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  • mistermuse 10:20 am on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dean Martin, , Englebert Humperdink, , mistake, ,   


    I just learned I’ve made the first mistake of my entire life (excluding the countless ones that don’t count — like, who’z kounting?). Why I am admitting this mistake, I can’t say — no one seems to have noticed it, so I have no reason to believe my seemingly unblemished record wouldn’t continue to leave all my adoring followers none the wiser. All right, if you must know, I’m admitting the mistake because of writer’s block; now I have something to post about, otherwise you would be staring at a blankety-blank screen.

    No doubt you’ve heard the expression “A day late and a dollar short.” Well, my last post on April 24th was a day early and a scholar short: EAST MEETS WEST DAY was April 25 (not April 24), and the head scholar on my staff failed to catch the error. I have therefore fired said head scholar, for whom I’ve generously provided a letter of recommendation to the Trump Administration for the position of Secretary of Wealth, Edumacation & Hellfare — a position held since January by one Alex Azar, who is but the fourth such Sec since Trump became President, lo, these many moons ago. Their average length of service being under four moonths, the position should become vacant shortly; my bumbling former head scholar will fit right in and fill the vacancy with no one being the wiser.

    Now, I realize that I appear to be putting the blame for my date mistake on the poor schmuck I fired, but as President of this blog, the bucks stop here….and so, dear reader, I take full responsibility for the poor schmuck’s error, and

    I humbly ask that you accept this sincere apology for what it’s worth. After all,

    Love you.

    • Don Frankel 1:55 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A day late and a dollar short is forgivable. But Engleburt Humperdink? I mean I’m sure he was good to his mother but if you’re going to play ‘I Apologize’ there’s this guy and really no one else.

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      • mistermuse 2:18 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, Billy Eckstine was a great singer, and I fully intended to use his clip, but I ran into a problem: the titles on his clips had his name first and the song title second. I needed the song title to come first in order that the end of the preceding paragraph would flow seamlessly into “I Apologize”….so I had to settle for Engelbert (who, incidentally, acknowledges Eckstine’s greatness in his intro).

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        • Don Frankel 11:46 am on April 29, 2018 Permalink

          I got ya. I run into the same thing with these clips sometimes. I’d like to use a better recording but it’s not on youtube or I settle for the one without the ads attached.

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    • Garfield Hug 8:06 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You sent the “right” guy to Trump administration 😉 hahaha!

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    • markscheel1 11:40 pm on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply


      Well, now we’ve got the date straight, the clips explained, everything “right,” and Trump’s name mentioned, just want you to know–apology accepted. Love reciprocated. All’s “right” with the world. 🙂


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    • mistermuse 1:46 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The world — or at least, the country — is TOO far “right” as far as I’m concerned, Mark. But politics has a way of changing directions with the prevailing winds, so in November, the windbag in the White House may well be a drag on enough Trump-eting candidates to blow them out of office and change Congress from juvenile jury to Adult ‘Center.’ Well, I can dream, can’t I (speaking of which, it’s past my bedtime — “Good night and good luck” as Edward R. Murrow used to say when he signed off)).


    • Silver Screenings 9:55 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think I’ve ever really listened to Englebert Humperdink before… He has a beautiful voice. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:59 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I think I’ve heard him before, but if so, he didn’t make much of an impression on me….but hearing him sing I APOLOGIZE now, I have to agree that he sings it beautifully.

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  • mistermuse 8:58 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dean Martin, , , , , , , spelling bee   


    Four months ago today, a 12 year old girl by the name of Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. Happening that her first name begins with “A” leads to a question which leads to where this post is headed:

    For some time now, I’ve been kicking around in my head the idea of a series of posts featuring old songs, each title of which is (or includes) a girl’s first name, beginning with “A” and continuing through the alphabet. I’ve hesitated to put this idea to the test for several reasons, the main one being that I question whether there is much of an audience today for one of my passions, namely old songs (loosely defined as 50+ years old). But then I thought: THE SPELL WITH IT! It’s my party….

    So let’s get started. Fitting as it would be to get on the A Train with a song titled “Ananya,” I regret to say I know no such song. So I’m going to go with a gal who’s even older than I am, MISS ANNABELLE LEE. Hey, if she was good enough for Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote a famous poem titled ANNABELLE LEE, she’s good enough for me:

    • Richard Cahill 11:12 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wish I had the subject for my next 25 posts figured out, Sr. Muse. Probably half of them will be about the Caucasian in Chief, but I don’t know which half.

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      • mistermuse 11:39 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I can only hope to find songs with girls names for the next 25 letters of the alphabet, Ricardo. I’m already anticipating trouble with “Z” (unless there’s a song titled ZELDA after the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald), assuming I can get that far without allowing for a few Xceptions.

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    • Richard Cahill 11:53 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      There’s Xena, the Warrior Princess. She probably has a theme song. Let me know if you need further assistance

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      • mistermuse 7:39 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo, but Xena wouldn’t qualify, as I’m looking for oldies (over 50 years old). If I’m going to stretch the ‘rules,’ I’d rather go with The X-MAS SONG (there must be girls born on Christmas day whose parents named her Christmas).


    • Carmen 6:45 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I can help you out with the third letter of the alphabet . . . Never mind a song, there’s an opera! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:12 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Are you admitting that you’re a diva, Carmen? (Not that I would hold it against you, because I’m a very broad-minded fellow!) 🙂


      • Carmen 7:29 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think that’s quite the way that phrase goes, Mister. Isn’t it supposed to be, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?” (From a very broad-bodied woman). 😉

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        • mistermuse 8:08 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink

          That version sounds like something Groucho Marx said in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA — perhaps to Margaret Dumont, a very broad-bodied woman in the same film. In any case, I apologize for asking if you’re diva-ish, because I’m sure there isn’t a devious bone in your broad body….which is more than I can say of myself.

          Why do I get myself in these situations anyway? 😦

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    • Don Frankel 7:42 am on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Will this be only first names? If not well next up has to be Miss Brown, Miss Brown to you.

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      • mistermuse 11:16 am on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’ve got B covered both ways, Don — Billie and Miss Brown (and a beautiful combination it is). As for “only first names,” that is my intention, but I’m not ruling out last names as a last resort in a particular case.


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander Graham Bell, , , Dean Martin, Don Ameche, , , Grace Kelly, , , , Lily Tomlin, Rosalind Russell, , telephone switchboards,   


    “I’m very thankful that my first name was not Imma.”EMMA NUTT

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Who was Imma — I mean Emma — Nutt….and why do we celebrate her day today? Imma glad you ask-a that question. For the answer in a Nuttshell, click here:

    Emma Nutt, The World’s 1st Woman Telephone Operator

    Hello, Central? (I’d explain what Central was, but it’s less than central to our conversation.)

    I’m calling because, as you can tell from Emma’s hiring by A. Bell, it was soon clear to him that this was both a Nutt job and a switch for the better. But back in those simpler times, being a telephone operator wasn’t all that simple:

    Even a switchboard manned by a male in a military school wasn’t off the hook when it came to complications (sorry about the clipped picture in this clip, but unfortunately I can’t find this scene in full screen (it’s from a Billy Wilder film starring Ginger Rogers):

    Telephones have played a major part in many movies. Here are more of my ‘phoney’ favorites from yesteryear, starting with the one that started it all:

    THE STORY OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL* (1939), starring Don Ameche as Bell
    BELLS ARE RINGING (1960), starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin
    DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954), starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly
    SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster
    HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940), starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

    *If you ever pay a call on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, don’t miss the outstanding ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM at Baddeck. It’s a ringleader among museums!

    Of course, telephones weren’t featured only in classic films. Remember this TV skit?

    And now I’m going to GET SMART and quit while I’m ahead….and Agent 86 is afoot:



    • Garfield Hug 12:08 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lol! That is name I don’t want either!😂😂Hilarious read👍

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:02 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My father had a Top Secret security clearance level from the time he was a young man working on his Ph.D. (advised by Einstein & Land). After working in the missile program for much of his career, his last job in the Air Force was Congressional Liaison.

      He loved to tell the story of the time he and his best friend Miles (a NASA bigwig at the time) both took off their shoes at the same time, held them to their respective ears (a la Get Smart) and said, sotto voce, “Can’t talk now, I’m with Congress,” put their shoes back on and tried to keep neutral faces until the startled Representatives nearby walked away quickly.

      Loved this post – for more than that reason, one-ringy-dingy.
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • scifihammy 2:47 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious clips and Yes – The old switchboard was amazing! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:37 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. BTW, that’s Rosalind Russell in the AUNTIE MAME clip — the same gal who co-starred with Cary Grant in HIS GIRL FRIDAY (last film on my movie list).

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    • Don Frankel 5:58 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply


      Least we forget these guys, the first users of the cell phone.


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    • linnetmoss 6:16 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant! Cell phones figure largely in Liam Neeson’s “Taken” thrillers, but they cannot compare to the oldies 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:58 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of oldies, I’ll take this occasion to refer back to the “Hello Central” in my post with this clip of a song which was a big hit during WWI when American troops were fighting and dying on the battlefields of Europe:

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        • linnetmoss 3:53 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink

          Wow, I know who Al Jolson is but that one is new to me!

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        • mistermuse 4:32 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink

          Al Jolson’s singing could be a bit over-dramatic, but he knew how to put over a song in those days. He recorded HELLO CENTRAL in 1918 near the beginning of his fame as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” (a title now apparently assumed by our humble President).


    • First Night Design 7:30 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They don’t make ’em like they used to! Lovely to be reminded of the great Lily Tomlin in Rowan & Martin – joyous memories of that particular series of sketches.

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry that I inadvertently overlooked your comment until today. As I mentioned in a Sept. 5 reply to BroadBlogs, Lily’s birthday was Sept 1 and I overlooked that as well when I wrote this post….sure signs that age is creeping up on me. Take my advice and don’t get old! 🙂


    • Ricardo 11:57 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Whenever somebody on Facebook posts “Name something that you remember that doesn’t happen anymore” I put down “Waiting for somebody to get off the phone so you can use it.”

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      • literaryeyes 8:41 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Remember party lines? You’d pick up the phone and hear your neighbor talking to someone else, say sorry, hang up, and wait?

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        • mistermuse 6:48 am on September 6, 2017 Permalink

          There were a number of movies in the 1930s & 40s in which party line (or crossed line) scenes with overheard conversations played a part in the plot (SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, listed in my post, was one of them). I personally experienced only a few times picking up the phone and hearing someone on the line….but then, I never was a ‘frequent try-er’ when it came to conversing on the telephone! 🙂


    • mistermuse 2:26 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Coincidentally, yesterday I was looking for quotes I might use in this post and came across this oldie: “If you think the art of conversation is dead, you have probably never stood around waiting outside a public phone booth.” –Evan Esar

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    • BroadBlogs 3:27 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You have a mind that is great at putting things together!

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      • mistermuse 4:42 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, but I’m not sure my wife would agree. Every time something goes haywire on the computer, I have to ask her to fix the problem! 😦


    • restlessjo 5:02 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I worked on the Continental Exchange, just off Fleet St., many long years ago and that first scenario looks alarmingly familiar. Many thanks for your kind visit. 🙂 🙂

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    • thefirstdark 3:19 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on ReBirth: The Pursuit of Porsha.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:23 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EMMA NUTT — can’t believe that’s a real name. And the perfect quote: “I’m very thankful that my first name was not Imma.”

      Interesting that telephones are featured so much in movies. Something about “the space between” and trying to connect in an imperfect world?

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      • mistermuse 9:00 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed. Lily Tomlin practically made a “calling” out of her many telephone company skits like the one in my post. BTW, when I published this post on 9/1, I didn’t realize that 9/1 is her birthday. Belated Happy Birthday, Lily!


    • Maria H. 5:24 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I loved all the puns! Old telephones are before my time, but I cannot imagine having to connect all those different people to each other! It looks really complicated.

      Thank you for stopping by and liking my book review for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I just posted a new review on another science fiction book, so stop by again if you are interested.

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    • mistermuse 10:33 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Switchboard operators in those days must have had a lot of influence because they all had connections (if you still love all my puns after that one, I can only assume that you’re a glutton for punishment)! 😦

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  • mistermuse 11:50 am on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Experience, Believe It or Not, Billy Martin, born on Christmas day, , , , Clara Barton, Dean Martin, , , James Brown, Kid Ory, Robert Ripley,   


    Yesterday may have been Christmas, but heaven only knows the exact date of Christ’s birth (Christmas wasn’t celebrated on December 25 until the 4th century A.D.). So, here it is the day after Christmas, which is a lull of a day following as full of a day as there is all year, and I’ve decided to find out who (of note) actually was born on December 25. Why? Not why they were born on that day (presumably, something naughty and nice happened one night nine months previously), but — why do I bother? Because inquiring minds want to know, that’s why….and my readers, being wise men and women, have inquiring minds (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt).

    Believe It or Not, Robert Ripley was born on Christmas day (in 1890). If you’re a lover of trivia, you can thank Robert Ripley for making it a popular pursuit even before you were born. Ripley was a cartoonist and amateur anthropologist who created Believe It or Not! as a panel series in Randolph Hearst’s King Features Syndicate in 1929. A year later, Ripley famously expanded into other media, including radio and short films such as this 1930 Vitaphone curio (it’s a hoot!):

    Can’t get enough of his wonderful stuff? Then tune in January 6th to the PBS series American Experience (here’s a half-minute preview):

    Ripley was voted the most popular man in America by the New York Times in the 1930s, a decade in which he opened (in six cities) museums called Odditoriums. He died 1n 1949 and is buried, appropriately enough, in Oddfellows Lawn Cemetery, Santa Rosa, CA.

    Other notables who were born on Christmas day include Clara Barton, American Red Cross founder (1821); Kid Ory, legendary early New Orleans jazzman (1886); Humphrey (we’ll always have Casablanca) Bogart (1899); and Cab Calloway, jazz band leader (1907).

    And while we’re at it, since Christmas both giveth and taketh away, here are some notable December 25th deaths: Charlie Chaplin (died 1977); two Martins, Billy (1989) and Dean (1995); and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (2006).

    And with that, I believe I’ll call it a day.


    • Joseph Nebus 2:12 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I thought Jack Benny was also a Christmas baby but, of course, his was Valentine’s Day. I should’ve remembered that.


      • mistermuse 3:11 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sometimes sources don’t agree on such things.. The first site I checked in researching Dec. 25 birthdays had Isaac Newton born on Dec. 25, 1642; another had Jan 4, 1643….so I checked more sites, and continued to find the same discrepancy. Not knowing which to believe, I didn’t include him in this posting.


    • arekhill1 2:14 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I remember knowing a kid in my extreme youth who was born on Christmas Day. He was regarded by we contemporaries with pity and horror, because he only got presents once a year. Sure, his parents pretended to give him gifts for both the holiday and his b-day, but he, (and we) were always sure he got short-shrifted.


      • mistermuse 4:19 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Another problematic day to be born on might be April Fool’s Day (you get presents, but you’d better open them with caution).


    • ladysighs 2:27 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I liked the video of Believe It or Not…..especially the girl who could speak fast. 🙂


      • mistermuse 4:21 pm on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        My wife doesn’t speak fast, but I still can’t get a word in edgewise – hahahaha (just kidding, dear).


    • Don Frankel 3:37 pm on December 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Okay I don’t believe it. What are they going to do? I mean what is the not here?

      I loved this stuff as a kid. They have a Ripley’s in Times Square.


    • mistermuse 4:38 pm on December 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky for you, Ripley’s isn’t a fundamentalist religion – not believing it would be a hell of a bad way to go.
      Very interesting that they have a Ripley’s in Times Square. Not that I’ll ever see it, but I hope it’s not a fast food joint.


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