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Saturday 9: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Bing Crosby wants a dime for food. Adjusted for inflation, 10¢ in 1932 is now worth $1.69. Can you think of anything you could buy at the grocery store with $1.69?
A small bag of chips or a candy bar or two? Ooh, I know! A 20-oz bottle of Diet Coke!
2) This song was originally released as a 78 rpm record. Have you ever seen a 78?
Of course I have. I was born in 1976. Adjusted for inflation, that's 38 in people years.
3) In 1932, Jean Harlow was Hollywood's glamor queen. Who do you think sets the standard for glamor today?
I think Blake Lively has really come into her own in that regard.
4) One of 1932's best selling books was Agatha Christie's Peril at End House. She remains popular today. Are you familiar with her work?
Well, of course I know of Christie... but I've never read anything by her. Maybe I'll put that on Ye Olde Fashioned Bucket List!
5) This week's featured artist, Bing Crosby, worked as a caddy when he was 12 and continued to enjoy time on the golf course his entire life. What type of exercise do you do most often?
Most... jumping into waves at the ocean. Most often? Does chasing after three... no, four, now that we've "adopted" Victoria into our homeschool... kids count?
6) Bing had twin sons, Dennis and Philip. Many people believe that the propensity for twins is hereditary. Are there twins in your family?
I had identical twin sons, Jack and Robby. My husband's family has many sets of twins, and yes, they do run in families.
7) Bing's daughter, Mary Crosby, has her own place in TV history. Do you know why?
Nope. Do I need to Google?
8) In the mid-1970s, Crosby and his family did commercials for Minute Maid. Do you have any orange juice in your refrigerator?
No, and we rarely do. I'm of the mindset that you should get your fruits and vegetables whole, rather than from sugary juices. Call me crazy!
9) Now for something completely random: Do you like beef jerky?
I haven't touched beef since 1995, so no. But last year, during a mystery shop and with the always-strong desire to introduce my children to new and interesting experiences, when we were out in the Everglades, I bought some alligator jerky. They all tried it; Jack liked it.
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