11-11-11 — This Unique Date Seems To Be All The Rage

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In the theaters, you can see the movie “11-11-11 The End Is Now.” For months, couples have been planning their weddings for 11-11-11 (most likely so husbands can remember their anniversary date).

And just flip on the TV. Even the Dr. Phil Show recently showcased a woman who is getting married today, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year — for the 11th time! (You just have to wonder what in the world her 11th husband is thinking.)

But today really is a special date. Next year on 12-12-12, it will mark the last time that this quirky same day-month-year date will occur. It won’t happen again for another 87 years, 1 month and 20 days from now — not until January 1, 2101 when we again will have a 1-1-1.

But more important than today being an unusual date, it was 93 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “The Great War.”

Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, Nov. 11, 1938, became a legal federal holiday in the United States. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

This week’s music trivia question is — Can you name the contemporary country singer who in 2004 released the patriotic song “American Soldier,” a song honoring the fighting men and women in all branches of the military.

This Oklahoman singer-songwriter-guitarist is a former oil field worker, rodeo hand, defensive end for the Oklahoma drillers semipro football team.

He is the former lead singer of the group Easy Money (1984-88), was elected as the Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the year in 2001. He has charted over 50 country music hits. Among his 16 number one hits are “As Good As I Once Was,” “Beer For My Horses” (a duet with Willie Nelson) and last month’s chart-topper “Made In America.”

Is this artist A) Tim McGraw, B) Billy Currington, C) Toby Keith or D) Bill Sahno?

This week, if you are the third caller and have the right answer, you’ll win your choice of two different CDs — “Patriotic Favorites” or a CD of 20 top hits by this week’s music trivia artist. Good luck!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you complete the following lyrics from John Denver’s 1975 number one hit “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”:

“Well a simple kinda life never did me no harm, a raisin’ me a family and…”

Are the ending lyrics: A) milkin’ in the barn, B) workin’ on the farm, C) not givin’ a darn or D) telling’ quite a yarn?

The correct answer was “workin’ on the farm.”

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Gil Gabaldon of Payson, who won two tickets to this past week’s TCCA concert, “Take Me Home - John Denver” tribute.

A little about Gil: He was born and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona, near Springerville. He met his wife, Tammy, through mutual college activities while he was attending ASU and she was a student at Glendale Community College. They have been married for 28 years and have two children, John and Kathlin.

After living near the South Rim for 18 years, where Gil worked for the Grand Canyon State Park, the couple moved to Payson in 2008. Gil says, “We just love everything about Payson.”

Gil now works for the Tonto National Forest Service and enjoys his free time playing his guitar and woodworking. He and Tammy attend Mountain Bible Church and volunteer their musical talents at the Powell House assisted living facility in Payson.

When it comes to music, Gil enjoys listening to country, gospel and classic rock. And says his three favorite artists are Alan Jackson, Dallas Holm and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Lastly, new pictures I’ve added to my website are from last Saturday’s Mogollon Health Alliance Health Fair and the recent marriage of Zach Graham and Ashley Denton of Pine, held at the Cabins on Strawberry Hill Resort. Zach is a firefighter for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department and Ashley is employed at Davita Dialysis in Payson.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig, Phone: 468-1482 Website: DJCraigInPayson.com

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