There are frequent fliers. And then there are those who practically make it an Olympic sport.
Tom Stuker, a Chicago-based automotive sales consultant, became the first person ever to rack up 10 million frequent flier miles with United Airlines -- and it only took him 29 years and 6,000 flights to do it.
When Christian Lopez caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit last week, he gave the historic ball to the Yankee's shortstop without asking for any money, even though it may have fetched over $100,000 on the open market.
On Monday's episode of 'The Tonight Show,'Howie Mandel brought a friend along with a connection to Jay Leno. Turns out, Leno's wife once backed into the man's car in the parking lot of a convenience store. As a way to put things right, Leno offered to pay for the damage, as well as dinner at Spago.
But the man and his date didn't content themselves with a simple salad. Instead, they racked up a bill for $1,345, which cost substantially more than fixes to the car. "The damage to the car was $900!" Leno said.
Though their recording career spanned a mere five years, Creedence amassed one of the most successful -- and enduring -- discographies of the rock era, selling millions of albums and churning out an impressive stack of hits that included 'Down on the Corner,' 'Fortunate Son,' and 'Who'll Stop the Rain?'
When Derek Jeter became just the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 hits Saturday, he cemented a legacy already encased in stone. For the New York Yankees captain, his resume had already passed inspection by baseball's Hall of Fame.
Now that he's crashed the 3,000-hit party, we can focus our attention on who might one day join this fraternity. It's an achievement within arm's length of several big league bats. The question remains, however -- is time on their side?
Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created or contributed to several iconic television shows, died Tuesday at 4AM of natural causes. He was 94.
Schwartz worked in radio for Bob Hope before transitioning to television, where he won a 1961 Emmy as part of the writing team for 'The Red Skelton Show.' He also worked on series such as 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Harper Valley PTA.'
Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Bill Cosby Age: 74 Occupation: Comedian, Actor, and Living Legend Known For: Producing and/or starring in many TV series including the groundbreaking '80s sitcom 'The Cosby Show,' winning slews of awards, and most recently weathering criticism for his outspoken views on race and culture
Richard Simmons Age: 63 Occupation: Fitness Personality Known For: His eccentric, flamboyant persona and his line of Sweatin' to the Oldies aerobics DVDs
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