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Hey Jude

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

  • TITLE: "Hey Jude" by the Beatles became number one on September 28th, 1968, toppling Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." and stayed on top for nine weeks [breaking a record) before giving way to the Supremes' "Love Child." It was the Beatles' biggest selling-single topping out at about 6 million copies.

    It was the longest song to ever go to number one, 7 minutes, 11 seconds which was, in my opinion, part of the reason for its popularity. Most songs of the era were around 2:00 - 2:45 in length.

    A disc jockey, having fired up "Hey Jude" could make coffee, use the facilities, chat up the cute girl in the sales department, check the wire, and still be back in plenty of time to say, "That's Hey Jude - I'm Rich Galen on WMOA, here's the latest from the National Weather Service ..."

  • "... Suzie Terrell ..." Here's a link to the Suzie Terrell's web site.

  • "... Black Legislators ..." Here's the link to the Baton Rouge Advocate piece on Mary Landrieu's problem with African Americans in Louisiana.

  • "... London School of Economics ..." Known to the cognoscenti simply as the "LSE." Here's a snippet from the LSE's web page about King George III (the guy who was in charge during the American Revolution:
    George III was having trouble with his high-spirited eldest son, George, Prince of Wales. On 5th November, 1788, the king attacked the Prince of Wales and tried to smash his head against the wall. One observer claimed that foam was coming from the king's mouth and his eyes were so bloodshot that they looked like current jelly. George was placed in a straight-jacket and eventually his doctors had a special iron chair made to restrain their patient. Other treatment included putting poultices of Spanish Fly and mustard all over the King's body; the idea was that the painful blisters which resulted would draw out the "evil humours". By April 1789, George's doctors came to the conclusion that he had recovered from his madness and he was allowed to carry on with his royal duties.

  • "... Election Day Travelogue ..." Here's the link to Chapter One of the Travelogue.

    And here's the link to Chapter Two of the Travelogue with lot's of pics!

  • "... AWOL ..." A military acronym for "Absent With Out Leave." I know you knew that, but I wanted to point out that on Sunday (the evening before Veterans Day) ABC ran "Saving Private Ryan." One of the continuing bits is the phrase "FUBAR" which the members of Capt. Miller's patrol tell the translator is a German word.

    FUBAR is an acronym for "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition" except the first word is not "fouled."

    All THAT to get the point that ABC ran the movie with all of the "F" bombs intact. Maybe this is now common on broadcast television, but it got my attention.

    As long as we're at it, SNAFU is an acronym for "Situation Normal, All Fouled Up" (with the same substitution for "fouled" as noted above.)

    Mullfoto of the Day:

    From the parking garage at Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Virginia.

    Memo to Adrian Monk: Find out who this Kay is (or was) who has been excavated.

    Added at 6:50 am: Ok. OK. OH KAY!

    An alarming number of insomniacs wrote overnight to inform me that this license plate doesn't decode to: I Excavated Kay;
    but to: I Excavate Decay ... he's a dentist!

        British World War I Poster

  •     Mullings' Catchy Caption of the Day:

    Wait! You mean I can get a fur coat
    made out of Sophie Ellis-Bextor? Cool!

    (AP Photo/ PA, Mary McCartney Donald) ____________________________________________________________________________________

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