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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Where Were You August 31, 1974?-- Part 3

OH ATLANTA--  Little Feat
IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL--  Rolling Stones

NOTHING FROM NOTHING--  Billy Preston (The only person to be featured on a Beatles song.)
WILD THING--  Fancy  ("Wild Thing" like you haven't heard before.)
CALL ON ME--  Chicago

MOVING ON--  Bad Company (The first song from this group I always get confused with Foreigner for some reason.)
EARACHE MY EYE--  Cheech and Chong    (What can I say?)

WORKING AT THE CAR WASH BLUES--  Jim Croce  (Sure miss him.)
THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED--  Paper Lace  (East Side of Chicago?  Kinda wet, you know.)

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD--  Rufus, featuring Chaka Kahn)
BEACH BABY--  First Class
COME MONDAY--  Jummy Buffett  (His first Top 40 and where he talks about coming home from a Labor Day Show.  Kind of appropriate for today.)

Big Parrothead, Here.  RoadDog

ADD These Two NIU Huskies to the List in the 2014 Draft

Jimmie Ward was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round, the 30th pick.

Ken Bishop was drafted by Dallas Cowboys in the 7th round, 251st pick.


NIU's Top NFL Picks-- Part 3

4.  GARRETT WOLFE, RB: One of Liz and my all-time favorite Huskie players.  Third Round, 93rd overall in 2007.

When the Bears selected the 5-foot-seven running back in the third round in 2007, a lot of fans raised an eyebrow.  Despite dominating the college ranks as an NIU senior in 2006, Wolfe did not have the kind of build for an NFL running back.

Wolfe never got consistent carries with the Bears, although he was a solid special teams player, and spent four seasons in the NFL

5.  DOUG BARTLETT, DT:  Los Angeles Rams, fourth round, 91st overall in 1987.

Bartlett, a member of NIU's 1983 MAC Championship team, didn't play a game for the Rams, but did play in ten cpntests for the 1988 Eagles, the team that lost to the Bears in the 1988 divisional playoff game known as the "Fog Bowl."  I watched that game, sort of.

Proud of Our NIU Boys.  --RoadDog

A Musician You Should Know: Graham Gouldman

From Wikipedia.

I heard Little Steven talking about this guy on his Underground Garage Show a while back.  I'd never heard of him before, but sure knew about things he's done.

Born May 10, 1946, an English songwriter, musician and member of 10 CC.  Played in many Manchester, England, bands in the 1960s.

Wrote "For Your Love" and "Heart Full of Soul" for the Yardbirds.

Wrote "Bus Stop" and "Look Through Any Window" for the Hollies.  ("Look Through Any Window" might have been the first 45 I ever bought.)

Wrote "Mo Milk Today" and "Listen People" for Herman's Hermits.

Had a bad experience writing Bubble Gum Music for Kasentz-Katz, but did write one of my favorites of that genre, "Sausalito (Is the Place to Go."

All of the above songs are particular favorites of mine.

Founded and was a member of 10CC from 1972-1983.

Good Music, Sir.  --RoadDog

Six Things You Didn't Know About Korean Rapper Psy and His Party Song

From the Sept. 7, 2012, ABC News by Laura Effron.

Psy, real name Jae-Song Park, is 35 (back then).

1.  "Gangham Style made K-Pop (Korean Pop Music) cool again.

2.  The song was (obviously) a smash hit in Korea first.  It spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100.

3.  The repetitive lyrics is "Oppan Gangham Style."

4.  Gangham is a posh district of seoul, South Korea, something like the Beverly Hills of South Korea.

5.  Psy has been around for over a decade.

6.  Is a Korean Justin Bieber on the horizon?  Perhaps.

--Great Video, Though.  --Road "Gangham Style" Dog

Gangham Style Gone and Probably Never-to-Be-Forgotten

From Y! Music.

Remember hearing this song played ad infinitum back a coupla-three years ago?    Well, South Korean rapper Psy had a new single out called "Gemtlemen," back then, but it never took off, making him, so far, a one-hit wonder.  But, at the time, he was known as "The King of You Tube."

This new single met with mixed reviews and closely followed the same formula as his big hit.

I loved the video and the song was one you just couldn't get out of head.

Really!!  --RoadDog

SIHNS OF OLD AGE:  You keep repeating yourself.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Where Were You August 31, 1974? --Part 2

WALK ON--  Neil Young
ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT--  Cat Stevens  (Originally done by Sam Cooke in the 60s.)
OL' 55--  Eagles

WILDWOOD FLOWERS--  Jim Stafford  (Sittin' there on that sack of seed.)
LET ME ROLL IT--  Paul McCartney & Wings  (Well, it was time for Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles to start on WXRT.)
BLUEBIRD--  Paul McCartney & Wings

I SHOT THE SHERIFF--  Eric Clapton (My first intro to reggae, even if I didn't know it at the time.)

SWEET HOME ALABAMA--  Lynyrd Skynyrd  (Take that, NEIL!!!)

Southern Man Don't need You Around Anyhow.  --RoadDog

Where Were You August 31, 1974?-- Part 1

Yesterday, Bob Stroud at Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, had his last of four parts of music from the summer of 1974, 40 years ago.  This is something I eagerly look forward to hearing every summer since 2007, when he went back to the Summer of Love, 1967.  To say the least, the shows take me back.

August 31, 1974, I was beginning my second year of teaching at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.  I was driving a '73 Pinto back and forth between our new apartment (two bedrooms) in Vernon Hills.

Liz was still working at General Finance Corporation home office in Evanston, bit still looking for a teaching job.

These were tunes we listened to on our daily weekday commutes.

PICK UP THE PIECES--  Average White Band

RADAR LOVE--  Golden Earing
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS--  Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Cruising Down the Road.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:    You Keep repeating Yourself, Repeating yourself, repeating yourself...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Roosevelt High School Has Some Noted Alumni

I looked up Theodore Roosevelt High School (hence the nickname Rough Riders)  in Chicago to find out more about them.  The school has been in existence since the 1920s and has some really notable alumni.

Author Nelson Algren

Director, screen write and Academy Award winner Carl Foreman "High Noon," "Bridge Over the River Kwai" and "Guns of Navaronne."

Comedian George Goebel

Poet and author Shel Silverstein "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and good pal of Lake Erie's Pat Dailey.

Chicago TV and radio personality Bob Sirott

Former White Sox organist Nancy Faust.  She is the one who really brought the organ into sports for entertainment.


SIGNS OF OLD AGE:   You keep repeating yourself, repeating yourself, repeating yourself.

High School Football Again: Richmond-Burton Routs Chicago's Roosevelt

I always enjoy going to the local high schools to watch football games this time of the year.  Last night, our local high school, Richmond-Burton Rockets, opened their season against Chicago's Roosevelt Rough Riders.

I figure, I give enough money through property taxes to the school that I ought to get some enjoyment.

This is the second straight year that we opened against Roosevelt, which is coached by a former Richmond-Burton grad and Spring Grove resident.  And, this was the second-straight blow-out for our guys.

The score at the end of the first quarter was 35-0 and 42-0 at half.  Surprisingly, Roosevelt received the ball at the beginning of the third quarter and held onto it for all 12 minutes, but did not score.  I left with R-B having a 42-0 lead early in the 4th.

It was sad to see Roosevelt only had about ten fans and no cheerleaders.  I found out that last year they were 3-6 and the year before 6-2.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Movie Scratches: Planes-- Guardians-- Hundred-- Storm

Movie Scratches: A Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

53.  PLANES 2: FIRE AND RESCUE--  August 7th--  Fox Lake, $6:  A junk gear box and learning firefighting the hard way.

54.  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY--  Aigust 12th--  Woodstock--  $5:  "Star Wars" for a new generation.  Groot stole the show.  Everyone say, "I am Groot."

55.  HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY--  August 18th--  Fox Lake $6:  For some reason I was very hungry by the end of this movie.  Should get an Academy Award nomination for Best Movie and others.

56.  INTO THE STORM--  August 19th--  Fox Lake, $5: "Twister--Part 2"  Here a tornado, there a tornado and a fire tornado.

The Rush to the Bathroom After a Movie.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  Conversations with folks your own age often turn into "Dueling Ailments."

Disappointed with the White Sox

Not only is my team giving us another sorry year on the field, but I can't believe that none of the players turned out for the parade this past Wednesday honoring the Jackie Robinson West National Little League Champions.

Their presence would have meant more to these young men than the appearance of the Sox owner, general manager and Harold Baines (my all-time favorite Sox player).  The Sox did shoot off fireworks and show them the 2005 World Series trophy, but why the team did not show up (even some of them, but should have been them all).  And, for that matter, the Cleveland Indians were playing at Comiskey (I don't call it that other name) and should have been there as well.

Shame on the Sox.  --RoadDog

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WLS Top Ten Songs, August 28, 1964

1.  WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO--  Supremes

5.  BECAUSE--  Dave Clark Five
6.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT--  Beatles
7.  WISHIN' & HOPIN'--  Dusty Springfield

8.  C'MON & SWIM (Part 2)--  Bobby Freeman (from #16)
10.  HOW DO YOU DO IT--  Gerry & the Pacemakers

11.  IN THE MISTY MOONLIGHT--  Jerry Wallace
28.  IT'S ALL OVER NOW--  Rolling Stones

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  Your classmates at your reunion think that you might be one of their former teachers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jackie Robinson West Parade Today

Chicago is holding a much-deserved parade for the city's Little League World Series team that won the U.S. World Series before losing to South Korea in the championship game last Sunday.

We watched them play for most of last week and sure pulled for them.  Not only were we pulling for them, but, we were in bars for most of the games and most folks there were pulling for them as well.  As a matter of fact, there would be a Cubs or Sox game on and everyone would still be watching out Little Leaguers and cheering for them.

One place could only get one station and it was asked that the Cub game be turned off so we could watch the Little Leaguers.

Of course, this may have something to do with Chicago's two last place MLB teams who are going nowhere.


NIU's Top NFL Picks-- Part 2

Here are Northern Illinois' top five draftees of all-time before the 2014 draft:

1.  LARRY ENGLISH, DE:  San Diego Chargers, first round, 16th overall in 2009.    Awarded the Vern Smith Award as Mid-American Conference MVP as a junior and senior.  Senior year in 2008, finished with 14.5 tackles and 8 tackles for loss.  However, has had trouble with injuries and started just 9 games in career.  This year is the final one on his contract.

2.  JOHN SPILIS, WR:  Green Bay Packers, third round, 64th overall in 1969.  Played three seasons and started 14 games.  Best year in 1971 when he caught 14 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown.

3.  LESHON JOHNSON, RB:  Green Bay Packers, third round, 84th overall in 1994.  Led the nation with 1,976 rushing yards as senior in 1993 and finished sixth in Heisman Award voting (a record for NIU until Jordan Lynch finished third this year).  Played five seasons in NFL with Packers, Cardinals and Giants.  Best season with Arizona in 1996, when he ran for 634 yards and six touchdowns.

More to Come.  --RoadDog

SIGNS OF OLD AGE:  Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.