The Shore Morning Show with Keith Thompson
Keith offers a mix of entertainment, local news and events, chats with community movers and shakers, plus pontification on politics. Among the regular features are "The Quiz" (modeled after Paul Harvey's "The Rest Of The Story"), "The Calendar" (with things that show up on Keith's calendar that may not show up on yours), "This Day In History" (plus "The Oldest Living Person On Wikipedia Celebrating A Birthday Today") and on Fridays it is "The News Of The Weird". Regular guests include Tom Martin of the Bookplate & Kent Co. Democratic Party on Tuesdays; the Traditional Native Wednesday with Kent Co. commissioner Billy Short; Third Voice Thursdays with "Warrior" Bob Kramer, and Friday's with WCTR's Ron Stafford with a view on Queen Anne's County.
Thursday Quiz...Dec. 5
This American president was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York the son of a tavern keeper. He was the first president born as a United States citizen as all previous presidents were born before the American Revolution and he was the only president who spoke English as a second language as his native language was Dutch. His formal education ended at the age of 14 when he began studying law in the office of a prominent Kinderhook attorney. After six years of study, he served a year of apprenticeship in New York City before being admitted to the bar in 1803. He got interested in politics serving in the New York State Senate from 1812 to 1820 as well as New York Attorney General from 1815 to 1819. In 1820 he got elected to the U.S. Senate and then in 1828 he got elected Governor Of New York. His gubernatorial term ran only a couple of months when he resigned to become the Secretary of State under Democratic President Andrew Jackson in 1829 before resigning in 1831. From 1833 to 1837, he served as Vice President during Jackson’s second presidential term. He won the 1836 presidential election and his term from 1837 to 1841 was marked by an economic depression and he lost the 1840 election to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison. In 1848, he unsuccessfully ran for president on a third-party ticket with the Free Soil Party. He passed away at the age of 79 in 1862. Who was this president?
A...Martin Van Buren
A...Martin Van Buren
Wednesday Quiz...Dec. 4
This actress was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to British parents. The family moved to Hollywood when the daughter was just one-year-old and the family later became naturalized American citizens. By the time she was ten, her family recognized her singing talent and took her to a singing teacher and she began performing. By the time she was 14 in 1936, she was a professional entertainer associated with Universal Studios after being discovered by MGM a year earlier. Also in 1936, she was offered an audition with the Metropolitan Opera and she turned it down feeling she needed more lessons. She went on to work on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1936 before her workload caused her to end the show. Her film debut came in 1936 in “Every Sunday” with Judy Garland for Universal and followed that up later that year with “Three Smart Girls”, but as she matured she grew tired of girl-next-door roles and went on to more adult roles in the film noir “Christmas Holiday” in 1944 and “Lady On A Train” in 1945. She also recorded for Decca Records with several hits from 1936 to 1947. She retired from acting and singing in 1949 before turning 30 and withdrew from public life, especially after her marriage to a film producer and director and them moving to a home near Paris, France. She passed away in April of this year at the age of 91. Who was she?
Tuesday Quiz...Dec. 3
Q...This singer was born in Wall Lake, Iowa and he later attended high school in Cincinnati, Ohio before graduating in West Los Angeles after his family moved to California. His first performance was in the children’s choir at a Presbyterian church. While growing up in 1938 at the age of 10, he began singing in a quartet with his brothers; first on the radio in Des Moines, Iowa, then Chicago, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles where they sang with Bing Crosby on the 1944 hit “Swinging On A Star”. The brothers appeared in four films; “Janie” and “Kansas City Kitty” both in 1944, and “Something In The Wind” and “Ladie’s Man” both in 1947. They had signed to MGM and were to appear in the 1945 films “Anchors Aweigh” and “Ziegfeld Follies” but the oldest brother Bob was drafted into the military and the contract cancelled. The remaining brothers sang with Kay Thompson on some MGM film soundtracks and they continued as a quartet with her on films and as a nightclub act when the oldest brother finished his military service. This brother had a romance with Kay Thompson who helped establish his solo career after the brothers act broke up. After a few unsuccessful singles with RCA Victor beginning in 1953, he landed a regular spot on “Tonight Starring Steve Allen” in 1954 and then he signed with Cadence Records where his third single with Cadence, “Canadian Sunset” became his first hit reaching #7 in 1956 following this up with his only #1 hit “Butterfly” in 1957. He had several more hits before moving to Columbia Records in 1961 eventually recording his signature song “Moon River” in 1962. He would record a series of successful albums on Columbia including numerous Christmas albums. He hosted a popular TV variety show from 1962 to 1971 and later in his career, he established and performed at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. He passed away from cancer last year at the age of 84. Who was he?
Monday Quiz...Dec. 2
Q...This U.S. Military general and Secretary of State was born in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia and his father was a lawyer who died of cancer at the age of 38 when the boy was 10 years old. He attended a prep school in North Philadelphia and he studied at Notre Dame University before transferring to the United States Military Academy where he graduated in 1947. Later he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Columbia Business School in 1955 and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Georgetown in 1961. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars eventually serving as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army which was the second-highest ranking officer in the Army as well as serving as Supreme Allied Commander Europe commanding all US and NATO forces in Europe. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart. He was White House Chief of Staff under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford however he’s best remembered as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and after the assassination attempt against Reagan when he asserted to reporters “I am in control here” indicating that he was directing the White House Crisis Management team awaiting the arrival of Vice President George Bush. He passed away at the age of 85 in 2010. Who was he?