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|Morning Trivia: He was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs of varying genre. His cover of the Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends reached number one in the UK in 1968. He performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969. His version also became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. His 1974 cover of You Are So Beautiful reached number five in the US. Who was he?|
The Seattle Seahawks are being fined $100,000 for violating the league's concussion protocol. The league made the announcement yesterday. The fine comes because of the way Seattle handled Russell Wilson when it appeared the quarterback may have suffered a concussion in a Thursday Night game against the Cardinals on November 9th. The Seahawks are in Texas to face the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon.
Birthdays: TV journalist Diane Sawyer is 72; Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is 69; former presidential candidate Ted Cruz is 47; from The Blair Witch Project, actress Heather Donahue is 43; singer and winner of season six of American Idol, Jordin Sparks is 28.
Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career, died yesterday. His daughter said the family believes Enberg died of a heart attack but was awaiting official word. Enberg got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games as well as Rams football games. He retired from his TV job with the Padres in October 2016, capping a six-decade career punctuated with countless calls of "Oh my!" in describing big plays. In fact, Dave Niehaue was teamed with Enberg shortly after Niehaus got out of the sevice. His trademark, "My! Oh My!" was inspired by Enberg. Raised in Armada, Michigan, Enberg's first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games. Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Dick Enberg was 82.
Today is Santa Claus Clearance Day, the day the Federal Aviation Administration usually clears Santa Claus for his annual flight. The FAA says Santa’s sleigh is equipped with an in-flight de-icing system for polar routes, a Terrain Avoidance Warning System required for low-altitude flights, and a special seat belt extension for a rotund pilot. Today is Chipmunks Day, marking the day in 1958 when Alvin, Simon, and Theodore hit #1 with The Chipmunk Song. Today is National Date-Nut Bread Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, the first Christmas tree with electric lights was turned on at the home of Ed Johnson in New York City. He was an associate of light bulb inventor Thomas Edison. In 1963, an official 30-day mourning period following the assassination of President Kennedy came to an end. In 1976, the last show of Let's Make A Deal was aired. In 2000, Madonna and film director Guy Ritchie were married in Scotland. In 2006, a report from the Austin Energy power company in Texas revealed approximately 20 percent of all its power outages were the result of squirrels. The squirrels had a habit of coming into contact with sensitive electrical equipment on utility poles and were likely responsible for nearly 700 area outages a year.
Winning friends may not be the way to influence people -- at least not at work. A survey concludes that employees aren’t looking for fun and friends in the workplace. What they really want is trust. The survey (by Lore International) showed that in order to succeed in the workplace, it’s important for workers to demonstrate trustworthiness, honesty and the ability to collaborate. What’s not important? Companionship and friendship -- only 18% of those surveyed said that’s what they were seeking from their co-workers.
Well, may you and yours have a Merry Christmas. As is my personal custom, I'm outta here for Decemruary -- that fictional time between Christmas and New Year's Day. Back at it on January 1st. Thanks for being there.
Trivia Answer: Joe Cocker, who died on this date three years ago. Cocker is ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list. Cocker died from lung cancer on on this date in 2014 at the age of 70. He had smoked 40 cigarettes a day until 1991. The two remaining living ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, were among those who paid tribute to the singer.
|Morning Trivia: This Canadian actor was born in London, England. Stand By Me was the first film he made in the United States. He has appeared in more than 70 films, most notably The Lost Boys, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, Young Guns, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, A Time To Kill, and Pompeii. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, where both of his parents have also been inducted. He also holds the distinction of being the first Inside the Actors Studio guest to be the child of a former guest; his father appeared on the show in 1998. Who is he?|
It's basically an elimination game for both teams as the Seattle Seahawks meet the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Sunday afternoon at 1:25. The loser is officially finished in the NFC's playoff race.
Winter has officially arrived. The Winter Solstice was at 8:28 this morning. Today is the shortest day of the year. The good news is that the days start getting longer now, not that we'll notice right away.
Birthdays: Talk show host Phil Donahue is 82; actress Jane Fonda is 80; actor Samuel L. Jackson is 69; musician Nick Gilder is 66; tennis star Chris Evert is 63; she was Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, actress Jane Kaczmarek is 62; and the star of Everybody Loves Raymond, actor and comedian Ray Romano is 60.
Today is Humbug Day. Today everyone is allowed 12 "bah humbugs." Today is Look at the Bright Side Day -- always on Humbug Day. Today is National French Fried Shrimp Day. Today is Forefathers Day, marking the Pilgrim landing at Plymouth Rock on this day in 1620. Today is National Flashlight Day. The basic requirement for this day: a flashlight and good batteries. National Flashlight Day arrives on the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, The Beach Boys received a gold record for the single, Good Vibrations. In 1970, Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon at the White House after the singer offered to become a Federal Agent-at-Large to help fight drug abuse. Elvis was not made an agent, but his photo with Nixon is the most requested reproduction from the National Archives – even more than the US Constitution. In 1979: Willie Nelson made his acting debut in the Robert Redford film, The Electric Horseman. In 1993, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with Associated Press, said her husband, President Bill Clinton, had solicited her advice on major issues; but, she added, her powers were limited. Also in 1993, TV Guide reported that early Gilligan's Island press releases gave Gilligan's first name as Willy. The name was never used on the TV show.
It’s an especially joyful, or possibly annoying, time of year for a small group of women around the US. According to Census data, about 100 women happen to have the first name of Mary and the last name of Christmas. Half of my brain asks how could a parent do that to a child ... then the other half of my brain jumps up and asks, "How could they not?"
Trivia Answer: Kiefer William Fredrick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland who turns 51 today. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24 for which he won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards. His parents are Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors. By the way, he gets his first name Kiefer from the director who gave his father Donald his first movie role, Warren Kiefer.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 2007, Elizabeth II became the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom. The previous record holder had lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days. Who was the previous record holder?|
Four Seahawks players were named to the 2018 Pro Bowl, with another four earning spots as alternates. Fans, coaches, and fellow players voted quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and free safety Earl Thomas onto the NFC squad. Wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, defensive end Michael Bennett and strong safety Kam Chancellor were each named alternates.
There shall be no FanFest this year. Mariners FanFest, an annual rite of January that allows fans to meet players and checkout Safeco Field, is not being held in 2018 but it will return in 2019. The reason? The team said it's the replacement of the playing surface. That project was complete in November, but the Mariners say the grass will not be mature enough to allow fans on the field.
Birthdays: Best known as a co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of Kiss, Peter Criss is 72; illusionist, magician, television personality, and self-proclaimed psychic, Uri Geller is 71; the producer of the Law & Order franchise, Dick Wolf is also 71; from The Alan Parsons Project, Alan Parsons is 69; from The Black Crowes, singer Chris Robinson is 51; and the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, David Cook is 35.
Today is National Go Caroling Day. Today is Try To Remember Where You Hid The Christmas Gifts Day. Today is Dating Game Day, marking the TV debut of The Dating Game on this date in 1965. Hosted by Jim Lange, the show was developed by Chuck Barris.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, English-born Leslie Townes Hope became a US citizen at the age of 17. He had lived in the US since he was five. Though he dreamed of becoming a boxer, instead he became comedian Bob Hope. In 1946, the film It's a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City. It starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, Donna Reed as Mary Bailey, Henry Travers as Clarence Oddbody (trying to earn his wings) and Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter. In 1975, Joe Walsh joined The Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon. In 1998, a 15-pound concrete garden frog was returned to its home in Swansea, Massachusetts, after a seven-month vacation. The owners had received a letter, saying the frog just needed to get away from the grind of garden life, but would be home for the holidays. They also received photos and postcards from the frog in New York, Venezuela, Venice, and Indonesia. In 1999, Billboard declared that the year's top-selling single was Cher's Believe. In 2003, judge Tom DuBois in Columbia City, Indiana, continued his Christmas amnesty tradition of letting minor traffic offenders off without a fine -- if they stand up in court and sing a Christmas carol. Some singers need a little help, so he sometimes forms duets, trios and quartets. Most offenders sing either Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
The biggest shopping day of the holiday season is approaching, with 66 percent of adult Americans -- an estimated 155.7 million people -- planning to or considering taking advantage of Super Saturday sales to complete their holiday gift list. Super Saturday -- also known as Panic Saturday -- is the last Saturday before Christmas.
Trivia Answer: Queen Victoria, who was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20th of 1837 until her death on January 22nd of 1901. Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward. She inherited the throne at the age of 18. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality. Elizabeth II is now 91. She has been Queen of the United Kingdom since February 6th of 1952.
|Morning Trivia: This singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and bandleader was the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. He served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. He won seven Grammys, and was nominated for a total of twenty Grammys. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also inducted individually into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also known by his nickname, Reece. Who was he?|
Preliminary data reports given to the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that that Amtrak train that derailed yesterday was going 80 mph in a 30 mph area just before the crash. In a briefing late last night, NTSB investigators said they are beginning to gather information from the data recorder in the rear locomotive of the train. On the topic of the crash, a huge tip of the cap to people in the Northwest. After the crash, Bloodworks Northwest put out the call and people responded. In fact, today we received a note from Bloodworks that due to the large volume of appointments this week, they recommend that walk-In donors check with their local donor center before heading over.
Turns out Washington State football coach Mike Leach isn't going anywhere right away. Yesterday, he agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension. The extension agreement came after Leach's name was linked to other jobs, most notably at Tennessee, in recent weeks.
Birthdays: He was Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati, actor Tim Reid is 73; Bobby on The Brady Bunch, actor Mike Lookinland is 57; actress Jennifer Beals is 54; actress Alyssa Milano is 45; football's Warren Sapp is also 45; and actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 37.
Today is Look for an Evergreen Day. Every year one thing remains the same around the holidays, people everywhere have to decide at what point before the big day they're going to go out and hunt down a Christmas tree. Look for an Evergreen Day is about the last opportunity you have. Look for an Evergreen Day was originally established by the National Arborist Association to create a day to appreciate the beauty of these trees outside of the confines of merely being bedecked with glittering lights and ornaments. There is no shortage of types of Christmas trees. Generally classified as firs, spruces, and pines, the most popular varieties have changed over the years. Today is Oatmeal Muffin Day. Today is Greetings from Space Day. On this date in 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower broadcast history's first Christmas greeting from outer space, a message transmitted from the US satellite Atlas, expressing America's wish for "peace and goodwill toward men everywhere." Today is E-Mail Santa Claus Just in Case He Didn't Get Your Letter Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1843Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was first published in England. In 1922, 24-year-old Theresa Vaughn was tried for bigamy in England. In five years she had accumulated 62 husbands. In 1974, guitarist Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones. In 1980, the film 9-to-5 starring Dolly Parton opened. In 1995, two bandits tried to rob Z's Sports Tap bar in Chicago where a police retirement party was underway. The 100 off-duty police officers arrested the suspects at the scene without a fight. In 1987, Paul Simon, the musician, and Paul Simon, the former presidential candidate, both hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In 2001, Dick Clark filed a 10-million dollar lawsuit against Recording Academy president Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appeared on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards. Also in 2001, research by the Reno Gazette-Journal in Nevada determined the most effective way to get rid of a fruitcake is to drive over it with an SUV or kick it like a football. Dropping a fruitcake from the roof of a two-story building or shooting it with a submachine gun was not effective at all.
TV tonight features the season finale of The Voice. The winner of this season is revealed in the 2-hour finale. Performers include Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, and Sia. It's tonighton NBC.
The US government apparently suspected the truth was out there after all. The federal government spent about $22 million funding a covert Pentagon project that investigated reports of unidentified flying objects. Even though the Department of Defense decided to defund the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2012, its backers say the program remains in existence.
Trivia Answer: Maurice White who was born on this date in 1941. In addition to his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, he worked with several famous recording artists, including Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. White was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late 1980s, which led him eventually to stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in 1994. He retained executive control of the band, and remained active in the music business until his death. White died in his sleep from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California, on the morning of February 4th of 2016 at the age of 74.
|Morning Trivia: She first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in the 1998 thriller Disturbing Behavior, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. Other film roles include in the comedy-drama Wonder Boys in 2000, the thriller Abandon in 2002, the dark comedy Pieces of April in 2003, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, the comedy satire Thank You for Smoking in 2006, and the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in 2011. She has also played on Broadway and has had numerous guest roles on television programs. Her marriage to Tom Cruise from 2006 to 2012 led to a great deal of media attention, with the pair being called a supercouple. Who is she?|
Quite the morning. An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a new route hurtled off an overpass at Mounts Road and spilled some of its cars onto Interstate 5 below. At least six people were killed and scores more were injured. One official says the death toll will likely go higher.
It wasn't just the Seahawks' worst home loss of the year -- it was the second-worst defeat at home in team history. It was billed as the biggest game of the year for the Hawks, with the NFC West title and their playoff hopes hanging in the balance. As it turned out, the Los Angeles Rams thumped them 42-7 to hand the Seahawks their worst loss at home since Week 1 of the 1997 season. It also marked the first time since 2010 that Seattle has allowed 40 points in a game. What went wrong? Everything. If the Seahawks want to make the playoffs, they now have to win out against Dallas next week, and Arizona on New Year’s Eve, pray that the Falcons lose to the Bucs tonight, and hope the Rams stumble in their last two games.
Birthdays: Actress Cicely Tyson is 83; Rollling Stone guitarist Keith Richards is 74; director Steven Spielberg is 71; movie critic Leonard Maltin is 67; Cars guitarist Elliot Easton is 64; actor Ray Liotta is 63; comedian Ron White is 61; actor Brad Pitt is 54; wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is 53; singer and songwriter Sia is 42; and singer Christina Aguilera is 37.
Today is Let's See What We Find In the Fridge Day, a day to be brave and eat something from way back in the refrigerator. Today is National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day, a holiday to celebrate at your own discretion. Today is National Bake Cookies Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1898, a new automobile speed record was set at 39 mph. In 1975, Rod Stewart announced in London that he was leaving The Faces to launch a solo career. In 1976, Wonder Woman debuted on ABC-TV. Lynda Carter was Wonder Woman; Lyle Waggoner was Major Steve Trevor. Wonder Woman had appeared in comic books since 1941. She possessed "the beauty of Aphrodite, the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Hercules, the speed of Mercury." In 1984, Madonna's Like a Virgin topped the Billboard pop chart. It was Madonna's first number-one hit. In 1985, box office receipts made Beverly Hills Cop the top film of the year. Back to the Future was #2; Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 was #3. In 1997, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment. He was 33 years old. In 2001, in Seattle, Gary Leon Ridgeway pleaded innocent to the charge of murder for four of the Green River serial killings. He had been arrested on November 30th of that year. In 2003, Adam Rich was arrested for driving onto a closed section of Interstate 10 and nearly striking a California Highway Patrol car. In 2009, James Cameron's movie Avatar was released in the United States. On January 26th, the movie became the highest-grossing film worldwide.
No big surprise here, Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- the latest chapter in the hugely popular franchise -- debuted with a massive $450 million in global ticket sales over the weekend. The total includes $220 million in the United States and Canada, the second largest domestic opening of all time behind 2015 movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film’s debut marks another success for Disney, which bought Star Wars producer Lucasfilm in 2012 and reinvigorated the celebrated movie saga that began in 1977. Last Jedi features the final performance by actress Carrie Fisher as Leia. Fisher died of a heart attack last Decembe. The film also gives a prominent role to original Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker, portrayed by Mark Hamill. So The Last Jedi topped the box office. Ferdinand debuted at No. 2. And the top five was rounded out by Coco at three, Wonder at four, and Justice League at five.
Trivia Answer: Katie Holmes who is 39 today. When she and Tom were together, the couple was given the nickname TomKat. On June 29th of 2012, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five and a half years of marriage. Following the announcement, those close to Holmes stated that she believed she had reason to fear that Cruise would abduct their daughter Suri, and also feared intimidation by the Church of Scientology. Only ten days after Holmes filed for divorce, attorneys for the couple announced that the pair had signed a divorce settlement. It was the first divorce for Holmes and the third for Cruise. Holmes has custody of Suri.
|Morning Trivia: Max Yasgur was born on this date in 1919. He was a dairy farmer in New York. But what is he known for?|
A huge game for the Seahawks this weekend. The Hawks are hosting the LA Rams. If Seattle wins, the Seahawks would be in first place in the division thanks to holding the tiebreaker over t:he Rams after winning in Los Angeles earlier this season. Seattle would still need to beat Dallas and Arizona to claim its fourth division title in the past five seasons. The Rams would need Seattle to stumble in the final two weeks, or avoid any loses themselves to have hopes of a wild-card berth. If Los Angeles wins, the division race would likely be over and Russell Wilson's unblemished run of making the playoffs every season would be in serious jeopardy after two straight losses. The game is Sunday aftenoon at 1:05.
Birthdays: Actor, writer, director, and comedian Tim Conway is 84; from The Supremes, singer Cindy Birdsong is 78; from The Dave Clark Five, drummer Dave Clark is also 78 ... or 74; drummer and percussionist Carmine Appice is 71; actor Don Johnson is 68; Dave Matthew Band's lead guitarist Tim Reynolds is 60; and former NFL player who currently serves as a commentator for Sunday Night Football on NBC, Rodney Harrison is 45.
Today is Trivial Pursuit Day, honoring Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who created the game on this date in 1979. Today is National Lemon Cupcake Day. Today is Bill of Rights Day. The first 10 amendments to the US constitution became effective when Virginia ratified on this date in 1791. Today is Cat Herders Day. The day recognizes the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable. Whether it's work, home, school, or other areas of life, if it feels like herding cats, today’s your day. Today is Coonskin Cap Day, marking the debut of Davy Crockett on TV's Disneyland on this date in 1954. Within weeks, millions of kids were wearing coonskin caps (though the real Davy, himself, never wore one).
Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. In 1939, Gone With the Wind, produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. In 1941, singer Lena Horne recorded her classic Stormy Weather for Victor Records. In 1944, a small plane carrying band leader Glenn Miller disappeared on a flight from England to Paris. Forty years later a British bomber crew admitted they had accidentally dropped bombs onto Miller's plane over the English Channel. In 1950, a 221-foot Douglas fir, the tallest cut Christmas tree on record, was hoisted at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle. In 1966, Walt Disney died in Los Angeles at the age of 65. In 1997, the San Francisco 49ers retired Joe Montana's number 16 during halftime of a game against the Denver Broncos. In 2000, New York Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to accept an $8 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. The book was to be about her eight years in the White House. The advance was the highest ever to be paid to a member of the US Congress. In 2001, it was announced that Siena Heights University would begin offering a class called "Animated Philosophy and Religion." The two-credit class would cover how religion and philosophy are part of popular culture and was based on the television series The Simpsons. In 2009, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle.
It's A Christmas Story Live. This could be fun. It's a three-hour live production featuring Tony winner Matthew Broderick as the grown-up Ralphie Parker. Based on both the movie and the Tony-nominated 2012 Broadway show, this musical event has the narrator (Broderick) looking back on his childhood memories of Christmases spent with his lovably goofy parents. Tony winner Jane Krakowski also stars. It's coming up Sunday night on FOX.
Some guys in Maine stole more than two dozen Christmas trees from a local lot, backing a flat bed trailer up and simply hauling them away. One thing the tree thieves did wrong: They backed that trailer a little too far into a snowbank and when they pulled away they left a license plate behind, stuck in the snow.
Airbus used an A380 on a test flight to draw the outline of Christmas tree over Europe. The plane will soon be delivered to Emirates. Instead of charting some arbitrary route, the superjumbo drew the Christmas tree outline over Germany and Denmark. The flight, which took five hours and 22 minutes to complete, began and ended at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany.
Trivia Answer: He was best known as the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York, at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held from August 15th through the 18th of 1969. After a couple of area villages declined to provide a venue for the festival, Yasgur leased one of his farm's fields for a fee that festival sponsors said was $10,000. Soon afterward he began to receive both threatening and supporting phone calls. Some of the calls threatened to burn him out. However, the helpful calls outnumbered the threatening ones. Opposition to the festival began soon after the festival's relocation to Bethel was announced. Signs were erected around town, saying, "Stop Max's Hippie Music Festival. No 150,000 hippies here. Buy no milk." Yasgur was 49 at the time of the festival and had a heart condition. He said at the time that he never expected the festival to be so large. Yasgur quickly established a rapport with the concert-goers, providing food at cost or for free. When he heard that some local residents were reportedly selling water to people coming to the concert, he put up a big sign at his barn on reading Free Water. Many of his neighbors turned against him after the festival, and he was no longer welcome at the town general store, but he never regretted his decision to allow the concert on his farm. In 1971, Yasgur sold the 600-acre farm, A year and a half later he died of a heart attack at the age of 53.
|Morning Trivia: He was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book The Prophecies, the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, he has attracted a following that, along with the popular press, credits him with predicting many major world events. Who is he?|
Gar is ahead in the count. There's still a month to go, but early returns in Hall of Fame balloting indicate the former Mariners designated hitter might be inching closer to enshrinement in Cooperstown. Edgar Martinez has been named on 82.6 percent of baseball writers' ballots tracked by noted hall vote tabulator Ryan Thibodaux. Martinez, who has two years of eligibility remaining, needs to be on 75 percent of the ballots for election, but with only a small percentage currently turned in, Thibodaux advises caution. Hall of Fame results are being announced on January 24th.
Birthdays: Elliot's mother, Mary, in ET, actress Dee Wallace is 69; baseball's Bill Buckner is 68; Cliff Williams of AC/DC -- he was their bass player until last year -- is 68; he served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation until May 9th of this year, James Comey is 57; and actress Vanessa Hudgens is 29.
Today is Play An Old Song That You Didn't Like To See If You Still Don't Like It Day. Today is National Bouillabaisse Day. Bouillabaisse is a fish stew or soup. All agree the fish should be white fillets. Recipes call for a variety of fish, including cod, snapper, flounder, halibut, sea bass, monk fish, and more. Bouillabaisse is believed to have originated in Marseilles, France. It is extremely popular all around the Mediterranean, and is a specialty in ports across the region. Today is Roast Chestnuts Day. Every Christmas holiday we all sing about Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.... But, have you ever roasted chestnuts? Some people have never even tasted a chestnut. It's time we changed that, by simply roasting some chestnuts today. Roast them in early evening, so they will be done in time for an evening snack. They go great with a cup of hot chocolate. And today is Monkey Day. On this day, back in the year 2000, artist Casey Sorrow was in art school. Casey jokingly sketched a monkey on a friends calendar... and a new special day was born. Monkey Day is a day to celebrate and enjoy monkeys of all kinds.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1882, i In a speech against allowing women to vote, Senator George G. Vest of Missouri declared, "A woman's place is in the home!" In 1968, Tommy James and the Shondells released Crimson & Clover. In 1977, the movie Saturday Night Fever opened in New York, and the sale of polyester leisure suits skyrocketed. The soundtrack album sold 25-million copies worldwide. In 1989, New York City police announced they had lost the trail of Sylvia Matos, who had registered her car at 19 addresses with 36 different license plates. She had 2,800 unpaid parking tickets, totaling $171,000 in fines. In 1995, classified documents from the White House were released that revealed the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported. In 1999, Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the Peanuts comic strip. The last original Peanuts comic strip was published on February 13th of 2000. In 2001, the first commercial export, since 1963, of US food to Cuba began. The 24,000 metric tons of corn were being sent to replenish what was lost when Hurricane Michelle struck on November 4th.
The latest Star Wars movie opens today. NASA says astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are being treated to a special screening soon.
Thursday Night Football tonight features the Denver Broncos in Indianapolis to take on the Colts. Game time is 5:25 on NBC, the NFL Network, and Amazon PrimeVideo.
Trivia Answer: Nostradamus who was born on this date -- December 14th -- or on December 21st -- of 1503. Most academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's prophecies are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations (sometimes deliberate) or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power.
|Morning Trivia: Today, he's an economist at the Brookings Institution. He served two terms as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, from 2006 to 2014. During his tenure as chairman, he oversaw the Federal Reserve's response to the late-2000s financial crisis. Before becoming Federal Reserve chairman, he was a tenured professor at Princeton University and chaired the department of economics there from 1996 to September 2002, when he went on public service leave. Who is he?|
The Seahawks can barely afford any more losses on defense but that may be the case this week as linebacker Bobby Wagner is a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's game against the LA Rams. Wagner left the Jacksonville game with a hamstring injury and did not return. Linebacker KJ Wright, who suffered a concussion Sunday, is day-to-day, according to Carroll. The losses of both Wagner and Wright would be massive, and even playing without one of their two top tacklers would create a tremendously steep uphill battle versus Los Angeles.
Birthdays: Actor Dick Van Dyke is 92; actor Christopher Plummer is 88; actor-singer-TV host John Davidson is 76; the Rude Nuge, rocker Ted Nugent is 68; a guitarist, known for his stints in Spirit, Steely Dan, and The Doobie Brothers -- more recently, he has been working as a defense consultant and chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense -- Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is also 69; singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 63; singer Morris Day is 60; Jody on Family Affair, actor Johnny Whitaker is 58; football coaches Rex and Rob Ryan are 55; formerly with ESPN and now with NBC, sportscaster Mike Tirico is 51; actor Jamie Foxx is 50; formerly with Blink-182, Tom Delonge is 42; from Evanescence, singer Amy Lee is 36; and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is 26.
Today is Count the La's in Deck the Halls Day, so you can tell everybody you know how many la's there are. Be careful: don't count the fa's. Today is New Calendar Day, time to pick up the 2018 model.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1843, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was first published. In 1974, George Harrison became the first rock artist invited to the White House. He had lunch with President Gerald Ford. In 1985, Phil Collins made his acting debut on US TV. He played a drug dealer on Miami Vice. In 1988, Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final. In 1998, voters in Puerto Rico rejected US statehood. In 1999, the performing rights group BMI proclaimed the most performed song of the century was The Righteous Brothers' 1965 number-one hit You've Lost That Loving Feeling. In 2000, George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the US Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida. Al Gore conceded and called for national unity. In 2001, NBC-TV announced that it would begin running hard liquor commercials. NBC issued a 19-point policy that outlined the conditions for accepting liquor ads.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars and Nina Simone all join the class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is being given an Early Influence award. The induction is being held in Cleveland on April 14th. An edited version airs later on HBO. Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Radiohead was the only act on this year's ballot in their first year of eligibility, but they didn't make it in. Bon Jovi is the only act in the class to have started after the 1970s. Bands often reunite with former members at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and this year's class presents many occasions for such once-in-a-lifetime moments. Dire Straits hasn't performed in any incarnation since their split in 1992, and frontman Mark Knopfler has yet to indicate whether or not he's open to the idea of a reunion performance.
Trivia Answer: Ben Bernanke who is 64 today. President George W. Bush nominated him to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the United States Federal Reserve. His first term began February 1st of 2006. Bernanke was confirmed for a second term as chairman on January 28th 2010, after being renominated by President Barack Obama. His second term ended February 1, 2014, when he was succeeded by Janet Yellen.
|Morning Trivia: He was a singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. He began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his debut album in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, and he turned to Las Vegas, where he became one of its best known residency performers as part of the Rat Pack. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He retired for the first time in 1971, but came out of retirement two years later and recorded several albums and resumed performing at Caesars Palace, and reached success in 1980 with "New York, New York". Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until a short time before his death in 1998. Who was he?|
The NFL will not issue any suspensions for Seahawks players as a result of the ending of Sunday's game in Jacksonville, according to ESPN. The Jacksonville Jaguars issued a statement yesterday, acknowledging that "four individuals threw five objects from the stands. These objects included plastic cups with ice and liquid, a bag of popcorn and a plastic bottle." The team said those individuals will have their season tickets revoked if they are season ticket holders. They will lose the option to buy single-game tickets and will be banned from Jaguar games.
Birthdays: Game-show host Bob Barker -- he was born in Darrington, Washington -- he's 94; singer Connie Francis is 79; singer Dionne Warwick – Whitney Houston's cousin – is 77; from The Allman Brothers Band, guitarist Dickey Betts is 74; actress and former gymnast Cathy Rigby is 65; and singer/percussionist Sheila E. as in Escovedo is 60.
Today is Poinsettia Day, marking the 1799 birth of Dr. Joel Poinsett, who brought the poinsettia plant north from Mexico. He was a US congressman and Secretary of War. Today is Gingerbread House Day -- observed annually on December 12th. A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, took gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints. We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their tale of Hansel and Gretel. It didn't take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea and put it to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat. Today is National Ambrosia Day -- Ambrosia, the mythical "food of the gods," is a heavenly treat to real mortal diners at any time of the year. This cool and creamy citrus fruit salad is a light and tasty side dish or dessert. Today is National Ding-A-Ling Day, always on Frank Sinatra's birthday. Today is the first day of Hannakah this year. The Festival of Lights. Hannakah is a happy and joyous festivity. There is no fasting no eulogies, and no sacrifice. Small gifts are given to family and friends each of the eight days of Hannakah.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1800, Washington, DC was established as the capital of the United States. In 1899, the US Patent Office issued patent #638,920 to George F. Grant of Boston for his invention of the golf tee. Before that, golfers placed the ball on a small mound of dirt, called a "tee." In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi sent out and received the very first radio signal. In 1917, in Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys. In 1957, DJ Al Priddy was fired from a Portland, Oregon radio station because he played Elvis Presley's rendition of White Christmas on the air. The station had banned Presley's interpretations of Christmas carols because they believed that such a sexually charged performer had no business recording religious music. In 2000, a divided US Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election, transforming George W. Bush into the president-elect. Also in 2000, a team of developmental pediatricians in Canada released a report declaring Winnie the Pooh and his friends belonged in a child development clinic. The doctors said Pooh was obsessive-compulsive, Eeyore was chronically depressed, Piglet needed medication, Roo was a juvenile delinquent in-the-making, and Christopher Robin had gender issues. They even speculated Christopher Robin might be to blame for Pooh being a Bear of Very Little Brain, saying he may suffer from Shaken Bear Syndrome because of years of Christopher dragging Pooh down the stairs on the back of his head. And, again in 2000, the Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to a record breaking 10-year, $252 million contract. The contract amount broke all major league baseball records and all professional sports records. In 2002, the Boring Institute of America declared Ozzy Osbourne the most boring celebrity of the year.
Trivia Answer: Francis Albert Sinatra who was born on this date in 1915. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname Ol' Blue Eyes. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Sinatra died in Los Angeles on May 14th of 1998 at the age of 82, after a heart attack.
|Morning Trivia: She was the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop, and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s. She's ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Ray Charles. She is perhaps best known in the United States for her 1960 hit I'm Sorry, and 1958's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, aChristmas standard for almost 60 years. Who is she?|
Not a good weekend for Northwest sports fans.
The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 yesterday in Jacksonville, Florida. Too many Russell Wilson interceptions. Too many injuries on defense. And too many points allowed in the second half. It got ugly at the end with flags flying, players ejected, and fans throwing beers. Seattle, however, caught a break with Philadelphia beating Los Angeles 37-35, keeping the Seahawks one game behind the Rams in the NFC West, with LA playing at Seattle next Sunday.
Toronto FC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday in the MLS Cup to become the first Canadian champion in league history. Toronto won the title in its 11th season. Toronto didn't reach the playoffs until 2015, the first season it avoided losing more often than it won. Seattle was seeking to become the fourth back-to-back champion in league history.
Interesting twitter note from the National Weather Service this morning. They write, "Olympia - elevation 95 feet - low temperature overnight so far 21. Hurricane Ridge - elevation 5250 feet - low overnight is 55. #wawx"
Birthdays: Anita in West Side Story, actress Rita Moreno is 86; the frontman for Bread, singer David Gates is 77; Abby Sumner on Knots Landing, actress Donna Mills is also 77; former US Secretary of State John Kerry is 74; actress Lynda Day George is 73; actress Teri Garr is also 73; Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is 59; and actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is 21.
Today is National Noodle Ring Day -- a December day that kids young and old have been impatiently awaiting ... yeah, right. Among the season’s least known holidays is National Noodle Ring Day celebrates a noodle dish baked in a Bundt pan. Some people are unfamiliar with noodle rings or are too busy making other holiday foods like fudge to bother with them.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1769, Edward Beran of London patented venetian blinds. In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the UN General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war. In 1951, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees announced his retirement from major league baseball. The Yankess were the only team DiMaggio played for during his 13-year career. In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gale Brown in Hernando, Mississippi. There were quite a few things that made this wedding special. First, Myra is the daughter of his bass player Jay. Secondly, she was Jerry Lee’s second cousin. Thirdly, she was 13-years-old. And fourth, Jerry was still married to his second wife Jane Mitcham. Against the odds, this union lasted 13 years. In 1972, Apollo 17 became the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon. In 1976, Bob Seger released his album Night Moves. Also In 1976, at a Kiss concert in Florida, Ace Frehley accidentally touched a short-circuited light bulb and was electrocuted. An unconscious Frehley was taken off the stage ... then wheeled back on ten minutes later to complete the concert. In 1981, Muhammad Ali fought his last fight. He lost his 61st fight to Trevor Berbick. In 1990, Ivana Trump was divorced from Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage. In 2002, Guns N’ Roses comeback tour was cancelled. In 2008, Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. In 2009, the game Angry Birds was released.
With anticipation building for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the animated comedy Coco handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million over the weekend. Coco joined The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Fate of the Furious and Split as 2017 titles to top the domestic box office for three weekends in a row. The major studios have held off on any new openings since the Thanksgiving holiday but that changes Thursday evening when previews start for The Last Jedi amid expectations of an opening weekend in the $200 million range. Meanwhile with Coco on top this weekend, the fourth weekend of Justice League finished second, followed by the third weekend of the inspitirational drama Wonder in third place. Fourth place went to the comedy-drama The Disaster Artist, and the top five was rounded out by Thor: Ragnarok.
Trivia Answer: Brenda Lee who is 73 today. She is a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music, and Rockabilly Halls of Fame. She is also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Brenda currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
|Morning Trivia: He was a singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for performing in a band that he had formed with his brother. His brother was killed a couple of years after the band was formed in a motorcycle accident. This guy went on to have a successful solo career releasing seven studio albums. He was married seven times throughout his life. His most well-known relationship was with Cher, whom he married in 1975. They divorded in 1978. Who is he?|
The Seattle Seahawks underdogs again this weekend. They were against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend and now they are against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. Seattle is a 2 1/2-point underdog at Jacksonville Sunday. It's the first time the Seahawks have been underdogs in consecutive games since the 2012 season. Kickoff is Sunday afternoon at 1:25.
The Seattle Sounders are going for the repeat this weekend. Seattle is back in the MLS Cup final against Toronto with a chance to do what few teams in league history have accomplished: repeat as champions. A win tomorrow would raise Seattle to another level in North American soccer. They're already highly regarded for their fan support and one of the most successful expansion launches in pro sports. But a victory over Toronto would make Seattle just the fourth team in league history to repeat. Seattle and Toronto meet at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon in the MLS Cup final. ESPN will have the match.
The NHL is allowing Seattle to apply for a professional team franchise. The announcement came from the NHL board of governors which is meeting in Florida. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement and said that Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion. The fee to get the franchise would be $650 million. The ownership group would also have to launch a season ticket drive. Seattle would become the 32nd NHL team. Seattle was once a major player in professional hockey, albeit 100 years ago. The Seattle Metropolitans won hockey's Stanley Cup in 1917.
Birthdays: A virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Sir James Galway is 78; cult actress Mary Woronov is 74; singer-songwriter George Baker -- he and his band The George Baker Selection did Paloma Blanca -- he's 73; singer-songwriter Bertie Higgins is also 73; actress Kim Basinger is 64; Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is 60; author and political commentator Ann Coulter is 56; actress Teri Hatcher is 53; singer Sinead O’Connor is 51; retired quarterback Jeff George -- he was a Seahawk for that long -- is 50; singer-songwrite Ingrid Michaelson is 38; San Diego Charger quarterback Philip Rivers is 36; and rapper and singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj is 35.
Today is National Brownie Day, celebrating chocolatey, chewy brownies. Today is Take it in the Ear Day. Take it in the Ear Day is a bizarre day of unknown origin. Research has found absolutely no documentation about the origin and, we have not uncovered any information around the meaning or purpose of this day. Yet, references to this day abound. In any event, Happy Take it in the Ear Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, the United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In 1952, on the show I Love Lucy, a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time. In 1980, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. In 1993, President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 1995, Courtney Love was interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC's 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995. During the interview Love told Walters that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things" differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain's death. In 2003, in England, Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in his neck. In 2014, Metallica became the first band to perform a concert on all seven of Earth's continents. On this day, Metallica performed at the Argentine Carlini Station in Antarctica.
Well, move on over, Spot. Rover.com has revealed their list of the most popular dog names for 2017. Did your pooch's name make the list? The top five male dog names are 5) Jack, 4) Buddy, 3) Cooper, 2) Charlie, and 1) Max. On the female side of the ledger, the top five female dog names are 5) Lola, 4) Luna, 3) Daisy, 2) Lucy, and 1) Bella.
Trivia Answer: Gregg Allman who was born on this date in 1947. The band that he formed with his brother was The Allman Brothers. The brother with which he formed the band was Duane Allman. Gregg grew up with an interest in rhythm and blues music, and The Allman Brothers Band fused it with rock music, jazz, and country at times. He had an unexpected late career hit in the song I'm No Angel in 1987. His final album, Southern Blood, was released September 8th of this year. Allman died at his home in Richmond Hill, Georgia, on May 27th this year due to complications from liver cancer. He was 69 years old.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit against this company which was originally founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service that emphasized sharing audio files, typically music, encoded in MP3 format. The RIAA alleged copyright infringement. Can you name the company?|
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is being sued for sexual harassment by a former executive assistant at a sports marketing company who said the football star demanded that she submit "to a variety of unnerving and perverse controlling arrangements." Moon, who is also a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks, requested a leave of absence yesterday as the club's radio analyst, according to a tweet from a Seahawks spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Senator Al Franken announced his resignation "in the coming weeks" today after two more women came forward yesterday to allege he had inappropriately touched them. Franken has been accused by eight women in total and by yesterday, more than three dozen Democratic senators were calling for him to resign.
Birthdays: Actress Ellen Burstyn is 85; baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 70; singer and songwriter Tom Waits is 68; basketball's Larry Bird is 61; baseball's Tino Martinez is 50; football's Terrell Owens is 44; baseball's Eric Chavez is 40; and singer Sara Bareilles is 38.
Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, marking the attack by 200 Japanese aircraft against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing nearly 3,000 on this date in 1941. The attack began at dawn. It crippled the US Pacific Fleet, and caused the US to enter World War II. The next day President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a speech to Congress it was "a day that will live in infamy". The US then declared war on Japan. Today is Harry Chapin Day, marking the singer's birth December 7, 1942. His hits included Taxi, WOLD, and Cat's In The Cradle. He received a special Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to eliminate world hunger. He was killed in a traffic accident in 1981 on his way to a benefit show. Today is National Cotton Candy Day -- Cotton Candy was originally called fairy floss.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, history's most overdue library book, Dr. J. Currie's Febrile Diseases, was returned to the University of Cincinnati Medical Library. It had been checked out 145 years earlier by Mr. M. Dodd and was returned by his great-grandson, Richard Dodd. The fine, estimated at $2,264, was waived. In 1980, the Chicago Bears scored nine touchdowns to embarrass Green Bay 61-7. In 1998, officials of Madame Toussaud's traveling wax museum in Sydney, Australia, finally sewed the zipper up on US President Bill Clinton's pants because visitors kept unzipping it. In 2004, singer Jerry Scoggins died at age 93. He sang The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme song on The Beverly Hillbillies.
Trivia Answer: Napster. Napster was co-founded by Shawn Fanning, John Fanning, and Sean Parker. Initially, it was envisioned as an independent peer-to-peer file sharing service. The service, named after Fanning's hairstyle-based nickname, operated between June 1999 and July 2001. Its technology allowed people to easily share their MP3 files with other participants. Its ease of use led to massive copyright violations of music and film media, as well as other intellectual property. At its peak there were 25 million users and 80 million songs, but the system never once crashed. Although the original service was shut down by court order, the Napster brand survived after the company's assets were liquidated and purchased by other companies through bankruptcy proceedings. The original company ceased operations and was eventually acquired by Roxio. In its second incarnation Napster became an online music store. In September 2008, Napster was purchased by US electronics retailer Best Buy for $121 million. Then later, pursuant to a deal with Best Buy, Napster merged with Rhapsody. Best Buy received a minority stake in Rhapsody.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor and comedian, particularly associated with the early years of television. He appeared in the television series Mister Peepers from 1952 to 1955, plus several other popular shows, and as a character actor in over 20 films. He was the voice of the popular animated canine superhero Underdog. Not plane nor bird nor even frog. It's just little old me ... Underdog. Who is the actor that said that?|
It's December which means it's time for the Seattle Seahawks to get on a roll. That's been the formula for most of Pete Carroll's tenure with the Hawks, always building toward the conclusion of the regular season. And it's a feeling that was rekindled after Seattle's convincing 24-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. Seattle is 25-and-10 in December and January regular-season games under Pete Carroll going back to 2010. They are 20-and-5 in those games with Wilson at quarterback. The Seahawks are in Jacksonville facing the Jaguars on Sunday.
Birthdays: Actress JoBeth Williams is 69; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is 65; comedian Steven Wright is 62; R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is 61; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is 60; she was Maggie on Northern Exposure, actress Janine Turner is 55; producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian Judd Apatow is 50; and Johnny Football -- quarterback Johnny Manziel -- is 25.
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 christian 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 Virginiia. 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 2002, Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution. In 2003, Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college history after losing to Navy 34-6.
I tell ya, there should be a test before you're allowed to be a criminal. A 19-year-old man chose to rob the same Pennsylvania KFC where he was working. He didn't wear a mask, or hide his face in any way. He also didn't get any money. The safe he tried to force his boss to open was time-locked -- a detail he should have known from his two years as a cook there.
Trivia Answer: Wally Cox -- Wallace Maynard Cox -- who was born on this date in 1924. Although often cast as meek, he was actually quite athletic, as well as a military veteran. He married three times. When he was 10, he moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he became close friends with a neighborhood child, Marlon Brando. Cox and Brando remained close friends for the rest of Cox's life. On February 15, 1973, Cox died of a heart attack in his Hollywood.
|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?|
Seattle is moving ahead with efforts to renovate the aging city-owned KeyArena into a premier venue that could be ready for an NBA or NHL team within three years. The Seattle City Council yesterday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group in a $600 million privately financed project to renovate KeyArena, formerly the home of the NBA's SuperSonics.
Birthdays: Singer Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, is 85; he's known for Rock Me Gently, which topped the US singles chart in 1974 (He co-wrote Sugar, Sugar for The Archies), Andy Kim is 71; from Loggins and Messina, musician Jim Messina is 70; former quarterback Jim Plunkett is also 70; actress Morgan Brittany is 66; NFL hall of famer Art Monk is 60; from The Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik is 52; comedian Margaret Cho is 49; and he was Malcolm on Malcolm in the Middile, actor Frankie Muniz is 32.
Today is Boycott Day, the 62nd 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, the 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."
Authorities in Ohio didn’t have to search very long for a burglary suspect. That’s because he was found asleep in the house he broke into. Police woke him up and took him to jail.
Trivia Answer: Walter Elias Disney who was born on this date in 1901. He died of lung cancer on December 15th of 1966.
|Morning Trivia: He's an actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is best known for playing Jethro Bodine, the dimwitted nephew of Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. Who is he?|
Didn't see this coming ... but I'll take it. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and the Seattle Seahawks stayed in the NFC playoff hunt with a 24-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last night. Seattle snapped Philadelphia's nine-game winning streak. Who is the only team to hold Philly under 20 points this year? Seattle. Next up, the Hawks are at Jacksonville Sunday afternoon at 1:25.
The Tumwater Thunderbirds came up just short of the Class 2A state title over the weekend. The Thunderbirds fell 35-22 to Hockinson Hawks Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars are bowl bound. No. 11 UW is in the Fiesta Bowl taking on No. 9 Penn State on December 30th at University of Phoenix Stadium. It's on ESPN. No. 18 WSU is headed to the Holiday Bowl, where they'll take on the No. 16 Michigan State Spartans on December 28th at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 84; from The Byrds, singer and bassist Chris Hillman is 73; actor Jeff Bridges is 68; best known as a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Gary Rossington is 66; actress Marisa Tomei is 53; singer Dionne Farris is 48; rapper Jay-Z is also 48; and model Tyra Banks is 44.
Today is Wear Brown Shoes Day. Today is Santa's List Day. Reportedly, Santa and a few of his top elves tell us that they strive to make the first draft of Santa's Naughty and Nice lists by this day. Then, they review and adjust it, all the way to Christmas eve. Today is Saint Barbara's Day. Traditionally, a young girl places a twig from a cherry tree in a glass of water today. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, she is certain to marry next year.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded together (The Million Dollar Quartet). The session would not be released for 25 years. In 1987, Madonna filed for divorce from Sean Penn. She changed her mind later in the month, then filed again the following January. In 1988, Roy Orbison gave his final concert in Akron, Ohio. He died two days later. In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. In 1992, in an effort to prevent hearing loss among its fans, Megadeth distributed 13,000 pairs of earplugs at its concert in San Francisco. In 1997, the National Basketball Association suspended Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, PJ Carlesimo. In 2001, Gene Simmons' book Kiss and Make-Up was released. In 2006, cats, dogs, even a pig showed up when Late Show with David Letterman held auditions for stupid pet tricks at Minnesota's Mall of America. Among some 40 pets were a potbellied pig who could bowl, a hand-shaking cat and a border collie that fetched itself by grabbing its tail in its mouth and bringimg itself to its owner.
Coco is the box office champion for the second week in a row. Pixar’s newest film, the story of a young boy who travels to the Land of the Dead to learn about his family’s connection to music, finished the weekend with $26 million. In second place is Justice League. Third place goes to the inspiring Wonder. Thor: Ragnarok continues its impressive run finishing fourth. Rounding out the top five is Daddy’s Home 2.
Trivia Answer: Maximilian Adalbert Baer Jr. -- Max Baer, Jr. -- who was born on this date in 1937. After the death of Donna Douglas in January 2015, Baer became the last surviving member of that show's main cast. Following the cancellation of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1971, Baer found his acting career hampered on the "small screen" by typecasting. He therefore began to concentrate on working in feature motion pictures, especially behind the camera, writing, producing and directing. Baer wrote and produced the drama Macon County Line in 1974. It was the highest-grossing movie per dollar invested at the time. Made for just $110,000, it earned almost $25 million at the box office. This record lasted until The Blair Witch Project broke it in 1999. Baer has said that playing Jethro Bodine sank his acting career.
|Morning Trivia: She's a singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, she has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of The Rose, Wind Beneath My Wings, Do You Want to Dance, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Who is she?|
With each game, whether in victory or defeat, Russell Wilson's legend continues to grow. This year especially, when the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is again protected by a unit of moving pieces and without consistent run support. Wilson remains on pace for a career year in passing yardage and leads Seattle in rushing with 401 yards and three touchdowns on 65 attempts. Wilson is one of only two quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards and 20 or more touchdowns in each of his first six seasons. The other is Peyton Manning. Wilson has 14 to 1 odds to win MVP, according to Bovada. That's up from 20 to 1 last week. Those are the fourth-best odds, trailing Tom Brady, Carson Wentz and Drew Brees. Wentz and the 10-and-1 Philadelphia Eagles are at CenturyLink Sunday night.
After playing in the field for most of his major league career, Nelson Cruz didn't want to only be a designated hitter when he joined the Mariners in 2014, but since arriving in Seattle he's been one of the best players at the position. Cruz's standing as a top DH was further cemented yesterday, when he was named the 2017 winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year Award by Major League Baseball. It's Cruz's first time winning the award, whose namesake was a seven-time All-Star with the Mariners and now serves as the team's hitting coach.
The Seattle Sounders return to MLS Cup after 3-0 rout of the Houston Dynamo last night. The Sounders advanced to face Toronto in the final.
Birthdays: Actor and director Woody Allen is 82; golfer Lee Trevino is 78; Blue Oyster Cult frontman Eric Bloom is 73; the drummer with The Doors, John Densmore is also 73; singer Gilbert O'Sullivan is 71; actor Treat Williams is 66; she was Lucy on Dallas, actress Charlene Tilton is 59; and singer Vance Joy is 30.
Actor and singer Jim Nabors, best known for playing lovably naive Gomer Pyle on TV's The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, has died. A representative said Nabors died peacefully at home in Hawaii at around 4:00 yesterday morning. Nabors joined the hit TV sitcom The Andy Griffith show in its third season in 1962 for what was supposed to be a one-time appearance, but his character's popularity won him a spot as a cast regular. It also soon earned Nabors his own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., in which his character joined the Marines. That show ran for five seasons, ending when Nabors called it quits. Nabors was also an accomplished singer with a rich operatic baritone that belied the country twang he affected as Gomer Pyle, recording over two dozen albums of standards and Christian music and hymns. Racing fans will also remember Nabors from his tradition of singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the start of the Indianapolis 500 -- a tradition he performed 36 times from 1972 to 2014, until his declining health prompted him to stop. Nabors leaves behind his husband and partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, whom he married in 2013 here in Washington when same-sex marriage became legal. Jim Nabors was 87.
Today is World Aids Awareness 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 1959, twelve 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 1987, construction began on the Channel Tunnel -- the Chunnel -- between the United Kingdom and France. Three years later -- to the day -- on this date in 1990, British and French workers digging the tunnel finally met under the English Channel. In 1997, Kenny G set a record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. In 1998, Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date. In 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Amazon Prime Air on 60 Minutes. The service planned to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages to customers.
Carol Burnett is being joined on her 50th anniversary special by original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and costume designer Bob Mackie. The special was filmed in the original soundstage of The Carol Burnett Show at CBS Television City. Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Maya Rudolph, and more talk with Burnett about her favorite sketches, guest stars, and iconic wardrobe. The special is on CBS Sunday night.
A Maryland couple who tried to cash in a winning lottery ticket for $50 received a shock when the ticket turned out to actually be worth $50,000. The couple said their winnings will to go toward family savings and a possible future landscaping project.
Trivia Answer: Bette Midler who is 72 today. In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010. Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She has since starred in a number of hit films, which include: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, Hocus Pocus, and The Stepford Wives. She also starred in For the Boys and Gypsy, and won two additional Golden Globe Awards for those films. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Midler is currently appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15th of this year and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20th. It's her first leading role in a Broadway musical. On June 11th of this year, Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role in Hello, Dolly!. Bette is back in the news. She renewed an allegation of 1970s sexual misconduct against Geraldo Rivera yesterday, a day after Rivera called the news business "flirty" amid Matt Lauer's dismissal by NBC. In the tweet posted by Midler and confirmed by her publicist, she included a video from a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which Midler made the allegation against Rivera. Bette tweeted yesterday, "Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this." Midler added the harassment-solidarity hashtag #MeToo.