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Jimmie Walker Wins PGA Championship!

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Jimmy Walker

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. —  Sitcom legend, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, shocked the golfing world, to win his first major championship and, maybe his first golf tournament.

Unbeknownst to many, including this roving reporter, that Walker even plays golf, Jimmie is the first wire-to-wire winner of the PGA since Phil Mickelson in 2005.

Although not at Baltusrol, and unable to watch the television broadcast, the chaotic week full of storms, delays, and binge drinking, we have confirmed Walker shot 65-66-68-67 and is the fifth consecutive first-time winner in a major.

Walker,  who like many of us, has battled personal demons, said: “Sometimes things just don’t come easy …  There’s a lot of emotion going on out there, I’m not going to lie to you.”

A while ago, regarding Bill Cosby, TMZ reported Walker claims he witnessed Cosby hooking up all the time.

Walker, who worked with Cosby on a movie and on the comedy circuit said: “I actually thought everybody KNEW about all these women.”

Factoid Dept: Good Times was a spin-off of Maude which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family!

Bob Marley

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Bob

Bob Marley scared the pants off the CIA. He threatened violence and suggested “Africa Unite.” Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Michael Manley, in the eyes of the United States, was moving dangerously close to communism. He socialized health care and education and formed a detente with Fidel Castro. The tiny, tropical island of Jamaica became the center of a massive CIA campaign designed to discredit Manley and the People’s National Party. They used common CIA tactics: para-military, propaganda, and economic methods to “make the economy scream.” After one assassination attempt, Carl Colby, son of CIA spook William Colby, visited Bob and gave him a pair of boots as a gift. When Bob tried them on he was stabbed in his big toe by a copper wire. The wound metastasized rapidly spreading cancer throughout his body. Bob Marley died and his music was silenced.

“How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look?”

The Wink

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Wink

Cecil Stoughton liked President Kennedy, although they were not “friends.” As the first official White House photographer, there was no question who the boss was.

On November 22, 1963, Stoughton was in Dallas and took many famed images, the most popular among conspiracy believers is known as ”The Wink.”

Stoughton privately felt there was something wrong with Congressman Albert Thomas’ facial gesture and interaction with the newly sworn-in President.

Eighteen months after the assassination, The Kennedy Family requested Stoughton’s presence in England for the dedication of JFK’s Runnymede monument.

Lyndon Johnson, did not think highly of Stoughton’s absence from the White House. A week after he returned, Stoughton was released from White House duties. LBJ would not tolerate dissenting loyalties in the ranks.

Researchers find hidden lion population in East Africa

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Lions

The Christian Science Monitor reports:

In remote national parks on the border of Ethiopia and Sudan, researchers have confirmed a small population of lions, the numbers of which are declining drastically in much of Africa …

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0201/Researchers-find-hidden-lion-population-in-East-Africa

It is unusual for animals to be added to wildlife population counts in Africa, but that is what has happened. By identifying their tracks and using camera traps that were able to snap images of the big cats, conservationists have confirmed reports from residents near a remote national park in Ethiopia that there are lions in the area.

This is a welcome thread of good news for the wildlife conservation community, given that the lion population in some African regions has decreased by half since the early 1990s and is expected to decline by half again in the coming decades.

“During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” Hans Bauer, who led the expedition, told the New Scientist. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.”

In a paper summarizing the work of Dr. Bauer, a lion specialist from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University in Britain; Texas-based animal advocacy organization Born Free; and Ethiopian conservationists, the researchers estimate that there are 100 to 200 lions living in Alatash National Park in northwest Ethiopia, on the border with Sudan, and the adjacent Dinder National Park in Sudan.

The parks do not attract tourists because of their remote location and because there isn’t much wildlife there, probably due to the lack of available drinking water, the researchers wrote in their report.

In an October paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Bauer and his co-authors reported significant declines in the number of lions in west and central Africa, and lower declines in the east African countries where they have historically been abundant. In the national parks of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the animals are likely extinct, reported the researchers. Though in the southern part of the continent, lion populations are stable and in some places growing.

“These are symbols of Africa,” Philip Muruthi, who is in charge of species conservation for the African Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi, told The Christian Science Monitor at the time.

Healthy populations of large wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos – all threatened – are indicators of a healthy ecosystem, Dr. Muruthi said. “If they are suffering, you don’t need to be told that those ecosystems are suffering in major ways,” he told the Monitor.

Lions were expected to be extinct in Sudan, the researchers said, so finding them is encouraging. But keeping the population healthy will require work.

“Now the expedition is complete,” said the researchers in an announcement, “the next step is to communicate with the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan and look at the needs for conservation in the area so this previously undiscovered lion stronghold can be protected.”

This report contains material from the Associated Press.

Who Killed Natalie Wood?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Who Killed Natalie Wood

By 1981 Robert Wagner’s movie star was on the wane.

Contemporaries such as Brando, Newman, Nicholson and McQueen had passed him by, cementing their screen legends.

Young, method actors like De Niro, Pacino, Hoffman & Walken stole the accolades, Academy Awards, and leading man roles.

Wagner was relegated to profitable television shows like Hart to Hart:

( IMDp–) “Jonathan Hart was a self-made millionaire–the CEO of Hart Industries, a global conglomerate. His gorgeous wife Jennifer was a freelance journalist. They were both amateur sleuths, and in every episode found themselves up to their eyeballs in murder, smuggling, theft and international espionage. Max was their loyal, gravelly-voiced butler, cook & chauffeur, and Freeway their pet canine.”

In real life, Robert Wagner was a self-made millionaire–the CEO of Wagner Inc., a global star. His gorgeous wife Natalie Wood was a silver screen siren. On November 29, 1981 they found themselves up to their eyeballs in quaaludes, weed, wine, champagne, scotch, and murder. Substitute captain Dennis Davern for Max and Christopher Walken for Freeway and you have as unbelievable a plot as ever seen on Hart to Hart.

Wagner & Wood married in ’57 divorced in ’62 & remarried in ’72.

In his 2009 memoir, Pieces of My Heart, Wagner writes about being jealous and possessive of Wood, considering murdering Warren Beatty because of his relationship with Wood, he waited outside Beatty’s home with a gun. “I was pretty young, and I don’t think I could have gone through with it, but I was pretty frustrated and upset. Beatty was the man.”

Starring opposite Christopher Walken, Wagner visited Wood on the set of Brainstorm in 1981 and felt he didn’t have her full attention. In his book he describes her as being “emotionally unfaithful.”

Wagner and Wood invited Walken aboard their boat, the Splendour, for a Thanksgiving weekend trip to California’s Catalina Island.

The trio, along with ship captain Dennis Davern, had dinner and drank heavily at Doug’s Harbor Reef before returning to the boat around 10:30 PM.

According to Wagner’s memoir, “Chris began talking about his ‘total pursuit of a career,’ which he admitted was more important to him than his personal life. He clearly thought Natalie should live like that, too. I got angry. ‘Why don’t you stay out of her career?’ I said. ‘She’s got enough people telling her what to do without you. — The last time I saw my wife, she was fixing her hair in the bathroom while I was arguing with Chris.”

According to captain Dennis Davern’s statement to LACSD:

“Robert Wagner grabbed the open wine bottle and with rage crashed it upon the coffee table and screamed out to Christopher Walken, ‘Do you want to fuck my wife, is that what you want?’ –Walken retreated to his cabin forward and closed the cabin door. He remained there until morning. Natalie Wood was mortified and went immediately to the rear deck. Robert Wagner followed her within minutes and then a terrible argument proceeded. –I turned on the radio and played music loudly to muffle the arguing. –The only full sentence I could completely decipher during the entire argument was ‘Get off my fucking boat,’ said by Robert Wagner. –When I arrived on the rear open deck, only Robert Wagner was present, and he stood near the far rear wall of the yacht. –Wagner appeared sweaty, flushed, anxious, nervous, and disheveled. He told me ‘Natalie is missing’ and asked me to search the yacht. –I immediately wanted to radio for help and to turn on the searchlight, but Wagner told me, sternly, ‘We are not going to do that. We will wait and see if she returns.’ –While we waited, Robert Wagner opened scotch and poured alcohol for me. He encouraged me to drink. He discussed with me the repercussions of bringing any immediate attention to the situation and he claimed he did not want to tarnish his image. After an hour passed, Robert Wagner began crying and repeated, ‘She’s gone, she’s gone, she’s gone’ which I believed a strange thing to say.”

Natalie Wood was found dead floating face down at 7:45 AM.

Ear witness, retired stockbroker, Marilyn Wayne reported, “My cabin window was open. A woman’s voice, crying for help, awakened John and awakened me, ‘Help me, someone please help me, I’m drowning,’ we heard repeatedly.” She said John turned on their yacht’s beam light but could not see anything. She also claims to have heard a man’s slurred voice from the direction of Wagner’s boat saying: “Oh, hold on, we’re coming to get you.” Later, in a sworn statement to the LA Sheriff’s department, she received a scribbled note warning her: “If you value your life, keep quiet about what you know.”

Lana Wood, Natalie’s sister, estranged from Wagner, wrote Natalie: A Memoir by Her Sister which questions the night’s events.

In 2000 an investigation by Vanity Fair magazine, based largely on interviews with Davern, concluded: “Wood’s death was the final act in a two-day drama of jealousy and rage, fuelled by round-the-clock drinking.”

In January of 2013 the LA County coroner’s office made public the fact they changed the official cause of death for actress Natalie Wood from “accidental drowning” to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

The LA County Sheriff’s Department says the case is open and ongoing.

82 year old Robert Wagner is refusing to answer any more questions now that the case has been reopened.

In 2011, when asked how he felt about the 30-year-old investigation being revived, Christopher Walken said, “I don’t know.”

Walken is not publicly talking but is willing to talk to investigators. When asked about Wood’s death during a promotional appearance on CBS This Morning, he stated: “I stopped talking about that 30 years ago, and there’s so much information, books and Internet and, you know, everything. Anything you want to know, go look.”

Indeed.

The Legend Returns

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

BJ Thomas

What happens when Two Legends get together in a special concert event to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem?

You get: The Cabot Theater proud to host Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner: BJ Thomas!

Five-time Grammy & Academy Award winner, BJ Thomas is a true American institution. His iconic pop, country and gospel hits have defined and transcended their generations.

BJ has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. Hits include: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hooked on a Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, & (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.

Experiencing a concert in the Cabot Theater is a visual and acoustical delight. A listening room, the 95-year-old movie palace offers a warm and nuanced sound throughout the house, even in the highest seats in the balcony. The non-LED digital lighting systems and unobstructed sight lines provide an intimate and memorable concert experience, for both artist and audience.

By attending this event you will be a part of something very special. All proceeds to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

www.BJThomasLive.com

Super Bowl XLIX

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The Chickenhawk Super Bowl Lock

Most of our longtime followers (RIP – Mike, Bryan, & Dick) are dead. Somehow, for now, we’ve survived. It got so bad, our NFL Locks ™ column was abandoned mid-season and we were left wagering other people’s money on Opposite Picks ™ at the Caesars Sports Book.

A virtual lifetime ago (http://www.thechickenhawk.com/blog1/?p=5736), when asked, during an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley, if we ever considered Gamblers Anonymous, we told Holley: “I’m in too deep.” He laughed but I wasn’t kidding.

As degenerate bettors know, and Kris Kristofferson wrote:

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

Ladies and Gentlemen: we got nothin’ left to lose.

This makes us dangerous bettors. Dangerous to The Book and Dangerous to ourselves.

We could, yawn … talk about Xs and Os, offense vs defense & defense vs offense. Or we could compare cities, personalities and review betting trends. We could compare players, coaches and match-ups. We could roll out tape and inflate/deflate Deflategate. Yawn again.

Instead, after surveying this year’s Super Bowl scene, we’re betting everything: the mortgage, family farm, auto payment, college tuition savings, 401 K, and the big fat loan from Rocco The Wiseguy on this year’s …

Super Bowl Locks ™

New England PK vs Seattle            W

OVER 47 1/2                                 W

Coin toss:   Tails                                W

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Super Bowl Locks™ is not for entertainment purposes. It is for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

LeMay

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

TOKYO – March 9, 1945

General Curtis LeMay was the architect of “Operation Meetinghouse,” the systematic firebombing of Tokyo.

334 Superfortress B-29 bombers dropped 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs.

Temperatures reached 1800 degrees. Rivers and canals boiled.

The stench of burned human flesh permeated the last of the aircraft over the target.

An estimated 100,000 civilians were killed, more than killed by the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over one million people were left homeless.

The New York Times reported: The heart of Tokyo is gone.

LeMay reflected if the US had lost the war, he would have been prosecuted for war crimes.

Ted

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

As Ted Kennedy found out, power is a fickle bed fellow.

In our interview with Joan Kennedy, when asked about the Warren Commission, she explained:  “He (Ted) didn’t think it did anyone any good to believe otherwise. It wouldn’t be good for The Country. It wouldn’t be good for The Kennedys.”

Author Jefferson Morley suggests, “Teddy had a choice. Investigate his brother’s death and kiss off public service for the rest of his life. Or embrace public service and avoid looking into the terrible and painful realities of Dallas. He made his choice and he had to figure out how to live with it.”

NFL Locks ™-

KC -10.5 vs Oakland

Jacksonville +14 @ Baltimore

Atlanta +3 vs Pittsburgh