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Willy T. Ribbs returning to drivers seat at age 56


Willy T. Ribbs at Sears Point International Raceway in September 1984 (photo by Dan Wildhirt via wikipedia commons)

Willy T. Ribbs, the first African-American to drive in the Indianapolis 500, has announced that he will be coming out of retirement to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series first street course event in Baltimore on September 3.

The 56-year-old Ribbs, says he never officially retired, just took time away from racing, has begun preparation at a karting track in Greencastle, Indiana.

He will be funded by American Honda and Starting Grid Inc, which aims to help minority endeavors.

Ribbs, raced in the Indy 500 in 1991 and 1993. His last action in a car was 10 years ago and he is racing now to get some attention to his Izod IndyCar Series team that made its debut in May with driver Chase Austin, who is focusing on driving oval course races.

Ribbs has raced in the IRL, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Winston Cup, Trans-Am Series and the North American Formula Atlantic Series.


compiled from Radio, TV, internet racing news & Twitter

“D-Train” Dontrelle Willis expected to get call-up to Reds for Sunday’s game


Dontrelle Willis (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

According to internet reports, radio sports talk shows and published reports, Dontrelle Willis, who has pitched for Florida, Detroit and Arizona, will be called up by the Cincinnati Reds to start Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sunday would’ve been Edinson Volquez’s start but he was demoted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday to work on his command issues.

The 29-year-old Willis, has a 71-63 won-loss record with 4.12 ERA with 839 strikeouts.

The tall left-hander became the 13th African-American pitcher to win 20 games in 2005 with Florida, as he led Major League Baseball with 22 wins.

Willis has been the ace of the staff in Louisville, with a 5-2 record and a 2.63 earned run average.


compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday, January 20, the 20th day of 2011. There are 345 days left in the year.


Barack Obama became the United States 44th President on this date in 2009 and the nation's first African American elected to the office (file photo)

* On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president.

* In 1942, Nazi officials conducted the notorious Wannsee conference, arriving at their “final solution” that called for killing all Jews.

* In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, acting minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

* In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil-rights leader the Reverand Martin Luther King, Jr.

* In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president and first African-American elected to the position.


81 BUZZ ALDRIN, former astronaut

59 PAUL STANLEY, rock musician from the group KISS

55 BILL MAHER, comedian and TV host

48 JAMES DENTON, actor on the TV show Desperate Housewives

46 JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, country singer

45 RAINN WILSON, actor from the TV show, The Office

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 26, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Sunday, December 26, the 360th day of 2010. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day holiday Kwanzaa began. It was also Boxing Day.

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* On December 26, 1799, former President George Washington was eulogized as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

* In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African-American boxer to win the world heavyweight championship.

* In 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.

* In 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Green Bay Packers, 17-13, for the NFL championship.

* In 2004, 230,000 people were killed by a tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean.

* In 2006, former President Gerald R. Ford died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 93.

* In 2000, Actor Jason Robards died in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at age 78.

* In 2005, Monday Night Football ended a 36-year run on ABC-TV with a 31-21 win by the New England Patriots over the New York Jets. Disney, Inc, switched the game to ABC’s sister station, ESPN.


77 CARROLL SPINNEY, actor who plays Big Bird on Sesame Street.

71 PHIL SPECTOR, record producer.

31 CHRIS DAUGHTRY, rock singer from American Idol fame.

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