Closing Of Tonto Natural Bridge Is Shocking


Holy Cow! What a shocker to read that the Tonto Natural Bridge has closed its doors to the public!

How sad to hear that our country’s continuing economic woes have caused such troubled waters to flow beneath the world’s largest natural travertine bridge.

But on a positive note, if like me, you have complete trust in our elected officials, you believe that our representatives always act in their constituents’ best interest and would never, ever make a decision based on selfish motives. You have complete faith that these same senators and representatives who orchestrated the shutdown of our beautiful bridge will find an expedient solution to this problem and our bridge over troubled waters will soon be back in business, attracting much-needed area tourism.

And that brings me to this week’s music trivia topic.

Many of us remember the hit, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” The song’s lovely melody and generalized message of support came during a turbulent time in American history and struck a chord with listeners. Indeed, it was one of a number of songs released during that era that offered comfort in the face of social difficulties.

You may remember that the “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” was recorded by many artists, but the most popular and successful version was released by Simon & Garfunkel, whose rendition stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart for six consecutive weeks and went on to become the song of the year.

This week’s music trivia question is: What year did Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” top the Billboard chart? Was it A) 1962, B) 1966, C) 1970, or D) 1974?

This week, if you’re caller number 4 and have the correct answer, you’ll be the winner of a $10 gift certificate to Macky’s Grill, where a delicious lunch or dinner will be awaiting you.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the 1970s-1980s dance vocal group that recorded the big 1979 hit, “We Are Family?” This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based quartet first worked as backup vocalists. Some of the groups other top hits were “My Guy,” “Got To Love Somebody” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer.”

Is the name of this group A) Big Brother And The Holding Company, B) Sister Sledge, C) Every Mother’s Son, or D) Daddy Dewdrop? The correct answer was B) Sister Sledge.

Big Brother And The Holding Company was a popular rock-blues group in the late 1960s, featuring Janis Joplin.

The group’s top song was its 1968 hit, “Piece Of My Heart.” Daddy Dewdrop was a one-hit wonder with its top-10 song, “Chick-A-Boom” (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It).

Every Mother’s Son charted four songs in the late 1960s, with its top hit, “Come on Down To My Boat,” peaking at No. 9.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Margo Sireika, proud winner of a $10 gift certificate to Peggy’s Payson Place.

Margo was born in Canada. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to California, where she resided for more than 20 years in the city of Desert Hot Springs.

For 10 years she worked for her community’s chamber of commerce. At the end of this month, she and her husband, Walter, will celebrate 35 years of marriage.

It was four years ago that the couple finally decided to no longer put up with the sweltering heat of Desert Hot Springs and moved to scenic Mesa del, where they overlook the national forest.

Margo is now retired and enjoys reading and crocheting. She enjoys attending the Presbyterian Church and absorbing the inspiring sermons of Pastor Chuck Proudfoot. Her favorite music is both new and classic country music, with George Strait, Chris Ledoux and Josh Turner topping her favorite artists list.

Margo told me that Chris Ledoux, who unfortunately and prematurely died of cancer three years ago, was a personal friend of hers.

It seems like many Rim Country folks have had personal contact with many different recording artists. If you have, please give me a buzz and tell me your story.

Have a great week, everybody!

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