Daily Trivia – 3/8/11

Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?

Last Question: In 1986, who became the first female president of the Philippines?

Answer: Corazon Aquino

In 1986 Corazon Aquino ran against the unpopular Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippine presidential election.

In the last week of November 1985, Marcos surprised the nation by announcing on American television that he will hold a snap presidential election in February 1986, in order to dispel and remove doubts against his regime’s legitimacy and authority.

Aquino, whose husband (Ninoy Aquino) was a popular senator that was assassinated in 1983, was reluctant to run. However, one million signatures urging her to run for president were presented to her. Eventually, she decided to run.

Marcos did not help himself when he said that Corazon that she was “just a woman” whose place was in the bedroom. She responded by saying “may the better woman win in this election.”
The election was held on February 7, 1986 and was marred by massive electoral fraud, violence, and intimidation. There may have been election rigging, and the allies of the ruling party declared Marcos the winner. In protest to the declaration of the Philippine parliament, Aquino called for a rally dubbed “Tagumpay ng Bayan” (People’s Victory Rally) the following day, during which she claimed that she was the real winner in the election and urged Filipinos to boycott the products and services by companies controlled or owned by Marcos’ cronies.

After weeks of tension following the disputed outcome of the snap election, disgruntled and reformist military officers, led by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel V. Ramos, surprised the entire nation and the whole world when they announced their defection from President Marcos and their strong belief that Aquino was the real winner in the presidential election on February 22, 1986.

Finally, to the amazement and admiration of the entire world, after twenty years of martial rule, Ferdinand Marcos was driven out from power and Corazon Aquino was formally and peacefully sworn in as the new president of a freed and liberated Philippines on February 25, 1986, a historic event which is now known and remembered as the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

Phil Collins Calls It Quits

In addition to quitting the music business, Phil Collins apologized for being successful. Here is the announcement from Time:

Phil Collins Apologizes for Success as He Quits Music

By: Nick Carbone

Is it something in the air or does Collins hold quite a bit of resentment toward his haters?

Citing health problems, the famed Genesis drummer and vocalist is calling it quits from the music biz. He tells FHM that years of hunching behind his drum kit have left him with an array of medical problems, from hearing loss to a dislocated vertebra, and nerve damage in his stick-clutching hands make playing painful.

Collins’s career has brought him 13 hit singles, seven Grammys, and even an Academy Award for his work on the Disney musical movie Tarzan, winning in 1999 for best original song. “I’m sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn’t mean it to happen like that. It’s hardly surprising that people grew to hate me,” he said. Critics – and their harsh words – have emerged louder than the guitars of the modern rock era. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher famously cut down the drummer in past years, quoted as saying, “You don’t have to be great to be successful. Look at Phil Collins.”

He lives in a small town in Switzerland now, attempting to distance himself from the music scene. The report that he’s calling it quits from the music business just seems to make his actions official. “I don’t really belong to that world and I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me. I’m much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely,” he told FHM. Today’s world of MTV Music Awards and artists who care more about celebrity status than making music led to an choice, he explained.

Cast aside your haters, Phil. You’ll be in NewsFeed’s heart forever.

Ronald Reagan Centennial – Beirut Barracks Bombing and Grenada Invasion

Beirut Barracks Bombing

On October 23, 1983, American peacekeeping forces were attacked by terrorists with the use of a suicide truck bomber in Bierut, Lebanon. 241 American servicemen were killed and more than 60 others were injured. Less than 2 minutes later, another truck bomb went off at French barracks killing 58 French servicemen and injuring 15. In the attack on the American barracks, the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 Navy Sailors, and three Army Soldiers. This was the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II (2,500 in one day) and the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the 243 killed on January 31, 1968, the first day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

Here is a news report about the attack from ABC News:

To this day, there is no clear responsible party. Most opinion seems to lead towards Hezbollah, although they did not formally announce their existence until 1985. But they were thought to still be “underground” at that point, and backed by Iran and Syria. Hezbollah, Iran and Syria have denied any involvement.

President Ronald Reagan called the attack a “despicable act” and pledged to keep a military force in Lebanon.

In retaliation for the attacks, France launched an airstrike in the Beqaa Valley against alleged Islamic Revolutionary Guards positions. President Reagan assembled his national security team and planned to target the Sheik Abdullah barracks in Baalbek, Lebanon, which housed Iranian Revolutionary Guards believed to be training Hezbollah militants. A joint American-French air assault on the camp where the bombing was planned was also approved by Reagan and French president François Mitterrand. Defense Secretary Weinberger, however, lobbied successfully against the missions, because at the time he was not certain that Iran was behind the attack.

So, there was no real retaliation for the Beirut bombing from the U.S. The Marines were moved offshore where they could not be targeted. On February 7, 1984, President Reagan ordered the Marines to begin withdrawal from Lebanon. This was completed on February 26, four months after the barracks bombing; the rest of the multinational force was withdrawn by April.

Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada)

On October 25, 1983, only two days after the attacks in Bierut, President Reagan ordered U.S. forces to invade Grenada, code named Operation Urgent Fury. Grenada is a Caribbean island nation with a population of just over 100,000. Grenada gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1974. Rebels seized power in a coup in 1979. In 1983, there was a power struggle that resulted in the murder of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. An military council was formed to rule the country. They announced a four-day total curfew where anyone seen on the streets would be subject to execution.

In March 1983, Ronald Reagan began issuing warnings about the threat posed to the United States and the Caribbean by the “Soviet-Cuban militarization” due to an excessively long airplane runway being built as well as intelligence sources. He said that the 9,000-foot runway and the oil storage tanks were unnecessary for commercial flights, and that evidence pointed that the airport was to become a Cuban-Soviet military airbase.

Another reason for the invasion was that there were U.S. medical students at St. George’s University on Grenada. The university was near the controversial runway, and there was the possibility that they could have been taken hostage as U.S. diplomats in Iran had been four years earlier.

On October 25 Operation Urgent Fury began. It was the first major military operation conducted by U.S. forces since the Vietnam War, several days of fighting commenced, resulting in a U.S. victory. In mid-December, after a new government was appointed by the Governor-General, U.S. forces withdrew.

Here is Ronald Reagan’s address to the nation regarding Beirut and Grenada:

Daily Trivia – 3/7/11

Question: In 1986, who became the first female president of the Philippines?

Last Question: In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what NHL team’s jersey does “Cameron” wear?

Answer: The Detroit Red Wings

If Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took place in Chicago, why did he wear a Detroit Red Wings jersey, you may ask (I know I did). Well, it was John Hughes paying tribute to his childhood hero Gordie Howe.

Gordie Howe was asked about this in Sports Illustrated:

SI.com: I was watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off the other day and your jersey was on the screen the whole time since Ferris’ friend Cameron is wearing it. I was wondering if you knew that your jersey would be a part of the movie.

Howe: Oh yeah, I sent them the jersey. They asked me for the jersey and I sent it out. It was nice seeing the No. 9 on the big screen. I had a lot of proud moments in that jersey.

“You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” on American Idol

I’m not exactly the biggest American Idol fan – mainly because I really love music. Luckily, I have a DVR player, so I conduct my own little “Gong Show”. As soon as I can see the song is going to suck, I fast forward through the rest of the song, and listen to the judges.

But, this week I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s token “rocker” – James Durbin. There were some seasons that I did not watch “Idol” at all, but as far as I know, nobody has done Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. I think James did a great job with it. He wasn’t as over-the-top as I though he would be. I’ll keep tuning in as long as he’s on the show, and he keeps up performances like this:

And if that put you in the mood for the original, here you go:

Daily Trivia – 3/4/11

Question: In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what NHL team’s jersey does “Cameron” wear?

Last Question: What 1986 show starred teenage actress Rebecca Schaeffer and former Mork & Mindy star Pam Dawber?

Answer: My Sister Sam

My Sister Sam aired on CBS from 1986 to 1988. Pam Dawber, of Mork and Mindy fame, played Sam Russell, a San Francisco photographer. Her life gets disrupted when her teenage sister Patti (Rebecca Schaeffer) comes to live with her.

The show was successful on Monday nights. But CBS changed its schedule and moved My Sister Sam to Saturday night opposite NBC’s successful comedy lineup. The show’s audience dwindled to one of the lowest on network TV. CBS canceled My Sister Sam mid-1988 after only half of the second season had aired.

Tragically, on July 18, 1989, Schaeffer was murdered by Robert John Bardo, an obsessed fan who had been stalking her for three years. Bardo was tried by prosecutor Marcia Clark, who later became famous for her role in the O.J. Simpson trial. Convicted of capital murder in a bench trial, Bardo was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Pam Dawber has not done too much since the cancellation of My Sister Sam. She has been married to actor Mark Harmon since March 21, 1987. The couple appeared together in the film I’ll Remember April, and have two sons: Sean Thomas Harmon (born April 25, 1988) and Ty Christian Harmon (born June 25, 1992).

Daily Trivia – 3/3/11

Question: What 1986 show starred teenage actress Rebecca Schaeffer and former Mork & Mindy star Pam Dawber?

Last Question: What 7’6″ player became the tallest player in NBA history at that time?

Answer: Manute Bol

Manute Bol, the Sudanese-born NBA player was one of the tallest players of all time standing at 7 feet, 6 3/4 inches. Bol played basketball for many teams over his career. Obviously, his shot blocking skills were considered among the best in the history of the sport. He was not very good at scoring though. He is the only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored.

In 1985 Bol was drafted in the second round by the Washington Bullets, becoming the first African-born player to be drafted into the NBA. He played in the NBA for ten years, from 1985–1995, spending parts of four seasons with the Bullets, parts of three with the Golden State Warriors, parts of four with the Philadelphia 76ers and part of one season with the Miami Heat. In 1987, the Washington Bullets drafted the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) point guard Muggsy Bogues, pairing the tallest and shortest players in the league on the court for one season.

Manute Bol was also known for his activism. He spent most of his money supporting various causes related to his war-ravaged nation of birth, Sudan. Bol established the Ring True Foundation in order to continue fund-raising for Sudanese refugees. In 2002, Fox TV agreed to broadcast the telephone number of his Ring True Foundation in exchange for Bol’s agreement to appear on their Celebrity Boxing show. After the referee goaded, “If you guys don’t box, you won’t get paid”, he scored a third-round victory over former football player William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

Sadly, on June 19, 2010, Bol died from acute kidney failure and complications from Stevens–Johnson syndrome at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Music Video(s) of the Week – 3/2/11

This week’s selections are in honor of the tour just recently announced – Def Leppard and Heart.

First up is Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”:

This is one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard. I saw Def Leppard in concert in 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island after they released their X album – and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They played at least one song from each of their albums. They almost left this song off of their playlist.

Many of you may or may not be familiar with the tragedy that occurred on February 20, 2003, at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I am not going to go into details, but 100 people were killed when Great White was playing there, and their pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured many more.

Well, at the Def Leppard concert, before they played this song Joe Elliot stopped the show, and said that they had met with burn victims from the fire before the concert. They said that they would leave the song out, [probably due to the lines:
Rise up! Gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up let’s go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke

Apparantly, the victims would not hear of it, and told the band to play the song. It was very emotional. And I remember seeing one of the burn victims (it was very obvious) in the aisle jumping up and down all excited while the song played. I will never forget it. It is amazing how much music can lift your spirits no matter what you are going through.

I don’t have a Heart story, and I have not seen them in concert yet. Maybe that will change this year. Here is one of my favorite songs by them – “Alone”:

Daily Trivia – 3/2/11

Question: What 7’6″ player became the tallest player in NBA history at that time?

Last Question: In The Breakfast Club, what character used her cleavage to apply lipstick?

Answer: Claire

Molly Ringwald’s Claire Standish had a special talent…

Claire takes lipstick out and opens it. She places it
between her breasts and applies it from her cleavage.

When she lifts her head, her lipstick is perfect.

Everyone claps. Bender’s clap is sarcastic and slow.

ANDREW: All right, great! Where’d you learn to do that?

CLAIRE: Camp, seventh grade…

Carlos Estevez (a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) has gone off the rails on a “Crazy Train”

Charlie Sheen is showing Lindsay Lohan how it’s done! Remember the good old days when Sheen was in some of our favorite movies such as Red Dawn, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street, Eight Men Out, Young Guns, and Major League? Sure, he has always been troubled. But he seems to be going down at an accelerated rate now.
The new round of events seemed to have started on Christmas 2009 when Sheen assaulted his wife Brooke Mueller. Then around 2 a.m. on Oct. 26, Sheen was removed by police from his suite at the Plaza Hotel, which had suffered a reported $7,000 worth of damage. NYPD sources told reporters that he was found naked, and admitted to having been drinking and taking cocaine. He was also with a prostitute/porn star that locked herself in the bathroom for her own safety.

On January 27, 2011, Sheen was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by paramedics. Sheen’s representative said the actor was suffering from “severe abdominal pains”. The next day, Sheen began undergoing a substance rehabilitation program in his home and CBS announced that Two and a Half Men would go into hiatus. The network subsequently announced that the season then underway and due to film its last four episodes was canceled after Sheen made offensive comments about the creator and lead writer of Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre, on the February 24 edition of a radio broadcast hosted by Alex Jones.

Sheen is continuing his rants on the news/talkshow circuit. He will be featured on 20/20 tonight. He has just been sounding totally insane.

So, my question is “What do you think?” Do you feel sorry for him? Do you still like him? Are there any fans of his show? It is the highest rated comedy. Personally, I don’t know why. I used to have it on ‘Season Pass’, but it got sickening and tired. Yeah, I get get it…Charlie’s a pig, Alan’s a loser, Jake is an idiot and is always hungry, and Charlie’s and Alan’s mother is a manipulative nympho. It’s the same thing week in and week out.
Are you tired of Charlie Sheen now?

Here is a poll:

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