Today in My History

2000:  Giraffes & Monkeys & Bees, Oh My
2001:  Last Day in London
2002:  Wake Up Call
2003:  Gorgeous Gorge
2004:  How Quickly It Goes
2005:  My Exciting Day
Keep Cool, Boy
2007: Have Microphone, Will Interview
2008: The Shoe on the Other Foot
  The Doctor Won't See You Now
2010:  My first 911
2011:  Dreams and Nightmares
2012: In My Dreams
2013: Faces to Remember

2014: Where are the Heroes?
2015: Two a Day
2016: Sunday Stealing
2017:  A Theater Weekend
2018: Camaraderie
2019: Holly Homemaker
2020: Dad's Dog

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 9/06
"Bonnie's Boy" by
F.E. Rechnitzer

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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18 September 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: I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1962)

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

 1) This song is a valentine to the city of San Francisco. Songwriters George Cory and Douglas Cross moved to New York to find fame and fortune and found themselves homesick for the city by the bay. Have you ever been homesick? Or, in the parlance of the song, where have you left your heart?
I was born and raised in San Francisco and lived in the San Francisco area until 1973, when Walt was transferred here to Davis, ~80 miles away.  I was homesick for the SF area for many years.  It was about 15 years before I started thinking of Davis as "home"

2) Cory and Cross were buddies with Ralph Sharon, a piano player who often worked with Tony Bennett. Ralph brought the song to Tony and the results were very happy for all involved. Have you more recently done, or been on the receiving end of, a favor?

Not sure if you call it a "favor," but my daughter saw that I wrote about a book I loved as a kid and couldn't find...she found it and sent it to me.

3) The lyrics compare San Francisco to Paris, Rome and Manhattan. Have you visited those cities?
I am, of course, prejudiced.  I've been to all of those cities and San Francisco is still my favorite.  Manhattan is entirely too busy, I wanted to love Paris and have been there  twice, but I just don't.  We were only on the outskirts of Rome, so I never really saw the city.  But could anybody possibly have more beautiful views than San Francisco?

4) This week's artist, Tony Bennett, sang professionally for the last time in August. He retired after performing at Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga. Their musical collaboration dates back to when they both performed at President Obama's inauguration. Though 60 years apart in age, they became fast friends based on their shared love of jazz. Do you find that most of your friends are older than you, younger than you, or within 5 years of you?
Probably within 5 years of me, for the people I know face to face.  A lot of my penpals are younger than my children.

5) While Lady Gaga grew up listening to Tony Bennett, as a young man Tony recalled listening to Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Joe Venuti. Which singers did you enjoy during your teen years?
I loved Judy Garland and Bing Crosby too.  I also liked Johnny Mathis and Perry Como.  Later I added John Denver and the Kingston Trio.

6) While he's famous for singing about San Francisco, Tony is a proud son of New York. Born in Queens, he chose to end his career at Radio City Music Hall and was excited to perform "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel at Shea Stadium in 2008. Do you have a favorite Billy Joel song?
Probably "Piano Man."

7) Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra may have been competitors but they shared mutual admiration. Sinatra called Bennett "the best singer in the business," and Bennett did a Sinatra homage album called Perfectly Frank. Think of people you have worked with over the years. Tell us about someone who has impressed you, and why.
Perhaps the person who impressed me the most was the doctor who headed the women's health office, when I went to work as a transcriptionist.  Everyone loved him.  He built the midwifery program in Davis and while c-section deliveries are in the 2-digit numbers across the country, we were consistently in the 1-digit. He treated his staff very well.  (Our Christmas gift each year was a year of housecleaning services)

Sadly our office was bought out by a bigger corporation and over the next year or so, he changed.  I left the office after about a year and reports I had from people who still worked with him, who always loved him, were "he's not the way you remember him."

8) The 1970s were a difficult period for Tony. During the days of disco and Studio 54, he said singing new songs made him feel like his mother, a talented seamstress, when she was forced to make a cheap dress. OK, so Tony doesn't like disco! Is there a genre of music you just don't care for?
Not a fan of any loud rock music (except for Lawsuit, of course). I actually have an eclectic list of music genres, everything from opera/operetta/classical to Broadway shows, to country, to music of the 30s-50s, and anything that sounds good.

9) Random question: Imagine you're the passenger in a long car ride. Are you more likely to be calm or fidgety?
I usually have a book to read on long car trips, so am either calm or sleeping.


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