CLEVELAND, Ohio – As a professional wrestling fan, it’s hard not to have a discussion with legendary commentator Jim Ross turn into a long Q&A session.His 40-plus years in the wrestling business turn into stories that are hard to come by even in today’s social media age.Like J.R.'s first ever conversation with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, where the then young wrestler declared he’d be the greatest ever. Or what it was like signing a class of wrestlers to WWE at the start of the 21st century that included Brock Lesnar, Shelton Benjamin, John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista.“We got lucky,” says Ross. “Those are all keepers.”Ross predicts his show this Saturday with longtime friend and broadcast partner Jerry “The King” Lawler at Hilarities (Tickets still available), billed as “30 Years of Comedy,” will likely turn into a Q&A session.Fans around the country often find themselves eager to pick Ross and … [Read more...] about WWE legends Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler bring comedy to Cleveland
One problem with growing old is you get all grumpy and you find yourself constantly complaining that things nowadays are not as good as they were when you were younger.Take popular music in the 1960s and 1970s, for example. How many female vocalists today could match their voices against the likes of Barbra Streisand, Judith Durham, Mary Travers, Linda Ronstadt or Karen Carpenter, among others?Let's segue from that to manners and common courtesy, then and now. This is graduation season, and soon we parents and grandparents will find ourselves sitting in the stands at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena watching our young ones march in, sit through speeches, collect their diplomas and run out.They might get to hear what the people on stage are saying if the constant chattering from the people in the stands doesn't drown them out.My generation was raised by parents and grandparents who lived through the Depression, World War II and the Korean War. When they attended school events, they sat … [Read more...] about Jim Ross: When did parents decide they were the stars?
Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea has tapped Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott as his running mate in the Democratic primary for governor, creating a city-centric ticket designed to appeal to several wings of the party.Shea, 65, said Scott, 33, brings wisdom beyond his years and can help bridge a generational divide among Democrats.“He’s got youth and experience on his side,” Shea said. “He’s part of a generation that’s coming into its own with lots of potential and not interested in the same-old, same-old. I think Brandon’s a leader in that generation.”Shea is the former chairman of the Venable law firm and of the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents. A long-time Democratic donor, he has demonstrated fundraising prowess in the crowded Democratic primary race for governor, but he has not cracked the top tier of candidates in recent polling.Scott, chairman of the council’s public safety committee, has risen to … [Read more...] about Jim Shea picks Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott as running mate
A version of this story appears in Sunday's The Oklahoman. Philip Anschutz, Barry Corbin and more honored at Western Heritage AwardsDiamonds twinkled with turquoise, cowboy boots matched with tuxedos – and everything else – and Westerners from all walks of life gathered Saturday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.The honorees at the 58th Annual Western Heritage Awards ranged from business owners and a chart-topping musician to a journeyman farrier and an Emmy-nominated screen icon.“We want to honor and induct those folks that have made a visible presence to the preservation of the West and its values and ideals,” said Wyatt McCrea, a member of the National Cowboy Museum’s board of directors.“At the same time … this is an opportunity for people who have perfected their craft and live it on a daily basis to be rewarded as well. Where else is a saddle maker or a farrier going to be able to receive an award of this … [Read more...] about Interviews and photos: Philip Anschutz, Barry Corbin and more honored at Western Heritage Awards, hosted by Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross
The first memorial service for “Water Man” Dave Ross will be in the heart of the neighborhood where he was best known.At 10 a.m. Friday, Father Joe’s Villages will hold a memorial for Ross at the Neil Good Day Center, 299 17th St., which provides the homeless with mail services, a laundry facility, access to various homeless services and a safe environment to spend the day.Ross, who died Monday at 83, was a frequent and welcome sight for homeless people in downtown San Diego for the past two decades. He earned his nickname by providing bottled water to people on the street and also was known as an advocate who fought for better conditions for homeless people.Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s, said the memorial will conclude with people being given bottled water to hand out in the neighborhood.Ross reportedly had been diagnosed with brain cancer, and friends who knew he was nearing the end held a “wake” for him in Fault Line Park in … [Read more...] about Father Joe’s to hold memorial for ‘Water Man’ Dave Ross