Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Thursday!

Happy Thursday to you, and Happy Birthday to Jimmy! First, the biggest news of the day at the Meissner House:


It's Jimmy's 2nd birthday!!!!

Today is my second-ever Happy Birthday. Hooray for me!

Even though it's my birthday, I'll have the usual Daddy: Bananas and milk.

All done!

I'm the toddler. Gotta love me!

No matter the occasion, breakfast always ends with a cookie.

Now for some Dinosaur Train on PBS. It's a good warm-up until Elmo comes on!


What? You say there's actually other stuff going on in the world? Well, okay then, here we go....


Hockey Playoff Roundup ----


Last night --

Stanley Cup Finals

No games

Tonight --

No games

(Note: Chicago hosts Philadelphia in games one and two this coming Saturday and Monday on NBC.)


Last night --

Western Conference Finals

Texas 4, Hamilton 2 (Texas wins series 4-3)

(Note: Hershey defeated Manchester 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals. Calder Cup Finals start on June 3rd in Hershey)


Story about Texas's game 7 win over Hershey.

From the Austin Statesman.

From the Hamilton Spectator.


Today is National Grape Popsicle Day.


CFL, CFLPA agree on deal to avoid lockout.


In Brighton, Colorado an 85-year-old graduated high school. He had to drop out to fight in World War II. In Falkville, Alabama, a 95-year-old also graduated high school. She never finished because budget cuts during the Depression shut her school.


Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs last night, as the Boston Red Sox swept their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, winning 11-3 in front of 22,147 at Tropicana Field.

Beltre belted a solo homer in the top of the second for Boston, but Hank Blalock scored on a fielder's choice in the bottom half of the inning for the Rays, tying the game 1-1.

Belre homered again in the top of the third, bringing in Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, but Tampa Bay responded in the bottom of the fourth, as Carlos Pena scored on a Reid Brignac single, leaving the Red Sox lead at 4-2.

David Ortiz brought Pedroia home on a two-run homer in the fifth, then, in the ninth, Beltre tripled in Ortiz and Youkilis, Jeremy Hermida singled in Beltre, and Darnell McDonald's two-out double plated Hermida and Mike Camero to put the game away for Boston. Ben Zobrist's one out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for the Rays, made the final score 11-3.

Jon Lackey allowed 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings for the win for the Red Sox, he's now 5-3. Tampa Bay's Matt Garza was roughed up for 6 earned runs in five innings, falling to 5-3 on the year.

The Rays, now 32-15 and 3 1/2 games up on the Yankees in the A.L. East, host the Chicago White Sox tonight at 7:10pm EDT on 620AM WDAE and Sun Sports, in the first of a four-game set. Game time is also 7:10EDT Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's game starting at 1:40pm EDT.


United Airlines is looking into why a passenger was left sleeping on a plane after it arrived in Philadelphia. The plane landed at 12:30am and the passenger slept until a cleaning crew woke them up at 3:50am.


New research shows women are primarily responsible for clipping coupons but men take an interest when you mix coupons with tech.


On this day in history:

May 27

The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.

St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.

The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.

British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.

Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile.

After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.

Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

On this day in sports history:

The first Preakness Stakes was won by Survivor.

Norm Zauchin (Boston Red Sox) got 10 RBIs against the Senators.

After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.

Three New Jersey businessmen bought the NHL's Colorado Rockies. They got approval to move the team to New Jersey and become the Devils.

Phil Niekro (New York Yankees) became the third pitcher to make 700 starts.

It was announced that Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) would announce his retirement from the NHL the following day.

Today in music history:

Composer Josef Joachim Raff was born.

Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review."

"That'll be the Day" by the Crickets was released.

Johnny Cash appeared on NBC's "The Deputy."

Bob Dylan released "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."

Eleven boys were suspended at a Coventry, England, school for having a hair style like Mick Jagger.

Columbia and RCA Victor announced that they would raise the list price of mono albums by a dollar on June 1. It was the first increase since 1953.

Metallica finished recording the album "Kill 'Em All."

During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

Van Halen's "Monster Of Rock" touring festival opened at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin.

Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.

Liza Minelli sang an a cappella version of "Liza With a Z" with Luciano Pavarotti live via satellite for a charity show on Italian television. She had been hospitalized two days early after falling and breaking her right kneecap.

Today's birthdays:

Cornelius Vanderbilt(American shipping magnate)

Wild Bill Hickock(Wild west character)

Dashiell Hammett(American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories)

Vincent Price(American actor)

Hubert H. Humphrey(US Senator from Minnesota and US Vice President)

Christopher Lee(British actor)

Henry Kissinger(US Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize recipient)

Ramsey Lewis(Jazz musician)

Lee Ann Merriwether(Miss America 1955)

Louis Gossett, Jr.(American actor)

Don Williams(Country singer - "I Believe in You")

Bruce Weitz(American actor - Belker on Hill Street Blues)

Bruce Cockburn(American singer/songwriter)

Richard Schiff(American actor - The West Wing)

Eddie Harsch(The Black Crowes)

Siouxsie Sioux(Siouxsie & the Banshees)

Neil Finn(Crowded House)

Cathy Silvers(Jenny Piccolo on Happy Days)

Todd Bridges(American actor - Willis on Diff'rent Strokes)

Sean Kinney(Alice in Chains)

Dondre Whitfield(American actor - All My CHildren)

Danny Wuerffel(NFL quarterback - New Orleans Saints)

Blake Ahearn(NBA basketball player - Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs)

Chien-Ming Chiang(Taiwanese baseball player - Yomiuri Giants)

Jimmy Meissner(My son)


Ya like to start your day with today's country music? Then, check out Radio Ray Bartley on Longview/Kelso Washington's 105.5FM KUKN Radio. He's keepin' it hot for you!


In TV news:

Former paint salesman Lee DeWyze was the surprise winner of "American Idol" on Wednesday, beating front-runner Crystal Bowersox on a night that saw the talent show's former champions reunite to bid farewell to Simon Cowell. DeWyze, a 24-year-old Chicago native, won the coveted title and a recording contract after a nationwide phone and text vote based on the contestants' performances the night before. More here.

Art Linkletter, who encouraged both kids and grownups to say the "darndest things" during his decades as a genial but gently mischievious television personality, has died at age 97. The host of "People Are Funny" and "House Party" of the 1950s and '60s died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. More here.

Disney/ABC TV Group is shutting down decade-old cable channel SoapNet to make room for a new kids channel. More here.


That's it for today. Now, go have fun and celebrate Jimmy's birthday with me. See you tomorrow.

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