INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

This is day 269 of 2017. There are 96 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Olivia Newton-John is 69

• Linda Hamilton is 61

• Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie) is 55

• Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) is 49

• Music producer Dr. Luke is 44

• Christina Milian is 36

• Serena Williams is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1914: The Federal Trade Commission was established.

• 1962: The Beverly Hillbillies premiered.

• 1969: The album Abbey Road by the Beatles was released.

• 1990: The Motion Picture Association of America announced it had created a new rating, NC-17, designed to bar moviegoers under age 17 from certain films without the commercial stigma of the old X rating.

• 1991: Four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure known as Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona.

• 2005: Army Pfc. Lynndie England was convicted by a military jury on six counts stemming from the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. She was later sentenced to three years in prison.

• 2006: Former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to six years in prison for his role in the fallen energy company’s bankruptcy.

• 2006: In Tyler, Texas, a 73-year-old used car salesman allegedly ended an argument with a customer by pulling out a machete and whacking the man’s arm. Robert Parker was arrested on charges of aggravated assault after the incident. According to police, Gerald Davis had purchased a car from Time Auto Sales and went back to the dealership to pick up his license plates. Police said Davis and Parker began arguing and eventually Parker produced the machete. Police said they don’t know what the argument was about.

• 2012: An NFL referee lockout ended.

• 2016: In the first presidential debate Hillary Clinton faced Donald Trump at Hofstra University. It set the record as the most-watched debate in American history, with 84 million viewers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Dumpling Day

• Voter Registration Day

• World Contraception Day

• Key Lime Pie Day

UPCOMING

• 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

39: Ingredients in a Twinkie.


NEWS ATTACK!

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison. [And just gave us this Halloween’s creepiest costume idea.]

A tour bus driver collapsed while navigating a treacherous mountain pass in the Austrian Apps. As the bus crashed through a guardrail and threatened to plummet 300 feet a 65-year-old tourist on the bus jumped behind the wheel and saved the day. [Because no one cheats a retired man out of something he’s paid for.]

The world’s most valuable brands have been ranked. Apple finished first. [Lemme guess — Kmart finished second?]

The new anonymous communication app tbh (To Be Honest) only allows positive messages. [It’ll never catch on in D.C.]

24/7 Wall St. has listed the jobs that are the worst on marriages. Number one is casino gaming manager. [My guess would have been mind reader.]

What did you think of the new TV show Young Sheldon? [Boy, was Sheldon irritating as a child. He was the only kid Mr. Rogers tried to smother with his sweater.]

Did you catch Star Trek: Discovery? It’s only the second Star Trek series with a female lead character. [The original name for the show was Star Trek: The Bachelorette.]

Kylie Jenner’s family is excited about her pregnancy. [They can’t wait until the first ultrasound or, as they call it, the baby’s first modeling gig.]

In baseball Aaron Judge hit his 50th home run, breaking a long-standing rookie record. [Wow. And just wait until he discovers steroids.]

Experts are warning that meth has been found in Mexico’s 7-Up. [They are also warning that it’s selling like crazy.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK _ According to a new survey (Careerbuilder) the majority of Americans are caught in a desperate cycle of working just to make ends meet. Researchers at Careerbuilder.com say nearly four in five — 78% — U.S. workers are living paycheck to paycheck, with many racking up more and more debt. That number was up three percent from 2016 and continues to be felt more by Americans earning less than $100,000 a year. Only nine percent of full-time workers making over that mark said they struggled to make ends meet.

FLORIDA KEYS WILL OFFICIALLY REOPEN TO TOURISTS OCT. 1 _ If you had to delay a vacation to the Florida Keys because of Hurricane Irma, you’ll soon be able to follow through on your plan to visit: The Keys will officially reopen to tourists this weekend. Although officials originally targeted October 20 as the date the Keys would welcome visitor back, that date has been moved up by a few weeks to October 1 because the Keys have completed most of the infrastructure repairs that needed to be done. Almost all power and water have been restored in the area, officials say. Cellular service is working well, although restoration of Comcast cable television and internet is lagging behind other utilities.

CHICKEN WITH AN ADDICTION TO TIM HORTON’S KEEPS CROSSING THE ROAD _ For several weeks now, a chicken in Canada (Shediac, New Brunswick) has been crossing the road, clearing a parking lot of delicious crumbs and then crossing again and returning home. The chicken lives as a pet with a local family, whose home is across the street from a Tim Horton’s coffee shop. Sometimes the chicken needs help crossing the road, other times cars stop for it and it walks itself.

CANADA GROOM SAVES CHILD FROM DROWNING IN RIVER _ In Canada (Cambridge, Ontario) Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for wedding photos on a park bridge in when the groom noticed a boy in distress in the river. With no thought for his suit,Cook jumped into the water and pulled the young boy on to the shore. Their wedding photographer captured the whole rescue. After being rescued, the boy appeared fine, if a little shaken, and went off with an older sibling.

FAMILY CARES FOR NANNY 27 YEARS _ For three years, a woman in China worked as a nanny for a wealthy family. When the nanny became paralyzed due to illness in 1990, the family decided to care for the nanny. 27 years later she’s still being taken care of.

WORLD’S HEAVIEST WOMAN DIES _ The world’s heaviest woman had died at age 37. The Egyptian woman was in United Arab Emirates undergoing treatment. She’d already lost 88 pounds in seven days as she waited for a life saving operation. Before traveling to begin her weight loss procedures she weighed just over 1,100 pounds.

According to Wikipedia the heaviest person to ever live was Jon Brower Minnoch of the U.S. At his peak he weighed 1,400 pounds. He died in 1983.

… The heaviest woman ever recorded was Carol Yager of the United States. She topped out at 1,200 pounds. She died in 1994.

BLAZE AT MAINE FIRE STATION AS FIREFIGHTERS ANSWER CALL _ The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that caused damage… at a Portland, Maine, fire station. The blaze broke out around 6 PM Sunday and was centered around the kitchen area.

WOMAN ARMED WITH FRYING PAN HELPED STOP FOREST FIRE _ Forest rangers in Maine say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire. Rangers say Nancy Weeks used the frying pan to carry water back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond in a wooded area. Weeks kept the fire under control until crews arrived. The fire was sparked by an unattended camp fire.

WE ARE STILL HUNTER-GATHERERS _ A study suggests that, despite the developed world’s safe suburbs and indoor lifestyle, modern humans are still experts at spotting predators and prey. The research (published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reveals that humans today are hard-wired to pay attention to other people and animals much more so than non-living things, even if inanimate objects are the primary hazards for modern, urbanized folks. The researchers say the finding supports the idea that natural selection molded mechanisms into our ancestors’ brains that were specialized for paying attention to humans and other animals. These adaptive traits were then passed on to us.

AUSTRALIA WILL ESTABLISH ITS OWN SPACE AGENCY _ Australia is very much a participant in the space industry with about 11,500 people working in the field. However, it has never had its own space agency. The government hopes to fix that. It just unveiled plans to create Australia’s first national space agency.

VELCRO’S LAWYERS CREATE COPYRIGHT REMINDER VIDEO _  ( AUDIO)  The lawyers at Velcro are a little miffed that people think they own Velcro shoes and Velcro wallets. The problem is that the more people attribute every Velcro-like thing as a Velcro-thing, Velcro’s brand name gets tarnished. Even though Velcro lost its patent 40 years ago, the name is still protected. The technically correct terminology for most of those scratchy, hairy fastener things is anything but Velcro. Hook and Loop is the acceptable generic term.

… There are trademark laws being broken, insist the lawyers, and they want us to change our behavior. To get the message out there a group of disgruntled Velcro “lawyers” sings of their pain and begs companies to please cease and desist. • VIDEO (Bleeped F-bomb)

INSTAGRAM NOW HAS 800 MILLION MONTHLY USERS _ Instagram said Monday that it’s added another 100 million monthly users. That brings the photo-sharing app to 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in April. Five hundred million are daily active users.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU, SO LET IT RIP! _ Let’s face it — sometimes ‘gosh darn’ just doesn’t cut it. A British study (Keele University) claims swearing is good for us. Cursing is a harmless, creative emotional release that can make you feel stronger. Basically, they argue that profanity is often used as a coping mechanism and can help us feel more resilient.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY WITH 2 POUNDS OF GOLD IN HIS BUTT WAS REALLY EASY TO SPOT _ (CAUTION) A guy in Sri Lanka raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge. When police pulled the man aside for questioning and a search they found he was carrying nearly 2.2 pounds of gold stashed in his rectum. The suspect was carrying almost 905 grams of gold worth $29,577.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER HE TRIES TO VOTE DRUNK _ A drunk German man who insisted on voting in Sunday’s election instead landed in jail after police discovered he was wanted for arrest. The 46-year-old tried to cast his ballot (in Guben) but was turned away by election officials. The drunk would-be voter caused a scene, prompting officials to call police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK BREAKS INTO CAR FOR PILLS AND FIDGET SPINNER _ An 18-year-old in Wisconsin (Caledonia) allegedly admitted to police that he was “black out drunk,” and broke into a neighbor’s car, intent on stealing something he saw inside: a fidget spinner. He woke up later with the spinner, flip flops, a pair of shoes, a vape device, and two bottles of booze. The 18-year-old didn’t remember much else, except that he also found a prescription bottle in the car and thought to himself, “Oh dude, pills!” and took them.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SIX MEN, ONE ROBBERY PLAN, NOT ENOUGH SLEEP _ In Tennessee six guys came up with a plan to rob a home. Four of them were dropped off at the targeted house and told to hide in the bushes until they received further instructions from the other two. The four waited patiently for four hours before coming out of hiding. When they emerged from the bushes they set off the home’s burglar alarm. Police quickly arrived and arrested the four and also found the other two asleep in their getaway car nearby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS STREET SWEEPER, DOES DONUTS IN PARKING LOT _ Police in North Carolina (Garner) arrested a man for stealing a street sweeper and doing donuts in a parking lot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ROBS BANK, GOES TO KFC WITH BAG OF MONEY _ In Florida police arrested a Gainesville man at a KFC after they say he stole more than $10,000 from a bank.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STONED HIKERS NEED RESCUE FROM ENGLAND’S TALLEST PEAK _ Police in England responded to four hikers’ pleas for help off of a mountain because they were ‘incapable of walking’. This is another way of saying they were stoned. The men reached the 3,209 foot peak, smoked weed and lost their ability to get back down.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Season 15 begins with the team continuing their search for Gibbs and McGee, two months after they went missing in Paraguay.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The blind auditions continue.

SEASON FINALE: CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Teams in the finale are the Dancing With the Stars professional dancers and the Shark Tank sharks.

SEASON PREMIERE: LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) are back for a second season.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: BULL (9p ET, CBS) — Bull faces off against an old romantic interest in the season 2 premiere. Minka Kelly guest stars, and Jill Flint returns.

SEASON PREMIERE: THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — Season 2 begins he morning after Jack left the house. As for the “present day” storyline, the show will pick up three months from where it left off, finding Kate and Toby now living together.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (9p ET, ABC) — In the second new episode this week, the 12 remaining celebs perform, then another is sent home.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE MICK (9p ET, FOX) — In season 2, Mickey (Kaitlin Olson) is figuring out family-life with the help of her sometimes-boyfriend (Scott MacArthur) and live-in housekeeper (Carla Jimenez).

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL (9p ET, National Geographic Channel) — This new 4-part docu-series follows a group of seniors through their final year of school in a small South Carolina town.

SEASON PREMIERE: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (9:30p ET, FOX) — Jake and Rosa are coping with life behind bars in very different ways, in the season 5 premiere.

SEASON PREMIERE: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Season 4 begins with Pride still on probation six weeks after his takedown of the corrupt Mayor, and his team is closely monitored by a Supervisory Special Agent.

SERIES PREMIERE: LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (10p ET, NBC) — This new 8-episode mini-series will document the story of brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez. Citing various abuses as a defense, the brothers were found guilty in 1996 of the first-degree murder of their parents after two separate juries and a 20-week, media-frenzied retrial. Edie Falco stars as lawyer for the defense Leslie Abramson, and the story shows Abramson’s passionate and controversial efforts to keep the brothers out of prison. Heather Graham and Josh Charles also star.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released September 26.

• Transformers: The Last Knight
• 47 Meters Down
• Taken: Season 1
• Coach: The Complete Series
• Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series
• Longmire: Season 5
• Shameless: Season 7

SCI-FI’S BIGGEST COSTUMES AND PROPS LAND IN A SINGLE AUCTION _ If you’ve ever thought that your mantelpiece or office bookshelf is incomplete without an M41A Pulse Rifle then you are in luck. Today (September 26) Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia will host an online auction. The M41A is from the movie from Aliens. The resin, foam and wood gun is a little scraped and battered, and it won’t count down how many shells you’ve got left, but it may well make you feel like a Colonial Marine. It won’t be cheap, though — bidding starts at $13,475.

… How about the self-lacing Nikes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II? The starting bid is $16,844.

… There are costumes for whichever famed film likeness you desire. If jumpsuits are your thing, you could choose from Peter Venkman or Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. For Star Wars fans there is a model of the Millennium Falcon that never appeared in a Star Wars movie.

ANOTHER NETFLIX PHISHING SCAM _ There’s yet another Netflix phishing scam circulating, and this one involves an email saying your account has been disabled. Subscribers have reportedly received emails that claim trouble with billing information, and ask customers to update payment info. Some versions of the email have asked for bank account info, which is not something Netflix would ask for over email. If you receive this email do not click on any links.

RAPPER B.O.B. WANTS TO LAUNCH SATELLITES _  ( AUDIO)  B.o.B. may finally be coming around to the fact that the Earth is not, in fact, flat. The Atlanta-based rapper has long been vocal about his belief that the Earth is as flat as a pancake, but recently he launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to “find the curve.” The artist is seeking $200,000 to help him launch satellites into space in order to prove everything you ever learned in science class right. The 28-year-old musician — real name Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. — is a noted conspiracy theorist, and in January 2016, unleashed a thread of tweets in which he claimed “proof” that the earth was flat. • VIDEO

TAYLOR KITSCH AS DAVID KORESH IN WACO _ Paramount Network has released first-look photos of Taylor Kitsch (American Assassin, Friday Night Lights) as cult leader David Koresh in their upcoming six-part series titled Waco. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, Melissa Benoist, Camryn Manheim and others. Waco is based on the controversial and harrowing true story of the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire.

IT SEQUEL RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED _ The sequel to It has a release date. It: Chapter 2 will hit theaters on September 6, 2019. Chapter 2 will pick up 27 years after the first film, and find the members of the Losers’ Club all grown-up and scattered away from their cursed hometown of Derry, Maine. But when Pennywise the Clown wakes from his hibernation and begins killing again, the Losers find themselves called home to defeat Pennywise once and for all.

RYAN GOSLING SAYS HE’S “WORKING ON” A ROLE IN NEW INDIANA JONES _ Ryan Gosling says he’s “working on” asking Blade Runner 2049 co-star Harrison Ford for a role in the new Indiana Jones movie. Last year it was announced Ford would be returning for another Indy flick, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg. The film come out in 2019. Gosling joked recently that he’s “working on” getting a part in the movie.

MARC ANTHONY TELLS TRUMP TO TURN ATTENTION TO PUERTO RICO _ Donald Trump’s under fire from Marc Anthony, who’s begging the commander-in-chief to turn his attention away from NFL player protests and toward the crisis in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Anthony tweeted: “Mr. President shut…up about NFL. Do something about our people in need in #PuertoRico. We are American citizens too.”

… The singer’s anger stems from the humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The island’s power grid remains crippled, a massive dam is crumbling, hospitals don’t have running water and there’s extremely limited communication.

DUKES OF HAZZARD STAR TOM WOPAT FACES NEW CHARGE  _ Tom Wopat, who starred as Luke Duke in the sitcom The Dukes of Hazzard and was arrested on indecent assault and battery and cocaine possession charges in August, has now been hit with additional charges. Waltham, Massachusetts news outlet Wicked Local Waltham reports that Wopat now faces additional charges of indecent assault and battery, and for “annoying and attacking” the teenage girl he’s accused of victimizing.

… Citing police reports, Wicked Local said that Wopat is accused of striking the teenage girl in the buttocks with a rehearsal script while preparing to perform in a production of 42nd Street. Wopat allegedly told the girl “nice butt” during the incident.

LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF RENT TO AIR ON JANUARY 27 _ The live musical production of the groundbreaking, Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent will air in January of 2019 on Fox television. Rent tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil.

GAME OF THRONES VOTED BEST TV SHOW OF LAST 20 YEARS _ In a poll of TV fans conducted by Rotten Tomatoes Game of Thrones was named the best show of the last 20 years. Here’s the Top 10 list:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Friends
  5. Seinfeld
  6. Law & Order
  7. Downton Abbey
  8. The West Wing
  9. Doctor Who
  10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  11. The X-Files
  12. Sherlock
  13. The Sopranos
  14. Grey’s Anatomy
  15. The Wire
  16. 24
  17. The Simpsons
  18. The Office
  19. ER
  20. Lost

The full top 40.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

VELCRO: Velcro “lawyers” want us to stop calling everything velcro.

B.o.B.: Rapper B.o.B. wants to send up satellites to prove earth is flat.

TERRY BRADSHAW: Terry Bradshaw wants Trump to focus on issues Americans are worried about.

MYSTERY VOICE: Mark Hamill


THE FACEBOOK GROUP HAS MORE


BITS & BREAKS

DOWNLOAD THIS APP – KIDS EAT FREE

Kids’ meals aren’t usually anything to get too excited about, but free kids’ meals — that’s a different story. Kids Eat Free is a free, crowdsourced app on iOS that lets you instantly find local restaurants offering specials. Just enter your city or zip, along with the day of the week, and you’re on your way to some free chicken tenders and sliced apples. • LINK

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What crafty ways does your family save money on eating out?

8 JOBS THAT TAKE BIGGEST TOLL ON MARRIAGES

Some jobs seem to take a greater toll on a marriage than others. Low pay, lousy hours, nights, weekends, and work environments that involve alcohol are among the usual factors. Here are the eight worst jobs for marriage (according to analysis by 24/7 Wall St.).

1. Casino gaming managers: divorce rate 52.9%

2. Bartenders: divorce rate 52.7%

3. Flight attendants: divorce rate 50.5%

4. Gaming service workers (in casinos): divorce rate 50.3%

5. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal, and plastic: divorce rate 50.1%

6. Switchboard operators, including answering service: divorce rate 49.7%

7. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal, and plastic: divorce rate 49.6%

8. Telemarketers: divorce rate 49.2%


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Ten percent of us wake up this way each day. (Without the need for an alarm clock)

WHO SAID IT?

“Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you.”

• Donald Trump

• Oprah Winfrey*

• Katie Perry

• Stephen King


VIDEO OF THE DAY

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

• 1925: MARTY ROBBINS was born in Glendale, Arizona. He died in 1982.

• 1953: JOHNNY HORTON married Billie Jean Jones, widow of HANK WILLIAMS.

• 1996: ALABAMA’s album Cheap Seats was certified platinum. Hits included the title track, T.L.C.A.S.A.P. and Reckless.

• 2003: After being dethroned for a week, ALAN JACKSON’s duet with JIMMY BUFFETT, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, re-claimed the top spot on the Radio & Records chart. It would spend eight collective weeks at the top and would be Alan’s longest charting single.

• 2005: ALAN JACKSON headlined a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

• 2008: SUGARLAND canceled four concerts as Jennifer Nettles battles throat and sinus problems.

• 2011: KEITH URBAN was joined by actor Russell Crowe during his show at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Keith backs Russell on a cover of Folsom Prison Blues.

• 2012: GEORGE STRAIT announced plans for his final major tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour dates would keep him on the road through summer of 2014. He did stress it was not a retirement announcement, that he would perform select shows after the tour and would continue recording and writing new music.

• 2016: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS begin selling their own brand of spicy peppers, Oak Ridge Boys Favorite Southern Style Bread N Butter Jalapenos, at Cracker Barrel stores.

DAVID FRIZZELL is 76.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN is 69. She was the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974 and scored hits on the country chart with Let Me Be There and If You Love Me, Let Me Know.

CARLENE CARTER is 62.

DOUG SUPERNAW is 57.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• RASCAL FLATT’S Gary LeVox on longevity.

• TIM MCGRAW starts with good songs.

• REBA loves spring and fall.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

MONTGOMERY GENTRY’s Eddie Montgomery has made his first public statement since Troy Gentry’s death in a helicopter crash. In a letter sent to radio programmers with a copy of Montgomery Gentry‘s new single Better Me, Eddie offers gratitude for fans’ love and prayers following the tragedy, and shares some thoughts on his relationship with Troy and their upcoming new music. He wrote, in part: “Our world was turned upside down in an instant, and nothing could have prepared us for this.”

KELSEA BALLERINI will make her debut tomorrow (Wednesday) on Ellen to perform her latest, Legends.

COLE SWINDELL will perform on Ellen Thursday (September 28).

DUSTIN LYNCH is the first country artist in 2017 to spend four straight weeks at the top of the Country Airplay (Billboard) chart. He did it with the song Small Town Boy. The last song to spend at least four weeks at the top of that chart was THOMAS RHETT’s Die A Happy Man, which logged six straight weeks at No. 1 last year.

LADY ANTEBELLUM will be the focus of an episode in season 12 of the PBS series Live from the Artists Den. The concert footage was filmed in New York earlier this year and the episode also includes interviews with the band members.

GEORGE STRAIT paid a visit to Rockport, Texas last week to offer support to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

LORETTA LYNN plans to make her first public appearance since her stroke last May. She’ll appear at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival later this week at her Hurricane Mills ranch.

BRETT YOUNG has added seven dates to his Caliville Tour, kicking off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia with special guest CARLY PEARCE. The new dates include stops in Nashville, Chicago and Grand Rapids.


DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

This is day 270 of 2017. There are 95 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Wilford Brimley is 83

• Meat Loaf is 70

• Shaun Cassidy is 59

• Comedian Marc Maron is 54

• Gwyneth Paltrow is 45

• Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) is 43

• Lil’ Wayne is 35

• Avril Lavigne is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1950: The answering machine was invented.

• 1954: The nationwide debut of Tonight! (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.

• 1964: The Warren Commission released its report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

• 1968: The stage musical Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, where it played 1,998 performances until its closure was forced by the roof’s collapsing in July 1973.

• 1995: The Government of the United States unveiled the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-center.

• 1998: Google was founded.

• 1998: St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire’s record-breaking season ended with his 69th and 70th home runs.

• 2003: A Brazilian prisoner who tried to escape from Sao Paulo prison while dressed as a woman was caught because he couldn’t walk in high heels. Guards said the man looked like a beautiful woman but waddled like a duck.

• 2004:  NBC announced that Conan O’Brien would take over for Jay Leno The Tonight Show in 2009.

• 2015: A “Supermoon” coincided with a lunar eclipse creating a “Blood Moon” over much of the earth.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ancestor Appreciation Day

• Women’s Health & Fitness Day

• Woman Road Warrior Day. A day to honor women who travel for business.

• Chocolate Milk Day

UPCOMING

• 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