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Pop Culture Update 1/6/06

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Recent pop culture events that hit the headlines or are just plain intriguing

Baltimore Oriole’s Former Catcher Elrod Hendricks Dies

Of course we speak of my beloved Orioles here. My favorite Oriole catcher, Elrod Hendricks, is now deceased at a relatively young age.

I remember Hendricks well during the Orioles’ banner years of the late sixties. Elrod went on to be an Orioles’ batting coach and was popular and well-liked among the players.

Rest in peace, Elrod. Tell Chuck Thompson we miss him too.

From Yahoo.com:

Longtime Orioles player and coach Elrod Hendricks dead at 64

December 22, 2005

BALTIMORE (AP) — Elrod Hendricks, who spent nearly four decades as a player and coach with the Baltimore Orioles, died Wednesday. He was 64.

Hendricks died at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, hospital spokeswoman Allison Eatough said. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Acting Lt. Will Bethea of the Anne Arundel County fire department said the department received a call at 8:17 p.m. that Hendricks was unconscious at a hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. A fire department ambulance took him to the hospital.

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Hendricks got most of the playing time at catcher for the Orioles on teams that went to three consecutive World Series from 1969-71, sharing duties with Andy Etchebarren.

Hendricks also played briefly for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees during a 12-year major league career that lasted from 1968-79. He went 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run and four RBIs to help Baltimore defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 World Series.

Guess Who the NAACP Plans to Honor at a Grand Ceremony?

Although I suppose technically it’s not the NAACP but the organization’s president, Bruce Gordon, they are in cahoots with the Rev’rund Jesse Jackson to plan an event that is expected to draw 15,000 people. It will probably be held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The recipient of this honor is black, as one might expect and there are plenty of successful black men and women worthy of the ceremony. There’s Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. Hmmmm. If those two potential honorees are too conservative for Jackson’s taste, there’s also the up and coming Illinois Democrat Barack Obama who is viewed as a possible presidential contender.

Then there is Ron McNair, the second black NASA astronaut who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Richard Pryor is a possibility also, recently deceased but acknowledged widely as master of the comedic arts.

So who gets the honors?

None other than Tookie Williams, murderer and founder of the deadly Crips gang. Also now deceased, killed by the state for his crimes.

You can’t make it up, ladies and gems. You can’t make it up.

Elton’s “Marriage Certificate” Revealed

Yawn. Congrats to Elton and his domestic partner. Only two things new here, at least to me. First, that Elton’s middle name is Hercules (although he was not technically given that name at birth). Second, Elton was once married to a woman! I didn’t know that. Wonder what that was all about?

From Iol.com

Elton John’s civil partnership certificate recording his “wedding” to boyfriend David Furnish was released today.

The document reveals the pop star’s middle name is Hercules – although it was changed by deed poll from his original Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

His occupation is recorded as musician while Furnish’s is stated as film maker.

The mothers of both men – Sheila Farebrother, a retired civil servant, and Gladys Furnish, a retired housewife – are named as official witnesses.

And under the heading “condition”, the certificate states for Sir Elton “previous marriage dissolved”, while his partner is listed as single.

The pop star married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on Valentine’s Day 1984 but later divorced.

Speaking of Odd “Marriages”

It was bound to happen. For if two men can get married or two women can get married, why can’t this woman marry a dolphin? A female dolphin at that, but that issue’s already been covered.

If yon reader thinks this is the last of such couplings, think again.

We hear in the Netherlands three people are planning to marry.

The United States should get busy defining marriage quickly. Go on and have the public debate, let the discussions run rampant. But get on with defining marriage, at the very least, as an act between two humans.

From the Indiatimes.com:

JERUSALEM: In a highly unusual wedding, a 41-year-old British millionaire has tied the knot publicly with her 35-year-old sweetheart, a dolphin from the famous Eilat dolphin reef, a media report said.

Sharon Tendler, a British rock concert producer, met the dolphin, Cindy, 15 years ago and developed a liking resulting in two to three annual visits every year to spend some time with her underwater love, daily Yediot Ahronoth reported.

Kim Basinger’s Mom Talks About Custody Case

The loyal Ann Basinger, Kim’s mother, evidently sold her story to the National Enquirer. And she takes the side of Alec Baldwin against her own daughter?

Okay, daughters are bad at times. But popular scuttlebutt is that Mr. Baldwin is a bit of a hot head. We hardly see him as better for custody of his and Kim Basinger’s daughter (although please note that Mrs. Basinger says that she herself seldom sees her granddaughter).

Well, maybe that’s why! Going public and taking the side of your son-in-law isn’t very endearing.

Wonder how much Alec paid her?

December 29, 2005, 5:31:46

KIM BASINGER’s mother has blasted her own daughter for wrecking relations between her ex-husband ALEC BALDWIN and the couple’s daughter.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Baldwin recently took Basinger to court in a bid to extend his custody terms after the actress allegedly violated a court imposed settlement, and now little IRELAND’s grandmother is speaking out about the court battle, which
has now been settled.

ANN BASINGER admits she sides with Baldwin, who she calls “wonderful,” adding, “My heart is sad for Ireland. She’s the one that’s suffering the most.

All this is killing her.

“I think Kim has tried to alienate Ireland from her father. Alec loves his daughter with all his heart. He really is a family man.”

And in the National Enquirer expose, Basinger’s mother reveals she can understand what her former son-in-law is going through, because she too rarely sees her granddaughter.

Asked and Guessed – Blind Item Fun



Those former lesbian lovers who are so outspoken about their ardor are less forthcoming about their shared interest in heroin …


Melissa Etheridge in remission and certainly wouldn’t be doing heroin, Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t seem the druggie type but her ex Anne Heche could be?


Isn’t it obvious? Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimuzu. At least according to AJ’s publicist.

NY Post Page 6 BLIND ITEMS 12/29


Which long-married rock star defines cheating the same way Bill Clinton used to? The frisky frontman, who claims to be faithful, has only oral sex with his groupies . . .


Jon Bon Jovi. This rumor has been around about him since he married his high school sweetheart back in the late 80’s.


Which business legend died with his sexual secrets intact? According to never-leaked divorce papers, the potentate’s ex-wife claims he had a raging case of herpes . . .


Howard Hughes?


Which celebrity sisters drank so much at their holiday party that one of them ended up vomiting in the bathroom of their high-profile home? .


This can only be the Hilton girls.

They Call This “Dirt”?
Ah, Rachel Ray. The darling of Food Network, now loved by none other than mighty Oprah.

You either love or hate Rachel Ray. Or you start out loving her and end up hating her.

During my travels I came across this hate Rachel Ray site and was amused.

For at first I, too, thought perky Rachel was a cutie. Then her “EVOO” (extra virgin olive oil) references and silly giggle began to get to me. Now Rachel got married and we must hear about her “Honey” all the time.

However one feels about Rachel, how is the “dirt” below anything worth mentioning? So she squandered her tuition and wrote some bad checks. Big deal.

And what’s with these female cooks wearing these low-cut tops? So okay, maybe it attracts the male viewers (though I doubt it since viewers of Food Network are almost overwhelmingly female. Rachel gives a good view of cleavage in the picture below. I’ve noticed a few other Food Network female cooks show some breast and it’s not from a chicken. All I can think about is how they might get spattered in some very sensitive places with hot oil.

From SFExaminer:

Image hosted by Photobucket.comA family member is dishing the dirt on Food Network star Rachael Ray. The blabby relative says that, back in her college days at Pace University, Ray squandered her tuition money from her mother then borrowed money to cover her tracks, before returning home to her family. “She spent [the tuition] and then she didn’t want her mom to find out, so she borrowed money to pay her tuition, and then she couldn’t pay it back. She was bouncing checks, and some people were threatening her,” the family spy told PageSix.com. Ray’s spokeswoman said, “She didn’t leave town because she was broke. She was mugged twice by the same person.”

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