Keener Today – November 29

What’s Happening:

Giving TuesdayIt’s giving Tuesday. How do you decide what to give and where? Mashable writes, Charity Navigator can help. It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free access to data, tools, and resources (including a 4-star scale rating) to help donors make informed decisions about philanthropic giving. “In 2021, individuals (opposed to corporate or foundation giving) donated more than $326 billion to philanthropic causes and made up the industry’s largest portion of funding, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.”

A data breach confirmed by Twitter earlier this year is reportedly worse than originally thought, with more user info in circulation. Gizmodo warns to change your password, just to be safe. Twitter finally plugged an opening that gave hackers accesses 5.4 million user details.

There’s a new Guinness world record: Melon Slapping. A Spanish athlete broke the World Record when he used his open hand to smash 39 watermelons in 1 minute.

The AP reports Firefighters in Alaska got an unusual request for assistance last weekend from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. A moose enjoying a shrubbery breakfast fell through a window into an Anchorage basement. After sedation, it took six men to carry the animal through the house and back outside.

Today in History:

Paul and Pete

1929: U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. Three-and-a-half years earlier, Byrd had been credited with making the first flight over the North Pole, but his claim was later questioned.

1953: American Airlines began the first regular commercial flight service between New York and Los Angeles.

1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany after their hotel room mysteriously caught fire and they were arrested on suspicion of arson.

1963: Exactly one week after the tragedy in Dallas, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson set up the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In September 1964, the Commission concluded that the president had been killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, who acted alone.

1966: Elvis Presley heard Tom Jones’ version of “Green Green Grass Of Home” on the radio just outside Little Rock, Arkansas and called the radio station asking to hear it several more times.

1967: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who served in the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, announced his resignation.

1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their new album “Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins” with a cover showing the two of them in full-frontal nudity. They took the photo themselves using a time-delay camera while staying at Ringo Starr’s basement apartment at Montagu Square. The album was distributed by Tetragrammaton Records in the U.S., after Capitol Records refused to handle it because of the cover photo. Record stores eventually carried the album in a brown paper wrapper.

1969: Bob Dylan was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

1972: Pong, the first commercially successful video game, was released by Atari.

1975: Bill Gates applied the name Microsoft to the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair 8800 microcomputer.

1977: Kansas’ “Point Of Know Return” album was certified Platinum.

1978: Neil Young‘s “Comes A Time” album was certified Gold.

1979: Singer Paul Simon filed two lawsuits against Columbia Records in an attempt to break his contract with the label.

1979: Michael Jackson‘s single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was certified Gold.

1981: Actress Natalie Wood drowned at age 43.

Music Released Today:

1963 – The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” [UK]
1963 – The Beatles – “This Boy” [UK]
1971 – Elton John – “Levon”
1976 – Elvis Presley – “Moody Blue”

Keener Birthdays:

Firesign Theater
Firesign Theater

1933 – John Mayall: The “Father of British Blues”, bandleader for The Bluesbreakers and mentor to Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green, Jimmy McCulloch and many others
1939 – Meco Monardo: Record producer and one hit wonder bandleader with the disco hit “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (#1, 1977)
1939 – Peter Bergman: Comedian, writer and member of 60s/70s eclectic, satiric, surrealistic radio-friendly comic quartet The Firesign Theatre, died from complications of leukemia on 3/9/2012, age 72
1939 – Joel Whitburn: The god of pop music research who wrote a plethora of books about the Billboard Charts. He died at home from unspecified causes on 6/14/2022, age 82.
1940 – Chuck Mangione: Grammy-winning trumpeter and flugelhorn player cracked the top 10 once with “Feels So Good” (#4, 1978)
1941 – Jody Miller: A guitarist and singer/songwriter known as the “Queen Of The House” after her Grammy-winning hit song of the same name (#12, Country #5, 1965) answered Roger Miller’s “King Of The Road (#4, Country #1, 1965), died from complications of Parkinson’s disease on 10/6/2022, age 80.
1941 – Denny Doherty: founding member of The Mamas & The Papas, “Monday Monday” (#1, 1966), died from an abdominal aneurysm on 1/19/2007, age 65
1944 – Felix Cavaliere: Keyboardest for Joey Dee & The Starlighters, “The Peppermint Twist” (#1, 1962), then organ and vocals for The Rascals, “Groovin”” (#1, 1967).


Keener Today – November 28

What’s Happening:

Mickey in BostonWe’re still wary of personal contact and Black Friday proved it. As Americans shied away from in-person shopping Online sales the day after Thanksgiving saw more than $9 billion dollars in transactions taking place on the Internet, that’s a record. (More)

Women now dominate the New York Philharmonic orchestra. An all-male ensemble for most of its 180 years, the organization now features 45 women and 44 men. 27 of 30 violinists are now female. (More)

A 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse with giant lobster claws has resurfaced at the Concepts sneaker store in Boston, 17 years after disappearing as an icon at Quincy Market. Mickey was found in bad shape on a New Jersey lawn by an intrepid Boston Globe reporter who saw a sale listing on Ebay. (More) Continue reading “Keener Today – November 28”


Keener Today – November 27

Super AgerAre you a Super Ager? Northwestern University is studying people over 80 who are extraordinarily active, with sharp minds and particularly healthy cells in the part of the brain where dementia often begins. Researcher Emily Rogalski tells CNN, Super Agers tend to be positive. “They challenge their brain every day, reading or learning something new — many continue to work into their 80s. SuperAgers are also social butterflies, surrounded by family and friends, and can often be found volunteering in the community.”

Today in History:

1895: Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established his prizes for achievement in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace. He ordered that the first prizes were to be awarded five years after his death. He died the following year, and the first Nobel Prizes were handed out in 1901.

1910: Pennsylvania Station opened in New York City.

1924: In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held. Continue reading “Keener Today – November 27”


Keener Today – November 26

Peace and LoveGotta hand it to Ringo. Ultimate Classic Rock reports Starr is selling chrome replicas of his family peace sign The life-size replicas of his hand, with prices starting at $2,000. (More)

The Greater Good Science Center suggests one way to feel more thankful for things is write them down. Stephanie Foo, a radio producer and author says a gratitude journal reminded her to focus on even small things like text messages that friends would send every day. Shesays, “It really let the love that I was receiving sink in.” (More)

Lipstick rules. Consumers may be cutting back on discretionary purchases but will keep shelling out for small luxuries like lipstick. The Wall Street Journal notes sales of the cosmetic product can be a bright spot in an otherwise bleak discretionary-goods environment. Spoilers: (More) Continue reading “Keener Today – November 26”


Keener Today – November 25

Hudsons Welcomes Santa
Hudsons Welcomes Santa

It’s Black Friday and our email boxes are brimming with ads. Experts are debating higher prices, possible supply chain issues and shoppers demanding quality over quantity. But one thing is certain: There will be a ton of deals.

Want to carry gratitude with you into the holiday season? Forbes lists 8 ways to do it, including hobbies and exercise. Both activities generate endorphins which boost your mood and immune system, making it easier to feel and express happiness. (More)

Axios’ 2022 survey of what we are thankful for distills down to three traits: humility, resilience and love. Here are 12 examples. (More) Continue reading “Keener Today – November 25”


Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

What’s happening:

Macy’s may be better known, but America’s Thanksgiving Parade takes place TODAY in Detroit! Here are the details.

In 1967, Arlo Guthrie released his debut album. The 18 minute cut on side one told the story of Arlo’s adventures one Thanksgiving in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Alice’s Restaurant became a counter culture anthem that launched the son of the legendary Woodie Guthrie to the upper echelons of 60s rock and roll culture. The 1969 Arthur Penn film cemented to story into our consciousness.

Arlo’s other notable film appearance came in 1970, documenting his performance at Woodstock during the summer of 1969. But he would only chart on the Top 40 with a Steve Goodman penned tale about riding the rails on the famous Illinois Central’s City of New Orleans. That album was Hobo’s Lullaby, a collection on the Warner Reprise label that made it’s debut right around the time that WKNR faded into history.

Every Thanksgiving, those of us who still own the LP dig it out of the closet, dust it off, pop it on the turntable and head back to a time when being a litter bug could get you into real trouble.

Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving 2022!”


Keener Today – November 23

What’s Happening:

Normal Rockwell - Freedom from WantWorried about those inevitable Thanksgiving dinner table disagreements? Jim Otteson, a professor of business ethics at Notre Dame, tells Axios it’s OK to let those with differing opinions score some points. Author Melody Stanford Martin says, acknowledging that you might not agree before a debate even begins, transforms the pressure to win into a desire to understand. (More)

Will you get up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and recline after the meal to watch the Lions take on the Bills? TV ratings for both events continue to deliver viewers with some declines for the parade, but a record high last year for football. Continue reading “Keener Today – November 23”


Keener Today – November 22

The Kennedy LimousineNovember 22, Fifty-nine years ago, at approximately 12:30pm Central time, two shots rang out over Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas and a lone assassin took life of President John F. Kennedy. Keener’s new hit music format was barely a month old, but the WKNR News Team turned the station into a 24 hour news and information source as listeners from across Detroit tuned to radio and television for news of the president’s death and the events that followed. 28 years ago, we recorded a podcast about how Keener and the world covered the tragedy. Here it is.

Continue reading “Keener Today – November 22”


Keener Today – November 21

What’s Happening:

Michigan Central Terminal

Detroit’s Michigan Central Terminal isn’t the only classic train station getting a face lift. DC’s historic Union Station is in need of a 10 million dollar refurb.

Want to make a vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner? We’ve got some ideas from the NYT.

As Neil Young passes 71, he tells Rolling Stone, “I’m still a hippie at heart. And I still have hope.” These days he’s singing about clear skies, clean water, a world without war. Continue reading “Keener Today – November 21”


Keener Today – November 18

What’s happening:

It’s Friday!

Taylor Swift breaks Ticketmaster… again. Her concert tix were supposed to go on sale to the general public today. But now, due to, “extraordinarily high demands … and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand,” they won’t.

Friendships are love stories, too. “The Shondaland series, The Art of Friendship,” tracks how relationships evolve over time and how to nurture them. The key to keeping things fresh? Adapt and adjust. Continue reading “Keener Today – November 18”


Keener Today – November 17

What’s happening?

Robert ClaryThe last of the Hogan’s Hero’s gang has passed on. Robert Clary, Corporal LeBeau on ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ Died at 96. The French actor and singer spent 31 months in a concentration camp but said he had no reservations about starring in a TV comedy about the Nazis. (More)

It’s that time, the annual Leonid Meteor Shower abounds through Saturday morning and the viewing is predicted to be especially good this year.

If you liked Kevin Costner in Yellowstone, you’ll love Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and Timothy Dalton in the forthcoming prequel,”1923.” It’s coming to the Paramount+ streaming service on Sunday, Dec. 18. (See the trailer) Continue reading “Keener Today – November 17”


Keener Today – November 16

Artemis I finally blasted off into space early this morning. The unmanned NASA vehicle may, one day, send astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the end of the Apollo program in the 1970s.

Want to check out the Grammy contenders? We’ve got the list here.

Where to expect the rain and snow in Metro Detroit

Hot Wheels ad 1968
The “Original Sweet Sixteen” Hot Wheels cars from 1968 © Mattel

Who is the world’s biggest automaker? Not General Motors. Not the Mercedes-Benz Group or Toyota. According to The Financial Times, it’s Mattel. The maker of hot wheels and micro machines has sold 500 million units this year.

The brown suede Birkenstock Arizona sandals worn by Steve Jobs in the Apple Computer’s early days were auctioned off in New York on Sunday. NPR reports an anonymous bidder paid $218,750.

Via Dave Pell: “As per usual, The Onion was ahead of the curve.” Here’s a headline from April: Man Who Lost Everything In Crypto Just Wishes Several Thousand More People Had Warned Him.

The iPhone 14 can send an SOS, even if you don’t have coverage. The latest Apple smart device pings one of Globalstar’s 24 low-orbit satellites which relays the info to send help. Mashable has a demo so you don’t have to test it yourself. Continue reading “Keener Today – November 16”