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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Rod Stewart is 75

• Former boxer George Foreman is 71

• Pat Benatar is 67

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1911: Major Jimmie Erickson shot the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, California.

• 1949: The Radio Corporation of America, sometimes known as RCA, announced a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45 would change the pop music business.

• 1984: Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry (1967) to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

• 1999: The Sopranos aired its pilot episode on HBO.

• 2002: A barber in Bhopal, India, set a record by completing 108 hours of continuous hair cutting. Jaynarayan Bhati cut the hair of 899 men and 552 women to break the old record by six hours.

• 2008: A dog was admitted to a veterinary clinic in Austria, barely able to stand on his own four paws and reeking “like a beer hall” after secretly devouring 1.1 pounds of fresh yeast dough, which caused alcohol to form inside his stomach, leaving him with a blood alcohol content of 1.6.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cut Your Energy Costs Day

• Oysters Rockerfeller Day

• Bittersweet Chocolate Day

• Houseplant Appreciation Day

• Peculiar People Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11

• Country singer Naomi Judd is 74. Mary J. Blige is 49. Amanda Peet is 48. Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away With Murder) is 35.

• Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day. Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Milk Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

• Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 81. Kirstie Alley is 69. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 68. Howard Stern is 66. Christiane Amanpour is 62. Oliver Platt is 60. Singer-director Rob Zombie is 55. Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 46. Zayn is 27.

• Kiss A Ginger Day. Hot Tea Day. Pharmacist Day. Curried Chicken Day. Glazed Doughnut Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30 million: Number of annual visitors to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


NEWS ATTACK!

Carnival Cruise Line is banning offensive clothing. [Sadly, this does not include the most offensive article of clothing: the Hawaiian shirt.]

A record 530 TV shows were shown on broadcast and streaming channels last year. [And half of them had the words “Real Housewives” in the title.]

Scientists say Neanderthals wore makeup some 50,000 years ago. [But putting mud on your face didn’t become really popular until someone put it into a jar and sold it for $150.]

A dog in the UK is recovering from surgery after swallowing sticks, rocks, and its owner’s engagement and wedding rings. [What it should have grabbed was its owner’s glasses.]

It seems everyone is on a diet right now. [The boss is on one where he watches see who puts their lunches in the breakroom refrigerator, waits until they’re gone, and then takes small, sensible bites out of each one.]

The royal family is freaking out that Harry and Meghan are stepping away from their royal duties. [Is this because 2020 is a leap year and they didn’t want to put in the extra time?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

OCTOBER, SEPTEMBER, JUNE WERE MOST POPULAR WEDDING MONTHS _ In 2019, Saturday October 12 was the biggest day for weddings in the U.S. Wedding planning site Zola said these were the most popular wedding dates in 2019:

  1. Saturday, October 12
  2. Saturday, October 5
  3. Saturday, September 7
  4. Saturday, October 19
  5. Saturday, September 21
  6. Saturday, September 28
  7. Saturday, September 14
  8. Saturday, June 1
  9. Saturday, June 22
  10. Saturday, October 26

ROOMBA MAKER IS DEVELOPING A ROBOT WITH ARMS THAT MAY DO THE DISHES _ The maker of the disc-shaped Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner said it’s working on a household helper that will have arms that could load dishes, pick up clothes, or bring food from kitchen to table.

… They won’t start selling such a product for at least five years but prototypes of the arms exist inside its research and development labs.

… Other technology companies are also working on home robots, including Amazon and Samsung, but so far they are focusing on devices with video conferencing and voice assistants rather than the ability to actually conduct physical tasks.

NEW MEXICO TO HOST WORLD’S LARGEST CONFERENCE FOR CHILI PEPPERS _ New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world’s largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run February 3-4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university’s Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about three decades.

… The conference draws experts in breeding, processing, pest management and sustainable ways to give growers a competitive advantage. There also will be discussions about the state’s chili certification program and how to add value to the harvest.

… Chili has long been one of New Mexico’s signature crops. It’s the state vegetable and the basis for the official state question: Red or green?

New Mexico has an official state question? What would YOUR state’s question be?

QUEEN ELIZABETH CALLED AN EMERGENCY MEETING _ We’re all still reeling from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they want to ditch their senior roles in the royal family, and probably no one in the world more so than Queen Elizabeth. After all, this isn’t just a job — it’s their family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly didn’t tell anyone about their plans, and now the palace is rolling very quickly into action.

… According to People magazine, the monarch has united with Prince Charles and Prince William to tell their offices to work “at pace” on this Sussex situation. They’ve apparently all directed their teams to be in communication with the office of the Sussexes, as well as governments on both sides of the Atlantic. A source told the magazine, “This has moved from shock and a range of emotions to something more constructive. It is complicated. This is happening very quickly. And the proof in that is the fact that this will take days and not weeks.”

MADAME TUSSAUDS IN LONDON REMOVES PRINCE HARRY AND DUCHESS MEGHAN FIGURES _ Madame Tussauds in London is taking Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s announcement to “step back” from their royal duties quite literally. The museum, known for housing wax figures of celebrities and prominent people, removed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal family display following the couple’s stunning news.

… The official museum account tweeted out a photo of the new royal family display, which now only features Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, front and center, and Prince William and Duchess Kate to the left of them. Empty is the space to the right of the queen, where Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry used to be.

FARMERS LET NEIGHBORS HELP THEMSELVES TO A FEW RADISHES, INCUR $42,000 IN LOSSES _ When two farmers in China decided to let their neighbors take a bag or two of their newly-grown white radishes, they had no idea it would cost them their entire 500 ton, or about $42,000 in cash. One of the farmers who suffered the loss last month said that he and his partners decided to let their neighbors take a few radishes for home consumption after some of them praised their produce, saying that it tasted great in their winter soups. After all, they only had a few neighbors, and if each took a bag or two of radishes, it didn’t really affect their hundreds of tons harvest. But what the farmers didn’t expect was for their neighborly courtesy to turn into a free-for-all that not even the police could stop.

… No one knows who made up the rumor that the farmers were giving away white radishes for free, but one thing is for sure — it spread like wildfire. By next day, the farmers’ fields were already overrun by people they had never seen before, some of whom had traveled a long way for some free radishes. The farmers tried calling the police, but there was only so much they could do to contain the masses.

… Some of the freeloaders even livestreamed their radish picking session on social media, inviting their friends to join them. There was nothing for the owners to do but sit and watch their harvest evaporate in front of their eyes.

VERMONT BILL WOULD BAN CELLPHONE USE FOR ANYONE UNDER 21 _ A Vermont lawmaker has introduced a new bill that would ban the use of cellphones by anyone under the age of 21. State Sen. John Rodgers’ proposal would punish anyone under the age threshold found with a cellphone with up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both. Rodgers argued that young people are too immature to use cellphones, citing the role the devices play in fatal car crashes.

… But even Rodgers said he may not vote for the legislation, adding that he just wanted to make a point: “I have no delusions that it’s going to pass. I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.”

PROTECT YOUR BABY FROM STRANGERS’ GERMS WITH A ‘NO TOUCH’ SIGN _ There’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. Just one big problem: the germs.

… Like the zoo has to post signs all over with the very common sense directive to not tap on the glass, parents also need to remind strangers that their babies are not for touching. For these moments, Etsy shop LittleLoveCanada has a solution: The “Please Don’t Touch” sign, which clips to your child’s car-carry seat or stroller.

GERMAN SANDWICH POISONING VICTIM DIES AFTER FOUR YEARS IN COMA _ A young man who was in a coma for nearly four years in Germany has died — and now a man who sits in jail could be tried for murder. The 26-year-old coma patient ingested lead acetate and mercury after it was sprinkled on his sandwiches, resulting in severe brain damage. A coworker was found guilty of attempted murder last year and sentenced to life in prison. A prosecutor said a new trial could be ordered now that one of the victims had lost his life. That’s right, I said one of the victims. There was the 26-year-old who was in a coma for nearly four years and died, plus two other men who were poisoned and suffered kidney damage.

AS MAN ROBS PHARMACY, HE APOLOGIZES TO CLERK _ Police are searching for a man in Philadelphia who allegedly committed an extreme act of desperation late last week. The unidentified man walked into a Rite Aid store shortly before noon and handed the cashier a note. In it, he not only asked for the money in the register, but also apologized, claiming that he was only committing the robbery for the sake of his sick child. The note read: “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.” The cashier complied with his request, putting all the money in a plastic bag that he gave her. Then, the man simply left.

COLLEGE STUDENT WHO THREATENED VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK WHEN HE COULDN’T FIND CLASSROOM _ A St. Paul, Minnesota, community college student who threatened to “grab a shotgun” and shoot two women in the face when he couldn’t find the right classroom on the first day of school was placed on probation. A judge also sentenced 40-year-old Paul James Mouton to 360 days in jail, but she stayed the execution of the jail-time so long as the 40-year-old remains law abiding during his two-year probation.

VALENTINE’S DAY TREES ARE A THING NOW _ Now you have an excuse to leave your artificial Christmas tree up. According to Google Trends, searches for ‘valentine trees’ are up 88 percent over the last few years, and a quick scroll through Instagram confirms that people are actually putting up pink and red Valentine’s Day trees.

WHITE CASTLE IS AGAIN OFFERING RESERVATIONS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER _ Going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is kind of cliche, right? Unless you think outside the box and wine and dine your sweetie at White Castle. Once again, the slider-serving chain is doing it up big for Valentine’s Day. At participating White Castles you can expect a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner with hostess seating, table-side service, and the whole place decked out in festive décor.

… White Castle expects to serve a special V-Day experience to 30,000 people in 13 states on Valentine’s Day. The event will go from 4 to 9 PM and it’s highly suggested you make reservations. You can make a reservation at participating restaurants through OpenTable.com or on the OpenTable app.

TEA DRINKERS LIVE LONGER _ Tea is often overshadowed by its perkier counterpart coffee, but it has been proven to hold a number of health benefits such as soothing digestion, boosting the immune system, and providing helpful antioxidants. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t come as a shock that a new study (Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences) finds that drinking tea at least three times per week is associated with a longer and healthier life.

… 100,092 people with no history of history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer were included in the study. All of these participants were separated into two groups: habitual tea drinkers (at least three times per week) and never or non-habitual tea drinkers (less than three times per week). Each participating adult was tracked for a median time period of 7.3 years.

… The results overwhelmingly pointed to habitual tea drinkers enjoying more healthy years of life and an overall longer expected lifespan.

MAN EDITS HIMSELF AND GIRLFRIEND INTO SLEEPING BEAUTY TO PROPOSE _ One man has just raised the bar on marriage proposals: he edited his girlfriend and himself into her favorite movie, Sleeping Beauty. In a video shared on YouTube, Lee Lochler, the man who proposed, is seen sitting in a theater watching the Disney classic. When Prince Phillip leans over to kiss Princess Aurora, she morphs into a beautiful, brown princess who strikingly resembles Lochler’s girlfriend. The prince is also edited to look like Lochler. The prince then presents a ring and proceeds to toss it over to the real-life Lochler. Lochler catches it and begins his proposal.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE $100,000 WORKING AT TACO BELL _ Amid an increasingly tough U.S. labor market, Taco Bell is betting a higher salary will help it attract workers and keep them on the team. The chain will test a $100,000 salary in select restaurants in the Midwest and Northeast, and will also try a new role for employees who want leadership experience but don’t want to be in the management position. Current salaries for general managers at company-owned Taco Bell stores are between $50,000 and $80,000.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE BANS ‘OFFENSIVE CLOTHING’ _ Think your profanity-laced T-shirt would be fun to wear on your next cruise? Carnival Cruise Line says no. The cruise company is banning offensive clothing. That means nothing worn during the cruise should “contain any message that may be considered offensive or contain nudity, profanity, sexual innuendo/suggestions. In addition, clothing/accessories should not promote negative ethnic or racial, commentary, or hatred or violence in any form.”

… A Carnival spokesman says the change came after some reports in other travel sectors of customers wearing clothing with “very threatening messages.”

PARENTS ADMIT TO COMMITTING AT LEAST FOUR ‘PARENTING MISHAPS’ A WEEK _ Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of parents found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year — adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18.

… The top parenting faux pas was allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent), followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age-appropriate (39 percent).

RETIREES ENJOY BETTER Zs _ Need another reason to look forward to retirement? You may sleep better. That’s the conclusion of a study of French retirees. Though older people are often thought to have more difficulty sleeping, the study found “strong evidence for a substantial and sustained decrease in sleep disturbances following retirement.” The exception was retirees with health issues that interfered with their sleep.

REMEMBER THIS? ONE YEAR AGO IN INTERPREP PRO _ TIME TO LEAVE THE OFFICE? WOMEN FEEL MORE GUILTY THAN MEN _ While men might not think twice before taking an afternoon off here and there to hit the links, women appear to be much more self-conscious about up and leaving work. That’s a finding from a survey of executives with at least 15 years of experience. Most of the men (90%) who responded to the survey take the occasional weekday afternoon off for leisure time, compared to 40 percent for their female counterparts.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE PUZZLED AFTER POACHED EGG FOUND AT CRIME SCENE _ Police in South Korea were baffled after a poached egg was left behind at a crime scene following a break-in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUPERGLUING EYES _ A grandmother in the UK got into a sticky situation when she confused her eye drops with superglue. The 78-year-old was rushed to a hospital after reaching for the medicated drops in her fridge and getting the super-strength glue instead. Nurses then used vegetable oil to try to remove the glue, which had fused the woman’s eyelashes together and seeped under the lids. They soaked her eyes for around five minutes and then tried to pry the lashes apart. Eventually she was able to open them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER GOES FOR SPRAY PAINT, OLIVES _ A  Florida woman was arrested on charges of retail theft. The woman was seen concealing merchandise in a bag and leaving a Walmart without paying. The woman had five cans of spray paint, a box of Playtex, a bra, and a jar of olives.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE RESPOND TO STICKY BUN ALTERCATION AT GAS STATION _ There was a sticky bun situation at a Madison, Wisconsin, gas station Tuesday. A clerk and a suspect at the gas station hurled a package of sticky buns back and forth at each other across the counter after the clerk accused the suspect of stealing snacks. When cops arrived the employee told them that a woman opened a package of Combos and consumed the snack while she hid a package of cookies and two beef sticks in her coat. The clerk said he confronted the woman about the Combos and the snacks hidden in her coat when she approached the counter to pay for a sticky bun. The woman became angry and tossed the sticky bun at the clerk, who fired the sticky bun back at her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BLNT IS REALLY BLUNT _ If you saw certain street signs in Germantown, Maryland, you might wonder: what sort of a name is “Blnt”? That’s not the street’s real name. But “Blunt Road” signs kept getting stolen, so the county dropped the vowels from often-stolen signs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ALWAYS CELEBRATE YOUR SUBWAY JOB _ A guy in Arizona was drinking with his girlfriend when, he says, she “just got kind of drunk or whatever,” splashed him with lighter fluid, and threw lit matches at him. He pushed her out the front door, locked it, and called police. She was arrested. The police report stated the girlfriend was upset with the boyfriend because he would not celebrate with her after she got hired by Subway.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

HAWAII FIVE O (8p ET, CBS) — New. Grover and the team investigate a murder at a private golf course involving a man who was frozen to death in the locker room’s cryo-chamber.

SERIES PREMIERE: LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR (8p ET, NBC) — Russell Hornsby (Grimm) stars in this new drama as a brilliant detective chasing the serial killer who put him in a wheelchair. Arielle Kebbel and Michael Imperioli also star. Inspired by the best-selling book, and the film starring Denzel Washington.

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET, CBS) — New. Magnum and TC go undercover when a corporate manager is murdered and everyone in the office is a suspect.

20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — New.

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

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Two repeats

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A desperate Luis Delgado (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) tells Danny and Baez that the only way he’ll testify against his former cartel is if they protect his sons.

PREMIERE: AJ AND THE QUEEN (Netflix) — RuPaul collaborated with Sex and the City’s Michael Patrick King to create this comedy series about a drag queen (RuPaul) and a smart-aleck 11-year-old (Izzy G.) who tour the country in a beat-up R.V.

PREMIERE: MEDICAL POLICE (Netflix) — This spin-off of the Adult Swim comedic hospital comedy Children’s Hospital stars Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel.

SATURDAY

NFL PLAYOFFS (4:30p ET, NBC) — The San Francisco 49ers host the  Minnesota Vikings.

NFL PLAYOFFS (8p ET, CBS) — The Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional rounds.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (8p ET, HBO) — Keanu Reeves returns in this 2019 action sequel, with Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane.

SUNDAY

NFL PLAYOFFS (3p ET, CBS) — The Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs meet in an AFC divisional round.

NFL PLAYOFFS (6:30p ET, FOX) — The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks.

60 MINUTES (7p ET, CBS) — New. Anderson Cooper profiles and has an in depth interview with Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix discusses his childhood and the tragic death of his brother, actor River Phoenix, and includes the first group interview with the Phoenix family in decades.

GOD FRIENDED ME (8p ET, CBS) — New.

KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS (8p ET, ABC) — New.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

25TH ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS (8p ET, CW) — Taye Diggs hosts this awards show that honors the best in TV and film.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New. Products include a stylish and innovative line of socks that help hold important items and a vegan alternative to nut butters.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New.

PREMIERE: SANDITON (9p ET, PBS) — This new mini-series is based on the final, unfinished novel by Jane Austen. Set in a sleepy seaside village, Rose Williams stars as the spirited yet level headed Charlotte Heywood, who arrives in Sanditon the guest of Tom Parker (Kris Marshall, Love Actually). Theo James (Divergent), Anne Reid (Years and Years) and Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) also star.

SERIES PREMIERE: THE OUTSIDER (9p ET, HBO) — Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, this new series begins by following a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when a supernatural force edges its way into the case, the lead detective (Ben Mendelsohn) brings in an unorthodox private investigator (Cynthia Erivo). Jason Bateman produces and also stars.


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS TODAY _ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will drop from first place this weekend, with 1917 debuting at the top with ticket sales around $33 million. Like a Boss will likely debut in fourth, after Jumanji: The Next Level.

… In theaters: 1917 (R); Like a Boss (R); Underwater (PG-13); Just Mercy (PG-13)

… Opening next weekend: Dolittle (PG); Bad Boys for Life (R); The Last Full Measure (R)

THERE ARE OVER 530 TV SHOWS _ According to an annual report, 532 scripted original TV shows aired on networks, cable and streaming services last year. That’s a 7 percent jump from 2018.

… Given that the streaming wars are now at hand, that total will increase substantially this year.

MOST YOUNG PEOPLE SHARE STREAMING PASSWORDS _ Most streaming services turn a somewhat blind eye to password sharing. A new report though shows just how widespread the issue is. The study (Hub Entertainment Research) found that a whopping 80 percent of people age 13 to 24 have shared a password for a streaming services. That number drops dramatically in the 35 and older group, where only 16 percent have shared a password.

… Naturally, the most popular streaming service, Netflix, is the most commonly shared password. Just over 55 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds admit to mooching off another Netflix account or letting someone use theirs. The brand new Disney+ service claimed the second spot though, with 31 percent of that same age group sharing logins. Hulu brought up the third spot.

MEGHAN MARKLE HAS BEEN INVITED TO JOIN REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS _ After the Megxit announcement on Instagram Wednesday, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen invited Meghan Markle to join Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Cohen, an executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise, wrote, “Open invite for The Duchess to join #RHOBH!”

MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR JOINS SAVED BY THE BELL REBOOT _ Zack Morris is returning to Bayside High. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has closed a deal to join the new streaming series on NBC’s Peacock. His co-star, Tiffani Thiessen is also in talks to appear on the show, though her deal has not yet closed.

HARLEY QUINN DUMPS JOKER FOR THE BIRDS OF PREY IN NEW TRAILER _ A recent interview, Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie confirmed the Joker won’t be appearing in her Harley Quinn superhero movie this year. The latest trailer for Robbie’s film shows what happens after she and the Joker break up — and what happens when she calls on a new gang of friends for help. The film will hit theaters on February 7.

QUENTIN TARANTINO SAYS HE OWES HIS CAREER TO THE GOLDEN GIRLS _ Quentin Tarantino wants to thank Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia for being a friend. The director was once an aspiring actor who landed a gig as an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992.

… Tarantino said, “It became a two-part Golden Girls. So I got paid residuals for both parts. It was so popular they put it on a Best of The Golden Girls, and I got residuals every time that showed. So I got paid maybe, I don’t know, $650 for the episode, but by the time the residuals were over, three years later, I made like $3,000. And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get Reservoir Dogs going.”

DISNEY REPORTEDLY WANTS TO REMAKE THE BLACK HOLE _ While all of our attention might currently be focused on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Disney reportedly has its eyes on rebooting another one of its intergalactic features. According to sources, the studio is planning on remaking The Black Hole.

… The 1979 space movie was the first by Disney to receive a PG rating.

FX RENEWS AMERICAN HORROR STORY FOR THREE MORE SEASONS _ FX has renewed the Ryan Murphy horror anthology series American Horror Story for seasons 11, 12 and 13.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE’S EPIC TRAILER FOR SEASON 7 _ Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 7 on February 6 on NBC, and it looks like our favorite precinct is getting into even bigger and badder shenanigans this year.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  The Oscar nominations are Monday. Do you remember who won Best Picture in 2019?

  Phoner: What’s your funny nickname and how did you get it? Three real callers to help with the phones.

  Disney is thinking about doing a new A-Team movie.

  Weird kid names. See January 9 Bits & Breaks.


BITS & BREAKS

TOPIC: HOW DID YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH END UP IN LIFE?

Thanks to social media it’s easier than ever to take a stroll back through time — all the way to our high school crush relationships.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Just curious… how did your high school crush end up in life?

REAL RESUMES, REAL STUPID

Collected from hiring managers. All true.

• I am very detail-oreinted.

• My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.

• Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!

• It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

• Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.

• I am a quick leaner, dependable, and motivated.

• Please disregard the attached resume — it is terribly out of date.

• Graduated in the top 66% of my class.

• Previous experience: Self-employed. It was a fiasco.

• I have a bachelorette degree in computers.

• Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory; effective management skills; and very good at math.

• Referees available upon request.

• I have recently sold my home and I now live in a large RV so I will be able to relocate quickly.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In the last 500,000 years the earth has seen 74 billion what? (Human births)

TRIVIA: Over 3 million trees are used to create this each year. (IRS forms)

TRIVIA: In 2000 there were almost 28,000 of these in the U.S. Today there are around 2,100. (Video rental stores. Actual stores, not rental boxes, like Redbox.)

RIDDLE

You can see it in your dreams, but never in your thoughts. It starts at the beginning of earth, and ends your life. What is it?

Answer: The letter E


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 10, 2020

• 1976: C.W. MCCALL topped the country charts with Convoy.

• 2006: TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL announced plans to launch their Soul2Soul II Tour in the spring. It would gross nearly $89 million in ticket sales.

• 2008: With Our Song, TAYLOR SWIFT became the sixth female country artist in the decade to spend five straight weeks at the top of the country singles chart.

• 2016: BLAKE SHELTON, Gwen Stefani and RAELYNN attended the Nashville wedding of hair stylist Amanda Craig. Stefani caught the bouquet during the reception.

CRYSTAL GAYLE is 69. Born Brenda Gail Webb, she is a sister of LORETTA LYNN and has scored 45 hits on the Country Singles chart, including Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For and Talking In Your Sleep. Crystal was the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1977 and 1978.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KEITH URBAN kicks off his residency tonight (Friday) at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. Keith has shows at the venue throughout 2020.

ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the Roar With The Lions Tour this summer. Dates begin May 24 in New Hampshire.

RHETT AKINS and wife Sonya are expecting a baby boy in March. This will be Rhett’s third child: the 50-year-old is dad to son THOMAS RHETT (29), and Kasey Lee Akins (27). Thomas and wife Lauren are expecting a baby girl in February.

TANYA TUCKER plays a sold out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sunday night (January 12). She’ll be bringing along several surprise guests.

LEE GREENWOOD is hitting the road this year for The Hits 2020 Tour. Starting in Lakewood, Washington, on February 21, dates are currently scheduled through October 12 in Perry, Georgia. Lee has scored seven number ones and 20 top tens in his career.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES

  1. DUSTIN LYNCH – Ridin’ Roads
  2. LUKE COMBS – Even Though I’m Leaving
  3. LADY ANTEBELLUM – What If I Never Get Over You
  4. DAN + SHAY & JUSTIN BIEBER – 10,000 Hours
  5. JON PARDI – Heartache Medication
  6. THOMAS RHETT – Remember You Young
  7. OLD DOMINION – One Man Band
  8. MAREN MORRIS – The Bones
  9. SAM HUNT – Kinfolks
  10. JIMMIE ALLEN – Make Me Want To

Visit the Country Quickies page for a searchable archive of past stories.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JANUARY 13, 2020

• 1979: CHARLIE DANIELS hosted his first Volunteer Jam.

• 1990: KEITH WHITLEY topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with It Ain’t Nothin’. It was his second posthumous number one song.

• 1994: TAMMY WYNETTE was released from a Pittsburgh hospital after successful treatment of a bile duct infection.

• 1994: ALAN JACKSON topped the charts with Gone Country.

• 1995: JOE DIFFIE’s album Third Rock From The Sun was certified platinum.

• 2003: MARTINA MCBRIDE took home the Favorite Country Female Performer award at the American Music Awards. ALABAMA was also honored during the show, receiving the annual Award of Merit.

• 2010: TRACE ADKINS signed a recording deal with TOBY KEITH’s Show Dog-Universal Music.

• 2012: JAKE OWEN broke his collarbone skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado.

• 2017: DIERKS BENTLEY made his annual polar plunge for New Year’s nearly two weeks late. Penalizing himself for his tardiness, he stayed in the 38-degree water for 13 minutes.

• 2018: On a visit to Hawaii, BILLY CURRINGTON was thrown into panic when he received an official cell phone alert warning of an in-bound ballistic missile. The alarm, the public will later discover, was a human error.

TRACE ADKINS is 58.


DATEBOOK: JANUARY 13, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 59

• Penelope Ann Miller is 56

• Patrick Dempsey is 54

• Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) is 50

• Michael Pena (Ant-Man movies) is 44

• Orlando Bloom is 43

• Liam Hemsworth is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1928: Couch potatoes can trace their roots to this date when three experimental television sets were installed in private homes in Schenectady, New York. Not that there was much to see — the test broadcast by General Electric and RCA was of a person smoking, followed by a man playing a ukulele. The first home receivers’ screens were only 1½ inches square.

• 1957: The Frisbee as we know it was introduced today.

• 1989: New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him.

• 1999: Basketball player Michael Jordan announced his retirement. He returned to the NBA in 2001.

• 2000: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.

• 2005: In Croatia, a quick-thinking bank teller foiled a robbery by an Austrian bank robber by pretending she didn’t understand him. When the crook handed over a note which read: “I have a bomb, give me the money,” the clerk kept saying she didn’t understand it until he finally yelled it so loud that the security guards heard it and stopped him.

• 2010: It was announced that, for the first time ever, Punxsutawney Phil would text his weather prediction on February 2, Groundhog Day.

• 2016: The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was won by three ticket holders. $1.5 billion would eventually be split by winners in California, Tennessee and Florida.

• 2018: Hawaiians received a terrifying message on their phones, repeated on television and radio stations, which had received a similar alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” It was something of a drill, in that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) was running a routine test at the end of a shift and accidentally sent the message state-wide. Unfortunately, it took 38 minutes for the agency to correct the alert with a second alert.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Korean American Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day

• *Public Radio Broadcasting Day

• Rubber Ducky Day. According to a 1973 Calendar, this is Rubber Ducky’s Birthday. But, others say it’s February 25, the date Rubber Ducky first appeared on Sesame Street.

• Gluten-Free Day

• Skeptics Day