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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Opera Singer Sings During His Own Brain Surgery [Video]

This is the craziest video you'll see all day.

This opera singer, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, is kept awake while undergoing brain surgery and asked to sing as surgeons fiddle with his brain. Don't worry there is no blood or exposed brain, flesh, anything. It's amazing, remarkable, interesting and oh so creepy.

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ArtPrize meets Amazing Race October 10

The fifth annual Michigan Adventure Race: ArtPrize Edition will be held October 10, 2015. Registration is now open and is limited to 600 racers.

Designated an Official ArtPrize Event, the race will incorporate art venues from the art competition as part of its course. Course designers may also work with artists to use art exhibits as mental and/or physical challenges that racers face along the way. Part bike race, part running race and part Amazing Race, the ArtPrize Edition is believed to be the only sporting event that blends a world-class art festival into its race course.

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Action Toys From the 90′s. Some Made it, Some, not so Much

Do you have any of your, or your kids, old toys hanging around the house? I'm talking about action figures like He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and more.

Kids toys and action figures have always been big business. Sometimes they are massive franchises that spawn billion dollar movies and decades of merchandise and enjoyment for kids and adults alike. Other times... well, they completely miss the mark. Ranker Comics has helped me visit those toys of yesteryear, a sort of island of misfit obscure and ridiculous action figures from those exciting 90's.

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Chris Farley as Shrek? It Almost Happened [Video]

It's hard to imagine the role of Shrek being voiced by anyone other than Mike Myers, but the part originally belonged to Chris Farley who actually recorded most of the dialogue before his death in 1997.

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Darius Rucker Coming to VanAndel Arena in November

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and the man news papers dubbed “the best male singer in country music,” Darius Rucker, recently announced the fall leg of his Southern Style Tour which includes a November 19th stop at 7:30 PM in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, August 14 at 10:00 AM.

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