Hi, welcome to Week #7 of our get-together here. SEE BELOW FOR LATE-BREAKING TRIVIA UPDATE! I hope you’re enjoying what we’re doing here and are enjoying the new features on this site. As of this writing (July 3) we’re just two days away from adding the Trading Post list to this site, too. I understand there will still be, for a while, a link from kvgbam.com to this site, so if you’re used to automatically going to kvgbam.com to check out our daily list of bargains and goodies, you will be okay.
What is NOT okay right now is my main computer. I had this week’s feature all written up at home four days ago and was just going to cut and paste it to the site here today. Fate has a way of fouling up one’ s plans however; yesterday our primary machine conked out and, of course, I hadn’t saved the weekly blog , so I’m doing this from memory. Lesson to John: Back up everything ! The good news is that the ‘old faithful’ machine is probably repairable. The guys at the computer shop will just put ‘er up on the rack, slap in a new transmission, grease everything up and she’ll be good for another 3 gigabytes or fifty thousand miles, whichever comes first. In the meantime I’m using Sally’s nifty new laptop, which is really nice, but almost too slick for me. It’s like driving a BMW while your Pontiac is being repaired.
We’ll get to this week’s trivia questions in just a moment, but first a music-related story that occurred to me the other day when I heard the 1976 mega-hit ‘The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald’ on our sister (brother?) station KBGL 106.9. The song is a chilling ballad about the huge ore boat which sunk in a Lake Superior storm with the loss of 29 lives in 1975. This song has come up in conversation before, and whenever I tell people that I remember seeing “the Fitz” as it was called on the Lakes, they look at me a little sideways. As a kid growing up in the 60’s on Lake Michigan I Do remember seeing the Fitz several times, and I think on one occasion she even came into my old home town of Manitowoc, a port city on Lake Michigan, for a minor adjustment or something. To us she was just another ore boat, one of many that go up and down the Great Lakes, carrying the raw materials that make up our cars, bridges, fridges etc.
Sadly, the Fitz has a lot of company in her “ice water mansion”, as the song lyrics go. The Lakes have hundreds of wrecks, most from the wooden ship era before radio, navigation aids and better weather forecasting became common. Quite a few steel ships are still down there, too, from legendary storms in 1913, 1940 and even a few in the 50’s and 60’s. Recreational divers can even buy maps that show them where the wrecks are, in water that is often shallow enough for the non-professional diver to explore. Wreck diving is very popular all over the Lakes. The Lakes are a beautiful part of the world, but can be treacherous when the “gales of November come callin’.
No winners just yet on our two trivia questions from last week. FLASH UPDATE…FLASH UPDATE!! Just got two winning answers (Tues July 5) to last week’s questions, both from the same person, the highly knowledgeable Mark Rosenberg, who answered my question about the Big Wheel Drive-In (he agrees with my memory, and even mentions the manager of the place, which jogs another memory) and also correctly answered the Beach Boys question. Two other writers here, Mike and Shirley, guessed Palisades Park and Trestles ( Tressels?) respectively, as the parks mentioned in a Beach Boys song. Mark answered “Doheny” state park, which is the one we wanted. It’s in “Surfin’ USA”, which mentions a whole lot of California recreational areas and beaches. So Congratulations Mark; you’re the first double-header winner here. One more win and I might have to come up with a prize for you. For the complete text of Mark’s answers and the others too, just look at the June 27 posting.
Okay, here ‘s a couple of new ones for you, one on music and one from the Great Bend trivia archives…
In a song by the Rip Chords, what vehicle did they use to take their car to the race track?
Annnnd…What business used to be in the brick building “catty- corner” from Park School at 19th and Williams? C’mon, I’ll bet you know THAT one.
Again, if you have any comments or questions about what we’re doing here, I’d love to hear ’em. Just leave a comment here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week!