Cedarville University grad, ‘The Biggest Loser’ contestant weighs in on premiere

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 4:55 PM

Michael Dorsey, a Cedarville University graduate and former employee, is a contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which premiered in a two-night event on Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 7. Dorsey watched the two-night premiere and wrote a blog entry, sharing his thoughts only with our publications. The next episode of “The Biggest Loser” will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, on NBC. Look out for more of Dorsey’s blog entries on our website throughout the season.

Here it is, the night I have been waiting for. I will find out if I am going to “The Ranch!” When Alison Sweeney calls my name, I don’t even have time to think about it. I have just been chosen for an opportunity of a lifetime. Standing on the stage as the rest of the contestants are identified, I am just thinking, “Wow! I am up here with Bob, Dolvett and Jillian … and the WHOLE COUNTRY is seeing this!”

Being an avid fan of the show, I knew the workout was going to be hard. However, I did think we would have some kind of “warm up” or we would be broken in first. WRONG!!! The entire time I kept thinking, “PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!” …Bob reminded me of what my motivation was and why I could not quit, that little boy that bears my name, my son. I knew that one day he would be able to watch this and see his dad do what he had to do to take care of his family.

While losing the Challenge was disappointing for the Blue Team, we had no choice but to be proud of how well we did. We really provided stiff competition and served notice that even though we have the two oldest and the two heaviest contestants, we are the team to beat. That same rule applied at the weigh in. Even though the Blue Team didn’t win it, we didn’t lose it. Seeing TC go home was tough on many fronts. He tried for several seasons and finally got his dream. At the same time, if the White Team survived the weigh in, I was the one who would be going home, and that’s why I wasn’t excited about my 21 pound weight loss.

That red line always stressed me out watching it on TV, and it’s no different when you hear about it in real life. Try hearing that the NEXT weigh in is going to be the same thing.

Walking out to Bob’s area for our workout was INSANE. My expression of “Caps Lock OMG” basically sums up what is going through my mind. What an intense workout! I had the opportunity to work with Jason Khalipa, a CrossFit Games champion. He really encouraged me and was encouraged by how well we did as a whole.

Going into the football challenge, I really wanted to do well. This is always one of my favorite episodes to watch. Meeting Antonio Gates was awesome! Yes, I struggled a little bit, but it was still fun.

Meeting with Dr. H was one of my biggest fears. To actually hear the words of reality come out of his mouth was so humbling, but it was a wake up call for me that drove me. I was setting myself up to not be around for my son to call me Daddy, and I have something I can do about it!

Jeff’s “zero” pound loss on the scale was a shock to all of us. But it was also a reality check that it could be any of us any given day.

So sad to see Nate go. He just has an awesome spirit about him.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter  @mldorsey78 and on facebook at www.facebook.com/movingthemessage. Also don’t forget to tune in on Monday nights!

'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 12:53 AM

            'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

Warren Frost, who starred on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," died Friday in Middebury, Vermont, The Associated Press reported. He was 91.

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Frost died at his home after a lengthy illness, according to a statement from his son, "Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost. The nature of the illness was not disclosed.

Warren Frost played Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks,” serving as the physician in the small town where strange things happen. He reprised his role for an upcoming Showtime sequel to the 1990-91 cult drama that will be aired in May.

Warren Frost played the father of George Costanza’s fiancée Susan on five episodes of “Seinfeld,” Variety reported. He also limned a recurring character on the Andy Griffith legal drama “Matlock” and had guest shots on series including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “L.A. Law” and “Murphy Brown.”

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, Warren Frost,” Mark Frost said in a statement. “From the Normandy shores on D-Day to his 50-year career on stage and screen, he remained the same humble guy from Vermont who taught us that a life devoted to telling the right kind of truths can make a real difference in the lives of others. We’re grateful to have shared him with the world for as long as we did.”

Born in Massachusetts in 1925, Frost spent his early years in the Bronx before moving to Vermont, Variety reported. He joined the Navy at age 17 after graduating from high school in 1942. He spent three years as a First Class Petty Officer and was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, with his ship serving a minesweeper in advance of the Allied armada to come.

He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he met his future wife, Virginia Calhoun, and then began his TV career in New York with jobs that included stage manager for early shows, the AP reported.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, Frost worked steadily on TV series including "Dragnet" and “Perry Mason” appeared in movies including "The Mating Game" and "It Started with a Kiss."

Frost retired in 2000.

Actress Barbara Hale of ‘Perry Mason’ fame dead at 94

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 1:18 AM

            Actress Barbara Hale of ‘Perry Mason’ fame dead at 94

Actress Barbara Hale, who played loyal secretary Della Street in the "Perry Mason" television series from 1957 to 1966, died Thursday, The Associated Press reported. She was 94.

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Her son, actor William Katt, announced Hale’s death in a Facebook post. Katt said his mother died surrounded by family at her Sherman Oaks, California, home.

"She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with," wrote Katt, who appeared in the “Perry Mason” series with his mother when it was revived in 1985.

Hale was the steadfast secretary to Perry Mason, played by Raymond Burr in the long-running CBS drama for nine seasons and 30 television movies, winning an Emmy as best actress in 1959. She continued her role in the two-hour movies when the series was revived by NBC in the 1980s, even after Burr died in 1993. Hal Holbrook took over the role as the lead attorney through 1995.

"I guess I was just meant to be a secretary who doesn't take shorthand," the AP reported. "I'm a lousy typist, too — 33 words a minute."

Hale was part of a stellar cast on "Perry Mason" that included Burr, William Hopper as private investigator Paul Drake, William Talman as the forever frustrated prosecutor Hamilton Burger and Ray Collins as cagey police lieutenant Arthur Tragg.

Hale spent her early career under contract with RKO, and went on to star in “Higher and Higher” with Frank Sinatra, “Lady Luck” with Robert Young and Frank Morgan, "The Window," "Jolson Sings Again," "Lorna Doone," and "The Far Horizons" with Charlton Heston, Variety reported.

Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, the daughter of a landscape gardener and a homemaker, the AP reported. The family moved to Rockford when she was 4, and she later took part in a local theater. But her goals were to be a nurse or journalist.

Her work for a modeling agency in Chicago led to an offer for a routine contract at the RKO studio in Hollywood.

Hale also appeared in films like the original "Airport," playing the husband of Dean Martin's pilot character; "The Giant Spider Invasion;" and "Big Wednesday," in which she appeared with her son.

Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon. She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks...

Posted by The Greatest American Hero (William Katt) on Friday, January 27, 2017

Five of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time

Published: Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 6:41 PM
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

            Five of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time

Millions of people tune into the Super Bowl, and not just for the ball game.

The commercials are half of the excitement of the show and have been for nearly as long as the Super Bowl has been around.

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Here are some of the best Super Bowl ads to grace our TV screens:

Coca-Cola's Mean Joe Greene commercial

The iconic Super Bowl ad originally aired in 1979 but aired during Super Bowl XIV in 1980. In the classic Coca-Cola ad, Joe Greene accepts a bottle of the soda from 9-year-old Tommy Okon after a tough game. Thirty-six years later, the pair had a reunion.

Apple's Macintosh "1984" commercial

The ad aired only once during Super Bowl XVIII, but the dystopian themes left the Apple commercial in our minds for decades after. The ad featured a runner escaping an army, tossing a sledgehammer and destroying Big Brother, likely symbolizing then-dominant IBM. The Ridley Scott-directed ad announced the debut of the Macintosh computer.

McDonald's "The Showdown" commercial with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird

The 1993 ad aired during Super Bowl XXVII. Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird sees Michael Jordan opening a bag with a Big Mac and fries and decides to play him for it. A never-ending shooting match ensues.

Pepsi's security camera commercial


Pepsi aired the humorous ad in 1996 during Super Bowl XXX. A Coke salesman restocks a gas station refrigerator with the drink, but gets tempted to try a Pepsi from the refrigerator next door. As Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" plays, he grabs a Pepsi, to disastrous results.

Snickers commercial with Betty White

A more recent ad aired in 2010 during Super Bowl XLIV and starred Betty White and the late Abe Vigoda. It marked the launch of Snickers "you're not you" campaign. Betty White plays herself in an intramural football game, with sharp comebacks and one-liners.

'Mannix' star Mike Connors dead at 91

Published: Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7:06 AM
Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

            'Mannix' star Mike Connors dead at 91

Mike Connors, who played a suave, hard-hitting private eye on the long-running TV series "Mannix," died Thursday, The Associated Press reported. He was 91.

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Connors’ son-in-law, Mike Condon, said the actor died Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from recently diagnosed leukemia. His death comes a day after another late 1960s/early ‘70s TV star — Mary Tyler Moore — passed away.

"Mannix" debuted on CBS in 1967 and ran for eight years. Connors played a smartly dressed, well-spoken Los Angeles detective who was not afraid to get dirty and fight with criminals. Most episodes on the hour-long series climaxed with a brawl, and critics opposed the violence on the show.

Connors once said that until "Mannix," TV private investigators were hard-nosed and cynical, while Joe Mannix "got emotionally involved" in his cases.

In the first season, Mannix was a self-employed Los Angeles private investigator hired by a firm that used computers and high-tech equipment to uncover crime. But after tepid ratings the show was revamped, with Mannix opening his own office and striking out against criminals alone. The ratings soared, Fox News reported.

In the second season Mannix hired a secretary, played by black actress Gail Fisher. CBS was concerned that affiliates in the South might object to her character but "there wasn't any kind of backlash," Connors said.

Another highlight was the brassy theme music by legendary screen composer Lalo Schifrin.