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Today in My History

2000: A Change of Plans
2001:
Kill the Wabbit
2002: 
Chutes and Ladders
2003: 
Wild Kingdom
2004: 
The Changeling
2005: 
Dear Dr. X
2006: 
15 Things About Books
2007: 
Social Debut
2008:
  Why I Hate Facebook
2009:  Crawling Back to Life
2010: My Friend Diane
2011:  A Seanachie Convention
2012: J-E-L-L-O
2013: Welcome Back
2014: Book Meme - Part 1
2015: So How is Sheila Doing?
2016: Smorgasbord
2017: Sunday Stealing
2018  The picnic MUST go on!
2019: Lacie Day
2020: Surprise


Theater Reviews
Updated 3/20/21
The Count and the Curse

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)

Email
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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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10 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: Mairzy Doats (1944)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) While today this is considered a children's song, "Mairzy Doats" was a #1 hit and a staple on radio stations in 1944. Do you know any of today's most popular songs? (Here's this week's Hot 100.)

I don't think I've heard any of the top 100.  I don't listen to the radio.

2) One of the song's writers recalled that the song was inspired by an old English nursery rhyme. Tell us a rhyme you remember from childhood.

Ring Around the Rosie, Pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, all fall down.  This is supposedly the creepiest nursery rhyme.  It is not actually about frolicking around a rose bush, but about the plague that killed 75-200 million people in the mid-1300s. The symptoms of contracting the plague included a red rash in the shape on a ring on the skin, as well as sneezing

3) This week's group, The Merry Macs, was formed by three brothers -- Judd, Joe and Ted McMichael -- who learned to harmonize at home. Did you grow up in a musical household?

Definitely.  My father was a big jazz fan and our house was filled with jazz records and other popular tunes of the 1930s and 40s.  He was a piano player and played the piano.  They often had parties where their friend, a priest, always led people in singing songs.

4) When the McMichaels decided their new group needed a woman's voice, they asked Cheri McKay to join them. Realizing all their names began with Mc, they began calling themselves The Merry Macs. Have you ever performed with a singing group? (Yes, that garage band you played in after school counts.) If yes, what was your band called?

Only school choirs and church choirs.

5) The Merry Macs' first gigs were playing high school dances. Do you have any memories of school dances you'd like to share this morning?

I don't really remember the dances themselves, but remember helping to set up for the dance.  And I remember my senior prom, mostly because my boyfriend, who took me to my junior prom, was now in the Jesuits and I had no boyfriend, so a neighbor took me to the prom and I didn't really like him, so I didn't have a good time.

6) Once their recording career took off, The Merry Macs went to Hollywood. They appeared in a film with the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. Who last made you laugh?

One of the comedians who was auditioning for America's Got Talent.  And this video makes me laugh.

7) In 1944, when "Mairzy Doats" topped the charts, sunscreen was invented. It was first developed to protect soldiers during WWII, and that original formula was sold to Coppertone. Do you regularly use sunscreen?

No.  I go out into the sun so rarely that it never occurs to me to wear sunscreen.

8) Also in 1944, a board game called Murder! was introduced in England. In 1949 it made its way to the United States and was renamed Clue. It's still popular today. Can you name any of the original 6 "characters" in the Clue game? (Extra credit: One was replaced in 2016; who was it?)

The only one I remember is Miss Scarlet.

9) Random question: The new house you just bought comes with a big mirror on the ceiling of the master bedroom. Would you take it down or leave it there?

Good lord--I'd take it down immediately.  It might fall on me!


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My father playing the piano -- you can see his records in the back

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