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|Morning Trivia: He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in several hit films, including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Who is he?|
The Seahawks went winless in preseason for the first time in team history. Then ended exhibition play last night falling to the Oakland Raiders 30-19. The good news is that up to this point, the Hawks' record doesn't really matter. It gets real from now on though. The Seahawks open the regular season in Denver on September 9th.
The Seattle Mariners, however, did beat Oakland. Wade LeBlanc pitched seven scoreless innings, Mitch Haniger hit his 23rd home run and the Ms jumped on the Athletics early and held on for a 7-1 victory last night. The Mariners pulled within 4 1/2 games of the As for the second AL wild card. Oakland remains 2 1/2 back of Houston for first place in the AL West. The Ms and As again tonight at 7:05.
The Seattle Storm is looking to advance to the WNBA Championship series. The Storm is up two-games-to-none against the Phoenix Mercury in their best-of-five Conference Championship series. They can wrap up the series with a win tonight. Game time is 7:00.
It's the UW's first game of the season. The #6 Huskies open against the #9 Auburn Tigers in Atlanta tomorrow at 12:30 in the weekend's only matchup between Top 10 teams. Also tomorrow at 12;30, the WSU Cougars are at Wyoming to face the Cowboys.
Birthdays: Baseball's Frank Robinson is 83; singer Van Morrison is 73; violinist Itzhak Perlman is also 73; the head coach of the New York Giants for 12 seasons, now the executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin is 72; from the OJ Simpson trial, prosecutor Marcia Clark is 65; Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock is 61; and singer Debbie Gibson is 48.
This being the Friday before Labor Day, it's National College Colors Day. Across the country, students, parents, family, fans, and alumni display their team spirit on National College Colors Day by wearing their college team's colors and college or university apparel. Today is National Trail Mix Day. Today is Love Litigating Lawyers Day, a time to appreciate the folks we want on our side when push comes to shove. Ahh, the last day of August. Summer is almost over, yet you can't get enough of the great outdoors. The sun is bright and warm, the weather is great. Today is National Eat Outside Day and it couldn't come at a better time. People have been eating outdoors since the days of the caveman. Nowadays, people eat most, if not all, of their meals indoors. Eating outdoors has become more of a special event, than a regular occurrance. National Eat Outdoors Day is an opportunity to change that, if only for a day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, Coca Cola went on sale in Britain. In 1920, John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for Toy-Cabin Construction, which we know as Lincoln Logs. In 1946, Foghorn Leghorn debuted in the Warner Brothers cartoon Walky Talky Hawk. In 1958, te Census Bureau reported that there were 902 female sailors in the US Navy. In 1964, California officially became the most populated state in America. In 1974, The Partridge Family television show ended. In 1976, Beatle George Harrison was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the Chiffons' He's So Fine when he wrote My Sweet Lord. In 1981, the 30-year contract between Milton Berle and NBC-TV expired. In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris. In 1998, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
A new study finds half of American workers feel like they're unable to take a full lunch break. As many as 30 percent of workers eat at their desk each day because they believe it leads to better productivity.
Great Britain's Royal Society for Public Health is asking people to give up social media for all of September. They're calling it Scroll-Free September and the reason is simple: social media can often be toxic, especially for younger people who feel like they need to show their "best life", or get brought down because they're unhappy with their bodies or lives as compared to what's online.
Trivia Answer: Richard Tiffany Gere who turns 69 today. Gere remains one of the few actors, if not the only actor, to be nominated multiple times for the Golden Globe Award without ever being nominated for an Academy Award. He has still never won an Oscar. Gere had a relationship with actress Penelope Milford from 1971 to 1978. He had affairs with Priscilla Presley in 1983 and Kim Basinger in 1986. Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. In November 2002, he married model and actress Carey Lowell. The two separated after 11 years of marriage and then spent three years in highly contested divorce proceedings in New York County Supreme Court. The case was settled in October of 2016. In April of this year, he married Spanish activist Alejandra Silva. As of this month, the couple is expecting their first child.
|Morning Trivia: He's a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He's consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008. He had a net worth of $84 billion as of June 3rd this year making him the third wealthiest person in the world. Who is he?|
The San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 yesterday for a two-game sweep. The teams, deemed natural rivals by MLB, meet again in Seattle on September 11th and 12th. The Mariners lost their third straight and for the fifth time in seven games. Mariner James Paxton, on the disabled list with a bruised left forearm, is expected to return to the rotation Saturday at Oakland. But first, Wade LeBlanc is scheduled to start the opener tonight of that four-game series at Oakland. The As are second in the AL West behind Houston. The Mariners remain in third place. First pitch is tonight at 7:05.
The Seattle Seahawks -- and the rest of the league -- wrap up the preseason tonight. The Hawks are hosting the Oakland Raiders at Century Link. Kick off at 7:00.
Seattle Sounders FC star Clint Dempsey announced yesterday that he’s retiring from professional soccer. In a statement released by the Sounders, he said, "After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game." Plans are underway to honor Dempsey before the Sounders match against Sporting Kansas City Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at CenturyLink Field.
Birthdays: He was Roger on I Dream of Jeannie and later was on the Bob Newhart Show (Hi Bob. Hi Emily.), actor Bill Daily is 91; best known for his role as Cooter on The Dukes of Hazzard, he also served for four years in the United States House of Representatives, Ben Jones is 77; she was Julie Barnes on The Mod Squad, actress Peggy Lipton is 72; comedian Lewis Black is 70; actor Timothy Bottoms is 67; actress Cameron Diaz is 46; and former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander is 41.
Today is Talk Intelligently Day. For those who normally talk intelligently, it's Talk Brilliantly Day. Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. And today is Frankenstein Day. There are actually three known days, and as a result, a little confusion. We have Frankenstein Friday, National Frankenstein Day, and Frankenstein Day. To clarify, today -- and every August 30th -- is Frankenstein Day. This day is in honor of author Mary Wollenstone Shelley who was born on August 30th of 1797. She wrote the book Frankenstein in 1818. Frankenstein Friday is the last Friday in October. Then there's National Frankenstein Day. Google posts this as October 29th. We haven't been able to verify that this as a true National Day. The latest research suggests this day is really Frankenstein Friday.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Mickey Mantle struck out for the 1,331st time, breaking Babe Ruth’s major-league career strike-out record. In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same major-league baseball team. Both singled in the first inning for the Seattle Mariners. In 1993, the first musical guest on CBS's The Late Show With David Letterman was Billy Joel. In 1997, Americans learned of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. Because of the time difference, it was August 31st when the crash actually occurred. In 2005, on the day after Hurricane Katrina struck, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. A massive rescue effort plucked hundreds from rooftops. Many others waited for days to be rescued. Meanwhile, Katrina flattened much of Gulfport and Biloxi, Missisippi, flooded Mobile, Alabama., and heavily damaged smaller towns in between.
Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Omaha, the Oracle of Omaha, or the Sage of Omaha, Warren Edward Buffett who is 88 today. By the way, Jeff Bezos is number one on the list and Bill Gates is number two. Warren Buffett is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Time magazine has named him one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation.
|Morning Trivia: Today is the anniversary of the opening of the United States Air Force Academy -- a military school for officer candidates with a campus located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado. It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. In addition to the Air Force Academy in Colorado, there are four other US Service Academies. Can you name at least two of them?|
The San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 last night. The Padres, who have the worst record in the NL, snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games. Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start in this afternoon's series finale.
They had to go to overtime to do it, but they did it. After downing the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, the Seattle Storm edged Phoenix again last night, 91-87, in their best-of-five Conference Finals. The Storm now looks to close out the series in Phoenix on Friday night.
Birthdays: Actor Elliott Gould is 80; actress Rebecca De Mornay is 59; bassist and singer Me’Shell Ndegeocello is 50; and actress Lea Michele is 32.
Today is More Herbs Less Salt Day, because it's healthier and zestier. In the movie The Terminator, today is Judgment Day. Today is Mary Poppins Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1964.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans. It was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. In 1967, 72% of American TV viewers watched Dr. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on The Fugitive. It was a record that stood until 76% found out who shot JR on November 21st of 1980. In 1973, Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order. In 1990, Sandy the dog, who starred for six years on Broadway in Annie, died in his sleep at age 16. That's 112 in dog years. In 1996, Isaac Hayes wrote Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and asked him to refrain from using the song Soul Man as his campaign theme tune. The lyrics had been changed to I'm a Dole Man. In 1999, thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900. In 2005, hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damage.
A new survey from Gallup shows more than 40 percent of American workers feel they are underpaid. Forty-three percent said they're not earning what they are worth, half said they’re paid about right and 5 percent said they're overpaid. I want one of those 5% jobs.
We love pizza, and now we know how much we eat. A new study finds the average person will munch their way through 731 pizzas in their lifetime.
Trivia Answer: There are five US Service academies:
|Morning Trivia: This singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor was the eigth child in a musical family. His contributions to music and dance, along with his much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. He debuted on the professional music scene with his older brothers in 1964. He began his solo career in 1971 -- a solo career that would stretch to his death in 2009. In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs were credited with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Who was he?|
A busy week in the Northwest world of sports. The Seattle Mariners road trip continues with a pair of inter-league games in San Diego. Game one is tonight at 7:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start. Also tonight, it's game two of a best-of-five semi-finals playoff match-up between the Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury. Seattle won game one on Sunday, 91-87. Tip-off for game two is tonight in Seattle at 7:00. Later this week, the Seattle Seahawks wrap up their pre-season hosting the Oakland Raiders. Kick-off at Century Link is Thursday night at 7:00. Then this weekend, it's the first game of UW’s 2018 season. The #6 Huskies open against the #9 Auburn Tigers in Atlanta on Saturday at 12:30 in the weekend's only matchup between Top 10 teams. Also Saturday at 12;30, the WSU Cougars are at Wyoming to face the Cowboys.
Birthdays: Sweet Lou -- baseball's Lou Piniella -- is 75; Hutch -- Detective Ken Hutchinson -- on Starsky & Hutch, actor David Soul is also 75; actor Daniel Stern is 61; figure skater Scott Hamilton is 60; actress Emma Samms is 58; singer Shania Twain is 53; actor and singer Jack Black is 49; best known as Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, actor Jason Priestley is also 49; singer LeAnn Rimes is 36; and Alana Thompson -- she was Honey Boo Boo -- is 13.
Today is National Cherry Turnover Day. Today is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, something to do while waiting for files to download. Today is Submarine Day, marking this date in 1965 when 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened Petes Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He called it Petes because Dr. Peter Buck, his friendly nuclear physicist, loaned him $1,000 to start the restaurant. A year later they changed the name to Subway.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1837, pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England, begin manufacturing their Worcestershire Sauce. In 1907, Seattle teenagers Claude Ryan and Jim Casey started a local delivery service called the American Messenger Company. Later, the name was changed to United Parcel Service: UPS. In 1964, The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life magazine. In 1965, folk singer Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at Forest Hills Stadium in New York for playing an electric guitar. In 1989, Walt Disney Productions bought the Muppets for $100-million. In 1999, after an unarmed man robbed a bank in Hermiston, Oregon, he climbed into the trunk of his getaway car two blocks away to change clothes and accidentally locked himself inside. When he yelled for help, a policeman investigating the robbery came to his rescue and arrested him. In 2003, Johnny Cash was hospitalized with stomach pains and cancelled an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. He died two weeks later.
A study has found that teenagers can drive well -- as long as they are forced to listen to dental office music. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel found that 98% of teens commit more driving errors while listening to their favorite music. Teens drove best while listening to soft rock and light jazz.
There's a fishy text message that might be showing up on your phone. The text says someone complimented you, and includes a link. The link invites you to download an app that experts say likely will install something bad on your phone.
Trivia Answer: Michael Jackson who would have been 60 tomorrow. He and his older brothers started out as The Jackson Five. It was his videos for songs like Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller that were credited with transforming the medium. The popularity of these videos also helped to bring the then-relatively-new television channel MTV to fame. He continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres. While preparing for his comeback concert series titled This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25th of 2009 after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Forbes currently ranks Jackson as the top-earning dead celebrity.
|Morning Trivia: He was a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning just seven years, he's widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. Born and raised in Dallas, he began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. Who was he?|
Little offense behind Mike Leake, was the difference in the Seattle Mariners 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday. The Mariners still took two out of three games against a club that entered Friday leading the National League West standings. Meanwhile, the Mariners continue to have a hard time gaining ground in the win-loaded top of the American League West. The Astros won to take a 6.5-game lead on the Ms atop the division and the Athletics won to move 5.5 games ahead for the AL's second wild card. An off day for Seattle today. They take on the Padres in San DIego tomorrow night and Wednesday.
The Seattle Storm rolled in game one of the WNBA playoffs yesterday as they downed the No. 5 seed Phoenix Mercury, 91-87. Game 2 is tomorrow night at 7:00. Before the game yesterday, the team got some well-earned recognition: Storm forward Breanna Stewart was the WNBA's Most Valuable Player. Stewart is the second Storm player to earn the title, after Lauren Jackson. The WNBA title comes a few days after Stewart was also awarded the Associated Press' player of the year award.
Birthdays: He was the Captain in The Captain & Tennille, Daryl Dragon is 76; actress, model, and Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach 71; Pee-Wee Herman, actor Paul Reubens is 66; from Rush, guitarist Alex Lifeson is 65; and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal is 48.
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and his Brighton Beach trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. Simon died early yesterday of complications from pneumonia. In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwright, often chronicling middle class issues and fears. Simon's stage successes included The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Sunshine Boys, Plaza Suite,Chapter Two, Sweet Charity, and Promises, Promises, but there were other plays and musicals, too, more than 30 in all. Many of his plays were adapted into movies and one, The Odd Couple, even became a popular television series. For seven months in 1967, he had four productions running at the same time on Broadway: Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and The Star-Spangled Girl. Neil Simon was 91.
Today is Hold A Bubblegum Bubble Blowing Tournament Day with contests for all age-groups and a double-elimination championship Blow-Off. You can do that, right? Today is Petroleum Day, marking the first commercial oil well that began pumping on August 27th of 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Today is Mother Teresa Day, marking her birth on August 27th of 1910. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and died in Calcutta in 1997. Today is National Banana Lovers Day. And it's Just Because Day. Finally, you have a chance to do something without a rhyme or reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, or we want to, or it's expected of us. None of those reasons apply today. Today is the day to go out and do something "just because".
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first magazine story about an abandoned English boy raised by African apes. Tarzan, King of the Jungle, became one of the 20th centuries' best-known fictional characters. In 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occured. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech Also in 1963, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, the longest floating bridge in the world, opened between Seattle and Medina. In 1982, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base to break Lou Brock’s major-league theft record of 118. Rickey stole three more that day, but Milwaukee still won 5-4. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28th of 1986. In 1991, Seattle's Pearl Jam -- formerly known as Mookie Blaylock -- released their blockbuster debut Ten. The album sailed to number two on the Billboard 200. In 1996, Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorced. In 1998, Titanic became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million. In 2001, Sophie Frith won the Southern Daily Echo baby beauty contest in London. Ironically, her identical twin sister Olivia didn't even make the second round. The twins were dressed alike and their photos were indistinguishable, yet Sophie received hundreds more votes than Olivia.
A new study finds that neckties can reduce blood flow to the brain by as much as 7.5%. That's probably the best explanation of Washington D.C. that I've ever heard.
Trivia Answer: Stevie Ray Vaughan who died on this date in 1990. Vaughan received several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him as Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987, Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. Earning six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked Vaughan as the twelfth greatest guitarist of all time. Also, on December 16th of 2014, he was named as one of eight artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class. On August 27th of 1990, Vaughan had just performed with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. All of the musicians boarded four helicopters bound for Chicago, which were waiting on a nearby golf course. Vaughan, along with three members of Eric Clapton's entourage boarded the third of the four helicopters The helicopter departed, veered to the left and crashed into the hill, approximately fifty feet from the summit. All on board, including the pilot, were killed instantly.
|Morning Trivia: Nicknamed The Iron Man, this former shortstop and third baseman played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. He's best known for holding the record for consecutive games played, 2,632, surpassing Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood for 56 years and that many deemed unbreakable. Who is he?|
The Seattle Mariners off on a 9-game three city road trip. They start with three in Arizona, then two in San Diego, followed by four in Oakland. First pitch with the Diamondbacks in Phoenix is tonight at 6:40.
The Seattle Seahawks preseason continues tonight. The Hawks are on the road in Minnesota to face the Vikings. Kick-off is tonight at 5:00.
Birthdays: He wrote the piece Classical Gas, guitarist Mason Williams is 80; wrestling promoter Vince McMahon is 73; Frank Fontana on Murphy Brown, actor Joe Regalbuto is 69; retired NFL coach Mike Shanahan is 66; actor Steve Guttenberg is 60; the original host of The Daily Show, Craig Kilborn is 56; actress Marlee Matlin is 53; journalist David Gregory is 48; and actor & comedian Dave Chappelle is 45.
Today is Vesuvius Day marking the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius exploded. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. It destroyed Pompeii and others. Thousands died in the volcano's eruption. On a lighter note, today is National Waffle Day -- celebrating the first patent for a waffle iron, filed by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869. Today is National Knife Day. Today is Flitting Appreciation Day, a time to recognize those who have perfected the art of flitting around. Today is Weather Cliche Day, marking this date in 1897 when editor Charles Dudley Warner of the Hartford Courant published the sentence, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Many incorrectly attribute the quotation to Warner's close friend, Mark Twain.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the US, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in just over 19 hours. In 1978, Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. In 1979, I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince was released. It was his first US hit. In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for killing John Lennon. In 1989, Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling. In 1995, Microsoft released Windows-95. In 1996, four women became students at The Citadel, a military school in South Carolina that had fought in court to remain all male. In 1998, three parties donated 24 beads to the Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills. The beads were said to be used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the Indians. In 2005, the planet Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union. Pluto's status was changed due to new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.
While your social media profile can be a great asset in your job search, a CareerBuilder study shows it can also end up costing you the job. Around 70% of hiring managers who currently research candidates using social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate.
Maybe the key to combating childhood obesity is keeping kids in school year-round. Researchers say parents let their children consume up to five times as much sugar during the summer holidays as they would any other time.
Trivia Answer: Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. -- Cal Ripken -- who is 58 today. One of his position's most offensively productive players, he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career. He won two Gold Glove Awards for his defense. He was a 19-time All-Star and was twice named American League Most Valuable Player. In 2007, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and currently has the fourth highest voting percentage of all time (98.53%). By the way, Ken Griffey, Jr. had a 99.32 percentage when he went in.
|Morning Trivia: He was an English drummer noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behavior. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians. He was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen, and in 2011, he was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. Who was he?|
Martin Maldonado and Tyler White each homered and had three hits, helping the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7 yesterday. Maldonado had three RBIs and White had two. The Astros led 9-1 before the Mariners got one back in the fifth and added five more in the sixth. Oakland's 4-2 loss to Texas on yesterday gives the Astros a one-game lead in the AL West. Robinson Cano started at third base, the first time in his 14-year career he has played there. Cano also hit his 525th double, tying him with Ted Williams for 45th of the career list. An off day for Seattle today. The Mariners beging a three-game series at Arizona tomorrow.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said yesterday that he wishes Earl Thomas was with the team while also going to bat for the All-Pro free safety and the other defensive players who are holding out for new contracts. Wagner, when asked if he could imagine Thomas not reporting for the start of the season, said. "It's an interesting thing. You want him to be here. I want him to be here. But at the same time too, there's a business side of this thing, and sometimes that takes over what you should be doing." The Seahawks preseason continues tomorrow night. The Hawks are on the road in Minnesota to face the Vikings. Kick-off is tomorrow night at 5:00.
Birthdays: Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie, actress Barbara Eden is 87; political satirist and comedian Mark Russell is 86; football legend Sonny Jurgensen is 84; Les Nesman from WKRP in Cincinnati, actor Richard Sanders is 78; Diane Chambers on Cheers, Shelly Long is 69; singer Rick Springfield is also 69; guitarist Gary Hoey is 58; basketball's Kobe Bryant is 40; and basketball's Seth Curry -- the little brother of Steph Curry -- is 28.
Today is Hug Your Sweetheart Day. Today is National Sponge Cake Day. Today is Ride the Wind Day -- an excellent opportunity to marvel at all things flying, and perhaps take part in some flying yourself. Today is Permanent Press Day, a day proudly to wear polyester and keep the iron unplugged. It was Steven Wright who said, “Ever notice how irons have a setting for permanent press? I don't get it.”
Calendar notes: On this day in 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England. They were divorced in November 1968. In 1972, the Republican national convention, meeting in Miami Beach, nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac entered the Billboard album chart. It was the group’s first album featuring Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 1993, the Los Angeles Police Department formally announced that Michael Jackson was the subject a criminal investigation. In 2003, a 47-year-old German man lost his driver's license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test in Koblenz was noteworthy because the man's dog, a West Highland white terrier, executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.
Trivia Answer: Who drummer Keith Moon who was born on this date in 1946. He joined The Who in 1964 before they recorded their first single. Moon remained with the band during their rise to fame, and was quickly recognized for his drumming style, which emphasised tom-toms, cymbal crashes, and drum fills. He occasionally collaborated with other musicians and later appeared in films, but considered playing in The Who his primary occupation and remained a member of the band until his death. In addition to his talent as a drummer, however, Moon developed a reputation for smashing his kit on stage and destroying hotel rooms on tour. He was fascinated by blowing up toilets with cherry bombs or dynamite, and by destroying television sets. While touring with The Who, on several occasions he passed out on stage and was hospitalised. By their final tour with him in 1976, and particularly during production of The Kids Are Alright and Who Are You, the drummer's deterioration was evident. Moon moved back to London in 1978, dying in September of that year from an overdose of Heminevrin, a drug intended to treat or prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
|Morning Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 from 1953 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles in 1950. Who was he?|
Josh Reddick homered to give Houston the lead and the Astros held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night. Both teams used yesterday as a "bullpen" day, although the Mariners were originally scheduled to start Mike Leake, who was scratched two hours before the game with an illness. Reliever Nick Vincent made his first career start, tossing two scoreless innings. Seattle turned a franchise-record six double plays in the game. The Ms and Stros wrap up the series with a day game today. After a couple extra days of rest, Marco Gonzales finishes off the homestand for Seattle this afternoon.
Birthdays: An 18-time MLB All Star, Yaz, Carl Yastrzemski is 79; actress Valerie Harper is also 79; football's Bill Parcells is 77; 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft is 73; Shirley on Laverne & Shirley, actress Cindy Williams is 71; Tears for Fears frontman Roland Orzabal is 57; Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson is also 57; singer Tori Amos is 55; matchbox twenty guitarist Paul Doucette is 46; actress and comedian Kristen Wiig is 45; The Late Late Show host, Mr. Carpool Karaoke himself, James Corden is 40; and singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is 23.
Today is Pocketphone Day. British Telecom introduced the first pocketphones on this date in 1989. Today is Be an Angel Day. Be An Angel Day is all about making the world a better place through acts of kindness, care and support. You’re encouraged to do something nice for someone today. Today is Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a time for everyone in the southern hemisphere to go outdoors at noon at yell, "Hoodie-Hoo!" to chase away winter and make ready for spring. Yep, it is winter down south. Today is National Eat a Peach Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile. He did so in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1956, Elvis began shooting his big-screen debut, Love Me Tender. In 1970, Eric Clapton entered the studio to begin recording the Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Also in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at number one on the album chart with their fifth album, Cosmo's Factory. In 1989, Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan fired a 96-mile-an-hour fastball to strike out Oakland’s Rickey Henderson, Nolan’s 5,000th strike out. In 1997, Rossana Giusti won the job of grave digger at a cemetery in Prato, Italy, after the ten men competing against her all fainted and failed the test. The test was exhuming a body. In 2000, Publishers Clearing House agreed to pay $18 million to 24 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations it had used deceptive promotions in its sweepstakes mailings. In 2007, the Texas Rangers routeed the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
If you're looking for a man that's not afraid to do a little housework, researchers say marry a teacher. A study found that guys who work in fields typically dominated by females do 25% more housework compared to men who work in male-dominated jobs.
Another myth goes by the wayside. It turns out that men DON’T think about sex every seven seconds. It's more like once every 28 minutes. Still, that's twice as much as women who think about it once every 51 minutes.
Trivia Answer: One of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Ray Bradbury who was born on this date in 1920, Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films. Bradbury never obtained a driver's license. He lived at home until he was twenty-seven and married. His wife of fifty-six years, Maggie, as she was affectionately called, was the only woman he ever dated. They were married from 1947 until her death in 2003. Interestingly, he exhibited skepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books and stating that "We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now." When the publishing rights for Fahrenheit 451 came up for renewal in December of 2011, Bradbury conceded that the work could be published in an electronic form -- provided that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, allowed the e-book to be digitally downloaded by any library patron. The title remains the only book in the Simon & Schuster catalog where this is possible. Following a lengthy illness, Bradbury died in Los Angeles on June 5th of 2012 at the age of 91.
|Morning Trivia: He stood 7-foot-1. He weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually over 300 pounds. He's widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA. In fact, he's the only player in the league's history to score 100 points in a single NBA game. Who is he?|
Robinson Cano hit his first home run since returning from an 80-game suspension, a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning and lifted the Seattle Mariners to a key 7-4 win over the Houston Astros last night. Seattle won its fifth straight against the Astros. Seattle pulled within 3 1/2 games of Houston in the division race, while the Astros fell back into a tie with Oakland for the top spot in the AL West. Felix Hernandez was solid in his return to the rotation after a brief demotion to the Seattle bullpen. Hernandez allowed four runs in six innings. Hernandez scattered five hits and despite the four earned runs had one of his better starts of the season. Tonight -- in game two of the series -- Mike Leake gets the start. First pitch tonight at 7:10.
It appears the longest-tenured Seahawk is moving on. Punter Jon Ryan tweeted a farewell note from his account yesterday morning, thanking the city, fans, team members and front office personnel for his 10 years as a Seahawk. Ryan wrote on Twitter. "I never wanted this day to come, but knew it would someday. even though I'm leaving, I will always remain a Seahawk." Ian Rapoport with NFL.com reports that Ryan had asked the Seahawks for his release so he could find another job. UPDATE: Ryan is flying to Buffalo to sign with the Bills.
Birthdays: Singer Kenny Rogers is 80; he was Linc on The Mod Squad, actor Clarence Williams III is 79; singer Jackie DeShannon is 77; TV personality Harry Smith is 67; college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL great Archie Griffin is 64; former quarterback Jim McMahon is 59; Google co-founder Sergey Brin is 45; and retired track star Usain Bolt is 32.
Today is Crazy Day. It’s not what you think. Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song Crazy on this date in 1961. Today is Cadillac Day. The first Cadillac was built on this day in 1902. Today is National Spumoni Day. Today is National Senior Citizens Day -- a day that honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society. In his Presidential Proclamation in 1988, President Ronald Reagan said "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."
Calendar notes: On this date in 1887, Phillies' pitcher Dan Casey struck out in the 9th inning of a game against the New York Giants. The event inspired Ernest L. Thayer to write … Casey at the Bat. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state. President Eisenhower issued the order for the 50-star flag. In 1976, RCA Victor records announced sales of Elvis Presley records had passed 400 million. In 1979, Gary Numan's single Cars was released. In 1991, in Independence, Missouri, the owner of a Domino's Pizza restaurant, dressed as a giant red rabbit to attract business, was knocked unconscious by Bobo the Clown, who was promoting a Pizza Hut across the street. The rabbit declined to press charges. In 1994, John Denver faced drunk-driving charges after wrapping his Porsche around a tree. In 2006, German prosecutors announced that they had decided against opening an investigation into Madonna after she performed a controversial mock crucifixion scene at a concert on August 20th.
More research to tell us something we already knew. A new study shows parents begin to lose control of their children at the age of 13. After years of watching their every step, at around 13, parents are left wondering what their kids are eating, doing, and who they are friends with.
Trivia Answer: Wilt Chamberlain -- Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, Chairman of the Boards -- who was born on this date in 1936. He played with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for a time with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected onto the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Rumor is that his favorite nickname was The Big Dipper -- allegedly a name he picked up because he always had to dip his head before entering a room. After his basketball career, Chamberlain played volleyball in the short-lived International Volleyball Association, was president of this organization and enshrined in the IVA Hall of Fame for his contributions. Chamberlain was also a successful businessman, authored several books, and appeared in the movie Conan the Destroyer. He was a lifelong bachelor, but became notorious for his claim to have had sex with 20,000 women, a statement which has entered popular culture. Chamberlain had a history of heart trouble. In 1992, he was hospitalized for three days following an irregular heartbeat, and in 1999, his condition deteriorated rapidly. After undergoing dental surgery in that year, he lost 50 pounds, was in great pain and seemed unable to recover from the stress. On October 12th of 1999, he died of congestive heart failure in Bel-Air, California.
|Morning Trivia: He was a songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. He was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer. He and his partner David Porter wrote the song Soul Man, which was first performed by Sam & Dave. The song has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, he began recording music and he had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul in 1969 and Black Moses in 1971. In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures. He's well known for his musical score for the film Shaft in 1971. For the Theme from Shaft, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. Who is he?|
Not a good weekend for the Ms. Clayton Kershaw pitched seven sharp innings for his 150th career win, Justin Turner homered and drove in five runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Seattle Mariners 12-1 yesterday -- that after having won 11-1 on Friday. Up next for the Ms are the division leading Houston Astros at Safeco Field for three starting tonight. With James Paxton out, Felix Hernandez returns to the starter role tonight at 7:10.
Not a good weekend for the Seahawks, either. Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers looked almost ready for the regular season from their first series. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they've got more work to do. Rivers went 6 of 7 for 62 yards in Los Angeles' 24-14 preseason victory over the Seahawks on Saturday night. Up next for the Seahawks, they head to Minnesota to face the Vikings Friday night.
Birthdays: Boxing promoter Don King is 87; politician Ron Paul is 83; journalist Connie Chung -- she's married to Maury Povich -- is 72; a founding member of Chicago, trombone player James Pankow is 71; Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant is 70; singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 66; Gary on Thirtysomething, actor Peter Horton is 65; weatherman Al Roker is 64; Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is 48; and singer Demi Lovato is 26.
Today is the Moon's Birthday, according to the ancient Aztecs. It's Bacon Lover's Day. Today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. Today is National Lemonade Day. Today is National Radio Day celebrating a great invention and communications medium. The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology.
Calendar notes: On this day in 1858, Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. In 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam – a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez. In 1960, singer Connie Francis made her acting debut on the set of the movie Where the Boys Are. In 1965, The Rolling Stones released Satisfaction. It would become their first #1 song in the US. In 1973, The Rolling Stones released their single Angie. The ballad became one of their biggest singles and went to number one. In 1990, Ike Sewell died in Chicago at age 87. Ike was an all-America football player at the University of Texas, but is probably better know as the inventor of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. In 1998, Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent. In 2003, in Rhode Island, OSHA fined the company which operated The Station club, $85,200 for one willful violation and six serious violations related to the February 20th fire that killed 100 and injured almost 200. Great White was fined $7,000 for failing to protect employees from fire hazards.
How far will you drive out of your way for food? A new survey says the average adult will, in fact, drive out of their way for a good meal. According to the survey, the average American is perfectly willing to drive 36 miles out of the way just to get some grub.
The average woman owns at least 20 pairs of shoes, but only wears 5 of them. Ninety percent of women say they have a pair that have never left the closet.
Trivia Answer: Isaac Hayes who was born on this date in 1942. During the late 1990s, Hayes gained new popularity as the voice of Chef on the Comedy Central animated television series South Park. He ended up leaving the show. At first it was apparently the Scientology episode of South Park that caused the break. In a 2007 interview, however, Hayes said he had quit because "they -- the shows creators and produceers -- didn’t pay me enough... They weren’t that nice." Hayes was found unresponsive in his home near Memphis on August 10th of 2008, ten days before his 66th birthday. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though the area medical examiners later listed a devastating recurrence of stroke as the cause of death.
|Morning Trivia: This opened on August 17th of 1907. It's one of the oldest continually operated markets in the United States. It's a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople, and merchants. It's home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of the buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. It's a popular tourist destination seeing some 10 million visitors annually. What are we talking about?|
After an off day yesterday, the Seattle Mariners open a 6-game home stand to night. First, three with the LA Dodgers, then the Houston Astros are at Safeco Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Matt LeBlanc gets the start for Seattle tonight at 7:10.
The Seattle Seahawks are preseason continues. The Hawks are in Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Kickoff us tomorrow night at 7:00.
Birthdays: Actor Robert De Niro is 75; Go-Go Belinda Carlisle is 60; actor Sean Penn is 58; Chucky -- former coach, then a sportscaster, now a coach again -- Jon Gruden is 55; a founding member of New Kids on the Block, now an actor, Donnie Wahlberg is 49; and a former world #1 tennis player, Jim Courier is 48.
Today is National Thriftshop Day. Watch for sales and specials today at Thriftshops in celebration. Today is Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day, just see if anyone notices. Today is #2 Pencil Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as the group's first female member. In 1987, the movie Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opened throughout the US. In 1992, Las Vegas singer Wayne Newton filed for bankruptcy protection, admitting that he owed some $20 million. In 1994, actor David Caruso quit the ABC drama NYPD Blue and was replaced by Jimmy Smits. In 1996, Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party's presidential candidate. It was the party's first-ever candidate. In 2001, a 45-year-old family doctor in London took do-it-yourself to a new level by performing a vasectomy on himself. Dr Jonathan Heatley performed his own surgery with the help of his wife and a nurse. The doctor, who had performed some 400 vasectomies, said everything went well, but advised others not to try it at home. In 2002, in Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.
On TV this Sunday, the last Sharknado. The 6th and last in this crazy franchise sees Fin (Ian Ziering) traveling back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Not only does the final Sharknado feature time travel, it will also have Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and Noah’s Ark. Plus the cameo appearances: Ziering’s 90210 co-star Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott, La Toya Jackson, Dee Snider, and Darrell Hammond. It's on Sunday on Syfy.
Trivia Answer: Seattle's Pike Place Market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations. The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers and craftspeople sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from th Market on a daily basis, in accordance with the Market's mission and founding goal: allowing consumers to "Meet the Producer". The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA).
|Morning Trivia: She played Janie's Mother in Aerosmith's video for Janie's Got a Gun. Who is she?|
Known more for his bunts than his homers, Dee Gordon blasted a homerun in the 12th inning yesterday to break a scoreless tie as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 to avoid a three-game sweep. Jean Segura had four hits to help the Mariners close to within 2 1/2 games of the A's for the second AL wild-card spot. Both teams squandered numerous scoring opportunities before Seattle scraped together two runs on one hit. Meanwhile, a day after he was struck by a line drive, James Paxton was placed on the disabled list with a forearm bruise, Felix Hernandez, who allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first career relief appearance, is likely to take Paxton's turn in the rotation. An off day for the Ms today. They're back home tomorrow night to begin a 6-game homestand starting off with the LA Dodgers.
Birthdays: She was Catwoman on the Batman TV show, actress Julie Newmar is 85; TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 65; director James Cameron is 64; founding member and lead guitarist of INXS, Tim Farriss is 61; Madonna is 60; actor Timothy Hutton is 58; actor Steve Carell is 56; singer Vanessa Carlton is 38; and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, actress Rumer Willis is 30.
It was a small moment that would reverberate for decades. On January 24th of 1967, Aretha Franklin was struggling to record I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), her first project for Atlantic after several years recording more conventional material for Columbia. As Franklin would recall, something with the studio musicians wasn't clicking until someone said, "Aretha, why don’t you sit down and play?" Taking a seat at the piano, Franklin quickly cut the smoldering track that would become her first No. 1 R&B hit. It just happened," she said. "We arrived, and we arrived very quickly." And it never stopped. For more than five decades, Franklin was a singular presence in pop music, a symbol of strength, women's liberation and the civil rights movement. Franklin, one of the greatest singers of all time, died this morning according to the Associated Press. Dubbed the Queen of Soul in 1967, Franklin loomed over culture in several monumental ways. The daughter of a preacher man, she was born with one of pop's most commanding and singular voices, one that could move from a sly, seductive purr to a commanding gospel roar. In her later years, Franklin was frequently sidetracked by health problems, and her recordings were slow to appear and spotty. Franklin last performed in November of 2017 at Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation gala. Over the course of her six-decade career, Franklin garnered 44 Grammy nominations, winning 18, and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1994, at the age of 52, Franklin became the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor. Looking back in 2016 at her version of Respect, Franklin elucidated both her own recording and its cultural impact. "I loved it, and I wanted to cover it just because I loved it so much," she said. "And the statement was something that was very important, and where it was important to me, it was important to others. It's important for people. Not just me or the Civil Rights movement or women -- it's important to people. I was asked what recording of mine I’d put in a time capsule, and it was Respect. Because people want respect -- even small children, even babies. As people, we deserve respect from one another."
It's National Bratwurst Day, National Roller Coaster Day, National Rum Day, and National Tell a Joke Day. Today is Wave at Surveillance Cameras Day. Today is Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day. Can you do it? Perhaps related, today is National True Love Forever Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis. In 1977, Elvis Presley died. Although many suspect Elvis accidentally administered himself a drug overdose, the official verdict was coronary arhythmia. He was 42. In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, claiming he'd been set up by a mysterious man named Raoul. In 1983, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher in New York. They divorced in 1985. In 1985, Madonna married Sean Penn in Malibu. She wore a leather teddy; he wore boxing gloves. They divorced in 1989. In 1992, tree surgeons Bill Droneburg and Melody Cline of Walla Walla, Washington, were married 20 feet off the ground in a maple tree. In 1999, in Russia, Vladimir Putin was confirmed as prime minister by the lower house of parliament. In 2002, scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called "beer goggles" effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts. In 2005, at her home outside London, Madonna suffered serveral broken bones in a horse riding accident. She was treated and released after cracking three ribs and breaking her collarbone and hand.
Trivia Answer: Actress Lesley Ann Warren who turns 72 today. She's been nominated once for an Academy Award and Emmy Award and five times for Golden Globe Award, winning one. She is known for her roles in films, The Happiest Millionaire, Victor Victoria, Clue, Burglar, Cop, Color of Night and Secretary. She has also appeared in popular TV shows, Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.
|Morning Trivia: This film premiered on this date in 1939 at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. Telecasts of the film began in 1956, re-introducing the film to the public and eventually becoming an annual tradition, making it one of the most famous films ever made. The film was named the most viewed motion picture on television syndication in history by Library of Congress, is often ranked among the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time in various critics' and popular polls, and is the source of many memorable quotes referenced in modern popular culture. What is the film?|
Quite the night for the Mariners last night. Jed Lowrie hit his 100th career homer after his line drive knocked Mariners ace James Paxton out of the game, and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 3-2 to move within one game of the slumping Houston Astros for the AL West lead. Felix Hernandez replaced Paxton in the first relief appearance of his career after 398 starts. Felix allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Paxton suffered a bruise on his left forearm after Lowrie's line drive popped him in the first inning, and X-rays taken later were negative. Oakland won its fourth straight and improved to 17-6 since the All-Star break. The Astros have been in first place since June 14th and led by as many as six games in late July, while the A's haven't had a share of first place this late in a season since 2014. Robinson Cano returned to Seattle's lineup after serving his 80-game suspension. The eight-time All-Star played first base and batted second, going 1 for 4. The Ms and As wrap up their series with a day game today.
Birthdays: Marilyn Munster on The Munsters, actess Pat Priest is 82; author and journalist Linda Ellerbee is 74; singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb is 72; Doobie Brother Tommy Johnston is 70; Ritchie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, actor Larry Mathews is 63; businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates is 54; former big league third baseman, now the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners, Scott Brosius is 52; Grace on Will & Grace, actress Debra Messing is 50; actor Ben Affleck is 46; and actress Jennifer Lawrence is 28.
It seems like there is a holiday for everything and sure enough, today is National Failures Day. You're encouraged to be fearless and make failure matter. Today is National Relaxation Day, an excuse for every overworked, underpaid person to do what they'd rather be doing. Today's the one day every year when it is acceptable to ignore phone calls, disregard e-mails and take it easy. Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone. In 1911, Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati introduced Crisco hydrogenated shortening. In 1965, The Beatles played at Shea Stadium for an audience of 56 thousand. The crowd set a record for attendance at a rock concert. A record was also set by the money taken in, a whopping 304-thousand dollars. The event was later regarded as the birth of stadium rock. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in a field near Bethel, New York. Almost 400,000 rock fans heard Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Sly and the Family Stone. Two children were born during the 3-day festival; three people died. In 1977, 8-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played. In 2001, astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. In 2004, in Athens, the US men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and the first since adding pro players.
You can take some solace in the fact that you're not alone. A new survey reveals that more than a third of us assault our computers, tablets, and phones in one way or another because the machines frustrate us.
Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Oz , a musical fantasy adventure film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan. Although the film received largely positive reviews, it was not a huge box office success on its initial release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,000,000 budget. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but its initial release failed to recoup the studio's investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for Over the Rainbow.
|Morning Trivia: She has been dubbed the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. She has written 165 books, including 141 novels. Despite what Publisher's Weekely called "a resounding lack of critical acclaim", all of her novels have been bestsellers, including those issued in hardback. Her formula is fairly consistent, often involving rich families facing a crisis, threatened by dark elements such as prison, fraud, blackmail and suicide. She has also published children's fiction and poetry, as well as raising funds for the treatment of mental disorders. Her books have been translated into 43 languages, with 22 adapted for television, including two that have received Golden Globe nominations. Who is she?|
Manager Bob Melvin might have a little better understanding of the anxiety other teams feel when his Oakland Athletics come roaring back in the late innings. Seattle nearly did it to the A's. These AL West rivals are among the best at staying in games until the very end despite a big deficit. The A's held off a late Seattle rally to beat the Mariners 7-6 last night in a matchup of playoff contenders. Second-place Oakland moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners, who had momentum coming off a four-game sweep at first-place and defending World Series champion Houston. Robinson Cano is scheduled to rejoin the Ms tonight -- back from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement. Manager Scott Servais plans to use Cano — who is ineligible for the postseason if Seattle makes the playoffs — around the infield. Coming up tonight, James Paxton looks to win his second straight start when the Ms and As match up at 7:05.
Birthdays: Half of Seals & Crofts, singer Daryl Dash Crofts is 78; the Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, David Crosby is 77; comedian, now a banjo player, Steve Martin is 73; he was Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch, actor Antonio Fargas is 72; Kate on Kate & Allie and she was the wife on McMillan and Wife, actress Susan St. James is also 72; romance novelist Danielle Steel is 71; he was born and raised in University Place, and graduated from Washington State University, cartoonist of The Far Side, Gary Larson is 68; basketball’s Earvin Magic Johnson is 59; Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen is 57; actress Halle Berry is 52; Mila Kunis is 35; and Tim Tebow is 31.
Today is National Financial Awareness Day, a day established to educate the public in the basic financial principals needed to form the foundation for financially sound practices from early adulthood through retirement. Today is International Nagging Day, a day to celebrate and remember the gift of positive nagging, particularly by parents. Today is Wiffle Ball Day. Wiffles were introduced on this date in 1953. Today is National Creamsicle Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a system of federal income insurance for the elderly. In 1971, Rod Stewart released Maggie May. It became his breakthrough single in the United States and went to number one. In 1976, the Gagers beat the Elbows 491 to 467 in a 365-inning softball game at Monticello, New York, the longest softball game on record. Starting at 10:00 the morning of August 14th, the game was called because of rain and fog at 4:00 the afternoon of August 15th. The 70 players raised $4,000 to build a new softball field for a local hospital. In 1981, the BBC recording of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana became the #1 album in Britain. In 1992, a health board in Massachusetts briefly closed a Chinese restaurant for the way it drained water from cabbage. They restaurant workers had placed the cabbages in laundry bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot and drove over them in a van. In 1999, 765,000 tickets to a Backstreet Boys North American tour were sold in one day. In 2015, in Havana, Cuba, the U.S. Embassy was re-opened after being closed 54 years earlier.
Trivia Answer: Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known as Danielle Steel, who turns 71 today.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts were released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York, New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon. Who were the Apollo 11 astronauts?|
Didn't see this one coming. Ryon Healy hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger delivered an RBI double in the 10th and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 4-3 yesterday to sweep a four-game series from the AL West-leading Astros. It's the first time in franchise history that Seattle swept a four-game series from the Astros. The third-place Mariners pulled within four games of Houston. Edwin Diaz allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th for his fourth straight game with a save and 46th overall, which leads the majors. The Mariners got a solid start from Erasmo Ramirez, who gave up just three hits in five scoreless innings in his first game since April 27th. He took Felix Hernandez's spot in the rotation after the one-time ace was moved to the bullpen on Thursday night. Seattle opens a three-game series at Oakland tonight. First pitch at 7:05.
Birthdays: Former Surgeon General of the United States, Joycelyn Elders is 85; Danny Partridge on The Partridge Family, Danny Bonaduce is 59 (he and his wife maintain homes in both Los Angeles and Seattle); Roger Sterling in the series Mad Men, actor John Slattery is 56; The Bone, baseball's Jay Buhner is 54; singer Tal Bachman is 50; and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is 36.
Today is National Skinny Dipping Day. Today is National Filet Mignon Day. Today is Left-Handers Day, according to LeftHandersDay.com, 13% of the world is left-handed. Word is that right handed people operate in the left side of the brain and left handed people use the right side. Therefore, it is said, only left handed people are in their right minds.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale died at age 90. She had taken to her bed 34 years earlier, convinced she was dying of heart disease. In 1942, Walt Disney's 5th full-length animated film, Bambi, was released to theaters. In 1952, Big Mama Thornton recorded You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog almost four years before Elvis did it. In 1953 Big Mamas version hit #1 on the R&B charts. In 1961, East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate and prepared to start building the infamous Berlin Wall. In 1967, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow Joan Baez to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her opposition to the Vietnam War. Baez responded with a performance at a free concert at the base of the Washington Monument. In 1985, the engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenagger was announced. In 1995, baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of liver cancer at age 63. In 1999, the movie Detroit Rock City opened. In 2004, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece, with a record 202 countries and 10,500 athletes taking part.
At the box office over the weekend, the shark thriller The Meg opened well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales. After two weeks at no. 1, Mission: Impossible – Fallout slid to second place with $20 million.
The latest numbers from Nielsen show that on average American adults spend 11.1 hours every day consuming media, up 19 minutes over the previous quarter. The breakdown is interesting, and more low-tech than you might expect: 92 percent of adults listen to radio in an average week (thank you!), 88 percent watch television, 79 percent mess around on a smartphone, 60 percent on a computer and 15 percent on a game console.
Trivia Answer: Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon. The astronauts were Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. On July 20th of 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21st. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy in a speech before Congress: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- the notorious R.B.G. -- was sworn in as the US Supreme Court`s 107th justice, and the Court's second female member. Who was the first?|
Mitch Haniger homered while Seattle jumped on Justin Verlander for six runs in two innings, and the Mariners beat the Houston Astros 8-6 last night. Haniger, Denard Span, and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander. Verlander was ejected for arguing a balk call after setting a season high for runs allowed. James Paxton continued his success against the Astros to improve to 4-0 against them this season. Edwin Diaz allowed a home run to Tyler White with two outs in the ninth before striking out Josh Reddick for his 43rd save. The series in Houston continues tonight with Mike Leake getting the start for Seattle.
Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in starting rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start in a season filled with struggles. The right-hander, who threw a perfect game in 2012, will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.
Andrew Luck returned to game action for the first time since the final week of the 2016 season, leading Indianapolis on a pair of field-goal drives in just over a quarter in the Colts' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last night. Luck's counterpart from the 2012 draft, Russell Wilson, played one series for Seattle. Wilson was 4 of 5 for 43 yards and capped his only drive with a 5-yard touchdown pas. It was Wilson's first action playing in the offense of new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, which will be heavily tilted toward the run. Next up for the Hawks, they travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers a week from tomorrow.
Three Seahawks ran into the tunnel leading to the team's locker room prior to the national anthem last night. Defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the field following team introductions and before the start of the anthem. They returned to the sideline immediately after it concluded. All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the anthem last season
Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Spector is 75; Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is 71; singer Patti Austin is 68; actress Rosanna Arquette is 59; actor Antonio Banderas is 58; INXS drummer Jon Farriss is 57; actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux -- he married Jennifer Aniston three years ago ... that lasted until the end of last year -- is 47.
Elvis Week 2018 is underway in Memphis. Through the 18th, it's a celebration of the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Watch ElvisWeek.com and Graceland.com.
Today is National Lazy Day, your chance to goof off, and definitely not work. And, it definitely comes at a good time. Hot, muggy weather makes it easy to kick back and be lazy for a day. Today is National Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Today is National S’Mores Day. It's appropriately observed in August, campfire prime time.
Calendar notes: On this day in 1985, Michael Jackson paid $47.5-million for ATV Music, a catalog of the Beatles' copyrights, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Also in 1985, Madonna's Like A Virgin album became the first album by a female to be certified for sales of 5 million. In 1995, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was convicted of conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering. In 2005, a 48-year-old man in Simi Valley, California, became so annoyed by a noisy car alarm he grabbed a handgun, went out and fired at least three bullets into a Toyota Camry. He silenced the alarm, but also brought out police who hauled him away in handcuffs. The charge was reckless discharge of a firearm and felony vandalism. In 2013, Katy Perry's song Roar was released.
Trivia Answer: On July 7th of 1981, President Ronald Reagan – who had pledged during his 1980 presidential campaign to appoint the first woman to the Court – nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, to replace the retiring Potter Stewart. In several speeches broadcast nationally on the cable network C-SPAN, she mentioned feeling some relief from the media clamor when Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined her as an Associate Justice of the Court in 1993.
|Morning Trivia: In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all-time. She is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170 to 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs. Her self-titled debut album in 1985 became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Who is she?|
The Seattle swoon continues. Joey Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs, Yovani Gallardo won his fourth straight start and the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 11-7 yesterday. Things don't get any easier as the Ms stay in Texas but move to Houton to face the division leading Astros for four starting tonight. First pitch tonight is at 5:10.
Preseason openers for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have mostly been ho-hum, perfunctory exhibitions. The veteran starters already know the game-day routine, from wake-up through kickoff. They play a series or two, reaffirm why they’ve been starters all these years, then watch the younger guys compete for jobs the rest of the night. Not these Seahawks. Their starters are the younger, new guys. Fifteen of the 22 players expected to start the first game of the 2018 preseason, tonight against Indianapolis at CenturyLink Field, were not starters in the same spots this time last year. Seven of those 15 new starters weren't even on the team 12 months ago, back when the Seahawks had Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Earl Thomas. Seattle Seahawks. Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is tonight at 7:00.
Birthdays: Comedian, actor, and director David Steinberg is 76; actor Sam Elliott is 74; actress Melanie Griffith is 61; rapper Kurtis Blow is 59; Neon Deion, Deion Sanders is 51; Dana Scully on The X Files, actress Gillian Anderson is 50; and actress/singer Anna Kendrick is 33.
Today is National Hand Holding Day. Today is Book Lover's Day. Today is National Rice Pudding Day. A Moment of Silence is observed today at Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan, where an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb on August 9th of 1945.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, the US Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created the character Smokey the Bear to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires. In 1974, Gerald Ford became the first non-elected President of the US after Richard Nixon resigned. In 1977, Bachman-Turner Overdrive called it quits. In 1978, Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. In 1988, the Edmonton Oilers traded hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two players and $15-million. In 1995, while undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53. In 1999, 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house. In 2003, Gregory Hines died from cancer at the age of 57. In 2004, Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Trivia Answer: Whitney Elizabeth Houston who would have been 55 today. On February 11th of 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.
|Morning Trivia: This actor's career in film, television, and theatre has been going since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He's has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two (for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man), thirteen Golden Globes, winning six (including an honorary one) and has won an Emmy Award. He received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1999, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. Who is he?|
For the second game in a row, the Seattle Mariners blew a three run lead -- and this time there would be no late inning heroics. Bartolo Colon became the top-winning pitcher born in Latin America, punctuating his 246th career victory as the Texas Rangers roughed up Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 11-4 last night. Those 11 runs represent a career-high number of runs given up by Felix. The Ms and Rangers are wrappin up their series with a day game in Arlington today. It's another Facebook game.
Birthdays: Actress Connie Stevens is 80; Jon on CHiPS, actor Larry Wilcox is 71; actor Keith Carradine is 69; journalist Deborah Norville is 60; from U2, guitarist The Edge is 57; Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is 57; musician, singer and actor Kool Moe Dee is 56; Creed singer Scott Stapp is 45; J.C. Chasez of ‘N Sync is 42; singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees is also 42; tennis player Roger Federer is 37; and singer Shawn Mendes is 20.
Today is Happiness Happens Day. Today is National Frozen Custard Day, Tonight is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night, a night for gardeners who grew too much zucchini.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Chubby Checker's The Twist entered the top 40. Fueled by the dance craze, the song eventually rose to number one. A year later, it reached number one again, being the only record other than Bing Crosby's White Christmas to pull off that feat. In 1970, singer Janis Joplin purchased a marker for the Philadelphia grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Bessie died in 1937. In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal. In 1988, 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. In 1995, Saddam Hussein's two eldest daughters, their husbands, and several senior army officers defected. In 2004, actress Fay Wray, held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic King Kong, died in New York City at the age of 96. In 2005, Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a tour bus-jacking in Denver. He miraculously survived.
Waiting for a company to reply to your online question? You could be waiting a long time. A new survey finds that nearly 60% of large companies don't respond to customer's questions.
Trivia Answer: Dustin Hoffman who turns 81 today. Hoffman's career has largely been focused on cinema, with sporadic returns to television and the stage. His most notable films include Midnight Cowboy,The Graduate, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, Lenny, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, Hook, and Wag the Dog. Hoffman is a lifelong fan of Archie Comics and owns every single issue ever printed. Hoffman was successfully treated for cancer in 2013.
|Morning Trivia: This actor is best known for his role as Ralph Malph on the television series Happy Days. Who is he?|
Ryon Healy had a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 last night after blowing an early three-run lead. Tonight, it's a matchup of struggling former AL Cy Young Award winners when 45-year-old Rangers hurler Bartolo Colon goes against Seattle and Felix Hernandez. The last victory for both right-handers was June 30th. First pitch in Arlington is tonight at 5:05.
Robinson Cano has begun his rehab assignment. He played with the Tacoma Rainiers last night. He played first base using a glove given to him by Albert Pujols. Robbie is set to play another game with the Rainiers and then one with the Everett Aquasox. He can rejoin the Ms on the 14th.
Birthdays: He was at the Washington Center a couple of years ago, humorist Garrison Keillor is 76; singer B.J. Thomas is also 76; Seinfeld’s Newman, actor Wayne Knight is 63; actor David Duchovny is 58; actress Charlize Theron is 43; and baseball's Mike Trout is 27.
Today is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, a day to focus on why some packages are so freakin’ hard to open. Today is Professional Speakers Day. Today is National Lighthouse Day, a day that honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea. On August 7th of 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation's lighthouses.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1782, George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed and became the more poetic Purple Heart. In 1955, Ed Sullivan played host to Bill Haley & the Comets, who performed Rock Around the Clock. In 1959, the Lincoln Memorial design on the penny went into circulation. It replaced the sheaves of wheat design. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president since the days of Grover Cleveland to give birth while in the White House. The infant, a boy, died two days later. In 1971, The Bee Gees got their first number one hit with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of. In 1985, Atlanta's Ted Turner paid $1.5-billion for MGM, including all the Tom & Jerry cartoons. In 2000, the family of Jimi Hendrix won a case at an international panel to evict the holder of the Internet address www.jimihendrix.com. In 2005, Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News World News Tonight, who had been fighting lung cancer, died at his New York home at age 67. In 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants broke baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
A recent study found that having high-speed internet access causes people to lose 25 minutes of sleep per night, compared to those people without it. The study found that access “promotes excessive electronic media use.” So, it's not all upside.
Trivia Answer: We know him as Donny Most but the biography now says Don Most. He's 65 tomorrow. Following his role as a regular cast member on Happy Days, Most has appeared in other film and television work. Film credits include EDtv (1999), Planting Melvin (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008). He also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and Glee. He also made an appearance on Charles In Charge, alongside his former Happy Days co-star, Scott Baio. He plays a man who has just won the lottery, and as part of the cameo joke, runs up to Scott Baio and waving the winning ticket shouts, "It looks like Happy Days are here again!" He also receives several looks from Scott Baio that suggests familiarity throughout the episode.
|Morning Trivia: She's an actress, director and screenwriter. She began her career as a child actor at the age of two. When she was seven years old, she won the role of Penelope Punky Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster. Who is she?|
The good news is the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The bad news is they lost the other three in the four-game series. The Ms had been waiting for a big day from Kyle Seager to spark their struggling offense, and they finally got it yesterday. Seager hit two home runs and Nelson Cruz added another as the Mariners powered their way to a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. Now for the Mariners, Wade LeBlanc goes for his first road win this season when the Ms take on the Texas Rangers in the first of three tonight. First pitch at 5:05.
Birthdays: He was Dr. Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show and went on to direct, Peter Bonerz is 80; singer and bass player with the family singing group DeBarge, Randy DeBarge is 60; former NBA player -- former Seattle Supersonic -- Dale Ellis is 58; ten-time NBA All-Star David Robinson is 53; from The Spice Girls. Ginger Spice, singer Geri Halliwell is 46; and -- she will love you always forever -- singer Donna Lewis is 45.
Actress Charlotte Rae -- Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life -- died yesterday. She died in her Los Angeles home. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also played Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes. Her character's popularity helped spark the spinoff The Facts of Life. Charlotte Rae was 92.
Today is Wiggle Your Toes Day. Those ten extremities at the ends of your feet, are crying out for a little freedom. Cramped up inside a pair of shoes or sneakers all day long, your stinky toes just don't get the chance to move about freely, as they would like to do. Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day. Today is National Fresh Breath Day -- a day created to appreciate oral hygiene and it’s importance. Dentists and oral care professionals hail this day as a day dedicated to fighting bad breath. The root beer float is celebrated every August 6th with its own special day. Today is National Root Beer Float Day. Today is National Pamper Yourself Day -- I'm thinking you will act accordingly. Today is also Garfiled's dog friend Odie's birthday.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, on General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham’s department store. In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, Bella Donna, which went to number one. In 1994, newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley made their first public appearance together in Budapest. In 1998, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton. In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to announce his successful bid to replace California Governor Gray Davis. In 2000, it was announced that Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2004, Superfreak singer Rick James was found dead in his Los Angeles home. He was 56.
Trivia Answer: Soleil Moon Frye who turns 42 today. After the Punky Brewster ended, Frye continued her career in guest spots on television and supporting roles in films. She attended The New School during the late 1990s, and directed her first film, Wild Horses, in 1998. In 2000, she joined the cast of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Roxie King, Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) roommate and close friend. Frye remained with the series until its end in April 2003. She has since continued her acting career working mainly as a voice actor.
|Morning Trivia: He's a singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, and signed with Columbia Records. After several top hits in the early 1950s, he then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. In 1962, he recorded his signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Who is he?|
Former Mariner Kendrys Morales homered in the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 last night. Felix Hernandez, whose spot in the Seattle starting rotation has been in question of late, gave up two runs in five innings. The Mariners cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer but the Blue Jays scored three times in the top of the ninth on two Mariners errors and a two-run homerun. Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon exited the game with a team trainer in the ninth after landing awkwardly while trying to catch third baseman Kyle Seager's throw. Game two of the series is tonight at 7:10.
Birthdays: Retired football coach -- he took the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive AFC championships -- Marv Levy is 93; actor Martin Sheen is 78; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 77; film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer John Landis is 68; actor Jay North -- he was Dennis the Menace -- is 67; from Metallica, singer James Hetfield is 55; Collective Soul singer Ed Roland is also 55; and actor Isaiah Washington is 55; from the NBA, former Seattle Sonic now the Indiana Pacers' coach, Nate McMillan is 54; football's Tom Brady is 41; and US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is 34.
Today is National Watermelon Day. Today is Colorado Day, marking this date in 1876 when Colorado became the 38th state.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1900, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded. In 1933, the Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75. In 1943, General George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident. In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose. In 1977, after building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders. In 1981, air traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned. In 1986, despite pouring rain, some 82,000 Brits watched the Chicago Bears whip the Dallas Cowboys 17 to 6 in the first All America Bowl in England. The fans seemed especially to enjoy 340-pound William "The Refrigerator" Perry, and an unknown streaker who dashed across the field wearing only socks. In 1987, Def Leppard released their album Hysteria. In 2004, in New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11th of 2001.
A man in Canada is facing an impaired driving charge after attempting to prove to his friends that he wasn't drunk. Police allege the man was drinking at a bar early Wednesday morning and set out to show his friends he wasn’t impaired by driving to a police station and asking for a breath test. He failed and was charged.
Trivia Answer: Tony Bennett who turns 92 today. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s. He's won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001) and two Emmy Awards. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He was born Anthony Benedetto. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions.
|Morning Trivia: This film director, writer, producer, and actor is perhaps best known as the director of many horror films, particularly slasher films. He directed the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he also co-wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. He directed the entire Scream series featuring Ghostface. Some of his other films include, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Red Eye, and My Soul to Take. Who is he?|
The Houston Astros got by the Seattle Mariners yesterday, 8-3. After a five-game losing streak, the Astros rebounded to win the final two games of the series. Houston has a five-game cushion over Seattle in the AL West and dropped the Mariners into a tie with surging Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. Oakland beat Toronto on yesterday to pull even. Seattle led the A's by 11 games in the middle of June, but has seen the entire lead disappear over the past six weeks. Tonight, Felix Hernandez makes perhaps his most important start of the year for the Ms in the opener of a four-game series with Toronto. If Felix has another bad outing, watch for a change.
Birthdays: Retired judge -- he oversaw the OJ Simpson trial -- Lance Ito is 68; Eddie on The Munsters, actor Butch Patrick is 65; actress and comedian Victoria Jackson is 59; actress Mary-Louise Parker is 54; and actor Edward Furlong is 41.
Today is Hug A Deejay Day. Today is Make Some Old-Fashioned Lemonade Day, squeezing real lemons and using real sugar and real water. Today is Roller Skating Day, marking the opening of the world's first roller rink, in London on this date in 1875. The first skates had wheels in line.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok held black aces and eights, which became known as the "dead man's hand." McCall was hanged. In 1943, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of the crew. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, and the Purple Heart for his injuries. In 1962, Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. Also in 1962, Aretha Franklin appeared on American Bandstand for the first time. In 1975, The Eagles topped the American charts with One of These Nights. In 1984, Charles Schultz' comic strip Peanuts was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers. In 1987, Disney re-released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 50 years after the film's original release.
A study has found that cubicles cause higher stress levels in employees, reduce productivity and cause employees to work themselves into non-ergonomic positions. While cubicles used to average eight feet by eight feet, they are now closer to five by five, or about half as much space as the average jail cell.
Trivia Answer: Wes Craven who was born on this date in 1939. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a strict Baptist upbringing. Craven had a letter published in the July 19th of 1968 edition of Life magazine, praising that periodical's coverage of contemporary rock music, in particular Frank Zappa. On August 30th of 2015, Craven died of brain cancer, at the age of 76, at his home in Los Angeles. The 10th episode of Scream was dedicated in his memory.
|Morning Trivia: On August 1st of 1981 at 12:01 am, this launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll" spoken by original Chief Operating Officer John Lack followed by a crunching guitar riff and a montage of images of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What are we talking about?|
Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run to put Houston ahead, Josh Reddick capped it with a two-run shot in the ninth inning, and the Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. Gattis' 21st home run of the season came in the sixth off Seattle starter Mike Leake and snapped a 1-1 tie. Leake left a breaking ball in the middle of the plate and Gattis clubbed it over the left field fence to put the Astros in front. Reddick greeted new Seattle reliever Zach Duke with a shot to deep right-center field in the ninth. It was the first home run allowed this season by Duke, who was acquired in a trade with Minnesota. The rubber match -- the series finale -- is a day game today at 1:10 this afternoon.
Disappointing that the Ms lost, but it could be worse. The Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets last night 25 to 4.
Birthdays: Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 87; blues singer Robert Cray is 65; singer Michael Penn is 60; from Def Leppard, singer Joe Elliott is 59; rapper Coolio is 55; the head Countin Crow, Adam Duritz is 54; Vanessa on The Cosby Show, actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 45; and former Seattle Mariner, now a Baltimore Oriole, All Star Adam Jones is 33.
Welcome to August. It was the 6th month of the Roman year and was called Sextilis. In the year 8 B.C. the Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Senate to change the month's name to Augustus in his honor.
August is Happiness Happens Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children's Vision and Learning Month, Make Your Reading Be A Haven Month, National Catfish Month, National Inventors' Month, National Toddler Month, Mental & Educational Wellness Month, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, National Back-to-School Month, Family Meal Month, and National Goat Cheese Month. August is Family Fun Month and National Toddler Month. Simplify Your Life Week begins today.
Today is Respect for Parents Day. Today is Girlfriends' Day, a day to take your girlfriends shopping, out to eat, to a spa, a movie, and/or to the park. Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. It's also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Today is World Wide Web Day, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. A couple of techies developed a prototype web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language, HTML.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1790, the first US census was completed, showing a population of just under 4 million people. In 1964, Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11½-inch action figure that sold for $4.00. The doll was inspired by the 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, The Story of GI Joe. In 1973, the movie American Graffiti opened nationwide. It starred Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, McKenzie Phillips, and Susan Richardson. In 1987, Bob Seger's song Shakedown, from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, went to number one. It was the Detroit rocker’s first ever chart-topping single. The tune was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who had contracted laryngitis. In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she had married Michael Jackson on May 26th in the Dominican Republic. They divorced less than two years later.
A poll shows 52% of Americans would rather spend a week in jail than be president.
Trivia Answer: MTV -- which stood for Music Television. At the moment of its launch, only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. It's a cable television network based in New York City. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs. Today, MTV still plays a limited selection of music videos, but the channel primarily broadcasts a variety of pop culture and reality television shows. Appropriately, the first music video shown on MTV was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. In the early days, the screen would sporadically go black when an employee at MTV inserted a tape into a VCR.