Saturday, November 08, 2014

Saturday 9: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime

Saturday 9: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Bing Crosby wants a dime for food. Adjusted for inflation, 10¢ in 1932 is now worth $1.69. Can you think of anything you could buy at the grocery story with $1.69?

A. Maybe two candy bars. A box of Tic Tacs. A soda or a bottle of water. A box of spaghetti. A can of green beans. A small bag of marshmallows.

2) This song was originally released as a 78 rpm record. Have you ever seen a 78?

A. Actually I have. I have even heard them play.

3) In 1932, Jean Harlow was Hollywood's glamor queen. Who do you think sets the standard for glamor today?

A. Sandra Bullock? Angelina Jolie? I really don't know. I don't think we have anyone who compares with the stars of yesteryear.

4) One of 1932's best selling books was Agatha Christie's Peril at End House. She remains popular today. Are you familiar with her work?

A. I have read some of Christie's work, yes. But not enough to say that she is a favorite author.

5) This week's featured artist, Bing Crosby, worked as a caddy when he was 12 and continued to enjoy time on the golf course his entire life. What type of exercise do you do most often?

A. At the moment I do stuff prescribed by my physical therapist most often. But I also like Tai Chi when I can stand up. I also like walking on my treadmill while I watch TV, another activity for which standing up is necessary. Maybe by the end of the year . . .

6) Bing had twin sons, Dennis and Philip. Many people believe that the propensity for twins is hereditary. Are there twins in your family?

A. Not that I can think of. One of my uncles married a twin but I doubt that counts.

7) Bing's daughter, Mary Crosby, has her own place in TV history. Do you know why?

A. I have absolutely no clue. I do now that I hit the search engine, but that is cheating, and the honest answer is the first.

8) In the mid 1970s, Crosby and his family did commercials for Minute Maid. Do you have any orange juice in your refrigerator?

A. No. I am actually allergic to citrus, including orange juice. It makes my ears itch way deep inside. So none in the house.

9) Now for something completely random: Do you like beef jerky?

A. No.


  1. It was a good Saturday 9 this week! Interesting. I really enjoy this meme, and enjoyed your answers!

  2. I also had to google her, she also was in Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

  3. Your answer about glamor made me smile. I recently read a biography of Liz Taylor and she (and Marilyn) took grief in the 1950s for being too flashy, not like the beauties of the 1940s. So I think it's human nature to look back romantically on a bygone era.

  4. You are the only other person who has ever mentioned itchy ears as an allergy symptom! My ears drive me crazy in the spring and fall.

  5. Angelina really cleaned up her act after she dumped Billy Bob. She really is gorgeous too.

  6. I never thought of itchy ears as being an allergic reaction to something. They do flare up from time to time with me, way down deep. Maybe it's connected to something I ate? Interesting...

  7. 1 - A loaf of bread. Pasta and sauce if they're on sale. A couple cans of soup.
    2 - My parents had a lot of old albums, both 78's and 45's.
    4 - Haven't read all of Christie's books, but love those I have.
    5 - I'm primarily a walker, though I also have a bike.
    6 - No twins, though two sibs share a birthday.
    8 & 9 - Nope (but I did just finish a jug of apple cider)


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