4 December 2021
Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is
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Saturday 9: Got My Mind Set on You (1976)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) George Harrison sings that he requires money,
patience and time. Which of those three do you wish for most this morning?
Well, I don't really wish for money, but I have no need for more patience
or time, so I guess it would be money.
2) This was long one of George's favorite songs. He first heard it back in
September, 1963 -- months before the Beatles became an international phenomenon
-- when he visited his sister in Benton, IL. Is there a soong that reminds you of
a trip you took?
Every time I hear a John Denver song (the name of which I can't think of
now--and I couldn't find it on a list of top 40 Denver songs) it reminds me of a
trip that I took around Lake Tahoe. Don't know why, except we were
listening to a Denver CD and this song came up and I'd never heard it before.
3) For years, George thought his birthday was February 25. When he was 17, he
saw his birth certificate and learned he was really born on the 24th. His mother
explained that he was born just before midnight on the 24th and she didn't get
to hold him until early morning on the 25th, so she considered the 25th as his
birthday. Do you know any interesting stories about the day you were born?
No, not really except that I was a breech baby and came so fast the doctors
couldn't believe it and told my mother, during her second pregnancy, that at the
first sign of labor she should get to the hospital immediately. My sister
was born after ONE contraction four years later.
4) When George was just 14, he met Paul McCartney on a bus en route to
school. Tell us about a time when you met someone who ended up changing your
Walt and I went to Gilbert & Sullivan shows in San Francisco for many years, and
the patterman, Gilbert Russak, was always my favorite, but I was too shy to meet
him. Many years later, when I volunteered to help write a book about the
company's 25th anniversary, Gilbert and I got to be friends, and then best
friends. He completely changed my life and his was the very first death
that I ever experienced.
5) Then 17, John Lennon was not interested in letting George perform with his
band. He dismissed George as too young. Paul insisted George get a chance and
the rest, as they say, is history. Tell us about someone who stood up for you
and helped you succeed.
My senior homeroom teacher, Sister Zoe, stood up for me when I was editor of the
school yearbook and learned that the books would be delivered late and nobody
would get a book before graduation. I always thought of her as a mean nun,
but I overheard her giving a lecture to the class about how nobody would help me
with the book and how I had to do it all on my own and she refused to listen to
anybody complain about it. Not sure she helped me succeed exactly, but she
sure made a very unpleasant situation better.
6) In the 1970s, George took up gardening. He said that clearing away weeds
and overgrowth helped him clear his head, and he was very proud of his jasmine
flowers. What's your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
Writing is my hobby. I've enjoyed writing all my life and have written
letters, articles, journal entries, reviews, and a couple of books.
7) He also enjoyed playing ukulele and encouraged others to do the same.
George often gave ukuleles as birthday and Christmas gifts. What's the last gift
A pen pal sent me a video, that I enjoyed very much.
8) At the Academy Awards in spring 1976, another George was in the news.
George Burns won an Oscar for his performance in The Sunshine Boys. Who
was in the last movie you watched?
I watched it this morning, Coda, about a deaf family who make their
living fishing...and their hearing daughter whose love is singing and how she
ends up going to Berklee College of Music. Very good movie. On
9) What's the last thing you dropped? Did it break?
The remote to the TV. It didn't break. If it was easy to break, we'd be in
big trouble because I drop it so often.