Saturday 9: High Noon (1952)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) What will you be (or were you) doing at high noon on Saturday?
Probably working on
this week's Sunday Stealing.
2) In this song, Tex Ritter sings he doesn't know what fate awaits him. How strong is your sense of intuition? Tell us about a time you knew what would happen before it occurred.
I have absolutely
horrible intuition. If I "know" a thing is going to happen, you can bet
your bottom dollar that's the LAST thing that will happen.
3) This song was the theme of a hit movie western by the same name. It starred Gary Cooper as a small-town sheriff. When did you last interact with a member of law enforcement?
The last time I
remember was 8 years ago, when we had to hire a police officer to supervise
my mother's 90th birthday party (because those nonagenarians are so rowdy,
4) Grace Kelly co-starred as the "fair-haired beauty" mentioned in this song. Four years later, she gave up films to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Which job seems like more fun -- movie star or royal?
Good lord, neither!
But given a choice, I've been to Hollywood and I've been to Monaco, and I guess
I'd choose Monaco
5) Though he cultivated a "just plain folk" persona, this week's featured artist, Tex Ritter, was really cosmopolitan and highly educated, earning a degree in economics from the University of Texas before going on to study pre-law at Northwestern. Do you think the "real you" is consistent with the image you convey?
I think the "real me"
is a lot more introspective and boring than the image some people have of me.
6) Tex Ritter was the father of Emmy-winning comedic actor, John Ritter. John is remembered fondly as the voice of Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Clifford appeals to children because he is "gentle, friendly, loyal, lovable and clumsy." Do any of those adjectives apply to you?
Probably all of them,
adding "big" to the list!
7) Tex is also the grandfather of Jason Ritter, star of ABC-TV's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. If you followed one of your grandparents into their line of work, what would you be doing?
None of my four
grandparents, but my great grandfather, on my mother's side, established the
Santa Rosa Press Democrat and was its editor and columnist for many years.
(My paternal grandfather parked cars for a living, my maternal grandfather was a
farmer. Neither grandmothers worked after marriage.)
8) In 1952, the year "High Noon" was popular, Stopette, the first antiperspirant deodorant spray, was introduced. Do you use a deodorant spray, stick or roll on?
I'm not sure what you
call it. You turn a button on the bottom and some stuff squeezes out the
holes on the top. I guess that is closest to a roll on, without the ball.
9) Random question: What's something you have always wanted to own, but never have?
When I was a kid, I
wanted one of those beautifully dressed dolls, but never got one. I don't
know if they even make them any more. When I went into grief therapy after
my friend Gilbert died, the therapist told me I should buy something I always
wanted. I knew instantly I would buy one of those dolls, but when I looked
at dolls, but the thrill was gone (and the therapist never asked me about it