Saturday, May 12, 2007

Moncton's Alec Bruce wins Atlantic Journalism Award

The Atlantic Journalism Awards were handed out in Halifax earlier this evening. Congratulations to Moncton writer Alec Bruce for his commentary writing award! Great stuff! Click here for samples of all the nominated finalists' works. Congratulations also to University of King's College journalism students Emma Yardley and Hannah Zitner for winning in the student awards category. The winners were:

Spot News - Print: Canadian Press Team - Canadian Press, Halifax, NS - Cormorant Helicopter Crash

Spot News - Radio: CBC Newsroom Newfoundland - CBC Radio, St John's, NL - Fire

Spot News - Television: Robert Jones - CBC TV, Fredericton, NB - Reaching Atlantica

Enterprise Reporting - Print: Mary Ellen MacIntyre - The Chronicle Herald, Truro NS Bureau - A Coup Within

Enterprise Reporting - Radio: Connell Smith - CBC Radio, Saint John, NB - The Whale Odyssey

Enterprise Reporting - Television: Chris O'Neill-Yates - CBC TV, St. John's, NL - The Secret Life of Dr. Chandra

Continuing Coverage - Print: Quentin Casey - Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, NB - Prescription for Care

Continuing Coverage - Radio: CBC Fredericton - CBC Radio, Fredericton, NB - McFitness

Continuing Coverage - Television: Jacqueline Foster - Global Maritimes, Dartmouth, NS - The Choking Game

Feature Writing - Print: Pam Pardy Ghent - The Independent, St. John's, NL - I'll Suck It Up

Feature Writing - Radio: Peter Anawati / Shaun Waters - CBC Radio, Fredericton, NB - The Two Lives of Denise

Feature Writing - Television: Norma Lee MacLeod - CBC TV, Halifax, NS - Robin Tomah

Atlantic Magazine Article: Barry Boyce - Shambhala Sun, Halifax, NS - Who Does God Vote For?

Atlantic Magazine - Best Cover: Shambhala Sun - Halifax, NS - January 2006

Atlantic Magazine - Best Profile Article: Philip Lee - Saltscapes, Dartmouth, NS - Man of a Thousand Songs

Sports Reporting: Deanne Fleet - CBC TV, St. John's, NL - Gushue History

Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Jim Reyno - The Daily News, Halifax, NS - Diddley

Commentary: Alec Bruce - Here Magazine, Moncton, NB - For Sale: One Prosperity Plan; Only One Driver

VideoJournalist: Paul Palmeter - Global Maritimes, Dartmouth, NS - Show of Work

Spot News Photojournalism - Print: Ryan Taplin - The Daily News, Halifax, NS - Paula Gallant Funeral

Spot News Photojournalism - Television: Denis Butler - CBC TV, Fredericton, NB - Reaching Atlantica; and Roger Cosman - CBC TV, Fredericton, NB - Blogger Trial

Feature Photojournalism - Print: Noel Chenier -Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, NB - Grave Digger

Feature Photojournalism - Television: Kevin Barnett - CBC TV, Halifax, NS - Gambia Connection

Editorial Cartooning: Michael de Adder - The Daily News, Halifax, NS - Show of Work

The Jim MacNeill New Journalist Award: Nathan White - Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, NB - Show of Work

Student Awards:

AJAs Award of Merit: Jenny Murphy - New Brunswick Community College, Woodstock, NB

AJAs Student Prize of Excellence: Katie Smith - Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

Le Prix D'Excellence Aliant en Journalisme Etudiant: Lyne Robichaud - Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB

Atlantic Lottery Corporation Achievement Award: Brendan Glauser - St Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

Canada Post Corporation Journalism Prize: Alison Morash - Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus, Kentville, NS

Emera Prize for Journalism Excellence: Emma Yardley - University of King's College, Halifax NS

Communications Nova Scotia Journalism Scholarship: Hannah Zitner - University of King's College, Halifax, NS

Comedian Foster Brooks would have been 95 yesterday

Comedian Foster Brooks would have been 95 yesterday. He was a mainstay of those famous old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. My God, those shows were funny. I've already posted this before, but it's so hilarious that I'm posting it again -- Foster Brooks' roast of Don Rickles. Watch Rickles completely lose it at the end. Brooks' shtick was to play drunk 24/7.

Cookin' with hot sauce on The Muppet Show

Makin' chocolate mousse (or is it moose?) on The Muppet Show

Makin' donuts on The Muppet Show

Paris Hilton autopsy sculpture photos

Some people have way too much time on their hands. But ya gotta give it to Daniel Edwards! He certainly knows how to get publicity for himself. Maybe if she sneaks the statue into jail, it could fool the guards into thinking it's her and she can say free!

"The latest odd statue by artist Daniel Edwards features a naked, provocatively posed, and seemingly dead, Paris Hilton undergoing an autopsy.

For a show warning teens about underage drinking, the sprawled-out "Hilton" clutches a cocktail glass in one hand and a cellphone in the other as her distressed dog, Tinkerbell, jumps across her bare chest. She and the animal wear matching tiaras.

It's one of several works that have gotten attention for Edwards. Last August, he flaunted a busty Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sculpture at Manhattan's Museum of Sex. His earlier works - of Ted Williams' severed head and a naked Britney Spears giving birth - stirred up artistic storms."

Click here for more.

Bizarre move: Duceppe drops out of PQ leadership race 24 hours after getting in

What a bizarre move by Gilles Duceppe. Sheesh! Did someone find a stash of embarrassing hair nets in his house or something? Click here for more.

Remembering Perry Como, who died six years ago today

Perry Como died six years ago today on May 12, 2001, just short of his 89th birthday. Here he is in concert at the age of 81 in early 1994. His voice is still magnificent! (The audio and video may not be sync'd very well...)

Remembering Katharine Hepburn, who would have been 100 today

Four-time Best Actress Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn would be 100 today. She died at the age of 96 in 2003. Here's the trailer for 1951's "The African Queen." Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for this role, but did not win. Humphrey Bogart, though, did win Best Actor.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Have you seen Magnolia?

Have you seen the movie Magnolia? People either loved it or hated it. I absolutely loved it. Thought it was brilliant... yes, even the frogs! One of the most powerful moments of the movie was when each lead character in the movie was listening to the same song on the radio during a very low time in their life... "Wise Up" by Aimee Mann. It was a very powerful part of the picture. I should see it again.

Brawl breaks out at Boston Pops concert. Say what?

"It's the fight heard and watched around the world. Matt Ellinger and an unidentified 44-year-old Massachusetts man wearing a blue shirt got into a major brawl on the opening night of the Boston Pops.

Ellinger, who was attending his first Pops performance with his girlfriend, says this man who was in front of him would not stop talking.

"So after the first piece they keep talking through the second piece, so I tap him with my program to give him the shush," said Ellinger.

According to Ellinger, that did not work, so he once again asked the man to be quiet.

"He turns around and tells me 'if you hit me again I'm going to throw you over the balcony'"

Ellinger then goes to tell the usher what's going on. He sits back down, and lets the man know that someone is coming over.

"Just like that he stands up, cold cocks me with the right hand.. and at the same time grabs my hair.. just pulls me down whoa!"

The other man is escorted out and eventually Ellginger and his girlfriend are kicked out too."

Click here for more on the story.

This is a great song!

Have you ever heard Brimful of Asha by Cornershop? Perhaps not... but it's a very catchy song. I love it. My friend Sean from Toronto e-mailed me tonight to say "hi" and this song reminds me of him. So here it is!

Cute father-daughter marriage dance

You know something odd has to happen in a video that races to the top of TouTube's "most-watched" charts. When I first started watching it, I was like, "Oh God... I hope these two don't start making out. That would be so wrong!" Well, I kept watching and it was all good... and very cute, actually! Take a look:

Ahhhhh... more clutter gone...

You know you're obsessed with decluttering when you get up early to watch the waste removal people heave all of your stuff into the truck. That's what I did this morning. I got up early, saw that they hadn't been by yet, and then plunked myself down in the living room and waited for them to come by. They arrived and I watched all-l-l-l-l that clutter be tossed in the truck and compacted. And that was that! What a relief. There were at least 15 garbage bags of junk -- and that doesn't include the five that went last week. I would say there will probably be another five or so for next week. That'll be great! More junk out of the house.

Now, I don't think my house looked junky -- cluttered, yes, but not junky -- at least I don't think so. There's still lots of stuff lying around waiting to be put away... and it all will be over the next few days.

I usually take an hour-long activity spurt and work like heck, filling up several boxes and garbage bags as I go. (When you're being vicious, it's not difficult to find things to get rid of. Then I relax for a bit... then get the bug again and start more clean-up!

Should be interesting to see what else I find to get rid of. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The decluttering continues...

Wow... Decluttering ones house is quite a task! I thought I'd be done in just a few days when I started all this well over a week ago. It's becoming quite a big job. I've brought at least 15-16 garbage bags to the curb and have several boxes on the go for donations to charity and the library. So much clutter gone! It's absolutely amazing the amount of stuff a person can accumulate over the years. And the dust! Wow... I'm glad I'm not allergic to dust. It would have been a difficult week. I hired my friend's son to come over tonight to help me move my office upstairs and bring things to the garage. Whew! Got a lot done today. Am looking forward to finalizing all this over the next few days.

The big stuff seems to be done, including moving my office upstairs into the sunlight out of the dark basement. Tonight's my first evening upstairs and it feels weird! The new office is in my old spare bedroom and, needless to say, I spent very little time here. But honestly, I've built my dream office with a huge filing cabinet, desk and a bookcase to hold a lot of stuff. It should be very conducive to doing a lot of work.

Doctors stop treating Tammy Faye's cancer

"Tammy Faye Bakker Messner has asked her friends and fans to pray for her now that doctors have stopped medical treatment for her stomach cancer.

In a message posted on her Web site, the evangelist and former TV personality, 65, who was also the subject of a 2000 feature documentary, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, thanks those who have sent her "rooms full of flowers, the tables full of cards, and beautiful little gifts."

She acknowledges that she has not had the opportunity to reply to the outpouring, saying, "I have been on so much medication, so many have been trying to help with thank-you notes." She also says she is "trusting God to heal my sick stomach. Please try to understand."

Click here for more from People magazine's website. In her message on her website, Tammy Faye says she's in pain and is feeling ill. She also says that she's down to a skeletal 65 lb. Let's hope that she doesn't suffer much longer.

Tom Poston has died

I'm the king of celebrity obituaries, but this one slipped by my radar! Good God. And I love Tom Poston, too! He passed away on May 4 at home at the age of 85. He won an Emmy for The Steve Allen Show and was nominated for Newhart. You can still catch him on TV in old reruns of shows such as Grace Under Fire. He is survived by his wife, actress Suzanne Pleshette. Here he is with Bob Newhart in a scene from Newhart.

Removing clutter: being cruel and vicious

Hump day
Published Wednesday May 9, 2007
Appeared on page D6

This spring, I've decided to get seriously organized. After years of unintentionally letting things slide quite badly, I'm biting the bullet and putting the time it takes into organizing my house so that I can actually find things.

What a concept, eh?

You've probably seen the TV shows that tell people how to declutter their lives. Shows such as Neat and Clean Sweep have put the issue of getting rid of clutter at the forefront of many people's priorities. Reducing clutter and getting organized saves time and money - by being able to find things you need right away and by reminding you that you already own that certain thing that you were just about to purchase again!

Some do this a bit at a time - a little here, a little there.

Unfortunately, if I were to do it that way, it would never get done because between "here" and "there," more clutter would move in to take its place. Nope, it all has to go and it has to go now!

So far, I've completely dismantled my once-proud filing system - including the part that had been done earlier and the part that was waiting to be done. The problem is that the part that was done included bank statements from as far back as 1998, so obviously I hadn't updated it in a dog's age. And the part that wasn't yet done lingered as piles upon piles of paper inside various boxes and drawers.

And don't even get me started about the top of my refrigerator, which had become the graveyard of many things that had one time been considered essential to the very essence of my being.

The dining room table and kitchen counters, as well, had become just another desk, piled high with mail, paper and other stuff that really should have been filed away safely where I could find it.

As with most cluttered houses, I couldn't find a blessed thing.

Had I dropped dead, I pity the executor of my will for being able to find anything even remotely useful - even the will itself. I found it the other day after not having seen it in years. I'm pretty sure that the executor would have spent many an hour desecrating my grave out of frustration had I not caught the decluttering bug.

Let's face it, although I've seen worse, this place was turning in to a house full of "piles" - piles of paper, piles of mail, piles of bills, piles of user manuals, piles of outdated and obsolete software.

I mean, it's been years since software came on disks, as opposed to CDs, right? Well I had tons of those old disks - drivers, software, etc. - all for programs that have long since disappeared and that I no longer use. They're out the door!

And what about that stereo and stand I bought 22 years ago?

It has since been replaced with something a lot smaller and modern - one that can play CDs. That old stereo is going, too. Why bother keeping it if I'm never going to use it?

The time has come to stop lugging that stuff around in my life. It's excess baggage of the worst kind - the kind that only clutters up your priorities.

Every time I go in to my storage room, I want to cry. It's evolved from a relatively well-organized space from when I moved in six years ago to what is today just a clutter-filled mess where I can't find anything.

Do I really need to keep every income tax return that I've filled out since the mid-1980s? Hardly. Bye-bye to you, then - except for the past seven years, of course.

Do I really need to keep user manuals and warranties for everything I own? Am I going to bring in my can opener for servicing if it breaks down? I doubt it. It will be trashed. Will I go through the bother of sending in my nine-year-old high-end frying pan for replacement on its 10-year warranty if it warps or chips before then? Honestly, no.

So yeah, a lot of things are going to be leaving this house in the next couple of weeks. Some of it has been with me for more than 20 years. Some of it has been with me for 20 months . . . and some for 20 days.

But the issue with decluttering is that a person has to be completely vicious about it if they're going to be successful.

Of course, there are sentimental items in everyone's life, but a movie receipt from a terrible movie you saw in 1983 likely isn't one of them.

Be vicious. Be cruel.

Ask yourself if you truly need those things in your life or if you're just keeping them around out of habit. Dragging clutter around with you from house to house and apartment to apartment is just not mentally healthy. Simplify!

So far, I've removed seven garbage bags, an old lamp that doesn't even work and two 25-year-old metal bookcases that have become so bent out of shape (literally) that they should have been discarded years ago. After all, how much do a few nice bookcases cost?

Honestly, I just brought those bookcases everywhere I moved out of pure habit.

To help myself organize, I dropped by a wonderful office supplies and furniture surplus store the other day and bought a nice five-drawer lateral filing cabinet and three bookcases. My filing, office supplies and books all now have places to repose. Meanwhile, my dining room table, coffee table, nightstand and kitchen counters will soon be returning to their original intentions as things get put away and finalized.

When you stop looking at a bunch of useless clutter, it frees up the mind for much more important things. When you step into a room, you can enjoy what it's there for instead of feeling guilty for all the garbage lying around.

It feels great! Try it sometime.

LaKisha voted off American Idol

As I predicted yesterday, LaKisha was sent home last night on American Idol. There was not "bottom two," apparently... at least it certainly wasn't branded that way. They were done in random order. Jordin was sent to safety first. Next was Melinda, then Blake... leaving LaKisha to be the one to say buh-bye. She made a very classy exit and sang her heart out! LaKisha was originally one of the favourites to win (and coming #4 certainly proves that), but seemed to be eclipsed by young Jordin in recent weeks.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

American Idol prediction for tonight

I'm zonked so this will be short and sweet. Bottom two: LaKisha and Jordin, with LaKisha saying buh-bye. That is all. Let's see what happens!

Billy Joel is 58 today

Happy birthday to singer Billy Joel, who turns 58 today. Here he is singing "Uptown Girl":

"A Matter of Trust":

"You're Only Human":

Remembering Hank Snow, born 93 years ago today

Country singer Hank Snow was born 93 years ago today in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. Here he is singing "Music Makin' Mama from Memphis":

Hump Day -- Removing clutter: being cruel and vicious

Check out my latest Hump Day column entitled "Removing clutter: being cruel and vicious" on page D6 of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. This week's column is all about decluttering and getting rid of excess baggage in your living space! It feels great. :) You can read it by picking up your copy of the Times & Transcript today or by checking back here tomorrow when I post it online.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Happy birthday to Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias is 32 today. Here is singing his #1 hit from 1999, Bailamos:

Remembering Dolph Sweet

If you were a fan of Gimme a Break! or Another World, you likely remember Dolph Sweet. He played the father on Gimme a Break! from 1981 to 1985 and Gil McGowan (Ada's husband) on Another World from 1972 to 1977. He died 22 years ago today in 1985. If you can't place him, here are the opening credits to Gimme a Break.

Never complain about your politicians' legislative antics again...

... unless you're from Taiwan! Wow... these people are nuts!

Nathalie meets Mary Tyler Moore... kinda

This is my friend Nathalie Gagnon recently in front of the statue of Mary Tyler Moore in Minneapolis. The statue was erected to pay tribute to the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show when Mary threw her hat into the air. One of Nathalie's hero's as a young girl was Mary Tyler Moore because she depicted a strong woman in the working world. She was very happy to have the opportunity of posing next to the statue that symbolized a very powerful and positive role model from her childhood. Here's the original theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It changed in subsequent years from "You might just make it after all" to "You're gonna make it after all."

Lewisville's beloved Kay Arena being transformed

The Kay Arena, which has housed the development of a generation of hockey players with the Lewisville Minor Hockey Association, has started its transformation into an expanded community centre. Demolition in earnest started yesterday. Here's how the progress looked earlier this afternoon. This portion of the building housed the old Lewisville Library, which closed down years ago. It's now on to bigger and better things for the facility!

Melissa "Laura Ingalls" Gilbert is 43 today

Melissa Gilbert, who memorably played Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, is the ripe old age of 43 today. "Half-Pint" is growing up! Here's a clip from the show when Laura first started teaching:

Remembering Ricky Nelson, who would have been 67 today

Singer Ricky Nelson would have been 67 today. Born on May 8, 1940, he died in a plane crash on December 31, 1985. Geez... nearly 22 years ago. Feels like it was yesterday. Here he is singing "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You":

This week's Hump Day column...

... is all about decluttering ones house! Ahhhhh... I've been doing a major spring clean-up around here in the past two weeks, so decluttering is near and dear to my heart, these days! My home office had long been a complete disaster of mounds and mounds of unfiled paper, old outdated software and just plain junk that I hadn't looked at in years. Since I wrote the column, I've also decided to move my office from the basement family room to the spare bedroom upstairs. I'm sick and tired of being holed up in the basement all the time. Finally -- sunlight! I can't wait until the project (mostly) is completed at the end of the week. It feels great to be accomplishing all this stuff. I'll finally be able to find important papers instead of having to rummage through things for hours on end. Ahhhh... feels good! Watch for Hump Day on the editorial page of tomorrow's Moncton Times & Transcript.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster

Seventy years ago yesterday, on May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg zeppelin caught fire and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the disaster. Watch the actual video of the event here:

For sale: Maple dresser with mirror


$150. Maple dresser with mirror. Excellent condition. I don't need it anymore because I'm moving my home office upstairs from the basement family room into the spare bedroom on the main floor. I need the room! E-mail me at brian AT or click here for the online ad with contact information. (Item located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.)

For sale: Single trundle beds


$100 for both together. Selling as a pair. Blue steel frame. One rolls under the other. Perfect for a kid's room or for a spare bedroom. I don't need them anymore because I'm moving my home office upstairs from the basement family room into the spare bedroom on the main floor. They may have been slept on 30 times (max!) since 2001 when I bought them. The above photo shows how the bottom bed rolls out from under the main bed. There are legs that pop up on the second bed to make it (just about) the same height as the main bed, so it can be converted into a pseudo-double bed in a pinch. E-mail me at brian AT or click here for the online ad. (Item located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.)

You may need to take a few tranquilizers before watching this...

My nerves! What the hell were the parents thinking? God...

Remembering singer Eddie Rabbitt

Country singer Eddie Rabbitt died on this day nine years ago in 1998. He was only 56 when he succumbed to lung cancer. He scored a number #1 country songs. Here he is singing "I Love a Rainy Night" from 1980 -- hit only song that #1 hit consecutively on the country, pop and adult contemporary charts.

Here is singing "Drivin' My Life Away":

And finally, here he is singing "Step by Step":

Remembering comedienne Totie Fields

Totie Fields was a bit before my time, but I keep hearing pop-culture references to her to this day as one of the pioneering female stand-up comediennes during a time when they were a rarity. Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, about the only female stand-ups were Fields, Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller. I don't remember much about Fields, but I do remember the gals on The View discussing her several weeks ago. Joy was saying that Totie was one of her mentors. She would have been 77 today. She died in 1978 at the young age of 48 from a heart attack. Here she is from a TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s:

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Celebrity sighting: Tracy Morgan

My cousin and his wife were visiting Boston for the past few days and saw 30 Rock and former Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan standing in line for pizza at Faneuil Hall on Friday. Cool!

Yahoo Photos goes bye-bye!

"Yahoo Inc. is shutting down Yahoo Photos, an online photo storage site, and asking users to move instead to its Web 2.0 photo sharing site, Flickr, a Yahoo official said.

In June, tens of millions of registered users of Yahoo Photos will be notified of various options including upgrading to Yahoo's Flickr service or various outside-photo storage sites, according to Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield.

Yahoo also will offer consumers the option of loading their photos on competing sites when users are notified next month."

Click here for more.

Amazing! Can honey avoid diabetic amputations?

"Spreading honey on a diabetic ulcer could prevent the need to amputate an infected foot, researchers say.

A doctor at the University of Wisconsin who helped about half a dozen of her diabetic patients avoid amputation has launched a controlled trial to promote the widespread use of honey therapy.

The therapy involves squeezing a thick layer of honey onto the wound after dead skin and bacteria have been removed.

The honey kills bacteria because it is acidic and avoids the complication of bacterial resistance found with standard antibiotics, Jennifer Eddy, a professor at the University's School of Medicine and Public Health, told AFP.

"This is a tremendously important issue for world health," Eddy said.

Diabetics typically have poor circulation and decreased ability to fight infection and ulcers can be hard to treat. An amputation is performed every 30 seconds somewhere in the world, Eddy said.

"If we can prove that honey promotes healing in diabetic ulcers, we can offer new hopes for many patients, not to mention the cost benefit, and the issue of bacterial resistance. The possibilities are tremendous."

Honey therapy is already used to treat bed sores in New Zealand and as an alternative form of medicine in Europe, but has largely been relegated to history books in the United States."

Click here for more.

Listen to your inspector when buying a new home!

A couple in New York bought a new house last summer. When they had the house inspected, he told them to be on the lookout for bats in the attic. Instead of taking care of the problem immediately, they bought the house anyway and procrastinated in taking a closer look... until now.

And what did they find? 1.5 tons of bat guano (poop) in their attic... and a $25,000 bill to clean it up. Worse, their insurance company told them that it was their problem! They're now fighting the issue in court.

Arachnophobes be warned...

There's this kid, see. He's nine. He complained to his mother that he heard faint sounds in his ear, kind of like Rice Crispies popping. Well, he went to the doctor to have the problem checked out -- which had now turned in to a full-fledged earache. The doctor looked in the ear. He saw something and flushed it out, like they do to clean out earwax. Instead of earwax, however, spiders fell out of the kid's head!! Apparently, they had set up a nest in his ear canal! Gross!! *gets the chills* Click here for more.

Billboard #1 songs -- 1987, 1977, 1967

Hit #1 on May 2, 1987 -- "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew. What a great song. Lead singer Nick Van Eede was the former lead singer of The Drivers, a one-hit-wonder group from the 1980s. I absolutely loved The Drivers' album, which included "Tears on Your Anorak."

Hit #1 on May 7, 1977 -- "Hotel California" by The Eagles:

Hit #1 on May 6, 1967 -- "Something Stupid" by Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra:

Remembering Dana Hill

Actress Dana Hill may not have been a household name, but people of a certain age (i.e. 40+) will likely remember her face from a number of movies and TV series in the 1970s and 1980s. She was born on this day in 1964 and died in 1996 due to complications from diabetes. Click here for a really nice tribute video that I found on YouTube. Extremely well done!

Street Sense wins Kentucky Derby in a thriller!

Street Sense ridden by jockey Calvin Borel won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in an exciting come-from-behind victory. Anyone who watched the race was surely enthralled with the amazing finish, and Borel's infectious joy at winning was evident. Click here for more.