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Post Week in Review: August 31–September 6

Published: September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers

Another one of our ties to a generation of the entertainment world is gone. As you have probably heard, Joan Rivers died yesterday at the age of 81. She had been at Mount Sinai Hospital for a week after she experienced heart failure while undergoing a procedure on her throat last Thursday.

One of the great things about Rivers: She developed beyond her generation. She didn’t just continue to do the same things; she kept up with the times. After she lost her late-night talk show and her husband Edgar Rosenberg to suicide in 1987, she got back on track, and always stayed relevant. She reported from award show red carpets for channels like E! and TV Guide, hosted E!’s Fashion Police, did reality shows like Celebrity Apprentice and Joan & Melissa, invited celebrities to her weekly web talk show, wrote books, and became popular on Twitter. (Catch a glimpse of Rivers’ stand-up act in 1967 from her first interview with The Saturday Evening Post.)

She will be missed. I wonder what Joan Rivers would have said about the death of Joan Rivers?

RIP Jimi Jamison

If you were to list the greatest singers in the history of rock, you’d have to include arena rock band Survivor’s lead singer Jimi Jamison. He joined the group shortly after their big hit from Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger,” sung by lead singer Dave Bickler. (Jamison and Bickler were on tour together with Survivor this year.)

Jamison sang lead vocals on “The Search Is Over,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You” (all from the fantastic Vital Signs album), “Is This Love?” and “Burning Heart,” among others. Apart from Survivor he sang the theme for the most popular TV show in the galaxy (at the time), Baywatch. Jamison died of a heart attack earlier this week. He was 63.

Here’s the video for “The Search Is Over”:

Happy Birthday, Cash Machine

Tuesday was the 45th anniversary of the first Automated Teller Machine, which made its debut at a Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York in 1969. I don’t know how you celebrate an anniversary like this. Maybe by going to an ATM and taking out a lot more money than you usually do?

But if you do, please remember, it’s not an “ATM machine.” OK?

CBS Says Goodbye to the US Open

Last week I mentioned the U.S. Open, the tennis tournament currently going on in Flushing Meadows, New York. But did you know that this is CBS’s last year airing the tournament? After 46 years, CBS will air its last tennis match Monday afternoon, September 8, when they broadcast the men’s final. ESPN and the Tennis Channel will air the tournament exclusively after that.

For a tennis fan, this is really sad. It’s sad for TV fans too. Sure, ESPN and the Tennis Channel do a fine job, but it’s too bad tennis won’t be seen on one of the three major networks. CBS brought back Dick Enberg — lead announcer of the Open from 2000-2011 —  to announce one more match, but it was unfortunately rained out. Maybe they’ll bring him back again this weekend.

Southern California Runs on Dunkin’

Dunkin’ Donuts is a staple in the Northeastern part of the U.S., but now citizens of Southern California will finally be able to taste donuts and coffee, two foods up to now unavailable in the region.

Oh, I kid, but this is a big deal in the area. People are laughing! They’re jumping up and down! They’re high-fiving! And, most importantly, they’re tweeting!

As a New Englander it’s great to see one of our long-running traditions make it out to the southern part of California and beyond. Now I’d like to see an In-N-Out Burger in Massachusetts. It’s only fair.

Low Carb vs. Low Fat

Red question mark on fork
First they told us to eat a lot of carbs and cut out all fat. Then they said to eat an equal amount of carbs and fat. Then they told us that there are good carbs and bad carbs, good fats and bad fats. Then we all got confused and started to eat whatever we wanted.

Now it looks like we have a clear winner: Low-carb diets are better than low-fat diets. Whew, glad that’s settled!

Oh, wait: Studies still differ. Sigh. Oh, well. It’s back to eating bacon and Twinkies for dinner again — it’s OK because I wash them down with Diet Pepsi.

Action Movie Junkie​

As if that wasn’t enough food information for one week, we have yet another study to deal with. (I think someone should do a study to see how these studies affect our health.) Did you know that the type of movie or TV show you watch affects the amount of food you choose to eat while you’re watching it?

The Journal of the Medical Association: Internal Medicine (which itself would make for a great new drama franchise on CBS) says that when we watch action flicks, we eat twice as much food as when we watch anything else. Ninety-four college students were given a choice of M&Ms and cookies or carrots and grapes while one group watched the 2005 Michael Bay flick The Island with the sound on; one group watched it with the sound off; and one group watched the PBS interview show Charlie Rose.

Maybe it was the quality of the movie that made them eat more. (The Island is a really weird choice for this study, sound on or off.) And it wasn’t just junk food; the participants also ate more of the healthier snacks placed in front of them when they watched action and explosions.

So the food and health information from this week is crystal clear: If you want to lose weight, make sure Charlie Rose is on a constant loop on your television and you have nothing but grapes in the fridge.

Upcoming Anniversaries

September 7
True or false? (1776): According to American colonial reports, Ezra Lee makes the world’s first submarine attack in the Turtle, attempting to attach a time bomb to the hull of HMS Eagle in New York Harbor (no British records of this attack exist).

September 9
The Name Game (1776): The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States of America.

Viva Ed Sullivan (1956): Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

September 11
Service and remembrance (2001): Two hijacked planes crash into New York City’s Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, a third smashes into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, altogether killing 2,996 people.

September 12
Jeepers, creepers (1952): Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia.

September 13
American Civil War (1862): Union soldiers find a copy of Robert E. Lee’s battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.

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