When I learned about this celebrity, I have to say...this really bummed me out, as I was a big fan of his as a kid. Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Epstein on the classic '70s TV series "Welcome Back Kotter", died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. He was only 60 years old. Robert's brother said he had suffered a heart attack in the last few years, and was not in good health. Epstein was a member of the Sweathogs, and easily my favorite of the group. Everything he did on that show was hilarious!!!! This is a cool tidbit of info about Robert, he was actually a substitute teacher in real life before he took the role of Epstein, so he was also able to act as a sort of technical advisor on the show. Epstein was known for bringing in forged notes excusing him from class that were, quote, "Signed Epstein's mother." This led to a funny line that made it’s way on the internet yesterday:
Dear Mr. Kotter: Epstein will not be returning to class. He died of a heart attack today. Signed, Epstein's Mom
Here is a great clip of Epstein and the gang first meeting Mr. Kot-terrrrr.
This could be the strangest story of the day…Metallica’s bassist could've been…HULK HOGAN! What? Is it possible that james, kirk, and Lars would have trained, said their prayers, and ate their vitamins as Hulk-A-Mania ran wild on YOU! Could the 24 inch pythons rock the bass on for Whom The Bess Tolls? According to the Hulkster…yes! Hulk says, "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich, and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn't work out." It's unclear what Hulk meant by "early" days, and as of yet…Metallica hasn't commented…probably because it’s not true! Although…here is Hogan, playing bass in the video for his classic hit, which I am sure would’ve made for a great thrash metal anthem, “Real American”:
This morning BJ brought up our buddy Jonathan Jayne, he was the dude that was goofed on a few years ago on American Idol, and it turned out that he has a mild form of autism. Even though the AI judges goofed on him, we learned that all he ever wanted to do was record a version of "God Bless America", so I got a few buddies together -- including Thrill from the Men's Room -- and we went to Orbit Studios to record a fun version of the song with JJ! Here is the video of the song:
I got an email from Linda over at the Columbia Winery, which was the place my wife & I got married. I swear by this place as a venue to get married at…it was an amazing place to get hitched!!!! She emailed me because they are having their Weddings In Woodinville event this Sunday. You can check out www.weddingsinwoodinville.com for more info.
According to data from SeatGeek, Super Bowl XLVI is the most expensive sporting event that company has ever tracked. Average ticket prices for this year’s Super Bowl, held next Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, were at $3,127. The most expensive ticket listing for this year’s game is a $608,475 listing for a full level suite at Lucas Oil Stadium. Three separate field level suites are available, each over $600,000 in asking price.
So this led to a topic…what is the most you have paid for an event? What was it for? Also...what is one event that you would be willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money for? Here are the texts we received:
A Temple of The Dog Reunion tour, I would pay a stupid amount of $$ for it.
I paid $5000 for two tix and plane tix to Detroit for Seahawks vs Steelers
Crue meet and greets at carnival if sins I paid 450.00 worth every penny and would do it again to have front row
I paid 400 dollars for one seat 8 rows from the ring to wrestlemania 19 and it was awesome. dan in Marysville
I would consider selling my soul if the mariners made it to game 7 in the world series.
I spent $600 for two new kids on the block concert tickets in atlanta, GA a few years ago. –anna
I once paid two hot chicks I worked with $20 each to make out for 30 seconds.
Totally worth it.
$60 buck for an Asian bath house in San Francisco! Lol
Paid $300 for a pair of tix to a Canucks game.
I paid $300 for 4 tickets to nascar in las vegas. It included an rv spot where the pre race party was. Amazing experience. I highly recommed it and im not even a nascar fan. Kyle – Olympia
Led zeppelin in London. It was a risk of $300 for a pair of codes off eBay to buy the tickets. I got the codes, said a prayer and went for it. Got the tickets a few weeks later. For $200 each . So total was $350 a tick. Wasn't huge but I got led out! Omg so awesome! Liquor and whorez.
Today's Video Blog features Mono Nick's potato chips...BJ tried them and thought they were too hot!