Friday, April 30, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
TV comedy writer and daily blogger Ken Levine is like me, a real Jeopardy fan. I mean who would not love a show where you can watch three contestants stumble on an answer that you know? I remember that happening on a final Jeopardy question, a week or so ago, and really, I had a lucky guess, with no pressure with TV lights, etc., but I digress.
Ken, in his latest post, thinks that Anderson Cooper, the latest in a series of celebrity fill in hosts, is THE right one for the job, which was vacated by the death of Alex Trebek. You can find out why, by clicking here.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Puget Sound Media historian Steven L. Smith does a great in-depth feature on Seattle Restaurateur Ivar Haglund in a recent post on the broadcasting blog. For Seattle transplants like me, he is known for crazy commercials with fish puns, seafood restaurants, and owning what was once Seattle's tallest building, the Smith Tower (above). But Smith (no relation to Smith Tower, that I'm aware of) reveals that Ivar plays a much bigger part in Seattle's history.
You can read more about Ivar and reminisce about a much more simple Seattle by clicking here.
Friday, April 23, 2021
significant part in Seattle and Washington history. I have been combing through the Seattle Times archives, which are less than transferable. Perhaps, by design.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Colin Cosell teams up with Paul Olsen in this look at things that entertain us in and around sports in "The Sport Of Entertainment", a broadcast on 365 Sportscast, and also a podcast.
Since reporting on this project last month, I have listened to the episodes and have found them very insightful, as well as fun. Cosell and Olsen keep the hour long show moving well with interviews on a weekly topic with area related to sports, except the games themselves. That means it's not your run of the mill sports podcast.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, who suffered one of the worst presidential defeats in US history, has died.
Mondale was senator from Minnesota when Jimmy Carter chose him as running mate in 1976. As what was known as a beltway insider, Mondale seemed a perfect compliment to Carter, a largely unknown governor from Georgia. A combination that proved victorious.
In 1980, Carter lost in a landslide to former California governor Ronald Reagan, a hardline Conservative who as a former actor, had mastered the TV medium.
In 1984, Mondale was not always thought of as the best choice, even by Democrats. He did make history by picking the first female VP candidate, Geraldine Ferraro. Although he performed well in a TV debate, Mondale really was unable to gain any traction against the incumbent administration. Mondale would only carry Minnesota and the District Of Columbia.
Mondale would later serve as ambassador to Japan during the Clinton administration.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Brandi Carlile, Maple Valley superstar singer, has announced that her autobiography, Broken Horses: A Memoir, has hit number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. That is considered the high water mark for a publication.
You can purchase Broken Horses by clicking here.
We learned last weekend of the death of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark who was 93. Clark was the last living cabinet member from the LBJ administration.
Clark is one of the more polarizing figures in US History. He took on unpopular causes and opposed war. He offered to defend Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He was the son of Tom C Clark, a former Attorney General and an associate justice on the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Alex Rodriguez, who a while back, made news with his failed attempt to buy the New York Mets, seems to be on his way to owning an NBA team. It has been announced that A-Rod and partner Marc Lore have finalized a deal to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves and it's WNBA counterpart, the Minnesota Lynx.
The purchase has raised speculation of the team moving, Seattle has been hungry for an NBA team since the Sonics left in 2008. I can't see that as A-Rod was loudly booed in Seattle after he left the Mariners to sign a huge contract with the Texas Rangers. I don't think Seattle, on the other hand, will want to welcome him back. After all, there has been recent talk about the NBA expanding, and my guess is that Seattle would much rather have a team through that avenue, rather than put another city through the heartache of losing it's team.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
figured prominently in Seattle history, I was able to do a little bit of time travel.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Aaron Rodgers, probably a future Hall Of Famer quarterback with the Green Bay Packers, is finishing his first week as guest host of Jeopardy. He is one of a series of guest host to take the reigns after the death of the show's legendary host, Alex Trebek. All of the guest hosts, starting with Ken Jennings, have done 2 week stints.
Rodgers, who has indicated that he would like to be permanent host of the show, while still playing football, has generally been well received by viewers.
Prince Phillip, longest serving spouse to a British monarch, has died at 99. Phillip, the Duke Of Edinburgh, was married to Queen Elizabeth, who has served in that role my entire life. She actually became queen in 1952, while my mother was in high school. That was 5 years before I was born.
I saw the prince in the early 80s in a motorcade during a visit to Seattle.
Phillip is survived by the Queen, four children, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Uncle Arny ran for state legislature in 1964 in Seattle's 46th district, a campaign that I had mentioned in previous posts. Here is something that I found in the Seattle Times archives, which I discovered today.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Internet went out early this evening, which was bad, however, we also lost TV and telephone services. Cell service, too. Bad if there was an emergency. Luckily, there wasn't and everything seems to have been restored as of 10 this evening.
The joy of Saturday night's buzzer beater shot was short lived as the Gonzaga Bulldogs, last night (Monday, April 5th), lost to the Baylor Bears 86-70. It was the first national championship for the Bears.
For Gonzaga, a championship that seemed so within reach (the team was undefeated up to that point), was denied again.
Monday, April 05, 2021
Saturday, April 03, 2021
Friday, April 02, 2021
To those, who changed the channel or left the ballpark thinking this was the same old Mariner team, the joke was on them. The Seattle Mariners scored 6 runs in the 8th inning to erase a 5 run lead and put the team up by a run against the San Francisco Giants on opening day in T-Mobile Park.
The Giants erased that lead with a solo homer by Alex Dickerson, the game went into the 10th inning. Mitch Haniger made an incredible catch in the 10th to preserve the lead.
In the 10th, a bases loaded walk gave the Mariners the victory.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
The Mariners begin this season tonight (Thursday, April 1st) with specific marching orders, kindle the fan's enthusiasm after a couple of decades of mediocre baseball.
Local sports events have been given the green light to allow spectators at no more than 25% capacity.
A small crowd of 9000 will be inside the ballpark as the M's will face the San Francisco Giant in T-Mobile Park.