Cool Weekend Spent In The High Country Pines

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This past week, Ann and I had the opportunity to entertain for a three-day event in Pinetop. Boy, what a “cool” way to spend the holiday weekend.

On our off time, we took in the movie, “The Help,” starring Emma Stone. I would most certainly give it two thumbs up.

The plot centers on a young, white woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids during the early 1960s in Jackson, Miss. Skeeter is a journalist who decides to write a controversial book from the point of view of the maids (known as “The Help”), exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families.

Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say.

As the storyline unfolded, I found myself becoming more and more disgusted with how the pompous, wealthy, high society white women looked down their lily white, powdered noses at their subservient, black female maids. I just kept asking myself — how could (and how do) people treat each other so cruelly?

But with all its emotion-producing scenes and subplots, the movie revealed many splashes of humor and snippets of wonderful early 1960s music.

This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following four songs did not appear in the movie, “The Help?” A) “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker, B) “The Wah Watusi” by the Orlons, C) “Say It Loud - I’m Black And I’m Proud” by James Brown or D) “Sherry” by the 4 Seasons? (Three of these songs were popular in 1961-62, with the fourth and winning choice popular in 1968).

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of 20 top hits from the 1960s.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the singer/actress who in 1939 sang the hit song, “I’m Just Wild About Harry?” Some of her other hit songs were “I’m Nobody’s Baby,” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Man That Got Away” (from the musical “A Star Is Born”) and her trademark song from 1939, “Over The Rainbow.”

Was this singer, born Frances Gumm, A) Connie Boswell, B) Kate Smith, C) Judy Garland or D) Joan Young?

The correct answer was Judy Garland.

Connie Boswell was the lead singer of the famous 1930s trio, The Boswell Sisters, predecessors to and who sang in much the same vein as the Andrews Sisters.

Kate Smith recorded some of America’s favorite hits from the late 1920s through the 1940s and is best remembered for her 1939 signature song, “God Bless America.”

Joan Young, who’s been caught many a time singing “I’m Just Wild About Harry” (her husband), is an Optimist Club member and one of the Rim Country’s most avid youth supporters.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Deanne Chernov, who won a CD of the top hits of the 1930s.

A little about first-time winner Deanne: She was born, raised in Warsaw, Ind. After high school, she moved with her family to Arizona. Soon thereafter, she was introduced to a young gentleman, Sheldon, who lived in her neighborhood.

Deanna beamed, “I was just crazy about him — he looked just like Charlton Heston. We went out every night for the next two weeks, then I did something really wild — I asked Sheldon if he wanted to get married the next Friday night. He accepted, and now, as of this past August 18, we’ve been married for 50 years!”

Deanne and Sheldon now live in Mesa, but also have a second home in Payson. She enjoys knitting and crocheting and attending St. Philip’s Church when they are here. Deanne’s favorite music is both pop and country music of the 1930s through ’60s. Her three favorite artists are the Mills Brothers, Elvis Presley and James Brown. (Wow! What an eclectic taste.)

Have a great week ahead!

DJ Craig, 468-1482

www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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