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Five '70s & '80s TV Stars' Web Sites

I was feeling nostalgic recently and decided to Google some of the TV stars I grew up watching. Turns out, many have their own Web sites, and one even has a blog.

1. Dick Van Patten

Boy did I love Van Patten on Eight is Enough, where he played Tom Bradford for 5 seasons. Still alive and well, Dick is now selling pet food at Natural Balance, Inc, with his partner and son, Jimmy Van Patten. I especially like "Dick's Corner" where he posts photos and keeps his audience up-to-date on his activities.

2. Bob Denver

bobdenver.jpgThough Gilligan passed away in 2005, at the time of his death, Bob Denver was busy with something called Little Buddy Radio, an online radio station. From the Web site: "Rocking airwaves around the world, it's Little Buddy Radio Online! The format, spanning all decades of musical memories, makes it possible for music lovers to 'Cruise Through Time" on Little Buddy Radio 24 hours a day. This station is owned and operated by The Denver Foundation, Bob's last legacy. He loved West Virginia and wanted his foundation to help the handicapped and disadvantaged in the area."

3. Erik Estrada

CHips.jpgFormer CHiPs star Erik Estrada is still acting, most recently in a show called Husband for Hire on the Oxygen network. But more interesting is the important work he's doing with the Safe Surfin' Foundation. From the Web site: "Erik has now joined forces with the Safe Surfin' Foundation & Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces around the country to protect our nation's children from the sexual predators who prowl the Internet looking for their next victim. Their Task Forces are located throughout the United States and stand ready to offer assistance to the law enforcement community, and to the citizens they are sworn to protect."

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4. Suzanne Somers

suzanneproducts.jpgThe pinup from the classic Three's Company is probably the most famous of the lot, and as such, you smart readers might already know this, but I sure didn't. She's now got her own line of products, which she sells at SuzanneSomers.com. From the site: "I have carefully selected and tested each item. As you know, I will not put my name on a product unless I truly believe it works. I have beauty products, fitness products, weight-loss products, books, tapes, jewelry and apparel! Now I can offer you all of these items with the ease and convenience of ordering online. We are working every day to bring you more products. Make sure you check in frequently as we will be updating the site constantly."

5. Lydia Cornell

toocloseforcomfot.jpgYes, former Too Close for Comfort star Lydia Cornell (the fetching blonde) is now blogging rather regularly over at her own Web site - topics seem to be about whatever is on her mind that day. Here's her blogger bio: "You're supposed to be married to the person who annoys you the most -- the most spiritual growth happens with your enemies. That's why the Arabs and Israelis live next door to each other, THEY JUST DON'T GET IT YET! I live in a house of men: I have three boys and two dogs including my husband. And they're all going through puberty. The dog gets more affection than I do; I have to compete with Chazzie for back rubs! We also have a bearded dragon who loves classical music. He sways his head to Handel's Water Music and Mozart."lydiablog.jpg

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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

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