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23 July 2016
||Welcome to Saturday: 9.
What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions
every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other
times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do
"random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other
participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any
rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and
here is today's meme!.. Because
Melissa suggested Jan
and Dean. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) When the song was
written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set
in a real place.
It would be easy to talk about cities like San Francisco or Chicago or
New York, but how many people know there is a song written about Davis,
2) In the
song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon,
which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old
is your vehicle?
I think three years. It's the first "new" car we have bought, but
Walt wanted a rear camera and they had just started putting them on
3) Are you good on a
Let's put it this way. If we were on a beach and a surf board was
lying on the sand, waiting for a surfer to come along, and I decided to
just try standing on it on the beach, I'd probably fall off.
4) When you spend
time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?
I spend so little time out in the sun, that I don't even own
5) Dean's original
partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie
didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to
college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish
someone would invent?
That damn transporter Gene Roddenberry promised us. I would love
to be able to go visit my granddaughters for a couple of hours and then
transport back home again. That 8 hour drive is a killer.
6) Jan was a
perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only
graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC
Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
Yes, but never seriously.
7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the
years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic
artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross
and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
Pretty sure it's words first, then pictures, then music....or
maybe words-music-pictures. But Words always first.
8) In 1978, CBS made
a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a
made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?
I've answered this question many times. I always say Rosie
O'Donnell...Melissa McCarthy would be OK too.
9) Random question:
Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From
books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
From my mother and one awful day when my father decided to explain
things to me. He made it all sound so dirty. (She told me it was a
good way to make up after a fight, which tells you something about her
marriage and why she finally divorced my father after 35 years!)
*Huntington Beach changed it's name to Surf City in the 1990s.