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Tuesday 10.31.17
Morning Trivia: This actor, writer, director, and producer, was one of the more popular and enduring young actors of the late 1950s. He made his first appearance in The Mystery of Casper Hauser. That part led to other roles such including those in I Was A Teenage Werewolf, The Rifleman, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, The Tales of Wells Fargo, and The Legend of Tom Dooley, among many others. Later he starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. With twenty eight years of full-hour episodic acting, he surpasses the TV mileage of both James Arness and Lucille Ball. Who was he?

A chilly beginning this morning. It was 28 at 6:00. The National Westher Service pointed out that Olympia hasn't been in the 20s since April 11th.

First there was Beast Quake. Now comes Graham Quake. The 12s shook CenturyLink Field so much when Russell Wilson found tight end Jimmy Graham for the game-winning touchdown with 21 seconds left in their 41-38 victory over Houston Sunday that it measured on local seismographs placed near the stadium. Again. The fan-generated quake was reminiscent of the reaction to Marshawn Lynch's epic 67-yard touchdown run during the 2011 playoffs against New Orleans. The run garnered so much cheering in the stands, the movement of 67,000 screaming fans registered on local seismographs. The Seahawks went on to stun the Saints, 41-36 -- nearly the same score. The seismograph is located inside a building on Occidental Ave. South just across the street from CenturyLink Field.

It was an epic game -- Game 5 of the World Series. Entertaining it was. By the time it was finally brought to a close at 12:38 a.m. local time Monday in Houston there had been so many plot turns for the Astros and Dodgers that it was hard for fans around the country to sort them all out before finally heading off to bed. Great drama, yes. So much so that the game scored a rare TV ratings win over the NFL Sunday night game between Pittsburgh and Detroit. Sunday night/Monday morning saw and a game where 14 pitchers were all pretty much equally lousy at getting hitters out. Entertaining, yes, but so was Game 1 when Clayton Kershaw pitched an immaculate seven innings in a game that took less than half the time of the 5-hour, 17-minute marathon that was Game 5. That was the fastest game in 25 years in the World Series, but it quickly became clear it was an aberration in this series. Game 6 is tonight. The Dodgers, trailing three games to two, are hosting the Houston Astros in Los Angeles.

Birthdays: Newsman Dan Rather is 86; actor David Ogden Stiers is 75; Bill Murray's brother, and a comedian and writer in his own right, Brian Doyle-Murray is 72; television journalist and author Jane Pauley is 67; the head football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007, Nick Saban is 66; director Peter Jackson is 56; U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. is also 56; actor, comedian, father of Elle King, Rob Schneider is 54; he was born Robert Van Winkle but we know him as Vanilla Ice and he’s 50 today; the daugher of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith is 17.

No matter how good your costume is, it's hard to beat that of this pooch who dressed up as a mop.

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 eight 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.

Just in time for Halloween, USA Today has come up with each state's most popular candy.

Trivia Answer: Michael Landon who was born on this date in 1936. In 1959 he was 22 when he landed his first starring TV role as Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza, one of the first TV series to be broadcast in color. He was Little Joe from 1959 to 1973. Later, he was Charles Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie from 1974 to 1983, and then Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven from 1984 to 1989. On May 9th of 1991, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to speak of his illness -- pancreatic cancer -- and to publicly condemn the tabloid press for their sensational headlines and inaccurate stories. In June of 1991, he made the cover of Life Magazine, after giving the magazine an exclusive rare private interview about his life, his family, and his struggle to live. Less than 2 months later, on July 1st of 1991, he died in Malibu, California, at the age of 54.

Monday 10.30.17
Morning Trivia: He lived on Mount St. Helens and came to brief fame in the months preceding the 1980 eruption after stubbornly refusing to leave his home. He was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. The lodge was located at the south end of Spirit Lake at the foot of the mountain, and was in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. Who was he?

Wow. Russell Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans yesterday. Seattle stays at home to play Washington Sunday.

Washington released its pent up frustration by running all over UCLA. The Huskies rolled through UCLA 44-23 on Saturday. The Huskies stay at home and host Oregon Saturday.

Things didn't work out so well for the Cougars. Arizona rolled to its fourth consecutive Pac-12 victory, a 58-37 over Washington State on Saturday night. The Cougars are home against Stanford Saturday.

The Huskies are No. 12 in the new AP Poll. The Cougars drop to 25.

In one of the wildest games in World Series history, the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros traded haymakers like a pair of heavyweights last night. And when the dust settled and all 43,300 fans at Minute Maid Park finally picked their jaws up off the floor, and the American League champs moved to one win away from the franchise’s first-ever title. Alex Bregman drove home pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second base on a two-out single to provide the winning run in the bottom of the 10th giving the Stros a 13-12 win and a three-games-to-two edge in the series. So many things made this Game 5 memorable. There were seven home runs, five by the Astros. An expected pitcher’s duel between two Cy Young Award winners never materialized as both Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel were knocked out before either could complete five innings. There were 417 pitches thrown by 14 different pitchers. The length of the game was 5:17. Now it's on to game six back in Los Angeles tomorrow night at 5:20.

Meanwhile, last night was such an adventure, Major League Baseball took it upon themselves to write us an excuse note:

Birthdays: Retired football player and coach Dick Vermeil is 81; from Jefferson Airplane and its various derivatives, singer Grace Slick is 78; The Fonz on Happy Days, actor Henry Winkler is 72; Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is 70; Michael Kuzak on LA Law, actor Harry Hamlin is 66; the ex Mr. Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale is 52; from Cash Cab, Ben Bailey is 47; and television personality, fashion designer, author and businesswoman who is an advisor to her dad, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump is 36.

Today is National Candy Corn Day. Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. Today is National Buy a Doughnut Day. no to be confused with Doughnut Days which is in June. Tonight is Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Night, also called Haunted Refrigerator Night. Today is Create a Great Funeral Day. It's more fun when you do it in advance. Today is Try On Your Halloween Costume Early Day. Go ahead, see how cool or goofy you look. Tonight is Practice Winter Snuggling Night. On cold nights this winter, you'll be glad you did.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, Orson Welles stirred a national panic with his radio drama The War of the Worlds. Listeners believed the simulated news bulletins in the drama were real and that Grovers Mill, New Jersey, actually was being invaded by men from Mars. In 1971, John Lennon's Imagine was the number-one album in the US. In 1974, Muhammad Ali regained the world boxing title by knocking out heavyweight champ George Foreman in Zaire. Twenty years later Foreman won the title again. In 1984, Freddy Krueger slashed his way across the movie screen in the first Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2000, entertainer Steve Allen died at age 78. He hosted the original Tonight Show and, in his spare time, composed more than 4,000 songs. In 2003, the file-sharing application Napster returned to the internet as Napster 2.0, and offered a paid-for downloading service.

Trivia Answer: Harry Randall Truman who was born on this date in 1896. Truman was born in West Virginia. Several years later, the family settled in Chehalis. Truman enlisted in the Army in 1917. He later survived a torpedoing of a ship he was on off the coast of Ireland in 1918. After the incident, he was honorably discharged and then lived in Riffe, Washington, until around 1926, when he became caretaker of the Mount St. Helens Lodge. Truman was alone at his lodge when he and his 16 cats are presumed to have died (along with 56 other people elsewhere in the disaster area) in the eruption on May 18th of 1980. At the time of his death, Truman had operated the lodge for 52 years.

Friday 10.27.17
Morning Trivia: He's best known as the lead singer, lyricist, and musician of Duran Duran? Who is he?

The Washington Huskies are at home hosting the UCLA Bruins tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. Then, the WSU Cougars are in Tucson against the against the Arizona Wildcats tomorrow night at 6:30.

The Seahawks are hosting the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Speaking of Texas, that's where the action now moves to Texas in the World Series. Tied at a game apiece, the Houston Astros host the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight.

Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 97; from Monty Python, John Cleese is 78; singer Lee Greenwood is 75; author J.A. Jance -- it stands for Judith Ann -- is 73; from The E Street Band, bassist Garry Tallent is 68; author Fran Lebowitz is 67; the drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America, Jason Finn is 50; and Ozzy & Sharon's daughter, Kelly Osbourne is 33.

This being the last Friday in October, it's Frankenstein Friday. Frankenstein Friday celebrates he birth of Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters, dating back to the 1800's. Frankenstein was born in 1818 when Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote the story "Frankenstein". 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 were married on January 14th of 1954. Also in 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his 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. In 2002, Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown.

Trivia Answer: Simon Le Bon who is 59 today. Duran Duran was founded by childhood friends John Taylor and Nick Rhodes along with singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy in 1978, but Duffy left a year later, convinced they weren't going anywhere. Le Bon's ex-girlfriend, a barmaid at the Rum Runner nightclub where Duran Duran was rehearsing, introduced him to the band in May of 1980, recommending him as a potential vocalist. As band legend has it, he turned up for the audition wearing pink leopard-print trousers, and carrying a notebook containing a large collection of poems he had written—several of which would later become tracks on the early Duran Duran albums. After listening to the songs the band had already composed together, Le Bon spent some time fitting one of his poems to one of the instrumentals, and found they had a good match. Le Bon agreed to "try [Duran Duran] out for the summer"; within six weeks the band was playing steadily around Birmingham, London and Nottingham, and a national tour supporting led to a record deal with EMI Records in December that year. The band's first album, Duran Duran, was released in 1981, and they quickly became famous as part of the New Romantic movement. Three more albums followed in quick succession: Rio, Seven and the Ragged Tiger and the live album Arena.

Thursday 10.26.17
Morning Trivia: She is known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels from 1976 to 1981. She was the only original female lead to remain with the series for its complete run. She reprised the role with a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Who is she?

After the shortest World Series game since 1992 at two hours and 28 minutes in Game One, the Houston Astros and LA Dodgers duked it out for over four hours last night in Game Two. The Astros refused to quit. They kept fighting back and scored six runs from the eighth inning forward in a wild, 11-inning 7-6 victory over the Dodgers that evened the Series at a game apiece. The series now shifts to Houston. Game 3 is tomorrow night.

Another baseball note, the New York Yankees will have a new manager when they return for next year's season. ESPN reports that Joe Girardi agreed to part ways with the team following the conclusion of his four-year, $16 million contract. According to ESPN, Girardi leaves his position after 10 years at the helm. During that time the Yankees made the major league playoffs six times, and took home one World Series win. This year, the team came within one game of going to the World Series before losing to the Houston Astros.

Birthdays: She was Rosario on Will & Grace, actress Shelley Morrison is 81; long-time Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is 71; former Secretary of State, presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is 70; Tom Hanks' wife, actress Rita Wilson is 61; singer Natalie Merchant is 54; musician and American Idol judge, Keith Urban is 50; and actor/writer Seth MacFarlane is 44.

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 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 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.

Trivia Answer: Jaclyn Smith who is 72 today. Smith began her career in 1969 in television commercials. In 1976, she was cast in Charlie's Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors). The show propelled all three to stardom, including an appearance on the front cover of Time magazine. Smith continued to appear in a number of television movies and miniseries during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, Smith entered the business world with the introduction of her collection of women's apparel for Kmart. She pioneered the concept of celebrities developing their own brands rather than merely endorsing others. She also began developing and marketing her own brands of clothing and perfume.

Wednesday 10.25.17
Morning Trivia: This actress is best-known for the role of Marion Cunningham on the ABC television sitcom Happy Days, on which she starred from 1974 to 1984 and received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Who is she?

It was hot. It was 103 degrees at first pitch. That's hotter than it has ever been at the start of an MLB postseason game. Hotter than the game-time temperatures of the previous two World Series openers combined. In the first World Series game played at Dodger Stadium since 1988, the Dodgers' Klayton Kershaw overpowered baseball's best lineup in his first career World Series start, striking out 11 over seven innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 Game 1 win over the Houston Astros last night. At two hours and 28 minutes, it was the shortest World Series game since 1992. Game 2 is tonight -- again in Los Angeles -- at 5:09.

Birthdays: Retired American basketball coach Bobby Knight is 77; singer Helen Reddy is 76; he gained prominence as the lead vocalist in the band Yes, co-founder Jon Anderson is 73; known for her long-running role as the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright is 60; Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is 56; the frontman for the Barenaked Ladies, Ed Robertson is 47; and Katy Perry is 33.

Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms Soap and Benson, has died. Guillaume died at home in Los Angeles yesterdat, according to his widow. He had been battling prostate cancer. Among Guillaume's achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of Guys and Dolls, earning a Tony nomination in 1977. While playing in Guys and Dolls, he was asked to test for the role of an acerbic butler of a governor's mansion in Soap, a primetime TV sitcom that satirized soap operas. The character became so popular that ABC was persuaded to launch a spinoff, simply called Benson, which lasted from 1979 to 1986. The series made Guillaume wealthy and famous. Robert Guillaume was 89.

Legendary musician Fats Domino has also died. The man born Antoine Domino, Jr. had been active in the music scene since the late 1940's and produced hits like Blueberry Hill and Ain't That a Shame. He was of French Creole descent and was born and raised in New Orleans, where he became a legend. Of his almost 50 albums that spanned five decades, Domino produced more than 25 gold singles and sold more than 65 million records, according to his official website. He also produced new music well into the 2000's. Domino was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986 and has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1998, President Bill Clinton also awarded him with the National Medal of Arts. Domino was married to Rosemary Domino for 60 years before her death in 2008 and the duo had eight children. Fats Domino was 89.

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. World Pasta Day was established as an annual event  at the first World Pasta Congress held on October 25th of 1995 in Rome, Italy. It is promoted by pasta manufacturers around the world. 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 "vampress."

Trivia Answer: Marion Ross who is 89 today. Before her success on Happy Days, Ross appeared in a variety of film roles, including The Glenn Miller Story in 1954, Operation Petticoat in 1959, and Honky in 1971, as well as several minor television roles. Since the 1990s, Ross has been known for voice-over work on animated television series such as King of the Hill and SpongeBob SquarePants among others. She also had recurring roles on The Drew Carey Show, That '70s Show, Gilmore Girls, and Brothers & Sisters.

Tuesday 10.24.17
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 and what was the series?

At 5:00 Friday afternoon, the University of Washington invites fans and the general public to a statue unveiling ceremony in honor of Don James in the Northwest plaza outside Husky Stadium. Husky football players from 1975 through 1992 as well as the James family, fans, and friends contributed funds for the sculpture. The statue was created by artist Lou Cella of Timeless Creations Fine Arts Studio of Highwood, Illinois. Cella has produced other notable sports-related works in the Northwest, including statues of the late Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus and Hall of Fame centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr.

The World Series is supposed to be the Fall Classic but this year, there is nothing autumn-esque about it. An intense heat wave is roasting southern California with temperatures predicted to hit around 100 degrees again today for Game 1 of the World Series. But hot weather in October is not unusual in Los Angeles or Houston, so neither team should find themselves unacclimated to playing in hot weather. First pitch is tonight just after 5:00.

Birthdays: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 81; actor F. Murray Abraham 78; actor Kevin Kline is 70; singer Monica is 37; television and social media personality Tila Tequila is 36; and singer Daya is 19.

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.

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.

A survey shows more people request to be cremated with their pet’s ashes than any other funeral rite. Other popular requests made by people planning their funeral included being buried with their savings, being buried in their own garden and having a phone with them in the coffin.

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, he 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 24, 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.

Monday 10.23.17
Morning Trivia: He was a best-selling author, physician, producer, director and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, he became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 on US television (ER), on film (Jurassic Park), and in book sales (Disclosure). Who was he?

It warn't pretty but the Seahawks got out of their own way to come up with a 24-7 win yesterday. Despite being outgained 222 yards to 42 yards and having the ball just over nine minutes, the Giants led 7-3 at the half. The Seahawks are back home against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

WSU rebounded and shut out Colorado over the weekend, 28-0. Up next, Washington State plays at Arizona Saturday.

Washington had a bye. They host UCLA on Saturday.

The Huskies and Cougars did not budge in the new Associated Press poll. UW remains No. 12 and WSU is still No. 15.

The Houston Astros are going to the World Series. They blanked the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Game 1 of the World Series with the Astros and Dodgers is tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

Birthdays: Golfer Chi-Chi Rodriguez is 82; soccer's Pele is 77; journalist Brian Ross is 69; director Ang Lee is 63; Weird Al Yankovic is 58; television host and journalist, former prosecutor Nancy Grace is also 58; former quarterback Doug Flutie is 55; Senator John McCain's daughter, columnist Meghan McCain is 33.

Traditionally, the swallows leave Capistrano today. They’re back again on March 19th. Today is iPod Day. The Apple iPod MP3 music player was unveiled on this date in 2001. The iPod officially went on sale November 10th of 2001 for $399.00. Today is Mole Day -- always on October 23rd, from 6:02 in the morning until 6:02 in the evening. Chemistry majors, teachers, and chemistry buffs, this special day is for you. National Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23) To thoroughly enjoy National Mole Day, one must first understand what a "Mole" in Chemistry is. A "mole" is a basic measuring unit. It equals the atomic mass of a single molecule. It is measured in grams. This measure was discovered by Italian Amadeo Avogadro. Today is TV Talk Show Host Day -- a day celebrates and honors all TV Talk Show hosts. This very special day is celebrated on the birth date of legendary night time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson is considered the King of late night Television. He hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His reign lasted a record 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. There were 1,859 episodes.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1915, some 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote. In 1956, the first videotape recording to be broadcast originated at WRCA-TV in New York City for NBC Television. The program introduced comedian Jonathan Winters. In 1964, US boxer Joe Frazier won the gold in heavyweight boxing at the Tokyo Olympics by barely out-pointing Germany’s Hans Huber. Afterward, Frazier admitted he fought the bout with a broken right hand. In 1977, Wesley Paul ran the 26-mile New York City marathon in 3 hours 31 minutes. That was 48 minutes behind the winner, but 15 minutes faster than any other 8-year-old had ever run the race. In 1978, CBS became the first label to start selling their albums for $8.98, raising the price by a dollar. Other labels soon followed suit. In 1987, a Texas burglar, sentenced to seven years in prison, complained that seven as his unlucky number. The judged raised it to eight years. In 1998, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band was not allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit in their '60s medley. The song was banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use.

The Washington Redskins are at Philadelphia againt the Eagles tonight on Monday Night Football on ESPN tonight.

Fourteen years after the wardrobe debacle with Janet Jackson, the NFL is putting Justin Timberlake back up as the halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl in February.

Trivia Answer: Michael Crichton who was born on this date in 1942. In accordance with the private way in which Crichton lived, his cancer was not made public until his death. He died at the age of 66 on November 4th of 2008. His literary works are usually within the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He wrote, among other works, The Andromeda Strain (1969), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Travels (1988), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995), Airframe (1996), Timeline (1999), Prey (2002), State of Fear (2004), Next (2006; the final book published before his death), Pirate Latitudes (2009), and a final unfinished techno-thriller, Micro, which was published in November 2011.

Friday 10.20.17
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 was he?

Speaking of the Washington Huskies, they have a a bye this week. The Dawgs host UCLA next Saturday. The Washington State Cougars, meanwhile, host the Colorado Buffalos tomorrow night at 7:45. The Seattle Seahawks are back in action meeting the New York Giants in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Former Seahawk -- now an Oakland Raider -- Marshawn Lynch was ejected from the Raiders' game against the Kansas City Chiefs midway through the second quarter last night for making contact with an official. Lynch ran off the sideline and into a scrum after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late, drawing a flag. Several Raiders offensive linemen went after Peters, an Oakland native and close friend of Lynch. Lynch bumped the line judge in the chest and then grabbed the official by the jersey before letting go. Physical contact with an official carries a fine of $30,387. If the NFL suspends Lynch for coming off the bench to join the altercation, it would cost him a game check of $79,411. It was reported that Lynch dressed and left the Raiders' locker room and headed to his car after being ejected.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Dodgers eliminated the defending champion Chicago Cubs last night with an emphatic 11-1 win. The Dodgers win the National League Championship best-of-seven series four-games-to-one. They'll face the American League Champ -- either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros. Game six of that series is tonight at 5:00 in Texas. The Yankees are up three games to two. The World Series starts on Tuesday.

Birthdays: Former Seahawk quarterback Dave Krieg is 59; actor Viggo Mortensen is also 59; the drummer for Hootie and the Blowfish, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld is 53; he was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. but we know him as Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or something and he's 46.

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. In 1994, the website WhiteHouse.gov was launched.

Two-thirds of those who call in sick to work aren't really sick. In a recent survey, personal illness accounts for only 34 percent of unscheduled absences. Family issues account for 22 percent, followed by personal needs (18 percent), entitlement mentality (13 percent) and stress/burnout (13 percent). And get this -- most employees tend to become violently ill on Mondays, Fridays, and right before or after a holiday.

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

Thursday 10.19.17
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?

In baseball, things get interesting as the New York Yankees -- after falling behind two games to none in their series with the Houston Astros -- have now won three in a row -- including last night's 5-nuttin' shutout -- to take a three games to two lead in the best of seven American League Championship Series. The action now shifts back to Houston for game six tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, facing elimination, the Chicago Cubs managed to survive and live to see game five. The Cubs downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 last night. The Dodgers have a three games to one lead in the series. Another possible elimination game for the Cubs tonight in Chicago.

Birthdays: Author John LeCarre is 86; illustrator and graphic artist Peter Max is 80; singer George McCrae is 73; actor John Lithgow is 72; singer Jeannie C. Riley is also 72; Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons, he was born in Atberdeen, is 69; singer and actress Jennifer Holliday is 57; boxer Evander Holyfield is 55; and presidential daughter Amy Carter is 50.

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.

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 Irwin family has signed on to star in a new television docu-series in 2018. Bindi Irwin, her brother Bob and their mom Terri return to Animal Planet for the new project, though no details have been announced. The Irwin family runs the Australia Zoo. From 1996 to 2007 they starred alongside Terri's husband Steve in the reality show The Crocodile Hunter. Steve died after he was pierced in the heart by a stingray barb.

Trivia Answer: Thomas Edward 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.

Wednesday 10.18.17
Morning Trivia: He was a singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" in 1955, "Roll Over Beethoven" in 1956, "Rock and Roll Music" in 1957, and "Johnny B. Goode" in 1958, he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Who was he?

The New York Yankees are enjoying being back home. They beat the Houston Astros 8-1 in the Bronx the night before last and then did it again last night coming from behind to win again 6-4. The American League Championship series is now knotted at two games apiece. Game five is this afternoon. On the National League side, the LA Dodgers have taken a three-games-to-none lead over the Chicago Cubs. At Wrigley Field last night, the Dodgers notched a 6-1 win. Game four -- possibly an elimination game for the Cubs -- is tonight in Chicago.

Birthdays: Retired sportscaster, Washington State University grad Keith Jackson is 89; best known as Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, actress Dawn Wells is 79; football's Mike Ditka is 78; she was Mindy on Mork & Mindy, actress Pam Dawber is 66; television writer, producer and composer Chuck Lorre is 65; tennis great Martina Navratilova is 61; actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 57; skier Lindsey Vonn is 33; abnd actor Zac Efron is 30.

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 (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.

Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on to star in a CBS sitcom set at a funeral home. In Quality of Life, Curtis will play the matriarch of a family that's run a funeral home for generations.

Trivia Answer: Charles Edward Anderson Berry -- Chuck Berry -- who was born on this date in 1926. We just lost Chuck on March 18th. Police were called to Berry's house in St. Charles County, Missouri, where he was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, at the age of 90. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's greatest of all time lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. The journalist Chuck Klosterman has argued that in 300 years Berry will still be remembered as the rock musician who most closely captured the essence of rock and roll.

Tuesday 10.17.17
Morning Trivia: He was a daredevil and international icon. In his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980. He suffered more than 433 bone fractures in his career, thereby earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime." Who was he?

In baseball, the New York Yankees apparently enjoyed being back home. After losing the first two games of their American League Championship Series with the Astros in Houston, the Yankees beat the Astros 8-1 in the Bronx last night. Game four -- again in New York -- is this afternoon. On the National League side, the LA Dodgers have a two-games-to-none lead over the Chicago Cubs. That series now moves to Wrigley Field in Chicago for game three tonight.

Birthdays: Half of Seals and Crofts -- the Seals half -- Jim Seals is 76; from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the man himself Gary Puckett is 75; Lenny on Laverne & Shirley, Michael McKean is 70; actress Margot Kidder is 69; Norm on Cheers, actor George Wendt s 69; Kate Hudson’s dad, musician Bill Hudson is 68; actor and comedian Norm Macdonald is 58; the creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-Head, animator Mike Judge is 55; reggae singer and son of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley is 49; and he was born Marshall Mathers but we know him as Eminem and is 45.

Today is National Pasta Day. Choose your favorite pasta shape, there are over 600 of them, add your favorite sauce, and let the hijinx begin. For many of us, the first sauce that comes to mind is red tomato spaghetti sauce. There are plenty of other sauces and toppings to choose from, including alfredo sauce, clam sauce, and cheese sauce, just to name a few. Today is International Poverty Eradicaton Day. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration 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 Wear Something Gaudy Day, it's your chance to really stick out in a crowd.

Calendar 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.

Sean Penn has signed on to star in The First, a new series coming to Hulu. Set in the not too distant future, The First depicts the first human mission to Mars and humankind’s first attempts at colonizing another planet. Penn has two Oscars for Mystic River and Milk and it's the first time he's had a regular roll in series. The First premieres on Hulu in 2018.

A study says swearing at work can fight off stress. The study showed bad language serves the needs of people for developing and maintaining solidarity, and as a mechanism to cope with stress.

Trivia Answer: Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel who was born on this date in 1938. Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, at the age of 69. According to the British paper The Times writing his obituary, Knievel was one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s. Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

Monday 10.16.17
Morning Trivia: She was a film, television, voice, and stage actress. She gained prominence in the 1950s movie The Careless Years. Her best–known role, however, was that of June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver. Who was she?

Arizona State's defense smothered Washington most of the game and the Sun Devils stunned the Huskies 13-7 on Saturday night. Washington has a bye this week and next plays at home against UCLA on October 28th.

The California Golden Bears used a dominant defensive performance to stun Washington State Friday night 37-3 Friday night. The Cougars host Colorado Saturday.

Following their losses, it is now No. 12 Washington and No. 15 Washington State, each dropped seven spots.

In baseball, we're down to the final four on the road to the World Series. On the American League side, the Houston Astros are up two-games-to-nonw over the New York Yankees as the ALCS moves to the Bronx for game three tonight at 5:00. On the National League side, the Dodgers took a two-games-to-none lead with a Justin Turner three-run walk-off home run last night in Los Angeles. The series now moves to Wrigley Field in Chicago tomorrow night.

Birthdays: Businessman Lee Iacocca is 93; ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller is also 93; actress Angela Lansbury is 92; actor Barry Corbin is 77; sports broadcaster Tim McCarver is 76; one of the founders of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, bassist Fred Turner is 74; actress Suzanne Somers is 71; Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is 70; Mr. It's a Fine Fine Day, singer Tony Carey is 64; actor and director Tim Robbins is 59; Sara Ferguson, the Duchess of York is 57; Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 55; from Wilson Phillips, singer Wendy Wilson is 48; singer-songwriter John Mayer is 40; and the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird is 37.

It's Boss' Day today. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The holiday has been the source of some controversy and criticism in the United States, where it is often mocked as a Hallmark Holiday. Today is World Food Day which is celebrated every year around the world on October 16th in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It's Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16th of 1758.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1875, BYU -- Brigham Young University -- was founded in Provo, Utah. In 1923, the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney. In 1971, Isaac Hayes released the Theme from Shaft. In 1976, Stevie Wonder released his double album Songs in the Key of Life, which featured the number-one singles Sir Duke and I Wish. It later won the Album of the Year Grammy. In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1995, the Million Man March happened in Washington, DC. In 2002, the Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federeal investigation of the energy company Enron.

The horror movie Happy Death Day finished first at the box office over the weekend, earning $26.5 million.

Trivia Answer: Barbara Billingsley. After Billingsley signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1957, she made her mark on TV as everyday mother June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, alongside other 1950s family sitcoms such as Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room For Daddy, and The Donna Reed Show. It debuted on CBS in 1957, to mediocre ratings and was soon cancelled. However, the show was picked up by ABC the following year where it became a hit and aired for the next five seasons. The show was featured in over 100 countries. Also starring on Beaver were Hugh Beaumont, in the role of Ward Cleaver, June's husband and the kids' father, as well as unfamiliar child actors Tony Dow in the role of Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. Regarding the the idealized TV family on Leave It to Beaver, which continues in reruns on cable more than half a century after its debut, Billingsley had her own explanation for the Cleavers' enduring appeal. "Good grief," she told TV Guide, "I think everybody would like a family like that. Wouldn't it be nice if you came home from school and there was Mom standing there with her little apron and cookies waiting?" When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye, Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! in 1980, as a passenger who could "speak jive". She stated that the role gave her as much publicity as Beaver, and revived her career. Returning to TV work, she appeared on Mork & Mindy and The Love Boat. Billingsley died at her home in Los Angeles on October 16th of 2010, at the age of 94.

Friday 10.13.17
Morning Trivia: What is Triskaidekaphobia?

No Seahawks this weekend. It's their bye week. Which begs the question, "Is it Blue Friday on a bye week?" The Hawks are back in action Sunday the 22nd at the New York Giants. In the college ranks, the No. 8 Washington State Cougars are at Berkeley to face off with the California Golden Bears tonight at 7:30. The No. 5 Washington Huskies are in the desert southwest at Sun Devil Stadium against the Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow night at 7:45.

In baseball, we began with 10 teams on the road to the World Series. After the Wild Card round, we were down to eight. After the division series we are down to four. The Chicago Cubs eliminated the Washington Nationals 9-8 last night in game five of their NLDS. So it's on to the conference championship series. In the American League, it's the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Astros host game one tonight at 5:00. On the National League side, the LA Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs in game one tomorrow night at 5:00.

Birthdays: Actress Melinda Dillon -- Ralphie’s mom in A Christmas Story -- is 78; singer-songwriter Paul Simon is 76; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 75; from the band Chicago, singer-songwriter Robert Lamm is 73; The Red Rocker -- Sammy Hagar -- is 70; senator Maria Cantwell is 59; singer-actress Marie Osmond is 58; Mrs. John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston is 55; football's Jerry Rice is also 55; from Grey’s Anatomy and elsewhere, actress Kate Walsh is 50; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 48; comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 46; radio and television host Billy Bush is also 46; and the U.S. Navy is 242.

It's Friday the 13th -- a day that occurs one to three times a year. This year, we get two -- in January there was one, and today. Next year, we also get two: in April and July. Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. Historically, and perhaps a bit oddly in today's world, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week. We find this hard to fathom. After all, Friday is TGIF. However, in days gone by, when you put the unlucky day of Friday, together with the unlucky #13, many people believed only bad things could happen.

This being the second Friday in October, it's World Egg Day. World Egg Day celebrates and promotes the benefits of eggs. It is truly an international, celebration, from China and New Zealand, to Great Britain and Mexico. Don't have egg on your face, by forgetting this special day.

Today is White House Day. The cornerstone to the White House was laid on this date in 1792. Designed by James Hoban, 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 was cleaning up after it experienced a cyclone the equal of a Category 3 hurricane. Winds measured above 150 mph at several locations; 46 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 decided 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 will be turned away that needs treatment for for drug and alcohol addiction withdrawal. In 999, 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.

Pop quiz: A new survey says 60% of brides do this within 24 hours of becoming engaged. The answer: announce the engagement on social media. In all, survey says 86% of brides said they announced their engagement on social media within the first week.

Trivia Answer: It is fear or avoidance of the number 13. Triskaidekaphobia is from Greek tris meaning "three", kai meaning "and", deka meaning "10" and phobos meaning "fear" or "morbid fear". It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from Paraskevi, Greek for Friday) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (after Frigg, the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named in English). The term was used as early as in 1910 by Isador Coriat in Abnormal Psychology.

Thursday 10.12.17
Morning Trivia: He was a basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for the Harlem Globetrotters prior to playing in the NBA. At 7 foot 1 inch, he weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 pounds and eventually over 300 pounds with the Lakers. He played center and is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA. He is the only player in NBA history to average more than 40 and 50 points in a season or score 100 points in a single NBA game. He was selected to 13 All-Star Games. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Who is he?

There will be a game five in the NLDS. With the Washington Nationals facing elimination, Stephen Strasberg delivered 12 strikeouts and the Nats went on to shutout the Chicago Cubs 5-nuttin' yesterday. So it's a winner take-all finale to the series tonight. The winner moves on to face the LA Dodgers starting Saturday. On the American League side, the New York Yankees move on to meet the Houston Astros in the League Championship Series starting tomorrow night. The Yankees won their game five and eliminated the Cleveland Indians 5-to-2 last night.

Birthdays: From Sam & Dave, singer Sam Moore is 82; the current host of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace is 70; actress and singer Susan Anton is 67; actor Hugh Jackman is 49; he was Nicholas Bradford, actor Adam Rich is also 49; from Growing Pains, actor Kirk Cameron is 47; and ski-racer Bode Miller is 40.

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. Today is Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day -- a time to admire the energy of children. 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, filming began on The Wizard of Oz. In 1971, Andrew Lloyd Webber 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 the age of 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.

A recent survey found 52% of women prefer shopping to sex while 93% of men would rather take a tumble than make a purchase. The survey included 1,000 people under the age of 60.

Trivia Answer: Wilton Norman Chamberlain -- Wilt Chamberlain -- who died on this date in 1999. Chamberlain was known by various nicknames during his basketball playing career. He hated the ones that called attention to his height such as Goliath and Wilt the Stilt, which was coined during his high school days by a Philadelphia sportswriter. He preferred The Big Dipper, Dippy or Dipper, all of which were inspired by his friends who saw him dip his head as he walked through doorways. He was also called the Chairman of the Boards. In 1992, Chamberlain was briefly hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. According to those close to him, he eventually began taking medication for his heart troubles. On October 12th of 1999, rescuers found him dead upon being summoned to his Bel Air, California, home. His agent reported, after speaking with Chamberlain's cardiologist, that Chamberlain died of congestive heart failure, his health having deteriorated rapidly during the month preceding his death.

Wednesday 10.11.17
Morning Trivia: He is a rock, R&B, and soul singer; keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of a duo. In the 1970s and early 1980s, they scored several Billboard chart hits. He is regarded as one of the best soul singers of his generation. Since late 2007, he has hosted a web series that features a guest artist, some tunes, and some dinner. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Who is he?

No baseball yesterday. It was a rainout in the NLDS so game 4 between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs was rescheduled for this afternoon at Wrigley Field at 1:08. The Cubs lead two games to one. For the ALDS, the New York Yankees and Indians meet at Cleveland at 5:08 tonight. That series is tied at two games each.

Birthdays: Senator Patty Murray is 67; football's Steve Young is 56; actress Joan Cusack is 55; guitarist for the Gin Blossoms, Scott Johnson is also 55; actor Luke Perry is 51; actress Jane Krakowski is 49; and golfer Michelle Wie is 28.

Today is Anniversary Day for the Clintons -- Bill and Hillary. They married on this date in 1975 -- 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. Today is National Sausage Pizza Day. This is Pet Peeve Week. What's your pet peeve?

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 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.

You can buy almost anything on Amazon -- including houses. There’s a tiny pre-fab house available for $36,000, plus $3,754 shipping. The MODS International home -- which looks like it’s about the size of a shipping crate -- includes a dishwasher and microwave. It’s also fully insulated and has heat and air-conditioning.

Trivia Answer: Daryl Franklin Hohl -- known professionally as Daryl Hall, who is 71 today. The duo, which he formed with guitarist and songwriter John Oates, was Hall & Oates. The web series is Live from Daryl's House, which is now aired on MTV. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Hall & Oates scored six U.S. No. 1 singles, including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go for That (No Can Do), Maneater and Out of Touch from their six multi-platinum albums. The era also produced an additional six U.S. Top 10 singles, Sara Smile, One on One, Family Man, You Make My Dreams, Say It Isn't So, and Method of Modern Love. The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Since 2007, Hall has hosted the online show/webcast Live from Daryl's House, which features live music acts in a podcast/videocast first from his home in Millerton, New York, and more recently from his club Daryl's House in Pawling, New York. The webcast has featured appearances by Ceelo Green, The O'Jays, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, KT Tunstall, Joe Walsh, Rob Thomas, Darius Rucker, Eric Hutchinson, Cheap Trick, Aaron Neville, Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors and many others, as well as a holiday special featuring Shelby Lynne and songs from the Hall and Oates release Home for Christmas.

Tuesday 10.10.17
Morning Trivia: It debuted on this date in 1975 with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests. What is it?

The field for the World Series is getting a little smaller. We lost a couple of teams last nioght. The Houston Astros bounced the Boston Red Sox -- winning their ALDS 3 games to one -- with yesterday's 5-4 victory. Now the Astros await the winner of the New York Yankees-Cleveland Indians series. The Yanks tied that one up at 2 games each with yesterday's 7-3 victory. The decisive game five is tomorrow in Cleveland. In the National League, the Chicago Cubs edged the Washington Nationals 3-2 yesterday. The Cubs are up two games to one. Game four is today in the other Washington. And the LA Dodgers eliminated the Arizona Diamondbacks -- winning their NLDS 3 games to none -- with their 3-1 win last night.

Birthdays: Actor and author Peter Coyote is 76; singer and songwriter John Prine is 71; actor and dancer Ben Vereen is also 71; author Nora Roberts is 67; former Seattle Supersonic Gus Williams is 64; Diamond Dave, singer David Lee Roth is 63; singer Tanya Tucker is 59; football's Brett Favre is 48; and racecar driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 43.

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.

Calendar notes: 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. Also 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 annouced 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.

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 11, 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 four decades on air, Saturday Night Live has received a number of awards, including 50 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth in TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list, and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME.

Monday 10.9.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1986, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber -- currently the longest-running Broadway show in history -- opened in London's West End. What is the show?

The Seattle Seahawks emerged from the weekend with a 16-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams yesterday. It's a bye week now for the Seahawks, They're back in action on the 22nd at New York against the Giants.

Washington cruised to a 38-7 victory over California on Saturday night. Earlier in the day Saturday, Washington State held Oregon scoreless after the first quarter and sailed to a 33-10 victory. With their performances over the weekend, both the Huskies and the Cougars are in the AP Top Ten for only the third time ever, and for the first time since 1997. The Huskies move from 6 to 5 while the Cougars jump from 11 to 8. This next weekend, the Cougs are on the road again for a Friday night game at California while the Huskies play at Arizona State Saturday night.

The road to the World Series continues. In the American League Divisional series, the Houston Astros are at Boston against the Red Sox today. Houston is up 2-games-to-one. The Cleveland Indians are in the Bronx to face the New York Yankees. The Indians are up 2-games-to-one. On the National League side of things, the Washington Nationals are at Chicago against the Cubs. The series is tied at a game apiece. And the LA Dodgers are in Phoenix, Arizona to face the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are up 2-games-to-none.

Birhtdays: Singer, songwriter, musician, author, actress Nona Hendryx is 73; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is 69; television personality and Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is 65; actor Scott Bakula is 63; former NFL player and coach Mike Singletary is 59; singer P.J. Harvey is 48; the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono -- he was born on his father's 35th birthday -- Sean Lennon is 42; Brad on Home Improvement, actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 36; and the winner of season 10 of American Idol, Scotty McCreery is 24.

Today being the second Monday in October is Columbus Day. Today is National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day. Today is Leif Erickson Day, celebrating his discovery of North America in the year 1000. Today is Moldy Cheese Day. What's all the egg-citement about? No yolk, today is World Egg Day. Today is Curious Events Day. Kinda peaks one's curiosity, doesn't it? Why does this day exist? Who created it? What curious events are held today? The questions go on, and on, and on.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Ward. In 1917, Clarence Saunders patented the self-service grocery store. He called his store Piggly Wiggly. In 1919, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when eight Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the "Black Sox" scandal. In 1946, the first electric blanket went on sale. It was in Petersburg, Virginia. In 1971, Van Morrison released his single Wild Night. It was his final top 40 hit in America, peaking at number 28. In 1980, John Lennon released the single (Just Like) Starting Over on his 40th birthday. The same day, Yoko Ono hired a plane to skywrite Happy Birthday over New York. Starting Over went to number one the next month. In 1985, in New York City's Central Park, Yoko Ono dedicated a 2½-acre memorial garden called Strawberry Fields to John Lennon. In 1995, recently acquitted of murder charges, OJ Simpson agreed to a live one-hour interview with NBC News. He pulled out two days later, saying he feared he was being "set up." In 2003, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the US budget deficit for the 2003 fiscal year would be $374 billion, the largest ever.

Trivia Answer: The Phantom of the Opera. It opened on Broadway on January 26th of 1988. It continues to play at the Majestic Theatre, where it became the first Broadway musical in history to surpass 10,000 performances on February 11 of 2012. On January 26th of 2013, the production celebrated its 25th anniversary with its 10,400th performance. It is, by over 3,500 performances, the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Friday 10.6.17
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. Tomorrow is the anniversary -- it was October 7th of 1931 -- of his conviction for income tax evasion. Who is he?

The #11 Washington State Cougars are on the road this weekend. They are down in Eugene faceing the Oregon Ducks tomorrow afternoon at 5:00.

Then tomorrow night at 7:45, the #6 University of Washington Huskies play host to the California Golden Bears at Husky Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks are in Los Angeles to meet the Rams Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Baseball playoffs continue. In the American League Division Series, the Houston Astros knocked off the Boston Red Sox yesterday 8-2 and the Clevland Indians shutout the New York Yankees 4-nuttin. Both of those series continue today. Plus the Nationl League gets going today with the Chicago Cubs at the other Washington to meet the Nationals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks at LA to take on the Dodgers.

Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 75; REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin is 66; former NFL coach Tony Dungy is also 62; actress Elisabeth Shue is 54; and former Seattle Mariner pitcher Freddy García is 41.

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. There is a slight difference between the terms "come and get it" and "come and take it". The first suggests an offer by someone, and therefore, approval to have whatever "it" is. 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1961, US 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. Also in 1979, Heartache Tonight by The Eagles was released. And 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 US presidential race.

In Tennessee six guys came up with a plan to rob a home. Four of them were dropped off at the targeted house and told to hide in the bushes until they received further instructions from the other two. The four waited patiently for four hours before coming out of hiding. When they emerged from the bushes they set off the home's burglar alarm. Police quickly arrived and arrested the four and also found the other two ... asleep in their getaway car nearby.

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 10.5.17
Morning Trivia: He was stand-up comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School. Who was he?

The field of potential World Series contestants has now been narrowed to eight teams. The Arizona Diamondbacks ended the Colorado Rockies post-season run in the National League Wild Card game last night. the D-Backs won 11-8. Now on to the Division Series. The American League gets going today with the Boston Red Sox at Houston to take on the Astros this afternoon. Then the New York Yankees are in Cleveland to face the Indians. Tomorrow, those series continue plus we add in the National League with the Chicago Cubs at the other Washington to meet the Nationals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks at LA to take on the Dodgers.

The #11 WSU Cougars travel to Oregon Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

The #6 University of Washington Huskies return home to play California Saturday night at 7:45.

The Seattle Seahawks travel to Los Angeles to meet the Rams Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

Birthdays: Singer and guitarist Steve Miller is 74; from AC/DC, Brian Johnson who became the lead singer of AC/DC after the death of their Bon Scott, is 70; Live Aid organizer, singer-songwriter Bob Geldof is 66; guitarist and founding member of The Counting Crows, David Bryson is 56; hockey great Mario Lemieux is 52; actress Kate Winslet is 42; Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine is 39; Good Charlotte bassist Paul Thomas is 37; and Paris' sister, socialite Nicky Hilton is 33.

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 park or maybe 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 of the US, Democratic 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 didn't 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.

According to a new survey the majority of Americans are caught in a desperate cycle of working just to make ends meet. Researchers at Careerbuilder.com say nearly four in five -- 78% -- US workers are living paycheck to paycheck.

Trivia Answer: He was born Jacob Cohen but we know him as Rodney Dangerfield. He died on this date in 2004. Early on, as a struggling comic, he came to realize that what he lacked was an image -- a well-defined on-stage persona that audiences could relate to, and that would distinguish him from similar comics. He began to develop a character for whom nothing goes right. He took the name Rodney Dangerfield. angerfield's career peaked during the early 1980s, when he began acting in hit comedy movies. One of Dangerfield's more memorable performances was in the 1980 golf comedy Caddyshack, in which he played a nouveau riche developer who was a guest at a golf club and began shaking up the establishment of the club's old guard. His role was initially smaller, but because he and fellow cast members Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were so deft at improvisation, their roles were greatly expanded (much to the chagrin of some of their castmates). His appearance in Caddyshack led to starring roles in Easy Money and Back To School. Unlike his stand-up persona, his comedy film characters were portrayed as successful and generally popular -- if still loud, brash and detested by the wealthy elite. Dangerfield resented being confused with his on-stage persona. Although his wife Joan described him as "classy, gentlemanly, sensitive and intelligent," he was often treated like the loser he played. In his 2004 autobiography, It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs, which was released posthumously, he confessed to being a longtime marijuana smoker. In fact, the book's original title was My Love Affair With Marijuana. On April 8th of 2004, Dangerfield underwent brain surgery to improve blood flow in preparation for heart valve-replacement surgery on August 24th of 2004. Upon entering the hospital, he uttered another characteristic one-liner when asked how long he would be hospitalized: "If all goes well, about a week. If not, about an hour and a half." In September 2004, it was revealed that Dangerfield had been in a coma for several weeks. Afterward, he began breathing on his own and showing signs of awareness when visited by friends. He died on October 5, 2004 -- a month and a half shy of his 83rd birthday -- from complications of the surgery he had undergone in August. His headstone reads, "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood."

Wednesday 10.4.17
Morning Trivia: She's an actress and and activist. She's an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of causes. She began her career in the 1970 film Joe. In 1975, she starred in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Atlantic City in 1980, for Thelma & Louise in 1991, for Lorenzo's Oil in 1992, and for The Client in 1994, before winning for Dead Man Walking in 1995. Who is she?

We started yesterday with 10 teams still going in baseball. Last night we bagan the process of whittling that number down to one. The first team to drop out of the pool of 10 was the Minnesota Twins. The New York Yankees ended the Twins' year with an 8-4 win. The Twins now head home while the Yankees head to Cleveland for the AL Division Series with the Indians starting tomorrow. The National League Wild Card game is tonight with the Colorado Rockies meeting the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Birthdays: Baseball's Tony La Russa is 73; actor Armand Assante is 68; one of the Pet Shop Boys, Chris Lowe is 58; singer Jon Secada is 56; actress Alicia Silverstone is 41; and actress Dakota Johnson is 28.

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 Frappes is? Of course not. And this being the first Wednesday of October, it's National Kale Day. Kale is the latest Superfood. It earned the title, because Kale is loaded with all sorts of healthy minerals and vitamins. As a result, the list of health benefits of eating Kale is a long one.   Celebrating this special day is simple ... eat some Kale today.

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 1957, Leave it to Beaver debuted on CBS Television. In 1965, The Beatles' Yesterday topped the singles chart. 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, in California, 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 the 1994 album Monster. In 2011, Katy Perry released the song The One That Got Away to radio stations in the US.

More proof that TV is bad for your kids. Children who watch TV on weekdays tend to do worse in school than those who don't. Weekend viewing appears to have no negative effects on schoolwork. The study of middle school students ranging in age from 9 to 15 years also found schoolwork suffered among those allowed to watch adult, or R-rated, movies and cable channels with adult programming.

Dear scientists, can we please pledge to stop testing the 5-second rule after 2017? A food scientist and professor at Clemson University has tested the 5-second rule again and re-discovered pretty much what we all assume. A cookie or piece of candy -- solid foods -- dropped on a clean-looking or hard surface doesn’t transfer too much bacteria to be harmful. Wet foods or foods dropped on the carpet? Toss them.

Trivia Answer: Susan Sarandon who is 71 today. Her other films include: Pretty Baby in 1978, The Hunger in 1983, The Witches of Eastwick in 1987, Bull Durham in 1988, White Palace in 1990, Little Women in 1994, Stepmom in 1998, Enchanted in 2007, The Lovely Bones in 2009, Tammy in 2014, and The Meddler in 2015. On television, she is a six-time Emmy Award nominee, including for her guest roles on the sitcoms Friends in 2001 and Malcolm in the Middle in 2002, and the TV films Bernard and Doris in 2007 and You Don't Know Jack in 2010. In 2017, Sarandon portrayed Bette Davis in the first season of FX's anthology series Feud. While in college, Susan Tomalin (her maiden name) met fellow student Chris Sarandon and the couple married on September 16th of 1967. They divorced in 1979, but she retained the surname Sarandon as her stage name. Starting in 1988, Sarandon cohabited with actor Tim Robbins, whom she met while they were filming Bull Durham. They have two sons. Sarandon split with Robbins in 2009. Sarandon is a vegetarian.

Tuesday 10.3.17
Morning Trivia: She's a recording artist, television personality, and fashion designer and is known as a fashion trendsetter. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line. She is known as both the lead singer of a group and as a solo artist. She was born and raised in Fullerton, California. Her mother named her after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, comes from The Four Tops' 1968 cover of The Left Banke's 1966 hit song Walk Away Renée. Who is she?

We saw Seattle running back Chris Carson taken off the field Sunday night with his leg in an aircast. It turns out he suffered a fracture in his lower left leg. Coach Peter Carroll said Carson also has a significant high-ankle sprain and will be out for a while. The Seahawks now go forward with Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls as their primary ball carriers.

The Kansas City Chiefs, by the way, are still undefeated. They knocked off the Washington Redskins last night 29-20.

Baseball post season begins tonight with the American League Wild Card game. It's the Minnesota Twins at the New York Yankees. Tomorrow night, it's the National League Wild Card game with the Colorado Rockies meeting the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Birthdays: The guy that brought us The Twist, singer Chubby Checker is 76; the Roy portion of Siegfried & Roy, magician Roy Horn is 73; from Fleetwood Mac, singer-songwriter-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is 68; the reverend Al Sharpton is 63; golfer Fred Couples is 58; Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is 55; Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson is 46; actress Neve Campbell is 44; singer India.Arie is 42; and singer Ashlee Simpson is 32.

After confusing reports throughout the day yesterday, a spokesperson confirmed last night that Tom Petty has died. Petty was found unconscious and rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after suffering a full cardiac arrest. The artist was pulled off of life support after showing no signs of brain activity. Petty, who recently finished his latest tour in Los Angeles last week, was in his home when EMTs transported him to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide making him one of the best selling musicians of all time. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Petty hinted that his latest tour would most likely be his last. Petty said, "I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country. It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time." Tom Petty was 66.

The Nottingham Goose Fair is coming up in England. It runs tomorrow 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 1863, US President Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day. 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.

The US Navy plans to equip its Virginia-class submarines with Xbox 360 controllers, which will control the ship's periscopes. The joystick now used, along with its corresponding control panel developed by Lockheed Martin, cost about $38,000. An Xbox 360 controller, meanwhile, goes for about $30 and can be purchased just about anywhere that carries toys.

Trivia Answer: Gwen Renée Stefani who is 48 today. The band is No Doubt.She is the second oldest of four children; she has a younger sister, Jill, a younger brother, Todd, and an older brother, Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for her band but left the group to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. During mid-1995, No Doubt and the Goo Goo Dolls went on tour opening for the band Bush. Stefani met Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale. They married on September 14th of 2002. Stefani has three sons with Rossdale: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale born in 2006, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale born in 2008, and Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale born in 2014. Stefani filed for divorce from Rossdale in August of 2016, citing "irreconcilable differences". Their divorce was finalized in April of 2016. In November of 2015, Stefani and her The Voice co-star, country music artist Blake Shelton, announced that they were dating.

Monday 10.2.17
Morning Trivia: Refering to the leather glove in the OJ Simspon trial, he famously said during his closing arguments, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Who is he?

The Seattle Seahawks finally overcame a sleepy first 30 minutes from its offense and put away the Indianapolis Colts last night 46-18. Seattle now gets set for its second NFC West game of the season, traveling to Los Angeles to meet the Rams on Sunday.

We just missed having two teams from the great state of Washington in the AP Top Ten. On Saturday, despite a slow start, the University of Washington Huskies beat the Oregon State Beavers 42-10. With the win, the Dawgs remain at number six in the AP Poll. They moved up a notch to number five in the coaches poll. The Huskies return home to play California Saturday. After edging USC 30-27 Friday night, the WSU Cougars moved from 16 to 11 in the AP Poll. The Cougars don't get much of a break, as they travel to Oregon Saturday.

Once again, the Mariners bullpen squandered a brilliant pitching performance by a starter -- this time James Paxton -- and the Ms lose thier final game of the year yesterday falling to the Los Angeles Angels 6-2. And that's that for this year.

Birthdays: Film critic Rex Reed is 79; Mr. America Pie, singer and songwriter Don McLean is 72; photographer Annie Leibovitz is 68; guitarist for Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics, Mike Rutherford is 67; Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, is 66; from The Human League, singer/songwriter Philip Oakey is 62; the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL -- he went to WSU -- Mark Rypien is 55; talk show host Kelly Ripa is 47; and singer Tiffany Darwish -- we know her simply as Tiffany -- is 46.

Monty Hall, the co-creator and longtime host of the classic TV game show Let’s Make a Deal, has died. Born in Canada, Hall earned a college degree in zoology and biology but instead began his career in radio, moving to television in 1960. Let’s Make a Deal premiered in 1963 on NBC. Aided by model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart, Hall wandered the studio, giving modest prizes or cash to audience members and then offering them the chance to trade their prize for a potentially better deal, sight unseen. Some deals resulted in better prizes, and some didn’t, meaning the player got “zonked.” The highlight was when a contestant was offered a choice of prizes hidden behind one of three on-stage doors -- “door number one, door number two or door number three” became a national catch phrase. After choosing a door, contestants were usually shown a dud prize behind one of the two doors they didn’t choose, and then offered the opportunity to change their choice to the other remaining door. The odds of increasing your chances of winning a good prize by switching doors -- the math shows its best to stick with your original choice -- became a popular probability puzzle known as the Monty Hall Problem. Let’s Make a Deal has aired more or less continuously since its debut, on different networks, in daytime and nighttime versions, and in syndication. Wayne Brady has hosted the latest incarnation of the show on CBS since 2009. Monty Hall died from heart failure. He was 96.

Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. Today is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated on Ghandhi's birthday. Today is National Custodial Workers Day. Today is Name Your Car Day is today. Does your car have a name?

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, television's Yogi Bear stole his first picnic basket in Jellystone National Park, assisted by his sidekick Boo Boo Bear. In 1959, The Twilight Zone debuted on television. They made 154 original episodes. In 1976, John Belushi went out on stage and performed with Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live. In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills at age 59 after a battle with AIDS. In 1994, at the age of 42, singer John Mellencamp confirmed he had suffered a mild heart attack, that he smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, and his cholesterol level was a dangerous 300. In 1998, Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.

Three films are jammed at the top of the weekend box office each with roughly $17 million. It is back on top with $17.3 million. Tom Cruz's American Made finished second with $17.016 million. And last week's number one, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, one slid down to number three with $17 million. The Lego Ninjago Movie lands in fourth. Flatliners is coming in below expectations. After getting killed by critics (0% on Rotten Tomatoes) the horror flick rounds out the top five.

Welcome to October. It's Adopt A Shelter Animal Month, Billiard Awareness Month, Class Reunion Month, Eat Better, Eat Together Month, Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month, Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month, Go Nuts Over Texas Peanuts Month, Halloween Safety Month, National Book Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Pajama Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Roller Skating Month, Eat Country Ham Month, National Seafood Month, Frozen Food Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month, and Zombie Preparedness Month.

Trivia Answer: Johnnie Cochran who was born on this date in 1937. Best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of OJ Simpson for the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. Cochran also represented Sean Combs during his trial on gun and bribery charges, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Todd Bridges, football player Jim Brown, Snoop Dogg, former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, 1992 Los Angeles riot beating victim Reginald Oliver Denny, and inmate and activist Geronimo Pratt. He represented athlete Marion Jones when she faced charges of doping during her high school track career. Cochran was known for his skill in the courtroom and his prominence as an early advocate for victims of police brutality. Cochran's well-honed rhetoric and flamboyance in the courtroom has been described as theatrical. His practice as a lawyer earned him great wealth. With his earnings, he bought and drove cars such as a Jaguar and a Rolls-Royce. He owned homes in Los Angeles, two apartments in West Hollywood, and a condo in Manhattan. On March 29th of 2005, Cochran died at his home in Los Angeles, from a brain tumor. By the way, OJ Simpson is no longer an inmate. He had been jailed over a sports memorabilia episode. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Simpson was discharged at 12:08 yesterday morning.