990, the movie Ghost premiered in the US. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. In 1991, Timothy Badyana set a Guinness World Record by running 10 kilometers in 45 minutes 37 seconds in Dayton, Ohio. He ran backwards. In 1993, to keep witnesses from describing his clothing, a 19-year-old man stripped naked to rob a Los Angeles bank and ran out with two shopping bags filled with cash. Nearby sheriff’s deputies, noticing a naked man running down the street with two bags full of money, arrested him immediately.

Fear of Friday the 13th one of the most popular myths in science is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

Trivia Answer: It was at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Expos were the host team. The National League won 4-1. In 1991, the game was at Skydome in Toronto. The Americal League won that one 4-2. This year's game is in the good ol' USA. In fact, it's in the capital city of Washington, DC on Tuesday. Four Mariners are on the American League squad: Nelson Cruz, Edwin Diaz, Mitch Hanniger, and Jean Segura.

Thursday 7.12.17
Morning Trivia: Today is Family Feud Day, marking the debut of the TV game show on this day in 1976. Who was the original host?

Marco Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, David Freitas hit his first major league home run and the Seattle Mariners downed the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 last night. Gonzalez, who retired his first 10 batters, gave up just two hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. He not only earned his seventh victory since May 17th, he became the 10th pitcher in Mariners history to reach 10 wins before the All-Star break. Freitas, who had been hitless in seven at-bats since being recalled July 5th, went deep in the third. It was Freitas' 32nd career game, 26 of which have been with the Mariners. The Mariners have won 11 of 15 games and 18 of their last 29. All-Star closer Edwin Diaz worked a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 36th save. The Ms and Angels wrap up their series in Anaheim tonight. James Paxton starts for Seattle tonight at 7:07.

Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura is headed to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, thanks to baseball fans and the Final Vote contest. After the American and National League rosters were announced, MLB then allowed fans to vote for a 34th roster spot from each league. The Mariners and Seattle fans launched an aggressive social media campaign to SendSegura to the game, including videos from Mariners players and coaches. The team and some businesses even gave out promotions, encouraging fans to keep voting, and it worked. Segura is joining fellow teammates right fielder Mitch Haniger, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and closer Edwin Diaz at the All-Star game on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

It's France versus Croatia for the World Cup. Croatia eliminated England yesterday, 2-1. Belgium and England meet to decide third place Saturday morning. France and Croatia meet Sunday morning in the final.

Birthdays: Bill Cosby -- he of the legal woes -- is 81; former Major League Baseball player and former Seattle Mariner broadcaster Ron Fairly is 80; from Fleetwood Mac, singer Christine McVie is 75; former Seattle SuperSonic Paul Silas is also 75; fitness guru Richard Simmons is 70; singer Walter Egan is also 70; Kris Munroe on Charlie’s Angels, actress Cheryl Ladd is 67; best known as Hope on thirtysomething, actress Mel Harris is 62; Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy is 56; Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson is 53; and Olympic gold medalist, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 47.

Today is National Pecan Pie Day. Today is Different Colored Eyes Day, a day that has two reasons to celebrate. First of all, it celebrates diversity of eye color. Wouldn't the world be boring, if everyone had the same colored eyes? Secondly, it recognizes an eye condition called Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. One eye may be brown, while the other is blue. Famous people who had or have Heterochromia include David Bowie, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the US. In 1942, the owner of the Green Parrot bar in New York City, Max Geller, was murdered. The crime was solved because the victim’s pet parrot kept repeating the killer's name. The parrot even testified in court. In 1960, manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch. In 1979, a near-riot erupted between games of a doubleheader at Chicago’s Comisky Park when deejay Steve Dahl proceeded to burn records brought by fans for a disco bonfire. Unfortunately, some fans started building their own fires. The White Socks had to forfeit the second game. In 1982, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening. In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chose US Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. In 1996, Minnesota favorite Kirby Puckett announced his retirement from baseball because a retina problem was causing him to lose his eyesight. In 2004, Apple Computers announced it had sold 100-million songs via its iTunes Music Store, just 15 months after opening.

Trivia Answer: The ABC and first syndicated versions of Family Feud were hosted by Richard Dawson. As writer David Marc put it, Dawson's on-air personality "fell somewhere between the brainless sincerity of Wink Martindale and the raunchy cynicism of Chuck Barris". Much of Family Feud's popularity was due to Dawson's "glib familiarity" (he had previously played Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes) and "ready wit." When Feud returned to syndication in 1999, it was initially hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn was selected to take over for Anderson when season four premiered in 2002, and when season eight premiered in 2006, Karn was replaced by John O'Hurley. In 2010, comedian Steve Harvey was named the new host for season twelve. Richard Dawson died from complications of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles in June of 2012 at the age of 79.

Wednesday 7.11.18
Morning Trivia: He was a writer. He was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide, The Elements of Style. He also wrote books for children, including Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan. Charlotte's Web, in fact, was voted the top children's novel in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, and not for the first time. Who is he?

Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Seattle Mariners 9-3 last night. Things started off okay as Seattle All-Star Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer, his 18th of the season, in the first inning for a 3-0 lead, but that was all the offense the Ms could muster. Seattle has lost three of four. Seattle tries again tonight. Game two of three with the Angels is tonight at 7:07. Marco Gonzales is starting for Seattle.

The first update of the MLB Final Vote balloting mid-day yesterday showed Mariners shortstop Jean Segura is the top vote-getter in the American League. An update from MLB this morning at 8:00 still had Jean in the lead. They didn't release vote totals so we don't know exactly where he stands but he is still in the lead. Voting continues until 1:00 this afternoon at Mariners.com/vote or MLB.com/vote.

Birthdays: Designer Giorgio Armani is 84; ventriloquist Jay Johnson is 69; Pointer Sister Bonnie Pointer is 68; boxer Leon Spinks is 65; actress Sela Ward is 62; former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is 59; singer Suzanne Vega is also 59; the Octomom, Nadya Suleman is 43 (she has a total of 14 children); singer and rapper Lil' Kim is 42; and singer, songwriter, Grammy winner, Alessia Cara is 22.

Today is Cheer Up the Lonely Day -- an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you've done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself. Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Today is Advice-to-the-Lovelorn Day. In 1896, the first advice-to-the-lovelorn column was published in New Orleans. Known as the Mother Confessor to Millions, Dorothy Dix's column ran in 300 newspapers for 55 years. Her real name was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Today is International Town Criers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his major-league debut with the Boston Red Sox at an annual rookie salary of $2,900. Six years later he signed with the Yankees for $125,000. In 1969, The Rolling Stones released Honky Tonk Women and David Bowie released his album Space Oddity. In 1971, the US Department of Agriculture was allocated $19,520 to determine if a woman's place was in the home. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac released Fleetwood Mac, their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 4,000 batters, fanning Danny Heep of the New York Mets. In 1987, Bo Jackson signed a contract to play football for the L.A. Raiders for 5 years. He also continued to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals. In 1994, Shawn Eckardt was sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to 18 months in prison for his role in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. In 2004, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, The Corrs and Lionel Richie all played the Prince’s Trust concert held in London’s Hyde Park. In 2005, Victor Edward Willis, better known as the original cop with The Village People, was arrested in California after police allegedly found a gun and drugs in his car. In 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G.

7-Eleven is celebrating its namesake today (July 11 a.k.a. 7/11) with free Slurpees for all. You can claim their complimentary small-size slurpee by stopping by a participating 7-Eleven store from 11 this morning until 7 tonight. The chain estimates they will hand out approximately 9 million Slurpees by the end of the day.

Trivia Answer: Elwyn Brooks White -- E. B. White -- who was born on this date in 1899. It was in the late 1930s that White turned his hand to children's fiction on behalf of a niece, Janice Hart White. His first children's book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web appeared in 1952. White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians in 1970, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature." In 1978, White won an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his work as a whole. White died on October 1st of 1985 with Alzheimer's disease at his farm home in North Brooklin, Maine.

Tuesday 7.10.18
Morning Trivia: This actor is best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, as well as his later roles in Pet Sematary, The Cotton Club, and My Cousin Vinny. Who was he?

The Mariners are in the home stretch to the All Star break. They're in Anaheim for a three-game set with the Angels then move on to Denver for three more with the Colorado Rockies which takes them to the break. The MLB All-Star game is coming up on the 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Houston Astros. by the way, lost to the Oakland As last night which puts the Mariners three games behind the division leading Stros in the AL West. The Ms and Angels coming up tonight. Mike Leake starts for Seattle. Game time at 7:07.

Birthdays: From The Staple Singers, singer Mavis Staples is 79; Moby Grape guitarist Jerry Miller was born in Tacoma and he’s 75; singer Arlo Guthrie is 71; singer-songwriter Greg Kihn is 69; from The Pet Shop Boys, singer Neil Tennant is 64; actress and model Sofia Vergara is 46; Elijah Blue Allman -- Greg Allman and Cher's son -- is 42; and singer Jessica Simpson is 38.

Today is Don't Step On A Bee Day, pretty much a good idea any day. Today is Disney Animation Appreciation Day, a time to remember all your favorite Disney movies, like possibly The Fox and The Hound, released on this date in 1981. Four years in the making, this Disney production required 360,000 drawings. And, it's Teddy Bear Picnic Day. It's suggested you spend the lunch hour on a blanket under a shade tree with your Teddy Bear.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded in the US was recorded. It was 134 degrees in Death Valley, California. In 1964, the album A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles was released. In 1965, The Rolling Stones had their first number one single with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. In 1975, Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman, a mere ten days after they were married. A year to the day later, she gave birth to Allman’s child, Elijah. In 1984, Huey Lewis & the News sang the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco. In that game, Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden of the New York Mets, became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. He was 19 years, 7 months, and 24 days old. In 1985, Coca-Cola resumed selling the old formula of Coke, it was renamed Coca-Cola Classic. It was also announced that they would continue to sell New Coke. In 1989, The Monkees received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, Millie Bush, America's First Dog, became a millionaire as royalties from her book about a dog's life in the White House reached $1.1-million. Millie gave the money to First Lady Barbara Bush's family literacy foundation. Millie died in May of 1997. In 1998, the US military delivered the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Blassie to his family in St. Louis. He had been placed in Arlington Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. His identity had been confirmed with DNA tests. In 2015, in South Carolina, the Confederate flag was removed for the last time from the Capitol grounds and taken to a state military museum.

Trivia Answer: Fred Gwynne who was born on this date in 1926. He was cast in Car 54, Where Are You? as Patrolman Francis Muldoon. During the two-season run of the program he met longtime friend and later co-star, Al Lewis (Grampa on The Munsters). Gwynne was 6 ft 5 in tall, an attribute that contributed to his being cast as Herman Munster, a goofy parody of Frankenstein's monster. For his role he had to wear 40 or 50 lbs of padding, makeup, and 4-inch asphalt spreader boots. His face was painted a bright violet because it captured the most light on the black-and-white film. Gwynne retained fond recollections of Herman, saying in later life, "... I might as well tell you the truth. I love old Herman Munster. Much as I try not to, I can't stop liking that fellow." In his last film, Gwynne played Judge Chamberlain Haller in the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny, in which he used a Southern accent. Gwynne died of pancreatic cancer in 1993 at the age of 66.

Monday 7.9.18
Morning Trivia: This was an arcade game released by Nintendo on this date in 1981. It's an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles. In the game, Mario (originally named Jumpman) must rescue a damsel in distress named Pauline (originally named Lady), from a giant ape. What is the game?

After losing the first two games of the series, Friday and Saturday, Ryon Healy homered and tied a career high with five RBIs, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies yesterday. The Ms lost 7-1 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday. They managed at least on win in the series as Wade LeBlanc picked up the win despite giving up four runs and allowing three homers to the Rockies in six innings. The three homers allowed were the most by LeBlanc in an appearance this season. Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his major league-leading 35th save. The Ms are off today. They travel to Anaheim for a three-game set with the Angels then move on to Denver for three more with the Colorado Rockies. Mike Leake starts for Seattle tomorrow night at 7:07.

The Seattle Mariners have three American League All-Stars for 2018. Closer Edwin Diaz, outfielder Mitch Haniger, and designated hitter Nelson Cruz were each selected as reserves for the MLB All-Star game, coming up on the 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Some of the Mariners’ biggest All-Star snubs: Starting pitcher James Paxton and shortstop Jean Segura. Segura did have some saving grace. He still has a shot to reach the All-Star Game for the second time in his career and first with the Mariners because he was one of five players in the American League to get a spot as a FinalVote candidate. Segura has until 1:00 Wednesday afternoon to lead those players in votes from fans. Votes can be cast at Mariners.com/vote or MLB.com/vote.

Congrats to Sue Bird who scored 21 enroute to setting the franchise scoring mark. Sue helped the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 last night and she became the Storm's all-time leading scorer with her 13th point of the game, passing Lauren Jackson's 6,007 points. Bird also moved ahead of Jackson to seventh on the all-time WNBA scoring list.

Birthdays: Singer and actor Ed Ames is 91; actor James Hampton is 82; best known for playing Shaft, actor Richard Roundtree is 76; author Dean Koontz is 73; OJ Simpson is 71; TV personality-turned-musician John Tesh is 66; actor Jimmy Smits is 63; Tom Hanks is 62; from Simple Minds, singer Jim Kerr is 59; Courtney Love is 53; singer-songwriter Jack White is 43; from The Wonder Years, actor Fred Savage is 42; and Seattle's Amanda Knox, she of Italian prison fame, is 31.

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Today is Goat Mother's Day, a day for all goats to honor their mothers. Today is Diet Coke Day. The soft drink was introduced on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Dick Clark debuted on Philadelphia TV with an afternoon show called Bandstand. He was told about the show that same morning. In 1958, Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records. In 1985, runningback Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named Most Valuable Player in the US Football League. In 1996, for the first time, Deep Purple played Smoke on the Water in the Swiss city that inspired it. The band wrote the song after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux. In 1997, Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield. In 2002, it was announced that Eddie Van Halen and his wife Valerie Bertinelli were separating after 21 years of marriage. In 2002, to the boos of disappointed fans, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. In 2015, the South Carolina House of Representatives approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. The flag was removed the next day and taken to a state military museum.

The Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp opened with $76 million over the weekend. That start is significantly ahead of the original Ant-Man, which debuted with $57 million back in 2015. Ant-Man and the Wasp easily topped the weekend. Meanwhile, Incredibles 2 narrowly stole the No. 2 spot from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The Incredibles earned $29 million and Jurrasic World earned $28.6. Box office newcomer The First Purge scared up $17 million to claim the number four spot. Sicario: Day of the Soldado rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Donkey Kong. The giant ape was named Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong is one of the most important titles from the Golden Age of Video Arcade Games, and is one of the most popular arcade games of all time. Regardless of initial doubts by Nintendo's American staff, Donkey Kong succeeded commercially and critically in North America and Japan. The success of Donkey Kong helped to position the company for video game market dominance from its release in 1981 until the late 1990s.

Friday 7.6.18
Morning Trivia: He was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He's credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group and their hit song Rock Around the Clock. Who is he?

And the new streak begins. A day after having their 8-game winning streak snapped, catcher Chris Herrmann hit his first home run for Seattle and Marco Gonzales pitched six solid innings to lead the Mariners to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels last night. Gonzales gave up five hits while striking out seven in a 102-pitch outing. The lone run he gave up was Kole Calhoun's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth to lock up his major league-leading 34th save. With the win, Seattle wins this series with the Angels. The Mariners have not lost a home series since May 6th, when they dropped two of three games to the Angels. Catcher Mike Zunino was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left foot. He rolled his ankle late in Seattle's 7-4 loss Wednesday running the basepaths and was walking around in a boot in the clubhouse yesterday. David Freitas was recalled from Tacoma to serve as the backup catcher behind Herrmann. Felix Hernandez insists he feels much better before his scheduled start tonight against Colorado than he did nearly a week ago. Hernandez tweaked his back during a workout in Baltimore. It tightened on him before his start Saturday against Kansas City -- one in which he surrendered three earned runs before recording an out in a 6-4 victory. Interleague play tonight as the Ms host the Colorado Rockies in the first of three. Game time tonight is 7:10.

Birthdays: The 14th Dalai Lama is 83; actor Ned Beatty is 81; Dick Grayson, Robin on the Batman television series, actor Burt Ward is 73; former President George W. Bush is 72; actor and former football player Fred Dryer is also 72; and actor Sylvester Stallone is also 72; actress Shelley Hack is 71; actor Grant Goodeve is 66; Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting, actress Allyce Beasley is 64; rapper 50 Cent is 43; and actor, comedian Kevin Hart is 39.

The famous Fiesta de San Fermin annual festival of San Fermin, which includes the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, officially begins at midday today. Today is National Fried Chicken Day. Today is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. If your webmaster feels really loved, he or she might fix all the typos on your site. Today is Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day. Give it to a poor child. Today is International Kissing Day -- not to be confused with National Kissing Day which is on June 19th. Did you know -- okay, you may not want to know -- but kissing can transmit 80 million microbes of bacteria.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1933, Major League Baseball played its first All-Star Game. It was at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The American League won 4-2. Babe Ruth hit a home run. In 1964, The Beatles first film A Hard Days Night had its royal premier at the London Pavilion. In 1965, The Jefferson Airplane was formed in San Francisco. In 1978, Eddie Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court. In 1989, a study released in Washington, DC, showed that one-third of American adults had dangerously high cholesterol levels. In 1994, Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle under the name Cadabra. In 1994, the movie Forrest Gump opened in theaters throughout the US. In 2002, Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus to win her first Wimbledon title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.

A study finds that rocking chairs are good for your health. The study found daily rocking among Alzheimer's patients reduced their anxiety, lifted depression, improved balance, and lessened the need for pain killers.

Trivia Answer: Bill Haley who was born on this date in 1925. His group was Bill Haley & His Comets. In 1953, a song called Rock Around the Clock was written for Haley. He was unable to record it until April 12th of 1954. Initially, it was relatively unsuccessful, staying on the charts for only one week, but Haley soon scored a major worldwide hit with a cover version of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle and Roll. Then when Rock Around the Clock appeared behind the opening credits of the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, it soared to the top of the American Billboard chart for eight weeks. The single is commonly used as a convenient line of demarcation between the rock era and the music industry that preceded it; Billboard separated its statistical tabulations into 1890-1954 and 1955–present. After the record rose to number one, Haley was quickly given the title Father of Rock and Roll, by the media, and by teenagers that had come to embrace the new style of music. Haley died on February 9th of 1981. His death certificate listed natural causes: Most likely heart attack as the immediate cause of death. Haley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Thursday 7.5.18
Morning Trivia: He's a musician, songwriter and occasional actor. He sings lead vocals and plays harmonica for his band, in addition to writing or co-writing many of the band's songs. The band is perhaps best known for their third album and their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Who is he?

And the streak ends at eight. Kole Calhoun has come a long way since getting a needed break on the disabled list last month, and Garrett Richards looked pretty sharp after his own DL stint. Calhoun hit a two-run homer, Richards pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Mariners 7-4 yesterday to snap Seattle's eight-game winning streak. The Mariners had their chances, including a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the seventh inning when trailing 6-3. After Dee Gordon and Denard Span struck out, Segura hit a broken-bat flare that looked like it might drop behind second base and score two runs, but Angels second baseman David Fletcher made a leaping catch to end the inning. The Mariners struck out 15 times and left eight men on base. Mike Leake allowed four runs and nine hits before leaving with no one out in the fifth. He had allowed two runs or less in seven of his previous eight starts. The Ms and Angels conclude their series tonight.

Birthdays: From The Band, Robbie Robertson is 75; singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 59; from Lifehouse, frontman Jason Wade is 38; and Adam Young best known for his Owl City work is 32.

Happy 81st birthday to Spam. Introduced on July 5th of 1937, the name Spam was chosen in the 1930s when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest.

Today is Leftover Burping Day, a day for those who ate too much barbecue and potato salad on the 4th to try to regain some semblance of belly control. Today is International Bikini Day. The skimpy two-piece swim suit, created by Louis Reard, debuted on this date in 1946 at a Paris fashion show. It was named for a Pacific atoll where the atomic bomb was first tested.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1978, EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones' Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images. In 1985, the New York Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning to beat the Braves 16-13 in Atlanta. Game totals: 46 hits, 29 runs, and two rain delays in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Fourth of July fireworks followed the game at 4:00 a.m. In 1989, the pilot episode of Seinfeld premiered. NBC originally called the show The Seinfeld Chronicles. In 1993, Dave Lampson of Centreville, Virginia, received a tax statement from IRS claiming he owed $68-billion. He was instructed to pay $500 a month for 11-million years. An IRS official said it was a computer error. In 1994, Hootie & The Blowfish released Cracked Rear View. In 1995, the Justice Department announced that it would not be investigating anti-trust charges against Ticketmaster. In 2002, Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.

Trivia Answer: Huey Lewis -- who was born Hugh Anthony Cregg III -- who turns 68 today. The band is Huey Lewis & The News. That third album was Sports. After a failed self-titled debut in 1980, Huey Lewis & The News finally broke through to Top 40 success with the gold album Picture This in 1982. It rose to #13 on the Albums chart thanks to the Mutt Lange-penned Do You Believe in Love which went to #7: the band's first hit. The band's third LP, the #1 Sports in 1983, is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time. It has sold ten million copies in the US alone. It was followed up by Fore! in 1986, another #1 multi-platinum smash. In 1985, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. over similarities between Parker's theme for the 1984 movie Ghostbusters and Lewis's I Want a New Drug. The case was settled out of court, with both parties agreeing to keep the settlement secret. In 2001, Parker sued Lewis, alleging that in a VH1 - Behind the Music Episode, Lewis had discussed the settlement in violation of their nondisclosure agreement. Lewis has made appearances in several movies. The first was a cameo in Back to the Future in 1985, as a judge in the Hill Valley High School band audition. The band also recorded two songs for the film soundtrack, the Back in Time and The Power of Love. In April this year, Lewis revealed that he was suffering from hearing loss as a result of Ménière's disease. Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you experience vertigo, and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing. Lewis has canceled all upcoming tour dates.

Wednesday 7.4.18

Wade LeBlanc allowed one run over seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 last night for their eighth straight victory. Edwin Diaz earned his American League-leading 33rd save with a clean ninth inning. Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon stole third base in the eighth inning to put him at 300 career stolen bases. The Ms and Angels match up again today. Mike Leake gets the starts for Seattle. Game time is 1:10 this afternoon.

Birthdays: America is 242; actress Eva Marie Saint is 94; actress Gina Lollobrigida is 91; playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is also 91; singer Bill Withers is 80; talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 75; the lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, John Waite is 66; and former first daughter Malia Obama is 19.

Some Independence Day Notes:

  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Ironically, the majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia are produced in China. Nearly 349-million dollars are used each year to import in the flags and other decorations.
  • The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801; however, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • The National Anthem is actually set to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven, an old English drinking song.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • Calendar notes: On this date in 1776, King George III of England noted in his diary, "Nothing of importance happened today." In 1802, the US Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York. In 1970, Casey Kasem first hosted radio's American Top 40. It was first broadcast on seven AM stations. In 1972, sSinger Willie Nelson inaugurated his first 4th of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas. In 1982, in a year that saw him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash, metal madman Ozzy Osbourne married his manager Sharon Arden. In 1995, at Lollapalooza in the Gorge at George, Courtney Love hit Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. Love received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management. In 1996, HotMail, a free internet email service, began. In 1997, the 400-millionth person visited Disneyland. In 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to visitors. It had been closed to the public since 2001.

    If your diet failed, there's a chance your significant other is to blame. A new survey shows one in four Americans has failed a diet because their partner led them astray.

    Tuesday 7.3.18
    Morning Trivia: She was a singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single Gloria, stayed on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at number two. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. Who was she?

    The Seattle Mariners are a little over halfway through the season -- 85 games -- and have gone 54-and-31, which is the third-most wins in the majors. Seattle sits a half-game back of first in the AL West, trailing the Houston Astros. If the season ended now, they would be eight games ahead of the Athletics for the second wild card, which means the longest active playoff drought in American professional sports would be over. Here's hoping. The saga continues tonight as the Ms open a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Wade LeBlanc starts for Seattle tonight. First pitch at 7:10.

    Birthdays: Attorney and activist Gloria Allred is 77; columnist and author Dave Barry is 71; actress Betty Buckley is also 71; Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati, actress Jan Smithers is 69; talk show host Montel Williams is 62; actor Tom Cruise is 56; Greg on Dharma and Greg and Daniel Nyland on Chicago Hope, actor Thomas Gibson is also 56; the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, actress Yeardley Smith is 54; the keyboardist for the Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn is 49; Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is 47; and singer Elle King is 29.

    Today is Compliment Your Mirror Day. Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day. Dog Days begin today. Traditionally, the hottest 40 days of the year, blamed by our ancient ancestors on Sirius, the Dog Star. The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient sunrise rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Not surprisingly, Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin today and continue through August 15th.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1965, singing cowboy Roy Rogers mourned the death of his horse Trigger. The animal was stuffed and put in the Roy Rogers Museum. In 1967, The Doors released the song Light My Fire in the US. In 1970, some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play The Star Spangled Banner as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia. In 1971, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in his Paris hotel room. He was in the bath at the time. Fans wouldn’t learn of his passing until six days after it happened, by which time he had been quietly buried. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan re-lit the Statue of Liberty's torch in New York Harbor. A $66 million restoration of the statue was completed 100 years after its dedication. In 1989, actor Jim Backus died at age 76. He was the voice of Mr. Magoo and played the millionaire Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island. In 1992, three performing dolphins escaped from their pen in Key Largo, Florida and showed up several days later in a golf course lagoon in Key Biscayne. They performed for golfers voluntarily at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., apparently hoping to be fed.

    Trivia Answer: Laura Branigan who was born on this date in 1952. She died in her sleep at her lodge in New York in 2004. The cause was attributed to a previously-undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death, but did not seek medical attention.

    Monday 7.2.18
    Morning Trivia: He was a restaurant owner and philanthropist. He's also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for his restaurant chain from 1989 to 2002 -- more than any other person in television history. Who is he?

    They're still in second place in the AL West ... but they're closing the gap. On Canada Day -- he's from British Columbia -- and on his bobblehead day at Safeco, James Paxton limited Kansas City to two hits and struck out 11 in eight innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 1-nuttin's for their season-best seventh consecutive victory. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save. The Ms now trail the Houston Astros by a half game in their division. An off day for Seattle today, The homestand continues tomorrow when they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first of three. Wade Leblanc starts tomorrow night.

    Birthdays: He was Sam on Quincy, actor Robert Ito is 87; she was Flo on Alice, actress Polly Holliday is 81; race car driver Richard Petty is also 81; actor-writer-director Larry David is 71; actress Cheryl Ladd is 67; model and actress who had a long-term relationship with Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall is 62; baseball's Jose Canseco is 54; singer Michelle Branch is 35; and actress Lindsay Lohan is 32.

    Today is Be Nice to People You Don't Like Day. Today is National Baked Bananas Day. Today is I Forgot Day, by definition, not a day to remember. So, just what are you forgetting? Can you even remember? Interesting to note that I Forgot Day is closely related to I'm Sorry Day. Today is World UFO Day, a day dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. The first World UFO Day was celebrated in 2001. Today is National Try to Find Your Slinky Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtained a patent for radio in London. In 1932, James Gamble died in Cincinnati. As a partner in Procter & Gamble, he developed Ivory, the first floating soap. In 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. In 1947, This is why today is World UFO Day, an object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft. In 1962, the first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law outlawing segregation in schools, at the workplace, and other facilities that served the general public. In 1969, consumer crusader Ralph Nader warned that loud rock music threatened to create a generation of hearing-impaired people. In 1981, Foreigner released their album 4. In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter, Jade, gave birth to a baby girl. Also in 1992, the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line. In 2004, legendary film and stage actor Marlon Brando died in Los Angeles at age 80. In 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mötley Crüe began their final tour.

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom reigned supreme at the weekend box office, picking up another $60 million in the US and Canada. Incredibles 2 stayed at No. 2 with $45.5 million. Both Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Uncle Drew made more than expected, $19 million and $15.5 million respectively.

    Trivia Answer: Dave Thomas who was born on this date in 1932. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers. Thomas opened his first Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. (This original restaurant would remain operational until March 2, 2007, when it was closed due to lagging sales). Thomas named the restaurant after his eight-year-old daughter Melinda Lou, whose nickname was Wendy, stemming from the child's inability to say her own name at a young age. According to Bio TV, Dave claims himself that people nicknamed his daughter "Wenda. Not Wendy but Wenda. So one day, I looked at her and said...'I'm going to call it Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers'." Thomas died in January of 2002 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a decade-long battle with liver cancer. He was buried in Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. At the time of his death, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants operating in North America.