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Sandy Paton BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US) (110* d) RE: BS: 'Think You're a Geezer??' Exam! (US) 21 Sep 03


If you don't count getting $1 a day for raising and lowering the seats for customers renting water-bicycles on Green Lake in Seattle back in 1940, my first real wages were $.40 an hour working for Consolidated Printers & Stationers in Salina, Kansas, in 1944. I think I was paid about the same extravagant sum for pumping $0.135 (thirteen and a half cents) per gallon gas at a Dixie Oil Co. station, also in Salina. That's why I felt RICH when I dumped that job to follow the harvest in the wheat fields and was paid $14 a DAY, plus food and lodging, although the lodging was frequently a pile of hay in the loft of an old barn. It may have been a bit crude, and occasionally itchy, but I thought it was the bee's knees!
    I got 19 out of 20. The Ink Spots answer stumped me. I suspect the proper answer should have been the Mills Brothers. Our milk bottles were just left standing on the back step, but fancier folks had those metal-clad, insulated boxes to hold them. Kenwood 1427 reached us on the first phone we ever had -- Arlington, Virginia, 1942.
    I knew Jack, Doc & Reggie because the boys double octet in which I sang always practiced on their broadcast night and had to take a break to listen when they came on. It was years before I realized the announcer wasn't saying "Isle of a Mystery!" at the opening of the program. (For the Brits: actually, he was saying "I Love a Mystery" -- an early Mondegreen for me.)
    Sorry, Kendall, I can't answer the hard ones. What product sponsored "Little Orphan Annie" on the radio? Can you still sing the introductory song?
    Sandy (a curmudgeon, for sure)


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