Daily Trivia – 1/5/11

Question: What was the only Talking Heads single to reach the top 10?

Last Question: What nickname did Warren Weber answer to on Happy Days?

Answer: Potsie

The gullible but good natured Potsie was played by Anson Williams. On the first season of Happy Days, the stories centered mainly on Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson got second star billing during this season). But Fonzie (Henry Winkler) became more popular, as well as the rest of the Cunningham family. So, Potsie became more of a side character with Ralph “Mouth” (Donny Most). Unlike Ron Howard and Donny Most, Anson was one of the few actors to remain on the show through the entire run of the series.

After Happy Days, Williams went on to direct many episodes of television shows, including episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed.

A little tidbit: Anson Williams is the second cousin of Dr. Henry Heimlich, known for creating the Heimlich Maneuver for treating choking victims.

Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp Quietly Dating

The following article is from People:

The new year brings new beginnings for Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp.

The pair have spent time together on Martha’s Vineyard and in New York City in recent days, enjoying a fresh romance just as Mellencamp has announced his separation from wife Elaine after 18 years of marriage.

A source close to Ryan, 49, says the actress and the rock star, 59, began dating about seven weeks ago, and that Mellencamp and his wife had been separated for some time before that.

he pair have been spotted having coffee at Espresso Love, one of Ryan’s favorite spots on the Vineyard, and grocery shopping at Gourmet Garage in New York’s SoHo neighborhood – where observers tell PEOPLE they seemed happy and at ease.

“She usually comes in by herself or with her daughter. I thought that was her husband because they seemed for comfortable and familiar with each other, just like an old married couple,” one observer says.

Mellencamp has been married three times and has five children, including two sons with Elaine.

Ryan has been married once, to actor Dennis Quaid. They divorced in 2001 after 10 years of marriage. They have a son, Jack Henry, who is 18. Ryan also has a daughter, Daisy True, 6, whom she adopted from China.


Daily Trivia – 1/5/11

Question: What nickname did Warren Weber answer to on Happy Days?

Last Question: What sitcom based an entire 1989 episode on Kevin Arnold’s first zit?

Answer: The Wonder Years

The episode titled, “The Pimple” was aired in Season 3 on November 28, 1989. Here is description of the episode:

Kevin gets his first pimple a few days before his family friends, the Pruitts and their beautiful daughter Gina (Heather Green) come for a visit. As he desperately tries to get rid of his pimple, Kevin goes as far as paying Wayne for his zit cream to covering it with a band-aid and telling Winnie he got into a fight with school bully Tony Barbella (Tony Nittoli).

Here is the episode:


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Music Video of the Week – 1/5/11

This week’s selection is “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon:

I used to love this video. This is when Chevy Chase was in his prime. “You Can Call Me Al” was the lead single off of Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album.
Here is some more information about the song from Songfacts.com:

– Simon recorded this 3 months after returning from South Africa, where he worked with local musicians and experimented with their sounds. At the time, South Africa was divided by Apartheid, a policy that separated blacks and whites, and many musicians were boycotting the country as a result. Simon’s visit went over very well, and including South African musicians on the album gave it a distinctive sound that helped make it a huge hit.

– In a 1990 interview with SongTalk magazine, Simon explained: “‘You Can Call Me Al’ starts off very easily with sort of a joke: ‘Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?’ Very easy words. Then it has a chorus that you can’t understand. What is he talking about, you can call me Betty, and Betty, you can call me Al? You don’t know what I’m talking about. But I don’t think it’s bothersome. You don’t know what I’m talking about but neither do I. At that point.
The second verse is really a recapitulation: A man walks down the street, he says… another thing.
And by the time you get to the third verse, and people have been into the song long enough, now you can start to throw abstract images. Because there’s been a structure, and those abstract images, they will come down and fall into one of the slots that the mind has already made up about the structure of the song.
So now you have this guy who’s no longer thinking about the mundane thoughts, about whether he’s getting too fat, whether he needs a photo opportunity, or whether he’s afraid of the dogs in the moonlight and the graveyard.”

– This was the first single off Graceland, which won a Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1988. It was Simon’s first hit since 1980, when “Late In The Evening” went to #6 in the US.

– The African Rhythms were supplied by the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Simon would later produce 2 albums for the group.

– This contains a pennywhistle solo. It was played by Jy Morr Goldberg, a white South African who was living in New York.

– The video featured Chevy Chase lip-synching the vocals while Simon pretended to play various instruments. Most videos at the time were “Performance Videos,” meaning the bands would pretend to be playing the song. This video did a great job mocking them.

– This originally charted at US #44 in October, 1986. It was reissued with greater promotion in March, 1987 and hit #23.

– The University of Florida band plays the tune to “You Can Call Me Al” at every basketball game and has done so for a number of years. It serves at an unofficial theme for the basketball team. The student section at the O’Connell Center (where the basketball team plays) is called the Rowdy Reptiles and while the song plays students sing along with “Da da da da, da da da da…” waving their hands with the music. (thanks to Gator fan and alumnus Sarah Burchfield)

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Guilty Pleasures – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Sometimes they say that it is be a one-hit wonder than it is to have two or three hits. But Frankie Goes to Hollywood did pretty well for themselves. When the band from Liverpool, England burst on to the U.S. scene in 1984, there was considered to be a new British Invasion. To me, it seems ridiculous to put Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Culture Club and Wham in the same category as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who.
Although, Frankie only had a couple of hits in the U.S. with “Relax” and “Two Tribes”, they caused quite an impact on pop culture. Everywhere you turned around, you could see a “Frankie Says” t-shirt. It was a brilliant marketing campaign for a short time. The most popular shirt was “Frankie Says Relax”. There was also “Frankie Says War! Hide Yourself”, and several other customized shirts.

Uggh! How about “Frankie Says Go Away Already”!!! Oh wait, they listened to me! It worked!! But, before they left, they gave us these catchy electronic pop songs:

Two Tribes


Daily Trivia – 1/4/11

Question: What sitcom based an entire 1989 episode on Kevin Arnold’s first zit?

Last Question: Who directed Gilda Radner’s last movie, the horror spoof Haunted Honeymoon?

Answer: Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner met on the set of the movie Hanky Panky. Radner described their first meeting as “love at first sight.” This caused her marriage to Saturday Night Live guitarist, G.E. Smith to fall apart. Radner and Wilder made their second movie together, The Woman in Red, in 1984. Their relationship grew stronger, and they were married on September 18, 1984 in the south of France. Then they went on to make Haunted Honeymoon.

On the set, Radner was becoming fatigued, and experienced pain in her upper legs. After 10 months of false diagnoses, she learned that she had ovarian cancer on October 21, 1986.
Radner was told that she had gone into remission. She was put on a maintenance chemotherapy treatment to prolong her remission. But in late 1988, she learned that her cancer had returned after a routine blood test. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 1989 for a CAT scan. Because she was fearful that she would never wake up, she was given a sedative but passed into a coma. She did not regain consciousness and died three days later at 6:20 am on May 20, 1989; Wilder was at her side.

Wilder established the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai to screen high-risk candidates and run basic diagnostic tests.

Gilda Radner will always be remembered for her great Saturday Night Live characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Baba Wawa (a spoof on Barbara Walters), Lisa Loopner (who was often alongside her friend Todd, played by Bill Murray). One of my favorite characters of Gilda’s was Emily Litella. She was an elderly woman with a hearing problem who did editorials on “Weekend Update”. She would go off on a mad tangent on something she did not hear correctly or misunderstood: “What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a “deaf” penalty? It’s terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is!” Then after she was finally set straight by the news anchor, she always said the line – “Never mind”.

Daily Trivia – 1/3/11

Question: Who directed Gilda Radner’s last movie, the horror spoof Haunted Honeymoon?

Last Question: What singer scored a top-10 hit with the movie theme “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”?

Answer: Cyndi Lauper

“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” was released in 1985, and the song peaked at #10 on the U.S. charts. Here are some tidbits about the song and video from Songfacts.com:

– This song was recorded for the 1985 film The Goonies, which came from the Steven Spielberg camp, and was directed by Richard Donner. Lauper had a quirky sound that fit well with the film, but for promotional purposes, Cyndi was pushed into playing the part of a ditzy girl by her record label.

– Lauper’s then boyfriend/manager convinced her to get involved with pro wrestling, as he thought it would help promote her career. There was a 2-part video that was shot for this song which featured many popular pro-wrestlers of the day, including Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albanno, and the Iron Shiek. The videos also featured Steven Spielberg, part of The Goonies cast, and – hidden among the video’s cast – there are some “girl pirates” who are the (then completely unknown) Bangles.

– This song is hard to find, as it did not appear on an album until the 2003 compilation The Essential Cyndi Lauper. It was not included in her 1995 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.

– Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund for his 1996 book Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade, that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it in Twelve Deadly Cyns.

– The single’s B-side was “What a Thrill,” which got Lauper nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance – Female in 1986.

– Sean Astin, who was in The Goonies, spoke about the song in the commentary on the DVD. He said they all loved the song, but appeared tired during the video shoot. He gave a sincere apology to Lauper. Part 1 of the video is available on the DVD.

– Lauper stopped playing the song live around 1987. She did play it in 2006 during a show in Baltimore. Fans cheered, “Goonies” and she walked over to her microphone and tried to work it out on the acoustic guitar. She eventually sang it acapella and the crowd went wild.

Here is the long version of the video. And anybody who was familiar with the WWF (now the WWE), back in the mid-80s, will really enjoy this:

Ronald Reagan Quote of the Week – 1/3/11

This is not the time for political fun and games. This is the time for a new beginning. I ask you now to put aside any feelings of frustration or helplessness about our political institutions and join me in this dramatic but responsible plan to reduce the enormous burden of Federal taxation on you and your family.
o Address to the Nation (07/27/81)