Today in My History

2000:  If You Want to Make God Laugh
Playin the Waiting Game
Bev Sykes, Intrepid Reporter
Cooking for One
Turn Here
Yon Sopa has a Lean and Hungry Look
2008:   Finally! --  Cousins Day!!
2009:   Reborn Adolescent
2010:   My Eyes are Watering
2011:   Crash Course
2012:  If It's Tuesday
2013:  A Sad Tale of Technical Woe
2014:  Today at Logos
2015:  Room

2016:  Well THAT Chapter is Closed
2017: National Ice Cream Day
2018  The Mug Wiper
2019: Making Up
2020: National Parks

Theater Reviews
Updated 7/10/21

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 6/29
"Written in my own
Heart's Blood"
Diana Gabaldon

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 Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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17 July 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: Purple People Eater (1958)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

 1) When actor Sheb Wooley brought this song to MGM Records, they initially rejected it, saying it just wasn't the kind of thing they wanted to be associated with. Then executives discovered how popular the audition recording was with the 20-somethings in the office. MGM released it after all and it became a #1 hit. Tell us about a time you were glad you changed your mind about something.

I guess MGM must have liked the song after all...even Judy Garland recorded it.

I was asked to be theater critic and said no because I didn't want to have to review friends who weren't great actors.  But eventually I decided that I did want to be a critic.  That was in 2000 and I've been very happy to be reviewing shows for the past 20 years.

2) This song has been so enduringly popular that in the 1970s, the Minnesota Vikings defensive line referred to themselves as the Purple People Eaters. What football team do you root for?

The 49ers.  My son is a huge 9er fan.  Even one of my granddaughters is a 9er fan.

3) The song was initially inspired by Sputnik, the satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1958. In the 21st century, do you think space exploration is a worthwhile public investment? Or would you prefer governments spend that money here on earth?

While I know we learn a lot doing space exploration, it's difficult to justify $22 billion (2020) spent on space when there are children in this country who don't have enough to eat, and homelessness is such a problem.

4) The Purple People Eater is a visitor from another planet. When you imagine creatures from outer space, are they frightening or friendly?

It's funny that all movies about creatures from outer space make them sound frightening, but if we landed on another planet, wouldn't we be curious to learn about the planet and its occupants?  The crew of the Enterprise doesn't land on a new planet with guns blazing.

5) This record was the biggest hit Sheb Wooley ever had. He was better known as an actor, costarring with Clint Eastwood on the 1950s TV show, Rawhide. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?

I don't really watch Clint Eastwood movies, but I did enjoy Space Cowboys.

6) Sheb and Clint remained buddies and appeared together decades later in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). Tell us about one of your longest-lasting friendships.

I refer to Char, my BFF, here often.  We met each other >60 years ago at UC Berkeley.  We've raised our kids together (we both had 5 and are godparents to each other's children).  We belonged to the Pinata Group.  We've done a lot of weird things, like taking our kids to see the elephants being moved to a circus destination, and our pumpkin pie tossings.  Our families camped together many times when the kids were small, we explored ghost towns, and when our kids grew up, we went on many cruises together to Russia, China and several places in Europe.  I can't imagine my life without her.

7) In 1958, when this song was popular, hula hoops were a national craze. Did you ever play with a hula hoop? If yes, were you good at it?

I tried hula hoops, but was never able to do it.

8) Also in 1958, Arnold Palmer won his first Masters Golf Tournament. When did you most recently play golf?

I am not a golfer.  The last time I played miniature golf was in Australia in 2003 (I won)


9) Random question: Do you believe women gossip more than men?




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