I Dream of Jeannie Theme (1965)
... Because Harriet requested it. If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.
1) Jeannie was memorably discovered on the beach in an ornate bottle. Have you ever brought a souvenir home from the beach? (It doesn't have to be a genie. A shell or a stone will do.) Over the years I've brought shells home, but they've always gotten lost somewhere along the way.
2) Major Anthony Nelson, the man who released Jeannie from her bottle, was an astronaut. When you were a kid, did you dream of being an astronaut when you grew up? No. There were no female astronauts back in the day.
3) Upon discovering Jeannie, Major Nelson's first wish was that she could speak/understand English so they could communicate. If you found a genie, what would your first wish be? I'm with Major Nelson on this one. I'd want to be absolutely sure I understood the rules/ramifications of genie ownership, so the English thing would be #1.
4) Major Nelson's best friend was fellow astronaut Major Healey. Where did you meet your best friend? Kindgergarten
5) This theme song was written by Hugo Montenegro, who is better known for the music he wrote for a pair of Clint Eastwood movies (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars). Do you have a favorite Clint Eastwood movie? Not in front of the camera. As an actor he leaves me completely cold. But I loved Million Dollar Baby, which he directed.
6) The last episode of the series was titled, "My Master, The Chili King." What ingredients make up your favorite chili recipe? Chili and I don't get along and, therefore, avoid one another.
7) Jeannie was played by Barbara Eden, who was born in Tuscon, Arizona. Summer in Tuscon can get very hot, with the mercury often reaching 100º. What's your favorite season? Autumn. Hopefully this year I'll be watching my Cubs in the World Series!
8) Anthony Nelson was played by Larry Hagman, who went on to play the villainous JR on the popular Dallas. Can you think of anything else Dallas is known for? Death of a President, 1963
9) In the autumn of 1965, just weeks after I Dream of Jeannie premiered, St. Louis' famous Gateway Arch was completed. An estimated 4 million tourists visit the Arch every year. Do you have any summer vacation plans? No travel plans till Fall.