Friday, March 12, 2010

3/12 - Cal Ripken, Jr., Daniel D'Agostini, Rachel Adams, The Movie Guy

Friday March 12, 2010
"What's Cookin' Today" with Mike & Paul

Cal Ripken, Jr. -   "Energizer"
National Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr. is scouting for all stars with never-quit spirit. He’s turned his sights outside the stadium to find everyday people who live their lives with determination, perseverance and a nonstop energy to be the next members of the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame.  Ripken is helping Energizer make the fifth annual call for entries for the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame program. Do you know someone who continually goes above and beyond? Someone who perseveres through life’s everyday challenges? Someone who has shown unparalleled determination and tireless spirit? If you know someone who is “… like that Energizer Bunny …”, now is your opportunity to honor them. Nominations can be made at now through April 23, 2010, by submitting an essay about why your candidate “keeps going” and deserves to be in the Keep Going Hall of Fame. In 2006 Ripken, Jr. was named the first celebrity member and spokesperson of the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. “I am honored be a member of the Keep Going Hall of Fame,” said Ripken. “Throughout my career and life I have been constantly inspired by the passion and spirit of those around me. I’m excited to help celebrate others throughout the U.S. with those same qualities.”  Passion, energy, dedication, commitment – they are more than descriptors of Cal Ripken Jr., they are his mantra. This was never more evident than when more than ten years ago, as shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, he broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played. He then went on to play 502 more. Cal was named to the All-Century team in 1999 and retired in 2001 as one of seven players with at least 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 2007, Ripken was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Yet even “retired,” Cal refuses to rest on his records. He has emerged as a passionate businessman and philanthropist, owning two minor league teams (with goals to have 10 teams in 10 leagues in 10 years) as well as Ripken Baseball, a $15 million company that oversees everything from the 6,000 seat Ripken Stadium and Youth Academy to the Cal Ripken Baseball Division, in which more than 700,000 kids worldwide ages 5-12 play. Ripken is a New York Times best-selling author, hosts a 2-hour Saturday radio show on XM Satellite Radio, oversees a charitable foundation that provides grants to communities to develop baseball and softball programs for youth and Cal has written a children’s book on lessons learned from losing. Most recently, Cal has returned from a trip to China where, as an ambassador of sport (named by the State Department as an American Public Diplomacy Envoy) he taught kids about baseball.

Daniel D’Agostini -  "Into the Earth: A Wine Cave Renaissance"
From the hand-dug caverns of the late 1800s to the elaborate, dramatic caves of recent decades, this is an intriguing overview of Napa Valley’s wine caves—where wine is stored at specific temperatures in order to leave the land unscarred and available for agriculture. The magic, mystery, and magnificence of the region—from the rich history and unique character to the classic architecture and delectable cuisine—is fully captured in this stunning guidebook that profiles such esteemed estates as Quintessa, Spring Mountain, Far Niente, and Stags’ Leap. Perfect for wine enthusiasts and novices alike, this tour of California wine caves also includes profiles of the stewards of the land, who share their philosophies, accomplishments, and dreams for the future. Molly Chappellet is the cofounder of Chappellet Winery. She is the author of Gardens of the Wine Country, The Romance of California Vineyards, and A Vineyard Garden, which received the James Beard Award. She has appeared on The Home Show, Martha Stewart Living, and The Regis and Kathy Lee Show. She lives in St. Helena, California. Daniel D'Agostini is a photographer whose prints have been selected for inclusion in numerous exhibits and publications. He lives in San Francisco.

RACHEL ADAMS (NBC's "Minute To Win It")
 All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives") hosts this new competition show which features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking challenges with household items. If the competitor completes each of the ten challenges with in a minute they can win up to a $1 million cash prize. The first competitor, Stephen Collier, is a loveable father of two who wants to leave LA and buy a house with his wife and kids in his hometown of Queen City, Texas. The second competitor is southern belle Rachel Adams, an energetic nanny from Arkansas whose dream of becoming an occupational therapist might become a reality… if she can win it in a minute.
MINUTE TO WIN IT  Sundays, 8-9 PM PT/ET on NBC  Premieres March 14, 2010 (7-9pm PT/ET)

Steve Evans - " The Movie Guy"
Steve is on the scene with all the film  and artist info to make your movie experience an  enjoyable event. Find out what is "Hot" and what is "Not" at the box office this weekend. He ranks the movies that are not to be missed and also tells you what ones you may want to pass.