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Thursday 11.30.17
Morning Trivia: He was a radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. As host of American Bandstand, he introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and Madonna. Who was he?

When Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner was younger in his career and still lacking some recognition, it was teammate Richard Sherman that was regularly touting Wagner's talent. With Sherman out for the season, maybe he'll be able to find time to lead Wagner's campaign as his name is getting mentioned as a potential defensive player of the year candidate. Now in his sixth season, Wagner might be playing better now than at any point of his career. That's notable since Wagner has already been an All-Pro, a multiple-time Pro Bowl selection, and is generally considered one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL. But Wagner has crept into a different conversation as a possible defensive player of the year candidate. It's always been a goal for Wagner, yet seemed unlikely with the award usually going to the most disruptive defensive lineman or a player in the secondary having a standout season. Only a couple of middle linebackers have won the award since 2003. Yet, whether his season is being looked at from an analytical perspective or simply watching him play, Wagner has rightfully found his way into the discussion. He'll have another prime stage this week when the Seahawks host the 10-and-1 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Birthdays: Bill Gates Sr. -- the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates -- is 92; Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy 87; director Ridley Scott is 80; Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover is 72; singer and actor Mandy Patinkin is 65; rocker Billy Idol is 62; actor-football player-baseball player Bo Jackson is 55; actor and director Ben Stiller is 52; singer Des'ree is 49; and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is 39.

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 date 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 2003, in New York, a block of East 2nd Street was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. In 2004, the International Committee of the Red Cross charged that the US military intentionally abused prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Are you pushing a Sophia or Jackson around in your baby stroller? Congratulations, your kid has the hottest baby name of 2017. BabyCenter released its list of the Top 100 Baby Names of 2017 yesterday and Sophia and Jackson were there at the top.

Trivia Answer: Dick Clark, who was born on this date in 1929. Singer Paul Anka claimed that Bandstand was responsible for creating a "youth culture." Due to his perennial youthful appearance and his largely teenaged audience of American Bandstand, Clark was often referred to as "America's oldest teenager" or "the world's oldest teenager". He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations. Clark was well known for his trademark sign-off, "For now, Dick Clark — so long!", accompanied by a facsimile of a military salute. Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show a year later on December 31st of 2005. Subsequently, he appeared at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show through the 2011–12 show. He died on April 18th of 2012, of a heart attack, at the age of 82.

Wednesday 11.29.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 2004, this game show contestant finally lost but not before he won $2,520,700 -- American television's biggest game show winnings. Who is he and what was the show?

A huge college football weekend coming up. Clemson is No. 1, followed by Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin in the last College Football Playoff rankings before the semifinals are set by the selection committee on Sunday. Alabama fell from No. 1 to No. 5 after losing to Auburn, and Georgia was sixth. After taking its first loss of the season last week, Miami slipped from No. 2 to No. 7, just ahead of Ohio State at No. 8. Each of the top four teams plays a conference title game this Saturday against another top-10 team, creating potential play-in playoff games. Clemson faces Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship; Auburn and Georgia play for the Southeastern Conference title; Wisconsin faces Ohio State for the Big Ten title; and Oklahoma faces No. 10 TCU for the Big 12 title.

Birthdays: His 67 seasons with the Dodgers, starting in Brooklyn in 1950 and ending this past season in LA, constitute the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. Vin Scully is 90; actress Diane Ladd -- Laura Dern's mom -- is 82; musician Chuck Mangione is 77; from The Rascals, frontman-singer-and-keyboardist Felix Cavaliere is 75; comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor, Howie Mandel is 62; actress Cathy Moriarty is 57; actress Kim Delaney is 56; former soccer Seattle Sounders and former starter goalkeeper for the United States men's national soccer team, born in Olympia, Kasey Keller is 48; and Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson is 29.

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 notes: On this date in 1936, in Iowa, in a double wedding, a father and son married sisters, making 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.

Fourth Avenue was closed for a bit yesterday because of a power pole fire at the corner of Eastside. They got it back open but the traffic light there at 4th and Eastside was still down last night. Thank you, by the way, to those drivers that treated the dark traffic light as a 4-way stop yesterday. I had to drive through that intersection a couple of times yesterday and the other drivers were quite cordial. Thank you! You know who you are. The good news is that the light was back operating when I went through this morning.

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: He was Ken Jennings and the show was Jeopardy. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in game show history. In 2004, he won 74 Jeopardy! games (in a row) before he was defeated. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, consisting of $2,520,700 over his 74 wins, a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a $100,000 win for second-place prize in the Jeopardy Battle of the Decades, as well as half of a $300,000 prize in the IBM Challenge, when he competed against Watson. During his first run of Jeopardy! appearances, Jennings earned the record for the highest American game show winnings. His total was surpassed by Brad Rutter, who defeated Jennings in the finals of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions in May of 2005), adding $2,000,000 to Rutter's existing Jeopardy! winnings. Jennings regained the record after appearing on several other game shows, culminating in an appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? in October of 2008), though Rutter retained the record for highest Jeopardy! winnings and once again passed Jennings' total after his victory in the 2014 Jeopardy Battle of the Decades tournament. After his success on Jeopardy!, Jennings wrote about his experience and explored American trivia history and culture in his book Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs, published in 2006. By the way, he was born in up in Edmonds. He and his wife Mindy have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Caitlin. They reside in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Tuesday 11.28.17
Morning Trivia: He was an actor, comedian, and producer. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Making his acting debut in 1950, appearing in 46 live television programs a year. He made his film debut in 1956, with supporting roles in several drama, western, and romance films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s. Although his performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, he later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s, after being cast against type for the comedy film Airplane!. In his comedy roles, he specialized in portraying characters oblivious to and complicit in their absurd surroundings. Who was he?

The Seattle Seahawks are hosting the red hot Philadelphia Eagles in this week's Sunday night game. The Hawks are 5-point underdogs. It's the first time since 2012 that they're underdogs at the CLink.

Birthdays: The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, Jr. is 88; 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 -- no relation -- is 81; composer and musician Randy Newman is 74; singer, composer, actor, author, comedian, and multi-instrumentalist -- he was David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick -- Paul Shaffer is 68; actor Ed Harris is 67; actor Judd Nelson is 58; and former The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart is 55.

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.

Calendar notes: On this date 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. In 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit. In 2010, WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked secret or confidential.

If there’s one category of performer that Grammys voters love, it's mainstream-accessible pop stars like Adele, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, all of whom dominated the major Grammys categories in recent years. That isn’t the case for the 2018 awards, with the song, album and record of the year categories excluding many pop stars that seemed like shoo-ins for the Grammys’ biggest awards. Instead, the nominees for album of the year feature Bruno Mars and Lorde alongside hip hop and R&B releases from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. These artists also dominate record and song categories. The Grammys air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28th.

Trivia Answer: Leslie Nielsen. His appearance in Airplane! marked Nielsen's turning point, making him the 'Olivier of spoofs' according to film critic Roger Ebert, and leading to further success in the genre with The Naked Gun film series, based on the earlier short-lived television series Police Squad! in which Nielsen also starred. Nielsen received a variety of awards and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame. 1980's Airplane! was a parody of disaster films such as Zero Hour! and Airport, and was based on building a comedy around actors known for dramatic roles. Other stars included Robert Stack, Peter Graves, and Lloyd Bridges. Nielsen's deadpan delivery contrasted with the absurdity surrounding him. When asked, "Surely you can't be serious?", he responded with a curt, "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley." In several interviews he reflected on the line: "I thought it was amusing, but it never occurred to me that it was going to become a trademark." In 2010 Airplane! was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Nielsen was legally deaf and wore hearing aids for most of his life. In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to the hospital. On this date in 2010, the 84-year-old Nielsen died in his sleep from pneumonia.

Monday 11.27.17
Morning Trivia: He was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He was born in San Fancisco but raised in Hong Kong. He moved to the United States at the age of 18 to attend the University of Washington. It was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. Who is he?

In a game they were supposed to win -- a game they had to win -- Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame a sloppy start to beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-13 yesterday. The Seahawks host red hot Philadelphia on Sunday.

I don't think it was the game anybody -- least of all the WSU Cougars -- was hoping for. Given the chance to ruin their rivals hopes at a conference championship, Washington did more than simply cost Washington State a chance at the Pac-12 North. The Huskies reasserted that for the fifth straight season the Apple Cup would remain decorated in purple with yet another rout of the Cougars. The Huskies ended Washington State's hopes for a division title with a 41-14 thumping Saturday night. The Cougars' and Huskies' regular seasons are over. The teams now wait a week to find out a bowl assignment.

Birthdays: Media executive, political activist, executive chairman of Breitbart, Steve Bannon is 64; Bill Nye the Science Guy is 62; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia is 59; from Simple Minds, guitarist and co-founder Charlie Burchill is 58; actress Robin Givens is 53; Baseball Hall of Fmer, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez, is 46; Steve Urkel on Family Matters, actor Jaleel White is 41; and -- he's retired now -- our favorite utility baseball player, Willy Bloomquist, born in Bremerton, is 40.

Today is Pins and Needles Day. The real purpose of Pins and Needles Day was to commemorate the opening of the pro-Labor play Pins and Needles on Broadway on this day in 1937. Over time, people have lost track of the original meaning. Today, most people look upon Pins and Needles Day, as a nervous and anxious day. Its a day of eager anticipation, as we await an event or for something to happen. One could argue that kids are on pins and needles from now until Christmas, as they nervously wonder if they have been good enough to receive a visit from Santa in a few weeks.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Mick Jagger was fined 16 pounds for drunk driving in Staffordshire, England. In 1967, the pneumatic chicken gun was introduced. It fired dead chickens at speeds up to 600 miles an hour and was used by the Canadian National Research Council to test airplane parts likely to be struck by high-flying birds. In 1977, former sweat hog Vinnie Barbarino changed his name to Tony Manero and set box office records as Saturday Night Fever opened and actor John Travolta was a superstar. In 1983, the Associated Press reported US stores nationwide were being besieged by shoppers searching for Cabbage Patch Kids. In 1991, both houses of Congress approved $70-billion in additional borrowing authority for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation because of a record number of savings-and-loan failures. In 2008, the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was taken out of service after more than 30 years. The ship was launched on September 20th of 1967.

Coco handily won the Thanksgiving holiday box office over the second weekend of Justice League, making $71.2 million in North America during the Wednesday-Sunday period. Justice League pulled in $60 million. Coco posted for the third-best Thanksgiving holiday opening ever, trailing three other Disney titles -- Frozen with $93 million in 2013, Moana with $82 million in 2017 and Toy Story 3 with $80 million in 2010. Wonder continued to show impressive traction in third place. Thor: Ragnarok finished fourth. Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy’s Home 2 tied for fifth place over the weekend.

Black Friday was huge for online shopping, but today -- Cyber Monday -- could be even bigger. It is projected by Adobe Digital Insights that the day could see as much as $6.6 billion in sales -- a 16.5% increase over last year’s record-setter. By comparison, shoppers spent about $5 billion online on Black Friday.

The Cleveland Browns have now been eliminated from post-season play. With a loss yesterday to Cincinnati, the Cleveland Browns’ record is now 0 and 11. The last team to go winless was Detroit in 2008 when the Lions when 0 and 16. The Lions still hold the record for the most losses in a single season. Winless teams in previous seasons won no games but fell short of the 16 game record because the season wasn't 16 games long.

Trivia Answer: Bruce Lee who was born on this date in 1940. He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: The Big Boss in 1971, Fist of Fury in 1972, Way of the Dragon in 1972, Enter the Dragon in 1973, and The Game of Death in 1978. On the small screen, he played the role of the sidekick Kato alongside the title character played by Van Williams in the series The Green Hornet. The show lasted only one season of 26 episodes, from September 1966 to March 1967. Bruce Lee died in 1973 when he was 32 years old. His death attributed to "death by misadventure" -- his death caused by an acute cerebral edema due to a reaction to compounds present in his medication. Bruce Lee is buried next to his son, actor Brandon Lee, at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Friday 11.24.17
The final week of the regular college football season is here with plenty of rivalry bragging rights at stake. Here in the Northwest, the Apple Cup features two ranked teams this year as the WSU Cougars are in Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies. It should a soggy game tomorrow with periods of rain throughout the day. Rain could be heavy at times in the evening, making for slippery field conditions. If the Cougars beat the Huskies, Washington State plays in the Pac-12 title game. If the Huskies win, then it's Stanford in that title game. The Huskies and Cougars meet in the 110th Apple Cup tomorrow afternoon at 5:00.

The Seahawks are on the road this weekend. They're in San Francisco against the 49ers Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Do you realize that this is Black Friday AND Blue Friday -- Black & Blue Friday.

Birthdays: Retired NBA player nicknamed The Big O -- Oscar Roberston -- is 79; former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 77; the original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best is 76; 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 75; he was Billy MacGregor on Head of the Class, Scottish actor and comedian, Billy Connolly is also 75; singer-songwriter-organist Lee Michaels is 72; he was Chip on My Three Sons, actor Stanley Livingston is 67; and from Grey's Anatomy, actress Katherine Heigl is 39.

It's Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving. It's one of the two busiest shopping days of the year. The other busiest shopping day is the day after Christmas, when throngs of shoppers, on holiday vacation, mob the stores to use gift certificates they received, and to exchange merchandise.  In the world of accountants, red signifies a loss, and black signifies a profit. For many retailers, the Christmas holiday sales season represents a half to three quarters of their annual sales. Often, retailers are losing money , until holiday sales begin. Holiday sales formally begin on the day after Thanksgiving. So, Black Friday represents that turning point, from a loss towards profits. Today is You're Welcome Day. It encourages us to simply say "You're welcome" to help put manners back into society. On Thanksgiving Day we say "Thanks" for what we have.  So, it only seems natural, that "You're Welcome" immediately follows a thank you. 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 Evolution Day or All Our Uncles Are Monkeys Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated in the US. In 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television. In 1971, hijacker Dan Cooper, known as DB Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over 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.

Thursday 11.23.17

Birthdays: Singer, songwriter, pianist Bruce Hornsby is 63; from Good Morning America. Robin Roberts is 57; Papa John, the founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza, John Schnatter is 56; former NBA player Vin Baker is 46; Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore) is 30; and Miley Cyrus is 25.

Here we are tucked between the two monster sized holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. It is a time to kick back and relax, watch a football game or go to a movie, and enjoy a huge feast. It's also time for us to give thanks.

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. Looking for a quick caffeine high? Well, you are in luck because today is National Espresso Day, and a cup of espresso should do the trick.

Caalendar 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.

Wednesday 11.22.17
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?

Washington State has been turning heads with its offense for years and this season the defense has been doing the same. The 14th-ranked Cougars are hoping that improved stopping power will help them flip the script in the Apple Cup, where Washington State is playing for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game while No. 15 Washington is merely hoping to play spoiler. Archrival Washington has used a superior defense to win the past four Apple Cups. The Huskies outscored Washington State by an average of 39-14 in those four games. Washington is a nine-point favorite to win the Apple Cup in Seattle. If Washington State wins, the Cougars advance to the conference title game against Pac-12 South winner Southern California. A Washington win would send Stanford to the title game. Kickoff for the 110th Apple Cup is 5:00 Saturday afternoon.

A strangely warm morning this morning. In fact, the National Weather service pointed out that a record was possible today. Here in Olympia, the temp only fell to 58° overnight. The warmest low temperature on record for the month of November here is 56° set on November 6th of 2006.

Birthdays: From the Monty Python comedy troupe, comedian Terry" Gilliam is 77; singer and songwriter -- founding member and lead singer of the The Youngbloods -- Jesse Colin Young is 76; former World No. 1 professional tennis player, Billie Jean King is 74; Little Steven, from The E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt is 67; actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 59; actress Mariel Hemingway is 56; another former world No. 1 professional tennis player, Boris Becker is 50; actor Mark Ruffalo is also 50; and actress Scarlett Johansson is 33.

One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy has died as a result of complications from dementia, four days after he was hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with kidney and liver failure. Earlier this year, Cassidy announced that he planned to retire from touring, and later revealed to People magazine that he had dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother, the late actress Evelyn Ward, also were stricken with the neurological disease, told People of his diagnosis, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming." Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling out arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the hit TV series The Partridge Family. Cassidy had a rocky time in recent years -- he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, ultimately spending time in rehab. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and was charged in a hit-and-run accident that same year. Earlier this year, Cassidy made news when fan-recorded video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California, an apparent sign of his dementia. David Cassidy was 67.

Today is Start Your Own Country Day. 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 being the day before Thanksgiving, it's National Tie One On Day. According to the Apron Memories website, Tie One On Day is a day to "give from the heart". Tomorrow, we'll give thanks for what we have. Today, you get the opportunity to put the "Give" back into Thanksgiving, by doing one small good deed for someone less fortunate.

Calendar notes: On this date in 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 JD 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.

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 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.

Tuesday 11.21.17
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?

Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 last night. Atlanta stayed in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot thanks to its second straight victory and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss. Seattle attempted a late rally down by 11 points. Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin on a 29-yard TD with 3 minutes left, and Seattle got in range for a long field goal attempt by Blair Walsh in the closing moments, but his 52-yard attempt with 2 seconds left came up about a yard short and Atlanta escaped with the victory. The Seahawks are in San Francisco against the 49ers Sunday.

Birthdays: That Girl actress Marlo Thomas is 80; singer-songwriter Dr. John is 77; actress Juliet Mills is 76; actress Goldie Hawn is 72; actress Nicollette Sheridan is 54; singer Bjork is 52; quarterback turned sportscaster Troy Aikman is 51; The Kid, baseball's Ken Griffey Jr. is 48; football player turned TV host, Michael Strahan is 46; and singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 32.

Della Reese, who segued from pop and jazz singing stardom in the ‘50s and ‘60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on Touched By an Angel and other shows, died Sunday night at her home in California. Her greatest popularity came as co-star of the inspirational CBS show Touched By An Angel. Though the show was axed during its debut 1994-95 season, a letter-writing campaign convinced execs to bring the series back, and Reese prevailed as the heavenly samaritan Tess for a total of nine seasons, winning seven consecutive NAACP Image Awards as best lead actress in a drama and collecting two Emmy nominations and a 1998 Golden Globe nod. Throughout her long career, Reese proved indomitable in the face of serious health crises. In 1979, she suffered a brain aneurysm during a taping of The Tonight Show, and weathered two brain surgeries. She collapsed on the set of Touched By An Angel in 2002, and later announced she suffered from type 2 diabetes. Della Reese was 86.

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 JR? It was Sue Ellen's sister, the jilted mistress Kristin Shepard. In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died of cancer at the age of age 59. His TV series were My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and The Incredible Hulk. 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. For reference, the Dow was over 23,000 this morning.

Trivia Answer: George Zimmer who turns 69 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.

Monday 11.20.17
Morning Trivia: He was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, being the original host of the Family Feud, and a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS. Who was he?

After reports swirled all weekend that Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor was out for the season, coach Pete Carrol said the Hawks aren't ready to rule Kam out for the year ... yet. Asked specifically about the reports that Chancellor is expected to miss the remainder of the year, Carroll said: "I don't even know where that's coming from." Chancellor is out of the lineup tonight when the Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field. Game time tonight is 5:30.

When the Seahawks host the Falcons tonight, a Lacey woman who is the oldest living military nurse in the United States is raising the 12 flag at CenturyLink as part of the team's annual military tribute. Ninety-five-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Nichols served in three wars as a member of the US Army Nurse Corps. She helped build Boeing bombers during WWII and was an original member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps. She served in the US Army from 1945 to 1969, including WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

In the new AP Top 25, the Washington State Cougars are up one spot to No. 14. The Washington Huskies move up one spot to No. 15. Now it's Apple Cup time. If the Cougars beat the Huskies, Washington State plays in the Pac-12 title game. If the Huskies win, then it's Stanford. The Huskies and Cougars meet in the 110th Apple Cup in Seattle Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

Birthdays: Smothers Brother Dick Smothers is 78; former Vice President Joe Biden is 75; best known for writing and performing the song Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum is also 75; actress Veronica Hamel is 74; musician Joe Walsh is 70; actress Bo Derek is 61; the lead vocalist of the band AFI, amongst others, Davey Havok is 42; Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes is 41; and rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Future is 34.

A couple of music legends died over the weekend. On Saturday, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, Malcolm Young, died at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the bandthat he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. Then country music great Mel Tillis died yesterday morning. He was 85. Tillis died after battling intestinal issues since 2016, The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure. Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades.

And one-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy is hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with organ failure. The actor's rep added that Cassidy was in an induced coma. The 67=year-old Cassidy is suffering from kidney and liver failure.

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Today is National Absurdity Day -- a day to have fun and do crazy, zany and absurd things. Everyone has an excuse today to let the absurd antics that are hidden inside of them out. You can do things that you have wanted to do that make absolutely no sense at all and it will be okay because you will be celebrating National Absurdity Day. And today is Children's Day ... sort of. There are really a number of Children's Day observances around the world. Today, November 20th, is Universal Children's Day. In 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children's Day on an "appropriate" day. We're not sure, but perhaps each country did ... at various different dates during the year. The resolution was adopted on November 20th of 1954. Then there's International Children's Day on the second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. World Children's Day is always November 20th. This is a day McDonald's uses as a fund raiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first official World Children's Day was held on November 20th of 2002 and was celebrated around the world as a way to celebrate children and benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters around the world. This now annual celebration is officially held on November 20th each year, however fundraising opportunities often extend beyond the day. And there's Children's Day in Japan, a national holiday celebrated in Japan on May 5th. Started in 1948, Children's Day is a festive day to celebrate your child's life. In Japan it is often celebrated by giving children kites and hanging streamers.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, WABC Radio in New York City fired deejay Alan Freed after he was accused of accepting payola to play certain records. In 1962, newspapers reported that President John Kennedy had contributed every dollar earned in government salary since 1947 to charity, including his White House salary. In 1967, the US population reached 200-million. In 1975, Ronald Reagan announced he was a candidate for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. He lost to incumbent Gerald Ford, who was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. In 1976, George Harrison performed on Saturday Night Live. During the show, producer Lorne Michaels made an appeal for The Beatles to reform. In 1982, actress Drew Barrymore became the first 7-year-old to host Saturday Night Live. In 1994, David Crosby received a liver transplant. In 1997, a Ku Klux Klan group dropped its plans to join an anti-litter Adopt-A-Highway campaign in Fort Worth after the state of Texas filed a lawsuit claiming the white supremacist group was ineligible because it was not a civic organization. In 2003, Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector pleaded not guilty to the murder of actress Lana Clarkson after he was formally charged by a California court.

The mashup that brought together some of DC Entertainment's biggest superhero stars, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, nabbed an estimated $96 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number, while big for an opening weekend, came in under the roughly $110 million the industry expected. It's also the lowest opening for the Warner Bros. superhero brand, trailing films like 2013's Man of Steel, 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2016's Suicide Squad and this summer's Wonder Woman. It is the only film in the DC Extended Universe to not crack the $100 million mark in North America at its opening. The film brought in $281.5 million worldwide. At the North American box office, Wonder finished second this weekend. Thor: Ragnarok placed third. Daddy's Home 2 finished fourth. Murder on the Orient Express rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Richard Dawson who was born on this date in 1932. He was on Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. He hosted the Family Feud game show from 1976 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1995, and then was a regular panelist on Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978. On the Fued, one of his trademarks, kissing all the female contestants, was one of the things that made the show appear to be a warm and friendly program, and he soon garnered the nickname The Kissing Bandit. On the 1985 finale Dawson explained that he kissed contestants for love and luck, something his mother did with Dawson himself as a child. On June 2nd of 2012, Dawson died at the age of 79 from complications of esophageal cancer.

Friday 11.17.17
Morning Trivia: This actor, producer, and director gained prominence for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi from 1978 to 1983. The role won him a Golden Globe and an Emmy. On the big screen, he's known for his roles in -- amongst others -- Throw Momma from the Train, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ruthless People, Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, Twins, Batman Returns, Look Who's Talking Now, Other People's Money, and Get Shorty. Who is he?

Richard Sherman's comeback began yesterday. That's what he said after undergoing surgery to repair the ruptured Achilles he suffered on November 9th at Arizona. The procedure was performed Wednesday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Sherman said, "They won’t let me walk on it right now, so I guess the comeback really starts in 2-3 months." Sherman, who earlier this week was placed on Injured Reserve and is out for the year, spent about 13 minutes on his hospital bed responding to a myriad of questions. With Sherm's absence and Kam Chancellor's status questionable, there's been talk of The Legion of Whom. Earl Thomas is supposed to be back. The Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

Birthdays: Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 79; director Martin Scorsese is 75; actress Lauren Hutton is 74; Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels is 73; former baseball pitcher Tom Seaver is also 73; former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner is 68; entertainer RuPaul is 57; television host and model Daisy Fuentes is 51; and from Hanson, guitarist Isaac Hanson is 37.

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.

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 OJ Simpson verdict. In 1996, a Tampa packaging distributor introduced Biofoam, a new grain-based packing peanut more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam peanuts. Biofoam, which smells like popcorn, was originally developed as a snack food, but it didn't sell. In 2006, Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.

The weekend has arrived. Despite mixed reviews, Justice League is expected to win the weekend box office. The movie expected to bring in $110 million in the US and over $300 million globally. One reviewer said: "It can't be described as a good movie, but it's enjoyable at times to sit through." In addition to the PG-13 rated Justice League, other movies out this weekend include the PG-rated Wonder, and the PG-rated The Star. In The Star, a small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas. It features the talents of Kristin Chenoweth, Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Christopher Plummer, Keegan-Michael Key, Patricia Heaton, and Oprah Winfrey.

Trivia Answer: Danny DeVito who is 73 today. DeVito has become a major film and television producer. Through Jersey Films, he has produced many films, including Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, and Erin Brockovich (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture). In 1999, DeVito produced and co-starred in Man on the Moon, a film about the unusual life of his former Taxi co-star, Andy Kaufman, who was played in the film by Jim Carrey. DeVito made his directorial debut in 1984 with The Ratings Game. He then directed and also starred in Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda, and others. On January 17th of 1971, DeVito met Rhea Perlman. They moved in together two weeks after meeting. The couple married on January 28th of 1982. They have three children. Throughout their relationship, Perlman and DeVito have acted alongside each other several times, including in the television show Taxi and the feature film Matilda (in which they played Matilda's parents). While DeVito and Perlman separated in October 2012 after 30 years of marriage and over 40 years together, the couple reconciled in March 2013. The couple later separated for a second time in March of this year. DeVito acknowledged on CBS Sunday Morning that while he and Perlman had separated, they were not planning on getting a divorce.

Thursday 11.16.17
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?

For the first time since before he was drafted, the Seahawks have started a week of preparations knowing Richard Sherman would not play. That after he tore the Achilles tendon in his right foot during last Thursday's win over Arizona. For as much as his mouth and some of his antics have drawn attention, Sherman has been an extremely reliable cog in Seattle's secondary since his first game during the 2011 season. His streak of 109 consecutive starts -- playoffs included -- ends Monday when he's a spectator as his teammates host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.

The WSU Cougars have a bye this week. The Washington Huskies, meanwhile, host the Utah Utes Saturday night at 7:30.

The 110th Apple Cup is coming up in Seattle on the 25th.

Birthdays: He was Charley on Empty Nest then later Joe Isuzu, actor David Leisure is 67; Mrs. Elvis Costello, singer Diana Krall is 53; she was Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Lisa Bonet is 50; and Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul is 40.

It’s National Fast Food Day. The concept of ready-cooked food for sale can be attributed to the Ancient Romans. In many cities, street stands offered hot sausages, bread, and wine to patrons on-the-go. Thousands of years later, in 1867, the first American fast food restaurant opened in New York. It was a hotdog stand on Coney Island. Today is Birth of the Blues Day, marking the birthday in 1873 of bandleader W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues. Today is Button Day, a day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, in the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown. In 1959, The Sound of Music opened on Broadway starring Mary Martin. In 1989, David Letterman beat up the Energizer Bunny with a baseball bat. In 1991, a Cromwell, Connecticut, construction worker was arrested for reckless endangerment for allegedly driving too close to a police officer with his steamroller. In 1997, a 17-year-old high school student won a 1984 Chevy Blazer in the Campbell, Missouri, Police Department's Hands-On Marathon when she was the only one who entered. In 2005, Anthony Sheppard of Oakland, California, shocked his mother with a telephone call, a day after he was reported dead. Oakland police had messed up after finding Sheppard's identification card on a shooting victim. Authorities alerted his mother of the shooting, and released the details to reporters. The 23-year-old Sheppard said he was shocked when he walked up to friends who were crying about a newspaper account of his death. Sheppard told police he had lost the ID card several years earlier. His mother said she thought she was talking to a ghost. In 2001, the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone opened in the US and UK.

A true love can expect to spend $34,558.65 this year on all the presents outlined in the song 12 Days of Christmas. That price skyrockets to $157,558 if that lover were to buy items multiple times in accordance with repetition in the song. PNC Financial Services Group's annual Christmas Price Index is up slightly from last year because of a spike in gold ring and pear tree costs.

Trivia Answer: Oliver Burgess Meredith -- known professionally simply as Burgess Meredith -- who was born on this date in 1907. He appeared in four different starring roles in the acclaimed anthology TV series The Twilight Zone; only Jack Klugman had as many leading guest appearances. In the famous Time Enough at Last, a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone, Meredith plays a henpecked bank teller who only wants to be left alone with his books. In the 1961 episode Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Meredith plays the title character, a timid weakling who, as the subject of a space alien's experiment on human nature, suddenly acquires superhuman strength. In Printer's Devil, Meredith portrayed the Devil himself, and in The Obsolete Man he portrayed a deeply religious man, sentenced to death in a future, dystopic totalitarian society. He would later play two more roles in Rod Serling's other anthology series, Night Gallery. Meredith was the narrator for Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. He did not receive on-screen credit for his narration (this was so that he could do the job for scale rather than charge his usual minimum fee); as compensation for Meredith's uncredited work, his name was inserted into the dialogue in a scene between Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. He 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.

Wednesday 11.15.17
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 a 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?

Talk about a smack upside the head. In one long, disappointing weekend, the Washington Huskies went from the possibility of returning to the College Football Playoff to probably not winning the Pac-12 North. With two regular season games to play Washington State controls its own destiny. The Cougs have a bye this weekend knowing a victory over rival Washington in the November 25th Apple Cup game in Seattle would give them the Pac-12 North title. Washington needs to beat Wazzu and get help to earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game December 1st against USC. U-Dub fans become California fans Saturday, hoping the Golden Bears can upset Stanford in The Big Game. If that happens it opens the door for a winner-take-all UW vs WSU game. But first, the Huskies host Utah on Saturday. The Dawgs are 17 point favorites.

Birthdays: She sang Downtown, Petula Clark is 85; from the comedy team of Burns and Schreiber, comedian Jack Burns is 84; actor Sam Waterston is 77; Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, actress Beverly D’Angelo is 66; the bandleader back on The Tonight show with Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks is 60; and from Nickelback, Chad Kroeger is 43.

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. 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.

Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health. The study from the University of Glasgow suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. In terms of both diet and weight, the report concluded that grandparents’ behavior had an adverse effect -- they are inclined to feed grandchildren high-sugar or high-fat foods. The study revealed that parents felt unable to interfere because they were reliant on grandparents helping them out.

The Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword and the Spider-Man Official Movie Spider-Drone are among the 10 Worst Toys of 2017, an annual list from a nonprofit called World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH. The worst toy on the list: Itty bittys baby plush stacking toy by Hallmark.

If owning a Corvette or Ferrari are forever beyond your financial grasp, you can still own one -- as long as you don't have a problem with it sitting still. Wrecked Exotics is a niche website that specializes in photo of high performance and luxury cars that have wrecked. You can search for wrecked exotic cars by type of driver -- like celebrity or female -- model of car, and location. Find out more here.

Trivia Answer: Ed Asner who is 88 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. He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven.

Tuesday 11.14.17
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?

The Seahawks lost Richard Sherman for the year but are expected to have Earl Thomas back for their showdown with the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas suffered a strained hamstring on October 29th against the Houston Texans and missed the following two games. Coach Pete Carroll says the free safety "should be back" this week. Seahawks-Falcons. Monday night at 5:30.

Birthdays: Charles, Prince of Whales, is 69; from Styx, guitarist James “JY” Young is 68; singer Stephen Bishop is 66; keyboardist Yanni is 63; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is also 63; former Seattle Supersonic Jack Sikma is 62; and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is 42.

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 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.

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.

Monday 11.13.17
Morning Trivia: His career began when he started working in the radio industry while in high school, hosting a Sunday night interview show on UNLV's college station. In 1989, he landed his first paying job as a morning drive co-host in Seattle. From there, he went to Tampa, Florida; and then Palm Springs, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Los Angeles. He began his television career on Comedy Central in 1997. In January 2003, he began to host his own late-night talk show on ABC. Who is he?

Hopefully you've prepared your lawn furniture for flight. Could be quite the evening as a High Wind Warning is in effect through 9:00. We could see gusts as high as 65 miles an hour.

No Seahawks this weekend but they still garnered some headlines. During the third quarter of this week's Thursday Night Footbal, Russell Wilson took a helmet-to-helmet hit Karlos Dansby. It wasn't immediately apparent that Wilson had a concussion, or even a head injury at all, but the referee proactively sent Wilson to the sideline to be examined in the medical tent -- just as he's supposed to when a dangerous hit to the head occurs. Wilson ran off the field, went into the tent... and then quickly jumped out of it, said he was fine, and returned to the field of play. It was baffling when it happened live, because that is not how the concussion protocol is supposed to work. ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks violated the concussion protocol by allowing Wilson to do this, and are expected to face some sort of penalty. The NFL and NFL Players Association are jointly reviewing the situation. They plan to interview members of the Seahawks organization early this week and come to a decision within the next couple of weeks. The Seahawks could ne fined up to $150,000, although it's unclear what their penalty will be.

Birthdays: Actress, comedian, talk show panelist Whoopi Goldberg is 61; guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer, Aldo Nova is 60; football's Vinny Testaverde is 54.

Today is World Kindness Day, a day that encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. Today is National Indian Pudding Day. It’s Sadie Hawkins Day. Here’s a holiday that originated from a cartoon. It all began in Al Capp's Lil Abner Cartoon in the 1930's. In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his ugly daughter. So he created Sadie Hawkin's Day. On this day, a race is held and all the single men were given a short head start. Then, all the single women, including the mayor's daughter, chased the boys. If a girl catches her man, he had to marry her. Sadie Hawkins Day races and events grew in popularity during the course of Al Capp's long running cartoon. This cartoon-made holiday largely died out after 40 years when the cartoon was discontinued. It can occasionally be seen celebrated on college campuses. Sadie Hawkins Day has long been celebrated on November 13th of every year according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, in a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." In 1940, Walt Disney released the movie Fantasia, and it bombed. In 1967, he released it again, and it was a hit. In 1952, the first press-on fingernails were sold in the US. In 1977, the comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC. In 1987, Sonny and Cher sang I Got You Babe on the David Letterman show. In 1995, Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards. In 1998, Warner Brothers released The Wizard of Oz on the big screen 59 years after its original release. In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law." He had refused to remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. In 2006, a deal was finalized for Google Inc. to acquire YouTube for $1.65 million in Google stock.

I stand corrected. I've said all season that the San Francisco 49ers would not win a game this year. Lo and behold, yesterday the Niners beat the New York Giants, 31-21. A sportswriter friend of mine sad he got a text from a buddy of his that lives in San Francisco. The text, after the game said, "and I thought our Giants were bad this year."

Trivia Answer: Jimmy Kimmel who is 50 today. He's the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016, as well as the Academy Awards in February 2017.

Friday 11.10.17
Morning Trivia: This actor gained fame for his leading and supporting roles in several iconic films from the 1970s, playing NYPD Detective Buddy "Cloudy" Russo in The French Connection in 1971, NYPD Detective Buddy Manucci in The Seven Ups in 1973, and Police Chief Martin C. Brody in Jaws in1975 and Jaws 2 in1978, Doc in Marathon Man in 1976; choreographer and film director Joe Gideon in All That Jazz in 1979, and Dr. Heywood R. Floyd in the 1984 film 2010, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Who was he?

Richard Sherman's season-ending injury overshadowed the Seahawks win and Russell Wilson's magic in last night's Seahawks' win. All-Pro cornerback Sherman is out for the season after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon. Sherman had been bothered by a sore Achilles' tendon all season and went down while trying intercept a pass in third quarter. He lay on the field clutching his right heel before limping off the field to the bench, where he appeared to tell teammates he had torn the tendon. Coach Pete Carroll said Sherman will have surgery after the swelling goes down. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw two touchdown passes to Jimmy Graham and the Seattle Seahawks added to their history of success in Arizona with a 22-16 victory over the Cardinals last night. In addition to Sherman, at least six other players left the game with injuries. Wilson was sacked a season-high five times. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 238 yards. The night's biggest play came early in the fourth quarter. With his team leading 15-10, Wilson scrambled and spun his way out of serious trouble repeatedly before throwing from his heels to Doug Baldwin, Baldwin raced downfield on a 54-yard play to the Arizona 2-yard line. Wilson threw 2 yards to Graham for a touchdown on the next play. Seattle entered the game as the most penalized team in the league. With their 12 penalties (for 108 yards) last night, the Seahawks now have 94 in nine games. The Seahawks are now off until Monday Night Football on the 20th when they host Atlanta.

Birthdays: Best known for his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyricist Tim Rice is 73; the Happiest Girl in the Whole USA, singer Donna Fargo is 72; singer and songwriter Dave Loggins -- remember Please Come to Boston? -- Kenny Loggins cousin -- he's 70; journalist who started at KING, went to KIRO, then to ABC and CNN, Aaron Brown is 69; actor Jack Scalia is 67; actor and comedian Sinbad is 61; Julie on One Day at a Time, actress Mackenzie Phillips is 58; actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is 49; and the frontman for Jimmy Eat World, singer and guitarist Jim Adkins is 42.

John Hillerman, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., has died. Hillerman, who received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for portraying Higgins and won in 1987, died at his home in Houston. The cause of death has not been determined. Hillerman also appeared as Higgins on episodes of Murder, She Wrote and Simon & Simon. John Hillerman was 84.

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 date 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 1969, Sesame Street made its debut on PBS. In 1973, Rock On by David Essex was released. In 1975, the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm on Lake Superior. In 1982, in Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors. In 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted on the charge of marital sexual assault against his wife who sexually mutilated him. Lorena Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding her husband.

Even before those door-buster deals that draw millions of us to stores for Black Friday, Americans are expected to spend $2.9 billion on Thanksgiving-related groceries. The average US household will spend about $59.18 on dinner with all the fixings.

The weekend is here. Thor: Ragnarok is expected to remain the No. 1 film this weekend and looks to bring in at least $60 million. Murder on the Orient Express is expected to come in at No. 2 with around $28 million. Also out this weeiend is the PG-13 rated Daddy’s Home 2.

Trivia Answer: Roy Scheider who was born on this date in 1932. Scheider was described by AllMovie as "one of the most unique and distinguished of all Hollywood actors." He was nominated for two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award. Scheider's famous movie line, from the film Jaws, "You're gonna need a bigger boat", was ad-libbed by Scheider, and was voted 35th on the American Film Institute's list of best movie quotes. In 2004, Scheider was found to have multiple myeloma, and he received a bone marrow transplant to treat the cancer in June 2005. He died on February 10th of 2008.

Thursday 11.9.17
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, he won a Mr. America title and two consecutive Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for his title role in a CBS television series. Who is he?

When the schedule came out, folks in Seattle and Phoenix pointed to the Seahawks-Cardinals game tonight as a pivotal one in the NFC West. That was then. This is now. Arizona, plagued by injuries and mediocre play, has been a huge disappointment. The Seahawks haven't exactly been world beaters, either, bothered by untimely penalties and a sporadic attack. Seattle is a 6-point favorite tonight. The Seahawks and Cardinals match up at tonight at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game is on the NFL Netowrk, NBC, and streaming on Amazon.

Birthdays: The Pepa half of Salt-N-Pepa, rapper Pepa -- her real name is Sandra Denton -- is 48; guitarist Susan Tedeschi is 47; best known for her work with the band Sleater-Kinney, Corin Tucker is 45; and musician and TV personality Nick Lachey is 44.

Today is Paul Is Dead Day. According to Paul Is Dead conspiracy theorists, Paul McCartney of The Beatles died on November 9th of 1966, from massive head injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was replaced by orphan Billy Campbell, a dead ringer for Paul. Today is Wizard of Id Day. The comic strip debuted on this date in 1964. Today is Chaos Never Dies Day, a day that recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life. Are things a little crazy at home? Is school a little on the wild side? Is your work place hectic and disorderly? Just when things seem to calm down at work and home, along comes something to disrupt your life. Yes, disorder is everywhere. Hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores, the list goes on and on and on. You can best celebrate this day, by recognizing that chaos never dies. Rather, its a way of life. On the bright side: If you think your life is chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season really kicks in.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, The Kingsmen entered the Billboard Hot 100 with Louie Louie, the dirtiest song never written. The song, about a bartender named Louie, actually was squeaky clean, but the lyrics were hard to understand and rumors spread that they were dirty. In 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.

In the Boy Scouts, earning 21 merit badges makes you an Eagle Scout. A Long Island, New York, teen has become an elite Eagle Scout -- if there is such a thing -- by earning all 137 available merit badges. Water skiing took him the longest to master -- two years. His favorite is welding.

Police in Minnesota say a man walked into a donut shop as it was about to close and handed a clerk a note stating that he had a gun and a bomb. The man’s note said he would use both if he didn’t get cash. The man then grabbed what he thought was a paper bag full of cash and fled. Turns out he stole -- ready for this? -- a bag of donuts.

Trivia Answer: Lou Ferrigno who is 66 today. That CBS series was The Incredible Hulk. He has vocally reprised the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. While it was rumored that Lou Ferrigno returned to his role in Thor: Ragnarok , Mark Ruffalo has since confirmed he voiced the character in the film and will remain the voice in future films. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75% to 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. In 1977, Ferrigno was cast as the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. Ferrigno and Bill Bixby – who played the Hulk's "normal" alter ego – became friends; Ferrigno has described Bixby as a "mentor" and "father figure" who took him under his wing. Ferrigno also singles out the instances in which Bixby directed Ferrigno in some episodes as particularly memorable. Ferrigno continued playing the Hulk role until 1981—although the last two episodes were not broadcast until May 1982. Later, he and Bixby co-starred in three The Incredible Hulk TV movies.

Wednesday 11.8.17
Morning Trivia: This blues singer-songwriter was born in Burbank, California. During the 1970s, she released a series of acclaimed roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country, but she is perhaps best known for her more commercially accessible recordings in the 1990s. She has received ten Grammy Awards in her career and is a lifelong political activist. She was a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy. In March 2000, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Who is she?

The Northwest football weekend gets started eatly this week. The Seattle Seakawks get things started tomorrow night. The Hawks are in Glendale Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Kick-off tomorrow night at 5:25. Then the Washington Huskies are at Stanford to face the Cardinal Friday night at 7:30. Then Saturday afternoon at 2:30, the Washington State Cougars are in Salt Lake City to meet the Utah Utes.

Birthdays: She hosted Entertainment Tonight from 1982 to 2011, Mary Hart is 67; the daughter of Hugh Hefner, the former CEO of Playboy, Christie Hefner is 65; singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 63; singer and actor Leif Garrett is 56; celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is 51; actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 50; and the son of Ozzy and Sharon, Jack Osbourne is 32.

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 perhaps 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. Also 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. In 2005, the original Guitar Hero game was released in North America.

Twitter announced yesterday it's rolling out a 280-character limit for single tweets after testing the option among a handful of users since September. The new character limit applies to languages where cramming is an issue, such as English. The change won’t apply to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages because the density of those languages’ writing allows users to say more with fewer characters. Twitter says the move is designed to remove the frustration of shoe-horning thoughts into 140-characters, a limitation that regularly makes for awkward grammar and creative spelling.

Trivia Answer: Bonnie Raitt who turns 68 today. Bonnie is the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time. The following two albums, Luck of the Draw in 1991 and Longing in Their Hearts in 1994, were also multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including Something to Talk About. Bonnie is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Tuesday 11.7.17
Morning Trivia: The original opened on July 1st of 1940. Four months later, it dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm. Its replacement was opened in the same location in 1950. What is it?

Maybe it's best the Seattle Seahawks don't have time to dwell on what went wrong. By the time yesterday afternoon rolled around, the Seahawks were trying to put the mistakes of Sunday's 17-14 loss to Washington behind them, knowing they had barely 72 hours to prepare for Thursday's divisional game at Arizona. But it was hard to ignore such a sloppy performance by the Seahawks that featured 16 penalties, two turnovers, three missed field goals and Washington scoring with less than a minute remaining to walk out of Seattle with an unlikely victory. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, "We've got some real serious stuff we've got to get better at." Carroll was not in the best of moods yesterday, with the continued penalty problems at the top of the list. But he also was irritated by Blair Walsh's three missed field goals, quarterback Russell Wilson sometimes escaping the pocket too early, and his defense surrendering two big plays on Washington's final drive. The Seahawks have shown flaws throughout the first half of the season, but Sunday was the first time so many of them had surfaced in the same game. The 16 penalties were the second-most in franchise history and the most by any team in the NFL this season. Carroll was particularly miffed that 10 of the penalties came against the offense and all of them left Seattle facing long-yardage situations. All five offensive linemen were flagged at least once. There was also concern about Walsh's confidence moving forward after an awful kicking game. Walsh missed wide left from 39, 44 and 49 yards all in the first half and left Seattle facing a 7-2 deficit at halftime. Walsh had been 12 of 13 on the season going into Sunday's game, and Carroll said the Seahawks would not be making a change. The Seahawks are at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Thursday night as they face the Arizona Cardinals.

Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 99; a writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters is 75; singer Johnny Rivers is also 75; singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is 74; former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, retired General David Petraeus is 65; Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, actor Christopher Knight is 60; and Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor -- we know her simply as Lorde -- the singer is 21 today.

Today is General Election Day. The General Election is held on the first Tuesday AFTER the first Monday in November. Therefore, by definition, it will never be on the first of November. Exercise your inalienable right and go out and vote -- or that ballot mailed or dropped at a drop box. 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 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.

Did ya see the story where a guy robbed the US Bank on Capitol Way yesterday afternoon and tried to make his get away on a transit bus? The suspect is a 52-year-old guy. He apparently slipped a note to a teller, was given money, and walked out of the bank shortly after 3:30. He then boarded a transit bus. Made it to 11th and Jefferson before he he was taken into custody.

Trivia Answer: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge -- a suspension bridge spanning the Tacoma Narrows strait between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. The bridge collapsed 77 years ago – on November 7th of 1940 at 11 in the morning. The instability of the bridge in the wind inspired the nickname Galloping Gertie. At the time of its construction (and destruction) Gallopin' Gertie was the third longest suspension bridge in the world, behind the Golden Gate Bridge and George Washington Bridge. Following the installment of a replacement, a second, parallel bridge opened in 2007. The bridge's collapse has had a lasting effect on science and engineering. In many physics textbooks the event is presented as an example of elementary forced resonance with the wind providing an external periodic frequency that matched the natural structural frequency, even though its real cause of failure was aeroelastic flutter. Aeroelasticity, by the way, is the science which studies the interaction among inertial, elastic, and aerodynamic forces. Its failure also boosted research in the field of bridge aerodynamics-aeroelastics, the study of which has influenced the designs of all the world's great long-span bridges built since 1940. Leonard Coatsworth was a Tacoma News Tribune editor. He was also a driver who narrowly managed to escape the bridge before the collapse. He said, "Just as I drove past the towers, the bridge began to sway violently from side to side. Before I realized it, the tilt became so violent that I lost control of the car. I jammed on the brakes and got out, only to be thrown onto my face against the curb. Around me I could hear concrete cracking. The car itself began to slide from side to side of the roadway. On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards or more to the towers. My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb. Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time. Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows." No human life was lost in the collapse, although Coatsworth's cocker spaniel named Tubby perished. Coatsworth was driving with the dog over the bridge when the bridge started to vibrate violently. Coatsworth was forced to flee his car, leaving Tubby behind. Engineering Professor F. Bert Farquharson from the University of Washington and a news photographer attempted to rescue Tubby during a lull, but the dog was too terrified to leave the car and bit one of the rescuers. Tubby died when the bridge fell, and neither his body nor the car were ever recovered. Coatsworth had been driving Tubby back to his daughter, who owned the dog.

Monday 11.6.17
Morning Trivia: He was a singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of The Eagles. He played guitar and keyboards as well as singing lead vocals on a number of Eagles' hits. He died in January of last year at the age of 67. Who was he?

Quarterback Kirk Cousins drove Washington 70 yards in 35 seconds, capped by Rob Kelley's 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining, and the Washington Redskins rallied late to stun the Seattle Seahawks 17-14 yesterday. Seattle now has a short week and faces division foe Arizona on the road on Thursday night.

Luke Falk threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns and the Washington State Cougars beat Stanford 24-21 on Saturday, keeping alive its hopes for a Pac-12 North title. The Cougars finished 7-0 in Pullman this season. Washington State plays at Utah on Saturday.

After five games without a spectacular moment on special teams, it was time for Dante Pettis to stand alone in the NCAA record book. Pettis became the NCAA's career leader in punt return touchdowns and had a 47-yard TD reception, leading Washington past Oregon 38-3 on Saturday night. It was a big week for the Pettis family. Pettis' father, Gary, won a World Series ring as a coach for the Houston Astros. The Huskies have a short week and travel to Stanford on Friday night.

Birthdays: Actress Sally Field is 71; journalist, author, and judge, Catherine Crier is 63; journalist, author, and former First Lady of California, former wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver is 62; actor Peter DeLuise is 51; actor Ethan Hawke is 47; and actress Emma Stone is 29.

Today is Meet the Press Day. honoring television's oldest program. The news program made its TV debut on November 6th of 1947. It had been on radio from 1945. Today is Saxophone Day, the birth anniversary of Adolph Sax, who invented the instrument. Today is National Nachos Day. Today is Marooned Without a Compass Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was born. In 1923, Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver. In 1965, The Stones' Get Off Of My Cloud was number one in both the United States and Britain. In 1993, the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe boxing match in Las Vegas was interrupted in the seventh round when an intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring. Holyfield won the 12-round bout. In 1995, Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to move his team to Baltimore. In 1997, almost a hundred drunk migrating song birds crashed into store windows in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The birds had stopped to dine at a nearby berry tree where the berries were beginning to ferment. Local bird lovers quickly closed the saloon by spreading a tarp over it. In 2005, US gasoline prices fell an average of 23 cents per gallon -- to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.43, about 20 cents lower than it had been a few days before August 29th storm.

Shalane Flanagan yesterday became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. Flanagan finished second in New York for her first marathon in 2010 but hadn't run the race since.

Rachel and Rob met over their love for books and coffee, so it only seemed perfect that they tie the knot in a library. The two held their wedding at Minneapolis Central Library in Minnesota and sprinkled in literary details throughout their big day. On top of creating bookmark wedding programs and centerpieces out of stacked books, the bride's bouquet, shoes, and clutch were also made of pages.

Trivia Answer: Glenn Frey who was born on this date in 1948. Frey was the lead singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley, with whom he wrote most of The Eagles' material. Frey sang lead vocals on songs such as Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Already Gone, Lyin' Eyes, New Kid in Town, and Heartache Tonight. After the breakup of The Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits Smuggler's Blues, The Heat Is On, You Belong to the City, and more. As a member of The Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with The Eagles, Frey had 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Glenn died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery.

Friday 11.3.17
Morning Trivia: He's a singer and musician. He gained popularity as the lead singer of a 1980s New Wave/post-punk group and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles including Goody Two Shoes. He's also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003. Some of the television shows he was on include The Equalizer, Sledge Hammer!, Tales from the Crypt, and Northern Exposure. He was born Stuart Leslie Goddard but that's not the name we know him by. Who is he?

The WSU Cougars are at Martin Stadium in Pullman hosting the Stanford Cardinal tomorrow afternoon at 12:30, then tomorrow night at 7:00, the Huskies are at Husky stadium with the Oregon Ducks.

The Seattle Seahawks are also at home this weekend with Washington Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Lest we forget that it's November, Mother Nature will pop up and remind us ... like she did this morning. Keeping an eye on various reports, the day started out with snow in the passes. Next there was a note that areas around Seattle had received a dusting, Woodinville and Redmond reported snow on the ground. Got a note from the National Weather Service that snow was expected between Shelton and Grapevies. Next heard that there was snow at Summit Lake. Then I looked up and it was snowing here at Roxy. It's all settled down for now but rain and snow showers are in the forecast over the weekend.

Birthdays: From F Troop (Capt. Wilson Parmenter) and elsewhere, actor Ken Berry is 84; the singer Lulu is 69; boxer Larry Holmes is 68; actress and comedian Roseanne Barr is 65; Steven Spielberg’s wife, actress Kate Capshaw is 64; stand-up comedian, talk show host, and political commentator Dennis Miller is also 64; football player turned sportscaster Phil Simms is 62; actor Dolph Lundgren is 60; former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is 30; and the Seattle Mariners' Gold Glove third baseman Kyle Seager is also 30.

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 date in 1952, a supermarket in Chester, New York, offered history's first frozen bread for sale, using a Birdseye quick-freeze process. It didn't catch on, but Clarence's frozen peas, introduced the same day, are still selling. In 1972, James Taylor and Carly Simon were married in New York City. They separated in 1982 and later were divorced. In 1975, Good Morning America premiered on ABC-TV. In 1995, an out of court settlement was reached by Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan concerning the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song Only Want To Be With You. In 1998, Minnesotans elected former pro wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura to be their governor. In 2005, Walt Disney Pictures released Chicken Little. It was the first Disney film completely created with computer animation.

Trivia Answer: Adam Ant who is 63 today. In 1977, Stuart renamed himself Adam Ant and formed the Ants. After 5 years together, in March of 1982, feeling certain band members "lacked enthusiasm", Adam disbanded the group. A few months after the split Adam launched a solo career. His greatest chart success was 1982's Friend or Foe album, which included the hit single Goody Two Shoes which made it to #1 in the UK and Australia, and #12 here in the states. Since 2010, Adam has undertaken an intense reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a new album and completing six full-length UK national tours, three US tours, and an Australian tour and with a fourth US tour and second Australian tour scheduled.

Thursday 11.2.17
Morning Trivia: This actor was best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. On the big screen, he was Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Who was he?

From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy last night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7. Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s. For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Springer accepted the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time. Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, their outlandish rainbow jerseys, and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season. If you're keeping track, pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just over 100 days.

Apparently Marty McFly was writing for Sports Illustrated back in 2014:

After the game, Sports Illustrated posted this:

Birthdays: Political commentator Pat Buchanan is 79; she was Jennifer Hart in the television series Hart to Hart, actress Stefanie Powers is 75; singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 72; singer Maxine Nightingale -- best known for her hits in the 1970s, remember Right Back Where We Started From? -- is 65; singer-songwriter k.d.lang is 56; actor David Schwimmer is 51; and rapper Nelly is 43.

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. 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.

When a cat gets caught in a tree, some people call the fire department. I'm still not sure why fire professionals were ever called -- maybe it's because they travel with ladders -- but here in the Northwest, we now now have someone to call. It's Canopy Cat Rescue. The small company was started by Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, who are professional tree climbers. They're based in Woodinville and serve all of Western Washington.

Trivia Answer: Ray Walston who was born on this date in 1914. He appeared in numerous film, television, and stage roles but achieved his greatest success as Uncle Martin in My Favorite Martian. The program aired from 1963 to 1966. He starred alongside Bill Bixby. The two immediately became close friends. Although the show gained a large audience in syndication, My Favorite Martian typecast Walston and he had difficulty finding serious roles after the show's cancellation. From 1980 to 1992, Walston starred in 14 films, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High as Mr. Hand. In a 1999 interview, Walston said that he was happy and relieved that when he walked down the street, young fans shouted at him "Mr. Hand" because he had finally torn away from his Martian role. It was on January 1st of 2001 that Walston died at the age of 86 six years after being diagnosed with lupus.

Wednesday 11.1.17
Morning Trivia: This drummer for a well-known band is famous for overcoming the complete amputation of his left arm and continuing to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its greatest popular success worldwide. His fans now call him the "Thunder God". Who is he?

Turn the calendar page to November and all at once there's snow in the forecast. Not a lot but the word "snow" does pop in the forecast. There's a possibility of showers with snow mixed in there Friday night into Saturday morning down here in the lowlands. The snow level is expected to be below all the passes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The good news is that with the arrival of November, studded tires are allowed through the end of March.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat Houston Astros pitching ace Justin Verlander and forced a decisive seventh game in the World Series. Los Angeles took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning and held on after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went against his pregame instinct and brought in closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning. Game 7, tonight, is the 41st Game 7 in World Series history.

Birthdays: Golfer Gary Player is 82; Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is 75; singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, and politician Kiky Friedman is 73; singer Lyle Lovett is 60; Apple CEO Tim Cook is 57; from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer Anthony Kiedis is 55; singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins is 53; and actress Jenny McCarthy is 45.

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. National Fig Week and World Communication Week begin today. Today is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Today is All Hallows or All Saints Day. Today is National Men Make Dinner Day, for non-cooking men only. Barbecues not allowed. 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 Styrofoam burger boxes with heavyweight paper containers. In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as a justice on the US Supreme Court. In 1994, the 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.

Trivia Answer: Rick Allen of Def Leppard who turns 54 today. December 31st of 1984, he was on the way to a New Year's Eve party at his family's home in Sheffield, England. The then 21-year-old Allen was driving his Chevrolet Corvette when an Alfa Romeo passed him. Allen claims that the driver had been egging him on and that he would not allow him to pass. In his rage to pass this driver, he became reckless, did not see a turn up ahead and lost control of his car, which sailed over a stone wall and into a field. He was thrown from the car, with his left arm severed because the seatbelt was not properly fastened. The car ended up upside down, with his girlfriend Miriam Barendsen secure in her seat. She was not seriously injured, and found Allen in the field. They were helped by a passerby, who was a nurse, and Allen was taken to a hospital. Doctors initially reattached Allen's arm, but because of infection it was removed again. He left the hospital three and a half weeks later and was back with Def Leppard in the Netherlands two weeks after getting out of the hospital with recuperation expected to last six months. Allen thought that he couldn't continue drumming for Def Leppard and became very depressed, so Def Leppard's lead singer, Joe Elliott, stopped by to see Allen in an attempt to cheer him up. Soon after, Elliot and Allen sat down with some engineers and started to design a drum set to assist Allen's drumming. After all of this, he could still play some drum beats with one hand, using his left foot (typically for hi-hat pedals in common drumsets), to play the snare drum. Former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich was a source of help and encouragement during Allen's convalescence, and they designed an electronic kit Allen could play using only one arm. (The Ludwig acoustic drum kit he used on earlier albums High 'n' Dry and Pyromania was later given away by Def Leppard's onetime management.) Electronic drum manufacturer Simmons created a kit to their specifications, and Allen made his post-accident debut in 1986 with a well-received set at the "Monsters of Rock" festival at Castle Donington. In August 1987, the band released their fourth album, Hysteria, which, after a relatively slow start in the US, ultimately became another huge success, selling over 20 million copies worldwide.