David Letterman recalls giving Regis Philbin a retirement gift that could’ve ‘killed’ him

What do you give someone who has it all? For David Letterman, 73, the retirement gift he gave to the late Regis Philbin on Letterman’s late-night show in 2011 was one that potentially could have “killed” the “Live! With Regis and Kelly” host.

Letterman appeared virtually on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday evening and told the story of the time a “Late Show” staffer suggested they give Philbin a Rascal Scooter as “a joke about how old and feeble” Philbin was.

“I said, ‘No, no. Let’s not give Regis a Rascal Scooter,'” Letterman told Kimmel. “Let’s give him an actual scooter, like a Vespa. Everybody knows how to ride a motor scooter.”


“So that’s what we decided to do – ‘Regis, we’re so excited. We’re sorry you’re retiring, but to commemorate the evening and your last show tomorrow, we’re giving you this beautiful, brand-new Vespa scooter,'” Letterman explained of the segment.

However, what happened next to the legendary Philbin was a combination of late-night gold and mounting fear.


Philbin took his place on the Vespa and upon hitting the throttle, took a spill off the motorbike.

“He could have been killed. He actually could have been killed,” Letterman said. “The last night before he retires he comes over, and I kill him.”

“Nobody checked him out on it, because the assumption was, A, anybody can ride a scooter and B, certainly Regis will ride a scooter,” Letterman recalled of the moment.

And in true Philbin fashion, the beloved TV host got back up and declared to onlookers, “I made it!”


Philbin then tried the scooter after the show, this time with Letterman at the helm and Philbin riding behind him.

Letterman reflected on the mark Philbin left on television after his death in July at age 88.

“[Philbin] represented the last connection to a show business that I grew up watching back in Indiana,” Letterman told Kimmel, adding, “When Regis left us, to me, it seemed like, ‘OK, that chapter is closed.’ That made me very sad.”


Continued Letterman: “But I’m telling you, this guy, if somebody said, ‘Let’s pick somebody to drive across country with,’ if it couldn’t be Regis, then I would hitchhike.”

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NBA Hornets founder Shinn donates millions to Atrium Health

Charlotte Hornets founder George Shinn has donated $7.5 million to stroke care at Atrium Health, which will name its stroke center at Carolinas Medical Center in his honor, hospital officials said Thursday.

In a statement, the NBA team’s former longtime majority owner said he was giving back to the city to which he owes much success.

“The people of Charlotte and my partners lifted me up many years ago by supporting my dream to bring major league sports to this wonderful city,” Shinn said. “God has blessed me more than I could ever have hoped for.

“My life is now spent giving back in ways that serve others,” he said. “I appreciated Charlotte’s support then and I appreciate it today.”

Shinn suffered a stroke at age 48 and was treated at the hospital, according to Thursday’s announcement.

“I am thankful that all those years ago, the team here at Carolinas Medical Center was able to save my life,” Shinn said.

The George Shinn Comprehensive Stroke Center “will pave the way for all patients to access the highest quality care and have the absolute best chance of surviving and recovering from stroke,” Gene Woods, Atrium Health president and CEO, said in a statement announcing Shinn’s donation.

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Former Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn has donated $7.5 million to stroke care at Atrium Health, hospital officials said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Atrium Health

“Stroke is a leading cause of death in our country, especially in African American men,” he said. “It is my prayer that with this center, we see those statistics change.”

The Atrium Health center annually treats about 4,000 patients who’ve suffered strokes, hospital officials said.

Shinn’s donation also will create the George Shinn Endowed Chair in Neurovascular Medicine, Atrium Health officials said.

The faculty position will “promote our program’s presence, expertise, and research across the country,” Dr. Andrew Asimos, medical director of the Carolinas Stroke Network at Atrium Health, said in the hospital’s announcement.

Thanks to Shinn’s donation, the stroke network team plans to recruit more researchers, clinical scientists, rehab specialists, population health managers and data scientists, according to the announcement.

Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.

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Woman wins more than $75,000 from birthday gift lottery ticket

Oct. 27 (UPI) — An Alberta woman who won a lottery jackpot of more than $75,000 said the scratch-off ticket was a birthday present from a friend.

Carol Lynn Fossen, of Cadogan, told the Western Canada Lottery Corp. that a friend gave her a Lotto Max Zing scratch-off ticket.

Fossen said she later scratched off the ticket, which her friend bought from the IDA Pharmacy in Provost, and discovered it was a $75,859.50 top prize winner.

“I still don’t really believe it,” Fossen said of her birthday surprise.

Fossen said she plans to share her winnings with her children.

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LIVE: Amazon’s Q3 earnings report set to be released

Amazon reported a huge earnings beat across the board on Thursday.

But its stock dropped about 1% in after-hours trading, as fourth-quarter profit estimates came in below Street estimates. Amazon shares are up over 70% this year.

Here are the most important numbers versus what analysts were forecasting: 

  • EPS (GAAP): $12.37 vs. $7.41
  • Revenue: $96.1 billion vs. $92.71 billion 
  • AWS: $11.6 billion vs. $11.61 billion 

Amazon’s sales grew 37% to $96.1 billion in the third quarter, driven by the heightened demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Net profit roughly tripled to $6.33 billion.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement that the company is seeing a record number of shoppers.

“We’re seeing more customers than ever shopping early for their holiday gifts, which is just one of the signs that this is going to be an unprecedented holiday season,” Bezos said in the earnings statement.

The lockdown-driven demand increase is expected to continue through the holiday season, as Amazon gave revenue guidance in the range of $112.0 billion to $121.0 billion, above analyst expectations of $112.7 billion. 

But Amazon said operating profits are likely going to take a hit in the fourth quarter, as it expects to spend approximately $4 billion on COVID-related costs. Amazon said its fourth-quarter operating profits will fall between $1.0 billion and $4.5 billion, below the $5.81 billion Street estimate.

Amazon Web Services had $11.6 billion in sales, up 29%, which is in line with Street expectations. Amazon’s “other” segment, which is mostly comprised of its advertising business, reported $5.4 billion in sales, a 51% jump from the year-ago period. Physical store sales, meanwhile, dropped 10% to $3.78 billion.

Amazon’s total employee count grew 50% from last year, and now stands at 1.13 million, the first time it crossed the 1 million mark.

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Covet Fashion Wants To Be The Change The Fashion Industry Needs With Four $10k Grants

In response to the momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, the fashion industry has made some efforts to become more inclusive and diverse. But there’s still much work to be done.

With that in mind, Covet Fashion, a mobile styling game adored by 2 to 3 million users per month around the globe, has launched the Threading Change Initiative specifically for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) small business owners in the fashion industry. Four winners will each receive a $10,000 grant. Find all the details and apply here. The deadline is November 4.

To guide the program and help narrow down the entries to 10 finalists, Covet has enlisted Dr. Akiliah Cadet, founder of Change Cadet, a consultancy that helps companies and individuals achieve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Of those 10, Covet users will then vote to name the final four winners.

I reached out to Cadet to learn more about the initiative, her role in it, and how she thinks the fashion industry is doing when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

How did you get involved with Covet? 

“Glu Mobile, where Covet Fashion lives, is a Change Cadet client. In our engagement with Glu Moblie Covet Fashion reached out to me to see if I had interest I’m partnering with their inaugural granting program. Threading Change is a mashup of Covet Fashion and Change Cadet. Fashion and diversity united to disrupt the industry.”

What will you be looking for in applicants? 

“We want to know about the brand and what sets it apart from others. The message of how they lead with purpose, broadening the conversation about diversity in fashion. Business is important too as Covet Fashion will be amplifying 10 of the finalists on their social media platforms reaching over a million people. It will be important for us to know what their business plan is for growth and how the grant can help them reach their goal (s).

But most importantly we want to know their story. BIPOC people may not have as many opportunities as white people in the fashion industry and we want to hear about that. We want to know how they’re able to still stay committed to an industry that may not feel inclusive to them. We also want to see how they represent their culture and or story into their brand. The stories and experiences we have as BIPOC is what makes our companies unique and I know that first hand.”

Will each of the four winners need be from different disciplines? Or could there, for example, be two photographer winners.

“My team and Covet Fashion’s team will narrow it down to the top 10 finalists. We will amplify those finalists on Covet Fashion’s social media. The four winners will be picked by the public. There are

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New channel offers fare for women in the LGBTQ community

A digital channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama

LOS ANGELES — An online channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama.

The channel debuts Thursday as part of Revry, a digital platform that offers free, queer-focused programming, including the 24/7 Revry News channel.

“I’m overjoyed to offer a free, living and breathing space for queer female stories to be seen across the world,” Revry co-founder LaShawn McGhee said in a statement.

The channel’s name is OML on Revry, reflecting its roots in a venture called One More Lesbian when it was founded in 2009 to offer video fare representing lesbian lives.

Now called OML, it’s become “a tentpole brand for the lesbian and queer female communities,” McGhee said.

OML has expanded its female-driven content and outreach to a larger audience, a goal that will be enhanced by its partnership with Revry, OML founder Shirin Etessam said in a statement.



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Esmeralda Negron, Atalanta Media Are Here To Change The Way You Consume Women’s Soccer

Esmeralda Negron has gone through the experience of the women’s soccer pipeline here in the United States.

She’s been an all-American at Princeton, she’s played professionally overseas. And she’s ready to change the way the next generation experiences it, as players and through consuming it on television.

If you’ve noticed a lot more women’s soccer on TV in 2020, well, Negron and her company, Atalanta Media, have a lot to do with that. I spoke with her this month on the present, and future, of women’s soccer media rights and much more.

1. You said something really intriguing to me in this recent interview when you called Atalanta Media a “one-stop shop” for aspiring women’s soccer players, accessing it through watching games and highlights, pathways to develop as players, even to brand. How much of the gap we currently see between the men’s and women’s game on both the revenue side and the exposure side can be traced to difficulty finding all of these different threads? All of it? And when did you come to that conclusion? 

When I think back, it’s clear that my experience as a player from the youth level to the professional level and my experience as a collegiate coach have all undoubtedly inspired Atalanta Media’s mission and the value we intend to deliver to our Ata Football community. My experience directing the Women’s ICC specifically really opened my eyes to the challenges professional women’s sport faces starting with premium broadcast exposure, marketing coverage and support, and dedicated resources and initiatives to drive fandom. Observing the level of broadcast and marketing coverage that more established men’s leagues get, and comparing that to the women’s game, you realize it’s only natural that the audience couldn’t compare. Hannah and I saw greater investment from some of the biggest club brands in the world, the NWSL now in its 8th season and the growth in audience of the FIFA WWC and felt there was tremendous growth potential in women’s football. We also felt growth would continue to be stifled without regular easy access and coverage. We began to think of how we could confront that challenge to drive growth, fandom, and deliver value to millions of young girls that participate in the game globally.  

2. Your work in the media rights sphere came first through ICC’s women’s games when you worked at Relevant Sports. That wasn’t so long ago, but I remember the revelation of those being easy to watch at a time when you simply couldn’t find women’s soccer on TV. How much of a breakthrough was that, do you think, simply showing that it is possible, ahead of what’s been a landmark year for women’s soccer on TV?

I think my experience with the Women’s ICC certainly opened my eyes to the importance of visibility and the important role broadcasters play. ESPN was our partner both years and that partnership made it easy for fans to access some of the most competitive 

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Pittsburgh couple recover from coronavirus, then celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Steve and Marie Orlando of Pittsburgh, who both contracted COVID-19, recovered, then were able to celebrate their anniversary — almost two months later.

They happily celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24, according to ABC6 Philadelphia. The couple celebrated with a small family gathering.

Although their wedding date was Sept. 2, 1950, and they planned to celebrate this milestone event with their family around that time, but had to postpone it because of COVID-19.

“He’s 92 and I’m 89,” Marie said. “Don’t be telling them that,” Steve replied, then gives a little laugh. “I just want to let them know the age that we went through it!” said Marie.

Steve and Marie both expressed how extremely lucky they consider themselves to have survived their fight against COVID-19.

As most of us have been told time and time again, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at the highest risk. The CDC website states, “The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.”

According to a Good Morning America video, after Marie returned from the hospital in July when she underwent a medical procedure, she tested positive for coronavirus. One of their daughters who accompanied Maria to the hospital also tested positive, as did the daughter’s family, and Steve. He was in the hospital for two days.

The other family members who tested positive only had mild symptoms and recovered. Marie also recovered — at home with the help of their six kids.

They said they are so grateful for a wonderful life, including their 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

“We just have a lovely, wonderful family, said Marie.

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Amazon Q3 Earnings Top Wall Street Expectations as Pandemic Leads to Surge in Online Shopping

Amazon reported third quarter earnings that again far surpassed Wall Street’s expectations as the coronavirus pandemic has lead to a massive increase in online shopping.

For Q3, Amazon’s sales hit $96. 1 billion, beating analyst projections of $92.48 billion. Its earnings per share of $12.37, was also higher than analysts’ expectations of $7.25 EPS. Amazon’s sales were up 37% when compared to the year-ago quarter.

“Two years ago, we increased Amazon’s minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees across the U.S. and challenged other large employers to do the same. Best Buy and Target have stepped up, and we hope other large employers will also make the jump to $15. Now would be a great time,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

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Bezos continued: “Offering jobs with industry-leading pay and great healthcare, including to entry-level and front-line employees, is even more meaningful in a time like this, and we’re proud to have created over 400,000 jobs this year alone. We’re seeing more customers than ever shopping early for their holiday gifts, which is just one of the signs that this is going to be an unprecedented holiday season. Big thank you to our employees and selling partners around the world who’ve been busy getting ready to deliver for customers this holiday.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has battered brick and mortal retail stores but boosted online shopping. Amazon said its medium and small business sellers had their two best days ever for its annual Prime Day (Oct. 13-14). Third-party sellers surpassed $3.5 billion in sales, an increase of 60% compared to last year.

And Amazon is expecting an even bigger quarter with the Holiday season approaching, forecasting between $112-$121 billion in sales.

Amazon executives will hold their conference call with analysts at 2:30 p.m. PT.

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Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost Quietly Married in a Secret Wedding Over The Weekend

Photo credit: Trae Patton/NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: Trae Patton/NBC – Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are now husband and wife. The Instagram account for Meals on Wheels America announced that the pair tied the knot over the weekend in an intimate ceremony. Neither Johansson or Jost, who appeared on Adele’s episode of Saturday Night Live last weekend, have commented on the news.

“We’re thrilled to break the news that Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost were married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony with their immediate family and love ones, following COVID-19 safety precautions as directed by the CDC. Their wedding wish is to help make a difference for vulnerable older adults during this difficult time by supporting @mealsonwheelsamerica. Please consider donating to celebrate the happy couple by clicking the link in our bio,” the organization wrote on Instagram.

In lieu of a photo of the newlyweds, Meals on Wheels shared an image of the Staten Island Ferry with the words ‘Jost Married’ written over it.

Their nuptials arrive more than a year after the couple got engaged in May 2019, following two years of dating. They were first linked back in November 2017 after meeting on SNL, where Jost serves as co-head writer and Weekend Update co-host. Johansson made her romance with Jost very public while hosting SNL for the sixth time last December. During her opening monologue she said, “I just want to say that this place means so much to me. I have so many friends here and I met the love of my life here. Merry Christmas,” before sharing a kiss with her fiancé. Earlier this year, Jost accompanied Johansson on the awards circuit for her performances in both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit.

Like many engaged couples, they postponed their nuptials because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, Jost played coy on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live about when they would wed. “We don’t know what’s even legally allowed, right? This is also not the time to get all your elderly, at-risk relatives together in one big group,” he said, per Entertainment Tonight.

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Photo credit: Amy Sussman – Getty Images

This is the first marriage for Jost and third for Johansson. She was previously married to Ryan Reynolds (2008-2010) and Romain Dauriac (2014-2017). She has a daughter, 5-year-old Rose, with Dauriac.

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