Daisies. They're A' Bloomin' Now. I have several hundred of them.

Friday, September 29, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 29, 1967: ""Brown Eyed Girl"

1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
3.  LITTLE OLD MAN--  Bill Cosby

4.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
5.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
7.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry

8.  APPLES, PEACHES & PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques
9.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles
10.  I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF--  Frankie Valli

Name That tune (from above songs):  "Ready or Not, here I Come, Gee That used To be So Much Fun."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You want to be cremated so you can spend eternity in a coffee can.

"Apples, Peaches & Pumpkin Pie"

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Going Back to Summer 1977-- Part 12: "Closer to the Heart"

Closing out one really fine summer.  Thanks Uncle Bob doe another trip down memory lane.

BARRACUDA--  Heart    I have to wonder how many greatest hits compilations they have.  Sure is a lot.
GRAND ILLUSION--  Styx   Was there better Stadium Rock?

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT--  Thin Lizzy   It's a wonder they didn't have more hits.
HANDY MAN--  James Taylor   Doing an old Jimmy Jones classic.  A real new groove to it.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON--  Moody Blues   A live album cut of an older song.
YOU AND ME--  Alice Cooper   Who says the Alice can't be sweet?
RIDIN' THE STORM OUT--  REO Speedwagon     Bar none, that sound at the beginning of this song is one of the best rock has ever had.

I'M IN YOU--  Peter Frampton   Proving that he can do more than just "LIVE."
SHE DID IT--  Eric Carmen   To be raspberry or not.  That is the question.

DREAMS--  Fleetwood Mac

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And I'm Not Missin' a Thing Watchin' the Full Moon Crossin' the Range."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Ridin' the Storm Out"

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

JSS: Hot, Then More Hot-- No Rain-- CBS New Shows-- Vietnam War

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  HOT, THEN MORE HOT--  All last week and so far this week, it has been mighty hot around here, breaking the 90 degree level, not the heat index anyway.  So hot, I haven't been out on the boat since Wednesday.  Supposed to cool down, though, starting tomorrow.

And, when I get out-hotted, you know it is really hot.  Gives new meaning to the old song "Hot, Hot, Hot"  And that Third World Song "Ninety-six degrees in the shade, real hot in the shade."

2.  NO RAIN--  In addition to the the extreme hot, we haven't had any rain for quite a few weeks.  I have not cut the grass in three weeks now and still don't need to do so.  I am quite tired of watering the flowers every day.  And, I have a lot of flowers.  I am keeping the grass over the septic fields watered as when that dies, it is REALLY hard to get it back.  I'm guessing those two hurricanes kind of sucked all the precipitation out of the atmosphere.

3.  CBS NEW SHOWS--  Monday night I watched the first two hours of the new CBS season.  The four comedies, including the two new ones were great:  Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Kevin Can Wait and Me, Myself & I.  bringing back Kevin James' wife from "King of Queens" was a good move.  And the two new comedies show a weal lot of promise.

4. VIETNAM WAR--  Still enjoying the Vietnam War series on PBS.  Another job well-done.  I especially like it because it gives the other side's story as well.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Shouldn't Have Gone to That Car Show: A '67 Firebird for Sale!!

Yesterday, Monday, September 25, I went over to the final Green Street Car Show in downtown McHenry, Illinois, as the featured cars were Pontiacs, which remains my all-time favorite vehicle.  I have had a '67 Tempest, '67 Firebird convertible, '85 Firebird and two Grand Ams.

My all-time favorite car remains the Firebird, but since Firebirds were phased out and later the whole Pontiac line, I was thinking of getting a Corvette for my next middle (older) age crisis car, until they came out with the new Camaros.  Everyone called the 1967 Firebird a middle age crisis car back in 1987 when I bought it.

But, yesterday, I came across a '67 Firebird that was for sale.  It is not in perfect shape, but definitely good enough for me and a whole lot better shape than the '85 Firebird which we (well, I) still have.  It has a 400 engine and the price is right at $10,000.  Though, it had an 8-track player and I would have to do something to get a cassette/CD player and FM radio.

We have four vehicles right now: '85 Firebird, 2003 Malibu, 2005 Dodge Dakota and 2011 Malibu.  I don't need another vehicle so would have to sell one, maybe two.  All of these we've had since brand new.  We paid cash for all of them as well.

But, I am seriously considering it, but trying to come up with reasons not to buy it.

Somebody Help Me.  --RoadDog

Northern Illinois 21 Nebraska 17!! Huskers Didn't "Git-R-Done!!!" Sorry, Lar.

I know this is the kiss of death as far as NIU losing this coming Saturday, but I still have to do some gloating about that unbelievable victory over Nebraska a week and a half ago.   Believe me, I am a huge sports fan, but normally don't write about my teams when they are doing well, as that causes losses.  It is my bit of idiosyncrasy I guess.

Besides NIU being one of the Group of 5 college conferences ,Mid American Conference, and Nebraska being in one of the Power 5 conferences, Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and there is a huge gulf between the two in the caliber of athletes they get, this is the first time that any MAC team has ever beaten Nebraska.

In the two previous games between NIU and Nebraska, the Huskies lost 48-17 in 1989 and 60-14 in 1990.

Our defensive player, Juwuan Johnson was chosen MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week after he intercepted and returned two Cornhusker passes for two touchdowns in the first half to five Northern a 14-0 lead.

And they just didn't "GIT-R-DONE,"   Not one bit they didn't.   Big-time Nebraska fan Daniel Lawrence Whitney (you might know him better as Larry the Cable Guy) was quite a bit put out that a little guy like NIU would be beating his Big Guy team Nebraska and posted a lot of tweets during and after the game.  I had always figured him to be from the South with that redneck demeanor and drawl, but it turns out he is from Nebraska and even attended the University of Nebraska a short time before going full-time into comedy.

And NIU was named the National Team of the Week for last week.  This is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America.  This is the first time Northern has had the honor since it started in 2002 (and we should have gotten it that year after we defeated Alabama when they were ranked as well as Maryland and Iowa State on our way to a 10-2 record, but no bowl game).

This was the third time a MAC team has been Team of the Week.

So Proud of Our Guys!!  --RoadDog

MORE TOO MUCH COFFEE SIGNS:  When someone asks you how you are, you respond with, "Good to the last drop."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 3: A Parade, DaBears and Chain Crawlin'

SUNDAY, September 10

Listened to Rock and Roll Roots and recorded Breakfast With the Beatles as usual.

We drove over to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg to view the Saufen Und Spiel parade which passes right by the place.  The name Saufen Und Spiel is, of course, German.  Johnsburg and Spring Grove were settled by many Germans.  Saufen und Spiel means drinking and games.  And, we sure keep the tradition going.

It is a long parade with marching bands and lots of floats.  We went inside afterwards and watched the Bears game.  We lost, but at least didn't have to watch old pouty face, Mr. Jay Cutler, doing his pouting thing on the sidelines.

We were going to go over to the Saugen und Spiel grounds at the Community Club to see the band, but could find no parking places, so decided to get some Chain Crawl Passport stamps and drove over to the the Snuggery on the Fox River in McHenry and had a drink and did the same at Vickie's.

Capped it off at the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans.

Good Time.  --RoadDog

From the Orange Peel Gazette.  MORE COFFEE SIGNS:  You channel surf faster without a remote.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Good Bye to Performer and Friend Terry Spizzirri (Half Garlic and Half Celtic)

Terry Spizziri, one of our all-time favorite performers and good friend, died at age 66 last Sunday after a month-long sickness.

We had known him for 40 years and he played at both Liz and my 40th birthday parties.

For many years he performed solo, but in the last years had added his nephew Greg to his show which, as he oft-said "Spanned the Musical Horizons."  He played everything from the 1940s to current, with a whole lot of oldies as well as Irish music.

He was very proud of his Irish heritage, even with a name like Spizzirri (his mother was Irish and father Italian).  He liked to describe himself as half garlic and half Celtic.  And could he ever sing the Irish music and was definitely in demand around St. Patrick's Day.

There was his long-standing monthly dates at the Irish Mill in Mundelein, Illinois.

St. Patrick's and Around the Chain Just Aren't Going to Be the Same.  We'll Miss You Terry.  --

Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 2: 1960, Bees, Band, Sports, Margaritaville

SEPTEMBER 9, Saturday

Listened to Saturday Morning Flashback on Chicago's WXRT, this year to 1969, that great high school senior-college freshman year for me between Palatine High School and Northern Illinois University.

Did some yardwork and must remember to stay away from the goldenrod and sedum right now as it is high season for attracting stinging insects.

We went to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and saw the band Rumor Has It."  Then to Sunnyside.  Enjoyed watching that Notre Dame-Georgia football game.  Go Dawgs.  (I went to UGA for junior year before transferring back to NIU.)

Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville watching the Sox win, Cubs lose and enjoying the Ultimate Jukebox.


Saufen Und Spiel Weekend-- Part 1: Friday Night Lights


I went to the big rivalry game out here in northeast McHenry County, Illinois, the Johnsburg-Richmond-Burton (R-B) high school football game.  Had we had kids they would have gone to Richmond-Burton, but we are just a couple miles north of Johnsburg High School.  I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton because I send a REAL lot of money there.

R-B scored a TD on an 88-yard running play on the third play of the game, but that was the high point in a 34-10 loss.

I came home and found a really great new internet station, Jukin' Oldies, which features one of my favorite deejays, 'Fessa John Hook.  There are 14 djs on it and they play all sorts of music, including Beach, Boogie & Blues and oldies you've never heard of before.


WLS Top Ten for September 22, 1967: "Funky Broadway"

Fifty years ago.

1.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops
2.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
3.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association

5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
7.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett

8.  LITTLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby
9.  APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques
10.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--   Turtles

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "Ready Or Not Here I Come, Gee That Used to be So Much Fun."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"

Going Back to Summer 1977-- Part 11: "Give a Little Bit"

That's right, 40 years ago.ago.  Let's see, that would make me ....

SONGS FROM THE WOOD--  Jethro Tull   The first Grammy recipient for Heavy Metal.  Right!!
ON AND ON--  Stephen Bishop   Old "Animal House" himself.
GIVE A LITTLE BIT--  Supertramp

JUNGLE LOVE--  Steve Miller Band    Saw him at Indy 500 in May.  At 75 and still "has" it.
I DO--  J. Geils Band    I loved their R&B era.
JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO--  Crosby, Stills & Nash

LIKE A HURRICANE--  Neil Young    Why be in a group when you're having success on your own?
COLD AS ICE--  Foreigner

MARGARITAVILLE--  Jimmy Buffett     The Parrothead National Anthem.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Searching for My Lost Shaker of Salt."  Almost TOO Easy.  Answer below.  --RoadDog


Outstanding Music Soundtrack to the New Ken Burns "Vietnam War" Series

As much as I am interested in the events and background of the war as it plays out on the TV, that soundtrack is something else.  This would make a great album to have the whole of each song.  I'd buy it.

I was listening to one of my pre-recorded cassette tapes "Twenty Great Oldies-- Vol. 7" as I was typing away yesterday, and B.J. Thomas' "Billy and Sue" came on.  This is one of those songs that brings back the Vietnam War for me.It was his third single release after he had had great success with his first one, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams which went to #8 on the pop charts in 1966.

He then released "Mama" (#22--1966 and then "Billy and Sue" (#34--1966).

Billy and Sue met in high school and planned to get married, but then he got drafted for you-know-what war.  While he was out fighting Sue started running around and stopped sending letters.  Finally she sent one and it read "Dear John."

"A look came over Billy that would scare a ghost
Of a million soldiers -- coast to coast
And even though the air was filled with lead
Billy jumped up They shot him dead.

Billy was buried in a far away grave that read
But the epitaph -- was only a part
he didn't die from a bullet but  he died
From a broken heart."

The Music of a War.  --RoadBilly

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS (Final One):  Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of of chocolate cake.  (Or, cupcakes)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 4: Pledging Delta Sigma Phi

Continued from August 7, 2017.

In the spring semester 1970, I pledged Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Northern Illinois University.  Tension on campus continued to get worse as the Vietnam War dragged on.  There was quite a bit of this anti-war sentiment that flowed over to anti-establishment and fraternities and sororities were viewed as "The Establishment," so our groups came under increasing fire from the others.

I had a great time during pledging and I have to admit that my grades slipped quite a bit.  To put it mildly, we partied a whole lot.  Delta Sig pledges had to carry this big old empty bomb shell around campus and protect it, or dire consequences if it got "stolen."  It was painted green with our Greek letters on it.  We never lost it.

Of course, failing college was a REAL Good way to get yourself to Vietnam via Uncle Sam's Draft.  You flunk, you get shot.

The frat house was on Augusta Avenue, east of campus (44 Augusta?).

Anyway, I became an active in April.

Hoddy Toddy, God-Almighty, Who the Hell Are We?  We're the Delta Sigs.  --RoadDog

Ken Burn's Vietnam War

I have been watching as much of this series on PBS as I can.  Another excellent effort from Mt. Burns.  I am of that era and have found out more about it than I ever knew.

I like how he goes back to the beginning of the French colonization and traces it to the 1960s and American intervention to stop the spread of Communism.  So far, I come away with the idea that Ho Chi Minh was the George Washington of his country and the Viet Cong were the Patriots.

But, he gives the story from all sides: the enemy, the soldiers, the government, the generals, the grunts, the ant-war movement and so on.

I have already been writing about my experience in the war, though I did not fight in Vietnam, i sure came close.

Click on the My Vietnam War Experience to see prior blog posts and I will have more.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's a Really Big Deal: NIU Beats Nebraska

Saturday was a great day here in our household.  Both Liz and I are huge Northern Illinois football fans (and alumni) and we sure had a HUGE victory over Nebraska!!!  NIU 21  Nebraska 17

I missed the first half of the game while I was at the Civil War re-enactment in Hainesville, Illinois, but I watched it when I got home.  Unbelievable.

The NIU banners are up all over the outside of the house.

Nebraska is one of those Power 5 schools and we are but a little Group of 5 schools.  Plus, Nebraska is now Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

This was a great win.  And, sadly, now that I have been doing some boasting, that is going to be a kiss of death for our football program.  Whenever I write about a team I back winning, they then start losing.

Oh well, I just have to do it.  Sorry 'bout that.

GO HUSKIES!!  --  RoadDog

JSS: Shorpy-- "The Glass Castle"-- Cold Then Hot-- Don Williams-- Jay Cutler On Losing

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SHORPY--  (The Old Photo Site)   If you want to see a World War II Home Front picture that just screams Norman Rockwell, look up the  Shorpy website for June 8, 2017  "The Ladies Who Lunch" 1943.  The photo was taken in Clinton, Iowa.  These women were employed as railroad wipers while the men were away at war.  The U.S. home front.

2.  "THE GLASS CASTLE"--  To me it seems there just aren't many movies out right now that I want to see.  I didn't know about this one, but it was too cold to go boating, so I went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw this movie.  As far as I am concerned, this one should get Academy Award nominations for Best Movie, best Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Actress for the actress who played the young girl.

3.  COLD THEN HOT--  Crazy weather around here.  First it was quite cool and lately it has been quite hot.  At least it is not a hurricane.  The cool temperatures have really started the trees to turning those great fall colors.

4.  DON WILLIAMS--  Sitting here a-typin' away with my two little fingers and listening to a Don Williams greatest hits CD.  You forget how good he was.  We'll sure miss him.

4.  JAY CUTLER ON LOSING--  I couldn't help but chuckle when our fearsome ex-qb Jay Cutler complained that the Bears lost too many games while he was there.  Jay, might you have had something to do with all those losses?  The Jay replacement, Glennon, hasn't proved to be much better, but at least we don't have to look at Ol' Sour Puss, Pouty Face sitting by himself on the sidelines and thinking about all that money he was earning for not doing much.

What is frightening, though, is what if Jay turns into a decent qb with Miami?  After we had to put up with him for what seemed forever.

I'd Have to Find Him and Slap Him For Sure.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Freedom of the press:  No-iron clothes.

Monday, September 18, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 15, 1967: "The Letter"

1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
3.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops

4.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   "It Could Be We're In Love"
7.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
9.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
10.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett

Name That Tune (from the above songs).  "You Ask Me If There Will Come a Time When I Grow Tired of You."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE SECRETS:  Age is important only if you're cheese and wine.

"Never My Love"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Plenty Going On Around Here This Weekend: Boating, Football, History, Civil War and Bands

A bit earlier today, I went out on the boat and in a short while, I'll be going to Richmond, Illinois, for the Richmond-Burton football game.  Nothing like a high school football game on a warm September Friday night.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois, has its homecoming parade at 9 a.m..  From there I am going to the Fox Lake Grant Township Area Historical Society for a presentation on Commercial Fishing on the Chain.

After that I will go to Hainesville, Illinois, for a Civil War re-enactment.

Later in the afternoon and early evening, several bars are having bands playing outside, including Oak Park Lounge's Oaktoberfest.

Sunday, there are more bands and, of course, Da Bears game.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Out Boating-- Part 2: The New Pirate Ship, Gangland Shootout and McDonald's

After Beer Can bridge, I saw a new wooden pirate ship, well, the front end of a pirate ship, complete with a Capt. Jack Sparrow statue and pirate flag.  I always like new things like that on the Chain.  By the way, I see that this Tuesday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

Not too far down from the new pirate ship is a real piece of Chicago Gangland History, the old Manning Hotel, where a shootout claimed 3 lives back in 1930.  The Chain of Lakes was essentially a gangland paradise back in those days and several mob leaders had homes on the Chain.

And, if you're really into it, the hotel, now a private home, is up for sale.  For $339,000 you could own your piece of history.  That is a really good price for waterfront property on the Chain.

Next door to it is a funeral home.  How convenient .

Next, I stopped at McDonald's.  This is one of only two McDonald's that you can boat into.

AAAARRRR, Matey!!  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  It is bad to suppress laughter.  It goes back down and spreads to your hips.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out Boating September 12th, 2017-- Part 1: Chain of Lakes, Mineola and Beer Can Bridge

Did some yardwork after FB

Drove over to Fox Lake and found gas gouged to $2.70.  Sure glad I filled up last weekend at the Mobil station in Johnsburg which was at $2.47.

Took our boat (School's Out...Forever!!) out for a cruise through Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Beer Can Bridge and into Pistakee Lake to McDonald's.  There is a reason they call our area the Chain of Lakes.

On the way, I passed the increasingly sad Mineola Hotel, which is falling into serious neglect.  It was a mini Grand Hotel like the one on Mackinac Island and a beautiful structure.  So sad to see it go.

Beer Can Bridge is so named because  it is not very high and over the years boaters going under it have placed beer cans on its understructure.  Not so cool anymore, though as about half the items are glass bottles.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'Fessa John Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961

If you're into the 1960s music, here is a show you don't want to miss.  It streams at beachshag,com.


I WANNA KNOW--  The Ape Man with the Gay Pipers
NOT GONNA CRY--  5 Royales
SWEET SUE--  Big Joe Turner

FLAMINGO--  Little Willie John
IT FEELS SO GOOD--   Little Milton
NORTH TO ST. LOUIS--  Ronnie Love

RAISING SUGAR CANE--  Untouchables
PLEASE LOUISE--  Roy Hamilton
LAY IT ON THE LINE--  Billy Ward & the Dominos


CUPID--  Sam Cooke

MAMA SAID--  Shirelles
RAINDROPS--  Dee Clark

STAND BY ME--  Ben E. King
MOTHER-IN-LAW--  Ernie K. Doe

Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy.  Thanks 'Fessa.

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 3: Research, Boating, Pizza, Beer and NTN


Sat out FP (Front Porch) for breakfast and coffee as well as reading yesterday's Chicago Tribune.  Must catch up on my newspapers.  On the internet and doing some research on Major League Baseball players in World War II playing for the Great Lakes Training Base baseball players, coached by Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane.

One of the players was Chet Hajduk who had a "Cup Of Coffee" with the Chicago White Sox in April 1941, who appeared in a major league game exactly one time before being sent to the minors for the rest of the season.  He joined the Navy after the season and played for Great Lakes.

Last week, I wrote about the Navy Day in Dubuque, Iowa, August 23, 1942, where 32 Dubuquers were sworn into the Navy and there was a baseball game between the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the Navy Pre-Flight School at Iowa City in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog.

While I was researching and doing blog entries, I listened to 'Fessa Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961.  He played some mighty good stuff and should have it for another week.  You can listen to it at beachshag.com.  I'll write the names of some of the songs in the next post.

I went out boating on Fox Lake for awhile and then we met Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside for half price pizza, $1.50 pints and played NTN.  Afterwards, we went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.

A Good Day.  --RoadDog

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 2: About Those Bar Dogs


On the internet in the early morning and found out that Illinois evidently had our own ribbon highway, like that one stretch of Oklahoma's Route 66.  And it went from DeKalb to Waterman, Illinois.

Enjoyed Bob Stroud taking his listeners, the Stroud Crowd, back 40 years to a summer I remember well, 1977, on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m..

We had planned to go to Cabana's on Pistakee Lake to see the band, but it was way too crowded, so we went to Oak Park Lounge nearby on the same lake.  This is an original bar on the Chain of Lakes, dating back to the 1890s and a favorite of ours.  We also got to see (and feed) the bar dog, Bomber.  If there is another more spoiled animal in the world than a bar dog, I'd like to know?  He has us all trained well.

We then went to the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry for Bloody Marys and last stop was at Sunnyside in Johnsburg.

Bomber Likes His Pepperoni.  --RoadDog

Going Back to Summer '77-- Part 10: "Don't Stop"

Part 4 of Bob Stroud's annual trip back to a summer 40 years ago took place on September 3.  This time, 40 years ago was 1977.

I was back in school teaching 7th and 8th graders at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.  Liz was teaching 1st grade at Beach Elementary School in Round Lake Beach.  We were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, so both of us didn't have far to drive to school.

SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE--  Townsend Sanford Band    A lot of local bands also were  using the two name name back then.  We had the Thompson-Rydberg band in Lake County.
HIGH ROLLER--  Little Feat   I didn't know about them back then, but now they are one of my favorite bands.
LITTLE DARLIN' I NEED YOU--  Doobie Brothers   Getting their Soul thing on.

BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam    I suppose they couldn't sing this song in today's clime.
BREAKDOWN--  Alan Parsons Project
DON'T STOP--  Fleetwood Mac   They were everywhere on the radio back then, the Peter Frampton of the year before.

WHAT YOU GONNA DO--  Pablo Cruise
ONE LOVE--  Bob Marley   Good old reggae, but I didn't really get into it until around 1981.  Big fan, now, though.
TELEPHONE LINE--  Electric Light Orchestra

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "The Damn Thing Gone Wild (Ban-Ba-Lam)."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Amazing!  You just hang something in your closet for awhile and it shrinks two sizes.

"Black Betty"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pearl Harbor, Kennedy Assassination, Man on the Moon and 9-11

It seems that each generation has their "Where Were You" moment.

For my parents, it was Pearl Harbor.

For my generation it was the Kennedy Assassination and Man on the Moon.

For the next generation it was 9-11.

Of course, anyone old enough will know where they were when the event happened.

Pearl Harbor   I wasn't born yet (1951).

Kennedy Assassination    I was in 7th grade at Winston Park Junior High School in Palatine, Illinois.

Man on the Moon     I was at a friend's house in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where we were visiting family.

9-11    I was teaching school at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flags Up for 9-11

I have been outside and put up my United States flags in commemoration and memory of all those who died this date sixteen years ago.

Not Forgetting.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 7: "Brown Eyed Girl"

10.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison   #10   His first solo hit and probably his best-known song.
8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders    #17

7.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes    #2
6.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association    #2
5.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames    #14   "It Could Be We're In Love"
4.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops   #1

3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors   #1
2.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROWN UP--  Bobby Vee    #3
1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry    #1  "Ode to Billie Joe"

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Seems Like Nothing Ever Comes To No Good Up On Choctaw Ridge."  (Answer below).  --RoadDog

"Ode to Billie Joe"

Tune in for Three Hours of 1969 Music Today

Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM will be featuring three hours of music and events from 1969 starting at 8 a.m. CDST on their Saturday Morning Flashback Show.

It streams at www.wxrt.com.

I'll Be There.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  I had to give up jogging for my health.  My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pants on fire.

Friday, September 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 6: "Funky Broadway"

15.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett    #8   Born in 1941 in Prattville, Alabama.

14.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies   #9   Their "Pay You Back With Interest" debuted two weeks earlier.

13.  GETTIN' TOGETHER--  Tommy James & the Shondells    #18    Tommy's real name is Thomas Jackson.  Wonder if he's related to Stonewall.

12.  ZIP CODE--  Five Americans    #36  The group was originally from Oklahoma, but based out of Dallas.  Great garage rock.

11.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   #13     Worked as a song plugger/staff writer in New York.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Daytime Turns Me Off And I Don'yt Mean Maybe."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 5: "Silence Is Golden"

20.  LITLLE OLE MAN--  Bill Cosby   #4  Actual title "Little Ole Man (Uptight - Everything's Alright)"  His biggest hit

19.  HEROES & VILLAINS--  Beach Boys    #12    Three brothers.  Can you name them?

18.  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN--  Turtles  #12   Follow up to #3  "She'd Rather Be With Me."

17.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes   #11    Their biggest hit and follow up to "Here Comes My Baby"  (#13-1967)

16.  BABY I LOVE YOU--  Aretha Franklin   #4

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Been In This Town So Long."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Heroes & Villains"

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 4: ""Run, Run, Run"

25.  12:30--  Mama's and Papa's    #20  Actual name "  "Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon."

24.  RUN, RUN, RUN--  Third Rail    #53    Studio trio.  Sung by Joey Levine, who also sang lead on "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy."

23.  GIMME LITTLE SIGN--  Brenton Wood   #9   Follow up to "Oogum Boogum."  His biggest hit.

22.  THERE IS A MOUNTAIN--  Donovan   #11.  A fun song.  Try not to groove to it too much.   Born near Glasgow Scotland in 1946.  A fun song.  Try not to groove to it.

21.  I MAKE A FOOL OUT OF MYSELF--  Frankie Valli    #18   Born in 1937 in Newark, New Jersey.  This song reminds me a lot of his "Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Lock Upon My Garden Gate is a Snail, That's What It Is."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE THINGS:  If at first you don't succeed, see if the loser gets anything.

"There Is a Mountain"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 3: "Apples, Peaches & Pumpkin Pie"

30..  APPLES, PEACHES & PUMPKIN PIE--  Jay & the Techniques   #6  Their biggest hit.  Interracial R&B-Rock group.

29.  ANYTHING GOES--  Harpers Bizarre    (D)    #43  Written in 1934 by Cole Porter for the musical of the same name.

28.  CAT IN THE WINDOW--  Petula Clark    (D)    #26   She was on the radio at age 7.

27.  HA HA SAID THE CLOWN--  Yardbirds   #45   One of their last hits.  Formed in Surrey, England in 1963.

26.  I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC--  Peter, Paul & Mary   #9  Can you think of the three performers they mentioned in this song?  Answer below.

Name That Tune from the above songs:  "I Figure It's About the Happiest Sound Going Down Today."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

Answer to # 26:  Beatles, Mamas and Papas, Donovan.

"I Dig Rock and Roll Music"

Labor Day Weekend --Part 1: Love Those Bands


Enjoyed the FP (front porch) and OD  (on deck)  I did some shopping in Spring Grove and McHenry and went to the American Legion in Fox Lake.


FP and OD.

We went to the American Legion at 3 to enjoy one of our favorite bands, 3 Aces, playing all those great pop and country songs from the 1950s-1970s.  We then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg to see the band Central Stonerollers playing classic rock and some of their own songs.

Very good band, but like so many, they were way too loud considering how small Sunnyside is.


WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 2: "All You Need Is Love"

35.  YOU NEED LOVE--  Beatles    #1   Most of us know it as "All You Need Is Love."

34.  BALLAD OF YOU & ME POONEIL--  Jefferson Airplane   (D)   #42.  I always wondered where they got the name Jefferson Airplane from.  Well, it is slang for a split paper match used to hold a marijuana cigarette.  Go figure.

33.  THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD--  Dionne Warwicke   (D)   #32   Burt Bacarach makes an anti-war song, but in a Dionne-way.  Dionne is actually her middle name.

32.  HEY BABY--  Buckinghams     (D)   #12    WLS backing another Chicago band.  Actual name  "Hey baby (They're Playing Our Song)."

31.  LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE--  Martha & the Vandellas   (D)   #25  Clocking at at just 2:10, as good as Motown gets for this little-known classic.  Martha is actually Martha reeves.  From Detroit.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The One We Used To Hear When We Used To Get Along."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song"

Monday, September 4, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 1: ""We Love You"

From WLS Oldies Loon and "Joel Whitburn's Top Pop: The Singles 1955-1993"  Billboard.

There were a lot of debuts this week.  Also, I was on You Tube a lot listening to the songs in the survey as there were a lot I never remember hearing and also a lot that you rarely hear anymore.  I liked most of the ones I didn't remember, especially after hearing the song several times.  They just grew on me.

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

40.  GROOVIN'--  Booker T. & the M.G.s   (D)   #21  Putting a blast of soul onto the Young Rascals song.

39.  WE LOVE YOU--  Rolling Stones    (D)   #50  Regardless of what others say, I really liked their "Satanic Majesty's Request" album and that 3-D cover.  Psychedelic, MAN!!

38.  LONELY DRIFTER--  Pieces of Eight   #59  Formerly sung by the O'Jays (#93-1963)  Great Beach Music song.

37.  TAKE ME BACK--  Flock    No rank  Chicago group being pushed by LS.  Started out originally as a rock group, but after 1969 became better known in Chicago for their jazz-rock sound.  If you like horn songs, this one's for you.

36.  A GIRL LIKE YOU--  Young Rascals--    #10  Most of the group were formerly with Joey Dee & the Starliters.

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "I Don't Know What It's All About But I Feel I'll Soon Find Out."  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.

"A Girl Like You"

Saturday, September 2, 2017

JSS: Boating (Lack Of)-- Gas Gouge-- Quite Cool

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BOATING (LACK OF)--  Try as I might, getting out on the boat "School's Out...Forever" is not easy.  Monday and Tuesday this last week, it threatened to rain the whole day.  I was able to do some cruising Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday it was sunny, but very windy, and, even worse, lots of cold in that wind, so didn't go out.

This weekend, of course, is Labor Day Weekend.  Way too many boaters out on the water, so probably won't be going out.

2.  GAS GOUGE--  I was wondering when the gas prices around here were going to go up because of Hurricane Harvey.  They went up Wednesday from $2.30 to $2.60 in Fox Lake.  I, though, was able to find a Mobil station that hadn't raised their price yet and still was at $2.40, so filled up the '03 Malibu and got 5 gallons for the boat.

3.  QUITE COOL-- Thursday and Friday, we had quite cool temperatures.  Even worse, there was a lot of wind blowing the cool on you, even with a lot of sun.  We also did not go to the McHenry Concert in the Park Thursday because of the cold.


About Those Chicago White Sox

This is the first year I have looked at Major League Baseball standings from a negative perspective.  I only look at the Major League Baseball standings to see how my team, the Chicago White Sox, is doing as far as having the worst record in baseball.  Of course, they are in the middle of a rebuilding process.  The more games we lose, the better our draft choice.  I'm pulling for the worst record = top prospects.  The team with the worst record gets the #1 pick.

Of course, I "pull" for the Sox to win, but really "want" them to lose.

We have the worst record in the American league by far.  But right now, the Sox are going to have to "overcome" two National League teams, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

White Sox  .391  52-81
Giants  .387  53-84
Phillies  .381  51-83

The Race Heats Up!!  --RoadDog

Music Listening This Weekend Here in Chicago

All times Central Daylight Savings.  Both stations stream.

WXRT, 93.1 FM   www.wxrt.com

Saturday Morning Flashback 8-11 a.m.  Today to 1991

Breakfast With the Beatles  8-10 a.m.  With Terri Hemmert
Bluesbreakers  9-10 p.m.  With Tom Marker

WDRV, 93.1 FM   www.wdrv.com

Rock and Roll Roots  7-10 a.m.  Part 4 of the Summer of 1977  Songs on the radio and in your stereo and your album collection for September 3, 1977.  With Bob Stroud

Tune In or Tune Out.  --RoadDog

The Problem With Chipmunks

Good thing I love those furry lil' varmints or else they would be having some serious problems.  We're essentially overrun with them.  I've seen as many as four scampering about and climbing things in our back yard.

To me, they are close cousins of the wily squirrels.

You can challenge them, but you are not going to win.  Just try to keep them out of a bird feeder when they like the seed.  Ours are particularly fond of safflower and sunflower seed.  At first you could just yell at them and they'd jump off, but now I almost have to walk over to the feeder before they jump off.

Right now, though, I have one who has trained me well.  When I go out on the deck and eat peanuts in the shell, he (or she) comes up to me and impatiently waits to be fed.  They are so funny when they eat, especially when they stiff the peanut or shell in their mouth and it bulges out the sides.  I'm hoping to get him to take the peanut out of my hand one of these days.

The Little Rascals.  Yes, Boss.   --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Brain cells come and go, but fat cells are forever.

Friday, September 1, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 1, 1967: "Come Back When You Grow Up"

Yep, 50 years ago.

1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry  (Not bad for a country song.)
2.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan's Shames   "It Could Be We're In Love"
3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   "Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
7.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies

9.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
10.  SILENCE IS GOLDEN--  Tremeloes

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Oh, Don't It Hurt Deep Inside To See Someone Do Something To Her."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at a tempting moment.

"Silence Is Golden"