Dan Aykroyd Named Sheriff’s Deputy
Remember that movie Dragnet from the ’80s? Dan Aykroyd played Joe Friday, a straight-laced, by-the-book cop who ate, drank and slept police work. Aykroyd was a fan of the original series from the ’50s and he always had an inkling to play Friday.
“Next to Clouseau, he’s the most famous cop in the world. If there was ever a character I’d always wanted to play, it was this,” said Aykroyd during the making of Dragnet.
Well, the former Ghostbusters and SNL star apparently also has a fascination with playing a cop in real life because this past week, the 61-year-old Canadian actor was sworn in as the newest member of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department’s reserve squad. The ceremony took place at the group’s Jackson, Mississippi, headquarters where the actor also received a uniform and badge.
“It’s an honor to join these ranks today,” said the actor. “I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today’s world.”
He understands because this isn’t the first time he’s been deputized. Aykroyd previously served two law enforcement agencies in Louisiana for almost 16 years. Imagine being pulled over for a traffic stop and Elwood Blues or Dr. Raymond Stantz knocks on your window? I wouldn’t know whether to be confused or excited.
While the actor isn’t as in demand as he once was, he still acts regularly so the chances of him being called upon are probably slim. But he did say he would help with fundraising at the department.
“A lot of departments can’t even afford ammunition for practice,” he told the local Clarion Ledger newspaper. “It’s that kind of tiny little challenge that you never think of. We’re going to be aware of that and aware of maybe doing some programs and some fundraisers to supplement the resources of the department here.”
It’s nice to hear he isn’t taking it as seriously as Steven Seagal which is a whole other matter. He realizes where he can be put to good use by helping with raising money. It’s a far cry from his Blues Brothers days when him and John Belushi were evading police on the streets of Chicago.
Chipper Jones Saves Former Teammate From Atlanta Snowstorm
If there was one place you didn’t want to be this week, it was an Atlanta highway. Thousands were left stranded when the rare southern snowstorm turned major roadways into sheets of ice.
Among those stranded was Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman who was stuck for five and-a-half hours. Being a fan of Twitter, he took to the social networking site to share his plight and let his followers know he was alright.
Another fan of Twitter is former Braves star and teammate of Freeman’s; Chipper Jones. Seeing that his friend was in a bind but unable to drive to get to him, Jones decided to rely on another form of transportation; his ATV.
Decked out in camouflage,a scarf and a pair of ski goggles, Jones came to Freeman’s rescue for the assisted double-play. Freeman of course shared the experience on Twitter:
Jones followed up tweet with a response of his own:
A moment I’ll never forget! ;)” @RealCJ10: He hugged me the whole way home!”
Girl Wonders Why There Aren’t More Female LEGO Figurines
Have you ever noticed a lack of female LEGO characters? As someone who hasn’t played with the toy in nearly 20 years, the thought had never crossed my mind. But for 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin, not only did she noticed it, she felt the need to write a letter to LEGO to call them out on their lack of gender equality:
“Dear Lego company,
My name is Charlotte. I am 7 year old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more lego boy people and barely any lego girls. today I went to a store and saw legos in two sections the girls pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks. I want you to make more lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!
AMEN CHARLOTTE! The girl’s father submitted an image of the photo to Sociological Images, which reposted it on Twitter and Facebook and it’s obviously blown up since.
The most impressive thing about Charlotte’s letter is her astute observation about the gender roles of the toys. Growing up, the girls played with Barbie dolls and stuffed animals while the boys had Transformers and LEGOs. But who says these toys can’t be enjoyed by both boys and girls?
Yes, the majority of kids playing with LEGOs are boys, but not all of them. I do find it odd that LEGOs are portraying gender roles as if it’s the ’50s. You can have female explorers and police officers and shark wranglers, it’s okay.
One commenter said it best upon reading this story, ‘Charlotte is going to change the world.’