January 8, 2018
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And now…sort of live from the Capacious Computer Cave, three-hundred thirty-three weeks in the making, it’s Week 334 of Rather Ridiculous Riting. (Spelling of previous word not approved by English Teacher wife.) I just had to do it that way for the alliteration. Don’t I get points for that? (Wife: “No.”)
Big media people love attention-getting words when it comes to weather. Remember the “polar vortex’ of two years ago? Now we have the “bomb cyclone.” This little gem (which has been used by weather people among themselves for years) has now surfaced and is the Hot New Weather Word. They started using it to describe the phenomenon which kicked that East Coast snowstorm into gear ten days ago. You get yourself a tight little whirling knot of air which picks up a lot of moisture and (sound of explosion) you have a ‘bomb cyclone.’
Weather folks, usually a reticent and careful breed, don’t seek hype-words. They are encouraged to find them by ratings-driven networks who want to make a good old-fashioned snow storm into Something Biggggg. I can hear the behind-the scenes pleading…
“Yeah, I know it’s just a snowstorm, but can’t we give it a name, something dramatic to catch people’s attention?” ask the network rep. “After all, we’re only trying to save people’s lives here.”
“Well,” drawls the forecaster, “it’s just basically a Noreaster, which happened to start in the Southeast instead. We could call it a Soueaster,” I guess.
“Sow-easter?” laughs the network guy. “Sounds like a breed of pig. You’ve got to give me something better than that.”
“Hmmm,” mused the forecaster. “Well, it’s starting over water. How about calling it a Atlanto-Blizzard? Maybe ‘At-Blizz’ for short.”
“Nah,” grumbles the net rep. “Something catchier. It’s starting not too far from the Bermuda Triangle. Can you hook it into that somehow?”
“Okay, okay, here’s something that might work: Bermuda Triangle Atlantic Typhoon. Call it ‘Bee-Tat” for short.” The forecaster looked excited, hoping for an approving thumbs-up.
Network dude shook his head. “Bee-Tat? Bee-Tat?” “That’s a rapper’s name, not a possible world-ending snowstorm. Jeez, you gotta give me something to work with here.”
“Well, it’s a cyclonic-type storm,” replied Weather Wizard. “How about ‘Snowin’ and Blowin’ Cyclone Zone?”
“We’re getting closer, but that’s still a little lame. I DO like ‘cyclone.’ How about ‘bomb cyclone’? What with the terrorist threat nowadays, people will think someone set it off.” The network guy looked desperately for a sign of assent.
“Okay, okay, ‘bomb cyclone’ it is,” sighed weather-meister. “It’s kind of hype-y, though. We usually don’t do that type of thing.”
“Yeah, yeah, I know,” said network nitwit, already half out the door. “Bottom line, we’re saving lives here.” He smiled an anticipatory smile. “Plus, I get to wear my official storm parka. That bright red looks good on camera, doesen’t it? My girlfriend loves it. My wife, too.”
Okay, let’s check the ‘in-box’ from last week’s trivia-fest…
Edith Ann was first in with a correct answer: yes, the Herb and Steve duo on Lakin was Herb and Steve Ochs, owners of Wells Men’s and Boy’s Wear. Carl (good to hear from you) checked in with the same answer a few days later.
Re: the question above; Terry guessed Rowland’s, which did have a Herb, but no Steve, at least to my knowledge.
Yippeeee! Someone FINALLY got the ‘ice cream cone’ question. Paul knew it was Ole (pronounced “Oh lee”) Evinrude, who came up with the outboard motor, which launched a company and eventually an entire industry of watercraft and everything that went with it.
Paul also addressed the ‘Christmas tree and Prince Albert’ question. He’s right; Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s hubby) did not invent the indoor Christmas tree tradition, but he was the first ‘celebrity’ who had one. Several generations of Germans had already been doing it before him.
Late breaking news: Julie just checked in just before ‘press time’ with the abstract company answer. You’re right, Julie, it was Ark Bend Abstract, not Great Bend Abstract, and it was located in the 2000 block of Lakin on the south side. Thanks for correcting my mental ‘hiccup’ regarding the name.
Okay, that leaves one active question: What flashy and prominent object weighs almost six tons?
New ones: what well-known Great Bend retail manager had a wife named ‘Mimi’?
A music puzzler: this great hit charted three times (twice in top five) over three decades by three different singers, including Gale Storm. (Its last top five appearance was in ’71.) What is it?
And a TV question: what former co-star of a hit Western was cast later as a Western law enforcement officer on temporary duty in New York? The New Yorkers didn’t quite know what to make of him.
Oh, in other business, KVGB alumnus Terry asked if the year just past was the 80th ‘birthday’ of KVGB, which went on the air in 1937. Yessir, and we had some ‘back in the day’ KVGB alumni doing brief memory lane bits which aired during December. Terry asked if I was at the 35th anniversary event, which he said took place in ’73. No, sorry. Are you sure of that date? The 35th anniversary would have been in ’72, just one year before I arrived.
That’ll wrap it for this go-round. As usual, e-mail your answers/comments to email@example.com. I’ll answer them next week.