Friday, April 13, 2018

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: High Noon (1952)

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

1) What will you be (or were you) doing at high noon on Saturday? Hopefully I will manage to get to the neighborhood rummage sale. I've had good luck there lately, finding fabulous stuff, and it benefits local charities.

2) In this song, Tex Ritter sings he doesn't know what fate awaits him. How strong is your sense of intuition? Tell us about a time you knew what would happen before it occurred. Sometimes I'm thinking of some obscure song and it comes on the radio. Freaks me out every time.

3) This song was the theme of a hit movie western by the same name. It starred Gary Cooper as a small-town sheriff. When did you last interact with a member of law enforcement? An officer was just hanging out in the lobby of my office building, looking all official. I think sometimes police just want to be visible to discourage evildoers. 

I want to rock a tiara, like Sophie
4) Grace Kelly co-starred as the "fair-haired beauty mentioned in this song. Four years later, she gave up films to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Which job seems like more fun -- movie star or royal? Royal. Actresses work rather hard -- long days, memorizing lines, dealing with a lot of different personalities, being handled and judged ... Now a royal! I think you can pick your spots to do good. I wouldn't want to be mega-famous and popular, like Kate and William or Meghan and Harry. I think that level of scrutiny would be maddening. I'm thinking more like Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Never heard of her? Exactly!

She's married to Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son. He's currently ninth in line to the throne (10th when Kate's new baby gets here). Sophie gets to wear a tiara and do all sorts of charity work. She's on the board of several hospitals, raises money for the preservation of WWI and WWII veterans' memorials and cemeteries, and helped establish The Jill Dando Institute, the first institution of higher learning devoted to crime science. It's a passion of hers because Jill Dando was a murder victim, and a friend of hers. I'd love to be able to pick a cause and truly help make good things happen.

5) Though he cultivated a "just plain folk" persona, this week's featured artist, Tex Ritter, was really cosmopolitan and highly educated, earning a degree in the economics from the University of Texas before going on to study pre-law at Northwestern. Do you think the "real you" is consistent with the image you convey? Yes.

6) Tex Ritter was the father of Emmy-winning comedic actor, John Ritter. John is remembered fondly as the voice of Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Clifford appeals to children because he is "gentle, friendly, loyal, lovable and clumsy." Do any of those adjectives apply to you? Certainly clumsy!

7) Tex is also the grandfather of Jason Ritter, star of ABC-TV's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. If you followed one of your grandparents into their line of work, what would you be doing? My favorite grandpa had such a diverse professional career, he's given me several occupations to choose from. He was a chauffeur, a construction worker, technician on a conveyor belt and, as I just learned, a bass player!

8) In 1952, the year "High Noon" was popular, Stopette, the first antiperspirant deodorant spray, was introduced. Do you use a deodorant spray, stick or roll on? Suave Invisible Solid. You know, home air conditioners were not really all that common before the 1960s. And there wasn't antiperspirant deodorant until 1952. I'm guessing that for a long time, we were a stinky people in the summer.

9) Random question: What's something you have always wanted to own, but never have? A horse.



  1. Oh...a horse. I always wanted one too, but no place to put one in our city flat with no back yard! (to say nothing of the cost of food), but oh I dreamed to have a horse.

  2. #4 was just what I was thinking about when I chose royal as my answer.

  3. It's funny how American's get into the whole royal thing. I must say that they gave some fabulous women joining the family.

  4. That really was some fabulous stuff you found at the last rummage sale! I hope you got there today and found some treasure. I didn't find anything like that at the one I went to yesterday. They did have some brand new clothes donated by one of the shops in town...Woolrich, Columbia, etc. but nothing in my size. It was all the odd sizes nobody bought. Dang, because stuff was only $6.

  5. I fell off a horse when I was 10 or so and broke my ribs. I never rode one again. Hope you made it to the rummage sale. And watched the Cubby game.


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