FRANK BONNER, WHO PLAYED SALESMAN ON “WKRP IN CINCINNATI,” DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The actor who played the brash but unsuccessful ad salesman on the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” has died. Frank Bonner was 79 – and his daughter says he succumbed to complications from Lewy body dementia. Bonner’s character, Herb Tarlek, had more swag than success as he tried to bring money into the fictional Ohio radio station that reinvented itself as a rock-n-roll fan’s haven. Herb’s trademark were his polyester plaid suits.
JIMMY KIMMEL HAS BOWL GAME NAMED FOR HIM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There are all kinds of strange and interesting names slapped on college bowl games – but this is new. Jimmy Kimmel says he is lending his name to the LA Bowl. The comedian says the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl is the first one named for a human – though he says he didn’t research that before he put that claim out there. The Dec. 18 game will be the first bowl clash at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The first was set for last December, but the pandemic postponed it.
SECURITY AT CONCERT VENUE BLAMED FOR BLAST DURING ARIANA GRANDE SHOW
LONDON (AP) – A report from an inquiry into the 2017 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England says some of those whose job it was to keep fans safe – fell down on the job. The report says there were “serious shortcomings” by those who ran the arena and the people tasked to protect it. The report says the suicide bomber would still have probably detonated the explosives in his backpack, even if security was better. But it says, the death toll, 22, would likely have been lower.
MAYA ANGELOU TO APPEAR ON U.S. QUARTER
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s a good reason to keep coins around, despite the growing use of cashless payments. The U.S. Mint says a group of female trailblazers will have their likenesses on the quarter. One of those being honored is poet and author Maya Angelou. Also being pressed into the 25-cent pieces are Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space – and Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.