The Pre-Thanksgiving/Columbus Day Week That Was and White Sale

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Wieboldt’s “I Don’t Mime A White Sale,” going on now through August 29.

These used to be huge: sales on sheets, towels, tablecloths and other household soft items that normally come in white. Department stores would typically hold them on minor national holidays like Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day etc. Chicago used to have lots of department stores: Marshall Field’s, Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Wieboldt’s, Lytton’s, Sears, Montgomery Ward, Goldblatt’s… All gone now.

The Week That Was

It was a good week. Hot, but that’s supposed to change in a big way this week. Of course, there was the national periodic test of the Emergency Alert System that also included the first test of Wireless Emergency Alerts, which virtually everyone in the nation received at 2:18 last Wednesday and immediately freaked that President Trump could now send you text messages that you couldn’t refuse. The message we got actually originated at FEMA and was the first test of that system. The annual EAS test started in 2011 under President Obama, as did development of wireless alerts. It’s a good thing they test it; they learn a lot every time they do.

I ran a couple of tests this past week to get IFTTT working with WordPress and WordPress with Facebook. I explained all of this on Friday.

Anyway, let’s take a walk down Memory Lane and remember all the fun we had this week.

Helen’s prompt this week was “search,” which led me to a whole bunch of songs. The one I chose for last week was “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” by Chicago.

If you’d like to vote in my latest Battle of the Bands, please do so today. The song is “Poinciana” and the contestants are The Four Freshmen and Vulfpeck.

I continued with Sunday’s theme of “search” and came up with ten more that fit the theme.

The incredible George Benson was the featured artist. His 1976 album Breezin’ is a smooth jazz classic.

Used another weird thought from the Subreddit r/showerthoughts. Everyone liked the Buster Keaton commercial for Pure Firebird gasoline.

Finally published the post I had written for the week before, talking about something my nephew said.

Shared the Top 10 from WABC, the flagship of the ABC Radio Network, from 1961. Jim and Fandango remembered Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow from his days with the station, and I actually knew who they were talking about, not that I had ever heard him.

Linda’s prompt “card” reminded me of Dex Card, the afternoon DJ at WLS when I first started listening to the radio. There was much reminiscence about other DJ’s and radio stations from everyone else’s memory. Those of us who grew up before roughly 1995 can remember when a radio station had its own staff of DJ’s and did everything locally. Not so much anymore.

I announce the winner of my latest Battle of the Bands tomorrow. Tomorrow’s theme is “songs with handclaps and finger snaps, and I have a bunch of them. Another Smooth Jazz artist on Tuesday, a strange one-liner on Wednesday, and all your other favorites. Maybe even a test or two.

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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