Friday, November 30, 2018

Past Movie Scratches: Titanic-- Black-- Godfather-- Godfather-- Santa Clause-- Santa Clause 3


Past Movie Scratches--  Movies I saw on TV in 2017.

61.  TITANIC--  11-22--  3rd Class-First Class romance.  That ending always gets me.

62.  MEN IN BLACK II--  11-22--  J's back and grumpier than ever.  Beat up that little dog.

63.  THE GODFATHER--  11-24--  "It's just business"  No hard feelings.  The Mob deals with treachery.

64.  THE GODFATHER II--  11-29--  Before and After.  Castro takes over in Cuba.

65.  THE SANTA CLAUSE--  12-9--  Yes, he really is and Charlie knows it for a fact.

66.  THE SANTA CLAUSE 3--  12-9--  Jack Frost makes his mood to the Big Time.

--RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  Question:  What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?

Answer:  Pumpkin Pi.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

That Was Some Sneaky Storm On Sunday


Sunday, November 25

We'd been hearing warnings about this storm for several days, but didn't expect what we got.  We get snow in November here in Northeastern Illinois, but usually nothing too bad.  We've already had two snowfalls of two and three inches this month.  No problem at all.

But what we got Sunday was rather jawdropping.

All morning Sunday, they kept talking about it, but nothing came of it.  After listening to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots, I drove over to Jewel then came back and put the '85 Firebird out in the driveway as some buddies were coming by to look at it as I would like to have body and interior work done on it.  It is in bad need of it.

They came at 12:30.  As they were leaving, the storm hit, but nothing too bad at first, but with ice on the driveway, we decided not to go over to the PLAV or Sunnyside and we were sure glad we stayed home.

This was serious snowfall.  And the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen.  Some were fist size.  And, they were coming down fast.

McHenry County got hit the worst of all of the Chicagoland area.  Bull valley had 13.5 inches.  Woodstock 12 inches.  I am figuring we had 11-12 inches here.

That Is Sure A Lot For November.  --RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  What does a Pilgrim call his friends?  Pal-grims.



Monday, November 26, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!!! Nov. 26 to Dec. 2: Pies, Cakes & Cookies This Week


NOVEMBER 26, MONDAY--  Cake Day**    One with lots and lots of icing.   Cookie Day**  Move over Cookie Monster.

NOVEMBER  27, TUESDAY--   Bavarian Cream Pie Day**

NOVEMBER 28,  WEDNESDAY--  French Toast Day**  American Indian Day**  If anyone else believes they got a raw deal, take a look at these people.

NOVEMBER 29, THURSDAY--  E Greetings Day

NOVEMBER 30, FRIDAY--  Hurricane Season Ends**  We sure had enough here in the U.S. this year.   Mousse Day**  As in chocolate?

DECEMBER 1, SATURDAY--Earmuff Day**  When its cold, anything.   National Pie Day**   Yep.  Yup.

DECEMBER 2, SUNDAY--  Special Education Day**   Hannukah begins.**

Pies, Cakes & Cookies!!   Oh, Oh!  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 25, 1968: "Abraham, Martin & John"


Fifty years ago these were the Top Ten songs in Chicago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  LOVE CHILD--  Diana Ross / Supremes
2.  ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN--   Dion
3.  CHEWY, CHEWY--  Ohio Express

4.  CINNAMON--  Derek
5.  SHAME, SHAME--  Magic Lanterns
6.  MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwoulf    Always brings back memories of that great juke box in the Senior Lounge at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois.  And, heaven help an underclassman who ventured in there.
7.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkin   Sad to thing that her "Days" are now our "Days" only to 1968.

8.  WHO'S MAKIN' LOVE--  Johnny Taylor
9.  FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE--  Stevie Wonder
10-.  I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME--  Bobby Vinton

DEBUTS

33.  SEE SAW--  Aretha Franklin
35.  LES BICYCLETTES BE BELSIZE--  Englebert Humperdink

37.  CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE--  Chambers Brothers
39.  RIGHT RELATIONS--  Johnny Rivers
40.  SON OF A PREACHER MAN--  Dusty Springfield

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Think That I Don't feel Love."  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  Question   Why did the Pilgrims' pants always fall down?  Answer--  Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.

"Love Child"

Friday, November 23, 2018

Music of 1968-- Part 2: Jimi, Janis and CSNY


Continued from October 26, 2018.

While Jimi Hendrix was torching guitars and putting the polishing touches on "Electric Ladyland,"  Janis Joplin was shedding Big Brother and the Holding Company and starting a band of her own.

Out in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell's boyfriend casually walked into an impromptu jam session.  There he found two other like-minded musicians -- an encounter that led to Crosby,Stills, Nash and Young, probably the most famous supergroup ever.

--RoadDog



Anybody Else Besides Me Tired of Hearing "Black Friday?"


I have been watching TV and listening to the radio a bit these last two days.

Is there anyone else who is tired of hearing those two words "Black" and "Friday?"

Bring back the political ads.  I can't take it any more.

--RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  What kind if music did the Pilgrims like?  Answer:  Plymouth Rock.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

JSS: Boat's Up For Winter-- Black Friday-- Ed Bearss


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BOAT'S UP FOR WINTER--  This past Friday I took the boat over to the barn in Hebron where we keep the boat during the winter, thus ending a year of no boating for us as it turned out.  Well, we did have 33 years of good boating before this.

2.  BLACK FRIDAY--  It seems like we just got rid of all those politicians saying all those bad things about their opponents.  Now, we have all this "Black Friday" stuff to listen to.  Have you "Black Fridayed?"

3.  ED BEARSS--  I understand ge will be giving a talk to the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table in Arlington Heights on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7.  I hope to be able to see this World War II Marine veteran.  He is unique.

--RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  Id April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?   Answer:  Pilgrims.

Monday, November 19, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!! Nov. 19-25: "Tie One On Day" Wednesday


**  I'd Celebrate That!!!

NOVEMBER 19, MONDAY--  Have A Bad Day Day     National Blow Bagpipes Day**  I love the sound of bagpipes.  Don't care what anyone else says.

NOVEMBER 20, TUESDAY--  Absurdity Day**  Do Something absurd or stupid.  Peanut Butter Fudge Day**

NOVEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY--  Tie One On Day**  What does that have to do with the day before Thanksgiving?    Jukebox Day**  Love 'em but don't like a buck for a song like most songs are priced at these days.  Bring back the five for 50 cents juke boxes.

NOVEMBER 22,  THURSDAY--  Well, Thanksgiving**

NOVEMBER 23, FRIDAY--  Eat A Cranberry Day**  Sounds like a left over to me.  National Cashew Day**  Love them nuts.

NOVEMBER 24, SATURDAY--  Sardines Day   I don't much care for sardines, but do like herring.  Small Business Day**  Got to support those mom and pop places.

NOVEMBER 25, SUNDAY--  Parfait Day**

--RoadDog

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR:  What is a pumpkin's favorite sport?  Answer:  squash.



Sunday, November 18, 2018

WLS Top Ten for November 18, 1968: "Abraham, Martin & John"


Fifty years ago today in Chicago according to the WLS 890 AM Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  LOVE CHILD--  Diana Ross /  Supremes
2.  MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf
3.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkins

4.  CHEWY, CHEWY--  Ohio Express
5.  HOLD ME TIGHT--  Johnny Nash
6.  ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN--  Dion
7.  SHAME, SHAME--  Magic Lanterns

8.  FIRE--  Five By Five
9.  CINNAMON--  Derek
10.  WHO'S MAKING LOVE--  Johnny Taylor

Songs debuting:

30.  I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE--  Marvin Gaye
33.  SHAKE--  Shadows of Knight
37.  SCARBOROUGH FAIR--  Sergio Mendes / Brazil '66

38.  KENTUCKY WOMAN--  Deep Purple
39.  HANG 'EM HIGH--  Booker T. & the MGs
40.  PICKIN' WILD MOUNTAIN BERRIES--  Peggy Scott / JoJo Benson

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Don't Know What We Can See, Why Don't You Tell Your Dreams To Me."  Answers below.  --RoadDog


"Magic Carpet Ride"




Past Movie Scratches: Leprechaun-- Towers-- Leprechaun-- Oz-- Wizard-- Mayberry--


Past Movie Scratches--  Movies I saw on TV in 2017.

55.  LEPRECHAUN 2--  11-5--  St. Patrick's Day with the lil' green guy.  Why expresso coffee guys should keep their comments to themselves.

56.  LORD OF THE RINGS:  TWIN TOWERS--  11-5--  Defending Helmskeep and the attack of the trees.

57.  LEPRECHAUN--  11-11--  How many ways can a lil' green guy get around?  Let's count the ways.

58.  WIZARD OF OZ--  11-18--  Those flying monkeys still give me the willies.

59.  WIZARD OF OZ--  11-18--  Don't pick the apples.

60.  RETURN TO MAYBERRY--  11-21--  The gang's all back.

--RoadDog

TOO LATE FOR HALLOWEEN, BUT:  What do skeletons say before eating?  Bone appetit.




Saturday, November 17, 2018

JSS: Boat's Back-- More Snow


JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BOAT'S BACK--  Wednesday, our mechanic brought the boat back to us.  He had it since late July.  We had some major mechanical problems and trailer problems and we did not go out boating a single time this season.  That would be the first summer of no-boating since 1985.

Sadly, however, we have determined that we do not want to own the boat anymore, so if anyone of you knows somebody interested in getting into boating, let me know.

2.  MORE SNOW--  We had about two inches of it this past Thursday and it is snowing again today, Thursday.  So far I'm guessing we've gotten about two inches.

I even had to cancel taking the boat out to Hebron, Illinois, where we keep it during the winter.  I don't know, snowing and boating (even pulling one) just doesn't go together.

--RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  Homeopathic doctor's son named Herb.



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Music Deaths: Don McGuire, Last Surviving Member of the Hilltoppers


DON McGUIRE, 87

Died September 7, 2018

Last surviving member of the Hilltoppers.  The group formed at Western Kentucky State College and took their name from the school nickname.

Had hits with "Only You (And You Alone)"  (#8-1855), Marianne"  (#3-1957)  and "P.S. I Love You"   The last one was not the song by the Beatles.

Music Deaths: Don Gardner: 1/2 of Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford


DON GARDNER, 87

Died September 4, 2018

One half of the Philadelphia duo Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford.  Their big hit, and only Top 40, was "O Need Your Lovin' "  (#20-1963)

They also had "Glory of Love" (#75-1962) and "Don't You Worry" (#66-1962.  The duo split up in the mid-1960s.

"I Need Your Love" was a two-part song on two sides of the 45.  Part two was the side that got the airplay.  Give the whole song a listen.  But what hooked me was how he started with that "Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa" at the start of side two of the 45.

Dee Dee Ford was born Wrechia Holloway in Louisiana in 1936 and died in 1972.  I couldn't ding much about her.

Id you go to You Tube, click on Don Garner Mix.  It has four of his songs, including "I Need Your Lovin" " right away, but listen beyond that as there is some real good Soul and R&B songs I'd never heard before.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Music Deaths: Ed King, Co-Founder of Strawberry Alarm Clock and Member of Lynyrd Skynyrd


ED KING, 68

Died August 29, 2018

Is it possible to get more hippie and psychedelic than Strawberry Alarm Clock?

Co-founder of Strawberry Alarm Clock  "Incense & Peppermints"  (#1-1967) and guitarist and bassist with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Co-write "Sweet Home Alabama"  (#8-1974)

With Lynyrd Skynyrd 1972 to 1975 and 1987 to 1996 when he left the band with heart trouble.  Became member of Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2006.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Movie Scratches: Crazy-- Nun-- Predator-- Star


Movie Scratches:  A Dog's-Eye view of the movies at theaters.

33.  CRAZY, RICH ASIANS--  9-18--  Fox Lake, $5.  Will true love or family win?  A real tour de force of the beauty of Singapore.

34.  THE NUN--  9-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  Who let the demon out?  Who will put it back?

35.  THE PREDATOR--  10-2--  Fox Lake, $5--  Pet the nice doggie, but beware the really big dude. and don't say the "F" Bomb so much.  At least the aliens didn't swear.

36.  A STAR IS BORN--  10-19--  Fox Lake, $5--  The ups and downs, ups and downs of the music biz with the Nose and her Beau.  Plenty enough "F" Bombs.  Why are there so many "F" Bombs in today's movies?

Getting Really Weary of All These "F" Words in Today's Movie.  Most People Do Not talk That Way.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  A hairstylist's son named Bob.

Monday, November 12, 2018

WLS Top 10 for November 11, 1968: "Chewy, Chewy"


These were the top ten songs in Chicago according to the Silver Dollar Survey of WLS 890 AM radio fifty years ago.

1.  LOVE CHILD--  Diana Ross / Supremes
2.  MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf
3.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkins

4. WHITE ROOM--  Cream
5.  FIRE--  Five By Five
6.  HOLD ME TIGHT--  Johnny Nash
7.  CHEWY, CHEWY--  Ohio Express

8.  RUN TO ME--  Montanas
9.  ELENORE--  Turtles
10. SHAME, SHAME--  Magic Lantern

Debut Songs

29.  I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME--  Bobby Vinton
33.  TILL--  Vogues
35.  THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY--  New Colony Six

36.  PROMISES, PROMISES--  Dionne Warwick
38.  WICHITA LINEMAN--  Glen Campbell
39.  THE STRAIGHT LIFE--  Bobby Goldsboro
40.  NOBODY--  Three Dog Night

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Like To Dream, Yes, Right Between My Sound Machine."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Magic Carpet Ride"

I'd Celebrate That!!! Nov. 12-18: Thursday Is Clean Out the Fridge Day


**  I'd celebrate that.

NOVEMBER 12,  MONDAY--  Pizza With the Works Day**   Garbage pizza, that's for me.  I have to wonder about people who just like pizza with cheese and maybe one topping.

NOVEMBER 13, TUESDAY--  World Kindness Day**  I wonder if Bill Murray would drink to that even if it is not "World Peace?"  Hey, kindness leads to peace.

NOVEMBER 14, WEDNESDAY--  Pickle Day**  And, as we all know, Mt. Olive Pickles are the best.   Guacamole Day**  Mighty good dippin' stuff.

NOVEMBER 15, THURSDAY--  Clean Out the Fridge Day**  We've got things back there that frighten me.   Smoke Out Day**  Think of how much money you could save.

NOVEMBER 16, FRIDAY--  Fast Food Day**  Me, eat fast food?  Yep!!

NOVEMBER 17, SATURDAY--  Baklava Day**  Take A Hike Day*8  Figuratively or Really?   Adoption Day**  Be it a kid or pet.

NOVEMBER 18, SUNDAY--    Mickey Mouse's Birthday    How old is he?  M-I-C-K-E-Y MOUSE.

Donald Duck.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  Steam shovel operator's name:  Doug

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Armistice Day Today, Also Veterans Day


Quite a day in the history of the world today.  One hundred years ago, World War I or, the First World War as the British later called it, ended four years of fighting.

It is still commemorated in the United States, but now called Veterans Day, a day to honor and thank our military veterans.

From Wikipedia.

ARMISTICE DAY

Commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the Armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiegne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

It went into effect at eleven o'clock in the morning --  "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."




Saturday, November 10, 2018

"Thank God For The United States Marine Corps"


I put up my U.S. flags today in honor of two things.  The first was the 243rd birthday of the USMC.  The second was the end of World War I one hundred years ago and Veterans Day tomorrow.

This quote is from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1945.

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen.  Thank God for the United States Marie Corps."

I'll Second That.  --MarDog


WLS Top 40 for November 4, 1968-- Part 7: "Love Child"


These were the top ten songs in Chicago fifty years ago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.

The number behind the artist refers to the top position it reached on Billboard's National Top 100 songs.

10.  RUN TO ME--  Montanas   Did not rank.
9.  HOLD ME TIGHT--  Johnny Nash    #5
8.  LITTLE GREEN APPLES--  O.C. Smith   #2

7.  LOVE CHILD--  Diana Ross / Supremes     #1
6.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap    #7
5.  FIRE--  Five By Five     #52
4.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream    #6

3.  MAGIC CARPET RIDE--  Steppenwolf    #3
2.  ELENORE--  Turtles    #6
1.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS--  Mary Hopkin     #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Once Upon A Time There Was A Tavern Where We Used To Raise A Glass Or Two."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Those Were The Days"


JSS: Snow-- One-And-Done Duke Wins-- No WW I Magazine


JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  SNOW--  We had our first accumulating snow of the season Thursday night, about two inches.  But, it was good snow as none stuck to driveways, sidewalks or roads.  I could live with snow if it didn't fall on anything I had to move or drive on.

Ans, it stuck to the trees and a snow covered tree is one of the great things to see in nature.

2.  ONE-AND-DONE DUKE WINS--  I used to be a big Duke fan, but not anymore.  I will not support any school that relies on those one-and-done players.  I would have expected Coach K to be a better man than this.

3.  NO WW I MAGAZINES--  I am surprised that I did not see any of those 100-page magazines you see these days at most places that still sell magazines on the end of World War I, which ended tomorrow, November 11, 1918.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  A meteorologists daughter named Haley.

Friday, November 9, 2018

WLS Top 40 for November 4, 1968-- Part 6: "I Gotta Get A Message To You"


Fifty years ago in Chicago.  WLS 890 AM Radio.

15.  SHAME SHAME--  Magic Lanterns     #29    Shame on you if you forgot this song  (like I did).  From Lancashire, England.  Their only Top 40.

14.  BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC--  Andy Williams     #33    Who'd have figured this song on a pop station?  Sang it at the memorial service for Robert Kennedy at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

13.  CHEWY CHEWY--  Ohio Express     #15   Yet another Bubble Gum song!!  We NEED more Bubble Gum Music, not cow bells.  Pride and joy of Mansfield, Ohio.

12.  I GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU--  Bee Gees    #8   Or, are they another name for the Beatles.

11.  MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS--  Grass Roots    #5   Their biggest hit.   From San Francisco.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "My Eyes Have Seen the Glory."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  Doctor's son named Bill.


"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Thursday, November 8, 2018

WLS Top 40 for November 4, 1968-- Part 5: "Piece of My Heart"


20.  HI HEEL SNEAKERS--  Feliciano     #25   Jazz it up, Jose.  His follow up to his biggest hit, "Light My Fire."

19.  BANG-SHANG-A-LANG--  Archies      #22      Their first hit.  More great Bubble Gum Music (one of four Bubble Gum songs in the top 40).  Try not to tap your feet to this one.    Studio group.  Their biggest hit was "Sugar, Sugar."

18.  HEY, WESTERN UNION ME--  Jerry Butler    #16    Went to #1 on R&B chart.  Pure Ice from the Man.  Chicago's Ice Man Cometh.  What's a telegram?

17.  QUICK JOEY SMALL--  Kastentz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus     #25    One-Hit Wonder.  Another Bubble Gum song.  Check out the funny video.  Is that Charlie Chaplin?  Just 2:24.  They consisted of members of 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express and Music Explosion.

16.  PIECE OF MY HEART--  Big Brother & the Holding Company     #12    Their biggest hit.    Who's doing the singing?

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "That Is What I Want You To Say."   Answer below.  --RoadDog


IT'S ALL IN A NAME:  A lawyer's son named Will.

"Hey Western Union Man"

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

WLS Top 40 for November 4, 1968-- Part 4: "Suzie Q"


25.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles    #1 for 9 weeks     The end of it is quite possibly the greatest audience sing-along song ever.  Check out the video of them playing together.  Poor Ringo was almost overrun.

24.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown    #2   Probably one of RnR's skinniest singers.  Again, check out the video of him with those burning horns and make up.  Alice and Kiss don't have anything on this guy.

23.  DO SOMETHING GOOD TO ME--  Tommy James & the Shondells      #38    I don't remember this one, but a great T.J. song.  Only 2:26, wish it was longer.

22.  SUZIE Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival     #11    Whenever I hear this song, I am always taken back to that scene of the show in "Apocalypse Now."

21.  WHO'S MAKING LOVE--  Johnny Taylor     #5    If this don't get your body to moving, nothing will.  His biggest hit "Disco Lady"  (#1-1976)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Take A Sad Song And Make It Better."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


"Hey Jude"


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!! November 5 to 11: Saturday Is the 243rd Birthday of the USMC!!!


**  I'd celebrate that.

NOVEMBER 5, MONDAY--  American Football Day**  Doughnut Day**  Especially those Britt Donuts at Carolina Beach, N.C.

NOVEMBER 6,  TUESDAY--  Election Day**  I'll sure be celebrating the end of it.  It's been a long year and a half.   Nachos Day**

NOVEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY--  Job Action Day   Not sure what this is.   Hug A Bear Day**  Well, not the ones out in the wild, but those lil' cuddly teddy bears.

NOVEMBER 8, THURSDAY--  Cappuccino Day**  Especially pumpkin spice cappuccino,  99 cents for a large at Thornton's.  (I'll probably never know how to spell it without looking it up.    Parents As Teachers Day**   Let's hope parents are doing some teaching.

NOVEMBER 9, FRIDAY--  Scrapple Day**  Never had any, but I hear it is really good.

NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY--   U.S. Marine Corps 243rd Birthday**  The best.  

NOVEMBER 11, SUNDAY--   Veterans Day**  Fly Those Flags.

Happy 243rd, Marines!!   --RoadDog



The Battle on One-And-Dones Tonight: Duke vs. Kentucky


And, I'm not going to watch it, even though Duke USED to be one of my favorite of the big guy schools.

I have no respect for any basketball programs who depend on players who are only going to be three for one year before going to the NBA.

Kentucky started it and now Duke follows along puppylike.  I thought Coach K had more class than that.

The only good thing about these one-and-doners is that come tournament time, it greatly increases the chances of a little guy knocking off a big guy.

Guess Not.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN THE NAME:  A thief's son named Rob.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Won't Life Be So Much Finer After Tomorrow


Tired.  I am so tired of all this election mess.  I'm so tired.  And, it has been going on for two years.  That is much of what passes for TV and radio commercials today here in Illinois.  And, there are more signs by the roads than I ever saw.  Talk about your sign clutter.

Much money has been spent by both Democrats and Republicans.

If we are to believe these commercials, pretty much everybody running for office should be arrested immediately and thrown into jail.  We have reached a new low in mudslinging.  To hell with what a candidate believes, let's slam something their opponent did.

Democrats are saying their opponents have Trump connections and Republicans are tying Democrats to the much-hated Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan.

We have a major contest for Illinois governor going on.  Both men are extremely rich.  Bruce rauner, current governor is very anti-Union which we don't like.  J.B. Pritzer is Madigan's man.  Picking the lesser of the two evils, I'd have to say we'll vote for Brauner.

That Madigan Is Bad Medicine.  --RoadDog

IT'S ALL IN A  NAME:  From the July 1, 2017, Orange Peel Gazette.  Profession / Name:   Lawyer's daughter:  Sue

Sunday, November 4, 2018

WLS Top 40 For November 4, 1968-- Part 3: "Cinnamon"


The number behind the artist is the highest it got on the Billboard Top 100 National charts.

30.  CINNAMON--  Derek    #11   Group formed by Johnny Cymbal  who had a 1963 hit with "Mr. Bass Man".  After that song, he did not have much success  Reformed with the name of his brother, but Johnny did the singing.

29.  I'M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD--  Four Tops   #51   Never heard it, but a REAL GOOD song.  Classic Motown.  It's all there.

28.  CYCLES--  Frank Sinatra    #23   He's lived through many phases and right now  one a real downer, but he'll get through.

27.  COURT OF LOVE--  Unifics     #25    Formed at Howard University in Washington, D.C..  Never heard of it.  Great choreography and dig those over-sized white gloves.   I'll sure be listening to some more of this group on You Tube.

26.  SWEET BLINDNESS--  Fifth Dimension     #13   Check out the neat parade video.  One person says the parade was in Cannes, France.  And that outfit that Marilyn McCoo was wearing!!!  Must have been poured into it.  As one person said, "'LAWD HAVE MERCY!!!!"

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Let's Go Down By The Grape Vine  Drink My Daddy's Wine, Get Happy."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Sweet Blindness"


WLS Top 40 for November 4, 1968-- Part 2: "Both Sides Now"


35.  BOTH SIDES NOW--  Judy Collins    (D)    #8    Her biggest hit.   What a voice.  A touchy-feely song.

34.  ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN--  Dion  (D)     #4   A very timely song for this era.  A come-back for Dion.  His last Top 100 was in 1964.

33.  FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE--  Stevie Wonder    #2   As good of Stevie as it gets.

32.  GOODY, GOODY GUMDROPS--  1910 Fruitgum Co.      #37   Great Bubble Gum Music.  Check out the guy with the tambourine in the video.  He sure played  it.  2:16 on pure toe-tapping pop music.

31.  BRING IT ON HOME TO ME--   Eddie Floyd     #17     Hey, this is some great soul music and what about that  bass?  Every bit as good as his better-known "Knock On Wood"  (#28-1966).

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Can You Tell Me Where's He Gone?"  Answer below.  --RoadDog

SAYINGS:  "Nice Guys Finish Last."   Sorry Leo Durocher, but not true.   Studies have shown that, on average, nice guys finish third in a field of six.  In Medieval Times, it was believed nice guys finished 26th.

"Abraham, Martin & John"



Saturday, November 3, 2018

JSS: Busy Day-- Goodbye To the '03 Malibu


JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  BUSY DAY--  Today, I will be leaving in just a little bit and going to the Fox Lake American Legion for the Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps / Toys for Tots birthday breakfast.  Afterwards I plan on burning leaves and limbs in the yard.

Then, if the weather holds good, there are two Illinois High School Association playoff football games nearby and I plan to go to one.  After that, the Legion is having a band.

2.  GOODBYE TO THE '03 MALIBU--  We were sad yesterday when friends came over to pay for and take title of our '03 Chevy Malibu.  We bought it new and this was the first car where we ever got over 100,000 miles.  The odometer read 145,265 miles.

It is in really good shape, but we figure it is time to buy a new car as the newest one we have is a '11 Chevy Malibu.  (We also still have a 2005 Dodge Dakota and an '85 Firebird.)

We drove the '03 Malibu from Chicago all the way out to Santa Monica, California, from one end to the other of Route 66.

It was a really good car.

We'll Sure Miss It.  --RoadDog

SAYINGS:  "You learn something new every day."  Actually, you learn something old every day.  Just because you've just learned it, doesn't mean it's new.  Other people already knew it.  Columbus is a good example of this.

Friday, November 2, 2018

WLS Top 40 Songs for November 4, 1968-- Part 1: "Little Arrows"


These songs were in the Top 40 in Chicago back 50 years ago according to the WLS 890 AM's Silver Dollar Survey.

(D) means it is a debut.  The number after the artist is how high the song got on the Billboard Top 100.

40.  STORMY--  Classics IV   (D)    #5   "Stormy" and "Spooky"  Good songs for this season of the year.  Quintet from Jacksonville, Florida.  One of three Top 5s.

39.  LITTLE ARROWS--  Leapy Lee    (D)   #16   A true One-Hit Wonder.  From Eastbourne, England.  How can you not like this catchy little tune?  Give it a listen if you've never heard it before or haven't heard it in a long time (like me).

38.  TAKE ME FOR A LITTLE WHILE--  Vanilla Fudge    (D)    #38   Psychedelic Rock band from New York formed in 1966.    How to psychedelicize a great old soul song.

37.  ALWAYS TOGETHER--  Dells   (D)    #18       From Harvey, Illinois.  I'd never heard this song before. Good belly-rubbin' song.  Smooth Soul.

36.  I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME--  Bobby Vinton    (D)      #9     A great slow-dancing song.  How romantic can you get?  This would make a great first dance wedding song.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Were The Sunshine, Baby, Whenever You Smiled"  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Stormy"

Ten Halloween Songs to Scare You: "Spirits In the Material World"


From Bob Stroud's Ten At Ten, October 31, 2018, Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM, the Drive.

MONSTER MASH--  Bobby "Boris" Pickett
SPOOKY--  Classics IV
SCARY MONSTERS--  David Bowie

DEVIL INSIDE--  INXS
SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD--  Police
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU--  Screamin' Jay Hawkins
DANCING WITH MR. D--  Rolling Stones

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon
PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads
SEASON OF THE WITCH--  Donovan

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Was Working In The Lab Late One Night."  Answer Below.  --RoadHowl

SAYINGS:  "You Can't Take It With You"  When you die.  Well, that depends upon what it is.  If it's your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you.  In fact, not only can you take it with you, you can probably put some things in your pockets.

"Monster Mash"