saturday 9


Frankie and Johnny

1) When this record was initially released in 1966, it never cracked the Top 20. Critics were harsh, saying that Elvis had not kept up the times. How about you? Do you consider yourself up-to-date on today's music? I'm fairly current, mostly because my students keep me fresh.  And I listen to the new music stations (occasionally) on SiriusXM

2) The song is about a woman named Frankie and Johnny, the man who does her wrong. Who is the most recent person to do you wrong? (It doesn't have to be in romance; it could be the person who cut in front of you in line at the supermarket.) One of my colleagues tried to throw me under the bus but was hoist on his own petard!

3) Elvis sings that Johnny cheated with "a chick named Nellie Bly." The real Nellie was an estimable woman, a pioneering 19th century journalist. Can you think of another song that mentions a real person? Candle in the Wind is the first one that comes to mind

4) This song was recorded for a movie by the same name. Elvis played a riverboat gambler. When did you last play a game of chance? I played a dice game with my students--not really a game of chance but it involved dice

5) Actor Harry Morgan had a supporting role in the movie. He's remembered as Officer Gannon on Dragnet and Col. Potter on M*A*S*H. Gannon was a good cop but could be particular about his food and surroundings. As a career soldier, Potter didn't mind roughing it every now and again. Which character are you more like: fussy Gannon or outdoorsy Potter? Gannon, by far

6) Elvis' leading lady was Donna Douglas. She filmed her part during her summer hiatus from TV's The Beverly Hillbillies. Have you ever had a summer job? yes--from working at an ice cream shop to teaching summer school

7) Though not remembered as an actor, Elvis was a bona fide movie star. In 1966, he was listed (with Paul Newman, Sean Connery, John Wayne and Richard Burton) as one of the world's biggest box office draws. Who starred in the last movie you watched? Jason Bateman

8) In 1966, Lauren Bacall appeared on the cover of Time with the headline: "The Pleasures and Perils of Middle Age." She was 41 years old and starring in a hit Broadway play. In the article, she explained that in middle age, she had come to understand that "character and a sense of humor are the two things that will carry you through." Tell us about something you understand better or appreciate more today than you did when you were young. Staying out of drama!

9) Random question: Have you checked out Bud and Mimi's cool new meme, Monday Madness? I have indeed


Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

I like your "staying out of drama." I try, but generally when I do I conclude that I asked for it.

zippiknits...sometimes said...

Ah.. "Candle in the Wind" is such a beautiful tribute to an amazing lady. Good pick. And, Oh yes, staying OUT of the drama! Hear that! You made me laugh out loud about that collogue trying to get the better of YOU!
Have a lovely weekend and next week, too.

The Gal Herself said...

Good on your with your colleague. And for saying "hoist" instead of "hoisted."

Lori said...

Ahhh yes, staying out of drama is a good answer! Loved your answers. have a nice weekend.


CountryDew said...

I am glad your colleague got what was coming to him/her. Huzzah!