Each early morning for the past 14 years, local “good guy” Clyde Johnson has hiked from his home on Brassie Drive to Green Valley Lake, picking up trash along every step of the way.
A couple of weeks ago, as he was making his daily trek, I asked Clyde what motivates him to clean up litter that others had carelessly discarded. His answer was simple, “Well, I’m walking this way, so I might as well just pick up the trash as I go.”
As I continued chatting with this conscientious and delightful man, I learned that Clyde had grown up in Glendale in the 1930s. Though three years younger, he knew singer Marty Robbins quite well.
When I asked Clyde to describe Marty, Clyde was quick to respond, “He was a happy young man with the best smile you ever saw. He was a fun-loving guy, always pulling a prank.”
Clyde also related that during Marty’s youth, the Robbins family was extremely poor. One of the first things Marty did after he made it big in the music industry was buy his mother a new home in Sunnyslope, on Phoenix’s north side.
The lovable Robbins was quite a diverse talent. The singer-songwriter-guitarist hosted the “Western Caravan” TV show in 1951 and later the “Marty Robbins Spotlight.” He acted in the movies “Road to Nashville” and “Guns of a Stranger.” He was elected to the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.
From 1952 through 1983, Robbins enjoyed incredible success on both Billboard’s pop chart (24 hits) and country chart (94 hits).
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you complete the title of Clyde Johnson’s favorite Marty Robbins hit, “A White Sport Coat And …”
Is the answer A) A Lavender Tie, B) A Pink Carnation, C) A Purple Pinstripe Shirt, or D) Blue Suede Shoes?
Be caller number five this week with the right answer and you’ll win a CD of Marty Robbins’ top songs, which includes all 16 of his No. 1 hits. A real collector’s item!
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the skipper of Jimmy Dean’s 1962 hit, “P.T. 109,” which was based on the August 1943 sinking of the famous torpedo boat.
Was this American “hero” A) Douglas MacArthur, B) Dwight D. Eisenhower, C) John F. Kennedy, D) George W. Bush?
The correct answer was John F. Kennedy.
Army General Douglas MacArthur was a chief of staff during the 1930s and ’40s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower, our 34th president, served as a five-star general and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe in World War II.
America’s 43rd president, George W. Bush, served in the Texas National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Sharon Anfinson.
A little about Sharon: She is a former Michigander — born in the Gerber Baby Food Hospital in Fremont and raised in Brighton, 40 miles from Detroit.
After becoming widowed in the 1970s, Sharon and a friend of hers, David, also widowed, were asked to help form a singles group at their church in Phoenix. The two soon fell in love and married. In October, they will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
For years, Sharon and David were frequent visitors to the Rim Country. Sharon said, “One day in 2005, we noticed a for sale sign on a house that seemed to be calling our name. We jumped at the chance to wake up every day to a spectacular view of the Rim.”
After many years of working in the data entry field, Sharon is now retired. Her hobbies include making Christmas crafts, needlework and jigsaw puzzles.
Sharon enjoys listening to classical, country and oldies pop music from the ’50s-’60s. Her three favorite artists are Brooks & Dunn, George Strait and Daniel Rodriguez.
Lastly, I’m very happy to report that Ann arrived safely a week ago this past Wednesday. We said our “I Do’s” at our home on the 4th — just before the fireworks.
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com