John Stamos and His Wild New Podcast on Frank Sinatra’s Kidnapping

The well-known actor and musician, John Stamos, is now the narrator of a podcast. The podcast is called The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra, and it’s a series that is available on Wondery+ as well as other podcast streaming platforms.

John Stamos Narrates the Story of Barry Keenan

John Stamos and His Wild New Podcast on Frank Sinatra’s Kidnapping In the podcast, Stamos tells the story of Barry Keenan who was one of the men who kidnapped Frank Sinatra’s son, Frank Sinatra Jr., when he was 19 years old back in 1963. John Stamos got access to the story secretly through Hollywood connections, and he’s been sitting on it for quite some time.

Back when Stamos was in his mid-20s, he was at the Orange County Fair about to play an encore along with the Beach Boys when he was approached by Dean Torrence from the duo Jan and Dean. Stamos was asked if he had ever produced anything, and he answered yes, even though he hadn’t. That was when Torrence said that his best friend had kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr. back in the ‘60s and he had the manuscript that was written in jail.

As a way to pay Torrence back for the money he lent to Keenan, Keenan had given him the manuscript that detailed the kidnapping that locked him up. He was only one of three masterminds behind the whole scheme, alongside Joe Amsler and John Irwin, who was also convicted.

Frank Sinatra and his son, Frank Sinatra Jr.When John Stamos got the manuscript, he threw it in a box since he didn’t know what to do with it at the time.

An Embarrassing Moment for the Sinatras

Even after it was over, the kidnapping was an embarrassing thing for both of the Sinatras, and Junior was accused of having the whole thing set up for publicity. With Frank Sinatra passing away in 1998 and Junior passing away in 2016, the story was bound to come out sometime.

In 1998, Keenan sold the rights to his story to Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures, but Junior sued to stop the deal. John Stamos is quite intrigued by Keenan’s story which also involves many twists and turns that are both complicated and strange which adds to the true-crime element of it all.

Don’t Panic & Learn How to Fix a Water-Damaged Phone Without Rice

Most people have already been there – in a situation where they have dropped their phones in water, spilled their beverages all over their Android or iOS devices. Here is what you need to do if you spill any kind of liquid on your phone.

Phones with water splashed on screen
Don’t Panic & Learn How to Fix a Water-Damaged Phone Without Rice

First, Turn off the Phone

You should immediately power down the device and reduce the chance of any electronic components from a shortage. Next, use a SIM card removal tool or a pin to pop open the SIM tray and remove the SIM card. The liquid could have gotten into the tiny opening and you want to avoid having to replace your SIM card too. It’s not a big expense, but it can be a pain to deal with. Also, take out the battery if your device allows it.

Dry It

Testing waterproof mobile phone with pouring water splash over water resistant screen
Don’t Panic & Learn How to Fix a Water-Damaged Phone Without Rice

This sounds like it’s something simple but this is actually where things could get tricky. Rice is the ever-popular urban legend, but it might not be the best possible material to soak up excess water. Don’t even think about taking a hairdryer to your phone. Added heat could easily cause corrosion if there was any water on its hardware. Instead, start with a microfiber cloth that’s similar to the one you use to wipe smudges off your glasses. Use a cloth to wipe down the components if you can’t remove the back panel.

About the Rice…

You could try powering your device at this point to assess any damage. However, it’s recommended to take a further step before risking turning it on. Submerge your phone in a desiccant. It’s a substance that can induce dryness by absorbing water.

Mobile phone in milled brown rice
Don’t Panic & Learn How to Fix a Water-Damaged Phone Without Rice

Rice is not as absorbent as you think. A company that is known for buying broken and used devices and then reselling them, conducted a series of various experiments to which decisions work best with which phones. Six out of nine phones did power back on after using the rice method. Another two were recovered to the point that the user would be able to pull most of the data from the phone. Interestingly, Samsung devices did better with the rice than iPhones.

If the Device Fails…

If your phone was submerged in water for a good amount of time, you still have options. Apple accepts water-damaged phones as part of its trade-in program, though you will have tempered expectations about how much money you will get on a gift card, in return.