Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Non-Fiction) October 15th 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Non-Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending October 15th 2017


10 - Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
(18 weeks on list)

9  -  The Vietnam War - Geoffrey Ward
(9 weeks on list)

8  -  Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance
(62 weeks on list)

7  -  The Paradigm - Jonathan Cahn
(2 weeks on list)
Ancient figures from the Middle East are used to explain the rise and fall of contemporary leaders and events.

6  -  Autobiography of Gucci Mane - Gucci Mane with Neil Martinez-Belkin
(2 weeks on list)
A memoir by the East Atlanta hip-hop artist, who made a comeback.

5  -  Hit Refresh - Satya Nadella 
(Debut)
Microsoft's chief executive discusses changes at the company, advancements in technology and the importance of empathy.

4  -  Astrophysics For People In A Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson 
(22 weeks on list)

3  -  Unbelievable - Katy Tur
(3 weeks on list)

2  -  What Happened - Hillary Clinton
(3 weeks on list)

1  -  Killing England - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
(2 weeks on list)  (#2 last week)
Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from the perspectives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others.


NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) October 15th 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top  10
Week Ending October 15th 2017



10 - Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
(3 weeks on list)

9  -  Enemy of the State - Kyle Mills 
(4 weeks on list)

8  -  A Legacy of Spies - John le Carre
(4 weeks on list)

7  -  To Be Where You Are - Jan Karon
(2 weeks on list)

6  -  The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - David Lagercrantz
(3 weeks on list)

5  -  Haunted - James Patterson and James O. Born 
(2 weeks on list)

4  -  The Cuban Affair - Nelson DeMille
(2 weeks on list) (#1 last week)


3  -  A Column of Fire - Ken Follett
(3 weeks on list)

2  -  Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben 
(Debut)
Detective Napoleon Dumas investigates a murder and uncovers clues about the disappearance of his high school love and the death of his twin brother 15 years ago.

1  -  Sleeping Beauties - Stephen King and Owen King
(Debut)
In a small Appalachian town, women who fall asleep don't wake up and become shrouded in a mysterious cocoons while the men battle one another.


Calvin and Hobbes of the Day (October 18th 2017)


Monday, October 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bonanza : The Trouble With Trouble

"The Trouble with Trouble" 
Season 12 episode 7
Aired October 25th 1970
In one of the best episodes played for comedy in the series, Hoss volunteers to be named sheriff of an aptly named town called Trouble

(a personal favorite of mine)

Top 10 Classic British Sitcoms


Monday, October 9, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) October 8th 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending October 8th 2017


10 - "Y" Is For Yesterday - Sue Grafton
(5 weeks on list)

9  -  The Romanov Ransom - Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
(2 weeks on list)

8  -  Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
(2 weeks on list)

7  -  Enemy of the State - Kyle Mills
(3 weeks on list)

6  -  A Legacy of Spies - John le Carre
(3 weeks on list)

5  -  The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - David Lagercrantz
(3 weeks on list)

4  -  Haunted - James Patterson and James O. Born
(Debut)
A detective from New York takes his family on a vacation in Maine and is enlisted by local cops to help solve a crime in the woods.

3  -  A Column of Fire - Ken Follett
(2 weeks on list) (#1 last week)

2  -  To Be Where You Are - Jan Karon 
(Debut)
The 14th novel in the Mitford series. Three generations of Kavanaghs face changes in their lives.

1  -  The Cuban Affair - Nelson DeMille
(Debut)
A Miami lawyer solicits an Army veteran to go on a secret mission to recover $60 million stashed away in Cuba.


Sports Illustrated Cover of the Week

July 22nd 1985
Howie Long 
Los Angeles Raiders
1985 NFL/AP Defensive Player of the Year


Friday, October 6, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Non-Fiction) October 1st 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Non-Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending  October 1st 2017


10 - Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
(80 weeks on list)

9  -  Option B - Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
(21 weeks on list)

8  -  Why Buddhism Is True - Robert Wright
(6 weeks on list)

7  -  Unstoppable - Maria Sharapova with Rich Cohen
(Debut)
A memoir by the Russian-American Grand Slam tennis champion and Olympic medalist.

6  -  Fantasyland - Kurt Anderson 
(2 weeks on list)
The politics and culture of 21st-century America are put in the context of five centuries of historical events and movements, including elements of conspiracy theories, crackpot ideas and hucksterism.

5  -  Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
(16 weeks on list)

4  -  Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance 
(60 weeks on list)

3  -  Astrophysics For People In A Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
(20 weeks on list)  (#1 last week)

2  -  Unbelievable - Katy Tur
(Debut)
The NBC News correspondent describes her work covering the 2016 campaign for the Republican nominee for President and his behavior toward her.

1  -  What Happened - Hillary Clinton
(Debut)
The first woman nominated for president by a major political party details her campaign, mistakes she made, outside forces that affected the outcome and how she recovered in its aftermath.


NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) October 1st 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending October 1st 2017


10 - Camino Island - John Grisham
(15 weeks on list)

9  -  "Y" Is For Yesterday - Sue Grafton

(4 weeks on list)

8  -  Enigma - Catherine Coulter 
(Debut)
F.B.I. agents Savich and Sherlock team up with Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot to capture an international criminal and solve a John Doe case.

7  - Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng 
(Debut)
An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

6  -  Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb 
(2 weeks on list)

5  -  A Legacy of Spies - John Le Carre
(2 weeks on list)  (#1 last week)

4  -  The Romanov Ransom - Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell 
(Debut)
Sam and Remi Fargo Search for two missing filmmakers in North Africa and uncover a group seeking to create the Fourth Reich

3  -  Enemy of the State - Kyle Mills
(2 weeks on list)

2  -  The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye - David Lagercrantz 
(Debut)
Lisabeth Salander teams up with an investigative journalist to uncover the secrets of her childhood. A continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

1  -  A Column Of Fire - Ken Follett 
(Debut)
The lovers Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict between English Catholicas and Protestants while Queen Elizabeth fights to maintain her throne.


Calvin and Hobbes of the Day - October 4th 2017


Monday, October 2, 2017

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

The Abbott and Costello Show
April 26th 1945
After threatening to sue the boys for having "The Andrews Brothers" on the show, Bud and Lou start to make a movie with the (real) Andrews Sisters.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 Verizon Indy Car Series Champion

September 17th 2017
Josef Newgarden wrapped up the 2017 Indy Car championship with a 2nd place finish at the season finale at the Sonoma Grand Prix in California.  Simon Pagenaud the 2016 series champion took the victory at Sonoma but still fell 13 points shy of defending his title.


Josef Newgarden
2017 Verizon Indy Car Series Champion


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Flashback Tuesday

A look back at the 1977 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  I was 10 years old and I loved the Yankees and Reggie Jackson while my dad was an old school Dodgers fan.  Needless to say it was fun at our house with the arguing and complaining.

Game 5
Sunday October 16th 1977
Dodger Stadium
Starting Pitchers :  Yankees - Don Gullett,  Dodgers - Don Sutton
This was broadcast by ABC with Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Tom Seaver on play by play.  The is the first World Series broadcast by ABC TV since NBC had exclusive rights to the Series since 1946, the beginning of the World Series on TV. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List - Fiction (September 24th 2017)

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending September 24th 2017


10 - The Store - James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
(4 weeks on list)

9  -  Dark Legacy - Christine Feehan
(Debut)
Emeline Sanchez fights to recover from exchanging blood with a master vampire, even as she tries to heal the children she saved from him.

8  -  Camino Island - John Grisham
(14 weeks on list)

7  -  The Western Star - Craig Johnson
(Debut)
The 13th Walt Longmire novel.  A parole hearing of a serial killer and the decades-old memory of a train ride with Wyoming sheriffs put Longmire on a collision course between past and present.

6  -  The Right Time - Danielle Steel
(2 weeks on list)
The author Alexandra Winslow, writing under the pseudonym Alexander Green, creates a double life that isolates her.

5  -  Glass Houses - Louise Penny

(2 weeks on list) (#1 last week)
When a body is discovered in Three Pines, Chief Superintendent Gamache regrets not acting on a hunch.

4  -  Y Is For Yesterday - Sue Grafton
(3 weeks on list)

3  -  Enemy of the State - Kyle Mills
(Debut)
Vince Flynn's character Mitch Rapp leaves the C.I.A. to go on a manhunt when the nephew of a Saudi King finances a terrorist group.

2  -  Secrets In Death - J.D. Robb

(Debut)
Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a professional gossip who dabbled in blackmail; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

1  -  A Legacy of Spies - John le Carre 
(Debut)
Peter Guillam, formerly of the British Secret Service, is pulled out of retirement to defend intelligence operations during the Cold War that resulted in the deaths of people close to him.



Calvin and Hobbes of the Day (September 25th 2017)


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

Lux Radio Theater 
"The Dark Corner"
November 10th 1947
A former San Francisco private eye, just back in New York after two years in prison (the victim of a frame up), finds himself a target for another send-up and murder.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gunsmoke 1957-58 (Season 3)

The 1957-58 season was the 3rd season for Gunsmoke on CBS television and its first as the #1 show on television.   This was the first of 4 consecutive seasons as the top rated show on tv and set the record that would not be matched until "All in the Family" spent 5 consecutive seasons as the #1 show from 1972-1976.

Here is episode #12 of the 3rd season titled "How To Kill a Woman" with guest star and future western icon Pernell Roberts.   Roberts would soon become a star with another top rated western tv show, "Bonanza", which had 3 straight seasons at the biggest show on tv (1964-1967). 

"How To Kill a Woman"
Season 2 episode 12
aired November 30th 1957

Calvin and Hobbes of the Day - September 13th 2017


Monday, September 11, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) September 10th 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top Ten
Week Ending September 10th 2017


10 - Exposed - Lisa Scottoline
(2 weeks on list)
Bennie Rosato and Mary DiNunzio find themselves on opposite sides of a lawsuit, threatening their friendship and their law firm.

9  -  Sulfur Springs - William Kent Krueger
(Debut)
A newly married couple search for the wife's missing son, which leads them to a border town in the middle of a drug war.

8  -  A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
(40 weeks on list)

7  -  The Lying Game - Ruth Ware
(5 weeks on list)

6  -  Any Dream Will Do - Debbie Macomber 
(3 weeks on list)

5  -  The Late Show - Michael Connelly 
(6 weeks on list)

4  -  Camino Island - John Grisham
(12 weeks on list)

3  -  Seeing Red - Sandra Brown 
(2 weeks on list)  (#1 last week)
The TV journalist Kerra Bailey and former federal agent John Trapper join forces to expose a web of conspiracy behind a hotel bombing in Dallas.

2  -  The Store - James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
(2 weeks on list)
Two New York writers go undercover to expose the secrets of a powerful retailer.

1  -  Y Is For Yesterday - Sue Grafton 
(Debut)
The 25th Kinsey Milhone mystery novel.  A former student from an elite private school is released from prison and a sociopath returns to haunt the detective.



Calvin and Hobbes of the Day (September 11th 2017)


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Old Time Radio Show of the Week

Our Miss Brooks
"The Baseball Uniform Shortage"
March 26th 1950
The Madison High Athletic fund is so depleted that there's no money for the school baseball team.

Monday, August 28, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) August 27th 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending August 27th 2017


10 - Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
(15 weeks on list)

9  -  House of Spies - Daniel Silva 
(5 weeks on list)

8  -  A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
(38 weeks on list)

7  -  The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter
(Debut)
The lawyer Charlotte Quinn is challenged when violence returns to her hometown of Pikesville.

6  -  The Last Tudor - Philippa Gregory
(Debut)
The youngest Grey sister, Mary, is left to face her ruthless cousin, Queen Elizabeth.

5  -  Barely Legal - Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall
(Debut)
Herbie Fisher, the protege of Stone Barrington, becomes a partner at a law firm and finds himself in a web of deceit.

4  -  The Lying Game - Ruth Ware
(3 weeks on list)
Four school friends reunite as their long-held secret threatens to emerge.

3  -  The Late Show - Michael Connelly 
(4 weeks on list)

2  -  Camino Island - John Grisham
(10 weeks on list)

1  -  Any Dream Will Do - Debbie Macomber
(Debut)
As Shay Benson begins her life anew, building a relationship with Pastor Drew Douglas, her brother's return threatens to undo it.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Magazine Cover of the Week

LIFE 
August 18th 1961
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the New York Yankees chase "The Babe" for the single season home run record.  Maris would set the new mark of 61 on the last day of the 1961 season.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) July 23rd 2017

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending July 23rd 2017


10 - The Force - Don Winslow
(Debut)
A detective sergeant and his crew in Manhattan North deal with gangs, drugs and guns, and steal millions of dollars.

9  -  The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz
(3 weeks on list)
An F.B.I. agent investigates an alarming surge in suicides, including her husband's.  The first in a new series.

8  -  A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
(33 weeks on list)

7  -  Wired - Julie Garwood
(Debut)
An F.B.I. agent recruits an idealistic (and beautiful) hacker to help him find a leaker.

6  -  The Identicals - Elin Hilderbrand
(4 weeks on list)

5  -  The Duchess - Danielle Steel
(2 weeks on list)
A 19th-century British duke's daughter, disinherited by her half brothers, flees to Paris to make a new life.

4  -  Into The Water - Paula Hawkins
(10 weeks on list)

3  -  Use of Force - Brad Thor
(2 weeks on list)
The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is called in when a missing terrorism suspect drowns off the Italian coast.

2  -  Murder Games - James Patterson and Howard Roughan
(2 weeks on list)
An expert on serial murder becomes involved in the hunt for a New York City killer.

1  -  Camino Island - John Grisham 
(5 weeks on list) (5 consecutive weeks at #1)
A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida Island.