Saturday, May 18, 2024

Tunnel of Love

Saturday 9: Tunnel of Love (1958)  from Saturday 9

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it  here.

1) In this week's song, Doris Day tries to convince her lover to share a kiss in the Tunnel of Love. What's your favorite amusement park ride?
It was the Merry Go Round or Carousel.   
2) In the 1950s, when Doris recorded this song, Tunnel of Love rides were popular in the US. Couples would climb into small boats that only seat two and float through a dark tunnel, accompanied by romantic music. Today less than 100 of these rides still exist. Have you ever taken a ride through the Tunnel of Love?
yes when I was a kid
3) This week's featured artist, Doris Day, made approximately 40 films and a TV series. She said one of her favorite things about being an actress was the clothes. She loved collaborating with the experts who created her wardrobe. Her contemporary, Betty Grable, found all the fittings boring and just let the wardrobe department do their job without offering much input. Imagine you are a performer: Would you be more like Doris or Betty?
Like Betty. My leg measurements are the same as Betty  Grable. Her legs were insured for millions. Mine for Zero!
4) There was persistent rumor that, after Doris appeared on Bob Hope's radio show, the two had an affair. She always denied it. Have you ever been the subject of workplace gossip?
Yes and of course those who make up gossip do so because they are bad people. In Hebrew gossip is called lashon hara or evil speaking and it truly is evil. It can ruin lives.

5) Doris never liked to fly and her fear increased as she got older. After she retired, she refused to fly at all. This caused her to decline lifetime achievement awards and other events in her honor. Have you more recently extended, accepted or declined an invitation?
Declined going to Italy.  Too hard to take a long flight. Too hard to walk around in Italy too.
6) After show biz, Doris devoted herself animal welfare. She used to say that we should be more sensitive to the loneliness and sadness people feel when they lose a pet. Think of a time when you were grieving.   What words or gestures helped you get through the difficult time?
I don't know really.  Never thought about it. Just did it and moved on.
7) In 1958, when this song was on the Billboard chart, "The Purple People Eater" was also popular. It's a silly song about a creature from another planet. Have you ever seen a UFO (unidentified flying object)?
No.  I don't believe in extra terrestrials. Even Werner Von Braun called them fake and warned of a plot to initiate a world government with a fake alien presense.

8) Also in 1958, Americans were watching 77 Sunset Strip. The show revolved around the LA-based private investigators whose office was at that address. Who is your favorite TV PI?
Jesse Stone and Spenser for Hire.
9) Random question -- In the 1950s, stewardesses used to famously ask passengers, "Coffee, tea, or milk?" If asked that right now, which of these three beverages would you prefer?
I am having coffee as I write this but I am addicted to milk.. love it.


  1. I get a kick out of every time you mention the topic of ET'S--you and Liam sure had interesting conversations, grin. Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friend.

  2. I'm a big fan of almost all the Brit detective shows from the 70s-90s. 🙂

  3. Surprising how many like the older PIs. I love Leroy Jethro Gibbs, all the people on Criminal Minds, and Monk

  4. I never knew that about Werner Von Braun, so I appreciate that fact. Have a blessed weekend!

  5. I always enjoyed Doris Day movies, she was one of my favorites. Coffee, tea or milk? I love my coffee but I also love a glass of cold milk. Hope all is well with you, sending you ((hugs)) across the miles.☺♥


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