Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Zany Game Show Host And Producer Chuck Barris

Well, a couple of days ago, we lost Chuck Berry, now Chuck Barris has died.  The two have little to do with one another but their names were similar.
  Barris, created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, but is most famous for hosting The Gong Show.  The Gong Show featured amateur performers, who would attempt to get through their act in front of celebrity judges before their were "gonged",  The judges would hit an Asian type cymbal with a huge mallet when they could no longer stand the act. Usually, the bad acts were more entertaining than the good ones.  If all three would gong at the same time, Barris would say they were "gang gonged!   Barris differed from other game show hosts in that he always seemed to speak off the cuff.  He seemed more high energy and did not have the measured speaking style of other game show hosts of that era.
The 87 year old Barris is reported to have died of natural causes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mike Hopkins Named Husky Hoops Coach

It has been announced that Mike Hopkins, an assistant coach for Syracuse, has been named head coach of the Washington Huskies Men's Basketball team. He had been thought to be the successor of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim upon his retirement.  Hopkins has worked under Boeheim since  1996.  It will be interesting to see how Husky fans react to this news. It seems like he has no ties to the Northwest and some may question his sense of loyalty.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry Dead At 90

CNN reports rock legend Chuck Berry has died.  One of Rock's pioneers, Berry was famous for such songs as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Sweet Little Sixteen".

One Year Later--Remembering My Father

Alan Barer (center) with my brother and I.  September 26 1929-March 18, 2016.

Whitman Dream Season Ends

The Whitman College Blues became the last collegiate basketball team in America an any level to lose it's first game when it was defeated by Babson in the NCAA Division 3 Final Four 91-85.  The Blues were ahead at one point by 25 points, but Babson persisted and is now in line to win it all. The game was played in Salem, Virginia.
  It will be a long flight back to Walla Walla for Whitman, knowing it fell short, but the player really have every reason to be proud and next season they can work to take the whole thing!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Romar Out As Husky Coach

The Seattle Times reports Lorenzo Romar who hadcoached the Washington Men's Basketball team for 15 years has been fired.  Under Romar, the team made 6 NCAA tournament  appearances.  However, it had been 6 years since the the team has earned a spot in the Big Dance.  The Huskies closed this season at 9-22 and endured 13 straight losses.

O.C. Smith - Little Green Apples

Here is another great song from my childhood.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seahawks Sign Former Packer Lacy

The Seattle Seahawks hope to boost the running game with the signing of former Packer Eddie Lacy.  The signing raised eyebrows as Lacy was out most of  last season with injuries, he has also come under fire from his Packer coach for being overweight.
After 1000 yards in each of his first two seasons, injuries have limited Lacy to 1000 yards total in the last two seasons.
The Seahawks running game was 25th in the NFL.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Appreciation From The 5th Dems

Last year, I decided to step away from full involvement in politics.  I spent several terms representing Washington's 5th legislative district on the state Democratic central committee.  My friends at the 5th LD presented me with a plaque in honor of my service.  Although I loved the work that I did, it was great to leave on my own terms.  I plan to go to the monthly meeting and help on various projects.