4 things to watch for -- Monday, October 21st

Jason Voorhees-Carr
Jason Voorhees-Carr

From the desk of Jason Carr: Fridays were everything growing up. Who could forget that feeling of getting on the school bus mid-afternoon and knowing you had the whole weekend ahead of you? The bus even felt different pulling out of the turnaround—almost like it was hovering.

For me a typical weekend in, say, 1982, would have included any or all of the following: a bike ride on my Mongoose to Cunningham or Perry drugstore to acquire Topps/Donruss/Fleer baseball cards and some Big League Chew, hours upon hours of Mattel Intellivision baseball with my best friend Michael, a late night horror movie on par with Friday the 13th via HBO or a trip to the movies with my Mom to see something very 1982-ish (the greatest movie year ever) like Rocky III or Poltergeist or E.T, a dinner at Elias Brothers Big Boy on Ann Arbor Rd. in Plymouth, Saturday morning cartoons with Tang and Raisin Bran, Saturday afternoon TV including Sir Graves Ghastly and Creature Feature with a side of PBA bowling on ABC, more video games, then home run derby in the backyard and something Michael and I called Diving Plays, definite appointment TV viewing to see a new sensation named Eddie Murphy and also Joe Piscopo on SNL, and then…
Sunday is technically part of the weekend but in spirit "The Weekend" is really Friday night through, at most, Sunday morning. By 1982 standards I would have been happy to wake up Sunday morning and immediately turn on the local kids show Hot Fudge and then an Abbott & Costello movie or The Three Stooges. But by midday if it wasn't football season the gloom of the "Sunday Scaries" would slowly creep in at the edges. By this I mean the existential dread of being kid-level bored ("there's nothing on!"), coupled with a heavy dose of unfinished homework anxiety, and the impending doom of a whole new school week getting ever closer by the hour. Only Sunday night pre-prime and primetime network television could alleviate that feeling, with Ripley's Believe It…Or Not! hosted by Jack Palance followed by the Sunday Night Movie, which back then was a big deal because it was often the network television premiere of something that had only been seen in theaters—like Superman II or James Bond in For Your Eyes Only.

Anyway, it's the weekend. Have fun!

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Here's what's coming up on Monday, October 21st, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Change is in the Air

Big changes come early next week as another potent cold front approaches.  Monday will be mild and dry, until rain showers arrive by late afternoon.  Highs…as long as we can hold off that rain…should reach the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius).

Rain is likely Monday night, with temps dropping into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees just before dawn after the cold front passes by.  

  • Get the full forecast here

Meantime, construction crews will be busy fixing roads across Metro Detroit. Kim DeGiulio will help us get around the orange barrels.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- UAW Members Vote

A tentative agreement is in place between the UAW and General Motors. Union leaders approved Thursday and over the weekend members will get to weigh in. Will they approve the new deal? We'll track developments all morning.

6:45 a.m. -- Going Prehistoric

You've seen the movies now experience it live! Jurassic World Live is coming to Detroit and it's bringing all the dinosaurs with it. See who -- and what -- shows up on Local 4 News Today.

6:50 a.m. -- Pizza Giveaway

Did somebody say free pizza? A local pizza place is looking to celebrate National Pizza Month by giving away ... wait for it ... pizza! And lots of it. How you can get your hands on a free pie.



Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Thursday Question: Where is the last remaining blockbuster located?
  • Answer: Bend, Oregon
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: October 21st

  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • National Reptile Awareness Day
  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

History Highlights: October 21st

  • In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.
  • In 1892, schoolchildren across the U.S. observed Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, for the first time, the original version of "The Pledge of Allegiance," written by Francis Bellamy for The Youth's Companion.
  • In 1917, members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France, became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I
  • In 1941, superheroine Wonder Woman made her debut in All-Star Comics issue No. 8, published by All-American Comics, Inc. of New York.

Celebrity Birthdays: October 21st

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Kim Kardashian is 38
  • Actress Carrie Fisher (RIP)
  • Judge Judy Sheindlin is 76 
  • Country singer Kane Brown is 25

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