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This is day 221 of 2017. There are 144 days remaining.


• Hall of Fame tennis player Rod Laver is 79

• Sam Elliott is 73

• Melanie Griffith is 60

• Amanda Bearse (Married With Children) is 59

• Fashion designer Michael Kors is 58

• Rapper Kurtis Blow is 58

• NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull is 53

• TV personality Hoda Kotb is 53

• NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is 50

• Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) is 49

• Eric Bana (Star Trek, The Hulk) is 49

• Anna Kendrick (Twilight saga, Pitch perfect movies) is 32


• 1959: The first patent for a moving stairway was obtained on this date by Nathan Ames, however, it was never built. The first practical escalator was built by Jesse Reno in 1896 at Coney Island, New York. Reno called his device an “inclined elevator.” The longest escalator in the western hemisphere is 230 feet long, at the Wheaton, Maryland, station of the Washington Metro.

• 1936: At the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal, becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympic Games.

• 1944: The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.

• 1963: Whitney Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey. She died February 11, 2012.

• 1974: As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, became president.

• 1991: During a barnyard scene in Indiana, director Penny Marshall temporarily halted filming the movie A League of Their Own when a cow went into labor.

• 1995: While undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53.

• 1999: 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor’s house.


• Book Lover’s Day

• Rice Pudding Day


• August 17: Little League World Series (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins


50 million: Ducks in the U.S.


India is having a tomato shortage. [French fries still only cost you $.99 but they’re $24.99 with ketchup.]

Elon Musk has broken up with girlfriend Amber Heard because he’s too busy. [If you’re too busy for Amber Heard, you’re definitely too busy.]

The original actor who played Godzilla has died. He was 88. [Fans from around the world have sent their badly lip-synched condolences.]

Scientists announced that they have found a way to make an out-of-shape heart improve without exercise. [I had confidence that scientists would soon figure something out. I knew that the key was for me to simply wait and lie patiently on the couch.]

There’s a plan that could turn over the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors. [However, there would be plenty of safeguards put into play. For example, all contractors have to come with top-notch reviews on Angie’s List.]

David Letterman has signed a deal with Netflix to host a new show. [Comedians in Beards Getting Coffee.]

The mansion used on The Beverly Hillbillies is now the most expensive U.S. residence ever listed on the real estate market at $350 million. [But that includes weekly maintenance of the cement pond.]

According to a new study, both believers and atheists believe that heartless killers are more likely to be atheists. [So, apparently, the only thing scarier than a gang of Hell’s Angels bikers is a gang of bikers who don’t believe in angels.]

A body on a gurney in the back of a coroner’s van in Olympia, Washington rolled out of the back of the moving vehicle and into traffic. [The family was notified but not surprised. They said the deceased couldn’t do anything right when he was alive either.]

The latest study of the human brain finds that women have more activity in the region of the brain responsible for self-control and focus. [That explains that annoying habit women have of watching only one channel at a time.]


LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES WILL PLAY THROUGH SOLAR ECLIPSE _ The Little League World Series kicks off next week in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (August 17-27) — which covers the forthcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. Pennsylvania is not within the swath of land that will have the sun completely blotted out, there will be a partial eclipse from 1:14 PM to 3:56 PM Eastern Time, and at peak the moon will block out between 75 and 80 percent of the sun. The stadium will simply turn its lights on when the eclipse starts so play never has to stop. Organizers will pass out a bunch of glasses that will make it safe to check out the eclipse action.

CHUBBY PEOPLE CHOOSE CHUBBY PEOPLE _ It’s not surprising that people tend to choose partners with similar interests, from a similar economic class, and the same race. But the same body-fat content? A study from Scotland found that a person tends to pair off with someone with the same amount of blubber. This has some researchers worried because if two chubby folks procreate, their kids are likely to become fat, too. The study comes on the heels of another study that said hanging out with overweight friends means you’re likely to let yourself go, too.

HUGE TROVE OF DIGITIZED 78RPM RECORDS _  ( AUDIO)  Here’s a cool website for fans of not just vinyl records but old 78 RPM vinyl records. The Great 78 Project is digitizing the audio from 78rpm records produced from 1898 to the 1950s. Over 25,000 recordings are currently available.

BOTH NATIONAL LOTTERY GAMES TOP $300 MILLION _ (EDITOR: Mega Millions was played Tuesday night… check for updates.) For the first time, U.S. lottery players will have a choice of games offering jackpots topping $300 million. In the seven years since all U.S. lotteries began selling both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, both games have never offered prizes so large at the same time. The jackpot for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing was an estimated $350 million, and the top prize for tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball drawing is $307 million.

NUDIST ORGANIZATIONS WANT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE _ Nudist groups and camps around the country are still having a hard time recruiting young people. The American Association for Nude Recreation estimates 90 percent of its membership is older than 35.

MODERATE WORKOUTS MAY BE BETTER THAN INTENSE ONES _ Research suggests moderate exercise like walking may be as good as or better than intense workouts when it comes to certain heart health measures. In a study of 240 overweight, middle-aged adults, researchers found that moderate exercise, but not vigorous activity, improved participants’ levels of blood fats called triglycerides. Meanwhile, improvements in “good” HDL cholesterol seemed to depend on how much study participants exercised, and not how intensely.

COFFEE GOOD FOR THE MEMORY OF WOMEN _ Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day helped protect older women against some age-related memory decline.

WOMEN LOOK FOR SOFTER GUYS _ A study finds that women looking for a long term partner tend to go for guys with slightly feminine features, like a smaller nose, bigger eyes, and high cheekbones. Guys with more masculine features, like large noses and small eyes, were considered less warm, less faithful, and not-so-great dads. The test, which used altered photos of the same faces, showed that both men and women judged feminine faces more favorably on faithfulness and parenting. Masculine faces are seen as dominant — “which is a good thing in evolution but less good as a long-term partner,” said the lead researcher.

RACCOON STUCK IN A JAM WITH HEAD IN PEANUT BUTTER JAR _ A raccoon fumbled around a Farmingdale, New York neighborhood with its head lodged in a peanut butter jar. The family who found the trash-panda posted a video of the raccoon to Facebook after calling authorities who, with gloved hands and a snare, freed the critter. • VIDEO

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MOM FINDS BEST WAY TO GET HER KIDS TO DO THEIR CHORES _ Parents find new and inventive ways to ensure that their kids are completing their chores instead of wasting the day away online. Using her kids’ precious Wi-Fi as collateral, one mother forced her children to clean the kitchen and send a photo of the completed work before sending the day’s Wi-Fi password.

… But there’s a catch: in order to prevent her kids sending an old photo of the clean kitchen, her note requires something unique be included in the photo. In the example she posted online she requested the photo contain one box of crackers placed on the stove. • IMAGE


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE CAUGHT HAVING SEX AT STATE FAIR _  ( AUDIO)  A man and woman were allegedly caught on camera having sex at the Wisconsin State Fair. A fair visitor said, “We’re here for a horse show or a dog show — not to make babies.” At one point in the video, with his bare buttocks exposed, the man now in custody was seen waving at the camera.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GURNEY FALLS OUT OF CORONER’S VAN INTO TRAFFIC _ Two gurneys fell out of the back of a coroner’s van and into traffic in Olympia, Washington. One of the gurneys had a body on it and was found in the middle of the intersection, while the second gurney rolled down a street and was found in a parking lot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR DOESN’T FLUSH TOILET, LEAVES DNA FOR POLICE _ A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest. The DNA matched another profile in a national database and detectives tracked down the suspect at his home. How great would it have been if they tracked him down and arrested him as he was using the bathroom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOILET ‘BLOW BACK’ COULD BE AN ISSUE IN NC _ Durham, North Carolina, officials are warning residents to keep their toilet lids closed for the next two months. No, residents don’t have to worry about critters likes snakes or rats — they have to worry about blow back. The city will be performing routine cleaning and inspections of a section of Durham’s sanitary sewer system. Part of the project involves “jetting of sewer lines.” According to officials, “Jetting is a cleaning method that uses pressurized water sprayed through specialized hoses,” which can result in air escaping “via inadequately vented plumbing fixtures.” If that happens, it will cause “blow back,” which is when toilet or sewer water splashes out of the toilet and releases foul odors into the bathroom as well. Water Management customers are being told to keep their toilet lids closed in order to avoid potentially having sewage blown out of their toilet and into their bathroom.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: $1M BILL DEPOSIT ATTEMPT LEADS TO ARREST _ A man who tried to deposit a $1 million bill at an Iowa bank. Sioux City police officers were called to the bank to talk to the man who tried to deposit the bill into his account. The officers asked the man whether he had any more of the bills and then a baggie fell out when he emptied a pocket. Police say the baggie contained methamphetamine. The U.S. Treasury Department says it has never produced a $1 million bill.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GETS BIG WATER BILL FROM EMPTY APARTMENT _ Despite his apartment sitting unoccupied for two months, a guy in China was hit with a heavy water bill that building maintenance workers are making him pay. The man is being charged for the water even though he and his wife had moved to their new apartment. Maintenance workers at the building admit the water meters, which were recently changed in the building, are especially sensitive and sometimes result in reading errors. But they’re still making the man pay the water bill.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DINOSAURS BEHEADED AT AUSTRALIA MUSEUM _ Three dinosaur models at Australia’s national dinosaur museum have been beheaded by mystery vandals who scaled a fence and removed the parts using an angle grinder or hacksaw. Investigators are hunting for the attackers, who cut off the heads of three model velociraptor dinosaurs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOW NOT TO HIDE FROM POLICE _ A Tennessee man is in police custody after allegedly attempting to hide in a restaurant’s ceiling that could not hold his weight. The man was arrested after he allegedly hid in the ceiling, only to then come crashing through it as police searched for him. He’d fled to the restaurant after police tried to stop him for speeding.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK TELLER ASKS ABOUT MONEY BAG _ A Michigan bank teller apparently flustered a would-be bank robber by asking just one question. The suspect entered a the bank and handed the teller a small piece of cardboard that read, “Give me your money.” He told a teller to “hurry up,” but when she asked him if he had a bag to put the money into, it flustered him and he ran off without any cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NINE TO FIVE DRIVES NEIGHBORS NUTS _ A woman in England had her CD player confiscated after plaguing neighbors by singing Dolly Parton’s “Nine To Five” around the clock.



AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — This new episode is a look back at the best moments of Season 12.


MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. The cooks prepare dishes using ingredients chosen by current champion Shaun O’Neale.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

MR. MERCEDES (8p ET, Audience Network) — This new 10-episode thriller series, based on a Stephen King book of the same name, follows a demented serial killer (Harry Treadaway, Penny Dreadful) who taunts a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson, Harry Potter series) with a series of online videos, forcing the ex-cop to go on a private crusade to bring the killer to justice. Kelly Lynch, Holland Taylor, and Mary-Louise Parker also star.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE STORY OF DIANA (9p ET, ABC) — This 2-night, 4 hour documentary covers the life and tragic death of Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of the tragic accident that took her life. The special features a U.S.-exclusive interview with her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, as well as comments from others who were close to her, including Sir Richard Branson, her friends Lana Marks and Wayne Sleep, and Prince Charles’ cousin India Hicks.

SALVATION (9p ET, CBS) — New. Darius recruits Grace, Harris and Liam for a dangerous mission.



SEASON PREMIERE: WAHLBURGERS (9p ET, A&E) — Season 8 begins with Mark, Donnie and Paul in Houston for the Super Bowl.

SERIES FINALE: THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — Two new episodes wrap up this series after just three seasons.


THE LOWE FILES (10p ET, A&E) — New. Rob, Mathew and John Owen visit a geographic anomaly off the coast of Malibu believed by some to be an underwater alien base.


GLEN CAMPBELL DIES _ Recording and TV star Glen Campbell died Tuesday at age 81. He announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that it was in its early stages at that time. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.

… The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s (via CNN).

  1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

WONDER WOMAN CROSSES $400M IN NORTH AMERICA _ Wonder Woman muscled past the $400 million mark Tuesday at the domestic box office. The superhero movie has smashed a number of records since first hitting theaters in early June, including becoming the top-grossing live-action film of all time from a female director, with more than $795 million in global ticket sales. More recently, Wonder Woman became the top grossing title of summer 2017 in North America and the No. 2 film of the year (domestically) behind another female-led movie, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ($504 million).

… To date, it is the No. 5 title of the year on a global basis behind Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion), The Fate of the Furious ($1.24 billion), Despicable Me 3 ($881.5 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($861.4 million).

DAVID LETTERMAN WILL RETURN TO TV IN NEW NETFLIX SERIES _ David Letterman is coming back. The late-night legend is coming out of retirement to host a new Netflix series, and while we don’t yet know if he’ll bring along his famously funny Top 10 lists and Stupid Pet Tricks segments, we do know the series will feature Letterman doing what he does best — chatting with interesting people and getting out on the street for wacky in-the-field segments.

GAME OF THRONES HITS NEW VIEWERSHIP RECORD _ Game of Thrones newest episode, The Spoils of War, was viewed by 10.17 million people on Sunday — a new record, beating the 10.11 million-viewer season 7 premiere. And the new record was set despite the fact that the episode leaked online a few days before it aired on HBO. Get related AUDIO on the PRO AUDIO page.

DISNEY TO LEAVE NETFLIX TO START ITS OWN STREAMING SERVICE _ Disney’s movies, such as those made by Marvel Studios, will have a new streaming home come 2019. Disney announced Tuesday that it will launch its own subscription service in 2019 that will become the new home to films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and others under its umbrella. Those 2019 films will include Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen and the live-action remake of The Lion King.

… Disney said that while it has a “good relationship” with Netflix, the company is going to exercise an option in its agreement to leave the service. The films will stay on Netflix until the end of 2018, while Marvel television shows, such as Daredevil and The Defenders, will stay on Netflix.

ESPN STANDALONE STREAMING SERVICE ARRIVES IN 2018 _ The Disney company bought a majority ownership in a streaming company called BAMTech (for $1.58 billion) as part of plans to start its own video services. The first one up will be under the ESPN and will offer coverage of multiple sports and launch in early 2018. A press release from Disney said the ESPN service will feature approximately “10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year.” That includes Major League Baseball, Major League Hockey, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam Tennis and college sports. Individual sport packages like MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live will also be available, meaning you will conceivably be able to customize your streaming access and skip paying for what you won’t watch.

GOLDBERG FROM MIGHTY DUCKS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH _ Most ’90s kids will remember the Mighty Ducks movies created by Disney. Featuring a ragtag group of kids playing hockey, coached by a lawyer played by Emilio Estevez, the movie series is pretty much required material for any child taking up the sport. So it may come as a bit of a surprise when you discover the cast of then-children are now grown up and face real life adult problems like getting arrested for possession of meth.

… According to TMZ, that’s exactly what happened to Shaun Weiss, better known as Goldberg from the Mighty Ducks. The actor was spotted in a neighborhood in Burbank, not far away from the Warner Bros. studio. Police were called, as they believed the man to be intoxicated. Police found Weiss and charged him with possession.

FOX HAS A NEW REALITY SINGING SHOW _ Fox TV will launch a new music competition series called The Four next year. The show finds four finalists trying to defend their spot against audience members who think they’re better. At the end of the season, the four finalists will square off against each other. The judging panel will turn to mentors when a champion is crowned and will help launch their career.

TOM WOPAT WORKING ON SOBRIETY _ Tom Wopat has released a statement explaining that he deeply regrets the events that caused him to be arrested in Waltham, Massachusetts where he was supposed to star in a local production of 42nd Street. Wopat hinted that he has been dealing with a lot in his personal life and addressed his issues by using drugs. A written statement from Wopat’s representatives said he will be taking time off to “address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future and will take immediate steps to achieve it.”

RADIO PERSONALITY MAY HAVE TOUCHED TAYLOR SWIFT’S RIBS _ The former radio host accused of groping Taylor Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the singer’s ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not touch her backside as she claims. David Mueller told jurors at the civil trial that he and the singer-songwriter were trying to reach around one another and “our hands touched and our arms touched” during a photo opportunity. Under questioning by his attorney, Mueller said he may have touched Swift’s “rib cage, or rib, or ribs.”

… The 2013 photo of Swift, Mueller and Mueller’s girlfriend taken at the pre-concert event in Denver is a key piece of evidence in Mueller’s suit claiming he was fired after being falsely accused by Swift. He is seeking at least $3 million. The photo shows Mueller with his hand behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling. Her lawyers have called the photo proof that Mueller groped her. Mueller’s lawyer stated, “If you look at that photograph, his hand is not underneath Miss Swift’s skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion.”

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES HOUSE HITS THE MARKET AT $350 MILLION _ A California estate featured in the credits of The Beverly Hillbillies is on the market — and is the most expensive residential listing in the country. The Bel-Air estate, known as Chartwell, hit the market Monday with an asking price of $350 million. It was the home of the late Univision billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio. Perenchio purchased the estate in 1986 and died in May at 86.

… The home was originally built in 1933, and includes 25,000 square feet of living space, including a ballroom, world-class wine cellar, formal salon and “period-paneled dining room.”

… The exterior of the home was used in shots of the Clampett residence on the hit sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of July 31-August 6.

  1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 13.33 million
  2. Game of Thrones, HBO, 10.17 million
  3. NFL Pre-Season: Arizona Vs. Dallas, NBC, 8.25 million
  4. NFL Pre-Season Pre-Kick, NBC, 7.06 million
  5. World of Dance, NBC, 7.00 million
  6. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.58 million
  7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.55 million
  8. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 6.46 million
  9. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.42 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.19 million
  11. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.01 million
  12. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.88 million
  13. The Bachelorette, ABC, 5.76 million
  14. NCIS, CBS, 5.69 million
  15. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.39 million
  16. Program Break, HBO, 5.26 million
  17. Bull, CBS, 5.24 million
  18. Blue Bloods, CBS, 5.03 million
  19. America’s Got Talent (Wed), NBC, 4.80 million
  20. Kevin Can Wait (Thur), CBS, 4.59 million


Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

G.O.T. ICE ICE BABY: Someone recreated the song Ice Ice Baby with Game of Thrones clips. • VIDEO

78 RECORDS: There’s an online library of old 78 RPM records that have been digitized, like Smile And Drive Your Blues Away by Patsy Montana and her Pardners.

STATE FAIR SEX: A couple got busy in the bleachers at the Wisconsin State Fair. Local TV got reaction from bystanders who watched a video.  →  August 9 Wacky-But-True

DROPS: Back to school clips package: 2017 update


More prep in the Facebook Group.



FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What really small thing excites you?

• A really really good pen.

• Waking up thinking it’s the time to wake up, but it’s actually only 1 in the morning and you still have hours to go.

• When I let someone merge in front of me and get the wave of appreciation in return.

• Getting a package in the mail.

• Walking by the exhaust of an apartment complex while someone is doing laundry and getting a whiff of toasty, dryer-sheet scented air.

• That first day when you wake up, go outside, and feel the fall in the air.

• The first fireflies in the summer.


• What do you hate that most people like?

• What do you like that most people hate?

• What silly thing is your dog afraid of?


You may think that you and your fiancé have talked about everything…but have you discussed the issues that will make your marriage work? Author Susan Piver reveals the questions you and your partner should answer before you say “I do.”

Question 1: What percentage of our income are we prepared to spend to purchase and maintain our home on a monthly or annual basis?

Question 2: Who is responsible for keeping our house and yard cared for and organized? Are we different in our needs for cleanliness and organization?

Question 3: How much money do we earn together? Now? In one year? In five years? Ten? Who is responsible for which portion? Now? In one year? Five? Ten?

Question 4: What is our ultimate financial goal regarding annual income, and when do we anticipate achieving it? By what means and through what efforts?

Question 5: What are our categories of expense (rent, clothing, insurance, travel)? How much do we spend monthly, annually, in each category? How much do we want to be able to spend?

Question 6: How much time will each of us spend at work, and during what hours? Do we begin work early? Will we prefer to work into the evening?

Question 7: If one of us doesn’t want to work, under what circumstances, if any, would that be okay?

Question 8: How ambitious are you? Are we comfortable with the other’s level of ambition?

Question 9: Am I comfortable giving and receiving love sexually? In sex, does my partner feel my love for him or her?

Question 10: Are we satisfied with the frequency of our lovemaking? How do we cope when our desire levels are unmatched? A little? A lot? For a night? A week? A month? A year? More?

Question 11: Do we eat meals together? Which ones? Who is responsible for the food shopping? Who prepares the meals? Who cleans up afterward?

Question 12: Is each of us happy with the other’s approach to health? Does one have habits or tendencies that concern the other (e.g., smoking, excessive dieting, poor diet)?

Question 13: What place does the other’s family play in our family life? How often do we visit or socialize together? If we have out-of-town relatives, will we ask them to visit us for extended periods? How often?

Question 14: If we have children, what kind of relationship do we hope our parents will have with their grandchildren? How much time will they spend together?

Question 15: Will we have children? If so, when? How many? How important is having children to each of us?

Question 16: How will having a child change the way we live now? Will we want to take time off from work, or work a reduced schedule? For how long? Will we need to rethink who is responsible for housekeeping?

Question 17: Are we satisfied with the quality and quantity of friends we currently have? Would we like to be more involved socially? Are we overwhelmed socially and need to cut back on such commitments?

Question 18: What are my partner’s needs for cultivating or maintaining friendships outside our relationship? Is it easy for me to support those needs, or do they bother me in any way?

Question 19: Do we share a religion? Do we belong to a church, synagogue, mosque or temple? More than one? If not, would our relationship benefit from such an affiliation?

Question 20: Does one of us have an individual spiritual practice? Is the practice and the time devoted to it acceptable to the other? Does each partner understand and respect the others’ choices?


TRIVIA: Around the world this happens 21,000 times every second. (A photo is shared online)

TRIVIA: Over half of all of these occur between the hours of 2:08 AM and 5:47 AM. (Earthquakes)


• A brown bear can fun faster than a horse at full gallop.

• The first movie star to appear on a postage stamp was Marilyn Monroe. (LIE. It was Grace Kelly.)

• Each day, the average person expels between 1 and 3 pints of gas, a.k.a. farts.


Paver laying machine.


What do you mean you lost it in the ocean?

source: unknown


• 1952: KITTY WELLS became the first female country artist to score a number one hit with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.

• 1975: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL scored its first and only Top Ten with The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.

• 1988: RESTLESS HEART scored a Top Five with The Bluest Eyes In Texas.

• 1991: TANYA TUCKER was shaken up but not injured when her tour bus ended up in a police chase in the middle of Dallas.

• 2007: LORRIE MORGAN and SAMMY KERSHAW were legally separated.

• 2010: Employees at Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Lexington, Kentucky, discovered a motorcycle signed for charity by TAYLOR SWIFT, TIM McGRAW and DOLLY PARTON had been stolen.

• 2014: JASON ALDEAN began a 14-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart with Burnin’ It Down.


Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• LUKE COMBS on what he was driving before he made it in Nashville.

• KENNY CHESNEY talks about All the Pretty Girls.

• BRETT YOUNG is not an actor so doing videos ain’t easy.


GLEN CAMPBELL passed away yesterday morning (Tuesday). He was 81. Glen’s career spanned more than five decades, consisting of more than 60 albums, countless hits, two television shows, multiple Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and Grammy Awards, and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2005). He played his last concert in 2012, a little over a year after revealing he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife, Kim of more than 30 years, five sons and three daughters.

… Glen’s last record was Adios, which came out in June and features songs that he loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by JOHNNY CASH and LINDA RONSTADT.

… Artists shared their thoughts on social media:

• Brad Paisley: Thank you @GlenCampbell for the artistry, grace & class you brought to country music. You were a shining light in so many ways.

• Darius Rucker: Glen Campbell… The artist. The songwriter. The musician. The man. Music will never be the same. Missing the Rhinestone Cowboy already!

• Dolly Parton: Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen!

• Blake Shelton: Extremely sad to hear that Glen Campbell has passed away. My prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.

… His daughter, Ashley Campbell, shared on Instagram: “Heartbroken. I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love.”

JOHN ANDERSON is said to be making a full recovery from the unexpected but serious medical issue that forced him to cancel a show in Alabama earlier this month. He is expected to remain off the road until August 12 and remains under the direct care of a Nashville area doctor.

KELSEA BALLERINI’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is divided into three parts: loss, life and love. In fact, when Kelsea got ready to shoot the cover, she and her team did three different scenarios to signify those three parts of the album. She wound up in a gold gown sitting in a chair in the middle of a garden for the final result. The album comes out November 3.

GEORGE STRAIT doesn’t want you to talk or text. He’s recorded a turn-off-your-phone video to air before movies playing at Alamo Drafthouse theaters. • VIDEO

On August 18, BRANDY CLARK will release Live From Los Angeles, an album from the concert she played at Hotel Café. The album was issued in April on vinyl as part of a Record Store Day exclusive, but she’s now decided to share it more widely.

JASON MICHAEL CARROLL (Alyssa Lies) is speaking out about issues with his ex-wife, Candace, that pertain to time with his three children. Jason, who also has a son with his wife Wendy, says he’s speaking out to explain how rough things are to help other men in his position.

Fox TV will launch a new music competition series called The Four next year. The show finds four finalists trying to defend their spot against audience members who think they’re better. At the end of the season, the four finalists will square off against each other. The judging panel will turn to mentors when a champion is crowned and will help launch their career.


This is day 143 of 2017. There are 222 days remaining.


• Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan, New York Stories) is 58

• Antonio Banderas is 57

• Actor-director Justin Theroux is 46. Married to Jennifer Aniston.

• Angie Harmon (Rizzoi & Isles, Law & Order) is 45

• Aaron Staton (Mad Men) is 37

• Ryan Eggold (90210) is 33

• Lucas Till (Hannah Montana) is 27

• Kylie Jenner is 20


• 1821: Missouri was admitted as the 24th U.S. state.

• 1846: The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress after $500,000 was given for such a purpose by scientist James Smithson.

• 1981: The head of John Walsh’s son Adam was found in Hollywood, Florida. This event would later prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Missing Children’s Act, giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation greater authority to track the disappearance of children. It also made Walsh a national spokesman against crime and eventually led to the establishment of America’s Most Wanted.

• 1995: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for the bombing in Oklahoma City. Michael Fortier pleaded guilty in a plea-bargain agreement for his testimony.

• 1999: A 32-year-old Egyptian man, pronounced dead after drowning, regained consciousness after spending three hours in a morgue refrigerator. Ali Mohammed said an attendant ran out of the morgue when he grabbed his hand.

• 2003: Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space. His bride was on Earth.

• 2005: Lee Seung Seop died from exhaustion in South Korea after playing the computer game StarCraft continuously for 49 hours.

• 2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

• 2014: Fossils of a new species of giant penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) were found on Seymour Island in Antarctica. The penguins lived about 40 million years ago and likely weighed about 250 pounds.


• The 59-Minute, 37-Second Anvil Mountain Challenge. In Nome, Alaska, the 22nd annual running event that starts at the base of Anvil Mountain, where runners must run 834 feet up the face of the mountain and return in less than 59 minutes, 37 seconds or be disqualified from the competition.

• Duran Duran Appreciation Day

• Paul Bunyan Day

• Skyscraper Appreciation Day

• S’mores Day

• Lazy Day

• Banana Split Day


• August 17: Little League World Series (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)

• August 26: College football begins

• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards

• September 4: Labor Day

• September 7: NFL season begins