A Veterans’ Day Week That Was

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That’s Daniel J. Travanti, Captain Frank Furillo from the ’80’s classic Hill Street Blues. He’s been in a lot of shows that I like since then, and I haven’t noticed.

The Week That Was

To all the veterans reading this, Happy Veterans’ Day, and thank you for your service. We got a lot of rain here this past week, but today the sun is blazing outside. Not that it’s warming things up that much: it’s only 44° (7.5° C), and it doesn’t look to be getting much warmer any time soon. Seems we went from summer straight into winter this year. I’m writing this on Saturday afternoon, because I have the time and the inclination to do so. I remember Saturdays when I was a kid, and how rife with possibilities it was. Now, it’s kind of a dead day. It’d be different if I was a college football fan, but since I’m not, it’s really just a quiet day. So, without further ado, here’s the summary.

The theme was “take,” and the song that jumped into my head first was “Take The ‘A’ Train,” Billy Strayhorn’s song that was the theme for The Duke Ellington Orchestra. I found a great version of it by The Delta Rhythm Boys, but try as I might I couldn’t find the lyrics they were singing. So I went with the lyrics I could find, and asked everyone to listen to the song.

Stacy’s assignment was “unusual duets,” which threw me for a loop, so I created a list of crossover duets, and it turned out that was the assignment anyway.

The oft-maligned (and not totally undeservedly so) Kenny Gorelick, a/k/a Kenny G, was the featured artist this week. I’m happy to say that Kenny is doing more straight-ahead jazz now, rather than the New Age maundering that has become his trademark.

I was going through a lot of the stuff that’s been clogging my hard drive all these years with an eye toward either throwing it away or putting it into Evernote, and found a line that was just too good to pass up.

I announced the winner of my latest battle: The Strangers beat the Go-Go’s with their version of “Cool Jerk.” Next battle is this Thursday, a rematch of my “Poinciana” battle.

The idea was to find a photo from the past (preferably my own) and tell the back story. Well, it just so happens that Mary had unearthed a bunch of really old pictures, including one of me, age almost three, with Santa Claus. We only spent one year in Indianapolis and I was in my third and beginning of my fourth years on Earth, but I have really clear recollections of the house there. Sometimes I think I remember that place better than I know my own house. It’s weird, even for me.

This week, we went to San Antonio, Texas and visited radio station KONO-AM to see what they were playing during this week way back in 1962. Jill, who is from The Alamo City, says she now listens to KONO-FM, which does oldies from the ’80’s, ’90’s, ’00’s, and today. Meanwhile, the AM station is playing oldies from the ’60’s and ’70’s, unusual for an AM station in this day and age. They did try an all-sports format for a while, but switched back about a year ago.

Since the word for Saturday was “mean,” I discussed means in terms of statistics, as well as talking a bit about Jim Varney, who as Ernest P. Worrell used the catchphrase “Knowhutimean, Vern?” I’m really mean, aren’t I?

Thursday’s Battle of the Bands is scheduled. And that’s pretty much all I’ve done on next week. Tomorrow is a freebie day on M4, we’ll feature another Smooth Jazz artist on Tuesday (hopefully one less objectionable than Kenny G), I’m combing the hard drive, Evernote and the Internet for an appropriate one-liner for Wednesday, and, well, we’ll see what the prompts are for Thursday, Saturday, and next Sunday, and wait on ARSA’s recommendation for Friday. Their database is extensive, but hard to browse by date. If anyone has a suggestion for a station for The Friday 5×2, leave me a comment.

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

10 thoughts on “A Veterans’ Day Week That Was

  1. Hi John – That Was The Week That Was always brings back wonderful memories from years ago … and we need to remember all of those who sacrificed their lives and their families by serving for us – thank you – Hilary


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