Technorama Ep 523 : Stardust Smoothie

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  • Cosmos
  • Nasa
  • Warren Buffett

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  • What TV Show Has the Best Theme Song?
    • John Noble: The Addams Family
    • Mike Wills: Deadliest Catch
    • Rob Riehl: Airwolf
    • Joel Harper: SWAT
    • Doug Schulze: A-Team
    • Jack Mangan: Doctor Who, Barney Miller, Knight Rider
    • Tee Morris: Star Trek
    • Dan Shaurette: Highlander
    • Thomas Hausmann: Hawaii Five-O or Mission Impossible
    • Jonathan Strickland: Peter Gunn
    • Gary Lindros: A-Team
    • Krazy Joe: WKRP
    • Diana Lewis Mission Impossible was the best, but Andy Griffith was the catchiest.
    • Justin Diehl: Night Court
    • JT Shea: Bonanza or Lone Ranger
    • Rob Riehl: Original Battlestar Galactica
    • Martin DeFant Ground Forces from England featuring the Black Dyke Brass Band!
    • Liisa Tomasi: The Andy Griffith Show
    • CJ: Bosom Buddies
On This Day In History for January 17, 2018

This is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining in 2018.

  • It was on this date in 1773, that Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.
  • It was also this date in 1899 that The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • It was on this date in 1912, that Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
  • January 17, 1917, The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • Also on January 17, 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
  • 21 years ago today, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station: A Delta II carrying a GPS2R satellite explodes 13 seconds after launch, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German physician and botanist, Leonhart Fuchs, born on this date in 1501.
  • Robert Fludd, the English physician, astrologer, and mathematician was born 444 years ago today.
  • Born January 17, 1706, American publisher, inventor, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania Benjamin Franklin.
  • Polish mathematician and academic, Antoni Łomnicki, born on this date in 1881.
  • Born January 17, 1886, American pilot and businessman, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company Glenn L. Martin.
  • Nevil Shute, English engineer and author was born on that same date in 1899.
  • American actress, game show panelist, television personality, and animal rights activist, Betty White is 96 today.
  • Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman was born on that same date in 1928.
  • Also born on that same date in 1931,  American actor, James Earl Jones.
  • American actress, puppeteer/ventriloquist, and television host, Shari Lewis, born on this date in 1933.
  • Born January 17, 1949, American actor and comedian Andy Kaufman.
  • Also born on that same date in 1964,  American lawyer and activist, 46th First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
  • Also turning 48 today is Russian-American animator, director, and producer Genndy Tartakovsky.
  • American singer-songwriter and actress, Zooey Deschanel, born on this date in 1980.

Listener Birthdays

  • 17 – fuffy_frog (aka Kristina) originally from Canada but now from Thailand
  • 21 – Michael Rabalais – Stingray42
  • 22 – TAW012294
  • 23 – Kathie Luke, IL
  • 23 – Chris Moody from PodioMedia Chat
  • 23 – Keith Lane from TGGeeks
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 17, 2018


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  • Which superhero or villain would you pick a fight with? Hint: You have no powers

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