Saturday, June 14, 2014

I Am A Nerd

Saturday 9: Oh! My Papa (1954)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Eddie Fisher starred in a popular 1950s TV show, which was sponsored by Coca Cola. Do you have a favorite soft drink?

A. I drink A&W Root Beer from time to time, though last year's diagnosis of ulcers has kept me from having a taste in a long while. Mostly I drink water, though, and a cup of tea or two every day.

2) Fisher was notorious for leaving his famous first wife for his very famous second wife. Can you name either of the women involved in this Hollywood scandal?

A. Debbie Reynolds was the first wife, and Elizabeth Taylor the second, or maybe I have that backwards.Trivia: Debbie Reynolds eventually married Richard Hamlett, a real estate developer, and they lived in Roanoke, VA (which is the city closest to where I live) for a short time in the 1980s. My friend Lee delivered balloons and singing telegrams and she delivered one to Reynolds. You can see a picture of her with the movie star here if you scroll through her picture collage near the bottom of the page.
3) His oldest daughter, Carrie Fisher, is best known as Princess Leia from Star Wars. Are you a sci-fi fan?

A. I am a nerd. Of course I am a fantasy and a sci-fi fan. May the Force be with you, Schrodinger's Cat. I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things.

4) Since the father of the author of these questions (that would be Sam the Great Meme Writer) is particular about his footwear and likes "a good pair of Cole Haan loafers," her Father's Day present to him is a DSW gift card. If we were to give you a gift card to any store or restaurant, which would you choose?
A. Any book store will do.

5) Sam's father hates it when she swears. When is the last time your cursed?
A. Today. I curse a lot. My parents always did and I was raised with it. I can make a sailor blush, truly. I try not to use this colorful language but it slips on out.
6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. How often do you visit your neighborhood library?
A. About once every two weeks, sometimes more often. I know the library number by heart and the local librarians all know me by name. I also used to serve on my local library board. Big fan of libraries here.
7) "A good used car is a better investment than a new car." That's what Sam's dad tells her when she's in the market for wheels. Share some other words of financial wisdom with us.
A. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
8) Every car her father has ever owned had a pro-union bumper sticker. Do you have any bumper stickers on your vehicle?
A. No, but I do have a college alumnae doohickey around the license plate. I am also pro-union, even though Virginia has been a "right to work" state for as long as I can remember, effectively neutering unions and being a part of the demise of our way of life as we know it.   (Virginia laws regarding unions started in 1947 and were revised in the 1970s.) "Right to work" is actually slang for "right to fire."

9) To celebrate Father's Day, Sam is giving away her father's favorite candy: LifeSavers. Would you prefer a roll of Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint?
A. Wild cherry, which to be perfectly honest with you, I have been looking for but cannot find in the Roanoke area. Do they even make those any more?


  1. They sell Life Savers in the vending machine at work but you know, come to think of it, I haven't noticed them in a retail setting recently. Makes me wonder how old the ones at work are!

  2. Poor Debbie did not do well in marriage after all. What money she had they all stole from her. Not a good chooser of men.

  3. I think Life Savers are still around! I'm in UAW, and it's the better of the 2 unions I've belonged to. The one that I was in before (for the courts) wasn't strong, we didn't have good representation, and the administration punished everyone for being in the union by not giving them raises. It was awful. And you know, now that I think of it - my parents never swore. Or not like I do at least. LOL

  4. That whole union thing in Wisconsin got people here in Illinois in a tizzy. You are so right.

  5. The teacher union situation in California has me concerned.

  6. i'm not supposed to drink soda either but when our last a&w fast food joint was closing, i had to go to get a final a&w root beer float, and then i went back again to get just straight a&w root beer. ahhh! missed that taste! paid for it later, though...

  7. How fun for your friend - I scrolled through and found the photo. My husband is a union carpenter. I haven't looked at Life Savers in a long time. I'll have to check around and see if they have Wild Cherry here.

  8. You can get LifeSavers by the bag in many stores but not by the single roll. Those are rare to find. My dad swore, but not much; I don't remember if my mom did. I swear far more.


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