Friday, February 28, 2014

Five Historic Black Places-- Part 2

3. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE-- Atlanta, Georgia. Features the house he was born in and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached and is buried. //// 4. THE JOHN COLTRANE HOME-- In Dix Hills, New York. The home where he composed the landmark album A Love Supreme. //// 5. THE AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE-- Boston. The oldest African Meeting House in the United States. Where William Lloyd Garrison founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1832 and Frederick Douglas gave an anti-slavery speech in 1850. //// --RoadDog

Five Historic Black Places-- Part 1

From the Feb. 21, 2014, Preservation Nation Blog "Five Historic Places Where legends of Black History Have Left Their Mark" by Andy Grabel. //// 1. THE PAUL LAWRENCE DUNBAR HOUSE-- Dayton, Ohio. Featuring treasured books and original furniture. It also has a bicycle built for him by fellow Dayton residents Wilbur and Orville Wright. PAUL LAWRENCE DUNBAR (1872-1906) is a noted black poet and novelist. Much of his writings were based on the black dialect of the antebellum South. I know that many black schools in the South are named Dunbar. //// 2. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER NATIONAL MONUMENT-- in southwest Missouri, featuring his childhood home and the 3/4 mile Carver Nature Trail. //// --RoadDog

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Bit Off Subject...But: Death of Harold Ramis

Who died February 24th. If there ever was a person who made more movies that I rank as all-time favorites, it was this man. //// He either wrote the screenplay, directed or produced or even, on occasion, starred in these movies: National Lampoon's Animal House (My #1 all-time favorite), Groundhog Day (#3 all-time favorite, #2 is Blues Brothers), Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Stripes, National Lampoon's Vacation, As Good As It Gets and Club Paradise. //// He was right in tune with my sense of humor and all these movies had great soundtracks. I'll be picking favorite songs from these movies in my Down Da Road Blog. //// I'll Sure Miss This Guy. --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Plans For a National Medal of Honor Museum-- Part 2

There are only 76 surviving members (now 75 with last week's death of WWII recipient Sgt. Walter Ehlers) and only six (now 5) are from World War II. Major General James Livingston says: "Our intent is to open this museum before we lose those final six members of the Greatest Generation. That is the reason we are pushing so hard." //// Livingston is asking South Carolina to provide $1 million initially, then $2 million a year for the next five. Obviously, South Carolina, like all states, is having big budgetary problems. But, it is hoped these funds can be added to those raised by the nonprofit National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation. //// Here's Hoping It Goes Through. --RoadDog

Monday, February 24, 2014

Plans for a National Medal of Honor Museum-- Part 1

From the 17 February 2014, Marine Corps Times "Plans for National Medal of Honor Museum" by AP. //// Organizers of a $100 million National Medal of Honor Museum in Charleston, SC, are asking the state to provide $11 million for it. It is being supported by South Carolina's only Medal of Honor recipient (Vietnam War), retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston. //// It will be at Charleston's Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Plans were announced in 2012. Livingston said Charleston Harbor is a fitting place for the museum as it was where the Civil War started and that is the war where the medal came to be. //// Attractions planned for the museum include a uniform collection, large format theater and an interactive media gallery. And, there are already attractions at Patriots Point. //// --RoadDog

Touring the National USAF Museum-- Part 4: A Follow Up on the U-139 and Walther Schwiger

From Wikipedia. //// Saturday, I wrote about seeing the weather flag of the U-139. A bit of a closer look. //// The U-139 was the lead ship of a three-vessel class of long range German U-boats launched near the end of World War I. Ordered in 1916, it was commissioned 18 May 1918 and sank five ships. It was surrendered to France 24 November 1918 and served in its Navy until 1935. The U-139 was 302 feet long and carried 24 torpedoes fired from 4 bow and 2 aft tubes. //// I mentioned that the U-20 had sunk the Lusitania under the command of Walther Schweiger. The U-139 was named after him. He was killed in action 5 September 1917 after his U-88 was chased by the HMS Stonecrop and hit a British mine. His body is still entombed in the wreck. //// At the time of his death, he had commanded three submarines, had been on 34 missions and had sunk 49 ships. (This might be the most by any submarine commander during the war.) //// --RoadDog

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Touring the National USAF Museum-- Part 3: The U-139's Weather Flag

Back on November 22, 2013, I was able to tour this magnificent museum, and, of course, go on JFK's Air Force One on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. That was the main reason why I wanted to go that day, but I also had not ever been in the museum and there has been a lot about it lately in connection with the remaining Doolittle Raiders having their final toast there. //// But, the museum is something else other than those two aspects. //// The World War I section had the weather flag from the German U-boat U-139. The U-20 was the one whose torpedoes sank the Lusitania, eventually causing the United States to enter the war on the side of the Allies. The U-139 was launched late in the war and operated off the U.S. east coast. At one time, it torpedoed a ship and that ship sank on top of the U-139 (but didn't sink it). //// After the war, the U-139 was handed over as part of the war reparations. //// --RoadDog

Friday, February 21, 2014

Aye, It's a Pirate's Life for Me: St. Augustine's Pirate Museum-- Part 2

The museum boasts more than 800 items, including the original journal from Captain William Kidd's last 17th-century voyage; the world's oldest "wanted poster," dated 1696, when English authorities offered 500 pounds for the head of "arch pirate" Henry Every; and one of the world's two known authentic Jolly Roger flags. //// Pat Croce's passion for pirates began as a child in Philadelphia, Pa., and remembers watching Errol Flynn play the pirate in the 1935 movie "Captain Blood." //// The so-called Golden Age of Piracy, starring the likes of Kidd, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny and Black Bart Roberts (the Dread Pirate Roberts?)) took place between 1690 and 1730. //// A place I'll have to visit the next time I'm there. //// Hoist the Landlubbers. --RoadDog

Aye, It's a Pirate's Life For Me: St. Augustine Pirate Museum-- Part 1

From the American Profile Magazine "Ahoy, Matey!: Pat Croce shares his passion for pirates" by Joseph Baneth Allen. //// You can find all the pirating you ever wanted at Pat Croce's Pirates & Treasure Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. //// He says, "Pirates were generally a lazy bunch. They preferred raising the black flag because it made seizing a ship easier." //// He has amassed one of the world's largest authentic collections "of all things pirate." His interactive museum "teaches history, geography and science-- and it's also way cool." Of course, that is thanks to the success of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and that knave Capt. Jack Sparrow. //// More to Come. --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tourism Numbers High for Illinois Route 66's Pontiac-- Part 3: What to See

What is there to see in Pontiac? Plenty and it gets more numerous every year. First off, there is that magnificent square and even more impressive courthouse. I would put that one up against the courthouse of any county in the country. Unfortunately, the only motel there, the Downtowner, was recently torn down for civic buildings. We used to stay there a lot, a motel right out of the 50s-60s and owned by a former German POW in World War II, who was held in this country and went back home afterwards, settled his affairs and moved to America. //// It was in walking distance of several downtown bars which we enjoyed, including one called Bob and Ringo's with all its animal heads and guns on the walls. A very interesting place. //// More to Come. --RoadDog

Tourism Numbers High for Illinois Route 66's Pontiac-- Part 2

Why do they come to Pontiac. especially the foreign tourists? It's small-town America at its best. It's all there. Even Pontiac mayor Bob Russell often meets visitors. //// Plus, Route 66 is revered in Europe (sadly, even more than Americans who often opt for I-55 which passes by town). Whenever we're on the route, we always run into more Europeans than Americans. //// It is not uncommon for visitors to Chicago to take the train from there and spend some time Pontiac. //// So far for 2014, there are already bookings for 58 international groups, most of which spend 1-2 hours in town. Many of these groups are on 14-17-day trips on Route 66 from end-to-end (Chicago to L.A.). //// It Is So Sad That Our Route 66 Is Appreciated More By Europeans Than the Majority of Americans. --RoadDog

Tourism Numbers High for Illinois Route 66's Livingston County-- Part 1

From the Jan. 23, 2014, WJEZ FM, Pontiac, Illinois, "Tourism Numbers high for Livingston County in 2013" by Nick McClintock. //// Pontiac and Illinois Route 66 Association's Route 66 Museum and Hall of Fame drew 25,000 people last year (from the ones who signed the guest book and headcounting and they're sure they missed some.). Ellie Alexander, Livingston County Tourism director said, "When they get to Pontiac, it feels like America to them." //// Of course, all of these tourists impact the local business and economy. //// Like Lincoln, Illinois, south of Bloomington-Normal, Pontiac has not been lax in its pursuit of its Route 66 heritage and any other thing, for that matter, that might attract tourists. //// I need to add here that a whole lot of the town's success comes from the late Betty Estes who was a remarkable woman. Her vision and efforts still impact the town. //// A Great Visit. --RoadDog

Monday, February 17, 2014

Other Things to See in Lincoln, Illinois

OK, thety have the Lincoln Stuff and several alignments of the old Route 66 (all of which have signage). Then, there is the old Mill Restaurant dating to 1929, home of some of the reportedly best schnitzel anywhere around. There is a place downtown that know serves it (but I can't remember the name (something like Halley's, I think). It has been greatly renovated from when we first saw it back in 2002 and plans are to reopen it, perhaps as a museum. //// South of town is an old ghost bridge. //// And, they have a wonderful square and beautiful old courthouse with a huge dome. //// Make sure you find the telephone booth on the roof of the old city hall (where Superman changed?). //// Well Worth a Trip. --RoaDog

Saturday, February 15, 2014

While On the Subject of Route 66's Lincoln, Illinois

Not only does Lincoln, Illinois, have all that Abraham Lincoln heritage, but it has quite a bit of Route 66 as well. It is one of our favorite stops when cruisng the Mother Road. Right across from an old Texaco station, probably dating to the 50s-60s, they have their tourist center, a good place to start and which was vastly improved by former director Geoff Ladd whose blood had to run Route 66 red. //// Then there is a good place to stay in the Lincoln Motel (all of these on old Route 66). It was in bad shape, but Best Western took it over and its back to its glory days. Another old Route 66 motel is the Redwood Motel (1956), but it has seen better days. //// A great place to eat is the Bonanaza Sirloin Steakhouse (one of the old Bonanza chain and home of the best fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies you'll ever have. Hey, forget the steak, bring me the cookies. Old Cookie Monster would just die to be here. Then, their rolls are so good "They Don't need to be Throwed" like at the Lambert's Cafe places. //// Although it has been closed for many years now, the Tropics Restaurant (1942) uused to have great food and a really fine bar. We were happy to get to watch a Bear game here before it closed. And, thankfully, located at a corner as it is, Walgreens already has a corner store in town. I should really mention the great Tropics sign which still stands. And, I haven't even written about other neat places in Lincoln. //// We Really Hope They Reopen the Tropics. --RoadDog

Friday, February 14, 2014

Illinois Route 66's Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 5: And Even a New Courthouse Lincoln Statue Planned

Volunteers at the local Logan County Genealogical and Historical Center in Lincoln are planning on raising $48,000 to pay for a 6'4" bronze statue of Lincoln to be placed on the courthouse lawn to commemorate a speech he gave a day after the last Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton in 1858. //// They are raising money by selling 24-inch bronze replicas for $2,000 each and are 1/3 of the way to their goal and hope to have it by the anniversary of the speech in October. //// Also, birthday festivities were held for Lincoln on February 8th at the Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, the reconstructed county courthouse where Lincoln worked as a lawyer back when he traveled the legal circuit. (The original is at Ford Village in Michigan.) //// A Town That Really Knows How to Push Its Lincoln Heritage. --RoadDog

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Illinois Route 66's Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 4: It's a Lincoln Thing In Lincoln

Lincoln, Illinois, is about thirty miles north of Springfield and definitely is a town that goes out of its way to initiate and push anything dealing with its Lincoln heritage. //// It is the only town in the United States named for Abraham Lincoln before he was president. There is a statue of a watermelon by the train station to commemorate the August 1853 day when Lincoln christened the town's dedication with the juice of a watermelon (supposedly spitting it out). At the time, he was just the young lawyer of the railroad that went through the town and helped plat it out. //// The story is oft told of how Lincoln reportedly said that as far as the town being named for him that, "Nothing bearing the name Lincoln ever amounted to much." //// This April, a new Lincoln heritage Museum is opening in the town at the Lincoln College (guess who that was named after?). It is an improvement on the old one that housed a remarkable collection of Lincoln artifacts (as well as a piece of the World Trade Center). //// You can also visit the recreated Postville Court House where Lincoln practiced law while making his circuit. //// And, Then There Is All the Route 66 Stuff. --RoadDog

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Illinois' Route 66 Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 3

David Bentley, who built it, has volunteered to repair it (the wagon is damaged but Abe is alright) It won't be easy, bit I've already built the thing twice." It was previously damaged by a tornado that swept through the area. //// Lincoln tourism director Nancy Saul knows how important the wagon and statue are and wants it fixed as soon as possible. "We don't want to lose our Guinness listing....and hoping to get it in shape by the time tourisn season starts, typically in April." //// Costs are yet to be determined, but the town has insurance on the wagon and statue and two Route 66 groups have offered assistance (I'm sure the Illinlis Route 66 Association is one of them). //// The wagon is a huge tourist draw and since July, tourists from 9 countries and 20 states have dropped by the tourist office. //// Old Abe Always a Draw in Illinois for Some Reason. --RoadDog

Illinois's Route 66 Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 2

From Feb. 6th. //// The covered wagon with the sitting Lincoln that was badly damaged by high winds in Lincoln, Illinois, back in January was built in 2001 by David Bentley of Divernon, Illinois. He spent six months working on the wagon and had a Wisconsin man make the 12-foot high Lincoln statue in a sitting position, complete with stovepipe hat and reading a law book. (Weighs in at 350 pounds.) //// Bentley kept it parked on his property for the first several years (we saw it many times) and even took it once to the Illinois State Fair (by crane and large truck as even the Clydesdales refused to pull it). The article said it does roll, but not easily. //// He put it up for sale in 2007 and I am greatly surprised Divernon didn't buy it, but Lincoln resident and Abe enthusiast Larry Van Bibber donated $10,000 to the Lincoln Tourism Bureau (run by Geoff Ladd back then who did a lot for the community and was always looking for a way to forward the town's Lincoln and Route 66 connections). //// More to Come. --RoadDog

Saturday, February 8, 2014

WLS Top 40 Survey February 7, 1964-- Part 4

And, the Top Ten: //// 10. SURFIN' BIRD-- Trashmen // 9. THERE I'VE SAID IT AGAIN-- Bobby Vinton // 8. CALIFORNIA SUN-- Rivieras // 7. HEY LITTLE COBRA--Ripchords // 6. OUT OF LIMITS-- Marketts //// 5. FORGET HIM-- Bobby Rydell // 4. YOU DON'T OWN ME-- Lesley Gore // 3. SHE LOVES YOU-- Beatles // 2. DAWN GO AWAY-- Four Seasons // 1. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND-- Big Surprise. //// And, That Was the New Shot Heard Round the World. The Last Time Britain Had Invaded the United States Before This Was the War of 1812, 150 Years Earlier. --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 February 7, 1964-- Part 3

Just giving you a taste of what was playing the night that group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, fifty years ago. //// 20. A FOOL NEVER LEARNS-- Andy Williams // 19. SEE THE FUNNY LITTLE CLOWN-- Bobby Goldsboro // 18. JAVA--Al Hirt // 17. AS USUAL-- Brenda Lee // 16. HI HEEL SNEAKERS-- Tommy Tucker //// 15. PENETRATION-- Pyramids // 14. FOR YOU-- Rick Nelson // 13. STOP AND THINK IT OVER-- Dale & Grace // 12. A LETTER FROM SHERRY--Dale Ward // 11. POPSICLES & ICICLES-- Murmaids. //// Burl Ives, Al Martino, Tony Bennett, Nick Noble, Andy Williams, Al Hirt in the Top 40? --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 February 7, 1964-- Part 2

30. NAVY BLUE-- Diane Renay // 29. LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES-- Hank Williams, Jr. (More country? Hank's boy, Bochephus.) // 28. PINK DOMINOES-- Crescents // 27. I LOVE YOU MORE AND MORE-- Al Martino // 26. UM UM UM-- Major Lance //// 25. ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART-- Dionne Warwick // 24. LITTLE BOY-- Tony Bennett // 23. SOUTHTOWN USA-- Dixiebells 22. STAY WITH ME-- Nick Noble // WOW WOW WEE-- Angels. //// An Um Um Um and Wow Wow Wee. --RoadDog

WLS Top 40: February 7, 1964-- Part 1

From oldiesloon site. //// OK, fifty years ago, tomorrow, I was in front of the TV for the Ed Sullivan Show, something I didn't usually watch. We only had one TV and the parents got to watch what they wanted to see at night. //// I was in 7th grade at Winston Park Junior High School in Palatine, Illinois, in Mrs. Banie's 7-2 homeroom (I just remembered this and don't ask me where from). All the kids had been talking about for the previous several weeks was this group from England called the Beatles and everyone seemed to be inclined to watch it February 9th. //// Until now, I never listened to pop radio, I could just care less. But, I had begun listening to WLS and I imagine WCFL as well and was starting to get interested in these four guys (and the other music I was listening to). The Beatles had debuted on the weekly Silver Dollar Survey just two weeks earlier with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #40. January 31st, it was at #8 and this week...well, you can probably guess, but I'll get to it eventually. //// THE WLS TOP 40 SONGS IN CHICAGO: 40. COME ON-- Tommy Roe // 39. TALKING ABOUT MY BABY-- Impressions // ABIGAIL BEECHER-- Freddy Cannon // WHAT KIND OF FOOL-- Tams (HEY!! Beach Music!!) 36. SAGINAW MICHIGAN-- Lefty Frizzell (Country) //// 35. LITTLE BOY-- Crystals // IT'S ALL IN THE GAME-- Cliff Richard (From England, but not who-know-who) // 33. HARLEM SHUFFLE-- Bob & Earl // 32. TRUE LOVE GOES ON AND ON-- Burl Ives // THAT GIRL BELONGS TO YESTERDAY-- Gene Pitney. //// Things Were Definitely Chanfging Fast!! --RoadDog

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Illinois Route 66's Abe Down, But Not Out-- Part 1

From the Feb. 2, 2014, Chicago Tribune "Small-town Lincoln attraction damaged" by Joan Cary. //// Considered the toen's biggest roadside attraction, the world's largest covered wagon was blown over Jan. 26th by 55+ an hour winds, but the driver, Abraham Lincoln, was uninjured. Well, his statue is still sitting there reading that law book. //// The 24-foot tall wagon located on Route 66, is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest covered wagon and a 2010 Reader's Digest magazine readers' poll named it the #1 roadside attraction in the U.S.. (It's neat, but not that neat.) //// Plans are underway to repait it, but that won't be easy as the wagon weighs five tons and has two broken wheels: one 10-foot and the other 12-foot high. But they expect to have it up in Lincoln, Illinois, between Bloomington-Normal and Springfield, by the start of the summer tourist season. //// If I remember correctly, it sits out in front of the Abraham Lincoln Motel, now part of the Best Western chain and it has meen completely renovated. //// Good Idea to Repair It. I Was Surprised When the town of Divernon, south of Springfield, Let It Leave for Lincoln. //// Old Abe Would be So proud. --RoadDog

Messin' With the Crosswalks in Hawaii

Just came across an article about someone going around in Hawaii and painting the work "Aloha" on some of the crosswalks. Strictly illegal, but kind of neat, too. //// And, speaking of crosswalks, I like the ones in England which, for the sake of Americans who get hit by cars, say "Look right, left and right before crossing." Of course, they drive on the other side so approach where we don't expect. //// And then there was a famous crosswalk in the Abbey Road section, for some reason. //// At the Corner of Walk and Don't Walk. --RoadDog

Four of My White-Knuckle Drives

Exoanding on the two previous posts, I'd also like to include the drive from Kingman, Arizona to Oatman along the old Route 66. That was some drive, even though I didn't get to see the goldfish pond. (And, while in Oatman, watch out for the four-legged roadblocks. //// Also, there was the time we were too late to sign up for the cog railroad up to Pike's Peak in Colorado and drove it in the car. Talk about your hairpins!! //// Then, there was the "Rotary, " "Roundabout," "Traffic Circle" outside of Boston's Logan Airport. All traffic circles scare me. You never know where you're gong to get hit from. //// Another really bad stretch of road is I-55 between Joliet and Bloomington, Illinois, when it snows. We were on it once in a snowstorm with about five inches of unplowed snow and the big trucks whizzing by at 85 mph. //// Quite the Experience. --RoadDog

White-Knuckle Driving: Ten Roads That'll Scare Ya-- Part 2

5. CALIFORNIA STATE ROUTE 1-- Many bridges, Big Sur, etc. Most folks know about this one. //// 6. TROLLSTIGEN, NORWAY-- "Troll's Path." Eleven hairpin turns and 9% grade. //// 7. YUNGAS ROAD, BOLIVIA-- "Death Road" No guardrails, 12-foot wide roadway, 2,000 foot plunges on the sides. //// 8. STELVIO PASS, ITALY-- Second-highest paved road in the Alps. Some 14% grades, 60 hairpin turns. //// 9. GUOLIANG TUNNEL ROAD, CHINA-- The government wouldn't build it, so the villagers did. //// TIAMEN SHAN BIG GATE ROAD, CHINA-- 99 curves. //// Of course, the actual article had pictures and much more information. //// What Are Those Finger Marks Doing On the Steering Wheel? --RoadDog

White-Knuckle Driving:10 Roads That'll Scare Ya-- Part 1

From Jan. 30, 2014, Yahoo! Travel "Extremedrives:  the 10 scariest highways for white-knckle roadtrips" by Marisa LaScala, Conde Nast Traveler.  ////  These roads even have a "Risk Factor" listed and include hairpin turns, steep cliffs, narrow lanes and dizzying heights. 

1.  COLORADO STATE HIGHWAY 82 from Aspen, the highest paved lanes in Colorado.  12,100 feet high at Independence Pass.  Also includes that jaw-dropping Royal Gorge Bridge. 

2.  DALTON HIGHWAY  414 miles in Alaska, basis of a Raelity TV Show, northernmost highway in North America. 

3.  TAIL OF THE DRAGON--  Tennessee-North Carolina border.  11-mile stretch of US-129 with 318 curves. 

4.  SADDLE ROAD--  Hawaii.  Hawaii Highway 200.  Fog, narrow lanes, rough roads, one-lane bridges.  Rental car companies don't allow you to drive it. 

More Fear for Your Gear.  --RoadDog


DUMB STUDENT ANSWERS:  In which battle did Napoleon die?  ANSWER:  His last one.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Flashing Back to 1967-- Part 4

One thing about 1967, the songs were much shorter so we get quite a few songs in four hours: ONE MORE HEARTACHE-- Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Hadn't heard this one either) // FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH-- Buffalo Springfield // SEE EMILY PLAY-- Pink Floyd // CHAIN OF FOOLS-- Aretha Franklin // I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--Tommy James & Shondells // I'VE BEEN DRINKING-- Rod Stewart // TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES-- Cream // SWEET HOME CHICAGO-- Magic Sam // KIND OF A DRAG-- Buckinghams // COLD SWEAT-- James Brown // BACK DOOR MAN-- Doors // CREEQUE ALLEY-- Mamas and Papas // PUSHING TOO HARD-- Seeds // SOUL FINGER-- Bar-Kays // HEY JOE-- Jimi Hendrix. //// "There Doesn't Seem To Be Anyone Around." --RoadDog

Flashing Back to 1967-- Part 3

THE BEAT GOES ON-- Sonny and Cher // A DAY IN THE LIFE-- Beatles // I'M A MAN--Spencer Davis Group // (SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding // I'M WAITING FOR THE MAN-- Velvet Underground (not one I'd ever heard of before) // SOCK IT TO ME-- Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels // DOWN ON ME-- Janis Joplin // STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE-- Four Tops // I CAN SEE FOR MILES-- Whp // (I'M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN' STONE-- Monkees // THE LETTER-- Box Tops. //// Waiting for the Sun to Go Down. --RoadDog

Monday, February 3, 2014

Flashing Back to 1967-- Part 2

These are songs played on Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback show to 1967 this past Saturday: I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC-- Peter, Paul and Mary // RAINBOW-- Rolling Stones ( Getting Psychedelic) // DEADEND STREET-- Lou Rawls // PURPLE HAZE-- Jimi Hendrix // FUNKY BROPADWAY-- Wilson Pickett // SOMEBODY TO LOVE-- Jefferson Airplane // THERE IS A MOUNTAIN-- Donovan // PAPER SUN-- Traffic // BROWN-EYED GIRL-- Van Morrison // ALONE AGAIN...OR-- Love // SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK AND ROLL STAR-- Byrds // STRANGE DAYS-- Doors. //// "Scuze me While I Kiss the Sky!" --RoadDog

Saturday, February 1, 2014

No Groundhog For Me Today

I was all set to drive to Woodstock, Illinois, for their annual Groundhog Day Festival which I have wrtten about in the last several posts. I really enjoy this event. //// But, the weather folks had forecast snow all day today which is exactly what we got. We had the third snowiest January ever with 33.5 inches of snow in Jnauary and we still have a lot from December, so we're kind of in snow up to our.... //// I went out three times to clear off the snow and figure we received around 5-7 inches. //// Here's hoping that rodent doesn't see his shadow tomorrow although I might just go there anyway for the Prognostication at 7:07 AM. Then see the movie at the theater in the Woodstock Square. //// Repeat After Me Over and Over, "No More Snow, No More Cold!!!!" --RoadDog

Flashing Back to 1967-- Part 1

From Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback show on WXRT, 93.1 Fm in Chicago. //// Since I was essentially snowed in today, I got to listen to and enjoy a trip back 47 years ago when I was a sophomore/junior at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. I met Liz in the fall of that year. //// Here are the songs she played: I AM THE WALRUS-- Beatles // SWEET SOUL MUSIC-- Arthur Conley // SWALBR-- Cream // EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART-- Soul Survivors // LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY-- Grass Roots // SOUL MAN-- Sam and Dave // WE AIN'T GOT NOTHING YET-- Blues Magoos // MORNING DEW-- Grateful Dead // SUNNY AFTERNOON-- Kinks // HEROES AND VILLAINS-- Beach Boys // HAPPY JACK-- Who // HIGHER AND HIGHER-- Jackie Wilson. //// That's A Lot of Really Fine Music. --RoadDog