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Another SNL alum (Gary Kroeger) could run for Congress


CEDAR FALLS | Mudd Advertising executive and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Gary Kroeger said he's contemplating a run for Congress in 2016 and may decide on his candidacy in about a month.

Asked via Facebook to respond to online reports he is considering a run, Kroeger responded to The Courier, "Thinking about it. I've been asked (to run) but there are so many moving parts to consider. Giving myself about a month (to decide) but with lots of planning during that time."

Kroeger, creative director at Mudd, apparently would seek the Democratic nomination to run against newly elected U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, who defeated former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy in November. The seat was vacated by multi-term incumbent Bruce Braley, who sought to fill retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's Senate seat but was defeated by Joni Ernst.

Kroeger indicated public reaction may influence his decision. "Getting people involved will help," he said. "No point in running if the reaction is tepid."

More about Gary:


Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Kroeger attended Northern University High School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1981. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during Lorne Michaels' hiatus from the show, under the direction of Dick Ebersol. During his tenure, Kroeger, who also wrote for the show, was frequently cast as young teenage kids and impersonated Walter Mondale when he was the Democratic candidate for US President in 1984. He is probably best remembered today for a Christmas sketch in which he and fellow cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus perform "Blue Christmas" as Donny and Marie Osmond. Megh Wright of splitsider.com said it "remains one of his strongest moments on his three-season stint". The sketch culminates with the supposed brother and sister making out with each other.

Kroeger left the show after the summer of 1985 when Lorne Michaels returned to the show and the entire cast was replaced. In the time since he has kept a fairly low profile, appearing in only a handful of movies, including a role as Reggie Mantle on 1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again and the lead and title role on the spoof film A Man Called Sarge. He has enjoyed some success as a host of television game shows, most notably revivals of The Newlywed Game and Beat the Clock. He was also the announcer for the 2001 revival of Card Sharks and the 2002 revival of Press Your Luck called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He hosted a revival of the game show Beat the Clock in 2002 on PAX TV. In addition, he appeared on the sitcom Hidden Hills and as a weatherman in an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. From 1990 to 1991, he was host of Fox's Comic Strip Live. He also made a guest appearance in the episode Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991). In 2000, he hosted an infomercial for DirecTV, which played in-store at many Best Buy locations. In 2002, he hosted the 26th annual Mrs. America pageant.

I remember Gary (from the early 80's SNL cast), and he was funny!

I am so effing SICK of SNOW!!!!!!

...oh, and the white, frozen shit falling from the sky, too.

‘Watershed': For Media, an Emotional Week of Loss


Some news sends us running to our TV sets. We want to see the pictures, hear from officials, from witnesses. Show us the pictures. Carry the newser. Other stories send us to Twitter, where we gather in shock with people like us, and share our surprise, our sorrow, and our stories.

That’s what it was like Thursday night, when word of David Carr’s sudden death transformed Twitter into a wake. Reporters shared their favorite Carr quotes, talked about meeting him, or wishing they had, talked about how he, better than most of us, stood up to bullshit and called it what it was. It was a night of raw emotion on top of numbness—an awful loss in a week that was full of them. As Charlie Rose said on “CBS This Morning,” it’s been a sad week for anyone who loves journalism.


We watched America’s most-watched network news anchor fall, turned with breathtaking speed into a punchline. By week’s end Brian Williams was gone, off on a six month suspension that may really be a lifetime ban—the network that built its brand around him moving with great speed to erase his name and face from “NBC Nightly News.” The graphics, the set, the open, the website, the Twitter feed, were all de-Williamsed by Thursday night. Television, ever the cruel and shallow money trench that Hunter Thompson described, showed its usual Soviet efficiency. A leader had fallen out of favor, and that meant editing history books, warehousing statues, and getting rid of those big, smiling photos in the lobby.


And yet, as Politico’s Glenn Thrush put it, Williams was only the “fourth most important media story this week—and a distant fourth at that.” We learned that Jon Stewart, a fixture for more than fifteen years, wouldn’t just always be there, whether we catch “The Daily Show” each night or not, to slice into the hypocrisy of the news—the stories, and the ways we cover them.


Bob Simon, a reporter’s reporter, a survivor, was killed in a car accident on the West Side Highway. His loss gutted journalists at CBS—both the young, who considered Simon a role model, and the old, who witnessed Simon’s fearless reporting around the world. Blocks away at CNN, Anderson Cooper, who has reported for “60 Minutes” and grew up watching CBS, blew out the rundown to devote time in his newscast Wednesday to Simon. Cooper then stayed on after 10 p.m. to talk about Simon on “CNN Tonight.” As Cooper told CBS’ Vladimir Duthiers later, Simon was “the correspondent I always dreamed of becoming.” As the news of Simon’s death was still settling in Thursday, we learned about the death of former NBC News war correspondent Ned Colt, who, like Simon, was kidnapped in Iraq. Simon during the first Gulf War; Colt during the second. A massive stroke took him at age 58.


Chipotle's Twitter Account Hacked - offensive tweets about President Obama


Chipotle’s Twitter feed took an unsavory turn early Sunday when hackers seized control of the account and tweeted a string of slur- and profanity-laced messages.

The hackers changed the Mexican restaurant chain’s avatar to a swastika and sent out offensive tweets calling President Obama the N-word and targeting U.S. government agencies, according to The Daily Dot.

Another now-deleted tweet claimed that burrito chain could be closing all of its restaurants by the end of 2015 because Twitter user @TheCeltic666 “poisoned” the meat supply.

The @ChipotleTweets bio was changed to “The official Twitter account of @TUGFeds and @TheCeltic666,” according to NBC Bay Area. Both accounts mentioned have been suspended.


Joe B Mauldin of (Buddy Holly &) the Crickets Dead at 74


Buddy Holly and The Crickets (top to bottom: Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly and Joe B Mauldin), 1957

By Sarah Rafique

Crickets drummer Jerry “J.I.” Allison glanced over at bassist Joe B. Mauldin as they stood on top of Brooklyn’s Paramount Theater and watched 1957 turn into 1958 during a New Year’s Eve performance.

“Joe B. and I were really having fun in New York,” said Allison, who is now the last original Cricket who is still alive. “We had a lot of — I’m sort of at a loss, but that was a great time and Joe B. and I said, ‘Wow, look at this.’ That was something special that I will remember forever.”

The Crickets continued touring up until about two years ago, when traveling just wasn’t fun anymore, Allison said. But, the duo remained friends, even in Mauldin’s final days.

Allison received a call from Mauldin’s wife about 8:20 a.m. Saturday letting him know about his former bandmate’s death in Nashville. Mauldin was 74. He was born July 8, 1940, in Lubbock.

Allison visited Mauldin two days before he died and said he had been suffering from cancer.


Cross gently, Joe.

For those in the path of the latest snowstorm....



In the midst of heavy winter blizzards, digging yourself out of the drifts can be both an inconvenient chore and a dangerous task linked to fatigue and heart attacks. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while shoveling snow:

Before heading outside to shovel, do your best to reverse the 40 years of poor health choices that have put you at high risk for getting a heart attack.

Taking a few minutes to stretch before shoveling is a great way to unnecessarily prolong an already unpleasant chore.

Bending from the back can damage your spine; always damage your knees instead.

Prevent snow from sticking to your shovel by coating both sides in a layer of butter.

SU Men's Basketball self-imposes sanctions over ongoing NCAA investigation - no post-season play


SYRACUSE -- In response to an NCAA investigation, Syracuse University has announced a self-imposed post season ban on its men's basketball team.

You can read below the press release from the school:

“Syracuse University today announced that it previously notified the NCAA that it has instituted a self-imposed post-season ban for the men’s basketball 2014-15 season as part of its case pending before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The University initiated the case when it self-reported potential violations within the Athletics Department to the NCAA in 2007. Much of the conduct involved in the case occurred long ago and none occurred after 2012. No current student-athlete is involved. In addition, beginning in 2007, the University took a series of actions to reform and strengthen existing policies and procedures, implement a series of best practices, and realign and improve a range of student-athlete support services.

The University appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in October 2014 and has continued to cooperatively engage with the Committee. As a further means of acknowledging past mistakes, the University notified the NCAA that it will be voluntarily withholding the men’s basketball team from post-season competition following the current 2014-15 season. This one-year ban includes the ACC Tournament and any additional post-season tournaments such as the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). This action is accompanied by other self-imposed penalties the University also instituted and which the NCAA Committee on Infractions will make public when it issues its final report.



Here's some fun; 1974 PSA-equal pay for women w/ 1966 Batman cast

Fun fact: it was only Adam West who didn't reprise his roll as Batman. In his place is Dick Gautier...

Longtime broadcaster Joe Franklin dead at 88


(CNN)Longtime New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.

"Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night," friend and former producer Steve Garrin said.

Franklin was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York, working at WJZ and WOR, and recently at the Bloomberg Radio Network.

"The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years" Garrin said.

Though he never broke onto the national scene, Franklin was "in many ways, the pioneer of the modern TV talk show format," according to his website, which says he interviewed more than 300,000 guests.

He's interviewed many famous guests. From his Wikipedia page:

Franklin's guests included (sometimes on the same panel) Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe (with whom Franklin co-authored "The Marilyn Monroe Story" in 1953), Jayne Mansfield, Cary Grant, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante, Madonna, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bing Crosby, The Ramones, Captain Lou Albano, and five U.S. Presidents juxtaposed with countless unknown local performers, fringe bands, balloon-folders, self-published authors, celebrity impersonators and lounge singers, all of whom gave the show a surreal atmosphere.

Franklin never employed a co-host however his producer, Richie Ornstein, worked side-by-side with Franklin for decades and was a standard feature on the Joe Franklin Show to interact with guests and to discuss trivia.

Many well known talents such as Woody Allen, Andy Kaufman, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams, John Belushi and Richard Pryor got their first television exposure on The Joe Franklin Show. Others, notoriously shy of live interviews, made frequent appearances on Franklin's programs: Frank Sinatra, for instance, appeared four times.

In 1999, Joe Franklin partnered with Riese Restaurants to open "Joe Franklin's Memory Lane Restaurant" in Manhattan's Theater District, where Franklin appeared frequently and even conducted live, in-person interviews with entertainers such as Billy Crystal, who famously impersonated Franklin on Saturday Night Live.

Cross gently, Joe...

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