Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday's 9: The Straw Hat Song

Sam’s Saturday's 9: The Straw Hat Song (1955)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier?
I am a worrier, however you should always concentrate on your troubles. Those little annoyances have a way of turning into major problems.
I think worrying is good, it goes through "what if" scenarios.

2) Because Desi's public persona was carefree, people are often surprised to learn his early life was hard. In 1933, his wealthy family was targeted by Cuban revolutionaries. Their home was destroyed and were forced to flee the country. In Miami, they lived in a warehouse and 16-year-old Desi helped support the family by cleaning cages for the man who sold canaries outside a drugstore. Think about your friends and acquaintances. Whose life story turned out to be very different than you originally thought?
I think most of my friends lives turned out different for them.

3) While still in his teens, Desi got his first job as an entertainer. As a boy in Cuba, he expected to be a lawyer, not a musician. He only began playing guitar because he noticed girls like musicians and he liked girls. Tell us about a hobby of yours, and what inspired you to pick it up.
I think most of you know my hobby is photograph and I started out with a high school graduation present of a camera, a Minolta SR-T 101 is a 35mm SLR camera.

4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it?
Yes, for 25 years and yes I did enjoy it and I think that most of my technicians enjoyed having me for a boss. I had a highly motivate crew, all I had to do was keep management off their back, take the heat when something went wrong and give them the credit when things went right.

5) When he was 23, he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies and met a 28 year old actress named Lucille Ball. In Hollywood back in 1940, it was considered embarrassing for a woman to date a younger man. Their initial attraction was so powerful she quickly got over it. Do you think age matters when it comes to romance?
Nope. The way I look at love is that it is like lightening you never know who it is going to strike next.

6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead "Lucy." Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as "Lucille," as she preferred. But Desi insisted on "Lucy." He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone?

7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone?
The family doctor.
There is probably a story behind that but I never knew.

8) Desi was the founding force behind Desilu. One of the first great production studios of the television age, Desilu grossed $15 million in 1957 (more than $135 million in today's dollars). He credited his success to his unconventional and creative approach to problems. Are you a good problem solver?
Yes, my engineering side of my brain takes over.

9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus?
I have found that usually the know-it-all and an ignoramus are the same person.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I love that you were named for your doctor! In books, movies and TV shows, families tend to have these warm, loving relationships with the doctor but I've never actually seen that in real life.

    1. Back in the 40s he was a local family doctor and he had a wing on his house that was his office.

  2. I hope all is well with you, Diana. You must have been a great boss with the attitude as you explained it. So we moved again to Bloomfield. It's under 7 miles from the house in West Hartford that I was raised in. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. If you cruised on Holland America during the late nineteen-nineties and early twenty-first century and there was a little Asian girl in the dining room taking photographs of her food before it was fashionable with her Minolta XG-M, that was me.

  4. You are right about the know-it-all and the ignoramus.
    Now I'm curious about the story about your name. lol