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25 May 2019

Saturday 9: God Bless America

Unfamiliar with Deanna Durbin's rendition of week's tune? Hear it here.

Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle.


1) Memorial Day was introduced after the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, this is when memorials, as well as the graves of veterans, are to be decorated with flags and flowers on this day to show our appreciation. Is there a war memorial in your neighborhood?

There is an area in the local cemetery set aside for veterans and I think there is a war memorial in Sacramento, 15 miles away.

2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial/Decoration Day was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents?

No, but JFK waved at me from his car on his way to giving a speech at UC Berkeley and I shook Tipper Gore's hand once.

3) According to the AAA, more than 30 million Americans will hit the road this weekend and drive more than 50 miles. Will you be traveling far from home this weekend?

The farthest we will be driving is about 1/4 mile to the Art Center for a play I am reviewing tonight.

4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?

Well, if anyone read yesterday's entry, it won't be a surprise for me to say potato salad, though I haven't had my favorite potato salad in about 30 years.

5) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?

No, though the fan is about 10" from my face, so if it gets hot, turning it on for about a minute is sufficient to cool me off ... but today it's not very hot.

6) Though she's belting out one of America's best loved patriotic songs, Deanna Durbin was born in Canada. Is there anyone in your family or circle of friends who wasn't born in the USA?

I don't believe so, though our ancestors came from Scotland to Canada several generations ago.  In fact, the place where they settled was then called "Scotts Corners" (my mother's maiden name was Scott), though it was eventually changed to something else.

7) No longer a household name, Ms. Durbin was once one of the biggest stars in the country. One of her most popular films was 1937's One Hundred Men and a Girl, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Recommend a movie that you really like, but don't think many Saturday 9ers have seen.

I have eclectic tastes and like a lot of little-known movies, like The Frisco Kid, a very early Harrison Ford movie; The Court Jester where Danny Kay gives his speech about which cup holds poison; The Fatal Glass of Beer, the movie my son described as "the dumbest movie ever" and then invited all of his friends to come and see it; The Trouble with Harry, Shirley MacLain's first movie.  Etc., etc., etc.

8) Back in 1938, Deanna Durbin had her handprints cemented in front of the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Have you ever visited that Los Angeles tourist attraction?

Yes, I have, but it was Grauman's Chinese Theater at the time.  I even have a placemat with a picture of the section where Judy Garland's signature and footprints are.

9) Random question: What food did you hate as a child, but enjoy now?

Mushrooms!!  How could I ever have hated them?


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