The Andy Griffith Show

Keener Today – October 3

Today in 1960,”The Andy Griffith Show” began the first of its eight seasons and 249 episodes on CBS. Starring Griffith, Don Knotts, Ronny Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier, it ran through April 1, 1968 and has been a syndication staple ever since. Danny Thomas introduced the Andy Taylor character on his program. The show was produced by Thomas’ production company and was always in the Nielsen Top Ten, ending it’s run at number one.

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Bruce Springsteen’s tour contracts requires chicken soup, heavy on the broth, before each show and 16 cold, fresh shrimp, after. the 37 page tour rider also requires a hand-squeezed 16-ounce bottle of lemon juice, a blender, toaster and electric kettle, six hard-boiled eggs with yolks removed, peeled and sliced apples, cubed watermelon and four bottles each of Congo Pear, Costa Rica Clementine and Kula Watermelon drinks. All that is on hold as the boss has cancelled his remaining tour stops this year to treat a persistent peptic ulcer. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

There’s a new book out, celebrating the 1980 comedy hit, “Airplane.” David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker wrote and directed the film and authored “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” In conversation with NPR, they credit the 1957 suspense classic, “Zero Hour” as an inspiration. Beyond the joke-filled script, actors were encouraged to play it straight, as if oblivious to the comedic context. Leslie Nielsen leveraged this approach to create a second career as a comedic leading man.

How to live to be 100 – Our chances of reaching the age of 100 are influenced by our genetic makeup, but that’s not the sole determining factor. This is good news for those with less favorable genes.

As medical advancements continue to combat diseases like heart disease and cancer, daily habits, such as our diet, exercise routine, and sun exposure, can contribute significantly to getting us to 90. Once we enter our 100th decade, genes become more decisive in the journey, as highlighted in William J. Kole’s new book, “THE BIG 100: The New World of Super-Aging,”

Here are Kole’s five centenary life hacks:

  1. Stay stress-free: Toxic stress can harm our longevity by diverting energy from our cells’ ability to promote long life. Biologist Martin Picard of Columbia University emphasizes the importance of managing or avoiding stress.
  2. Keep moving: Supercentenarian Herlda Senhouse’s advice is to stay active. At 112, she maintains a vibrant lifestyle, attending church, dining out, and even visiting the casino. Experts suggest that even simple activities like brisk vacuuming can benefit both our bodies and minds.
  3. Prioritize sleep: In a culture that often pushes us to be constantly productive, we often neglect proper sleep habits. The American College of Cardiology asserts that healthy sleep habits can extend life expectancy by 4.7 years for men and 2.4 years for women.
  4. Foster connections: U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has identified loneliness and isolation as a public health crisis, likening their impact to smoking 15 cigarettes daily, according to the National Institute on Aging.
  5. Maintain a positive outlook: The world’s oldest living person, Maria Branyas Morera, attributes her 116 years to her optimistic attitude. Research also supports this, with a study of nearly 160,000 U.S. women aged 50 to 79 showing that those with high optimism scores were 10% more likely to live beyond 90.

Baby RuthDid you know: World War I created a candy bar boom that is still tickling America’s sweet tooth today. An increased demand among soldiers who got an energy boost from chocolate rations led to the U.S. government soliciting donations of chocolate in bite sized blocks from American candymakers to distribute to GIs. After the war, the love for candy bars spread, and in the 1920s, dozens were introduced with catchy names like Baby Ruth. By the late 1920s, there were over 40,000 different candy bars produced in the United States. (History Facts)

Today in History:

1901 – The Victor Talking Machine Company was formed. Later, it merged with Radio Corporation of America (RCA) to become a leading company in phonographs and records.

1952 – The radio hit “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” starring Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson, debuted on ABC-TV, where it ran for 14 years, bringing the show’s total number of years on the air to 22.

1954 – After five years on radio, “Father Knows Best,” starring Robert Young, began its eight-year run on television, first on CBS, then moving to NBC in 1956. Young was the radio show’s only cast member to make the transition to the TV version. He was joined by actors Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin who played Anderson family members Margaret, Betty, Bud and Kathy, respectively.

1955 – “Captain Kangaroo,” a weekday morning show with Bob Keeshan, debuted on CBS-TV. The series continued through December 8, 1984, making it the era’s longest-running children’s television program.

Mickey Mouse Club1955 – “The Mickey Mouse Club,” a daily late-afternoon series of cartoons, educational segments, singing, dancing, serialized adventures and special guest stars, debuted on ABC-TV. Led by adults Jimmie Dodd and cartoonist Roy Williams, the show featured the talents of 24 kids known as the Mouseketeers.

1957 – The television series “The Real McCoys” debuted, starring Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Michael Winkelman, Lydia Reed, and Tony Martinez. The first five of its six seasons were on ABC, the last one was on CBS.

1961 – “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” starring Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews and Richard Deacon, began its five-year run on CBS-TV.

1964 – John Lennon wrote “I Feel Fine.” The Beatles recorded the song 15 days later.

1964 – The Animals’ self-titled album, featuring their #1 hit “House Of The Rising Sun,” entered the Billboard LP chart.

1967 – Folk legend Woody Guthrie passed away, known for writing “This Land is Your Land” and influencing artists like Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs.

1978 – Aerosmith bailed out 30 fans arrested for smoking pot during one of their concerts in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1980 – Paul Simon’s film “One Trick Pony” premiered, though it was a commercial failure. The title track reached #40 on the Hot 100, and “Late In The Evening” reached #6.

1980 – At Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began the first leg of The River Tour.

1981 – Billy Joel released “Songs in the Attic,” the first digitally recorded live album.

1987 – Brenda Lee Day was declared in her hometown of Lithonia, Georgia, and a street was named after her. Brenda Lee had multiple hits in the ’60s.

1988 – Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s daughter, married musician Danny Keough; they later divorced in 1994.

1992 – Sinead O’Connor’s appears on Saturday Night Live, where she ripped a photo of Pope John Paul II, causing outrage and backlash.

2000 – Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison.

2007 – The Rolling Stones set a record for the highest-grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour, earning over $558 million.

Today’s Birthdays:

Gore Vidal

1925 – Gore Vidal, Author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), born in West Point, New York (d. 2012)
1933 – Ken Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama’s Family), born in Moline, Illinois (d. 2018)
1938 – Eddie Cochran (“Summertime Blues”) (d. 1960)
1940 – Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”) (d. 2013)
1941 – Chubby Checker (Age 82) (“The Twist”)
1945 – Antonio Martinez – lead guitarist for Los Bravos (“Black Is Black”) (d. 2018)
1949 – Lindsey Buckingham (Age 74) – guitarist for Fleetwood Mac (“Go Your Own Way”)
1954 – Stevie Ray Vaughan – rock / blues guitarist (d. 1990)
1969 – Gwen Stefani, singer-songwriter (No Doubt – “Just A Girl’; “Don’t Speak”), born in Fullerton, California

An Early Peanuts Comic Strip

Keener Today – October 2


The Charlie Brown comic strip debuts.  Today in 1950, “Li’l Folks,” created by Charles M. Schultz, launched in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip was later renamed “Peanuts,” and totalled 17,897 strips over the next 50 years.

The lifelong friendship between Bob Seger and Glen Frey. The late Eagles founder said meeting Bob was the best thing to happen to him.

For 62 years, Slippery Rock has received the biggest cheer at The Big House when they are winning. Here’s the unlikely backstory about how a small school with a cool name became a University of Michigan icon.

Can video games help kids with an attention deficit? We’re almost a year into the Adderall shortage. Wired reports some researchers say digital therapeutics could help fill the gap for people with ADHD.

104 years ago today, a woman became the de-facto, unelected President of the United States. Today in 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side and impaired his vision. For the next 17 months, the public was not told that the president was bedridden, near death and barely able to write his own name. All communication with Wilson went through his wife, Edith, who effectively ran the country for the rest of Wilson’s term. He never fully recovered. Continue reading “Keener Today – October 2”

The First Johnny Carson Tonight Show

Keener Today – October 1


The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson Debuts. Today in 1962, Johnny hosts his 1st “Tonight Show” on NBC; guests include Rudy Vallée, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford. A series of guest hosts preceded Johnny after Jack Paar left the program.

Former President Jimmy Carter turns 99 today. He is the longest-living former president, has seen the elections of seven successors and outlived two of them, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, who both passed away at younger ages. When told his skin cancer had spread to several vital organs, he told the press, “I’m looking forward to a new adventure.” When he entered hospice, doctors said he might not survive for a week. That was eight months ago. His son, Chip Carter quoted his famous father in the Washington post: “He told me has been successful at everything in life, but he can’t figure out how to die.”

Wired, the ground-breaking website we turn to for everything from tech to pop culture turns 30 this year. Here’s a look back at their beginnings, before Facebook was a gleam in Zuck’s eye.

Keener SportsScope: Michigan remains unbeaten. MSU’s downward slide continues. Miguel Cabrera gets some pregame love from a sellout crowd of 40,224 at Comerica, then helps Tigers secure second in AL Central with an 8-0 shutout against Cleveland. The 3-1 Lions are idle until October 8.

Ever wonder why docs wear white coats? Studies show doctors appear more trustworthy, knowledgeable, and approachable, according to a study. But that might be changing. Despite the positive perception, white coats can harbor microbes due to their long-sleeved design and infrequent washing, prompting some medical programs to adopt bare-below-the-elbows dress codes. (VCU) Continue reading “Keener Today – October 1”

The Flintstones

Keener Today – September 30


Today 1960, “The Flintstones” the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC. 166 episodes of the pre-historic nod to Jackie Gleason’s “Honeymooners” show were broadcast over six seasons. It continues to be a staple in syndication to this day.

According to board-certified dermatologist Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, we should wash our sheets once week. “Bacteria, fungi, and viruses, oils, bodily secretions, dust and debris collect on bedding, contributing to clogging of pores, allergies, odor and even infections.” (Glamour)

The “Haunted Cottage,” in Liphook, England, is often credited as one of the first haunted houses. Built by fairground manufacturers Orton & Spooner circa 1915, the place may seem mild compared to today’s standards, but audiences of its time enjoyed navigating through dimly lit spaces with moving floors, experiencing chilling air gusts, and hearing recorded screams. The attraction is still accessible today. Following a restoration in 2017, visitors can now enjoy the experience at the Hollycombe Working Steam Museum in Liphook. (Interesting Facts)

Are we alone in the universe? Astronomers now focus on when, not if, we’ll find life beyond Earth. Optimism is high for discovering life in the next few years, possibly even on Jupiter’s icy moons. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope hints at life on an exoplanet, and many more discoveries are expected. Ongoing and upcoming missions signify a space race for a historic scientific breakthrough. Prof. Catherine Heymans believes that with our technology, we can finally determine if intelligent life exists beyond our planet in our vast Universe. (BBC)

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Fall reveals Michigan at its best. The Great Lake State provides a picturesque autumn setting, from the stunning Upper Peninsula to the quaint towns in the Lower Peninsula. The Awesome Mitten has curated a Fall Bucket List for Michigan, filled with captivating experiences. (Awesome Mitten)

Where smart phones are concerned, Gen Z-ers in the us are increasingly opting for dumb and dumber. Companies like Punkt and Light offer devices for those who want less screen time and fewer features. While smart phone sales continue to grow internationally, the Generation Z demographic appears to have a growing interest in more mindful tech use. (CNBC)

Could cursive writing make a comeback? The Economist cites research which shows that taking notes by hand offers a significant advantage. The slowness of handwriting actually helps people think and condense information, preventing mindless verbatim transcription. As a result, many school systems are shifting away from heavy technology use in classrooms, especially in the early years, and are emphasizing the teaching of handwriting, including cursive writing. (The Economist) Continue reading “Keener Today – September 30”

Grand Funk Railroad

Keener Today – September 29


Today in 1973, Grand Funk scored their first number one record with “We’re An American Band.” The album and single were produced by Todd Rundgren, catapulting the trio to superstar status.

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Did you know: Ben and Jerry learned the biz from a correspondence corse: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, initially aspired to careers in medicine and art but shifted their paths in their twenties, after Jerry was rejected from medical school and Ben left college as a potter. They learned ice cream production thanks to a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences correspondence course. Using a 5-gallon machine, they began selling eight flavors at their Ben & Jerry’s shop, but as their flavors grew more adventurous, including Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, they expanded with more shops and a wholesale delivery business. Eventually, an IPO marked their success, and in 2000, Unilever acquired Ben & Jerry’s for $326 million, joining the parent company of Breyers and Klondike.

Today in History:

In 1930, Newscaster Lowell Thomas began his 46-year tenure on CBS Radio.
In 1953, The television sitcom “Make Room for Daddy” debuted, starring Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Sherry Jackson, and Rusty Hamer. At the beginning of the fourth of its 11 seasons, the program’s name was changed to “The Danny Thomas Show.” Originally on ABC-TV, the series’ last seven seasons aired on CBS.
1954, The movie musical “A Star Is Born,” starring Judy Garland, James Mason, and Jack Carson, had its world premiere in Hollywood.
In 1956, RCA Victor Co. received over 856,327 advance orders for Elvis Presley’s next single, “Love Me Tender,” which gave Elvis co-songwriting credit due to his publishing deal with Hill & Range. Continue reading “Keener Today – September 29”

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Keener Today – September 28


Today in 1967,  Gladys Knight And The Pips released “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in the US. The song achieved significant success, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and claiming the #1 spot on the R&B chart in November. This record became Motown’s best-selling release up to that point, until it would later be overshadowed by Marvin Gaye’s rendition of “Grapevine” just over a year later.

Skydio’s new law enforcement drone can follow you. It boasts the capability to track subjects even in low-light conditions, potentially decreasing the reliance on high-speed pursuits. However, concerns have been raised by civil liberties groups who argue that there is a lack of comprehensive regulations governing the use of drones by police forces.

Look for a harvest moon tonight in Metro Detroit. It’s your last chance to see a “supermoon” until this time next year.

Did you know: Ford Field is one of the most “Walkable” in the NFL? Walkability reflects how easy it is to walk to the stadium and use public transportation. BTW. The Lions are in in Green Bay for Thursday Night Football against the Packers. Kickoff is at 8:15 on Fox.

40 years ago today, “The Big Chill,” a movie about a group of University of Michigan grads written and directed by UM alumnus Lawrence Kasdan, debuted in theaters. Continue reading “Keener Today – September 28”

Beach Boys Sullivan

Keener Today – September 27


Today in 1964, The Beach Boys debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing “I Get Around” and “Wendy.”

Baseball legend Brooks Robinson, the Orioles’ Hall of Famer, has passed away at 86. Known as the greatest defensive third baseman in baseball history, he spent his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, helping them win two World Series championships. Robinson’s remarkable fielding skills earned him nicknames like “the Human Vacuum Cleaner,” and he remained beloved in Baltimore long after retiring in 1977.

After 148-day, striking Hollywood writers will be able to resume work starting today. Union members will vote on the contract starting Monday, concluding on October 9th. It is widely anticipated that members will give their approval to the proposed three-year agreement.

Detroit is expanding its use of license plate readers (LPRs) to track down cars involved in crime. City Council voted 7-2 yesterday to approve a $5 million contract with Illinois-based Motorola Solutions.

Not Flying? These U.S. Airports Let You Pass Through Security as a Visitor (More)

Got a cold? Here’s what doctors recommend: While there’s no cure, you can alleviate discomfort. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. Over-the-counter medicines are available, but consult a healthcare provider for children. Focus on comfort, not unnecessary treatments. Consider staying home to rest and prevent spreading the cold. Hydrate, stay active, and use saline sprays or rinses. Humidifiers can help, and honey can soothe your throat. Ginger, hot soups, and tea may also provide relief. Most importantly, listen to your body and seek medical advice for complications. (More)

Hot and enough for you? This summer witnessed record-breaking heat worldwide, and now, even as we transition into fall, we’re experiencing some of the hottest temperatures for this time of year. While it is cooling down with the arrival of fall, the recent temperatures remain significantly higher than the historical average for late September. Continue reading “Keener Today – September 27”

Keener Today – September 26


Axios Detroit reports, the 2,000-mile trail network connecting Belle Isle to the Upper Peninsula will be closer to completion after the Oct. 9opening of a 7-mile segment in Van Buren Township. The Iron Belle Trail is 71% finished, according to the state. (Free Press)

It now takes a mere 163 text messages for contemporary couples to ignite a deep connection. Social media and texting have supplanted traditional approaches to romance, revolutionizing the way we build relationships. Gone are the days of adhering to the ‘three-day rule’ for post-date communication. Astonishingly, 73 percent of individuals are now open to engaging with their newfound love interest within just four hours of their initial, captivating encounter. Continue reading “Keener Today – September 26”

The Association 1965

Keener Today – September 25

Hollywood Studios and the Writers Union have announced a tentative deal to end the writers’ strike. The aggrement won’t impact the ongoing strike by SAG/AFTRA, the union representing actors.

The Association’s Terry Kirkman passed away this weekend at age 83. Terry wrote and sang lead on “Cherish”, “Everything That Touches You” and “Requiem For The Masses”. Our good friend, Mark Westcot told us, “My close friends know what a huge fan I’ve been of The Association, the hippest of the unhip bands.” Continue reading “Keener Today – September 25”

Keener Today – September 24

It’s another Sunday in the 60s on Keener. All 60s, all day, spiced with your requests from the huge Keener music library. “Alexa, Launch Keener Thirteen,” on your Amazon devices. Grab our apps for iOS and Android, or click the player on this page. You’re still the center of our universe! Continue reading “Keener Today – September 24”


Keener Today – September 22

What’s Happening:

Apple will ship the iPhone 15 with a USB C port. Here’s what that means to us.

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. ~ Stevie Wonder

UM Regent Jordan Aker says college athletes should become employees and be paid a percentage of the mammoth TV deals being cut by conferences like the Big Ten. Writing in an NYT op-ed, the attorney who also consults on college athletics and governance says, “ If the governing bodies and universities do not choose to reform soon, the courts, tired of the hypocrisy, will force their hand.”

Meme of the day, via John Friest, the Motor City Rock and Roll Detective: “Call me old all you want. But my generation made music that will never be matched again.” Continue reading “Keener Today – September 22”

Monday Night Football

Keener Today – September 21


Happy 53rd  birthday, “Monday Night Football”. Tonight in 1970, the now iconic NFL broadcast premiered on ABC – The Browns beat the Jets 31/21.

Are you tracking your sleep? Apps and devices to monitor biometrics are becoming ubiquitous, including a Pokemon version. “High-achieving sleepers playing over a few nights might see a “shiny” Pokémon appear on their app—a rare treat with no tangible in-game value besides bragging rights.” (WSJ)

Are these institutions worried about declining enrollment? Ten of Michigan’s 15 public universities will automatically admit high school graduates with a 3.0 or higher GPA.  The universities include Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Oakland, Saginaw Valley State, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, and Wayne State. (Michigan Radio) Continue reading “Keener Today – September 21”