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|Today's Trivia: He's a former NFL coach, NASCAR
Championship team owner, and two time NHRA team owner. He was the 20th and
26th head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins -- 1981–1992
and 2004–2007. After retiring at the end of the 1992 season, he switched
focus to his NASCAR team which has won four Sprint Cup championships under
his ownership. Who is he?
In anticipation of the injury absence of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks yesterday re-signed Bryce Brown, who was cut the past week without playing. He joins the 53-man roster, as does wide receiver B.J. Daniels, brought up from the practice squad to fill in for the likely injury absence of Paul Richardson. The Hawks host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport tweeted last night that Lynch will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. According to Rapoport, the surgery should keep Lynch out "about a month," meaning he will likely miss at least four of Seattle's final six regular season games.
UPDATE: Marshawn Lynch has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed the surgery took place today and said Marshawn may be out three to four weeks. Lynch suffered the injury, defined by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as a "strain or tear of any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) in the lower abdomen or groin area," in practice before Seattle's Week 10 match-up with Arizona. Lynch played through the injury, and may have further aggravated it during the Seahawks' 39-32 loss. Carroll said, "He pretty much played through it. I think afterwards late in the game he started to really feel it activate kind of, and it got worse."
Three games on tap tomorrow: Philadelphia plays at Detroit, Carolina is at Dallas, and Chicago is at Green Bay.
Friday, it's Apple Cup time. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk might play in that game after all. According to a report yesterday afternoon from The (Tacoma) News Tribune, fve quarterbacks in blue jerseys were on the field for the start of WSU practice. One of them was wearing No. 4. Falk wears No. 4. If it's not a ruse by WSU coach Mike Leach, that would be good news for the 20th-ranked Cougars' chances against Washington. Falk sustained a concussion in the second half of this past Saturday's win over Colorado. He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital. The week prior against UCLA, he was knocked out of the game after being thrown to the ground, but cleared concussion tests and returned to lead WSU to a 31-27 win.
Birthdays: Actor-lawyer-author-economist-and-game show host, Ben Stein is 71; actor John Larroquette is 68; singer-songwriter Amy Grant is 55; actress Christina Applegate is 44; Barbara and Jenna Bush are 34; and competitive eater Joey Chestnut is 32.
Today is National Parfait Day. A parfait consists of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits. Yes, it's basically a fancy word for a sundae. Today is National Tie One On Day -- tie on an apron. The day always come the the day before Thanksgiving. According to the Apron Memories website, Tie One On Day is a day to "give from the heart". Tomorrow, we will give thanks for what we have. Today, you get the opportunity to put the "Give" back into Thanksgiving, by doing one small good deed for someone less fortunate.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1867, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite. In 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its London performance debut at the Bag O' Nails Club. In 1984, several British and American stars got together as Band-Aid, and recorded Do They Know It's Christmas. The project was planned by Bob Geldof. The proceeds of the record went to Ethiopian famine relief. In 1985, Bobby Brown announced that he was leaving New Edition for a solo career. In 1986, President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.
Get ready for long lines at the airport today. Or, maybe not. The commonly held wisdom is that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. That's not true, at least when it comes to flying. An Airlines for America spokesperson says, "It is not considered one of our 'busy' days," when compared to summer weekends, In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is not even the busiest day of the Thanksgiving travel season -- it's the Sunday after the holiday. Travelers should absolutely leave additional time to get through airport security on Sunday. But the long lines will pale in comparison to the Friday before Memorial Day, the third-busiest travel day of 2014. The second busiest travel day for 2014 was Friday, June 20th. Thirteen of the 15 busiest air travel days of the year are during the summer months, between mid-June and early August. When it comes to cars, the data's not as clear. AAA says that more drivers will be on the road on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving than the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays.
A few noteworthy headlines from Billboard Magazine:
1) Adele's '25' Is 42 Percent of Total Music Sales This Week
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has been named Entertainment Weekly magazine's Entertainer of the Year for 2015. She is one of the biggest and bankable actresses in Hollywood and has featured in a number of blockbusters including the X-Men franchise and The Hunger Games films. Lawrence's most notable role as Katniss Everdeen came to a close this year and while the 25-year-old has finally come to terms with the end of the franchise, she is excited about the future. "It's crazy, I signed on to these projects when I was 20 years old," she tells the publication. "I remember being like, 'Oh my God, I'm going to be 25 (years old) when I'm finished. It seemed so far away, (but) it does feel over. It didn't for a while and I didn't think it would ever sink in, but it has now. It feels over. And that's okay. It's okay to move on." One way Lawrence is looking to move on is to step behind the camera and write screenplays and direct a film. She is currently penning a comedy with Amy Schumer.
According to a new Harris Poll, 50 percent of employees will shop online for holiday gifts while at work. And of those employees, 42 percent will spend at least an hour per day doing so.
Trivia Answer: Joe Gibbs who turns 75 today. He just picked up his latest NASCAR championship with Kyle Busch and the Sprint Cup Series last weekend.
|Today's Trivia: He's a former Commissioner of the National
Football League. He was was selected by NFL owners to succeed Pete Rozelle
in 1989. He himself was succeeded by Roger Goodell in 2006. Who is he?
Our snow turned out to be pretty much a no-show this morning. There was a little in Yelm and the National Weather Service heard from some of their spotters at 700-feet over sea level or higher that saw a little but that was about it.
The uncertainty surrounding the health of Marshawn Lynch will likely mean rookie running back Thomas Rawls will start for a second straight week for the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday that it's unlikely Lynch would be able to play this week against Pittsburgh. Carroll is unsure of when -- or even if -- Lynch will even play again this season as he deals with an abdominal injury that kept him out of Sunday's win over San Francisco. Lynch has traveled to Philadelphia and is scheduled to meet with Dr. William Meyers today to discuss options for the lower abdominal injury, including possible surgery.
It may not have been pretty but the New England Patriots managed to move to 10-and-oh by knocking off the Buffalo Bills last night 20-13.
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos said yesterday that injured quarterback Luke Falk was doing well and might be able to play in Friday's Apple Cup against Washington. Falk is the leading passer in the Pac-12. He appeared to suffer a head injury and was carried off the field during the Cougars' win over Colorado on Saturday. Coach Mike Leach refuses to discuss injuries, so the extent of Falk's injury is not clear. Leach was asked when he'll decide on a starter between Falk and freshman Peyton Bender for Friday's game. He said, "We'll make that decision 27 seconds before kickoff."
Given that the Mariners featured the worst-hitting catching unit since 1901, it was no surprise that they brought aboard Chris Ianetta, a 10-year major league veteran. The Mariners yesterday signed the free agent to a one-year contract. GM Jerry Dipoto’s move to bolster the club’s catching comes as little surprise. Seattle used five catchers last season, Mike Zunino, Jesus Sucre, John Hicks, Wellington Castillo and Steve Baron. They finished as the worst-hitting catching unit since 1901.
Speaking of the Mariners, does Robinson Cano really want out? According to a Saturday report in the New York Daily News, the second baseman is unhappy in Seattle and "wants to somehow find his way back to New York." Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in December of 2013 after nine seasons with the Yankees that included six All-Star appearances and a World Series victory in 2009. So will he go? That doesn't seem likely. Cano's agent called Dipoto yesterday morning and told him the rumor didn't come from Cano.
Birthdays: Retired NBA player, nicknamed The Big O, Oscar Roberston is 77; the original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best is 74; he was White House Press Secretary for six years under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, making him one of the longest-serving press secretaries in history Marlin Fitzwater is 73; he was Billy MacGregor on Head of the Class, Scottish actor and comedian, Billy Connolly is 73; singer-songwriter-organist Lee Michaels is 70; he was Chip on My Three Sons, actor Stanley Livingston is 65. and from Grey's Anatomy, actress Katherine Heigl is 37.
Today is the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's book: On the Origin of Species in 1859. His controversial theory turned the world upside down, in this thinking of how we came to be. And, it remains controversial to this day. This very special day for all homo sapiens is also called All Our Uncles Are Monkeys Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated in the US. In 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television. In 1971, hijacker Dan Cooper, known as DB Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over outr state with $200,000 in ransom. In 1991, Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS complications at the age of 45. In 1998, AOL -- America Online -- announced a deal for their purchase of Netscape for $4.21 billion.
According to a UK report. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are finally planning to wed after 30 years together. The couple met in 1983. They'll reportedly exchange vows in a ceremony at their ranch near Aspen, Colorado in the New Year. A friend of the couple told British newspaper the Daily Express, "It’s going to be cowboy hats, horses and rock ‘n’ roll. All their relatives are thrilled that they have at last decided to tie the knot." The report also suggests the couple’s son Wyatt, who is an actor and former professional hockey player, is set to serve as Kurt’s best man.
If Netflix has its way, we will once again hear the words "Danger, Will Robinson!" The streaming service is working on a reboot of Lost in Space. The classic sci-fi series ran for three seasons starting in 1965, with memorable characters such as the scheming Dr. Smith, Robot B-9 (known for the aforementioned warning) and young explorer Will Robinson, whose family is, well, see the show's title.
The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz sold for $1.56 million at an auction in New York yesterday. The pinafore, one of 10 thought to have been made for Garland in her role as Dorothy in the movie, had been estimated by Bonhams auction house to fetch between $800,000 and $1.2 million at its Hollywood memorabilia sale held in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies.
Adele's 25 is already the top-selling album of 2015 here in the states, according to Nielsen Music. The album, was released on November 20th and sold at least 2.3 million copies through November 22nd -- that's Friday through Monday. That instantly makes it the year’s best-seller, surpassing with 1.76 million sold by Taylor Swift’s 1989. It's a safe bet to assume that 25 will finish 2015 as the year’s top seller. Adele’s previous album, 21, was the best-selling album of both 2012 and 2011.
Trivia Answer: Paul Tagliabue who turns 75 today. During his tenure as commissioner, the NFL expanded from 28 teams to 32. New franchises were announced in 1993 to begin play in 1995 in Charlotte and Jacksonville. Before becoming the NFL commissioner, he had served as a lawyer for the NFL. He served as Chairman of Board of Directors of Georgetown University from 2008 to 2015. His retirement took effect on September 1st of 2006.
|Today's Trivia: This actor and comedian was best-known for
his role as the unflappable police detective Arthur P. Dietrich on Barney
Miller, a role for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Who was
Thomas Rawls -- some called him Baby Beast -- chose to run over defenders rather than stepping out of bounds, Tyler Lockett bulled his tiny frame into the end zone carrying a San Francisco defender on his back, and the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered part of their identity thanks to a pair of rookies in a 29-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. Rawls rushed for 209 yards -- the second-best rushing day in Seahawks history -- and had two total touchdowns starting in place of Marshawn Lynch. Lockett caught two touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and Seattle got back to .500. Up next, the Seahawks host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The final game of Week 11 is tonight. the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is at 5:30.
Washington matched a 47-year-old school record by scoring 28 points in the first quarter and obliterated Oregon State 52-7 Saturday night in Corvallis. The Huskies now need a win over Washington State in Friday’s Apple Cup to become bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season.
Washington State, meanwhile, dispatched Colorado 27-3 Saturday night and moved up to No, 20 in both the AP poll and the coaches poll. QB Luke Falk, though, left the game with a head injury. Friday is the day, the much-anticipated Apple Cup clash with Washington.
Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, pianist Bruce Hornsby is 61; Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts is 55; former NBA forward Vin Baker is 44; Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi from Jersey Shore is 28; and Miley Cyrus is 23.
Today is National Clean the Oven If Your Mother Is Coming for Thanksgiving Day. Today is Can You Find Your Old Rubik's Cube and Still Work It Day. Today is Eat a Cranberry Day. Native to North America, cranberries are grown in bogs, and are primarily grown in New England. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found Native Americans harvesting them, and eating them. Native Americans also used them as dyes for clothing, and for medicinal purposes. Today is National Cashew Day. It's a nutty day, if there ever was one. Eat them any way you like: plain or salted, as a snack or in a recipe. Eating them is all there is to participating in National Cashew Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1936, the cover of the first issue of Life magazine carried a photo of a doctor slapping a newborn baby and the caption, "Life begins!" In 1974, Gary Wright quit the group Spooky Tooth to go solo. In 1976, rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Graceland in Memphis after waving a pistol and demanding to see "the King." In 1996, State Legislator Michael Burns and registered lobbyist Kimberly McCoy were married in Annapolis, Maryland. It wasn't easy. The bride had to get state permission to buy a wedding ring for the groom, and had to spend less than $25 per guest on the reception so other legislators attending didn't have to report it. In 1998, Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two had been married nine days earlier, on the 14th that month.
Mockingjay - Part 2, the final Hunger Games film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters. For most films this would be a coup, but The Hunger Games had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise. The series kicked off with a $152.5 million weekend in 2012 -- one of the highest openings of all time. The James Bond film Spectre and family-friendly The Peanuts Movie, which have anchored the top two spots the last two weeks, were No. 2 and No. 3. New opener, the Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before, took fourth place. The Secret In Her Eyes. The remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinean thriller that stars Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, rounded out the top five.
To infinity and beyond! Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the Disney-Pixar classic Toy Story. On November 22nd of 1995, we were introduced to the cowboy doll Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks; the spaceman toy Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen; Don Rickles' interpretation of Mr. Potato Head; Jim Varney's Slinky Dog; Wallace Shawn's green dinosaur Rex; John Ratzenberger's Hamm piggy bank; and other beloved characters from the franchise. In the original Toy Story -- the first theatrical film produced by Pixar -- Woody becomes jealous when his owner, a young boy named Andy, receives a Buzz Lightyear figure, which becomes his favorite toy. Woody and Buzz end up separated from Andy, and they have to work together to get back home. Toy Story raked in more than 191 million dollars at the domestic box office, and earned three Oscar nominations. Sequels were released in 1999 and 2010. A fourth Toy Story movie is now due out in 2018, with Woody and Buzz expected back.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, be prepared to spend a little more than last year. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nationwide average to feed 10 people this Turkey Day is $50.11. That's up about 70 cents from last year. The bureau says, "Turkey prices this year worked out to a little over $23 for a 16-pound bird -- about $1.44 per pound. That was up about 6 percent from a year ago." The hike in turkey prices is partially attributed to the avian flu outbreak in the Midwest. Pumpkin pie prices are also up due to flooding in Illinois and Missouri this past summer. The good news: Costs for milk, cranberries, and peas are down.
A new poll from Consumer Reports shows that more Americans plan to shop Black Friday this year. Last year, 44% of Americans hit the stores the day and the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year 47% plan to.
American Idol has a special treat in store for its longtime fans when it airs its 15th and final season next year. Host Ryan Seacrest has revealed that all of the former judges will make an appearance in some capacity. Seacrest says, "I've spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season. They are going to do it, it's just a matter of figuring what to do with them." That would seem to include the three original judges: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. The other ex-Idol judges are Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The final season of American Idol begins January 6th on Fox.
The company that mailed autumn leaves to people just a month ago is back with shipments of snow. ShipSnowYo shipped over 700 pounds of Boston snow in 2014 and this year offers Snowman in a Box and White Christmas packages.
One Direction swept the top honors at last night's American Music Awards. One Direction was named artist of the year for a second consecutive year, and also won the best duo or group pop/rock album for a third consecutive year, with the album Made In The A.M. Key winners on the night included Taylor Swift, who went into the night with a leading six nominations and won three awards but did not attend the event. Nicki Minaj won two awards in the rap/hip hop categories, The Weeknd won two soul/R&B awards, Florida Georgia Line won two country music awards and country artist Sam Hunt was named best new artist. Unlike the irreverent antics of MTV's Video Music Awards and the industry prestige of the Grammy Awards, the fan-voted AMAs offer up the year's most popular music acts, with a spotlight on performances. One of the biggest talking points came courtesy of Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth, who took audiences by surprise with a steamy kiss after their duet Marvin Gaye. The Weeknd set the stage on real fire for his performance of The Hills, while Coldplay brought out dancing monkeys on a psychedelic stage for Adventure of a Lifetime, and Walk The Moon started a dance party with their hit Shut Up And Dance.
The complete American Music Awards winners list:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR • One Direction
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR • Sam Hunt
SONG OF THE YEAR • Taylor Swift's Blank Space
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR • Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber Where Are Ü Now
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK • Ed Sheeran
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK • Ariana Grande
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK • One Direction
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK • Taylor Swift 1989
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY • Luke Bryan
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY • Carrie Underwood
FAVORITE DUO or GROUP - COUNTRY • Florida Georgia Line
FAVORITE ALBUM - COUNTRY • Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP • Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP • Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B • The Weeknd
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B • Rihanna
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B • The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
FAVORITE ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK • Fall Out Boy
FAVORITE ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY • Taylor Swift
FAVORITE ARTIST - LATIN • Enrique Iglesias
FAVORITE ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL • Casting Crowns
FAVORITE ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM) • Calvin Harris
TOP SOUNDTRACK • Pitch Perfect 2
Trivia Answer: Steve Landesberg who was born on this date in 1936. He died from colon cancer on December 20th of 2010 at the age of 74. He's credited with the quote "Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense."
|Today's Trivia: He was a wide receiver in the National
Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks eighth overall in
the 1995 NFL Draft and also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington
Redskins. He played his college football at Ohio State. Today he's a
college football analyst with ESPN. Who is he?
Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers. My how things have changed. Art Thiel writes, "The NFL's greatest rivalry is ashes, replaced by a bar fight at 2 am." Kickoff at the CLink is at 1:25 Sunday afternoon.
But first, tomorrow the WSU Cougars are at home with Colorado while the Washington Huskies are on the road down in Corvallis to meet Oregon State.
Birthdays: Smothers Brother Dick Smothers is 77; Vice President Joe Biden is 73; actress Veronica Hamel is 72; musician Joe Walsh is 68; actress Bo Derek is 59; and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes is 39.
Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Today is National Absurdity Day -- a day to have fun and do crazy, zany and absurd things. Everyone has an excuse today to let the absurd antics that are hidden inside of them out. You can do things that you have wanted to do that make absolutely no sense at all and it will be okay because you will be celebrating National Absurdity Day. And today is Children's Day ... sort of. There are really a number of Children's Day observances around the world. Today, November 20th, is Universal Children's Day. In 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children's Day on an "appropriate" day. We're not sure, but perhaps each country did.....at various different dates during the year. The resolution was adopted on November 20th of 1954. Then there's International Children's Day on the second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. World Children's Day is always November 20th. This is a day McDonald's uses as a fund raiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first official World Children's Day was held on November 20th of 2002 and was celebrated around the world as a way to celebrate children and benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters around the world. This now annual celebration is officially held on November 20th each year, however fundraising opportunities often extend beyond the day. And there's Children's Day in Japan, a national holiday celebrated in Japan on May 5th. Started in 1948, Children's Day is a festive day to celebrate your child's life. In Japan it is often celebrated by giving children kites and hanging streamers.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, WABC Radio in New York City fired deejay Alan Freed after he was accused of accepting payola to play certain records. In 1962, newspapers reported that President John Kennedy had contributed every dollar earned in government salary since 1947 to charity, including his White House salary. In 1967, the US population reached 200-million. In 1975, Ronald Reagan announced he was a candidate for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. He lost to incumbent Gerald Ford, who was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. In 1976, George Harrison performed on Saturday Night Live. During the show, producer Lorne Michaels made an appeal for The Beatles to reform. In 1982, actress Drew Barrymore became the first 7-year-old to host Saturday Night Live. In 1994, David Crosby received a liver transplant. In 1997, a Ku Klux Klan group dropped its plans to join an anti-litter Adopt-A-Highway campaign in Fort Worth after the state of Texas filed a lawsuit claiming the white supremacist group was ineligible because it was not a civic organization. In 2003, Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector pleaded not guilty to the murder of actress Lana Clarkson after he was formally charged by a California court.
Tom Hanks was reprimanded by Disney bosses for confirming their plans to release a new Toy Story movie. Tom recently announced he is reprising his role as Woody in the fourth installment of Pixar's animated franchise, which is set for release in 2018. However, he was sworn to secrecy by bosses at Pixar's parent company Disney, and he got into trouble for talking about the new film. The actor reveals he received a stern phone call from Disney's legal team who scolded him for spilling the secret. On a UK radio show, Tom said, "We are working on Toy Story 4 right now, A while ago someone stuck a microphone in my face and asked if there was going to be a new film and I said yes and I then got a call from the Disney lawyers who said I couldn't say anything about the new film because it affects the Disney stock market price. I said, ‘Hey, I'm sorry but let me point out, I am Woody, pal!'"
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow discussed her devastation over her failed marriage to Chris Martin during a question-and-answer session with fans in Los Angeles. When an audience member asked the actress to name something in life that did not turn out the way she had planned, Gwyneth replied "My marriage" and cited her parents' successful union as the reason she feels like a "failure." Her parents, Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, wed in 1969 and were together for 33 years until his death from complications relating to cancer in 2002. Gwyneth said, "I am from a tribe of people who stay married. My parents stayed married until my dad died. I really don't come from a culture of divorce at all and I had very high hopes for what my life could be like… I think that it was very difficult for me that I couldn't do that and that I wasn't able to be married to the father of my children for the rest of my life. It was very challenging for me in terms of having to re-assess what that said about me, ideas that I had about that kind of failure." However, Gwyneth is glad she has remained on good terms with Chris Martin, who is the father of her two children, Apple and Moses. She says, "Luckily my ex-husband is an incredibly good ex-husband and an amazing dad."
Denver police discovered an urban version of cow tipping last weekend after vandals turned over Smart Cars in five locations. Police are looking for four men after five Smart Cars were tipped over.
Having a hard time waking up when the alarm clock goes off? YouTuber Simone Giertz has created an alarm clock that gets your attention by slapping you awake. Really?
Trivia Answer: Joey Galloway who turns 44 today. Galloway was selected by the Seattle Seahawks eighth overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact for the Hawks, setting franchise season records for a rookie with 67 receptions, 1,039 receiving yards, and three 100-yard games. He also had success as a punt returner, returning 36 punts for 360 yards and a touchdown. During his second year he started all 16 games for the Seahawks, leading the team in receptions with 57. During his third year in 1997 he made 72 receptions and 12 touchdowns. In 1998 he went over double digit receiving touchdowns for the second consecutive year with ten. During the 1999 season he played in only eight games due to a contract dispute and a holdout that reached 101 days. When he came back he made 22 receptions for 335 yards and only one touchdown. On February 12th of 2000, the Seahawks traded him to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for their first round selections in the 2000 and 2001 NFL Drafts (which would produce Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson).
|Today's Trivia: She began her career at the age of three
as a child model in 1965, and two years later moved to acting in
television series with an appearance in the sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. In the
late 1960s and early 1970s, she worked in several primetime television
series and starred in children's films. Her breakthrough came in Martin
Scorsese's controversial Taxi Driver in 1976, in which she played a
teenage prostitute. The role garnered her a nomination for an Academy
Award. After attending college at Yale, she struggled to transition to
adult roles until winning widespread critical acclaim for her portrayal of
a rape survivor in The Accused in 1988, for which she won several awards,
including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She won her second Academy
Award two years later, when she starred in the sleeper hit The Silence of
the Lambs as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee investigating a serial
murder case. Who is she?
Kevin Smith knows there are examples in Seattle of wide receivers graduating from the practice squad and eventually becoming major contributors on the active roster. Smith is getting an opportunity to continue that run. He said, "It means a lot. You're out there for the practice days, competing with the (No. 1) defense and getting them prepared and seeing the offense getting prepared and it's really a dream coming down Sunday that you get to play." Smith was promoted to the 53-man roster on Tuesday after Chris Matthews was surprisingly released. He will be thrown in immediately, potentially as Seattle's No. 4 wide receiver on Sunday against San Francisco. The release of Matthews and the season-ending neck injury suffered by Ricardo Lockette have left the Seahawks with only five wide receivers on the active roster. And there is a chance Paul Richardson will not be able to play versus the 49ers after suffering a hamstring injury. While on the practice squad, Smith had flashed enough that coach Pete Carroll decided it was time to give him a chance. Smith's ability to play all three wide receiver positions and the likelihood he'll be used on multiple special teams units also played into the decision.
But first on Saturday, the WSU Cougars are at home with Colorado while the Washington Huskies are on the road down in Corvallis to meet Oregon State.
Birthdays: Talk show host Larry King is 82; talk show host Dick Cavett is 79; cable magnate and philanthropist Ted Turner is 77; Grizzly Adams. actor Dan Haggerty, is 74; designer Calvin Klein is 73; part of the Boone baseball family -- he's Bret and Aaron's dad -- former catcher and manager Bob Boone is 68; former professional NFL player, sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 66; TV journalist Ann Curry is 59; actress Meg Ryan is 54; and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is 39.
Today is Learn When to Start Thawing the Turkey Day. You can use the USDA hotline at 800-535-4555, or the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line at 800-323-4848. You can also log on to butterball.com. Today is Have A Bad Day Day, Surprisingly, Have A Bad Day Day wasn't created to recognise that everyone has a bad day. Instead it was created for people who work in a customer service environment and are sick of saying "have a nice day", and those who are equally sick of hearing it. Today is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day. Not every Food Holiday is in recognition of foods or beverages that are necessarily good for you. National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. In 1965, Kellogg introduced a new pastry called Pop Tarts. In 1979, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros signed a four-year contract for $4.5 million. At the time, Ryan was the highest paid player in major league baseball. In 1990, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences stripped Milli Vanilli of its 1989 Best New Artist Grammy because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, Girl You Know It's True. It was the first time a Grammy Award was unawarded. In 1993, Nirvana recorded an MTV unplugged concert in New York. In 1996, Boating magazine announced the winners of its boat-name contest: Luna-Sea, Fishcally Irresponsible, Lady Go Diver, Fishin Impossible, and Wake, Rattle, & Troll. In 1997, Michael Hutchence arrived in Sydney to rehearse with INXS for their 20th anniversary tour. He was discovered dead in his hotel room three days later. In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his son over the balcony of a Berlin hotel to the amazement of on looking fans some four stories below. In 2007, the Amazon Kindle was first released.
Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal say they're home safe after the Paris attacks and "are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France." The band was performing in Paris when the deadly attacks occurred. Last Friday's night of terror killed 129 people and wounded over 350 others. In a statement released yesterday, the band said, "Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones." Eagles of Death Metal was on a European tour. The band said all shows are on hold until further notice.They said, "Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion." Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 in Palm Desert, California. Josh Homme, one of the founders of the band and leader of the band Queens of the Stone Age, wasn't performing with Eagles of Death Metal in Paris. The band closed its statement by thanking "the French police, the FBI, the US and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil."
Music by the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, jazz greats Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, and singers Blondie and Roberta Flack are being enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Grateful Dead's 1970 album American Beauty, named one of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time in 2012, is being inducted after the band ended its 50-year-run this year with a final tour. Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled record, which includes the hits Rhiannon and Say You Love Me, is also being placed into the music vault, as well as The Basement Tapes, the 1975 album by Bob Dylan and The Band. A total of 26 albums and songs across all genres that are at least 25 years old, were selected by a committee put together by the Recording Academy -- hosts of the annual Grammy Awards -- to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The selected music is considered to have either "qualitative or historical significance." Blondie's disco-influenced Heart of Glass, the song that helped push the band into the mainstream, is also entering the Grammy Hall of Fame, along with Little Eva's 1962 song The Loco-Motion and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' I Love Rock 'N Roll.
Former football star Doug Flutie revealed yesterday that both of his parents died within an hour of one another. Flutie said his father, Dick, died of a heart attack, and then his mother, Joan, also died from a heart attack shortly thereafter. He wrote, "They say you can die of a broken heart, and I believe it."
Trivia Answer: Alicia Christian Foster -- Jodie Foster -- who is 53 today. She's often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation. After career setbacks in the early 2000s, which included the cancellation of a film project and the closing down of her production company, Foster starred in four thrillers, Panic Room in 2002, Flightplan in 2005, Inside Man in 2006, and The Brave One in 2007. She has focused on directing in the 2010s. Foster rarely talks of her private life in interviews, and has explained that she "values privacy against all else" due to having spent most of her life in the public eye. She lives in Los Angeles, and has two sons.
|Today's Trivia: He's a retired left-handed baseball
pitcher. At the time of his last game, he was the oldest player in the
major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active
Major League pitcher. He has pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers,
St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners
and Philadelphia Phillies. He made the All-Star team in 2003, while with
the Mariners. On April 17th of 2012, he became the oldest pitcher in MLB
history to win a game. Who is he?
When Chris Matthews produced four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl, there he was hope he could morph into the lengthy, dominant wide receiver that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider had long coveted. That hope never turned into a reality this season, as the 6-foot-5 Matthews was released by the Seahawks yesterday and wide receiver Kevin Smith was signed off the practice squad to fill his roster spot. Matthews had four catches for 54 yards over 12 regular season games after signing with Seattle in February of 2014. Though he also had a critical onside kick recovery in last season's NFC Championship overtime win over the Green Bay Packers, Matthews was never consistent enough offensively to break into the starting lineup. Smith, meanwhile, is familiar to University of Washington fans who watched him star for the Huskies. He went undrafted, then spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seahawks, never making a 53-man roster. Sunday, the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers.
Washington State coach Mike Leach went all in on the 'Luke Falk for Heisman' campaign Monday, less than 48 hours after the quarterback led the Cougars on a game-winning drive against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. If it were up to Leach, the Heisman Trophy would be awarded to the player most pivotal to his team's success, rather than the best player on the national champion, which sometimes happens. Falk, a redshirt sophomore, has resurrected a moribund program that finished 3-and-9 last season to a 7-and-3 and No. 24 ranking in the Associated Press poll. Leach says of the Heisman race, "I think they ought to go back to the original definition, which is who made the biggest contribution to his individual team. If that's the case, virtually everybody needs to vote for Luke Falk and anybody that doesn't needs to re-examine why they're voting for the Heisman to begin with." Saturday, the Cougars host Colorado while the Washington Huskies are at Oregon State.
Joe Maddon won his third Manager of the Year award yesterday and Jeff Banister his first after each guided his team on a surprising run to the playoffs. In his initial season with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon took the National League prize following the club's first postseason appearance since 2008. He also won in the AL with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011. Banister joined Houston's Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco's Dusty Baker (1993), Florida's Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington's Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager. Texas won 88 games this season -- 21 more than last year -- in capturing the AL West title despite several significant injuries, including losing ace Yu Darvish for the entire season to elbow surgery. The Rangers won their first two playoff games in Toronto before dropping the next three and getting eliminated.
Birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 76; actress Linda Evans is 73; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actor and comedian Kevin Nealon is 62; singer John Parr is 61; quarterback turned broadcaster, Warren Moon is 59; singer Kim Wilde is 55; former pitcher -- former Mariner -- Jamie Moyer is 53; actor Owen Wilson is 47; singer Duncan Sheik is 46; Big Papi -- baseball's David Ortiz -- is 40.
Today is Occult Day -- A day for witches, rituals, fairies and more, Occult Day celebrates a world of mystery and magic. Occult Day is a mysterious day, outside the realm of the normal and natural world. Today is Married To A Scorpio Support Day, a worldwide day of remembrance to honor all those married to Scorpions and who suffer greatly. And an oxymoron today. It is William Tell Day. In 1307, William Tell shot an apple off the head of his son. However, November is also Child Safety and Protection Month. Please don't shoot an apple off your child's head this month. If you need to do it, at least wait until Child Safety and Protection Month is over.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang Blueberry Hill. In 1963, the first push-button telephone goes into service. In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown. Brown married him 13-years earlier when she was only 14. She later said the couple spent only three nights alone during their years together. In 1985, Joe Theismann then of the Washington Redskins broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor then of the New York Giants. The injury ended Theismann's 12-year National Football League career. In 1988, the film Buster, which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States. In 1991, the U2 album Achtung Baby was released. In 1995, The Rolling Stones became the first band ever to webcast one of their concerts over the Internet.
Yesterday's potent storm roared into Western Washington with gusty winds and heavy rain, toppling trees, triggering traffic mayhem and knocking out power to well over 200,000 customers as the storm peaked. The storm came with a lot of wind, but the worst of it was north of Seattle and on the coast. The highest gust at the Olympia airport registered 43 miles an hour. Elsewhere peak gusts were 53 in Shelton, 55 in Hoquiam, 52 in Gig Harbor, and 49 in Tacoma. And it was wet. The National Weather Service reported a record daily rainfall at the Olympia Airport of 2.08 inches breaking the previous record of 1.61 inches set in 1959.
Tribal advocate Billy Frank Jr. is being honored with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The late Nisqually tribal elder and longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is among 17 people who are being recognized by President Barack Obama at a November 24th ceremony. Frank was on the front lines of the Fish Wars in the 1960s and 1970s that led to the Boldt decision, which affirmed 20 coastal treaty tribes rights to half the fish harvested in Washington. He was arrested more than 50 times during the effort to enforce Indian fishing rights. He died in May 2014. Other honorees include Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Sondheim, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, James Taylor and Itzhak Perlman, baseball legends Willie Mays and the late Yogi Berra, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, the late Shirley Chisholm, and former deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus, known for refusing to fire the Watergate special prosecutor.
Jennifer Lawrence has been named the most valuable star in the world ahead of Robert Downey Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hunger Games actress topped the list, compiled by editors of Vulture.com, which takes into account criteria including box office revenues, social media mentions, and likeability. It's the second consecutive year at the top of the chart for Jennifer, who was recently named the best-paid actress in Hollywood by editors of Forbes magazine. Vulture writes, "In addition to being adored by fans and critics alike, she continues to savvily mix big-money tentpole fare such as The Hunger Games with the sorts of smart prestige choices that have already garnered her one Academy Awards win and three nominations. That approach is why her reign may well continue in 2016." Robert Downey, Jr., who topped the list two years in a row before he was dethroned by Jennifer in 2014, came in second place, ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio at three and Jennifer's regular collaborator Bradley Cooper at four. The top five was rounded out by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
Trivia Answer: Jamie Moyer who turns 53 today. Moyer is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League games in four decades. He's the most recent inductee into the Mariners' Hall of Fame. Jamie and Karen Moyer are philanthropists here in the Northwest with their work done through the Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress. After spending many of his playing years living in Seattle, Jamie and his wife Karen and their eight children moved to Florida. The Moyers' two youngest daughters were adopted from Guatemala.
|Today's Trivia: On this date in 1973, he told an
Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida,
"people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.
Well, I'm not a crook." Who was he?
Apparently Mother Nature is evening things up after the Summer that we had. What an awful day -- wind, rain, flooding, etc.
And then there were two undefeated teams in the ranks of the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals left those ranks last night when they were upended by the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. The final? Houston 10 Cincinnati 6.
High on Jerry Dipoto's list when he took over as general manager of the Seattle Mariners was building an outfield that was athletic and played to the strengths of their home park. Finding a center fielder was the priority, and Dipoto accomplished that task yesterday. The Mariners acquired Leonys Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to the Rangers. Texas also obtained outfielder James Jones in the deal and a player to be named, while Seattle received right-handed reliever Anthony Bass. It was the third significant trade by Dipoto just in the past two weeks.
Birthdays: Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 77; director Martin Scorsese is 73; actress Lauren Hutton is 72; actor and director Danny Devito is 71; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is 71; former baseball pitcher Tom Seaver is 71. former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Senator John Boehner is 66; entertainer RuPaul is 55; and from Hanson, guitarist Isaac Hanson is 35.
Today is Homemade Bread Day, a day to make bread at home. Today is John Peter Zenger Day, marking his arrest on this date in 1734 for libel against the colonial governor. Zenger edited his New York Weekly Journal from jail and was acquitted, an early victory for freedom of the press in America. Today is National Take A Hike Day, it's either about going for an exhilarating walk, or telling somebody to get lost. We'll leave the interpretation up to you. Today is Public Restroom Hand Dryer Appreciation Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, Heidi, on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32. In 1980, John Lennon's album Double Fantasy was released. In 1981, Luke and Laura were married on General Hospital. It was television's highest-rated daytime program until the OJ Simpson verdict. In 1996, a Tampa packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing peanut more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn't sell. In 2003, two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Britney Spears became the youngest singer to ever get a star onthe Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.
It's now no surprise that Butterball staffs a hotline to make sure its customers make the most of their Turkey Day, but some of the questions these operators receive may raise some eyebrows. The website Foodbeast has compiled a collection of some of the oddest queries, which include: "How do I roast my turkey so it gets golden brown tan lines - in the shape of a turkey bikini?" Believe it or not, Butterball explained an operator handled the call with straight face, advising wrapping aluminum foil in strategic places. Another question posed was, "I carved my turkey with a chainsaw…is the chain grease going to adversely affect my turkey?" Another caller asked, "Why does my turkey have no breast meat?" The latter question was easily solved: the caller had the bird upside down.
Trivia Answer: US President Richard Milhous Nixon. He was the 37th president serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only president to resign the office. It all came from Watergate. The term Watergate has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. Those activities included "dirty tricks," or bugging the offices of political opponents and the harassment of activist groups and political figures. The activities were brought to light after five men were caught breaking into Democratic party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. on June 17th of 1972.
|Today's Trivia: This actor was one of only two people to
appear in four episodes of The Twilight Zone. Later, he was The Penguin in
the Batman television series, and he was Rocky Balboa's trainer Mickey
Goldmill in the Rocky films. Who is he?
Trailing 19-0 in the second quarter, the Seahawks staged a defense-inspired rally to take a 29-25 lead early in the fourth, but couldn't stave off the Arizona Cardinals last night and lost 39-32 at CenturyLink Field, a defeat that probably dooms their playoff hopes. At 4-and 5, the Seahawks, trailing 7-and-3 Arizona by three games in the NFC West, will probably have to win out to reach the postseason. Even a perfect slate the rest of the way might not be enough. Seattle has had a lead in the fourth quarter in all five losses.
Monday Night Football tonight, the Houston Texans are at Cincinnati to face the Bengals.
The Huskies lost to Arizona State 27-17 on Saturday. Now, they have to win against Oregon State next Saturday and Washington State in the Apple Cup on the 27th to become bowl eligible.
Meanwhile WSU pulled another one out edging UCLA Saturday night, 31-27
Birthdays: Charley on Empty Nest, actor David Leisure is 65; Mrs. Elvis Costello, singer Diana Krall is 51; and Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Lisa Bonet is 48.
It's National Fast Food Day. The concept of ready-cooked food for sale can be attributed to the Ancient Romans. In many cities, street stands offered hot sausages, bread, and wine to patrons on-the-go. Thousands of years later, in 1867, the first American fast food restaurant opened in New York. It was a hotdog stand on Coney Island. Today is Birth of the Blues Day, marking the birthday in 1873 of bandleader W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues. Today is Button Day, a day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, in the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown. In 1959, The Sound of Music opened on Broadway starring Mary Martin. In 1989, David Letterman beat up the Energizer Bunny with a baseball bat. In 1991, a Cromwell, Connecticut, construction worker was arrested for reckless endangerment for allegedly driving too close to a police officer with his steamroller. In 1997, a 17-year-old high school student won a 1984 Chevy Blazer in the Campbell, Missouri, Police Department's Hands-On Marathon when she was the only one who entered. In 2005, Anthony Sheppard of Oakland, California, shocked his mother with a telephone call, a day after he was reported dead. Oakland police had messed up after finding Sheppard's identification card on a shooting victim. Authorities alerted his mother of the shooting, and released the details to reporters. The 23-year-old Sheppard said he was shocked when he walked up to friends who were crying about a newspaper account of his death. Sheppard told police he had lost the ID card several years earlier. His mother said she thought she was talking to a ghost. In 2001, the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone opened in the US and UK.
James Bond is back on top, after Spectre led the US box office for the second weekend in a row. Of course, the dashing super spy wasn't exactly facing off against stiff competition. Its main competition was the second weekend of The Peanuts Movie and a lackluster crop of new releases. Spectre added $35.4 million to bring its domestic total to $130.7 million. The Peanuts Movie also showed some impressive endurance. It landed in the number two position and picked up an additional $24.2 million. The movie has earned $82.5 million stateside.. Of the new wide releases, the holiday-flavored Love the Coopers fared best. The ensemble comedy about a family gathering landed third. The Martian finished fourth, And The 33, a look at a group of trapped Chilean miners, rounded out the top five.
The Foo Fighters, Natalie Portman, U2, and other entertainers have canceled events in Paris following the deadly terrorist attacks in the city. The Foo Fighters canceled the remaining dates of their European tour, including a planned show in Paris tonight. Film distributor Mars says it's canceled promotional appearances for the film Jane Got a Gun starring Portman. The Oscar-winning actress was scheduled to appear in Paris today. U2 postponed its Saturday night concert in Paris, which was to be aired by HBO. The terrorism-themed movie Made in France had a November 18th release date but it's being postponed. The French film's poster shows an automatic rifle on top of the Eiffel Tower.
CBS has rescheduled a couple of shows out of sensitivities to the deadly attacks in Paris. The network said yesterday that it's replacing episodes of its original series Supergirl and NCIS Los Angeles. The rescheduled episode of Supergirl dealt with bombings in the fictitious National City and had been scheduled to run tonight. In its place, CBS is airing an episode focusing on the Thanksgiving holiday. NCIS Los Angeles had been scheduled to air an episode tonight about women recruited by extremist organizations. In its place the network said it's broadcasting an episode unrelated to warfare or religious extremism.
The Rolling Stones have made fans' Christmas dreams come true by revealing they're planning to start work on a new album over the holidays. Ronnie Wood let the news slip during an interview with ABC Radio last week, revealing he and his bandmates are hoping to hit the studio next month to start work on what will be their first album since 2005's A Bigger Bang. The news comes weeks after fellow Stones guitarist Keith Richards told various interviewers he was hoping to regroup with Wood, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts for sessions next April. The Stones wrapped up their North America Zip Code trek this summer, and the band is now preparing for a South American run in early 2016, with rehearsals scheduled to start in January.
Trivia Answer: Oliver Burgess Meredith -- known professionally simply as Burgess Meredith -- who was born on this date in 1907. He appeared in four different starring roles in the acclaimed anthology TV series The Twilight Zone; only Jack Klugman had as many leading guest appearances. In the famous Time Enough at Last, a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone, Meredith plays a henpecked bank teller who only wants to be left alone with his books. In the 1961 episode Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Meredith plays the title character, a timid weakling who, as the subject of a space alien's experiment on human nature, suddenly acquires superhuman strength. In Printer's Devil, Meredith portrayed the Devil himself, and in The Obsolete Man he portrayed a deeply religious man, sentenced to death in a future, dystopic totalitarian society. He would later play two more roles in Rod Serling's other anthology series, Night Gallery. Meredith was the narrator for Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. He did not receive on-screen credit for his narration (this was so that he could do the job for scale rather than charge his usual minimum fee); as compensation for Meredith's uncredited work, his name was inserted into the dialogue in a scene between Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. He was also known for playing The Penguin on the television series Batman. His role as the Penguin was so well-received that the show's writers always had a script featuring the Penguin ready whenever Meredith was available. He appeared on the show more times during its run than any other villain. Meredith achieved iconic status for playing The Penguin in the television series Batman, before he originated the role of Mickey Goldmill in the original Rocky, the first of the four Rocky films in which he appeared. These were the characters for whom he was best known. Meredith died of complications due to Alzheimer's disease and melanoma on September 9th of 1997.
|Today's Trivia: While he has worked in films and on stage,
this actor is primarily known for a role he played on television during
1970s and early 1980s. He played the same character on two different
programs. In fact. he's one of the few television actors to portray the
same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He's also a former
president of the Screen Actors Guild. Who is he?
Ooooh. Friday the 13th!
Thursday Night Football: Defense defines Rex Ryan's teams. Last night, Ryan beat his former team when the Bills got defensive in the Meadowlands. The Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets, 22-17.
With half of the 2015 NFL season having already been played, the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in a near "must-win" situation in Week 10. The two-time defending NFC champs host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night in a critical NFC West matchup. At 4-and-4, the Seahawks are tied for second place with the St. Louis Rams, trailing the first-place Cardinals by two games. Falling three games out of first place with seven left to play would make it extremely difficult for Pete Carroll's squad to come back and win the division. Las Vegas oddsmakers seem to consider the Seahawks and Cardinals to be evenly matched. Seattle is a three-point home favorite Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.
Tomorrow, the Washington Huskies are in Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. Kick-off at noon. Then the WSU Cougars are at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to meet the UCLA Bruins. ESPN has the game at 7:45 Saturday night.
Birthdays: She was the Reverend Mother Superior on The Flying Nun, actress Madeleine Sherwood is 93; producer, director, actor Garry Marshall is 81; actress, comedian, talk show panelist Whoopi Goldberg is 60; football's Vinny Testaverde is 52; and comedian & talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is 48.
Former Motörhead star Phil Taylor has died at the age of 61. The drummer passed away Wednesday night. Ex-Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke confirmed the sad news on his Facebook page, writing, "My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for some time but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!" Phil Taylor last performed with the group last year, when he joined the band at a show in Birmingham, England.
Today is World Kindness Day, a day that encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. Today is National Indian Pudding Day. It's Sadie Hawkins Day. Here's a holiday that originated from a cartoon. It all began in Al Capp's Lil Abner Cartoon in the 1930's. In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his ugly daughter. So he created Sadie Hawkin's Day. On this day, a race is held and all the single men were given a short head start. Then, all the single women, including the mayor's daughter, chased the boys. If a girl catches her man, he had to marry her. Sadie Hawkins Day races and events grew in popularity during the course of Al Capp's long running cartoon. This cartoon-made holiday largely died out after 40 years when the cartoon was discontinued. It can occasionally be seen celebrated on college campuses. Sadie Hawkins Day has long been celebrated on November 13th of every year according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, in a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." In 1940, Walt Disney released the movie Fantasia, and it bombed. In 1967, he released it again, and it was a hit. In 1952, the first press-on fingernails were sold in the US. In 1977, the comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC. In 1987, Sonny and Cher sang I Got You Babe on the David Letterman show. In 1995, Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards. In 1998, Warner Brothers released The Wizard of Oz on the big screen 59 years after its original release. In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law." He had refused to remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. In 2006, a deal was finalized for Google Inc. to acquire YouTube for $1.65 million in Google stock.
Texas A&M filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the Indianapolis Colts that university officials say is meant to protect their 12th Man trademark. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Houston and is intended to protect the phrase "Home of the 12th Man" and variations of it that the university contends have brought its fan base "national renown." University President Michael K. Young said in a statement, "We would prefer not to file lawsuits to protect our trademarks. However, when our intellectual property, especially the 12th Man mark which is so important to our students and former students, is used without our permission after repeated attempts to engage on the matter, we are left with no choice." Texas A&M previously sued the Seattle Seahawks for infringing on the trademark and the two sides reached a settlement in 2006 that allows Seattle to use some versions of the phrase to recognize its own fan base. The university says the 12th Man phrase was federally trademarked in 1990.
Seattle Mariners designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz has been named to the 2015 American League Silver Slugger team. The 35-year-old led the Mariners with a .302 batting average, 44 home runs, 93 RBIs and 90 runs in 2015 after signing a four-year, $57 million deal with Seattle as a free agent following the 2014 season. His 44 home runs tied him with Jay Buhner for sixth-most in a single season in team history. Cruz became the first M's player to win a Silver Slugger award since Ichiro Suzuki in 2009, and was named to the team as an outfielder after playing 80 games in right field in 2015. The Silver Slugger award is given to the best hitter at each position in both the National and American Leagues as determined by a vote of major league coaches and managers. Cruz was joined on the American League team by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez and Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales, a former Mariners DH. The National League winners were first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, second baseman Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins, shortstop Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants, third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, catcher Buster Posey of the Giants, outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, outfielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and pitcher Madison Bumgarner of the Giants.
Think that coupon clipping is beneath you? You're throwing away real money. Coupon experts say if you spend 20 minutes a week clipping coupons, you'll probably save $1,500 to $2,000 a year.
Another combatant has entered the so-called War on Christmas Cups, as Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its own holiday-themed coffee cup this week. Dunkin's new cup -- unlike the controversy-stirring Starbucks cup -- is loaded with Christmas cheer, featuring red and green wreaths and holly surrounding the word Joy. #It'sJustACup
Trivia Answer: Ed Asner who turns 86 on Sunday. He was Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show -- a comedy -- and its spin-off series Lou Grant -- a drama. He's also known for portraying Santa Claus in the 2003 comedy Elf. In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up. On March 12th of 2013, while performing in FDR at the Marquette Pavilion in Gary, Indiana, Asner began having trouble with his lines, and appeared to be disoriented, he was reportedly walked off stage by emergency medical personnel about 15 minutes into the performance. He was subsequently hospitalized in a Chicago-area hospital for exhaustion, and was released the following day. Commenting on his Twitter page Asner said, "Reports of my imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. They tell me I am suffering from exhaustion. Thanks for the good wishes!"
|Today's Trivia: This sportscaster worked for three decades
-- from 1977 to 2006 with ABC Sports. He's now employed by NBC Sports. He
is perhaps best known for his many years of calling play-by-play of
National Football League games, including nearly two decades with Monday
Night Football. He's also known for famous calls in other sports,
including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the
earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Who is he?
The bye week for the Seattle Seahawks seems to have come at an opportune time, as the team released a very brief injury report on yesterday as they gear up for their crucial division matchup with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Only four players appeared on yesterday's report, and one of those was wide receiver Ricardo Lockette who's been ruled out for the rest of the season with a neck injury but not yet placed on injured reserve. Another was Marshawn Lynch, who was held out of practice for non-injury related reasons, which typically means an extra day of rest for the veteran back. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters he believed Lynch was primed for a big second half after struggling through the Hawks' first eight games. Carroll said, "I think he's in very good shape right now for mid-year. He certainly hasn't been overworked this time. He's strong and he looks quick and he's excited about playing. We really have an opportunity to see him at his best right now. For mid-year, this is a great sign for us as we move ahead." Tight end Luke Willson was listed as limited yesterday though Carroll said he expected him to play versus the Cardinals. Before practice, Carroll also said he expected defensive end Cliff Avril to be limited yesterday, but Avril's name did not appear on the report. The Cardinals also appear relatively healthy heading into Sunday's huge matchup. Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.
Saturday, the Washington Huskies are in Tempe to meet the Arizona State Sun Devils. Kick-off at noon. Then the WSU Cougars are at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to take on the UCLA Bruins. ESPN has the game at 7:45 Saturday night.
The Seattle Mariners have re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract after a surprisingly productive 2015 season. The Ms announced the deal yesterday. It's a major league contract for the 2016 season that come after Gutierrez was able to stay healthy and contribute, hitting .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 59 games last season. Once a Gold Glove-winning center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was slowed by injuries and stomach issues that only allowed him to play 173 games from 2011-13, with six stints on the disabled list.
Birthdays: Cult leader and murderer Charles Manson is 81; he sang the song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Brian Hyland is 72; organist Booker T. Jones is 71; sportscaster Al Michaels is 71; he's the Young in Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, Neil Young is 70; Karen on Will & Grace, actress Megan Mullally is 57; gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 53; baseball's Sammy Sosa is 46; skater Tonya Harding 45; and actress Anne Hathaway is 33;
Today is National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1934, according to Kentucky legend, the cheeseburger was born at Kaelin's Tavern in Louisville. In 1946, the first drive-in bank opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago. It had 10 teller windows with slide-out drawers. In 1955, despite high winds and a temperature of zero, the Washington State-San Jose State football game was played on schedule in Pullman. Total paid attendance was one. In 1972, Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons. In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service seized holdings in six states to satisfy a $6.5 million tax judgment against Willie Nelson. In 1998, traffic chaos erupted on US 54 in Wichita when $50-thousand in one-dollar bills began flying out of an armored car. Police said several accidents resulted and, though many motorists willingly turned the cash over to police, others had to be encouraged. in 1999, Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement. In 2003, Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear. In 2013, in New York, it was announced that the new World Trade Center was the tallest building in the United States. The height was measured at 1,776 feet. The building was also the fourth tallest building in the world at the time.
It looks like Friday the 13th is going to live up to its unlucky reputation. A rather potent Pacific storm is on the way, complete with Flood Watches and Wind Advisories. Technically it begins today -- the 12th -- but the 13th will be no picnic, especially if a picnic was what you were aiming to do. Rain will begin to develop around midday today and begin a 48-hour period of fairly stormy weather. The steady, moderate-to-heavy rains are expected to continue through through tomorrow and into early Saturday morning. While here in the lowlands, we are expected to get about 1-2 inches of rainfall, the mountains are expected to get between 5-8 inches, with perhaps some spots in the North Cascades getting a full 10-12" of rain. Thus, Flood Watches are in effect for all mountain-fed rivers in Western Washington. This storm is what's known as an Atmospheric River -- a long train of moisture coming off the Pacific. The second factor is the wind. Overall, wind speeds are looking fairly "routine" for a November storm -- gusts to 40-45 mph around the Sound, and 50 mph along the coast and Northwest Interior -- enough to prompt a Wind Advisory for much of Western Washington. However, this storm is a bit different in that the winds are expected to last considerably longer than usual -- perhaps as long as 24 hours between late this afternoon and late tomorrow afternoon.
A Massachusetts police officer who sent flowers to a crying woman she pulled over for speeding has received a commendation. Somerville Officer Ashley Catatao received a Beyond the Call of Duty Award from her on Tuesday for her empathy and professionalism during the November 4th traffic stop. She pulled over a vehicle driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone, intending to issue a warning. She noticed the driver was crying. The woman explained that she just found out her mother was being placed in hospice care. The officer says she sent the flowers because she has a mother, is a mother, and never wants to forget that the drivers she pulls over are "real people with real things happening in their lives."
The city of San Francisco is set to pay back Journey's Neal Schon more than a quarter million dollars to resolve a lawsuit claiming officials gouged the famed lead guitarist and his wife for their lavish 2013 wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a $290,000 settlement with Schon and his wife for jacking up permit fees $240,000 just days before their extravagant "Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event." In a statement, Neil said, "When the city tried to take advantage of us right before our wedding, we paid the fee because we would not let our wedding be ruined or delayed. If someone tries to hurt us or take advantage of us, we will always stand up for ourselves." The Schons claimed that days before the wedding, the city "extorted" them by tacking on charges like a "premium reservation fee" of $100,000 and a "park regeneration fee" of $50,000 on top of the $58,000 rental fee the couple agreed to pay for the event after it was too late to change plans. San Francisco's published rate for renting the space is $350 plus $100 per hour. The opulent December 15th, 2013 wedding included a pay-per-view live broadcast with performances by Journey and Tower of Power.
Hungry for more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage? You'll need to tune into ABC this tonight for a special look at the upcoming movie and it will be hosted by actors from several ABC hit shows.
Trivia Answer: Alan Richard Michaels -- Al Michaels -- who turns 71 today. He's won numerous awards during his career, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality (Play-by-Play Host) five times, the National Sportscaster of the Year Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association three times (he was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998), and Sportscaster of the Year once each from the American Sportscasters Association and the Washington Journalism Review. In October 2004, Michaels was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The football stadium at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles (Michaels' alma mater) is named Al Michaels Field. He'll be in the booth with Chris Collinsworth Sunday night in Seattle for the Cardinals-Seahawks game.
|Today's Trivia: He was a writer. His works blend
satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. He was a lifelong supporter of
the American Civil Liberties Union and a pacifist intellectual. He was
known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American
Humanist Association. The New York Times headline at the time of his death
called him "the counterculture's novelist." Who was he?
Those searching for reasons to think the Seattle Seahawks are ready for a second-half resurgence can take solace in the darkness and gloom that accompany these next few months in the Pacific Northwest. Pete Carroll is 9-2 in November over the past three seasons. In December during that span, he's even better -- 12-2. Blowing fourth-quarter leads in losses to the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers during the season's first half were seen as uncharacteristic. But mediocrity during the first two months of the regular season under Carroll has been the norm in 2012 and 2014 (8-7 overall), though it's fair to note the Seahawks were 7-1 during that span in 2013. In 2012, the Seahawks were 4-4 going into November before winning seven of eight games to finish the regular season. Last year, they entered it at 4-3, and it would take a mystifying loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Nov. 16 before they reeled off six consecutive wins to finish 12-4. Carroll was asked yesterday what's made the Seahawks a great second-half team. His answer had two layers. He says, "At times, I tend to think that we play a lot of young guys extensively early, and they can fit in, and from the midseason point on they're regulars. It's easy for us to see Tyler Lockett and Frank Clark, and those fellows jumping in right now, and we don't think of them as young guys playing anymore." He says, "That also helps us keep down the reps to a certain extent of the older guys that are playing ahead of them. I don't know if that allows us to be fresher. I'd like to think that the conditioning factor has always been in our favor." The Seahawks play their three games this month at home, beginning with the first-place Arizona Cardinals Sunday night. Then they host the San Francisco 49ers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Saturday, the Washington Huskies are at Arizona State, and the WSU Cougars are at UCLA.
The Seattle Mariners have added former Cleveland and Washington manager Manny Acta to their coaching staff as third base coach.
Birthdays: The founder of the band Survivor -- he co-wrote Eye of the Tiger -- Jim Peterikis is 65; singer Marshall Crenshaw is 62; actress Demi Moore is 53; Ally McBeal, actress Calista Flockhart is 51; Green Day lead guitarist Jason White is 42; actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 41; and the State of Washington is 126 -- it was admitted as the 42nd state of the United States on this date in 1889.
Today is Veterans Day in the US. It's Remembrance Day in Canada. JFK said it: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Thank a veteran today. This is National Hug a Veteran Week.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, at 5:00 in the morning, French Army clerk Henri Deledicq finished typing the peace treaty that would end World War I. He had put the carbon paper in backwards. Ten minutes later, in a railroad car in France, military leaders signed copies of an armistice that were completely unreadable. In 1921, the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1926, the United States Numbered Highway System, including Route 66, was establishe. In 1940, Willys Motors introduced the first Jeep. The name came from the initials G and P as in General Purpose vehicle. In 1990, Nirvana had its first show with David Grohl on drums. In 1992, Harry Cunningham died in North Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 85. In 1962 in Garden City, Michigan, as president of S.S. Kresge Company, he opened the first Kmart store. In 1993, in Washington, DC, the Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War. In 1997, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that they were laying off 10,000 employees.
It was been deemed illegal here in Washington. Nevada told the operators they have to get a gaming license to operate there. Now New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has declared daily fantasy sports constitutes illegal gambling in his state and sent game operators DraftKings and FanDuel cease-and-desist notices.
The eight top-polling Republican presidential candidates shifted away from weeks of personal jabs and clashed sharply over immigration, military spending, and other policies in their fourth debate last night in Milwaukee. The two-hour forum highlighted deep divisions between outsiders and establishment candidates, particularly over immigration. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who have faded in polls, slammed Donald Trump for his plan to deport unauthorized immigrants.
The Obama administration marked Veterans Day with a call for Congress to pass measures to improve veterans' access to health care and other benefits. President Obama's push for the proposals comes as the administration spotlights progress in its efforts to reduce homelessness among veterans. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is announcing that his state has ended veteran homelessness, joining Connecticut in meeting an administration goal to have no veterans sleeping on the streets.
Sony recently announced that it will stop producing Betamax tapes in March of next year. Sony introduced the Betamax format in 1975, a year before rival Japanese firm JVC unveiled the VHS tape. Both allowed recording and playback of TV shows and movies. Although many people considered Betamax to be a superior technology, VHS became the product of choice because it was cheaper and the tapes lasted three hours instead of one.
Crayola has launched its own line of coloring books called Crayola Color Escapes. The company calls the coloring books "premium coloring pages specially designed for adults."
Trivia Answer: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. who was born on the date in 1922. His name appears in print as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. throughout the first half of his published writing career. Beginning with the 1976 publication of Slapstick, he dropped the Jr. and was billed simply as Kurt Vonnegut. His books include Player Piano, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, Cat's Cradle, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Slaughterhouse-Five, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Breakfast of Champions, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons, Slapstick, Jailbird, Palm Sunday, and my personal favorite -- a collection of short stories -- Welcome to the Monkey House. At the age of 84, Vonnegut died on April 11th of 2007, from massive head trauma suffered while falling down a flight of stairs in his home.
|Today's Trivia: She's an actress and singer best known for
her role in American Graffiti and her role as rebellious teenager Julie on
the sitcom One Day at a Time. More recently she's known for her role in
the Disney Channel science fiction show So Weird. Who is she?
Ken Griffey Jr., who hit 417 home runs for the Seattle Mariners and 630 overall in 22 major league seasons, tops a list of 15 new candidates for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2016, determined by a vote of the 475-member Baseball Writers Association of America, is being announced January 6th. In addition to Griffey, other notable first-time candidates include RHP Trevor Hoffman and infielders David Eckstein, Troy Glaus and Mike Lowell. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by BBWAA members to gain election. Others receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot for 2016 are pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina; first basemen Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire; second baseman Jeff Kent; Mariners third baseman/designated hitter Edgar Martinez; infielder Nomar Garciaparra and outfielders Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield. and Sammy Sosa.
Zach Miller made a one-handed grab of a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler with 3:19 to go, and the Chicago Bears beat the San Diego Chargers 22-19 last night. Cutler, who overcame an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble, to throw for 345 yards, calmly led the Bears on the winning 10-play, 80-yard drive after the Chargers had taken a 19-14 lead. The Bears snapped a two-game losing streak. San Diego lost its fifth in a row.
Birthdays: Best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyricist Tim Rice is 71; The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA, singer Donna Fargo is 70; the Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, singer and guitarist Greg Lake is 68; singer and songwriter Dave Loggins -- remember Please Come to Boston -- Kenny Loggins' cousin -- he's 68; newsman Aaron Brown -- he spent time at KING and KIRO before CNN -- he's 67; actor Jack Scalia is 65; actor and comedian Sinbad is 59; Julie on One Day at a Time, actress Mackenzie Phillips is 56; actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is 47; and the frontman for Jimmy Eat World, singer and guitarist Jim Adkins is 40.
Today is Forget-Me-Not Day -- a day to remember family, friends, and loved ones. People use this day to get in touch with family, friends and loved ones, especially those who we haven't seen in a while. Today is Marine Corps Day, marking creation of the Corps as part of the US Navy on November 10th of 1775. Today is Windows Day. Microsoft released its Windows computer operating system on this date in 1983. Windows 3.1, the version that would become popular in offices across the nation, was released almost nine years later. Today is National Toothpaste Appreciation Day. Tonight is Sleep Dangerously Night, a night to switch sides of the bed with your spouse.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1871, Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" In 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor Leslie Denning of Englewood, New Jersey, called the mayor of Alameda, California. Eighty-four area codes were assigned for areas in the US, Canada, and many Caribbean nations. In 1967, The Moody Blues released Nights in White Satin. In 1969, Sesame Street made its debut on PBS. In 1973, Rock On by David Essex was released. In 1975, the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm on Lake Superior. In 1982, in Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors. In 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted on the charge of marital sexual assault against his wife who sexually mutilated him. Lorena Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding her husband.
The eight leading Republican presidential candidates meet tonight for another primary debate. The forum's host, Fox Business, has promised a better debate after the host of the last one, CNBC, was criticized for biased questioning in what one candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, called a cage match. Tonight's debate comes as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and billionaire businessman Donald Trump remain frontrunners, with Jeb Bush struggling and senators Marco Rubio and Cruz aiming to move up with strong debate showings.
President Obama launched his own personal Facebook page yesterday. The unveiling of President Obama, public figure was the latest in a series of moves Obama has made to publicize his political messages using social media. Obama already has a Twitter account, and his campaigns have used another Facebook page, Barack Obama, politician, for years. In his first video post on his new page, Obama offered a tour of his "backyard" at the White House. He gained 200,000 likes for his page in three hours.
Billy Idol is set to do some dancing with himself in Las Vegas. He announced yesterday a residency with 12 dates in March and May in Las Vegas. It's at the House of Blues venue inside the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel. Tickets for the Billy Idol: Forever show go on sale this week and start at about $80, plus fees. The show promises songs from throughout Billy's career including those with the British punk band fronted by Idol, Generation X, and solo hits such as White Wedding and Dancing With Myself.
What's the best Thanksgiving dish? We Americans rank desserts above turkey which came in second. Dressing/stuffing placed third.
Trivia Answer: Laura Mackenzie Phillips who is 56 today. She's the daughter of John Phillips, singer of The Mamas & the Papas. She's the half-sister of singer Chynna Phillips. Phillips was 12 during the filming of American Graffiti, and 13 when the movie was released. She was cast as Carol Morrison, a young girl accidentally picked up by hot rodding teenager John Milner. Phillips gained stardom in the 1970s, when she played boy-crazy teenager Julie Cooper on the long-running television show One Day at a Time. During the show's third season in 1977, Phillips was arrested for disorderly conduct. Because of her drug and alcohol abuse, Phillips began arriving late and was even incoherent for rehearsals. The producers ordered her to take a six-week break to overcome her addiction. The producers were forced to fire her in 1980. After two nearly fatal overdoses, Phillips entered Fair Oaks Hospital to undergo treatment. After she completed treatment in 1981, the producers of One Day at a Time invited her back to the show. However, in 1982, Phillips resumed her cocaine use and the following year, she collapsed on the show's set. When she refused to take a drug test, she was fired again, and this time for good. Her character was written out of the series. In 1992 she entered a long-term drug rehabilitation program and underwent intensive treatment for nine months. From the mid 1980s to the early 1990s Phillips performed with a re-formed version of The Mamas & the Papas known as The New Mamas and The Papas. In 1999, Phillips co-starred in the Disney Channel series So Weird. She since has guest-starred on episodes of ER, Without a Trace, 7th Heaven, and Cold Case. She currently works at the Pasadena Recovery Center as a drug rehab counselor.
|Today's Trivia: He's an actor, fitness trainer, fitness
consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, he won
a Mr. America title and two consecutive Mr. Universe titles, and appeared
in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best
known for his title role in a CBS television series. Who is he?
The Dawgs came up short Saturday after their bumbling offensive teammates -- they had four turnovers -- and even more bumbling by the officials. Utah held off Washington 34-23 on Saturday night to remain in control of the Pac-12 South Division race.
The Cougars, meanwhile, are now bowl-eligible, Washington State came from behind to beat Arizona State 38-24 on Saturday for its sixth victory of the season. Washington State fell behind 14-0 early, but came back to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
For a moment, forget about the drama that has engulfed the Seattle Seahawks so far this year. The holdout by Kam Chancellor that kept him on the sideline for two games. The hamstring injury to Marshawn Lynch that held him out twice as well, not to mention his 3.6 yards per carry average that ranks 38th among running backs. The two car crashes, three fourth-quarter collapses and the leaky offensive line that has Russell Wilson on pace to be sacked 62 times. There is one undeniable fact about the Seattle Seahawks that for the past three seasons has overshadowed any hiccups that might take place in the first half of the season. Since 2012, no team in the NFC has a better record over the final eight games of the season than the Seahawks. The Hawks are 20-and-4 combined in games 9 through 16 since 2012. That's tied with Denver for the best mark of any team in the NFL during that same stretch and better than New England, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, the next three teams on the list. That's why there is and has been no panic along the way to Seattle's 4-and-4 start. When the Seahawks were 0-and-2 and again 2-and-4 fans were feeling the anxiety but the players weren't. Seattle gets its second half underway Sunday night as the play host to the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
Monday Night Football tonight features the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers.
Birthdays: The Hulk on The Incredible Hulk TV series, Lou Ferrigno is 64; the Pepa half of Salt-N-Pepa, rapper Pepa -- real name Sandra Denton -- is 46; guitarist Susan Tedeschi is 45; and musician & TV personality Nick Lachey is 42.
Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played terrifying villain Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died. The 1974 film depicts how five friends visiting their grandfather's country house are hunted by Leatherface and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. His agent called Hansen's character "one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema." Gunnar Hansen died on Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine. He was 68.
Today is Paul Is Dead Day. According to Paul Is Dead conspiracy theorists, Paul McCartney of The Beatles died on November 9th of 1966, from massive head injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was replaced by orphan Billy Campbell, a dead ringer for Paul. Today is Wizard of Id Day. The comic strip debuted on this date in 1964. Today is Chaos Never Dies Day, a day that recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life. Are things a little crazy at home? Is school a little on the wild side? Is your work place hectic and disorderly? Just when things seem to calm down at work and home, along comes something to disrupt your life. Yes, disorder is everywhere. Hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores, the list goes on and on and on. You can best celebrate this day, by recognizing that chaos never dies. Rather, its a way of life. On the bright side: If you think your life is chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season really kicks in.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, The Kingsmen entered the Billboard Hot 100 with Louie Louie, the dirtiest song never written. The song, about a bartender named Louie, actually was squeaky clean, but the lyrics were hard to understand and rumors spread that they were dirty. In 1967, the premiere issue of Rolling Stone magazine included a free roach clip. John Lennon was on the cover. In 1974, Columbia Records released Billy Joel's Piano Man. In 1989, Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall as communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West for the first time in 28 years. In 1993, actress Angie Dickinson became the first person in 500 shows to walk off the TV set of This Is Your Life. Angie said, "Not on your life!" In 1997, Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons. In the same game Sanders passed former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett for third place on the all-time rushing list.
It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare. Spectre took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. It's the 24th film in the 53-year-old series. The Peanuts Movie provided a family-friendly alternative to James Bond's guns and martinis and took second place with a strong $45 million. Holdovers The Martian, Goosebumps, and Bridge of Spies rounded out the top five.
Donald Trump hadn't gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of "You're a racist!" But the heckler was comedian Larry David, who before Trump arrived onstage had been seen impersonating Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Trump asked with a trace of exasperation, "Larry, what are you doing?" With a shrug, David said, "I heard if I yelled that, they'd give me $5,000" echoing an offer made publicly by one of the Hispanic groups protesting Trump's appearance. Trump told him "As a businessman, I can fully respect that." Trump's 90 minutes in the SNL spotlight followed weeks of growing anticipation, increasingly sharp criticism and mounting calls for him to be dropped from the show. But the Republican presidential candidate hosted Saturday's SNL as scheduled. And, at least at NBC's Studio, there was no more unrest -- orchestrated or otherwise. By the way, Deport Racism, the group that made the $5,000 offer, tweeted that David would get the bounty, "joke or not." Only hours after the broadcast, Trump was back on television and characteristically bullish about his performance, calling it "very well received and probably got very good ratings, who knows." Very good, but not spectacular. Preliminary Nielsen ratings measuring households in 56 US markets gave Saturday's SNL its highest rating since January 2012. Basketball great Charles Barkley was host that night. Full results, including viewership figures, are being released Thursday according to NBC.
A guitar stolen from John Lennon in the 1960s sold for $2.41 million on Saturday at an auction in Beverly Hills, and a Beatles drum head went for $2.1 million, fetching some of the highest prices ever for items of rock and roll memorabilia. The 1962 Gibson acoustic guitar had for decades been in the possession of John McCaw, a novice musician who bought it in the late 1960s without knowing it had been stolen from the legendary Beatle several years before. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the guitar go toward the Spirit Foundation, a charitable organization that John and his widow, Yoko Ono, created. The instrument's authenticity was determined by its matching serial number and wood grain, among other things. The buyer has asked to remain anonymous. Another big seller at the Julien's Auctions event was a Beatles drum head. It was used by The Beatles when they made their historic appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and it sold for $2.1 million.
Trivia Answer: Louis Jude Ferrigno -- Lou Ferrigno -- who is 64 today. That CBS series was The Incredible Hulk. He has vocally reprised the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75% to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. After graduating from high school in 1969, Ferrigno won his first major titles, IFBB Mr. America and IFBB Mr. Universe, four years later. Early in his career he lived in Columbus and trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1974, he came in second on his first attempt at the Mr. Olympia competition. He then came third the following year, and his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger was the subject of the 1975 documentary Pumping Iron. The documentary made Ferrigno famous. In 1977, Ferrigno was cast as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Ferrigno and Bill Bixby -- who played the Hulk's "normal" alter ego -- became friends. Ferrigno has described Bixby as a "mentor" and "father figure" who took him under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981-- although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies.
|Today's Trivia: He was a film and theatre director,
producer, actor, and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across
a range of genres and for an aptitude for getting the best out of actors
regardless of their acting experience. Films he directed include Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge,
Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, and Charlie Wilson's War.
Who was he?
Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Ricardo Lockette said on social media yesterday that he's been released from a Dallas hospital following surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck. Lockette posted messages to Twitter and Instagram saying, "Thanks for all the support. I've just been released from the hospital and the road to recovery has started!!!" Lockette was injured in Seattle's 13-12 win over Dallas on a hit from Cowboys safety Jeff Heath during a punt return. Lockette was knocked out and laid motionless on the field for several minutes. He was eventually strapped to a backboard and taken off the field. Lockette underwent surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas on Monday. The surgery was deemed successful and all neurological signs were positive. Lockette's season, however, is done. The rest of the Seahawks are off this weekend, as well. It's the bye week. The Hawks are back at it next weekend -- Sunday the 15th -- when they host the Arizona Cardinals in the NBC Sunday night game.
There is college ball. though. Tomorrow afternoon at 12:30, the Washington State Cougars host the Arizona State Sun Devils. Then at 4:30, the Washington Huskies host the Utah Utes. FOX has that game.
Thursday Night Football: The Cincinnati Bengals bottled up Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns in the second half to improve to 8-0 on the season. Bengals win 31-10.
The Seattle Mariners have pulled off their first big trade with new general manager Jerry DiPoto. It was a six-player deal. The Ms are sending first baseman Logan Morrison, shortstop Brad Miller, and relief pitcher Danny Farquhar to the Tampa Bay Rays for right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.
Birthdays: Actress Sally Field is 69; singer-songwriter and founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey is 67; journalist, author, and judge, Catherine Crier is 61; journalist, author, and former First Lady of California, former wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maria Shriver is 60; actor Peter DeLuise is 49; actor Ethan Hawke is 45; and actress Emma Stone is 27.
Today is Meet the Press Day. honoring television's oldest program. The news program made its TV debut on November 6th of 1947. It had been on radio from 1945. Today is Saxophone Day, the birth anniversary of Adolph Sax, who invented the instrument. Today is National Nachos Day. Today is Marooned Without a Compass Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was born. In 1923, Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver. In 1965, The Rolling Stones' Get Off Of My Cloud was number one in both the United States and Britain. In 1993, the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe boxing match in Las Vegas was interrupted in the seventh round when an intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring. Holyfield won the 12-round bout. In 1995, Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to move his team to Baltimore. In 1997, almost a hundred drunk migrating song birds crashed into store windows in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The birds had stopped to dine at a nearby berry tree where the berries were beginning to ferment. Local bird lovers quickly closed the saloon by spreading a tarp over it. In 2005, US gasoline prices fell an average of 23 cents per gallon -- to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.43, about 20 cents lower than it had been a few days before August 29th storm.
A Portland woman thought she'd hit the jackpot when the slot machine showed $8 million. But, turns out she was told it was a major machine malfunction. In reality, it turns out she won $80. The Lucky Eagle Casino is now working with the manufacturer to figure out what went wrong. They've also reached out to the woman and apologized. Still, she says she feels cheated, and has apparently hired an attorney. Casino officials said even if the machine showed $8 million, the maximum payout is $40,000. The casino did pay the woman her $80 win.
The Seattle Seahawks are an even 4-4 as they head into their bye week, following a narrow 13-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. The .500 start may not have been the start to the season many expected from the back-to-back NFC champions, but the Hawks nonetheless find themselves in position to make a second-half run, starting with a high-stakes home matchup with the Arizona Cardinals when they resume their season in Week 10, next weekend. Although the win over Dallas kept Seattle squarely in the NFC West and postseason races, the Seahawks' positioning in most of the national media's power rankings remained more or less in line with where it was last week. Another lockdown effort from the defense gave several pundits optimism that Seattle can put together a postseason push in a similar manner that they did last season, when the Hawks finished the season by winning nine of 10 after a 3-3 start. The offense's continued struggles to find consistency, however, remained the prevailing question mark surrounding the squad as they gear up for the second half of the season. Seattle came in at number nine in Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated's rankings for the week, with Burke also giving the team an overall letter grade of C for the first half the season. Burke said Seattle's ranking was as much a product of the inferior competition below them and that the team still has many issues to sort out . "For the Seahawks to justify this spot and make a playoff push, they have to start blocking," Burke wrote. "The offense has yet to hit 400 total yards in a game, hence a 4–4 start that easily could be 2–6." Like Burke, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports put the Hawks at number nine in his latest power rankings, while Bleacher Report columnist Rob Goldberg and SB Nation's Danny Kelly each had Seattle at 10. FOXSports, meanwhile, placed the Hawks in similar territory, also slotting Seattle in at number nine heading into the bye week. NFL.com analyst Elliott Harrison was a bit less forgiving toward the Seahawks in his rankings, putting them all the way down at 14, one spot below Seattle's NFC West rival St. Louis Rams. Harrison also had Seattle at 14 last week, making this the second consecutive week he's had the harshest assessment of the team.
Trivia Answer: Mike Nichols who was born on this date in 1931. After successes in theater, in 1966, Warner Brothers invited Nichols to direct his first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The groundbreaking and acclaimed film led critics to declare Nichols the "new Orson Welles". The film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, winning five. It was also a box office hit and became the number one film of 1966. His next film was The Graduate in 1967, starring then unknown actor Dustin Hoffman, alongside Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. The film was another critical and financial success, becoming the highest grossing film of 1967 and receiving seven Academy Award nominations, winning Nichols the Academy Award for Best Directing. Along with an Academy Award, Nichols won a Grammy Award, four Emmy Awards, and nine Tony Awards. His films garnered a total of 42 Academy Award nominations and seven wins. Nichols died of a heart attack on November 19th of last year at his apartment in Manhattan. Next year, PBS is airing an American Masters documentary about Nichols.
|Today's Trivia: He was a singer and cowboy actor who was one
of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the King of the
Cowboys, he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television
episodes of the show which bore his name. In many of his films and
television episodes, he appeared with his wife, his golden palomino, and
his German Shepherd dog. Who was he?
No Seahawks this weekend. It's the bye week. They're off until Sunday the 15th when they host the Arizona Cardinals in the NBC Sunday night game.
There is Thursday Night Football tonight, though. The Cleveland Browns are at Cincinnati taking on the 7-and-0 Bengals. It's only on the NFL Network.
Saturday afternoon at 12:30, the Washington State Cougars host the Aiizona State Sun Devils. Then at 4:30, the Washington Huskies host the Utah Utes. FOX has the game.
Birthdays: Actress Elke Sommer is 75; singer Art Garfunkel is 74; actor and playwright Sam Shepard is 72; the frontman for Herman's Hermits, Peter Noone is 68; divorced from lawyer Robert Kardashian, she was then married to Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner is 60; singer Bryan Adams is 56; the original Annie in Annie, actress and singer Andrea McArdle is 52; singer Ryan Adams is 41; and golfer Bubba Watson is 37.
Today is the 38th wedding anniversary of former President George W. and Laura Bush. They were married in Midland, Texas, on November 5th of 1977. Twin daughters Barbara and Jenna were born in 1981. Today is Gunpowder Day in England, marking a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. The plot failed when 20 barrels of gunpowder were discovered under Parliament. Guy Fawkes and seven other conspirators were beheaded. Today is National Men Make Dinner Day -- it's also called Make Your Wife Dinner Day. It was created seeking to encourage men who don't cook, to learn to cook, beginning by making a meal on this day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Parker Brothers introduced the board game Monopoly. In 1946, Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics became the first basketball player in history to shatter a glass backboard during an NBA game. Connors later starred as TV's Rifleman. In 1959, the American Football League was formed. The original eight teams included the Houston Oilers, New York Titans, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. The AFL merged into the NFL in 1967. In 2003, Green River Killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder. In 2004, the Texas Board of Education approved middle school textbooks after publishers made changes defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. In 2007, th Android mobile operating system was unveiled by Google.
It's a Voice romance: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are a couple, Shelton's representative has confirmed it to USA TODAY. Blake and Gwen are publicly separated from their celebrity ex-spouses this summer. Stefani filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale in August, and Shelton announced his divorce with Miranda Lambert in July after four years of marriage.
The saga of the Twin Peaks revival has had nearly as many twists and turns as the original series, and now it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see the final product of the cult-classic series' convoluted return to television. After initially targeting a 2016 premiere, the series will now debut sometime in 2017, according to CBS. CEO Les Moonves provided an update on the schedule for the Twin Peaks revival during a company earnings conference call, indicating that the series will premiere on Showtime at an unspecified point in 2017. A continuation of the hit series that aired from April 1990 to June 1991, the Twin Peaks revival was scripted by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost and is expected to take the form of 18 episodes. Lynch and Frost scripted the revival as a single, extended movie that was then cut into individual episodes.
Adele is convinced her size has helped turn her into an international pop sensation, because she reminds everyone of themselves. She admits she's curious to know if she would still be as successful if she was thinner. She muses to Rolling Stone, "Would I show my body off if I was thinner? Probably not, because my body is mine. But sometimes I'm curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn't plus-size. I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it's relatable because I'm not perfect, and I think a lot of [famous] people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable. I've been asked 'Would you do Playboy?' so many f**king times, it's ridiculous," she adds. "Is that because I'm a woman or because I'm fat?"
Trivia Answer: Roy Rogers -- who was born with the name Leonard Franklin Slye -- was born on this date in 1911. His wife was Dale Evans. His golden palomino was Trigger. And his German Shepherd dog was Bullet. Rogers lent his name to the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain.
|Today's Trivia: He was a radio and television writer, best
known for his weekly broadcast that was a part of 60 Minutes from 1978 to
2011. His final regular appearance on that program aired on October 2nd of
2011. He died one month later, on this date (November 4th) of 2011, at the
age of 92. Who was he?
The NFL's trade deadline came and went without any moves from the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. More than a year after dealing away wide receiver Percy Harvin in a shocking midseason move and nearly eight months after swinging a blockbuster deal to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham, Seattle GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll stood pat with their 2015 roster. Not that they didn't try to get a deal done before yesterday afternoon's 1:00 deadline. but in the end, nothing happened thanks in part to their limited salary cap space (less than $700,000 this season). It's the bye week for the Hawks. They're off until Sunday the 15th when they host the Arizona Cardinals in the Sunday night game.
Saturday, the Huskies host Utah while the Cougars host Arizona State.
Birthdays: Hotlips Houlihan on M*A*S*H, actress Loretta Swit is 78; singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton is 75; former First Lady Laura Bush is 69; Christine Sullivan on Night Court, actress Markie Post is 65; actress Kathy Griffin is 55; The Karate Kid, actor Ralph Macchio is 54; the host of Survivor Jeff Probst is 54; actor Matthew McConaughey is 46; and rapper/producer Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is 46.
Today is Will Rogers Day in Oklahoma, marking his birth on this date in 1879. Today is Use Your Common Sense Day, always on Will Rogers' birthday. Rogers said, "Common sense ain't all that common." Today is King Tut Day celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb. Today is National Candy Day. We humans have been eating candies and sweet confections for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD. Today, there are thousands of different types of candy, all with their own unique history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed Tootsie.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the University of Washington opened as the Territorial University of Washington. In 1939, air conditioners in cars were introduced in Chicago by Packard Motor Company. In 1961, Bob Dylan earned $20.00 for his first concert at Carnegie Hall. Only 50 people showed up. Tickets were $2.00. In 1963, during a Beatles' appearance in the Royal Variety Performance in London, John Lennon cracked, "Those of you in the cheaper seats clap -- the rest of you can rattle your jewelry." In 1978, the band Boston played their first show in the city of Boston. In 1979, Iranian militants seized the US embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage (90 total hostages). The militants, mostly students, demanded that the U.S. send the former shah back to Iran to stand trial. Many hostages were later released, but 52 were held for the next 14 months. In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley. The dedication ceremony was attended by President Bush and former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon. It was the first gathering of five US chief executives. In 2010, Microsoft's Kinect was launched worldwide. Also in 2010, the five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on Oprah. It was the first time all five had performed together since 2006.
There are still some 15,000 votes to be counted here in Thurston County. The auditor says there'll be another run tonight at 6:00, in case you're keeping track.
The Weeknd is leading the way at the 2016 People's Choice Awards after picking up five nominations yesterday. He's up for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album for Beauty Behind the Madness, among other top prizes, while Dwayne Johnson heads up the acting categories with nods across three different genres, in movies for Favorite Action Movie Actor, in TV for Favorite Cable TV Actor, and in digital for Favorite Social Media Celebrity. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Inside Out, Jurassic World, and Pitch Perfect 2 will battle it out for Favorite Movie, while Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr. and Will Smith are up for Favorite Actor, and Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson will fight it out for Favorite Actress. The 2016 PCAs air live from the Microsoft Theatre in LA on January 6th.
Fresh from The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has signed on with HBO in an exclusive four-year production pact. HBO said yesterday the partnership will start with short-form digital content to be showcased on HBO Now, HBO Go, and other platforms. His first project will entail timely short-form digital content created with pioneering digital technology, HBO said. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed. The deal also includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures. Stewart was host of Comedy Central's Daily Show for more than 15 years before stepping down this past summer.
Trivia Answer: Andy Rooney. Andy began his career in newspapers while in the Army when, in 1942, he began writing for Stars and Stripes in London during World War II. Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. When CBS declined to broadcast his World War II memoir, titled An Essay on War, in 1970, Rooney quit CBS and read the opinion himself on PBS -- his first appearance on television. Rooney re-joined CBS in 1973, to write and produce special programs. Rooney's end-of-show segment on 60 Minutes, A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney (originally Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney), began in 1978, as a summer replacement for the debate segment Point/Counterpoint. The segment proved popular enough with viewers that beginning in the fall of 1978, it was seen in alternate weeks with the debate segment. At the end of the 1978–1979 season, Point/Counterpoint was dropped altogether. Despite being best known for his television presence on 60 Minutes, Rooney always considered himself a writer who incidentally appeared on television behind his famous walnut table, which he made himself.
|Today's Trivia: He's an actor of Italian ancestry. He first
appeared on television in commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and
Dr Pepper. His first major role was playing Jeremy in the television
series Eight Is Enough. In 1983, he appeared alongside many young actors
who had yet to become major stars, such as Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio
Estevez, Patrick Swayze, and Matt Dillon in The Outsiders. Who is he?
Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette had surgery to stabilize ligaments in his neck yesterday. Lockette underwent successful surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the team announced last evening. Lockette has full motion and feeling in all his extremities and a good prognosis. Lockette will miss the rest of the season and his long-term prognosis is still to be determined. His family was with him in Dallas, along with teammates Marshawn Lynch and Russell Okung who remained behind after Sunday's game. Lockette posted a message on Twitter yesterday morning thanking fans, teammates and his family for their support and saying: "Can't wait (to) get back with my teammates in Seattle."
Meanwhile, big news from the Bay Area. The San Francisco 49ers are benching quarterback Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
Birthdays: From F Troop (Capt. Wilton Parmenter) and elsewhere, actor Ken Berry is 82; former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis is 82; the singer Lulu is 67; boxer Larry Holmes is 66; actress and comedian Roseanne Barr is 63; Steven Spielberg's wife, actress Kate Capshaw is 62; comedian, talk show host, and political commentator Dennis Miller is 62; singer Adam Ant is 61; player turned sportscaster Phil Simms is 61; actor Dolph Lundgren is 58; former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is 28.
Today is National Sandwich Day. Today is Cliché Day. Urge everyone to use as many clichés as possible today. Today is National Housewives Day -- a day that recognizes the importance of stay at home wives and moms. Also referred to as Retro Housewife Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, a supermarket in Chester, New York, offered history's first frozen bread for sale, using a Birdseye quick-freeze process. It didn't catch on, but Clarence's frozen peas, introduced the same day, are still selling. In 1972, James Taylor and Carly Simon were married in New York City. They separated in 1982 and later were divorced. In 1975, Good Morning America premiered on ABC-TV. In 1995, an out of court settlement was reached by Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan concerning the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song Only Want To Be With You. In 1998, Minnesotans elected former pro wrestler Jesse 'The Body' Ventura to be their governor.
Today is Election Day. Be sure your ballot is postmarked today. You can also drop your ballot at a dropbox. Drop boxes are open until 8:00 tonight. Check with your county auditor for the locations of drop boxes.
Adele is back in record-breaking fashion. Her new song, Hello, not only debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it set a mark for the recording industry in the digital age. According to Billboard, the tune became the first song to sell more than one million US downloads in a week. The song was released October 23rd and was downloaded 1.11 million in the first week. This after the music video set a record on Vevo for most views in a single-day. As of yesterday afternoon, it had had been viewed more than 196 million times.
A singer named Jesse Graham is suing Taylor Swift over her song Shake It Off, claiming that Swift lifted lyrics from his 2013 track Haters Gone Hate. After Graham's requests to be named as a writer on Swift's track and to take a selfie with Swift were rebuffed by her label, Big Machine Records, Graham took legal action and is now suing her for $42 million. Graham claims that there is "no way" Swift wrote "Shake It Off" without his phrase "haters gonna hate," telling the New York Daily News that "at first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way." As many have since pointed out, "haters gonna hate" has been around much longer than 2013. So while Graham's case may not have a good shot at garnering him some cash, the YouTube video for his song has at least racked up over 700,000 views in the process. At this point, he might want to take it from Taylor and just shake it off.
November's birthstone: topaz. Flower: chrysanthemum. November is
National American Indian Heritage Monrh, National Adoption Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, Aviation History Month, American Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National COPD and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, Vegan Month, and Peanut Butter Lovers' Month.
Trivia Answer: Ralph George Macchio who turns 54 tomorrow. It was not until 1984 that Macchio became known internationally as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid movie. He continued this success with the film's sequels, Karate Kid Part II and III. In 1992, Macchio starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny, playing the part of Billy Gambini, who was wrongly accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. It was the first significant adult role of his career. On the Friends episode titled The One with Phoebe's Wedding, Italian character Joey Tribbiani mentions that he lost out on a part in a movie: "How could I not get that part? Stupid Ralph Macchio."
|Today's Trivia: She's a model, television host, comedienne,
actress, author, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993
as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of
the Year. She then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film
acting career. She is a former co-host of the ABC talk show The View. Who
The defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks are back to .500. And the Dallas Cowboys are running out of time to find a way to win without Tony Romo. Russell Wilson had a scoring pass for the game's only touchdown and directed a late drive to the winning field goal, leading the Seahawks over the Cowboys 13-12 yesterday.
An update on Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. He's undergoing surgery today to stabilize ligaments in his neck, a day after being taken off the field on a backboard during the game at Dallas. The Seahawks released a statement this morning that Lockette was to undergo surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The team said Lockette has full motion and feeling in all his extremities and a good prognosis. Head coach Pete Carroll said that Lockette's family was with him and the surgery was taking place sometime in the early afternoon. Carroll said Lockette's season is over and but he did not know if it was a potentially career-threatening injury.
Sunday Night Football, the Denver Broncos remained undefeated as they handed the Green Bay Packers their first loss, 29-10.
Monday Night Football tonight features the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.
With seven touchdowns in 14 possessions, the Huskies finally pulled together an offense that was worthy of their defense in a 49-3 rout of Arizona Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
The Cougars led 15-3 and 22-10, but couldn't hang on as kicker Erik Powell, who had made a record-tying five field goals, missed on the last play as No. 8 Stanford barely prevailed to get by the Cougs, 30-28.
The Kansas City Royals have won the World Series for the first time in 30 years. The 2015 Major League Baseball champions beat the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings in Game 5 at Citi Field in New York last night, The Royals scored in the top of the 9th inning to tie it up at 2, and later scoring two runs in the 12th inning. The Royals played in the World Series last year, but lost to the San Francisco Giants.
Birthdays: She was Jennifer Hart in the television series Hart to Hart, actress Stefanie Powers is 73; the Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, keyboardist Keith Emerson is 71; singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 70; singer-songwriter k.d.lang is 54; actor David Schwimmer is 49; and rapper Nelly is 41.
Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican US senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on Law & Order, died yesterday. Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include In the Line of Fire, The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard II, and Cape Fear. By the early 1990s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to go into public service. That's when he headed back to Nashville and launched his Senate campaign. A family statement said Thompson died yesterday in Nashville following a recurrence of lymphoma. Fred Thompson was 73.
Today is Look For Circles Day. Go forth, in search of circles. Today is Plan Your Epitaph Day -- perhaps a little morbid at first blush but hen you stop and think about it, maybe it's best if you do it. You never know what a relative or friend may put on your tombstone once you're gone.
In Latin novem means nine. In ancient Rome November was the ninth month. Fifth century Anglo-Saxons called November Wind Month.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1979, the movie Quadrophenia opened. The movie features Sting. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1992, Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection. In 1993, the Senate called for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood's diaries in a sexual harassment probe. In 2001, the computer-animated movie Monsters, Inc. opened. The film recorded the best debut ever for an animated film and the 6th best of all time.
A heavy rainstorm in late October is no trick to the Pacific Northwest, but it's no treat either. Saturday featured the wettest Halloween on record for Seattle with 1.25 inches, breaking the old record of 1.04" set in 1990. But it was much wetter here in the South Sound and in the mountains where 1.75" fell in Tacoma and 2.10" fell in Olympia. Up in the mountains, 4-8 inches of rain fell, causing flooding on several rivers. A few lingering showers this morning are giving way to a dry, chilly pattern for much of the rest of the week, with morning fog giving way to sunshine and lows getting down into the 30s and highs barely eeking into the 50s. At least some of the new snow might stick around a little while.
Illustrating the limits of star power, Our Brand is Crisis and Burnt were both roundly rejected by audiences despite the presence of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. Neither even cracked the top five for the weekend. The Martian captured first place. Second was Goosebumps, and third was Bridge of Spies. The top five was rounded out by Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Last Witch Hunter. 007 will no doubt be the one that pushes The Martian down. Spectre is in theaters Friday, along with The Peanuts Movie.
Election Day is tomorrow. Be sure you're ballot is postmarked no later than tomorrow. You can also drop your ballot at a dropbox. Drop boxes are open until 8:00 tomorrow night. Check with your county auditor for the locations of drop boxes.
Trivia Answer: Jenny McCarthy who turned 43 yesterday. McCarthy has written books about parenting and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism. She has claimed that vaccines cause autism and that chelation therapy helped cure her son of autism. Both claims are unsupported by medical consensus, and her son's autism diagnosis has been questioned. McCarthy has been described as "the nation's most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology", but she has denied the charge, stating: "I am not anti-vaccine." In July 2013, McCarthy announced she was dating Donnie Wahlberg. She later announce on The View that they were engaged, and then later announced they were wed on August 31st of 2014.