Her Dreams Were Her Ticket Out; Actress Marcia Strassman Dies At 66

Marcia Strassman

Marcia Strassman, fourth from left (third from right), met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, far right, when DiMaio was touring with Daryl Hall, second from right, and John Oates, second from right, playing backing keyboard.

Sherman Oaks, CA—Marcia Strassman, who gained fame for pretending to laugh at her TV husband’s jokes/stories on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was 66.

Strassman first garnered national attention as Nurse Cutler in six episodes of “M*A*S*H” during the show’s early run. Besides starring with Gabe Kapler in “Kotter,” she also appeared in “Magnum, PI,” “The Love Boat” and “Booker.”

On the big screen, Strassman appeared as Rick Moranis’ wife in “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and its sequel, the equally-beliveable “Honey, I Blew up the Kid,” as well as the films “Another Stakeout,” “RECOiL” and “Earth Minus Zero.”

Strassman is survived by her brother, sister and daughter, Elizabeth Collector. Continue reading

“We Need To Reinforce A New Culture Of Love And Respect Amongst The Youth:” A TDQ Q&A With POWER2GETHER.com Founder Dan Malka

Dan Malka

Dan MalkaDan Malka, left, with his close personal friend Ray Donovan star Steven Bauer.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Dan Malka, founder of the website POWER2GETHER.com. Dan spoke to us about what inspired him to launch the site, how he hopes to reach and inspire teens today and his goal and vision for the site. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Dan Malka:

The Daily Quarterly: Tell us about your website, POWER2GETHER.COM

Dan Malka: Power2gether is a secure online space designed to initiate, inspire and reward socially responsible behaviors both online and offline.

Beginning with empowering teens to become socially responsible… we want to encourage, reinforce and promote socially conscious behavior by rewarding the youth with “COOL” products for their positive and responsible actions

Power2Gether is all about training today’s youth to act with social consciousness and become positive, strong contributors in their online and offline communities. Our mission is to cultivate and empower a generation of socially responsible leaders that will be the driving force to a positive social change while integrating a fun, cool and rewarding platform that speaks the language of today’s youth.

Power2gether is social media with a purpose to instill positive values and promote leadership, social change, digital responsibility and a unified society.

TDQ: What was the genesis for you launching the site?

DM: Power2gether’s inception began a few years ago with a unique approach in hopes of resolving the issues we see today with kids on social media, the negative effects that come from it and cyber-bullying. We needed to be different, unique and cool enough where today’s youth has the desire to engage in making a difference and finding a positive way of using social media.

Social media is the way the world moves today from all aspects, and mostly the way we all connect. Launching our concept within the social space would be the most effective way to ignite what we are about to launch; especially since our target demographic pretty much lives, eats and breathes social media.

I find fascinating the ability to reach out to millions with a few clicks and we hope doing so in order to create a larger impact that will help us build an empowering P2G community wanting to make a difference in the world through our innovative and interactive model.

TDQ: What is the biggest aspect of the site that you think is currently absent from other sites or on social media?

DM: The online social environment has become an open market for some to say and do whatever they feel, simply because they are hidden behind a screen. Our goal was to analyze all these negative effects of social media and basically find an interactive system that would reverse the impact and produce a much-welcomed positive effect.

Our #1 priority is for our members’ safety and privacy… Power2gether will be a secure, fun, cool and educational platform that will help change the way today’s kids use social media and the digital footprint they leave behind.

We created a way whereby today’s youth can enjoy all the features and benefits of social media, but with a twist… P2G has a proprietary rewards program that would incentivize and reward its members for promoting leadership, doing good deeds and creating positive interactions both online and offline that would help build a foundation for new generations to follow the trend of living within a positive and unified society.

There needs to be a positive change in the near future, so we need to reinforce a new culture of love and respect amongst the youth; by educating, guiding and preparing them to become socially responsible digital citizens.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

DM: The best advice I ever got… was to believe in myself, to stay positive at all times, always give it your all to the fullest potential, follow my dreams, being respectful at all times, doing good for others, loving what I do and being passionate about it in order to succeed at it and never allowing anybody to put me down or making me doubt my vision or what I believe in.

This is a famous quote by Steve Jobs which I live by… “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

DM: The worst advice I ever got… was from those who never believed in Power2gether and would try convincing me that it would never work nor be possible, therefore give it up and find something else.
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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor And My Favorite Protege, Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, right, at his desk with future The Daily Quarterly editor in chief Brian DiMaio, left. Their relationship was strained following the Kennedy assassination when DiMaio claimed to have a secret source named Debbie located in Dallas.

Washington, DC—Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and one of the few individuals who knew the true identity of Deep Throat for 40 years, died Tuesday from natural causes. He was 93.

He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.

He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.

Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”

He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a  daughter, Marina.

(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading

Tim McCarver Beside Himself Not Being In The Booth For This World Series, What With So Many Great Names For Him To Butcher

Tim McCarver

If you are a sadist who can’t get enough of Tim McCarver or you want to prank a friend be sure and pick up his recent album where he sings jazz songs.

Former horrible baseball broadcaster Tim McCarver, perhaps the worst color analyst in the history of spoken language has reportedly told friends, neighbors, former colleagues and people unfortunate enough to not be able to get out of his way that he is exceptionally disappointed to not be in the booth calling this year’s World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, “what with all the terrific, awesome names that he can completely and hilariously butcher in ways not thought possible by anyone with even a meager grasp of the English language.”

According to numerous sources who are, sadly for them, close to McCarver, he has recently taken to “sitting in his recliner reading the sports pages and just being miserable reading names like (Kansas City Royal outfielder) Norichika Aoki, (Royals infielder) Alcides Escobar and (Royals pitcher) Yordano Ventura. It kills him seeing those names, just thinking of how he could mispronounce them differently each game despite being told by numerous people how to properly say them.”

Mercifully, McCarver retired after calling last year’s World Series for Fox, and the broadcast airwaves have been all the better for it. True, websites dedicated to how horribly McCarver polluted the air have and mangled the poor, defenseless English language had to look elsewhere for terrible commentary during natinally-broadcast sporting events, but his legacy of malapropisms and ridiculous tales does live on.

Said one poor bastard source, nearly in tears, “I mean, really, just take a second and think about the incredible things he could do with names like (San Francisco Giants pitcher) Yusmeiro Petit and (Giants first baseman) NLCS hero Travis Ishikawa. And his awful stories? You don’t think he’s come up with more horrible, in appropriate, nonsensical stories in the past year? The world is missing out. His friends are suffering tremendously, but the world is missing out.” Continue reading

Jacksonville Jaguars Mascot: “I Thought Ebola Was A Bidding Website Where People Could Buy And Sell Items Online”

Jaguar's Ebola Incident

As we can see the Jacksonville mascot was only trying to make good on some sponsor signage that was ruined by a sports drink dumping celebration. Unfortunately that sponsor, edolla.biz, was not impressed.

Jacksonville, FL—About the only thing more unbelievable here in Jacksonville than the fact that the NFL team hasn’t relocated to London is the recent actions of the team’s mascot, one Jaxson de Ville, a daredevil, bungee-jumping anthropomorphic jaguar.

The mascot is recently coming under fire for the sign he was seen holding against at recent game against the Pittsburgh Steelers of Pittsburgh. It seems the fans of the Steelers of Pittsburgh are known for frantically waving yellow towels at important intervals of the football game, and these towels are known as “Terrible Towels.”

During the game October 5th in Jacksonville, de Ville was caught holding a sign that read, “Towels Carry ebola,” referring to said Towels being waved about by the visiting team’s fans.

Silent until just yesterday, de Ville issued the following statement: “I had no idea that ebola was a terrible disease currently affecting thousands of people and can cause a horrible death. I was referring to an internet website page site where people all over the world bid on and buy and sell items over the net. My intent was not to offend anybody.”

While some detractors of the team, and of the NFL itself, whose image is nothing if not of a classy, stand-up, credible, law-abiding, straight and narrow organization, are calling for the mascot’s dismissal, his explanation seems credible. The same mascot came under fire in the past for previous signs he’d been seen holding at games.

During a 2009 home game against the Baltimore Ravens, de Ville carried a sign throughout the game saying he had a cure for the visiting team’s “Case of Bird Flu,” outraging people who thought he was minimizing the world outbreak of Avian influenza. He issued a similar apology at that time.

And in 2004, during a game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts, he held up a sign saying he hoped that “SARS gets those COLTS” ostensibly referring to the viral respiratory disease that had struck Asia. de Ville at that time insisted he was referring to “the government agency in charge of taxing people, I meant I hope the Colts players get audited. Simple mistake.”

Indeed, even nearly 15 years ago, de Ville was making similar blunders. During the last home game in December of that year, when the Jaguars were playing the Denver Broncos,  he displayed a sign saying he wished “The Broncos Plane Goes Down In A Horrible Accident because of Y2K and Everyone DIES !!”

No explanation was given by de Ville for that particular gaffe. Continue reading