O’Connoradioland for August 1, 2011
Hi, it’s Week #11 of our cyber-chats, almost 3 months-worth of fun and frolic here. Your comments are always appreciated. I enjoy getting your e-mails at firstname.lastname@example.org , but if you want to answer our trivia questions or make comments of general interest, I encourage you to reply on this site here, that is greatbendpost.com, of course, so everyone can enjoy your contributions. Thanks!
Hey, we have a trivia winner! Tell you about it a little farther down the line here.
Hope you got a kick out of the submarine story and related video in last week’s post. One guy told me he was amazed that they could still fire up those WW2 engines. Yes, they do it every summer. The Cobia is supposedly the country’s best-restored WW2 sub and the prime attraction at the Maritime Museum. They even have overnight ‘camp-outs’ aboard her for youth groups and others who are interested.
A little reminiscing this week about my early days in Kansas…. This train of thought was caused by sitting outside the other night and listening to the ‘katydids’ or cicadas singing away up in the trees. When I first arrived in Great Bend in August of 1973 I noticed several things immediately: the low humidity, the constant breeze, (I had just gotten out of the service at Ft. Polk, LA., which had neither of those) pampas grass and those amazing (and LOUD) cicadas. I saw an article somewhere the other day about the humble cicada being one of the world’s loudest creatures in proportion to its size, and I believe it! They sound like a bunch of mini-chainsaws working away up in the Chinese elms, but I’ve come to enjoy this Kansas ‘sound of summer’.
I was a little wary of them at first, until I found out they were harmless. They can surprise you sometimes by popping up in the oddest places, especially if they sound off at the same time, sort of like the sound of a model airplane just getting up to speed. Walked outside on a lovely and quiet summer morn one time and one of ‘em launched right off the porch railing like one of those buzzing firecrackers. Made me spill my coffee.
Another thing I had to get used to was seeing their shells, complete with feet, on the sides of tires (they LOVE tires, go figure) garages, you name it. At first I thought there was an actual bug inside, but no, it was just their little ‘mobile home’ they’d left behind.
Pampas grass: I love that stuff! My in-laws had a big patch of it and I always enjoyed watched those tall stalks waving in the breeze. My aunt from Wisconsin who came out for our wedding in the 70’s, loved the pampas grass so much she wanted to see if she could grow some in up in Wisco. Don’t think she ever had much luck with that.
On to the Trivia! Larry Weathers came up with the right answer to the Great Bend business that was located in the 2000 block of Broadway: Spencer Office Supply. Congrats Larry, a two-time Registered Certified Trivia Expert here in O’Connoradioland.
Here’s another brainteaser from the ‘downtownia’ division: As long as we’re on Broadway, what business was once located almost directly across the street from Spencer’s, but slightly toward the west? Very popular place back in the day.
The music question is still unanswered. Had a guess for Little Richard, but sorry, no. The early Beatles crossed paths with a lot of American rockers in the early 60’s. The name we’re looking for is that of a musician who played a wicked (and very small) instrument. John Lennon occasionally played this same instrument, and the guy in question gave him some tips (not lessons, as some rock historians claim) on how to play it better. Only later did this mysterious guy achieve some fame as a writer and singer . Who are we lookin’ for?
By the way, July turned out to be one of the hottest in the recorded history of Kansas. And driest. It beat the long hot summer of 1980 by seven-tenths of a degree. I guess 1936 is still the ‘champ’ in the heat division. Keep praying for rain.
Have a great week ahead. And get ready for some football!