Elvis leftovers: It’s all about that bass

ELVIS Week officially is now over. So many Elvis stories could not be told in a single week. Impossible. But here are just a couple more.

Elvis fans surely will always remember J.D. Sumner, leader of the Stamps Quartet, one of the vocal backup groups that toured with Elvis. Sumner is best known for his booming low voice. Plunging into a double low C, Sumner was noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Lowest Bass singer.

Sumner met Elvis when the future King of Rock and Roll was just a young boy.
Elvis, as a teenager with sideburns and loud clothes, frequently attended the monthly gospel sings at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. He became a regular fixture backstage, meeting and talking with the singers he admired so much. One of those singers was J.D. Sumner, then part of the Blackwood Brothers who had a great influence on Elvis.

Sumner and the others came to expect to see Elvis whenever they were in town. They were very surprised when one night, the kid wasn’t there. So when they played Memphis again, Sumner asked Elvis why he didn’t show up at the last gospel sing. Elvis confided that he simply didn’t have the money for a ticket. Sumner would have none of that. From then on, Sumner got Elvis in free through the stage door. Elvis never forgot Sumner’s kindness. Said Sumner, “The next thing I knew, Elvis was letting me in free through his stage door!”

On Elvis’ last single, that was moving up the charts the day he died, J.D. Sumner ends the recording of “Way Down,” with a ridiculously low note. Sumner told the story that in the studio, Sumner made several attempts to hit the note but his efforts were unsuccessful.

Producer Felton Jarvis looked over at Elvis and kept telling him, “Elvis, he can’t do it, he just can’t do it.”

Elvis would immediately respond, “Yes he can. I’ve heard him do it, many times.” Sumner revealed that Elvis had not. But Elvis’ display of solid confidence helped Sumner hit the unforgettable note. “I think I only did it because it was” for Elvis, Sumner would say.

Sumner’s big bass voice would wreak havoc closer to home. When I worked at WUWM-FM, a gentleman by the name of John Groff was our chief engineer. Groff was a huge fan of “A Prairie Home Companion,” that was and still is broadcast on WUWM. Groff would listen to and tape every single show.

In the mid-80’s J.D. Sumner and a gospel group were guests on the program one Saturday night. I remember the show because I taped it and probably still have it on some old cassette somewhere.

Sumner and his group sang gospel classics  “Have a Little Talk with Jesus,” (great video) and “I’ll Fly Away.” Throughout each tune, there was Sumner, pounding, pounding, pounding with his sledgehammer-like bass.

The following Monday at the station, I saw John Groff, and knowing he heard the show, I asked him if he caught J.D. Sumner.

While Sumner was performing, Groff was in the family station wagon, listening to the radio. Using his engineering ingenuity, Groff outfitted that beat up old station wagon with the finest audio equipment.

Garrison Keillor introduces J.D. Sumner. Sumner and his group start singing away, with Sumner hitting notes lower than a gopher’s basement.

Groff is listening and smiling, until…

POP!

There goes one speaker.

Then another.

And another.

That blasted J.D. Sumner and his booming bass, thousands of miles away but magically transported into John Groff’s car via satellite had literally blown out each and every one of Groff’s speakers.

J.D. Sumner died in 1998. He suffered a heart attack after a concert. I’m sure he’s singing back up bass for Elvis,  the young boy he befriended in a kindly gesture that changed his entire life.

 

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And one more.

The King tossed a lot of scarves out into the adoring audience.

Dick Grob, who headed up Elvis’ tour security, told an interesting story on Sirius Satellite Radio about those scarves the King tossed out to adoring audiences at concerts.

I don’t recall the location or year, but at a concert one night, directly behind the stage, every seat was filled by very young fans. At one point during the show, Elvis made his way behind the band, back-up singers and orchestra and threw a scarf out to one of the screaming fans in that section.

The scarf fell harmlessly to the floor. No one made a move for it.

This had never happened ever before at an Elvis concert. Elvis kept singing but had a noticeable look of puzzlement on his face.

Elvis walked over to an opposite end of the area just behind the band and launched another scarf. The fans kept smiling, kept shouting and clapping to the music, but no one appeared to want the scarf. It, too, wound up on the arena floor.

Elvis’ countenance looked even more surprised.

Word immediately got onstage to Elvis who then smiled in a look that seemed to say, “OK, now I understand. Whew. Thank goodness.”

Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, realizing the arena had all those unwanted seats directly behind the stage, gave them all away to the blind. No one informed Elvis.

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Week-ends (08/20/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Mouhssin Ismail

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Maria Chappelle-Nadal

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. (White supremacists are) repugnant to all that we hold dear as Americans.”
President Trump

“How could anyone raise an objection to this? And yet a firestorm erupted among those who sought to make political mileage out of the tragedy. Here, as is so often the case with this president and the media, Trump had a much better handle on reality than did his critics. He understood that what was going on in Charlottesville was more than a detestable white supremacy, but a breakdown in our sense of common bonds of citizenship.”
Stephen B. Presser,  the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and the author of “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law”

“When it comes to Charlottesville, the blame lays squarely at the KKK and the white supremacists who organized this rally and put together an entire event around hate and bigotry. Well, the president condemned the white supremacists and the KKK and the neo-Nazis unequivocally…ut he did it, and he should have, and he did. And our party has across the board has said this is unacceptable. We have no place in our party at all for KKK, anti-Semitism, race — racism, bigotry, it has no place in the Republican Party. There is no home here. We don’t want your vote. We don’t support you. We’ll speak out against you. The president has said so.”
Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee

“Most polls still show Trump’s at about a 40 percent approval rating—nearly the same level of support as shortly before the November 2016 election. That purported dismal level of support is pronounced to be near fatal, when in fact it is not.

“Since a) pollsters likely have not much changed their methodology since 2016, and since b) it is fair to assume that the media and those who poll for them continue to despise Trump, and since c) Trump’s exasperating eccentricities continue to make his supporters cautious about voicing their support (even to anonymous pollsters and political surveyors), we can conclude that his actual support could be about 45-47 percent—or close to the percentage of the popular vote he won in 2016.”
Columnist Victor Davis Hanson

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The rapid erasing of our history

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

No CBS, Eliminating Down Syndrome Children Is Not Something to Be Proud Of

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The big, bad, evil South

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Wisconsin man drives to hospital after nail shot into heart


Photos of the Week (08/20/17)

1) White nationalists rally around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Aug. 11. The white nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.  Photo:Edu Bayer / The New York Times via Redux Pictures

2) People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. Several hundred counter-protesters were marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. Photo: Ryan M. Kelly / The Daily Progress via AP

3) About a 1,000 people gathered at a memorial service for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, killed a week ago Saturday during violent protests in Virginia. Clergy observe a moment of silence for Heather Heyer outside the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville on Aug. 16.  Heyer was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered Saturday in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They descended on the city for a rally prompted by the city’s decision to remove a Confederate monument. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

4) Marcus Martin, second left, and his fiance Marissa Blair cry as Heyer’s mother Susan Bro, right, becomes emotional. Martin pushed his fiance out of the way of the vehicle that killed Heyer.  Counter-protesters had converged for a march along a downtown street when suddenly a Dodge Challenger barreled into them, hurling people into the air. Video shows the car reversing and hitting more people. Photo: Andrew Shurtleff / The Daily Progress pool

5) A protester kicks the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier after it was pulled down by anti-racist protesters in North Carolina. Many states plan to destroy similar memorials after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Casey Toth/AP

6) The word ‘shame’ is written on a Confederate monument near a photograph of Heather Heyer. The civil rights activist was killed in a car attack in Charlottesville a week ago last Saturday. Photograph: Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pil/AP

7) A van plowed through a crowded pedestrian plaza in the heart of Barcelona, killing more than 10 people and injuring dozens. A woman and child flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, on Aug. 17, 2017, the latest in a series of low-tech attacks in European cities. Photo: Giannis Papanikos / AP

8) People flee the scene after a white van plowed into tourists and residents on Las Ramblas. Photograph: Giannis Papanikos/AP

9) Soldiers patrol the Colosseum area a day after a deadly van attack in Barcelona. Italy stepped up security around the city, with soldiers on main streets and in areas popular with tourists.  Photograph: Angelo Carconi/AP

10) A woman poses for a friend at the entrance to a restaurant in the Tamuning area of Guam. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

11) Fans gather for a candlelight vigil in front of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, on Aug. 15, 2017, the night before the 40th anniversary of his death. Photo: Brandon Dill / AP

12) Pigs are encouraged to dive off a platform into water by breeders during daily exercise at a pig farm. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

It’s ELVIS WEEK – What they said about the King

Today officially marks the final day of ELVIS Week.

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Ah, the world famous peanut butter and banana sandwich. And I definitely see some bacon in there, too.

How about in celebration of Elvis you try something different?

Elvis Cake at Blink and Arcade Restaurant - MICHAEL DONAHUE

OMG!

Here is the story, the video, and the recipe.

Now, on this final day of ELVIS Week, a compilation of what they said about the King:

“ I don’t sound like nobody.”
Elvis, to Sun records secretary Marion Keisker when she asked him who he sounded like

Elvis was told to return to being a truck driver.
Grand Ole Opry manager Jim Denny after Elvis performed in 1954 for the first and only time at the Opry. Elvis swore he’d never go back. Years later, Garth Brooks commented in a television interview that one of the greatest thrills of playing the Opry was that he got to play on the same stage Elvis had.

 “Rockin’ on music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t stand still. I’ve tried it and I just can’t do it.”
Elvis, on Elvis

”His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.”
Frank Sinatra, in Elvis’ early days. The two would later become good friends.

”I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy.
Ed Sullivan to Elvis during one of Elvis’ appearances on Sullivan’s popular Sunday night variety show

Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps.”
Rod Stewart

A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood.”
Producer Hal Wallis.

”A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.”
Jackie Wilson

”There have been a lot of tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.”
Bruce Springsteen

“When I first heard Elvis’ voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.”
Bob Dylan

”Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution… the 60’s comes from it.”
Leonard Bernstein

”There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis’ talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man.”
Frank Sinatra

”Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense. And he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of this country.”
President Jimmy Carter after Elvis’ death

Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
John Lennon

”If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”
Johnny Carson

Elvis taught white America to get down.”
James Brown

”We’ll never know what an old Elvis Presley would have been like. He’ll just always be the King.”
Pat Boone

“A finer human being never took a breath of air.”
Wayne Newton, speaking of Elvis Presley

”When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie .So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times. These gentlemen over there, these are the type who care, are dedicated. You realize if it´s not possible that they might be building the kingdom, it´s not far-fetched from reality. I´d like to say that I learned very early in life that:

‘Without a song the day would never end

Without a song a man ain´t got a friend

Without a song the road would never bend

Without a song…’

So I keep singing a song.Good night. Thank you.”
Elvis in his acceptance speech in 1971 for being one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the national Junior Chambers of Commerce (the Jaycees)

 

2017 POO Awards – Week 1

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

For new readers, here is why we do the POO:

Pouring it on in high school football
Posted by Kevin Fischer on Oct. 6, 2007

BRADLEY TECH 64
MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON 6

That was the final score of the high school football game last night at historic South Stadium where I’m the public address announcer.

Bradley Tech remains undefeated and is clearly the best team in the City Conference, a conference not famous for high-quality football. The Trojans are a talented, disciplined, physical squad that like Milwaukee Riverside last season could go deep in the playoffs.

But what happened last night at South Stadium should serve as a lesson to other high school football programs. You don’t run up the score on a team that is already hopelessly beaten.

Everyone knew the Tech-Washington match-up would be lopsided. On Tech’s first three plays from scrimmage, they scored three touchdowns, and the game was quickly out of hand.

Leading 44-6 with about a minute left in the first half, Tech got the ball again near midfield. Refusing to run the ball or have the quarterback take a knee, Tech put the ball in the air, desperately trying to put 50 on the scoreboard before halftime. Tech got down to the one-yard line as time expired. Thinking there was still a second left on the clock, the Tech coaches frantically tried to call a timeout. Again, not satisfied with a 44-6 lead, Tech coaches (I emphasize coaches, not the players) wanted another TD.

As the referees huddled with the football on the half-yard line, I turned on the microphone and said, “Our clock has run out.” Admittedly, I was hoping common sense would prevail and the half would be over.

A few seconds later, crew chief Chuck Hinz picked up the football, faced the press box, and lifted the football above his head, signaling that yes, the half had indeed run out and no, Tech was not going to score 50 just yet.

That made the score 44-6 going into the second half. By WIAA rule, whenever the point differential between the two teams in the second half reaches 35 points or more, there is a running clock that only stops on a score, a charged timeout, the end of the 3rd quarter, or an injury.

Trust me. Had it not been for the running clock, Tech could have scored 80 points.

With 20 seconds to play in the game, Tech again refused to take a knee at Washington’s 2-yard line. Instead, the quarterback handed the ball off to a running back who scored an unnecessary and unsportsmanlike final touchdown to make the score 64-6.

I want to be clear. As I mentioned, this is a very good Tech team. The players only do what they are instructed, and Tech’s decision to run up the score at the end of both halves was uncalled for.

The counter-argument is that you should let the kids play and that competition is good and that you can’t fault Tech for Washington’s inability to stop them, etc, etc. etc.

We’re not talking NFL here, folks. This is high school football. There are many ways you can continue to play and keep the score respectable and avoid a brawl from happening.

You put in subs. You run the ball. You don’t call timeouts when you’re ahead by a mile. You take a knee and let the clock run out. All of these ideas were apparently lost on the Tech coaching staff.

Remember, this is a game featuring high school kids, many from the inner city. You start rubbing the other team’s face in it, and they get frustrated. I’ve seen it time and time again. They take swings and punches. Two Washington players got ejected as well as a coach. While I don’t condone those actions, Tech helped manufacture the bad attitude on the field.

Thankfully, no one got hurt in this one-sided affair.

Coaches are also teachers. The Tech coaches blew a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the athletes and the fans in the stands the value of fair play.

Tech also may have done a disservice to MPS football. It’s rare a TV crew shows up at South Stadium to film highlights, but last night, Fox 6 was there. After the 64-6 debacle, my guess is the TV sports directors will be reluctant to send cameras to future MPS games. What for? A 64-6 shellacking isn’t dramatic video.

And by the way, I’ve been going to City Conference football games for 40 years. I’ve NEVER seen a team fall behind the way Washington did last night and rally for a comeback victory. NEVER.

Shame on the Bradley Tech coaching staff for a total lack of good sportsmanship.
—October 6, 2007

Back to 2017 and this week’s dubious winner:

Week 1

Fox Valley Lutheran 75, Clintonville 0

Brookfield Central 76, Wauwatosa East 19

Sevastopol 68, Bowler/Gresham 8

Whoppers that they might be they are NOT my winners in this inaugural week.

Here you go.

Luck 106, Clayton 0

I’ve been doing this segment for more than 10 years. This marks the first time I can recall a team wracking up 100 points against a hapless opponent.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/19/17)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY Sunny. High of 81. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 85. “B”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

I can’t think of a combination that I love more:  the celebration of Irish culture, and dogs.  Really, it doesn’t get any better.  So this weekend, I’ll be in my glory at Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Of course I can eat delicious food (McBob’s corned beef sandwich is a must, as are their Bailey’s chocolate balls.  I can drink Bunratty Meade to wash down a slice of Irish Cream cheesecake from the Tipperary Tea Room.  You get the idea.)  I can listen to rockin’ steampunk bagpipers Celtica – Pipes Rock.  I can always find a new piece of Claddagh jewelry for myself and Kyla.  Did I mention yet that I can watch my talented husband emcee the Children’s Freckle Contest and the Children’s Red Hair Contest?    SO fun.

The absolute highlight for our family is is watching our daughter Kyla perform on stage with Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance.  This year will be particularly exciting for us as she has transitioned froma Six Week Summer Sampler to a full-time student Beginner Level.  (She proudly tells everyone she is now a “Real Irish Girl.”  Or is that “REEL Irish Girl???!!!)

Beginner Debut

Kyla at the Cashel Dennehy Beginner Debut February 2016

In addition to all of those fantastic activities, there is one area of the grounds that I simply can NOT pass up:  the gorgeous Celtic Canines.

There is no other ethnic festival that can showcase so many breeds from one country.  You can swoon over Setters, tickle a Terrier, or wish for a Wolfhound.  Having an opportunity to pet so many sweet pups and talk to their owners is such a fun time for you AND for the dogs!

Every dog at the Celtic Canine Area is adorable.  Every.  Single.  Dog.  However, we’ve come to have our favorites.  When Kyla was little, we’d joke about how she could actually ride a certain breed like a pony.  You guessed it… we love the Irish Wolfhound.   Last year it seemed to be a personal goal of Kyla’s to pet ALL the showcased ‘Hounds.  She made great friends with several of them:

Irish Fest Celtic Canines 2016

If you attend this year’s celebration (I should say WHEN you attend… how can you miss this???!!!) don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Canine area.  If you see our family, please stop by to say hello and tell us how much you enjoy reading The Barking Lot.  (Of course also ask Kevin when he’s going to get his lovely ladies their OWN dog so they don’t have to keep bothering the wonderful dog owners at Irish Fest and in their own neighborhood!)

We hope to see you this weekend at Milwaukee Irish Fest!  Slainte!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

It’s not vaccinations that are the problem. It is over-vaccination.

We’re not making this up. Professor says dogs and cats harm climate, advises hamsters instead.

Army veteran’s paralyzed dog gets new wheelchair.

Columnist in Virginia doesn’t like dog parks.

In Florida, group tries to show pit bulls are adorable.

This Brooklyn startup raised $8 million to make dog chow that’s good enough for humans to eat.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:

Penny, a Boston terrier, puts a pile of toy coins in

Penny, a Boston Terrier, puts a pile of toy coins into a piggy bank at the Wisconsin  State Fair’s first ever Dog Trick Competition. Heather Neldner of Milwaukee assists her dog. Penny tied for first place with…

Sherlock, a Keeshond, jumps on a skateboard to deliver

Sherlock, a Keeshond that jumped on a skateboard to deliver a piece of mail to its owner, Donna Schmitt of Watertown.

There was a tie-breaker that declared Penny the winner.

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – “Inside the Hippie Revolution”

Throughout this summer, a look back 50 years at the Summer of Love in 1967.

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In 1967, LOOK Magazine hired William Hedgepeth.  Maybe because he was the youngest writer on staff (25), Hedgepeth was given an undercover assignment to head to California,  and go “Inside the Hippie Revolution” for an article about what was really happening in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during The Summer of Love.

Hedgepeth grew a beard and flew out from New York to San Francisco.

“Even as much as I had read about it, I was still mildly shocked when I got out of the cab and was sitting on the curb and I see two long-haired guys coming along. It kind of gave me a little bit of a shock,” Hedgepeth now recalls.

Hedgepeth  spent three weeks living in a commune. His article published in LOOK on August 22, 1967,  would inspire thousands of young people to travel to San Francisco that summer.

He wrote about spending one morning strolling through Golden Gate Park with a barefoot blanketed hippie from Minneapolis named MacGregor who said he spent most of his days wandering through the park.

“Man just smell all the flowers and all the dope,” he smiled. The morning fog had cleared and scores of other hippies were walking about to the soft accompaniment of their  jangling ankle bells or sunning themselves on the ground or clustered in larger numbers  around the hypnotic endless beating of bongo drums.

Eventually the two separated and Hedgepeth came upon two girls with sandals and full-length gowns with cowbells around their necks.

“As we passed one of them looked up at me with dazed-looking eyes and without breaking stride cooed, ‘I love you,’ and floated away without waiting for a reply which saved me some embarrassment since my initial, stunned, stupid reaction was to mutter ‘Well…uh..uh…thank you.”

Hedgepeth reported he would “ogle openmouthed at the wild, shaggy parade of hip characters sitting or milling and dancing up and down Haight, the major avenue of the largest hippie  ghetto in the world.”

There was the free store.

“I was hungry and was about to ask where one could get something to eat when a ragged, dumpy-looking, straggle-haired girl with wire-rim glasses and  feathers  in her headband loped into the store carrying a sack.  She plopped it in the middle of the room and, with and air of shy authority as she started out back the door said,  ‘Food.’ Then she disappeared down the street as everyone in the store leaped to the bagful of cookies and peanut butter and radishes.”

Hedgepeth slept on a messy floor with about eight other tenants. A commune he stayed at was sewer-like with hippies stoned on the floor. One girl asked if she could live in a hall closet to be away from everyone when she was coming off  a high.

 “A radical change is taking place in this generation,” Hedgepeth quoted the commune’s leader Rick saying. “Middle-aged people just can’t accept that their children are prophesying to them. The proof is that there’s no communication between the generations.”

Hedgepeth saw straight people stuffed into cars touring the Haight behind locked doors, shooting pictures through tightly rolled up windows of the freaks on the street, “as if this were a tour through the reptile house at the zoo.”

You can read Hedgepeth’s article here.

50 years ago this month, a hit by The Youngbloods was in the TOP TEN on the Billboard chart, eventually peaking at #5.


OTHER SUMMER OF LOVE POSTS

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – “You better find somebody to love”

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie (07/07/17): The Summer of Love – Who, or what, was “Windy”?

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – “Reflections of you and me”

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The summer of love – HIGHER

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – Groovin’

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – The summer’s anthem

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The Summer of Love – Was Elvis a part?

It’s ELVIS Week: The media drops the ball

I’ll get to that headline, but first, Elvis Week isn’t over.

Now, when I saw and read the following I simply HAD to share for two reasons:

The author chronicles how the news media was caught by total surprise of Elvis’ death in 1977.

And this article is one of the most positive and for want of a better word, nicest you’ll ever find about the King. Simply click on the title:

Elvis’s death was a perfect example: The media doesn’t understand Middle America

Do you agree that was pretty special?

Part of today’s ELVIS Week schedule:

Elvis Double Feature

8:00 PM. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Free.
8:00 PM: “Girls! Girls! Girls!” starring Elvis Presley and Laurel Goodwin. 

10:00 PM: “It Happened at the World’s Fair” starring Elvis Presley and Gary Lockwood.
Both film screenings are free.

The movie featured this dance routine.

I liked it, a lot.

And the close.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is a treasure

Our family visited last Saturday and had a great time.

Especially in the butterfly exhibit.

Take it away, Kyla!

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Nice.

Very nice.

But c’mon, Kyla. You can do better  than that.

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Thank you.

Again we were there last Saturday, admittedly enjoying a freebie.

Unbeknownst to me, so was a colleague of mine, photographer Lee Matz. We never ran into him that crowded Saturday, but I’m not surprised he took  a ton of great pictures that will make you want to head to the MPM right now!

Take a look!