• Writer Dave Barry is 73
• Jan Smithers (WKRP In Cincinnati) is 71
• Montel Williams is 64
• Tom Cruise is 58
• Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds, Dharma and Greg) is 58
• TV chef Sandra Lee is 54
• Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) is 40
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1819: The first savings bank in the United States (The Bank of Savings in New York City) opened.
• 1852: Congress established the United States’ second mint, in San Francisco, California.
• 1884: Dow Jones published its first stock average.
• 1922: Fruit Garden and Home magazine published its first issue. Two years later, the publication became Better Homes and Gardens.
• 1970: Some 200,000 heard Jimi Hendrix play “The Star Spangled Banner” as the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opened in Byron, Georgia. Two days later Governor Lester Maddox said he would seek legislation to ban rock festivals in Georgia.
• 1986: President Ronald Reagan presided over the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
• 2008: Because of a banking error a 16-year-old boy in England went to an ATM and found he had $4 million in his account. He withdrew $600 to spend but after the error was corrected he found he was $600 overdrawn.
• 2009: Sarah Palin announced she would resign as Alaska governor with 16 months left in her term.
• Compliment Your Mirror Day
• Plastic Bag Free Day
• Stay Out Of The Sun Day
• Eat Beans Day
• Superman Day
• Chocolate Wafer Day
• Air Conditioning Appreciation Day
• American Redneck Day
• Comic Sans Day
SATURDAY, JULY 4
• Karolyn Grimes is 80. Geraldo Rivera is 77. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is 38.
• Independence Day. Independence From Meat Day. Cherry Pit Spitting Day. Play Outside Day. Barbecue Day. Caesar Salad Day. Country Music Day.
SUNDAY, JULY 5
• Huey Lewis is 70. Edie Falco is 57. Kathryn Erbe is 55. Dave Haywood of Lady A is 38.
• Bikini Day. National Apple Turnover Day. Work-a-holics Day.
9,412: Members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes in the various Academy Awards categories each year.
The Washington Redskins are being pressured to change their name. [How about the Washington Do-nothings?]
Florida had a new daily high for COVID-19 cases. [“See mamma, I told you Coppertone doesn’t protect you from the covid!”]
Walmart will turn 160 store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters. [As long as you can fit into a shopping cart seat.]
A woman in Texas was recorded spitting on a 7-Eleven counter after the cashier refused to ring up her purchase because she was not wearing a mask. [Funny thing is, just six months ago employees cleaned the counters with a little spit and a clean rag.]
There will be a lunar eclipse Saturday night. [But I plan to ruin the view for my neighbors by shooting off cheap fireworks.]
People living 200 years ago risked their lives to launch this country. So each July 4th, Americans turn their attention to what that day truly represents — freedom of speech, freedom of religion [and competitive eating contests].
July 4th is a lot like Thanksgiving. [You get together with friends and overeat. But the advantage of July 4th is you get to do it in a T-shirt and flip flops.]
July 4th is a lot like Thanksgiving. [The difference is that in a traditional family, mom cooks on Thanksgiving while dad cooks on July 4th. That explains why July 4th includes lots of beer and disposable plates.]
Once you fire up the grill on July 4th, people are instantly drawn to you. [They can’t wait to tell you exactly what you’re doing wrong.]
Here’s a safety tip for July 4th. [Before firing up the grill, be sure to first remove your powdered wig.]
July 4th is the annual day that we all try to come up with a good excuse not to attend cookouts hosted by our friends who are vegans.
🎧 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE MAKES ‘SCREECHING’ SOUND _ Officials in San Francisco are working to figure out a way to quiet a low hum coming from the famed Golden Gate Bridge that has become annoying to some residents. The noise was first reported on June 5. The culprit is reportedly the northwest winds hitting the bridge’s sidewalk railings that have recently been installed in a retrofitting. Some residents say the noise that is produced sounds like torture and causes them physiological distress. The chief engineer for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District said engineers were unaware that the sound would be produced and consultants have been asked to help solve the issue.
BOYS MAGNET FISHING IN LAKE FIND RUSTY HAND GRENADE _ Two boys magnet fishing in a lake in Finland reeled in something entirely unexpected: a rusty old hand grenade. The boys say they usually get bottle caps and nails when they magnet fish. When they brought up their latest catch they didn’t realize right away that it was a hand grenade. The boys carried the object back to shore with their hands, but quickly set it down and backed away when they started to suspect it was an explosive device. One of the boys’ snapped a photo of the object and sent it to his aunt, who is a police officer. She gave them clear instructions to step away from the grenade and wait for police to arrive.
SCIENTISTS DEVELOP BETTER WAY TO MEASURE, TRANSLATE DOG YEARS _ Estimating a dog’s age isn’t a matter of simple arithmetic. Translating a dog’s age to human years using the popular method of multiplying by seven might be amusing, but it’s of little use to a vet. Scientists (University of California) now have developed a better way to measure the aging process in dogs and more precisely convert dog age to human years. Marks on DNA, called methylation marks, are a really accurate way to “diagnose” aging. So researchers decided to look at these DNA marks in dogs.
… The new research showed a dogs DNA develop more quickly when they’re young and more slowly when they’re old. One dog year does not equal seven human years. Aging in puppies is far more rapid than that.”
… For example, a 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 30-year-old human. A 4-year-old dog is like a 52-year-old human. After age 7, dog aging slows down.
HALF OF AMERICANS HAVE AN AMERICAN FLAG AT HOME _ A little more than half of the country keeps an American flag in their home. That’s according to the results of a recent (YouGov) poll. Those 65 and older are the most likely to have the flag in their home (69%). Young adults are the least likely age demographic to have an American flag at home.
AMAZON DRIVER QUIT AND ABANDONED A VAN FULL OF PACKAGES _ An Amazon driver’s tweets on Monday were widely shared after he wrote that he had quit his job and abandoned a truck full of packages at a gas station in a Detroit suburb. The 22-year-old driver, Derick Lancaster, left the keys in the ignition, called a Lyft, and went home. Lancaster said that he was fed up with the job’s long shifts, saying he often worked up to 12 hours where he would be required to deliver hundreds of deliveries, and that he was unhappy with his $15.50 hourly pay.
… Lancaster said the final straw was missing his sister’s birthday after he showed up late to her graduation because of his work schedule. He told local TV station WXYZ, “It was immature and irresponsible on my end. At the same time enough is enough.”
… On Twitter user replied, “If you have ever delivered for Amazon? You would understand why he quit!!!!” Others criticized the move as “childish and irresponsible.”
… Lancaster eventually returned to the gas station a few hours after posting his tweets to wait for an Amazon employee to retrieve the van.
ONLY 15 PLAYERS REMAIN IN THE FINGER ON THE APP CHALLENGE _ (CHECK THE CREATOR’S TWITTER) Finger on the App is an app in which players must keep their finger on their smartphone screen (and occasionally move it to a new spot indicated by the app, to prevent cheating). The last person to keep their finger on the app wins a prize of up to $25,000. Over two days later, 15 players are still vying for the prize. The game started with 1.3 million players. • LINK
SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS REUNITE CHILD WITH STUFFED ANIMAL. TWICE _ With the help of social media and friendly neighbors, an Ormond Beach, Florida, kid wound up with two emotional support toys. When 10-year-old Landon Cain lost his emotional support stuffed animal last weekend, he was distraught. But with the help of social media and friendly neighbors, he wound up with not one, but two stuffed animals returned to him. Landon’s family were cleaning up their boat at the end of a day on a river when his mom set the stuffed animal on the back of their trailer. The stuffed animal, a Porg, is from the eighth Star Wars film. After Porg vanished Landon was heartbroken, especially because the boy has multiple medical problems and takes the stuffed animal with him wherever he goes. It’s one of his closest friends.
… Mom went to Facebook and posted in her neighborhood groups, asking if anyone had seen the stuffed animal. Nathaniel Wright, a nearby resident, saw the post and knew just what kind of stuffed animal it was. His late wife loved Star Wars and bought the same one four years ago. She passed away a year later, and since then, her Porg had been sitting in Wright’s closet. Once he saw the post, Wright immediately reached out.
… Then another person found Landon’s actual Porg on the side of the road. After a round of heavy cleaning, he was returned to Landon, too.
YOU NEED TO SEE THE LUNAR ECLIPSE FOR JULY 4 WEEKEND _ This weekend, star gazers will be treated to a penumbral lunar eclipse where the Earth, Sun and Moon are imperfectly aligned to create a slight shadow on the Moon’s cratered, gray surface.
… The penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible across most of North and South America, south-west Europe, and Africa. The eclipse will begin on the night of July 4 and last till the next day on July 5, peaking just a little after midnight at 12:29AM Eastern on July 5.
… Unlike a total lunar eclipse where the Moon is fully cloaked in the shadow of the Earth, turning a dark red color at times, a penumbral lunar eclipse is when the Moon hides behind Earth’s outer, slightly hazy shadow known as penumbra. During the penumbral lunar eclipse, about a third of the Moon will be hidden behind Earth’s shadow and will turn a little darker than usual.
MAN HANDS OUT FREE COFFEE FROM KITCHEN WINDOW _ From his kitchen window, Ben Ramirez is handing out free coffee and a smile to people in his San Francisco neighborhood. On average, Ramirez makes about 10 to 15 cups a day. His “regulars” are essential workers. In compliance with the six-feet social distancing guideline, he hands out the coffee with a toy gorilla arm, an idea given to him by his five-year-old son, Luca.
… Ramirez starts his day early — around 6:30AM. After making breakfast for his sons, he’s at his kitchen window from 8AM to noon, serving his community, seven days a week.
A NEW HAWAIIAN ISLAND IS FORMING _ Something is forming beneath the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles from the island of Hawaii. A new island is taking shape more than 3,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Lō‘ihi (low-EE-hee) Seamount, an underwater volcano, is an active volcano that is taller than Mount St. Helens. Although Lōʻihi is the newest volcano in the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain, it actually began forming around 400,000 years ago. A series of earthquakes in the seamount caught researchers’ attention in the 1950s, making them aware of the active volcano. Earthquake activity as recently as May has helped scientists monitor the seamount’s evolution into an island. It’ll be a long time before anyone sees the island, though: scientists don’t expect the island to peek above the ocean surface for another 10,000–100,000 years.
CORONAVIRUS PARTIES OFFER PAYOUT WHEN ONE GETS INFECTED _ Some young people in Alabama are throwing COVID-19 parties, a disturbing competition where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout. The parties are being held in Tuscaloosa, and infected people are urged to attend so others can intentionally contract the virus.
KETCHUP, MUSTARD AND SPICE PACKETS ARE SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES _ The pandemic has boosted demand for several products. Sales of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and canned goods all grew dramatically in the early days of the crisis. Another pandemic best-seller? Ketchup packets. And salt packets. And even single-serve pizza seasoning.
… When restaurants shut their dining room doors this spring in accordance with stay-at-home orders, they quickly pivoted to delivery and pickup orders that often come with single-serve condiments. Now, as they start to reopen their doors, many are being instructed to limit the use of shared condiments and spices. The two shifts mean that demand for individually-sized packages are way up, according to industry experts and sellers of those items. Both packets and portion cups used to dole out condiments to individual customers “are seeing rapid gains so far in 2020.”
… US Foods (USFD), a food service distributor that works with about 300,000 restaurants and food service operators, has been “seeing tremendous growth” in single-serve salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard and hot sauce, said Jim Osborne, the company’s senior vice president of customer strategy and innovation. Since some restaurants started reopening in May, sales of single-serve condiments have increased up to 40% compared to last year. The highest increases have been in condiments that restaurants would normally put on table tops.
MOM FIRED AFTER BEING TOLD TO KEEP HER KIDS QUIET ON WORK CALLS _ A California mother has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging she was let go after being told repeatedly to keep her children quiet during work calls. As COVID-19 restrictions began to set in, Drisana Rios says she and her colleagues were sent home with the support of her employer, leaving her to work remotely with a one-year-old and four-year-old and no childcare.
… Rios says, at the beginning of her work from home stint, she informed her manager of her parenting responsibilities and they agreed that she could work her usual hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with an hour lunch at 11:30 a.m. to establish a routine for her kids. At the end of her first week, Rios alleges she received her first complaint. She said, “He said, ‘I don’t want to hear the kids on business calls, I don’t think its professional.'”
… After three months of what she describes as “constant harassment” and multiple complaints from her boss about her children, Rios says she scheduled another call with her manager. He told her to “figure it out.” A week later she was let go. Rios says, though she remains unemployed in the midst of the pandemic, she has received overwhelming support from other mothers who are working from home while also home-schooling or caring for their kids.
MAN DIES FROM DEEP-VEIN THROMBOSIS AFTER HOURS OF GAMING _ A father has a message for parents and young gamers after the death of his 24-year-old son due to deep-vein thrombosis: “Stand up, walk around and please warn your kids.” In a heartbreaking post on Facebook, Stanley Greening in the UK (Harlington, Bedfordshire) told friends and family how he lost his son, Louis O’Neill, last month. Stanley says after being furloughed, his son took to his gaming world to escape. Caught up in a virtual world he became less active. Stanley said Louis “became less active” and allowed “hours [to] fly by when absorbed by the screen.”
… In May, two weeks before his death, Louis complained about a pain in his leg. When he called emergency responders, they told him it could be food poisoning. How that conclusion was made has not been revealed. The father, who is an athlete, knew that long periods of sedentation — a requisite for avid gamers — can result in deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), especially for aging individuals who are more prone to vascular issues compared to young people.
… DVT is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located near the center of the body — making it more difficult to pinpoint and access. If left unattended, the clot can prompt debilitating pain and could result in a pulmonary embolism. The often fatal condition is caused by a blood clot breaking loose and making its way to the lungs, thereby blocking the lung artery and reducing oxygen in the blood.
SOME ARE NOW GOING TO EXTREME LENGTHS TO AVOID GERMS _ Some people are now going to extreme lengths to avoid germs — including crossing the road to avoid others, cleaning phones with anti-bacterial wipes, and disposing of shopping bags after just one use. A study of adults found three quarters have a new ‘quar-routine’ following lockdown which also means they now leave grocery items in bags for an average of 27 minutes before unpacking them. And deliveries are left for 41 minutes before touching them.
… Almost four in ten have added cleaning door handles to their usual cleaning routine, 17 percent no longer pet dogs when out on a walk, and 18 percent have even increased the number of showers they have.
IDAHO HAS MOST UFO SIGHTINGS _ Late last year the state of Idaho ranked first as “the dumbest” state. This year it received another No. 1 score: most UFO sightings per person. In 2019, Idahoans reported 164 UFOs to the National UFO Reporting Center.
NASCAR PROBABLY WON’T UPHOLD ITS CONFEDERATE FLAG BAN _ NASCAR has banned the Confederate Flag from its racetracks — including those brought to the venues by fans. But will NASCAR stick to its ban this time?
… It was five years ago that NASCAR tracks banded together in asking fans not to fly the Confederate flag. The 2015 directive from NASCAR was in response to the mass shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in which nine African Americans were killed during a Bible study. The shooter was Dylan Roof, who had posted photos on his website with emblems associated with white supremacy and with the Confederate battle flag.
OVER $102,000 RAISED FOR STARBUCKS EMPLOYEE _ I have an update for you. Last month a San Diego Starbucks employee refused to serve a customer who wasn’t wearing a mask, so she took a photo of him and posted it on Facebook. Within hours the post went viral, bringing more than 133,000 comments — most criticizing Amber Lynn Gilles. Starbucks backed their employee, Lenin Gutierrez, and a coworker put up a “virtual tip jar” on GoFundMe for the barista. As of today the amount raised is over $102,000. • LINK
MAN COLLECTS U.S. FLAGS _ History buff Nick Artimovich had no shortage of American flags to display at his Columbia, Maryland, home this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. Artimovich, a 66-year-old former U.S. Transportation Department highway engineer, has amassed more than 1,000 U.S. flags from all eras — and owns thousands of items of flag-related memorabilia — since he began collecting the artifacts in the 1970s. He estimates he has spent more than $75,000 on his collection, which, in addition to stars-and-stripes banners, includes flag pins, patches, books, bookmarks, advertisements, fans, cards, sheet music, cigars, ribbons, postcards and all things bearing Old Glory. His oldest American flag is a treasured 28-star version from the 1840s whose red and white stripes have weathered to muted shades of salmon and gray.
AS THE DAY WEARS ON WE RUN OUT OF STEAM _ A study confirms what our bodies have been telling us all along: we run out of steam as the day wears on. Thirty-three percent of executives surveyed said 4PM to 6PM is the least productive time of day for employees. Lunchtime, or noon to 2, came in a close second, cited by 29 percent of respondents. The least productive times of the day for employees, as rated by managers:
• 4PM to 6PM – 33%
• Noon to 2PM – 29%
• 8PM to 10PM – 17%
• 2PM to 4PM- 15%
• Don’t know – 4%
• 10AM to noon – 2%
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE TOP VAGUE PHRASE ON RESUMES _ A study of 160,000 resumes turned up this statistic: more than half include mumbo-jumbo vague phrases like “team player,” “driven,” and “detail oriented.” Experts say these phrases reveal nothing about a job candidate and should be cut out from resumes entirely.
… Don’t brag about your great “communications skills” — the top vague phrase, appearing on 12.5% of resumes.
… So what should you put on your resume? Give specific details, such as “grew sales department by 68%” or “produced payroll for 2,000 employees.” Most recruiters only spend 5-10 seconds on a resume, so you’d better grab their attention quickly.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK BEAR OUTSMARTS FARMER’S HONEY TRAP _ A Chinese villager was disappointed to find the bear that had been terrorizing his chickens could also hold its liquor. The poultry farmer had plotted to trap the black bear by baiting it with honey mixed with two liters of strong alcohol. The next morning he found the spiked honey gone and two dead chickens.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURMESE CAT SURVIVES UNFORTUNATE EPISODE IN WASHING MACHINE _ Oscar the two-year-old Burmese cat was probably only looking for a quiet place to have nap, but he ended up in the 12-minute hot cycle of his Australian owners’ front loader washing machine — with detergent.
… Oscar’s owner heard a strange meowing sound after her husband put the bed sheets in the washing machine. She thought the sound was coming from the cupboard and went to hang out another load of wash. When Oscar’s owner came back inside the meowing continued and then she realized — the cat was in the washing machine. She said, “The poor little cat had his hands on the glass as he was doing the rotations and he was looking at me.” It took a full two minutes for the machine to drain and turn off before the washing machine door could be opened and Oscar could be released.
… Oscar emerged from the hot water cycle and was battered and bruised from the hard fins inside the washing machine, but thankfully, he was alive and was even “very soft”. Oscar went to the animal hospital where he was given medication. Then he slept solidly for the next seven days.
… Back in 2005 a kitten in the UK survived after climbing into a washing machine and spinning through a full cycle along with a family’s laundry. Daz spent 90 minutes inside the machine. Owner Cathy Wallis found Daz in the wet laundry as she prepared to toss the load into a tumble drier.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What crazy experience did your cat or dog survive?
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE SWEPT INTO THE OCEAN DURING WEDDING SHOOT _ A couple in Laguna Beach, California, got more than they bargained for during what should have been a beautiful wedding shoot on the coast. During the shoot, a rogue wave literally swept the couple off their feet and into the ocean, and then had trouble staying afloat in their waterlogged clothing. Lifeguards sprinted into the water and eventually hauled the bride to shore. The couple and photographer have not been identified.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ESCAPED PIGS CAUSE TRAFFIC CHAOS ON VIRGINIA HIGHWAY _ A group of large pigs caused lane closures and long traffic backups in Virginia when they escaped from a trailer and went running loose on the interstate (Wednesday). The Virginia State Police said the pigs escaped from a trailer being towed by a Ford F-250 on the highway. The driver of the truck was cited for failing to properly secure the livestock.
… Most of the hogs were rounded up and returned to the trailer, but one pig made it all the way across the county line before being wrangled.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF LEAVES BEHIND PHOTOS OF HIS CRIME _ A German thief effectively signed his own arrest warrant after photographing himself at the scene of a crime and accidentally leaving the pictures for police to discover. Police said the teen stole a digital camera during a break-in and took the photos before discarding the device nearby.
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR! A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CARL REINER (8p ET, CBS) — CBS will pay tribute to Carl Reiner tonight with an hourlong, colorized Dick Van Dyke Show special. The two episodes feature Reiner, and he personally supervised the original colorization of both episodes, which were previously aired in color in 2016 and 2017.
WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
IHEARTRADIO 4TH OF JULY BBQ (8p ET, CW) — New. Bobby Bones hosts as country stars Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion perform live from their backyards.
DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
20/20 (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.
FRIDAY NIGHT IN WITH THE MORGANS (10p ET, AMC) — New. The Morgans check in with actors Norman Reedus, Diane Kruger, and Elizabeth Moss.
HAMILTON (Disney+) — The smash Broadway hit comes to Disney+ early, and just in time to celebrate the nation’s birthday! This film version about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton was constructed from live performances taped in June 2016 and features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, and the rest of the original cast.
HAMILTON IN-DEPTH WITH KELLEY CARTER (Disney+) — This behind-the-scenes documentary will feature a virtual roundtable conversation between journalist Kelley Carter and Hamilton director Thomas Kail, creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda and performers Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
SERIES PREMIERE: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB (Netflix) — This new family-friendly sitcom is based on the beloved book series, and stars Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains). It follows the friendship and adventures of a group of middle-schoolers who start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Sophie Grace, Malia Baker, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, and Xochitl Gomez play the middle-schoolers.
DESPERADOS (Netflix) — Nasim Pedrad (SNL), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Sarah Burns star in this rom-com as three friends head to Mexico on a mission to save one’s new relationship. Robbie Amell also stars.
THE OUTPOST (AppleTV+) — This new combat film, based on the 2012 book by CNN’s Jake Tapper, plays tribute to the American military forces still serving overseas in Afghanistan. The movie dramatizes the Battle of Kamdesh, when Taliban forces swarmed a remote U.S. outpost staffed by a small group of soldiers, setting the stage for what’s commonly regarded as the deadliest conflict in the ongoing Afghan War. Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones and Milo Gibson star.
SEASON PREMIERE: HANNA (Amazon Prime) — Hanna returns for season two, and follows a young Hanna as she infiltrates the secret government organization that trained her to be a supersoldier in order to rescue her friend from its brainwashing. Esmé Creed-Miles and Mireille Enos star.
A CAPITOL FOURTH (8p ET, PBS) — A Capitol Fourth, now in its 40th year, will be hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams. The special also will feature highlights from past years, as well as a tribute by Stamos to workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Performances (taped remotely) include Chrissy Metz, Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Renee Fleming, The Temptations, Trace Adkins, Andy Grammer, Yolanda Adams, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, and more, as well as members of the National Symphony Orchestra.
THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR (8p ET, NBC) — This two-hour special will be broadcast live from New York City with remote performances by Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum), Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas and the Killers.
… After the show’s musical performances, the event will conclude with a fireworks show captured from a series of weeklong surprise displays across all five of New York City’s boroughs, in addition to a live grand finale.
CNN’S THE FOURTH IN AMERICA (8p ET, CNN) — This special will showcase musical performances by Jewel, Barry Manilow, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Don McLean and more. In addition to New York and DC, the special will highlight firework shows in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.
UFOS OVER AMERICA (8p ET, Travel Channel) — In this special, investigators reveal the secret history between US Presidents and the UFO phenomenon.
MIDWAY (8p ET, HBO) — This 2019 WWII action drama stars Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson and Mandy Moore.
48 HOURS (9p ET, CBS) — Two new editions.
SEASON FINALE: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — New. Celebrity guests are tWitch, D’Arcy Carden, Iliza Shlesinger, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tone Bell and Amanda Seales.
60 MINUTES (8p ET, CBS) — New.
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (10p ET, MeTV Network) — The MeTV Network will pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner with a month-long presentation of his favorite episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, beginning tonight and airing every Sunday night through July 26. Another episode airs at 10:30p ET.
IN THEATERS LAST YEAR _ One year ago this weekend Spider-Man: Far From Home debuted in theaters and made almost $94 million.
🎧 GROUNDHOG DAY SERIES IN THE WORKS _ Groundhog Day is still one of the most celebrated and iconic films in both Bill Murray and Harold Ramis’ careers and though a sequel had long been ruled out, it appears the time-looping comedy is finding new life as a TV series.
… In an interview with The Production Meeting podcast, co-star Stephen Tobolowsky revealed that while working on the Sony lot on one of its ABC co-productions, he was pulled aside by a producer and told that they were developing a series and asked if he would revisit his role as iconic nag Ned Ryerson. The 69-year-old star didn’t reveal any further details.
🎧 BRIE LARSON’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT _ Actor Brie Larson had a big announcement Thursday: she’s launched a YouTube channel. • LINK
CONAN TO MOVE PRODUCTION TO LOS ANGELES COMEDY VENUE _ Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show Conan will start broadcasting from Los Angeles comedy and music venue Largo at the Coronet starting on Monday. O’Brien started to film Conan from his home using an iPhone in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The comedian will continue to interview celebrity guests through Zoom and no audience will be present. The limited staff and crew on site will be following government and industry health and safety protocols.
DANNY GLOVER OFFERS UPDATE ON LETHAL WEAPON REBOOT _ The Lethal Weapon franchise has been one of the most celebrated and hit action franchises to survive past its ’80s and ’90s run and after reported talks in January of a fifth film in the series, star Danny Glover has given an update on the potential reboot. In an interview with Variety, the 73-year-old actor confirmed that there “had been a conversation” in January about another film in the franchise with both Glover and co-star Mel Gibson set the return and that “there is something of a plan. … But that was in January. History changes so fast. But yes, there’s been talk about it. I can only tell you, if it does happen, there is something extraordinary in it.”
HENRY CAVILL SAYS HE WOULD LOVE TO PLAY SUPERMAN AGAIN _ The fate of the DC Extended Universe’s Superman is still unknown. There was a rumor that there is still no work being done on a potential Man of Steel sequel. Despite that, Henry Cavill has been very vocal about his desire to return as the fan-favorite character while also teasing Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League. Now a new interview has surfaced which strengthens the actor’s claims about his love for the Superman persona as well as his outspoken support for the Snyder Cut.
… When asked about returning to the Superman role, Cavill acknowledged the numerous rumors that are being shared on social media. He described that they are both “extraordinary and sometimes frustrating.” Still, Cavill shared that he would “absolutely love to play the character again” if the opportunity arises.
THE KOMINSKY METHOD RENEWED FOR A THIRD AND FINAL SEASON _ The Kominsky Method has been renewed for a third and final season. The Golden Globe-winning Netflix comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin premiered in November 2018 and aired its second season in October 2019. No word yet on when the final season will air.
SAG AWARDS MOVES FROM JANUARY TO MARCH _ The 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards, originally scheduled for January 24, 2021, will now be held on Sunday, March 14.
CHRISTINA RICCI FILES FOR DIVORCE _ Christina Ricci has just filed for divorce from her husband after almost 7 years of marriage. The Casper and Addams Family star filed in L.A. County Superior Court Thursday morning to divorce film producer James Heerdegen, whom Ricci met in 2011 while they working on the set of the show Pan Am. Ricci cites irreconcilable differences as the reason why she wants to end the marriage. She’s asking for sole legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old son, Freddie.
… TMZ reports there is no prenup but Ricci was the main money earner. And, then there’s this: Ricci was granted an emergency protective order by cops after an altercation in which she claims James spit on her. Heerdegen, who was not arrested after the incident, has been ordered to stay away from Ricci.
WALMART IS CONVERTING ITS PARKING LOTS INTO POP-UP DRIVE-IN THEATERS _ Walmart is converting some of its parking lots into drive-in theaters for the summer. The retail giant is converting 160 of its parking lots across the US into drive-ins. These theaters will open in early August and remain open through October. The Walmart Drive-In will feature movies programmed by Tribeca Enterprises, the company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, which recently launched a summer movie drive-in series bringing films, music, and sporting events to as many US drive-ins as possible.
… Walmart has not disclosed whether attendees will have to pay a price of admission. Though, ahead of each drive-in screening, Walmart says it will sell concessions for moviegoers, which they can order online for curbside pick-up ahead of the film screening.
WARNER BROS. HAS REPORTEDLY CANCELLED BIRDS OF PREY 2 _ Warner Bros. had high hopes for Birds of Prey. While Suicide Squad might have been a critical disappointment, it made a bunch of money, with many agreeing that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the breakout character. Sadly, audiences just didn’t show up when Birds of Prey was released in January. Whatever the reason, its failure has apparently put the brakes on plans for a sequel. A source at Warner Bros. said, “Warners no longer believes in the concept or in the creative team behind the movie.”
HUGH DOWNS, LONGTIME HOST OF 20/20 AND TODAY SHOW, DIES AT 99 _ Hugh Downs, the broadcaster whose thousands of hours on network television included two decades on the ABC primetime newsmagazine 20/20 and nine years as the head man on NBC’s Today show, has died. He was 99. Downs also served as Jack Paar’s announcer/sidekick for five years on The Tonight Show and hosted the game show Concentration for almost a decade.
STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4 EXPECTED TO RESUME PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER _ The COVID-19 coronavirus has shut down most film and TV productions, but as the world slowly tries to reopen, some of these entertainment projects are beginning to film again — or at least put a re-boot date on the calendar. One of those is Stranger Things. A source says the hit Netflix series could resume production as soon as September. The site states that sources have indicated Stranger Things will begin shooting its fourth season on September 17 in Georgia.
… We don’t know a ton about what to expect in season 4 of Stranger Things yet, but the appearance of Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) in the teaser trailer seems to imply that he survived the crazy events that transpired at the end of last season, leaving fans to speculate on where he is now and how he may continue to connect to the overall plot in a new place. The actor himself has stated that some big reveals are on the way about Hopper’s backstory, so there should be plenty of mystery to uncover when the show returns.
PRODUCERS RESPOND TO RUMORS THAT ELLEN WILL BE CANCELED _ Rumors are swirling that the Ellen show could be canceled soon, amid reports of falling ratings and allegations of DeGeneres being “rude” to her staff. However, when reached by for comment about the claims, DeGeneres’ production company reps said they can “confirm it’s untrue.”
DID YOU KNOW: FOURTH OF JULY EDITION
• The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
• On the 4th of July, 1942, the U.S. air offensive against Nazi Germany began.
• The number of Americans who would normally spend the holiday at other people’s homes is around 41 million.
• The first official 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801
• Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
• Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the 4th.
• The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
• Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
• Americans spend $111 million on popsicles and charcoal for July 4th weekend.
• Approximately 68.3 million cases of beer are sold for the 4th of July, which makes it the biggest holiday for beer sales.
• Americans spend at least $750 million on fireworks nationwide for the 4th.
HOT, HOT, HOT!
🎧 The weather is steamy! On the PRO AUDIO page is the well-known Hot, Hot, Hot tune edited with a 15-second intro and a long talkover bed.
CLUES YOU’RE ABOUT TO GET FIRED
If your boss says any of the following, you’re likely about to be fired…
“We’re having your car towed. We’d like to have you in it.”
“We’ve sublet your cubicle for use as a nail salon.”
“Good news! We’re going to really, REALLY extend your break time.”
THE DUMBEST THING YOU’VE DONE FOR LOVE?
Love can make you do crazy things. When a user on Reddit asked the question “What is the dumbest thing you’ve done for love?” the forum exploded with answers.
• “Took my own braces off with nail clippers. I was head over heels in love with this chick, but found out through a friend she didn’t find me attractive.”
• “I failed a few tests on purpose to get some one-on-one tutoring with the professor I was infatuated with. She ended up sending her TA to tutor me instead.”
• “I bought a particular pick-up truck because a girl I wanted to date said she liked them. It cost every dime I had. We went on two dates and the she got serious with somebody else.”
• “When I was 13, I staged a fight in front of a girl to make myself look like a bad boy. That was also the day I learned it’s not easy to fake a fight and make it look real.”
• “Not me (thankfully), but I know a guy who got a vasectomy at age 20, having no kids of his own, because his girlfriend had a son and she didn’t want any more. They lasted six months.”
• “In high school, a girl I had a wicked crush on told me I’d look good with it shaved completely (it was already pretty short). I went home and shaved it to where I looked like Mr. Clean. I went to school the next day and she didn’t even really notice.”
TRIVIA: What do Pittsburgh, Tucson, Cincinnati and Albuquerque have in common? (They are the most misspelled U.S. cities)
TRIVIA: The whale has largest mouth of any animal on the planet. What animal has the second largest? (The hippopotamus)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Physician Removes Live ______ from Woman’s Ear”
A woman in China sought medical attention because she heard a constant scratching noise. When doctors looked in her ear they found a live cockroach. It’s thought that the cockroach crawled into the woman’s ear when she was asleep. One of the medical professionals who assisted with extraction said the bug would have likely burrowed into the eardrum if it was not removed in time.
FOURTH OF JULY QUIZ
What do you really know about the Fourth of July and our independence?
The 4th of July commemorates:
- the start of the American Revolution.
- adoption of the Declaration of Independence.*
- the end of the American Revolution.
Not included among the original 13 colonies was:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was:
- a colonist fund-raiser organized by Boston society ladies.
- a publicity stunt set up by coffee importers.
- a protest against the British tea tax.*
The foreign power that came most decisively to the colonists’ aid was:
The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of:
- Benjamin Franklin
- Alexander Hamilton
- Thomas Jefferson*
The number of delegates to sign the Declaration was:
The opening line of the Declaration is:
- “That these united colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states…”
- “We, the People of the Unites States…”
- “When in the course of human events…”*
The first capital of the United States was:
- New York
The legend that seamstress Betsy Ross designed & made the first American national flag is:
- an invention of George Washington biographer Parson Weems
- unquestionably true
- generally discredited*
The Continental Congress adopted the Stars & Stripes as the national flag in:
• Burt Ward (Batman) is 75
• Fred Dryer is 74
• Sylvester Stallone is 74
• Allyce Beasley (Moonlighting) is 69
• Geoffrey Rush is 69
• Rapper 50 Cent is 45
• Tia and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister) are 42
• Kevin Hart is 41
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1785: The dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.
• 1854: The first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan.
• 1933: Baseball’s first All-Star game was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
• 1942: Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
• 1955: America’s first seat belt law was signed, in Illinois.
• 1957: Teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at a church in Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen.
• 1997: The rover Sojourner rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting soil and rocks.
• 2010: Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in a residential substance-abuse program for violating her probation stemming from two separate 2007 cases of driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. (She served 14 days behind bars.)
• 2014: The state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the second U.S. state to do so after Colorado.
• International Kissing Day
• Fried Chicken Day