FRI, SAT, SUN, December 16, 17, 18, 2011

Diamonds, rubies and emeralds in the estate of Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction for a record $115 million.  Oft-married Liz was an accomplished actress... a successful philanthropist... and a role model for Kobe Bryant's wife.

Time Magazine announced their Person of the Year for 2011 is "The Protester."  The Occupy Wallstreeters barely edged out Newt Gingrich, but Time's editors have shied away from power-crazed megalomaniacs since 1939 when they drew so much flack for naming Adolph Hitler. 

In the biggest sports-politics story since former quarterback Gerald Ford ran for the House, Craig James, an analyst at ESPN, announced he'll seek a U.S. Senate seat.  When asked his party affiliation, he told reporters he'll be running as a "Free Agent."

Both TLC and A&E have passed on a pitch for a reality show based on Todd Palin's career as a snowmobile race driver.   Still on the Family Channel's drawing board however, is a sitcom focused on the home life of the famous couple tentatively titled "Fluke & Flake."

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Compiled from Bob's newsletter "Funnyside Up" published in 2000. This is a yuck and chuckle-filled stroll down memory lane to a time before the Bush administration had inflicted its damage -- a time before the search for WMDs and Osama bin Laden. See what we were laughing at back then, who was in the news and who had yet to enter rehab -- which NFL stars had yet to do time in the Gray Bar Hotel.