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New York Yankees lefty Whitey Ford has died at the age of 91. A second-ballot Hall of Fame selection, Ford pitched from 1950 to 1967 and remains the Yankees' all-time leader in wins, innings pitched, and ERA+ among starting pitchers. He won both the MVP and Cy Young Award in 1961 and was a member of six World Series champion teams.

Nicknamed "Whitey" for his blond hair, Ford was also known as "The Chairman of the Board."

Ford was the pitcher on the mound during the 1955 World Series when Jackie Robinson stole home for the Dodgers — the last time anyone stole home in a World Series game.

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Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:57 pm
New York Yankees lefty Whitey Ford has died at the age of 91. A second-ballot Hall of Fame selection, Ford pitched from 1950 to 1967 and remains the Yankees' all-time leader in wins, innings pitched, and ERA+ among starting pitchers. He won both the MVP and Cy Young Award in 1961 and was a member of six World Series champion teams.

Nicknamed "Whitey" for his blond hair, Ford was also known as "The Chairman of the Board."

Ford was the pitcher on the mound during the 1955 World Series when Jackie Robinson stole home for the Dodgers — the last time anyone stole home in a World Series game.
"Whitey Ford" was the correct response to Final Jeopardy when future 2-time Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry appeared on Jeopardy in 1974.

https://www.nytimes.com/1974/03/31/arch ... nt-on.html

I seem to recall researching it one time and deciding that the clue must have asked about him being voted into the Hall of Fame. It never occured to me before to wonder who the 5-time champ mentioned in the article was, but I bet we could figure it out.

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AC/DC album: Power Up

Adam Sandler movie (Netflix): Hubie Halloween - Sandler plays Hubie Dubois

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Bruce Springsteen's new album "Letter to You" comes out the week of Oct 23.

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Game show host Tom Kennedy has died.

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Rafael Nadal wins the French Open against Novak Djokovic. It was his 13th French title. With the win, he ties Roger Federer for the most Men's Grand Slam titles in history at 20.

He's now an astounding 100-2 at the French Open.

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And in fake Nobel news, have a blockquote

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54509051
Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won the 2020 Nobel Economics Prize for their work on auction theory.

The Stanford University game theorists have helped in developing formats for the sale of aircraft landing slots, radio spectrums, and emissions trading.
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Prof Wilson developed a theory for auctions where the value of the object on the block is uncertain beforehand but ends up being the same for everyone - for example, the value of radio frequencies, or the volume of a mineral in a particular area.

He also developed a theory as to why rational bidders tend to place maximum bids that are below what they estimate the actual value of the object to be: they are worried about the so-called "winner's curse" - overpaying to win the auction.
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2B Joe Morgan, 2x World Series Champ with the Cincinnati Reds dies at 77.

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The Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA title, tying the Boston Celtics for most championships won by an NBA franchise.

CORRECTION: With the Lakers victory over the Miami Heat, forward LeBron James did NOT become the first player ever to win NBA championships with three different teams, despite what I'd read in the media. Thanks for catching that, MinnesotaMyron!
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cinemaniax7 wrote:
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LeBron James has become the first player ever to win NBA championships with three different teams.
Nope. His teammate Danny Green also did it last night, and John Salley and Robert Horry did it before that.

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Margaret Nolan, who played Bond's masseuse Dink in the movie Goldfinger, passed away October 5. She appeared in the title sequence of the film painted gold, with clips of Bond movies projected onto her body.

(Not to be confused with Shirley Eaton, who played Jill Masterson, who died of "skin suffocation" in the film by being painted gold.)

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And in fake Nobel news, have a blockquote

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54509051
Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won the 2020 Nobel Economics Prize for their work on auction theory.

The Stanford University game theorists have helped in developing formats for the sale of aircraft landing slots, radio spectrums, and emissions trading.
...
Prof Wilson developed a theory for auctions where the value of the object on the block is uncertain beforehand but ends up being the same for everyone - for example, the value of radio frequencies, or the volume of a mineral in a particular area.

He also developed a theory as to why rational bidders tend to place maximum bids that are below what they estimate the actual value of the object to be: they are worried about the so-called "winner's curse" - overpaying to win the auction.
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Roberta McCain, mother of the late Senator John McCain, dies at the age of 108.

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The Tony award nominations were announced today for a season dramatically curtailed by the coronavirus. In an interesting turn of events, the only person nominated in the Lead Actor in a Musical category is Aaron Tveit from Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Only four musicals were eligible for awards, and all the nominations came from three of them. (Sorry about your luck, cast and crew of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.) Neither of the other two musicals (Jagged Little Pill [based on the Alanis Morissette album] and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) have a male leading role. According to Tony rules, Tveit still has to be voted for on 60% of ballots in order to win, so he's effectively running against "no award".

https://www.playbill.com/article/2020-t ... d-the-pack
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Merriam-Webster dictionary changed its definition of “preference” after Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was accused during her confirmation hearing of being “anti-LGBTQ” for using the term "sexual preference." Merriam-Webster made the change later the same day, citing as "offensive" the usage of "preference" to refer to someone's sexual proclivities. The dictionary site also cites "sexual preference" as a separate listing, again labeling the term as offensive.

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Asbestos, QC, CA, is now Val-des-Sources, QC, CA.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54608836
The small Canadian town of Asbestos that decided it needed a rebrand has done away with the name derived from its mining heritage.

The Quebec town, home to some 7,000 people, voted for "Val-des-Sources" as its new moniker.
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Asbestos won't be changing its town signs immediately, said Mr Grimard, who suggested it could be the end of the year before the formal, legal switch.
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CBS All Access (becoming Paramount Plus in 2021) miniseries: The Stand

The book came out in 1978 and expect it to hit the bestseller charts again later this year. J! likes that kind of stuff. :) The previous miniseries version was in 1994. The book is a door stopper with the uncut version over 1100 pages.

Whoopi Goldberg will play Mother Abigail.

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The 400th episode of NCIS will air this November with its 18th season after beginning in 2003. It spun off from JAG.

Mark Harmon is Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
David McCallum is Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard

Spin-offs are:
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleasns

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Game of Thrones prequel series: House of the Dragon based on George R.R. Martin's novel, Fire & Blood

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Netflix series: The Haunting of Bly Manor and loosely based on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw and a follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House which was loosely based on the Shirley Jackson work.

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Aaron Sorkin writer and director of: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (on Netflix)

Study the cast list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial ... _Chicago_7

to match actor and character (Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman is definite future clue material)

Some of the J! clue history: (It's scattered & out of order and will have some repetition as I put the key names into the search box and copied the results)
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#693, aired 1987-09-16 AMERICAN HISTORY $800: On Sept. 24, 1969, the trial of this group began, with Judge Julius Hoffman presiding
#8174, aired 2020-03-05 GET SCHOOLED $1600: This university's informal "Dropout Hall of Fame" includes author Jack London & '60s activist Jerry Rubin
#7599, aired 2017-09-28 GOING 24/7/365 $1600: After Bobby Seale got a separate trial, the group including Jerry Rubin & Abbie Hoffman got renamed this
#5963, aired 2010-07-14 BORN ON THE 14th OF JULY $1600: On July 14, 1938 Abbie Hoffman was in short pants when this future "Chicago 7" leader made the scene as the "Cincinnati 1"
#5449, aired 2008-04-24 "PIE" FLINGING $1000: Jerry Rubin & Abbie Hoffman were founding members of this group
#4872, aired 2005-11-15 NUMBER PLEASE $400: In a 1976 book, '60s activist Jerry Rubin quoted that era's slogan "Don't trust anyone over" this age
#3280, aired 1998-12-04 "Y" ME? $200: You were "happy" if you were a member of this '60s radical group that included Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin
#1829, aired 1992-07-09 U.S. HISTORY $400: Put on trial in 1969, Tom Hayden & Yippie Jerry Rubin were part of this group accused of inciting a riot
#2121, aired 1993-11-22 LAW & ORDER $500: Collective name given to the group defended by William Kunstler & Leonard Weinglass in 1969 & 1970
#1347, aired 1990-06-12 1970 $500: This Chicago 7 attorney was cited for contempt by the presiding judge
#1012, aired 1989-01-17 FAMOUS LAWYERS $1000: His clients have included the Black Panthers, Daniel & Philip Berrigan & The Chicago 7
#7599, aired 2017-09-28 GOING 24/7/365 $1600: After Bobby Seale got a separate trial, the group including Jerry Rubin & Abbie Hoffman got renamed this
#7318, aired 2016-06-08 THE BOOK BOOK $2000: "Steal This Book" by this Chicago Seven man is a handbook for the aspiring yippie revolutionary
#6910, aired 2014-10-03 THE 20th CENTURY $2000: This group of defendants included Abbie Hoffman & Tom Hayden; their 1970 convictions were overturned
#6867, aired 2014-06-24 THE MOVIE'S CHARACTERS $400: Bubba Blue, Lieutenant Dan, Abbie Hoffman
#5963, aired 2010-07-14 BORN ON THE 14th OF JULY $1600: On July 14, 1938 Abbie Hoffman was in short pants when this future "Chicago 7" leader made the scene as the "Cincinnati 1"
#5449, aired 2008-04-24 "PIE" FLINGING $1000: Jerry Rubin & Abbie Hoffman were founding members of this group
#5060, aired 2006-09-15 THE KIDS LOVE THEIR MUSIC $2,000 (Daily Double): System of a Down played off a book title by this '60s activist with its 2002 CD "Steal This Album!"
#4885, aired 2005-12-02 HEY! TAKE MY PICTURE! $400: Yippie! He's the 1960s political rabble-rouser seen here
#3569, aired 2000-02-24 ORGANIZATIONAL ALPHABET SOUP $800: Abbie Hoffman's YIP (from yippie)
#3534, aired 2000-01-06 THAT'S NO LADY... $400: Before he was a Yippie leader & one of the "Chicago Seven", he was a pharmaceuticals salesman
#3514, aired 1999-12-09 AMERICAN HISTORY $400: He shook up society in the 1960s & later published "Revolution for the Hell of It" & "Steal This Book"
#3280, aired 1998-12-04 "Y" ME? $200: You were "happy" if you were a member of this '60s radical group that included Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin
#3115, aired 1998-02-27 THE 1980s $500: We found out in 1980 that this Yippie leader had had plastic surgery & become Barry Freed
#1321, aired 1990-05-07 THE 20th CENTURY $600: At the Chicago 7 trial this Yippie said Judge J. Hoffman was his "illegitimate father"
#963, aired 1988-11-09 NAMES IN THE NEWS $300: This leader of the yippies in the 1960s recently debuted as a comedian in a New York club
#461, aired 1986-09-15 POLITICAL PARTIES $300: In '68, this group's "non-leader" Abbie Hoffman said it's "A party -- not a political movement"
#276, aired 1985-09-30 PEOPLE $400: "Yippie" leader who wrote a book called "Steal This Book"
#7599, aired 2017-09-28 GOING 24/7/365 $1600: After Bobby Seale got a separate trial, the group including Jerry Rubin & Abbie Hoffman got renamed this
#7452, aired 2017-01-24 HISTORY $3,000 (Daily Double): In 1966 Huey Newton & Bobby Seale founded this militant party in Oakland
#6488, aired 2012-11-28 THE OAKLAND "B"s $800: Huey Newton & Bobby Seale founded this radical party in Oakland in 1966
#6413, aired 2012-07-04 PEOPLE WITH BRADY KID NAMES $800: He founded the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton in 1966
#5194, aired 2007-03-22 JUDGES $500 (Daily Double): On Oct. 29, 1969 at a trial in this city, Judge Hoffman ordered Bobby Seale bound & gagged
#4083, aired 2002-05-08 BOBBING FOR BOBS $1200: In 1966 Huey Newton & this man founded the Black Panthers
#3595, aired 2000-03-31 REBELS WITH A CAUSE $400: This civil rights group was organized in Oakland in 1966 by Huey Newton & Bobby Seale
#3238, aired 1998-10-07 JUDGES $1000: "The Tales of" this Chicago 7 trial judge include his having Bobby Seale bound & gagged
#2609, aired 1995-12-28 THE 1960s $500: In 1969 this judge at the Chicago 8 trial ordered Bobby Seale bound & gagged to stop his disruptions
#1186, aired 1989-10-30 BLACK AMERICA $400: This "party" was founded in Oakland, Calif. in 1966 by Huey P. Newton & Bobby Seale
#866, aired 1988-05-16 U.S. HISTORY $800: During the Chicago 8 trial, this judge ordered Bobby Seale bound & gagged
#4570, aired 2004-06-18 THE VIETNAM ERA $800: David Dellinger & other activists figured this event in Chicago in 1968 would make a good site for a protest
#7499, aired 2017-03-30 ONE DIRECTION $1000: Tom Hayden was part of the "New" this
#5435, aired 2008-04-04 ORGANIZATIONS $1000: In 1957 Tom Hayden went off to college in Ann Arbor, where he would co-found this 1960s student organization
#5108, aired 2006-11-22 THE MARRIER $200: Tom Hayden, Roger Vadim, Ted Turner
#4034, aired 2002-02-28 THE '60s $1000: in his "Port Huron Statement" of 1962, Tom Hayden pledged this group, the SDS, to the New Left
#3902, aired 2001-07-17 "HAY", THERE $600: In the early 1960s he co-founded Students for a Democratic Society while attending the University of Michigan
#3569, aired 2000-02-24 ORGANIZATIONAL ALPHABET SOUP $400: Tom Hayden's SDS
#3409, aired 1999-06-03 SPOUSE IN COMMON $300: Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden
Final Jeopardy! Round clues (1 result returned)
#2842, aired 1996-12-31 THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: Arrested twice at the 1968 convention for demonstrating, he was a delegate to the 1996 convention
#7484, aired 2017-03-09 NIXON'S ENEMIES LIST $400: Making the list was lawyer Ramsey Clark, who had served this prior president as Attorney General in the 1960s
#5138, aired 2007-01-03 R.C. $4,000 (Daily Double): This Texan was LBJ's Attorney General from 1967 to 1969
#4717, aired 2005-02-22 3 Es PLEASE $200: Federal post held by Ramsey Clark & Philander C. Knox
#4458, aired 2004-01-14 CLARK BAR $2000: In 1967 he replaced Nicholas Katzenbach as LBJ's attorney general

Final Jeopardy! Round clues (1 result returned)
#2062, aired 1993-07-20 ATTORNEYS GENERAL: Last name of the father & son attorneys general under Truman & Lyndon Johnson
Final Jeopardy! Round clues (1 result returned)
#2788, aired 1996-10-16 1960s AMERICANS: As a fugitive from the law, he assumed the identity of Barry Freed, an ecological crusader
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James Randi, the magician and illusionist known as “The Amazing Randi,” has died at the age of 92. Randi was well known as a scientific investigator who debunked paranormal and occult phenomena through his organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appears four times in the J! Archive, the most recent mention being in 2016.

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Streaming service: Quibi (quick bites - 10 minute chunks of video)
Quibi's founders, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Ellison, announced today in an open letter that the streaming service will be shutting down, just six months after it started operating. “Quibi is not succeeding. Likely for one of two reasons: because the idea itself wasn’t strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our timing."

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