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Morning Lineup – December 30

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Monday Morning – TV Note

I have double-checked and can confirm that cable network HGTV (formerly the Home & Garden Channel) will once again be televising the Tournament of Roses Parade from Pasadena, California, Wednesday morning.

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The significance of this selection is that HGTV is the ONLY channel that shows the entire parade – every float, marching band, horse, etc. – and without any commercials.  They have been doing this for several years now and for me that is the only way to view the parade.  Those other networks spend more than half the time plugging upcoming shows, talking about themselves, and running hundreds of irriating commercials just when you want to look at one of the spectacular floats.

Their presentation begins at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific.  You have been advised.

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A bit of sad news came from across the sea yesterday for auto racing fans.  Retired Formula 1 champion driver Michael Schumacher had a skiing accident Sunday and needed brain surgery.  He is literally fighting for his life in a Grenoble, France, hospital.

The Associated Press is reporting:

The retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and had immediate surgery for a serious head trauma, the Grenoble University Hospital Center said.

It was not clear whether Schumacher was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital’s deputy director, said “he remains in a critical condition.”

Schumacher, 44, fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.

Schumacher initially retired from F1 in 2006 after winning five straight titles with Ferrari following two earlier ones with Benetton. He returned to the sport in 2010 and drove for three seasons for Mercedes without much success before retiring again last year.

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And one more auto racing note, again via Associated Press:

Andy Granatelli, the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur, has died. He was 90.  Granatelli’s son, Vince, said his father died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a Santa Barbara hospital.

Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

His cars nearly won the Indianapolis 500 in 1967 and `68 with turbine engines. He broke through in 1969 with Mario Andretti driving his winning car with a conventional engine.  In 1973, Gordon Johncock gave Granatelli another Indy 500 victory.

It’s time to get started on our own equipment check now, so I’ll mosey on over to the Bunn-O-Matic and do my duty.  See you back in the day room in a little while.

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