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Today in My History

2000:  Dis-Connected
2001:  Movies to Sleep By
2002:  True Confessions
2003:  It's the Little Things
2004:  More about Aussies
2005:  Being George Bush
2006
Uh...HELLO?
2007:  Answering the Call
2008:  It Seems So Long, Part 2
2009:  Ramon
2010:  What's That Needle Doing in my Skull?
2011: 
More Internet Time Wasters
2012: Don't Rain on My Flotilla
2013: Ice Cream Social

2014: Older Than Sliced Bread
2015: Appleberry
2016: Saturday 9
2017: Sunday Stealing
2018  Miscellaneous Sundries
2019: All it takes is a keyboard
2020:
Silent Sunday
2021:
Canine Clairvoyance


Books Read in 2022
 Updated 5/24
"Zero Day"
David Baldacci
(book #25 in 2022)


My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
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 7/21)

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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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4 June 2022

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 to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Saturday 9: Cinderella Rockefella (1968)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This record and video were inspired by popular tunes of the 1920s. Looking over your lifetime, which decade produced more of your favorite songs?
The 50s and early 60s.

2) "Cinderella Rockefella" topped the charts in England, yet barely broke into the Billboard Hot 100 here in the States. Still, the number was known to American audiences, performed as a duet on variety shows like The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Tommy and Kate Smith), This Is Tom Jones (Cher and Tom) and The Dean Martin Show (Nancy Ames and Dean). Do you remember watching musical-comedy programs? Did you have a favorite?
I did.  We watched the Smothers Brothers and Dean Martin.  Also Perry Como, Andy Williams and especially Laugh-in.  Does Ed Sullivan count?  Laugh-in would be my favorite.

3) It was written by Mason Williams, a prolific composer and comedy writer, as well as a talented guitarist. He is best known for "Classical Gas," his 1968 instrumental. Do you enjoy instrumentals? Or does a piece of music need lyrics to become one of your favorites?
I like both instrumentals and lyrics, though lyrics generally make me love a piece of music quicker than an instrumental.

4) This week's featured artists, Esther & Abi Ofarim, were considered the Sonny & Cher of Europe. A married couple, they had hits in the 1960s in both the UK and Germany and were depicted in magazines as the perfect young husband and wife. Fans were disappointed when, in 1969, they quit performing together and divorced in 1970 after 12 years of marriage. Can you think of a couple you knew in real life whose split shocked you? Or can you usually see it coming?
The divorce of Walt's old boss (and best friend) was a shock, though in looking over the situation at the time, it made sense.

5) Comparisons to Sonny & Cher are apt because, as with the Bonos, the wife's show business career fared better than the husband's, post-divorce. Esther's BBC specials were "appointment TV" in the UK during the 1970s. Today, with the advent of streaming and DVRs, viewers don't have to make sure they're in front of the screen when their favorite show airs. Tell us about the last show you watched. Was it live, streamed, on DVR or DVD/Blueray?
The last show I sat and watched was The Today Show, which I watch every day.  I also sort of watched Criminal Minds on Netflix, which puts me to sleep every afternoon, for my afternoon nap.

6) She had a solo hit with Esther in Kinderland, a collection of children's songs. Can you recall the lyrics of a favorite song from childhood? Where did you learn it (home, church, Scouts ...)?
I'm sure there were lots more that I can't remember now, but the one I remember most clearly is "You Are My Sunshine," which my cousin taught me so we could sing soprano/alto.

7) Abi continued performing after the split, but more often worked behind the scenes as a record producer and music publisher. Would you say you have a good head for business?
I have a terrible head for business.

8) After they finished school, both Abi and Esther served in the Israeli Army, and Abi saw combat. Have you served in our military? Did you ever consider enlisting?
No, and no.

9) Random question: How many keys are on your key ring, and do you know what each one is for?
I don't really have a key ring any more.  My key ring had my car key and the key to the house, but since I no longer drive, I'm always with someone who has a key to the house, so I don't need a house key.
 

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