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Wednesday 9.20.17
Morning Trivia: This singer, songwriter, and musician won the eleventh season of American Idol. His coronation song, released after his win, became the best selling of all the coronation songs. Who is he?

The Mariners blew a great opportunity last night. The Twins and the Angels both lost which presented the Ms with the opportunity to move up in that chase for the second AL Wild Card slot but, alas, the Mariners lost as well. Seattle lost its fourth straight and squandered the opportunity to move within three games of Minnesota. Ms and Rangers again tonight. Felix Hernandez makes his second start since coming off the disabled list.

Birthdays: Actress Sophia Loren is 83; actor Gary Cole is 61; television journalist Deborah Roberts is 57; she was Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun, actress Kristen Johnston is 50; those Nelson boys, Ricky Nelson's sons Gunnar and Matthew Nelson are also 50; and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is 49.

Today is Lou Grant Day, marking the debut of the TV series on this date in 1977. It was a dramatic spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show sitcom. Today is National Gibberish Day. Today is National Punch Day. Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Pepperoni is the most popular pizza, preferred by 36% of the people. Today marks the Birthday of the Sun, according to the Incas. The Incas aren't sure exactly how old the sun is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1973, singer Jim Croce and five others, on their way to do a concert in Sherman, Texas, died in a Louisiana plane crash. Croce was 30 years old. Also in 1973, in a so-called battle of the sexes, tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets at the Houston Astrodome. In 1975, David Bowie's Fame was number one on the singles chart. Also in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered on NBC-TV. In 1991, a fast-acting poultry judge saved a prize-winning chicken's life at the Puyallup. The hen almost drowned while being given a bath, but Judge Sherry Milligan gave it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. In 1998, ater playing in 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees, ending a 16-year run. In 2006, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards said he'd finally given up drugs ... because they were not strong enough. He said, "I think the quality's gone down."

Make 'em stop. A New Jersey pizza chain, Villa Italian Kitchen, has created Pumpkin Spice Pizza. A spokesman claims they "landed on the perfect Pumpkin Spice Pizza balance. It's a magical place where all the deliciousness of pizza meets the flavors of pumpkin spice."

On TV tonight, the season finale of America's Got Talent. The $1 million winning act is revealed tonight on NBC.

Trivia Answer: Phillip Phillips who is 27 today. That coronation song was Home. It had saled of of over 4 million copies in the US. It has been used in NBC's coverage of the Olympics, L.A. Marathon, various commercials, film trailers, and TV shows. In January of 2015, Phillips filed a lawsuit against his label 19 Recordings, calling the producers manipulative and oppressive. In June of 2016, 19 Entertainment filed a $6 million lawsuit against Phillips, alleging that he had been holding onto as much as $1 million of 19's money and that he should also be forced to pay at least $5 million for repudiating and breaching various agreements. The following year, Phillips settled a dispute with one of the show's primary producers. Now he's back. His third album is upcoming. On a personal level, Phillips married his girlfriend Hannah Blackwell on October of 2015.

Tuesday 9.19.17
Morning Trivia: He was born in Walla Walla. As a youth, he told his father that he intended to go to Hollywood after his completion of school. He moved to Seattle with his mother when he was 15, following his parents' divorce. He attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in literature and a minor in psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla. In 1959, he moved with his wife and two children to Hollywood, where he took the stage name that we know him by. He appeared in a handful of films and had guest-star roles in a number of television programs. Producer William Dozier cast this guy in the role he is best known for after seeing hime perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial. He was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the role he would eventually get. Who is he?

Do the Mariners have a run left in them as they head into the final two weeks of the season? We'll find out starting tonight as the Ms host the Texas Rangers -- it's the first of three games with Texas. Then the final series at home this year, three with the Clevland Indians this weekend. The Mariners' postseason aspirations are razor thin. At 74-and-76, they begin today trailing Minnesota by 4 games in the race for the American League's final wild-card berth. Newly acquired Mike Leake gets the start for the Ms tonight.

If Seahawks coach Pete Carroll thought the offensive line started to come together just in time to pull out a win Sunday against the 49ers that doesn't mean it's yet earned the right to stay together indefinitely. Following a second consecutive largely sluggish offensive outing in that 12-9 win over the Niners -- and having scored just one touchdown in 21 full possessions this season -- Carroll said yesterday to expect some changes when Seattle plays next Sunday at Tennessee. Carroll said, "There will be some things that will be a little bit different this week." Of course, he declined to say exactly what those changes would be. When asked if he meant changes in scheme or personnel he smiled and said "yes."

Birthdays: Righteous Brother Bill Medley is 77; singer and songwriter Paul Williams is also 77; singer Freda Payne is 75; baseball's Joe Morgan is 74; actor Randolph Mantooth is 72; actor Jeremy Irons is 69; actress and model who was born Lesley Homby but we know as Twiggy is 68; TV personality Joan Lunden is 67; guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers is 65; singer Lita Ford is 59; sportscaster Ken Rosenthal is 55; news anchor Soledad O'Brien is 51; Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is 43; and our own Jerry Farmer is 21 ... again.

Today is Slimey's birthday. Slimey, of course, is Oscar the Grouch's pet worm on Sesame Street and was the first worm on the moon. Slimey's baby sister is Sloppy. Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day. Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. John Baur and Mark Summers created the concept of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on June 6, 1995. While playing racquetball, they began to talk to each other in Pirate-speak. After leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create this day. After much thought, Mark Summers selected September 19th as the date. This was his wife's birthday. So, he thought it would be an easy date to remember. And so, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted on CBS. The series also starred Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, and Ted Knight. It lasted for 168 episodes through March 1977. In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a bill posthumously making George Washington a 6-star general, the highest ever US military rank. In 1981, some 400-thousand people watched Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite in concert at New York City’s Central Park. They had split in 1970. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, American swimmer Greg Louganis took the gold medal in 3-meter springboard diving after hitting his head on the board during prelims. In 1995, popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher died in California at age 88. With a degree in agronomy from Purdue University, he had experimented with thousands of hybrid popcorns before becoming famous in his TV commercials. In 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland, a bronze bust of Frank Zappa was dedicated outside an east Baltimore library. In 2011, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602. In 2014, the Apple iPhone 6 went on sale.

The 30 major-league teams have a chance to collectively make home run history today. The single-season home run record is likely to fall tonight and will undoubtedly be shattered before the end of the regular season. Sixteen homers is all it'll take the tie the previous record. That should happen before the West Coast games begin tonight.

Trivia Answer: He was born William West Anderson but that stage name he adopted was Adam West. He was born on this date in 1928. He was widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name. The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968. He also appeared in its 1966 theatrical feature film and two animated feature films Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders in2016 and Batman vs. Two-Face earlier this year. That being his final work and was released posthumously. His career spanned 63 years. West was considered to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father, in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film. Adam West died in Los Angeles this past June 9th, following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 88.

Monday 9.18.17
Morning Trivia: He was a professional basketball player in the NBA. He played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics. He later coached the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics retired his #3 jersey. On April 5th of 2010, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced that he had been posthumously elected to the Hall. He was formally inducted on August 13th. He is considered by several sports journalists to be one of the most underrated players of all time. Who was he?

It certainly wasn't pretty but a win is a win. It was an unsightly 12-9 win by the Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. It was an offensive nightmare as both teams had combined for 14 total quarters without a touchdown this season before the Seahawks finally broke through. Up next, the Seahawks make their second long road trip of the season, traveling to Tennessee to play next Sunday.

Meanwhile, offense was not a problem for the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Dante Pettis had four touchdowns, including an NCAA record-tying eighth punt return touchdown for his career, and Washington finished off its lackluster nonconference slate with a 48-16 rout of Fresno State. The Huskies open Pac-12 Conference play coming up Saturday at Colorado. It's a rematch of last year's Pac-12 title game won by the Huskies.

Offense didn't seem to be a problem for WSU either. Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes -- three to Tavares Martin Jr. -- and number eighteen Washington State beat Oregon State 52-23 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory over the Beavers. WSU is hosting Nevada on Saturday.

In baseball, Justin Verlander -- now with the Houston Astros -- struck out 10 over seven innings in his first home start for Houston. The Astros clinched the American League West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. The Astros won their first division title since 2001 and seventh overall. The Mariners fell four-and-a-half games back in their pursuit of that wild card slot and time is running out. They have a dozen games left. They host the Texas Rangers for three starting tomorrow night.

Birthdays: He was Baretta on TV, actor Robert Blake is 84; singer and songwriter Jimmie Rodgers -- he did the song Honeycomb -- born down in Camas, is 84; actor Fred Willard is 78; singer and actor Frankie Avalon is 77; singer-songwriter Michael Franks is 73; computer programmer and developer of the first commercial anti-virus program, John McAfee is 72; former guitarist for Kansas, Kerry Livgren is 68; the current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson is 66; singer and guitarist Lita Ford is 59; disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is 46; and she's married to Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett Smith is also 46.

Today is Times Day. The New York Times was first published on this date in 1851. Today is Make A Corncob Rocket Day. Find a cob, break it in half, and stick two chicken feathers in the soft stuff in the middle of the broken end. Each feather should curve out away from the other. Then, throw it as high as you can. Today is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day. National Cheeseburger Day is today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1927, the Columbia Broadcasting System, a network created by 26-year-old William Paley, began programming with 16 stations. Paley was president or board chairman of CBS for 55 years. In 1965, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden starred in the first TV episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Captain Tony Nelson and Jeannie’s prime-time relationship lasted through September 1970. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London. He was 27. There were various theories as to how he died, but the coroner determined that it was “inhalation of vomit due to barbiturate intoxication.” In 1975, Patty Hearst was arrested after a year on the FBI's Most Wanted List. In 1984, actor Gene Wilder married Gilda Radner. Gilda died of cancer in 1989. In 1985, Late Night with David Letterman presented its first Top Ten List: Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas. In 2009, the 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ended as its final episode was broadcast.

It continued to post terrifyingly huge numbers, while Mother! opened with a thud. It finished its second weekend sitting on top of the box office -- its domestic gross is $218.7 million, a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986's Crocodile Dundee. Number two this weekend was American Assassin -- an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel, and stars Dylan O‘Brien as a CIA black ops recruit who is trained by a Cold War veteran played by Michael Keaton. Meanwhile Mother! is struggling in the third slot. It's poised to be all-time low opening for a wide release starring Jennifer Lawrence. Home Again slid from No. 2 last week to No. 4. And The Hitman's Bodyguard stays in the top five rounding out this weekend's top five.

NFL star JJ Watt has ended his Hurricane Harvey fund. The total raised on the YouCaring website comes to $37,131,917. A total of 209,429 people donated.

On TV tonight, it's the Season Premiere of Dancing With the Stars. The celebs competing this season are Nick and Vanessa Lachey, Debbie Gibson, former NFL star Terrell Owens, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Drew Scott (HGTV’s Property Brothers), violinist Lindsey Stirling, Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank), WWE star Nikki Bella, ESPN personality and former Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen, Jordan Fisher, former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher, and Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle). Longtime judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are all back, but Julianne Hough isl not. It's tonight on ABC.

Trivia Answer: Dennis Johnson -- DJ -- who was born on this date in 1954. A prototypical late bloomer, Johnson overcame early struggles and had a successful NBA playing career. Drafted 29th overall in 1976 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson began his professional career as a shooting guard. He eventually led the Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, winning the Finals MVP Award. After a short stint with the Phoenix Suns, he became the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won two more championships. Johnson was voted into five All-Star Teams, one All-NBA First and one Second Team, and nine consecutive All-Defensive First and Second Teams. Apart from his reputation as a defensive stopper, Johnson was known as a clutch player who made several decisive plays in NBA playoffs history. On February 22nd of 2007, at the Austin Convention Center, Johnson had a heart attack and collapsed. After being rushed to a nearby hospital, he could not be revived and was later pronounced dead.

Friday 9.15.17
Morning Trivia: He was a football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year professional football career in the National Football League as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams. As an actor, he portrayed farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy. He served as a television football color commentator, teaming mostly with Dick Enberg on NBC. He also worked with Curt Gowdy, Charlie Jones, and Dick Stockton. Who was he?

They did it again. The Cleveland Indians rallied for their 22nd straight win, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night. They're within four wins of matching the 1916 New York Giants for the longest streak in major league history. There was a meme making the rounds last night that pointed out that Cleveland's baseball team has won 22 games in the last 22 days. Cleveland's football team has won 22 games ... since September of 2011.

The Seattle Mariners continued to pour it on the Texas Rangers winning 10-4 last night. Kansas City's loss to Cleveland moves Seattle ahead of the Royals in the Wild Card Chase. The Mariners remain 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. Up next for the Ms, the Houston Astros. They're in Houston tonight through Sunday.

Tomorrow afternoon at 2:30, the Washington State Cougars host the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium. Then at 6:30 tomorrow night, the Washington Huskies host the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Sunday, it's the home opener for the Seattle Seahawks. The Hawks host the the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Birthdays: Often called The Master of Malaprop, comedian Norm Crosby is 90; baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry -- he was a Mariner for a little while -- is 79; actor Tommy Lee Jones is 71; movie director Oliver Stone is also 71; Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is 66; former Miami Dolphin quarterback, Hall of Famer Dan Marino is 56; and the son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry (Prince of Wales) is 33.

This being the third Friday of September, it's POW/MIA Recognition Day -- a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today. Today is Make a Hat Day. And apparently it's our choice, it can be either Make a Serious Hat Day or Make a Goofy Hat Day. Today is USA Today Day, marking the first issue of the Nation's Newspaper on this date in 1982.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, during night filming for The Seven Year Itch in New York City, a gust of wind from a subway grating lifted Marilyn Monroe's skirt. Though husband Joe DiMaggio objected, the scene made it to the world's movie screens. In 1965, Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS TV. In 1978, Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times. It was at the Superdome in New Orleans. In 1997, the domain name google.com was registered. In 1983, the Huey Lewis and the News album Sports was released. In 1998, it was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the internet and 606,000 people read the White House defense of President Bill Clinton. In 2001, Metallica action figures went on sale.

Sometimes you read a story and think to yourself, "Really?" Case in point: a 28-year-old Portland woman was arrested after she allegedly left her two young children in the bathroom of a public park while she went to get a tattoo. A family using the bathroom found the children, aged three and eight and called deputies immediately.

Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo are expecting their second child.

Trivia Answer: Merlin Olsen who was born on this date in 1940. Merlin was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 14 straight times, missing selection only in the last year of his career. Olsen is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2009, and underwent three courses of chemotherapy. In December 2009 he filed a lawsuit against 25 defendants including NBC Studios, NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox, Georgia Pacific, Sherwin-Williams, and Lennox Corp. for allegedly exposing him to the asbestos which he claimed had caused his cancer.Olsen died on March 11th of 2010.

Thursday 9.14.17
Morning Trivia: This singer and songwriter was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres. Her debut album, Frank in 2003, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black in 2006, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then-record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British woman to win five Grammys. In July of 2011, unfortunately, she joined the so-called "27 Club" when she died at the age of 27. Who was she?

Just a few hundred feet from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Indians cut a record of their own. The Indians set an American League mark with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3, over the Detroit Tigers yesterday. The Indians haven't lost since August 23rd in becoming the third team in major league history to win at least 21 straight. There was a tweet making the rounds yesterday that pointed out that the last time the Indians lost, to mail a letter cost 49¢, the President was Donald Trump, and anybody who was 22 days old wasn't even born yet.

Mike Zunino homered twice, Jean Segura also went deep and the Seattle Mariners won 8-1 at Texas last night, jumping over the Rangers in the wild-card chase. The final game of the series and the return of Felix Hernandez coming up tonight.

Saturday afternoon at 2:30, the Washington State Cougars host the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium. Then at 6:30 that night, at Husky Stadium, U-Dub is hosting the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Then Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will have their starting running back back. Coach Pete Carroll says that Thomas Rawls will be back for Sunday's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Birthdays: from Star Trek and Babylon 5, actor Walter Koenig is 81; actress, dancer, and singer, Joey Heatherton is 73; from Jurassic Park, actor Sam Neill is 70; singer and songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 59; the Wendy from Wendy's, businesswoman Wendy Thomas is 56; former Mariner and current bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, David Bell is 45.

Today is National Cream Filled Donut Day -- a sugary, sweet day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1978, Mork & Mindy -- with Robin Williams -- premiered on ABC-TV. In 1984, the MTV Awards were held for the first time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show. In 1994, it was announced that the season was over for Major League Baseball on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled. In 1995, hand-written lyrics for Getting Better by Paul McCartney sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction. In 1999, Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida. In 2001, Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in Japan.

Trivia Answer: Amy Winehouse who was born on this date in 1983. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23rd of 2011 at the age of 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century. In February of 2008, Winehouse won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single Rehab. At one point, there were reports that Amy's former boyfriend was developing a film about her. Winehouse's father Mitch Winehouse, who owns the copyright to his daughter's music, said he would not authorize the use of her music for the film.

Wednesday 9.13.17
Morning Trivia: He's an actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. He wrote and produced numerous stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May of 2010 and 2011. With new shows lined up, along with older successful shows, his net worth in this year is estimated to be $600 million. He is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman. Who is he?

Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 last night in a matchup of wild card hopefuls. Texas and Seattle have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3 1/2 back after the Twins also won. The Mariners and Rangers go at it again tonight.

I thought this was interesting. The last time the 49ers won in Seattle was Christmas Eve of 2001. Russell Wilson was a transfer senior at Wisconsin getting ready for the Rose Bowl. The Seahawks' home opener is this Sunday as they once again host the San Fancisco 49ers Sunday.

Birthdays: She was Lisa on As the World Turns, actress Eileen Fulton is 84; he's known for directing animated films, such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Anastasia, Don Bluth is 80; Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, is 79; Blood, Swest & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas is 76; actress Jacqueline Bisset is 73; singer Peter Cetera is also 73; she was Charlene on Designing Women, actress Jean Smart is 66; he was the Cowboy in The Village People, singer Randy Jones is 65; record producer and musician Don Was is also 65; musician and Ringo’s kid, Zak Starkey is 52; fashion designer and Paul's daughter Stella McCartney is 46; singer Fiona Apple is 40; he was Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World, actor Ben Savage is 37; and singer Niall Horan is 24.

Today is Scooby Doo Day, marking the 1969 premier of the Saturday cartoon series, Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Today is Muppet Day, marking the TV premier of The Muppet Show on this date in 1976. Hosted by Kermit the Frog of Sesame Street, Jim Henson puppet characters included Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. The show lasted five seasons in 100 countries. Muppet Babies, a Saturday morning cartoon show followed for eight years. Today is Law & Order Day. The TV series premiered on this date in 1990. Today is Fortune Cookie Day in San Francisco, birthplace of the fortune cookie. Today is Positive Thinking Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Beatles won their first two Grammyss, one for Best New Artist and another for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for A Hard Day’s Night. In 1969, Elvis's Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the US, his last #1 song. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen’s album Born to Run entered the album charts. In 1983, Huey Lewis & The News released their breakthrough album Sports, which later went to number one. In 1989, a national study revealed that on an average day in the US, 169 women and 56 men got nose jobs. In 1993, Conan O'Brien became the host of NBC's Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman. In 1998, NBC's Frasier won a record fifth consecutive award as best comedy series at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards; ABC's The Practice took best drama. In 2004, Oakland posted a 7-6, 10 inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed 19 minutes in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands and hit two fans in the head at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon last night brought together stars from all forms of media to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The star-studded phone bank for the event included: Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Barbara Streisand, Cher, Justin Bieber, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Sofia Vergara, David Spade, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Bryan Cranston, and many more raising money for the homes and lives destroyed in places like Houston, Texas, and the Florida Keys. As the night closed, it was announced that the telethon had raised over $14.5 million in just an hour.

Twelve toys have been identified as finalists to join this year’s National Toy Hall of Fame. That annoucement coming yesterday. The finalists are Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, Risk, the paper airplane, Wiffle ball, Clue, Magic 8 Ball, PEZ candy dispenser, play food, sand, Transformers and Uno. Two or three toys are to be inducted November 9th.

Trivia Answer: Tyler Perry who is 48 today. Perry has also created several television shows his most successful of which is Tyler Perry's House of Payne, a show that ran for eight seasons on TBS from 2006 to 2012. In 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department. Regarding the Madea character, her full name is Mabel Simmons. She is a fictional character created and portrayed by Tyler Perry. She's a tough elderly black woman. Her first film was Diary of a Mad Black Woman in 2005. A Madea Family Funeral is slated for release next year.

Tuesday 9.12.17
Morning Trivia: He was a singer, songwriter, and composer. A three-time Grammy Award–winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, his greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, You're the First, the Last, My Everything and Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe. Who is he?

The Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 last night in the opener of a four-game series matching teams still hoping to get one of the AL's two wild cards. The Rangers got within two games of idle Minnesota for the American League's second wild-card spot. Seattle is 3 1/2 games back. Mariners starting pitcher Ariel Miranda only lasted 1 2/3 innings. The Ms and Rangers match up again tonight in Arlington.

Birthdays: Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, actress Linda Gray is 77; Rush drummer Neil Peart is 65; from America, singer Gerry Beckley is also 65; actor Peter Scolari is 62; Ed on Northern Exposure, actor Darren E. Burrows is 51; singer Ben Folds is also 51; comedian Louis CK is 50; from Oasis, Liam Gallagher is 45; winner of the second season of American Idol, Ruben Studdard, is 39; and singer Jennifer Hudson is 36.

Today is Lassie Day, marking the debut of the TV show on this date in 1954. Through the years, the cast included six different Lassies, Tommy Rettig, Cloris Leachman, and June Lockhart. Today is Josie and the Pussycats Day, marking their debut on this date in 1970. The popular cartoon was spawned from Archie comics. Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Alice Wells became the first Los Angeles policewoman with full arrest powers. Even in uniform, Alice was accused of misusing her husband’s badge to ride the streetcar free, until LA finally issued her Policewoman's Badge #1. In 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1966, The Monkees invaded television. The hand-picked-for-TV group lasted on TV until 1969 and continued in re-runs for many years as something of a cult favorite. In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. In 1992, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album entered the charts. The acoustic album boasted the hit Tears in Heaven, and went on to sell seven-million copies. In 1995, the Harlem Globetrotters' 8,829-game, 24-year winning streak ended when they lost 91-85 in Zurich, Switzerland, to a team led by retired pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar It was the Trotters' first loss since the New Jersey Generals won 100-99 on January 15th of 1971. In 2003, The Beatles sued Apple computers and alleged their iTunes store infringed copyrights on the logo of their Apple Corps record label. Also in 2003, country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. The Man in Black was 71.

On TV tonight (and really, everywhere), Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. More than 40 celebs are participating in this hour long telethon to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Country superstar George Strait appears in concert from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast is being held in the Universal Studios lot, Times Square and Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. In addition to the TV coverage (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and many more), the telethon is live-streaming via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, AOL, Huffington Post and Yahoo. Some of the celebs participating (in alphabetical order): Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Drake, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, Joe Jonas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Tim McGraw, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Dennis Quaid, Questlove, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, David Spade, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.

Trivia Answer: Barry White who was born on this date in 1944. During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million, White is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. White was overweight for most of his adult life -- weighing 375 pounds -- and suffered from related health problems. In October 1995, White was admitted to a hospital as a result of high blood pressure. In August of 1999, White was forced to cancel a month's worth of tour dates owing to exhaustion, high blood pressure, and a hectic schedule. In September of 2002, White was hospitalized with kidney failure attributed to chronic diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure. While undergoing dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant in May of 2003, White suffered a severe stroke, which forced him to retire from public life. White died on July 4th of 2003 at the age of 58.

Monday 9.11.17
Morning Trivia: He appeared in over one hundred films and television series combined and performed on Broadway. In 2002, Don Knotts called him the "greatest physical comedian on the planet." He was probably best known for his role on the ABC sitcom Three's Company, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three's a Crowd, which aired for one season. Who is he?

Green Bay defensive lineman Mike Daniels' strip sack of Russell Wilson deep in Seattle territory in the third quarter set up Ty Montgomery's 6-yard touchdown run on the next play to spark the Packers' 17-9 win yesterday. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter. Rodgers' regular-season streak of passes without an interception ended at a career-high 251. The Seahawks defense reinforced by the return of safety Earl Thomas bottled up receivers from making many big plays and put plenty of pressure on Rodgers. Seattle managed just three field goals. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 for 158 yards. Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected after referee John Parry said he threw a punch during a scrum with Packers receiver Davante Adams. The tussle occurred around the Packers 30 during a play in which Nazair Jones intercepted Rodgers at 9:26 of the first quarter. It was Rodgers' first interception since November 13th of 2016. The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in their home opener next Sunday.

Dante Pettis Pettis returned a punt for a score for the second straight game that put him in the Pac-12 record book by himself. Pettis weaved his way 67 yards for his Pac-12 record-breaking seventh career punt return touchdown, Jake Browning threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington rolled past Montana 63-7 on Saturday night. Pettis 61-yard return at Rutgers last week tied him with DeSean Jackson for the conference mark and now he sits alone at the top. Up next, the Huskies stay home to host Fresno State Saturday.

Meanwhile in Pullman, Jamal Morrow caught a 23-yard pass and dove across the goal line in the third overtime to lift No. 20 Washington State to a 47-44 comeback victory over Boise State on Saturday night. Officials reviewed the play to make sure Morrow remained inbounds as he ran toward the end zone on the left side and left his feet near the pylon. It was ruled a touchdown for Washington State, which trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Washington State opens Pac-12 play by hosting Oregon State Saturday.

In baseball, Justin Upton had a two-run double in the eighth inning to help Los Angeles avoid a sweep with a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday, moving the Angels one game out of the second wild card spot. Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena had solo homers as Los Angeles moved a game behind Minnesota, which lost 11-3 to Kansas City. Jean Segura opened the bottom half of the eigth with his ninth homer to pull Seattle to 5-3. Seattle remained three games back in the wild-card chase. Up next, the Mariners open a four-game series at Texas tonight.

Today is Patriot Day. It was on this date in 2001, coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

It's Make Your Bed Day. There are those who seldom, rarely, or never make up our beds in the morning. If that's you, you're in good company. Today is No News Is Good News Day and we all could use a little good news.

Birthdays: Actor Earl Holliman is 89; former senator from Oregon -- he resigned under threat of expulsion in 1995 -- Bob Packwood is 85; director Brian De Palma is 77; Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is 74; Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is 64; actress Kristy McNichol is 55; musician Moby is 52; singer and former American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. is 50; guitarist and founding member of Coldplay, Jon Buckland is 40; and rapper Ludacris is also 40.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction went to number one on the English singles chart. This was two months after it became a chart-topper in America. In 1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC-TV, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, and twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush. In 1977, it was announced that David Bowie would duet with Bing Crosby for a Christmas special. The two later performed a version of Little Drummer Boy. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan spent $200-thousand on new china for the White House. She said they really needed it. In 1987, when a tennis tournament ran overtime, anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of "CBS Evening News" and didn't return. When the tennis coverage ended, CBS went black for six minutes. In 1987, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer won Video of the Year. In 2003, two men handed the clerk in a Mishawaka, Indiana, 7-11 store a note that said, "Put it in the bag." The clerk said she didn't understand the note. The two began to argue over how the note was worded, then left the store empty-handed.

It came; It saw; It conquered. It, the much anticipated horror flick based on Stephen King's bestselling novel captured the weekend box office crown. The R-rated horror film made a whopping $117.2 million, far surpassing earlier expectations. That gives It the third largest opening weekend of 2017, about even with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Only Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned more this year. Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon as a single mother whose life takes an unexpected turn after moving to Los Angeles and taking in three young, charismatic guysm captured the second slot. Last week's number one, The Hitman's Bodyguard slid to number three. Annabelle: Creation was fourth, and Wind River rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: John Ritter -- the son of the late singing cowboy star Tex Ritter. He played struggling culinary student Jack Tripper with two female roommates. Ritter co-starred opposite Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers. It was on this date in 2003 in the afternoon that Ritter experienced discomfort during a rehearsal. He died later that evening of an aortic dissection at the age of 54.

Friday 9.8.17
Morning Trivia: He was an English film actor, comedian, and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, was featured on a number of hit comic songs, and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film characterisations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films. Who is he?

In the NFL opener last night, the Kansas City Chiefs put up 21 4th quarter points to rout the New England Patriots 42-27.

Eddie Lacy says he's spent the last few days contemplating whether he would attempt a Lambeau Leap if he managed to find the end zone against his former team. The Hawks and Lacy's former team, the Green Bay Packers, meet up in Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

But first, the Washington Huskies are at home tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 hosting the Montana Grizzlies. Then the Washington State Cougars host the Boise State Broncos tomorrow night at 7:30.

After an off day yesterday, the Mariners open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco tonight. A Mariners sweep this weekend would put them in a tie with the Angels in the free-for-all cage match for that second wild-card spot. If the Mariners fail to sweep, their playoff hopes dim dramatically.

Birthdays: He has been the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007 -- the longest serving independent in US congressional history -- Bernie Sanders is 76; known for his work on the Late Show with David Letterman as part of the CBS Orchestra, bassist Will Lee is 65; from 'Til Tuesday, singer Aimee Mann is 57; Courtney Cox's ex, actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer and former professional wrestler, David Arquette is 46; singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Alecia Hart better known as Pink is 38; Randy on Home Improvement, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 36; Cameron Jibril Thomaz, the rapper, songwriter, and actor better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is 30; and Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, is 28.

Today is National Nose Hair Maintenance Day. Enough said. Today is Oprah Day, marking the premier of The Oprah Winfrey Show on this date in 1986. Today is Pardon Me Day, marking President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon "for all offenses" on September 8th of 1974. Today is International Literacy Day, sponsored by the United Nations.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited. In 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape. In 1965, the television trade publications Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad seeking "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. The final four choices became the stars in the television show The Monkees. In 1966, the first Star Trek series premiered on NBC. In 1973, Hank Aaron hit his 709th home run. In 1997, America Online acquired CompuServe. In 2006, Whitney Houston filed for a divorce from Bobby Brown. The couple had married in 1992. In 2015, British researchers announced that evidence of a larger version of Stonehenge had been located about two miles from the Stonehenge location. There were 90 buried stones that had been found by ground penetrating radar.

Trivia Answer: Peter Sellers, who was born on this date in 1925. In his personal life, Sellers struggled with depression and insecurities. An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played. His behavior was often erratic and compulsive, and he frequently clashed with his directors and co-stars, especially in the mid-1970s when his physical and mental health, together with his alcohol and drug problems, were at their worst. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from his first two marriages. He died as a result of a heart attack in 1980, at the age of 54. English filmmakers the Boulting brothers described Sellers as "the greatest comic genius this country has produced since Charles Chaplin."

Thursday 9.7.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened. Where did it open?

The Mariners fell again last night, 5-3, to the Houston Astros. The Astros completed a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to seven. After a day off today, the Mariners open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field tomorrow.

A full slate of Northwest football this weekend. The Washington Huskies are at home Saturday afternoon at 5:00 hosting the Montana Grizzlies. Then the Washington State Cougars host the Boise State Broncos Saturday night at 7:30. The Seattle Seahawks launch their regular season Sunday afternoon at 1:25 in Green Bay against the Packers.

Birthdays: Singer Gloria Gaynor -- she has survived for 68 years today; she was Valerie Harper's character's younger sister Brenda in the sitcom Rhoda but is now best known as the voice of Marge Simpson, actress Julie Kavner is 67; from The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is 66; the epitome of a one-hit wonder -- remember Feelings? -- singer Morris Albert is 66; Arnold Becker on L.A. Law, actor Corbin Bernsen is 63; and songwriter Diane Warren is 61.

Today is Buddy Holly Day. He was born Charles Harden Holley -- spelled H-O-L-L-E-Y -- in Lubbock, Texas, on this date in 1935. His name was misspelled -- dropping the E -- on his first recording contract, so he kept it that way. Today is Google Day. On this date in 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated the internet search company at Menlo Park, California. The test search engine was doing some 10,000 searches a day. A year later it was doing three million searches a day. Today is National Salami Day. Today is also Neither Rain Nor Snow Day. Here's the lowdown: Neither Rain Nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the New York Post Office building on this day in 1914. This following inscription was inscribed on the building: "Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." A lot of people assume the inscription represents the Post Office motto. This assumption is incorrect. But, this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider's motto. Which leads to another misconception. The Pony Express was not a government funded predecessor to today's Post Office. The Pony Express was a courier and message delivery service that was privately owned and funded.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, The Flying Nun took off from a convent in Puerto Rico. The popular TV series starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrillle. In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuted on cable. In 1986, in the Chicago Bears-Cleveland Browns game, only three plays into the new football season, officials called for the first instant replay in NFL history. The rule was later tossed out, but returned in modified form in 1999. In 1996, all 875 residents of McGregor, Iowa, were honored guests at the 125th anniversary performance of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Des Moines. The Ringling brothers held their first circus in McGregor in 1871. In 2002, a 47-year-old robber walked into the Halmstad, Sweden, post office, told the cashier he was armed, and demanded a bag of cash -- plus $37 million be deposited into his bank account. He then gave the postal clerk his account number. Police had no trouble finding the robber.

Trivia Answer: The hall opened in Canton, Ohio, this date, September 7th of 1963, with 17 charter enshrinees. Canton was selected as the location for the Hall of Fame for three reasons: First, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920. Second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team based in Canton during the first few years of the league. Finally, the community of Canton successfully lobbied the NFL to have the Hall built in their city.

Wednesday 9.6.17
Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1995 that he played in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for 56 years. Who is he?

Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Houston Astros debut after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston's first hit last night in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Ms and 'Stros wrap up their series tonight. Tomorrow is an off day for Seattle before they welcome in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a weekend series at the Safe.

The Seattle Seahawks unveiled a new front-facing alternative logo yesterday. They posted it on Facebook with the caption: "For everyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to be stand face-to-beak with a Seahawk." There was mixed reactions posted. Everything from Awesome to An upside down pug with a mohawk. Like it or hate it, the good thing about alternative logo, like those alternative, action green uniforms from last season, they're only temporary.

Another smokey morning in the South Sound. The good news is that it looks like the end is near. Moderately strong easterly winds are expected to blow into late this evening, which will continue to blow smoke and ash into Western Washington. However, there is relief in sight -- westerly ocean breezes are expected to return late tonight, which will begin to blow the smoke back toward the east and lean the air. By tomorrow and Friday, there's even a chance of scattered showers that should further clean the air.

Birthdays: Comic Jo Anne Worley is 80; Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is 74; actress Swoosie Kurtz is 73; actress and comedian Jane Curtin is 70; actor and comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 59; actor and comedian -- the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects -- Michael Winslow is also 59; journalist Elizabeth Vargas is 55; New Jersey governor Chris Christie is also 55; actress Rosie Perez is 53; singer Macy Gray is 50; singer CeCe Peniston is 48; and royal relative, Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa Middleton is 34.

Today is Barbie Doll Day. Barbie debuted on this date in 1959. Today is Dragon Tales Day. The PBS show debuted on this date in 1999. Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo on the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In 1975, while in New York to compete in the US Open, Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum. In 1993, British music lover Helen Stephens was jailed for a week after neighbors complained she played Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You loudly and constantly ... for five weeks. In 1997, Britain's Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of her family home. The worldwide TV audience for the funeral ceremonies was estimated at over two billion. In 1989, the Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming concert. In 2003, an Australian man picked up a $2.5 million lottery prize almost a year after winning it. The mechanic in his 40s said he delayed because he didn't need the money, that his wages were enough to support his lifestyle. He said, after waiting a year, he finally decided to secure the financial future of his children, pay off his home loan, buy a new car and give some money to the Anti-Cancer Council.

A new royal baby is on the way. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. In the statement, the palace said the Duchess was suffering from severe morning sickness, as she had during her previous pregnancies. During her first pregnancy Kate was admitted to the hospital because of morning sickness.

Trivia Answer: Cal Ripken now a retired Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman who played his entire career, from 1981 to 2001, for the Baltimore Orioles. During his career, he earned the nickname Iron Man for doggedly remaining in the lineup despite numerous minor injuries and for his reliability to show up to work every day. He’s perhaps best known for breaking New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, a record many deemed unbreakable. Ripken surpassed the 56-year-old record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game on September 6th of 1995. It was a game between the Orioles and the California Angels in front of a sold-out crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. To make the feat even more memorable, Ripken hit a home run in the previous night's game that tied Gehrig's record and another home run in his 2,131st game, which fans later voted as Major League Baseball's Most Memorable Moment in MLB history. Ripken played in an additional 502 straight games over the next three years, and his streak ended at 2,632 games when he voluntarily removed his name from the lineup for the final Orioles home game of the 1998 season. His record 2,632 straight games spanned over seventeen seasons, from May 30th of 1982 to September 20th of 1998.

Tuesday 9.5.17
Morning Trivia: He's a Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician. He came to stardom as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s, and developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history. He was a key figure in a fertile era in British music. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon. He has worked with Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, and Tori Amos. He's best known for his song Year of the Cat. Who is he?

Alex Bregman had a tiebreaking two-run double in Houston's four-run seventh inning and Dallas Keuchel pitched effectively into the eighth to lead the Houston Astros to their fifth straight win, 6-2 over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Seattle, coming off a three-game sweep of Oakland, entered the day 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card spot. With Minnesota, they remain two-and-a-half back. The series continues tonight with Houston starting recently acquired Justin Verlander. He's facing Seattle's Ariel Miranda.

Wildfires burning all across the state and down in Oregon. That's where all the smoke is coming from. It's still a little weird to have the word "smoke" be a part of the forecast.

Birthdays: Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is 88; actor William Devane is 78; actress Raquel Welch is 77; singer Loudon Wainwright III is 71; actor Michael Keaton is 66; TV personality, musician, and Frank’s son, Dweezil Zappa is 48; and actress Rose McGowan is 44.

Today is Be Late For Something Day, sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America. Today is National Cheese Pizza Day. Today is Jury Rights Day, marking the day in 1670 when William Penn's jurors refused to convict him of preaching an illegal religion (Quakerism) to an unlawful assembly, his congregation. The action provided the bases for the US Constitution's first amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run for Providence in the International League. He also pitched a one-hit shut-out against Toronto. In 1986, Dire Straits' Money For Nothing won the MTV award for Best Video. In 1987, after 30 years on television, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was canceled. In 1996, research reported in The London Times showed 46% of dogs began watching for their owners up to an hour before their owners returned home each day, even when the owners worked irregular hours. In 1999, La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack. In 2003, in London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19th surviving only on water.

As Pete Carroll would say, "The day before." Back to school tomorrow in Olympia, Tumwater, North Thurston, and Shelton. Where did the summer go?

A disastrous domestic summer box office season is ending on a low note. Without any fresh competition in wide release, Hitman’s Bodyguard appears was the holiday weekend's movie of choice, and earned $13.4 million over the four-day weekend. Its win makes Hitman’s Bodyguard the only flick this summer to retain the top spot on the domestic box office charts for three consecutive weekends. Dunkirk, Wonder Woman, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 each stayed on top for two weeks. Its threepeat, however, is less due to the movie’s overwhelming popularity, and more attributable to the lack of alternatives. This -- the first Labor Day weekend in recent history without a new wide release -- is tracking to have the lowest four-day total for the holiday in nearly two decades. Annabelle: Creation remains in the number two slot. Wind River finishes third. The animated adventure Leap! lands at number four. And Logan Lucky rounds out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Al Stewart who is 72 today. He's best known for his 1976 hit single Year of the Cat, the title song from the platinum album of the same name. Here in the states, he also charted On the Border, and Time Passages. Stewart continues to tour extensively around the US and Canada, Europe and the UK.

Monday 9.4.17
Morning Trivia: Trivia is off today for the holiday but it returns tomorrow.

Happy Labor Day!

A warm weekend it was, now they say it's going to be warmer. There's a heat advisory in effect through 10 tomorrow night. And smoke is back in the forecast.

Robinson Cano seems to have rediscovered his home run stroke just when the Seattle Mariners need it most. Cano homered for the second consecutive game and drove in four runs, Andrew Albers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 10-2 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. The Mariners moved within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the second wild card spot. The playoff-contending Mariners, who had only seven home games in August and ended the month by losing the final five games of a 12-game trip, now host Houston and the Los Angeles Angels in consecutive three-game series. The Ms open the series against Houston this afternoon.

The Seattle Seahawks have cut their roster to reach the 53-man limit. They have released backup quarterback Trevone Boykin and fullback Marcel Reese. Seattle announced its roster moves on Saturday night, several hours after the NFL deadline of 1:00 Saturday afternoon. Seattle's moves included wide receiver Kasen Williams being waived after being a standout in training camp. It didn’t take long for Williams to find himself a new team. He was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers yesterday morning. The Hawks regular season starts Sunday in Green Bay.

Washington had a tougher-than-expected 30-14 victory Friday night. The Huskies are at home Saturday night hosting the Montana Grizzlies.

Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, setting the school career touchdown pass record, as No. 24 Washington State beat Montana State 31-0 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night. Washington State hosts Boise State next Saturday, seeking revenge for last season's loss in Boise.

Birthdays: The drummer for The Pretenders, Martin Chambers is 66; actor and comedian Damon Wayans is 57; baseball's Mike Piazza is 49; Mr. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson is 42; Beyonce Knowles -- just Beyonce for shorts -- is 36; and singer-songwriter-guitarist, James Bay is 27.

Co-founder of the influential band Steely Dan, Walter Becker died yesterday, according to his website. The site did not disclose the cause of death. Becker played lead guitar. He formed Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, its keyboardist and lead vocalist. In the 70s, the band scored hits with Reelin’ in the Years, Do It Again, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and Deacon Blues. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2001. Fagen described his bandmate yesterday as "cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny." After a long hiatus, the band reunited in the late 1990s to record its first studio album in 20 years, according to the Steely Dan website. That album, Two Against Nature, went on to win Album of the Year in 2000 at the Grammy Awards. Walter Becker was 67.

Today is Edsel Day, commemorating September 4th in 1957 when the Ford Motor Company introduced its infamous $350-million disaster car, the 1958 Edsel. It was the first car with a wrap-around windshield, electric door locks, cruise control, and four headlights. Today is National Newspaper Carrier Day. Today is Beetle Bailey's birthday. He first appeared on this date in 1950. Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Today is Help! Day, marking this date in 1965 when the Beatles' song Help reached #1 in the US.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1953, the New York Yankees became the first baseball team to win five consecutive American League championships. In 1964, Gilligan's Island premiered on CBS-TV. The cast was stranded for three full seasons and 98 episodes. In 1968, Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones was banned by several Chicago radio stations. Authorities feared it might incite public disorder. In 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven gold medals. In 1976, Kiss released their single Beth. Arguably the first power ballad, the song also became the rockers’ biggest hit and peaked at number seven. In 1998, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University. In 2002, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol.

Friday 9.1.17
Morning Trivia: He was a professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He went undefeated in his career. He defended the title six times. He has been included by boxing historians in numerous lists of the greatest boxers of all time. He retired with a record of 49-and-0. In fact, Floyd Mayweather, just last weekend, became the only boxer to surpass this guy's 49-and-0 mark. Who are we talking about?

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Oakland Raiders 17-13 in the preseason finale last night. Seattle finished 4-and-0 in the preseason; the Raiders went winless for only the third time in franchise history. As expected, the game was basically a matchup of backups. Now its roster cut time. Teams have to pare their rosters from 90 to 53 players by no later than 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. The Seahawks open the regular season at Green Bay on Sunday the 10th.

After a dismal 12-game road trip -- ending with five straight losses -- the Mariners return to Safeco Field for a nine-game homestand. It gets started tonight as the Ms welcome in the Oakland As for the weekend. Newly acquired Mike Leake gets the start for Seattle tonight. The Mariners got the right-hander from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday as Seattle tries to bolster its beleaguered starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.

The weather folks say we'll crack 90 degrees tomorrow and stay in that neighborhood for daily highs through at least Wednesday. So much for this being the last weekend of summer, eh? With temps rising, good news from the Thurston County Health Department. The department has lifted the toxic blue-green algae advisory for Long Lake. The park is now open.

Birthdays: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is 79; comedian and actress Lily Tomlin is 78; from The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is 71; drummer Russ Kunkel is 69; Dr. Phil, Phil McGraw, is 67; from Toto, singer Joseph Williams -- he's the son of composer John Williams -- is 57; from Miami Sound Machine, singer Gloria Estefan is 60; a native of Federal Way, sportscaster Kenny Mayne is 58; he won a 2005 reality contest to become singer for INXS, which he was until 2011, J.D Fortune is 44.

In Latin septem means "the seventh." Originally, back when the new year started in March, September was the 7th month. September's birthstone is the sapphire. September is the busiest month for births in the US, more than 11,000 on an average day.

September is National Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Children's Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, Happy Cat Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, National Honey Month, Mold Awareness Month and National Honey Month. September is Backpack Safety Month, Hug A Texas Chef Month, International People Skills Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Biscuit Month, National Chicken Month, National Coupon Month, National Honey Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Velociraptor Awareness Month, Pleasure Your Mate Month (and many more).

Today is is Emma M. Nutt Day. In Boston on this day in 1878, Ms. Nutt became history's very first telephone operator. She held the job 33 years. Today is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, a celebration of words that don't rhyme with any other words. (orange, purple, and silver). Today is National Cherry Popover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. In 1967, Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band. In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Muammar Gaddafi to power. In 1970, the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie aired on NBC-TV. It had premiered on September 18th of 1965. In 1972, in Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion. In 1995, in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place. The museum officially opened the next day. In 1998, J.K. Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the US. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series. In 1999, 22 of major league baseball's 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. In 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 125 million songs sold.

Trivia Answer: Rocky Marciano who was born on this date in 1923. Marciano announced his retirement on April 27th of 1956 at the age of 32. Rocky Marciano was the inspiration for the name and fighting style of the title character Rocky Balboa from Sylvester Stallone's classic Rocky movie series. Marciano died on August 31st of 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano was killed in a plane crash in Iowa.