Four Walls Better Than One For Arizona


Vaca Sagrada!

No matter which side of the proposed John McCain fence you’re on, Arizona’s new illegal immigration law certainly has caused a stir, hasn’t it?

My personal feeling is: Why build a fence that can be cut or easily dug under? Why not, instead, construct a “Great Wall of Arizona” along our 350-mile southern border? Build it just as the ancient Chinese did centuries ago, 16 to 25 feet high and made of bricks and stone. Make it impenetrable!

And why stop with a fortress only on our southern border?

The only real solution I can see to preventing “Drug and human smuggling, home invasion and murder” (recent political ad), is to secure our Arizona border by building “Four Walls” — one to the south, a second along our California border, a third between us and our Utah neighbors and a fourth along our New Mexico border.

Just think, not only would we then keep out all illegal immigrants, but we’d also be protecting ourselves from the crazy liberals of California and the zealot right-wingers of Utah. Also, New Mexico sounds a lot like Mexico, so if we build a wall along our Arizona-New Mexico border, we wouldn’t have to worry about any “New” Mexicans invading our state either.

“Four Walls! If we build it — they won’t come!” (That was Kevin Costner’s quote, wasn’t it?)

Now, let’s get to this week’s trivia question, which is: Can you name the singer-songwriter-guitarist who scored a big 1957 No. 1 country hit with his song, “Four Walls?”

From 1953-83, this popular artist, known as “Gentleman Jim,” charted 80 country hits, 11 which peaked at No. 1. Besides “Four Walls,” three of his most successful hits were “Mexican Joe,” “He’ll Have To Go” and “Adios Amigo.” (I researched, but I couldn’t find any information on how well these songs also did on Billboard’s Latin charts.)

Was this “Four Walls” country gentleman A) Jim Reeves, B) Jim Lowe, C) Jim Ed Brown or D) Jimi Hendrix?

If you are caller number six with the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this country legend’s top hits.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: With Patsy Cline, what two other country singers lost their lives in a 1963 plane crash? A) John Denver and Ricky Nelson, B) Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, C) Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins or D) Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan?

The correct answer was Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins.

John Denver and Ricky Nelson also died in plane crashes, but in separate incidents. Denver was at the controls of a light plane when it crashed off the coast of California in 1997. Nelson, his fiancee and five members of his Stone Canyon Band were killed in a crash landing in 1985.

In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.

Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are alive and doing fine (well, sort of) as they continue their high society life in Hollywood.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Marilyn Castleman, who won a unique six coaster set made from LP albums, courtesy of Jason Huber, local entrepreneur.

A little about Marilyn: She was born and raised in Billings, Mont. and attended college at Montana University.

Marilyn met her husband, Don, when they both worked at Western Savings & Loan in Phoenix. Don was the branch manager and Marilyn was the executive secretary. They have been married for 33 years.

In 1984, Marilyn and Don bought a summer home in Payson. They became permanent residents in 1996.

Marilyn’s interests are gardening, calligraphy, playing cards and doing all sorts of outdoor things. Quilting has become her most recent passion.

Tienen una gran semana, Amigos!

DJ Craig Ramirez

Phone: 468-1482


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