My wife Colleen and I were married in 2000. Her grandmother used to own Ma Cole's dinner for all you old timers. And yes we met on the the radio. She was my first winner with Movie trivia 15 years ago. We have helped to for a new Theatre Company that raises money for charity. The Valparaiso Theatrical Company give 60% of every ticket sold back to a 501C3 charity. We have two sons and 4 grand children.
2008 Trace Adkins performs "You're Gonna Miss This" in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Also appearing: James Taylor, Miley Cyrus and Darius Rucker
2006 The Recording Industry Association awards a gold album for Dierks Bentley's "Long Trip Alone"
2003 Toby Keith performs "Beer For My Horses," "How Do You Like Me Now?!" and "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" at halftime when the Dallas Cowboys host the Dolphins in a Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving. Miami wins, 40-21
2002 Keith Urban rides off with a gold album, for "Golden Road"
2001 Reba McEntire is nominated for a People's Choice Award for her acting in the TV series "Reba." Other country stars receiving nominations: The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and George Strait
1996 "Sling Blade" opens in American movie theaters. The picture features Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter's son, John Ritter. It also includes an Emmylou Harris performance of "Shenandoah"
1993 Joe Diffie joins the Grand Ole Opry
1980 William Lee Golden, of The Oak Ridge Boys, stops trimming his beard. Combined with the long hair he's been growing since Christmas 1979, the facial hair helps create a new mountain man image
1976 Joe Nichols born in Rogers, Arkansas. Beginning in 2002, he becomes one of the first new hitmakers of the century, scoring Grammy nominations and using a Haggard-like tone on such releases as "The Impossible" and "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"
2011 Jennifer Nettles marries Justin Miller in east Tennessee with Sugarland partner Kristian Bush in attendance
2010 Willie Nelson is arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana
2009 Billy Currington sings "People Are Crazy" on a train float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York. Also in the NBC lineup: Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Fallon, Carly Simon and Gloria Gaynor, singing "I Will Survive"
2005 A "CMT Crossroads" episode featuring Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie makes its TV debut. The two collaborate on such titles as "Lady," "Easy," "She Believes In Me," "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" and "The Gambler"
2002 Curb releases the album "Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors," while Simon & Schuster releases a companion book, "Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors: This Is Ours"
1998 Jo Dee Messina sings "I'm Alright" from a covered wagon and Martina McBride does "Happy Girl" from a turkey float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kenny Rogers rides a Statue of Liberty float, and Kevin Sharp performs a song from "Annabelle's Wish"
2010 Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood's Grand Ole Opry performance of "Temporary Home" are featured in ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," centered on the restoration of Nashville's Lighthouse Christian School
2006 Clay Walker gets engaged to Jessica Craig at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas
2005 The Grand Ole Opry holds a show at Carnegie Hall, with Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss + Union Station, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Bill Anderson, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Ricky Skaggs
2004 Toby Keith claims two trophies in the American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Other country winners include Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire
2001 Garth Brooks: Coast To Coast Live" airs on CBS-TV from Los Angeles' Great Western Forum. The first of three straight Wednesday-night concert specials, the show features Keb' Mo' and Trisha Yearwood with Tyler England rejoining Brooks' band, Stillwater
1989 MCA releases Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name" album
1978 United Artists releases Kenny Rogers' album "The Gambler"
1977 Crystal Gayle receives her first gold single and album, for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "We Must Believe In Magic"
2010 Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" ranks #1 as CMT debuts "40 Greatest Songs Of The Decade"
2008 Curb releases the Rodney Atkins single "It's America," with Bruce Springsteen references in the chorus, to radio
2006 The Judds perform "Love Can Build A Bridge" at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C. Also present: presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey
2005 The New York premiere of the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" at the Beacon Theatre draws Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Van Zant, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Dierks Bentley, Lonestar and Sara Evans, among others
2001 Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and Lonestar receive two nominations apiece as the American Music Awards finalists are revealed by Dick Clark at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
1996 Trisha Yearwood has a guest role on the controversial ABC-TV sitcom "Ellen," where she performs "Everybody Knows"
1982 Ricky Skaggs ascends to #1 in Billboard with "Heartbroke," written by Guy Clark
1975 Hank Williams Jr. undergoes four hours of plastic and oral surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital to repair damages from a 500-foot fall in an August mountain accident
1999 Garth Brooks hosts NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live," with musical guest Chris Gaines
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