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Saturday 9: Hello, Dolly!

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Saturday 9: Hello, Dolly (1964)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a woman returning to the town where she was happiest. How many towns have you lived in?
I'd have to count: Monroe, NY; Baldwinsville, NY; Aiken, SC; Coral Gables, FL; South Miami, FL; Sarasota, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; Tampa, FL; Panama City Beach, FL; Panama City, FL; Yigo, Guam; Virginia Beach, VA; Portsmouth, VA; and now Homestead, FL. So what's that...14?

2) Crazy Sam played Ernestina in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and still remembers one of her lines: "Hey, you with the big ears! What are you doing after the show?" Tell us something that you memorized for school that is still rattling around in your brain.
I played the part of Interjections in our Parts of Speech play in fifth grade. I sang a solo: "Interjections always say it in a nutshell. They're so very useful every day. So when you want to say, "HI!" in the warmest way..." But I forget the rest.

3) This week's featured artist, Louis Armstrong, got his start entertaining diners on riverboat dinner cruises. Have you ever taken a dinner cruise? 
In Sarasota, I worked at a fancy catering gig and did dinner cruises a few times, but as a guest, only once or twice. I remember for either Father's Day or his birthday taking Hubs (with the kids, so maybe Father's Day) on one in Va Beach... It was definitely not our scene. I prefer a longer-term cruise.

4) Armstrong took his nickname, "Satchmo," from "Satchel Mouth" -- a slang term for someone with a wide mouth, which Louis believed was his most distinguishing feature. What do you think people notice first about you?
I'm really not sure. I have been told numerous times that I have a nice smile, so maybe it's that?

5) In 1936, Louis became the first African American to get featured billing in a Hollywood movie. Have you seen any of this summer's big movies? 
I'm not really a summer blockbuster type of girl. My kids are still young enough - but not for much longer - that Disney's Inside Out was a big grab for them, and they really liked it. (My BFF, Dr. Lisa, had an entirely different experience with her poor sensitive kids!) For me, Disney's Tomorrowland and Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom were far more enthralling.

6) When "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry was growing up, he was close to an aunt named Belle who encouraged his love of music. Tell us about one of your aunts or uncles.
My favorite aunt was actually my dad's Aunt Amy. She was never married and was a secretary for Exxon, living in an apartment in Manhattan with another old spinster (we're not truly sure of their relationship, but it doesn't matter). She grew quite wealthy and always had treats for us when we visited her from Syracuse, which was often. Aunt Amy was full of pep up until the end, when a stroke took away her mojo. My dad adored her, and I loved her completely, too.

7) Though famous for composing the scores of Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry Herman can't read music. Can you?
I sang in choir for many years, and I took organ lessons for a while, but reading music was always my downfall. I can do it, but very slowly. It's like those who hunt and peck when typing, instead of learning to type properly. Reading music just doesn't come naturally to me. #TheStruggleisReal

8) Now retired, Mr. Herman lives in Miami. This is Miami's "wet season," which lasts into October. When did it last rain where you are?
I know you're teasing me; I just know it. I live in Miami, too. Should I go stalk Jerry Herman?! (Actually, our rainy season lasts into November!)

9) Random question: Have you suffered a sunburn this summer?
I'm normally very careful with my fair skin, but when I was sitting at the San Diego airport a few weeks ago for some eight hours (long story for another day), I went outside and took a nap on top of my suitcases for a while. That was dumb. I was wearing a skirt, and I have multiple burn lines on my thighs from that skirt changing position as I slept. I burned half of my face that day, too. I looked, in a word, absurd!
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That's all for now, kids. I'll post about our visit to my dad's in Aiken, as well as Sunday Stealing, later this evening. I know you're chomping at the bit to read those! ;)