Rubber Souls

Fifty years ago, when I was a kid, Keds promised that their sneakers would help me to run faster and jump higher…

… and a few years ago runners were told that minimalist shoes were the secret to preventing injuries, and even curing them, but those claims were shown to be exaggerated if not outright false. It now seems that exactly the opposite is true, and we should be wearing shoes with soles as thick as mattresses!

The Carol Brunette Show

My mother passed away ten years ago this month, and along with many other people of her generation she loved watching CBS on Saturday nights. Especially the lineup that began in the 1973-74 season, with Mary Tyler Moore, followed by Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett. The color coding on this chart from Wikipedia shows that Burnett was only a top 30 show, but I think Mom enjoyed it more than anything else on television.

CBS TV Saturday schedule, 1973-74

CBS-TV Saturday schedule, 1973-74

I was starting college at the time, and watched next to no television, but if I had I would have enjoyed seeing Petula Clark as a guest on the Carol Burnett Show. Pet makes her appearance at exactly 14 minutes into the show. She returns halfway through for a funny a soap opera parody (except Tim Conway’s bit is too long) and a duet with Carol.


Season 7, Episode 9
Airdate: Saturday, Nov 10, 1973, 10:00 PM

Just last night the SNL 40th anniversary show included this soap opera parody.

Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water

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The water is snow on the roof and the smoke is coming out of the chimney. We are once again, for the fourth consecutive week, buried in Boston. I feel bad for people in the purple zone, with up to 24″ of new snow. We’re in the magenta zone, which is bad enough, with more than a foot added to the 4-5 feet we already have. The only upside is we won’t have to worry about a drought this summer, but the catch is the springtime melt will keep the sump pump busy.