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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
2006:  
Keep Cool, Boy
2007: Have Microphone, Will Interview

2008: The Shoe on the Other Foot
2009:
  The Doctor Won't See You Now
2010:  My first 911
2011:  Dreams and Nightmares
2012: I hate it when she's right
2013: 
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2014: Midnight in Beantown
2015: Saturday 9
2016: Best Laid Plans
2017:  Pole Line Road
2018: Finished...at Last Finished
2019: A Star Is Born


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September 19, 2020

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 are today's questions!

Saturday 9: Frankie and Johnny (1966)

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

1) When this record was initially released in 1966, it never cracked the Top 20. Critics were harsh, saying that Elvis had not kept up the times. How about you? Do you consider yourself up-to-date on today's music?

Not at all.  It's a Jeopardy category I would skip over entirely.

2) The song is about a woman named Frankie and Johnny, the man who does her wrong. Who is the most recent person to do you wrong? (It doesn't have to be in romance; it could be the person who cut in front of you in line at the supermarket.)

The people in China who sent the $30 puzzle I ordered for Jeri but sent the wrong puzzle and are not answering my emails about it.

3) Elvis sings that Johnny cheated with "a chick named Nellie Bly." The real Nellie was an estimable woman, a pioneering 19th century journalist. Can you think of another song that mentions a real person?

Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," which was written about Caroline Kennedy.  (There is also a Lawsuit song, "I Love Robert DeNiro")

4) This song was recorded for a movie by the same name. Elvis played a riverboat gambler. When did you last play a game of chance?

Not since Cousins Day ended, many years ago.   I'm not a good gambler.

5) Actor Harry Morgan had a supporting role in the movie. He's remembered as Officer Gannon on Dragnet and Col. Potter on M*A*S*H. Gannon was a good cop but could be particular about his food and surroundings. As a career soldier, Potter didn't mind roughing it every now and again. Which character are you more like: fussy Gannon or outdoorsy Potter?

Well, from the description, I'm really not like either, but I did like Potter and wouldn't mind being compared to him.

6) Elvis' leading lady was Donna Douglas. She filmed her part during her summer hiatus from TV's The Beverly Hillbillies. Have you ever had a summer job?

I worked as a biller clerk for a cheap tool company the summer after my graduation from high school.

7) Though not remembered as an actor, Elvis was a bona fide movie star. In 1966, he was listed (with Paul Newman, Sean Connery, John Wayne and Richard Burton) as one of the world's biggest box office draws. Who starred in the last movie you watched?

I have not seen a movie in  the theater in 2020.  Last movie I saw in the theater was Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks.

8) In 1966, Lauren Bacall appeared on the cover of Time with the headline: "The Pleasures and Perils of Middle Age." She was 41 years old and starring in a hit Broadway play. In the article, she explained that in middle age, she had come to understand that "character and a sense of humor are the two things that will carry you through." Tell us about something you understand better or appreciate more today than you did when you were young.

Friendships are not forever so you should never put too much emotion into them.  I've been through too many very painful friendship endings to want to make a close friendship again.  (Char, somehow, keeps hanging around.)

9) Random question: Have you checked out Bud and Mimi's cool new meme, Monday Madness?

I did.  I will check it out again next week and see if I can get the feel for what it's going to be like.
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
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1960 graduates of St. Vincent High
(the nun was our Freshman homeroom teacher)
taken at our 50th reunion, 2010
(I can only name two of these women now--and one of them is dead now!)

 

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