The Father’s Day 2018 Week That Was

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First, Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, particularly to my brothers and cousins and cousins-in-law (what do you call your cousins’ spouses?) who are fathers. A special wish for a Happy Heavenly Father’s Day to my dad, Bill Holton, my stepfather, Jack “Tex” Christian, my father-in-law, Joe Kacka, and all my male relatives who were dads.

That said, here’s the summary for last week.

Had trouble coming up with a topic for Monday, so I did a survey post: From WJJD in Chicago, their very first survey from 1956. It was interesting, because although rock & roll had been a big deal for about a year, there were only a couple of rock songs in the Top 10.

I was surprised to see that I hadn’t done Bobby Darin yet, so he was the featured artist.

This week’s one-liner was a first line (okay, two lines) that I came up with a number of years ago that I thought would be a good beginning to a story. I never used it, so if you can, knock yourself out. Maybe I should run a contest with it, though I don’t have anything to give a way in the way of prizes… what do you think?

The prompt “bright” brought to mind a book that was in my Dad’s collection, Bright Leaf, which made me think of how I never read any of his books because I was afraid I’d get in trouble. Kip thinks it was because I drew an escape plan in one of them (long story). He’s probably not wrong, but I think that was just part of it.

Since I had already done a survey post this week, and because someone revived what has turned out to be my most-popular post of all time, I posted a playlist of ten more songs with “ain’t” in the title.

The prompt “reservation” made me think of all the travel arrangements I ever made, including one trip where the travel agent got it backwards.

I’m not planning anything exciting for the coming week, but you never know what could happen.

Thanks to:

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!


The “A Third Of June” Week That Was

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A quiet and not terribly eventful week has come and gone. They all kind of blend into each other these days. Dentist tomorrow, this time for a cleaning, which isn’t too bad. I get my new tooth installed on the 25th. At least, I think I do… anyway, here’s the summary for last week.

Alana wanted us to come up with crossovers, either songs from one genre that were popular in another or artists who were popular in more than one genre. I was able to think of ten and the others came up with some others. I’d say we did a good job.

Johnny Crawford, who starred with Chuck Connors in that late-’50’s Western The Rifleman, was this week’s featured artist. I think people were surprised he could sing.

I took a funny comment I saw on Apartment Therapy’s website and used it on Wednesday.

Given the prompt “famous,” I discussed “fame and fortune” and told why I’d rather have the latter because I don’t think I could stand having the former. A lot of you agreed with me.

This week’s survey was from Springbok Radio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We were to start our post with a noun and use it as our theme. I drew a blank, so I used “blank” as my word, and Bob’s your uncle…

It’ll be pretty much as always, since I don’t anticipate anything earth-shattering to happen. If it does, we’ll be sure to break in with bulletins.

Thanks to:

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

The First June 2018 Week That Was

Here are Pat Boone and Dinah Shore for the ’59 Chevys, due out October 16!

Dinah looks like she has a 19″ waist, doesn’t she? We had a ’59 Biscayne, complete with the tailfins.

The Week That Was

Did some cleaning in my office yesterday, and things are still all out of place. I took the day off from the blog and commenting, so I really have a lot of catching up to do. I’m still backed up from April, believe it or not. So, let’s review the week and I might see you sometime today.

Monday was Memorial Day, as well as a freebie day on M4. I reviewed the songs that were #1 on WLS during the ’60’s. It was also my last day as your guest conductor for the month; tomorrow, Alana takes over, and she has some goodies planned for June, so stay tuned. And the invitation stands: if you want to join us for our Monday Boogiefest, check out the rules on Xmas Dolly’s website.

Johnny Tillotson, who had a big hit with “Poetry In Motion” and is still going strong at 80, was the featured artist.

This week’s one-liner was a quote from Chicago-based architect and city planner Daniel Burnham, who was one of the chief architects of the White City, one of the primary attractions of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and author of the Burnham Plan for Chicago, one of the first attempts at urban planning on a grand scale. My apologies to anyone who was unable to watch the video because of YouTube’s restrictions. I have no knowledge of when that will happen, and even less of an understanding why it happens; guess it’s all a part of life on the Internet.

Kat’s challenge was to write about a college memory. I wrote about my first experience with the class enrollment process that Northwestern used circa 1974, back when we had to collect computer cards to build our class schedule. This was back when we used to walk to school barefoot, uphill both ways, in the snow, backwards. Now the task is relatively painless.

We stayed in Australia for this week’s chart, from radio station 2WS in Sydney as of June 3, 1979. In many ways not much different fromn what was happening here music-wise around the same time. Richmond Road suggested I look at 2JJ, the chief pop station for Sydney in the ’70’s, who played more music from Australian artists, so I’m off to find some.

Linda’s prompt of “your favorite word” left many of us nonplussed, including apparently Linda herself. I referenced the Monty Python sketch about “woody” and “tinny” words and shared a couple of pictures of the rainstorm on Friday afternoon that happened while I was writing the piece at Starbucks.

No surprises expected as I continue to work my way out of my comment backlog and try to clean my office.

Thanks to:

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

The Memorial Day 2018 Edition of The Week That Was

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I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend. We’ve had dire predictions of torrential rain and flooding all week, and every afternoon is bright and sunny. I should have been a meteorologist. I could be totally wrong every day and still keep my job. Before moving along with the summary for the week, there’s been something I’ve been forgetting, that I should have addressed on Tuesday.


Back on May 15, I had a Battle of the Bands. The song was Al Jolson’s “Avalon” and the combatants were The Benny Goodman Quartet, Louis Armstrong with members of The Dukes of Dixieland, and Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grappelli and presumably other members of the Quintette along with a couple of unidentified horn players. Here are the results:

Benny Goodman: 6
Django Reinhardt: 4
Louis Armstrong: 1

Congratulations to Benny, kudos to Django for making it close, and Louis, I guess them’s the breaks.

I’m going to take the next round, scheduled for this Friday, and the next one, scheduled for two weeks later, off while I focus on visiting other BotB participants and voting in their battles. I’ve been remiss and I apologize to them for that.

The theme I chose for this past Monday was “songs about remembering and forgetting,” in honor of Memorial Day, because that’ll be a freebie and I think everyone appreciates those. Thanks again to Marie, a/k/a Xmas Dolly, for giving me the opportunity to be the Guest Conductor, and I hope I’ll get another chance later.

Del Shannon, one of my favorite artists from the early Sixties, was the featured artist.

Congratulations again to Cheryl at Dreaming Reality for winning the 2018-2019 badge design contest. My one liner this week was from Jane Wagner, one of Lily Tomlin’s writers.

I used this week’s Writer’s Workshop prompt, to write a post ending with “Maybe next time!”, to invite everyone reading this blog to join the Writer’s Workshop that Mama Kat runs each week. And I didn’t get in trouble for suggesting it, so it’s cool with her. Hope to see some of you join in the fun!

I consolidated all of the playlists I’ve done for previous “summer playlist” posts and created a comprehensive one. I’m sure I missed a few songs, but it was comprehensive as far as I had done.

Also Friday, I published my GDPR statement, which was actually the one from snarky Internet comic xkcd.

The prompt was “grill,” and after writing about my own experiences with a grill I talked about my annual checkup that I had on Monday.

It’ll be a quiet week, only my usual features, but I reserve the right to surprise you.

Thanks to:

And that’s it for this holiday edition of The Week That Was. For those of you in the US, have a good Memorial Day and be sure to remember all our service members, including the horses, dogs, mules, goats, carrier pigeons, camels and other animals who served this country with distinction. See you in the funny papers!

The Pre-Checkup Week That Was

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I have my annual physical tomorrow, and as you might guess I’m not looking forward to it. I don’t know why: my doctor is a nice person and I feel likke I’m doing pretty well, but there’s always that issue of taking off weight. Oh well.

Weather Underground has been forecasting torrential rain for the past week, and although we had a brief downpour earlier this afternoon (I’m writing this on Saturday) it’s been sunny and I understand warm and humid.

Anyway, here’s the week in review.


First, a reminder that voting is still open on my latest Battle of the Bands, “Battle ‘Avalon’: Benny Goodman vs. Django Reinhardt vs. Louis Armstrong.” I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, so if you haven’t voted, you have about 48 hours to do so.

I continued with the idea of spelling out a phrase with the names of songs, this time using the phrase “Monday, Monday,” the first song being that hit by The Mamas & Papas.

We profiled Gene Pitney this week. Surprisingly, the song he’s best known for, “Town Without Pity,” didn’t perform as well on the charts as did some of his later songs.

I saw a really good pun that I shared with the group, and you all seemed to like it, too.

I talked about the time my mother tried to slap me and instead injured herself when I raised my elbow to defend myself. Big mom fail there.

I had so much luck the week before using a survey from Los Angeles that I decided to go even further west and found a survey from radio station 2SM in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. There were a couple of songs from the US, but as you might expect most of the songs were from Australia or the UK. 2SM is now a talk station; I found their live feed using Simple Radio and spent a couple of interesting hours trying to understand my English-speaking brethren from Down Under. Winston Churchill once said that the US and UK are two people separated by a common language, and if you add Australia that’s three people. I enjoy listening to Galway Bay FM from Ireland, and that makes four…

Somehow, the prompt of “empty/hollow” led to a discussion of the Seventies TV show Sanford and Son and one of its occasional stars, Whitman Mayo as Grady, Fred’s friend. Mr. Mayo ended his days here in Atlanta, teaching drama at Clark Atlanta University and doing a TV show for Turner South, which showed locally-developed programs when they weren’t showing Atlanta Braves and Hawks games.

Tomorrow’s theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me, chosen by me, is “songs about remembering or forgetting.” I’ll announce the winner of “Battle ‘Avalon'” on Tuesday. Aside from that, no big surprises.

Thanks to…

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!