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Monday 10.31.16
Morning Trivia: She's s a television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She's the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning and was previously best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. She's married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Who is she?

Drew Brees passed for 265 yards and a touchdown, scored on a quarterback keeper, and the New Orleans Saints overcame several big plays by Seattle to defeat the Seahawks 25-20 yesterday. The victory wasn't assured until the New Orleans' much-maligned defense, which entered the game ranked 29th in the NFL, came up with a stop on Seattle's final drive, which started on the Seattle 32 with 1:50 left. Wilson took the Seahawks to the New Orleans 10, where he had one final play. He lofted a pass toward the corner of the end zone, where Jermaine Kearse caught the ball, but landed out of bounds. Jimmy Graham was silent about his return to the place where his NFL career started, avoiding media all week. He had a relatively quiet game as well, finishing with three catches for 34 yards. Up next, Seattle hosts Buffalo in the Week 9 Monday night game.

The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears hook up on Monday Night Football at Chicago tonight at 5:30.

Dante Pettis returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown with 3:25 left and Washington held off Utah 31-24 on Saturday to remain undefeated. The Huskies travel to face California on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Luke Falk threw for five touchdowns and 415 yards as Washington State roared back to beat Oregon State 35-31 on Saturday night for their sixth win in a row. Washington State is set to host Arizona Saturday.

The Washington Huskies remained No. 4 in both the Associated Press and coaches polls the second consecutive week. Washington State cracked the Top 25 in both rankings. The three teams ahead of the Dawgs were either idle or won. The No. 4 ranking is the highest for UW since the end of the 2000 season, when it finished No. 3. In the Associated Press poll, the Huskies trail No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Michigan, and No. 3 Clemson. The Huskies had a chance to move into the top three in the AP poll, but Clemson rallied in the final three minutes to defeat the Seminoles. In the coaches poll, Alabama topped the rankings, followed by Michigan, and Clemson. Washington State is 25th. WSU is 8-0 for the first time since 1992 and 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997. The Huskies have not started a season 9-0 since 1991, when they won a co-national championship with Miami.

There's still some life in the Chicago Cubs and there will be a Game 6 in the World Series. The Cubs held on and and won at Wrigley. The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians last night 3-2. The next game is tomorrow night in Cleveland.

Birthdays: Newsman Dan Rather is 85; actor David Ogden Stiers is 74; Bill Murray's brother, and a comedian and writer in his own right, Brian Doyle-Murray is 71; the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007, Nick Saban is 65; director Peter Jackson is 55; U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. is also 55; actor, comedian, father of Elle King, Rob Schneider is 53; he was born Robert Van Winkle but we know him as Vanilla Ice and he's 49 today; and the daugher of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith is 16.

Today is Halloween, an out-growth of combining an ancient Druid harvest festival and Christian harvest customs. Tonight is Trick or Treat or Beggar's Night. Today is Scare a Friend Day, a time for innocent fun by watching a scary movie or visiting a haunted house. Today is National Knock-Knock Day, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes. Today is Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day. Today is National Magic Day, observed on the date of Harry Houdini's death in 1926.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, after 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore was completed. In 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald told reporters in Russia, "I will never return to the United States." In 1970, singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced 8 days later. In 1990, singer Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol's encore. In 1991, at their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin. In 2003, the London Times named Sir Paul McCartney the richest man in pop, with annual earnings of over 40-million pounds. Madonna topped the list of females. In 2008, Distribution Video Audio, Inc. shipped its final shipment of VHS tapes to stores. The company was the last major United States supplier of pre-recorded VHS tapes. In 2011, the global population of humans reached seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as Seven Billion Day.

They say this is how a franchise ends. Inferno, the latest big screen tour through Dan Brown's historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty $15 million. That's a fraction of the $46.2 million that Angels & Demons, the previous film version of Brown's novels earned when it debuted in 2009, and it pales in relation to The Da Vinci Code's $77.1 million opening way back in 2006. Inferno couldn't muster a strong enough debut to capture the top spot on the domestic box office chart. That went to Boo! A Madea Halloween which nabbed first place for the second consecutive weekend, picking up $16.7 million. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back snagged third place. Fourth place went to The Accountant. Ouija: Origin of Evil rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Margaret Jane Pauley who turns 66 today. Pauley and Garry Trudeau have three children: twins Ross and Rachel, born in 1983, and Thomas, born in 1986.

Friday 10.28.16
Morning Trivia: He's a retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic Dream Team, for which he was an assistant coach. He is also a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Who is he?

College football this weekend, coming up tomorrow afternoon at 12:30, the No. 4 Washington Huskies meet the No. 17 Utes in Utah. Fox Sports 1 has the coverage. The WSU Cougars are also on the road. They're at Oregon State taking on the Beavers tomorrow night at 7:45 on ESPN2.

The Seattle Seahawks are in the Big Easy. They're down in New Orleans to battle the Saints Sunday morning at 10. That one's on FOX.

The Chicago Cubs host Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow night at 5:00 on FOX. The series between Chicago and Cleveland is tied at a game apiece. Games 4 & 5 are Saturday night and Sunday night at 5:00.

Birthdays: Musician Charlie Daniels is 80; television comedy writer and producer.Susan Harris is 76; Detective Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, actor Dennis Franz is 72; Caitlyn Jenner is 67; actress Annie Potts is 64; songwriter Desmond Child -- His hits as a songwriter include I Was Made for Lovin' You, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Just Like Jesse James, and Livin' la Vida Loca -- 63; Bill Gates is 61; Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter is 50; actress Julia Roberts is 49; singer Ben Harper is 47; actor Joaquin Phoenix is 42; and former Seattle Sounder Obafemi Martins is 31.

Today is Flying Baby Day. On this date in 1929, Mrs. T. W. Evans gave birth to a baby in an airplane over Miami, the first baby born in an airplane. Today is Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day. It's Plush Animal Lover's Day a day to enjoy your plush, stuffed animals. And this being the last Friday in October, it's Frankenstein Friday which celebrates the birth of Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters, dating back to the 1800's. It's just not the Halloween season without the presence of Frankenstein, lurking somewhere in the darkness. Frankenstein was born in 1818 when Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote the story Frankenstein.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. In 1904, the St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting. In 1955, when singers Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley performed in Lubbock, Texas, a local guitarist, 19-year-old Buddy Holly, opened the concert. Thirteen-year-old Mac Davis was in the audience. In 1961, a customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for My Bonnie by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later. In 1965, the Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It's 630 feet high. In 2007, the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was released in North America. In 2014, bBoxed sets of Led Zeppelin's IV and Houses Of The Holy were released.

With the 2016 season nearing its official end, the Major League Baseball award season is just starting to begin for players across the league, including the Mariners. Yesterday, second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager were each named one of three finalists for the 2016 Rawlings’ American League Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions. Both players have won the award before. Cano joins Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox and Ian Kinsler of the Tigers at second base. Seager joins Adrian Beltre of the Rangers and Manny Machado of the Orioles as the other finalists at third base. The Gold Glove awards selection process is based on voting from managers and coaches around baseball. The award winners are being announced on November 8th on ESPN.

On TV tonight, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This full-length version celebrates the 50th anniversary of this special, and includes the bonus cartoon, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, which features Linus in a run for class president. It's tonight on ABC.

A Will & Grace revival is in development. NBC is reportedly in early talks to bring back the sitcom for one new season, hopefully with original stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes in a ten-episode installment.

Trivia Answer: Lenny Wilkens who is 79 today. Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player (nine times) and as a head coach (four times). He was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year. He won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, and an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 US men's basketball team. From the 1994–95 season until the 2009–10 season, Wilkens was the winningest coach in NBA history and retired still holding the record at 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson.

Thursday 10.27.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 2004, this team won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. What team was it?

The Chicago Cubs have now won their first World Series game since just after the end of World War 2 -- 71 years ago. The Cubs notched a 5-1 win over the Indians in Cleveland last night to tie the series at a game apiece. Cleveland manager Terry Francona's magical touch in October finally fizzled as he dropped to 9-1 in World Series games. The teams have an off day today before the series resumes with Game 3 at Wrigley tomorrow night. It's the first Series game at Wrigley since October 6th of 1945.

Coming up Saturday afternoon at 12:30, the No. 4 Washington Huskies meet the No. 17 Utah Utes. The WSU Cougars are also on the road. They're at Oregon State taking on the Beavers Saturday night at 7:45. The Seattle Seahawks are in New Orleans to battle the Saints Sunday morning at 10.

Speaking of the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson was a limited participant in practice yesterday, listed with knee and pectoral injuries. It's the first time that Wilson has not been a full participant in practice. Wilson suffered a sprained ankle and sprained knee in games earlier in the season but still managed to participate fully in practices during the week. Wilson was listed as having a right pectoral injury coming out of last Sunday's 6-6 tie with Arizona. A number of other Seahawks players sat during yesterday's practice after the long overtime game, including Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and Michael Bennett. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett (thigh) was also a limited participant.

Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 96; from Monty Python, John Cleese is 77; singer Lee Greenwood is 74; author J.A. Jance -- it stands for Judith Ann -- is 72; from The E Street Band, bassist Garry Tallent is 67; author Fran Lebowitz is 66; Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon is 58; the drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America, Jason Finn is 49; and Ozzy & Sharon's daughter, Kelly Osbourne is 32.

Today is Cranky Co-Workers Day, In honor of all the complaining and just plain cranky co-workers we have to endure all year, this is the day to let them go with it and enjoy their miseries. Today is Radio Day, marking the issuance of the first radio broadcast license by the US Commerce Department on this date in 1920 to Westinghouse for station KDKA in Pittsburgh. KDKA starting broadcasting a week later. Today is Navy Day, observed since 1922 on the birthdate of Theodore Roosevelt. Beer lovers rejoice. Today is National American Beer Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1904, the New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America. In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14th of that year. Also in 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled Disneyland after his then soon-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC. In 1975, the covers of both Time and Newsweek carried a picture of Bruce Springsteen. It was the first time this happened for a rock star. In 1981, Queen and David Bowie released the single Under Pressure in the US. In 1994, the US Justice Department announced that the US prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history. In 1995, a contract was signed that would move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, but it wasn't announced until November 6th.

Sheryl Crow has started a petition to shorten the US presidential election cycle after what she calls this year's "extremely damaging" campaign. Crow's petition is currently on It asks both the Republican and Democratic National Committees to investigate ways to shorten the election cycle and "make it something we all can be proud of." Of the 50,000 signatures needed, Crow had obtained almost 43,000 as of yesterday afternoon. Crow acknowledges that though we will be leaving this election behind within a couple of weeks, she says. "we can count on being hijacked again in two years when the next presidential cycle begins in earnest." While Crow is hoping to shorten the election cycle, she does realize that this petition will not change the quality of candidates we nominate. Crow has not said who she is voting for.

A new study finds that we are more mentally alert in rooms painted bright colors such as reds and yellows. Which explains why I get my best ideas between Big Macs.

Trivia Answer: The Boston Red Sox. It was the 100th World Series and featured the American League champions Boston Red Sox against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals four games to none in the best-of-seven series, The Sox win ended the "Curse of the Bambino", which supposedly had afflicted the team ever since the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919. After the 2004 series, Boston pitcher Derek Lowe and other players said that the team would no longer hear "1918!" chanted at Yankee Stadium ever again. The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The New York Yankees traded for Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox after the 1919 season, appeared in their first World Series two years later in 1921.

Wednesday 10.26.16
Morning Trivia: He was an English actor. His work included lead roles in The Long Good Friday in 1980, Mona Lisa in 1986, Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, Mermaids in 1990, and Super Mario Bros. in 1993, and supporting performances in numerous films through the early 2010s. He also directed two feature films. Who was he?

Game 1 of the World Series is in the books. The Cleveland Indians are getting in the way of the Chicago Cubs clinching their first pennant since 1908. Cleveland shut out the Cubs 6-0 last night -- the first Game 1 shutout since 1980. TV tonight: World Series game 2. The Indians again host the Cubs on FOX. The game's at 4:00 -- that's an hour earlier than previously announced as they're trying to beat the weather.

Coming up Saturday afternoon at 12:30, the No. 4 Washington Huskies meet the No. 17 Utah Utes. The WSU Cougars are also on the road. They're at Oregon State taking on the Beavers Saturday night at 7:45.

The Seattle Seahawks are in New Orleans to battle the Saints Sunday morning.

Fans have been speculating for weeks but now we know for sure. Russell Wilson and his missus announced to the world yesterday that they are expecting.

Birthdays: She was Rosario on Will & Grace, actress Shelley Morrison is 80; Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith is 71; long-time Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 70; former Secretary of State, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is 69; Tom Hanks' wife, actress Rita Wilson is 60; singer Natalie Merchant is 53; musician and American Idol judge, Keith Urban is 49; and actor/writer Seth MacFarlane is 43.

Today is National Mincemeat Day, a day to enjoy something that has been found in English recipes dating back to the 15th century, a mixture of meat and fruit used as a pie filling. Today is Mule Day, marking importation of the first Spanish jacks to the US, a gift from Spain, on October 26th of 1785. Today is Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day, a day for workaholics to consider what they might be missing.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1949, President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage. It went from 40 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour. In 1970, Doonesbury, the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, debuted in 28 newspapers across the US. In 1984, in Loma Linda, California, a baboon's heart was transplanted into Baby Fae, a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart. In 1990, Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points. In 1996, prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. In 1997, St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors. In 1998, a federal judge refused to issue an injunction against the sale of MP3 players. The device is used to play music downloaded from the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America had brought the case to court.

A sleep expert at Harvard Medical School thinks she knows what your dog is dreaming about -- and it's probably you. Dr. Deirdre Barrett has spent years studying sleep behavior in humans. Based on her work with people, she said it is likely dogs dream about their everyday experiences, just like humans. Which means when your dog's day is over it could be dreaming about you.

Donald Trump said yesterday he has no interest in a Trump TV media venture should he lose the election. Trump said, "I have no interest in Trump TV. I have one interest, that's on November 8th." The good news here is that November 8th is rapidly approaching.

Trivia Answer: Bob Hoskins who was born on this date in 1942. Hoskins received the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role in Mona Lisa. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the same role. In 2009, Hoskins won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his appearance on the BBC One drama The Street. In 2012, Hoskins retired from acting due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. He died from pneumonia on Aptil 29th of 2014, at the age of 71.

Tuesday 10.25.16
Morning Trivia: She's a film and television actress, comedian, and voice artist. She's best known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the The Simpsons. Who is she?

One ticket for the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians is going for a whopping $3,900 on average. The 2016 ticket price dwarfs previous record-holder the 2015 World Championship ticket, which went for $1667.82, according to ticket tracking site TicketIQ. Perhaps the Cubs' record-breaking championship drought may have something to do with it. Chicago hasn't won a World Series pennant in 108 years. For perspective, the Cubs' have a longer drought than any professional sports team that competes in not only Major League Baseball, but the National Hockey League, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association. The last time the Cubs appeared in the World Series was 1945. The World Series launches tonight in Cleveland. The Cubs and Indians. First pitch at 5:00.

Rachel Platten is singing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series tonight.

Birthdatys: Marion Cunningham on Happy Days, actress Marion Ross is 88; singer Helen Reddy is 76; he gained prominence as the lead vocalist in the band Yes, co-founder Jon Anderson is 72; Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is 55; the frontman for the Barenaked Ladies, Ed Robertson is 46; and Katy Perry is 32.

Singer Pete Burns, who founded the group Dead Or Alive, has died. Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with the band’s hit song You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). Pete Burns died of cardiac arrest. He was 57.

Today is National Greasy Foods Day. Although not the healthiest of choices, every once in awhile it is okay to enjoy some greasy food, when it is done in moderation. It’s also World Pasta Day. This being the last week of October, it's International Magic Week. Today’s Punk for a Day Day. Punk For a Day Day was established to celebrate the long and storied history of Punk Rock.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, the first electronic wristwatch, the Bulova Accutron, went on sale in New York City. In 1960, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards accidentally met on a train. They had known each other in school. In 1992, singer Roger Miller died of lung cancer at age 56. His hits included Dang Me, King of the Road, Chug-a-lug, and England Swings. In 2002, the Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed Robert Paul Rice's claims that the Utah State Prison was violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a vampire diet. The so-called vampire diet apparently would have involved a conjugal visit from a vampiress.

Here are a couple of nuggets from NFL research: The 6-6 tie between the Seahawks and the Cardinals Sunday night was the lowest-scoring overtime game in NFL history. And there have been three games this season with fewer than 10 points scored through the first three quarters. Seattle played in all three of them.

Girl Scout cookies are coming to the breakfast table. General Mills is releasing Girl Scout cookie cereal next year. In January you’ll be able to pour Thin Mint and Caramel Crunch flavors into your bowl.

The committee that awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan said over the weekend that it was up to Bob whether to attend the prize-giving ceremony later this year or not. The notoriously media-shy Dylan has not yet made any comment on the $900,000 prize, despite repeated attempts by award-givers the Swedish Academy to contact him since it named him as the winner on October 13th. On Saturday, Swedish media reported that Academy member Per Wastberg had said that if Dylan remained silent, it would be "rude and arrogant". The Academy, however, said Wastberg's comments did not reflect their view.

Trivia Answer: Nancy Cartwright who turns 59 today. Cartwright voices other characters for The Simpsons including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, and Database. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Cartwright moved to Hollywood in 1978 and trained alongside voice actor Daws Butler. Her first professional role was voicing Gloria in the animated series Richie Rich, which she followed with a starring role in the television movie Marian Rose White in 1982 and her first feature film, Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. After continuing to search for acting work, in 1987 Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show. Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, the middle child; when she arrived at the audition, she found the role of Bart -- Lisa's brother -- to be more interesting. Matt Groening, the series' creator, allowed her to audition for Bart and offered her the role on the spot. She voiced Bart for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, and in 1989, the shorts were spun off into a half-hour show called The Simpsons. For her subsequent work as Bart, Cartwright received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992 and an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in the Field of Animation in 1995. Besides The Simpsons, Cartwright has also voiced numerous other animated characters, including Daffney Gillfin in The Snorks, Rufus in Kim Possible, Mindy in Animaniacs, Pistol in Goof Troop, Margo Sherman in The Critic, and Todd Daring in The Replacements. In 2000, she published her autobiography, My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, and four years later, adapted it into a one-woman play.

Monday 10.24.16
Morning Trivia: He was a screenwriter and producer. He was one of the first people to be "buried" in space. He developed his idea for the show which would make him famous after looking for material to rival Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The series was picked up by Desilu Studios when he sold the premise as a Wagon Train to the Stars. The original $500,000 pilot received only minor support from NBC and its production went over budget, but the network commissioned an unprecedented second pilot. The series premiered on September 8th of 1966 and ran for three seasons. Who was he?

Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie last night. Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright. The tie was the Cardinals' first since December 7th of 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976. The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The real test of the Huskies as a playoff contender is about to begin. The warm ups for the Dawgs is done. After a week off, the Huskies easily outworked undermanned Oregon State 41-17 on Saturday. The Huskies head to Salt Lake City for a showdown with No. 19 Utah this next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Washington State Cougars held off Arizona State 37-32. Washington State plays at Oregon State this next Saturday.

Monday Night Football: the Houston Texans square off with the Denver Boncos in the Mile High City tonight at 5:30 tonight.

Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman, and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. The Cubs shut out the LA Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, winning the series 4-games-to-2. Seeking their first crown since 1908, manager Joe Maddon's team opens the World Series at Cleveland tomorrow night. The Indians haven't won it all since 1948 -- the Indians and Cubs have the two longest title waits in the majors.

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs. To put things in perspective, things that didn't exist the last time the Cubs won the World Series:
Cubs manager Joe Madden
Color television
Hula Hoops
Bar Codes
Alaska and Hawaii as states
The LA Dodgers
Credit Cards
Diet Soda
the Korean War
Imternational Air Travel
Barbie Dolls
Mr. Potato Head

Birthdays: Former quarterback Y.A. Tittle is 90; former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 80; actor F. Murray Abraham 77; actor Kevin Kline is 69; singer Monica is 36; television and social media personality Tila Tequila is 35; and singer Daya is 18.

Disarmament Week begins today. The annual observance of Disarmament Week begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The UN was founded on this date in 1945. Today is Share a Pop-Tart with Someone You Love Day. Today is National Bologna Day originates from Bologna in Italy.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, US investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as Black Tuesday. In 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect here in the US under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. In 1955, Tappan introduced the microwave oven in Mansfield, Ohio. Suggested retail price: $1,200. In 1969, an autopsy of the 3,000-year-old mummy of King Tut of Egypt revealed a blow to the head. The boy pharaoh had been murdered. In 1973, actor Alan "Rocky" Lane died at age 72. He made dozens of low-budget western movies, played Red Ryder in a few, and was the voice of television's talking horse Mr. Ed. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72-hours in jail for slapping Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer after he stopped her for a routine driver’s license check. In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-US team to win the World Series. In 2003, in London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

It was a battle of the sequels at the multiplexes this weekend, as Boo! A Madea Halloween narrowly edged out Jack Reacher: Never Go Back to claim first place at the domestic box office. The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million. Never Go Back was right behind, with the action sequel earning a solid $23 million. Ouija: Origin of Evil, the follow-up to 2014's low-budget horror hit Ouija, picked up $14.1 million, a respectable return given its $9 million budget. Last weekend's champ, The Accountant, came in fourth, holding well to pick up $14 million. The Girl on the Train rounded out the top five. The weekend's other major new release, Keeping Up with the Joneses, flopped, eking out $5.6 million.

It's one month till Thanksgiving. The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line goes live November 1st.

Trivia Answer: Gene Roddenberry who died on this date in 1991. He was best known as the creator of what would become the science fiction universe of Star Trek. Although it was canceled due to low ratings, the series gained wide popularity in syndication. In the third and final season, Gene offered to demote himself to the position of line producer in a final attempt to ensure the show's success if the program was given his desired timeslot, however he effectively resigned when these demands were not met, and accepted a staff producer position with MGM. He died on October 24th of 1991 of heart failure at the age of 70. In 1992 his ashes flew in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. In 1997, a lipstick-sized capsule of his ashes was sent into space to orbit Earth for approximately six years, after which it burned up in Earth's atmosphere. On June 16th of 2007, the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, inducted Gene Roddenberry into their Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Friday 10.21.16
Morning Trivia: He made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees in 2005 and played for them through 2013. He's a seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He won two Gold Glove Awards. In 2011, he won the Home Run Derby. He was a member of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship team over the Philadelphia Phillies and also the Dominican Republic's 2013 World Baseball Classic championship team, for which he won the tournament's most valuable player award. Today, he is on the Seattle Mariner staff. Who is he?

The Cleveland Indians host Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday. We still don't know who they'll be playing. The Chicago Cubs took a 3-games-to-2 lead over the Dodgers in LA with an 8-4 win last night. No baseball tonight. Game 6 of the National League Championship Series is tomorrow night in Chicago.

Thursday Night Football last night, chalk up a win for the Green Bay Packers. The Pack knocked off the Chicago Bears, 26-10.

College football this weekend has the Washington Huskies hosting Oregon State tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. Then tomorrow night at 7:00, the WSU Cougars are on the road at Arizona State.

The Seattle Seahawks get the Sunday night game on NBC this weekend. They're at Arizona to face the Cardinals.

Birthdays: Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 76; guitarist Steve Cropper is 75; singer and guitarist Elvin Bishop is 74; Judge Judy -- Judy Sheindlin -- is 74; the current Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is 67; Ronald Reagan's daughter. actress and author Patti Davis is 64; Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey is 63; Princess Leia in Star Wars, actress Carrie Fisher is 60; from Toto, guitarist Steve Lukather is 59; Ben Seaver on Growing Pains, actor Jeremy Miller is 40; and Kim Kardashian is 36.

Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Today is Reptile Awareness Day. Today is Babbling Day. On Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They're talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation. It’s Count Your Buttons Day. Aren't you excited!? The very first question you must be asking is "Why!?" Well, we don't know why. And, it might be better that we don't know.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Democrat John Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate. In 1971, Mick and Bianca Jagger's daughter Jade was born in Paris. She's 45 today. In 1973, Fred Dryer of the then-and-now-again Los Angeles Rams became the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game. In 1975, Elton John's star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1985, William "The Refrigerator" Perry, a 325-pound offensive lineman, ran for a touchdown as the Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 23-7. Perry soon became a national folk hero. In 1995, Shannon Hoon, the 28-year-old singer with Blind Melon, died in New Orleans from an overdose of cocaine. In 2004, an Associated Press poll found President Bush and Senator John Kerry locked in a tie for the popular vote for the presidency.

The weekend is here. New in theaters this weekend, the PG-13 rated Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and the PG-13 rated Boo! A Madea Halloween with Tyler Perry. Both are projected to open in the high teens to $20 million range. Also out this weekend, the PG-13 rated Keeping Up with the Joneses, and the PG-13 rated Ouija: Origin of Evil.

Many Americans have felt the pressures of a challenging job market, and it turns out not even beloved cartoon characters are exempt. Insurance giant Metlife announced yesterday that it's letting Snoopy go. The iconic Peanuts character has been Metlife's mascot for years. The enterprising cartoon pooch appeared on Metlife blimps and other marketing material. He was axed as the company plans to spin off much of its US life insurance business. Snoopy, understandably, might be reeling from the shock of losing his job of more than three decades. While he's likely got a solid nest egg (Metlife reportedly paid $10-$15 million each year to license his image), it’s still a scary world for one little dog who has previously enjoyed a high-flying position.

A new study finds that millennials actually fall for online computer tech scams far more often than baby boomers. I'm thinking that's because baby boomers are extremely cautious after years of falling for such scams as lite beer, fat-free yogurt and odorless cat litter.

Trivia Answer: Robinson Canó who is 34 tomorrow. His father, José Canó, signed with the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1980 and pitched in the Yankees' and Atlanta Braves minor league systems before making his Major League debut and pitching six games for the Houston Astros in 1989. Robinson was named after baseball legend Jackie Robinson. In December 2013, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Cano was offered a 7-year, $175 million contract to return to the Yankees, but turned it down in search of a longer deal.

Thursday 10.20.16
Morning Trivia: He was a football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Kent State University from 1971 to 1974 and at the University of Washington from 1975 to 1992, compiling a career college football record of 178–76–3. His 1991 Washington team won a share of the national championship after completing a 12–and-0 season with a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Who is he?

The Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays last night to win the American League Championship Series, four games to one. The Indians now move on to the World Series. It starts Tuesday with Cleveland hosting. It's Cleveland's first trip to the Series since 1997. The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948. Meanwhile, we still don't know who they'll be playing. The Chicago Cubs evened up their series with the LA Dodgers at two-games-apiece with a huge 10-2 win last night. Game 5 is tonight at 5:00 in LA.

College football this weekend has the Washington Huskies hosting Oregon State Saturday afternoon at 3:30. Then Saturday night at 7:00, the WSU Cougars are on the road at Arizona State.

The Seattle Seahawks get the Sunday night game on NBC this weekend. They're at Arizona to face the Cardinals.

NFL tonight, the Chicago Bears are at Green Bay to face the packers. It's another Twitter game. Kickoff tonight at 5:25.

Birthdays: Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, actor William Christopher is 84; Tom Petty is 66; former Seahawk quarterback Dave Krieg is 58; actor Viggo Mortensen is also 58; the drummer for Hootie and the Blowfish, Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld is 52; he was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. but we know him as Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or something and he's 45.

Today marks the anniversary of the plane crash that forever altered Lynyrd Skynyrd. On the way to Mississippi on October 20th of 1977, the pilot of Lynyrd Skynyrd's airplane radioed that the plane was perilously low on fuel. Soon the plane crashed into a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Nearly everyone aboard was injured and taken to nearby hospitals. Besides the injured, six lives were lost in the crash including singer/songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines, his wife and back-up singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. Ten years after the crash, surviving members teamed up with Ronnie’s younger brother Johnny and Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour the world to this day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1818, the US and Great Britain established the boundary between the US and Canada to be the 49th parallel. In 1947, Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry. In 1968, Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. In 1973, The Joker was released by the Steve Miller Band. In 1991, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were married near Houston. In 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

Threatening to upend a basic pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused last night to say he would accept the results of the November election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying." Trump had spent the days leading up to last night's presidential debate warning voters that the election is "rigged." Asked whether he would accept the results, he said, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."

After the debate my wife and I figured out our Halloween costumes. I'm going as a bad hombre and she's going as a nasty woman.

Trivia Answer: Don James -- the Dawgfather -- who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1997. James died of pancreatic cancer at his residence in Kirkland on this date in 2013 at the age of 80.

Wednesday 10.19.16
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, voice artist, television personality, and entertainer. He's best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running sitcom Happy Days, and the title character on the Father Dowling Mysteries. Who was he?

The Toronto Blue Jays live to see another day. The Jays dispatched the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series yesterday. Cleveland -- with its 3-games-to-1 lead -- gets another shot at clinching today. Game 5 of the best-of-seven is at Rogers Centre in Toronto this afternoon.

In the NLCS, for the second game in a row, the LA Dodgers shut out the Chicago Cubs, winning Game 3, 6-0. The Dodgers are now up 2-games-to-1. That series continues tonight at 5:00 in Los Angeles.

The World Series starts Tuesday.

College ball this weekend has the Washington Huskies hosting Oregon State Saturday. Also Saturday, the WSU Cougars are on the road at Arizona State. The Seattle Seahawks get the Sunday night game on NBC this weekend. They're at Arizona to face the Cardinals.

Birthdays: Author John LeCarre is 85; illustrator and graphic artist Peter Max is 79; singer George McCrae is 72; actor John Lithgow is 71; singer Jeannie C. Riley is also 71; Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons, he was born in Aberdeen, is 68; singer and actress Jennifer Holliday is 56; boxer Evander Holyfield is 54; presidential daughter, Amy Carter is 49; and he of the bat flip, Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista is 36.

Today is Evaluate Your Life Day. Sounds a little scary doesn't it? What if one evaluates one's life and finds out that he or she doesn't like it? Well, for starters, you can then make positive changes. Evaluate Your Life Day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect. With a self evaluation, you can then make big changes to improve the quality of your life, as necessary. Or, if things are going well, just tinker with small adjustments. Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Being the third Wednesday in October, today is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1814, in Baltimore, the first documented performance of The Defence of Fort McHenry with music took place. The work was later published under the title The Star-Spangled Banner. In 1983, the US Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1998, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight. Also in 1998, George Martin, The Fifth Beatle, retired from the music business. In 2009, the international version of Amazon's Kindle 2 was released.

The third and final presidential debate is tonight at 6:00. It's being held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. This debate has the same format as the first, with six 15-minute segments. It's being moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday.

Chris Rock is scoring a big paycheck for his return to stand-up comedy. Netflix has announced that after an eight-year absence from doing stand-up, Rock will tape two new specials that will debut on Netflix worldwide. The streaming giant outbid HBO by dishing out a whopping $40 million for the two specials.

Trivia Answer: Thomas Edward Bosley -- Tom Bosley -- who died on this date in 2010. Bosley's best known role was the character Howard Cunningham in the long-running sitcom Happy Days. Bosley died from complications of a staph infection on October 19th of 2010, at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, near his home in Palm Springs, California. His death occurred 18 days after his 83rd birthday. His agent, Sheryl Abrams, said Bosley had been battling lung cancer.

Tuesday 10.18.16
Morning Trivia: Dawn Wells is known for her role on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island during its run from 1964 until 1967. She's celebrating her 78th birthday today. Wells was born in Reno, Nevada. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she majored in chemistry. She transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in theater arts and design. She played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. What was Mary Ann's last name?

Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer faced only four batters last night before being pulled from Game 3 of the ALCS after blood began dripping out of his injured finger. Bauer had been pushed back two days to Game 3 because he cut his right pinkie while working on a drone last week. He received stitches, but with two on and two out in the first inning against the Blue Jays last night, blood was coming out of his finger and onto his hand. He was replaced after 21 pitches. The bullpen -- six pitchers -- managed to hold the Blue Jays to 2 runs and the Cleveland Indians went on to win 4-2 and claim a commanding 3-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series. That series continues this afternoon in Toronto.

Meanwhile, the NLCS -- tied at a game apiece -- is set to resume. The LA Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs tonight at 5:00.

Monday Night Football: The Arizona Cardinals -- the Seahawks next opponent -- rolled over the New York Jets last night, 28-3. The Hawks and Cardinals meet Sunday night at the University of Phoenix.

Birthdays: Rock n roller Chuck Berry is 90; retired spotscaster, Washington State University grad Keith Jackson is 88; best known as Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, actress Dawn Wells is 78; football's Mike Ditka is 77; she was Mindy on Mork & Mindy, actress Pam Dawber is 65; television writer, producer and composer Chuck Lorre is 64; tennis great Martina Navratilova is 60; actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 56; and Joanie on Happy Days, actress Erin Moran is also 56.

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the transfer of Alaska on this date in 1867 from Russia to the US. Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Today is No Beard Day. The day exists so you have a good reason to shave your beard.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, the British Broadcasting Company -- the BBC -- was created. In 1931, inventor Thomas Edison died. He was 84. In 1969, the federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats. In 1975, for the second episode of Saturday Night Live, the musical guest was Simon & Garfunkel, who temporarily reunited for the television appearance. In 1977, Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth's record for hitting three homeruns in a single World Series game. In 1990, Los Angeles declared it Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary. In 1986, football’s Frank Gifford married former Hee-Haw Honey Kathie Lee. In 1992, as the Toronto Blue Jays met the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, the US Marine color guard presented the Canadian flag upside-down. Toronto won the game 5-4 and the series in six games. In 2006, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.

The third and final presidential debate -- Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump -- is coming up tomorrow night.

We adults still have 20 days to decide who to vote for in the 2016 presidential election, but kids, as it turns out, have already cast their ballots. As part of Scholastic’s mock presidential election, students selected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to be our next president in a landslide decision. Clinton won with 52 percent of the students’ votes, while her main opponent Republican Donald Trump received 35 percent. The remaining 13 percent belonged to dozens of write-in candidates, with Libertarian Gary Johnson coming in third. Losing the primaries didn't keep Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders from coming in at a close fourth, followed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein in fifth. This year about 153,000 students nationwide, from kindergarten through grade 12, voted in the mock election online or by mail-in paper ballot. If the past is any indicator, then we should take note of their choice. Since 1940, Scholastic’s results have accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential race except for two -- including all 13 contests since 1964. In 1948, students selected Thomas E. Dewey over President Harry S. Truman. And in 1960, students incorrectly backed Richard M. Nixon over John F. Kennedy.

The scary clown craze is now affecting businesses like Target, which is removing clown masks from its shelves just weeks before Halloween. The retailer's decision comes after multiple reported incidents of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods in recent months. A media representative of Target says, "We have edited down our assortment online. You'll still find clown masks there, but we made the decision to pull back on the number." Target had no reports on whether there had been an increase or decrease in the number of clown masks that have been sold since reports of clown sightings. The rep said the decision was made out of "sensitivity to the issue at hand."

The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017 have been announced. Among next year's potential inductees are Journey, Yes, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, J. Geils Band, Steppenwolf and the Zombies. Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam and Steppenwolf all are included on the Rock Hall ballot for the first time, as are folk singer Joan Baez, alternative rock group Jane's Addiction, synth-pop greats Depeche Mode, hard-core punk band Bad Brains, and the late rapper Tupac Shakur. To be eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, an artist or band has to have released its first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. The cutoff for this year's class is 1991. Pearl Jam released its debut album, Ten, that year. From now through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 5, you can vote for your favorites at The top five artists chosen by the public will make up a fans' ballot that will be included with the other ballots. The inductees will be announced in December — determined by a voting body of more than 800 artists, music historians and music industry insiders. The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in April and will air on HBO.

Here's the full list of nominees:
Bad Brains
Chaka Khan
Depeche Mode
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
Jane's Addiction
Janet Jackson
Joan Baez
Joe Tex
Pearl Jam
The Cars
The Zombies
Tupac Shakur

Trivia Answer: Her character was Mary Ann Summers.

Monday 10.17.16
Morning Trivia: She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in Superman, opposite Christopher Reeve, and her reprisal of the role in the three Superman sequels. She began her career in the 1960s appearing in low-budget Canadian films and television series. Her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror film The Amityville Horror in 1979 gained her further mainstream exposure. Who is she?

Steven Hauschka's 44-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining capped the 20th career fourth quarter or overtime comeback for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks pulled out a wild 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. With the win. Russell becomes the fastest quarterback in NFL history to hit 50 wins. Atlanta's top-ranked offense was stymied by the league's best defense for a half, only to rally in the third quarter and nearly pull off a sweep of Denver and Seattle. The Seahawks are now 4-and 1. They're at division rival Arizona coming up Sunday night. Speaking of Arizona, they face the New York Jets at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday Night Football tonight.

Baseball: In game two of the National League Championship Series, the LA Dodgers evened things up with the Chicago Cubs winning last night 1-0. Game three is coming up tomorrow night at 5:00 in LA. Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Cleveland Indians jumped out to a 2-games-to-none lead in the American League Championship Series when they downed the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1. That series was off yesterday. It resumes tonight in Toronto at 5:00.

Over the past three weeks, Washington State has started conference play by taking down three of the teams expected to be at the top of the Pac-12. On Saturday, Washington State won its fourth straight, knocking off UCLA, 27-21. The Cougars have beaten Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA in consecutive weeks and validated their position as the other contender in the Pac-12 North along with Washington. The Cougars travel to Arizona State next Saturday, the first of two straight road games.

Washington -- idle this weekend -- is still number five in the AP poll. Alabama is a near-unanimous No. 1 at the midway point of the season. After beating Tennessee 49-10, the Tide got all but one first-place vote in the post-Week 7 AP poll. After Alabama, is Ohio State at No.2, Michigan at No,3. Clemson at No.4, and then the Huskies at No. 5 again this week. Meanwhile, the Cougars picked up 4 votes in the Other category.

Birthdays: Journalist and author Jimmy Breslin is 86; half of Seals and Crofts -- the Seals half -- Jim Seals is 75; from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the man himself Gary Puckett is 74; Lenny on Laverne & Shirley, Michael McKean is 69; Norm on Cheers, actor George Wendt s 68; Kate Hudson's dad, musician Bill Hudson is 67; the creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head, animator Mike Judge is 54; actor and comedian Norm Macdonald is 57; reggae singer and son of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley is 48; and he was born Marshall Mathers but we know him as Eminem and he's 44 today.

Today is International Poverty Eradicaton Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Mulligan Day, a day to give yourself or someone else a second chance, a day for a do-over. Today is Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day. Today is Work on Your Charisma Day. Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day, a chance for you to really stick out in a crowd.

Clendar notes: On this date in 1949, Northwest became the first US airline to serve alcoholic beverages in flight. In 1963, TV defense attorney Perry Mason lost his only trial to district attorney Hamilton Burger. Mason's client refused to reveal the evidence that would save her. But then, of course, Perry found the real culprit and exonerated his client despite herself. In 1967, the musical Hair premiered in New York City and ran for 1,758 performances. In 1978, Frankie Valli was number one on the singles chart with the theme song to Grease. The single went on to sell a staggering seven million copies. In 1991, the California Raisins, the clay versions created in 1986 for TV commercials, left California for their new home at the Smithsonian Institute. In 1995, Reuter news service reported that the 1997 edition of the popular board game Trivial Pursuit mentioned Lady Diana 18 times, more than any other person. In 1995, Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes of The Monkees on 21 cassettes, the largest video boxed set to be released. In 1999, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the first rock concert at the brand new Staples Center in Los Angeles. In 2006, the 300-millonth American was born, probably a baby girl at a Chicago hospital.

Well, this weekend's storm certainly will go down as one meteorologists will be talking about for years ... just not in the way it was expected. What was computed -- even as of Saturday morning -- to rank among the region's greats ended up woefully under developing. What was supposed to be a lion turned out to be something more along the lines of a lizard with maybe a bit of an attitude. In fact, for many spots, wind speeds were greater in the Friday appetizer storm that turned out to be more worthy of the main dish. So, what went wrong? It's a question we meteorologists will be poring over -- and smarting over -- for quite some time. This wasn't a busted snow forecast. It was a windstorm, and sure, sometimes wind storms end up a little stronger or weaker than predicted, but to go from seeing 70-75 mph forecasts to in actuality, struggling to reach 40 mph is quite jarring in this day and age, especially when the forecasts had been pretty consistent. It's not like half the models said storm and the other half said stiff breeze. They were all on board. Minor differences in detail but all so consistent in potential for damaging winds that it gave the weather folks great confidence in the forecast. But then as the storm reached the spot to develop as predicted, it started strengthening. And then, something strange happened, it didn't go as strong as forecast -- ending up much weaker then even the most pessimistic forecast model had predicted. Then even Saturday morning -- just hours before the storm was to strike, forecast models were still predicting a major windstorm. At that point, the weather guys had several days of computations reasonably suggesting a storm of great magnitude was going to form and move into the region, following a scenario that has played out a number of times in Pacific Northwest meteorological history: A storm with a tropical storm/typhoon heritage getting energized by a strong jet stream coming into the Oregon waters, then turning north into Washington. All the ingredients were there. Then...well, nothing. Or at least not much. The National Weather Service in Portland wrote a lengthy Facebook post with a clue about what might have happened. Using a satellite product that can measure surface winds, they noted there were actually two separate centers of circulation when the storm developed -- something no forecast model had picked up on. The two centers will fight for energy, sort of like siblings fighting for space in the same bedroom, and the result was a much weaker storm that forecast. Mother Nature proved once again we still have a lot to learn and that she still has some tricks up her sleeve. The weather people says they'll learn from this and hopefully develop even better tools to where maybe the next time we'll see a double low ahead of time.

Underlining Ben Affleck's star power, The Accountant dominated moviegoing with a solid $24.7 million opening weekend, that was significantly above expectations. Comedy concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? delivered about half of The Accountant total. Last weekend's winner, The Girl on the Train, finished in a tie for second with Kevin Hart: What Now? The third weekend of Miss Perregrine's Home for Peculiar Children finished fourth. Disaster drama Deepwater Horizon rounded out the top five. The debut of sci-fi adventure Max Steel was pretty much ignored by moviegoers with $2.1 million.

Trivia Answer: Canadian/American actress and activist Margaret Ruth Kidder -- Margot Kidder -- who is 68 today. After a highly publicized manic episode and nervous breakdown in 1996, Kidder's career began to slow. By the 2000s, however, she had maintained steady work in independent films as well as television, with guest-starring roles on Smallville, Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word. In 2015, she won an Emmy Award for her performance on the children's television series R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour. She has also acted in theatrical productions. She became a naturalized United States citizen on August 17th of 2005, She lives in Livingston, Montana. She said she decided to become an American citizen to participate in the voting process, to continue her protests against US intervention in Iraq, and to be free of worries about being deported. She is an outspoken political, environmental, and anti-war activist. She has also advocated the use of orthomolecular medicine, which she credits as having helped treat her bipolar disorder.

Friday 10.14.16
Morning Trivia: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of him becoming the all-time leading points scorer in the National Hockey League. Who is he?

What a morning! Tornadoes to the south of us, quarter-inch hail to the north, and thunder & lightening here in Olympia. Oh, and did I mention the wind. Now they say more is in store for tomorrow.

The LA Dodgers are moving on to the National League Championship series. L.A. scored four runs in the seventh inning to take the lead and then held on to win it. 4-3. The Dodgers are off to Chicago to take on the Cubs. The best-of-seven series starts tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the American League Championship Series gets rolling tonight. The Toronto Blue Jays are in Cleveland to face the Indians. Game time is 5:00.

It's a bye week for the Huskies. They're back in action next Saturday when they host Oregon State. The Cougars are home this weekend hosting UCLA tomorrow night at 7:30.

The Seahawks are back home. They host the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon at 1:25 on Fox.

Birthdays: He played James Bond from 1973 to 1985, actor Roger Moore is 89; he was White House Counsel for President Nixon back in the Watergate days, John Dean is78; fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 77; the British Elvis, singer Cliff Richard is 76; from the Moody Blues, singer Justin Hayward is 70; he was Harry on Night Court, actor Harry Anderson is 64; singer-songwriter Thomas Dolby is 58; New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi is 52; and singer Usher is 38.

Today is Be Bald and Be Free Day, a day to go shiny and be proud. Today is National Frump Day, honoring frugal, responsible, unpretentious, mature people everywhere. It's also National Grouch Day, celebrating famous grumps like Sesame Street's. Today is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and people will eat it on anything -- even bugs. Perhaps related, today is National Dessert Day. And today, the second Friday in October, is World Egg Day. World Egg Day celebrates and promotes the benefits of eggs. It is truly a world, or international, celebration, from China and New Zealand, to Great Britain and Mexico.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, RCA sold the NBC Blue radio network to Edward Noble for $8-million. Noble renamed the network the American Broadcasting Company, ABC. In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award. In 1972, with Motown single #1207, 13-year-old Michael Jackson had his first #1 solo hit song -- about a rat named Ben. Also in 1972, The Temptations released the song Papa Was a Rolling Stone. The song became their fourth number one. In 1977, crooner Bing Crosby died in Madrid from a heart attack. The 74-year-old singer was in Spain on a golfing trip. In 2003, in Game Six of the National League Championship Series, a Cubs fan inadvertently deflected a foul ball away from the outstretched glove of Chicago outfielder Moises Alou. The Florida Marlins, trailing 3-0 at the time, rallied to win the game. The Marlins also won game seven, and then beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. In 2011, the Apple iPhone 4S was released.

The weekend is here which means some new movies. The R-rated The Accountant -- with Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow -- is expected to bring in $15 to $20 and open at No. 1. Also out is the R-rated Kevin Hart: What Now? with Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, and Don Cheadle. And there's the PG-13 rated Max Steel with Ben Winchell and Maria Bello.

Trivia Answer: On October 15th of 1989, Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL. He holds the record of most career points: 2,857 -- the total number of goals plus assists equals total points. He also holds the record for most career goals at 894. Wayne Gretzky, a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed The Great One, he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, with more assists than any other player has points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season -- a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. After his retirement in 1999, he was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, making him the most recent player to have the waiting period waived. The NHL retired his jersey number 99 league-wide, making him the only player to receive that honor.

Thursday 10.13.16
Morning Trivia: Previously she served in the Washington House of Representatives, and then in the United States House of Representatives from Washington's 1st congressional district between 1993 and 1995, after which she worked as an executive for RealNetworks. Today, she's the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington. She is currently chairwoman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Who is she?

Got batteries? Flashlights? Your phone charged? We've already had numerous reports of power outages this morning.

A series of early season -- strong Pacific storm systems -- are set to affect the region through the weekend. These systems have the potential to bring very strong winds and heavy rainfall to Western Washington, as well as high seas to area waters, especially the coastal waters. The second system, forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be the stronger of the two.

It's a winner-take-all game five in the National League Division series between the LA Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. They get together in Washington this afternoon at 5 to settle it. The winner moves on to face the Cubs in Chicago Saturday in the first game of the National League Championship Series. The first game of the American League Championship series is tomorrow afternoon at 5. The Toronto Blue Jays are in Cleveland to face the Indians.

Turning to football and looking ahead to the weekend, the UW Huskies have a bye this week, while the WSU Cougars host UCLA on Saturday. The Seattle Seahawks are back in action Sunday afternoon when they host Atlanta.

Birthdays: Actress Melinda Dillon -- Ralphie's mom in A Christmas Story -- is 77; singer-songwriter Paul Simon is 75; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 74; from the band Chicago, singer-songwriter Robert Lamm is 72; The Red Rocker -- Sammy Hagar -- is 69; singer-actress Marie Osmond is 57; Mrs. John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston is 54; football’s Jerry Rice is also 54; from Grey’s Anatomy, actress Kate Walsh is 49; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 47; comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 45; radio and television host Billy Bush is also 45; and the US Navy is 241.

Today is White House Day. The cornerstone to the White House was laid on this date in 1792. The presidential residence was constructed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington, DC. President John Adams and his family moved in in November 1800. And today is International Skeptics Day. Or is it? Our suspicion is that a real skeptic created this day. And, they did so by first creating doubt about the date to celebrate this special day. We found three dates: January 13th, October 13th, and the first Friday the 13th of the year. While Friday the 13th sounds intriguing, we have our doubts. You are encouraged to celebrate skeptics and skeptical behavior on all three dates.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the first World Series, five games to three. In 1962, the Pacific Northwest experienced a cyclone the equal of a Category 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations. Forty-six people died. In 1971, 13-year-old Donny Osmond was awarded a gold record for his hit single Go Away Little Girl. In 1992, the US Supreme Court decides not to reinstate lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne alleging that his music prompted the suicide of two teenagers. In 1980, AC/DC's Back in Black went platinum. In 1998, the Crossroads Centre of Antigua opened. The center was underwritten by Eric Clapton with the promise that no one that needs treatment for treatment for drug and alcohol addiction withdrawal would be turned away. In 1999, in Boulder, Colorado, the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the six-year-old's strangulation.

Bob Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature today in a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award to someone primarily seen as a musician. The Swedish Academy cited Bob for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years, but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as pop music. The literature award was the last of this year's Nobel Prizes to be announced. The six awards are being handed out December 10th, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

Trivia Answer: Maria Cantwell who turns 58 today. She's our state's second female senator, serving with Patty Murray.

Wednesday 10.12.16
Morning Trivia: He's best remembered as the youngest son, Nicholas Bradford, on the television series Eight is Enough, which ran for five seasons, from 1977 to 1981. After leaving that show, he made guest appearances on The Love Boat, CHiPS, Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, St. Elsewhere, Baywatch, and others. Who is he?

The LA Dodgers have forced a winner-take-all game five in their NLDS with the Washington Nationals. They won 6-5 yesterday. The series is off today and that deciding game five is tomorrow in Washington.

In the other NLDS, there will be no game five as the San Francisco Giants gave up four runs in the ninth inning and fell to the Chicago Cubs, 6-5. The Cubs win the series three games to one.

The American League Championship series kicks off Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays in Cleveland to face the Indians.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the UW Huskies have a bye this week. Meantime, the WSU Cougars host UCLA on Saturday. The Seattle Seahawks are back in action Sunday afternoon when they host Atlanta.

Birthdays: Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 84; from Sam & Dave, singer Sam Moore is 81; the current host of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace is 69; actress and singer Susan Anton is 66; actor Hugh Jackman is 48; from Growing Pains, actor Kirk Cameron is 46; and ski-racer Bode Miller is 39.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, filming began on The Wizard of Oz. In 1971, Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar debuted on Broadway. In 1988, the Poison single Every Rose Has Its Thorn was released. In 1991, Nirvana's album, Nevermind, was certified gold by the RIAA. In 1997, singer John Denver was killed at age 52 in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay, California. In 2004, the Seattle Storm won their first WNBA title with a 74-60 victory over the Connecticut Sun.

Today is the Day of Six Billion, when the world population reached six billion people on this date in 1999. World population reached one billion in 1804. Now another billion is added about every 12 years. As of March of this year, the earth's population was estimated at 7.4 billion. Today is Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day -- a time to admire the energy of children. Today is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. To share any or all of our frustrations, all citizens of the world will go outdoors at twelve hundred hours Greenwich time and scream for thirty seconds. We will all feel better ... or the Earth will go off its orbit.

Geri Halliwell is going to be a #mamaspice for the second time. The 44-year-old Spice Girls singer, aka Ginger Spice, announced she’s pregnant and expecting with husband Christian Horner in an Instagram post Monday. Halliwell and Horner married in May 2015 after more than a year of dating. The singer is already mom to 10-year-old daughter Bluebell with her ex-partner.

Trivia Answer: Adam Rich who turns 48 today. Rich won the role of Nicholas at the age of eight. At age 14, he tried smoking marijuana, and at 17, in 1986, he dropped out of high school. He almost died of a Valium overdose in 1989. His adult life has been troubled by substance abuse and numerous arrests for drug offenses, shoplifting, and breaking and entering. In 1991 he was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a pharmacy. In 2002, he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). He has been in drug rehabilitation at least three times. He currently occasionally makes personal appearances and is marketing script ideas for TV shows and films.

Tuesday 10.11.16
Morning Trivia: She is the senior United States Senator from Washington. She was first elected to the Senate in 1992, becoming Washington's first female senator. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and 2010. She is currently the 12th most senior member of the United States Senate. She is seeking a fifth term this year. Who is she?

And we bid Big Papi adieu. David Ortiz's storied career came to a close last night as the Cleveland Indians eliminated the Boston Red Sox from the postseason by a score of 4-3 in their American League Divisional series. Now, the American League Championship series kicks off Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays in Cleveland.

On the National League side, the Washington Nationals knocked off the LA Dodgers, 8-3. The Nats now lead that series, 2-games-to-1. They meet up again this afternoon in Los Angeles. In the other series, the San Fancisco Giants came back and won in 13 last night, edging the Chicago Cubs, 6-5. That series is now 2-1 for Chicago and it continues this afternoon in San Francisco.

Even with its 71-20 rout of Oregon Saturday, Washington was unable to move up in the new Associated Press college football poll released yesterday. No. 5 last week, the Huskies stayed there this week because the top four teams -- Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan -- scored decisive victories as well. Washington is 6-and-0 for the first time since 1992. The Huskies are idle this week. They play Oregon State in Seattle on Saturday the 22nd. The Huskies did move up one notch to No. 5 in the coaches poll. The AP poll is normally released on Sunday, but wasn't published because of Hurricane Matthew, which forced the postponement from Saturday to Sunday of some key games.

Birthdays: From Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall is 70; football's Steve Young is 55; actress Joan Cusack is 54; guitarist for the Gin Blossoms, Scott Johnson is also 54; actor Luke Perry is 50; actress Jane Krakowski is 48; and golfer Michelle Wie is 27.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1868, Thomas Alva Edison filed papers for his first invention: an electrical vote recorder to rapidly tabulate floor votes in Congress. Members of Congress rejected it. In 1975, Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC-TV, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. The first host was George Carlin. In 1983, the last hand-cranked telephone system in the US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial service. In 1990, Nirvana had it's first show with David Grohl on drums. In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today is Anniversary Day for the Clintons -- Bill and Hillary. They got married on this date in 1975 -- 41 years ago -- when Bill was 29 and Hillary was 27. Today is You Go, Girl Day, celebrating Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. Today is Face Your Fears Day. It's National Sausage Pizza Day. This is Pet Peeve Week. It started yesterday. What's your pet peeve?

Samsung said it is halting sales and manufacture of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a number of fires involving new devices that were supposed to be safe replacements for recalled models. In a statement issued late yesterday, Samsung said consumers with original Note 7 devices or replacements they obtained after the recall should turn off the power and seek a refund or exchange them for different phones. Officials from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission echoed the advice in their own statement, adding that they are continuing to investigate at least five incidents of fire or overheating reported since a formal recall was announced September 15th. The announcements follow several new incidents of overheating last week and deals a further blow to the world's largest smartphone company. Leading wireless carriers have already said they would stop distributing new Note 7 phones as replacements for the earlier recall.

The second presidential debate saw a significant drop-off in viewers from the first, record-breaking contest. Across all 10 TV networks that carried the debate a total of 68.8 million people tuned in. That number is comparable to the 65.6 million people who watched the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012.

Trivia Answer: Patricia Lynn Murray -- Patty Murray -- who turns 66 today. She was born in Bothell, and is one of seven children. Patty received her Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1972.

Monday 10.10.16
Morning Trivia: It debuted on tomorrow's date in 1975 with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian, and Billy Preston as guests. What is it?

The streak amphatically came to a close Saturday night. The Washington Huskies had lost 12 consecutive games against the Oregon Ducks. The Dawgs and Ducks met again this weekend down in Eugene. The Huskies rolled -- racking up the highest score either team has scored in the 108 year history of them playing one another. The final: Washington 70 Oregon 21. The Huskies have a bye this next weekend. It was a good weekend for the Cougars, as well, as they knocked off Stanford Saturday night, 42-16. The Cougs host UCLA on Saturday.

Birthdays: Actor and author Peter Coyote is 75; singer and songwriter John Prine is 70; actor and dancer Ben Vereen is also 70; author Nora Roberts is 66; former Seattle Supersonic Gus Williams is 63; Diamond Dave, singer David Lee Roth is 62; singer Tanya Tucker is 58; football's Brett Favre is 47; and racecar driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 42.

Today is Columbus Day. For decades and decades, American history books and school teaching, told us Christopher Columbus discovered America. What those books and teachings did not give credit to was the fact that Native Americans were already here. Today is a Federal Holiday. Banks are closed and there's no postal service. It's International Newspaper Carrier Appreciaton Day. Talk about your vanishing breed. Today honors everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. Today is World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Really Clean the Sink Day. Whichever sink you want. Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.

On this date in 1962, the BBC banned Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Monster Mash because it made mention of potentially offensive horror movies. In 1970, Neil Diamond scored his first #1 song with Cracklin’ Rosie. In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with evasion of federal income tax. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a law authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. In 1978, Steve Perry joined Journey as their new lead singer. In 1980, actor Billy Thomas died of a heart attack at age 49. He starred in 89 Our Gang films as Buckwheat. In 1990 an imposter appeared as Buckwheat on ABC's TV news program 20/20. In 2001…Styx's Dennis DeYoung sued the rest of the band for going on tour without him and for allegedly misusing the Styx logo. In 2003, Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center. In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first woman chancellor of Germany.

The Girl on the Train pulled into the station in first place over the weekend at the box office with a $24.7 million opening, a solid result despite the fact that the mystery debuted as much of the Southeast was being pummeled by Hurricane Matthew. Last weekend's champ, Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children, managed a second place finish. Deepwater Horizon placed third. The Magnificent Seven came in fourth. Storks rounded out the top five.

Saturday's NLDS game with the LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals got rained out. They made it up yesterday with Washington winning, 5-2. That series is now tied at a game apiece. It continues today in LA. The other NLDS also continues today. The Chicago Cubs and Giants meet in San Francisco with the Cubs up 2-games-to none. Game three of the ALDS between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox was a rainout yeterday. They play that one, with Cleveland up 2-games-to-none, this afternoon at 3. In the other ALDS, the Toronto Blue Jays win it in walk off fashion, 7-6, last night. With that win. they eliminate the Rangers.

Three NFL teams went into the weekend undefeated: the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Denver Broncos. The Vikings beat the Houston Texans, 31-13. The Detroit Lions got by the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-23. And the Atlanta Falcons beat the Denver Broncos 23-16. So the Vikings are the last undefeated team in the league. Speaking of the Atlanta Falcons, they are spending the week in the Northwest. They face the Seahawks at the CLink Sunday afternoon. By the way, the LA Rams loss to Buffalo yesterday means the Seahawks are alone atop the NFC West.

Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping mall, has joined the growing trend and will be closed on Thanksgiving this year. The center, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been open on Thanksgiving since 2012. But mall officials tell the Associated Press it wants to offer workers time with their families.

Trivia Answer: The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live. It was created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11th of 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. In 1980, Michaels left the series to explore other opportunities. In 1985, Michaels returned. He has remained since then. Many of SNL's cast found national stardom while appearing on the show, and achieved success in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Others associated with the show, such as writers, have gone on to successful careers creating, writing, or starring in TV and film. Throughout more than four decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards. At last count, it had received 156 Emmy nominations, the most received by any one show in television history.

Friday 10.7.16
Morning Trivia: He was a gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, he became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood". He was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Despite all that, what eventually put him behind bars was tax evasion. Today is the anniversary -- it was October 7th of 1931 -- of his conviction for income tax evasion. Who is he?

The Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers in the third inning and held off the Boston Red Sox down the stretch to grab a 5-4 win and a 1-game to none series lead in the ALDS. Earlier in the other ALDS, the Toronto Blue Jays had their way with the Texas Rangers, winning 10-1, and also taking a 1-game to none series lead. All eight teams still alive see action today. The Jays and Rangers start it off. The other ALDS -- Boston and Cleveland -- follows. The National League gets both of their series going after that. The LA Dodgers are in the other Washington to face the Nationals and the San Francisco Giants are in Chicago to get their series with the Cubs underway.

Birthdays: South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu 85; from The View, Joy Behar is 74; from the Iran–Contra affair, Oliver North is 73; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp is 65; Russia's Vladimir Putin 64; Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is 63; cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 61; TV’s Simon Cowell is 57; singer Toni Braxton is 49; and the fifth season winner of American Idol, Taylor Hicks is 40.

Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which Is the Best Muppet Day. Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After, 7,485 performances, the second longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10th, 2000. And today is Bald and Free Day, a day that honors those among us with a beautiful, shiny top. You don't have to be bald to celebrate this day. But, it helps.

Thursday Night Football last night: The Arizona Cardinals held on to get by the San Francisco 49ers, 33-21. The Cardinals now move to 2-and-3. The 49ers drop to 1-and-4. Football coming up this weekend: tomorrow afternoon at 4:30, the Washington Huskies are at Oregon, and then at 7:30 tomorrow night, the WSU Cougars are at Stanford. The Seahawks have a bye this week.

Calendar note: On this date in 1918, in history's worst football game, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222 to 0. Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and never threw a pass. In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system that ranged from G for general audiences to X for adults over 17. In 1970, Janis Joplin’s body was cremated in Los Angeles. Her ashes were later scattered along the Californian coastline from a plane. In 1996, the Fox News Channel began broadcasting. In 2003, Californians voted to recall Democratic Governor Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, as governor. In 2003, the FCC declared that U2 singer Bono’s use of an obscenity during the Golden Globe Awards did not violate broadcast indecency rules. In 2004, Melissa Etheridge revealed that she had breast cancer. She was forced to cancel her autumn tour in order to undergo treatment.

Round two of the Presidential Debate saga is this weekend. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump. Sunday night in St. Louis.

Trivia Answer: Alphonse Gabriel Capone -- Al Capone. Following his tax evasion conviction, he was sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25th of 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Thursday 10.6.16
Morning Trivia: She is known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Soapdish (1991), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Saint (1997), and Hollow Man (2000). She's won several acting awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. She starred as Julie Finlay in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2012 to 2015. Who is she?

Madison Bumgarner threw a shutout and Conor Gillaspie blasted a 3-run shot in the top of the 9th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants over the New York Mets last night. That was the final, 3-0. The Giants now move on to Chicago to face the Cubs in one NLDS. The other NLDS features the LA Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Both of those series start tomorrow.

In the meantime, the American League gets things going today. The Toronto Blue Jays are in Arlington Texas to face the Rangers starting this afternoon. In the other ALDS, the Boston Red Sox are at Cleveland playing the Indians tonight.

Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 74; REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin is 65; Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo is 62; former NFL coach Tony Dungy is 61; and former Seattle Mariner pitcher Freddy García is 40.

Today is Come and Take It Day. This day is here for the taking. Grab it. Take it and run with it. We're sure it's going to be a great day. Today is Mad Hatter Day, a great day to be silly and celebrate silliness. Despite being a silly day, the selection of the date was actually quite logical. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat. On the front of the hat is a slip of paper with "10/6" written on it. The paper is believed to be an order to make the hat, and that it costs ten shillings sixpence. Today is National Physician's Assistant Day, celebrating and recognizing the importance and skills of this career. The highly trained Physician's Assistant is an invaluable aide to physicians and general practitioners. And today is National Noodle Day.

Thursday Night Football has the Arizona Cardinals at Santa Clara to face the San Francisco 49ers. Kick off at 5:25 tonight. It's another Twitter game. Football coming up this weekend: Saturday, the Washington Huskies are at Oregon, and the WSU Cougars are at Stanford. The Seahawks have a bye this week.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House. In 1979, Heartache Tonight by the Eagles was released. Also in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's Tusk was released. In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson's estate near Los Angeles. It was Taylor's 8th marriage and Fortensky's 3rd. In 1992, Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the presidential race.

After teasing the project for several days, The Rolling Stones this moring have spilled all the details on their new album. It's called Blue & Lonesome. It's due December 2nd. It's available for preorder today on the band's website. As expected, the disc features blues cover songs, songs by the likes of Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, and Howlin’ Wolf. The Stones regularly performed songs by these artists when they were a young blues band playing around London. A fellow legend, Eric Clapton, plays on two of the 12 tracks. He just happened to be recording his own album across the hallway in the same studio.

Trivia Answer: Elisabeth Shue who turns 53 today. Known to her friends and family as Lisa, Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim. Their son, Miles was born in 1997. She gave birth to their first daughter, Stella in 2001. Their third child, Agnes, was born in 2006.

Wednesday 10.5.16
Morning Trivia: As the new CEO of the company at the time, he oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and on the services side, the iTunes Store and the App Store. The success of these products and services propelled Apple to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in 2011. The reinvigoration of the company is regarded by many commentators as one of the greatest turnarounds in business history. Who are we talking about?

The Toronto Blues jays topped the Baltimore Orioles on Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning last night in the Americal League Wild Card game. Toronto elminates Baltimore 5-2. The Jays now go to Texas to face the Rangers in one of the American League Divisional Series. The other ALDS features the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Both series start tomorrow.

Meanwhile, tonight at 5:00, it's the National League Wild Card contest with the San Francisco Giants in New York to take on the Mets. The winner moves on to battle the Chicago Cubs starting Friday. The other NLDS features the LA Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. It also starts Friday.

Football coming up: Saturday, the Washington Huskies are at Oregon, and the WSU Cougars are at Stanford, The Seahawks have a bye this week.

Birthdays: Singer and guitarist Steve Miller is 73; from AC/DC, Brian Johnson who became the lead singer of AC/DC after the death of their singer Bon Scott. On May 20th this year, he said in an interview "I've had a pretty good run" and implied that he might not be returning by -- he's 69; Live Aid organizer, singer-songwriter Bob Geldof is 65; guitarist and founding member of The Counting Crows, David Bryson is 55; hockey great Mario Lemieux is 51; actress Kate Winslet is 41; Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine is 38; Good Charlotte bassist Paul Thomas is 36; and Paris' sister, socialite Nicky Hilton is 32.

Today is Do Something Nice Day. So go ahead, do something nice, anything nice. Today is World Teachers' Day as sponsored by the UN. Today is Long Walk Day. David Kunst walked around the world, beginning June 20th of 1970 and ending on October 5th of 1974. It took him 4 years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles, but he accomplished what he set out to do. Go out for a walk today, maybe walk around the lake.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on BBC television. In 1975, Harry Chapin released Cats in the Cradle. In 1979, the movie 10 starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek opened in 650 theaters. In 1988, in a debate between candidates for vice president, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen told Republican Dan Quayle, "You're no Jack Kennedy." In 1989, evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150-million. In 1997, when the First United Methodist Church women's group in Tulsa lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough's birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party. In 2003, a Brazilian mother and daughter who hadn't seen each other for 17 years met up when they were put in the same prison cell in Sao Paulo's Pinheiros prison. The daughter, arrested for robbery, had run away from home at age eight. Mom was doing time for drug dealing.

From a file folder simply labeled "Ouch" comes a story from Britain. This woman dumped her fiance and is going to marry her wedding planner.

Trivia Answer: Steve Jobs who died on this date in 2011 at the age of 56. Jobs has received a number of honors and public recognition for his influence in the technology and music industries. He has widely been referred to as "legendary", a "futurist" or simply "visionary", and has been described as the "Father of the Digital Revolution", a "master of innovation", and a "design perfectionist". Jobs once said, "There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.

Tuesday 10.4.16
Morning Trivia: Word is that Lady Gaga is providing the halftime entertainment at the upcoming Super Bowl. Can you name five of the acts -- the headliners -- that have performed at the Super Bowl since 2000?

Time for post season baseball. Tonight at 5:00 it's the American League Wild Card game. The Baltimore Orioles are in Toronto to face the Blue Jays. The winner moves on to face the Texas Rangers in one American League Divisional Series. The other ALDS features the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. It starts Thursday.

Tomorrow night at 5:00, it's the National League Wild Card contest with the San Francisco Giants in New York to take on the Mets. The winner moves on to battle the Chicago Cubs starting Friday. The other NLDS features the LA Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. It starts Friday.

Birthdays: Author Anne Rice is 75; baseball's Tony La Russa is 72; actress Susan Sarandon is 70; actor Armand Assante is 67; one of the Pet Shop Boys, Chris Lowe is 57; singer Jon Secada is 54; actress Alicia Silverstone is 40; and actress Dakota Johnson -- Don Johnson's and Melanie Griffith's daughter -- is 27.

Today is International Toot Your Flute Day, a day to promote yourself. It’s National Taco Day. Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos. Today is Dick Tracy Day, marking the comic strip detective's debut on this date in 1931 in the Detroit Daily Mirror as Plainclothes Tracy. World Space Week begins today, sponsored by the UN. And today is National Frappe Day, time to make, or buy, and drink your favorite Frappe. One might consider Frappes to have an identity crisis. The Frappe is made of many different things. The dictionary definition of Frappes is that it is an ice cream beverage drink. So, what's with all of the confusion? First of all, some definitions and recipes, are the same as the ingredients for a milkshake. Also, many frappe recipes do not call for ice cream at all. Some use whipped cream. Other recipes use yogurt in place of ice cream. Other recipes still, include alcohol.   Do you care what the official definition of Frappe is? Of course not.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, after much litigation, the US Court of Appeals upheld Thomas Edison's claim he was the sole inventor of the incandescent light bulb. In 1965, The Beatles' Yesterday topped the singles chart. In 1957, Leave it to Beaver debuted on CBS Television. In 1970, Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose at the Landmark Motel in Hollywood. The 27- year-old had just finished recording her second solo album, Pearl. In 1980, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac presented the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for their contribution to the Tusk album. In 1986, two thugs attacked CBS anchor Dan Rather in New York's Central Park, beating him and repeatedly asking, “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” The phrase was later used by R.E.M. for a song on their 1994 album Monster. In 2011, Katy Perry released the song The One That Got Away to radio stations in the US.

Two years ago, the Seattle Mariners went into the final weekend of the regular season with a chance at the playoffs. They missed the postseason but winning 87 games under a first-year manager provided optimism and the expectation that the Mariners were a club on the rise. They tanked the following year, losing 86 games and forcing an overhaul of the entire front office, coaching staff and a majority of the roster. That brings the Mariners to the end of the 2016 season. Once again, Seattle was in contention for the playoffs heading into the final weekend, only to fall short. Once again, there is a buzz and optimism that Seattle could be on the cusp of being a breakout team next season. Why would this be any different than the last time Seattle was in this place two years ago? Seattle manager Scott Servais said, "We're not the same old Mariners. I think if people watched us closely this year, and the personalities of the team, got to see the team, they'd realize that this is a different group. We laid a foundation and we'll build upon that, but it is not the same old Mariners." Seattle heads into the offseason still with the longest playoff drought in baseball -- now at 15 years -- but the belief it will be ending soon. Seattle was equal parts entertaining and infuriating in posting an 86-76 record that put them on the outside of the AL playoff picture. It was a roller coaster of a season. The Mariners lived in the space between contender and average. But the late surge that put Seattle into contention validated for Servais the processes he put in place and the changes that were made from the previous regime. He said, "I wish it was easy as just putting it all on paper. It's not. Players change, seasons change, and you just have to wait and see, but I feel great about our team, I really do."

Tonight is the only Vice Presidential debate this year. Republican Mike Pence of Indiana and the Democrat, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, face off tonight at 6:00.

Trivia Answer: Here are the performers at the Super Bowl since 2000:
2016 -- Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
2015 -- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
2014 -- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2013 -- Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
2012 -- Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash 2010 – The Who
2009 – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
2008 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2007 – Prince and the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band
2006 – The Rolling Stones
2005 – Paul McCartney
2004 – Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock
2003 -- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2002 – U2
2001 -- Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
2000 -- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton

Monday 10.3.16
Morning Trivia: He's a professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. A former World No. 1, he has won numerous events, most notably the 1992 Masters Tournament. In August of 2011 he won his maiden senior major at the Senior Players Championship and followed this up in July 2012 when he won the Senior British Open Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. Because of his long drives, he has been given the nickname "Boom Boom". A few years ago, he was a part of the Grand Opening of Little Creek Casino Resort's new golf course at Salish Cliffs Golf Club. Who is he?

Russell Wilson was sharp and efficient despite playing with a sprained knee, throwing three touchdown passes in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-17 victory over the New York Jets yesterday. Wilson injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee last week against San Francisco and wasn't his usual mobile self in this one, but his arm was plenty good. He finished 23 of 32 for 309 yards while wearing a brace on his leg as the Seahawks won at MetLife Stadium for the first time since beating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl in 2014. Jimmy Graham, questionable with back spasms earlier in the week, had six catches for 113 yards. Richard Sherman had two interceptions and Earl Thomas one as Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets couldn't get much going against the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense. The Hawks have a bye this week. They're back in action on the 16th when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

The Seattle Mariners playoff hopes ended Saturday night, extending baseball's longest postseason drought to 15 years. Saturday's game was a wild 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners last reached the postseason in 2001 when they tied the major league record with 116 wins in the regular season but were eliminated in the AL Championship Series by the New York Yankees. Seattle was well aware it needed a victory to stay alive in the wild-card race as highlights and updates of the other games were shown in the stadium throughout the early innings. The Mariners did their best, rallying from 5-2 and 7-4 deficits to pull even at 7-all in the seventh inning after a two-run home run from Nelson Cruz, his 43rd of the season. Then at 9-9 in the ninth. Seattle will lament missed opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings. Each time Seattle had the bases loaded with two outs and couldn't push across another run. The Ms closed out the 2016 campaign yesterday dropping the final fame of the year 3-2 to the As. The Mariners finish the year with an 86-and-76 record.

Birthdays: The guy that brought us The Twist, singer Chubby Checker is 75; the Roy portion of Siegfried & Roy, magician Roy Horn is 72; from Fleetwood Mac, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is 67; the reverend Al Sharpton is 62; Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is 54; from No Doubt, singer Gwen Stefani is 47; Backsreet Boy Kevin Richardson is 45; actress Neve Campbell is 43; singer India.Arie is 41; and singer Ashlee Simpson is 32.

The Nottingham Goose Fair is coming up in England. It runs Wednesday through Sunday. It's been held every year since 1284, except during the Great Plague in 1665 and the two world wars. They expect nearly half a million goose lovers during the 5-day fair. Today is Mickey Mouse Club Day, marking debut of the first TV series starring Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabaras on this date in 1955. A later version starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears. Other TV premiers on this date include: Ozzie and Harriet in 1952, Captain Kangaroo in 1955, The Andy Griffith Show in 1960, The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1961, Quincy in 1976, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King in 1983, and LA Law in 1986. Today is Techies Day, your chance to give your friendly technician some well deserved appreciation. The office technician may be a geek or a nerd. But, when your PC goes down, or gets a virus, that geek is invaluable.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, Bruce Springsteen, launching his US tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forgot the opening words to the song, Born to Run. In 1991, a burglar who looted a Newark, New Jersey, home left behind an important clue, his 4-year-old daughter. When police arrived they found the child in the house crying for Daddy. In 1992, Sinead O'Connor tore a picture of the pope during her appearance on Saturday Night Live. In 1995, a Los Angeles jury found OJ Simpson not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and waiter Ronald Goldman. Some 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial. In 1996, David Lee Roth was given the sack from Van Halen after rejoining the band in June. Roth later claimed that he was only welcomed back by the band as a publicity stunt for that year's MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, Benjamin Orr, bassist and vocalist with The Cars, died of cancer in Atlanta. He was 53. In 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was in critical condition on his 59th birthday following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male, was debuting in his first show.

Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children topped a feeble crop of new releases to pick up first place at the weekend box office, opening to $28.5 million. Miss Peregrine's is in a much better position than Deep Water Horizon, after the expensive adventure drama collapsed with a $20.6 million opening. Last week's #1, The Magnificent Seven, dropped to number three. Storks came in 4th, and Sully rounded out the Top Five.

Overall, a good weekend for Northwest football fans. First, on Friday, the Washington Huskies throttled Stanford 44-6 at Husky Stadium. After that dominant win over then-No. 7 Stanford, the University of Washington football team has moved up to the fifth spot in the Associated Press rankings. Washington also gained in the coaches' poll, jumping to No. 6. The fifth-place ranking is the highest for the 5-0 Huskies since a No. 3 ranking in 2000 under Rick Neuheisel, when Washington went 11-1 and last won the Rose Bowl. And then Saturday, Washington State rushed for 280 yards and six touchdowns to beat Oregon 51-33, sending the Ducks to their third consecutive loss. Coming up Saturday, the Huskies are at Oregon while the Cougars are at Stanford.

Trivia Answer: Frederick Steven Couples -- Fred Couples -- who turns 57 today. He was born in Seattle. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Italy and changed the family name from "Coppola" to "Couples" to make it sound less ethnic. His father was a groundskeeper for the Seattle Parks Department and the family, which included brother Tom, Jr., and sister Cindy, lived in a modest house on Beacon Hill near the city's Jefferson Park golf course, where Couples developed his signature loose, rhythmic swing in order to gain enough distance to keep up with the older children. Couples attended O'Dea High School in Seattle. Couples currently resides in Newport Beach, California.