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17 November 2018

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!

Saturday 9: Sentimental Journey (1945)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Doris sings that she has her bag packed. Tell us about your luggage. Is your bag easy to spot on the luggage carousel?

It's pretty plain vanilla, hard-sided on wheels, but it has a belt around it that has my name on it.

2) The release of this song coincided with VE Day, and so it meant a great deal to troops returning home from Europe. What song has sentimental value for you? Why?

Many.  A few Lawsuit songs (our kids' band, one of which is "Funny" which was the inspiration for this blog), Judy Garland's "Stormy Weather," which I used to listen to lying on the floor by the speaker in the dark on depressed days >50 years ago, lots of others from specific emotional times in my life.

3) As a young girl, Doris was passionate about dance. Concentrating in the studio and performing on stage helped distract her from heartache and embarrassment over her parents' divorce. When you want to escape from what's troubling you, what do you do?

I guess I watch TV.  I can't do much else at this moment in my life.

4) Her dancing days came to an end when, at age 15, she was in a car accident and damaged her leg. During her recovery, she discovered how much she enjoyed singing with the radio, and was delighted to find others enjoyed hearing her. Tell us about a time you unexpectedly found happiness or success.

When I started doing medical transcription, I was thrilled because I'd always wanted to be a part of the medical field, but didn't figure I would be able to be a doctor or a nurse.

5) She moved from singer to actress in the late 1940s and was a major movie star for 25 years. She was paired with the most popular leading men of her time -- everyone from Clark Gable to Frank Sinatra to Rock Hudson. If you could share a kiss with any actor or actress, who would you choose?

From what I've heard about all those passionate kisses we see on the screen, I suspect the reality is not all it's cracked up to be and I think I'll pass, thank you. 

6) 1968 was a terrible year for Doris. First, she suddenly became a widow. Then she discovered that her late husband and his business partner had squandered her money and she had to file for bankruptcy. Oh, wait! There's more! She also found that, in his role as her manager, her late husband had, without her knowledge, committed her to a weekly TV series. Do you have a 1968? What year you can point to and say, "Wow, I'm glad that's over"?

I have had lots of tragic events in many years, but I can't think of one specific year  that stands out with more tragedies than any other.

7) After retiring from show business, she became an advocate for animal welfare. She has said we should be more sensitive to the loneliness, sadness and guilt people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time you were grieving. What words or gestures helped you through? Conversely, what's something no one should ever say to someone who is hurting?

"Your grief embarrasses me." (the last time I saw or heard from this person), or "You'll get over it" or "You'll always remember him" (after the death of each of my kids--as if I could ever forget them!).  Conversely, the people (often people I didn't know all that well) who were the biggest help were those who weren't afraid to let me talk, and one woman who brought me a book called "How to Survive the Loss of a Love" which got me through a terrible period of my life (book highly recommended!)

8) Doris' only child was her son, record producer Terry Melcher. Terry had a successful, years-long collaboration with The Beach Boys. Do you have a favorite Beach Boys song?

I was not a Beach Boys fan.  I looked through a list of their songs and recogize some, but none that I would list as a "favorite."

9) Random question: What's one thing you've never done, but have always wanted to try?

This goes back to grammar school.  I desperately wanted to take ballet lessons, but my mother told me I was too fat and nobody would want me.  70+ years later I am still uncomfortable when I have to dance.
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

This is the guy my mother calls her "boyfriend."
(Don't know if his wife knows that)


 

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