Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday 9: A Summer Place

Saturday 9: A Summer Place (1960) 

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

1) This song highlights the soundtrack from the movie A Summer Place, which is about two teenage lovers named Molly and Johnny. Did you ever have a youthful summer romance? If so, what was his/her name?

A. No summer romances for me, except for the one that led to marriage.

2) The "summer place" of the song/movie is a resort along the Maine coast. What "summer place" are you day dreaming about this winter morning?

A. I would like to be in Cuzco, Peru, visiting Machu Picchu.

3) In the movie, Johnny was played by Troy Donahue, who is remembered as nice looking but not terribly talented. Can you think of one of today's actors who you could describe as "nice looking but not terribly talented?"

A. I typed in "nice looking but not talented" in Bing and Russell Crowe came up. So I'll go with him. There were others but I didn't know who they were.

4) Molly is played by Sandra Dee, a perky blonde who was one of 1960's bankable movie stars. Two other blondes -- Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds -- joined Sandra Dee in the Top 10. The only brunette to sell a lot of movie tickets that year was Elizabeth Taylor. Do you believe men find blondes more attractive than brunettes or redheads?

A. There is a lot more to a woman than the color of her hair. *edited*

5) "A Summer Place" was by far the best-selling record of 1960. Also in 1960, two brothers in Ypsilanti, Michigan, opened a pizza place called Dominck's. That was the beginning of a chain now known as Domino's. What's the last food you had delivered to your front door?

A. The Schwan's truck delivered frozen yogurt, broccoli, and peas back in September.

6) In 1965, one of the brothers sold his share of the business to his brother for cash so he could buy a VW Beetle. Tell us about a time you had buyer's remorse.

A. We bought a 1998 Ford Taurus that had some kind of issue with the headlights; they would flicker at night, leaving you in the dark for brief seconds of time. We traded it in on another Taurus and it did the same thing. That lead us to believe it was some kind of issue with the vehicle overall. After that I purchased a Camry. We normally do not trade vehicles but every 10 years and that was a costly turnover for us, trading cars three times in five years.

7) In 1960, novelist Ernest Hemingway returned to the United States from Spain and settled in Ketchum, Idaho. Tell us about the last book you read. Was it a novel or non-fiction?

A. The last book I read was Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, by Kate Wiggins. I have been going back and catching up on some books I should have read when I was younger but didn't, and this was one of them. It's a novel about a young girl who is sent to live with her spinster aunts. The story reminded me very much of L. M. Montgomery's Annie of Green Gables. I had never read it before because for some reason I thought Rebecca was pornography. I have no idea where I obtained that notion.

8) In December, 1960, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was baptized in the Georgetown University Chapel. His godparents were Charles and Martha Bartlett, the couple who originally introduced young John's famous parents. Do you have godparents?

A. No.

9) Random question: You're at dinner with a married couple who begins to fight. Would you intercede and try to make peace? Or would you just sit back stay out of it?

A. I would not interfere unless it became violent and physical, in which case I would call 911. Otherwise, I would suggest to my spouse that we allow our friends some privacy so they could settle their difference, and leave, either by going to sit at the bar or going home.


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  1. I guess you wouldn't consider me a "woman" because I freely admit hair is the first thing I notice when I see a man. The first crush I remember is Paul McCartney when I was six, and my mother reported before that, when I was a preschooler, I was mesmerized by Michael Landon, "Little Joe" on Bonanza. Both had outstanding hair! To this day, I fall a little in love if the guy sitting next to me on the el has nice hair. When I saw Redford receive an honor at the White House late last year, I thought, "How nice he still has all that hair."

  2. Apparently you took offense at my answer. I didn't say he wasn't a man, I said he wasn't a man I would care to know, if he judged women solely by their hair color. That *was* the question, after all, wasn't it? But I have made my answer more simple now to eliminate misunderstanding.

  3. The question is, "Are men more attracted to blondes than brunettes and redheads?" in the context context of Doris Day, Sandra Dee and Debbie Reynolds vs. Liz Taylor. I didn't ask, "What should a man look for a in a lifelong mate?"

    I shouldn't have been so prickly. It's your blog, your opinion should stand. I apologize. It's just that coming up with these questions each week is hard. Last week I got slagged for my confusing sentence structure. Then it seemed to me that this week you purposely misunderstood a very innocuous little question that's been kicking around our society since the days of, "Do blondes have more fun?" ... and it makes me want to throw up my hands.

    I know you've noticed it gets Bud at Sunday Stealing down, too. THIS is why I write Saturday 9 weeks in advance. By the time I have to compose another one, I should be in a better mood about it all and I'll be a cheerier meme warrior.

    PS I don't think this means we *aren't* cyber friends. I admire your real life, real world strength a great deal. I really appreciate your fortitude.

  4. As someone who has had every hair color ever possible, I don't quite get the controversy above. And since it has to do with hair, I can only blame one person for any kind of controversy among fellow 9-ers who I admire, respect and enjoy 9/ss reading. #thankstrump
    These days, I'm grateful to have (most of my original head's worth...) hair.

    1. I think all is well. But blaming Trump is never a bad idea, and I suspect a bit of despair is truly at the, uh, root of the issue.

  5. Machu Picchu is an unusual answer. What made you choose it?

    1. It's a place I've always wanted to see, and I recently was watching a show that featured an archeological dig there, so it was on my mind.

  6. It is going to be a wonderful four years for Comedians, eh?
    And hair that lasts on the head is worth more than anyone can imagine. I'm struggling mightily with thin hair and how to keep that split from coming up every blessed morning on the back of the head.
    Can we all take a fast train to a hub in the panhandle maybe, to have a private viewing of the musical "Hair"? I can bring the popcorn. *smiles broadly, exposing her crooked teeth for the first time in, like, ever.*


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