Saturday, March 30, 2013

Allison Told Me to Say It

Saturday 9: I Don't Want to Wait

1) Are you impatient? No. Can we get to the next question faster please?

2) Do you believe some people have a gift for predicting the future? Yes. Here’s mine: “Easter is tomorrow”. I know. It’s a fucking gift.

3) The microwave is a great invention for those who "don't want to wait." What was the last thing you prepared in yours? I’m allergic to cooking. My bad.

 4) This was the theme of the TV show Dawson's Creek. Michelle Williams, a costar on the show, went on to earn multiple Oscar nominations. Name another performer who started out on TV and then became a movie star. George Clooney, cuz Allison told me about him.

5) What's the last bit of advice you received? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No sense being a fool about it.”

6) What's the last advice you gave? “If you keep your head while everyone is losing theirs, then you don’t understand the problem.” Both are from Bud’s Laws, featured on WTIT: The Blog.

7) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed or rejuvenated? Sex.

8) Easter is also recognized as the start of the spring season. What are you looking forward to this spring? The end to the cold weather. I swore that when my youngest child turned 21, I’d move to warmer weather. She turns 28 this year. I did not count on getting a job that I could not replace.

9) Which would you rather find in your Easter basket: yellow marshmallow chicks (aka Peeps) or a chocolate bunny? You got a third choice?

That’s it for a Saturday. Happy Easter if you celebrate. Happy Easter if you don’t. We could return. You have been warned.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Over, Under, Sideways, Down

Saturday 9: In the Wee Small Hours 

My dad singing last spring.
1) Crazy Sam's mom and dad still talk about how exciting it was to see Sinatra in Vegas! What music did/do your parents enjoy? My mom was never a music person. She did, however, ask me to record a CD of her favorite songs (There were 12…) in the early 00’s. I offered to make a second CD. She replied, “Nope you got them all.” Trust me, I’ve never suggested an mp2 player. My dad at 87, the life long Cubbie fan who got to stand at home plate and in the dugout last season, sings at a piano bar every week. He sings mostly Louie Armstrong, but his taste is for all things standards. If you’ve read anything I’ve written in any of my blogs, you know I believe in rock there are The Beatles and there is
Ned, brother Mark, whoever & my dad.
everything else. That doesn’t mean I don’t follow current rock. I’ve recently added songs from Foster the People and Gaslight Anthem. I digress. My dad not only immediately recognized the greatness of the Fab Four, but also listened to nothing but my favorite rock station for 20 some years. He then went back to standards. He sand four songs at Kathy and my wedding to standing ovations.

2) We all know Sinatra sang, and he won an Oscar for his acting. But he also painted and was proud to sell a few canvasses anonymously (signed "Artanis"). Do you have a secret talent? I’m about all things music and radio. I’ve been a disco star. I guess if I have any degree of talent in writing, of which I have no idea, it would be a secret. I should find out, however. In the process of research for a book I plan to write., I should find out.

3) Those close to Sinatra maintained that every time he sang,"In the Wee Small Hours" (hear him perform it live here) he conjured up how it felt to lose his great love. Have you ever had your heart broken? Just Over, Under, Sideways & Down.

4) In 1966, when he was 50, Sinatra married 21 year old Mia Farrow. Their union lasted less than two years. Do you think a wide age gap necessarily dooms a romantic relationship? Yes. Have you noticed that it’s only millionaires and stars that young women “fall in love” with?

5) Offstage Sinatra wore orange sweaters and liked seeing orange throw pillows in his home and dressing room because he believed "orange is the happiest color." What color raises your spirits? None, but spirits have raised my color..

2012 - (from left) Cos (last heard in 1999), Galloping Gary (1967 founding member, last heard in 1982) & current DJs ~ Rock (since 1987) Bud (1967 founding member), Johnnie (1968 completing the original 5) & Midnight (1968-1995, 2012-present)~
6) Frank and his loyal buddies were famously known as "The Rat Pack." How many people do you consider close friends? Just my fellow WTIT DJs. In high school we had the original five plus five more who were “co-stars”. Since 2006, Johnnie Walker, Harvey Wallbanger, Rock Rolling and I have been the DJ staff. At our 45th anniversary party (my “stag” party), I was joined by Rock, Johnnie and The Midnight Plowboy, after a 17-year absence. At my wedding Midnight said that he’d return for any future recordings. What my wife observed, meeting Midnight for the first time, was how he seamlessly fit right back in.

7) Sinatra's children followed their father into show business. What advice would you give a young person entering your career of choice? “Have the ride of your life!”

8) Legend has it that Frank was embarrassed by a scar on his face (received at birth from the forceps used in his delivery) and worked hard to cover it. Do you have a physical characteristic that you try to hide? Nope. When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble. (Actually Galloping Gary’s sign-off on WTIT during his 15 year reign from 1967 to 1982.

9) In 1964, when he first heard The Beatles, Sinatra was very dismissive. By 1970, he called the Beatles' "Something" one of the most beautiful ballads ever. Tell us about something you changed your mind about. I never thought I’d marry again. I am so glad I found Kathy.

We will return. Let’s hope. Same time. Same blog.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Does a Rubber Soul Bounce?

Sunday Stealing: The Meme From Memphis (part two)

Have any memories that you’d like to forget? Of course. My previous marriages come to mind…

Is there someone you really like to hang out with and just talk about stuff? This may go done as one of the stupidest questions in the history of memes. Had it asked, “Name someone” instead of asking “Is there” it might have made sense. So I’ll answer the question as posed. Yes. Happy?

Have you ever been called prince or princess? No, but I’ve called my oldest daughter “Princess” since the day she was born.

Do you think teenagers are weird? I take back my comment about the stupidest question.

How fast does your mood change? You can’t handle the truth.

How are you feeling? Still with my hands, thank you.

Do you want someone to call you right now? No, but I’m overdue to call my daughter, the aforementioned “Princess”.

What do you always take with you? My integrity.

Is your bed comfortable? No. But I’m sharpening the nails, so it might improve.

Would you say you’re an understanding person? Very.

Are you generally a happy person? I’m happy when my career and health are good. My job is causing my back problems. It’s a great job that pays well. At my age, it cannot be replaced. So on with the operations and pills.

Who’s in your facebook profile picture with you? Just me. On our WTIT page, I’m with Galloping Gary, Johnnie Walker, The Cosmic Commando, Rock Rolling & The Midnight Plowboy. It’s a Rubber Soul cover spoof that was taken at Kathy & my wedding. The photographer actually had no idea about the cover of the album, so I had to pose the group and get him at the right angle. We’ve done the same pose four times.
The Original 5 DJs. 1970. Johnnie, Gary, Bud, Billy & Joe

On our 20th, in 1987. Johnnie, Rock, Bud, Cos & B.B.
Our 25th. Johnnie, Rock, Bud, Captain & Midnight
Our 45th Anniversary 2012 Cos, Gary, Rock, Bud, Johnnie & Midnight

Were you single on Valentines Day? No. Very married. Very happy.

What is the last movie you watched? We watched the final Twilight movie last night. Kathy’s a fan. We both thought it sucked moose.

Do you listen to songs when you’re done? Done what? (Mr. Lance, I told you about editing so that the questions make sense.) Kids these days…

How long does it take you to fall asleep at night? As soon as my head hits the pillow.

Are you talkative? Way too much. But fortunately I’ve always got something fabulous to say.

What are your St. Patty's day plans? Kathy’s cooking a traditional dinner and our neighbors Cal and Ray are joining us.

Sorry for the dig Lance, really. I know how hard you work to put this together. And to everyone, join us here again. Same time. Same blog…

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I Want to Kiss the Bride

1) Sam is crazy for The Lion King. Do you have a favorite Disney movie? I loved ”Snow White Does the 7 Dwarfs”, although I’m not sure whether Disney approved it.

2) The song tells us that Hakuna Matata "means no worries." Is something worrying you right now? Just seeing Dennis Rodman as a “diplomat”.

3) Who is the most optimistic person you know? My wife Kathy is very optimistic and sometimes can still use her childhood eyes in wonderment. I think that’s why she never had children.

4) Elton John wrote "Hakuna Matata" but didn't record it. Name a song Sir Elton is famous for singing. My favorites are a tie between “I Want to Kiss the Bride”and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”. Before he released “Your Song” he did a radio show at my college next door to where I lived. My roommate woke my to ask if I wanted to meet him. I was asleep. I said, “Who the fuck is Elton John? Wake me when he’s famous.” Bright idea going back to sleep…

5) Can you play the piano? A bit. I can play melody by ear, but I’m not really good with chords.

6) Congratulations! You just won a guided African Safari Tour! 8 days in Zambia and Botswana for you and a friend. All expenses paid, and allowing you access to breathtaking, unforgettable sights. It takes at least 30 hours to get there, and before you go you'll need yellow fever and hepatitis vaccinations and medication to prevent malaria. Are you up for it? Yep. I love everything about African animals, particular big cats and hyenas.

 7) There's been a mistake. You really won a 4-night Disney Bahamas Cruise for two. Are you relieved or disappointed that you'll be partying with a guy in a Simba suit on the Lido Deck instead of observing a real lion in the wild? Yes. And my wife hates beaches. So I don’t think The Bahamas are in the cards.

8) Let's bring this back to real life -- do you have any vacation plans? Do medical plans count? I went and saw a specialist about my back, a partner of the neurosurgeon in Boston who last operated on me. He wanted to do a steroid shot to me. I did not like the guy. He looked like Doogie Howser and acted a though I could lift weights and have a 20 year old back again. I agreed to the shot (I’d rather avoid my 9th back surgery) but we agreed I’d do it in Hartford. You need someone to drive you afterwards. 30 minutes beats 2 hours. I do it in two weeks.

9) Describe your luggage. Is it durable and high quality? Or are you like Crazy Sam, who has been known to use an Old Navy shopping bag as her carry-on? It’s gray Samsonite set that I got for high school graduation. Although Harvey, my buddy in Atlanta always borrows the big piece. It’s still in Atlanta from his 2011 trip.

 See ya ‘round the blogosphere…

Friday, March 8, 2013

I Think We're Alone Now

Harvey in 2009 in The Gatewood Studio.
Saturday 9: Midnight Train to Georgia

1) Have you ever been to the Atlanta? Many times. Harvey Wallbanger (obviously a fellow WTIT DJ) moved to Atlanta in 1995 right after my second marriage in which he was best man. My first trip there was paid for by my company of the time Cox Communications. The only night we had off that week was Saturday night and Harvey picked me up. As we painted the town Harvey said to me, “If only you were single. We’d have a great time tonight.” It was foreshadowing. I was only married that time for three years. Harvey and I have had many great times since. Of course that ended again when I got married again. Harvey just said to me the other day, “She’s perfect for you.” Hopefully no more “great times” again with Harv and bars.

2) Do you enjoy traveling by train? I guess I do. It’s easier than driving and far more easy than flying these days.

 3) "Midnight Train to Georgia" is Sam Winters' signature number at the karaoke bar. What's your go-to song when you take the mic? “I Think We’re Alone Now.” I can’t sing well so I changed the lyrics. People laugh so hard they missed the fact that I can’t sing. Or just didn't care...

4) Do you drink tea? I don’t hate it, but I can’t remember the last time I had it. My guess would be while at the last Chinese restaurant that we ate at.

5) What's the most recent thing you purchased for your home? A washing machine. Sexy, no?

6) Are there dishes in your kitchen sink right now? I don’t think so. I usually do them, but my back is out and I may need another back operation. So, Kathy’s in charge.

7) Have you ever been fingerprinted? Yes.

8) What was the last check you wrote? I send money toeach of my parents the first of every month.

9) What color are your eyes? Blue.

Peace and all the good stuff. Till next time...