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Friday 9.28.18
Morning Trivia: He's a multi Grammy and Emmy-winning composer, best known for his TV theme songs -- songs for such series as Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Renegade, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., and Hill Street Blues. Who is he?

The Mariners won't make it to 90 wins this season. To accomplish that, they needed to sweep the Texas Rangers in this last series of the year. The Ms fell to Texas 2-nuttin last night in the series opener. Ms and Rangers again tonight at 7:10.

College football Saturday tomorrow. Both the Cougars and Huskies are home this weekend. The WSU Cougars host the Utah Utes tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. And then at 5:30, the No. 11 Washington Huskies host No. 20 BYU Cougars.

This weekend, the Seattle Seahhawks meet the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Birthdays: Actress Brigitte Bardot is 84; former Seahawk -- number 80 -- Hall of Famer Steve Largent is 64; Moon Unit Zappa who is 51 today; actress and singer Hillary Duff is 31; and the Bonus Jonas, actor Frankie Jonas is 18.

Today is Good Neighbor Day. It's National Strawberry Cream Pie 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 .406. He was the 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. In 2004, the price of oil exceeded $50 a barrel for the first time on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 2 billion applications downloaded.

Trivia Answer: Mike Post who turns 74 tomorrow. He won his first Grammy at the age of 23 for Best Instrumental Arrangement on Mason Williams' Classical Gas, a #2 hit song in 1968. Post also worked with Kenny Rogers and produced the first three albums he recorded with his country/rock group the First Edition between 1967 and 1969. Post also produced Dolly Parton's hit album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs in 1981. Much later, in 1997, he produced Van Halen's Van Halen III album. Post subsequently won Grammys for Best Instrumental Composition for the themes of the television shows Hill Street Blues in 1981 and L.A. Law in 1988 as well as another Grammy in 1981 for Best Instrumental Performance for the Hill Street Blues theme, which also reached number 10 in the U.S.

Thursday 9.27.18
Morning Trivia: He was a businessman, and magazine publisher. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953. He was also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, he was a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues. Who was he?

The Oakland Athletics blew by the Seattle Mariners 9-3 last night. The Athletics took advantage of the Yankees' 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay to move within 1 1/2 games of New York atop the wild-card standings. Oakland improved to a big league-best 41-21 since the All-Star break. New York holds the tiebreaker to host the October 3rd game. The winner advances to the Division Series against AL East champion Boston. The Ms now start their final series of the year. They're hosting the Texas Rangers through Sunday. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

Another college football Saturday is coming up. The Washington State Cougars host the Utah Utes Saturday afternoon at 3:00. Then the No. 11 Washington Huskies host No. 20 BYU Saturday afternoon at 5:30.

The Seattle Seahawks are on the road this weekend. They're at division rival Arizona Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Birthdays: Actor Wilford Brimley is 84; Randy Bachman -- as in Bachman-Turner Overdrive -- is 75; Michael Lee Aday, better known as actor and singer Meat Loaf, is 71; singer-actor-and-director Shaun Cassidy is 60; the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins is 54; actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 46; 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold is 40; rapper Lil' Wayne is 36; and singer Avril Lavigne is 34.

Today is World Tourism Day. Today is National Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day. And Crush a Can Day is today. How flat can you squish it? Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day. Hey, where would we be without them?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1976, poet Hondo Crouch died. He was the owner, police chief, and city manager of Luckenbach, Texas. In 1989, Sony shelled out $3.4 billion in cash for Columbia Pictures. In 1991, a Decatur, Alabama, auto dealership accepted a 450-pound bull as part trade-in on a Lincoln Town Car. In 1995, the US government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin. In 1998, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire's record-breaking season ended with his 69th and 70th home runs. In 2004, NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over for Jay Leno the Tonight show in 2009.

It's déjà vu all over again. On TV tonight, it's the series premiere of Murphy Brown. It's yet another reboot of a classic series. Candice Bergen returns as Murphy Brown, two decades later, now the host of a cable news show. It's tonight on CBS.

Trivia Answer: Hugh Hefner who died on this date last year. In January of 1952, Hefner left his job as a copywriter for Esquire after he was denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother, to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December of 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992 for $75,000. He is, in fact, interred in that crypt. He had told the Los Angeles Times in 2009 that "Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too sweet to pass up." Hefner died at his home in Los Angeles last September 27th at the age of 91.

Wednesday 9.26.18
Morning Trivia: He was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for his sharp dress sense and distinctive voice, and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and with Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the UK and the US. Who is he?

Amazon's live streams of 11 NFL Thursday Night Football games are featuring the first all-female broadcast booth in league history, the company announced yesterday. Andrea Kremer, a longtime NFL reporter and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, is announcing the games alongside Hannah Storm, an ESPN SportsCenter anchor and Monday Night Football pregame show host. The duo makes their debut on tomorrow night when the Los Angeles Rams face the Minnesota Vikings on Amazon’s Prime Video subscription service.

The Seattle Mariners with an extra-inning win last night beat the Oakland As 10-8 in 11 innings. With the win, the Ms knocked the As out of the possibility of winning the AL West -- that distinction goes to the Houston Astros, who have won their second consecutive AL West title. The Mariners wrap up their series with Oakland tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: From Adam-12, actor Kent McCord is 76; singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry is 73; actress Mary Beth Hurt is 72; She was Sandy in Grease -- she's also a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles -- Olivia Newton-John is 70; Sarah Connor in The Terminator film series and Catherine Chandler on TV's Beauty and the Beast, Liinda Hamilton is 62; Mary Ingalls Kendall on Little House on the Prairie, actress Melissa Sue Anderson is 56; Beto O'Rourke -- the Democrat running against Ted Cruz down in Texas -- is 46; and tennis great Serena Williams is 37.

Today is Brady Bunch Day, marking the show's TV debut on this date in 1969. Stars included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen. Today is also Gilligan's Day. Gilligan's Island premiered on this date in 1964. The series starred Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Shafer, Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells, and Tina Louise. Today is National Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiered in Westwood, California. It's probably still playing somewhere. The cult classic starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. In 1981, the Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett. In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain. In 1986, Bobby Ewing returned from the dead to take a shower on Dallas in one of television's more or less memorable episodes. In 1994, jury selection began in Los Angeles for the double murder trial of OJ Simpson. One year later to the day, the prosecution began closing arguments. He was acquitted of both charges. In 2002, a 39-year-old man ordered a limousine to pick him up at a hotel in Moline, Illinois after he robbed a bank there. Unfortunately for the robber, his driver was a retired police officer, who tipped off police that a suspicious passenger had just paid $335 in cash for a ride to Chicago. State troopers arrested the suspect at a nearby truck stop. In 2006, Facebook was opened to everyone at least 13 years or older with a valid email address.

Dunkin Donuts announced yesterday that it is dropping the word "donuts" from its name. The company said the name change will go into effect in January of 2019. The company said that though it is removing "donuts" from its name, donuts will remain on the menu.

On TV tonight, it's the season premier of Survivor. The 37th season of Survivor has a "David vs. Goliath" theme. The 90-minute premiere begins with the 20 new castaways divided into two teams. Castaways in the David tribe all have overcome adversity in their lives, while Goliath tribe members capitalize on their advantages to prevail. It's tonight on CBS.

Trivia Answer: Robert Palmer. Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, an MTV Video Music Award, and he was twice nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. Palmer died in a Paris hotel room from a heart attack on this date in 2003 at the age of 54.

Tuesday 9.25.18
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, activist, and equestrian. He is best known for his motion picture portrayal of the classic DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed film Superman in 1978, for which he won a BAFTA Award. Who was he?

Peter McLoughlin, president of the Seahawks for the past eight years, is out, the team announced yesterday. He will be replaced by Chuck Arnold. Vice-chairman of the Seahawks and Vulcan Inc. Burt Kolde said McLoughlin’s contract was coming up, which made it a good time to restructure the organization. A news release stated McLoughlin was leaving the organization "by mutual agreement."

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena yesterday, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city's bid to land an expansion NHL franchise. The 8-0 vote was the last step needed to strengthen Seattle's expansion application and it means a team could be playing in the new building during the 2020-21 season. The next phase in the arena/franchise process comes next week when Seattle Hockey Partners, the ownership group attempting to land the expansion team, presents before the NHL Board of Governors' Executive Committee.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez became a U.S. citizen yesterday. The Venezuela native passed his citizenship interview yesterday morning and was one of about 85 candidates to be sworn in as a new U.S. citizen yesterday afternoon, according to a U.S. Citizen and Immigrant Services press release.

Meanwhile, champagne flowed in the clubhouse as players bopped around and screamed in a wild celebration after the Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years. The surprising Athletics were assured no worse than an American League wild card last night when Tampa Bay lost to the New York Yankees. A few hours later, Oakland finished off a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Ms and As meet again tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: TV's Barbara Walters is 89; actor Michael Douglas is 74; model Cheryl Tiegs is 71; Potsie Webber on Happy Days, actor Anson Williams is 69; Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, actor Mark Hamill is 67; actress Heather Locklear is 57; basketball's Scottie Pippen is 53; actor and singer Will Smith is 50; actress Catherine Zeta-Jones -- Michael Douglas' wife -- is 49; and former Seattle Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck is 43.

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. 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, and Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye.

Clendar 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.

Apparently being in a relationship is making us fatter. Almost eight in ten Americans in a relationship (79 percent) are carrying around a bit of "love weight." A study of 2,000 people in relationships found that the average respondent had gained 36 pounds since they first started dating their current partner -- 17 pounds of which were gained in the first year alone.

Trivia Answer: Christopher Reeve who was born on this date in 1952. In May of 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition. He was confined to a wheelchair and required a portable ventilator for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. On October 9th of 2004, Reeve went into cardiac arrest. He fell into a coma. Eighteen hours later, Reeve died, at the age of 52.

Monday 9.24.18
Morning 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?

The Seahawks got a W! Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns in the first half, Chris Carson added a 5-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks avoided an 0-and-3 start with a 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. The duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn't have the answers against a Seattle defense that had safety Earl Thomas on the field and welcomed back Bobby Wagner after the Seahawks' defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas. Following a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons about which coach Pete Carroll provided only vague answers as to why. Up next, the Seahawks are at division rival Arizona Sunday.

The Washington defense again passed a major test -- largely because it didn't allow Arizona State to pass much at all -- in leading the now No. 11 Huskies to a 27-20 victory late Saturday at Husky Stadium. The Dawgs dropped a slot in this week's AP Top 25. Jake Browning threw three touchdown passes in his best game of the season -- behind an offensive line that had its best game of the season -- and the Huskies overcame a disastrous start to hold off the Sun Devils’ late charge to improve to 2-and-0 in the Pac-12. The Huskies will close out the nonconference portion of their schedule Saturday when No. 20 BYU visits Husky Stadium.

The Washington State Cougars’ bid to beat the USC Trojans for the second consecutive year and move to 4-0 was torpedoed by a pair of special teams mistakes as the Cougs lost a heartbreaker Friday night, 39-36. The Cougs host the Utah Utes Saturday afternoon.

It's official. No postseason for the Mariners for the 17th straight year -- the longest active streak of any of the major sports. The Oakland Athletics win on Saturday ended the playoff possibility for the Ms. Meanwhile, at the Mariners last road game of the year yesterday, Adrian Beltre was given a standing ovation when he was removed from what could be his last home game for Texas, just before the Rangers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. The Mariners are now back home for their final homestand of the year -- their final seven games. They have three with the Oakland As then four with the Texas Rangers. They get things started tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Journalist Lou Dobbs is 73; football's Mean Joe Green is 72; Greg Medavoy for 12 seasons on NYPD Blue, actor Gordon Clapp is 70; baseball's Rafael Palmeiro is 53; and Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm are 36.

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 highlights 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 1977, The Love Boat debuted on ABC-TV. 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 age 85. He played Commissioner Gordon on TV's Batman. In 1986, the Toronto Blue Jays hit 10 home runs against the Baltimore Orioles to set a major league baseball record for most homers in a 9 inning game. In 1991, Nirvana's album Nevermind was released. In 1994, Eric Clapton performed on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. In 1998, the Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.

On TV tonight, the season premiere of The Voice. Jennifer Hudson returns as one of the four coaches, joining Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine for Season 15. CeeLo Green, one of this show's original coaches, is set to serve as a battle advisor later this season, along with Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban and Halsey. New this year is the Comeback Stage (on YouTube, The Voice Official App, Instagram TV, Facebook and, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, who will mentor six deserving contestants that were knocked out in the Blind Auditions. The six will compete for a chance to re-enter the show's Top 13 in November. The premier is tonight on NBC.

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 Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, and as a Disney Legend in 2011.

Friday 9.21.18
Morning 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 was he?

The Seattle Mariners begin their last road series of the season tonight in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. Game time is 5:05. After the series in Texas, the Ms return for their final homestand of the year. They host Oakland for three, then four more with the Rangers and then they're done.

The WSU Cougars open Pac-12 play tonight. They're down in Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans tonight at 7:30.

The No. 10 Washington Huskies host the Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow night at 7:30.

The Seattle Seahawks' have their home opener this weekend as they host the Dallas Cowboys. Kick off is Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Birthdays: Journalist Bill Kurtis is 78; film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer is 75; comedian and author – she wrote the novel that was adapted to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes -- Fannie Flagg is 74; former Eagle band member Don Felder is 71; author Stephen King is also 71; actor Bill Murray is 68; Uncle Joey on Full House, actor and comedian Dave Coulier is 59; actor Rob Morrow is 56; singer Faith Hill is 51; actress and talk show host Ricki Lake is 50; from Oasis, frontman Liam Gallagher is 46; our old buddy, quarterback Jon Kitna is also 46; TV personality Nicole Richie is 37; and singer Jason Derulo is 29.

Today is Miniature Golf Day. 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, and be nice.

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. The same two teams met last night and Cleveland won its first game since 2016 -- 635 days -- beating the Jets 21-17. 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.

So what does it take for you to buy a Powerball or Mega Millions ticket? In a survey:

  • 62% of respondents said they play if the jackpot is big enough to make the news
  • 23% said they never play
  • 13% play when they think about it, regardless of the jackpot
  • 2% play pretty much all the time
  • Trivia Answer: Larry Hagman who was born on this date in 1931. He was Major Tony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Then -- in perhaps his best known role -- he was JR 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.

    Thursday 9.20.18
    Morning Trivia: He was on two successful television series -- one a comedy in the 1970s and one was a drama in the late 70s and early 80s. He played the same character on both. He remains one of just a very few actors to have a leading role on both a popular comedy and a popular dramatic series. Who is he?

    They're not going to win the division but they're going out with a bang. Robinson Cano drove in three runs, three players homered. and seven pitchers combined for a five-hitter in Seattle's 9-nuttin' rout of the defending champion Houston Astros last night. The Mariners took two of three in this series from Houston. An off day for Seattle today before they begin their last road series of the season tomorrow night in Arlington, Texas, against the Ranger. Game time tomorrow night is 5:05.

    The 3-and-0 WSU Cougars face their toughest test of the season tomorrow night when they travel to Southern California to open Pac-12 play. Kick off with USC is tomorrow night at 7:30.

    The No. 10 Washington Huskies host the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night at 7:30.

    The Seattle Seahawks' search for their first win of the year continues Sunday. It's the home opener for the Hawks as they host the Dallas Cowboys. Kick off Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

    Birthdays: Actress Sophia Loren is 84; actor Gary Cole is 62; television journalist Deborah Roberts is 58; she was Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actress Kristen Johnston is 51; those Nelson boys, Ricky Nelson's sons Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are also 51; Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is 50; and the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, Phillip Phillips is 28.

    Today is National Gibberish Day. Today is National Punch Day. Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza, preferred by 36% of the people. Today marks the Birthday of the Sun, according to the Incas. The Incas aren't sure exactly how old the sun is.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, singer Jim Croce and five others, on their way to do a concert in Sherman, Texas, died in a Louisiana plane crash. Croce was 30 years old. In 1973, in a so-called battle of the sexes, tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets at the Houston Astrodome. In 1975, David Bowie's Fame was number one on the singles chart. Also in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered on NBC-TV. In 1991, a fast-acting poultry judge saved a prize-winning chicken's life at the Puyallup. The hen almost drowned while being given a bath, but Judge Sherry Milligan gave it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. In 1998, after playing in 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees, ending a 16-year run. In 2006, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards said he'd finally given up drugs ... because they were not strong enough. He said, "I think the quality's gone down."

    North Carolina's very own just made a huge donation to help those affected by Hurricane Florence's widespread impact on the Carolina's coastal regions. Michael Jordan made two hefty donations of $1 million -- one to the American Red Cross and the other to the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

    According to a survey by Visa, Americans are spending roughly $48 a week on, well, who knows what. We're spending about $200 a month on miscellaneous stuff that we just don’t keep track of. That's $2,400 a year.

    Nothing official yet but Variety reports, citing multiple sources, that Maroon 5 is set to be the halftime show for the NFL's biggest game, set for February 3rd.

    Trivia Answer: The character was Lou Grant. The actor is Ed Asner. The comedy was The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 to 1977. Lou Grant was the news director at fictional television station WJM-TV. A spinoff series, Lou Grant ran from 1977 to 1982. It was an hour-long serious dramatic series which frequently engaged in social commentary, featuring Ed Asner as Lou Grant as city editor of the fictional Los Angeles Tribune. Although spin-offs are common on American television, Lou Grant remains one of a very few characters to have a leading role on both a popular comedy and a popular dramatic series. Asner won five Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Lou, with three of these awards for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and two for Lou Grant. Bravo ranked Lou 35th on their list of the 100 greatest TV characters. Today is Lou Grant Day, marking the debut of the TV series on this date in 1977.

    Wednesday 9.19.18
    Morning Trivia: This actor began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo in 1962, and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming in 1965. He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars in1964. He's best-known, however, for his role as Batman in the 1960s TV series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film. Who is he?

    The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 7-nuttin' last night. With that win, Houston officially eliminated the Mariners from contention for the AL West title. The Mariners couldn't get much going. Robbie Cano doubled twice and tied a season high with three hits, but the rest of the team combine managed only three hits. The Ms wrap up their series in Houston tonight at 5:10. Friday, they're in Artlington, Texas, to start their final road series of the year, three with the Texas Rangers.

    Birthdays: Righteous Brother Bill Medley is 78; singer and songwriter Paul Williams is also 78; singer Freda Payne is 76; baseball's Joe Morgan is 75; actor Randolph Mantooth is 73; actor Jeremy Irons is 70; actress and model who was born Lesley Homby but we know as Twiggy is 69; TV personality Joan Lunden is 68; guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers is 66; actor and singer Rex Smith is 63; singer Lita Ford is 60; sportscaster Ken Rosenthal is 56; news anchor Soledad O'Brien is 52; and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is 44.

    Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day. Today is Slimey's birthday. Slimey, of course, is Oscar the Grouch's pet worm on Sesame Street and was the first worm on the moon. Slimey's baby sister is Sloppy. Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. John Baur and Mark Summers created the concept of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on June 6th of 1995. While playing racquetball, they began to talk to each other in Pirate-speak. After leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create this day. After much thought, Mark Summers selected September 19th as the date. This was his wife's birthday. So, he thought it would be an easy date to remember. And so, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS. The series also starred Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Ted Knight. It lasted for 168 episodes through March 1977. In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a bill posthumously making George Washington a 6-star general, the highest ever US military rank. In 1981, some 400-thousand people watched Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite in concert at New York City’s Central Park. They had split in 1970. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, American swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving after hitting his head on the board during prelims. In 1995, popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher died in California at the age of 88. With a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, he had experimented with thousands of hybrid popcorns before becoming famous in his TV commercials. In 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland, a bronze bust of Frank Zappa was dedicated outside an east Baltimore library. In 2011, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602. In 2014, the Apple iPhone 6 went on sale.

    Want to increase productivity and profits? Cut out some meetings. The average employee wastes nearly 13 working days every year in unproductive meetings. The study out of Europe, found the typical employee spends a total of 187 hours -- or the equivalent of 23 days a year -- in meetings. And 56% of those are pointless and unproductive.

    Trivia Answer: William West Anderson -- known professionally as Adam West -- who was born on this date in 1928. West told his father as a young man that he intended to go to Hollywood after completing school. He moved to Seattle with his mother when he was 15, following his parents' divorce. West attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle. He attended Whitman University but studied at the University of Puget Sound during the fall semester of 1949. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in literature and a minor in psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla. During the Batman television series, West's relationship with co-star Burt Ward was described as "problematic". He said, "Burt fell victim to making up stories to sell books. But in a way it was flattering, because he made me sound like King Kong." West also said that he played Batman "for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you." West died in Los Angeles, California on June 9th of 2017, following a brief battle with leukemia. On June 15, 2017, Los Angeles projected the Bat-Signal on City Hall as a tribute to West, and Walla Walla shone the bat-signal on the Whitman Tower.

    Tuesday 9.18.18
    Morning Trivia: He began performing as a child, with a lead role in the final years of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Our Gang (Little Rascals) short film series from 1939 to 1944. After a stint in the Army, he returned to acting in both television and movie roles. He had starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the television series Baretta. Who is he?

    The Seattle Seahawks went to Chicago looking for their first win this year. It wasn't there. Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Bears beat the Seahawks 24-17 last night. Mack, who landed with Chicago after a blockbuster trade with Oakland, had a strip-sack in the first half and consistently pressured Wilson in another dominant performance. The Seahawks lost for just the second time in nine Monday night games under coach Pete Carroll. Wilson has been sacked six times in each game this season. With the Bears applying constant pressure and his receivers struggling to get open, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback completed 22 of 36 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Seahawks host Dallas on Sunday.

    A different story for the Ms. Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach's first career grand slam -- only the third pinch-hit grand slam in franchise history -- with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1 last night. Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his MLB-leading 56th save. The Ms and 'Stros do it again tonight at 5:10.

    Birthdays: Singer and songwriter Jimmie Rodgers -- he did the song Honeycomb -- born down in Camas, is 85; actor Fred Willard is 79; singer and actor Frankie Avalon is 78; singer-songwriter Michael Franks is 74; computer programmer and developer of the first commercial anti-virus program, John McAfee is 73; former guitarist for Kansas, Kerry Livgren is 69; the current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson is 67; disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is 47; and she's married to Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith is also 47.

    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.

    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, actor 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.

    More than half of us would rather eat a carry-out meal than go to a Michelin starred restaurant. Among the things we don't like about fancy restaurants: small portions, long waits for tables, having to get dressed up, and the cost.

    Trivia Answer: Robert Blake who is 85 today. In 2005, Blake was tried and acquitted of the 2001 murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. On November 18th of 2005, he was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death and ordered him to pay $30 million. On February 3rd of 2006, Blake filed for bankruptcy. On April 26th of 2008, an appeals court upheld the civil case verdict, but cut Blake's penalty assessment in half, to $15 million. Blake has maintained a low profile since his acquittal and his filing for bankruptcy .

    Monday 9.17.18
    Morning Trivia: He was an author and countercultural 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 to be the keynote speaker at the commencement at The Evergreen State College. Who was he?

    It's Monday Night Football for the Seattle Seahawks tonight. They are looking for their fist win this year. Tonight they are looking in Chicago where they meet the Bears tonight. Kickoff at Soldier Field coming up at 5:15.

    Myles Gaskin ran for 143 yards on 30 carries and added a touchdown, and Washington's defense forced three turnovers as the still No. 10 Huskies beat Utah 21-7 on Saturday night. Jake Browning threw for 155 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Aaron Fuller led the way with 108 yards on six catches. Washington beat the Utes for a third straight season, and holds an 11-1 lead in the all-time series. Washington hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, graduate transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew didn't start playing with his Washington State teammates until fall drills, but you wouldn't know it from his production. Minshew threw for 470 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State beat Eastern Washington 59-24 on Saturday. Washington State finished with 41 yards rushing and 524 yards passing. WSU faces its toughest test of the season when the Cougars travel to Southern California on Friday night to open Pac-12 play.

    The Mariners won the series but they lost the game. Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer and Justin Upton homered in his third straight game as the Los Angeles Angels avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The Mariners left hander James Paxton is expected to rejoin the team in Houston tonight. The Ms' last road trip of the year continues. They are in Houston to face the Astros tonight. Wade LeBlanc is set to start tonight at 5:10.

    Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 79; basketball's Phil Jackson 73; from The Tubes, lead singer Fee Waybill is 68; Cassandra Peterson -- better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- is 67; comedian Rita Rudner is 65; director Baz Luhrmann is 56; gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans is also 56; rapper and producer Doug E. Fresh is 52; and from Orange is the New Black, Danielle Brooks is 29.

    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. 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."

    Modern couples are falling in love in half the time as their parents' generation, with it now taking just 163 text messages to woo partners.

    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.

    Friday 9.14.18
    Morning 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. His film and TV career spanned 30 years. Who is he?

    Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners started an 11-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night. It doesn't do much except soothe some egos. Cruz's three-run shot in the fourth inning was his eighth homer this season against the Angels, the most a player has had in one year against the franchise, according to Baseball-Reference. Leake threw a season-high 114 pitches, allowing one run and four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. The Ms and Angels match up again tonight at 7:07.

    It's another college football Saturday coming up tomorrow. The Washington State Cougars host the Eastern Washington Eagles tomorrow afternoon at 5:00. Then the #10 University of Washington Huskies are on the road at Utah to meet the Utes tomorrow night at 7:00.

    The Seattle Seahawks don't see action until Monday night. They're in Chicago to take on the Bears Monday night at 5:15.

    Birthdays: From Star Trek and Babylon 5, actor Walter Koenig is 82; actress, dancer, and singer, Joey Heatherton is 74; from Jurassic Park and elsewhere, actor Sam Neill is 71; singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 60; the Wendy from Wendy's, businesswoman Wendy -- real name: Melinda Lou -- Thomas is 57; and former Mariner David Bell is 46.

    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 1995, hand written lyrics for Getting Better by Paul McCartney sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction. 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. In 2001, Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in Japan.

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

    Thursday 9.13.18
    Morning Trivia: He's an actor, playwright, and filmmaker. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May of 2010 and 2011. He created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Who is he?

    Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to the WNBA title last night, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series. Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.

    The Mariners appear to be in free-fall. The San Diego Padres beat the fast-sinking Seattle Mariners 5-4 yesterday and finish off a two-game sweep. The Padres swept the interleague season series against the Mariners after taking two games in San Diego in late August. It was the first time since the two teams started meeting annually in 1997 that either club won every game in a season. The Mariners have lost 10 of 15 since August 26th to fall out of contention for the AL wild card. The Ms are now in Los Angeles to take on the Angels tonight at 7:07.

    Birthdays: She was Lisa on As the World Turns, actress Eileen Fulton is 85; he's known for directing animated films, such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Anastasia, Don Bluth is 81; Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, is 80; Blood, Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas is 77; actress Jacqueline Bisset is 74; singer Peter Cetera is also 74; she was Charlene on Designing Women, actress Jean Smart is 67; he was the Cowboy in The Village People, singer Randy Jones is 66; record producer and musician Don Was is also 66; musician and Ringo’s kid, Zak Starkey is 53; fashion designer and Paul's daughter Stella McCartney is 47; singer Fiona Apple is 41; he was Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World, actor Ben Savage is 38; singer Niall Horan is 25; and singer Alice Merton is also 25.

    Today is Scooby Doo Day, marking the 1969 premier of the Saturday cartoon series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Today is Muppet Day, marking the TV premier of The Muppet Show on this date in 1976. Hosted by Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street, Jim Henson puppet characters included Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. The show lasted five seasons in 100 countries. Muppet Babies, a Saturday morning cartoon show followed for eight years. Today is Law & Order Day. The TV series premiered on this date in 1990. Today is Fortune Cookie Day in San Francisco, birthplace of the fortune cookie. Today is Positive Thinking Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles won their first two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and another for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for A Hard Day’s Night. In 1969, Elvis's Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the US, his last #1 song. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run entered the album charts. In 1983, Huey Lewis & The News released their breakthrough album Sports, which later went to number one. In 1989, a national study revealed that on an average day in the US, 169 women and 56 men got nose jobs. In 1993, Conan O'Brien became the host of NBC's Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman. In 1998, NBC's Frasier won a record fifth consecutive award as best comedy series at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards; ABC's The Practice took best drama. In 2004, Oakland posted a 7-6, 10 inning, win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed 19 minutes in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands and hit two fans in the head at the Oakland Coliseum.

    Trivia Answer: Tyler Perry who is 49 today. Perry wrote and produced a number of stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry has developed several television series, most notably Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from June of 2006 to August of 2012. In October of 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. In September last year, Perry purchased a house in Mulholland Estates, a gated community in Los Angeles. He owns vacation properties in both Wyoming and the Bahamas.

    Wednesday 9.12.18
    Morning Trivia: On this date in 1966 (wow, that was 52 years ago), The Monkees invaded television. There were four of them. Can you name The Monkees?

    If history is any indicator, the WNBA Finals are already over. That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who are back home facing a 2-games-to-none to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and nearly pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in Game 2 on Sunday. But the history of teams that have faced a 2-0 deficit since the league went to a best-of-five format in 2005 doesn’t paint an optimistic picture for the Mystics. Four times before, the higher seed has swept the first two games at home. In all four occasions the series ended in Game 3. Tip-off is tonight at 5:00.

    Birthdays: Best known as Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, actress Linda Gray is 77; Rush drummer Neil Peart is 66; from the group America, singer Gerry Beckley is also 66; actor Peter Scolari is 63; he was Ed on Northern Exposure, actor Darren E. Burrows is 52; singer Ben Folds is also 52; comedian Louis CK is 51; from Oasis, Liam Gallagher is 46; winner of the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard is 40; and another American Idol alum, singer Jennifer Hudson, is 37.

    Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The popular cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband’s badge to ride the streetcar free, until LA finally issued her "Policewoman's Badge #1." In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years as something of a cult favorite. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters' 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the Trotters first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In 2003, country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71. Also in 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Ironically on this date in 2009, Steve Jobs announced that Apple's iTunes had 88% of the legal US music download market.

    Come November, Amazon will begin selling full-size trees, which will ship to customers within 10 days of being cut. The trees, which will include varieties like Douglas firs, Norfolk Island pines and Frasier firs, will be eligible for Prime free shipping.

    Trivia Answer: The musical acting quartet was Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." The Monkees had a number of international hits, including Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daydream Believer. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold both The Beatles and Rolling Stones. On the morning of February 29th of 2012, Davey Jones went to tend his 14 horses at a farm in Indiantown, Florida. After riding one of his favorite horses around the track, he complained of chest pains and difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart.

    Tuesday 9.11.18
    Morning Trivia: He appeared in over one hundred films and television series combined and performed on Broadway. In 2002, Don Knotts called him the "greatest physical comedian on the planet." He was probably best known for his role on the sitcom Three's Company, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three's a Crowd, which aired for one season. Who is he?

    The Seahawks could be without Doug Baldwin into October. The Pro Bowl wide receiver reportedly has a grade 2 partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his knee. That from a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter yesterday. Schefter reported the Seahawks are “still trying to figure out how much time he will miss.” Baldwin injured his right knee in the first half of Sunday’s opening-game loss at Denver. He got rolled up on from behind by other players blocking at the end of a play. He tried to return briefly later in the half but both he and the Seahawks decided the more prudent course was to stay out the final two quarters. He played just 11 of 57 snaps on offense.

    Birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 90; former senator from Oregon -- he resigned under threat of expulsion in 1995 -- Bob Packwood is 88; director Brian De Palma is 79; Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is 75; guitarist Leo Kottke is73; Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is 65; actress Kristy McNichol is 56; musician Moby is 53; singer, composer, talk show host, and former American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. is 51; guitarist and founding member of Coldplay, Jonny Buckland is 41; and rapper Ludacris is also 41.

    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 11th of 2001 attacks.

    It's 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, 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, 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 began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

    Trivia Answer: John Ritter -- the son of the late singing cowboy star Tex Ritter. He played struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates. Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. It was on this date in 2003 in the afternoon that Ritter experienced discomfort during a rehearsal. He died later that evening of an aortic dissection at the age of 54.

    Monday 9.10.18
    Morning 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 has scored six Top-40 singles, including two that reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Who is he?

    Von Miller sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles, and recovered one in helping Case Keenum win his Denver debut yesterday when the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24. Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times. Shaquill Griffin's twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It's another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child. The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle's second defensive series. Up next, the Seahawks visit Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

    Breanna Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 yesterday to take a 2-games-none lead in the WNBA Finals. Seattle heads to that other Washington for Game 3 coming up Wednesday night needing only one more win to claim the third title in franchise history.

    Mitch Haniger dashed home to score the go-ahead run on a grounder in the eighth inning, then made a diving catch for the final out yesterday that gave the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. The Yankees' lead atop the AL wild-card race was cut to 2 1/2 games over Oakland. The top wild-card team hosts the one-game playoff. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 54th save, helped by Haniger's play. Alex Colome got the win. An off day for the Ms today, then they end the homestand with a two-game series against the Padres starting tomorrow night.

    The Washington Huskies dispatched the North Dakota Fighting Hawks 45–3 on Saturday. Despite that win, the Huskies dropped one spot to No. 10 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released yesterday morning. Washinton travels to Utah for a game with the Utes Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Washington State Cougars blitzed San Jose State, shutting out the Spartans 31-nuttin'0 on the Palouse Saturday. Next up, the Cougs host the Eastern Washngton Eagles this coming Saturday,

    Birthdays: From Three Dog Night, one of the dogs, singer Danny Hutton is 76; singer Jose Feliciano is 73; TV talker and author Bill O'Reilly is 69; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is 68; actress Amy Irving is 66; director Chris Columbus is 60; actor Colin Firth is 58; The Big Unit, former Mariner, and Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is 55; and the former Mr. Madonna, director Guy Ritchie is 50.

    He just celebrated a birthday on August 30th and now comes word that Bill Daily, the affable TV actor who starred as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie as well as on The Bob Newhart Show died last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The longtime New Mexico resident was a staple on series of the 1960s through 1980s, notably as Bob Newhart’s daffy neighbor, airline pilot Howard Borden, on The Bob Newhart Show from 1972 to 1978. In the 1980s, he appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF. On I Dream of Jeannie, he co-starred with Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden on all five seasons of the sitcom as Captain and then Major Healey. His son announced his death on Friday. Bill Daily died on September 4th at the age of 91.

    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.

    How long is it okay to live with your parents after graduating from college? Four years. Yep, college grads have until the age of 27, and then most people think it's time to move on.

    Trivia Answer: Peter Cetera who turns 74 on Thursday. After years with Chicago, and while still with the group, Cetera released his first solo -album album in 1981, which flopped. 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 his newfound popularity, Cetera was interested in recording another solo album 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, a long-time resident of Ketchum, Idaho, has lived in Idaho since the mid-1980s, and is a sports enthusiast.

    Friday 9.7.18
    Morning Trivia: On this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened. Where did it open?

    The 2018 WNBA Finals are set. After two thrilling semifinal series -- each going five games -- it's the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics playing for the title. Game one is tonight in Seattle. Tip-off at 6:00.

    After an off day yesterday, the Seattle Mariners are welcoming the New York Yankees to the Northwest for a three-game weekend set, Game one is tonight at 7:10.

    It's another college football Saturday tommorrow. The University of Washington Huskies host the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. Then the Washington State Cougars then host the Idaho State Spartans tomorrow night at 8:00.

    The Seattle Seahawks begin their regular season on the road on Sunday. They're in Denver against the Broncos Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

    Birthdays: Singer Gloria Gaynor -- she has survived -- she's 69; she was Valerie Harper's character's younger sister Brenda in the sitcom Rhoda but is now best known as the voice of Marge Simpson, actress Julie Kavner is 68; from The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is 67; the epitome of a one-hit wonder -- remember Feelings? -- singer Morris Albert is also 67; Arnold Becker on L.A. Law, actor Corbin Bernsen is 64; and songwriter Diane Warren is 62.

    Burt Reynolds has died. He died in a Florida hospital yesterday, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Reynolds was one of the biggest film stars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, thanks to a string of hits, including Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Sharky's Machine, and The Cannonball Run, and he enjoyed a career resurgence in the mid-1990s thanks to roles in Striptease and Boogie Nights, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Reynolds, who underwent heart surgery in 2010, was involved in Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the time of his death, but he died before shooting his scenes in the period drama. He famously passed on roles in films like Pretty Woman, Star Wars, and Die Hard that turned other actors into Hollywood superstars, and often confessed he regretted turning down the part in Terms of Endearment that earned Jack Nicholson an Oscar. Burt Reynolds was 82.

    Today is Buddy Holly Day. He was born Charles Harden Holley -- spelled H-O-L-L-E-Y -- in Lubbock, Texas, on this date in 1935. His name was misspelled -- dropping the E -- 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. Today is National Salami Day. Today is also Neither Rain Nor Snow Day. Here's the lowdown: Neither Rain Nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the New York Post Office building on this day in 1914. This following inscription was inscribed on the building: "Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." A lot of people assume the inscription represents the Post Office motto. This assumption is incorrect. But, this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider's motto. Which leads to another misconception. The Pony Express was not a government funded predecessor to today's Post Office. The Pony Express was a courier and message delivery service that was privately owned and funded.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1967m 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.

    Sometimes you come across the factoids and just say, "Duh." Case in point, Friday is the most popular day to use an ATM.

    Trivia Answer: The hall opened in Canton, Ohio, this date, September 7th of 1963, with 17 charter enshrinees. 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.

    Thursday 9.6.18
    Morning Trivia: This actress and comedienne is sometimes referred to as Queen of the Deadpan. She was included on a 1986 list of the Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time. It's ironic because she first came to prominence as an original Not Ready For Prime Time Player on Saturday Night Live in 1975. She went on to win back-to-back Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on the 1980s sitcom Kate & Allie. She later starred in the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Who is she?

    Nelson Cruz and Denard Span hit back-to-back home runs, and the Seattle Mariners overcame sloppy infield defense to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 last night. Despite winning their first home series since July 22nd, the Mariners failed to gain ground on Oakland in the AL Wild Card race. They still trail by 5½ games with 22 games remaining. Mike Leake gave up two unearned runs in six innings to earn his first victory since August 15th. Edwin Diaz locked down his major league-leading 53rd save, tied for fifth-most saves in a single season in baseball history. An off day for the Ms today then they welcome in the New York Yankees for a 3-game weekend series. Game one tomorrow night at 7:10.

    The saga surrounding Earl Thomas is over -- at least temporarily. The All-Pro Safety ended his contract holdout with the Seahawks by practicing yesterday. Thomas will play out the final year of his deal in Seattle and the team plans to wipe away "almost all" of his fines, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. For missing preseason, training camp, and mandatory minicamp, his fine accumulation exceeded $1 million. It's unclear how much of that will be wiped away, as Rapoport seems to suggest. By reporting to the team, and assuming he plays in Week 1 Sunday against the Denver Broncos, he'll save himself from being fined $500,000 -- in other words, a game check. Thomas is due $8.5 million in 2018 by the Seahawks -- the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal. The Hawks kick off against the Broncos in Denver Sunday afternoon at 1:25 to launch their regular season.

    Birthdays: Comic Jo Anne Worley is 81; Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is 75; actress Swoosie Kurtz is 74; actor and comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 60; actor and comedian -- the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects -- Michael Winslow is also 60; journalist Elizabeth Vargas is 56; former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is also 56; actress Rosie Perez is 54; singer Macy Gray is 51; singer CeCe Peniston is 49; and royal relative -- the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge -- Pippa Middleton is 35.

    Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day. Today is Barbie Doll Day. Barbie debuted on this date in 1959. Yes, Barbie is 59 years old.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In 1975, while in New York to compete in the US Open, Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum. In 1993, British music lover Helen Stephens was jailed for a week after neighbors complained she played Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You loudly and constantly for five weeks. In 1997, Britain's Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of her family home. The worldwide TV audience for the funeral ceremonies was estimated at over two billion. In 1989, the Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming concert. In 2003, an Australian man picked up a $2.5 million lottery prize almost a year after winning it. The mechanic in his 40s said he delayed because he didn't need the money, that his wages were enough to support his lifestyle. He said, after waiting a year, he finally decided to secure the financial future of his children, pay off his home loan, buy a new car and give some money to the Anti-Cancer Council.

    Trivia Answer: Jane Curtin who is 71 today. She played Allison Allie Lowell on Kate & Allie, and was Dr. Mary Albright on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Curtin has also appeared in many movie roles.

    Wednesday 9.5.18
    Morning Trivia: He was a British singer, songwriter and record producer. He was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. He was born on Zanzibar, and grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, in his teens. He died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, having confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease. He was posthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and a tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of the band with which he bacame famous, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He is consistently voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. Who was he?

    A rough day for the Seattle Mariners that began with a clubhouse brawl ended with the Baltimore Orioles rallying for a 5-3 win last night. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino, and several other players were involved in the skirmish four hours before the game at Safeco Field. Moments after Dee Gordon politely asked reporters to leave the locker room, the double doors burst open with players shoving and shouting. Mariners manager Scott Servais said soon after the incident, "With how our season has gone, the frustration mounts. Along the way, there are bumps in the road." Then came the game, the lowest attended of the year at Safeco. The Orioles had 15 hits and scored all five runs in the final three innings. Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc pitched six shutout innings, but the Orioles got five hits off three relievers in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead. Seattle was 46-25 on June 16 and 11 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the wild-card standings. The Mariners are now 77-62 and 5 ½ games behind the A's in the chase for the second AL wild-card spot. The Ms and Os conclude their series tonight at 7:10.

    The Seattle Storm has advanced to the WNBA Finals for the 3rd time in franchise history. After trailing most of the game, the Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury last night. Seattle didn't get its first lead until pulling ahead 66-65 with 7:40 left in the game. The The Storm went on to down the Mercury 94-84. Sue Bird scored 14 of her 22 points in the final 15 minutes. The Storm won the 2010 WNBA Championship and will now play the Washington Mystics in Seattle on Friday in Game One of this year's WNBA Finals.

    Birthdays: Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is 89; actor William Devane is 81; actress Raquel Welch is 78; singer-songwriter Al Stewart is 73; singer Loudon Wainwright III is 72; actor Michael Keaton is 67; TV personality, musician, and Frank’s son, Dweezil Zappa is 49; and actress Rose McGowan is 45.

    Today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

    Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1986, Dire Straits' Money For Nothing won the MTV award for Best Video. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark's American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. in 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack. In 2003, in London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19th surviving only on water.

    Research is suggesting that chocolate chip cookies are addicting. Blame the ingredients. They say sugar can induce cravings and trigger some of the same addictive responses as cocaine. They also say chocolate contains small amounts of a compound that triggers the same parts of your brain as THC, the ingredient in marijuana.

    Trivia Answer: Farrokh Bulsara known professionally as Freddie Mercury, who was born on this date in 1946. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and We Are the Champions. There's a new movie coming out called Bohemian Rhapsody. It's a biographical film about the band Queen, focusing on Freddie Mercury's life and leading up to Queen's Live Aid performance in 1985. The film is a British and American venture produced by 20th Century Fox. Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach serve as producers. The film is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom in October and here in the states in November.

    Tuesday 9.4.18
    Morning 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 was he?

    Well, it's a win. The Seattle Mariners edged the lowly Baltimore Orioles last night 2-1. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the 9th to pick up his 52nd save -- that's tied for 8th all-time in a season. The Mariners remain 5-and-a-half games behind Oakland for that second wild card spot. Oakland beat the Yankees yesterday 6-3. The Ms and Os match up again tonight at 7:10.

    The Phoenix Mercury has managed to claw their way back and have tied the best of five Western Conference series with the Seatte Storm. Now -- tied at two games each -- it's down to a single winner-take-all contest. Tip off is at 7:00 tonight at Key Arena.

    Birthdays: Actress, singer, and dancer Mitzi Gaynor is 87; the drummer for The Pretenders, Martin Chambers is 67; actor and comedian Damon Wayans is 58; baseball's Mike Piazza is 50; Mr. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson is 43; Beyonce Knowles -- we know her as just Beyonce -- is 37; and singer-songwriter-guitarist, James Bay is 28.

    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. Authorities feared it 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 song also became the rockers’ biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google is 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.

    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.

    Monday 9.3.18
    Happy Labor Day!

    Not a good weekend for the Mariners and their bid to make the post-season. They ended up splitting that pivotal four-game series with the Oakland Athletics. They took two out of four. They won Thursday and Saturday but lost Friday and yesterday, falling 8-2 yesterday afternoon. As they get up this morning, they are 5.5 games behind Oakland for that second wild card spot and only have 25 games left to play. The Ms are back home tonight kicking off a three-game set with Baltimore. First pitch tonight at 6:10.

    Auburn scored a touchdown with 6:15 remaining and their defense came through at the end, leading the No. 9 Tigers to a 21-16 victory over the No. 6 Washington Huskies in the very first game of the season Saturday. Myles Gaskin took a handoff from Jake Browning at the 50-yard line, cut left and raced for a first down to the Auburn 25-yard line midway through the third quarter. With that run, Gaskin surpassed Napoleon Kaufman to become the Huskies’ all-time rushing king. Gaskin went into the game needing 52 yards to eclipse Kaufman’s 24-year-old mark. He finished with 75 yards on 17 carries. He now has 4,130 yards in his career, making him the NCAA's active rushing leader. The Dawgs now return to Seattle to host North Dakota on Saturday.

    The WSU Cougars started the season off on the right foot. In Laramy facing the WyominCowboys, the Cougs opened the 2018 campaign with a 41-19 win over the Cowboys. Next up, the Cougs host San Diego State Saturday night.

    Over the weekend, the Seatte Storm had two opportunities to dispatch the Phonenix Mercury and move on to the WNBA Championship Series. It didn't work out that way. First, Friday night, the Storm lost 86-66. Then yesterday they came up shot losting 86-84. The series is now tied at two games apiece and it's down to a single winner-take-all contest. Fortunately for Seattle, the clincher will be on its homecourt. Tip off is at 7:00 tomorrow night at Key Arena 7.

    Birthdays: Beach Boy Al Jardine is 76; actress Valerie Perrine is 75; Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer is 70; Charlie Sheen is 53; singer Jennifer Paige is 45; singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon, Cecilia and the Satellite, is 36; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, snowboarder Shaun White is 32; and the Lava Lamp turns 55 today.

    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.

    Starbucks brought back the Pumpkin Spice Latte and we already know which states are the most obsessed with fall's most popular drink. The folks at looked at 100,000 geotagged tweets to learn that the people of Tennessee are most obsessed with the Pumpkin Spice Latte, followed by West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, and Indiana.