At last, another election Tuesday is just about here. And, thank goodness, just about to be done and over with. Congratulations to all of the candidates who worked so hard on their campaigns — trying their best to get their messages out to constituents that they are the right person for the job.
Extra pats on the back go out to those running for office who refrained from using negative words, ads and signs against their opponents, but rather concentrated on promoting how their backgrounds and positions on issues can help government function better and their communities prosper.
As far as I’m concerned, and I hope others feel the same way, negative political campaigns have no place in our political election process. When I’m bombarded over and over again with television, radio and recorded phone messages maliciously calling out the candidate’s opponent as a lying, swindling, cheating good-for-nothing, I hang my head. And I wonder how any politician could fathom attaching his or her name on slanderous ads and state “I’m Joe (or Josephine) Schmo and I approve this ad.”
Why not just promote oneself as one runs to serve? I recently read a short post on social media that said “successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire and push each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame and complain.
Counselors tell us that when people put down, attack, belittle or in some other way project negativity on others, they just end up devaluing themselves in their always failed attempt to elevate their own self-esteem.
And the best counselor ever, my mother, constantly lectured my brother and me, over and over again, as we were growing up. Mama said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I bet you remember your mother said that to you, too, a time or two.
This week’s question
Can you name the Passaic, N.J. group that had a top-5 hit in 1961 with their single “Mama Said”?
This R&B-rock ’n’ roll “girl group,” formed in junior high school in 1953 as the Poquellos. They were high school classmates of teen idol Joey Dee. In 1958, the quartet broke onto the Billboard chart with “Met Him on a Sunday,” but had only limited success. The following year their song “Dedicated to the One I Love” spent only four weeks on the chart, rising no higher than No. 83. But when the song was reissued a year-and-a-half later, in January of 1961, it rose to No. 3 and was later inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In all, this girl group placed six songs in the top-10, including the chart-toppers “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960) and “Soldier Boy” (1962).
Was this “Mama Said” group: A) The Orlons, B) The Angels, C) The Shirelles, or D) The Marvelettes?
If you’re the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your choice of your favorite artist or genre of music.
Last week’s question
Last week’s question asked if you could name the title of Lynn Anderson’s signature hit, which topped the country charts for five weeks in early 1971 and remains one of the biggest selling country crossover hits of all time. In addition to being a country hit, the song also went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and reached the top of the charts in several countries around the globe, an unprecedented achievement at the time.
The choices were: A) “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” B) “Good Lovin’ Makes it Right,” C) “One’s on the Way,” and D) “Rose Garden.”
The correct answer was “Rose Garden.” The other three choices were also successful country music hits, recorded by other popular singers in the early 1970s. Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” Tammy Wynette’s, “Good Lovin’ Makes it Right” and Loretta’ Lynn’s “One’s on the Way” all reached the top of the country music chart.
Congratulations to last week’s trivia winner, Agnes Peters, who won an oldies-but-goodies CD.
The 84-year-young Agnes was born and raised in Bristol, Conn. Following graduation from Bristol High School in 1947, she moved with her family to Phoenix. “We lived near 40th and Shea, which at that time was out in the boonies. Things certainly have changed in the Valley since then,” said Agnes.
After her move to Arizona, Agnes went to nursing school and spent most of her working years in the medical field. In 1993, she retired and moved Payson to live a quieter lifestyle. Until recently, when her own medical difficulties forced her to slow down even more, she was active with our area Meals on Wheels program, as a volunteer reader at the library and as a longtime member of both the Senior Singers and Old-Time Music Makers.
Agnes’ music preference includes popular music from the 1940s and ’50s and classic country-western. Three of her favorite music artists are Perry Como, Crystal Gayle and Lawrence Welk.
A final note
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair,” are the familiar words that will be echoed over and over in the 19th century Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “Rapunzel,” set to be performed by 60 of our area first- through 12th-graders this Friday and Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The play is sponsored by the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
We attended last year’s Missoula play and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Everything was first-class, from the sets to the costumes to the story lines.
Please join us in supporting our community’s children and enjoy a wonderful night of entertainment.
DJ Craig – Phone: 468-1482 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org