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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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Davenport University Excellence in Business: Capt. Richard Phillips Keynotes; Wolverine CEO Blake Krueger Honored

Wolverine World Wide, Inc., CEO and Chairman Blake Krueger is being honored with the 2014 Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award at Davenport University's Excellence in Business Gala on May 2 at DeVos Place.

The gala, which benefits student scholarships at Davenport, has U.S. merchant mariner and author Capt. Richard Phillips as featured guest speaker. Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

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Rosalynn Carter Honoring Betty Ford at Ford Museum on April 8

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host former first lady Rosalynn Carter as she visits Grand Rapids on April 8 to participate in a luncheon program, America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship, commemorating former first lady Betty Ford’s 96th birthday. Following the luncheon, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum will host a panel discussion titled Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health, which is sponsored by Spectrum Health.

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Meet Another LaughFest Comedian: Baron Vaughn [Video]

Gilda's Club LaughFest officially begins tonight.  Rosa Parks Circle is the place that organizers are hoping over 1600 people will show up and wear dark glasses to set a world's record for people wearing dark glasses at night.  Goofy? Yes! Funny? Yes! That's LaughFest.

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Get to Know the Great Comedians at LaughFest

So much fun, so many laughs, so many people helped through Gilda's Club LaughFest.

I began a series yesterday to introduce you to some of the wonderful comedians coming to LaughFest.  We all know the headliners of Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Chris Rock, Sinbad, Jim Gaffigan a

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