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Mary Ann Busted For Mary Jane

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Dawn Wells, who starred as Mary Ann on the television show “Gilligans Island” was busted for marijuana during a recent traffic stop in Idaho. She had been swerving as she was driving and was pulled over by a police officer to investigate. When asked about the smell of marijuana in her automobile, she claimed she had picked up three hitchhikers and they lit a funny smelling cigarette in her car. The police found half-smoked joints and two small cases containing the substance.

 

If you will recall, Dawn’s co-star on Gilligans’ Island, Bob Denver (Gilligan), was arrested in 1998 after he signed for a FedEx delivery that contained 30 grams of marijuana. The arrest gave birth to the now famous “Free Gilligan” movement.

     We may now know why it took the castaways so long to leave their tropical island paradise.

Happy Birthday Bob Wills!

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Bob
Wills, born as James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905 near the town of
Kosse, Texas is regarded as the undisputed King of Western
Swing
.
He was taught the fiddle and mandolin at a very early age by his father
and his grandfather. He also spent his younger days picking cotton in
Texas and listening to the songs that the adults sang as they moved up
and down the rows of cotton. Bob was a “drifting cowboy” for
awhile–attending barber school, getting married, moving to New Mexico
and then back to Turkey, Texas which is now considered his home town.
He began work as a barber but the fiddle soon started to play a big
role in his life as he started to pursue a career in music after moving
to Fort Worth, Texas.

 
 The King of Western Swing

In 1930, the Wills Fiddle Band
was formed when Bob Wills met Herman Arnspinger. Later, Milton Brown
joined the group as lead vocalist and the band was renamed to the Light Crust Doughboys because of a radio sponsorship. The band lineup changed but Bob stayed with the Doughboys
and replaced Brown with Tommy Duncan in 1932. However, both musicians
left the band together in 1933 because Bob had missed one too many
shows due to his occasional binge drinking.

Bob Wills formed a new band called “The Playboys”
in Waco, Texas. With his popularity growing, Bob moved the band to
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1934. Soon afterwards, Bob moved the band to
the Cains Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had landed a gig with the
50,000 watt KVOO radio station. From the Cains Ballroom, Bob Wills and
his band performed their radio show from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm every
Monday through Friday. Nearly all of the performances came from the now
famous stage of the Cains Ballroom in Tulsa. And of course, Tulsa’s
timeless honky-tonk, the Cains Ballroom, was kept swinging by regular
dances led by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. In 1940, the song “New
San Antonio Rose” sold a million records and became the band’s
signature song.

 
 The House That Bob Built

Bob starred in a movie with Tex Ritter (Take Me Back To Oklahoma)
in 1940 and served a hitch in the Army that was severely shortened by a
medical discharge. His band was drawing more people than Benny Goodman
and Tommy Dorsey at the time and the band was eventually lured to
California for a syndicated radio show originating from the Fairmont
Hotel in San Francisco. Many of these shows survive today in an album
called The Tiffany Transcriptions, the first time the band was able to
exceed the three-minute song limits on 78 rpm records and really stretch out
their sound for all to hear.

Bob’s
binge drinking became a problem later in his career as he toured to
keep funding a pretty lavish lifestyle for the times. He moved from
California back to Oklahoma City and opened a club in Dallas, Texas
that ended up being a dismal failure due to the dishonest managers
hired by Bob. Eventually tax problems arising from the failed club
wiped him out financially. Bob suffered from a stroke in 1969 that ended
his career.

The legacy of Bob Wills endured through the decades.
Just about any country and western performer will list Bob as an
influence on their music. In 1973, a reunion was planned for all of the
Texas Playboys including Bob Wills. They titled the album “For The Last Time“.
Bob Wills only did some his famous hollerin’ and speakin’ on a couple
of the tracks during the first session because of the advanced
deterioration of his health. He then suffered a stroke overnight and
then he had a big stroke a few days later.

The Texas Playboys completed For The Last Time
without their leader, who by the completion of the album was in a coma.
Bob Wills remained comatose until his death May 13, 1975. Even though
Bob is barely on this album, For The Last Time
is probably the best summation of the history of Bob Wills and The
Texas Playboys due to its retrospective nature and the bittersweet
circumstances of its creation. And, because of it late date, Bob Wills
and The Texas Playboys have never sounded better–unlike the muted and
scratchy sound of a 78 rpm record. It is highly recommended that you
listen to this album just so you can hear how good this band really sounded.
You can still hear
the sounds of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys these days. The Cains
Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma has celebrated Bob’s birthday with a
weekend of western swing every year since his death in 1975. And, even some
surviving members of The Playboys show up for a little
honky-tonkin’…..

 
 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - For the Last Time

Proof That Obama Makes Change!

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We were scraping out the slag tubes on our Safe & Secure Super Buffet Server the other night when we discovered this image stuck in the parody port. It seems to be proof that Obama does indeed make change!

 

Rest In Peace: Jeff Healey

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Jeff Healey, the acclaimed blind musician who sold over a million records in the United States has died from cancer at age 41. He lost his eyesight as a child to a very rare form of cancer. He has been described as a “virtuoso” guitar player, the likes of which does not appear very often. As a toddler he started learning his craft on the guitar with a unique style of resting the guitar on his lap. Jeff Healey was nominated for a Grammy in 1990 and is probably best remembered as the guitarist behind the chicken wire at the Double Deuce, the fictional bar in the move Road House starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot. His best known songs were Angel Eyes, See The Light, and a cover of the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

 

DB Cooper Cash Is The Real Thing!

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Some of the ransom money involved in the infamous D.B. Cooper skyjacking in 1971 has been certified as authentic by paper money experts. About two dozen decayed and very tattered $20 bills were examined and compared to an FBI list of serial numbers for the ransom cash given to Cooper before he jumped from a jetliner and pararchuted with the cash to the forest below on November 24, 1971. Despite having been in the Columbia River for many years the paper money experts were able to link the currency to the crime.

Of the $200,000 given to D.B. Cooper as ransom, only $5,800 has been recovered and that was by an 8 year old boy from the state of Arkansas. The authenticated bills are from his collection of about 25 bills and numerous untraceable fragments (the 25 bills with fragments were actually given back to him by the FBI after the completion of their investigation). No trace has ever been found of D.B. Cooper and the remaining $194,200. There is much debate and speculation as to the real identity of D.B. Cooper. Truly, an American mystery…..

Today You Can Leap!

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Today is February 29th. The date that occurs ever four years in years evenly divisible by four. These years are called leap years and today is the leap day. February 29th is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in a leap year with 306 days left until the end of that year.

If you are a person who was born on February 29 you are called a “leapling”. In non-leap years the leaplings may celebrate their birthday on 28 February or 1 March. A baby born on a leap day is called, not surprisingly, a “leapy”.

Today is also called “bissextile day”. This the official name of the leap day we add every four years. Bissext refers to extra day itself but leap day is the much more widely used term. Technically, leap day is referred to as intercalary day which is an adjective of Latin origin that describes the extra day added to the calendar to harmonize it with a solar year.

 

Amanda Overmyer: What Were You Thinking?

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Appearing last evening on American Idol, contestant Amanda Overmyer, posing as a rock star, appeared as a scary freak with matching streaked hair and streaked jeans. Amazing that nobody said anything to her. Amazing that the producer approved of the freaky poser look she seemed to think was cool. Can you blame some whacked-out Hollywood stylist for this Amanda? As soon as you get booted from the show, you will forever question your decision to dress for Halloween in February.

We could see by the look on your face when the judges were critiquing your “look” rather than your “singing ability” that you knew you screwed up (in a big way). There is a huge difference between “edgy” and downright freaky — but you know that now don’t you? Just ask freak-boy Sanjaya, the person who thought his pony-hawk was cool — he knows all about this subject.