Monthly Archives: October 2013

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

The “S” doesn’t stand for anything. He dropped the bomb and that always makes me think of the Oppenheimer quote, “If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of the nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima. The people of this world must unite or they will perish.” Missouri and I usually can’t think or talk about him without (at least once) pronouncing his name “Hairy Ass Truman.”

Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff and I bet the monogrammed towels cost extra. She was in the film version of “The Pajama Game” which also featured my favorite Broadway performer, John Raitt.

And she’s still alive saving puppies.

I’d really like to visit China someday. The rate of change there amazes me. Vast in history, geography, population. And I know so little about it. Anyone have suggestions on what I should read?

I have to admit that my first thought for Johnnie Ray was this:

Has to be one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard and I watched all the episodes of Hee Haw. Buck Owens was totally boss though.

Johnnie was in the film version of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” with Donald O’Connor. And I’m finishing this song phrase with Donald and his dancing:

Starting the fire

I don’t read enough and I don’t write enough. And I want to do both of those things more than I have. I make the time to include music in my life and I need to do more than write business email and horrible Tweets.

This exercise aims to combine all three things – Music, Writing, Reading. I will profess to no truth, limited edits, and horrible spelling. I had this idea while listening to the song and realized that I don’t know much about history (to borrow from another song).

The plan is to review the nouns referenced in each phrase of the song and write something that I think will be interesting about each one. Sources will be easily accessible and most likely lacking in veracity. Loose, fast, messy, but exercised output.

One post for one phrase.

The source:

L’il Abner and Heather Muller

I saw my nephew in a production of Li’l Abner this past weekend. It reminded me of how much I loved being in that show, how fun it was hanging out with Katie Saab Taylor, Amy Fong Falconetti, Ash Friend, etc.

And it was bittersweet. I thought about how beautiful and talented Heather Muller was. How she played the role of Daisy Mae with such ease and grace because she truly was that sweet.

In a twist that I can only consider serendipitous, she has watched over all four of my sons as they have started school at St. Thomas Aquinas. I take a picture of each one of them under her memorial and someday, I’ll tell them the story of how I was privileged to sing with her once.

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