A Cooler and Less Humid Week That Was

Here are WGN Sports announcers Lloyd Pettit and Hall of Famer Jack Brickhouse for Hamm’s Beer. Wouldn’t a cold Hamm’s taste good right now?

This commercial aired on WGN on August 19, 1965, during a doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. In the first game, Jim Maloney threw a 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs as the Reds won, 1-0. Just thought you’d like to know.

The Week That Was

I guess the World Series this year will be between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, just like Fox Sports wanted it.

When we woke up this morning, it was a brisk 38° (3° centigrade/Celsius). I really like the cooler weather, but this is closer to winter for us. At least there’s no snow, and it’s sunny. To celebrate, here’s the summary of the week.

Helen’s prompt was “hide,” so I chose Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming” as performed by Three Dog Night, as did Barbara. I put both versions of the song in the post, because I like Laura Nyro. I added in the comments video of Bette Midler’s speech from when Laura was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (a few years too late, I might add). It’s very moving.

You got two survey posts this week. Monday’s was from WLS in 1977, when Debby Boone owned the #1 spot for almost two months. I think we could consider her a “one-hit wonder,” but that was a hell of a hit. Comments generally ran negative on it.

If you haven’t voted in my latest Battle of the Bands, this would be the time to do it, because I announce the winner tomorrow. The song is “Autumn In New York” and the contestants are Kimiko Itoh and Jo Stafford.

Earl Klugh was the featured artist. He’s a fantastic guitar player, which many of you either knew or discovered with the two songs I shared. There’s lots more Earl Klugh out there.

I chose a line from a dream I had the night before, so you know it made absolutely no sense. I compared it to the famous Far Side cartoon “Cow Tools,” where the point Gary Larson was trying to make was that, if cows had tools, they’d probably be practically unusable, but then readers and newspaper editors saw that one looked like a saw and wanted to know what the others were.

Continuing with the “clown” theme from the day before, I wrote about clowns and how I really don’t find them creepy, even though many do. A couple of corrections: the guy who played Cooky on Bozo’s Circus was Roy Brown, not Ray, and the clown from Stephen King’s It was named Pennywise.

Went back to The Land Down Under and back to 2WS to examine their survey from 1979.

I had a hard time with the prompt, “can,” so I fell back on music to get me through, and I’m happy with the result.

I’ll announce the winner of my latest Battle of the Bands tomorrow, so if you haven’t voted, please do so by the end of today. I’ll count the votes and announce the winner tomorrow. Tomorrow’s M4 theme is “songs with unusual instruments,” and I managed to find a dozen of them–so far. I’ll be spending this afternoon at Starbucks brainstorming the rest of the week, and getting ahead on a few other themes that have been rolling around in my brain, so stay tuned!

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

6 thoughts on “A Cooler and Less Humid Week That Was

  1. It was a great week, John! Methinks, we skipped fall this year. We had a long summer, two days of fall, and now winter is seems to be arriving any day now.


    1. Well, we had the heat on this morning and Mary just turned on the air conditioning, so it’s not quite winter yet. It is much cooler than it had been, and I’m very happy about that.

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  2. You know how I feel about the baseball outcome. For the next 10 days I am a die hard Red Sox fan! I miss the old fashioned double headers where they played back to back games and you didn’t have to leave and buy another ticket. Ah, the good old days. Nice recap, John.


    1. Back in the ’60’s and into the ’70’s it was unheard of to have single games on Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, remember? Now they need the revenue from every game to pay the salaries. They still do doubleheaders, after a fashion, when they have games to make up, but the way they do them is one game in the afternoon, then chase everyone out and have the second game in the evening with a new crowd. I sat in the centerfield bleachers at Wrigley with a friend of mine on Memorial Day one year and went home with a hell of a sunburn…

      Sweet Caroline…

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