Happy Friday, and welcome to the Jan. 20 edition of the High 5, with your intrepid guest host, Mary Poletti. Today’s post is dedicated to the memory of actor Jack Webb, who played Sgt. Joe Friday in TV’s Dragnet. (See what I did there?)
TODAY: President Jimmy Carter in 1980 asked international Olympic officials to move the 1980 Summer Olympics from Moscow. They swiftly declined; after all, just a few months remained until the games. On March 21 of that year, Carter informed a group of U.S. athletes of what remains the only U.S. Olympic boycott in history.
FOUND ON FACEBOOK: “This guy is really rich, listen to him.”
OVERRATED: Dr. Pepper Ten commercials. Can we please drop the notion that diet soda is the domain of women and soda that doesn’t taste like diet is reserved for men? I know a lot of men who drink soda with “diet” printed on the can. I also happen to be a woman who drinks Pepsi Max, Pepsi’s answer to the male-marketed low-cal soda. Besides actually having zero calories (as opposed to 10-calorie Dr. Pepper Ten) and not tasting like lead tailings (as opposed to most diet soda), Pepsi Max has at least slightly less offensive commercials. They at least don’t involve explosions, a guy in Kevlar advising you to “keep the romantic comedies and lady drinks” and a tagline explicitly telling you, “It’s not for women.” There’s saying a drink is made for guys, and there’s saying a drink is not for women. Not for women? Is this a soda or a 7-year-old boy’s treehouse?
UNDERRATED: The E*Trade baby. Still hilarious.
BIRTHDAY BANTER: Today’s Birthday Banter should tickle my father’s and better half’s fancy.
• Actor Rainn Wilson is 46. (He has become so recognizable as The Office‘s Dwight Schrute that I’m actually startled when I see him in something else. Take Juno, for example, or 1999′s Galaxy Quest. If that last one surprises you, you’re not alone by far.)
• Talk show host Bill Maher is 57. (Host of the always-aptly named Politically Incorrect, which aired from 1994 to 2002.)
• Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 82. (The second of history’s handful of American moonwalkers. The actual number depends on whether you count Michael Jackson. Wocka wocka!)
• Actor DeForest Kelley, a.k.a. Star Trek‘s Dr. McCoy, would be 92. (I would have absolutely no idea who he was if it weren’t for my Trekkie dad.)
• Comedian George Burns would be 116. (He wasn’t God, he just played God in the movies. He was also half of the great Burns and Allen comedy team, who’s still cracking my better half up on late-night public television, half a century later.)