ON THIS DAY

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published under a pseudonym in the New York Evening Mirror. You know, I wish they had another name for pseudonym.

In 1861, Kansas became a state. Up until then, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz had no idea where she wasn't.

On this date in 1886, Carl Benz patented the very first successful gas-engine car, a 3-wheel machine with a top speed of 10 mph.
  • Or, as it's known in Miami, speeding.
  • It was basically the size of a smart car. Amazing how we've come full circle.
  • It took over 120 years before Toyota could perfect the one with a sticking gas pedal.

In 1904, the University of Chicago football team became the first athletes to receive letters. Until that time, no one knew what to call letterman's jackets.

On this date in 1920, Walt Disney got his first job as an artist for $40 a week.
  • It wasn't long before he left that Mickey Mouse operation and started one of his own.
  • He promised himself to work hard and eventually get out of that Mickey Mouse job.
  • Today, that'll get you one authentic Mickey Mouse plush doll.
  • I suppose the good news was that you could get paid with just one bill.

In 1924, the first ice cream cone rolling machine was invented. Of course, eventually college students used it for something else.

On this date in 1963 The Football Hall Of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio. Yes, it started out as a hall and then eventually, they added some rooms, but the name stuck.

Johnny Lang turns 35 today. If you see him, don't say "How's it Langin'?" He's heard it before. Lang is the biggest thing to come out of Fargo, North Dakota, since the corn husker. Doesn't it seem like he's been around a lot longer than that?

Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on the "Roseanne" show, now a co-host on "The Talk," turns 41 today. She's not only come out, but she's boarded up the closet.

Heather Graham turns 46 today. For a while, she was a hot property in Hollywood. Then, the real estate collapse.

It's Oprah's birthday today. Number 62 and everybody wins a free car! What do you get for the woman that owns everything. I mean, literally, owns everything. She even owns this joke!

Tom Selleck turns 71 today. What a career -- from Marlboro Man, to Monica's boyfriend on "Friends," to "Blue Bloods." Oh, that "Magnum PI" thing for a while. Nice when you can work in Hawaii. Len Cariou who plays his father Henry on "Blue Bloods" is only 6 years older than Sellack.

Puzzle Day -- Doing crossword puzzles can slash your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost 50%. A five-year study of 800 older people, conducted by scientists at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that older folks who kept their minds active by doing crosswords and reading were 47 percent less likely to be stricken with the dreaded disease than folks who put their brains in neutral.

So, if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are our two choices for president, I think Hillary's strategy is clear: for her vice-president, chose Megyn Kelly.

A new survey says that Americans hate their government more than ever. I don't think there's a chance of that going down with April 15th right around the corner.

Tidiness guru Marie Kondo says that people have three times more stuff than they need. I saw that story on 7 of my 10 TV's.

A dead gambler in Puerto Rico was embalmed and propped up at a poker table. If you're gambling down there and you notice the guy to your left is taking a really long time to decide if he's in... could be him.!

A survey says that American consumers are optimistic about the economy. At least, until the winning lottery numbers are announced.

A medical panel recommends all American adults should be screened for depression. That makes me sad. Oh-oh...

Shaquille O'Neal says he was "paid very well" when he played at LSU. That shoots down the "$1 for every free-throw made" theory.

A study says the Venus flytrap actually calculates when it kills its prey. Now, for science to step in and create the Venus Boss-trap.

A Canadian engineer designed a plane that can fly passengers from New York to London in 11 
minutes using a new technology called LPM or long penetration mode. The first flight will be filled with comedy writers, just so we can get all the jokes out of the way at once.

TOP FIVE DISNEY CHARACTERS THAT NEVER CAUGHT ON
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  2. Stupido
  3. Gail the Snail
  4. Sally Sloth
  5. Marty Maggot

For Desert Radio AZ, I’m Crusty Windbreaker

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