Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that’s too sweet to be sour!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

The following is a very important public service announcement from This Just In…

Fellas, you’ve been warned. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by high level executives because,  after all, they gave us Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.

WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.
Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their work. Another movie star at the time, Theda Bara, gave out 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

Years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day.

There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant others on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.

I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.

Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it?

This week, we dig into the oldies vault for sweet music that’s a whole lotta fun.

Let’s get started.

My goodness. You just never know who’s going to drop in.

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OK. The previous needs some explanation.

Lee Hazelwood wrote it.

After all these years I can’t believe (but understand) what he once said:

“Sugar Town was an LSD song if there ever was one. I was in a folk club in LA which had two levels. I could see these kids lining up sugar cubes and they had an eye-dropper and were putting something on them. I wasn’t a doper so I didn’t know what it was but I asked them. It was LSD and one of the kids said, ‘You know, it’s kinda Sugar Town.’ Nancy knew what the song was about because I told her, but luckily Reprise (Records) didn’t.”

What did the song’s vocalist, Nancy Sinatra have to say?

“It was basically about LSD, but was not publicized as that. It was Lee’s ‘Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds.’ It went against my image which made it tough to choose the other songs for the same collection (album).”

Again, the songwriter, Lee Hazelwood:

“You had to make the lyric dingy enough where the kids knew what you were talking about — and they did. Double entendre. But not much more if you wanted to get it played on the radio.”

My how times have changed.

This next tune definitely has that 60’s feel and sound.

The group was from Hinsdale, Illinois and became quite popular in the Chicago area. For a while they called themselves “The Travelers,” until they learned another band was already using that name.

When it was becoming somewhat difficult to find a replacement one of the band members noted their dilemma was a “cryin’ shame.”

Suddenly the search was over.

In 1966 the group decided to cover a tune the British band “The Searchers” did in 1963 that was never released in America. It reached #49 on the Billboard chart and #4 on a survey by Chicago radio station WLS-AM.

It’s a real sweet toe-tapper.

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“Sugar and Spice” never quite cracked the national Top 40, but was a big regional hit for the Chicago band. I remember it well on Milwaukee radio stations WOKY and WRIT in 1966.

Do you remember bubble gum music?

This genre wasn’t genius material. The melody and the lyrics were simple and repetitive. The stars were the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

There were lyrics like, “Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy.”

Hey Jude it wasn’t.

But it sure was sweet and innocent.

Check out Tommy Roe lip-syncing one of his hits on the after school program in the 60’s, “Where the Action Is.” Filmed in 1966, and yes, that’s Dick Clark narrating.

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One day, just one day, I would love to return to those days. But I’d like to be about 20 years old if I could. 🙂

Our next artists were the biggest-selling group of the 1970’s, By 2005 their combined worldwide sales of albums and singles exceeded 100 million copies. This did extremely well on the country charts and was a very under-rated recording in their discography.

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On the morning of February 4, 1983, Karen Carpenter collapsed at her family’s home in Downey, California. She was taken to a local hospital, but the medical staff was unable to revive her. Carpenter died of heart failure, likely brought on by her longtime battle with anorexia. She was 32.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

And if you’ve never celebrated Sweetest Day, try it. You may just love it.

For our close, get ready to sing along at the right parts.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Big weekend coming…can you feel it?

Happy Sweetest Day Kissing Couple Picture

That would be Saturday.

That would be this Saturday.

That would be…tomorrow.

A race to Hallmark will save you, but not by much. The only cards left will have monkeys or cats in fields of daffodils. The romantic stuff is long gone.

There’s still flowers. An expensive meal with a dessert totaling calories north of 1100.

Followed by…

AHEM!

We’ve come up with oldie perfect for this weekend.

It’s obscure, making it forgotten. Yet this oldie was good enough, big enough that when you hear it you’ll react, “Oh, yeh, I remember that one!”

To explode the mystery all I have to do is mention the artist.

John Paul Young.

DING DING DING DING!

That’s right. That’s the guy that did…

Uhh.

Y’know.

That song that started out…

Yeh, right.

John Paul Young.

First of all, regular readers of my blog are bright. Very bright.

Twenty paragraphs ago they weren’t fooled in the least.

John Paul Young?

My readers knew that’s not his real name.

DING DING DING DING!

Real name: John Inglis Young

There was a move to change it for a good stage name: very good move.

Young was born in 1950 and it wasn’t long before the family packed up and moved out of Scotland to Australia.

The young Young didn’t want to be teased by his fellow students. So he copied the local accent.

He joined a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, became a lead singer for a band, was discovered, and wrote some pop songs.

Then came the late 70’s.

Have you guessed his oldie yet?

Perfect for Sweetest Day?

I’m guessing…
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No. You haven’t named that tune.

We continue.

It’s 1978. Young is on the verge of a major hit. He’s advised to deliver the vocal as if he’s in a conversation.

He did.

What followed was huge success.

Jones’ biggest hit reached #7 on the Billboard chart, and also enjoyed huge sales worldwide.

Disco? Maybe. But definitely not 100% disco.

OK.

Have you guessed yet?

It’s Sweetest Day this weekend.

That can only mean…

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Today’s highly interesting read (10/20/17): Liberals Try To Connect With Normal Americans

Kurt Schlichter  penned a beautiful piece of satire:

Key Democrats met secretly to confer about the party’s future as America approached the one-year anniversary of their stunning and hilarious humiliation by Donald Trump. The key question they sought to answer: “How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”

Enjoy the entire column.

Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/17): Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others, praised the Weinstein accusers for their “courage.” For decades, Weinstein, a big Democratic donor who could make or break Hollywood careers, apparently preyed on young women. Over 30 women have now come forth, with five alleging rape.

But where were Hollywood’s social justice warriors the last 30 years?

So, many in the Hollywood industry said and did nothing — until now. The courageous women coming forward deserve praise and encouragement for speaking out. But where was this support for the accusers of Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Great questions from Larry Elder.

It was great to see Mary Lazich today!

Mary Lazich “Lifetime of Service” Awards Luncheon

Name: Mary Lazich “Lifetime of Service” Awards Luncheon
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM1:30 PM CDT

Event Description:
Honoring 30 Years of Service to New Berlin Businesses and Residents
The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau invites you to join us as we formally recognize Mary Lazich for her thirty years of service  representing the businesses and residents of New Berlin  as an elected official.

Mary’s long career representing the city goes back to  the New Berlin Common Council where she served from 1986 to 1992. Mary expanded the reach of her representation when elected to the Waukesha County board of supervisors serving from 1990 to 1993.

Mary was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1993 and served as a representative of the area until 1999. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998 where she represented the 28th district from 1998 to 2017. Mary was the Majority Caucus Chairperson in 2003 and served as the President of the Senate from 2015 to 2017.

After a long and distinguished career Mary decided not to seek re-election in 2016 and is now enjoying time with family in her retirement from public service.

As a long, loyal friend and resident of New Berlin, the chamber is happy to honor Mary with this Lifetime of Service award.

Mary received a Congressional certificate from House Speaker Paul Ryan, a plaque from the state Legislature presented by state Senator Leah Vukmir and state Representative Mike Kuglitsch, the Key to the City of New Berlin from Mayor Dave Ament, and a personal e-mail of congratulations sent just before the luncheon from Governor Walker.

Dump America’s Dairyland?

It was the summer of 1983.

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I made a trip out west to Santa Barbara to attend a friend’s wedding. He had left Milwaukee for a very good job opportunity.  Needless to say Santa Barbara provided a fabulous setting.

During my stay I met many California folks who were friends of the bride and groom. I’ll never forget one attractive young lady I was introduced to at the reception. She had a rather distinct “Valley Girl” delivery that became a bit more obnoxious when she learned where I traveled from. To this day the encounter is unforgettable.

“Wisconsin?”

Yes, Wisconsin. Milwaukee to be exact.

She then continued, saying something to the effect of…that’s where you have cows walking up and down your streets, and finished her less than educated comment with, “right?”

I paused a few moments,  mindful of where I was, and also reminded myself that I might want to dance with this young maiden at some point in the evening.

“Well, no.” At that point I think I mentioned running water and phones you longer had to dial.

Years later I told the story again as part of an introduction to a WTMJ Radio documentary I wrote, voiced, and produced on Wisconsin’s image.

There was also a mention of cheeseheads. Laverne and Shirley. A recent story about UW-Madison students drinking shots out of the holes in bowling balls.

And to further prove a point, because it was radio I included the audio of this scene from “Home Alone.”

Our image was tantamount to Pee Wee Herman standing in the ring across from Mike Tyson.

My goodness, that was in the 90’s. Arguably the meter on how we’re looked upon hasn’t changed all that much, which is unfortunate given what we have to offer.

Along comes Kurt Bauer, the president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce who spoke at a luncheon Monday about this…

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“It’s our state motto — has been since about 170 years ago — and it’s not a bad image to project to the rest of the world.”

But.

But.

But there’s this whole Foxconn thing. So the Dairyland deal has got to go.

“To me, ‘Forward’ connotes resolve, indomitability and progress,” said Bauer.

I get Bauer’s contention. However we can’t run away from what we are.

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Though it’s awfully tempting.

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On the other hand the significance of agriculture in Wisconsin is nothing to be sneezed, or laughed at.

Bolstered by 68,700 farms on 14.4 million acres, Wisconsin’s agriculture industry contributes $88.3 billion annually to our state’s economy.  That’s snap beans, ginseng, cranberries, eggs, mink pelts, Christmas trees, and more.

Wisconsin agriculture provides jobs; annually, 413,500 jobs or 11.9% of the state’s employment. Every job in agriculture supports an additional 1.46 jobs elsewhere in Wisconsin.

If you just consider dairy, that portion contributes $43.4 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year, fueling the state’s economy at more than $82,500 per minute.
(Source for above stats: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)

So, suggesting “America’s Dairyland” be dumped completely is going to be a tough sell.

What about some sort of branding that would include dairy and technology?

Fine. Just tell me how you do it easily, concisely, and without clutter to avoid an unclear message.

I certainly can appreciate Bauer’s “Jetsons” philosophy. It seems it would be similar to the battle faced by the 2017 Packers.

Meanwhile I sense in the days ahead at least one snarky column from the Windy City taking, you guessed it, potshots at our Hicksville reputation that suddenly is on the front burner.

UPDATE: Dairy Business Administration reacts

 

Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/17): The collapse of the late-night TV empire

Johnny Carson was the host of the Tonight Show on NBC from 1962 to 1992. We sure do miss him.

Today we have Jimmy Kimmel. No thanks. I think I’ll go to bed.

Rich Lowry writes about how late night TV times have changed.

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn’t care about losing Republican viewers.

We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience — and was conducted like one.

Read Lowry’s column here.

 

UPDATE: The latest pro-life news (10/16/17)

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

Your help is needed NOW! Efforts are underway to end the trafficking and use of aborted unborn children in Wisconsin. The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – Senate Bill 423 and Senate Bill 424, both authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls), would ban the trade and use of aborted fetal body parts and instead encourage the ethical donation of tissue from children who are stillborn or miscarried.

Neither bill has received a public hearing, and time is running short. If the bills do not receive a public hearing and pass out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee before November 3rd, they will not become law this session.
ACT NOW:

1) If your Senator is Sen. Terry Moulton, Sen. Leah Vukmir, Sen. Patrick Testin, Sen. Duey Stroebel, Sen. Dave Craig, Sen. Stephen Nass, Sen. Devin LeMahieu, Sen. Chris Kapenga, or Sen. Howard Marklein, your Senator is standing for life, and deserves kudos!

(Click HERE to find your senator and his/her contact info. Just put your address in the search area at the top right of the map or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.)

On Wednesday, October 11th, your Senator stood up among his/her colleagues in strong support of the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, SB 423 & SB 424.

This was very brave – too many Senators want to avoid talking about or in any way addressing the awful trade of body parts of aborted babies that is happening right here in Wisconsin. Some Senators want to support SB 422, an alternative bill that has loopholes and exceptions, and that all major pro-life groups find unacceptable and do not support.

Other Senators just want this issue to disappear.

But YOUR Senator is doing the right thing! If you can spare just five minutes of your day, please give your Senator a call. Say THANK YOU, and ask him/her to keep up the good fight and keep pushing for the Heal Without Harm Initiative to be out of committee by November 3rd.

It’s because of your efforts and persistence that your State Senator is standing for life. Thank you!

2) If your Senator is not listed in #1, please call your Senator ASAP and urge him/her to do the following:

(Click HERE to find your senator and his/her contact info. Just put your address in the search area at the top right of the map or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.)

  • Support SB 423 and SB 424 by co-sponsoring the bills.
  • Ask for an immediate public hearing on both bills.
  • Pass both bills out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee before November 3rd.

After you call your Senator, contact the HWH Coalition with any feedback you received.
Questions? Take some time to visit the HWH Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.