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Wednesday 11.30.16
Morning Trivia: This musician first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, aided by a series of stylish music videos, making him one of the first MTV stars. He continues to tour to this day. He was born William Michael Albert Broad. What do we know him as?

The Huskies made it to the top four in the college football playoff poll. U-Dub is in the fourth spot heading into its last game of the season: the Pac-12 championship game Friday against Colorado. The Huskies made it on November 8th, then came the loss to USC. Last week's poll had Alabama as No. 1, Ohio State as No. 2, Michigan as No. 3 and Clemson as No. 4. UW was fifth. But Ohio State beat Michigan on Saturday, opening the door for the Huskies. The poll announced yesterday had Alabama first, followed by Ohio State, Clemson, then the Huskies as No. 4. Colorado is No. 8. The final poll that sets up the playoff of four teams is being announced Sunday.

Birthdays: Bill Gates Sr. -- the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates -- is 91; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy is 86; director Ridley Scott is 79; Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover is 71; singer and actor Mandy Patinkin is 64; actor-football player-baseball player Bo Jackson is 54; actor and director Ben Stiller is 51; singer Des'ree is 48; Pudge -- baseball catcher Ivan Rodriguez -- is 45; and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is 38.

The former chairman and CEO of NBC, Grant Tinker, has died today. In 1969, Tinker and his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, launched MTM Enterprises. The company became an indie powerhouse, producing such popular series as the ground-breaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, and St. Elsewhere. In 1981, Tinker left to become chairman and CEO of then-last-place network NBC. There, with Brandon Tartikoff as his entertainment president, Tinker spearheaded a ratings turnaround, with NBC rising from last to first place on the strength of a series of hit new series, including The Cosby Show, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Cheers, Night Court, and Hill Street Blues. Tinker left NBC in 1986. Tinker won a personal Peabody Award in 1994 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997. Grant Tinker was 90.

Today is Stay Home Because You're Well Day, a day to call in well. These days, electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers make up an important component of our everyday lives. While communication has become easier and more efficient than ever before, these technological advancements have brought with them new concerns about privacy and security. There’s even a holiday dedicated to keeping your online data safe and secure. That day is today. It’s Computer Security Day and it began in 1988. It's a time to remember to protect your computers and devices, programs, and data at home and at work. Today is National Mousseless Day, a day to just let your hair do its own thing.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1974, Marva Drew of Waterloo, Iowa, completed typing from one to 1-million on a manual typewriter. It took her six years and 2,473 sheets of paper. In 1982, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released. In 1984, Japan's #3 automaker, Toyo Kogyo, changed its name to Mazda and announced plans to build a $450-million plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. In 2001, for the first time in its history, McDonald's teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from its Animal Alley. In 2004, the International Committee of the Red Cross charged that the US military intentionally abused prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Seattle Sounders are preparing for the first MLS final in franchise history, Seattle visits Toronto FC or they host the Montreal Impact in the December 10th final. The Eastern title is being be decided tonight in Ontario.

Clothing company Patagonia promised to donate all profits from its Black Friday sales to environmental organizations. So how much did the company make on the biggest shopping day of the year? $10 million. The high-end outdoor apparel company said its "astounding" total sales were five times its own expectations.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb host the 84th annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York tonight. Performers include Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, and the Radio City Rockettes. It's tonight on NBC.

Trivia Answer: He's better know by his stage name Billy Idol. He turns 61 today. The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of Broad as "idle." Idol's solo career began with an EP titled Don't Stop, which included his solo rendition of Dancing with Myself -- a song originally recorded with the band Generation X -- and a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' song Mony Mony. Both songs became his first singles and remain part of his classic live setlists. In 1982 Idol instantly became an MTV staple with White Wedding and Dancing with Myself.

Tuesday 11.29.16
Morning Trivia: He's a Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. He's well known as host of the game show Deal or No Deal. Before his career as a game show host, he was was best known for his role as rowdy ER intern Dr. Wayne Fiscus on St. Elsewhere. He's also well known for being the creator and star of the children's cartoon Bobby's World. Who is he?

The Green Bay Packers managed to snap their 4-game losing streak last night. Aaron Rodgers and company got by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13.

The Seahawks came out of last week's home contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles with a costly win. Seattle's road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday came considerably cheaper. A week after losing several key players due to injury against the Eagles, tight end Luke Willson was the only Seahawks player forced to leave Sunday's 14-5 defeat at Tampa Bay due to injury after suffering a sprained knee in the first quarter. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn't have an update on Willson's recovery timeline yesterday, but after the game Sunday Carroll said team doctors didn't think the injury was as serious as the one that required Willson to undergo arthroscopic surgery on the same knee following Seattle's Week 6 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. The fourth-year pro missed four games before returning last week. Several players should return to the lineup for the Seahawks' upcoming Sunday night matchup with the Carolina Panthers, including defensive end Michael Bennett, linebacker Mike Morgan, and center Justin Britt. Several players who missed the matchup with the Buccaneers after suffering injuries against Philadelphia could also return to the lineup, including free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead, both of whom missed Sunday's game with hamstring strains. Running back Troymaine Pope, who suffered a high ankle sprain versus the Eagles, also has a chance to return.

Birthdays: His 67 seasons with the Dodgers, starting in Brooklyn in 1950 and ending this year in LA, constitute the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. Vin Scully is 89; musician Chuck Mangione is 76; from The Rascals, frontman-singer-and-keyboardist Felix Cavaliere is 74; actress Cathy Moriarty is 56; actress Kim Delaney is 55; former soccer Seattle Sounders and former starter goalkeeper for the United States men's national soccer team, born in Olympia, Kasey Keller is 47; and Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson is 28.

Today is Electronic Greetings Day, a good day to save a tree, save a stamp. Today is True Love Day, marking the November 29th of 1997 celebration when 30,000 members of the Unification Church married or renewed their vows at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. And here's a chance to get out and Dosey Doe with your partner. It's Square Dance Day. English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought square dancing to the US. As it evolved, a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step.

Calendar note: On this date in 1936, in Iowa, in a double wedding, a father and son married sisters. Go with me one this. The marriage made the son his father's and step-mother's brother-in-law. The father's wife became both her sister's mother-in-law and sister-in-law. The son's wife became his step-mother's sister, sister-in-law, and daughter-in-law. Not even going to think about the children. In 1975, Bill Gates chose the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair, a microcomputer design based on the Intel 8080A processor unit. In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California. She was 43. In 2004, Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After the retail frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may have a bit of a retail hangover. The cure for that slightly sick feeling could be the great feeling you get from helping others, and that’s what Giving Tuesday is all about. Giving Tuesday is a globally celebrated day of giving back. It's a call-to-action for people around the world to donate money, time, and talent to the causes they care most about. The day is also intended to signify the kickoff to the charitable giving season surrounding the holidays and annual year-end giving -- though, for many, giving starts even earlier or is a year-round activity.

Next month, the Seattle Sounders could become MLS Cup champions for the first time in franchise history. The team finds out tomorrow if they’ll face Montreal or Toronto in the final, on December 10th.

Did you receive a gift card last Christmas? Did you use it? There’s a 1 in 5 chance you haven’t. Yep, 19% of gift cards given last Christmas haven’t been used.

Still decorating the tree with old bulbs? Go for LED lights this holiday season. According to Money magazine, 10 strands running eight hours a day for a month will ding your electric bill just 72 cents, versus $7.20 for regular mini bulbs.

Trivia Answer: Howard Michael Mandel -- Howie Mandel -- who is 61 today. Mandel became a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, replacing David Hasselhoff, in the fifth season of the reality talent contest. Mandel has mysophobia (an irrational fear of germs) to the point that he does not shake hands with anyone, including contestants on Deal or No Deal, unless he's wearing latex gloves; to that end, he prefers to do fist bumps instead. Mandel has written and published an in-depth autobiography which details his life with OCD, ADHD, and comedy, it's called: Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me. Howie Mandel is appearing in Howie's Got Talent (and We've Got Howie) at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester on Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are on sale now.

Monday 11.28.16
Morning Trivia: He's a singer, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and multi-instrumentalist who served as David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman on NBC from 1982 to 1993, and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS from 1993 to 2015. Who was he?

Buccaneer quarterback Jameis Winston threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Tampa Bay's rejuvenated defense shut down Russell Wilson and Seattle's sputtering offense to beat the first-place Seahawks 14-5 yesterday. The Bucs have won three straight to climb back into contention for a playoff berth. In addition to stopping Seattle's three-game winning streak, they remained one game behind first-place Atlanta in the NFC South. Wilson finished 17 of 33 for 151 yards. The Seahawks were held to 1-yard net passing in the first half, when Wilson was sacked four times for 19 yards in losses. The Seahawks played without Earl Thomas, stopping a streak of 106 consecutive regular-season starts for the star safety, who had never missed an NFL game. Starting cornerback DeShawn Snead, who also suffered a hamstring injury during last week's victory over Philadelphia, also sat out, leaving the Seattle secondary vulnerable. In addition to playing without Thomas and Shead, they lost Luke Willson (knee) in the opening quarter. and Michael Bennett (knee) missed his fifth consecutive game. Up next, the Seahawks return home to host the Carolina Panthers.

It was a rout by the Huskies in the Apple Cup Friday as the Dawgs dispatched the WSU Cougars in a surprisingly easy, 45-17 wire-to-wire dusting. The win gives Washington the Pac-12 North Division title. Meanwhile, Colorado beat Utah 27-22 Saturday night to claim the South Division title. That sets up the Pac-12 title game Friday. The Huskies face Colorado in both teams’ first appearance in the Pac-12 Championship coming up Friday night at 6:00 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The game's on Fox.

The Seattle Sounders have advanced to their first MLS Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 yesterday in the second leg of the Western Conference final. Seattle took the series 3-1 in aggregate scoring. The Sounders will play Toronto or Montreal on Dec. 10 for the league title. Toronto hosts Montreal in the second leg of the Eastern final Wednesday night. The Impact won the first leg 3-2 in Montreal.

Birthdays: The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, Jr. is 87; politician, diplomat and lawyer -- perhaps best known for being the front-runner in the 1988 Democratic primary until he dropped out over allegations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice -- Gary Hart is 80; composer and musician Randy Newman is 73; actor Ed Harris is 66; actor Judd Nelson is 57; and the former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is 54.

Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States, inspired both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years, died Friday. He was 90. The news of Castro’s death has elicited a mixture of grief and jubilation. The Cuban dictator ruled over the only Communist government in the Western Hemisphere for nearly five decades, keeping the country in poverty and nearly sparking a nuclear war. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted early Saturday morning the abrupt announcement: Fidel Castro is dead. Trump later issued a more thoughtful statement that said, "The world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights." President Barack Obama, who has worked to restore US relations with Cuba, also commented on Castro’s death in a statement that concludes, "Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America."

Ron Glass, the prolific character actor best known for his role as Detective Ron Harris in the long-running comedy Barney Miller has died. Although best known for Barney Miller, Glass appeared in dozens of other shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s. In Barney Miller his literate Detective Ron Harris was one of the few generally normal characters who populated a New York City police precinct filled with oddballs on both sides of the law. The ensemble cast included Hal Linden as precinct Capt. Barney Miller, Max Gail as Detective Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz, and Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish. The show aired from 1975 until 1982, winning two Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards for best comedy series. Glass was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy in 1982. He died Friday of respiratory failure. Ron Glass was 71.

Today is Red Planet Day. The planet Mars is referred to as the Red Planet because it appears red in color. Today honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system. Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28th of 1964. The 228 day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14th of 1965. Today is French Toast Day -- your opportunity to enjoy French toast, a delicious and tasty breakfast meal. Recipes were common back in medieval Europe, where eggs and milk were often used to soften stale breads, then cook them. Often, other leftovers were added. Its real origin dates back to at least ancient Roman times, and probably before.   Today is National Decorate Your Dog Day. Help your pooch get into the holiday spirit.

Calendare notes: On this day in 1974, appearing in concert for the last time, John Lennon joined Elton John at New York's Madison Square Garden to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night and I Saw Her Standing There. In 1986, actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen accepted when NBC's Ahmad Rashad proposed during half-time at the Detroit Lions-New York Jets game. In 1991, in a panic, a California turkey carver called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line and screamed that there was no breast meat on his Butterball. Phone helper Jean Schnelle suggested he might have the bird upside-down. She was right, he did. In 1991, a man in Waco, Texas, held up a Circle K store after first diverting the clerk's attention by putting a $20 bill on the counter and asking for change. When the register was opened, the robber pulled out a gun and demanded all the money. The clerk put everything in a bag and handed it to the robber--all $15. The robber fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. In 1994, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.

Disney's Moana sailed to the top of the Thanksgiving box office, earning a mighty $81.1 million over the five day holiday period and $55.5 million for the weekend. Its success builds on the studio's hot streak. Disney has released five of the year's ten highest grossing films, is the leader in terms of market share, and is poised to set a new record for annual grosses. Its hits include Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, Doctor Strange, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, and now Moana, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story waiting in the wings. Fantastic Beasts finished in second. Doctor Strange finished third. While Moana thrived, other new releases weren't as fortunate. Paramount's Allied earned $18 million over the five-day period and $13 million for the weekend finishing fourth. Arrival rounded out the top five. Other new films: Bad Santa 2 failed to ignite. The follow-up to the 2003 cult comedy Bad Santa earned $9 million over the five day stretch and $6.1 million for the weekend. Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply was roundly rejected by moviegoers earning a disastrous $2.2 million over five days.

Trivia Answer: Paul Shaffer who is 67 today. He was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. Shaffer began his music career in 1972 when he was the musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell -- which happened to star Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, and Dave Thomas amongst others. He went on to become a member of the house band on NBC's popular Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980. Beginning in 1982, Shaffer served as musical director for David Letterman's late night talk shows: as leader of The World's Most Dangerous Band and as leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. Shaffer guest-hosted the show twice when Letterman was unavailable, including during Letterman's January 2000 medical leave for quintuple heart bypass surgery, and during the birth of Letterman's son Harry in November 2003. In 1984, Shaffer played keyboards for The Honeydrippers, a group formed in 1981 by former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, on their only studio album, The Honeydrippers: Volume One. The album included the hit single Sea of Love. Shaffer has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986 and filled the same role for the 1996 Olympic Games closing ceremonies from Atlanta, Georgia. During his time at SNL, In the fall of 1979, Shaffer became the first person to say the dreaded f-word on the program. That year, SNL parodied The Troggs Tapes with a medieval musical sketch featuring Shaffer, Bill Murray, Harry Shearer, and a "special guest appearance" by John Belushi (who had left the show the previous spring). In the middle of a long tirade which featured repeated use of the word "flogging," Shaffer inadvertently uttered the forbidden word. It not only escaped the censors in the live broadcast and the West Coast taped airing, but also reappeared in the summer rerun, and even in the syndicated versions of the show for several years. Shaffer has been married to Cathy Vasapoli since 1990, with whom he has two children – Victoria (born 1993) and Will (born 1999).

Friday 11.25.16
Morning Trivia: Yesterday marked the anniversary of the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history. The plane involved was a Boeing 727 in the airspace between Portland and Seattle. The perpetrator extorted $200,000 and parachuted to an uncertain fate. What do we know the perpetrator as?

Turkey day football: the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-13. The Dallas Cowboys won again as they got by Washington 31-26. An in the nightcap, the Indianapolis Colts fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-7. The Seattle Seahawks are on the road this weekend. They are at Tampa Bay taking on the Buccaneers Sunday afternoon.

Birthdays: Former NFL coach Joe Gibbs is 76; singer-songwriter Bob Lind is 74; actor-lawyer-author-economist-and-game show host, Ben Stein is 72; actor John Larroquette is 69; singer-songwriter Amy Grant is 56; former college, now NFL coach Chip Kelly is 53; actress Christina Applegate is 45; and Barbara & Jenna Bush are 35.

Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of The Brady Bunch, has died. Henderson died last night of heart failure. The blonde, ever-smiling Henderson was already a Broadway star when the show began in 1969, having originated the title role in the musical Fanny. But after The Brady Bunch, she would always be known to fans as Carol Brady. Florence Henderson was 82.

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 You're Welcome Day -- always the day after Thanksgiving. You're Welcome Day encourages us to simply say You're welcome to help put manners back into society.

Calendar notes: On this day 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.

It's another Black Friday Apple Cup. Catch the game today at 12:30 on FOX.

The ski areas say they're getting ready to open, thanks to a big dump of snow. Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker say they're opening for the season today. Crystal already has 18 to 20 inches of snow and the forecast is calling for an additional 2 feet through today. Both resorts say they'll have limited operations initially but will open more runs as allowed. Stevens Pass says it's monitoring the forecast and might be able to open during the holiday weekend.

The Seahawks running game got back on track ... and then another shake-up. Seattle tallied a season-high 152 yards on the ground in last week's 26-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles as second-year back Thomas Rawls returned to the field for the first time since Week 2. The total nearly doubled the team's 77.7-yard season average heading into the game, but it came at a cost as rookies C.J. Prosise with a fractured scapula and Troymaine Pope with a high ankle sprain both went down. Both Prosise and Pope are out indefinitely, gutting the Seahawks' depth at the position and potentially forcing the 23-year-old Rawls to carry the bulk of the rushing load sooner than the team had anticipated. Behind Rawls, Seattle will count on two unproven players to pitch in, starting with Sunday's road matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fifth-round pick Alex Collins will likely serve as the team's No. 2 back with second-year pro George Farmer playing the role of passing-down back in his first regular-season action after being elevated from the practice squad on Wednesday. Hawks-Bucs. Sunday afternoon on Fox.

Trivia Answer: D.B. Cooper. The suspect purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper, but due to a news media miscommunication he became known in popular lore as D.B. Cooper. It was November 24th of 1971. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, he has never been located or positively identified. Hundreds of leads have been pursued in the ensuing years, but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts. Numerous theories of widely varying plausibility have been proposed by experts, reporters, and amateur enthusiasts. The discovery of a small cache of ransom bills in 1980 triggered renewed interest but ultimately only deepened the mystery, and the great majority of the ransom remains unrecovered.

Thursday 11.24.16
It's Thanksgiving. Eat, drink, and be thankful.

The Mariners last night pulled off a five-player trade, sending RHP and one-time untouchable Taijuan Walker, plus shortstop Ketel Marte, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstop Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Zac Curtis. Segura immediately projects as Seattle's leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, solidifying an infield that already includes Kyle Seager at third base and Robinson Cano at second. But getting Segura meant the Mariners had to give up on the inconsistent Walker, a power arm who has showed occasional flashes of brilliance.

It's another Black Friday Apple Cup -- it was on Black Friday last year. The game's on the other side of the mountains this year. No. 6 Washington is at No. 23 Washington State -- at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Washington is favored by 6. The series record? Washington leads 70-32-6. It's the 109th meeting tomorrow and the Apple Cup may never have been bigger. For the first time since 1981 a shot at the Rose Bowl is on the line for the winner of tomorrow's game. Except unlike 1981, the winner will only advance to the Pac-12 title game against either Colorado or Southern California. Washington has won three straight in the series but the Cougars are 3-3 in the past six Apple Cups played in Pullman. It's only sixth time since creation of the AP poll in 1936 that both teams have been ranked entering the game. Catch the game tomorrow at 12:30 on FOX.

Birthdays: Retired NBA player -- The Big O -- Oscar Roberston is 78; former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 76; the original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best is 75; 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 74; he was Billy MacGregor on Head of the Class, Scottish actor and comedian, Billy Connolly is also 74; singer-songwriter-organist Lee Michaels is 71; he was Chip on My Three Sons, actor Stanley Livingston is 66; from Grey's Anatomy, actress Katherine Heigl is 38.

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 his 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 day 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 Washington 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.

NFL today: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit to take on the Lions at 9:30. Washington is at Dallas to play the Cowboys at 1:30. The Indianapolis Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 5:30.

Wednesday 11.23.16
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, comedian, and voice actor. He was best known for his role as Arthur P. Dietrich on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller. Who was he?

The Sounders are a step closer. They took the first leg of the MLS Western Conference final, surpassing the Colorado Rapids 2-1 last night in the rain at Century Link. The second and deciding leg is Sunday in Colorado. The Sounders need a win or a tie to advance to their first MLS Cup.

The Washington Huskies moved up one spot to No. 5 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings released yesterday afternoon. Washington debuted three weeks ago at No. 5, moved up to No. 4, fell to No. 6 after losing to USC, then moved up this week thanks to a victory over Arizona State coupled with a loss by Louisville, the previous No. 5 team. The top four: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Clemson. Alabama is the only unbeaten, power-conference team in the country. Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson have one loss each. Washington State is at No. 23. The Huskies have an opportunity to record another top-25 victory on Friday when they face Washington State in the Apple Cup.

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, pianist Bruce Hornsby is 62; from Good Morning America. Robin Roberts is 56; Papa John, the founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza, John Schnatter is 55; former NBA player Vin Baker is 45; Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is 29; and Miley Cyrus is 24.

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 1970, George Harrison's My Sweet Lord was released in the US. In 1974, Gary Wright quit the group Spooky Tooth to go solo. In 1990, MTV banned Madonna's Justify My Love video. In 1998, Dennis Rodman filed for an annulment from Carmen Electra. The two had been married nine days earlier, on the 14th that month. Also in 1998, the tobacco industry signed the biggest US civil settlement. It was a $206-billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers. In 2001, a crowd of 87,555 people watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7. The crowd was the largest to ever attend a football game in Texas.

Planes, trains, ferries and cars -- no matter how you're getting to your destination for the Thanksgiving holiday, you should prepare for a lot of company today as the travel rush begins. It's expected to be especially difficult for travelers heading east on Interstate 90. On top of those heading east for their Thanksgiving plans, thousands of University of Washington Husky and Washington State University Cougar fans are heading to Pullman for the Apple Cup on Friday. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, traffic on I-90 eastbound is expected to be especially heavy from 1:00 to 5:00 this afternoon, 8:00 til noon tomorrow, and mid-day -- 9:00 to 3:00 on Friday.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to carve up the slopes a day after carving their Thanksgiving turkeys. Crystal Mountain Resort plans to kickoff the ski season Friday by opening two chairlifts and its gondola. Lift tickets will be discounted to $55 from $74 for the partial opener. At the top of the mountain the Green Valley lift will be operating, while, at the base, the resort said it plans to run the Discovery lift. The resort said it could “expand or contract” the plans. The state’s other ski areas have yet to announce opening dates.

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough." The son screams, "Pop, what are you talking about?" The father says, "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer. We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her." Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up. The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving ... and paying their own way."

Trivia Answer: Steve Landesberg who was born on this date in 1936. He was nominated for three Emmy awards for his portrayal of Detective Dietrich. Steve Landesberg is credited with the quote "Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense." Landesberg died from colon cancer on December 20th of 2010 at the age of 74. Initial reports of Mr. Landesberg’s death said he was 65. In acknowledging that he was actually nine years older, his daughter Elizabeth said he had provided varying birth dates over the years. "He got kind of a late start in show business," she explained, "so he tried to straddle the generations. He fooled the whole world. People were surprised to think he was even 65."

Tuesday 11.22.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1995, this movie was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery. What is the movie?

Pete Carroll spent most of his time yesterday talking about injuries. Seattle's 26-15 win over Philadelphia came with a cost that could leave the Seahawks short-handed going to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Seattle's offensive and defensive backfields were left thinned due to key injuries. The most serious injury was a fractured shoulder blade by running back C.J. Prosise. Carroll said Prosise won't need surgery, but the team is still a couple of weeks away from gathering a precise timeframe if he will return this season. Prosise's injury and a high-ankle sprain by backup Troymaine Pope left Seattle so thin at running back on Sunday that backup quarterback Trevone Boykin had one carry in the fourth quarter. On the other side of the ball, starting safety Earl Thomas and starting cornerback DeShawn Shead both suffered first-degree hamstring strains that will likely require 10 to 14 days to recover. Carroll wouldn't rule out either player for the game against the Buccaneers, but said the typical recovery time is about two weeks. Thomas has not missed a game in his professional career and has started 106 consecutive games. The one positive with injuries was defensive end Michael Bennett, who underwent minor knee surgery earlier this month. Carroll said Bennett is pushing to get back this week against his former team. Hawks-Buccaneers in Tampa Bay coming up Sunday.

Birthdays: Singer and songwriter -- founding member and lead singer of the The Youngbloods -- Jesse Colin Young is 75; former World No. 1 professional tennis player, Billie Jean King is 73; Little Steven, from The E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt is 66; actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 58; actress Mariel Hemingway is 55; another former world No. 1 professional tennis player, Boris Becker is 49; and actress Scarlett Johansson is 32.

Today is Go For a Ride Day. Go For A Ride Day encourages you to get out into the world -- hop on your bike, into your car, or simply get your walking boots out of storage and go on a trip. Don’t worry too much about where you’re going, just enjoy the journey. Today is Start Your Own Country Day.

Calendar notes: On this day 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 1958, Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the GE Theater production of A Turkey for the President. In 1963, in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally was seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was later captured and charged with the murder of both the President and police officer J. D. Tippit. Oswald was shot two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody. In 1976, 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 2005, Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany. Also in 2005, Microsoft's XBOX 360 went on sale.

It's as much of a tradition on Thanksgiving as turkey, yams, and pumpkin pie: stormy weather across the Northwest. We've had Thanksgivings where it's snowed, and even one where it sunk a floating bridge in Seattle, but at the very least, it's usually pretty rainy. This year will be no different as three different weather systems are pegged to slide through the region between late tomorrow evening and Sunday afternoon, each bringing rain and wind to the lowlands -- and a copious amount of snow to the mountain passes. The rain and wind will be noticeable with each storm, but it's the mountain snow that will likely have the greatest impact to the region given the amount of travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and the big Apple Cup. Snow levels will drop to around 3,000 feet tonight and will bounce between 2,000 and 3,000 feet through the holiday weekend, renaming below all mountain pass levels, including Snoqualmie Pass. As an appetizer, a routine cold front will slide through today just bringing some light rain and perhaps a couple of inches of mountain snow, but it won't really be all that newsworthy. The first of the Thanksgiving trio comes in late tomorrow and lasts into Thursday morning, the second arrives late Thursday into Friday morning, and the third comes in on Sunday.

The Apple Cup is rarely this significant. Sure, the rivalry has gone through plenty of years where either Washington or Washington State had a significant stake in the outcome. But rarely has there been so much riding on this game as there will be Friday when the No. 6 Huskies and the No. 23 Cougars meet for the 109th time. This is just the sixth time both teams are ranked entering their rivalry week. It's also the first time in 35 years that a shot at the Rose Bowl -- at minimum -- will be at stake for the winner. It's a lofty place for both programs and has fans on each side in agreement: this could be the biggest Apple Cup ever. It's not as simple as it was 35 years ago when the then-No. 17 Huskies beat the No. 14 Cougars 23-10 in Seattle to claim the Pac-10 title and a spot in the Rose Bowl. The winner on Friday still must win the conference championship game over the Pac-12 South winner to assure themselves of at least a spot in Pasadena. The past two weeks have taken a bit of luster off the meeting. Washington's loss at home to Southern California and Washington State's setback at Colorado diminished some of the significance. Washington State no longer has a path to the Rose Bowl via just a win over the Huskies; the Cougars' only hope for a trip to Pasadena would come through winning the Pac-12 title game. Washington lost any wiggle room it had in the College Football Playoff rankings and must beat the Cougars and win the Pac-12 championship game to have a shot at being in the final four.

It only felt like the Oakland Raiders' offense did not clear customs for the first three quarters of the first Monday Night Football game in Mexico in NFL history. Turns out they were just biding their time, getting acclimated to the 7,382-foot elevation at Estadio Azteca, playing as poorly as they had in recent weeks before exploding in the fourth quarter for two touchdowns to pull out a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.

Trivia Answer:Toy Story. A computer-animated film released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was Pixar's first feature film as well as the first ever feature film to be made entirely with CGI. The film was directed by John Lasseter and features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Its executive producer was Steve Jobs. Released in theaters on this date in 1995, Toy Story was the highest-grossing film on its opening weekend and earned over $373 million worldwide. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, praising both the technical innovation of the animation and the wit and sophistication of the screenplay, and it is now widely considered, by many critics, to be one of the greatest and most revolutionary films in the history of animation. In addition to DVD and Blu-ray releases, Toy Story-inspired material has run the gamut from toys, video games, theme park attractions, spin-offs, and merchandise. View-Master released a three-reel set in 3D in 1995, prior to release of 3D films. The film was so successful it prompted two sequels; Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010). Both sequels were instant hits and garnered critical acclaim similar to the first. Toy Story 3 is, to date, the highest-grossing film in Pixar's works. Toy Story 4 is slated for a 2019 release. Toy Story was selected into the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005, its first year of eligibility.

Monday 11.21.16
Morning Trivia: He is widely known as the founder and former CEO of the company for which he narrated and appeared in many of its television commercials, usually closing with the company slogan "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it." Who is he?

Russell Wilson became the first Seahawks quarterback with a touchdown reception -- only the 4th quarterback with a touchdown reception in the NFL since 2008, and Doug Baldwin has a perfect questerback rating. He's the one that threw to Russell. The Seahawks went on to knock off the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 in front of a new record crowd at the CLink of 69,190. Seattle now leads the NFC West by three games with six left to play. Another road game next weekend. Sunday morning, they're in Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.

Birthdays: That Girl, actress Marlo Thomas is 79; singer-songwriter Dr. John is 76; actress Juliet Mills is 75; actress Goldie Hawn is 71; actress Nicollette Sheridan is 53; singer Bjork is 51; quarterback turned sportscaster Troy Aikman is 50; The Kid, baseball's Ken Griffey Jr. is 47; football player turned TV host, Michael Strahan is 45; and singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 31.

Today is World Television Day. The day recognizes that television plays a major role in presenting different issues that affect people. Today is Alascattalo Day, to honor humor and particularly Alaskan humor. An Alascattalo reportedly is a cross between a moose and a walrus. Today is World Hello Day, a day to promote peace by offering a friendly greeting to at least ten people.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison announced he had invented the phonograph. In 1974, the US Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act, over-riding President Gerald Ford's veto. In 1980, having been cliff-hung for five months, an estimated 82-million Americans, 80% of all viewers, tuned in to see "Who Shot J.R.?" It was Sue Ellen's sister, the jilted mistress Kristin Shepard. In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died of cancer at age 59. His TV series were My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and The Incredible Hulk. In 2003, Phil Spector was charged with the murder of Lana Clarkson at his home the previous February. In 2004, the NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons. In 2013, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 16,000 for the first time.

Jake Browning overcame a sluggish start to throw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington routed Arizona State 44-18 on Saturday night to stay in the College Football Playoff mix. The Dawgs snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Sun Devils.

Meanwhile, Colorado beat Washington State 38-24 on Saturday in a matchup of unlikely Pac-12 division leaders. It was the Cougs first loss since September 11th.

Washington's victory and Washington State's loss sets up one of the biggest Apple Cups ever. The two are tied on top of the North Division standings. The Apple Cup is Friday in Pullman with the winner claiming the Pac-12 North title and a spot in the conference title game. Huskies are 6-point favorites going in.

Sid Otton, Tumwater's football coach for the past 43 seasons, called it a career over the weekend. The second-ranked Tumwater T-Birds, a perennial state powerhouse for the past four decades, lost the game Saturday afternoon faliing to top ranked Archbishop Murphy, 48-10. At Tumwater High School, Otton compiled a 361-112 record and 27 state-playoff appearances.

Monday Night Football is in Mexico tonight. The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders are facing off in Mexico City. Kickoff tonight at 5:30 on ESPN.

As expected going in, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dominated the weekend box office, debuting to a boisterous $75 million and launching a new cinematic franchise. It confirms Warner Bros.' high hopes for the property and its decision to back five installments in the fantasy series. Fantastic Beasts is a spinoff of the Harry Potter films, but instead of Hogwarts, it unfolds in 1920s New York City and features an entirely new cast of wizards and mythical creatures. It was a softer opening than any of the previous Potter films, but Warner Bros. argues that comparisons aren't fair. Those movies were based on global best-sellers, whereas Fantastic Beasts is largely an original work. Second place went to Marvel's Doctor Strange, which brought in $17.5 million to push its domestic gross to $181.5 million after three weeks in theaters. Trolls took third, earning $17.5 million to bring its haul to $116.2 million. Arrival, a science-fiction thriller with Amy Adams, nabbed fourth place, while Almost Christmas rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: George Zimmer who turns 68 today. He's the founder of the Men's Wearhouse, a men's clothing retailer that has more than 1,200 stores across the US and Canada. In addition to being the founder, he is the former Executive Chairman (1973 – 2013) and former CEO (1973 – 2011) of the Men's Wearhouse. After leaving his executive position with the company, he continued as the company's spokesperson, until he was fired. On June 19th of 2013, The Men's Wearhouse board dismissed Zimmer for unspecified reasons and declined to offer any explanation in its press release. Zimmer is currently the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online tuxedo and suit rental platform, and zTailors, a national network of on-demand tailors for both men and women.

Friday 11.18.16
Morning Trivia: He's a former Canadian and American football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos and the National Football League's Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He's currently a broadcaster for the Seattle Seahawks. Who is he?

The noise pumping through the speakers inside the Eagles' practice bubble was so loud yesterday it could be heard nearly a mile away in the streets of south Philadelphia. They're getting ready for Seattle and the 12s. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said before practice, "It's really hard to totally simulate this environment, but that's the fun part of it. When you've been around this league and you kind of get in environments like this, as challenging as it is, it's fun." For rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, it'll be his toughest challenge on the road yet. The Eagles have lost four in a row away from home and Wentz has struggled in the first quarter in a few of those games. Eagles coach Doug Pederson grew up here in Washington and went to Seahawks games at the old Kingdome. He said, "It's a great fan base up there. I've experienced it firsthand from a fan's perspective as a kid in high school. They are passionate about it and they love it and they take pride in it. The Eagles, by the way, have 15 false-start penalties in their first nine games. It's imperative for the offense to use a silent snap count because the offensive linemen and receivers probably won't hear Wentz. Seahawks-Eagles. Sunday afternoon at 1:25 on CBS.

Just a week to go until this year's Apple Cup. It's next Friday at Martin Stadium in Pullman. But first, the WSU Cougars are Colorado to face the Buffaloes tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 on Fox. Then, you don't even have to change the channel as the Huskies host the Arizona State Sun Devils tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 on Fox.

Birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 77; actress Linda Evans is 74; former Saturday Night Live cast member, actor and comedian Kevin Nealon is 63; singer John Parr is 62; singer Kim Wilde is 56; former pitcher -- former Mariner -- Jamie Moyer is 54; actor Owen Wilson is 48; singer Duncan Sheik is 47; in the news here of late, political commentator and a former corporate defense attorney Megyn Kelly is 46; and Big Papi -- baseball's David Ortiz is 41.

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. It was was established to encourage those who walk in the sun to take some time dancing in the shadows. 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 went 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 (Washington Redskins) broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants). The injury ended Theismann's 12 year National Football League career. In 1988, the film Buster, which starred Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States. In 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified by the House of Representatives here in the 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. In 2001, Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in the US.

An interesting morning. The Tweets from @OlyPD from throughout the morning pretty much sums things up.

>> We are confirming that Union Pacific Railroad Police are working to open the rail tracks at 7th & Jefferson. OPD and area law enforcement are assisting.

>> Folks trying to get to work in downtown this morning: several city streets near 7th & Jefferson are closed.

>> Small crowd walking around downtown trying to block streets. Lighting fires in streets. Avoid downtown this morning if you can.

>> Crowd has left the area. Looks like roadways into/through downtown are all clear.

>> Staff cleaning up messes left behind by group. Thank you for your patience.

Trivia Answer: Harold Warren Moon who turns 60 today. He is one of only two people to be enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Former coach Bud Grant, who coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to four Grey Cup titles and the Minnesota Vikings to four Super Bowl games, is the other. Moon is currently the color commentator for the Seahawks radio network, working alongside Steve Raible.

Thursday 11.17.16
Morning 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?

The Green Bay Packers have claimed former Seahawks' running back Christine Michael off waivers. Michael had been a starter for several Seahawks' games this season. He was released on Tuesday. The Seahawks released Michael after the former second-round draft pick lost his starting job to rookie C.J. Prosise. The move by Seattle came as a surprise if for nothing else than depth concerns, but that worry is mitigated by the expected return of Thomas Rawls this week. Rawls has been out since he suffered a hairline fracture in his shin in Week 2 against Los Angeles and the performance of Prosise on Sunday against New England likely spelled the end for Michael's time with the team. The Seahawks host the Philaelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Birthdays: Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 78; director Martin Scorsese is 74; actress Lauren Hutton is 73; actor and director Danny Devito is 73; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is 72; former baseball pitcher Tom Seaver is also 72; former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner is 67; television host and model Daisy Fuentes is 50; entertainer RuPaul is 56; and, from Hanson, guitarist Isaac Hanson is 36.

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. The Great American Smokeout Day is today. The Great American Smokeout is an annual event the third Thursday of every November sponsored by the American Cancer Society that encourages Americans to stop smoking for 24 hours -- of course longer is better -- fewer health problems and  less cancer and emphysema deaths resulting from smoking and secondary smoke.

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, Laura and Luke were married on General Hospital. It was television's highest-rated daytime program until the O.J. 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 2006, Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.

This year's Apple Cup is just over a week away. It's coming up on Friday the 25th at Martin Stadium in Pullman. But first, the WSU Cougars are Colorado to face the Buffaloes Saturday afternoon at 12:30 on Fox. Then, you don't even have to change the channel as the Huskies host the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday afternoon at 4:30 on Fox.

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor yesterday was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Seattle’s 31-24 victory over the New England Patriots. This marks the third career Player of the Week honor for Chancellor. Among Seahawks players, only Richard Sherman, with four, has more career weekly awards. This past weekend, Chancellor had eight tackles -- four solo -- and made two key plays that directly influenced the outcome of the Patriots game.

Thursday Night Football tonight: the Saints and the Panthers. It's on NFL Network, NBC, and Twitter.

Want to be happy? Quit Facebook. A new study out of Denmark used 1,095 participants -- with half being asked to dump Facebook for a week. The results showed that those who left Facebook reported significantly higher ‘life satisfaction’.

Trivia Answer: US President Richard Milhous Nixon.

Wednesday 11.16.16
Morning 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?

Didn't see this coming. The Seattle Seahawks have released running back Christine Michael. He started seven games this season. This is the second time the Seahawks have gotten rid of Michael. It likely signals that Thomas Rawls, who was injured in the second week of the season, is ready to return, Then, rookie C.J. Prosise made in impressive showing Sunday against the New England Patriots. Michael was Seattle's top pick in the 2013 draft. The team traded him to the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. The Cowboys released him. The Washington franchise signed and released him. The Seahawks picked him up a second time in December. NFL.com called it a "shocking move." Seattlepi.com's Stephen Cohen writes that Michael will probably be with another team and soon.

Three of the top four teams in last week’s College Football Playoff ranking lost on Saturday so a shakeup was inevitable. The Huskies fell from No. 4 to No. 6 in the most recent poll released last night, the result of Saturday’s 26-13 loss to USC. Washington State moved up one spot to No. 22. Alabama, now the nation’s lone unbeaten, power-conference team, remains at No. 1. Ohio State jumped to the No. 2, Michigan remained at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa, and Clemson fell only one spot to No. 4 after losing to Pittsburgh.

Birthdays: He was Charley on Empty Nest then later Joe Isuzu, actor David Leisure is 66; Mrs. Elvis Costello, singer Diana Krall is 52; and she was Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Lisa Bonet is 49.

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 day 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 2001, the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone opened in the US. 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.

With an apparent quarterback controversy brewing between Dak Prescott and Tony Romo in Dallas, Romo stepped aside and pledged his support for the man who took his starting job. Yesterday, Romo announced that Prescott deserved to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback after guiding Dallas to an 8-1 start during Romo’s absence. Romo was delivering a prepared statement, but he was noticeably choked up and emotional at times.

Taylor Swift has topped Forbes' 2016 countdown of the highest-earning celebrities under 30, after raking in a whopping $170 million. The latest Forbes title shouldn't come as a surprise as Taylot was already named the highest-paid celebrity of the year in July, and the highest-paid woman in the music business earlier this month, thanks to her hugely successful 1989 album and world tour, as well as various endorsement deals. The new poll places the 26-year-old far ahead of her closet rivals, One Direction -- they switch places on the list this year. Taylor's ex- Harry Styles and his bandmates banked $110 million in the year ending June 1st. Soccer superstar Lionel Messi rounds out the top three with $81.5 million. The top five also features Adele at four with $80.5 million, and Rihanna, who earned $75 million. Justin Bieber comes in at six with $56 million; and The Weeknd is ninth with $55 million.

The Experience Music Project is changing its name. The museum made the announcement yesterday. The 16-year old museum will now be called the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP. The name change reflects the evolving mission of the museum, which now covers all aspects of popular culture. MoPOP celebrates their new name Saturday with free admission, games, and performances.

Here's your number for the day, do with it what you will. The number is 8.6 million. That's how many mobile homes are in the United States.

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 the late 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 later became 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 later originated the role of Mickey Goldmill in the original Rocky, the first of the four Rocky films in which he appeared. Meredith died of complications due to Alzheimer's disease and melanoma on September 9th of 1997.

Tuesday 11.15.16
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for a role in the 1970s and early 1980s. It was for a character he played on a half-hour sitcom, and then he played the same role on an hour-long drama. Who are we talking about?

It's not good when people wonder if you're still on your bye week when your team's on Monday Night Football. That was the case for the Cincinnati Bengals last night. The New York Giants won 21-20. The Bengals had opportunities but they've lacked the killer instinct to put teams away. It's no wonder ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said the Bengals looked like they were still on their bye week just minutes into the game.

Birthdays: Judge Wapner on The People's Court, Joseph Wapner is 97; she sang Downtown, Petula Clark is 84; from the comedy team of Burns and Schreiber, comedian Jack Burns is 83; actor Sam Waterston is 76; Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, actress Beverly D’Angelo is 65; the former bandleader on The Tonight show with Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks is 59; and from Nickelback, Chad Kroeger is 42.

Today is National Bundt Day, time to get out the old Bundt pans and get ready to bake for the holidays. Today is America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. Today is I Love to Write Day. Writing is not just for acclaimed authors. After all, they had to start somewhere too, and even though it may seem hard to believe, every famous writer started the first chapter of their first book with just one word. I Love to Write day was founded in 2002 by author John Riddle, a non-fiction and self-help writer, to get kids writing in schools and encourage adults to rekindle an old dream. Today is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Who wins the prize for the worst refrigerator surprises? Most often, it's workplace refrigerators.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, the National Broadcasting Company debuted on 24 US radio stations. The first broadcast was a four-hour NBC Spectacular. In 1956, Love Me Tender, starring Elvis Presley, opened in theaters nationwide. In 1965, The Rolling Stones did Get Off My Cloud on NBC-TV's Hullabaloo. In 1990, producer Frank Farian admitted that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus never sang a note on the Milli Vanilli album. The duo eventually returned their Best New Artist Grammy. In 2005, the town council voted in Clark, Texas, north of Dallas-Fort Worth, to change the community's name to DISH. In return the town would get 56 satellite dishes -- one for each home and another for town hall -- as EchoStar Communications hooked up every home in DISH to the Dish Network satellite TV system, worth an estimated $4,500 each. The deal was to last ten years.

Here comes baby number two for Pink. She and her husband, motocross star Carey Hart, are expecting a sibling for their 5-year-old daughter Willow Sage. Pink announced the news in an Instagram post on Saturday, sharing a photo of herself sporting a big baby bump as little Willow cuddles up to her mom. "Surprise!" she simply captioned the image. The couple celebrates their 11th wedding anniversary in January, but the relationship hasn't been without problems in the past. Pink and Hart briefly separated in 2008, before rekindling their romance and welcoming Willow in 2011.

Electric and hybrid vehicles can be eerily quiet at low speeds, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes it's a safety problem. Starting in 2019, the NHTSA is requiring all new electric and hybrid light-duty vehicles to make noise at speeds below 19 miles an hour to alert pedestrians they’re there.

Quite a few parents in Orange County, Florida got a ticket last month -- not for speeding or running a red light, but because their child was not wearing a bicycle helmet. A number of parents are upset over the tickets — and the $62.50 fine. But in Florida it’s illegal for a child younger than 16 to ride a bicycle without a helmet.

Trivia Answer: Ed Asner who is 87 today. The role was as Lou Grant, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He's also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy film Elf in 2003. In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up. Asner has most recently starred as Guy Redmayne, a wealthy, homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florick's campaign in the sixth season of The Good Wife.

Monday 11.14.16
Morning Trivia: This Senator from Wisconsin became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the federal government. Who was he?

For several weeks, coach Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson insisted the quarterback's health was improving. It's apparently time to take them seriously. Wilson was brilliant in the Seahawks' 31-24 win over the New England Patriots last night, completing 25 of 37 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. The offense delivered its best performance of the season, scoring on seven of nine drives. Since Week 10 of last season, Doug Baldwin has 17 touchdown catches, more than any other receiver in the NFL. Seattle delivered a goal-line stand in the final minute. The Patriots faced a fourth-and-1 from the Seahawks' 1-yard line with 11 seconds left. They opted to go to Rob Gronkowski against Kam Chancellor, but Tom Brady's pass fell incomplete. The two players got tangled up, but the officials did not throw a flag. This was easily the Seahawks' most impressive win of the season. At 6-2-1, the Seahawks have a two-game lead in the NFC West. In the weeks ahead, they're counting on getting defensive end Michael Bennett and running back Thomas Rawls back from injury. The Hawks host the Eagles this next weekend.

Birthdays: Charles, Prince of Whales, is 68; from Styx, guitarist James "JY" Young is 67; singer Stephen Bishop is 65; pianist Yanni is 62; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also 62; former Seattle Supersonic Jack Sikma is 61; and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is 41.

Leon Russell, who emerged in the '70s as one of rock'n'roll's most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much-in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died yesterday. Russell recorded more than 35 albums and also excelled as a songwriter for other performers. His "A Song for You" was recorded by Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and his good friend Willie Nelson. The Carpenters, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet and George Benson all covered Russell's "This Masquerade," with Benson's version winning the 1976 Grammy as record of the year. Russell ruled the stage with piano-banging abandon and, backed by a multi-piece band and a backup chorus, put on a show that was a roiling stew of rock, soul, gospel and country. Russell died in his sleep in Nashville according to his wife. Leon Russell was 74.

Today is Operating Room Nurse Day, a day that honors those important nurses, who care for patients before, during, and immediately after surgery. Today is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, a time to remind everyone of the benefits of joy and laughter.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1972, a company named Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike. In 1980, Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull opened in the US. It starred Robert DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMotta. In 1987, Cher’s appearance on David Letterman’s show was interrupted by Sonny Bono's surprise entrance. Dave cajoled the duo into singing I Got You Babe one more time. In 1988, a survey revealed that 55% of the nation's newspapers did not support either candidate in the Bush-Dukakis presidential race. In 1995, Crayola announced it was replacing its food-scented crayons with new scents parents could be sure their children wouldn't want to eat. Responding to parental complaints, Crayola replaced such scents as Chocolate, Bubble Gum, and Cherry with Dirt, Shampoo, and Cedar Chest. In 1995, a survey reported in George magazine indicated 75% of Americans believed the US government was involved in conspiracies; 50% believed there was life on other planets; 70% believed in angels; and 10% believed Elvis was still alive. In 2012, the game Candy Crush Saga was released as a mobile app for smartphones.

Alien invasion thriller Arrival capitalized on strong reviews to score an impressive debut, while Marvel's Doctor Strange topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend. The superhero adventure picked up $43 million to bring its domestic total to $153 million. Trolls, another holdover, came in second, earning $35 million to bring its stateside haul to $94 million after two weeks of release. Arrival took third, easily outpacing pre-release tracking with a debut of $24 million. Almost Christmas debuted to a solid fourth place finish. Hacksaw Ridge rounded out the top five.

Southern California upset Washington 26-13 on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies' 12-game winning streak and damaging their College Football Playoff hopes. Up next, The Huskies close out their home schedule hosting Arizona State Saturday. Meanwhile, Washington State beat California 56-21 on Saturday night for its eighth consecutive victory. Washington State next travels to Colorado Saturday.

The wild weekend of college football may have shaken up the College Football Playoff picture, but Alabama remains atop both the AP and Coaches Poll rankings ahead of their Week 12 matchup with Chattanooga. The top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled to a 51-3 win over Mississippi State, but three of the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings all lost. Number two Clemson dropped a tight 43-42 decision to Pittsburgh, Michigan lost a slugfest, 14-13, at Iowa, and fourth-ranked Washington lost 26-13 against USC. The new CFP rankings won't come out until omorrow, but the AP and Coaches Polls have been updated. In each poll, Ohio State jumped up to the number two spot, while Louisville jumps in at number three and Michigan clings to playoff hopes with the fourth spot. Clemson drops to five in both polls, with Washington slipping to seventh. By the way, the WSU Cougars popped up at No. 20.

Monday Night Football: the Cincinnati Bengals meet the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at 5:30.

Trivia Answer: Joe McCarthy who was born on this date in 1908. He served as a Republican US Senator from 1947 until his death in 1957. His inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate. The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents. McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2nd of 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism.

Friday 11.11.16
Morning 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?

Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman confirmed yesterday that he's been fined by the NFL for his hit on Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter in last Monday's game against the Bills. Sherman said that the explanation from the league makes it nearly impossible for him to appeal the $9,115 fine. Sherman said the league's justification in its letter to him was that his hit on Carpenter as he attempted to block a field goal attempt at the end of the first half came after the whistle was blown. Sherman said he won't appeal the fine, saying, "It would be a long, thoughtless process. Their logic is impeccable so there's not really a fight. I'm still fine with everything." Sherman was not penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. He was flagged for being offside, but referee Walt Anderson's explanation after the game said he didn't believe the contact was excessive enough to warrant an unnecessary roughness penalty. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino later said that interpretation was incorrect and that Sherman should have received a personal foul on the play, an interpretation that Seattle coach Pete Carroll agreed with. Sherman's argument was that while he was clearly offside, he was playing until the whistle, which he said he never heard. Sherman said he wasn't about to give Buffalo a free play knowing that if the kick was made the penalty would have been declined. The non-call on Sherman became the focal point of Seattle's 31-25 victory Monday. The lack of a personal foul became crucial to the outcome. Carpenter eventually missed a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Without those three points, Buffalo was forced to try for a touchdown in the closing moments of the game rather than being able to attempt a field goal that could have tied the game. There have been some Tweets suggesting that the NFL stop having Seattle host Monday night games because inevitably the officiating becomes the story. Can you say Fail Mary? Prime time again this weekend for the Hawks. They get the Sunday night game on NBC. They're in Foxboro to face the New England Patriots.

A Saturday of college football awaits. UW says a sellout crowd is expected as Huskies host the USC Trojans tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. That game, by the way, is on FOX. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the WSU Cougars host the California Golden Bears on ESPN.

Birthdays: The founder of the band Survivor -- he co-wrote Eye of the Tiger -- Jim Peterik is 66; golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 65; singer Marshall Crenshaw is 63; actress Demi Moore is 54; Ally McBeal, actress Calista Flockhart is 52; Green Day lead guitarist Jason White is 43; actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 42; and the State of Washington is 127 -- admitted as the 42nd state of the United States on this date in 1889.

Rock music's man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, Leonard Cohen, has died Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to New York in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business. Before long, critics were comparing him to Bob Dylan for the lyrical force of his songwriting. Although he influenced many musicians and won many honors, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada, Cohen rarely made the pop music charts with his sometimes moody folk-rock. But Cohen's most famous song, Hallelujah, in which he invoked the biblical King David and drew parallels between physical love and a desire for spiritual connection, has been covered hundreds of times since he released it in 1984. Leonard Cohen was 82.

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.

Veterans's Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country valiantly, and in a very big way. They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases, they made the ultimate sacrifice. This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars. On November 11th at 11:11 in 1921, the US France, and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11th at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, at 5:00 am, 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 established. In 1940, Willys Motors introduced the first Jeep. The name came from the initials "G-P" as in "General Purpose" vehicle. In 1990, Nirvana had it's 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.

The weekend has arrived. New in theaters, the PG-13 rated Arrival with Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker; the PG-13 rated Shut In with Naomi Watts; the PG-13 rated Almost Christmas with Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Jessie T. Usher, Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, and Mo’Nique.

Lesley Stahl interviews President-elect Donald Trump today at his home in New York City. 60 Minutes is broadcasting the interview Sunday night.

A plan by Spain's prime minister to ban the use of memes in the country met with an immediate and comical backlash on social media on Thursday. Naturally, people created lots of memes featuring the image of the prime minister. The pan was put before Congress and proposed restrictions placed on “spreading images that infringe the honor of a person.”

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.

Thursday 11.10.16
Morning Trivia: He's a broadcast journalist most recognized for his coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks which occured on his first day on air at CNN. Before that, he spent a number of years on the air in Seattle, first on KING television and then later on KIRO. He then went to work and was a longtime reporter for ABC. He was the founding host of ABC's World News Now and a weekend anchor of World News Tonight. From there he moved on to host CNN's flagship evening program. He was a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University from 2007 to 2014. Who is he?

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his team face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in a matchup of the 2015 Super Bowl. But reporters seem more interested yesterday in a letter that he wrote to Donald Trump before he became president-elect. He has not denied that he wrote the letter, which Trump read at a New Hampshire rally. The coach said it was personal, not political. And his answer to further questions on the matter was "Seattle." When asked whether he was annoyed that Trump read the letter at a New Hampshire rally, the coach responded only: "Seattle." When asked a follow-up question Belichick said "Seattle ... Seattle ... Seattle ... Seattle" over reporter's inquiry. Seahawks-Patriots Sunday night on NBC.

Birthdays: Best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyricist Tim Rice is 72; The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA, singer Donna Fargo is 71; the Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, singer and guitarist Greg Lake is 69; singer and songwriter Dave Loggins -- remember Please Come to Boston -- Kenny Loggins cousin -- he's 69; actor Jack Scalia is 66; actor and comedian Sinbad is 60; Julie on One Day at a Time, actress Mackenzie Phillips is 57; actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is 48; and the frontman for Jimmy Eat World, singer and guitarist Jim Adkins is 41.

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.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1871, Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingstone 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 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 for wounding her husband.

Thursday Night Football tonight has the 0-and-9 Cleveland Browns take on the 4-and-4 Baltimore Ravens. The NFL on Twitter returns next Thursday night with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

ESPN is bringing its College GameDay to the campus of the University of Washington on Saturday for the Huskies' game against the University of Southern California. The show was last in Seattle for a UW game against Oregon in 2013. The show was also in Salt Lake City on October 29th for the UW's game against the University of Utah. The USC game has a 4:30 kickoff Saturday afternoon on FOX. Saturday night at 7:30, it's back to ESPN for the WSU Cougars hosting the California Golden Bears.

Trivia Answer: Aaron Brown who turns 68 today. In the late 1960s, he dropped out of the University of Minnesota as a political science major and signed up for active duty in the Coast Guard. He began his broadcasting career as a radio talk show host in Minneapolis and later in Los Angeles. Before his time at the national news networks, Brown was a Seattle broadcasting staple. He worked as a reporter and anchor for ten years at KING-TV and later moved to KIRO-TV where he anchored the evening newscast. Brown was brought to New York to be the founding anchor of the late-night news program World News Now. He also worked as a reporter for ABC's news operation. He left World News Now to work as a reporter for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as Nightline and various other ABC programming. He became the substitute anchor for Jennings and the permanent anchor of ABC's World News Tonight Saturday and Good Morning America Sunday. Although Brown's first day at CNN was July 1st of 2001, his first on-air broadcast was September 11th of 2001. He received international recognition for his reporting of the attacks from CNN's rooftop in Manhattan, as well as the World Trade Center site and the areas surrounding the remains of the Twin Towers in New York City. When the South Tower collapsed he interrupted a field reporter and uttered the words "I cannot see the tower." As the second tower fell on live television, Brown fell silent, until he quietly said, "...good Lord...there are no words..." and resumed reporting after several seconds. Brown won the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the attacks. CNN saw Brown as a protégé of Peter Jennings and wanted to duplicate Jennings' success for their network. CNN branded their flagship evening program NewsNight With Aaron Brown. Brown also served as host of CNN Presents and was assigned the lead anchor during breaking news and special events. On November 3, 2005, CNN announced that Brown would be leaving the network, with Anderson Cooper's program Anderson Cooper 360° replacing NewsNight as the flagship program in CNN's evening lineup in an effort to shift toward a younger demographic. The two had shared anchoring duties in the 10:00 PM time slot through the early fall after Cooper's break out success covering Hurricane Katrina. Many said Brown's cerebral news for grown-ups style would be missed, while others found him lacking. Brown won three Emmys, including one Emmy for his report "Streets of Iraq" during the Iraq War. In addition, Brown won a DuPont, two New York Film Society World medals and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Wednesday 11.9.16
Morning Trivia: This magazine is devoted to music, liberal politics, and popular culture and is published every two weeks. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner (who is still editor) and music critic Ralph J. Gleason. What is it?

Wow. Just wow. A tweet from Olympia Watch kinda sums it up. It said first the Cubs, now Trump. Get ready Cleveland Browns, you're gonna win the Super Bowl.

Washington moved into fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the four remaining unbeaten teams from the Power Five conferences at the top of the selection committee's second top 25. Alabama, Clemson and Michigan still hold the top three spots. The committee's first ranking of the season caused a bit of a stir because the unbeaten Huskies were behind Texas A&M last week. The Aggies then went out and lost at Mississippi State to clear up the mini-controversy. Ohio State is behind Washington at fifth.

Birthdays: The Hulk on The Incredible Hulk TV series, Lou Ferrigno is 65; the Pepa half of Salt-N-Pepa, rapper Pepa -- real name Sandra Denton -- is 50; guitarist Susan Tedeschi is 46; and musician and TV personality Nick Lachey is 43.

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.

Claendar notes: On this day 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 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.

Major League Baseball won't reveal the MVP and Cy Young Award winners until next week, but it did hand out a slew of hardware last night when the sport's top defensive talents were honored with Gold Gloves. In yet another vote that I found disappointing, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager and second baseman Robinson Cano were both in the Top Three at their respective positions but came up short in the final tally. The American League Gold Glove second baseman is Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, and the third baseman is Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers.

Trivia Answer: Rolling Stone Magazine. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content. The first issue carried a cover date of November 9th of 1967. Rolling Stone magazine was initially identified with and reported on the hippie counterculture of the era. However, the magazine distanced itself from the underground newspapers of the time, embracing more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding the radical politics of the underground press. In the very first edition of the magazine, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces." This has become the de facto motto of the magazine. That premiere issue included a free roach clip. John Lennon was on the cover.

Tuesday 11.8.16
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1969, National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) debuted this program which is now the longest running children's program on American television. What is the program?

Jimmy Graham needed only one hand each time to catch two first-half touchdown passes from Russell Wilson, and the Seattle Seahawks held off a late rally for a 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Seattle won its 11th straight behind a huge game from its tight end. Still less than a year removed from a major knee injury, Graham used his right arm to catch a 17-yard touchdown from Wilson on the first play of the second quarter and later used the same arm to cradle an 18-yard TD pass in the final moments of the first half. But the Seahawks had to hold on in the final seconds as Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor led the Bills inside the Seattle 10 in the final seconds. Taylor was sacked by Cliff Avril on third-and-goal from the 8 and on fourth-and-goal Taylor's pass into the end zone fell incomplete. Sunday night football for the Hawks next weekend when they travel to New England to meet Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Birthdays: Singer Bonnie Raitt is 67; she hosted Entertainment Tonight from 1982 to 2011, Mary Hart is 66; the daughter of Hugh Hefner, the former CEO of Playboy, Christie Hefner is 64; singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 62; singer and actor Leif Garrett is 55; actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 49; and the son of Ozzy and Sharon, Jack Osbourne is 31.

Today is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day, sponsors suggest using lots of cabbage and garlic. Today is National Parents as Teachers Day, a reminder that parents are the primary teachers of children ages birth to five, the most important learning period of a person's life. Today is Abet and Aid Punsters Day, a day to laugh at instead of groan at dreadful puns.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, Indiana's Clair Scott kicked football's worst punt. With the ball on the 3-yard-line, Scott punted from his own end zone. The wind caught the ball and carried it back into the end zone, where an Iowa player caught it for a touchdown. In 1991, Philippe's sandwich shop in Los Angeles, which had served a 10-cent cup of coffee since 1978, was forced to raise the price to 11 cents because of a new state snack tax. In 1995, the Swedish news service reported that members of the nation's anti-terrorist police force were resigning because there was no terrorism in Sweden and the job was boring. In 1995, Michael Jackson sold the ATV music catalog to Sony for $95-million. It included rights to most of the Beatles songs. In 2000, in Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 US presidential election.

ESPN is bringing its College GameDay to the campus of the University of Washington on Saturday for the Huskies' game against the University of Southern California. The show was last in Seattle for a UW game against Oregon in 2013. The show was also in Salt Lake City on October 29th for the UW's game against the University of Utah. The USC game has a 4:30 kickoff Saturday afternoon.

Saturday night at 7:30, the Cougars host California.

At long last, the political season is winding down. As the Grateful Dead once sang, "What a long, strange trip it's been."

Trivia Answer: Sesame Street. National Educational Television was an American educational television network in the USA from 1952 to 1970. It was replaced on October 5th of 1970 by the Public Broadcasting Service. Sesame Street is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters created by Jim Henson. The show is produced by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop.

Monday 11.7.16
Morning Trivia: He is a writer on business management practices. He's best known for In Search of Excellence (which he co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.). Who is he?

The Huskies and Cougars both put up more than 60 points over the weekend. Jake Browning threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns to set Washington's single-season record for TD passes, and the Huskies beat California 66-27 on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Cougars jumped to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and Washington State crushed Arizona 69-7 on Saturday for their seventh consecutive victory. Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns for WSU which had its highest points total since 1997 and the most ever against a Pac-12 opponent.

ESPN is bringing its College GameDay to the campus of the University of Washington on Saturday for the Huskies' game against the University of Southern California. The show was last in Seattle for a UW game against Oregon in 2013. The show was also in Salt Lake City on October 29th for the UW's game against the University of Utah. The USC game has a 4:30 kickoff Saturday afternoon.

Texas A&M tumbled three spots to No. 10 while the top six teams remained intact in The Associated Press college football poll released yeaterday. Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State remained in front in the Top 25 rankings. No new teams entered the poll this week. WSU moved up two spots from 25 to 23.

NFL rules mandate that home games be on broadcast television. That's why tonight's Seahawks game is on ESPN -- a cable channel -- and also on KONG. Kick-off at 5:30.

Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 98; singer Johnny Rivers is 74; singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is 73; former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, retired General David Petraeus is 64; Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, actor Christopher Knight is 59; and Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor -- we know her simply as Lorde -- the singer/songwriter is 20 today.

Janet Reno, former US attorney general, the first woman to serve as attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Bill Clinton administration has died. Her death comes after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Janet Reno was 78.

Today is Republican Elephant Day, marking the debut of a cartoon elephant to represent the Republican Party on this date in 1874 in Harper's Weekly. Today is Four Term Day, marking election day in 1944 when Franklin Roosevelt became the first and only person elected to a 4th term as US president. President Roosevelt died only 53 days into his 4th term, and Vice-President Harry Truman assumed the Presidency.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed during a windstorm. The suspension bridge had opened to traffic on July 1st of 1940. In 1960, James Brett Jr. underwent successful hip surgery in Houston. He was 111 years old, the oldest surgical patient on record. In 1965, the Pillsbury Dough Boy debuted in television commercials. In 1988, John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own Run Through the Jungle on his 1985 hit The Old Man Down the Road. In 1973, New Jersey became the first US state to allow girls to play on Little League baseball teams. In 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for the HIV virus and would retire from pro basketball. In 1991, actor Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, pled no contest to charges of indecent exposure. Reubens had been arrested in Sarasota, Florida, for exposing himself in a theater. In 2000, Hillary Clinton became the first president's wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the US Senate. In 2002, Guns N' Roses fans in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group's comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose's plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.

Doctor Strange is doing its part to heal what has been a recent box office slump. Doctor Strange earned about $85 million over the weekend. Trolls is also adding a boost with an opening of about $44 million. Both films are leading Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge which should end up with about $14 million for the weekend. Boo! A Madea Halloween finished fourth and Inferno rounded out the top five.

The Simpsons have traveled the world, saved Springfield from annihilation and even stepped into virtual reality, but the beloved animated family is entering new ground as it heads toward a record-breaking 30th season. The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons running until 2019, meaning it will break the record for most episodes of any scripted television show in US history. The Simpsons is currently in its 28th season, with just over 600 episodes aired. By 2019, it will have outpaced western TV drama Gunsmoke, which concluded after 635 episodes in 1975. Since its 1989 premiere, The Simpsons -- bumbling patriarch Homer, long-suffering wife Marge, prankster Bart, prodigy Lisa, and baby Maggie -- have become globally recognized figures. The show has won 32 Emmy awards and was nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category in 2012. The fictional family from Springfield even has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Trivia Answer: Tom Peters who is 74 today. In Search of Excellence was published in 1982. It became a bestseller, gaining exposure in the United States at a national level when a series of television specials based on the book and hosted by Peters appeared on PBS. The primary ideas espoused solving business problems with as little business-process overhead as possible, and empowering decision-makers at multiple levels of a company. In later books Peters has encouraged personal responsibility in response to the New Economy. Peters's latest book is The Little Big Things, released in March 2010. Peters currently lives in West Tinmouth, Vermont with his wife Susan Sargent, and continues to write and speak about personal and business empowerment and problem-solving methodologies.

Friday 11.4.16
Morning Trivia: He was a broadcast journalist. He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the US space program. Who was he?

Thursday Night Football: Matt Ryan threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Atlanta Falcons tighten their grip on first place in the NFC South with a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night. The Seattle Seahawks take the national stage on Monday night when they host the Buffalo Bills at the CLink on Monday Night Football.

Here comes a Saturday of college football. At 1:00 tomorrow afternoon, the No. 25 WSU Cougars host Arizona. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the No. 4 University of Washington Huskies are at California. ESPN has the game.

Now that the World Series is done, MLB teams can return to business. The Mariners did just that yesterday. They exercised their 2017 option on outfielder Seth Smith but declined to pick up the same on catcher Chris Iannetta, making him a free agent. With Franklin Gutierrez, Dae-Ho Lee, Adam Lind, and Drew Storen also officially becoming free agents yesterday, Seattle's 40-man roster now includes 35 players. In an unrelated development, the Houston Astros claimed outfielder Nori Aoki off waivers.

Birthdays: Hotlips Houlihan on the TV version of M*A*S*H, actress Loretta Swit is 79; singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton is 76; former First Lady Laura Bush is 70; Christine Sullivan on Night Court, actress Markie Post is 66; actress Kathy Griffin is 56; The Karate Kid, actor Ralph Macchio is 55; the host of Survivor Jeff Probst is 55; actor Matthew McConaughey is 47; and rapper/producer Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is also 47.

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 the 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 wisecracked, "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 US 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, California. The dedication ceremony was attended by President Bush and former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon. It was the first gathering of five US chief executives. In 2010, the five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on Oprah. It was the first time all five had performed together since 2006.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blasted NFL at his press conference yesterday from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Sherman was still steaming from Seattle's loss to the New Orleans last Sunday, when the Seahawks were called for 11 penalties against just two for the Saints in that 25-20 defeat. According to Sherman, the league admitted making an error on a key third-quarter illegal contact call on defensive back DeShawn Shead, as well as on two non-calls on New Orleans wide receiver Willie Snead, who seemed to commit blatant offensive pass interference on pick plays in key situations in the second half. Sherman said, "We lead the league in NFL apologies the next day. Oh, that was a pick route. That was a pick route. It should have been called. It should have been called. Yeah, it might have cost you the game, but so what. It's too late now." Seattle went into Week 8 averaging 7.3 penalties per game, while New Orleans averaged 7.5 flags, but the disproportionate calls against the Seahawks allowed the Saints to extend drives that eventually put points on the board. That's nothing new, said Sherman, who believes officials treat Seattle differently, perhaps in order to even the playing field versus inferior opponents. Sherm said, "I'm sure it's some way the league has of evening out everything. We have a really good team, so I guess you've got to do something." Sherman's solution for the officiating imbalance? Trim the NFL rule book, which, he says, is "entirely too difficult to officiate," to have been designed by players and coaches, as well as being slanted toward the offense. Sherman believes rules created or emphasized by the league the last couple of years in the name of player safety were done so primarily for public perception reasons, and he said concussion concerns weren't the reason the league has struggled with its television ratings in 2016. He says, "The most celebrated part of football used to be the violence. That's why people watched. People didn't watch to see people play pitty-pat." So what is the reason for the decline in ratings? Sherman said, "The league isn't fun anymore. Every other league you see the players have a good time. It's a game. This isn't politics. This isn't justice. This is entertainment, and they're no longer allowing the players to entertain. They're not allowing the players to show any kind of personality, any kind of uniqueness, any individuality, because they want to control the product. They want to control the messaging." Sherman said he and his teammates look forward to playing on Monday night versus the Bills, where Seattle will try to improve on its 15-3-1 record under Carroll in prime-time games. Before he stepped out from behind the podium Sherman offered an explanation for the team's outsized success on national television as a parting shot of sorts. He said, "Maybe because they don't want the refs to control the game in those games. Too many people in prime time. They can't make it look that obvious."

In theaters this weekend, the PG-13 rated Doctor Strange is expected to make $60 to $70 million. Other films out this weekend include the R-rated Hacksaw Ridge, and the PG-rated Trolls.

Trivia Answer: Walter Cronkite who was born on this date 100 years ago today -- on this date in 1916. He was best known as the anchor for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is" followed by the date on which the appearance aired. He died on July 17th of 2009 at the age of 92. He is believed to have died from cerebrovascular disease.

Thursday 11.3.16
Morning Trivia: He's a stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, and television and radio personality. He rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in 1985, and subsequently hosted a string of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication. He is known for his critical assessments of current events, laced with pop culture references and delivered in an idiosyncratic verbal style. Although in his early years of fame he was perceived to be quite liberal and anti-Republican, in recent years, he's become known for his right leaning political opinions. Who is he?

Lovable losers no more, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 when Teddy Roosevelt was President. They did it when Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a thrilling extra-inning Game 7 delayed by rain last night. The Cubs nearly let this one get away, too. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead with two outs in the eighth when Rajai Davis hit a tying homer. But the Cubs, after tormenting their fans one more time, came right back after a 17-minute rain delay before the top of the 10th and scored twice. Davis hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, but former Seattle Mariner pitcher Mike Montgomery got the final out. Manager Joe Maddon's team halted the longest title drought in baseball, becoming the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals. Cleveland was trying to win its first crown since 1948, but lost the last two games at home. World Series favorites since spring training, Chicago led the majors with 103 wins this season. The Cubs then ended more than a century of misery for their fans.

Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was one of the biggest games in MLB history, and that fact was reflected in the TV ratings. More people watched the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians last night than any baseball game in recent memory. They're saying it's the most watched game in 15 years. An average of over 40 million people were tuned in to see the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. That’s the highest viewership for the sport since more than 50 million people watched Game 7 of the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. The contest drew a 25.2 overnight rating, peaking at 31.1 at 11:30 pm EDT. The rating dipped to 24.3 at midnight when there was a short rain delay at the top of the 10th inning, but it rose to 27.2 when the game concluded. More than half of the households in Chicago watched Game 7, as the city generated a 51.2 rating. Seventy-one percent of the TV sets in the city that were on were tuned into the contest. Cleveland drew a 48.6 rating and a 69 share, nearly matching Chicago.

Speaking of sports on TV, Thursday night football tonight features the Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay to faced the Buccaneers. The Seattle Seahawks get the national stage on Monday night when they host the Buffalo Bills at the CLink on Monday Night Football.

First, though, is a Saturday of college football. At 1:00 Saturday afternoon, the WSU Cougars host Arizona. Then Saturday night at 7:30, the University of Washington Huskies are at California. ESPN has the game.

Birthdays: From F Troop and elsewhere, actor Ken Berry is 83; former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis is also 83; the singer Lulu is 68; boxer Larry Holmes is 67; actress and comedian Roseanne Barr is 64; Steven Spielberg's wife, actress Kate Capshaw is 63; singer Adam Ant is 62; football player turned sportscaster Phil Simms is also 62; actor Dolph Lundgren is 59; and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is 29.

Today is National Sandwich Day. Today is Cliche Day. Urge everyone to use as many cliches 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 day 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. In 2005, Walt Disney Pictures released Chicken Little. It was the first Disney film completely created with computer animation.

Research on vegetables and aging gives moms another reason to say “I told you so.” The research found that eating vegetables appears to help keep the brain young and may slow the mental decline sometimes associated with growing old. On measures of mental sharpness, older people who ate more than two servings of vegetables daily appeared about five years younger at the end of the six-year study than those who ate few or no vegetables.

Trivia Answer: Dennis Miller who turns 63 today. In 2000, Miller landed the job as color commentator on ABC's Monday Night Football. His commentary was sprinkled with esoteric references. A common Miller-ism was after a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete, he would say "Hail Mary is denied – separation of church and state." In 2010, TV Guide listed Miller's stint at #12 on its list of the 25 Biggest TV Blunders. Miller is listed at 21 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand up comedians of all time.

Wednesday 11.2.16
Morning Trivia: He was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. He is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the settled part of the Thirteen Colonies. Audiences of the baby boomer generation are more familiar with the television series bearing his name, which ran from 1964 to 1970. In the popular theme song for the series, he was described as a "big man" in a "coonskin cap" and the "rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man the frontier ever knew!" Who was he?

The Chicago Cubs put up three runs in the first inning and smiled for the rest of the night on their way to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the World Series last night. With the series now tied at three games each, it's a winner-take-all Game 7 tonight in Cleveland. The holy grail of baseball -- a World Series Game 7. First pitch tonight at 5:00 on Fox.

Birthdays: She was Jennifer Hart in the television series Hart to Hart, actress Stefanie Powers is 74; singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 71; singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 55; actor David Schwimmer is 50; and rapper Nelly is 42.

Today is Look For Circles Day. Go forth, in search of circles. It's National Deviled Eggs Day. Today is Plan Your Epitaph Day -- perhaps a little morbid at first blush but when 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.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1979, the movie Quadrophenia opened. Based on the rock opera of the same same from The Who, 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.

The Seattle Mariners are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the club's founding with a uniform patch unveiled yesterday. The logo on the patch is very Northwesty -- with Mount Rainier looming over the Space Needle and Seattle skyline. The M's nautical compass rose logo is superimposed on the number 40 in the foreground. The patch will be worn on the right sleeve of the team's uniforms throughout the 2017 season. The Mariners are also celebrating the team's founding with special appearances and promotions during the 2017 campaign.

Husky fans are suffering some bruised feelings thanks to the NCAA College Football Playoff committee. The committee put out their inaugural list yesterday afternoon and undefeated Washington is not in the Top 4 as many people expected. Alabama is ranked No. 1, followed by Clemson at 2 and Michigan at 3 -- all, like the Huskies, the only remaining undefeated teams among the Power 5 conferences. But Texas A&M, which lost to Alabama earlier this season, snagged the No. 4 spot, meaning if the season ended today, the Huskies would be left out of the playoffs. The 12-person committee gave a nod to Texas A&M's strength of schedule. The committee will release weekly rankings until the final rankings on December 4th. The top four teams then move on to the College Football Playoff semifinals on December 31st at the Fiesta and Peach bowls.

This weekend, the Huskies are at California on Saturday. Also Saturday, the Cougars are hosting Arizona.

The Seahawks are home for Monday Night Footbal.. They host the Buffalo Bills.

As you head off to bed Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour -- those that still need to be manually adjusted. Officially, the time change occurs at 2 o'clock Sunday morning as we return to Pacific Standard Time.

Trivia Answer: Daniel Boone who was born on this date in 1734. The real frontiersman, was not a big man and did not wear a coonskin cap. Boone was portrayed this way because Fess Parker, the tall actor who played Boone, was essentially reprising his role as Davy Crockett from an earlier TV series. That Boone could be portrayed as Crockett, another American frontiersman with a very different persona, was another example of how Boone's image could be reshaped to suit popular tastes. Daniel Boone died of natural causes on September 26th of 1820. His last words were, "I'm going now. My time has come."

Tuesday 11.1.16
Morning Trivia: He was a politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, film and television actor. A Republican, he served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. As an actor, he appeared in a number of movies and television shows, as well as in commercials. He frequently portrayed governmental figures. In the final months of his senate term in 2002, he joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch. Who was he?

The World Series continues tonight. The action has moved from Chicago to Cleveland. It's Game 6 between the Cubs and Indians. The Indians are looking to clinch while the Cubs are trying to extend the series for one more game. Game time tonight at 5:00.

Monday Night Football: When the 1-and-6 Bears were set to host the 5-and-1 Vikings, we assumed how it would go. But surprise. Jay Cutler threw for 252 yards and a touchdown after missing five games with a thumb injury, rookie Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 153 yards and a TD, and the Chicago Bears stunned the Minnesota Vikings 20-10 last night. The Seahawks are on next Monday as they host the Buffalo Bills.

Birthdays: Golfer Gary Player is 81; Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is 74; singer Lyle Lovett is 59; Apple CEO Tim Cook is 56; from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer Anthony Kiedis is 54; Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is 53; singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins is 52; actress Jenny McCarthy is 44; and long-time Oakland Athletic now a Cleveland Indian in the World Series, outfielder Coco Crisp is 37.

In Latin novem means nine. In ancient Rome November was the ninth month. Fifth century Anglo-Saxons called November Wind Month. November's birthstone: topaz. Flower: chrysanthemum.

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, Aviation Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Novel Writing Month, Vegan Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lover's Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, and National Raisin Bread Month.

November is I Am So Thankful Month, dedicated to counting blessings and giving thanks daily. Today is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Today is All Hallows or All Saints Day. Today is National Authors Day, and National Family Literacy Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, Notre Dame introduced the forward pass. Quarterback Gus Dorais completed 17 of 21 passes to receiver Knute Rockne to defeat a surprised Army team 35 to 13. In 1946, the New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Huskies 68-66 in the very first NBA game. Any fan taller than Toronto center George Nostrand got in free. In 1990, McDonalds announced it would replace Stryofoam burger boxes with heavyweight paper containers. In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as the newest justice on the US Supreme Court. In 1994, the Amazon.com domain name was registered. Also in 1994, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance was released as MTV Unplugged in New York. In 1999, one of the NFL's all-time great running backs, Walter Payton, died of cancer at age 45.

Northwest Cable News, the channel that built an always-on, CNN-like news outlet for the Pacific Northwest, is set to go off the air early next year. The channel's last day will be January 6th. About 20 jobs at NWCN are being eliminated, including producers, editors and on-air roles. The general manager at KING Broadcasting, the parent of NWCN said viewership has declined over time. He said an expiring contract with cable companies was also a factor.

We get that hour we gave up last spring this weekend. Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Trivia Answer: Fred Thompson who died on year ago today. A film named Marie was Thompson's first acting role and was released in 1985. Thompson was then cast as the CIA Director in the 1987 film No Way Out. In 1990, he was cast as Ed Trudeau, the head of Dulles Airport, in the action sequel Die Hard 2, as Rear Admiral Painter in The Hunt for Red October, and as Big John, the President of NASCAR, in the movie Days of Thunder. Thompson would go on to appear in many films and television shows. In the final months of his senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of Law & Order, playing conservative District Attorney Arthur Branch for the next five years. Thompson began filming during the August 2002 Senate recess. Thompson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 2004. On the morning of November 1st of 2015, Thompson died from a recurrence of lymphoma at the age of 73.