1. IT IS COLD!-- To say it has been a bit cold around here is an understatement. Doggone Canadians and their weather. Wish they would be nice enough to KEEP IT!!
Looking at the weather forecast from yesterday's paper, highs and lows:
THURS: 14 // 6, FRI. 16 // -1, SAT. 7 // 1, SUN. 13 // -5, MON. 11 // 1, TUES. 10 // 5, WED. 19 // 8. A real heat wave Wednesday. Time to start working on the old tan.
2. THE DRIVE'S A TO Z-- I've been enjoying listening to the Drive's A to Z going on right now. (WDRV, 97.1 FM and streaming.) They are in the letter "L" right now. Last songs played:
LIGHT UP-- Styx
LIGHT MY FIRE-- Doors
LIFE'S BEEN GOOD-- Joe Walsh
A LIFE OF ILLUSION-- Joe Walsh
LIFE IS A ROCK-- Reunion
LIFE IS A HIGHWAY-- Tom Cochrane
3. BOWLS: NIU's Bowl woes continue after Tuesday's 36-14 drubbing by Duke in the Quick Lube Bowl in Detroit. In the last ten bowls Northern has appeared in our record is 2-10 and we haven't won the last five and have been blown out in the last three.
Please, No More Bowl Games for NIU. It Is Too Embarrassing to Watch. --RoadSorry
There has to be a lot of smiles on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, today, as their team, the Terriers played National Champs University of North Carolina and BEAT them!!!
I went to the Spartanburg Herald Journal which, of course, had the story on the front page.
"Those little dogs had their biggest day.
"Wofford stunned the college basketball world Wednesday by knocking off fifth-ranked defending national champion North Carolina 79-75 at the Dean Smith Center."
Last night I had seen on the TV listings that UNC was playing Wofford, but chose not to watch it, figuring it would be a Tarheel blowout. I sure wish I had, though. When it comes to the Big Boys in college basketball, I am a big Tarheel fan. But, I always pull for any of the Little Dogs when they play one of the Big Dogs. And I sure would have been pulling for the Wofford Terriers.
In case you're wondering about Wofford College, it was established in 1854 and in the fall of 2016, had 1,692 undergraduate students. Their teams are called the Terriers.
I imagine they have quite the thing to remember about their college years now.
I have to wonder how many companies got in line to advertise the new "Star Wars" movie. Every commercial break has at least two or more commercials tying the company into the movie. As if I didn't know about it release this past Friday (well, Thursday).
I must admit, though, that I am a big fan of the movies. Though I haven't seen it yet and don't plan to until sometime in January. I am not a big fan of crowded theaters and that is what it will be until the kids o back to school. And, I will see the new movie twice at the theater. It is just one of those movies you need to see on the really big screen and see it twice to see anything you missed the first time.
I also greatly enjoyed TNT showing the first six movies over the past weekend.
No, it is not our wedding anniversary which is on August 25. This is the anniversary of our starting to go together and that was December 15, 1967.
Back then, we were both juniors at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. We had not received our class rings yet (those came in May) so I gave Liz my ID bracelet. When we finally got the class rings, I was "allowed" to wear it for a day and then Liz got it. She didn't even give back my ID bracelet.
This date was also on a Friday and I was looking for a way to surprise her when she would least be expecting the bracelet. She had to go to the laundromat at Palatine Plaza on Northwest Highway (US-14) to do her family laundry. I tagged along.
Unfortunately, the laundromat is no longer there and we don't remember exactly where it was but know it was close to the Pankau drugstore. We think there is an ice cream place there now.
Giving her the bracelet there sure caught her by surprise.
Took a ride on Lincoln Highway all the way to the east end of DeKalb, Illinois. Had the breakfast special at Sonic , mini burritos for $1.49 which was quite good.
Drove around campus and out to Greek Row and found the old Delta Sig house.
Went to the NIU-Central Connecticut basketball game which just cost $5 with seating wherever you wanted. Hard to beat that deal, but sad to see how few people were in the Convo Center, especially the lack of students. We saw a good game with Northern jumping off to a sizable lead and then having a struggle to hold on to it.
Then we drove back home and went to the Legion in Fox Lake where they were having a party for the Army-Navy game and that was sure some finish.
We drove to DeKalb, Illinois, and got a room at the Red Roof Inn and met with out university person at Fatty's and discussed what is going on on campus. We gave money for our education scholarship.
Took a ride through campus and it would appear that Lincoln Hall (where I lived freshman year at NIU) was closed. We then went to Wal-Mart and then to Lord Stanley's, the place you want to be for Blackhawks games. Lord Stanley's is named after the man who gave the Stanley Cup. Watched the first two periods there and had their great pizza/beer deal, two pitchers and a 16-inch one topping pizza for $19.
Then, we went back to the hotel and walked across the street to Pizza Pros and watched the end of the game (and the Blackhawks actually won)!! The bartender has a remarkable memory. We don't get t DeKalb often, but she remembered us.
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "I thought my window was down; but found it was up when I put my hand through it.
Alright, I'll have to include this here since I was doing Stephen Furst's obit. Great music, both the originals and the new ones made for the movie. And, of course, John Belushi.
It is too bad the movie came out after I was out of school as this album definitely would have been on our party playlist. And, tose Toga Parties!! What a great idea. We, Delta Sigma Phi, played four albums, front and back, at our parties: Four Tops Greatest Hits, Temptations Greatest Hits, Sly & the Family Stone Greatest Hits and "Green River" by CCR.
Of course, this is in my Ultimate CD Jukebox.
Faber College Theme-- Elmer Bernstein
Louie, Louie-- John Belushi
Twistin' the Night Away-- Sam Cooke
Tossin' and Turnin'-- Bobby Lewis
Shama Lama Ding Dong-- Otis Day & the Knights
Hey Paula-- Paul and Paula
Animal House-- Stephen Bishop
Intro-- Stephen Bishop
Money-- John Belushi
Let's Dance-- Chris Montez
Dream Girl-- Stephen Bishop
Wonderful World-- Sam Cooke
Shout-- Otis Day & the Knights
Faber College Theme-- Elmer Bernstein
What, No "I Gave My Love a Cherry?" I'll Have Another. -- RoadDog
LAWS OF PARENTING: Backing your car out of the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.
All of my blogs today will be about Pearl harbor, this being the 76th anniversary of the attack.
From the December 7, 2016, Chicago Tribune "For Pearl Harbor Dead, A Final Rest" by Ted Gregory.
"Katherine Kany was at work last spring when she got the phone call that pulled together the loose ends of a family mystery. The remains of her uncle, a 22-year-old from Waukegan who died 75 years ago Wednesday, finally had been identified.
"The call was part of a project begun in earnest last year with the goal of identifying and returning to loved ones the remains of 388 sailors and Marines -- 18 from Illinois -- killed when Japanese fighter planes riddled the USS Oklahoma with torpedoes on December 7, 1941. At least five of the explosions struck the Oklahoma about 8 a.m., and the battleship capsized in less than 10 minutes."
"Kany, of Arlington, Va., and other relatives gathered October 25, at Arlington National Cemetery for a full military funeral for Navy Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley, a man who died before Kany was born."
Identifying These Dead Is the Correct Thing to Do.
I just went out in the cold (and a light smattering of snow) and put up two U.S. flags to honor those who died and survived that attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago that plunged the country into World War II.
Pearl Harbor, along with the Alamo, Fort Fisher and the Titanic have always been the four history stories that have interested me the most.
Sadly, as far as I know, there are no ceremonies in our part of northeast Illinois that is having anything for it.
This being the very first major action of the war for the United States, these persons are among the very oldest of those remaining from World War II and because of it, they are dying off even faster than the others.
When I was growing up, it seemed that all of my parents' friends were World War II veterans and it is hard to imagine there coming a time when they won't be around anymore.
In observance, every one of my blogs today will be about Pearl Harbor.
25. HONEY CHILE-- Martha & the Vandellas #11 Martha Reeves and her group.
24. BABY, YOU'VE GOT IT-- Brenton Wood #34 Born Alfred Smith in Shreveport, Louisiana. raised in California.
23. PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER-- Bobby Vinton #6 His father was a bandleader. Toured as part of backing band for Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" in 1960.
22. INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS-- Strawberry Alarm Clock #1 West Coast psychedelic band. Lead singer on this song was 16-year-old leader of another band, Greg Munford.
21. MASSACHUSETTS-- Bee Gees #11 "(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts." This song was Liz and my song when we first went steady back at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of when I gave her my ID bracelet (as a junior, we had not yet gotten our class rings) on December 15 this year.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Something's Telling Me I Must Go Home" Answer Below. --RoadDog
(D)= Debut. The number behind the performer is the highest the song got on the Billboard Top 100.
40. EXPLOSION-- Soul Survivors (D) #33 White soul band from New York City and Philadelphia (In Your Soul) (In My Soul)
39. SKIP A ROPE-- Henson Cargill (D) #25 Country singer born in Oklahoma City. His only hit.
38. LET THE HEARTACHE BEGIN-- Long John Baldry (D) #88 Influential blues rocker from England. Probably best known for his "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On the King of Rock and Roll" which went to #73, his highest charting song in the U.S..
37. WHO WILL ANSWER-- Ed Ames (D) #19 One of the Ames Brothers. His biggest hit was "My Cup Runneth Over" (#8-1967)
36. TELL MAMA-- Etta James (D) #23 Her biggest hit. Born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Oh Listen To the Children While They Play." Answer Below. --RoadDog
1. ALABAMA AND AUBURN-- That was one great football game last Saturday when Auburn upset Alabama. I always like to see Alabama lose. But what about the teams they played the week before. The mighty 'Bama played Mercer and Auburn played the Citadel. Come ON!!! Those easy wins shouldn't count as victories.
2. 16-TEAM PLAYOFFS-- And again, I sure would like to see a 16-team playoff for the Power Five Conferences and another one for the rest of the teams. That would make some of those "toilet" bowl TV games account for something.
3. ROCHESTER, ILLINOIS-- This one is for high school football. This team has dominated the Class 4A playoffs, winning seven of the last eight years. Time for them to move up to 5A.
R&B, rock pianist, vocalist. Played with the band The Solid Senders in the 1940s and then had quite the remarkable solo career as "The Fat Man." Met producer Dave Bartholomew who cowrote the songs in 1949.
Together, they reeled off quite the string of hits.
Blueberry Hill (#2-1957)
I'm In Love Again (#3-1956)
I'm Walkin' (#4-1957)
Blue Monday (#5-1957)
Whole Lot Of Lovin' (#6-1959)
Was on the Top Pop 100 for 66 times and has a dozen in the Top Ten. Also, a whole lot of R&B hits.
He was feared dead in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but had survived.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. His last public appearance was ten years ago.