April 6, 1986
My dog, Sparky, and I feel compelled to praise Hilburn's long-overdue article about Yoko Ono. Nothing quite perks us up first thing in the morning like a Calendar monopolized by his unending ode to a fabulously wealthy, yet ever-so-troubled, quasi-musical artiste. Sparky particularly related to Yoko's problems with concert attendance, as lately he has had trouble filling the Forum for the performance of his incredible flip-the-potato-chip-into-his-mouth trick. He was so moved, in fact, that he showered upon the Calendar the highest symbol of his respect and affection.
May 18, 2009 |
A British couple traveled nearly 4,000 miles, from London to Michigan, to adopt a kitten they found on a pet adoption website. Rose and Chris Rasmussen arrived in Harrison last week to adopt Sparky from the Clare County Animal Shelter. They said they wanted the adventure of traveling to the U.S. instead of shipping the cat, who has spent six months in quarantine in preparation for his return with the couple. Clare County Animal Control Director Dave Gendregske says Sparky is worth the trip because of his "dynamic personality."
June 10, 2011 |
Earlier this week, the internet was abuzz with reports that health officials in Columbia, Mo., had stepped in to prevent local ice cream parlor Sparky's from serving (apparently quite tasty) ice cream made with cicadas, the noisy bugs that swarm vast stretches of the South and Midwest every 13 years. It turns out those reports didn't get the story completely right . According to reporter Melissa Klauda, who broke the cicada ice cream story and also served up a delicious bit describing other ways to eat the critters (loving that photo of the cicada pizza!
February 19, 1995 |
Good morning. You don't know me. My name is Johnny Scab, professional baseball player for hire. I have no scruples. I have no conscience. I have no respect. I have my bat and my mitt, that's it. Friday, Feb. 17: I report for duty to my new team. The equipment manager issues me jersey No. 99. I don't mind. Makes me feel like Gretzky. A coach in the clubhouse yells over: "Why not give him one with a dollar sign on it?" He sounds angry about something. I just laugh.
July 11, 1987
They're all into weightlifting now, but Bobby Mitchell can remember when the off-season in pro football was just what the name implied. "Truthfully, I can't remember doing anything," said Mitchell, assistant general manager of the Washington Redskins. Mitchell, who played under Paul Brown at Cleveland and Vince Lombardi at Washington, said: "We just did some running, push-ups and calisthenics in training camp. I know that Jim Brown never lifted a weight in his life.
April 24, 1988 |
It may not be nice to fool with Mother Nature, but as San Fernando baseball Coach Steve Marden discovered, it is even worse to mess with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In his younger, more reckless days at San Fernando, Marden rarely conceded defeat when confronted with a rain-saturated field. His methods for making it playable, however, were rarely routine. "If I thought it was an important, critical game," he said, "I'd really see if we could get it in."