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Wednesday 9.30.15
Today's Trivia: He’s an actor best known for his role on an ABC television series. He decided as a very young child that he wanted to be an actor, and in 1967 he made his television debut in an episode of Dragnet. He played guest roles in That Girl, Mission: Impossible and The Mod Squad before being cast in 1969 in the sitcom that would make him famous. With the show's demise in 1974, he was unable to attract the type of high profile roles that might have expanded on his earlier success. In 1992, his autobiography spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was adapted into a TV movie in 2000. Who is he?

Shawn O’Malley, who came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh, delivered a two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to break the hearts of the playoff-contending Houston Astros with a 6-4 Mariners win last night. Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak, while the Astros fell out of the second wild-card spot. The last meaningful game played at Safeco Field this season is tonight when the playoff-contending Astros and the playing-out-the-string Mariners wrap up the series.

College ball Saturday has the WSU Cougars at Cal. The Huskies are off until Thursday the 8th when they're at USC.

Monday, the Seahawks host the Detroit Lions.

Birthdays: Pepper Anderson on Police Woman, actress Angie Dickinson is 84; Whitney Houston's mom, singer Cissy Houston is 82; singer Johnny Mathis is 80; from The 5th Dimension, singer Marilyn McCoo is 72; singer-songwriter Basia is 61; The Nanny, actress Fran Drescher is 58; Helen on Wings, actress Crystal Bernard is 54; Dharma on Dharma & Greg, actress Jenna Elfman is 44; and Seattle Mariner Seth Smith is 33.

Catherine E. Coulson, an actress best known as the quirky Log Lady in the TV series Twin Peaks, has died. Amy Richard with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where Coulson appeared in plays over the course of 22 seasons, said Coulson died Monday at her home in Ashland, Oregon. Richard said Coulson met Twin Peaks director David Lynch in the early 1970s at an acting workshop at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and he cast her as a nurse in his movie Eraserhead. In 1990 Lynch cast her as Margaret in Twin Peaks, a mysterious woman who carries around a log. Coulson had been battling cancer. She was 71.

Today is Stapler Day. It was patented today in 1841. Today is National Mud Pack Day. Pile on the facial. Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments.They're still popular but the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. The Mud Pack is supposed to keep the skin young, soft, and supple.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, the first prime-time cartoon for adults, The Flintstones, premiered on ABC-TV. In 1971, the Washington Senators played their last game in that other Washington efore moving to Arlington, Texas. They were forced to forfeit the game to the New York Yankees when fans stormed the field trying to take souvenirs. In 1982, the show with the Boston bar where everybody knows your name, Cheers began an 11-year run on NBC-TV. In 1993, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell retired.

Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend Cathriona White has died after apparently taking her own life. The 30-year-old makeup artist's body was found by friends at a Sherman Oaks home on Monday night. Her death is being investigated as a possible suicide, with an examination scheduled for today. Sources tell the deceased left a suicide note, which reportedly mentions the actor and states the couple split last week. White also shut down her account on September 24th following her final tweet, which read: "Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest." Carrey said he was shocked and saddened by White's death, likening the news to being hit by a lightning bolt. In a statement released yesterday, Carrey said that White was a "kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil." He said his heart goes out to her friends and family. Law enforcement sources say White died from an overdose of drugs.

Jerry Dipoto was determined not to let the circumstances surrounding his departure from his previous job as a general manager become a hindrance to his desire to run another franchise. So he was honest about what happened when he interviewed with the Seattle Mariners, did his homework on the franchise, and brought ideas for ways to bring winning baseball back to the Northwest. Dipoto was introduced as Seattle's new general manager yesterday, less than three months after stepping down from the same position with the Los Angeles Angels following clashes with manager Mike Scioscia. Dipoto said he was honest with Mariners management about what led him to leave the Angels. Dipoto was one of three finalists for the Seattle position, narrowed from an initial pool of about 40 pulled together by Mariners team President Kevin Mather. The 47-year-old was charismatic, well-spoken and self-deprecating during his introduction but acknowledged that his words would need to become action if Seattle is going to end the longest postseason drought in baseball. He believes the Mariners are not that far away. Dipoto was among those within baseball who expected the 2015 version to live up to expectations and be a contender in the AL West, rather than playing out the string as part of another losing season. Dipoto said Seattle's core is solid with the likes of Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz but the challenge will be deepening the bench, pitching rotation and bullpen.

Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, married her longtime boyfriend Isaiah Silver last week ... and kept the ceremony a secret from everyone -- including her mom. E! News reports that Cobain and Silver, who have been together for five years, have been planning the wedding for more than a year, and the guest list included fewer than 15 people. The 23-year-old Cobain and her mother have certainly had their ups and downs over the years, but a source tells E! that Love "was devastated to learn that Frances had gotten married without her knowing."

Trivia Answer: He was born Barry William Blenkhorn but we know him as Barry Williams and he's 61 today. He was Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. His 1992 autobiography was titled Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg. The book was adapted into the TV movie Growing Up Brady that starred Adam Brody as Williams. Always proud of his success with The Brady Bunch, Williams has appeared in various Brady TV movie reunions. Barry also appeared with his former Brady Bunch co-star Christopher Knight (Peter Brady) on a 2006 episode of the Fox network sitcom That '70s Show. He and Knight have remained close friends since their Brady Bunch days.

Tuesday 9.29.15
Today's Trivia: This retired football player is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's also a former Republican politician, having served in the US House of Representatives for Oklahoma, from 1994 until 2002. In 2002, he was defeated in his run for Governor of Oklahoma in a three-way race in which he had been considered the frontrunner. Prior to his political career, he was a wide receiver for a single team for his entire 14-season NFL career. Who is he?

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers put on a performance worthy of prime time Monday night, as the quarterback threw five touchdown passes in a 38-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Seahawks notched their first win last Sunday. They go for two in a row Monday as they host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

The Mariners are slowly riding off into the sunset. They opened their final homestand of the year with a 3-2 loss to the Houston Astros last night. The Ms have now lost six in a row. Ms and Astros again tonight.

Birthdays: The Killer, singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 80; if -- like me -- you grew up reading liner notes when there still were liner notes -- a name that you came across from time to time, he was a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, virtuoso violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is 73; the composer best-known for his TV theme songs for such shows like Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, and Street Blues, Mike Post is 71; the younger brother of sports broadcaster Greg Gumbel, TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 67; Grand Funk singer-songwriter-and-guitarist Mark Farner is 67; comedian Andrew Dice Clay is 58; Vicki Stubing on The Love Boat, actress Jill Whelan is 49; and from the NBA, small forward Kevin Durant is 27.

Today is National Coffee Day. It's Quick Draw Day, always on the birthday of Quick Draw McGraw, the cartoon horse who got elected sheriff in 1959. His deputy, a Mexican burro named Baba Looey, was much smarter than Quick Draw, but never let the sheriff know it. Today is National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, Bell Laboratories introduced the first telephone answering machine. In 1960, My Three Sons debuted on ABC-TV. In 1963, My Favorite Martian premiered on CBS-TV. In 1982, in Chicago, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer and driving without a valid license in Beverly Hills. In 1996, the Nintendo 64 video game system debuted in America. It had been selling in Japan for three months. In 2003, President Bush signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers. In 2008, the Dow Industrial Average lost 777 points. It was the largest one-day decline to date. The drop came after the US House of Representatives had voted down a $700 billion bank bailout plan.

The Seattle Seahawks found a tonic for their 0-2 start, sparked by the likes of Tyler Lockett and Jimmy Graham and the return of Kam Chancellor making their defense whole again. But just as it appears the Seahawks are ready to move forward in overcoming their difficult start, a new concern has emerged with the health of Marshawn Lynch. Already dealing with a sore back and neck, and a calf injury that limited him in practice last week, Lynch suffered a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the second half of Sunday's victory. The hamstring problem capped a strange day for Lynch, who struggled getting himself ready for the game to begin with and didn't come out of the locker room until midway through the first half. Pete Carroll said Lynch underwent an MRI last week on his sore calf, but was scheduled to have another MRI after the hamstring problem popped up during Sunday's game. Lynch felt his hamstring after catching a 9-yard pass to convert a fourth-and-1 on the final drive of the first half. He did not play the rest of the game. Carroll said the extra day this week, with Seattle not playing until next Monday night against Detroit, could be beneficial in Lynch's recovery. If Lynch can't play against Detroit, it would be just the second game he's missed since joining the Seahawks early in the 2010 season. Lynch missed a 2011 game at Cleveland when his back stiffened up just before kickoff. While he may not have started every game in his Seattle tenure, Lynch has played in every other one.

The Seattle Mariners officially announced the hiring of Jerry Dipoto as their executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations yesterday. The team is introducing Dipoto at a press conference from Safeco Field this morning. The 47-year-old Dipoto resigned as Los Angeles Angels GM in July after more than three seasons because of repeated clashes with manager Mike Scioscia over the the use of analytics, scouting reports, and other decisions. He has recently been working with the Boston Red Sox on an interim basis in a consulting role in the front office. The Mariners have liked Dipoto for a long time. The former big-league reliever of eight seasons was a finalist for team's general manager position in 2008 before the front office decided to hire Jack Zduriencik. Dipoto is said to know well advanced analytics and has a decent track record of scouting, drafting, and player development.

Trivia Answer: Steve Largent -- number 80 -- who turned 61 yesterday. The team he spent his career with was the Seattle Seahawks. Despite an All-American career at the University of Tulsa, Largent was not selected until the fourth round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers (117th pick). After four preseason games, he was slated to be cut, but was instead traded to the expansion Seattle Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick. When Largent retired, he held all major NFL receiving records, including: most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100). He was also in possession of a then-record streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a reception. He also holds the distinction as the first receiver in NFL history to achieve 100 touchdown receptions in his career. Largent was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. His number (80) was retired in 1992; Largent is the first Seahawk player to be so honored (the team has retired number 12 in honor of the the twelves, the number 71 for offensive tackle Walter Jones on December 5th of 2010, and the number 96 for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy on October 14th of 2012.

Monday 9.28.15
Today's Trivia: He is a Canadian musician best known as lead guitarist, songwriter, and a founding member of the 1960s and 1970s rock bands -- The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Who is he?

One burst of speed from rookie Tyler Lockett ignited Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham, and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks after a sleepy start against Chicago. Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, Wilson and Graham connected on a 30-yard TD in the third quarter, and the Seahawks routed the undermanned Bears 26-0 yesterday. Wilson finished 20 of 30 for 235 yards, while Graham had seven catches for 83 yards a week after getting just one catch. Next up, the Hawks host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football a week from tonight.

Tonight on Monday Night Football, the Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay to face the Packers. What is that expression? The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Go Chiefs.

Given an opportunity to engineer a remarkable comeback win, freshman quarterback Jake Browning’s inexperience instead got in the way, a late interception ensuring California's 30-24 victory over Washington on Saturday at Husky Stadium.

The Mariners closed out the road portion of their year on a down note losing to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 yesterday. The Ms were swept by the Angels. The loss, fourth in a row, firmly eliminated Seattle from playoff contention for the 14th consecutive season, the longest drought in MLB. Six games still on the schedule: three with Houston followed by three with Oakland. Game one with the Astros is tonight.

Birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 81; Number 80; Seahawk great Steve Largent is 61; Frank Zappa's daughter, Moon Unit Zappa is 48; actress and singer Hilary Duff is 28; Seattle Seahawks Tyler Lockett is 23; and the Bonus Jonas, actor Frankie Jonas is 15.

It's National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. Today is Confucius' Birthday. Today is World Rabies Day. Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It's your opportunity to speak up, and to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask. All those questions that you thought were too stupid or dumb to ask, have been piling up all year long. Today is the day to unload them. Nobody will laugh ... we hope.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox finished the season with a batting average of .400. He was last major leaguer to hit .400. In 1955, the World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1990, the Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Europe. In 1996, during their wedding at Spokane’s First Presbyterian Church, Craig and Jill Looper’s vow-sealing kiss set off the fire alarm. Or maybe it was an electrical problem. None of the 350 guests was injured, but the wedding cake was ruined. The couple signed their license on the hood of a fire truck. In 1997, the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society was held in New York City. The official debut of the DVD format was featured. In 2002, Chicago police officer Jessie Watts Jr. arrested two men who tried to burglarize the minivan he was occupying during an undercover surveillance. Watts said the burglars weren't any more surprised than he was.

Hotel Transylvania 2 easily topped the weekend box office, sinking its teeth into an impressive $47.5 million, and providing a big win for star Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures. Both have endured some rough patches. Sandler, once among the most consistently commercial leading men in Hollywood, has suffered a series of flops that have inspired questions about his bankability. And Sony had its inner workings laid bare in last year's hack attack by North Korea. Hotel Transylvania 2 also sets a new September record, passing the previous Hotel Transylvania's $42.5 million start in 2012. Coming in second was the new comedy The Intern. Last week’s champ, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials came in third. After expanding to 3,006 locations, survival thriller Everest was the No. film of the week. Rounding out the top five was Black Mass. The Whitey Bulger biopic.

Last year one of the most popular Halloween costumes was Walter White from Breaking Bad. This year the hit costume looks like it's going to be Donald Trump. According to a report from MarketWatch, many wig and costume sellers are selling out of Trump wigs, and it's not even October. Many of the retailers are restocking, but they're worried they can't keep up with the demand.

NASA scientists said this morning that they believe they have confirmed that water intermittently flows on the surface of Mars, a discovery that may have ramifications in the search for past or present life on the planet.

On TV tonight, the premiere of The Daily Show with Trevore Noah. Comedian Trevor Noah takes over for Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show. Kevin Hart is his first guest. The first episode is being shown on all Viacom networks, including MTV, TV Land, Nickelodeon, VH1, SpikeTV, BET, Logo and Epix.

Trivia Answer: Randy Bachman who turned 72 yesterday. He is also a national radio personality on CBC Radio in Canada, hosting the weekly music show, Vinyl Tap.

Friday 9.25.15
Today's Trivia: He was born Marvin Lee Aday but in 2001, he changed his first name to Michael. This musician and actor, however, is better known by his stage name. He's known for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live performances. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. Who is he?

On Thursday Night Football last night, Eli Manning and the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins 32-21.

College football returns tomorrow. The Washington Huskies host the California Golden Bears at -- here's the new handle -- Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Kick-off at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. It's the bye week for the Cougars.

Jimmy Clausen has probably done tougher things before in the NFL, though it's not easy to think of more daunting tasks than being a backup quarterback who will step in to start at Seattle against the Seahawks. Clausen, the Chicago Bears backup, hasn't officially been announced as starter in place of injured Jay Cutler. Coach John Fox is nonetheless expected to make the move today. Clausen has taken all the starter's snaps this week preparing for Seattle while Cutler watched from the sidelines after suffering a strained hamstring last Sunday against Arizona. Clausen started 10 games as a rookie out of Notre Dame in 2010 under Fox in Carolina. The team went 1-and-9. Hawks-Bears. Sunday afternoon at 1:25 at the CLink.

Starter James Paxton left the game in the second inning with another finger injury and the Kansas City Royals tore up six Mariners relievers on the way to a 10-4 win last night at Kauffman Stadium, where a happy crowd celebrated the first Central Division championship in the club’s history. The Royals are the first in MLB to clinch a division title, and will be in the playoffs for the second year in a row after a 29-year drought. The Mariners are now in Los Angeles for the final road series of the season with three games against the Angels. Game one tonight at 7:00.

Birthdays: TV's Barbara Walters is 86; actor Michael Douglas is 71; model Cheryl Tiegs is 68; Potsie Webber on Happy Days, actor Anson Williams is 66; Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, actor Mark Hamill is 64; actress Heather Locklear is 54; basketball's Scottie Pippen is 50; actor and singer Will Smith is 47; actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 46; former Seattle Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck is 40; and, from Community, actor Donald Glover is 32.

Today is National One-Hit Wonder Day, honoring all those singers and groups that had just one hit record. Remember these? Puttin’ on the Ritz by Taco, Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, The Macarena by Los Del Rio, Bad Day from Daniel Powter, Lou Bega’s Mambo #5, Funkytown by Lipps Inc., Sex And Candy by Marcy Playground, Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye. Today is Gomer Pyle Day, marking the CBS-TV debut of Gomer Pyle USMC on this date in 1964. An Andy Griffith spin-off starring Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton, the show lasted five seasons and is still in syndication. Today is National Comic Book Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis broke up as a comedy team. They had begun performing together on the same day in 1946. In 1965, at the age of 34, Willie Mays became the oldest major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season. Ten years earlier, he had been the youngest player to accomplish the same feat. In 1971, Cat Stevens released Peace Train. In 1976, the band Boston's self-titled debut entered the album chart. It became the fastest-selling debut album in chart history. In 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died of asphyxiation on his own vomit due to consumption of alcohol. The group decided to disband when they determined that their drummer could not be replaced. In 1995, Circuit Judge Joseph Wilson in Columbia, South Carolina, refused to allow attorney Heather Smith to enter a plea for her client because the female lawyer was wearing pants. The hearing was postponed. In 1990, Dave Grohl, formerly with Washington DC's Scream, joined Nirvana. In 2003, the US House gave the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national ‘do not call’ directory.

What happens when you combine a Supermoon with a total lunar eclipse? We'll find out this Sunday night. It's something that is even rarer than once in a blue moon. When a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth, that's a Supermoon. Although still about 220,000 miles away, this full moon will look bigger and brighter than usual. In fact, it will be the closest full moon of the year, about 30,000 miles closer than the average distance. (The moon's orbit is far from a perfect circle.) But this time around, we're combining the Supermoon with a total lunar eclipse -- a combination that hasn't happened since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. It's the last lunar eclipse until 2018. For Western Washington, the event will begin before we see the moon rise, so it'll rise already partially eclipsed. But no worries, it'll be above the horizon when the full eclipse begins at 7:11 Sunday night. The peak of the eclipse is at 7:47 but it'll remain in full eclipse mode until 8:23, gradually brightening until it's back to its normal supermoon self at 10:22. The weather looks great. Generally clear skies are expected Sunday evening across Western Washington.

With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans this morning that he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis. The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early this morning when he announced his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after a high point of Boehner's congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner's request.

Since fall has fell, the season premieres have been rolling out. On TV tonight, the season premieres of The Amazing Race on CBS and Shark Tank on ABC. By the way, Ashton Kutcher is a "guest shark" on the Season 7 premiere of Shark Tank.

New in theaters this weekend, the PG-rated Hotel Transylvania 2, the PG-13 rated The Internet, the R-rated The Green Inferno, and the wide release (includes non-IMAX) of the PG-13 rated Everest.

Trivia Answer: Meat Loaf who turns 68 on Sunday. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. His most notable roles include Eddie in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975, Bob Paulson in David Fincher's Fight Club in 1999. He also appeared in several television shows such as Monk, Glee, South Park, House, M.D. and Tales from the Crypt as a guest actor.

Thursday 9.24.15
Today's Trivia: He became famous in the 1970s when he joined Sesame Street, and there helped develop characters for the series. In 1976, he produced The Muppet Show. He won fame for his creations, particularly Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie. He was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years. Who was he?

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor spent 54 days away from his teammates, and it was simply time to come home. That was the message the three-time Pro-Bowler had when he addressed reporters from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton yesterday, as he ended his protracted contract holdout. According to Chancellor, the team's 0-and-2 start, which has included some uncharacteristic lapses on defense versus the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers, helped bring him back. The 27-year-old had been holding out in a show of displeasure with the four-year contract extension worth just over $28 million that he signed in 2013. But the team held firm in its stance not to renegotiate a deal with three years remaining on it and apparently made no concessions to Chancellor or agent Alvin Keels. Yesterday, Chancellor revealed that he considered holding out for the entire 2015 season, if necessary, but that he made the decision to come back after spending time praying about it. He flew to Seattle Tuesday night before reporting to the VMAC yesterday morning. Chancellor said he felt no ill will from the organization or his teammates and was ready to move on and put the reportedly contentious stalemate behind him. Head coach Pete Carroll wouldn't address whether the team would set aside any of Chancellor's reported $1.6 million in fines and forfeited salary and bonuses. But he said he was ecstatic to have his enforcer in the secondary back on the practice field. Chancellor said he had no doubts he'd be able to play on Sunday, while Carroll maintained that the safety remained a big part of their long-term plans. The Hawks' home opener is this weekend against the Chicago Bears. It's Sunday afternoon at 1:25 at the CLink. CBS with the coverage.

Tonight on CBS, it's the Washington Redskins at the New York Giants. Game time 5:25.

Coming up Saturday, the Huskies host California. It's the bye week for the Cougars.

With a 3-2 lead entering the ninth, the Mariners had a chance to move to within two games of .500, but closer Tom Wilhelmsen lost his command and the Royals tied the score and moved the game to extra innings. A walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 win. On the upside, Robinson Cano’s eighth-inning single marked the 2,000th hit of Cano’s major league career. The Mariners conclude their three-game series with the Royals this afternoon.

Birthdays: Journalist Lou Dobbs is 70; Football's Mean Joe Green is 69. Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue, actor Gordon Clapp is 67; baseball's Rafael Palmeiro is 51; and Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm are 33.

Today is Moose day, honoring Bullwinkle J. Moose from Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, who debuted on this date in 1959 with his best friend, the plucky squirrel named Rocky. Today is Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day. Just remember, a little Elvis goes a long way. Today is National Punctuation Day, a day that the importance of proper punctuation. Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, CBS premiered the television news magazine 60 Minutes. In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She served 22 months before receiving clemency from President Carter. In 1979, the CompuServe Information System began operation as the world's first public computer information service. In 1982, Prince's single 1999 was released. In 1984, actor Neil Hamilton died at the age of 85. He played Commissioner Gordon on TV's Batman. In 1991, Nirvana's album Nevermind was released. In 1998, the Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned yesterday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass emission tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has suddenly dented a reputation for trustworthiness that took decades to build. The smog-test trickery has erased billions in market value and raised the specter of criminal investigations and billions more in fines. Winterkorn took responsibility for the "irregularities" but insisted he had personally done nothing wrong. Winterkorn, VW's boss since 2007, had come under intense pressure since the EPA's disclosure Friday that stealth software makes VW's 2009-2015 model cars powered by 2.0-liter diesel engines run cleaner during emissions tests than in actual driving. The EPA accused VW of installing the so-called "defeat device" in 482,000 cars sold in the U.S. VW later acknowledged that similar software exists in 11 million diesel cars worldwide and was setting aside 6.5 billion euros to cover the costs of the scandal. The company has yet to reveal what its digital records show about who developed, wrote and tested the code, under whose direction, and why.

ESPN reports that an assistant football coach at the Texas high school where two players attacked a referee during a game earlier this month admitted that he ordered the players to hit the official. According to evidence obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines, assistant coach Mack Breed admitted in a letter to the school principal that he "directed the students to make the referee pay for his racial comments and calls." Video of the two players striking the referee from behind was posted to YouTube and has been viewed more than 11 million times. Breed has not publicly commented on what he said to his players, but he is expected to attend a hearing today of the University Interscholastic League. At that hearing, the governing body could sanction Breed as well as the John Jay High School football program.

On TV tonight, the series premiere of Heroes Reborn. This 13-episode "event series" takes place four years after the finale of Heroes and the world now knows about people with special powers. They've been named Evos, short for Evolved Humans. It's tonight on NBC.

The Bay City Rollers are coming back. The mid-'70s British band announced yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland, that they're returning to the stage. According to Billboard, singer Les McKeown said, "You think we're doing it for money, but we're doing it for the glory of Scotland and the glory of the tartan." The group is scheduled to play a December 20th show at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, with more expected. Though McKeown played down the financial side, the band does have an interest in making a few bucks. In 2007, six members filed a lawsuit against Arista Records, claiming that the label failed to pay millions of dollars in royalties. As of 2013, the case was still in the works. Three members of the original group are getting together, with a fourth, Eric Faulkner, interested, according to McKeown. Drummer Derek Longmuir, now a cardiology nurse, isn't interested in taking part.

Trivia Answer: Jim Henson who was born on this date in 1936. Henson also had frequent roles in Muppets films such as The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, and created advanced puppets for projects like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. During the later years of his life, he also founded the Jim Henson Foundation, and Jim Henson's Creature Shop. He won two Emmy Awards for his work on The Storyteller and The Jim Henson Hour. On May 16th of 1990, Henson died suddenly from streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at the age of 53. In the weeks after his death, he was celebrated in a wave of tributes. He was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, and as a Disney Legend in 2011.

Wednesday 9.23.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1988, José Canseco of the Oakland Athletics became the first member of MLB's 40-40 club. What is the 40-40 club?

The 12s can breathe a sigh of relief. Kam Chancellor ended his holdout and reported to the Seattle Seahawks today after missing training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season. Chancellor arrived at the team facility early this morning, his first appearance since June's mini-camp. His holdout had lasted nearly eight weeks. The Seahawks are 0-and-2 after losses to St. Louis and Green Bay during his absence. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team is planning for Chancellor to play Sunday against Chicago, but said that would be assessed as the week goes on. Chancellor has potentially lost more than $2 million with the holdout that doesn't appear to have resulted in a new contract. Carroll said the team would not discuss any of the business aspects of Chancellor's return, including if any fines will be enforced. Chancellor's agent, Alvin Keels, posted on Twitter that he was glad to see Chancellor back at work and, "The business side of the sport sucks at times. Some will understand it most won't." Seattle has a two-week roster exemption for Chancellor, but he must be added to the active 53-man roster at least 24 hours prior to kickoff to play either this Sunday against Chicago or Monday, October 5th, against Detroit. Meanwhile, the Hawks' home opener is this weekend against the Chicago Bears. It's Sunday afternoon at 1:25 at the CLink. CBS with the coverage.

Coming up Saturday, the Huskies host California. It's the bye week for the Cougars.

The Mariners scored seven runs in the third inning, a single-inning high for the season, and went on to trounce the Royals -- the team with the American League's best record -- 11-2 last night in Kansas City. Hisashi Iwakuma, backed by five home runs, including two from Robinson Cano, tied his season high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings as the Mariners won for the 13th time in 19 games. The second of the three-game series is tonight.

Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 72; former NFL player and coach, Marty Schottenheimer is 72; actress and singer Mary Kay Place is 68; The Boss, Bruce Springsteen is 66; George Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jason Alexander is 56; singer-songwriter -- In the House of Stone and Light -- Martin Page is 56; and singer Ani DiFranco is 45.

Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees All-Star catcher who became as famed for his humorous adages as his athletic prowess, died yesterday, on the 69th anniversary of his major league debut. The legendary athlete was one of the most beloved competitors in baseball history -- his kindness, humility and good humor complemented his gifts on the baseball diamond. Some of Berra's famous quotes, such as "it ain't over 'til it's over," became timeless and are still repeated today. Berra won ten World Series rings -- more than any other player in baseball history. Yogi Berra was 90.

Today is National Dogs in Politics Day, a day to remember dogs who lived at the White House: Abe Lincoln's Fido, Franklin Roosevelt's Fala, Harry Truman's Mike and Feller, Dwight Eisenhower's Heidi, Lyndon's Johnson's Him and Her, Richard Nixon's Checkers, Ronald Reagan's Lucky and Rex, George Bush's Millie, Bill Clinton's Buddy, George W. Bush's Barney, and Barack Obama's Bo and Sunny.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1946, in the fastest knockout in boxing history, Al Couture landed one blow on Ralph Walton’s chin in Lewiston, Maine. Total time, including the ten-count: 11 seconds. In 1962, The Jetsons premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color. In 1980, Bob Marley performed his last show. It was in Pittsburgh. He died seven months later of cancer. In 1986, Congress designated the rose as America’s national flower. In 1991, guitarist and songwriter Izzy Stradlin left Guns N’ Roses shortly after the release of their double albums Use Your Illusion I and II. In 1997, Elton John's single Candle in the Wind 1997 was released in the states. In 1992, the TV sitcom Mad About You starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, debuted on NBC. In 2002, the first public version of the web browser Firefox was released.

The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song Happy Birthday To You for years doesn't hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world. That ruling from a federal judge yesterday. The judge determined the song's original copyright only covered the tune's musical arrangement and not the lyrics. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed two years ago by Good Morning To You Productions Corp, which is working on a documentary film tentatively titled Happy Birthday. The company challenged the copyright arguing that the song should be "dedicated to public use and in the public domain." The music publishing company, meanwhile, has said it doesn't try to collect royalties from just anyone singing the song but those who use it in a commercial enterprise. In a statement, it said, "We are looking at the court's lengthy opinion and considering our options."

The Minnesota Vikings have faced plenty of worthy adversaries in contract negotiations over the years. It should come as no surprise that Ragnar the Viking was one of the most ferocious. The Vikings announced on Monday that they have not been able to reach a new contract agreement with Joe Juranitch, the man who played Ragnar for the last 21 years and was looking for quite a raise to pillage the team's home games and strike fear into the hearts of their opponents while growling at them atop his purple motorcycle. Ragnar was asking for $20,000 per game over the next 10 years, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. Based on a home schedule that includes eight games per season, that would be $1.6 million over the life of the contract. It would increase to $2 million if preseason games were included. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not publicly discuss contract negotiations.A fan favorite since 1994, the burly, bearded Ragnar led the Vikings out of the tunnel on his motorcycle during pregame introductions, wearing a horned helmet and furs. But when the Vikings hosted the Detroit Lions on Sunday in their home opener, Ragnar was nowhere to be found. He posted a message on his Facebook page that had a picture of him in full Ragnar garb watching the game on television. Ragnar was an independent contractor and not an official member of the organization. Since 2007 he has shared the spotlight in Minnesota with Viktor, the team's official mascot. Ragnar made about $1,500 a game last season. Fans started an online petition to have him reinstated and flooded his Facebook page with words of encouragement. The Vikings responded to numerous requests from fans and media with a statement that said they have had "multiple conversations" with Juranitch but were unable to reach a new agreement. It said, "The Vikings greatly appreciate what Ragnar has meant to the organization and to the fans over the last two decades. We intend to honor his 21 seasons on the field during a 2015 Vikings home game and we will welcome him to future ceremonial events. We will always consider Ragnar an important part of Vikings history." Sounds like it's done to me.

Interesting factoid. Do with it what you will. A new report reveals that so far in 2015, 12 people have died taking selfies. Eight people have died from shark attacks.

Brian Williams, who was suspended for fabricating a story about being on a helicopter shot down in the Iraq war, returned to the air on Tuesday as a breaking news anchor on cable channel MSNBC to cover the pope's arrival in America. Williams lost his job as news anchor of NBC's flagship "Nightly News" program in June after an internal investigation established he had exaggerated various events involving his reporting from the field. "Good day, I'm Brian Williams at MSNBC headquarters here in New York," he said in the on-air introduction for his new role before launching into a preview of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States. Williams, who was the face of NBC News from 2004 until his suspension in February, is not expected to have a dedicated hour on the MSNBC schedule but will work on various breaking stories, according to media reports.

Trivia Answer: The 40–40 club is a baseball term for players who have a total of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season. Jose Canseco was the first to achieve this. The most recent player to reach the milestone is Alfonso Soriano, who did it in the 2006 season. In total, only four players have reached the 40–40 club, and none have done so more than once. The four are José Canseco with th Oakland Athletics in 1988, Barry Bonds with the San Francisco Giants in 1996, Alex Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners in 1998, and Alfonso Soriano with the Washington Nationals in 2006. After Canseco became the first member of the club, Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was quoted as saying, "Hell, If I'd known 40-40 was going to be a big deal, I'd have done it every year!"

Tuesday 9.22.15
Today's Trivia: He was Chachi and later was Charles. Who is he?

A late-season surge, in all likelihood, won't help the Mariners make the postseason. Even after the 9-2 win over the Rangers in Arlington on Sunday, Seattle, with 12 games left on its schedule, is still six games back of the Astros for the second American League wild card. To make the playoffs, the Mariners would also need to pass the Orioles, Indians, Angels, and Twins. Yes, the Mariners are 12-and-6 in September after winning consecutive series over Anaheim and first-place Texas, but Baseball Prospectus puts their chances of making the playoffs at 0.3 percent. That equates to 3-in-1,000 odds. For what it's worth, the Mariners are playing like it still means something. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the nod tonight in Kansas City.

The New York Jets pressured the Indianapolis Colts into five turnovers, including three interceptions of Andrew Luck, and improved to 2-0 with a 20-7 victory last night victory that left Indy winless at 0-2.

Speaking of 0-2, the last thing Pete Carroll is going to do after starting the season with two losses is overreact. Every season he's had with Seattle has come to some type of crossroads. Last year, it was the Seahawks sitting at 3-3 after six weeks before winning 11 of their final 12 games. It just happens that an important point in Seattle's season has arrived a bit earlier than expected. After losing 27-17 at Green Bay, the Seahawks are at the bottom of the NFC West standings. By starting 0-2, Seattle has placed itself in a difficult position, though not one that is impossible to overcome. Since the playoffs expanded to their current format in 1990, 24 teams have started 0-2 and still made the postseason. The challenge for Seattle will be getting to the point where home-field advantage is a possibility, a key component of its two straight NFC titles. The sentiment in the Seattle locker room after the loss to the Packers was that everyone on the verge of panic needs to take a step back. The schedule softens for Seattle after two of its toughest road games of the year to start. The Seahawks play three of the next four at home and could end up favored in all six games prior to its bye in early November. The favorable stretch starts with consecutive games against teams with injury concerns at quarterback: winless Chicago this weekend and then winless Detroit the following weekend.

Birthdays: Baseball's Tommy Lasorda is 88; former NBA commissioner David Stern is 73; singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and actress, Toni Basil is 72; the frontman for Whitesnake, singer David Coverdale is 64; Harry Belafonte’s daughter, actress Shari Belafonte is 61; the You Light Up My Life singer, Debby Boone is 58; opera singer, tenor Andrea Bocelli is 57; singer Joan Jett is 57; actor Scott Baio is 55; actress Bonnie Hunt is 54; actress and model Catherine Oxenberg is 54; and Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films; actor Tom Felton is 28.

Today is Dear Diary Day, a day to write it down. Today is American Business Women's Day, it marks the 1949 founding date of the American Business Women's Association,. Today is Ice Cream Cone Day, marking Italo Marchiony's invention of the cone, first made of paper then pastry, for his push cart ice cream business in New York City. He filed to patent the cone mold on this date in 1903 and received the patent in December.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps. In 1976, Charlie's Angels debuted on ABC-TV. The crime drama starred Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Jill Munroe, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. David Doyle was Bosley, and John Forsythe was the voice of Charlie Townsend. Cheryl Ladd, Shelly Hack, and Tanya Roberts replaced departing angels during the show's five-year run. In 1985, the first Farm Aid benefit concert was held in Champaign, Illinois. Sponsors Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp helped to raise $10-million to aid the nation's farmers. In 1989, the series Baywatch debuted on NBC. In 1994, the comedy Friends premiered on NBC. In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission voted to fine CBS a record $550,000 for indecency related to the Super Bowl in which Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction. The FCC fined each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations the maximum penalty of $27,500.

The new movie Black Mass -- about the FBI's bargain with Boston gangster-turned-informant James Whitey Bulger -- is being taken to task by some of those who knew the mobster, played by in the film by Johnny Depp. These individuals are not fans of the film or Depp's performance, which has been receiving largely positive notices from moviegoers and critics. For his part, the incarcerated Bulger refused to meet with Depp or director Scott Cooper and reportedly swears he will never watch the film should it be screened in his prison. Former Bulger protege-henchman Kevin Weeks, portrayed in the film by Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons, says "The premise of corruption with the FBI is right, but as far as the events, the people, and the personalities? You could’ve told the truth and the movie would've been more violent than it is but they fabricated events. The movie is pure fiction." I'm thinking, "Duh! It's a movie."

Speaking of new movies, there's a new Peanuts movie on the way. A new website from the creators of the upcoming The Peanuts Movie (in theaters November 6th) allows fans to transform themselves into Schulz-inspired characters and share the results on Facebook and Twitter. That's the peanutized version of me above. Got some time to kill? Check it out at

A federal judge yesterday dismissed most of a lawsuit in which Tom Scholz, the founder of the band Boston, accused former bandmate and guitarist Barry Goudreau of trademark infringement over the use of the band's name. Goudreau played on Boston's self-titled 1976 debut album, which sold more than 17 million copies and contained the song "More Than A Feeling," and the 1978 follow-up "Don't Look Back." Scholz accused him of repeatedly violating a 1983 agreement over royalties that let Goudreau use the phrase "formerly of Boston" in marketing. He said Goudreau was instead advertised as an "original" Boston member, "playing the hits of Boston" and "lead guitarist rock legend from the band Boston." US District Judge Denise Casper in Boston dismissed most of Scholz's claims. She said Goudreau "has not directly infringed Scholz's trademarks" in marketing his performances, and that his website was unlikely to confuse viewers. In August 2013 a federal judge in Seattle rejected Scholz's effort to stop two other onetime bandmates, Fran Cosmo and his son Anthony, from marketing themselves as former Boston members. That lawsuit was later amended, and ultimately dismissed.

A northern Indiana woman who jumped from her moving car after discovering a spider on her shoulder, leading to a crash that injured her 9-year-old son, likely won't face charges. Sheriff's Sgt. Chad Hill says Angela Kipp was backing the car out of her driveway in Syracuse on Friday afternoon when she saw the spider and leaped out while the car was in reverse. Her son in the back seat climbed into the driver's seat and tried to step on the brake. He instead hit the gas pedal, sending the vehicle into a school bus. He was taken to a hospital with minor head injuries. No children were on the bus. Its driver wasn't injured. Hill said Monday that Kipp likely won't be charged.

Trivia Answer: Scott Baio who turns 54 today. He was Chachi Arcola on Happy Days and its 1982 spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. Later, from 1984 to 1990, he was Charles in Charles in Charge. He also played Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-comedy-drama series Diagnosis: Murder. Baio has appeared in various television programs as a guest star, several independent films, and currently stars on the Nickelodeon sitcom See Dad Run.

Monday 9.21.15
Today's Trivia: This film and television actor went from being a befuddled astronaut in the 60s to being a ruthless oil baron in the 80s. Who is he?

The Green Bay Packers pushed the Seahawks to an 0-and-2 start. Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers knocked off Seattle Seahawks 27-17 last night, Rodgers orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, capped by a 5-yard scoring pass to Richard Rodgers. A 2-point conversion made it 24-17 with 9:28 left. Then with 6:50 left Russell Wilson was intercepted and the Packers cashed in with a field goal for a 10-point lead with 2 minutes remaining. Wilson was 19 of 30 for 206 yards, while running for 78 yards on 10 carries. The Packers held Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards on 15 carries.

In a reversal of fortunes from a 10-1 loss Saturday night, the Mariners connected at the plate early and often, including a six-run fifth inning, and defeated the Texas Rangers 9-2 yesterday to win the series 2-games-to-1. The Mariners won the season series 12-games-to-7 over the Rangers. Felix Hernandez picked up his 18th win of the season. The Mariners are off today as they travel to Kansas City for a three-game series with the Royals starting tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist, Leonard Cohen is 81; journalist Bill Kurtis is 75; comedian and author – she wrote the novel that was adapted to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes -- Fannie Flagg is 71; film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 72; former Eagle band member Don Felder is 68; author Stephen King is 68; actor Bill Murray is 65; Uncle Joey on Full House, actor and comedian Dave Coulier is 56; actor Rob Morrow is 53; singer Faith Hill is 48; actress and talk show host Ricki Lake is 47; from Oasis, frontman Liam Gallagher is 43; our old buddy, quarterback Jon Kitna is 43; and TV personality Nicole Richie is 34;

Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood's power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer. The British-born Collins was the younger sister of actress Joan Collins. She sold more than 500 million copies of her books in 40 countries and had some 30 New York Times bestsellers. Jackie Collins was 77.

Today is World Gratitude Day. Today is International Day of Peace, sponsored by the United Nations. Also called Pause the World Day, a day to pause, calm down, be nice, and plant a seed. Today is Miniature Golf Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In 1970, Monday Night Football made its debut on ABC television as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21. In 1981, the US Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the Supreme Court. In 1989, The Bangles broke up. In 2003, the Orlando Sentinel reported a Florida man, who bought a biscuit jar on eBay, found the seller was the New Jersey brother he'd never met. The buyer, adopted as an infant, knew his parents names and knew he had a brother. When he found the seller had his father's name, the two talked, realized they were brothers, and began corresponding by email. In 2004, Yusuf Islam, once known as singer Cat Stevens, was taken off a London-to-Washington United Airlines flight because his name had appeared on a government no-fly list.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials edged out Johnny Depp's Black Mass at the box office, as the two films split young and old moviegoers in half on the first weekend of the fall movie season. The sequel to The Maze Runner earned an estimated $30.3 million. Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, premiered with $23.4 million. It's Johnny Depp's biggest box office opening since 2013. Rounding out the top five were The Visit at no,3, The Perfect Guy in fourth, and playing only on 545 IMAX and large-format screens, Everest finished fifth. It expands to wide release this coming weekend.

HBO shows Game of Thrones and Veep were named best drama and comedy TV series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards last night. Viola Davis won the award for best actress in a drama series for How To Get Away With Murder, and Jon Hamm of Mad Men was best actor in a drama series. In the comedy department, Jeffery Tambor of Transparent and Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep were named best actor and actress.

Monday Night Football tonight: The 1-and-0 New York Jets meet the 0-and-1 Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kick-off at 5:30 tonight on ESPN.

Also on TV tonight, season premieres for The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Gotham, and NCIS: Los Angeles. One of the new shows tonight is Minority Report on Fox.

Trivia Answer: Larry Hagman who was born on this date in 1931. He portrayed Major Tony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Then -- in perhaps his best known role -- he was J.R. Ewing on the prime time soap opera Dallas. Over the course of his career, Hagman had supporting roles in numerous films, including Fail-Safe, Harry and Tonto, Nixon, and Primary Colors. His television appearances also included guest roles on dozens of shows spanning from the late 1950s up until his death, and a reprisal of his signature role on the 2012 revival of Dallas. Hagman was the son of actress Mary Martin. He underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 1995. He died on November 23rd of 2012 from leukemia.

Friday 9.18.15
Today's Trivia: He's a comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He's known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday Night Live for six years from 1998 to 2004, and as the host of a couple of talk shows. He was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and raised in Saugerties, New York. He grew up with an interest in comedy and music, moving to Los Angeles at 21 to pursue stand-up opportunities. Who is he?

The Seahawks are back in action Sunday night as they travel to Lambeau to meet the Green Bay Packers. Kick-off at 5:30.

Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch's mom clarified her remarks, but still questions the play call. After calling for the Seahawks to fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for his poor play calling, Momma Lynch yesterday posted an explanation on Twitter. Here's her message in full:

The Huskies and Cougars are both at home this weekend. Tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 the Huskies host the Utah State Aggies. Then at 5:30, the Cougars and the Wyoming Cowboys meet up.

The Mariners were off yesterday. They open the final road trip of the year tonight in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. First pitch at 5:05.

Birthdays: Singer and songwriter Jimmie Rodgers -- he did the song Honeycomb -- born down in Camas, is 82; Baretta, actor Robert Blake is 82; actor Fred Willard is 76; singer and actor Frankie Avalon is 75; singer-songwriter Michael Franks is 71; computer programmer and developer of the first commercial anti-virus program, John McAfee is 70; former guitarist for Kansas, Kerry Livgren is 66; disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is 44; and she's married to Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 44.

Today is Times Day. The New York Times was first published on this date in 1851. Today is Make A Corncob Rocket Day. Find a cob, break it in half, and stick two chicken feathers in the soft stuff in the middle of the broken end. Each feather should curve out away from the other. Now, throw it as high as you can. Today is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day. National Cheeseburger Day is today. This third Friday of September is POW/MIA Recognition Day -- a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Columbia Broadcasting System, a network created by 26-year-old William Paley, began programming with 16 stations. Paley was president or board chairman of CBS for 55 years. In 1965, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the first TV episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Captain Tony Nelson and Jeannie's prime-time relationship lasted through September 1970. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He was 27. There were various theories as to how he died, but the coroner determined that it was inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication. In 1975, Patty Hearst was arrested after a year on the FBI's Most Wanted List. In 1984, Gene Wilder married Gilda Radner. Gilda died of cancer in 1989. In 1985, Late Night with David Letterman presented its first Top Ten List: Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas. In 2009, the 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ended as its final episode was broadcast.

The Who has postponed The Who Turns 50! Tour indefinitely. Earlier this month, the band canceled the first four shows on the tour after lead singer Roger Daltrey contracted a virus. Today, Daltrey confirmed that he was diagnosed with viral meningitis and that immediate and prolonged rest was the recommendation of his doctor. In a statement, Daltry said, "We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year." Pete Townshend added that the band was hoping to reschedule the shows for Spring 2016. The Portland show, the Seattle show, and the Vancouver, B.C. show are all on the list.

Twenty-three million of us watched the GOP debate on CNN Wednesday night. About a million viewers were watching online.

Heading into the weekend, new in theaters: the PG-13 rated Everest, the R-rated Black Mass, the PG-13 rated Captive, and the PG-13 rated Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Fallon who turns 41 tomorrow. He fulfilled a lifelong dream when he joined SNL in 1998. He left the program for the film industry, starring in films such as Taxi in 2004 ) and Fever Pitch in 2005, which were mostly unsuccessful. Following his film career, Fallon returned to television as the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC in 2009, where he became well known for his emphasis on music and games. He transitioned from that program to become the sixth host of the long-running The Tonight Show in 2014.

Thursday 9.17.15
Today's Trivia: He was an author and counterculter figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. He began writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1960. It was an immediate success when it was published two years later. In June of 2001, he was invited -- and accepted -- as the keynote speaker at the commencement at The Evergreen State College. Who was he?

The Mariners played the role of spoiler again, taking the deciding game of the series from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a 3-1 win last night. Jesus Montero hit his second home run in as many starts with a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and starter Hisashi Iwakuma had another strong start as Seattle concluded its homestand with a 5-and-5 record. Seattle has an off day today before starting their final road trip of the year with a three-game series at Texas tomorrow.

For the second straight game, the Seattle Seahawks faced criticism over a play call in the final seconds. Granted, the fallout from Sunday's game was slightly less severe than the firestorm that followed the Hawks' disastrous last offensive play of the Super Bowl, but the decision to run Marshawn Lynch out of the shotgun formation on fourth-and-1 in overtime at St. Louis had Lynch's mom Delisa calling for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's job. Yesterday, Bevell acknowledged that he knew about Mama Lynch' second-guessing of the final play, which resulted in a one-yard loss to end the game, but chalked up the criticism to passion -- and his offensive coordinator position. He said, "It comes with the territory. I'm totally confident in what I'm doing. I'm totally confident that I'm getting our team in the best position to win, and I'm glad she's passionate about us." Hawks-Packers Sunday night on NBC

The Huskies and Cougars are both at home this weekend. On Saturday, the Huskies host Utah State and the Cougars host Wyoming.

NFL tonight has the Denver Broncos at Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

Birthdays: Lebowski in The Big Lebowski, actor David Huddleston is 85; retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 76; basketball coach Phil Jackson is 70; from The Tubes, lead singer Fee Waybill is 65; Cassandra Peterson – better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- is 64; comedian Rita Rudner is 62; director Baz Luhrmann is 53; gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans is 53; rapper and producer Doug E. Fresh is 49; and from Orange is the New Black, Danielle Brooks is 26.

Today is M*A*S*H Day, marking the TV show’s premier on this date in 1972. It lasted 11 years. Today is Dog Diaper Day. On this day in 1996, the US issued a patent (#5,555,847) to Wanda M. Kelly for her Disposable Dog Diaper. Today is NFL Day, marking formation of the National Football League on this date in 1920. Today is National Apple Dumpling Day. It's International Eat An Apple Day. Today is Citizenship Day, which celebrates being a citizen of the United States of America, the greatest country the world has ever seen. This special day is for all citizens, both native born, and those who chose to become Americans. It is a day to be proud to be an American.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, meeting at a Canton, Ohio, car dealership, 11 teams paid $100 each to join the new American Professional Football League: Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Rock Island Independents, Racine Cardinals, Hammond Pros, Muncie Flyers, Rochester Jeffersons, and Decatur Staleys. Massillion paid the fee, but never fielded a team. The Staleys eventually became the Chicago Staleys, then the NFL Chicago Bears. In 1931, RCA Records introduced the 33-and-a-third long-playing record in England. In 1967, on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors performed Light My Fire and People Are Strange. Jim Morrison sang the line Girl, we couldn't get much higher even though Sullivan asked him not to. They were banned from the show thereafter. In 1981, Beach Boy Mike Love and Linda Martinez were married in Santa Barbara by the Rev. Wolfman Jack. In 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America. She resigned the title nine months later after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine. In 1988, research results were released indicating that Americans did not want talking cars, cameras, or appliances that told them what to do or how to do it. In 1991, Guns N' Roses did a midnight release of two double albums simultaneously. Slash said the logic behind Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II was that fans could buy one and tape the other off for their friends. Regardless, the band sold half-a-million copies of the two records in two hours. In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Birmingham, Alabama, became the first contestant with a disability to be crowned Miss America. Heather is deaf. In 1999, Eminem had a $10 million lawsuit filed against him. The suit, brought by his mother, claimed that he had made defamatory remarks in several interviews. In 2003, U2's Bono met with President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money to AIDS initiatives. In a press conference after their talk, Bono said, "I'm not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause. It’s an emergency."

Betting on sports fantasy teams is becoming big business. This past weekend, the first week of the NFL regular season, Bloomberg Business reported that twice as much money was brought in by DraftKings and FanDuel than the expected take from all of the Las Vegas sports books combined. But there's a big issue for residents of Washington state who are being lured by the bombardment of ads from the online sports fantasy sites to play along: It's illegal. DraftKings and FanDuel combined to spend $27 million on TV ads over the weekend. But those ads are being viewed by millions of Washingtonians who legally can't participate. When users sign up, they are given a warning that their accounts are restricted and can only play games where no prize money is given out. The websites use a user's physical address as well as the billing address of the credit card tied to the account. If a Washington zip code shows up, users can't play for cash. Washington is one of five states where DraftKings and FanDuel have determined state law prohibits from operating. It comes down to defining what makes a "game of chance" versus a "game of skill." Under Washington law, a game is considered a game of chance when there's a "material degree" on chance. If a game of skill even has a "material degree" of chance, under Washington law, it's considered gambling -- and online gambling is illegal in the state. For now, winning real money online in Washington is still a fantasy.

A new ranking released yesterday by Reuters named the University of Washington the most innovative public university in the world. The Reuters list aimed to measure innovation using 10 different metrics, including academic papers, patent filings, "propriety data and analysis tools." UW was the highest ranked public university on the list and the fourth highest overall, trailing only Stanford, MIT and Harvard.

Deputies in Fort Pierce, Florida, arrested a woman whom investigators said got into a fight with her husband over naked pictures of her on his phone. According to a report from the sheriff's office, Summer Cade was worried that her husband wouldn't delete the pictures since they were divorcing, and feared he would show the pictures to other people. She told deputies she repeatedly asked him to delete the photos. When he told her he wasn't, investigators said she jumped on him, knocking his glasses off. She then started hitting him until he finally gave her the phone and deleted the pictures. He then called 911. She was arrested for domestic battery.

The Internet blew up earlier this week with the news that Facebook would finally be giving us a Dislike button. Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that many users had requested a dislike option, and that the company would soon begin testing a button to express negative emotions.

Trivia Answer: Ken Kesey who was born on this date in 1935. Kesey was born in Colorado but grew up in Springfield, Oregon, graduating from the University of Oregon in 1957. Regarding One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey originally was involved in creating the film, but left two weeks into production. He claimed never to have seen the movie because of a dispute over the $20,000 he was initially paid for the film rights. Kesey loathed the fact that, unlike the book, the film was not narrated by the Chief Bromden character, and he disagreed with Jack Nicholson's being cast as Randle McMurphy (he wanted Gene Hackman). Despite this, his wife has stated that Ken was generally supportive of the film and pleased that it was made. Kesey's last major work was an essay for Rolling Stone magazine calling for peace in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. In 1997, health problems began to weaken him, starting with a stroke that year. In October of 2001, he had surgery on his liver to remove a tumor. He did not recover from that operation and died of complications on November 10th of 2001 at the age of 66.

Wednesday 9.16.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1988, this song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed at the top for two weeks. It was the first a cappella record to reach the summit of the Billboard chart. Can you name the song?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim kept their slim playoff hopes alive last night with a 4-3 win over the Mariners, whose flicker of postseason hope was all but extinguished on a night when ace Felix Hernandez gave up two home runs. Nelson Cruz did his thing in the first inning, hitting home run No. 42. That’s the most by a Mariner in a season since Ken Griffey Jr. hit an American League-high 48 in 1999. The series finale with the Angles is tonight at 7:10. Counting tonight, the Ms are down to the final 16 games of the year. An off day tomorrow then they head to Arlington, Texas, to meet the Rangers in the first game of Seattle's final road trip of the year.

It appears that Marhsawn Lynch's mother, Delisa, is among the legion of Seahawks fans that disapprove of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's playcalling. In an impassioned rant Monday on her Facebook page, Mama Lynch demanded Bevell be fired and called him "the worst play caller ever." She seemed to think that Bevell called a Lynch run on fourth-and-1 in overtime in last Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Rams to appease those who criticized him for the ill-fated slant pass to Ricardo Lockette in the final moments of Seattle's loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Delisa Lynch removed the post yesterday: Seahawks-Packers Sunday night.

The Huskies and Cougars are both at home this weekend as the Huskies host Utah State and the Cougars host Wyoming.

Birthdays: Basketball's Elgin Baylor is 81; actor Ed Begley, Jr. is 66; actor Mickey Rourke is 63; jazz guitarist Earl Klugh is 62; illusionist David Copperfield is 59; singer Richard Marx is 52; singer Marc Anthony is 47; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actress and comedian Amy Poehler is 44; and Jonas Brother Nick Jonas is 23;

Today is Cherokee Strip Day in Oklahoma, marking the great run for Oklahoma land on this date in 1893. Those who cheated and left the day before were called Sooners. Today is National Play-Dough Day, marking its invention on this date in 1956. At last report, over 900 million pounds had been sold. Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner debuted in movie theaters on this date in 1949. Chuck Jones created the characters as a parody of Tom & Jerry. Today is National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day. Today is National Collect Rocks Day. Today is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Mayflower Day which celebrates this date in 1620 when the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America with 102 men, women, and children on board. It's also Mexican Independence Day which celebrates Mexico's Independence from Spain. Like the US Independence Day, the day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, the American Legion was granted its federal charter by Congress. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London's Ronnie Scott Club. In 1977, Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in a car crash. He was 30. Among his hits was the top-ten single Bang a Gong (Get It On). In 1991, the Avon, Colorado, Town Council voted to name the town's new bridge. They selected one of the 84 names suggested by citizens. The name they selected was "Bob." In 1994, the Exxon Corporation was ordered by a federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. In 2004, a coroner's report was released which revealed that Rick James had nine different drugs in his system when he died the previous month. Those drugs included cocaine, methamphetamine, and valium. Also in 2004, Green Day unveiled their new rock opera, American Idiot, in Hollywood on the first date of their national tour.

As was to be expected after Sunday’s 34-31 overtime road loss to the Rams in the season opener, the Seahawks unanimously fell in the NFL power rankings compiled by major national media outlets, but the consensus appears to be that Seattle remains among the top teams in the league. Both and and dubbed the Seahawks third in their power rankings, down one spot from last week. ESPN saying, "Don't put too much stock into the Seahawks' 0-1 start. Russell Wilson is now 1-and-3 in his career at St. Louis. He's 35-10 everywhere else." USA Today dropped the Seahawks down a spot to fourth, with the comment, "We'd say Kam Chancellor's negotiating position looks stronger after his replacement was burned for pivotal TD." Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk was a bit more harsh, dropping the Seahawks from fifth to ninth while referencing the failed fourth-and-one in overtime that sealed the Rams' victory. He wrote, "They should have thrown it." also dropped the Seahawks from fifth to sixth, saying the offensive line "was a work in progress after losing two key starters in 2014" before noting it won't have the tough task of facing the Rams' stout defensive line every week.

Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall know a thing or two about twins. The two women are identical twins who already each have one set of twins. Now, they are getting ready to each have a second set of twins next spring. The Utah women both had their first set of fraternal twins after using in vitro fertilization after they struggled to get pregnant. This summer, both found out they are having twins again. They are both due two weeks apart next spring. They say it is the latest sign that the two women are destined to live similar lives. They are both teachers at the same school, and they married best friends. Their first sets of twins are similar in age, as well. Bunker's twins, Kole and Hallie, are 3-years-old. Wall's twins, Madison and McKell, are 4-years-old. One difference between Bunker and Wall and their own twins is that they probably won't have to worry about people not being able to distinguish between them. Since they are fraternal twins, they look more like siblings than identical twins. Bunker and Wall, on the other hand, still get people confused. They said the principal at the academy where they teach couldn't tell them apart when they first started working there.

On TV tonight, it's the Season Finale of America's Got Talent. The two-hour finale features special guest performers, highlights of the final performances, and the Season 10 winner is being announced. AGT has been renewed for another season. The finale tonight at 9 on NBC.

Trivia Answer: Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry, Be Happy. The song was originally released in conjunction with the film Cocktail in 1988, and could only manage its way to No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was re-released later that same year and made it to No. 1. At the 1989 Grammy Awards, it won the awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The 'instruments' in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all. It is ranked #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Tuesday 9.15.15
Today's Trivia: He was a football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year National Football League career as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams. He was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 14 straight times, missing selection only in the last year of career. He's a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy. Who was he?

The Mariners played spoiler as they hammered the Angels last night, 10-1, on a night when Los Angeles had a chance to close the gap in the American League West standings. A strong outing from starter Taijuan Walker and a six-run seventh inning helped Seattle cruise to its largest margin of victory this season. Felix Hernandez continues his quest for his first 20-win season tonight when the Ms and Angels match up again.

Monday Night Football: Atlanta over Philadelphia 26-24 and San Francisco -- ugly uniforms and all -- demolished Minnesota 20-3

That surprise onside kick to start overtime in Seattle's opener at St. Louis left people wondering if Pete Carroll had lost his mind. Risky? Yes. But not crazy. Under the rules adopted in 2012, an onside kick to begin overtime can make sense. If the Seahawks had recovered the kick and scored just a field goal, the game would've ended, because receiving a kickoff is an opportunity to possess the ball. As it turned out, the Rams recovered at Seattle's 49 and ended up kicking a field goal. So, the Seahawks still had a chance to tie with a field goal or to win with a touchdown. They lost when Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Rams 42. Pete Carroll said, "That is not what was supposed to happen," explaining that he didn't call for an onside kick. Despite Carroll's intention and the result, other coaches might want to consider an onside kick to start overtime because they would win the game with any score and still have a chance to score if the other team recovers and gets a field goal. Seahawks-Packers at Lambeau Sunday night.

Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry -- he was a Mariner for a little while -- is 77; actor Tommy Lee Jones is 69; movie director Oliver Stone is 69; Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol is 64; former Miami Dolphin quarterback, Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 54; son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana; Prince Harry (Prince of Wales) is 31; and actress and model, from MTV's The Hills, Heidi Montag is 29.

Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca died last evening. His death comes after his being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. DeLuca's death came weeks after the 50th anniversary of Subway, which has become the world's biggest restaurant chain by locations. DeLuca decided to open a sandwich shop at the age of 17 to help pay for college after graduating high school. The idea came from a family friend, Peter Buck, who was co-founder and provided the $1,000 to start the business. DeLuca and Buck opened their first store in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in August 1965 under the name Pete's Super Submarines, with the priciest sub selling for 69 cents. The name was changed to the snappier Subway in 1968, and the pair decided to start franchising to fuel the chain's growth. By 1988, the company had 2,000 locations. By 1990, it reached the 5,000-store mark. And by 1994, it had more than 8,000 locations. Fred DeLuca was 67.

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Today is Make a Hat Day. And apparently it’s our choice, it can be either Make a Serious Hat Day or Make a Goofy Hat Day. Today is USA Today Day, marking the first issue of the Nation's Newspaper on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, during night filming for The Seven Year Itch in New York City, a gust of wind from a subway grating lifted Marilyn Monroe’s skirt. Though husband Joe DiMaggio objected, the scene made it to the world's movie screens. In 1965, Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS TV. In 1978, Muhammad Ali out pointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1983, the Huey Lewis and the News album Sports was released. In 1998, it was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of President Clinton.

Gas prices continued to plummet over the past week here in Washington and across the country, dropping below $2 a gallon in some states. Here in Washington, the average price for regular unleaded tumbled to $2.80 a gallon, down from $3.10 just one month ago and well below the average price of $3.83 one year ago. The US average dropped to $2.33 per gallon -- falling 33 cents in the past month. In three states -- Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama -- average gas prices fell below $2 a gallon, according to AAA. An industry analyst said Sunday that the pump price fell even though crude oil prices ticked upward, as gasoline supply outweighed demand. Further price drops are likely if crude oil prices don't skyrocket, because the change to winter grade gasoline today comes with a cost cut in much of the country. The cheapest price recorded in the continental United States was Charleston, SC, at $1.94. The highest was $3.31 a gallon in Los Angeles. Yesterday here in Washington prices here in Olympia averaged $2.73 a gallon -- down 10 cents from a week ago. Bremerton was $2.77, down 11 cents. Tacoma was $2.73, down 11 cents.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will attempt to fill Donald Trump's shoes on The Celebrity Apprentice. NBC announced yesterday that the movie star and two-term governor is the new host of the competition show, which returns to the network for the 2016 television season. Trump made the show a success, with first regular folks and then celebrities competing in business-related tasks. In seven seasons, NBC said The Celebrity Apprentice has helped raise more than $15 million for charity. There's no word on whether Schwarzenegger will continue with Trump's signature phrase "you're fired" or use his own catchphrase, something like "you're terminated."

On TV tonight, the series premiere of Best Times Ever. This new variety show is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It features A-list stars, performances, stunts, comedy skits, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks. Reese Witherspoon is the celebrity guest announcer during the series premiere. It's on NBC tonight.

Trivia Answer: Merlin Olsen who was born on this date in 1940. Coming out of college, Olsen had offers from both the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League and the Denver Broncos of the rival American Football League. He chose the security of the NFL and signed with the Rams. He enjoyed continued success after the NFL as a broadcaster, actor and businessman. Olsen served as a television color commentator, teaming mostly with Dick Enberg on NBC's coverage of the AFC during the late 1970s and almost all of the 1980s. He and Enberg also teamed for four Super Bowls, as well as nine Rose Bowls from 1980 to 1988. Olsen also developed a successful career as an actor on Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy. Olsen was also the commercial spokesman for FTD Florists for many years. He was diagnosed with cancer. In December 2009 he filed a lawsuit against 25 defendants including NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox, Georgia Pacific, Sherwin-Williams, and Lennox Corp. for allegedly exposing him to the asbestos which he claimed had caused his cancer. Olsen died on March 11th of 2010 at the age of 69.

Monday 9.14.15
Today's Trivia: This actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter was best-known for his tough-guy roles, as romantic leading men in the hit films Dirty Dancing and Ghost, He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991. His film and TV career spanned 30 years. Who is he?

The Huskies and Cougars both managed to bounce back after opening weekend losses. The Huskies dispatched Sacramento State 49-0 Saturday at Husky Stadium. Meanwhile, across the country in New Jersey, the Cougars blew a 20-6 lead but managed to rally and came up with a 37-34 win over Rutgers. They're both at home this next weekend. as the Huskies host Utah State and the Cougars host Wyoming.

The Seahawks are still seeking that missing yard. Eight months after failing to give Marshawn Lynch the ball on the goal line in the Super Bowl, they needed one yard on a fourth-down play to keep an overtime drive alive. This time, Lynch got the ball -- to no avail. St. Louis stuffed Beast Mode where he stood, preserving a 34-31 Rams victory yesterday. The Seahawks were erratic, from a 12-play drive on their first possession that ended with a punt, to the 18-point spree in the fourth quarter. Tyler Lockett had a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter which was the first such play for the Seahawks since 2007 Things get no easier. Up next, the Seahawks travel to Lambeau Field for a Sunday night tangle with the Green Bay Packers, who beat Chicago yesterday 31-23.

A double dose of Monday Night Football tonight: Philadelphia meet in the early game and the nightcap features Minnesota and San Francisco.

A costly error on third baseman Kyle Seager in the fourth inning ended up haunting the Seattle Mariners in a 3-2 loss to Colorado yesterday at Safeco. Seager's throw to home on a bases-loaded ground ball was wide of its target, allowing two runners to score. The Mariners got two runs back in the fourth but couldn't get much else while dropping the series to the National League' third-worst team. The Ms wrap up the homestand with a Los Angeles Angels team that is still holding on to postseason hope. Ms and Angels tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Actress, dancer, and singer, Joey Heatherton is 71; the Wendy of Wendy's Hamburgers. businesswoman Wendy Thomas -- born Melinda Lou Thomas -- is 54; and former Mariner and current bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. -- David Bell is 43.

Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring. All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great. Malone, the three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball's most ferocious rebounders, died yesterday in Norfolk, Virginia. Malone had just attended this weekend's enshrinement ceremonies at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nicknamed the Chairman of the Boards, Malone was inducted himself in 2001 and remains in the NBA's top 10 in career scoring and rebounding. Norfolk police said Malone was found unresponsive and not breathing in his room by hotel staff shortly before 8:00 yesterday morning. Norfolk Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Malone dead at the scene. A cause of death has not been determined. Moses Malone was 60.

Today is National Cream Filled Donut Day -- a sugary, sweet day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Mork & Mindy -- with Robin Williams -- premiered on ABC-TV. In 1984, the MTV Awards were held for the first time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show. In 1994, it was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled. In 1999, Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.

The Perfect Guy and The Visit sailed past modest opening weekend expectations -- and budgets -- locking in debuts in the mid-$20 million range over the weekend. The Perfect Guy, a PG-13 rated thriller secured the first place spot with $26.7 million. The film cost only $12 million to produce. Meanwhile, The Visit, a $5 million production, took a close second with an estimated $25.7 million. With numbers this close, the places might shift today when everything is recalculated. The rest of the top of the chart had War Room at No. 3, A Walk in the Woods in fourth, and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation rounding out the top five.

While some may be expecting to go to heaven once they pass, those interested in space travel now have the opportunity to rest in peace on the moon. For a fee of about $12,000, San Francisco startup Elysium Space will privately transport your cremated remains to the moon. Founded by a former NASA engineer, Elysium boasts of bringing space and funeral experts together to provide the unique service. In a press release they say, "Families now have the historic opportunity to commemorate their departed loved ones every night through the everlasting splendor, and soft illumination of the Earth's closest companion: the moon." Although the company was founded in 2013, the service was only offered starting last month, after Elysium managed to seal a deal with space logistics company Astrobotic Technology. They're currently taking orders, and the first batch of ashes travel to the moon on Astrobotic's inaugural lunar mission in 2017.

The Washington State Fair was notified late last week by Fifth Harmony’s management that the groupd is unable to perform at their concert on Wednesday becsue of illness. Instead, opening act Bea Miller is performing a free concert in the grandstand concert venue. Ticket holders have the option of returning their ticket for a full refund, or exchanging their ticket for three other 2015 grandstand shows. Weird Al does the Puyallup tonight. Heart is there tomorrow night.

Trivia Answer: Patrick Swayze. He was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2008, Swayze told Barbara Walters a year later that he was "kicking it". However, he died from the disease on this date -- September 14th of 2009 at the age of 57, 20 months after being diagnosed. He was cremated and his ashes scattered over his New Mexico ranch.

Friday 9.11.15
Today's Trivia: He is a television, film, and stage actor. He is best known for his roles in the television shows Newhart, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and -- along with Tom Hanks -- in Bosom Buddies. Who is he?

Today is Patriot Day. It was on this date in 2001, coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Felix Hernandez was in fine form and got all the offense he needed from Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo as the Mariners beat Texas with a second consecutive shutout, this one 5-0 yesterday afternoon. Cruz hobbling around the basepaths to score a run after a first-inning single was somewhat painful to watch. So it was a relief to see Cruz, in his first game back from a week-long quad injury, doing a home-run trot in the seventh. His two-run shot turned a 3-0 game into a laugher. With it, Cruz reached the 40-homer milestone for the second consecutive year. Felis pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, before Tom Wilhelmsen finished it off. Hernandez struck out eight. The Mariners now open their final inter-league series of the year as they host the Colorado Rockies tonight.

Coming up tomorrow, the Washington Huskies host the Sacramento State Hornets. Kick-off at Husky Stadium is at 11 in the morning. Then the Washington State Cougars take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in New Jersey tomorrow afternoon at 12:30.

Safety Earl Thomas, sidelined from full contact since suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder in last January's NFC Championship game, has been given the full go-ahead for Sunday's season opener against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. For months, Thomas was considered an unlikely participant for Week 1, but he said yesterday that he's 100 percent and ready. Seahawks-Rams in St. Louis Sunday morning at 10.

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, three to Rob Gronkowski, as the New England Patriots moved past a tumultuous offseason with an opening victory over the Pittsburgn Steelers 28-21 last night to officially kick off the NFL Season.

Bruno Mars may be back rocking the Super Bowl. Citing an unnamed source, Billboard reports the National Football League asked Bruno to perform and "curate" the halftime entertainment at big game, February 7th at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Reps for Bruno and the league did not respond to requests for comment. Bruno, of course, performed a widely hailed show with special guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Super Bowl XLVIII (48) in 2014.

Birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 87; director Brian De Palma is 75; Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is 72; Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is 62; actress Kristy McNichol is 53; musician Moby is 50; singer and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. is 48; guitarist and founding member of Coldplay, Jon Buckland is 38; and rapper Ludacris is 38.

Today is Make Your Bed Day. There are those who seldom, rarely, or never make up our beds in the morning. If that's you, you're in good company. Today is No News Is Good News Day and.we all could use a little good news.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Rolling Stones’ (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction went to number one on the English singles chart. This was two months after it became a chart-topper in America. In 1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC-TV, starring Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush. In 1977, it was announced that David Bowie would duet with Bing Crosby for a Christmas special. The two later performed a version of Little Drummer Boy. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan spent $200-thousand on new china for the White House. She said they really needed it. In 1987, when a tennis tournament ran overtime, anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of CBS Evening News and didn't return. When the tennis coverage ended, CBS went black for six minutes. In 1987, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer won Video of the Year. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles at age 54. In 2003, two men handed the clerk in a Mishawaka, Indiana, 7-11 store a note that said, "Put it in the bag." The clerk said she didn't understand the note. The two men began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

Siri will be able to perform a new trick when Apple pushes out its new iPhones. The virtual assistant will always have an ear open, listening for users to summon it by saying, "Hey Siri."

New in theaters this weekend -- all rated PG-13 -- 90 Minutes in Heaven, The Perfect Guy, and The Visit.

Trivia Answer: Peter Scolari who is 60 tomorrow.

Thursday 9.10.15
Today's Trivia: This singer, songwriter, and bassist was best known for being an original member of the band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. As a solo artist, he scored six Top-40 singles, including two that reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Who is he?

idal Nuno turned in an unexpected performance on the mound, a seven-inning one-hitter, while Kyle Seager and Mark Trumbo provided eight of the Mariners' nine hits in a 6-0 win over the Rangers last night at Safeco. Nuno struck out a career-high 10, while Seager and Trumbo went 8-for-8 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored. The series finale is today -- the last matinee game of the year. Felix Hernandez gets the start this afternoon.

College ball continues this weekend. Coming up Saturday, the Huskies and Cougars both try to bounce back from their season opening losses. The Dawgs host Sacramento State while the Cougars are on the road at Rutgers.

Kam Chancellor broke his silence about negotiations yesterday, telling the NFL Network that he didn't want any additional money from the team, just to have some money moved from 2017 to 2016. Chancellor said that he and the team are less than $1 million apart on a potential agreement, saying "This deal could have been over with." NFL Media's Ian Rapoport added, "At this point, they are not close at all but this can turn immediately." Meanwhile, the Hawks have ruled out the possibility of Kam playing in the team's regular season opener at St. Louis on Sunday. In his place, second-year pro Dion Bailey gets the start at strong safety. After missing all of his 2014 rookie campaign while recovering from an ankle injury he suffered before the season, he told reporters he was ready to seize the opportunity.

Birthdays: Golf legend Arnold Palmer is 86; from Three Dog Night, one of the dogs, singer Danny Hutton is 73; singer Jose Feliciano is 70; TV talker and author Bill O'Reilly is 66; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is 65; actress Amy Irving is 62; director Chris Columbus is 57; actor Colin Firth is 55; The Big Unit, former Mariner, and Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is 52; and the former Mr. Madonna, director Guy Ritchie is 47.

Today is Gunsmoke Day, marking the TV debut of Marshall Matt Dillon on this date in 1955 on CBS. James Arness starred for 20 years. Today is National Swap Ideas Day. Today is Gentle Ben Day, marking the premier of a TV show on this date in 1967 about a boy and his bear. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is Sewing Machine Day. People who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. Our mothers and grandmothers had a sewing machine in the house. They used it, too. Look around your house. Do you have a sewing machine? Chances are, the answer is no.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the Swanson company sold its first frozen TV dinner. In 1966, The Beatles' Revolver went to number one in the American album chart, and stayed there for six weeks. In 1989, Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the New York Yankees. In 1990, the Quincy Jones-produced Fresh Prince of Bel-Air debuted. It starred Will Smith. In 1998, three Miami drug dealers traded a half-million dollars worth of cocaine and heroin for 12-thousand pairs of name-brand blue jeans. It was a good laundering deal except for the fact that the jeans dealers were undercover police. In 2000, NBC's The West Wing won a record-setting nine Emmy awards, including best drama series. NBC's Will and Grace won best comedy. In 2003, scientists announced that they had recorded the deepest musical note ever generated in space at the edge of a black hole. It was a B flat 57 octaves below the middle keys of a piano and one million billion times deeper than can be heard by humans.

Ellie Goulding won't just be performing at the NFL's season kickoff concert. The British singer-songwriter is also using it as an opportunity to learn more about American football. She said earlier this week, "I know so little. I know the Super Bowl is a huge thing. See, sport is big in the UK. I'm quite into the English version of football. I support Chelsea, but it's on a whole differente scale here." Goulding and Train are performing tonight in San Francisco's before the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The concert is being held in San Francisco as part of the season-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, which is being hosted in the Bay Area on February 7th. That Steelers-Packers game is at 5:00 on NBC.

Survivor stars Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik were left "surprised and dismayed" to discover their Rocky III anthem Eye of the Tiger was used to mark the jail release of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis on Tuesday. Davis was jailed last week for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her state on religious grounds, She stood stood alongside Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at a rally immediately following her release as the song played in the background. Survivor founding member and Eye of the Tiger co-writer Jim Peterik was far from amused, and has released a statement to Billboard making it clear that the band did not authorize the song's use.

Trivia Answer: Peter Cetera who turns 71 on Sunday. After years with Chicago, and while still with the group, Cetera released his first solo -album album in 1981, which flopped. In 1982, David Foster was brought in as producer and the resulting group effort was Chicago 16. The album represented a major comeback for Chicago, and leading the way was the hit single featuring Cetera on lead vocals, Hard to Say I'm Sorry, which went to #1. The second single, Love Me Tomorrow, was also sung by Cetera. When Chicago 17 was released in 1984, it became the band's most successful selling album in their history. All four singles released from the album were sung by Cetera, including three which he co-wrote, and all of them charted in the top 20: Stay the Night, Hard Habit to Break, You're the Inspiration, and Along Comes a Woman. With the advent of the music video and the growing popularity of MTV, Cetera became the 'face' and public leader of the longtime faceless band that was Chicago. With his newfound popularity, Cetera was interested in recording another solo album. In addition, he had stated his lack of interest for the extensive touring schedule of the band, especially to promote Chicago 17. When the 17 Tour concluded in May 1985, Chicago's management, along with several members of the band, had expressed a desire to book another tour for that summer and start working on the group's next album. Cetera, however, insisted that they take a break from touring so that he could concentrate on a solo album and spend more time with his family. Cetera then proposed a working arrangement similar to the one that Phil Collins and Genesis had at the time with Collins still being a member and touring with Genesis while also doing some solo work at the same time. Chicago's management and the rest of the group declined the offer, resulting in Cetera leaving Chicago around July 1985. Cetera then tried working solo again and continued his streak of success. His first single, Glory of Love (the theme to the movie The Karate Kid, Part II), was a US No. 1 hit in 1986, and achieved similar success throughout the world. Cetera has lived in Sun Valley, Idaho since the mid-1980s, where he routinely participates in numerous sports, including basketball, mountain biking, soccer, ice hockey and motorcycling.

Wednesday 9.9.15
Today's Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, he went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. Early in his career, he played Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty, on The Cosby Show. Who is he?

The first day of school here across a lot of Western Washington including here in the South Sound.

The Mariners' home woes continued with a 9-6 loss to Texas last night. After winning five in a row on the road, Seattle has lost two straight at Safeco. Rookie pitcher Taijuan Walker was tagged for three home runs as he threw what manager Lloyd McClendon called "a clunker." Ms and Rangers again tonight.

Coming up Saturday, the Huskies and Cougars both try get their first win of the year. The Dawgs host Sacramento State while the Cougars are on the road at Rutgers.

Sunday, the Hawks open the regular season. They're on the road in St. Louis Sunday morning at 10.

Birthdays: Former quarterback turned sportscaster Joe Theismann 66; Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Tom Wopat is 64; perhaps best known as one of The Eurythmics, musician Dave Stewart is 63; actor and film producer Hugh Grant is 55; and singer Michael Bublé is 40.

It's Wonderful Weirdos Day, a day to thank the weirdos in your life. Today is California Day. On this day in 1850, California became the 31st US state. Today is Fat Albert Day, marking the TV debut of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids in 1972. Fat Albert's cartoon friends were Weird Harold, Mush Mouth, and Donald.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, the National Broadcasting Company -- NBC -- was formed. In 1947, the first actual case of a computer bug being found. A moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had Presley filmed from the waist up so that his gyrating pelvis wouldn't corrupt the nation's youth. The King performed Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, and Ready Teddy. In 1971, the four-day Attica Prison riot began, which eventually resulted in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison. In 1992, Van Halen took away the Video of the Year award at the 9th annual MTV Video Music Awards for their clip Right Now. In 2008, the iTunes Music Store reached 100 million apps downloaded. A year later, in 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 1.8 billion apps downloaded.

Apple is showing off it’s newest gadgetry today. Along with new iPhones, the company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and some new Siri tricks.

Stephen Colbert began his tenure as host of the CBS Late Show last night with a tribute to his predecessor David Letterman, a brief conversation with rival Jimmy Fallon, and a surprise cameo from buddy Jon Stewart. After months of buildup, the former host of The Colbert Report, returned to late-night TV by gorging on Donald Trump jokes and noting his transition from playing the character of a cable TV blowhard to being himself. Colbert was joined by actor George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He completes the remake of late-night network television from the days of Letterman and Jay Leno to the two Jimmys (Fallon and Kimmel) and himself. The guest list for Colbert's first week of shows indicates he plans to get beyond the typical show biz patter of many talk shows. Vice President Joe Biden visits tomorrow night and the CEOs of Tesla Motors and Uber are also making appearances. Comic Amy Schumer, actress Scarlett Johansson and author Stephen King are also on the schedule.

Dogs took over four of Calgary’s outdoor pools Monday, marking their official closing for the season. For the fourth year, the Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pools Association organized Dog Day, a charity event that let four-legged swimmers enjoy the public pools. Oer 300 dogs participate each year.

Trivia Answer: Adam Sandler who is 49 today. He is best known for his comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison, the sports comedies Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy, and the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer.

Tuesday 9.8.15
Today's Trivia: He was best known as a singer and bassist with The Cars. He sang several of their best known songs, including their first top 40 hit, Just What I Needed, and he wrote and sang their highest-charting US single, Drive. Who is he?

The Seattle Mariner's season-high, five-game winning streak came to an end by way of a 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers in a holiday afternoon game yesterday. Starting pitcher Roenis Elias was sharp -- for the first five innings. But he ran out of gas in the sixth, when he gave up a two-run, bases-loaded single to Adrian Beltre as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead. The bullpen was shaky again, with Rob Rasmussen's three wild pitches in the seventh the breaking point. Rasmussen came one short of the major league record for wild pitches in an inning. Seattle allowed six hits and three runs, but the bullpen had three wild pitches and hit a batter. The Ms and Rangers do it again tonight.

They all processed the events differently, just as Pete Carroll encouraged. He wasn't going to direct how to get past arguably the most stunning Super Bowl conclusion in history. Some may never get over what occurred, But the Seattle Seahawks are in agreement that the easiest way to escape the cloud of what happened is getting back there again. Russell Wilson said, "We were on the 1-yard line. We don't need to change much. I think that's kind of our focus." Seattle begins the season trying to become the first NFC team to win three successive conference titles. The Seahawks remain the class of the NFC West and with Green Bay are widely considered the best two teams in the conference. The Hawks launch the regular season Sunday morning at 10 at St. Louis against the Rams.

But first, coming up Saturday, the Huskies and Cougars both try to bounce back from disappointing openers. The Dawgs host Sacramento State while the Cougars are on the road at Rutgers.

Birthdays: The junior United States Senator from Vermon, currently a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, Bernie Sanders is 74; actor Dustin Hoffman is 78; singer Aimee Mann ('Til Tuesday) is 55; Courtney Cox's ex, actor David Arquette is 44; Alecia Beth Hart -- better known by her stage name, Pink -- is 36; Randy on Home Improvement, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 34; Cameron Jibril Thomaz, the rapper, songwriter, and actor.better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is 28; Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, is 26.

Judy Carne, a star of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, has died in a British hospital. She was famous for popularizing the Sock it to Me phrase on the hit TV show that ran from 1967 to 1973. Her death was confirmed today in an e-mail which said Carne died in the hospital on last Thursday. Reports said she had suffered from pneumonia. Carne shot to fame with the rise of Laugh-In. She was often featured doused in water, taking pratfalls or suffering other humiliations after uttering her signature phrase. Judy Carne was was 76.

Today is National Nose Hair Maintenance Day. Enough said. Today is Oprah Day, marking the premier of The Oprah Winfrey Show on this date in 1986. Today is Pardon Me Day, marking President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon "for all offenses" on September 8th of 1974. Today is International Literacy Day, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited. In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. In 1965, the television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad seeking Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. The final four choices became the stars in the television show The Monkees. In 1966, the first Star Trek series premiered on NBC. In 1973, Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run. In 1997, America Online acquired CompuServe.

Stephen Colbert takes over David Letterman's chair with a new show that kicks off tonight. Colbert's first guests are George Clooney and Jeb Bush. It's tonight at 11:35 on CBS.

He's a hero and he's great at his job, but Star Trek's Captain Kirk did abandon his son. That's one of the conclusions of author and TV writer David A. Goodman in a first of its kind book for a Star Trek character that imagines new details about the life of the man who captained the starship Enterprise. Often taking one-line references from episodes of the iconic TV and movie science fiction franchise and building entire storylines, Goodman paints Kirk as a driven, sometimes insecure, absent father, a man who left his son, for his job, yet was destined to be a Starfleet hero. Goodman says, "Almost everything that's new came out of something that we already were familiar with." The Autobiography of James T. Kirk -- The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain, is to be published by Titan Books today -- 49 years to the day that Star Trek premiered on television in 1966.

If a CNBC report is correct, will have a 6-inch tablet available for $50 in time for holiday shopping.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is investigating after an apparent squatter sold a family's appliances and tools right out of their Puyallup home. Ed Saurs said his family has owned the home for 25 years. They recently bought a house here in Olympia and they weren't living in the Puyallup house because they were getting ready to sell it. At some point a man moved into the house and started posting their appliances and other things for sale online. Saurs recently had an appointment with a realtor. When he pulled up to the house, there was a truck in the driveway. He went inside and there was a man standing in his kitchen. He asked the man what he was doing in his house and the man said "I'm here for the microwave." Just then Saurs heard footsteps and saw a man running out the sliding door. Saurs realized what was going on and chased the man but he got away. A neighbor's surveillance camera captured images of the man in the yard. The suspect sold the washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, mattress, television and tools. The Saurs family estimates the loss at about $5,000.

Trivia Answer: Benjamin Orr who was born on this date in 1947. Orr first met Ric Ocasek, the future leader of the Cars, in Cleveland in the 1960s. A few years later, Orr moved to Columbus, Ohio where he and Ocasek formed a musical partnership that would continue in various incarnations until the break-up of the Cars in 1988. In April 2000, Orr was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was hospitalized. He died at home in Atlanta on October 3rd of 2000 at the age 53.

Monday 9.7.15
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened. Where did it open?

Happy Labor Day!

College football returned over the weekend. Not a good return for the Huskies or the Cougars. First, Washington rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit, but a 46-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds went wide right and No. 23 Boise State knocked off the Huskies 16-13 on Friday night. Then, WSU was upset by Portland State 24-17 on Saturday. It was the first time Portland State beat a Pac-12 team in 15 tries. It was Washington State's first loss to an FCS team in 20 outings. Coming up Saturday, the Huskies host Sacramento State while the Cougars are on the road at Rutgers.

The Seattle Seahawks continued wheeling and dealing yesterday, trading running back Christine Michael to the Dallas Cowboys. With the trade, Seattle now only has two running backs on the roster: Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls. The Seahawks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with former Bills running back Fred Jackson, but the signing isn't official yet. The regular season opener coming up on Sunday morning with the Hawks in St. Louis taking on the Rams.

The Mariners won yesterday completing a season-high five-game winning streak. The Ms swept the As in the three-game series with yesterday's 3-2 win. Hisashi Iwakuma won for the fifth time in six starts. Tom Wilhelmsen got the final five outs for his 10th save in as many chances. Up next for Seattle is a 10-game homestand. They get it going this afternoon hosting the Texas Rangers.

Birthdays: Singer Gloria Gaynor is 66; the voice of Marge on The Simpsons, actress Julie Kavner is 65; from The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is 64; Arnold Becker on LA Law, actor Corbin Bernsen is 61; and songwriter Diane Warren is 49.

Today is Labor Day -- always the first Monday in September -- dedicated in honor of the worker. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you. Today is Buddy Holly Day. He was born Charles Harden Holley in Lubbock, Texas, on this date in 1935. His name was misspelled on his first recording contract, so he kept it that way. Today is Google Day. On this date in 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated the Internet search company at Menlo Park, California. The test search engine was doing some 10,000 searches a day. A year later it was doing three million searches a day.

Calendar note: On this date in 1967, The Flying Nun took off from a convent in Puerto Rico. The popular TV series starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrillle. In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuted on cable. In 1986, in the Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns game, only three plays into the new football season, officials called for the first instant replay in NFL history. The rule was later tossed out, but returned in modified form in 1999. In 1996, all 875 residents of McGregor, Iowa, were honored guests at the 125th anniversary performance of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Des Moines. The Ringling brothers held their first circus in McGregor in 1871. In 2002, a 47-year-old robber walked into the Halmstad, Sweden, post office, told the cashier he was armed, and demanded a bag of cash -- plus $37 million be deposited into his bank account. He then gave the postal clerk his account number. Police had no trouble finding the robber.

The faith-based drama War Room has the edge on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton with $9.3 million to lead a modest US box office over the Friday to Sunday weekend. Straight Outta Compton took in $8.9 million. The holiday weekend appears to be the quietest of the year, which will be first of 2015 without a title topping the $10 million mark over the three-day period. Robert Redford's comedy A Walk in the Woods led the rest of the pack and placed third. Mission Impossible: Rogue nation placed fourth. Preliminary numbers have The Transporter Refueled rounding out the top five.

Tom Brady speaks. Brady spoke to a crowd of reporters yesterday for the first time since a judge overturned his four-game NFL suspension for Deflategate. He thanked friends, family, and his team for supporting him, but said he was sorry that two equipment managers accused of deflating the footballs were still suspended. He also said the court battle put everyone in a tough situation and it had taken a toll on him just as he gets ready for the beginning of the season. The Patriots' season opener is Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Washington State Fair kicks off its 17-day party with a parade through the streets of Puyallup. The annual cattle drive and parade starts at 10 sharp Friday morning along downtown Puyallup's Meridian Street.

Stephen Colbert has already declared his intention to drop the well-worn persona of the cluelessly pompous conservative pundit he invented for cable television when he debuts this week as host of the CBS Late Show. What remains to be seen is how an unfiltered Colbert will play as he makes the transition from a 30-minute Comedy Central show four nights a week to an hour-long slot five nights a week on a major broadcast network renovating the house that David Letterman built. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuts tomorrow night.

Trivia Answer: The hall opened in Canton, Ohio, this date, September 7th of 1963, with 17 charter enshrinees. As of this year, there are a total of 297 members of the Hall of Fame. Canton was selected as the location for the Hall of Fame for three reasons: First, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920. Second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. Finally, the community of Canton successfully lobbied the NFL to have the Hall built in their city.

Friday 9.4.15
Today's Trivia: He was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. He achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife. Who is he?

If there was such an award, Seattle Seahawks rookie Tyler Lockett would be the clear MVP of the preseason. Fellow Seattle rookie Frank Clark would be right behind him. Lockett scored his third touchdown of the preseason on a 63-yard reception from Russell Wilson, Clark had a sack and forced fumble on Oakland QB Matt McGloin that Jordan Hill recovered for a touchdown, and the Seahawks closed out the preseason with a 31-21 win over the Raiders last night. Now it's on to real games. The Seahawks open at St. Louis, where they have lost two of the last three seasons. The opener is coming up Sunday the 13th.

College ball is back. Tonight, the Washington Huskies are in Boise to face the Boise State Broncos. ESPN has the game. Kick-off at 7:15. Then tomorrow morning at 11 in Pullman, the Washington State Cougars host Portland State.

The Mariners were off yesterday. They're in Oakland against the As for the weekend starting tonight at 7:05. Monday, the Ms are back home launching a 10-game homestand opening it up with Texas.

Birthdays: The drummer for The Pretenders, Martin Chambers is 64; actor and comedian Damon Wayans is 55; baseball's Mike Piazza is 47; Mr. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson is 40; Beyonce Knowles is 34; and singer-songwriter-guitarist, James Bay is 25.

Today is Edsel Day, commemorating September 4th in 1957 when the Ford Motor Company introduced its infamous $350-million disaster car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights. Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. Today is Beetle Bailey's birthday. He first appeared on this date in 1950. Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Today is Help! Day, marking this date in 1965 when the Beatles' song Help reached #1 in the US.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships. In 1964, Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV. The cast was stranded for three full seasons and 98 episodes. In 1968, Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones was banned by several Chicago radio stations. The Republican National Convention was in town and authorities feared the song might incite public disorder. In 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven gold medals. In 1976, Kiss released their single Beth, arguably the first power ballad. The tune also became the rockers' biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. In 2002, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol.

The University of Washington announced yesterday a proposal to sell naming rights at Husky Stadium to Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. The agreement, which is still subject to approval to UW's Board of Regents, would make the official name of the Huskies' football home: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. The airline will pay $41 million for the naming rights for the field, as well as the adjoining University of Washington Athletic Village presented by Alaska Airlines. They will also continue their naming rights for Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, as well as serve as the official airline of all three UW campuses for the next decade.

The Seattle Mariners are rumored to be interested in Jerry Dipoto to fill the seat vacated by recently fired general manager Jack Zduriencik, according to a report yesterday from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Dipoto was the Los Angeles Angels general manager for 3½ seasons before resigning in early July because of repeated clashes with manager Mike Scioscia. Despite the tension, the Angels had decent success under Dipoto, winning 98 games last season and capturing the American League West before taking a step back in 2015. Before the Mariners hired Zduriencik in 2008, Dipoto had made it to the final round of interviews in Seattle. His tenure in LA reportedly unraveled because he fired Scioscia's friend, hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, and often clashed with Scioscia about statistical analysis and how it should apply to managing a team.

Tom Brady learned yesterday morning that he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed. US District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice" as he found multiple reasons to reject the suspension one week before New England's September 10th opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The judge cited "several significant legal deficiencies" in the league's handling of the controversy, including no advance notice of potential penalties, a refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first-ever discipline of a player based on a finding of "general awareness" of someone else's wrongdoing. Goodell said it was necessary to appeal "to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game." He called the need to secure the game's competitive fairness "a paramount principle." Hours after Goodell issued his statement, the league appealed to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has risked upsetting the heavy metal community by revealing he can't take Metallica and Black Sabbath seriously. The guitarist is not a fan of heavy rock and he cannot understand the appeal of the genre's top acts. He tells the New York Daily News, "(Rock music) sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation." He continues, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes." Richards' disdain for musical genres also extends to hip-hop, with Richards insisting he feels the music has little substance. He continues, "Rap -- so many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."

Trivia Answer: Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter. Irwin died on this date in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest.

Thursday 9.3.15
Today's Trivia: He's a stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, he came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart. It remains the 20th best-selling comedy album in history. He later went into acting starring in two long-running and award winning situation comedies. In 2013 he guest starred in three episodes of The Big Bang Theory, one of which earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award. Who is he?

With various media outlets releasing their power rankings ahead of the start of the NFL regular season, expectations are high for the Seattle Seahawks as they try to reach the Super Bowl for the third consecutive season. The Seahawks came in at number one in the eyes of at least two major outlets, as both SB Nation and FOX Sports named Seattle as the NFL's top squad entering the regular season. The additions of tight end Jimmy Graham and return ace/wide receiver Tyler Lockett as reasons some media members believe will allow the Seahawks to be one of the NFL's top teams this season. Seattle also fared well in rankings released by CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, and, listed in the number two spot by all three. The final pre-season contest coming up tonight. The Hawks are hosting the Oakland Raiders tonight. They get the regular season going on the 13th in St. Louis.

College ball is back this weekend. Tomorrow, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

A late offensive eruption helped the Mariners win 8-3 and take the series 2-games-to-1 on the road against the AL West-leading Houston Astros last night. Rookie CF Shawn O'Malley, who's from Kennewick, was 3-for-4 with two RBI in his Mariners debut. The Mariners have won seven of their past 11. Logan Morrison slapped his 15th homer of the season in the top of the ninth, a three-run shot. After an off-day today, Seattle facing Oakland in a three-game series starting tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker is 92; Beach Boy Al Jardine is 73; actress Valerie Perrine is 72; Grand Funk drummer Donald Brewer is 67; Charlie Sheen is 50; singer Jennifer Paige is 42; singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon, Cecilia and the Satellite, is 33; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, snowboarder Shaun White is 29; and the Lava Lamp turns 52 today.

Dean Jones, the go-to Disney actor whose films included The Love Bug, The Million Dollar Duck, That Darn Cat! and The Shaggy D.A. has died. According to his publicist, the cause of death was Parkinson's disease. He had other roles but he had his greatest success as a Disney player, usually playing genial fathers or bemused leading men. His Disney debut was in 1965's That Darn Cat!, in which he played an FBI agent who solves a kidnapping with the help of the title character (and Hayley Mills, another Disney regular). He followed it up with such films like Monkeys, Go Home! (1967), The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) and the extremely popular The Love Bug (1969), about a Volkswagen with a mind of its own which spawned four sequels. Dean Jones was 84.

Today is Search for Tomorrow Day, marking the soap opera's TV debut on this date in 1951. During its 35 years, the cast included Don Knotts, Susan Sarandon, and Kevin Kline Today is Uncle Sam's birthday. Uncle Sam's image was first used on this day in 1813.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side of the road. In 1981, David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join ABC. In 1983, Eurythmics topped the singles chart with Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). In 1989, Karen and Stan Sutton sailed back into San Francisco harbor 8½ years after leaving on their trip around the world. They made it in a 43-foot ship they built themselves, despite Karen's chronic sea sickness. Along the way, the couple had two children. In 1999, charges were dropped against nine photographers and a motorcyclist in connection with the 1997 crash that killed Princess Diana. In 2003, in Janesville, Wisconsin, a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with stealing a computerized tracking device. A corrections officer said the thief apparently "didn't know what he had because he would be awfully stupid to steal a tracking device." To find him, all police had to do was switch on a computer.

A judge let the air out of Deflategate this morning, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. US District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice." Berman said Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Goodell said the league will appeal.

Meanwhile, a defiant county clerk was sent to jail for contempt today after insisting that her "conscience will not allow" her to follow a federal judge's orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told US District Judge David Bunning, "God's moral law conflicts with my job duties. You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul." The judge said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since fines alone would not change her mind. A federal marshal escorted her, without handcuffs, out of the courtroom.

A man who was given a $138 fine for warning drivers they were approaching a police speed trap won't have to pay the fine after all. Daniel Gehlke appeared in court yesterday to fight the ticket, but the Seattle Police officer didn't show. A judge then tossed the case. Gehlke's made the handwritten sign that said, "Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!" with a marker and a Rubbermaid top. Normally holding a sign isn't an issue, but an officer came up and cited Gehlke, stating his sign was giving orders to drivers -- the 'stop at sign and light.' A Seattle Police Department spokesman said, "The specific issue is that he was giving instructions to motorists through the words that he chose, like 'slow down' or 'caution,' That's exactly the issue. It's the words that give people orders referring traffic." Gehlke disagreed. He said, "I am a believer that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights are there specifically so they can't be modified or restricted. This clearly is not a stop sign." Gehlke said he believed he was being targeted because of the content of the sign, not because of the crafting of the language. Still he says any future signs won't tell drivers to stop.

While scantily clad selfies may have helped heighten the profiles of social media marvels like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, they're probably not the best career move when it comes to those in corporate America. This is a lesson that a 23-year-old Chicago resident learned the hard way. After landing a job at a St. Charles, Ill. company earlier this month, he mistakenly sent two naked selfies over the course of three days to the human resources manager who offered him the position. Immediately upon receipt, the HR manager phoned the police. The local police chief says, "My understanding is they've rescinded the offer of employment."

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have separated after two years of marriage. They married in July of 2013 after a whirlwind romance, but they have been dogged by rumors of an impending split for the past year, and yesterday, the couple finally confirmed the news. Lavigne took to Instagram to share a photo from the stars' wedding day, and captioned it, "It is with a heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support."

Trivia Answer: Bob Newhart who is 86 on Saturday. His sitcoms were The Bob Newhart Show, in which he played psychologist Bob Hartley, and Newhart where he played innkeeper Dick Loudon. Newhart also appeared in film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Walt Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.

Wednesday 9.2.15
Today's Trivia: This former quarterback played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, he played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, and won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls. Who is he?

Logan Morrison's pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning was the difference in the Mariners' 7-5 win over the division-leading Astros last night at Minute Maid Park. The beleaguered bullpen actually held a late-game lead. The rubber game of the series is tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks may have been looking to add some veteran depth at the running back position yesterday as they hosted former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport first reported Jackson's visit early yesterday morning, writing that both Jackson and team expected a deal to get done. The reasoning behind Jackson's visit became somewhat clearer after Hawks' head coach Pete Carroll revealed yesterday afternoon that backup running back Robert Turbin suffered a "significant ankle sprain" versus the San Diego Chargers last weekend. Carroll also made clear that despite Rapoport's report, the team had not yet signed Jackson. He said, "For those of you who have already made the decision on what's going on, we have not made that decision at all at this point but we love that he's here and we're trying to get our ducks in a row for what may be necessary later on." A fan favorite in Buffalo, the 34-year-old Jackson was released by the Bills in their initial cuts on Monday. An eight-year veteran, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound undrafted free agent led Buffalo in rushing in four out of the last six seasons after serving as a backup to Marshawn Lynch early in his career. Jackson was in attendance in Seattle as Lynch's guest during the BeastQuake run versus the New Orleans Saints in January 2011. The final preseason game of the year is tomorrow night as the Hawks host the Oakland Raiders at 7:00.

College ball is back this weekend. On Friday, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

Birthdays: Former Commissioner of Baseball and former chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Peter Ueberroth is 78; actor Mark Harmon is 64; a former No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jimmy Connors is 62; actor Keanu Reeves is 51; boxer Lennox Lewis is 50; and actress Salma Hayek is 49.

Today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day. Today is also VJ Day -- Victory over Japan Day or Victory in Japan Day -- which marks the end of World War II. There is a bit of murkiness as three dates are used as VJ Day. August 14th which is the date Japan surrendered. August 15th, the date the surrender was announced to the world. And September 2nd, the date of the ceremony and formal signing of the surrender.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt uttered the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1969, NBC-TV canceled Star Trek. The show had debuted on September 8th of 1966. In 1985, itt was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1st by a US and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. In 1989, Cold Hearted became Paula Abdul's third consecutive number one single. In 1989, The Cars' Ric Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova. In 1992, the US and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The opening ceremonies included performances by Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

Following more bad news from China, US stocks had another bad day yesterday as investors remained jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The Dow Jones Industrial average, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 all ended the day in the red. The Dow briefly dropped more than 500 points and closed down about 469 points. It was up about 180 points at the open this morning. We'll see what today brings.

Donald Trump is returning to NBC. Not to his old show, The Celebrity Apprentice, but to The Tonight Show, where he'll be a guest on Friday, September 11th. Currently leading the Republican field in the 2016 presidential race, Trump will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon to discuss his campaign and other issues. NBC made the announcement yesterday. Terrence Howard and Pharrell Williams will also be guests that night. Other scheduled guests next week (countering premiere week for CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) are Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban on Tuesday. Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis next Wednesday. Andy Samberg and Carrie Underwood on Thursday the 10th.

The Haggen grocery chain Haggen is suing Albertsons for more than $1 billion, alleging the supermarket giant engaged in efforts to eliminate it as a viable competitor in five states. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in federal court in Delaware. It accuses Albertsons of anti-competitive practices. Haggen is based in Bellingham. It says it was forced to lay off hundreds and close nearly a fifth of the stores it had acquired from Albertsons and Safeway. The Seattle Times says that earlier this year Haggen bought 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores, expanding into California, Nevada and Arizona. It had previously operated in Oregon and Washington. Haggen alleges Albertsons hamstringed its ability to operate those stores. It also says Albertsons gave it misleading and incomplete retail pricing data and illegally accessed Haggen's confidential data. In an emailed statement, an Albertsons spokesman says the allegations in the lawsuit are completely without merit.

A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery said that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets. One of them led to the $1 million top prize. Tang says he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places to spread his good fortune.

If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting October 6th. Items like Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit 'n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available anytime, although the exact menu will vary in different markets.

Trivia Answer: Terry Bradshaw who turns 67 today. He and the Steelers won the Super Bowls in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979. He also led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

Tuesday 9.1.15
Today's Trivia: He's a psychologist, a television personality, author, and host of his own television show. He first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. Who is he?

The Houston Astros crushed the Mariners 8-3 last night at Minute Maid Park. In 14 meetings between the teams this season, the Astros have won 10 with a combined total score of 83-50. Astros ace Dallas Keuchel became the American League's first 16-game winner. The series' second game is tonight.

Meanwhile, the Ms yesterday continued their dismantling by trading Austin Jackson to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later and international slot money. Jackson, now a Cubs rental, is a free agent at the end of the season, making him expendable now. The key element for the Mariners is shedding the $1.3 million remaining on his $7.7 million salary.

The Seattle Seahawks are down to the final pre-season contest of the year. They host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night at 7:00.

College ball returns this weekend. On Friday, the Washington Huskies are at Boise State. Then Saturday, the Washington State Cougars tangle with Portland State.

Birthdays: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is 77; comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 76; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 68; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 58; and the guy that won a reality contest to become singer for INXS, J.D Fortune, is 42.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

Today is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job for 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya put Muammar Gaddafi in power. In 1970, the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie aired. It had premiered on September 18th of 1965. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. In 1995, in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place. The museum officially opened the next day. In 1998, J.K. Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the US. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series. In 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

The name Mount McKinley has infrequently crossed the lips of Alaskans for the last 40 years, since Alaska's bush pilot Governor Jay Hammond caused the state to officially recognize North America's highest peak by its native name Denali, roughly meaning the high one. On Sunday, as President Obama prepared for a three-day trip to the 49th State, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell used her authority to officially rename the 20,320-foot peak Denali. She put an end to a compromise imposed by Congress in the 1980 Alaska Lands Act, in which the mountain kept the name of McKinley, while 6 million acres of its surroundings became Denali National Park and Preserve.

Around here, many just call it the mountain but for centuries, Mt. Rainier, the most iconic image of the Pacific northwest, went by another name: Mt. Tahoma. The change to Rainier came about after George Vancouver spotted the mountain in 1792 and renamed it after his friend Peter Rainier, a British admiral who fought against Americans in the revolutionary war. There has been debate over that name change for more than two centuries. Now that Denali in Alaska has shed its former moniker Mt. McKinley, the discussion over Mt. Rainier's European renaming versus its original name has been sparked once again. Puyallup Tribal Culture director Connie McCloud says while different tribes often called the mountain different names, Tahoma was the most widely used. For years, many locals refused to utter the word Rainier. Even in local magazines from 100 years ago. Debate over the best name has raged off and on, and the idea of tossing out Peter Rainier and returning to the original name Tahoma keeps coming back. And now it's back again.

If the Seattle Seahawks become the first team to win three straight NFC titles, they'll likely do so as champions of their division yet again. But the reigning conference champs see a challenge waiting in the NFC West. Linebacker Bobby Wagner saying, "When I first got here Arizona wasn't so good, but now they're starting to become good. I think San Francisco is still strong and St. Louis is trying to find their way. I still think we have the best division in football." The Seahawks are again clear favorites in their division, with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the addition of Jimmy Graham to their offense, and a defense that's still expected to be among the best in the NFL. Seattle's closest rival is now likely in the desert, with Carson Palmer returning to an Arizona roster that made the playoffs last season with 11 wins despite Palmer missing the final seven games with a knee injury. St. Louis has one of the best defensive fronts in football with Chris Long, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers, but quarterback is still unsettled after giving up on Sam Bradford and bringing in Nick Foles. And no team has faced as much change as San Francisco. Jim Harbaugh is now coaching at Michigan. Frank Gore is running the ball in Indianapolis. And Patrick Willis and Justin Smith are retired.

Trivia Answer: Phillip McGraw who turns 65 today. He's best known as Dr. Phil. His television show which debuted in 2002 is also named Dr. Phil. McGraw graduated in 1975 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. After obtaining his Ph.D., McGraw joined his father, Dr. Joe McGraw, in Wichita Falls, Texas, where the elder McGraw had established his private psychology practice. Appearing on the Today Show in January 2008, McGraw said that he has made it "very clear" that his current work does not involve the practice of psychology. He also said that he had "retired from psychology". According to the Today Show, the California Board of Psychology determined in 2002 that he did not require a license because his show involves "entertainment" rather than psychology. Magraw's license is currently listed by the Texas State Board of Psychology as "retired" and he holds no other active licenses to practice in any other state.