Saturday, July 24, 2021

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh

Saturday 9: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (1963)

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

Unfamiliar with this song> Hear it here.

1) TV writer Allan Sherman based this song on his own son's letters of complaint from camp. Did you go away to summer camp?
No, and I am glad that I didn’t. I went to a day camp and I hated it.

2) Our camper is afraid of both bears and alligators. What animal scares you?
Well it depends…
On what the circumstances are when we meet.
A spider crawling over your face and waking you up is pretty scary. A grizzle bear in a zoo isn’t scary but a grizzle bear that you met on a trial is.
So what scares me?
Poisonous snakes.
I had a copperhead curled up on my front sidewalk sunning itself on the flagstones. I told it don’t move until I get back with a long handled shovel from the garage to flatten it with, but alas it was going by the time I got back.

3) One of his fellow campers developed poison ivy rash. Have you ever experienced redness and itching caused by poison ivy or poison suma?
Poison ivy many times. One time I fell in to a patch of it and by the time I got home rashes were beginning to form.
Pro tip: Wash the affected area with straight dish detergent, it take the oil form the poison ivy right off.

4) Early in his career, Allan Sherman created the game show I've Got a Secret, which became a big hit. What's your all-time favorite TV game show?
Well I used to watch “I’ve Got a Secret” all the time, now it is Jeopardy.

Updated 8:10
There used to be a local TV show "What In The World" that had a panel of know-it-alls that I watched and enjoyed.

5) In 1959 he moved from New York to Hollywood, where he transitioned from writing to performing almost by accident. As a lark, he entertained at the parties of his next-door neighbor, Harpo Marx. A recording company executive heard him and offered him a contract. Tell us about the last party you attended.
My grand niece and nephew graduated from high school & junior high.

6) Allan Sherman got unexpected press attention and a boost in record sales when it was discovered that President John F. Kennedy was a fan. What's something you purchased because of a recommendation from someone else (friend, relative, celebrity endorsement ...)?
I can’t remember anything… sorry.

7) In 1963, the year "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh" was popular, Studebaker stopped producing cars in the United States. What was your family car when you were growing up?
A ‘55 Chevy, Oldsmobile, Buicks… a lot of Buicks, more Chevys, a Vega… I wish that we didn’t, and an Opel.

8) Also in 1963, Vogue magazine did a cover story on how make wearing white "new and exciting." What color do you look best in> Is it the color you wear most often?
Blue as in blue jeans with a white tunic.

9) Random question: Have you ever gone on to have a platonic relationship with a former lover?
Not really, when our paths crossed from time to time we were always cordial. One still has me on speed dial.

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  1. Jeans with any shirt is comfy. I can relate to the bear story. We went camping once and a bear went right past out tent. You could smell him and hear his grunting. He found a box of pots and pans at our table and dropped it and it scared him away. I was so scared. I stayed friends with my old boyfriends.

  2. I will have to remember your pro tip for poison ivy. I try t stay away from it, but it grows everywhere here. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  3. Jeans are always great. I love mine. How do you know your ex has you on speed dial? Just curious.

    1. She accidentally dialed me, the person she wanted to call was also named Diana and was one contact away.

  4. That snake story was pretty scary! I'm surprised he didn't do what you wanted him to do!

  5. A trip down memory lane. Love the novelty songs from that era.

    Angel Amore

  6. So you're still on an ex's phone. That makes you sound so sophisticated, Diana! Is there a good story in that?

    1. I don't think that there is a story behind it. She is probably like me in that I never delete contacts.