O’Connoradioland for 8/8/11
Hi, it’s another edition of our visit here—week #12—coming to you direct from the Secret Computer Cave on the hidden compound at the undisclosed location.
Hope you like the added features and freshened-up look of the greatbendpost.com website. The digital wizards are always coming up with new things, and we appreciate it. For example, you may have noticed that you can now check Trading Post lists that are several days old, in addition to the current one. For years we’ve had people call up and ask for phone numbers of items that were on the air four or five days ago, and now you can find ‘em right on the site. Can’t guarantee that the item you’re seeking is still available, but hey, it’s a possibility.
How ‘bout that rain? We love it! Keep it coming. It’s great to see the fields and lawns and flowers coming ‘back to life’. Now if we can just get those temps below 90 for a change….
Got another Trivia Winner! Tell you about it in a few more paragraphs. Again, if you want to answer the trivia question, please answer it here AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE instead of personal e-mail to me. That way, everyone can enjoy your remarks, answers, comments, and our trivia experts can see if they’re on the right track.
Thanks to the following friends who checked in here with comments or answers over the past week or so: Stan Crawford, Dave Hays, Terry Lundquist, David Rains, Mary Jo Maneth and Michael Carlson. Hope I didn’t miss anyone. It’s great to hear from you. When one spends an hour or more writing this feature every week, it’s good to know someone is on ‘the other end’. Visit often, if only to say “hi”, and of course, with any suggestions.
Last week I talked about some of the first impressions –all good–of Kansas I had upon arrival here 38 years ago. I forgot to mention the clean air! If you have lived here all your life, you may take it for granted. Don’t! It’s pretty rare. Once again, for comparison purposes, I take you back to my old home town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. The air there nowadays is MUCH cleaner than it used to be. I think back to the 60’s when we had huge industrial plants running 24/7, smoke stacks all over town belching who-knows-what, plus coal-fired Great Lakes freighters and car ferries in and out of the harbor day and night, and plenty of train traffic servicing the factories ands shipyards. The air was especially bad during winter when we would get days and days of persistent low-hanging cloud cover, which would trap the air close to the ground. Add to that the cars and trucks spewing blue exhaust (remember the days before catalytic converters and fuel injection?) and you had a real noxious stew in the atmosphere. I remember walking to school on mornings right after a nice snowfall, all pretty and white, and by afternoon that same snow had black specks all over it. What triggered all these memories was driving down Broadway the other day and unfortunately getting stuck behind a car that was spewing stinky blue smoke. My wife and I agreed that you don’t –thank goodness-see that type of thing much anymore, but what a common sight (and smell) it used to be.
Congratulations to Mary Jo Maneth who correctly identified Phillips Sporting Goods as the store that used to be across from Spencer Office Supply on Broadway. Phillips was where I bought my first pair of running shoes. Mary Jo also mentioned the Montgomery Ward store on Broadway, situated where the bank is now.
Okay, here’s another question from the ‘downtownia’ category: what store once had a fully decked-out carousel horse on display?
Still no correct answer on the music question, the one about the musician/singer who played a very small instrument and once gave Beatle John Lennon tips on how to play his (Lennon’s) better. Mike Carlson guessed Bob Dylan and his harmonica. Mike, you got half of it right. Okay, we’ll give you a mega-clue: this guy played his instrument on a huge 1962 hit by a guy named Bruce. That song would have been nothing without Mr. What’s-his-name’s contribution. The resulting world-wide tour was the reason our mystery musician wound up in England giving music tips to Lennon. After you find the answer, look up the song on your favorite music site and listen. You’ll understand what I’m talkin’ about.
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Have a great week!