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|Morning Trivia: She was born in South Carolina. She was initially spotted by a rep from Wilhelmina Models while on a trip to Los Angeles before she would later sign with Elite Model Management in New York City. In the early 1980s, she modeled for Vogue magazine and appeared in ad campaigns for a number of top designers. A series of billboards in Time Square and national television commercials for Calvin Klein drew attention to her and led to her 1984 film debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Who is she?|
The Mariners' road trip began with a thud. Cesar Valdez pitched in the major leagues for the first time in nearly seven years and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6 last night. He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out four and walked two. This marked just the third start of his career at age 32 and 10th appearance in all -- and he is probably headed right back to the minors soon. A right-hander from the Dominican Republic, he was called up from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for injured opening day starter Kendall Graveman. Valdez last pitched in the big leagues on June 10th of 2010. Last night was Oakland's third straight win. Seattle starter James Paxton's scoreless innings streak to begin the year ended at 23 when Oakland got on the board in the third. He struck out eight over 4 1-3 innings. The Ms and As match up again tonight. Hisashi Iwakuma tries again for his first win of the season.
Birthdays: She ascended to throne in February of 1952 following her father’s death, Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom is 91; actor and comedian Charles Grodin is 82; singer and musician Iggy Pop is 70; actor Tony Danza is 65; from The Cure, singer Robert Smith is 58; actor and comedian Rob Riggle is 47; actor James McAvoy is 38; retired quarterback who, this fall, will be the color commentator alongside Jim Nantz during NFL games on CBS, Tony Romo is 37.
It's Kindergarten Day, celebrated in honor of Friedrich Froebel. He was born on this day in 1782. In 1837, he started the first Kindergarten in Germany. It became popular quickly. Kindergartens were originally a 1/2 day to get children acclimated to learning, social interaction, and school, in a fun, yet educational manner. Kindergarten has evolved in most areas into a full time program. This is partly the result of increasing pressures on education.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) was first celebrated. In 1960, Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months. In 1962, the Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened. It was the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. In 1970, Elton John made his solo concert debut when he opened for T. Rex in London. In 1977, Annie opened on Broadway. In 1986, Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside. In 1989, around 100,000 students gathered in Tiananmen Square. In 2000, the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.
Netflix anticipates a major milestone this weekend. Netflix expects to cross the 100 million customer barrier this weekend.
Trivia Answer: Andie MacDowell who is 59 today. In Greystoke, by the way, her lines were recorded by another actress because her southern accent was too pronounced for her to play the role of an Englishwoman. That other actress was Glenn Close.
|Morning Trivia: He is best known for his role in Love Story, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He is also known for starring in Paper Moon along with his real-life daughter. Who is he?|
After getting narly no-hit the night before last, the Mariners found enough hits yesterday. Rookie Mitch Haniger was right in the middle of it as he extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits and four RBIs. The Seattle Mariners beat the Miami Marlins 10-5 yesterday for their fifth win in six games. Ichiro Suzuki, now with Miami and in possibly his final game at Safeco Field, hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the ninth inning. Up next for Seattle, James Paxton starts tonight at Oakland. Paxton has not allowed an earned run in his first 21 innings this season.
Birthdays: Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei is 80; Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist and current member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, Craig Frost is 69; actress Jessica Lange is 68; Ron Howard's little brother actor Clint Howard is 57; Donnie Baseball, Marlins manager Don Mattingly is 56; actor Crispin Glover is 53; actress Carmen Electra is 45; and actor Joey Lawrence is 41.
Today is Go Around Humming You Light Up My Life Until Everybody Screams Day. Today is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day. Today is Look Alike Day -- a day to find someone you really look up to, and try to look like them. Today is Volunteer Recognition Day -- a day that honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Celebrate this Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work, getting involved yourself in a volunteer activity, and donating to a volunteer group. Today is the Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten What It Was Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Boston Red Sox edged the New York Yankees 7-6. It was the Sox first game in their elegant new stadium, Fenway Park. In 1961, FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC. In 1988, the US Air Forces' Stealth -- the B-2 bomber -- was officially unveiled. In 1989, scientists announced the successful testing of high-definition TV. In 1992, in London, a memorial concert was held for Freedie Mercury. Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, George Michael, Def Leppard, and Spinal Tap performed. In 1993, President Clinton accepted responsibility for the decision to try and end the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas, but he said David Koresh bore ultimate responsibility for the deaths that resulted. In 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female winner in Indy Car history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start. In 2010, the Deep Water Horizon oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others. The resulting oil spill was the largest offshore spill in US history.
Have you tried one of these yet? Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a “Unicorn Frappuccino.” The chain says the drink was inspired by the trend of unicorn-themed food online and starts out purple with a sweet and fruity taste. It changes to pink and tart after it’s stirred to mix in a blue drizzle. It's available through Sunday in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Trivia Answer: Ryan O'Neal -- born Charles Patrick Ryan O'Neal, Jr. -- who turns 76 today. HIs daughter is Tatum O' Neal. Ryan was also known for his decades long relationship with the late Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal was in a long-term (off and on again) relationship with the late actress Farrah Fawcett until her death. In June 2009, O'Neal said he asked Fawcett again to marry him. O'Neal reported that this time she said yes, and stated that the wedding would happen "as soon as she can say yes." No ceremony took place before Fawcett's death on June 25th of 2009.
|Morning Trivia: This actor, voice actor, and singer is known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts. He first rose to prominence with his portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising the role he had originated in the 1973 London and 1974 Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show. Who is he?|
Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers fell two outs shy of Miami's first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 win last night. The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field. They wrap up the three-game series with the rubber match today. Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle.
Birhtdays: Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, retired race car driver nicknamed Little Al, Al Junior, or simply Junior, Al Unser Jr. is 55; actress Ashley Judd is 49; the motorcycle builder who founded West Coast Choppers, Jesse James is 48; actor James Franco is 39; actress Kate Hudson is 38; and tennis great Maria Sharapova is 30.
It's National Garlic Day. Today is National Hanging Out Day -- celebrating the humble clothesline. Today is Horseless Carriage Day, marking this day in 1892 when Charles Duryea (and his brother Frank) turned the final screw in the first automobile in America. He then took it out for a drive around Springfield, Massachusetts. Duryea called his vehicle a "buggyaut."
Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, actress Mae West was convicted of "indecent behavior" in her Broadway production of Sex. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $500. In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur gave his Old Soldiers speech before the US Congress after being relieved by President Truman. In the address General MacArthur said that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." In 1978, Patti Smith released her biggest hit, Because the Night. Its co-writer was Bruce Springsteen. In 1979, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion during a Van Halen show in Spokane. In 1987, The Simpsons premiered as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show. In 1988, Sonny Bono was sworn in as mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1990, fearing his staff of eight lawyers and seven Ph.D.s was too brainy, Vice President Dan Quayle told them to start reading People magazine to get in touch with the real world. In 1993, the Branch-Davidian's compound in Waco, Texas, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and US federal agents. Eighty-six people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire. In 1994, a California court ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay Rodney King $3.8-million in damages for a 1991 beating by police. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168. In 2011, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
It’s been 26 years since Julia Roberts was first on the cover of People's World’s Most Beautiful issue. The star is, for a record fifth time, according to People Magazine, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World -- though she can hardly believe it. She sayd, "I am very flattered." In fact, Roberts is now way ahead of pal George Clooney, who has been People's Sexiest Man Alive twice. Julia jokes that "I'm going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year."
Trivia Answer: Tim Curry who turns 71 today. His other notable stage roles include various roles in the original West End production of Hair, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1980 Broadway production of Amadeus, the Pirate King in the 1982 West End production of The Pirates of Penzance, Alan Swann in the Broadway production of My Favourite Year, and King Arthur in Broadway and West End productions of Spamalot from 2005 to 2007. Curry garnered further acclaim for his film and television roles; as Rooster Hannigan in the 1982 film adaptation of Annie, as Darkness in the 1985 fantasy film Legend, as Wadsworth in the mystery comedy film Clue, as Pennywise in the horror miniseries It, and as Nigel Thornberry on the animated television series The Wild Thornberrys. Curry resides in Toluca Lake, California. In June of 2012, he suffered a major stroke. As a result of the stroke, he now uses a wheelchair.
|Morning Trivia: He was a radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and the New Year's Rockin' Eve, which transmitted from Times Square's New Year's Eve celebrations. Who was he?|
Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive first-inning homers, Taylor Motter added another, Ariel Miranda pitched seven scoreless innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 last night in Ichiro Suzuki's first visit to Safeco Field as a member of the 3,000-hit club. The Mariners won their fourth straight after a 2-8 start. Game two of the three with Miami is tonight.
Birthdays: Actress Hayley Mills is 71; actor James Woods is 70; actor Rick Moranis is 64; Daphne on Frasier, actress Jane Leeves is 56; comedian and ventriliquist Jeff Dunham is 55; talk show host Conan O’Brien is 54; Will on Will & Grace, actor Eric McCormack is also 54; Melissa Joan Hart is 41; Betty on Ugly Betty, actress America Ferrera is 33; and famous daughter Suri Cruise is 11.
Today is Tax Day. It's normally April 15th but that was Saturday, then yesterday was the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington DC and the IRS staff was off so Tax Day was moved to today. It’s International Juggler's Day. The day celebrates the skill of juggling and talented jugglers. It can also apply to multi tasking office workers. It's Newspaper Columnists Day. National Animal Cracker Day. Paul Revere Day. Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. It happened on this date in 1775. Today is Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1923, Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, New York. It was baseball's first three-tiered stadium. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem. In 1934, the first Laundromat opened. It was in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1938, Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. In 1966, Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, the first African-American coach in the NBA. In 1984, Michael Jackson had surgery performed on his scalp to repair damage caused after his hair caught fire during a shoot for a Pepsi television commercial. In 2002, actor Robert Blake was arrested in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Blake, who played Little Beaver as a child in 20 movies and later was TV's Baretta, was acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case.
With Tax Day here, White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Trump won't be releasing his 2016 taxes, because of an audit. When asked if Trump will ever release his taxes, Spicer said he would have to get back to the press corps.
Trivia Answer: Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr. -- Dick Clark. As host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced rock & roll to many Americans. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads and Simon & Garfunkel. During an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in 1990, it was noted that over two-thirds of the people who've been initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had their television debuts on American Bandstand. Due to his perennial youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as America's oldest teenager. Clark suffered a stroke in December 2004. Following his stroke, Clark ceded the majority of hosting duties on his New Year's Rockin' Eve to Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest has remained host and an executive producer of the special ever since. Clark died on this date in 2012 of a heart attack at the age of 82.
|Morning Trivia: This composer, pianist, and keyboardist was enlisted in the fall of 1984 to commence the rigorous weekly schedule of scoring the series Miami Vice. The popular success of his music on the series was evident after just one season when, on November 2nd of 1985, the Miami Vice Soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard Top Pop album charts. The album achieved quadruple-platinum status with US sales of more than four million copies. At the Grammy awards in February of 1986, the Miami Vice Theme earned this guy two awards; one for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and one for Best Instrumental Composition. In 1988, he bowed out of full-time musical chores for Miami Vice. Who is he? |
The Mariners and their fans had the brooms out looking for the sweep. Nelson Cruz singled in the tiebreaking run to cap a two-run, ninth-inning rally, and the Seattle Mariners overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 yesterday so those brooms could get put to good use as the Ms completed the three-game sweep of the Rangers. With that sweep, the Mariners are no longer cellar dwellers in the AL West as they moved past Texas. Up next, the Mariners have a three-game series with Ichiro Suzuki --starting tonight in left field for the first time at Safeco -- and the Miami Marlins. Ariel Miranda gets the start for Seattle tonight.
Birthdays: Actress Olivia Hussey is 66; musician and songwriter Michael Sembello is 63; actor Sean Bean (from Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones) is 58; quarterback turned sportscaster Boomer Esiason is 56; singer Liz Phair is 50; actress Jennifer Garner is 45; singer Victoria Beckham -- Posh Spice -- is 43; and actress Rooney Mara is 32.
It's Blah, Blah, Blah Day – it just might be the blah-est day of the year. The intent of this day is to do all of the projects and things that people have been nagging you to do. This may include quitting a habit, losing weight, or working on home projects. Today is Dyngus Day (also spelled Dingus Day) -- a fun Polish Holiday. It is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter. It’s National Cheeseball Day. It's also Bat Appreciation Day-- counter to what horror movies lead us to believe, these night flyers won't bother you, if you don't bother them.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson got his first hit for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he beat out a bunt. In 1962, Tony Bennett recorded his first song, Boulevard of Broken Dreams. In 1964, at the New York World's Fair, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang. Base price was $2,368. Also in 1964, the FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen's recording of Louie Louie. In 1969, in Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, McCartney. It included a self-interview that confirmed the Beatles had broken up. Also in 1970, Johnny Cash performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House. Nixon wouldn't let him leave until he performed A Boy Named Sue. In 1985, the US Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent Love stamp. Showing the set of TV’s The Love Boat as a backdrop, the stamp became one of the postal service's biggest sellers. In 1993, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted. In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, died after a fight with breast cancer.
The Fate of the Furious was expected to do well over the weekend and it didn't disappoint as it roared to a record-setting global debut even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in the long-running Fast and Furious series. Based on earlier estimates, the action-thriller is poised to set a new worldwide high-water mark. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If that happens, a large part of the credit will go to China, where The Fate of the Furious has already racked up a massive $135 million in its first two days of release. Domestically, there are indications that a franchise centered on muscle cars and physics-defying stunts, has crested. The Fate of the Furious took in an estimated $100.2 million, an impressive result, but a steep drop off from Furious 7's $147.2 million kick-off. The Boss Baby was a distant second, bringing in $15.5 million. Beauty and the Beast nabbed third, taking in $13.6 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village came in fourth and Going in Style rounded out the top five.
Trivia Answer: Jan Hammer who turns 69 today. He was born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia, today the Czech Republic. When the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, Hammer moved to the United States and resolved to become a citizen after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s. Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Elvin Jones among many others. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer.
|Morning Trivia: This former Major League Baseball player was also known by his nickname Charlie Hustle. He played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989. Last year, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Who is he?|
No Mariners last night. They're back at it tonight as they welcome in the Texas Rangers for a three-game weekend set. Felix gets the start for Seattle tonight. First pitch at 7:10. Next week, Ichiro is back in the Northwest. Ich and the Florida Marlins face the Mariners Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at Safeco.
Birthdays: Country singer -- the Coal Miner's Daughter -- Loretta Lynn turns 85; retired policeman Frank Serpico -- Al Pacino played him in the movie -- is 81; Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 72; actor Brad Garrett is 57; Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club, actor Anthony Michael Hall is 49; and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 40.
Today is Ex Spouse Day -- in recognition of your Ex. Someone must have been kidding when they created this day, right? Could anyone actually want to recognize their Ex? Ex Spouse Day has indeed arrived. Once again, a reminder that we don't create these days, we merely report them. Today is International Moment of Laughter Day. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine". It's Look Up at the Sky Day. You never know what might be going on up there. Take a few minutes out from your busy day to look up at the sky today. If nothing else, the break from the routine will be relaxing. Perhaps related. Maybe not. It's Reach as High as You Can Day. Expand your horizons. It will truly be an uplifting experience.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. Some 1,517 people lost their lives. More than 700 survived. In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath was first published. In 1984, the Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state's public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as theory rather than fact. In 1980, a New Jersey state assemblyman introduced a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run the official state song. In 1980, Gary Numan released The Touring Principle, a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette. In 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo album Full Moon Fever. In 2002, President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14th of 1902.
On TV this weekend, Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of The Bee Gees. This 2-hour special celebrates The Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever this year. Performers include Celine Dion, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Keith Urban, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Panic! at the Disco, Pentatonix and more. Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and Robin Gibb died in 2012. The program in on CBS Sunday night.
The Fate of the Furious is expected to make well over $100 million at the box office this weekend.
There's a crucial difference between fights that harm your relationship and ones that improve it, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. It comes down to whether your partner feels like you "get" his or her point of view. Feeling understood actually activates parts of your brain associated with reward. It can instantly improve your mood, even in the midst of a heated discussion. Try it: Just say something like, "I see where you're coming from." Those six words could instantly defuse your fight.
Trivia Answer: Pete Rose who is 76 today. Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, & 1B). In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the permanently ineligible list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds. The issue of Rose's possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor, comedian, game show panelist, and director. He spent five decades on television. In those five decades. he was best known as Agent 86 -- Maxwell Smart. Who is he?|
Jose Altuve hit three singles and drew two walks, helping the Houston Astros overcome an early five-run deficit and rally past the Seattle Mariners 10-5 last night. An off day today before Seattle welcomes in the Texas Rangers for a weekend set starting tomorrow night.
Birthdays: Actor Paul Sorvino is 78; Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, actor Tony Dow is 72; singer, songwriter, and pastor, the reverend Al Green is 71; actor Ron Perlman is 67; singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson is 66; E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg is 66; Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion,Garry Kasparov is 54; comedian and actress Caroline Rhea is 49; actor Ricky Schroder is 47; and Mister Mambo Number Five, singer Lou Bega is 42.
Today is Butch Cassidy’s Birthday. The outlaw leader of The Wild Bunch was born on this day in 1866. Today is International Plant Appreciation Day. Today is National Peach Cobbler Day. And today is Scrabble Day -- a day that celebrates the popular board game. It's sold by Hasbro. It's very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Alfred Butts was born. While unemployed during the Depression, Alfred invented a crossword-puzzle game called Scrabble. Twenty years later, in 1952, Macy’s became interested and a manufacturer offered Butts three cents a game for the rights to mass produce Scrabble. He took it. In 1963, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his first hit in the major leagues. In 1965, King of the Road Roger Miller won five Grammies, a record that stood until 1984 when Michael Jackson took eight. In 1980, the Broadway musical Grease closed after 3,883 performances. In 1985, the single We Are the World hit #1 here in the States. In 1994, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced that they were separating. In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par. In 2001, a woman in Stalybridge, England, decided she'd had enough. After the 5th repairman in 15 months could not repair her dishwasher, she locked the doors and refused to let him leave her house. The repairman phoned his boss and the company agreed to give her a new machine.
Guess how many kinds of trees there are. If you can't, there’s now a database that can help. Scientists from Botanic Gardens Conservation International say they have compiled the first-ever comprehensive list of all known tree species, totaling 60,065 different kinds.
Jude Law is set to play young Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel.
Trivia Answer: Don Adams who was born on this date in 1923. Regarding Get Smart, creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry wrote the show as the comedic answer to the successful 1960s spy television dramas such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, I Spy and It Takes a Thief. They were asked to write a spoof that combined elements from two of the most popular film series at the time: the James Bond and Pink Panther movies. Get Smart had been written for Tom Poston, to be piloted on CBS; when CBS turned it down, the show was picked up by NBC, which cast Adams in the role because he was already under contract. When Get Smart debuted in 1965, it was an immediate hit. Barbara Feldon co-starred as Max's young/attractive partner, Agent 99. Adams gave the character a clipped, unique speaking style. Adams created many popular catch-phrases (some of which were in his act prior to the show), including "Sorry about that, Chief", "Would you believe...?" and "Missed it by 'that much.'" Get Smart ran from 1965 to 1970. Adams won three consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Smart. He also provided the voices for the animated series Tennessee Tuxedo from 1963 to 1966 and Inspector Gadget from 1983 to 1986 as their title characters. Don Adams died on September 25th of 2005 in Los Angeles, California from a lung infection and lymphoma. He was 82.
|Morning Trivia: This author was best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000. Who is he?|
Well, so much for a winning streak. Houston's George Springer hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season on the very first pitch of the game and the Astros went on to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 last night. The Ms and Astros wrap up their series tonight. An off day for Seattle tomorrow before the Texas Rangers come to the Northwest for a 3-game weekend series starting Friday.
Birthdays: His song Rockit was the first successful track to use scratching, jazz musician Herbie Hancock is 77; the frontman of Steppenwolf, John Kay is 73; Al Bundy on Married…With Children, actor Ed O’Neill is 71; retired talk show host David Letterman is 70; author Scott Turow is 68; singer and actor David Cassidy is 67; singer and guitarist Pat Travers is 63; actor Andy Garcia is 61; singer Vince Gill is 60; from Everclear, singer and frontman Art Alexakis is 55; and actress Shannen Doherty is 46.
David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering has died. She was 95. Letterman's publicist Tom Keaney confirmed Mengering's death yesterdayday. Dave's mom became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s, baking mystery pies and covering the Olympics for her son's Late Show on CBS. Letterman had been on the air for years, and had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of nobodies, before he thought to bring on his mom. But the moment he did, she became a hit, with a cheerful "Hi, David!" in her Midwestern accent starting every appearance. She baked and appeared via satellite in her Indiana kitchen for a segment called Guess Mom's Pies. And she was a correspondent for the show at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway, a role she reprised for the next two winter games.
J. Geils, leader of The J. Geils Band whose hits of the late 1970s and early 1980s included "Centerfold," "Freeze Frame" and "Love Stinks," died yesterday at his home in Massachusetts. Local police said Geils, whose full name was John Warren Geils Jr., appeared to have died of natural causes. After a well-being check at the musician's house at around 4 yesterday afternoon, Geils was discovered unresponsive and was declared dead at the scene. The J. Geils Band was launched as a blues trio in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the 1960s. It soon switched its focus to electric guitars and bass as it became a staple of the Boston music scene through the 1970s with Geils as its lead guitarist and Peter Wolf on vocals. Its biggest commercial successes were the rock 'n' roll anthems that came with the release of Freeze Frame, the band's 12th album, in 1981. The album included the title track and Centerfold, which was No. 1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The band's success was relatively shortlived. After Wolf left the group in 1983, the remaining members produced one more album, before breaking up in 1985. J. Geils was 71.
Today is Big Wind Day. On April 12th of 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour. Today is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Today is Walk on Your Wild Side Day, a day to do something unpredictable -- a chance to do something no one would ever expect you to do. Today is Spam the Internet Day. On this day in 1994, the Internet became commercial when two authors spammed 6,000 Usenet newsgroups with a commercial ad. Today is National Licorice Day. Today is National D.E.A.R. Day, National Drop Everything and Read Day, a special celebration to remind families to make reading together a daily priority.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's live album Four Way Street was certified gold before it even appeared on the LP chart. In 1979, Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship, replacing founding member Marty Balin. In 1985, federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns. They were goats with horns that had been surgically implanted. In 1993, actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz. In 1995, on Late Night with David Letterman, actress Drew Barrymore jumped on Dave's desk, did a bump and grind, opened her blouse, and flashed the host. In 1998, a federal appeals court in San Francisco awarded the rights to the record Louie Louie to The Kingsmen, the group that recorded it in 1963. The court agreed that the group had missed out on decades of royalties on the top-selling record. In 1999, a 75-year-old war German war veteran apologized to an 87-year-old French woman for stealing her ham during the war in 1944. Hans Kupperfahrenberg said he was retreating in Normandy and was starving, but he never felt right about stealing Louise Marie’s ham. So 55 years later, he returned to Normandy, found her, and bought her a ham. In 2004, Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball's career homer list.
Trivia Answer: Tom Clancy who was born on this date in 1947. His works, The Hunt for Red October in 1984, Patriot Games in 1987, Clear and Present Danger in 1989, and The Sum of All Fears in 1991, have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan. Clancy died on October 1st of 2013, of an undisclosed illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital, near his Baltimore home. By the way, te was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
|Morning Trivia: He's a former American Major League Baseball catcher. After being traded as a minor league prospect by the Seattle Mariners, he played his entire major league career for the Boston Red Sox. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner , as well as a Silver Slugger Award winner, he was part of both the 2004 World Series and 2007 World Series Championship teams, and was viewed widely as one of the team's leaders. In December 2004 he was named the captain of the Red Sox, only their fourth captain since 1923. Who is he? |
It was a good day at Safeco yesterday -- a bit chilly -- but a good day nonetheless ... especially coming on the heels of Sunday's disaster in Anaheim. James Paxton shut down Houston for the second time in a week, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball and leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 win over the Astros in Seattle's home opener yesterday. The Mariners rebounded nicely from Sunday's ugly ninth-inning meltdown against the Angels when they gave up seven runs and lost 10-9. So -- knock on wood -- a new winning streak has begun. The Ms and Astros get together again tonight at the Safe.
Birthdays: Human-rights campaigner, philanthropist, and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy is 89; actor Joel Grey is 85; actress Louise Lasser -- she was Mary Hartman -- is 78; singer Lisa Stansfield 51; actress Jennifer Esposito is 44; and singer Joss Stone is 30.
Today is Barbershop Quartet Day. It was on April 11th of 1938 that the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today is International Louie Louie Day, celebrating what some call the greatest party song of all time. Composer Richard Berry was born on this date in 1935. Today is M&Ms Crisis Day, marking the day in 1996 when American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from the Russian space station Mir she was "absolutely, totally out" of M&Ms. Lucid spent 188 days aboard the Mir and asked only for regular re-supplies of M&Ms. Today is National Cheese Fondue Day. Today is 8-Track Tape Day. Originally called the Stereo 8, it was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965.
Calendar notes: On this date 1961. Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in New York City's Greenwich Village. He sang Blowin’ in the Wind. In 1981, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married in Los Angeles. In 1986, Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Michigan, stopped an 80-year tradition of tours of its breakfast-food plant, believing that spies from other companies were taking the tours to steal company secrets. In 1990, astronomers at Lowell Observatory in Arizona named four asteroids after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In 1994, a Seattle coroner ruled that Kurt Cobain's death was a suicide. In 2002, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic filed a motion for Courtney Love to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The two parties were locked in a legal battle over the rights to the Nirvana back catalog.
Trivia Answer: Catcher Jason Varitek -- nicknamed Tek -- who turns 45 today. He currently works for the Red Sox as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. Varitek caught an MLB-record four no-hitters. He was a switch-hitter. Also, he is one of only two players (the other was pitcher Ed Vosberg) to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series. Additionally he participated in Olympic Baseball and the World Baseball Classic.
|Morning Trivia: He was a quarterback, sports commentator, and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three years as a player. He subsequently became a color analyst for NFL telecasts from 1970 to 1984. As an original member of the Monday Night Football broadcast team on ABC, he famously played the role of Howard Cosell's comic foil. In blowout games he would break out in song singing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over." Who was he? |
It was one of those games you walk away from saying "Really?!?" This has got to be rock bottom for the Mariners. If it gets worse then this, it’s not worth thinking about. The Ms, incredibly, blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday in a 10-9 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels that capped a disastrous opening week that sees them limping into today’s home opener at 1-6. The Ms host the Houston Astros in that home opener today. It's a rematch of the third game of the season -- a game Seattle lost 5-3 in 13 innings. James Paxton gets the start for Seattle this afternoon.
Birthdays: Actress Liz Sheridan -- she was Jerry Seinfeld's mom on Seinfeld -- is 88; former coach and NFL commentator John Madden is 81; Junior's dad, Ken Griffey, Sr. is 67; actor Steven Seagal is 65; singer and producer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds is 58; from The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer is also 58; NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne is 37; singer and actress Mandy Moore is 33.
Today is Dust the Ceiling Fan Day, a day for those who finished their spring cleaning, but forgot to dust the blades on the ceiling fan. Today is Salvation Army Founders Day, April 10, 1829, the birthday of William Booth, who in 1865 established mission stations in London to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he named the organization The Salvation Army. Today is Golfer's Day -- although some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer's Day. On this day, though, it's official. The only question is, does this day honor the golfer, the sport, or the weather? Turns out it's a little of each. There's only one proper way to enjoy this day. Out on the course. And today is National Sibling Day, a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. Siblings are truly a special blessing that we probably all too often take for granted.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. In 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar. In 1962, one of the original Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe, died of a brain tumor at age 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group's shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles. In 1972. Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song Shaft. In 1976. Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! topped the album chart, where it remained for the following 10 weeks. in 1992, outside Needles, California, comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck slammed into his car on a desert road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 1994, in Seattle, 10-thousand people gathered for a vigil for Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love thanked them for their support and tearfully read from Cobain's suicide note. In 1999, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. In 1999, women serving in the Danish army were furious when a male supply officer purchased brassieres, all the same size, for 500 women soldiers. The officer said the manufacturer claimed 34-C would fit 90% of Danish women. The women vehemently disagreed. in 2000, Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to hit 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.
The Smurfs may be feeling kind of blue. The cuddly creatures' once-promising film franchise is looking awfully creaky after Smurfs: The Lost Village stumbled at the box office this weekend. The film opened to a negligible $14.1 million. With the Smurfs failing to generate much excitement, The Boss Baby captured first place for the second consecutive weekend, earning $26.3 million to push its domestic haul to $89.4 million. Beauty and the Beast came in second. The Smurfs' disappointing bebut was still good enough for third place. Going in Style and Ghost in the Shell rounded out the top five.
Trivia Answer: Don Meredith -- Dandy Don -- born on this date in 1938. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1968. He's considered by some to be the original Dallas Cowboy because he had come to the team even before the franchise had adopted a nickname, hired a head coach, or participated in either the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft or its first NFL Draft in 1961. Following his football career, Meredith became a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football beginning in 1970. He left for three seasons (1974 to 1976) to work with Curt Gowdy at NBC, then returned to MNF partners Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. His approach to color commentary was light-hearted and folksy, in contrast to Cosell's detailed and intellectual analysis and Gifford's rather ponderous play-by-play technique. He was known for singing "Turn out the lights, the party's over" (a line from a Willie Nelson song, "The Party's Over") at the time the game was apparently decided. Meredith's broadcasting career was also not without a few incidents of minor controversy; including referring to then-President Richard Nixon as "Tricky Dick", announcing that he was "mile-high" before a game in Denver, and turning the name of Cleveland Browns receiver Fair Hooker into a double entendre. (saying 'Fair Hooker...well, I haven't met one yet!') He retired from sportscasting after the 1984 season, a year after Cosell's retirement. His final broadcast was Super Bowl XIX with Frank Gifford and Joe Theismann, which was ABC's first Super Bowl. Meredith died on December 5th of 2010 at the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 72 years old.
|Morning Trivia: His father was the governor of California. He himself went on to serve two terms as the governor of California. Now he's back as governor again. Who is he?|
Hopefully, your hatches are battoned down. A storm is rolling through the Nortwest today including here in the South Sound. Peak wind gusts as of noon today: Destruction Island 74 mph, Hoquiam 60 mph, Westport 60 mph, Astoria 55 mph, Olympia 54 mph, Tacoma 53 mph, Renton 47 mph, Gig Harbor 47 mph, Seattle 44 mph, Everett 41 mph, and Crystal Mountain Summit reported a gust of 102 mph at 6,800 feet. There are also power outages all across the Northwest (including at my house in Tumwater).
Well, the Mariners won't go 0-162 this year. They'll end up somewhere between 1-161 and 159-3 is still possible. It had to happen eventually. The Mariners pick up their first win of season last night. Jarrod Dyson hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and Jean Segura drove in a run later in the inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros. The other good news is that the series with Houston is done. The Ms are out of Texas and on to California where Yovani Gallardo makes his Mariners debut as Seattle starts a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels tonight.
Birthdays: Director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola is 78; the Oates portion of Hall and, John Oates is 69; she's not at 17 anymore, Janis Ian is 66; actor and martial artist, Jackie Chan is 64; boxer and actor Buster Douglas is 57; and actor Russell Crowe is 53.
It's No Housework Day, a day to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. It's World Health Day sponsored by United Nation's World Health Organization. World Health Day is an international event to emphasize and work on important health issues or problems. Many countries around the world participate. It's National Beer Day. In March of 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed into law, the Cullen-Harrision Act. This act, repealed prohibition for beer. Effective April 7th, 1933, people could once more buy, sell and consume beer.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer. In 1967, film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1970, John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in True Grit. He had been in over 200 films. In 1985, Wham! became the first Western act to play in China. In 1998, George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct. He was sentenced to community service for the incident. In 2003, US troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime fell two days later.
Trivia Answer: Jerry Brown who turns 79 today. He's the son of Pat Brown, who was the 32nd Governor of California and was in office from 1959 throught 1967. He himself served two terms as the 34th California governor from 1975 to 1983. Now, he's the current and 39th governor. During his first term as California's Governor, he was the sixth-youngest Governor of that state. Upon his inauguration as California's 39th Governor, he became its oldest serving governor.
|Morning Trivia: In 1992, he became the first-ever third-generation big-leaguer in baseball history. This former Major League Baseball second baseman was a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Who is he?|
Houston's George Springer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning lifting the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Mariners last night. Springer's shot came off rookie Chase De Jong, who started the inning to make his major-league debut and was only in the game because he was the last available pitcher in the Ms bullpen. He was the ninth Ms pitcher of the night. The Mariners are gonna win one yet. Maybe tonight when they wrap up their series with the Astros. Game four tonight at 5:10.
Birthdays: Actor Billy Dee Williams is 80; race car driver, Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, is 76; Cliff Claven on Cheers, actor John Ratzenberger is 70; Elaine Nardo on Taxi, actress Marilu Henner is 65; former candidate for US President Michelle Bachmann is 61; and actor Paul Rudd is 48.
Legendary comic Don Rickles, a rapid-fire insulting machine who for six decades earned a living making fun of people of all creeds and colors and everyone from poor slobs to Frank Sinatra, has died. Rickles died of kidney failure today at his home in Los Angeles according to his publicist. Sarcastically nicknamed Mr. Warmth, Rickles had mock disdain for stars, major public figures, and all those who paid to see him, tweaking TV audiences and Las Vegas showroom crowds with his acerbic brand of takedown comedy. A good guy and devoted husband away from the stage, Rickles the performer heartlessly laid into everyone he encountered -- and they loved it. After toiling in relative obscurity for years as a more conventional stand-up comedian, Rickles unwittingly discovered his biggest laughs came when he turned the table on his hecklers. His career then skyrocketed after he insulted the hot-tempered Frank Sinatra, who normally did not take kindly to such treatment. When the superstar singer and actor walked into a Hollywood club in 1957 where Rickles was performing, the comedian greeted the Chairman of the Board from the stage: "Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody." Sinatra roared -- with laughter. With Sinatra's endorsement, Rickles began his comedic assault on people famous and not so famous. Don Rickles was 90.
Today is Sorry Charlie Day. Have you ever been rejected? For anything? Sure you have. We all have. Sorry Charlie Day is for all of us who have been spurned, and yet somehow survived it. Today is Plan Your Epitaph Day -- a little morbid for my liking but I have one. On my tomb stone, it should say "I knew this would happen. Today is Barney Day. Barney & Friends Baby Bop, and B.J. premiered on PBS on this date in 1992.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. In 1916, Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year. He was 26 years old. In 1924, four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around the world. In 1931, a little cream-filled sponge cake called the Hostess Twinkie went on sale in the US. They were created in order to use shortcake baking pans when strawberries were not in season. In 1954, Swanson & Sons introduced a revolutionary American food product -- the TV dinner. In 1956, Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. In 1982, on New York City’s Wall Street, 44-year-old Jim Priceman found an envelope containing $37-million in negotiable bearer bonds. He immediately returned them to the corporate owner ... and received a reward of $250. In 1983, then-Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall. He said rock 'n' roll bands attract the "wrong element." In 1987, Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler. In 1992, Microsoft introduced Windows version 3.1. In 2003, the IRS notified a homeless man in Salem, Oregon, that his $6 million tax bill was a mistake. The 30-year-old, known as the "six million dollar man" by his buddies at the Union Gospel Mission, was told he owed nothing. The IRS refused to comment further on the case.
Then there's the New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of -- deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem -- and it's a good problem -- is that she was accepted into all eight of them, plus Stanford. Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.
Trivia Answer: Bret Boone who turns 48 today. He is a member of the Boone family, one of the most recognizable families in baseball. Bret's grandfather Ray was an infielder for the Indians, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox. He played from 1948 to 1960. Bret's dad, Bob, was a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels and Kansas City Royals from 1972 through 1990. He was later a manager with the Royals and Cincinnati Reds. Bret's brother Aaron was a third baseman and played with the Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, and Houston Astros.
|Morning Trivia: He was a character actor, impressionist, and comedian -- perhaps best known as an impressionist with numerous guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show. His most famous acting role was as The Riddler on the original live-action television series Batman. Who is he?|
The Mariners have one run this season in their first two games. They also have two losses. Hisashi Iwakuma gave up a pair of solo home runs last night, and that was enough to pin him and the Mariners with a 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Game three of the four-game series is tonight.
Birthdays: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 80; actor Michael Moriarty is 76; Wojo on Barney Miller, Max Gail, Jr. is 74; Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is 51; singer Paula Cole is 49; and singer, songwriter, and Voice panelist Pharrell Williams is 44.
Today is Make Your Children Laugh Day. Do something really goofy they'll still remember next year. Today is Go for Broke Day. Are you a gambler? Today's your day. Today is a day to put it all on the line, and take a chance. It might be money. Or, it can be a love relationship. Perhaps, it's time to initiate a risky project, or to take a new job. Many of us go about our daily lives playing it safe, not taking big chances. If you are of a conservative ilk, you may have never gone out on a limb, or taken big risks. If this sounds like you, maybe today is a day to really let loose and Go for Broke.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, in the final first-run episode of Hawaii Five-0, McGarrett captured his arch-enemy Wo-Fat. The series, starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, lasted 12 years. In 1984, Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul Jabbar skyhooked his 31,420th point to pass Wilt Chamberlain at the top of the NBA's all-time scoring list. In 1985, 5,000 radio stations around the world played We Are the World all at once. In 1987, Married ... With Children debuted on the Fox TV network. In 1993, Sherry Davis became the first female public-address-system announcer at a major league baseball park. She won the San Francisco Giant's job over 499 others who auditioned. In 1993, construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In 1994, Kurt Cobain killed himself in the garage apartment of his Seattle home. He was 27. In 2005, Aberdeen, Washington added the phrase Come As You Are to their Welcome to Aberdeen sign on the 11th anniversary of Cobain's death.
While driving your vehicle on low fuel or an empty tank can damage your ride or even lead to a crash, it's still nice to know how far you can go when the empty light comes on. Most automobile manufacturers build in about a gallon of reserve fuel beyond the empty line. But if your daily commute is only a handful of roundtrip miles, some cars can go for days on empty. To see how far your car can go when it's out of gas -- they constructed a website! -- visit TankOnEmpty.com.
Amazon has reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games. Amazon paid $50 million on the same deal that last year cost Twitter $10 million. This year, the games will only be available to Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 a year for features like free two-day shipping and access to the service's library of streaming music, movies and television shows.
On TV tonight, the series premiere of Talk Show the Game Show. In this new comedy series, hosted by Guy Branum (The Mindy Project), celebrity guests compete against each other in talk show-inspired challenges and are judged by a panel that includes TV writer Karen Kilgariff (Portlandia) and journalist Casey Schreiner, who will award points based on their performances. The guest with the most points will win Best Guest of the Night. It's tonight on TruTV.
Trivia Answer: Frank Gorshin who was born on this date in 1933. In his final years, Gorshin portrayed comedian George Burns on Broadway in the one-man show Say Goodnight, Gracie in 2002, which was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for best play. He was also reunited with several of his Batman colleagues in the television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, in which he appeared as himself. Gorshin died on the day of the telefilm's DVD release -- May 17th of 2005.
|Morning Trivia: He's a magician, illusionist, and endurance artist. He's best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has set and broken several world records. His first television special, Street Magic, has been called "the best TV magic special ever done and the biggest breakthrough in our lifetime." Who is he?|
Dallas Keuchel was dealing and the Mariner offense wasn't. Seattle came up with three hits the whole game as they got shut out in their season-opener and fell to the Houston Astros 3-0 last night. A scary moment for Mariner fans as Felix Hernandez was taken out of the game after five innings when his groin muscle tightened up. After the game, Felix called the issue minor and said he expects to make his next start Saturday in Anaheim. Meanwhile, the Mariners and Astros do it again tonight in Houston. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start for Seattle.
After making it to the Final Four for the first time, Gonzaga moved beyound that to face UNC in the national title game. The North Carolina Tarheels 71. The Gonzaga Bulldogs 65. Enough said.
Birthdays: Record executive Clive Davis is 85; Hayden Fox on Coach, actor Craig T. Nelson is 73; writer and producer – he created Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, and others -- David E. Kelley is 61; head coach of the Oakand Raiders -- uhm, Las Vegas Raiders -- Jack Del Rio is 54; actor Robert Downey, Jr. is 52; Jo on Facts of Life, actress Nancy McKeon is 51; and Britney Spears' little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is 26.
Today is Vitamin-C Day, marking this date in 1932 when C.C. King first isolated the vitamin at the University of Pittsburgh. Hate Week begins today, according to George Orwell's once futuristic novel 1984. Today is Hug a Newsman Day. This one's for Miles McKnight. Today is Walk Around Things Day, a day to avoid problems and risks, by simply walking around the potential problem. It's School Librarian Day. Today is Tell a Lie Day. If you ever need to tell a lie, apparently today is the day to do so. I don't create these days, I only report them. Why someone would create a day to encourage a person to lie is hard to comprehend. If you find today a bit discomforting, you can look forward to National Honesty Day later in the month.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, 12 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs were by the Beatles, including the top five in order: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me. Billboard magazine wrote, "Just about everyone is tired of The Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of the Beatles – except the listening and buying public." In 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39. James Brown appeared on TV and made an appeal for calm and peace. In New York, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Buddy Guy played an all-night tribute to the slain leader. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer in Cincinnati. In 1975, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1996, Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s, he wrote The Hokey Pokey, still played, danced, and skated by children throughout the world. In 1999, the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.
On TV tonight, the season premier of Prison Break. Prison Break is back for a 9-episode event series. It's been seven years since Michael Scofield was presumed dead, but when clues suggest that he may still be alive, Lincoln reunites with Sara to help find the truth. It's tonight on FOX.
In Florida (where else?) a guy robbed a Wendy's restaurant. During the heist the bandanna covering his face fell off. In spite of the wardrobe malfunction he got away with some cash. He returned to the same Wendy's four days later -- not to rob the place again, but to order himself some cheeseburgers and then argue with the clerk about getting incorrect change. Maybe he shouldn't have called so much attention to himself. Almost every worker in the place recognized him. The cops were called and he was arrested.
Move over pineapple, there's a new controversial pizza topping dividing the Internet -- and this time, it's seasonally appropriate. Just in time for Easter, a troublemaker by the name of Austin Braun debuted a photo on his Twitter account of a cheesy pizza adorned with gooey, melting Peeps.
Trivia Answer: David Blaine who is 44 today. Blaine revolutionized the way magic is shown on television, by focusing on spectator reactions. His idea was to turn the camera around on the people watching instead of the performer, to make the audience watch the audience. The New York Times noted that "he's taken a craft that's been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it." According to the New York Daily News, "Blaine can lay claim to his own brand of wizardry. The magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level."
|Morning Trivia: He's an actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He's a member of an acting family. He's the oldest of four brothers who are all actors. He first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the drama Knots Landing. He has since played both leading and supporting roles in films such as the horror comedy fantasy film Beetlejuice in 1988, in the action thriller The Hunt for Red October in 1990, the superhero film The Shadow in 1994, and two films directed by Martin Scorsese: the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator in 2004 and the drama The Departed in 2006. His performance in the 2003 romantic drama The Cooler garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Who is he? |
The Seattle Mariners' 15-year postseason drought is the longest among all major league clubs. They are one of only two franchises that have never reached the World Series. And they have enough financial might within MLB to allow for no excuses. The season of Whatever It Takes begins tonight. The 2017 campaign gets underway with the Ms in Houston to face the Astros tonight at 5:10. Felix Hernandez gets to start for Seattle while Dallas Keuchel does the honors for Houston.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs used some last-second strategy for a 77-73 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in a matchup of first-time teams at the Final Four. An All-Northwest Final would have been fun but such is not to be as North Carolina got by Oregon 77-76 on Saturday. So, that sets up an NCAA championship battle between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tarheels tonight at 6:20.
Birthdays: Actress and singer Doris Day is 95; actress Marsha Mason is 75; singer Wayne Newton is also 75; singer Tony Orlando is 73; Niles on Frasier, actor David Hyde Pierce is 58; comedian and actor Eddie Murphy is 56; frontman for Skid Row, singer Sebastian Bach is 49; skier Picabo Street is 46; Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210, actress Jennie Garth is 45; and Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor is 29.
Today is Tweed Day, a day to consider the cost of political corruption. Always on the birth date of William March Tweed, the New York City political boss whose Tweed Ring stole millions from the city in the mid-1800s. Today is Overcome a Handicap Day, marking this date in 1981 when Canadian high jumper Arnie Boldt cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches, nearly a foot under the world record at the time, but the best ever for a high jumper with one leg. Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Today is National Find a Rainbow Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1860, the first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half. In 1882, the outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, one of his own gang. In 1953, TV Guide was published for the first time. In 1959, in London, the BBC banned the Coasters’ recording Charlie Brown because of the word spitball. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his mountaintop speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated. In 1989, Pepsi let Madonna go as a spokesperson after her Like a Prayer video was called blasphemous by the Vatican. In 1996, the FBI raided a Montana cabin and arrested former college professor Theodore Kaczynski, accusing him of being the Unabomber whose mail bombs had killed three people and injured 23 more since the 1970s. In 1996, MC Hammer filed for bankruptcy. In 2008, Apple became the number one music seller in the United States. In 2010, the first Apple iPad was released.
Well, here's a bit of a surprise. Boss Baby is enjoying the view from the top of the weekend box office list. The animated comedy bottled up a leading $49 million just edging out Disney's Beauty and the Beast that's dominated the multiplexes since debuting three weeks ago. Beauty and the Beast had a $48 million weekend. Ghost in the Shell snagged the number three slot. Power Rangers and Kong: Skull Island rounded out the top five.
Major League Baseball is back. So how many hot dogs will baseball fans eat at ballparks this season? The hot dog experts say we’ll eat 26 million.
Trivia Answer: Alec Baldwin who is 59 today. From 2006 to 2013, he was on the sitcom 30 Rock, winning two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards. Alec is also a columnist for The Huffington Post. And, of course, he has received worldwide attention and acclaim for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, both during the election and following the inauguration.