It’s “halftime in America,” and people who are out of work need look no farther than Detroit to see a way to recovery, Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood says in a Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler. Eastwood, 81, spoke in a two-minute spot as the New England Patriots and New York Giants headed to their locker rooms at the midpoint of Sunday night’s game, the year’s most-watched U.S. television event. “People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. The people of Detroit know a little something about this,” said Eastwood, who was mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from 1986 to 1988. “They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again. Detroit’s showing us it can be done,” he said. “This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do, the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime, America,” Eastwood said. “And our second half is about to begin.”
Steve Martin receiving his first Grammy Award for his 1977 Album “Let’s Get Small” from Charlie at the 20th Annual Grammys in 1978, in the special Pre-Grammy Awards that Charlie emceed.(Photo-February 23, 1978)
Larry Morton, 1978 Grammy Award winning Producer for Best Cast Show Album “Annie”, receives his award from Charlie at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in 1978.(Photo-February 19, 1977)
Brian Wilson & Mike Love of The Beach Boys reunite with Bruce Johnston & Al Jardine for the first time in over 20 years to perform at this weekend’s Grammys! Below is a 1981 reunion picture that Wolfman Jack & Charlie emceed for a national TV audience for their 20 year reunion!
The Beach Boys celebrated their 20th Anniversary with their 1981 concert at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA! Mike Love of the Beach Boys greets Charlie on stage after I had just finished reading a congratulations telegram you see me holding that was from then Vice-President George Bush, and a concert that also featured Three Dog Night, Rick Springfield and Pablo Cruise. 50,000 people were in the audience at the Queen Mary parking lot, for the national TV special that was broadcast “live” that night that featured all of the original Beach Boys, except for Carl who was recording & touring solo at the time, but did have Brian with the band for the first time in years.(Photo-July 5, 1981)
Another Grammy flashback moment from this weekend when Chuck Mangione picks up his 1978 Grammy for “Children Of Sanchez” at the Pre-Grammy Awards Ceremony that I hosted in 1978. It was Chuck Mangione’s second Grammy, and followed a year in 1977 when his big pop hit “Feels So Good” was at the top of the charts. (February 23, 1978)
Back in 1977 & 1978, I was asked to host the Pre-Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A., and on my syndicated 70′s radio show this weekend, some flashback moments coming up! Here, Producer of the Year Peter Asher gets his Grammy from me February 19,1977! Peter was also part of the hit singing duet “Peter & Gordon” in the 60′s who had a trio of hits including “A World Without Love”, “I Go To Pieces” and “Lady Godiva”! Cool Tuxedo, huh? LOL
All of our social networking nightmares rolled into one:)
If you want to relive the 6.6 earthquake sign-on of mine on 93/KHJ in Los Angeles, February 9, 1971 that’s been mentioned on my personal facebook page, just click to the National Radio Hall of Fame link which has a 2 minute audio reel of my radio career that begins with the audio from that morning on my show! Click on this link to listen
Each year the NFL stages a press conference on the Thursday prior to the Super Bowl with their celebrity entertainer or group as in years past, with everyone from Bruce Springsteen, to The Who, to The Black Eyed Peas last year! Yesterday it was an 18 minute question & answer exchange with Madonna, who admitted she’s still nervous about everything coming off perfectly for the biggest show audience she will ever have, and yes, she promised there would be no wardrobe malfunctions!
Have they finally decided on a replacement for Regis Philbin? For awhile the rumors were that Rob Lowe, who was certainly the favorite of all the ladies on the syndicated talk show staff, was the frontrunner to finally replace Regis as a co-host with Kelly Ripa, but now sources are saying they’re almost 90% sure it’s going to be Howie Mandel! Is this your pick? Watch this clip to see Wednesday’s host chat with Kelly & Howie!
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made their decree Thursday morning in central Pennsylvania: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and there’ll be six more weeks of winter. The announcement was met with boos from the enormous crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney. Folks in the East and elsewhere gave a collective shrug, as temperatures have been unseasonably warm. “The daffodils are already in bloom in NW Mississippi,” wrote Jackie Barnes Garrett on TODAY’s Facebook page, where hundreds of people are weighing in. “We are already fighting mosquitoes and flies.” “Yesterday it was almost 60 degrees in Iowa,” wrote Facebook commenter Letha Ann Alexander. But Sara LaPoint, from Colorado, has seen enough of this season. “I am SO done with snow and winter!” she wrote. The Associated Press reports that the groundhog has seen his shadow 99 times since 1886; he’s not seen it only 16 times, according to the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle.
Groundhog day is one of my favorite movies of all time! Here’s 19 minutes of highlights that, not unlike the movie’s plot itself, I’ve watched over & over & over again! This funny 1993 romantic comedy, directed by Harold Ramis, written by Ramis & Danny Rubin, stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell & Chris Elliot, and carries a simple message of, do it over until you get it, and get it right!
At the urging of First Lady Michelle Obama, Jay Leno actually ate some veggies Tuesday night!
Then Jay found out more about President Obama’s quiet singing career we all saw a week ago!
To see what the First Lady was talking about seeing in the Green Room, Click on “More”
Don Cornelius, creator of the iconic “Soul Train” was found dead in his Sherman Oaks, California home Wednesday morning, and law enforcement sources indicated it appears he committed suicide. Police discovered the body at around 4 AM PT. Cornelius died from a gunshot wound to the head and officials believe the wound was self-inflicted. Cornelius was taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead. “Soul Train” changed the television landscape when it debuted in 1971 and ran until 2006.
Steve Jobs and Apple really have changed our world forever:)
Why I love dogs more than words can say! Watch this one watching table tennis!
1979 Coke commercial with Mean Joe Green, part of the early advertising mania that developed for the Super Bowl commercials! Also featured below the Farrah Fawcett/Joe Namath Noxema spot that developed even more love for 2 of the biggest 70′s celebs!
Famous talking dog Mishka predicts the winner of Super Bowl 46!
One more dog predicts the winner of the Super Bowl & this one’s never missed!
Strange sign posted in a department store! Facebook Comments included “Money laundering necessary is this case?…..I guess the 99% can’t afford wallets anymore…..Were they getting “short changed” by their customers?…..No fruits of my labor from my Fruit of the Loom’s?
Angry Birds are everywhere these days:)
Top Ten Grammer Peeves got a bigger Facebook response than anything I’ve ever posted!
Looking to bet on something other than the Super Bowl Game itself, take a look!
Jerry Seinfeld is so excited about the new Acura NSX that he will stop at nothing to acquire the very first one. Check out the extended version of Acura’s big game commercial. See what else Jerry would do for the first new NSX at www.acura.com. NSX projected debut in next three years.
Peace can happen! This is a video of Greg Pike, a homeless man in Santa Barbara and his pets. They work State Street every week for donations. Pike rigged up a harness for his cat so she wouldn’t have to walk so much (like the dog and himself). At some juncture the rat came along, and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started riding with the cat and, often, on the cat! The Mayor of Santa Barbara filmed this clip and sent it out as a holiday card.