Saturday, May 1, 2010

Saturday morning coffee

- The idyllic town of Mayberry, N.C., home of Andy Griffith, was the site of a robbery of an 83-year old woman...and not just any 83-year old.  Betty Lou Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show, was robbed in Mt. Airy, N.C., the town which was the inspiration for the fictional Mayberry.  Mt. Airy police arrested a man in connection with the crime and were holding him on $10,000 bond.  The irony is that Mrs. Lynn moved to North Carolina after having been robbed on three different occasions in Los Angeles.  There was no mention whether Mrs. Lynn's fictional boyfriend--Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts)--participated in apprehending the perpetrator.

- Interesting casting:  Greg Kinnear will star as President John F. Kennedy in The Kennedys, an eight-hour miniseries airing next year on The History Channel.  Starring alongside Kinnear is Katie Holmes (yes, Mrs. Tom Cruise) as Jacqueline Kennedy.

- Yesterday we wrote about the Los Angeles Lakers and their crisis of confidence, as so noted by radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger.  The Lakers were able to find enough mojo last night to put way the Oklahoma City Thunder and move on in the NBA Playoffs.  L.A. won on a late game tip-in by Pau Gasol.

- Speaking of mojo, Tiger Woods yesterday shot the worst round of his career (in a U.S. tournament) and missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C.  Perhaps contributing to his problems is that Joslyn James, stripper and ex-mistress of El Tigre, seems to alway show up to "perform" in proximity to where Woods is playing.  Last month, James stripped at a club close to Augusta National and this week appeared at a Charlotte club.

- Is anyone else glad that Jake Pavelka, last season's bachelor on ABC's The Bachelor, was booted off Dancing With the Stars?  Pavelka's nice-guy schtick was beginning to wear thin.

- A USA Today article earlier this week revealed that Millenials--adults 18-29--are less likely to attend church and consider themselves more "spiritual" than "religious."  Over 80% described themselves as "spiritual" and the overall results describe a drift, by these young adults, away from church life.  The data  reinforces the dilemma which churches have as they consider how best to reach this very important group who is so vital to the future of the church in America.

- Inside sources indicate that Kansas' Xavier Henry truly was conflicted about his decision to leave college early for the NBA.  As surmised, Henry did not want to leave school but did so given his father's heavy-handed involvement and the family's plan for a one-and-done stop in Lawrence prior to the NBA Draft. currently has Henry projected as the 13th pick going to Toronto.

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