The Shore Morning Show with Keith Thompson
Keith offers a mix of entertainment, local news and events, chats with community movers and shakers, plus pontification on politics. Among the regular features are "The Quiz" (modeled after Paul Harvey's "The Rest Of The Story"), "The Calendar" (with things that show up on Keith's calendar that may not show up on yours), "This Day In History" (plus "The Oldest Living Person On Wikipedia Celebrating A Birthday Today") and on Fridays it is "The News Of The Weird". Regular guests include our Traditional Native Wednesday with Kent Co. commissioner Billy Short; Third Voice Thursdays with "Warrior" Bob Kramer, and Friday's with WCTR's Ron Stafford with a view on Queen Anne's County.
Tuesday Quiz...March 11
Q...This bandleader and entertainer was born in Strasburg, North Dakota and grew up in a German-speaking community. He decided on a career in music as a youth and persuaded his father to buy him a mail-order accordion in exchange for working on the farm until he was 21. He left home on his 21st birthday and began performing in a series of bands before starting his own bands. His band eventually became the house band for a Yankton, South Dakota radio station. In the 1930s, he led a traveling big band that specialized in dance music and “sweet” music, different from the swing style bands of Glenn Miller or Duke Ellington. That sound eventually became known as “Champagne Music” when a dancer described their music as light and bubbly as champagne. In the early 1940s, the band started a 10 year residency at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago and would regularly draw crowds of around 7,000 people. They also regularly played the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. They also began a recording career. In 1955, his band moved to television originating from Los Angeles and his show ran until his retirement in 1982. He passed away at the age of 89 in 1992. Who was this entertainer?
Monday Quiz...March 10
Q...This basketball coach was born in Queens, New York and was a three sport athlete at Seaford High School on Long Island. After graduation in 1963, he was a point guard at Rutgers University and the team finished third in the 1967 National Invitation Tournament and he graduated from Rutgers with a degree in English in 1967. He then began his coaching career as the coach of the freshman team and assistant varsity coach. He then started his head coaching career at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for a season before becoming an assistant at Connecticut for two seasons. He then became the head coach at Bucknell, Iona and North Carolina State beginning in 1980 and his Wolfpack teams won the ACC Tournament Championships in 1983 and 1987 and was the ACC regular season champions in 1985 and 1989. He is best known for leading his 1983 Wolfpack Team to a NCAA championship despite the team being a low seed and a longshot to win. After the win, he was running across the court looking for someone to hug. He was forced to resign after the 1989-1990 season due to minor NCAA violations and academic performance of his players. He became an announcer for ESPN. After a cancer diagnosis, he gave an inspirational speech at the 1993 ESPY awards shortly before his death at the age of 47. Who was this basketball coach?
Friday Quiz...March 7
Q...This television personality and evangelist was born in International Falls, Minnesota the daughter of Pentecostal preachers who divorced shortly before she was born. She developed an interest in the church at the age of 10 and spent her summers at Bible camp. In high school she sang in the choir and worked an after school job at Woolworth’s. In 1960 at the age of 18, she met a budding minister when they met at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis and after they married in 1961 they moved to South Carolina and began their ministry. They got involved in television and moved to Portsmouth, Virginia where they were founding members of the “700 Club”, hosted a children’s show there and created a puppet ministry for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network. Later they helped create the Trinity Broadcasting Network and started “The PTL Club” which ran on television from 1976 to 1987. She often sang on the show and offered a sentimental touch on stories and was sympathetic to gays and AIDS sufferers. However, the “PTL Club” collapsed after allegations that $287,000 had been paid to Jessica Hahn who claimed a sexual encounter with this evangelist’s husband. The revelations exposed this couple’s extravagant lifestyle and her husband eventually landed in jail for fraud and conspiracy. Although standing by her husband during the scandal, she divorced him and she re-married a family friend. Her final years was spent as a TV personality and talk show host and included a stint on the 2004 season of the reality show “The Surreal Life”. She passed away at the age of 65 of colon cancer in 2007. Who was she?
A... Tammy Faye Bakker Messner
A... Tammy Faye Bakker Messner
Thursday Quiz...March 6
This comedian was born in Paterson, New Jersey and while in school was considered a gifted athlete, especially basketball where he reportedly was the New Jersey state foul shot champion. He also was a professional boxer for awhile. He grew up a fan of silent movie star Charlie Chaplin and in 1927 at the age of 21, he went to Hollywood to become an actor but only found work as an extra or a laborer, but his athletic prowess led to some work as a stunt man. In 1930, he decided to hitchhike back home to New York but ran out of money in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He landed work at a local burlesque theatre there as a Dutch accented comic and eventually he made it back to New York to work in vaudeville and burlesque theatres. He met a talented straight man and pitched the idea to team up and after working sporadically, they formally teamed up in 1936. They were signed by the William Morris Agency in 1938 and got a regular slot on the Kate Smith show where this comedian’s chubby bumbling character worked with his straight man led to a movie contract with Universal Pictures. Their most famous bit was the “Who’s On First?” routine with a baseball lineup of players with unusual names. They made 36 films from 1940 to 1956, but the duo had a personal falling out and they broke up in 1957 after their career slowed. After the split, he worked solo stand up, he worked with straight men Louis Nye or Tom Poston and had a dramatic role in “Wagon Train” before dying from a heart attack three days shy of his 53rd birthday in 1959. Who was this comedian?
Wednesday Quiz...March 5
Q...This singer was born in Manchester, England and at the age of six months, he and his family moved to Queensland, Australia. He was the youngest of five siblings, the oldest a sister named Lesley and three brothers who went on to start a band and as his brothers began to achieve fame in 1967, the 9 year old youngest brother moved back to England with his family. As a teenager, he followed in his brothers’ footsteps and began performing at tourist clubs around Ibiza and the Isle Of Man where his parents were living. He formed his first group, Melody Fayre before returning to Australia at the suggestion of one of his brothers believing that Australia would be as good a training ground for him as it was for his successful brothers. In 1976, he was signed by RSO Records, the same label as his brothers, and quickly found success as a teen idol with three number one hits on the American charts; “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” and “Shadow Dancing”. His career and life proved to be short-lived as he fought drugs and depression and died just three days after his 30th birthday in 1988. Who was this singer and younger brother of the Bee Gees?
Tuesday Quiz...March 4
Q...This comedian was born, Samuel Horwitz, in Manhattan, New York; the middle of five brothers and the oldest of the three brothers in a family comedy team. He entered show business with his younger brother working as blackface comedians in a minstrel style show, and often appearing in a competing vaudeville show without makeup. They teamed up with childhood friend and performer Ted Healy in a “roughhouse” act and this brother joined the act when his younger brother spotted him in the audience and the older brother yelled back and walked on the stage and became a part of the act. He played a bumbling fireman in the film “Soup To Nuts” which was the only film where he appeared as one of Ted Healy’s stooges, but he grew tired of Healy‘s domineering style and left the act in 1932 to go solo and was replaced by his youngest brother. He found work at the Vitaphone studio in Brooklyn, at first with Roscoe Arbuckle and later with Jack Haley, Ben Blue and Gun Shy before getting co-starring roles including the 1934 short film “Art Trouble” which marked the debut performance of James Stewart on film. He would often stray from the script with adlibs or wisecracks which became a trademark of his performances. By the late 1930s, he left Vitaphone to move to the West Coast where he worked in films including the 1940 W.C. Fields movie “The Bank Dick” and he appeared with Abbott and Costello as well as adding comic relief to Charlie Chan and the Thin Man murder mysteries, plus serious roles like opposite Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne in the 1942 film “Pittsburgh“. In 1947, he rejoined his brother’s comedy team due to the health of his youngest brother. At first, he was a temporary replacement but it became permanent when his brother was not able to return due to complications from a stroke. He remained with the team until his death from a heart attack at the age of 60 in 1955. Who was this comedian?
Monday Quiz...March 3
Q...This actress was born in Kansas City, Missouri and was raised by her mother who was awarded custody of her after a divorce and she rarely saw her father after her parents split. At the age of 12, she moved to Hollywood while her mother hoped to begin a film career but she was deemed too old at the age of 34. The daughter attended the Hollywood School For Girls but the two moved back to Kansas City due to dwindling finances and an ultimatum from her father that he would disinherit his daughter if they didn’t return. Her father sent her to a summer camp when she was 14 and she became ill with scarlet fever which affected her health for the rest of her life. After attending a school near Chicago, she left home at the age of 16 to get married and she and her husband moved to Hollywood where she lived as a wealthy socialite. She was noticed by Fox Studios executives when she drove a friend to auditions and her friend bet her that she did not have the nerve to audition, so she auditioned to win the bet. After several calls and rejected job offers, she was pushed into accepting acting work by her mother where she appeared in small parts in silent films in 1928 and 1929. She signed a contract with Hal Roach Studios where she appeared in several Laurel & Hardy films but parted ways with Roach because the acting work was damaging her marriage. She separated and divorced her husband but continued acting, getting her first speaking role in 1929’s “The Saturday Night Kid” with Clara Bow. Her first big role was in 1930’s “Hell’s Angels”, and she earned her nickname “the Platinum Blonde” with actress Loretta Young after dyeing her hair that color for the Howard Hughes film of the same name. She signed with MGM in 1932 becoming a leading lady in films such as “Red Dust” in 1932, “Dinner At Eight” in 1933, “Reckless” in 1935 and “Suzy” in 1936. Among her co-stars were William Powell, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable. She fell ill during the filming of the 1937 film “Saratoga” and she died of kidney failure at the age of 26 in 1937. Who was this actress?
Friday Quiz...Feb. 28
Q...This actor was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents who emigrated to the United States from Europe. He was raised on a farm in Connecticut for awhile but after it failed, the family settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He was a gregarious child who enjoyed painting and after high school, he attended City College of New York and he worked odd jobs. Later he taught art while getting his Master’s degree. During his teaching jobs, he became more well known for his comedic talent rather than the actual lessons. This eventually led to a career as a nightclub comedian before getting drafted into the US Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge for medical reasons, he continued his show business career where he worked on stage, in the movies, and on early television. In the early 1950s he was blacklisted due to the House Committee on Un-American Activities and his testimony was well publicized due to his refusal to reveal information and for standing up for his rights to privacy. After the blacklist, he became popular for his stage portrayal as the original Tevye on stage in “Fiddler On The Roof”, as Pseudolus on stage and in the film “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” and as Max Bialystock in the original film production of “The Producers”. He was a Tony and Obie Award winner. He passed away in 1977 at age of 62. Who was this actor and comedian?