Friday, January 28, 2011

Challenger 01/28/1986

Today is the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. The Shuttle exploded during its flight and killing all 7 astronauts on board.
A personal note on this day. I was in my first and only year of college at Indiana University at Kokomo and had just got home from my class that day and was sitting at the kitchen table doing homework listening to the radio. I had on WFBQ as usual and listening to some music when on air DJ Jay Baker came said there was an accident during the lift off of the space shuttle in florida and if you could get to a tv everyone needed to tune in and watch. I did of course, but I had missed the accident live but watch endless replays and spent the next several hours watching in sadness as we lost 7 brave human beings doing what they love and wanted to do, travel to the heavens.

That night I along with millions of others watch President Ronald Reagan give one of the greatest, comforting speeches (or thoughts) on this disaster that will be remember for as long as people remember him and this sad day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Top Ten Most Visited Famous Gravesites

As you know I am a cemetary stalker love to visit gravesites of all types but of course the famous one I really enjoy. I have been to the graves of Presidents Herbert Hoover and Abraham Lincoln and of course Elvis Presley's at Graceland (3 times).

One of my very favorite webites to visit is

Friday, January 21, 2011

Top Movies of the Week

The top money making films this week (14th - 20th) are:
(courtesy of

#1 - The Green Hornet

#2 - The Dilemma

#3 - True Grit

#4 - The King's Speech

#5 - Black Swan

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zenyatta Named 2010 Horse Of The Year At Eclipse Awards -

Zenyatta Named 2010 Horse Of The Year At Eclipse Awards -

Zenyatta is the 2nd filly in a row to win the Horse of the Year, last year's winner was Rachel Alexandra

Here is Zenyatta's only loss, in the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic, to Horse of the Year runner up Blame

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Bestselling Christian Books of 2010

Here is the top selling Christian Book of 2010:

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to "listen" to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless you with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

here is a full review from Christian Book Notes

Here are the rest of the Top 100 Bestselling Christian books of 2010 thanks to Michael Hyatt.

New #1 on the NYTimes Bestseller List - Fiction and Non Fiction

This week we have 2 new #1 books on the NY Times Bestseller list.

On the Fiction list we have Dean Koontz with his first #1 novel since June of 2006's "The Husband".

#1 on the NY Times Fiction List

What the Night Knows - Dean Koontz
Someone is murdering entire families, recreating in detail a crime spree that took place two decades earlier.

On the Non Fiction list is with her 2nd book and 2nd #1 bestseller (that is quite an achievement) Laura Hillenbrand. She first exploded on the scene in 2001 with "Seabiscuit:An American Legend".

#1 on the NY Times Non Fiction List

Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resiliance and Redemption
An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fibber McGee and Molly on TV

I am big fan of Fibber McGee and Molly the classic old time radio show that ran on NBC radio from 1935 until 1959.
With the demise of radio in the late 1950s, NBC wanted to move it to television for the 1959-60 season but the original Fibber and Molly(Jim and Marion Jordan) were very reluctant to make the jump so NBC which owned the show by now recast the roles.
With the failing health of Marion Jordan the tv show wasnt really an option for them,but without them the flavor of the radio version was really lost and the new Fibber and Molly didn't gain any traction with television audiences. The show was canceled by the end of January 1960.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Dingbat!

Today in 1971 CBS television aired the first episode of a show that would go on to change television and sitcoms forever.
This was the premier of "All in the Family" starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday

Today would have been the 76th birthday of the King of Rock N Roll Elvis Presley.

It is also the birthday of the most wonderful woman in my life, my beautiful wife Michelle!

I knew I had the perfect wife when I suggested going to Memphis and Graceland for our honeymoon and she was all for it!
We had a great time and have been back with our girls and its still a wonderful trip and a great place to visit.

Here is her favorite Elvis song.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Jack Benny Program

From Jack's wonderful televison show and his guest the just as legendary Bob Hope from February 24 1957

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bestselling Single for the UK in 2010

The #1 single for 2010

"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem with Rhianna

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top of the New York Times Bestseller List

The top of the NY Times Bestseller list this week, the first chart for 2011.

The #1 Bestseller Fiction

Dead or Alive - Tom Clancy
2nd week on list and 2nd at #1)

The #1 Bestseller Non Fiction

Decision Points - President George W Bush
(6 weeks on list and 6th at #1)