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Mar. 7, 2014 12:10 pm
Mar. 6, 2014 10:01 am
Lots of stuff going on this weekend including the God's Country Racing Association 40th Annual Custom Auto Show at the La Crosse Center, The LABA Home Show at the Omni Center and the Eagle Listener Dance with Studebaker 7 Saturday night 7 to 11 at the Radisson Center. $10 at the door for great music, dancing and door prizes including a Beatles boxed set from Deaf Ear Records. See you there!
11 FAMOUS INVISIBLE TV CHARACTERS! Can you name characters from TV shows that were never actually seen? A couple that come to mind for me that didn't make the list include Charlie from Charlie's Angels and Pickles from the Dick Van Dyke Show. Think of some more and see if they made the list by clicking here.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Something for the kids and adults this weekend is Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) who take a trip in the Wabac machine. Also new today is War Of The Worlds: Goliath (PG-13) and The Face of Love (PG-13). Click here for the full list of new flicks.
CRUSHING VIPERS! This is sad news for any car enthusiast. Chrysler is ordering the mass crushing of 93 first batch Dodge Vipers that were originally donated to schools as learning tools. One of the Vipers is the pre-production Vin #4 car. Apparently people have been taking the unlicensed Vipers on the road and crashing them, costing the company millions, since they Chrysler still officially owns them. Get the details.
Mar. 5, 2014 9:10 am
Today is Dentist's Day and National Frozen Food Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1957: The Diamonds become the first Canadian act to have a hit in the US when "Little Darlin'" reaches #2.
1964: Elvis 14th movie, Kissin' Cousins, is released.
1976: "Yesterday" is released as a single in Britain for the first time.
1977: Diana Ross' second TV special airs on NBC.
1982: Dick Clark donates his original American Bandstand podium to the Smithsonian.
2000: Eric Clapton becomes the first person inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BEATLES AUCTION! Over 200 pieces of Beatles memorabilia are set to be sold at auction at Omega Auctions in Liverpool on March 20, including the piano John Lennon and Paul McCartney played while filming the 1965 movie Help!and the coats worn by The Beatles on the Help! album cover. Get more help.
WOMEN OF SOUL! Tonight's Women of Soul concert at the White House will be streamed live on the White House website and broadcast April 7 on PBS. As expected, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will lead the lineup that also includes Patti LaBelle and Melissa Etheridge, among others. Get the soulful details.
CELEBRITY WEDDING BELLS! Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have set a May 24th wedding date to take place in Paris. It will be a small wedding because they realize not many people know how to speak French. Get the rumor!
FIVE FREAK SHOWS!
From The Great Waldow to the Minnesota werewolf girl, check out five people who should have been in freak shows but never got the chance. Click here
for the unusual.
Mar. 4, 2014 9:39 am
Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. I'll be giving up something for Lent but I guarrantee it's not gonna be coffee or Ramen. It's also Multiple Personality Day. I'd like to introduce you to my alter-ego, Evad.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: Elvis appears on TV on the Louisiana Hayride, making it his first TV appearance.
1960: Elvis is discharged from the U.S. military.
1969: The first issue of Creem magazine is published.
1971: Badfinger begins its first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo.
1971: Led Zeppelin debuts their new song "Stairway To Heaven" in concert.
1994: Grace Slick is arrested for waving a shotgun at police when they arrive to settle a domestic dispute.
COME SAIL AWAY! How would you like to go on a cruise with Paul Rodgers and Alice Cooper.They are the latest to join the all-star lineup for the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise III, hitting the high seas on February 19, 2015. The floating five-day festival will also feature performances by the Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep and Molly Hatchet, among others. Click here to get permission to come aboard.
DANCING WITH THE STARS! In a new twist this year, viewers will be allowed to vote to switch celebrities and their pro partners. Competing celebrities include Real Housewives star NeNe Leakes; Olympic Gold medal-winning ice dancing pair Charlie White and Meryl Davis; former NHL star Sean Avery; former Full House star Candace Cameron; Drew Carey; The Wonder Years' Danica McKellar; Billy Dee Williams; double amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy; pop singer Cody Simpson; long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and Big Time Rush?s James Maslow. Click here for the initial pairings.
OBSOLETE JOBS! Check out jobs from the past that no longer exist. From pinsetters, whose job it was to reset the pins at a bowling alley, to telephone operators who had to physically make a long distance connection for the caller, click here for 11 fascinating obsolete professions.
Mar. 3, 2014 9:57 am
Welcome to Fat Tuesday. Somebody brought in a Fat Tuesday cake today so I'll be bulking up to my ideal girth. I say, let them eat cake today, for tomorrow we starve on Ash Wednesday.
Today is also Holy Experiment Day and Hug A GI Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1959: The very first Grammy Awards are held in New York City.
1966: The London newspaper Evening Standard publishes an article that quotes John Lennon saying "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity."
1967: Steve Windood announces his intention to leave The Spencer Davis Group.
1969: Sonny and Cher become proud parent of their only child, Chastity.
1978: The Bee Gees have four of the top five songs on the chart ( "Night Fever" at #5) or written by them (Samantha Sang's "Emotion" at #4, "Stayin' Alive" at #2, and kid brother Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" at #1). At #3 that week was Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch."
CELEBRITY SUE-AGE! Original Steely Dan vocalist David Palmer is suing Donald Fagan and Walter Becker over unpaid royalties. Palmer sang lead on two tracks from the band's debut album Can?t Buy a Thrill. He argues that he hasn't been accurately compensated from 2000 through 2012. Get the dirt.
STANLEY SPEAKS! According Paul Stanley, there was never ever a chance that he and Gene Simmons were going to reunite with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Stanley says he wants Frehley and Criss to be part of the actual induction, as well as current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Taste more sour grapes.
WORLD'S RICHEST! Forbes is out with list updated rankings of the world's billionaires. The person with the most has a net worth of $76 billion. Telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu fell to number 2. A record 1,645 billionaires made the list, up more than 200 from 2013. with an average worth of $4.7 billion in chump change. Who's at #1? Click here for the depressing news.
EAT CELEBRITY MEAT! Yes that's right! A company called Bite Labs wants to make meat from tissue samples of celebrities. Soon, you may be able to take a bite out of Jennifer Lawrence or Kanye West. I hope it tastes better than that gross Soylent Green! Just remember to abstain from them during Lent. Get the meaty details.
FRIDAY IS HERE!
Feb. 28, 2014 9:33 am
Thanks to everyone who came out to the free Family Fest yesterday at the La Crosse Center. It was the biggest ever.
Today is I Want You To Be Happy Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, National Anthem Day and Peach Blossom Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1957: Chicago's Cardinal Stritch bans rock and roll from all area Catholic schools.
1964: The Beatles begin shooting the train scenes for A Hard Day's Night.
1967: At the London Palladium, Petula Clark performs for Princess Margaret.
1974: Johnny Cash guest stars Columbo.
1977: Elvis signs his will, leaving control of everything to his father.
1980: Sotheby's holds its first auction of rock and roll memorabilia.
1981: This Is Elvis premieres in Memphis.
1983: A Hell's Angels biker identified only as "Butch" confirms, in front of a US Senate hearing, that the motorcycle gang had indeed taken out a contract to kill Mick Jagger.
SPRINGSTEEN/BENATAR TOUR! Rick Springfield is teaming with Pat Benatar for a nine city tour this summer set to launch June 29th in Raleigh, NC. Between the two they have a massive library of hits that should bring back some great memories from the 1980's. Get the itinerary.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! The LEGO movie has finally been dethroned after three weeks at the top of the box office heap. The new flick Non-Stop debuts in the top spot followed by Son of God at #2. Click here to get the entire top 10 list.
ACADEMY AWARDS RECAP! In what some people felt was one of the closest Oscar competitions in years, the 86th Annual Academy Awards were still pretty predictable. Best Picture went to 12 Years A Slave, which also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Matthew McConaughey took home Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett picked up Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. Click here for the complete list of winners.
RAZZIE "WINNERS!" Meanwhile, Razzie Awards took place over the weekend, "honoring" the year's worst performances. The Worst Picture award went to Film 43, which also "won" Worst Screenplay and Worst Director. The Will Smith/Jaden Smith flick After Earth also took home three awards - Worst Actor for Jaden; Worst Supporting Actor for Will and Worst Screen Combo for both of them. The Lone Ranger also won an award, for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel. Click here for the recap.
CITY-O-METER!! Answer some questions to find out in what city in the world you should live. Click here to get the answer. According to the results, I should be living in Milwaukee. Which is no surprise since that's where I was born and raised.
Feb. 27, 2014 9:13 am
Today is Floral Design Day, Public Speaking Day and National Tooth Fairy Day. Don't forget to join the La Crosse Radio Group for the free Family Fest on Sunday at the La Crosse Center from 10am to 3pm. And be sure to purchase Eagle Listener Dance tickets for $8 at the information booth. See you there!
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose "From Me To You."
1966: In serious debt, owners decide to close the Cavern Club.
1969: Ringo Starr begins filming his role in The Magic Christian.
1970: Led Zeppelin is forced to play its gig in Copenhagen, Denmark under a different name (The Nobs)
1977: A crazed audience member climbs onstage and tries to strangle Ray Charles.
1991: Mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley declares today Curtis Mayfield Day.
2007: The Doors are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk
DAVE DAVIES IN THE UK! Dave Davies of The Kinks is set to perform his first concert in 13 years on April 11 in London. It's to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band he co-founded with his brother Ray in North London in 1964. Fans are also hoping for a Kinks reunion. Get the well respected details.
DEAD CELEB! Remember Jim Lange? He was the first host of The Dating Game. Lange passed away on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 81. He landing his gig on The Dating Game in 1965 and hosted the show for more than a decade. Click here for the obit.
GOSSELIN'S FOUR LETTER FURY! Jon Gosselin told viewers of last night's episode of VH1's Couples Therapy just exactly what he thinks about his ex-wife Kate. In an expletive-filled rant, Jon does a lot of whining about the "narcissistic" Kate. Wait, there's a show called Couples Therapy? (Click here for the rant. But don't let the kids hear!)
BELIEVE IT OR NOT! A 38 year-old Maryland man loves pizza so much that it's all he ever eats. Breakfast lunch and dinner, it's always pizza. And he doesn't even put anything on it excet cheese! The guy claims he's been on the pizza-only diet since he was 13, when he became a vegetarian. Hence only the cheese topping. And yes, he does have major health issues. Click on this unhealthy link for the story.
TWO-LEGGED KITTEN! Check out a kitten that has no front legs. Apparently he was accidentally hit with a weed whacker that amputated most of his front legs. Click here to see how he's getting along.
Feb. 26, 2014 9:03 am
Today is Polar Bear Day and No Brainer Day. I'm growing weary of this extended cold snap. I just hope the calendar fulfills its obligation and lets Spring arrive on the
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: For the first time, 45 rpm records outsell 78s.
1960: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles make their TV debut on American Bandstand.
1964: the entire Top Ten in the UK is, for the first time, made up of native acts.
1966: The Supremes are the "mystery guests" on What's My Line?
1970: Elvis plays his first-ever stadium gig at the Texas Livestock Show.
2000: The Beach Boys: An American Family begins airing on ABC-TV.
STEWART/SANTANA SUMMER SERIES! Rod Stewart and Santana will be setting out on an 18-stop summer tour, appropriately named The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs. The superstar duo will kick it off on May 23 in Albany, NY. Get the itinerary.
CLAPTON CANCELS CONCERT! Eric Clapton has been forced to scrap a planned concert in Bangkok due to ongoing political turmoil. The local concert promoter issued the statement of the cancellation and also said " Clapton looks forward to playing in Bangkok in the future." Read the details.
HOMELESS HOUSES! In states throughout the nation, designers and advocates have been setting up tiny houses to get the homeless off the streets. One California man hand builds houses from materials he finds off the street. The shelters cost less than $100 each. Didn't they do this back in the Great Depression with Hoovervilles? Read the details.
DEEP FRIED DORITOS! Just when you thought your favorite snack couldn't get any better, now comes deep fried Doritos! Click here for the mouth watering recipe.
BRADY BUNCH FUN FACTS! Think you know all there is to know about The Brady Bunch? Think again. Click here for some fascinating trivia about America's favorite blended family.
Feb. 25, 2014 9:12 am
Today is Polar Bear Day and No Brainer Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: For the first time, sales of the newer, 45rpm records outpace those of the 78rpm variety.
1964: Elvis begins filming his sixteenth movie, Roustabout.
1985: Chuck Berry receives the annual Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1997: The Beatles are awarded three Grammys for their Anthology and "new single" "Free As A Bird."
FALLON'S FAB FAUX! Jimmy Fallon began his second week as host of The Tonight Show on Monday by playing John Lennon fronting a fake version of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Fallon's fake Fab Four featured them asking their fans to check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Click here to watch it now.
KISS CONTROVERSY CONTINUES! Kiss will step away from all the controversy surrounding their decision not to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 10 by performing at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, CA on April 3. The footage will be used for the upcoming reality show focused on the new indoor football team L.A. Kiss. Click for more Kiss.
CELEBRITY SPLITSVILLE! After Paula Patton told Robin Thicke on Friday that she wanted a divorce, the "singer" canceled his Atlanta concert to fly to Canada where she was filming a movie to try to change her mind. They had a long talk but Thicke soon realized his wife was determined to end their nearly 9-year marriage. Get the divorce details.
BURIED TREASURE! A Northern California has struck it rich. While walking their dog they stumbled upon $10 million in rare uncirculated coins dating from 1847 to 1894. The anonymous couple plans to hold onto a few of the coins as keepsakes, but will sell the rest. Get the mother lode.
DISTRACTIONS AT WORK! What distracts you the most at work? Over half of the 2,500 individuals surveyed by motivational aid site Webtrate admitted that checking their emails and social media when trying to do work revealed a worrying lack of impulse control. And those distractions, not surprisingly, add up to lowered productivity. Click here to be distracted by reading this story.
Feb. 24, 2014 9:01 am
Today is Pistol Patent Day. Got a new pistol design? Patent it!
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1961: Elvis Presley Day is declared in Memphis by the governor of Tennessee.
1963: Vee Jay releases the first US single by The Beatles: "Please Please Me."
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on Ready! Steady! Go!
1967: Hollywood Palace broadcasts two Beatles promo videos for the first time in the US: "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane."
1987: Frank Sinatra guest stars on Magnum P.I..
1992: At tonight's Grammy Awards, James Brown receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.
2010: Marie Osmond's son leaps to his death from the eighth-floor window of his LA apartment.
DEAD CELEB! Harold Ramis, best known for his work in Ghostbusters and Stripes, passed away yesterday from complications from a rare autoimmune disease. He was 69. Click here for the obit and check out his extensive career on the IMDb. My favorite Harold Ramis movie is Stripes. At one time I think I had all the lines from the movie practically memorized.
AMERICAN IDOL LOSING MONEY! The moneymaking gravy train of American Idol is apparently over. The once popular show is taking a beating because of the outrageous salaries of the judges. J-Lo alone makes more than $15 million. And it doesn't help that people are just plain tired of the show. Get the dire details.
RODENT CAKE! A man who was celebrating his 96th birthday, bit into his cake and soon began suffering from stomach pains. The cake apparently contained a 5 inch long rat tail and what looked to be the rat's head. That's worse than the used band aid my dad found in his doughnut back in the 70's. Get the diseased details.
AMAZING BALANCING GOATS! Check out a video of three goats balancing on a flexible ribbon of steel. Click here for the funny.
ICE ICE FRIDAY!
Feb. 21, 2014 9:19 am
Welcome back to another week of fun on the Dave Page. I hope you had a great weekend. All this week on Flashback Pop Quiz I'll giving away Custom Auto Show tickets. Good luck!
Today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Grab some salsa and celebrate.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1965: The Beatles begin shooting their second movie, Help!
1973: The Byrds break up for the first time.
1976: The Eagles' LP Their Greatest Hits (1971?1975) becomes the first album to be awarded a platinum disc for sales of one million copies. It would eventually go on to be the best-selling US album of all time.
1981: Peter Noone and Stephen Bishop guest-star on Laverne and Shirley.
1988: As a joke, Alice Cooper runs for Governor of his native Arizona.
1992: The US Postal Service's infamous "Elvis stamps" are unveiled.
1998: Queen Elizabeth II knights Elton John.
2002: Charlie Daniels appears as himself on King Of The Hill.
ROCK STAR STAMPS!
The US Postal Service will be honoring Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in stamps, scheduled to arrive this year followed by James Brown and Elvis stamps in 2015. John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Roy OrbisoLick here
n, and others will arrive sometime late.
MOVIE SET DEATH!
Tragedy struck the set of the upcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider last week when a train unexpectedly passed by a bridge where filming was taking place and killed a female camera assistant and injured seven other crew members. Get the deadly details
One of the original Van Trapp family member has died. Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original singing von Trapp family whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," passed away at the 99 years old. Get the obit
LATE NIGHT WARFARE!
David Letterman has a plan to beat Jimmy Fallon in the ratings by getting Jay Leno as a guest. Leno and Letterman used to be friends but fell out after Leno got the Tonight Show gig over Letterman. Sources say the pair patched things up recently. Get the strategy
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
The LEGO Movie is still in command of the top spot at the box office. Only two new movies made their debuts in the the top 10 over the weekend. 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii grabbed the #2 and #3 spots respectively. Click here
for the rest of the top 10.
MEERKAT MANIA! Watch this funny video
of an exhausted Meerkat trying not to fall asleep.
Feb. 20, 2014 9:55 am
For the first time in fifteen years I had to chisel the ice from the bottom of my garage door which was frozen solid to the garage floor. Not a nice way to start the day but at least I didn't have to chisel ice from my windshield!
Today is Card Reading Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1961: The Beatles play three separate gigs in three venues on one day: a lunchtime show at the Cavern followed by an evening show at Liverpool's Casanova Club and a nighttime gig at Litherland Town Hall.
1964: Billy Joel joins his first rock band, The Echoes.
1966: Elvis begins filming his 22nd movie, Spinout.
1970: The Jackson 5 make their TV debut on American Bandstand.
1977: NBC airs The Neil Diamond Special, a concert taped at the famed Greek theater in LA.
1986: Pat Boone guest stars as himself on The Fall Guy.
BEATLES LUCKY 13! The Beatles have 13 albums on this week's Billboard 200 albums sales chart, including 1 which is currently at #20. The rest include Love #62, Abbey Road #82, Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band #98, Rubber Soul #103, The Beatles (The White Album) #119, 1967-1970 #137, On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 #145, A Hard Day's Night #150, 1962-1966 #154, Revolver #156, Meet the Beatles #170 and Hey Jude #186. I only own four Beatles albums and they're all back on the chart.
CELEBRITY BUN IN OVEN! Christina Aguilera who recently got engaged might want to consider a shotgun wedding since she and her "hopefully" future husband are expecting their first child together. Aguilera has a 6-year-old son with ex-husband Jordan Bratman. Click here for some hot cookin'.
KIM KARDASHIAN'S BUTT! Kim Kardashian is denying rumors that she got butt implants. She does admit that she needs to shed a few pounds back there, but until then, people probably won't be convinced. View the pics and see if you agree. Just remember to answer correctly if she asks you "Do these jeans make my butt look fat?"
CRAPPY MEAT! Researchers say baby do-do may be the key to making sausage healthier! Bacteria from baby waste could potentially transform pepperoni and salami into foods that have health benefits similar to probiotic yogurts. Scientists found that not only were the sausages better for you, they also didn't taste like crap. Click here for the taste test.
GREASE IS THE WORD! Think you know all there is to know about the movie "Grease?" Think again! Click here for some fascinating facts.
Feb. 18, 2014 9:12 am
Looks like we might just miss most of the major snow as it seems to be tracking more to the north. But that's fine with me. My back could use a break. Keep listening to the Eagle for the latest school closings and and of course the weather.
Today is Hoodie-Hoo Day, Love Your Pet Day and Cherry Pie Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1949: Ricky Nelson joins the cast of The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.
1960: Jimi Hendrix makes his stage debut at Seattle's Temple De Hirsch synagogue.
1974: Cher files for separation from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
1976: KISS puts their feet and handprints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
1991: Bob Dylan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy's.
2000: The TV biopic Little Richard airs on NBC.
2004: Brian Wilson plays his masterpiece SMiLE live for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
NEW MOVIES IN THEATERS! Movies to blow money on this weekend include the action thriller 3 Days To Kill (PG-13) which opens nationwide tomorrow. Barefoot (PG-13) and Pompeii (PG-13) are two others you might want to check out. I still might see The LEGO movie. Click here for the new flicks.
LAST WISHES! Philip Seymour Hoffman's will, which was written in 2004 when he only had one kid, he specifically requested that his son Cooper be raised in Manhattan because of its culture and art scene. If the child couldn't live in the Big Apple, then Chicago or San Francisco were listed as second choices. Get the details.
MILKING MILK PRICES! Strong global demand and stagnant production in other countries has led to increased exports of U.S. dairy products in recent months, which could soon lead to a spike in milk prices. Get ready to pay a record price to keep your bowl Buckwheats happy. Get the details.
CURLING COMMENTARY! Watch and listen as Sir David Attenborough describes Olympic Curling. Click for the commentary.
Feb. 17, 2014 9:16 am
Today is National Battery Day. Rechargeable batteries are are the best.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1964: While in Miami, the Beatles watch the new Elvis film Fun In Acapulco.
1968: David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing Syd Barrett.
1968: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney head to India to study under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: Maurice Gibb marries Lulu.
1973: The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres.
1980: Bill Wyman announces his intention to leave The Rolling Stones, by 1983.
1980: Filming begins on Ringo's new movie, Caveman.
CELEBRITY WEIGHT LOSS! Rosie O?Donnell recently admitted to having weight-loss surgery in July and has now lost 40 pounds and she did it to "save her life." After suffering a heart attack in 2012, she changed her diet and lifestyle but was still struggling with her weight. Get the prognosis.
NEW J.K. ROWLING BOOK! J.K. Rowling is releasing another book under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The Silkworm will continue the adventures of private investigator Cormoran Strike, first introduced in her book The Cuckoo's Calling. Get a preview.
SNAKE PASTOR KILLED BY... SNAKE! Oh the irony! Pastor Jamie Coots, who appeared on the National Geographic TV reality show Snake Salvation, died over the weekend after being bitten by a poisonous snake during a church service in Kentucky. He refused medical treatment and later died at his home. Get the obit.
CELEBRITY DAD! Simon Cowell has begun what no doubt will be his dreaded duty as dad. He and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed a baby boy, Eric, on Valentine's Day. The child was named after Simon's father who died in 1999. Click here to see pictures of the bundle of joy.
FELONIOUS FARTS! An inmate at a Fargo jail had been antagonizing another inmate for days by going into his cell, farting and then leaving, which led to an ugly confrontation. The irritated inmate punched the farting inmate knocking out his front tooth. He faces felony assault charges. Get the stinky details.
EPIC MANLINESS TEST! What kind of a man are you? Click here to "Test Your Osterone." Apparently I'm a "weak kitten, mewing plaintively."
Feb. 13, 2014 9:04 am
I'm back today after a restful day off on Friday. Thanks to Terri B for filling in for me.
Today is President's Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1960: The Everly Brothers leave Cadence records and sign with Warner Brothers.
1964: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass plays their first major headlining gig in Los Angeles.
1968: Big Brother & the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, are signed by Columbia.
1971: Johnny Cash is the guest of honor on This Is Your Life.
1973: The band Free, which would mutate into Bad Company, disbands.
BEATLES ON THE BLOCK! On March 13, a copy of Meet the Beatles LP autographed by all four members and given the doctor who treated George Harrison's sore throat before the group performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, will be up for auction through New Hampshire-based RR Auction. The bidding will end on Thursday, March 20. How much will it fetch?
ROCK FEST LINEUP! Aerosmith and Sammy Hagar have been named headliners for this summer's Rock Fest, July 17-20 in Cadott. Additional acts locked in to perform include REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Live and Five Finger Death Punch. Five more acts will be added soon. Get the details.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
Four new movies made their debuts in theaters over the weekend but none were able to topple The LEGO Movie which clung to the top of the list. This is a movie that I might have to see! Hope it's out on DVD soon. Get the complete top 10 list here
Apparently Charlie Sheen is ready to take the lunge again. He proposed to his porn star girlfriend on Saturday in Hawaii. If he really does tie the knot, it will will be Sheen's fourth marriage. He was previously married to Donna Peele, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller. Get the happy announcement.
Think you know all there is to know about the TV show? Think again. Click here
for some interesting trivia.
Feb. 12, 2014 9:16 am
Today is Get A Different Name Day. Today I'l be calling myself George.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1955: Elvis performs at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, TX.
1957: Filming is completed on the UK's first rock and roll movie, Rock You Sinners.
1961: Frank Sinatra launches the first completely artist-owned label, Reprise.
1978: Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley officially declares today "Al Green Day."
1981: Dark Side of the Moon becomes the rock album to spend the most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, 402 weeks from March 1973. I would drop off on April 23, 1988, after 724 weeks.
1982: The gravestone of Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from the cemetery.
1988: Michael Jackson purchases a ranch which he renames "Neverland."
TOP 50 "LOVE" SONGS! Just in time for Valentine's Day,Billboard magazine is out with its list of the Top 50 Songs with Love in the Title. Making the top 10 includes the Bee Gee's "How Deep is Your Love" at #4, Paul McCartney & Wings' and "Silly Love Songs" at #5, The Emotions' "Best of My Love" at #9 and Ray Charles' "I can?t Stop Loving You" at #10. Click here to find out what topped the list.
"JENN-DER" REASSIGNMENT! Looks like Bruce Jenner's latest plastic surgery has made him look like a caricature of his former self. Although it appears that he's slowly morphing into a woman, close friends say he doesn't want a "gender reassignment." Apparently it's his way of dealing with a midlife crisis. By his looks, it ain't working, Bruce!
CARMEN COLLECTION! Eric Carmen fans will have something to celebrate. The Essential Eric Carmen is a 30-song retrospective featuring music from his days with the Raspberries, solo material and a brand new tune titled "Brand New Year." Watch for the collection in stores March 25th. Get the details.
DEAD CELEB! Legendary comedian Sid Caesar died Wednesday after a brief illness. Caesar is best known for "Your Show of Shows" and Caesar's Hour. HE also played Coach Calhoun in Grease and Grease 2. My favorite Sid Caesar movie is "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Caesar was 91. Get the obit.
CREEPY VALENTINE'S DAY CARDS! Check out some "what not to give your Valentine" cards. These scary Valentine's Day cards express the gift of love in ways that will probably not get you very far in your love life. Click here for the creepy cards.
COLD START MONDAY!
Feb. 10, 2014 9:05 am
Today is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Plum Pudding Day. Have some in honor of our sixteenth president.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1964: The Beatles conclude their first American visit with two shows at Carnegie Hall.
1968: John and Michelle Phillips become the proud parents of Chynna.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performs a concert at the Seattle, Washington High School where he dropped out.
1970: The Top of the Pops broadcasts a clip of John Lennon's "Instant Karma!".
1989: Tiny Tim declares his candidacy for mayor of New York City.
1997: David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
CELEBRITY SICKNESS! Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw has cancer. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August. In a statement Brokaw said "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends." Get the prognosis.
THAT SINKING FEELING! A huge sinkhole opened up under one of the showrooms at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 30 foot deep chasm swallowed eight cars including a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder. Get the horrifying details.
MOST DESIRABLE WOMEN! According to an AskMen's list of the 99 Most Desirable Women of 2014, Community's Alison Brie landed at #2, followed by Blurred Lines model Emily Ratajkowski and last year's number one Jennifer Lawrence. Harry Potter's Emma Watson was at #5. Click here to see who topped the list.
CREEPY SELFIE! A man who broke into a woman's Denver home last month left a selfie on her phone! Apparently the man walked in the back door, took the picture, then left without stealing anything. I guess that's one way to try and get a date.Cops are still looking. Click here to check out the creep.
USING YOUR NOODLE!
Are you tired of shoveling snow? Maybe you could get this guy
to do it while you enjoy a nice hot bowl of Ramen noodles.
SICK OF WINTER?
So is this kid. Click here
to see how he professes his dislike of the cold.
Feb. 7, 2014 5:51 am
The old Chev quivered as it started this morning. Hope can do it tomorrow morning. It's another cold start to the week but hopefully this will be the last of it and Spring will be finally on the way. Wishful thinking? Maybe.
Today is Umbrella Day and Clean Out Your Computer Day.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1958: The Mickey Mouse Club begins its "Annette" serial, starring Annette Funicello.
1965: Chad and Jeremy guest star on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
1968: The Beatles close their American fan club and business office.
1973: Liverpool's Cavern Club is given three months to close down by British Rail, who need the site to complete their new underground railway.
1974: Phil Spector is seriously burned in a mysterious car crash.
1976: Elvis is made an honorary Captain in the Memphis Police Department.
1990: Eric Clapton ends his unprecedented 18-night series of gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall.
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles came to a climactic close with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sharing the stage for a rousing rendition of "With a Little Help from My Friends" and the classic sing-along of "Hey Jude" sing-along. I also thought one of the best guest performances was the Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh and Dhani Harrison combo on "Something." Click here
for the highlights and the low-lights.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE!
Finally something worth seeing at the movies. The LEGO Movie debuted at #1 at the weekend box office, followed by The Monuments Men at #2 and Vampire Academy at #7. Click here
for the rankings.
Jimmy Fallon got his best ratings ever on his last show on Friday as host of Late Night. 6.6 million viewers tuned in, a record high for Fallon and the most for any Late Night host since David Letterman's final show in 1993. The lesson here: to get the best ratings, end your show!
Fallon begins as host of The Tonight Show next Monday. Get the recap.
STEVE McQUEEN'S CARS!
Check out some cars once owned by legendary actor and car enthusiast Steve McQueen. My favorite is the '51 Chevy he used in his last movie. Click here
for the cars.
Have you ever wondered if you're obsessed with Facebook? Now's your chance to find out with a simple test. Click here
to take the test. And don't forget to post your score to Facebook. I scored a 17%. Now what's my Facebook password again? Hmmmm.
Feb. 6, 2014 9:08 am
I'm filling in for Keith this morning so keep the coffee coming! I'll be opening the Lady Luck Big Birthday Book at 8:25 and playing two in a -row by The Beatles sometime before 9am.
NOR'EASTER NOT TOO BAD! Good news for people in the northeast who just can't seem to get a break from the weather. A third winter storm might not be as bad as previously predicted. At most a small storm system on Saturday will bring one to three inches of snow to cities like New York and Philadelphia. Meanwhile, things won't warm up too much this weekend with 1 to 3 inches to shovel tomorrow.
CGI HOFFMAN! Computers will apparently finish Philip Seymour Hoffman's part in the upcoming Hunger Games film, Mockingjay. Hoffman had only one scene left to shoot before his untimely death.. Producers will digitally recreate Hoffman instead of rewriting the scene. Which begs the question: Who needs actors to act anymore? Get the details.
BEATLES BACKDROP! A section of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show will go on the auction block in April. The Fab Four reportedly signed the slab in between songs on the show on February 9th, 1964. How much will it fetch? Click here to check it out.
ELTON'S DREAMCOAT! Elton John will be working with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to turn the1969 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat into an animated movie. No release date has been set yet for the film. Get the colorful details. Great, now that song is gonna stick with me the rest of the day!
LOST & FOUND! That stolen multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin was found Wednesday night in the attic of one of the suspect's friends in Milwaukee. Two men, ages 41 and 36, and a 32-year-old woman, are in custody for the theft. What were they thinking to do with it. You just can't put it up on eBay and not expect to get caught. Read the recovery.
Feb. 3, 2014 9:12 am
Today is Lame Duck Day. Time to hunting.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1943: Frank Sinatra makes his debut as vocalist on radio's Your Hit Parade.
1962: Decca Records rejects the Beatles.
1964: Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show sell out.
1987: Sonny Bono declares his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
2003: ABC's 20/20 airs the British documentary Living With Michael Jackson.
PAUL McCARTNEY! Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat with David Letterman for an interview taped on Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater. The chat will be featured on the TV special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, this Sunday at 8pm on the 50th anniversary of their first performance on the Ed Sullivan show. Get a sneak peek.
David Cassidy has formally been charged with driving under the influence in the wake of his arrest on January 10. The Partridge Family star was pulled over for making an illegal turn and had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. It's the third time since 2011 that the singer has been arrested for DUI. Get the police report
PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN ARREST!
A session sax player with ties to Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Blondie and the late Amy Winehouse has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Robert Vineberg was one of four people arrested on Tuesday night in a New York City drug den. Read the accusations
DOG vs CAT EPIC WRESTLING MATCH!
Watch a cat and dog wrestling each other. And try not to say Awwwe! Click here
for the ringside action.
Well I hope you're happy with the Super Bowl results. I didn't bother to watch it because I saw all the commercials on the internet last week anyway. So what's the point?
Today is The Day the Music Died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on this day in 1959.
ROCK & ROLL TIMELINE!
1960: Frank Sinatra forms his own label, Reprise Records.
1966: Paul McCartney meets Stevie Wonder.
1969: John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the group's new manager.
1977: Elton John resumes live performing, fifteen months after announcing his "retirement" from the stage.
1978: The TV-movie Dead Man's Curve, premieres on ABC.
1978: Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss world hunger.
2003: Phil Spector is arrested for allegedly murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
GROUNDHOG DAY! Yesterday was Groundhog Day and according to Punxutawney Phil, it's six more weeks of winter! According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow, it means we get another month-and-a-half of winter. If he doesn't see it, we get an early spring. And this week's forecast seems to back up Phil's prediction. Get the details.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE! Only two new movies cracked the box office top 10 over the weekend but neither managed to capture the top spot. Ride Along maintained its position at #1 while the new movies That Awkward Moment and Labor debuted farther down the chart. Click here for the recap.
LETTERMAN'S BEATLES! David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Performances will include the likes of Sting, Lenny Kravitz and Sean Lennon, who will join rockers the Flaming Lips. Get the lineup.
JOHN & YOKO BOXED!
The eight-CD box set, I?m Not The Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews with Howard Smith 1969-1972, will be released on April 14. The collection contains John Lennon and Yoko Ono's five extensive conversations with Village Voice journalist and radio host Howard Smith, none of which have ever been available on CD. Get the details
Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his New York apartment yesterday. He was 46. Hoffman was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards and won Best Actor for Capote. He was just seven days shy of completing his work on Mockingjay. His role is not expected to be recast, although it will likely be scaled back. Get the obit.
Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a letter written by Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in which she detailed the sexual abuse she says she endured at the hands of the famous director. Meanwhile, on Sunday, a lawyer and a publicist for Woody Allen rejected Dylan Farrow's the accusations and that Allen will be responding very soon. Get the sordid details
BARN FIND PORSCHE!
The very first car ever built by Ferdinand Porsche was recently discovered in a shed where it had been sitting since 1902! Click here
to see this iconic piece of automotive history.