Saturday 9: Can't Buy Me Love
05 April 2014
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50 years ago this week, The Beatles made history with this song (hear it here). They became the first and only act in history to hold all 5 of the top slots in the Billboard Hot 100.
1) In this song, Beatle Paul offers to buy his girl a diamond ring. Do you wear rings?
Yes; on my left ring finger, I wear my engagement and wedding rings, always. The other fingers may sport various other rings at other times, but not often and not many. Right now, on my right middle finger, I'm wearing a silver and peridot ring I won on Listia. Peridot is Hubs' birthstone, which is why I got it.
2) This song was written by boyhood friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who went on to become the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Tell us about your best friend from "the old neighborhood." Do you know where she is today?
The old, old 'hood? That would be Ursula. Aside from my big sis, Ursula is my oldest friend in the world. Her mom babysat Stacey and me until we moved away from Monroe, NY, to CNY (Syracuse) when I was 6½. Ursula is also a mother of three now, a school nurse, and my Facebook friend. I haven't seen her in so long, though!
3) The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Beatles first performed to a mass American audience, is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman. Do you have a favorite late night talk show?
I might, if I had TV, but I don't... I like Conan, Letterman, and the Jimmys. Couldn't stand Leno, ever. Glad he's gone.
4) In 1964, when this song became #1, one of top TV shows was My Favorite Martian. Do you believe in life on other planets?
It's not really a question of if I believe in it or not. Of course, it's possible. It's a matter of when they'll find it. That, I have no idea.
5) In those days, homes had rotary dial phones, often affixed to the wall, with the receiver always tethered by a curly cord. Does your home still have a landline phone?
Big fat NYET! We haven't had a landline since 2002 or so.
6) 1964 was the year GI Joe first appeared on toy shelves. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood toys.
It used to drive me crazy when my dad called them Cabbage Patch "dolls." "They're KIDS, Dad!" I always insisted. I had three, which I've given to my daughters: a redhead, Auberta Lenora. A black one I insisted on getting when I was nine (foretelling the future, much?), Tiffany Jacqueline. And a cornsilk redhead whose name I changed from Andrea Gina to Andrea Jeanine (sp??), simply because I wanted to change a name for once.
7) Ringo was the first Beatle to become a grandfather. His granddaughter, Tatia, is now a rock musician. If you were to follow your grandfather into his chosen profession, what would you be doing now?
I would be setting up and maintaining commercial laundry systems for Tingue Brown & Co.
8) Paul McCartney admits he enjoys watching MasterChef. What show do you go out of your way to catch?
Not applicable, sorry
9) The paparazzi have often caught Paul pedaling a bike around Martha's Vineyard. What's your favorite form of exercise?
I love to rollerblade, and I plan on doing some in the morning. I haven't gone since I wiped out badly, showing off for my son, a month or two ago. Haha, that still makes me laugh... at 37, I was doing stunts on my 'blades!