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Thursday 3.23.17
Morning Trivia: He is a songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is best known as the vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band The Cars. Who is he?

Fresh back from the WBC, Mariner shortstop Jean Segura hit his second home run of the spring with a two-run shot in the 6th but, alas, it wasn't enough as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got by Seattle yesterday, 9-8. The Ms are back in action tonight facing the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona. Felix Hernandez is getting the start for Seattle.

In the WBC at Dodger Stadium last night, after advancing to the finals for the first time, Team USA made it count. They shut out Puerto Rico 8-0 to pick up their first World Baseball Classic championship.

Birthdays: He ran the first sub-four-minute mile, Roger Bannister is 88; former quarterback turned ESPN NFL analyst, Ron Jaworski is 66; singer Chaka Khan is 64; and blogger Perez Hilton is 39.

Today is National Chip and Dip Day. Today is National Puppy Day. In one day, sponsors hope to save 10,000 homeless puppies across the nation ( Today is Near Miss Day, marking this date in 1989 when a mountain-sized asteroid passed within 500,000 miles of earth, a close-call, according to NASA.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1775, American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1806, explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east. In 1912, the Dixie Cup was invented. In 1972, Evel Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully jumping 35 cars. In 1973, Yoko Ono was granted permission to live in the US permanently. In 1984, the first Police Academy movie opened at theaters throughout the U.S. Five sequels followed. In 1985, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were married in New York. They were divorced in 1994. In 1998, the movie Titanic won 11 Oscars, tying Ben Hur for most Academy Awards won by a single film. In 2004, Lord Of The Rings, The Return Of The King also took home 11 Oscars.

So, what is the perfect age to get married? Researchers say the best age to walk down the aisle is 26. The number comes from the Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, which was written by journalist Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths.

Trivia Answer: Ric Ocasek who is 68 today. He's been married to model Paulina Porizkova since 1989. He met her during filming of the music video for The Cars' song Drive in 1984.

Wednesday 3.22.17
Morning Trivia: Today is Laser Day marking the first laser patent issued to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes on this day in 1960. What does LASER stand for?

The Mariners had Robbie Cano and Nelson Cruz back from the WBC for last night's game. Robbie had a strong showing going 2-for-3 and picking up 3 RBIs but it alone wasn't enough as Oakland won getting by Seattle 8-5 down in Peoria. Today, the Ms host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Peoria.

Team USA reached the World Baseball Classic final for the first time with a victory over previously unbeaten Japan, 2-1, last night. The US now faces Puerto Rico in the title game tonight.

Birthdays: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 87; minister Pat Robertson is also 87; Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner is 86; singer and guitarist George Benson is 74; from CNN, Wolf Blitzer is 69; composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is also 69; sportscaster Bob Costas is 65; singer Stephanie Mills is 60; actress Reese Witherspoon is 41; and football's Houston Texan JJ Watt is 28.

Chuck Barris, who hosted The Gong Show and created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, died yesterday of natural causes in Palisades, New York, according to his publicist. His autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was made into a film directed by George Clooney. In the book, he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied. He started out working as a page at NBC in New York, then worked backstage at American Bandstand. He formed Chuck Barris Productions in 1965 and created The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange, which introduced swinging 1960s double entendres to the formerly staid game show genre and ran for 11 out of the next 15 years. In 1966 he launched The Newlywed Game, hosted by Bob Eubanks, which ran for 19 years. Barris finally made it in front of the camera when he began hosting The Gong Show in 1976. Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format. He introduced the amateur contestants dressed in colorful clothing with odd props, with judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan and Arte Johnson adding to the goofy atmosphere. Other offbeat characters on the show included Gene Gene the Dancing Machine and Murray Langston, the Unknown Comic, who wore a paper bag over his head. Chuck Barris was 87.

Today is Goof-Off Day. A chance to step back from the rigours and pressures of every-day life, Goof Off Day encourages you to take some time to be silly, waste an hour or two, and to do something a bit different. Today is As Young As You Feel Day, a day for losing your inhibitions. If you're in good health, but feel restricted by how you are expected to behave, then As Young As You Feel Day is the time to rebel. Fortunately it falls on Goof Off Day. Today is Regional Shopping Mall Day. On this day in 1954, the first regional shopping mall in the US opened in Southfield, Michigan.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1894, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1 to win the first Stanley Cup. The cup was named for Lord Stanley of Preston because he paid for it: all $44.67. In 1972, the US Congress sent a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. Only 35 states ratified it; three short of the number needed for approval. In 1978, The Police signed to A&M Records. In 1986, Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with These Dreams. In 1990, George Bush shocked the world when he announced, "I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a kid and my mother made me eat it, and I'm the President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." In 1997, Tara Lipinski became the youngest women's world figure skating champion at age 14 years 10 months. In 2005, American Idol was forced to have a re-vote when they displayed the incorrect phone numbers for each of the 11 contestants during the voting stage of the FOX TV show.

If you like breaking news and history, a new app has what you need. Timebound is an app for learning about the past in a cool way. It allows you to follow important historical events hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute. You can join the Titanic on her maiden voyage, witness the hunt for Jack the Ripper, see the first landing on the Moon, experience the first Woodstock festival, and dozens of other thrilling stories. Some events -- such as the first spaceflight -- last only a few hours or days; others (e.g. World War II) continue for years. Think of it as Twitter or a New York Times breaking news alert for historical events. The app is currently available through Kickstarter.

Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle -- the story of the eccentric physician who lives with animals he claims to converse with. Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy have also starred in the role. The character of the doctor was created by children's author Hugh Lofting in the 1920s.

Trivia Answer: A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The term LASER originated as an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

Tuesday 3.21.17
Morning Trivia: This guy and Mike Ditka are the only people in National Football League history to win a Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Who is he?

An off day for the Mariners yesterday. They're back in action tonight hosting the Oakland Athletics in Peoria. Game time at 7:10 tonight and Root Sports has the game on.

Thw World Baseball Classic is winding down. Puerto Rico is awaiting the outcome of tonight's game between Team USA and Japan. Tonight's winner takes on Puerto Rico in the championship game tomorrow night.

Happy birthday: Musician David Lindley is 73; actor Timothy Dalton is also 73; singer Eddie Money is 68; from Supertramp, singer and guitarist Roger Hodgson is 67; Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, actor Gary Oldman is 59; he's married to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedian Brad Hall is also 59; actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 55; actor Matthew Broderick is also 55; he was formerly married to Britney Spears, reality star Kevin Federline is 39; and Clint Eastwood's youngest son, actor and model Scott Eastwood is 31.

Today is Credit Card Reduction Day. Credit card debt can have a crushing and devastating affect on our lives. So, increase your personal wealth, and improve your quality of life. Today is the day to begin doing something about reducing your credit card debt. You don't need to pay off the balance today. Rather, today is a great day to begin whittling away at the balance. Today is Fragrance Day. It's World Poetry Day. And it's Tea for Two Tuesday -- celebrated on the third Tuesday in March. The day established for two or more people to enjoy a cup of tea together.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963, the federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, closed. In 1970, The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album First Step. Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced to the US Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. In 1998, the FDA approved Viagra. In 1994, Steven Spielberg won his first Oscars. They were for best picture and best director for Schindler's List.

While the average American household now gets 189 TV channels, they watch just 17 of them. In fact, it seems like 17 channels is about our limit. Almost a decade ago, when the typical American household received 129 channels -- 60 fewer than today -- we were still watching just 17.

Super Mario heads tp Android devices in a couple of days. Get ready to run with Nintendo's iconic plumber on Thursday. After three months of Apple exclusivity, Super Mario Run is being made available for Android phones this week.

Trivia Answer: Tom Flores who turns 80 today. He was a player for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders for Super Bowl XI, and he was head coach for the Raiders for Super Bowls XV and XVIII. He was the Seahawks head coach and general manager from 1992 to 1994. Flores is currently a radio announcer for the Raiders Radio Network. By the way, Tony Dungee has won Super Bowls as a player for the Steelers and as a coach for the Colts but he never won as an assistant coach.

Monday 3.20.17

Ouch! We've fallen victim to a hard drive failure. Everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

Friday 3.17.17
Morning Trivia: She's a retired soccer player. She played for many years as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. At one point she had scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer. Who is she?

The Ms knocked off the Kansas City Royals 9-2 yesterday in Surprise, Arizona. Split squad action for Seattle today. They take on the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon, then meet the LA Dodgers tonight.

Birthdays: Lovin' Spoonful founder John Sebastian is 73; she was the inspiration for George Harrison's Something and Eric Clapton's Layla and Wonderful Tonight, Pattie Boyd is also 73; actor Patrick Duffy is 68; actor Kurt Russell is 67; actor Gary Sinise is 62; actor Rob Lowe is 53; from the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is 50; and singer Hozier is 27.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. They celebrate nicely in Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; and in Shamrock, Texas. Then there's the old Irish saying, “There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish and those who wish they were.” Saint Patrick's day is in honor of Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400s AD. Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1756, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern. In 1780, during the American Revolution, George Washington granted the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." In 1967, Snoopy and Charlie Brown of Peanuts were on the cover of LIFE magazine. In 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. In 1970, the US Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case. In 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa was passed 68.7% to 31.2%. In 1997, the RIAA announced that the Eagles' Greatest Hits album had tied Michael Jackson's Thriller as the all-time best-selling album in the US. In 1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS. In 2004, NASA's Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury. The probe took more than 270,000 pictures before it crashed into the surface of Mercury on April 30th of 2015.

Three decades-old pieces of the popular Monopoly game won't get a chance to pass go again. Ahead of Sunday's World Monopoly Day , Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro has announced the next generation of the game includes three new tokens: a T-Rex, a rubber ducky, and a penguin. To make room for those new pieces, the classic thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow tokens are being removed from the game. Hasbro had already previously announced that the thimble—a token that was originally added to the game in 1935—hadn't received enough votes to be included in the next version of the board game that will be sold later this year. But today, it announced that the boot (another classic 1930s piece) and the wheelbarrow (in the game since the 1950s) also won't make the cut. All eight pieces were on the chopping block under the company's "Monopoly Token Madness" campaign that allowed fans to vote on the classics as well as dozens of alternatives like a bathtub, an emoji of Mr. Monopoly, and sunglasses. Millions of votes were compiled.

Beauty and the Beast is out this weekend and is expected to take the box office crown away from King Kong. The Disney flick is expected to make $120 million or more across the US and Canada.

Trivia Answer: Mariel Margaret Hamm, best known as Mia Hamm, who turns 45 today. She was was named the women's FIFA World Player of the Year the first two times that award was given, in 2001 and 2002, and is listed as one of FIFA's 125 best living players as chosen by Pelé. Mia retired from the sport in 2004. She played her last game in the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour to commemorate the US women's national team's victory in the 2004 Olympics. In 2004, when she announced her retirement, she expressed an interest in starting a family with her husband, Nomar Garciaparra. In March of 2007, Hamm gave birth to twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline. Though born five weeks early, each girl weighed over 5 pounds at birth. Twins run in both Hamm's and Garciaparra's families. The couple had a son, named Garrett Anthony, in January 2012. In 2007, her first year of eligibility, she was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame by having 137 votes of the 141 ballots cast.

Thursday 3.16.17
Morning Trivia: It was ratified in 1865 but it wasn't until this date in 1995 that Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. What did the amendment do?

The Mariners came up short against the LA Dodgers in Peoria yesterday afternoon falling 12-7. Spring plays continues today as the Ms meet the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona, this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez was pitching for Venezuela and Seattle Mariner Drew Smyly was pithing for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last night. Both pitched brilliantly but neither figured in the end. They were both long gone when Eric Hosmer and former Mariner Adam Jones homered in the 8th to power Team USA over Venezurla 4-2.

Birthdays: Comedian Jerry Lewis is 91; game show host -- and friend of Ron Harris -- Chuck Woolery is 76; Ponch on CHIPs, actor Erik Estrada is 69; from Heart, Nancy Wilson is 63; and Eddie and Valerie’s boy, Wolfgang Van Halen, is 26.

The internet shall have no new selfies uploaded today because it's No Selfies Day. Yeah, right. Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Intercity Transit reminds you to let your transit driver know you appreciate them. Today is Lips Appreciation Day. Where would all those lovely teeth we paid a bundle for be without a lovely frame? Do something nice for your lips today. Today is Freedom of Information Day, when the nation's libraries celebrate the people's right to know (on President James Madison's birthday). Today is Everything You Do is Right Day. It just might be a perfect day. Life is filled with ups and downs. Some days are good days. Some days are bad days. Most often, there's both good and bad in any given day. Every once in a while, a day comes along where everything you do goes well, the perfect day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1963: Peter, Paul, & Mary released Puff, the Magic Dragon. The song reached #2 even though some radio stations banned it, fearing it was about smoking marijuana. Composer Peter Yarrow always contended it was "about a magic dragon named Puff." In 1979, Twisted Sister became the first band to sell out New York City's Palladium without ever releasing a record. The band did not sign a record deal until 3 years later. In 1988, indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. In 1988, Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the Speed King, set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first perso to travel more than 400 mph on land. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty down in Portland to conspiracy for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. In 1999, the Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.

Let the madness begin. The Round of 64 in the NCAA tournament gets underway today with games all day, continuing on CBS into primetime as well. There's basketball on CBS, TNT, TruTV, and TBS.

I loves me some studies. Here's another Five-Second Rule study. You’ve heard of the five-second rule. The gist is, if you drop food on the ground you have five seconds to pick it up before it becomes germy. A germ expert at Aston Univeristy in Birmingham, England, says the five-second rule is pretty much right. Professor Anthony Hilton claims there is little to be concerned about if the food is only on the ground or floor momentarily. However, he adds: “Eating food that has spent a few moments on the floor can never be entirely risk-free.”

Trivia Answer: It officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the Senate on April 8th of 1864, passed by the House on January 31st of 1865, and adopted on December 6th of 1865. It was the first of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment completed the abolition of slavery, which had begun with the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. When Mississippi formally ratified the amendment, it become the last state to do so. While Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official. It should be noted that Washington didn't become a state until November of 1889 so the amendment was already the law of the land by the time we joined the party.

Wednesday 3.15.17
Morning Trivia: He's a singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of a glam metal band that has sold over 50 million records worldwide and 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and a number-one single, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Who is he?

After losing to Milwaukee 24-3 on Monday, yesterday the Mariners edged past the Chicago White 7-6. The Ms are back in action in Peoria today hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon.

In the World Baseball Classic, tonight Venezuela faces off against Team USA. Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez starts for Venezuela while Seattle Mariner Drew Smyly. Mariner manager Scott Servais says he isn't picking a favorite. He says they're like kids in that you love them all.

Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- the Notorious R.B.D. -- is 84; actor Judd Hirsch is 82; pastor Jimmy Swaggart is also 82; Beach Boy Mike Love is 76; singer and keyboardist Sly Stone is 74; singer and guitarist Ry Cooder is 70; Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is 62; singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 55; Kennedy William Gordy, better known by his stage name Rockwell, is 53; from Sugar Ray, frontman Mark McGrath is 49; actress Eva Longoria is 42; and from the Black Eyed Peas is also 42.

Today is Dumbstruck Day a day to be totally dumbstruck over the things you see, hear and read. Some people -- like me -- are dumbstruck on a regular basis, day in and day out. Today is True Confessions Day, a day to confess to everyone. Or, at least, to your mirror. Today is Camp Fire Day. Camp Fire USA was founded on this date in 1910. Today is International Boss's Day Off Day. On the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, all leaders should stay home today. Beware of assassins. And, of course, if the boss takes the day off, so can you. Also called The Ides of March. The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year. It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-pro baseball team. In 1968, Life magazine proclaimed Jimi Hendrix the most "spectacular" guitarist in the world. In 1971, CBS television announced it was going to drop The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1977, the first episode of Eight is Enough was aired on ABC-TV. In 1985, the first Internet domain name was registered ( In 1990, 13.7-million households signed up to see a pay-per-view special by New Kids on the Block, breaking previous pay-per-view records. In 2004, Whitney Houston entered a drug rehab facility. Also in 2004, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia after being convicted in a stock scandal. In 2006, after a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he sued the city of Lodi, California, for $3,600. The city denied the claim since Gokey, a city employee, was himself driving the dump truck, bumping his own car. So Gokey's wife sued the city. But a judge ruled she could not sue her own husband as a city employee.

More men than women take teddy bears to bed as a partner substitute when sleeping alone, according to a survey. While 15 percent of women resorted to cuddling a teddy, as many as 20 percent of men admitted to being big softies by opting for teddies. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 63 percent said they needed a bedtime cuddle to sleep, with many of them saying they resort to hugging a pillow.

Trivia Answer: Bret Michaels who is 54 today. The band is Poison. Michaels was injured during his opening performance at the 63rd Tony Awards in June of 2009. As he was ending his performance with Poison and exiting to the stage rear, a large portion of the descending set struck him on the head and knocked him down. The initial injuries reported was a broken nose. However a hemorrhage incident in 2010 prompted Michaels to file a lawsuit for unspecified damages against the Tony Awards and CBS claiming the incident caused the hemorrhage. On May 14th of 2012, the parties announced that they had agreed to settle the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Michaels thanked the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Medical Center in Phoenix for saving his life and career.

Tuesday 3.14.17
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1964, a jury in Dallas, Texas, found him guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy. Who is he?

It's wet here in the Northwest corner of the country but it could be worse. In fact, it is in the Northeast corner of the country. A blizzard is just hammering things back there. At one point this morning, northern New York was reporting snow falling at 4 inches an hour and over 6,000 flights had been cancelled.

Wow. I know it's Spring Training but as they say on ESPN, "Come on man!" The Mariners went through an old fashioned whipping yesterday. They gave up 10 runs in the forth inning to Milwaukee in route to a 24-to- 3 thumping by the Brewers. You dust yourself off and come out to play again. The Ms host the Chicago White Sox in Peoria this afternoon.

Birthdays: The other Phil Phillips -- not the American Idol guy but the guy that wrote Sea of Love -- is 91; musician and producer Quincy Jones is 84; actor Michael Caine is also 84; from the band Chicago, saxophone player Walt Parazaider is 72; actor and comedian Billy Crystal is 69; co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, businessman Jerry Greenfield is 66; from Hanson, singer Taylor Hanson is 34; and basketball's Steph Curry is 29.

Today is National Potato Chip Day. Today is Bare Burt Day, marking publication on this date in 1972 of the April issue of Cosmopolitan revealing Burt Reynolds as the magazine's first nude centerfold. Today is Pi Day, a day to celebrate pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's diameter. Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi. Today is Ten Most Wanted Day. On this day in 1950 the FBI began its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List as a way to get the public's help in finding the nation's most dangerous criminals.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin. In 1964, Billboard magazine reported that Beatles recordings were claiming 60% of the singles sales in the US. In 1972, California governor Ronald Reagan pardoned convicted burglar Merle Haggard as "fully rehabilitated." Haggard had served two-and-a-half years at San Quentin. In 1977, the Heart album Little Queen containing the song Barracuda was released. In 2003, actor Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail, 11 months after he was arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was later acquitted at trial. In 2005, U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

March Madness is set to launch. Since 2006, has determined the winner of the NCAA's basketball tournaments based on the academic performance of the competing teams. To determine the winners of each ‘game’ in the tournament, Inside Higher Ed compared the academic performance of teams. The academic final four comes down to Florida, Bucknell, Louisville and Kentucky, with Bucknell competing against Kentucky in the semi-final and Bucknell winning.

Trivia Answer: Jack Ruby. Lee Harvey Oswald was a former US Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in October of 1959 where he lived until June of 1962 at which time he returned to the US. Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit who was killed on a Dallas street approximately 45 minutes after President Kennedy was shot. Oswald would later be charged with the assassination of President Kennedy as well, but denied involvement in either of the killings. Two days later, while being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in full view of television cameras broadcasting live. Ruby was originally from Chicago, Illinois; he moved to Dallas in 1947. Convicted of Oswald's murder, Ruby appealed his conviction and death sentence and was granted a new trial. As the date for his new trial was being set, he became ill and died of lung cancer. Some contend Ruby was involved with major figures in organized crime, and conspiracy theorists widely assert that Ruby killed Oswald as part of an overall plot surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Others have disputed this, arguing that Ruby's connection with gangsters was minimal at most, or circumstantial, and also that Ruby was not the sort to be entrusted with such an act within a high-level conspiracy.

Monday 3.13.17
Morning Trivia: He is a music conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer, and trumpeter. During six decades in the entertainment industry, he has earned a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 28 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of the album Thriller, by Michael Jackson, which has sold 104 million copies worldwide, and as the producer and conductor of the charity song We Are the World. Who is he?

The Mariners were in Tempe Diablo Stadium to meet the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesterday. The Angels started swinging the bats early. Angels win 9-2. The 10-and-6 Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix this afternoon.

Let the madness begin. The NCAA Tournament committee released this year's March Madness bracket yesterday, beginning with the overall No. 1 seed: Villanova. Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the fellow No. 1s. Villanova, the defending champion, had a 31-3 season and Big East Tournament title.

Everybody knows that opening an umbrella indoors is supposed to be bad luck. But is there any truth behind this age-old superstition? Fortunately for those spending sleepless nights pondering this question, today is actually a wacky holiday dedicated to finding out the truth. It's Open An Umbrella Indoors Day, a day invented in 2003 hoping to defy silly superstitions by encouraging people to open their umbrellas indoors and then observe the (non-existent) consequences. Today is Good Samaritan Involvement Day, a time to be unselfish and get involved to help others. Today is Uncle Sam Day. On March 13th of 1852, the New York Lantern first featured the Uncle Sam character. Uncle Sam came to be a symbol of American patriotism. The nickname of Uncle Sam was first used in the September 7th of 1813, issue of New York's Troy Post. Today is Ear Muff Day, a day to celebrate a warm invention...the ear muff. Big-eared Chester Greenwood is the father of the Earmuff. Greenwood patented the Champion Ear Protector on March 13th of 1877. It later became known as ear mufflers, and was eventually shortened to earmuffs.

Birthdays: Singer Neil Sedaka is 78; actor William H. Macy is 67; actress Dana Delany is 61; and U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 57.

Joni Sledge, who along with her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy, formed the group Sister Sledge in 1971 and went on to record the enduring hit We Are Family has died. Sledge was found unresponsive at her home in Phoenix on Friday and the cause of death has not been determined. Joni Sledge was 60.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1983, the Larry King Live show premiered on CNN. In 1987, Bryan Adams' Heat of the Night became the first commercially released cassette single in the US. In 1991, Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill. In 2002, on Fox's Celebrity Boxing. Tonya Harding beat Paula Jones, Danny Banaduce whipped Barry Williams, and Todd Bridges defeated Vanilla Ice. In 2006, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, after 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

Kong: Skull Island emerged victorious after a battle of the beasts that pitted the giant ape movie against the Wolverine's last stand. Cresting a wave of good reviews, Kong: Skull Island topped the domestic box office, racking up a mighty $61 million. That handily beat estimates, which had it debuting to between $45 million to $50 million. In its second weekend, Logan dropped to second place. The R-rated comic book adventure is Hugh Jackman's swan song as Wolverine after nearly two decades playing the X-Men member. Get Out snagged third place. The top five was rounded out by The Shack and The Lego Batman Movie.

On TV tonight, it's the season finale of The Bachelor. Nick brings Vanessa and Raven to meet his family, then the couples go on a final date before Nick makes his choice. It's tonight on ABC.Trivia Answer: Q -- full name Quincy Delight Jones -- who turns 84 tomorrow. Quincy was born in Chicago. When he was 10, his family moved to Bremerton. He attended Seattle's Garfield High School. Jones has never learned to drive, citing an accident in which he was a passenger at the age of 14 as the reason.

Friday 3.10.17
Morning Trivia: He has been described as "a notoriously 'un-rock n' roll' figure who never enjoyed the limelight of being a performer," preferring to concentrate almost exclusively on his music, and in more recent years, spending much of his time working with charities. He is in fact, a rock musician, songwriter, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist. He's the inventor of the Rockman portable guitar amplifier. But is best known as the founder of the band Boston. Who is he?

After getting their clocks cleaned by Cleveland the night before last, the Seattle Mariners knocked off the World Champs yesterday. The Ms snuck by the Chicago Cubs 8-6 down in Mesa, Arizona. The Cubs and Ms do it again today, this time in Peoria.

Birthdays: Walker Texas Ranger, actor Chuck Norris is 77; the Dean half of Jan & Dean, singer Dean Torrence is also 77; Gene Simmons' wife, actress Shannon Tweed is 60; actress Sharon Stone is 59; sportscaster Pam Oliver is 56; he's been called “the most important producer of the last 20 years” by MTV, producer Rick Rubin is 54; Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament is also 54; Paul Simon's wife, singer Edie Brickell is 51; rapper and producer Timbaland is 45; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is also 45; Robin Thicke is 40; singer Carrie Underwood is 34; and singer Emeli Sandé, whose first name is actually Adele, is 30.

Today is National Pack Your Lunch Day. It's also Middle Name Pride Day -- a day that honors the seldom used middle name that often sets you apart from others. It was selected with care, so you should be proud of it.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." In 1893, New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony. The only graduate was robbed and killed the night before. In 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season. In 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998. In 1979, James Brown played at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1986, the Wrigley Company, of Chicago, raised the price of its seven-stick pack of Wrigley's chewing gum from a quarter to 30 cents. In 2000, Chrissie Hynde of The PPretenders and two other people were arrested in New York City after slashing leather goods at Gap store as part of a protest organized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Unrestricted free agent kicker Stephen Hauschka is set to join the Buffalo Bills on a four-year deal. The Seahawks indicated they were making a change earlier this year when they signed Blair Walsh, a former Vikings kicker. The Bills confirmed yesterday afternoon that the team had come to terms with Hauschka. The 31-year-old Hauschka started for the Seahawks the last six seasons after signing with Seattle in 2011.

On TV this weekend: Selection Sunday. The 2017 NCAA Tournament 68-team bracket is being announced during this 90-minute special Sunday afternoon on CBS. The Tournament begins Tuesday and Wednesday with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The first days of the tournament are next Thursday and Friday with the First round, and the Second round continues through the weekend of March 18th and 19th.

In theaters this weekend, can Kong: Skull Island take the No. 1 crown away from Logan? Many expect it to make between $40 million and $50 million.

Trivia Answer: Tom Scholz who is 70 today. While working for Polaroid, Scholz had been recording demos in his home studio. These demos attracted the interest of Epic Records who signed Scholz and singer Brad Delp to a recording contract. Scholz believed his demos were good enough to comprise the full contents of Boston's debut album, but Epic told Scholz to re-record the demos. Most of the guitar, bass, and keyboards were performed by Scholz, although other players were involved sporadically throughout the recordings. Epic did not want the album recorded entirely in Scholz's home as Scholz had intended (the label suggested using a recording studio), but most of what ended up on the album was indeed ultimately recorded by Scholz in his basement. The album was released in 1976 and became the biggest-selling debut album by any artist up to that time. Scholz's reputed perfectionism delayed the follow-up album for two years. When it was finally released, he was unhappy with the result, Don't Look Back, and claimed that it was released under pressure from the record company. Scholz then declared he would not release any more music unless he was completely satisfied with the final product. Consequently, Boston's third album, Third Stage, did not appear until 1986. That album was certified 4x platinum, and Amanda reached the top of the singles chart. Scholz and the late Brad Delp were the only members of the original group to appear on the album.

Thursday 3.9.17
Morning Trivia: Previously, this college football coach was head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team, leading the Red Raiders to winning seasons in every year of his tenure. He is atypical among NCAA Division I head football coaches in that he did not play football at the college level. He is one of only six such coaches. Who is he?

The Mariners came up on the short end of another one last night. The good news is Hisahi Iwakuma looked good for his two innings at the start of the game. With Kuma out, Cleveland exploded for five runs in the 4th inning and went on to a 14-6 win. The Mariners and Chicago Cubs meet today in Mesa, Arizona.

Birthdays: Country singer Mickey Gilley is 81; best known as the lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mark Lindsay is 75; journalist Charles Gibson is 74; guitarist Robin Trower is 72; singer Jeffrey Osborne is 69; The Boz, Brian Bosworth, is 52; and Webster on Webster, actor Emmanuel Lewis is 46.

Today is Barbie Day, marking this date in 1959 when the doll went on sale in the US. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. More than 900-million Barbies have been sold, and still sell at the rate of about 120 dolls a minute. Today is Panic Day, sponsored by the Wellness Permission League of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a group that encourages you to run around today in a panic and tell everyone you can’t take it anymore. Today is False Teeth Day. On March 9th, 1822, Charles Graham, a New York dentist, received a patent for false teeth. And today being the aecond Thursday in March, it's Popcorn Lover's Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1897, a patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins ... for cue chalk. In 1964, the first Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line. In 1969, CBS cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, indicating that though the show's irreverent comedy had high ratings, it was more trouble than it was worth. The replacement was called Hee Haw. In 1985, Gone With The Wind went on sale in video stores across the US for the first time. In 1987, Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Also in 1987, U2 released the album The Joshua Tree. In 1988, singer Andy Gibb, the younger brother of the Bee Gees, died at the age of 30. Official cause of death was heart failure. In 2005, Dan Rather signed off for the last time as principal anchor of The CBS Evening News.

I love me some studies. There's another one out, this one from the National University of Singapore which says yellow taxicabs have significantly fewer accidents than cabs of a darker color. Wanna guess why? Their yellow. The yellow cabs are more visible.

Kicking and Screaming makes its television premier tonight. On this new comedy-reality series, 10 survivalists and 10 novices pair up in the wilds of Fiji to win half a million dollars. The teams must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. It's tonight on FOX.

Trivia Answer: The head coach of the Washington State Cougars, Mike Leach who is 56 today. Famous among fans for his fascination with 18th-century pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack, Leach has lectured his players on the history of pirates, and told them before games to "swing their swords." His office has been described as a museum of pirate paraphernalia. In particular, Leach admires the teamwork exhibited by pirates, he's quoted as saying: "Pirates function as a team. There were a lot of castes and classes in England at the time. But with pirates, it didn't matter if you were black, white, rich or poor. The object was to get a treasure. If the captain did a bad job, you could just overthrow him.”

Wednesday 3.8.17
Morning Trivia: He starred in several films, such as I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997, the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer a year later, She's All That in 1999, Scooby-Doo in 2002, and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004. He has also had recurring and starring roles in television shows, including Friends and Boston Legal but the best known of which is his role as Cole Ortiz on the main cast of the espionage thriller 24. Who is he?

Hooray! The word "snow" does not appear at all in the current seven-day forecast for Olympia.

No Mariners yesterday as the guys were enjoying the first of the three days they get off this spring. Back to it tonight, though, as they host the Cleveland Indians in Peoria. First pitch tonight at 6:10.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1971, a new undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion was crowned, as "Smokin" Joe Frazier of Philadelphia won a decision over Muhammad Ali, who was previously undefeated. In 1985, the Internal Revenue Service reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before. In 1993, Beavis and Butthead made their series debut on MTV. Earlier they had appeared on the MTV program Liquid Television. In 1999, the US Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. In 2003, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven reported receiving three calls the first week on his new secure emergency phone installed at the request of the federal Department of Homeland Security -- one a wrong number and two from telemarketers. Hoeven said he was trying to figure out what type of disaster had occurred and it was some guy trying to sell him two pizzas for the price of one. The phone was quickly reprogrammed to block non-emergency calls.

Birthdays: Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 81; from The Monkees, Micky Dolenz is 72; one of the founding members of Poco and The Eagles, bassist Randy Meisner is 71; singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 70; singer Gary Numan is 59; actor Aidan Quinn is 58; and singer Shawn Mullins is 49.

Today is International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day. It's celebrated on March 8th every year. Today is the Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Da Nang Day. On this date in 1965, more than 3,500 Marines landed at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first US combat troops in Vietnam. Today is Be Nasty Day. There are naughty days, and nice days, and all sorts of goodie gumdrop days. So, it stands to reason that there will be a few negative type of days. This is one of them.

If hot chili peppers are your thing than you might be ahead of the curve when it its come life expectancy. A study from the University of Vermont suggests that the consummation of hot red chili peppers is associated with 13 percent lower risk of death. Researchers analyzed data on more than 16,000 Americans followed for an average of 18.9 years.

Trivia Answer: Freddie Prinze Jr. who is 41 today. He has worked for WWE as a producer and director. He is the husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Tuesday 3.7.17
Morning Trivia: This former player spent his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1972 NFL Draft he was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, the 13th selection overall. He played his first 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers; his 13th and final year, 1984, was spent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Who is he?

Lefty Drew Smyly prepped for his time with the United States team in the World Baseball Classic by pitching three scoreless innings yesterday for the Mariners in a 9-0 romp over Texas at Peoria. Plans now call for Smyly to work a short simulated game Thursday, about 20 pitches, before joining the USA team in Miami. He will pitch just one game before returning to the Mariners. Up next, the Mariners have the first of three spring open dates today before returning to action at 6:10 tomorrow night hosting Cleveland at Peoria.

Birthdays: TV weather guy Willard Scott is 83; actor Daniel J. Travanti is 77; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner is 75; from The J. Geils Band, singer Peter Wolf is 71; Isley Brother, Ernie Isley is 65; former football star Lynn Swann is also 65; Hal on Malcolm in the Middle and Walter White on Breaking Bad , actor Bryan Cranston is 61; singer Taylor Dayne is 55; comedian Wanda Sykes is 53; and actress Jenna Fischer is 43.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. He envisioned it as a device that could make it possible to communicate with deaf people. In 1897, the world's first corn flakes were served to Dr. John Kellogg's patients at a Battle Creek, Michigan, mental hospital. In 1911, Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker. In 1933, the board game Monopoly was invented. In 1973, a new group, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, performed at Max’s Kansas City club in New York City. Columbia talent scout John Hammond was in the audience. In 1994, the US Supreme Court ruled that parodies poking fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" and do not require permission from the copyright holder. In 2007, a British movie theater allowed a man to propose to his girlfriend with a three-minute home film inserted among the trailers before the main feature. Tina Kilford of Weymouth, England, was sitting there with two friends and a tub of ice cream, watching the trailers, when she suddenly saw Tom Lane on the screen, holding a card saying, "Hi Tina!" As a finale, Lane appeared, kneeling by Kilford's seat with a ring. The audience cheered when she yelled "Yes!"

Maybe you've noticed this in your world. I have. Many teens says there's no reason to get a driver's license. The research says fewer teens have an interest in driving. A new study from the University of Michigan says the share of high school seniors across the country who have a driver's license dropped from 85.3% in 1996 to a record low 71.5% in 2015.

From the file folder marked "Duh!" Research says you're a completely different person at 14 and 77. The longest personality study of all time published in Psychology and Aging suggests that over the course of a lifetime, just as your physical appearance changes and your cells are constantly replaced, your personality is also transformed beyond recognition.

And yet another study. This one's from the Institute of Economic Affairs. It says healthy food is mostly cheaper than junk food, making it “simply wrong” that cost is driving poor nutrition and obesity. The cheapest ready meals -- pizzas, burgers and sugary breakfast cereals -- cost more per ounce than typical fruits and vegetables. The study compared the prices of 78 common food and drink products, finding that healthier options are mostly cheaper than less healthy alternatives when measured by edible weight rather than what it termed "flawed" cost-per-calorie methodology.

Trivia Answer: Franco Harris who is 67 today. Franco was a key player in one of professional football's most famous plays, dubbed "The Immaculate Reception" by Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope. In a 1972 playoff game, the Oakland Raiders were leading the Steelers 7-6 with 22 seconds to play when a Terry Bradshaw pass was deflected away from intended receiver John "Frenchy" Fuqua right as defender Jack Tatum arrived to tackle Fuqua. Harris snatched the ball just before it hit the ground and ran it in to win the game. The Raiders challenged the touchdown, claiming that Fuqua had handled the ball before Harris, which would invalidate the score because at that time it was against the rules for two offensive receivers to touch the ball. The Steelers maintained that the ball had touched Tatum instead. According to a recounting by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the film of the play is inconclusive. Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano attempted to criticise Harris' achievement by stating that he was only in position to catch the ball because he was lazy, but replays show that Harris headed downfield when the Raiders forced Bradshaw out of the pocket, and can be clearly seen running before catching the deflected ball. Following the 1983 season, Harris and Walter Payton were both closing in on Jim Brown's NFL rushing record, and Harris asked the Rooney family for a pay raise. The Rooney family refused, believing that Harris was on the downside of his career, and Harris threatened to hold out. The Steelers released Harris in training camp in 1984 and he eventually signed with the Seattle Seahawks during the 1984 season. He played just eight games with the team, gaining only 170 yards before retiring (192 yards short of Jim Brown's record). Harris and the Rooneys reconciled after Harris retired.

Monday 3.6.17
Morning Trivia: He's a retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor, reserve police officer, and a US Deputy Marshal. Oh, and he stands 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 325 pounds. Who is he?

It was one of them kind of mornings. The weather had an adverse effect on numerous school districts here in Thurston County. In Mason County, Mary M. Knight was hoping to run two hours late but the weather deriorated enough so they just cloased schools today. The weather remains sort of tricky for the reson of the week.

Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura were in a bit of a hurry after playing part of a spring training game over the weekend for the Seattle Mariners. They had to catch a plane to Florida, where their teammates from the Dominican Republic were convening for the World Baseball Classic to defend their 2013 title. Ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and the others were among 12 players, including both major leaguers and minor leaguers, the Mariners sent to the WBC. Meanwhile, split squad action for the Ms yesterday. Half the team played the LA Dodgers -- they lost 7-3 -- and the other half took on the Oakland As -- they lost 5-4. This is the point at which we remind ourselved that it's Spring Training and we'll erase the records here in about a month when the regular season starts. The Ms are back at it today hosting the Texas Rangers in Peoria Stadium.

By the way, Israel has downed Korea 2-1 in 10 innings in the first game of the WBC. The Netherlands face Korea tomorrow night.

Birthdays: From The Supremes, singer Mary Wilson is 73; Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour is 71; actor and director Rob Reiner is 70; her most famous song is a duet with Elton John called Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, singer Kiki Dee is 70; Roseanne Barr's ex-, actor Tom Arnold is 58; and actor & comedian DL Hughley is 55.

Today is Headache Relief Day, marking the patenting of aspirin on this date in 1899. On the same day, the Bayer Company trademarked the name aspirin for the medicine developed by German chemist Friedrich Hoffman. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Today is Dentist's Day, a day to display a big, toothy smile. Today is National Frozen Food Day to celebrate all those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, a new comedienne made her San Francisco debut at the Purple Onion club. Phyllis Diller was 37 years old. In 1960, the US announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. In 1981, after 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time. In 1982, the most points scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark. In 1992, the last episode of The Cosby Show aired after eight seasons. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site:

Logan tore into the weekend box office, opening to a massive $85.3 million and proving that moviegoers will show up in force for R-rated comic book movies. The superhero spinoff marks Hugh Jackman's last turn as Wolverine after 17 years. Despite Logan's dominance, Get Out kept going strong. The low-budget thriller racked up $26.1 million, bringing its domestic haul to $75.9 million. That's an impressive return for a film that cost less than $5 million to make. It finished second for the weekend. The Shack took third place in its first weekend in theaters. The Lego Batman Movie and John Wick: Chapter 2 rounded out the top five.

Ten years ago we started springing ahead sooner. Why are we moving our clocks ahead one hour this coming weekend? The 2007 US change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Previously, from 1987 through 2006, the start and end dates were the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.

Trivia Answer: Shaquille O'Neal -- Shaq -- who turns 41 today. After 19 years of playing, Shaq retired in 2011. He’s currently analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is one of the largest players ever to play in the NBA. He wears a size 23 shoe. O'Neal's primary weakness was his free-throw shooting. His career average is 52.4%. He once missed all 11 free throws in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8, 2000, a record. O'Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career.

Friday 3.3.17
Morning Trivia: She's a retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games. Who is she?

Chalk up another win for the Ms. It was closer this time as the Mariners downed the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 yesterday. Today, the Mariners are in Surprise, Arizona,to face the Texas Rangers.

Birthdays: Singer Jennifer Warnes -- she was born in Seattle by the way -- is 70 ; actor and director Tim Kazurinsky is 67; Hooters guitarist John Lilley is 63; former NFL star Herschel Walker (won Heisman Trophy) is 55; rapper Tone Loc is 51; Bud on Married ... with Children, actor David Faustino is 43; actress Jessica Biel is 35.

Today is National Anthem Day. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931. It's Peach Blossom Day. Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day. It's National Salesperson's Day. It's 33 Flavors Day (Baskin Robins Birthday). It's Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday.

Calendar notes: On this day in 1885, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York. In 1991, an amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers. In 2005, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.

McDonald’s said this week that it's experimenting with delivery. It's not that crazy an idea when you realize nearly 75% of the populations in it's five biggest countries (the US, France, the UK, Germany, and Canada) live within 3 miles of a McDonald's.

The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday's Academy Awards will never work the Oscars again. Brian Cullinan and his colleague, Martha Ruiz, have been permanently removed from all film academy dealings.

Trivia Answer: Jackie Joyner-Kersee who is 55 today. The Olympic games were in 1984 in Los Angeles, in 1988 in Seoul, Korea, in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time. By the way, Joyner-Kersee is one of the most famous athletes to have overcome severe asthma.

Thursday 3.2.17
Morning Trivia: He is a singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of his rock band which was formed in 1983. During his career, he has released two solo albums and twelve studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide making them one of the world's best-selling music acts. Who is the leader and what is the band?

The Mariners moved their spring record to 4-and-1 yesterday and it wasn't a blowout this time -- close but not quite. The Ms downed Cleveland 7-4 in Goodyear, Arizona. Next up, the action is back in Peoria where Seattle plays host to the Milwaukee Brewers today.

Birthdays: He was Holling on Northern Exposure for six seasons, actor John Cullum is 87; author Tom Wolfe is 86; the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev is also 86; author John Irving is 75; guitarist Larry Carlton is 69; original Saturday Night Live cast member Laraine Newman is 65; one of those Osmond kids, singer and drummer Jay Osmond is 62; Bond, James Bond, well actually actor Daniel Craig is 49; Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is 40; Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 35; and football's Reggie Bush 32.

Today is Texas Independence Day. Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence on Sam Houston's 43rd birthday. Houston, a member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, was commander of the Texas Army. He later served as Texas governor, but was deposed when he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy. Today is Dr. Seuss Day. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd in 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." The National Education Agency sponsors Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Every child should read a book today. Today is Old Stuff Day. When asking someone What's new? or What's happening?, how often do you hear Nothing really, same old stuff. Well, today is Old Stuff Day, in recognition of this all too common response.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1899, Mount Rainier National Park was established by the US Congress. In 1923, Time magazine published its first issue. In 1933, the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City. In 1962, the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. The Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain hit 36 field goals and 28 free throws for an NBA record 100 points. In 1975, Linda McCartney was arrested for personal possession of marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not charged. In 1977, a young comedian named Jay Leno first appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show. In 1987, the US government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time. In 2011, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's iPad 2.

President Donald Trump's first major address to the Congress and the nation was seen by an estimated 47.4 million people. The Nielsen company said yesterday that Trump's audience couldn't quite match the first such speech by predecessor Barack Obama, who drew an audience of 52.4 million in 2009. Similar initial presidential speeches reached 39.8 million for George W. Bush in 2001 and 66.9 million for Bill Clinton in 1993.

Trivia Answer: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. -- Jon Bon Jovi -- who is 55 today. The band, of course, is Bon Jovi. In addition to his music career, Jon Bon Jovi started an acting career in the 1990s, starring in roles in several movies including Moonlight & Valentino and U-571. He also made appearances on TV series including Sex and the City and Ally McBeal. As a songwriter, Jon Bon Jovi was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Wednesday 3.1.17
Morning Trivia: It was established on this date as the world's first national park. What is it?

The Mariners haven't had any close games yet this spring. They blew out San Diego over the weekend, got blown out by Kansas City on Monday, and then jumped back on top yesterday downing the Chicago White Sox 8-1. The Ms are in Goodyear, Arizona, today facing Cleveland.

March has arrived. To the Romans, March was Martius, named for Mars, the god of war. On the ancient calendar, March was the first month of the year until 46 BC. In England it was the first month until 1752. March's birthstone: bloodstone or aquamarine. March's flower is the daffodil.

March is Women's History Month, American Red Cross Month, Caffeine Awareness Month, Eye Donor Month, Craft Month, Ethics Awareness Month, National Peanut Month, National Noodle Month, Employee Spirit Month, National Eye Donor Month, Honor Society Awareness Month, Social Work Month, Ideas Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Listening Awareness Month, International Mirth Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Optimism Month, Humorists Are Artists Month (HAAM), National "On Hold" Month, Sing with Your Child Month, Spiritual Wellness Month, and National Youth Art Month.

Birthdays: Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes, actor Robert Clary is 91; singer Harry Belafonte is 90; actor Robert Conrad is 82; from The Who, Roger Daltrey is 73; from Opie to big time Hollywood mogul, actor and director Ron Howard is 63; Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, actress Catherine Bach is also 63; he was Joe on Wings, actor Tim Daly is 61; singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Nik Kershaw is 59; the bassist for the Gin Blossoms, Bill Leen is 55; from Nickelback, guitarist Ryan Peake is 44; singer Ke$ha is 30; and Justin Bieber is 23.

Today is Employee Appreciation Day and Peanut Butter Lover's Day. It’s Be Positive, Do Something Positive Day, a great way to begin Optimism Month. Today is National Pig Day and National Horse Protection Day. Today is Beer Day in Iceland. Today is National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps, marking the corps's founding on this date in 1961. Today is World Compliment Day and Plan a Solo Vacation Day. Today is Refired Not Retired Day, a time for retirees to decide this is the beginning of Life, Part II, and commit to making it an adventure.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, Bank of America decided to change the name of its credit cards from Bankamericard to VISA. In 1991, Victoria defeated Duncanville 38-36 in the Texas girls basketball 5A state semifinals. It was tough. None of the girls on the Duncanville team had ever lost a high school basketball game. Their win streak ended at 134 games and three state titles. In 1994, at the annual Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston won best female pop vocalist and record of the year for Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. In 1997, the state of Arizona approved a proposal to install divorce vending machines to cope with the high demand for divorces. In 1998, Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars. The Obamas plan to donate a "significant portion" of their author proceeds to charity, including to the Obama Foundation. Barack Obama's book is a strong contender to attract the largest advance for any ex-president; the previous record is believed to be $15 million for Bill Clinton's "My Life." The unique dual arrangement announced yesterday is for books that are among the most anticipated in memory from a former president and first lady. Titles and release dates were not immediately available.

Trivia Answer: Yellowstone National Park. It was established by the US Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1st of 1872. It's located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park.