August 23rd, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Betty White

She received her first Emmy nomination in 1951, and this past weekend, White captured her sixth Emmy for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live.” The 88-year-old actress had previously won Emmys in 1975, 1976, 1983, 1986 and 1996.

The Emmy win is yet another accomplishment for White, who started her career on the 1950s sitcom “Life with Elizabeth.” Known for her years on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls,” White continued to capture accolades with various guest parts on television.

This past year, however, White saw a major resurgence when her Super Bowl Snickers ad became a fan favorite. Shortly thereafter, Facebook fans petitioned “Saturday Night Live” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels on her behalf. She hosted an acclaimed show on Mother’s Day 2010. The wife of the late “Password” host, Allen Ludden, White announced earlier this month that she’d signed a two-book deal with G.P. Putnam.

Betty White, Neil Patrick Harris win Emmys
TVGuide.com: Betty White

Jack DeCoster

The man the state of Iowa labeled a "habitual violator" of food safety and labor regulations has been linked to the recall of more than 380 million eggs tainted with salmonella, CNN reports. DeCoster is a prominent agribusiness executive operating industrial pork and poultry facilities in the Midwest and Northeast.

The Washington Post reports Monday that House Agriculture Subcommittee chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro will launch an inquiry with the Food and Drug Administration about the high number of health, safety, environmental and employment violations committed by DeCoster and his companies. CNN has confirmed the following violations by DeCoster or his companies:

In June 2010, he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty at a farm in Maine.

In 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated claims of sexual assault and harassment by male managers against female employees. The managers were fired "for unrelated reasons," and DeCoster paid more than $1.5 million a settlement.

In 2000, DeCoster was dubbed a "habitual violator" of state environmental laws at one of his hog farming companies. He paid $150,000 in fines and was ordered to stop expanding operations.

In 1996, DeCoster was severely criticized by then-Labor Secretary Robert Reich for his labor practices and farm conditions at a plant in Turner, Maine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the farm $3.6 million.

DeCoster’s company tells CNN it will address the issues, including working with the FDA, in a forthright manner.

More egg recalls could be ahead, FDA chief says
Washington Post: Federal regulators' knowledge of egg producer in salmonella outbreak is probed

Ken Feinberg

Today he begins overseeing the Gulf Coast Claims facility, which, according to CNN, will independently administer the $20 billion escrow account established by BP to compensate those affected by the spill.

Feinberg’s experience includes overseeing the distribution of the 9/11 victims’ fund, as well a fund for those affected by the Virginia Tech shooting. In 2009, Feinberg was appointed by President Obama to be "special pay master" for executives with companies that were bailed out by the federal government.

Feinberg was recommended as the 9/11 administrator by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Feinberg was Kennedy’s chief of staff from 1978-80. When he left to go into private practice, he resolved many high-profile class-action lawsuits.

WhoRunsGov.com: Kenneth Feinberg
Time.com: Compensation czar Kenneth Feinberg
CNNMoney.com: Spill czar calls the shots

Vin Scully

The 82-year-old baseball announcer said on Sunday that he’ll return as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2011 season - his 62nd year in the Dodgers booth. A native of Brooklyn, Scully began with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, going west when the team moved to L.A. seven years later.

Scully has called more games for one team than any other broadcaster. He’s also witnessed baseball history in some of the games he’s covered:

The 1965 perfect game by the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax. "I would think that the mound at Dodger Stadium right now is the loneliest place in the world,” Scully said right before Koufax’s shut down the Chicago Cubs.

Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974. “What a marvelous moment for baseball," Scully said. "What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.”

The 1988 World Series home run of the injured Kirk Gibson, whose fist-pumping two-run homer upset the Oakland A’s. “In a year that has been so improbable,” Scully called, “the impossible just happened.”

Vin Scully and baseball: He loves it too much to leave it
MLB.com: Vin Scully

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. MG Guy

    Vin is a real trooper in the baseball world. I live in Atlanta, Ga., so I have listened to some very good guys call a game (the Cary guys come to mind first). I can also remember listening to Vin as a kid in the 60s. However, Vin has set a standard of excellance that will not be surpassed in our lifetime.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stewart Wolpin

    Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game against the Chicago Cubs not the New York Giants – Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley pitched a one-hitter and the one hit he gave up didn't figure in the scoring in the 1-0 game, and the New York Giants had been the San Francisco Giants since 1958. Good grief, editors!

    August 23, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peter

    Um – Betty has won 6 Emmys – not 5.

    She won a Daytime Emmy (considered an Emmy) in 1983.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. robert

    Marry me Betty!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justin Bieber

    Miss Betty Bombshell. SWAK.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pamela Sellers

    Hello everyone...you can imagine–as a native of LA how much it kills me to have the Sandy Koufax stat incorrect. We're changing that stat. Thank you!

    As for Betty White, you are correct as well. Though the official Emmy site does not acknowledge this, Betty White won in 1983 for best host of a program called "Just Men!"

    Thanks for keeping me honest everyone!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George

    Cheers for Scully. Boos for Gibson. I was at a game once where, during batting practice, he slammed the roof of the dugout with his bat making the kids looking for autographs pull back. Gibson will always be dirt in my book!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pamela Sellers

    Added bonus: much of Vin Scully's historic calls can be heard on YouTube. Poetry! Enjoy!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KennediFENWICK

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    – Alexus NAGEL

    October 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt Bone

    Watch Skyline 2010 for free and other Movies at http://videosvision.com

    November 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. P4p3rDr4g0n

    Hungary also had a lot of swamp long ago. Pretty much drained. The diverted rivers. Today there is very little swamp in the country, which remained largely in the field of conservation. Very nice of wildlife on these sites. Many older people still know how long they lived in the swamps. The newer generation is not. You can not imagine what a swamp.
    http://www.konyv-konyvek.hu/book_images/73a/999624373a.jpg

    February 24, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. P4p3rDr4g0n

    In Hungary, this book is available? I looked even more online shop as well (www.konyv-konyvek.hu), but unfortunately I could not find it anywhere. Is planned in the Hungarian edition? Or am I looking in the wrong place?

    March 11, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |