Today in My History

2000:  Be Prepared
2001:  You Have to be Carefully Taught
2002:  Visions of Sugarplums
2003:  Whine and Cheese
2004:  Hard Times Call for Harsh Measures
2005:  Grandpa Josiah

2006 I Hate Dogs
2007: Things You Love
2008: "Loose Lips Sink Ships"
2009: Hoarders
2010: Divorcing CVS
2011: A Bit of a Break, sort of
2012: Joyful, Joyful

2013:  Naked Animals
The Hell that is Travel
2015  Blue Apron
2016: Sunday Stealing
2017: The Dreaded Christmas Letter
2018: Austen Syndrome
2019: National Cookie Day

2020: To Quench a Thirst

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 10/29
"Wish You Well" by
David Baldacci

Theater Reviews
Updated 11/23

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Pi´┐Żata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev

4 December 2021

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: Got My Mind Set on You (1976)

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

 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 life.
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 you received?
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 Apple+

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.



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