Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top Four Bar Favorites in Panama City Beach

We have sure been to these places the most during our stay at PCB, Florida.  In order:

Donovan's Reef




I'll Have Another Cold One If You Please.  RoadDog

Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Deaths: Tommy Allsup: Lost Coin Toss to Ritchie Valens

TOMMY ALLSUP, 85  Died January 11, 2017.

Guitarist touring with Buddy Holly on the ill-fated Winter Dance Party tour.  Flipped a coin with Ritchie Valens for a seat on the plane.  He later played with Roy Orbison.

He was scheduled again to play at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa on the anniversary of the crash this year.

Friday, February 24, 2017

WLS Top Ten for February 24, 1967: "There's a Kind of a Hush"

1.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & Shondells
2.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones
3.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds

4.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits
5.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers
6.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny & Cher

8.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes
9.  LOVE IS HERE--  Supremes

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Children Behave, That's What They Say When We're Together."  Answer below)  --RoadDog

"I Think We're Alone Now"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sure Enjoying the Music Here at the Driftwood Lodge on the Gulf of Mexico

The dj started playing his music about an hour and a half ago for out joint Mardi Gras party with the Osprey next door.  We'll be having Cajun food and all sorts of music this afternoon in honor of next Tuesday's Mardi Gras.  I myself am groovin' out to it right now while typin' away on this here laptop.

The waves of the Gulf of Mexico are crashing along the shore about 200 feet from where I sit.  The sun is shining and it is at least 77 degrees.  Not a bad way to spend a February 23rd.

The dj is also playing Motown and oldies.  Just the thing for us oldsters.

Good Times On the Beach.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017

December 20, 2014.

These performers will be entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Joan Baez
Electric Light Orchestra
Journey--  Finally
Tupac Shakur
Pearl Jam

Induction will be April 7, 2017, in New York City.

Tupac Shakur ... Rock and Roll?  --RoadDog

Monday, February 20, 2017

WLS Top Ten for February 17, 1967: "The Beat Goes On"

1.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds
3.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers

4.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones
5.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
6.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes
7.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits

8.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny & Cher
10.  NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos

36.  MAIRZY BOATS--  Innocencense
39.  DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL--  Al Martino
40.  DIS-ADVANTAGES OF YOU--  Brass Ring

Name That Tune (from above):  "She Would Never say Where She Came From."  Answer below. --RoadDog

"Ruby Tuesday"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

In Case You're Wondering What An "Idge" Phone Is

An "Idge" phone is my name for the smart phones.  They are probably one of the greatest things ever invented, but not with the way some, well, many people are almost constantly hooked up to the things.

Just look around you.


Friday, February 17, 2017

I Know the Feeling

From the February 9, 2017, Zits comic strip.

1.  Mom is thumbing her idge phone on the sofa.  Her son Jeremy is looking over her shoulder from behind and says:  "Mom, you need to update your phone software."  His mom replies:  "I don't want to."

2.  Mom:  "Everytime I do one of those updates my phone gets all weird."  Jeremy says:  "I'll walk you through it."

3.  You see the installing thing.

4.  Mom is now holding a frog instead of her idge phone.  The frog says, "Ribbit."  Mom says, "See?"  Jeremy says:  "They're probably working on a fix for that."

Boy, Do I Know This.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2008: Murder At NIU

This Valentine's Day also marks the anniversary nine years ago when a fiend entered a classroom at Northern Illinois University and opened fire, killing five innocent students and wounding another 17.  He was at least good enough to then turn the gun on himself.

I'll never forget it.  Liz and I were having a Valentine's dinner at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, when we saw video on the TV.  The sound was off and soon we remarked that the video looked like it was at NIU in DeKalb.

Then we saw writing at the bottom of the TV which said it was NIU and that shootings had occurred.  We were shocked as were everyone else in the place, especially one couple who had a child going to Northern.  they were even more worried when they couldn't get through to her at first, but then got a call from her.

They were very much relieved to say the least.

A Sad Time.

DeKalb and Woodstock This Weekend-- Part 2: 'Hawks, Pizza and Beer


We then went over to Lord Stanley's on Lincoln Highway, on DeKalb's Main Street.  We got seats at the bar and watched the first two periods of the Blackhawks game.  Lord Stanley's (named after the Stanley Cup, is a big hockey bar, especially for the Blackhawks.

They also have a great special: one of their famous 16-inch pizzas with one topping and two pitchers of beer for $19.  A real hard deal to beat.

Drove back to the Red Roof Inn, parked and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and saw the end of the 'Hawk victory.


Monday, February 13, 2017

DeKalb and Woodstock-- Part 4: Drinking to World Peace and the Glass Is Half Full


Sunday morning we checked out, drove around campus and the Lagoon and stopped at White Castle and tried one of their chicken waffle sandwiches.  Mighty good.

Then drove to Woodstock, Illinois, where their Groundhog Days Festival was still underway.

I've always wanted to go to the Public House next to the old court house, where the bar scenes featuring "I drink to world peace" were filmed.  usually this place is packed during the Groundhog Festival, but today it wasn't and we even got to sit where Andie and Bill sat at the edge of the bar.

Even better, we decided to give the sweet vermouth with a twist a try.  And, of course, they had it.  You could get a drink of it in a small glass with the Groundhog Day varmint on it and "I Drink to World Peace."  It wasn't as bad as Bill Murray made it seem like.

We then went over to Wayne's Lanes, the bowling alley featured in the movie where Bill was sitting with the two guys complaining about having to live  the same day over and over.  We parked where the car was that they got in before being chased by the cops and playing chicken with the train.

A Groundhog Kind of a Day.  --RoadDog

Saturday, February 11, 2017

DeKalb and Woodstock This Weekend-- Part 3: Pizza, Beer and a Hawks Win!

Continued from Tuesday, February 7.

February 4, Saturday

After the basketball victories, we drove downtown to Lord Stanley's, right on the Lincoln Highway.  This place gets its name for the Stanley Cup (which was given by Lord Stanley of Canada).  And, this is a big hockey place, especially when the Chicago Blackhawks are playing.  And, they were playing tonight.  We've always wanted to see a 'Hawks game there, so this was a chance.

The jukebox was turned off and all TVs were on the game and lots of cheering.

Also, they have a famous food and drink special: two pitchers of beer and a 16-inch, one topping pizza for $19.  We were always too full from football homecomings when we got there, but their pizza sure looked and smelled good.  It was.

We watched two periods and then drove back to the motel and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and watched the end of the Blackhawks victory.

A Really Fun Day.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  The taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.

Friday, February 10, 2017

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 7: "I Think We're Alone Now"

The second number is the highest it got on Billboard.

1.  I'M A BELIEVER / STEPPIN' STONE--  Monkees   #1
2.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers   #2
3.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds   #36

4.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones   #1   Who'd have figured they could sing sweet?
5.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH--  New Colony Six   #61   Chicago band.
6.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes   #11
7.  NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos   #5

8.  GIMME GOOD LOVIN'--  Spencer Davis Group   #7
9.  LOVE IS HERE--  Supremes   #1
10.  I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & the Shondells

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Thought Love Was Only True In Fairy Tales."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I'm a Believer"

WLS Top 40 Survey for February 10, 1967-- Part 6: "Girl Watcher's Theme"

The second number is highest position on the Billboard national charts.

15.  NOW WINTER DAY--  Tommy Roe  #23   Follow up to "Hooray for Hazel."  From Atlanta.  One of 22 Top 100s in his career.  Biggest hit "Dizzy" (#1-1969).

14.  GIRL WATCHER'S THEME--  Bob Crewe Generation   #15  "Music to Watch Girls By"  Used in a Diet Pepsi commercial.

13.  THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny and Cher   #6  Session singers with Phil Spector early in their careers.

12.  THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE--  Casinos   #6  None members of the group from Cincinnati.

11.  GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME--  Tom Jones   #11

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Drums Keep Pounding a Rhythm in the Brain."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  When you find a penny, you say, "Find a penny, pick it up.  Sixty-three more, I'll have a cup."   Must never have been to Star Bucks.

"The Beat Goes On"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 5: "98.6"

20.  YOU GOT TO ME--  Neil Diamond   #18.  From 1966 to 1967, he had seven songs in the Top 22.

19.  98.6--  Keith  #7.  Real name James Barry Keefer.  Born 1949 in Philadelphia.  His only Top Ten.

18.  PRETTY BALLERINA--  Left Banke   #15  Classical-styled New York rock quintet.  Follow up to "Walk Away Renee."

17.  WHERE WILL THE WORDS COME FROM--  Gary Lewis   #21  (& the Playboys)  Formed in 1964.  Their first seven songs were all in the Top Ten.

16.  THERE'S A KIND OF A HUSH--  Herman's Hermits  #4  Their last Top Ten.

Name That Tune (from the above):  " Mama Told Me That Some Day It Would Happen."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"You Got to Me"

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 4: "Color My World"

25.  COLOR MY WORLD--  Petula Clark  #16   From Epsom, England and as pretty and cute as a button.

24.  NO FAIR AT ALL--  Association  #51  Surprisingly that this one didn't go higher in the charts.

23.  THE MECHANICAL MAN--  Ben Holt  No ranking in Billboard's Top 100.  This was a hard one to find on You Tube but worth it if you've never heard of it before.  A really weird song and should be a great Halloween one.  Someone commented that this one was playing on WLS during the Blizzard of '67 in late January.  No kidding.

22.  BABY, I NEED YOUR LOVIN'--  Johnny Rivers  #3.  Real name Johnny Ramistella.  How about that?  Him playing a cover song?

21.  HOW DO YOU CATCH A GIRL--  San the Sham  (And the Pharaohs)  #27.  Anybody else than me who thinks Pharaohs should be spelled Pharoahs?  Domingo Samudio from Dallas, Texas.

Name That Tune (from above)  "Take a Little Piece of Cheese and Put It In a Trap."  Answer Below.--RoadDog

"How Do You Catch a Girl"

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 3: "Tell It to the Rain"

30.  FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH--  Buffalo Springfield (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)  (D)  #7.  Formed in Los Angeles in 1966.  Richie Furay, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer (replaced by Jim Messina).  Of course, there were those Stephen and Neil guys in it as well.  Their only Top 10.  The other 4 were #44 to #98.  Broke up in 1968.  Way too good.

29.  SOCK IT TO ME--  Mitch Ryder  (And the Detroit Wheels)  (D)  Their biggest hit.  Real name of Mitch was William Levise, Jr..  White soul group renamed by their producer, Bob Crewe.  Bob Crewe, of course, so much a part of the Four Seasons sound.

28.  TELL IT TO THE RAIN--  Four Seasons  #10.  Another Bob Crewe song.  He had one other one  on the WLS chart other than these two.  A good week for Bob Crewe.

27.  INDESCRIBABLY BLUE--  Elvis Presley  #33.  Can anyone say an Elvis song I never geard of before?  Slow and pretty bad song.  Was it from a movie?

26.  LOVIN' YOU--  Bobby Darin  #32  His last Top 40.  Written by John Sebastian and originally performed by the Lovin' Spoonful.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Honey In the Bee Hive, Honey Bunch."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  People get dizzy just watching you.

"Sock It to Me"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 2: "Epistle to Dippy"

35.  GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO--  5th Dimension  (D)  #16  Their first hit.

34.  SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK AND ROLL SINGER--  Byrds  #29  Folk-rock group.

33.  HEY LEROY--  Jimmy Castor  (D)  (Your Mama's Calling You)  #31  Born in New York.  Latin beat.

32.  MERCY MERCY MERCY--  Cannonball Adderly  (D)  #11  His biggest hit.  Born in Tampa.

31.  EPISTLE TO DIPPY--  Donovan  #19  Donovan Phillip Leitch, born May 10, 1946.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Don't Understand That a Girl Like Me Can Love Just One Man."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.

"Go Where You Wanna Go"

WLS Top 40 for February 10, 1967-- Part 1: "I've Been Lonely Too Long"

Very surprising as usually there are at least 10-15 songs when I do the Top 40 of which I don't really remember.

This time, there are only three in that category:  #38, #33 and #27.

(D)  means Debut.  The number after artist is the highest it got on Billboard's Top 100.

40.  I'VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG--  Young Rascals  (D)  #16  Who says white guys can't sing soul?

39.  STAND BY ME--    Spyder Turner  (D)  #15.  One of only two Top 100s for him.  Out-Souled Ben E. King on this one with many, many vocal impressions.

38.  OH YEAH--  Joe Cuba Sextet  #62.  Raunchy, Latin Rock.

37.  DARLIN' BE HOME SOON--  Lovin' Spoonful  (D)  #15.  Jug Band Music from New York City.

36.  HAPPY TOGETHER--  Turtles  (D)  #1.  Their biggest hit.  Formed in Los Angeles in 1961.

Name That Tune (from the Above):  "Imagine Me and You, I Do."  --RoadDog

"Happy Together"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

DeKalb and Woodstock This Weekend-- Part 1: Huskie B-Ball

Liz and I took a mini one-night vacation this past weekend and drove the 60 miles out to DeKalb, Illinois.


We stopped for our Slider fix at the DeKalb White Castle, got our motel room and then over to the Convocation Center on Lincoln Highway for NIU's Spring Homecoming.  Both the women's and men's basketball teams played in the afternoon.

The women were honoring their 60th year of existence and also are having their best season ever right now.  They had a close game, but won.

The men were paying tribute to one of their greatest coaches, John McDougal, who died in October.  They also won and are having a rare winning season.

Huskie Basketball.  --RoadHuskie

Those "Idge" Phones: The Problem With Texting

From the February 4, 2017, Dustin.

1.  Mom and Dad are in the kitchen.  Dad is sitting down at the table with his bare feet in a small tub of hot water.  Says to wife:  "Oh, that hot water feels good.  My feet are killing me."

2.  Cut to daughter, also sitting at the table with her thumbs in a small bowl of hot water and looks at her parents and says:  "Try texting for six hours straight."

The Flying Thumbs Strike Again.  --RoadDog

Gone But Not Forgotten 2016-- Part 4: "Mr. Dieingly Sad"

Continued from February 1.

NEW YORK'S A LONELY TOWN--  Trade Winds    Peter Anders
MY LOVE--  Paul McCartney & Wings     Hugh McCullough
MR. DIEINGLY SAD--  Critters     Don Ciccone

CRY LIKE A BABY--  Box Tops    Chips Moman

LYIN' EYES--  Eagles    Glenn Frey
HEARTACHE TONIGHT--  Eagles    Glenn Frey


IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING--  King Crimson     Greg Lake

Name That Tune (from above):  "City Girls Just Seem to Find Out Early."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You go to AA meetiings just for the free coffee.

"Lyin' Eyes"

Monday, February 6, 2017

Living in Today's World-- A Proper Super Bowl Menu

From the February 5, 2017, Rhymes With Orange comic strip.


This consists of:

Chex Mix
Hot wings

Jalapeno poppers
Cheese Doodles

No Argument From Me.  --RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: National-- Guns-- Columbiana-- Purge-- Avatar-- Kumar

Movies I watched on TV in 2016.

7.  NATIONAL TREASURE:  BOOK OF SECRETS--  Another City of Gold.  More history to find it.

8.  2 GUNS--  $43 million.  Who's got the $43 million?

9.  COLUMBIANA--  One gal you really had best not mess with.

10.  THE PURGE--  Let it all hang out.

11.  AVATAR--  My, what big arrows you have.

12.  HAROLD AND KUMAR:  ESCAPE FROM GUANTANOMO--  A funny thing happened on our way to Amsterdam.

Just a Space Case of Cowboys, Cavalry and Indians.  --RoadDog

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Past Movie Scratches: Hallows-- Blues-- Hogs-- Ranger-- Hallows 2-- Treasure

Movies that I saw on TV in 2016.

1.  HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1--  On the lam from the Dark Lord and the Death Eaters.

2.  BLUES BROTHERS 2000--  Great music as usual, with some of the performers now gone from us.

3.  WILD HOGS--  A Road Trip to find themselves and, they did.  Battling the Del Fuegos biker gang.

4.  THE LONE RANGER--  Silver the Wonder Horse and a really weird Depp Tonto.

5.  HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2--  The Final face-Off with the Dark Lord.  Oops, wrong wand.

6.  NATIONAL TREASURE--  A real history treasure hunt.  The riches of the Knights Templar.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

WLS Top Ten for February 3, 1967: "Georgy Girl"

2.  GEORGY GIRL--  Seekers
3.  PUSHIN' TOO HARD--  Seeds

4.  RUBY TUESDAY--  Rolling Stones
5.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH--  New Colony Six
6.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM--  Electric Prunes
7.  NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos

8.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams
9.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
10.  GIMME SOME LOVIN'--  Spencer Davis Group

Of course, these songs were playing in Chicago during the Blizzard of '67.  For more songs from the Blizzard, go to this blog's postings from the end of January.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  Last Night Your Shadow Fell Upon My Lonely Room."  Answer Below.   --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  Your only source of nutrition comes from "Sweet & Low."

"I Had Too Much to Dream"

Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie Scratches for 2017: Figures-- Patriots'-- La La-- Founder

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

Fox Lake is the Classic Cinemas.  Round Lake Beach is the Regal Cinemas.

5.  HIDDEN FIGURES--  1-23--  Fox Lake, $6--   If this doesn't win Best Picture, something's mighty wrong.  The role of black women in the early days of NASA.

6.  PATRIOTS' DAY--  1-23--  Fox Lake, $6--  The story of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

7.  LA LA LAND-- 1-24--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles get placed in your way.  Jazzing and writing all the way.

8.  THE FOUNDER--  1-26--  Fox Lake, Free--  A true American success story.  Ray Kroc, the good guy overcoming all obstacles then gets all trumped up.

Flat, Cardboard Popcorn.  Yuck!!  --RoadDog

Living In Today's World: The Eminent Danger

From the January 30, 2017, Rubes comic strip.

A dog and a cat are trapped in a room and looking out to the hall where their owner is operating a vacuum cleaner.  The cat's back is arched and the dog is growling.

Cat:  "I despise that thing."
Dog:  "Me too."
Cat:  "We must destroy it."
Dog:  "We must."
Cat:  "Together."
Dog:  "The enemy of my enemy..."

Our dog Brandy was also petrified of the vacuum cleaner.  I am not afraid of it, but don't like the sound.  So when Liz vacuumed, the two of us made sure to stay in a different room the whole time.

Heading to DeKalb This Weekend: Huskies & 'Hawks

Tomorrow, we are going to DeKalb, Illinois, for our winter homecoming.

The women's Huskie team plays a game at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30.

Then,we will go over to Lord Stanley's Bar on Lincoln Highway, yep, that Lincoln Highway which runs right through downtown DeKalb.  Lord Stanley's used to be the Shamrock when we were students and for many years afterwards.  This is when we used to do the Lincoln Crawl to see how many bars we could hit.

Lord Stanley's is named for the Stanley Cup and it is probably one of the biggest hockey bars anywhere around.  And, it is especially a Blackhawks bar.  And, the Blackhawks are playing tomorrow night.

We Should surely be getting our sports fix tomorrow.

Go Huskies!  Go Hawks!!  --RoadDog

Groundhog Days in Woodstock, Illinois Yesterday

Yesterday, February 2nd, of course, was Groundhog Day and Woodstock, Illinois, had their annual celebration with a prognostication by resident groundhog Woodstock Willie (unfortunately, he saw his shadow, so, six more weeks of  winter weather for us).

I missed that part as it was too cold.

But I did see a free showing of the movie "Groundhog Day" in the Woodstock Theatre's Harold Ramis Auditorium (in the movie for the "Bronco Billy" segment and I ate at the Tagueria La Placinto Mexican restaurant on the site of the Tip-Top Cafe from the movie.  I ate in the very spot that Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell sat at.

I then went over to the Woodstock Public Library and saw scrapbooks, photos and artifacts from the filming of the movie.

Got My Hog On.  --RoadDog

Lin Brehmer's 25th Anniversary WXRT's Morning Show

I listen to this guy and his sidekick.news gal Mary Dixon pretty much every morning on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.  It is rare in radio that someone can be on a show that long, what with so many stations changing formats every several years.

And, he's very good, even if he is probably one of the biggest Cubs fan who ever lived.  Too bad he can't give some of that love to Da Sox.

They are having a live show at Kings Bowl restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois,  right now, so give a listen.

But, anyway, congratulations to you, Lin!!

Nothing Like Good Old Chicago Radio.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  All your kids are named "Joe."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Three-For-Free on WXRT FM, Chicago: Groundhog Day

I was listening to WXRT, 93.1 FM, and they had their daily Three-for-Free contest where they played snippets of three songs pr three movies dealing with something pertaining to the day.

Today was Groundhog Day.  The three songs all had to do with the theme of the "Groundhog Day" movie, being stuck repeating things.

Their three songs today"


DO IT AGAIN--  Steely Dan

DEJA-VU--  Crosby, Nash, Stills & Young

"Do It Again"--  Beach Boys.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You can jump-start your car without cables.

Looking Back to 1966: NIU Naming New Roads

From the September 28, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

"New street names as well as signs have been popping up on the burgeoning Northern Illinois University campus.  So new are some of the names heretofore nameless campus roads that some departments' records and maps are lagging behind the names.

"Among the new names are :University Circle, Stadium Drive and Kishwaukee Drive.

The students attending NIU grew by a huge amount in the 1960s.

Naming the NIU Roads.  --Cooter

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Working On Those 2017 Academy Awards Nominations for Best Picture

Last year, I saw 65 movies at the theater.  And, you'd think that out of that many, I'd have seen more than one movie that received an Academy nomination for Best Picture.  But "Hacksaw Ridge" was the only one.

The others:

Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures

La La Land
Manchester By the Sea

However, I have busy at work catching up and now have seen these since last week:  "Arrival," "Hidden Figures," "La La Land" and "Manchester By the Sea."

Hopefully, the local theaters will be bringing some of them back.  I like to see as many of the nominations as possible.

Sadly, many of these movies either weren't shown in our area or had very short runs.

Watching way Too many Movies.  -RoadDog

Partying in the Winter

Despite all the many, many gray, overcast days we've been having, we still managed to enjoy ourselves.


We went over for those great breakfasts at KC's Cabin in Spring Grove (corner of Il-173 and Wilmot Road).  (Buy One, Get One 1/2 Price)  Later that night, it was Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsbirg and Jim Sieg performing.  This is one really fun entertainer.  If you can't party with Jim, you can't party.


Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback on WXRT featured 1982 and some real great music.  Got together with the Usual Suspects at a showing of Super Bowl XX, which, to us, is THE only Super bowl as it was the one our 1985 Chicago Bears played in.  You know, "Super Bowl Shuffle," Sweetness and the Fridge.


Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots Show on WDRV in Chicago was devoted the Chicago's Blizzard of 1967, all three hours of it.  Now, that was some REALLY GOOD MUSIC.    I listed all the songs he played earlier this week.

We went to the Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake, Illinois, for their $5 small pizza special and $5 draft pitchers.  Stopped at Sunnyside Tavern on the way home.

Who Says You can't Have Fun in the Winter?  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.

Music Deaths: Sylvester Potts (Contours) and Buddy Greco(Crooner)

These are taken from the Music Oldies News site.

SYLVESTER POTTS, 78  Died January 6, 2017

Member of the Contours "Do You Love Me" (#3-1962) and (#11-1988)   Also "Can You Do It" (#41-1964)

ARMANDO "BUDDY" GRECO, 90.  Died January 10, 2017.

Philadelphia crooner, started out with Benny Goodman for four years.  Big hit solo with "Ooh!  Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty" (#15-1957) and "I Ran All the Way Home" (#30-1951 and had his own version of "Mr. Lonely" (#64-1962) which Bobby Vinton turned into a big hit in 1964.

Gone But Not Forgotten 2016-- Part 3: "Green Eyed Lady"

GREEN EYED LADY--  Sugarloaf    Jerry Corbetta, frontman of the group
MEMPHIS--  Lonnie Mack
MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY--  Spiral Staircase     Pat Upton

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN--  Chick Berry     Phil Chess
SHINING STAR--  Eart Wind & Fire    Maurice White

A SONG FOR YOU--  Leon Russell
BACK TO THE ISLAND--  Leon Russell

INDIAN RESERVATION--  Paul Revere & the Raiders   Written by J.D. Loudermilk
TOBACCO ROAD--   Nashville Teens    Written by J.D. Loudermilk

Name That Tune (from above):  "Well Gonna Write a Little Letter, Gonna Mail It to My Local DJ."  --RoadDog

"Roll Over Beethoven"

Gone But Not Forgotten 2016-- Part 2: "Susie Baby"

 Continuing withthe songs Bob Stroud played on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV, 97.1 FM in Chicago on January 8, 2017.  These were songs of people who died in 2016.

BABY IT'S YOU--  Smith    Singer Gayle McCormick
HOE DOWN--  Emerson Lake & Palmer    Keith Emerson
SOMETHING IN THE AIR--  Thunderclap Newman   Andy Newman

HEROES--   David Bowie
STARMAN--  David Bowie

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS--  George Harrison's demo   George Martin
A DAY IN THE LIFE--  Beatles    George Martin

A TEENAGER IN LOVE--  Dion & the Belmonts   Carlo Mastrangelo
SUSIE BABY--  Bobby Vee

We sure lost a lot of big names in the music industry last year.

Name That Tune (from above):  "I Read the News Today (Oh Boy)."  RoadDog

"A Day In the Life"