Best in Show
Leading off this week: an apology. I should have posted this last week. It’s the winner of the 2022 Westminster Dog Show. His name is Trumpet. I mean, look at him!
Breaking News: Trumpet, a bloodhound, won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 23, 2022
Ice Cream vs. Bottled Water
Last week we had Ohio State University getting a trademark on the word the, and now it looks like Dairy Queen has lost a lawsuit over the word blizzard.
The ice cream chain had filed the lawsuit to stop the W.B. Mason Company from using the word blizzard on their bottled spring water. The company, which sells mostly office supplies and furniture for the workplace, has been using the word on copy paper products since 2003 and then attached the word to their bottles of water in 2010.
There’s an easy solution to this. Dairy Queen should start selling copy paper at all of their locations.
File This Under “Cool but Also Creepy”
You may soon be able to program Amazon’s Alexa to have the voice of a deceased relative. Wasn’t this the plot of a horror movie?
Headline of the Week
RIP Hershel Williams, Mary Mara, Tony Siragusa, Hugh McElhenny, Artie Kane, Margaret Keane, Gregory Jein, and Ken Knowlton
Hershel Williams was the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient, honored for his bravery in the battle for Iwo Jima. He died this week at the age of 98.
Mary Mara was a regular on such shows as Nash Bridges and ER and also appeared on Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Handler, Dexter, and Ray Donovan and several movies. She died this week at the age of 61.
Tony Siragusa was a defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens who went on to become a Fox Sports analyst and an actor, appearing on The Sopranos. He died last week at the age of 55.
Hugh McElhenny was an NFL Hall of Famer known for his incredible runs as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions. He died last week at the age of 93.
Margaret Keane was an acclaimed artist known for her work depicting wide-eyed children. She proved in court that she actually did the work that her husband took credit for, a story that was depicted in the Tim Burton movie Big Eyes. She died Sunday at the age of 94.
Gregory Jein was a model maker who received Oscar nominations for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941. He also worked on several of the Star Trek movies and TV shows, as well as Avatar and The Dark Knight Rises. He died in May at the age of 76.
Ken Knowlton was an innovator in computer animation and art. He died earlier this month at the age of 91.
This Week in History
Babe Didrikson Born (June 26, 1911)
She’s known as a great golfer, but she was equally adept at baseball, basketball, and track and field, for which she won two gold medals at the 1932 Olympics.
The Guiding LIght Premieres on TV (June 30, 1952)
The soap opera had been a radio staple since 1937 and made the jump to television in 1952. Until 1956 it was on both radio and television. (Full disclosure: I watched it from 1980 until the last episode aired in 2009. Ask me anything.)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: “Elvis Presley Portrait” (July 1, 1985)
I was going to go with a Fourth of July cover but chose this one instead, because there’s a new movie out about The King and there are predictions that star Austin Butler will get an Oscar nomination.
Food for the Fourth
But I do have some Fourth of July recipes for you. I bet Elvis would approve of some of these.
- Taste of Home has these Cheese-Stuffed Burgers for Two (or one, if you’re hungry).
- Today has Chef D’s Potato Salad.
- Food Republic has these Cowboy Hot Dogs.
- Here’s a Firecracker Milkshake from Delish that looks pretty great (and easy to make).
- Smitten Kitchen has a Flag Cake, jam-packed with fruit.
- Country Living has Root Beer Baked Beans.
- And Food Network has this Spicy Coleslaw.
I put those in alphabetical order, of course.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Tour de France (July 1)
I know, I know, July 1 isn’t “next” week, it’s this week, but the annual bike race runs until the 24th.
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day (July 4)
If you’ve never tried to fry an egg on a sidewalk, whip one out at your July 4 barbecue and amaze your friends! Note: make sure it’s actually hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk or you’re just going to be left with a mess.
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