SUN, MON, February 17, 18, 2012

PRAISE THE ANGELS -- "Scandalous" is how critics characterized the short-lived Kathie Lee Gifford-written Broadway musical of the same name that celebrated the life of Amie Semple McPherson.  Its closing after less than a month cost the Foursquare Church $2 million in losses.  As if Kathie Lee hasn't suffered enough, she just found out that ex-hubby Frank invested in "The Book of Mormon."

THRILL OF VICTORY -- Los Angeles Municipal bean counters estimate that the city will reap a profit of $415 million from the 2015 Summer Olympics with 500,000 spectators filling 104,000 hotel rooms -- 26% of which will be occupied by hookers charging high-season summer rates.


PASS THE KETCHUP -- In what will rank as the most expensive acquisition in big business history, Warren Buffet's Birkshire-Hathaway will purchase condiment king H. J. Heinz Co. for a whopping $23.3 billion.  It's also the longest negotiation in history -- each of Heinz's 57 varieties had to be bargained for separately.


FOREVER -- Always protective of its image as an ultra-high-end purveyor of the finest gems, Tiffany & Co. has filed suit against Costco for wrongfully advertising their diamond engagement rings as "Cut-Rate Tiffany."  They might have gotten away with it, too, if they hadn't insisted on selling the rings only in lots of ten or more.

BAGADOON-- A recent study found that fabric bags used to carry groceries can harbor harmful bacteria and should be washed regularly to avoid expensive, life-threatening illnesses.  Times have sure changed. Remember when the only bags that could threaten your bank account had Gucci, Tiffany or Bonwit Teller printed on them?

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Bob Hope and Danny Thomas went back a long way.  They were good friends and Danny heeded Hope's call whenever he was invited to guest on the show.  Hope asked him to help open the Gerald Ford Museum and Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan in October, 1981.  The special would highlight Hope's career as he welcomed more international dignitaries -- including the Reagans and presidents of Mexico, France and Japan -- than he ever had.  Along with Danny (whose talent as a story teller was tailor-made for black-tie events) Hope's guests included Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gordon MacCrae, Tony Orlando, Glen Campbell and Mark Russell.  Danny appeared in plenty of Hope sketches, too, including as a senator in a parody of the Iran-Contra hearings and as a Golden Boy along with Hope and lee Majors in a take-off on the "Golden Girls."  

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