Saturday, December 06, 2014

Saturday 9: Lucky Star

Saturday 9: Lucky Star (1983)

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. Have you ever wished upon a star?

A. I have, but knowing my luck it was probably really a UFO.

2. In the 1980s, Madonna considered her wrist bangles one of her fashion trademarks. What's one of your fashion trademarks?

A. I'm not sure I have one, but generally I wear silver or white gold. Fashion has never been something that interested me.

3. Though she got good grades, Madonna could be disruptive at school, known for turning cartwheels in the halls between classes. Can you do a cartwheel?

A. Hell no.

4. Her high grade point average earned her a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, home of the Wolverines. Do you follow college football?

A. Not really. However, living in the Roanoke Valley, it is really hard to escape a Virginia Tech game. For one thing, the traffic is terrible on game weekends. For another, it's in your face on TV. In our house we support University of Virginia even though neither of us went there. My college, Hollins University, is undefeated in football over the last 100+ years. (It's an all girl's undergraduate college, no team!)

5. Madonna co-starred in the movie version of Dick Tracy. Do you enjoy comics?

A. I love the comics. Our local newspaper decimated the Sunday comics a couple of years ago. I lamented the loss of Prince Valiant, though not enough to look for it online. I grew up on Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, Beetle Bailey, and yes, Dick Tracy. And none of those are in the local newspaper, now.

6. She played Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron in the biopic, Evita and directed a movie about Wallis Simpson. What famous 20th century woman do you wish you could meet/could have met?

A. In my secret dreams, some famous writer like Anne Lamont or Barbara Kingsolver (or even Janet Evanovich) would become my mentor and pull me kicking and screaming into the world of the novel. Eleanor Roosevelt would also be a good choice of someone to meet. I also would like to meet Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow.

7. Madonna authored a children's book called The English Roses. Tell us about a book that had a big impact on you when you were a kid.

A. One of my favorite children's books was called Miss Osborne the Mop, by Paul Gage. Published in 1969, the book told the story of a mop who came to life and helped two children over the summer. The story was quite imaginative and inventive and it appealed to my sense of fantasy, which apparently has always been strong.

8. One of Madonna's "vocal idols" is Ella Fitzgerald. Who is your all-time favorite female singer?

A. I'm not really sure I have one, but I do like Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow, mentioned above, Natalie Merchant, and believe it or not, Dolly Parton. I think Dolly Parton looks horrid now with all that plastic surgery, but in her time she was a real mover and shaker and broke down lots of barriers for women in music.
9. Madonna once did a Pepsi commercial. What beverages are in your refrigerator right now?
A. A pitcher of water, another of unsweetened tea, a two-liter of Diet Dr. Pepper, which my husband drinks (I won't touch the stuff), and milk. If Boost counts, then there are some of those, as well.


  1. You're today's second vote for Eleanor Roosevelt. I would have many things to ask her.

  2. I have a Hokie on the trunk of my car--go VTech!!

  3. I enjoyed your Saturday: 9, Anita! This is a fun meme. I like Melissa and Sheryl, too.

  4. Boost counts, IMO.

    I love your choices for women you'd like to meet. I've always loved Melissa & Sheryl, myself.

    I had to laugh inwardly about your undefeated college football team. Too funny!

  5. I choose Eleanor Roosevelt too, she was still alive when I was a child and I thought she was my grandmother....they resembled each other. Grandma didn't sound like her though.

  6. Good gravy. I'd be right next to you listening to Sheryl Crow and wishing on that UFO :)

  7. I know what you mean about traffic at the college football games, there're traffics jams all over the place whenthere is an UConn football game. When the game's over there're drunks out driving.

  8. 3 - I'm not sure if I can do a cartwheel anymore, and can't say I feel inclined to try.
    4 - I follow the Wisconsin Badgers, though I was wishing otherwise last weekend. :-\
    7 - Seems like every other celebrity is authoring a book these days. Two all-time favorites of mine were The Secret Garden and Mandy.
    9 - Milk, water and 7-Up.


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