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1) This Saturday, the treat’s on Sam. Will you have buttered popcorn, caramel corn or cheese popcorn? Buttered is my favorite, but I haven’t had caramel in a while and it sounds appealing.
2) This record represents the Supremes as they are seldom heard. Florence Ballard is singing lead, with background vocals provided by Mary Wilson, Barbara Martin and Diane Ross. That’s right, “Diane.” Her parents meant for her to be named “Diane,” and that’s what old friends and family still call her, but the hospital mistakenly put her name down as “Diana.” Motown execs thought “Diana Ross” had a better sound and the rest, as they say, is history. Do you often make typos? Or are you careful and precise at the keyboard? I make them often enough.
3) Barbara Martin left the Supremes in 1962, before they reached stardom, because she was a new mom and wanted to stay home with her baby. Have you ever found yourself in the difficult position of having to choose between your personal and professional lives? Kind of? If I could quit my job and be a stay-at-home mom, I probably would, but we can’t afford it. So it wasn’t really a choice, I don’t think. I’d probably miss work eventually, but then again, I’d probably channel that time into writing instead.
4) Florence Ballard’s cousin, Hank, wrote the famous Chubby Checkers dance record, “The Twist.” When did you last get on your feet and dance? At my mom’s house a few weeks ago, my niece was dancing, so I danced with her.
5) Mary Wilson stayed with the group until it disbanded in 1977. She has said that one of her most memorable moments came in 1968, when the group performed for Princess Margaret. Mary recalled that the Princess loudly asked if Mary’s hair was real or a wig. Mary was shocked, expecting better behavior from a royal. Tell us a time when someone’s behavior shocked you. My mother-in-law and her way of just…being super rude and not thinking she’s rude. Also, anyone who says, “I’m just very honest with people” is rude, doesn’t know what tact is, and has just been getting away with it too long.
6) In 1961, when this song was released, the TV show Hazel premiered and was a top 5 hit for NBC. Oscar winner Shirley Booth played the title character, a very capable and lovable maid. If Crazy Sam could have a maid for just a few hours today, she’d love to have her refrigerator cleaned and kitchen cabinets organized. If you could have a pair of helping hands around your house this afternoon, what would you ask the maid to do? Definitely clean the fridge. I’d say organize the bedroom closet, too, but that requires having a bigger closet. Can she maybe go buy a fancy closet system to increase our usable space?
7) Also in 1961, President John F. Kennedy appeared on the cover of Time as their Man of the Year. Are there any magazines in your home right now? If so, who is on the cover? There are some issues of Rolling Stone floating around. I know Taylor Swift is on the cover of one. There’s also a box of really old magazine back issues in my office that I need to get rid of somehow.
8) Ernest Hemingway died in 1961. Have you read any of his works? A couple. I do quite enjoy “A Moveable Feast.” People into art and literature will appreciate it for its look at what was happening in those circles in Paris.
9) Random question: How many pancakes are in the perfect stack? For me, two, three at most. Any more and I’m struggling to finish them.