WIKY Morning Show Re-Cap June 27th

WIKY Morning Show June 27, 2011

 ** On Friday, the 23rd annual World's Ugliest Dog award was handed out in California.  And we can safely say the dog that won deserved the title. 

The winner was a 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix named Yoda.  He weighs two pounds, has a giant tongue, patchy hair, and bald legs.  Yoda's owner found him abandoned a decade ago . . . and thought he was a rat. 

 For being named World's Ugliest Dog, Yoda wins $1,000.  Here’s a snapshot of Yoda –

 ** "Columbo" star PETER FALK passed away last Thursday.  He was 83.  He'd been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past three years but no cause of death has been revealed.  Peter appeared in over 40 movies.  He was nominated for Academy Awards in "Murder Inc." (1960) and "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961).   

 Peter also played the grandfather/narrator in "The Princess Bride" (1987).  But he's best known for playing Lieutenant Columbo for three decades.  The first seven seasons of "Columbo" ran from 1971 through 1978.  It returned for two more seasons in 1989 and 1990 and additional special episodes aired sporadically up to 2003.  He won four Emmys for "Columbo".

 And this is random:  The Los Angeles Police Department . . . where the fictional detective Columbo worked . . . issued a statement after his death saying they were "proud" to be associated with Columbo.  A police spokesperson said, quote, "The Department extends heartfelt condolences to Mr. Falk's family in this most difficult time.  He was truly one of the all-time great TV cops.  There will never be another one like him."

 ** We're getting dangerously close to the day when our first instinct in a natural disaster isn't going to be calling the most important people in our lives to say we love them . . . instead we're going to tweet, "Oh no.  World ending.  Please retweet."  

 In a new survey, people were asked what form of communication they'd use to try to reach their loved ones or get help if a natural disaster hit:  Phone call, text message, or social media.

 47% of the people said they'd hop on the phone . . . even though, right after a disaster, cell towers get jammed, phone lines go down, and calls have the worst chance of going through.

 45% said they'd go for a social networking update . . . either posting a Facebook status or a tweet. 

 And only 8% said they'd text message . . . even though it would actually be the most reliable form of communication in a disaster.

 Our friend Bob called WIKY to explain that the reason a text rather than a cell call would have a better chance of getting through because they’re sent using different technologies and texts do need as much juice to get sent.

 ** And, after "Brady Bunch" dad ROBERT REED died in 1992 and was posthumously outed as a gay man who was HIV-positive, people started getting familiar with the idea that America's most perfect family was actually a FAKE family. 

 --Still, revelations about their REAL, off-screen lives can be kind of shocking to people of a "certain age".  This is one of them: 

 --FLORENCE HENDERSON, who played perfect mom Carol Brady, has a new book coming out in September . . . in which she reveals that she had a tryst in the late 1960s with then-New York Mayor JOHN LINDSAY

 --Oh, and she was married at the time. It happened at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  Florence says, quote, "I was lonely.  I knew it wasn't the right thing to do.  So, what did I do?  I did it." 

 --Apparently, this didn't even qualify as a "one night stand", because Florence and Mayor Lindsay didn't even spend the night together!  Florence went home, then woke up the next morning with, a "gift" that caused her to have to make a quick trip to the doctor to get it taken care of. 

 --Lindsay tried to smooth things over with flowers and an apology letter.  But it didn't work. 

 --Florence says, quote, " He must have had quite the active life.  What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship." 

 --Lindsay was mayor from 1966 to 1973.  He died in 2000. 

 --Florence . . . who's 77 years old . . . remained married to husband Ira Bernstein until their divorce in 1985.  It's not clear if she ever told him about this particular escapade. 

 --Elsewhere in the book, Florence shoots down the often-repeated rumor that she had a relationship with . . . or even just went on a date with . . . her onscreen son BARRY "GREG BRADY" WILLIAMS.  

 --She says, quote, "Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past.  Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it." 

 --But she adds that she and Barry remain good friends to this day.  (--Florence's book, "Life Is Not a Stage", comes out in September.)

 ** According to the Wall Street Journal - More and more models of cars are starting to come without spare tires included in the back . . . instead, they come with sealant repair kits.  The latest model to do it is GM's Chevy Cruze.  And here's why - under the federal government's new mandates to get fuel mileage up, car engineers are doing what they can to cut every possible ounce they can.  And spare tires are one of the first things that have gotten the ax.  By 2025, the Department of Transportation wants average standard fuel economy to be up to 62 miles per gallon.  It's currently 27.5 miles per gallon.  And it's going to take a ton of work to get there so the spare tires are just a start.