WIKY Morning Show Re-Cap July 13th

 

WIKY Morning Show July 13, 2011

**Television creator and producer Sherwood Schwartz died at 95.  Here’s more –

SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ . . . the man who created both "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch" . . . died yesterday in Los Angeles of natural causes.  He was 94. 

 Schwartz not only created two of the most beloved shows in the history of TV, he also wrote their theme songs . . . which are also among the most popular in TV history.

 Critics HATED the shows, but audiences latched on to them . . . especially in syndication during the '70s and '80s, which is when they became HUGE. 

 "Gilligan's" initial run lasted three seasons, from 1964 to 1967.  "The Brady Bunch" aired for five seasons, from 1969 to 1974.  Schwartz is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred, plus three sons and a daughter. 

 At the time of his death, Schwartz was working on a movie version of "Gilligan's Island".  (--And he reportedly wanted MICHAEL CERA to play Gilligan, and BEYONCÉ to play Ginger Grant, the movie star.) 

 (Only three members of the original "Gilligan's Island" cast are still alive.  Russell "The Professor" Johnson is 86 . . . Dawn "Mary Ann" Wells is 72 . . . and Tina "Ginger" Louise is 77).

 **Another celebrity obit involves another voice from the 60s –

 Rob Grill, the lead singer of the 60's group The Grass Roots, has died at the age of 67. Rob fell last month and hit his head, and he passed away on Monday at a hospice facility in Florida.  Read more here -

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/arts/music/rob-grill-lead-singer-of-the-grass-roots-dies-at-67.html?_r=1

 

**DJB and Diane chatted with Byron Douglas about this story out of Illinois –

 

Last week, six-year-old Reagan Kennedy of Bloomington, Illinois was golfing at a course called The Links at Ireland Grove with her family.  And when she stepped up to the 85-yard third hole, she hit a HOLE-IN-ONE.

She didn't scream.  She didn't celebrate.  All she did was calmly walk back to the cart. 

 Why?  Reagan says that she's been playing golf since she was two, and back then her dad told her to always stay calm, cool, and relaxed on a golf course.  So she did.  After her hole-in-one she stayed calm because she respects the game. Her 13-year-old sister Cheyenne told her that when you get a hole-in-one, though, it actually IS alright to celebrate a little. 

Here's a picture of Reagan on the golf course with her family.....the kid's got a nice follow-thru!

 BTW........Byron and DJB have never had a hole in one but Diane has!

 

(ESPN)

 

**Good Housekeeping tested the top infomercial products and how they measured up –

#1.)  The Shake Weight.  It's supposed to sculpt your arms in just six minutes a day.  "Good Housekeeping" found that the DVD workout actually takes about 9 minutes . . . which still isn't too bad.  And more importantly, it worked. 

 

But a second group of people worked out with two-and-a-half-pound dumbbells for 30 minutes a day, three days a week.  And they actually got better results. 

 
#2.)  The ShamWow.  It's supposed to hold 12 times its weight in water.  And believe it or not, it's true according to "Good Housekeeping".  They found that it actually holds THIRTEEN times its weight.  

 But the more they washed it, the less absorbent it got.  And even though it was good for cleaning electronics, a regular towel was better for most spills. 

 #3.)  The MagicJack.  It's the thing that plugs into your computer and uses your Internet connection so you can have a phone line for just $20 a year.  And it works. 

 But the sound quality isn't as reliable as a landline.  Plus, it has issues with 911, and the police can't automatically find your address when you call from it.  So "Good Housekeeping" says it's a great option for a SECOND phone line. 

 #4.)  UGlu.  You might not know this one, but the slogan is, "The strength of super glue.  The convenience of tape."  So, in other words, it's extra-strong double-sided tape. 

 "Good Housekeeping" tried it on 14 different materials, including metal, plastic, wood, and fabric.  And most things stuck together really well, even if they got wet.  The only thing that made the bond weaker was heat. 

Overall, they say it's good for small fixes.  But it can't hold as much weight as it's supposed to, so it's not very good for big jobs. 

 #5.)  The Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven.  "Good Housekeeping" says it's only worth paying $150 for one if you don't have a REGULAR oven.  (???) 

 On average, they say it cooks things 50% faster than a conventional oven does . . . mostly because you don't have to preheat it. But it tends to dry the food out, and it isn't good when you want to reheat something.

 Feedback from WIKY listeners – lots on the Nuwave oven (everybody we talked to loved it and said it didn’t dry food out as Good Housekeeping claims.  But heads up – prices for the ovens vary widely so check locally before ordering one from TV).  We also heard from a number of folks who have used the Magic Jack.  Mixed results – some swear by it; others swear at it.  For example, one lady said she couldn’t get an 812 area code number and had to use a number with area code 317.  Even if a neighbor called from down the street, it was still a long distance call.  You can provide feedback for the products you’ve tried by emailing us – djb@wiky.com or diane@wiky.com

 

**We love keeping an eye out for unusual fair food popping up all summer across the country.  We think it provides a good prediction of what might show up on Franklin Street for the Fall Festival.  Not sure if this one will make the cut, though - 

A Dried Maggot Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s just what it sounds like - it's a grilled cheese sandwich that's jammed with DRIED MAGGOTS. 

Naturally, because it's a state fair, the maggots are deep fried. 

The California State Fair starts tomorrow in Sacramento.  Besides the maggot melts, vendors will also be selling deep-fried scorpions and RACCOON-ON-A-STICK. 

(Sacramento Bee)

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