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?
Jerry "The King" Lawler is a WWE Hall of Famer who will host the Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, April 6, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment). Jerry "The King" Lawler is a legendary voice of World Wrestling Entertainment programming, and a 2007 inductee into the company's Hall of Fame. At this year's event in New Orleans, he will serve as the host of Friday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. But long before Lawler entered the WWE in 1992, he became a well-known grappling superstar in Memphis. His battles against foes such as Jackie Fargo, Eddie Gilbert and Austin Idol helped earn him the lifelong moniker as "King." Yet, it was Lawler's early 1980s scrum with Saturday Night Live alum Andy Kaufman which fans fondly recall the most. "He was a guy who really loved wrestling," Lawler said. "He told me many times, 'I would give up many things ... the Taxi show and the sitcoms and stand-up comedy shows, if I just could stay involved … [Read more...] about Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler dishes on Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey ahead of Wrestlemania 34
Actor and writer John Ross Bowie spent the weekend in Tulsa getting surprised by his own play. Bowie, who stars in the ABC series “Speechless,” wrote “Four Chords and a Gun,” a play about punk rock pioneers The Ramones and its highly fraught collaboration with eccentric music producer Phil Spector, which Tulsa Project Theatre presented. The play premiered in Los Angeles in 2016; the Tulsa production, which concluded a two-weekend run Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Tulsa PAC, was the second time the work has been staged. “I hadn’t looked at the play for about six months, when there was a very informal reading of it in London,” Bowie said. “So there were some things in the text itself that surprised me, simply because I had forgot they were there.” But the real surprises were how director Matthew Alvin Brown and the Tulsa Project Theatre cast brought “Four Chords and a Gun” to life. “There were some great … [Read more...] about Actor, writer John Ross Bowie surprised by Tulsa Project Theatre’s production of his play ‘Four Chords and a Gun’
Alec Ross, a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, plans to announce Monday that he has chosen Julie Verratti, a craft beer brewer who worked to support small businesses for the Obama administration, as his running mate. Ross, an author and tech entrepreneur from Baltimore, said Verratti’s business acumen and work as a political activist made her the right fit in the crowded race for the Democratic nomination for governor. “What I really wanted first and foremost was someone who was really focused on the future, who was focused on what's next,” Ross said. “I wanted someone with executive experience.” Verratti was born and raised in Silver Spring, where she lives with her wife, Emily Bruno. The couple co-owns the Denizens Brewing Co. A graduate of the Georgetown law school, she has worked for both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Small Business Administration. She is active in the Montgomery County business community. “We're really … [Read more...] about Democrat Alec Ross picks Montgomery County brewer as running mate
Los Angeles Times publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn has been cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation into his conduct, and he will move into a new role within the paper’s parent company, Tronc. Levinsohn has been on unpaid leave since Jan. 19 following a report by National Public Radio that he was the defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits. NPR said Levinsohn engaged in “frat-boy” behavior when he was an executive at other media companies, including speculating whether one former subordinate moonlighted as a stripper. Tronc said Wednesday that Levinsohn will become chief executive of Tribune Interactive, a business unit that Tronc plans to form following the sale of The Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune to Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Tronc separately announced the $500-million agreement to sell The Times and Union-Tribune to Soon-Shiong’s investment firm, Nant Capital. That deal is expected to close in March or … [Read more...] about L.A. Times publisher Ross Levinsohn cleared of wrongdoing, will become CEO of new Tronc unit