INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 27, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 27, 2017

This is day 300 of 2017. There are 65 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• John Cleese is 78

• Director Ivan Reitman is 71

• Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 59

• Marla Maples is 54

• Kelly Osbourne is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon.

• 1997: The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, forcing the stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

• 2004: The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4.

• 2004: A theater in Hamburg, Germany, began offering live commercials for anything from soap to beer to kitchen appliances performed by actors before and after performances.

• 2006: On Long Island, New York, Patrick Conaway donned a ski mask and attempted to hold up a gas station. He made the mistake of not trying the mask on before pulling the heist, and in the middle of the crime he got so frustrated at not being able to see that he pulled the mask up to get a better view. Unfortunately, he also gave the clerk a better view. The clerk recognized him as a former employee of the store.

• 2007: Officials put online a 16 billion pixel image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. The high resolution allowed experts to examine details of the 15th century wall painting that they otherwise could not — including traces of drawings Leonardo put down before painting.

• 2014: Walmart said it was sorry for labeling women’s plus-sized Halloween costumes as ‘Fat Girl Costumes’ on its website.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cranky Co-workers Day

• Frankenstein Friday, recognizing author Mary Shelly, the novel Frankenstein, her characters, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster.

• Bread Sticks Day

• Navy Day

• Black Cat Day

• Potato Day

• American Beer Day

UPCOMING

• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

• Joan Plowright is 88. Country musician Charlie Daniels is 81. Dennis Franz is 73. Wayne Fontana is 72. Caitlyn Jenner is 68. Annie Potts is 65. Bill Gates is 62. Daphne Zuniga is 55. Lauren Holly is 54. Jami Gertz is 52. Andy Richter is 51. Julia Roberts is 50. Ben Harper is 48. Country singer Brad Paisley is 45. Joaquin Phoenix is 43. Justin Guarini is 39. Frank Ocean is 30. Nolan Gould is 19.

• Champagne Day. Make A Difference Day. National Chocolate Day. St. Jude’s Day. Hug a Sheep Day.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

• Melba Moore is 72. Richard Dreyfuss is 70. Kate Jackson is 69. Dan Castellaneta is 60. Joely Fisher is 50. Winona Ryder is 46. Gabrielle Union is 45.

• Internet Day. National Cat Day. Visit A Cemetery Day. Oatmeal Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

13: Price of the first ballpoint pen. (It was actually $12.95 when it went on sale in 1945.)


NEWS ATTACK!

Police in St. Louis busted three teens with 48 stolen pumpkins. [That’s why when I get a new pumpkin I always have the veterinarian put an identification microchip under its skin.]

Two American women and their dogs were rescued safely after five months spent drifting in the open sea. Fortunately, they had plenty of food aboard their boat. [Five months is a terribly long time. I hope that they didn’t leave their cars in the Long-Term Parking lot.]

Japanese authorities finally caught a burglar that they had been after for eight years. He dressed in all black and performed such daring acrobatics during his hundreds of burglaries that he was called the ninja thief. He turned out to be 74 years old. [Forensics showed that he deactivated burglar alarms with denture glue.]

ICE arrested a 10-year-old illegal immigrant with cerebral palsy. They arrested her at the hospital right after she had undergone gallbladder surgery. [That’ll show the world’s 10-year-old handicapped girls not to mess with the U.S. of A.]

A man running for Mayor of New York was once arrested for trying to hijack an airliner. He was acquitted on the grounds of insanity, but he says that today he’s cured. [Not if he’s entering politics.]

A passenger flight from Glasgow to Crete had 188 empty seats and only one passenger. [She put her seat back as far as it would recline, kept her overhead lamp on the whole time and talked out loud to herself during the inflight movie.]

At a grocery store in Maine a man grabbed the wrong cart and it took him a while to notice the sleeping baby. Instead of alerting someone, he abandoned the cart with the baby in another location of the store. [Like an unwanted can of pork and beans.]

Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that his broken collarbone is being held together with 13 screws. [Uh-oh. You know how superstitious sports fans can be.]

Scientists are worried about Monarch butterflies. By this time of the year they should have arrived in Texas, but they’re still up north because of the warm weather. [And because of the tightened security at the airport.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FLIGHT ATTENDANT FALLS OUT OF PLANE WHILE TRYING TO SHUT DOOR _ Employment in the high skies can be a dangerous line of work.This week a flight attendant from China Eastern Airlines fell out of a Boeing 737-800 and onto the tarmac , suffering several bone fractures and bruises. She was immediately rushed to the hospital. The woman fell about 9 feet from the aircraft and was found by mechanics who were preparing the plane for takeoff.

TWO WOMEN AND THEIR DOGS RESCUED BY NAVY AFTER 5 MONTHS AT SEA _ It was back in May when Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set sail in their boat with their dogs from their home state of Hawaii, but bad weather incapacitated their boat, and they never made it to their destination of Tahiti. The two have been stranded in their crippled boat just drifting in the Pacific Ocean for the past five months. The women and their dogs hit a storm, and their boat lost power. They then drifted far off course. Despite the daily distress calls sent by the the two sailors, no help came. They were far off the shipping lanes and those calls weren’t heard. According to USA Today, the engine on their sailboat failed on May 30, and the women thought they could use the sails to get to land, but after months at sea, that idea looked less and less promising.

… On Tuesday, the two sailors and their pups were discovered about 900 miles southwest of Japan by a Taiwan fishing boat. The crew of that boat contacted the U.S. Coast Guard station in Guam, and come Wednesday morning, the Navy’s USS Ashland pulled up to the stranded sailors in a 610-foot-long “amphibious docking landing ship.”

… How did the women survive on the high seas for five months? They had a year’s supply of dry food with them, which was stored on the boat for just this type of emergency purposes. Along with the food, the two sailors had a water purifier on board, which was able to supply them with all the drinking water they needed.

MAN BUILDS PLANE FROM SCRAP PARTS _ In 2007, a guy in China named Zhao Bin’s finished building a plane from scrap parts. His first flight in his first plane climbed its first few feet — something he didn’t plan for. Bin says, “After it left the ground, my mind went blank. I absolutely had no idea how to fly it.” Two hundred planes and later, the 40-year-old former elevator repairman has built a hobby into a business.

… For his first plane Bin used scrap metal and anything he could get his hands on: a car seat, a video game joystick, wheels from a baby carriage. These days he’s building light aircraft to fulfill orders from all over the world.

SOME BURGER KINGS WILL GIVE FREE WHOPPERS FOR CLOWNS _ Burger King is turning Halloween into its own personal holiday — for tricking McDonald’s. Last year’s “Scariest BK” stunt involved dressing up an entire Burger King location in Queens as the ghost of McDonald’s. This Halloween, BK is launching a broader stunt, also taking aim at McDonald’s, called #ScaryClownNight — in which it will welcome people dressed as clowns by giving them a free Whopper.

… #ScaryClownNight will be valid next Tuesday, October 31, from 7PM to 3AM at just five locations only in the U.S. — in Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Austin and Salt Lake City. Here are the specific locations:

COUPLE CAN’T STOP AMAZON FROM DELIVERING PACKAGES _ Imagine package after package showing up on your porch. Each box filled with things you really really can’t use. And they just keep coming. That’s what was happening to one couple in Crestwood, Missouri. Carol and Louis Matustik kept receiving packages from Amazon. When they called Amazon, the company told them they are not able to stop the deliveries.

… The deliveries included a down comforter and a breast pump attachment. Carol said, “That was weird. When you are 83 years old, that is very weird.”

… When a St. Louis TV station did a story on the Matustiks’ situation Amazon finally took care of the situation.

NUNS OPEN RESTAURANT OFFERING FREE FOOD IN LONDON _ An order of nuns has opened a restaurant in London offering free food. Sisters from the Daughters of Divine Charity opened the pop-up restaurant offering “food for the soul”, such as chicken soup and lentil broth, free of charge. The nuns have named their restaurant Nundos.

STUDENTS PAINT DEPLOYED SOLDIER’S HOUSE _ Salina, Kansas, resident William Cookson recently started painting his house. But before he could finish the job orders came in for Cookson to deploy to Kuwait with his Kansas Army National Guard unit. The Military Affairs Council at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce got word of the unfinished paint job.  So folks with the chamber contacted instructors in the Diesel Technology Program at the Salina Area Technical College to get their help. Diesel Instructor Mike Parker said all 40 of their students volunteered to help paint.

BLIND TRIPLETS MAKE BOY SCOUT HISTORY _ For the first time in the 107-year history of the Boy Scouts of America, blind triplets from Virginia earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Leo, Nick, and Steven Cantos met every requirement “under the same conditions as their sighted peers, with no extensions or special considerations.” Among the requirements they accomplished are zip lining, whitewater rafting, knot-tying, first aid and archery skills. It’s an achievement only about 4 percent of Scouts accomplish. The 18-year-old boys, born prematurely and weighing about a pound each, are blind from a condition called retinopathy of prematurity. It’s a disease that occurs in premature babies and causes blindness. Their adoptive father, Ollie Cantos, who is also blind, pinned the 18-year-old brothers’ Eagle Scout emblems on them. He also received a pin from them.

AIR FORCE RETRACTS TWEET: SANTA CLAUS IS REAL AFTER ALL _ The U.S. Air Force says its tweet declaring Santa Claus “isn’t real” was just a bluff, part of a threat to steal Christmas from two feuding bases. Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri jostled on Twitter about which fleet was better. The official Air Force account responded that if the bases couldn’t get along, Santa would “bring you nothing this year because he isn’t real!” After the tweet generated widespread ridicule, the Air Force reversed itself. It declared Santa in fact “is real” and that the previous message was just an attempt to get the bases “in line.”

82-YEAR-OLD HIKED THE ENTIRE APPALACHIAN TRAIL _ On Thursday Dale Sanders officially became the oldest person to hike the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. And at age 82, Sanders had some challenges. Like in the middle of the wilderness in Maine, far from help, he was bleeding internally and having heart palpitations. Sanders called his wife in Tennessee and she urged him to keep going. With a go-ahead from his doctors, he did. He walked much of it alone, but for the last mile, ending at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Sanders was joined by friends, family and hikers — including a pair of dogs — he had met along the trail. At the end of it, he danced a jig.

… Sanders had completed other impressive feats. A couple of years ago, he paddled the length of the Mississippi River. He broke the record for underwater-breath-holding in 1959 and was IUSA spearfishing athlete of the year in 1965. But he had never done a hike lasting more than two weeks. For this one, which he started in Georgia in January, he was on the trail for a total of seven months.

INSTAGRAM’S NEW ‘SUPERZOOM’ CAMERA _ Instagram added another strange camera format in time for Halloween, and it’s on track to be the best video feature since Face Swap. Dubbed “Superzoom,” the new feature does a dramatic three-step zoom into your face with creepy sound effects adding to the suspense. To use the feature, press the camera icon and select “Superzoom” next to “Boomerang” on the bottom of your display. From there, just press and hold the record button or tap it once to make a three-second clip. • EXAMPLE

TRUMP HAS SPENT ABOUT THE SAME AS OBAMA ON DECORATING WH _ The Trump administration has spent $1.75 million on furniture and other items as part of redecorating the White House and related offices — slightly more than the Obama administration did over the same time: $1.5 million.

THERE’S A WINE SHORTAGE ON THE HORIZON _ Bad news, vino lovers: A wine shortage is right around the corner. What’s causing this world wine shortage? Italy, Spain, and France — the world’s top three wine producers — have dealt with bad harvests in recent months due to the weather, which has caused overall wine production to drop. In the U.S., the California wildfires have decimated parts of Wine Country — the fourth largest producer of wine — meaning these vineyards cannot make up for what’s being lost in Europe. Though a number of boutique wineries have begun to pop up, they will not produce wine on as large a scale as would be needed to cover the difference.

… This year’s harvest is expected to be the worst since 1982.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: BEST WAY TO LEARN MAY BE TO STUDY, SLEEP ON IT, REVIEW _ Researchers have told us sleep after learning is best for many memory-related tasks, including word lists, mazes, auditory tones, and so on. So researchers (University of Lyon) chose to investigate another aspect of learning — not recall but relearning, where something previously learned has been forgotten and must be re-acquired. Bottom line, say researchers: Sleeping after learning is definitely a good strategy, but sleeping between two learning sessions is a better strategy. In a group of 40 adult learners the group that slept between sessions performed much better.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 30,000 BEER BOTTLES SPARK GERMAN HIGHWAY CHAOS _ A German highway was shut down Wednesday, snarling traffic and forcing a sudsy clean-up operation. The shut down was caused by the scattering of 30,000 bottles of beer. The accident occurred after a car collided with a delivery truck. Bottles were dumped across the asphalt and quickly turning into a sea of broken glass and spilled brews.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KIDS’ FATHER IS A BUM _ A Montana woman called police when she saw a man following two children on a bicycle toward the park. The woman said the man looked like a bum. She then saw the man playing with the kids. When deputies looked into it they found the man was the kids’ father.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUNGRY BURGLAR BREAKS INTO TACO SHOP, LEAVES TIP _ When employees at a taco shop in Hicksville, New York, opened up for the day, everything looked pristine — except for the cash register. It had been broken into overnight, which led the owner and manager to check out the security tapes. When they looked the footage over, they were stunned. A man had broken into the restaurant through a tiny window and began cooking in the dark. Not only was he whipping up a fresh meal, but he was doing it with style. The footage shows the burglar rummaging through supplies and cooking his food — even abiding by the strict food safety rules and cleaning up after himself. The hungry intruder even left $1 in the tip jar.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOUR STOOGES _ In England four guys held up a post office, getting away with a couple thousand dollars in cash. One of the guys was captured when he was found hiding in a shed, a second was found in a nearby garage, and a third was captured when he was spotted wandering around asking for the nearest railway station. The apparent leader of this bunch called attention to himself when he tried to hide in a hotel lobby. He sat down and pretended to read the newspaper. Only he was holding it upside down.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK DRIVER DRIVES HIMSELF TO JAIL _ Police officers probably wish all car chases were this easy. A Wisconsin man led police on a chase that often moved as slowly as 20 mph and ended in a jail parking lot. The man parked his pickup in the jail’s lot, smoked a cigarette, got out of the truck and lay face-down on the ground waiting to be arrested. He allegedly told the officers he knew he was drunk and was going to be sent to jail, so he just drove himself there.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

WORLD SERIES GAME 3 (8p ET, FOX) — The series moves to Houston for Game 3. The Astros and Dodgers are tied in the series at a game a piece.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN (8p ET, CBS) — The music of Michael Jackson serves as the soundtrack to this new animated tale starring the voices of Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Lucy Liu and Jim Parsons.

SEASON PREMIERE: BLINDSPOT (8p ET, NBC) — Season 3 begins 18 months after the FBI team parted ways under mysterious circumstances. The show hits the reset button and the unit is brought back together by a new crisis.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (8p ET, CW) — New. Rebecca starts a smear campaign to discredit Josh.

MACGYVER (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team heads into the Bermuda Triangle to find the Vice President’s son after his plane goes down with a mysterious prisoner on board.

MARVEL’S INHUMANS (9p ET, ABC) — New.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New. Jane thinks it might be time for Adam to meet Mateo.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank deals with the fallout when Mayor Dutton (Lorraine Bracco) eliminates solitary confinement in prisons.

THE LIFE AND SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (10p ET, CMT) — This new special (filmed in March) is a star-studded salute to the country-music veteran with performances by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church,Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, and many more.

STRANGER THINGS (Netflix) — Season 2

BEYOND STRANGER THINGS (Netflix) — This 7-episode after show will be hosted by actor/comedian Jim Rash (who is also a huge fan of the show), and will feature show creators, directors, and cast members to analyze the season. Netflix plans to automatically play Beyond Stranger Things after the final episode of the show’s second season, so viewers can avoid spoilers.

SATURDAY

College football matchups here.

WORLD SERIES GAME 4 (8p ET, FOX) —

FLINT (8p ET, Lifetime) — This new fact-based TV movie dramatizes the contaminated-water crisis afflicting the Michigan town. Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt and Jill Scott star

BLACK SABBATH: THE END OF THE END (9p ET, Showtime) — Ozzy Osbourne and his longtime bandmates hit the stage one last time in this 2017 rock documentary.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New

THE DAVID S. PUMPKINS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (11:30p ET, NBC) — Tom Hanks voices an animated version of his off the wall Saturday Night Live character in this new special.

SUNDAY

NFL Football schedule.

WORLD SERIES GAME 5 (8p ET, FOX) —

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

WISDOM OF THE CROWD (8p ET, CBS) — New

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:30p ET, NBC) — The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their first road win against the NFC North this season as they face the Detroit Lions.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured in this new episode include a high-tech way to make children’s storytime more magical, a solution for clogged drains, and an improved workout device.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (10p ET, ABC) — New

MADAM SECRETARY (10p ET, CBS) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _  Jigsaw is poised for a domestic opening weekend somewhere between $18 and $22 million, more than enough to knock off Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween from the No. 1 spot.

Jigsaw (R) – Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years. Tobin Bell.

Suburbicon (R) – Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns — the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac.

Thank You for Your Service (R) – A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer.

… Opening next weekend: A Bad Moms Christmas, LBJ, Thor: Ragnarok

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SUES FORMER COMPANY _ Harvey Weinstein is suing his former company seeking access to his employment file and emails to help defend the former film mogul from multiple investigations. Weinstein’s lawsuit against the company he co-founded cites the fallen mogul’s need to defend himself in potential civil and criminal cases for needing to access the records. He also cites the possibility of suing for wrongful termination.

… The lawsuit filed on Thursday states that Weinstein believes his email account will exonerate him and The Weinstein Co. from claims leveled against him. Weinstein was fired from the company on October 8, days after reports of sexual harassment by the producer ran in the New York Times.

LEXUS DUMPS WEINSTEIN COMPANY _ The Lexus luxury vehicle brand is ending its agreements with The Weinstein Co. after dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein. Lexus was a sponsor and had product placement in The Weinstein Co.’s Project Runway reality television show.

BILL O’REILLY DROPPED BY ANOTHER TALENT AGENCY _ Bill O’Reilly will be dropped by William Morris Endeavor, the talent agency that handles his book deals. A spokesman for WME said: “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.”

… On Monday, O’Reilly was dropped by United Talent Agency. His television agent there represented him for decades.

KRISTIN DAVIS ISN’T GIVING UP ON FUTURE SATC PROJECTS _ Like so many fans, Kristin Davis really wanted to see a third Sex and the City movie. But as fans of the TV and movie franchise know, plans were ultimately scrapped partly because Kim Cattrall didn’t want to participate. Before hosting the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton, Kristin was asked about the change of plans for Charlotte and the ladies. As it turns out, there’s still a bit of hope from the actress that the ladies can come together in the future and do something special. Kristin said, “I’m just grateful. I know my co-stars are grateful as well that we have the fan support … We still, maybe we’ll figure out something to do…”

NATHAN FILLION TO STAR IN ABC COP DRAMA _ Nathan Fillion is back at ABC and back with his Castle team for new cop drama The Rookie. The drama follows Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

PREACHER SEASON 3 ANNOUNCED BY SETH ROGEN ON TWITTER _ Seth Rogen announced Preacher season 3 on Twitter on Thursday. Preacher, which airs on AMC, is based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name. Starring Dominic Cooper, Preacher is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands.

AUDIO TECHNOLOGY TO ENABLE BLIND AUDIENCES TO ‘SEE’ FILM _ A new documentary about blind card mechanic Richard Turner is using technology to allow members of the blind community to “see” the film. For the film’s Los Angeles premiere on October 27, the theater will provide audio description headsets upon request. The documentary, Dealt, tracks Turner’s incredible career perfecting the art of card manipulation and close-up magic. It also deals frankly with his difficulty dealing with the loss of his vision and his determination to not let his disability prevent him from being a top performer.

FAST AND FURIOUS 9 BRINGING BACK JUSTIN LIN TO DIRECT _ After directing four films in the Fast and Furious franchise, Justin Lin will return to direct Fast and Furious 9. Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films. Jordana Brewster will also return for Fast and Furious 9 after sitting out the eighth installment

… The first eight movies have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide.

CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES ADDRESS REPORTS THEY SOLD THEIR FARMHOUSE _ Don’t fret, Fixer Upper fanatics. Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines say they aren’t parting ways with their beloved Texas property. A spokesperson for Magnolia said in a statement, “Any report that Chip and Joanna have sold their farmhouse is completely untrue. They have not sold their home and they do not have any plans to do so. The Gaines recently moved their property line to match their fence line — this is not uncommon and is a matter of public record — which is likely what triggered this false report.”

PAUL NEWMAN’S ROLEX SELLS FOR RECORD $17.7 MILLION _ A Rolex watch known as the “Paul Newman” owned by legendary actor Paul Newman sold for $17.7 million Thursday night in New York City, setting a new record for a Rolex sold at auction. It is also the record price for any wristwatch sold at auction.

EMMA STONE IS LATEST CELEB DATING SNL MEMBER _ Something must be in the water for people working on Saturday Night Live. So far, three people associated with SNL have snagged Hollywood A-listers as girlfriends or boyfriends. SNL producer Lindsay Shookus is dating Ben Affleck, Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost is dating Scarlett Johansson, and now, Emma Stone is dating director Dave McCary.

APPARENTLY THERE’S AN ACE VENTURA REBOOT IN THE WORKS _ So, if you grew up in the ’90s, you know that Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura character is iconic. Now we’ve learned that the company behind the movies is planning to reboot the franchise at a TV show. Carrey’s not involved but the company says it would welcome the actor to hand off the baton.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

6th GRADERS’ RAP REMIX: A group of sixth graders at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School in Wisconsin remixed First Day Out (Tee Grizzley) into a rap song called “Excellence First,” which champions learning and academic achievement. • VIDEO

HALLOWEEN: Jerry Seinfeld on the first time you heard the concept of Halloween.

SHE MARRIED HERSELF: A woman who married herself cheated by dating a guy, but says that’s OK.  →   October 26 News & Nuggets

NAKED 91-YEAR-OLD: 91-year-old in Mass was naked when she confronted intruder.  →  October 26 Wacky-But-True


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

PHONER PHUN

On Halloween, encourage anyone who calls in to say “Trick or Treat” when you answer the phone. Give ’em a prize, or put their name in a hat for a big prize to be awarded at the end of the show.

MY 4 HALLOWEEN PET PEEVES

• Kids coming to my door asking for freebies but not dressing up. Put on your Sunday best, not a bed sheet!

• My fat hairy neighbor who goes as “Naked Man” every year.

• People suddenly thinking the tombstones in my yard are fake.

• My 7-year-old asks to quit at 8PM when he hasn’t collected near enough candy for me yet.

THE MOST FATTENING FOODS OF FALL

• Halloween Candy

• Mashed Potatoes

• Pumpkin Spice Lattes

• Apple pie

• Cider

• Stuffing

• Candy Apple

• Turducken


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: On average, one person dies each day in the U.S. in what way? (Bathtub drowning)

THE MISSING LETTER WORD GAME

OK (caller), in this game I’m going to put 30-seconds on the clock. For every Halloween-related word you give me that does *not* have the letter ‘O’ in it, I’ll give you prize. Ready? GO!


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Kitten eats corn on the cob.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


source: instagram

DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 30, 2017

This is day 303 of 2017. There are 62 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Grace Slick is 78

• Henry Winkler is 72

• TV journalist Andrea Mitchell is 71

• Harry Hamlin is 66

• Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) is 60

• Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale is 52

• Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is 47

• Nia Long is 47

• Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1735: Boston lawyer, rebel, and future President John Adams is born at Braintree, Massachusetts.

• 1864: Four miners who struck it rich at Last Chance Gulch, Montana, found a new town on the site, called Crabtown. For P.R. reasons, the name will later be changed to Helena.

• 1892: The father of the modern fitness industry, Angelo “Charles Atlas” Siciliano, is born at Arci, in southern Italy.  Thirty million people have bought his mail-order course.

• 1938: The War of the Worlds aired on radio for the first time. Starring Orson Welles, the fictional story caused nationwide panic among listeners.

• 1960: Michael Woodruff performed the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

• 1969: The first connection was made on what would become the internet. The first two computers linked were at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute — part of a Defense Department program called ARPANET. Within a year, 10 sites were connected.

• 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“Rumble in the Jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title.

• 1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

• 1988: Tobacco giant Philip Morris bought Kraft Foods for $13.1 billion.

• 2005: The body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda.

• 2008: A historian discovered the oldest known recipe for German sausage, a list of ingredients for (Thuringian) bratwurst nearly 600 years old. German historian hobbiest Hubert Erzmann found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment while doing research in an archive in a small town in eastern Germany.

• 2012: George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Candy Corn Day

• Create A Great Funeral Day

• Haunted Refrigerator Night. Who knows what evil lurks in your refrigerator? Gather friends, open the refrigerator door, and venture unto the realm of the lower shelf.

UPCOMING

• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52