Underdog co-creator Biggers dies at 85
William Watts Biggers, the co-creator of the cartoon “Underdog,” the mild-mannered canine shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, has died. He was 85.
Family friend Derek Tague says Biggers, who went by “Buck,” died unexpectedly at his Plymouth, Mass., home on Sunday.
The native of Avondale Estates, Ga., worked for the New York City advertising firm DFS when he accepted an assignment from the agency’s largest client, General Mills, to create television cartoons to promote its breakfast cereals. The most famous was “Underdog,” which debuted on NBC in 1964.
The canine superhero, voiced by comic actor Wally Cox, also battled villains including mad scientist Simon Bar Sinister, and a gangster wolf Riff Raff.
Upon hearing the cries of Sweet Polly Purebred, Underdog would rush into a telephone booth and transform into the hero.
Judge: Kardashian divorce ready for trial
A judge says Kim Kardashian’s divorce case is ready for trial.
Superior Court Judge Stephen Moloney says a trial date should be set and Kardashian’s estranged husband, Kris Humphries, has had adequate time to prepare.
Moloney’s ruling Friday in Los Angeles came after months of wrangling between lawyers for when a trial can be set to end the former couple’s marriage.
Humphries wants an annulment, while Kardashian is seeking a divorce.
His attorney had been seeking additional time to obtain information about Kardashian’s reality shows.
A trial will determine whether Humphries can prove his claims that the couple’s marriage was based on fraud.
The case will move to another judge to set a trial date, which Moloney says may be in four to six weeks.
Sheen pays for injured teen’s therapy dog
There’s a 15-year-old Florida girl who didn’t really know much about Charlie Sheen before this week — but does now.
The actor wired $10,000 to Teagan Marti and her family on Thursday for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from injuries sustained when she plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.
“I think he’s a very kind person for helping me and my family and very generous,” Teagan Marti said by phone Thursday from her home in Parkland, Fla.
Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries in July 2010 when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders on a free-fall ride were not raised. She had convinced her family to make the trip from Florida to Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells after seeing the amusement park’s Terminal Velocity ride on the Travel Channel.
Teagan Marti’s mother, Julie Marti, said they are financially in trouble from the medical bills and her recent divorce. Their house is being foreclosed upon and insurance isn’t covering physical therapy anymore, she said. She had no idea how they would pay for the English Golden Retriever puppy.
Lil Wayne’s lyrics offend Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne’s vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
The R&B legend says the rapper’s disturbing verse should not have made it beyond the recording studio for the world to hear.
“You can’t equate that to Emmett Till,” Wonder said. “You just cannot do that. ... I think you got to have someone around you that — even if they are the same age or older — is wiser to say, `Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that.’”
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