Saturday, May 18, 2024

Saturday 9: Tunnel of Love

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

1) In this week's song, Doris Day tries to convince her lover to share a kiss in the Tunnel of Love. What's your favorite amusement park ride?

A. I haven't been to an amusement park in years. When I was young, I liked the Ferris wheel.

2) In the 1950s, when Doris recorded this song, Tunnel of Love rides were popular in the US. Couples would climb into small boats that only seat two and float through a dark tunnel, accompanied by romantic music. Today less than 100 of these rides still exist. Have you ever taken a ride through the Tunnel of Love?

A. I don't think so.

3) This week's featured artist, Doris Day, made approximately 40 films and a TV series. She said one of her favorite things about being an actress was the clothes. She loved collaborating with the experts who created her wardrobe. Her contemporary, Betty Grable, found all the fittings boring and just let the wardrobe department do their job without offering much input. Imagine you are a performer: Would you be more like Doris or Betty?

A. I'd probably be more like Betty. I generally don't care what I have on, so long as it is neat and clean.

4) There was persistent rumor that, after Doris appeared on Bob Hope's radio show, the two had an affair. She always denied it. Have you ever been the subject of workplace gossip?

A. Probably. But nothing that I specifically recall.

5) Doris never liked to fly, and her fear increased as she got older. After she retired, she refused to fly at all. This caused her to decline lifetime achievement awards and other events in her honor. Have you more recently extended, accepted or declined an invitation?

A. I invited myself over to my father's house so I could take my stepmother a plant on Mother's Day. I'm not quite sure what category that fits in.

6) After show biz, Doris devoted herself animal welfare. She used to say that we should be more sensitive to the loneliness and sadness people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time when you were grieving. What words or gestures helped you get through the difficult time?

A. Hugs are always comforting.

7) In 1958, when this song was on the Billboard chart, "The Purple People Eater" was also popular. It's a silly song about a creature from another planet. Have you ever seen a UFO (unidentified flying object)?

A. Yes. I saw weird lights in the sky when I was young. But it could have been from air force maneuvers or something. I always considered it to be a UFO though, because I didn't know what the lights were.

8) Also in 1958, Americans were watching 77 Sunset Strip. The show revolved around the LA-based private investigators whose office was at that address. Who is your favorite TV PI?

A. I don't watch too many PI shows. Can I choose Christine Cagney from Cagney & Lacey? She was an investigator/detective with the New York City police force. But not a private investigator.

9) Random question -- In the 1950s, stewardesses used to famously ask passengers, "Coffee, tea, or milk?" If asked that right now, which of these three beverages would you prefer?

A. Tea.


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  1. I never watched Cagney & Lacey. Yes, hugs are comforting.

  2. Hi CountryDew: I enjoyed your answers.
    I used to ride the Ferris Wheel too.
    Have A Great Day!

  3. We both go for "hugs". (Hey...I was able to comment this week!)

  4. #8: If we gave out points, you'd get a bonus for knowing the difference between an officer of the law and a PI.

  5. #7 As far as I know I've never seen a UFO, but when they brought the Stealth bomber to our local air show right after revealing it to the public...watching it fly over made it easy to see how people who had unknowingly seen it fly over at night could have thought UFO.


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