Thursday, January 07, 2016

Thursday Etc.

Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, writes of the need for uniform legislation with regard to horse racing:

Today, I firmly believe that the time for federal legislation of our sport has come. And I am glad to know that a recently proposed piece of legislation would not require additional taxes or be paid for by those who wager on our sport. The horse racing industry would absorb the cost, as it must. The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (HR 3084), introduced by Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., in June, would encourage the adoption of a national uniform standard for drugs and medication in American thoroughbred racing and grant rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency, headquartered in Colorado Springs.

No winner yet in the giant Powerball jackpot. The total Saturday is at an estimated $675 million.

A couple of obituaries to note. At least I have heard of these people.

Singer Kitty Kallen, 94, popular in the 1950s with hits like "Little Things Mean a Lot," died today. She lived in Mexico in her later years.

Her real name was Katie Kallen. Like Russian grand duchess Anastasia, Kallen had to put up with a bunch of imposters thanks to her having to end her career early:

Her death was widely reported in 1978, when Genevieve Agostinello, a woman who had checked into a Los Angeles-area hospital as Ms. Kallen, died. When an Associated Press reporter reached out to the real Ms. Kallen, she sang “Little Things Mean a Lot” to convince him she was still very much alive.

Another Kallen fraudster popped up in 1989 in New Port Richey, Fla. The woman, Edna Garrett, called in to a Florida radio station, appeared at social events and became a minor celebrity among the many retirees in her community who still adored the once-famous singer.

Garrett’s inability to sing aroused some suspicions. The charade ended only after the real Ms. Kallen’s picture appeared in a supermarket tabloid and ABC News followed up.

Again, Ms. Kallen was flummoxed. She told the network, “Bizarre. Crazy. Why me? Why me? What is it? What is it with these people? I said to Budd, I said, ‘This has got to stop.’ Suppose, indeed, this woman had died, and I had to read my obit again. Couldn’t do it.”

She might not have read this one.


Actor Pat Harrington, Jr., best remembered for his role in the 1970s sitcom One Day at a Time, has also passed away. He played the building superintendent, but he was a pretty lazy shit at it.

I mean the character, not Harrington. Harrington was a hard worker.

He was 86 years old and died last night.

The sitcom, which ran from 1975-1984 on CBS, was a Norman Lear production about a newly single mom, Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin), who moves back to her hometown of Indianapolis with two teen daughters, Barbara (Valerie Bertinelli), and Julie (MacKenzie Phillips) after her divorce. It was one of the first portrayals of a divorced mom on American TV.

Harrington played Dwayne Schneider, their building super who thinks he's a ladies man, who swaggers into their lives and becomes part of the family. “The ladies in this building don’t call me ‘super’ for nothing," was one of his lines.

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