November 15, 2010
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Finally, we have real football weather! Though, with so many domed
stadiums, I guess it does not matter... at least not on Sunday
afternoons. But it sure does feel and smell nice the rest of the time.
Last week we asked which cable TV commentator had been "indefinitely
suspended." Most everyone knew it was Keith Olbermann. Great publicity
for MSNBC, huh?
Hershel's essay last week, "Number, Please," confused many visitors.
Perhaps it was because there was no mention of Republicans or Democrats,
witches or Marxists, and only one reference to Lady Gaga. It was a
humorous (?) commentary on NFL player Chad Johnson changing his name to OchoCinco:
I can see how the trend could easily filter down the social ladder. A
high school football quarterback with an over-inflated ego might convince
his parents to let him change his name to "Imnumber1." His rival on the
practice squad could be "Imnumber2butItryharder." (Have fun putting
that on the back of a jersey.)
Well, it would not take long for that to spread all over society. Lady
Gaga would surely see the value in such a phenomenon, and change her name
to "Lady Sesentanueve." Naturally, so would about a million teenagers.
Maybe you need to know a little Spanish to get it.
You can read the essay here.
Confusing? Not funny? let us know.
As a kid, we were amused at novelty songs and albums. This is a songbook
titled, "Songs for Swingin' Housemothers":
Song selections included the following:
"Drink 'er Down"
"Eating Goober Peas"
"Four Hairy Apes"
"Grammaw's in the Cellar"
"How We Love To See Our Dear Old Mother Work"
"The Hygiene Song"
Additional song titles comprise our Joke of the Week, below.
Well, that songbook inspired an album, "Songs for Swinging Mothers":
We haven't been able to get our hands on a copy of that masterpiece.
Here are 3 questions from the last BBHQ Weekly Trivia Quiz:
are no prizes here... it's all just for fun.|
The next BBHQ Weekly Trivia Contest cranks up Monday at 6 p.m.,
Members can play all of our trivia games in
The BBHQ Trivia Library.
Every month or so we are going to put the spotlight on a special
video.... maybe some nostalgia, perhaps something funny, or something you
should see. It'll probably be something you have not seen in the
headlines or in your e-mail box. We hope it gets your attention and
enlightens or amuses you.
This month we feature one of the best moments on the Tonight Show with
Johnny Carson. It was April 29, 1965. It's the infamous tomahawk
slice. Unscripted, unplanned, and potentially a serious flub, Carson
turned it into a classic.
If you are a late boomer, you missed the original broadcast. But you
surely saw it on one of the "best of" shows. After Carson retired, of
course, the clip disappeared.
Click the picture above to watch this wonderful piece of boomer-era television history.
Next week - our Thanksgiving Day special video.
Our "Lyrics You Can Share" selection for this week comes from one of our
favorites by Jay and the Americans, "This Magic Moment":
This magic moment|
So different and so new
Was like any other
Until I kissed you
And then it happened
It took me by surprise
I knew that you felt it, too
By the look in your eyes
Sweeter than wine - sweeter than wine
Softer than a summer night - softer than a summer night
Everything I wanna' have - everything, everything
Whenever I hold you tight
You can listen to a clip from the song near the bottom of this week's essay. Click
scroll down the page, and listen to our "Lyrics You Can Share."
BBHQ members can also play 200 oldies, 24/7 in our JukeBox. Think of
it as your own boomer karaoke machine.
And of course, you can buy this music and all kinds of stuff -
please! - using our link to
The BBHQ Joke of the Week
"Songs for Swingin' Housemothers" has hundreds of great songs. Here are some
more of our favorites:
Blues Ain't Nothin' but a Good Man
The Burglar and the Old Maid
I Shot a Sneeze into the Air
Ich Bin der Musikant
It Pays to Advertise
Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl
The Logger Lover
Mister Froggie Went A-courtin'
Nine Men Slept in a Boarding House Bed
Rex, the Piddling Pup
She Is More to Be Pitied than Censured
She'll Be Skiing Down the Mountain
Son of a Gun for Beer
Sweetly Sings the Donkey
They Had to Carry Harry to the Ferry
Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?
Take the Leg from Some Old Table
Show Me the Easy Way Down
On Top of Old Baldy
Oh, How He Lied
Mary Had a William Goat
I Had a Little Duck
I Gave My Love a Cherry
Four Nights Drunk
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
and our favorite, hands down:
The Vassar Hygiene Song
Brush Up Your Webster - featuring Madam Red Dot
OK, so it is a proper noun; a name. But it is a very important
name; the FLOTUS! Doncha' think they would get it right?
Well, you'd be thinking wrong, then. (And I'm not talking about
"tsunami." They got that one right.)
So... brush up your Webster!
Uncle Jay is one of our favorite boomer... artists.
At press time, Uncle Jay had not yet posted his video. We'll update our
link at BBHQ when he does.
Click the pic to view a short clip of Uncle Jay's take on the news or
visit his web site to watch the complete video.
This Week with the Chicowitz
This week, Hershel tells how one boomer went out "going in style":
So, knowing that his days were numbered, Sammy contacted every member of
his high school graduating class that he could find, and treated them all
to a 21-day cruise on the Mediterranean Sea. Sammy spared no expense. He paid
for round trip air fare to Rome for all of them... and their spouses.
They all had a fabulous time.
But this happy story takes a very sharp and unexpected turn. No one saw
it coming, though everyone should have. And "everyone" includes you!
You can read the entire essay here.
Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.
- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ