News Round-Up: October 22, 2020

Me, Olivia Newton-John, Michael and Lindsay Wagner (2012)

Some news items you might have missed:

Throwback Thursday: I was reminded of this moment in 2012 (above) when Olivia Newton-John played a concert in Palm Springs and the one and only Lindsay Wagner showed up! Michael and I squealed like the Bionic Woman fans we are 🙂

• NBC News: Seventy percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to the 11th annual American Values Survey, the highest percentage recorded by a major national poll. The results, released Monday, found just 28 percent of respondents oppose the right of gay couples to wed.

Edge Media: TikTok announced in a statement that the social media platform will ban anti-LGBTQ content, including that which promotes conversion therapy. Users appear to trust TikTok, as it has become a space for survivors — and younger LGBTQ people who fear being subjected to conversion therapy — to find and connect with one another.

Kenneth in the 212: I’m a day late, but Kenneth’s ‘Wrestle Wednesday’ entry this week is definitely worth clicking over to 🙂

VICE News: Almost 21,000 Election Day polling places have been eliminated heading into the 2020 U.S. election, a drastic dip in voting locations driven by a heavy shift to mail voting, coronavirus-related consolidations, cost-cutting measures, and voter suppression.

Coronavirus: Spain became the first Western European country to exceed 1 million COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, doubling its tally in just six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the second wave of the virus.

Fox News: Donald Trump holds a narrow advantage in Ohio, while voters in the three battleground states that put him over the top in 2016 prefer Joe Biden, according to Fox News polls of likely voters. Biden leads by 12 points in Michigan (52-40 percent), 5 points in Pennsylvania (50-45 percent), and 5 points in Wisconsin (49-44 percent). Trump carried each of these states by less than a percentage point in 2016.

Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ & ‘The Bionic Woman’ Actor, Passes Away At 91

Lee Majors (L), Richard Anderson (C), Lindsay Wagner (R)

Ah, man. I can’t tell you how much I loved both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

Richard Anderson, who brought to life “Oscar Goldman,” the head of the fictional Office of Scientific Intelligence and eventual boss of Six Million Dollar Man “Steve Austin” and The Bionic Woman “Jaime Sommers,” has passed away at the age of 91.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

In the highly rated, two-part episode that brought a thrilling end to the 1960s ABC series The Fugitive, Anderson portrayed the brother-in-law of Richard Kimble (David Janssen). He also was Police Lt. Steve Drumm on the final season of CBS’ Perry Mason and Santa Luisa Police Chief George Untermeyer on ABC’s Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds.

After three popular Six Million Dollar Man telefilms in 1973, the Universal TV property was given steady life as an ABC series in January 1974. On the show, Anderson played the chief of the fictional Office of Scientific Intelligence and the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors), a NASA astronaut who is injured in a crash and “rebuilt” (at a cost of about $29 million in today’s dollars), becoming a secret agent.

Anderson also is heard in the show’s action-packed introduction: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.”

The series then spawned The Bionic Woman — starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a tennis player who’s infused with machinery and brought back to life after a parachuting accident, and Anderson played Goldman on that show (which went from ABC to NBC) as well.

He was the first actor to portray the same character on two TV series running concurrently on two networks.

Both shows ended in 1978, but Universal, prodded by Anderson, made three more bionic telefilms through 1994. As an executive producer, he was instrumental in the casting of Sandra Bullock as a supercharged woman in 1989’s Bionic Showdown.

In a statement, Majors said that he first met Anderson in 1966 when he guest-starred on one of Majors’ earlier shows, The Big Valley.

“Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him,” he recalled. “I called him ‘Old Money.’ His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor. He was still the sweet, charming man when I spoke to him a few weeks ago.”

Added Wagner: “I can’t begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson.”

SuperMegaFest: “Bionic Reunion” In Framingham, Massachusetts

Lindsay Wagner, of The Bionic Woman fame in the 1970s, and Lee Majors,  of The Six Million Dollar Man television series, will be in Framingham this weekend, as part of Super Megafest at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham.

The bionic television stars are among dozens of celebrities expected at the weekend event, including Sharknado and Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and more.

Fans can not only meet the Bionic Duo but will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A session for fans of the popular bionic television shows today, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m.

There will be photo sessions with Wagner & Majors on Saturday at 1:15 and Sunday at 12:15 p.m.


Olivia Newton-John concert in Palm Springs

Great times all around last night at Olivia Newton-John’s concert in Palm Springs (technically Indio, but folks may not know Indio, so I’m going by Palm Springs…) at the Fantasy Springs Casino Events Center.

First of all, ONJ is in amazing voice. The entire concert was extremely well sung. I’m so used to the idea that as some singers get older, the voice often loses some flexibility and range. Completely the opposite with Olivia – her voice continues to get better and better. Some of the highlights were Olivia’s high, high soprano finish to “Jolene,” and her full belt ending to “Weightless.”

But my personal favorites were the last two songs of the evening, “Grace and Gratitude” and “I Honestly Love You.” After two hours, she was not only in fine singing form but her interpretations were art. Connected, personal, and heartfelt. Just fab.

I also loved seeing other fans of Olivia’s that I’ve gotten to know over the years – David, Mykel, Todd, Virginia…  I can’t remember every name so if I forget one it’s just me being formerly blond.  But it was great seeing everyone.  Only thing I don’t like about these situations is we had to get backstage after the concert so we didn’t have a huge amount of time to catch up.  But glad we had time to chat with folks even if it was short 🙁

Backstage we caught up with not only Leeza Gibbons (who’s a friend of Olivia’s for many years going back to the Great Walk fundraiser in China for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre) but Lindsay Wagner, the original Bionic Woman! I’m not usually star struck but I’ve been a fan of Lindsay’s my whole life it seems. She spent a few minutes catching up with Olivia, and I have to admit this was one photo op I wasn’t missing.

I won’t go on too much, but I will say: if Olivia is performing near you (this is a 30+ city tour), GO! Great music and great times. You can find her tour cities by clicking here.

Me backstage with Olivia, Michael and Lindsay Wagner

Olivia Newton-John and Lindsay Wagner backstage after Olivia’s concert in Palm Springs

Me with Leeza Gibbons, her husband Steven and Michael

The casino had the new Grease slot machine located prominently 🙂

Another shot of the Grease slot machine

Lindsay Wagner: Bionic Woman to Holistic heroine


Lindsay Wagner has always been committed to the advancement of human potential. This has been evident not only throughout her highly successful acting career, but also in her personal life.

Lindsay Wagner first came to prominence as a result of her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in her Emmy award-winning role as The Bionic Woman. She also won a permanent place in the hearts of audiences around the world and became one of the most popular actresses in international television.

Lindsay has combined her personal experience and many years of study, both Western and Eastern modalities, to develop “Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart” experiential workshops and retreats. These programs are designed to help us access more deeply the peace and joy which is naturally within us and to realize how the conscious and unconscious concepts we carry in the mind often have a life diminishing influence on others and ourselves.

Listen to the radio show above as she talks about how she works to share her experience with others on a holistic journey.

For more information on Lindsay’s work with awakening and integrating body, mind and spirit in a natural, holistic way, check out her website here.

Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner together

How fabulous is this?  Lynda Carter (the original Wonder Woman) with Lindsay Wagner (the original Bionic Woman) after one of Lynda’s performances. 

Lynda is touring the country promoting her CD “Crazy Little Things.”  

I think this is so cool.  I loved both Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman in the 70s as a kid.  My first celeb crush was Lindsay Wagner.  I never missed her show.  Or TV movies.

I think so much of these two fabulous ladies, here are two recent photos (not backstage in bad lighting).  How fab are they?