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Tuesday 12.6.16
Morning Trivia: He's a comedian, actor, writer, and an Oscar-winning film producer. He's known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical, and sometimes nonsensical jokes. He was ranked as the twenty-third greatest comedian by Comedy Central in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his 1988 short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. Who is he?

Look out, they're saying the Indianapolis Colts are peaking at the right time. The Colts moved into a tie with Houston and Tennessee atop the AFC South after whipping the lowly New York Jets on Monday Night Football last night, 41-10. Indianapolis is 3-and-1 over its past four games. The Colts have turned things around after stumbling to losses earlier this season at a time when making the playoffs seemed unlikely. The Jets, meanwhile, are now mathematically eliminated from postseason play.

Birthdays: Actress JoBeth Williams is 68; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is 64; R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is 59; she was Maggie on Northern Exposure, actress Janine Turner is 54; producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian Judd Apatow is 49; and Johnny Football -- quarterback Johnny Manziel -- is 24.

Today is St. Nicholas Day. Yes, there really was a christian Saint Nicholas. He lived in the country of Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. This day is in honor of Saint Nicholas and his life. Saint Nicholas became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. True to the ch*ristian concept of giving up belongings and following Christ, St. Nicholas gave up all of his belongings. He was well known for giving to needy people, especially children. There are may stories and tales of him helping out children in need. The practice of hanging up stockings originated with Saint Nicholas. As the ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there." In many European countries, St. Nicholas brings fruit, cakes, and gifts to all good little children. The name ‘Santa Claus’ evolved from St. Nicholas via a Dutch dialect form of the name, Sinte Klaas or Sinterklaas. The first church in what would become New York City, built by the Dutch in 1624, was named for Sinterklaas. Today is Miner's Day in West Virginia. Today is International Bad Hair Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1883, the debut issue of the Ladies' Home Journal was published. In 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. In 1960, Thomas Monaghan founded Domino's Pizza. In 1995, vegetarian Linda McCartney, the wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney, paid $4,600 at a London charity auction to save a prize turkey from the dinner table. Traditionally, the champion bird was purchased and served by a restaurant. In 2003, Army became the first team to finish 0-and-13 in major college history after losing to Navy 34-6.

It became obvious early in his press conference yesterday afternoon that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll really didn't care to address the Earl Thomas injury, a broken tibia suffered against the Carolina Panthers Sunday. In fact, Carroll seemed almost irked by the numerous media questions about the five-time All-Pro, but he did say, "He is going to be out for the season. He’s got a serious recovery time he has to go through and there is no shot for him to come back this year. He seems to be doing okay, he's doing all right. He's going through the emotional part of dealing with it. I’m not going to talk about recovery time. As for surgery, I don’t know that." Since there is little time in the NFL to mourn the loss of a wounded warrior, even one as gifted as Thomas, Carroll seemed almost eager to jump ahead to Steven Terrell, who will replace Thomas in the starting lineup. Carroll said, “I don’t think you are ever going to replace Earl Thomas but we’re going to play Steven at that spot and he’s going to do the best he can do. We’re very confident in what he can do. He’s been with us a long time, he knows the concepts and is a very disciplined player.” The Seahawks at 8-3-and-1 clinched their fifth consecutive winning season Sunday night. They travel to Green Bay Sunday to face the Packers. Catch the game Sunday afternoon at 1:25 on FOX.

Beyonce and Adele are competing in the top three categories at the Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced this morning that Beyonce's Lemonade and Adele's 25 are nominated for album of the year, along with Drake's Views, Justin Bieber's Purpose, and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth. Beyonce leads with nine nominations, Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West each have eight nominations. For song of the year, Beyonce's Formation and Adele's Hello are battling Lukas Graham's 7 Years, Mike Posner's I Took a Pill In Ibiza, and Bieber's Love Yourself, co-written with Ed Sheeran. Beyonce, Adele and Lukas Graham's tunes are also nominated for record of the year, competing with Rihanna and Drake's Work and twenty one pilots' Stressed Out. Best new artist nominees are Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris, The Chainsmokers, Anderson Paak and Kelsea Ballerini. The Grammys air live on February 12th.

In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr. David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole. The coincidence certainly tickled Aldrin's manager, Christina Korp, who posted a photo on Twitter of Aldrin and Dr. Bowie together. Korp Tweeted, "You can't make this stuff up." Bowie -- the singer and actor, not the doctor -- released his hit Space Oddity about a fictional astronaut who loses communication with ground control in 1969, just days before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. The 86-year-old Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole over the weekend after falling ill and was flown to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island, where he remains in quarantine. He has been advised by doctors to remain until fluid in his lungs clears.

University of Washington quarterback Jake Browning, who has already been honored this season as the Pac-12's offensive player of the year, will not be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook. The finalists were announced yesterday on ESPN and the award is being presented Saturday in New York.

The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing the 89th Academy Awards. Kimmel is hosting the show for the first time, the Academy of Motion Pictures said yesterday. In September, he hosted the Emmy Awards for the second time. The selection of Kimmel gives ABC, home of the Oscars telecast, the choice the network had sought. The academy waited much later than usual to name a host for the February 26th ceremony.

Here's your number for the day: 22 billion. That's the number of letters, packages and cards the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The busiest mailing day this year is expected to be Monday, December 19th.

Trivia Answer: Steven Wright who is 61 today. Wright's 1985 comedy album , titled I Have a Pony, was released and received critical acclaim. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The success of this album landed him an HBO special. The performance would become one of HBO's longest running and most requested comedy specials, and would propel him to great success on the college-arena concert circuit.

A couple of Wrightisms:

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.

I didn't know it then, but looking back, in hindsight, I realize that when I was younger I could see into the future. Now I'm getting all my premonitions as flashbacks.

In 1989 he and fellow producer Dean Parisot won an Academy Award for their 30-minute short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, directed by Parisot, written by Mike Armstrong and Wright, and starring Wright and Rowan Atkinson. Upon accepting the Oscar, Wright said, "We're really glad that we cut out the other sixty minutes." Numerous lists of jokes attributed to Wright circulate on the Internet, sometimes of dubious origin. Wright has stated, "Someone showed me a site, and half of it that said I wrote it, I didn't write. Recently, I saw one, and I didn't write any of it. What's disturbing is that with a few of these jokes, I wish I had thought of them. A giant amount of them, I'm embarrassed that people think I thought of them, because some are really bad."

Monday 12.5.16
Morning Trivia: He was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He's famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. As the co-founder -- along with his brother -- of a production company, he became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. He and his staff created a number of the world's most famous fictional characters. He received fifty-nine Academy Award nominations and won twenty-six Oscars, including a record four in one year, and thus holds the record for the individual with the most awards and the most nominations. He also won seven Emmy Awards. Who is he?

Winter's still a few weeks away but Mother Nature's not waiting. Quite the morning across Western Washington.

It was the worst great game in Seahawks history. Tyler Lockett zoomed into dominance in the offense and kick-return game for the first time this season after a long battle through a September knee sprain. He took off on a 75-yard fly sweep to put Seattle up 30-7 on stunned Carolina one play into the third quarter. Thomas Rawls showed the decisive cuts and spin moves while barreling like a runaway dump truck for 103 yards and his first game with two touchdowns rushing of his career. And that was all before halftime of the Seahawks’ 40-7 victory over the Panthers, a rematch of Carolina’s playoff win last January on a cold Sunday night in more ways than one at CenturyLink Field. With retired running back and locker-room hero Marshawn Lynch watching from the warming bench wearing a neon-orange parka on a 35-degree night, the Seahawks won for the fourth time in five games -- and looked as awesome offensively as they had looked awful the week before in losing 14-5 at Tampa Bay. The Seahawks maintained their three-game lead over Arizona atop the NFC West heading into next weekend’s game at Green Bay. And they kept their place as the No. 2 seed in the conference. Four games remain in the regular season. But Earl Thomas apparently will not play in any of them. One quarter into his return from missing his first career game out of 119 last week with a strained hamstring, Seattle’s three-time All-Pro safety got what his team confirmed was a fracture in his left leg below the knee. That was the result of a leg-on-leg smash from teammate Kam Chancellor as they went for a possible interception of Cam Newton early in the second quarter. Undrafted rookie backup quarterback Trevone Boykin entered with 9:28 left. Wilson finished 26 for 36 passing for 277 yards, a touchdown, an interception and passer rating of 92. He also ran three times for 29 yards.

Birthdays: Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, is 84; from Loggins and Messina, musician Jim Messina is 69; former quarterback Jim Plunkett is also 69; actress Morgan Brittany is 65; NFL hall of famer Art Monk is 59; from The Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik is 51; comedian Margaret Cho is 48; he was Malcolm on Malcolm in the Middile -- he says his last name is pronounced me-YOO-nez -- actor Frankie Muniz is 31.

Today is Boycott Day, the 58th anniversary of the city bus boycott in Birmingham by residents protesting the arrest on December 1st of seamstress Rosa Parks. Today is Bathtub Party Day. Have a personal Bathtub Party -- draw yourself a tub full of warm water, add a few bath oil beads, and voila. Today is also Repeal Day. It commemorates the repeal of the 18th Amendment on this date in 1933. Once more, Americans were free to buy, sell, and consume alcoholic beverages. I'll drink to that.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1782, te first native US president, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, New York. In 1945, the so-called Lost Squadron disappeared. The five US Navy Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again. In 1968, Graham Nash quit the Hollies. Three days later, he announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 1992, the Denver Post quoted a Department of Energy memo showing that a vital safety system at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant required 43 workers to change a light bulb. In 1994, Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades. In 2002, actor Richard Gere won the Plain English Campaign's Foot in Mouth award in Britain for the year's most baffling celebrity quote. Gere won the award after telling a Sunday newspaper: "I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe and somebody said I was a snake, I'd think 'No, actually I am a giraffe."

Moana sailed to the top of the domestic box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Disney animated adventure picked up $28.4 million to push its stateside haul to $119.9 million. Not that Moana faced much in the way of competition. The weekend after Thanksgiving tends to be a slow one for the movie business and this year's edition was in keeping with that tradition. The only major new release, Incarnate, failed to sell many tickets, earning $2.6 million and falling short of its expected $4 million to $5 million opening. So, Moana topped the list. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came in second. Arrival finished third. Allied placed fourth. And Doctor Strange rounded out the top five.

The turnaround on Montlake is complete. The Washington Huskies are getting a chance to play for the college football national championship. The Pac-12 champion Huskies were selected as the No. 4 seed by the college football selection committee. That means they'll face undefeated Alabama on the 31st in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. The Huskies punched their ticket with a convincing 41-10 win over No. 8 Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, finishing their season at 12-and-1. It's the most wins for the program since 1991, when the team went 12-and-0 and shared the national championship with Miami. Alabama has played Washington four times previously, twice in bowls and not since 1986. Huskies fans were holding up signs at games late in the season, proclaiming "We want Bama." Washington coach Chris Petersen said on ESPN, "Sometimes you got to be careful what you wish for. I didn't hold up that sign." Washington's last national title came in 1991, when the Huskies were No. 1 in the final coaches' poll. Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State round out the other three spots.

While the Huskies are headed for the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, the Cougars are heading to San Diego. The 8-and-4 WSU football team was selected to play against the University of Minnesota in the National Funding Holiday Bowl on the 27th at Qualcomm Stadium. WSU started the season slowly, losing the first two games of the season but clicked off eight straight wins. The team finished second in the Pac 12-North after losing to South Division champions Colorado and College Football Playoff-bound Washington in the Apple Cup. The Gophers also finished 8-and-4. Each of Minnesota’s losses came against ranked foes — Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. WSU last played in the Holiday Bowl in 2003, beating the Texas Longhorns 28-20. Their only other time was a 38-36 loss in 1981 to BYU. Mike Leach is 1-and-1 in bowl games as coach of the Cougs.

If you failed to get your fill of football over the weekend, there'a always Monday Night Football. Tonight's contest features the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets. Kick-off is at 5:30 on ESPN.

Trivia Answer: Walter Elias Disney -- Walt Disney -- who was born on this date in 1901. He died of lung cancer on December 15th of 1966.

Friday 12.2.16
Morning Trivia: She's a singer, dancer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. Her first and second studio albums became international successes. In 2007, her much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. She is regarded as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. She became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and garnered honorific titles including the Princess of Pop. Who is she?

We've got a Pac-12 championship to decide. The Washington Huskies meet the Colorado Buffaloes. The Huskies trying to stay in the National Championship picture. The game is down in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium tonight at 6 on Fox.

Hawks-Panthers. They've met eight times since 2010 -- that despite an entire continent between the franchises. A rivalry of sorts developed -- and was welcomed after the San Francisco 49ers blew up. But neither team is talking rivalry ahead of the matchup this weekend. Both are so absorbed averting disaster that the identity of the next foe is of secondary importance. The Panthers at 4-and-7 are in danger of missing the playoffs. They're telling themselves that because five of the losses were by three points or less, they really are closer to playing like defending NFC champions than the record indicates. Meanwhile, the Seahawks continue to tell themselves that last Sunday’s 14-5 loss in Tampa, the club’s most dreary under-performance in the Russell Wilson era, was, A bad night at the ball game. We'll see. Hawks-Panthers, Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.

Birthdays: Known for playing Wonder Woman before Lynda Carter, actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 72; he was Bulldog on Frasier, actor Dan Butler is 62; TV newsman Stone Phillips is also 62; Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage is 56; actress Lucy Liu is 48; tennis pro Monica Seles 43; singer Nelly Furtado is 38; Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 33; and singer-songwriter Charlie Puth is 25.

Today is Enron Day. The once high-flying Houston energy company filed for bankruptcy on this date in 2001. Today is Safety Razor Day. King Gillette patented the first razor with disposable blades on this date in 1901. And today is National Fritters Day. Aren't we lucky that this this special day has finally arrived!? Before you can begin to celebrate this very important day, you need to know what a "fritter" is. Many people don't, making it all the more fun to eat your first fritter today. A fritter is a fried cake or dough with fruit or meats inside. Don't fritter this day away without eating at least one fritter.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1949, Gene Autry hit the charts with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The song had evolved from a 1939 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog featuring a red-nosed reindeer. In 1969, on NBC's I Dream of Jeannie, genie Jeannie married her master, Captain Tony Nelson. Barbara Eden played Jeannie, Larry Hagman was Captain Nelson. The show ran six years. Also in 1969, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle to New York City. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers. In 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency began operations. In 1982, doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind. In 1983, MTV aired Michael Jackson's Thriller video for the first time. In 1998, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries. In 2003, the US Supreme Court ruled that after knocking, police don't have to wait longer than 20 seconds before breaking into the home of a drug suspect. In 2005, the US Transportation Security Administration decided to allow passengers to carry scissors and some tools on planes.

A study shows that if you eat slowly, you will eat less -- and you will enjoy the meal more. Women consumed about 70 fewer calories when they were told to take their time eating a meal of pasta and sauce, compared to when they were instructed to eat it as quickly as possible. They also rated the meal as more pleasant when they ate slowly.

In theaters today, the horror-thriller Incarnate which will probably not unseat Moana from the top of the box office chart. Moana is expected to bring in another $27 million.

Trivia Answer: Britney Jean Spears who turns 35 today. Those first two albums were ...Baby One More Time in 1999 and Oops!... I Did It Again in 2000. The title tracks of each broke international sales records. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, ten Billboard Music Awards including the Billboard Millennium Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold 100 million albums and over 100 million singles worldwide making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rolling Stone recognized her instant success as one of the Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time, while VH1 ranked her eleventh on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012, and Billboard named her the sexiest woman in music. Spears appeared on the cover of Marie Claire UK for the October 2016 issue. In the publication, Spears' revealed that she had suffered from crippling anxiety in the past, and that motherhood played a major role in helping her overcome it. In November 2016, during an interview with Las Vegas Blog, Spears confirmed she had already begun work on her next album, stating: "I’m not sure what I want the next album to sound like. I just know that I’m excited to get into the studio again."

Thursday 12.1.16
Morning Trivia: He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of his era: Jerry Seinfeld called him "The Picasso of our profession"; Bob Newhart called him "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years. He won an Emmy Award in 1973, and five Grammy Awards -- in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982. In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. He's listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. Who is he?

Snow for the MLS Cup? It could happen. The game is set for Saturday, December 10th, in Toronto after Toronto beat Montreal to win the Eastern Conferense final last night. The Seattle Sounders are going to Canada. The long range forecast for the 10th in Toronto calls for a high of 34. However, there's only a 20% chance of precipitation.

Birthdays: Actor and director Woody Allen is 81; golfer Lee Trevino is 77; Blue Oyster Cult frontman Eric Bloom is 72; the drummer with The Doors, John Densmore is 72; The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler is 71; singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 70; actor Treat Williams is 65; she was Lucy on Dallas, actress Charlene Tilton is 58; and singer Vance Joy is 29.

The inventor of the McDonald's iconic Big Mac, Michael James "Jim" Delligatti, has died. He was 98. Delligatti was a longtime Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac about 50 years ago. Delligatti is also credited with participating in the creation of McDonald’s breakfast menu, specifically the hot cakes and sausage meal originally created for third-shift steelworkers.

Today is World AIDs Day. Today is Eat a Red Apple Day. Apples are delicious. Apples are nutritious. That's a great combination.

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month begins today, sponsored by Parenting Without Pressure. Really? Cookie Cutter Week begins today. Today is Rosa Parks Day, the anniversary of her arrest in Montgomery, Alabama, when she refused to give up her seat and move to the rear of a city bus. Ms. Parks died in 2009 and became the first woman to lie in honor at the US Capitol.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1891, Canadian YMCA trainer James Naismith nailed two peach baskets on opposite ends of the Spring College gym in Massachusetts and instructed his students to toss soccer balls into them. It marked the birth of basketball. In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1953, starlet/model Marilyn Monroe was featured as the nude centerfold in the first issue of Playboy magazine. In 1959, 12 countries, including the US and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity. In 1969, the US government held its first draft lottery since World War II. In 1992, in New York, Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison for shooting and wounding Mary Ann Buttafuoco. Within a year there were three TV movies about the case. In 1997, Kenny G set a record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. In 2004, Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the NBC Nightly News. He was succeeded by Brian Williams ... for a while.

We've got a Pac-12 championship to decide. The Washington Huskies meet the Colorado Buffaloes. The game is down in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium tomorrow night at 6 on Fox.

With each passing game, it looks like the Carolina Panthers -- who at 4-7 sit three games out of first place in the NFC South -- won't make a return trip to the Super Bowl this season. In all likelihood, the defending NFC champs won't even make the playoffs this year -- but don't expect Richard Sherman to feel bad for them. After quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers defeated Sherman's Seahawks in the divisional round last season, Newton celebrated by running around Bank of America Stadium smiling and high-fiving fans. Sherman said Newton crossed a line when he grabbed a 12th man flag from a Seahawks fan, crumpled it and threw it in the air. Sherman said yesterday, "I guess karma gets you. It doesn't look like you're going to be in the playoffs this year." The Seahawks cornerback has another chance to deliver karma to Newton when Seattle hosts Carolina in Sunday night's rematch. Unlike the Panthers, Seattle sits comfortably in first place in the NFC West and is expected to make the playoffs for a fifth straight season. Hawks-Panthers, Sunday night at 5:30 on NBC.

Thursday Night Football tonight: the Dallas Cowboys are at Minnesota to take on the Vikings. The game is on NBC, the NFL Network, and is streaming on Twitter. Kick-off at 5:25.

Also on TV Tonight, A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this digitally re-mastered version of the 1965 special, Charlie Brown looks for the meaning of Christmas. It's tonight on ABC.

The Tacoma Dome -- Tacoma's iconic arena -- is in for a $21.3 million face-lift. The Tacoma Dome, Washington State's largest indoor venue, is set to receive new seating, exterior renovations, an updated backstage area, modernized restrooms, and updated loading docks and security systems, according to city officials. The Tacoma Dome was built in the 1980s. Some of the world's most popular musical artists have played there, including David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen. It is the largest wood domed structure in the world. Renovations will begin in the summer of 2017. New seating is set to be installed during the summer of 2018 with all renovations completed by the fall of 2018. The city says the facility welcomes about 500,000 guests and hosts 125,000 shows annually. The implosion of the Kingdome in Seattle on March 26th of 2000, made the Tacoma Dome the largest in the state.

Trivia Answer: Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor who was born on this date in 1940. Pryor suffered a mild heart attack in November 1977. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. By the early 1990s, he was confined to using a wheelchair as well as a motor powered scooter for the remainder of his life to get around when his multiple sclerosis began to take its toll on his body. In 1990, Pryor suffered a second and more severe heart attack and underwent triple heart bypass surgery. On December 10th of 2005, nine days after his birthday, Pryor suffered a heart attack in Encino, California. He was taken to a local hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 7:58 in the morning. He was 65 years old. His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face."