‘What A Big Surprise’


Do you remember the song, “Baby, What A Big Surprise,” which was a 1977 hit for the rock group, Chicago? That song came to mind as I was reading last Friday’s front page that our town government had just unearthed $1.1 million in a “mystery fund” — a fund that for the past several years no one (or almost no one) knew existed. Holy cow — $1,100,000!

I was so excited I called Debra Galbraith, Payson’s town manager, who had discovered the mystery money. I congratulated her and asked if she would be available to help me personally discover additional money that I may have buried in my own accounts or had stashed around the house and had since forgotten.

As town employees no longer work on Fridays and as Debra is a wonderful public servant, she said she would be happy to come right over. When she arrived, we quickly began our search for what I hoped would be a very, very large hidden treasure.

Well, after an extensive investigation of each of my two accounts (which took all of 10 minutes and yielded no additional money), Debra suggested we not give up, but do one last search. She then reached down as far as she could under the cushions of my sofa — and voila! Up came her hand with three raisins, a paper clip and two pennies.

What a great surprise. I was so happy I told Debra she could keep the two cents for herself or add it to the $1.1 million she found for the town. Hey — what’s money?

This week’s music trivia question is: can you name the recording artist who sang the 1965 country hit, “What’s Money?”

In 1956, this singer/songwriter/guitarist was elected into the Grand Old Opry and in 1980 and 1981 was selected as the CMA artist of the year.

In 1955, he charted his first Billboard hit with “Why, Baby, Why” and through 2005 charted an amazing 166 songs. He has 13 No. 1 country songs to his credit, including “White Lightning,” “She Thinks I Still Care” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Is this country artist A) Johnny Cash, B) Eddy Arnold, C) George Jones, or D) Fred Carpenter?

If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win two great prizes. In addition to a gift certificate for a large Domino’s pizza, you’ll also win a 1.1 million dollar gift certificate (authentication pending), graciously donated by the Town of Payson — and redeemable at either the Great China Restaurant, Corral West or Bedrooms and More.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s question, which was: Can you name the group that sang the 1964 hit “Little GTO?” Was is A) Ronnie & The Daytonas, B) Jan & Dean, C) Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, or D) The Playmates?

The correct answer was A) Ronnie & The Daytonas. Each of the other three groups also recorded songs about cars — Jan & Dean with “Drag City” (1963) and “Dead Man’s Curve” (1964); Commander Cody with “Hot Rod Lincoln” (1972) and The Playmates with “Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)” (1958).

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Lorraine Boone. Lorraine was born and raised in northern California. She has lived in Payson since 1995, having moved to the Rim Country to be close to her parents. For the past 10 years, she has been manager of Radio Shack.

Lorraine and her husband, Kenny, have been married for three years. When I asked her how they met, with an excitement in her voice, she stated, “I hired him!” And now Kenny is her right-hand man. Lorraine had a little more difficulty remembering where the two went on their first date. She thought they probably went to Famous Sam’s for a game of darts.

When she isn’t working (Lorraine is at the shop six days a week), she spends time attending Gila Community College, where she plans to pursue a nursing degree. She also enjoys spending time with the couple’s two Rottweilers.

Lorraine’s favorite music is classic rock and she places Bad Company, Eric Clapton and the Marshall Tucker Band at the top of her favorite artist list.

You can contact DJ Craig by calling 468-1482, or visit his Web site at DJCraigInPayson.com.


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