I Dream of Jeannie Theme (1965)
Because Harriet requested it. If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.
1) Jeannie was memorably discovered on the beach in an ornate bottle. Have you ever brought a souvenir home from the beach? (It doesn't have to be a genie. A shell or a stone will do.)
A. I have shells and a starfish around here somewhere. Postcards, too. I like to pick up postcards when we go on vacation. I have no idea why, it's not like I have them in a nice collection or anything.
2) Major Anthony Nelson, the man who released Jeannie from her bottle, was an astronaut. When you were a kid, did you dream of being an astronaut when you grew up?
A. I dreamed of flying through the Bermuda Triangle until I disappeared. I don't think that is "astronaut" but it is strange enough to qualify for . . . something.
3) Upon discovering Jeannie, Major Nelson's first wish was that she could speak/understand English so they could communicate. If you found a genie, what would your first wish be?
A. I'm assuming one cannot wish for endless wishes with this request. I think I would wish that all weapons of mass destruction be dismantled and destroyed, never to return to our planet.
4) Major Nelson's best friend was fellow astronaut Major Healey. Where did you meet your best friend?
A. Well, let's see. My longest friendship, aside from my husband, is with L., and I met her because we worked together. Another close friendship came from working together on historic preservation projects. And another just happened, because we took one look at each other and knew instantly we would be friends.
5) This theme song was written by Hugo Montenegro, who is better known for the music he wrote for a pair of Clint Eastwood movies (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars). Do you have a favorite Clint Eastwood movie?
A. Not really, no.
6) The last episode of the series was titled, "My Master, The Chili King." What ingredients make up your favorite chili recipe?
A. I don't eat chili because of my ulcers. Rather sad, really.
7) Jeannie was played by Barbara Eden, who was born in Tuscon, Arizona. Summer in Tuscon can get very hot, with the mercury often reaching 100º. What's your favorite season?
A. I like fall and spring. A lovely June day of about 72 degrees is perfect, as is a lovely late October day around the same temperature.
8) Anthony Nelson was played by Larry Hagman, who went on to play the villainous JR on the popular Dallas. Can you think of anything else Dallas is known for?
A. The Cowboys?
9) In the autumn of 1965, just weeks after I Dream of Jeannie premiered, St. Louis' famous Gateway Arch was completed. An estimated 4 million tourists visit the Arch every year. Do you have any summer vacation plans?
A. Not yet. If we go on vacation at all this year, it will be in the fall.
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