I think most subscribers to the Roundup really look forward to reading through the Mail Call section of the newspaper. I know I do.
Last Friday, I was fascinated by Sue Dolan’s nostalgic trip back to her small town in California, to her teenage days when local teens had nothing to do and were “bored out of their minds.”
Sue told of how teenagers went to their town council and asked for a teen center, but didn’t get far because there simply was no money in the town coffers. (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?)
Undaunted, local teens, parents and teachers began a grass roots campaign to raise money to build the center.
After two long years of “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” the teen center became a reality. What a great accomplishment — no public money was spent on the project and parents volunteered to run it.
As parents always say to their children, when you have to work hard to earn something, you appreciate it so much more than if it is just handed to you.
I’ll bet the teenagers in Sue’s town were darn proud of their new teen center. I think they may have also found themselves not quite as bored on Friday and Saturday nights.
Is it possible that such a grass roots effort to build a teen center would be successful right here in Payson, where teens could enjoy games, just hanging out or dancing to the artists of today — Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber?
I’ve imagined what Sue’s teen center must have been like and what music the kids cranked up on the old Wurlitzer Jukebox in the corner. I wonder if they were listening to the “hot” new sounds of Nat King Cole, Patti Page and Perry Como.
Maybe in those innocent times of long ago, Sue and her friends were even punching in one of my favorite 1950s crooners — who is the answer to this week’s music trivia question.
This New York born and raised singer was one of the top jazz vocalists of the last 50 years. He worked local clubs while in high school and sang in U.S. Army bands.
His breakthrough came in 1950 when Bob Hope gave him his first major concert appearance. In 1951, his first charted hit, “Because of You” remained at No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks.
Later that same year, this artist followed up his debut hit with another huge chart-topper, “Cold, Cold Heart.” He scored his third No. 1 hit in 1953, with “Rags to Riches.”
In 2001, he earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2006 Billboard’s Century Award.
Is this smooth singing balladeer A) Tony Bennett, B) Frank Sinatra, C) Dean Martin or D) Gary Witherspoon?
If you’re caller number three and have the right answer, you’ll win a custom CD of your favorite songs. Just give me a list of 20 songs, and I’ll put them onto a CD. (As a bonus, I’ll even throw on “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” this week’s trivia artist’s 1962 hit — which won Grammy’s Record of the Year award.)
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What was the name of the band that recorded the 1968 song, “The Beauty Of The Time Is That It’s Snowing?”
Is this band: A) The Steve Miller Band, B) The Mitch Miller Band, C) The Glenn Miller Band or D) The Craig Miller Band?
The correct answer was The Steve Miller Band.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, popular from 1939 until Miller’s untimely 1944 death in the military service, was arguably the most beloved of all the “Big Band” era groups.
The Mitch Miller Orchestra and Chorus achieved its greatest fame during the 1950s with the “Sing Along with Mitch” best-selling albums and TV series.
The Craig Miller Band is simply a figment of DJ Craig Miller’s imagination.
Congratulations to this past week’s trivia winner, Leroy Watson, of Pine. He is a regular caller and has been a winner several times in the past. Since he last won, Leroy has been keeping himself busy participating in chili cook-off contests around the area.
For having the right answer to last week’s question, Leroy won a $25 gift certificate to the Garden of Eden, now located in the old Scoops storefront in the Swiss Village. The Garden specializes herbs and spices, herbal remedies and aroma therapy.
Lastly, wasn’t that a great “Nearly Neil” Tonto Community Concert Association performance last week in our high school’s auditorium? It seemed like “Sweet Caroline” Neil was right there on the stage.
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