Born on this day!! Actor Hal Linden is 92. Country singer-guitarist Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky is 77. Blues musician Marcia Ball is 74. Drummer Carl Palmer (Asia; Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 73. Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 72. Guitarist Jim Seales (Shenandoah) is 69. Actor Amy Aquino (“Bosch,” “Brooklyn Bridge”) is 66. Actor Vanessa Bell Calloway is 66. Director Spike Lee is 66. Actor Theresa Russell is 66. Actor Holly Hunter is 65. Drummer Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) is 62. Model Kathy Ireland is 60. Actor David Thewlis (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) is 60. Guitarist Adrian Oxaal of James is 58. Actor Jessica Lundy (“Party of Five,” “Hope and Gloria”) is 57. Actor Liza Snyder (“Yes, Dear”) is 55. Actor Michael Rapaport (“Boston Public”) is 53. Actor Alexander Chaplin (“Spin City”) is 52. Actor Cedric Yarbrough (“Speechless,” “Reno 911!”) is 50. Actor Paula Garces (“Harold and Kumar” films) is 49. Michael Genadry (“Ed”) is 45. Actor Bianca Lawson (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 44. Comedian Mikey Day (“Saturday Night Live”) is 43. Actor Nick Blood (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 41. Guitarist Nick Wheeler of All-American Rejects is 41. Actor Michael Cassidy (“People of Earth,” “The O.C.”) is 40. Actor Christy Carlson Romano (“Even Stevens,” “Kim Possible”) is 39. Actor Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 37. Actor Barrett Doss (“Station 19″) is 34.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1602 – The Dutch East India Company was established. During its 196-year history, it became one of the world’s most powerful companies.
1727 – English physicist/astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London at age 84.
1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published.
1969 – John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
1985 – Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod.
1990 – Namibia becomes an independent nation.
1995 – Two members of the Japanese cult Aum Sinrikyo released poisonous gas in a Tokyo subway stop during rush hour, killing 12 people and sending over 5,000 to the hospital for treatment.
1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first to fly a hot-air balloon nonstop around the world.
2003 – Ground troops entered Iraq and a second round of air strikes against Baghdad was launched.
Today Is: Alien Abduction Day, Bed-in For Peace Day, Great American Meat Out Day, International Astrology Day, International Day of Happiness, French Language Day, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Proposal Day, Snowman Burning Day, Spring (Vernal Equinox) 5 pm EDT, Well-Elderly or Wellderly Day, World Flour Day, World Frog Day, Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day, World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People, World Sparrow Day, World Storytelling Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – The Neighborhood / 8:30 – Bob Heart Abishola / 9:00 – NCIS / 10:00 – NCIS Hawaii
NBC – 8:00 – The Voice / 10:00 – Quantum Leap
ABC – 8:00 – The Bachelor / 10:00 – The Good Doctor
FOX – 8:00 – 911 / 9:00 – TMZ Investigates
CW – 8:00 – All American / 9:00 – All American Homecoming
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Fallon: Florence Pugh, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Talib Kweli & Madlib
Stephen Colbert: Steven Spielberg, John Williams (R 3/2/23)
Seth Meyers: Taylor Schilling, Suzy Eddie Izzard (R 2/6/23)
James Corden: Bob Odenkirk, Melanie Lynskey, Tori Kelly
Watch What Happens Live: Hayley De Sola Pinto, Tyler Walker
Daily Show: Guest host Al Franken
The Talk: Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Eileen Davidson, Jason Thompson
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Keanu Reeves, Regé-Jean Page, Monica Mangin
Drew Barrymore: Nate & Jeremiah, Brandon Marshall, Brandice Daniel
Jennifer Hudson: Mike Epps, Sarah Shahi
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: How did this L.A. Weather Reporter wind up on the “Died Suddenly” Twitter feed?? She COLLAPSED LIVE ON AIR!! (Don’t worry.. she went on Twitter and said she’ll be OK!!!!!
QUESTION: When your teacher talks to you about your child, what are they REALLY trying to say?? This teacher took to TIK TOK to give you the teacher SECRET CODE!!!!!!!! Yikes!!!!!!!!!!
QUESTION: Is BEN AFFLECK as miserable as he LOOKS?? Not at all!! He says his life is “GD Good” right now, “Air” is amazing and his WIFE is gonna star in his his next movie!!! Alright!!
QUESTION: What was that STRANGE STRING OF LIGHTS in the sky over Northern California?? Aliens?? Chain lightning?? An expert says, “Nah, probably just SPACE JUNK!!” Really??
QUESTION: Could HARRY AND MEGHAN’S DEMANDS throw a monkey wrench into the KING’S CORONATION? They want their kids acknowledged and a PLACE ON THE BALCONY!!!!!!
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell announced on social media that they will reprise their roles of Dexter and Ed from the 1990s sketch-comedy series All That and the 1997 movie, Good Burger. “Welcome BACK to #GoodBurger, home of the Good Burger, can we take your order?!?! Good Burger 2 dropping soon on @paramountplus!” the duo said in an Instagram post featuring a brief video of them repeating their catchphrase Friday. No plot details, release date or additional casting for the fast food-themed comedy were immediately announced. See the video HERE.
******They both look good, but their buns are a little lower!!!
*******We’d love to get ’em on the phone and grill ’em about the new movie!!!
******In the second film they’re battling an evil clown by the name of “Jack!!!”
Keanu Reeves is mourning the untimely death of his “John Wick” co-star Lance Reddick after he passed away on Friday at age 60. “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” Reeves and director Chad Stahelski said in a joint statement to Variety. “He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends.” The duo said they will dedicate “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which is set to be released in theaters on March 23, to Reddick’s “loving memory.” “We will miss him dearly,” they concluded. In a statement to People, reps for Reddick confirmed his death, saying that he “passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes.” “Lance was best known for his roles in ‘The Wire,’ ‘Bosch,’ Netflix’s ‘Resident Evil’ and the ‘John Wick’ films,” his reps continued. “He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.” “Lance will be greatly missed. Please respect his family’s privacy at this time.” According to TMZ, law enforcement said Reddick’s body was discovered at his home in Studio City, Calif.
*****Reddick was one of those great “character actors” who make the movies great!!!
Leaked rehearsal plans for the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III reveal that there is currently no place for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle in the procession to follow the king’s crowning in Westminster Abbey. This revelation by The Times of London follows reports that Harry and Meghan have been invited to the ceremony taking place on May 6 in the UK capital. According to the plans, the King’s shamed brother, the Duke of York, has no place in the royal procession, and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will not be taking part either. In an event estimated at about the third of the size of HM The Queen’s in 1953, it appears there is a place for “working royals only.” These include the King’s sister the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, and a few other adult royal cousins. One person who will be joining in is the youngest child of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Louis, who stole the show at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June last year. Harry and Meghan’s children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, have not yet been invited to the Coronation, according to the Times.
*******Charles offered to let Meghan carry his train, but she turned him down!!
*******See the guy in the chauffer’s uniform?? That’s Harry!!
*****They’re downsizing.. so everyone has been commanded to bring a covered dish!!!!!
****The church will be divided between “those who might become a monarch” and “those who haven’t got a chance in hell!!”
Robert Smith, the frontman for the Cure, is helping out their fans by going up against Ticketmaster. Following the announcement of the band’s upcoming tour fans rightly flocked online to purchase tickets, where some said they encountered high fees on top of the actual ticket price. On Wednesday, Smith took to Twitter to discuss his outrage: “I am sickened as you all are by today’s Tickmaster ‘fees’ debacle,” he wrote. “To be very clear, the artist has no way to limit them. I have been asking how they are justified. If I get anything coherent by way of an answer I will let you all know.” By Thursday, Smith had some answers from the company. “After further conversation,” Smith wrote in another tweet. “Ticketmaster have agreed with us that many of the fees being charged are unduly high, and as a gesture of goodwill have offered $10 per ticket refund to all verified fan accounts and lowest ticket price (LTP) transactions.” Those who purchased tickets at higher prices may only receive a $5 refund, Smith said. For this particular tour, the band reportedly worked to make their concerts affordable for all, offering $20 seating in many markets.
********Ticketmaster will still make a fortune.. so don’t start a GoFundMe page for them!!
******The band will make just enough to cover Robert’s makeup!!
On Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow addressed the backlash she’s faced since discussing her wellness routine on Dear Media’s “The Art of Being Well” podcast four days earlier. She told host Dr. Will Cole that she typically starts the day with coffee, eats bone broth for lunch, and vegetables for dinner. A video clip of the discussion went viral, prompting criticism from TikTok and Twitter users. When one of Paltrow’s Instagram followers asked about the controversy during a fan Q&A, she responded with two videos on her Instagram stories. “I think it’s important for everybody to know that I was doing a podcast with my doctor,” Paltrow said in her Instagram story. “So, this is a person I’ve been working with for over two years now to deal with some chronic stuff.” Paltrow continued that she has long COVID and one of her symptoms includes “very high levels of inflammation over time.” “I’ve been working with Dr. Cole to really focus on foods that aren’t inflammatory,” Paltrow said. “So, lots of cooked vegetables, all kinds of protein, healthy carbs to really lower inflammation. It’s been working really well.” Paltrow added that her diet was based on her medical results and “extensive testing that I’ve done over time.” She concluded that the podcast episode was meant to be a “transparent look at a conversation” between her and her doctor. “It’s not meant to be advice for anybody else. It’s really just what has worked for me, and it’s been very powerful and very positive. This is not to say I eat this way all day, every day. And by the way, I eat far more than bone broth and vegetables,” Paltrow said. “I eat full meals, and I also have a lot of days of eating whatever I want. You know, eating french fries and whatever. My baseline has been to try to be healthy and eat foods that will really calm the system down.”
********Bottom line: women are obsessed with food.. the way men are obsessed with sex!!
*******Our doctor just put us on the “hot fudge and mashed potato diet!!”
********Our “cheat day” is a family-sized Snickers bar and a Bloomin’ Onion from Outback!!!
******Gwyneth fails to mention that the bone broth comes from her ex-boyfriends!!
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue have quietly finalized their divorce just four months after her months-long affair with T.J. Holmes was exposed. They amicably divided their assets through mediation and agreed to share custody of their dog, Brody, according to the Daily Mail on Friday. Reps for Shue and Robach did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment. The former couple’s legal split comes eight months after Robach, 50, filed for divorce as she chose to pursue a relationship with her 45-year-old co-anchor. The news anchors’ romance allegedly started exactly one year ago while they were training for the New York City half marathon before they decided to end things with their respective partners in August 2022. Meanwhile, Holmes is also in the midst of settling his divorce from Marilee Fiebig, whom he wed in 2010. The estranged couple share 10-year-old daughter Sabine. Meanwhile, Robach and Holmes have been looking for ways to get back in the spotlight after getting the boot from “GMA3.” The unemployed couple is “aggressively pitching” their own show to the producers behind “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” according to an insider. The source noted that the pair “welcome ongoing coverage” of their relationship and think it will be easier to land their next gig if they can “stay in the news.” “They think they’re rock stars,” the insider added. “They’re selling their chemistry.”
********T.J. already has his next three affairs lined up!!!
*****The last high-profile newsroom affair gave us “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.. so how did THAT work out??
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Madonna Finally Faces the Music-(Globe)
Freaky-faced Madonna, 64, finally copped to monkeying with her mug by sharing a new photo on social media and crowing, “Look how cute I am now that swelling from surgery has gone down. LOL.” The post follows the Material Girl’s shocking appearance onstage at the Grammy’s, which left horrified fans asking: Who’s that girl? One online critic delivered a biting remark: “Madonna looks good for her age-if her age is 2,700-year-old vampire who eats babies and small animals alive.” Whoa!
Professional Bear Hugger Wanted
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking to hire “professional bear huggers.” “Must have ability to hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your coworkers to keep you safe during the process,” the department wrote in a lighthearted Facebook post announcing the application deadline for the next class of conservation officers. The post includes photos of officers holding bear cubs as part of a research project in Northern New Mexico, offering applicants a chance to have “the experience of a lifetime,” while pointing out “not all law enforcement field work is this glamorous.” The post warns against crawling into bear dens or feeding bears, adding, “If you do, our officers will have to have a chat with you.” The department is taking applications for conservation officer trainees online through March 30.
*******They left out one thing: “Must have paid-up life insurance!!”
*****Or… you could leave some donuts out and let the bears come to you!!
Dye Introduced Into Water System
Officials in a Colorado city said they have identified the culprit behind unusual pink coloring in treated water — 20 gallons of concentrated dye. The City of Idaho Springs said staff at its Water Resource Reclamation Facility noticed treated water being discharged into Clear Creek had an unusual pink coloration on the morning of March 13. An investigation was launched in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the probe determined the pink color had been introduced via the municipal sewer system. Officials said they determined Wednesday that the cause of the color had been about 20 gallons of concentrated dye that had accidentally been dumped into the sewer system by a local business. “The dye had been intermittently released into the system starting on March 12 and was stopped on March 14,” the city said in a news release. The city said the water discharged from the reclamation facility is likely to remain pink until all of the dye has passed through the sewer system. See the video HERE.
*********We took a shower and now we have pink eye!!
*****And we thought it was an elaborate gender reveal!!!
Snow Piles Over Ski Lifts
This winter has been a boon for ski resorts in California with plenty of powder to go around, and at one resort, the snow has reached new heights. Over 600 inches (50 feet) of snow has fallen on the slopes of Bear Valley Resort since late 2022, more than double the 300 inches that typically fall at the resort in an entire season. Bear Valley Resort is located about 80 miles east of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada, with the summit reaching an elevation of 8,500 feet. After the most recent atmospheric river, a member of the Bear Valley Ski Patrol was able to touch the top of the chair lift with his skis still planted on the snow-packed slopes. The lift was inoperable after the last storm due to chairs being buried in towering snow drifts. Ski patroller Eric Wilcox told storm chaser Brandon Clement that it is a huge undertaking to clear the snow after the massive storms, but it is worth the effort. “It’s totally exciting and we’re having a lot of fun,” Wilcox said. Mammoth Mountain, located about 80 miles southeast of Bear Valley Resort, joined the 600-inch club on Monday, as the most recent atmospheric river unloaded heavy snow over the Sierra Nevada. This season is just the third time on record that Mammoth Mountain has measured over 600 inches of snow. Snow records at the resort date back to the winter of 1969-70.
********Anything over 700 inches and people start eating each other!!
*****It’s all good until someone yells, “AVALANCHE!!”
Snails Found In Luggage
Six giant African land snails have been found in the luggage of a traveler who flew to Michigan from the west African country of Ghana. The mollusks, which can carry diseases that affect humans, were discovered and seized March 9 during an agriculture inspection at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday. The man transporting the snails is a resident of Ghana and said they were to be eaten. He was released without further actions. “It is not uncommon for travelers to bring food items from their native countries, which underscores the importance of the inspection process upon arrival to U.S. ports of entry,” Customs and Border Protection spokesman Steven Bansbach said. “This allows CBP officers and agriculture specialists the opportunity to determine whether these goods are permissible or not, while mitigating the potential for public health or environmental issues.” Giant African land snails are prohibited in Michigan and the rest of the United States. They eat at least 500 different types of plants, along with plaster and stucco on buildings.
*********They sound like the “snails from hell!!!”
******Africa is the continent where everything wants to eat you!!
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
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A LIST FOR MONDAY
The 5 Types Of Influential People You Should Always Befriend At Work
- The Veterans
These are the long-timers who have outlasted chaotic pivots and turbulent layoffs. They are historians who hold key institutional knowledge about how processes came to be and where there is wiggle room for change. Their expertise can be invaluable, especially when you are new to an organization. Ng described veterans as “people who’ve worked in the organization the longest — and who can help you learn how to effectively navigate the system based on what has and hasn’t worked before.” Lawrese Brown, the founder of workplace education company C-Track Training, noted that veterans are valuable because they have worked at the company long enough to understand what leadership cares about.
“If you have an organization where people tend to churn out after a year and then you have someone who has been there three years, they’ll be able to [tell] you: ‘Listen, this is what causes a fire here. This is what actually constitutes urgency, or something that needs to be handled immediately,’” she said.
- The Socialites
If there’s a happy hour, socialites are there. These are the co-workers who seem to know everyone and are seemingly everywhere. Ng described socialites as “people who are known and respected around the organization — and who can introduce you to the right people and shape others’ perceptions of you.”
Keep in mind that socialites want people to get along, so do not expect them to be confrontational on your behalf, Brown said. “Their influence is in getting other people to address obstacles for them so they can keep their reputation,” she said. “They are going to be very good at telling you how to get things done without addressing it head-on: ‘Well if you talk to this person, then they’ll mention it in this way. If you bring it up to this person, they’ll put it in the meeting.’” Their connections can carry them far.
”The people who are well liked at work have social pull — even if they’re not in a leadership position, people will show up to their events and be interested in their take on important decisions,” said Lauren Appio, a psychologist, executive coach and consultant. “They are often top of mind for professional opportunities inside and outside of the organization and are likely to be well networked themselves.“
You’ll want to befriend them so their star power can pass down to you. That’s because these popular colleagues “also may be given more latitude to ‘ask for forgiveness, not permission,’ which may allow them to be more bold or creative in how they approach their work,” Appio said. “Working on projects with well-liked people can give you access to some of that latitude as well.”
- The Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers are an example of how influence can be subtle. Ng said gatekeepers in the office are often assistants “who work closely with the senior leaders — and who can influence whether you get to meet with them and how they perceive you.” Gatekeepers can help you get on a senior leader’s calendar right away, or they can keep you waiting for weeks. You want to get them on your side.
“They know the factors that will get you the ‘yes’ and get you the signature for the resources for it,” Brown said.
- The Politicians
Politicians understand that doing the job alone is not enough to climb the company ladder. They are experts at navigating office politics as confident strategists who speak up to make their achievements known and visible to decision-makers. “They are very motivated by power. They know that in order to get power, you have to be visible to power,” Brown said. If you want to rise up the ranks, you could learn from how they play the game. “Their influence comes through their ability to understand how sponsorship is gained,” Brown said. “They know how to get promoted. They know how to get put on a path for the next title.” In befriending a politician colleague, Brown said you may want to make clear how they will benefit in the short term from your relationship or collaboration.
“If you’re talking to a politician, pay attention to the transaction, because that’s really what it is,” she said. “Politicians don’t tend to play long-term relationships unless it’s somebody way, way above them.”
- The Mediators
Mediators have a gift for problem-solving. Often, senior colleagues go to mediators when there are impasses because they know they will get something that can be rare in a dysfunctional workplace: fairness. Brown described mediators as the people colleagues trust to hear them out and be objective about a situation. “They’re principled in some way. They’re not just going to tell you what you want to hear,” Brown said. ”These are people who are like, ‘Hate to give you a hard [pill] … to swallow, but you don’t have documentational evidence, so we can’t do anything about it.’ They’re going to tell you the reality of how something goes in people’s favor or against.”
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