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Left to right -- Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson Doc and Ed McMahon.
Johnny Carson fans are in for a New Year’s treat. On Jan. 1, the Antenna TV Network begins broadcasting reruns of the old “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” “The full shows have never been aired since Johnny walked off the air in 1992,” said Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming...
Some movies outperform the levels that their trailers establish, ‘Sisters’ sadly did not. This movie featuring typically hilarious actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had me very hopeful walking into the theater after commercials showed some great comedic scenes so I expected more of what I saw in...
The U.S. Mint has announced that it will remove a number of items from sale on Dec. 30 and 31. These include a number of 2014 dated items and sets. Among the 2015 items to go off sale will be the proof and burnished silver American Eagles, The March of Dimes and U.S. Marshals commemorative coins...
It’s Christmas Eve and temperatures are expected to be in the 60s. I’m sure that’s a problem for scientific reasons, but I’m going to enjoy it. My Christmas gift to you is a week of mediocre picks. Merry Christmas! Chargers at Raiders (-6) When was the last time Oakland was favored by nearly a...
If someone wanted to know what the largest birds are that one might see in the North Quabbin region, the most likely answer, I think, would be Blue Heron, Bald Eagle and Wild Turkey. Now, according to an article in the fall issue of Massachusetts Wildlife, we can add Sandhill Crane. I’m not a...
I love it when things I enjoy separately somehow find a marriage to make both of them better, like chocolate and peanut butter, or most recently, dystopian science fiction and passive-aggressive internet error codes. What I’m referring to is the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG)’s recent...
Our two newest Wild Knights continued to improve at last Thursday’s meeting. Chelsea O’dell and Holden Girourd have been attending our meetings regularly over the past several weeks and both are eager to learn. They are also eager to receive their own club tee shirts! The club will soon purchase...
Split screen of Doris Day with her dog Biggest from the late 70s (photo courtesy of Day); And with Jimmy Stewart, publicity still from The Man Who Knew Too Much - Paramoun
Aside from its traditional spiritual significance, Christmas is generally considered a time to spread peace, love, and “good will to all men.” Actress Doris Day would like to see that benevolence extend to animals year-long, but especially during the gift-giving season. “Many people think dogs,...
The U.S. Mint has announced that they have ceased production of the 2015 silver eagle ounce coins, and that a new annual sales record for them was set in 2015. Around 45 million of the 2015 coins were sold, almost a million more than in 2014. The lower price of silver during 2015 probably helped...
With all the hubbub of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ this weekend it was nice to walk past the long lines and get into ‘Krampus’ worry-free with seats o’ plenty to choose from. Also was exciting to see a Christmas themed horror movie. As a non-horror fan it was actually not that far...

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