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This Week in News: 3/7/19

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Rodge doesn't miss a beat with some major headline this week including the flawless launch of Elon Musk's SpaceX to the International Space Station, John Hickenlooper's 2020 Presidential run, the last Blockbuster on the Planet shuts its doors, and a sad farewell to one of Hollywood's biggest bad boys - star of Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 - Luke Perry dies at age 52. You’ll always be our Dylan McKay! All of this and more from Retrotone News.

Retrotone News

Episode 10: March 7, 2019

TITLE: This Week in News: 3/7/19

SUBTITLE: From SpaceX's galactic galavanting to Hickenlooper's 2020 Presidential run, Rodge has all the goods in this week's news minute!

EPISODE DESCRIPTION:

Rodge doesn't miss a beat with some major headline this week including the flawless launch of Elon Musk's SpaceX to the International Space Station, John Hickenlooper's 2020 Presidential run, the last Blockbuster on the Planet shuts its doors, and a sad farewell to one of Hollywood's biggest bad boys - star of Riverdale and Beverly Hills 90210 - Luke Perry dies at age 52. You’ll always be our Dylan McKay! All of this and more from Retrotone News.

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INTRO

Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!

Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America and all the beads on Bourbon Street. Let the parades begin!

1) IN POLITICS

John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor, joins Democrats’ 2020 slate
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/john-hickenlooper-colorado-2020-democrat-president/2019/03/03/27486406-09ff-11e9-a3f0-71c95106d96a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cff30183d11f

John’s the name. Hickenlooper’s the game. It’s DNC candidate number… let’s see… 14! Actually, according to Ballotpedia, 16 elected officials and notable public figures —14 Democrats and 2 Republicans — are now in the hunt for a 2020 presidential run. The former Denver, Colorado mayor who turned the once cowtown into a millennial metropolis, and took on cannabis to transform the state’s once cold-filtered economy into a smoking hot enterprise says he’s “running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done.” Go gettum’ Hickenlooper!

2) CALLING ALL COSMONAUTS...

Trump Hails SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch, Says NASA's 'Rocking Again'

https://www.space.com/trump-hails-spacex-crew-dragon-success.html

Great Riveting Rockets! President Donald Trump is hailing the successful and flawless launch of Elon Musk’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft as an epic win for American spaceflight. "Congrats to SPACEX and to all!" SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule embarked on its first test mission to the International Space Station launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Nobody is aboard Crew Dragon on this six-day flight; a sensor-laden dummy astronaut named ‘Ripley’ in an apparent nod to the sci-fi film "Alien.” Way to go Elon! Way to go.

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3) IN SHOW BUSINESS (INSERT FUNERAL MUSIC (NEW ORLEANS PROCESSION))


Luke Perry Comeback Takes a Tragic Turn

Sadly, actor Luke Perry, bad boy star of Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 died this week, at age 52. People magazine reports Perry never regained consciousness, being hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke days ago. Tributes have been pouring in over the airwaves and across social media following the television heartthrob’s death. "Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love," Shannen Doherty said. Luke… you’ll always be our Dylan McKay, and prince of TV cool.

4) IN... OUT OF BUSINESS

It’s Out with Blockbuster, in with the Binge

Pack up your VCR’s... it’s official. There’s just one remaining Blockbuster video store left in the world, and it’s about to disappear. While this Last of the Mohicans from the once iconic movie rental chain, held on for one last play – the Bend, Oregon store plans to close up shop at the end of the month. This comes on the heels of news of the last Blockbuster… streaming in from Australia to go belly up – marking the end of an era. #Netflix

5) IN YESTERYEAR...

This week in history: Voyager 1 reached Jupiter in 1979... the First International Women’s Day debuted in 1909... Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone 1876... The film King Kong premiered in New York City in 1933. And the board game Monopoly, one of Rodge’s all time favorites… always take the B&O. Always.. anyway, Monopoly was is invented in 1933. And celebrating birthdays this week: 1475 Italian painter Michelangelo, and famous baller Shaquille O’Neal in 1972. Happy birthday boys!

6) SHAKE A LEG WITH BIGSBY’S BEAT OF THE WEEK

With the scores of tributes this week.. news of good times… high times... and the greatest icons come and gone… what better way to celebrate than hats off? Draw your loved ones near, hold your memories close, and look to the future – with noneother than the peerless promise of. (Ah-day-lan-tay) Adelante!

7) SIGN OFF STATEMENT:

And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.

Until next time… make a good day! Yoo-Ha! Hashtag, RodgeBigsby.

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