- “Geek Pride Day”, a day for sci-fi fans and techno-nerds to stand tall. The date coincides with the 1977 release of the first “Star Wars” movie. What is a geek? The Geek Pride Organization says ‘you know one when you see one’.
- “Memorial Day”, observed on the last Monday in May in America as a day of remembrance for those who’ve died in the nation’s service. It was originally called “Decoration Day” when General John Logan declared a day to decorate Civil War soldiers’ graves with flowers at Gettysburg PA in 1868. (Nowadays its more often observed as ‘Beach Day’ or ‘Picnic Day’.)
ON THIS DATE……
1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
1981 – Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago’s Sears Tower, while wearing a “Spiderman” costume, in 7 1/2 hours.
1986 – Approximately 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America.”
1989 – The Calgary Flames won their first Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.
 (Sir) Ian McKellen, Burnley UK, movie actor (“The Hobbit” films, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy, “X-Men” series) BS FACTOID: He’s just revealed in “Daily Mail Weekend” he considered turning down his knighthood in 1991 because he thinks the system for choosing honorees is unfair.
 Frank Oz, director (“The Stepford Wives”)/Muppeteer (‘Miss Piggy’, ‘Fozzie Bear’, ‘Bert’, ‘Grover’, ‘Cookie Monster’)/voice actor (‘Yoda’-”Star Wars” series)
 Mike Myers, Toronto ON, movie actor (“Shrek” series, “Austin Powers” movies)/Canadian Walk of Fame (2003)
Woman Missed Her College Graduation Because She Gave Birth . . .
Last weekend was pretty action-packed for a woman in North Carolina named Juliet Smith. She gave birth to her first child AND graduated from college. Unfortunately, the two events clashed a little bit.
Her son Milo was born just before midnight on Friday, about two weeks before his due date . . . but he’s doing great. Juliet’s graduation ceremony at Guilford College in Greensboro was 7:30 the next morning, so she couldn’t go.
Obviously she’d still graduate, and didn’t HAVE to be there. But she was pretty upset, because she’d worked so hard to get her degree, and says she actually caught herself RESENTING her son at one point for making her miss it.
Luckily that feeling was short-lived, because the dean and a bunch of professors showed up at the hospital in their robes . . . found an empty room with a bunch of chairs for her friends and family . . . and gave her her OWN graduation ceremony.
The speaker from the actual commencement gave a short speech. Then they pushed Juliet and Milo down the aisle in a wheelchair, and presented her with her diploma.
One of the professors also brought a tuba with him to play “Pomp and Circumstance”, the song they always play at graduations. And he also did “Happy Birthday” for her new son.
– Hollywoodlife.com claims another American Pie movie may be in the works. It could be set in Vegas
– The X Files will return to Fox on January 24th
– The NY Post claims Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are quietly negotiating a rematch because their first fight made $600 million
– US Weekly claims Raven-Symone may join The Voice. A source tells the mag: “They think she’s really smart but also a little kooky and so she’d be a good fit.”
– Jeff Gordon will join Fox in 2016 as a NASCAR analyst. He says: “NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with Fox. I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I’m very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.”
Kid in Idaho Asked a Girl to the Prom Spraying Graffiti on Sacred Native American Cliffs
Can prom season just end already? We’ve seen a bunch of kids get into trouble this year asking people to prom in elaborate ways. And here’s yet ANOTHER.
Someone near Boise, Idaho spray painted “Destiny, prom?” in giant blue and pink letters on the side of a cliff.
But here’s the thing. Those cliffs are on federal land . . . and they’re actually sacred to Native Americans.
The police say, quote, “Whoever did this did a lot of damage aesthetically and culturally.”
They’re working with the local schools to try to figure out who did it.
He could be facing a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail . . . and possibly federal charges beyond that.
THINGS THAT MAKE YA GO HMMM:
• 65% of households still have an old fashioned answering machine.
- 62% of us claim to know how to change a flat tire even though we’ve never done it.
- 53% of men admit they’ve pretended to like a woman’s cat while in a relationship with her.
- 25% of women wear makeup when exercising.
- 13% of married people have checked their spouses’ browser history without them knowing.
- 11% of women have turned down a date with a man because he had too many tattoos.
• “The Accountant” – Warner Bros has set a January 29th release date for Ben Affleck’s upcoming thriller, his first film since 2014′s “Gone Girl”. Affleck plays a brilliant accountant who moonlights as an assassin. The film co-stars Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, Jon Bernthal, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson. (Details on Kevin James’ spoof of the film are coming up below.)
- “King Of the Roadies” – Willie Nelson’s daughter Amy has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help her complete a film about her dad’s roadie, Ben Dorcy. The 90-year-old, who has spent over 6 decades working with the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline, was the 1st inductee into the online Roadie Hall of Fame. The movie is being narrated by Willie Nelson.
- “The True Memoirs Of an International Assassin” – Netflix has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Kevin James’ latest comedy film, in which he plays an accountant who is mistaken for an assassin and is subsequently forced to flee to Belize. Filming is set to begin this September and the movie will debut exclusively on Netflix sometime in 2016.
Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash, wife, portrayed in ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ killed in crash
John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.
Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, state police said. A colleague who had received an award with Nash in Norway earlier in the week said they had just flown home and the couple had taken a cab home from the airport.
Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in “A Beautiful Mind,” tweeted that he was “stunned.”
In a statement Sunday, his co-star in the film, Jennifer Connelly, called the couple “an inspiration,” and the film’s director, Ron Howard, tweeted that “it was an honour telling part of their story.”
nown as brilliant and eccentric, Nash was associated with Princeton University for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician. He won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.
New Jersey State Police say the Nashes were both ejected from the cab in the crash Saturday afternoon. The cab driver was hospitalized.
The 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind” won four Oscars, including best picture and best director.