On the, “ I wish I had had a little more sense of history” topic......



  • Things that went on around me in High School which flew directly over my radar, so to speak.....
    One of my best friends in Freshman year, like we stayed over each other's house and hung out lots of times, played in band together, ( he played the cornet ) .
    Anyway, turns out, unbeknownst to me,he was one of those boy geniuses. For real. He had graduated from college already at that point and was just going through the process for social development, which was very needed. He and I were kind of babyish, though his IQ was slightly higher than mine, by about a hundred maybe. Upon graduation, one of my teachers told me this was the case, all about him graduating college and all. Now he is a PHD with an arms length of patents and inventions..

    Another person who was in my own graduating class went around telling people that his father wrote "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT” which at the time was a huge hit for Frank Sinatra.....most of the other kids kind of "poo-pooed" it as total nonsense. No way.
    His name? Richard Snyder. This morning, I Googled who wrote the song, Strangers In The Night?
    Four people collaborated on it, as it was originally written by a Croatian composer, then a German Bert Kaempfert bought it, later the lyrics were co written by another writer and, Eddie Snyder.
    Whoops. I also looked up his other credits and the list was pretty long. He won an Emmy for it. It is entirely possible that Rich Snyder's father wrote the lyrics for Strangers in the Night. And this meant practically nothing to us. I think it frustrated him a little bit.....
    High School can be pretty tough, especially in New Jersey.



  • Another person who was in my own graduating class went around telling people that his father wrote "STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT” which at the time was a huge hit for Frank Sinatra.....most of the other kids kind of "poo-pooed" it as total nonsense. No way ...It is entirely possible that Rich Snyder's father wrote the lyrics for Strangers in the Night. And this meant practically nothing to us. I think it frustrated him a little bit.....

    Well "dooby dooby do"



  • (Sung) "Strangler in the Night."

    I used to end a lot of dance jobs with this. Audience loved it . . I hated it. Musical whoredom. I'll do almost anything if it keeps the wolf from the door. 🙄



  • @Kehaulani said in On the, “ I wish I had had a little more sense of history” topic......:

    (Sung) "Strangler in the Night."

    I used to end a lot of dance jobs with this. Audience loved it . . I hated it. Musical whoredom. I'll do almost anything if it keeps the wolf from the door. 🙄

    Though all of your opinions matter, sometimes, I didn’t ask if anyone liked it or what your opinion of the song was in this case. In fact, my classmates and I didn’t much care for it either. That wasn’t my point.
    My point was.......I had things happen in HS and they went right over my head.
    Similar to now, I guess.



  • Just reacting like a lot of posts on this forum . . . out of context. ☺
    Didn't finish my morning espresso. Sorry.

    Things I missed . . . Bette Midler was a schoolmate of mine . . . although she wasn't "Bette Midler", yet.

    Seriously, and this isn't as self-serving as it may seem, but in reflection, I was actually better than I thought I was. In my family, excellence wasn't something one strived for, it was merely assumed. (I saw my father go from H.S. graduate to earning two master degrees, and my mother from H.S. to ABD at the doctorate level.)

    Because of this, I just accepted a certain level of achievement was the norm. It wasn't.



  • @Kehaulani said in On the, “ I wish I had had a little more sense of history” topic......:

    Just reacting like a lot o posts on this forum . . . out of context. ☺
    Didn't finish my morning espresso. Sorry.

    Things I missed . . . Bette Midler went to the same school as I. . . although she wasn't "Bette Midler", yet.

    Seriously, and this isn't as self-serving as it may seem . . but in reflection . . I was actually better than I thought I was. Excellence wasn't something one strived for, it was merely assumed.

    That's more like it, K. Now you’ve got the hang of it.
    I know I can be straight with you. You have thick skin like me.



  • I graduated in the same class as Jimmy Buffett from McGill Institute in Mobile Alabama. He was real popular in high school and was a cheer leader and probably sang his first public song at a hootenanny put on at the high school. Hootenanny's were big deals in 1963 or so. Now days nobody knows what a folk song is...much less a hootenanny. He and I got into a scuffle when somebody pushed me from behind going through the door at an assembly once. I looked around and I took a swing at him since he was the nearest guy I saw behind me. We got into a short skirmish that was quickly broken up. It might not have even been him that had pushed me. If I had had a crystal ball at the time that told me he was going to be famous I think I would have hit him a little harder.


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