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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cheezguyty » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:31 pm

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Jackson has also had a #1 album in four different decades; the latest was Unbreakable (2015). Only she, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand have done that.
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and U2 have also had #1 albums in four different decades.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

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cheezguyty wrote:
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Jackson has also had a #1 album in four different decades; the latest was Unbreakable (2015). Only she, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand have done that.
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and U2 have also had #1 albums in four different decades.
And U2 is the only one to do it in 4 straight.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cinemaniax7 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:59 pm

Penny Marshall has died. According to Variety, Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million ("Big"), the first woman to direct two films that made more than $100 million ("Big" and "A League of Their Own"), and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar-nominated for best picture ("Awakenings").

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cinemaniax7 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:06 pm

Of course, Penny Marshall was best known for playing Laverne to Cindy Williams's Shirley on the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." The show, which aired from 1976 to 1983, was a spin-off from "Happy Days." "Laverne & Shirley" was the #1 show on TV for two seasons during its run.

The chant of “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” that preceded the "Laverne & Shirley" theme song, “Making Our Dreams Come True,” in the series’ opening montage was drawn from a song Marshall and her friends used to sing on the way to school.

Marshall's brother, Garry, created "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" and directed such films as "Pretty Woman," Beaches," and "The Princess Diaries." He was also a recognizable character actor who played the team owner in "A League of Their Own," in which his character was based on chewing gum heir and baseball executive Philip K. Wrigley.

From 1971 to 1979, Penny Marshall was married to actor/writer/director Rob Reiner, son of Carl and director of such films as "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," "Stand by Me," "This Is Spinal Tap," and "A Few Good Men."

Marshall's autobiography, “My Mother Was Nuts,” was published in 2012.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Woppy T » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:46 pm

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Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:35 pm
2019 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies.

Nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted a second time, her first was as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
I don't know which is more "wtf"-worthy, this or Harold Baines being elected to the baseball hall. I get the Fleetwood mac induction, but as a solo artist????

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by triviawayne » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:28 pm

Woppy T wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:46 pm
Blue Lion wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:35 pm
2019 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies.

Nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted a second time, her first was as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
I don't know which is more "wtf"-worthy, this or Harold Baines being elected to the baseball hall. I get the Fleetwood mac induction, but as a solo artist????
you might want to google her impressive music catalog
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Woppy T » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:49 am

triviawayne wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:28 pm
Woppy T wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:46 pm
Blue Lion wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:35 pm
2019 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies.

Nicks becomes the first woman to be inducted a second time, her first was as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
I don't know which is more "wtf"-worthy, this or Harold Baines being elected to the baseball hall. I get the Fleetwood mac induction, but as a solo artist????
you might want to google her impressive music catalog
I did what you suggested.

Eight studio albums, one of which reached number one in the U.S.

Zero number one singles. 4 top 10 singles. I listen to a lot of classic rock on the radio, and only a couple if her songs get regular airplay.

30 million records sold worldwide. Definitely a great talent and a great career, but not HOF worthy. Just my opinion.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:56 pm

cinemaniax7 wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:06 pm
Of course, Penny Marshall was best known for playing Laverne to Cindy Williams's Shirley on the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." The show, which aired from 1976 to 1983, was a spin-off from "Happy Days." "Laverne & Shirley" was the #1 show on TV for two seasons during its run.

The chant of “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” that preceded the "Laverne & Shirley" theme song, “Making Our Dreams Come True,” in the series’ opening montage was drawn from a song Marshall and her friends used to sing on the way to school.

Marshall's brother, Garry, created "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" and directed such films as "Pretty Woman," Beaches," and "The Princess Diaries." He was also a recognizable character actor who played the team owner in "A League of Their Own," in which his character was based on chewing gum heir and baseball executive Philip K. Wrigley.

From 1971 to 1979, Penny Marshall was married to actor/writer/director Rob Reiner, son of Carl and director of such films as "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," "Stand by Me," "This Is Spinal Tap," and "A Few Good Men."

Marshall's autobiography, “My Mother Was Nuts,” was published in 2012.
I'm going to pre-call it: There will be a Penny Marshall question on the next online test, and an entire Penny Marshall category on Jeopardy sometime in 2019.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by opusthepenguin » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:28 pm

Blue Lion wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:56 pm
I'm going to pre-call it: There will be a Penny Marshall question on the next online test, and an entire Penny Marshall category on Jeopardy sometime in 2019.
There was SUPPOSED to be a Penny Marshall clue on the day she died, give or take a day. The writers are slipping.

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Post by triviawayne » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:03 pm

opusthepenguin wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Blue Lion wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:56 pm
I'm going to pre-call it: There will be a Penny Marshall question on the next online test, and an entire Penny Marshall category on Jeopardy sometime in 2019.
There was SUPPOSED to be a Penny Marshall clue on the day she died, give or take a day. The writers are slipping.
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:47 pm

Miley Cyrus and Liam "Hunger Games" Hemsworth are married.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/26/entertai ... index.html

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Post by Troydozzy » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:17 am

Sister Wendy Beckett, the Carmelite nun and the tv 'personality' who introduced me to art history, has died at 88.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... es-aged-88
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/obit ... -dead.html

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:15 am

Troydozzy wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:17 am
Sister Wendy Beckett, the Carmelite nun and the tv 'personality' who introduced me to art history, has died at 88.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... es-aged-88
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/obit ... -dead.html
She was a Jeopardy favorite back in the day. Definitely a name worth remembering, if you're currently in the pool.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Lefty » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:46 am

Stopping by the library today, I noticed a recent copy of ESPN mag listing the twenty most dominant athletes in the world today. Not all of them American, but I guess that their standard requires that a sport at least be taken seriously by a good number of Americans.

Anyway, in order to build suspense, I list ESPN's most dominant in ascending order and spoilered (simply to force you to know them. For the record, I failed to identify at least two of these in recent LL seasons). There were perhaps a couple whose dominance I had trouble seeing, but the magazine does state that they used some sort of statistical method, employing standard deviations and such like.


20. Baseballer with Anaheim, twice AL MVP, thrice runner-up
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Mike Trout
19. Basketballer with Houston, 2017-18 NBA MVP
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James Harden
18. First-year starting QB with KC Chiefs, threw 6 TD passes a day before his 23rd birthday
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Patrick Mahomes (II)

17. Plays Hockey for Washington Capitals, 7-time NHL goal-scoring champ
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Alex Ovechkin
16. 2018 Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner, retired at 3, unbeaten lifetime
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Justify
15. New Orleans Saints quarterback, all-time NFL passing yardage leader
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Drew Brees
14. Baseballer with Boston, 2018 AL MVP and batting champ
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Mookie Betts
13. Basketballer with Cleveland--> Miami--> Cleveland--> LA Lakers, 4-time NBA MVP
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Lebron James
12. Five-time Formula One champ from UK, races for Mercedes-AMG Petronas
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Lewis Hamilton
11. Figure skater from Japan, twice men's Olympic champ, twice world champ
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Yuzuru Hanyu
10. Serbian tennis player with 14 Grand Slam titles, first since Rod Laver to hold all four titles at once
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Novak Djokovic
9. 2018 Ladies' French Open Champ from Romania, twice the most clicked-on player at WTAtennis.com
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Simona Halep
8. Soccerer, Real Madrid midfielder and Team Croatia captain, 2018 FIFA player of the year
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Luka Modric
7. Basketballer with Seattle Storm, 2018 WNBA MVP, thrice College Player of the Year, won four NCAA championships with UConn
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Breanna Stewart
6. Snowboard halfpipe gold medalist 2018, first woman to execute frontside double cork 1080 (note:360 x 3) in halfpipe, incoming freshman at Princeton
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Chloe Kim
5. Winner of four Olympic golds in 2016, holder of women's world records at 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyle, 14 total world championship golds
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Katie Ledecky
4. Thai golfer, won 2018 US Women's Open and 2016 British Open
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Ariya Jutanugarn
3. mixed martial artist, Ultimate Fighting Champ in heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions
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Daniel Cormier
2. Kenyan marathoner, set world record of 2:01:39 at 2018 Berlin Marathon
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Eliud Kipchoge
1. Winner of four Olympic golds and 14 world championship golds in Women's artistic gymnastics (Fixed now. Sorry,
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Simone
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Simone Biles
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Post by teapot37 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:27 am

(#1's first name ends in an E and not an A; it's different than #9's first name.)

I can honestly say I have never heard of #3.
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Post by econgator » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:53 am

How is Mikaela Shriffin not on that list?

And Patrick Mahomes? Great season, but dude hasn't even won a playoff game yet.

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Post by SenseiCAY » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:05 pm

Lefty wrote:
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1. Winner of four Olympic golds and 14 world championship golds in Women's artistic gymnastics
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Simona Biles
You mean Simone?

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cinemaniax7 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:09 pm

Troydozzy wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:17 am
Sister Wendy Beckett, the Carmelite nun and the tv 'personality' who introduced me to art history, has died at 88.
Sister Wendy taught me to appreciate art and art history, and I am indebted to her. I just this week gave her DVD set to my daughter who asked for a "noetic" gift for Christmas.

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Post by Peachbox » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:44 pm

econgator wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:53 am
How is Mikaela Shriffin not on that list?

And Patrick Mahomes? Great season, but dude hasn't even won a playoff game yet.
Amazing that Shiffrin was left off this list. She was dominant before the magazine went to press, and just won her 15th World Cup ski race in a calendar year, a record. For career World Cup wins, the record is 86, by Ingemar Stenmark. Shiffrin now has 51.....at the age of 23.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Troydozzy » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:26 am

“Captain” Daryl Dragon (Captain and Tennille), “Mean” Gene Okerlund (Voice of Professional Wrestling in the 80s), and “Super Dave” Bob Einstein have all recently died.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/d ... -1.4963971
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/mean-gene-oke ... -1.4963768
https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/b ... -1.4963619

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