Has the Amelia Earhart Mystery Been Solved (Again)?
Maybe! Possibly! Probably not. But maybe!
They’re still looking for Earhart’s plane, 87 years after she and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished. There have been a lot of theories the past several years. Theories and sightings and possible solutions. But now explorers with a company called Deep Sea Vision think they’ve found the plane, 16,000 feet down on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, and they have a photo.
Yes, the photo is grainy (it’s a sonar image), but it does indeed have the shape of an old airplane (Earhart’s was a Lockheed 10-E Electra). Of course, how many planes could have gone down there in the past eight-plus decades? Does it have the shape of her plane or does it more resemble something from later, perhaps World War II? Would it even still be intact after all these years?
The group plans to go back later this year to investigate further.
Did you know that, along with baseball season, the Christmas season, and fashion season, there’s also a burrito season? According to Chipotle, it runs from March to May, and they’re hiring 19,000 workers for it.
Random Fact That Made Me Think of Something I Haven’t Thought About in Years
I used to really love bowling, but I haven’t gone since I was in my early twenties. The other day I remembered that they used to show professional bowling on ABC every weekend, and oddly enough it started 62 years ago this week, January 27. This may sound peculiar or quaint to some people, bowling on a major broadcast network, but please note they show poker on ESPN, and there’s now an entire channel devoted to pickleball.
They don’t show bowling that much anymore, but it got me thinking about it again. If I can find someone to go with me, I’m going to try bowling again. I always loved the shirts.
Headline of the Week
RIP Chita Rivera, Melanie, Rod Holcomb, Brian McConnachie, N. Scott Momaday, and Marlena Shaw
Chita Rivera was the dancing and singing icon who starred in several Broadway classics, including West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, All That Jazz, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Melanie – full name Melanie Safka – was known for such songs as “Brand New Key” and “(Lay Down) Candles in the Rain.” She played at Woodstock. She died last week at the age of 76.
Rod Holcomb was the Emmy-winning director of such TV shows as Lost, The West Wing, and The Good Wife, as well as the pilot episodes of ER, Wiseguy, The Equalizer, and The Six Million Dollar Man. He died last week at the age of 80.
Brian McConnachie wrote for such shows as Saturday Night Live, SCTV, Shining Time Station, and The Simpsons, and was one of the original staff writers for The National Lampoon. He also appeared in Caddyshack and several Woody Allen movies. He died earlier this month at the age of 81.
Scott Momaday was the first Native American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. He died last week at the age of 89.
This Week in History
Jackson Pollock Born (January 28, 1912)
Last year a lost Pollock painting was found, and it had a “Happy Birthday” message to a famous Hollywood actress.
First Oxford English Dictionary Published (February 1, 1884)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: “Bowling a Strike” (January 28, 1950)
When I did go bowling, it was never with the big bowling balls. In New England we have candlepin bowling, which is played with smaller balls and thinner pins.
Sunday is Tater Tot Day
I haven’t had Tater Tots in years, but much like bowling I want to try them again.
Taste of Home has a classic Tater Tot Casserole. All Recipes has Buffalo Chicken Totchos (tot nachos!), while Delish has a Tater Tot Grilled Cheese. And to go with that sandwich you can even make a Tater Tot Soup, courtesy of the Instant Pot site.
There’s even a whole book of recipes by Dan Whalen titled Tots!
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Norman Rockwell Born (February 3)
Here’s a 1959 Person to Person interview with Norman Rockwell in his Stockbridge, Massachusetts studio.
Presidential Primaries and Caucuses (February 3-8)
On the 3rd, South Carolina will have their Democratic primary. On the 6th, Nevada will have theirs. And on the 8th, Nevada and the U.S. Virgin Islands hold their Republican caucuses.
Grammy Awards (February 4)
The 66th annual ceremony airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET, and I bet I don’t know any of the songs or artists. Okay, maybe Taylor Swift.
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