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Cool as a Cucumber

When Kellie Pickler was on “American Idol,” she competed against such (now) big names as Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee and medium names such as Ace Young, Mandisa and Elliott Yamin. Inexplicably, they all lost to Taylor Hicks. Pickler is … Continue reading

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Prominent Date

Alex Notte was surrounded by cameras on prom night. His parents invited my wife and me to a pre-prom reception at their home as he awaited the arrival of his famous date, LPGA star Belén Mozo. In addition to family and … Continue reading

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Monk’s Café

The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew coffee maker has a steam vent at the top of the back panel. While my coffee is brewing, I like to put my face over the vent and breathe in the steam as if it … Continue reading

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Redneckognize ’73

The ongoing digitization of the late Huell Howser’s video archives continues to amaze me. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Howser’s television career included stops in Nashville and New York before he settled in Los Angeles. The … Continue reading

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Say McCheese

Back in the ’90s, one of the biggest interview “gets” during my time at KLOS was baseball slugger Mark McGwire. We gave him a KLOS hat, which he then wore during a photo shoot and interview with USA Today. When … Continue reading

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What Is Going On

There’s still time for you to get caught up on my latest guilty pleasure, season three of “The Joe Schmo Show.” Spike will repeat the first three episodes starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday before airing the fourth episode at … Continue reading

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A Writer, a Glazier and an Actor…

As proprietor of frankmurphy.com, I feel a certain responsibility to all the Frank Murphys out there. My Google Alerts recently informed me of three Frank-related deaths. A man named Frank Murphy died on December 6 in Toledo, Ohio. His obituary described … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Writer and radio host Frank DeCaro has been collecting celebrities’ recipes for years. Who knew there were so many? Food.com has a bunch, as does Recipe Goldmine. DeCaro’s collections have a slight twist. All his recipes are from celebrities who … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

On the Internet, specifically on Reddit.com, the initials TIL stand for “today I learned.” The other day, I clicked on somebody’s TIL link, which took me to a Wikipedia entry about the Apollo 11 astronauts having not a star but … Continue reading

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Macy’s Paradigm

One of my biggest pet peeves about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is when someone erroneously calls it the “Macy’s Day Parade.” It occasionally happens during a live telecast, which is somewhat understandable. However there is no excuse for NBC … Continue reading

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Trailer Hitch

At recess during seventh grade, my friend Ed and I would do impersonations of people we saw on TV. As it turned out, we both liked the late-night reruns of “You Bet Your Life” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and would … Continue reading

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Rest in Tranquility

One of the posters on my childhood bedroom wall was a souvenir from my family’s visit to Cape Kennedy in 1969. The poster had photos from the Mercury and Gemini programs and an artist’s conception of what the Apollo moon … Continue reading

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Ugly Bug Burl

What group of middle-aged adults doesn’t have an after-dinner discussion that eventually turns to Burl Ives? My wife and I went to a dinner party on Sunday night that was hosted by some friends from church. Sure enough, somebody made … Continue reading

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Blue Cheese

To fully appreciate a parody song, you need to be familiar with the original. Weird Al Yankovic’s parodies sound almost identical to the song he’s mocking, except for the lyrics. Richard Cheese does the opposite. He keeps the lyrics the … Continue reading

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