Saturday, July 02, 2016

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic (1968) . . . because it's 4th of July

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

This performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is from Robert Kennedy's funeral. So this week, we focus on him.

1) During WWII, when he was just 17, Robert Kennedy enlisted in the Navy. He was disappointed he was never involved in combat. Tell us about a time when you felt fate/circumstances kept you from something you wanted.
A. I wanted a child. I was not able to have one.

2) Bobby was trained as an altar boy and throughout his life regularly attended early morning mass. When is the last time you attended a worship service?

A. It has been quite a long time.

3) He may have been an altar boy, but he was no angel. During junior high he was suspended for punching a classmate. Who is the last person who made you very, very mad?
A. Aside from someone in the political arena? Probably my husband, though I cannot at this moment recall any specifics.
4) He had his first date when he was a senior in high school. Looking back, Mary Bailey Gimble told Kennedy biographers that she knew he had a crush on her and wondered why it took him so long to ask her out. Tell us about one of your early crushes.

A. I thought David Cassidy on the Partridge Family was the bomb. That long hair and sexy voice. Oh my. He could have come on and got happy with me any time, when I was that age. Sigh.

5) Bobby's wife Ethel is as bubbly and talkative as he was introspective and shy. He was organized, she's messy. While opposites may attract, do you believe the happiest marriages are between partners who are more similar than different?

A. My husband and I are very similar and we get along well. I think it depends on the people and one can't really make such blanket assumptions.

6) By November 1960, when he was 35 years old, Bobby already had served as legal counsel to two Senate committees and run his brother's successful presidential campaign. He was looking forward to a quieter life teaching law but gave in to family pressure to become President Kennedy's Attorney General. Tell us about a time when you were at a crossroads. Who influenced your decision?

A. I was working at a job I absolutely hated and a person I respected convinced me to look into the women's adult education program at Hollins College. At the time I was attending the community college. Her push toward the college changed my life.

7) In 1777, Colonists celebrated July 4 with the firing of cannons and muskets, followed by a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. What is your neighborhood doing to observe the day?
A. The nearest little town always sets off a nice fireworks display. Further down the road, another little town has a parade, carnival, and fireworks.

8) The Revolutionary War still raged during that summer of 1777. General George Washington allowed his soldiers to celebrate with a double ration of rum on July 4. Do you know anyone who is serving in the military this 4th of July?
A. I am sure the children of some of my acquaintances are serving, but they are not people I am close to. So while I know many who have served, I do not know any active military at the moment.

9) Celebrity chef Rachael Ray says she considers mini-hamburgers, or "sliders," the All-American food. What will you be eating this 4th of July? 
A. I have no idea. I don't know where I will be.

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  1. I had an imaginary flirtation with David Cassidy as well. I recently came upon a publicity photo of The Partridge Family and saw him in his puka shells, and the velvet suit coat over the open shirt and thought, "Oh, my God! He dressed like a pimp!" Yet at one time, he really was the fairest of them all, wasn't he?

  2. David Cassidy was a hottie back in the day! My current boss looks very much like him. When I first started working for him he was in a band and had longer hair so looked like young David. As he's aged he's cut his hair and and now looks remarkably like old David. It kind of throws me no matter how often I see him.

  3. It's funny to look at those heart-throbs of our past now. Most are kind of pathetic in a way.

  4. I feel left out...I was too old to appreciate David Cassidy, apparently.

  5. Who IS this Cassidy fellow? Heehee. Me too Bev, I missed the whole tham ding.

  6. 7) Well, my actual "neighborhood" started celebrating in early June so that I'd had my fill of the loud, illegal-in-city-limits fireworks by the time the 4th rolled around. The city's fireworks were the weekend before the 4th, with "Shake the Lake." This week's "Concert on the Square" had a salute to troops with the "Armed Forces Salute" and ended with the full (not just the very end, as many places do) "1812 Overture," complete with cannon.

    8) No

    9) We always have brats and dogs at our July 4th cookouts, as well as a lot of desserts and various sides/salads.


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