Keener Today – April 2


Dundee got some wind. An EF0 tornado with 80 mph gusts damaged the village Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. No injuries have been reported. At least 21 were killed across the nation as dozens of likely tornadoes cut through the South and Midwest.

Flag football is one step close to becoming an Olympic sport. The International Olympic Commttee Executive Board proposed that the International Federal of American Football (IFAF) — the association which oversees international flag football — be approved by the full IOC.

It’s Maize by a hair. Michigan’s Maize team coached by Mike Hart defeated the Jay Harbaugh and the Blue team, 22-21 at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The Wolverines have one practice left in spring ball.

McKinsey reports that book sales have increased in both the U.S. and U.K. year over year. And a surprising bit of data from the report shows that 70% of Generation Z, digital natives born between 1997 and 2012, actually prefer the printed word to electronic books.

A nose by any other name… The Washington Post reports two scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University are working on a bionic nose that could help Covid patients and others who have lost their sense of smell. A solution is still years away but the research brings us another step closer to The 6 Million Dollar Man.

You’re never too old to carry the weight. 84 year old Brian Winslow, who can deadlift as much as 331 lbs, has qualified for a national weightlifting competition in the U.K. He is a former deck chair attendant who got into the sport by “seeing how many [deck chairs] I could lift at a time.”

Today in History:
1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de León discovered Florida while searching for gold and the mythical Fountain of Youth.
1902 – The first motion picture theater, the Electric Theatre, opened in Los Angeles with first features “Capture of the Biddle Brothers” and “New York in a Blizzard.” Business was so good on opening night that the theater started offering matinées the next day.
1942 – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Billy May, recorded “American Patrol,” their swing band version of a march tune written in 1885. The Miller single peaked at #15 in the summer of ’42.
1954 – Plans to build Disneyland in California were announced.
1956 – At Sun Studio in Memphis, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two recorded “I Walk The Line.
1956 – The daytime dramas “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” debuted on CBS-TV. The two series continued for 28½ and 44½ years, respectively.
1963 – Sam Cooke releases “Another Saturday Night.
1964 – At Western Studios in Hollywood, Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” It was during this session that Brian Wilson dismissed his father Murry as the group’s manager. The vocals for “I Get Around” were recorded on April 10. It became the group’s first U.S. #1 single.
1965 – Jr. Walker & The All Stars release “Shotgun” in the UK.
1966 – Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass became the first act to have four entries simultaneously in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart. The LPs were “S.R.O.,” “What Now My Love,” “Going Plades,” and “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.”
1966 – The Sound of Music and Dr. Zhivago continue their duel for supremacy at the box office. They will trade places at the top until the last week in June, when “The Russians Are Coming,” unseats them.
1967 – Steve Winwood formed the band Traffic, with members Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.
1968 – Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester, with Douglas Rain providing the voice of the HAL 9000 computer, had its world premiere at the Uptown Theater in Washington, DC, .
1969 – Marvin Gaye releases “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby.
1970 – Phil Spector completed final editing and mixing for the Beatles’ “Let It Be” album, 16 months after the “Get Back” project began.
1972 – Burt Reynolds appeared nude in Cosmopolitan magazine.
1975 – Kiss releases “Rock And Roll All Nite
1978 – Velcro was first put on the market.
1978 – “Dallas,” starring Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Victoria Principal, and Charlene Tilton, began its 14-season run on CBS-TV.
1982 – Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. Two months later, British forces took back the islands.
1987 – Jazz drummer Buddy Rich, leader of his own Big Band after playing with Harry James and other Big Band leaders of the 1930s and ’40s, died of complications from a brain tumor at the age of 69.

Today’s Birthdays:

Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye

1725 – Giacomo Casanova, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, born in Venice, Italy. (d. 1798)
1805 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), born in Odense, Denmark. (d. 1975)
1975 – Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, born in Wamego, Kansas. (d. 1940)
1908 – Christian “Buddy” Ebsen Jr., American dancer and actor (The Beverly Hillbillies – “Jed Clampett”; Breakfast At Tiffany’s; Barnaby Jones), born in Belleville, Illinois (d. 2003)
1914 – Alec Guinnes, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in London, England (d. 2000)
1920 – Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
1939 – Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter (“It Takes Two”; What’s Going On”; “Let’s Get It On”), born in Washington, D.C. (d.1984)
1942 – Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter (“Tight Rope”; “Delta Lady”; “Carney”), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
1943 – Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
1945 – Linda Hunt, American actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), born in Morristown, New Jersey.
1947 – Emmylou Harris, American country singer (“Together Again”; “Blue Kentucky Girl”), born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1953 – Debralee Scott, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – “Cathy”; Angie), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2005)
1954 – Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2012)