INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

This is day 257 of 2017. There are 108 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Walter Koenig (Star Trek) is 81

• Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) is 70

• Melissa Leo is 57

Wendy Thomas (namesake of the fast food restaurant) is 56 – Her name is not Wendy or Thomas.

• Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank) is 55

• Tyler Perry is 48

• Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) is 46

• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1886: Typewriter ribbon was patented.

• 1901: President of the United States William McKinley died after an assassination attempt on September 6. He was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

• 1984: Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

• 1990: Ken Griffey Jr. and his father Ken Griffey Sr. became the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs.

• 1991: San Antonio police arrested a 76-year-old man in an anti-prostitution sweep. From jail he called his 102-year-old mother for help. He said he couldn’t call his wife — she’d kill him.

• 1994: The Major League Baseball season was canceled due to strike.

• 1999: A 21-year-old Welsh tourist fell out of the back of a bus on a busy highway while mooning passing motorists. The engineering student was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

• 2001: President George W. Bush visited the site of the World Trade Center in New York three days after the terrorist attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers. Standing on top of the rubble, Bush responded to a fireman’s shouts by saying, “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people … and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

• 2001: The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2005: A federal judge in San Francisco declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional.

• 2011: NASA revealed its Space Launch System plan, intended to replace the Space Shuttle program with its first flight scheduled for 2017.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Live Creative Day

• Cream-Filled Donut Day

UPCOMING

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

9: Times per minute a blue whale’s hear beats.


NEWS ATTACK!

For two consecutive nights in a New Jersey Burger King parking lot women gave birth. [“For heaven’s sake, please, more napkins!”]

A woman on her way to work in Calgary didn’t realize that a coyote had gotten stuck in her car’s front grill. Fortunately, the coyote suffered only minor injuries and was released back into the wild. [But what a way for that lady to start her first day at PETA.]

Target announced that it will hire 100,000 people this holiday season. [I knew that Sean Spicer would land on his feet.]

British authorities officially approved plans for a controversial traffic tunnel to be built beneath Stonehenge. [They also gave the okay for the overhead zip line.]

Did you hear about the Kansas City man who proposed on a footbridge and accidentally dropped the ring into the pond? They never did find it. [It’s similar to what happened when I proposed to my wife, but fortunately, the kiddie pool wasn’t that deep.]

Larry King revealed that he recently had a growth removed from his lung. He said that he’s telling the story to get smokers to quit so that they can avoid his situation. [I’m not sure whether he’s referring to surgery or wearing suspenders.]

Are you planning to buy the new iPhone X? [Or do you need to eat?]

Several Russian office buildings had to be evacuated after being hit by a rash of phony bomb threats. [Is this the CIA’s idea of getting revenge for the election hacking? What’s next, will SEAL Team 6 be assigned to ring Russian doorbells and run?]

Congressman Tim Murphy has been forced to admit that he’s been involved in a hot extra-marital affair with a woman half his age. [Ted Cruz ‘Liked’ the affair on Twitter.]

The Professional Football Hall of Fame made an embarrassing error. It nominated the wrong player for admission into the Hall. [It was all a misunderstanding. Sorry, Tim Tebow.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

RESTAURANT MANAGER’S ACT OF KINDNESS HELPS IRMA EVACUEES _ A Tennessee restaurant manager’s generosity helped ease the anxieties of Florida newlyweds evacuating during Hurricane Irma. Deanna and Benjamin Feist of Brandon, Florida, were married just before Irma hit Florida on Monday. They were happy to evacuate to the Great Smoky Mountains to make the most of their honeymoon. But as they arrived at the parking lot of the a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the couple began experiencing car problems.

… They got a battery jump from a man parked next to him, who was a manager at the restaurant. He fixed the couple’s car, got them seated in the restaurant and made sure they were served quickly. He also put $200 into an envelope and instructed the couple’s waitress to give it to them.

IRMA LOOTERS BUSTED STEALING UTILITY POLE IN JACKSONVILLE _ Jacksonville, Florida, authorities says they caught a pair of men trying to make off with a metal utility pole Wednesday morning. The man tried to carry the long pole on top of an SUV. • IMAGE

13-YEAR-OLD RESCUES NEIGHBORS ON AIR MATTRESS DURING HARVEY _ Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, flood water is up to your eyes and you’re pushing an air mattress behind an apartment building. You’re pushing through water and debris, staying calm, trying to rescue families screaming for help — and also you’re 13 years old. 13-year-old Virgil Smith rescued neighbors during Hurricane Harvey. When flood waters poured into his apartment complex, he and his mom took shelter at a stranger’s second floor apartment. Virgil says he got a call from his friend in another building. Virgil says he swam back to his apartment, pulled out the air mattress his family uses for guests, and went to work, rescuing his friends. Altogether Virgil rescued 17 people.

FORMER ADULT MAG EXEC OPENS MANSION TO KIDS DISPLACED BY IRMA _ 70 foster kids spent five days bracing the impact of Hurricane Irma in emergency shelters. But after the storm was over, their foster care community had lost power and they had nowhere to go. Millionaire Marc Bell says that’s when he got a phone call from the SOS Children’s Village Florida saying “we need help. We’ve been evicted from our shelters and we don’t know where to bring the kids, and we’re not getting any help from the county, what do I do?”. Bell says he told them, “Bring them here.” Bell, a former executive of adult magazine Penthouse, is on the board of the children’s shelter. He and his wife Jennifer said the decision was a no-brainer. The Bells have plenty of space in their $30-million, 27,000-square foot Boca Raton home.

… The Bells have also provided entertainment, like a balloon guy and a singer-guitarist. And the the girls are getting manicures.

MYSTERIOUS SEA CREATURE WASHES ASHORE IN AFTER HURRICANE _ A mysterious sea creature washed ashore on a Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey. The eyeless sea monster was discovered on a beach in Texas City after being being displaced by the violent hurricane. The National Audubon Society posted an image of the mysterious sea creature on Twitter asking for help from biologists in identifying it. The dead animal also had razor-sharp teeth and a lengthy body in the shape of a cylinder.

OLIVE GARDEN PASTA PASS ON SALE TODAY _ Once again, Olive Garden is selling pasta passes, which will allow cardholders to eat unlimited pasta, soup, salad and breadsticks at locations from September 25 through November 19 at no additional charge. The passes cost $100 this year on a first come, first served sale today at 2PM ET. Last year, Olive Garden sold 21,000 passes in one second. • LINK

TREASURY SECRETARY ASKED FOR AIR FORCE JET FOR HONEYMOON _ Work perks are nice. Like when you have to move a couch from your house to your college kid’s dorm room and you borrow a company van. No harm, no foul. Or like when you’re the US Treasury Secretary and you want to take your wife to Europe on your honeymoon at a flight cost of $25,000 per hour. That really happened. Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton requested an Air Force jet to take them on their honeymoon in Scotland, France and Italy earlier this summer. The Treasury Department turned down their request.

McDONALD’S DRIVE-THRU WORKER FIRED OVER ‘SPELL DEPORTATION’ _ A McDonald’s customer in Charlotte, North Carolina, filmed an argument with a drive-thru worker, and the phone footage has gone viral. During the disagreement, the McDonald’s employee repeatedly said the name “Donald Trump” and asked the customer if she could spell the word “deportation” when the customer didn’t immediately exit the drive-thru lane. The worker is now an ex-employee of McDonald’s.

… Apparently, the dispute may have involved a request for some extra ketchup with the fast-food order.

SCRATCHING WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED IS GOOD FOR YOU _ Does stress make you itchy? You’re not alone, and you may be engaging in an elaborate conflict-prevention strategy that evolved millions of years ago. Researchers (University of Plymouth) spent eight months Puerto Rico observing a group of wild rhesus macaques, watching for patterns — specifically in their scratching habits. The scientists found that the macaques were scratching the most at times of heightened social stress, such as when they had to deal with a higher-ranking or unknown monkey. This echoes research conducted on human stress: We often have the same response when forced to confront our bosses or approach strangers.

… It turns out there’s a good reason for this — to avoid squabbles. In the study, higher-ranking monkeys were 25 percent less likely to get aggressive towards scratching monkeys compared with non-scratching ones. The lead author of the study says this could mean that monkeys see scratching as a signal of stress — and attacking a stressed-out monkey may not be a very good idea because they could behave unpredictably.

REPAIRMAN CLIMBS DOWN BUILDING TO RESCUE BOY _ A repairman is being called a hero after he climbed out of an apartment window to rescue a 5-year-old boy. The man climbed from a sixth-story window to reach the boy, who was standing on the window ledge of a fifth-story window and crying out for his mother after being left home alone. The man was installing cabinets on the floor above when he heard the boy’s cries. Video shows him free-climb down a water drain to the window below, where he grabbed the boy’s waist.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS HIRE TEEN TO CONNECT WITH GEN Z _ The Minnesota Vikings announced the hiring of an 18-year-old consultant who calls himself a “Gen Z guru,” to find new ways to connect with the new generation. Jonah Stillman co-wrote, “Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation Is Transforming the Workplace.” He graduated high school this year and is expected to consult with the Vikings on marketing, digital media content and strategy.

POCKET POINTS APP REWARDS TURNED OFF PHONES _ Students at over 200 college campuses throughout the United States are finding motivation to turn off their phones. Pocket Points is a smartphone app that rewards students with discounts and free food at local restaurants. The catch: to earn points, the students must let the app lock down their phone while on campus so they’ll pay better attention in class.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN NABBED TRYING TO ROB JUST-BURGLARIZED RESTAURANT _ A man with a knife tried to rob a Southern California pizza restaurant just a few hours after burglars had already stolen from it. As the owner was cleaning up after the burglary less than three hours later, the knife-wielding man walked in and demanded money. The owner flagged down an officer providing extra patrol help and suspect was captured.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S GPS LED HIM TO DRIVE INTO PENNSYLVANIA RIVER _ A driver’s global positioning system device caused him to drive into a Pennsylvania river. The GPS led him to drive along a bicycle path in a park. The man was unable to stay on the bike path because it narrowed, and his car rolled off the path sideways into the river.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ADMITS USING COUNTY CASH TO BUY DOG TUXEDO _ A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Kristi Goss was set for trial this week but pleaded guilty Monday. Authorities accused Goss of fraudulently charging $200,000 to a credit card on purchases including the dog tuxedo, a diamond bracelet, tickets to Arkansas Razorbacks sporting events, sequined throw pillows and pet insurance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 83-YEAR-OLD PUSHES SUSPECT OFF ROOF _ An 83-year-old man ended a police standoff that lasted for hours. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say a male suspect was jumping from rooftop to rooftop, prompting crisis negotiators to respond. The suspect refused to come down after negotiators and deputies issued commands. An elderly resident became tired of the situation that lasted about five hours. The elderly man climbed onto the roof and pushed the suspect off.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT BUSTED FOR POT PHOTO ON PHONE _ An Italian student’s phone got him busted on marijuana charges. The student allegedly took a picture of himself standing among a patch of marijuana plants and used it as his phone’s wallpaper photo. As luck would have it he dropped the waist pouch he used to carry the phone and it was picked up by someone who turned it over to police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE MAN WALKING DOGS _ Las Vegas police are on the lookout for a nude man who was spotted taking a stroll with two dogs. The suspect is a tall white man believed to be in his 50s. And he’s probably nude.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DRIVES STOLEN VEHICLE TO PAY TRAFFIC TICKET _ In South Carolina, a woman was trying to avoid legal problems by paying a traffic ticket in person. But when she arrived at the courthouse officers arrested her — for driving a stolen vehicle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GOES SHOPPING, COMES OUT TO FIND HIS TRUCK IN FLAMES _ Imagine going shopping, only to walk out and find your car on fire. That’s exactly what happened in a Florida parking lot. All that was left of the pick-up truck was a charred frame and some ashes. Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused the fire.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FISH CPR _ An officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported spotting Fernando Pantoja fishing a river in Sebastian, Florida — after the end of the fishing season. The officer told Pantoja to stop fishing and return to shore to have his cooler and net inspected. According to the report, Pantoja instead started throwing fish back into the water. The officer got closer to Pantoja’s location and spotted a large fish floating on the surface. Pantoja — apparently aware of the consequences of being caught with a dead fish — started “bumping” the fish in an attempt to revive it. It worked — the fish swam away, but Pantoja was still arrested and charged.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LET’S TEST THIS GUN I FOUND _ A shopper at a mall in Atlanta was waiting for her 8-year-old son to try on some clothes in a dressing room. The boy found a gun there, under a bench, and told his mother. Mom wasn’t sure what to do, so she pulled the trigger to “determine if the gun was real.” It was. She managed to not shoot her child, but the bullet caused damage inside the store. Police didn’t charge the mom with a crime.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY WHO GOT STUCK IN CHIMNEY GOES TO JAIL _ A man who got stuck in a chimney while trying to burglarize a London home is going to prison. He was arrested after the homeowners found him stuck in their chimney. He allegedly told police he was doing construction on the house and claimed other people were with him. No one else was found and firefighters worked nearly four hours and dismantled the chimney to extract him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GROCERY STORE WORKERS ARGUE OVER PRODUCE _ Two grocery store workers in California were stacking produce when they began arguing about the right way to do their job. Words escalated into threats and the men took their argument to the store’s parking lot, where punches were thrown and one guy was stabbed in the arm. No word on what vegetable the men were arguing over.


ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: BEAT SHAZAM (8p ET, FOX) — New

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — New

PROJECT RUNWAY (8p ET, Lifetime) — New. Getting inspiration from Disney’s Descendants 2, the designers visit Lyndhurst Castle and create a look that represents good or evil.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, NFL Network) — The Houston Texans are in Cincinnati to play the Bengals.

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

TRUTH AND LIES: THE MURDER OF LACI PETERSON (9p ET, ABC) — This new special uses archival footage and new interviews to provide a look at the arrest and conviction of Scott Peterson in the murders of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

SEASON FINALE: LOVE CONNECTION (9p ET, FOX) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Danielle Panabaker (The Flash) is the guest in this new episode.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

ZOO (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team’s plane suffers a catastrophic accident in the hybrid zone.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat


ENTERTAINMENT

ADAM LEVINE AND BEHATI PRINSLOO EXPECTING SECOND CHILD _ Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo are expecting their second child. The 28-year-old mom announced the happy news with an Instagram shot revealing her bare bump, writing, “ROUND 2…” The pair welcomed daughter Dusty in September 2016.

HEIDI KLUM LABELED ‘CREEPY’ AFTER CALLING HER SONS ‘SEXY’ _ Model Heidi Klum has been labelled “creepy”, “inappropriate” and “weird” after describing her tween boys as “sexy” with “rocking bodies”. The 44-year-old model made the comments about her sons, 12-year-old Henry and 10-year-old Johan, during an interview with People this week. The proud mum noted they would be “fending off the ladies” in years to come.

… Klum told People: “My boys are very sexy. They’re very young and I probably shouldn’t say that, that they’re sexy.”

JULIANNE HOUGH NOT RETURNING TO DANCING WITH THE STARS _ The news is out that Julianne Hough is not returning to Dancing With the Stars this season. It has been confirmed that Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli will all be back. A rep for Dancing With the Stars shared that they are happy to have all three judges back and that they will be welcoming guest judges when they can. But Hough hasn’t shared why she won’t be back. She just got married recently (to Brooks Laich). A source shared that they want to have babies soon, so this could be part of the reason she isn’t returning.

TRADING SPACES REBOOT _TLC announced earlier this year that it’s bringing back Trading Spaces. The interior design reality show ran from 2000 to 2008 and was incredibly popular. It turns out that many fan favorites will be returning when the show comes back after a decade off-air. It was already known that Paige Davis would be back to host the Trading Spaces reboot. And TLC is bringing back many of the best designers on the show, including Doug Wilson and Genevieve Gorder. Doug and Genevieve will reportedly be joined by fan favorites Vern Yip, Hildi Santo-Tomas, and Frank Bielec. However, it’s unclear if all of them will fill designer roles for the series or if they will be doing something else.

… A premiere date hasn’t been announced yet for the Trading Spaces reboot on TLC — all we know is spring of 2018.

THREE SHOWS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF RENEWED BY TBS _ Turner’s TBS has renewed three of the network’s most recent hit original series: The Guest Book, People of Earth and Wrecked.

SYFY TURNING GEORGE R.R. MARTIN NOVELLA INTO SERIES _ Syfy has picked up the series Nightflyers, a sci-fi drama based on a novella by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Set in a future where Earth faces imminent destruction, Nightflyers centers on a group of explorers who head into outer space to find an alien ship that may hold the key to their survival. Their spaceship’s artificial intelligence might have other ideas, though.

ATYPICAL SEASON 2 GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT BY NETFLIX _ Atypical Season 2 has been given the green light by Netflix. The second season will be increased to 10 episodes.

JESSICA BIEL AND RESTAURANT PARTNERS ACCUSED OF STEALING TIPS _ Jessica Biel and her business partners at Los Angeles’ Au Fudge restaurant have been served with a lawsuit by the restaurant’s wait staff, which accused the actress and other owners of stealing their tips. In a suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, nine current and former staffers at the kid-focused restaurant are seeking $430,000 in tips from various events.

FRANK VINCENT DEAD AT 80 _ Frank Vincent — veteran actor known for his roles on “The Sopranos” and several Martin Scorsese films — died in a New Jersey hospital Wednesday. Vincent suffered a heart attack last week and underwent open-heart surgery some point after that. He died from surgical complications.

REBEL WILSON SUED THE GUYS THAT LIED ABOUT HER AND WON _ Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded $3.6 million by an Australian court after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation. The amount is the largest defamation damages award in Australian legal history. The judgment follows a unanimous jury verdict in June that Bauer Media, publisher of Woman’s Day magazine, had defamed Wilson by branding her a “serial liar” who “fabricated almost every aspect of her life.” The magazine published articles claiming Wilson lied about her name, age and childhood so she could make it in Hollywood. As a result, the actress said, she missed out on several prominent film roles and other opportunities.


AUDIO

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PHONER: Let’s talk about littering!  →  2 real calls

HURRICANE RELIEF: Blake Shelton and Usher sing during hurricane relief event.

DROP: I hold these people in contempt.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

BEST WATER AND THEME PARKS

Awards have been handed out to winners of Amusement Today’s 2017 Golden Ticket Awards, honoring the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry.

The list of 2017 winners are:

  • Best Amusement Park – Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
  • Best Water Park – Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Best Marine Life Park – SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Wooden Coaster – El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J.
  • Best Steel Coaster – Fury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Friendliest Park – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Cleanest Park – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Best Halloween Event – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Food – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Best Shows – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Best Water Park Ride – Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Best New Ride of 2017 – Amusement Park – Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
  • Best New Ride of 2017 – Water Park – Thunder Rapids at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
  • Best Carousel – Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
  • Best Indoor Roller Coaster – Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

SHOWER THOUGHTS

In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower.

• As a kid I couldn’t wait to be an adult so that I could whatever the heck I want. As an adult I wish to be a kid again so that I could do whatever the heck I want.

• If your hands are cold and you touch someone warm, you are literally draining their thermal energy from their skin to yours.

• My wife has owned a self driving car for the last 30 while sitting in the passenger seat. She dictates where she wants to go, goes to sleep and arrives at her destination safely.

• Why is it lazy to sleep in but healthy to go to bed early?

• When I’m driving I’m basically sitting still, hardly moving a muscle, but still traveling way faster than nature intended me to.

• Wouldn’t it be nice if we could record silence and play it in full volume to make the room silent?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 4 in 10 men an 1 in 4 women don’t do this. (Wash their hands after using the toilet)

WHICH CAME FIRST?

• Band-aids (1920) or the disposable razor (1901)

• The can opener (1858) or Tupperware (1938)

• Disposable diapers (1951) or the teddy bear (1902)

• Mini-skirt (1965) or blue jeans (1850)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Kevin Parry’s optical illusions.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

PSL for the puppy.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

• 1946: HANK WILLIAMS and his wife, Audrey, traveled to Nashville to audition for music publisher Fred Rose.

• 1968: MERLE HAGGARD performed Mama Tried on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

• 1979: KENNY ROGERS earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 1992: GARTH BROOKS’ album The Chase was released. Hits included We Shall Be Free, That Summer and Somewhere Other Than The Night.

• 1996: MINDY MCCREADY scored her first number one hit with Guys Do It All The Time.

• 2006: RODNEY ATKINS made his national television debut performing If You’re Going Through Hell on CBS’ Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

• 2010: LADY ANTEBELLUM topped the country charts with Our Kind Of Love.

• 2010: ALAN JACKSON received the Founders Award from songwriting organization ASCAP for his contributions toward inspiring other artists to follow in his footsteps. Previous recipients had included EMMYLOU HARRIS and Billy Joel.

• 2016: DIERKS BENTLEY posted a video showing the family’s adoption of a new dog.

JOHN BERRY is 58. He’s known for the songs Change My Mind, She’s Taken A Shine and Your Love Amazes Me.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• MAREN MORRIS loves songwriting.

• BLAKE SHELTON and Usher sing during hurricane relief event.

• LUKE COMBS on his fan base.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s TROY GENTRY will be honored with a Celebration of Life event this morning (Thursday) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. It will stream live on the Opry website, Opry.com. The event will be followed by a private burial.

The official preliminary report about the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry says the pilot reported trouble with the throttle prior to the fatal accident. According to a preliminary report the National Transportation Safety Board released Wednesday, pilot James Evan Robinson said that “he was unable to control engine RPM with throttle inputs” when he radioed for help, adding, “He reported he could ‘roll’ the twist-grip, but that there was no corresponding change in engine rpm when he did so.” The pilot reportedly hovered while waiting for emergency crews to arrive before attempting to make a forced landing using “a power-off, auto-rotational descent” from an altitude of 950 feet.

LITTLE BIG TOWN will be added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville today (Thursday).

LUKE BRYAN will play a September 22 concert in Houston with all proceeds benefiting victims of Hurricane Harvey. Luke is also working with local authorities to make tickets available to first responders.

Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of DOLLY PARTON’s Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year. Dolly established the fund soon after the wildfires, which claimed 14 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. Dollywood Foundation’s  president said the fund helped 900 families with about $9 million in the first six months after the fires. Records allege the accused were able to take about $12,000 before being discovered.

The Hand In Hand telethon with performances by GEORGE STRAIT, BLAKE SHELTON, TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL, MIRANDA LAMBERT, BRAD PAISLEY, DARIUS RUCKER and others has raised $44 million for Hurricane relief in Texas and Florida.

HUNTER HAYES, FRANKIE BALLARD and RYAN KINDER will take part in Picket For A Purpose, an event in downtown Nashville on September 19 to bring in funds and school supplies for those in Florida and Texas impacted by the recent hurricanes.

Several country artists, including DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, JOHN ANDERSON, TRACY BYRD, CRAIG MORGAN and EASTON CORBIN, will perform as part of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum opening on September 20 in Springfield, Missouri. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are also rumored to be attending the gala.

GARTH BROOKS, KEITH URBAN and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will headline the 2018 Stagecoach Music Festival, April 27-29 in Indio, California. LEE BRICE, JAKE OWEN, KACEY MUSGRAVES, KELSEA BALLERINI and others will also perform during the three day event.

BRANTLEY GILBERT and BRETT ELDREDGE have joined FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE as headliners for Country Jam 2018 near Grand Junction, Colorado. The event, which will run June 14-17, will reveal its fourth headliner and other acts in the coming months.

LUKE COMBS’ Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time headlining tour has sold out most of its 25 dates. The tour begins in October.

While the release date isn’t known, GRANGER SMITH (Backroad Song) is gearing up to release a new album called When The Good Guys Win, which will contain 14 tracks.

On September 22 the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open the exhibition RAY STEVENS: Everything Is Beautiful, showcasing items from Ray’s 60-year career.


DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

This is day 258 of 2017. There are 107 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Tommy Lee Jones is 71

• Oliver Stone is 71

• Josh Charles (The Good Wife) is 46

• Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road) is 40

• Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation) is 36

• Heidi Montag (The Hills) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1916: During the Battle of the Somme in France, tanks were first used in warfare when the British rolled them onto the battlefields.

• 1965: Green Acres made its television debut on CBS, with Eddie Albert as Oliver Wendell Douglas and Eva Gabor as his wife Lisa.

• 1971: Twelve members of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee founded Greenpeace, the environmental organization committed to a green and peaceful world.

• 1978: Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his third World Heavyweight Boxing title.

• 1982: Gannett published the first issue of USA Today. The lead story was the auto accident death of Princess Grace of Monaco.

• 1994: EMI Records, the Beatles’ record company, paid $122,900 for a noisy five-minute tape made July 6, 1957 at a Liverpool church by 16-year-old John Lennon and the Quarrymen. It was Lennon’s first recording.

• 1999: A man who tried to rob a bank in Dresden, Germany, got quite a surprise. Wearing a mask and carrying a gun, the would-be bandit cursed and fled when remodelers told him the bank had moved out several days earlier.

• 2001: President George W. Bush identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the September 11 terrorist attacks and told Americans to prepare for a long, difficult war against terrorism.

• 2008: Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

• 2013: Japan switched off its last working nuclear reactor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Clean Up The World Weekend

• Constitution Day/Pledge Across America

• Greenpeace Day

• Hug Your Boss Day

• International Day of Democracy

• LGBT Center Awareness Day

• 8-Track Tape Day

• POW/MIA Recognition Day

• Double Cheeseburger Day

• Linguini Day

UPCOMING

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

• Ed Begley Jr. is 68. David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers is 67. David Copperfield is 61. Mickey Rourke is 61. Jennifer Tilly is 59. Marc Anthony is 49. Amy Poehler is 46. Alexis Bledel is 36. Nick Jonas is 25.

• Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Big Whopper Liar Day. International Coastal Cleanup Day. Eat An Apple Day. Mayflower Day. Gymnastics Day. Guacamole Day. Play-doh Day. Stay Away From Seattle Day. Stepfamily Day. Trail of Tears Commemoration Day. American Legion Day. Collect Rocks Day. Mexican Independence Day. Working Parents Day.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

• Elvira is 66. Rita Rudner is 64. Paul Feig is 55. Baz Luhrmann is 55. Kyle Chandler is 52. Danielle Brooks is 28.

• Batman Day. Citizenship Day. Constitution Day. International Country Music Day. Wife Appreciation Day. Apple Dumpling Day. Women’s Friendship Day.