Saturday, November 08, 2014

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932)

1) Bing Crosby wants a dime for food. Adjusted for inflation, 10¢ in 1932 is now worth $1.69. Can you think of anything you could buy at the grocery story with $1.69? The neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon -- oh, oh, Spaghetti-ohs!

2) This song was originally released as a 78 rpm record. Have you ever seen a 78? Yes. My uncle had some.

3) In 1932, Jean Harlow was Hollywood's glamor queen. Who do you think sets the standard for glamor today? Kim Kardashian (God help us)

4) One of 1932's best selling books was Agatha Christie's Peril at End House. She remains popular today. Are you familiar with her work? Yes. I love And Then There Were None, Poirot and Mrs. Marple.

5) This week's featured artist, Bing Crosby, worked as a caddy when he was 12 and continued to enjoy time on the golf course his entire life. What type of exercise do you do most often? Exercise bike

6) Bing had twin sons, Dennis and Philip. Many people believe that the propensity for twins is hereditary. Are there twins in your family? Nope

7) Bing's daughter, Mary Crosby, has her own place in TV history. Do you know why? She shot JR

8) In the mid 1970s, Crosby and his family did commercials for Minute Maid. Do you have any orange juice in your refrigerator? Yes, but I think it's passed the expiration date.

9) Now for something completely random: Do you like beef jerky? Ew. No, thank you.


  1. Ohhhh! Mary Crosby... right, right. My dad was a huge fan of Dallas, so I should've known that!

  2. I seldom watched Dallas, so I suppose that is why I had no idea why Mary Crosby was/is famous. (Is she still alive?)

  3. There are more women like Kardashian setting a poor standard than there are lovely ladies.

  4. See you learn something every day, i didn't know she shot JR.

  5. I am never getting near an exercise bike again! The last time I did, I fainted after only 15-mins. use of the bike. I first heard a loud ringing in my ear and the next thing I know, I felt cold and everything around me was blanketed in white. Scary. The doctor didn't find anything worrying the next day.

    In the Company of Me

  6. I'm with you on Agatha Christie, I love her classic sleuths!

  7. Is that Cheryl Teigs on that bike? Crap. I know who Cheryl Teigs is, who shot JR and I own 78's....

  8. Anonymous8:43 PM

    ah! spaghettios! thanks, now i'll have that jingle running around my head all day! :P

    i used to have the "little" exercise bike--it was just a stand with pedals, and i'd sit there and pedal while watching tv or reading or something, reclining in my chair. i don't know how much it helped though but since i can't do what i normally do for exercising, this might be a better alternative. thanks for reminding me! :)


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