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 Tom Martin of the Bookplate & Kent Co. Democratic Party on Tuesdays; the 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.
Monday Quiz...Dec. 9
This comedian and actor was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. His father left the family when the boy was four years old and his older brother provided the name for his later character on his hit TV sitcom. In 1939, he performed on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show as a part of the Jump Swinging Six. In the 1940s, he was an associate of Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X where he was referred to as Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth. During World War II, he successfully dodged the draft by eating a half bar of soap before his physical which resulted in heart palpitations. He recorded some music singles in 1946 for the Savoy label. During the 1950s and 1960s, he gained success with his nightclub act which was considered raunchy for its time. His break came after singer Dinah Washington insisted he come to Los Angeles and Dootone Records caught his act at the Brass Rail nightclub and released a series of comedy albums that became cult favorites. He was also one of the first black comics to play to white audiences on the Las Vegas Strip. During this time he was in the 1960 film “All The Fine Young Cannibals”. In the 1970s, he starred as junkman Fred Sanford in the sitcom “Sanford And Son” which was an American adaptation of the British sitcom “Steptoe And Son”. After the run of Sanford And Son finished in 1977, he appeared on a couple of other sitcoms ending with “Royal Family”. He also appeared in the 1989 film “Harlem Nights”. He passed away from a fatal heart attack on the set of “The Royal Family” in 1991 at the age of 68. Who was this comedian?
Friday Quiz...Dec. 6
Q...This comedian and actor was born in Detroit, Michigan and later moved to Evanston, Illinois where he became childhood friends with Marlon Brando, before moving to Chicago, New York City, and then back to Detroit where he graduated from high school. During World War II, his family moved back to New York City where he attended City College of New York, spent four months in the Army, and then attended New York University after discharge. He also worked selling and making jewelry and doing standup comedy, eventually moving up to nightclubs. He was also a roommate with his childhood friend Marlon Brando and they remained friends for life. In 1949, he appeared on the Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts show where his zany appearance didn’t win that night, but led to hit comedy single on RCA Records. Success led to him getting cast as the meek milquetoast bookworm “Mr. Peepers” in the 1952 to 1955 TV sitcom. After Mr. Peepers” he became an accomplished character actor in numerous TV shows and movies and he provided the voice of the canine superhero Underdog. He also gained notoriety as a regular on the game show “Hollywood Squares”. Despite his typecasting as milquetoast, in real life he was very athletic and fit and would often amaze unsuspecting TV viewers with athletic feats on various TV appearances. He passed away from a heart attack at the age of 48 in 1973. Who was this actor and comedian?
Thursday Quiz...Dec. 5
This American president was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York the son of a tavern keeper. He was the first president born as a United States citizen as all previous presidents were born before the American Revolution and he was the only president who spoke English as a second language as his native language was Dutch. His formal education ended at the age of 14 when he began studying law in the office of a prominent Kinderhook attorney. After six years of study, he served a year of apprenticeship in New York City before being admitted to the bar in 1803. He got interested in politics serving in the New York State Senate from 1812 to 1820 as well as New York Attorney General from 1815 to 1819. In 1820 he got elected to the U.S. Senate and then in 1828 he got elected Governor Of New York. His gubernatorial term ran only a couple of months when he resigned to become the Secretary of State under Democratic President Andrew Jackson in 1829 before resigning in 1831. From 1833 to 1837, he served as Vice President during Jackson’s second presidential term. He won the 1836 presidential election and his term from 1837 to 1841 was marked by an economic depression and he lost the 1840 election to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. In 1848, he unsuccessfully ran for president on a third-party ticket with the Free Soil Party. He passed away at the age of 79 in 1862. Who was this president?
A...Martin Van Buren
A...Martin Van Buren
Wednesday Quiz...Dec. 4
This actress was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to British parents. The family moved to Hollywood when the daughter was just one-year-old and the family later became naturalized American citizens. By the time she was ten, her family recognized her singing talent and took her to a singing teacher and she began performing. By the time she was 14 in 1936, she was a professional entertainer associated with Universal Studios after being discovered by MGM a year earlier. Also in 1936, she was offered an audition with the Metropolitan Opera and she turned it down feeling she needed more lessons. She went on to work on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1936 before her workload caused her to end the show. Her film debut came in 1936 in “Every Sunday” with Judy Garland for Universal and followed that up later that year with “Three Smart Girls”, but as she matured she grew tired of girl-next-door roles and went on to more adult roles in the film noir “Christmas Holiday” in 1944 and “Lady On A Train” in 1945. She also recorded for Decca Records with several hits from 1936 to 1947. She retired from acting and singing in 1949 before turning 30 and withdrew from public life, especially after her marriage to a film producer and director and them moving to a home near Paris, France. She passed away in April of this year at the age of 91. Who was she?